As a matter of principle and in the interests of keeping my sanity, I tend to veer away from politics, especially India politics, for it is like the fatalistic song of sirens (hey, a nautical reference), or rather the cacophony of ugly fat corrupt neethi jaathi viswaasam leni neech kameene somberi bevarse haraam khor shehzade pigs (sorry, pigs) that many a sailor, or rather the illiterate ignoramuses sad excuse of sheeple called Indians has been lured to waste inexplicable inconceivable unimaginable unrecoverable amounts of time and many a ships have crashed on the never-ending jagged useless rocks of maggot poo that media tends to portrait as democracy, particularly, the cheap nautanki gutter circus called India democracy. According to Wikipedia, the Greek mythology lore on Sirens
says that the song of the sirens is irresistible but since they reside beyond unpassable reefs and rocky coasts, shipwreck was a given and the sailors preyed upon by the sirens like cannibals or left on the coast without food and water to rot into stinking corpses. Either way, the allegory has a simile to India politics, or poltics in general, and is it any wonder that I try with all my wee physical and disturbed mental might to veer away?
But I suppose that boat has sailed (hey, another nautical metaphor – my mom is right, I am special and so are my teachers – I am a smart cookie after all) and so, while my boat is crashing into the rocks and am coaxed by the sweeper to MLA/MP/ZP campaigning in a beemer to vote, let me just say that am voting for change and hopefully, progress. It could be any party or candidate. I shudder to advise especially to bonafide idiots who have by and large voted time and again for a dynasty and monarchy to rule for 60+ years directly or indirectly or by proxy of this hopelessly wretched country but while I do not really care if any of you vote or not, but if you do like am going to even if its only because it is fashionable, here is a plea to vote for change and hopefully, progress and while at it, try to veer away from politics whose operative word is ‘tics’ which even animals would attest are blood sucking, disease spreading, scalp itching, skin irritating, ear infecting, greedy bloated parasites. Put any political symbolism like khadi and ticks become politicians. Ipso facto. QED.
7 May, 2014 at 14:39
Democracy is an interesting idea, especially in India. With less than 50% polling in just about every election at any ward, muncipality, district, assembly, national and everything in between, any government and official that was elected was in effect, a government and official that a majority did not want or to be more accurate, did not care nor had anything to do with it. Within those votes casted, a majority of them were bought and rigged. Basically, if you do the math and think deep enough, power is where the money is at and this is a self-perpetuating vicious cycle which can only be broken if a majority actually got off their lazy asses and voted. Kindly vote, not just in these elections but every elections at every level – voting is a right, and not voting is well, a wrong and defaults to a loss of rights, even the right to complain which desi brown Indians like to do a lot. Like, a lot lot. You have been warned –
With many TV channels, political parties and celebrities doing their bits to cajole and inspire people to vote, I suppose a peddler of silly posts on an unknown nondescript nacheez blog can only do so much but here is a little more word-play. If you don’t exercise your right, you will be left with regret and there will be consequences
and side-effects that could include indiscriminate mining, erosion of farm-lands, unbridled pollution, losing of rights to protest, getting your ass kicked, chided by public, having your house bulldozed, living under tree, singing and begging on trains, irritable bowels, and seriously no kidding, hair loss, skin darkening, weight gain and horror of horrors, politicians staking the moral highground… vagaira vagaira.
4 April, 2014 at 23:03
Bachelorhood is given a bad rap by society and I wonder why when the benefits to the individual and society far outweigh the costs. If this were a debate, first argument is more bachelors means there will be no progeny and less population and by association, less pollution considering that the carbon footprint of humans is huge. A second argument is that research shows that bachelors on average live about 5 years lesser than married guys thereby clearing the stage for more jobs for younger people and less burden on society. Am sure there are other well made arguments made by people who gave far more thought to the matter than myself. So, jumping the gun, rather than being spoken with relief and respect, why then is the term ‘swinging bachelor’ always used condescendingly and with contempt? What does it even mean and what is the origin of the term? Has it come into being to depict how bachelors swing from one woman to another? While am a staunch celibate, just could not cease and desist on not doing the following…
I for one think there are conspiracies galore afoot. It could be a feminist conspiracy to condition men into settling down and make women the bosses of every happy-go-lucky sod. It could be a capitalist conspiracy for bachelordom is like socialism because wealth is distributed rather than hoarded. I wish I could expand but some humanities graduate must be doing a thesis on this very topic and it is best we go in search of it rather than go hyperbole and make anecdotal stand-up statements.
 Married types ask, ‘How SJ can you make do without sex’? Answer: The same as you! Only difference is I cope better knowing that it is purely my choice
24 August, 2011 at 20:53
Can anyone tell me how the particular phrase ‘drop a line’ came about? My guess is it could have to do with people in older simpler days writing notes, putting them in envelopes and dropping them in those brass openings in doors for something urgent. But then it should be ‘drop a note’ or something. Oh well, while I befuddle over it and wonder how the world is still full of such little mysteries, here is a moment of inspiration with all the cricket and baseball madness about…
14 August, 2011 at 23:53
Much has been said by people more influential than your humble servant here about the power of ideas and I quote from a post by my good friend Atanu Dey
“… ideas matter. Ideas are primary. Ideas are the ultimate public good in that they are totally non-rival: my use of an idea does not diminish your capacity to use it as well. Ideas can pass from one mind to another and set up a chain reaction that has the power to transform the world. Everything that you see around you – the good, the bad, the ugly – everything was just an idea …”
But be careful folks for there are ideas and then there are dangerous killer ideas –
12 August, 2011 at 16:03