7 Things That Got Me Mad In 2015

“I might do a #ThingsThatGotMeMad in 2015 myself.” – I thought of this when I saw a post on Google+ by a friend. So, I here I am. I don’t like wasting time, let’s just start by looking at stuff that pisses me off.

Disclaimer: This post could be felt offensive if you are mentioned here. So, please just skip if you think you could be mentioned.

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1. Facebook, and Mark Zuckerberg (the whole free basics trap)

Yeah! I mean what can I say more on the topic. India most recently has been divided on many topics – I will give each their due time later, but foremost as an OPEN INTERNET USER, I must say Internet.org or now Free-Basics is the most ridiculous thing I have come across.

Honestly, Free basics is not a bad thing, that could actually make a difference too, but they way Marky (Mr. Zuckerberg) has put it to fool lots of people, it’s really disgusting. I won’t go to technicalities. Instead, I have a much more professional insight from the side I’m on. Read it by clicking here. I don’t know what you (the reader – love you if you are really reading this, I owe it to you).

2. My school friends

In 2015, I became part of a group on WhatsApp. I thought it would be fun meeting my childhood buddies, part of the awesome years of life. It didn’t take time for the grapes to turn sour. In just few months, we rarely talk, and I’m sure don’t even want to.

I like some of them. For that reason I am still in the group. We never talk, and it is now pretty fine for the group to stay life-less. Okay, we got lives. They do, and surely me too, but it could be cooler if we could be courteous to each other at the minimum, very minimum. INTERNET mannerisms I suppose.

3. Indian Government

I wanted to buy a laptop this year, but couldn’t earn enough, so I am still without a laptop, typing this article on my mobile. I mean why..why can’t our government distribute Laptops for free.

Give them to everyone who passes 12. I mean my fellow intermediates get them in Uttar Pradesh. Okay, maybe that’s impractical. Why not give loans to young people for buying laptops, free of interest. 10 year loans – Say I buy a Laptop for Re 30,000. I pay INR 3000 an year, just 250 a month. If that was possible, I would have bought a Laptop good 2 years ago, and maybe I would have had a self-hosted blog, possibly earning me $10,000 a month.

See, I make a point. Free education would have been a good idea too, I spent to much of my little earned money on my education. Yeah! I don’t even think I should continue, but my dad will kick me out of house if I left college. Talking about college. #sigh

So, if anyone here was looking a serious bickering on serious issues, Sorry: I am not a complete melancholy yet, bruv/bruv’s sis.

3. College

Yes!Yes!Yes! See, I’m not a @WWEDanielBryan fan, actually I kind of am, but the point is that no list such as this could be completed without mentioning my College. Yeah! I hate my college. It’s not that I have gone through ragging in College, or like if the Professors hate me. In fact, my Statistics teacher is as helpful as they come. Alas! I still hate my college. I have not made a single friend there, I rarely talk to anyone, I never visit the canteen – it doesn’t deserve to be called a canteen anyways.

The college library doesn’t have books one could like, the classes are obscure. Honestly, it wasn’t for my Statistics (my honours or major subject) professor, who always has positive words for me, I would have applied for home leave, or something similar.

4. Phone and Telecom Companies

I can’t imagine a 2015 of mine without my Micromax Unite 2 phone, but still it pisses me off. I mean every time I don’t have a charger with me, and the phone goes OFF, I really get mad. Yeah! That’s manners, just because you are a machine, you can’t cut me off mid-chat or while I am writing my thoughts.

Also, the moments when your phone rings early morning, breaking your sleep, and the caller says, “Congrats, You won a lottery of 25,00,000 INR.” Let me buy a lottery coupon before calling, period.

The telecom companies. I have a dual sim mobile. I have two service providers – Airtel and Tata Docomo.

A) Airtel – Your 2G doesn’t work now. Seriously, I mean just because you have introduced 4G in India, it doesn’t make you free from looking after the free chaps who think even 3G is too expensive. BTW, 299 for 2GB 2G internet that won’t even work. REALLY!

B) Tata Docomo – Hey! I love you guys, unlike 2014, TD 2G actually works 24/7. Cheers! I love you guys.

On another note, “How dare you guys send a Pro- free basics message.”

5. State Bank of India

Okay, this is a good bank. Everyone should get an account here. I loved it when I went to the bank, submitted the form, and I was called to the bank, and given a package which consisted of everything the bank had to offer. I was I really was terrified of having to run for Internet Banking, Debit card, Cheque book and all the stuff. It gave me real joy to recieve them all at once.
Wait! My Debit card doesn’t work online. SBI cards doesn’t work on non 3D sites (I don’t know what that means) anyways, but heck my cards does not work anywhere online. I thought the hard part was done, starting an account, but I think my bank adventures are left, and many of them.

6. Grocery Store

Credit to my family for not sending me for the groceries more often. I am not someone who would go to a traditional Indian grocery stall (not shop) and ask what’s fresh, the prices, or anything.

31st December – the day I went to the grocery stall in 2015 only for the 2nd or 3rd time, just to get some spices, and it took precious 30 minutes from my life. Too many women filling the place seeking fresh, green veggies. I hated that, I really did.

7. People on Twitter (many of them)

I hate Facebook, but I have a few contacts only through Facebook, so I still have an account.

Talking of Twitter, I love it, like I love Google+. The fact is that I think Twitter is the best form of Social Media, even more than Google+. There is another fact too, that I still think Google+ is better.

Twitter is so messy. People follow, people unfollow. People send automated messages, and when you reply, they don’t. Too many people are also there just to troll. Yeah! I mean trolling for a reason is at times cool, sometimes deserved, and we need a sense of humour for God sake, but you see there is a very fine. Very fine indeed. Too many times people are just disrespectful. Too many a times they are insulting, and they think they are cool. Again, get a life, period.

Anyways, I do have a life, but at times it’s really cool to bicker sometimes. I hope it made for a good post. If not, you know I am on Twitter too.

Thanks for reading.

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When the Clock turned back: Reliving Test Cricket

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South Africa did in the Feroz Shah Kotla test, what had never been done before. South Africa in the Final Test match against India became the team to score the least runs after playing a 100 overs in an innings. Although, the result was predictable, Indians winning the Test by a massive 337 runs, and consequently the Nelson Mandela test series 3-0. South Africa did not go down without a fight, for the first time showing some pride in the series lasting 143.1 overs with great determination.

The final test of the series began amidst a fair share of controversies. Delhi had itself been unassured for a (long) time to actually play host to the game. The South African captain Hashim Amla, and the ICC itself had expressed its disappointment with the pitches being offered. Many former cricketers had also expressed their concern over the pitch issues. While that is another debate. The question in everybody’s mind leading up were if the final test will at least live up to the expectation of the series being a “hard fought” one.

Virat kohli on the other hand had been open in his views in regards to the complaints. After the final game in Delhi, Virat Kohli has stuff to back his views. He has consistently remarked that the wickets which will be offered in India will be turning wickets, but adding that runs could be scored if the batsmen applied themselves well. The test in his hometown certainly proves him spot on.

While, the the initial two and a half days of the final Gandhi-Mandela test went in similar fashion as the rest of the series, with bowlers dominating. The difference maker turned to be Ajinkya Rahane. A splendid,  127 runs in the first innings, and Rahane became the first centurion in the series. A century – which seemed obscure in the Test series thus far. India posted a score of above 300, but when South Africa came in to bat there was certainly no difference-maker. Ravindra Jadeja, continued celebrating his national callback, picking another 5-wicket haul.

However, the last past of the series turned out to be one, which seemed some long-lost thing. India even though having a sizable lead, decided against enforcing the follow-on. Coming back to bat, the Indian batsman faced the wrath of Morne Morkel initially, the top-3 having succumbed to the lion-hearted fast bowler. When things look blurred, the Skipper joined the Centurion from the first innings, and formed a partnership to take pride. Virat Kohli missed his 1st century falling 2 runs short of getting into the nervous 90s, Ajinkya Rahane, however joined the elite list of Indian batsmen to score centuries in both innings of the Test. A list where Virat Kohli is already a part of. Rahane, and the Indian innings finished with him getting to three figures. A target of 481 to win, or 5 sessions to play out for RSA was set. Hashim Amla’s men chose the latter.

In the final innings of the tour, the Proteas decided to drop anchor, and the stage was set for some real old school Test Cricket. Opener Dean Elgar departed early, but his partner, Temba Bavuma certainly impressed one and all with his effort in his 34 runs stay, more importantly playing a 117 balls. Hashim Amla carefully batted for 244 balls, scoring 25 runs. Then, AB Deviliers came, and AB Deviliers – the man with the most magical range of shots in Cricket, batted like “The Wall”, putting up an innings lasting for almost 7 hours and 297 balls scoring 43 runs in procession.

FAF Duplesis, too fought for 97 balls, before missing a straight ball from Ravindra Jadeja. Duminy did not last long, succumbing to Ravichandran Ashwin. Dan Vilas added something to his runs tally, if only 13 of them facing 50 deliveries. While, the tail didn’t have an answer to Umesh Yadav, meant South Africa could not draw the game, but for the first time this series lasted more than 4 sessions of play with great resilience.

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While, South Africa put up an awesome fight, bringing test cricket to life, playing with dead bat, with utmost grit. It also raises questions. Some fans would definitely want to query about why South Africa couldn’t show the same fight earlier in the series. Were the wickets that bad? Was the bowling unplayable? Maybe, the final innings says that the South Africans batted in an ordinary manner, while the wickets demanded some application. The innings from Rahane will get the Indian batting to instigate themselves about their batting on spinning wickets. The series also has shown that the South African batting has too many spots to be covered.

The Indian bowling has had a wonderful time in the series, picking wickets at will, but again Ishant Sharma has went through 3 tests without much adding up in the wickets column. While, he did not have a lot to do, but when times did demand him getting wickets, he couldn’t answer the call consistently enough. Umesh Yadav will sleep well after his balls made batsmen dance at the national capital of India.

This Test match must have been a welcome sight for many purists of the game. Finally a Test lasting the 5 days it is supposed to. At last the stuff talked about is not the pitch, nor the value. For once, the thing in consideration is the battle between bat and ball. For fans, this serves as the ride back to the ‘nostalgic’ days of Test Cricket. The form of the game might have an unpredictable future, but pleasingly for all involved, a day of some TEST cricket, where the day provided much more than quality “entertainment”.

Incredible People: Dashrath Manjhi aka The Mountain Man

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Late Dashrath Manjhi or the ‘Mountain Man’, was a poor labourer from a small village in the state of Bihar in India. He awe-struck millions of people with a feat, which was to carve a path through a hill, only using a hammer and chisel.

What a man can do for his love? How inspiring can love be? To what extent could one go for his desire to help? If Dashrath Manjhi, a labourer, in the village of Gehlour, Bihar (a state in India) would not have died 8 years ago, he would have replied, “Sky is the Limit.” It’s always easier said than done, but he literally proved the phrase true by his actions.

Mr. Manjhi was married to Falguni Devi. Falguni (then pregnant), one day while crossing a hill to bring water and lunch for her husband who worked as a labour in a field, slipped and injured herself seriously due to falling off from the mountain, ultimately leading to her death. Disturbed by the loss of his love, Manjhi set himself a mission to carve out a proper road through the hill, so that travelling could be easier for the people, and consequently people could also have access to quicker medical facilities. The spark that ignited the day helped him work madly for 22 years, often without food, at times by eating leaves, and drinking dirty water, all to achieve his feat. His struggle led him to single handedly carve out a 360 feet long, 25 feet high, and 30 feet wide road from a mountain.

Though he had cut a protected mountain, which is an offence under Indian “Wildlife Protection Act,” yet his extraordinary feat made him a true inspiration. His name was referred for one of India’s highest civilian honour the “Padma Shree,” and he was given a stately funeral by the Government of Bihar. In 2011, the government officially named the road as the “Dashrath Manjhi Path.”

Manjhi is often even referred to as the “poor man’s Shah Jahan,” while he did not make a “wonder of the world” for his wife, his feat seems far greater, just for the pure grit, and determination, and it is certainly non-debatable unlike its counterpart. A Bollywood movie was released on 21 August, 2015 featuring his struggle, love and determination in life. The movie was titled “Manjhi: The Mountain Man.” It was said that he gave the exclusive rights to make a movie on him, while on his death-bed.

People called him “mad”, but as he said, maybe “God” was with him, and he did the unthinkable, making travelling easier for all the people in his village, and all nearby villages. He also brought the ‘mussahar’ community into light who with respect to living standards are still centuries behind than all of you reading this. More than 98% still die as illiterates, and are forced to work as labours for the higher sections of society in Bihar.

Like all good stories do, Dashrath Manjhi’s story had its fair share of setbacks, villainy, and help, but the poor labourer taught everyone that “impossible” is a word in a fool’s dictionary, and anyways poor Manjhi couldn’t have ever afford a dictionary, until he became the “Mountain Man.”

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