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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Yearender With A.....Drag?

Three days back at around 8pm we finished our evening tea and were standing outside our office gate as my colleague was finishing his fag. I saw one elderly couple crossing the road from opposite to us. As they crossed they kept on looking at us. I thoutht they might ask us something.

They crossed and passed us still looking at us and stopped at little distance away. From the back of my eye I saw them talking intensely.

Then the husband came up and addressed my colleague,

'Hello, can I have a drag please?'

'What! A drink?'

'No, no. I want only a drag. I didn't take one since yesterday!'

My bewildered friend offered him the remaining part, 'Ok. Have it all'. And we started moving towards the gate. With the wife watching the man took one drag and shouted behind us, 'Hello, I want only a drag. Please take it back!'

We waved at him and went back to work laughing all the way.

Can you analyze this true bizzarre incident?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Binding Terror

First the public anger pouring into the streets of Mumbai. This kind of anger was first seen in Guwahati after the Assam blasts on Octover 30, with crowds marching on to attack the capital complex.

The anger enveloping the whole of India now. Cascading into political resignations, falls of ministries and so on. Politics attacked finally not only by the elites who never bothered even to vote earlier, but also by the masses.

And today, the 11th of December, in the Indian Parliament all political parties joined together to fight terror.

Let the fallout of terror last forever, not terror.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Target Mumbai

Terror strikes Mumbai again. A new terror date is created--26/11.

Yes, nobody knows where when and what next.

And WHY.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Cricket Vibes

After many years India is fast adopting a positive ruthless attitude and is winning matches consistently. Defeated Aus in ODI 2-0, Aus in Test 2-0 and defeated England in ODI with a 4-0 lead. But some people, so much used to a negative mindset, are giving odd reactions.

One reporter of a channel started babbling what England is doing and what it's supposed to do. Well, it's a fact that the weaker team always loses and you don't ask, hey buggers, why are you so weak! You criticize them identifying the areas of weakness. But you have to laud the winning team for its victory. Mercifully the reporter was cut short.

Another scribe wrote that England lost the last two matches due to the D-L method. Yes, the D-L rules are complex, but it cannot possibly harm the better team. In the Kanpur ODI (Nov 20, 2008) India was in a sound position, 198/5 needing only 43 runs off 9 overs and at that point they won by 16 runs due to D-L. What's wrong in that?

In the Bangalore ODI (Nov 23, 2008) D-L put India only at great disadvantage: they started the innings for a 50 over match, then they faced 44 overs and after the last interruption the match was reduced to just 22 overs. Having played 17 overs already India had only five overs left suddenly. This was a defeat situation, because they didn't play for a 22 over match. But Team India changed gear brilliantly and plundered 60 runs off five overs and so the D-L rationalization made the final target a very stiff one. Even then Engaland had a great chance, but Team India played better and won. What's wrong in that?

Be positive, yaar.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Longest Break!

...well, that's it!

In the meantime the N-Deal was through with nobody quite being able to have the last laugh. Anyway, history was made.

In the meantime most powerful blasts ravaged my hometown Guwahati and my home state Assam. Just ten days back we were there moving around most of the places targetted. The fear was there, but securtiy was utterly lacking. Well why innocents are being killed everywhere with nobody knowing where when what next. What purpose it serves?

We were there for one month. Organized a musical function in fond memory of our father Bibekananda Bhattacharyya on the occasion of his first death anniversary, in Guwahati, Sept 28, 2008. The function named 'Prashanti' was a huge success with the innovative ways it was conducted. Ragini and myself compiled and edited a small book too as a souvenir. We hope to make it an annual musical event on 28th of any winter month, because 28th is our father's birth, death and marriage date which is significant.

And in cricket India is in winning ways. The positive approach is palpable. Since that incredible 2-0 drubbing of Aus in the ODI Triseries things had changed for the best.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Longer Break!

...well, no excuses!

In my latest ezine aricle we posed the question about who would have the last laugh on the N Deal.

Well, too many laughs, but the last is still to come! On winning the trust vote convincingly the Indian government laughed merrily. Then, a few days back the opposition parties and the leftist laughed a lot. Then again on NSG winner the govenment had the heartiest laugh.

Yet, the Deal is still to be through. What a Deal!

If the Deal is finally passed the left parties would wait for the next government to come after winning the elections and scrap it. Just chill!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Long Break!

Quite a long break. Well, busy with work in office and not rather keeping fit. So it was mostly rest at home.

In the meantime the political rampage in India is still going on. Now the trust vote will be done on a special session of Parliament on July 21-22. If the government win the trust vote the nuclear deal is through.

For now the left-right megamix (the left political parties and the fundamentalist right wing parties coming together to bring the government down)is rocking!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Loan Wavering!

The most discussed the most debated the most controversial hottest topic at the moment in India is the loan waiver granted by the Union Budget-2008-09 to all small and marginal farmers holding upto 5 acres of land. There are more demands now-that is say maybe more greed- by all political parties. 'Give loan waiver to big farmers too holding land beyond 5 acres'. 'Give it to other communities too like the fishemen folks'. 'Give it to all poor folks'.

One smart reporter in a news room had a fertile suggestion. 'Why not demonstrate for a complete loan waiver to all credit card holders!' Right buddy! So many credit card holders are plagued by goons invading their homes to recover the dues.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Never Go For Unsolicited Credit Cards

Beware! You get calls on your mobile all the time offering you credit cards with lots of promise. The freelance agents will tell you it's a lifetime free card and many other features. But these features will be missing in the agreement form of the bank if you decide to take it. When you confront him the agent will confirm again it's free.

Problems start sooner than one year. If not backing out on other promises the bank will definitely charge the annual fee after a year. Enraged, you will ask them to cancel the damn thing. But they will go on postponing it and go on harrassing you for payment threatening legal action. I'm still having such a problem with the largest nationalized bank of India, the State Bank of India. So, what to expect from others? It's better not to make such mistakes at all.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Shoot Me!

A big burly guy along with some of his supporters barged into the news room of a TV channel. He encountered the editor directly and started bragging about his activities on that particular day. 'Other channels only covered my function, but for you I'm coming physically and exclusively. Please call your camera team and start my interview.'

The harassed editor somehow managed to convince the guest that he would be called to the studio at the earliest and for the moment he should leave his documents.
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