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When I looked at this cover page, myriad thoughts crossed my mind. Who started it? Why it happened? And most importantly, when it will end?

This is the cover page of a renowned magazine “Time” issue dated October 27, 1947.

The thoughts at the moment is not what who did what to whom. Those were the days when the religious communities forayed into complete madness. Hindus killed the Muslims who were leaving India and Muslims did the same.

There is no point in reminiscing over the past. Only if, this spilled over partition war would have been over. It never ended. Only the scope changed..changed to engulf more innocents!  

Its been ages the partition happened. New generations have come. The generation which don’t carry even a single thread of the partition personally. But how unfortunate it is, in spite of these changes the parts of 1947 event are still intact, ready to kill each other at every possible opportunity.

This cover page reflects the sad face of India partition. The Goddess holding the united India and pushing the dagger deep down inside the heart of the nation, only to spill blood! The cut which never healed and the blood never stopped flowing. Was it ever required in its first place?!

History's Biggest Migration.

History's Biggest Migration.A young refugee sits on the walls of Purana Qila, transformed into a vast refugee camp in Delhi.

Young Refugee in Delhi in 1947

Young Refugee in Delhi in 1947

 (Images Courtesy: Wikipedia)

Shock reverberates in my body when I think of the train massacre. What made the humans so inhuman that they dint realize what they were doing. Brutally murdered each other. No woman spared. Raped and killed every one of them. There are more to this which cant even stated here.

A political decision which took away thousands of lives in exchange. They did it in 1947. Then in 1992. Repeated something similar in 2002. In some form or other, you never let the scar of partition to be healed. You politicians! You all have paved this way for us. The trodden path where we don’t know when a bomb will go off killing us.

The demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992

The demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992

Bajrang Dal activist during Godhra riots

Bajrang Dal activist during Godhra riots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And we, the common people..how foolish can we be?! How can one be swayed away to become a counterpart of such political gimmicks. How on earth one can even think that killing others will give them the sense of freedom, a belief that they did contribute to the humanity!

These pictures did evoke the disdainful facts of those horrifying blood bath everytime when a bomb took away innumerable innocent lives. And every one of us knows that this will not end, atleast not in the near future!

Rather we have elevated to a next level. Our own country-men want to further draw regional lines. Raj Thackrey with his followers want only Marathis in Maharashtra, Tamils want their own independence.

The naxalite & banned organizations like MCC, ULFA, and PWG fighting for their rights….what rights?! God knows what they want!  More killing, more extortions, more blood-bath! And they call it liberation!

Liberation from what…liberation for what! Sigh!

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There were these two different events I recently read in the newspaper. Starkly different!

Tamil Nadu Police recently adopted a technology to curb crimes and ensure our senior police officials accountable for any inaction. TN Police published a mobile number on which the civilians can SMS their complaints if they witness any crime happening near by, etc. The software will pick up the message and send back the confirmation message to the sender with a unique complaint number which can be tracked in future date. The system will automatically identify the area and will push the message to one of the senior police officials of that area police station.

Whoa! Technology! Amazing it is. I dunno the real workflow of this system, but it sounds promising. The idea behind this is promising. Surely, it is an attempt to move towards something better which spills confidence among the common janta.

But hey! Hold On! In a short moment, I lost all my confidence! Wait till you read the next event and then tell me if you dint feel the same?!

The very next moment, I read one horrendous news in the same newspaper. (Horrendous is too light a word for such an incidence!) . “Four Policeman sexually assaulted a woman in the Police Station itself !”

I was like…Shocked!! WTF!

Even the Station House Master was a partner in this crime. Of course this incident happened in Delhi, the city with never dying cases of sexual assaults! These bast*** immoral police (shall I even call them Police!) men came to this female house to take her husband in remand for some questioning. Since he was not there, they asked her to accompany them to the Police Station. She went with them, and what on earth these bast****s did!! Shame. Utter Shame!

What an irony! There is this police force that is using technology to mitigate crime and their counterparts in another place are surpassing every single bit of crime!  😦 😦

I am in complete loss of words. I mean..these are the guyz who are suppose to protect us, right!!! It reminded me of a similar unfortunate event that happened in Mumbai, where a girl was sexually assaulted by a police man inside the police booth roadside.

I shudder when such horrific incidents comes in my mind.

Shall I take a gun and go on a shooting spree killing these bast***s!   😦 😦

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Saturday night. Nope. Saturday very very late night. Rather Sunday early morning. Its drizzling. Cool Breeze. And a serene night.

Best time to light a nicotine stick. The moment I lit it up, a thought came in my mind. When did I take my first puff?The day when I gave my IIFT entrance (which was such a disaster), I was sitting outside the exam centre with my friend. He lit up one and I asked for it. Just out of curiosity..u know!!

Oh! I thought..lets do this! Take one drag and let your mind loose and wander, and see what thoughts comes to your mind randomly. Cool. Right..huh!! So lets see.

 Second drag. The day I landed in Delhi for my graduation. What a feeling it was! This was the opportunity for me. Where I will go? What I will do? Which college I will get into? Thousand things were rummaging my mind.

Third drag. My first job as a call centre executive in one of the leading BPOs in Gurgaon. This job taught me so many things which I carry till date in my life. It showed me back, what I was and there was so much to be done to improve myself.

Third one. My hostel days. Why I bothered my parents so much to put me into boarding?! I still wonder!

 Fourth. Thinking about parents; Its been almost 13 years now I am staying away from my home due to my studies and work. 13 years.,and the years will keep adding. I am so lucky to have them, who have sacrificed so much to find me where I am today. I think, I would be visiting home soon.

 Fifth. Its been so long I had not heard her voice.

 Sixth drag. I should only think about good things. There are so many good things happened with me. I am a happy guy!

 Seventh & the last one. Why the hell it finished off so early!! Seems like its time to hit the bed. 🙂

 This is weird. But that’s me. The silent night sets this kind of weird things…you know!

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Its one of those conversations which will always be incomplete, simply because the questions asked will always be unanswered. It can also be termed as one sided conversation – where one is allowed to throw questions after questions because for every answer there was one more question.

I was the silent spectator of this conversation, yeah silent I was, as I was not supposed to interfere. But even if I wanted to be, I would have found myself grappling with right words.

You don’t believe me?! Huh!! Witness this conversation and then tell me!

Girl: How can I believe you?

Boy: Coz I understand what mistake I was doing, and I can assure you that it will not be repeated again.

Girl: You say this everytime? But you repeat it again and again

Boy: You know how much I care for you. I am just worried about you. And you have always known how possessive I am. But I will change myself for you. Will never make an attempt to stop you from doing anything you want – let it to be drinking, partying every now & then, coming back at wee hours!  

Nothing is more important to me than you. And even the slight thought of you going away, it kills me! I swear from the bottom of my heart, will never do it. I assure you.

Girl: Why should I trust you?

Boy: Silence. More Silence. She is waiting for the answer.

Why should you trust me!!! Err..aahh..you should trust me..mmm..ummm.. because we have been together for 2 years now. I never cheated on you.

Girl: Dont say all these big big statements. Give me exact reason (1, 2, 3…), why should I trust you?

Boy: We have been together for so many years, wasn’t that trust. How can I provide reasons that why should you trust me!

If I jump from the fifth floor, will that be enough a reason for you to trust me

Girl: See. That is you. You have no reason to support that you will never repeat it. Stupid. Yes stupid you are. You can only think of such stupid act. I am already pissed and swamped with sorrows, and you are not helping either.

Boy Pleads again.. swears again…pleads again with more gestures..tears rolling down!

Girl: Give me reasons why should I trust you. And then I will take my decision.

Boy: I have no reasons to put forth to make you believe. Its only my love for you which I put forth for you to trust me!

Girl: If you can give me reasons to cry, then you should as well give me the reasons to trust you.

No Answer from the Boy.

Girl: What?

Boy: I am sorry. Please don’t do this. I said I assure you that it will never be repeated.

Girl: You are not sorry! You are just trying to save the situation.

By this time, I could see the real essence of the conversation. When you don’t want to accept anything, you will never accept it. The best way is to play around with words, make one more question out of the answer. Not only make it a question, but a question for which there is really no answer.

I stood up and hinted the boy that there is no point in discussing this further. He was still trying to answer, but may be then he also realized that it will be eventually turned into another unanswerable question. He looked at her with remorse and uttered “I love you. I still love you. I have loved you from the very first day I realized it. There is only one thing I can say …… I love you from the bottom of my heart! “

On our way back, the Boy answered the last question..but to me.

“Yes, I am trying to save the situation so that every morning when I wake up I don’t want to see anyone else’s face. Yes, I am trying to save the situation so that I want to be besides her every night when I come back home. Yes, I am trying to save the situation so that I can’t see myself spending my life with someone else.  Yes, I want to save the situation as I would like her to be the centre of my life.

How would you know that I am sorry until you want to accept it?! And she says that I am trying to save the situation.”

I mumbled to myself. This conversation would always be an unanswered conversation for the girl. She may be happy, atleast of the fact that she won in every question she threw and the boy din’t have any answers to them.

Well! If only she would have heard the last answer. But the question still lingers, whether she would have thrown yet another question, only to find the Boy lurching again for an answer!

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Just Four Things

Shubh tagged me to do this – Just Four Things. So here I go.

It was indeed good to know more about me, and for some questions I really had to think hard..silly me..I am discovering myself through tags 🙂

Four jobs you’ve had in your life

-A utensil cleaner where I was suppose to wash utensils everytime the food was cooked (simply, coz I never knew cooking) 🙂
– A Call Centre Agent in one of the leading BPOs
– Again a Call Centre Agent in another leading BPO
– Business Analyst and Functional Consultant in one of the top IT Companies..this sounds classy..huh!!!

Four jobs you wish you had
– At one go, without any doubt, I want to be on a job (read position) where I provide job to others, generate job for others and generate employment. In short, I dream myself as an entrepreneur.
– I wish I would have been a pilot. I love exploring different places and so much want to see the entire world..and what can be better than a pilot flying toInternational destination
– During my school days, I wanted to be in NDA (National Defence Academy), simply coz gals drool over and swooned over uniform..I so much wanted to be one of them 😦
– A sportsmen; another way to see the world, make good money and find the fairer sex all smitten!! Wink..wink

Four movies you can watch over and over again
Not fair. Only four movies!!! Being a movie buff, there are innumerable movies I can watch again and again. Okay, I will do justice to this tag!
– Harry Porter Series
– Spider Man Series
– Notting Hill
– Dil Chahta Hai
………………………………there are more for this list!!

 Four cities you have lived in
– New Delhi (I am so much in love with this city and wish to go back!!)
– Pune (Lovely city..full of life)
– Mumbai (This is the city which never stops..it has its own charm)
– Chennai (The city which has taken away a lot from me..and yet given so much in return in terms of learnings, experiences and friends)

 Four TV shows you love to watch
– Hero Honda Roadies (I just love this show..its engrossing!!!)
– Boogie Woogie
– So you think you can dance
– Survivor Series

Four websites you visit daily
– Without fail..my Blog!!! 🙂
– Yahoo Mail
– Facebook
– Orkut
See…I am a social animal!! Right? Ofcourse yes!

 Four of your favorite foods
Now this one is also unfair like the list of movies…how can I fit my choices to four only!!
– Chicken Momos (Cant resist myself for this)
– Any Oriental stuff
– Dal Makhani (Dinner outside is incomplete without this)
– Simple ghar ka khana – Dal, Chawal (Rice) & Aaloo ki sabji
Damn!! I am hungry now 😉

Four things you won’t eat
– Bitter Melon (Karela)..the name itself suggest the reason
– Beef
– Poison ( he he…I an unable to recollect anything now)

 Four things you wish you could eat right now
– Chicken Momos
– Raj Kachori
– Chicken Kali Mirch Kebab
– Vada Paav

Four things in your bedroom
– Bed with mattress (ofcourse..has to be..silly me 🙂 )
– Books & Mags
– Wardrobe
– Few photo frames ( adorned with my pics 😉 )

 Four things you wish you had in your bedroom
– Samsung Split AC
– A sexy and hot Samsung High Definition TV
– Onkyo Home Theatre
– An amazing well done and beautiful bathroom

Four things I’m wearing right now
– Well..undies!!! (what a question!!! )
– Shirt & Trouser
– Silver Colored ear-stud
– My Fossil Chronograph

One place I’d rather be right now
Bangkok & Pattaya (When will I finally visit… ??!!! 😦     (How come this tag came down to “one” rather than being “four”..uff!!! )

One fictional place I’d rather be right now
The Museum where the spider resides which bit Peter Parker to make him a super-hero!

Four people you’d really love to have dinner with
– My family ofcourse
– My brother and sister-in-law, my cousins & their girl-friends
– My friends in Chennai
– Kareena Kapoor

Four things I am thinking right now
– As I just wrote the above answer, I am thinking I wish Kareena leaves Saif and come to me…gosh I love this female!
– Also, the list of movies I can watch again and again..and whining why it asked only four
– I am thinking about her! (Now, who “her” is not really to be disclosed)
– When can I finish this…loads of work piling up 😀

Four of your favorite things/people
– My family (Mom & Dad, my dids); my so called brother & closest buddy and his lovely wife!! Lucky me that I have them in my life; my cousins- Nick, Hags & their gfs ; My closest buddies – too small a space to mention about them
– My PS2
– My hard-earned watch
– Myself ( I am a self-obsessed pig) 😉

Four people I tag
Ashwin (who is in hibernation for quite some-time)
Zack (you cant be spared buddy)
By degrees (She writes real good answers)
UL ( Would like to read your answers)

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India has its own charm, something which makes it starkly different than other countries. This may sound clichéd but it is a fact – I love India and I am proud to be an Indian.

This post of mine is inspired by a complete different perspective of India. Things which one can discover only in India. Nevertheless, India is the best.

I happened to hit a website with a collection of incredible pictures, which fuels the Indian emotions automatically. Check this out, and I won’t agree if you say that this pictures failed to fire that emotions in you  😉

I always wanted to click such photographs, but I think thats how I am. I only think ..to the extent I keep on thinking only. I am a great thinker after all ;). Hats off to the photographers who clicked this images!!

Image courtesy & source: www.fropki.com

1. This would be appropriate for a game – “Bacho toh jaane”!! Anyone who would like to participate, one should not get touched by any single wire..i dunno then there would be any next chance ever to play this game again 😉

Wire

 

2. I have never witnessed such a PDA!! 🙂 I have seen the best of the lot in best of the cities – Mumbai, Delhi, Pune but have never witnessed a view like this. **If any of the reader is one among them, atleast let us know the city and the venue 😉 **

(I was thinking, this picture can be used as a print ad for an umbrella brand – “aisi chatri jo har pal de aapka saath..chahe baarish ho ya na ho…*ting-ting -t-ting* )

Umbrella love

 

3. Now this one is too good..who cares what is written but everyone knows where to find “chilled beer”…err..seems you also get “Child Bear” here. Any buyers?

Chilled Bear

 

4. Its now time for Hollywood to recruit our guyz to do breath-taking stunts. Low maintenance, low cost and best stunts. Lets make a guess..which is stronger..the pipe or Uncle’s a** ?? 😀

Rider

 

5.  We have the best technology in this world. Or did we import this technology??!!  Incredible it is..yes..but only we can do this 🙂

Railway Track

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Lately I have been thinking a lot about my life and its implication on myself in such a short span of time. Strange but real, sometimes I wonder how few incidents change the perspective of your entire life against the way you have been for so many years. When I look back and introspect as to how I was few months back and how I am today – it feeds me with the thought I have lost so many things and yet picked up so many things. Such strange is life. Strange. Yes, it is.

I found myself becoming more tolerant these days. Tolerant enough to sometime accept things which are outright unacceptable. Folks around me are certainly happy, as they see a new, better and matured Amrit. Definitely, this is one of the good attributes. But it triggers a different thought inside me, what I have become? I have always been a person who fought tooth and nail to get things right for me, there was always the tinge of aggressiveness in everything I used to do. I always found myself in trouble due to this attitude of mine. But am I not in trouble now?! May be I need to wait for some more time to figure this out. May be I need a balance between both!

Huh…conflict me…and a conflict mind!!

I have stopped myself from carrying the extra baggage of feeling guilty even for things I have not done wrong. How I succumbed to this!! It simply kills you, like you are the only one behind this. Now shedding that off, I feel so light, so extra happy and now I really don’t intend to do that ever again.

Last few months have been a growing experience for me..the way a moth try to free itself from its cocoon, struggling hard, fighting and jostling to free itself. But in the process, it never realizes that this struggle is eminent to make its wings stronger so that when it comes out of the cocoon, its wings are strong enough to fly. This struggling, heart-felt experience was very much required to make me a strong individual. I have picked up so many learnings in the process, and emerged stronger. Yes. I can say that! I can feel the difference. Who knows, this is just the beginning, but it gave me enough spark to face the forthcoming storms in life.

In the end, no matter what, I have lost a great deal in the process. But may be thats how it is supposed to be, thats what we called as the irony of life. The scar remains. But they only make me stronger.

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