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Do You Believe In Ghosts? 2

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My grandfather, Indreswar Chakravarty, was a very learned man, though he had the opportunity to study only up to matriculation level. He was a scholar in Sanskrit language and always gave time to interpret and analyze ancient Sanskrit scriptures. He wrote articles regularly and published one book too in late years.

He had a perfect sense of reasoning and a logical mind. He used to tell me that he had had numerous paranormal experiences and he tried to explain or justify or negate everyone of them. But, some of them remained as they were. Here is one of them.

One fine morning my grandfather was reading a book in the sitting room. On being called by his name he looked up towards the doorway. A very well dressed strikingly handsome young man was standing there and asking for a glass of water. Failing to recognize him Grandpa requested him to sit and turned to the sideways table to pour a glass of water. In a moment he faced the young man with the glass ready.

The young man had vanished…

The IPL Scandal Cry!

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Everybody, the media in particular, has been crying hoarse over the IPL controversy in relation to the formation of a new franchise, Kochi (a city of Southern India).

Why, when you deal in such huge huge money disputes quarrels controversies scandals and so on are bound to happen. Maybe things were under wraps so far and since this time a minister was involved it blew the lid. Again, India is not the only country where favoritism nepotism corruption and unholy nexus are held in high esteem.

Two new teams, Kochi and Pune, were auctioned recently for astronomical prices, even higher than the IPL Commissioner expected! There might be a time soon when every billionaire of the world would want to buy an IPL team or to have stakes in it. The money game is all set to accelerate further. With formation of new and newer teams the tournament duration will have to be increased from current 2 months to 3-6 months or maybe for a full year and it will fast become a deadly war of Business Vs Loyalt…

Do You Believe In Ghosts?

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Well, basically you have no choice. If you believe you cannot prove it. If you don't believe you cannot prove it either. Then, based on varied personal experiences you just cannot deny the most potent invisible world. Once you accept the existence of the invisible world there will definitely be inhabitants in it. You call them anything; ghosts or good or evil forces or energies.

In our native village in eastern Assam, India, we had our house with a huge campus with ponds both in the front and back side. My grandfather, Indreswar Chakravarty who lived up to the ripe age of 97, was a cultivator and a very hard worker. His work meant everything to him and he never bothered about the ghosts or anything. He used to go out with a sword when he sensed tigers prowling around the cowshed late at night. So, he had no fear in his mind to have what you may call hallucinations.

And, ghosts or spirits were like normal inhabitants of the house. He and my grandmother saw them almost every day. Ju…

Rajasthan Royals Vs Deccan Chargers: A Classic Tale Of Cricket!

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A cricket match where it no longer mattered what format it belonged to. Test or fifty overs or twenty overs! If you want to know, it was an IPL T20 match played on April 5 at Nagpur, India.

Both teams--Rajasthan Royals(RR) and Deccan Chargers(DC)--were desperate for win. The pitch was slowish and was not easy to bat on. The batsmen had to dig in to play major innings. It offered something for the bowlers--both spinners and pacers--despite all the crippling restrictions imposed on them thanks to T20 IPL cricket. Fours and sixes were normalized and genuine gripping cricket played.

RR scored 159 all out in 19.5 overs. A fighting total considering the conditions. And, RR had the stamp of never losing a match defending 150 or more. DC bowlers, prominently RP Singh excelled.

DC seemed to be cruising midway. But then, the 40 year old wonder called Shane Warne got possessed as on many occasions of his illustrious career and took four wickets on a trot making way for a cricket match of glorio…

The Sania Connection!

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In the midst of terror attacks and talks, charges and counter charges, leg pulling and bullying and lobbying the bragging boys called India and Pakistan suddenly face up to the immense challenge of becoming in-laws!

Sania Mirza, the tennis star of India, has decided to wed Shoaib Malik, the cricket star of Pakistan.

And all hell breaks loose.

The tennis authority of Pakistan had already declared that Sania will now play for them.

Her Indian lawyer insisted that Sania will continue playing for India.

Father of Shoaib's first wife(?) threatens to sue him while Shoaib dismisses this as allegations and threatens to file a suit too. The mystery is deepening day by day.

Parents of Shoaib have expressed their displeasure Sania wearing skirts and playing tennis.

Protectors of the Indian heritage have given the judgment that Sania is 'no longer Indian'.

The would be couple reportedly plans to settle in Dubai.

Why not leave them in peace! Why not wish them Happy Wedding.

Look Before You...Invite Amitabh Bachchan!

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You invite a celebrity because s/he is a celebrity. Because s/he has accomplishments to make you proud and to add grace to your event.

No longer valid in India that is wonder. Just don't even bother about her/his national or international acclaim. Just concentrate on which caste s/he is born with, which religion s/he adheres to, which language s/he speaks and what are her/his political affiliations. Have the final assessment based on these parameters and decide whether to invite or not to invite.

As the Bandra-Worli Sea Link event controversy in Mumbai still rages on you must put things in focus.

Political parties in India always talk about national integration, but when it comes to integrity they bother only about their own party priorities. They stop recognizing the existence of different states within the wonder that is India, the existence of different languages, cultures or religions, the existence of the fundamental rights of freedom of expression and opinion and event t…

The Crispy Maya Of Mayawati!

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It's all maya, you know! Maya meaning 'illusion'. Since ancient times Indian sages have been telling us that the visual materialistic world is all maya, reality lies beyond that.

Mayawati--lady politician from north India--seems to have taken all pains to reaffirm this ultimate truth. She decided to wear a garland worth 50 million rupees and made entirely of hard currency notes of 1000 denomination. By this unique unprecedented lunatic act Mayawati intended telling you the simple truth 'Forget about money! What hard cash can give you after all! Live in reality and continue to do so! Like this garland shows, it's all meaningless! Have a peaceful and meaningful life, trust me!'

But the moot point in Mayawati's maya is what happens to the currency notes finally. Maya would definitely not discard them due to maya. She would definitely like to convert them into reality--sweet hardy cashy reality. For reality's sake, the income tax department is already inqu…

Histrionics after History!

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Left and Right came together in a rare embrace to support Centre pass the Women Reservation Bill,2010 in the upper house the of Indian Parliament breaking the first hurdle to ensure 33% reservation for women in Parliament and all legislatures of the country. History was made after a struggle of nearly 14 years.

The feudal lords and chieftains of India never allowed it in all these years and this time, nonplussed by Left-Right embrace they hid behind an excuse to still oppose it. Suppressing, oppressing, dominating and exploiting women through the centuries now they suddenly got amorous of the backward women and demanded quota within quota. They showed so much vehemence that it started infecting all other political parties who supported the Bill.

Now, nothing is certain for the next step--making it an Act by passing it in the lower house. Everybody is having second thoughts, doubts and scares.

Why wonder in a wonder that is India! How anyone male would allow women to come up and be …

Rdefining SHAME!

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In an elite social networking site inhabited by most educated liberated and enriched individuals, a hot debate raged on the topic of a celebrity artiste hounded out of India for insulting religious sentiments who recently accepted foreign citizenship.

Was it a shame for Indians? 'NO! NO! NO!' shrieked all barring a few hesitant voices. 'You dare insult us? You deserve to be hounded out!'

Well, recently a political stalwart was expelled from a national party for writing a book that contained things not acceptable to some.

There is no mercy in the largest democracy of the world. All creative souls can no longer afford to express opinions here in any medium that may not please some. Make one mistake and prepare for an exile or get humiliated or even killed. Ideals of a few intolerant groups are cited and followed ecstatically. In the land of Gandhiji tolerance no longer exists. Social networking sites seem to be entirely bereft of any socializing thoughts!

SHAME needs…

HAAPY HOLI!

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India celebrates the Festival of Colors or Holi today! Myriad colors bringing joy fulfillment and togetherness to all!

Happy Holi! Come and join in!

Vintage Tendulkar! India Win Series Against South Africa!

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Sachin Tendulkar created history today at Gwalior in the second one day international against South Africa. From the very start Sachin played shots all around the ground achieving half century, then century, then one hundred fifty and finally the incredible double century not out. The first time in the history of one day cricket that someone has hit a double ton.

The superlative innings rekindled memories of the ferocious run hungry Tendulkar of the nineties. The focused and obsessively intense batting feats at Sharjah against the Aussies rushed to the mind.

Team India seemed to be in a devastating mood. There was no time to wait. Sehwag fell early to his favorite shot. Dinesh Karthik gave terrific support in fast paced partnership. The power and fury of Pathan and Dhoni was perhaps inspired by the demolition man at the other end. The unbelievable 400 mark was surpassed and a target of 402 set for a plundered South Africa. What followed was inevitable. They did hit an incredible 43…

Marriage in Reverse Motion?

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One of the endless serials in a colorful TV channel recently hit upon a brilliant idea! This is bound to save you time tension and legal hassles. All estranged couples take delight!

If you want to run away from your wedlock never bother about divorce and courts and lawyers. Follow what the serial offers you and be a winner.

Just arrange the same marriage ceremony. But in reverse order. Take off the garlands from each others throats. Sit before the holy sacrificial fire inside the ceremonial canopy-both of you- and take the opposite vow that you cannot carry on with this holy bandhan or tie. If you are the groom then rub off the Sindoor or vermilion from the bride's forehead. Mutual denials of wedding rings and ornaments.

Both of you stand up. Take the saat phere around the fire alright, but in reverse order--going backwards. Finally, get someone to untie the wedlock.

And, you are free birds! Maybe the serial did not digest the immense potential of its panacea fully. Because, f…

Jaipur ODI: Hadley Chase Thriller!

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The first onedayer between India and South Africa had everything like that of Hadley Chase thriller. The apparent weaknesses, the ups and downs and the twists!

India were without four key players and SA was without it captain. Perhaps SA put India into bat first to attack the weaker batting order right away.

India added to their plan by a shaky start with Tendulkar run out and Sehwag run out in an absolute tragedy. But India did very well in the end amassing 298/9. There was just one half century by Suresh Raina, but almost every player did his bit contributing to the final competitive score.

SA started very well thanks to a couple of weird umpiring decisions. But then, wickets fell at regular intervals and India looked to finish it off with SA begging for mercy at 225/8 with all recognized batsmen back in pavilion.

And then, the final twist. With some fierce batting by the tailenders South Africa almost snatched the match away from India. India won by 1 run!

A classic encounter …

His Name Is Terror!

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When you quarrel argue and fight over petty issues like whose name is what or which part of mother earth belongs to which humans the one whose name is terror finds it ideal to strike and hit you the hardest.

Get united and neutralize the next terror attack.

Terrorize terror with your integrated might.

Appreciate the efforts and pains taken by our Home Minister P Chidambaram and all security personnel and offer unconditional support.

Strengthen the global mass movement against terror.

Isolate the destructive elements.

Jai Maharashtra! Jai Hind! Jai Planet Earth!

WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

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'What is your name?'
'My Name Is Khan!'
'What's your problem?'
'I don't know! I'm only a film made for people to see! But they are fighting, preventing and lobbying over me! Have they gone nuts or few of them having nothing meaningful to do?'

'What is your name?'
'My name is Mumbai! The capital of Maharashtra, the financial capital of India, the Bollywood of world cinema, the business hub of the globe!'
'What's your problem?'
'I don't know! Some blockheads have restricted my reach or rather tried to! Why don't they understand that to really restrict me they must close all airports, all sea or river ports, all bus or railway stations, all roadways; then fence me up and all prisoners live happily ever after!'

'What is your name?'
'My name is India!'
'What's your problem?'
'My friend, my problems are many. Latest one is that some tried to cut a vital organ out of my bo…

Team India: Hardly No.1 Stuff!

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That Team India were without Dravid, Laxman and Yuvraj hardly gave the all-important excuses. This was simply not performance expected from a No.1 team who liked to occupy the spot for a long time. Australia's and even South Africa's reserve players always came good in need and this is what make them the fittest contenders for the No.1 spot.

Why then all the din about encouraging and nurturing young players in India? Well, the most important consideration here is making money and continuing to do so. They, the Board, want young players for the entertaining varieties of the game like the ODIs and T20. Anyway, Dravid and Laxman were already discarded from ODIs due to age, but since they still have resale value they still play in T20. So logically they cannot depend on them to deliver in Test cricket. If you find it paradoxical just ask the Board.

Here is a solution! Henceforth all cricket in India must be permanently linked to entertainment industry. Give breaks to new 'her…

Food Inflation: Sugar Positive!

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With the food inflation of India raging at over 17.5% common people do not know what to eat or not to eat and the government does not know what to do. Recently there had been shifting of responsibility from one to the other.

Greatly concerned, the Prime Minister today held a meeting with the state Chief Ministers of India and assured that the worst was over. There are huge stocks of staple foods like wheat and rice and the situation will be under control soon, he stated. The Prime Minister also warned the black marketers against holding back stocks and that stringent action would be taken against the guilty.

In the midst of all these one national political party gave the most practical piece of advice possible. 'Eat less sugar, death won't come because of that!' 'Better,if you reduce sugar you won't have diabetes!' ' Let increase in sugar prices serve you better!' While in Assam recently some friends confessed to me that this inflation had given them…

HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY!

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26th January, 2010. The Republic of India turns 60 today. On this great occasion let's pray for a terror free India and global peace.

Best wishes to all of you!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Homewards Ho!

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Wish you all a very Happy Prosperous and Fulfilling New Year 2010! Hope you've started the New Year and the new decade in a great way!

Now we are going to take a break. As you know Ragini has already left for the events of Shrutinaad including the launch of her audio album. Tomorrow I am leaving for Guwahati, the capital of Assam--a north eastern state of India. After continuous duty and work I need a break and I must help Ragini to make the events successful.

And, of course, our harvest festival--Magh Bihu-- falls mid-January. Going to enjoy after a long time. Winter, bonfire, community feast, lots of delicacies and all. Care to join?

Will try to keep you posted if possible.

Idiotic End to a Thrilling Cricket Series

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Just imagine if India and Sri Lanka were locked 2-2 instead of Team India already clinching the ODI series 3-1. The crowds would have gone crazy seeing the hugely disappointed ones today in the abandoned match.

Delhi-the national capital of India. Amidst the roar of T20 cricket, the fours and sixes producing dry pitches and the huge money involved it just clobbers our sense of reasoning. How Delhi could have prepared such a pitch and how it could have escaped attention of the business-driven cricket Board officials. What a shame! Capital of India has almost lost the 2011 World Cup tie to be played at the now black listed Firoz Shah Kotla ground in Delhi.

The blame game has started. Political leaders too are getting articulate. The Board has disbanded the pitch committee and the officials of Delhi cricket association have already resigned. Much more to come in the coming days. Whatever happens eventually it's not going to help cricket at all and that too in the craziest cricket lovi…