Archive for August, 2010

August 17, 2010

How difficult is to follow our dream?

There were so many days when I had this debate and argument with my friends. What are we aspiring for or what is our dream or what are we chasing in today’s competitive world? Most of the time people were confused. They were not sure why they have joined a course or doing a particular job even though they cannot enjoy doing it (Including me).

People have done their Engineering or MBA or Medicine even though they had interest in something else. This was the result of the peer pressure & family pressure. In Indian families people decide what their kids want to become the moment they are born (Same as what Madhavan faces in 3 Idiots). Our parents normally show a cousin of ours who is successful in some field and want us to pursue the same profession or do the same degree.

When compared to good old days when people used to follow their father’s profession blindly,  now a days parents are giving a choice to their children to decide as what to do. But I still feel that parents are scared to think beyond Engineering or Medicine. Not everybody can become a doctor, engineer or CA

In India people should start thinking of making their hobby which they really love as their profession. This is very common in the western worlds where people are ready and can dare to follow their dreams. We should understand that everyone has a different set of hobbies and their intellectual capacity vary depending on each individual. Some people have their left side of brain more polished than their right ones.

Everyone wants to earn money and hence they try choosing a profession which gives them lot of money. This shouldn’t be the way we should think. Money has become so much important for us in life for different reasons on which we do not have control, but at the same time we should be aware that we forget to enjoy the precious moments of  life. I think that is why we always long for US education and working there. 1 in 100 would actually join the course that they love, but most of them just do it because they have to.

So how difficult is to pursue our dream? Life isn’t a fairy tale for every body. We have seen many people in our life who were able to follow their dreams rather than getting stuck with life doing something which they don’t like. We can think of working for few years in a lucrative job, earn enough and they go for what we love to do. As I said, life is not a fairy tale to everyone and If we are not lucky enough, then we can get stuck in the same job which is absolutely a wrong fit for us only to suffer everyday. In those cases we can only compromise. Again not all stories have a happy ending.

The whole definition and goal of education has been changed in past few years. The goal of education is to  make good citizens, but it is now seen as a premise to a good job, huge salary & a comfortable life. As Baba Ranchhoddas has said in 3 Idiots,  “Chase excellence & success will follow you itself”. Hope we understand that life is not just about money but passion. So live your passion & follow you dreams.

August 16, 2010

Why can’t we enjoy Present

Recently at the tea my colleagues and I had a discussion about our previous organizations being better than the current one. Right from school days I always felt that the previous school was good, when reached college I started missing the school life as kids, When I joined my first job I felt I was stuck in a job and missing my college life and friends, When I changed my job I felt the previous organization was better than the current one, When I left India for Singapore now I feel that India is the best place to live.

I don’t know why but we always miss our past and not enjoy the present. I guess there is a fine line between remembering your past & wasting your present. But most of us are what we are because of the decisions we made on our own. I read a quote some where which said “Why cry for the things which have not happened instead just laugh for things which have happened.”

I am not sure if I can say this but there are people who are in a much worse situation than what we are today and they are still surviving and managing to enjoy their lives. So when they can survive fighting to live and still have a great time where ever they are, why not we.

Finally I feel that the best way to enjoy our life is to live it as our last day on earth. Life has always been what we make it. Lets consider each moment as precious & make them unforgettable.

August 16, 2010

Incredible India

A Nation where Pizza reaches home Faster than Ambulance

Where you get Car Loan @ 5% but Education Loan @ 12%

Where Rice is Rs 40 but Sim card is free

Where people worship Goddess Durga but want to kill their girl child

Olympic Shooter wins gold, govt gives 3 crores. Another shooter dies fighting with terrorist, govt pays 1 lakh

As Krantiveer says, Sow mein nabbe beimaan, Phir bhi mera desh mahaan

Incredible India. Jai Hind

August 16, 2010

Happy Independence Day to all Indians

Yesterday, we all Indians have celebrated our 64th birthday Independence Day (or 63 years of Independent India). It’s always nice and proud to be free. India had to pay a huge cost to get its Independence. I have always pondered thinking if we really have our freedom even after 63 years. There are so many vices that have ruled us from which we need freedom today.

Corruption: I would rank this as top virus which is plaguing the development of Independent India. This has been made as part & parcel of their duties by politicians & bureaucrats. Not only politicians, this has been accepted, practiced and taken for granted by average person to bribe officials for completing their task. The latest CWG fiasco has shown that how people and system is ready to put national pride at stake for their profits.

Divide & Gain: Not every person boasts himself as an Indian first. The divisions in the society has grown so wide, that even 64 years ago it is very tough to get people think that everyone is equal and we all are Indians. In all these years none of the governments were successful in introducing policies which could bridge the gap between rich & the poor. We are still classified in different way right from Region, State, District, Religion, Caste, Language, Sex etc and fight with each other debating about minority/majority. In this modern era there are people who treat people inhumanly just because they are not speaking or using their local/regional language.

Illiteracy: This is something on which I would debate supporting politicians rather than the common man. With a population more than a billion, it is always difficult to manage our human resources better to progress. Government has taken some measures, though not enough, to create channels to get vocational training to everyone. May be we can learn something from our arch rival China in this regard.

Attitude: India’s biggest problem is the attitude with which we people look at the problems. We have a “Chalta Hai” attitude. We take things for granted as if these vices are supposed to be there for a reason. We always wait for someone else to take a step. We always think “Why should I”, we can go forward when we start thinking “Why shouldn’t I”.

I have taken a resolution today to get freedom from two of my own vices: Freedom from Laziness & Freedom from my Volatile mindset.

August 12, 2010

63 Years of Independence – What do I know about it

Its been 63 years of Indian Independence. We earned our independence from the British on 15th of Aug 1947. I wanted to pen down about what I know about Independent India. When you talk about a big country like India, it would be tough to talk about all the factors which would have influenced the country and its people. The factors that influenced Independent India starts right from day one of its independence when Partition of India was done by British and two sides of India were flanked as Pakistan and Bangladesh. After independence, the political leaders of India adopted democratic system. Since its independence, India has transformed a lot.

Below are some of the achievements or incidents which have shaped India into what we are now.

In 1947, India formally was able to get acquire Kashmir. However, PoK still remains under Pakistan and Aksai Chin remains with China. Kashmir has been the reason to fight between India and Pakistan for 60 years and none of the politicians were able to find a solution to resolve this issue which resulted in terrorism which has claimed of hundreds of thousands of innocent of people. This had a huge impact on Young people of India. There were many wars post independence with the neighbouring countries, Pakistan (1948, 1965, 1972 & 1999) & China (1962). We won all the battles other than the China war, losing lot of brave Indian soldiers.

India always had many great Leaders before and after independence. As always where good is there evil exists and many of these leaders were assassinated. Leaders like Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi were some of the greats who were assassinated.

In 1950,
The Constitution of India came into force which we celebrate as Republic Day on January 26 every year. Since then there were lot of reforms (like Economic Reforms in India in 1991) and commissions which were introduced for the welfare of the people. There were also amendments done to the constitution when ever necessary in the interest of people’s welfare.

In 1961, Goa has been liberated from Portuguese rule by using Armed forces on Portuguese troops in Goa. This resulted in Diplomatic relations between India and Portugal strained for decades.

There were also some dark patches which are forgettable. In 1975, Under the leadership of Indira Gandhi General Emergency was called in the country which is seen as the Dark Era in the Indian Political History. Mandal Commission Report in 1990, created a huge divide in Indian society dividing people into upper class and backward class. The people who were responsible for dividing the society on the basis of caste were, V P Singh, Ram Vilas Paswan, Laloo Prasad Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Sharad Yadav and B.P. Mandal himself.

Where there is success and prosperity there is always scam coming into light. Similarly India has seen many scams involving right from banks to fodder. The first major scam that came into light was the Securities Scam in 1992 which made one man Harshad Mehta filthy rich. Since then there were many scams which came into light and disappeared as if it was part of life.

As India is home for many religions many people have taken that to their advantage and stirred up many communal riots. This started right from the riots happened due to partition where thousands of people died in the name of religion. Since then Delhi Sikh Masaccre as a result of Indira Gandhi’s assassination, Ayodhya riots and Bombay riots as a result of  Babri Demolition, In 2002, Gujarat riots for which the reason is still skeptical.

In technology field, India has advanced a lot. In 1974, India did its first Nuclear Test to show that its self reliant in terms of Power. During the course of time India continued to build its nuclear capability and even the active CIA agents had no clue about India’s design. In 1975, India launched its first Indian Space Satellite, Aryabhata which provided technological experience in building and operating a satellite system. After this, there was no looking back and we has achieved tremendous success in space science under the leadership of Abdul Kalam who later went on to become the President of India. In 1984, Rakesh Sharma created history when he became the first Indian and 138th man to visit space. It was a historic moment for India. Unfortunately, India never sent any other cosmonauts to space then after.

India has seen a rise in economy and industrialisation. BSE which started in 1956 has hit 20,000 Mark for the first time in 2007 which later came down due to the economic downturn which shaked the world. Many Companies like Infosys have been started by Indians which have become icons of India and marked India’s name. These companies have also provided jobs to thousands of Indians directly or indirectly. Company like Tata which has been a people’s company has given Tata Nano which is affordable by any common man.

India has also made its name in science and technology. We have won 5 Nobel prizes namely Venkatraman Ramakrishnan in the field of Chemistry in 2009, Amartya Sen for Economics in 1998, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar for Physics in 1983, Mother Teresa for Peace in 1979 and Har Gobind Khorana for Medicine in 1968.

In sports India have reached great heights. In Hockey we have won 5 gold medals post independence. In Cricket we won World Cup in 1983 and also won the 20-20 world cup in 2007. Paes & Bhupati became No.1 doubles pair in Tennis. Sania Mirza became the first Indian to reach to a rank under 30 in Tennis. Saina Nehwal went on to become world’s No.2 Badminton player. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won Olympics Silver Medal in 2004. Abhinav Bindra, won Gold medal in 10m Air Rifle Shooting, Vijender Singh won Bronze in 75 Kg Boxing, Sushil Kumar won Bronze in 69 kg wrestling in 2010 Winter Olympics. Last but not the least K D Jadhav (1952), Leander Paes (1996) and Karnam Malleswari (2000) won bronze medals for India in Olympics. There are some dark patches too like India not qualifying for Olympics Hockey in 2008

Finally, here is the conclusion of my post. When India attained independence in 1947, our population was around 400 million people and now we are a country with billion people. India from there has become the largest democracy in the world. We have the political system with largest number of political parties fighting in election campaign. Even before independence India was bunch of different entities. Many predicted about India, because of diversities in its cultures, religion, languages, castes, manners, local histories, nationalities and identities, would not survive as a single democratic country, but would break up into smaller countries.

With all its problems India after 63 years still survives as a single state with strong democratic character.

August 5, 2010

Indians after all

I was going through an article “Indians after all” in Hindustan Times written by Genelia D’souza. This was an intellectual thought from a filmstar.

Last week was a revelation for me in terms of being a responsible Indian. I discovered that if I can find in myself the ability to think strongly on issues that shape our future as a country, then I can also find in me the strength to be able to do something about it.

This discovery gained
momentum from the script that I’ve been reading for the past couple of days. It is a period film and its setting made me imagine how different things must have been back then. And with our Independence Day coming up next week, it raised a few questions in my mind. Are we the same patriots that we were 63 years ago? Back then, there was a sizzling passion.

To be asked to lay down your life for your country was considered an honour beyond God’s greatest blessings. Many volunteered, scores perished and thousands became martyrs so that Gen Next could make their country proud.

Genelia D’SouzaEvery year, we lament on how these ideals of patriotism are no more upheld. We are confronted with the harsh reality that Indian youth can no longer be mobilised to passionately defend their country.

But why should it always be aggression that leads to true patriotism? A few years back, there came the storm in the wake of a brilliant film — Rang De Basanti — that  brought revolution back into the blood of the young. But aggression is an  emotion difficult to sustain when it’s pitted against the lure of material satisfaction. The grass is always greener on the other side.

The standard of living is better abroad, the streets are cleaner, the houses are bigger, the schools safer. But if we work hard enough on our part of the land, we can have a beautiful garden instead of just grass. There are 9 billion of us and even if 10 per cent of us set our minds on being the ‘best’, ‘greatest’ and ‘biggest’ — nothing is impossible!

Let’s start small. Let’s just inculcate a sense of pride into ourselves for simply being Indian. Yes, we have a funny accent but so what? There are more English-speaking Indians in the world than there are English-speaking Englishmen! Our food smells funny but it is the Indian Chicken Tikka Masala that’s made its way to the menus of the best gourmet restaurants in the world.