Review: Revolution 2020

I would say one more book of Chetan (Neither good, nor bad).  I am a big fan of FPS and 2 States.  No other books came close to these two (personal opinion). I couldn’t figure out why the book was titled “Revolution 2020”. And the “Love, corruption, ambition” thing, I could understand “love” and also to some extent the  “corruption” part, but why ambition?

A one time read, I would not go back to the story again, where as I go back to FPS, whenever I am messed. The book has no direct message/learning, although if one wants, many implicit learning’s could be forked out. With every book the writer improves, but I think Chetan prefers sticking to the masses, I can clearly see the reason behind choosing the city “Varanasi” and all …(it’s a gimmick to attrack more readership from the tier 2 and tier 3 cities). Which is going to help improve the numbers, but at what cost?

As a CB reader, the number of copies his book sells is irrelevant to me. Please, Chetan be what you are and twicking the story to improve numbers is so “bollywood-ish”. I will rate the book 2 out of 5, the ‘2’ is for the style of writing.

Expecting a lot more from you CB!

FYI: “He” is coming!

Booked my Royal Enfield Electra Twinspark 350 cc (Silver) on 18 February 2011! I booked it from Cherry Corporation, Aurangabad, Maharashtra. 4-6 months of wait till i get my hands on “him”.


Windows Live Writer!!!

I guess it’s working fellas.  It shows you an Edit, Preview and Source tabs just like the Excel worksheets. This is awesome.

First post using the Windows Live Writer.

Hey just testing the Windows Live Writer. If this works like the Outlook….man I’m going to love this.

The final word

You know Subhasis….I firmly believe in one thing…”What is good…..shall prevail till eternity”. I don’t mind if anybody from any part of this “world” comes and resides in Maharashtra…sweats, earns his bread….and in the end is happy and content.

I am proud to be a Maharashtrian…not just cause I was born and brought up here. But because, this land gives me opportunities to earn my living/ it gives me land to reside/ air to breath/ food to eat/ mingle socially and most importantly freedom of thought and expression.

And just because I am proud of my motherland does not mean that any other place is inferior to it. I don’t mind if you like to call The Eden Garden the most beautiful stadium in the world, if metro was built before or after British, may be Howrah is the biggest and Kharagpur is the longest station (as claimed by you) if they are, I feel good about it.

I am proud of the achievements of Jhulan Goswami. Leander Paes, Saurav Ganguly, Somdev barman, Ritwik Bhattacharya, rashmi Ganguly, Bhutia, mari com, hemant das, Dey, Rahul baneerjee and Subhasis Sarkar. If you think that Dada is the best captain India has had..well indeed, if not the best…I’d definitely say he was one of the best…even I celebrated his 183* Vs. Sri Lanka.

WB as we call it in the Republic of India on the grounds of geography, if it is the world’s largest producer of Rice, tea and jute, it has world’s largest delta and home to National animal Tiger…..great man….that’s awesome!!

If indeed WB has the largest no. of English school in the country….may be it should reflect in the literacy rate of the state (no point in just having schools, if they are scattering to the masses)…right?

“Culture and Education”:

I am proud of Rabindranath Tagore, Mother Teresa and Amartya Sen….and I don’t think that you should be worried and concerned if there is a Marathi Nobel prize winner?

It is good that Bengali language has its own “lipi” and alphabets….we don’t mind and don’t care if Marathi stole its alphabets…we need a language for communicating and that’s about it.

I’m sure that your comments that… “Marathi stole Hindi alphabets, we people don’t even have our own culture and Marathi is the rudest language” are nothing but thoughts of a demented mind.

The national anthem and national song are actually written in Bangla and by a Bengali poet. Well good Rabindranath Tagore was a great man and I think you should respect his vision and not bind him to mere being a Bengali.

Our National Anthem speaks of unity and diversity…a few lines connecting all the dots of the India story.

Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people,
Dispenser of India’s destiny.
Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sind,
Gujarat and Maratha,
Of the Dravida and Orissa and Bengal;
It echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas,
mingles in the music of Jamuna and Ganges and is
chanted by the waves of the Indian Ocean.
They pray for thy blessings and sing thy praise.
The saving of all people waits in thy hand,
Thou dispenser of India’s destiny.
Victory, victory, victory, Victory to thee.

Savor in its tranquility rather than demeaning it. .

I don’t have any issues with Shantiniketan, IIM K and IIT kharagpur being in WB…you should be proud of it …but pointing out the position of IIT Bombay (Mumbai) without any factual reference is naïve… Subhasis, I insist you go through the following link:

List of freedom fighters from Bengal…..

Mangal pandey , Jatin das, Khudiram Bose, Subhash chandra bose, Surya sen, Kalpana dutt, Voymesh banerjee (first president of congress), najrul islam, ravindra nath tagore

Pritilata, bakim Chandra, chitranjan das, abhinav kumar, kuntal biswas…well that’s a long list indeed….if want to know the lists of great men and women Maharashtra are produced…here is the list: .

But trust me dude, I am really not interested in blowing the trumpet of there names and do nothing about. I think they were the heroes of there times and they practiced what they preached…but as they say “Let bygones be bygones”…I don’t see a point digging graves…right??

Your claim that “We(I assume Bengalis) dominate the bollywood”, Staya jeet ray the first indian who won Oscar was a bangali,  Pothar panchali a bangla film is listed among top World’s most fabulous film,  Kishore Kumar and Rd Burman are from bengal

Watch music shows most of them are from Kolkatta”….if you again need a list to win an argument….you better refer to the wiki link above…you’ll get the answer.

Well if Domination on the film industry is what you talk about, it’s a very subjective issue and Film industry is a commercial entity (right?). So the number of films made and there box-office collections are a measure of who dominates. And it is always about money. If you care, check merely the number of films produced every year in the Hindi Cinema, Tamil Cinema, Telugu Cinema, Marathi Cinema and Bengali Cinema. And you would be aware of the location of “Bollywood”….and why it is there is a different story all together.

“All leading authors like Arundhati roy, sharad chandra, durjoy, nabollen,soma das, ritwik mallik r all bongs….” one more time (if you’d like) check out the wiki link I have above and lookout for list for “Literature” section.

And for your info. Arundhati Roy in a recent article called the naxalites as “Gandhians with a Gun” (bitch!!).  I would like to know if you stand by that??

“You r shouting amchi Mumbai so much, dude just check in the offices

all corporate heads r outsiders

Mumbai had to owe it success to all Indians.”

Now I think it’s going a bit over head….dude tell me: Why didn’t Delhi/Chennai/Kolkata not became Mumbai?? Why Mumbai became the economic capital of India? Why not Cochin …..Why not Kolkata? You have the sea, you have the ports and you have the people.

I’ll tell you why. It’s like you have all the things to make a Mumbai…but what you don’t have is “Open Minds”…which we Maharashtrians have…it acts like glue which holds everything together and a catalyst that speeds up the process of development.

Had it not been Bihar who would have given u coal,

had it not been Assam who would have given u oil,

had it not been Gujarat who would have given u business

had it not been Bengal, Punjab or UP who would have given you food”

Yeah I agree on that and that is why I don’t demean all these people and their occupation. And rather try to imbibe them with us.

“Remember Maharashtra tops in farmer suicide”….that’s because we have farmers and not naxalites…..who kill innocent policemen and blow there vehicles and bunkers.

A Small list of some stats which speaks for itself:

Population:                   Maharashtra: 96,878,627         WestBengal:  80,176,197

GDP(in Millions)           Maharashtra: 4,324,131           WestBengal:  2,360,442

Life expectancy            Maharashtra: 65.8                    WestBengal:  63.4

Human Development

Index                            Maharashtra: 0.678                  WestBengal:  0.612

Tax revenues (crore):    Maharashtra: 451,777     WestBengal:  169,910

Literacy rate:                Maharashtra: 77.6                  WestBengal:  71.6

Transport network

(KM):                          Maharashtra: 4176                   WestBengal:  2578

Installed power capacity

(MegaWatts):         Maharashtra: 21469.24            WestBengal:  8,113.27

If you are person who understands numbers….then you’d know what I mean when I give you the above figures.


i didn’t aim to hurt the sentiments of Maharashtra

i very much love this state with my all heart

just to shut up this ill-mannered loud mouth, i had to do….

still i apologize from my side………..


It was very eloquent and suave of you to apologize for whatever you said. I accept your apology.

“So its just not jai maharashtra…say jai maharashtra, bihar, bengal, kerala gujarat, and every state of this country only after saying Jai Hind.”

Yeah it would forever and always be “Jai Hind and Jai Maharashtra”

And I’d repeat one last time: “What is good…..shall prevail till eternity”.

Meet the ‘Omega men’

Men are increasingly turning into Omega men, as opposed to the Alpha male

–  they sleep in late, live with their parents and don’t have regular salaried jobs – but still happy with their lives.

On a typical day, he wears tatty clothes, plays computer games and “works on his music”. He does his washing and cooks his meals, and is usually single.

Okay contents above are a courtesy – The Sunday Times.

But hey- hold on a second, that concept has struck something in my mind. The title of “Omega man” seems suitable, something that i can live with, no unrealistic expectations of being a “alpha man“.

When our society cries out loud, day in and out for eliminating gender discrimination, this concept works as a catalyst and helps in the formation of a level playing field for both the genders.

I sort don’t seem to understand, by default why the man in the house has to play the lead role compulsively, isn’t the idea of sharing household responsibilities cool?

Let me know your views folks. G-day!

A wake up call for the “intellectuals”.

I am intentionally writing this post in “English” and i have been posting a lot of content in “Hindi” also. Just to prove that we indeed respect and use many languages. But “Marathi” is our identity and i am proud of it, so i don’t think there is anything wrong in doing that. People coming from other states can come in Maharashtra, stay here, grow here and may also settle here. We will treat them as guests, and as the famous saying goes “Athiti devo bhava“, we truly oblige by that.

A statement that hurts me and is repeatedly made by the self-proclaimed  “intellectual” people i.e, Media, is that “Mumbai is loosing its cosmopolitan culture”. I strongly condemn this statement and just wish to ask a question to all the self-proclaimed  “intellectuals” that, does being “cosmopolitan” mean that you lose your identity?.

As long as Mumbai and Maharashtra was ignoring the unaccounted flow of all sorts of people from all around this country, everything was “cosmopolitan” and the moment the people of Maharashtra raised a voice for their rights, we become hooligans.

I want to state that it was the vision and the ground work done by our leaders, that has made Maharashtra and Mumbai, what they are today. It is because Maharashtra and Mumbai developed and opened itself for everyone willing to work hard and earn a living for himself, that attracted others. It is our social fabric that has bared the burden of  a very diversified society. But everything has a limit and now it is high time.

If the people who were born in Maharashtra, who have been living here since generations and are “Marathi”, are not going to get the fruits of the hard work of their ancestors, then who is supposed to get it? What is the use of developing cities like Mumbai,Pune, Nasik and Nagpur, if the youngsters living in the villages of Maharashtra are not going to get there share in the development.

The debate could go on and on. The bottom line is that, the local people of a state should be given a priority in their state. So, Biharis should be given a preference in Bihar (provided that the government and leaders of Bihar do their bit for the Biharis),  Tamilians should be given preference in Tamil Nadu and so on. We never demanded that, Maharashtrians  should be given reservations all across India or Marathi be made the national language of India.

We are just asking for our rights.

– जय महाराष्ट्र!

“Paa”….what I felt about it…

Paa was a much awaited movie. The concept itself was generating a lot of curiosity and finally it is out in theaters now. I didn’t had anything in my mind before i went to see it, just was expecting a good, quite and a touching  movie.

Let me tell you one thing first, this is no Oscar material nor a National award nominee. And is not also a Bachchan family drama (thing which i was so sceptic about).There is no message coming out of the movie and nor is the movie preaching any idealistic cause. It doesn’t pretend to sympathize with the patients of Progeria. The film is based on a genetic disorder known as Progeria.

Then, what is this film about?. This is a movie which portrays a child’s life, it has the right amount of great humor. Sweet chemistry between Amol Arte (Abhishek Bachchan) and Vidya (Vidya Balan) and human emotions. Everything in the right places and in appropriate amount, nothing is too tragic nor is all hunky-dory. The film has a great flow and you just become unaware of the time flying by. All the movie watchers wanting something spicy, tragic and loud will be disappointed for sure.

Music by Ilayaraja is the second best thing of the movie, first best thing being the script. The music doesn’t distract you from the story, songs come and go and are very well embedded in the movie. The songs Mudhi Mudhi, Gumm Summ Gumm and Hichki Hichki  are too good and will keep you holding on to your seats. Nothing seems out of place.

A movie which made me think on child psychology. Just go watch the movie for it’s  simplicity and innocence.

तुने जो ना कहा…

तुने  जो  ना  कहा  में  वोह  सुनता  रहा
खामखा  बेवजा  ख्वाब  बुनता  रहा…

जाने  किसकी  हमें  लग  गयी  है  नज़र
इस  शहर  में  ना  अपना  ठिकाना  रहा
दूर  चाहत  से  में  अपनी  चलता  रहा
खामखा  बेवजा  ख्वाब  बुनता  रहा…
दर्द  पहले  से  है  ज्यादा
खुद  से  फिर  यह  किया  वादा
खामोश  नज़रें  रहे  बेजुबान….
अब ना  पहले  सी  बातें  है,
बोलो  तो  लब   थर  थराते  है
राज़  यह  दिल  का  ना  हो  बयान
हो  गया  के  आसार  कोई  हम  पे  नहीं
हमसफ़र  में  तोह  है  हमसफ़र  है  नहीं
दूर  जाता  रहा  पास  आता  रहा
खामखा  बेवजा  ख्वाब  बुनता  रहा…
आया  वोह  फिर  नज़र  ऐसे
बात   छिड़ने  लगी  फिर  से
आँखों  में  चुबता  कल  का  धुँआ
हाल  तेरा  ना  हम  सा  है
इस  ख़ुशी  में  क्यूँ  ग़म  सा  है
बसने  लगा  क्यूँ  फिर  वोह  जहाँ
वोह  जहाँ  दूर  जिससे  गए  थे  निकल
फिर  से  यादों  ने  कर  दी  है  जैसे  पहल
लम्हा  बीता  हुआ  दिल  दहकता  रहा
खामखा बेवजा  ख्वाब  बुनता  रहा …..
It just feels so close to the heart… like they say “never expect life to be fair“, so true. Somethings just happen and we are meant to deal with them. But things that this brain understands are not in sync with the heart…some wounds just never heal.

मराठीचं पानिपत.

आज ९ नोव्हेंबर २००९ महाराष्ट्राच्या इतिहासतील काळा दिवस म्हणून नोंद होईल. महाराष्ट्राच्या विधानसभेत आज मराठी माणसाची, मराठी भाषेची आणि महाराष्ट्राच्या स्वाभिमानाची लत्तरे टांगली गेली. “या साठीच का केला होता स्वराज्याचा अटहास“? कोण, कुठला अबू आझमी, आपल्याच घरात येऊन, आपल्यालाच आवाहन देतो आहे. संविधानाच्या आड लपून हा आपल्याला हिणवत आहे.

ज्याला निवेदनाची भाषा कळत नसेल तर करावे तरी काय? हा माझा प्रश्न आहे महाराष्ट्र नवनिर्माण सेनेच्या आमदारांनी लढलेल्या एकतर्फी युद्धाचे निषेध करणाऱ्या प्रत्येक मराठी माणसाला. हात जोडून विनंती कळत नसेल तर तोच हात त्याच्या श्रीमुखात देण्याची हिम्मत मराठी माणसात आहे, हे आज प्रत्येक महाराष्ट्र द्रोही माणसाला चांगलेच कळले असेल.

लाज आणि चीड या गोष्टीची वाटते की मराठी माणसाच्या आणि मराठी स्वाभिमानाच्या गमज्या मारणाऱ्या शिवसेनेने का समर्थन नाही केले आज मनसेच्या आमदारांचे? एका प्रसंगाची आठवण करून देतो, राष्ट्रपती पदासाठी जेव्हा कॉंग्रेसच्या प्रतिभा पाटील यांचे नाव पुढे आले, तेव्हा भाजपा चा विरोध डावलून माननीय बाळासाहेबांनी प्रतिभा पाटील यांना समर्थन दिलं होत, का? फक्त त्या महाराष्ट्राच्या म्हणूनच ना? तर आज काय शिवसेना झोपली होती?

मराठी मतं फक्त सत्तेसाठी का? शंका येत होती शिवसेनेच्या धोरणांवर, आज मात्र शंके वर शिकामोर्तब झालं. आज महाराष्ट्रा बद्दल कळवळा असलेलं प्रत्येक मराठी मन रडत असेल. आज परीक्षा होती शिवसेनेची आणि निकाल काय हे सर्व जाणतात. अहिंसेची भाषा कमीतकमी शिवसेनेनी तरी करू नये. आत्ता शिवसेना कोणाची आणि कोणाचा रिमोट? हा प्रश्न नाही विचारला तरच नवल.

भारतीय जनता पक्षा कडून तर काही अपेक्षाच उरल्या नाही आहेत. ते गृह्क्लेशात संपणार हेच खरे. राष्ट्रवादी कॉंग्रेस आणि कॉंग्रेस यांनी तर कधीच महाराष्ट्र विकायला काढला आहे. “कॉंग्रेस चे एकाच धोरण, सत्तेसाठी राजकारण..” हेच खरे. यांना घडल्या प्रकाराबद्दल काहीच घेणे-देणे नाही असं म्हणलं तर काहीच चूक ठरणार नाही. यांना आता चिंता असेल ती मिळालेल्या खात्यांची, पुढच्या पाच वर्षात कसे-कसे आणि कुठून-कुठून महाराष्ट्राला पोखर्ता यईल याची. बाकी भोंदू बाबाची सेवा अखंड रित्या सुरू आहेच.

आता उरले “सत्याची” बाजू मांडणारे पत्रकार बांधव… माझ्या भाषेत “बघे”. यांना फक्त “ब्रेंकिंग न्यूस” पाहिजे, TRP कशी वाढणार हीच चिंता. यांना लढणं माहित नाही, यांना प्रतिकार माहित नाही, यांना योग्य- अयोग्य काय याच्याशी घेणे नाही, फक्त मोठ्या बाता. हि अहिंसा आहे, हे संविधानाला अनुसरून नाही, हे सगळं मांडण्यात हे बेजार. ब्रष्ट नेते येतात आणि आपलं काम करून जातात, पत्रकार मंडळी फक्त प्रश्न विचारतात, उत्तरे ऐकतात, तेच जोडून- तोडून छापतात आणि म्हणतात “आता वळूया पुढच्या बातमी कडे”. ते तरी बिचारे काय करणार, सगळे वृतपत्र आणि वाहिन्या कोणच्या तर बड्या- बड्या नेत्यांच्या.

उरली जनता, त्यांना कोण विचारणार. मतदान झाले आता आपल्याला कोणी विचारत नाही हे त्यांना चांगलेच ठाऊक आहे. मग बातमी या कानांनी ऐकाची, थोडे शिव्या- शाप द्यायचे आणि दुसऱ्या कानांनी सोडून द्यायचे. पुन्हा पुढच्या निवडणुकीत तीच चूक करायची आणि मग बसायच बोंबलत.

अभिमान याच गोष्टीचा की, कमीतकमी महाराष्ट्र नवनिर्माण सेना निवडणूक प्रचारात हाती घेतलेल्या मुद्यांना सभागृहात मांडते आणि त्या साठी कोणच्याही कारवाईची भीती ना बाळगता लढते. तरीही ज्यांना वाटते की महाराष्ट्र नवनिर्माण सेनेने सभागृहाचा अपमान केला आहे, त्यांना मी सल्ला देतो की, विरोधी पक्ष म्हणून गप्प बसणारा आमचा पक्ष नाही. आमचा इमान हा मराठी जनतेशी आणि त्याच्या विकासाशी. बाकी सर्व गोष्टी या शुल्लक. मी कधीही हिंसेचा समर्थक नसणार, पण जर कोणी महाराष्ट्राच्या मुळावर घाव घालेल, तर त्याला आम्ही सोडणार नाही. त्याला समजणाऱ्या भाषेत आम्ही त्याला उत्तर देऊ. माननीय शिशिर शिंदे, रमेश वांजळे, राम कदम आणि वसंत गीते यांचा आम्हाला अभिमान आहे.

मनसेचे १३ आमदार होते, चार निलंबित झाले, उरले ९. पण आता आम्हाला खात्री आहे की, हे नऊ नक्कीच सरकारला पुरून उरतील आणि महाराष्ट्राच्या नेत्यान समोर एक नवा आदर्श मांडतील.

– जय महाराष्ट्र.