Why Priyanka Chopra, Why??

I was astonished to read that Mumbai Municipal Corporation has named a street in honour of Priyanka Chopra’s father Mr. Ashok Chopra. I failed to understand the reason behind it. But then I realised that we live in a country where everything can be bought with money power and influence in this corrupt system.

In a country, where Manu Sharma can be given a parole for writing  his post-graduate degree exams in “ Human Rights“( yes, you read that right) ….this naming of street is still a small happening!!!



When I dug deep into this to find out the credentials/reasons given out for such audacious step by BMC, I found out none other than the claims made by Priyanka Chopra herself that her father had been a Philanthropist all his life.

 I don’t want to trample on dead man’s grave but I have never seen/heard/read about  him doing  any social work  other than sitting and laughing at award shows. And even if he was a philanthropist, does it mean that society has to pay him back by recognising his contributions by naming a street after him? By that parallel The USA should have been named as United states of Bill Gates give the amount of money he spends in philanthrophy….

So, the only reason that I can understand for a street to be named after him that he was Priyanka Chopra’s father and she has bought it with her influence and money. And by the way the street leads to Priyanka Chopra residence only!!

Wouldn’t it be nice if the streets in Mumbai are named after Tuka Ram Omble, Sandeep Unikrishnan, Hemant Karkare who gave supreme sacrifice on 26/11 to protect the very city where Priyanka Chopra lives in!!

If PC really wants her father to be remembered, she should start a charitable dispensary/hospital for the poor or open a  primary school for poor kids in his name Or for that matter give money for Cancer research which took her father away.That would have been a befitting tribute to a father from his daughter.

To name public road in someone’s name just because you can buy it is totally unacceptable. There are  hundreds of Lt. Cols. who have retired from Army . How many roads are named after them in their honour by the Government of India?

If this dangerous precedent is not dealt with, the day is not far where they will name a road in honour of Sanjay Dutt cos he took delivery of arms on that road.

It is a shameless act on part of the government and should be reversed. An RTI in this matter has also been filed.


On a lighter note, apart from the personal ambition of “daddy’s lil girl”,  other reason she did this was just to tell her cab driver that “ Bhaiya , mere papa ki road pe le lo.” !!





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There is an old saying by George Bernard Shaw:

“Old men are dangerous, it doesn’t matter to them what is going to happen to this world”.

One can definitely draw parallels with our very own Manmohan Singh. The way he is running the country certainly seems that it doesn’t matter to him what’s going to happen to our country in future!! He knows that he is going into oblivion after 2014  elections so he couldn’t care less about India.


In  a country of 1.2 billion people where 65% population is below 35 yrs of age, why do we have to have an octogenarian Prime Minister who actually hasn’t won any Lok Sabha elections and isn’t a elected representative in a true sense. And still he is our Prime Minister for nearly 10 years.

But we didn’t choose him to be our PM…he was thrusted upon us by Mrs. Sonia Gandhi. I don’t know why we take so much pride in our democratic system. It is a flawed system. How many of us can dream of contesting a Lok Sabha elections? Most of the elected members are either criminals or billionaires or inherited the political legacy from their families.You can only dream of contesting elections from a national party if you have multi crores in your kitty.

Once the government is elected it is there to stay for five years.Governments don’t fall  mid way now because of simple understanding between the politicians of our country that  “ you save my ass and I save yours”. There is always a post poll alliance of convenience. The likes of Mulayams, Mayawatis give support to government so that the CBI doesn’t act on them for their earlier corruptions. So there is virtually very little chance of Government falling mid way of its term because of the support of these regional parties with their corrupt leaders. During voting either these parties abstain or vote in favour of government and on other days they keep criticising the government as if they are the only custodian of the general interest of Public.

Even then if the ruling party is short of few MPs, the likes of Amar Singhs are always there to buy MP’s for you…. We have no say in any matter. We don’t even have a right to recall. Political parties are kept out of RTI act. People who show displeasure by the means of social media get arrested.  It is nothing but the subversion of democracy.It is almost autocratic way of functioning.

Our democratic system needs an overhaul. We were told very early in our life that democracy means by the people, for the people and of the people. But how much of it is true. Once the government is elected in Lok Sabha, the role of “we the people” is as good as  finished for the next five years. We are mere spectators. We watch helplessly as our corrupt politician takes us for a ride one day after another. As a friend on twitter (@mihirbijur) aptly puts it that our democracy is off the people, far the people and bye the people.

There is no qualification required for being a politician. I&B minister, Manish Tiwari was suggesting examination for being a journalist few days back. But what if we suggest to him that even politician should have basic qualifications and go through an examination before standing in an election and of course with no criminal record. Will he accept it?

I totally believe that we should have had a personality based democracy rather than party based democracy so that at least we are aware that we are voting for a particular person who will surely be our  leader just like we have in USA.

Lets talk about Manmohan Singh. He has had a glittering academic career.Studied in foreign universities. Always a topper. But why did he fail so miserably as a politician….? It is vindictive of the stand for that a topper doesn’t necessarily  be good at everything he does and MMS is classic example.I truly believe that he has failed India like no other PM. Why can’t he see what is required of him??


Few days ago Rahul Gandhi said That if India is a computer, then congress is its default program.I’d like to change it in context of Manmohan Singh. If India is a computer,Manhoman Singh is its fatal error ( Fatal error is something you lose all data of a program you are working on and you have to reboot for your system to work properly again)

Tell me which International magazine has the audacity to put Prime minister of any country on its cover and give the title of under achiever. Don’t believe me…. Time magazine just did that. Here is the proof.


Which prime minister in the entire world will not give even a statement (forget the action)  when his own soldiers are beheaded and killed mercilessly by the neighbouring country. But then we have a novel way of responding. We serve biryani to top Pakistani diplomats. Mr. Salman Khurshid hosted a lunch for Pakistan’s foreign Minister only few days after the beheading of our soldiers.

When our president can issue a statement in his address on the eve of Independence Day to boost the morale of our soldiers why on earth our prime minster can’t utter a word….

China is now trespassing in Leh, Uttrakhand and Arunachal…It is literally playing ping pong with India. Indian counterparts were seen requesting them  with folded hands to retract from our land!! You will be amazed to know even Myanmar soldiers had entered Manipur a week ago …

Read the article in India Today.


The weak governance of India and projection of India as a soft state has virtually made our land free for all …..

Which other prime Minister in the world had so many jokes on him… If you combine all the jokes on all previous prime ministers…. Jokes on Manhoman singh will easily surpass them. Just google “Jokes on Manmohan Singh” and you will be thoroughly entertained.

Here are few examples that I have taken out from google search only.

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Then we were made to believe that he is an upright and honest person… I tend to disagree here… even if you are honest and you let the corruption happen under your very nose in the ministry that you are heading then… you are equally dishonest to the nation and there is no second opinion about it. Arun shourie labels him as intellectually dishonest if not financially dishonest.

Why on earth will so many people criticize in such  vitriolic ways unless there is something drastically wrong in the way he governs our country. If you listen to this interview of Arun Shourie by Karan Thapar on Devil’s Advocate… you would know what I am talking about.

Corruption is rampant everywhere be it political class, bureaucrats, law enforcing agencies and even our defence forces. He is heading the most corrupt government of our times. It’s the cesspool of most corrupt ministers which are led by him. Then your muteness has  become a disease and sufferer is India. You can’t speak impromptu. You don’t want to address the press… Forget about taking questions from them.You have no fresh ideas.

I entirely disagree that there are two power centers .  I believe that there is only one power center that is 10 janpath … MMS is just a facilitator and executor  of the decision made there. No sane economist will defend the Soniaconomics  of FSB but MMS endorses it ( as if he had a choice). He just doesn’t speak in parliament and when he does…always with a prepared speech and one can’t make out what he is saying……! Mr.Prime Minister have you ever seen your British counterpart speaking in Parliament on every subject? I suggest you must see it.

Tell me in which democratic country, a son in law of the ruling family is exempted from Airport checks?

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Since he is the son in law of Sonia Gandhi and he will be given exemption from security checks and will be given  SPG protection because he is a public figure and there is a threat to his life. But otherwise, he is a private person and can’t be discussed in parliament and none other than parliamentary affairs minster jumps into the well of the house to defend him. This is called the politics of convenience!!

Kehmka calls Robert Vadra hafta collector. He says even the middle man does something and earns… he just doesn’t do anything and collects hafta. See the interview of Khemka on headlines today.  

.All I am saying is that we need to have a younger man with fresh ideas running this country. And by younger man, I definitely don’t mean Rahul Gandhi. It is better to be led by Sunny Leone than by him. And why Rahul Gandhi can’t lead this country is another topic in itself and will be taken up susequently!!

There is no dialogue between govt and people. Always an ever increasing gap between rich and poor…. Hunger, poverty, illetracy, population explosion, health services, tackling of corruption. economy, infrastructure, black money, malnutrition, farmers committing suicides… not even one problem has been tackled effectively by our government for the last 10 yrs.Everyday new scam emerges and we are so used to it that it doesn’t affect us anymore.

Only saving grace is Supreme Court who actually seems to be running our country.Last month Supreme court called India’s top investigation agency nothing more than a “caged parrot” for the ruling party.

And sadly our media houses have sold out to the incumbent government… If you listen to the interview of Nidhi Razdan with the British MP you would know why…

Then there was a TV journalist heard prompting on TV “ congress ko defend kar dena” see the video at 53 seconds

Ram Guha rightly said about Manmohan Singh and I quote

But, unable to resist the lure of office, he stayed on thereby presided over what is arguably the most corrupt government in Indian history. The great Indian cricketer Vijay Merchant, when asked why he had retired from the game after scoring a century in his last Test innings, answered: “I wanted to go when people asked ‘Why’ rather than ‘Why Not’?”

Mind you, MMS has refused to leave himself out of the race for third term.

Under this very eminent economist our growth rates have fallen to almost 4% and he inherited the economy at 8-9% . A person who doesn’t take risk with his dress code how can you expect him to take risks where it matters.

Couple of days ago he himself said and I quote ” In which country MP’s say that uska PM chor hai… ” and  Arun Jaitley promptly replied that which country buys MP’s for trust vote..


I’d like to conclude by saying that we the people of India deserve change in leadership. A leader who is not afraid to take bold measures. A leader who doesn’t project India as a soft state and leader who is answerable only to the people of India.

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This blog is about a book that I have recently read. This is not a book formal book review. I am too naive to write one considering the fact that I don’t read much. SHANTARAM is one of the very few novels that I have read from start to finish. I was told that it has a beautiful description of Bombay, the city I recently visited and was keen to know more about it. It is a colossal 900 odd pages of novel though I feel it could have been more concise.



It is a semi autobiographical account of an Australian convict who escaped a high security prison in Australia and somehow lands up in Bombay.  It almost feels and reads like a fiction novel.

Though the author claims that it is a true story of his life but somehow I find some portions in the book made up or spiced up to generate reader’s interest. Also I find that Author has cleverly named his book SHANTARAM which was a name given to him by his Guide’s mother to cater to Indian Audience. It is hardly used in the book, may be couple of references here and there.

Before I started reading the book, I googled about Gregory David Roberts who is the main protagonist so that I have an image of him in my mind when I read about him.



The book is mainly divided into four segments:

The first part deals with the author landing up in Bombay, spending months in village, learning Marathi. Living in slums where he helps the Slum dwellers with basic medical care. He also meets up with Swiss woman Karla, whom he falls in love with.

The second part is his capture and days spent at Arthur road prison. This part is spine chilling account of how he barely survives the torturous journey in a Bombay prison.

The third part accounts for his journey into joining the Mafia and learning the intricacies of black marketing, forgery, falsifying passport documents and money laundering.

The fourth part is about his journey into Afghanistan which he undertakes with his Mafia mentor. It’s all about how he barely survives the vicious tribal attacks and bitter cold and somehow returns to Bombay alive.

This was definitely good read. He does a nice job of writing the detailed description of places he visits and people he meets. He has an eye for detail and observes things minutely. The philosophical bits are slightly over the top at some points. The detailed descriptions of around twenty odd fist fights and gory description of mutilated bodies/injuries were unwarranted.

Somehow you get a feeling that the fast paced life that he lived in Mumbai is surreal. For instance putting a bear in back of truck disguising it as Ganpati. It was somewhat hard to digest.

It is brilliant in parts. Highly captivating at some points and extremely boring and  drag at some points especially the Afghanistan bit.  But overall it is an engrossing read.

I do question the veracity of the novel. I feel that some portions have been made up to keep the reader entertained .The way things keep happening in his life is bizarre and so fast paced that it’s difficult to believe that some of the events actually happened.

The author despite of being a convict, gangster, charlatan, forger, money launderer surprisingly shows himself as a benevolent character. Amazingly human and affable man to all. He does come across as a self praising man at many times in the story.

It has all the ingredients of a Bollywood malasa film. Love, Deceit, Underworld, passion, drugs, betrayal, Fist fights, Mafia, murders, Prostitutes. Infact it almost got made into a Hollywood movie with Johnny Depp in the lead. However it got stalled in 2007. Now Mira Nair is about to revive it again with the same lead and Amitabh Bachchan as Mafia Don Abdul Qadir.

He ends the novel with the story where he is offered to embark in yet another adventure in  Sri Lanka to help the Tamils in their fight for freedom. Perhaps he wanted to leave a little opening for a sequel of SHANTARAM

SHANTARAM is an entertaining read. I would definitely recommend it to everyone and especially to those who do not read much like me. It took me a month to finish it but I think it gave me a platform to explore more into the literal world.

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I long for the day……..

Inspired by my family members, I have written a short poem adding to the family’s poetic collection.

I long for the day…
When this world is free of pain, anguish and plight.
I long for the day…
When a religion is not followed out of any fear or fright…
I long for the day…
When my spiritual insights reach their ultimate height…
I long for the day…
When honesty & integrity in our relations is set right….
I long for the day….
When I can free myself from my inner conflicts and fights….
I long for the day…
When I sleep like a child, without worrying, in the night….
I long for the day…
When my little angel will bring laurels to our family’s delight….
I long for the day…
When I can tee off on a golf course with sun shining bright….
I long for the day…
When I can seize the moment and take a birds flight….
I long for the day…
When I can spend rest of my life with Alps in my sight….

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