Monthly Archives: October 2009

Ode to De Mestral

 

Fickle human relationships,

like velcro bonds,so strange,

Easily attached, detached and re-arranged

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The still of the night

© yours truly

The lonely passage

© Yours truly

Fetch Shera, Fetch!

 In the midst of the huge clusterfuck that the Delhi commonwealth games are promising to be, it seems all of us have forgotten a very important participant. The Mascot. The mascot of each games is the figurehead, the symbol of each games. Its responsibilities include motivating the hoards to actually do something to telling kids to stay in school and lay off the drugs. Mascots have been used to ferry athletes ( With disastrous consequences) and try to keep the blood thirsty mob entertained when the action gets too slow for their liking. Its ripe time, I suppose, to introduce you to the mascot for the 2010 Delhi games, Shera!
The makers of this cartoon had never heard of He-man
No not her but did they not know about He-Man?
Hes saying You gotta be kidding! He’s saying You gotta be kidding!

 The organising comittee guys dont think a lot, so they chose the obvious, A tiger and clad him in slumdog millionaire chaddi baniyan.  For the want of a proper budget they got a 5th grader to draw him and they gave him the most common name, for a dog. Whats more, he looks like he is flipping everyone off.

Here’s what the official release has to say ( Words in italic are mine):

As the true representative of India, Shera embodies values that the nation is proud of: majesty, courage, power and grace (while wearing rupa ki banian and lux ka underwear). He is also a reminder of the fragile environment he lives in(But yet acts cocky, flipping everyone off). He is the most visible face of the Delhi 2010, its key icon( Did you see that pedosmile? and those leering eyes?), and exhorts all citizens of India – young and old – to ‘Come Out and Play(A semi naked tiger is calling you out to play, dont you wanna join?),’ to participate proactively in making the Games a huge success( He is going to build the stadium by himself, while the IOC is busy mud wrestling).

Does anyone notice this tiger is baniyan is shrinking? Plus he looks famished, when was the last time he ate?

I’ll sign out leaving you with this video of our mascot.

 

 

 

The govt launched an austerity drive, it needs your paycheck!

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The gold chairs are spared though!

No ‘vulgar’ salaries to CEOs, Khurshid tells India Inc

Ok, so now the government is looking down on the fat pay packets that corporate leaders get for their hard work.  We are told this is as part of the “austerity drive” as we are a poor country and we must live like we are supposed to, in poverty.  I would like to point out a some interesting factors which would shed more light on why the governments stand is ludicrous to say the least :

1)     Companies are private concerns they can pay their leaders as much as they want with the consent of the shareholders and as much as they can afford ( you cannot pay your CEO if you are not making a profit!) .  In the case of publically listed firms again these decisions rest upon the directors and eventually on the shareholders.  Let us compare this scene with that club that Mr Khurshid belongs to – Parliament. As you know all members of parliament draw salaries from the government which in turn takes the money out of a box called the exchequer and hands out fat cheques to these guys. The members of this exclusive club fly for free; pay nothing for telephone, fuel, electricity, railway tickets and the whole shebang. Heck! They even get huge houses for them to stay in or conveniently rent out  and pocket the money. Who pays for all this? The government which in turn takes the money out of a box called the exchequer and hands it to these guys.  Now all the members of this club are no paupers, they have spent big money to get here in the first place and almost all of them have successful businesses to provide them all the luxuries in life. ( except this family, who buys them the Beemers and shit?)

With so much flowing out of the bank, the government must be run dry, right? Wrong,  the exchequer is always flowing up to the brim, being stocked up with the blood and sweat of Indias earning population, You!  We pay the taxes which pay for the excesses of this club, did they ask you before they hiked THEIR OWN salaries?

2)     Listen to this “…particularly we are trying to promote, inculcate a culture of austerity.”

How? By refusing to fly economy? Or flying economy while your security and cars are shipped by another plane? 

3)     If there are curbs on spending they should be on the spending from the government, stop showing us those stupid ads featuring you, don’t waste money on elections (ads by the ruling party for the forthcoming Haryana elections can already be heard , on Delhi FM channels!) You really don’t need to go to Switzerland to study waste disposal systems! learn like all corporate monkeys do. Google shit!

4)     Businesses earn a majority of the taxes that keep this nation running, by discouraging them to pay and motivate their employees you are in effect killing the goose that lays the golden egg.

5)     Simple economics: Spending wealth creates more wealth. Funny we have forgotten this even with an economist at the helm.

6)     China’s leadership preached “ to be rich is glorious” in the 80’s and look where they are now, we on the other hand are taking the retrograde  approach  namely “ India is a poor country and since we have not done anything for the betterment of the poor , we are scared they might rebel. To prevent such a scenario , why not make everyone poor?”

Genius, epic genius!

I await the day when we rise above this vote bank politics and when politicians actually do something other than profess change, for a change!

For further reading I highly reccomend the wikipedia page for “Austerity” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austerity, its time our nation formed an opinion.