Saturday, September 10, 2016

Disowned Bappa

The view of this site reminded me of Bollywood movie scene where unmarried mother puts her baby in a dustbin. She is helpless. After all she is an unmarried mother. Who are we to disown the Bappa in same fashion?



So I have decided that from next year I will make my own Bappa and will not abandon him like this or even drown not to dissolve either. 

Treat Bappa as a member of your family and have proper preparations for his arrival, stay and please avoid such unceremonious farewell. 

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Will more awareness improve sports performance in India?

An afternoon lunch with friend, while Rio Olympics topic was talk of the town, led to an interesting debate - Will viewership improve sports performance in India and score at Olympics?
My friend Abhishek, being an optimistic person, chose to take on the side of YES. And I had an obligation to support NO as I wanted to have a good discussion. ‘Talking while eating is not good’ is a myth, in my opinion. If you are exercising your jaws for chewing then might talk as well. 
His first point for YES claim was - more awareness means more viewership, more viewership means more sponsorship, more sponsorship means more funding for sports, more money means lucrative career opportunity and good career means encouragement from parents to make sports as primary source of living. Very valid and logical point. My counterclaim was simple - are parents considering Cricket as means of living for their kids in India despite it being one of the richest sports? Result tie. 
His second assertion came in - more awareness means more interest. People will at least take a taste of that sports which might become their passion later. Again a superb pitch. If we are not even trying then we can’t improve our winning. My take was simple again - has more news channel helped improve the interest in news as compared to daily soaps? (Note: I am not claiming that watching news is superior to watching melodramatic series.) Result tie, again. 
And there were several other rounds of reasonings. But result was still a tie. 
He was representing the positivity of the society and I was advocating the negativity. When I took the side of NO I started with an assumption that for a thing like sports mere financial support, job security or spark of an interest is not enough to make India as world champion. It needs a change of the mindset of the society at large and deep passion about sports. But while the result of the debate remained tie towards the end of our meal, I was convinced that positivity around sports can really make wonders if we have to excel at it and awareness can help create it. He didn’t specify this point explicitly but throughout his debate he was living it. 
Today is his birthday so this is my way of wishing him a happy birthday. Keep thinking positive!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Modern practice for modern god

If you walk on the roads of Maharashtra (India) these days, you wouldn’t miss the fervour of Ganapati celebrations. And why not? He is a modern god according to me. He represents medical advancements, in the form of head transplantation, during very early days when only gods used to populate the earth. He can only be stood second to Lord Krishna in his practical dealings of the situations. 
But what fills my heart with sorrow is a fact that all of his devotees have gone too practical and become very much modern. This love for god has really turned in to a great drama. 
People are selling Ganapati Bappa (as he’s called fondly) on roads cloaked in very mean raincoat in the form plastic bags. Few goes on to bargain a price of the god on the steets. Who are we to put a price tag to him! People who are paying premium for an eco-friendly idol of Bappa are glittering their homes with plastics and chinese decorative lamps. What a double standard approach!
The god who made us capable to earn and gave us roof is being bought and sheltered!