I Rant, Silly

The mumbai terror attack

I dont want to talk sensibly about this, because that will be a colossal waste of my ’emotional energy'(I nicked that phrase from Nandan Nilekani, maybe some other day I will discuss that). There you go, with that said, let me go on with my rant, a lot of it may not make sense.

The whole thing reflects the abysmal failure of our ‘intelligence’. ‘Intelligence’ is pretty much an oxymoron in this case, and people associated with it are just morons.

I watched the events mostly on NDTV. NDTV keeps talking about this anger among Indians… a lot of blah stuff. Strangely, I dont feel that connected with this ‘terror attack’. Not as much as I felt after the train blast or even the delhi blasts. That was an attack that I could relate to. Sure, the whole taj episode was fun to watch on live television. Frankly, an attack on taj or oberoi means as much to me as the attack on world trade center. Its more like some snobbish rich arse with enough money to buy an island off puerto rico got their snooty arses busted. Sure these structures are important icons, and blowing up a building to symbolise your anger is great for a movie like V for Vendetta, but frankly, the common man brushes aside this attack and moves on. I mean who gives a damn about wasabi or wasavi or suzuki (the japanese restaurant in taj) getting demolished, there are people who are hardly able to put indian food on their plates. And the common man that I mention is the generalisation of my surroundings. I wouldnt be surprised if a villager thought that the train attacks wasnt a big deal, because he faces far difficult problems in his everyday life. But the feeling I get is that 90% of the country wouldnt be disturbed by this attack(just as you and I arent bothered about what happens in the north-east). The only people who really make a big deal out of this are the media and the politicians and some of the snooty arses like Shoba De who thinks she represents the entire country and people like amitabh bachchan (who has written on his blog that he is sleeping with a gun under his pillow).

NDTV, through all this episode has tried real hard to come out as some sort of moral authority, patronising the work done by the politicians on one hand and glorifying the people killed during the attacks. What karkare, salaskar did was brave but it did look stupid if you think about it. Trying to fight terrorists carrying grenades and automatic weapons with nothing more than a pistol is something only Vijayakanth should try, others who try this will look just plain stupid or dead or as in this case both. Oooh.. i spoke ill of the dead. As for the others who died in combat, i really shed tears for the sacrifice they have done.

Coming back to NDTV, some of the reporting was pathetic. Yes, it is a national disaster, but there are other things to be reported. For example, there have been devastating floods in chennai, not a word has been reported about it till now. No emergency helplines, no details about deaths and destruction here, come on this is also part of India. I have been disappointed with senior journalists like Barkha, she was running around the taj like a 18 year old first time reporter who got five minutes to fame on national television. Explaining for five minutes that the curtains were used as makeshift ladders to bring people down.. meh.. that’s like telling a room full of math graduates that in number theory 1 plus 1 equals 2. Look at this video…

What is she trying to explain, is she trying to get the viewers emotionally wound up? Pathetic.

There was also some rubbish about where is Raj Thackeray during all this. This was pretty lame in the context of things. People asking this do not understand this country. Again these are people(basically comparing apples and oranges) who do not connect with the issues that Raj has taken up on behalf of people who ‘think’ they face these issues.(For the record, I dont endorse Raj’s views, I think he is a pig.)

All this will be forgotten as only things get forgotten in India. A couple of months from now, there will be arrests of a couple of muslims who had sympathised with the terrorists and aided them. A year from now, there will be memorial services remembering the dead(there will be a ‘we the people’ episode on this and i will be watching it). A couple of years later the supreme court will declare death sentence for the guy who was caught and the others who helped him. Four years later, a mercy plea will be submitted to the president. Some party hoping to secure muslim vote will delay their hanging. Oh and people will continue their usual existence. Quite frankly, the changes that will make this country a safer place will be too much of a trouble, will not be acceptable to every part of the society, and nobody will care.

On a personal level, the only positive about this incident is that it casts light on the fragility of life. Death is the shadow constantly tagging us, and it only takes a second for it to conquer you. You cannot avoid it. If death was to happen to you this instant, would you accept it with a feeling of having lived a wonderful life till now or would you feel stupid for having wasted your time worrying about the economy and sensex plumetting 12000 points?

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Stranger woman

On my way to office, saw this lady, a
complete stranger, about 20-22 years old (or young). She would have
been pretty had she not worn that permanent frown, as if the whole
world is conspiring to take away her sandwich. It didnt look like she
was having a bad day, it was more like her usual expression-at-ease.
Now I wanted to raise this point to her, ‘Missy, you would look a lot
better if you occasionally exercise the face muscle that makes one look
like he/she is smiling’, but how do you say that without having her
sandal-marks all over my face? I suppose this is the sort of advice
people would like to hear, but how does one deliver it without looking
like a jerk?

PS: Indian Ocean has decided it needs a vacation, and is moving
to chennai except that there it is passing through a sieve. Its raining
lions and tigers,

Posted by email from karthik’s posterous

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Being Normal

Disclaimer: This might be one of the most self-indulgent posts[sic]. Go away now, if you hate that kinda stuff.

Have you ever felt lonely? I bet it isnt anywhere close to how I feel. Being a loner is a significant part of my character, it may not be a rational choice, but it is a conscious choice. Or is it? Coming to think of it, I was essentially left with just one choice, and when there is only one choice, it is incorrect to call it choice. It all stems from the fact that I can hardly find a topic for conversation that is mutually interesting, and talking seems to be a very essential part of socializing. Sigh.

Being a loner is fun as long as you dont realise you are alone. There is this occasional moment where you feel you are missing stuff, but one gets used to it. The weekend is just about to begin, and all that I have to look forward to is work. Dont get me wrong, I enjoy my work, but as much as I enjoy it, i cant help the feeling I am missing on other usual stuff.

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Mahabharata

Mahabharata is once again being shown, this time in star utsav. One genial thing about this programme is the personification of time, it is time that narrates the entire epic. The beauty about this is, if not yet obvious, that only time has witnessed the entire drama and only time can provide an unbiased account of the events.
To me, the greatness of Mahabharata(and Ramayana) lies in the portrayal of the characters as neither good or bad. Be it Krishna, Karna, Duryodhana or Shakuni, every character has a good side and a bad side, just that certain traits stand out more than the others. There is a reason, an ‘Upakatha’ that explains why people have turned out the way they are. It is probably unfair to compare Mahabharata with similar western epics, but cant resist it. Contrast this with the Lord of the rings, I have absolutely no clue as to why the dark lord does what he does, we just have to take the authors word that he is evil and there is no other way about it.
Today’s episode was the one in which Devavrata takes his vows. It is one of the most crucial points in the epic. I have always been impressed with Bheeshma, what he does is beyond imagination, in “Ganga’s” words, neither “Maanush” nor “Dev” would be able to do what he has done. My sister thinks he was stupid to take such vows, just so his father can do jalsa and jilpaans with the fisher-girl. But that is what makes him great. Putting your pleasures behind, and deciding to serve the state without any expectations, when clearly you have a right to claim the throne, come on, how many can do that?

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Goodbye BJP

When it comes to national politics, so far I have been a BJP supporter. The primary reason for this affiliation – BJP appeared to represent the interests of the hindu community, which in some ways is being marginalised by other ‘secular’ parties. Its not that I agree with their philosophy, it is just that they have echoed my views on certain important issues like reservations in education, terrorism, etc. Also add to it the fact that I hate the congress for always, i mean ‘always’ playing minority vote bank politics in every fucking issue, I really dint have too many choices.

I am no longer a BJP supporter, thanks to Rajnath Singh’s wonderful statements today. Rajnath singh appeared on NDTV’s Big Fight today, where the topic once again was terrorism and the discussion surrounded the hindu ‘swami'(dayanand pandey)’s involvement in the malegaon blast. On his closing remarks(and a few times earlier) the BJP president appeared so fucking confident about the ‘swami’ innocence in this case, to quote abhishek manu singhvi, became the judge and jury in vindicating the ‘swami’, Not even a ‘law will take its own course’. His argument- ‘ a hindu cannot be a terrorist’. What kind of a moronic view is that? This is the height of irrational prejudice.

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