April 15, 2009
Last few weeks have been frenetic at work. Achieved reasonably respectable results for FY 2008-09 in spite of the R word. This was followed by fine-tuning the budget for 2009-10 over the past 2 weeks. So, hardly got a chance to pursue my interests, viz. traveling, movies and eating out.
The other thing that had my attention these days is the elections for AP Assembly and Indian parliament scheduled to begin on April 16. After trying to assess who is better among the already proven failures, I have given up and went back to my original choice – Loksatta. I have previously decided not to vote for Loksatta because it is very obvious that they will not win even a handful seats, let alone a majority. But then I had successfully shaken off this typically middle class syndrome of backing the winners, and decided to vote for Loksatta which is undisputedly in a league of its own. I am proud that Andhra Pradesh is home to such upright and ideological party which is trying to bring a paradigm shift in Indian politics and governance. In its short existence as a political party, it was previously an NGO, Loksatta has shown that it is capable of walking the talk. The internal processes of Loksatta w.r.t. election of office bearers and selection of candidates for MLA and MP seats were transparent and truly democratic. Additionally, Loksatta has always been doing its bit to drive for improvement in political governance on various issues.
So, while I am not sure whether my vote will help the local Loksatta candidate win the seat, I am 1000% sure that each vote polled for Loksatta will motivate 5 more, hitherto skeptic, voters to vote for Loksatta in next round of elections. And when (not if) it happens I am sure Loksatta will be a strong political force with a power to change the governance of the state and center.
March 6, 2009
Hello again! Been busy slogging to meet the business goals for the current fiscal. On top of it the budget preparations for the next fiscal year are in full swing. So, here is quick log of my life & times in last month and half.
v Went to Warangal in February to visit my alma mater (REC-Warangal). I was there on the 2nd day of “Spring Spree”, annual cultural festival of REC-Warangal. Drowned in sweet memories for some time before wifey rescued me. Stayed overnight, and visited 1000-pillar temple and Bhadrakali temple next day. Photos are at the bottom of this post.
v Smoked a few times (I have quit smoking in June 2008) in the last couple of months. Was woken upto my senses by something I read on internet, and took a firm decision not to smoke again, even in jest.
v Am keenly following the AP politics. Its amazing how politicians can be so shameless in justifying their decisions. I feel that the voters are much smarter than what they are credited for. I am sure of surprise results on May 16.
v Pakistan seems to be on the verge of imploding and playing in to the hands of Taliban. Considering what Shaik Haseena is saying about the conspiracy behind the mutiny by Bangladesh rifles, India finds itself in unenviable position of being surrounded by rogue/failed/weak states. I would think Israel is in a much better position – at least the West condones whatever aggression it unleashes on its neighbours. Also, Israeli citizens are more dependable and responsible than Indians.
Some parts of temple are under restoration
Near Bhadrakali Temple
Near Bhadrakali Temple
September 24, 2005
Umm, it took more than a week to write my next post. It is not as if I was very busy, I kept my self busy by reading whatever is being said on the internet about Ganguly-Chappell fall out. That’s quite something, isn’t it? To see a coach so pissed off about the captain and the captain who chose to bring it out into the open.
Our dear friend Shyam Sundar a.k.a. MP (write to me privately if you don’t know what MP is) has penned a nice note on what could have transpired between Gangs-Greg.
MP: if you are reading this, why don’t post your “work” on this blog, please!
Let me steer away from cricket now, lest our “non-cricketing” friends shut out. The next thing that comes to my mind is the recent floods in coastal Andhra. Just when you think you have seen it all – the floods in Mumbai, the flooding of roads in Hyderabad (you don’t actually need floods “to flood” Hyd roads, a rainfall of 4 cm is enough), the floods in coastal Andhra came along, out of nowhere. The TV channels are showing most of Vijayawada getting flooded, and the people “wading” around on the streets with their lungi’s lifted to the waist level. Jokes apart, it was really surprising to see such a deluge of water, just for a 3-4 day rain fall. Even more surprising (rather shocking) is that inspite of such wide-spread damage, the relief work was very minimal. You can call Chandrababu Naidu many other things, but in situations like this he would have ensured that the state govt. people worked their ass off round-the-clock.