Engage & Fire away

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Click. More clicks. A whistle. Some claps. A smart comment. The happy laugh. More clicks. A deafening whistle. Laughs. And more of them.

The obligatory congratulations.

More smart comments. Laughs.

Sweet dishes. Maybe lunch.

A day to hide the monotony. A new beginning. New hope flowers. The pains find the depth of the deep inside, which nobody can see. Hidden & locked forever.

They surface an other day or may be another time, more bitter & spiteful.

But what needs to be needs to be done, without knowing when it will stop, with whom will it end? Or is there an end?

Heartfelt congrats to them who bring happiness to whatever little time. Hope they can do that a lot more often to themselves and others around them.

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The common man

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Who the hell is this common man?

What defines a common man?

Does the wealth define whether he comes under this common bracket. Or is it his action or inaction that define common?

Statistically speaking using the percentile methodology we can clearly demarcate who is common and who is not.

But the ones who claim to be common are not so common and ones who are common do not make the common noise.

Stop complaining you uncommon commons. Look around you are uncommon. The uncommon folks on the other hand will remain uncommon with additions every period.Good. But the additions to common as a percentage is far higher. So growth rate keeps the uncommon uncommon and the common common. The sets are kept honest.

If the uncommon knows the common, and the uncommon become uncommon by fair means in the common then we are are on the right track. Else god save us!

 

 

The road less travelled

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I don’t know if this is ever going to make sense.

The road, people populated, is what makes the journey worthwhile.

The funnel:

There are shortcuts, most take them. So there goes a set of people who you will never see again.

Then there are these people who are in a hurry, those big brawny vehicles, zipping past you.

Nobody stops, they keeping turning away or going past you.

Some of us follow, some of us accelerate to join in on the race, exceeding speed limits, breaking rules.

The journey goes on.

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Blood Spilled

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She laughed. Carelessly.

The horses rode the waters for a change. Slow, but the visual and the aural made up for the velocity of the horses.

The trees swayed to wind. Dusty but windy. The shrubs sashayed in the open. The grass freshened in the evening light. The expectation of rains it seemed.

The sun had made his last appearance, retiring early in the day. The dark clouds had taken over. Sun had brought it upon himself. For a while, he would have no say in to what happened below the cover of those thick cumulonimbus clouds.

The birds waited ratted out their understanding of what was next. The dogs followed suit in . The bats welcomed the early nightfall.

Nightfall. Sunset. Work day ends. He comes back.

They get in. Sounds shut. The walls gradually close in.

Blood has been spilled today. Tomorrow will be a different scene.
Or is there still hope? Hope for the mankind?

Extinction

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There is more to life than just living, she complained. Philosophy, quipped the kid who had lived the as many days as her age. Or maybe more. More snigger.

She adjusted those larger than life spectacles. Her worries kept her busy for a long time now, even those silly spectacles got on her nerves. She sniggered now. More followed from everybody in the room.

She wished a lot of things, she started listing and categorizing, filing under the family, the friends, the kids, the husband, the neighbors, the acquaintances and the street folks ‘banners’. All people related, she exclaimed inside. Inside excitement was good, she laughed inwards. Small short lived happiness. The things she wished for. She wanted more. She did not wish for death. Death seemed too easy. She wanted her type to be extinct.

The myth of end of the world

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This article spawned off from one of the FB discussions. Everybody loves talking about the end of the world.  Some say 2012, based on the Mayan calender. Some say that global warming is the one which will sound the final ode. How about nuclear holocaust? Or a World war III, which I believe is in human control.

Lets face it, earth has not been the same forever right? As I have read, it was inhospitable at first. Then some ages came in. There have been tectonic dynamics effecting the population, meteoric hits wiping out the erstwhile dinosaurs. And the pitiable dinosaurs did not even do anything to get themselves wiped out.

The guilt of Industrial revolution

The industrial revolution is the biggest culprit which has  created modern day ‘evils’. Look at education, recent times wars, global warming etc. The perpetrators of industries have been twisting these to accommodate their business. So lets shut down ford, toyota, boeing, microsoft, infosys and hold these industry people for the evils they have bought upon us. No. In fact they are our heroes, remember unemployment as an evil in our social science text books. And the recent recession where the media went haywire and claimed ‘Unemployment has been the highest since the middle ages’. And they also claim that pollution is the biggest problem in this world. The need of the hour is not campaigns against end of the world, but systematic investments in alternate sources of energy and scientific methods to mitigate the risks development brings in.

Agenda

Everybody has an agenda and wants to fulfill it. What is expected out of climate guys? Give shocking statistics on how badly we have fucked the world! Media is worse. Dilute scientific  data to suit the understanding of the common man and voila better TRP ratings, increased circulation! The media is powerful and now they want to rub it in our faces. Play god! After Page-3, crime, they have found a new found love, nature. It works right, everybody wants to live in clean serene environments; use that, leverage that.

Of target consumers

This is the biggest fallout of the environment going awry. Scare the shit out of people.  Watch this for more

The various facets of liberalism and conservatism- An Indian Perspective

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Often denigrated, liberalism & conservatism have not been ideologies but curtains to hide behind. Umbrella terms as they are have been used at free will to argue to please a set who have a ‘common school of thought’. The sets (political parties & the intellectual groups) have made it their raison d’être to use these terms to be in power rather immaturely. Feudal families and autocratic individuals have had higher say in policy rather than a calculated, data driven and with excellent foresight approach.

Here is an attempt to document some of the definitions of what liberalism and conservatism.

Liberalism can be called the driver in chief for the polarization in ideologies. Conservatism has been the way the world works (barring India). There has been the Vatican with the goal of globalization of the religion it stands for. And then there is Islam which follows a less subtle way to globalize. They have replaced local cultures and civilizations. India on the other hand they could not conquer. They have converted a few here and there, but the civilization, ‘pagan’ as this kind is referred to has survived the various onslaughts of foreign forces. It has not stopped. As popular culture reflects, communism has become a major threat, using its common man agenda has created terror of a different kind. Only they call war- revolution.

Coming back to the original point, there are various facets of liberalism in context of India.

  • Economic liberalism- The Darwinian kind of economics, which is capitalistic. Inherently that is the goal of liberal economics, it has been often remoulded to socialistic ways, wherein the state makes ‘socio-economic ‘ policies and orchestrates how the market behaves. To put it more clearly, minority segmentation for sure shot fan following has taken over long term economics
  • Culture liberalism- Liberal arts or rapid aculturalization. Often it banks on judiciary to support individual choices of a few elite to twist logic to accommodate . Eg. Elite-Feminism…
  • Religion liberalism- Secularism as its called has been a bane to say the least. Religious identity has taken over talent. Equal opportunity has been replaced by reservations using lab-manufactured-history. Minority appeasement has become the means to send this message across.

Wider implications of these 3 include shallow understanding of the history, culture and religion creating fence sitters with no opinions. Worse, it is reflecting in our foreign policy as well not forget domestic policies. Even corruption, the hallowed crime in India is a fruit of Nehruvian socialism where the state controlled how business was done. As a result, Adharmic ways came into how business was done and not to forget the state with its employees. This created powerful families, rather than creating mature corporations. Mafia and crime became the means in chief to be in a position of power. Incompetence is no longer a problem as the state can accommodate everyone and in positions of power. National security has become an  issue and why? Our education is a no-brainer. The elite get good education and poor are told to reach the echelons of good education one needs money. And people who actually get decent(not too good not too bad) education are the ones who form the middle class aka the fence sitters; who have no say in anything.

If you look at conservatism, it has become what liberalism is not. I would say conservatism is a corrective mechanism to what liberalism has become. We need to understand that conservatism is not the rule of majority over a minority, but a way to correct the myopic ways of socialism.

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