Written byShikha Chaudhry ·
Today is February 29, an extra day life has given us. And, how do I utilize that extra day? By giving unsolicited gyaan to people who would never listen to me.
Now that the self-deprecating humor is on point, let's begin. Let's tell powerful people of this country (which infamously reads less) the books they should read to become better in their craft.
Narendra Modi knows how to win votes, the man has not lost any election in his life. But, does he know how to make friends?
For his reference, a true friend tells you if you look fat, or if a certain suit is in a bad taste. A true friend warns you if you would flunk the
Vikas exam, and doesn't let you take decisions if you are drunk (on power).
Amit Shah is Narendra Modi without charisma and originality, hence a poor imitation.
Sir, it is good to have mentors in life, but you don't have to emulate their demeanor and mannerisms, or retweet everything they tweet. Be a voice, not an echo.
And, the times that we are going through, we can certainly use a functional Home Minister.
This one is rather futile, because Gandhis don't read. They just take admissions in colleges on recommendations of former prime ministers.
But, perhaps Rahul Gandhi can pick up this book from Thailand Airport, and read it when in transit. Shashi Tharoor can highlight the important excerpts for him and the sister.
They don't have to shine, they may just wake up and show up.
To be clear, I am not referring to Parasite by Mira Grant, because she talks about humble parasites.
I am urging the esteemed journalists to read Parasite by Bong Joon Ho, a graphic novel which contains illustrations. Now, that won't be too much of a work, they can sit on an arm chair and go through it.
The title has an uncanny resemblance with them.
After journalists, the word which comes to mind is "trolls" of both sides of the spectrum. Their only job is to follow some influencers, get influenced, call some people bigots, and ask for bans of movies, books and sometimes, people.
Some of them are so young, that it hurts to see their hatred. They need serious healing, and their life needs a purpose.
This may sound presumptuous, but Ajit Doval, our National Security Advisor should read James Bond, because clearly he is not one, and because clearly he wants to be one.
A little reality check will tell him that Pulwama happened under his watch, he could not control the post Burhan Wani Kashmir, and Delhi is on a brink.
His time to act is now.
Now that you have come this far, I have to leave you with some meaningful words. Okay? Okay? (You noticed my clever reference there?)
My fellow Indian, yes there are fault in our stars. Our leaders have always failed us, we don't deserve mindless violence in the name of religion. While growing up, the dreamer in us thought India would become a super power in 2020.
And, here we are, staring at the remaining 365-60+1 gloomy days.
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