Though india was battling against a inevitable loss against the mighty australians , first thing i did after reaching home from school was to run towards the tv. Seeing laxman and dravid bat ,My first impression is why the match got abandoned suddenly- in a positive sense – or What was our score in the 2 nd innings – obviously in a negative sense -, but it took me few seconds to realize that i’m witnessing one of the greatest comebacks ever staged and making of 2 modern day greats . Dravid played the second fiddle to laxman in that innings and he always seem play that role to perfection in many occasions.
I was never a big dravid fan but always a big admirer.Sometimes,You can only admire but not love a person who is almost perfect – without faults – .He always resembled a textbook player , someone know all the pages in a book and recite bottom to top.He never had the flair of lara, elegance of laxman , cover drive of ganguly or charisma of dhoni but he showed us with his humanly qualities combined with uncompromising hard work it is possible to reach godly status.He is a case study for not only budding crickets but also for people who want to make best use of their abilities.He never really got the due respect among the media and fans , he deserved .He was made to keep wickets, shuffle his best batting position, dropped & recalled from international arena without either much thought or any hesitation from selectors , ridiculed in public for his slow pacing of the innings.But He never allowed these distractions to affect his game or his character ,he was always committed to the cause . Like a able & loyal soldier , he always held his fort -and his head high – abide all those rubbles and murmours.
During the good times ,he always comes between the angst of sehwag’s wicket and the impatient wait for the impending sachin’s arrival as a filler. As a saying goes, ‘true value of the man is known during the bad times’, Dravid’s service to the indian cricket is measured during the toughest of tough battles we have faced.Many of those battles were now a pleasant memory, thanks only to some of the brilliant innings of Dravid.
Though he went to hit a 22 ball 50 , had a good IPL career and bowed out from 20-20 with a hatrick of sixes, world would only remember – want to remember – Dravid jumping to Block a head high bouncer to the ground to make the ball stop as a dead log.Though Dravid batted as if , he has all the time in the world ,his time as one of the greatest batsman – if not, the greatest – has come to a end but his legacy as one of the finest gentlemen and ardent student of the game is there to continue for generations to come. We admire you !
This Book takes us through the pages of history from the moment india broke her imperialistic chains to india‘s surge to be one of the leading global economic power .book captures the various events of india in her journey as a world’s largest democracy in an unbiased way. Book starts explaining how India is an unnatural nation due to the wide division based on its geographical ,linguistic , religion & caste . and ends with ‘why india is united ‘. Reading those chapters would make you spellbound-in a way proud- about the unique never before heard features of the most divisive nation, the world has ever seen .
part 1 deals with the earlier stages of nation building –drafting the constitution , uniting/incorporating the various princely states with the main land – to be precise . 2nd part traverses with history which coincides with unprecedented growth of Nehru’s stature within india and congress with the demise of sarder vallabhai patel . 3rd part deals with the democratic elections making way to rise and handing over the power from congress to communist and dravidian movements in the south india and india’s first and only loss in the hugely unexpected war from the hands of china .4th part gives us the rise of indira from a daughter of a nation’s last widely accepted leader to a charismatic leader herself and how in her path split the largest party for her personal gains . Indira was decisive in her actions , gave birth to Bangladesh ,tested the india’s first nuclear device,actively fought by JP and his team which ultimately led to emergency ,broke congress and made it a single family hegemony for years to come(until now) .in the last and 5th part author clarifies as he moves from ‘history’ to ‘historically informed journalism’ ,he explores varies important events as babri masjid riots and gujarat riots .
Going by the title , I Assumed there would be no or little coverage about Gandhi and wondered how would be a book- about india – be complete . Though Gandhi lived -or we allowed him to live – barely 200 days after india’s independence his activities in those days were not less important than his leadership for independence struggle . He is a one man army-though he would have hated me to use the word army refer him – , when there is hindu-muslim riots in Calcutta , he walked numerous miles ,spoke and fasted in his ailing age and brought peace and harmony . would have we allowed him to live more ,he would have brought a end to riots in north India even in Pakistan . We -even world-would never get a leader of his stature again . But even during his death he did what he failed to do all his life time , brought Nehru and patel together .
This book is definitely not a small-sized one (approx 775 pages ),even though it is a historical book but it was by no means a boring one.Author made me live in those times ,some times I felt like reading newspaper columns on other occasions he made me walk with Gandhi in Kolkata ,with sheikh Abdulla in Srinagar ,with Nehru in Bombay ,with J P during emergency , into golden temple during operation blue star , with awe and shock during demolition of babri masjid . This book has covered Kashmir issue well and it gives the great insight about the conflict through the ages . It was a pleasure reading this one – to say the least – .
If you have slightest of habit to turning the pages of a newspaper beyond sports and movies or having the passion to know about our nation, I recommend this book not for reading alone but also keep this one as treasured possession in your book shelf forever
Morning sunshine Revealed the time As 7 am. There were no clocks in the room, apparently nothing but human faces here and there. I was sitting in a corner of the room ,just opposite to a friend.I can feel the pleasant weather outside,But my heart reminded me that our situation was not exactly pleasant. we both didn spoke a word but our eyes did spoke many . Facial sweats keep telling the outer world about our inner feeling. we were not alone in the rooms , there were 2 others accompanying us. They were man of charisma ,they didn’t show a moment of restlessness as us but were throughly enjoying their stay at that room as sachin plays his cricket. Both are well built , equipped with modern machine guns in uniforms . They were discussing about various things ,everything was pretty much audible but nothing reached my brain. several million random thoughts keep on flashing across my mind. i want to talk , but i’m unable even to spell a word in that room.
The Silence was broken atlast , there are no more birds humming and a random vehicle’s sssh sound .There are large of movement of men outside .You can visualize the boots ramping and running hard , and fleeing birds . I can visualize the scene outside. Fear is catching me near. My heart was beating at a speed which was alien to it before. one of the uniformed men , went to the balcony -showed us that we were in the first floor of the building -. He had a good look at the enviroment outside ,he casually reported back to the other one . Both of them had quick word with each other . It seemed that they were waiting for this moment , ready for all . They were busy packing their materials – i see nothing other than guns – and finally informed us that the whole building was surrounded by army troops !! and told us that there is noway to stop the inevitable and they are preparing for the final battle or in short -martyrdom- . They should have felt disgusted seeing the fear in our faces , didn’t care to talk more to us then . our eyes shone Propagating our impeding horrible end . I have never experienced this feeling , though everyone knows death is the ultimate end awaiting you most of us don’t have the courage to face it. i’m no more than a ordinary person . Many things /persons were in poping up in my memory but only one thing is there , ’ I Wanna Live ,Anyhow” . I tried hard to wipe the fear of death from my face before those brave men but , i failed miserably . i felt , fear of death is more than the death itself. i felt ashamed to be a coward even when 2 teachers were showing me ,how to face death with a smile and die like a man . Eventhough in the extreme emotions and cowardly man inside me taking the lead, i don’t want to leave them alone though i cant help them in any way. Though , i had many unfinished ambitions/desires/duties left in this world , Surviving by Leaving them die alone, would leave me as a dead man forever . Instead of living as a Dead man forever , i Decided to Die as a man once for all ! ! .
I heard a Loud blast Suddenly – all important things happen suddenly only - , that was what i last heard or remembered about that moment. my vision went blank , my senses ceased to work there after
I’m back to my senses ,Now but i can feel my hands shivering , body shacking. I was in my bed , in chennai !!!.It was a Dream !!! , i searched my cell and found that time has already passed 8 , i need to rush to the office . I have my own deliverables , own commitments , own issues to carry on and then this is just a Dream – i dont need to care much -, i started preparing myself for a another day @ office. A question raised in my mind, do everything is a dream , u need to carry on your works without any giving much thought to what ever happens around you ? . i felt ashamed , even when a million people lose their life in ethnic struggle about 100kms , i was busy nursing my own goals, ambitions , welfares …
for more of my views on what am i talking about here and who are those 2 uniformed men came in my dream ? Let me write a second part of this article .
In the last eight months only 2 posts !! i’m definitely lacking the urge to blog nowadays . my laziness is the most important reason stopping me from blogging but off late , Twitter provides me a platform to let out my views in a simple way without much work.so i was more occupied with a simple tweet than a blog.
Then there are few reasons ,why i’m fighting with my laziness and blog . As the days move on and on,when you came to know about your limitations in a society , and more often you were pre occupied with your personal goals and life and seems to have no time for the happenings around the world ,it seems to be a vague way of living . There are somethings for which we can at least raise a voice of disapproval or may be approval .
As Rachel points to Bruce wayne ,
” What you are underneath doesn define you
But what you do ,defines you “
There seems to be a huge difference between who we are and what we do . more times , we are forced to be *otherone* borrowing/accepting the views of other ones due to numerous reasons. but i have learnt my own way to reduce the gap and i want to echo my views more vibrantly here .
‘Remeber the past, enjoy the present ,plan for the future ‘
OCT 30th , 2009
our Team were involved in a meeting . All of us were introducing ourselves, when my Turn comes, I said ” with this day ,it is exactly 1 year with this organization ” . yeah , i have completed the first year of my profession career . when i told that , numerous events crossed my mind in split seconds . it has been a long year ( but it went very soon )
It all started with a call on Friday evening from the HR ,asking me to join on a Wednesday morning. when i got the call , i was in a dream world(i was sleeping actually ) . it seems to me, whenever i sleep in the afternoons , goodthings happen.(i should try this @ office ) my 12th result too came in the same fashion ..
it is nothing short of a full circle for me in the past 12 months for me. for the initial 4 months, i was trained . in that period i was put along with another 23 people in a batch(DN004) . when i finished my college life ,i vowed to myself that i wont have any friends in my professional career. But life once again put me around a set of wonderful people.To say the least ,- they are just wonderful .i later rebuked myself for having such a prejudice and how big a mistake it would be if i have followed it.
I enjoyed a lot in the training days, i had one the wonderful days there though i was one the verge of exiting the company , clearing the exit tests at the last possible attempts.
Then i entered the next lap , projects .My goodness, do any of you people have got bored to the core by simply warming the chairs for months together. i have been.. we had computers , chat clients ,internet , i came sharp @ 9 and left sharp @ 5 45 but no work . as days moved on . it left nothing other than frustration of knowing nothing of the working model of the industry even after spending half a year in it.
But everything changed one day (but i always believe nothing happens in a day).i was mapped into a new project . it didn’t took me long to understand the ‘Real’ world inside the software industry.Our team is a small one and we need to do some enhancements with some pretty strict deadlines.we as a team need to stretch every day and night . our days extended ,nights shrinked and weekends were only in calendars . But it look like a dream when i think of those days ,we manage to keep on spirits alive even in those hard days. i remember stepping to the office continuously for 33 days with a days off. friends ,who bought my dinner daily for this late comer,who had time to open the door and talk words of concern in those late nights ,who have concern in their words while they knew about my situation , who scolded me to talk a day’s off @ any cost , really make my life worth living (obviously i cant just keep on going to office to keep my life worth living ,wanna do something else too ). But i really cherish those hard days forever :)(but i want those days only in memories too ).
i really like my team , they treated me like a boy Krishna – Enjoying my mistakes and hailing my efforts – . they really gave me confidence i needed , in my first project.
when we finished our project , Appreciation started pouring from every corner . i too got my share as a Award internally. then i see through the warranty support of this Project and swiftly moved into a another project, where the construction part has been finished before i arrived there. I hardly had little time to understand Requirements or construction since QA has started his pressure already . in another angle , i hardly had anything that can be done on my own .
That is my first year as software professional .. is there only green pastures , Full moons, pleasant breezes , in short only ‘vikraman‘ film in my journey in the past one life .if i tell like it, u need not be cal lightman to find that ‘I’m lying’ ,but i sometimes i feel there are only less space for emotions in work .so let me keep that ranting in some other posts
9 30 Pm,Nov 5th,2009
Once i got down from the bus,i rushed towards the house.At times, i transformed myself into Hanuman -jumping water pools in my streets – sometimes into a Abimanyu – daring to run into the lightless water logged streats full of unexpected creatures -. BTW, why i run this mad towards my home ?
when i stormed into my home,Everyone had their eyes fixed on the Idiot box. Noone had the courtesy to Question the gasping friend :P. i too didn bother much about them . while throwing my shoes into a corner ,i jumped before the TV .! Sachin is batting on 167!! . i have already missed enough . which is destined to be -one of the – greatest innings under pressure. i dont want to miss more. but Life or if u called God has some other plans . Sachin got out Unfortunately on 175 and India lost by 3 runs . ( i joked after the match , when Sachins plays like his old days , india too jus do that ) But this man only has the power to Stop 1 billion big nation , make millions of people run like sprinters,Train to stop for mins..
I became a Hardcore Cricket fan by watching him score tons of runs in 1996 world cup.But off late, i lost much of my passion towards cricket.i dont care to watch live feeds or highlights much just score cards in HINDU is enough for me. but when this man plays , i just love it..
20 years of International cricket, 30,000 runs , 100 centuries in the calling somewhere before he ends his career. love of numerous cricket lovers all over the world and worship of millions of indians. what more ? only thing that eludes him is the mother of all trophies -ICC world Cup-. He took india closest on 96 and a inch closer on ’03 but he needs to be another inch closer this time. i think, 2011 is not his last chance but the last chance indian cricket team to honour their Greatest son , true representative of the gentleman’s game, one the nations face in he last 2 decades presenting him with the ultimate and lone gem missing in his throne .
we all love you sachin ..
This is the third time , i’m showing my index finger with pride and satisfaction to the world.Even i voted this time , i was pessimistic about the polling percentages in the state . but very surprised and happy to see it jumped to 68% from late 50 % mark .
only less than a day left to know election results , but it’s my time to predict the results
with no major wave – would ealam tamils wave against congress make a difference? – flowing towards any alliance , it seems as the contest of the votebank arithmetic and compaign power of the star campaigners . with arithmetic working in favour of the AIADMK alliance and jayalalitha’s whirlwind campaign(Karunanidhi’s campaign being curtailed to hours ) drawing huge crowds , AIADMK expected to get about 25 seats , but with voting percentage increased considerbly-people who voted in excess doesnot belong to any votebanks - and and vijaykanth’s DMDK eating into AIADMK’s opposition votes. 25-15 in favour of DMK may be the verdict . but what ever the results are , they would closely contest one .
DMDK wont be winning any seats as expected but it would get good number of votes in kallakurichi ,cuddalore ,virudhunagar and kanyakumari . but even if it able to get same 8.33% as prev assembly elections , it would be a big achievement
BJP would be holding on to traditional vote bank but it is no way seem to get more votes than it. it to wont get win any seats but it may even threaten a second place finish in kanyakumari and ramanathapuram( purely due to thirunavukarasur’s charisma )
apart from that , i’m eagerly waiting for sarath babu’s votes (contesting in south chennai, where i live ) some youngsters seem to have voted for him and trichy’s results ( where i vote)
it is simple as that , it is hung parliament . but with both NDA and UPA expected to win around 200 seats but with fourth front (SP-RJD-LJP) expected to atleast 35-40 and left front getting a another minimum of 35 . it is most likely a non-bjp government . but would manmohan singh would continue to be the PM , this is tricky question thought NCP would be getting only 15 + seats , sharad pawar may likely to be a option for PM with fourth front and left may pinch for non-congress PM , with shiva sena to support for a marathi manoos .
can sharad pawar achieve what he is denied in early nineties ? can Mamohan singh can hold on to the unexpected gift for another term ? but with my prediction going to dust and can L K advani jumping on the highest seat in his last and only chance ? but this is the one last time ,these 3 can aspire to became PM , there is no second chance for them . though Sharad pawar has age on his side , situations may not be this fruital in the future.
NOTE 1 : even you would be reading this , this prediction may be un comparable to the results declared . but it may declare that i too join the elite number of people who can’t predict the pulse of people in advance.
Finally D-day has arrived ,the decision is in our hands .Let us participate in this mass festival -not for the well being of others but for ours- . Let us go to polling booth and vote for whomever we think the best or atleast not the worst. if u feel noone is elgible to get your vote , go for 49 0 form but Let us make sure that we exercise our right . Let us vote
I always belive “money has NO value attached to it, unless it has been properly invested “. One of the finest investments (excluding gifts to relations & friends) , is buying a book – ‘INDIA unbound by guru charan das ” -. I did that on my first month salary. I took more time than any other book to finish it, partly due to my training and partially due to my prejudice on some matters which made to constantly argue/discuss with myself.
Author takes us through the events of India from the independence till the new millennium in his perspective. The book is essentially about why and how, the highly productive India became poor and how it would gain became rich. We can have a close insight of nehruvism socialism /democratic socialism-as called by this author – or mixed economy ,with which the Nehru dreamt of building the new India . The author is highly critical of the bureaucracy and license raj -only particular enterprise having particular license can produce certain products- which were responsible for the chances India missed from 1960′s until the markets opened in 1991.he came with numerous case studies to prove his point like aditya birla leaving India and building a empire on foreign soils , TATA group refused numerous projects while late dhirubhai ambani being the lone exception to create a business empire –result of blend of shrewd intelligence and ability to bend laws – . From 1991,s when the economic blockade is removed, it waved for the new hope for millions of Indian where playfield is level and new group of enthusiastic young Entrepreneurs started developing..
Author, former CEO of P&G is a unmistakable flag bearer of capitalism and highly critical of socialism . I would like to know his views on present state of economics of biggest exhibitors of capitalism ( USA ).
Though I have some reservations about how the author look at certain issues , I love reading this book. Simply because it has kindled my appetite for reading books on contemporary history .and i strongly recommand you to read this one .
i have zero in on some of the books which i would be willing to read in the near future
* “India after gandhi” by ramachandra guha
* “my life ,my country” by LK advani , i really wanna know what this rightist politician-who has a significant influence in dividing the people on religion – (sorry , if I’m wrong J ) , have to say about the last 50 years
*”discovery of india” – jawaharlal nehru , to knew his viewpoints