Tweets, Protest and The Book Launch

This space is getting ignored more often then I would have liked to. But in my defense last few days were pretty hectic, there was Cricket World Cup, there was work, and did I mention Cricket World Cup?

Yeah, India won the quarter finals against Australia, semi-finals against Pakistan and finals against Srilanka. As I am reading in the news this win from India has caused a loss of two captain and a foot; apparently the Australian captain Ricky Ponting & Srilankan captain Kumara Sangakara resigned from their captaincy. While the Pakistani Captain Shahid Afridi, lost his foot as reported it was last seen in his mouth during an interview to PTV.

However, this time I was totally involved in the world cup as seen in the picture below, but what stole the piece cake during this cricket watching experience was twitter. You can read how fabulous the experience was from Monika & IHM. I cracked a lot of jokes around the matches

Srilanka says they don’t need a Poonam Pandey to do a full monty, they already have a “Mahela” for that in their team

Srilanka would be playing with one less player, Ashish Nehra dropped due to fractured finger

However, the highlight of the tweeting was my open tweet to Mr. Raj Thackarey which  was then RTed by Amitabh Bacchan. I believe in my entire span of more 17,000 tweets this was most forwarded and shared tweet and being a fan of AB himself it is good to know he read, agreed and shared something I felt & I wrote.

Coming back to some more serious things in life, I feel India is at crossroads today. It’s a country which is growing at 9% but it is also a country which is one of the most corrupt nations in world. Today, India is on the verge of what seems to be a revolution. Social activist Anna Hazare has started a fast until government includes the civil society members while drafting the Lokpal bill.

I feel strongly against corruption and I have decided to support the revolution. My reasons for supporting the revolution are-

  • Supposedly the government led by all Congress, BJP and the Third Front have not been able to pass the weak Lokpal Bill in 42 years. I don’t trust any of them to do it now.
  • The last year has all been packed with Scams, be it CWG, 2G spectrum, Adarsh Society, Mining in Bellary and obviously nothing has been done.
  • The current government actually thought Sharad Pawar deserved a seat in the GOM for drafting the Lokpal bill.
  • I don’t agree that an institution like Lokpal would not have power to register FIR or prosecute.
  • I also don’t agree the provision of severe punishments via Lokpal to the people making “frivolous” complaints while the people complained about cannot be punished. This seems like a perfect vendetta forum for anyone voicing against corruption.
  • Leaving the bureaucracy out of the purview of the Lokpal is again something I don’t think would combat the corruption. The corruption starts at the root level and goes top up via the bureaucrats.

So I plan to support him in whatever little ways I can, may be fasting on the weekend or joining the candle vigils or wearing the white strip. So if you feel convinced by what I said then please join me to support the JanLokpal bill and Anna Hazare. If you need more information please visit India Against Corruption Website to make your call.

On a completely different note, I would be in some esteemed company for my book launch in Bangalore; Ahmed who has been a great supporter and motivation would be there. Abhijit Bhaduri, the famous author of “Mediocre But Arrogant” and “Married But Available”, who I have admired and followed closely through all these years. Nikhil Rajagopalan, who is a fellow blogger and a budding author also featuring with me in “Down The Road”.

So if you are in Bangalore on 16th April, please make sure you reserve your time for “Down The Road” book launch at Crosswords, Garuda Mall. Please read the official declaration of the event here.

Down The Road Launch Invite


Down the Road is now available on Flipkart, IndiaPlaza, Landmark, Crosswords please book your copy now.




12 comments on “Tweets, Protest and The Book Launch”

  1. Ramesh Reply

    Raj Thackeray has no sense of shame – very likely no sense of anything. The corruption issue is more a reflection of the type of society we are. Politicians simply reflect starkly what we all are. As long as we don’t bat an eyelid slipping a tenner to a cop, or a lot more to get a licence or whatever, why would our leaders be much different.

    • Prats Reply

      @Ramesh: I agree with your views on Raj Thackeray. I don’t agree with the politicians being the reflection of the society we are, I believe there is a lot of good and ethics in the society but the people have been cornered to a level that they succumb to corruption when they don’t have a choice. The option of choice needs to be eliminated first.

  2. Ruchira Reply

    wow so much news in one post ! Congratulations for getting published – yet again ! Wish I was in banglore :). Your tweet has not only been retweeted many times but it’s all over FB too !
    As for supporting Anna hazare – few of us are going to jantar mantar today.

    • Prats Reply

      @Ruchira: Thanks a lot for the wishes. I am so glad you are supporting Anna Hazare…. Please do a post on your experience at Jantar Mantar.

  3. Smita Reply

    So much you have packed in one post!!!

    LOL! @ the captains resigning 😀

    And am totally with you on the lokpal bill!! This govt has crossed all limits of corruption and they still continuing!!! Sonia Madam says corruption shud go! I ask her “i agree it shud go but what r u doing for it??”

    Congrats for the book 🙂 waiting to get my copy soon 🙂

    • Prats Reply

      @Smita: I seriously think that country and people are sick of corruption, the limit of patience is reached

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