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BhagHATs Off

“You market yourself too much. You always speak only of your books”, questioned a 20 something girl to writer-banker Chetan Bhagat: A popular writer with two of his books already made into Bollywood movies and the remaining three to be made soon. Replying to the girl’s accusation the chubby writer said, “I have a booking of over Rupees Five Crore on Day 1. Why would I market my book so much?”
                The girl with curly hair and wearing glasses, apparently from an upper-middle class family with a book and a notepad in hand asked Chetan about the quality of English he uses in his books- “Why do you use so simple English? You can do much better”, she insists.  Chetan, just out of a session held at the Times Literary Carnival, 2011 in Mumbai was hauled by a handful of people while he was getting into his car. I got out of a workshop held at the same place sometime after the girl started questioning Chetan. Replying to the girls question about his English Chetan said, “Security gu…

When I was in Love...(A Story)

"The moon did not look bigger. I did not smile for no reason. I did not feel that the sun is shining brighter for me. My heartbeat did not increase whenever I our eyes met. I did not dance on roads. No background music would play when I started singing. I did not develop a liking for the 'red' colour. Nothing happened as they show in the movies, but I was in Love!
       She was good friends with me. I loved the way She talked. I loved Her smile, Her actions, Her expressions, Her laughter though I did not love to see Her cry. I so much wanted to express my feelings to Her but the coward-and-pessimist-me never allowed me to do so.
       Then one day I decided not to tell Her anything. That was the day when I got to know that She loved someone and that 'someone' was not me. She used to mention him many times when She talked to me. I never liked that. I was sad.  She did not even know that I loved Her so much. Then one day I decided to tell Her, but what if it …

Things Anna did apart from a hunger-strike

मैभीअन्ना, तूभीअन्ना, अबतोसारादेशहैअन्ना..

Each and every Indian may knowAnna Hazareand his hunger strike by now. He also did some things apart from a hunger strike. I have rounded on some of those things in this blog.

Annabrought together the people of different caste, creeds, religion together on the roads, grounds protesting against the corrupt government. He showed us the non-violent way of protesting.

Anna taught how to successfully organize a protest (to the likes of Baba Ramdev!). He revealed the selfish and the narrow-minded politicians. Mayawati and the like-Mayawati-minded people need to know that the fight led by Anna was not of a Lower-Caste-India or Upper-Caste-India, it was the fight of the common man-the fight of an entity called India. Anna also ridiculed the always-in-a-mood-to-ridicule politician Laloo Prasad Yadav!
Anna gave the crazy bikers a reason to create havoc on the roads in his name. He gave smugglers of animal skin a new code word (Two men were arrested in Jaipur…

Leaves and (genuine) Excuses

In a seven day week, after getting a weekend off, still when you need to go out shopping or attend a friend’s engagement or watch a movie with your old friends or go out with your girlfriend or receive your “dooor ke rishtedaar” at a station or pay your utility bills or you fall ill-on a weekday, all you have to do is to take a day off.  To take a day off you need an excuse (a genuine one). All the excuses stated above may sound very genuine but the most genuine and accepted and unquestionable excuse is- falling ill!

A classic excuse for a day one day leave is definitely “having motions!”  Its not only the biggies but right from our school days we give excuses (take leaves). Remember the Leave Notes that we had? Every leave had to be accompanied with “Reason for absence!!” This is the column where Creative Imagination of a man gets used. Our parents used to do it when we were small but now we manage it ourselves! We have a range of diseases to choose from. Right from having cold, cough…

Rendezvous with the Chinese

The Panchsheel Agreement was signed between India and China in 1954. This agreement stated the five prinaciples as: 1. Mutual respect for each other's territorial integrity and sovereignty, 2. Mutual non-aggression, 3. Mutual non-interference in each other's internal affairs, 4. Equality and mutual benefit, and 5. Peaceful co-existence.

It was around this time that the slogan “Hindi Chini Bhai-Bhai” came up to encourage peace amongst the two nations. Fifty seven years after the agreement, I got a chance to interact with the Chini Bhai’s. Here is the experience shared...
 I was definitely nervous entering that room- setting the projector and making some other arrangements for a presentation that I was to conduct.  The nervousness was more because the audience was Chinese. I had never interacted with a foreigner before so closely.
I was having a glass of water when a Chinese entered in- he was the Team Leader.  I smiled and greeted him. He replied with a brilliant smile only to make his…

Realization (A Story)

The clock was ticking at 10 in the night. Cool breeze flowed in as the bus glided on the roads of Mumbai. There were many sounds happening- honking vehicles- murmuring commuters but Shishir was in his own world with his earphones on.
The bus was about to reach Azaad Maidan where he had to get down. Boom! Shishir heard a loud sound and before he could interpret anything out of that sound, he found himself lying on the road. He could see a dozen people dead scattered around him. There was smoke all over the place. The bus he was travelling was reduced to scraps. It was a bomb blast- Shishir realized.
People gathered near the blast spot and started carrying victims to a nearby hospital. A man came to Shishir to pick him up. Shishir told him that he was fine and the man should help other victims instead.  The man didn’t listen to Shishir and started to lift him up. Shishir was stunned to see that the man lifted up his body but Shishir was still lying on the road. Shishir could see his body…

God of a second

When you go trekking, you are sure to see nature’s amazing beauty that takes your breath away and when you go trekking with bad shoes, you are sure to experience and be a part of moments that take your breath away!
You can imagine how a moment of having your heart in your mouth feels like. I was 5-7 minutes into such a situation when I went trekking to Sudhagad, a fort in Raigad, Maharashtra. Thanks to a friend of mine (rather his shoes) who was with me with even worse pair of shoes than mine. We were being God to each other! I say so because when you slip off a slope and a hand supports you, you feel that you are the luckiest person in the world at that moment. Slipping and supporting at every step, we finally climbed up the small steep part of the hill.
I can’t describe the feeling of happiness and a departing fear to you guys, it’s just to be experienced rather it must be experienced. So go out, climb up to some Forts and write blogs and update your status!

Resolve to Type i have my own blog now. Going back some 3-4 years, when I was in college, I really wanted to write- have my own blog- publish a book- wear glasses like these writers do! Though I never worked on becoming one.

      There are 'so many' things that I resolved up till now. Only a handful of them saw the light of the day. Of so many resolutions that didn't come true I regret Writing and Reading the most. I love to write but hate to read. I will prefer watching a 3 hour movie on a popular book than actually reading the book for a week- a month- a year.... There are so many books that I have read 12 pages-8 pages- 1 page! I will never figure out Reading I guess.
      Writing is one thing I want to continue. In this age of computers, I was so much fond of having my own typewriter some years back but even this resolution of mine, failed. I have a computer now and the least I can do is Resolve to Type- resolve to WRITE!