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Independence and Freedom

Posted on 19 Aug 2014 In: Soundingboard

For most of our generation the exactitude of the pre independence era has never touched us; we were mere toddlers when freedom from outside control was acquired. As we grew up, the absence of personal experience during the bygone era was compensated to an extent from our exposure to those who participated in the freedom struggle and the free media. We witnessed the seeds sown of our systems, of governance, welfare, security, and judiciary and so on, and to this day we benefit from them. We began exercising our freedom, we had choice of action with no restraint, fair and equal opportunities, we could speak freely, answer with freedom, frank and outspoken, unrestricted use of our right to our property and fortune and so on. We were free to exercise all our senses and we did and continue. Read the rest of this entry »

Autobiographies: Inspirational or Sensational

Posted on 5 Aug 2014 In: Soundingboard

Biography and autobiography are stories of real person’s life, the former written by someone other than that person while the latter is the biography of a person narrated by him or her. In both the cases it is about a person spanning from childhood to old age. Biographers normally enjoy the liberty of expressing their own views and opinions on their subjects whereas the autobiographer is the subject and speaks of that related to him only.

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Is the Silent Majority Irrelevant or a Myth?

Posted on 15 Jul 2014 In: Soundingboard

The dictionary says that the ‘silent majority ‘is a presumed moderate majority of the citizens who are too passive to make their views known’. More recently the silent majority has become an unspecified large majority of people in a country or group who do not express their opinions publicly. It is said that in most cases the silence of the silent peaceful majority has resulted in barbaric atrocities, bloodshed, devastation and untold misery; Read the rest of this entry »

A World Cup with No Holds Barred

Posted on 19 Jun 2014 In: Soundingboard

While thousands from all over the world throng the stadiums in Brazil to cheer their teams and watch the ball played with finesse and elegance a different tournament watched by the world community is on in the Middle East where the heads of slain soldiers cut from their bodies is kicked around with disdain and ferocity. The former has referees to control the game from infringements the latter follows no rules. The extremists calling themselves Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are now threatening Baghdad and the visuals on the TV and pictures reveal their barbarism and wickedness. Read the rest of this entry »

Caught In A Cleft

Posted on 9 May 2014 In: Soundingboard

THE Most expensive–and the noisiest–campaign in India’s political history is drawing to a close having aroused voters to a feverish  pitch.  It would seem to be a rule of modern media politics (Internet, TV and mobile texting) that the more expensive a campaign is, the more rank-and-file interest and participation it is likely to arouse. With 3D Visual holographs, 24×7 TV coverage, telethons, the huge rallies, road shows, corner rallies and door to door canvassing the exhausted viewer-voter apparently feels that there is very little left for him to decide on his choice of his vote. Read the rest of this entry »

Vidya Trust

Posted on 15 Apr 2014 In: Soundingboard

It was in 1990 that I first played Golf on the Bolarum Course in Secunderabad.  A youngster around 10 years ran towards my car and requested me to take him as my Caddie. Initially it irked me to hire a child for my entertainment, but looking around I found that the children of similar age group were pulling the carts of other golfers. Read the rest of this entry »

The Mating Season

Posted on 26 Mar 2014 In: Soundingboard

For those with soiled cerebrum, please do not over stretch your enthusiasm, mating is to join together as mates (associates) and nowhere does  Webster Dictionary imply a physical relationship! Yes there are mating seasons, childhood, adolescence, retirement, school and college days, workplace, and so on where we reach out and seek friends and comrades. In most cases a lifelong tie develops through bonhomie and mutual respect, through camaraderie and understanding and such associations last long possibly to the last living days. Read the rest of this entry »

1 and 1 = 2 or 11?

Posted on 10 Mar 2014 In: Soundingboard

I hold no brief for the late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein; his (and that of the Mullas of Iran) comeuppance much earlier would have saved over half million lives, destruction and subsequent misery. Saddam was hanged but the Mullas continue to call the shots in Iran; when will the Mullas be forced into servility, is perhaps known to the present or the next US president, depending on their electoral equation (and the ratings) with their countrymen! Read the rest of this entry »

Governance

Posted on 24 Feb 2014 In: Soundingboard

We all have been exposed to the process of governing in some way or the other and during some time or the other. As, bright kids in School as a prefect participating and controlling bunch of kids; as professional adults at various levels of hierarchy; as parents tending to the family needs and so on.  We do find on reflection that our worldly achievements have a meaningful correlation with our acts of omission and commission of the past and present acts of governance, in  fact what we are and what we have is partly on this count. Read the rest of this entry »

Model and Pedestal

Posted on 1 Feb 2014 In: Soundingboard

It may appear odd and archaic but I do smile when I am lonesome at the foibles enacted by me since my childhood.  The sheer enormity of the oafish and awkward escapades and quests make me blush even at this ripe old age! To enumerate and anatomize each would be dreary and certainly embarrassing.  However, one soft spot recall repeatedly accosts me; the yearning and search for a role model, one standalone person with all the virtues of head and heart, a luminary whose deeds and actions would guide me in pursuit of my attainments at every stage of my life. Read the rest of this entry »