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Wednesday, April 08th, 2009 | Author:

The Indian team’s win in New Zealand is sure to maintain ripples in the rainbow nation. In less than 10 days the second version of IPL/ t-20 descends Cape Town, The date is 18th April.

The 20-20, I would call this format of cricket important, as much cola and burgers are in our lives. It successfully provides an instant gratification and fizz which lasts, maybe for a while. I hardly remember what happened last summer ( IPL India debut off course). Barring a few episodes where Preity Zinta providing free hugs and SRK refusing to bring his glares down. Oh yes, the white cheer leaders, they made a little news since they were skantily responsible for culture erosion. I fumed after watching former Indian skipper  Sourav Ganguly who sat like a duck, selecting cheer girls on a television show. Sourav, you have better things to do than this.

Looks who is saying, everybody. Shah Rukh, Mallya, Preity, Modi. Irrespective of their non-cricketing background, they are the ones attracting more flashbulbs. Modi says,” IPL will re-define marketing.” True, he as an astute businessman who knows how to mix politics and cricket and all for his own benefit. He has a good exposure of selling toothpastes, soaps and detergents. Lalit Modi

Indians are deprived to watch a game in India because of security reasons, as the cops will be deployed to control unruly mobs and rogue elements intending to disrupt peace. Understood, In that case we can do without an IPL in this season and wait. I was exited to watch a game in newer picturesque venues like Vizag and Dharamsala (hp), not anymore.

Consume and getaway, gulp-enjoy and forget it is the mood like in the IPL circus. Rahul Dravid was thrown like an unwanted louse, pathetic to hear that. Ganguly is exposed to a multi captaincy format, which he should be getting used to a little more as the big day approaches. Was Coach Buchanan brushing up his management skills? He says delegation of power/responsibility will balance the team. Really?

The performance Indian team has shown in the test series in New Zealand this summer and winning eventually in more than three decades, is worth providing praise. This win will definitely raise chances of building brand India, especially our prized captain MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir. I am not against IPL or the 20-20 format of cricket, or biased towards traditional cricket. Only concern being it (the game) should not be reduced to a marketplace where there is auction, buyers, sellers and everybody comes with a price tag. I also fear the ‘ghost of betting’ returns after a hiatus, as these kinds of arragemenet provide an easy access to launder money.

Sunday, February 15th, 2009 | Author:

You might think that what a stereotype topic to write about. This topic has been boasted about in lakhs of articles, thousands of books and hundreds of films. But revisiting this thought, I present before you some astonishing facts that will, possibly, change your perception towards India and the Indians.

It’s been more than 60 years of independence. From a frail colonial state of British Empire, characterized by brutality and monstrosity, to a nation profoundly acknowledged for booming economy and military strength, India has achieved great milestones. India’s accomplishments in the field of nuclear technology, telecommunication, space missions, IT do not need mentions. From among all the third world countries, India is the only one that scaled heights of development. We have upgraded ourselves from a poor nation to a developing nation and further to be a developed nation soon. However, apart from these developmental souvenirs, we have also witnessed some bloody heinous crimes. Communal riots, naxalism, political goofs and thousands of other disgraceful scandals, which blots our face black.

We often tend to hate ourselves for living in a society, characterized by a conflicting blend of traditional values and so called ‘modern spirit’. We abuse Indian politicians and government sector for making our lives hell. Just have a look at the newspaper early morning and you will be drowning in an ocean of fear. It’s all about crime, sex and gore. Well after experiencing all this possibly you may think that India can be the worst place to live on this earth. But let’s take an informational trip some of the African countries, to experience the quality of life there.

Kenya:
In presidential elections 2007-2008, Mawai Kibaki was declared winner. This led to the post-election violence in which around 800 people were killed and another 60,000 got displaced. Both the political parties which incited the violence are now sharing a coalition government, but the displaced people are living in forests without shelter.

Kenyan People Fleeing From Violence-Hit Towns in the Aftermath of 2008 Violence

Kenyan People Fleeing From Violence-Hit Towns in the Aftermath of 2008 Violence

Blood Diamonds:
The term ‘blood diamonds’ refers to diamond mines falling in conflict-ridden areas. Many African countries like DRC, Angola, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire have extensive diamond mines. As we all know that diamond is the most priced possession in the world, this fact should have made these countries extremely rich. But, in contrast to this, natives of these countries are still slaves to power groups financed by rich western nations. Forget about diamond, people here are sans food and sans homes. The diamond zone of the world has the highest infant mortality rates and is considered as the most war-sensitive region in the world. While buying a diamond, we never think that these diamonds are results of thousands of hunger deaths every year.

A boy works in a diamond mine in Africa

A boy works in a diamond mine in Africa

Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC]:
On an estimate 45,000 people die in ongoing DRC every month. Just think about this figure and you can calculate the life expectancy of this central African nation. The ongoing war between rebels and the government is fueled by ownership of DRC mines, treasures of natural resources. US and UN forces are condemned to plunder the natural wealth of this vast country. To their plight, almost 40 percent of the nationals are bound to live in refugees camps in neighboring countries. And to add to their sufferings, these refugee camps are denounced by largest number of rapes against women and minors. Major news channels have reported that even UN forces were involved in mass raping. Although Indian forces are also a part of the UN peacekeeping forces in DRC, but I just wish they are not a part of these crimes.

DRC Refugee Camp

DRC Refugee Camp

A Lady Fleeing from a destructed DRC village

A Lady Fleeing from a destructed DRC village

Rwanda Genocide:
Now I present to you the most heinous crime mankind had ever witnessed. The term ‘genocide’ means mass killings of a community. In 1994, minority tribal group, allegedly powered by France, committed genocide killings a massive 1.2 million people of majority group. I am surprised on what motivated these people to kill an entire generation. I believe mankind must feel ashamed on this act, surpassing animal behavior. Well the dead bodies of victims are preserved in special museums governed by UN. Broken skulls, burnt bodies and tones of bones stand witness to the horrifying past of this nation. We may thank God for the very fact that regional riots in India were far more lass than genocide.

A child during war crimes in Rwanda

A child during war crimes in Rwanda

Ruined city in Rwanda during Genocide

Ruined city in Rwanda during Genocide

Rwanda refugee camp in Zaire

Rwanda refugee camp in Zaire

Well pictures say a thousand words but I believe even these sorrowful pictures can depict the plight of these people in entirety. Now the question arises why I am posting this on a company blog. That’s because Indian media never cover such disastrous events. It is essential that we learn from the mistakes others have committed pledge not to repeat the same. These horror stories tell us a gruesome fact of life. We all cry for our small problems and there are people who are struggling for their lives everyday. All is not good in India, but since we are living a life much better than many others in the world: I AM PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN.

Thursday, December 18th, 2008 | Author:

Sometimes reality can be very terrifying. ‘A Bend in the River’ is a brilliant novel V.S. Naipaul. I thought I would share some excerpts form the book. This book is a must read.

“The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it. “

“Life ends for most people, who stiffen in the attitude they adopt to make themselves suitable for the jobs and lives that other people have laid out for them.”

We make ourselves according to the ideas we have of our possibilities. I would have hidden in my hole and been crippled by my sentimentalities, doing what I was doing, and doing it well, but always looking for the wailing wall. And I would never have seen the world as the rich place that it is.”

“People like me have to make their own jobs. It isn’t going to come to you in a brown envelope. The job is there, waiting. But it doesn’t exist for you or anyone until you discover it, and you discover it because it’s for you and you alone.”

My value is the value I place on myself

In this world beggars are the only  people who can be choosers. Everyone else has a side chosen for him. The world is a Rich place. It all depends upon what you choose in it. You can be sentimental and embrace the idea of your own defeat. We have been clinging to the idea of defeat and forgetting that we are men like everybody else. We have been choosing the wrong side. I am tired of being on the loosing side. I don’t want to pass. I know exactly who I am and where I stand in the world. But now I want to win and win and win”

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