India’s Choice–Congress’ Qalandar or BJP Calendar


Indians need to get out of sycophancy mode and decide forever what their democracy means. A procession of gimmicks or a Solid leadership without cultism.

Do we want a Gandhi-less calendar or a Gandhi as PM?

One idea for Our Bold Indian Prime Minister



Dear Modi Sahib,

I think people should be allowed to pay for Khadi clothes and handloom products with old 500 and 1000 notes. This is the boost our cottage industries require. Make it possible till perhaps 31st December. I am sure the weavers will be delighted at this much needed forward push. Perhaps we will again begin to wear khadi.

Monsoon Spotting -2 Morning After


Still entangled the morning after the big Pre-monsoon shower. Temperatures are down from 38 Celsius to 27 degrees Celsius. Opposites seem to be attracting each other here. Sun and cloud might be falling in love here.

The Great Escape




I wondered if he had bought a ticket. I am a frequent train traveler and take photos of things that intrigue me. Check out the following video of someone else who loves Indian trains–

GDP and the Monsoon Poets

hills 3I loved this quote in an article on calculating the GDP of a nation. It is from Robert Kennedy. I am taking the quote from the Economist of 30th April to 6th May–‘In a famous speech in March 1968, Robert Kennedy took aim at what he saw as idolatrous respect for GDP, which measures advertising and jails but does not capture “the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages.”

As a poet I had a heavy outpouring of words at the sight of the first monsoon clouds. I wrote numerous words welcoming these harbingers of rain. Alas, the rain did not come, the clouds disappeared.

Seeing my own elation I think Monsoons and Poetry surely should be included in future GDP calculations in India. As for the strength of our marriages we see it constantly and daily in the evening Hindi soap operas.