Celebrating being Indian #66thRepublicDay

Last you heard ‘Aye mere Watan ke logo’? Heard it playing at some Public place at the last 15th Aug or 26th Jan? Yes, same here.

Returned home today to visuals of Burf Khalifa being lit up in tricolour being played on the Television.  Felt proud as a Indian. Yes, coz like most of us, I take things at face value and Tricolour being the colour of Burj Khalifa- The tallest building in the world is some thing, some big thing. Not clear as to what that big thing tangibly means- India getting among the prominent world countries such that countries take cognizance of its important public dates, reciprocation of the good deed of India of inviting the Prince of UAE as chief guest for this Republic Day function this year.

I’m 28 years old and I’ve grown to acknowledge that India is a great country. Having seen RDB (Rang de Basanti)Madhavan in Rang De Basanti exactly 10 years ago; The punch :
‘Koi bhi desh perfect nahin hota … usse behtar banana padta hai” still echos.
Agree; Its an 100 +ve’s thriving around pulled back by 50 odd -ve’s. Are we among the 100 or the -50’s? Coz the Government I voted for is taking no stone unturned to get rid of these -50’s.
And Im proud for having voted for this government, for having such great leaders.
I’m proud of the freedom I enjoy in this country.
I’m proud of the great values we have as Indians.
I’m proud of our combined history as India.

Not that this republic day is different than the one celebrated each year. But this year have had a chance to visit Kashmir-Ladakh-Border side, the areas where India exists thanks to the Army, BSF,CRPF, this year I feel the need for explicit celebrations of being part of this great republic. The effort and lives our fellowmen invested/invest to guard the borders need a special mention.
There are a lot of things that make our country less great- the caste/region divide, Kashmir issue, corruption, and another tens of things. But how about celebrating the feeling of being constituent of a Republic- A place where your say has value, it is heard and considered.

Penned while ‘Aye mere watan ke logo’ played in the background. #Lyrics 

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#MarathaSilentProtests My take

25th September 2016 was the day when Maratha Silent Protest happened at Pune.

I went, and here’s why..
It is about solidarity. Nothing principally wrong being demanded, not to fall in would be incorrect. If a flawed system exists,we intend to mold in accordingly.
The wrongful incident happened at Kopardi, Nagar it may be well imprinted in our minds that such shall not be tolerated.
Reservation benefit not for us, but yes for each of my brother in villages who intends to learn
It is no political party to lead. It has been some maratha sangathanas together it is thus about not being led by a carrot.
Over all others it was solidarity with my fellow brothers and sisters that was a magnet.

Who/What of Maratha’s as i know it
Maratha’s are the Kshatriya’s (Warriors) historically having lead in multiple cases of having turned over the atrocious Mughal reign and having brought in ‘Hindavi Swarajya’ (which literally translates to ‘Self-rule of Hindu People’) The setup of Swarajya well included better positioning and inclusion of all sects of the society.
When war became a less daily affair, Marathas continued to tend to the soil and Farming was then the main occupation coupled with side businesses until a few decade ago. As generations passed and land owned by the family stayed as is, land portions with further divided families became increasingly small, thus now it was Subsistence farming in most cases. But with subsistence all is never well. The Farmers Son/Daughter by then had to choose to get to learning better, finding a job, get down to a business and growing above subsistence. Many  have succeeded in that, yet there remain many who have not been able to take the alternative route, some opted to stay with farming. All of this he and she have fought on their own likes, no aids when drought visits nor when excess rains washes the standing crops. A year full of misery stands in front. Recently there have been many of these. People choosing it to be convenient to leave the world permanently then face, again by their own likes.
This is again without any expectation of aid, quota benefit and so on.
So should we not revisit where the system failed and led to victimizing of the larger sects? Yes!

An example to highlight the current situation: In a classic scenario of two students getting  140 and 180 marks in the medical entrance and the former getting seat in a premier institution with half the fees to pay while the later stands outside the gate only because she is a Maratha, the farmers daughter.She then has the option of paying donation in lakhs to get a seat to seat along the former but then she cannot,she is a farmers daughter. Subsistence. Should it not count here that the former’s drove in with her father to seek admission in a 30 lakh SUV, and yet superseded the farmers daughter because the system designed for equality enabling has grown redundant and works in complete favor of . And yet with such workforce around India dreams to be a superpower by 2020 (4 years hence?) Well then in such cases let the records say that we have no doubt in asking for the category if it leads to a wanting person getting justice.

What is that you intend to address by gathering by lakhs in our home cities?
We are already everywhere. Where would we go? 🙂 Its ours forefathers place. We are here to stay.
Taking to the streets is no requirement when you are the majority with around 30 odd percentage of the total population in the state. You just cannot be unheard of. But It is no harm starting the morning walk a bit late when you know it can be done utter peacefully.

Why ‘One and all’ is abiding by coming down to the streets?
What has been the point of origin of the (Peaceful) events that followed?
What happened at Kopardi has happened at multiple places in India over the last few years. But then it cannot be just let gone. It is about telling we stand by the family and there is zero tolerance about such occurrences around. It also helps the youth understand this such acts are inhumane and shall not be stood by.
Also there are many instances we hear about say ‘Fender bender’ fights landing you in prison not because u bend the fender but one of the parties played the attoricties card. If you think this is fair. Read no further. let be. Again no one is saying do away with the law, maybe tweak it to be used justly, or create awareness about its true use.

Do we really need reservation?
Don’t need it; wont use it. But someone at the village definitely needs it. So as long as there is no Income based upliftment system, YES.

How deep laid is the Vote-bank game here?
Don’t know but know we wont budge. And they Know it.
If a few walking SILENTLY down the road can evoke what it does, then imagination of the aftereffects of when same few are angered by inaction or mischievous poking is the answer to the ill-wishers.

Who is the organizing these and what will lead to?
No political party for sure. It is some neutral Maratha Samaj organizations
It should definitely lead to the better of the society at large. Exaggeration? No,
How about dismissal of the inequality provoking  caste system,
How about Income based benefit policies?
How about a society where Rape is non tolerable?
How about a law where the real deprived is given a helping hand, and miscreants are restrained?
How about a better India?


Should you pay your tax?

‘Satyagraha’ #themovie left a thought to toy with..
Are you liable to pay tax?
^Seems a nonsense question..
Rephrase it to “What is the underlying that a citizen is required to pay tax to its governers?”
And it would make much sense..
Ever pondered?

> Assumed that maybe it is the tax we pay for being born in India?
> Or would it be because you earn income in my own motherland??

The best/closest would be Tax is the payment to be made to the government/system to enable it to provide the basic necessary services to its citizens such that to help sustain human life.

Prakash Jha interprets the same as We the citizens are clients of the government for the services it provides in running the system; the government has its right as to consideration for the service it renders?
Where are the services then??
Ok, so how relevent is the preached thought in day-to-day transactions!? You commute to your workplace each day and are held back by the traffic jams. Could these issues not have been perceived of by the mumbo jumbo of planning world?,Infrastructure development,etc? But then when you/your kin earlier paid tax the development was the purpose of the payments made..count the same for visits to Government offices, the kharcha pani was never required coz we paid taxes.
What actually happened over the period, intended surpluses were generated,money was routed to be accumulated for personal good. All this from TAx payers Money,all collected authoritatively with an object of Development & betterment of the Nation but ultimately sourced into swiss holes of the playful politicians. The More id continue to abide by the 30-50% tax regime,much wealth would be ready for loot.

A story of destructive governance


First, the UPA came for the roads sector. They destroyed contracting. They slowed down road construction. They left highways half built. We did not speak out. After all, the only reason the NDA could have started the golden quadrilateral is because they wanted to spread Hindutva.

Next, they came for the airline sector. They let Air India suck more money from taxpayers. They let bad regulation destroy the private sector. They let crony banking sustain bad bets. They ensured India would never be an aviation hub. We did not speak out. After all, flying is what birds do, not humans. Besides, aviation is bad for climate change.

Then they came for the power sector. They confused creation of mega capacities with actual generation. They had no rational pricing plans. They were arbitrary in the awarding of licences. They could not make up their mind whether they wanted to protect the environment or destroy it. We did not speak out. After all, the only power that matters is political. Electricity be damned.

Then they came for education. They promulgated the RTE after 100 per cent enrolment. They expanded capacity, but cut-offs still rose. They regulated in such a way that there was a glut in some subjects and a shortage in others. They confused university buildings with building universities. We did not speak out. After all our, our low quality education left us incapable of speaking out.

Then they came for industry. They turned the clock back in every way and waged open war. Ensure that regulations become more complex and uncertain. Ensure that input costs rise. Ensure crummy infrastructure. Promulgate a land scam policy known as SEZ and sell it as industrial policy. They encouraged FDI. But they forgot which one they wanted: outbound or inbound. But we did not speak out. After all, India is a rural country.
hen they came for employment. There was some growth. But they decided that the only good employment is that which has the hand of the state. So the NREGA’s expansion was seen as a sign of success, not failure. By its own logic, if more people need the NREGA, the economy has failed. But we did not speak out. After all, the more people we have dependent on government, the more we think it is a good government.

Then they came for agriculture. First, they create artificial shortages through irrigation scams. Then they have a myopic policy for technology adoption. Then they decide India shall remain largely a wheat and rice economy; we will have shortages for everything else. Then they price everything to produce perverse incentives. But we did not speak out. After all, why worry about food production when the government is giving you a legal right? Is there anything more reassuring than social policy designed by and for lawyers?

Then they came for institutions. They always had. This has been Congress DNA for four decades. They drew up a list of institutions that remained unscathed: Parliament, the IB, bureaucracy and you name it. They then went after those. They used institutions as instruments of their political design. They demoralised every single branch of government. But we did not speak out. After all, this was reform by stealth. Destroy government from within.

Then they came for inflation. They confused a GDP target of 10 per cent with an inflation target. Inflation will come down next quarter, we were told. Then they tried to buy us out. Inflation: no problem. Simply get the government to spend even more. Then they pretended inflation is a problem for the rich. Then they simply stopped talking about it. We did not speak out. After all, for some, inflation is just a number

Then they came for the telecom sector. They got greedy and milked it. They got arbitrary and retrospectively taxed it. But we did not speak out. After all, new communication can be a threat to government. Besides, we can always revert to fixed lines. More digging is good.

Then they came for financial stability. They produced a large deficit. They brought the current account deficit close to an unsustainable point. They nearly wrecked the banking sector. They created every macro-economic instability you can imagine, which makes investment difficult. But we did not speak out. After all, what would you rather have: macro economic stability or a free lunch?

Then they came for regulation. It was back to the 1970s. More arbitrary regulation is good. More rules are good. Uncertainty makes business more adept. The answer to every administrative problem is enacting a new law. Multiple regulators are good because they represent the diversity of India. We did not speak out. After all, just like the religious confuse piety with mere ritual, the virtuous confuse regulation with outcomes.

Then they came after freedom. They promulgated more restrictive rules for everything: freedom of expression, right to assembly and protest, foreign scholars. They used sedition laws. They kept the architecture of colonial laws intact. They said they stood against communal forces. But then they let Digvijaya Singh keep the communal pot boiling. They matched BJP’s communal politicisation of terrorism at every step and then some. We did not speak out. After all, if they are not Hindutva forces, they cannot be a threat to peace and liberty.

Then they came for virtue itself. They preached, from the very summit of power: avoid responsibility. It will always be someone else’s fault. They legitimised being corrupt: you are entitled to it if you are the party of the poor. They encouraged subterfuge to the point that members of the cabinet were subverting each other. They pretended that integrity is a word that does not mean anything. To independent thinkers, they said: why think when there is 10 Janpath? We did not speak out. After all, virtue and thinking can both be outsourced.

Then they came for the poor. They visited their houses and slept in their homes. They liked the experience so much they decided to become growth sceptics. Enact policies that keep India in poverty a little longer. But we did not speak out. After all, once the poor have been used as an argument, all else is immobilised.

Then they came for the citizens. They used the secularism blackmail to reduce our choices. If you are not with us you are evil they said. Then they infantilised us. You are not capable of exercising choices so we will make them for you. They acted as if we were so stupid that the three topmost leaders felt no need to justify themselves to us. But we did not speak out. After all we do have the vote.


(An excrept from Indian Express webpage; The writer is president, Centre for Policy Research, Delhi, and a contributing editor for ‘The Indian Express’)

Why & How of loving & being Hindu

A Hindu was flying from JFK New York Airport to SFO San Francisco Airport CA to attend a meeting at Monterey, CA.

An American girl was sitting on the right side, near window seat. It indeed was a long journey – it would take nearly seven hours.

He was surprised to see the young girl reading a Bible unusual of young Americans. After some time she smiled and we had few acquaintances talk.He told her that I am from India

Then suddenly the girl asked: ‘What’s your faith?’ ‘What?’ He didn’t understand the question.

‘I mean, what’s your religion? Are you a Christian? Or a Muslim?’

‘No!’ He replied, ‘He am neither Christian nor Muslim’.

Apparently she appeared shocked to listen to that. ‘Then who are you?’ “I am a Hindu”, He said.

She looked at him as if she was seeing a caged animal. She could not understand what He was talking about.

A common man in Europe or US knows about Christianity and Islam, as they are the leading religions of the world today.

But a Hindu, what?

He explained to her – I am born to a Hindu father and Hindu mother. Therefore, I am a Hindu by birth.

‘Who is your prophet?’ she asked.

‘We don’t have a prophet,’ He replied.

‘What’s your Holy Book?’

‘We don’t have a single Holy Book, but we have hundreds and thousands of philosophical and sacred scriptures,’
He replied.

‘Oh, come on at least tell me who is your God?’

‘What do you mean by that?’

‘Like we have Jesus and Muslims have Allah – don’t you have a God?’

He thought for a moment. Muslims and Christians believe one God (Male God) who created the world and takes an interest in the humans who inhabit it. Her mind is conditioned with that kind of belief.

According to her (or anybody who doesn’t know about Hinduism), a religion needs to have one Prophet, one Holy book and one God. The mind is so conditioned and rigidly narrowed down to such a notion that anything else is not acceptable. He understood her perception and concept about faith. You can’t compare Hinduism with any of the present leading religions where you have to believe in one concept of God.

He tried to explain to her: ‘You can believe in one God and he can be a Hindu. You may believe in multiple deities and still you can be a Hindu. What’s more – you may not believe in God at all, still you can be a Hindu. An Atheist can also be a Hindu.’

This sounded very crazy to her. She couldn’t imagine a religion so unorganized, still surviving for thousands of years, even after onslaught from foreign forces.

‘I don’t understand but it seems very interesting. Are you religious?’

What can He tell to this American girl?

He said: ‘I do not go to Temple regularly. I do not make any regular rituals. I have learned some of the rituals in my younger days. I still enjoy doing it sometimes’.

‘Enjoy? Are you not afraid of God?’

‘God is a friend. No- I am not afraid of God. Nobody has made any compulsions on me to perform these rituals regularly.’

She thought for a while and then asked: ‘Have you ever thought of converting to any other religion?’

‘Why should I? Even if I challenge some of the rituals and faith in Hinduism, nobody can convert me from Hinduism. Because, being a Hindu allows me to think independently and objectively, without conditioning. I remain as a Hindu never by force, but choice.’ He told her that Hinduism is not a religion, but a set of beliefs and practices. It is not a religion like Christianity or Islam because it is not founded by any one person or does not have an organized controlling body like the Church or the Order, I added. There is no institution or authority..

‘So, you don’t believe in God?’ she wanted everything in black and white.

‘I didn’t say that. I do not discard the divine reality. Our scripture, or Sruthis or Smrithis – Vedas and Upanishads or the Gita – say God might be there or he might not be there. But we pray to that supreme abstract authority (Para Brahma) that is the creator of this universe.’

‘Why can’t you believe in one personal God?’

‘We have a concept – abstract – not a personal god. The concept or notion of a personal God, hiding behind the clouds of secrecy, telling us irrational stories through few men whom he sends as messengers, demanding us to worship him or punish us, does not make sense. I don’t think that God is as silly as an autocratic emperor who wants others to respect him or fear him.’ He told her that such notions are just fancies of less educated human imagination and fallacies, adding that generally ethnic religious practitioners in Hinduism believe in personal Gods. The entry level Hinduism has over-whelming superstitions too. The philosophical side of Hinduism negates all superstitions.

‘Good that you agree God might exist. You told that you pray. What is your prayer then?’

‘Loka Samastha Sukino Bhavantu. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti,’
लोका समस्ता सुखिनो भवन्तु !!! ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः !!!

‘Funny,’ she laughed, ‘What does it mean?’

‘May all the beings in all the worlds be happy. Let there be Peace, Peace,and Peace every where.’

‘Hmm ..very interesting. I want to learn more about this religion. It is so democratic, broad-minded and free’ she exclaimed.

‘The fact is Hinduism is a religion of the individual, for the individual and by the individual with its roots in the Vedas and the Bhagavad-Gita. It is all about an individual approaching a personal God in an individual way according to his temperament and inner evolution – it is as simple as that.’

‘How does anybody convert to Hinduism?’

‘Nobody can convert you to Hinduism, because it is not a religion, but it is a Culture, a way of leaving life, a set of beliefs and practices. Everything is acceptable in Hinduism because there is no single Authority or Organization either to accept you or to reject you or to oppose you on behalf of Hinduism.’

He told her – if you look for meaning in life, don’t look for it in religions; don’t go from one cult to another or from one Guru to the next.

For a real seeker, He told her, the Bible itself gives guidelines when it says ‘ Kingdom of God is within you.’ I reminded her of Christ’s teaching about the love that we have for each other. That is where you can find the meaning of life.

Loving each and every creation of the God is absolute and real. ‘Isavasyam idam sarvam’ Isam (the God) is present (inhabits) here everywhere – nothing exists separate from the God, because God is present everywhere. Respect every living being and non-living things as God. That’s what Hinduism teaches you.

Hinduism is referred to as Sanathana Dharma, the eternal faith. It is based on the practice of Dharma, the code of life. The most important aspect of Hinduism is being truthful to oneself. Hinduism has no monopoly on ideas. It is open to all. Hindus believe in one God (not a personal one) expressed in different forms. For them, God is timeless and formless entity.

Ancestors of today’s Hindus believe in eternal truths and cosmic laws and these truths are opened to anyone who seeks them. But there is a section of Hindus who are either superstitious or turned fanatic to make this an organized religion like others. The British coin the word ‘Hindu’ and considered it as a religion.

He said: ‘Religions have become an MLM (multi-level- marketing) industry that has been trying to expand the market share by conversion. The biggest business in today’s world is Spirituality. Hinduism is no exception’

He said “I am a Hindu primarily because it professes Non-violence – ‘Ahimsa Paramo Dharma’ means – Non violence is the highest duty. I am a Hindu because it doesn’t condition my mind with any faith system.

A man/woman who changes his/her birth religion to another religion is a fake and does not value his/her morals, culture and values in life.

Hinduism is the original rather a natural yet a logical and satisfying spiritual, personal and a scientific way of leaving a life..

(Extract from a Share on the WWW,A writeup w/o exaggerations i relate & agree in total)

आम्हाला पुणे का आवडते..?

आम्हाला पुणे का आवडते..? आमच्या कडे मुद्दाम मराठीत बोला म्हणून कधी सांगावे लागत नाही, True freedom of thoughts , म्हणून प्रत्येक जण आपले स्वतः चे मत मांडू शकतो, आणि ते सुद्धा सर्वांना पटेल अशा पद्धतीने , पुण्यात काही उणे नाही व

गेरे ठीक आहे , पण पुणे आवडायला काहीतरी कारणच हवे असे मला वाटत नाही ! उन्हाळ्यातले काही दिवस ( रात्री नव्हे) सोडले तर उरलेल्या दिवसात असलेले cool पुणे , किरकोळ पानझडीचे दिवस सोडले तर हिरवे असलेले पुणे, पावसासाठी थेट लंडन शी comparison होणारे एकमेव शहर म्हणजे पुणे ( अहो कधी पण येऊ शकतो आणि या चौकात असेल तर पुढच्या चौकात पण असेल याची काही ग्यारंटी नसते म्हणून .;), गिनीज बुकाला सुद्धा नोंद करायला लागली असे आमचे Two Wheelers चे पुणे ( आणि ते चालवणारे आम्ही धन्य पुणेकर ..;) , सोन्याच्या फाळाने नांगरलेले शिवबाचे पुणे, जीजाउंच्या नजरेत भरलेले पुणे, मालुसर्यांच्या ‘सिंव्हा’ सारख्या मर्दानगी चे पुणे, पेशव्यांच्या ‘सर्व’ पराक्रमांचे पुणे , लाल महालात ‘तोडलेल्या’ बोटांचे पुणे, शनिवार वाड्यात ‘सांडलेल्या’ रक्ताचे पुणे, अटके पार लावलेल्या झेंड्याचे पुणे, पानिपतात तुटलेल्या स्वप्नाचे पुणे, ‘ध’ चा ‘मा’ केलेल्यांचे पुणे , ‘न’ ला ‘न’च आणि ‘ण’ ला ‘ण’च म्हणणारे पुणे , इथून तिथवर असलेल्या पुलांचे पुणे , ‘कोटी’सूर्य असलेल्या पु.लं. चे पण पुणे , नावात इंग्लिश असून सुद्धा मराठीतच शिकवणाऱ्या रमण बागेतले आणि टिळक रोड वरचे पुणे , सव्वाशे दीडशे वर्षांपासून अखंड पुणेकर घडवणाऱ्या नु म वि, भावे स्कूल चे पुणे , आब आणि रुबाब वाल्या बिशप्स लॉयलाज मिराज आणि हेलेनाज चे पण पुणे, SP , FC , BVP , SIMBY ,MIT आणि वाडिया चे पुणे , आणि त्यातल्या तोंडाला रुमाल लावून ( की बांधून?) Two Wheeler वाल्या पुणे RTO कडून License to kill इशू करून घेतलेल्या जगातल्या सर्वात सुंदर मुलींचे पुणे , Info Tech park चे पुणे, Koregaon Park चे पुणे, कॅम्पातल्या श्रूजबरी वाल्या कयानींचे पुणे, चितळ्यांच्या बाकरवडी चे पुणे, वैशाली च्या yummy सांभार चे पुणे, रुपालीच्या भन्नाट कॉफी चे पुणे, तुळशीबागेतल्या स्वस्ताई चे पुणे आणि कधी कधी Shoppers Stop ,Lifestyle आणि Central चे पुणे, college बंक मारून अलका नीलायम आणि मंगला चे पुणे, Office मधून गायब होऊन तिच्या सोबत चे Adlabs आणि R Deccan वाले पुणे , पगडी आणि पुणेरी जोड्यांचे पुणे, Nike आणि Reebok वाले पण पुणे , खास बेडेकर, श्री आणि कधी कधी रामनाथ च्या मिसळीचे पुणे, आणि JM Road च्या Mac आणि KFC चे पुणे, कधी कधी वोहुमन च्या चीज ओम्लेट आणि गुड लक च्या मस्का पाव विथ cutting चे पुणे , कॅड बी आणि कॅड एम चे पुणे, सोडा शॉप चे पण पुणे, अभिनव चे एकदम हटके कलाकारी पुणे, University मध्ये शिकणार्यांचे पुणे आणि University च्या जंगलात ‘दिवे लावणार्यांचे’ पुणे , कधी ही न थकणाऱ्या लक्ष्मी रोड, MG रोड आणि Hongkong गल्ली चे पुणे ( तिथली साधी डोक्या ची पिन सुद्धा HONGKONG वरून येत नाही ..;) , नेहमी निवांत असणाऱ्या पाषाण रोड आणि नालाह पार्क चे पुणे, खवय्यांसाठी जीव देणाऱ्या German Bakery चे पुणे, आणि चवी साठी जीव टाकणाऱ्या खवय्यांचे पुणे, शनिवार वाड्याने नाकारून सुद्धा जिला तमाम पुणेकरांनी हृदयात स्थान दिले त्या तेव्हाच्या सुंदर आणि आत्ताच्या थंडगार मस्तानीचे पुणे, बादशाही,जनसेवा आणि आशा च्या Veg ‘थाळी’ वाले पुणे , Friday Night ला Blue Nile ,तिरंगा आणि एसपी ज च्या ‘नळी’ वाले पुणे, सदशिवातल्या बिनधास्त Nonveg वाले पुणे, आणि रमझान मधल्या त्या मोमीनपुर्यातले रात्रीचे लजीज पुणे, मस्त पैकी दहा बारा दिवस कल्ला करणाऱ्या आमच्या गणपती बाप्पांचे पुणे, पुण्याच्या ढोलांचा ‘आव्वाज’ जगात पसरवणाऱ्या आमच्या अजय – अतुल चे पुणे , आमच्या डोंगरांवरच्या पर्वती,तळजाई आणि चतुश्रुंगी चे पुणे, आमच्या पेठांमधल्या थोरल्या आणि धाकट्या शेख सल्ल्यांचे पुणे, Synagogue चे लाल देऊळ करणार्यांचे पुणे, शिकणाऱ्यांचे पुणे आणि चांगलेच शिकवणाऱ्यांचे पण पुणे, ‘सरळ’ मार्गी प्रेमिकांच्या ‘Z’ bridge चे पुणे, मुंबईकर पेन्शनरांचे पुणे आणि… देशाचा defence शिकवणाऱ्या आणि करणाऱ्या आमच्या Southern Command चे पुणे, तुकोबा आणि ज्ञानोबाच्या पालखी चे पुणे, बेचाळीस किलोमीटरच्या Marathon चे पुणे, स्पोर्ट्स City पुणे, कधी कधी pot holes वाले पण पुणे, सगळी कडे खोचक पाट्या लावून शहाण्याला शब्दांचा मार देणारे पुणे, ताजमहाल पाहून सुद्धा “बरा बांधलाय पण मेलेल्या बायको साठी एवढा खर्च केलान ” अशी तोंडभर स्तुती करणारे पुणे, फटकळ , खवचट , उद्धट यांना विशेषण समजून छाती फुगवणारे पुणे , ‘इथे उचलून धरलं तर जगात कोणाची पडण्याची टाप नाही’ अशी ख्याती मिरवणारे पुणे !, ०२० चे आणि MH “बारा” चे पुणे, आणि कधी कधी जुळे भावंड मानून घेणाऱ्या MH १४ चे पुणे , जोशी कुलकर्णी आणि नेन्यांचे पुणे, सणस शिरोळे दाभाडे आणि बहिरटपाटलांचे पुणे, शेख खान आणि D ‘souza ,D ‘casta चे पण पुणे, पेशवे पार्कातल्या पांढर्या मोराचे आणि वाघाचे पुणे, आठवणींच्या बोगद्यातून अजूनही शिटी वाजवत जाणाऱ्या ” फुलराणी ‘ चे पुणे , भक्ती मार्ग वरून जाताना अजूनही आठवणाऱ्या “त्या फुलराणी’ चे पुणे, ज्यांच्या कडून आयुष्यात एकदा तरी मुलाखत घेतली जावी अशा आमच्या सुधीर गाडगीळांचे पुणे, अक्ख्या जगाला अभिमानाने नखं दाखवणाऱ्या गिनीज बुकातल्या चिल्लाळांचे पण पुणे , जादुई महालात राहणाऱ्या , सबंध जगाला मायाजालात मोहून टाकणाऱ्या प्रवासी जादुगार रघुवीरांचे पुणे , अडीच किलो काचा खाणाऱ्या , १९४ कप चहा पिणाऱ्या , एका पायावर सलग ३५ तास उभे राहणाऱ्या , अखंड ७५ तास टाळ्या वाजवणाऱ्या आणि हे सर्व विक्रम ज्यात छापले त्या ७६० पानी गिनीज बुकालाच खाणाऱ्या अजब विक्रमादित्य धनंजय कुलकर्णींचे पुणे, भरत, टिळक आणि बालगंधर्व चे पुणे, पुरुषोत्तम आणि फिरोदिया च्या जल्लोषाचे पुणे, bollywood ला acting ची अक्कल शिकवणाऱ्या wisdom tree चे पुणे, आणि जगभरातल्या फिल्म्स जपून ठेवणाऱ्या ‘NFAI ‘ चे पुणे , काही गाण्याच्या तर काही निव्वळ खाण्याच्या रसिक “सवाई” चे पुणे , बाळासाहेबांच्या भाव सरगम चे पुणे, नुकत्याच मावळलेल्या स्वर भास्कराचे पुणे, उगवती वरच्या ,वसंतरावांच्या तरुण वारशाचे पुणे , पुरुष ते पुलोत्सावातल्या नाना चे पुणे, घांशिराम कोतवालाचे पुणे आणि घांशिराम मधल्या नाना , डॉक्टर आगाश्यांचे पण पुणे ! , शुद्ध चारित्र्याच्या खलनायक निळू फुल्यांचे पुणे , दादा कोंड्क्यांच्या त्यांच्या सोबतच गेलेल्या चैत्रबनाचे पुणे, कपूर साहेबांच्या विस्मृतीतल्या राज बागेचे पुणे , फक्त आठवणीत राहिलेल्या मिनर्वा, भानुविलास आणि नटराज चे पुणे, आशियातल्या पहिल्या multiplex चे पुणे, नवरात्रीतल्या नऊ रात्री देवी पुढे घागरी फुंकणारे पुणे, आणि 31 December आणि गटारी च्या रात्री रेकॉर्ड ब्रेक दारू बरोबर हुक्का अन बिड्या फुंकून फुल्टू Chill होणारे पुणे, रात्री उशिरा सगळ्या रस्त्यांवरच्या मोकाट कुत्र्यांचे पुणे, जगातल्या सगळ्यात “प्रेमळ” आणि “स्वस्त” रिक्षांचे पुणे, गोगलगायीशी स्पर्धा करणाऱ्या PMPML चे पुणे , प्रचंड बडबड करून समोरच्याला दमवणाऱ्यांचे पुणे आणि कमीत कमी शब्दात प्रचंड अपमान करण्याचे सामर्थ्य बाळगणारे पुणे, लग्नाची शान पुण्यातच असे म्हणणारे मंगल कार्यालयांचे पुणे, प्रत्येक पेठेतल्या खास पुणेरी मारुतींचे पुणे, आमच्या केसरी सकाळ प्रभात आणि आता म टा , Mirror वाल्यांचे पुणे आणि आज का आनंद आणि संध्यानंद चे पुणे, दसऱ्या ला गावभर गुबगुबीत झेंडू मिरवणारे पुणे आणि Valentine day ला गुलाबाला दमवत झुलवणारे पुणे, दिवाळीतल्या आतिषबाजी वाले पुणे, Christmas ला MG Road ला हौसे ने केक खाणारे पुणे, भर उन्हात दुपारी सुद्धा अमृततुल्य मधला चहा पिणारे पुणे, ऐन december च्या थंड रात्री Icecream किंवा Chilled Beer रिचवणारे पुणे, सुसाट गल्ली आणि बोळांचे पुणे, Express highway ने निवांत मुंबईला जाणारे पुणे… पहिला सुपर कॉम्प्युटर बनवणारे पुणे, आणि “आम्हाला कशाला लागतोय mobile ?” असे पण म्हणणारे पुणे, अक्ख्या भारताला हमारा बजाज पुरवणारे पुणे, जगभरातल्या रस्त्यांवर धावण्यासाठी Merc,Volks Wagon आणि Jaguar बनवणारे पुणे, सकाळ संध्याकाळी फिरायला जाणाऱ्या थकलेल्या पायांचे पुणे, Weekend ला सह्याद्री आणि वर्षातून एकदा तरी हिमालय तुडवणाऱ्यांचे पुणे, पर्वती वर practise करून everest ला गवसणी घालणारे पण पुणे !! पावसातल्या सिंहगडावरच्या चहा आणि खेकडा भज्यांचे पुणे, उन्हाळ्यातल्या रसवंती गृहातल्या जम्बो ग्लास चे पुणे, Saturday Night ला झिंग आणणाऱ्या pubs चे पुणे, Sunday ला सकाळी प्याटीस,पोहे आणि दुपारची निवांत झोप काढणाऱ्यांचे पुणे, कसबा आणि गुरवारातल्या भावड्यांचे पुणे सदाशिव, नारायण, शानिवारातल्या भाऊंचे पुणे घोटाळे बाज खासदारांचे पुणे , नगर सेवक नावाच्या समाज कंटक जमातीचे पुणे , नवीन दादांचे पुणे, जुन्या भाईंचे पुणे, बारा महिने २४ तास online असणारे , पण दुकाने मात्र दुपारी दोन चार तास बंद ठेवणारे , असे आमची कुठेही शाखा नसलेले एकमेव्द्वितीय पुणे !! आता सांगा पुणं आवडायला हि कारणं सुद्धा खूपच कमी आहेत, आणि काही अजाण बालके एक फालतू प्रश्न विचारतात कि तुम्हाला पुणे का आवडते?
(A repost found on the Web)

As the rightist Leader Age’s gracefully

Ive always been confused between choosing a forum,Group-political,nonpolitical.. Little orators & real do’ers exist around us with rock solid agendas & a equally strong will to enable a better livelihood for us all around & stand true to their promises.

Amidst the dilemma of choosing to stand by a political party,has bee shivsena,for the many reason ive heard & seen them at work with the able Guidance of the founder Shri Balasaheb Thakrey. As has been a yearly routine with Shivsena,Dasera melava(the Annual gathering of Shivsena) stood the test of lacs of ppl occupying Shivaji park for the last 46 odd years only to hear Bal Thakrey guide them.

This year however was distinguished with the non-presence of Bal thakrey,the video message broadcasted during the meeting though. The leader is always looked 4wd to owing to his Straight forwardness,pro-Marathi-Hinduism in true sense. The Video showed the 86year old Man speaking his heart out about the regret of not being in the pink of health 7 hence inability to attend the meet.his views of the ongoing Scam-Streams & what of what. All convincing in sharp hardhitting words as always.

The once (& even now) Charismatic Leader-Orator talked way to above par for his Age,yet leaving his lakhs of followers in the moment of sadness as he described his falling health & in a way bid a Good bye to his  fans calling for support & loyalty from the people around for the work done.Way to emotional & touching for much of the Rightists for the support to enable the religion thrive amidst the Votebankers during the bad times created by anti-socialists & many more reasons. No (no cases filed,no allegations, existing) involvement in Scams being a prominent one therein.