Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Does The Term 'Independence' Hold Any Significance For The Underprivileged?



I am writing this piece on India's 70th Independence Day, so first things first - Happy Independence Day to us Indians. Now, we move to the title of my blog post.

I am a free man in my current social setup - i can talk freely(to an extent), walk freely, sing freely, shit freely; that's almost everything. But, can an underprivileged person say/feel the same? Before we talk about that, let's put the term 'underprivileged' in context.

An underprivileged person is someone who is at a disadvantage in a particular society. The disadvantage can be related/incurred due to someone's financial state, caste (we have so many tiffs, sometimes even riots, because of casteism), region of residence, appearance, sex (we have state chief ministers questioning a female's integrity if she is out of her house during night time) and some more.

If a person is financially underprivileged, can he/she do anything better than the modern slavery? Oh yes, slavery exists. It's just that you don't need to force people into it anymore, they rather fall into it because of their circumstances. There is a person literally pulling your weight in a rickety rikshaw to earn a few of pennies from your pocket. Now, you can argue that you are paying that person for the services. Of course, you are.

But do you think he is a free person? No, he is not. Free are the Ubers and the Olas, who have a fixed price set for you to either choose to avail the service or not. You can't make a bargain with these free corporate identities. But you, sure ,can with that rikshawala who is waiting to take you around the block for much lesser charges so that he can earn his dinner or desi pavva. What's even better, you can also beat the shit out of that rickshawala in a hot scorching afternoon if he gives your car a little scratch.

You are the one driving the 'Ford Endeavour', he is in a rickety rickshaw. Just, do it. No way, he can do shit about anything. You are the fat kid of a rich family, high on weight - thus momentum, he is just a malnourished underweight person, whom you can take out in one shoulder push. You know he can't even go to the Police complaining. The police will have to choose to protect the rich or the poor, it's as easy a choice as choosing between 1000 rupees or documenting an unnecessary FIR.

Now, do you think he is free or 'Independent'? He is not, because of us. Because of the way society looks down on him. He will continue to be a slave because we don't want him to do anything better than pulling a rickshaw. We don't want him to realize that he too can give an opinion, demand a fixed fee. We want to exploit him/underpay him so that he continues doing what he does. He is just a step of a ladder we have in place for us to climb over.

Can you bear the sight of a Rikshawala talking in a loud tone, like you can many other? Many can not. The Rikshawala has to behave in a certain way, because of our prejudice, to live in the society. He is not free.

Same goes for a girl wanting to booze and party on new year's eve just because his brother/cousin is flaunting it on Instagram. Now, drinking alcohol is bad for health, but for both the sexes. You can't frown upon just one of them and turn a blind eye to the other. So, are the females living in less aware/intelligent sections of society free? No, they are not.

Same goes for the minorities and lower caste people. There are more than enough cases making news where some high class person/group is thrashing the dalits/lower caste people in localities. Are these people 'Independent'? No, they are not.

Do these people look free to you?


So, when we are celebrating the Independence Day and the spirit of freedom; should we grant independence to underprivileged in our society? Should we be more tolerant? Should we free ourselves from the prejudice?

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Hritik Roshan:"Interstellar maker copied bang bang and spied on me."

In a surprising turn of events, Hritik Roshan has claimed that Interstellar is heavily influenced by his recent Sci-Fi movie Bang Bang. Hritik continued further to state that it is not just Bang Bang, but Christopher Nolan has spied on Hritik his whole life to finally come up with Interstellar.  We somehow managed to interview Hritik, who was reportedly busy reading a book with the title “Jhooth bolein, Kavva se na darein”

Interviewer :First things first. Hritik, you recently categorized Bang Bang as a Sci-Fi Movie. Did we miss something in the movie which suggested it was a Sci-Fi?

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Interstellar is the Marvel, the Milestone and the Masterpiece of our lives.

I am 15 minutes into the movie when I realize that Nolan must hit the top gear now. I have never seen a slower build-up (here slower does not mean bad) in a Nolan film (except in FOLLOWING). I know Nolan will up the ante, but I am afraid he might have taken a few minutes too many. Right when I am pondering all this - enters the Indian surveillance drone and a fun chase scene is on, Hans Zimmer zooms up with some feely background score that gives you Goose bumps and I am on the edge of my seat. I am on the edge of my seat within 15 minutes and I am still there after 170 minutes (movie runtime). Interstellar exhausts you with heart melting emotions, anticipation and excitement. Breathless stuff.

The visuals you are going to witness in this movie are nothing like anything. When you consider the fact that Nolan does not use green screen for special effects, you will wonder how he managed to stun us with such jaw-dropping visuals. The exoplanets, blackholes and the spacecrafts shown in the movie are out of this world as they should be. But the movie is not about the visuals, there is much more to it.

The movie is about love and longing between a father and a daughter, ambition of a dying species, hope for a civilization, fear of failing and discovery of a lifetime. The movie is about the fact that we humans are still pioneers and our destiny lies above us, our destiny lies in between the stars, Interstellar. It is about faith and optimism, believing that we will find a way and we always have. It is an epic voyage where humans must defy all odds to survive.

I have seen 2001: A space odyssey and I love it. But with all the respect in the world to Stanley Kubrick and his epic, Interstellar is the movie of our lifetime. 2001 was pure art of a genius in his own right, but Interstellar is the art, heart and soul of a genius that Christopher Nolan is.

Interstellar has the potential to be a true game changer for all of Mankind. It ignites a spark in us which tells us that we must not get lost out there in trivial issues like racism, border and religion disputes, but we should realize that we are the real pioneers and our journey has just started – we have a long way to go, the mankind has a long way to go.

I will conclude the review without any spoilers and by stating that Interstellar is the grandest spectacle one could watch on a screen. Just rush to the theatres and when in doubt, trust Nolan.


Sunday, 2 November 2014

Interstellar Fever: Part 3

Interstellar movie release is less than a week away and this is the last article in the “Interstellar Fever” series. The fever appears to be beyond cure now, I would like to be sedated in such a way that when I wake up – I wake up to interstellar.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Interstellar Fever: Part 2

We sneak-peeked into figures concerning interstellar travel in the previous article, but now it is time to know about the concept and theories involved/proposed.  

Meanwhile you can check out the latest trailer of “Interstellar-the movie ” here to warm up for the article:

Monday, 22 September 2014

Interstellar Fever : Part 1

There are a few things that I look forward to as much as I am looking forward to Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar - which hits theatres on November the 7th. The trailers of the movie culminated my excitement to orgasmic proportions for two very specific reasons: the movie is about interstellar travel (some fascinating stuff there) and Christopher Nolan is the director of the movie.  Latest Oscar decorated actor Matthew Mcconaughey features in the leading role which is a major plus, but I wouldn’t care much even if Nolan signs Uday Chopra for his next. After all Nolan is the real deal in all of his movies. Big fan here!

I take this opportunity to write a series of articles about the concept and logistics of interstellar travel. In this part we will have a look around us in the interstellar space. Also we 
will see how we are doing in the name of interstellar travel as of now.  

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

We are lost out there

I am inside this train, this train that will take me far away. I know where this train will take me but I can’t know for sure. Yet it doesn’t matter. You know why? Because, we are all together and this is what we have been programmed for.

Isn’t this how we all feel every day commuting in trains to catch our jobs? Jobs that need to be done to afford a life for us, our families and most importantly to feed our socialistic egos.  

It is about time when i get down the train. 


Monday, 25 August 2014

Does Money Make You A “better” Person? Oh Yes.

Before I start, let me put the word “better” in context here. A “better” person would be the one who is more kind, humble, well-behaved, well-dressed, well-spoken and most importantly caring to others. A person scoring high on these traits is bound for recognition and every once in a while might hear the much coveted line – “You Sir! Are a “better” person”. Enough with the sarcasm already (no way), let’s see if money makes you a “better” person.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Human Consciousness

If life on earth was a one in a billion chance, the human consciousness is further less probable. For the very reason human consciousness intrigues me like no other thing. We humans have emotions, we know how to express them, we can observe other person’s body signs and we can comprehend – we can do it all. All this sounds great and is great in fact, still the question stands tall. How did we develop this consciousness?

Consider abandoning a new born child on an island with chimps. If the child manages to survive, would it be any different than chimps? We were chimps too, at a certain point we were. Chimps have 24 pairs of chromosomes; we have one less i.e. 23. We share 99 % DNA with chimps and resemble very much in all the physical characteristics.

We are a species that literally broke through and came out of the blue. It is assumed that 2 pairs of chimps' chromosomes combined to form a single one and we humans began our journey in this giant gutter of outer-space (that is what rust from true detective thinks about earth).

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

My Experiments With Insomnia

I have successfully pulled off a week deprived of any recorded sleep (bragging rights, why else would I maintain a personal blog?), not to mention the hours I take out of my “8 hours sleep quota” every now and then to invest in things I want to over-do before sleeping one last time. My insomnia is more a self-inflicted injury since my mind does function well to send neurons to lullaby me every night, but I always choose to use the over-ride switch. Sometimes it feels like I am cheating the shopkeeper who allowed me to take candies out of the box while attending to other customers. Cheating is always thrilling because it provides you with an inflated idea about obtaining maximum output with minimum input. Technically speaking, cheating improves your efficiency. What? you struggled to increase the efficiency of that stupid motor all your graduation? Too bad you couldn't make it cheat. 

Thursday, 31 July 2014


Oxford describes procrastination as the action of delaying or postponing something, and it makes sense to me.What doesn’t make sense to me, is the usage of this word. It is often used to accuse person X of following a wrong course of action - for achieving a fairy tale climax fantasized by some another person Y. If X likes to delay something to enjoy one other thing, it suggests that the other thing is dearer to X than something. What’s wrong with that?