Monthly Archives: November 2011

Flash Mob – Happiness Guaranteed.

Kam karo aisa ke pehchan ban jaye
Har kadam aisa chalo ke nishan ban jaye
Yaha zindegi to sabhi kat lete hain
Zindegi jiyo aisi ke misal ban jaye

And Mumbai CST is the perfect example. All thanks to Shonan Kothari for organizing an event like this, to organize India’s first ever flash mob. Initiatives are the most difficult task to undertake and to make 200 people dance at Mumbai Railway station is a difficult task. So this blog post is dedicated to Flash Mob. 

flash mob is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and sometimes seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, or artistic expression.

So why this Flash Mob? I’ve never seen a video like this on Youtube, without any purpose of advertising or publicity but with a purpose of “Publicizing” Happiness, spreading happiness. Many question that, “Dancing just after the 3rd anniversary of 26/11 attacks, is it justified?” To which many answer, “To Show that we Indians are one” But actually, the flash mob has no relation whatsoever with the 26/11 attacks. It was solely meant to spread happiness.
Strange thing na; when people gather to fight, a whole lot of Drama is produced which we like to watch and when people gather to spread happiness – People question.
Nobody questioned the planning of the same 26/11 attack by Kasab and co. Even if it was questioned, nobody voiced their opinion. Strange thing na; People question here that since the choreography for this Flash mob was done before hand, it isn’t really a FLASH mob.
Talking of Mumbai or even Kolkata, when everyday the signals are clogged with cars, which adds the “Teekha” Spice to our life and a large credit goes to the police. Nobody blames it for hectic lifestyle. Strange thing na; Just 200 people gathered somewhere and people found it disturbing.

It is not strange because we have learnt and been taught to live like this. Live in the midst of problems, issues and “Drama”. It is like, we can’t take Happiness. Approach the head of any office that you see on the street, tell him a joke and he will not laugh. He will turn you out, and you are lucky if you’re not getting kicked.
And so these were my views. Cheers people like this in India who spend so much time, effort and money in creating collective art to make other people happy with only YouTube views as return on time/money invested. Cheers with glasses full of Miranda – “Pagalpanti bhi zaroori hain”

Quotey Quote –
Wherever and Whenever you play the dhol in Punjab, it’s a flashmob my friend. Haha! 😛

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The ‘unfamiliar’ Bane – Social Networking

Participated in the HP Lohia Memorial Debate at Abhinav Bharati High School. Was adjudged the best speaker there. The topic on fire was “Social Networking is a boon” Believe me or not, I was against the topic. When I was asked to take up the “against” side, for me it was very difficult to gulp down the fact that I’ll be debating against something which I love the most. But ultimately, Jo hota hain bhale ke liye hota hain. Here’s the speech.

Name – Chetan Kejriwal
DOB – 15th May 1996
Relationship Status – Its Complicated
Website – chetankejriwal.wordpress.com

You must be wondering what kind of start is this? Well this has been the very fashion in which people meet today. No. Mistake. The very fashion in which people virtually meet today.

Good morning respected Chairperson Sir, members of the jury, members of the audience and my worthy opponents. I stand here today opposing the motion which says “Social Networking is a boon”.

As you see here, the motion has been set such to get rebutted, so that we may say, “Social Networking is a bane” and not the Social Network itself. Of course Mark Zuckenberg did not create Facebook to make people waste their time. He created it for the ease of remembering telephone numbers and addresses of people you are acquainted to. Of course people join Facebook today so that they don’t have to call or visit them.
My worthy opponents, I use Facebook doesn’t mean it is a boon for me. Well,  I even munch on Junk foods a lot, please if you can convince my mom that it is too a boon. Just because the social networking is my entertainment from morning to night, it cannot be termed as a boon. It is not a boon, it is addiction rather. Addiction, which continuously keeps you glued to your computer. Social Networks have been made the biggest playground by us, defying the green grasses that are left to dry. In simple terms, we have grown to grow lazy. The extent of outdoor physical activity has declined among us, the school going children, the school going teenagers. You may say, it is not because of Social Networking, your teacher gives you half a mark, you say the there is no declination you get a negative marking buddy.
Social Networking is not only diverting us from being active, but also from our studies. There are no two ways about it. During exams, you pass on 4 updates. One about the exam, the next about the chapters being so lengthy and you even worry you’ve not completed your syllabus on the site. So my worthy opponents, you feel it isn’t the case then, two things
1) I am still a student.
2) I do play Hide and Seek.
Whats more surprising is the adults do social networking more than the children do. It surely helps them in marketing but from when did Self-Glamour come to be termed as Social Networking? Something similar is the case with teenagers. Being on any social networking site is cool, using it is cooler. If that isn’t the case, why did we envy the ones on Google Plus who joined it before we did it.
Social Networking is leaving negative impacts on the society. Social networking is slowly taking over face-to-face communication, as people prefer expressing themselves online. Communication has become rapid, but at the cost of personal interaction.
My worthy opponents, not only you should learn from your past mistakes you should also learn from others’ as well. As you are here saying Social Networking is a boon, Shashi Tharoor also used to say the same before the last IPL. Well, he got his blessings just perfectly.
We are destroying our social life with our own hands. Technology has mastered us. We have become the slaves of social networking. We are no longer independent in this dictatorship of social networking.
Ok, that was it from my side. Now my worthy opponents, you may happily tweet, “Trying to pick up the fallen motion at Abhinav Bharati” or ask your so called friends on Facebook on how to pick up this fallen motion.  The choice is yours. And the choice before the house is whether to continue as an addict or as a wise person.

So, that was my speech. But I would say, it was incomplete. Because debating is about instant reactions and the reactions from my side has just been heard, it is not on paper anywhere. The best debating experience ever. It was ultimate fun.
The icing on the cake was when everybody came to congratulate. Even at school, Principal Mam was very happy.
She then asked, “You know who HP Lohia was?” I said no. She said, “A student of Birla High School”
Pride had doubled up. A student of Birla High School in memorial of whom the debate was organised and that too in some other school altogether – Awesome.

A proud Birla High School student. Cheers! Go BHS!

Why this Kolaveri Jee?

After “Melody itni Choclaty kyo hai?” and “Hum Chloromint kyo khate hai?” , “Why this Kolaveri Di?” is the new question faced by the Indian Viewers. The word Kolaveri di in tamil, literary means Murderous rage, girl.
All started with just a mere youtube video, which got viral over the social media. The nation’s not asking a question, they’re rejoicing – Why this Kolaveri, Kolaveri, Kolaveri Di!
But this recent event of Sharad Pawar being slapped has made me ask, Why this Kolaveri Jee? (Why this Murderous rage sir?) This is not the first occasion when an incident like this has taken place. We all know the trends and popularity of shoeing or shoe throwing in India. People say, this act has no place in Democracy. And thus, I ask this question to Harvinder Singh and his colleagues who’ve taken action previously, I ask them Why this Kolaveri Jee?

Politicians are ducking flying footwear in India. Officials are beefing up security, even asking supporters to go barefoot. Okay now, feel the warmth the palm provides.

These missiles of malcontent have left politicians on edge and prompted inquiring minds to ponder: Why can’t journalists aim better? Do they get their shoes back? And is this so endemic that shoe hurling will become a required subject at journalism schools? Even as some throw shoes, responded a blogger, millions of Indians are too poor to own or wear shoes. “Appeal [to] these leaders to create some job opportunities in your country so we can get jobs and earn some money to buy shoes,” the SiliconIndia.com commentator wrote.

Taking the cue, the leaders have not been able to create job opportunities, shoe prices have risen. Throwing it and the cost of not getting it back is a big hit to the common man. And thus, Wham! Here comes the slap.
Not only shoe prices, but there has been inflation in each and every area. You may have given Job Opportunities, but added you give a long list of taxes. The salary gets reduced to pocket money.
Farmers dying, opting for suicide over crop seeds, common man only in hope to get selected for Crorepati season 6, common man left for the dust of footpath, left jobless. You talk about democracy right? Let’s see who gets punished faster-Kasab for killing civilians or Harvinder Singh for slapping Sharad Pawar. Talk democracy now.
A congress meeting to soon sit together. The ministers discuss how to save themselves from slaps and shoes. And they better do this, if they can’t meet our demands. Just wondering if a kick could have been better than the slap.

Slap Song: 

Shoe Away, Politicians:

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