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Anna! What have you done!!

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On 27th August 2011, Baba Ramdev & BJP realised something. That calm of White is more powerful than aggression of Saffron. All it took to bring a mighty government to its knees was will of one man. And mind you, this mighty government had been elected by 1.2 billion people.

Interestingly, a World Cup triumph could not inspire Miss Pandey to live upto her promise. But Mr. Hazare’s fast made Yogitta Dandekar and Jenny to embrace tricolours in unimaginable ways. Even our very beloved Angry birds got a competition from ‘Angry Anna’.

I read it somewhere that “Anna has lit a fire. It’s for us to keep the flame of hope alive.” All the online & offline forums are busy appreciating Anna’s efforts. Anna has indeed done a repeat of RDB. Everyone is ready to light candles and sit on dharnas.

But I don’t feel that what happened, happened for the good…

Will Lokpal Bill serve its purpose of eradicating corruption? I am not sure. But what I am pretty sure of is that corruption is in our blood and it is here to stay. It’s in the very fabric of what represents our Indian society today. And just a Bill might not be sufficient.

Indian government is already facing problems of high inflation and slowing growth. But instead of focusing its effort on these issues, it is forced to deal with Anna(s). The focus is more on fire fighting and less on working towards sustainable growth and development. And this does not auger well for country. If one person can derail a duly & constitutionally elected government and make a complete mockery of the Constitutional process, then what kind of growth can we expect in such a country? Who will have faith to invest in a country which has such unstable political environment? An imperfect democracy is far better than a perfect dictatorship. The claim of Mr Hazare and his gang that they are actual representatives of Indians is not democratic but dictatorial. Indian public is much more concerned about earning its daily bread than it is about corruption. And the worst part is that even the Middle Class is finding time to get involved in these ‘disastrous’ events! And I swear that if this trend continues, all bets on India would be off. But if people, somehow do regain sense and go back to work instead of taking part in agitations, only then will the good times be ahead and not behind us.

I read it in an article that a lot of important economic issues like formation of an Indian Sovereign Wealth Fund, FDI in multi-brand retail are pending for final decision. But our government does not have the time. It has to deal with ‘our savior’ Anna.

The image in this post says it all – Anna Arrests Government.

PS –After March 2010, this is the first month when I have written more than 2 posts!

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August 29, 2011 at 2:47 am

Bastard whose ‘surname’ I don’t know. First one can be any other abuse you plan hurling at him

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One of my colleagues is from the state of Bihar (This post is not about him). He just came back from his home there, and was narrating an incident to me. The incident was an example of a very common activity that happens there, during the funeral procession.

Read it and you will understand the aptness of the title of this post.

When a person dies there, a funeral procession is carried out. A lot of people gather and take the body for cremation. Now this procession travels through roads of the villages which have got some shops. Some of these shops belong to the typical Munims and Zamindaars. What these people do is that they send there people to these processions to gather all the information about the deceased person like his financial status, ownerships of land, cows and his problems and other pity details..

[Now comes the terrible part]
Now after a few days, these people send their men to the family of the deceased and tell them that the person who has just died had taken money from them (!) (Although he never had!!), which needs to be returned, and that too with unimaginable rates of interest.  And to make themselves sound authentic, they have ready reference of all the information that they had collected in funeral procession. The family members, being uneducated and ill-informed, have no choice but to believe these bastards. And they call this process as “Murde is paise banana” (Making money from the dead).

I have nothing else to say.

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May 16, 2009 at 10:45 am

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Gujarati Of The Year 2008

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Unanimously, the Gujarati Of The Year 2008 Award goes to Mamata Banarjee.

For single handedly bringing the mother plant of TATA’s NANO to Gujarat.

Mamta Banerjee Talking to the media

Apart from the cash incentives, she will also receive a customized TATA NANO as a tribute, from Mr. Ratan Tata.

Tata Nano

😉

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November 5, 2008 at 9:46 am

24 Things Indians Love : No 20. – Moustaches

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Hair India Cover 2 Though the amount of facial hair on Indian males is on a decline in bigger Metropolitans, you can still find the majority of guys flashing moustaches in most of the Indian cities and villages. In India, if you move about in a market for a while, 70% of the guys you come across will have some or the other kind of facial hair. Let alone men, even the women sometimes consider it too much of a botheration to get their face waxed! So, why do men sport a bush above their upper lips? Do Indian ladies fancy men with moustaches? Is it the ultimate symbol of masculinity? Does it require too much of an effort to shave daily? I leave the answer to this questions to the readers…

The list of “24 things Indians love” continues –

No. 24 – Eating with hands

No. 23 – Mahatma Gandhi

No. 22 – Bargaining

No. 21 – Queues

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October 25, 2008 at 1:08 pm

24 Things Indians Love : No. 21 – Queues

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QueueNow, in India, nobody can miss a queue. Each & every Indian, in his life, has atleast once been a part of the queue. Indians just love it. And if you want to see the real Indian UNITY IN DIVERSITY, just see a queue of people. You will see every ‘kind’ of Indian. Each and every person will tell you about his ideas of why the queues are bad, how to break a queue and take a quicker route, and stuffs. Wherever you go, whatever you do in India, there will always be a queue, to be a part of.

Now, this queuing up is not a patent of the poor. If you have to get some work done, which is concerned with government, then god help you. Even government wants you to be a part of a queue. There are queues of pending cases in courts, there are queues of people in shops, there are queues of people in banks, there are queues of people to worship in temples and mosques and even queues of people for using public toilets!!

We can very proudly say that if China has The Great Wall of China, then we have The Great Queues of India

The list of “24 things Indians love” continues –

No. 24 – Eating with hands

No. 23 – Mahatma Gandhi

No. 22 – Bargaining

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October 14, 2008 at 7:58 pm

The Indian Engineering Preamble

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Now this is from my engineering days, and I remember that when we (friends) read this engineering preamble (came as SMS), we customized the original one according to our needs and ‘officially’ pinned this onto our college notice board as our CAREER PREAMBLE!! (Though it was removed by the authorities soon).

It went like this…

= = = = = = = = THE INDIAN ENGINEERING PREAMBLE = = = = = = = =

We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, doing the impossible for the ungrateful, have solemnly resolved to constitute India into a “CROWDED WITH TOO MANY ENGINEERS” Overpopulated Republic, and to snatch as many jobs as possible from the people of US. We have done so much for so long with so little knowledge that we will one day qualify to do anything with knowing nothing.

IN OUR Engineering Convocation Ceremony, this ______  ______ day of _________, 2008, do HEREBY ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE TO OURSELVES THIS DEGREE.

                                             Preamble

                            Hey you engineers…what say??

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October 13, 2008 at 1:40 am

24 Things Indians Love : No. 22 – Bargaining

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Now this is a definite fact that if you don’t haggle or bargain in India, it is highly likely that you will end paying more than the stuff is worth. This is because vendors expect a bit of haggling and state their prices higher than what they expect to receive.

haggling

Bargaining is actually in blood of India and it is not regarded as a lowly deed here. Even the Hotmail founder Sabeer Bhatia, credited the bargaining skills he learned in local vegetable markets for getting Microsoft to push its acquisition price for his company from $160 million to $400 million.

There may be times when you get around 70% off than the originally stated price!!

If the price is not labeled, don’t buy till you get atleast 30% off. 🙂 And if you want to get a still better deal, just throw in a lot of “IT’S TOO HIGH” in your conversation. Indians are always ready to leave the shop (even when they desperately want to buy the stuff) – just to show that they are not interested and can get a much better deal in neighboring shops.

And if you see that the salesman in the shop is smiling, when you are leaving – then its obvious who has won the deal…

The list of “24 things Indians love” continues –

No. 24 – Eating with hands

No. 23 – Mahatma Gandhi

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October 6, 2008 at 12:25 pm