Showing posts with label Slumdog Millionaire. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Slumdog Millionaire. Show all posts

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Jackpot! [88/365]

'Work like you've won the lottery and don't need the money'

But what happens when you DO win the lottery and you are working at a dead end job that has not taken you anywhere for the past 15 years? Call it a day and invest and live off the rich interests? Or invest in the company you are working for? Or go hiding because you are sure someone is playing an epic prank?

Well, option 3 if you are the holder of a $105 million Mega Millions lottery ticket that an Haitian immigrant living in Baltimore. Especially so, if that winning ticket was purchased out of the money that a lot of your friends/colleagues put in and have no plans of splitting it. (Money shot here)
Personally I've never tested my luck with gambling but I know a lot of people who buy the lottery waiting for that one big jackpot. And some who have hit the jackpot too.
Apart from the proverbial law of probability, winning money that you haven't worked hard for is such a huge lure.

Recently a regional language channel premiered a quiz game show where the participants are given Rs 1 Crore (Approx $ 209,292) right at the start of the show and the contestants would need to answer questions correctly to keep them. If 'Deal or No Deal' was a big hit, this show is set to beat that. Ofcourse, the Indian version of the 'Who wants to be a millionaire', immortalized by Bachhan Sr and Slumdog Millionaire will always remain the fan favorites.

It appears like there is the immense amount of money that just wants to come to you.
Personally, I'd like to earn every rupee that I have so that I know I've worked for them and deserved it.
Many people might think I am being idealistic but I think I am realistic. Every time I've had money that I didn't earn for (and deserve) I've noticed that it goes out of your hands just as easily. And I don't even feel good about it.
But the inspiration to make more money is a wonderful thing.



Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Wannabe Superhero [66/365]

In the 15 years that I have been in India, I've been hearing countless politicians promising to transform Bangalore into a Singapore and India into the next biggest superpower.

While it is true that our politicians have been selling us dreams that they neither have the passion to create nor the inclination to achieve, do we really have it in ourselves to handle the mantle of being a superpower?
Objectively, No.
And the bad news is, we'll never be one either.

The reasons are many. Our country is being ruled by unimaginative individuals with very limited intellect, suspect motives and a dubious character. They are neither capable of handling an economy going through its growing pains, nor allies that pull strings. Politicians have lost the will to govern purely because of the massive economics of maintaining coalition partners with vested interests.

India can never be a superpower since it lacks nearly everything a nation should be as one. Individually, we will always have a Narayan Murthy, a Mittal and a Tata, but collectively we will always be mediocre and a has been.
Our biggest exports have been and will be Bollywood and curry and endless supply of cheap jokes. Nine out of ten westerners that I've spoken to have seen Slumdog Millionaire and tasted (and loved) the chicken tikka masala. They also think elephants still roam the roads here and won't believe me that we have elevators and think we all walk around in a turban with a sword by our side. Technology and manufacturing, unlike China, is clearly not one of the things we will be known for a very long time.

Failure of successive government since Independence to combat and curb the yawning gap between the rich and the poor have resulted in growing Maoists, Naxalites and extremists. The deadly concoction of religion and politics have created a state of animated suspense. Lacking a solid welfare, public healthcare or education system, much of India will still thrive on the crumbs that fall from the tables of the wealthier middle class.

Anarchy, crime and insecurity will become the order of an ordinary day. Politicians like Mamata Banerjee are the signs of a breed of politicians that will continue to prevail upon the larger good, if any, of any decisions that are vital and critical to India.

But all is well if a superpower is what we not looking to be. If all that we really want to be that mediocre (aka average) country which is content about the wonderful way the world knows us because of our cultural exports, then we are bang on the money.

Jai Hind!

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