Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Obama did it!

Yes Obama did it! And India reveled in the pleasure. India and Obama make a fantastic pair.This relationship has finally hit a new high. Both are going around and painting the town red (read Media). For long, India has been trying hard to seduce America and outwit the charms of courtesan Pakistan. I’d like to believe America still has a soft corner for Pakistan, though these days it can’t help but be allured by the oomph of this Young, bold and brazen country. Media is going berserk with this liaison. By telecasting this affair they have got sumptuous fodder to feed the hungry common man cow. Newspapers could finally put the ink in their publishing machinery to good use. Columnists and of course bloggers like me have got intellectual matter to ponder upon and exercise those indolent creative cells in brain.

Speculations of this visit by the head of the most powerful country in the world started since the day Obama took those Presidential vows. Will he or won’t he? Considering the fact that Clinton and Bush notched up their popularity charts by landing here in India, the news of his November visit hardly came as a surprise. Clinton was a charmer. His charisma won him millions of hearts and that million included mine too :P I was in school then and Clinton was fresh out of this Lewinsky scandal. Lucky Lewinsky, I don’t blame her at all. My school friends used to tease me about that since Lewinsky and I share the first name. I confess blog, I secretly enjoyed those taunts and those Monicaaaa oh my darling lines!! That reminds me of my school friend Yukti, she still writes those lines on FB. Love you Yukti :)

Bush’s visit didn’t create that magic and flutter. After all, it’s difficult to match up to Clinton’s standards. His visit to ITC Maurya’s Bukhara raised that place to another league. I am hoping I get to visit that place one fine day and savor that famous Clinton platter. Such futile and worldly dreams I have no! Cut back to present. Obama and Michelle’s trip enchanted us and we wanted the fairy tale to go on and on. Obama’s oratory skills are eminent and he added zing to his speech by referring to Vivekananda, Gandhi and Ambedkar. Applauds in Parliament and repeated telecasts of his profound speech made me proud to witness this historic moment. The moment that catapulted India into a new league. Obama initially acted pricey, he had that difficult to be pleased and snotty aura around him. However, his speech indicated that he has accepted India’s proposal and is ready for the next step.

I marvel at the games these dignitaries and high profile people play. They know how to fixate their images in minds of people and conquer their hearts. All they have to do is sprinkle their speech with certain ‘personalized references’ and everyone concerned will surly sit up and take notice. Everyone loves attention isn’t it? It’s all about playing the right cards to captivate and then etching out an image in the hearts of public. Looking at it practically, he promised nothing great to India. Just a few assurances as per my knowledge and a few deals here and there. Oh I forgot!! Assurances do weigh a lot when they come from the most powerful man in the world. It is hoped that his next trip includes his daughters as well. Be our guests!!Atithi Devo Bhava

Sunday, November 7, 2010

I have time on my side...

Sweetheart

I have so many things on my mind right now! Phew!! Yesterday night I was contemplating an introspective kind of post for you. But then today’s day turned out to be pretty eventful. I’d like to share a few tit bits with you.

I wanted to spend my last holiday in peace at home, maybe catch up with pending reading stuff. However, fate had other plans for me…Now! I hadn’t anticipated the velocity and force of the so called plans. Here it goes...

It was a long drive to my cousin’s place and the drive on a November morning was a pleasure. I believe Delhi is at its best in November and December. There was a slight nip in the air and the smog due to Diwali was persistent this morning as well. A signboard that said ‘Connect with Life’ caught my eye. “I am already connected to life, in fact, I am hooked:D “I told myself assertively. Two semi naked kids were offering marigold flowers to Ganesha and Laxmi idols on a footpath near a traffic signal. They had that naive look on their faces. Meters ahead I saw an aged couple dodging cars, supporting each other and walking hand in hand. “I have seen and grabbed all, don’t want to live that long” I wondered. “Oh! Now don’t get started again”, “Got the stones, now all my wishes have been granted, can die in peace!” “Uff, there’s a lot to be explored, time knows when you’ll breath last so shut up and let it play it’s game, till then enjoy the bliss in each moment” Sigh. See! Several sides of me!

Finally I landed at my first destination. “Hey you look smarter than before!” Mind said ‘Tadda Danger ahead’. After we all were settled down and done with the greetings and niceties bang came the grand missile shots. An elder cousin casually asked “Are you single or are you going around with someone?” “Still single!! That’s boring”. Megha you are a dead duck! She has apparently shortlisted a ‘Smart and a handsome guy’ for me.”Please!I don’t want to”. “He too cribs like you! Don’t worry he will settle down in a year or two…I just wanted to let you know”. “Is he your friend?” “No just a colleague of mine”. Megha Ignore!! “Btw when do you intend to…” “Not now atleast! 3-4 years later may be” “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. Phew! Thank god! I successfully dodged those missiles. It got over then and there but somehow I knew that this was not the end.

Take Two!! Sabse badhe vale chacha. “How’s the work going? You are permanent now right!” “Permanency does not belong to the dictionary of private sector”. So, he asked my dad “Is she ready?” He looked at me, I looked the other way. “Ask her” and all eyes were on me. The spotlight was on me like in Yash Raj’s Dil toh Pagal ha.I had that “Kya ha” look on my face. “Not now”. Then “When?2 months, 6months?” “3 years” “Naa! That would be too late” “I had a proposal from a family friend, the guy is in TCS with a really good package. He won’t wait that long”. Who cares I wondered. And moreover TCS !! That bloody company has rejected me twice. I have pledged to never ever be associated with that company. Ughh!! I am still a na├»ve kid, why are these people in such a hurry. My cousin probably knew what was going on in my mind because she too had those same dilemmas few years back. “Megha I understand your concerns, but you see you’ll have to compromise once you cross the 25 barrier. Then you’ll have to ultimately go for Uncle Type’s. I don’t want to see you compromising.” Then she supported her arguments with examples of her friend and friend’s friend who are still single and looking because they had tantrums like me. “I have career issues, am still not sorted.”The end.

Take three!! The next chacha. Aunty was complaining “I have all the time and money to explore new places but my knee pain doesn’t permit those explorations!” I casually told mom “See, this is my age to see new things, later on I will also complain like this. So take me to new unexplored destinations” “Get married and explore the world with your hubby” exclaimed my cousin who’s five days younger than me. “Hello, now you don’t start off…why don’t you get hitched?” “I am a guy and you are a girl and moreover I’ll marry a younger girl so you see I have years. You, my sister are already late” “Kyaa!! Don’t you worry!” “I am your brother! Who else will worry” “Later we’ll talk about this not now” “Tere ko koi pasand kyun ni aata! Choose your own guy, life would be easier for your parents also”. I choose to stay quiet. For one, why should I settle so early! I am still so kiddish. This is one reason I avoid social gatherings. Moreover, I absolutely abhor the formalities and these people will object to my ideas. I’ll be absconding for sure :P that’s my crazy bollywoodish idea. Blog keep this a secret sssssssshhhh What an eventful day today was!! Loved the ups and downs :P Am still in the don’t care mood regarding marriage vows. I have time on my side…amen :)