Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Journey To Remember - Episode 14

Here is the next episode of the story. To read the previous part Click Here


XYZ: I guess, this is your lovestory. Who is Shreya, dude?
Me: Shreya?? If it were to be true, do you think Shreya would be still with Siddharth even after reading this?
XYZ: Probably you both are in a relationship, now. 
Me: Seriously?! If Shreya were to be mine, do you think she would allow me to publish this story?
XYZ: Hmmm. (After a pause) By the way, good writing and imagination, and you can improve in few areas.
Me: I can't agree more!!

Both, Shreya and Sid, were really happy. They were on cloud9. Every single thing on earth had fallen in place for them. 

A ritual was organised at Sid's place before the engagement. All the meetings happened in restaurants and public places prior to this and there wasn't much awkwardness. Shreya and her close relatives had been to Sid's home. Here started the trouble for both the families. Each one of them felt too uncomfortable.There were few awkward incidents and embarrassing moments. From the rituals to cuisine, every single thing added to the inconvenience.Cultural differences had a lot to play.

Even though both the families agreed to the marriage, there were still hiccups and turbulence. Shreya and Sid were feeling the heat. Both of them were fed up of all the drama that was happening. They started disliking each other's family (Probably, their decision of tying the knot). 

Sid called me a week after their engagement.
"Hi Rahul. How are you?"
"I'm fine. Whats up? Why do you sound so dull?"
"Nothing much. I wanted to talk to someone. I wasn't feeling good."
"Its OK. Is everything fine over there?"

He told me a few strange things that it took me some time to digest.

"I have lost interest in Shreya, dude. I feel like there isn't anything to discuss.I don't feel like talking to her or spending time with her. Even if i do call her or meet up, I can't sustain her for more than 2 minutes. I'm getting worried these days. Its not working anymore. We both are very different people than what we had thought. Being in a love relationship and being a married couple are two entirely different things.I think, its not too late to quit. Both the families never gel up well. There are a hell lot of differences. All these differences and uncomfort has been creating hatred. This relationship is not going to stay long. I think, it is better to both of us that we separate before things worsen up."

I was shocked.

Sid was really frustrated. He went on and on, for a long time.

"Rahul, I don't know how to tell this to Shreya and both the families. I'm trapped. I was drowned in an illusion. Shit !"

There was a huge crack in their relationship. 
Situation got worse on the issues of wedding venue, rituals,costumes, food to be served and many more. 

Few months later, Shreya had been to Mumbai to attend her friend's marriage. I met her at the railway station before she left for Panaji.

I used to be a bit sad those days and Shreya could recognize it within a flash.
" I'm leaving in an hour. Glad that you came, else it would have been so boring here. Why do you look so sad?", She enquired. 

"Nothing like that. It was a long day at office", I lied.

I could sense that Shreya wasn't in her best mood. She made an attempt to convey something but she wasn't clear.

"Rahul, we are all fake. Human beings change so quickly. It is not anyone's fault but we are born and built that way. We get into a false dogma of hope,trust and love. Later we realize that truth is something else, but we can't come out of it. Life is a bitch and pretty complicated."

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Dear Politicians, We are watching you !!

Congrats BJP. Please don't let us Down !!
Dear AAP,  Thanks for all the false hopes!! 
Dear Congress and all its allies , You deserve it !! 

I am a keen follower of Indian Politics. I consider, Politics as one of the most intelligent games in this world. It's a sport which can make the biggest impact in this world.We have just had the most vibrant elections till date. The whole country is brimming with hope and looking forward to a golden era. Here are my thoughts on The rising of BJP, The Flopshow of Congress and other major political developments.

When a struggle against corruption took a political name called AAP, I was thrilled. I thought, AAP was the biggest hope in front of us. With great thinkers, activists and young leaders in its team, AAP had set everything right for itself. The common man, so-called aam aadmi, saw some kind of revolution to happen.People were ready to raise funds for a political organisation.Social media was buzzing about Arvind Kejriwal and Company. AAP challenged the political system by taking good number of seats in Delhi Assembly elections without spending much. When AAP government was formed in Delhi, the whole country was happy. Whether it was immaturity or over-enthusiasm or dumbness or other reasons, AAP made us lose faith in democracy. All those who believed in AAP and supported this political movement were badly hurt. AAP wanted everything to happen within few moments. They had no patience to wait and no time for struggle. Sometimes, they even forgot that they were ruling the state and stuck to their 'protesting' mantra. AAP dismally resigned from their duties in Delhi and started to impose thier illusion to the entire country. AAP brutally fooled us with a political drama and publicity stunts. It was a great setback to Indian politics. Thousands of false aspirations were burnt and the people of this nation were cheated.  

I said to myself, "Does this country ever change?" 

History won't forgive UPA for being so passive to the burning problems. Innumerable scams, price rise, corruption, tolerance to terrorism and crimes were few of the reason which cost Congress a lot. Not-so-expressive PM who was remotely handled by someone else was a bitter truth. Someone who was touted as the greatest economist didn't deliver well. Our PM was never an open book but time isn't yet over to tell the truth to this nation. UPA leadership never existed at all. The campaigning was pointless. Projecting Rahul Gandhi as the probable PM had negative effects.All the allies of UPA, including Congress, had one point agenda of "Secularism". We, the people of this country, are fed up of hearing this word again and again.

To all the regional parties over there, you were worse than National parties in understanding and serving the locals. The voters have strongly rejected you. I was excited to look at the pathetic performance of the so-called secular, pro-development regional parties who did nothing at all. (Respect #TMC #AIADMK)

Indians wanted a Change and we saw it in the face of BJP. Modi's track record was a bonus. Congress's failure was a blessing.I am not sure whether media creates the Public opinion or broadcasts it. The pre-poll surveys certainly benefited BJP. Election results remind us about the beauty of Democracy. I am not sure we have voted for the right party but I am proud that we are ready to welcome the "Change".

So much has been written and spoken about Mr.Modi, BJP ,RSS and all, so I won't get into that. All i want to say is, BJP has the golden opportunity to prove their mettle. To serve this country and take us to greater heights. This is the right time for BJP to grow beyond caste politics, Ram Mandir and other conventional agendas. If BJP misses out on this chance, trust me, it would take them more than a decade to regain their strengths. And for Congress, be a good Opposition party (First of all, you need to form a coalition to form one) and please don't just oppose anything and everything. 

2014 LokSabha Election results has instilled faith in democracy again. Dear Politicians,We are watching you !! Invest your time in development works. As an MP, keep serving the people of your constituency. Behave yourself during the parliament sessions, in public, on social platforms and everywhere else. The country needs your service. Do your best and we won't let you down.

PS1: Long Live Democracy.
PS2: Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.