Saturday, 30 May 2015

From the reaction of apologists of the present regime, it seems that everybody wants a comparison with someone else and then demanding that there should be no criticism because of TINA ( There is no alternative) factor.  This is the first step towards an authoritarian rule. Something like this happened in 71 too with Indira Gandhi. But then who will listen ? Those who point out the defects are dubbed as frustrated nitpickers and the self praising  one man show rolls on to the cheers of  educated, well to do but ignorant middle class pumped by the capitalist dreams.

The latest statistical obsession appears to be the body count of people dying in the heat wave across the country.

Its really sad that the extreme heat conditions have taken such a toll of human lives. Surprisingly, the south eastern part seems to be very badly affected as compared to the north western part where high temperatures in summer is taken to be the norm.

Waiting for the monsoon to provide the much needed cooling showers.  Then again the floods will dominate the statistical tally of lives lost. How  much dependant on nature, we are, in spite of all our so called progress.


The real me remains deep and unconscious under layers of conscious interactions shaping the outward personality. Like the mask of make believe over the face of reality. Even the self looks at the mirror of contemporary surround and starts living in the comfort of the created myth. By the way, this make believe or Maya as we call it is not negative. But it is only the way and not the destination.


Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Footpath garibon ke baap ka nahin

@abhijeetsinger  has laid bare the hypocrisy of the well heeled elite by his disgusting and insensitive comment.  Not only has he done a great disservice to the person he wanted to defend in a drunk driving charge, but he has also brought us face to face with the naked truth of a society getting increasingly alienated from the human values of tolerance and compassion.

And he has shown his ignorant but arrogant self completely uncovered by commenting that footpath is not  anybody's paternal property to sleep upon. What he perhaps means to say that it is the place for drunk rich people to drive their imported cars.

But he is not alone. This type of statements are often uttered by many people in formal or informal gatherings. I have myself heard many such statements from people with whom I associate with. It may take the form of  "These slum people'', '' those wretched bastards'', '' saale bhookhe nange ''  ''votebank hai bhai ''  '' footpathia haramilog'' etc.  I don't entirely blame the people who comment like this. Maybe they are vexed by the helpless poverty all around which does not let them enjoy their wealth  with a clean conscience.  Or may be they really hate to be bracketed as Indians with these unwashed, unwanted floatsam of humanity.

The British had posted notices of '' Dogs and Indians not allowed '' on the doors of elite clubs. Sometimes, I wonder, have we really progressed beyond that  mentality. Can't really say. Sometimes these comments make me mad and dream of the bloody revolution that never happened in this country.

I am neither against Salman nor carry any ill-will against him as a person. He committed a griveous mistake, then compounded it into a problem for himself and has been handed  punishment by law. I can only pray that it does not happen to me or anyone from my family or friends. But what enrages me is the delay in the process of justice  and the sympathy wave from the happy happy set of Bollywood and the glam sham brigade. Nobody is even asking what happened to the family of the dead man. Some are rooting for a process of blood money like Sharia law. What a shameful bunch of people !

And that singer proves that he is a real bastard and has no idea who his real father is.

Sunday, 3 May 2015


Why I am excited about ''Piku'' has nothing to do with the movie overall. It may or may not turn out to be a good movie. That I will update only after watching the movie.

But I am happy to note that the all India  audience will now experience the  talent of   my favourite singer, songwriter and music composer Anupam Roy. I am hearing one song from the movie being played repeatedly on the FM channels.

From what I have heard he seems to have overcome the diction problem, which limits many talented Bengali artists from making a mark on the national level ( read Bollywood). His style of music is more dependant on words and the efffects and therefore it may be somewhat difficult for him to recreate the magic which he does so easily in Bengali space. But I believe he will create a mark with his unique style and make everybody aware of his music which is both simple and meaningful at the same time. 

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Royal bets

The pre occupation of the British with the personal lives of their royal family is quite amusing. But the big coverage of that in the media  worldwide is baffling.

Or is it really so?  Behind this gentle madness, lurks a merchandising plan. Everything newsworthy nowadays is exploited for marketing. Or rather the reverse of it. Everything that has to be marketed is made newsworthy.

And note how betting is ingrained in such events like the birth of the second child to the royal couple. First they had a bet on the gender of the baby before her birth. Now they are having one on the name.

I wonder when  some complex Derivative product, with all parapharnelia of probablity, volatility and historical curve analysis  would be developed to make money on such human behaviour by the financial wizards