Tuesday, March 29, 2011

What the !!!!!!!

Missiles, guns and robotic bomb-disposal units will be deployed in and around Mohali ahead of the diplomacy-laced India-Pak cricket encounter.

Thus screams TOI and other main stream media.

What are our leaders expecting?

When the match ends tomorrow, with no unpleasant incidents (let us all pray!), either India or Pakistan will win.

If Pakistan wins, will they arrest LeT founder Hafiz Muhammad Saeed or hand over to India the wanted terrorists?

And if Pakistan loses, does it mean they secure the right to export more terrorists? After all, we hurt them again did we not?

Has the whole nation gone bonkers over cricket or is it only me?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Will Kerala show the way?

Kerala has already paved the way and if there is a will, there is a way.

I am not sure if ex-minister Balakrishna Pillai was given enough importance on the national front by the main stream media. But the fact remains that it is the first time that a minister has been imprisoned for corruption and even if it came very late, it should be applauded. And Balakrishnan is no small fry on the political and social front. He has been winning almost every election and won the first at the age of 25; a record they say. If this has not given him enough clout to thwart the law, then nothing can.

The apex court upheld the prosecution plea that the former minister has entered into a criminal conspiracy that caused a loss of over Rs 2 crore to the Kerala State Electricity Board by awarding contracts for construction of a power tunnel and surge shaft of the Edamalayar hydro electricity power project to contractor Paulose (now dead) at extra ordinarily high rates.
The apex court, upholding the appeal filed by the then opposition leader and present chief minister V S Achuthanandan, said the high court had committed a grave error by overlooking the clinching evidence marshalled by the prosecution and the conviction rightly awarded by the special court in Kerala.

Personally, I have nothing against him and am not comfortable with the fact that a person at his age has to face this. But then I also hear that there is no “hard labour”, if this is of any consolation to his dear and near.

When I look at the current scams and the way the congress party thwarted the will of the people or democracy as they say, nothing offers me consolation expect this sentence.
Was it not disgusting to even imagine sacks of money being hauled around to buy votes?

Was it not disgusting to even imagine that our PM was aware of such grand schemes?

And now we do not have to imagine anymore; we may remain disgusted.

Maybe, yes maybe, we shall see those in power behind the bars. And only then can this nation move forward.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Today it is me...and tomorrow you...

Death affects you, how much ever you try to remain stoic. It forces you to look more deeply to this life that we live, knowing well that this life and so also these feelings about death are only fleeting.

There has been three very important men in my life; my Father, my FIL (Achayan) and my Hubby and one of them has left this earthly abode. It is from them that I have learned to understand, love and respect the men folk.

Our Achayan passed away in his sleep early morning of 17th of February. Hubby was with him in the palliative care centre until 10:30 PM, the previous night. It was my MIL along with the home nurse who was staying the night. Soon after coming home, Hubby called me and shared the day’s events. But he also started crying while seated on his Father’s favourite easy chair. He said he imagined Achayan walking through the gate. Coincidently, it was at the same time that Achayan breathed his last in the hospital. Being the youngest, he was much attached to his Father and his death has affected him a lot. I consoled him and asked him to get some sleep. We were still up here in Kuwait and the next call at 11:30 PM or so sounded ominous and I knew in my heart that the news was going to be bad. It was my Hubby calling to inform that Achayan had passed away at 1:05 AM and that he was proceeding to the hospital. A few days back, one of his relations asked Hubby if there were any birthdays or such other occasion in the family. Upon enquiring why, he said that recently he has been seeing deaths happen on these occasions and he asked Hubby to be prepared. And true to his prediction, Achayan died on our wedding anniversary. Call it a quirk of fate or a loving Father’s good bye to those who loved him a lot. The funeral was held on 20th and me and kids were able to attend it. It was a blessed occasion and all whom Achayan cared for, were there to bid him good bye.

It would be our desire to have our loved ones beside us as many years as possible but I guess God has His own plans and we can do nothing but accept it. But we are thankful that Achayan was spared from pain and discomfort, and the days that he lived on this earth, he lived it in his own terms.

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