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Mera Bharat Mahaan? Ahhhaaaahaaaahaaahahaha……hhhhhhaaaahhahahahhh…*wipes tears from eyes*….hhhhhah…heh….what ever!

May 15, 2014


So many things running through my mind today.

First there is the general political situation, world over. India just finished another sham of a general election, where the next chosen sheep herders are going to be planted.

Incidentally, in case no one in India has noticed, there is, with a simple news scan, ample evidence to show that a lit flag here, a cow slaughtered there, a pig’s ear thrown in the wrong place, a missionary/conversion incident (there is a huge groundswell against this practise)…. and it will be easy as pie to split India up in moments.

Divisive politics and criminal elements in politics, the rise of regional hate parties, the splitting of Andhra Pradesh, the push against people from the north east in south india, Tamil Nadu’s eternal desire to rid itself of the tag of Indian-ness…..

An Indian middle class already tottering at the edge of debt-overload….

And the simple questions are not being asked.

Why does every fruit vendor within 10 kilo-meters of me, carry imported fruit? Almost exclusively. Like 90% of it.

All stickered and waxed, sitting in their boxes….probably machine picked and washed and waxed too…

Nice eh?


Why  is Dole selling bananas in India? India cannot grow it’s own bananas?

Or is someone killing off the Indian farmer?

So, do you love all the trans-shipped fruit you buy from shelves of air-conditioned stores, fresh off the cold-chain….anything you want, any time of the year? Can you believe that that is as good as giving you a slow poison pill? Fruit is seasonal for a reason.

The joke is really on us, you know that?

I always ask loudly at my stores (nicely but loudly), “yeh kahan se hai”? “where is this from”? And put it back when they say South Africa or America.

And we let all this produce in while Indian produce is locked out because it is infected?

Anyone running GMO checks on stuff coming from America? GMO land? Or do you trust that our un bribe-able customs inspectors are doing a stand-up job of inspections….

haaaahaaaahahahaaaaaaah…….aaaahhhaaahahahahahaaaaaaaa……hhhhhaaaha……….”wipes snot from nose*

sorry…..where was I?



Or do you blithely peel the skin and the little sticker (on EACH BANANA mind you and each pear and each apple) and chomp away? On a piece of fruit shipped 3,000 miles on a cold container ship for your pleasure.

Yes, but such a reality. If you stopped eating imported fruit, the shelves would be empty. The Indian farmer is toiling at construction sites in Bangalore and Mumbai and Gurgaon…or just killing himself.

Heard of the farmer suicides?

Yeah yeah, I’m sure you have. 10’s of thousands of farmers. Tens of thousands. Debt Suicide. Same banks you bank with have loan sharks roaming the countryside, giving farmers cheap loans to buy tractors they do not need….and at margin seeds etc. for an uncertain yield.

Tens of thousands….how is this for a statistic….

“More than 17,500 farmers a year killed themselves between 2002 and 2006, according to experts who have analyzed government statistics.

Did ya get that dude? 17,500 PER YEAR.  And these are government statistics. Can you imagine the reality?

Think, you vote with your wallet and your mouth first. The once every 5 years of democracy, which is nothing but rule by the mob, vote is based on one of the biggest lies ever disseminated, the lie of equality.

Look at poor people grovel before police and politics and judiciary and then bleat a little about equality. And how great it is that you voted.

So, have you heard about girls dis-appearing in madhya pradesh? Hmmmmmmm? Not paying much attention to the things that matter, are we now? Hmmmmm?

What of it you say….

  • Only 10% of human trafficking in India is international, while almost 90% is interstate. Nearly 40,000 children are abducted every year of which 11000 remain untraced according to a report by the National Human Rights Commission of India.[12]

Yeah, we love to traffic our won. We are good like that.

And those are official statistics too.

So many children disappearing into where? Child sex slavery? Where?

Why is this not on the Screamatorium that passes for NEWS in India 24X7 till sorted?

One would think this is far more important than the next chair grabber in Govern-Ment (yeah, decipher that one)…..


Know what is one of the fastest growing businesses in Bangalore?

Fertility clinics and assisted re-production centers.

The Bangalore Infertility Scene:
With the proliferation of so many new centers and major hospitals expanding their foray into this highly lucrative and profitable vertical, there has been no decrease in prices. They have constantly gone upwards by an average of 20-25% every year. There is no regulatory legislation to govern these clinics in India. The demand is ever increasing due to more and more young people getting married and finding it hard to go to next stage of family. Well one can always say that IT/ITES does not give you chance to lead a healthy lifestyle , but do not forget that it’s not just in Bangalore , but the trend is visible across India.
It is not a lifestyle disorder, but the decrease in fertility rates is a country wide phenomenon. We just happen to be in Bangalore where we are just a bit more expressive and vocal on internet, as compared to other towns. Add to it, the vicious IT tag, people are supposed to always pay a premium, whether it’s in hospital or school, travel agents or whatever.”
How about that eh?
India, which is best known globally for it’s mythical Billion plus population, suddenly cannot get it up any more?
If you think this is a good thing, even for a moment, please. Not wanting to have kids is one thing. Not able to, in such huge numbers is another…
If this is the trend and everyone is sucked into cities…..societies collapse very slowly at first and then all of a sudden.
Love you some more of McD’s won’t ya? How about a bucket of wings, Mr. RamaLingam Deshikaachaari?
The trends are everywhere my friends of a certain “asleepness” in the general environment here.
Maya ka Prakop Bhaari hai,
Kalyug zaroor zaari hai…..
For the quality of our dialouges, inner, outer, what ever, on a collective scale we may see our TV debates as instructive, in a fractal world.
That thought should give you the chills. Mr. Sen convinced us that we were argumentative and Swami Beyondananda bolted the point home.
Several TV gooroo figures are now on the scene, luring people in with flash mobs dancing to bollywood. All of them have one exercise, seemingly, lung pumping.
So bad for your heart, all you Lung pumpers out there. So bad. The heart is meant to be a relaxed organ, that way it will pump harder, longer.
In many ways, it does not really matter. Societies have come and gone and India is exhibiting signs of terminal decline as a society. All the moorings are being cut asunder.
This is just a preliminary set of observations….
I’ll be back with more….
If dissolution is as per plan, the wise should at least be aware of the plan.
Kya khayaal?
So, given what I see is coming, please consider this an advance call for keeping the peace. Now.
Send peaceful vibes, wear peaceful clothes, eat peaceful food, breathe peacefully……
The key to get off the bus but stay for the ride is to slow down.
Kisi Shayar ne kaha hai………………………
Kaayaron ki mehefil mein
Shaayar kya sher sunaayega?
Jab har kaayar ka Aaina
Use Sher hi dikhlaayega?
Soul searching times, I want to dance with some true warriors….right here…
And last butt not least, Hell-O Sunny Leone….
Art by Vivekta 😉
So, should we? Like…… do something?
9 Comments leave one →
  1. May 16, 2014 3:48 pm

    Being such a pessimist. And so cliched. Open your mind buddy.
    The state of a nation is not dictated solely by which part of the world, its fruit got picked from. Modi I beleive has genuine intentions, and obviously the farmer deaths (suicides) and millions living under the poverty line is a problem.
    But then again, Rome wasn’t built overnight.

    • May 16, 2014 4:38 pm

      Shrikant, pray tell what you find cliched.
      Child kidnappings are cliched? Or the plunging birth rate is? Or the farmer deaths are?

      There is an eyes-wide-shut syndrome at play here. We are not building like Rome at this stage, look around….half the techies under 30 are afflicted with strange, old peoples diseases.

      Living in cities at or below poverty line is a hellish existence that hundreds of millions endure.

      It takes decades to kill agriculture and centuries for it to return.

      We should be realists before dreamers.

      Otherwise all these dreams are unrealistic.

      • May 16, 2014 9:24 pm

        Lol. How do what diseasies the “techies” are presently afflicted with have anything with Modi coming to power (democratically), and the subsequent prospects of this country ?
        Even if thats a factual trend, there is a lot bigger fish to fry on the national front.

        I appreciate the wordplay and all.

        But today is about the much larger choice that the people have clearly resoundingly made: choose a leader who seems to have the acumen, determination and mettle to take India 10 steps ahead.
        Or choose a party/dynasty with a sham of a PM candidate, and continue along years of national weakness.

        I got linked here via ZH – and this is surely not the best blob of text in response to someone’s view of the elections result.

        Highly pessimistic, cynical, off the point, and pretty much self-bashing (self = nation).
        Well, I do expect massive cynicism from all ZH readers (lot of conspiracy theorists out there, who think the entire world is out there to f*** them over !!)

        I am positive about the outlook of this nation under Modi.

        Lets wait and watch.

        • May 16, 2014 9:34 pm

          Excellent idea. Let us watch another LEADer take us where we need to go Shrikant.

          There is a reason Lead and Lead are homonyms.

          This is not word-play. Your point-less response is emblematic of India’s cloistered, self-congratulatory and totally un-informed view.

          We are the joke of the world, don’t you see it? UNCEF making movies to teach Indian’s how to defecate.

          I do hope India thrives though, who so ever is going round and round in the parlia-ment.

          All good and peace to you. I do not care about the political process one bit and make that clear at the start.

        • May 16, 2014 9:37 pm

          Vote with your wallet S. Eat local food and fruit.

          That is action, not a finger nail stain.

        • March 27, 2016 7:19 am

          Almost 2 years of waiting and watching Srikanth, are you still in Bhakti mode? Still waiting for acche din? Curious to hear/see….

  2. May 16, 2014 5:40 pm

    Vivek-ji, I appreciate your work and astute expressions for long time. Probably as a ‘bideshi’ I shouldn’t comment on the complexity of what’s going on. However, being that I’ve been going to study in India many times for last 45 years, and at 23, in the 60s, I begged my brahmin friends not to embrace the western cultural and technological invasion, it has deeply saddened me to witness all the destruction of life and sanity in that land.
    I have/had teachers and friends, hindu, tribal, and muslim, of all castes and social positions, and all have been ridiculously generous, loving, and supportive to me. Because most are musicians/dancers, they see people as unique individuals, not categories. We’re all just lovers of the sacred arts of the world. It is so disturbing, but not unexpected, to see the Modi’s (and the Vinod Khosla’s here in US) acquiring so much power in these times.
    In my lifetime I witnessed many of younger generation re-discovering cultural traditions which were on brink of extinction in the 60s. That has given me much joy. There needs to be re-discovery of traditional health- and life-ways now, or India is doomed to follow the slide to total destruction like the ‘west’.

    • May 16, 2014 5:49 pm

      Bholanath Bhai, I could not agree more. Perhaps it is more likely in this time that individuals and scattered groups will resonate long before a “global” awakening at any scale.
      Much pain in the world between now and then, it seems.

      And next time you are here, wherever, let us try and meet? Nina suggested that years ago 🙂

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