Monday, November 30, 2009

A new month is around the corner

November is almost over, and with it, the first anniversary of the Black day that Mumbai experienced last year when 10 Pakistani Muslim terrorists attacked the city and killed off hundreds of innocent people. Yes, I am talking about 26/11, and that day, and the next two nights and days re-defined Mumbai for all its denizens: it was, everyone felt, no longer a city of dreams, and no longer a carefree or safe one for all, esp. not for women, old persons and children. It had, it seemed, transformed overnight into a sort of monster that was heartless and cold and calculating.

The anniversary observations were markedly subdued at all places; between friends, it was muted conversations with the occasional tears misting the eyes. At higher levels, there were the telling of many heroic tales, the release of a damning book by the widow of A.S.I. Hemant Karkare, the candle-lighting ceremonies at various chowks, and a lot of soul-searching and rumination by those who were victims, but who lived to tell their own stories.

The next few days were the days of Id-ul-Adha for Bohris (on the 28th) and the other Muslims (the next day, or yesterday, as I write this post). The weekend was also marked by the observance of Thanksgiving by the Christians.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Facebook and all that

Every once in a while, one re-discovers things. Last month, I re-discovered Facebook. I had signed up more than a year ago, but it is only in October that I started networking and also playing games. The games are addictive, and I play Farmville, Cafeworld, Mafia Wars and Fishville currently; sometimes, I also indulge in other games like Text Twist, etc. I have added many new friends, and improved connections with some old ones too.

However, as a result of these activities, I am finding less time to interact, blog, check mails and do all the other things I used to be involved in earlier. I have almost stopped visiting sites like Writing.com, mouthshut.com and so on. I know that this is not good, as the games are childish, time consuming and do not help in any way.

What do you, dear reader, think about all this?