‘Policemen have too much power’

This is in reference to an article with the same title.

Yes,what happened in Mumbai was absolutely wrong. The laws too are archaic. But making sweeping statements as this is, i guess i had to vent my views.

A society thats completely narcisstic of itself, we never seem to understand or even try make an attempt what the life of a soldier or a police man is made of. We talk of crime growing in the city but never care about who constitute this force. None of us “the educated class” will go into the forces. We are overqualified to do such jobs. So lets keep the mouths shut unless we really do something about it. Lets stop making sweeping statements, that incriminates all the guys who are doing such a good work, the jawans in the colds and the policemen maintaining law and order.

I for myself cannot think[or dream?] of leaving this plush job for joining the army, would i?

Of police being killed in encounters, of soldiers being killed daily, but we never understand that for every soldier killed, there’s a family rendered helpless.

And that soldier/policeman was not killed, mind you, in his own self defense; but for some stranger sleeping happily in their cozy beds unaware of everything; the strangers, you and me.

I see hundreds of people riding on the road without proper licenses and then suddenly talk of rules and inequality, only when caught.

Any comments?


the call

When I didnt greet you in the morning,
I thought you would call.
When i didnt return your greeting,
I thought you would call.
When i slept without eating,
I thought you would call.
When i was crying while sleeping,
I thought you would call.
When i was reading the mails you wrote me,
I thought you would call.
When i was feeling alone among the crowd,
I thought you would call.

When i wished i wanted to live no more,
I wished you would call.


another good forward i got by email

A store owner was tacking a sign above his door that read: “Puppies For Sale”. Signs like that have a way of attracting small children and sure enough, a little boy appeared under the store owner’s sign.

“How much are you going to sell the puppies for?” he asked.

The store owner replied, “Anywhere from $30 to $50.”

The little boy reached in his pocket and pulled out some change.

“I have $2.37,” he said. “Can I please look at them?”

The store owner smiled and whistled and out of the kennel came Lady, who ran out in the aisle of his store followed by five teeny, tiny balls of fur. One puppy was lagging considerably behind.

Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy and said, “What’s wrong with that little dog?”

The store owner explained that the veterinarian had examined the little puppy and had discovered it didn’t have a hip socket. It would always be lame.

The little boy became excited. “That is the puppy that I want to buy.”

The store owner said, “No, you don’t want to buy that little dog. If you really want him, I’ll just give him to you.”

The little boy got quite upset. He looked straight into the store owner’s eyes, pointing his finger, and said, “I don’t want you to give him to me. That little dog is worth every bit as much as all the other dogs and I’ll pay full price. In fact, I’ll give you $2.37 now, and 50 cents a month until I have him paid for.”

The store owner countered, “You really don’t want to buy this little dog. He is never going to be able to run and jump and play with you like the other puppies.”

To his surprise, the little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the store owner and softly replied, “Well, I don’t run so well myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands.”

Don’t we all need someone who understands?

My 2 paise..1

I am an avid fan of Ayn Rand. But not anymore. I like the characters she shows, the inherent power in them, the way they deal with situations … but as always there is this ominous but.

D~ : Why dont you like Ayn Rand?
P~ : Well, as i said its not i dont like Ayn Rand. Ive just grown over her philosophy. Her philosophy doesnt appear so appealing anymore.
D~ : But you used to like her right?
P~ : But i guess i grew out of that. I found that there are many discrepancies in her philosophy.
D~ : What!!?
P~ : Yeah, there are many things i cannot agree with her in her philosophy. Its her unilateral opposition to the state or any hierarchy. It resounds too much of her own personal hatred towards socialism and communism. Her own miseries appearing, overtly glorifying capitalism. Its almost like every problem with the woman is because of the patriarchy and the hierarchy. Some things are with a good intent man.
D~ : Hmmm…
P~ : Its her unilateral view that she takes of any State or Authority as evil in intent. That i cannot accept. Or her idea of everything weak as moochers. Its her view of anything weak or the state as evil in intent that i unsettles me. Many times its not the intent that is evil, but its the effect that is.
D~ : Speak on
P~ : Its just a method of saying that Indira Gandhi was the harbinger of corruption. Im not aware of completely of everything, but i would try giving her a benefit of doubt atleast for hypothesizing. Ill blame her because even she might not be the one responsible, i would need someone to point to. Its like when i speak of ‘I’, ‘I’ is not this body, but for all practical purposes, i would have to relate ‘I’ with my body.
D~ : Ok…
P~ : Anything is never necessarily evil in intent, but its the effect that is. The solution is to change as per the time, to change keeping in mind, that the spirit is intact and not the rule…
D~ : Whooooff! Greats session man. Good enough for the day.

When heuristics become rules

“He calls her by her name?!!!” shrieked mom, about my cousin’s friend who calls his mom by name.
“Yeah” spaketh my cousin
“Whats wrong with that?” i chip in
“Its wrong” decided mom
“Its not. Theres nothing wrong” I affirm strongly
“Would you call your dad by name?” she said as if scoring a point
“Yeah we would have, if we had been taught us to do so. If we were accustomed to it, we surely would have” chipped in my bro along with me.
“Yeah right” I added
“No no no. Thats blasphemy. You should not call your parents by their names.Children have no respect for their parents” telling me as if it was a horrnedous crime.
“So you mean to say someone who calls their dad by NannaGaaruAndi[approximates to PapaSirJi] had more respect for their parents than him?” i ask
“Thats respect” mom says almost understanding the point i raise
“Ma, love & respect is to be felt, not defined by how you address(them)” i end it.

Just kept me thinking, how dangerous things can get if we stop thinking.Mom had a point, but iron casing her point was what made the whole situation mercurially inflammable. IronCasing simple situations.

Very distantly related but Too lazy to post it separately

Whats strikes me is how people generally are judegemental. Or satisfy their need to be judgemental at every passing moment. The innate urge to not being able to stay non-judgemental, passing the judgements, comparing everything to our situation and vice-versa, the “percieved” need to stay competivite/comparative.

The innate urge to think and believe that we are the center of the world; the fact that all that we will finally amount to is just a speck of dust and that all we have for ourselves is only us.

Me for me.

A True Kodak Moment

I have stories of people[read bloggers] telling ingenious ways they found to double cross the incessant calls they get from the banks like Standard Chartered, ICICI, and others for taking the credit cards.

My own simple way is to end it as soon as possible. So i just say I have one. Today was no different. But what came after that definitely was.

Today she[its most generally a she] asked me if i have any friends that i could refer.

10/10 for the worst escapade ever. “Hmm…most of my collegues are on leave, and i sit on the far end of the cubicle”. How more tongue tied can one get?

LoL. A true kodak moment oopsie a panasonic moment.

Top 20 replies

Top 20 replies by Programmers to Testers when their programs don’t work:

20. “That’s weird…”
19. “It’s never done that before.”
18. “It worked yesterday.”
17. “How is that possible?”
16. “It must be a hardware problem.”
15. “What did you type in wrong to get it to crash?”
14. “There is something funky in your data.”
13. “I haven’t touched that module in weeks!”
12. “You must have the wrong version.”
11. “It’s just some unlucky coincidence.”
10. “I can’t test everything!”
9. “THIS can’t be the source of THAT.”
8. “It works, but it hasn’t been tested.”
7. “Somebody must have changed my code.”
6. “Did you check for a virus on your system?”
5. “Even though it doesn’t work, how does it feel?
4. “You can’t use that version on your system.”
3. “Why do you want to do it that way?”
2. “Where were you when the program blew up?”
And the Number One Reply by Programmers when their programs don’t work:

“It works on my machine”


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