– Like the Raymonds factory in Thane is finally closed down. Workers will get between 16 lakhs to 22 Lakhs as compensation. The political leaders are now fighting for their dues. Jitendra Awhad, Jitendra Joshi and Pratap Sarnaik. Awhad is spitting fire while Sarnaik is moving ahead.
– Like I wonder if anybody is worried about factories moving out of the city.
– Like I feel irritated when I hold the newspaper in hand. Many newspapers have ‘cut page’ or half a page as the front page that makes holding it difficult. And some others have full page advertisement on the first page and not the news! Greater importance to advertisements than news!!
– Like the when I switch on the TV in the morning I have a similar feeling. Almost all channels show ‘Teleshopping.’ I wonder who has shopping on their mind at 7 am.
– Like I am afraid that some huge air traffic accident is just waiting to happen at Mumbai Airport. And I hope that, notwithstanding the collective negligence of authorities, my words will not come true.
– Like Diya Mirza was asked to choose between Air India and Indian Railways [See ‘Brunch’] and she made her choice – Indian Railways! I agree with her, so will many others. It is sad to see JRD Tata’s great organisation is perceived to be worse than Lalu Prasad’s.
– Like I am tired of Marathi Manoos stance, and Shivaji stories in media. They now suffer from overdose. Maharashtra has produced some all time greats like Tilak, Agarkar, Gokhale, Phule, Baba Amte, CD Deshmukh to name a few. Why not talk about them?
– And I am also tired of Gandhiji stories. Will the media ever give due respect to Sardar Patel?
– Like MPCC President Manikrao Thakre’s remark [regarding sending money to Delhi] picked up by electronic media created furore. Just imagine what will happen if the media picks up viewers’ remarks when they see the Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, Narayan Rane, and Sharad Pawar on TV. The viewership will exceed ‘Three Idiots.’
– Like CWG are over, but Kalmadi hounding has started. He is not invited to events where he should have been normally invited. I am now having greater sympathy for Kalmadi. I think Kalmadi and Kasab share a common factor – being held guilty before trial. The difference is that those who are calling Kalmadi guilty are of the same feather!
– Like India-Pakistan dialogue on Kashmir must be the longest ever inconclusive talks [nothing can be more ridiculous than to call them ‘dialogue’] in the world. I wonder what the parties discuss whenever they meet.
-And finally, bole to, Kashmir, Kasab, Kalmadi…….’K’ word may be good for Ekta Kapoor, but not for India! [You are an exception, Katrina!!]
Lovely read sir ! Well woven with the punch, humour and distraught that all of us feel.
I have stopped reading the TOI for it was just way too much of this. Only to discover that others are playing catch up. But they are not yet there, and until then, newspaper reading survives. One day, i am sure, i will stop.
There are a whole heap of people who not much of credit is given. Nothing is talked of. That seems to be the nature of the beast.
I didnt realise that i share something so personal with Katrina. Oops, that also makes me close to Kasab and Kalmadi..! Now now.., lets end the discussion here !
awesome piece sir…
and very unlike the normal flow of your posts..
Really sad, you know I did my block placement in my MILS days at Raymond, I learnt the importance of a personnel guy (sorry in todays world he is HR professional!!)knowing shopl floor processes, this unit has created some kind of history on BIR Act, by changing the status of a recognized Union, all will be forgotten and will become a part of history. Mills are going, Malls are coming up for "Shopping Experience" with young collegians moving around on Mobiles, this is all false sense of well being. Very sad, I am nostalgic, but thats all I can do.
Superb post Sir! I second your feelings on every count.