Friday, September 22, 2006

Traffic

Continuing from my last post, I have seen that traffic in Mumbai is because of the high number of vehicles in that metro. There , you have traffic jams only at signals with long queue of vehicles waiting at a signal for 15 mintues ! But , as the number of 2 -wheelers are very less compared to number of 4 -wheelers in Mumbai , the situation doesnt worsen as it does in Pune .

Also, in Pune , the traffic is not because of increase in number of vehicles in past few years, but because of the bad condition of the roads and the 2 - wheelers and rickshaws who drive very harsh here. Of course , the vehicles have increased , but that is obvious, isn't it ? That has happened in every city in India , because as the nation is developing, as the population is increasing, the lifestyle has improved, the per capita income has become more, and hence people are obvioulsy buying vehicles rather than depending on the public transport. ( Public transport in Pune, Bangalore is one more issue which I wont go into now ) . Shouldnt the government have anticipated the increase in vehicles and tried to improve the infrastructure in Pune ? What were they thinking, that " why not call more and more IT companies in Pune , and our roads will still be able to bear the additional burden ".

Right now, the traffic situation in Mumbai is still bad, but atleast it is better than a decade back because of so many flyovers built in last decade.Why didnt the PMC ( Pune Municipal Corporation ) think of this situation long time back ?

Pune is already going the " Bangalore " way and companies are already opting for other cities like Ahmedabad and Calcutta. Many industries already left Maharashtra in 90's , and now the same thing will happen for IT.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Desperation

I am very desperate to write a blog. I can't find a good topic to write on, but I just want to write something, any crap , but something. So this blog is more out of desperation to write , and not about something that has occupied my mind from sometime, because that is the time when I usually write.

Speaking of desperation, people are getting desperate day by day. In this country, people are just trying to run and reach their destinations without even thinking with their brains whether their desperation to reach there will create problems for others. Now, I am not writing about ' life ' and I am not being philosophical here.In the literary sense, I am talking about people on roads. ( Now read the line in bold again) .Anyways, I am talking about Pune traffic here. Most of the traffic jams , actually all of them are created because no one wants to wait. If there is a junction with no signal , and vehicles coming from all 4 sides, then there has to be a traffic at peak times. And the worst thing is , when there is a traffic jam, show that their getting very very late and act as if out of all the people stuck in the traffic jam, they are the ones who need to get out first. And in that pretext , they stick their vehicles more and more into the heart of the traffic jam .

Now, whenever there is a traffic jam, if there are 4 roads at a junction, 3 sides have to wait, and let the 4th one to go or allow the vehicles of that road to clear away . But , in Pune , all hell breaks loose and everyone just tries to move their vehicles nearer to the center of the traffic and occupy any space that is available. They dont even listen to some volunteers , or individuals who take matter in their own hands and try to release the jam. I had 2 experiences today of a traffic jam. And one more I had at Prabhat Road 1 month back in which I was stuck for 20 minutes, on bike. I dont know what would have happened if I was in car !

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Here I am , This is me....

I am writing after a long time. I have gone through lot of changes since my past blog. I am an engineer now ! And the biggest change is I have started working now. Yay ! After 4 years of hard-work and competition, I am now earning. So , been doing 9 to 6 ( or rather 9 to 9 ! ) job at a company in Pune. No time to read books, no time to meet friends, no time to do things that I want to do or that relaxes my mind. Maybe thats the reason I havent been blogging.

And so from now on, I will change my style of writing. I will try to write small blogs, but as frequently as possible. It will encompass a variety of topics ( more on me :-) ) . If you visit my blog and dont find any new addition, then please leave a comment or buzz me ! I will try to update the blog for my readers .......Ok ?

P.S. : I wrote this blog from my office, with my colleagues staring at my monitor all along, so will try to write from home only !!!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Update on Reservation Issue...

2 members of the Knowledge Commission recently gave their resignation to the PM, as they were not happy with the developments regarding the Reservation matter and the approach that the UPA government is taking to tackle it.

The Indian Express has published the full text of the resignation letter that Mr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta gave to Mr. Manmohan Singh. It is in the editorial section of Indian Express on 23rd May, 2006. I would suggest everyone to read it, if possible. It clearly shows that even the UPA is internally divided on this issue.

Update : You can read the letter here -

Dear Prime Minister ...

Saturday, May 20, 2006

One more blog on Anti - Reservation !

The real hot topic amongst the youth of India is the anti-reservation bill which is proposed by Arjun Singh , the HRD minister. I have read some blogs on this topic, and I think there are hundred more, stressing on the disadvantages of the bill, and the impact it might have in future on our youth. So I wont write anything about that. It is well understood that the proposal to bring 49% reservation in education seats is definitely not good , if you see the big picture. Already , we students have suffered because of the 22 – 25% reservation currently existing in all institutions and universities.

From past 2 weeks, lot of protest rallies and hunger strikes have been held all over the country, specially by Medical students. With help of lot of SMSes , orkut, forward mails , the whole drive has gained momentum and more and more students are coming together to voice their opinion. Good for them . But are the politicians listening ??

I am saying politicians and not the government. Its because its pretty clear that not a single politician has even raised his voice or given any comments on this topic in media. Ofcourse, no one wants to offend the OBCs or EBCs, be it in the State elections or the Central . Everyone wants a share of the cake.

I remember that Rahul Gandhi , the new face of Congress, had given his first speech in Lok Sabha just a few weeks before Arjun Singh had proposed the bill. Everyone applauded him and said that he totally resembled his father Rajiv Gandhi. You know the main agenda of his speech – it was on Education. It covered topics from school level education to premier institutes , and how we ( the government ) should work on this field to make India prosperous. But just few weeks back, he avoided any comments on this bill issue, when asked in Rae Barielly , and just said that he wished to have a conversation with the students.

The opposition party – BJP – boycotted Lok Sabha to condemn the killings in JnK recently. But , when the Reservation Bill was discussed last week, no one even raised an objection, forget walking out of the Parliament. It is all very obvious. Who will offend the backward classes. Its better to keep your mouth shut.

Don’t you see, the politicians are least interested in listening to our demands. The maximum that our PM did was to establish a committee ( as usual ) and included Arjun Singh also in it ! The committee is supposed to do a study on this matter, that’s it.No one did a study on the census and tried to find the actual percentage of OBCs in our country . The bill is passed based on 1931 census. Why will they listen to us ? The rallies and hunger strike has received so much media attention, still not a single party or a individual party member has come in open for support of Anti – reservation. Even the young politicians like Sachin Pilot and Milind Deora have said nothing. Obviously , due to High – Command pressure . So , I don’t think any concrete result will be seen in this matter.

I had the same opinion when there were protest rallies held for Jessica Lal murder case and Narmada Bachao Andolan. But in those cases, the government had nothing to lose. The former case laid doubts on Police Investigation, not on the government . But if the government gives a confirmation to the students that no such Reservation Bill will be passed in future, they will lose all the OBC’s votes. What government will do ( if things go out of hand ) , is to hold the bill for sometime and when some elections will come later, they will bring this topic again and sell it to the public.

Now, the question to be asked is - Why doesn’t the government give a damn about the youth. Only one answer – because we are a very very very small part of their vote bank, compared to other categories like OBC, EBC, etc.

I don’t understand why we ( the Youth ) don’t vote. That’s our right. I know there wont be any drastic change to this country if the young crowd starts voting – as all politicians are same. Its like picking the best from the worst , but alteast the politicians will know that we are a part of public whose needs have to be addressed. Politicians know very well that we will never go out in majority to vote, but the OBCs and backward classes will. OBCs and specially the EBCs go to vote because they believe that by voting, the particular party will do something for them. And its totally opposite in case of the youth. The youth thinks that voting is just a waste of time. Why to go and stand in a line just to vote for someone who in reality doesnt give a damn about us. This has been the mindset from past 25-30 years, and that’s the reason the government turned a deaf year during the Mandal commission in 1990 and even now.

I personally believe that all people who did not vote , specially the youth who had a chance to vote in the recent 2004 Lok Sabha elections , should not even speak on this whole Reservation issue. We are showing huge majority and unity now in these protest rallies . If only we would have shown the same unity for voting, maybe things might have been different now.

What I don’t understand is , why cant these political parties see the big picture ? Why do they see only small goals .As seen in the last Lok Sabha elections, reforms were the major issue in public minds. People are no more interested in the Ayodhya issue. They want to see reforms, some work done in the country or atleast in their neighbourhood. That was what drove their decision.

Also by 2009 , there will be abundant pool of just-turned -18 crowd, who , I hope, will vote. Shouldn’t the government or other political parties try to gain their confidence from right now. But, as I said, they have a reliable vote bank which they can cash on for years to come.

Anyways, my opinion to voice our concerns should be to do something like Civil Disobedience Movement. Stop working, stop studying, boycott institutions, universities. I am not talking about only Medical students, but each and every field , be it medical, engg., MBA or arts. Parents of Open category students who are working in Public sector should also go on strike. Bring the country to a standstill But, maybe this is too extreme. And practically , not possible. Till then, all we can do is just protest in front of deaf ears.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

The Apprentice

The 4th season of The Apprentice ( US , not the UK one ) aired in India 4 weeks back. Last year the teams were divided into 2 categories - College Pass outs ( one who have just passed out of college) and Street Smarts ( one who have established themselves on their own without having any formal education or degree) . It was quite interesting, and so is this new season.

Let me tell you what the program is about - the 2 teams are assigned the same tasks by Mr. Donald Trump - the great Business tycoon - and based on the performance in the task, one member from the Losing team is FIRED ie that person leaves the show. In the end, one person wins the season, and gets a job ( a very high profile one ) in some Enterprise of Mr. Trump.

Ok, so this season, the teams are divided based on gender - Male and Female. I thought this grouping might make the serial boring. But I was wrong. Each episode is really intereting to watch . You get to see how the male and female species work in a group these days. Its interesting to see who is more creative and who is better in team work.

Till now , this is what I saw and found from The Apprentice -

In the second task , where teams had to create a advert. for Lamborghini , the men lost. Yup ! You would think that cars being man's passion, they would have definitely won the task. But it was the other way round.

Men clearly know how to give a presentation, which was proved in the third and fourth task. Also, they are creative, in the sense that they know who to target and what to target , and based on this they develop ideas. Not like females , who just go ahead with their instincts or implement what they personally like.

And, finally , in all the four tasks, its been found that Men are great at team work. They had some differences in the 1st and 2nd task which were resolved in the third one. The team leader in fourth task was bossy , but in the end, the men won coz of him, and the team dint mind his attitude. No one has any dignity issue in the men's team. One team member even stepped forward to wear a female suit to represent as a mascot. But the females..well, its obvious, it had to happen, they started forming groups and have a divisive team. Fighting, blaming, pointing.....Very very bad team work !!

In all, i am not saying that women are bad leaders. Women can be , and are, better managers than men . But women cant and I think will never be able to work together in a group properly.

Catch The Apprentice if you can, Its a great Reality show , with really intense board room scenes with Donald Trump. All in all, a program worth watching .

Note : There is a Indian version of The apprentice - Business Bazigaar on Zee TV .But from what i heard, its not great, they pull each task to 2-3 episodes and is slow, not that interesting to watch

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Karma

Starting now, I will be writing a lot on my favourite topic - Karma.I have been reading quite a bit on it from sometime, and it really is a very interesting topic to understand. People may find it boring or may not understand it , but believe me , if you get it right, it will change your whole perspective, about everything. I am not saying that I am a pro in this matter, or that I have mastered the knowledge of karma, but I have just shown interest in this from past 1 year , and it indeed has changed a lot of my views. I have not read any Vedas, Upanishads, not even Bhagwad Gita ( though I intend to start it now ) . But from what I have read from various sources like newspapers and even the movie The Matrix, I have understood quite a bit or atleast got a gist of the whole concept.

So what is Karma ?? Karma is the consequences of our actions, or the choices we make. We reap the consequences of our actions that are governed by the law of karma. The ways of karma are unfathomable, but the fruits always correspond to the actions. When an individual dies, the soul leaves his body and adopts the next form according to his karma.

The karma theory only attempts to make sense of the mysterious, to systematise the randomness of happenings and to give a sense of purpose to life. Deeds a person performs by choice as a free agent determines the body her soul would inhabit and the family in which she would be born in her next life. She will be given according to what she deserves.


Well, all this is about the next life and many dont even care about this life, forget the next. But karma is not only about actions in your next life. The future course of your current life is determined by the choices that you make in this life. I read about 3 types of karma somewhere , which i will write about sometime later.

I havent read Bhagwad Gita , but I am sure its all about karma. I have read some small texts of the Book. And they mostly explain the same thing - karma. A small excerpt from the Book -

Krishna assures Arjuna in the Gita that the deeds of a person are never annulled even when they are discontinued; that in his next birth the negligent seeker of excellence recollects his unfinished project and resumes where he had left off; that he is born again in such households that are congenial to his inclinations. Our free will and dedicated efforts could be guided by what is encoded in our genes , what the religious call as " latencies " .

Its very difficult to put forth or explain the whole concept of Karma . But I will try my best. But without doubt, you will understand it only when you are ready.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

All by myself, dont wanna be...

Been a long long time since my last blog. The reason was coz I was down with Hepatitis - A ( Jaundice ) just 5 days after my last blog. And then later I was diagnosed for Pancreatitis too, just when i thot that everything is going right .I visited the hospital twice, stayed at home for almost 10 weeks and I am still recovering. Actually , the reason I am writing all this is because I want to write this blog as a testimony to what happened to me, incase I forget these 3 months ( though i know I will never be able to forget this period )

So , i stayed at home for 10 weeks, then resumed college ,which was almost over .Felt quite weird , like as if attending first day of college. I missed quite a lot in this period, specially the picnic my class went to. Academic side, i dont think I missed much , except the usual classes, hanging out in the campus, Raju chai , Panchali etc etc ;-) . Damn, I will miss those days !

Anyways, I am taking this blog as a oppurtunity to Thank all my friends who helped me with everything that i missed in college. I also thank my friends, colleagues, classmates, and all those who came to see me in hospital or home , who were worried about me , or atleast kept asking me - on orkut - " how r u ? when r u coming back to college ? ". Being alone at home for 10 weeks ( ofcourse my family was there ) , it used to make me happy by just knowing that my absence from daily work or college has been noticed by your friends. It really makes a difference.
So , to all those people, plz take this blog as thank you note.

THANK YOU

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Pune International Film Festival

The Pune International Film Festival is finally over. I was a delegate ( for a price of 300 bucks) and after watching 15 movies in past 7 days, I think it was worth it. I got to see some very good movies , which otherwise I wouldn’t have got chance to do so . Of course, many movies were really really boring, Actually, boring is not the word.. I think Unbearable will be the appropriate word for those . But the whole experience was very different for me and I think in the end, I enjoyed the festival .

Anyways, I will write a short review ( summary) of each movie I saw on the last day of the festival. They were – The Barbarian Invasion ( Canada) , So far, so close ( Iran) , In the name of God ( Malayalam – India) .

Note : Plot revealed in detail

The Barbarian Invasion ( Canada) :

This was a well made movie, with proper script and gud acting. A ex-professsor in his 60s has cancer and everyone knows he doesn’t have much time . His wife calls his son from London . The son and father don’t communicate much , and it was the mom who had brought up the kids . The son still comes back and with his contacts and money , helps the dad get a decent room in the Hospital ( whose conditions may be worse than that in India) . Not only this, the son calls all old friends of his dad, pays money to his dad’s students to meet him so that the last days of the dying man can pass out happily.

The dismal state of Canadian Hospital is shown properly, where labour unions, lack of staff and rooms create a lot of problems for a patient. Once the professor’s friends unite, they keep on talking about sex, mistresses, civilizations, cultures, etc. which was quite interesting. The director tried to cover all the problems of the world in an ironic way, like that of 9/11, drugs , etc. The cinematography was also good. All in all, a very gud flick, which I think won an Academy Award in 2004 ( that’s what the PIFF catalogue says ) . Try to watch it if possible .

Rating : 8/10

So Far , So close ( Iran) :

This movie was also very good. A fantastic movie from Iran. ( I had seen Or , which was boring, and dint get to watch the much hyped Gilaneh , so cant say much about it ) . The main features of this movie were the amazing desert landscapes and the dialogues. It had a more philosophical touch to it, which perfectly blended with the Iranian deserts.

Anyways, the story is – A famous neurologist keeps neglecting his teenage son. On his son’s birthday , he comes to know that his own son has a brain tumor and is going to die within days. Everyone who knew his son, knew that he is getting nauseas and gets dizzy , except the father !! The father reaches home late ( due to unavoidable circumstances ) and misses his son’s bday party . He got a telescope for his son( his son being a sar-gazer) but when he comes home, his son already left with his team for the deserts for a star – gazing competition ( coz of which the son had requested for a telescope for his bday ) . The doctor decides he will give the gift to his son, even if he has to cross the deserts for that .

And then the father takes out Mercedes for a road trip and meets diff. people in the way, each having a diff. perspective towards life.

Now this is the amazing part – his Mercedes gets stuck in the middle of the desert, and now he is helpless and he has to reach the camp ASAP to meet his dying son. The last half hour was too gud , and ending AWESOME !

Rating : 9/10

In the name of God ( Malayalam – India ) :

Before I start the review, let me put forth some points I observed or realized during the festival -

1) Bollywood movies don’t suck. I think they are far better than La pianiste, and real man .

2) Non- Hindi Indian movies have gud stories, but they suck in direction ( except Dombivli Fast ) . Spec. the background music, I think that should be scrapped overall.

Anyways, this movie was not that interesting coz of the usual emotional crap that Indian movies are famous for and screeching background music . But the story was gud, and the movie could have been made better.

The story is as follows – A educated Muslim girl from a South Indian village gets married to a educated , well cultured man . But after marriage , the husband leaves for Aligarh to pursue his higher studies. Some religious group brainwashes him ( coz of the 1991 riots ) and turn him into a Jehadi . The husband comes back and the girl is all shocked to see the changed nature of his husband. The husband plants a bomb in a shop, and the girl puts his husband in the jail for his crime.

Then , all the muslim community heads condemn the girls actions. The girl then writes a book with all teachings of Maulana Azad , Mahatma Gandhi and publishes the book and gives the book to her husband in jail. After reading the book , the husband realizes his mistake and mends his ways. He is freed and what happens in the end, is shocking !!! actually, that was overstatement. The ending was very very stupid !

Well , the movie shows some reality , about how the religious groups turn innocent people into Jehadis,and how all this communal tension is work of the anti-social elements . The girl has done decent acting , showing a strong character of a woman on the screen.

Rating : 6/10