नव वर्ष मगंलमय हो़।
May the New Year brings good fortune.
Above is the literal translation of the greeting made in Hindi, above.
Fortune is a b***h. It is always found at wrong places. When it is with us we almost fail to notice except on the last day when dice fail to fall in our favour.
The last year was not so good. So many airplanes falling into sea. So many macabre killings in the name of holy wars. So many children dying without even knowing the reason for their mass murder. Human trafficking on a rampage. Pedophiles and rapists on loose. Human organs being sold like vegetables. Womb for hire, nitrogen tombs for hire. More and more junkies. What has changed in all these years?
Seeing all the tragedies around, it appears the fortune was with all the people who survived the year 2014. Keep it up. Stay out of trouble. Once again Happy New Year, 2015.
May the coming year bring hopes back. Hope for humanity to prevail upon human beings.
Merry Christmas to all the readers.
Christmas is said to be a time or forgiveness and togetherness. In India unless a person is christian or has close links with a christian family, it is just another holiday in which churches are beautifully decorated. In India the counter-part of Christmas is Deepawali or Diwali. Any how, I would share a jest. This morning I received a SMS from somebody I do not know personally. it congratulated me in these words:
“Wish you a happy, prosperous and merry Christmas……”
The message apparently was written in the same fashion as a Diwali greeting which is festival of prosperity. Any how it shows the ignorance of us all about others. I wonder if I am correct about the first line I wrote above, about forgiveness and togetherness.
A cold, parched but moist Christmas:
Winter is here, in New Delhi and Northern India. This year it arrived late but abruptly. Continue reading
Living in Delhi is living in insecurity.
Does Police ever learn from their past mistakes?
Delhi and Mumbai are two cities of India which have faced maximum wrath of terrorism. Innocent people and young children have died in markets from the bombs but brave terrorism risk every day. But it seems that police never learns from its past mistake. Laziness or ignorance of police personnel at street level may become major security threat any time. But to under stand the implication of a small mistake (which I will point out later), let us briefly review the last terror attack in Delhi on Parliament of India.
Revisiting the attack on Parliament on 13th December 2001.
Terrorist riding in a car which looked like an official car of an MP, passed the first corridor of security. It was at second layer of security that they were suspected and thereafter the terrorist inside the car opened fire and killed police personnel on duty. After a prolonged shoot out the terrorists were gunned down but by then they had killed 6 security personnel besides 8 others. In 2014 the entire Parliament paid homage to these security personal who sacrificed their life on the line of duty in a rather elaborate public function which was televised live.
Prime Minister paying homage to martyrs of 2001 attack on Parliament of India.
Now if we notice the most important component in attack is the car. One can not walk down the street with AK-47. It can only be concealed in a Car. What is better is a car which looks like official. Now look at the picture below:
Car No. DL2FDE0063 with red beacon.
Z Class or Maximum Security and a rogue car with red beacon:
Sorrow is our most intimate friend.
Any thing happens, we slide in the cold lap of sorrow. Everybody has reasons to be sad. However different, these reasons may be, yet how similar these reasons are. One such reason is disappointment. Our hopes, aspirations or expectations are crushed so often that often it seems to be the only source of disappointment.
Sorrow from impossibility.
Of course there is always a cause of impossibility like death of near or dear or illness. About death, I had a recent brush with it when my father died last year. I was sad as ‘I’ had lost a dear and trusted friend. I could talk to him almost anything. Regarding my advice to him, he always agreed with me but never followed. At a ripe age of 90 and with degenerating mind and body, should his death be a reason for sorrow? Continue reading
Litigation is a war sans bloodshed and physical violence. Like all wars its initiative and defence often becomes a subject matter of legends in the future. Parliamentary defence is one such legendary defence. What is it?
Background of parliamentary defence.
Parliament is a place of debate and discussions in which through logic and reason, conclusions may be reached. Of course conclusions are drawn by majority which is Government. So how does opposition display that it is doing something for an issue?
First and constructive one is to enact law, to remedy the problem. Continue reading
Rent Control Laws were enacted in Europe especially in London in the aftermath of second word war which had destroyed the urban habitats on a massive scale. Object was to prevent landlords from taking advantage of unfortunate situation by hoarding residential accommodation. Rent Control legislation besides other things, protect the tenants from eviction except with the permission of courts only in specified circumstances. One such circumstance is that the landlord requires the property for his bona fide need.
Rent Control in India:
Delhi Rent Control Act is one such legislation. Initially introduced in 1936 it was recast and reenacted in 1958. Similar legislations are in place in every other state of Bharat (aka India). After the Amendments made in the year 1988, the provisions of the Act are intended to apply only on properties let out for rent below Rs. 3000.
The Delhi Rent Control Act, as originally enacted did not provide for eviction of commercial properties on the ground of bona fide requirement of the tenant. Supreme Court, a few years back struck down this anomaly as unconstitutional and opened flood gates of litigation for landlords of commercial properties to seek eviction of tenants. Continue reading
Living as humans
An astonishing fact about humans.
We are born tiny, we grow up, we grow old and die but in the process what we learn ? We are aware about our appearance, our possessions, our actions and some time the outcome as well but who is this self?
Inquiry into self.
We learn things. How to cook? How to milk a cow? All things needed not only to earn and to survive but also to out smart others. What about ourselves? How much we investigate about this ‘self’? What is this body and what is this mind? Who am I?
We have fascinatingly imaginative opinions about ourselves and all the people around us but in the black and white of bad and good. Opinions completely or partially divorced from facts. Vivid yet lacking relevant material details.
Response from Notionpress to
my previous review of their services.
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Business of soul.
Soul is a big business. In fact largest and most profound. Historically saving souls is a pious venture which condone trivial violence like killing children, raping girls and women butchering unarmed humans. All obviously trivial because the religions which extended the umbrella of impunity to such act are still thriving.
Coming back to soul, what is it? A hard disk? A floppy disk? A CD-ROM ? Or a cloud account for human memories?
Review of webland.in (web hosting provider)
Webland.in is a web-hosting provider which is claiming to provide unlimited hosting at a very economical price of about Rs.60/- or USD 1/- per month. It appears that it is an India based reseller of Unlimited Hosting of UK even though it claims no affiliation of any kind. However the service provided by webland.in is very bad and unresponsive. Some of the problems which make it unviable host are as under:
Limited or poor server processing:
Every time I log into wordpress dashboard, it takes a very long time to do it. Thereafter I am struck there. Continue reading
Happy Diwali is a loose term which does not translate the true greeting but it is fast overtaking the original greeting “Shubh Deepawali”. The correct translation is “Let it be an auspicious Deepawali” but practice and convenience takes over. Any how, the intentions remain the same and words do not matter beyond a point. Therefore to all those who read this:
‘Sai’ is another synonym of God. Literally it means omnipotent or omnipresent. Sai Baba refers to a 19th century Muslim faqir i.e. hermit who renounced the worldly affairs and left himself at the mercy of God or Sai. He spoke almost nothing except Sai. In other words he tried to point out that everything is God or Sai. The seer gained popularity over his selfless existence but has gained even more popularity in this century. The obvious reason is, the mouth to ear, reasoning that worshiping his deity produce desired results. The popularity of new deity is so much that deiform of Sai Baba now share dais with Ram and Sita in a temple as per picture below:
But religious shops aka temples are helpless for these are also governed by demand and supply rules and demand for Sai out weigh the consideration for archaeological etymology of God in question.
An Hindu Shankracharya (Hindu counterpart of Christian apostle) has openly denounced the practice of worshipping Sai Baba as contrary to Hindu religion. So much so that recently a petition was filed in Supreme Court of India claiming infringement of freedom of religion but it deftly declined.
The development is interesting as Hindu tradition of worshipping image is a practice which is dated back to over ten thousand years if not more. The fact that a Muslim Seer has been deiformed is a new challenge. But as it happens, most of worshippers of Sai are not aware of the complete biography. At least none could tell me when asked. Some of worshippers are close friends and relatives therefore I had to be polite and non invasive but I do not think it affected the result.
Any how the teaching of the Baba, to surrender, is yet to reach the followers who throng the temples seeking more possessions and to protect existing ones.
Hindi keyboard on iPhone 5:
This perhaps would be my first bilingual post in English and Hindi. But thanks to the keyboard of the iPhone, Hindi typing is as easy as English. Hindi keyboards are not easy. Hindi not only has letters but also symbols above, below and after the letters to pronounce sounds. Typing symbols is not easy. But iPhone’s Hindi keyboard is intuitive and easy. If you have not tried, please do try.
Massage in Hindi :
यह मेरा प्रथम दिवभाषीय अंग्रेज़ी और हिंदी लेखन होगा। इसके लिये आईफ़ोन के हिन्दी कुंजीपटल को धन्यवाद। ईसके कारण हिंदी में टाइप करना अत्यंत सुविधाजनक है। हिंदी के कुंजीपटल आसान नहीं होते। हिंदी में शब्दों के ऊपर और नीचे मात्राओं को लगाना पड़ता है जिससे आवाज़ें उत्पन्न होती हैं। इन मात्राओं के सूचकों को गोदना आसान नहीं होता। परंतु आईफ़ोन का हिंदी कुंजीपटल आसान और सुविधाजनक है। अगर आपने प्रयोग नहीं किया तो तुरंत प्रयोग करें।
To use this keyboard add Hindi Keyboard in settings like this:
Now press the Globe button on keyboard and Hindi Keyboard will appear. All the best.
A College or Museum.
Amity School of Engineering and Technology is situated at urban village of Bijwasan, near Dwarka, Delhi. It is affiliated with GGS Indraprastha University of Delhi.
Presently Colleges and Universities in India have no rating or ranking system in India. Therefore the reputation is often weighed on the basis of merit cut off of students and placements.
However the first impression is often the last impression. Amity as an Engineering College also offers Courses in Computer Science and information technology. The website of Amity lists the configuration of computers in its lab on its website.
The most modern computer is listed as 266 MHz speed with 32 MB RAM and 5 GB Hard disk. That was the configuration which stopped rolling out of factories in year 2000 if not earlier.
Yes the lab if it has such computers is a museum. Because these machines existed only before Window XP came into being. Of course headless Linux can run on these ancient machines.
So is it true that this College has these ancient machines and are actually teaching on these machines?
This is a poem which kissed me after I watched the last or last but one episode of Breaking Bad. As usual I woke up in the morning with few whispering words which started to swing into sentences and here it was a poem like sentences lying in my phone for quite some time. I have titled it:
Threshold you returned from;
Door never knocked to enter;
Roof which withered the rain;
House which kept us warm;
Alas is no more.
The peelings from wall crying;
Hinges were squeaking pain;
Droplets from roof betrayed rain;
Rats and flies now playing the chattels;
Home alas is no more.
Swing in patio still playing with wind;
Pool with water smirking at lightening;
Roses, lilies still smile in the spring;
Lettuce first to leave, cactus be the last;
Dahlia alas is no more.
Little steps, rolling toys while birds were chirping;
Innocent smiles on lips igniting laughter;
Doors remember those endless chases;
Gone are puppies, dogs, birds and parrots;
Childhood alas is no more.
Looks which kindled, touch that was life;
Love so sweet; marriage sweat and sour;
Job that sucked but paid so well,
Me that was all to savour;
Life thou rattling, alas is no more.