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Forming an argument.

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I have seen many people debating incessantly over a matter trying to justify their way of thinking without even considering ‘common sense’ in their talk. So this post is sincerely devoted to those miserable souls who think, “hum mahaan aur baaki sab beimaan” (I am the only one honest and others are just dishonest). Stroll down to find the appropriate way of giving an argument.

If you support an ideology about something or have your own one, then get ready to endure the criticism, as you just cannot please everybody with your way of thinking. Make your ‘firm yet elastic’ stance and abide by it, always defend your arguments critically and analytically and try to avoid vague and irrational reasoning. Try to justify your argument, like: “I am right, and here’s why” and not like: “You are wrong, wrong, wrong so I am right.”

Understand others point of view too but try to be firm to your viewpoint, as everyone has the freedom to have their own unique point of view, and so you do too. Have an elastic approach when giving your argument and if possible make due amendments in it according to the demanded situation.

PS – Feel free to add your valuable argument to this ‘argument’, in the comments section below.

©innorishabh

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What begets Fanaticism?

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The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows, this is a very mean and nasty place full of treacherous scumbags. They will always try to trick you, incite you, and then beat you down with their skillful tactics. But, but you have to recognize them, and at the very first hand just ignore them and refrain yourself from getting involved in their trap. Because more you get involved, the more they incite you and the more they incite you, you get frigging more involved. And this involvement my friend, ends up making you frustrated, charming you towards the path of coercion and violence.

And you know what, the fun part is that, this very fair and judgemental world considers this kind of frustration as “FANATICISM”.

So my friend, you need not resort to fanaticism, just learn the art of recognizing those scumbags and try to abstain from getting yourself provoked by them.

©innorishabh

Politics

Arvind Kejriwal and the demise of BJP

Delhi, yesterday saw a historic win of ‘determination’, ‘hard work’, ‘integrity’ and ‘truthfulness’ over ‘slyness’, ‘shrewdness’ and ‘malevolence’. 10th February, 2015 came as a calamitous day for BJP.

Being a BJP supporter at first, it took me a day to actually enjoy the triumph of AAP over BJP this Assembly Election (and enjoy the ‘5 saal Kejriwal’ song too). It took me one long day to introspect and understand who Arvind Kejriwal is in real sense. For one whole day I just sat still and searched extensively all about AAP and Arvind Kejriwal and I got to learn what actually his vision is, why did he joined this muck like politics, when he could have very easily enjoyed his wonderfully beautiful life with his wife and two lovely kids. They lived in real comfort and security, he could have simply led his life like just any other Indian with a govt job, a peaceful life, grown old, retired with heavy pension, and died in tranquility. But NO, he chose the less trodden path, he chose to dive into this mire and clean all the shit within it.
Quoting Robert Frost here:
“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
Yeah, really that has made all the difference. He made it possible to believe that politics can be played clean and fair too, he made people believe that hard work and determination never goes in vain, he made people believe that even an aam aadmi can change the whole scenario, as we are seeing it today.

I have been following the recent developments which took place before the Delhi Elections and I have been very keen on it throughout the process. I now would talk about what led to the demise of BJP.

BJP, the party which took over authority with a clear majority in the Lok Sabha Elections, a few months back, is now laying down on its knees astounded, with just 3 seats out of 70 in the Delhi Vidhan Sabha Elections. What could have led to the downfall of BJP? Was it the declining NaMo wave or the subsequent elevating AAP wave? Well, the answer to this ‘in my opinion’ is that, actually there was nothing like a NaMo wave here in Delhi. Since the inception of AAP, there was a wave of AAP and its leader Arvind Kejriwal, that got even stronger, the moment Kejriwal resigned from the post of CM of Delhi. Yes, it dwindled for some time when he resigned but regained its strength after continuous campaigns and as approaching the elections near this year, the negative campaigns and several allegations (including some personal on AK) on AAP by BJP also worked in favour of the wave, fortunately.

Personally, what I think to be the cause of downfall of BJP was a series of events including the controversial statement by Sakshi Maharaj that ‘Hindu women should have at least 4 children’, and then Sadvi Niran Jyoti’s remark of ‘Ramzaadon and Haramzaadon’. Then they started playing their Sangh politics and tried to polarise the votes, then the vandalization of Churches in Delhi and the drama of ‘ghar wapasi’. And for all these events Modi being ‘Manmohan’ on it. These events instilled anxiety and fear in the minorities. If BJP thought that intimidating minorities would actually polarise the vote, then it was their huge mistake. A country without peace and communal harmony can not progress, just can not progress. Again the failure to fulfill the promise of bringing black money back and calling it as mere a chunavi jumla by Amit Shah just a few days ahead of the judgement day, added fuel to the fire and I can very confidently bet on it that this jumla thing just transferred a minimum of 5% vote share from BJP to the Aam Aadmi Party.

After BJP getting the clear mandate in the Lok Sabha election last year, I thought that BJP is the party which can handle India’s ship to glory better, but after those series of events which I pionted earlier, it came out to be just another party striving for power and want to mould the social scenario their own way without even caring about the ‘aam janta‘. If this was to be their sole intention, then I shame on myself for supporting such party. But I supported BJP for the promises they made of development and progress for all (unbiased towards any particular community or caste), and I thought NaMo is now the man who would be a better captain. But my prediction somewhat is proving to be false. I don’t see any major difference from the time the earlier government was in power.

Well I wish AAP for their thumping victory and for their journey to make the city corruption free and look forward for a better Delhi. I hope they be successful in fulfilling their promises, without uttering any excuse just like the last time.
And yes, I do really enjoy now the ‘5 saal Kejriwal’ song. 😉

Thank you. _/\_

©innorishabh

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Overheard conversations, or better say EAVESDROPPING!

Eavesdropping is one of my favorite hobbies, I tend to do it everyday. So here are some snippets from the conversations I overheard one day while I was on my way to my aunt’s house.

I overheard two rag picking kids fighting over a worn out pair of shoes thrown at the garbage bin in my locality. And here is what I heard:

“It’s mine, I saw it first”
“So what? I took it first, so it’s mine”

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Two rag pickers

Strolling along some more distance I overheard a teen talking over phone to her lover, perhaps.

“You know na baby, how much I love you. So why are you doing this to me? Please don’t breakup. Let’s talk about this”

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Teen talking on phone

Travelling along some more length of the path, I came across a fat middle aged lady trying to bargain with the vegetable vendor.

“Bhaiya, how much for the Onions?
“Only ₹30 a kilo, Madam”
“How much will it cost for 3 kilos?”  asked the fat lady intending for a discount, though the cost for 3 kilos was obvious.
“Madam, you can take it for ₹85”
“But bhaiya, other vendors are offering cheaper price”
“Madam, I can give it to you for only 82, and not less than that because there would be no margin profit left for me if I offer more discount.”
“Okay, and how much for these Potatoes?”
“…
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Woman bargains with the vegetable vendor

I walked past the place and after advancing some more steps I found some old men smoking hookahs and having their  conversations, which goes like:

“These days the society has changed a lot. Isn’t it? Nowadays people don’t participate in social gatherings, rather they try to socialize behind mobile screens. God knows what they find interesting there!”

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Some old men smoking hookah

And others just nodded their head in affirmation.

P.S. – This post is for The Weekly Challange

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Daily Life

Why I don’t shop at PALIKA BAZAAR

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Palika entrance

Palika Bazaar, situated at Connaught Place, New Delhi, is one of the finest place where one can find various kinds of commodities right from safety pin to electronic gadgets; from caps to footwear; wallet to trolley bags; pirated CD/DVD’s to Xbox and PlayStations; at a very cheap rate. But only a buyer hostile and experienced enough at bargaining can purchase all the items on the list and yet manage to sustain the warmth of his/her pocket.

Last year, my friend Alok and I went Palika to purchase a belt for me. Here is a snippet from the tête-à-tête we had with the belt vendor.

What’s the cost of that one, bro?” asked Alok pointing towards the brown belt kept on the middle of the lowermost shelf.

Only Rs. 600. It’s made of pure leather, see! nothing happened” replied the vendor, crumpling and stretching the belt very casually to it’s limit.

What! 600 for such a petty belt? Insane!” retorted I.

Let’s leave” insisted Alok. And then we began moving away, assuming that he would initiate a negotiation.

450? That’s the last bargain” declared the vendor.

No, Rs 50. If you are willing to give it for 50 then give or, excuse us” demanded Alok.

Haha! Is there a “C” written on my head? What kind of bid is this, brother! Also the wholesale rate is much higher than this” he retaliated derisively. “See brother, we keep the finest of the finest items you would ever come across the whole Palika, so there’s no option for a deduction

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Inside view of Palika

After a pause of 3-4 seconds, the vendor on sensing that we ain’t gonna agree on a deal to that amount, he perhaps thought better to cut some price.

Okay 300! only for you, as you are insisting so much, and that’s final

60?“commanded Alok.

Hehehe What Sir! Are you kidding me?  You aren’t even trying to agree on an agreement. At least come to an agreeable price, Sir. Come on now, say your last deal

60 ONLY, that’s our final price, you want to give or not?” said Alok boldly. And then we again pretended to leave.

100. Is that okay?” requested the vendor.

70

Okay 80. Neither yours nor mine. Come on, take it” he said hastily packing the belt in a poly bag, and handing it over to us.

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So, by this a hectic deal came to an end and, phew! I was glad that we made it. It wasn’t possible for me to buy that belt at such a cheap price. I would’ve ended up making a deal of 300 or so, but it was Alok that I was able to buy the so called “600 belt” at only 80 bucks.

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I used to steal ‘things’ from a general store

I don’t remember exactly when, but it was the time when I was in 5th or 6th grade and I with my other two partners-in-crime would go to a particular shop in ‘Visti para‘ where an old man, in his late 70’s, used to be the grocer, for which we took the advantage and steal things from his shop.
HOW did we steal? and WHAT did we steal?
Just stroll on with me to the next 200 words to find out.

“Uncle, can you show that pen”, pointing towards the direction just behind him.

“This one, beta?”

And the moment he turns to reach the pen, the other two would get ready to clear the things kept on the counter while one of us kept him engaged.

“No, no, uncle that pen”
“This?”
“No, just beside that”
“This one!”
“On the left side, the purple one”
“Okay”

So what things were kept on the counter? Ah, my mouth still waters up when I think about those delicious ‘pastries’ and ‘dilkhush‘ and ‘khasta biscuits’ and those sweet ‘buns’. Yeah, these were the petty things we used to steal. As I mentioned earlier that he was in his late 70’s, so it took him time to do the job. And by the time he turns back again we would already have grabbed some of the packets of those ‘petty things’ and hide it under our T-shirt, sucking our stomach inside making space enough to keep those packets safely, without getting noticed. (That was silly, I know!). This became our daily routine and we were getting better off at this day by day.

“What’s the cost?”
“ONLY 30 rupees, beta”
“Hmmm… nice stuff, and the price is also resonable, isn’t it?”, I retorted with a tone of sarcasm in my voice.
“That’s one of it’s kind, you will never find the fine quality of ink used in it in other pens”, replied the shopkeeper.
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“Okay uncle, keep it, we don’t have the money”.

And then we would run to some safe place and finally, divide the eateries among us and relish our success.

Those were the days when these small successes made me happy and brought immense pleasure. And now when I am a grown up, I realise that those fun providing moments were called theft, serious theft.

I sometimes think that I must visit that shop once again and should apologise that old man.
But… Naaah, why apologise for the crime we never did, as he never got to know what was missing from the counter. So why be sorry for stealing ‘nothing’.

Patrioism

Real Patriotism

The general stereotype among the commoners about patriotism is that the soldiers who risk their life at the border, 24X7, for the sake of country’s security are the most patriotic persons. Though there’s no denying the fact that they are true citizens, for they sacrifice so much for the country. But that dosen’t mean the common people have nothing to contribute. They can contribute to the nation by not spitting unnecessarily anywhere, dumping garbage in a proper dustbin, paying taxes regularly, by not violating the laws, by getting involved in the idea of improving nation’s economy, and practicing & promoting various such activities that shall add to the Nation’s pride, honor and integrity.

So fellas, feel a patriotic person within you, love your country, and act, because each and every act counts. After all love for one’s own country is the ‘Real Patriotism’.

P.S. Feel free to add yours too in comments below.

©innorishabh