Saturday, November 29, 2008

Where my country is going? Part -2

Well this incident in Bombay had really hurt many of us in one way or other, I am feeling depressed for the last two days, where we lack? The fire in Taj might be put off now but the fire in every human’s heart, I stress the word human I am not talking about animals, can never be put off. Where we lack in tackling such crisis? What’s the idea behind such terrorism? Why we feel so low confidence when something like this happens? All of these questions were answered by my fellow human beings, one said, “Screw the Congress, bring in POTA” another said “erase the Muslims out of India” another said “I lost faith in Democracy”. Now I understood where the success of terrorists lives, it’s the fear they create in us, the insecurity they implant in our hearts and which results in disruption of social peace. People speak like Raj Thackeray now, kill all the Muslims in India to bring in peace, is that a solution, will you be happy if you get killed just because someone who shares your name killed someone somewhere, won’t you cry it’s injustice? Why can’t you put yourself in others shoe and see, why such selfishness? That’s what I am praying not to happen, these Shiv Sena and RSS goons should not let out the violence in Mumbai and other parts of India on the Muslims, if such a thing happens the Terrorists wins in their plan to disrupt peace, disrupt the financial situation in India. Show them we are one and we know what brotherhood is. Embrace your fellow religion and you will not feel the insecurity. We should learn from this terrorist attacks how to get up rather than how to fall. Because when you stand up again, their fall is marked, their efforts to ruin the country’s peace go in vain, why let them win. Let’s fight back with joint hands, again I don’t ask you to join in the military but rather be a soldier of your home and protect the nation in every way you can do, if you can’t do anything at all at least don’t bribe or be corrupt and don’t evade taxes. This is the least we can do for the nation.

I have few questions raised by my friend Tazio again, which I would like to list out, read it as a person with common sense,

  1. “Why did the ATS chief lead the team without proper protection? If he is the head he should be behind the lines giving directions and after his death his team was without a leader for few hours and caused so many more lives to lose;
  2. Why is there only one fire engine which was used to put off the fire? Do you mean to say you lack the infrastructure to fight the fire in the city?
  3. Why did the public gathered in these places, shouldn’t you declare curfew so the police’s work would be cut down as it’s said half the police forces were employed in controlling the crowd.
  4. Why not the Muslim Religious heads not excommunicating the terrorists out of their religion? Are they scared they will receive bullets in their heads? If that is the case why should the terrorists be called Muslim extremists as they don’t listen to their own religion, they don’t have respect towards their own religion.
  5. Do you think the operation is successful? The terrorists are dead, the hostages are dead to make things worse the Police is destroying the arms and ammunition. Machan we are speaking about forensic here, we are speaking about finger prints, we are speaking about model numbers, we are speaking about makes. “

What’s the answer for all these? Is it something we can really be proud about? This one attack showed clearly the inefficiency of us, where we lack again? I hope the terrorist didn’t escape in the disguise of victims.

Things which we need to think more about. But do you think these are the only problems we have in our country now?

What about the caste, religion, language and what not differences in our country? Touch your heart and say you were never inclined towards your religion, caste and language? Leave it all aside now, be united. My junior Kirthi had this quote in her Facebook status, "Dark and difficult times lie ahead, sooner we will all have to face the choice between what is right and what is easy." And she felt what I felt; it’s all the same, the pure blood rule, on one side its Raj Thackeray kind of extremists and another side the terrorists like Faizal. Terrorism has no religion, no country the difference between us and terrorists is that of the difference between humans and non-humans. Which country hasn’t faced with terror strikes? But how they managed to stand back? How efficiently US tackled the terror, can’t we do that? When Bush managed to do it, why Manmohan Singh, a Cambridge scholar couldn’t do it? If educated lot alone should enter into politics as everyone voices it, why not neither the Cambridge scholar, nor a Harvard scholar could make a change in this country. Where are we? Why it’s happening? What’s the problem in this system?

It is us the people of India,

“WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to secure to all its citizens: JUSTICE, social, economic and political; LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship; EQUALITY of status and of opportunity; and to promote among them all FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation.”

What happened to this resolution? Touch your heart again and see whether any one of us really strive to achieve these goals. If you haven’t did this yet, you‘ve got to do now. Yeah if you need a change do it now, go for it now. You need not jump out and hit a high note, do what you are supposed to do. Let this not be another Rang De Basanti movie show, where after watching it going on talking about patriotism for a week and resolving to your usual self as usual. I am not asking anyone to sacrifice their personal welfare, their personal enjoyment etc., Carry on with your usual living but just perform your duty and then enjoy the rights. Don’t feel even a slight dose of enmity with your next men; let him belong to any caste, community or creed. Treat the next person as human that’s the least you can do at this moment. My friend from Spain wrote this following mail to me;

“Dear Arun,

your feelings ´cause of the terrorist attack, it’s normal that you feel bad, but remember that the only thing we can do once these things happen is to see the future and don’t get angry and break with the things you usually do, ´cause the aim of the terrorist is to kill, disturb people to have what they want, paralyze the world and change everybody in this world, and we can’t do that, we have to continue with our lives, pray for the people who have died and teach to young people and to other people about our values and Gandhi says :``there is no way to peace, peace is the way´´ . and another guy said: `` violence has not to be pay with violence´´ just teach to other people those things and keep in mind that world is not as we would like to be, but we have to do our best to change it, it is true that bad things happen but we can only keep under control what you do and what you can do is to sow good thing to people around you, step by step and every time a little this way we can change the world. always there will be bad people near us, but just say: `` yes, you have given me pain, but I will born again, now I have fallen but tomorrow I will get up and continue better than now´´; `` I will do all my best to change the world.” so remember today we have fallen but tomorrow will get up stronger than today

You will have me always to help you getting up.

Love
Miren”

Yeah she is right they want us to paralyze, but if we give in we will make them win, let’s not make them win. She knows the impact of terrorism as well, as it is her university which was bombed last month and she was there in the university when the blast took place. Read the story here.

Read the last line of the email, “YOU WILL HAVE ME ALWAYS TO HELP YOU GETTING UP”, yeah that’s what we need to do to our fellow humans, help them to get up from the fall.

THIS IS JUST END OF ANOTHER EPISODE BUT MORE TO COME UNDER THIS TITLE.

Where my country is going? Part -1

What I didn’t want to do in my blog for so long has to be done now. Sorry for those who read blogs to pass time, this is not your kind of post, please click on the navigation bar and go to some other page. For people reading this: for the first time in my life I wish I had the language to kindle some spirit in our dampened souls, for the first time I wish I can speak like Nettaji Subhash Chandra Bose, who with his speech brought in innumerable teens and youths to fight against the Britishers, for the first time I wish I can speak like Obama to bring a change in the country.

No, don’t ask me, WHO THE HELL ARE YOU TO TALK ABOUT INDIA AND INDIANS WHEN YOU ARE IN SINGAPORE, wherever an Indian is he is always an Indian. You know what has happened in Mumbai, India. You may not know what it means to a country to cut a sorry face before the foreign nations for the inability to protect the visitors to the country, but I know how bad it is to answer the foreigners when they ask what happened to your intelligence agency, what happened to your home ministry. What can I tell them? That the intelligence is working more towards measuring the steps taken by the opposition to steal the vote banks or the home minister is babysitting his coalition parties just to ensure they run the show till the election time. But I’m not only worried about the foreigners who have lost the life. As my friend Tazio from Sri Lanka said, just because it’s US and UK hostages the whole world has this as their headlines if not it’s just news “BLASTS IN INDIAN HOTEL”. They raise a cry for 2 Americans, few Britishers, 1 Singaporean killed but what about the 100s of Indians who died? Are we not humans?

This is not the first time we are facing such attacks, when our parliament was attacked and when we prepared to assault the militants in Pakistan, US gave a stern warning not to do any such attack as it will disrupt the world peace, but what they did after the September 11 attack? They erased Afghan and Iraq to the dust. How long we can be tolerant? I would blame Gandhi for this rubbish tolerance, an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind, if we don’t strike back, only Indians will be blind in this world. Don’t we have enough spy satellites? Don’t we have enough man power? Don’t we have enough ammunition? Why can’t we go into the border and attack the militants? I know you’ll say it’s easy to talk but hard to execute, but why is it hard to execute when US can? Because of the effing political system in India, and who is the cause for this political system, it’s you and me. Why you and me? It’s because we are not doing what we are supposed to do. No illiterate person can read my blog; similarly no man without common sense can understand what I mean. I am not asking you to take a gun and go and kill the terrorists in the border, but that’s not a bad idea. What I am asking is keep your surroundings clean, I am not speaking about environment here; I am talking about keeping the surrounding free from corruption, free from violence, free from discrimination, free from all the social evils. Remember it’s not easy to do; you and I cannot change the world over night. I‘ve tried to dance in the slopping lands foolishly and have fallen down several times and hurt myself often, because we are powerless, we don’t have needed money, nor man power, nor the heart to go into a bad route. But take the cue from our freedom fighters, the great martyrs I am speaking in terms of Bhagath Singh and Nettaji not of Gandhi or Nehru.

What’s happening in our country today, a home minister who knows nothing but to talk non sense, an opposition leader who uses the terror attack to his political advantage, a lunatic who says any other human other than Maharashtrians should leave Maharashtra, I wonder which flush he has inserted his head now, why didn’t he went inside Taj to attack the terrorists to chase them out of his precious Maharashtra? Why didn’t he oppose the members of the Armed forces who are non-maharashtrians? Hope his followers learn what is right and what is not.

Do you think Indians lack patriotism? Nahhh… they unite when we play cricket, they feel their blood boiling when they see Rang De Basanti, then they will be like “Excuse me, Is PARROTISM the spelling for Patriotism?” but is that all it? And few others think only by joining in army you can show patriotism, only by telling everyone you are patriotic you show patriotism, only by pinning 2 Rs worth paper flag in your shirt pocket you show patriotism and if you don’t do all these you are not a patriot, you are not community conscious, you are selfish. These are the names I was given for not being one among them. But dudes where the hell is your consistency? After a day you still don’t stand for a red light in road, don’t pay your taxes properly, don’t conserve the natural resources, and don’t work sincerely in your work place. But I do all these things, I am not showing off, but this is patriotism to me. I don’t want to listen to what the actors say in Rang De Basanti and feel its effect in me for few days and get it wade away in time. Patriotism is what you should feel from deep inside your heart. If you feel drops of tears in your eyes, when you feel about the martyrs in Mumbai then you are patriotic, but don’t stop it with tears, show it in your action, the following are something I posted some two three years back to my friends as an oath to be taken on Independence day, let me recall it here;

  1. Pay your taxes properly;
  2. Don’t violate any Traffic rules and fight with those who try to violate;
  3. Don’t stand any human Rights violation before your eyes fight with them as well;
  4. Don’t waste food;
  5. Conserve natural resources;
  6. Do your duties to your neighbours properly.

Yes, I mean fight, I have fought with many in road for violating traffic rules, I have once punched a car with my ring giving it a scratch when he crossed red light, he got down and argued with me, I simply told him “I was crossing the road as its green light for me, you came in my way and my ring scratched your car by mistake, it’s because you violated red light and if you want to hurt me please go ahead, I don’t know whether I am stronger than you, if so I can hit you back, if I cannot I can receive what you give me, but remember I have noted down your number, I will not sleep until I see you are punished” he left silently, but I was able to argue because I knew law being a lawyer. So, I know you will ask me what about people who don’t know law, you still have lawyers like me to rescue you, whichever part of India you are in just drop me a mail. I will fix you with a good lawyer who can really serve you.

So, here comes the end of part -1 of my emotions, WHERE MY COUNTRY IS GOING? But lot more to discuss. Let’s do it step by step. Remember be the CHANGE, we cannot wait anyone to bring us a change.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

How I became Shakespeare’s neighbour? (Part 3- Abroad)

In my third year break I went to Singapore for my internship. Where I met my fellow internees from UK, Australia, US (I would like to say Burma, Thailand, Nepal etc but no one came from there).Every week we had lunch with one of the Directors in the firm, and every lunch I will be completely embarrassed, with each one questioning me with their different accents and me wondering, “What the hell did he/she asked?”. Once this happened I was out with a Chinese Co-Internee in an Italian Restaurant when we met our boss and out of respect we rose and gave a seat to him, he asked us at the same time, “What are you upto?” I took it as “What are you up two?” and thought what a bad English usage, shouldn’t he be asking us why are you two standing up? (:-P) I said, “Out of respect we stood up sir”. He was completely blank and was trying to comprehend what I was trying to tell him ha ha ha … least does he knows that I have goofed up things. Later on my fellow internee told me it’s a usage in English language. Phew that’s it I decided English is must and should not be like my “Ek Gaon Mein Ek Kissan Raghuvoda Thatha” Hindi. When I came back to India, I took English seriously read Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter again and again and again and again. Saw all the English movies I could see and today what I am.

SCREEN – STANDING OVATION

P.S: By the way the title is fake I’m not even in the same Zip code of Shakespeare so don’t go and search for me near his house. Cheers

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

How I became Shakespeare’s neighbour? (Part 2-College)

Before taking you into my college life I should tell you my knowledge in written English. Due to my thirst for detective books (Courtesy: Hardy Boys, Famous Five, Secret Seven and so on) I managed to pick few avid collection of English words which helped me in polishing my written English and I have this charm for cooking up my own stories right from my childhood (My mom had told me that I once gave her an excellent story at the age of 2.5 how the chocolates in the house went missing, it goes something like it started walking out of the front door because it was scared of my father and in those lines, I don’t remember the exact story I gave her till date) So I have no problems in my written English what mattered was my spoken English which was telegraphing between Tamil and cousin brother of English, Mr Tanglish. Now, I invite you to time travel with me back to the first day of my college life at School of Excellence in Law, Chennai. As usual everyone was asked to introduce themselves to the class, it started with the girls side, I was slightly confident expecting them to be like my gangstas back home, unfortunately they were big guns from DAV, PSBB, PS and what not? Hardly a dozen of non-city students and they were also educated in residential schools. Slowly I started moving back to the last bench as one by one peterfied about them, their back ground blah blah blah… My turn came at last, with a bit of confidence Arun stood up, “I was Arun Kumar” phew…that’s it I knew each and every soul in the class started laughing. But I didn’t show my embarrassment to them instead played really cool and sat down (though my inner mind was having volcanic eruptions as they show in Tamil movies: action, cut action, cut, action, cut - thrice). That day I realised that I HATE ENGLISH and sworn myself that the language which caused disgrace to me should be disgraced and started ignoring it and spoke only in Tamil with my classmates even though they spoke to me in English.



But my hormones which had become cocky from being in a boys' school for 7 years prior to that time turned normal, slowly the flirtatious hormones in me started nudging me to flirt with the girls, but I realised everyone were daughters of Peter and so hated the sons of Thiruvalluvar. So I started seeking some hints as how to improve my English, few of my confides in my class advised me to read story books of good standards and few asked me to listen to English news and English music. But nothing worked well, I flopped in my first moot court competition and was dumped into the last place (Moot Courts-are mock court trials conducted for law students and this actually trains us in court procedures & arguments and it was my dream to be a mooter from the day I started thinking about Law Schools and Legal Profession) so was completely vexed and decided not to give up. So, was slowly pumping up the suggestions given by others and had a resolution to talk only in English to anyone even if it’s utter nonsense. My utter nonsense and confidence was wat too much that I even deceived a brainy, well schooled, peter girl that she was wrong in her language usage. What happened was, I had Champagne (Non-Alcoholic, OC Champagne given at Spencer’s Plaza for some promotion) and was bragging about it to that girl, I told her, “I had CHAMP-INE (pronounced it exactly like this) yesterday”, She immediately said, “Its not CHAMPINE Arun, its SHAMP-INE(the actual pronunciation)”, slowly the bulb above my head started flickering and I was too proud to let myself down and to let the bulb glow bright above my head, so I told her, “No you are wrong if its Alcoholic then its called SHAMPINE, if its Non-Alcoholic its called CHAMPINE” and she said she never knew that. I guess till date she thinks so, if she is reading this then please forgive me…


Nothing changed until the day I met my house mate Xavier, the real saviour. He introduced me into Harry Potter Series, which really created some magic in my life (now who said Harry Potter is just a story, it’s more than just a story to me) that’s it after this no turning back. I could speak with broken English but without many mistakes and also started chatting and chatting and chatting which slowly made me to start speaking English fluently but with a very thick Indian Accent and bad Pronunciation. I became a butt of my friends’ jokes even then, but who gave a toss?

But this is not the end of my English learning there is a small episode at Singapore which really made me what I am today. This is in the next part.

TO BE CONTINUED…

Monday, November 10, 2008

Tagungoooooooo

Phew finally I did it KAKI..he is the one who tagged me

RULE #1 People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs and replace any question that they dislike with a new question formulated by them.

RULE #2 Tag 2 people to do this quiz and those who are tagged cannot refuse. These people must state who they were tagged by and cannot tag the person whom they were tagged by continue this game by sending it to other people.

1. If your lover betrayed you, what’ll be your reaction?
போனால் போகட்டும் போடா இந்த பூமியில் நிலையாய் வாழ்பவர் யாரடா...

2. If you can have a dream come true, what would it be?
To become a pirate like Jack Sparrow and to sail my own Black Pearl.

3. Whose butt would you like to kick?
Terrorists’

4. Why do you blog?
Chumma lululaikku… I like tormenting people; it’s my favorite pass time…

5. Will you fall in love with your best friend?
கொஞ்சம் சந்தேகம் தான் என் உயிர் தோழி சத்தியமா என்ன மாதிரி லூசா இருந்தா குடும்பம் விளங்குமா??

6. Which is more blessed: Loving someone or being loved by someone?
Being loved by someone but with a NO EXPECTATION CLAUSE… I am lucky to have my kutty thangachi(though she is an
எருமை மாடு 21 years old) Jeny in my life; she loves me without any expectations…

7. How long do you intend to wait for someone you love?
Till I meet another one whom I can love…

8. What takes you down the fastest?
Hmmm in office a lift and at home there is a big pit at the backyard which I always miss and fell in when I play Ice Boy…

9. What resurrects you the fastest?
Sleep…I love sleeping…but that resurrection will again put me in seduction in a while, especially when I have client meetings in office along with my boss… Phew nightmarish in the real sense..Thanks to the voice recorder in my mobile…

10. What’s your strength?
என் பலம் எனக்கு தெரியாததே என் பலம்...

11. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is?
அவர் ஒரு நல்லவர் என்றுதான் நினைக்கிறேன் (மனசாச்சி: பொய் சொல்றான் பொய் சொல்றான்) @ KAKI உங்களுக்கு தான் புகழ்ச்சி பிடிக்காதுல அதான் இது

12. Would you rather be single and rich or married and poor?
Ha ha ha he he he hu hu hu
நல்ல கேள்வி

13. Whats the purpose of such Tags?
More revenue for www.blogger.com

14. If you fall in love with two people simultaneously, who will you pick?
யாரு என்ன லவ் பண்றங்களோ அவங்கள

15. Would you give all in a relationship?
Not all, but at times if I feel it’s reasonable I don’t mind giving it up…

16. Would you forgive and forget someone no matter how horrible a thing he has done?
Read my Sow what you reap blog here.That speaks for me.

17. Do you prefer being single or in a relationship?
Being in a relationship and still having my time and my space whenever I want it

18.Who is the most Handsome guy in this world?
Arun Kumar (Couldn't hide the truth)

19. Who gave so much money to Bill Gates?
Arun Kumar (I am narcissist at times)

20. Tag 2 people

My Junior Kirthi

and

My Friend Sudha

and

My blogger friend Karthik நாட்டாமை

and

My friend BHU



Sunday, November 9, 2008

How I became Shakespeare’s neighbour? (Part 1 - School)

FOREWORD: Before writing this blog, I should be courteous to the person who made me to start blogging, and who is also the inspiration for this particular blog. அந்த நல்லவர், வல்லவர், நாலும்தெரிந்தவர் is Mr Karthick Krishna, my orkut Dhosth. Secondly, don't expect too much from this blog because of the title, this blog is about my English speaking (dis)abilities.

I did my primary schooling at Auxilium, Thanjavur and then high/(er) secondary schooling at Don Bosco Thanjavur. Even though these schools were English Medium, நான் மழைக்கு கூட ஆங்கிலம் செப்பியதில்லை (never spoke in English). We had a principal by name Fr William Rosario who was very strict and was considered to be a terror among the students. He always insisted in spoken English. His usual dialogue during the morning assembly was, "If you want to talk in Tamil go to a corporation school, when you are in Don Bosco you should talk in English. Students who speak in Tamil will be penalised severely. Behave like a Don Bosco student blah blah blah..." But as usual I never heeded to what he said and was in my dream world fighting against invisible criminals with my guns and electronic gadgets (I was addicted to all the detective serials in DD dubbed in Tamil like Suraag , Kaun etc, where you can hear நான் இப்போ என்ன சொல்லவரேன்னா நாம அந்த குற்றவாளிய எப்படியாவது புடிசசே தீரனும் kind of excellent Tamil dialogues). Few enthusiastic studs of my class(refer my How to read newspaper blog here) started to peterfy in English. But me and few of my friends never believed in English as a key language for our life. But we were petrified by the Princi, so at times we also used to talk in American English, some basic english sentences like, "How you?good doing? I homework done, You homework done?" in between this we also teased those peterfy's as, "துறை இங்கிலீஷ் எல்லாம் பேசுது".

இப்படியே பொய்க்கிட்டு இருந்த என் வாழ்க்கையில் ஒரு திருப்புமுணை, in my final year in school (+2) I was made as the Assistant School Pupil Leader of my school (till date I don't know how this miracle happened) it took 4 days for my English teacher (who was also the vice principal of my school then )to tutor me for the welcome address during the School Annual Day (the speech started as LADIES AND GENTLEMEN...and I flopped it on the D-day as well)...but even then i didn't realise how important English is in life...

TO BE CONTINUED...

Genius Kamal ! ! !

Trisha : கண்ணோடு கண்ணைக் கலந்தாளென்றால் களங்கம் உள்ளவன் எச்சரிக்கை உடனே கையுடன் கைகோர்த்தானா ? ஒழுக்கங் கெட்டவள் எச்சரிக்கை ஆடை க...