Tuesday, 30 August 2016

HERE SHE COMES AGAIN (BRUTAL GAME)


Here She Comes Again Like Rain Across Parched Land
My Reins Clenched Oh-So-Tight, In Her 'Gentle' Soft Hands

She Tugs At My Heart, And Rips It Apart, With Equal Elan
One Moment I'm In Paradise, And The Very Next In Quicksand

And Yet Somehow, It Almost Feels Like Part Of A Divine Plan
Feels As If I'm Destined And Doomed To Eternal Remand
I Sit Back, Resign To My Fate, And Then I Stand
And Wait For Her To Continue With Her Brutal Game Of 'Upper Hand'

Sunday, 14 August 2016

THOUGHT EXPLOSION

There was this incident that happened at my workplace a couple of days ago that kinda made me upset. As is the usual practice at my workplace, we celebrate colleagues' birthdays by organising a cake-cutting ritual for the birthday boy/girl, with birthday song singing, cake smearing, birthday cards, tributes, et al. So we were in the office pantry room, waiting for the birthday girl to enter. I was standing with two of my female team members, who also happen to be my close friends. There were many of us in the room, and the mood was jovial.

Another colleague, who I don't really like too much (I hate him from the heart of my bottom) was standing behind my friends. The guy (let's call him Asswipe for the sake of convenience), a self-ordained 'workplace jester', who I can't stand because of his self-publicist attitude, refusal to co-operate and crass jokes, started chatting them up. Somewhere along the conversation, Asswipe grabbed my friends by their shoulders and gave them a hug. Going by the fact that the girls pulled away, but were giggling, that might have been an act in jest, but the act also felt a bit unwelcome. It definitely made me wild with rage inside, especially since I listen to his not-so-dignified views on women on a daily basis.

A lot of thoughts have been running through my mind since then. Some of them are:-
  • "How dare he touch my friends? I'm gonna knock him to the floor and beat him to pulp."
  • "Chill dude! You heard the girls giggling, didn't you? If they don't have a problem with it, neither should you."
  • "I'm gonna ram that fire extinguisher up his...."
  • "Hey, those girls are grown ups...they can take care of themselves, right?"
  • "I wanna kick him in the Tundra region"
  • "Maybe you should sit down with your friends and check whether they had something to say."
  • "Sucker Punch!!!"
  • "I think you're judging him because you don't like him...maybe it was plain innocent fun."
  • "This means WAR!!!"
  • "Grow up dude! Don't be a prude...you're in the 21st century!"
  • "Screw you! He was wrong!"
Yeah! I wanna kick his ass for sure!

And yeah, I'm too uncomfortable talking this out with my friends.

Maybe I'm afraid of finding out that what I thought was true.

Or maybe I don't wanna be judged as being too protective, overreactive, prude and outdated.

All I know is that my friends are an extension of myself.

What do you think?

Saturday, 13 August 2016

SILENT DEATH

There was silence.

She gazed at the mirror. The familiar face stared into her eyes and asked, "You love him...don't you?"

She simply nodded her head and sighed, "No."

"Why do you lie?", the face in the mirror snapped back at her.

She lifted her hand to show the band on her ring finger.

And there was silence again.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

फ़िर वही दास्तान - Phir Wahi Dastaan

यह मैं हूँ
बेसुध
फ़िक्रमंद
तेरी चाहत में खुदी को कुर्बान किया है हमने 

वह तुम हो
बेरुख
बेफ़िक्र
मेरी रूह को पैरों तले रौंद दिया है तुमने 

वह तुम हो
उड़ती हुई
झूमती हुई
आसमाँ में हवाओं से बातें करती हुई 

यह मैं हूँ
गिरता हुआ  
तड़पता हुआ
ज़मीन से लिपटकर धूल चाटता हुआ

यह मैं हूँ
तेरी हर हँसी पे मुस्कुराता हुआ
तेरे हर आँसू को अपना बनाता हुआ 

वह तुम हो
मेरी हर गुहार को अनसुनी करती हुई 
मेरे ज़ख्मों को अनदेखा करती हुई

अब और नहीं।
बस और नहीं।

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

DEATH OF A STATISTIC

We Spend Our Lives
Trying To Make Things Better
For Ourselves
For Our Kin

In The Bargain
We Are Expected
To Keep People Happy
To Keep The Cash Registers Ringing
To Run The Show
And To Build Empires
With Our Sweat
With Our Blood
With Our Bones

So While A Man Lives is Piddly Mortgaged Life
He Slowly Comes To Realise
That He Is Nothing But A Statistic
A Provider For His Family
A Resource At His Workplace
A Taxpayer To His Government
A Friend Among Many
A Whipping Boy For Those Who Weild Power

And When This Man Dies
He Eventually Gets Reduced To Nothing But
A Corpse In The Morgue
Two Minutes Of Silence
A Picture On The Wall
A Tombstone In The Graveyard
An Urn of Bones And Ash
A Claim To Be Settled
A Record To Be Cleared
A 'Late' Entity

What A Tragedy
That All The Statistic Wanted To Do All His Life
Was To Make All The Pages He Was Placed In
Look Healthy And Formidable
But At The End Of It All, He Is Ultimately Struck Off
And Life Goes On

Friday, 3 June 2016

FUN.FREEDOM.CONFIDENCE.

It's June, and Indians (most of us) are eagerly awaiting the first showers of the Monsoon. Very soon, we'll be taking in the smell of wet earth and reaching out for our umbrellas. But that's not the only thing that's going to happen in June 2016. This June, Japanese auto maker Nissan will be launching its latest car in India under the Datsun brand. The eagerly-awaited car is the Datsun Redi-Go. The soon-to-be-launched car is being promoted as a car with the 'drivability of a hatchback and the ruggedness of a sports utility vehicle (SUV)'. In other words, it is being promoted as India's first ever Urban Cross car. For the uninitiated, a crossover or a crossover utility vehicle is a jacked-up hatchback vehicle that combines features of an SUV like high ground clearance, tall interiors, high centre of gravity, independent rear suspension, superior fuel economy, among others. What's more, the car will also be available at affordable rates.
Image Source: www.datsun.co.in

When it comes to looks, the Redi-Go is quite attractive, stylish and sporty. The high-mounted chrome grille up front, obviously gem-inspired and with an eye-catching honeycomb design, and the headlights flanking it, that turn at the edges give the car a wonderful sturdy look. With Yukan design, the car is compact and sleek, and yet looks robust.

Image Source: www.datsun.co.in

There are many features that make the car stand out. The three features that appeal to me the most are as follows:-

1) High Stance and High Ground Clearance
Considering the kind of roads in India and the general quality of driving sense that prevails, the design of the car has been well thought out. The high stance of the car allows for a good all-round and wider view of the road and surroundings while driving. Also, the car has an impressive 185 mm ground clearance, which can help avoid slightly higher road obstacles, making it one of the best around. This is absolutely ideal for Indian roads.

Image Source: www.datsun.co.in

2) Spacious Interiors
The car's interiors are amazing. For a fairly tall guy like me (with an equally tall family), sufficient headroom and legroom. The Datsun Redi-Go is big on space, affording enough and comfortably seating space for a family of five and their luggage. Apart from the ample space, the car is also furnished with luxurious sporty fabric for extra comfort. There is ample space on the dashboard as well, with roomy cubby holes, cup holders, a large bottle holder, and other cabinets provided. The volume of space provided is estimated to be around 222 litres. The dashboard also provides for air-bags, which are very necessary in terms of safety measures to protect against accidents.

Image Source: www.datsun.co.in

3) Digital Dashboard and Indicators
The dashboard is absolutely innovative in my eyes, because I personally have never seen anything like this before. The dashboard houses a digital tachometer. The drive computer helps keep manage fuel efficiency. For novices like me, who are yet to learn when and how to shift gears, the gear-shift indicator comes as a saviour.

Image Source: www.datsun.co.in

Fun. Freedom. Confidence. The ultimate Urban Cross - Datsun redi-GO - the capability of a crossover with the convenience of a hatchback.

For more information visit https://www.datsun.co.in/redi-GO.html

Sunday, 1 May 2016

ZOMBIE


Finally...April has come to an end. Along with monthly salaries being credited to accounts, April 30 also heralds the end of the A to Z Challenge - April 2016. This was the first time I had ever taken up this challenge. The challenge brought forth feelings of joy and satisfaction, as well as pain and frustration. I'm glad I was able to complete it. I'm not sure that I'm ever gonna take up this challenge ever again, considering the fact that it has taken a toll on my sleep and emotional well-being (no kidding). I actually feel like a Zombie right now.

However, the Challenge has taught me a lot of things about myself. Allow me to share some of my learnings, discoveries and thoughts.

Firstly, when I look back at some of my posts, I'm amazed that I could come up with some really good ideas and concept in such a short span of time. Writers will agree with me that it's not easy to come up with a concept after spending hours at an office job, and then staying up late to come up with a writeup in merely an hour or two - it takes a toll on your brain and emotions.

Secondly, I feel I've played havoc with my health. I kid you not when I say that I've had an average on merely 4.5 hours of sleep per night in the month of April 2016. A lot of my posts were published at 2 or 3 in the night, followed my uploading links on Facebook, Twitter and G+. Also, I made it a point to read blogs of other participants. All of this kept me up late.

Thirdly, I feel embarrassed when I read some of my shitty posts. I wish no one ever reads them - not that I have hardcore fans - they make me feel I've tarnished my blog.

Fourth - Because of the Challenge, I was able to find some amazing blogs and bloggers. Throughout the course of the challenge, I regularly visited these blogs. Some of them are Preeti's Other Side of Life, Tanvi's Revelations of a Tangled Me, Srishti's Blabber in Ink, Pooja Laxmeshwar's The Side I Hide, to name a few.

Of course, I must also mention bloggers who I knew even before the Challenge. All of them, directly or indirectly, inspired me to hang on. Shesha and Shine told me about the Challenge and we sort of made an unwritten pact to take it up. Boy, did we pull through, and how! Rajlakshmi was also there to offer words of encouragement. I also found support in the various Blogger groups on Facebook and fellow-bloggers on IndiBlogger.

Fifth - My wife also supported my in my endeavour in a BIG way. Letting me keep the lights on till late in the night, words of encouragement, chipping in with ideas for topics, allowing me to escape my share of the household chores, keeping our li'l kid occupied so that I could focus, allowing me to sleep a little longer in the morning to make up for the late nights - these made it a little less tough to go on.

Sixth - The Challenge has helped spur traffic to my blog, and how! I've had at least 200 visitors to my blog per day in April 2016. That's crazy!

There are a lot more things I'vc learnt, but I don't know what to say. Maybe I'm overwhelmed, or maybe I need some sleep.

I'll sign off by saying that I'm proud to be a Blogger. And I'm proud to have taken the A to Z Challenge head on and done a fairly good job.


Previous posts in the A to Z Challenge - April 2016:-
S - Signals
T - Toddlers
U - Underdog
V - Valhalla
W - We
X - Xtra Large
Y - Younger Days

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