Saturday, May 22, 2010

From a distance

I was invited to attend a discussion with the Indiblogger team and NDTV Hindu team today. The topics to be discussed were the Maoist situation and the government response and Indian cinema.

I went prepared on the Maoist scenario and i actually did some thinking on my view point. Opinions like are like butts everyone has one and that is the fact of these talk shows you can show the world yours and get away with it. Please note that you can get away with flashing your opinions only on TV.

Sadly the topic was changed to discussing the banning of Facebook by Pakistan, so I thought maybe I will share my thoughts with you...

A few quick pointers -
- Firstly I am not a commentator and frankly how anyone can comment on something that is so far away, it is not an IPL match after all, beats me
- The gun is never a solution and he who wield a sword, perishes by a sword, don't think a gun is any different
- Armed uprisings cannot be popular or self sustaining
- The Maoists are devils but it does not mean that the security forces are angels
- I appreciate the efforts of the media but seriously going and interviewing elusive fugitives may be good for the TRPs but it can demoralize the security forces and also makes the nation look like a fool

My solution for this conflict-
- Offense is the last thing that should be done as it will only lead to a circle of violence
- Positive action to eliminate the problem at the root cause

There may be some truth in the satire after all
- The government has two powerful weapons in its armoury to fight this conflict the first is the NREGA a brilliant scheme that will ensure food on the table for many who currently have picked up guns for their daily bread
- The second is financial inclusion or simply lending to the poorest of the poor small loans either through banks, MFIs or NGOs for employment generation activities

After all naxal movement sprung from the conflict between the haves and the have-nots, where the issue was land and not food.

To sing off I leave you with a song, a beautiful one that says from a distance God is watching us and all that we do...

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Blogging to micro blogging

Been on Blogger over two years now and have been posting irregularly since. Got slowly drawn into Twitter and at last count realized that my followers marginally outnumber the number I follow.

Fascinated by the handles that I saw I thought maybe I should try it too and for those who wonder where it originated, watch

Yup my handle is vadapoche and you can keep up with me on Twitter if you have'nt already.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Of Mumbai, travel, review and others

Been awhile since I last posted so just thought I’ll put some random thoughts together

- Went to Mumbai for a review & strategy plan meet and found that somewhere strategies got lost in between tactics
- Found that the over priced service apartment did not live up to its price.
- Heard during the meeting that we are constrained only by ourselves and not the environment
- Was reminded that nothing is impossible if we choose to make it happen
- Spent a couple of days doing nothing because planning and no action made all those grand sight seeing plans, just that plans
- Found that there will be a fashion street everywhere and that bargaining on the streets must start at 50% of quoted price
- Saw decay, dirt, despair everywhere and generally felt depressed
- Heard again that people there sleep less, travel more, work harder etc and remembered that they lived lesser too (read in the paper some where that the avg life of a Mumbaikar is 3-4 years lesser than those from other cities)
- Wondered at the sight of every posh building bounded by a shanty
- Lost my cell phone and with it all my contacts (boo hoo!)
- Discovered that Indigo may have good on time record but I get the flight that is over an hour late
- Learnt that the airline crew do not understand the phrase “last and final boarding call” means that it comes only once
- Realized that VETA (Vivekananda English speaking course) may have an untapped opportunity with the airline crews who make the announcements
- Realized that it is possible to negotiate with taxis at the Chennai airport and they are actually more reasonable than the autos
- Rejoiced that there is or never will be any place better than home