I swear

I swear. I am a lucky guy that don’t hesitate to use the F word that rhymes with luck. I might be a bewitching male chauvnist who often curses women with the B word that rhymes with witch. I dread the C word though. Not that innocent derogatory word for a woman’s body part that rhymes with blunt. No, I dread the vile C word that rhymes with haste. The haste that makes folks kill own blood in the name of honour. Summoning courage I utter that vile word once, Caste, but here after refer it as haste. I hate the connotation upper and lower in any area but here use the coined words lefter and righter perhaps. I thought of discussing it and criticize. But I am seeped in the sin of haste perhaps. Born in a small town and living there I can’t escape it and have asked folks what their haste was. Love marriages and cosmopolitan cities and an uncorrupted younger generation is the only solution to do away with this evil.

Whatever be it…

I swear. I swear at haste. I swear I will till my last breath fight it and try to usher an era and world without it.

First came the phase

First came the phase,

where he loved the chase,

and she the attention,

slow mounted the tension;

then came the fervent chats,

loving gibberish and tit for tats,

somewhere along his proposal,

and her initial hasty refusal;

love sick his frantic upheaval,

and at last her reluctant approval;

then a saddening break up or rare lucky tie up,

this in India called romance and people flock like a pup.

 

Witness of change – 1

Born in 1982 I belong to the 80’s generation. We have seen breathtaking transformations in our life and lifestyle. We all have forgotten how the good old days used to be. We have become accustomed to the new innovations made possible by new technologies. Being from Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, India I recount the transformation from my eyes and how it hit me.

Our generation crowded on the playgrounds or streets with cricket bats instead of sitting before the television. For there wasn’t much on television. There was only the one channel Doordarshan and they telecasted boring national programs. We used to gather to witness the start of broadcasting after being shut down for the day. We all loved the logo with the caption Sathyam. Shivam, Sundaram. Every Friday there would be the telecast of new Tamil film songs titled ‘Oliyum Oliyum.’ Almost everyone watched this with avid interest. There would be Sunday morning ‘Heman’ cartoons, Ramayana, Maha Bharatha. There would be Tamil movies on Sunday evenings and the streets would be devoid of traffic as people would be watching the movies. Chitrahar, Rangoli, Ek se badkar ek, Surabhi, Tehkikat are some of the popular programs. On sunday afternoons they telecasted regional feature films. I still remember seeing Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s Ankur as a kid. There was also a telecast of a japanese series Oshin I think.

We went to schools in cycle rickshaws pedalled by the hard working rickshaw uncles. I even remember a horse cart bringing children to schools. Now it is auto rickshaws all around. There used to be several bullock carts traversing the narrow lanes of our hometown. Now we can glimpse them rarely for they have been replaced by tempos and trucks.

Cable came to our town may be when I was in 7th grade but it came to my house probably when I was in 8th grade. An uncle of mine got in to the cable business and only then did my Dad allow cable TV in the house. It was only one channel at the time, the Sun TV, those were the days Pepsi Uma was a craze. Now there are innumerable channels streamed from Dishes fitted in our houses.

My first monochrome PC came to my house when I was in fifth grade. I went to a special course to learn DOS, WordStar, dBase and FoxPro.

Internet came at the fag end of my school days or beginning of my college days in my hometown. There were net parlours mushrooming everywhere. The speeds were abhorrent. At first it was only Yahoo and the mail. Then came google and true to the hype  the internet has shook the world and changed the way we live in unimaginable ways. The days of sneakily watching porn with friends in net cafes are not memories I am proud of.

When I was in the final year of my college around 2003 there were only two guys in our college who had very clunky, heavy mobiles. Then as we exited college and were on our job search in the metro, Chennai, almost all of us job seekers had a mobile. I remember my first cheap Trium mobile. It helped in the job search and to be in touch with home from the metro. Now we can’t imagine a world without mobile. How to meet, how to coordinate, oh, we would be lost without our mobiles. Those days incoming will also cost you and the woes of roaming costs. Far later Reliance came with a big push giving away handsets for one rupee. Oh, the scams, the use and throw mobiles and what not. Now mobiles have transformed our lives.

The dot com bubble burst much later yet the net giants Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal etc prodded on delivering almost all our goods to our doorsteps. It was years later when I was in my second job did I go on a shopping spree on the net. The era of social media burst open with Facebook, Twitter and later WhatsApp. Yet I didn’t get in to the bandwagon. Even today I don’t use them much though I have both Facebook and WhatsApp accounts.

It was around that time on the gentle suggestion of my brother I explored the blogging world. After some time I left it idle and went to watching movies streaming on Netflix and Prime Videos. I started reading ebook novels collected from the net. I didn’t touch the blog for well over a year. Now I am not blogging with a vengeance but with a sense of the limited time had here on this planet. I want to do something fruitful, productive and right before the flame is extinguished.

 

Che Guevara Quotes in today’s context – 1

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1. Betterment is a bitter mint.

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2. Dilli chalo ya mumbai, bus chalo befikar.

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3. Accept defeat, but never concede it.

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4. Better be whatever you are now rather than bowing to the unknown in hope of achieving your deepest ambition. For those who say bow down never know the meaning of ambition or courage. For ambitions are truly achieved only when done without ever bowing once.

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5. There are phases in everyone’s life where the things they take for granted are put under threat. It means there is a change around the corner. To embrace it or fight it is left to each man himself.

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6. Ud ud meri yaaro na mud mud yaaro, duniya dekhi saari par ab hai theri baari.

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7. Take at least half measures to meet change when it is around the corner.

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8. Hiding behind words like realistic, pragmatical etc is to climb high in this corrupt world is fine but at last one has to live with his conscience.

Where So Fast?

  1. My hero is untalented and slow, yet cannot be defeated as he runs in the opposite direction.
  2. Everyone runs hard for money, for themselves and their children; one asked  my hero, why do you always stand when I see you here; he too runs in paths not easily seen, in the hope to teach people to walk.
  3. We dedicate all our life to earn money, when to spend; Oh! our children, but we’ve taught them also to earn, then who will spend?
  4. The people of today run on the dictum of society and call themselves successful or on the path of success, they see no other choice, a few see a choice to be restful; yet run to teach others sense and in hope that one day we may all sit together.
  5. You have no choice if you are born poor but you have a choice not to die so is the greatest lie of all, the few that make it lose their happiness and life and the rich don’t have it easy either, they are afraid of being poor.
  6. Even the most liberal of parents burden their children when it comes to education, do institutions give true education; the generation before us had a life, we at least had a childhood, but what of the poor kids today?
  7. Parental affection is the truest thing in the world, but parental responsibility is the reflection of what peers in society may say and so parents stifle their children; this is the major reason progress is slow.
  8. Good kids are those with good marks, good youths are those with great earnings with or without marks and great adults are those with money or have kids of aforesaid qualities.
  9. Money isn’t happiness. What is? A family of three dining quietly in Marriott or a simple extended family dinner, bragging to a friend on whatsapp and having the most likes on facebook, or a hilarious meeting of neighborhood friends.
  10. All we need to teach our children is not to listen to the rants of those around and find their true self but when we ourselves are the ones ranting the most in the guise of guiding them, how will they ever truly find themselves and happiness.

Samanyan Revolution quotes

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1. The first barrier in a revolution is breaking the shackles of home and that is the toughest part.
2. In the modern revolution Che Guevera’s gun fights are replaced by the digital phenomenon where content is the bullet(s) and marketing and reach is the gun and the call for action and persons acting upon it in real life are the hands pulling the trigger.
3. Turbulent times call for a revolution but why in seemingly calmer times, it is to prevent further turbulence, violence, blood shed and have a bloodless revolution.
4. From the Gita, Bible, Koran to Che Guevera, all say the same thing when ever there is tyranny and oppression we must fight and defeat it, whatever be the cost, for live life with dignity or it isn’t worth living at all.
5. In India is there a need for revolution, think of the tyranny, can a normal person challenge a minister or business tycoon and come with their dignity unscathed.
6. You need a mad man to start a revolution and there isn’t any one madder than me in the people I know.
7. Every revolutionary becomes a Tyrant and as long as bloodless revolutions are possible they must happen cyclically and faster as corporate know the importance of faster product life cycles.
8. Elections aren’t a bloodless revolution; something more more potent to bring radical and good change to the lives of the people can be only called a revolution.
9. A revolution needs countless people but the anger of an isolated man on the tyranny of the state can be a starting point.
10. A revolutionary and an anarchist aren’t the same thing but an anarchist can start and participate in a revolution but a revolutionary is needed to carry it through.

Heirs of Gandhi

Gandhi isn’t a Mahatma, period. But he is the only guy I know who has come close to it. Speaking Ill of him, even at a personal level, is a pastime for us who are considered his children.

His true heirs hate him, but rightly so. I could empathize with the movie ‘Gandhi my father’, my father is no Gandhi, but trusted the world enough to let loose his unsuspecting children into it unarmed.

I’ve respect for the heirs of Nehru and their sympathies with insignificant pawns that caused demise of Rajiv. But don’t the title Gandhi-s owe to the true heirs. I’ve respect for heirs of Dhiru ji and concur with their entertaining movie stars and cricketers, they can spare a few pennies if not thoughts for this.

Settling the debt of the nation, is a favorite theme of laymen, but I don’t think it would be a prudent fiscal measure. This theme can be replaced by settling the debt we owe to the true Gandhi-s. May be they aren’t worthy of our nation, but it is the cost of a great man overlooking them for the nation.

I know not of those heirs, except a few in the ruling party, who don’t need this. I’ve heard there are several in poverty.

These and other scribbling of mine aren’t worth anything. But some day me or my writings may have sway and then I’ll make sure each insignificant word of this blog and each thought behind them will be made to count. Jai Hind.