Friday, March 26, 2010

IPL Pune Team arrived

आयपीएल, पुणे टीम आणि पुणेरी पाट्या ... शेवटी येणार येणार म्हणता पुण्याची 'आय पी एल टीम' आली.आता आम्ही वाट पहातो आहे ती टीमच्या नावाची आणि त्यातल्या खेळाडुंची.

ते येईल तेव्हा येईल पण एक (भविष्यातले) पुणेकर ह्या नात्याने आम्ही काही "पुणेरी पाट्या" लागोलाग तयार करुन ठेवत आहोत, पुढे त्याची अर्थातच गरज पडेल ह्याविषयी आमच्या मनात अजिबात संदेह नाही.

* ह्या पाट्या आहेत त्या 'मैदानावरच्या' .....

१. सामन्याची वेळ तुमच्या तिकिटावर छापलेली आहे, उगाच कधीही येऊन गर्दी करु नये.
२. सामन्याच्या वेळेच्या आधी ३० मिनिटे मैदानात प्रवेश दिला जाईल, तुम्ही गडबड केल्याने सामना लवकर सुरु होणार नाही.
३. खुर्चीचा वापर फक्त बसण्यासाठीच करावा ... एका खुर्चीवर एकच !
४. मैदानात पिण्यासाठी (साध्या) पाण्याची व्यवस्था केली आहे, थंड तसेच फिल्टर्ड पाणी आपण दिलेल्या तिकिटाच्या पैशात मिळणार नाही, उगाचच आयोजकांकडे हट्ट धरु नये.
५. मैदानावरचे कॅमेरे हे सामन्याच्या हालचाली टिपण्यासाठी आहेत, उगाच हिडीस चाळे करुन त्यांचे लक्ष वेधण्याचा प्रयत्न करु नये.
६. आपण पुण्यासारख्या एका सुसंस्कृत शहरात एका सार्वजनिक ठिकाणी सामना पहात आहोत ह्याचे भान ठेऊन चियरलिडर्सना खाणाखुणा करु नये किंवा त्यांच्याकडे डोळे फाडुन बघुन लाज आणु नये. अश्लील चाळे कराल तर नुसतीच पोलीस कारवाई नाही तर धिंड काढण्यात येईल.
७. फुंके ( सिगारेट, बिड्या, चिलीम ), थुंके ( तंबाखु, गुटका, मावा, पान ) आणि शिंके ( तपकीर आणि स्वाईन फ्ल्युग्रस्त ) ह्यांना मैदानात मज्जाव.
८. मैदानात दारु विक्री केली जात नाही, मैदानात दारु पिऊ दिली जात नाही, मैदानात बाहेरुन दारु पिऊन आल्यास प्रवेश मिळणार नाही.
९. मैदानात विकत मिळणार्‍या खाद्यपदार्थांची आवरणे, पिशव्या तसेच पाणी किंवा शितपेयाच्या बाटल्या मैदानात फेकु नयेत, बाटलीवरुन खेळाडु घसरुन पडुन जखमी होऊ शकतो ह्याची किमान जाण ठेवावी.
१०. सामन्याच्या वेळी खेळाडुंना पाठिंबा देताना हळु आवाजात आरडाओरड करावी. हा क्रिकेटचा सामना आहे, तमाशाचा फड नव्हे !
११. अनोळखी वस्तुंना स्पर्श करु नये ... व्यक्तींसह !
१२. मैदानातील मोठ्ठे पंखे फक्त दुपारी आणि गर्दी असलेल्या ठिकाणीच लावण्यात येतील. पंख्याखाली बसण्यासाठी मोठ्ठ्या आवाजात भांडण करुन आयोजकांना त्रास देऊ नये.
१३. स्त्रियांचे स्वच्छतागॄह, खेळाडूंचे पॅव्हेलियन, चियरलिडर्स पोडियम, व्हीआयपी गॅलरी, पत्रकार कक्ष इत्यादी ठिकाणी उगाच जास्त घुटमळु नये.
14. सामन्यातील कसल्याही घटनेचा ( सामना हरणे, षटकार मारणे, धावबाद होणे, झेल टाकुन देणे वगैरे ) राग खुर्च्यांवर काढु नये.
15. सामना पहायला आलेल्या प्रेक्षकांचे खेडाळु, चियरलिडर्स, व्हीआयपी यांच्याबरोबर अथवा खेळपट्टी, पत्रकारकक्ष, समालोचन खोली, पॅव्हेलियन, व्हीआयपे बॉक्स इथे 'फोटु काढुन मिळणार नाहीत' किंवा त्याला परवानगी दिली जाणार नाही.
16. सामन्याच्या वेळेदरम्यान तुटलेल्या चपला, कापलेले खिसे, मोडलेला चष्मा, हरवलेली पर्स, गायब झालेला मोबाईल ह्यांची जबाबदारी आयोजकांकडे राहणार नाही. समोरच पोलीस स्टेशन आहे, तिकडे जाऊन तक्रार करावी.
17. हे पुणं आहे, शिमला नव्हे, उन्हाळ्यात गरम होणारच, पण म्हणुन मैदानात सामना पहायला शर्ट काढुन बसु नव्हे. अशा निर्लज्ज प्रेक्षकांना बाहेर काढले जाईल.
18. पाऊस पडल्यास पैसे परत मिळणार नाहीत, कॄपया हवामानखात्याशी सल्लामसलत करुन मगच तिकिट काढावे.
19. परदेशी खेळाडुंच्या अंगचटीला जाऊ नये तसेच त्यांना स्थानिक भाषेत गलिच्छ आणि अश्लील शिव्या देऊन वेडावुन दाखवु नयेत. ते आपले अतिथी आहेत, आपण घरात पाहुण्यांशी असे वागतो का ?
20. राजकीय नेते, सरकारी अधिकारी, स्थानिक दादा ह्यांचा वशिला लाऊन फुकट पास मागु नये. परवडत नसल्यास झाडावर चढुन सामना पहावा.
21. वरील सुचना ह्या चेष्टेचा विषय नव्हे ह्याची नोंद घ्यावी, ह्याची चेष्टा करणार्‍या प्रेक्षकांना संपुर्ण सामना संपोस्तोवर अंधार्‍या खोलीत बळजबरीने बसवुन ठेवले जाईल.

p.s : I had got the above mail from one of the group forum. Ijust got a feedback as follows :
हे लिखाण श्री. छोटा डॉन यांचं आहे. त्याची लिंक. कृपया मूळ लेखकाला लेखनाचे श्रेय द्यावे ही विनंती.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Child's dying gift: Kidneys for ailing father

This story is touching.

I am not sure if it was appropriate for NDTV to show this small girl's photo.

Tamil Nadu Govt has taken a lead in health care reforms. “Kalaignar Insurance Scheme for Life Saving Treatments” is for those with an annual income of Rs.72,000 or less and family including dependents can enjoy benefits up to Rs. 1 lakh for certain procedures in private hospitals and pay wards in government hospitals. This is a cashless transaction will be allowed up to the insured amount. Govt contracted Private insurance company to implement the scheme and roped in has number of hospitals in private health care centers and hospitals throughout the State.They used the large numbers to negotiate the treatment rates. Govt in their budget allotted premium of Rs. 500 p.a without any headache of disbursement. A smart move indeed that takes care of people and yet plug holes of corruption. Each beneficiary is given a biometric smart card bearing the health and treatment details of each member of the family to avail the service.

Another path breaking gesture of Tamil Nadu government of simplifying the organ procedure of giving priority for organ transplants from blood relatives.

Wonder what must be going through the mind of his father ?

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Happy Birthday Akshta - You are Three Today !!

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Bhappi Da @ Kolkatta

Looking at Bhappi da in the lobby of Hyatt Kolkatta make me worry about him. He is short , stout and small . Wonder what his BMD be ? His small baby face was half covered by huge lasses but his trademark gold chains were missing from his neck. He walked with his family who seemed to have carried his genes. Whatever his physical attributes be, he is gifted musician and ranks next to Pancham and Rajesh roshan in my liking of Hindi music directors of 80's.

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Tees Hazari Court - Place of Justice and some entertainment too.



After a gap of two years, I visited Tees Hazari court. 'Cross Examination' - an act or procedure that brings excitement equally to the lawyer and Indian movie script writer. This time, I was being cross examined. Reading through the written statement and submitted affidavit while waiting for my turn made me feel like a student appearing for an examination.

Judges - often referred as ' learned judge ' . I wonder why ? Is there any Anpadh Judge ? But here lawyers referred him as ' Janab' . This 'Janab' meant very direct business stating that his new target is to dispose 108 cases per month - revised from earlier target of 80 cases per month. He went at frenetic pace ; hearing, directing, disposing of cases that ranged from property dispute, outstanding collection, credit card frauds, defamation suits to corporate wrangles.

'Janab' , while scratching vigorously his left beard, peered at me through space left between his spectacle and eyebrows. He must be wondering about this specie who figured on the legal papers but didn't visit his corridors so far. People came and went. A heap of files tied down by 'nada' kept getting disposed as 'Janab' , screamed, shouted, admonished everyone around him from case after case. It is usual practice to keep cross examination after lunch. I used my time to look around Tees Hazari - now teeming with incoming visitors and lawyers , some of whom looked very young and smart.Lunch time, everything became quiet, I went for a stroll outside and managed to get some cute pictures of the court surroundings. 'Facilitation cum Information center ' had stray dogs lazing around under warmth of sun rays of Delhi.

Lunch must have made 'Janab' very happy. His mood changed, a smile surfaced, a disgruntled demeanour gave to accomodative spirit of mutual cooperation and consensus but a sudden streak of shrill resurfaced , one such directed at me 'Close that shirt button'.

Seeing two half circular barricaded stands on the either side of the 'Janab' gave me an image of a shivering witness bombarded by a barrage of questions after completing the ritual of saying ' mein such kahunga, such ke sivay Kuch bhi nahi '. But nothing of this happened, lawyer kept mumbling , supposedly asking me some stupid, irrelevant questions and clerk on the other side like a robot started hitting the keys of his PC whose white color had turned brownish black with dust and pollution. While this clerk was typing our stuff , he would suddenly shift into another gear, with his pencil over short hand pad and take the dictation given by 'Janab' of another case that is being argued in front of him. On the other side of 'Janab' , another cross was being conducted. A truly multitasking legal operation suit of Tees Hazari. Clerk's rapid movement from dictation to PC amazed me with his skills and dexterity, but I kept wondering if he was really writing all this correctly and accurately. I have never seen so far such high speed Secretary adept with simultaneous typing and writing on two different subject. If his hard punching keys or just bad timing, we had misfortune waiting for us. His Keyboard gave away and this was followed by the mouse. Stroking, Cajoling , hitting mouse wont work. By now, my eyes had turned over to an argument of a defamation case filed by Jail doctor against a press article. My lawyer quietly admonished me to be attentive to our case instead of others, no matter how interesting they may sound. Half an hour wait and two member team from stores dept of the court arrives. 'Janab' is livid at them for not giving new replacement gadgets but when told that matter is under consideration and procedure for procurement has already begun , he lowers his guard. After all laws are laws and they must be respected. A thought of poster stuck outside the wall of Tees Hazari Court न्याय पालिका को अपनी मर्यादा में रहना चाहिए ( Judiciary must remain confined in its limits). PC may have refused to cooperate but our clerk was there fighting with two pencils and two short hand pads. Clock opposite 'Janab' signaled three hours, A lady underneath the clock was typing verdict. 'Janab' must get that in time, so as to maintain his scorecard of justice. By now, all files on the right side of 'Janab' had vanished. A time for him to quit and so was for us. New date for cross was given. I was asked to sign a print page interlaced with handwritten words comprised statement of my cross. I had no courage nor inclination to go through the contents of it and I signed with glee.

So another date to continue our Cross, another ordeal would begin and another fascinating journey of Tees Hazari Court would continue.

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Monday, March 08, 2010

Oh Kolkatta !

Arrival lounge at Kolkatta International airport has a signboard put next to the luggage conveyor belt. It says Do's and Don'ts on how to use luggage conveyor belt by specifying the maximum weight bearing load per meter. The list goes up to 10 points and also for Don'ts . I wanted to take photo but was admonished by young Kolkattian who was carrying huge Samsung LCD and appeared pretty confident of walking through customs . ' You are not allowed to take photographs inside the Airport, security will throw your camera out' . My meek protest of having no such notice board didnt go all that far with a thought of my new camera being confiscated.

On return, at the domestic terminal another noticeboard greeted me outside the security queue. This one had a list of people who should not be subjected to physical check. Started with President, Prime Minister the list ended up Mr Robert Vadra - son in law of Sonia Gandhi. The list doesn't include Priyanka, Rahul or Sonia. I wonder why is Robert Vadra a part of the list in this CPIM regime ?

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Sunday, March 07, 2010

A day tour to Pattaya from Bangkok

' I shall never recommend anyone to come to Battaya '. ( There is no P in Arabic , instead it is replaced by B; Pappu becomes Babbu) . An exasperated outburst , from the aged Jordanian tourist, when he had to get down from the motorboat and wade through knee level sea water to reach the edge of the beach. He looked in every way and mannerisms to that of A K Hangal from the movie 'Shoukeen'. The only noticeable absence was the tobacco pipe. He wore nice black leather shoes, fitted blue jeans and gray collarless half sleeve T shirt tucked in with rimless sunglasses. Even at his age, he was perfect prey for Thai beach woman who drooled over moneyied foreigners. He had his wife next to him. A plump woman that appeared physically unfit as his life partner. Another couple also from Jordan had accompanied them . A single German lady who traveled with us from Bangkok,. Another couple - German husband who has been in UAE over 20 years with his Lebanese, Bulgarian educated wife formed a group on this day tour of Pattaya Island + coral beach tour.

There is fair degree of honesty and transparency with Thai tour operators. Our tour guide even extended this with her generosity of offering loan to those who didn't carry enough Thai Bahts for water sports activities. At TB 1,500 per person a day trip from Bangkok is worth it except for food and shower at this picturesque island where a motorboat took us from Pattaya city. Lunch covered watery soup with floating half cut small tomatoes and slices of onion, whole fried fish that resembled like mackerel with it's skin and head intact except portion around the neck. That fish looked to me more of anatomy specimen than an edible dish, assorted mix of sea food in Thai green paste ,steamed prawn and clams with fried rice. For me, it was a walkover but i did try watery soup and pineapples. Everything on this beach had a price tag except swim in turquoise colour clean beach whose silvery sand particles shone like crystals when foamy waves and sun rays hit them.

A shower room that had dead cockroaches cost 40 bahts, a wooden locker with flimsy external lock @ 50 bahts, a bench to lie down @ 50 bahts. Jet scooty, banana boat and submarine ride are optional add-ons and so is parachute ride, underwater diving. But all this means riding on motor boat waded through knee high water, transporting on to another floating ship that is anchored in the middle of the sea . A lesson for first timers ~ carry rubber slippers, go with shorts, a bath towel , swim wear and sun shield cream. We were fairly well equipped and no such regrets as that of handsome old Jordanian tourist.

All in all, we enjoyed our day tour to Pattaya with Akshta adding her fan following across different nationalities who had a common admiration for her beautiful eyes.

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