Tuesday, 17 December 2013

1 Bus-Ride, 1000 Problems !!!

Long time no see my dear readers !!!


Life is similar to a bus ride.

The journey begins when we board the bus.

We meet people along our way of which some are strangers, some friends and some strangers yet to be friends.

There are stops at intervals and people board in.

At times some of these people make their presence felt, leave an impact through their grace and beauty on us fellow passengers while on other occasions they remain indifferent.

But then it is important for some people to make an exit, to get down and walk the paths they were destined to because if people always made an entrance and never left either for the better or worse, then we would feel suffocated and confused like those people in the bus, the purpose of the journey would lose its essence and the journey altogether would neither be worthwhile nor smooth.
Reading this long paragraph not only made me remember about the persons entering & exiting my life, it also gave me an idea as to dedicate an article entirely for buses !!!

The moment we hear the word "BUS", the following image appears in our mind :)


Hehe :) I didn't know how to describe such an image in words, so i thought of a better idea !!!

Almost each and everyone of us might have had experiences in travelling by such crowded buses. The first and the foremost achievement for us would be to go past the "Receptionists" (Usually college blokes who hang freely from the bus). Girls & ladies are allowed to go in, but boys have to stand in the bus stairs until the next stop arrives. Then, as the crowd disperses, we get to sit in the bus.

Right from the bus stop/bus stand, we get to face a lot of obstacles. After reaching the stop, the nearby beggar who was sitting quietly until now would have started his daily activity. And, I don't know what he sees in our face, but he starts bugging us instead of all the others already standing. Our favorite Ilaiyaraja song which was being played in the tea shop nearby would have stopped, giving way to all the advertisements and commercials to scream out of the loud-speakers and irritate us to the core. Drops of sweat emerge and still, there is no sign of the bus. The beautiful girl/boy standing next to us now begins to chat happily with his/her lover on phone, adding to our disappointment. A bus arrives, but is too crowded. An anomaly in our life is that if we do not enter a crowded bus, another bus will never come at all, but if we enter it, the next bus will be less crowded and will move faster !!!

But wait... then comes another problem. The bus goes through another route !!! We have to wait until the next stop arrives and get down. We should walk back to the same stop again until the next bus comes, and we get into it after confirming about its route through a fellow passenger or the conductor.

The conductors are the most misunderstood people in our lives. The first problem we face with him is trying to make him understand where we've headed off to. Due to too much noise, "Gandhi Nagar" will be understood as "Shanthi Nagar", "Nehru Colony" as "Guru Park", etc.

Now comes the main difficulty. "Change ???", the conductor asks. No matter how much we search in our pockets/purses, all the loose coins would have disappeared all of a sudden. The conductor either gets irritated & gives the change or, gives us the ultimate punishment "I'll give it afterwards". Now we have to wait patiently until he pities us and gives our change. Every time we ask the conductor, he dismisses us (much to our irritation) or gives the change out of sympathy.

Standing in a bus is the worst punishment granted to us. Lots of people stamp on our feet and there is a constant fear in our minds regarding pick-pockets and chain-snatchers. The second we get a chance to sit down on a seat, an old man emerges from nowhere and we are forced to stand up. Then, if we get a seat, a college girl/boy spots us and gives us his/her bag to keep.

Sitting down after having faced all the above difficulties, our eyes begin to dose, when suddenly, we've reached our destination, forcing us to wake up in frustration. We have to go through the long crowd who stand like a herd of sheep. We must be careful of stamping on other's feet or else they'll scold us angrily. The conductor would have gone to the front, and we have to shout for the bus to stop. The conductor doesn't listen, owing to the noisy crowd, and blows the whistle, asking the bus to start. We are urged to stand until the next stop arrives. The return journey is by walk again.

Nowadays, bus-rides have become really strenuous and tiring due to the above difficulties we face during our journey. All I can conclude from these observations is that in spite of all these, if a person suffering from obesity starts travelling by bus, he/she can become lean very soon !!!

Friday, 23 August 2013

Confusion Confusion Everywhere !!!

"Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood." 

Recently I came across this quote when I was browsing the internet. The moment I finished reading it, my whole mind drifted towards the daily life situations in which we usually get confused. In this modern life, confusion is almost everywhere.

When we are getting ready for another day at school/college/office, we get confused while deciding what dress to wear for the day. In fact, according to a worldwide survey, almost 10% of a woman's life is spent in thinking of a way to avoid wearing the same dress again !!!

The confusion which arises after getting out of our room/house is a big one. We tend to over-think whether we have locked correctly, whether all the switches have been switched off, whether the gas cylinder is closed, etc. We are satisfied only after returning and checking.

When we start going through our phone contacts, we get confused whether the girl/boy with whom we no longer have contact will reply to our text messages or not. We send a “Hi, long time no see !!!”. If there is no reply, then again a text “U der ???” No reply again ??? Move on to the next number !!!

When we are given home-assignments at our class, we get confused at the topic given to us. Whether we have to share the topic with another person, the submission date, all pose to be a big question mark for us during that time. Our  fb status will become  “Got an assignment, but don’t know the topic :)”. It will start getting likes and comments stating, “Oooohhh :(”, “Then don’t write, go to hell !!!”, “U idiot, your topic is xyz”, etc.

When we enter a hotel, we never have any idea of what to eat. Some of us start to sincerely browse through the menu card for half an hour and in the end, finally settle over with a simple cup of coffee !!! The amount of tips also poses to be a great problem. 5 Rs, or 10 Rs ??? The waiter stands beside us looking expectantly. The name “Waiter” sure fits for that guy !!!

The confusion arising while searching for an address is significant. We keep on getting confused what colour house it is, after how many blocks the house is, whether the house is on the left or right side of the road, etc. Finally, after having found out the address, hilarious answers emerge from us, "That shop-keeper told wrongly", "Many houses looked just like this, so I got confused", “Signal was weak, so I couldn’t properly hear what you were saying”, and the ultimate "This idiot (A friend whose harmless suggestion would have been misunderstood) took me the wrong way !!!"

Whenever we enter an ATM, a huge confusion arises as to how to insert the credit card ??? Where should the black coloured bar on the card go ??? The left side or the right side ??? Suddenly, the ATM will start screaming for no reason and we have to wait until the screaming stops. The security guard observes our actions, doubting whether we have come to withdraw money or steal the whole ATM itself !!!

A whole new range of confusions crop up when two beautiful girls/boys emerge from nowhere into a public place like a bus stand or railway station. And all the present problems like, the train/bus is late, got to reach house quickly,…. will cease to exist and only one question will be transpiring in our minds, “Who among the two will be a good match for us ???”

During Raksha Bandhan, I saw my friend feeling sad, staring intently at a gift package. I asked him the reason for his sadness. He told, “My ex girl-friend has got another new boy-friend !!!” I advised him not to worry and to love his present crush a lot more. A tear escaped from his eye and he replied, “She is even worse. The moment she heard that I love her, she brought her parents to my house and her parents forced her to call me as brother !!! And now she’s sent me a Rakhi and her parents invited me to their house to celebrate Raksha Bandhan with them there !!!”

So, I made him stand up and narrate our school pledge, “All Indians are my brothers and sisters !!!”

Feeling confused ???

Oh come on !!!

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

A Hand At Poetry :)

Hello, my dear readers !!!

Hope u found the previous article of mine (Whistle-blowers) quite informative :)

When I was in my 11th std, I had this weird notion of becoming an English poet. Seriously !!! I had tried a hand at it during my leisure hours :) As is the case with all well-known poets, I began with the simplest of poems and even managed to write a complex poems. Here are some of the samples....

The first one was used in one of my online voting list on www.think.org

13
Some say 13 is lucky
Others say 13 is unlucky
What do u say ???
Is 13 lucky ???
Or is it just a prank of a monkey ???

The Sun

What is the sun ???
It is a red hot bun
weighing a countless tons.
Gravity makes the earth run
continuously around the red hot sun

Name
What is in a name ???
Is it an acronym for fame ???
Or is it just the same
as all the other games ???

Boys
Teachers treat all boys
as if they are plastic toys
which make unnecessary noise
But, teachers seldom know that boys
have their own sorrows and joys.
They make "Noise"
only to share the joys
of knowing the girl's choice
of the boy,
with whom they'll share all their sorrows and joys.

Love
People are in love,
they do not know how ?
They think they fly like doves
which always bow,
whenever they see cows (Friends & parents ;)
These are modern people in love,
as they are, and will be now,
and then, always.....

Boys Might
Boys have the right
to show their everlasting might
in front of girls who do not bite.
But what happens ???
Girls always like to look
at boys who have a book
& at boys who love to cook.
So, my advice is, never show your might
in front of modern girls as they will never give any sight.

Spread your mood
Spread your smile,
It walks for miles.

Spread your sorrow,
It gets postponed tomorrow.

Spread your anger,
It is hung in a hanger.

Spread your surprise,
It pays everyone a price.

Spread your doubt,
It tells you what it is about.

Spread your pain,
It gives you big gains (New friends)

Hence, always try to spread your moods,
They make you very good !!!

The pool
The day was cool,
A big-headed and fat-bellied fool
wearing a raincoat made of wool
accidentally fell into a swimming pool
and started to drown and drool.
A savior jumped into the pool
and by using a stool,
as his most precious tool,
pulled the big fat fool
out of the swimming pool !!!

Some of the lines look silly, but I simply used them for the sake of the rhyming words :) I hope I have not wasted your time by making you people read these simple poems of mine :)

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Do you want to blow the whistle ???

Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Vijay Pandhare, Samy Kamkar, Satyendra Dubey

Many of you might have come across the names of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, owing to excessive media coverage and publicity. Both of them, alongwith the above mentioned people and many more come under the general category of "Whistle blowers".

Who are whistle-blowers ???

A whistle-blower is a person who exposes misconduct, alleged dishonest or illegal activity occurring in an organization.

Whistle-blowers are usually common people working under the government. Anybody can be a whistle-blower; even you and me. The term whistle-blower comes from the whistle a referee uses to indicate an illegal or foul play.

Julian Assange- The "Virtual" Whistle-blower

Julian Assange is the editor-in-chief and founder of WikiLeaks, which publishes submissions of secret information, news leaks and classified media from anonymous news sources and whistle-blowers. WikiLeaks became internationally well known in 2010 when it began to publish U.S. military and diplomatic documents with assistance from its partners in the news media. Bradley Manning was responsible for most of the leaks given to the website and was arrested by the U.S. government.

Edward Snowden

Edward Joseph Snowden is a US former technical contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who leaked details of top-secret US and British government mass surveillance programs to the press. Snowden revealed information about a variety of classified intelligence programs, including the interception of US and European telephone metadata and the PRISM and Tempora Internet surveillance programs.

Vijay Pandhare- Indian Whistle-blower

Vijay Pandhare is a whistle-blower who wrote to the chief minister of the state of Maharashtra and its governor alleging irregularities and cost inflation in irrigation projects. The controversy raised by these communication caused the deputy chief minister of the state Ajit Pawar to resign.

Samy Kamkar

Samy Kamkar demonstrated weaknesses in Visa, MasterCard and Europay credit cards with Near field communication (NFC) and Radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips built in and released software demonstrating the ability to steal credit card information, including name, credit card number, and expiration date, wirelessly from these cards. He also released code demonstrating Wireless identity theft of physical access control cards, including that of HID Global cards, using RFID with the use of only a credit card sized device, removing the need for any computer to be connected.


Satyendra Dubey

Satyendra Dubey was a 31-year-old IIT Kanpur civil engineering graduate working with the National Highways Authority of India and assigned to the prime minister's pet project, the Golden Quadrilateral, to connect the four corners of India. On discovering rampant corruption and poor implementation of work in the section where he had been posted, Dubey wrote to the prime minister exposing the irregularities. He was ruthlessly murdered in Gaya, Bihar after fighting corruption in the Golden Quadrilateral highway construction project.

What is the fate of Whistle-Blowers ???

Julian Assange has been granted political asylum by the Ecuadorian government. He is facing severe problems of extradition to the U.S. and the European governments. He is exiled to a far away place from his family and does not have any hopes of returning to his homeland.

Edward Snowden had applied for political asylum in more than 19 countries, many of which cancelled his requests on the grounds of his further silence on the U.S. government's secret policies.

Vijay Pandhare was successful in his mission and his actions had led the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar to resign. Recently he was in the news for urging the Special Investigations Team (SIT) to probe much deeper into the multi-crore rupees scam by asking public opinion.

Satyendra Dubey was gunned down in the early hours of November 27, 2003 in front of the Circuit House in Gaya when he was going to his residence after alighting from train from Varanasi. Mantu Kumar, Udai Kumar and Pinku Ravidas were awarded life-imprisonment in 2010 for having plotted his murder.

Whistle-blower's Protection Act


The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 is a United States federal law that protects federal whistleblowers who work for the government and report agency misconduct. A federal agency violates the Whistleblower Protection Act if agency authorities take (or threaten to take) retaliatory personnel action against any employee or applicant because of disclosure of information by that employee or applicant. Whistleblowers may file complaints that they believe reasonably evidences a violation of a law, rule or regulation; gross mismanagement; gross waste of funds; an abuse of authority; or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.

As of August 2012, India does not have a law to protect whistleblowers; however, the Public Interest Disclosure and Protection to Persons Making the Disclosure Bill, 2010 was approved by the Cabinet of India as part of a drive to eliminate corruption in the country's bureaucracy. 

Courtesy:
Wikipedia
www.indianexpress.com

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

SUNSHINE AWARD :)


Hello everyone :)



Just wanted to let u all know that I've been nominated for the "SUNSHINE AWARD" by two of my best G+ friends +A Long and +Katherine Vucicevic....... A big thanx to both of them for nominating me for such a great award :) They have been encouraging me right from the time when i put up my first post on this blog......

+A Long is a wonderful writer who's a very energetic and cheerful person....... He's the best person to go to if u have any doubts in ur writing abilities........ Three cheers A Long :)

+Katherine Vucicevic....... No words to describe her...... Being the first person outside India to read my blog, she's been very supportive of my writing abilities........ She is a fabulous writer and is on her way to publish her first sci-fi novel "Otura" in December. Presently, she's spending lots of sleepless nights on her laptop writing her 2nd novel....... Hats off to u Katherine :)


The rules for accepting the award are:

  1. Post the Sunshine Award logo.
  2. Answer a few questions about yourself.
  3. Nominate ten fellow bloggers worthy of this award. 
  4. Announce their nomination on their blog. 
  5. Link a pingback to the nominator’s blog.
Some Facts About Me :-

Favorite Color ??? Red and turquoise

Favorite Animal ??? Lion- The undisputed king of the forest :)

Favorite Number ??? 3 and 5- I don't think many of u might have observed this..... I always have a tendency to put three question marks whenever possible. 5 is a number which I adore the most because of its uniqueness in generating a number ending with 0 or 5 whenever multiplied or divided by any number :)

Favorite Non-Alcoholic Drink ??? Lemonade, Coca Cola

Favorite Alcoholic Drink ??? I am just a college student....... I don't think I am mature enough to drink alcohol.....

Facebook or Twitter ??? I prefer Facebook over Twitter since a lot of people from both my school and university use it....... And it provides us with a nice opportunity to connect with each other easily........

My passions ??? Family, Friends, Biotechnology, Writing, etc

Giving or Receiving Gifts ??? Both of them end with a surprise and satisfaction :)

I nominate the following people who have inspired and changed my view towards the world with their writings........

+Katherine Vucicevic  http://sci-fi-novel-otura.blogspot.com.au/

+A Long  http://ajwrites57.blogspot.com/

+Jasveena Prabhagaran  http://thoughtsandviewsthatmatter.blogspot.com/

+Timothy Hurley  http://thelunaticassylum.blogspot.in/

+Bhawana Bhowmik http://meraasma.blogspot.in/

+Shanique Roca http://bznaturalista.blogspot.com/

+Bhawana Bhowmik is an amazing writer......... Right now, she's trying to write Haikus a Japanese art form (expression through poetry, the meaning of life, situations depicting nature) and needless to say, she is a PRO !!! Keep practising +Bhawana Bhowmik I know one day you'll become famous all over the world with your thoughtful Haikus :)

+Shanique Roca...... The Belize miracle-as I would like to call her....... She has a natural flair for writing and is an outstanding personality......

+Jasveena Prabhagaran One of the best writers and awe-inspirers ever..... She plans to change this world with her writings and thoughts...... A born revolutionary, her writings have that capability to change anyone's mind........

+Timothy Hurley "Doc", as I call him, is a natural humorist...... After having served in the field of medicine for over 30 years, he gradually became a short-story writer........ Pretty soon, he'll start interacting with everyone through his blog..... Eagerly awaiting your writings doc :)

I'd started writing because of a few words of encouragement from my mentor-a phd scholar in our university and a few of my seniors....... I would like to heartily thank them for providing continuous support for whatever I write......

Lastly, I again thank +A Long and +Katherine Vucicevic for nominating me for this award, even though I don't think I am not much worth enough for this, since there are thousands of people out there in this world, making a difference with their writings.........