In search of the First Citizen of India………

Once every five years, our country experiences an embroglio over who should be (s)elected as the First Citizen, i.e. the President of India. This year too, a lot of bandwidth, that of print, television, internet, and human mind as well is being used up over the discussion about who should be the next President of India, and why. The 3 key names in the fray are of Pratibha Patil, BhairoSinh Shekhavat and APJ Abdul Kalam. These 3 contenders have the respective advantages of being an eminent woman politician, experience, and being the role model of the country.

I shall not dwelve into the issue of which political party shall support which candidate and what reasons. We have heard, read and spoken a lot about that already. What I would like to dwelve over is what are the qualities that we are looking at, while selecting the first citizen of India.

Well, strategically or politically, the Indian President doesn’t have very high powers of decision. So, I don’t think its necessary to have someone with great experience in the political field. I think Presidency is an honour, a token of appreciation for the path-breaking work an individual has done, and an acknowledgement that inspite of being a supremo in his/her own field, the candidate has enough knowledge about the functioning of the country.

We need to see the President as someone with a vision, a vision of betterment of a country whose first citizen he/she is. Someone who can motivate the youth, and remind the elderly of their golden youth!  He should have a clean reputation, keen civic sense, and ideally should have contributed enough to the country to bestow upon him the honour of being its first citizen. He should have enough knowledge of how the country runs( sounds as though it were a machine, but now speaking of it, isn’t it analogous to one, sans the human aspect??), no political/reginal/communal bias, and we, as a country should be proud to have him as our President.

So do any names strike your minds? NRN was in the race for some time, and yes, I feel he deserved to stay and win the race. For after all, he was second only to Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, according to me, the novel choice for the first citizen of India.

What say readers??

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Cheeni Kum!!

What happens when a 64 years old chef falls in love with a 34 year old practical thinking female, who has a hypocrit 58 year-old as a father?

What happens when the father of this girl, goes on a Satyagraha of sorts to prevent his daughter from getting married to a man older than him?

What happens when this older man, who has this “aham”, i.e. ego, who has this ponytail before he decides to meet his father-in-law, who has this cancer patient pre-teen acting like a fully grown up “adult”, and who has this age-old mom who watches “Sex and the City” and the muscular bodies of men on TV, delivers a lecture on what are not the reasons that his father-in-law would have to disallow his daughter’s marriage to him?

What happens when the 34 years old girl, when asked out for a comedy show, yells that she isn’t “available”, and then smiles coyly and asks what time??

What happens when the lead characters of the movie openly admit, that “Marriage is the price that a man has to pay for sex, and sex is the price that a woman has to pay for marriage”??

Well, when all this happens, we get Cheeni Kum!! and teekha kum, namak kam, taste kum…yes; khatta thoda zyada!!

On the individual performances front, Tabu, Amitabh Bachchan and Paresh Rawal are brilliant actors and it shows, but there’s nothing new about it. The young cancer patient friend of Amitabh, so irritatingly called ‘Sexy’, shows a lot of promise, but her character and dialogues rob away all her charm with their senseless and often obscene meanings. Tabu has looked fresh and charming, and so has Amitabh, but they together with the soulful and melodious compositions of A R Rahman, cannot do anything to make the movie watchable.

Rating: RED!! Please do not waste your precious time, money and energy, and above all, your patience on this movie!!

Anything for you Ma’am!!

Book Review : Anything For you Ma’am — An IITan’s Love Story

Author: Tushar Raheja

Rating: 3/5– Definitely Readable

How many of you think that IIT students are nerds?? OK may be nerd is too harsh a term, how many of you think that they are devoted-to-studies, intelligent, sincere, and shy??

How many of you would rubbish the idea that IITians can be utter vagabonds, and not just by whiling their time away, but also by playing pranks, telling lies, and above all, falling in love, albeit sincerely???

Now here’s a true story about such an exceptional IITian, Tejas , and his more-than-exceptional tale of love, labour, and above all, luck!!

Written in a very simple and flowing language, this book attempts to relive the pages of Tejas’ journal of love. Although it sometimes reminds you of Chetan Bhagat’s Five Point SomeOne, and gets a little too slow at times(ofcourse that’s because even in the story, time gets stagnant now and then, as the lover boy misses his sweetheart!! hehe!!), its clear and concise style, and effective narration don’t let you put the book away quickly.

The story is about how the protagonist Tejas( which of course is a renamed Tushar), overcomes the antagonist( which but ofcourse, is Fate, who else!!), and meets his love, who’s a thousand miles from him. This intercity love story, interspersed with lots of twists and turns, does surprise you quite a few times. And although you sometimes get irritated at Tejas’ habit of creating loopholes in the law, his motivation to meet his lady-love really amazes you, charms you even!!

A very good book, definitely readable, and even more so, as it is Tushar’s maiden book!