“Wrong number, ma’am!” Why you should double-check the “dialed number”.

Life is unpredictable. Nobody has ever written an autobiography upfront. There is just no way to predict what’s going to happen next. While sometimes somethings can happen for the worse, mostly life is kind enough to bring you great surprises… and yeah, sometimes things happen which just leave you laughing your guts off. 

My latest Monday morning started that way. I was awaken by the sound of my cellphone’s ringtone. I am never a big fan of my phone ringing, especially when I’m in sleep. I rarely get any calls though, my phone’s mostly silent, so when my phone rings early morning – my inner self screams, “No, please call an hour or two later.” But, they aren’t listening, so the phone keeps ringing. This time, It shouldn’t have rung for long too when I picked it up, and before I could’ve spoke out – a voice from the other end said, “Jaan, please kuch bolo na.”[Translation: Dear (or darling or honey or something similar), please say something..]

What!?” I said, a bit surprised and confused. I was completely awaken now, and after realizing what may have happened, I did well to not laugh as the initial response. There was a momentary silence followed by a sort of embarrassed (as I assume) “Oh!” 

Wrong number, ma’am!” I said, and the other phone disconnected within the split of a second. I had managed to not laugh when the call was active, but I found the incident extremely funny. It was a sweet voice, but very honestly it’s QUITE a mistake to get your “Jaan’s” (Google autocorrected it to Japan’s for once) number wrong. 

This is probably the most I’ve laughed to start a Monday morning. I was awaken by then, and my mom noticed that too. She said (or taunted), “Jaldi with gaya aaj.” [You woke up early today]. As obedient as I’m went back to sleep, and rose again a good 2 hours later. But, that phone call will be the subject of my laughter for some time to come. I hope she got Mr. Japan’s number right next time.

To make your day better, here’s a beautiful picture.

If you have a story tell or something to share about “missed calls”, do comment. Great day ahead. 

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My Messed Up Social Media Timelines! 

This isn’t the best picture editing you’d see, but it shows how strict we’re relating to adult material on our blog.

Anyways, the picture above is a screenshot from my Google+ timeline, of course made useless to use for anyone else later. The post has been made to a Cricket community, and it certainly isn’t related to Cricket in any way of imagination. I am going to take you all through my Social Media timelines and then I have something to tell:

Twitter (@RahulSingh_I) – My Twitter timeline is most of the time filled with posts such as “Her body paint definitely doesn’t hide her n*ppl*s”, “The girl’s 70 inches … is getting Instagram crazy”, “Man catches wife with stranger…” and then all the “sexy girls” posts. In fact, months ago I took an entire day to go through all the profiles I was following, and unfollowed over 200 people making such posts. But, even now I sometimes skip going through profiles before following back people. So, the problem has resurfaced. I am not even considering going through all the profiles I follow this time, so the only option is to mute all those people – one at a time – and report the posts too. Add to that all those “hate” tweets, Internet trolls, and angry people. Twitter has the perfect recipe to spoil my Timeline. 
Thank God for Twitter lists, and some people who genuinely tweet great making me check my timeline, and of course some friends.

    Google+ – It isn’t too bad here – all the profiles I follow aren’t spam. The “sexy videos” posts reach my timeline through the communities I am a part of. I was a part of over 70 communities in May, I’ve reduced that to 5 now. But, then my G+ timeline is basically teens ranting about their problems, reposting Tumblr “teen” posts, roleplays, sex jokes, fangirlism/fanboyism, “how my life sucks”, “nobody cares about me”,“I am leaving”, “I love you forever, bae”, “f*ck” posts, and and people flirting to sum up. The thing is that Social Media is to express, and I don’t mind people using their freedom of expression simply because I do it to the extreme. But, then when I see many people copying the same posts, showing other people’s work as their own, using expletives nonstop, cursing life 24×7, it’s just too negative. I can’t report them, I don’t block ’em, but I do “mute” them these days.

    Although, because of all the bloggers I follow on Google+, and some great people I get to interact with, my Google+ experience overall is totally worth checking. Surprisingly, there are some witty teens too, – very surprisingly.

      Facebook – Due to how Facebook chooses relevant posts for it’s users, I only have “success” and “motivation” posts appearing on my timeline. That has made me about 10 minutes more active on Facebook everyday, up from 2-3 minutes at best. However, there’s a price I’ve had to pay – not interacting with many means – my posts aren’t something everyone looks forward to as well, especially that I unfriended about 250 people a while back to leave me with 60 friends – that doesn’t help.

        Instagram (rahulsingh_i) – I am new to Instagram, and have had very few people add me, and I don’t follow many too. So, it’s cool for now, and looks calm. Highly impressed with the activity on the medium as compared to other Social networks. Just wishing that  Instagram makes hashtags as relevant as Twitter, and People easier to follow – while being non-spammy.

          Others – I have accounts on Tumblr, Flipboard, Pinterest, Quora, and many more places that I am not too active with. I loved how Flipboard worked, no wonder they have got over 500 million app downloads from the Google PlayStore. Tumblr and Quora can be addictive, but I am logged out of both, and have no intentions of logging in anytime soon – other than the odd security checks of course. Pinterest, it’s the place you want to share your “creative” blog posts too – no wonder, it isn’t for me.

          Important – Look for every problem there’s a solution. Report all spam posts, block people, create private lists on Twitter, and add the people you want to interact with. Block, or if that’s too harsh, mute people on Google+, or the better solution is to keep important people in a separate circle. Message your Facebook friends once in a while. Explore new parts of the Social Media networks. What’s the point of ranting on your blog, man? Good day.

          India, Pakistan, Terrorism, War, and some Chinese talk (Opinion of an Indian Guy!)

          I am myself wondering why I would write this blog post. I am in no way qualified to speak on a matter as serious as this, and I’m not going to offer any expertise anyways. No political Interest, no knowledge of foreign policies, and no knowledge of “war”. However, being on Social Media – I just couldn’t ignore the present India versus Pakistan dynamic.

          India is a complicated place, as I have understood in my 22 years of life. We are united, and then we are divided. We are 1 nation, and somewhere, we are also 29 states and 7 Union Territories. We are 1.3 billion Indians, but then we also Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and everything else. It’s safe to say, that we have, or we find more reasons to have internal disputes than any other nation. But, thankfully we are a democracy, we appreciate diversity, and with all troubles, we are at all times, together. There are two things specific that unites every Indian in every stretch of imagination – Cricket and Pakistan.

          In the last 10 years of myself watching news channels, I have not gone through a calendar year without a terrorist attack in India. Every time, all the investigations give results pretty much the same – just with different names. I’d be honest, I don’t really care about remembering those names either. I think I have heard it one million times at least – “The terrorists came from across the borders.”

          The problem starts here. Pakistan won’t accept, and to be fair to them, it’s not something one wants to accept – being home to terrorists. But, then there are stories of I. S. I.  (Pakistan’s intelligence) organizing terrorist camps, and the Pakistani military grooming terrorists, and things are more complicated. I can’t still try to figure out: Why should a nation groom terrorists? It’s not that they don’t suffer. Terrorists kill more people in Pakistan than they can dream of in India, they won’t even spare kids. Pakistan’s economy is nuisance, and they risk being in a situation similar to that of “Syria” in the future.

          I consider Pakistan a “Terrorist State”, and my problem is that we loose soldiers, and common people in attacks that are caused due to our neighbor being double faced to handling terror. Yeah, it’s pretty mind boggling that people find phrases called “good terrorism”. I understand Pakistan finds India a “soft state”, but haven’t we fought enough wars yet? Even with another war, we’ve a clear winner, but the problem is that there will be destruction on both sides. A nuclear war is the last thing the world needs to see, but it’s a thing I see Pakistani ministers talk a lot of on account of sending warnings to India on possibilities of war. I find it weird because even in that scenario, it’s easier to wipe off 180-200 million people than 1.3 billion people. That’s a gross fact to put forward, but it’s an unfortunate reality.

          If you’re a neutral person reading this, I don’t know what you feel, but recently, very recently – I see genuine hate develop between the two nations. Pakistan has never been a “best friend”, but people have always had a soft side for them, easily demonstrated by some of the love their cricketers, singers, actors get here, but that’s diminishing, and in my opinion it’s Pakistan’s “terrorism” thoughts to be blamed.

          I have memories of 1999 – when India fought Pakistan in Kargil – I was 5 then. I am 22 now, and not much has changed seemingly, when Indian media is going full blown on “war” mode. Every Indian on Social Media wants war with Pakistan. Going through Pakistan’s media reports on the web tells me that they sniff conspiracy against Pakistan, and things are stagnant on the issue.

          How are things going to get better? Not many ideas. India and Pakistan are always going to have some issues – especially with the prospect of a war sometime, that “hate” factor wouldn’t disappear, but increase. Another problem with a war is that win or loose, everyone looses more than they gain. War is also not a solution as well, unless one of the two nations cease to exist, and if that happens, that’s a problem for everyone involved.

          I’ve been an admirer of our epics, and the one thing that they teach is that war is the last option. I personally think that neither of the two nations have reached a stage where they have no other option than going into war.

          What do we do now to change the Indo-Pak scenario without war?

          Talk..!! Talk harsh. I don’t know if it’s possible , but get the Pakistan military involved too. From what I’ve understood Pakistani politics, the army chief has more say than Pakistan’s Prime Minister himself. Talk about POK, talk about Jammu and Kashmir too, because if terrorism from our neighbor hurts people anywhere, it’s our nationals in Kashmir. I know the idea of talking sounds cowardly, but I have got my reasons for diplomacy over war.

          We have everything going right for us in terms of our economy. Our Prime Minister has spent the entire first half of his tenure trying to get more investments in India. While the western world has long time back seen its Internet boom, India still provides an ocean of opportunities in that regards. In short, if we go into a fight with Pakistan, we can’t win, because our growth will suffer regardless of what happens. 

          Do I support the Surgical Strike? Hell yeah. Nothing has got me as excited in recent times than the news of Indian paratroopers killing Pakistani terrorists in Pakistan did. I’d love another one of those too, and our Commandos are good enough to do that. But, what thereafter? A 3rd strike? A 4th? Can we kill all the terrorists like that? Can we finish terrorism in Pakistan without Pakistan willing to do that? No, India has to talk.. India has to get Pakistan involved. I don’t know how the top tier works, but the Pak government, the Pak Army has to be convinced that they’re better served killing Pakistani terrorists than Indian soldiers. The former has no problems killing children at schools, the latter lives to secure an ocean of people. I have no problems saying that I personally find the United Nations “laughable” as a “democratic” world organization, and neither China, nor U. S. A. can do much in solving Indo-Pak problems, they’ve their own issues. It’s got to be solved between us, and for that both nations have to talk, and in a way they haven’t done in the last 69 years.

          Should all bilateral businesses be brought to a halt till then? Should Pakistani actors not be allowed in India? Should India and Pakistan not play Cricket against each other? It’s pretty simple, when I’d fight with someone at school, we don’t know each other until the tension cease to exist. How will the tension cease to exist? We’ll have to talk our way out. 

          The biggest problem with war is that missiles won’t care if there are little children – negligent of all the hate stuff, dreaming in their own worlds playing – where It’s going to go off. Indian, Pakistani or from anywhere, do those Godly creatures deserve to die? We would be fighting a war against “enemies”, but what if withIn the enemy camp exists a creature that wants peace?

          There is little chance that any Pakistani will ever read this, honestly 3-4 people will read this completely (1 of ’em being myself), but if you’re from Pakistan, and you read this. Do ask yourself a question – In the most ideal circumstances for you, you beat us in war without one loss, none of us Indians exist, Kashmir is yours. What then? Would terrorism let you grow? Are your policies formidable enough to help you move forward? The answer is a resounding NO. It’s one thing adding up a nuclear weapon one after another, it’s another thing being a superpower. More importantly, will Pakistan be a “happy nation” thereafter? The answer again seems negative. Why does Pakistan need more land? Pakistan can’t really capitalize on the land it has, and fair enough to say that it has a large area for a land of 180 million or so. In fact, so much that it has “donated” land to China for something unknown to me. Dragons are naughty, aren’t they?

          Coming to China. It’s reasonable that they support Pakistan in international forums like they do, even if it’s using the VITO to help a terrorist. Really, if I were China I’d be like: 

          Pakistan: Hey mate, this is our dude, he’s a good guy. Stop him from being banned in the U. N. 

          Me (as China): Dude, that guy is a terrorist!

          Pakistan: But, we give you our land.. remember!

          Me (as China): OMG! How did I forget? Silly me.. Almost done, babe.

          It’s normal that many Indians hate China in this situation. Many have now made it a point to stop using Chinese products. But can we avoid everything Chinese? Impossible! At least for now. We can’t tell everyone to throw their China made phones, etc. It’s not practical. My own Micromax, an Indian company I’m writing this on, was made with Chinese parts in China earlier. I won’t throw this phone. iPhones are too expensive.

           The solution here is “Make in India”. I think every consumer has the right to buy the best product in the market, and Indian youth should take this a challenge to provide Indians with products that are a better alternative to Chinese products. It will take time, but this is the way we can solve problems. The best way to solve our current problems is to become the nation we are destined to become. India is a big nation, and India has to act as a world leader. I want to live in an India that is “terror-proof”. I want to continue being proud of the fact that India never “starts a fight”, and I want to continue living in an India, that continues building hospitals, dams, schools in countries such as Afghanistan. In our nation, we have many battles ahead – as our honourable Prime Minister has sometimes said before too – we have poverty to fight; We still have prejudices and stereotypes to fight too; We are into a stage where India grows everyday, where our nation fights the problems everyday, where people come up with solutions, until that proverbial “last person” lives a good life. It’s difficult, but possibile.

          I hate to see our Soldiers die, but I am very sure that even if the most disastrous war happens, doesn’t matter if we aren’t exactly 1.3 people alive, there shall continue to exist a Hindustan, but I am one of those that wants to see on the world map – A Pakistan too, hopefully a Pakistan without the Hafeez Saeed, and many more hypocritic people who can somehow manipulate young minds to fight against people who aren’t too different. It has been said time and again that there are more happier Muslims in India than the total population of Pakistan, but “that dude” wouldn’t get it of course. 

          Signing off. Do let me know your own views in the comments section. Eagerly Waiting. And yeah… whatever I said here.. keep it between us.