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Takes getting used to: you’re just a fan!

Mr. Bachchan laments that his congratulatory SMS to MS Dhoni did not elicit a response. What cheek! How could you, MSD?
Did you sign the message, Mr. Bachchan? Was it clear to MSD that it came from the one and only, star of the millenium, Amar Singh’s brother, Aishwarya’s father in law?
Maybe MSD carries a cheap cellphone that accommodates only 500 addresses in its memory? And, Mr. Bachchan came into MSD’s life relatively recently? Like “would have been the 501st”, but what to do?  Now, if his cellphone did not tell him that it was you, how would he even know? You think he opens all SMSs like we mere mortals do? 

That brings me to MS Gill. The outgoing Sports Minister who is upset that Dhoni and Harbhajan (another serial offender of various offences), thought so little of the Padma Awards that they did not turn up to collect them in person. All the folks who were looking forward to getting autographs and photographs, were disappointed. Rumour is, MSG gallantly offered to fill up for MSD (signing autographs), but there were no takers.

Mr. B: sometimes in life, you are the pigeon and sometimes the statue. All your life you have been the pigeon. Getting fan-mail by the thousands. Responding to tens. The roles are reversed here; you are just a fan!
Mr. Gill: Listening to you, one would think, the cricketers were criminals and needed to be forcibly brought in to the awards ceremony. Doesn’t the Sports Minister of this country have anything better to do? How exactly will these awards improve the condition of sports and sportsmen in the country? And, why must an awardee have to accept the awards in person?
A periodic meeting with the electorate has wonderful curative property for delusions of grandeur. You are, alas, denied the chance to cleanse your sins.

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Bigger or better? In love and politics

Seth Godin is perhaps the most read author on business and marketing today. He blogs at http://sethgodin.typepad.com. Direct and simple and always making you think.

In his last post (Infinity- they keep making more of it), Seth talks about how most businesses are better off focusing on getting better (improving their products, processes, customer centricity..) rather than focus on getting bigger. How, in our quest to expand our market, sell to more customers and gain exposure to as many people as possible, we end up becoming all things to all people, losing the “edge” that gained us a loyal following initially.

This has parallels in our personal lives as well. How much time do we spend in deepening the existing bonds and cementing our current relationships? Do we make time for our family as often as we possibly can? Do we spend time with friends, pursuing common hobbies and interests?

One loving wife? Or many girlfriends to love?
None of our politicians are getting better; they are all getting bigger. Their “open-ness” to forming alliances with just about anyone has meant that we have now the marxists breaking bread with Mayawati and Jayalalitha. However, all alliances are temporary and will last only till the election results are declared. There are only a limited number of certainties in this election: about the politicians who will not work together, ever, come what may. These unlikely pairings include:

Mayawati and Mulayam, Mamata and CPM, Congress and BJP, Karat and Manmohan Singh.
Most other pairings are possible.
Notice, dear voter, how transient is their love for even those they have been in a formal alliance for more than 4 years? Laloo and Congress is a case in point. Or Naveen and BJP.

Dear citizen, are you being loved or being used?

Sandeep Dikshit promises better sanitation in E Delhi – Delhi – Cities – The Times of India

What is stopping him? He is the sitting MP.

The pavement outside our housing society is piled high with sewage; and, no, I am not letting on where this picture was taken! I swear this is in East Delhi and I do not live in a unauthorized JJ colony. Perhaps I would be better off if I did.

Three days back, MCD guys showed up, opened the covered sewage nullah and dug up all the solid filth and dumped all on the pavement. That’s where the filth lies, being baked in the sun and ensuring we risk our lives walking on the busy road.

Since the garbage truck is yet to turn up to remove the filth, I can only assume one of the following:

– We are about to be blessed by Sandeep Dikshit, in person. Accompanied by a posse of sweepers and party workers. Showing us, that here’s a leader who promises, AND delivers.

– This is going to have to wait; till the elections are over lest Sandeep violates the model code of conduct in some way. Scary, because, after that he won’t care either way, will he?

– They have faith in unseasonal rains washing away the filth: possible, since the nullahs have been  helpfully left uncovered.

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