Monday, 27 October, 2008

Hi All!

Hiya everybody!
I'm off for a small vacation so don't wonder where I've disappeared to, if you don't find me online. I'm going to Indore to be with my family on the occasion of Diwali and may not be able to come online, not that I won't have access but I may not have enough time with all cousins and relatives around.

Wishing everybody a very very Happy Diwali, this is me, signing off! Tada...

Saturday, 25 October, 2008

The Only Alien on the Planet

True to my word, here comes a book review.
The Only Alien On The Planet authored by Kristen Randle is my favourite book. Period.

This is one book that I totally connect with. It's such a beautiful story that seems to go right to your heart. It's woven around a 16 year-old girl Ginny Christianson whose family decides to move to a new place all of a sudden. She loves her family comprising of three brothers and her parents but Ginny feels totally alienated in the new environment, the new place, new school and new house. She misses her brother Paul who's left for college, she misses being with her parents when they're busy setting up their new office, she misses her old life. But then she's soon friends with her schoolmate Hally and her neighbour Caulder Pretiger. And she also meets someone who seems even more of an alien, Smitty Tibbs, the guy who's got the best brains, and is really charming, but the guy who doesn't talk, who doesn't react, who doesn't interact, who is bullied by other students until Caulder stops them, and who just seems like he's in an altogether different world.
The story goes on about how Caulder and Ginny befriend Smitty, the truth about what lies behind Smitty's indifference and strange behaviour, how it is unraveled and how they all end up as a big happy family together.

This book had lied with me for about 4 years before I read it. My brother had brought it for me when I was in 5th standard(around 10 years old), but at that time I had been completely into Enid Blyton and Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys and I didn't really like the starting and I had just left it! I picked it up once again when I was in 9th and after I read it, I just fell in love with it. Every time I read it, I like it even more. I would strongly recommend everybody to read it atleast once in their lifetime.

Friday, 24 October, 2008

What Should I do with my life?

No I'm not referring to What Should I do With My Life by Po Bronson. (Though if that is what you do want to read about, you can always check it out here)

But right now, I am referring to my very own life. I've finally got rid of my exams (Don't ask me how they were) and can now spend some time on myself (if I can get away from my mom wanting me to do all house work coz it's holiday time). So I've prepared a kind of a task diary for myself, about what I'm gonna do the next complete month.

1. Learn HTML/XML : This will have to be done using all online resources and all help I can get will go a long way.

2. Read atleast one book a day(though some of the books are too heavy a dose to be completed in one day)
3. Watch loads of movies, though this one is going to be pretty slow going coz I'm planning to download most of them and you know how long that takes.

4. Blog regularly and more devotedly. I realise I've been writing mostly polity and politics for quite some time, so now I plan to diversify a bit more. Sorry I don't agree with people who advise me to converge on just one particular topic instead of letting it be a mixed bag, because I don't want multiple blogs for one, for two I'd rather have all my thoughts at one single place, and for three, this is a blog where I'm letting out all my thoughts. I don't have any friends(I mean, like college friends) who are interested in most of the stuff I write about or would like to write about, so sorry, but I'm letting of all steam right here!

5. Do more to further improve my English skills. I am pretty good with it, I think, but hey, improvement never hurt anyone!

6. Be up to date with all the happenings around the world. Not that I'm cut off right now, but the way time flies, I can't get to the bottom of so many of them! Like I haven't really been following US elections as closely as I'd like to. And it's not going to return for the next four years.

7. Learn all about economics and markets. And this is where I need a LOT of help coz I think the recent turmoil in the world economy is an excellent opportunity for me to learn all about it. But I need someone to downscale things down to my level, say a level of a person with immense interest and readiness to learn, but not always from books, coz books generally don't contain opinions. I really need help for this, so if you can help in any manner, please do.

8. And finally, catch up with friends and buddies and cousins, whom I haven't met for some time. I think my hols. are gonna be over by then...

So these are a few things I think I'd like to do, let's see how many I can actually get down to!
P.S. I've just discovered how big a pain in the neck it is to upload images on the blog...

Tuesday, 21 October, 2008

Update:Why Don't we give him a separate earth?

People in Kanpur have attacked a Marathi school.
Well, MNS should've known they're going to get tit for tat, a dose of their own medicine is good for their health. But the trouble is, the people who deserve this thrashing won't get it, innocent people will. This guy's ideology is flawed, it is not 'concern for our people', as they quote, it is divisive in nature, and is hence harmful for the entire country.

If people holding highly respected posts of the nation brawl in the Parliament and behave worse than kids, then we can't expect anything better from their men.

Raj Thackrey arrested in Mumbai.
Well, I personally think this guy was just waiting for it, like we wait for festive Pakwaans. MNS is going to quote 'Raj Thackrey was arrested because he raised his voice for rights of Marathis, he's your true benefactor. So please vote for him in the general elections.'

Overall Verdict:
Politicians are fake. Raj Thackrey has been trying his level best to gain all the attention he can by all the wrong means, and his using all the violent methods of protests proves that all he's interested in is winning votes.

Sunday, 19 October, 2008

Why don't we give him a separate earth?

The TOI reports:
Activists of Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Sunday attacked centres conducting railway recruitment examination in suburban Mumbai to protest against the "inadequate representation" to locals and chased away candidates from north India.

More than 30 MNS activists have been arrested from Dombivali, Thane, Andheri and Nala Sopara for disrupting the exam, tearing test papers and pelting stones on candidates, police said.

"What is wrong if they are protesting against the "inadequate representation" to locals in the exam," MNS leader Shishir Shinde said.

"Railway officer should understand the meaning of our protest and allow more Marathi candidates for the examination," he said. "MNS activists would meet railway officials soon," he added.

In November 2003, supporters of Raj Thackeray, who was then with the Shiv Sena, disrupted a Railway Board exam in Kalyan by preventing candidates from other states, mainly north Indians, from appearing the exam.

Yeah, Mr.Shinde, we should recruit more Marathi people and hey, while we're at it, why not just declare Marathis as the rulers of the world! Why, we should be asking the US to lick our feet, because we are sooo great to be living in a state of this kind where we have dung-brains like you. Next you would probably be stepping into the universities abroad like Harvard, Stanford to inform them that GOD(Read from right to left please) has informed them that they're doing a gross injustice by not letting Marathis get into their institutes!!!

Can't somebody please knock(take that literally please) some sense into this guy???

To go through my earlier take on the idiosynchronies of his party, please click here.
On my general view on politicians, which is a follow-up post to the article above, take a look here.

Wednesday, 15 October, 2008

A Special Provision

The following is specially to inform everybody about a law that entitles you to declare your unwillingness to support any candidate during the polls, if according to you there's no candidate who deserves to represent your constituency.

Did you know that there is a system in our constitution, as per the 1969 act, in section "49-O" that a person can go to the polling booth, confirm his identity, get his finger marked and convey the presiding election officer that he doesn't want to vote for anyone!

Yes such a feature is available, but obviously these seemingly notorious leaders have never disclosed it.

This is called "49-O". Why should you go and say "I VOTE NOBODY"... because, in a ward, if a candidate wins, say by 123 votes, and that particular ward has received "49-O" votes more than 123, then that polling will be cancelled and will have to be re-polled. Not only that, but the candidature of the contestants will be removed and they cannot contest the re-polling, since people had already expressed their decision on them.

This would bring fear into parties and hence look for genuine candidates for their parties for election. This would change the way,of our whole political system... it is seemingly surprising why the election commission has not revealed such a feature to the public....Please spread this news to as many as you know... Seems to be a wonderful weapon against corrupt parties in India... show your power,expressing your desire not to vote for anybody, is even more powerful than voting... so don't miss your chance.

So either vote, or vote not to vote (vote 49-O) and pass this info on...

"Please forward this "LAW" to as many as possible, so that we, the people of India, can really use this power to elect the right representatives.

Friday, 10 October, 2008

One for the bookworms

I've taken this meme from the blog of another bookworm which can be reached at . I have to write six book related things about myself. So here goes my list:

1. I was not a bookworm upto second standard. I did read, but not voraciously,and it was simply lack of friends near my house to play with, and having a bookworm brother that pushed me into starting to read.

2.I've spent all my lunch recesses in school in the school library. I ate my complete tiffin in the short recess and then spent the lunch recess reading in the library. Even today, it is the school library that I miss the most from school.

3.I hate giving my books to anybody, even for a few days because one can never be sure if they're going to be returned! (I've had some bad experiences with this, where after a few days people don't even remember they'd borrowed the book, and the irony is that they didn't read it!)

4.I still prefer hard copies to soft copies. Holding a book in your hands is an entirely different pleasure.

5.Give me a stack of books, and I need nothing else. I've read, read and reread my entire collection numerous times. All cousins visiting our house are well aware that they may not find toys here, but there will be no dearth of books to read.

6.I like all genre of books, there hasn't really been a book that I've picked up and not completed, except The World is Flat and Worshipping False Gods, both of which I'm still reading. But I'd rather stay away from heavy classic stuff, like Puck of Pook's Hill, or something similar.

So I think that's it!Me, the bookworm, in a nutshell.

And if anybody wants to get tagged, don't wait for me, just do it! But don't forget to mention where you took it from...And oh, do drop me a line as well!

Wednesday, 8 October, 2008

Blogging,Another one

Hey guys,I've joined yet another blog!

You must be wondering why I am on a blog joining spree right now, even though there tends to be such a huge gap between two consecutive posts on my own blog!!!

But the reality is, I couldn't resist joining these two because while one is about books(I can spend an entire lifetime just reading), the other is about social issues that affect the society(which I do write about). It has been aptly named Jagruti and can be reached at, and as in the previous case, more contributors are welcome.

And about my own blog, well I'm banging my head against a wall(in short preparing for seemingly never ending exams) so to my disgrace, new posts are going to have to wait. . . .