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We Believe In Fables

Vasu Reddy from Chicago
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It is perhaps sub-conscious, but all human beings have heard, read, dreamt and thought of Arabian Nights, mythology and DisneyLand.From early childhood we are trained to believe in a land that is far away, full of fulfilled aspirations and desires.Our religion, our literature, our societies, our families, our friends, our teachers, our surroundings, and in general everything around us allow us to look at things (both material and spiritual) that are at some point of time in the past described as what we should aspire for. It is with time and opportunity the individual aspirational attitude is driven.Gone are the days when people aspired to join the independence movement and becoming a public servant. Now becoming a doctor or engineer (still in some communities), or a software engineer is probably in thoughts of most young ones, and also perhaps the last days of aspiring to travel or move to the USA for work.
There is no doubt that every generatio…

Up Side Down

Vasu Reddy from Chicago
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2016 holiday season is here.Christmas is coming this weekend, and Santa for sure is coming.Chicago is once again under polar vortex, really freezing and lots of snow on the ground.Chicago Bears Keep loosing every week, and all Bears gear already in storage for this year, and Cutler is still with the bears, but injured and on the sidelines https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Bears. The Chicago cubs in 2016 won a World Series championship after 108 years and probably the right spot for the year for Chicagoans, and die-hard fans world over https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Cubs.Illinois has been going into the second year without a budget and no one seems to care (for those of you who care Illinois is our state), and actually people don’t see any reason to worry about the state budget, local services and whatever the government was supposed to be doing.
The country has a new president elect in Trump, president Obama is just about packing his b…

Wasting Time

Vasu Reddy from Chicago
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The Indian movie makers have run out of ideas for quite a while.They willfully ignore (all most all the time as they have not made a movie that is worth watching in many years) the audience and ticket purchasing innocents, and keep throwing the same stuff (being very kind with my words) at the audience each week.Granted that some movies are minor exceptions which deviate from the glory of a few men on screen, but even the exceptions really don’t stop from the clich├ęs of the age old story line.
Barring a few exceptions, most movies fall into two categories; dishoom and dishoom, and the new trend of showing western style relationships in an Indianised context.There is really no nativity to displaying what happens in New York or London or cities outside of India, and people fake speaking in funny accents and show casing life that is not a normal to the Indian way of life.Granted that many Indians ape on western societies, but life of a movie going I…

Right to Steal

Vasu Reddy from Chicago
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The process of demonetization by Modi government in India is first commendable.Trying to bring the society to be honest (at least try to be civil to each other and to the country) is a promise that Modi spoke of while canvassing to become the PM of the largest democracy in the world.To force the cheater’s to stop hoarding ill gotten wealth, and also stop the terror and antinational activities from faking the currency and funding atrocities on Indians on Indian soil, all of this is effort that should have been national priority from 1947, but now it is becoming a reality.Just demonetizing currency might not be the only way to stop tax cheaters and anti-nationals, but it certainly is one of the effective ways to curb the actions that hurt the country.

The effects of demonetization are immediate in brining all the 500 and 1000 notes back into the accounting, and weather the money is white or black, the Indian banking system can now account for how m…

Modified or Tughluq

Vasu Reddy from Chicago
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It has been a couple of years since BJP and Modi took over the governance of India from INC.As with most NRI population, I too voiced great opportunism with the election of Modi to lead India.Not withstanding his managerial abilities, his public persona, his pronouncements, his attitude, his work ethic, and whole lot of qualities and mostly his stance on cleaning-up India’s entrenched political and bureaucratic looting, was all in his favor.I wrote many times that Modi did not need money for himself (I still strongly believe this) and thus makes him the best candidate to root out corruption.
Modi constantly spoke against corruption and black money in Indian political and commercial system.The country is 100% dependent on baksheesh.Everyone has a handout to do anything.From very simple thing to complicated decisions are based on paying for the services, and Modi rallying against this was perhaps the most politically attractive rallying cry agains…

What If?

Vasu Reddy from Chicago
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Donald Trump winning the presidential election in 2016 was in line with the US Populations current frame of mind.If you look at 70's thru 2000’s there was little issues of race and religion, people were into globalization, mobility, technology and telecommunications, and definitely the Internet added the elimination of distance between people.

First, personally I really don’t like confrontation.I really don’t like public display of acrimony and strife.Especially after a certain age, people should respect each other, and if they don’t just keep quiet.I really did not like the tome of the 2016 US presidential elections.The election cycle was simply distasteful and disrespectful to the entire viewing and listening population.I am glad the election is over, and also the general disbelief that Trump is going to be our next president.
Hillary Clinton’s defeat was not unprecedented.But certainly Trump winning the Electoral College was a definite surp…

It Would Have Been Kryptonite For Anyone Else

Vasu Reddy from Chicago
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Last Tuesday’s US Presidential election and Donald Trump acquiring the majority of the Electoral College needed to be elected President, was nothing but a fascinating political drama perhaps will be studied by political scientists and pundits for generations to come.I have to admit that Trump’s victory was surprising and quite quick towards the unfolding evening, and probably fooled everyone on the planet.The only thing that was clear was the racial and economic divide in states that constantly voted democratic, and in 2016 simply either did not care for what the democrats represented or simply did not vote, or even so split on racial lines.It is easy to be a Monday morning quarter back, as we already know what happened.Hillary although won the majority of the votes, fell short with the Electoral College.Hillary Clinton still has a lot to offer to all the people of the USA with her long service to the communities and her fight to the finish to t…

Is it the End of the Season of Acrimony?

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Vasu Reddy from Chicago

Whosoever is the winner of the 2016 Presidential election should not simply let go of the campaign rhetoric.The winner should go on to establish their individual and unique credentials worthy of the American people’s confidence in electing to the highest office of the nation.The winner should make every effort to address the negativity that came from the opponent to minute detail and let people know the truth behind each acquisition.It is not to suggest look for revenge or getting even, but setting record straight.For once, when such an acrimonious election ends, it also needs closure.Closure only comes with closing the obvious and obnoxious accusations of the acrimonious campaign.

Clinton and/or Trump should save exchanging niceties of election night and focus on the people of the nation, and also one each other to bring a closure to what was said for 16 months or more of campaigning.There is no need to call and offer any kind of consolation or …

The Right Frame of Mind

Vasu Reddy from Chicago
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Chicago Cubs are in the American MLB World Series in 2016, and we are thru 5 games as this article is written.Nothing beats the devotion that a cub fan has.Although I was not born a “Cub Fan”, I have been devoted all my adult life to follow them, watch them and have the right frame of mind to say tomorrow is another day.Always willing to wait for the next day and next win, and looking forward to the improbable World Series win, and perhaps this year.Being an Indian with eternal optimism perhaps adds to the belief in a better tomorrow, but for the last couple of years the Cubs has been so good, it is time to look forward to buying the World Series winner’s shirt with the beloved Cubs logo on it.Is it time yet? And we are 2 games away from just that.
Today is 31 October 2016.
The series is at with Cubs 2 wins and Cleveland Indians 3 wins, in a best of 7 series, and the last 2 games coming up in Cleveland and 3 days from now, it is now or next year.
T…

The Right Frame of Mind

Vasu Reddy from Chicago
vasureddy@aol.com

Chicago Cubs are in the American MLB World Series in 2016, and we are thru 5 games as this article is written.Nothing beats the devotion that a cub fan has.Although I was not born a “Cub Fan”, I have been devoted all my adult life to follow them, watch them and have the right frame of mind to say tomorrow is another day.Always willing to wait for the next day and next win, and looking forward to the improbable World Series win, and perhaps this year.Being an Indian with eternal optimism perhaps adds to the belief in a better tomorrow, but for the last couple of years the Cubs has been so good, it is time to look forward to buying the World Series winner’s shirt with the beloved Cubs logo on it.Is it time yet? And we are 2 games away from just that.
Today is 31 October 2016.
The series is at with Cubs 2 wins and Cleveland Indians 3 wins, in a best of 7 series, and the last 2 games coming up in Cleveland and 3 days from now, it is now or next year.
T…

Landslide Prediction

Vasu Reddy from Chicago
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Election Day for the United States is November 8, 2016 which is the final day to choose the next president of the USA along with a new congress and a third of the senate.Many states have already in the process of pre-polling which is also on a brisk pace this year.For those who are in the USA this day may not come soon enough.The acrimony and bitterness will come to an end soon. And one of the two last standing candidates will become our president.Its Clinton or Trump; one of them will be the leader of the free world for at least four years.

The three presidential debates are done, and little has changed in the direction of the election.People who watched the debates must wonder 70 years of life and no grace, especially between a man and women.There is little policy discussion amongst the candidates (they have little time to discuss policy), and nothing to present to the citizens on future direction.At this time and until the election, only winni…

Teflon Trump

Vasu Reddy from Chicago
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In a country where the majority of the population is concerned about the state of the economy, finding meaningful jobs, threat of terror and combining the broad socio-political issues, the status quo politics; all combined 2016 has become the year of the Teflon candidate.Not too long ago the Americans went thru Gary Hart and John Edwards; both very attractive and seasoned politicians running for the office of the president, both burned to oblivion because of the affairs of the heart.Mitt Romney was sidelined for simply delayed tax returns.We have had a history of a single mishap by a candidate which destroyed the bid for the presidential office.The failed presidential bids of the most promising candidates running for office really pale in comparison to Trump and his well documented career and life choices.
Nothing seems to deter the support base Trump has in the current election cycle.His comments on race, women, immigrants and everything under t…