Goodbye

APJ Abdul Kalam: We Hate You-a closed letter!

I’m finally speaking my heart out for I’ve found out numerous reasons to hate APJ Abdul Kalam:

Dear Sir,

You were into Indian politics and you weren’t into even one controversy – we hate you

You helped devising the strategic nuclear position of India and no one auctioned you in to any issues. India even faced sanctions – we hate you

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Tweet from Balochistan

Consider the point above. Pakistan should hate you. But if they wanted one person, of course after Madhuri Dixit, it would have been a kind human like you. Obviously, that’s the closest I could come to a controversy. Even Sachin Tendulkar has faced our own controversial media. We hate you

Arnab Goswami couldn’t point a finger at you. Contrarily, he used his one precious hour asking people about your good behaviour on News Hour. He couldn’t find anything. He was relieved that in the Times Now’s most shouting show, he wasn’t able to raise his voice – we hate you

We all know that Presidents in India are mostly irrelevant. But acknowledge this, you were damn relevant. You didn’t live up to the expectation of nonsensical position of a President of India–the biggest democracy in the world–yes, we hate you

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Doctorates awarded by 40 Universities worldwide

You were our Google, our Apple, our Microsoft–with a way better heart (perhaps). You were a scientist only by fate. You simply worked hard for becoming one. You started your career as a paper boy and received over 40 honorary doctorates. You also get them for free. So much talent and determination? We hate you

Every damn child loved you (probably they had mistaken your identity with your hairstyle). Ask any parent and they’d love their child the most. You trespassed that rule. You were welcome by the youngest hearts in spite of not being their parent. That’s defying parenting in India. We hate you

You were a perfect epitome of religious harmony. And again, you were in to politics too. Hence, undoubtedly we hate you

I couldn’t find one hate tweet or post against you. Just none. Not in India, not by any caste, creed or religion. Not on Twitter, Facebook, or blogs. We hate you

Even after you were no more, you enjoyed all the TRPs. Yes, it was on the same day when a police station in Gurdaspur, Punjab was attacked by terrorists – we hate you

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Tweet before going to IIM Shillong

July 2015. NASA unveiled Kepler. Arguably, the bigger planet deserved you. But what was the hurry? You said you were going to Shillong. We hate you

Warm Regards,

Bharat – India – Hindustan

Ps: You know what? Even Indian dynasty politics would have accepted you. So many of us wish that your full name was Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Gandhi

Meanwhile, here’s back to politics:

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@MediaCrooks on TV anchors


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Opportunity–seize it!

Utility additions Apple iOS for

iPhone: 8 minor additions Apple should make

Here’s to user friendliness. Some simple utilitarian tweaks and additions that I suggest Apple incorporates in its iOS for iPhone that could save millions of user hours worldwide:

1. CELLULAR DATA ON/OFF IN CONTROL CENTER


CELLULAR DATA AND WI FIClearly, the bottom up control center coming up with a swipe of a thumb is a great gesture. Add one more icon there, that of Cellular Data On/Off.

Occasionally, you simply only wish to save money and battery life.

Or include one row with ICONS for: Wifi+Cellular On/Off, Only Wifi On/Off, Only Cellular On/Off.

Coming to speak of battery life, the next one is equally important

 

2. LOCATION SERVICES ON/OFF IN CONTROL CENTER


LOCATION SERVICES ON OFFThe smartest invention one can make in this age is to churn out a battery that lasts for days especially given the number of apps that one uses in an iPhone. Get us that button for Location Services On/Off in the control center.

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You really see Pakistan being unhappy about India’s wins in World Cup 2015?

THE SPORT

Twitter was on fire during the first two of India’s matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, against Pakistan and South Africa. Indian team was both, magical and clinical. Neither India, nor Pakistan, perhaps not any in world cricket, expected India to perform the way Indians did. Amidst some exceptional performances, undeniably the one central aspect of these wins was MS Dhoni’s captaincy. Field positions, rotation of bowlers, devising the plan, pepping all up to focus on the plan, and not worrying about living dangerously, were all what this great Indian captain continuously fancied.

Ask anyone before the match’s result and you would identify a lie in if the answer comes as “may the best team win” when an Indian and a Pakistani friend ask each other the same question: “who’ll win?”. Both countries have simpler rules when it comes to a cricket match between the two nations:

  1. We win against you. That’s as good as lifting the World Cup
  2. We are happiest when we win against you. We are equally happy if you lose against any other team
  3. Each of the two countries’ internal population is one single nation during an India-Pakistan cricket match. From the next day onward, we get back to our religion, ordinary politics, more

We must thank MS Dhoni for some exceptional reactions captured during the India-South Africa match from our neighbour and you’ll thought Pakistan entirely was unhappy with India’s win! For once, let’s appreciate:

@jawaadnazeer from Lahore, Pakistan

@jawaadnazeer from Lahore, Pakistan

@mansoorkhoso from Pakistan

@mansoorkhoso from Pakistan

@IamScheraz from Lahore, Pakistan

@IamScheraz from Lahore, Pakistan

@Mansanpk2009 from Karachi, Pakistan

@Mansanpk2009 from Karachi, Pakistan

I had the chance to chat with a Twitterati, Muhammad Ahmed (@M_Ahmad07) from Lahore, Pakistan and here’s how the conversation goes:

Chat during India vs South Africa match WC2015

Chat during India vs South Africa match WC2015 between @BadaniVishal and @M_Ahmad07

Rightly so, the world does deserve a great match each time any nation plays against each other.

@hinaanjum94 from Pakistan

@hinaanjum94 from Pakistan

To add, Star Sports India pulled it off great with the Mauka Mauka adverts. It’s emerged more like a Hello Tune in the minds of Indians and I am certain it has had as much effect in the minds of both, Pakistanis and South Africans. So much so that the hashtag #MaukaMauka remained a top trend for a reasonably good time during the match, while other hashtags continued dominating, #IndvsSA, #SAvsInd, #IndvsPak. Like Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) had converted in to Eden Gardens, South Africa enjoyed tremendous support from everyone in Pakistan. The Mauka Mauka advert could not have depicted any better. And they are quick to react immediately after the match result with the next advert for the India vs UAE match.

While writing this post, I stumbled upon: Reactions of Pakistani cricket fans who were eagerly praying for the second “MAUKA” in India vs SA match on OpIndia.com. It brings out interesting tweets at the start of the match and during the course of India’s win. Picking on a couple of them for you (but do check all the other tweets in the link above):

Courtesy: OpIndia.com

Courtesy: OpIndia.com

Courtesy OpIndia.com

Courtesy OpIndia.com

India still has a long way to go in the World Cup 2015. It is however heartwarming that India indeed is playing like defending champions. Admittedly, I would have been extremely upset if the games did not go in our favour and the Mauka Mauka tune and adverts would really not have been something that I would continue listening to and watching with sheer happiness.

Meanwhile, here’s what Sanjay Jha tweeted after we won against South Africa:

@JhaSanjay National Spokesperson INC Party

@JhaSanjay National Spokesperson INC Party

If you do happen to roll over some replies that he received on Twitter, you will certainly enjoy the reactions. I have also noticed that some reactions have been taken off.

So where’s the issue? Cross-border?

Sport must always essentially be rated higher than religion. Music, sports, and talent rather than religion should run a country.

Rail India and The Bullet Dream

Rail India and The Bullet Dream PM Narendra Modi tweeted on 25th July 2012 perhaps confirming about his first bullet train travel. Tweet by Narendra Modi on Bullet Train It was only in Sep. 2013 that he was officially announced as BJP’s PM candidate. Among several agendas that the historic 2014 elections were contested on, his rallies and speeches covered that India should have high speed trains. In Jan. 2014, he said that he wanted bullet trains to connect India’s 4 major metros by India’s 75th Independence Day (in 2022), calling for new “railway universities” to be opened as centres for engineering innovation in the process. It is encouraging to learn that as soon as he won the elections, his team was working towards his vision and the PM wishes to have the first high-speed train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai running by end-2017 (covering 543 kms at Rs 70000 crores). Many of us believe that his vision is achievable, thanks to the PM’s own implementation ability, work attitude and more so because of his strength in selecting / appointing the right people for the job. His intent in responsible delegation and accountability is noteworthy through the Gujarat model of development.

For us, the commoners, the dummy guide says the following about ambitious transport projects in independent India:

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Systematic Nonsense | #Education

Education Nonsense

Picture by Sumit Drew (http://www.sumitdrew.com/)

Status of the unfortunates:

Let’s categorize students based on their 10th std. and 12th std. scores in India and their reactions:

93% or higher: I could have got better in that subject. A couple more percentile would have done no harm. Surely, there was a problem in checking my papers. I am likely to take Science. I might study engineering. You see, others cannot get admission (more…)

The Great Education Antidote

Education Antidote

How many around you are actually building a career based on what they have studied?

The funny side of a great education is that it allows you to break rules to grow. In reality, breaking a rule as the very reason should be the optimal necessity if you think you are earning a top education. Strange? Here’s why I think so:

Enjoy external texts

Textbook (Indians can read it as ‘digest’) was the last good product that education made. It is a waste to only prepare for your exams. Scoring high (cracking the test) does have its benefits, but the fact is, you are studying now to ensure you make a great career (earn money or change/develop systems). Your employer or your future business is smart enough to find you a dumb-ass if your (stagnant) wits do not show them a good future. Read external texts, take suggestions from a pro or a lecturer on books / case studies to read. 1000s around you are doing exactly what is asked of them to do – learning academic curriculum. Take that additional step to read what you (may) like and you will find your academic curriculum easier. Believe me on this!

Remember, professors love learning from you. In reality, except for whatever they are reading, their only source of learning is from your smartness. Read everything!

Meet experts – Visit companies (any level)

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Vocation Education – Finally in India!

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In Sep. 2011, I wrote a post about “Smarter Literacy: Taking a break while studies – a phenomenon unheard in Bharat“. The article talked about why vocational education was important and why taking a break while studies was essential for Indian students (if not for all students).

Nearly 3 years from then, we finally hear that Vocation Education does kick off in 92 Indian Colleges (4 in Mumbai) as this Mumbai Mirror article confirms. The new approach (applaud) is welcome and will allow students to take a break after the first year and also do some internships. The number of courses as of now are limited but this is a great start. (more…)