BOOK READING


Malala yousafzai quoted in TOI on 26.02.218, as saying, “ Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world “. What she said really in it, is to read books. But this is an advice all of us heard hundreds of time from teachers and well wishers.They advised us, but very few took those seriously, and the net result is that , most do not read books. Although, that reading books is beneficial is universally true nobody can deny it, very few read, and offer various excuses for not reading books. It is difficult to change habit in a grown up man. But I can say for certain that if you happen to be one of those who do not read books, you have surely deprived yourself from one of the finest pleasures of life.
But there is a difficulty here, one has to be trained in reading, in early years of life, which many do not. It will not be automatic. Responsibility lies mainly with parents at home. Another, similar things I must mention, is music the effect of which is all pervading in this universe. To me it seems, music is the connector between an individual and the beyond. And here also one has to be trained in early childhood in music. It is said that music and math originate from the same part of brain. Therefore, who are too money minded in nature, counts that every bit of time & money, have to be invested in making money now and afterwards, they also can learn music safely. It will make your brain more efficient in any other field for any other business which will earn you money.
I started with talking about books, and that one has to inculcate in early childhood. For this the master of home has to buy books and fill his home with books, the child get used to seeing it around, makes a friend with it unknowingly, and when he grows up he make friendship bond with books easily. Jawaharlal Nehru once said that the man who carries ten books with him, will automatically end up with reading at least one without his knowing. Thus, you have to fill your home with books, if you want your child develop the habit of reading. Make him live with books. One of my granddaughters loves reading books. But when I say this, I cannot guarantee how much she learns from it after each reading by subjecting her to rigorous tests. I don’t do that. It is simply because, how much she is learning from it immediately, is not that important, rather what is important is that she is developing habits of reading books or simply by living with it, and this is most important part of it, later she will win the world with this habit. All books need not be read like text books, some are to be loosely read –even if something not understood OK, other things will soon be understood if she keeps on going forward, in this way during the course of life a huge knowledge will be collected. Often I have seen her sleeping keeping the book by the side of her pillow. This sight gives me pleasure………. In my case, I had a group of friends who are much more knowledgeable than me, I made a habit of mingling with them in addas, and listened to them very attentively, they were not less than any books for me, much of what I know today is due to them for all these I learnt from them. A knowledgeable friend is not less than a book.
Similarly, a small child have an excellent sense of sur and taal, who grow up in a house, listening to his parents practicing music. Now a days, I have seen in ZTV’s saregama program, many very young children—7/8 years old, appear with unbelievable skill in music for his age, this would not have been possible if they had not learnt it when they were one or two years old, or even when they were in mother’s womb, through their eyes, ears and nose, and other preceptory-routes, I cannot think of any other explanation.
Similarly, a child should be given a home -environment of books. Often, some parents wonder what’s the use of buying books when child do not read those—no, friends it is still required, even if she plays with it, and tear it up, instead of reading those, still buy her book, it is really very very cheaper compared to what he will achieve by reading books, in future. I remember an advice of Obama, he said that one who complains that education is costly, ask him to calculate the cost of ignorance. Spending money on education is really the best investment, both for child and self, which ultimately will go to build the nation also. Education is the best possible infrastructure for a nation, our country needs it most. What is common amongst the most developed countries of world over, is that their people are well educated in quality education.
There is nothing like book. This is a great friend. From your shelf of books, you can draw any book seeing the title on it to suit your need, read it for some time, soon after you throw it away finding it not satisfying, yet it will not be offended. you may pick up any time for reading the same book, any time, be it morning, evening or dead of night, it immediately is ready to serve you without complaining. Imagine doing the same thing to your friend, you will soon lose him for ever. Book is a all weather friend — any field, any time, never fails you, only that you have to cultivate the habit in early years of life. Books bring knowledge, and with this knowledge create many many worlds in your mind, because there are misfortunes/ sorrows waiting to afflict all of us some day or other, sooner or later. When those demons strike , take shelter in one or the other like a bunker at the time of war. More worlds you create , there are more places for you to take shelter . Thus more means more safe you are, books are the means. In Mumbai, I do not buy books because of paucity of space in my home, I cannot keep and scatter those over the places. I get my interest met from British Library…One drawback with me is that, I cannot keep my books organized in the shelf and that in spite of best effort and determination to hold. As soon as I arrange my books on the shelf, soon after mysteriously those fly to my sofa, bed and my small round table–all scattered all over the places, which cause my wife to react—not a pleasant experience at all!!!!!!!!!!
These are days of mobile phone, and internet, and kindle. Those are good for collecting small information, net surfing but not suitable for lengthy reading. …….start buying books, and feel safe to be encircled by those—of course, unlike me , if you have enough space to scatter those all around. For me, due to space constraints, I satisfy the most part of my needs from Library. Further, borrowed books unlike bought ones, always have a time limit for return, which compels me to read those books completely in the fixed time-limit , also saves me money. It is not important whether you buy or borrow, so long you read. WISH YOU A HAPPY AND GRAND READING.
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Immediate after my retirement on the last day of December, 2011, I was in ecstasy that at last I am out of the daily grind of office . It was a real relief— when I say this, believe me, there is no hypocrisy in me. In my life I served under various employers and gave back to the employers what was their due from me but mostly, I did not enjoy my job. As soon as one enter in a work place in this set up, one has to sacrifice one’s independence. I am sure that myself, like my other colleagues—although a few, was never a duffer; the required intelligence for carrying out any job, I had in ample measure.

But the kind of job, environment, cultural practice, generally maintained enthusiastically, by the system, is always choking for an individual. Prevailing environment in a workplace, is hostile to human honour, dignity, independence, and many other things which a normal independent human being cherish. Any noble man with right values, right attitude, and intelligence is a prisoner gasping for breath, and wistfully look to the sky through the prison hole expecting when he will be released finally. Often, human values one is taught in our educational institutes before entering a job, has to be sacrificed to conform for survival in workplace. Sometimes you have the impression that all fair is foul, all foul is fair…………these jobs are mostly of repetitive nature requiring little or no intelligence, and is mechanical. One wonders, if all these human hands in the system can not be wholly replaced lock, stock, and barrel by artificial intelligence. Mediocrity is the order of the day, creativity is pooh poohed, and…………………..
This will be good for development of work place, human being as a social unit, and overall, absolute development of the organization and the country. Today or tomorrow, India will have to adopt it, willy-nilly, in line with the world, this will remove all sorts of inefficiencies including corruption from the system. Being out of such a system, naturally, I was full of ecstasy. Next six months followed was a great relief, a continuous story of freedom and release. Several days I waked through the night walking the streets, followed by sleeping throughout the day.
Soon after a year, after having had all the physical rest, I was trying to be engaged in a work. But ultimately did not find a suitable one , moreover, I must admit that post retirement what employers pay now a days after independence due to general rise of wealth of the country , is sufficient to lead a happy life unless one has expensive habits. Any man born and brought up in a middle class should not have any complaint. I also do not have any complaint. There is a necessary health cover also, with God’s blessings living happily with everything aligned.
Tagore said that being born in opulence, makes your life short, but there is a difference of opinions also, for common man as well as for great thinkers. Somerset Maughm said the opposite, ‘ I have nothing but contempt for the people who despise money. They are hypocrites or fools. Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five. Without an adequate income half the possibilities of life are shut off. The only thing to be careful about is that you do not pay more than a shilling for the shilling you earn. You will hear people say that poverty is the best spur to the artist. They have never felt the iron of it in their flesh. They do not know how mean it makes you. It exposes you to endless humiliation, it cuts your wings, it eats into your soul like a cancer ‘. In my opinion, Maughm is true in terms of lump-sum end-pleaure, Tagore is true in terms of moment to moment living in later life.
With this background, I have enough experiences of life and it is always fine to write your experience because writing gives pleasure. When you are bored and down in life, just get up and set yourself up to write—you soon get straightened up suddenly, from the toe to your head. You become most alert and start feeling that you have just taken a healthy tonic, effect never wear off so long you are in the process of pouring down your thoughts, correcting words/ sentences, adding, subtracting, changing the order of words/ paragraphs. But one caution that, here is inherently a gap, between what you write and what your reader read– required ability may lack at either end. It is always there, will be always there, never mind it. But one caution, do not write for others, write for yourself and then only you will enjoy. I enjoy because I write for myself, not for anybody else, I have no objection if you throw to dustbin. My job is done.
I write as per my whims, on anything that comes my way. I wrote as many as 75 articles by this, too many more jostle and crowd my mind to have their voice—loud and audible. I visited DIGNITY FOUNDATION which cares for senior citizens. I joined them but started feeling old for the first time. I came back to my nest. One day I attended a lecture there which advised people with writing ability to make a blog and affiliate. The idea inspired me, actually such an opportunity I was softly working for, and naturally their idea caught me.

Came back home from DIGNITY FOUNDATION,and applied the idea, and the result is before you. I monetized my site by seeking affiliation of amazon. The real import is that when a reader comes to my site, and decide to buy anything on scrutinizing amazon’s advertisements using my gateway, I will be paid a nominal fee that in its present form, will go to cover the cost of maintenance of my site. If any of you want to make same type of effort and don’t know how to, I may help you. If you already know it, and know far better, please help me improving my site.

Our school books say that the whole story of progress of human race, is a give and take. I realise now what I read in school those days, I did not understand then, used for passing the exam only; now at the age of 66 , I start to understand the real meaning of those.

Air travel really have become cheaper for the masses.


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It looks air travel has really become cheaper. It is good for the masses, and economy. It was long overdue, and has become as a relief for me and many common people like me. It has struck me very comfortable, yesterday booked to and fro ticket for journey in june’18 , between Mumbai and Kolkata, for a cost of Rs 16,287/-. This looks going to Kolkata by air, will no longer be that painful for me. 26 hours of journey, will reduce to 7 hours’ from point to point. Life for the masses, is really becoming better, at least, in this respect.
I stay both in Kolkata and Mumbai, used to do my journey in train; at the minimum, it takes 26 hours in the best trains . At this age strain is too much, when I get down from the train in Kolkata, there is a dizzy feeling, and whole body trembles, every time think never to repeat the journey again, but resolve stays with me only until the next journey, and then again travails start. Add to this, the extra hazards being added to train journey every day now a days. Although this picture is common with train journey but age refuses to accept this pain any more.
Xxx In young days I would travel in general compartment for long hours for days together, drinking water and eating foods supplied in the train or collected from venders from platform, rather food in the train journey would be more romantic than home food. There would not be any complaint against anything. After joining jobs for earning livelihood, travelled in sleeper classes from one end of the country to other with no notice of any fatigue . With gradually getting position in jobs like many others, gradually, travelled in AC classes, and at the end, air travels also, at employer’s liberal allowances /expenses.
xxYou must have noticed, now a days, travelling in AC classes in all reputed trains even, have become insecured and uncomfortable. I along with others, lost my luggage from AC-II tier coach on 22.11.2016, after being drugged . It is not me alone, many many cases are happening regularly. A very bad and unhygienic foods, uncleaned blanket and bedding are given to passengers on board. There are numerous complaint by passengers, every time Govt re-assures to improve but unable to do anything. Every time Govt. promises—I am sure it is sincere utterance, yet same state of affairs continues, and to me it seems it will never end because it is beyond the control of any Govt. Every time when I am face to face to be in such a situation, I experienced that it is not easy to administer a country of 135 crores of people, just too many… too many. Have you ever tried to meet an authority to redress your grievance whenever you had any problem in life, definitely no, you ran from pillar to post, until you broke down. For my theft of baggage, I approached the office of PMO, claiming compensation, even to meet PM personally, I could not cross even the preliminary levels and it was frustrating to me. Managements are inefficient through all-out bad education in the country. There is a requirement of artificial intelligence in every department of game of our governance to improve general efficiency, forget job creation and all sorts social thinking, socialist philosophy of governance since the time of Nehru, spoilt the country, spoilt the national resources.
Unlike in other fields of business activity, air travel has become a bit better, has an enormous potential to further improve the life for our teeming millions. By this time air fare has ultimately come down by virtue of private operation. As I noted, 5/6 years back air fare to Kolkata was approx Rs 10,000 for one way travel—that was really too much to bear for me, naturally, would not think of going to Kolkata by air. Now, as I found, that for a single person, one way journey is Rs 4000 appx, is OK. It should come down more, at that all our masses can use it regularly, it should be possible by the imaginative businesses, with the cooperation Of Govt.
Reducing taxes connected with airfare, and arranging for landing on thousands of water bodies instead of expensive present airports by small planes, will bring down cost of air journey. This will bring down the cost of maintenance of airports. Further, I am a strong advocate for Application of artificial intelligence in every department of management and administration of the country, this will raise the efficiency, safety and all round public comfort at a reduced cost. AIR TRAVEL HAS BECOME REALLY CHEAPER.

We perhaps heading for next economic recession.


Following is a wonderful article which opens up the real economic health , and also what possible economic disaster we are going to face very shortly. I am not an economic expert, never studied economics, all I know is a little bit of chemistry. Later in life, in the course of day to day living, I gradually started taking interest in it, that too never ventured to go beyond the limit of a layman. With this background economics, I find this article as the best one. Therefore, I shall preserve it for my future reference in my adda talk.

I have a long habit. In my young college days I had the habit of making paper cutting of articles from calcutta statesman. In a few days there would be too many; would never be actually used, finally those would be covered by layer of dusts before throwing into dustbin. Now a days, we can preserve in digital format, hence the birth of this blog, here I preserve many facts, data in digital format, likewise this article also.

The main essence of the article is that 2008 world economic recession was not effectively cured. The cure was only a patch-up work. Standard economic theory sees financial market performance as reflecting economic performances. But when Alan Greenspan took over the US Federal Reserve, he ushered in the era of juicing economic growth by overstimulating financial market with liquidity. This culture has spread to other major central Banks. As the same past load is being carried over without healing the real problem, position of the world economy has worsened but only hidden as of now. It may soon create next financial crisis. For full details read on the article ” we’re living in la la land” by Andy Xie, that appeared in the economic times, Mumbai edition, on 09.02.2018—

[All major economies clocked good GDP growth in 2017, at least by recent standards. The synchronisation of all major economies generates good momentum into 2018. Trade is accelerating from 2.4% in 2017 to perhaps 4% this year. Unfortunately, the good news rests on a fragile foundation: the biggest asset bubble in history. Bubbles eventually pop. When this one does, all the good news will suddenly turn ugly. Just like in 2008.

In the last three decades, the causality between economic growth and financial market has often been reversed. Standard economic theory sees financial market performance as reflecting economic performance. But when Alan Greenspan took over the US Federal Reserve, he ushered in the era of juicing economic growth by overstimulating financial market with liquidity.

The Tick-Tock Cycle

Greenspan’s ‘Midas’ touch has spread to other major central banks. This is the origin of the boom-and-bust cycles in the recent past. The current cycle is no different.

Since the global financial crisis of 2008, all major economies have kept interest rates at, or close to, zero and maintained large fiscal deficits.

Adecade of massive, synchronised monetary and fiscal stimulus has led to the greatest asset bubble in history, to the tune of about $100 trillion, nearly 1.5 times the world’s GDP. Compared to 2-3% of GDP growth in the global economy, we should be mindful of the potential and huge cost associated with it.

Even though the US stock market is more expensive than in 1929 or 2000, and China’s property valuation is higher than Japan’s a quarter-of-a-century ago, fear-driven selloffs have been rare and brief, leading to the belief that high asset prices are the new normal. Massive amounts of financial and business activities, especially in technology, are predicated on high asset prices going higher.

The unusual longevity and resilience of high asset prices are largely because government actions — not herd behaviour in the market — are force-feeding the bubble. Government actions will lose their grip only when growth expectations crash or inflation flares up. Neither is a major risk for 2018. Hence, 2018 won’t kill the speculators of the world.

But 2018 will teach them a lesson or two. High-risk assets such as internet stocks and high-end properties will struggle like never before in the past decade. US interest rates will rise above inflation for the first time in a decade. And China is tightening, especially in the property sector, out of fear of a life-threatening financial crisis.

China accounts for about half of global credit growth. The interaction between the US Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing and China’s credit targeting has been the liquidity super machine. It is stalling in 2018.

The asset bubble demands that the excess liquidity-money supply rises faster than GDP to sustain it. This year may see global money supply line up with GDP. The Fed is likely to raise interest rates from the current 1-1.25% and take the level to 2.5%. This is still low compared with the 4.5-5% nominal GDP growth rate.

But the US stock market is more expensive than it was in 1929 or 2000. When the interest rate surpasses inflation, it will become wobbly.

Policymakers are caught between a rock and a hard place. The structural problems that led to the 2008 crisis are still here. The global economy grows ever more dependent on asset bubbles. If the global asset bubble bursts, the economy will slide into recession. Hence, when a market wobbles — as it probably will in 2018 — policymakers will come out to soothe market sentiment and may even temporarily reverse the tightening.

It’s Closer Than You Think

While 2018 may not be the end, the bubble will burst some day. There are three potential triggers: inflation, stagnation, or a dollar crash. Low inflation has been the excuse for central banks to keep pumping liquidity. But it is due to China joining the global economy rather than their domestic conditions. When China revalues its currency like Japan did four decades ago, inflation will come back to all the major economies.

Bubble-led economies will see efficiency declining due to misallocation of capital. Global low and declining productivity growth is a warning in that regard. When growth collapse finally scares all the speculators witless, the bubble will pop. This is what happened in Japan in the early 1990s.

Finally, a dollar collapse is possible. If so, it will take everything down with it. The global imbalance has been patched up with excess dollar printing. The people who are willing to hold dollars are in East Asia and West Asia, since the US is viewed as a superpower and the dollar is the global reserve currency. When that faith falters, the dumping of over $10 trillion could ensue.

The current world is a kind of makebelieve. People gain their faith from the trend. Governments use monetary and fiscal policy to manufacture the trend. When enough people are sucked in, the governments can take their feet off the gas petal, and the world seems to be booming on its own.

Policymakers call this victory. When the bubble pops, all the costs come home to roost. But the policymakers who made the mess are back calling for more of the same.]

The writer is a Shanghai-based economist. He is a speaker at the Global Business Summit, New Delhi, February 23-24, presented by YES Bank and The Economic Times

 

So, ultimately, mobile phone do no harm—Really ??????????.


Is mobile phone really without any side effect?? Two latest American studies say that using mobile phone is harmless, if it does, that must be very small as per them. I am a small man, not a medical person, but I take this sort of news with a pinch of salt. There has been a continuous report that mobile phone harms, for me the latest finding regarding mobile phone cannot be correct. My doubt is because, suppose the findings were otherwise ie radiation of mobile phone harms, in that case, what would be the effect of it?, can the Govts all over the world, control the use of mobile phone??. No, no Govt on this earth can control the use of a mobile phone which has become widespread by this time . In such a scenario what will happen to the businesses that is pivoting upon/ or making use of mobile phones constantly, there is a pressure, as I guess, to rationalize the use of mobile phone. The latest two American ‘findings’ are in that line, this is my strong guess.

Use of mobile phone has become an integral part of almost all people’s lives. Just look around wherever you are at this very moment, you will see that most of the people are using mobile phones; when they are in a group of people, it is natural that they could be talking to each other direct, instead, they are finding something in the net of his smart phone or talking on the phone to a distant man. Further, a great part of daily chores are performed by smart phone. It has become an integral part of our life world over, doing away with mobile phone is unthinkable. Moreover, application of artificial intelligence is knocking at the door because AI will require mobile phone extensively. People say soon 70% of present jobs in the market will not be anymore, those will be done AI.
It is possible that this sort of studies done purposively- possibly paid, calculative way to arrive at a convenient conclusion which is workable, convenient and not stopping money making pursuits. Actually whole world moves around making money. Where there is no money those will not be pursued any more………… Take the cases of drugs. Before finally releasing an allopath drug in the market, effect of the medicine are studied on human being also, but only those findings are published which is favourable for selling to happen. Wherever, any adverse effect is noted, those studies are not published or those toned down. Actually, here is a business what is the main criterion. I am sure if tomorrow, by magic power, a medicine is invented which cures all the diseases permanently, that new medicine will never be released in the market.
Coming back to latest Amarican studies on mobile use, I understand the reason also. Actually, certain things are not workable. Take the case of selling of wayside foods in our country, which is consumed by our gentry widely throughout the country simply because those are cheap. But those foods cannot be without bad effect; it has to be, for in preparing those foods sub-standard and cheap ingredients are used which lowers the cost of the finished foods to sell well. I am sure you also have experienced these very bad and sub standard foods. Yet those are certified to be good and healthy foods, otherwise, Authorities had to control these which they cannot control, much easier to certify that those foods are really harmless to save their own embarrassment like what Americans studies have said that use of mobile phone is harmless, if it harms, then harm is very minimum. It could not be otherwise.
You will soon see how these two reports wil be widely cited and quoted by mobile tower companies . Actually, world is driven by economics, life of a human being is not sacrosanct. We cannot fight against anything very organized—national or international, we have to accept it, acceptance brings peace of mind.

MILON MANCHA’S WEEK END OUTING, THIS TIME AT KALA GHODA.



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This time Milon Mancha with its active and like minded members visited KALAGHODA FESTIVAL yesterday ie on 7.2.18. This is one of their many usual weekend programmes, spending minimum time and energy and this particular one was almost without any expenditure, producing enormous entertainment for its members. Members in the group visited many art and crafts spots in the fair/festival.
Artisans from distant rural places came and displayed their work. It was very exciting and educative.
This Milon Mancha group consisted of Rudra Mondal, Sharmistha Mondal, Paromita Mukharjee Mallick, Moumita samanta, Tripti Chakraborty etc etc. There were as many as 15 members. Members sang full throated songs in chorus, they danced all over the place, caught the attention of all those present in this august venue. ….. three dance dramas were enjoyed, those are respectively—Kathhak , Brahmaputra naad to nadi (Tamasru, sang here), and Blango performed by a couple from Greece.
Activities of Milon Mancha became a centre point of attention in Kala Ghoda yesterday, their activities were widely videoed, and photographed by many other curious visitors. See the photographs in other place of this facebook page because they will tell their own story. For members, it was minimum spending of time, in almost 5 hours everything was covered. Thanks Milon Mancha.
Last but not least, Milon Mancha’s next program is to travel to Nagaland and Manipur, in the month of April this year. It is likely to be a tough and hardy tour, expected to spread over 15 days.

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Ticketless passengers travel Rajdhani express by bribing ticket examiner.


Just now ie at 8-00 pm of 2nd February, 2018, I watched an elaborate sting report in ABP ANANDA TV channel, where bold reporters brought before us how freely and in a carefree way ticketless passengers  can travel in various Rajdhani expresses and other prestigious trains-north, south , east and west,  in the country. The report is quite exhaustive, and I would suggest every citizen of the country , if possible, to collect and preserve this video podcast as a record for future. There cannot be anything untrue in the reports as the reporters showed us vivid video records by their hidden camera. As a sufferer, I say that this is no short of classic  dimension, reporters have given a great service to the nation. What is important that the guilty involved in this misdeeds who  are propagating this corruption , doing it boldly, have no fear. Appears there is no control of authority over this corruption, looks they are powerless. The corruption here irrespective of the color of the Govt. in power, like many other aspect are practiced systematically. There is no chance that this will change ever.

It is a gross violation of ethics that ticketless passengers who should have been thrown behind bars are pampered with allotment of birth against collection of bribe money in important trains like Rajdhani express/ Duronto. Bribe is the main consideration. With this kind of attitude, any terrorist may safely get into a safe berth in the Rajdhani, Duronto etc, and cause damage to hundreds of passengers and railway property. Now it is understandable why and how passengers’  luggage are regularly stolen from prestigious trains, inspite of presence of coach attendant, ticket collector, bedding boy, catering staff, and of course, security guards around. The grave thing is that whenever theft occurs, all these people I have mentioned are not around, the person who have lost the luggage frantically run about to find a solace, they find none at this crucial time. Victims of theft of luggage in the prestigious trains accuse the train staff involved in it—if you are a regular newspaper reader, you must have read of this suspicion in newspaper many many times. After watching in the ABP Ananda’s video today, the kind of involvement of ticket examiner in facilitating ticketless travelling in Rajdhani and other prestigious trains, it looks that it is very much possible there may be  active involvement of train staff in the periodic theft of luggage in Rajdhani/ Duronto Trains. In this backdrop, God forbid, if tomorrow there is any terrorist induced train accident, these train staff will definitely have a hand in it simply because these staff can do anything in exchange of money. We are unsecured, who will save us?? Who will hear us? None, because there is no saviour around.

The sting operation of ABP ANANDA also have shown how bad, unhealthy, adulterated and risky  food in all sorts, are served to the passengers with impunity. The railway authority does not seem to have any control on the operators, from the talks of railway officials it seems they are just helpless, cannot have any control in distant future even. It looks nobody-irrespective of the color of the Govt., is in a position to administer a country of 130 crores people. I sympathize for it is too big a task for them, I think that dividing the country at least in 200 independent self contained states in the present Indian union, where a common citizen can meet any minister whenever he requires and discuss his problem. Dear reader, I want to ask whether you have  ever been successful to met your minister whenever you needed, I am sure, you never could meet. Because they are too far and too few, for an ocean of people.

I had such an experience in that I desperately wanted to meet our prime minister, but I miserably failed. My idea was to express my grievance to him. The issue was I lost my luggage in the train on 22.10.2016, while I was coming to Mumbai from Howrah in  a ACII tier coach, in train no-12210. We seven passengers were drugged by the thieves before stealing away our luggage. After the loss, all of coach attendant, ticket examiner, bedding suppliers and catering staff were mysteriously vanished……we contacted private channels to inform of our theft and they started telecasting it in TV nation wide..This nationwide telecast made the authorities to move. Their packaging part begun to function, groups of railway staff/policemen started visiting us asking the same question repeatedly and irritatingly. FIR was lodged. As was expected, after six months, they informed that on not being able to recover the luggage they were closing the case. You know that it would have this fate anyway. That’s why, out of seven people who lost the luggage on that day, four did not report their loss as we did , because they knew nothing would be done by police/ or the railway authority. I admit that their foresight was more than mine. You can understand my anger.

Next I registered myself in  much publicized PMO’s grievance website.  As you know in this website, when you want to register you have to submit all your details like detailed postal address, mail id, phone nos etc etc, and I submitted all those, moreover, otherwise, the site would not have accepted my registration . I submitted all the details of my theft case also, seeking a compensation of Rs 40, 000 for my loss, also wanted to meet the prime minister personally. Now what followed is interesting  …………in reply PM’s office asked for my details ( it was not necessary at all because by submitting my details only I was registered in the site). Again I submitted all my details—theft case and contact details, still the reply was same ‘ submit your details’ without any elaboration or change of words. Now, it dawned upon me actually they did not want to do anything, at this I submitted that I understood that it was really difficult to rule a country of 130 crores people, and I did not like to pursue my case anymore.

Now finally I wonder if an educated man like me has to suffer like this, don’t get justice, what must have been the fate and suffering of crores of my illiterate, half-fed, unfed, naked countrymen???? In this backdrop, I wish I lived in a small, compact, well administered society where my safety, security and dignity would be ensured. !!!!!!!!!!…may be in my next birth my dream will be realized.

[ whenever I am aggrieved/ angry about anything, I tell it to my friends in an adda. This gives me a great relief, brings a  good night’s sleep, I have done the same thing here. The change is instead of speaking I wrote it down in this blog. This blog for me just what was the cloud for the great poet Kalidasa—of course, before he received the blessings of Goddess Saraswati.]

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