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My 5 PM Date with a Thaali

4 days ago when PM Modi requested the nation in his 30 minute long #JantaCurfew speech to bang their utensils and applaud the people on the frontline on Sunday, 22nd March 2020, I must admit that I wasn't expecting much of a turnout. But lo and behold!

 Modi isn't our Prime Minister for nothing. The man actually got everyone up, awake and banging their thaalis, not at 5 PM, but as early as 4:45 PM (atleast around my place) . All he asked was for 5 minutes. But we gave, whoever deserved our gratitude, a full 30 minutes of ear-deafening and enthusiastic thaali-banging appreciation (in hindsight, it would've been so cool if the whole thing turned into an impromptu "We will rock you" mass concert).

The whole vibe, for that period, was amazing. Amid all the stress of everyone contracting the Corona Virus, I actually felt for sometime, that there was a chance, that India would survive the outbreak much better than any of the other countries would. That feeling of hope…
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Law Conversations with an Auto Driver

Like any other evening on my way home from work, I went to stand in the share auto line for rickshaws, when one guy popped his head out of his auto to ask if I wanted to get in (note: there were already 3 men sitting inside). I nodded in agreement and in less than 30 seconds one of the men was asked to sit in front.Three minutes into the ride, the driver and one of the uncles sitting beside me got into a small (but very respectful) disagreement. The conversation went as follows:Passenger Uncle #1- Why do you need 4 people to start your journey. This is a 3 seater vehicle.Rickshaw wale Bhaiyya - Saab, no one after 7 PM will start their gaadi without 4 people.Passenger Uncle #1- This is wrong. Kanoon aisa nhi hai (It's not the law). Increase the per seating rates if you want. One day a policeman will catch you and you people will go on strike, leaving us stranded.Rickshaw wale Bhaiyya - Siri, yaha 7 baje ke baad Police ka kanoon chalta hai. No one will touch us. The other day, some …

"A Toast to the Crazy ones....!"

About a week ago, I was tasked with formulating the culture document for my Company.I love writing, so this presented itself as an excellent opportunity to do something different. 
Attempting to do something for the first time always requires research. This may include reading culture handbooks of different companies, talking to the management as well as employees who've been with the organization since a long time. During one such interaction, I was introduced to a quote (authored by Rob Siltanen) which I totally related and agreed with:
“Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, w…

Sab Ganda Hai, Par Sab Dhandha Hai - Maha Govt Plot Twist

Everyone looks forward to weekends for the simple reason that they get to relax, unwind and recharge themselves for another hectic workweek. But not the Maharashtra Govt. Atleast not this weekend. In between Friday night and Saturday early morning, our State Govt proved to us that if they put their minds to getting something done, they will; even if it involves staying up post their working hours. Hail Politics and Self - Interest!
I guess it's pretty apparent by now what this writeup is going to be about. But no. I won't bore you with that anymore. Instead, I'll include a few links to help you catch up:

Alpha Ideas SME Stars Meet 2019 @NSE

The idea was very simple. 11 SMEs from various industries. 20 minutes to explain their business, growth, financials and expansion plans. No Q&A session. 
Audience: Interested investors & Me
Location: National Stock Exchange, BKC
Off late, I've started venturing into a lot of new things. One of them includes visiting places/sessions/seminars/events to see what new is out there (even if that means I have to go alone). About a week ago, my father noticed an SME (small to medium enterprises) stars meet event opening on the Alpha Ideas blog page. Now I work Monday to Friday, so sacrificing my Saturday morning sleep, I must admit, wasn't something I was looking forward to.
However......

"Ok Boomer"

What is Boomer?
Boomer is an informal term for baby boomer, a person born during the baby boom (sharp increase in birthrates) after World War II. This generation generally includes anyone born in the US between 1946–65, a time of great economic prosperity.
What is Ok Boomer?
Ok Boomer is a viral internet slang phrase used, often in a humorous or ironic manner, to call out or dismiss out-of-touch or close-minded opinions associated with the baby boomer generation and older people more generally.

Historical Wrongs can't be corrected by Courts: SC

Today's papers were filled with the Ayodhya Verdict. The decision made put a final end to a dispute which has been going on for the last 5 centuries. 
One of the points put forward by one of the parties was to be compensated for the losses which they bore due to past regimes. Mentioned below is an excerpt from the verdict which rules out against the demand: 
PS - The excerpt has been taken taken from the TOI writeup (dated 10th November 2019).