February 24th, 2010

I wonder myself how it would be to listening to God’s voice? And then I get the answer this morning. It sound sweet, sweet as in when Sachin hits a cover boundary, a roar like an exquisite straight drive, sublime like an backward punch to extra cover, rhythmic like an exceptionally timed flick and dominating like an fiery pull over mid-wicket.


My friends tell me (they actually taunt) that comparing Sachin to God is little overboard, he is not that great and sometimes its not right. And, personally I think they are ignorant. Did they see God anytime, do they know what he did, do they really think that God is about lifting mountains with his little finger, killing the demons with the blink of an eye, drinking an ocean full of water in one gulp and endless other mysterious and superlative deeds? Well then they got is absolutely wrong, as it proves that not only they do not know anything about God but they pretend that God exists. God is about doing right and more so with an unconditional love and nothing else.

Sachin is not great because he plays every shot in the dictionary of cricket and he scored tons of runs and milestones just feel at this feat with relative ease. He is great because he LOVE the game, he is great because he RESPECTS the game, he is great because he believes what he do is right, UNCONDITIONALLY. I am blessed to have seen him play today, not because this is one of his best knocks, not because how he approaches the game, because he made me forget for a while, what the greatest sorrow a man has, DEATH. My cousin husband’s untimely death has left me with a sorrowed heart and spending that last 4 days until they were aboard a flight to India was a lifetime experience. Her life has changed forever and there is nothing but time, that can heal the wounds and but for lending my deepest sorrows, I am humanely mortal to give her life back.

Having deep love towards the game of Cricket made me woke up today morning although my wife didn’t like the fact that I was putting myself out of rest from the last 4 days or so. I told her, I would only watch Sachin’s batting today and will go back to sleep after that. God had other plans today, he wanted me lighten up my heavy heart with his words (strokes). He wanted me to witness the truth, he wanted me to watch doing right and….I had.

Critics are ordinary humans, who paint their failures often on one’s success. But when you talk about God, you are often left with one side and one choice, YES!

Today, the God spoke and I listened.

Feeling sad

February 19th, 2010

It is with great regret I let you know all that my close cousin’s husband had died in a road accident yesterday night. He was on a bicycle on his way to the university when a car hit him. Initial reports say that he might have died on the spot. My cousin with whatever little help that she is getting is still standing bold and coming up to the terms. Its takes great panache of a brave face from her when she called me last night to convey the sorrowed message to me. I salute her fortitude and can only say that I am here in need.

May God bless his soul and give  her peace and tranquility.


Mera Bharat ….( ! Mayhem ! ) – Part #1

February 10th, 2010

Everyday I make it a point to read news, both US and India. Its more of an obsession than knowledge mining and of course NEWS in reality is more gossip than happenings. There is more ‘creation’ than reporting and “I am mislead” is no misnomer.

News from India is more disturbing than anywhere else. Two reasons, one being the fact that my roots are from India and my most near and dear still live in India and secondly my inclination towards India being one of the global powers on the world map. When Rakesh Sharma was in space to become the first Indian ever to have gone into terrestrial space, he was relaying back to Earth his views and experience and the then PM Indira Gandhi have asked him “How does India look like from the outer space?”, his answer was more than a statement and experience which goes “Mera Bharat Mahan”. The sense of pride attached to it go a long way not just encompassing the achievement but a feeling that comes right from one’s heart rather than head.

Unfortunately, I cannot simply glance and let the news go by without forcing myself to plant a thought in my head and scar my heart almost every day. The incidents that trigger are so backward in thinking and ridiculous in nature that I sometimes wonder..IT COULD ONLY HAPPEN IN INDIA. ‘Mera Bharat Mahan’ is now a small sentence that adore Incredible India! campaign and some tourism books.

There is no doubt that I am very proud for being born as Indian and shared its rich glory, tradition, culture, good, bad and what not for 25 long years. No amount of thanks or deed shall replace that pride nor value for being one. But, true to my heart, can I say now proudly “I was an Indian”, I do not know? This very question forms the basis of thought process that the Indian society is going to a place that no single heart wants to, honestly. Progress should not be measured with green bucks, cars and multi-plex theater complexes or the glittering shopping malls. Economy does not reflect people’s progress nor the society’s. Did we grew in our tradition, values, culture? is what one has to ask oneself, day in and day out. Look at our politicians, majority of them are murderers, petty thieves, roadside goondas, rowdies, pimps and everything even a shit-eating pig would be down with shame. How are they cropping up? How do they influence the society? How bad is India looted? Only questions and no answers.

Shiv Sena wants to stop Shah Rukh Khan’s new movie as they think he is less patriotic? What bullshit is this. Are we even living in a society? These bastards should be hanged in public, burned in broad day light and dragged on the streets like pigs. MNS wants to employ only Marati speaking public (are they OK if that guy is even a terrorist?). Ridiculous as they sound, it is people’s inability and ineffectiveness that made these political bastards grow strong. They go beyond politics and restore entirely on rowdyism.

The problem that we face in India internally is neither terrorism, maoists, economy, poverty, under development and any other paraphernalia attached in the upliftment of society. The problem lies with politicians, the problems lies in creation of these politicians, the problem lies in making politics because of these politicians. They make laws (that they do not abide), they write amendments (that suite them) and they dictate how the society should operate (they are limitless). The judicial, legislative and executive branches of the government in a Democratic society have to work in tandem for people and people only.

Being a plurarist society India can least afford division based on language, caste, creed, religion or race. Be it a Hindu fundamentalist party like Shiv Sena or a completely Islamic MIM, political parties should never have existed on the basis of religion. On top it, we already have multitude of languages and political bastards like KCR in Andhra Pradesh try to cash in the innocent sentiments of people and float a party on the basis of language and region. We often boast that the first rays of knowledge rose from India and its a cradle for the Human evolution, but how far back have this been true to their qualities? Today’s society is either careless or compromising. They have adopted a very dangerous habit of living under lies and betrayal. Politicians often work for their individual benefit and are always hungry for power. Back in 80’s a political fiasco to the tune of Rs.1 Crore was often considered treason, while in 90’s it has progressed to tens of crores of rupees. Advancement of global economy and its flat structure have inflated those to thousands of crores in the current decade. People neither have time nor interest in pursuing these vital drains in our economy. I can bet my cents on how huge the Swiss bank illegal savings would be owned by Indian politicians, few countries combined GDP will be dwarfed low enough to put up their shame. The society is now inflicted either with politicians who are power hungry and continue to build their empires on tax-payers money or politicians who wish to establish themselves as leaders of community split on the lines of religion, etc. Both these forms of political leadership should be considered no less to terrorism.

Terrorism relies mostly on religious fanaticism followed by mass infliction of pain, terror, destruction. It is often targeted and reactive, if not always. Politicians on other hand are disease ridden rascals, who inflict greater destruction of people, society and its structure; a disease irreparable and uncured always running after free money and sensitive fabric of human society. It is often debatable the in India does terrorism cause greater damage or politicians, the later always wins the war by huge margin. Religious fundamentalists like Thackeray of Shiv Sena often relies on strengths of rhetoric provocation and going after people who either are humble to their profession or does not have an impasse to events that trigger social instability. This irresponsible behavior is often met with resistance from people who are already deprived of their fundamental rights over powered by rowdyism and crushing feet activism.

There is a sense of urgency needed to repair the society bugged by these political clad. Not too mindful to compare human problems with a movie, I take a small leaf out of a cinema that I happened to like a lot and is like couple of years old.


February 9th, 2010

This might sound irony or a blunt weapon to invite criticism that I am an ‘unconditional’ fan of Indian Cricket Team. Taking nothing away from South Africa on their wonderful performance, I still insist that they haven’t bet the World #1 team yet. With no Dravid, Lakshman I do not think that we can even call this team a team. Minus Kallis and Amala, SA wold be a bunch of jokers, with all due respect. Me and my friend who plays his usual ‘gully’ cricket in MA, often debate over Cricket matches and he takes great pride in supporting any team playing opposite to India. Of course, he doesn’t understand Cricket a bit and his ignorance towards the game matches my younger son’s visionary over his Nintendo DS.

More than anything this is selection panel’s loss. Sehwag has proved that he can wack the same Steyn around all around the park faster than he can bowl. Paul Harris stuck to his ‘negative’ line of bowling which remembers me Steve Waugh’s down-under game with India. Wherein Amit Mishra with his orthodox action might have missed a trillion edges of SA’s batting. In plain terms, other than Steyn’s success they rode completely over luck. Kallis was almost run-out when he was on 2 and he did not had a clue what length Mishra was bowling to and their edges out weigh their total score by zillions. Again, irony it may sound, look at the way our main batsmen got out, more than the bowling it was shot selection. In a given day, Sehwag can put 11 out of 10 outside the off stump balls to boundary (you can build a china-wall, it will still pierce through). The team lost the test even before the first ball was bowled, having no choice but to pick Saha (no offenses on Saha) who never in his life have dreamt of making a debut because a stand-by got injured that morning 15 minutes before the play.

Tet match is about sessions and nothing else. Gauti might have made two consecutive erroneous decisions, but he seldom does that and Kolkata will be a perfect place to set that right. Hoping that Lakshman will come back to the game, we still miss Dravid, who at #3 places his innings with perfection. India should forget what happened at Kanpur as SA did not win that game, its India who have lost its game, right from selection time. Sreesanth and Raina have been called back to the squad (hilarious than it sounds) as it makes it no better combination. My pick would be,

  1. Gambhir
  2. Sehwag
  3. Vijay
  4. Sachin
  5. Lakshman
  6. Kohli
  7. Dhoni
  8. Harbhajan
  9. Mishra
  10. Zaheer
  11. Sreesanth

If Badrinath or Raina plays in place of Kohli, I don’t think it would make too much different and Gambhir should be 1st down while promoting Vijay to open the innings.

Dhoni is an excellent captain and he accepts his mistakes more boldly than any other captain around. He was playing with 8 instead of 11 players and I do not blame him for that. If Bhajji resorts to ‘negative’ line, I guess SA will take decades to search for the ball. Game is ON.