..It is not as if I am moving to a new life

It is just my urge to weave the thread of life again

 It is not that I have forgotten you to move ahead

 It is but the call from within to move again

 Yes, I believe in me now, more than ever

 And so, in you and your memories, that are forever..

Your Memories Are Forever

A painting by my sister Ragini

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Irrespective of the debate – whether Narendra Modi as country’s prime minister is good or bad for India – one thing is quite clear that Modi is the most popular political leader in the country and why he is so popular is exactly the reason he is going to be the biggest vote-puller for the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the upcoming elections.

The BJP and the rest in the NDA realize it well and so the decision taken by Nitish Kumar and so the Janta Dal (United) (yes, Nitish, by his autocratic work style, has converted JDU into a one-man show) is going to hit them back if the BJP-JDU split is a true divorce!

So what makes Modi the most popular political leader in the country (not deliberating on the qualitative aspects of this popularity and its implications)?

A gradual journey to the political top from a poor background: Coming from an Other Backward Classes (OBC) family with limited means of survival, Modi’s organizational journey, first in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS) and then in the BJP, and his political journey from local to regional to national level spans a period of over two decades.

He has earned his political milestones. He has weathered the survival odds. He is a self-made man, a self-made politician and a self-made achiever.

The communal tag: Now here, it is a combination of factors that may sound uneasy and may not be good for the democratic fabric of the country, but works well on Narendra Modi’s pro-Hindutva hardliner image.

Hindus are divided across many caste and sub-caste lines and vote accordingly but Modi has pulled them together in Gujarat (religion being the major factor working in tandem with the development track and the Gujarati pride) and it is largely due to his pro-Hindu hardliner image after the Gujarat riots that he has been performing exceedingly well in the elections.

He is the biggest polarizer of the Hindu votes across the caste and sub-caste lines owing to this Hindu hardliner image and he has the capacity to take his appeal out of Gujarat in the national political arena.

The developmental politics icon: Whatever be said, but Modi has worked as an efficient manager for the development of Gujarat. He has earned not just the national praise, but also the international acclaim.

Being from OBC: The Mandal Commission had said that the OBCs were 52 per cent of the Indian population. Okay, that was a long time ago and these definitions keep on changing, still they form a sizeable chunk and Modi, being an OBC, can unite the OBC votes, backing on his pro-Hindu hardliner image, in his favour, across the country.

A pro-Hindu hardliner and an OBC, who also talks and acts for development – the combination has the potential to upturn almost every political equation existing in the country.

Corruption free personal and family image: He is single. He has a family including mother and brothers. He has been alleged of working for corporate interests. But he has never been alleged of indulging in corruption at personal and family level. That makes him a class apart in an Indian politics soaked in corruption.

It is combination of these factors at play along with Modi’s highly customized and effective oratory that makes him, undoubtedly, the most popular political leader of the country at the moment.

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Every coming days is an opportunity. You may feel it to be similar to what it was yesterday. It may follow the routine that you followed on the passing day. Alternatively, it may take a different approach from what happened yesterday. It may throw surprises that you thought were not going to happen to you.

Every coming day, your today, may bring thoughts and events on these lines but the fact remains there, to be seen, telling you clearly that it’s a new day with new possibilities that you need to realize. Every coming day gives you an empty space to fill it with your colours, an empty slate to write on it the elements of your own making.

Your today, the every coming day in your life, is a mix bag of possibilities existing along with the uncertainty of a tomorrow that is going to be your next today.

Travelling along day by day with this uncertainty of tomorrow, the only certain element that you have is you; your awareness of you; your companionship with you; and your confidence in you.

You have what it takes to make an uncertain tomorrow to a today of feasible possibilities.

Every coming day is an opportunity for you to revisit you to realize the never-ending and newer shades of life that we come across but don’t notice or fail to notice.

Every coming day, that is your today, is a testimony to how you look at life, whether you move ahead to build further on what you were working on yesterday; whether you begin something new, constructive; whether you decide to cut the restrictive line shorter to make it disappear finally by start drawing a new line longer and reflective of you; whether you realize that what you have is only the coming day, your today, that your yesterday is gone, that the tomorrow is not yet here.

Life gives us a chance every day, to strengthen us, to reinvent us, to know us more the every coming day.

Isn’t it beautiful?

Yet..why do we fail to appreciate it?

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“Every coming day is a testimony of you, of you being ‘you’ – how do you look at life today to make sense of what it was yesterday..

..whether you move forward to build further on something you built yesterday..
..whether you realize and work to make the line disappear or shorter, the line that was dragging you back yesterday..
..whether you realize that every day is a new day bringing with it new possibilities..
..whether you realize that making sense of each passing day is a positive way to build a life..
..whether you don’t realize or choose to ignore and waste the opportunity that the every coming day is for you.. do you get along with every coming day, how do you make sense of your every ‘today’, is thus a measure of you, of you being ‘you’.”
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Life is certainly beautiful

Free with possibilities,

Crude and naked, as I see it now

As I would see it in the yore


Brimming with raw emotions

The charm of the liberated rustic

The foreplay of the sane absurdity

And the interspersed elements


Inviting the romance that I once felt

The joy of creating the signature tune

When you’re rendered meaningless

Reigniting the love with that ‘me’


As I looked inside for the ‘self’,

That was so self-contained,

That it lived severally-alone

In romance with the elements


Yes, it’s soothing, when I find

I still feel the same for you

Though, I know I am now

Deep inside me, severally-alone,

With me, with you, and with all

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Sense, sensibility and the time – the triad of the human existence

When the sense starts sucking sensibility, it roughs-up all the niceties irrespective of the compulsion of time and transcendentalism.

Time brings you all that was to come.

You bring all to the time that it was to see.

Time generates its own set of sense values.

You create your own sub-set of sense priorities.

They ‘both’ run, walk, drag-on, to maintain the harmony.

A harmony that is the life nectar, a harmony that is the root of the conscious human growth, a harmony that has always led the human civilization to hit back whenever it has faced the ultimate ruin.

And any civilization’s basic entity is you.

Its harmony that maintains its pivot searches its source in you.

Over the time, it builds on you, transcending to the next higher realms of you.

It creates multitudes of you; suppressing some traits; highlighting some other.

You talk to your senses and your sensibility talks to the external factors that time imposes.

A confluence ensures the harmony is maintained and the civilization grows with all the niceties in place.

A disagreement makes your senses question the sensibilities creating the identity crisis and they run to break away from all the compulsions.

And it happens, time and again.

When Sense Sucks Sensibility

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A colleague comes from a naxal-affected belt of Odisha. Midst the raging debate on Naxals between the pro- and anti- factions at the workplace after the recent Naxal attacks, in Chhattisgarh and on train in Bihar, he narrated a small but touching incident that came across him few years ago while he was visiting his native place.

One day, visiting a rural area, he took a tea-break at a roadside tea-stall in a tribal locality.

He ordered his tea and was loitering here and there when he found a youth who must be in early 20’s staring at him with eyes of anticipation.

Clad in a worn-out and oversized outfit on a lanky built, his eyes were bulging out and he was walking absent-minded across the tiny space in front of the tea-stall as if looking desperately for some lost possession.

The colleague asked the youth if he needed something. The brief conversation went on like this:

Colleague: Why are you looking at me like this? Do you need something?

Youth: Sahab (Sir), can you buy me a cup of tea? I do not have even a penny for many days.

My colleague was not suspicious of what the youth had just said. Extreme poverty was a known thing in that area and it was more severe in case of the tribal populations which were gradually being displaced from the lands and forests without being provided an alternative to earn the livelihood. They were simply being robbed of the only thing they had, the nature with its resources that had sustained them for generations.

Colleague: Sure, why not. (To the tea vendor) – Please add one more cup to my order.

It was not a smile but a glint of anticipation that ran thought the face of the youth on hearing it. Though he was restrained, his eyes were saying that he wanted to say something more. Reading this, my colleague asked him?

Colleague: Anything else?

Youth: Sahab, I am hungry. I have not eaten anything since last evening.

Colleague: But it is just a tea-stall. It offers just tea and biscuits.

Youth: Sahab, can you buy me a biscuit?

Colleague: But that won’t satisfy your hunger. Take this money from me and buy some food. Okay, but finish your tea and biscuits first.

My colleague, seeing his hunger, as was clear from the youth’s body language, ordered five biscuits.

As if something shocking happened, the youth got shocked on hearing it. He was standing there, mouth agape, as if he had heard something unbelievable. The tea-vendor had to shake him up to give him the biscuits.

Suddenly, the youth started weeping. My colleague, though aware of the extreme poverty of the area, was now shocked to see the response.

Tears were there in the youth’s eye but his face was now echoing an expression of joy that someone exudes on getting something very precious.

Youth (with tearful eyes but a beaming face): Sahab, for the last five years, I was thinking of having this biscuit but could not have money to buy it. So many times, I thought if I could earn something extra, I would buy this biscuit for me and my family. Can I eat one and take the rest for my family?

His question brought my colleague back but he was still in the state of shock. Now, tears were visible in his eyes. He could not answer the youth’s request. He simply bought a packet of the biscuit, handed it over to the youth with some money to buy food, left his tea unfinished and left the tea-stall absent-minded.

Millions of the tribals like the youth mentioned here cannot even think to buy a biscuit that costs a Rupee. They are also Indians. That is also an India.

How many of us know about these Indias?

Why are we killing our own people?

Why are we pushing our own countrymen to such extreme misery?

Why are pushing them to act in a way so that later on, we can brand them as Maoists or Naxals and order their ruthless eradication?

Why are creating circumstances to foster ideologies like Naxalism or Militant Maoism?

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Something thrilling happening, time to go wild again 🙂


Rough into the mountains, deep into the sea

Pushing up the gear, pressing down the keys

A journey so far, a WILD journey to the far

From the mild flexes to the hot wild reflexes

To the hunter’s paradise killing every advice

Pumping up the thrill thumping to the access

Pushing up the shot to the extreme thunder


Born on a day, yes, born to take it higher

Born on a day, yes, born to climb it freer


Lost into the desert, deep into the jungle

Flying always soaring crashing on the go

Fueling up the journey living it retro

Jumping up the bar raving up the wave

Wrestling in the wild, rambling extra mile

Jetting me here and there out of nowhere


Born on a day, zigzagging it all the way

Born on a day, jazzing up the fluid clay


On the still planes, to the call of valleys

Diving in the hive, with life’s careless jive

To the nascent discrete route of adventure

Voice of the moment says keep moving on

Echo of the moment says follow it back on

Pacing up going full throttle on the highway

Known just to me, a creation of this day

That adrenaline vigour, the psychic rigour

The roar of the thunder, oh! that shrill of wonder


Yes, the vibes, this all is so known,

Yet so much more remains unknown

The home is where I belong,

Rounds round the creation what I demand

Crisscrossing even the place of nowhere


Born on this day, born to go wild

Born on a day, to take it my way


The antithesis and the creation now

This all is so jazzed up, electrified as Elvis

Ragged yet elegant as the Beatles chords,

Familiarly mysterious and soothingly numb

Stuck so comfortably contemplating, reflecting

Me and my loneliness, riding high on the words


September 14, 2011

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(Inspired from: Steppenwolf – Born to be wild – 1969)


No publicity is good or bad. Every publicity event now delivers some good because it enhances the imagery in public perception by repeating on the recall value. Value system is changing. Most values have changed. They are not values anymore. Putting things this way may still be half true in the social milieu of India but it is absolutely true for the politicians and the public perception about them in the prevailing political circumstances of India.

So, irrespective of the endless discussions on the implications of the L K Advani resignation episode, the final outcome comes to the one foyer only, that it gave Bhartiya Janta Party and L K Advani some heavy dose of (and required) media exposure that, until now, for the BJP, mostly Narendra Modi or Narendra Modi related developments were getting.

This heavy media exposure that began two-three days before the BJP National Executive in Goa (June 7-9) and built on the speculation that Advani was opposed to Narendra Modi’s elevation as the chairman of the BJP central election committee for the next parliamentary, scaled new highs as the events at the meet unfolded with Adavani postponing joining the meet, finally saying he could not make it due to ill health, reached to deafening loudness with Advani resigning on Monday and culminated yesterday, when Advani withdrew his resignation, all much like a scripted story.

All this kept the news carriers glued to the developments as and when they were happening. And as every news carrier was on it, so was the news-watching and reading audience universe that forms a sizeable chunk of this country’s population. Print and electronic media, together, now covers almost whole of the country and news developments travel in real time on the back of advanced information and communication technologies.

So, it was BJP, L K Advani and Narendra Modi all over. Though Narendra Modi prevailed in cornering the maximum exposure till Advani resigned, the carriers did justice in the aftermath of Advani’s resignation giving equal footage to Advani and BJP. The beleaguered NDA too, got good enough attention here.

In a country where the politics and the politicians have been unanimously branded corrupt, someone taking a stand for personal gains at the cost of larger group interests (can be applied with Advani and Modi both), doesn’t create a brand crisis, be it for brand BJP or brand Advani or brand Modi. The public understands that politicians see their self-interest first and do no compromises on that.

Isn’t it?

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No one can say anything about this ‘why’ with certainty except L K Advani but in doing so, he unwittingly gives the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and the Congress the breather that the corruption-tainted party and the alliance have been looking for, especially after the decimation it faced in the recently held bypolls where Narendra Modi performed exceedingly well.

Let’s do some wild-analysing (with some guesses):

Was it a fad of an octogenarian who was angry after his line was not taken into account in an organization that he had been a founding member of?

If that is so, like almost of the grandpas, Advani too, would be mollified after he is made feel that his importance in the outfit is still intact. Political developments are well on that way. The whole Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leadership is in a huddle and Mr. Advani’s resignation has been rejected unanimously.

Or Mr. Adavani was worried about the larger picture that Mr. Modi’s elevation as the BJP poll committee chairman for the 2014 general elections would cause irreparable splits in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and would repel the potential allies that might join the NDA as the election approached near. Mr. Modi has a communally controversial image that many political outfits fear to identify with.

But that communally controversial image may be the biggest vote multiplier for the BJP and NDA as well because Narendra Modi is the only leader in the country who can polarize the Hindu votes across the caste and class divides. If that happens, the BJP and NDA would easily sail through.

Or according to a colleague who opined that Rajnath Singh could not have taken such a big decision without Advani’s consent and this whole drama was BJP orchestrated to generate buzz around BJP’s national executive meet in Goa and around the party as a whole.

He was of the opinion that BJP’s presence in media and in public’s perception was getting monotonous and the party was in desperate need to create some high-voltage coverage to make BJP a buzz word again right before the take-off phase of the upcoming general elections scheduled for 2014 but developments say that it might well be held in 2013 itself.

Or let me add to it that the brand Narendra Modi was getting bigger than the brand BJP and the BJP central leadership including Mr. Advani was wary of it.

As the developments are progressing, it tells the gamble is well on the way of paying dividends with the whole nation and the media glued to the events going live and the whole BJP leadership at the doorsteps of Advani’s residence to mollify him to take his resignation back. Reportedly, Advani is unhappy with Modi. Now if Advani prevails, it will place the brand BJP above the brand Narendra Modi again.

But the burning question remains – can Advani lead the BJP and the NDA to the victory in the upcoming parliamentary elections?

Even Modi cannot be claimed to work some magic for the BJP in the next elections but one thing is certainly clear that Modi is far bigger, probably the tallest vote-puller for the BJP and the NDA than Advani in the prevailing political circumstances.

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