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Orissa!!

The recent episode of a nun being raped and the death of a swami being attributed to the Christians deeply anguishes me. A Christian myself, the so called ‘sporadic’ incidents of violence showcases how we as a nation are becoming intolerant of each other.

I will not comment on whether conversions happen by force or allurement because I dont know. What, I do know however, is that in Christianity, the word conversion itself does not signify any allurement or force. What I am taught in whichever church I go to is look towards Christ and follow his way of living. Christ’s way of living knew only love and it is his love and his life that became an example to others to follow him. This is the reason why christianity is all about giving. As such a conversion, if happening, is because someone saw another leading a life of example and was thus motivated to follow the same.

Today, people fight in the name of religion.The irony, however is that no religion ever said to kill or rape or molest your fellow brethren to protect your religion. The self professed keepers of the faith,the Bajrang Dal and the VHP , seem to be doing just that. The SIMI and the Indian Mujahideen seem to be doing just that.

Violence in the name of religion and region seems to be spreading unabated and the law and order system of the nation seems to be just watching!!. People have lost consciences and raping or killing seems to be taken as a divine karma.

Politics and religion also seem to go hand in hand today. I vote for the BJP because they are pro hindutva or I vote for the Congress because they’re not!! Sadly this is what is defining India today. Of course, in the first place itself, I am sure, it is these nationalist parties only who seed the issue. Votes and a comfortable chair to view the parade is all that they’re interested in and they’ll go to any extent to achieve it!!

Orissa seems to be just one of the breeding grounds for political activism. I am sure that we’ll see these rapists and killers playing an active role in national politics tomorrow!! Christians are easy targets because their modes of reacting are also usually non violent.

I wonder when these fools will think of the nation. They fail to realize how unstable and vulnerable we make ourselves from the inside . Today, India’s greatest enemies are these deranged,blood thirsty fools and not Pakistan or China!!

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A man who dared to dream

I had promised to write about his new venture and so am doing so. His site is the culmination of a dream that has been driving him since the early days of our MBA. An entrepreneur at heart, his imaginations and thoughts always sought to try something new,something undiscovered.

MBA was always about presentations, assignments and staying awake through the night. For a few of us,however, there was another reason that kept us awake through long nights: The Placecom( Placement Committee) was the driver of all Industry interactions and responsible for placing around 110 graduates.

It was a mammoth task and we all knew it wouldnt be easy.Yet we never gave up. Part of it was self driven,part of it inspiration.To see a young man sit through continuous nights,trying to fix appointments and give his heart and soul for the institution was enough to drive us all.The going wasnt easy for this young man. He sometimes barely managed to cope up in his exams.Theory wasnt his forte and the authorities threatened to fail him at times. Batchmates werent the kindest as well and many a time he was dragged into mindless ‘political conferences’ where he was ridiculed and humiliated by people who had nothing better to do on campus.

In the midst of all this the young man dreamt.He dreamt to have a world where everything could be rented.Furniture,Tvs,homes,crockery,cars,laptops…anything and everything material..all broker free.A lot of us were skeptical.We dismissed the idea as a figment of ‘MBA acquired’ imagination and thought no more about it.

We didnt realize that the idea was slowly growing and that this man had already started putting pillars to his dream.He had set himself a roadmap of one year.

Placements happened and most of us got placed with well known corporate institutions.As expected,the young man was responsible for a large part of the placements.All the batch mates were happy but few came to thank the man who made it possible.

Spread across the 4 different corners of India and in the busy schedules of our lives, we soon forgot how time passes.This young man, however hadnt forgotten. He was slowly mobilizing resources,manpower,funds,space and belief for his venture.

A year passed and while most of us were still struggling to find the balance between work and life, this Young man went ahead, left his job and launched his dream.

The dream : Rentimental.com (The World’s on rent)

The man : Shubham Rai

Its been almost 6 months now since Rentimental’s launch and Shubham is still struggling.But he is happy and slowly but steadily, he’s building clients and business. His team of a handful of men believe in him and his conviction and daily slog it out on the streets of Mumbai.

As I stand amidst the crowd on the Andheri Local,my eyes fall on a banner on the top right,above the window…Its a Rentimental banner and calls for people with extra homes to rent them out through the site.A sense of pride floods me…I feel proud to be associated with a man who dared to dream.

PS: Shubham today has been nominated in the TATA NEN Hottest startups. If you believe in the man and his dream vote for him here

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Hancock and social media!!

I am no critic…In fact the eternal optimist in me has only appreciated movies–all movies. As far as Hancock’s concerned, the movie was an excuse to meet up with my friends from MBA days.

Saturday morning rising was a bit different from the other saturdays. My room mates had gone to Bandra the previous night to watch Hancock and were unfortunate enough to find me in a sleepy and impatient state by the time they returned. Anyway the first words I heard, as I attempted to awaken my senses, the next morning were “Accha hua tu aaya nahi”. The expected question “Kyu?” brought forth a detailed summary with reasoning as to why the movie was “f**** all”.

As chance would have had it, the same afternoon I found myself with a tub of caremalized popcorn at Fun Republic, Andheri watching the same movie I had been warned against.

Now let me directly proceed to what i found interesting in the movie. Will Smith did an amazing job and so did Charlize Theron. The Script writer…hmmm I think he lost track of whether he was writing a romantic flick or a “super hero” script.

What was most interesting was the mention of “Youtube” in the movie. There is this scene where
Jim Carter( a PR professional) is trying to explain to Hancock how he is perceived by the masses. He proceeds to show him some ‘user generated videos’ on the site.
Now I dont know if there was a clear advertising effort by Google, but it surely shows Social Media’s increasing role and prominence in our daily lives.

Two months back I was looking for a good “net connection” in Mahim. When asking for reviews, some of the answers were based on You tube video streaming speeds. ” Good connection but video streaming is slow” and “If you’re a active You Tube user xyz connection is the best” constituted a fraction of the opinions I got….The Inference is clear: Social Media and User Generated Content is arriving….slowly

Heard the movie’s not doing well but it sure seems to have been a success on “Youtube”

The Hancock Channel

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