Thursday, September 13, 2012

Freedom of Expression- Jailed!!!

Hi! After a very short break! So...Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi is released from jail after a big hungama by creative artists and media.Forget about freedom! Do we have any ordinary right to express our self? ooohhh! My hand shivers while writing this post because of  fear ;-) If the authorities are going to imprison the artists in the name of sedition,then entire population of this country should be behind bars ;-) because each and every citizen is mocking the government at least in his/her mind if not in action :-) for the corruption,CorruPTION,CORRUPTION.Tired of it yaar! Everyday some new scam! 2G scam,coal gate scam,sting operations,accusations....SILENCE and SILENCE from the government side.People who are really having ooh! la!la! merry days are the media for such  a nutritious fodder;-) . Let hundreds of Anna Hazares,Kejriwals and kiran bedis protest ,let them fast till dehydration...No response from anyone. Complete SILENCE! I ve learnt that SILENCE is GOLDEN! But not up to this extent! ;-)
But these situations create more triggers to the humour cells of our artists and one such cartoon which impressed me was the one by Ninan in Times of India. Hope Ninan is safe after this cartoon!;-) :-)

Had a hearty laugh along with these people.Thanks Mr.Ninan for bringing down our stress levels!

But what about the sedition law section 124-A? Should we loose the freedom to express ourselves and this freedom is very much guaranteed by our constitution.Should we live like 3 famous monkeys "shut eyes,ears and mouth" towards corruption and scams? Should we develop a careless attitude towards our Nation and its mounting problems? As a dutiful Indian what I m supposed to do? Shut my mouth and look at the events as a silent spectator or  raise my voice against all these atrocities?  Jai Hind! I love my country! But would like to raise my voice against all evils! Quite Confused!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Homely Megaaaaaaa Serials! :-( ;-) :-)

Hi! Writing a post after a long break! Anyway I know that nobody is bothered much about this break. :-)
Trigger to this post - Yesterday My MIL's TV signals went phut for few hours.I could sense a tense,high octane  environment in their entire flat.Reason :- They were going to miss their mega serials ;-) :-)
This forced me to do some sincere 'Navas' / 'Vendudhal' or prayers to Almighty ;-) for sending the signals  to knock our TV as  soon as possible so that  peace could be restored soon :-) (My Prayers were more sincere than hom, havan and yagna to Rain Gods ;-) :-) )
Not only my MIL, Grand Octogenarian Matriarchs of our family , both grand MILS (Rajen's Grand Moms) who are in their late 80's are so...oo much addicted to these serials, that they never mind watching repeat episodes of these serials  umpteen number of times :-). The highlight is both of them start discussing about the serials in a way which is similar to our News anchors' discussion with famous guests in their studio ;-) :-). And at the end of the day, both of them create a new story based on their perception :-) bcos both have poor hearing ability :-).
I don't watch these serials but do get frequent updates of these serials when I go to their flat to attend them(just opposite to ours). I get such an enthusiastic review from them it is hard to resist their sincere participation in that mega event :-).When I become the spectator of their narration,it encourages them further  to watch serials.But credibility of review :- Only my MIL bcos she is the one who can give good and correct review :-) ;-)
Back to the main story, Megaaa serials,
I want to examine the contents of the brains of these serial writers. So innovative and creative! :-)
Dead people suddenly become alive, Hale and healthy persons are sent to heaven according to the convenience and will of directors and artists.Above all, Coma and serious  health issues are handled  so ruthlessly in these serials.
Patient who suddenly wakes up from coma(!) after 10 or 20 years ;-) is so neatly dressed up with all matching accessories and latest chiffon sarees with designer blouses.;-) :-)
Patient in hospital beds are dressed up as if they are readying themselves to attend a wedding.

Stories are also not so different from one another.Love,Money,Woman,Property are the core issues in all the serials.
You can't predict when a good person will turn to be a bad one and bad will turn to be a good one.:-)

The character which should be actually 120 years according to the story line wears crispy cotton sarees, dyed hair and is so stylish. ;-) :-) And adding to my woes are the jarring background music.

But one common thing in all these serials, Women play both positive and negative characters.Grey shades and all shades :-) Men are more or like dummies:-)
Only Consoling and positive point about these serials are they keep the senior citizens of our house very happy  and help them  in keeping the creative cells of their brains active :-) and  after the serial is over, they keep themselves busy in analysing  the future course of the story ;-) .Never mind if they mix up the stories of 2 or 3 serials  in that process;-) The mixed version of their stories are even more interesting and spicier than the original. :-)
Now it's time for me to get latest updates of the serials from them.Bye! CU in next post!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

I WANT to cast my Vote!! But with my Voter ID Card!

My dear Countrymen and Friends!
This post is written to vent my agony ;-),distress, anger :-O and all other feelings mixed together ;-)!
I am Upset! ;-) Reason? You' ll come to know at the end of this post.
Warning 1:-This is a biiiiigggg post.So,don't skip and go to the end of the post, read the reason,yawn ;-) and get away from my blog.Stay tuned to read the sad tale;-) of  my Voter ID card.I promise you that this story can evoke better emotions in you than our stupid mega serials ;-).
Warning 2:- Don't think that I am so dumb to get overexcited to vote for super hot UP elections;-) when I am a resident of Maharashtra;-)
I am talking about upcoming  Pune civic polls.

A slight digression from the main story is required here to tell the history of my Voting obsession;-).
The root cause of my problem lies in the fact that - I love to exercise my basic right- To vote.
But the Obstacles I face ...Uhhhhhh......
I never had a ID Card till I came to Pune. Stupid Reason- We were tenants and House owners never gave proper acknowledgement  to save their Tax :-( So No ID Card for me.
In Ahmedabad,I voted without any ID Card by fighting like a tigress:-) with officials in the Polling booth.
My silly;-) argument was :- I am Mrs.Rajendra(!!!).He has a ID Card.If necessary,I ll show my Marriage photos to prove that I am his wife.The polling officer who was not at all interested in seeing my Marriage album;-) allowed me to vote helplessly and gave Rajendra a Sorry Look:-) I could read his expression."Oh!God! Is she your wife? Poor Chap!" But Who Cares?.  I was successful in my Mission.
Stunned Rajendra:-) gave me a quizzical look "Padma! How could you be so Illogical in your argument."
I gave a Victorious smile which further irritated him.;-) "But I could cast my Vote!I am not doing any Bogus Voting.Right?".Gave a wonderful ;-) smile to Rajendra which could easily shoot up his BP.:-)
This is just a sample for my Voting Obsession and I warn ;-) that I can go to any illogical extent to exercise my basic right.:-)

Now...Back to the main Story.

In 2006 ,when we shifted to Pune ,I was excited to get registered for my Voter ID card because now I have got all the necessary documents to prove that I am an Indian:-).

When the Voter ID drive was announced in our area, overexcited 2 souls - my MIL and myself rushed ;-) to the centre as if we were running for 100 m dash;-) to get a olympic medal and stood in the queue.we were  very happy and beaming with pride with all the documents in hand. My MIL told me how our photos in ID card look at least 100 years older;-) than our present age."That's OK" I told myself.What if I look older in the card.I will have a card.
To our great relief,one of the officer said,"Madam! Due to lack of time and heavy rush,we will not be able to click your photos,please submit your photographs along with forms,we will scan it to our database and link it with your ID card".
I filled the form,pasted one of my best passport size photo as if it was for a prospective matrimonial alliance    ;-) , attached all the necessary documents, submitted and asked them,"When will I get the ID card?" Officer smiled at me."15 days!" I couldn't believe my ears!In 15 days I will be having a Voter ID Card.
After the registration exercise,entire team vanished:-) and after 15 days we enquired a party volunteer who was active in this process.She gave a sweet smile.ID cards have come to our Housing Society Office.Can get it from there".This statement was enough to trigger another startling :-) 100 m dash :-) performance by my MIL and myself to the office and to the clerk's dismay we started checking the bunch of cards like possessed ones;-):-) .We shuffled entire bunch, scanned one by one.Our cards were not there. Disappointed!:-(. But my co sister preet's card(of course with wrong spelling:-)) was there, :-(:-(.;-)..(Rubbing salt to the wound? ;-):-)).

MIL and I exchanged a puzzled look and transmitted the same look  to our volunteer friend.She consoled ;-) us "Don't worry!your cards would have got misplaced(??!!).Your names are in the Voters list.Your cards detail will be in electoral database.So take any of your ID proof .Go and cast your vote.After elections are over,you can get your cards in Swargate Office." So,that election I voted without a Voter card but with a ID proof :-)
And we went to cast the votes with our ID proofs.Preet flaunting her voter ID card while voting just added to my mental agony;-)
After elections,there were no signs of card,so we knocked all possible doors for six months for info.
One fine morning,our good friend called us over phone"Please collect your cards from Swargate office.We heard that some(???) cards have come there." Oh....What a pleasant news. Immediately my MIL and myself adorned crispy cotton sarees to celebrate the occasion and also to give a NETA ish  touch ;-) to our mission and reached Swargate office in such a short time which could have easily found way in Guinness book if  had monitored properly.
We found some 2 or 3 confusing queues and after wasting an hour we found the proper queue,waited for our turn with suspense.When our turn came,we checked for our names.
The super cool officer told us "Madam! Your cards are not there! May be your details would have got deleted when some of our database got erased(??!!) accidentally!" :-O .
My shocked Brain ;-) found it difficult to frame a question but somehow managed to ask ."But what about our cards"
"Madam! I think you have to register again!"Such a Careless attitude!!!.
"Register Again???"....
I was coping with my first Heart attack ;-) when I heard my MIL whispering in my ears "Padma! Hold me! lest I will kiss the ground". Oh! No!!!!!! I held her tightly.We returned to our home with pitiably crumpled cotton sarees;-) like our mood.
After Loksabha elections and cards fiasco,we had lost interest in the entire process and again regained our energy for the UID drama three months back but till now no signs of UID card also.:-(
Now Civic polls are nearing and I want to cast my vote but with my Voter ID Card :-(.
I grabbed one of the pamphlets of a candidate and found a website address for searching voter names in the list.Could find all of our names in Voter's list except my co sister's.Shocked!..Last time she was the only one in our family to have Voter ID card but this time her name has vanished from the list itself.(!!!) How is it possible? Quite confusing.
This can happen only in our country.
But what about my card?Will I ever be able to vote with my card.Even if I get a card,Is there any guarantee that my name will not vanish from the list. Mind Boggling questions!

CU in my next post(hopefully with a voter ID card)!:-)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Tweets (Bleats) of a Common Man!

Hi! Logged into my twitter account almost after a Janma;-).
Reason 1:- I don't  have even a dozen followers ;-) ,so lost interest in admiring my own tweets:-);-)
Reason 2:- I follow lots of celebrities but they are not interested in following me ;-);-) :-)

Due to my selective poor memory,I forgot my password , So requested new password.After multiple verification attempts from them to test whether I am a Human being or not :( by making me type some different alphabets in unrecognisable fonts;-) and here I would like to confess ;-) that I had a tough time in recognising them and I myself started doubting whether Iam a Human being or not. ;-):-) Atlast I was given a password.Thank u very much.What a relief!;-)Got to see some tweets from celebrities stating that they are in a flight,brushing their teeth,combing their hair,playing with their kids,how misty delhi is,etc etc.
Suddenly a thought creeped in my mind.If a common man wants to Tweet all the realities of tough life without any false show off and celebrities are following ;-);-) them,will they ever be able to understand the plight of a common man?
But Bleat ;-) will be the best word to describe the tweets in my blog;-) :-) as I do not want to hurt the Twitter and Twitterati ;-) :-) by using the word tweet.Now hereafter all are Bleats.
Warning:- Copyright for word 'Bleat' is mine. ;-) :-)
Just by pulling the imaginative string of my brain,I am presenting some of the Bleats of a Common Man i.e., You and Me.

iam kisan  Kisan Kanaiya
Waiting for a Bus for past 45 minutes.Controlling pressure in Urinary Bladder.No decent clean urinals nearby.Having a tough time.
20 minutes ago
Mee punekar  Adrey Achrekar
Celebrated 2nd Birthday of a 1 metre dia pothole on Satara Road by cutting a cake.Lots of cheers from locals.Planning to plant a tree in that pothole next year if that pothole is not repaired;-)
30 minutes ago
CoolhunkMumbai  Jit Shah
Missed 7.30 am local from Borivili to Central.Missed next 2 Fast locals also because of excessive crowd.Somehow squeezed in to the next fast with great difficulty and got down with 90% crumpled shirt and also with a Sweaty Fragrance!!!;-).Natural Perfume donated generously by co passengers.
1 hour ago
irashmi  Rashmi Chadda
Servant maid absent .Her mobile is out of reach :(
2 hours ago
Tension ThanKs Thangavel Kuppuswamy
Corporation water cut for past 2 days.If it continues today also,have to manage with Newspapers.;-)
5 hours ago
Maid  Mandy  MandaBai
Planning to ask Madam  a loan of 5000/-.Tomorrow is the last date for paying Examination fee of my Son.
8 hours ago
Rom Iyer  Ramaswamy Iyer
My daughter should get placement in a good IT company and should settle in US.Will Visit Tirupati Balaji if he fulfills my wish.
21 hours ago
Vegie Champa ChampaBen
Sudden Rains have spoilt my business today.If I am not able to sell this lot,what will my children eat today?Worried!
1 day ago
Worried Williams William Chinnadurai
Heavy downpour in Coimbatore.Due to poor storm water drainage system,Our area (Bharathi Dasan Nagar;-)) is getting flooded.Planning to buy a boat.Is there any boat loan available?
2 days ago
Party Blaster Girish Bunder
Got slapped well for my mischievous behaviour in a party yesterday.
3 days ago
Slum mouse Pauper Vijay
Hope the authorities will spare my hutment during anti encroachment demolitions.Will they ever provide some rehabilitation facilities?
4 days ago
Bright Balram Balram Naik
Electricity cut in our area has been increased from 22 hours to 24 hours;-) a day.Now  authorities are planning to change the number of hours of a day from 24 hours to 26 hours;-) so that they have further scope to increase the duration of Electricity Cut  :-)
6days ago
Pune Bus Phobian Ranjit Joshi
Afraid to step out of the house for the fear of getting hit by our Super rash Pune Bus Drivers.
7 days ago
Exaggeration Elisa Elizabeth D'Souza
Garbage Disposal Trucks on Strike for past one week.Garbage mound in our area is increasing to alarming levels that it may reach a height of 2000ft within another 10 days;-).Planning to build a hill station;-) and build some great apartments on the top of the hill if the strike continues for next month also.
10 days ago
Bad Night Basheer Basheer Syed
Warring Mosquito groups in our area are planning a truce among themselves and devising a strategy to attack us more severely for using useless repellents:-).Fleeeeeeee......
15 days ago

Oh....Enough for now!Creative cells(!!!) ;-) of my brain have stopped working ;-) I will update as I get some new problems to Bleat.
I welcome some few more interesting suggestions from dear readers.
CU in my next post!