A Day to Cheer !!

India, our nation, our motherland turns 60 as a republic today.. a day to cheer indeed.. a day to celebrate our democracy.. a day to celebrate our right to vote, right to contest in elections and all the fundamental and civil rights..
But do we actually exercise our rights, espacially the right to vote??
Many of us, specially the youth, think it is useless to vote.
We regard the election day as a day to lie some more time on the bed.. a public hoiday.. nothing more..
We actually compalain everytime we see something wrong going on in the society. We think it is someone else’s job to clean all the mess we create.. but what we dont realise that our vote is the first step towards bringing about that change.. We are the ones who let the wrong people win by not voting.
Most of us think the whole process would be a pain in the neck.. while actually its very easy.. even changing your constituency..say from the place you studied to the place you live or work..
You must have seen the ad on TV where a guy repeatedly offers someone tea.. saying that the person is still asleep.. yeah that ad is a part of “jaagore” campaign, supporte
d by Tata Tea and Janagrah..

Just checkout the website http://www.jaagore.com. The simple steps you need to carry out to get yourself registered in your area’s electoral roll.. and to get the voter id card.. are explained there.. just like a complete idiot’s guide to vote !! :P
It also tries to elliminate some very common myths regarding the process of voting.. and the best part is
 they notify you of the status of your application through sms.
I really appreciate the efforts of this guy Raj(yeah.. the same guy you see in the ad) for initiating this campaign.. he’s the live example of the fact that one young guy can bring about a change..
Moreover we’re living in shadow of terror.. courtsy our beloved neighbour.. the factory of terror..
The economic crisis is on its peak..
The nation is calling..
the question is will the youth respond to it !!

The Black Friday

It was one week back when my luck was so brutal on me for the second time.
The first was when i went with my friends to the cultural-sports fest of VIT (Vellore) called Riviera. Now me being a kind of person who is as far from sports as our politicians talking/doing something sensible.. and also being a comp sci student in an engineering institute which only 3 kinds of people in this world term as a good institue – those who aspire to crack IIT-JEE / AIEEE, those who used to roam in the campus as students some years back and think that having a boss is worst thing in life and the third category being the ones who have only heard about this institute.. what the heck was i doing in a cultural-sports fest.. well they say the grass is always “greener” in the other institute.. but in this case it was indeed “green”. :P
Apart from that i am one among a bunch of individuals (whom some people think as morons) who still have some love/regard left for hindi.. and we do organise a host of interesting events called hindi lits.
Ya.. so my institute is in a city where finding hindi speaking lot is a rare phenomena (many of my relatives think this place as a kinda alien-land). And u can well guess that showing bollywood movies (that too in hindi) is a rarer phenomena here. So we were overwhelmed by the idea of watching a hindi movie in theatre when we heard of a cinema hall screening a hindi movie.. clueless about the torture that awaited us in the form of a movie called “Raama raama kya hai ye drama“… wait.. did you say u’ve heard the name?? Anyways don’t ever dare to watch it..
First of all the interiors and the exteririors of the hall were enough to tell us that India is still far from being called a developed country. Then the movie itself was made as if it were a conspiracy against the bunch of fools who dared to go to theatre to watch it.. i was somehow getting a feeling that the crew of the movie would suddenly show up with a bunch of bakra caps and tell us that it was actually an “MTV fully faltu spoof” of an already nonsense movie.. But to our grief, no one showed up..
Anyways even after trying harder than a farmer ploughing a dry farm, we just couldn’t bear the movie more than 45 minutes and started the balme game like the political parties after a calamity, blaming each other for this torture.
So where was i?? yea.. the second time.. It was a friday..the Black Friday.
I was roaming around in the market of Trichy for some rare shopping. That was when i saw the posters of “Chandni Chowk to China” on a crossroad.. ah well yes i said exactly what you read. What i didn’t know was that there was a whole cinema hall with the poster (at the back to be precise).
In the evening my frinds also came to the market. We were sitting in a restaurant, when some guy from my intitute only came and told us the CC2C was being screened at Megastar Theatre in Trichy. So the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ inside me started juming to tell me that it must be the same building behind that poster.. and it indeed was.
So quickly we made a plan to go for it.
From the trailers, the movie seemed decent enough. Niether did we have a slightest idea of what our destiny was about to present us, nor did we want to miss a chance of watching a hindi movie n theatre in Trichy.
Well we went for the 10:15 show (yea right.. i said 10:15).. Here you dont get seat numbers with ticket. So only the last five rows in the whole theatre were occupied. 80 % of the crowd was from my insti.. the only others bieng some 3-4 north indian families who were.. i suppose brutally embaressed by the comments of the insti junta. For me.. those comments were the only fun part in the whole process.
Those have suffered the same inhuman torture can empathise with us. Yes i had that traumatic experiece for the Second time in Tamil Nadu.. so much that i fear the name of any Cinema Hall in Tamil Nadu.. so much that i couldn’t dare to go for the Movie “Raaz.. the mystery continues” which was released yesterday.
Well the only good thing is that the theatres here in Trichy have started screening Bollywood movies(in Hindi).