Friday, March 27, 2009

Of 5 Ws and The H

"Virtualization?" I said.

The auto guy looked at me and blinked. He had every reason to faint, but this one belonged to Bangalore, nothing can ever shake them.

Not even my tech jargon. Reading a story late at night, I was all ready to edit it and give it a cool headline and stuff, basically I was just doing my job, but I was way too involved that when I went down looking for an auto, I told the guy to take me to 'Virtualization' and not Richmond Circle -- my 'real' destination.

Work, sometimes can get to you.

And other things like backache! My back is just killing me, which is another reason why I couldn't get my ass down here to post. My apologies.

I've been watching a lot of news these days, yes I know, its my job and I should be in-the-know.. and I also found how interested I was to know. Which I think is a great thing because it just makes our lives so interesting and because there are so many interestingly weird people out there, making a fool of themselves. Its a relief to know that I am not alone.

With the elections frenzy catching up, and jaago re campaigns doing the rounds, and everybody standing for elections from Mallika Sarabhai to Capt. Gopinath, this is gonna be fun.

And its also wonderful to see people wanting to get rid of the bullshit around them. I want to too.

But I am confused. I wanna vote, but not for Congress, nor for the BJP. Somewhere in me I wanna vote for Capt. Gopinath. He contested the Lok Sabha elections in '94 on a BJP ticket and lost. Now he is standing as an independent. I wanna vote for him.

And I think there are a few people like me, especially first-time voters, who are as confused as I am. We wanna vote, we want change, but its so important to select the right guy. How do we know when you don't trust anyone? By giving them a chance maybe?

I was watching an NDTV show the other day, it had Sachin Pilot who was eye-candy, of course, and very articulate. I liked the way he answered questions from the audience. He was quite confident of all that he said, the uncomfortable bit too. He is Congress! Why cant we make him the Prime Minister?

Are we narrow minded in judging people by the party they belong to and not as individuals? Because they carry their party's ideology?

And what about the majority of the 'janta' that lives below the poverty line? Shouldnt the Jaago Re campaign go rural? And what about those who live in skyscrapers, blissfully unaware of ground realities? Well, the Taj attacks should have woken them up. Hopefully.

I really dont know what I am so angry about! Politics, people or just me. I think I am just another confused, frustrated, angry Indian. But someone who wants to vote.

And someone who's glad to be on the other side -- asking questions.

Sometimes, way too many... maybe I should go back to virtualization.

So where was I?

11 comments:

Anorak said...

great post!!!...it really summed up the whole feeling that attimes I go through....keep walking!!!

Prude said...

Yupp being on the other side asking the questions is way better...sometimes I wonder if doing journalism is like embracing the devil itself because it gives you to voice so many more of those innumerous questions there will be no answer to.

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The Wandering Minstrel said...

by the way, a friend says it is okay to not vote. read his newspaper for more dude...u might find some light. http://theyoungindia.com

Tsu said...

How many ever questions we ask, the choice is given to us. And mabbe the choice is not ours in this case. Cause if it was, we wouldnt wanto vote for any of these old buggers.

I have no opinions. and I dont like it!

mystupendoussalvation said...

Questions are easily to put, however, answers are very difficult 2 give.Its just that When u dont want to be in the shit pot, try to clean it on ur own.This whole vote thingie is so depressing I tell u. I am fix.. may be u too and many others.... wat 2 do Man!!

Anonymous said...

I diagree with lot of what you have said. THe young talk to much do too little. Jaago re is great...
The people below poverty line vote more than any educated individual... For whatever reason.. may it be the benefits of a meal or anythig else...
Voting for an idependent means next to nothing. YOu waste your vote... HE will never have enough to form anything. I the end would lead to another damn colation...
Sachin Pilot loses out to gandhi...
You would raise the point about DR singh being PM not Mrs Gandhi... Well get real... Gen sec Rahul gandhi's qualification to it is his surmane...Pilot loses to gandhi...
If you can stop the age old can't trust anyone for a second and realise just one thing... the right to not vote is the option until the youth as such get down and dirty... Till then keep in a virtual turmoil and satisfy yourself that we do enough because we talk...

mrudhu said...

nicely summed up t frustrations of every young n angry indian... v r al so reactive rnt v...quick at protestin..i wonder how things mayb diff if v were pro-active instead of jes reactive..

Prude said...

Cmon...we've got to keep the spirit alive. You've got to write...you can't let this amazing talent you have slip away into a professional stream...you've got to write here for yourself and for us.

Prude said...

Are you gonna let this blog die...just like that?

Prude said...

MT...without writing and without being able to read pieces from writers like yourself the world feels empty!

Cmon...anything...just scribble. Try...