Lok paritran, the Party founded by IITians has suffered a vertical split . In my opinion this was inevitable, without a proper structure and firm policies, programs and lacking a ideology their party is very much prone to infighting, intrigue and oneupmanship which could lead to its collapse.
The Party had made an impact in the recently concluded elections in Tamil Nadu, where it contested in 7 assembly constituencies and garnered a total of 34,000 votes. It was placed third in the Mylapore constituency ahead of even parties like BJP and the DMDK.
The UPA Government has stalled the release of the movie Da Vinci code to appease the “minority sentiments”.
This is not the first time that our political class has bent over backwards to appease special interest groups, who claim to “represent” their community. The list is quite long “The satanic verses” by salman rushdie, “Lajja” by Taslima nasreen, The Hollywood blockbuster “The Temple of the Doom” by Steven spielberg, The Marathi Play “Me Naturam godsey boltoy”, and the joke is that our wise censors had even recommended a name change for the James Bond movie “From Russsia with Love” to “From 007 with Love” so as not to “hurt” the “feelings” of our Soviet friends. I’am sure even the soviet politburo would have drank a toast to our childishness.
We need to decide whether we are to become a confident and “aspiring” superpower fully committed to the principles of Democracy and Free speech, not bits and pieces or a “Banana republic” which believes in the state’s “wisdom” to decide what its people can see, do or think.
Telemarketing, one of the most irritating aspect of modern day life in Bangalore. Everyday atleast 2-3 marketers sometimes more call up and offer a “Brand” new credit card with “great features” like “Free” Lifetime, 1001% cashback, “Free” Fuel, “Free” Insurance etc..
They somehow think that we are fools and that we don’t know that the catch is always in the fineprint, which is revealed only later at a convenient time of their choosing. Who on earth doesn’t have a bad experience like that?
Coming back to the topic. The latest calls were for a SBI card and a ICICI Bank “International Gold” card which u can supposedly use even in Papua new guinea and Bolivia. It supposedly has a 10% cashback. I’am not joking even my eyes popped out when i heard that until i remembered that phenomenon that was being conveniently hidden away for the moment called the “fineprint”, and the SBI card is supposed to be a WYSIWYG card, meaning it is supposedly not hiding any inconvenient details from you.
How do these people get hold of our numbers? simple. It is not ICICI, ABN-AMRO, Citibank, SBI etc.. who make the calls or collect your forms. It is the “Marketing Agencies” who have been hired to do the grunt work for them. These agencies get a list of numbers from all sources like the clients who hired them, from people who scan the forms which we fill carelessly in shopping malls and retail outlets, perhaps even other agencies whom they trade their “database” with. So once one agency gets hold of your number it is as good as everyone has got it.
Nowadays with the rise in interest rates the calls for Personal loans and Home loans have dried up. But i was shocked out of my wits yesterday when i got a call from a “Premier private” school asking me whether there were any school going kids in our home. well we used to except that we both grew up. They are a little late for me and my brother and a little too early for the next generation 🙂
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More rains today evening and yes, i was in the driver’s seat again :). I was driving back home from office. Below are the snaps i took from inside my car.
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This must be without doubt the worst summer in many, many years in bangalore. It is so sweltering hot and the mercury has hovered around 35 degrees celsius. The much awaited April showers which usually help bring down the mercury levels was nowhere in sight. April came and went with some sputters of rain here and there.
Then on the evening of Tuesday, May 9th, the much awaited show happened and i had the driver’s seat, quite literally. I was driving from my office to town at 5pm in the evening when the heavy cloudburst caught the bangalore’s usual unruly traffic unawares. i could barely see in front of me. visibility was very much reduced to just a few feet. i could barely make out the outlines of the vehicle in front of me and could make certain it was there only by virtue of its tail lights. also i had to continually wipe the inside of the windshield to avoid fogging of the windows. but, then what is a little inconvenience compared to some good rains. isn’t it? wrong
It has rained continually for 4 days after that with all the usual sideeffects of flooded roads, overflowing drains, falling trees, dangling electric wires, power cuts etc.. and it has not brought down the temperatures at all. infact, it has added humidity to the equation. now we are sweating at the same time as we are getting roasted.
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