Thursday, March 26, 2015

Warlock - Wilbur Smith

Started off ok… but quickly deteriorated to disappointing.

The content does not match up to the level of River God. If Taita's sorcery is in fact so formidable, then why the hell does he opt to use it only when all hope is lost?! Why can't he just use it when the problems begin and make it easy for everyone (including the reader)?

The Red Road nonsense with referees/umpires etc - IDIOTIC!! Nefer is not supposed to have any help in proving his worthiness to be a Red Road Warrior and we don't hear the end of that - YET, Taita is more than happy to help him with the archery task (and give him pointers for the other tasks as well). If THAT is how Taita wanted Nefer to 'prove his claim', then why the hell didn't the magus wave the staff and weave the magic for the entire Red Road event and make it a walk in the park for Nefer?

The last few pages of the book are absolutely rubbish.

Mintaka - 'You are not angry with me for disobeying you.’
Nefer - ‘You have given me a crown and a land.’ He shook his head and one of his tears fell upon her face. ‘Above that you have given me your love, which is more precious to me than all of that. How could I ever be angry with you?'

That's not a very noble / virtuous thing to say.

Perhaps Nefer needs to be reminded that not only did Mintaka disobey him, but her idiotic and immature decision to go to her uncle played a major role in the brutal murder of Merykara (Nefer's sister). The fact that her idiotic and immature decision / action resulted in Nefer getting some 200 manned chariots at a crucial point of the battle is irrelevant.

Also… there were far less dangerous ways of accomplishing that. One which readily comes to mind is the 'sorcery of the magus'. Which could be used to send a message to the General and other potential supporters. Could also be used to 'OVERLOOK' as he usually does - invited or uninvited. Could also be used to conjure up even more magical, mystical chariots with warriors. How about conjuring up that fancy 'khamsin'?

Or perhaps Nefer is not angry with Mintaka because - All is forgiven as long as Nefer gets the crown?? That's a rather shitty attitude.

Tere Gham Ko Jaan Ki Talaash Thi Tere Jaan-Nisaar Chale Gaye


Tere gham ko jaan ki talaash thi tere jaan-nisaar chale gaye 
Teri raah mein karte the sar talab sar-e-rahguzar chale gaye

Teri kaj-adaai se haar ke shab-e-intezaar chali gayi 
Mere zabt-e-haal se rooth kar mere gham-gusaar chale gaye

Na savaal-e-vasl na arz-e-gham na hikaayaten na shikaayaten 
Tere ahad mein dil-e-zaar ke sabhi ikhtiyar chale gaye

Ye hamin the jinn ke libas par sar-e-rah siyahi likhi gayi 
Yahi daag the jo sajaa ke hum sar-e-bazm-e-yaar chale gaye

Na rahaa junuun-e-rukh-e-vafaa ye rasan ye daar karoge kya 
Jinhen jurm-e-ishq pe naaz tha vo gunahgaar chale gaye

Monday, March 23, 2015

Lalu's Take On The Bihar Cheating Episode


Now, former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Yadav has offered his own  and, as always, unique take on the controversy. "When you go elsewhere,  no one will believe your degrees. If you can't clear exams, why don't you just fail them and retake them till you pass?" asked Mr Yadav today.


It isn't often that Lalu is cited as saying something sensible. This time around, he did manage to be sensible. If you fail, then retake the exams. I can't see anything wrong with that suggestion. It isn't a 'unique' or 'out of the box' in any way. In fact, he is simply stating the obvious. It is most disappointing that a sensible obvious suggestion gets labelled as UNIQUE by the media.

Of course, Lalu did go on to say some more:


"The current government says it can't control cheating... (during my time as Chief Minister) I used to hand out books to everyone and said 'fine, write from the books.'  Do you think they managed?  They kept on writing and three hours passed by and most of them failed anyway," Mr Yadav added

I would have chuckled and dismissed that statement like a lot of other individuals, EXCEPT… I do know some characters who did not manage to score a passing mark in spite of being given the answers! Sad but true (and a bit funny).

Nakal ke liye bhi akal chaahiye.

Friday, March 20, 2015

No Golf Club Memberships, But Free Yoga Sessions Are Fine?!

29 Jan 2015 - Modi government cancels golf memberships for bureaucrats

20 Mar 2015 -Free Yoga Classes for 31 Lakh Government Employees and Their Families

So, will there be a press release stating that these Yoga classes will be mandatory or is that implied? When do we see a government order pushing these Yoga sessions to the private sector as well?

Even then, we will have a bunch of idiots screaming that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the move. Once you idiots get your head out of Modi's ass and pull out the Culture / Heritage dildo out of your own ass, you will realise what the problem is.

I would explain exactly what the problem is.. but why bother? Blind supporters will fail to see the logic and individuals capable of unbiased thinking would already know.

How Does It Matter? Why Should It Matter?


Mr Chauhan raised the issue when the Minister of State for Water Resources Sanwar Lal Jat was replying to supplementaries during the Question Hour. "I want to know who brought the Ganga, why did he bring it?... What effects does bathing in it have," he asked.

Mr Jat said it was a "historical" matter and added it is known that Bhagirath had brought the river for the welfare of the masses. "Worship is done there," he added.


Is it necessary to have these mythological fictional 'historical' (*rolls eyes) trivia sessions in the parliament?!

Surely there must be more pressing matters that require attention in the Lok Sabha Question Hour. Don't you think?