Thats what my son is going to call me!    🙂

I have become a proud father of a cute little baby boy today. My words know no boundaries today. In fact I’m speechless to tell you how happy I am. Thank you Dr. Malti Bhojwani, Dr. Romica Kapoor both gynaecologists from Bhopal and Dr. Ashwini Syal, neo natal surgeon and child specialist again from Bhopal for bringing my chhotu to life. Also thanks to Dr. Sangeeta C and Dr. Kavita Mehta from Lok Hospital Thane for their gynaecological advice, early diagnosis and for physician support that saved my wife from a pregnancy threatening disease in her 5th month. Thank you parents and all our well wishers. This couldn’t have been better.

I’m a father now. Man!

Inviting Guest Posts!

“maxmayur blog’s” second anniversary is a month away. This is the time of the year when I invite my readers and fellow bloggers to write guest posts on my blog. It was by invitation last year and Prateek, Pallavi and Prasad (kidakaka) were the ones who had obliged. Since the readership has increased from what it was a year back, I’m sending an open invite to every one wishes to write. Would you like to write? Just send me an email with the topic of your choice.

Guest posts will be published between 21st and 31st May. It will be accompanied by a short introduction and a link to your blog (if you have one). Check this post for a sample. –>

You have one full month to think and write some thing. Interested? I’m looking forward to it.  🙂

Mind Recalls

Have you ever wondered how your mind responds to your signals? I’m not talking about all or the most complex signals. But a simple ones, like the one where you remember what you had learnt earlier. So while I’m saying that, you might be wondering how difficult it was to mug up the history lessons and vomit it again in the papers when you were in your primary and secondary schools. Why history, we also mugged science lessons. We read the entire book, but recalled only a few lines. Ever wondered why? Funny is it not?  🙂

Well the school studies still give me shivers. Learning all the poems and yet not being able to recite them in the oral examinations. Man! Mind used to behave very funny at times. It will remember and throw the most useless to you. And yet not respond to you when you needed to recite poems. Anyway, I have observed that remembering and recalling faces is also funny you know. You never know what picture of a person will flash in front of you when you utter the name. For example if some one says Shah Rukh Khan, I remember him as the idiot par excellence Raj Malhotra from DDLJ. SOme one else might remember the half naked one from Om Shanti Om. And we might have seen both the movies. Ever wondered why a particular image flashes?

Why Shah Rukh? When I remember my mother, I recall her as a lady wearing a chiffon saree tucked at her waist and ready to prepare yet another delicious dish. Of course there are many things I remember about her. But the first mind recall is the one I just mentioned. Without naming any one, when I remember some of my friends, I remember a guy sitting in the canteen with a cream and orange striped tee, another guy riding a Suzuki Samurai and another one in a blue pathani suit. And then I remember a girl descending a flight of stairs wearing a bright magenta salwaar kameez, and another girl leaning against a railing, flashing a smile or sitting in a cafe with her chin rested on her palm, again flashing a smile. Sigh! Good old days. 🙂

I have spent considerable time with all these people. The recalls I have are not the first or the last meetings. But I dont know why the particular pose or expressions have had a lasting impression on my mind. The recalls are funny, is it not?

GPOW: Prime Meridian

This one is from Prateek‘s father. Location is the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. The time is around noon.

Come Back You Idiots!

My Mother in Law is a teacher. My father was also a teacher for a long duration. There are many others who have been teachers by choice. Every year these teachers help millions of students to learn their roots, appear examinations and pass them. Most of these students go for higher studies, where they meet more teachers. Many of them go outside India, mostly to the USA… and they dont come back! It hurts the teachers, the country and me. Come back you Idiots!

I recently heard (and heard it very late) that now a days the kids are not supposed to be detained in the same classes if they fail to clear the examinations. If students fail to clear their papers, a re-examination is conducted and easy papers are set so that they could go to the higher classes. In fact the teachers and the education ministry have a mandate not to fail the students unless absolutely necessary. The only exams they have a chance to fail are the SSC or HSSC. The education boards are doing so much to keep upgrading the syllabus so that students are allowed to learn what they want to, and save them from the agony of failing as well. And yet the students banish the system and go out. Sorry, go to USA. Continue reading

Some Thing That Hurts

I caught the glimpses of the Oscar winning movie ‘The Hurt Locker‘ some time back. Though I haven’t seen the complete movie, the glimpses were enough to unsettle my thoughts. The movie is about the plight of a bomb diffusion squad stationed in Iraq, deployed to help the American forces to combat the possible time bombs and suicide or human bombers. The movie is not only about how they diffuse they diffuse the bombs, but also about the plight of the team who is required to fight in challenging conditions for reasons not known to many.

It also made me remember an interview of a soldier Indian Express had published long time ago. He was deployed with the Border Security forces and was required to fight the Bodo ultras. I guess the character of Tarun Chauhan in the movie Tango Charlie was based on him. Today the news papers are full of stories on the Maoist insurgence and how they ran their armed business under our very own nose and without much ado. They have recently slain 73 policemen in one of the deadliest attacks on armed forces by the Maoists in India. A curious journalist interviewed Mr. Vishwa Ranjan, DIG of Chhattisgarh and asked him if we could use air strikes to negate them. To which he said, ‘Air strikes? we are fighting our own men who seem distracted.’ You know how it feels? Continue reading