I would have Manmohan Singh, Navjot Singh Siddhu, Narendra Modi, Barack Obama, Aamir Khan and myself in the WeChat group.
I think this is the most explosive combination of randomness one can ever think of. Imagine, a sardar who doesn’t speak versus a sardar who won’t stop. Narendra Modi will troll Obama for not letting him visit the US and Aamir Khan will be busy figuring out how can WeChat be more methodical than his acting preparations.
I will just be the moderator of this absolutely cracker of the WeChat group. As a guest member, I will also add Rahul Gandhi to the group. Manmohan Singh will pronounce him bigger than Obama and Gandhi will pay Rs 1000 to Modi. One just has to sit back, relax and see the fun that will unfurl.
There is no dearth of topics for them to talk about. Obama will help Manmohan Singh in write a speech but it will be a problem as our PM doesn’t open his mouth. Rahul Gandhi will also fail at it because he doesn’t believe in pre-written speeches and always makes a fool out of himself. Singh won’t have this luxury as he doesn’t need to speak to come out stupid.
At this point, Modi will start giving a fiery speech which will shut up everyone. Obama will troll Modi with the American visa rejection letter for the Gujarat CM.
Aamir Khan will be busy noting everything down to use as the basic premise in his next film. I will live tweet this WeChat group’s absolutely hilarious events.
People say that the problem with me is that my writing is crude because it comes straight from the heart. I guess that explains why I am writing this email at 2.30 am and sending without editing or proofing. I can’t sleep. I am soaking in what we have just achieved. Project Hope. Rs 8 lakh. We are through.
It is not very difficult to define the feeling. But I won’t. I want to be selfish with this one. Below is a letter sent by a student. Life feels complete.
Aaj aapka paper Hua. And accha Hua. I am satisfied with hopefully the examiner will be too and even you once the marks come.
Well apart from that, certain acknowledgements, apologies, well wishes and promises are in order.
Starting with the good things. Thank you. A zillion times for the good three semesters and abundance of non academic knowledge you have given. There are times when I have quoted you and have appeared smart and knowledgeable enough for people to appreciate my mass media education which earlier had been looked down upon. Thank you for certain life lessons and yes obviously the education that has been provided by you.
The well wishes. Hope your health remains well. Good luck for Project Hope and your education in the United Kingdom. If all goes well then probably I might follow you to London next year.
The apologises. Sincere apologises for any mistakes committed knowingly or unknowingly and if any trouble has been caused to you.
Finally the promises. I promise to work hard, become more sincere and grow. A promise to keep your teachings in mind always irrespective of what I do. A promise for a paragraph in my autobiography if ever published. And finally a promise to keep in touch wherever I am. Itna jaldi aapka peecha nahi chodenge sir.
P.s. Phew that is one long mail. Longer than probably my answered even.
TOI has a front full page advertisement of IIPM today and naturally people on Twitter are frothing their mouths off.
The most common argument being how TOI has sold its soul off to Ponytail. Well, you are mistaken and completely in the wrong.
We all were surprised by the anti IIPM story in the Economic Times last week. Yes?
And now this ad.
If anything, I am proud of TOI. Because they have successfully delinked advertising from editorial (at least in this case).
How many times have you seen newspapers going against their biggest advertisers?
Isn’t that the argument against the media nowadays? That they have compromised on ethics and truth?
And then you have an epitome of the above which breaks that mould for once.
I don’t know if this is a one off case or TOI has grown a spine.
But whatever it is, I am proud of TOI at least for today.
It shows that the media doesn’t have to bow down to advertisers. Companies need media and they will come back to advertise even of you write negative stories which bring out the truth.
Another example in this case if Sahara India.
Wonder why no one notices their full page ads? Oh wait, because it’s business news and we don’t care about them at all
I am using a crutch to walk. My legs are so wobbly that I can’t even stand on my own. Some may think I am drunk. But I am just high. High on love and high on hope.
As you know I set a target of Rs 8 lakh from Project Hope and have easily surpassed Rs 4 lakh mark! Mind you, the cheques I collected from people in Delhi are yet to be deposited!
*Goes to check the expiry date*
*Phew! Have time*
Its still an uphill task but reaching this milestone in such a short time is not an easy achievement. I would like to thank all 50 of you who made this possible.
Bajaj Capital just offered me a Rs 15 lakh loan on 0% interest rate. That’s right, you read it correct. 0%.
Is there a catch? Of course there is. Do I know what the catch is. Of course not, I don’t know.
I don’t know how these schemes work. And they way the agents sell the plans its just impossible for a naysayer like me to read between the lines.
Anyway, so here is the deal the agent tried to sell me on the phone:
For example if I go ahead with a Rs 5 lakh loan with 10 year repayment I will be paying Rs 50,000 every year.
Bajaj Capital will invest the loan repayment EMI in a life insurance policy which will have a maturity of Rs 9.60 lakh (This is where the locha is). This entire money will go to the company.
Since Bajaj will get Rs 9.60 lakh at the end of the maturity they don’t need to charge me any interest rate. Hence, I get the loan at 0% interest rate and Bajaj still makes its money on the life insurance policy.
Now I want someone to explain how this works and what is the catch.