Monthly Archives: November 2016

Same pinch …..

Two strangers facing each other, our eyes meet, mine to that of the opposite person and the opposite person’s to mine. We exchanged smiles, mine been more wider as I felt so, maybe the opposite person’s smile was wider than mine, I am not sure. We looked at each other’s hand, initially that person glanced at my hands and then noticing that the eyes were looking at my hands I did the same, in complete syncronisation with each other. We both stared at each other almost for a minute trying to adjust our eye’s pupil to get a proper glance of the object in our hand.

No no … this is not what you are thinking. This happened yesterday evening while I was traveling back home in the train. We both boarded the same train, the same coach and from the same station. Once I got in we were facing exactly opposite each other (well, people traveling in Mumbai local trains will understand it much better 🙂 ).

Well, it was the book we both were holding to read during the journey towards home. And I know you will be disappointed to read that the opposite person was not female too. We both were holding the same book to read. I normally have a habit to read during my train journey and once I hop into the train I immediately remove the book from my bag to read.

We both were reading the same book and hence all these exchanges of eye contact and smiles tiny-smileys-yesemoticons-032. I have seen many people reading books while traveling but hardly I have found anyone reading the same book as mine. Couple of times it has happened that people have asked me about the author and the book I was reading at that time but never have I had an experience like yesterday.

Another few minutes of scanning each other we both got engrossed into our reading but the curious person I am, I did not allow myself to settle calmly. I wanted to pinch him hard and say same pinch but I avoided it tiny-smileys-yesemoticons-125. I took the initiative to ask him his opinion about the author and then it all started from how to when to where to who and lots more. Infact the full 50 minutes of our traveling journey we were chatting on all the topics we can think of; books to politics to demonetization to our profession.

Well, it’s the power of the book and the reading habit which helps to friend a stranger no matter which part of the world you are in.

A much needed change !!!

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So as the whole world knows that our PM Naredra Modi has announced the demonetization of 500 and 1000 Rs. denomination notes. This had to come sooner or later as this was one of the main agenda of our PM before the elections. He cannot have broken the trust of the people. Well I am not going ga ga about our PM but I appreciate the move.

As our Banks used to say that now no need to visit the branch and everything can be done through internet banking. Well, this is now proving wrong with the decision of the PM. We have been left with no choice but to visit the banks and deposit/exchange the old denominations with the new. No technology howsoever will help to get the old notes exchanged with the new ones.

Saying this, last Saturday I also visited State Bank of Travancore which is bang opposite my residence to exchange the old notes. I had to wait in queue for an hour to get it exchanged with the new 2000 Rs. notes and that too within the limit specified by the PM. I purposely visited the bank just to get a feeler as how the nation is shocked and rocked by one decision of the PM and surprisingly most of the common man has welcomed this move (as against the odds opposing it).

I am not sure and don’t wanna discuss also whether this decision of our PM will help stop corruption or stop black money been piled up but I am happy to see the change in my nation and people welcoming the move. As the last time when I was just 2 years old, our ex PM Morarji Desai had announced the demonetization of Rs.1000, Rs.5000 and Rs.10000 notes. It was way back in 1978 and I was too small to recollect anything. But today’s experience will give a lifetime memory and stories which we will be able to tell our children and grand children for sure.

Many economists have criticized the move and many have welcomed it too. Will this move of our PM work or will it not is left upon the time to decide.

As of now, everyone is running after the change whereas change is needed for everyone 🙂