Friday, June 29, 2012

Ok. Fuck You.

- Hey, let's go have some fun

. Fuck You

- Hey, let's work on our dream

. Fuck You

- Hey, let's bring about transformational shifts in our lives

. Fuck You

- Hey, let's create something beautiful

. Fuck You

- That was great, now, my turn

. Yeah, ok

. So, want ro go fuck around with reality?

- Aaaarrrggh


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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Two Couplets Make A...

This couplet is by a friend

"Inn bigade hue dimaagon mein khushiyon ke lacche hai

Hume pagal hi rehne do, hum pagal hi acche hai"

That reminds me of a one by Kazmi

"Apni hi dhun mein rehta hoon

Main bhi tere jaise hoon"

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Fraakaa freezum koilima

Keng pushnita naifistu ola gigam

laramoskiri poro naikom

eegam taansufam hube dyoob


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Sunday, June 17, 2012


big and tiny blobs of


floats by a smug face

that trudges alone in space.


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Monday, February 20, 2012

Time To Curtail My Screen Time

On the local train, while on my way from work, I was standing behind a man at the doorway. He was fiddling around with his mobile phone and I found myself, repeatedly, staring at his mobile screen. There wasn't any salacious SMS to be read or anything else that might interest me. It just seems that any screen in my field of vision, with its hundreds of thousands of flickering pixels, has the ability to hold my gaze, even if it is for a little while. I guess it is time to start defining screen time by the hour and make a conscious effort to cut down the time I spend washed in the warm white glow of one. I could also restrict the number of screens I expose myself to and also the hours I will spend looking into one. Maybe I'll go with a policy of three screens on a weekday (the work computer, my mobile, and the home computer or television or a cinema screen), not exceeding 12 hours a day, and two screens on weekends, for less than 6 hours a day. Let us see how this goes.

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

On Our Rights & Freedom

While we debate our 'constitutional rights and freedom', which always exist within 'reasonable restrictions', in the light of the latest attempt by the government to 'screen' and 'take down' material generated and published by users and groups on the Internet (social publishing platforms, to be precise), it is interesting to read the following passage.

"Political rights do not originate in parliaments; they are, rather, forced upon parliaments from without. And even their enactment into law has for a long time been no guarantee of their security. Just as the employers always try to nullify every concession they had made to labor as soon as opportunity offered, as soon as any signs of weakness were observable in the workers' organizations, so governments also are always inclined to restrict or to abrogate completely rights and freedoms that have been achieved if they imagine that the people will put up no resistance. Even in those countries where such things as freedom of the press, right of assembly, right of combination, and the like have long existed, governments are constantly trying to restrict those rights or to reinterpret them by juridical hair-splitting. Political rights do not exist because they have been legally set down on a piece of paper, but only when they have become the ingrown habit of a people, and when any attempt to impair them will meet with the violent resistance of the populace . Where this is not the case, there is no help in any parliamentary Opposition or any Platonic appeals to the constitution." — Rudolf Rocker, Anarcho-Syndicalism: Theory & Practice, 1947

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Why You Should 'Like' It.

While exhorting people to 'Like' the India Against Corruption page on
Facebook I'm aware that merely 'liking' or 'following' a digital
presence does not make a big difference. The hope that I hold out is
that it could be the start of a bigger change, one that makes each
person even more mindful about herself and the world that she creates. When I 'like' a page or perform any such synonymous action I allow for a
deluge of data and opinion to be pushed my way; for eg. last night the
IAC guys put up a very interesting document online, via Facebook, one on
the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. Getting access to
material of such a nature will allow us to go beyond spouting rhetoric
and jargon. This direct channel is the reason why many people have
actually read the Lok Pal bill, as proposed by GOI and the one put forth
by IAC. Few may have undertsood the legalese but the 'page' on Facebook
and the Twitter account gave them a forum to ask their questions. Social
media is an effective tool to generate many layers of conversation and
dialogue, which is what we need to start with today.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Building Blocks

What I feel earnestly about and will be found acting on

- The environment and ecology

- Socio-economic theories, the existing conditions around us and their impact

- Music and Movies (I'm not sure if I can be an effective creator here)

- Information freedom and decentralization of media

- Disruptive models in information 'ownership' and dispersion

- New models of power production, management and distribution

- Sustainable living

- Writing (Fiction and non-fiction, poetry, scripts etc)

- History

- Travel

- Books (reading, collecting and gifting)

- Philosophies

I hope to rebuild using these blocks. 



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Thursday, September 08, 2011

That's Settled Then

. You don't feeling like talking to me nowadays, do you?

- No


- because of that

. Ok

[silence for a w     h     i     l     e]

- Will you stop asking me that question again and again

. Yes, but I feel insignificant, I feel the need to know why you stopped

- Insignificant? You are a dot

. There is more to me

- Then let everyone see that more instead of you venting your angst



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Friday, August 26, 2011

Jousting With Inertia

Something should gnaw at this ugly, rigid edifice and break it down with a big, nasty crash and when the dust settles you will see the pasture from where ideas and stories and other such forgotten things will sprout. They could be blue, square, irreverent, incorrect, baroque, transformative, factual. They will all be tedious in parts, especially the middle. The end, however, shall always be a rousing triumph, inspiring even. They will be 'tweeted', 'liked', shared and 'plussed', at least once, but they must not be 'tweets', 'likes', 'shares' and 'pluses'. Brevity is great when time is running out (or when you run out of analogies) but not here.

Inspite of all it machinations, 'The It' spews out character limited ideas and thoughts. The something that must gnaw at it has been summoned. If you listen carefully you can hear the sound of a chisel tapping away, or maybe they are just muffled keystrokes from a rather rigid keyboard; either way the end of inertia is near. A pity that it can't save itself by running away.

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