Yearnings for 2012
Yearning for normality and betterment, we welcome another year. The yearning is obvious and strong. And, especially, citizens of war-torn Africaa nd recession-bitten America and Europe deserve a respite from all brutal and mindless acts of a handful self-centered people with egos bigger than their sizes. Mother Nature may bless the Indians, Japanese, Thais, Turkish and many more who were shaken by major natural catastrophes in the last year. We hope that empathy and novelty will born again to linger for numerous years to come. We wish a calm and curative 2012 to all.
You may let your parents make the most important decision of the life, whom to marry. Or, you may take the plunge yourself. However, the union of a man and woman can’t be successful until both make deliberate efforts setting aside the egos to attain compatibility. In the absence…
Can WWW exist without writers and artists’ help?
Can World Wide Web (WWW) exist without the help of writers and artists?
I don’t think so.
Because software coders and web technologists use written words to communicate with the computers, laptops and ipods besides machine language of 0 and 1.
Professional writers create all software and web application manuals without which information technology (IT) will be incomprehensible, thereby becoming useless.
Technology is hidden behind the web pages. Web users read the information and data available on the websites. They browse through maps and pictures. Thus, “face” of the IT is useful, up dated web pages that cannot be created without the help of artists and writers.
Had there been no writers and artists, there would not have over one trillion unique URLs on the web. In fact, there would have not even one of these websites.
Technology and writing skills are interdependent. They complement each other.
Then, why website owners think that services of technologists are superior to that of writers and artists?
Why technologists are paid a fortune, whereas writers get peanuts?
Surnames don’t ensure national integration
Do not worry if you do not write your surname.
Because some rule makers and implementers have realized that surname causes a rift among men and women in khaki. In June 2011, the Himachal Pradesh Police Department issued a circular to get rid of surnames to enhance cohesiveness in the force. The personnel were advised (1) not to mention their caste and surnames in the semi official and official documents for better team spirit, (2) encourage their subordinates to do the same, and (3) address each other with first name only.
It is better late than never. I am happy that top brasses have started thinking about an issue that contributes to inequality based on the names. All people who have been troubled for not using the surname should make note of this historic proposal and refer to whenever required, avoiding conflicts.
Even Kerala and Tamil Nadu police departments are planning to follow suit. However, it is ironical that a caste census was conducted during the Census of India 2011. Probably for political reasons, as caste has always been used for vote bank politics.
All of us have “unique” names, because names give us an identity. Generally, naming conventions depend on the place of your birth, or the community of your parents. In India, some people write their family (father’s surname) name followed by the first name. Some people use the caste name…
Faith is fair if it is fervent.
Faith is a fag if it is feeble.
Faith is the favorite of winners.
Faith is the fruit that flourishes in fertile land.
Faith is the follower who falls in love with fragrant fellows.
Faith is the friend who facilitates, fascinates and funds success.
Faith is the finger that flirts with futile and functions in adversities.
Faith is the fairy who frisks doubts, foils foul play and feeds you on flowers.
Appleyard, Diana (2007). “Househusband backlash as high-flying wives ditch men they wanted to stay at home”. Mail Online. Richard, a dutiful househusband, felt cheated when his wife took away kids he had looked after since they were infants. His wife who was the primary wage earner dumped him. Women,…
Another incidence of serial blasts in Mumbai not only indicates intelligence failure, but also highlights low moral values and lack of patriotism. These attacks are just impossible without insiders’ support. Why do terrorists outsmart our intelligence and security agencies most of the times? Because, we definitely have many black sheep-careless,…
The Rickshaw Puller
It was a winter afternoon and I was looking for a cycle rickshaw at Sector 17 Plaza (Chandigarh, India) to return home. A rickshaw puller, who had greasy wounds on his face, stopped in front of me. Greasy, slightly festering wounds nauseated me but sympathy stirred me to hire his services. Though he was not skinny, he rode very slowly and his feet paddled rickshaw unwillingly and uncomfortably. Suddenly, it fell silent at a mobile food stall along the road. He quickly promised me that he would eat chawal-dal (rice and lentil) of five rupees and return in two minutes to ride faster.
I was taken aback because I frequently travel by rickshaws and so far, no rickshaw puller stopped for food in a 20-minute ride. However, I lacked courage to force him to ride without eating.
Short stopovers for meals are a norm during long bus and taxi journeys but an exception for a cycle rickshaw ride. Probably, he did not want to spend the little money he had on lunch before earning some more for dinner.
A bounty of resources that Mumbai possesses draws people seeking anonymity, an identity, fruits of modernity and / or a livelihood. The characteristic colossal crowd of the city ensures anonymity that equals to a sort of freedom for its residents. The identity is ascribed to immense popularity among the crowd…