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Is this true?

Is this true?

Inflation is down to 8.4 per cent and fuel prices cut down by govt., but terrorism seems to be a consistent performer. Is this the state of India today?

This cartoon says so.

Image Courtesy: The Hindu

Mumbai under terror attack

Mumbai under terror attack

Oh God. What is happening to India? What are these bloody terrorists up to? What on earth do they want? Damn these bastard killers.

Terrorists have attacked Mumbai besieging hotels with hostages, firing aimlessly firing at crowds in railway stations and hospitals. A highly planned onslaught by unknown terrorists, this could be the country’s worst attack ever. More than hundred, including 14 police personnel and civilians, have been reported killed in this tragic and most disastrous terror attack.

The nation’s financial capital looks dreadful with the ongoing attack. Even as the efforts to free the hostages and knock down the terrorists go on, and the nation mourns the death of 101 people, our respected Home Minister Shri Shivraj Patil continues to make stupid statements like this

Before I could reach there, the terrorists who had attacked one of the hospitals, the Cama Hospital, had left and those who attacked the railway station had also left.

The Union Home Minister considers this attack as ‘an act of cowardice’. Wonder how and why we have allowed such great brains stay in one of the country’s most respectable and responsible positions. A group of people, armed with destructive weapons, storm into public places like hotels, railway stations and hospitals only to fire at anyone visible–what kind of cowardice act is this?

Bomb blasts and serial killings have been part of life in India. But this attack calls for a serious thinking on the government’s and intelligences’ part. When will the nation be saved from such terrible attacks?

As consumers you and I would have had numerous shopping experiences but at times we end up with shocking experiences. This post is about one such experience of mine. How I wish I had not overpaid for the same product? Did it ever happen to you? You might not have realised it like I did, or did you?

Do not run away even if you’re not enticed to read further. Stay there and read through the post. This is an attempt to let all my reader friends and others know how to be watchful while shopping. You’ll know how we tend to ignore or do not realise paying more for the same product bought sometime ago. What happened is:

Last week, my sister bought a Head & Shoulder shampoo (bottle) from a nearest retail store. I had purchased the shampoo (bottle of same brand and volume) a month ago but did not check for the price though. The other day when I went for a head bath, my brains reminded me to check for the price of the bottle and it was Rs.69. My curiosity rose when I saw the empty shampoo bottle and to my surprise it was Rs.64.

For a moment I was dumbstruck and was trying to prove myself wrong. But a careful look at both the bottles and I realised it was true. The company did increase the price by five rupees!!! Goodness me. How did I miss this? And this is not the only one, I told myself. I do not check the prices of a few products and this experience taught me a lesson—even a petty purchase needs a thorough observation.

What does anyone infer from this? Be watchful of any price rise before you pay the bill. It could be petty/nothing but this is not just about my five rupees. It’s about considerable price change (read price rise) that goes unnoticed. It is about what we as consumers ignore / fail to think about.

So, you now know what to do the next time you go for shopping. Do you?

Advanced Diwali wishes to all.

Bomb blasts have become a regular affair in India this year—on six occasions in as many cities. The news of Delhi blasts have not even gone down and there is another terror attack. The latest blast took place in Malegaon (Maharashtra) killing four persons and injuring 70.  The list begins with the Terrorist attack on CRPF camp in Rampur on the 1st of January that claimed eight (of which seven were CRPF personnel) lives. After four months, they hit again and this time their target was the Pink City Jaipur. What followed these blasts were a series of bomb blasts and explosions across the country. The shocking part is that the Capital New Delhi has been the target second time in two weeks. What did the blasts result in? They claimed lives of 130 innocent people and injured 500; these are the official figures, the loss could be even more.

What do we listen from the Police, Home Minister or the Prime Minister? The police say “The investigation has begun; we will soon trace out the culprit.” while the Home Minister puts up a sorry face and makes some lousy idiotic statements. Our respected Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh says “We will continue to fight terrorism.” What good are those statements for? How long do we continue to face these brutal attacks? Barring a few arrests and a couple of encounters (in which extremists are reported to have been killed), there has not been much action taken by the govt. against terrorism. The saddest part is that most of these terrorists are told to be literate. The Supreme Court should bring out a new law stating “A criminal who is proved guilty of terror act should be gunned down once his involvement in the crime is proved.”

The is the list of blasts (2008) as reported by NDTV:

  • September 27, 2008 Blast in Delhi’s Mehrauli flower market killed 1 and injured 23
  • September 13, 2008 Serial blasts in Delhi killed at least 24 people and injured more than 100
  • July 26, 2008: Serial blasts in Ahmedabad killing at least 30 people and injuring more than 100
  • July 25, 2008: Nine explosions in Bangalore create terror killing two people and injuring twelve
  • May 2008: Eight serial blasts rock Jaipur in a span of 12 minutes leaving 65 dead and over 150 injured
  • January 2008: Terrorist attack on CRPF camp in Rampur kills 8

For more information on the major bomb blasts in India, read this.

There was a time when life in Jammu & Kashmir was considered / told to be dangerous. Now, no city / town in the country is free from terrorism. The terrorists have spread their wings all over the country. We never know when and where terrorists might strike again. What can we, as citizens, do to save our country from those terrorists?

Lovely nature and cool climate

Lovely nature and cool climate

The weekend that went past was pleasant – had time to spend with my family. On Saturday, I (accompanied by my wife) had to rush from the office to reach the Office of the Subregistrar to get my marriage registered. Luckily for us, it did not take much time – courtesy my father-in-law who had by then arranged for the application and all those documents required. We then had our lunch and took some rest. In the evening, we were to become host to the couple Mr. & Mrs. Naveen, who got married five months ago. They arrived at 15 minutes past seven. We spent some time chit-chatting and had our dinner. After my friend left, I along with my wife and sister, went to a movie “Ullasanga Uthsahanga”. It was almost two months that I watched a movie. The movie cast debutant Yaso Sagar as hero and Sneha Ullal (“Lucky” fame) as the heroine. The movie did not have a proper subject line; it was entertaining during the first half though the second half was slow and boring. It was worth watching once.

On Sunday, I woke up at around 9 am, had my breakfast (pooris with yummy alu curry) and took a nap again till 1pm. This was the first time we got sometime after marriage and so we started setting things in proper place. After a delayed lunch at 4pm we watched another movie “Mr. Pellam”. The movie casting Dr. Rajendra prasad (popular telugu hero) and Aamani, is one of the most famous movies directed by cartoonist and ace telugu director Bapu. A typical telugu movie (most of Bapu’s movies are like that), it is an interesting movie about the life of a middle-class couple and how circumstances force them to exchange their roles – with the wife working and the husband taking care of the household activities and children. This movie, I bet, would make people watch it without any break as it gives freshness and relief to your mind from a tiring week’s work. After the movie, we went out and bought vegetables and other stuff for the next week. On the whole, I had a pretty pleasant weekend with some time to spend with my family and myself. I’d love to have every weekend to be as pleasurable.

Here I come again breaking the two-month break from my blog. I was on leave for two weeks (got married). My friends suggest me to update the blog regularly. That I believe would help me improve my writing but seldom do I stick to this. There have been several instances of my blog being updated with a couple of posts back to back and then not post anything for month(s). I was back to office from September 1st. I thought of updating my blog after rejoining the office but failed to do so. Not that I do not have thoughts to write about; it is just a matter of deciding to go ahead. My friend Santhosh (“Your darling Santhosh…” as my wife teases me) comments me for being lazy while the Chatter box (Vinay) of our team complains about my inconsistency at blogging. Whatever one says I just wait for the time when I (feel) have thoughts flowing freely.

It has been more than a year I started this blog but it has only 15 posts. Most often what stops me from putting my thoughts on the blog is my intuition. All of a sudden I wonder why my thoughts do not take shape as a write up. I wait and wait and wait till the moment I am comfortable about writing. So, after thinking for sometime and deciding to go ahead with anything that comes to my mind, I started with this post. Even as I began writing this post, Srinivas Sir shouted at me “How many days would you continue with this post?” It was only the previous day that he suggested me to update my blog. Today before coming up with this write up, I read a few posts from Mr. Ram Gopal Varma’s blog. It was quite interesting. I admire him for his direction of a few movies I like and hate some of his experiments with cinema. After reading some posts on his blog, I understood that people hate him more than his movies. I really wonder why he has to be hated when his movies / direction could be criticised.

I’ve decided to end this post here. You might feel/think this post ended abruptly but I do not wish to put down any more thoughts here.

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