Manna

Posted: March 31, 2011 in Baby

Tiny and tottering you walk unto me,
One faltering step after another..
Your hands outstretched,
Your lips pouting,
Smiles and tears your only defence
(ah, those weapons that work to perfection!)

Go on, give me that illusion-
Of total power;
Don’t I know better –
Who has me wrapped
round that little finger?

“God, do You even exist?”
I had bellowed in times of trial
“Need I say more?”, He shot back smiling,
Sparkling in your kind eyes

I am your mother they say-
Nay, you are the reason I was born
Why else did I survive every wound
How else did I sustain every ordeal, pray?

How has this life gone by? I wonder
Without you beside for so long..
How will this life go on? I shudder
Once you fly away to your nest
Taking my heart along..

But that is in another life
I tell myself
Let me live just a bit now-
Let me jealously guard
Your first turn, your first crawl,
Those first steps, even that ghastly bawl..

Let me freeze
This moment forever
Your tiny arms
Wrapped around my neck
Kiss those sweet lips
That utter “mmaaaaa”
Do the merry-go-round
With you squealing in delight

Let me live
Like there is no tomorrow
Just like I pretend –
there was no yesterday
when you weren’t here
Let me never wake up
from this dream –
Cuddling my manna
to bosom for eternity..

Marriage on the Clouds

Posted: March 3, 2011 in Random

Ever thought why the “rent rather than hire” principle should not aply to marriages? Oh no, don’t get me wrong -I am in a very happy marriage, thank you.

With all the hype surrounding Cloud Computing, one cannot resist getting creative. Looking at how computers have pervaded our homes from workplaces, why should’nt concepts such as these follow?

Here are the advantages of offering Marriage as A Service:
1. You don’t see your spouse all the time, yet he/she will be available on-demand and meet your expectations on need basis.
2. You do not have to waste precious time configuring the right combination of spouse from the options available- a marriage consulting company will offer you that in their Cloud.
3. You do not have to adjust your routines to fit the “other half” – since physical installation is not neccessary.
4. You do not have to bother with learning the inner workings (feelings, personality etc) of the spouse or shower them with gifts- very utilitarian indeed.
5. You can scale-up (children, more time etc) or down based on your priorities.
6. Last but not the least, it is Green – no honeymoon trips, family vacations, fancy cars or household equipments. Means lesser emissions and carbon footprints.

For those that still have not caught on to the sarcasm- maybe they SHOULD go for this option.

The new Sun over the Pyramids

Posted: February 12, 2011 in Politics

As I see the Tahrir Square telecasts from Cairo, the country I visited 2 years ago flashes across memory. The cautious cab drivers when it came to questions about Hosni Mubarak, the ignored questions from our local guides, the parallel economy under the veneer of tourism – and the very efficient airport security police.

It could have very well turned into another Tiananmen Square protests with the dictator crushing the rebellion like the Party did in China. The difference has to be more staying power, better leadership, unity among the Egyptian people (army)- not to mention the omnipresent media contributing to the moral strength of the rebels giving minute-level updates on what was going on.

Removal of dictatorship replaced by democracy – or take-over by radical groups sabotaging the idea of freedom? Only Time can tell.

Go on, surprise us-II

Posted: December 10, 2010 in Politics

It does not take a genius to understand that the Radia tapes, Vir-Burkha conversations is the norm rather than one-offs of how Fourth Estate works in this country, or for that matter, the world. The expose’s by Wikileaks shows how a handful of people decide what the world sees (and does not see).

What is disconcerting is how the genral public is largely the useful idiot, with glimpses of such shocking (yaaawwwwwwwnn) revelations happening at the convenience of those that decide so, and how behind-the-scene dramas (with the myth of an Opposition and ruling party) are played out to provide entertainment (to some) and bleak hopelessness for the country, for the most zealous of idealists like me.

Go on, surprise us

Posted: December 2, 2010 in Politics

Good.

Radiagate: Sealed tapes reach SC, Tata case also on agenda today
Agencies Posted online: Thu Dec 02 2010, 11:02 hrs
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Thursday will take up the petition filed by Tata group chairman Ratan Tata seeking a direction to the government to probe the leak of tapes containing his private conversations with corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, and stop their further publication.

The petition is listed for mentioning before a Bench comprising Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly, which is hearing the matter relating to the 2G spectrum scam.

Meanwhile, the government placed before the Supreme Court the recorded tapes containing the conversations between corporate Radia and others relating to the 2G spectrum allocation case. They were in a sealed cover.

While placing the recorded conversations before the Bench comprising Justices Singhvi and Ganguly, Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium said it is a hard disc drive directly downloaded from the server which contains the conversations.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan appearing for the NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), however, said though CBI maintains there were 5,800 conversations, it has prepared the transcript of only 3,000 such conversations.

The Supreme Court had yesterday directed that the original tapes containing the conversation between Radia and others pertaining to the 2G spectrum allocation case be handed over to it in a sealed cover.

Ratan Tata had moved the Supreme Court on Monday seeking action against persons responsible for the leak and ‘unauthorised’ publication of the tapes, alleging that it was sheer violation of his right to privacy.

Tata argued that the tapes, recorded under IT surveillance of Radia in 2008 and 2009, should be used for the “public purpose” of investigation.

Tata, in the petition, has contended that the leak has infringed upon his fundamental Right to Life, which includes right to privacy.

Tata has made the central government a party in his petition. Union Home Secretary, the CBI, the Income Tax Department, the Department of Telecommunication and the Department of Information Technology have been made respondents.

Hopefully, now the real face of who actually ordered the tapes be recorded will come out. But then, maybe not. Some small-time story will cover the unexplained murder/accident of some random IT/Telecom dept bloke and there will be no connection of dots.

Maino style of destroying opponents and her not-so-useful-anymore idiots: dig out skeletons from the closet (mostly phone tappings), plane/chopper crashes or road accidents (Sanjay Gandhi, Rajesh Pilot, Madhav Rao Sindhia, YSR Reddy), family in-fighting ending in crimes of passion (Pramod Mahanjan).

Belief

Posted: October 25, 2010 in Gyaan

“I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty. I believe that the law was made for man and not man for the law; that government is the servant of the people and not their master. I believe in the Dignity of labour, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a liking but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living. I believe that thrift is essential to well ordered living and that economy is a prime requisite of a sound financial structure, whether in government, business or personal affairs. I believe that truth and justice are fundamental to an enduring social order. I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a mans word should be as good as his bond; that character not wealth or power or position – is of supreme worth. I believe that the rendering of useful service is the common duty of mankind and that only in the purifying fire of sacrifice is the dross of selfishness consumed and the greatness of the human soul set free. I believe in an all-wise and all-loving God, named by whatever name, and that the individuals highest fulfilment, greatest happiness, and widest usefulness are to be found in living in harmony with His Will. I believe that love is the greatest thing in the world; that it alone can overcome hate; that right can and will triumph over might.”

John D. Rockefeller Jr.

Battle “Roy”ale

Posted: October 25, 2010 in Politics

Ever since Booker Prize, nothing this senile old hag has said or done has ever made sense. Come to think of it, she is Baby Kochamma of her own life novel.

Her incessant anti-India rhetorics and campaigns against any development project get attention among poorly informed bourgeois societies and those cry their hearts out for Mohammad Afzal, condone Ajmal Kasab and call Maoists “Gandhians”.

Can the Indian Government not sue her/strip her of citizenship/put her behind bars for her secessionist actions? What is the limit of freedom of speech?

Support for Kashmiri separatism
In October 2010, at a seminar in Delhi named “Azadi – The only way”, where Roy took part with Hurriyat Conference leader S.A.R. Geelani and Varavara Rao, Roy said that “Kashmir should get azadi from bhookhe-nange Hindustan”. Her remarks attracted criticism from BJP leader Arun Jaitley that she was promoting secession of the Union of India, and that the central government was not acting on the issue and prosecuting Roy and others.[21]

She should be exported to Shit-istan or China (where she will enjoy all the freedom of speech she wants), as she does not want Kashmiris to live in “bhookhe-nange Hindustan“.

God forbid that the likes of her be inspiration to the intellectual classes in the world. Looking at the international recognition and awards being awarded, that seems to be the case anyway.

Lage Raho

Posted: October 21, 2010 in Politics

The man himself is a hyped-up sham of true greatness. Many who came after his are making millions in his name while the country is paying a huge price for the personal war this fool fought in the name of freedom struggle.

I have always wondered why the “Apostle of Peace” supported Indian participation in WW2, even if it meant freedom for the country (another matter that the old cow was jailed despite Indian blood shed in the War).

Many of the allegations here against Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi aka Mahatma Gandhi can be cross-checked with other sites too.

Sad that the internet and Google took so long to happen. Sadder that the few examples of true leadership and highest of values from India should be these kind of men.

Kitchen Queen

Posted: October 18, 2010 in Cooking

I am not much of a cook, I admit. But I recently discovered and succeeded in making 4 of my favorite dishes (3 sweetmeats, 1 snack), in a homegrown, easy 100% success guarantee style. The recipe quantities given are for 2 people.

Samosa: Now what’s so unique about it? Well, I made the fat-free version in the oven.
Preparation Time: 1 hour.
Part 1: Masala (can be prepared to individual tastes, but this one tastes heavenly).
1. Potatoes (boiled & pealed): 6
2. Mint leaves : 8-10
3. Dhania seeds: 1 tsp
4. Aamchoor (dried mango powder): 1 tsp
5. Green Chillies chopped: 2
6. Green Peas: 50 gms
7. Chillie powder, Salt to taste
8. Curry leaves: 8-10

Mash boiled potatoes with all of the above and keep aside.

Part 2: Shell
1. Knead wheat flour (more wholesome than all-purpose flour) and flatten it to medium thin, round layer on a flat surface.
2. Make horizontal and vertical cuts on the layer, making quadrants. If the flour layer is large, you can make 8 cuts instead of 4.

Part 3: Cones
1. Make a palm-sized ball of the masala and cover it in the wheat flour shell to make pyramidical cones. You can make the edges wavy with a fork or by hand.
2. Smear the cones with minimal oil all over the surface.
3. Pre-heat oven to 250C for 15-20 mins.
4. Place the cones in a baking tray/dish (whose bottom should be oiled).
5. Carefully place the dish on the top-most shelf of the oven (grill tray), set temperature to 200C and leave for 20 mins.
6. Turn the samosas and bake for 10 more minutes.

The samosas are ready.

Sweetmeats soon to come.

The word is WordPress.

Posted: October 18, 2010 in Random

I came across this beautiful blogspace in WordPress that allowed more creativity and experimentation than blogger. Bam! I switched to WordPress.

Have to figure out how to transfer my old posts here. Typical of me – jumping head-on into things I barely understand only to drown or swim to the corner. Like everything else, this will work out too 🙂