Monday, March 25, 2013

The Corruption Menace....



India is one of the developing nations of the modern world, our democracy has many feathers in her cap. More than a half century ago it has became an independent country and a republic. During this period the country has been engaged in efforts to attain development and growth in various areas such as "building infrastructure", "production of food grains", "science n technology" and "spread of education". However, as a developing nation, India has observed endless social problems, one leading to the other. Some of these problems have their roots in our colonial past while others are related to demographic changes, socio-political conditions and cultural processes. However, every social problem is inter-related but for me one major social problem is corruption and it is the sole cause of many other social problems. If this is not dealt at an earliest, it will lead to many other social issues as well and will continue to be a hindrance in development of the country.

In fact the word “corruption” has become so popular in the present Indian society that even a totally illiterate person, having no knowledge of English alphabets or exact meaning of the word “corruption”, is seen talking about this dangerous disease and utter out this word with utmost ease and accurate pronunciation. Actually, India, the world’s largest and most stable democracy is worst affected by the menace of corruption. In such a large country with a population of over 120 crore belonging to various religions, the corruption has spread so widely in almost every sphere of life that in fact corruption has become a part of our national culture. 

Our nation has vested the power in the individual and he has left no stone unturned in order to get rich quickly. The politician, the bureaucrat, the government employee, the businessman, who are the vital units of the national family, have contributed in the spread of the corruption menace. Corruption is now prevalent at all the levels of industry, business n administration and an essential part of the national economic fabric.

According to am estimate, if the funds earned due to corruption were to be circulated in the national economy, India would not have to look for foreign aid for many years to come. Our growth would be tremendous in all the spheres and we would be an "independent economy entity" within a short time period. In fact the black market economy, corrupt bureaucrat, industrial malpractices and dishonesty in administration have led to the generation of a parallel economy whose magnitude is much larger than our national budget.

We walk into any office of the Municipal Corporation, provident Fund, Electricity Board or any department run by the central or State governments, we know that the clerk must be handled with utmost care otherwise our work would be delayed. So, we grease the palms of the staff from top to bottom and get our work done. Police, Courts, land development authorities and other government institutions are operating on the basis of give n take.

The politician-bureaucrat-criminal nexus has sucked the hard-earned money of the masses and has made a mockery of the national economics system. The fruits of labour of over fifty years have not reached our rural areas. We remain one of the poorest nations of the world due to corruption that prevails at all the level of our society.

No need to say that corruption is omnipresent and its detection and sentence for the wrong-doers is seldom decided due to loopholes in our legal framework. Though the change in attitude of every individual who have rags-to-riches tendency and earning money without hard work is the first thing which needs to be changed. There can be many other solutions to check the corruption and some of them are....


1 : An individual initiates corruption by giving bribes to the bureaucrats and public servants. He must stop giving bribes and should warn the corrupt officials that if his objectives were not met(without paying bribes) he would go for legal actions against them.

2 : There must be strict laws so that only honest n nationalist politicians should be allowed to contest elections and any politician with dubious record of scams and floor-crossing should be barred from taking part in the elections.

3 : The salaries of police and government employees must be raised to respectable levels so that they are not forced to make money by unfair means just to satisfy their basic needs.

4 :  The bureaucracy must shed five vowels......
      Apathy
      Evasiveness
      Incompetence
      Obscurantism
      Urge for power n money

5 : Every Indian should try to adopt three Cs........
     Commitment
     Consistency
     Competence

6 : Disclosure of wealth, administrative ethics and a positive attitude towards public at large must be the guiding gospels of every public servant.

7 : The agencies like CBI should monitor the corrupt politicians and businessmen. At the same time these agencies should not move according to the whims of the power-hungry and manipulative politicians.

8 : The scars of red tape, black money and corruption on our tricolour can be wiped out only by our youth. Hence they must form a forum to check the corrupt practices that have inflicted great economic and social losses upon our nation.

9 : The institution of Lokayukta in the States and Lok Pal in the centre is a step which can curb corruption but these institutions are needed to be made more powerful n more effective by amending the present act.

Above all our social ethos must be modified in order to promote good moral values. India must do away with much of her past and corruption at all levels must be eliminated as the very first initiative in this direction.

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Monday, December 31, 2012

Choti Si Aasha...




"Our Daughters and Sisters want to feel safe"

Are they asking for too much....????


Lets start from this


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At this moment I would like to share these lines with you which I like a lot....

Agar Bazm-e-Insaan mein Aurat naa hoti
khayaalon ki rangeen jannat naa hoti

Sitaaron ke Dilkash Fasaane naa hote

Bahaaron ki naazuk haqeeqat naa hoti

Jabeeno pe Noor-e-Masarrat naa hota
Nigaahon mein Shaan-e-marrawwat naa hoti

Faqeeron ko Irfaan-e-Hasti naa milti
Ataa Zahido ko ibaadat naa hoti

Musaafir sadaa manzilo par bhatakte
Safeeno ko saahil ki qurbat naa hoti

Har ik phool ka rang pheeka sa hota
Naseem-e-bahaaraan mein nikhat naa hoti

Khudaayi ka Insaaf Khaamosh rehta
Sunaa hai kisi ki shifa'at naa hoti


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नये साल हमको ये उम्मीद दे-दे
(NAYE SAAL HUMKO YEH UMMID DE-DE)

तू सपने दे ना दे , पर नींद दे-दे
(TU SAPNE DE NA DE  ,  PER  NEEND DE-DE)

WISH  YOU  ALL  A  HAPPY,  PEACEFUL  AND  HEALTHY  2013



PS: I will be away from blogs for ten days, till then take good care of yourself and your loved ones, see you all in 2013, Insha-Allah !!

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Stop this Shame....


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We all know that in ancient Indian scriptures, woman was given a glarified status. She was an embodiment of shakti, no religion ceremony was complete without her.  Savitri, Parvati, Sita, Ahilya were the role models of Indian society.....In later days, during the freedom struggle Aruna Asaf Ali, Sarojini Naidu, Kasturba Gandhi, Sucheta kirplani and other women played excellent role for the libration of their motherland from the Britishers. They fought against all odds, so that at no point of time their commitment or energy could be derated with those of their male counterparts during those times.

With the advent of the technology dominated era and commercialism our women have also changed. The shy n not so bold female in the saree have been replaced by a youthful, fashion conscious and smart girl in jeans and T-shirts. Whenever needed they are more hard working and sincere in all the walk of life and more productive than their male counterpart and no one can deny that at present women have been playing major roles in politics, economy, household, society and nation building.

Today we have woman as a speaker of Lok Sabha, a woman chair person of the ruling coalition govt and not to mention that just couple of months back we had a woman President too. Not only this, recently when Saina Nehwal and Mary Kom came back with those glittering Olympic medals in their hands then there was a status update on social networking sites saying "Performance of Sania Nehwal and Mary Kom is enough proof to have more n more girl children in India...."

But unfortunately every time we start making an opinion that the condition of woman have improved, there is Guwahati or Delhi type of unfortunate incident, where a girl is molested n stripped by a mob or gang reaped and the status of women in the society suffers a jolt. The most important thing is, the incidents like Guwahati n Delhi makes one to believe that our women are not safe even in the educated urban environment.

There was a report  by The south Indian Council for Human Rights Education and Monitoring in Feb 2011 which says "One woman is molested every 26 minutes, One woman is raped every 34 minutes and one-fourth of the 15 million girls born every year don't even get to celebrate their 15th birthday....." Now after looking at this report one can easily understand that its not only Guwahti or Delhi which has witnessed such fateful incidents but such things have been happening in this country at regular intervals, irrespective of the states n cities....But as a human what do we do....???? 

Well, the moment such things happen, each of us start condemning it through all means, including dharnas, candle march etc.... Even our own blog world starts over flowing and showing its concern for the victim n their family but after couple of days or weeks, each of us get busy doing our own business and its the victim who only continue to suffer n goes through the mental trauma through out her life.....

I remember it was the same scenario when the girl was molested on the roads of Guwahati, everybody(sitting in dining room) was ready to kill the culprits, all the news channels were busy discussing the whole story day n night....it was like now or never....but what happened after few days, as usual every thing became normal for the entire nation.... Did anyone ever tried to peep into the life of the victim, how is she coping up with her life...???
Whether she got justice or not...???
Did any of us ever tried to know whether culprits got fixed or not....??? or,
Did we the Civilised Indians  ever came again on any social platform asking to the authorities that why culprits have not been fixed yet....???

No, we didn't... In fact, we never do that, perhaps we tend to forget such things very easily and its only get reminded to us when something similar happens somewhere again.....
Unless we change this attitude nothing will change.....


Its not that we lack the laws to protect women, in fact there are laws which literally protect them right from womb and through out their life. But the fact is, even after having these laws women continue to suffer at the hands of the system n society. Perhaps our great nation is still struggling to have proper mind set to use the laws and deal with those people who commit such sinful n brutal act....

Enough is enough.... 
The time for talk is over.... 
Its high time to take some action, to stop this shame.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

our karmas n future life....



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Each of us know this fact that decay and death are inevitable.....We all very well know that our Karmas(deeds) would bring us befitting rewards or punishments depending upon their nature and intentions, as there is this common saying "as you sow, so shall you reap"...

But the unfortunate part is that even after knowing all this, most of us use our powers and influences for the destruction of our opponents n competitors. Actually we forget that there could be reprisals.... And that too these reprisals may not be from the victim only but from the Almighty himself. After all God is  the great paymaster.

Even history has so many evidences and we can very well see that whoever looted the masses and deprived them of their lives, properties and dignity, they never lived in peace in the latter stages of their lives.....

For example, "Alexander the Great" invaded India and conquered it with the help of his men(that include the traitors of our nation). He looted the masses and butchered thousands of innocent people....After all his ill-doing in the most prosperous nation of those times, he left India and fell sick while he was going home in Macedonia  and even the best medicines could not cure him.... His mother called the doctors treating him and asked about the reason of his son not getting any relief from the disease. The learned doctor took her to the sea beach and threw a dose of medicine in the ocean water. The water frozen within few seconds, then the doctor told the queen that "see even this strong medicine is not giving any relief to your son and he did not have any medicine better than this."...... In fact so intense was his dysentery that he could not survive for long due the severity of the disease..... What I mean to say is that even "Alexander the Great" was not spared by the Almighty for his wrong done.


In fact each and every religion support this theory that we all have to pay for our sins one way or other. But unfortunately we the human(so called) does not understand this fact and resorts to all kinds of immoral activities for making money and getting whatever we aspire to get. Since time immemorial, man has been ruling with the help of  the 'swords n guns' and has exploited his weak counterpart by overlooking the fact that diseases, loss in business, accidents, natural calamities are the natural sequels of his karmas. May be perhaps we forget that our every misdeed or good deed would be judged by the Almighty.

In short, our action shapes our life to come. So all of us must beware that we build our future life in the right way. So let our field of life be sown with the seeds of good deeds, so that we may reap a rich harvest of happiness.....!!!


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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

R.I.P. Masculinity....



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Take a look around, how many men do you see having those thick n shining moustaches and moving comfortably with their rough-tough looks....yes, you are very right, there are very few now a days who like to pose themselves with those thick n shining moustaches. 

Interestingly its not only those who are in their 20s and starting a relationship but a large chunk of men in their 40s can also be seen lining up for clean shaves, waxing and even going for laser removal of hair on their arms, legs and chest as well.

Believe it or not, men were not always this way. In fact there was a time when these men proudly used to say "Moochien hon to Nathu Laal jaisi...vernaa....".

Did you ever thought, what happened to our old fashioned, stubble, unkempt hair men, who were able to get dressed in two minutes....????

Are our guys tapping more into their feminine sides....????

Is it the organised and aggressive marketing trend, forcing men to go for all those things which were once considered GIRLY....????  or,

Is it that, women themselves wilfully feminised men to make them less masculine, so that these chocolaty looking men can be less challenging to women's ambitions....????

Though women themselves can answer that well, but in my views its not so and I personally feel that "just as men prefer women to retain their femininity, women love for men to take care of themselves but retain masculinity....." 

So, how did this pattern shifted from a rusty masculine look to a chocolaty one....????

Well, if you ask me, my idle mind is simply coming to the conclusion that "its only that men are just turning into better looking men" and their is nothing wrong into it as long they are able to retain their masculinity. 

BTW according to you, what can be the reason behind this transition of men, from rusty to chocolaty....????


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Saturday, December 1, 2012

To You, with Love....




My dear APNiBOLi....

It seems that yesterday only I met you, but as you know, I started this journey with you exactly two years back and during these two years you did so much for me. In fact you made my life so much better that now I know a lot more about myself, hence I take this opportunity to thank you for broadening my horizons and I will be forever grateful to you for that.

I must tell you that during this period, my journey with you have been awesome which has given me an opportunity to discover a new ME via YOU. You are the first thing that I mention as my hobby now a days and it feels great to see that I have posted 90 posts so far, including this one. Though it could have been much more but there are times in our lives when we cannot do what we like most to do and this is what happening with me since last couple of months. Actually its the circumstances that force us to change our priorities during our journey of life and at the moment my circumstances are somehow not allowing me n you for holding together

But if you ever feel that I have forgotten you as I am not able to post frequently then you are little wrong. I would like to tell you that at-least once  in a day a thought of APNiBOLi passes my mind and my frequency of posting may have reduced but I can assure here that you will always be a part of me..... I can proudly say that APNiBOLi has been one of the best things I have done so far in my life and even the thought of it brings a spark of happiness in me.

Dear APNiBOLi, it has been such a pleasure to share with you some of the things that I love in life. Let me tell you that its not that you provided me only a platform for sharing ideas and thoughts but you also gave me an opportunity to create  a community of like minded people.... You might be having an opinion that its only me behind your success, so let me tell you that there are many people who have supported and participated in my journey with you and without whom our journey would not have been so fun. Hence I take this opportunity to thank all of them(the silent & the loud ones) for their visits and for sharing their views. 

So a BIG THANKs to ALL my blogging friends and to all those silent readers out there, for inspiring me to keep on blogging. I wish n hope that my ongoing relation with all of them will continue in future too and will get stronger day by day(insha allah). Once again I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all my blogger friends without mentioning their name because they all know who they are.....
LOVE YOU ALL GUYS :)

Love you APNiBOLi.....!!

Sincerely yours,



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PS: Friends, I am back after more than two months of break and trying to cope up with blog's world speed by going through your posts one by one...There are so many wonderful things to go through.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Journey unplugged....


We all travel from one place to other and this act of moving from one place to other is called journey. And  if you observe, you will find that different people like different act while they travel. Some prefer  reading books or magazines.... Some of them like indulging in conversation with their co-passengers.... Some simply snooze....etc, etc..... But off late I have found that there are plenty who like to listen music during their journey. One of the reason may be that  "variety of electronic gadgets are available today at affordable price and they are easy to carry too".....

Though in older days also when these gadgets weren't there, people used to carry their battery operated radio-transistors. But now because of easy availability of these tiny gadgets, you can find more n more people with an earphone plugged into ear and listening their favorite songs even if they are riding bi-cycles or walking besides the road.

Music, as we all know is the soul of Indian culture and Hindi songs are the important part of Indian music...... And undoubtedly Hindi movies provide us immense variety of songs for every situation n mood in our life, same way there are plenty of Hindi songs based on the philosophy of journey itself.

Well, no one can deny with the fact that  "Zindagi ek Safar hai Suhaana, Yahaan Kal Kyaa Ho Kisne Jaana"..... and rightly so, as they say "Life is a beautiful journey filled with uncertainties......" 

There are people who simply believe in the philosophy of "Nadiyaa Chale - Chale re Dhaara, Tujhko Chalnaa Hoga".... and these people always try to sail through all the difficulties they have in their way and even if they are left alone during their journey they keep on moving and say..... "Chal Akela - Chal Akela, Tera Melaa Peeche Choota Saathi Chal Akela"....

Similarly there are times when we are not very sure about our destination or even if we know destination then sometimes we are not so sure about reaching there and then we like singing "Hazaar Rahein Mud K Dekhi, Kahin Se Koi Sadaa Na Aayi"....

As we know, in this journey of life, people come n go....and each of them leave behind their memories for their loved ones, as this song says.... "Aadmi Musaafir Hai - Aata Hai Jaata Hai"....

Remember this song from the movie Imtihaan "Ruk Jaana Nahin Tu kahin Haar Ke"...... you will find this an inspiring one, specially if at any point of your journey, you just start feeling like tired or depressed..... 

On the other hand when your journey is a pleasant one(i wish it remain always) and you are enjoying it like anything then you can very well tune into "Suhaana Safar Aur Yeh Mausam Haseen"....

And the list is too long.... endless infact...... So, its not possible for me to include those many wonderful songs here on this journey theme. Therefore I have included only some of them according to my subjective choice...... But as you know, the mode of journey can be any....even by foot.... and its the spirit of travelling which is important.

So friends, this weekend when you go on a long drive, just don't forget to carry your i-pad or whichever gadget you like, just load it with all those fabulous songs subjective to your choice and enjoy every moment of your journey. 
Have a melodious weekend.


PS: by clicking on the songs you can watch its video.


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