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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Bread, Butter and Broadband :-)

Long time ago ... We read in school books ...

The basic needs of life are Food, Clothing and Shelter ...

Round about the same time ... i also saw the movie starring Manoj Kumar....
'Roti, Kapda aur Makaan' ...

Just looking back at that paradigm and in perspective looking at my own life today (and that of several of my friends and colleauges.... ) ... there is a change ....

Today ... The basic needs of life are Bread, Butter and Broadband :-)

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Arbit Choudhury Update ...

Heres some news from that side of my life which belongs to my child ... brain'child ... Arbit Choudhury

Arbit in Mobile space

After entertaining fans across the world though the Web, Arbit has now forayed into the Mobile Space. Arbit Choudhury Jokes are now available on India's 'Indiatimes 8888' SMS Service !!

Just SMS "MBA" to 8888 to receive Arbit zOkes ....

Arbit on Wikipedia

Arbit reeived a mention on the Front Page (Home Page) of wikipedia for one complete day. Read about Arbit on wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbit_Choudhury

Arbit on Orkut

In response to several requests from Arbit fans ... we now have an Arbit Choudhury community on Orkut. Visit the Orkut community of Arbit at http://www.orkut.com/Community.aspx?cmm=10533730

Arbit Yahoo Group

We continue to release fresh new comic strips every fortnight (on the 1st and 16th of every month) through the Arbit Yahoo Group. Visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/arbit_mba/ and click on the "Join This Group" button. Or simply send a mail to arbit.mba@gmail.com with the subject "Join"

Arbit Website

The website is up-to-date with the latest comic strips. You can enZoy the entire collection of Arbit Choudhury Comic Strips of 2004 , 2005 and 2006 on the website. The most comprehensive source of 'Arbit' Humour on the internet. www.arbitmba.com

keep smiling and have a great day

...shoOOonya ...

The other side of the story

Our knowledge of things and our viewpoint of issues is often dependant on what is popularly known and publicised.

We think we have an opinion .. an independant opinion of our own on any particular issue ....

How true is that ??

Often it is the media or the politicians of the world who feed our need for information which we feel is essential to make our opinions ... oblivious to the fact that our own opinions are so much governed by the info fed to us by the very media we are using to seek the info ....

Commercially, product companies will try to publicise a perspective, a thought process conducive to publicity and sale of their product / service ... tell the world through 'trusted' media sources that your product / service is the hottestone today ... and it might just become so ...

Here is a small part of an interview .... which looks at a historical event and an individual of historical significance from the other side of the fence ...

Read for yourself ...

Note - I do not wish to inspire a discusssion on the topic / person mentioned in the interview below ... the point i am trying to make is ...

Are we really independant in our thinking ???
Do we really think on our own ??
or ...
Are we slaves of the thought process fed to us .....


W E B - O N L Y I N T E R V I E W - "His Principle of Peace Was Bogus"

Gopal Godse, co-conspirator in Gandhi's assassination and brother of the assassin, looks back in anger--and without regret

Fifty-two years ago, on Jan. 30, 1948, Mohandas Gandhi was shot dead by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist. Godse believed that the Mahatma, or great soul, was responsible for the 1947 partition of India and the creation of Pakistan. Godse and his friend Narayan Apte were hanged. His brother Gopal and two others were sentenced to life imprisonment for their part in the conspiracy. Gopal Godse remained in jail for 18 years and now, at 80, lives with his wife in a small apartment in Pune. He is still proud of his role in the murder. Although Godse is largely ignored in India and rarely talks to journalists, he agreed to speak with TIME Delhi correspondent Meenakshi Ganguly.

TIME: What happened in January 1948?
Godse: On Jan. 20, Madanlal Pahwa exploded a bomb at Gandhi's prayer meeting in Delhi. It was 50 m away from Gandhi. [The other conspirators] all ran away from the place. Madanlal was caught there. Then there was a tension in our minds that we had to finish the task before the police caught us. Then Nathuram [Gopal's brother] took it on himself to do the thing. We only wanted destiny to help us -- meaning we should not be caught on the spot before he acted.

TIME: Why did you want to kill Gandhi?
Godse: Gandhi was a hypocrite. Even after the massacre of the Hindus by the Muslims, he was happy. The more the massacres of the Hindus, the taller his flag of secularism.

TIME: Did you ever see Gandhi?
Godse: Yes.

TIME: Did you attend his meetings?
Godse: Yes.

TIME: Can you explain how he created his mass following?
Godse: The credit goes to him for maneuvering the media. He captured the press. That was essential. How Gandhi walked, when he smiled, how he waved -- all these minor details that the people did not require were imposed upon them to create an atmosphere around Gandhi. And the more ignorant the masses, the more popular was Gandhi. So they always tried to keep the masses ignorant.

TIME: But surely it takes more than good publicity to create a Gandhi?
Godse: There is another thing. Generally in the Indian masses, people are attracted toward saintism. Gandhi was shrewd to use his saintdom for politics. After his death the government used him. The government knew that he was an enemy of Hindus, but they wanted to show that he was a staunch Hindu. So the first act they did was to put "Hey Ram" into Gandhi's dead mouth.

TIME: You mean that he did not say "Hey Ram" as he died?
Godse: No, he did not say it. You see, it was an automatic pistol. It had a magazine for nine bullets but there were actually seven at that time. And once you pull the trigger, within a second, all the seven bullets had passed. When these bullets pass through crucial points like the heart, consciousness is finished. You have no strength.

When Nathuram saw Gandhi was coming, he took out the pistol and folded his hands with the pistol inside it. There was one girl very close to Gandhi. He feared that he would hurt the girl. So he went forward and with his left hand pushed her aside and shot. It happened within one second. You see, there was a film and some Kingsley fellow had acted as Gandhi. Someone asked me whether Gandhi said, "Hey Ram." I said Kingsley did say it. But Gandhi did not. Because that was not a drama.

TIME: Many people think Gandhi deserved to be nominated TIME's Person of the Century. [He was one of two runners-up, after Albert Einstein.]
Godse: I name him the most cruel person for Hindus in India. The most cruel person! That is how I term him.

TIME: Is that why Gandhi had to die?
Godse: Yes. For months he was advising Hindus that they must never be angry with the Muslims. What sort of ahimsa (non-violence) is this? His principle of peace was bogus. In any free country, a person like him would be shot dead officially because he was encouraging the Muslims to kill Hindus.

TIME: But his philosophy was of turning the other cheek. He felt one person had to stop the cycle of violence...
Godse: The world does not work that way.

TIME: Is there anything that you admire about Gandhi?
Godse: Firstly, the mass awakening that Gandhi did. In our school days Gandhi was our idol. Secondly, he removed the fear of prison. He said it is different to go into prison for a theft and different to go in for satyagraha (civil disobedience). As youngsters, we had our enthusiasm, but we needed some channel. We took Gandhi to be our channel. We don't repent for that.

TIME: Did you not admire his principles of non-violence?
Godse: Non-violence is not a principle at all. He did not follow it. In politics you cannot follow non-violence. You cannot follow honesty. Every moment, you have to give a lie. Every moment you have to take a bullet in hand and kill someone. Why was he proved to be a hypocrite? Because he was in politics with his so-called principles. Is his non-violence followed anywhere? Not in the least. Nowhere.

TIME: What was the most difficult thing about killing Gandhi?
Godse: The greatest hurdle before us was not that of giving up our lives or going to the gallows. It was that we would be condemned both by the government and by the public. Because the public had been kept in the dark about what harm Gandhi had done to the nation. How he had fooled them!

TIME: Did the people condemn you?
Godse: Yes. People in general did. Because they had been kept ignorant

R U Thinking ??

Sunday, April 23, 2006

After the Game is over ....

After the game is over …the King and the pawn go to the same box …

that’s the reality of life …

A quote from the movie ‘Being Cyrus’


(I have no idea … where did they get it from .. I got it from the movie so that’s my source :-)


Monday, April 17, 2006

Nostalgia and Mumbai !!

"kya cheez hain mumbai … aamchi mumbai …

vo vada pav ki chatni … vo mahim ki phirni …

vo local train ke dhakke … vo signal pe chakke …

vo traffic , vo kuda , vo kachra … vo auto taxi ka nakhra …

vo machchi wali ka jhagda … vo bhel, vo pani puri , vo ragda,

vo wadala, vo chakala, vo bandra … kahin sakhubai … to kahin sandra

vo aunty ka adda … saala main road pe ich khadda … "

jaisi bhi hain yaar … apun ki mumbai se apne ko hain pyaar …

The above lines are uttered by Don Sunil Shetty when he is hit by Nostalgia in the presence of the meek Akshay Khanna and bomb-shell Mallika Sherawat in the movie 'Shaadi se Pehle' …

(the last line above is in a different colour … simply because it is not from the movie … its my contribution … my feeling )

As I went through the scene, Nostalgia hit me too … the third time so strongly in the past one month and that too while watching a movie … I was massively hit by Mumbai Nostalgia earlier this month when I was watching ‘Bluff Master’ and then agaion while watching ‘Taxi No. 9-2-11’ …

Both movies were unique (about Mumbai) in their own special way … both had the spirit of Mumbai deeply ingrained in their screenplay and characters …

BluffMaster was an excellent ‘Mumbnai Darshan’ visual treat … The movie beautifully integrated the sight seeing of different locations and landmarks of Mumbai … be it the Rajabai Towers, the Nariman Point, the Race Course of the Gateway of India … it has been a loOOong time since any movie producer / director / cinematographer gave thought to using Mumbai and its fantastic backdrops in movies …

It was indeed nice to see Hiranandani, Powai Lake and Hotel Renaissance in the movie … 2 years of MBA at NITIE, Powai and these were a part of the horizon outside our window …

Taxi No. 9-2-11 … captured the spirit of Mumbai in the Taxi Driver played by Nana Patekar … It catches life as it is in the streets … the life of the common man … no visually appealing locations and landmarks … just the life and style of the street life of Mumbai …

Both movies effectively took me back to Mumbai … my home for over a Silver Jubilee … practically spent my entire life out there .. before coming here … to Yash Chopra’s dream location … Switzerland … J

Life is so different … in Geneva (Switzerland) and in Mumbai (India) … its like being transported to an entirely different world … the two cities are not only different but stark opposite in almost all visible and invisible ways of life …

Be it population, traffic, weather, condition of the roads, corruption, people, rules and regulations, relationships, neighbours, festivals, meeting people, timeliness or for that matter anything one can think of … both cities carry their own brand .. their own culture …

My first one month is Geneva was nothing but a cultural shock … the world is so different out here … I wont say it is better or worse … its just plain different … and in many cases, pretty much opposite …

We might hate the crowds, the conditions, the infrastructure reeling under the population burden … but frankly speaking … these are exactly the things that I miss most sometimes …

I love my Mumbai …Aamchi Mumbai ... Maajhi Mumbai ...