Sunday, December 12, 2010

Delhi Shining (Post Common Wealth Games)

After spending more than two long years in Abu Dhabi, I have come back to my homeland India. India the land of dreams & aspirations.
India is developing with leaps & bounds, which now has become evident to the whole world. It really had showed the tremendous potential that it has to the even most revered nations around the globe. It’s a perfect time for the non residents like me to get back to their home who were forced to move overseas to follow their dreams for an improved and fulfilling future. This new age has set up a ray of hope, a wave of belief in most of our likes. I am really excited to get back here.
I will be spending a few days in Delhi & NCR, a few days in Chandigarh, before finally moving to Orissa, to take care of this new project.
I am living at one of my friend’s place in Gurgaon, which is said to be one of the fastest developing cities, around the whole NCR or sometimes the whole North India. The Government is planning to extend the existing metro lines to a newer and more efficient kind of commutation for the city. Many of the Indian and foreign multinational companies have chosen the venue for their corporate offices, giving employment to numerous eligible young citizens. A lot of multi-storey buildings and shopping malls are coming up creating the ultimate urban environment.
Though the metro has made it easier for the outsiders to roam across Delhi, What I am missing the most after coming from UAE, is the whole traffic scenario. The city streets here are still full of chaos and confusions. Nobody seems to care for the traffic rules and neither the administration seems to take care of the situation to implement some strategy to bring it under control. No wonder accidents have become synonyms with Gurgaon roads. Streets are still overflowing with vehicular population even after the successful introduction of metro, and those wretched threewheelers still roam the city fearlessly overloaded with people, sometimes they carry as much as fifteen people in one. I have seen people hanging out of the vehicle as it is cheapest & fastest possible commutation around. This has to be changed if they want streets to be safe for the public.
It is increasingly becoming impossible for the residents or passer-byes to cross the road even to get to the nearest shop to get the basic necessities. Seems like the local administration has never heard of something as common as Zebra Crossing or Traffic Signals. Crossing the road has become the most dreadful job around here at least for me. I would never like myself or any of my any of my loved ones to go through that hell again. This one Toll Plaza that I visited was a total mess, a perfect example of disorder. I consider myself graced enough to get out of that conundrum alive.
It seems I didn’t had my share enough of the prevailing rowdyism, that I even went to the Delhi ISBT at Kasmiri Gate, on my final day at the national capital, to see it in its persistent tattered condition, Anyone who would have visited the place lately would know what I mean. Being a seasoned traveler I have to keep coming to Delhi and particularly at the ISBT quite often, and it has always felt this way, but this time I imagined it to be in a better condition, at least after their claim of being a successful host of Commonwealth Games. Delhi advertised itself so severely that it would make anyone believe of its tremendous infrastructural advancements that it has invested into to be ready for the ceremony. But the reality it seems are much harsher, I still am not able to understand how they boast of the so called successful Games, when they don’t even have the basic infrastructure for movement of potential tourists.
My friend with me, who also happened to be with me in Dubai during my stay there, suddenly commented, “India could never match Dubai even in a decade, even their Bus stations are a far better and cleaner than our Airports”. I found myself avoiding looking at his eyes as there was no way I could prove him wrong then.
Even the paid toilets there smelled so bad as they have not been cleaned in ages, the wooden doors are in a verge of felling down with the humblest push, and walls seem soaked and waiting to collapse. The station Administration has been very kind to make provisions for water outlets for cleaning, but they didn’t care enough to ensure if they are ever fitted with any taps. But there is always someone at the entrance to ensure nobody gets inside without paying. That’s the plight of our public conveniences, constructed by the taxes we pay and maintained by the direct public payment.
I kept thinking of all this during the next 5 1/2 hours journey from Delhi to Chandigarh, If all that I expected about India still stands true, was I right deciding to come back at the first place.
I am an optimistic person, I believe, things are changing and a day will come when we too will stand with heads held high calling ourselves global citizens.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Why Don’t People Care

My inspiration in writing this post came mostly from these “3 IDIOTS” I call my friends, I met during my tenure at UAE, in spite of our vastly contrasting ideas we stick together for quite a long time. I’ll miss them when they are gone.
I work in a Multinational EPC (Engineering, Construction, Procurement) Company, far from my homeland here in UAE. Most of my peers are qualified engineers or they call themselves so!!!!
QUALIFIED huh? I don’t know I may be wrong? But I strongly feel that being qualified or well educated is not only about gaining success for you, or making good money, but it also brings a lot of social responsibilities upon you, I mean you should consider yourself far better & fortunate than the herds of people who have not been able to get proper education, or had chosen to remain illiterate for some reason. If these people behave ignorantly, it is understood & obvious.
But what would we say to people who call themselves educated & yet behave like they don’t care about the world, they are happy within themselves, just themselves. Matters which concerns only them or their immediate surroundings (family or friends). They never care to think about in a broader perspective. Today we all have access to what is happening around the world 24X7 through means of TV or Internet. We are well aware of the problems our civilization is facing today but we still don’t care as if everything that is going on does not at all requires any attention or concern on an individual scale.
My point here is that today we the earthlings are on the verge of catastrophe; we are running out of fossil fuels to support our economies and still are decades away to effectively harnessing any other potential renewable source of energy that can replace them. But we don’t seem to care as long as we have the electricity to our disposal, almost taking it granted that this is going to last forever, while we actually know the truth is just the opposite. The combustion of fossil fuels for power generation alone accounts for 47% of earth's green house gases. So saving electricity does not only means saving it for future generations, we can effectively reduce our carbon footprints as well.
Over the years we have unwisely exploited all our limited reserves of sweet water, now to almost extinction & here we are with water tables around the world going dangerously low. People in some remote reaches of world who never had the access to safe drinking water or proper sanitation just because they don’t have enough water, they know the true value lies within this compound of hydrogen & oxygen. But we the so called educated people never seem to care the least about saving water or reducing its consumption. We sure have deprived our coming generations of such a basic necessity as water.
Today we are running out of the soothing environment that maintains the required atmospheric pressure (without which the blood in our veins would boil & evaporate) & protects us from the detrimental stellar radiations, in the wake of harmful CFCs & GHGs.
Most of us today know that the earth’s temperature is rising at an alarming rate and we need to keep this eventual warming under 2 Celsius. Above this level of warming (or maybe even over 1.5 Celsius), we will dramatically change global patterns of storms and droughts, and see significant rise in sea levels, Climate change has to be dealt with now as never before.
Yet people seem to care the least about these imminent conundrums. They just want their lives to be perfect, to hell with everything else, & they call themselves educated!!
Most of us still would plainly say they don’t even need to care about all this as nothing of that sort is ever going to happen in their lifetimes. And if decades later something of sort really happens science would have made so much progress by then that we will have many new alternatives or solutions.
How sleazy & irrational it is to hear something like that from someone who calls themselves educated human beings? We just don’t want to change our flashing lifestyles, even if it is going to cost the elimination of the whole species.
My point here is that we cannot wait for others to find solutions for the mess we have created or creating. All of us are equally responsible for our carbon footprints and nobody else but only we can & have to make arrangements to reduce it and not only that we should as well inspire & educate people around us to do the same, which is also my aim in writing this post.
The very science that enabled us to pollute our airs by the industrial revolutions & warfare & has threatened our very existence on the planet could also come to our rescue in this grave scenario if properly adhered.
Without any further delay we need to think deeply over all these issues and have to strongly monitor our actions, so that we can sustain our coming generations and make mother earth as an easy place to live in as it is for us.
REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE are the new law of cosmos. We have to abide by it at any cost.
This is high time, we have ignored the urge for long enough, let’s do something now.
Let’s Start Caring……

Friday, May 14, 2010

Orthodoxy of the Modern Indian Society

The recent controversy over the marriage of Sania Mirza with the Pakistani cricketer Shoib Mallick, has a lot to teach us. My aim in writing this post is not to comment on Sania’s or anyone else’s status, but I want to take this opportunity to register my reactions over the hypocrisy of our modern society.
It evidently showed how liberal we Indians are! We feel proud to call ourselves modern; we want to see ourselves at par with the most developed societies of the world, yet how deeply we still credit the social dogma. We pretend ourselves as congruent and broadminded, but the truth is we still haven’t got rid of the orthodoxy largely rooted inside our conservative & narrow minds.
We made such hue & cry over the whole issue that almost made the union look like a threat to our national security, and even went on to claim her citizenship cancelled, and to forbid her to play for India in future.
How can we forget the contributions of this young girl so easily? There were moments when we used to cheer for her, used to follow her every move in the court with exultation. She made us proud, became role model for the younger generation.
But are we so impudent, that we wouldn’t even allow someone to choose her own life partner just because she is a girl, who inadvertently brought herself into limelight by achieving so much at this little age. I am certain if there would be a man, in Sania’s place the responses would have been totally opposite. However then we could have faced the same arrogance & rejection from Pakistan’s side.
It’s just that we are still held so tightly with the blimpish traditional ideas that we can’t tolerate when some girl achieves something extraordinary, or revolts against the society to follow their own dreams or aspirations. We just cannot take it; it’s too much for our male dominant egos.
I think we still need to grow up a lot. I am surprised to see that even educated people reacted so indifferently to her, as she has committed some grave crime. How long will it take us to finally overcome all this negativity and emerge as an intellectual & civilized society of the modern world? How long will it take us to get over such boundaries of sex or religion or domain? How long will it take us finally to be truly democratic? How long will it take us to realize that these deep scars on the face of our society can only be cured with the therapeutic social equality?
Today we have so many burgeoning problems staring us on the face calling for global support & fraternity but we are still fighting over such petty issues.
Problems such as Global warming, Climate change, Water & Energy scarcity, Food shortages, Economic Crisis is directly confronting the very existence of life on earth, these problems can only be sought after when all of us work together as global citizens. We are all earthlings, a single human race, we shouldn’t fight over these negligible differences of looks or virtues.
This is high time if we don’t comprehend now, there is every possibility that we can be eliminated soon like the Atlantians.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

India's Reply To Brain Drain

Has it ever occurred to anyone's mind that why we Indians are always so much attracted to work and live in distant far off lands quitting the warmth and comfort of our very own home and don’t even give it any second thoughts before leaving all our loved ones behind.
Can't we turn the drift the other way round ??
Why don’t people from other countries prefer to come to India, as we remain captivated towards the western countries?
If we want India to emerge as a shining beacon of the 21st Century, then we have to build such a Global Community, where the most talented people from all over the Globe can come and contribute to the progress and at the same time feel like home. We should make arrangements to attract such vast talent pools from all across the globe. People from all nationalities should get lured to study, work or travel in India.
We have to grow our societies to such standards, where there would be no place for orthodoxy or conservativeness. We should start treating all the citizens as equal; there should be no place for any discrimination based on Caste or Religion. The deep ravine between the opposite sexes should be eliminated completely, and both the sexes should get equal opportunities to move ahead and make their own identities. We have to rise above the outdated doctrines of our society.
We should be enough self-conscious and self-aware of our surroundings, our environment, become logical, become broad-minded.
And the only thing in my knowledge that can infuse all this positivity in us is Education.
We the mob, the common man, of India is still so much preoccupied within themselves to make the ends meet, to earn a better livelihood for himself and his family or his coming generations, that they are forced to leave their beloved motherland much reluctantly in quest of better opportunities.
Why can’t we create those opportunities here ? That environment here ?
Entrepreneurs and Government should join hands to make India a better place. In other words to create such a world-class environment, India needs to undergo a rapid and intense Capitalism in every phase.
This is the only way that we can bring our stolen Kohinurs back to us, and will be able to reverse the order of Brain Drain effectively in generations to come.