Game of Thrones ( april2011- may2019)

As many of you are aware, the legendary series Game of Thrones is an epic. It has almost everything you could possibly ask for—conveniently packed within eight dense seasons. Medieval society and culture, royal courting, romance, sex, battles, sorcery, betrayals, tempests, zombies, dragons, nations, armies, the meteoric rise of certain individuals and families, the fall of others, and an ominous threat to the end of the entire world. It grew to earn universal acclaim from critics and audiences worldwide, shining particularly in seasons three, four, five, and six. And though the series infamously parted with a terrible final season, it remains one of the greatest shows of all time. In terms of scale and scope, it earns the very top spot.

Nobody—neither viewers nor cinema itself—will ever forget Game of Thrones episodes like “Hardhome,” “Battle of the Bastards,” “The Rains of Castamere,” “The Mountain and the Viper,” and “The Winds of Winter.” Historic episodes like these alone are exponentially greater than most full-length films out there. It is in such moments where Game of Thrones transcends the very medium of television itself. This earth-shattering HBO series was, for many years, so entrenched within modern society that almost everyone in it was familiar with some of the show’s intricacies. Besides, this show alone brought HBO tens of millions of subscribers. Did its writers earn them? Yes. They did, with a mega-hit that far surpassed George R.R. Martin’s original books, marking an entire era of outstanding television.

At the end of the day, I can’t even begin to list the incredible accomplishments of Game of Thrones. I can only link a few marvelous scenes and hope that the minor spoilers don’t disillusion prospective viewers. After all, this show speaks for itself. It does not rely on the “benefit of the doubt” extended to shows that garner acclaim of this magnitude. The writing is consummate. The depth of its plot is unparalleled. The timing and development of its countless twists and shocking moments are always perfect. Its characters’ intricacies are sprawling. And yet, the show’s hard traits—like the production design, stunt choreography, and editing—are just as carefully crafted as its soft traits, like the writing and the excellence of the directors and actors. Game of Thrones is not flawless. But it is impossible to assemble such a project without an enormous host of mistakes and inconsistencies. Regardless, such flaws are frighteningly sparse in this show. The Game of Thrones we came to know and love was, indeed, an impossible fantasy. How the creators pulled it off remains a mystery to us. We can only clap our hands and say “bravo.”

Second Wave

India logged over three lakh covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. However, just about one and a half months back, there were only around 14,000 infections daily. Something went drastically wrong because the sudden avalanche of cases had to lead in accurate shortage of oxygen, medicine, beds, and even oxygen in the hospitals. We may go back to business as usual as soon as the current surge is over. But a moment of self-realisation and introspection is urgently needed before we go to sleep peacefully after shifting all the blame on our political leaders. And while we are witnessing the surge all around, we need to pause for a moment and think — is the current situation not of our own making? 

We need to accept that the politicians do not decide what we do in our everyday routine. Several of our countrymen who went holidaying in the Maldives early this year or gleefully held parties and large gatherings were not instructed by the politicians to do so. It was we Indians who decided to throw caution to the wind and let our desires rule our lives. We need to remember governments can only issue guidelines, but we have to follow them when no one is watching. Everyone was busy planning their reunions, their next holiday destination, or beautiful picnic locations. The Indian wedding industry was already slated to be back to the pre-COVID level by the year-end (I know of at least two such events which had to be suddenly canceled in the second wave). What was our medical community thinking when they held the national physical conference in March this year in the middle of the pandemic? Did we believe that because we are doctors, nothing can touch us? Most of us are responsible for flouting the well-established norms if we look hard. And some are waiting for the surge to die down to plan for their reunions towards the end of the year. Some may call this pandemic fatigue, and they are perhaps tired of staying indoors, but several people early this year had an attitude of everything-is-ok and nothing-can-go-wrong-now.

Precisely five weeks ago, I took a photograph of a busy marketplace with several hundred people, and not a single person wearing a mask. That photograph showed no sign of being from the COVID era. I had casually wondered whether all these people were immune or just considered themselves immune. And we now realise it was sheer irresponsibility and carelessness, the result of which is abundantly clear. A section of society even believed that Indians have higher immunity than Caucasians because of exposure to the common cold virus. Several articles were gloating over our superman-like immunity to the virus and attempting to explain the miraculous vanishing of the virus from the Indian hinterland. As is now apparent, all those theories had no basis. Let this sink in while we stare at the loss of countless fellow Indians — we are not stronger or more immune than any other race because of our ability to live a hard life. We certainly don’t have better immunity just because the common cold is more prevalent in India. 

Of course, the country’s leadership, exemplary last year, behaved recklessly this year by allowing political rallies and religious gatherings. But the infections soared even in those states where no elections or religious meetings were organised. Political leaders are, in the end, just a reflection of our society and of how we think and behave. They are not God-sent. Counting on others to control our fate, relying on others to always bail us out is an inherently weak and foolish approach. In the movie Rocky Balboa, Rocky reprimands his son: “And when things got hard, you started lookin’ for something to blame, like a big shadow”. Isn’t this what we are all doing now, blaming the whole fiasco on the readily-available figure — the politician  — in order to feel good and in order to believe that we never made a single mistake. Unless we realise and own up to our mistakes, we may land in the same situation again in the future. We need to remember that our actions during the relatively-quiet period will decide how long the infection stays silent. The change does not seem significant if we realise that we only need to give up the luxury of gatherings, meetings, and loud marriages for a while to live to the fullest in the not-so-distant future. It remains to be seen if we can do better after the second wave settles down. But it’s time we held the mirror up to ourselves. It will all start and end with our attitude of self-realisation.

Information source : The Indian Express
The Hindu

No Girl/ No Rape

आज एक द्लित लड़की का रेप हो गया, आप सब को पता होगा उसकी पूरी कहानी।



वैसे #JusticForManishaValmiki कितने दिन के लिए है? और CandleMarch कब होगा? वैसे BlackDate की तारीख बदला जाये या नहीं? वैसे भी cases तो 7-8 साल जाने वाले है ही।

बस___?! अब आगे क्या?

क्यों ना हम temporary solution के बजाये permanent solution लाये, ?

वैसे भी हमारे देश मैं RApe हर 15min में होता है और ये हम नहीं NCRB report केह रही 2018 की, मोदीजी ने काफी campaign चलाया जैसे की Beti bachao beti padao आदि पर नाहि Beti पढ़ाने में सफल हुऐ नाहि Beti बचाने में, और crime rate 100000 बढ़ गया 58.8%(2018) – 57.9%(2017). Delhi Gang Rape (2012) उसका इंसाफ 7/8 साल बाद मिला, और बहुत सारे केस तो बीच में होंगे अभी इन्साफ पाने के होड़ में,

2013 मै Criminal Law Amendmemt Act पास हुआ साथ ही साथ (Nirbhaya fund) बनाया। पर इनसब से भी कुछ खास असर नहीं हुआ,

क्या ये Digital India बनायेगे __ बच्चे,

ये “Aatamnirbhar” भारत बनायेगे,

आप बस “Chronology” समझिए।?

मतलब हम ये समझ ले सरकार भी कुछ खास नहीं कर पा रही। अच्छा, ज़रा सोचो,! अगर स्त्री जाति ही ना हो तब तो कोई रेप नहीं होगा।

अगर इस संसार में स्त्री जाति ना हो तो क्या होगा किसी ने सोचा?, स्त्री ही पुरुष को जन्म देती है फिर वही स्त्री के साथ हैवानियत करते है, इस तरह कह सकते है,लोग घर में सांप पालते है और हम स्त्री अपने कोख में,

तब या तो स्त्री जाति खत्म कर दो……या फिर स्त्री पुरुषो को जन्म देना बंद कर दे, रेप रोकने के लिए?

जो की दोनों मुमकिन नहीं तब क्या किया जाए? क्या हमेशा ऐसा ही चलता रहेगा, सरकार कोई भी आये-जाये पर क्या वो ये गन्दगी साफ करेंगे। क्या मोदी सरकार स्त्री जाति के सुरझा के लिए भी कुछ करेंगे, क्या मोदी सरकार स्वछ गंगा के साथ साथ रेप मुक्त भारत बनाके नारी समाज को स्वछ व साफ बनायेगा, वो नारी जिसके अंदर गंगा के साथ साथ कयी देवियों का रूप विराज मान है।।

क्या हम वही हिन्दू समाज है जिसके पुराण मैं औरत की इज्ज़त के लिए #Mahabharat #Ramayan हुआ हैं।

किसी ने कहा है,” औरत एक खूबसूरत फूल की तरह होती है, जिसकी खुसबू को सिर्फ मेहसूस किया जा सकता है, मगर उससे कुचला या मसला नहीं जा सकता।”

That’s it.✍️💔

The GALWAN valley and 1962 similarities

In my childhood, my father told the story about WAR with CHINA in 1962. He told me that how the political leadership had betrayed our soldiers. They were sent to the war without proper clothing, boots, weapons and in the ordnance factories I rembered hearing, they were producing coffee percolators instead of ammunition.I don’t know much about Jawaharlal Nehru but after china war he was very unpopular & wrong leader in my eyes.

This memories came back in days when 20 soldiers were beaten to death by Chinese in the heights of GALWAN VALLEY. The Modi government has not able so far to fully explain that exactly what happen. It is for Military experts to investigate what really happen. This is an old playbook that has been used to often since, Modi ji second term began that it has become tattered & useless. Nationalism is defined in playbook means NOT questioning anything that government do. I want to ask where is the Chief of defence staff? Where is ARMY Chief? Where is National Security Advisor? We should hear from them what is happening in GALWAN VALLEY ?

Whenever they are in tension with pak. The PM becomes vocal, aggressive and Assured then why he didn’t do anything about CHINA. This time the PM has been unusually reticent.

What is more important for him to know about today’s political agenda : foreign relationship, pandemic, GDP, as well as China v/s India. We want Answer when the country appears to be teethering on the edge of another War with China.