As we step out of 2016,we are still trying to come to terms with the surprises of 2016 .Biggest surprise came from Uncle Sam when we were still not ready for the first woman President of America .Her experience and qualifications lost ground to the fact that she was a career politician . Physical and mental inertia among the democrat voters did not have a plan B .By proving all the polls wrong , Republicans swept the majority and President elect is promising to undo the doings of the past 8 years .
In India , we were given a practical lesson in renunciation to pave the way for Nirvana .Our religion is all about renunciation but we try to cling to worldly possessions .In India , there is a significant parallel economy of unaccounted wealth .We like to hoard wealth , flaunt wealth but really do not like the practice of distribution of wealth .
In Incredible India , paradox rules .We unearth ridiculous amount of wealth but are quick to innovate ways to hide it during the demonetization .People have died in the queues of Bank and ATM’s getting out their own money but our Bollywood crazy populace has still managed to give more than 100 crores business to our new releases .We dream of a cashless society but our infrastructure and Banking system is in a miserable state .
After the year of Brexit , as the new world takes shape ,we still wonder , if the elections of the greatest country of the world could be hacked by rogue states and the concept of credibility of a nation could be lost .
We wonder if the promise of an isolated world is the winner’s slogan world over .
We wonder if one of the the fastest growing economy of the developing world could be derailed by fanciful and discriminatory laws .
Hopefully we get a better picture in 2017 .
The holidays are here and it is party time.The health clubs are doing promotions in various ways . One is by throwing Zumba parties. Zumba is a very popular form of fitness program , created by Columbian dancer and choreographer , Alberto “Beto” Perez during the 1990’s .Its a dance and aerobic movement performed to energetic music with a Mish mash of Hip Hop , Soca , Samba ,Merengue and Mambo as the dance forms.Currently around 15 million people in over 200,000 locations in around 180 countries are doing it .
Dance is an excellent form of art which besides being therapeutic at the emotional level holds a promise of an improved physical form and it tries to keep away one of the biggest menace of the 21st century “Obesity” Continue reading “To A Leaner 2017”
These are times of deglobalization and national introspection .Preservation of national identity is in the forefront and could be in the garb of populism .We do not want to transcend borders for common goals ans common good . We prefer ton flock together in the nation building process .
As we take it to the next level , in India , a new law has been introduced in which National anthem needs to be played before screening of any movie and every body need to stand during the playing of anthem as a mark of respect .Anybody who fails to do would have to face consequences . Continue reading “Test Of Loyalty”
Last week I experienced two different worlds, both with a promise of better tomorrow in a very different sense.
We took a trip to a Balaji shrine, which is in the state of Andhra Pradesh , one of the southern states of India .We pray to Lord Vishnu for wordly happiness.Every day it is visited by 50,000 devotees.
Not like most pilgrimages,it is a well regulated place with its impeccable security system .Devotees are supposed to be bare footed in the whole temple complex sans any kind of technology .People stand in long queues chanting and some times they have to wait for hours . The swathes of humanity that comes in and out of the holy sanctum makes you believe that there does exist a promise in submission to the higher power .
The other world was 4th New Delhi , Literature Festival in India Habitat center , which was organized by Times of India publication .It was mostly attended by younger crowd , college students or budding writer .Like most events in India , seating arrangement was outnumbered by the attendees. Attendees enjoyed each other’s participation . Air was charged ,youthful ,enthusiastic , intelligent and interactive .
Here the promise was of fame and immortality to posterity .
Each to his own
Have a very good week ahead .
Today’s world is ruled by negativity and we have witnessed that it has produced startling results. If negativity is convincing enough, it has moved mountains. That’s another change we are witnessing in our times.
In India, currently demonetization is playing havoc. It has derailed the promising economy and the worst hit are the middle and lower classes. Parallel black economy was always a historical problem in India but the way the strike was executed was unprecedented .
Amusingly those who are hit are witnessing the silver lining and that keeps them going. Patients feel doctors would take a harder hit, home helps feel their employees have been served right, bureaucrats feel politicians would face the heat and opposition feels ruling party is done for. The rhetoric of cleansing this opaque world goes on.
It was proposed in the past that success was measured by from where you start to where you have reached in your life’s journey. But these days success is also a relative world. How badly your neighbor has failed!
As we brace ourselves for the coming years of Brexism and Populism, one thing is for sure that common good is definitely not a goal any more.
For any job its a prerequisite that you have the required qualifications .Your employer wants a best fit for the job opportunity .So for every job ,there’s a desired theoretical and a practical experience and in most cases this standard approach works .One is then supposed to climb the ladder of success as per your talent , hard work and luck
There are always exceptions . In India , in tinsel town and in the political world , it works differently .Your birth history and family connections matters a lot .Its presumed that you will genetically inherit all the talent ,charisma and luck to succeed .Surprisingly , public acceptance is also automatic .
One of the best success stories in the digital world had been school and college drop outs .But those are rare instances . Majority of us , mere mortals , are supposed to tread the trodden path .
Recently we saw , for one of the highest offices in the world’s greatest country , there was no need of any prior experience .It can be explained that being one of the oldest democracy , rules for selection of presidential candidate had been written a long time ago .
The deep distrust of people in the current career politicians led to selection of a very atypical candidate .All the checklist for the selection was thrown out of the window .Agreed that for the president of the US , it would not always be a cookbook situation but a lot of leeway was given to the process and the current milieu of fear is genuine .
Just the last week , Indians were cleansed of one of their sins .For 69 years since Independence , ducking your income tax had been a wide spread malady .There had been various ways of saving taxes like stashing money overseas , keeping it under fictitious names or converting it into gold .
But this is seen more in the super wealthy class or super powerful class as you have to have that much of extra wealth to do so .
But the last week it was decided to end it once and for all . Ideologically, it was a very good thought but the middle class and the lower middle class were really very hard hit by the whole concept .
The first step taken was to demonetize currency note of 500 and 1000 . Everybody was taken by surprise as the time started at 8 pm on a particular day .This currency note is one of the common currency note in majority of households .Only very limited amount of currency exchange were allowed in the Banks and ATMs . This resulted in a super chaos as these institutions are not capable of handling the immense load .Businesses at small trading level came to a complete halt . Since morning till evening you had to be at the queues of one of these places . Small tradings came to a complete halt . Marriages were called off . Transport ,traders and small businesses are planning to call indefinite strike .
Hard working middle class is the back bone of India .They deserve a better treatment . Deep resentments has been seen to be translated into surprising results .