A letter to the future me…

Dear Future Me,

Hey, you there. You. Yes, you. I am talking to you. I see your masks have become healthier than before. They are beaming with confidence. Exuberating radiance, that you lacked some six years ago. I was passing by your office two days ago, just then I found you hopping out of your car and frantically running towards the gate. You were late may be. Yes, I know some habits die hard.

It seems the masquerade is going on well. By the way, what happened to your plans of leaving civic society and moving to a hill station where nobody knows? Are you still on it? Or, the cosy armchair, the upholstered car seats and beds have made you a slave of the capitalist masters? You knew it from the beginning I guess, that you are a slave of materialistic pursuits and a narcissist massager of your own ego, ready to pounce on anything to salvage your ends. Look, your masks have helped you in this pursuit.

Do, you still cry on your living floor when our parents are out. Oh, I am sorry you moved out to achieve your dreams, leaving them behind. Still, do you cry like a child when your rival channel edges you out on TRPs? Don’t just smirk at me. I am not writing this to haunt you of your hostel days, where you found the bubble burst within just days of initiating your adventure. But with a hope that these words would hold a mirror in front of you reflecting the monster that you are, and your idealized visions that you spun in hour eyes some six years ago.

You always wanted a secluded life, away from the din and bustle of the city. A community where people do not run. A place where people have the time for each other to get down from a bike and talk for five minutes rather than putting up a fake sophisticated “Hii”, with an equally artificial smile. You wanted to know people by chatting with them, may be by sitting under a banyan tree with an earthen cup of tea in your hand and indulging into their deeper recesses of mind, by accessing their myriad of experiences by making them talk about them. Yes, you have been doing the same things just in a very professional way. A pen camera has become your aide, in digging up things secretively and bringing them up to public eye. People trust you easily, therefore they let you in their private spaces and what you do, you make business out of that. You ride your luxury car by decimating people’s trust, their expectations and belief.

You hated to go to parties, remember? You didn’t even attend your freshers, because you thought reading again Kafka’s Metamorphosis is better than immersing oneself in booze and psychedelic lights. Now, it has become customary to attend weekend parties, where you drink up to the neck and dance with other’s wives. But you have been a lecher since school, so it’s nothing new to you. Do you read books, nowadays? Or watch some movies just for the sake of watching it, and not to find out any controversy that can feed you with more viewership? I know you want to throw this letter away, right now and again bury yourself in one of those work files. But, try to finish it. It can act as a photograph of your distant aspirations, as now you don’t look back. Only the next milestone beckons you.

You hated to work at home. Do you take your ppts to your bedroom now, or leave them at your office desk? What about your childhood buddies? Do you remember their birthdays? Care to give them a call once in a while. I know you are in touch with your sound designer friend, that is good. At least you get rid of that mask for some time when you are with him. But what is there behind that mask? Or has the mask itself has become your face? I dread the second possibility, if it is true. I know you will touch your face now to feel the softness of your skin and again be assured that you are not wearing any mask, and the allegation is false, just to pacify yourself that everything is alright.

Get out of that bubble. Burst it down, even if it means to lose your armchair in office, for which you have toiled your brain and brawn, day and night. I know you cried when you did not feature on the best writers podium in your undergraduate days, but you did not lose that sensitivity which edged you from others. That cannot get lost. Remember your favourite that all you need is a bed and four square meals a day. Why do you remain perennially irritated with yourself, and why is that your joys last for only a day, even if that comes from achieving the prestigious award that you craved right from the day you walked into your chamber? Try to stand in front of the mirror once again, just as you used to do when you over-burdened yourself with unnecessary work that did not appeal to your aesthetics and you still had to do because of the tyrannous professor. You refrained from doing them or even if you did, it would lack your hallmark. Question yourself, did you pursue your passion only to be dominated by some stupid numbers. You believed in art for art sake. You did not care if the mass did not like your poetry or thoughts, because you believed that self-enjoyment is the sole purpose of any creative exercise.

Tear down that mask and set free yourself of the inhibitions that shackle you. You are the Rintrah of Blake’s universe who is an eternal rebel shaking fire into the burdened air. Step out of those Alberto Torresi formals and step into those hawais that have gathered the dust of neglect. Live out of that bow, which tries to strangle that vibrant soul and wear an old loose jersey, once your favourite and now lost in one of the lower trays of your wardrobe. Start ransacking the ordinary for, therein lies the extra-ordinary. Everything is not lost, as that child in you comes out everytime Madrid wins a match. Underlying that mask there still remains a caring husband who makes it a point to drop her off to office every morning.

Hope I have been able to cheer you up again and has persuaded you enough to follow your nascent dreams and not the plastic ones manufactured by the proneness to adhere the common wisdom of the world.

Yours lovingly,

Left back self

Aadhar mandatory for death registration post October 1

The Union Government has mandated that starting October 1, the aadhar number of the expired person is mandatory to register his death at both burning ghats and graveyards. The states of Kashmir, Meghalaya and Assam have been barred from the notification and a separate date will be notified to them later.

If the person, does not possess an aadhar then a separate certificate will be produced at the spot of registration, stating that the person deceased lacks an aadhar number as to the best of his or her knowledge. Any false declaration will be treated as an offense according to the guidelines of the Aadhaar Act, 2016 and Registration of Birth and Death Act, 1967.

All departments regarding birth and death registration of state governments along with union territories have been notified.

This is implemented to ensure that identity fraud is minimized, as per the statement released by Registrar General of India. It is also hoped that it will increase accuracy of information and faster dealings in that event of crisis for the family.

The State Governments must revert back to the Centre, within September 1, updating their state of preparedness to embrace the new system.

News Source: Hindu, Times of India

Image Source: UDAI website

SC quashes Congress plea to disallow NOTA to three RS seats in Gujarat

Supreme Court bench comprising of Justices Dipak Misra, Amitava Roy and A.M. Khanwilkar decided to freeze Congress’ plea to abolish None of the Above (NOTA) from the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections. NOTA will continue to feature as an option on the ballot paper, which was introduced by Election Commission (EC) in 2014.

Senior advocate, Kapil Sabil, argued that NOTA will foment to be a recipe for corruption, and it was the court’s responsibility to stop the rot at the stems. He raised the concern that MLAs might cross vote once again, throwing party directives to thin air or invalidate their vote by exercising NOTA.

Closely observing Sibal’s apprehensions, Justice Roy asked Sibal whether Congress is already forecasting a defeat.

The bench also argued that NOTA has been in place since Jan 26, 2014 and it didn’t understand why Congress is filing a petition at the 11th hour.

Although the BJP has supported Congress’ claims regarding NOTA, they have maintained a strategic silence in SC on the issue.

Rajya Sabha elections are due on August 8, with ten seats up for grabs; one from Madhya Pradesh, three from Gujarat, and six from West Bengal.

SOURCES: THE HINDU, TOI

IMAGE CAPTION: ELECTION COMMISSION

Australian foreign minister opposes Beijing’s activities in South China Sea

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop is in New Delhi and amidst tense border situation near Doklam plateau in Sikkim, Bishop pricked another volatile international issue concerning water boundaries when she confirmed that Australia believes in free navigation for trade to prosper and her country does not support Beijing’s unlawful construction of artificial reefs and new military bases throughout the disputed region of the South China sea.

 “We continue to oppose the construction of artificial reefs and militarisation of those structures in the South China Sea,” the visiting minister said.

 She emphasized that it would be in the best interests of all parties concerned to engage in dialogue with Beijing, and one should also consider that while China should show more restrain, it will be unfair to impose any sanction which could hurt China’s economic interests.

 Bishop said that Australia continues to support India’s claim in the UN security council to reflect “contemporary realities” and also wished to strengthen the Indian Ocean Rim Association forum calling for a maritime exercise involving India, Australia and other Asia-Pacific countries.

 India and Australia have also signed a nuclear co-operation agreement where India can import Uranium from Australia to feed its ever-increasing energy requirements.

News Source: Hindustan Times, Skynews

Image Source: PTI

Venkaiya grabs NDA’s nomination for Vice President

Current Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Venkaiya Naidu has been nominated for being the Vice-President By BJP. On expected lines, the nomination has been supported by NDA as well.

The official announcement was made by Party President Amit Shah at BJP headquarters in Delhi. He laid emphasis on the long career and the illustrious posts that he has held over the years within the government as well as party organization. “Across party lines, Venkaiahji is one of the senior most leaders in the country,” Mr. Shah said.

Shortly after the announcement, Naidu resigned from being a Union minister.

According to The Hindu, the veteran minister had some reservations about going to political exile, as he still remains a live wire in politics and a close confidante of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

It is believed that Modi had a formal meeting with Naidu where he convinced him that although it is a constitutional post, he would still head the Upper House. The NDA does not have the numbers at the Rajya Sabha, so having a Chairperson from their camp is likely to smoothen out the legislative agenda that the government plans to undertake in the next two years and thereafter.

Naidu is all set to file his nomination papers on Tuesday.

Sources: The Hindu, Firstpost

Image Source: Zee News

India women cricketers crush New Zealand to seal semi-final berth

A sublime ton from captain Mithali Raj backed by a terrific bowling show by R Gayakwad bundled the Kiwis for a meagre 79 after the Indians put up a daunting total of 265/7 in 50 overs, at Derby on Saturday.

Suzie Bates won the toss and put the Indians to bat in a virtual quarter-final. India lost Punam Raut and Smriti Mandhana cheaply, before skipper Raj took control of proceedings in the middle building two century partnerships along with Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy to take India to a dominating total.

Raj was hitting the ball cleanly and belted out some drives through the covers. Running between the wickets became secondary as both Raj and Kaur was finding the fielders, which had kept the run rate at four till the 30th over. The onslaught began from the 43rd over when Krishnamurthy hit Amelia Kerr for two boundaries finally halting at 265.

Wickets kept tumbling from the start of their innings when Bates edged to first slip, while flicking Shikha Pandey. Jhulan Goswami on the last ball of her second over sent back R Priest, completing an easy caught and bowled. Satterthwaite and Devine chose to stem the rot and as a result the asking result climbed to 6.51 after just 17 overs.

Gayakwad bowled tight lengths and Devine was caught at covers by Deepti, when she tried to slice a wide delivery, after three consecutive dots. New Zealand surrendered helplessly to Gayakwad as she spun her way to her career best of 15-5.

 

Sources: ESPN, Cricbuzz

Image Source: Getty/ICC

 

Muguruza crushes Venus Williams to lift maiden Wimbledon title

Spanish international Garbine Muguruza brushed aside Venus Williams to register a 7-5 6-0 straight set victory, over the five-time champion at the Centre Court in the All England Tennis Club, on Saturday.

Muguruza won the last nine games, on her way to deny the 37-year old a grand slam in nine years. It is her second major title and coincidentally both have come against the Williams sisters, as she defeated Serena Williams in the French Open final in 2016.

The first 40 minutes was a breakneck affair as it was impossible to separate the two finalists, with Venus leading the charge 5-4. She failed to convert two set points and ultimately did not secure a single game after that.

Once again the proverb, ‘morning shows the day’ was tossed in the wind as Williams started with an ace and Muguruza with a double fault.

Williams’ forehand had completely gone haywire, as she committed four errors in a row and handed Muguruza with a break at 6-5. The Spaniard rifled a backhand lob to finally secure the set.

Williams dropped serve at the start of second set and her movement across the court was agonizingly slow compared to the quick-fire Muguruza who went for placement.

Exhaustion took the better of Williams when her serve whimpered at 80 miles an hour. A complete breakdown and a butchered forehand volley crashed at the nets that handed Muguruza with another break to go up 4-0.

Muguruza went down to the grass when she finally converted the third match point on serve, completing the demolition of Williams.

Sources: BBC, Guardian  

Image Source: EPA