Friday, 24 December 2010

Does Sachin deserve Bharat Ratna?

How silly do people get when it comes to Cricket in this country?Sachin is Undoubtedly great as no other Indian has hit more centuries than him and no one has played more cricket for such a long time, that too with such consistency.But has he made us proud?

We felt proud when Kapil Dev lifted the cup in 1983 and Sachin was not even in the team. Sachin started playing in 1989 ( if I am not wrong) and India has not won a major tournament until the Twenty-20 world cup, which Sachin didn’t even play.How has he helped the team and the image of the nation then?

What is all this cry about Sachin deserving a Bharat Ratna? No doubt Sachin deserves the highest Sports Award of any country, but is he truly deserving of Bharat Ratna? If that is the case I feel Saina Nehwal too deserves a Bharat Ratna, so does Abhinav Bindra for winning the Only OLYMPICS GOLD for which we Indians are TRULY PROUD.

 I feel Bharat Ratna should go to a person who has made a difference to the nation and its people. I feel it should be regarded as the highest civilian award , and for a nation of over 1.2 billion people this award recipient should be truly special. It should be recognition of public service of the highest order and in that sense we have many more people who deserve this award over Sachin. We have great entrepreneurs who have shaped the way Indians do business. we have parliamentarians, artists, actors, social workers, who have made us proud and to single out Sachin on the basic of 50 centuries, which in no way defines Indian sports , is a bit far fetched according to me.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Friends friends everywhere-Random acquaintances....(Photo heading)

My daughter is close to her 2nd birthday. She is  turning more and more human, in a sense that she now understands and expresses emotions. Though mine was a case of love-at-first-sight, she is kinda experimenting with love in her own unique ways.She is slowly discovering that I can be trusted and she can count on me for support. She now runs to me for comfort when her mother, who has a pepper-hot temper, scolds her for apparent silly things like stuffing fingers in her mouth, pooping on the floor and not on the potty, wetting the bed etc. And though I understand that her mother may be right, I cannot stand without suffering a heart meltdown when I see her tiny face with lips curled up….

I have had several love affairs, but this current love affair with my daughter is completely fresh and unique. I miss her when in office, when I climb the stairs of my apartment the excitement builds in that I would be seeing her soon, I hate it when I leave in the morning for office and she cries and runs to me and holds my trousers. I love to watch her excitement to see me at night when I return. I love buying cloths, chocolates and toys for her, more than I buy for myself. I love it and take great pride in the fact that only I (and not her mother) can put her to sleep at night. She sleeps only when she’s next to me and I have to hug her, before her mother takes over and I move out to another bed. On certain nights she wakes-up and cries for me and I move her to my bed. I love it when she sleeps on my chest and I feel her faint heartbeats. I take secret joy in hearing from her mother that she is a complete papa's girl.

It hurts when I think that one day she would be on her own and perhaps move out of our lives, but I keep reminding myself that that’s a long way down and all I should do now is to enjoy her company and see her grow from that tiny pulsating dot which the gynecologist showed us on the computer screen while scanning her newly pregnant mother, to a woman who makes her own choices in life. But taking a cue from the weekend holidays which has almost passed-Life and weekend holidays have one thing in common, they pass much too sooner than you realize.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010


  1. Photoshop magic
  2. plain joblessness
  3. creativity gone bonkers
  4. All the above
  5. none of the above
Please select the right answer.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

"Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago".

I Had a dream last night- Its somewhere in the future. India is the 2nd largest economy after China and its become a fully developed country.Clean, great roads, swanky buildings, internet has become the largest channel of communication, Tablets a bit larger than iphone4 have overtaken PC/laptops....and then comes the recession.....Unlike the current recession which started off as mortgage crisis and real-estate bubble crash, this recession is due to people taking huge loans to buy mobile phones, and other gadgets, and then they fail to pay back the banks. SBI and ICICI has become the Lehman brothers and Goldman Sachs of the current recession............................   To sum up a nightmare, are we spending too much on gadgets? Are we going the American way of buying large houses, super luxury cars etc, with borrowed money, money which is not yet owned?  I feel the recession teaches us few things which our fathers believed in and we took for granted.
  1. Value of compounding. Small drops indeed make Great lakes, if not oceans.
  2. Invest: I feel Saving without "investing" is just not good-enough. Buy gold or buy assets. Invest in things you understand, Like shares or real-estate.
  3. Frugality: Value-for-money is indeed important. There is a huge difference between Need and Want.As my father says "buy only what you need and not what you want."
  4.  Believe in Long term-Save for the future, or for the next generation: To quote Warren Buffet-"Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago".
  5. Budgeting: My dad always says to plan expenditures. Spend in the same manner, when you have surplus or when you are broke. Dont get carried away with extra money.
  6. Credit of any kind is BAD. Be it Loan or Credit card, keep away as much as possible.Never buy grocery or things you use daily using Credit cards. Only Use them if you think you can pay the balance next month.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Arabs are GREAT ( no offence please)

Arabs are indeed a bunch of lucky dudes….Not only because they dig petrol from barren places but also because they can marry as many times as they want to, provided they stick to number 4 by divorcing the odd one out. I have often pondered how it would be to live with 4 wives, all of them young, pretty and HOT, no matter how old you get. Perhaps it’s my testosterone which makes me think this way, but on a humane level I wonder how a man can leave his wife, just like that. Is sex so important in life that you spend a fortune on it? ( an Arab has to shell-out a ton of money as man-dowry).Will my sensitivity allow a thing like this?

The other day, after a bitter fight, I told my wife: If you think you don’t need me, if you think you are better-off without me, then let’s get a divorce. And she agreed on it, and I left the house for office in silence.

After few hours I was all regret and sad and apologetic at my temper, though as they say ‘it takes two to tango’ ( Hindi-taali ek haath se nahi bajti). I looked at my mobile wallpaper and stared at the lady and a small girl in her lap, and thought this is the same woman I thought I loved the most. I thought of all the time spent with her, and I felt sad and had a strong wish to go and hug her.

I don’t think I have enough Arab in me to marry several times. I am an emotional bloody-fool. I am stuck with one woman and will be for the rest of my life. I can never leave her, coz I love her, even if I want to. Even if she tries to divorce me I would beg  her not to leave me. I will climb a water tank, ala Dharmendra in Sholey, and shout suicide warnings and convince her to take me back as husband. Shame on me!

See why I admire Arabs? They are the only true ‘Men’ left in the world and tame enough women to their hearts desire. I wish I was born an Arab, at least in my next birth, and for that reason I believe in reincarnations. Amen.