Sunday, September 23, 2012

Over communication:: 21 century`s first problem

I was travelling from Bharuch to Baroda on a sunny Saturday. Train was as usual jam pack and there was no place to keep foot. All of a sudden an uncle woke up and recognized his station and jumped out of train making “a seat vacant in general class”. I sat there first so it was mine; after a long time I got a chance to “sit & travel in train” at same time. But as soon as I came out of the moment, I saw a very old age person (in his early 90s) standing near me, reading book “conclusions of Rig veda” (Rig veda ka saar). From his cloths he looked poor but from his book he was richest man to me. I requested him to have the seat and as can be prejudged by his character, he declined. I requested him again and he accepted (considering age factor, I guess!). Now I was standing on his shoulder. Few other people appreciated the gesture and all of a sudden he said “Give me 5 mins. And I will be done”. I didn’t know what so say, And in like 7-8 mins. He turned to me and started casual conversation, name, place occupation etc. Few other travelers joined conversation by introducing themselves. As soon as I said my name and told him that I work in sanitary ware, he said “well someone is working on Gandhi’s dream”. Me a Gandhi`s dream, what the hell was this man talking about. And I turned this question to him and he replied “Gandhi`s dream was to see upper cast working in sanitary and lower cast in governmental or official class; meaning every one and every work is equal”. We both concluded by smile. People all around were listening. Further conversation turned into debate, and as usual I was standing against Gandhi. In between came a topic that stormed out everything.
Now, the man introduced himself as senior person in Army Bhola Pratap – some kind of communication`s department post independence. He was a big fan of “Garam dal” before independence. He explained the importance of communication before independence and reminded me few of examples like “Chapatti & Lotus Flower” (Roti Aur kamal ka fool). He said it was his dream to see communication flourishing in India. It was his dream to watch Congress rule like “a people`s government”. But then everything changed inside the congress and good people were thrown out and bad were becoming more captive. He said “my father use to tell me after all Congress party is a British party as it is started by A.O Humes. It may have Indian faces but its intentions will always try to run things like British”. He told me how angry he use to get when his father use to abuse Congress. TO get him more into deep, I pushed him “Do you think its all Congress`s fault?”. His reflexive answer was “No no - not at all. Congress share is 20%. It’s the people who couldn’t draw the line of their roles and functions post independence. You can blame my generation and my son`s generation (Or your father`s generation) who enjoyed the independent rights without writing their duties. We all abused our available resources and keep them in our house. All family were having 4 kids in 50s and 60s (Your father mother must be a 4 brother or sisters). That’s when family planning was set. Since 1960s population growth fell but we never closed our borders or checked our infiltration from all sides. We never know the cause of this population explosion till date? Why are we 100 Billion?
Post independence when celebration of independence was on going and was taking this face of madeness, there were awareness camps by Swami Vivekananda Societies for society but nothing came concrete. In less than a decade to make matters worse – there came T.V & Ramayan and all. Till radio it was OK. Initially T.V broadcast of 1 Hour of news was also good; but when 24 hrs of Doordarshan came it went to over communication. And the only reason India did it was because world was doing it!! Before independence, the plan was “to lead the world” but the truth was we were far behind the world to lead. And instead of telling this bitter truth “colorful tube-lights were required in Mumbai to make the arrows of Shri Ram and Ravan look real”. I was posted in “Government communication improvement program with Eastern states”, I was good in flying due to war with China and war with Pakistan. In 1980s after making Bangladesh country`s government were in fear that people in favor of calling east Pakistan may attack eastern territories. So to make communication strong I was allotted full Authority of “keeping communication 100% up by any and all means”. In order to maintain such high demand; I asked Army and government to give me any plain so that I can take a stop at Lucknow, Allahbad Kolkata and reach Siliguri (Assam) in Less than 6 Hrs. But our government couldn’t find a single plane out of Army as Army clarified it’s not a war situation and most fighter planes are on Repair. It was this time when TATA handed the Air India fleet and proved its loyalty to nation but in against to their loyalty. Air India was nationalized and merged to Indian airlines. This is how actual communication (the necessary one) was established while country was watching T.V. Its ever since that incidence, I am watching India go mad like anything on any kind of communication and these devices are make people more stupid and lame day by day without giving them the hint.”
A first class bogie silence ran through the whole general compartment.  Another gentleman asked “How is T.V and internet making us lame day by day?”.
He smiled and said “You tell me cause of any invention or discovery?”
Some college kid replied “Need or passion; desire to solve a problem!!”
Agreeing to man uncle again started and said “If everything can be googled or searched or bought over internet; how are you going to inspire the new generation to invent?  If you tell an upcoming generation a story you will feel that they can’t imagine it. My great-granddaughter is lucky to have us, and she may realize this decades later when I am not here; but few of my great granddaughter’s friends leave their children infront of T.V happily claiming that “she likes to hear this song, its his/her favorite”. What does a 4 year know about those songs? What do they like in it, I cant understand.
Let me take you back to our time, Imagine a time when news paper of 22nd September tells us that 24th Sept there is a match says India Pak 1 day and all players are fit and doing their practices. On 23rd September they will tell roughly about who is umpire and how is the pitch? And again player fitness and ticket status. On 24th Sept you have to put your ears on radio and hear the whole commentary or else India-Pak may win or lose but you will definitely loose the joy of match. This use of ears; this use of maintained desire to hear kept us keen in our time. It kept our ears connected to brain continuously for larger period of time and these hearing is to understanding capacities use to be very high. Moreover, Kids use to have aims of life like this “buying tickets and going into stadiums to watch match”. These days’ matches run in offices & hall as a background and work is pretty much affected. The more future generation kid you pick up they think they can more multi-task but in reality; they don’t do a single work upto the mark. A similar example of my experience is the letters I have read for all the family people in the village and the money order notes that I have read. They use to gift us with char-ana and say “write a reply”. How emotional they were; how much relation depth was there due to distance and no-connectivity. They valued their relation because of this. Talk more about it; our “gift” was termed as “bribe” by over communication.
Teach me something; Isn’t MBA colleges teaching “connect to your customer” in various ways? And if your customer is willing to pay an extra penne to stay connected to you; what is the problem with that? You are an MBA tell me?”
After a pause and a gulp of water from his bottle he said “Over communication causes over processing and an extra-load giving lesser time to process in brain and hence lead to defective results and causing bad situations at every part.
Look at the Euro crises; does that group of country needed to Make Euro? Their system was fine Greece was having low value on money, so Rest of Europeans uses to go there as it was cheap and enjoys their weekends and come back. After this political dream of Euro; Greece is too costly to travel for Europeans also. This overly fast communication got them into such a big trouble. People in Europe never wanted Euro – It was just a politician`s dream. A bad dream. It came this far only because over communication and forceful questions asked by media again and again and again. Every time they(media) ask the question got an answer and it become more real day by day.
For us the good thing is; now we are putting signs like “do not talk on mobile phone while driving”. “Keep your mobile on silent”. I wish you all a good luck in coming out of this communication dilemma and actually start acting on issues rather than telling more people and making a heap of not required information.
It was his station!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara shayari 2011

kaisa raaz hai

Ik baat honton tak hai jo aayi nahin
Bas ankhon say hai jhaankti
Tumse kabhi, mujhse kabhi
Kuch lafz hain woh maangti
Jinko pehanke honton tak aa jaaye woh
…Aawaaz ki baahon mein baahein daalke ithlaye woh
Lekin jo yeh ik baat hai
Ahsas hi ahsas hai

Khushboo si hai jaise hawa mein tairti
Khushboo jo be-aawaaz hai
Jiska pata tumko bhi hai
Jiski khabar mujhko bhi hai
Duniya se bhi chupta nahin
Yeh jaane kaisa raaz hai

Tu Kyun Rota Hai
(The poem comes when Farhan is heartbroken after meeting his estranged dad)

Jab jab dard ka baadal chaya
Jab ghum ka saya lehraya
Jab aansoo palkon tak aya
Jab yeh tanha dil ghabraya
Humne dil ko yeh samjhaya
Dil aakhir tu kyun rota hai
Duniya mein yunhi hota hai
Yeh jo gehre sannaate hain
Waqt ne sabko hi baante hain
Thoda ghum hai sabka qissa
Thodi dhoop hai sabka hissa
Aankh teri bekaar hi namm hai
Har pal ek naya mausam hai
Kyun tu aise pal khota hai
Dil aakhir tu kyun rota hai

Pighle Neelam Sa
(The poem comes after the trio’s deep-sea dive)

Pighle neelam sa behta ye sama,
neeli neeli si khamoshiyan,
na kahin hai zameen na kahin aasmaan,
sarsaraati hui tehniyaan pattiyaan,
keh raheen hai bas ek tum ho yahan,
bas main hoon, meri saansein hain aur meri dhadkanein,
aisi gehraiyaan, aisi tanhaiyaan, aur main... sirf main.
Apne hone par mujhko yakeen aa gaya.

Zinda Ho Tum
(The poem comes in the climax)

Dilon mein tum apni
Betaabiyan leke chal rahe ho
Toh zinda ho tum
Nazar mein khwabon ki
Bijliyan leke chal rahe ho
Toh zinda ho tum
Hawa ke jhokon ke jaise
Aazad rehno sikho
Tum ek dariya ke jaise
Lehron mein behna sikho
Har ek lamhe se tum milo
Khole apni bhaayein
Har ek pal ek naya samha
Dekhen yeh nigahaein
Jo apni aankhon mein
Hairaniyan leke chal rahe ho
Toh zinda ho tum
Dilon mein tum apni
Betaabiyan leke chal rahe ho
Toh zinda ho tum

Courtesy :: Javed Akhtar

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Trip to Matheran 2011

The Plan. . .

We all were working in company in a dead fast speed. Bringing contracts to processing to designing plants to developing them and finally supplying it to our site engineers.
Clients were mostly Indians or South Asians so we have to mess with them from time to time either for some work issue or for payment issue. Now, was the perfect time for company to take a roll ahead of its stable thinking from No-Trip to Two-Trip.

The Beginning . . .

Journey begins at 2306Hrs of 15 June 2011 from Anand with huge bon-voyage from company at station. We were provided with food snacks and other emoluments of Journey which we usually get from Hotels. It was first trip of company in which members were given grants to “go for fun”.

Day - 1 :: No Plan to something
Train dropped us at right time (0545hrs) at Dadar and from there we went to Neral in Local train. It took us 2 hrs to reach Neral.
Neral is the point from where beauty stretches its arm wide spread area of 200 Km on heavenly beautiful hills with lakes like peace in-between enjoyment. We took toy train to reach Matheran and it took 2 Hrs from Neral to Matheran. A list of hotels was contacted on spot. This also took 2 hrs to shack for best price to comfort in Matheran (Real deal is :: never book a Hotel from Internet agents or even hotels directly through phone; unless its peak season and you know that it’s a peak season). Finally we went in Hotel Preeti; took rest and then lunch at 3:30 in noon.
On first day, we only visited Heart Point and Monkey Point; probably the best place to view top view of mountains and see hill-river formation (Only possible in off-season of End of June month. Ahead of June they are flowing rivers and much better scenery that’s why August to November are peak seasons.)
The Best part (or worst for others) was :: there-were no roads no turns just village Kachha-road (pagdandi type) with no direction or detail of which point you will reach. For me; it was the first time to experience the novel “ How Christopher Found America! ?” and similarly I discovered “Monkey Point”.

Day - 2 :: Just keep walking ;)

We left Hotel room at 0900 Hrs. and reached Madhavji Point and khandala point at 0925 Hrs. Worthy visiting points.
This is the day I lost Christopher in me (he he) and we made few of our own points; Then finally landed in right places. The truth is once you sync. With the place you will start realizing that nature`s instinct are best guide here and you don’t need that much of boards here –OR- I am just a nature geek ;P
We reached Charllotte Lake and took breakfast there. Lords point is just next to the lake. Probably the most densely packed with hills. Still it’s not as best as Heart point.
Echo point is probably the must visit point – not only for echo but also when rainy clouds come and gives a shower to area below us; gives a clear view that God is sprinkling water in his garden.

Kind George and Edward points are the points where you can see a sudden change in height after walking 3 kms Within Echo point. Louisa Point is other side of Echo point but as awesome as Echo point. You can see walls of Echo point from here and with dark shades on walls.
Ahead we saw a board which gave us 2 direction (1) Honeymoon point and (2) Malang Point. Never go to Honeymoon point. Its basically a suicide point. Malang point is where next level of beauty stretches. Coronation Point shows the lake above the falls on the mountains next to it. Sun-set point is must be the place from where Producer of Animation movie “Disney - UP” got the inspiration of “paradise fall”.
In evening when sun goes down its actually soothing to soul. After the evening we realized that sun is not there and path is all dark. We all used our mobile battery which was stupidest thing we did on the trip. Always carry Torch to any of the points, weather day or night.

When we reached Hotel there was no electricity there too. We were told to wait in dark till person can go to generator and get it started since we were the only guests there. In the mean time we saw few sparkling lights roaming around our face and on trees. First feeling of every one was “I am gonna faint “but as soon as things become clear we saw a flock of Light Moth or “Jugnoo” every-where.

As soon as light came back we couldent see them anymore. But their invisible company was one of the best things that we saw.

Day - 3 :: Tired Faces, Horse and Destiny

The day begin with tired faces with 2 day`s wet cloths everywhere in room and hungry monkey`s outside waiting for opportunity when doors are left open so that they can steel food. A flow of painkillers and medicines was consumed in order to call caliber for the day. This caliber came to end as soon as we hit main road to visit 7 Points. We called few horses to bargain. When we came to split place, few horse men slashed their price to grounds and we hired 2 horses namely – “Classic” and “Pyarelal”. I didn’t sat on any of the horse because it’s insane in my view, although those who sat told me that “classic” is awesome but “pyarelal” is naughty.
Our next stop was Alexander Point. End of Mountain ranges. Deep steep valley with lots of trees on hills so that you cannot measure the depth of fall. Although Villagers living down there, can be seen crossing the railing and going down to their “home”.
Rambagh was the point where we saw peace of valley and felt the wind of weather through a huge window type opening in-between the hill. This was the point from where road leads to “Panther Caves”. Roads are currently closed and marked dangerous after 2007 panther attack incident.
We took the same road ahead and reached Little Chowk Point which is not at all little. We took a break here and God also poured his quota of the day over there. Chowk Point was our next destination. We all were excited to see the end of Matheran. Chauk point has a huge lake to its end. This lake can be seen from Chauk Point to One tree Hill which was our next and last destination of Journey. The tree on One tree hill fell in heavy rain 2 years back. Another tree is growing on same place and the hill still looks same beautiful with the small bushy tree growing over it. One tree hill is also visible from Belvedere Point where we reached in 20 minutes. This was the last point of our journey.

This was the point every one realized that we have completed our target. Still a long walk back to Hotel was remaining, which was joyful as hotels in the Jungle were as awesome as any view point.

On our way to main market we bought : Chikki from Nariman Point, Few leather Items, Girls bought Leather sandals and guys as usual eat food while they were shopping.
We took dinner and went to Hotel at Around 7:30 in evening. We have to catch a bus in morning to Lonavala-Khandala.

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