My English Teacher

At first, the title ‘The English Teacher’ seemed little simple and less impressive but then I chose to go with this title because this post is about a simple person, who was my English teacher.  When I was just 15 years old, I got to join a coaching, which used to offer classes in Maths, Science and English as these were the most game changing subjects in our part of world. We used to get coaching for these subjects. So, I also went in such coaching and I think this was the only thing that I did right in my whole life. In this coaching, I didn’t get enough in Maths and Science but I made the most from the English classes. And, this was because of my english teacher. I can honestly say that he changed my life with his early morning English classes. Though, he gave similar classes to everyone and can’t say about others but he really changed my life like madiba did and coach Thomas Carter did of his students.  I always feel like crying whenever I see movies with such life changing characters.

I feel like crying not because the portrayed pain and sufferings, shown in the movie but that makes me see my past life when I was a young boy with unsure goals and motives. In those days, I wasn’t aware of my likes and dislikes and had no vision for my life and career.  But then one day he came and just changed my life with his little 30 minutes long classes. The best thing about his classes was his funny jokes and interesting portrayal of fictional characters. He used to crack jokes after finishing each chapter like I still remember that coward man story and beautiful representation of Lucy gray.  I still remember that his initial lines before starting any new chapter, “chalo jane ek darpok aadmi k bare jo bibi se nai darta tha” and we all giggled on such remarks. These remarks develop a connect with the story and makes us know the characterization. His teachings developed the habit of reading english stories in me. I cant pay thanks to him but I will always try to change the lives of others with honest efforts as he did.

Saying him role model may not be justified but he has surely changed my life and induced the seeds of paying utmost dedication in whatever job I take.

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Roommates: friends or foes

Sometimes it becomes too difficult to understand the difference between your friends and foes.  It becomes tough when you live in a metropolitan like Delhi with unknown faces.  These unknown faces includes our colleagues,  roommates, long lost relatives,  who now least relate to us and acquaintances turned friends. With the these people,  we share the day today life,  our little successes and great sorrows.  With the these people,  we share minute by minute moments of your first date,  first trophy for your hard work and the vent out anger with a mug of beer.  So these people mean a lot for us.  But the sky falls when these lifelines deceive us.  In such moments,  we think of never trusting these people but you trust me we again fall in these traps because these issues don’t matter us any more.  Does they?  I shared my experience you share yours in comments section.  It will be great to see what you guys are experiencing…. Cheers


My Hogwarts Role Models

I am an avid reader and see famous fictional characters in real people. Today, I am gonna talking about my role models, who also relate with famous harry potter characters like Professor Dumbledore, Hermione Granger and Professor Snape. You can easily relate these people with book’s characters. It is my sheer luck that I got to work such nice people in my life. They have awarded rare opportunities to prove my skills. So, without wasting our precious time, I would begin with Professor Dumbledore.

Mayank Sir – My Professor Dumbledore: My Professor Dumbledore is Mayank Sir, who talks less but gives real insights on any sort of topic in a mystical manner. He is an ocean of knowledge like the real character. In all my enthusiasm, I have got the habit of entering in his cabin to share whatever curiosity hits me.  Though, I should be little professional and think twice before sharing anything with him. For me, his sermons are like Professor Dumbledore one liners, which calm down my curiosities and shows me the way ahead. In all my experiences with Mayank Sir, I have learned the art of being an attentive listener because he talks less and gives us the clues to go further. Here is an excellent experience of mine which I can share. Once, we were talking about the conflict journalism and renowned journalists, who have covered Middle East in last thirty years or so. We young journalists were inspired with American journalists like Steve Coll, Robert Fisk, Richard Falk and many more. Considerably, I have read Steve’s Pulitzer Prize winner Ghost Wars, which is an analysis on cold war days. So, I was mesmerized with the access and balanced reporting of English journalists and just said that I don’t see any Indian journalist, who have gone this far. As I say this, Mayank Sir corrected me instantly by saying that if you can’t see something then it doesn’t mean that that thing doesn’t exist. Sometimes valuable people, moments and opportunities just wander around us and we could not measure them up. There is an Indian journalist called Deepak Ji, who is amongst the top Middle East covering journalists. And, this was in pure Professor Dumbledore style. This conversation ended with the Indian journalist’s name. But, he gave me a clue to know about the eminent Indian journalist called Deepak Tripathi, who has worked for BBC, Al-Jajeera and written the book Breeding Ground on the origin of Afghanistan and Islamic terrorism. And, so Mayank Sir is my role model and my Professor Dumbledore.

Satyendra Sir – My Professor Severus Snape: You may call me a Harry Potter fan but this book has real like characters. And Satyendra Sir is my Professor Snape.  I have learned the art of storytelling from him. There is no person, who can tell about an incident in as vivid & amusing manner as Satyendra Sir can. But, in the mean time, he is as strict as professor snape or Guru Sifu (A character from Kungfu Panda movie).

Khyati Sehgal – My Hermione:
Yes, when I am talking about the writing inspirations then how can I forget my most helpful ally Khyati Sehgal. She is the brightest girl, a true friend and a passionate writer. I have learned lot of things from her in my initial days, when I was working for her. Initially, it took me a while to understand her but she with all her knowledge helped me in knowing different styles of writing.

Thank You Mayank Sir – My Professor Dumbledore and Khyati Sehgal – My Hermione Granger for helping me in realizing my dreams. And, Thank you Satyendra Sir for making me learn the art of storytelling though, I am still learning.

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My View on Anticipating India – The Best of National Interest

Shekhar Gupta's Book Anticipating India The National InterestCan we review our Alma mater, rank up school teachers or even give ratings to our textbooks while reading them? For a normal person like me, it isn’t possible as I believe that these institutions can get me a caterpillar evolution and guide in becoming what I wish to be for. So, reviewing Shekhar Gupta’s National Interest columns was not possible for me. Thus, I am sharing my experience and view on these columns with my limited knowledge and intellect.

Before start reading the best ‘National Interest columns, I went on reading the recent copies of this column from web to understand the soul of this column. Because I think it is necessary to read anything without the baggage of expectations. So, reading recent columns introduced me with their flavor. The national interest columns are not about giving opinion on general issues, happening all across the country. These columns emphasize the vested interest of the nation in local issues like rape, molestation and killings that prints on second and third page of newspapers.

This column talks about the national interest lies in the tragic story of a family, which visited all corners in government to punish the person, who molested their 14 years daughter and even jailed their 16 years son for false allegation of stealing vehicles. It was a vicious seed of crime against women and national interest column talked about it. There are the anecdotes on the rise of HMT generation – the Hindi medium type that includes Kalpana Chavla, Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar. This was a whole new crop of youngsters, who came from small towns to claim its share and gave tough challenge to elite Oxfordwallahs. And, this column talked about this. The book Anticipating India – The National Interest  is divided in six parts that includes columns published during NDA days, UPA1, UPA2, the declining era of UPA, the rise of Narendra Modi and in  the days of Anna – Aam Aadmi protest.

My Experience as a Knowledge Seeker: As I am into my early years of Journalism, this book is like a treasure. It get me the great lessons of journalism that I couldn’t have till date. It made me learn the art of being patient. It told me why this journalism business is so special and what its perks are. It did the storytelling of good old days but in form of anecdotes instead of heavily intellectual opinionated columns. It told me that Indian politics can’t be learn by reading big bulky books but by interacting with big old sidelined people. Shekhar Gupta calls himself an old styled reporter, who has got the habit of asking tough questions. And, this collection of columns is best among all the national interest columns published so far in last eighteen years.

50 Words Verdict: I suggest this book to all my journalism fellows as a must have, who still hold the cuttings of old Saturday columns, whose paper is dying with every passing monsoon. It is a treasure for young journalists and raise serious questions while staying away from old school of missionary journalism.

My Sister – My Role Model

I have been a part of Blogadda since the first day of my blogging journey. It has been the most trusted ally and a friend who has shown its confidence in my dream of becoming a good writer. But, I never took part in its blogging initiatives. The reason was simple as I was trying to make a distinct audience for my blog. But when a friend Ankita, who works for Blogadda, asked about my role model, I did not take a second to find out, who it was. It was none other than my own sister.

I never was aware that I was inspired with my sister for multiple reasons but when Ankita-my friend asked me to write a blog post about my role model. I took time to decipher the same. We are of same age and read in same standards in different schools. But, whenever I got chance to visit my MausiJi’s (maternal aunt) house, I always found her immersed in big bulky books. I noticed her learning vocabulary from some GRE examination books even when we were in X standard. And, I saw her communicating with her books in early morning hours till great lengths of nights. But this description shouldn’t portray her as a bespectacled girl, away from all joys of teenage and youth. She was at large a divisive student but She wanted to travel the world and education was her wings. But all I get from her is the inspiration to be someone deserves respect of people. And, becoming someone worth respect of society like Degree nahin hogi toh koi job nahin dega, koi baap apni beti nahin dega, society respect nahin degi was like a big black sea. In this voyage, the horizons were so far and distractions were like infectious flies. My ship was full of confusions and self-distrust. Despite these obstacles, I kept navigating in the dark sea with the single visible light of my sister’s accolades. It was a belief that if she can do it then what in the world can stop me. The occasional interactions came to a halt as I moved out from my city to work and she did the same for further education. In all these years, the news of her success in career and spectacular growth in personal success made me learn lot of things and became what I am today. Though, now it is dawn in the sea, I am sailing in and there is some light to navigate but she is still the brightest source of light, the light house with green light that travels the far.

Now, she is studying in a foreign location and still is same as before – The energetic, crazy and inspiring. Lots of my love to my sweetest sister…Thanks for all you gave me knowingly and unknowingly.

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City Lights – The Story of Mental Migration

It makes us cry in the running metro train when we get a text from our offices that the salary couldn’t be credited due to some clerical error, when we got only 4000 rupees to manage entire month. We begin skipping lunch to save every possible penny to sum up the monthly rent of a shared flat. And when we lose our mobile while reaching home via bus to spend less on traveling; the little mode of communication breaks. We try hard to convince our room partners and friends that everything will be OK very soon and ask them to lent us some money to save ourselves from the insult of the flat owner. We do all this to survive our little dreams; little utopian dreams.
Cesare Pavese Village Quotation

These big mega cities are like flames, which sustain on the innocent lives of poor people, who reluctantly hover around these cities and become the burning threads of these flames. Such sparkling cities hold heroic stories of success of small-town super heroes, who travels to these cities in their youth and make a successful living with hard work and honesty. But these exemplary stories don’t include the firsthand accounts. We never got the chance to meet with such super heroes. And, when we did,  we don’t find them the people of villages. They seem unfamiliar to us. They don’t even speak our language and prefer forgetting their past with village. Still, such stories flow from power centers to lower middle class, which makes us believe in doing hard work to make a nice living in a span of 10, 20 and 100 years of time. So, they wish to add our bit of share in making such big dreams true. Ironically, we innocent people bequeath little dreams to upcoming generations and so it goes on. In the due process, we make money but forget the cause of this prolonged journey.

Hope, at someday, our way can again turn to our home towns, where we can eat with our loved ones, breathe easily and walk on the known streets of our villages.

Book Review: Forged in Crisis By Rudra Chaudhuri

Forged in Crisis

The book Forged in Crisis talks about the carefully woven relation of India and America during the era of crisis of these two nations. It focuses on key turning points of Indian diplomacy, when both countries came close to have lasting ties but eventually distanced themselves for saving national interests. It studies India’s material interests with the USA and its will of emerging as a nation worth respect and attention in international community. The book covers the areas and moments of history, which have received less coverage from Indian and International press but influenced the national interests of both countries. It focuses on complex and calculative efforts of Indian leaders in maintaining the largely healthy relations. The author Rudra Chaudhuri is a lecturer in King’s College London and researching on strategic studies and south Asian security.

This book is segregated into three distinct parts. The first part elaborates the relations during 1947 to 1953. In this era, India was emerging as a nation with fewer resources to sustain itself as an independent nation. This duration also marks the early years of cold war between America and USSR. Hence, the world was largely polarized between two ideologies and power groups. But, India took the way of non-alignment, which was less influenced with humanitarian grounds but largely based on material interests of both nations. The second part talks about the era of Indira Gandhi. The third part talks about Atal Bihari Bajpai and his team’s real efforts to build a rapport with their American counterparts. The language of the book is quite simple but it covers complex issues so it may seem difficult.

My Experience as an Avid Reader: I was always interested in reading about Indo-American relations. But, I was looking for a book, which scholarly studies the subject in a detailed manner. So, when I started reading the book, it was like entering into a new world.

50 Words Verdict: America is a dream of a utopian society for Indians. This book tells you about the relation between realities and dreams. It focuses on cautious efforts of Indian diplomacy in maintaining fruitful relations with America while staying away from disillusions. It’s a story of two estranged democracies.