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Archive for January 18th, 2007

Happy Birthday

Stumble upon led me to a site today [Things Other People Accomplished When They Were Your Age] which tells you what great people have achieved by your age. I curiously entered the two digits of my achievement today and waited with baited breath to see what come. They reported the first short story of Mark Twain, Bill Gates becoming a Billionaire, invention of the Morse code and so on. but that is not the question here, I asked myself “What did I achieve ? “. A difficult question to answer and some work to be done before I can construct an answer that I can write here. Let me not worry about all these parameters of the material life, for today let me enjoy and be at peace with my own self.

Today someone reminded me what APJ said, “Life without aim is like a boat without a rudder. Keep Aim. Dream Big”

OK I have an aim and I also dream, but beyond all that I have decided that this year what is most important for me is to try and become a better human being . Rest all after that.

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Shilpa Shetty and TRP’s

Dear Ms Shetty,
I know how bad you would have felt when X, Y and Z came and bitched about you in front of you during your stay at Celebrity Big Brother .We all saw it on prime time tv and we also saw you cry. I know you have the support of a lot of Indians from the world over. If you are thinking that I am dedicating todays blog entry to extend my unconditional support to your tears – for once : you are wrong.
I feel bad that an Indian is suffering like this but I just wanted to tell you “Welcome to the world of real people and real problems” and in the words of Tom Brokaw ,”Welcome to a world of unintended consequences and unexpected realities”. The fake world of Bollywood and Cable TV denies you celebs like you, the opportunity to understand and comprehend real world problems. Problems like discrimination based on caste, color, creed and race are rampant in our society even when we boast of rapid transformation into the digital age. We say India is Shining and India is Poised but we tend to forget that 10% growth YOY will only make sense when we identify and weed out fundamental problems like poverty, unemployment and illiteracy. Only knowledge can set us free of the shackles of discrimination, religious and regional chauvinism etc. I am reminded of Tagore’s lines :

WHERE the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

PS: Actually i wanted to avoid this topic but I was disappointed at the way National TV was avoiding the fundamental issues and was only discussing Shilpa Shetty and her exploits in the UK. I am waiting for the day when TRP’s will be driven by content and not by sensationalism. Perhaps there will be never such a day ..Alas.

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