Two-years of Super-Awesomeness


Ammm… finally! Today is the 731st day of my blog. In simple numbers it counts to be two-years. And I fell more than what a proud-father can feel. My baby has turned 2 yrs old. It has been an extraordinary journey till now and it continues to be one.

As I am about to enter 3rd year of blogging I think it has now became the ‘most-important’ aspect of my personal and professional life. My friends now know me as ‘blogger’ and so does my office mates. They sometime even address me as ‘Mr. Blogger’ and I feel happy about it; happy for a soul reason that I am now being known for my work.

Over last two-years I have achieved many milestones. And I cherish them all. Every new blog that I posted was a bigger milestone than previous one and every blog that I now post motives me more to write another post.

The best thing that blogging did to me is improve my language skills. Just before I started this blog, I used to think that I am good with English and within days of blogging and feedback from friends and well-wishers I came out from hallucination that my English language skills are good. Believe me they were pathetic. Even today when I read some of my previous post I feel pity on myself. I mean what shit I used to write. No grammar, no punctuation marks, no tenses and to top it all NOTHING.

It was then I started working on those utmost important things. I asked for constant feedback, I worked upon those feedback’s. I asked people to criticize me; tell me what how bad I am as a writer. And thankfully people did that to me.With every post that I then wrote things became much more flowery for me. I improved on my writing and my speaking skills. And even when I write this I am improving. I still don’t say that I have great English language skills; I don’t even say I have good language skills. All I say is ‘I Am improving’.

Another very important thing that blogging did to me is made me an ambivert from an introvert.

Few months back I also took up the idea of ‘revising’ all my blog post. I actually pulled up each of my post and corrected them in the possible manners- grammar, spelling and all what was needed. Though, I still have many posts left and they still are in pathetic shape.

With this post I would also like to thank those people who always told me that ‘kitna vella ha na tu’ (Such a bore person you’re). These were the people who thought that writing on blogs is a job of an unemployed individual who also does not have a social life.Guys believe me your mere saying that I don’t have a life motivated me more to write and may be that’s why I thought to give you some space here.

A big thank you goes to IndiBlogger. They were with me through out this journey and continue to be. The contest, the blogging meets and just everything thing they did motivated me to write.

Another awesome-thank you goes to Meenakshi, for making me start this blog; and also for proof-reading all my blogs. Meenakshi’s sister Ms. Maheshwari also deserves a thank you; she also proof-reads my blog and sometime also give me personal feedback.

Thank you to Priyanshi Gulati and Bhawna for making sure that my writing is good..

And for those who still think that I should stop blogging and do something more constrictive, here is my answer: Blogging for me is food-for-soul.

Love,

Aditya Bhasin

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Aditya Bhasin hails from India, Delhi-an avid reader, who enjoys his cup of tea over it, a racist in purest form as he hates chocolate and coffee. He does not like traveling much, but, if he gets an opportunity to travel he chooses to do that by a train instead of a car or a plane. He is an ambivert person and is happy that way.
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Agony of Connaught Place


I am proud of Delhi. I am proud about Connaught Place. But, over last few years my pride has shattered into pieces. The last time I was in CP- he talked to me.Yes, Connaught Place talked to me about this agony and how he has been constantly damaged by our own government.
“Aditya, I know you well and thousands like you who visit me for some or other purpose on daily basis. I know you are here almost every Tuesday and sometimes on Sundays as well. And just like you I see thousands of people who come down to me for their offices or recreational purposes. And believe me I enjoy that like last thing on earth. I feel proud when they go back and talk about me. I feel proud when they enjoy a good laugh over a cup of coffee sitting at CCD here or even while they take a brisk walk at inner circle. But things have changed drastically in last few years. The moment Government decided to renovate my structure while Commonwealth Games 2010- I was happy; very happy. It was first major renovation that I was going through in ages and I also thought it was the last one too. When everything got over I looked beautiful. More than I looked ever before. I can’t even recall how many people came to me and talked so much good about me and which included a lot of foreign tourists too. They were praising my beauty and my structure. They also liked the new Central Park in my heart; they found the newly made walking path good and also liked the other changes made to my structure. Games got over, but, not the renovation. They started working on me again. Everything they made and renovated on my structure was again demolished.”

Image found through Google

Image found through Google

“Today, when I speak to you about my agony, I am standing in midst of the most pathetic condition I could ever be in. I have been damaged from both inside and outside. There is no place left where I am good at the moment.The shopkeepers are now moving out of me, they say there is no business left here. The foot-fall has gone down to a great extent. The foreigners now say that this is typical India; and what not. You won’t believe that the inner-circle near Baba Kharak Singh Marg has now turned into a garbage dump-yard. Can you imagine that? Garbage dump-yard that too in Connaught place? Almost every day there would be one or another JCB machine digging some or other part of me. It not only hurts me physically, but, mentally too. I am sure you have been to PVR Plaza at least once. Do you know what are they making in front of PVR plaza? Well, actually they don’t even know themselves. It is a big rock of concrete with a deep well-kind-of thing. Anybody, at night time may even fall into it. You would find no display of any warning in or around this thing.”
“I remember when Delhi Metro was under-construction around me. I was much relived then. They took utmost care of me and my structure. Every time they found that there was a crack building up, they stopped the work. What is happening at the moment with me is that cracks have now turned into week foundations and pillars. Time is not far when they even may have to demolish me completely and make a new structure altogether.”

“I am thankful that monsoon is almost nowhere this time; otherwise things would have been worse. I am sure if it rains anytime soon then there would be no difference leftbetween what happens every year near Yamuna river surroundings and what may happen to me this year. Almost 60 % of my structure has already turned into a pit-hole or has been left unattended. The on-going construction is not only damaging my beauty, but, my inner strength too. I hope and pray somebody will understand my agony and will do something concretive.”

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About Aditya Bhasin

Aditya Bhasin hails fromIndia,Delhi-an avid reader, who enjoys his cup of tea over it, a racist in purest form as he hates chocolate and coffee. He does not like traveling much, but, if he gets an opportunity to travel he chooses to do that by a train instead of a car or a plane. He is an introvert person who is trying to be an extrovert by all possible means.

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Reliance Airport Express Metro to be Shut Down


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I woke up with a bad news today. Yes, actually a bad news. Newspapers’ today read that Airport Express Metro will shut down for an indefinite period. For me this is a bad news. I am in love with Delhi Metro and Airport Express. For me both these ventures are matter of pride. As the news developed over the day it was said that Airport Express is having some civil issues and also financial difficulties.

I feel cheated on hearing this news, no; no I haven’t invested anything in this project- but still. I feel cheated because something that Delhi is proud of is going to be shut down. Since its inception Airport Express is in trouble and now the biggest fear is around the corner, after 16 months of its inauguration the metro is going to be shut down. There is no statement yet on when the operations would start again.

I am aware that Airport Express is having trouble in keeping the venture financially feasible, but, does that call for shutting of the operations so soon?  I mean look at Kingfisher airlines, they are into trouble for last 7 years. And still flying! I don’t know why a company like reliance is having so much trouble, apart from the civil issues which lies with DMRC.

In my opinion the first thing Airport Express should do is to bring down the fare. I understand, they are into premium service business, and they need to make enough money to at least manage daily expenses. But, heck man what is the point of being into business if there is no business at all. The numbers of times I’ve traveled in Airport Express made me notice few thing clearly:

1)     Extremely low frequency of trains;

2)     High fare;

3)     Low speed- sometime even lower than Delhi Metro;

4)     Staff at the places where there is no need at all;

5)     No use of advertising space.

My idea as a layman, who is NOT an MBA, but, has ability to analyze things to some extent is that the fare as a new project is very high. I understand somebody who is traveling from plane can surely afford Rs 80, but, not somebody who has to travel occasionally or may be daily to office or to some other place. Airport Express should bring down the fare at least 50% down and for no less than one year. The idea is to make people habitual of AE and then increase the fare in different phases.

There is an urgent need to increase the frequency of trains; most of the time when I traveled in AE I had to wait for almost 15-20 minutes.

The speed of this ‘express’ train is way too much slow. This factor is the utmost thing to look after.

I don’t know for what reasons they have marshals IN THE train. Sitting in AE coach is not rocket-science. We don’t need people to guide us how to sit in a metro coach; layoff of people here-save money.

AE has a major advertising space which is empty; especially those glass-doors on platform. Instead of renting out space on a heavy price-tag, Reliance should give out small spaces to small businesses instead of relying on big advertises.  This will help get more advertisers with more revenue possibilities.

About Aditya Bhasin

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My experience of rejecting all candidates [MCD ELECTIONS 2012]


Yesterday only, I published a post stating that I will be using form 17A- Rule 49-O while MCD Elections here in Delhi. Soul reason behind same was incapability of candidates.

In this post I am writing about my experience of using my right; right to reject. Also to mention, not only me but four other members of my family used the same right and rejected all the candidates.

After the verification of my identity, I was asked to sign in register 11 A and that’s what I was exactly looking for; here goes the discussion I had with my booth officer regarding right to reject.

(All conversation in Hindi)

Me: “Ma’am can you give me form 17A”

BO1: “Form 17 A? What is that? (Shocked looks)”

Me:  “The form where I can sign and reject all candidates”

BO1: “We don’t know anything like Form 17 A. How can we give you?”

Me: “That’s something you should know. I am not booth officer; you’re”

BO2: “That rule has not started yet. It will be implemented next year”

Me: “Ma’am that rule is existent since 1997. You should have form 17A or register 11 A”

BO1: “What are you studying?”

Me: “I am perusing my Graduation from DU”

BO1: “Why do you want to reject all?”

Me: “Because, no one from this ward is capable of my vote”

BO1: “then you should not even vote, I also don’t vote”

Me: “Why should I not vote? Government is spending cr. to make people vote.”

BO1: “Anyways you don’t like anyone, so don’t vote”

Me: “I will vote, but, to reject all”

BO3: “What is it all you’re talking about?”

Me: “Sir, as per rule 49-0, I have right to reject all the candidates and that what I am here to do”

BO3: “We’re not aware of any such thing.”

Me: “Sir, all I need is register 11A, so, that I can write my comments and also not vote on EVM”

BO3: To BO1 “Find what is a register 11A and let me him sign”

BO1: While she is looking for register “Why do you want to reject. It will not make a difference. You should get at least 5-10 people along with you.”

Me: “Don’t worry ma’am my other family members are on their way”

and as she was looking for register 11A in all her documents, I opened the first page of register, that was lying in front of her and showed her that this is the register what we call register 11A.

She give me a weird look and asked “how do I knew it”

I told her that I read newspaper and the reason why I did not tell you before was because I wanted to see if you knew what register 11A was; which for obvious reasons you did not know.

She was pissed off like anything. I then signed and made a comment “I choose to reject all” and moved out.

Later my other family members went to cast a null vote. As they came back and I asked them what happened all they said was “These people were looking at us strangely but we did reject all”

I am now happy that at least 5 people were able to reject all candidates. May be this will send a positive ray of hope among others and may be more people will use their right next time.

I want to make a humble request to EC to make their booth officer, enough, educated about rules and rights of voters.

P.S. While I was writing this post, I heard that only 32 % voting was done till 3PM; really pathetic, shame on youDelhi.

 

 

 

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My Vote goes for Form 17A; Section 49-O


In my earlier post, I’ve said that I am not going to vote for any party in these MCD Elections 2012. The soul reason is incapability of candidates. Though, there are ‘n’ number of candidates contesting elections from different parties but only two parties; Congress and BJP are in real battle ground. In my ward (Ward 9) both the candidate are known to nobody in the area. I don’t even know if any of those candidate ever graduated from college.

All I know is the the candidate from Congress is wife of personal-assistant of Mr Bitto; acting MLA of our constituency. Well, we know how she would have been able to land a ticket from Congress. Almost same goes for BJP.
Looking at above thing, I’ve decided to Vote-but-not-vote. I’ve decided that I will exercise my right to reject. I will go the pooling booth and ask for Form 17 A and under rule 49-O vote-a null vote.
Enclosed is a full procedure of how to exercise said right:
Text of Rule 49-O
According to the Rule 49-O in the Conduct of Elections, 1961, of India –
49-O. Elector deciding not to vote.- If an elector, after his electoral roll number has been duly entered in the register of voters in Form-17A and has put his signature or thumb impression thereon as required under sub-rule (1) of rule 49L, decided not to record his vote, a remark to this effect shall be made against the said entry in Form 17A by the presiding officer and the signature or thumb impression of the elector shall be obtained against such remark.
How to register a NULL VOTE?
Presently, as the EVMs don’t have any option to select NO candidate, to register a NULL VOTE, one needs to register his details at the polling booth, and then inform the presiding officer that he wishes to vote for nobody, or register a NULL VOTE, or vote against all candidates. In case of paper ballot, one can just stamp the names of multiple candidates or not stamp at all, to waste his vote.

Disclaimer: Above information was found through different internet sources. Author does not take responsibility for any wrong information. (If Any). Also, the idea to make a null-vote is personal choice of Aditya Bhasin, he does not want to force his choice on anyone. All the voters are requested to make a sound decision based on their own choice.

Disclaimer: Above information was found through different internet sources. Author does not take responsibility for any wrong information. (If Any). Also, the idea to make a null-vote is personal choice of Aditya Bhasin, he does not want to force his choice on anyone. All the voters are requested to make a sound decision based on their own choice.

Source:

Wikipedia

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Aditya Bhasin a not-so-creative person is a student of English literature at University of Delhi. He was born and brought up in Delhi and choose never to move out. You will find him at eating places more than his college, exploring places more than staying at home and get in touch with him through social media rather than calling on his mobile phone. He aspires to write a novel. He also wish to be a successful media (communication) professional

JNU & North Campus


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I study at North Campus of University of Delhi. I wish I could study at JNU campus. I’ve been to JNU campus twice. I go to North Campus everyday. I’ve lived life at North Campus. I have seen life at JNU campus. And in my experience, JNU, Rocks.

 

I am writing about few reasons why I think JNU rocks.

FoodParadise

Let me start with my favorite thing- FOOD.

JNU campus is known for its food joints. I’ve been to some of them, had my share of good food there and I loved it. The first time, I went to JNU campus was in Feb 2011 and yesterday was the second time I went to JNU. Yesterday, I had a soul reason to visit JNU- have some good food. Nothing Else

About the food joints in North Campus; there are many, but, none matches the standards of JNU food joints. Here, there are only three-things you get to eat: ‘Kulche-Cholle’, Maggi and ‘Dosa’. Every department has their own canteen but the food at these canteens is limited to these three food items and a ‘veg-thali’.

Out of all the department canteens, I find Delhi School of Economics canteen- the most awesome. I and my friends often visit DSE- what is also knows as ‘D’ school.

Ideology

People at North Campus are usually liberal in their views. They do not have a last word on anything. If you ask them whether reservation should be allowed, they will say YES and NO. Yes, because some people may need it, No, because some people get affected. (I belong to this category.)

Whereas, things are opposite at JNU campus, they have a last words on everything and anything. They present their views very strongly and further stand by them. No matter what may happen.

Fashion-ka-jalwa

North Campus is ruled by fashionable clothes and everything else which is fashionable. At DU you are treated ‘out-of-campus’ if you wear flip-flops or in fact those ‘Rubber-ki-chappals’.

Things are again opposite at JNU, they do not have this kind of fashion prevailing there. I have seen people are JNU, they wear just anything. It does not matter to them whether their jeans is fromLevisor a street-shop.

Born-British

If you do not speak English at North Campus, then you must be pursuing some, BA pass course or some History Hons. Well, this is the first thought in anybody’s mind at North Campus, when you speak to them in Hindi.

At JNU, Hindi is the language. Even if you ask an MA English student, something in English, it is highly likely that he or she will answer you in Hindi.

The Stephanian caste

There is a huge college (read cast) divide at North Campus. The cold-war between Hindu and St. Stephan is well known to all of us. Anybody who is from St. Stephan gets a certificate to flaunt their (rude) attitude, no matter what is the demand of situation.

One of my friends once told me that you are not supposed to call a canteen- a canteen at St. Stephan. It’s a cafeteria!

I know the above example is not a great one or some people may call it as a good use of vocabulary; I agree, but it becomes irritating in this situation:

A new student at St. Stephan in a conversation with a 2nd year student

New student: where is the canteen?

2nd year student: No, do not call it a canteen. It’s a cafeteria.

New student: (within his mind) WTF.

At JNU, there is no such thing. They only have departments, no specific colleges, though they do have hostels and I’ve heard that there is some kind of rivalry between different hostels.

The Campus; as it is
JNU campus is the most awesome campus once can come across. Spread in miles-and-miles, with greenery all around. The person who studies there will always say “I am living the dream.’

 

North Campus is also good but continual traffic movement within campus spoils the mood.

So, this was my description of two most talked about campuses inDelhi. Feel free to drop-in your comments/views/perceptions.

Disclaimer: These are my personal views. No offence meant to anyone from JNU orUniversityofDelhior anywhere else.

 

 

 

 

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Aditya Bhasin hails fromIndia,Delhi-an avid reader, who enjoys his cup of tea over it, a racist in purest form as he hates chocolate and coffee. He does not like traveling much, but, if he gets an opportunity to travel he chooses to do that by a train instead of a car or a plane. He is an introvert person who is trying to be an extrovert by all possible means.

 

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BJP –a party of pessimist geniuses [MCD ELECTIONS 2012]


I grew up in a family which inherited hatred for BJP in me since the age of my understanding. Along with this enough spoon feeding was done to me to favor and support Congress. In an earlier post I accepted the above fact and blamed my family for same.

Today, in best of my understanding, I am writing about my ‘hatred’ for BJP. I know a lot of you would say that this is yet another post by yet another Congress patron. But take my words I have strong reasons to show my hatred towards BJP.

Take a look at the image below and try to analyze same:

Clicked from NBT Delhi

What were you able to understand? Drop that in comment box and by then read my interpretation:

1) Commonwealth Games scam;
2) Inflation.

THAT’S IT.

Now, will somebody from BJP tell me how do these two things matter to MCD?

Was MCD involved in Commonwealth Games scam? If yes then for BJP’s information; they were in power.

Does inflation fall under MCD governance? If yes then for BJP’s information once again; they were in power.

And if I look at the other side of coin and say yes Congress was involved (Which, I know they were) even then how does it matter to MCD elections 2012?

If BJP is so curious to take up this thing; they should do that in upcoming general or Delhi legislative elections. (And I will support them)
While these elections BJP should take up the issue of Roads, sanitation, rain-water harvesting, parks, and other civic issues and not corruption. The pessimisms in BJP have been a strong ideology. While general elections of 2009, I wanted a change from Rubber-stamp PM; but when I looked at Manifesto of BJP; it only had one thing in it. Corruption, terrorism, scams. The manifesto had nothing- positive they said they will do. This was the reason, why I choose Congress even when I strongly opposed it. Every time LK Advani (the lame duck of BJP) went to speak something; all he talked was negative and pessimistic in approach. Not even once he said that I will do this thing good or say better than Congress.

All the time he was talking about corruption, terrorism held while UPA. Not a single world of optimism. SICK.

Even after so many defeats because of same-old-pessimistic-manifesto; I wonder why BJP is walking the same road. GROW UP; Mr. pessimistic

A few more tits-n-bits

1) I hate BJP;
2) I think Narender Modi is going a good job- no doubt;
3) BJP is party of fools;
4) Congress does have some number of intellectuals;
5) Manmohan singh is a good but not people around him;
6) I do not want Sonia or Rahul to be PM; which I know they cannot;
7) It’s the time LK Advani should retire and Gadkari should loose some weight
8) BJP is involved in saffron terrorisms;
9) Congress is ‘raping’ this country;
10) In these MCD elections; my vote is for FORM 17A.

In my opinion BJP is all set to face defeat.

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Aditya Bhasin

Aditya Bhasin a not-so-creative person is a student of English literature at University of Delhi. He was born and brought up in Delhi and choose never to move out. You will find him at eating places more than his college, exploring places more than staying at home and get in touch with him through social media rather than calling on his mobile phone. He aspires to write a novel. He also wish to be a successful media (communication) professional