Originally from Punjab, India. Now in Melbourne, Australia. Abundantly opinionated, adequately grounded, and moderately flawed. I try not to hold back an opinion.
After years of being a paper napkin poet, I recently became an author of an anthology. My first book Tamed Words is out now. A collection of 36 poems, this book is my 'one giant leap', towards writing.
My second collection of poetry is out now titled 'Molten Eternities' - its an e-book available globally on Amazon websites.
It was almost midnight as we boarded the river cruise. There was a mild chill in the spring air. The night was mostly clear with a few wandering specks of clouds here and there, with the moon perched...
In 1984, thousands of innocent civilians were murdered in cold blood in New Delhi and its surrounding areas by rioting mobs of self-proclaimed "justice seekers" for the assassination of Indira Gandhi....
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is no stranger to the limelight. Once again, he finds himself the cynosure of all eyes, except that this time it's not on a cricket field but in cinemas, courtesy the recent Bolly...
A few months ago I wrote a post on why I think Punjab is ready for AAP. My opinion at the time of writing that post was that the Akalis would struggle to regain power in Punjab on the back of a massiv...
That you chose to publicly speak against this breed of hooligans is worthy of appreciation, Mr. Modi, but the message itself came across as half-baked. It came across as a token rebuke uttered by a Prime Minister who perhaps was advised by his media experts to “say something” before it all gets out of hand.
My book is a culmination of a dream that was stitched over a long time as I grew up, and which, at times, seemed improbable. For me it signifies the triumph of a “below par” schoolboy who always wrestled with doubt and wondered if he was good enough at anything. Getting this volume of poetry out bolstered my self-belief and gave me faith that I too could carve a little corner for myself in a wide wide world.
India's strong moral fabric often haemorrhages in the hands of opportunistic power mongers. The naiveties of its masses are preyed upon by the power-hungry, robbing them of opportunities to thrive and prosper. Bereft of choices and let down by their supposed caretakers, the disenchanted masses are bound to develop an affinity for anarchy in their struggle for survival.
The rational and fact-based views of the Indian economy and its future, as often presented by Rajan, ran the risk of empowering the citizens and making them aware of the real challenges faced by their nation. That was extremely un-Indian of Rajan, no doubt. How could the political parties have allowed him to derail their shabby rhetoric of "acchhe din" and so on?
"Democracy" in India continues to be severely impaired. It is mercifully loaned to the citizens only to cast a vote during elections, but at all other times "democracy" remains a mere throwaway phrase, conveniently molested by the Indian political class.
I was pleased to read Chetan Bhagat's letter to the youth of Kashmir. It seemed like a sincere attempt at conveying a heartfelt opinion to perhaps the most disenchanted group of citizens in India. I remember feeling an urge to send him a tiny tweet back, appreciating his write-up. But in the meantime, Chetan Bhagat unravelled himself on Twitter. He did not have to seek the assistance of a troll to do so. Instead, he shot off a tweet to the famed Barkha Dutt, seeking feedback...
Cricket, they say, is a 'gentlemen's game'. Played by mortals. Hence, each time 'god' and his allies played against the mortals, they had a tendency to ignore a sledge. Walk away from a verbal contest. Be humble and gracious. And we all know that's not how mortals play cricket these days. Especially those Aussies. So the successor to 'god' had to be a human. An ambitious, arrogant, aggressive, sledging, tattooed human. And that's everything that Virat Kohli is, and a bit more.
It seems likely that Punjab will vote for change in 2017. The Congress will rely on its past record. The AAP will rely upon its promise of good governance. And the Akalis (and BJP), it looks like, will rely on a miracle.
I will be turning 40 later this year. But the people around me have let me down. They have done so by robbing me of an entire year of my life. The 39th year of my life. The year that I am currently living. My current age. In their heads, I have already turned 40. So now, I am more intent on reappropriating my 39th year. I refuse to be 40 when I am technically 39. And it's not just a number. It's a darned fact.
The IPL, to me, is a sporting circus synonymous with brand endorsements, Bollywood stars and drunken after-parties. Throw in a raft of "match fixing" allegations, corruption-prone officials, and banned franchises, and there you have it -- Brand IPL at its inglorious best. A perfect recipe to bastardise a popular sport. The most disturbing part is that the BCCI seems to be content with such a projection of the IPL to the rest of the world.
Governments may change every five years, but changing the collective mindset of the biggest democracy in the world will take time. The turnstiles of change have to be set into motion though. Pronto. There will be setbacks. There will be a backlash. There will be resistance. But if Indians get serious about such change, it will happen.