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Virag Padalkar
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A voice of reason. Tongue-in-cheek
A voice of reason. Tongue-in-cheek

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With so much information on the internet, it becomes difficult to gauge what's true and what's not, what's genuine and what's fake, what's honest and what's malafide. Some simple steps can help . . let's stay aware!
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Illicit wealth in India has three major forms - cash, gold and real estate. For all these forms, +Narendra Modi and the Government of India (herafter referred to as GoI) gave people a decent chance to come clean, no strings attached and no questions asked.
Through the land acquisition bill, GoI offered politicians and property hoarders a chance to earn upto 4 times the value of their land AND ensure said land was used for infrastructure and welfare projects. Through the gold monetization scheme, GoI gave gold hoarders the chance to give up their gold for equivalent value AND earn interest on it. Through the Income Declaration Scheme, GoI offered holders of Illicit cash the chance to come forward and convert it to legit monies with just a few financial penalties AND no threat of prosecution . . . But did we take these chances?
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Google Assistant is configured to send me a poem every day. Today's poem was simply beautiful. Had to share it. Such elegant composition and such simple structure to put forth such a poignant thought. The poem is titled "Heart of a Woman" by Gloria Douglas Johnson -

"The heart of a woman goes forth with the dawn,
As a lone bird, soft winging, so restlessly on,
Afar o’er life’s turrets and vales does it roam
In the wake of those echoes the heart calls home.

The heart of a woman falls back with the night,
And enters some alien cage in its plight,
And tries to forget it has dreamed of the stars
While it breaks, breaks, breaks on the sheltering bars."
The Heart of a Woman
The Heart of a Woman
poetryfoundation.org
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Jats asking for reservations up north, Patels asking for reservations in Gujarat, Marathas asking for reservations in Maharashtra. Very curious why these influential and politically powerful communities suddenly feel threatened. Very surprising that Raj Thackarey took such an enlightened stand on the issue.
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I see a LOT of garlands on bikes and cars today. 364 days of shoddy driving, clanky gear-shifting, unnecessary braking, uncouth road etiquettes, infrequent oil changes and irregular servicing. But yeah, we can just put on a garland for one day and we think we "worship our instruments".

#respectyourride all year round.
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India has jumped 16 places for the second consecutive year to the 38th spot on WEF's competitiveness index. Forex reserves have touched a record high of USD 372 billion. IMF has forecasted India's growth at 7.6% for 2016/17. GST is set to be implemented by Apr-17 giving a further boost of 1.5%. We have a strong team functioning seamlessly as a unit at the Centre, the benefits of which are trickling down. Our next challenge is turning the "Brain Drain" to "Brain Gain". India is waiting.
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Umm . . . This sounds familiar. Unfortunately.
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As responsible citizens of this country, it would behove us to ignore trashy and casteist comments about "chatrapatis" and "peshwas" by local leaders like Mr Pawar and focus on the holistic, inclusive and progressive world-view of India that Modi and team gets to the table. We should move beyond low-brow caste dynamics and understand that a nation divided against itself cannot stand.
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Merin's verbatim comments to the media -

“We are tech savvy, we grew up in the age of the internet. And we need more young people in the services as the youth can bring in a breath of fresh air to the way Government departments function. We can change the system."

Quite an optimistic statement from someone who's a part of the system. Hope this inspires youngsters to rise to the challenge.
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From listening to old hindi songs to a deepening journey into classical music; +Dhanesh Mainkar's ongoing progress through each layer of knowledge was quite an inspiring story for me when I hobnobbed with him recently in Konkan. The icing on the cake was his flute.

Created from scratch using thread, paint and a plumbing PVC pipe! Using a combination of calculations based on sound frequencies (resonance) and horribly detailed (and time-consuming) trial n' error, he managed to punch holes in the pipe which corresponded to notes on the octave . . and viola - a flute! Not just making the instrument itself, but Dhanesh has taught himself to play the flute with remarkable skill. Autodidactism at it's very best.

Inspiring to listen to how an affinity deepened into a hobby and is now a passion that is backed by a continuous quest for ever-increasing knowledge.

Dhanesh - Hats off!
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