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The fate of your life is your choice and no one else gets a vote.

— Maulik Doshi

         Winston Churchill had once said, “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” – Democracy – Something which we always learnt as “Government of the people, for the people and by the people”. However, if we go through the statistics in India about voting, you will hardly see our Democracy sufficing the third condition – ‘by the people’, for if you see the percentage of voting turnover, it will put you to shame if you ever stuck to what you always had an image of yourself in your mind, ‘of a responsible citizen’.

      We always get a national holiday when a day is to be decided for Vote. Whereas in some areas of India, goons will rule the poll booth and threaten people if they vote against their leader and in some areas where Gunda-Raj (Mafioso Rule) is not there, affluent – educated and those people who are mentally competent to select a better leader will go for vacations with family or party at home. These apparently are the sad state of affairs and it is not really the rulers who are at fault for being corrupt, it is the fault of citizens for being so irresponsible.

     Past 10 years have been full of Scams – from Telgi’s Stamp Paper Scam to UP military land Scam, Wheat Scam to Adarsh Housing Scam, Commonwealth Scam to ISRO Scam, 2G Spectrum Scam to the current IPL Match Fixing Scandal Fiasco, we have always cursed the Government. When there were issues about MIG planes having outdated machinery to when 26/11 – the most horrendous terrorist attack on Financial Capital of Mumbai happened and Police force had no good quality bullet proof jackets or proper ammunition, to december, 2012 – Delhi Rape incident and Government’s evident inability to take action, what every citizen of India has done is – Either Crib about Government, walk and protest on roads with friends and flags and black bands and hoardings, write hate blog posts and give hate speeches and tweets and when in 2014, there shall come a time to Vote, people will again start planning a trip or a party. Everyone in this country will adore Tata Tea’s ‘Jaago re’ initiative but no one would stand up and get their Election Card processed.

   What I mean to say is, this is what “WARNING SIGNS” are !! This could probably be the reason why Emma Goldman had once said, “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” It is a situation where your body is not functioning well and you are terribly unwell. You will crib about it, cry in pain, won’t sleep in distress but won’t go to the Doctor. Why don’t we vote? Why do we ignore that each scam, each inability of Government, each unattended issue and each trouble that is faced by Citizen of India is a result of our laziness? Our inability of not doing proper research before voting? our problem of not going to Vote and let the goons dominate the unprivileged sections to vote in their favour only to extend their rule and their rights to trouble every good citizen?

    One of the flyers during US presidential elections read, “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain – Get Out, Go Vote, Be Heard !!”

Source: Facebook

Source: Facebook

Take notice of these warning signs, you mister and Vote if you are above 18 years of age after thorough research and buy yourself an effective leader. Effective and nice leader is no myth or fiction, you have seen great leaders in world. The problem with India is INDIANS themselves. Some of the top reasons on why should you vote if above texts did not convince you:-

  • Voting is a way to speak your mind and let your voice be heard! Your vote is your voice. When we vote, we are actually telling elected officials and lawmakers how we feel about education, public safety, social security, health care, and other important issues.
  • One voice, one vote really does count! Remember: there is power in numbers, and when we vote and get our family members to
    vote, we can truly make a difference. If you don’t vote for what you believe in, others will and you may not like the outcome.
  • Our children are depending on us to represent their voices too! Because our children can’t vote, we have to do it for them. That’s how we make our concerns about schools, safety, housing, and other issues heard. When we vote, we are looking out for our kids, and their futures.
  • Voting changes communities! Do you ever wonder why one neighborhood gets passed over for things it needs, while another seems to get it all? One big reason is voting. When we vote, we can get results that we can actually see.
  • Vote to effect change! It was through elections that we voted in officials who were champions for civil rights. Voting is our chance to make a difference in our own lives and within the world.
  • Believe it or not, voting is a way of honoring our history! As long as our country has existed, there have been people who didn’t  want us to vote. There were several freedom fighters that stood up for the right to vote. Well, those times may seem ancient, but there are still people today who don’t want us to vote. It’s now our turn to stand up and vote to preserve the honor of those who went before us.
  • Last but not least, because it gives you credibility! Often times, we voice our concerns to elected officials, but if we aren’t voting, our concerns may not matter at all to them. Voting can actually give you the credibility to make your concerns a top priority for legislators.

So the moral of the story is … GO VOTE for INDIA GENERAL ELECTIONS, 2014

This post is initiated for Indiblogger’s Colgate Contest of “So the moral of the story is … “

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Jayanand Ukey has scribbled a story which could come to a reader as a short film where two couple who are in deep love gets separated because of a global issue defeating their plans and future and how in an unexpected way, find their way back through each other to live life happily ever after.

              I received this book from Author and cover page really seemed a nice read, the author should really be thankful to Pinaki De for that, not that the book turned out to be a big bore but 198 pages with big fonts was no less than a short read, also can be compared to a long blog post. Whereas the story describes itself a heartwarming tale of love, loss and determination, it comes as a tale where a college love affair which was to be revealed to parents after they are settled with a job comes out to the girl’s parents before they even began their professional journey.

              The story runs as the acceptance by both the parents doesn’t go through much of an hassle when a global financial recession hits them where their offer letter gets revoked. In the time when both the to-be-groom (Girish) and to-be-bride (Prajakta) is without a job, the story revolves around will a father love her daughter to be married to an unemployed man who has no certainty of job as recovery of Stock Market Crash would take a lot of time? Will the girl’s father again consider his best friend’s son who stays in Shimla to wed his daughter as he had always planned when she grew up? How will Girish and Prajakta sail through these turbulent times to again come together? The entire story is way over fiction, too much of a bollywood masala types where the ending goes hushed up and unrealistic. The conversations are forced, not something that will keep you gripped. Parents who are showed to stay in Mumbai use tactics like hiring bodyguards for their daughter to not meet Girish, confiscating cell phone and Internet Dongle;  all of that which doesn’t go well with audience today that anyone would like to ask Mr. Ukey, “What world are we in?”

              It will come to anyone as a debutant work and won’t go well with anyone who is already into a reading hobby. The book is in genre of romance, however, not a single moment will make you blush when they are together or feel the pain when they are separated. I finished the book in one round trip of Churchgate to Andheri getting myself a record to finish a book in 95 minutes. All in one, Its a short story full of drama and expected events without any literary merit.

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About:-

ISBN – 978-81-8046-085-2

Price – Rs. 175/-

Published by – Alchemy Publishers

My Ratings – 1.5/5

TAGS – A global ordeal —- A couple in distress —- The struggle to keep afloat —- Prudent thinking in tumultuous times.

You can find more about the book and author at Jayanand Ukey’s website.

If you are a reader, do log in to Goodreads, for more info about the book.


“Rishi Vohra brings to life, a character named Babloo who will not only win your heart but also render you, at the end, to think like him or feel like doing what he does. From a world where no one understands or takes advantage of him to a world where he tries to develop a world he wants to , to where he actually learns, improves, understands and gets accepted; this story will not only move you but also give you a feel of belongingness to the protagonists.”

Plot of the book:-

“Once upon the tracks of Mumbai” is not only a story of babloo (Balwant Sriwastav) but also of Vandana and small countless stories of lives of middle class parents, Street Hunks like Sikandar, pampered and stupid brother of Babloo, i.e. Raghu and many other people like Railway Employees, Media Agency Boss and so on playing small roles in the story. While Babloo happens to be a neglected kid because of him suffering attention deficit order, autism, psychotism and so on. Parents never seem to understand his problem and keep hovering and feeling proud about their younger son who had not only graduated with good grades but also joined a job where he was supposedly going to earn more than his father’s income after years of employment at Railways.

In these circumstances, how Babloo finds a purpose for himself, how he confides into street junkie Sikandar about his love for Vandana, how he meets Rail Man and develops a purpose, how he ends up at a place where he is understood and he finally improves, develops, receives respect and recognition and also his parent’s love and apology.

The story is also about Vandana, the female lead who has big dreams like any other girl in the city of Mumbai which gets thrashed at the talk of Marriage which her parents decide for her. The story revolves around how she ends up making a new friend, developing trust for him, being proved wrong about existence of good men in this world and then coming across Rail Man and at the end when Babloo proposes her.

The story will also make you go through a series of happenings, events where parents meet for arranged marriage, gossipy neighbors, lustful boss, a street hunk who makes his way to gaining trust of girls by enacting and screws them, and so on.

There are some really funny, some really thoughtful and some really intense lines which will either make you ponder over and think about it taking your life as centre picture, or laugh or feel for it. The best part is when Raghu and Vandana meet and how Raghu behaves with her, it will make you laugh as much to fall down from your seat.

There is one silly mistake done by Author, where he shows Babloo and Vandana taking Virar Fast from Churchgate at peak hours to get down at Bandra. Not that it doesn’t stop there or something, however, any train commuter would think hundred times before stepping in Virar Fast if he has to get down at Bandra especially during peak hours, for we all know, how the commuters inside start hitting, hurling abuses or don’t let you get down till Mira Road or Dahisar if they get to know where you got to get down. (Statutory Warning for those who aren’t frequent at railways – Do not take Virar Fast in Peak Hours if you have to get down anywhere between Mumbai Central to Borivali).

Why this book should be read:-

This particular book should be read for the flow of story by Rishi Vohra. It makes you go along like as if a movie is being played, or your childhood circumstances are brushing you. Its a nice short read about the events which we have all been through. As Prahlad Kakkar (Ad Film Maker) rightly said, You’ll find of yourself in this book.

The language is simple while the story takes unexpected turns leaving the readers gripped to the book.

About the book:-

ISBN – 13-978-81-8495-305-3

Price – Rs. 175/- (Available at discounts if purchased online from sellers like Flipkart).

Publisher – Jaico Books

Ratings for the book:- 3.5/5

About the book:-

“Autistic, Schizophrenic, Psychotic…”

‘They use these words to describe Babloo – the doctors, his family, his teachers .. everyone .. except Vandana. She treats him the way he wants the world to see him.

Mumbai .. the city that defines his ultimate desires. Will it allow him the love and ‘normalcy’ he so craves?

Vandana .. yearns for a soul mate to rescue her from the confines of the Railway Colony they all live in. Is she looking in the right place?

RailMan .. fearless, real-life hero who succeeds in doing all that Babloo secretly wishes to do… is Babloo his inspiration or .. iis it the other way around?

A random twist of fate on Mumbai’s endless, serpent-like, jangling local train backs ties all these characters together in a complex weave of love, heartbreak and courage. Babloo draws the reader into his fascinating, heart-rending journey through the twisted, choked lanes of Mumbai, into an open space where he can finally exhale, be born again.

One of the coolest thing is to receive the book personally autographed by the Author :D

One of the coolest thing is to receive the book personally autographed by the Author 😀

About the Author:-

Rishi Vohra recently relocates back to Mumbai after completing a Green MBA from San Francisco State University and a Masters Diploma in Environmental Law, prior to which he has had a successful career in the Indian Entertainment industry.

Having been a guest columnist for various newspapers in India, he currently writes for delWine and is a Certified Specialist for Wine. This is his first novel.

For more information about the book, you can simply log on to http://rishivohra.com/


“Parents are like God because you wanna know they’re out there, and you want them to think well of you, but you really only call when you need something.” 
                                                       ― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

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Source: Google Images

It was a hard day, I returned home from work the same time my parents returned home from a wedding. I was exhausted sitting in front of the computer the whole day long, finalizing a report whereas my parents were exhausted with 2 day back to back functions followed by wedding and reception as it normally happens in any Indian Wedding. As soon as we entered house, my mom asked me if I had food and I said, I did not get time and went in the room to change. When I came out, I saw my father crashing to bed while my mom entered kitchen and started cooking for me, for she did not want me to sleep hungry. I asked her to go and sleep and that I will have chips, but she would not sleep before I ate a proper meal. Not that she waited till I finished my dinner, she even washed utensils, put all the clothes in a bucket, arranged clothes and saw if ironed clothes are there for tomorrow, did her usual chore for food that is to be prepared tomorrow and then went to sleep.

Such are moms, SuperMoms as my title reads, full of strength and full of love. Even if they would have had more work, had toiled more, would see to it that every member of family is adhered to and taken care of, and then will give herself rest. That night, I felt really bad but all I could do from next time after work to help her is, help in washing utensils at night, and I give up. There are days when I feel routine has consumed me, I feel gloomy and think there is no purpose to life, I yearn for innovation and then I see mom, doing same thing since years and yet not bored, always happy and cheerful, always active and even if she has fever, she would move about the way as if nothing has happened.

Yesterday evening when I checked my mail, I found a mail from Blogadda to write on “Tribute to Mom” as a part of Mother’s Day celebration. The starting lines read “We cannot have enough of Mother’s love! 24 hours are never enough to make our mothers feel special and express our gratitude.”, and these lines are so true. I took a night to think on what can I exactly write for her? About those days when Dad was hospitalized, she would stay in hospital and take care of her, go to office and see if the work gets done, see to it that I get proper food as my exams were on and pack lunch box for my sister, yet do it with such perfection and in the best of way as though nothing has really happened or about those days when I was in my primary school and was scared of lizards entering home, so she would stay awake with me at night so that I can study (Yes, I had a habit of night studies since 3rd grade or so) without fear. About those time when she would sacrifice her sweet or her favourite dish for her kids loved it a lot, to those days when financial situation was bleak and she will handle the house in the best possible way at the least amount of money. If I have to record what she does, from a Super Housemaker, to a BusinessWoman in need, to a learnt teacher, to a charismatic representative of the house; Moms are unbeatable.

Dictionary may fall short of the words to describe your greatness, as one of Sooraj Barjatiya movie had these lines, “Dharti pe roop ma-baap ka us vidhata ki pehchaan hai”, to those lines in a song from the movie Biwi No. 1, “O Sai Ram, Tujhse pehle lunga apne mummy daddy ka naam” and the epic, “Mere paas bangla hai, gaadi hai … etc etc etc …, Tumhare paas kya hai?; “Mere paas maa hai” dialogue, Moms have always been something, a normal synonym for greatness can’t describe.

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Source: Google Images

Happy Mother’s Day Mom 😀

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