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Tilak Rishi, born in India, has been working as a career corporate executive, after doing his MBA. Passionately pursuing his hobby for writing, he also remained a regular contributor to newspapers in India and the U.S. Many true happenings and characters he came across in life, including interaction with former president Bill Clinton, inspired Paradise Lost and Found, his first novel. A family saga, it starts from Kashmir, when this paradise on earth is lost for the tourists who thronged in thousands every year to enjoy its scenic splendor. Terrorists have turned it into one of the most dangerous places in the world. The family is not only a witness to the loss of this paradise, but also to another tragedy of much bigger magnitude. In the aftermath of the partition of India, along with millions uprooted from their homes in Pakistan, the family leaves behind all that it has in Lahore. Starting from a scratch on the difficult path to progress, it still has many joyful moments when along the way it makes a difference in many a life. The survival-to-success story climaxes in California where the family finds the paradise that was lost in Kashmir.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Poor Abhishek!

U.P. government award for Abhishek reminds me of the Indian proverb, “Andha bante rewarian, phir phir apnon ko de” (blind man distributing sweets, gives them again and again to his own men). Mulayam Singh has given away the prestigious award again and again to Bachchans – Harivansh, Amitabh, Jaya and now Abhishek. And the Congress workers’ reaction to the event brings to mind the story of the Wolf and the Lamb. They are all the time looking for an excuse to beat the Bachchans – income tax, Jalsa, Big B’s goggles and now Abhishek’s award. There is no denying the fact that Abhishek may not be amongst the best deserving awardees, and he too graciously admits it. But that holds good for any award, including the planet’s most prestigious Nobel Peace Prize – Mahatma Gandhi never got it. It is always arguable whether the recipient of an award really deserves it. But no body ever blames the awardees for the honor bestowed on them, it would be utterly idiotic to do that. And this is exactly how the Congress workers have reacted to Abhishek’s award. Worse still, they went to the extent of indulging in the most barbaric behavior – beating Abhishek’s picture (in posters) with shoes. Unmindful of their mad action, the Congress workers have inadvertently helped Mulayam Singh government by diverting the public mind from criticizing it for the folly of picking up young Abhishek for the prize over much more qualified candidates, to their own condemnation for the ugly incident. The public memory may be short, but it is very sharp during elections, and Congress workers may have to pay a heavy price in the ensuing U.P. elections next year for their reprehensible behavior towards the rising young star Abhishek, who is winning public applause and fan-following with every new release. The Congress big bosses will be better off if they take timely damage control exercise by reprimanding their workers and apologizing on their behalf from Abhishek.

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