Indian Platter : The God of Small Moments…

No brainer that I have copied the title from the book The God of Small Things authored by the inspirational Arundhati Roy.  But I cannot find a better way to pay tribute to the Women – Arundhati Roy as a symbol of women intelligence and title of her book as a tragic fact of women life.  

For Most of the History, Women was Anonymous. And to give that anonymous a few moments of respect we have a day of celebration – International Women’s Day. Cynical I may sound, but I think one day of celebration for the year long inequality and exploitation which the ‘fairer sex’ goes through is just a consolation prize so that she can be re-exploited in the remaining year. As a girl child she sacrificed for her brother, and as a wife and mother she sacrificed for her family. So ingrained is now that sense of sacrifice that surely she herself feels guilty if any moment passes by when she does not sacrifice for someone. And as a token of appreciation to encourage some more sacrifice from her we have Women’s day. But come tomorrow and the same men will again worship their Goddesses but will again fail to respect their women. Surely, the world needs to change for the all the mothers and the sisters and the daughters.  As Arundhati says (in some other context) in The God of Small Things “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing”. How good it would be if this changed world could be possible in the context of women too.  If The Goddess of the Moment can be treated as The Human for Ever.

But going by what Aamir Khan showed in kick off episode of Satyamev Jayate that seems a distant dream.  All credit to the team of Satyamev Jayate and Aamir to bring in front of us those facts of life which we all know to exist somewhere but we choose to ignore them as well.  And is there anything wrong with commercialization of such shows? No, if we can commercialize love (Valentine’s Day) and sacrifice (Women’s day) then what is wrong in commercializing Satya (Truth)!! And how about the timing of Satyamev Jayate. With elections round the corner the show will definitely give citizens and politicians more issues to ponder and debate.  Well Timed.

Talking about election how can I miss the trio – of NaMo, Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi. Trio is in definite mood to make the mango person (aam aadmi) believe that he is The God of the Moment. As an answer to Modi’s Chai pe charcha, Rahul Gandhi has asked his party men to reach out to the other sections of the labour class and make them aware about the intentions of Congress party for them. I am sure that his partymen are now wondering what to say!! Women Empowerment, RTI or Youth empowerment.  And so good to see the activist in Kejriwal back, even if his impulsive move to confront Narendra Modi was met with a denial as he did not take prior appointment from the likely future PM.

Am I biased towards Narendra Modi? I am not alone. Even market thinks so. The biggest reason for the recent gain in Sensex is assumed to be the increased chances of Modi becoming the PM.   Hopefully Modi fulfils all the promises which he is making to The God of the Moment.

And who is The God of the Moment in the Indian Cricket? It is undoubtedly Virat Kohli. Is there currently any better on side player than him!! He has that blend of Saaed Anwar’s grace and Vivian Richard’s power when it comes to the on side stroke making. But he also seems to have the ill fate that Sachin and Lara had in 1990’s.  A great player in an otherwise mediocre team.

And who is the perennial God of Indian Cinema? Of course Amitabh Bachchan. The septuagenarian continues to defy any set limit. In his upcoming movie Bhootnath Returns he has rapped with Honey Singh.  For Bhootnath Return, I am sure that it will not be 100 crore movie but I am equally sure it will be worth watching than many such 100 crore movies.

Lastly who is The God of Idea?? Answer yourself. Do not cheat, No Ullu Banawing 🙂 All I can say is there is a breed of people who makes us believe that even if you do not have much talent there is some magic which will give you the opportunities to survive. Abhishek Bachchan and Tushar Kapoor say thanks to The God of The World.


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