Wednesday, 22 January 2014

One Month after Assembly Elections 2013 - What are Chief Ministers up to?

Wikipedia says, "A Chief Minister is the elected head of government of a state of India. The chief minister is the head of the state (governor is the nominal head (de jure executive) and does every thing under the guidance of the chief minister) Cabinet, and the leader of the state Legislature. By the Constitution of India, the chief minister is appointed by the Governor of the state (article 164)."

I often wonder how busy the lives of people who lead the state/nation are. These are positions of huge responsibility, involvement and commitment. CMs are required to comment on everything that is happening in the state, speak on every topic in the news, take action on everything that is reported to them and please the public with their superman power. Its true that a good number of people in a state might not know the CM of the state, unless its someone who has been ruling for ages or someone who keeps attracting the cameras all the time. CMs are required to attend to hundreds of issues across the state and thus, the larger the population and land area, the tougher their tasks becomes. They are also supposed to dedicate time towards their party's work. In all this, they seldom find time for family or themselves.

I wanted to understand what exactly these guys do. There are many ways to do that but for those who live by Google, here is a bit of research. I searched for the name of the CM in Google, filtered the search to News, and further, filtered it to pages from India and time period of last 1 month. I looked at the first few pages of the search results to find out what these Chief Ministers have been doing over the last one month. I chose the names of 5 chief ministers who come in to power after the Assembly Elections 2013.

The search results could indicate the overall direction of the CMs' interests and focus. It shows us how they are spending time, what kind of issues are important to them and what has been their focus in the last one month of coming to power. All the following information has been sourced from Google and various news providing websites that appeared in the search results.

So, here is what our Chief Ministers are up to.

Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister, Rajasthan
Age: 60 years
Political Party: Bharatiya Janata Party
Assumed office - 13 December 2013 (previous tenure 9 Dec 2003 – 10 Dec 2008)
No of Districts : 33
Area: 342,239 sq km
Population (2011): 68,621,012
Literacy: 68%
  • Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who won the state election last month, has decided not to live in the official residence that she is entitled to. She has also halved the security that surrounded her predecessor, Ashok Gehlot of the Congress.
  • Ms Raje, who comes from the royal family of Gwalior, has also instructed the police not to make special arrangements for the passage of her cavalcade.
  • Ms Raje has also decided to take commercial flights instead of using state planes to reduce her travel expenses.
  • Rajasthan government plans to make the desert state as a major tourism hub on the lines of Kerala and Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said on Thursday.
  • Vasundhara Raje holds surprise inspection of night shelters
  • Apart from implementing the 60-day vision document, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is now going to address all the problems and complaints received during the Suraaj Sankal Yatra on an individual basis.
  • Sources in the party informed that chief minister Vasundhara Raje had received as many as 10,000 memorandums during her 14,000-km Yatra ahead of Assembly polls. All these complaints and memorandums have been handed over to chief secretary Rajiv Mehrishi.
  • In yet another embarrassment for the Congress, Jaipur mayor Jyoti Khandelwal on Friday rated Vasundhara Raje-led state government's achievements of less than a month above the previous Ashok Gehlot-led government's accomplishments of five years.
  • Vasundhara Raje readies war room to fight unemployment, create 1 Lakh jobs
  • Vasundhara Raje to take call on Metro's North-South corridor
  • Chief minister Vasundhara Raje stressed on the need for forming special investigative teams for quick disposal of the pending FIRs in various police stations. She was taking a review meeting of the home department on Saturday where officers from the police headquarters, Jaipur police commissionerate, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) participated and showed their work through powerpoint presentation.
  • Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje today directed officials of Home department to expedite investigation in pending cases and strengthen intelligence network to provide a better policing in the state.
  • A day after the review of Home department by chief minister Vasundhara Raje, work has started at war footing to improve the efficiency of the police and clear the old deadlock over promotions and new recruitments.
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has been left wondering what to do with around six million compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs worth Rs.66 crore purchased by the former Congress government led by Ashok Gehlot for free distribution among the below poverty line (BPL) families and those living in hamlets and shanty dwellings.
  • Amid controversy of sudden rise in prices of sand, chief minister Vasundhara Raje instructed the officials to ensure that rates remain within the reach of the common man. In a review meeting held on Monday, the orders were issued to take strict action against sand mafia. The government also decided to approach the court if need arises for keeping the prices of sand low.
  • Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who spearheaded BJP's spectacular comeback to power in her state, recently, participated in the Lok Sabha election campaign meet in Delhi, called by the Bharatiya Janata Party. Raje along with other BJP chief ministers joined in to draw up strategies for the BJP to achieve success in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
  • JAIPUR: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje today directed the power companies to provide 24-hour uninterrupted power supply to domestic customers in the state. Faulty transformers should be replaced within 72 hours, and customers be provided hassle-free services, she directed. 

Raman Singh, Chief Minister, Chattisgarh
Age: 61 years
Political Party: Bharatiya Janata Party
Assumed office - 7 December 2003 (3rd term)
No of Districts : 27
Area: 135,194 sq km
Population (2011): 25,545,198
Literacy: 71%
  • Raman Singh joined the elite club of BJP chief ministers who have scored hat-tricks in their respective states, leading his party to a historic victory.
  • He had several challenges like criticism from Opposition Congress after the killing of its senior leaders and anti-incumbency factor. But the Chhattisgarh Food Security Act, which he is credited of bringing in much before the National Food Security Act, is being dubbed as a game changer for 61-year-old Singh.
  • Chhattisgarh chief minister Dr Raman Singh on Sunday claimed that in terms of development in past 10 years, Chhattisgarh has fared better than other states in the country. In agriculture sector, the state has performed well in providing benefits to the beneficiaries under government schemes. He claimed that Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have fared well and taken a leap in terms of development.
  • Chhattisgarh's first international astroturf hockey stadium built at an estimated cost of Rs 22 crore at Rajnandgaon district headquarters was on Monday inaugurated amid a grand opening ceremony.
  • The stadium, spread over an area of nearly 9.5 acres, was dedicated to public on Monday at the hands of state Governor Shekhar Dutt and chief minister Raman Singh.
  • Strong reactions on social media and opposition from the Congress have forced Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh to dump the plan to build a sprawling residence for him in Naya Raipur at a cost of Rs.81 crore.
  • The proposal sent by the Naya Raipur Development Authority (NRDA) to the state finance department for approval has been finally disapproved by the chief minister who holds the finance portfolio.
  • Chief Minister Raman Singh today claimed in the Chhattisgarh Assembly that power tariffs in the state were cheaper than those in Delhi.
  • Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh on Tuesday dismissed Aam Aadmi Party leader Prashant Bhushan's reported call for referendum on deployment of security forces in the Naxalite areas as 'ignorance' saying that the AAP leader needs to study the problem.
  • Defending Narendra Modi after the Prime Minister's broadside, Chief Minister Raman Singh said here on Friday that the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate was dangerous for Congress, not for the country.
  • Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has asked his Cabinet ministers to bring more transparency in departmental functioning and adopt 'zero tolerance' against corruption.
  • BJP Government in Chhattisgarh has launched a helpline number for State’s people, facilitating them to help curbing the menace of graft and corruption in public life.
  • If a person comes across a corrupt Government officials or employees and is asked to pay bribe to get his or her work done, he can call on the two numbers- 0771-4053739 and 0771-2222410 to file the complaints.
  • Chhattisgarh Governor lauds Raman Singh government for fulfilling promises
  • "My government is delivering commendably on promises made to the people and has started working on the upcoming plans," the Governor said.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh
Age: 61 years
Political Party: Bharatiya Janata Party
Assumed office - 29 November 2005 (3rd term)
No of Districts : 51
Area: 308,252 sq km
Population (2011): 72,597,565
Literacy: 71%

  • Chouhan calls up Indore resident to know if his complaint made on government helpline had been addressed.
  • Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited pavement-dwellers and night shelters in the state capital, apparently to get the first-hand account of prevailing conditions there and check government preparedness.
  • Shivraj Singh Chouhan rejigs portfolios, only 2 ministers retain previous departments
  • After Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal rejected to accept two five-bedroom duplex flats in the backdrop of criticism from the opposition parties, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) protesters protest against Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for holding an unused bungalow for last eight years. 
  • BJP's Shivraj Singh Chouhan allows country liquor shops in MP villages to sell IMFL
  • Barely 48 hours after deciding to sell Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) at country-made liquor shops, Madhya Pradesh government today decided to roll it back following stiff opposition from within and outside.
  • Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today admitted that 1,000 out of the over 1.47 lakh appointments and selections made by MP Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) since 2007 were found to be fake.
  • Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday urged the Vaish community to help in the growth of state’s economy and appreciated the community’s contribution to the society. He was addressing the International Vaish Convention at Ravindra Natya Griha in Indore.
  • More than 40 girl students from Mansarovar Dental College, protesting against re-examination ordered by Barkatullah University, waited outside chief minister's residence at Shamla Hills throughout the chilly night on Monday demanding an audience with chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
  • Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was in New Delhi on Wednesday to greet former Prime Minister and BJP patriarch Atal Behari Vajpayee on his 90th birthday.
  • Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday offered prayers at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala on the eve of New Year.
  • Buoyed by BJP's impressive win in the Assembly polls, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is playing Santa Claus. Minutes after he was sworn in as chief minister, Chouhan announced implementation of a Re 1 per kg rice scheme for the poor from January 1.

Pu Lal Thanhawla, Chief Minister, Mizoram
Age: 72 years
Political Party: Indian National Congress
Assumed office - 11 December 2008 (2nd term)
No of Districts : 8
Area: 21,081 sq km
Population (2011): 1,091,014
Literacy: 92%

  • Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, who won the recent Assembly polls from Serchhip and Hrangturzo, has resigned from Hrangturzo seat, assembly secretariat sources said today.
  • Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla has requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene in the exploration of hydrocarbon in the state so that the process is expedited

Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister, New Delhi
Age: 45 years
Political Party: Aam Aadmi Party
Assumed office - 28 December 2013
Area: 1,484 sq km
Population (2011): 16,753,235
Literacy: 86%
  • 'Mango man' Arvind Kejriwal, India's newest political star
  • A day after transferring 800 Delhi Jal Board employees, AAP govt shifts 7 IAS officers; CM gets chief secretary of his choice.
  • Arvind Kejriwal leaves his first Janata Darbar midway due to 'stampede-like' situation
  • No more 'janta darbar', Arvind Kejriwal's AAP govt to open call centre to register grievances
  • Arvind Kejriwal announces anti-corruption helpline number for Delhi: highlights
  • Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party ministers get Toyota Innova cars as perks
  • Arvind Kejriwal removes Millennium Bus Depot to save river Yamuna
  • Arvind Kejriwal hugs Kapil Sibal at Eid function
  • Arvind Kejriwal to Scrap License of Power Companies if they Refuse CAG Audit
  • After much sound and fury, Arvind Kejriwal does U-turn on power
  • Arvind Kejriwal distances AAP from Prashant Bhushan’s Kashmir remarks
  • Arvind Kejriwal: 2014 polls will be a contest between AAP & BJP, Congress not a factor
  • Arvind Kejriwal pulls the plug on FDI in retail stores in Delhi
  • FDI in retail would add to widespread unemployment: Arvind Kejriwal
  • Delhi offers six housing options for CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • 'Court wrong' says Arvind Kejriwal, defending his Law Minister Somnath Bharti
  • Arvind Kejriwal may contest Lok Sabha poll; Kumar Vishwas to ‘build house in Amethi to live with people’
  • Amid anger over Danish woman's gang-rape, Arvind Kejriwal blames Delhi Police
  • Delhi Police 'highly compromised', says Arvind Kejriwal
  • Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal threatens to disrupt Republic Day parade
  • AAP protest: 4 metro stations to remain closed today

Friday, 17 January 2014

Ninnindale - Just want to forget it was a Puneeth Rajkumar Movie

Sometimes, its very important to speak out things that might be difficult for the other person to hear. In fact, it is more difficult for the speaker to convey negative thoughts, more if it is about someone/something that he/she likes. But then, keeping quiet can only cause damage things further.

So, I am one among those millions of fans of Puneeth Rajkumar. I wouldn't say that I am a die hard fan but I have been seriously impressed by his performance and persona over a period of time. In fact, somehow, I have ended up watching his recent movies on the day of release. Jackie - first day last show at Navrang theater left me stunned. Paramathma and Hudugaru were wonderful too. Anna Bond was another interesting movie. It so happened that, all of a sudden, three of us decided to watch a movie. In fact, I generally go theater on weekends but because one of us was supposed to travel the next day, we had to agree on going out of Thursday. Coincidentally, Ninnindale was released on the same day. Every theater was running full. We finally managed some tickets at Fun Cinemas for the last show.

There is no doubt that I had great expectations from the movie. There is a certain class that Puneeth Rajkumar has established over the last 12 years of working in the Kannada Movie Industry. I can specifically say that though he is the son of Kannada superstar Dr Rajkumar, it is because of his consistent performance that he has succeeded. This is one key reason why appeals to me. When I was in Sainik School, Bijapur, I would hardly watch Kannada movies. In fact, none of us (my classmates) did. But then, with Appu in 2002, there was a revival of our interest in Kannada movies. Abhi in 2003 and Veera Kannadiga in 2004 took this interest to greater heights. Undoubtedly, by the time we completed schooling, many of us turned out to be his fans. That is perhaps one reason why we end up watching his movies together, now, even after 10 years of school.

After that, during my college days, I have watched most of his movies, a few in theater and some on the TV. Movies like Akash, Arasu, Milana continued to impress me. Puneeth Rajkumar is titled as Power Star for his powerful performances in movies like this. Even today, when these movies are shown on the TV, I watch them again, again and again. After moving to Bangalore, I have been watching almost all his movies on day one. It started with Jackie, which has been one of his super hit movies.

Coming back to Ninnindale, the movie certainly doesn't meet Puneeth Rajkumar's standards. A major portion of the movie has been messed up due to the average story that has little strength. The songs are extremely annoying. Considering that the movie makers claim this to be a silent love story, the songs are the most critical part of the movie and the director should have focused more on them. The voice dubbing for Erica Fernandes is very apparent and makes it disgusting to watch. because the words don't sync. The first half of the movie gets lost in touring NY, rock climbing, etc., which could have been cut down to one song of 3-4 minutes or better, completely eliminated. Comedy, a critical component of Kannada movies, is missing. It was quintessential for a movie like this. The movie has hired so many super brilliant supporting cast but has not used them at all. I felt that the role didn't suit Puneeth Rajkumar. Even the other characters in the movie could have been represented better. It was appalling to see people walk out of the theater during the second half.

May be, in my personal opinion, Puneeth should have avoided this movie. He has such an excellent track record and such a huge fan following that an ordinary movie is not acceptable. I could understand if it was a newcomer who did this movie but not Puneeth. Often, over a period of time, actors build a repute and a USP that makes them superstars. Puneeth's USP is not put into work in this movie. He tries to do something different, a good attempt, but difficult for people to digest. However, there are several others with an opinion that the movie had some spectacular stunts and has a great story. So, there are definitely a good number of people who have liked the movie in its current form.

I don't want to sound biased but there are plentiful Kannada actresses out there. Erica Fernandes is awesome. There is no doubt. But then, when you have to take someone who can't speak the language, the voice dubbing has to be done very effectively. Else, it messes up the movie.The movie makers have to ensure that the prime characters of the movie make a good match with the story. Choosing movies that don't sync with your persona can result in extremes, either you take beating or a you form a new persona. Such events dilute the appeal of an actor.

I look forward to see the next movie and hope that it will stand up and make up for the dent that Ninnindale has created. There is a long way to go.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

99 Reasons Why Narendra Modi should be India's Next CEO

So, its the hottest season of power in India as the battle for the most powerful position in the nation is on. The Prime Minister is after all the CEO of the country. A very important element of the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections is that it is the most tracked political event in our history. The country has never taken as much interest in politics as it has taken now. A significant credit for arsing of this interest goes to the Aam Aadmi Party, which has rocked Indian politics and broken all myths and beliefs about Indian politics. Another major reason is the huge debate that the nation has been indulging in on who will be chosen by the UPA as their Prime Ministerial candidate. While we have a 99% guarantee that it will be Mr Rahul Gandhi, the 1% gap gives enough room for speculation. Yet another reason is of course the rise of Mr Narendra Modi as a national personality over the years and his appeal to the all sections of the economy and thereby, his nomination to the PM candidature from the BJP.

Before I begin penning nearly a hundred reasons why Narendra Modi should be India's PM, I declare that I am not affiliated to any political party. These views are about a person by a person. Tomorrow, if I am able to compile a hundred reasons why Rahul Gandhi should become the PM, be sure that I will be posting that as well. But now, lets get started with Narendra Modi.
  1. He is India's most loved and loathed politician, according to The Time.
  2. He has been recognized as an outstanding contributor to business, e-governance and citizen initiatives, education, urban development, etc; something that other applicants to the PM's post have not even been nominated for.
  3. When Jim O'Neill (Chairman, Goldman Sachs) says, "He's good on economics, and that's one of the things India desperately needs in a leader.", you can't agree more.
  4. He will actually work as the CEO and do what the PM is supposed to do.
  5. His plan is to empower people rather than make them dependent on the Government for subsidies.
  6. Life in Gujarat is quite different. People lead a self sufficient life as there are opportunities to earn and live well. This concept is more powerful than a life where we become slaves to the doles of politics.
  7. He doesn't have a wife or child and thus, his energies are always focused towards his work. We need a workaholic PM. There is so much pending there.
  8. If he doesn't become the PM, he may continue being CM of Gujarat for ages. In other words, if he becomes the PM, Gujarat will get a new CM too.
  9. America will have to work with him. There is no other go. India will be managed from Delhi. Interestingly, some claim that he has done a course on Public Relations from the US.
  10. In the most probability, the rate at which India is being sold to the world will come down. I mean, FDI. We have already sold significant stakes in our companies to foreign companies. Its time to concentrate on selling products and service, not ownership. Modi has expertise in using FDI to state's benefit, not to sell off the state.
  11. In the most probability, the rate at which PSU units are being divested will come down, keeping the Government treasury intact.
  12. We will see more press conferences and speeches, thereby ensuring we don't refer to wikipedia each time to find out who is the current PM.
  13. His words and actions are the most microscopically dissected ones and thus, in the process, he has become a better decision maker.
  14. He is a fan of Swami Vivekananda, who emulates discipline and determination.
  15. He has the experience of running a system and a track record of making things happen.
  16. When he is in power, the other applicants to the position can re-think on their strategy, re-work, re-learn and then, may be in LS 2019, come out powerfully. It will give time for inexperienced aspirants to gain experience.
  17. We will actually get to know whether he is communal or not.
  18. We will actually get to know whether Gujarat story can be worked at India level.
  19. He is globally recognized for rebuilding Bhuj after the earthquake. No other leader in India has been able to rebuild a city at such scale.
  20. There will be no 'if's if he comes to power. We will be done and dusted. Else, we'll keep saying, "If he had become PM, then...."
  21. He speaks more about what he did than about what he will do. That gives a great cushion for the people who think about performance before electing their leader. After all, promises are mostly broken.
  22. There are many things that he doesn't have to prove, they are already proven.
  23. Solar energy will perhaps get a new definition in a power deficit nation like ours.
  24. The milk and food industry could get more attention.
  25. Milk prices could come down if Gujarat model is employed pan India.
  26. He is a no nautanki (non-sense) guy who believes in facts more than a theory of speculated opinions.
  27. India seriously needs a fresh breathe of air. Be it for good or bad. We just need something really new.
  28. And wow, the stock markets rallied after Modi was announced the PM candidate. That's what the newspapers say.
  29. I absolutely agree with him when he says that India needs present the true history of India's freedom struggle rather than focusing on select few, and take political mileage from scripting text books in that manner.
  30. He is passionate of his dreams for a better state or a better nation, making him focused on delivery without excuses.
  31. All these years, I have been listening, "We will return to double digit growth in the next 2-3 years" and it has been 10-12 years already.
  32. I love the theory of coins and notes of small denominations and cancellation of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes as a very practical way to fight some corruption rather than giving speeches on it.
  33. Because Chetan Bhagat wants him to be the PM.
  34. By very many numbers, Gujarat contributes to India on several parameters extraordinarily significantly.
  35. Gujarat is not just a tourism destination but a medical tourism destination too.
  36. Governance by Management and Administration by Objectives - that's Modi's mantra. Wait, that's exactly what Lee Kuan Yew adopted to build Singapore.
  37. Gujjus, after all, are better businessmen.
  38. Because he doesn't believe in burning fuel when results can be achieved by teleconferencing.
  39. He's not the best but of the available lot, he seems better, for he knows what he is, he understands his strengths and more importantly, his limitations.
  40. Even Mr LK Advani gave up his long cherished dream to become the PM, either by choice or left with no other choice, in order to encourage Modi.
  41. Because he can shut up Mr Arnab Goswami and the likes by beating them in their own games.
  42. He has worked on the project of connecting rivers. A pan India river connection will empower India like nothing else.
  43. He doesn't belong to the "Party Badal Liya Pandurangi" list.
  44. Finally, the media might start focusing on the other side of the story for a lot of debates that involve his name.
  45. Modi's Janata Darbars go on, without the associated hype or attention. In case of stampede or other 
  46. The energy at Modi's rallies is awespiring.
  47. problems, the CM is supposed to stay till things settle and not leave the place.
  48. Each time he was put down, he has bounced stronger.
  49. Maut ka Saudagar? Oh yeah, we need him to deal with those guys trying to barge into Kashmir or threaten us with bombs. They ought to run away.
  50. We wouldn't see him wearing nasty clothes to show his common man image or poverty. He has his own sense of dressing. Plus, may I add, fashion.
  51. There's a phone on his name - NaMo phone. Unique for any politician.
  52. Modi's Rambo Act after the Uttarakhand floods, whatever it was, was some serious effort, more worthy than speeches and talks about help.
  53. He is the 7th most admired person in the world according a poll by YouGov for The Times. Of course, Congress MP Sachin Tendulkar beats him in this race.
  54. I seriously want the rupee to appreciate against the dollar and Modi's dream to empower economy and an extended dream to get US citizens line up to come to India is in the same spirit. Things have been right opposite in the last many years.
  55. Modi frequently demanded the execution of Afzal Guru.
  56. A lot of leaders do variety of stunts to prove they are a Common Man. He doesn't have to do that.
  57. Because Kiran Bedi wants him to be the PM.
  58. Women in Gujarat are safer than women in Delhi (and many other locations)
  59. All the gifts that he receives in the capacity of a CM and a large number of those he has received in personal capacity have been deposited by him with the State Treasury.
  60. India should not be used to experiment by others, especially the new leaders. We have already been experimented enough. We need someone with proven capabilities to lead us. Not day dreamers.
  61. He has been repeatedly declared the Best CM by numerous magazines, surveys, etc.
  62. Even Kumar Vishwas has sung his praises on Modi, until recently when he joined AAP.
  63. Modi is said to have volunteered his services during Indo-Pak war of 1965 at the age of 15 years. What excites an Indian more than Indian Army? Perhaps the only dependable asset that India has at the moment.
  64. I really love the quote "Modi Lao, Desh Bachao". No other punchline has been as effective as this. Its very relevant too.
  65. People calling him dictator excite me even more. In fact, I once wrote that Indian Army should take over the administration of this nation for 5-10 years. There are a lot of systems to be set.
  66. Getting him to power will really make the world believe that the nation is not led by a family, at least for some time.
  67. The Sabarmati riverfront makes me go crazy. I want all our rivers to have such riverfront. 
  68. Modi is known to do surprise visits to Government offices, police stations and schools. When the head of the state can come unannounced, it keeps you on your toes to work efficiently than in other cases where announced entries mean a lot of time wasted in arrangements to show things that may not be true.
  69. I read that Vajpayee is the only non-Congress Prime Minister of India to serve a full term. Records must be broken.
  70. Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley will play a big role in governance if Modi becomes the PM. Both are absolutely no-nonsense, straight forward and sharp people. The BJP leaders at national level are really interesting and make a strong case for the LS polls.
  71. The CM Fellowship program is one initiative that has turned around Modi's life. I am also aware of a similar PM Fellowship initiative. With Modi at helm, this initiative will find its true meaning.
  72. A life with dignity inspires me more than a life which is going to be dependent on schemes and subsidies.
  73. I want my ministers to live as they want, earn as much as they want through the right means and paying taxes, take required comforts and thus, ensure that they engage themselves in working on policies for better nation. Somehow, leaders who claim they won't take houses, vehicles, etc. don't inspire me as their delivery too will be on same levels.
  74. Ahmedabad's excellent bus rapid-transit system is a case study across the world.
  75. He has spent some years of his life as a Sanyasi (saint) in Himalayas. Interesting. Generally, such things make a persons selfless. Selfless people are more effective at working for others.
  76. By the way, he knows and speaks more quotations of Mahatma Gandhi than any other aspirant to the position.
  77. I recently became a fan of Ms Meenakshi Lekhi, after the Arnab Goswani incident. Until then, I was a fan of Arnab Goswami.
  78. Coal, Bofors, CWG, Fodder, 2G - I want them all, but not the attached scam. How can Government files go missing? Even if they did, there must be a hundred photocopies of those papers considering each person/department through which they pass takes a photocopy of all the papers they sign/attest.
  79. By the word 'Development', India means Modi. To me personally, as I do not stay in Gujarat, when I think about the best development initiatives, the 'Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan' and 'Golden Quadrilateral' strike my mind. I guess, both were started in Vajpayee times. After that, I have not seen anything really significant.
  80. Politics is a different ballgame. Managing a state or nation is a different ballgame. It scares me when people working in IT, banks, and other establishments take to politics and suddenly, try to jump the line and become ministers. Take time. Have patience. Learn. Your time will come.
  81. The CBI really needs to grow its teeth.
  82. Subramanian Swamy will be heard more.
  83. Modi also makes you smile with some jokes in his speech. He knows the audience and doesn't need to refer the script or run away leaving questions unanswered.
  84. As I write this, LPG prices have gone up Rs 220. Maar Dalo. This LPG, Aadhar, Subsidy love triangle has ruined my life.
  85. Now, even Yeddyurappa wants him to be the PM. BTW, God knows how, but HC has quashed the FIR against Yeddy and called the law indicting him as a bad law.
  86. I don't know what is his stand on dividing state but I really hate the idea of divide and rule; it leads to unnecessary burden on the exchequer. In the last 10 years, I guess, we have created some 6-7 extra states? Not sure.
  87. What happened to the Lokpal Bill for which India fought so much? It was passed? Yes. No major news after that. It was supposed to revive the nation. This one really needs to deliver its purpose.
  88. The Time says "Modi Means Business".
  89. Modi was given a clean chit by the SC recently. 12 years is quite some time.
  90. UK started working with him since 2012 and the EU ended its boycott in 2013. On one hand, he could have achieved greater miracles if he would have the opportunity to do business with them (nearly 10 years ban) and on the other hand, the EU seems to have missed him.
  91. Modi is a healthy guy. Health is Wealth.
  92. We need food. Good Quality Food. Agriculture produce has to go up. Modi has consistent success in this field.
  93. Skill development will play a great role in the coming years as India gets educated. Already, we see a great difficulty in finding skilled people like electricians, plumbers, technicians, etc. Modi has experience in running this segment as well.
  94. He has a plan in place. I'd rather go with it. It makes sense.
  95. BTW, it must be noticed that Modi has demolished 120 Hindu Shrines for some infrastructure related work in Gujarat. Communal?
  96. Despite resigning on demand in 2002, he was voted back to power, back to back, in all subsequent elections. In Gujarat at least, he is a clean and clear choice.
  97. Arey Kashmir hamara hai bhai. Its an integral part of India. India. India is our nation. For those who didn't know.
  98. I want to stop listening to NDTV's "Big Blow to Modi"
  99. Aisa Mauka Phir Na Milega... Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara !!!
Lastly, do we really need a reason? Do we have any other serious choice? Lets take it like this. We are all shareholders in the company called India and we got to appoint the CEO for our company. Now, take a look at the applicants. Hope that helps.

Scrap all those 99 reasons and go with what your heart says. If you think he can, help him. If you think he can't, find out someone better and help him.

In any case, ensure that you make a choice that you are ready to live with for the next 5 years. Good Luck !!!

Monday, 6 January 2014

Swimming Pools in Bangalore - Sadashiv nagar, Sankey Tank

Finally, after months of procrastination, I logged in to the Sadashivnagar swimming pool which is also called Global Swim Center.

Here's a bit of information that I could gather

Public Access to pool at Rs 25 per session for adults and Rs 15 per session for children. Each session is of 35 minutes and falls in the falling time brackets. The remaining 25 minutes are used for pool maintenance and turnover.

Timings (all days except Friday)

Morning Slots for Public Access
  • 6.00 am to 7.00 am 
  • 7.00 am to 8.00 am
  • 8.00 am to 9.00 am 
  • 9.00 am to 10.00 am
Afternoon Slots for Public Access
  • 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm 
  • 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm 
  • 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm 
Slot for Ladies Only
  • 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
The pool also has a monthly pass option.

Additionally, there are coaching classes for everyone at the pool. 

The evenings are used for coaching activities. The cost of coaching is Rs 3000 per month (for the current course). The classes will be held in the evening from 6.30 PM to 7.30 PM.

In fact, there are a large number of simultaneous classes and activities in progress at the pool. The pool is an Olympic size pool - 50 meters and looks well maintained.