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The Obama Post

Cyberspace in Mumbai has been buzzing with Obama. And I wouldn’t stand down for anything.

Here’s presenting you 5 simple steps to becoming Obama

1. Announce to the economic centre of the country that you will spend a day there. Even if all you did was arrive in the evening and leave next morning.

2. Stall all traffic in the city for the whole day. And the next. Both on the streets in South Bombay, and at the airport, as you flew in and out in your private jet. (I spent a full 70 minutes to get from Cuffe Parade to VT, which is otherwise a 30 minute commute at worst)

3. Spend Diwali at an English school. Not in a Vernacular school. Just because your security might go crazy.

4. Arrive a day AFTER Diwali to spend Diwali in Mumbai, only because Diwali is classified as a security threat. Way to respect our beliefs President.

5. And finally. Poster your face over every news channel, newspaper, and in some case, flyover, so that people know you are going to be around and so that they know to stay off the streets.

While I completely am in support of Indo-US relations (refer to post not so long ago), this is no way to foster relations Sir. If the President, or any of his innumerable intelligence agencies is reading this, I hope he is aware of the inconvenience that he has caused this city. Mumbai is not Washington. Yet. It is not equipped to handle VIP personnel the way his city is. Yet. His trip to Mumbai may have been a political and diplomatic success, but the murmur on the streets are not in his favour. He has become a household name, but for all the wrong reasons – for stalling traffic in downtown Mumbai for hours at long, for cancelling flights at an airport that is already breathing for space. I hope he realises that India is a democracy and that, at the end of the day, public support will be necessary if he needs to take relations between our countries to a new level, and isolating the masses is not the way to do it.

But political decisions probably dont rely as much on the public as I imagine they would be. I’m just a blogger, with no footprint in the political lobbies, so I’ll probably be ignored. But in a country with free speech, I’ve said my bit.


Of CommonWealth and other not-so-common stuffs

It’s Day 3 of the CWG here in India, and I’m thrilled at the fact that the Indian contingent has done amazingly well. The contingent WRESTLED, SHOT and LIFTED their opponents outta the way, and have brought home 6 Golds, 6 Silvers and 2 Bronzes. Kudos to all the sportspersons who have performed exceedingly well, despite the rather negative cloud that was surrounding this event. For those who haven’t already heard, the event was completely surrounded by bad luck from the word go. When charges of corruption were just being refuted, bridges and ceilings collapsed, and people looked around frantically for the splendour that should have been an integral part of this event. Thankfully, the opening ceremony went off quite well, and India’s run in this event has been quite successful too. So here’s to the hope that we do much better in the days to come, and keep or improve our Second spot on the leaderboard.

About a week ago, the Ayodhya verdict came out. For those who are unaware, this is a highly sensitive title suit, for claimants are laying claim on a piece of land that one party claims to the birthplace of Hindu God Ram, and another party says is the spot where a Mosque once stood and was brutally demolished. So tense was the situation that many major business entities in the country allowed employees to leave home early, in a bid to escape from any violence that could arise from an unfavourable verdict. In a rather expected judgement, the State High Court asked the claimants to share the land among themselves, and do what they deemed fit with it. While one party was left with 2/3 of the land, another had to settle with the remaining. Needless to say, both parties are filing petitions with the Supreme Court with claim to the entire land. In a country like India where the judicial system is already backlogged with many many cases, this one is going to hog the limelight for all the wrong reasons. (Sigh) Yeh to India hai. (This is India)

US President Barack Obama recently decided to schedule a visit to Mumbai, no doubt in the hopes of buying us out with a UN seat (we’ll take that, thank you…). While we are more than happy that he is taking this step to give India this much deserved seat in the UNSC, I wonder why it’s being hyped as much. After all, he isn’t the first US President to visit us, nor is his agenda too stark. What may have changed since Clinton and Bush last visited the Indian soils is how the world has perceived India, and how India has projected itself. From being just another trade partner, we’ve become quite critical to the American economy. From just an outsourcing hub, we’ve transformed into a key element in the businees chain, and THAT is what has changed their attitude towards us. But, for some strange reason, we haven’t been able to leverage anything from the Indo-US relationship (other than the nuclear pact). Let’s hope that when he arrives around Diwali, we’re in a better stage to strike a deal, and in better spirits to enjoy them.

Only last week my favouritest (I know that isn’t a word) actor Ranbir Kapoor starred in a rather lack-lustre movie. A million reviews have been written and I will not repeat the fact that the movie was not at all inspiring. I loved the fellow from his first movie Saawariya (an adaption of an Arabian Nights story) to his last release Rajneeti (a take on the mythological epic Mahabharat). While his innocent looks and impish smile are a definite reason for me to fall flat, his acting skills are far more responsible for me respecting him as an actor. While I am quite confused on why he would agree to such a uninspiring project, I (and a certain friend) certainly lay blame on the director for not using this fellow much better. (Sigh) If only I could direct him…

I had a chance to listen to Rahman’s latest Bollywood album Jhootha Hi Sahi, and boy was I disappointed. Seems like Rahman has been too busy with his Jai Ho tour and other committments that he wasn’t able to devote much time to his stable professional committments. I dont blame him… he is a musical genius and overworking a genius is never a good idea (case in point: me). But I wonder if Rahman were better off NOT releasing such albums (his previous releases include other not-so-inspiring soundtracks for Blue and Raavan) and would take the Aamir Khan funda of one album a year. (Sigh) Even good music is being watered down by this evil world…

Elsewhere, I was busy getting mowed by an SUV. Note that the idiot was taking a blind turn at a speed I reckon was at least 50. Yet he claims it couldn’t have been more than 50. He was mighty lucky I dint get injured or he’d have had more than a black eye to deal with. And luckier still that his girlfriend kept me from doing any more damage. On the bright side, he now has a shiny black eye to match his shiny black SUV. (pats self on back)