Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Love blooms amidst lockdown

Mother sent son to buy grocery, he returned with a bride. Mom didn’t allow them to enter the house, took them to police station. Couple has no proof that they got married. The priest who got them married told them he can give a certificate only after the lockdown. Grinning face#UP ki batein

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Namo reaches out to Naidu and Jaya in Hyderabad

Narendra Modi tried to reach out to potential allies like TDP and AIADMK in his sold out show at Lal Bahadur Shastri stadium in Hyderabad today.

While he attacked all out on the Grand Old party of India for its failures and corruption allegations he extended olive branches to Jayalalitha and Chandrababu Naidu. He praised Jaya's skill develoment initiatives and remembered NT Ramarao as the person whose initiatives firmed up the anti-Congress alliance at the centre in the last decade.

He anticipates the need of potential allies after the polls. After Nitish walked out of the NDA it becomes most important task for the party to bring as many potential allies they can.

Now the inner party dynamics have been inching towards his leadership now he needs external support badly. His chemistry with Jaya is well-known and after the Telangana announcement by Congress it would be interesting to see the Naidu's moves. Modi may eye Jagan Mohan also.

Modi is also trying to gain in Karnataka while roping in Yedurappa. If Modi juggernaut rolls then he may gain slightly in Tamilnadu and Kerala also keeping in mind the assaults on BJP supporters in these states recently. But he has to solve the Bihar and Maharashtra puzzle as these big states are giving mixed signals to Namo's overtures.

Indian flavour at Vienna Film Festival 2013

Film Festival Wiener Rathausplatz 2013
The summer holidays and the Vienna Film Festival is a perfect combination for the people to enjoy their evenings. Vienna's Town Hall Square transformed into open concert and full of gourmet hotspots from around the world that make this festival truly international.

Every summer up to 700,000 visitors come to enjoy high-quality music highlights free of charge on a 300m² screen with the fantastic backdrop of the Vienna Town Hall, and top-notch international cuisine.

Indian Food Stall at Film Festival
Few days back it was seen that Indian gourmet stalls attracting throngs of people. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian food items such as Nan, Samosa, Chana Masala, Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Makhni, Lamb Curry etc.

Till September 01 people have a chnce to satisfy their taste buds with Indian, Austrian, Turkish and other delicacies with film and music shows.

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Coffee on Indian style Auto Rickshaw
Coffee on Indian style Auto Rickshaw
           All photos: Chanakya's World

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Ajmer via Pushkar valley

Early morning drive from Pushkar to Ajmer Sharif via Pushkar valley. You will get amazing view while driving through snake roads up on the hills. A must visit place.

Parking for women only- Gender equality

This is the space reserved for a vehicle driven by a woman. Seen in Tyrol, Austria.

Photo: Chanakya's World

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Google Doodle reminds the Indian Railways glorious journey

Google Doodle celebrating India's first passenger train journey in India today. On 16 April,1853 India witnessed the first passenger train service. Wikipedia says that, on 16 April 1853, the first passenger train service was inaugurated between Bori Bunder in Mumbai and Thane. Covering a distance of 34 kilometres (21 mi), it was hauled by three locomotives, Sahib, Sindh, and Sultan. This was soon followed by opening of the first passenger railway line in North India between Allahabad and Kanpur on March 3, 1859.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

If Chanakya were alive today

The Times of India

We all keep quoting Chanakya Neeti whenever we encounter any problem or see an issue confounding the public at large. What if Chanakya were alive today? What advice would he pick from his own famous treatise and for whom among our worthy politicians and celebrities? Here's a tongue-in-cheek look:

 1. "Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions - Why am I doing it, What will the results be? Will I be successful? Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead." Chanakya would advice Rahul Gandhi to rethink his foray into politics rather than joining merely in loyalty to his dynastic roots.

2. "There is some self-interest behind every friendship. This is a bitter truth." Chanakya would console Amitabh Bachchan and former Samajwadi party leader Amar Singh, who became "brothers" to fulfil the need of the hour (Amitabh for financial bailout and Amar Singh for proximity to Bollywood and the Bachchans).

3. "A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first." Chanakya would advice G R Khairnar, the former Deputy Commissioner of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, who spearheaded the demolition drive of many illegal constructions in Mumbai, and therefore, had to face the wrath of the city mafia, with even his government not backing him.

 4. "As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it."
Chanakya would advice the Indian army, instead of merely acting in defense mode in adherence to some misplaced loyalties to India's peace ethos.

5. The world's biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman." Chanakya would advice External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid about Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, so that he doesn't repeat the same mistakes as S M Krishna did.

6. "Once you start a working on something, don't be afraid of failure and don't abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest."
Chanakya would advice Anna Hazare to continue his anti-corruption movement despite interminable delays and embarassing followers.

 7. "The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions."
Chanakya would applaud Aamir Khan's Satyamev Jayate initiative, which is a big step in the right direction.

8. "God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple."
Chanakya would tell all religious fanatics.

9. "Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth."
Chanakya would give this advice to all students (as well as tell KBC entrants to brush up their General Knowledge).

Monday, December 19, 2011

Celebrating 100 years of national anthem

Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore's 'Jana Gana Mana' was first performed on December 27, 1911, at the Calcutta session of the Indian National Congress which was then a national movement, not a political party. Decades later , once the near-impossible dream of Independence was eventually realized, the Constituent Assembly adopted the song as the national anthem on January 24, 1950.