The Funeral

People are born, they engage in something called life for sometime before they give in to the inevitable, which is death. Sometime’s death comes early, sometimes it comes at an appropriate time and if you’re really unlucky it comes far too late when all love for life has been seeped out of you and you can’t wait to breathe your last. It’s a real tragedy that but it happens and there’s nothing we can do to prevent it.

The life cycle of living beings is one of the many things we have no control over but the life cycle of inanimate objects that we’ve created ourselves can be controlled. It can be created at a whim and then destroyed before seeing our love for it diminish and get labored. Unfortunately, one such object has today reached the end of its cycle; welcome to its funeral. The object being this blog, TheEmbarrassment.

It was June 26, 2011 when I created this blog with the sole intention of keeping myself occupied rather than thinking about the morose happenings of life. It was a delicate moment and I needed a means of escape. TheEmbarrassment was the panacea then and I’m glad to say that at the end of it all it has brought a lot of joy to me. It helped me reestablish connections with old friends and make a lot of new ones. I got readers, followers, admirers and it was all fantastic.

                              Happy times: Seen on a strangers phone

Now, 200 subscribers and over 75,000 hits later I think the time has come to pull the plug on this. I want to write, I long to do it more than ever but I want to do something in a niche very different to what this blog was intended for. The motivation to do this no longer exists and I’d rather not have this dragged on forever. Perhaps I’ll do another blog or write for some other publication but for TheEmbarrassment, the time has come.

For now, I won’t be deleting the website as it is. I think it deserves to stay on the interweb for a while longer. I would like to thank you all for reading and being a part of this incredible journey. Goodbye and God bless!

India and Independence

Indian Flag

On this day 64 years ago, Indians announced their freedom to the world. Freedom fighters and political leaders climbed roof tops and announced to the world the birth of a new India. This India was supposed to be different from what any country was or was supposed to be. This India was to be built on the ideals of its people and run by the very righteous. 64 long years have passed since the inception of our ‘freedom’ and yet we continue to be on a downward spiral. This country has become the opposite of what it set out to be. Independence was just an excuse for starting over, to build something on our own. And yet when we failed we looked back at the past and blamed it on our colonial government. I don’t see any negative impacts of the British regiment clouding over us except the ever present rift between the Hindus and Muslims. Instead I think the British were doing us a favor by ruling over us. They came to India in search of business and in return they were gifted power over this land of ours by the foolish individuals ruling over us at that time. And yet they did not take it for granted, they brought about changes which are evident even today, The Education system, the roads and transport system, Cricket, The modern WC and industries among others. When I think of the developments brought about since we regained control over this country of ours, I can’t think of many, Instead we have undone some of the good things the British did. Corruption, inflation these were supposed to be the evils our country set out destroy not hold onto dearly to trouble our own kind.
Yes, the British did resort to violence and oppressive methods to tighten their leash around our people but we have no one to blame but ourselves for all that happened. Rule no 1 of ruling a province is, you never allow your enemies to take administrative control of your province in exchange for expensive gifts from abroad and Rule no 2 is, Never sign treaties without reading them. Once you break these rules you can’t really not expect the opposition to say, “Check mate” The Brits did what anyone would do, take over. And to think we blame them for everything that has gone wrong with our nation is just spiteful.
Indians celebrate this day in memory of the heroes that fell, in memory of the promises that were made and in the hope of a better tomorrow. That tomorrow is quite a distance from where we are currently standing. Too much time has been wasted thinking about what could have been its time to take a stand against the evils of the society. It is we, the people who are responsible for the pitiable state our country is in now. Its time we stopped pointing fingers, there is a huge task at hand. It is time we make this Independence count.
Yours Independently

Indian Education : A Sham

My social life was turned 180 degrees on its head this week. Weekends completely destroyed and self esteem considerably lowered after my parents forcefully enrolled me into another coaching class, this one being for CET(Common Entrance Test). Now my free hours are reduced to 6 hours in the night on weekdays and I longer look forward to weekends. I am not the only one complaining, almost every Tom, Dick and Harry is made to attend these classes in the hope of getting admission to some bogus university. What is the reason for this? I’ll tell you what the reason is, our education system is majorly flawed. Our education system does not allow us to think independently and question or contradict scientific or mathematical concepts. Career choices are forced upon the students. If you don’t happen to pursue engineering or medicine, you are looked down upon. I don’t have any interest in either of these fields and yet I’m forced to prepare for entrance exams to these. People often question why a country of 1.2 billion people cannot win anything at the Olympics or hasn’t brought anything new to the field of arts in recent times, the answer lies within our system. I don’t mind writing these exams, what bothers me most is that the results for these exams are not statistics of how you have performed but the rank which you have scored. How many times have we heard that no two people are alike and yet the basic agenda of this examination is to pitch one students intelligence with another, to compare.

It is a known fact that Indian students find it incredibly hard to get into foreign universities, when this was posed as a question to a representative of the Yale he replied, “Our students spend their free time doing extracurricular activities, any free time those(Indian students) students get is spent in doing homework.” See the contrast? And our system makes no effort to change this. Recently the CBSE(Central Board of Secondary Education) 10th grade exams were scraped for a year round evaluation, it sounds good at first, but the reality of it is, instead of preparing for major overhaul at the end of the year you are forced to prepare of weekly evaluations in every subject which then amount to your total score. And the worst part of it is the evaluation continues for two years and takes a big toll on the student’s life. To the education board we are just robots that need to be synchronized for industrial purpose. The biggest achievements of our Education system are – acquiring the highest number of suicide cases, providing quality-less education and comparing one student from another based on some trivial test score. Even among the literate there only a handful who receive quality education.It can only be changed by changing the mindset of the society and bringing awareness that there are more careers to this world than just doctors, engineers and MBAs. Only then will there be achieved the dream of quality education to all in all the streams.

Indian Education

Mumbai Bomb Blasts

Memories of the 26/11 flooded back in the minds of all Indians as they watched news channels broadcasting live scenes from the recent bomb blasts in Mumbai. Mumbai was struck by three powerful bomb blasts last night that has reportedly killed 21 and injured over hundreds. A crowded bus stand and a jewelry market were among the targets. The first reactions to this news were anguish, disgust, helplessness which was then followed by questions. Why Mumbai? This is the fourth time since 2003 that such a high profile terrorist act has been carried out in the financial capital of India. Facts such as this often lead the citizens to ponder if something is wrong with the way this part of the country is ruled. The governors don’t seem to be taking their jobs seriously, what with all the corruption allegations coming up.
 A Mumbai police plan to set up a city-wide 5,000-camera surveillance network has been gathering dust in the state home department since January 2009.
Now why would the authorities allow this to happen? Wouldn’t it be easier to identify these terror mongers with these facilities involved? Haven’t we lost enough lives already? People might say the government is doing everything in its power to stop these attacks, but frankly I see no changes that have happened between 2008 and now. Everything is still the same. Even the perpetrators of the 26/11 haven’t been brought to justice despite one of the gun men being in the custody of the Indian Police. Something needs to be done, and done fast. The authorities need to instill the belief among us citizens that we’re safe. 

Death defying thought

Something similar to this.

A truck lay on its side across the road. Massive chunks of watermelon that had been on board now lay scattered across the floor.People from all directions hurried towards the scene, each one keen on analyzing the extent of the damage done and pass their verdict. No one in particular seemed moved by what had happened . A few feet from the overturned truck a small crowd had gathered. As I encroached, the bloody sight came into my view. The truck driver lay on his back, drenched in blood. His wounds were all exposed. Massive pieces of his flesh were missing. He kept saying something in an unfamiliar language. It sounded like a prayer.

I was witness to this site when I was 11 years old. To this day it has to be the most gruesome sight I have ever encountered. I was overwhelmed by the sight and the general reaction of people to it. People were more concerned about the economic impact of it more than anything else.

“Give me one more chance.”, as I later learned was what the driver was saying. What made him say it? Didn’t he want his pain and suffering to end? From what I could deduce from the scene, he would never make a full recovery(if he survived) then why did he still want to live? What makes man fear death so much? Is it the sudden realization that it is the end of the road(no afterlife) or the grief of not having done certain things in life? Whatever the answer to that, I don’t know but when time come I hope I have them.