I have always been a staunch critic of Narendra Modi since he came to power. If you will ask my friends, they would call me someone who sees no good in this government. Well, on this 8th November, Narendra Modi banned 500 and 1000 rupees note and I was still doubtful about his decision.
At 7.50 p.m., Doordarshan announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 8 p.m. It seemed like an ordinary address but the Prime Minister came up with something, which was unprecedented, groundbreaking and historic.
Just after the night, we set blaze gazillions of fire-crackers, the rockets, the bombs and the chakris, the air around the urban centres in Northern India has turned awfully pure. The Air Pollution Index (API) has scaled faster than the Salman Khan’s box office collection, driving in smog in headlights has became a delight in Delhi and the hazier, contaminated azure is giving déjà vu. The comatose ‘Environmental Education’ textbooks have suddenly started rejoicing after they overheard that the pollution level during ‘Diwali’ in 2016 is far greater than 2015. Even the phrase ‘awareness can help us to curb pollution’ can’t hold it’s obnoxious smile.
‘Mom, it’s just that I am quite weak in this subject. Plant physiology is not my cup of tea.’
I said as I put down the mark sheet bearing the poor grades in biology. Mom picked it up and laughed, ‘and this is how a doctor ‘s daughter is supposed to be.’ Continue reading “Mom, today I write this for you.”
On the first of October, in the annual marketing fest, Insight 2016 of the India’s premier B-school, IIM Ahmedabad, came a big delight in the speakers’ series. Many of us there essentially didn’t recognise who the speaker was but the couch -‘Creator of the Mauka Mauka advt.’ below his portrait on the gigantic screen bound many, not to leave the Ravi J. Matthai auditorium for the next hour.
‘You are more dangerous to this country than Maoists and terrorists. Don’t dare speak over me!’
These were the words of outraged Arnab Goswami to Umar Khalid during JNU ruckus.
‘Pradhan Mantri ji, aapki foreign policy kaafi achi rahi hai. Your speech to the US Congress was a humorous one and liked by all.’ These again were the words of the same Arnab Goswami while interviewing Narendra Modi. Continue reading “You are more dangerous to this country than Maoists!”
Certainly, story and drama create an innate connect within people towards something. Nothing can serve a better example than the unreleased movie ‘Udta Punjab’.
A scored a gleaming 90% in Class 12 board examinations, aspiring to become a doctor. B scored a meagre 50%. A was a ‘general‘ candidate, hence had to kill her wish and had to study Engineering from some XYZ college. B was an ST. She now plays in the lobbies of the best medical college; shamelessly clicking selfies all day long. Such is the unabashed wrath of this blasphemy called Reservation.
Censor aficionado Pehlaj Nihalani,
Frankly speaking, I didn’t know you until your name popped up in ‘Udta Punjab’ controversy. When I saw you, everywhere on my news feed, I learned that you head the Censor Board of India. You are in such abyssal love with the word ‘censor’ that you had proposed 89 cuts in the movie beside dropping the name ‘Punjab’ from Udta.
The year was 2003. Analysts hailed ‘India Shining’ and every other exit and opinion poll forecasted the return of the ‘Vajpayee’ Sarkaar. Vajpayee was so cocksure of his comeback that he called for matinal elections; but the election results were an absolute shocker.