Friday, 11 April 2014

Horror of Horoscope!

Those of you are from West Bengal and regularly go through vernacular dailies; must have noticed ads of various ‘Jotish’ cover mostly half of a page. Occasionally they cover even more! Don’t think they get any concession for putting ads on newspapers. Obviously they can well afford those expensive Ads; since they yield. I used to surmise in 2014; how come so many ‘Babas’or “Jyotish’ who promise to solve your problems within 3 minutes, dare to advertise publicly! Our democratic law is so lenient that anyone can claim anything putting advertisements publicly. They may sale residential plots in ‘moon’ at a cheaper rate. There is none to question! Off course; there are people who get duped and have no complaint over them or their practices.

I have visited few of them; sometime on curiosity or other time being pursued by someone closed. Every time I felt convinced while sitting before them. Later when I recounted the whole thing, it came clear, the man talked a lot and initially he asked why I was there for. There is the answer. I told him the problem; he wove the imaginary solutions that may not solve your problem but bury it. Once I asked a renowned astrologer, who regularly contributes to a prestigious magazine on astrology, whether he finds my change of residence in near future! He simply said if you get good deal; sell it and buy another. Coolly while bypassed my question without offering no concrete foretelling. It’s just this way all other persons I met from astrological community they offer solutions. Some forecast imminent problems like accidents or terminal sickness and offer solutions with some gem stones or stems. They mostly refer particular stores wherefrom you should buy. They make sure that they get commission for what you buy.

Jothish, sooth Sayers or fortune tellers were always present in our society. But they were never so buzzing as they are now. How the profession became so lucrative remained a question in my mind. Of late; while venturing for negotiation marriage of my son; I got the answer. The terms like ‘Mangolik’, Bhowmo Dosh’, ‘Sare Sati’ or ‘Kalsorpo yog’ are very common these astrologers use and encash. All of them bear a covert threat for bring misfortune to your life! Negotiation marriage invites their tantrums in almost full-fledged manner in our society. This was unthinkable or so wide-spread two or three decade ago. My parents never consulted any astrologer for their wards marriage. So there were many others too. Are we moving forward or backward; I ask myself! Few had faith, as always in it and they insisted. Fortunately in my life time I hardly ever come across any of them. But to my utter surprise I find now, barring few exception most insist of horoscope matching. May be our society has become much vulnerable to modern world’s vice like divorce, separations et el. Celebrities like Amitabh Bachhan, had a lot of media coverage while getting his son married with another ‘Mangolik’ film star. This too appear to have proved a boon for so called Astrologers.  Now they have field days; so the gem-stone sellers. Just think people spends thousands or some time even lacs of rupees for gem that have mostly no re-sale value! Open any newspaper and find the ads or gem sellers. Offering original gems promising you to turn from rag to riches!

Nowhere in the world such trades are legal or allowed. It’s incredible INDIA again.

Monday, 11 March 2013

DIGITAL WORDS: Why do I love working out so much

DIGITAL WORDS: Why do I love working out so much: I was 16 when I took the gym membership for first time. So it's been 12 years I am continuing this. Yes, I am not ashamed to call mysel...

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

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Sunday, 2 September 2012

Our Metro Society!

Life in metro; for most of us is becoming unsocial day by day. Open up news paper in the morning; you sure to find some news of crime or nuisance done by anti-socials. We are used to it. But the story of family suicide hitting the headlines; may still surprise you! These are the acts committed by un-socials. Modern life and society robbed us the community culture long back; iota of it still used to exist in the form of religious celebrations like Holi, Diwali or Dusherra. Off late ever that is also waning. Now a day; we hardly find our friends, kith and kins visiting our homes on such occasions. Thanks to cellular revolution; keeping in touch telephonically became or wishing someone occasionally became accepted norm initially. Now facebook does the things; leaving us totally cut-off from family and friends. Some feels it’s the last nail in the coffin of relationship! Unless someone is in need; rarely comes the phone call; keep afar visiting physically. Without our knowledge; many of us have turned allergic to visiting guests. Entertaining someone for hours or even days; used to be matter of pleasure few years ago. Now for many it’s unthinkable. We have time for facebook, TV serials, newspapers or magazines but not for friends or visiting guests; they are botheration. There is no common topic or matter of interest to share with. If it’s there; better they are shared in facebook or outdoors. Calling someone at home or residence is the last option and so is visiting someone at his place. Well, in most of developed countries societies are so. There they meet in pubs or clubs. Not that here we don’t; we do, we did; local tea or coffee shops are still popular meeting points of many. But paying visits at times used to be a part of our social life to warm-up the relations. Now tragically both are waning; even the tea or coffee shops have far lesser regulars.
 Recent news shocked us that three ladies, an octogenarian and her two daughters committed suicide, jumping off from 34th floor of Kolkata’s high rise in one of most posh areas. Both the daughters in their mid-fifties were unmarried. One of them had commercial pilot’s license and other was a Table Tennis coach! They lost their old, ailing father just two days before. What appears they planned their joint suicide much early; as they donated their cash and properties to one University! Police found a bag containing papers related to donations and their mobile phone. And phone did not have any of their relative or friends phone number!  The flat where they were residing; they were just known by face, nothing more! People could not tell anything about them to police. So, this appears to be an extreme case of being unsocial and the tragic consequence. Will social sites like facebook fill-in the gap?

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Spirituality and Middle class

Somewhere I read; some wise guy drew conclusion after discussing a lot about human faith and  dependence on God; that man created the God! My poor memory does not help me to recapitulate his whole narration but this, his last sentence cast a permanent impression even in my dull brain. In fact history suggests since ancient times where ever human civilization developed in whichever form, they had their own God. Chinese had their own; so the Mayas or Aztecs ;despite of their civilization proliferated on either side of Pacific!

In fact , in the initial stages of civilization mankind felt quite unsecured and vulnerable before wild animals and natural calamities. To hunt or fight they needed strength; that was physical and to brave flood or thunder storm they needed stamina; that was mental.  For both they looked for placebo and that was God.

Well; I don’t want to be dragged into the charge of blasphemy; after all the God is great to provide us unique elixir in terms of ‘hope’. And that helps us to endure with patience, tolerance through ups and downs of life. Though the basic formula of living life is ‘ trust in God but keep your powder dry’. With absolute faith in God no one could ever survive without appropriate protective measures. You are sick; suffering from tuberculosis. Without antibiotic no God can pull you out from clutches of death. But with antibiotic and faith in God can hasten your recovery as you have more mental strength with your faith.

(pic of Indo-Greek God)

Now; as the title of this article suggests, the god and urban middle class; what is the conjunction! In fact; in our urban or metro societies we find many people who can be branded as ‘God fearing’.  They go to temple regularly. offer their obeisance or ‘puja’; draw a ‘Tilak’ on their temple and attend their trade or calling. Like me , there must be many of you surprised seeing optimum corrupt officials or businessmen being so ‘ god fearing’. In their offices the picture of some ‘god or goddess’ hung on the wall, incense sticks are burnt emitting a holy smell all around; and the man within is just waiting like hawk for a vulnerable pray. For him the god is their to keep steady supply of his visitors who would readily grease his palm or give in to his wants.  Go to any Police station to verify this or for a change you may visit income or sales tax offices too. God is every where.


Saturday, 2 June 2012

THE BYSTANDER: Driving with electricity

THE BYSTANDER: Driving with electricity

Driving with electricity

One million plug-in hybrid vehicles on America's roads by 2015 – what seemed utopian just a few years ago is now President Obama’s stated goal. The world’s rising demand for energy, limited oil resources as well as stricter environmental and climate protection regulations are causing us to rethink our driving habits in order to achieve sustainable transportation and energy efficiency. Electric vehicles, powered largely by electricity generated from renewable sources of energy, meet these objectives extremely well. Electric vehicles are destined to eventually conquer the last great bastion of conventional fuel consumption – road traffic.

Green transportation: Electric cars and vehicles in urban traffic

Particularly in cities, quiet, emission-free electric vehicles are ideal green transport solutions. Public urban transportation, such as trams and trolleybuses has been part of our lives for many decades. Electric cars and vehicles are the only forms of transportation that provide a clean solution for individual mobility. Electric cars, electric bicycles, and electric scooters are therefore gaining in popularity. For electric cars to make a real breakthrough, the automotive and electrical industries will have to come together and jointly create the necessary infrastructure for electromobility.

Fit for everyday use

Siemens started writing the book on the electric car in 1905, when it produced about 50 “Electric Viktoria” cars, which were used in everyday traffic as elegant hotel taxis and delivery trucks. They moved at a speed of up to 30 km/h, traveling about 80 km on one battery charge.
Today, Siemens is again a pioneer in electromobility. Though Siemens does not produce electric cars, it has established a separate business unit that develops key components for the drive train of electrically powered cars and light commercial vehicles. The portfolio includes electric motors, power electronics, and smart on-board charging technology.
Siemens researchers are also working together with the German company RUF Automobile GmbH on innovative concepts for the high end car market. They are building ten test electric cars based on the Porsche 911 focusing on modular drive trains and intelligent charging. Findings from field testing will be used to further improve the entire vehicle and sustainable mobility.
Pioneer: The “Electric Viktoria” in 1905
Pioneer: The “Electric Viktoria” in 1905

Thursday, 17 May 2012

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Friday, 6 April 2012

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Thursday, 1 March 2012

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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Ali and My Mother

I was just transferred to that small district town. As a bachelor I found it was difficult for me to get a modest accommodation on rent. My colleges were all quite supportive, promised to find out one. But even after a month they too failed to find a hovel for their young boss. Their hesitation to disclose the reason for the failure of their sincere mission turned me bit curious. I asked Burrababu , calling him into my chamber considering this would offer required confidentiality. Frankly disclosing uncomfortable situation with my purse after meeting the hotel bills for a whole month; I pleaded staying in hotel for discharging my duties would finally land bankrupt! Mind you; salary in 70s with government job was not so lucrative. Burrababu understood my point; then submitted prudently that as a eligible bachelor I am not eligible for accommodation on rent from any good Samaritan. Just think my plight!

Getting married was a long drawn process as far as arranged marriages are concerned. The same is true even today. Thank God! Most of the parents are relieved by their smart wards of this arduous task these days. So; for getting a rental accommodation to keep my body and soul together with meager salary, my aged widow mother volunteered for my rescue. The lady was Victorian in nature. As in those days, a Brahmin , widow lady used to be strictly vegetarian and people surrounding her should adhere to her own set rules and regulations. I her only son , was just the right humble subject. Burrababu immediately found one two bedroom sprawling single storied accommodation for her with a local Brahmin family. They too were apparently delighted finding a lady tenant with her bachelor boy.

Well the days there after become easy. At least at the end of the week I did not have to worry about the hotel bills. It even less the half I had spend for running my household with mother than what I was paying to hotel wallas. In six months I developed a rapport with my colleagues. They are happy with their less experienced, almost stupid boss who believed in them and accepted their bare lies as truth! However, I felt amused watching one lying before me in most amateurish posture.
Amongst them Ali, was different. The man was sincere and hard working. He was the only Muslim in that office and I found him bit lonesome. At times I used to call him in my chamber just for a chat. Found the man was a ardent reader and updated with all the recent developments Bengali literature. Interesting; our friendship crossed the barrier of men-officer fencing. Ali use to invite me to his house for dinner time and again. He was newly married and staying in nearby locality. I just casually use to not his invitation , never to accept it really. Neither, I ever gave a serious consideration to them. Ali became insistent; just to divert the direction; I told him ' I am you boss why don't you come to my place with your wife for dinner'. Ali readily agreed.

How stupid I was I tried to gauge in that evening when I was heading to my house. At the time of inviting Ali, it did not crossed my mind how my mother would see it! An all white, Brahmin widow traditionally would not cook or serve one who is not from here community. It was something like tapped in one's own trap. I surrendered to my mother. By then she developed good relation with Burrababu's family. She assured me the day Ali comes, she would go to Burrababu's house and be back after Ali's departure. Think my embarrassment. But I had confidence in Ali, consoled myself Ali would understand.

The next Sunday; I was getting ready to receive Ali; I already talked to local Hoteliers, who promised to protect my dignity and assured the best non-vegetarian lunch they would deliver at my door. I was surprised watch my mother was not in hurry to leave for Burarbabu's house. I reminded her, Ali was expected at any moment. She revolted and retorted back ' you want me to be out and you enjoy their company alone!'. I was shocked to hear her comments! Ali turned up with his wife ; they both were bright and wore a very smiling face. Perhaps my embarrassing look did not escape their notice; aging to my utter dismay they appeared to be more amused for my embarrassment. Then to my horror; my mother turned up. Ali's wife bent her and touched her feet in cent percent traditional Hindu style. My mother embraced her closed to her body and dragged her to her own room!
Ali stayed for the whole day. His wife took her afternoon nap sleeping beside my mother right on her bed. In the evening when they were about to leave, my mother started weeping for her incapability to cook non-vegetarian dishes for her daughter. I was perplexed!
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