@RagsNair

अपने ही भाई बहन हैं. दिल दुखे हैं उनके. उबार निकाल लेने दो. Healthy होता है.

They are our brothers and sisters only. Let them vent. It is healthy.

I think people are beginning to be so blinded by their hate that they are beginning to do the same things (in some cases, go beyond) that they're accusing the other side of doing. They are blindly resorting to sharing of false propaganda just so that they can make a point. I'm not sure what their true intentions are, but surely that can't be healthy either. If you're in a fight, fight fair, and be honest. Stop making a mockery of other people's beliefs. The end does not justify the means.

I'm an atheist. Well, sort of. And I'm anti-BJP (and the RSS, Shiva Sena, and other Sangh Paiwar parties) only and only because they peddle this Hindutva nonsense, which threatens the secular fabric of this country. However, that does not mean that I'm anti-Hindu, or pro-Islam/pro-Christianity. I honestly couldn't care less about any of them. But I'm beginning to think that not all anti-hindutva advocates feel the same way. Some folks here seem to be anti-hinduism. Now, that's not secular is it?

I can never delete my Twitter account, because I've been using it as a complaint box for the past few years. In fact, other than the odd political tweet here and there, I only use it for tweeting to brands who don't listen otherwise. Hopefully brands won't setup an account on Mastodon anytime soon. If they do, then be prepared to see me unleash my wrath on them.

Apparently, if you're a creative guy who's capable of coming up with out of the box ideas to surprise your woman, then you must really love her. And if you have outdone yourself, she will put up a post on social media, talking about how sweet and loving you are. Achievement unlocked, right? :0060:

Opinion 

I was one of those people who chose to talk about politics. Some of my followers bore with me, while some chose to unfollow. I also unfollowed a lot of people whose views were different from mine. I still can't stop myself from talking about political stuff, even though I really don't want to. It just adds to the toxicity of social media. I'm tired of reading people's opinions (and I'm sure others would say the same thing about me), I just want to follow more people who'd talk about themselves.

I joined Twitter in 2010, a little late, but it was still not that crowded. I used to follow a handful of people, who were a lot of fun, in the sense that they would treat Twitter like their personal diary. They would talk about their day, joke a little, be sad a little...it felt like I knew them even though I had never met them. I in fact rarely even tweeted to them; I would just read/listen. That's what I miss about Twitter, 'coz sometime around 2014, when politics took over, these folks left.

I like the smell of petrol, kerosene, paint, whitener, etc. as much as the next person, but what I don't get is how people can like the smell of mud/the outdoors after (or during) it rains. That shit stinks.

Thank god I don't have an account in SBI, but how long before private banks adopt the same policies? We live in an age where we get taxed if we don't put our money in the banks, and taxed if we do. Basically, the govt. wants a larger chunk of our hard earned money to go into their coffers. And what are they doing with this money? Bailing out fraudsters and funding temples? Not hating, just sad.

News Story:

SBI minimum account balance: Penalty and other rules explained
livemint.com/money/personal-fi

@sankarshan a vast majority has been pushed to a state of informationlessness. And all they hear is "Sab Changa Si" on the television all day. Even the local newspapers have been doing a bad job of reporting things. All you find is a clean branding. When you travel to rural parts of the hindi heartland and talk to people, they will try their best and defend Modi and when all reason fails, they will go like, "at least the image of India has gone global and improved significantly."

Our politicians must be held accountable for everything that's happening in their constituencies, but they are entitled to have their sick-days and hobbies as well. Being in public office is no joking matter, and it should not be taken lightly. It's a noble profession like being a doctor, a teacher, or being in the military. But the point is that's all it is, a job/profession.

BTW, I'm no fan of Gautam Gambhir. Didn't like him as a player, don't like him as a politician.

While Gautam Gambhir may have chosen the wrong meeting to miss, I don't think he was entirely wrong in choosing to go to Indore. Neither do I think that it's wrong for Shashi Tharoor to do a standup set on Amazon Prime Video. Or for Rahul Gandhi to go AWOL once in a while. Or for Trump to have his kids manage his businesses when he's POTUS. But I agree that probably Sachin took it too far during his term as MP.

But, Gambhir missed a very critical meeting given the current circumstances.

That's all they're obligated to do. As long as they do their jobs right, they can choose to do whatever they want to in their free time. They should be able to earn more, or go on a vacation, if they choose to. Just 'coz we elected them, and our tax money pays for their perks, we don't get to tell them how to lead their personal life. Imagine how we'd react if our bosses did that! As long as they don't look to profit from their post, I don't see what's wrong in moonlighting in some other trade.

You may argue that if they wanted to make more money, they could have chosen another profession. But tell me, just because a barista, hotel manager or an airhostess is in the service business, do they stop wanting to make financial gains? Then how is public service any different? Who gets to decide that elected govt. representatives are not to make money on the side? The way I see it, we choose a few people from amongst us to govern us and they carryout their responsibilities like any other job.

I realize that the connotation behind the words Public Service is that it's an act of helping others without expecting anything in return. And that's probably why we use the term to describe what elected govt officials do. But I've always wondered, is it fair to expect govt officials to not have other sources of income, apart from their govt. salary? I know govt. posts come with a lot of perks, but what's wrong in wanting more, provided that it's not coming through bribes or other illegal means?

I still don't know why Barkha Dutt blocked me on the birdsite years ago. I don't think I ever trolled her (or anyone else for that matter). Remembered this now, because I just saw a tweet of hers quoted in an article. Anyway, not that I really care!

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