Illicit liquor/hooch tragedy, fundamental cause

Finance Minister blood is on your lapel!

Spurious Liquor and death therefrom is seasonal ritual in India. Every year or next, a tragedy or the other happens at one place or another. Causes for such recurrent tragedy are apparent policy failure and it is unlikely to be corrected under present Hindu myopia. Earlier the reason was apathy towards poor. Mere change of reason without change of policy. Bihar is the recent State which has prohibited liquor altogether. Therefore Bihar would be the next State from where next tragedy will occur.

The real reasons for such tragedies:

Confiscatory taxation:

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Hindi Movie: Matru Ki Bijli ka Mandola

Matru ki Bijli ka Mandola

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Present day movies inherit its present form from various sources. English Theatre, Russian Circus, Opera and Indian Nautanki. It appears that the last one has now attracted the attention of the movie makers all over the world.
Vishal Bhardwaj’s Matru ki bijli ka mandola is a typical masala movie on nautanki tradition. Little story but too much ado and a few socially relevant issues which entitled it my attention. Lots of new clichés in dialogues which are on Bhojpuri cinema tradition, while making essentially a movie on the back drop of State of Haryana. Continue reading

A tale of alchoholics surviving rehabilitation!

A new tale about rehabilitation of alcoholics!

Three drunkards were admitted to Rehabilitation Center where they become friends. After they were discharged as rehabilitated they decided that they will meet again after a month and share the progress. So they met after a month at a Coffee House.

The sober meeting

After exchanging pleasantries and ordering three coffees, they silently sat at the table and looked at each other. Finally the younger looking ex-drunkard looked around at people and spoke, “It is very tiring to take care of myself, that too sober and that too 24x7x365. I feel exhausted. Look at the people around. None has such a tiring job.”
The second one with partially bald head, nodded in agreement and said “Worst part is that treating us sober, everyone find an excuse to burden us with unnecessary responsibilities. I am tired too.” He too declared.
Third one with gray hairs, kept his face grim and after thoroughly stirring his Coffee, took a small sip. After being satisfied, he looked at others and asked the other too; “If it is so difficult, why not start drinking?”
“No, we do not want to go into rehab again. We can not let down our loved ones.” Both replied almost instantly and asked the third one if he had no problems.

The third one scratched his head and agreed that it was difficult in the beginning but he found a way. Now other two stared at him, almost begging for answer.
“Well what I do is” he started slowly, “that I remain sober when I drink and make sure no one notice me drunk. But when I do not drink, I splash my clothes with drink and try to act a little delirious. Thus I know how every one is frightened of uncertainty, when we are drunk.”
The other two looked disappointed, yet asked: “How it helps?”
“First of all I drink when I like and catch others in conversations they think I do not understand. Secondly I am not afraid of lack of drink so I have overcome the fear of Rehab.”

Bottom-line:

1. Often consistency of behavior is exploited by others. Sometime exploitation is in the name of help or compassion.
2. It is not about drinking rather it is about being a grown up, with first duty to take care of ourselves.

© Sandeep Bhalla