Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Independence for me....

15th August, 2010....India completes glorious 63 years of Independence. Glorious i say because the journey has been rough, yet we managed to shine. People had apprehensions after our years of slavery, but we proved them wrong. We carved our niche & now proudly hoist our flag.

I mind sound like n hypocrite, who in the previous post criticizes the democracy, calls it a filthy place to stay & now, it being the Independence day, is proud of her nation.

I was proud of calling myself Indian the day i wrote that, while i am writing & would be proud till the day i am alive.

Independence day is the most coveted "festival" of our country, lesser than 26th January i would say but it is no less. At least for this very day each & every national says "I am Proud to be an INDIAN." People say its just for the day that we put our flag in our cars, remember the bravery of our soldiers, i say it is the only day we get to express ourselves. We celebrate Father's Day, Mother's Day, Brother's Day, Sister's Day, Friendship's Day, Valentine's Day & every other possible relation day, does that mean we just love our Maa, Daddy, brother-sister, friend or partner that very day..??

It is just a day that we dedicate to them, find time off from the busy lives & let them know they are a part of us & how much we love them. Well, i am too against "specifying & concentrating your love" days because this becomes a day for those cheap sleazy people to try & hit on girls with the worst pick up line ever..."You wanna do fraaandhip with me?" !!@@@!!!###

Old experienced people say that the "youth" of the nation doesn't have that emotion, that patriotism, the zeal with which they fought. I understand their emotion , this fast paced life with no time for self, family or nation leaves them questioning. But, i being a part of youth assure them, they are leaving it in best of hands.

People these days worry about how are we going to impart that patriotism in our child, i would rather say they do not need to "teach" us to love our country, we were not taught to love out parents, we just did.

When i was young my daddy used to teach me national anthem, tell me stories about how my dadaji was involved in the freedom struggle. My daddy was born a year after independence, he heard stories from his father & it passed down to me. As a kid, Daddy used to teach me Bangla, i didn't learn much though....but learnt a patriotic song..a few lines. I used to proudly sing it to my friends. Whenever i read his diary i feel more connected, to some extent feel what they felt. My dadaji was imprisoned for some time, every time i think of it or read it, a painful rush goes through my body. When its so hard for me now to even imagine, my family went through that much.

Its hard earned, it is a treasured possession.

At times, when things aren't the way they should be, when India doesn't seem the kind of nation it should be, i too feel, that i would shift my base to some developed country, where things are done properly. But, that very moment am dreaded by the thought of being called an "immigrant". I am safe from that label here. I feel safe here because its mine, people know me here, they are the way i am.

With all criticism, we appreciate our country too, things need to change & its we who can do it. We are imperfect too. No matter how much we criticize our country, we would never take anybody else criticism.

Tedha hai par mera hai...!!!

p.s: So late after I Day, because of my stupid stupid stomach infection.


Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Saw “RAJNEETI” few days back…and I haven’t yet recovered from shock. 
No, no…the movie is fab, very well made, the backdrop, location, story, music….actors…it’s worth a watch.

It just left me questioning our “DEMOCRACY”. The way it’s been portrayed…it shook me. It left me questioning is this the real way our “democracy” and so called “democratic party” works…ruthless murders.

Long time back S.Shankar’s movie “NAYAK” was on similar lines, a satire on democracy and functioning of government. Rajneeti was completely political plot, protagonists belonged to political families, rallies, political agenda and what not, it’s all shown the movie.

 Rajneeti has probably the finest actors of the industry as the cast, and yes, it very much includes Arjun Rampal. It starts with Naseerudin’s speech at an election rally, with which every common man would agree, “"Ye pet ki maari janta hai mantri waqt ki roti de dijie janab kisi bhi rang ka jhanda utha legi. Aakhir ye kaisi garibi hai bhaiyo jo apke karodo kharch karne pe bhi khtam nahi ho rahi hai”. I have always been a Naseerudin fan, after A Wednesday I was his AC, now what should I be…..? Bad one, it was.

Anyways moving on,  it has a typical hindi movie masala but its not in the typical hindi league. Its way above it. Let it just be a "Prakash Jha Movie". This post of mine is not a review of the movie so wont get too critical about anything, in plain simple words i loved the movie.

But i would surely go critical about the plot of the movie. At first i did not want to believe it all happens for real, but each and every person i asked they answered with "Either you are mad, blind or plain simple dumb" & am none. I was flabbergasted. There was a bit of exaggeration, as told by few, well of course its a movie, fiction and more so creativity, if i may say so, is allowed. But rest all was for R.E.A.L.

I am finding political science amusing these days so i bought NCERT 11th & 12th standard books. These books are confusing too. On one side they praise all about how organized our constitution makers were, how they thought about each and every aspect distinctly and vividly & on the other hand they make those tiny stupid cartoon pop questions at us, which makes us think the exact opposite of it. I know its for us to enhance knowledge and stuff, but its darn confusing, how am i to judge how different it could be had we not "considered" "verses" of other country's constitution. 

I read somewhere that American Constitution has just been amended 10 times in last 250 years compared to ours which as been amended probably 250 times in just 50 years. My reaction was "what the phuck".

I respect & love my country, would always do no matter what. But these things are disturbing, it not only wavers our mind, also puts down the image of our country.

Rajneeti was none-the-less a mirror image of our parties, i wont argue about its uncanny resemblance with the leading political party.Towards the end, when Katrina Kaif is asked to take up the head of the party post and stand in election, she goes up to Madhopur district and gives her speech in which she says "Abhi humare hatho se mehndi ka rang bhi nahi gaya tha ki humse humara sindoor chin liya gaya", i thought to myself, who would fall for that, but i recalled, I MYSELF DID.

Prakash Jha captures reality in frames. Gangajal was one another reality.

As is said by a wise man, "
Any behavior that gets rewarded, gets repeated
". Guess this is why we live in a place where autocracy is spelled n pronounced democracy


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