Woh jo ishq …

Woh jo ishq na samjhe,
usse marne ki kya hai zarurat.
Woh jo ishq se khelein,
usse jeene ki kya hai zarurat.

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Cinema Impact on Society/People

This is my personal opinion here. You may judge me by my opinion, but I feel I am just being practical and factual. I do feel that Bollywood/TV, in short Cinema, does make an impact on the people, on the common man and I’ll try and justify it below in short.

By saying that cinema does make an impact on people, I do not mean to say that movies like Satya, The Godfather will be the reason for underworld dons, I do not mean to say that item numbers like Chikni Chameli, are the reason for rapes. But, they do make an impact, a subtle one. They do influence the general attitude of people. They not just influence, but also showcase the general culture of the country as a whole to the world.

The whole reason why documentaries are made, is to spread knowledge, spread awareness to the masses of the various issues that are faced across the globe, to showcase historical knowledge. Even mainstream cinema movies like 3 Idiots, October Sky, A Beautiful Mind and so many more are known for the story they tell, for the end message they convey to the people. The end message makes a difference. When it comes to music, there is soulful music, there are some really great lyrical songs that motivate you, that make you smile, that make you cry. Why does that happen? Because it does make an impact.

The paragraph above states only the ‘good’ of cinema and music and anything good can be bad too, if it is not used well. I believe, it’s the end message that matters. Some places where things are bad, especially in Bollywood are the item numbers. Item numbers are included in almost every movie even when it’s not needed. Worst, the lyrics, the dance, the overall presentation that most item numbers put up is cheap. Again, it’s not the clothing, it the presentation that matters, it’s the end message that you pass that matters. The movies too today are rarely a showcase of art and knowledge, it’s more commercial. The directors today display cheapness in the name of bold cinema. This is just Bollywood, let’s talk about Bhojpuri cinema. I do not watch Bhojpuri films, but I have come across many posters of Bhojpuri films that are released, and to me they say a lot. The posters itself give me an impression that the movie is almost a porn movie. What kind of message do you think these movies pass on to the people?

I am one of those who is ready to accept nudity in cinema too, but only when it’s needed, only when it makes a difference to the direction of the movie. Similarly, item numbers too, only if it makes a difference, only if it holds some decent meaning. Movies released, TV serials, especially the reality shows, should pass through censor board, while the censor board should not follow typical rules that say slang words are not allowed or there is no nudity. Without nudity and typical slang words a lot bad can yet be shown. It’s just a matter of playing the game and twisting the rules. The censor board should rather take into account the end message that the TV Series/movies/songs are showcasing.

Many may argue that only those who take cinema seriously will be influenced by it, but almost everyone is influenced. Each one of us is bound to be influenced by where ever your weakness or strength lies. It is just human tendency. If someone is not brought up well, not taught how to value women, he is bound to be more influenced by watching item numbers where women is considered as a ‘thing to play with’, which in turn will lead to his already bad attitude getting a boost. That same item number may probably not affect a man who is taught well how to respect women, and most probably he won’t like that item number. Let cinema be a showcase of art plus useful true knowledge plus entertainment and not ‘just’ entertainment in the name of bold cinema.

What Indians Want from the Government & Why

This post is with regards to the Delhi Protest that’s triggered after the ‘brutal’ gang rape of a 23 year old Indian Citizen in a bus that was freely roaming around in the streets of New Delhi. The nature of the crime is such that it did hurt each and every one of us concerned citizens of India deeply. Having said that, it isn’t the first time such incidents have occurred in India, and not the first time that such incidents have hurt our sentiments, but why the sudden outrage of people after this particular incident is what the Government Of India, in fact all politicians really need to understand. It really needs to connect with the people who have put them to power. Government is there in power for the people to make them feel safe, feel satisfied if not happy.

A common example, which best describes why that sudden outburst, is the fights that you see, witness in your own house, in your own Life. No one is perfect, no one expects everyone to be perfect. But there is always a threshold limit of the amount of wrong that you can tolerate. You may have various issues with your friend, but not argue and fight over every issue with him. But each time you face the issue, it sticks at the back of your mind. At some point, and that point usually is very random, when various issues are being tolerated together that the bubble bursts. You fight, you argue, and in that argument, the frustration and anger of the present issue which triggered the outburst plus the past issues all is seen at once. Hence this protest is not really just related to one rape case, but all rape cases, general freedom for all to roam around at any time, the inflation, the unemployment, the poverty, the corruption, and to top it all the attitude of the laid back, ignorant & rude Government.

Laid back, because when any protest or an issue reaches it’s peak, it’s at that time when the Government even bothers to start thinking towards addressing it, instead of an immediate action. It is then, when some top official bothers to just address the nation, giving false promises as usual.
Ignorant, because people are at a daily basis facing countless issues, inflation topping the chart for most Indians, but there is no issue that seems to take a downward turn. Not just that, we don’t see an effort by the Government to help resolve these issues. Instead we do see scams and more scams which are only worsening the already worsened economy, leading to more inflation.
Arrogant, because even if they are ignorant, people of India are reaching out to the Government, to know what is wrong, to sit together and help solve issues. If a wrong step is being taken a loud shout of NO is given by the people of India, or may be the opposition party, but the Government is not bothered, they yet do as per their will and wish. Biggest example here being bringing in FDI, the way GOI has handled various protests that’s happened since past few years.

What we are seeing until today is that this rape case is being given importance (which is good), but at the same time, it’s clearly visible that the attitude of GOI still remains laid back, ignorant & arrogant. This rape case seems to be given some special importance just for the sake of politics, to pacify the protesters. We yet do not see the change we want to see in the Government.

I write this article with a hope that, the message reaches the people who are part of the Government, to the people who may be a part of the Government at some point. Let this mistake not be repeated. It’s never too late.

Balasaheb Thackeray – All You Need To Know

Balasaheb Thackeray, a cartoonist, a politician, a public figure who is not on news everyday but yet is known to all. When he is on news, we know there is something major, something to watch out. But since he is on news rarely, only a few know much about him. Also, considering the fact that in the past 10 years or so, he’s hardly done much, this left a big amount of crowd, especially the urban literate to not respect him because they know him as a man who instigated violence and fear(thanks to paid media, may be), and some Valentine’s Day protests. This post is mainly to highlight some of his acts, with explanations if possible.

Call it paid media or the fact that he didn’t do much in the past 10 years, I think this is a big failure of Shiv Sena to educate every class about his achievements. Many supporters themselves may not know all and only know some instances. When it comes to vandalising property, creating fear, his supporters blindly followed his commands without really understanding why. I take this as a failure too, not that his commands were wrong, but highlighting the cause, giving reasonable reason is necessary too. It will help in moving forward the legacy too, educating the crowd for what he really stands for. This is the main reason why at times there’s violence even when there is no order from the Shiv Sena leaders. They are unable to control their own followers. Nevertheless, he is not perfect, no one is.

Coming down to achievements which I doubt anyone will disagree on. He started off as a cartoonist and must say a good one. Even in the later stages his cartoons did speak a lot. If he has lacs of followers who just go by his word, it definitely means a lot, says a lot about his leadership skills. Inspite of a few goof-ups here and there, he has managed this large number of followers in a way none of us can even imagine. His oratory skills are evident from the fact that within a couple of years he could manage to gather lacs of people to just listen to him. And this was done with only speeches and writing down some amazing articles in his magazine in the very early stage of his career. He has helped his community in a way like no other. You may be from a different community, feel jealous that you don’t have anyone of that stature to fight for your community, but you can’t deny what he did for his community, gave them job security, food, shelter, and Life security too. He was fearless and pursued what he believed in, no matter what. No matter how many enemies he created in that course, it didn’t stop him. Here, we read inspirational quotes each day from the greats to do what you believe in, to not fear. He was a man who lived it and proved to the world that those are not just quotes, they can be put to reality.

Coming down to some issues which all do not agree on, I will raise my opinion here with explanations.
He is often known as an enemy to the so called “outsiders” in Mumbai. My family is Sindhi-Gujju, an outsider too, and we have never faced any issue ever from them, infact we have been saved and helped at times. Reason being my family is contributing to this nation, to the city by working, having a decent job, a decent business. He has given security to Sikhs during the 84 riots, that were almost spread into Mumbai too, but didn’t because of him. He gave security to Kashmiri Pandits, who were forced out of their own states. In Mumbai, there are many immigrants from other states with absolutely no idea of what they want, they just hop in here, and start the search for job, shelter, food. This leads to them using resources that are already low for the people here, increasing population which indirectly hits the city in various ways. Increase in slum dwellers, affecting the hygiene of the city, also a reason to lot many infrastructure development hurdles. Since am not from the 1970’s, I don’t know why exactly was he against South Indians, Gujjus back then. But today against UP immigrants makes sense, because majority of them are from UP, the very lower class, without a job, just roaming around with the main motive of eve teasing, spitting at public places. The one’s running auto, taxis resort to meter tampering, being rude to passengers. Compare this to Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi may be, there are immigrants in these cities too, but those are mainly service class people who first secure a job and then move in. They know how to behave too. They don’t just come in, make their own tent in some corner of the road and claim to get resources and land for free some years later. Yes, violence is not the way to treat this issue, but the issue raised isn’t wrong.
BJP ruled Maharashtra from 95-99. And it’s not a secret that Balasaheb was the ‘remote control’ minister. That was the time when Maharashtra witnessed a lot of development, but that was also the time when the development didn’t reach his own true followers, the poor Marathi Manoos. May be, he went wrong in distributing the development equally. Since then Mumbai has been losing it’s charm slow and steadily, in subtle ways, for which you can view my blog post on Mumbai written a few months back,  Mumbai – A City Of Dreams, Yet?
Balasaheb may have been linked to violence a lot many times, most prominent being the one is 93. The question is why. No one likes violence, especially not a person who is working for the welfare of the state, of the people. Not going much into details, that was the time when various events took place, which sparked one another. Someone needed to take charge and ‘retaliate’, retaliate to protect and stand for Hindus, that someone was Balasaheb Thackeray. Many of this generation parents would not have been alive today or rather worse would have been raped if it were not for him to protect at that crucial moment. I somehow remember this quote now from the man who is known as the epitome of non-violence.

It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of non-violence to cover impotence. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Balasaheb himself said that he is not against Muslims, he is against those Muslims who are against India. Well, aren’t we all against them? Atleast, I am. I don’t want people like Kasab to be called Indian Citizens and spread terror in the country, in the name of being a minority. Infact, the Muslims who are not against India will not like themselves to be called a minority because they know how much they are loved by all.

Me, being born and brought up in Mumbai, having my parents live the 1984, 1993 riots in Mumbai, I admire the man for the way he’s shown courage, for what he has managed to accomplish, for the strength, for his accomplishments as a politician, as a public figure, for the hold that he has developed over the city, like no other can. Yes, I may not agree to all of Balasaheb’s acts, techniques, but then me and him are not the same. I respect him for the amount of work he has done, I doubt most of us can even achieve 10% of what he has done in his Life.

Respect earned.

Book Review : License To Live by Priya Kumar

This is not just a book review.

The first book that I read of Priya Kumar is “I Am Another You”. That was a book that I bought when I was not a book reader, had no knowledge about books, didn’t ask anyone for any suggestions on which book to buy. I just went to the store, looked around and bought it. Fate, may be. It is a Life changing book for me. I read the book at the time when I really needed it. Since then, I have great respect for Priya Kumar and I owe her something definitely. Today, I completed reading “License To Live”, an inspirational thriller by Priya Kumar. In-spite of me not really in a needy position to read an inspirational book, I think it helped me a lot in discovering myself.

The story telling art of Priya Kumar is just awesome. With the story that she is narrating, it makes you want to look into yourself, understand yourself. And as the story moves forward you know more and more about yourself. It just doesn’t stop. While the author is on a learning mission, you learn with her. The biggest reason I recommend you to read this book is to discover yourself in a way you would have never imagined.

The final learning that I would take away from the book is very simple, let go the dark past, hold onto the past you would want to cherish, your future is in your hands and no one else, take responsibility of the present and stop the blame game. On reading this you would say that this is what most inspirational books say, this is what we all already know, but you really don’t understand the deeper meaning of the whole learning until you actually complete the mission. If you really wish to understand the deeper meaning, discover the real you, start fresh, it is a book you should not miss. In-spite of me giving the gist of the book out here, it will not at all lessen the enjoyment and learning factor of the book.

P.S.: I had a smile on my face throughout while writing this post.

Rating: 5/5

Buy it here: HomeShop18

Apple, after iPhone 5

The much anticipated, the much hyped iPhone 5 is here, and it indeed is better than the iPhone 4S. But, did it meet the expectations? Is it good enough for Apple itself to improve on it’s market share? Is it good enough to beat the increasingly popular Android and not to forget the OS that’s coming back to life from the dead with an all new approach, Windows?

This post is on the basis of an assumption that the new iPhone 5 turns out to be exactly as explained, even the ear buds are awesome, no unexpected flaws like the one we found in iPhone 4, remember? Just if there is a flaw, especially something major, it could be really bad news for Apple. This is the last thing Apple would want now.

The new iPhone 5 comes as an upgrade from the iPhone 4S, with a larger display, a faster processor, a thinner and lighter build, an upgraded OS, LTE support & the new earbuds. As far as the lightening connector is concerned, not sure if it’s an upgrade, it’s more of a replacement of the earlier connector. Everything mentioned above, except for the LTE support, the new earbuds and the new connector was an inevitable upgrade. LTE support and the new earbuds were actually long pending upgrades. They were amongst the list of expectations since quite some time, just like NFC Support yet is.

Let’s come to what we expected and is missing in iPhone 5. Well, a further larger display may be 4.5 inches or so, NFC Support definitely, micro-USB support, a 12MP Camera upgrade, and more openness, more rights given to the user over the handset, and not to forget the wireless charging that Nokia’s come up with in it’s new Lumia 920. Looking at the expected and missing features, the list is big enough.

Considering it’s opponents, HTC, Samsung, Sony for Android OS and Nokia, Samsung, for Windows Phone 8, all of them have a flagship model that is a better and a cheaper handset, atleast specification wise than the iPhone 5. With the iPhone 5, Apple no more seems like a company that’s willing to try something new, revolutionize the market. The expectation for iPhone 5  was a handset that could beat the lot, make people using Android and Windows Phone come to Apple, take away their market share. That’s really not going to happen. It has nothing new to offer to the Android User Base. Windows is for those willing to try something new and different. Apple iPhone 5 is for only Apple loyalists. It doesn’t seem likely to appeal to others. As far as market share is concerned it would only lead to the downfall of Apple, and the rise of Android and Windows Phones.

Requirement Analysis at First Sight!

Funny title to the post eh!

How does someone have a crush, or like someone, or choose his liking, etc. is something that we always wonder. In-fact, we ourselves are at times just confused and clueless as to why is Person A so special to me while Person B is not so special. Sometimes person B might be looking much better on paper, but you somehow feel for Person A, on what basis, is the question. Whenever you come across such kind of a question about yourself that you yourself cannot answer to directly, it’s time to take a pause, think deep, analyze each and every minute details and find the answer to it. Don’t move forward unless you’ve done that.

Coming to the point of “On What Basis?” … I strongly believe that we all have our requirements laid down involuntarily in our head, the minimum requirements that just have to be fulfilled for a person to stand a chance to be that special person for you. The requirements could be anything, which could depend on looks, personality, stature, career, stability, security, dreams. And each one of the mentioned attributes could be elaborated in countless different ways by each one of us. You’ll never want just one of the above qualities, you’d actually be very specific in your head about the whole package. When am talking about the package it means some details about looks, some details about personality and so on… And these details are bound to be very basic most often.

It won’t take more than a meet or very few meets to at-least be sure that the person fits your minimum requirements. Well, that is what we call love at first sight, when you feel your minimum requirements are met immediately. Once that happens, you may look at the person from a different perspective, always wanting to know more. You’d interact more to be sure if what you thought about in the beginning is true or not, if it’s true then until what extent. And finally, some day sooner or later you’d know if that person is indeed that special person to you or not.

It is not necessary that you will fit into the requirements of  the person that fits into your requirements. Secondly, these requirements change, change with the surroundings, your current state of Life, your past.
Wish, all those reading the post find or have already found the right person. 🙂

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