Governments for the people, or only for the ruling elite?

The Hindu reports that, “even as the Samajwadi Party government is still facing flak for the plight of the displaced Muzaffarnagar communal riot victims,” a “22-member team comprising Ministers and MLAs under the aegis of Uttar Pradesh’s Commonwealth Parliamentary Association has gone on a 20-day ‘study tour’ to Turkey, Greece, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and UAE,” also stating that “apart from the U.K. none other country mentioned in the itinerary is a Commonwealth nation,” and that there is one BJP MLA and one RLD MLA in this team.

Some other Uttar Pradesh Ministers, ruling party MLAs and officials attended the ‘Saifai Mahotsav,” a fortnight-long cultural jamboree at Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s village, Saifai in Etawah district, on which, according to this IBNLive report, the Uttar Pradesh government ‘has spent roughly Rs 20 crore’.

The Indian government has moved heaven and earth to save diplomat Devyani Khobragade from the clutches of the US law.

But, as this Firstpost piece states, the same Indian government “might take months to get an innocent sailor out of a non decrepit Togo,” and “may never reach out to the thousands of other citizens (about 6000 and, perhaps many more with no information available to the government) languishing in far away jails – some living hells.”

Wouldn’t we all love to see our governments work less for themselves and more for the common man who pays the taxes that fund all expenses?

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda (Prompt: the post must contain the word ‘love’ and must have only 5 sentence.

Conditions apply (55 Fiction)

I was surprised to see a parcel with my name on it. It contained cash and a business card!

I sent an email:
Our party is committed to cleanliness in public life. We welcome donations, but conditions apply. Donations by cheque only must be accompanied by photocopies of ID Proof, Address Proof and PAN Card.

This work of fiction is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda (Prompt: the post must contain, ‘I was surprised to see a parcel with my name on it.’) and was also written for Write Tribe 55 on Friday – 2 (Prompt: the post must contain ‘conditions apply’). I sincerely hope that this fiction soon becomes fact with all political parties in India.

Tit for tat!

One morning, just when Ashok, who headed the Service Department of his company, was about to start a discussion with his customer Ramesh, his mobile phone rang. It was one of Ashok’s Service Engineers, though Ramesh didn’t know this. Ashok listened to the short message, said, “I’ll handle it. Thanks for calling,” ended the call, put his phone in Silent mode, kept it on the table and started the discussion.

Soon, Ashok’s phone started flashing, but he ignored it. The flashing stopped after a few seconds.

A few seconds later, the phone started flashing again, but Ashok continued to ignore it. The flashing stopped after a few seconds.

This kept happening every few seconds.

Ramesh’s curiosity was aroused. In the 3 years that he had known him, Ashok had always answered incoming calls. He ignored incoming calls only when he was driving, but called back as soon as he could. But, today, it was clear that Ashok was intentionally ignoring somebody’s calls.

After the third missed call, Ramesh started keeping a count on his scribbling pad. After some time, Ashok’s phone stopped flashing. Obviously, the caller had given up. Ramesh looked down at his scribbling pad. 38 missed calls in 10 minutes! He wondered what was going on. Normally, he wouldn’t have said anything, but his curiosity got the better of him. He asked Ashok why he was not answering the incoming calls. Ashok smiled and said, “I’ll call the person now on speakerphone. After you’ve listened to my conversation, you’ll understand!”

“Hello, Mr. Kumar. What’s the matter?”

“Mr. Ashok, my machine is under breakdown. Please send your engineer to my factory immediately.”

“Mr. Kumar, I have telephoned you a number of times during the last couple of weeks. But, you never answered my calls, obviously because you knew I wanted to speak with you about the payment which is overdue by more than 60 days. Anyway, let’s not talk about that now. I will definitely send my engineer to your factory, but only after you confirm to me that a current-dated cheque for the overdue payment is ready. The engineer will start working on your machine only after you’ve handed over the cheque to him. I don’t like to take this tough stand, but I’m afraid you have left me with no other choice.”

This true story is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda. (Prompt: the post must contain, ’38 missed calls in 10 minutes! He wondered what was going on.’)

Let us say ‘Thank you’ more often

Please read this Daily Mail report about an adorable little boy who refused to leave Pope Francis. (Please click on Daily Mail.)

It was one thing he didn’t know that they were being watched by so many people.

It was another thing that he was treated so patiently and lovingly by Pope Francis.

The report says, “ In his speech, the 76-year-old Pope said people should say ‘thank you’ more often …”

Let us all follow the advice of the loving and loveable Pope Francis.

Let us say ‘Thank you’ more often.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda. (Prompt: the post must contain, ‘One thing he/she/they didn’t know that they were being watched.’.)

It’s all just a state of mind!

What’s poverty? It’s just a state of mind!

What’s hunger? It’s just a state of mind!

What’s nakedness? It’s just a state of mind!

What’s homelessness? It’s just a state of mind!

What’s illiteracy? It’s just a state of mind!

What’s murder? It’s just a state of mind!

What’s rape? It’s just a state of mind!

What’s misgovernance? It’s just a state of mind!

What’s corruption? It’s just a state of mind!

Everything’s just a state of mind!

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda. (Prompt: One sentence should be repeated at least thrice in your post.)