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Lost innocence

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

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The summer has almost arrived and in a few days its going to be the time which all the children will be looking forward to: the summer vacation. Every year during these times I take a nostalgic trip to my school days and those summer vacations when our street used to be my second home and where I used to spend whole days in the mud playing with my marbles, tops, gulli danda, gully cricket, swimming in the canals of our sugarcane fields and when you get tired all you had to do is just to uproot a sugarcane and have your lunch, when our holidays were spent visiting our relatives or they visiting us and it used to be big festival where all the cousins meet, I can go on and on about it.

I have preserved my collection of marbles that I have won to this date and who can forget the days on our terraces spent with flying our kites made of newspapers and held together with cooked rice which acts like a glue.

Now when I look out of the window of my flat during these holidays the street is marked by the absence of children who are busy attending tuitions/coaching classes for the next term, whose spare time is spent in front of TV, or with the latest game consoles or if nothing else a trip to the local mall or even a select few may be preparing themselves for the reality shows on TV.
The times are changing maybe these children will have a collection of game’s DVDs instead of marbles and they also get nostalgic about their PS3s and Xboxes and I would trade everything that I have today for putting some water boats in the rain water poodle in the playground of my school.

Those were the days !!!

Aftab Ahmed


The Pink Panthers

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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The month of February of 2009 may as well be called the pink month. Its pink everywhere, from millions of pink slips being handed over to employees world over to the pink panties that are being sent to Pramod Mutalik the cheif of Shri Ram Sene in India as a mark of protest against his stand over valentine's day celebration.
Though lots of women/men support this kind of protest some say that it is not a dignified way of protest. Now for the kind of outrage that this gang of thugs committed there can be no so called 'dignified' way of protest. You can't reason with the unreasonable, you can't be logical with the illogical and you can't be diginified with perverts.
Whatever the nature of this protest is,its a lot more decent than the protest that these hooligans carried out in the name of saving the 'Indian culture'.So go ahead ladies and send all the 'chaddies' you want to send them.Go paint the town pink.After all its not 'andar ki baat'