Politics is the new Cricket

Men In Blue’s venture in South Africa didn’t exactly go the way they would have planned. A backlash by the fans was imminent. “Ghar me Sher, Baahar Dher”, “Chokers Abroad” type of compliments were on the cards. But much to delight to Dhoni and boys, all this drama back home was pretty toned down. For the first time in so many years, people were not paying full attention to their religion. Maybe because their God was gone. Wall and Dada were no more there. Or may be there was something else which is catching their attention now.

At 9 AM in the morning. Three guys sitting at the Nukkad tea stall. Sipping their cup of tea and giving their expert opinion on politics. No more comments on how Raina could have ducked that short ball or how Ishant was so wrong in pitching the ball up every now and then. Common man of India, of late, has moved from talking about Square Cut to talking about perils of direct democracy. “Why India can’t produce good bowlers” has changed to “Why India can’t produce good politicians”.
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Confessions of a 90’s kid

90s KidI am a 90’s kid. And there are stuffs that we, as a generation, will be the only ones to experience. The days of WWF craze and the Super Mario. Waiting for clock to strike 5 so that you can run out to play. And after coming back, eating whatever your mom gave you really really slow. Because the end of the food meant the study time. Even a 10 minutes extended sleep in the morning now couldn’t match the 10 minutes of those times.

Time passed by and we grew. Tekken 3 became the new craze. Taking transistors to
school to listen to live commentary gave an out of the world feeling. I got my first PC when I was in 11th standard. First encounter with technology at such level, Pentium 4 felt like a dream come true. What more could have a teenage asked for back then. Or wait. There was something actually. A 64kbps Dial-Up connection. BSNL was the savior. Continue reading

Indian By Birth .. Blogger By Choice

I have been blogging for over 5 years now, and I would not hesitate to acknowledge the fact that never earlier did I feel so proud of being a part of blogosphere as I did today. And all the credit goes to Indiblogger and Nokia. Nokia, for giving us, the bloggers, the credit and opportunity to be a part of it, and Indiblogger, for inviting us to this awesome event.

I have attended so many bloggers meet till date but trust me when I say this – This was, by far, the best event I have ever attended. Call it the ambiance, the hospitality by Nokia and Indiblogger, the ever so awesome hosts in the form of Vikas Khanna and Rajiv Makhni or the awesome IndiBlogger family, the event was one which will continue to be in the mind of every attendee for a long time to come.

Now let me formally introduce you to the event – The Nokia AppTasting. As proficient as it could be and as efficiently organized as one could possibly be. We made sure to reach the venue right on time as we had high expectations from the event, and aren’t we glad that we did it. Right from the theme of the event to the execution of different segments of the schedule, everything was perfectly thought out.

Did you ever imagine that you could bring together technology and food? I am sure you didn’t. And so did I. Never did any such thought even crossed my mind until today, when Rajiv and Vikas blended both of them in such a beautiful way that by the end of the evening everyone was unsure whether to join “Team Foodie” or “Team Techie”.

The event stretched to as long as 5 hours but it was made sure that no one felt bored for even one second. Information combined with perfect sense of humor by our dear hosts Rajiv and Vikas made this as evening to remember for all of us. The Nokia AppTasting kicked of with “30 seconds of Fame”. Random bloggers were called on the stage and had to join either of Vikas’ or Rajiv’s Team (Foody vs Techie). Professional Blogging, Social Media Consulting, Hacking, Cracking and what not. All of this perfectly classified me into Rajiv’s team and wasn’t I dying to see my name being flashed on the big screen and to get a chance to share the same stage with these two wonderful personalities. But luck favors you at times and at times it doesn’t. This time it didn’t favor me and I had to enjoy the warmth of my seat and watch other explain their part of story to everyone. Rajiv!!! If you are reading this I need you to know that I had a lot of witty answers in store for everyone and would have surely forced you to give one of those gifts to me 😀 . Anyways rest assured that I would have been and will always be a part of Team Techie (+1) 😀 😀

Amidst the snacks and drinks, the next part of the event was underway and I could see people slicing onions away in their unique style. We even saw one odd guy slice his fingers away in the process. He didn’t win the bravery award for it though 😛 . But the process told me something about the side of the story of a Foodie to me. I never realized that there could be so many techniques to slice an onions and “Chopping” and “Slicing” were two entirely different concepts :O . But thanks to the Master Chef Vikas, I know this right now. People were awarded for their “Slicing Talent” and I was sitting their with all my fingers intact (Glad I was not chosen as a volunteer for the same :P).

And just when you thought that it couldn’t get better, Rajiv demonstrated such awesome apps to all of us that I couldn’t help wondering why should I not switch back to Nokia. Be it the Charlie Chaplin video or the Morphing Pic Software. Be it the Drunk Test App or the Wine-Food Combo Determiner, an array of awesome apps demonstrated by the Tech-Guru left me googling for it all over the place. And my efforts were only to be stopped by Rajiv and Vikas making their way into the audience. It was the time for “Tell Us You Dream App … And Get Away With Awesome Nokia Goodies”. This was the part which clearly told everyone why the bloggers are considered one of the most creative people. They combined wit with sense, humor with responsibility, foresightedness with reality and technology with sustainability.

An app which could prove as a tool for the perfect voting system to an app which would find a perfect soul mate for you. An app which could list down the corrupt officials to an app which could provide with you the smell and feel of the menu items that the restaurant has in offering for you. An app which could find an auto rickshaw for you to an app which could tell you what exactly a woman wants 😛 . Different People, Different Opinions and Different Aspirations. But the target still remained the same. The greater good for everyone and let out your opinion as loudly as you could. Unfortunately my raised hand still went unnoticed and I could not let my dream app echo in the hall. Still the show was not over and I had a chance to let my presence felt.

The finale was yet to be uncovered and Poonam (Director Comunications, Nokia, who happen to be a great dancer and but didn’t live up to her promise to perform at the end of the day :'( ) and Simran (Communications Manager, Nokia, who is coincidentally a He and not a She) had already announced a great prize for winner of this final gala event. I raised my ever so enthusiastic hand high up in the air and I could bet it was the highest in the hall, but to my dismay I still could not feature amongst the eight lucky chaps who were called on the stage.  Technology and Cuisines combined, the quiz was an enthralling and nail biting one and the winners!!! Well what to say, they went away with a Nokia Lumia each and everyone could just applause and acknowledge how lucky they were to have laid their hands on this perfect phone. Deserving nevertheless, the group of girls went away with appreciations and a wide grin on their face.

I sat there wishing for the event to be extended for another round but it was not to be. May be the luck didn’t favor me. May be occupying a seat in the last row didn’t help my cause. May be I was not enthusiastic enough enough to jump in front of Vikas and Rajiv and force them to let me in. May be May be May be .. I am not sure. But there is one thing that I am completely sure of. And the thing is that I had a hell of an evening tonight and couldn’t have asked for a better Sunday. I have been associated with Indiblogger since almost its birth and consider myself lucky to have spent the 5th birth anniversary of this beautiful concept called “IndiBlogger” with the entire Indiblogger Team. Happy Birthday IndiBlogger 😀 😀

And a special thanks to Vikas Khanna and Rajiv Makhni to spellbound everyone of us with the way they carried us forward throughout the evening. Thanks Poonam, Simran and Nokia for making this possible. And last but not the least, thanks to each and everyone of my Indiblogger Family for making this a memorable experience. #NokiaAppTasting was trending on Twitter today and there is a very strong reason for this. And the reason is all of the above mentioned people. Thank You everyone 😀 😀 😀

 

 

Cyber Mafia’s Handbook on “How to Kill Exams”

Well the exam season is on. That’s very obvious by the flurry of rantings and blabber all over my wall (or should I say timeline, Yes O Yes .. Facebook has finally moved on to the timeline. It’s been a hard journey for him and I would have loved to explain how beautiful Timeline appears to be and how painful moving on actually is, but I got much more important things to tell you right now). So, going by the Newton’s fourth law of apathy and the worldwide survey done by our very own very talented psychiatrist Prof. Sybill Trelawney, most of the spammers students rant about their exams for the following three reasons :-

Bookworms :- Well isn’t it very obvious why they do so? Come on, all they want to portray to the world is that, like any other normal two eyed, two eared and one nosed student, they also have a LIFE and are also sick of exams and are allergic to the books (notebook, handbooks, slambooks, reference books and all kind of books) and like any other normal student they also resort to faceBOOK to tell everyone how atrocious it has really been.

Well no offense meant to anyone. Anyways, I don’t think this was needed coz any nerd won’t come over to my blog and even if   he comes, he won’t leave the F word on my blog, just for the fear of being segmented into this very category. The author here is so sure of all this because he has also been a nerd in those old, golden and careFULL days of his.

 

AAM (Mango) Students :- Well if you think that the bookworms were misleading the world by their status updates, here is a segment which itself is being mislead by everything that’s going around them. These are the people who wake up just in time and brush their teeth everyday. These are the one who attend the classes but only for the sake of attendance and due to the superstition that attending classes would lead to an increase in their knowledge. They resort to this just for the sake that everyone is doing so and they don’t want to be left out.

 

Defaulters :- Now this is a bunch of guys everybody knows, and majority of them for the wrong reason. Life is a party for them at the start of the session. They booze, party and do all sort of stuffs that I don’t like to mention here because of space and time constraint and because of the fact that it would mean digressing from the topic, which actually is a bad thing to do, because any kind of digression in any area whatsoever is only taking you away from your goals, and I don’t think that I need to remind you how harmful digressing from your goal can be for you. If you still don’t know what I am talking about then visit this link on Cyber Mafia’s Handbook on “How to do a SWOT analysis of your SPELTE technique” . Well the link was broken and it was just a practical way to show you how digressing from the topic and clicking on alien links can lead you to do the awesomeness of nothingness. And nothingness comes out of ……………….

Well Well Well … coming back to the topic these kinds are the most digressed honest.

They do these updates because they really mean it. They are the one who have carried the burden of mammoth schedule in the end of the session, just to cover up the attendance. These are the one who become a part of the carom board and are passed on between the professors and the Dean Academics in their leisure time. Finally they somehow get the permission to appear in the exam, and when even after trying to study for minutes and minutes, they don’t seem to go anywhere, they resort to facebook. They do it primarily for the sympathy of others and their is no hidden motive of appearing to be cool or other shit stuff like that. Every like and every comment on their status gives them a boost to hold on.

 

 

Now if we are done with the prologue, let’s come to the main part of the play. But before that it’s an earnest request to the first two kinds that they don’t read any more. This tutorial is for needy and not for greedy.

Disclaimer :-

  • Don’t listen to how Newton or Einstein or Heisenberg or Sunny Leonne criticize this handbook. They all are sheer jealous of it.
  • The user holds all the responsibility for all the consequences and won’t be responsible for any damage done.
  • Keep it. Worship it. Treasure it. It’s the ultimate source of knowledge and inspiration. One ring to Rule them all.
  • You won’t find a more concise and more accurate tutorial anywhere. These few words will release you from all the tension and you can continue to be the rockstar of a person that you have always been, even on the doomsday eve of exam.

 

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P.S. If you are not a defaulter and you are still reading this, you will be tormented in the fires of hell for the next 1700 incarnations, unless you share the link of this post on your wall/timeline, like this post and leave a comment below, post which you will be treated by a good news in 12 hours and you will be kissed by your crush the next day 😀

P.P.S. If you are a defaulter. Man, seriously, you should have studied but since you have wasted so much time reading this post, you don’t care about studies and passing anyways 😛 😉

P.P.P.S. Magical Me is expanding. We are recruiting right now. Drop your resumes and your credit card details in careers[AT]magicalharsh[DOT]com.

 

Of Corruption, Cricket and Cumulation

And finally the long lasting silence breaks. And finally the thrust gave in. And finally the threshold was crossed.

Anna Hazare is the buzzword everywhere you go. From the streets to TV sets to social networks. From the farmers to the common man to business tycoons. From a Bill to a Cause to a Ray of Hope. More than Anna Hazare, people are supporting the cause that he is fighting for. People are supporting this fight against corruption that has been launched. People are supporting the ray of hope that Lokpal is offering to him.

I am still not completely convinced how effective this Lokpal Bill would be, and why should we not believe that like each and every sector in the society, the Lokpal will also be eaten up by the termite of Corruption. Many arguments and counter arguments can be seen flying like bullets everywhere. The digital space is occupied by the chain messages. Anna Hazare has been termed the reincarnation of Gandhi by few and anyone who is not found re-posting a certain status message on facebook is safely tagged as a traitor. I find this really ridiculous. Extremism is never an ideal way of going about things. Some amount of sense need to be brought in, for sure.

On the other hand I see people who are safely stereotyping the support for the bill as “Bhedchaal”. Look from the point of view of a common man. From the birth when he first encountered the word “donation” to get an admission into a good school to the RTO office where he needs to “buy” his license right to his first job which also doesn’t come without a reference letter or a reference “currency”. And the thing doesn’t stop here. Right from the top of the ladder to the bottom of pyramid, Corruption is the most frequent custom here. So is this wrong on the part of the person who thinks that Lokpal Bill would help him get his son a good future? Is this person wrong who thinks that the Lokpal Bill will prevent some Babu from drawing in the hard earned money from his pocket? … I don’t think so.

I am still not sure about the implication, the outcome and the effectiveness. But at least something is being done and the massive support that Anna Hazare has accumulated will at least make one thing sure. Once this Bill is passed, at least it will be in the back of mind of a person who is involved in an illegal practice. And the corruption level would be brought down for sure (only if it is to a very minimal level .. Well something is better than nothing isn’t it?? ). By the way, UPA is almost done with. But who is next? God only knows.

In the meantime, Lokpal Bill has done a huge favor for Indian Cricket Team. The attention is completely diverted from the Men In Blue whose houses would have otherwise have been attacked and dummies be burnt by the same cricket fans who put them next to God once they brought in the World Cup. India never looked so helpless like they are looking now. They have absolutely no idea what is going on there. I believe MSD and his men must be praying for the series to get over as soon as possible. Indra Dev is the only hope that could save them from a humiliating whitewash at the hand of the British. Something seems to be desperately wrong with Indian Cricket Team and it’s high time the problem be found and solved. Or else …… They know better than me what would be scenario otherwise. The worst thing that could happen to them is that IPL would be blamed for downfall of Test cricket and hence, the biggest money making industry in the country (after corruption) would be doomed. And in the current economic crisis that would be the last thing BCCI would want 😛 😛

Enough of Gyan for the time being. Let me come to this demon which has suddenly struck me with a full throttle. THE CUMULATION OF BACKLOGS. Suddenly everything from CV submission to he exams to the summer placements has closed in. Deadlines are a lot closer than they appear to be, that is for sure. And here I ( or should I say we ) find myself completely unprepared to handle this attack. But wait a minute. I happen to have a degree with me which says “Bachelor Of Technology”. In short, I am an engineer and there are few things that this four years of boozing, dilly-dallying and partying hardwork and dedication has taught me for sure. And one of those thing is to handle such situation ( I am a pro in doing this you see ). Resourceful bunch of guys we are. 11th hour is too early for us 😉 😛

In the end I would like to leave you all with this pie chart which, effectively depicts the subjects which occupy my wall and timeline all the while nowadays ( Did I tell you that I have a subject name “Biz Statistics” in the first module?? ) 😛 😛 … Adios Amigos… Keep cribbing, Keep complaining and Keep revolting … Oh yeah … Keep Commenting too 😉 😉 …