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The Defense Rests

dr.baru-3An interaction with Dr.Sanjaya Baru who is in Goa for the Marathi Launch of the book the accidental Prime Minister, as a curtain raiser for the annual Goa Art and literary festival
Dr.Baru the Geo-economist, who is an Indian political commentator and policy analyst. Has authored the non-fiction best-seller The Accidental Prime Minster.”
“My daughter who belongs to the sms generation asked me how could I work for someone like Manmohan Singh? The book is my answer to her” says Dr.Baru, it is an excellent defence for Mr.Manmohan Singh.
“There is a fundamental change in the thinking of people worldwide, we are lucky that our country chooses to do it with democracy,” was his observation. Dr.Baru, talked of 2004 where the nation disillusioned by the coalition govt. Headed by Mr.Vajpayee was voted out in favour of the congress party. It was then that Mrs. Gandhi looked for a person of impeccable integrity and presence without being a persona in his or her own right. Thus Mr.Manmohan Singh became the accidental prime minister as he confessed. The congress party then delivered too; there was a 9% growth. And the next election the party was voted back. Of course the voters were mostly urban Indians.
So what went wrong?
Do you remember? That Mr.Manmohan Singh was the face of the 2009 election campaign of congress? People voted Manmohan Singh’s leadership and not really the congress party. The first step that went off was Mr. Singh opted for the Rajya Sabha route instead of the Lokasabha.
Nine years of congress party’s reported card, showed 9 major scams like the coal scam — 2012, the 2G scam—2008, the chopper scam—2012, the Tatra truck scam –2012, common wealth games scam 2010, cash for vote 2011, adarsh 2012, IPL scam 2013, satyam scam—2009 , no matter how impeccable personal integrity the tenure went down as the “Manmohan Singh govt.”
The actual decapitation occurred with Mrs. Gandhi’s manoeuvres to shift the face of congress from Mr.Manmohan Singh to Mr.Rahul Gandhi, it was not only ungraceful and obvious, it was also demeaning to a man of Mr. Singh’s stature.
Why did he not put his foot down, after all he did in the case of the nuclear deal…?
That Dr.Baru did concede was an interesting question, particularly since he was in the know of what was happening so his silence would implicate that he was party to it.
Yet when the head of the state is not the head of the party there is a dual power issue. It existed between Nehru and Kripalani. Acharya Kripalani would insist that Nehru kept him informed of the government moves, JyothiBasu reported each day to the party president before he wound up for the day until the gentleman passed away. It was the party president who is real power, until Mrs. Gandhi roughshod the then president and the Prime minster became the power centre.
logo GALFDr.Baru was talking about the nation being at the helm of the launch of the second republic, the first one being the Nehruvian republic (1950-2014). The change is definitely visible. The reason that he cites is the aging regional parties, making it difficult for their heirs to continue the legacy. There is a fundamental change among people and this change is forever, as he commented we are lucky that our country chooses to do it democratically and not with violence like we see in other countries.
About the issue of corruption he said, it is no doubt there, and will be there it exists even in china and US, but would be essential is to focus on education, health and city building and there would be no stopping us from being a super power by 2050, but the time frame is not earlier than that.



This post is a fortnight late in its arrival.

But the Institute of Menezes Braganza Panaji, has begun a new endeavour on literature.

Mimasa – is to analyze, scrutinize, assimilate which was what this platform is all about, understanding ,sharing and growing.

The decision is to meet once in a fortnight to discuss a book or an author.

It was quite interesting to see almost 50- 60 people assemble on a Sunday afternoon to discuss an Hindi author.

DSCN8064The book on discussion was Khara-paani written by Jayashri Rai-Harmalkar who is a Goa based author in Hindi. The book works around the bewildered Ethnic Goan society with the change in the socio-economic dynamics. I cannot share more than this since I have not read the book.

Maybe we can begin to let the country know that the Goa is more than beach, and booze, it is where the changing zones and cultures are recorded. The fabric is tapestry of Konkani, Portuguese, Marathi, English and Hindi.


writing a detective novel

agatha christieThere is something about detective novels that catch our fancy.

The earliest known detective story is hamlet.

An ideal way to create a suspense to create a situation with multiple options.  Focusing on the action without lengthy explanations would be a good idea. The opening sentence should be in the middle of an activity.

We can scare someone only when we know what scares.

Ideal writing material would be what bothers us, or what influences us.

Starting through a misdeed carrying the protagonist through the hero’s cycle would be great. The body of the story would be the investigation proper. The solution with the explanation is a good conclusion.

characters would be the




Red herring – could be situational.

The real criminal


Stages of writing would start with the concept sometimes the concept stays for a year or two.  The word count would be 1000 words the issue is introduced and escalates.  Building up to 30,000 words. By this time the major characters are introduced, the second turn has flipped and the hero takes on rescuing the world. 45,000 word brings the major turn around in the hero’s life.60.000 words is the point of no return with 75,000 words we bring th conflict and resolution into the same cauldron. 90,000 words is the climax and resolution.

Check list

  • Entertainment
  • Craftsmanship
  • Esthetics
  • What was the point of the book?

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Letter to

ImageDear reader

Groucho Marx says “ he finds television very education. Everytime somebody turns on the set he goes into the other room and reads a book.”   Somewhere I thought the blogs have become personal letters, where we share, grow and become part of a community where appearances don’t matter.

Lord Byron claimed that Letterwriting was the only device for combining solitude with good company, of course he has not lived in the Blogsphere. Strat here for example is a valuable friend someone I want to share my thoughts whose world I voyeur into , yet we never met.  Liz Carpenter can bemoan that we lost a lot when we stopped writing, but for me the blogsphere is phoenix, just as I reread a friends blog like I read a letter hope you deal with my blogs in the same way.

William Nicholson states we read to know that we are not alone, I write hoping to establish I am not alone. Somewhere I hope I can leave you with some experience,a little exhaustion and allow you to enter and live different lives.

I hope you take Gustave Flaubert’s advice seriously, and do not read as children do, to amuse yourself,or like the ambitious for the purpose of instruction, but read in order to live.

As to why do I write or blog?1.2 because there is no greater agony than a story untold inside you, what happens to that story is beautifully brought out by Nagamandala a play written my Girish Karnad. Mary Angelou had something to say about it too. I can start out to tell you, instruct or share with you, but I land up writing the blog that wants to be written.

Sometimes I wonder if I write  to taste life twice once during the moment it and a second time in retrospect. If you ever wonder where I get the ideas to write from, well everything in life is writable, as long as you have the guts to do it,and the imagination to improvise . my worse enemy is self-doubt.

I wish I could say I write to move mountains and influence readers, inspire leaders satisfy my auditor but the bottom line is I write to me more myself.

Please forgive my paradoxes as I reflect, and whatever the world and his wife may say I prefer being a person of paradox than a person with prejudice..

with love


  1. Perils of the pen

Intro of Your Life



If I am writing my autobiography what would my opening sentence be? On July 29 2010 Plinky wanted the first chapter of my autobiography and this is what I wrote. .

I had a great disdain for autobiography and considered it as the ultimate self indulgence of an egoist. Then I learnt about autobiographies which I documented for another Plinky prompt

Every writing has to be rewritten so maybe I should rework the opening line and maybe something brilliant and exotic, but the story is mine, like all my life, the autobiography would be travelogue of a meandering gypsy.

I can’t hand you a map either.

The best opening that i could pen would be a message delivered to me by three strangers all women, at different points of my life. The Last one being yesterday.

“I have a message for you, I talk to God, and God wants you to know You are his special baby, and he loves you unconditionally, he has a plan for you just flow.”

Gabriel came down for this annunciation, or was it first of the fates? Would be the ideal opening whatsayyou??

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Hooked by Books

If you don’t know the trees you may be lost in the forest, but if you don’t know the stories you may be lost in life. —Siberian Elder

My favorite author?
Intelligence is one thing that I am greatly attracted to, wit of course is a must. Writers tend to be pinnacles of intelligence. Actors are great and awesome but it is the writer who creates a new world from scratch.
An author is a person who writes a novel, poem, essay, He/She is the creator,originator or maker of anything be it a literary work, or a tax plan! and is different from a compiler, translator, editor or a copyist.
The literary production of a writer is also refered to as author eg. To find a passage in an author.
Writers or authors can either make you think or wonder, the purpose of author though is to persuade, entertain,instruct and inform.
But on earth do authors write?
Thomas Berger got it bang on Because it isn’t there!
Coming to my all time favorite authors, I presume plinky’s enquires are directed towards the entertaining kinds. The storytellers.
I call them the comfort food of the mind, the Enid Blyton’s,the Mill and Boons, the Barbara Cartland’s the Zane Grey’s and many

more. They are all equally dear, but the first among equals
Crime buster Dame Agatha Christie:
I like to visualize a traditional grandmother of the sixties finishing her days chores, saying her evening prayers, then curling up in a rocking chair with a glass of … lets leave it to imagination…and reading whodunit.
Agatha Christie wrote 72 books in all, she had stock detectives in Jane Marple, and Hercules Poirot. Though the plots were often repeated and the basic pattern of the stories were the same a murder-an accident a suicide. The most unlikely person is the murderer, still there is something that catches the fancy. Of her all her books, my favorites are The Secret Of the Chimney’s, The Seven dial Mystery, Nemesis and The Murder on the Orient Express.
I like his sense of absurdity, and humor, the way he plays with words, Like the reference to Aunt Dahlia, or the elaborate system of British feudalism. Jeeves, Bertie Wooster, Lord Dunstan, Lord Emsworth, The Empress of Blandings these are friends in deed, when one is in need. Jeeves by the way unwinds after a day’s hard work of managing Bertie Wooster with an Agatha Christie novel.

Kannada author
Shantraj Aithal, very Wodehouse like in his writing is his sense of humour and use of language. He has the ability to convert the mundane into hilarious. What I like about Mr.Aithal is his subtle and dry sense of humour. There are no double entries, just plain clean humour. He has penned a total of 5 books and the sixth is on its way.


The newest breed of Authors, I enjoy reading authors on like Citylover, but the one I enjoy the most is Keeya or she writes on Indian mythology which is really enjoyable.




stories live in your blood and bones, follow the seasons and light candles on the darkest night-every storyteller knows she or he is also a teacher… —Patti Davi

people will talk

I’m reading Swati Chopra’s Dharmashala dairies, where she has presented an interesting debate between the teacher Shantideva and a seeker–
The seeker “if someone makes public my faults while ignoring my good qualities, am I then justified in getting angry?”
Shantideva”if that is your reason for anger, then you should get equally upset if another is disparaged does that happen? No. if we bear the slander of others why do we angry when we ourselves are slandered?”
The seeker “others slanders are linked to their faults and qualities that is not connected with me. There situations are out of my control.”
Shantideva persists”the person who is slandering you is also out of control, because he is controlled by his emotions which too are dependent upon other factors. Since this is a situation dependent on other factors there is no reason for you to get angry.”
A very interesting outlook Hugh Prather once said people gossip to say”look I am not like that, I am above it.”
Earlier when people gossiped about me, I always told my mom, that it was a compliment after all no one kicked sleeping dogs, it meant I was relevant enough in their lives that they took time off their busy schedule to talk about me.
But today I realize, when I experience disdain for a person, it’s more because I fear the potential of that behaviour in me and I want to deny it. It must be the same for the other person a mirror of our shortcomings. We know what we need to overcome.