Archive for September, 2009

delhi should mend its ways before CWG
September 22, 2009

Sometimes we coach our little boy before when we expect friends or other relatives. Look, when folks visit our home, this is how you behave, be polite, be nice. Keep smiling. I was chuckling when I read about our Honorable Minister P. Chidambaram and Mrs Dixit – CM of Delhi talk about how Delhiites should mend their way before CWG.

Am I missing something here? Shouldnt we mend our ways irrespective of whether we are putting on a grand spectacle.  Jumping traffic lights results in accidents.  Rude and rash driving makes for bad social etiquette. Trying to take short cuts may lead to disasters. Should tax payer’s money be put to better use than spending on advertising campaigns.

The average driver on the road should be made to pay, whenever there is an infraction. If there are violations, they should pay hefty fines. The problem in a sarkari capital is everyone knows a VIP and namedropping allows people to get away with murder. We need a system where driving discipline comes from within, where civilians take responsibility for civility.  Hopefully as more and more socially conscious individuals rise to take leadership for their own life and their families and communities, we will see a change, not just when Commonwealth games are around but for a long time to come.

When you teach a child not to litter, you also ensure that you dont flip a cigarette stub whereever you can or toss a wrapper carelessly. We need to model behaviour before it becomes mass behaviour.  “Tum jaante Nahi Main Kaun hoon”  behaviour will result in more snooty characters who flaunt their connections.  Doing what is right is ridiculously simple but extremely hard to do,


The trip that caused the fall
September 18, 2009

It took a high profile minister and first time MP to bring to surface the travails of those who travel cattle class. While the jury is yet to announce the verdict, about Tharoor spare the man a thought. Here was a man who was used to jetsetting and hobnobbing with the world’s top bureaucrats for decades. A man, who used English language as a primary tool to raise his own profile as well as India’s in the league of United Nations.  A Man who was almost the Secretary General of United Nations, a toothless, yet high profile position. Suddenly he finds himself in the complex, complicated scheme of Indian polity.  Where speed and style of responses reigned supreme in his earlier milieu, now he has to watch every step in the crazy 24 hour media channels era. Where he flourished with the turn of phrase and the ocassional literary dazzle, he now has to be cagey not knowing which of his acts under immense scrutiny will stir a hornets nest.

Come on India, we are far more forgiving than that. If we can elect and re-elect thugs and the ocassional politician with blood on his hands to the highest offices in the country, Cant we spare a man who has nothing but the ocassional guilt of straightforwardness.

Shashi – keep speaking your mind. You are not perfect but we arent either.  It is nice to have a politician who loves PG Wodehouse and roots for the ocassional tickle.  The other ego-inflated politicians will get over it once some one they can fawn over walks into the room.

Silence is really golden
September 17, 2009

In this crazy rush to tweet, post and blog and network, i discovered it is getting increasingly difficult to ponder. To collect one’s thoughts, to delay the urge to quickly update, to analyze and make a cogent response is getting more difficult.  Unless one is Socrates, it is imperative that we dont contribute to the din of a fish market where everyone is shouting while no one is listening… Or is it how the new age is going to be…..

Deep Truths are discovered not in the cacophony of multitudes but in the echoes of  one’s own sounds.  In Solitude, In reflection.  And in ……………………Let me find out more….

September 2, 2009

Working on two industry events that are coming up in the next three weeks, Phew