Thursday, September 10, 2009

How Google Reader made me read!

I think this should have been my first post because I owe Google Reader a lot. I could never have read so much on so many topics I like and I am still reading. Its a boon for reading lovers.

Let me come straight to point for all reading lover who would like to be updated of the topics they like and blogs they follow. Here is how the reader works:

- GO to google reader home page and sign up (If you already have google account you can use the same)

- You can then click on 'add a subscription' and copy paste the link of the blogs/articles/ website (if they have RSS feeds option) and get all the updates on the articles that are posted on them.
for eg. you can add a link with Times of India and get update on latest news.

- I have discovery, Planet earth, History blogs on my account

- you can also search a site by clicking on 'add a subscription' with a title of your interest and it will show you all the related searches with how many posts are posted on them every week so that you can add blogs which are active.

Other than that just explore to get more information and you should love it!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Swine Flu, Opportunist Media and Impotent Maharashtra Government

'Swine Flu' - the name itself is terrorizing people throughout world, no doubt about Indians who are used to being terrorized. But don't take me wrong, people in India have no issues at all. They believe in minding their own business, no matter how many people die. Nobody wants to question the government (through media ofcourse- nobody would be heard otherwise) why that happened or for that instance why was that allowed to happen?

H1N1 originated in Mexico and then U.S., but how did it not spread throughout U.S. but very conveniently reached India? I am living in Houston and I barely heard about H1N1 in Houston, I guess just one case-that's it. No panic, just precautions. Why was it not stopped at the port of entry, the airports? Wasn't that the only possible place where the disease could try to enter? Few simple measures of examining each and every traveler (which was initiated without seriousness) form the disease affected countries with determination could have done it. But our casual Indian mentality, lack of dedication and seriousness at jobs ( you can add as many adjectives as you want to define Indians), cost us valuable 28 lives and still counting. And guess what??? We would have got a great chance to take some revenge for the publicist KHAN by detaining lots of Americans at the our airports and that to for more than two hours!!! Wouldn't that be great???? But who has time to do all the checking and wasting so much time. Our government servants want's a peaceful life and to go home early. That's what distinguish us from Americans. They are so dedicated to their law and policies that they won't spare anyone at any cost. I would be surprised if they apologize to us!

On top of it our media which I consider purely opportunists and business minded sold this news for several initial days until lately when they came out with some positive news of more that 1000 live saved etc. Then some businessmen thought of selling the masks for 4 times the actual value thus making a mockery out of the situation.

All this is happening but nobody cares. People will be happy talking about the "Spirit of Mumbai/ Puna" to hide their helplessness and will vote the same negligent people to power. I think politicians have become extremely confident to keep repeating their mistakes, throw some lucrative packages to our naive citizens towards the end of their term, talk about caste/religion and grab the power! And there is no one to blame but us.....

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Everything that affects me in the 63rd year of India's freedom...

I cannot think of a better day to start my new hobby- blogging. Today is India's 63rd Independence Day and we really haven't changed at all with the way we look towards life and freedom. Amongst all nations with a stable government I think Indians enjoy freedom the most, to an extent where we reject to follow simple rules and regulations with a sense of pride! By rules and regulations I mean every rule of law that has pseudo-existence in our country and most hurting thing is that people enjoy it. I myself was not very happy with this mentality when I was in India and now when I am in America since two and a half year I truly cannot believe people including me behaved in that manner. We are in a true sense misusing freedom and ruining the future of our country and the coming generations. You really understand the significance and importance of freedom and your motherland when you live away from it.

Everyone is saying, the pundits are predicting that India will be a superpower till 2025. I truly don't think its possible at the current state we are in, though I would love to see that happen. You will say how unpatriotic or pessimist I am, but let me tell you being patriotic for me isn't about saying nice things but to point out wrong things and try at your level to stop supporting it. I cannot imagine a country with corruption at its core, a country that cannot provide sufficient healthcare to its people or a country that lacks infrastructure or to say it in right way, where politicians are unwilling to provide and people callous about what facilities they get out of their own tax money, to be a superpower anytime in this century. I am amazed to see people vote government based on every other thing (religion, caste etc.) except their performance The only thing that I believe could happen(if we do not change) is the downfall of all the countries to make India a relative superpower.

Inspite of all these hard facts which makes me angry occasionally, I truly love my country. There are so many things I love about my country and the culture that it is not possible to name them all here. To name a few illegal things (since we are talking about negative aspects here) I support: I love the Pani Puri, Pav Bhaji etc., sold by illegally operating street vendors who bribe police to let them operate. Even if that sounds weird, I am sure if those people are stopped from selling at those places it will create and public resentment against the government. I love playing cricket on the streets in front of our house, which is again not illegal but certainly not the wisest thing to do. Any youngster who has not done that in India ( which is rare) has missed something very special in his life. To add to that weirdness I haven't heard of any lawsuit filed against letting children play on streets. I love blocking roads while dancing on Sandals in marriages, religious celebrations like Ganesh utsav etc. and celebrations after India wins in Cricket. When I talk about such few things I truly feel that we enjoy our freedom in a right sense. My friends in India may not relate to what all I said in this paragraph. They will have to stay away from their motherland to know how it feels to miss all these things.

To conclude I believe that India has a very strong potential to be the best in the world but the people ( I will not say Government since I believe we are government) lack motivation and need someone to redefine somewhat wrong defination of "patriotism" that Indians believe in.