A Delve in history

A Delve in history

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Blind greed and power  has been the reason of  human miseries since time immemorial .In human history we have witnessed time and again when means to an end is ruthless  , the outcome is most unfortunate.

I am digressing a bit from my usual blog topics as I am unintentionally drawing comparisons of  the current scenarios with the happenings in the past .I am a history buff and had been a great fan of  William Dalrymple. His books prove his unadulterated love for history and India time and again .After all these years in India ,he does not betray a single emotion which states otherwise .He has contributed immensely to the art and culture scene of India .

I had the opportunity to read his latest addition to the list of  already existing best sellers , Kohinoor , The story of infamous diamond ;He undertook this project with his co author , Anita Anand .This book is about journey of one of the most famous diamonds of the world.As the diamond changed its physical location , so did the history of the subcontinent .Its the story of how a British business concern , set its foot in India as businessmen and then spread their tentacles all over India through sheer greed , cunning and conquests .

The diamond traveled its bloody journey from the eye of an idol in one of the temples of south India , through various dynasties ruling  the then India , The Tuglaq,Lodhis,Mughals Afghans and then the last reigning king of Punjab ,Raja  Ranjit Singh.

When East India company first came to India ,India’s  GDP was almost 23% of the  world GDP .Diamonds were not preferred as precious stones but Ruby and other precious stones were. Till the  18th century , India was one of the very few countries where  most of the world diamonds came from.Various myths associated with Kohinoor was cleared along the way as till  date most of the references  are not very authentic .

The journey of the diamond ends with the annexation of Kingdom of Punjab , from its ten  year old king , Raja Duleep Singh and the ultimate destination of the diamond , in the museum of Tower of London . Like most of his books it’s an unstoppable read with multiple interesting anecdotes .

Human history is unfair and it’s not a mythological journey where good always wins over the bad .But when we step into the web with our eyes and ears open that’s when the feeling of the helplessness creeps in .

Societal scums

In Bengaluru, certain miscreants molested women during the  New Year revelry .Bengaluru is a southern city in India . It is also an   IT  hub  and is considered an emancipated city .It is unlike its capital sister city where such occurrences are common ongoing events.No amount of public education ,legal threats or women empowerment is  causing its natural death .So instead of containment , it’s  growing its National growth .

The triggers for such behaviors are not known .On an unknown cue certain individual behave in an obsessive manner and their neurosis is relieved once these beastly acts are performed .National conscience is awakened and  and there is an introspection on a large scale but  it has been found that these maladies are very difficult to  eradicate.

Though women have outperformed men at different levels . the truth is as far as bodily strength is concerned they are the weaker sex .This is a sad , unfortunate and harsh fact .This primitive truth and trait raises its ugly  head time and again .

Genesis of this behavior is multi factorial .Sexism starts at home .Equality just does not happen nor is it accepted .Males are treated as superior race and women are objectified .Unsaid rules of dress code ,physical location of a place or the time of the day are needed to be followed as safety precautions .

India is a traditional country and this kind of medieval mindset has taken deep roots . Every body is at their wits end that  road to recovery is so long .

Cure can begin at home . Sons  need to be raised too.Moms have a greater role to play in social engineering as they are in a better position to do so .They have a greater impact on their offspring and hence on societal building blocks .

Excellent educational coating has no use without a moral filling .

 

 

 

Uncertain Air

As the country gears up for the take over by the President elect ,an air of helpless uncertainty hangs  close to the ground . Election results bestowed upon him the immunity for  unpredictability and he would happily saunter the  unprecedented course .We cannot lawfully complain .We all had a tacit approval to it  .The next few years would be full of surprises unless some divine intervention proves it all wrong .

In India , people are still absorbing the shock of demonetization and trying to figure out the actual reason behind it . Economists have one word for it .”Bewilderment”.

Though Demonetization is ideologically right but its sudden,partial , arbitrary execution was difficult to accept . It was not a well worked out plan and  it turned out to be a work in progress with its every day changing rules .

Old habits die hard and people are still trying to cling to their old accustomed ways of accounting wealth .That is the National new year resolution .But there are lots of unanswered questions which has no clear answers.

Would the newer currency fade away in future?

Would all and sundry get IT notices?

What would be the dealings in real estate?

Would farm workers woes ever end?

We all must have felt that there is a gradual drift of the political scenario and we are being ruled by rules never heard before.National and international treaties are being threatened and would soon be  changed to a pay for service mode .The newer ways of dealing would soon boomerang in some form or the other and we  all would have to pay a price for making or not making a choice at the right time.

Surprised Stupor

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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 .

To A Leaner 2017

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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”

Test Of Loyalty

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”

Female physicians in India

Female physicians in India

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Women are genetically modified and are the weaker sex of the society . They also have to dedicate their most productive years of life to child-bearing and child raising . Agreed those are priceless moments of your life but that drags them  down on their career graph .

As  smart and bright students, physicians  enter the medical schools very  early in life  .You  are still very confused about the path  you have chosen.Your  life  revolves around libraries , lecture theaters  and  medical wards .Then comes residency .It does not get easier .Early morning rounds, in service exams, presentations, night calls …the list is endless..There goes the best years of  your life down the drain .

Just when you are ready to hit your fun life with vengeance ,your biological clock starts to show you red flags .You have to suddenly mutate to being a  good wife and good mom .If  you still have some steam left in you and are eager to be the part of job market , then new set of restrictions follow you .

In India , female physicians have very few specialty to choose from, where they would be accepted  in their private practice. Obstetrics and gynaecology, Pediatrics and Para medical jobs are preferred for female physicians. The most commonly accepted other job is to work as a medical officer in a government set up. As medical officers you work in an outpatient and prescribe a set of medications from the pharmacy  and refer out difficult patients to specialists as needed. Nothing interesting or nothing challenging about it .

If you can keep your frustration under lid and decide to stick to these jobs then there are time bound promotions and some remunerations. India is a litigation immune country and you can retire peacefully without the pokes of board certifications or continuing medical education .

Women get a second class treatment in every profession. Same is true with medicine in India. Pay disparity, acceptance in private practice, work place harassment would always be your accompaniments .

Women never have it easy anyway ;

For A Better Tomorrow

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 .

World Of Relativity

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.

 

Qualifications

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 .