Thursday, January 28, 2010

'Con' stitu 'shun' & pre 'amble'

Is our constitution an institute for 'cons' or constitutes 'shuns'? Why should our Preamble have the word amble in it. Does our grand judicial system make judicial use of our money?

Its painful to hear from some highly literate people in the country that, we made our country corrupt. And thats because this is a democracy and we elect our leaders. The ruling party blames the opposition and the opposition blames the ruling for some major issues of national importance and a leader from a third party stands up and politely says "lets not play anymore blame games". Intended meaning "Lets subtly push the blame on the irresponsible citizens" We as responsible citizens should elect the right representatives who will take our country in the right path! Yeah right! Dont blame us. We are busy choosing one of the three parties that has made less money in the last two decades. And each of us have our own priority of burning issues – For some price rise is more important than cease-fire and for others, nuke deal is more important than a terrorist attack. If some pragmatic party offers all of this let us know, If not, give us a break.

In our country the only organization which is more powerful than the prime minister’s office is our press. Even though the word press has evolved from the act of printing, I often relate it to issues which need immediate attention (pressing issues). On a sober evening, I go home and I feel all patriotic and turn on the news channel to see what is the pressing issue today. I see Aamir khan working out. I re-check if it’s a news channel curse it and go to the next one. All of a sudden I hear 7 people shouting at each other on top of the voices, including the anchor trying to make the same point against one person. I have already started feeling the patriotic levels in my blood dipping steadily in the last 30 secs and switch to the next channel. The next channel always, I stress, always shows Indian of the year, 24X7 through out the year. I quietly change to MTV and settle for reality shows. On a Friday, Isnt there anything else happening in the whole country except the release of an Indian movie? Saturday, incase we missed the Friday show on the news channel – it’s a repeat telecast. Thanks to the freedom of press!

If you ask me why I am grumbling about all this, if I have an alternate plan, if I am bored at office – the answer is NO. Alternate plan is not my job. That’s why we have elected 800 odd people at the centre. Please don't shun your primary job responsibility. All I can do is ask my leaders for a safe tomorrow as I have a project to finish, to expedite our judicial system so that the convict’s grandson will not be punished for his grandfather's mistake, lessen corruption as we do require bridges and roads to avoid traffic jams and dams for water all round the year, freeze the prices of essential commodities today; as 2 years hence we would still like to add sugar in our tea. I am really ashamed to have written the first paragraph playing with three words i have adored all my life, but I guess it shows how intense my feelings for my country are.

Jai Hind!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

To hell with the "AAL IZZ WELL" syndrome

Firstly, thank god! the movie was not released a few years back hundreds have escaped near death experiences, and god only knows what will happen in the future because of these 3 words. This post is purely cynical and over exaggerated but the motive remains as to hell with "aal izz well"

Scene 1 - On MG Road of any city <movie playing at 1/2 X speed>

A happy man crossing the road with an adidas cover in one hand and an unpacked mac book pro in another, sees towards his left and proceeds. Half way down the road, sees his right and a speeding truck braking from 60kmph just 10 mtrs away. I cudn believe my eyes, he threw the mac book down calmly to clear his right hand, closed his eyes and tapped his right hand in his left chest and murmurs "aal izz well aal izz well" in the exact accent in the movie. Sorry buddy. goodnight RIP. Net losses mastercard way, mac book pro ~ Rs 60000 adidas goods ~ Rs 5000, LIFE ~ PRICELESS!! Grow up loser!

Scene 2 - A couple @ barista sitting opposite to each other, looking at the ground, silent for 20 mins.
Girl : I ve been wanting to tell you something for a long time, don't know how to start.
Dude : (Still looking at the ground.. changes his posture to placing his face on his hand and continuing to look at the ground..)
Girl : Atleast look at me while i am talking!
Dude : (no change)
Girl :  This has been a very important decision in my life, and it was one of the hardest. But i have to do it today. 
Dude : (inert)
Girl :  I am breaking up with you.
Meanwhile, she hears some murmurs from somewhere getting louder every second
Girl : (She turns back just to realise that they were the only ones in the coffee shop) Is that you?
Murmurs getting louder "aal izz well aal izz well"
Dude : (releases his locked right hand, raises his face, eyes still closed, pats on his chest) aal izz well aal izz well (continuously until the girl walks out of sight)

(Rewinding 10 mins, camera moves under the table.. Right from the first dialogue, our hero murmuring "aal izz well")

In scene 1, the guy would never ever listen to the song "aal izz well" in his life again and in scene 2 our dude might end up being single all his life.

    What went wrong? It's just that "aal izz well" in those situations were purely artificial. When u have problems, do what comes naturally to you and all would turn out to be well. For all we know the guy on the road might have had good reflexes which would have saved him from the accident. And for all we know, our dude could have been a Casanova! and these 3 words made him a cry baby!

    If "aal izz well" comes naturally to you go ahead! If it doesn't "something's terribly wrong" would work better! The reason is logical, If you tell yourself all is well you don't find solutions to your problems but if you say something is wrong, you will find solutions which will ultimately solve your problem.

FINAL WORDS - To hell with aal izz well syndrome!