The Nations within the Subcontinent.

Yes it is time we understand and accept that India that as we know it today is only yrs old.

Yes we are a land of diversity, of food, culture, thought. Time and again we are told of the great tradition that we come from. But history is always the story of the winner. It the narrative of the most powerful or the loudest bully in town.

When it comes to India, I do not know when we will understand that we are not ONE nation or ONE country we are a subcontinent ofnationalities. There are multiple identities and layers, multiple loyalties.  Sometimes I wonder if “my country” is only a place I make up in my mind. Something I dream of and sing because it is being marketed to me full throat. More

Serious Blogging? What do ya think?


Why do you blog?
A: Partly to make Butterflies and Wheels more frequently updated and more interactive (as well as that bit more interesting, I hope), but also because I think the world des-perately needs to hear my opinions, and I like to oblige.”
― Ophelia Benson

Has blogging reduced to meaningless activity? That’s for you to answer. For me my blogs are conversation with unknown person at a chaikhana.

Can bloggers make significant contribution to the society dealing with significant issues seriously?

What is a blog in the first place – a written material published on the web. If it is a verb then the action that creates the blog is also a blog while the person indulging in the activity is a blogger.

Why do most of us blog? Lets be honest we are doling out answers people don’t want to hear to questions they didn’t ask. Most of us advertise our opinion, some of us flaunt our language skills, what ever. Many of us who have voices and concerns that we would like to voice, but are reluctant to approach a publisher for whatever reasons, so blogs come to our rescue. Then are people who want information, then there are exhibitionists.

Each of us as bloggers are only as effective as our reader outreach.  Of course some of them in turn may have a greater range of influence. But as of now we just accept what gives us just in case we are interested. Our readers connect to us depending on what they perceive as our credibility. If we are perceived as sincere despite the fact that people may disagree, our thoughts and our opinions get acknowledged, that in itself is a great achievement. Whether we can bring about a revolution ….I doubt… a change possibly. Just this morning I read Sucheta Dalal’s blog and took an appointment with my bank manager as I needed some answers.

What we write, is our choice, we can do it in all sincerity, with all conviction, its outcome depends on the reader and the attitude of the reader if the person is the kind to take to action they would, if the person is an armchair revolutionary then it would trigger debates, if you make someone uncomfortable, they could pelt stones at you, and if the person is an armchair delinquent then welcome to the world of internet trolling.

There are people who take on video-blogging, or podcasting, there are people who are working with language on the brink of extinction, to revive it they of course opt of Vblog or YouTube. If you are looking at the immediate revolution brewing in the backyard forget it, yes but we do influence people to an extent again instead of. Our arms circle, this time round we don’t know who we are influencing.

Well Tomichan Matheikal, it looks like you are bringing me back to introspection, and questioning. Thank You.

This blog is written for the 162nd Edition of Indispire.

Cashless and Clueless

Cashless and Clueless that is how I feel about Demonetization.

On Anita’s baiting I am sharing my escape of the Demon-it-i-zation kind.

one  late evening Arnab no his rival in CNN was embarrassing his rectal muscles, by screeching his throat off, about 500 and 1000 Rs. going off the circulation beginning next day.  Suddenly hash tags appeared and it was a high adrenaline scenario.

To be frank I did wonder what the hysteria was about, for I have travelled to Bombay and back from Goa with Rs.80/ in my pocket and some 1500/- in my account and yes except minor palpitation there was not much of an issue. Yes I agree I live in an ivory tower.

My patients still give me 500/- and I accept it, and will continue to accept it till 25th of December after which I will stop. Each Thursday I trot to the bank to deposit the cash, last Thursday when I did go I realized that the bank was not dispensing cash below 2000/- and the ATM was not working well that  becomes problematic, but yesterday at corporation bank in Manipal there was no issue what so ever. The ATM is still not working.

Somewhere this entire operation does not really seem such a great thing first and foremost even though as the claim is made, element of surprise is crucial to the success of this operation, the background preparation should have been adequate.

There are certain apprehensions that do pop up in my space…

Like does this really solve the problem, I have seen super markets give out IOU coupons. Formerly these coupons would be for a rupee or 2 rupee a maximum of 5 Rs denomination, now it is in denomination of 100/- these coupons have popped up over the weekend. Is it not like having an alternate currency, if the alleged sleeper terrorist wants to hand out payments he can always hand out these supermarket coupons?

The Panaji market was silent for a day or two as neither the vendors nor the buyers had the required denomination to trade. Now vegetables are necessary part of the diet, which makes people either buy on credit, or trot to the nearest Reliance Mart… Or any other supermarket and swipe the visa card.  I do understand that it is matter of few days of inconvenience, but try telling it to the school where the fees have to be paid, the bankers who come for the instalment the medicine bill that has paid, and again everyone understand but have their own chain of payments to meet.

When I took the cab from the airport, my cabbie was willing to accept a cheque, simply because he knows me for the past 20yrs, and normally I pay him at the end of the month, but this time round he needed cash to buy tyres, he made me give a cheque to MRF showroom. Apparently he was told that he needed visa/MasterCard if he wanted to use a card he had a Rupay card!!  People suddenly feel the need for Uber, because Uber payments can be made online.

When we travel by train, we normally pick lunch from either the pantry or the platform vendors, now I order online from food on tracks, and hold on there is no more cash on delivery facility, it now pre-pay, and in come Visa/MasterCard. Fortunately they have just launched irtc-wallet.

It is indeed great to cashless, but do we really have the infrastructure for it? lack of connectivity, lack of cyber security, lack of continuous power supply it does spells trouble people, it is like we are being hurdled into the world of mobiles and Visa/ MasterCard which is not healthy either for our economy  or for the environment or for human health!!

Well there people who claimed, challenges for daughter’s wedding well that is a drama that does not really find much support since we should have long past these ugly expensive weddings, that Karan Johar is a brand ambassador of, can someone tell me why payments cannot be made by cheque in these situations? Oh! Yes those allegedly petty cash that is given, does not become so petty suddenly right, well I do not see restaurant waiters quitting their jobs or doing a sloppy job because their tips are threatened.

If we stop hitting the panic button situation is really handle able…

As for black-market handling the really culprits have got away. The Mallya’s the Ambani’s and Adani’s have got off, their loans have been written off.  I go to the bank and people want to pick up maximum available 100’s and denomination lower so that they are “Safe” the lack is already created.

at the end of the day between, non-functional ATM, long winding queues, the only winners are the Visa, MasterCard and PayTM guys who collect 1.8% of every transaction.

Vision 2050 A Reality Check

vision 2050Where do I see India by 2050? BlogAdda wants a space on my blog dedicated to India, with a vision where I think India will be in the year 2050…

Sorry to be a party pooper

Here is the reality check… we are not a force to reckon with as we like to imagine, we will be a force to reckon with by 2050, simply because by 2022 we will over take china as the country with largest population.

The world population projection for 2050 is 9.7 million, though major population explosion as a continent will be in Africa.

The life span wills more so the global population will get older, the number of people of 65 and more are projected to triple in US particularly the population of seniors is expected to double from 41 million to 86 2050 2

This would mean workers are pressured with greater number of dependents to deal with. It would mean a trade of young for old.

There are various other challenges that are emerging, like a scarcity of essential commodities like water, fresh water might become an issue unless we begin working on it right away.

With governments focusing on non-agrarian development environment gets threatened.

Exceeding mineral diesel is resulting in carbon saturated climate, increases in temperature resulting in loss of natural resources on one hand and decreased agricultural production on the other.

biodieselIssues of carbon sequestration in the soil, contaminates the soil again damaging the cultivation. So one hand we are talking about increased population and on the other we are talking about decreased food production, this directly leads to food security. Since access to food would definitely be an issue.

The only answer here is sustainable development, which is what UN is looking at, and we need to look at if we really want to be a force to reckon with.

Sustainable development is actually 2 ideas.

  • Impact of economics, social and environmental culture on one another.
  • A sensible workable dynamic to make the planet survive longer.

vision 2050 3The entire world is interconnected and humanity as a whole is affecting everything aspect of the planet. Look at the disparity, on one hand we have China creating magnetic travel, while Dhaka still deals with cycle rickshaw. We are somewhere in between and we are in both the terrains.

If our development has to be sustainable, then we need to understand the 4 dimensional challenges, of economics, sustainable work culture communities, compounding it with political governance.  The four dimensions would be, economic, social, environment and government systems.

Sustainable development also is having a holistic view of how the society should be, that would mean we develop normative or ethical approaches in identifying goals for the society. This goal should bring about economic enrichment which is accessible across gender, religious and racial ethnicity.


this article is an excerpt from my NANOWRMO writing.

Sustainable development is to ensure maintenance of biodiversity. It might be a good time to give up mineral diesel for Biodiesel.

The crucial aspects of sustainable development would achieving well being and prosperity, whose key markers would be

  • Health
  • Life expectancy
  • Working span of an individual.
  • Growing food, and managing its transport to meet the basic needs of the country.

If we do not head for a holocaust, then 2050 comes with multiple challenges of aging society, increased population, polluted climate, carbon sequestered soil, a need to produce more food and fiber to a growing population on a smaller rural labour force. Diminishing fresh water, eroded natural resources.

Here is a time to look at the alternates and move towards strengthening rural India. It is also the time to create start-ups that are focused on the needs of the country to sustain and develop it.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’


Can we have traffic Hygiene

scooters against the flow of the one way in front of Mustifund aryans

scooters against the flow of the one way in front of Mustifund aryans

These are links that were sent by Goacan. Each time there are spates of accidents, brouhaha occurs. We start pointing fingers at the failing police system. But is it only the responsibility of the police to ensure that there is a semblance of decorum in the traffic.

Accidents are accidents; they could be because people are speeding. But in most cases it because neither the traffic nor the pedestrian is organized.

Look at the footbridge near Sharada Mandir which is mean for walking over, how many people actually use it, zilch people still rush through the traffic.

Small gaps between the dividers the two wheelers wriggle through them instead of going around.

One way’s specially the isthmus between AB road and 18th June road is never honoured. When parents who are piloting their kids break the rules then what do we expect the kids to learn. Mothers, triple park when they are there to pick their kids, chauffeurs who break parking rules are so foul mouthed that one actually gets bullied.

The other day I was at canapé in Miramar, a beautiful place, they have decent parking area and an idiotic security guy who mans it. He is seated under the mango tree deep in the recess of the parking lot.

scooters on the footpath in front of canape

scooters on the footpath in front of canape

Right in front of canapé four scooters were parked. Later in the evening there was an Innova parked there, occupying the entire footpath.

If vehicles are parked on footpath’s the pedestrian is forced to walk on the road, so what accident prevention are we talking about. Customers of canapé, like the parents of Mustifund Aryans bully whoever tries to object. The police of course are understaffed, so how do we deal with this.

Here is something that Hyderabad police did.

During the common wealth games, people would click pictures of the traffic offenders and post them on the wall of Delhi traffic police on

Hyderabad police have come up with this mobile app.

Hyderabad police have come up with this mobile app.

facebook, this helped them nail lot of culprits. Delhi traffic now has very efficient system through which they nail traffic offenders.

Before anyone retorts on the general crime rates, I am talking about the traffic awareness, and civil society responsibility to pedestrians and other motorists. Other crime s deserves blogs of their own.

Can the elite society of SUV owners learn basic etiquette? Can we as a civil society be a little more responsible about these small things?

The Bangalore RTO now cancels the drivers license of  anyone who violating parking rules or traffic rules.

Can we do our bit before we point fingers at the cops?