Saturday, September 15, 2018

Review of International Books by Indian Origin Authors

This is  my first attempt to review books. I had done analysis of Ayn Rand Books in past and also compared GA and PL school of thoughts and have shared my enjoyment of P G Wodehouse stories. I have appreciate language of  Raja Shiv Chatrapati and memories of Mryutunjay, Swami.  Though they might not be classic in literature, II have been highly impressed by the  Intrigue of Dan Brown In Da Vinci Code, logic of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Thrills by Foresyth, Ludlum , legal drama of Grisham, medical crimes by Robin Cook, Scifi of Asimov. On classic I read Charles Dickens, R L Stevenson, Shakespeare (language was tough),

On my review style I will first explain plot and then render my opinion. I have chosen Indian Authors in International stage as that's what we need Indian Author to write globally. But They should not try to sell Poverty in India or Use Underworld/Bollywood combo. These books though end up in same line.

A Distant Heart : By Sonali Dev

Her name means “miracle” in Sanskrit, and to her parents, that’s exactly what Kimaya is. The first baby to survive after several miscarriages, Kimi grows up in a mansion at the top of Mumbai’s Pali Hill, surrounded by love and privilege. But at eleven years old, she develops a rare illness that requires her to be confined to a germ-free ivory tower in her home, with only the Arabian Sea churning outside her window for company. . . . Until one person dares venture into her world.

Tasked at fourteen-years-old with supporting his family, Rahul Savant shows up to wash Kimi’s windows, and an unlikely friendship develops across the plastic curtain of her isolation room. As years pass, Rahul becomes Kimi’s eyes to the outside world—and she becomes his inspiration to better himself by enrolling in the police force. But when a life-saving heart transplant offers the chance of a real future, both must face all that ties them together and keeps them apart.

As Kimi anticipates a new life, Rahul struggles with loving someone he may yet lose. And when his investigation into a black market organ ring run by a sociopathic gang lord exposes dangerous secrets that cut too close to home, only Rahul's deep, abiding connection with Kimi can keep her safe—and reveal the true meaning of courage, loss, and second chances. 

Infused with the rhythms of life in modern-day India, acclaimed author Sonali Dev’s candid, rewarding novel beautifully evokes all the complexities of the human heart.
Nayakgiri: Author captures the reader’s interest in back and forth foray into time in flash back mode. She successfully builds characters like politician, his religious wife detached from family, the orphan Cop and his family. The underworld part is portrayed in balanced unlike many contemporary authors.  The heart transplant issues and details have been depicted in correct manner. Only downside is she eats up many pages with some silly romantic thought process of the girl which at least I cannot correlate with as I found the issues raised by girl as non issues and unnecessarily vague. And the pages and pages of this dilutes the punch of the main plot.

State of Freedom: By  Neel Mukherjee

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Prayers: Ganpati Bappa Morya

Let the Lord of Wisdom give all the world politician the wisdom to work towards peace and progress without affecting nature. Let the Lord of Wisdom give all students to be innovative and work hard towards excellence. Let the Lord give working world the wisdom to work diligently and ethically to create innovation and growth. Let the Lord of Wisdom give us wisdom to live a happy, content and healthy lives.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Not so short story titled contemporary as "Bharat Bandh"

 I was in hurry to reach my office on that day in March .  I live in a good locality and have to travel a significant distance too my office. I have to cross a prime junction so avoided using my car on day when Bharat Bandh is called by opposition party in Center who is ruling in state. I had taken work from home option a day before and only key staff was to report to office that too in a minibus rented for the day at premium price.. Unexpectedly due to my past work resulting in sizable work increase and there was urgency for me to reach office. These efforts of mine could possibly earn significant revenue for my company. I had to be in office and would need to be before US west coast evening civil hours.  I immediately called the company for a transport vehicle, but that vehicle would take long time to reach reach me. I started looking for public transport without any result. I started walking. I turned to see a jeep coming from behind. The jeep stopped near me. The driver   asked if he can drop him. I told the office address. He asked for 140 Rs/-. I didn’t care as I had to reach. I jumped on to vehicle and opened a laptop and started making few more notes on points I had to tell the team and the clients. I never noticed a cop sitting near the driver. As soon as I Got inside van , I took out my laptop to prepare and was oblivious to outside world. I did not know the driver’s name of for that matter any of the other co-passenger’s which the Jeep guy offered ride. But as events unfolded I knew each character and their stories later. Lets start explaining with Driver who name was Gopi.
Gopi had an old Mahindra jeep which he had bought from his brother in law who had Midas touch of turning anything that he touched into gold. His BIL was a tout, his business was to manage everything and still aloof of everything. He was was a Politician now as corporator Bharat Jawale . He commanded respect in the society for no apparent reason. He was called Bharat Dada by everyone. He could get someone new gas connection, could threaten someone, get someone out of lockup, manage any procession or riot or a crowd as per need. He was into real estate, he was into food with a small hotel, he owned fleet of veheciles, managed RTO or government work. He used to wear thick gold plate.
Gopi’s sister and Bharat were married 5 years back. It was a proper arranged marriage. Gopi’s sister was a pretty girl.. Bharat seemed to be a man of world with a lot of alleged alliances all over. But when it came to marriage his parents had selected Gopi’s sister Ratna. Gopi was always a loser trying to manage fathers poultry business which one day became nonviable. Bharat on Ratna’s insistence had called one day Gopi to Bharat’s office as a corporator and party functionary. That day corporator Bharat was at inauguration function of a bar. So ofcourse was in his ‘senses. There was a small tiff between an honest corporation officer and Bharat. So Gopi was welcomed with a usual banter and some unsophisticated rowdy bad words by Bharat.  That day Bharat had made an offer to Gopi to buy one of his old jeeps .  Gopi had expected a fair market price of 25K for that old vehicle. But he said he is obliging him by giving him the jeep for 45K. He should work hard to travel people from his locality to city center. He also assured that he will do the setting with RTO for not harassing him for bribes and allow him to make Rs 300 per day making it 9000 rs per month out of which he can pay Bharat 1k  per month for next 4 years so jeep will be all his own. He knew had been fleeced but cannot say a word against Bharat who was god in his house. That day onwards Gopi used to start his day at 6 am reaching many people and end by 10 pm at night. Sometimes he did night duty to earn extra. On his best day he could earn 200 Rs over all costs. On normal day it could be no more than 150 . Night duties used to earn him 100 Rs extra.. He used to fleece unsuspected passengers, tourists and earn more so he could repay back his loan. Last night he had heard that Bharat’s party which was a national party had organized Bharat Bandhh against some govt policies. So he had requested Bharat’s colleagues to not allow municipal buses to ply and thus he could earn more that day.He asked Bharat to help him with some inside help from system.

On that eventful day in March,  all roads were supposed to be blocked by activists, all shops were forced to close and so on. He went to Constable who was suppose to be in Van to allow smooth package. He had to share his jackpot that was worth. Constable entered jeep and sat next to driver Gopi. He had just picked up a man in white shirt with tie and told him a fare of 140 Rs to his destination  Guy did not care.. He was sure he could get five such more on sharing basis and he could do 3 such more trips. Windfall but with risk. But with Bharat to support he was not  worried.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Whats up: Come September

Whats Up: Come September 2, 2018

Have you selected your Ganapati Idol? Have you planned the decoration? Are you participating in Society/locality Ganapati pandal? Are you performing anywhere during festival or at school? Can you listen to dhol tasha practise? HIS arrival augurs all that is auspicious. Countdown begins.

Asian Games India has worn 15 golds among the total of 69 medals at Jakarta Asian Games. Has our sports administration changed its earlier bureaucracy and non caring attitude ? Or is the something. I think its about young aspirational India. Thanks to few visionary PMs, economic benefits have percolated to masses, across urban and rural regions. This young India knows value of success, they want to excel. They are ready to do hard work, make sacrifices and cannot settle for less. Each of these unknown athletes from hinterlands has a story. Known stars like PV Sindhu whom we highly regard as in last month’s  whats up. When will her jinx with Gold medal end.

India lose series; First test was close, Second was bad, in third we showed character to outplay England. But again fourth though might sound one sided but was fought well by Team India. Wishing they restore pride of a 3-2 result at oval. The main reasons for losses?
1. Lack of preparation: Playing only one 3 day match. Limited over cricket is different and also different set of players barring mainstays like Captain. Dhawan, Umesh, Rahane (who was in reserves).
2. Wrong Selections for test. When we needed 4 seamers at edgbaston we had only  Three, While in second test as well as in fourth we needed 2 spinners but we had one.
3. Batting failure: Openers, lower order did not support Kohli though Rahane, Pujara
and Rahane did that in test we won or we fought. Both tests at Edgbaston and Southampton were won by contributions from Curran. Broad/Anderson pair sounded threatening while Moeen Ali surprised. Their batting sounded shaky except Butler, Bairstow, Stokes and Curran

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Shravan Masi Harsh Manasi

“ Aghada Durva Phula” meaning a collection set of leaf named Aghada, Durva ie grass type and flowers rang in the month of Shravan in my childhood days in Pune peth areas. Shravan the most auspicious month of Indian Calendar was something special for us in childhood. Today advent of shravan is marked by akhaad or Gatari very ironically. Most of the people even those who had non veg as a part of their staple diet used to desist. Today I don’t agree why non veg could be unholy unless you have qualms about killing a life morally. But then its ‘jeevo jeevasya jeevanam’ or food cycle which is more important. Of course vices are always bad but then life has indulgences. So sacrifice them in shravan. It started with divyachi amavasya or new moon day of light which is also notorious as Gatari meaning night where you end up in drainage. But in my childhood we used to have edible diyas made out of Puran: cooked mix of jaggery and chana daal. They were yummy. Shravan was challenge too taste buds. During old days my grandmother, mother, aunt used to read from a book called kathas. Each day had different stories , in fact more than four of them for new story each day. It was fun in the evenings, when we sand evening prayers name shubhamkaroti. We used to light a lamp in front of god idols. I don’t remember those stories but there was common theme. A pious lady oppressed by family or poverty and divine saviour guest whom she treats with respect and kindness. The lady gets wealth and respect at the end. Then came in festivals starting with Naagpanchami. 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

End of an Era: Atal Bihari Vajpayee (25th Dec 1924- 16th Aug 2018)

(25th Dec 1924- 16th Aug 2018)

End of an Era: Will miss you Atalji. I had personal events attended by him in past. Great Statesman, Orator, Consensus Politician, Journalist  Poet, Social Servant, Parliamentarian and PM.

I was 5 years old. It was 1979 Children’s Year. I joined a camp which had swimming coaching for young children. There is a well near the tank which was treated as final test. They had announced a competition. One who jumps firsst in the well (around 20-25 ft jump into water will get a cricket bat and second will get season ball. Many tried , but I finally made up my mind with assumption that someone will rescue me as there weer coaches swimming around in the well. I jumped and everyone clapped. I got the bat. No one else did so I asked them to give me ball as I will jump again. Then it was a ritual that they used to make me jump whenever any guest came. One day there was a guest. Then foreign minister Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He appreciated my jump and patted my back with saying “Jite raho aise hi dar ka saamna karo”

Today I have no words to say as Atalji left us. Those images still fresh. Atalji was multifaceted personality. As a Freedom fighter, social worker, journalist, Orator, Poet, Politician, Parliamentarian, Minister and PM. He was respected all across his journey in above facets.

As a Freedom Fighter, he joined Quit India movement in 1942 and designed few innovative plans to achieve its ends.

As a Social Worker, he chose RSS as medium of service, he did lot of relief work, structured the organization at very young, His social work continued in politics as well.

As a Journalist, he was entrusted task of of organizational publications in Political party and RSS. He did good writing on current issue which continued through his columns in papers, interviews, speeches and so on.

As an Orator, his speeches are archived and shared across social media even today. I remember waiting for him to arrive at local ground to hear him. I was spellbound as other audience. He was mass enchanter. His speeches in Parliament, political rallies, DD releases, UN are still remembered. Though his pauses very used by each stand up mimicry artist but it created some effect.

As a Poet, he was creative, enthralling and his poems showed ways to those depressed, under motivated. It created ethereal effect across life space.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Independence Day

Tomorrow morning we will be awakened by Loudspeakers playing patriotic Manoj Kumar songs, Kids will be getting ready to go to school for flag hoisting,  You may have planned to attend flag hoisting at society or office or any social group.  Some will listen to PM speech and rest. There will be trio-color everywhere. Some might use this opportunity to chill out, picnic, long drives, restaurants , movies and so on. Criticizing the rituals now is cliche.  But what options we the people have to make the relevance of independence day more relevant.
Responsibility of independence should be year round and this day be just left to celebration as mentioned above ideally. Following is checklist for year round activities to mark us a as good citizens of Free India. Mind it that though this column does not want to be didactic and holier than thou attitude but simple practical ways I think I can contribute. This list may be edited, added , deleted as you wish depending on individual thoughts but would like to share mine.
Do I follow traffic rules all the while.
I do not encourage corruption in day to day and work related issues by offering bribe to achieve my ends
Do I maintain my locality and neighborhood clean
Do I help environment by planting trees, not using plastic (minimal), not dumping waste into rivers, maintaining cleanliness, avoid use of cars, AC, bottled waters , not creating loud volume noises and so on.
Do I vote?
Do I participate in any social service activity helping under-privileged?
Do I treat my domestic staff fairly and provide them with dignity?
Do I treat my elders respectfully and take care of their needs?
Am I a right influence for my children and younger ones around me.
Do I use resources optimally like Petrol, Electricity, Water, Food?
Have I maintained cordial relationships in family, friends, society , community and nation.
Do I work hard for betterment of my family , office, country and community?
Do I follow work ethics at work place?
Do I pay my taxes correctly?
Have I pledged my organs for donation?
Am I keen to seek knowledge by reading, using media tools, observation?
Am I a good brand ambassador for my country outside India?
 List though may seem long but is simple to follow. Do let me know your views in comments if you have.
If you do this then only you have right to criticize system, politicians and society as most of cloumns will do in tomorrow’s media.
Wish you a very Happy Independence Day.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Whats Up?

We are now in the last leg of Summer after which colorful festival of Fall will set in mesmerizing everyone in this part of world. Starting with IPL followed by World Cup Soccer, Wimbledon and finally India Vs England series which is not going well for India. But certain individuals excel on sports landscape

Kohli ::
This guy now has no peaks left to conquer: part of test team No1 as player and captain. Part of world cup and CT winning team, Successful economically . Role model for today’s  overaggressive youth. But they should also note his commitment, passion and discipline and his hunger to succeed. Though he may have crossed boundaries on aggression but you can understand him as a part of package called Kohli. Master at chasing, going for win attitude, fitness, elegant stroke play across the field. Timing, placement, great defensive technique, running between the wickets, catching and fielding. May he comeback in series with team India lifting the trophy. And finally in same country lifting the ICC WC 2019. Its just an year away.

P V Sindhu ::
Another sportsperson in limelight was P V Sindhu. She won the silver medal after losing her BWF Badminton World Championships final clash to Spain's Carolina Marin at Nanjing, China. She has vowed to comeback and fight. "Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss - Dough Williams", she wrote. Sindhu went on to write that she wasn't disappointed to not have won the gold but was proud of her silver medal. "It brings me an immense amount of pleasure to bring back the silver consecutively 2 Nd year in the BWF world championships. I didn't lose the gold, I won the silver and I can proudly say my silver sparkles." She was trolled for being happy and contended. But I appreciate her resolve, discipline and dedication to her game. I have heard about her long hours of training under guidance of her coach Gopichand, her motivation. Lets hope she wins gold for India at world and Olympics stage.

World ::
Lots of things happening at highest executive levels in US. Be it Russian poll inquiry, trails, tariff war, G7 stance, Meetings with Russia and N Korea Heads, Mexican wall , shutdown, Guns, National anthem, anti press tirades, Nato issues, justice appointment, restrictive policies, list goes on and on. The mid terms will really gauge public mood or will they not?.
Britain is again at loss to manage impact of Brexit. Turkey had elections or so called ones to support hardliner Erdogan. US stance on Syrian pullout has created confusion and rise is violence. Russia after successful World cup came out winner in most of diplomacy, Pak elections created new set of violence in area including Afghanistan. Imran khan as PM will really be interesting.