आलिया निवडणूक असावे सादर !!

गेले कित्येक दिवस ज्याची वाट बघत होतो तो मतदानाचा दिवस आता चोवीस तासांवर आला होता. ” उद्या मतदान करायचं ” एवढा एकच विचार मनात घोळत होता . याआधी दोन -तीन वेळा मतदान केलं असलं तरी यावेळचा मतदानाचा उत्साह काही संपता संपत नव्हता. जणू काही जगातील सगळ्यात मोठी लोकशाही माझ्या एका मतानेच हादरणार होती. मला आज सकाळपासूनच माझ्या लहानपणीचं निवडणुकीच्या वेळेस चं वातावरण आठवत होत. कोणत्यातरी एका निवडणुकीच्या वेळी गल्लीतल्या आम्हा सगळ्या मुलांमध्ये प्रचारपत्रकं गोळा करण्याची स्पर्धा लागली होती. म्हणजे अक्षरश: भोंगा लावून प्रचार करत फिरणाऱ्या ऑटो किंवा टांग्याच्या मागे धावत जाऊन आम्ही पत्रकं गोळा करायचो. अर्थात त्यावेळी पक्ष कोणता , उमेदवार कोणता ह्याचा विचार आम्ही करत नव्हतो. पंजा, कमळ, धनुष्यबाण, नांगर, शिलाई मशीन , टीव्ही ,दगड ,माती-धोंडे …. इ. सगळ्या निवडणूक चिन्हांची पत्रकं आम्ही जमवली होती. (” साहेब, त्यावेळी घड्याळ अस्तित्वात यायचं होतं म्हणून ते आणू शकलो नाही. कृपया आमच्या गावातील धरणांवर याचा राग काढू नका !! “. आणि हो ! त्यावेळी “झाडू” चा जन्म देखील व्हायचा होता हे देखील सांगायला हवं नाहीतर आम्ही सगळे अंबानीचे एजंट आहोत असे आरोप “सामान्य माणूस” करेल. त्याकाळात रेल्वे इंजिन सुद्धा रस्त्यावरील टोलनाक्यावरून न धावता रुळावरूनचं धावायचं म्हणून ते सुद्धा घरी आणू शकलो नाही !! )

त्यावेळी मतपत्रिकेवर शिक्का मारून मतदान केलं जायचं. मतमोजणीला २-३ दिवस लागायचे. मतपत्रिका वापरून मतदान करण्याची माझी फार इच्छा होती. पण आम्ही एकविसाव्या शतकातले मतदार असल्यामुळे हे शक्य झालं नाही. आम्हाला मतदानाचा हक्क मिळाला तेंव्हा electronic मतदानाच युग सुरु झालं होतं. तसा आधुनिकीकरणाला किंवा संगणक युगाला माझा विरोध नाहीये. पण तरी कोणतीही  गोष्ट electronic झाली ना की मला जरा भीतीचं वाटते. नेमकी आपल्याच वेळी ती व्होटिंग मशीन बंद पडली किंवा खराब झाली तर काय ? असा प्रश्न हजार वेळा माझ्या मनात येउन गेला . पण माझी ही शंका लगेच दूर झाली. आजकाल व्होटिंग मशीन व्यवस्थित काम करते आहे कि नाही हे बघायला उमेदवार  स्वत: मतदान कक्षात येउन जातात म्हणे.  इतकचं काय तर आपल्या पक्षाचं चिन्ह पाचपन्नास वेळा दाबून ते खात्री सुद्धा करून घेतात. मग काळजीचं कारण नाही !!!!

सगळी तयारी झाली पण आपलं अमुल्य मत कोणाला द्यायचं याचा निर्णय अजून होत नव्हता. वेगवेगळ्या पक्ष्यांच्या नेत्यांची भाषणं ऐकून दमायला झालं होतं पण यातला नेमका कोण खरा हे कळत नव्हतं. एका नेत्याला तर देशातील महिलांची इतकी काळजी वाटत होती कि त्याच्या प्रत्येक  भाषणात , ” महिला सक्षम झाल्याच पाहिजे” हाच मुद्दा वारंवार येत होता. म्हणजे त्याला देशातील वीजप्रश्न , पाणीप्रश्न, अर्थव्यवस्था, जातीयवाद वगैरे काहीही प्रश्न विचारले तरी , “महिला सक्षम झाल्याशिवाय हा देश सुधारणार नाही ” असंच उत्तर यायचं. आता महिला सक्षम करणार म्हणजे काय प्रत्येकीच्या हातात बंदूक देणार का ? असा प्रश्न मला पडला. (खरंच असं झालं तर घरातल्या मोलकरणीला सुद्धा ,” मावशी ,उद्या जरा लवकर याल का ? असं विचारताना आधी चिलखत घालावं लागेल ). कदाचित त्या नेत्याने लहानपणापासूनच त्याच्या घरी आजी,आई, बहिण यांचाच हुकुम चालतो असं बघितलं असेल. त्यामुळे देशातील सगळ्या पुरुषांचा रोल फक्त स्वत: च्या कुटुंबांना “आडनाव” देण्यापुरताच मर्यादित असावा असं त्याला वाटत होतं. पण एका गोष्टीत मात्र या नेत्याच खूप आश्चर्य वाटायचं. स्वत: अज्ञान निरागसतेच्या नावाखाली लपवायचा प्रयत्न करताना बाकी सगळ्या जगात सुद्धा अज्ञान पसरलं आहे अशी त्याची ठाम समजूत होती. त्याला बघितलं कि ‘ दिवार ‘ सिनेमातला एक प्रसंग आठवतो. नोकरीच्या शोधात असलेला रवि (शशी कपूर) आपल्या मैत्रिणीच्या पोलिस  कमिशनर असलेल्या वडिलांना भेटायला जातो.

ते विचारतात ,” रवि बेटा, आजकल क्या करते हो ?”.

स्वत:च्या बेरोजगारीची लाज वाटून रवि म्हणतो ,” जी क्या बताऊ , मैं आजकल कुछ नही करता “.

यावर पोलिस  कमिशनर म्हणतात , “अरे कुछ नही करते तो पुलिस में भरती हो जाओ !!!!”

तसंच काहीसं या नेत्याचं झालं असावं. ” कुछ नही करते तो राजनीती में आजाओ. हमारे देश को प्रधानमंत्री कि बहोत जरुरत हैं !!! “

दुसरीकडे एका नेत्यांनी देशभर सभा घेण्याचा सपाटा लावला होता. ते सतत काहीतरी “model” दाखवायचे. त्यांनी स्वत: च्या निवडणूक चिन्ह बरोबरचं चहाचा इतका प्रचार केला की ते निवडून आल्यावर बहुतेक चहाला “राष्ट्रीय पेय” म्हणून  जाहीर करतील. ते बघून करन जोहर सुद्धा आपल्या “कॉफी विथ करन” कार्यक्रमांच नाव बदलून “चहा विथ करन” करणार असल्याच ऐकलं होतं. राष्ट्रीय स्तरावरील पक्षाचा प्रचार करण्यासाठी या नेत्याला पक्षातील इतर कोणताही नेत्याची गरज नाही असं जाणवत होतं. या नेत्याला बघून ‘दिवार’ मधला दुसरा प्रसंग आठवतो.

एका अशक्यप्राय कामाची रणनीती आखताना विजयचा (अमिताभ बच्चन) बॉस त्याला म्हणतो , ” विजय, तुम्हारा वहा अकेले जाना  ठीक नही. क्या तुम्हे लगता हैं के ये काम तुम अकेले कर सकते हो ?”.

त्यावर विजय म्हणतो ,” नही…..मैं जानता हू के ये काम मैं अकेले कर सकता हू !!! “.

या पक्षाची प्रचार नीती ठरवताना असंच काहीसं संभाषण झालं असावं !!

हे सगळं सुरु असताना एक सामान्य माणूस सुद्धा यावेळी निवडणुकीच्या रिंगणात उतरला होता. या सामान्य माणसाची कथा काय वर्णावी महाराजा !! त्याला तर देश बदलण्याची इतकी घाई झाली होती की विचारू नका. ” “चट मंगनी पट बिहा ” !! एवढ्यावरच तो थांबला नाही तर , लग्न झाल्यावर काही दिवसातच म्हणजे संसार कसा करायचा हे कळायच्या आधीच बायकोशी “तात्त्विक” कारणांमुळे घटस्फोट !! मग लगेच दुसऱ्या लग्नाची तयारी…. दुसऱ्या लग्नानंतर तीन – चार वर्षातच दहा- बारा पोरांचा बाप होण्याची स्वप्न !!मग त्या पोरांना शिक्षण फुकट !! वीज फुकट !! पाणी फुकट !! अशी त्याची योजना होती. पण कोणतीही योजना घोषित करताना कुठेतरी कोपऱ्यात * conditions apply असं लिहायला तो विसरायचा नाही. क्रिकेटच्या भाषेत सांगायचा तर हा नेता जर खेळायला आला तर पुढीलप्रमाणे नियम असतील .

१. मी सामान्य माणूस असल्याने मलाच पहिली ब्याटींग मिळाली पाहिजे

२. माझ्या बॅटनी चेंडूला नुसता स्पर्श जरी केला तरी सहा रन देण्यात यावे आणि स्पर्श न झाल्यास गोलंदाजावर भ्रष्टाचाराचा आरोप करण्यात यावा

३. मी सामान्य माणूस असल्याने प्रायोजकांनी माझ्यावर कोणताही दबाव टाकू नये आणि याआधी च्या सामन्यात कमावलेल्या पैशांचा हिशोब द्यावा

४. अम्पायरने सगळे निर्णय मला विचारून घ्यावेत अन्यथा तो प्रायोजकांचा एजंट असल्याचे मी जाहीर करेल

५. मी सुद्धा प्रेक्षकांसाराखाच सामान्य माणूस असल्याने माझा संघ हरल्यास प्रेक्षकांनी माझ्यासोबत पीचवरचं “धरणे ” द्यायला बसावे.

काही राज्यांमध्ये प्रादेशिक पक्षांचा जोरात प्रचार  सुरु होता . निवडणुकीच्या घौडदौडीत एक महिला नेता आपला हत्ती पुढे  दामटवत होती . आता फक्त हत्तीवरून साखर वाटायचीच बाकी राहिली होती. मला तर स्वप्नात तिरंग्यात अशोकचक्र ऐवजी हत्ती दिसायला लागला होता. एका राज्यातल्या राजकारणात “चिकन सूप आणि वडा” असा नवीन पदार्थ तयार झालं होता. प्रादेशिक पक्षांची एक गोष्ट अनाकलनीय असते. दोन राष्ट्रीय पक्षांमध्ये जरा काही झालं कि यांना डायरेक्ट पंतप्रधान पदाची स्वप्न पडू लागतात. आणि अशी मोठी स्वप्न बघितली कि रेल्वे मंत्री किंवा कृषी मंत्रिपद तरी मिळूनच जाते !!

असो. तर या सगळ्या गोंधळातून कोणाला निवडून द्यावा हा निर्णय होत नाहीये . म्हणजे आमचा स्वत: च असं काहीच मत नाही असं नव्हे. पण आमच्या मनासारखा नेता निवडून जरी आला तरी एकशे वीस कोटी जनतेच्या अपेक्षा पूर्ण करणं सोप नाहीये. मुळात सामान्य माणसाच्या अपेक्षा फार कमी असतात . पण वर्षानुवर्षे त्या कोणीच पूर्ण न केल्याने आता त्या डोंगर एवढ्या वाटतायेत. थोडा विचार केला तर सामान्य माणसाच्या अपेक्षा पुढील दोन ओळीत सांगता येतील  आणि थोडा प्रयत्न केला तर त्या पूर्ण देखील करता येतील !!

                            थोडाहैं थोडे की जरुरत हैं

                          जिंदगी फिर भी यहा खुबसुरत हैं !!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                  —- चिनार

 

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The Youth

The Youth
Where is today’s youth? Working in MNCs & waiting for their increments, incentives OR Sitting
in coffee shops, multiplexes with their friends OR some of them in colleges preparing for GRE or
Tofel, in short finding the ways to get out of this country OR if you still can’t find them ,search
them on Facebook. I don’t have figures, but majority of youth is at one of the above 4 places.
Well…we are a free country & everyone has a right to do whatever he wants. Even I am sitting
at one of these above places. But I have few questions which I never asked. Today I am going to
ask these questions to myself. Let’s see, how best the youth in me can answer.
First question, When I was in college , Why not for single time I thought about appearing for
UPSC or other civil services exams ?
Well, I came from a middle class family with a very average intellectual level. How can I pass this
examination?
But then my performance in school & college was decent throughout. Why did I assume that I
can’t pass UPSC ?
Well….It needs a hard work & dedication.
But then I was never lazy about studies. I could have done that hardwork.
Well….My parents wanted me to complete my degree .
Offcourse, they wanted it. But did they ever stop me from thinking about UPSC?
Not Really….
Then Why I didn’t go for UPSC?
Actually…who the hell wants to go for this government jobs yaar ? I was very clear. I will simply
get my degree & then will fly to UK or US. Who wants to live in this country? I have seen my
father doing government job. I know what problems he faced due to dirty politics.
But did my father run away?
No he didn’t. He served there for 30 years maintaining his dignity & core values.
Then why I didn’t go for it?
Actually….I don’t want to face any problems yaar. I just want to live a comfortable life . What I
will get after UPSC or IPS? A post of Collector in UP or Bihar! Or a post of ACP in Gadchiroli! Why should I own the problems of whole city? I don’t want to solve their problems. I don’t
want to fight with criminals.
Then who will fight with criminals?
Well…I care a damm ! Let anyone do it.
And that’s the reason. Today’s youth cares a damm!
Second question, When I am working in a company & complaining about salary hikes, Why I am
not thinking to start my own business?
Well….I don’t have financial backup to start it.
Oh really….But what about that old man who met me in Jalandhar last year? He migrated from
Pakistan to India at the time of Partition. He had nothing in his hand. But he started his own
business. And today he is the owner of 6 companies in Jalandhar. What financial backup he
had?
Well….He had no other option. He had nothing to lose. So he started it. Whereas, I am a well-
educated man. I working in a good company. I am getting good salary. I want to get married
soon. I want to book my own flat. Why should I lose all my savings in the business? And it’s very
difficult to run your own company. Who the hell wants to deal with that stuff yaar?
But if I start my own firm, I can give jobs to lot of needy people from my own city. It will in a
way help my country’s development?
Well…Why should I think about those needy people? I think about my own benefits only.
But Why I can’t see the benefits in doing my own business. Agreed…It’s a tough job. It needs
thorough knowledge. But then, when my education will help me? I surely have that intelligence
to gain that knowledge.
Boss…It’s not about intelligence. It needs lot of patience to make money out of business. I can’t
wait for that. I want salary at the end of every month. That’s it…..And it needs lot of courage to
invest your own money in business. I don’t have it.
that’s the answer…. Today’s youth doesn’t have patience & courage.
Third Question, When I am spending money in multiplexes or shopping malls on all wanted
things, Why not for a single time I think about poor people of my country? Well….I have already said , I care a damm! Is it my mistake that my country is poor? As a
responsible citizen I am paying all taxes to government. That’s all I can do. I am not earning for
charity.
Well…. no one has asked me to do charity. But do I realize that by just buying the unwanted
things, I am increasing the demand for that stuff unnecessarily? And which in a way responsible
for the increasing inflation in country.
Hey….Why should I think about all this? Just because someone can’t buy it, I should not buy it.
Is it making any sense? All my friends have it. I must have it.
But did I ever discuss with my friends about useful utilization of money? No… never . Actually in
my college days, I never had sufficient pocket money . So when I started earning, I started
spending as per my wish.
Accepted! But do I realize, that I owe something to this society ? I am proud of my education.
But apart from this degree & some knowledge, education has given some sensibility. Have I lost
all my sensibility?
Yes….I have lost it.
Here is the answer…. Today’s youth has lost their sensibility.
Fourth question…. When I am commenting on facebook about social issues, am I really aware
about the social problems in this country?
Offcourse I am! How many examples should I give? Recently, after this Delhi Rape case, it was
youth who marched on Rashtrapati Bhavan & all other places in country.
Yes Off course it was youth. I appreciate it. But do I realize that, the guys who were involved in
this crime were also the part of youth of our country? Yes….criminals are amongst us. They are
not coming from Mars or Jupiter.
Hey….I can’t control the thinking of whole world.
But can I atleast make myself aware about all this? Before commenting or criticizing the
government or giving some weird solution, can I atleast go to the root cause of the problem?
My god…. If I just go on finding the root causes , when these issues will get solved ?
Well…they are anyway not getting solved by my comments .
So should I stop making comments? No ….Actually I should stop my habit of making conclusions.
Here is the answer…..youth should seek for solutions rather than conclusions.
I am not proud in asking all this questions to myself. But atleast , I am proud that I am coming
across these questions these days. There are lot questions which are still unanswered. But I am
sure that, journey towards finding these answers will change me as a human being. Because
one thing I have noticed in my journey so far….. Truth lies within !
Chinar

My Generation Movies !!

Movies that made me believe,
“Life is Beautiful”
I can’t forget the day when I saw movie “Lagaan”. It was probably the best movie I had ever seen. Everything was so good about it.Lagaan actually changed the trend of Indian Cinema. It proved that, love story, rivalary, comedy are not the only criteria to make good movies. It’s also not necessary that , only established stars can give successful movies. A good story with an excellent script & then supported by “ made for the character ” acting can give commercially &critically successful movie. Lagaan changed thinking of film makers in many ways. One of them is, some filmmakers realized that songs are not made just to give relaxing brake to audience. Songs can be an inseparable part of the story which helps in taking the story ahead. A R Rahman’s music in this film was awesome. It was a perfect application of Indian Classical Music. Lagaan’s theme had a struggle, love story, thrill etc.But none of these things were pasted just to increase the length of the film.Every aspect came as an integral part of story.Maybe this was the reason that audience happily enjoyed a 3Hrs. 30 min long story. And this became the speciality of all Ashutosh Gowarikar’s movies. His every character speaks with the audiences in some or other way. Lagaan brought back the concept of “Director’s movie” which was lost somewhere after 1970’s movies.
This was just the beginning. The first decade of 21st century was flooded with good movies. Shortly after Lagaan, Dil Chahta Hain was released. A Story of 3 friends, finding ways of their life. Till today, this movie has great impact not only on me, but on my entire generation. You can ask any guy of my generation, one of his favorite movies has to be Dil Chahta Hain ! People do appreciate an average story if it is told in an interesting way. This was the high point of “DCH”. Just about same time, a wave of Bhagat Sing movies thundered on Box Office. Approx 5 movies on Bhagat Sing released on same day. One of them was The Legend of Bhagat Singh! I think this was the only movie which actually focused on Ideology of a Great man called Bhagat Sing. All other Bhagat Sing movies including old ones always portrayed only a loud character of Bhagat Sing. This movie showed that, all the freedom fighting activities done by Bhagat Sing & his friends were not just the deeds out of anger. His deeds were supported by a justified thought process. Bhagat Sing was not a guy who just got carried away by freedom fighting movements. He had a vision for his country. He not only lived for his vision, but happily died for it. All these above points were distinctly pointed out in that movie. Off course it wouldn’t have been possible without unbelievable screen presence of Ajay Devgan & all his costars.
Then came a movie which was a milestone in real sense. Sanjay Leela Bhansali introduced the term “Darkness” in a way which no one ever imagined. One of the film critics rightly said that ‘Black’ is a cinematic Gem which should be seen at least twice to understand its emotional depth. Maybe in addition to its theme it was the performances given by Rani Mukherji & Amitabh Bacchhan which added more gravity in those emotions. But those emotions were really painful. So it can’t be said that it was a treat to watch Black, which was the biggest achievement of this movie. But yes, it was truly a masterpiece from Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
After Lagaan, everyone was asking Ashutosh Gowarikar , What Next ? Ashutosh came with a movie which can be called as his best work till date. The movie was “ Swades”. I feel, whenever a discussion regarding best hindi movie ever is going on , some movies like Pyasa, Anand ,Black or Swades should be kept in a different bracket.. And then we can rate the other movies.Swades portrayed journey of a man from urban life to rural or the real life. A Nasa scientist comes to India to meet his childhood caretaker.During his stay in India, he realizes the importance of motherland. He gets disturbedby unethical traditions & level of poverty in the country. He also observes the brighter side of his country which lies in its strong relationship values. He finally decides to come back to India leaving his comfortable life in US. Every scene in the movie was expressing something. As a Writer & Director of the movie, Ashutosh rightly commented on many aspects of Indian culture.Also after the likes of Kuchh kuchh hota hain, Kal Ho naa ho & Main hoo nnaa & what not, film industry had got a Superstar Shah Rukh Khan but audiences had lost an actor Shah Rukh Khan. But Ashutosh found that actor. Shah Rukh actually lived the character of Mohan Bhargav. As a SRK fan, I can distinctly point out this as a career defining role of SRK.

I remember Munnabhai MBBS movie as the first movie I saw with my new college friends in first year. This movie not only introduced a new version of Sanjay Dutt but also gave birth to a “common man” Director Raju Hirani. He has a distinct ability to comment on everything in common man’s language. He found a potential comedian in Arshad Warsi. And truly Munnabhai is incomplete without Circuit! Though based on a comic theme, this movie succeeded to highlight some neglected but important aspects of human life. It highlighted the importance of Love & care in human life.Munnabhai in his unique style speaks on the “once upon a time” nobel profession of medical science which unfortunately has now become an emotionless or more importantly a passionless profession. Yes, there were funny dialogues & instances but everytime there were some messages given to the society.Munnabhai was a trendsetter movie in terms of situational comedy. Second film in the series was “Lage Raho Munnabhai”. This time Raju Hirani gently took out Mahatma Gandhi from his every photo frame in the country and placed him directly into the heart of audience. No one has ever looked at Gandhian Philosophy in such a way. This movie made us believe that Gandhian Philosophy is timeless! This movie lived to the expectations or even exceeded them.

There are several things that made ‘Lakshya’, a distinguished movie. Not many times we see introduction of a hero as a loser. And a kind of loser who doesn’t even know that he is lost. Lakshya portrayed a journey of a aimless boy Karan towards a matured person. And Hrithik Roshan’s astonishing performance underlined the difference between the two phases of Karan’s life. As a Director, Farhan Akhtar impeccably showed his touch. Boman Irani played a father who never really believed his son’s ability. But when his son calls him from warfront, father breaks into tears. This scene showed perfect father-son relationship which exists in every Indian family.

Though the theme was focused on Karan’s life, and his journey in Indian army was just used as platform, Farhan used that platform to show life of soldiers in army. Some action scenes during the war were really brilliantly filmed. It showed a true story of a breathtaking war operation done by Indian soldiers during Kargil war.
Om Puri speaks about a soldier’s thinking about war,
“ sab log hum faujiyo se kehte hain ki jung bahut buri hoti hai…main kehta hu ke ye baat ek fauji se badhakar kaun samaz sakta hain…..par kya kare….Uparwale ne to ek hi dharti banayi thi. Magar insaan ke laalach ne uspe lakeere kheech di. Ye tera…ye mera…Main to shukar karta hoon ke chand aasman me hain…warna insaan uske bhi tukde kar deta”

Filmmakers were really attempting different subjects now. A movie like’ Rang de Basanti’ is a classic example of this. This movie directly connected current Indian youth to the youth before independence. Movie speaks about mentality of today’s youth. It warned the society that if this youth is not given its due Rights ,it can turn into violence. The movie in a way didn’t support any violence but it rightly showed the glimpses of it. The movie pointed out the exponentially increasing gap between Politicians & youth. This movie created an everlasting impact on Indian youth.

Aamir Khan’s first Directorial venture “Taare Zameen Par” released as a much awaited movie. I will term this movie not as a milestone but as a Landmark of matured Hindi cinema. This film was a need of a time. “Every child is special” is not just a thought, it’s actually a learning for the society. The film commented on how we are killing every child’s childhood by pushing him into the unnecessary competition. The character “Ishan” in the film resembled with every child in our society. As a writer, Amol Gupte spoke about children psychology in a different way. Ishan is a innocent dreamy boy who couldn’t cope up with this materialistic world. Slowly he transforms into a confident boy who may not cope with the world but at least can stand distinctly in this world. If we talk about performances in the movie it was again “made for the character” acting by everyone. I am really short of words to describe Aamir’s acting in this movie. I can say, a point where all actors stop acting, Aamir started his acting from that point & reached to the level of sky. Maybe a Marathi word can describe it , “Sarvang Sunder Abhinay”!!

Hindi movies never really concentrated on sports as a subject. But in late 2007’ Chak De India’ released . Though a theme was about hockey, movie succeeded to highlight the lacunas of entire sports culture of India. It also showed the way to improve this sports culture. Movie was a perfect example of team building. I heard, many corporate companies in India, arranged the special shows of this movie for their employees. The reason was, movie showcased a perfect display of the term “Teamwork”.
The movie was filmed exceptionally well in every aspect. Maybe it was the strength of Yashraj Banner that could create a Hockey World Cup event in its real sense. Apart from all this, movie knowingly or unknowinglly commented on unreasonable expectations of all of us from our so called Idols. We all are extremely impatient when it comes to a failure of our Idols. Sometimes we love hating our own heroes for their momentary failure. We as a society should also learn sportsmanship spirit. This movie was a great learning & watching experience. Off course, once again SRK proved his metal as an actor.

While writing this article, I mainly focused on movies between 2001 to 2008. There were lot of other movies which also made this era very special. India’s first ever science fiction movie Koi Mil Gaya followed by Superhero Krishh were really entertaining movies.Ram Gopal Verma showed his class by Sarkar & Sarkar Raj. Sanjay Leela Bhasali’s adaptation of Devdas was a good attempt, though not of Bhansali’s class. Some nice love stories from Yashraj like Veer-Zara, Hum-Tum kept love alive within us.
After Legend of Bhagat Sing, Raj Kumar Santoshi returned with “Khaki” which was a unique thriller movie. Madhur Bhandarkar showed his unbelievable sense about off the track subjects through Page 3 & Fashion. Nagesh Kuknoor’s “Iqbal” was a touching experience. Mani Ratnam’s Guru was a his best work till date.

I know that there are “n” numbers of movies before & after this period which were brilliant in their own ways. But these are some movies which impressed me & helped me in changing the way of looking towards life. I thank each one who was involved in making of these films.

Chinar

A thought on Politics !

A thought on Politics!
Way back in 2002, I clearly remember the day when load shading started in Maharashtra. 3 Hours a day in municipal cities & 6-8 hours a day in villages. Then slowly it increased to 6 hours a day in cities & 10-12 hours in villages. Our then chief minister very confidently promised us that, within 2 years load shading will be stopped. Today we are in 2013; load shading is still going on. Due to increase in population the demand of electricity must have increased by now. Maybe due to this reason this problem is not yet solved. It was also announced that within 10 years Maharashtra will have surplus power by 5000 MW. Today our state is having backlog of 5000 MW. And this number could have increased by few thousand megawatts. But due to lack of power some big companies shifted their plants in other states like Gujarat. Hence load is reduced. But my question is different. How exactly Maharashtra government has acted on this issue? How many new power plants have been initiated? And if they are initiated, what is the status? Power plants worth capacity of 4270 MW are under progress from last 6 years. Even if they get completed in next 2 years, are they going to serve the existing backlog of 5000 MW? And what about the future requirement? Power plants worth 8850 MW are under planning stage. God knows when they will get commissioned. It takes 2-3 years to complete a power plant project & start production. If government would have started one project at a time, still we could have commissioned 5 power plants in state in 11 years! What is the problem? We don’t have space OR We don’t have manpower OR We don’t have money??
From so many years we are hearing this again & again that “There has been a draught this year. This is going to affect the crops”. There may be several reasons for draught which are uncontrollable. But what action Maharashtra government has taken on controllable reasons? Maharashtra government has not started any major water project in last few years. We have one of the largest seashore in India. What are we doing with it? For how many years people in Vidarbha & Marathwada are going to suffer? You can’t provide water; you can’t provide electricity then what the hell our farmers are supposed to do? As per the nos. from irrigation deptt., only 20% sown land in Maharashtra is irrigated. We are ranked 19th in country in irrigation. And our central agriculture minister says, “Farmers of Vidarbha are inefficient!”. Well ….efficiency is defined as Output/Input. If there is no Input, there will be no output. Then farmers commit suicide. But still we wait till the death toll reaches 10000!
Mr. Ratan Tata announced to shift Nano project from West Bengal. Within few hours from this announcement, Gujarat’s technical team met Mr. Tata & proposed him to shift his plant to Gujarat. Few days after this, I read our chief minister’s statement in newspaper, “I am hopeful to get Ratan Tata’s appointment soon”. This is not acceptable. Gujarat got the project, and he is hoping for mere appointment. If Gujarat government can shift entire manufacturing base of country to Gujarat, why can’t we atleast sustain what we have? Why the industry in Maharashtra is centralized only in Western region? Why can’t we have 2nd Automobile hub of state in Vidarbha? Why can’t we have IT parks in other cities? For how many years people from eastern Maharashtra will be migrating to Pune & Mumbai?
Few days before, 12th Five year plan (Panchwarshik Yojna) is made & submitted to central government. Few shocking truths came forward during this process. While reviewing the outcomes of educational section of 11th five year plan, it is observed that all targets for Maharashtra are achieved. Because there were no targets set for Maharashtra in it. Not a single new university was proposed for our state. And none of our leaders had taken objection on this. Because they never knew this!
It’s not about pointing a particular party. Because these Kakasahebs, Mamasahebs n Raosahebs are there in every political party. Just rewind few years in your mind; the issues which are listed above were the burning issues at the time 2004 elections. Then they were repeated for 2009 elections. And same will be used for 2014 elections. Now let us question the opposition parties. Why they allowed this to happen? Let us put aside the figures of corruption. Because it needs separate attention. But the issues mentioned above are just underlining “We Care a damm” attitude of our leaders.
Many such problems can be listed out & can be elaborated. But let us focus on the real problem. What is it?
The problem is we don’t have leaders who believe in constructive politics. Now, what is meant by constructive politics? Politics doesn’t only mean eliminating your enemies. It also means to connect with the people. It doesn’t only mean to just highlight their problems & creating issues. It also means to own & solve their problems. It doesn’t only mean to create your impression. It also means to create your footprints. It doesn’t only mean “grabbing the opportunity”. It also means “Creating the opportunity”. Politics doesn’t mean just go on asking questions to your opponents. It also means to be answerable sometimes.
Leaders should consider their voters as stakeholders!
Now, in democracy, stakeholders are not limited to particular cast, religion or region. While defining & implementing new policies leaders must think about every stakeholder. And this is where the destructive politics starts. Our policies are made in such a way that, irrespective of its benefit to some stakeholders it damages all other stakeholders. For ex; while allotting reservations to a particular cast, no provisions are made for the other casts which are getting affected. OR while declaring special economic zones in an area which will be beneficial for industrial development, its after effects on other industries are not considered.
Leaders are elected as representatives of a territory & NOT the rulers of that territory. They are bounded by a constitution & NOT there to bound the constitution. They should become the Idols & NOT be Idle. They are responsible for the development & NOT there to develop the irresponsibility.
This also calls for change in our mindset. Development never happens in one day. We should be clear about our definition of development.Development is an endless process in which every stakeholder gains something at the end of every stage in it. And before entering to new stage, every stakeholder should have a sense of belongingness. Stakeholders should respect their gains. Development will start the very moment when all the stakeholders start thinking that this development is “for them & by them”.
Constitution has given us the right of voting. First of all, we have to use that right. And we have to use that in right way. Let us keep our eyes & minds open. We have not chosen our friends based on their cast. So we should not choose our leaders based on that.
It’s a high time to think. It’s a high time to act. Because if we don’t think now, soon there will be a chapter in history,”Ek Hota Maharshtara !”. And if we still don’t act, there will be a new chapter, “Ek Hota Bharat!
Chinar

The Superstars !

The Superstars
World may say that Indians are movie crazy people and they don’t have any taste of good movies. Yes! We proudly accept that we are crazy about movies & we have our own taste for it. That’s why we keep on watching every new release with a confidence that this is going to be the best! And even after watching it, we don’t lose our hope & wait for the next release. And that’s how the blockbusters are created. We believe that creating a blockbuster is our responsibility & not the movie maker’s! But off course, we do it with a reason. Our superstars are not the mere entertainers for us. Our superstars are part of our life. Though we fail at every point in our life, we don’t want our superstars to fail. They have shown us the brighter side of life which earlier we had seen only in our dreams. It’s the life which is full of love, full of happiness, full of life! Today let us talk about some of our superstars who made our life happier.
Raj Kapoor
A Hero of a time when the term “Superstar” did not exist. A Hero of our grandfather’s generation. He was undoubtedly one of the finest filmmakers of this country. He sought filmmaking as an art & not as a mere profession. His ventures such as Aag, Aah, Awara, Shree 420,Jagte Raho ,Chori Chori, Barsat,Sangam & offcourse Mera naam Joker perfectly displays his outstanding sense of human emotions, relations, kindness & compassion. One of his noticeable achievements was, he never created any larger than life characters still his every character tells something about life. There was something different about this showman. He had an ability to see those uncommon emotions in a common man. In all his movies, one can feel the silent voice of pain in his character which is the voice of common man. Maybe that was the reason people used to relate themselves with his movies. Though Raj Kapoor was not our generation hero, he was definitely one of the reasons for our attraction towards movies.
At about 1990, Mera Naam Joker was re-released. It was surprising to know that, this movie was a disaster on Box office when it released first time. But maybe, Mera Naam Joker is the only movie which was flop in its first attempt but was a Blockbuster whenever it was re-released. Maybe the concept of movie was much ahead of its time. Raj Kapoor gently took out the mask from a joker’s face and showed the true face behind that mask. A face which was full of tears! Maybe audience was not prepared to see that face. Slowly Raj Kapoor’s expressive eyes convinced them. And the movie got its due appreciation. But now the Joker was not there to acknowledge the appreciation .He was gone to the world of stars. Only his few words were there, “kal khel me hum ho na ho, gardish me tare rahenege sadaaa…bhuloge tum, bhulenge log …par hum tumhare rahenge sadaaa”.
Dev Anand
If a survey is done to find out Dev Anand’s popularity in our parents’ generation, most probably we will get positive result. But if a question is asked that why did you like Dev Anand? Was it for his looks, his style or his acting? The answer is difficult to predict. Maybe most of them will fail to answer. Sometimes we unknowingly start liking someone just for his charm. Dev Anand was a pleasant personality. Someone we always like to be with. His unconventional screen presence was always desirable. One can’t be a successful hero just because he is running around trees with beautiful ladies & Mohammad Rafi or Kishor Kumar is singing for him in background. Otherwise every second hero would have been superstar.
Dev Anand rarely portrayed any realistic character. But his liveliness in every character made him different from others. He was a romantic fantasy for audience. Someone who is smart, charming & extremely lovable.
By all means Dev Anand lived for film industry. He was involved in film making till his last breath. One can’t imagine was it his passion for cinema or he just can’t stop loving himself? Whatever… Dev Anand was a part of golden era of Hindi cinema. And he never really came out of that era.
Amitabh Bacchan
Some years ago, Every Saturday night at 9.30, there used to be a hindi film on Doordarshan. Out of many films, one should remember all Amitabh Bacchhan starrer movies seen on those Saturday nights. Janjeer,Trishul,Majboor,Deewar,Kala Patthar, Kabhi Kabhi,Silsila,Abhimaan,Don,Namak Haram,Namak Halal,Mukkadar Ka Sikandar & off course Sholay !!. And there lies the root cause of my love towards movies. With due respect to all great filmmakers & actors in India, I am making a brave statement now,
“Had there been no Amitabh Bacchhan & No Salim-Javed, Hindi cinema wouldn’t have experienced such a glory as it is experiencing today!!!”
Am I making sense here? Probably lot of guys will disagree with me. But honestly try to rewind that period 1970s without Amitabh Bacchhan. Are we really able to rewind? His looks, his style, his voice, his dialogue delivery, everything was iconic. His every character somewhere portrayed the frustration of the generation after independence. Maybe that’s why he was called “Angry young man”. Sometimes I feel, this was the other side of Raj Kapoor’s common man. Beyond the romance & melodious songs, somewhere the manly ness was missing in Hindi Cinema. I think, Amitabh Bacchhan brought that manly ness! (“Purusharth” in Marathi). He was such a versatile actor, that he has given iconic scenes in every type. He showed a great sense of comedy in the cricket commentary scene of Namak Halal or the Mirror scene in Amar Akbar Anthony, He showed his emotional side in the climax scene of Deewar or very recently in Baghban , His action scenes in Trishul or Deewar or Don are simply amazing. Forget about the commercial success of his solo movies, Wasn’t Rajesh Khanna’s “Anand” incomplete without “Babu Moshay”? Though undoubtedly Anand is one of the best written & performed character ever, somewhere it was Babu Moshay’s silence which made Anand more lovable. And Amitabh was a perfect fit for that character. Amitabh’s originality in performance was his greatest strength.
It’s time for one more brave statement,
“Let the remakes happen & let them be very successful, but one thing is sure, there can’t be any other Vijay Dinanath Chavvan nor even Don!”
Chinar
To be continued….

कार्पोरेट

कॉलेज चे सोनेरी दिवस सरत असतानाच आम्हाला भविष्याचे वेध लागले होते. आता आपण कार्पोरेट विश्वात पदार्पण करणार ही जाणीव आम्हाला सुखावून जायची . बघता बघता कॉलेज संपल .पण कॉलेज मधून बाहेर पडताच मनात आलेला पहिला विचार म्हणजे , ” आता डोक्यावर कॉलेजच छप्पर नाही ” असा होता .त्या छपराखाली आम्ही किती सुरक्षित होतो हे कार्पोरेट विश्वाचे चटके बसल्यावर कळलं .

मग तो सोनियाचा दिन आला आणि आम्ही कंपनीत रुजू झालो . ‘Induction programme, Traning session’ असे करत करत भरभर दिवस पुढे जात होते . त्याकाळात कंपनीच्या भव्य इमारतीपासून ते मशीनमधल्या बेचव कॉफी पर्यन्त सगळ्या गोष्टींच कौतुक वाटत. पण नवलाईचे नउ दिवस संपले कि त्याच गोष्टींचा कंटाळा यायला लागतो . कारण त्या भव्य इमारती च्या आतमध्ये सगळं यंत्रवत सुरु असतं. आणि तिथे कॉफी मशिनलाच काय तर खुद्द माणसाला सुद्धा “Resourse” म्हणून संबोधण्यात येते.

हळूहळू कामाला सुरुवात होते. ” बॉस ” नावाच्या एका व्यक्तिमत्वाशी आपली ओळख करून देण्यात येते . मग हळुहळू ते व्यक्तिमत्व उलगडायला लागतं. किंबहुना हे व्यक्तिमत्व आपल्याला कधीच उलगडणार नाही हे आधी कळतं . कारण बॉस हे एक नसून अनेक व्यक्तिमत्व असतात. पुढे आपल्या करियर मध्ये कितीतरी बॉस भेटतात. कोणी मित्रासारखं वागवतं, कोणी अक्षरश : मुलासारखं वागवतं, कोणी फक्त कामाशी काम ठेऊन म्हणजे ज्याला कार्पोरेट भाषेत ” प्रोफ़ेशनल ” असा म्हणतात तसं वागवतं , तर कोणी अगदी जन्मोजन्मीचा शत्रू असल्यासारखं वागवतं. कधी कधी तर असा प्रश्न पडतो कि जेंव्हा  आपल्यावर बॉस होण्याची वेळ येईल तेंव्हा  आपण कसे असू ? त्यात आपला स्वभाव जर सगळ्यांशी मिळुन मिसळून राहण्याचा असेल तर हे उसंन प्रोफेशनलीझम आणायचं तरी कूठुन ? त्यात प्रोफेशनलीझमचा खरा अर्थ आणि कार्पोरेट विश्वातला अर्थ ह्यात खूप फरक आहे.

आपल्या व्यवसायाशी प्रामाणिक असणं आणि त्यासाठी झोकून काम करणं म्हणजे प्रोफेशनलीझम !! पण कार्पोरेट विश्वात माझ्या व्यवसायाशी फक्त मीच प्रामाणिक आहे असं  दाखवण्यासाठी झोकून काम करणं म्हणजे प्रोफेशनलीझम !!

कार्पोरेट विश्वात काही परवलीचे शब्द असतात .

Performance —- जो नाही दाखवला तेंव्हाच आपण सगळ्यांच्या नजरेत येतो

Productivity —-  जी नेमकी किती आहे हे कोणीच सांगु शकत नाही

Project —- ” आग रामेश्वरी आणि बंब सोमेश्वरी ” अश्या प्रकारामुळे जो नेहमीच पेटलेला असतो.

Process —- जी ठरवे पर्यन्त प्रोजेक्ट ची वेळ संपते

Increment —- मालकाने अगदी ५१% शेयर्स जरी आपल्या नावे केले तरी जी आपल्याला कमीचं वाटते .

Team —– ज्यांत सगळेच कप्तान असतात.

तश्या कार्पोरेट विश्वात गमतीजमती भरपूर असतात . व्यक्ती निरीक्षणाचा छंद असणारयासाठी तर ते “विरंगुळा केंद्र ” ठरू शकतं. उदाहरणार्थ , समोरची व्यक्ती कोणत्या विभागातली आहे हे त्याच्या बोलण्यावरून ओळखता येतं. एखाद्या प्रश्नाचं उत्तर जर ” दुपारी चारनंतर या ” असं मिळालं तर आपण  ‘Account Department’  ला आहोत हे ओळखावं . आणि त्यानंतरही तुम्ही प्रश्न विचारण्याचा मूर्खपणा केलाच तर, “तुम्हाला कळत नाहीये का मी काय बोलतोय ?” असं उत्तर मिळेल . आपण समजदार असलो तर दुपारी चारनंतर सुद्धा तिथे जाणार नाही

किंवा एखाद्या प्रश्नाचं उत्तर जर,  ‘as per company policy’ असं मिळालं तर समोरची व्यक्ती ही  HR चं असु शकते . HR लोकांसाठी कंपनी पॉलिसी  हे पुस्तकं बायबल पेक्षा महत्वाचं असतं.  गंमत म्हणजे त्यांनी कधी बायबलही वाचलेलं नसतं आणि कंपनी पॉलिसी  पण वाचलेली नसते . पण कोणत्याही गोष्टीला अडवणं हीच आपल्या कंपनीची पॉलीसी आहे अशी त्यांची ठाम समजूत असते .

आपलं एखादं महत्वाचं काम घेऊन आपण कोणाकडे गेलो आणि ते काम झालं असं तर कधीचं होत नाही . अशावेळी , ” मी आत्ता खूप बिझी आहे. मी आत्ता काहीच करू शकत नाही ” असं उत्तर मिळाल्यास आपण         ‘ Design Department (Technical cell)’  ला आहोत हे ओळखावं . पण थोडं लक्ष देऊन तो बिझी असणारा माणूस नेमकं काय करतोय हे बघितल्यास कळेल की काल केलेलं चुकीचं काम तो  आत्ता परत करतोय . कारण त्यासाठी आत्ताच त्याच्या बॉसनी त्याला झापं झाप झापलाय !!

मग आपलं अपूर्ण राहिलेलं काम घेऊन आपण दुसऱ्या  कोणाजवळ गेलो की , “तू मला काय विचारतोय ? माझा काय संबंध ?” असं उत्तरं मिळेल . हे उत्तर देणारा  माणूस हा कंपनीतला सगळ्यात दु:खी माणूस असतो . कारण त्याचा नेमक्या कोणत्या कामाशी संबंध आहे हे त्यालाही माहिती नसते.

आपल्या एखाद्या समस्येचं उत्तर जर , “मी हे आधीच सांगितलं होतं . त्यावेळी माझं कोणी ऐकलं नाही ” असं मिळालं तर आपण ‘Quality Control’  मध्ये आहोत . या लोकांना सगळ्या गोष्टींची पुर्वकल्पना असते. पण यांची भुमिका ही नेहमीच भारताच्या परराष्ट्र धोरणा सारखी तटस्थ असते .

मग हळुहळू सगळे विभाग फिरून आपण Project Manager  कडे येतो. आपली समस्या ऐकून तो कुत्सित पणे हसतो . आणि , “अरे १८५७ च्या उठावात  आम्ही…..” अश्या सूरात सुरवात करून सगळा इतिहास – भूगोल आपल्यासमोर मांडतो . पण नेमका आपला प्रश्न अन्नुतरितच राहतो . या व्यक्तीला भूतकाळ आणि भविष्य काळातच राहायला आवडतं. वर्तमानकाळ त्याच्या गावीच नसतो .

बिचारे आपण !! समस्या अजूनही सुटलेली नसल्यामुळे शेवटी आपल्या बॉस समोर सगळी कैफियत मांडतो . मग बॉस आपण काय करायला हवं होतं हे सांगतो . अचानक आपल्याला  श्रीकृष्णाचं विश्वरूप दर्शन घडतंय असं  जाणवायला लागतं. आणि त्या विश्वरूपापुढे आपलं अस्तित्व,आपलं ज्ञान किती नगण्य आहे ह्याची जाणीव होऊन निराश मनस्थितीत आपण घरी जातो .

अश्या कितीतरी वल्ली इथे रोज भेटतात . स्वत : विषयी कितीतरी गैरसमज घेऊन लोकं इथे वावरतात . काही लोकांना कंपनीची जबाबदारी आपल्याच खांद्यावर आहे असं  वाटतं . जणूकाही यांनी काम करणं बंद केल्यावर दुसऱ्याच दिवशी कंपनीला टाळं लागणार आहे . काही लोक तर सतत ,” सध्या मार्केट मध्ये मंदी आहे म्हणून नाहीतर केंव्हाच लाथ मारली असती या कंपनीला !!” अश्या अविर्भावात  असतात .जणूकाही मार्केट तेजीत आल्यावर मुकेश अंबानी स्वत : यांच्यासाठी पायघड्या घालणार आहे . आणि अझीम प्रेमजी ह्यांचासाठी देवाला साकडं घालणार आहे !!! काही लोकं सतत आपल्यावरती होणाऱ्या अन्यायाची कैफियत मांडत असतात . कंपनीची प्रत्येक  गोष्ट ही आपल्याला त्रास देण्यासाठीच आहे अशी त्यांची समजूत असते . म्हणजे अगदी ह्यांच्या डोक्यावरचे पंखे  जरी बंद झाले तरी आपल्याला गरमी व्हावी म्हणून मुद्दाम असं केलंय असं त्यांना वाटतं . तर काही लोकांना कंपनीतल्या आतल्या बातम्या आपल्यालाच कश्या माहिती असतात हे सांगण्यात अभिमान वाटतो . जणूकाही कंपनीचा मालक आणि हे रोज एकाच कपातून चहा पितात !!

या सगळ्यात आणखी एक जमात  असते . ती म्हणजे प्रामाणिकपणे आपलं काम करणाऱ्यांची . पण ह्या बिचाऱ्यांची परिस्थिती नेहमीच इकडे आड अन तिकडे विहीर अशी असते . कारण कधीतरी पाणी लागेल या आशेने ते विहीर खोदत राहतात . आणि पाणी लागल्यावर इतर लोकं त्यात हात धुवून घेतात . पण या बिचारयांच्या हाताला कोणी पाणीही लागू देत नाही आणि त्या खोल विहिरीतून बाहेर पडायला त्यांना कोणी हातसुद्धा देत नाही . शिवाय विहिरीतून बाहेर पडलेच तर पुढे काय हा प्रश्न तर कायम असतोच !!

तसं पाहता खरं विश्व आणि कॉर्पोरेट विश्व सारखंच असतं . फरक असला तर तो एव्हढाच की खऱ्या विश्वातली Entry आणि Exit आपल्या हातात नसते . आणि  कॉर्पोरेट विश्वातली Entry आणि Exit  बऱ्याच  अंशी आपल्या  हातात असली तरी त्याचा काही उपयोग नसतो . हे वाक्य लिहिताना कुठेतरी वाचलेल्या २ ओळी मला आठवतायेत .

                                         जहर दे के वो फ़रमाते हैं के पीना होगा,

                   जहर पीता हुं तो केहते हैं के जीना होगा  !!! “

                                                                                                                                                   —-चिनार

 

 

 

 

माझा पहिला स्मार्टफोन्

काही वर्षांपूर्वी दूरदर्शनवर “पूरब से सुर्य उगा” असं एक गाणं लागायचं. भारत सरकारच्या साक्षरता अभियानाची ती जाहिरात होती. त्या अभियानाच पुढे काय झालं ते माहिती नाही. पण त्यातून साक्षर झालेल्या जनतेसमोर लवकरच एक नवीन आव्हान निर्माण झालं. अक्षरओळख तर झाली, लिहिता – वाचता पण यायला लागलं पण , “कॉम्पुटर येतो का तुम्हाला ?” या प्रश्नाच “नाही” असंच उत्तर द्यावा लागायचं. नंतर त्या गरीब जनतेनी महत्प्रयासाने कॉम्पुटर सुद्धा शिकून घेतला. पण आता परत त्याच जनतेसमोर आणखी एक आव्हान निर्माण झालं आहे. त्याच जनसमुदायाचा मी एक प्रतिनिधी आहे. ” मला सुद्धा स्मार्टफोन्स वापरता येत नाहीत”. नाही म्हणायला माझ्या मित्रांचे स्मार्टफोन्स  मी एक दोन वेळा वापरायचा प्रयत्न केला आहे. पण त्यातून फार काही निष्पन्न झालं नाही. स्मार्टफोन्सविषयी माझा मुलभूत प्रश्न असा आहे कि स्मार्टफोन् वापरायला जर माझा स्मार्टनेस वापरावा लागत असेल तर त्या फोन ला स्मार्ट का म्हणायचं ??

त्यादिवशी माझ्या भावांसोबत गप्पा मारत असताना मी सहज म्हणालो , ” मला नवीन फोन घ्यायचा आहे. स्मार्टफोन् घ्यायचा विचार आहे. “

 ते ऐकून त्या दोघांचा चेहरा इतका गंभीर झाला कि जणू काही मी त्यांना ,” माझी भारतरत्न साठी शिफारस करा” असं म्हणालोय !!!!

पण ते दोघही मला चांगलाच ओळखत असल्यामुळे त्यांच्या गांभीर्याच कारण मला कळत होतं. जगातल्या कोणत्याही विषयावर माझं नसलेलं ज्ञान मी पाजाळू शकतो पण मोबाईल  चा विषय निघाला कि  मी गप्प बसतो. पण आता स्मार्टफोन् घ्यायचाच असं मी ठरवलं. माझ्या दोन्ही भावांनी मला मदत करायचा मान्य केलं. मग त्या दोघांची अगम्य भाषेत चर्चा सुरु झाली. माझं बजेट त्यांनी परस्पर ठरवलं. अधूनमधून ‘नोकिया’, ‘साम्संग,’सोनी’  अशी नावं मला ऐकू येत होती.

नंतर श्रीकांत म्हणाला ,”  अरे नोकिया चांगला आहे पण त्याच्यात विंडोज ८ ओएस   आहे.” 

 व्वा !! नोकिया,  विंडोज आणि ओएस हे तीनही शब्द माझ्या ओळखीचे होते. मी खुश झालो.

 पण दादा लगेच म्हणाला, ” हो !! आणि विंडोज ८ ह्याला वापरता येणार नाही.” दोघेही हसले.

शेवटी मी न राहवून म्हणालो, “अरे, विंडोज  ही मला माहिती असलेली एकमेव ओएस आहे. थोडीफार जमेल ना मला.”

“तू शांत बस. माझ्या laptop मध्ये विंडोज ८ च आहे” ,  दादा म्हणाला.  

 

 आणि मी खरचं शांत बसलो. दोन दिवसांपूर्वी दादाचा laptop वापरत असताना तो बंद कसा करायचा हे मी अर्धा तास शोधत होतो. (म्हणजे अर्ध्या तासांनी मला यश मिळालं असं नाही. नन्तर मी प्रयत्न करणं सोडून दिलं ). नवीन ओएस तयार करताना सगळं काही बदललं तर चालेल पण कॉम्पुटर सुरु आणि बंद करण्याची पद्धत का बदलावी लागते हे माझ्या आकलनशक्ती  पलीकडलं आहे. असो.

 

तर अश्या रीतींनी माझं मोबाईलपुराण  सुरु झालं. त्यानंतर रोज ते दोघही मला नवीन नवीन मोबाईल चे नाव सांगत होते. आणि रोज वेगवेगळ्या वेबसाईट चे नाव सांगून , “इथे जाउन हे चेक कर ,तिथे जाउन ते चेक कर ” असं सुरु होतं. त्या वेबसाईट वर गेल्यावर मोबाईल चे वेगवेगळ्या कोनातून काढलेले फोटो दिसायचे. आणि त्याखाली अगम्य भाषेत काहीतरी लिहिलेलं असायचं. पण मी आधी कुठेतरी कोपऱ्यात लिहिलेली किंमत वाचायचो. १६८०० ओन्ली !! १८३०० ओन्ली !!! २०५०० ओन्ली !!!. ओन्ली लिहून या लोकांना काय सांगायचं असतं देव जाणे. मला मिळालेला पहिला पगार याच आकड्यांच्या जवळपास होता .आता थोडा जास्त मिळत असला तरी तिथे पोहोचायला ५-६ वर्ष लागली. आणि ह्यातला कोणताही फोन घेतला तरी तो आउटडेटेड व्हायला ५-६ महिने पण लागणार नाही . पण माझे हे विचार कोण ऐकणार.

दादा म्हणाला,” अरे आजकाल कॉलेज च्या मुलांकडे चांगले फोन असतात तर तू कशाला इतका विचार करतो ?”

 कॉलेज चे मुलं एवढ्या महागाचा फोन का वापरतात हा एक संशोधनाचा विषय होऊ शकतो. म्हणजे कॉलेज मध्ये जाउन अभ्यास करा किंवा लेक्चर करा असे सल्ले मी देणार नाही पण कॉलेज च्या प्रेक्षणीय स्थळांकडे बघायचं सोडून मोबाईलच्या स्क्रीन कडे  बघण्यात काय सुख असतं ?? मी पुण्यातल्या एका  नातेवाईकांकडे गेलो होतो . त्यांच्याकडे त्यांच्या नात्यातला एक मुलगा राहत होता.  तो इथेच शिकतो अशी त्यांनी ओळख करून दिली. पण  त्याने  माझ्याकडे बघितला सुद्धा नाही. देवाशप्पथ सांगतो त्या नंतर चे दोन तास  मी  त्याचा चेहरा बघायला   धडपडत होतो. पण तो सतत त्याच्या मोबाईल कडेच  बघत होता .आणि नंतर त्याच मोबाईल वर कोणाचा तरी फोन आला म्हणून तो निघून गेला.

 

असो. तर आपल्या पहिल्या पगाराएव्हढे पैसे खर्च करून  मोबाईल घ्यावा का या विचारात मी पडलो. पण माझ्या दोन्ही भावांनी माझा मन वळवलं. आणि शेवटी मी स्मार्टफोन् घेतलाच. नंतर चे काही दिवस तो शिकण्यात गेले. आता मी पण स्मार्ट झालो आहे. समोर कोणीतरी  माझ्याशी बोलत असताना त्याच्याकडे दुर्लक्ष करून हातातल्या फोन कडे बघणं आता मला जमायला लागला आहे. ” आज संध्याकाळी आपण भेटू ” असा मेसेज whats app  वर मित्रांना पाठवून , संध्याकाळी ते भेटल्यावर whats app  वर तिसऱ्याच मित्राशी बोलणं सुद्धा मी सुरु केलं आहे. थोडक्यात आईनस्टाईननी  म्हटलेलं वाक्य मी आता खर करून दाखवतोय.

 

” A day will come when technology will surpass humanity. And we will have generation of idiots!! “—- Albert Einstein

 

—– चिनार