Saturday, 25 October 2014


By: Team PenTastic
By: Dibyasha Mohanty

You can sometimes fool all the people all the time.But mind it! It happens only in India. Our dailies vehemently bear out the fact that the four major issues that plague India are corruption, poverty, unemployment, and women’s safety. Yet I am of the view that the all-pervading and biggest problem with us is that we are in the continuous habit of giving undue importance to frivolous contentions. Temples built for Amitabh Bachchan and His Highness, Rajni Sir; film stars and cricketers are treated as gods. Salman Khan’s marriage is a national concern and Sachin’s retirement a national tragedy. All this despite the fact that we are short of young talents and medals in Olympics and Asians. Merely 31% of the people are employable out of every 1, 00,000 potent Indian bread-earners.


Our elections are more entertaining than movies with their wide range of spoofs and sophomoric word-plays of our politicians. No points  for guessing, that election promises are always made to be broken, ever since the advent of elections in India. But now it’s worse. The promises are based on reservations and communal vote-bank tactics rather than public welfare.
We are so uncomfortable with uncertainty that we make a chaos of it. Numerous scams(3G,Commonwealth, Adarsh,...) and much hue and cry over black money were however, meant to be shallow, humongous  bubbles only to burst away within our deep sea of indifference and deceptive tranquillity.
Arranged marriage is becoming obsolete, but arranged education is coming into being. Many decide to become engineers, due to parental and peer pressure despite the fact that around 75% of the engineering grads remain unemployed. There may not be a soldier per family but there’s surely an engineer; surprisingly our technical development is still in a rut.
Like a flock of gullible sheep we are lulled into a false sense of security by assurances of economic development.120-day deadlines are filled with foreign tours in the hope of investment rather than tangible development through boost to domestic small scale industries.

But chill, dude!’ Don’t take life too seriously. No one makes it out alive’. Silence is always golden and this persistent silence though once in a while distracted by Phailins and Hud-Huds, will not produce any Dabanggs. But it will bring back the sone ki chidia that those firangis shooed away.

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