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December 31, 2011

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December 23, 2011

Congress Quirks Team Anna

Lokpal Bill





Lokpal Bill is passed amidst protests. BJP accepts for the discussion that to be carried on December 27th.

You think all went well...not certainly. This bill is not the same one that Team Anna prescribed. And this is not what Team Anna aimed...

  • The Lokpal Bill passed has maintained CBI's independence as of now and quoted Lokpal as a cognizant agent, not an investigative agent for the complaints made by the public. 
  • One consideration give to Team Anna's proposal is Group A,B,C,D cadre Govt. employees will come under Lokpal, that too with an exemption that C & D cadre come under Central Vigilance. 
  • Lokpal Bill also excempted PM from its clutches in matters of External Affairs, National Security, Atomic Energy as these are sensitive arenas. 
  • Lokpal has the famous Indian Quota system also. Five out of Nine members must be SC/ST/OBC/Women/Minorities... 


These things we already knew and having in our constitution.  Then what for we need such a new constitutional body like Lokpal? Expenses spent towards this task is a waste. 




We are already fed up with these constitutional bodies which are not at all functioning efficiently. Same thing happens in Aadhaar Card initiative also.

Read this article : http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/article2717949.ece
Govt. acts in a haste manner without enough feasibility study.

BJP has gained some popularity by supporting this cause. But at last the Govt. wins.

The war was almost over. Our Governance, whether Cong. or BJP, is very popular for passing Bills and resolutions, making Amendments to suppress the agitators/protesters.

Team Anna is going for another fast opposing the proposed bill. That being on December 27th, the same day the tabled bill is put for discussion.

The chosen maidhan for fasting for three days is in Mumbai.
As stats says,

  • Cost of using the maidhan - INR 10,26,000 
  • Cost inclusive of Service Tax - INR 11, 31,678 
  • Deposit - INR 7,69,500 

Some donors are ready to pay it. But this time Anna Hazare wakes up and plays it safe by not accepting. So the Maharashtra Govt. puts a stay for the fast. Anna Hazare decides to fast and prepares to go to prison, where he'll continue his fast....Safest place to fast.... 





Great drama is going on. We, the people are the witnesses. Does Anna not know the power play of our corrupted Govt.?

  • When Anna first started his fast, the Govt. thought that is just another routine agitation.
  • When it spearheaded by the people, it just showed its power by lifting Anna and others from the ground and jailed them. 
  • When the issue went out of hands, it decided to scrutinize the Team Anna members. It beats around the bush cleverly.
  • When they are busy tackling the problems, the Govt. act in a vigorous way to pass the bill of its own. and somehow succeeded.
  • Like filling 'Old Wine in New Bottle', just selling the Bill to us under the brand name 'Anna Hazare'
  • When Team Anna came to their senses, all are over.







Team Anna, now got in the grab of Govt., unable to do anything. If they fast again, the Govt. will make some eyewash amendments in the already tabled bill and passes it as it wishes.

BJP acts and reacts openly in a foolish way. But Congress always play games cunningly. All knew how it acted in 2G scam punishing only its ally and pocketing most of the money silently. They have experience in these matters. They are ruling us from post-independence era. They know the strength and weakness of our people and plays the 'Secularism' trump card intelligently.


In the world's second largest democratic country,
Bills can be passed - But
Corruption cannot be bypassed
Thats the truth...



Posing Anna as another Gandhi wont help us this time. Where is the need for another Gandhi?....Are we slaves to another province?... We are slaves to our own....We are in need of good governance and a better constitution. Not Gandhi this time.

Yesterday I went to a Govt. Office housed inside the Collectorate Complex, Coimbatore for getting a certificate signed. As I wait, the person before me asked the officer-in-charge about the charges for the signature. He said it is Rs. 105. This man gave Rs. 500 and the officer just grabbed it in a second and thrust it in his pocket. No time for me to Click...Who is in fault?

Instead of Bills and Resolutions, the need of the hour is vigorous campaigning for...

  • Changing people's mentality of accepting anything that comes free. 
  • Changing people's mentality of thrusting for doing things in a faster way. 
  • Give incentives to the employees in Govt. sector who work hard for good governance.






December 9, 2011

One Night @ The Call Center - A Glimpse


one night @ the call center

By

Chetan Bhagat




Chetan Bhagat, the best selling author of these books - Five Point Someone, 2 States, The 3 Mistakes of My Life And One Night @ The Call Center. He is an internationally proclaimed author and the best-selling English-Language novelist. Good...He pen down this book One Night @ The Call Center.

And this time out of IIT/IIM, his own cocoon or territory. He reasoned it out in the prologue of this book. Believable....In this one he took the call center job and reigns it well.

This book tells the story of six guys, working in a call center, same bay and coincidentally comes in the same pickup vehicle. The author took the avatar of one of the guys, named Shyam and the story is twined through him. 

Shyam, being a lack of confidence boy, has just missed and got his girlfriend in a cinematic climax.
Vroom, passionate for cars (original man stuff) than girls, has a niche for journalism fulfilled his desire in the call center itself towards the end of the story.
Esha, who ache for the modelling career, ends up in quitting that aspiration and becomes a NGO (glamorous way of fund raising).
Radhika, married and succumbed to her better half's affair with another one, got out from the family entanglement.
Priyanka, Shyam's once lady love, a confused gal and got her due at the end.
Military Uncle, the senior in the gang, differs with his son & DIL, settled with them at last.
These happy endings of each one has come after that night's phone call from God. Really the story is packed and scripted well. 

Shyam always thinks what the girls do for this thing or that thing and not at all thinking about his buddy Vroom's doings. Author brings out this boy thing in quite good way.      


Real story-like one is suddenly turns into a fictitious one when God calls the youngsters in phone,what sets everyone's life upright. The author justifies it at the last. Justification is worth and credit goes to Chetan Bhagat. This is where he gets his best selling credits, I think.

The author in his first chapter commented through the character, about the English language command in this book as not highbrow and thus escaped. I had read some of the books written by Indian authors like Aravind Adiga, Shobha De,  Anita Desai...so different in language command. This book fails to catch up. The author may have a view that the call center guys are not well-spoken ones. 

Then the effort in expressing the feelings is missing in this book. A novel must elaborate such things. Conversational dialogues which happen between the characters and the one line thoughts or comments  of the main character are put down in words. Not a single emotional feeling is pen down. 

All the time Shyam, the main, had thoughts about other characters, their family, parents, GF and BF. Is he wont think about his own for a second after he left his house for work? Ya...he thinks...whom? his girlfriend Priyanka...More ridiculous...

The manager of the call center called Bakshi is shown as a fraudulent one who uses these boys' works as his own. They punish him and teach him a lesson....good...but how comes hitting him in his head with a book....Very Childish....

In the mid of nowhere in the night, one of the characters, Priyanka is love-making/sleeping/romancing with her BF, Shyam in the Qualis. Towards the end of the story, she opts to marry him not because of they slept together, her mother-chosen groom is bald and lied it to her....How Nice....  

Altogether this one is a good pass-time story. But not vigorously, without keeping it down. I just put it down as other not-so-important things comes on my way. At one point the book not urged me to continue the reading. Cant believe this is the book which is acknowledged and acclaimed as a best selling novel from our country. Authoring a book is a tough one, I know, but make it irresistible and palatable to the readers is more tough, I think....

I got his new one also - Revolution 2020
Let me read....



December 8, 2011

Egret - Walk & Peck In Style



Cattle Egret




               A conspicuous  species, the Cattle Egret has attracted many common names. These mostly relate to its habit of following cattle and other large animals, and it is known variously as cow crane, cow bird or cow heron, or even elephant bird, rhinoceros egret. In Tamil they are known as unni kokku. 










              The Cattle Egret nests in colonies, which are often found around bodies of water. The colonies are usually found in woodlands near lakes or rivers, in swamps, or on small inland or coastal islands, and are sometimes shared with other wetland birds. We found plenty of them during this season in the pond near Sundakkamuthur. 


Egrets, Herons, Peacocks, Mynahs....so lovely.....I love bird watching


You can watch this video how egrets Walk & Peck in Style.




November 2, 2011

Clicks in & around Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari

                    Thirunelveli and Kanyakumari districts are famous for their temples, churches, festivals, waterfalls, channels, small canals and dam side landscapes. The remnants of age old tradition still make a big way in temple festivals here. Lights, crackers, sincerity in devotion to God (and the accompanying communal clashes) are very famous in these regions.  
                    Change of seasons is well obvious in these regions. Breezy and cool rainy seasons is a longing one for the people who experience the hot and sweaty summers.  By a casual walk through the green cover (Kallakadu, Mundunthurai, Mancholai, Thiruparappu...), you encounter the wildlife, birds and  many more plants species. These lovely and lively photos are captured in these regions. And also landscape photos from Poompuhar and Kodaikanal.  Credit goes to my husband..... 


Taking (Relaxing) Bath

Thiruparappu

Thiruparappu



Thiruparappu






Mandaikkaadu



Goddess at The Top

Thiruparappu



Goddess in Lights


Mandaikkaadu




In Golden

Swamy Vivekananda, Kanyakumari 



Lines and Bars

Manimutharu Dam 




Landscapes

Thiruparappu



Poompuhar





Poompuhar









Kodaikanal



Kodaikanal






Kodaikanal






Kodaikanal kurunjiAndavar Temple






Kodaikanal

October 30, 2011

Anna Hazare - Reviving Gandhi

                  


                  Anna Hazare episode which once marched on the Raj Path, now dragging along the sidewalks.

                The 'Team Anna' committee discussing about their panel's suspension / core's disbanding is an indication of failure. Pressure from the Government makes them to act so. Corruption in India is a well-rooted one. One cannot escape from its clutches. Same for those in the Team Anna also.  No one can give a clean chit here. People wont expect that also. You can't eradicate corruption fully from the grass root. Clean the top level first . From top the pyramid will flow down to the bottom.   




                       In this phase, resignation by two of its members is not a solution. Like Kejriwal's NGO putting 80% of Team's funds into its pocket or Kiran Bedi overcharging her tour organizers for her air trips. One way or other they fall prey for this corruption plague. If Hazare replace those who are charged now by new ones, they also have or had indulge themselves in this type of practice in the past or in the future. Hazare is left spell bound. Hazare not easily compromise in this matter or some people around him not let him to do that.

                   He is a true Gandhian. He lived and lives a life of simplicity. No one points a finger towards him. That's true. The generation gap between him and others are to be noted. They lived and enjoyed a different life style than Mr. Hazare. They cleverly blend their own commitments with that of the society. They are flexible or make India flexible to them in all matters, like we all do. We enjoy 'Taken For Granted'  type of democracy. Hazare should understand this. His age wont allow him to tow and pull these fellows behind him. 

Next What ?
                   Another fasting tactics  wont be so responsive as the previous one. Hazare knows it well. His initiative towards corruption is welcomed by the people of this nation. Now he must work in parallel with the Government to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill. Simply opposing one Government and supporting the other party wont fetch him good results. He announced that if the bill is not passed in winter session of the Parliament, he will plunge into politics and take the assembly elections coming up in the five states, next year. Not a wise idea.... Now his team comprised of few members whom are, more or less corrupted, as pointed out by the govt.  Guess what happens if it turned out to be a political party. 'Scandal' becomes the main mantra ....



                      Whether its Congress or BJP, whoever sits in the power,  the bill can only possible by cooperating and making flexible changes to it. We all know Gandhi's adamant nature in opposing the proposal forwarded by Jinnah on that time of Independence is dragging and dripping us in bomb blasts every here and there. Not accusing Gandhi in this matter. He may want the unity of both the religions in the future. But practically does that worked out? So Hazare must know, that the year old solutions are of no use. Look upon the matter in a positive way. Not let your voice speak through media. Round table talks help more than the satellite talks. Is it not that our Gandhi teaches us? 

Coordinate with the Government and other social organizations to build a corrupt free nation. We lay the credit to you, Mr Hazare.....

August 18, 2011

Chennai Revisited

Chennai, Capital city of TamilNadu is cool in some ways and hot in many....Here you love the rush, smartness, shopping, expensive cars, premium sectors....you rejuvenate and refresh, and crave for life. And the way people talk, walk and laugh mesmerize you. Style and elegance of Ethiraj girls brings back your age. 


Star Bazaar, Life Style, Landmark, Odyssey - each one demand something out of you. Rising floors in apartments dazzle you. You pine for the aroma of fresh cookies and glistening drapes in malls and multiplexes. Tasty Saravana Bhavan, Hot Anjappar, Karaikudi, Sangeetha, Hot Chips...fills your zest. All comes with a tag...but not silence...  


The pollution - noise, air, water pave the road for luxurious hospitals (luxurious - for them, not for you). Breezy sea in the evening beach brings you some zing with intolerably smelly fried fish. No birds except pigeons...because of the high-rise buildings. Being a Coimbatorian, I love quite, calm nature. Staying here for long, for sure I'll forgo the pleasure of enjoying nature.




My nest in Chennai




Valluvarkottam





July 10, 2011

Independency

I got a message from one of my friends in a social networking site. "I think you are an independent lady"
                          What is in it so special...you might wonder. Ya...its a wonder here in India... I am an Independent artist, well educated, blogging and busy networking... I accept, but not an independent lady. You no need to be independent to do these things. Each and every turn in my life  depend on my family. I am happy about that. I give more preference to my family than myself. Sacrifice makes you remember. History teaches us. How sacrifices made by the leaders, civilians, revolutionists, comrades, protagonists and so many lead us to live a comfortable, civilized life.
                             Dependability and Sharing are the two main aspects of our Indian culture. Some incidents shows that dependability turns to be regular house violence. Here lies the truth. What percentage of dependability you has in your household. That makes the difference. You women blindly defend your spouses on most occasions. Doing so, they take the liberty of your rights and claims. Give them a check in private. They will understand 'not to exceed the limits' message. 
                       For that you must be well equipped. Have a knowledge. Struggle for education. At least end up with a degree. For equipping yourself, you dont need a job. Give yourself some sort of self employment. Dont calculate or go behind the Earnings. Most of us do that. Once you start some earnings, you work hard to gain more. Be Buddha in this matter... Our male part can do that. Give importance to the family and children. Make you an indispensable central part of this cocoon.   

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.

Jane Howard"Families" 
                        Its a joy. If you start enjoying this freedom, why you go for more. You are having your space and he is having his space. Some feminists may argue, who are they(men) to give our freedom. I am asking who are we(women0 to snatch their freedom. Its an equal partnership. A man and wife have to balance. Its a nice bond.
                       I know in many households, who holds the main key, ladies. They exceed their limit or take away their spouse's freedom. Mostly in many middle class families, this is the reality. In low income group, why there is so much of violence...drinking, thrashing, and murdering...because of their less knowledge. There is always the male part becomes stronger than their women though they earn and contribute to their family. Educate yourself, ladies and educate your siblings and children, no gender bias. The next generation will be more civilized. 
And now, my friend, you got it right....

June 24, 2011

Mr & Mrs Smith(2005)

                           Recently I came across the cinema review of Mr & Mrs Smith of 2005 release - Tamil dubbed version on a Tamil channel . I pondered how I missed the movie. Because its cast includes Brad Pitt, the handsome guy and Angelina Jolie, my favorite gorgeous star. I downloaded this film and watched. 




                        Totally an action comedy.Not much impressive story line. A bored married couple of six years (In our country, India, it will take two decades to get bored) who were professional assassins, unknown of others' work. Good comedy...But they both cover it up by their charms. 
                      Brad Pitt, who was in smile all through the film (whether it is a serious scene or otherwise), gives me the confidence of the good ending of the movie. But for his charming charisma, I forgive him. Angelina Jolie, Wow ...she is hot and cool in fully covered up costume also(Remember? 'Original Sin' with Antonio Banderas)....
Time passed wonderfully watching the beautiful stars as the cute couple....

May 28, 2011

'And Thereby Hangs a Tale' By Jeffrey Archer


This book 'And Thereby Hangs a Tale' by JA (Jeffrey Archer) contains 15 short stories. Each one has its own wine. JA's touch is there in every tale that he told. 

Pretty good smile we put up, when we finish reading 'The Queen's Birthday Telegram'. Such a good short story. But the same thing is not there with 'Members only', where a small boy gets a golf ball as Christmas gift and started a liking for the game and of course it changed his life, for he wants to be the member of the most prestigious "The Royal Jersey Golf Club' and ended up as the President of that club. nicely narrated. But it wont fit into the short story slot. If JA had written this one as a novel, I 'd sure of voting it to be the Best.

Same thing happens once again in reciprocative way, when we come across the tale 'High Heels'. My opinion is first of all the plot is not wholly detective. Secondly, the one-line story is dragged with some difficulty to add this to the short story category.

'Double-Cross', the title tells the tale.  A thief is outwitted by another one, who carries out the plan hatched by a thoughtful detective, helps to break down the case of finding the stolen diamonds. The way JA narrates this one is worthy of reading.

Only 5 pages...not that.. exactly telling, four and quarter...'Blind Date' it sits in my mind. Such a good laugh I had at the end.

'Stuck on You' (bubble gum plays the main..)
'Where there is a will' (cheating nurse..time matters)
'A Good Eye' (more like reforming)
'I will Survive' (a look-alike story)  and more...
'No room at the Inn' (you can guess it correct...seductive receptionist who sleeps with the customers in her  room by saying 'no rooms are available')


And at the last 'And thereby hangs a tale'...purely a Indian sub continent story and ends up in our own cultural  style - love lasts whatever happens to your life partner (கல்லானாலும் கணவன், புல்லானாலும் புருஷன் as the tamil proverb goes..)


Oh... I finished reading a book. My night time book reading habit had been disappeared for the past few months. By reading this book I revived my pastime. Thanks to JA 's 'And thereby hangs a tale'.


Next in line is 'The Coloured Bangles and other stories' by Saloni Narang.

May 9, 2011

Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary

Forest Canopy of Mundanthurai Reserve Forest 

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Peacock






May 1, 2011

In and around Thirunelveli

A day's tour of some places in Thirunelveli district covers Manimutharu Falls and Dam, Kallakadu - Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary, Papanasam falls and dam, Kuttalam falls, Tenkasi and back to town.

Thirunelveli Map



The ghat road for Manimuthar Falls has some breathtaking views...the water deep below, the green trees, 80ft deep water trench near the falls. Barricades only on the women-bathers side and not on the other genders' side. 


Manimuthar Falls


Manimuthar Dam site

In Papanasam - Agasthiar Falls you can easily click the langurs and fish in the vicinity than the falls which is almost crowded by the bathers. 

Papanasam

Papanasam
Mundanthurai wild reserve is a protected tiger reserve. From Kalakad to Mundanthurai the forest canopy spreads over the western ghats. The reserve is open to public upto 5pm. The animals, mainly - tigers, leopards, panthers, Nilgiri tahr, Indian bison roam over the region. The animal crossing for water across the ghat roads is only in the dusk.   

The rocky mountain of Old Kuttalam water falls is awesome, huge and solid. With only little water flowing, the rock seems tall. 

Old Kuttalam

Kuttalam Falls

Kuttalam



April 14, 2011

Election Handkerchief

Election for Tamilnadu Assembly is over just now. This time I am not able to vote, as I am in another town. I feel so bad that I cant contribute my vote for the change in governance.
I am having habit of puffing the indelible ink mark that they validate in my finger with my handkey before it dries. So my special handky, which I took on every election day, has a story to tell. This time I missed it.