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Why I hate Indian news channels

Tune into an Indian entertainment channel you will find the classic Indian television industry daughter-in-law & mother-in-law story. Recently there have been changes, instead of daughter-in-law it has been the son-in-law who fights with his mother-in-law. But the Indian news channels have not changed a bit. I think they have gone worse. Every time I tune into any Indian news channel I get forced to see the same thing — the same old politics. It seems like India is nothing else than a political centre when you watch the news.

I don’t get why they have to show politics all day long. NEWS FLASH — “Some random Member of Parliament of some random political party (mostly part of the ruling Government) has done some random thing”. Yes, that’s the news flash. It seems like the men in power just always want to be in the news or these news channels have for sure being bought by the other political parties to slaughter each other.

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Published at 7:00 am

What are you going to do with the 50 lakhs?

This is what Indian women’s cricket team players were asked by one of India’s prominent news anchor and Editor-in-Chief of two of India’s biggest news channels. I want to ask him one thing. Has he ever asked Virat Kohli what he does with 2 crore annual income + bonuses that BCCI pays him? Or the 15 lakhs he gets for each TEST he plays? Or the around 20 crore gets to play 40 days of IPL? No, he does not! Then why does need to ask the players of Indian women’s cricket team what are they going to do with the 50 lakhs???

Published at 8:41 pm

(do?) We have to be realistic

A global treaty banning nuclear weapons was adopted today at the United Nations. The treaty was negotiated by more than 130 countries and when put to vote today it received 122 YES, 1 NO (from Netherlands) and Singapore decided not to vote. Interestingly, the 9 countries with actual nuclear weapons did not vote on the treaty and can be presumed not happy with it.

The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley criticised the treaty as ill-timed due to the looming threat of North Korea. “We have to be realistic,” Haley said of the treaty in March. “Is there anyone who thinks that North Korea would ban nuclear weapons?” Well on this I can just ask is there anyone who thinks that the U.S. would ban nuclear weapons? A few months back, President Trump said he wants to build up the U.S. nuclear arsenal to ensure it is at the “top of the pack”. » More »

Published at 11:02 pm

Mixing cricket, politics in South Asia

It was 22nd March 2016. Just another Tuesday in many parts of the world. But for Mohali, it was the day to host a match between Pakistan and New Zealand in the then ongoing ICC World Twenty20. Now if you know about the India – Pakistan relationship ever since 1947, you might have the feeling that these two nations don’t get along with each other. True, politically. That day at the PCA Stadium (Mohali) the stands were filled and they were cheering for Pakistan. Yes, of course, Mohali is quite close to the India – Pakistan border (pretty much the same distance between Mohali and Delhi) and people from across the border (Pakistan) can get to Mohali through the land border. And they did that for sure. But the more interesting thing to look out for that day was – many Indians who had come to watch the match were cheering for Pakistan (including me!). Everyone around wanted Pakistani players to outshine in the match. A group of people (coming straight from their office) sitting right behind me were discussing the old glory days of Pakistan in cricket with players like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Javed Miandad and lots more. There were two young twin brothers sitting next to me who wanted Shahid Afridi to hit some huge sixes. It really did not look like there ever was any problem between the people of India and Pakistan. And I doubt if there is any today too, non-politically. In North India, we share a hell lot of food tastes with Pakistan! » More »

Published at 12:02 am

Overbooked flights and being dragged off!

I have been following aviation for the past 4 years and learned about overbooked flights back then. Overbooking happens all the time. Why? Because empty seats cost airlines money! It is all about the money. It is all about the profits. No reasons why I hate the corporate world. I still love airlines even though they cheat with us every time like nearly all the governments in the world do with their citizens. The situation is pretty much similar. Wait. Let us just talk about overbooking right now. So a few days back on a United Airlines flight a man was (bloodied and) dragged from his seat as his flight was overbooked.

Airlines usually offer money and another flight to the passengers being bumped off. And looks for volunteer passengers who would take the offer. In this case, too an offer up to $800, stay at a hotel and a flight in the afternoon was offered. But only 3 people volunteered. United needed another seat as they were trying to accomodte four of their staff and bumping the passengers who had actually paid. The man who refused to be ejected was a doctor and he had appointments to keep the following day. He tried to call his lawyer but the manager said that security was on its way. Three security men came and talked and then the man was yanked from his seat onto the floor and dragged off, blood visible on his face.

Though airlines are actually allowed to deboard passengers due to one or the other reason. But this turned out to be one of the rare cases. Airlines usually don’t drag a passenger out of the aircraft after he has boarded. Also airlines usually don’t bump passengers to accomodate their staff.

Chances of you getting bumped involuntarily by American, Delta or United is less than 0.008%! The number has declined over the years as people now voluntarily get off the flight if given an option. Airlines offer good compensations and board you on the next available flight.

People who get involuntarily bumped more often than not, do not make a scene out of it. But I saw a livestream by some not so huge Indian celebrity being buped off and how she made a scene out of it and linked it all with religion. People need to start understanding the reason behind something than creating more problems.

Airline son the other hand need to make a better system of procedures to be followed when a passenger is bumped and for sure not drag him out.

Published at 3:47 pm

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