Blame it on the Covid self- ostracization. Blame it on the communicating blabber mouth through multiple inn ovately designed masks that pull your ears if you try to stretch your jaw beyond a certain angle. Don’t forget the misdirected sounds if the ears are pulled in a particular incongruent direction. Pay heed to the irritating moments of constraint of wiping your eye even before the cleanser is dry after your last hand wash. Blame the damn times!
Human behaviour has changed in subtle manners. Simple sarcastic comments, otherwise praised are taken as insults. No one calls you from the back for the impromptu cup of tea, or an essential gossip. Tea, has become a matter of who is going to pay in case it extends to additional snacks as it normally did to complete the scoop of the day.
Every pocket is lighter by a few ounces if you kept paper currency, and by significant grams if you were the fool who took the change of fifty rupees fifty per cent in coins just to oblige the garrulous “paanwala” to put a pinch of that extra something that made you float for a few hours!
Tell your friend he looks extremely pleased, and he would doubt that you got the story of is contact with the ramshackle cycle repairer, who is actually a match -fixer! Ask him for a couple of thousands as your car broke on the way, and suspicions won’t be different. Pay the workshop man with your golden Rolex as standby deposit, he shall first scratch it secretly to confirm it is not paint, and shake it close to his ears. If there is concealed powder in it, the rhythmic “tic” per second shall be dimmed.
It has spread everywhere from the common man, not so common man, and the political jargon. Pay in cash, collect the proceeds due with interest after three years. If the collection be meaningful in corpus, pay tax there too.
Be careful of where to use your credt card. There are methods it can be scanned. Don’t ever go to lonely, uncrowded ATMs. Most of them would have shifted to another location by the time of your return trip. Close to 20% of the economy runs on pick-pocket money, which ever be the actual modality of operations.
Work from home, is a nice avenue of earning particularly for women and disabled. They all, like Amway chains, link to mainstream sellers. Buy poultry products, and there is no certification, that it is bird-flu tested. Feel blessed if the hen hypoxic and looking dead packed in the box, suddenly starts breathing and hops on to your neighbour’s rooftop! Was your neighbour the actual manipulative appendage to the outsourcing group?
Politicians have the knack to be in news, as do celebrities. Change the name of a road, and it sounds as though the Constitution has been tampered! It happens every now and then.
Social media just can’t control all the nuances. Hashtag videos if they have a TRP worth, shall be picked up for national view. Not a bad idea at all!
The elections in Bengal are throwing-up more travails than imagined, in what is acceptably the cultural cradle of the land. Politics of the left began with farmer reforms. Violence, and allegations of voting under force of punitive action, if so, came as a method of perpetrating power.
It is known that the indomitable Mamta Didi, broke the back of the Left, to come to power. Somehow, the election equation is such, that a section specializes in perpetrating power, and sooner or later governments start leaning on them. It is then that the reins of the reign start slipping out of grip. This is a repeated paradigm everywhere.
It is un-imaginable that the arguments are extending to Gods, further aggravating regional differences Bengal is well accepted for its cultural heritage, as Gujarat for having the best financial brains. To raise a clash is not in the line of professional politics, or the concept of a nation.
Anyway, an argument is never won by arguing. It is finally won when people come to see the other side of the coin. Bengal needs a better infrastructure deal, a higher GDP, money and industry for employment, that only nurtures its culture. Who does that or is chosen for this is the people’s judgement. I wonder why no party is grabbing the credit of Padma Hilsa. Throw ten Hilsa parties in each constituency, and by polling time, anyone would be able to smell that a great “phish-phight” is on in any corner of Kolkata!
Now the toolkits, simply called digital fliers. Recent uses were in 1989 Tiananmen Square, 2011 against the Wall Street, and 2019 in Hong Kong against extradition by China. Essentially the information can be contested if detrimental to a country’s secrecy, defence, or has the potential to ignite a riot. Regarding the present case, it is sub judice. In a way, it is good that people have raised voices, and the world’s largest Democracy, is prepared to deal with it in national interest, fairness and justice.
To give an example of a travail made trivial, is Big man Trump, let off by the Senate. Some fish are simply too big to catch!
But the Chamoli dam burst, and sub-zero temperatures in Texas, considered trivia, have become tavails.
The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it- Einstein
Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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