Corruption’s New Twist.

Ms. Kiran Bedi is in the forefront of the current anti corruption agitation led by Anna Hazare in India.

Much was expected from Ms. Bedi but, alas, she has let her admiring fans down.

She has submitted false claims for expenses incurred and has been caught red handed with an expose in the Indian Express.

She has clarified that the savings effected were for funding her Non Government Organisations involved in social work, but this does not wash with a lot of us, particularly me.

When I was a salesman, my employers wanted all salesmen to travel by train in the First Class Coaches to enable us to travel in comfort and to be rested well enough to handle tough sales calls at the next stop. Some salesmen would travel by the lower classes and claim the first class fare, but if they were found doing that, they were simply sacked.

Using the same logic, Ms Bedi was surely expected to travel in comfort to carry out her, no doubt, arduous duties at the end of each journey. Irrespective of what she did with the money that she saved, surely, the same logic should apply and she should accept her culpability?

No Ms. Bedi, don’t plead “Not Guilty” for this transgression. You cheated. Accept it with grace and apologise. If possible, return the excess amounts claimed from the various trusting organisations to them and apologise to them too. It might also be a good idea to quietly fade away from the limelight that you have occupied in the current agitation. Your credibility is now all shot to pieces.

Gratitude List – October 22, 2011

I have decided to rename my weekly recap to “Gratitude List” with a date as, this was the original purpose of the posts. I shall post this every Saturday.

Right on top of the list is that I am able now to resume normal blogging activities. I even posted my LBC post yesterday and have left comments on all the blogs that I regularly visit.

Last Saturday I took my first unassisted shower. Before that, Ranjan kept a careful eye on my to see that I can navigate the bathroom, the shower enclave and do not slip. That was, for me a highly liberating experience. Saturday also saw Zainab and Homiyar visit which was highly motivating for me as the latter is a seasoned physiotherapist who gave me some invaluable advise for free!

From last Sunday, I have been able to carry out all my exercises without any assistance. This means that my muscles are now strong enough to do so without some support which used to be given to me by Ranjan. This was possible thanks to a couple of tips that Homiyar had given on Saturday.

Monday saw my sister arriving from Chennai to spend three days with me. She brought a lot of goodies for me and our father and the latter was thrilled. Unfortunately, I have to stay away from at least some of them lest I put on weight which is strictly taboo for now for me. Monday also saw our good friend Sanjay landing up to cheer me up which was very nice of him considering his very many preoccupations.

Tuesday and Wednesday saw Padmini and Shanta go out shopping and getting some badly needed replenishments for me.

Wednesday saw Padmini, Shanta and Arvind depart for Chennai. Shanta and Arvind deserve all my gratitude for having carried a big burden during my surgery and immediate post op recovery. That they and Padmini were able to wind up that great time together was a bonus. I am also grateful that they felt that I am fit enough to be left to fend for myself.

Wednesday also saw the new domestic arrangements come into effect with Mangal spending nights with us to help me navigate the morning tea/coffee/breakfast routine.

Thursday saw me making a determined effort to get back to spending as much time at the computer as I was doing pre op. I was able to.

Friday had me write my first post op LBC post and also leave comments on all the blogs that I visit regularly.

All in all, a satisfactory week and much to be grateful for. The only negative is the departure of the Chennai gang which has left me with the empty nest syndrom.


Welcome to the Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where some of us write on the same topic every Friday. This week’s topic has been chosen by Padmum who should know a thing or two about crotchety people, as she is surrounded by them. In case you wonder, yes, I am one of them too.

I shall refrain from writing in detail and leave my readers to watch this video and explore further the topic that is plugged for in it, if they so desire.

Rajan Phanse. RIP.

I wrote about my friend Rajan Phanse some time ago to express my admiration for him.

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write this to announce his passing away on October 8, 2011 fighting to the last in an Intensive Care Unit.

His obituary that appeared in our local newspapers says everything that could be said about him.

“A man who gave generously of his time, love, kindness and money. Caring, inspiring, loved by many, he set aside his troubles and left the world a better place than he found it.”