A discussion, echoing my thoughts about Pakistan

In two of my older posts, I did discuss some of thought on Pakistan:

https://gshanky.wordpress.com/2009/05/24/why-dr-manmohan-singh/  (Though he turns out to be a big disappointment 😦 )

and

https://gshanky.wordpress.com/2008/11/29/stand-up-as-one-as-indian/ (after two and half year we seem to be in the same situation and no immediate solution or preparedness in sight)

Recently, I have had a chance to read few of the articles from both side of the border and it turns out to be quite an experience 😉

1. Aatish Taseer in WSJ (it all started with this article)

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304911104576445862242908294.html

2. Ejaz Haider from Pakistan

http://tribune.com.pk/story/212319/aatishs-personal-fire/

3. Our own Shashi Tharoor’s response

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/columnists/shashi-tharoor/delusional-liberals

4. Response to the response from Pakistan

a) Marvi Sirmed

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20117\25\story_25-7-2011_pg3_4

http://marvisirmed.com/?p=1795

b) Ejaz Haider

http://tribune.com.pk/story/217721/its-not-just-mr-tharoor/

c) By Feisal Naqvi

http://tribune.com.pk/story/217051/with-friends-like-these/

4.  Shashi Tharoor is back with answers

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/columnists/shashi-tharoor/no-more-delusions

Most of us in India understand that “…have no desire to reintegrate it into “Akhand Bharat” — indeed, the demographic, social and political evolution of Pakistan since 1947 makes it quite unsuitable for any such re-absorption. ”

AND

“..there is absolutely nothing Pakistan possesses that India wants.”

I wish people on both side of the border come to terms and feel at peace with the reality of partition.

We are wasting our money on Military expenses when there are thousands of hungry people in the streets.

time is fleeting….time is fleeting….;)

realized it few days back.

My kiddo cousin Googled ‘Shankhdhar’ , got this blog as top result 😀

I was like  “Ohh, the next Gen is here”

And yeah, delighted to know the Google result  😀

She, after two year in now famous coaching town ‘Kota’, is ready to join a Engg. college now. I haven’t seen her for two years now. I  used to teach her English rhythms back in days when she was a sweet little girlie. I used to make sure that “Lakri ki kathi, kathi pe ghoda..”  must play in her b’day. There are many sweet memories of her kiddo days.

One of the cousin lived with me for a year during my Engg. Final Year. He now is in Allahabad and have a very flashy orkut profile 😀

My younger sis & mom r living with me now a days. They are here for one month. This is the first time in last 10 years i am living with them for continuous 30-40 days. My younger sis (She is the youngest one among three of us) surprises me everyday with her comments/feedback on things around me here in Bangalore.

I am the eldest among all my cousins & have seen them growing up from a new born child to a 8-10 year kiddo. Last 10-11 years appears to have gone in a flash. Those kiddos are now grown up & ready to take on world. Their bugging & questions really amaze me or i should say shock me even now and then.

More to come 😉

Miscellaneous….

humm its been long time i have updated something and i think u can count me in those ‘rarely’ blogging blogger
a lot of exciting things has happened since last 7-8 months

I visited my home town twice and its refreshing as always,
I had a lot of memorable get togethers,
also changed my work place and
moved on to one of the biggest technology vendors (Hewlett-Packard) in helping them to provide end to end high performance solutions on Oracle Applications.

The sad part is that i missed my home on both Deepawali & Holi 😦
but my darling wife and Bangalore Gang made all the occasions veryfabulous and we had real fun

Lot of my friends got married and the list is still going on
I was able to manage to attend few but felt very sad & sorry for not attending few at the same time 😦

Guys around had already started giving good news of being proud parents
I’m loving all the cutie pies for spreading  their lovely smiles in the family.

Life seems to have moved back to my college days as
I have to wake up with a target to catch the Office bus at 07:30 am for a 1 hour 15 minutes bus journey (believe me it’s really difficult 😦 )
Moreover I have to wrap up things  by 5 to catch the same bus back home .

I’ m loving the discipline at my work place excluding 3 hour bus ordeal every day 😦
at the same time feeling ardent about the changes, I’m not sure if its same across the globe or only Indian phenomenon
but here within a year in ur job and people start asking”

aur kis company  main ho aaj kal?
accha abhi bhi wahin ho !!

and i was like “Why should i be anywhere else?”

I didn’t have a reason 😉

I never thought about life outside Oracle.

I had a sweet manager

helping & always jolly-good team
with greatest of all opportunities in my basket to work on latest of Oracle technologies.
Facing new challenges everyday
with a new & fresh day every morning as an incentive.
It was like family and very difficult to move on
also it was my first company hence there lies an emotional attachment !!

but a time came and i moved on and I got something worth to move out.

Though I had to compromise with few things.
The new role brought a lot of business exposure including latest technology experience.
did anybody say “What about the money you sober man?”  😉
yeh that is just a bonus 😀
somebody once said “Money is not the most important thing in life !!” 😀

on personal front ….
humm its personal so nothing much to write here
hehehehe
😀

FB:Bangalore Roads

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Gaurav Shankhdhar i wish i have a magic stick to improve traffic administration in Bangalore during peak hours 😉
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Harshita Kamal Mehta likes this.
Harshita Kamal MehtaWill you lend it to me.. once you get it… 🙂 🙂
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Vanitha Rangarajanwhen u get the wand, make sure you wave it around Diary circle and BTM 1st stage !!!!!!!
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Sundar SelvarajDo u think it will work …..?
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Vipul KariaI would commute with you in that case
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Priyank JainI think all the corporate employees in Bangalore should get together and use the RTI act to ask the govt. where the massive funds they collect as taxes from all MNCs go.. I don’t believe that govt. don’t have enough money to plan the infrastructure of Bangalore.
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Abhinav Agrawalits all u cyber coolies to be blamed
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Kanupriya GoelU are also one of the cyber coolie@abhinav
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Abhinav Agrawal… not d one from “ur” country. here at my place we dont make 4 out of 2 lanes to traffic jam.
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Anurag Vishnoic’mon …lead from the front dude …don’t keep wishing ;)…build a new one 🙂
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Gaurav Shankhdhar@Harshita, sure ma’am
@Vanitha, that will be my first priority 😉
@Sundar, Its magic so i hope it should work 😀
@Vipul, we will have bike pool
@Priyank, yeh, nice idea, ithink Petrol & Road Taxes r highest in Bangalore among all metros… Read more
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Abhinav Agrawalm just not of you… n i was never one of you.
n regarding the more space less people… its because we are educated enough to know its benefits…
now u’ll listen to kanu… u r so dead dude
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Gaurav Shankhdharno surprise! typical desi thing to do! Once u r in Cali, forget the Kalibari 😀
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Abhinav Agrawal..always learn from the best.
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Kanupriya Goel@gaurav sir..let abhi nav say anything he wants..he is n indian..kitna bhi firang ban jayeee,,his chidren will always sing jan gan man,will call dadi dadu to his parents..he can never get away 4m all that…pagal hai vo..lolzzzzzz
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Gaurav Shankhdhar i wish i have a magic stick to improve traffic administration in Bangalore during peak hours 😉
Wed at 12:57 · Comment · Like
Harshita Kamal Mehta likes this.
Harshita Kamal MehtaWill you lend it to me.. once you get it… 🙂 🙂
Wed at 13:12 · Delete
Vanitha Rangarajanwhen u get the wand, make sure you wave it around Diary circle and BTM 1st stage !!!!!!!
Wed at 13:29 · Delete
Sundar SelvarajDo u think it will work …..?
Wed at 13:38 · Delete
Vipul KariaI would commute with you in that case
Wed at 13:59 · Delete
Priyank Jain I think all the corporate employees in Bangalore should get together and use the RTI act to ask the govt. where the massive funds they collect as taxes from all MNCs go.. I don’t believe that govt. don’t have enough money to plan the infrastructure of Bangalore.
Wed at 16:16 · Delete
Abhinav Agrawalits all u cyber coolies to be blamed
Wed at 22:43 · Delete
Kanupriya GoelU are also one of the cyber coolie@abhinav
Yesterday at 00:04 · Delete
Abhinav Agrawal… not d one from “ur” country. here at my place we dont make 4 out of 2 lanes to traffic jam.
Yesterday at 00:08 · Delete
Anurag Vishnoic’mon …lead from the front dude …don’t keep wishing ;)…build a new one 🙂
Yesterday at 02:44 · Delete
Gaurav Shankhdhar@Harshita, sure ma’am
@Vanitha, that will be my first priority 😉
@Sundar, Its magic so i hope it should work 😀
@Vipul, we will have bike pool
@Priyank, yeh, nice idea, ithink Petrol & Road Taxes r highest in Bangalore among all metros… Read more
Yesterday at 07:55 · Delete
Abhinav Agrawalm just not of you… n i was never one of you.
n regarding the more space less people… its because we are educated enough to know its benefits…
now u’ll listen to kanu… u r so dead dude
Yesterday at 11:00 · Delete
Gaurav Shankhdharno surprise! typical desi thing to do! Once u r in Cali, forget the Kalibari 😀
Yesterday at 11:25 · Delete
Abhinav Agrawal..always learn from the best.
Yesterday at 18:50 · Delete
Kanupriya Goel@gaurav sir..let abhi nav say anything he wants..he is n indian..kitna bhi firang ban jayeee,,his chidren will always sing jan gan man,will call dadi dadu to his parents..he can never get away 4m all that…pagal hai vo..lolzzzzzz
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In Loving Memory of Amma & Baba

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this post again originate from my laptop cleaning or better say disk space recovery. I have a mere 80 GB HDD 😦

I came across a very short video of my Baba (Grand Pa) which was recorded by Bhola Bhaiya during his memorable Bangalore visit. And it brings a lot of sweet memories of my Amaa & Baba and my childhood 🙂

Both of them left me in last two years but their loving voices still echo in my ears, their caring faces comes in my eyes every now & then. Whoever i am today is because of blessings & selfless love of Amma (Grand Ma) and guidance & discipline of Baba.

My Dad passed away in a car accident when i was only 9 years old. I was too young to understand & realize the loss 😦 My dad was the eldest son in the family and a public figure. People used to admire him and looked upon him as a budding politician with good links in the state.

After his departure life has changed up side down for me. Baba & Amma never let us (me, & my younger brother Shaishav and little sis Lori) away from their eyes for a moment. We were their life and hope to live. I was Baba’s boy and my younger brother Shaishav was Amma’s dear son. The sweet, little, cute youngest among us (Only 2 year old at that time) was star of all the eyes. She was the first girl after 5 boys in our joint family (Three boys of my uncle, we were the most naughty five boys in the neighborhood ). Contrary to the common belief & practices in India, everybody was elated on her birth.

I started sleeping beside Baba. He had a strict schedule of waking up early in the morning and going for a long walk to our fields & orchard in the nearby village with our black Doggy ‘Kalu’ . And i had to adhere with it 😦 I used to sleep beside Papa and he used to woke me up in the morning with his rough bearded chin:) But no more beard now as Baba used to shave regularly 😦 . No more playing & running around the street in heated June afternoons (pretending to be with Dad at his workplace ;)) Evenings were again a trip to our fields and orchard. An open air roof top dinner with him and sleeping under the moon while listening to his lines from great Hindi & English writers and from Vedas & Granths. In between there is school, homework & tutor.

He was a lecturer for humanities at local inter college and a good orator with loud and impressive voice. He used to manage Dussehra Mela singlehandedly in his early days and used to play Ravana in Ramleela :). He was a crowd puller and people used to ask for his speeches in functions, festivals & political rallies. He was famous as Pandit Ji /Ma’saab (Master

Sweetest Couple

Sa’ab). I had heard people saying “Pandit Ji kuch accha sa ho jaye” He wants me to be a good orator also and helped me in my school days with very good speeches. But with time i had converted into a book worm with cricket as the only extra curricular activity for next few years 😦

For Amma, i was the sweetest boy in the world. I still remember her extra Rs. 100 note which he used to slip in my hand whenever i visited home for my monthly expenses 😉 Chachu (Uncle) se Mudra (money) lene ke baad Amma ka bo 100 ka note bahut accha lagta tha 🙂 She was not very educated but life has given her enormous knowledge and intelligence. Whenever i felt low, i used to call her up or place my head in her lap. Her loving voice or gentle touch used to evaporate all the stress & worries. She gave me the confidence to win any hurdle in life. She is the real symbol of strength & wisdom in my life. She never asked about my studies but always make sure that i need not worry about anything else but studies. Her delicious home made sweets & Namkeens were always part of my return baggage. 🙂

As years passed way and i don’t realize when i have grown up in a well placed & grown up engineer. Thanks to Chachu, Our family has progressed into a well known entrepreneur & politically influenced family in the surroundings 🙂 My younger brother has become youngest ‘Member of Town area” and start writing for Danik Jagran as local correspondent. We have moved on from the loss of my dad. Both of them were happy to see us growing leap & forth. After the start of my professional life, an air travel to Bangalore for them was among one of the first few thing i did. We visited Tirupati Bala Ji , Mysore & Ooty. Amma never visited any shrine after my dad passed way. I am not sure about Baba but for Amma this was her first 🙂 & last 😦 tourist spot trip. This was the most satisfactory spending after the start of my career 🙂 Mom & my younger sister accompanied them . Those were the most memorable 5 days of my life 🙂 Icing on the cake was the company of Bhola Bhaiya & Kapil Sir during the whole stay. 🙂

I will always miss Amma & Baba!!

Cricket & Its Living God

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Thanks ECB, Kevin and whole England cricket team for believing in India and its spirit!! After Mumbai incident the tour was in jeopardy and mood across the India was of sadness & anger. Cricket was last thing in mind. But you guys have come as a sign of positive thinking and belief in the India. England cricket team very well deserve the standing ovation in Chennai and India & its people will not forget your belief in us. This game wasn’t about win or loss but about sports spirit and a sign of never dying spirit of humanity.

This match and series is a proof of the difference in the basic ideology of India & Pakistan. We have England team playing in India just after the heinous & coward attack on its icon and very own culture. On the contrary, Pak has been trying hard to get cricket teams to play in his home grounds. This shows the huge difference in ideology of the two nations. Foundation of Indian & Indianness is truth, peace & harmony. In contrary Pakistan was built on the base of hatred,divide and lie. Jinnah lied to Muslims and to the world and couldn’t survived to make Pak a better state. After more than 60 years of independence, this weak foundation of Pakistan is in the mode of self destruction. We can only prey that this destruction will not touch us. Burning neighbor will certainly harm but we should be prepare and take necessary precaution to avoid this fire.

Coming back to cricket, it was one of the best test match i have ever seen. Sachin has again proved himself and with every inning, he is getting younger. The kind of animated celebration he has been doing don’t belong to typical & sober Sachin. He is a living God. Hard hitter Sehwag proved that why he is The Destroyer !! Nothing is impossible when he is around. He is capable of & has the confidence of making 500 in 4th inning 🙂 Good luck to Yuvi. I wish & prey that he will not start flying and will have his head on his shoulders. He need to be responsible & sensible now.

After going through those 60 hours, i knew and have a feeling that India will never be the same and time will prove it.

Jai Hind!

Jai Bharat!!

Birthday Bash

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first thing first i m very happy 😀

only expected thing was the cake in the night. Dada, Mohit Preshit & Siddhu Bhai dropped in and everything which follows was a pleasant surprise

unstopping chatter & fun after cutting the cake in night

delicious lunch

Cake

party in the evening

everything was special and lovely

best part was surprise lunch at home planned by Trisha & Neelima

I was supposed to go office but i canceled it. I slept very late (around 03:30 am) and i ruined their surprise by staying at home 😦

mouth watering lunch menu

Kofta & Muttar Pulav by Neelima

Fruit Cream by Trisha

Karahi Paneer by Nupur (Mihul’s wife), in Guest Cook appearance 😉 she wasn’t able to resist herself and entered the kitchen by seeing her favorite Devar Ji Mohit Mittal doing the cooking stuff. But Devar Ji ‘hate nanhi’ (didn’t leave) and helped by cutting the Paneer 😉

Dal Makhani by Preshit

Phulka by our cook Pitambar 🙂

with everybody’s cumulative efforts for making it in time, we had lunch at 4 pm. At the end of it, it was in the list of everybody’s best lunches in Bangalore (ever for few) 😉

North Indian’s who are living or lived in South India can very well understand what this menu mean to us 😉

It was all real !! Yeh, real Dal Makhani, real Karahi Paneer, Real Kofta 😀

u must have heard “khana aur peena” few guys wished for a beer and Sandeep Sir obliged it 😀

few ex H.N. 80 friends came late for lunch and were wondering if its somebody’s marriage or what?

everybody slept like a log but Preshit, Mohit & i didn’t have the privilege and left with Dada for another party in the evening

i slept for for hours today and started writing this after having Lalit’s special Adrak Chai (Ginger Tea) and ending with a tasty hot & sour soup by Trisha

Unexpectedly our landlady wished me. It was a pleasant surprise. She used her land line phone (Yeh, its true!!) It wasn’t that scary missed call after listening to our loud & unstopping noises 😉 She didn’t utter a single word after seeing the mess in the kitchen & drawing room.People who had visited or lived in HN 80 knows the importance of it 😉

I m ready for a Yo China dinner now. Thanks to our office time lunches@ Chung Wa , i understand and can order few dishes in Chinese restaurants now 🙂

looking for happier year ahead and wishing the same to all of you!

It was all memorable and special.

Love you guys !!

Love

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Love is a noble act of self-giving, offering trust, faith, and loyalty. The more you love, the more you lose a part of yourself, yet you don’t become less of who you are; you end up being complete with your loved ones.

-From Mohit Mittal’s gTalk signature

you know somebody is on the way 😀

Stand up as One!! As Indian !!

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Its over !!
But its the beginning of a new fight with hatred, with enemies of India !!
Common man, intelligence, security infrastructure, politicians, bureaucrats and decision makers should take a lesson from this tragic and worst terrorist attack on India & its sovereignty.

I have been browsing through the News Channels & Web world. I am very sad & moved after watching the horror. We can’t imagine the trauma of the people who were trapped and lost their nearer & dearer.

I salute the martyrs from forces !! May their soul rest in peace !!
May God give strength to their families in this difficult time !!

Because of them you are reading this and i am writing this. I have seen people shaking hands & clicking pictures with commandos coming out of Nariman House. I have only seen it before with cricketers and celebrities. They deserve all the accolades & respect.
Ladies in front of Gateway of India, asking their children’s to touch the commando’s feet with the wish that they will be as strong grown up man as these commandos.
With all the disappointment from our politicians and bureaucrats, these man make you feel safe and make you believe in the forces.

There were cries in media & web world about war with Pakistan after these Mumbai attacks.
This will not help anybody but only help the enemies of peace.
If current elected Pak Govt has control over these extremist then there would not have been Matriot or Benajir death. There is a complex net of fanatic fundamentalist, army & intelligence. This hatred is the key to their very own survival. Only the strong & stable elected govt in Pak can help the world to end terror ghost. It will reduce the power of army & Islamic fundamentalist in Pak. This attack is to deestablize & weaken the relationship between elected democratic Pak Govt Pak & Indian Govt. To make things worse we have fanatics & fundamentalist this side of border who are only helping them with irrational & irresponsible comments. There were photos of martyrs all around with politician’s name written. Somebody ask them, if you want to salute & tribute their contribution then why to paste your & your party’s name on it.

Families of policeman did the right thing by denying money from People like Narendra Modi & Amar Singh. These are the people who ride the ladder of political success by spreading the politics of hatred.

Say it clear and say it loud!!

We are not looking up to these opportunist politician or weak politician like Shivraj Patil !! We need politicians like Sardar Patel, Indira Gandhi & Lal Bahadur Shastri.

We are the one who had executed the ONLY successful anti terror operation in the world against terrorism in Punjab This has happened with the help of locals & freedom to forces. We can implement the same across India. Make a special force or anti terror squad by recruiting the best among the best forces around India. We have “Jawans” who are ready to fight with courage, determination & bravery.

One can just imagine the unpreparedness of our security infrastructure. There is no NSG post or command in a city like Mumbai (the financial capital of India) which has been the main target of terrorism. With all due respect to them and their bravery, NSG arrived after around 8 hours of the first bullet fired. And the reasons coming in light are lazy bureaucrats, lack of political will & administrative delays. Will these guys take responsibility of this horrendous mistake?

This is the time we should Stand up as One!! As Indian !!