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The former union finance minister P Chidambram has issued a two page statement on his twitter account after the declaration of the union budget by finance minister Arun Jaitley terming it as big let down proposals which are neither bold nor radical and belying peoples’ expectations on all counts.

Listing his dissapointments point wise on fiscal deficit, exports, agriculture, healthcare, jobs, investment & credit, tax relief and slashing allocations Chidambaram took the finance minister to task and said that he has belied peoples’ expectation on all these fronts. Accusing the finance minister of serving the interests of the rich , affluent and the haves Chidambaram said : There is no relief for the average tax payer. Only corporates with the income up to 250 crores got a tax relief of 5% whereas for individuals standard reduction is back but the long term capital gain tax is also back. For the middle class earner and saver, one cancels the other.

He adds: Actually by way of LTCG and 4 percent cess the tax payer will pay the government 31000 crore more where as the gain through standard deduction will only be Rs 8000 crores. Similarly on the government’s over ambitious insurance scheme Chidambaram termed it a big JUMLA for befooling people. He says while the target group is 10 crore families.

There is as yet no scheme. Assuming that each family will avail of Rs 50,000 ( one tenth of the 5 lakhs), the amount required per year will be Rs. 5 lakh crore. If the insurance company will foot the bill, the premium of Rs 5000 to 15000 per month, per family will outgo Rs 50000 to 1,50,000 crore per year. On the investment and credit front the former finance minister discredited Jaitley of doing nothing in the budget to boost the private investment.

There was nothing in the budget to encourage banks to lend and investors to borrow for new investments. He said: it seems that the finance minister has given up on private investment altogether. Blaming the FM for not even creating a single job prospect Chidambaran said the FM has no new ideas and has fallen back on the tried and failed Mudra scheme. The average size of the Mudra loan is Rs. 43000.

This is tokenism and will not create even one job. More Mudra loans would mean more tokenism but no additional jobs. Chidambaram took the government to task for slashing allocations on important schemes for the poor, the economically deprived and those living in the rural areas of the country. He said: the most dissapointing part of the budget is the cut n the outlays on the major schemes of2018/ 19 like MNREGA, PMAY, National Drinking Water Mission, Swach Bharat Mission, Mid Day Meals Scheme, National Health Mission, Gram Jyoti Yojana, Short Term Farm Credit etc.

Emphasising on the job front in particular Chidambaram said that jobs are not being created in the country and industrial growth too has come down to 6.8% in 2016-17 to 2.7% in 2018.

There is a saying that legends never die and so is the Super Star of the century Rajesh Khanna alias Kaka who’s always immortal. I feel highly privileged and honoured to be in his close proximity from 1992 till his journey to the eternal home.

Being a die hard fan of Rajesh Khanna since my childhood days, I always dreamt of meeting him once in my life time and surprisingly the day came in 1992 when destiny brought me in Kakaji’s close proximity beyond my imagination and expectation as his media advisor for a pretty long time.

My first meeting with Kaka in Hotel Ashok, New Delhi in 1992 was indeed a historic one which lasted for an hour or so in the presence of the veteran journalist, former BCCI chief and union minister Rajiv Shukla and Kaka’s friend and assistance from Mumbai Stevan Fernadiz in which (meeting) after being impressed by me, he literally offered me to help him in his parliamentary election coordinating his media and other political affairs.

Since then till his being the member of parliament from New Delhi and thereafter too, my association with him continued. Those were really the hectic days dealing with media persons, fixing Kaka’s one to one interviews with the indeginous and international press, print and television media, preparing daily hand outs of his meetings and padyatras, arranging press conferences at times and even giving him political tips for speeches.Though there are hundreds of such rememberences with him but am sharing one about his attitude to oblige mediamen at odd hours. When Kaka filed his nomination for the second time while contesting against Shatrughan Sinha, a bollywood star, I was standing downstairs in Vasant Kunj where he stayed for some time in a Druplex flat. We had come back from some political engagements and Kaka went upstairs to his flat and I was trying to manage reaching my home at such an odd hour. There was quite a commotion in the locality with police security and few of his fans still there.

It was 2 O clock midnight and Dimple, twinkle and Rinki had also come back from Mumbai. In the meanwhile a young journalist who was then with Statesmen newspaper came there, perhaps on my call searching for Kaka to interview him. For Sanjay Kaw, now with Asian Age, taking Kaka’s interview was quite an adventure. I was shocked to see this inspiring journalist so desperate to talk to Kaka and had even asked his boss to delay the printing of the first page of statesmen till he brings Kaka’s interview. I reluctantly went upstairs and talked to Kaka thinking, he would refuse but after my convincing him that the interview will appear next day on the front page, he agreed and gave the interview at 2.30 AM to the young, handsome jurno which did appeared on the front page of statesmen, making Kaka happy.

Just imagine a super star agreeing for an interview at 2.15 AM while in drinking session just to oblige me is a big thing never expected from Kaka the most sought after actor of his time.

Kaka was very fond of English press and therefore it was really difficult to manage them. However, I did proved successful after I made Kakaji prepared to meet them in person whenever situation warranted giving up his super star ego and thus keeping the journalist friends in good humour to which he readily agreed.

Those were really the fantastic days as hundreds of his New Delhi contitiency electorates, leaders of the Congress party, film personalities, senior police officers, media men and his arden fans including MPs, bureaucrats and theatre personalities etc used to throng his office cum residence at 81 Lodhi Estate, New Delhi once the residence of late HN Bahuguna, union minister and former UP CM. After Kaka’s tenure it was housed by the high profile BJP leader and the then union minister Pramod Mahajan.

Very few people know that after taking the charge of the spacious Bungalow 81 Lodhi Estate, Kaka got it fully renovated spending lacs of Rupees to suit his personal liking and choice. He brought a huge Lord Ganesh’s idol from Mumbai and got it installed at the inner entry of the Bangalow facing the main entrance gate giving a front face view of Ganeshji to the visitors.

I used to accompany Kaka in his padyatras, public meetings, at functions where Kaka used to be the chief guest and even participate in his evening sittings, sometimes individually while sometimes with his friends. I had lunches, dinner, drinking sessions with Kakaji on many occasions. Kaka was very forthright in refusing programmes when he was not in the comfortable mood.

He once, while not an MP came to Delhi especially on my request to inaugurate the Garhwali film titled Satmanglya in Pyarelal Bhawan and despite the film being in regional dialect beyond his understanding reach, gave enough of his time. I was very fortunate to be Kaka’s most preferred man. He considered me his younger brother and trusted too much on my capabiliy and capacity to assist him intellectually.

He used to feel comfortable in my company, especially when he was member of parliament. Few people will believe that after becoming MP he even used to come to my RK Puram House to pick me while going to Parliament. People of the locality used to gather to have the super star’s glimpse. He was very fond of hill people and had immense affection for them. Kaka was in Mussourie for a month or so when he acted in “Ghar Ka Chirag” movie in eighties as most of the shooting took place in Mussourie. During those days he came in contact with lot of Garhwalies and became fond of them. Kaka loved Garhwali and Kumaoni folk songs and culture and had special soft corner for the serene beauty and people of this Himalayan state.He especially respected, adored and liked the beauties of Uttarakhand.

Kakaji was though a very high profile superstar having acted in more then 225 films having given 15 to 25 super duper hit movies in a row during the seventies and eighties, he was a great human being and a friend of friends too. He always believed in helping the poor, needy and the deserving.

I have infinite memories of the days of my association with Kakaji but time and space have restraints. Tommorrow i.e. 29th December is the birthday of this super star. I wish him all the very best by saying that Rajesh Khanna never dies. He is a legend always living in the hearts and minds of his billions of fans and well wishers arond the globe. Good bye Kakaji. Love you always.



It was on 9th November, 2000 that Uttarakhand acknowledged the constitutional recognition as the separate state. It is on this very day every year since then that the successive and the current governments have been celebrating this day with with complete fanfare using the tax payers’ money by way organising government functions and issuing advertisements highlighting their so called inflated achievements to impress the innocent electorates and protagonists in and outside Uttarakhand.

The two major national parties Congress and BJP have ruled this state turn by turn during the last more than one and a half decades n the latter is still at the political and administrative helm since the last eight months. I also wish to convey you all my heartiest greetings on the 18th foundation day after completing the 17 tumultuous n challenging years after its official formation in the year 2000 after so much of sacrifices and relentless struggles and thousands of activists going to jail after tremendous torture, physical, mental and psychological.

On this day the government of the state, its chief minister and his cabinet colleagues also get a golden opportunity to put forth their so called achievements and the news analysts a reason to asses the successes and failures of the political outfit in power. However it is an open secret that people of Uttarakhand have witnessed 8 chief ministers during the 17 year rule and number of scandals with no single politician going to jail for alleged corruption.

Thanks to the successive governments for their failure in appointing a state LOKAYUKT , despite ample and umpteen commitments. The electorates have always been kept on dark on pivotal issues of health, employment, quality education, their socio economic and all round development during all these years and the unholy nexus between the politicians, corrupt bureaucracy, liquor, land, building, illegal mining and forest mafia always had their fullest say. Even the finacial aid meant for the welfare and well being of the tragic Kedarnath victims of June 2013 have been embezelled.

If honestly anybody have been outrightly benefitted at the instance of achieving statehood 17 years ago, they are obviously and undoubtedly the politicians and the above unholy nexus whereas the families of the real and hard core Uttarakhand movement activists are in immense financial mess.

The politicians have allegedly amassed huge wealth, property and heavy bank balance with bright political future to be conveniently carried forward by their sons and daughters. The pivotal issues of appointment of Lokayukt, capital Gairsain, employment generation, decentralized all round development at the block level has taken the back seat and instead people are being misled under the populist slogans like ” Selfie in your village and Raibaar (message ) by organising highly ostentatious government events without the adequate participation of the village populace and the people who actually matter.

There is complete lack of participatory democracy in the development process of the state. What have we achieved during the last years? Is it the staggering fiscal deficit of 42000 crores. Massive migration of 32 lakh people. Locks in 2.5 lakh village houses. 3000 villages devoid of population . About 2.5 thousand schools closed in the interiors. Hospitals devoid of doctors, compounders, equipments and basic medicines. Lot more is there to be said but time and space is the constrained.





For these people rain is not just rain it is an emotion and perfect moment to capture a perfect rain memory. They don’t care about what will happen or what people will think, all they wish is to have a perfect click for a perfect “DP”



They are the next best Shradha Kapoor live, who needs some drops of rain to dance over. They can dance like hell and can prove that they are the best. These people be like “BARISH HO YA KHARISH MAI FIR BHI NACHUNGA”



Well they are kinda cute one’s who thinks that rain is the perfect moment to have their perfect romance. But the funniest part is the couple fighting over K KITNE PLATE GOLGAPPE KHANE HAI, SUDDENLY BECOMES “ADITYA ROY KAPOOR” AND “SHRADHA KAPOOR”. And later on they are also shocked that what were they upto!



Yes oh yes! These kind of people exist and they are the one’s who totally don’t care whether it is raining or whatever. They don’t wait to have a perfect selfie they don’t upload any snaps and the biggest truth is when they see other people doing such stupidities they always have a thought to throw them in “KEECHAD”.



For them “barish= long drive”. They are on their perfect enjoyment mode. All they need is that perfect moment to have their cars out, set the music loud and travel and enjoy. Kyunki inhe hi to “SALMAN KHAN BANKE DIKHANA HAI SABKO”



These kind of people are kinda school vala NOTICE BOARD because they need to update everyone first. “they don’t give a damn what’s happening around them, but UNKO STATUS TO DAALNA HAI YAAR”



When the whole word is busy doing all of the above things there are some people who really want to enjoy the rain with “CHAI KI CHUSKI” AND “PAKODE”. They are  the real lovers of rain because they don’t need any picture snap or dance to express their love, “UNKE LIE CHAI AUR PAKODE HI JAAN THI HAI OR RAHENGE”.


There are many types of people during rain, and each enjoy rain to their fullest. “Kyunki barish ka mausam is happy vala mausam”