Monday, 26 April, 2010

Imagining India


B-) I finally finished this demon of a book, a hard copy for a change...

And it has been a fascinating read. Though because this time I decided to integrate it with CAT studies, I had to keep pausing for 'exact' meaning of words in dictionaries, and synonyms and so on... but nevertheless, it has helped hugely in understanding political and economic policies up to this point that have been brought into force by the various ministers of the country...

The book travails through the times when India was under the Imperial rule, and the effect the laws and regulations enforced by the regime have had in shaping India as we see it now. Nilekani repeatedly points out the unique place that India is situated in, in terms of taking advantage economically. The workforce and the population explosion that was once touted as destructive, Nilekani points out that this young population is all set to begin its career and gives this young democracy a real chance to become a true world leader.

He touches upon policies that deepened caste divisions in India, and what keeps it still rampant in a supposedly developed India. The best part is that Nilekani, not being affiliated to any political party or adhering to any strict party ideology has equally abashed and accredited both Congress and BJP, as and when deemed essential. He has praised the good policies and has been apathetic while bashing the wrong ones, for instance pointing out the unconstitutional nasbandi and abortion drives under Sanjay Gandhi when Indira Gandhi was the PM.

Nilekani has pointed out the immediate problems that we face, and has been very candid about admitting that some of the politicians are far far behind the times that we are living in, and are not open to new ideas, besides playing on the emotions of the people esp during the elections, which is why we get all the wrong people at the right posts!

Nilekani who has been invited by Manmohan Singh for implementation of the extremely ambitious UID project also explains how some of the problems of taxes and reaching out of the masses can be solved effectively through this... and just today TOI reports that the project has been renamed Aadhaar and has been assigned a symbol of a sun with a fingerprint in the middle. The details of this project have been very meticulously put up in articles I came across, which is why I think you should read them here, rather than me writing them again... part 1 and part 2.

Nilekani has his job cut out, and the deadline for this project has been set at Feb next year, but as he himself says we're bad at keeping deadlines, so what remains to be seen is if Nilekani can change it...

All in all, the book is an excellent read for anybody who's interested in polity... :)

Saturday, 24 April, 2010

Awards


I've tried to make the blog lighter still.... Thanks Nidhi for the links to slide share site >:D<

Sunday, 18 April, 2010

The thing they call love...

What do you do when someone loves you... when maybe you haven't thought of them that way...? :-w

But then isn't 'being loved' the most wonderful feeling in the world...? Isn't the knowledge that you mean the world to someone the most beautiful, the most romantic in the world? 8-> Isn't the thought that you might up spending your entire life with a person who would think the world of you, a lot more enticing than the thought that you might end up spending your entire life with a person who would give you 'financial' security (particularly when you could earn too!)? :-s

Isn't knowing that someone thinks of you every moment of the day, that you occupy their thoughts no matter what they're doing, that all their actions would simply lead them to you, the most powerful thing you could know...? :x

How then could one reject someone's love for them? And why should it have to remain one-sided? Isn't it every girl's fantasy to be with the guy who would just be for them?

Wouldn't you then give them at least a chance, the relationship a try? Wouldn't you at least respect what they feel for you?

Or would you?

Too many questions, none of which I have an answer to... do you?

I would like it if you could give me some answers... simply coz I don't have any....!

Disclaimer: This could be a girls-only perspective at places...

P.S. This has got nothing to do with me or my love life... it's just some incidents that made me wonder...

Sunday, 11 April, 2010

Tag...

Ah, well I suppose you must be wondering where I have disappeared to after promising reviews of movies... :-s Well... I am not done with both yet :( Yeah, pracs and an incomplete project are keeping me busy :-w

Anyway, Ramit tagged me and rules are...
RULE 1- You can only say Guilty or Innocent.
RULE 2- You are not allowed to explain anything unless someone messages you and asks!
RULE 3- Copy and paste this into your notes, delete my answers, type in your answers and tag to your friends to answer this.
  • Asked someone to marry you? Innocent
  • Ever kissed someone of the same sex? Guilty
  • Danced on a table in a bar? Innocent
  • Ever told a lie? Guilty
  • Had feelings for someone whom you can’t have back? Guilty
  • Kissed a picture? Guilty
  • Slept in until 5 PM? Innocent
  • Fallen asleep at work/school? Innocent
  • Held a snake? Innocent
  • Been suspended from school? Innocent
  • Worked at a fast food restaurant? Innocent
  • Stolen from a store? Innocent
  • Been fired from a job? Innocent
  • Done something you regret? Guilty
  • Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? Guilty
  • Caught a snowflake on your tongue? Innocent
  • Kissed in the rain? Innocent
  • Sat on a roof top? Guilty
  • Kissed someone you should'nt? Innocent
  • Sang in the shower? Guilty
  • Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on? Innocent
  • Shaved your head? Innocent
  • Had a boxing membership? Innocent
  • Made a boyfriend cry? Innocent
  • Been in a band? Innocent
  • Shot a gun? Innocent
  • Donated Blood? Innocent
  • Eaten alligator meat? Innocent
  • Eaten cheesecake? Innocent
  • Still love someone you should'nt? Innocent
  • Have/had a tattoo? Innocent
  • Liked someone, but will never tell who? Guilty
  • Been too honest? Guilty
  • Ruined a surprise? Innocent
  • Ate in a restaurant and got really bloated that you couldn’t walk afterward? Innocent
  • Erased someone in your friends list? Guilty
  • Dressed in a woman’s clothes (if you’re a guy) or man’s clothes (if you’re a girl)? Err... what are a 'woman's' and 'man's' clothes?
  • Joined a pageant? Innocent
  • Been told that you’re handsome or beautiful by someone who totally meant what they said? Guilty, or atleast I think so!
  • Had communication with your ex? Innocent
  • Got totally drunk on the night before exam? Innocent
  • Got totally angry that you cried so hard? Guilty
I don't want to tag anybody... coz whoever wants can take it up... :D

That makes it 28 innocent and 13 guilty... and yet people don't believe me when I say I am innocent [-( :P

I am getting kinda bored... and of course tonsillitis helps in putting you in the dumps... no cold water allowed when mercury is at 45 degree Celsius, no ice creams, no cold drinks, no cool juices, no sherbets... :( whatte life!!! Of course, not that I am following it ;) but then that makes it all the more difficult to bear inflamed tonsils... and running nose. :-w

My Feedjit Live seems to have disappeared from my blog page... :-s

I removed the widgets of Black Box and P.G.Wodehouse insult generator to try to make the blog a little lighter (to make loading faster on slow connections esp). Sorry, Amrita Roy , but if you want the html codes, I saved them for you... you can add them to your blog if you want. :) I tried to make a slide show of the awards' pics, but it's not working out... :| Do let me know if you want the blog still lighter, I'll think of some way... :-s

Nobody noticed I changed my description about me(blogger waala?) [-(

Anyway, don't really have much to add...
Au revoir! See you when I see you... :)

Monday, 5 April, 2010

Khatam...

Before you ask wha...? my written exams are over, and I am still left with pracs, and yes I am still alive, thank you... yes inspite of the last post I wrote...

So as you sit and wonder what new issue is she gonna bring to the table today... chill... coz that's what is the agenda for tonight! \:D/ I have lined up two movies err... actually they're more of documentaries, called Zeitgeist and Zeitgeist- Addendum... and let's see how they turn out to be...

In other news, I finally became an insaan today, called parlour waali auntie who insisted I look nothing like what I did the last time she saw me (which was three months back incidentally!)

Madzie... I am missing talking to you, so kindly hurry up and be back, and smash your server centre meri taraf se :| atleast whatever new one they make will be better than this... :-w

I am looking forward to burying myself in a sea of books and movies.... 8-> oh oh... yeah! I shall have to emerge to take CAT breaths ;)

I broke my nail today, ok which idiot does that! my foot nail got broken today... result of open ended sandals... :( yes it was long, no it did not look ugly, yes I was careless... and yes it HURT! :(

I have been whiling my time away online, yes I have been online, just stopped reminding everybody of my existence through err.. facebook quizzes, I have been bloghopping and have come across two nice new ones... http://desigheeandcoffee.blogspot.com and http://themundanespace.blogspot.com

Aur kya... chalo will probably see you tom with a review of Zeitgeist... chao!