Monday, July 26, 2010

KBC, INR and ME

Yesterday I was watching 3 Idiots on Sony TV and for me, watching a movie on TV has been a rare opportunity over the last two years. During the commercials, I happened to spot the first ad for the fourth season of KBC. Big B’s unique ‘lock kar diya jaye’ is going to be back on the small screen. The one thing that caught my interest during the 15-20 sec. ad was the logo of KBC. And guys, if you haven’t noticed, let me inform you that the logo has gone through a phenomenal change since the last time we saw it on TV. Yes, the over sixty year old ‘Rs.’ has been replaced by the new symbol of the rupee. The new symbol was adopted on 15th July. The government said it would take at least 6 months for the symbol to be accepted by the people of the country and almost 2 years for its recognition all over the world. Well, with KBC accepting the change so soon and senior bachchan endorsing the show once more, it might not take so long after all!

Now here comes the interesting part: With the return of KBC, I was reminded of some very sweet memories. Almost five years ago, when King khan was not yet the face of KBC, I myself had had the opportunity of hosting one episode of the yet-to-come Kaun Banega Crorepati-3. I am serious!! And guys, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that you never got to see that particular episode on TV. On 22nd October 2005, I hosted that episode with no cameras and no publicity, but a lot of live audiences! As part of the first Annual Day Celebrations of the children’s club founded and headed by me for 3 years, I and my friends (all members of the club) had staged a one-hour long play- Kaun Banega Crorepati-3 and that had been a huge success with the Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited, the chief guest for the evening, praising our efforts and over a hundred visitors (including our parents_ applauding our performance. I am reminded of this now because I remember asking my art teacher, Mr P M Satapathy, to paint a poster of the logo of KBC-3. Have a look at some old pictures (the pictures are not so clear, I know that!):

Sankalp, me and Saurav holding the poster-the KBC logo
Hosting the play at the Annual Day Celebrations
On the hot seat..
A photo of some of our members taken on 15 Aug 2007
Trying my luck at the real KBC and sitting on the real hot seat- well that might not be a  distant dream, now that I am already 18!! ;)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

DO NOT READ THIS!

Yes, I am talking about this very piece of writing! Do not read this because by doing so you would just be wasting your time. Don't believe me? Ok, don't! Go ahead with reading this and you will realize for yourself!

You must have seen that at all places and at all times, rules are made, which are supposed to be followed. But have you ever seen people following those rules? No? Even I haven't seen! After all, Rules are meant to be broken! We people follow this saying as a philosophy of life. At roadsides at some places it is written that "This is not a bus-stop. Please don't stand here". And people crowd at that very place for the bus! At many places, it is written on walls that "Do not paste posters here". Ever seen that? No? Arre, how would you see?? There are hundreds of posters already concealing the writing!! You can easily spot many more similar examples as soon as you step out of your house! It's not that people do not read these rules or are unaware of them! If they don't read the rules then how are they going to break them? But who cares? Who listens to rules? Students are found in the canteen or PE field more than they are found in the classroom, even after the teacher trying to input some sense into them loads of times!

Now look at me! I was asked not to write any such rubbish entry like this one! But did I listen? I asked you not to read this, but did you listen? Did you? You are just going on reading, reading and reading! Not even thinking to stop reading even now! You are good-for-nothing, seriously! Ajeeb besharam ho! Itni beizatti hone ke baad bhi you are going on reading! Atleast stop now! Come on, how much are you going to read? Ever read you textbooks with so much concentration? Just see, how you are going on reading my writing so intently, as if I am writing the next Harry Potter phenomenon! This is why I was asked not to write this! You are just stuck to reading this! Going on reading... going on reading...So, you are not going to stop?? Eh?? Ok, then let me stop writing! Ab aage padh ke dikhao!!


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Friday, July 09, 2010

TOPIC BASED WRITING


Writing on a particular topic has always been a difficult task for me, everywhere outside the examination hall. But somehow recently I am hooked up to writing blog entries on topics away from my personal life. Looking for a topic to write about is probably a not-so-easy task. But with the Times of India in hand, loads of themes to write about, suddenly spring up. May it be the countdown to the Commonwealth Games or the inauguration of the new Terminal 3 at IGI Airport or Nadal’s 2nd Wimbledon win or more popularly, the 2010 FIFA World Cup- everything seems to have captured the imagination of millions across the globe and therefore are things which everyone knows about. So I thought, “What else can I write about?” Umm… why not a different take on these very topics? Yes…let me try that…

With the football fever affecting people from all walks of all countries, even Indians are no less fanatics. Over the last 4 weeks, it has just been FIFA everywhere. India has not found a chance to enter the World Cup after 1950, the year when the Indian team was refused to play as the team was not ready to wear leather shoes!! Over the past years, the football fandom has surely made its presence felt in India with youngsters cheering for Ronaldo and Messi, replicating the reception received by the Indian cricket team. Reportedly the 2006 FIFA World Cup had more Indian viewers than the first season of the IPL. So is football actually scoring over the religion of India-Cricket? Amidst all this, where is hockey- the national game of the country??

Talking about sports reminds me of the Commonwealth Games which are now less than 90 days away. So is the capital geared up to host the multination tournament? The 8th largest terminal building in the world found itself mapped on the map of India at IGI as T3. So Delhi can now ive a modernized classical welcome to the world. With the onset of monsoons in the capital, and just over 50 mm of rainfall on the first day, half the city roads were waterlogged and there is no drainage system in site! A recent experience on a DTC Green Bus on rote 717, left me and my friends stranded on the middle of a road. The conductor of the bus refused the fact that the bus goes to Dwarka and forced us to get out of the bus. I had been to Dwarka on a bus in the same route just four days before that and the DTC website revealed that the bus should actually terminate at the Dwarka Sector 9 Metro station. So is that how we are going to treat our guests during the Games? And they say “Delhi is ready for the Games”! Wow!!

The nationwide strike that was declared last Monday- was that of any use? Of course it was! Loads of public money wasted, transportation at a halt and a good excuse for people for not going for work! The children were surely happy with an extra day off from school!! But did the ‘bandh’ serve its purpose? Was the government’s decision of hike in fuel prices taken back?? Surely not!

Now even the TOI has failed me! I can’t find anything interesting enough to write about and moreover, I am sleepy!! It’s 1 AM after all!

Well, these were clearly random thoughts that came into my mind and so the rambling style of writing. I don’t know if what I wrote was interesting at all, but at least I whiled away some of my boring time. And since you are already reading this, that clearly means you were nothing less than ‘vella’!! Hehe… anyways, do leave your views and comments for others to share with and for me to improvise with ‘topic-writing’!! Hoping for something better for you the next time!

Take care.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Delhi and the Delhiite!!


Delhiites say that ‘dilli ka hawa pani different hai” and I agree. Once you move to Delhi, you neither like to stay at the place for long nor are you able to stay away from it. Because, for someone who has moved from any place of the country to this most rapidly growing and fast moving city, the experience is nothing less than ‘bliss’. Families have stayed here for generations and have seen the ever-changing city right from the time when Raisina Hill or Lutyen’s Delhi was the sole recognition of the capital. With the changing times, malls and multiplexes have taken the place of museums and monasteries and have changed the people’s perception of this historical city. There has been a rapid growth in the number of crimes in the capital (I must remark here that the criminals are getting more and more ‘innovative’ with each passing day!!) and probably this is the most unsafe place for women in the whole country, but still thousands of people migrate to this place everyday. The Delhiites love their city!

A Delhiite is anyone who is a part of Delhi. But my definition of a Delhiite would be someone who has lived in the city and has ‘loved’ living in the city.

Delhi has housed my grandparents and so I have been visiting Delhi since I was born. Two years back, I came here with a purpose: ‘education’ and that meant my first long duration stay here. Although (and because) I was at a very ‘strict’ hostel, I had plenty of opportunities to go around the city and explore it. The other day, my mother asked me, “Why are you so eager to go back to Delhi? Why not any other place?” and I literally had no answer to this seemingly simple question. That was the moment when I started wondering, “What is it about Delhi that attracts me?” And of course, I couldn’t think of an answer!!

Over the past two years, my personality has surely undergone tremendous change. I am now no longer the shy mamma’s boy who at a time was nervous to even talk on the phone! (Mind you, I have spent at least a thousand bucks on phone calls in the last 3 months!!) For me, coming to Delhi has been surely a great advantage, academics is not everything after all! In the end it’s one’s personality that matters!

I have been to most of the tourist destinations in Delhi and have been around the city a lot and have seen how the busy people live through the hustle-bustle of the city. Delhiites get stuck in traffic jams for hours but still are ever-ready to take their BMWs out on the road; public transport is only for the poor here. Although the requirement might be available at the local shopping centre but Delhiites would always go to DLF and Ambience for shopping. The traditional one-hall cinemas are things that the children in Delhi have never heard of; it has always been PVR, DT or FUN Cinemas. Well, I am not commenting on the lifestyle of Delhiites, but yes, this is the truth. And somewhere I feel that even I have been a victim to this posh-life of the ultra-modern city that is Delhi, and so, I am not complaining!! (I know that if a true Delhiite is reading this, he/she must be thinking what all ‘bullshit’ I have written! Forgive me for the language, but that is precisely the language that the Delhiite would use!!)

Now it’s college time for me. I would be spending at least my next three years in this city (which I love without a known reason) for my graduation. And I am now wondering… how much more capability does this place possess to build my personality? How much more can it change me? And will the changes, if any, be for good or bad? Nobody can provide me with an apt answer to these questions, I know that! Only time will tell. But there is one thing I can say for sure- It’s now no longer possible for me to not call myself a Delhiite and I fit in my definition very well!!

P.S.: I wrote this entry just because I wanted to write a new entry and I chose Delhi as the topic because (1) at the moment I am in Delhi, getting bored while waiting for my admission and (2) Delhi is easy and interesting to write about!

P.S.2: This is for the second time that I am writing an entry on some ‘topic’ (the first was about ‘3 Idiots’) and so I would love to hear from you, your views and comments on what is written and what you think. And every Delhiite must reflect upon this and say if anything that I have written is wrong!!

Hope you had a happy time in reading this entry!

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