Wednesday, March 31, 2010

An explanation of cricket: A glossary of cricketing terms

How much you know about the cricket? We Indians will talk a lot. But at actual we don’t know most of the terms used in cricket. While surfing through the internet, I got a list of all these terms. I am pasting these all here… enjoy…
Cricket, more than most sports, is full of expressions and terms designed to bewilder the newcomer (and often even the more seasoned follower). In an attempt to unravel some of the stranger terminology, we have put together a cricket glossary. If we are missing anything - and cricket commentators have an annoying habit of inventing new words and phrases - please email us and we will see if we can help.
Arm Ball - A ball bowled by a slow bowler which has no spin on it and so does not turn as expected but which stays on a straight line ("goes on with the arm")

The Ashes - Series between England and Australia are played for The Ashes

Asking rate - The runs required per over for a team to win - mostly relevant in a one-dayer

Ball - Red for first-class and most club cricket, white for one-day matches (and, experimentally, women once used blue balls and men orange ones). It weighs 5½ ounces ( 5 ounces for women's cricket and 4¾ ounces for junior cricket)

Ball Tampering - The illegal action of changing the condition of the ball by artificial means, usually scuffing the surface, picking or lifting the seam of the ball, or applying substances other than sweat or saliva

Bat-Pad - A fielding position close to the batsman designed to catch balls which pop up off the bat, often via the batsman's pads

Batter - Another word for batsman, first used as long ago as 1773. Also something you fry fish in

Beamer - A ball that does not bounce (usually accidently) and passes the batsman at or about head height. If aimed straight at the batsman by a fast bowler, this is a very dangerous delivery (and generally frowned on)

Bend your back - The term used to signify the extra effort put in by a fast bowler to obtain some assistance from a flat pitch

Belter - A pitch which offers little help to bowlers and so heavily favours batsmen

Blob - A score of 0 (see duck

Bodyline - (also known as leg theory) A tactic most infamously used by England in 1932-33, although one which had been around for some time before that, in which the bowler aimed at the batsman rather than the wicket with the aim of making him give a catch while attempting to defend himself. The fielding side were packed on the leg side to take catches which resulted. This is now illegal

Bosie - An Australian term for a googly, now rarely used. Originated from the inventor of the delivery, BJT Bosanquet

Bouncer - A short-pitched ball which passes the batsman at chest or head height

Boundary - The perimeter of a cricket field, or the act of the batsman scoring a four or a six (eg "Tendulkar hammered three boundaries")

Box - An abdominal protector worn by batsmen and wicketkeepers. It is also an old term for a fielder in the gully region.

Bump Ball - A ball which is played off the bat almost instantly into the ground and is caught by a fielder. Often this has the appearance of being a clean catch

Bumper - See Bouncer.

Bunny - Also known as Rabbit. A member of the side who cannot bat and is selected as a specialist bowler or wicketkeeper, and who almost always bats at No. 11. It can also be used to describe a player who often gets out to one bowler - "Atherton was McGrath's bunny"

Bunsen - A term used by commentators to describe a pitch heavily favouring slow bowlers. From Cockney rhyming slang (Bunsen Burner = turner).

Bye - A run scored when the batsman does not touch the ball with either his bat or body. First recorded in the 1770s.

Carry your bat - an opening batsman who remains not out at the end of a completed innings (ie when all his team-mates are out)

Charge - giving the When a batsman leaves his crease to attack the ball, usually against a slow bowler. By doing this he can convert a good-length ball into a half-volley

Chest-on Used to describe a bowler who delivers the ball with his chest facing the batsman, as opposed to being side on

Chinaman - A ball bowled by a left-arm slow bowler that turns into the right-hand batsman, in effect a left-arm legspinner. Named after Puss Achong

Chin music - Fast bowlers aiming the ball at the batsman's head. The term originated in the Caribbean

Chucker - Another term for a bowler who throws the ball

Closing the face - Turning the face of the bat inwards and, in doing so, hitting the ball to the leg side

Corridor of uncertainty - A term beloved by commentators which describes an area just outside the batsman's off stump where he is unsure whether he has to leave or play the ball

Cow corner - An unconventional fielding position, more commonly found in the lower reaches of the game, on the midwicket/long-on boundary. The term is thought to have originated at Dulwich College where there was the corner of a field containing livestock on that edge of the playing area. Fielders were dispatched to the "cow corner"

Cricket Max - A shortened version of the game with unconventional scoring systems pioneered by Martin Crowe in New Zealand in the late 1990s.

Cross bat - A cross-batted shot is where the batsman holds his bat horizontally when striking the ball. Examples of cross-batted shots include hooks, pulls and cuts

Dead ball - A ball from which no runs can be scored or wickets taken. First referred to in 1798

Declaration - When the batting side ends their innings before all of their players are out

Dibbly-dobbly bowlers - Bowlers who are of medium pace, and are effective in the one-day scenario in choking the runs. New Zealand had a famous quartet - Rod Latham, Gavin Larsen, Chris Harris and Nathan Astle - during the 1992 World Cup

Dolly - An easy catch

Doosra - A Hindi/Urdu word which means "second" or "other", the doosra is the offspinner's version of the googly, delivered out of the back of the hand and turning away from the right-hand batsman

Drifter/ Floater - A delivery bowled by an offspinner which curves away from a right-hander, and then carries straight on instead of turning

Duck - A score of 0 (also known as blob

Duckworth Lewis - Named after Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis, two mathematicians who devised a system to help decide one-day cricket matches when rain interrupts play. Click here for more information.

Economy rate - The average number of runs a bowler concedes per over

Extras - Runs not scored by batsmen. There are four common extras - byes, leg byes, wides and no-balls. In Australia these are known as sundries

Featherbed - A batsmen-friendly pitch with little life for the bowlers. Often found in Antigua

Flipper - A variation for the legspinner that appears to be pitching short but the ball skids on quickly and often results in bowled or lbw. It is a delivery that is used sparingly

Full toss - A ball that reaches the batsmen without bouncing. Above waist height it becomes a beamer

Gardening - The act of the batsman repairing indentations in the pitch, made by the ball or studs, with his bat. More likely to happen when a ball has just whistled past his nose or scooted by his ankle

Good length - The ideal length that the bowler aims for, getting the batsman in two minds as whether to play forwards or back

Googly - The legspinner's variation that turns into the right-hander and away from the left-hander

Grubber - A ball that hardly bounces - see also shooter

Half volley - A ball that is the perfect length for driving, fuller than a good length but not a full-toss

Handled the ball - If the batsmen deliberately touches the ball with his hands he can be given out. Michael Vaughan fell victim to this in India on 2002-03 tour in Bangalore

Hawk-Eye - A tracking technology which helps to explain the intricacies of the sport, Hawk-Eye can be helpful in judging LBWs. At the moment it is used mainly for arm-chair umpiring, although one day it may be used in an official capacity

Heavy ball - When a delivery is quicker than it looks and hits the bat harder or higher than is expected

Hit the ball twice - If a batsmen deliberately strikes the ball twice to gain runs he can be given out. However, the batsman can knock the ball away from his stumps with the bat

Hit the deck - The bowler's ability to deliver the ball from height and extract extra bounce from the pitch

Hoick - Same as slog, but most used for on-side shots

In-ducker - An inswinging delivery that moves into the batsman very late. Wasim Akram produced deadly versions with the older ball

Inside out, turning the batsman - A batsman aims to leg but the ball goes past the off and he is forced to play the ball open-chested

Inside-out shot - A stroke where the batsman moves towards the leg side and hits a ball around leg stump into the off side

Jaffa - A delivery that is too good for the batsman, and leaves him groping hopelessly at thin air or (as the bowler will hope) dismisses him

King pair - Hardly worth turning up if you get one of these … out first ball for zero in both innings

Leading edge - When the batsman mis-hits the ball and edges it forward in the opposite direction to which he was attempting to play

Leg-bye - When the ball deflects off the pad and the batsmen run. A shot must be offered to the ball. Leg-byes do not count against the bowler

Leg-break/spin - When the ball pitches and turns from leg to off for a right-hander

Leg-cutter - A ball which cuts and moves away from the batsman towards the offside (if he is a righthander)

Leg-side - The area of the pitch behind the batsman's legs

Leg theory - See Bodyline

Length - Where the ball pitches down the wicket. Lengths can be generally short, full or good

Lifter - A ball that rises unexpectedly

Line - The line of attack the bowler employs when he is bowling

Lollipop - A really easy ball to hit - a 'gift'

Long hop - a ball which pitches short, sits up and 'begs' to be hit

Loop - The flight of the ball

Maiden - An over where no runs that are attributable to the bowler are scored (byes or leg-byes may be scored in this over, though, as these don't count against the bowler)

Manhattan - A bar graph of runs scored per over which resembles the Manhattan skyscrapers skyline

Mankad - A term popular mainly in indoor cricket - but also fairly popular in Australia for outdoor cricket. Mankad is when the bowler brings his arm round and, instead of releasing the ball, runs out the non-striker by whipping off the bails. This type of dismissal is rare - and usually a warning is given to the batsman beforehand. Named after Vinoo Mankad, who twice dismissed the Australian Bill Brown this way

MCC - The Marylebone Cricket Club, the spiritual home of cricket at Lord's in St Johns Wood in London. For the greater period of cricket's formal history, the MCC which was founded in 1787, was the autocratic arbiter in cricket matters. No law could be changed without its approval. And while the administration of the game world-wide has moved to the International Cricket Council, and to the England and Wales Cricket Board in Britain, the MCC is still regarded as the ultimate defender of the laws of the game, a type of Privy Council of cricket. For many years, English touring teams were known officially as the MCC but as the 'great' has ebbed away from Britain and its colonies, so the influence of the MCC has diminished. Also the initials of the Melbourne Cricket Club in Victoria.

Middle - To hit the ball from the meat of the bat, "to middle it" is to connect really well. Middle is also the centre of the field, where the bulk of the action takes place

Military Medium - A slightly derogative term for a bowler who has no real pace

Minefield - A difficult batting track. The pitch is in such a state of disrepair that it is almost impossible to play "proper" shots as the ball is popping up everywhere

Nelson - The English superstition that 111 and its multiples are unlucky. The sticks resemble 111, and is loosely connected with Lord Nelson's physical attributes. Double Nelson is 222

Nervous nineties - The psychological pressure on the batsman knowing he is approaching a century

New ball - Can usually be taken every 80 overs. The advantage is to quick bowlers who have a shiny and bouncy ball, but conversely it can result in an increase in scoring rate as the ball comes off the bat faster

Nick - A faint edge off the bat

Nightwatchman - A non-batsman promoted up the order towards the end of a day's play with the idea of shielding a recognised batsman in the final overs

No-ball - An illegitimate delivery, usually when the bowler has overstepped on the front crease

Nurdle - The batsman nudging the ball around and into gaps

Obstruction - When the batsman wilfully blocks or distracts a fielder to prevent a catch being made or a run-out being effected

Occupy the crease - When a batsman stays at the wicket but scores slowly, often with the intention of playing out for a draw

Off-break/spin - A ball turning into the right hander- from off to leg (from left to right)

Off-cutter - An offbreak delivered at speed

Off the mark - When the batsman scores his first run

Off-side - The side of the pitch which is to batsman's right (if right-handed), or left (if left-handed)

On-side - The same as the leg-side

On the up - Making contact with the ball before it reaches the top of the bounce - hitting it on the rise. Viv Richards was a prominent exponent

Out - There are ten possible ways of being out: bowled, caught, hit wicket, lbw, stumped, timed out, handled the ball, obstruction, hit the ball twice, and run out. To be out "retired out" is gaining in currency and popularity and counts as a dismissal, unlike "retired hurt"

Outside edge - When the ball hits the edge of the bat which is furthest away from his body

Outswing - When the ball swings away from the batsman and towards the slips

Paddle - A sweep shot

Pair - When a batsman gets a duck in both innings

Pinch-hitters - Lower-order batsmen promoted in the line-up to try and hit up a few quick runs. Used mostly when a team is chasing a huge total in a one-dayer - the thinking being that a few quick runs will reduce the asking rate; and if the pinch-hitter gets out, the specialist batsmen are still around

Pitch - The bounce of the ball - "it pitches on a good length". Also, the cut strip in the centre of the field of play

Play on - When a batsman hits the ball but it goes on to hit the stumps and he is bowled

Plumb - When the batsman is clearly LBW, even at full speed, he is said to be plumb in front.

Pudding - A slow, stodgy pitch which will be difficult to score quickly on

Pull - a back-foot leg-side shot, distinct from the hook because the pull is played to a ball that hasn't risen as high.

Rabbit - See Bunny

Return Crease - Parallel white lines pointing down the pitch, either side of the stumps. A bowler's back foot must land inside this area or else a no-ball will be called.

Retire - To postpone or end one's innings, either voluntarily through boredom when you're simply too good for the opposition, or involuntarily and in agony, when a nasty fast bowler has taken his pound of flesh

Reverse Sweep - The epitome of the type of shot you will not find in the MCC coaching manual. This stroke is played by dropping to one knee and reversing one's hands, so that you can swing the ball from leg to off, rather than the more natural off to leg. It is a handy stroke for beating conventional fields in a one-day game, but it has its drawbacks as well - just ask Mike Gatting

Reverse Swing - When the ball is 50 overs old and the pitch is as flat as a pancake, this phenomenon is often a bowling side's saving grace. First mastered by the Pakistani quicks of the 1980s and 1990s, it involves sideways movement of the ball through the air that is contrary to your average everyday laws of physics. If it sounds like rocket science, that is because it is

Rip - Big turn for a spin bowler, especially a legspinner, who can use the whole action of the wrist to impart maximum revolutions on the ball. Shane Warne, consequently, bowls a lot of "rippers"

Ring Field - A standard fielding arrangement, with men positioned in a circle all around the bat saving the single

Rock - Colloquial term for cricket ball

Roll - To flatten the playing surface with a heavy rolling device. At the end of an innings, the side about to start their innings will be offered the choice of a heavy or light roller

Roller - A heavy rolling device designed to flatten the surface of the pitch

Rope - Used to mark the perimeter of the field. If the ball crosses or hits the rope, a boundary will be signalled

Rough - The area of a pitch that is scuffed up and loosened by the action of a bowler running through in his follow-through. Usually, this will be situated a foot or so outside leg stump, and consequently it becomes a tasty target for spin bowlers, who can exploit the extra turn to make life a misery for the batsmen

Run-chase - Generally the fourth innings of a first-class or Test match, and the latter stages of a one-day game, when the match situation has been reduced to a set figure for victory, in a set time or maximum number of overs

Run-rate: Of particular importance in a one-day game, this is the average number of runs scored per over, and is used as a guide to a team's progress (see Duckworth Lewis)

Run-up: The preparatory strides taken by a bowler as they steady themselves for delivery. Also the area in which they perform said action

Runner - A player who is called upon by a batsman who might otherwise need to retire hurt. He is required to wear the same padding and stands at square leg or the non-striker's end to perform the duty of running between the wickets. Often the cause of endless confusion and inevitable run-outs

Sandshoe crusher - Colloquial term for Yorker, a full-pitched delivery that is aimed at the batsman's toes and usually hits them aswell

Seam - The ridge of stitching that holds the two halves of a ball together, and causes deviation off the pitch when the ball lands. Seam bowlers, as opposed to swing bowlers, rely on movement off the pitch, rather than through the air

Shoulder arms - The description of when a batsman decides that rather than risk being dismissed from a ball he lifts the bat high above his shoulder to attempt to keep his bat and hands out of harm's way.

Shirtfront - A flat, lifeless, soul-destroying wicket that is beloved of batsmen the world over, and loathed by bowlers of all varieties. For a prime example, see the Antigua Recreation Ground

Shooter - See grubber

Sitter - The easiest, most innocuous and undroppable catch that a fielder can ever receive. To drop one of these is to invite a whole world of pain from the crowd and constant embarrassment from the giant replay screen (see dolly).

Sledging - Not the act of travelling downhill at speed on a toboggan, but the act of verbally abusing or unsettling a batsman, in an attempt to make him lose concentration and give his wicket away. Often offensive, occasionally amusing, always a topic of conversation

Slog - Used to describe a shot which is not in the coaching book

Slogger - Exponent of the slog

Slog-sweep - A heave to the leg side, played like the sweep, but a lofted shot

Slower ball - Like naff plastic wristbands, these are the must-have accessory of the modern international bowler. The idea is to deliver a pace of significantly reduced pace, while at the same time turning your arm over at the same speed so as to deceive the batsman. This change of pace can be achieved by a change of grip, or a late tweak of the wrist. The best exponents - Courtney Walsh, Chris Cairns - are lethal. The worst - no names mentioned - tend to be smacked clean over cow corner for six

Standing back/standing up - Where a wicketkeeper positions himself for a particular bowler. He stands back for fast bowlers, and stands up for spinners

Stock ball - A bowler's regular delivery, minimum risk, little chance of runs or wickets. To get away with a slower ball, they need a stock ball to lull the batsman into a false sense of security

Stonewall - To protect one's wicket at all costs, putting defence above all other virtues. See Jacques Kallis. Also a gay pride organisation

Strike rate - The number of runs a batsman scores per 100 balls; the number of deliveries a bowler needs to take his wickets

Sundries - Australian word for extras

Swing - A ball that curves through the air, as opposed to off the seam. See also, reverse swing

Tailender - Players who come in towards the end of an innings, generally Nos. 8, 9, 10 and 11, who are not noted for their batting prowess (although ideally they can bowl a bit by way of compensation)

Throwing - To deliver the ball with a arm that flexes at the elbow at point of delivery, thereby enabling extra spin to be imparted for a slow bowler, or extra pace for a quick bowler. A topic of endless debate

Ton - A century (100 runs by a single batsman in one innings)

Tonk - To give the ball a good wallop, onomatopoeically named after the sound a good hit makes. See also twat, biff, thwack, belt, spank and leather

Track - The pitch

Trundler - Slow, laborious type of bowler who thinks he's quick, once was quick, or is simply old, fat and unfit and needs to be put out to pasture. See military medium

Twelfth man - A substitute fielder (and drinks waiter) for the chosen eleven. If called upon to play, he is permitted to field wherever he is needed, but can neither bat nor bowl

Two-paced - A wicket that is beginning to break up, usually after three or four days of a Test match, and so produces some deliveries that leap off a length, and others that sneak through at shin-height

Uncovered pitches - Pitches that were left open to the elements for the duration of a match, and so developed a variety of characteristics. The failings of a generation of English batsmen were attributed to the decision, in the 1970s, to bring on the covers at the slightest hint of rain

V - in the:- The arc between mid-off and mid-on in which batsmen who play straight (in accordance with the MCC Coaching Manual) tend to score the majority of their runs. Modern aggressive players, such as Virender Sehwag, tend to prefer the V between point and third man

Wagon-wheel: A circular graph or line-drawing depicting the region in which a batsman has scored his runs

Walk (To) - The improbable act of a batsman giving himself out, without waiting for an umpire's decision. Adam Gilchrist, famously, did this against Sri Lanka in the semi-final of the 2003 World Cup. Mike Atherton, equally famously, did not at Trent Bridge in 1998, en route to a matchwinning 98 not out against South Africa

Wicket - One of those ubiquitous words that is central to the game of cricket. The word can be used to describe the 22 yards between the stumps, the stumps collectively (bails included), the act of hitting these stumps and so dismissing the batsman, and perversely, the act of not being out (Gayle and Sarwan added 257 for the second wicket). Plus any other use you care to think of

Wide - A delivery that pitches too far away from the batsman and so proves impossible to score off. The umpire will single this by stretching his arms out horizontally, an extra will be added to the total and the ball will be bowled again

Wrist spin - The version of spin bowling in which the revolutions on the ball are imparted via a flick of the wrist, rather than a tweak of the fingers. As a general rule, a right-arm wristspinner's action turns the ball from leg to off (legspin) while a left-armer turns it from off to leg (see chinaman)

Wrong 'un - Australian term for a googly - a legspinner's delivery that turns in the opposite direction, ie from off to leg

Yips - A mental affliction that affects many sportsmen, particularly golfers and spin bowlers. It is a mindblock that can cause a player to forget the basics of his game, and in the most serious cases can force that player into early retirement

Yorker - A full-pitched delivery that is aimed at the batsman's toes and/or the base of the stumps. If the ball is swinging, these can be the most lethal delivery in the game, as perfected by Waqar Younis in his pomp

Zooter - A spin bowling variation, first devised by Shane Warne. This is a delivery that snakes out of the hand with little or no spin imparted, and so deceives through its very ordinariness. Some question whether the delivery has ever existed, for it could be another of Warne's mindgames to keep his opponents on their toes

Sunday, March 28, 2010

मराठी माध्यम वि. इंग्रजी माध्यम

सकाळी कॉलेजला येताना रोज स्टॉपवर बसची वाट पाहत असायचो. आमच्या इथली मराठी माध्यमाची शाळा भरण्याची हीच वेळ होती. त्यामुळे, रोज सकाळच्या वेळेस शाळेत जाणारी मुले पाहायला मिळायची. परिसरातले कामगार सायकलवर वा चालत त्यांच्या मुलांना शाळेत घालायला येत असत. तर काही मुले-मुली सायकलवर शाळेत जाताना दिसायची. याच कालावधीमध्ये शहरातल्या इंग्रजी माध्यमातल्या ’इंटरनॅशनल स्कूल’च्या गाड्या फिरताना दिसायच्या. त्या तर अगदी हाय-फाय. त्यांचे यूनिफॉर्म तर एखाद्या कॉलेजच्याही वर होते. या मुलांना सोडायला आलेल्या आई-वडिलांवरून त्यांच्या आर्थिक परिस्थितीचा अंदाज़ यायचा. याउलट मराठी माध्यमातल्या शाळांतील मुलांची परिस्थिती होती. त्यांच्या यूनिफॉर्म (गणवेश) मधील रंगातील विविधतेवरूनच सर्व काही समजून जायचे...! काहीचा गणवेश तर फाटलेला दिसायचा. तरीही ती मुले उत्साहाने शाळेत जात होती.

रोज मला एका सायकलवर मोठी बहिण व तीचा लहान भाऊ मराठी माध्यमाच्या शाळेत जाताना दिसत होती. त्यांच्या चेहऱ्यावर मात्र रोज तोच उत्साह दिसायचा. ’इंटरनॅशनल स्कूल’च्या मुलांकडे ही मुले ढूंकूनेही पाहत नसत. स्कूलच्या मुलांच्या नट्ट्यापट्ट्याकडे त्यांच्या आयांचे बारकाईने लक्ष होते. कारण, स्टॉपवर येईपर्यंत त्या आपल्या मुलांच्या केसांवरूनच हात फिरवत असायच्या. पण, शाळेतील मुली मात्र विस्कटलेल्या केसांनीच ज्ञान मिळविण्यासाठी शाळेत जात होत्या. अशावेळी मनात निरनिराळ्या विचारांची गर्दी व्हायची. व मराठी आणि इंग्रजी माध्यमातील फरक समोर दिसून यायचा.
आजकाल पालक आपल्या मुलांच्या शिक्षणाविषयी भयंकर ’जागरूक’ झालेले आहेत. म्हणूनच ते आपल्या पाल्याच्या ’उज्ज्वल’ भवितव्यासाठी त्याला हाय-फाय इंटरनॅशनल इंग्रजी माध्यमाच्या शाळेत घालतात. कारण, आपला मुलगा-मुलगी तिथे शिकून मोठ्ठा व्हावा ही त्यांची अपेक्षा असते. एका अर्थाने मराठी माध्यमाच्या शाळेत शिकून कुणाचे भले होत नाही, याची आज सर्वांना खात्री झाली आहे. कारण, या शाळेत शिकून त्यांनी स्वत:नीच कोणते दिवे लावलेले नसतात. आज मराठी व इंग्रजी माध्यमामध्ये गरिब व श्रीमंत हा एक मोठा फरक बनू लागला आहे.
मराठी माध्यमांच्या शाळांबद्दल आपल्या समाजात जो मोठा गैरसमज आहे, तो दूर होणे गरजेचे आहे. मातृभाषेचे शिक्षण हे केव्हाही उत्तमच असे डॉ. कलाम व जयंत नारळीकर यांनीही म्हटले आहे. मातृभाषेतून शिक्षण घेऊनच मनुष्य खऱ्या अर्थाने ’ज्ञान’ मिळवू शकतो. स्वभाषेतून शिकलेल्या व परभाषेतून शिकलेल्यांमधील ज्ञानातला फरक लगेच समजून येतो. पण, ह्या गोष्टी समजून घेतील ते आजचे पालक कसले...!
इंग्रजीचे कोणाला वावडे नसावे. ती जरूर शिकावी पण प्राथमिक शिक्षणात ज्ञानभाषा म्हणून नव्हे. प्राथमिक ज्ञानभाषा ही मातृभाषाच असायला हवी. आपले सरकार कितीही मोठा आव आणत असले तरी त्यांनी मातृभाषेला शिक्षणातून बाजुला सारण्याचाच प्रयत्न चालवला आहे. मराठी माध्यमाच्या शाळा बंद पडत चालल्या आहेत, याची त्यांना बिल्कुल चिंता नाही. ज्या इंग्रजी माध्यमाच्या शाळांमधून रट्टा मारणारी रद्दी बाहेर पडते, अशा शाळांना मोठ्या प्रमाणात मान्यता मिळत आहेत कारण तिथे त्यांना अनुदान द्यावे लागत नाही. अगदी ग्रामीण भागातही या शाळा मोठ्या प्रमाणात वाढत चालल्या आहेत. या मुलांना स्वत:चे नाव इंग्रजीत व्यवस्थित लिहिता येत नाही, ती इंग्रजी काय बोलणार. आमच्या खेड्याच्या भागातही इंग्रजीचे लोण पसरले आहे. चौथीपर्यंत मुलांना आपण आजवर काय शिकलो तेच समजत नाही. ’जॉनी जॉनी एस पप्पा..’ च्या पुढे ते काय म्हणतं हे त्याचे त्यालाच समजत नाही. पप्पा मात्र मोठ्या कौतुकाने आपल्या मुलाचे कौतिक मित्रांना सांगत असतो. उलट आमच्या मराठी माध्यमाची मुले छान बडबडगीते म्हणून दाखवितात. त्यात त्यांना निदान कळते तरी की आपण काय म्हणतोय ते...
बघा विचार करा.........

पुणेरी पाट्या

महाराष्ट्राच्या प्रत्येक शहराचे स्वत:चे असे काहितरी वैशिष्ट्य असते. तसे आमच्या पुणे शहराची बरीच वैशिष्ट्ये आहेत. त्यातीलच एक म्हणजे पुणेरी पाट्या. पुण्यात राहत असताना बऱ्याच विविध प्रकारच्या पाट्या अनेक ठिकाणी टांगलेल्या दिसायच्या. तसं पाहिलं तर पाट्या ह्या सर्वच शहरांमध्ये असतात पण पुणेरी पाट्यांची तऱ्हाच मात्र नामानिराळी आहे. सर्वसाधारण सूचना मानवजातीला समजत नाहीत, अशी सर्व पुणेकरांची समजूत आहे व ते बहुतांशी खरंही आहे. म्हणूनच पुणेकरांनी पाट्या लिहिण्याची स्वत:ची शैली विकसित केली आहे. याच शैलीने पुणेकर पाट्या लिहितात. या पाट्या बाहेरच्या लोकांना जहाल व विचित्र वाटत असल्या तरी पुणेकर नागरिकांना मात्र याची सवय झाली आहे. पुण्यात पाट्या तयार करायच्या म्हणजे पुणेरी नियमच वापरायचा असा दंडकच आहे. इकडे नाशिकमध्ये राहत असताना कधी मला पुणेरी ’स्टाईल’च्या पाट्या दिसल्या की लगेच पुण्याची आठवण येते. वाटतं, हा पाटी लिहिणारा नक्कीच पुण्यात राहणारा असावा...! पुण्याच्या पाटीचे उदाहरण द्यायचं झालं तर ’नो पार्किंग’ ची सर्वसामान्य पाटी वाचून सहसा कुणी तिथे गाडी लावायला घाबरत नाहीत. आमचे पुणेकर त्या ’नो पार्किंग’ च्या पुढे ’लावल्यास चाकातील हवा काढली जाईल’ असे लिहून टाकतात. यामुळे गाडी लावणारा दहा वेळा विचार करतो, ’खरंच गाडी लाऊ की नको?’ सर्वच मराठी व इंग्रजी वृत्तपत्रांनी पुणेरी पाट्यांवर विशेष वृत्तही दिलेले आहे.
पुण्याची आयपीएल टीम येणार हे समजल्यावर त्यावरही पुणेरी पाट्या तयार झाल्या. सध्या हा ’फॉर्वडेड इमेल’ अनेक मेलबॉक्समधून फिरतो आहे. त्यातीलच एक उदाहरण त्यायचे झाले तर ही पाटी वाचा: “सामन्याच्या वेळेदरम्यान तुटलेल्या चपला, कापलेले खिसे, मोडलेला चष्मा, हरवलेली पर्स, गायब झालेला मोबाईल ह्यांची जबाबदारी आयोजकांकडे राहणार नाही. समोरच पोलीस स्टेशन आहे, तिकडे जाऊन तक्रार करावी.”
अशा प्रकारच्या पाट्या ’छोटा डॉन’ नावाच्या मराठी ब्लॉगरने सर्वप्रथम तयार केल्या होत्या. यासर्वच पाट्यांसाठी छोट्या डॉनला धन्यवाद. अस्सल पुणेकर असल्याप्रमाणे त्याने या पाट्या लिहिल्या आहेत. तो बंगळूरू मध्ये ऑटोमोटिव्ह इंजिनियर आहे. खरोखर अश्या लोकांच्या कल्पनाशक्तीला मात्र दाद द्यायला हवी. असो, त्यामुळे आता पुणे शहरी आयपीएल दरम्यान काय करावे व काय करू नये हे मात्र लोकांना समजेल, असे म्हणायला हरकत नाही.

Potential of Rural colleges

Last week, I got chance to deliver an expert lecture to one of the polytechnic college in rural areas of Nashik district. It was a good opportunity for me to interact with more students as it is my hobby…
First time, when I got invitation; I did not reject it. When I visited the college my memories of my own college life refreshed…! Because, I also studied my diploma in engineering from rural area polytechnic college. I have realized the potential of the rural colleges is better than that of the many urban colleges. This is not only regarding the technical institutes but for the conventional courses too. The only difference between urban and rural students is that urban students are more confident about themselves but the rural are not. It is required to build the confidence of them. I also faced the same things when I was studying in diploma. When I got chance to study in Pune I was having knowledge but not the confidence. That was needed to be boosted. Knowledge and understanding of the rural college students is more and that is actually required to stand still in future. When we think about the urban colleges we get attracted towards the place where the college is. But at actual, the overall development decides the future of the students. I think the potential, understanding and learning abilities of the students are decided by their overall development. It does not matter that from which area you have studied.
I felt very nice after meeting the students. They have a bright future.

यह है अपनी शिक्षा...

दैनिक नवभारत टाईम्स पढ़ते समय मेरी नज़र एक ख़बर पर रूक गयी...

भुवनेश्वर।। उड़ीसा के विकास मोहराना की कहानी सरकारी स्कूलों में हो रही पढ़ाई की पोल खोलने के लिए काफी है। वह पांचवीं में पढ़ता है, पर उसे अपना नाम लिखने नहीं आता। अपने पिता के मर्डर केस के मामले में कोर्ट के सामने पेश हुआ यह बालक जब अपना नाम नहीं लिख पाया, तो कोर्ट को ताज्जुब हुआ। कोर्ट ने स्कूल को समन जारी कर पूछा है कि आखिर यह बालक पांचवीं क्लास तक कैसे पहुंच गया, जबकि वह नाम भी लिख पा रहा है।
10 साल का विकास मोहराना अपने पिता के मर्डर में केस के गवाह के रूप में कोर्ट के सामने पेश हुआ था। जांच पड़ताल के बाद जब कोर्ट ने उसे दस्तखत करने के लिए कहा, तो उसने हस्ताक्षर की जगह अंगूठे का निशान लगा दिया। कोर्ट के पूछने पर पता चला कि विकास अपना नाम नहीं लिख सकता। कोर्ट को जब यह मालूम हुआ कि वह 5वीं क्लास में पढ़ता है, तो कोर्ट ने इस मामले को संज्ञान में लिया और उसके स्कूल खालीबगीचा गवर्नमेंट स्कूल को समन जारी कर पूछा कि जो लड़का अपना नाम तक नहीं लिख सकता,वह 5वीं क्लास में कैसे पहुंच गया। कोर्ट ने स्कूल की हेडमास्टर को अदालत के सामने पेश होने को कहा है और उनसे पूछा है कि आखिर यह सब कैसे हुआ।

ऐसी ख़बरें मैने कई बार मराठी अखबारों मे भी पढ़ी हैं। भारतीय शिक्षापद्धती किस प्रकार चल रही है, इस बात का एक और नमूना यही है। एक छात्र अगर पूरी तरह अनपढ़ रह के पांचवी कक्षा तक पहुंच सकता है तो इस का अर्थ है के चौथी तक के सभी बच्चें पूरी तरह अनपढ़ ही है। उड़िसा जैसे राज्य मे ऐसी परिस्थिती है तो बिहार और उत्तर प्रदेश में तो इस से बदतर स्थिती हो सकती है। हमारे यहां प्राथमिक शिक्षा बिल्कुल ठीक तरह से नहीं दी जाती यह बात सौ आना सच है। लेकिन इसे सुधारने के लिए हमारा शासन और प्रशासन भी कुछ कदम उठाता नज़र नही आता। जो कुछ भी इस दिशा मे होता है वह सब सिर्फ़ कागज पर ही दिखाई देता है। वास्तव मे इस का आऊटपूट शून्य है।

Who will be champion?

After creation of the poll for the champion on this year’s IPL on my blog I got many entries of votes. The Mumbai Indians got highest number of voting for their championship. Frankly speaking, I also think the Mumbai Indians will be the champions this seasons IPL. I voted for the same…! But, they will face the strong competition from Bangalore Royal Challengers. Till this moment of the IPL, only Mumbai and Bangalore have shown drastic performance in their play.
I thank Arjun Sabale (Rahul Dravid) for supporting Royal Challengers Bangalore. I remember in the first season of the IPL this team was considered as the test team. It is the case actually. But in second and third season Bangalore has raised their play and joined as the strong candidate for win. There is a same case for Mumbai Indians also. In first two seasons they have not performed well but now their game has improved under Sachin Tendulkar’s captaincy. The captain is also looking in good form after hitting three fifties till in the season. If he play well then Mumbai will definitely win. But the team is not only relied on him but they also got players like Saurabh Tiwary, Shikhar Dhawan, Pollard and Bravo. Their bowlers are also performing well. This was the only team in IPL which was not having any Pakistani player…! So, they did not suffer any type of player loss.
On Friday, I saw a full innings on an IPL match for supporting Mumbai Indians. Actually, I wanted to see the batting of Sachin Tendulkar. Because, the Chennai had made more than 180 runs…! So, I was interested to see Sachin’s batting. He is the greatest player. He played very well… as a best experienced player. All of the members who are directly or indirectly involved in IPL; had played against or with Sachin Tendulkar some time. For example, the commentators and umpires also…!
Hope, Mumbai will keep their play on the same track to perform better. I will revise their play once again in the next month. If we think about the Bangalore; they have a good strength in batting as well as in bowling rather than that of Mumbai’s. Almost all of them are in good form including captain Anil Kumble. The rising star Manish Pandey and protean Jack Kallis is the best opening pair till in this tournament. Jack Kallis seems to a strong contender for the orange cap. He is performing very very well. Now, I an interested to see the encounter between Mumbai and Bangalore. This will be the most interesting in this tournament.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Superstition in Technology

What is the difference between belief and the superstition? Still, they cannot be differentiated. We are now in 21st century and moving rapidly with the help of information technology. But still human being has not left the superstitions…! Lot of times, I observed this in my day to day life.
It was said that, Indians are most superstitious in this world. It was true. But, science and technology has changed the minds of Indians. I saw the Indians are now making the use of science and technology to spread the superstitions. Now, it is also becoming one of the ways of spreading the superstitions in the society. I received many of the mails and the SMS from my friends which has proved it. One day I got a mail showing the photograph of a ‘maharaj’ and it was written below of that mail:

“Class 1 Officer of Indian government received this picture and called it 'junk mail', 8 days later her husband died. A man received this picture and immediately sent out copies...his surprise was winning the 10 crore rupees & promotion in job. Ratan received this picture, gave it to his secretary to make copies but they forgot to distribute: she lost her job and he lost his family. This picture is miraculous and sacred, don't forget to forward this within 1 days to at least 20 people. Do Not Forget to forward and you will receive a huge surprise!!”

I don’t know; who is benefited out of such type of mails. This mail I got from one of the person in my mail-list who is a rare sender of the mails. Those who know what is the meaning of this; can find the real meaning behind it. I did not forward such mails to others. One more mail I got from ‘a rare mailer’ showing picture of one of the Gods and the matter displayed below of it was:

“This is a true story, plz don't ignore. An officer has received 2 million dollars after sending it. Robert lost more than 2.1 millions for not sending and breaking this chain letter. Please send 20 copies and see what happens in 4 days. This chain letter comes from ‘Holy Place’ !! You will definitely receive some good news in 48 hours!!!”

I think the technologists have developed a new technique to force the people who are not sending mails to send the mails…! But this has made the internet users more superstitious. I saw that these mails are forwarded from and to many of the peoples. It was strange…! One of the mails was containing a GIF image and message was given:

“UNBELIEVABLE - this scared me
Once you send the message, press F6 and you will see what appear.... unbelievable but true......
Send this to at least 15 people , and then press F6 ; the name of the person you love will appear..”.

Here also I did not understand the motive behind such mails. This case is not regarding the mails only but it is continued in SMS also. The ‘rare SMS senders’ send such messages. Now, here the motive can be cleared. Because, the mobile service provider companies can definitely get some benefit out of it. This is because the superstitious minds of the people.
If you think that your friends are not mailing you or not sending SMS to you; just create a message like this and send to it. You will definitely get the reply of it. It’s really true. If you don’t believe… try it…

and if you want such 'interesting mails', you can mail me your mail address...

वाढदिवसाच्या शुभेच्छा...!

आपल्या आजोबाच्या वयाच्या असणाऱ्या वडिलधाऱ्यांना जर त्यांचे वय विचारले तरी त्यांना ते बरोबर सांगता येत नाही. कारण, त्या काळामध्ये माणूस जन्माला आला तरी त्याची नोंद कोणी ठेवत नसत. आपल्या पंतप्रधानांना देखील त्यांचे स्वत:चे खरे वय व जन्मतारीख माहित नाही! अर्थात, कालांतराने जन्मतारखेचे व वयाचे महत्व वाढत आले. त्यामुळे आज सर्वांनाच स्वत:ची जन्मतारीख माहित असते. विशेषत: आपल्या महान नेत्यांना तर ती पक्की ठावूक असते. तसेच ज्यांना ती माहित नाही, त्यांनी आपली आवडती तारिखच जन्मतारीख म्हणून लावली असते.
आपल्या राजकारण्यासाठी व त्यांच्या कार्यकर्त्यांसाठी नेत्यांचा वाढदिवस म्हणजे एक पर्वणीच असते, हे त्यांच्या ओसंडून वाहणाऱ्या उत्साहातून दिसून येते. एखाद्या गल्लीतल्या नेत्याचा वाढदिवस असला की, कार्यकर्ते हे एक आठवडा आधीच तयारीला लागतात. त्यात सर्वात महत्वाचे असते ते, वाढदिवसाचे होर्डिंग... ही पद्धत कोणी तयार केली माहित नाही. पण, नेत्यांच्या वाढदिवसाच्या तयारीचा तो एक मोठा भाग असतो. आज त्याने खूप मोठे रूप धारण केले आहे. इतके की, अश्या होर्डिंग्ज मुळे आपल्या शहराचे सौंदर्यच नष्ट होते. नुसत्या नाशिकचेच उदाहरण घेतले तर इथे दर आठवड्याला कोणत्या ना कोणत्या तरी लाडक्या नेत्याचा वाढदिवस असतो. मग, त्या पूर्ण आठवडाभर त्या नेत्याच्या वाढदिवसाच्या शुभेच्छांचे फलक शहरात लावले जातात, जणू काही आपल्या देशाच्या पंतप्रधानाचाच वाढदिवस आहे. प्रत्येक फलकावर अनेक कार्यकर्त्यांचे छोटे छोटे फोटो दिसतात. त्यात प्रत्येकाचे भाव निरनिराळॆ...! कोणी, दात दाखवत असतो तर कोणी मख्खपणे पाहत असतो, कोणाच्या चेहऱ्यावरची माशी उठत नाही तर कोणी पहिल्यांदाच फोटोसाठी उभा असल्यासारखा दिसतो. काही ठिकाणी तर मी, थेट शिक्के मारलेले फोटो लावल्याचे पहिले आहे...! प्रत्येक फोटो वेगवेगळ्या कोनातून काढल्याचे दिसते. असे वाटते की, हे सगळे एकमेकांकडेच पाहत आहेत. नेत्यांच्या फोटोची तर वेगळीच तऱ्हा दिसून येते. प्रत्येक फोटोत ते निरनिराळ्या पद्धतीने दात दाखवित असतात. काही, ठिकाणी त्यांच्या वेगवेगळ्या रंगातील छटांतील प्रतिमा दाखविल्या जातात. असे दिसते की, नेत्याच्या भावाचेही फोटो त्याच्या मागे लावले आहेत...!
हा सर्व प्रकार नेते वे कार्यकर्ते केवळ त्यांच्या प्रसिद्दीसाठी करतात यात वाद नाही. दहा ठिकाणी स्वत:चे फलक लावायला नेतेच सर्वच कार्यकर्त्यांना पैसे देतात यातही वाद नाही. पण, या सर्वांमुळे शहराचे सौंदर्य बिघडते, याकडे कुणाचेच लक्ष जात नाही. राजकीय नेत्यांकडून आपण तशी अपेक्षाही करणे चूकीचे आहे. महापालिकाही या सर्व बाबींकडे राजकीय कारणांमुळे दुर्लक्ष करते, कारण त्यांचे नेते विनापरवाना शहरभर फलक लावत फिरतात. कधीतरी स्वत:च्या ’रेकॉर्ड’ साठी अनधिकृत फलकांवर कारवाई करण्यात येते. यामागचे राजकारणही न समजण्याइतपत सामान्य जनता मूर्ख नक्कीच नाही.
मागच्या महिन्यामध्ये नाशिकच्या एका मध्यवर्ती चौकात एका समाजसेवी संस्थेने शहर फलकमुक्त करण्यासाठी आवाहन करणारा फलक लावला होता. त्याला सन्मान देणे दूरच त्याच फलकासमोर नेत्यांनी मोठे होर्डिंग लावून स्वत:ची राजकीय ’ताकत’ दाखवून दिली.
म्हणूनच सूजाण नागरिकांनी वरील एक फलक तयार केला आहे...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My one of the Favorite Song

’मिलना’ या कन्नड चित्रपटातील सोनू निगमने गायलेले हे गीत असून या गाण्यासाठी त्याला सर्वोत्कृष्ट गायकाचा कन्नड फिल्मफेअर पुरस्कारही मिळाला आहे. मूळ कन्नड भाषेत असणारे हे गीत मी देवनागरीत लिहिण्याचा छोटा प्रयत्न केला आहे. हे गीत ’कूलटोड’ या वेबसाईटवरही ऐकायला मिळेल...

निनिंदले निनिंदले
कनसोंदू शुरूवागिदे
निनिंदले निनिंदले
मनसिंदू कुनिताडिते

ई इदयल्ली सिहियाद कोलाहला,
नननिथुरल्ली नीहीगे बंथागले,
निन्ना तुटियल्ली नगुवागू वा हंबला,
ना निंथल्ले हाळाते निनिंदले...

निनिंदले निनिंदले
कनसोंदू शुरूवागिदे
निनिंदले निनिंदले
मनसिंदू कुनिताडिते

इरूळल्ली ज्वरदंते काडी एगा,
हायागी निनथिरूवे सरियेनू,
बेकंथले माडी येनू मूडी,
निनेल्लो नूडूवा परियेनू,
ए मायगे, ए मरूळिगे,
निनिंदा कळे बंथिदे

निनिंदले निनिंदले
कनसोंदू शुरूवागिदे

होदल्ली बंदल्ली एल्ला निन्ना
सोंपाद चेलुविन गुन गाना
केदिगे करियंथा निन्ना नूटा
ननगेनो अंदंते अनुमाना
निनिंदले सथिल्लदे,
मुद्दागा करे वोंदिते,
निनिंदले निनिंदले
कनसोंदू शुरूवागिदे

ई इदयल्ली सिहियाद कोलाहला,
नननिथुरल्ली नीहीगे बंथागले,
निन्ना तुटियल्ली नगुवागू वा हंबला,
ना निंथल्ले हाळाते निनिंदले...

निनिंदले निनिंदले
कनसोंदू शुरूवागिदे
निनिंदले निनिंदले
मनसिंदू कुनिताडिते

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Raskar’s Hexagon

While attending the international conference on ‘Computational Intelligence’, I got chance to hear keynotes from technical ‘key’ speakers like Dr. Mohammad Hasan and Dr. Ramesh Raskar this month. Dr. Mohammad Hasan is from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. He was a professor from Electronics department. He illustrated the technology of nano tubes, which can be a future replacement for the processor chips. It was amazing to hear his lecture. In the duration of one hour, he told most of the things about nano tubes. I got a new topic to research on, because currently I am teaching the subject of microprocessors. If the replacement to the microprocessor is found, definitely I will look after it. When Dr. Hasan was delivering lecture, I have observed his English pronunciations. It was nice. Though, he is living in India his English pronunciations were very clear and similar to British/American English.
The second I have to write about is Dr. Ramesh Raskar. He is an associate professor in MIT media lab, USA. Till the last day of the conference, I was not knowing who the Ramesh Raskar is? But by his I got the knowledge excellency of Dr. Raskar. He is specialist in computational photography. He got nearly 20 patents on his name in this research area. By certain demonstrations, I got the idea about the research. His first part of presentation was based on the computational photography and the later was on ‘Raskar’s Hexagon’.
How the innovative ideas are created? That, he has demonstrated by his own hexagon named ‘Raskar’s Hexagon’. In this he told to find the answer for the question, what next? I think being as an engineer we should have to think on this question… what next? Dr. Raskar’s hexagon was quite simple but was interesting. He told the generation of various ideas by both by incremental as well as decremental methods. That time, I thought students might have been benefited out of it. Innovation is the part of life of engineer. We should have the curiosity about the machines. Then only, we can create new innovations. This was understood by the Raskar’s Hexagon. I visited his website I got most of the information from this website. On Youtube a keynote speech of Dr. Raskar was uploaded. Its link is:
Rasker’s Keynote speech.
While visiting his website, I found he has completed his primary education from Marathi medium and then also he is a good speaker and most importantly he has completed his B.E. from COEP. That time, I feel proud of myself…!

Friday, March 19, 2010


ویلینٹاین ڈے تو چودھ فروری کو ھو گیا تھا۔ میرے سارے عاشق دوستوں نے اپنی اپنی معشقاوں کو محبت کے خط لیکھیں اور گلاب کے پھول بھی دیے۔ اس وقت مجھے بھی ایسا لگا کہ میں بھی کسی سے پیار کرو؛ کسی کو خط محبت لکھیں۔ تب مجھے یاد آی میری ایک سھیلی۔ جو بچپن سے ھی نھیں بلکہ؛ میری پیدایش سے ھی میری ساتھ تھی۔
میری امی نے ابو نے اور سارے ماحول نے اسے میرے ساتھ بایدھ دیا تھا۔ زندگی کہ ھر موڈ ھر؛ ھر پل اس نے میرا ساتھ دیا۔ پھلی جماعت سے دسویں جماعت تک وھ میرے ساتھ تھی۔ میں اس سے بھت پیار کرتا تھا۔ لیکن دسویں کے بعد وھ مجھ سے کچھ دور دور ھی رھنے لگی۔ پھر بھی میں نے اس کا ساتھ نھیں چھوڈا۔ کنوکہ وھ میری ھمراھ تھی۔
مجھ پر کرز تھا اس کا۔ ویلینٹاین ڈے کے موکے پر دو آشق اپنی محبت بیاں کرتے ھیں۔ ایک دوسرے کو ’آے لو یو’ کھتے ھیں۔ لیکن میں ایسا نیھں کر سکتا تھا۔ کنوں کہ اس سے اس کے ساتھ گستاخی ھو جاتی۔ پیار؛ ممتا؛ غم یہ سب بیاں کرنے کا زریا ھے وھ میرے لیے۔ آج میں اس کی محبت میں بوری طرح ھوش گوں بیٹھا ھوں۔ محبت اندھی ھوتی ھے یہ میں نے اس سے پیار کرنے کے بعد جانا۔ اب ایسا لگتا ھے کہ دوسرے کسی سے پیار ھی نہ کرو۔ پریم دن کے موقے پر مجھے اس کے پیار کی دل و جان سے یاد آی۔ اس لیے یہ خط لکھ رھا ھوں۔ وھ میری ھی نیھں بلکہ پورے قوم کی ھے۔ دنیا کےھر ھندوستانی کی ھے۔ وھ ھے میری مادری زبان’؛ اردو۔۔۔

)یہ میرا پھلاا اردو بلاگ ھے۔ میں نے مراٹھی ’تی’ کا اردو ترجمہ کیا ھے۔

Thursday, March 18, 2010

मायावतींची माया...

परमपूज्य बहन मायावतींच्या हजारांच्या नोटांच्या माळेची रम्य कहाणी गेल्या दोन दिवसांपासून वृत्तपत्रांतून वाचावयास मिळते आहे. खरोखर ती वाचून मन अगदी प्रसन्न झाले. आज ’अस्सल’ भारतीय नेते व भारतीय लोकशाही कुठे पाहायला मिळते... तर ती उत्तर प्रदेश व बिहार मध्येच...! उगाच आपली लोकं बिचाऱ्यांना नावे ठेवत असतात. अस्सल भारतीय लोकशाहीचा ठेवा जपणाऱ्यांचा जाहीर सत्कार होणे गरजेचे आहे. त्यांना केवळ हजार रूपयांच्याच नव्हे तर हजार-हजार डॉलरच्या मालांचा उपहार देणे गरजेचे आहे. एका अत्यंत मागास राज्याच्या मुख्यमंत्र्यांनी असे पराक्रम केल्यानंतर जी जनता गप्प बसली, तीचे मी मनापासून अभिनंदन करतो. त्यात त्यांचाही काय दोष म्हणा? सगळे एका माळेचे मणी. पण, एक मात्र सांगतो असे पराक्रम आमच्या राज्यात झाले असते तर.... अरेरेरे... पुढे काय झाले असते याची कल्पना आमुच्या मुख्यमंत्र्यांनीच केलेली बरी...!
आपले स्वत:चे व आपल्या हत्तीचे (वेगेळ्या सोंडेच्या) पुतळे उभारून उ.प्र. च्या मुख्यमंत्र्यांनी जी किमया आजवर करून दाखविली ती कदाचितच कोणी करून दाखविली असेल. याला म्हणतात स्त्री शक्ती...! नुकतेच राज्यसभेत आरक्षण मंजूर झाल्यावर त्यांनी आपले कर्तृत्व सिद्ध करून दाखविलेच...!
अशीच आपुले सर्व राजकारणी जनतेच्या पैशाची खुलेआम ’वाट लावो’ याकरीता मनापासून शुभेच्छा...! जय हिंद... जय उ.प्र....
टीप: शेजारचा फोटो हा ब्रिटनच्या डेली टेलीग्राफ मधून घेण्यात आलेला आहे. (तिथेही आपुली कीर्ती पोहोचली म्हणा की...)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Is reservation necessary?

In year 2002, when I had to take admission for the hostels in College of Engineering, Pune I came across the concept of reservation system for the first time in my life. Even, the Indian caste system I recognized for the first time in 2002! I heard and read about the caste system in syllabus textbooks but not having that much understanding about the caste system.
One of my friends, Shekhar Garge has ‘illustrated’ me the concept of Indian reservation system. He also told, how the reservation is allotted to ‘unreserved categories’ and to the OBC, SC, ST, NT, SBC, VJ, PH, J&K etc. I was shocked by this concept when I heard for first time! I even did not know the castes of the peoples. I found it is a huge phenomenon of Indian government to keep caste system of ancient Indians alive…!
Frankly speaking, I am against every type of reservation provided in any of the departments. As per my opinion the ‘caste’ must be removed by all types of the government documents. I found the base of this system that it was only intended for first 10-15 years but still this is in execution. And our politicians have found a good best working tool for their politics and vote banks. Whenever you differentiate among the people on the base of castes, you are just neglecting the talent of the persons. As India is one of the secular democracies, why caste system and religions are still in existence? That is one of the questions that always come in my mind. Whenever any talented person is neglected only due to its unreserved caste, that is one of the injustice imposed by the government.
I remember, only 20 percent of the students of my class were paying the whole fees of the institute because they were under unreserved categories. We don’t know, when these systems are going to finish. Probably not… because now the reservation is given to women in the parliament! It will be extended now to minority and SC/ST…
It is laughing matter that, when the reservation bill passed in legislative council on international women’s day the newspapers has written that, it is a victory for women like Savitribai Phule, Mother Teresa, Indira Gandhi, Kiran Bedi, Sonia Gandhi etc. It was meaning that, only due to reservation, these women were able to stand in Indian social life. I think, government has to set example of these women, to inspire other Indian women to be the part of social life or the politics…! But, they are just doing it in reverse of this. Today, the main posts of the Indian government like president, legislative assembly speaker, president of largest party of India, opposition leader in legislative assembly and few of the political chiefs are women. They are not because of the reservation but because of their abilities to stand still. We have examples of these; not the examples of the women reservation in other countries! Because, we have produced the prime minister like Indira Gandhi for the first time in world history not the other nations…! Women should keep such examples in front of them to gain the encouragement.
We have seen many of the women in Panchayat Raaj are not having actual rights to handle the ‘Grampanchayat’, ‘Panchayat Samiti’ or ‘Zilla Parishad’. It is actually handled by their spouse for 90 percent of times. Now, how can we guarantee that, the same will not be repeated for the politics at the state or at the national level? This is the fact and we should accept it. Women have to become forward by their own inspiration but not because of the imposing by the political parties. If any region is not having any women contestant then political parties then they will surely import the candidates to win the seat. What can be done on such situations? An eligible man candidate will loose his seat from such constituency.
Some of the political parties are now demanding the reservation based on caste and religion. These types of demands will now increase in future. We are dividing our citizens on castes, religions and now on gender.
I do remember, when someone was asking me my caste. I always used to tell ‘totally open’ because I am not in OBC, SC, ST, SBC, VJ, DT, NT1, NT2, NT3, not even EBC, not physically handicapped, not son of ex-servicemen, not J&K migrant, not from any minority religion and now not a woman…!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Imagination is limit?

I do remember when I come to know across the concept of computer when I was studying in 8th standard. I was not much knowing about this. We were having a subject based on computer programming in 8th standard. We were not daring to touch the computer system that time. I did not understand what is the purpose of this machine? Why we are using this machine?
Today, I have become very comfortable with the computer system. Even I can not live without it…! It has become the part of my life. When I wrote the computer systems’ history in Marathi I found and realized a thing that whatever the human being has imagined it has become a reality. This is because of the computer system. Today, the computer is used in almost every part of the world and performing the tasks that human does. It does these tasks even faster than the human being. Most of the technologies have been developed to make the imaginations of the human in reality. So, most of us do believe that the computer is magic and the computer engineers are the magicians. But is think they are not magicians but they are logicians. They know how we can make the effective use of computer in our day to day life.
I watched a video on Youtube last week given by one of my students. Innovators of computers are always young. I found one of the examples among them…! One of the computer engineers who has having the sixth sense. Not at actual, but he has doing it with the help of computer and its vision. How can we make the effective use of the computer system? If you want to find the answer of it, do join with the guy ‘Pranav Mistry’. If you have the question in your mind like, ‘is this possible using the computers? Or the concepts that are shown in many of the Hollywood movies are actually possible in real life? So, we will find these answers by the young innovators like ‘Pranav Mistry’.
If the engineers do believe that really they want to become the engineers they must visit to get some sort of ‘inspiration’ from him. Still most of the problems are there in the universe, which are not actually computerized. Engineers can make them possible…!
Everyone has its own mind and its own ideas so they should not borrow from any other. Try to implement our own ideas to get them into reality. Do watch the following videos…
Pranav Mistry's Sixth Sense.

The True Indian

Last week the magazine ‘Readers Digest’ has taken a survey to find, who is most trustable Indian? Finally, they got the most appropriate answer voted by Indians. And that is Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam…!
This has shown most of the Indians believes he is the Indian which can be trusted at most. I think there can not be any choice which will over-cross Dr. Kalam. He is known for missile man of India. General people did not know him before he became the president of India. After becoming the Indian president most of the Indians actually understood, who is Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam? Even a ‘Hinduist’ party like ‘BJP’ has supported him to become the Indian president…!
I personally 100% believe Dr. Kalam is most trustable Indian and no Indians can rub this fact. He was an ideal president of India. When he was president, he wasn’t working like ‘an official president’ of our nation. He was an ideal citizen of India first then he was a president. Still on his age of eighties, he is the icon of the Indian youth. Most of the youth believes his views regarding Indian progress. We all should support his vision 2020 mission and should try to become a part of making our nation as a powerful nation in the world. If you want to know about Dr. Kalam do visit and be the part of it…

Improve your Brain

I received a good mail in mailbox. It is a nice mail. I dont know who is the author of this mail. By reading this, you will get clear idea, how to use the capabilities of our brain. Because, I do believe all of us has same capabilities of the brain only, the matter is that we differ to use it...

Everyone can take steps to improve their memory, and with time and practice most people can gain the ability to memorize seemingly impossible amounts of information. Whether you want to win the World Memory Championships, ace your history test, or simply remember where you put your keys, this article can get you started. Scientists believe that exercising your brain can create a ‘cognitive reserve' that will help you stay sharp as you age.

1. Convince yourself that you do have a good memory that will improve. Too many people get stuck here and convince themselves that their memory is bad, that they are just not good with names, that numbers just slip out of their minds for some reason. Erase those thoughts and vow to improve your memory. Commit yourself to the task and bask in your achievements — it's hard to keep motivated if you beat yourself down every time you make a little bit of progress.

2. Keep your brain active. The brain is not a muscle, but regularly “exercising†the brain actually does keep it growing and spurs the development of new nerve connections that can help improve memory. By developing new mental skills—especially complex ones such as learning a new language or learning to play a new musical instrument—and challenging your brain with puzzles and games you can keep your brain active and improve its physiological functioning.

3. Exercise daily. Regular aerobic exercise improves circulation and efficiency throughout the body, including in the brain, and can help ward off the memory loss that comes with aging. Exercise also makes you more alert and relaxed, and can thereby improve your memory uptake, allowing you to take better mental “pictures.â€

4. Reduce stress. Chronic stress, although it does not physically damage the brain, can make remembering much more difficult. Even temporary stresses can make it more difficult to effectively focus on concepts and observe things. Try to relax, regularly practice yoga or other stretching exercises, and see a doctor if you have severe chronic stress.

5. Eat well and eat right. There are a lot of herbal supplements on the market that claim to improve memory, but none have yet been shown to be effective in clinical tests (although small studies have shown some promising results for ginkgo biloba and phosphatidylserine) . A healthy diet, however, contributes to a healthy brain, and foods containing antioxidants— broccoli, blueberries, spinach, and berries, for example—and Omega-3 fatty acids appear to promote healthy brain functioning. Feed your brain with such supplements as Thiamine, Vitamin E, Niacin and Vitamin B-6. Grazing, eating 5 or 6 small meals throughout the day instead of 3 large meals, also seems to improve mental functioning (including memory) by limiting dips in blood sugar, which may negatively affect the brain.

6. Take better pictures. Often we forget things not because our memory is bad, but rather because our observational skills need work. One common situation where this occurs (and which almost everyone can relate to) is meeting new people. Often we don't really learn people's names at first because we aren't really concentrating on remembering them. You'll find that if you make a conscious effort to remember such things, you'll do much better. One way to train yourself to be more observant is to look at an unfamiliar photograph for a few seconds and then turn the photograph over and describe or write down as many details as you can about the photograph. Try closing your eyes and picturing the photo in your mind. Use a new photograph each time you try this exercise, and with regular practice you will find you're able to remember more details with even shorter glimpses of the photos.

7. Give yourself time to form a memory. Memories are very fragile in the short-term, and distractions can make you quickly forget something as simple as a phone number. The key to avoid losing memories before you can even form them is to be able to focus on the thing to be remembered for a while without thinking about other things, so when you're trying to remember something, avoid distractions and complicated tasks for a few minutes.

8. Create vivid, memorable images. You remember information more easily if you can visualize it. If you want to associate a child with a book, try not to visualize the child reading the book – that's too simple and forgettable. Instead, come up with something more jarring, something that sticks, like the book chasing the child, or the child eating the book. It's your mind – make the images as shocking and emotional as possible to keep the associations strong.

9. Repeat things you need to learn. The more times you hear, see, or think about something, the more surely you'll remember it, right? It's a no-brainer. When you want to remember something, be it your new coworker's name or your best friend's birthday, repeat it, either out loud or silently. Try writing it down; think about it.

10. Group things you need to remember. Random lists of things (a shopping list, for example) can be especially difficult to remember. To make it easier, try categorizing the individual things from the list. If you can remember that, among other things, you wanted to buy four different kinds of vegetables, you'll find it easier to remember all four.

11. Organize your life. Keep items that you frequently need, such as keys and eyeglasses, in the same place every time. Use an electronic organizer or daily planner to keep track of appointments, due dates for bills, and other tasks. Keep phone numbers and addresses in an address book or enter them into your computer or cell phone. Improved organization can help free up your powers of concentration so that you can remember less routine things. Even if being organized doesn't improve your memory, you'll receive a lot of the same benefits (i.e. you won't have to search for your keys anymore).

12. Try meditation. Research now suggests that people who regularly practice “mindfulness� meditation are able to focus better and may have better memories. Mindfulness (also known as awareness or insight meditation) is the type commonly practiced in Western countries and is easy to learn. Studies at Massachusetts General Hospital show that regular meditation thickens the cerebral cortex in the brain by increasing the blood flow to that region. Some researchers believe this can enhance attention span, focus, and memory.

13. Sleep well. The amount of sleep we get affects the brain's ability to recall recently learned information. Getting a good night's sleep – a minimum of seven hours a night – may improve your short-term memory and long-term relational memory, according to recent studies conducted at the Harvard Medical School.

14. Build your memorization arsenal. Learn pegs, memory palaces, and the Dominic System. These techniques form the foundation for mnemonic techniques, and will visibly improve your memory.

15. Venture out and learn from your mistakes. Go ahead and take a stab at memorizing the first one hundred digits of pi, or, if you've done that already, the first one thousand. Memorize the monarchs of England through your memory palaces, or your grocery list through visualization. Through diligent effort you will eventually master the art of memorization.

Friday, March 12, 2010

मराठीकरणाची हाक

महाराष्ट्र नवनिर्माण सेनेने गेल्या काही महिन्यांपासून मराठी प्रसाराचे जोरदार कार्य हाती घेतल्याचे दिसते. त्यामुळे मराठी प्रेमी निश्चितच आनंदी झालेले आहेत. राज ठाकरेंनी मागेच एका पत्रकार परिषदेत सांगितले की, महाराष्ट्रातील सर्व क्षेत्रात मराठी सक्तीची करण्यासाठी ’मनसे’ पुढाकार घेणार आहे. मला असे वाटते की, प्रत्येक राज्याला स्वत:ची राजभाषा आहे व त्याच भाषेत त्या राज्याचे सर्व व्यवहार व्हायला हवेत. महाराष्ट्र त्याला अपवाद नाही.
महाराष्ट्र शासनाच्या कायद्यानुसार सध्या तरी बऱ्याच शासकीय संस्थांचे व्यवहार हे मराठीतच होत आहेत. ही समाधानाची बाब आहे. परंतु, आपल्या लोकांना इंग्रजी किंवा अन्य भाषांची आता सवय झाल्याने शुध्द मराठी अंगवळणी पडायला थोडा वेळ लागेल, असे वाटते. त्याचाच हा एक किस्सा...
मी पुण्यातल्या शासकीय अभियांत्रिकी महाविद्यालयात शिकलो. आता आमचे महाविद्यालय हे शासकीय असल्याने तिथे बहुतांश मराठी वापरली जायची. अगदी इंजिनियरिंगच्या सर्वच डिपार्टमेंटची नावे ही मराठीत लिहिलेली होती! ’इंन्स्ट्रुमेंटेशन एण्ड कंट्रोल’ डिपार्ट्मेंटची इमारत आमच्या ’डिपार्टमेंटच्या’ अगदी मागेच होती. एक दिवस आम्ही मित्र याच इमारतीसमोर गप्पा मारत बसलो होतो तर डिप्लोमानंतर प्रवेश घेतलेली काही मुले, काहीतरी शोधत शोधत चाललेली दिसली. आमच्या जवळ आल्यावर त्यांनी विचारले,’ इंन्स्ट्रुमेंटेशन’ ची बिल्डींग कुठे आहे? याच इमारतीसमोर उभे राहिले असूनही ही असे का विचारतायेत, यामुळे आम्हाला हसू आले. त्यावर आम्ही सांगितले की, इंन्स्ट्रुमेंटेशन ची बिल्डिंग हीच आहे. अर्थात त्या मुलांचेही काही चुकले नाही, कारण आम्ही मागे वळून पाहिले तर या इमारतीवर लिहिले होते... ’उपकरणीकरण व नियंत्रण विभाग...!’ पण, एवढे मात्र नक्की की, तीन वर्ष डिप्लोमा करूनही त्यांना इंन्स्ट्रुमेंटेशनला मराठीत काय म्हणतात, हे माहित नव्हते...!
शुद्ध मराठीचा वापर आमच्या महाविद्यालयात सर्वत्रच होत होता. त्यामुळॆच आम्हाला यांत्रिकी, उत्पादन, स्थापत्य, विद्युत, विद्युतसंचरण व दूरसंचार, धातूशास्त्र, उपकरणीकरन अशा अभियांत्रिकीच्या विविध शाखांची ओळख झाली. हे केवळ एकच उदाहरण झाले. अशा बऱ्याच ठिकाणी मराठी भाषकांना मराठी पर्यायी शब्द माहित नाहीत. बॅंकांमध्ये तर हमखास हा प्रश्न उभा राहतो. अशी मराठी आधी त्यांना शिकविण्याची गरज आहे. मगच सर्वच क्षेत्रात मराठीकरणासाठी पावले उचलता येतील...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Story of ‘Bits and Bytes’

I used to write articles for the newspapers from the age of 16 when I was studying in the second year of diploma in engineering. I wrote the articles in many of the newspapers especially in the ‘Yuva Sakaal’. But I did not get any chance to write regularly in any of the newspapers. When I shifted to Nashik in year 2006, my writing frequency went slow down. I wrote the technical articles for Marathi daily Sakaal’s Nashik edition. Nearly 9-10 articles published within these 1-1.5 years. Actually, I wanted to write the articles regularly as the official writer of the newspaper. Due to this reason, I wrote application cum letter to the daily Gavkari and daily Deshdoot. Only daily Gavkari gave response to my application. Because, with my application I had given the xerox copies of few of the articles published in daily Sakaal.
Mr. Shailendra Tanpure was news editor in Gavkari that time. He approached me on my application. My proposal was to write a general technical article on weekly basis. He has agreed with my concept. But, with this he suggested one more concept of writing the articles on daily basis. He asked, ‘can you write the articles on the history of computers daily as a column?’ It was a golden chance for me so I did not reject it. I accepted his proposal. It was the first week of the December 2008. I did not ask how much you will pay for me, because it was not the priority for my writing. I prepared nearly 25 articles on the starting history of the computers. For writing these articles in sequence, I referred the book provided by ‘Digit’ magazine named, ‘Fast Track: Computer evolution’. The book has given the short history of computing elements in sequence. I used that sequence to write the articles. I knew few things of the computer history, but most of these were unknown. While writing the articles, I found many of the interesting things from the computers and its historical background. I got a lot of increments in my knowledge about the computers’ history. I used many websites (especially Wikipedia) and videos to find the history of computing elements. Many times, I did not get enough time to write articles. But I managed it. Thanks to my stamina and willing power. Finally, I completed this series of articles on 31st December last year. I found few articles were remained out of the history of computers. But I thought this was the first series of articles on brief computers’ history in the history of Marathi newspapers.
It was suggested by Mr. Tanpure at the start of the article writing that, you may publish a book on these series of articles. After completion of the series I approached ‘Nitin Prakashan’ of Pune for publication of my first Marathi book on this ‘Bits and Bytes’. They responded me positively. On 19th February last month I met Mr. Avinash Kale of ‘Nitin Prakashan’. He appreciated my efforts and given me some encouragement for writing the books. Finally, I got the approval of my first Marathi book. It was not been the first because the first proposal of the translated book of ‘Puzzles to Puzzle you’ was pending. Currently, I ignored it and now concentrating on another Marathi book.


I have heard that Marathi people always try to pull the legs of other Marathi people. I found it true for most of the times. One of the good examples of this is the celebration of the Shiv Jayanti. We celebrate the festival of Shiv Jayanti for two times in year! One according to English calendar and other according to Marathi calendar! Previously we were celebrating the Shiv Jayanti according to Marathi calendar. But after some years politicians led historians found the exact date of Shiaji’s birth was 19th February. So we started celebrating birth day of Chhatrapati Shivaji according to that date. Then two incidents of the Shiv Jayanti have created. Actually, this has been created for the politicians for their own purposes. We general public is not interested in this. Only the fact is that, it has divided Maharashtrian people among them. The politicians are going to take only political means out of it.
I saw the Shiv Jayanti both times. What actually I realized that, many of the people who are so called ‘Bhakta of Shivaji Maharaj’ are not actually interested in the Shiv Jayanti celebration. They wanted to show their political power. They are making the use of Marathi people’s sentiments to gain the vote bank. Most of the political party workers celebrated the event with a great party and DJ around them! I thought they were dancing in the ‘Baaraat’ of one of their friends, who has just married! They have collected the money for the celebration from the people and just ‘enjoyed’ the Shivaji Maharaj’s birthday party! I don’t think, they are really interested in following the principles of the great king. He was one of the ideal kings of our nation. We should celebrate his birth day, but not by the indecent manner. The way should be by the following the principles of the Shivaji. One more fact that I must mention here that, today most of the people has misunderstanding about the Shivaji that he was the enemy of Muslim people. These rumors were spread by the people who hate the great king. Some of the political party workers are also involved in that. Whatever number of Muslims there were in Mughal’s army, the same number were following the Shivaji’s army. The political party leaders call Shivaji as ‘Hindavi Swarajya Sansthapak’ or ‘The Maratha King’. Is it the real case? By using such wording we are bounding the Shivaji in the boundaries of Religion and castes. This must not be there. He was not and is not belonging to any particular religion and the caste. He belongs to the whole nation.
We salute him million times…

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

लाभले आम्हास भाग्य बोलतो मराठी

आपल्या मराठीदिनी अर्थात २७ फेब्रुवारीला मराठी अभिमान गीत सादर करण्यात आले. सुरेश भटांनी लिहिलेल्या या गीताला कौशल इनामदार यांनी संगीत दिले आहे. सर्वप्रथम ’स्टार माझा’ वर हे गीत जेव्हा सादर झाले तेव्हा खूप छान वाटले. एक गीत ११२ गायक व ३५६ समूह-गायकांनी गायले आहे, व ते गीत मराठी आहे याचा विशेष आनंद वाटला. मराठीतील सर्वच गायक यात गायले आहेत. मराठीत गाणारे अमराठी गायक हरिहरन, शंकर महादेवन, महालक्ष्मी अय्यर, हंसिका अय्यर यांना पाहून खरोखर ’लाभले आम्हास भाग्य बोलतो मराठी’ याची प्रचिती आली. हे गीत शब्दबद्ध करावेसे वाटले...

लाभले आम्हास भाग्य बोलतो मराठी
जाहलो खरेच धन्य ऐकतो मराठी
धर्म पंथ जात एक जानतो मराठी
एवढ्या जगात माय मानतो मराठी
बोलतो मराठी ऐकतो मराठी
जाणतो मराठी मानतो मराठी
आमच्या मना मनात दंगते मराठी
आमच्या रगा रगात रंगते मराठी
आमच्या मना मनात दंगते मराठी
आमच्या रगा रगात रंगते मराठी
आमच्या उरा उरात स्पंदते मराठी
आमच्या नसा नसात नाचते मराठी॥

आमच्या पिलापिलात जन्मते मराठी
आमच्या लहानग्यात रांगते मराठी
आमच्या मुलामुलीत खेळते मराठी
आमच्या घराघरात वाढते मराठी
आमच्या फुलाफुलात नांदते मराठी
येथल्या फुलाफुलात भासते मराठी
येथल्या दिशा दिशात दाटते मराठी
येथल्या नगा नगात गर्जते मराठी
येथल्या दरीदरीत हिंडते मराठी
येथल्या वनावनात गुंजते मराठी
येथल्या दरीदरीत धुंदते मराठी
येथल्या वनावनात गुंजते मराठी
येथल्या तरुलतात साजते मराठी
येथल्या कळीकळीत लाजते मराठी॥

येथल्या नभामधुन वर्षते मराठी
येथल्या पिकांमधुन डोलते मराठी
येथल्या नद्यांमधुन वाहते मराठी
येथल्या चराचरात राहते मराठी॥

लाभले आम्हास भाग्य बोलतो मराठी
जाहलो खरेच धन्य ऐकतो मराठी
बोलतो मराठी ऐकतो मराठी
जाणतो मराठी मानतो मराठी
दंगते मराठी... रंगते मराठी.. स्पंदते मराठी.. स्पर्शते मराठी.. गुंजते मराठी.. गर्जते मराठी.. गर्जते मराठी.. गर्जते मराठी...

Monday, March 1, 2010

एका पिचकारीसाठी...

संध्याकाळी जेवण झाल्यावर एका दुकानात गेलो होतो. तिथे विक्रीसाठी ठेवलेली एक पिचकारी पाहिली. आज होळी असली तरी त्या पॅकेटमधली केवळ एकच पिचकारी विकली गेली होती. तेव्हा, दुपारी ’ई सकाळ’ वर वाचलेल्या एका बातमीची आठवण झाली. ती बातमी वाचली तेव्हाच अस्वस्थ झाले होते. ’ई सकाळ’ वरून ती मी इथे ’पेस्ट’ केली आहे...

भिवंडी - रंग खेळण्यासाठी पिचकारी आणि साखरगाठ्याची माळ आणण्यासाठी वडिलांकडे पैसे लहान मुलाचा रागाच्या भरात गळा दाबून खून केल्याची विदारक घटना भिवंडी तालुक्‍यातील आनगाव येथे घडली. विटभट्टीवर कामावर असताना ही घटना घडल्याने या घटनेमुळे परिसरात हळहळ व्यक्त करण्यात येत आहे.
भिवंडी-वाडा मार्गावरील आनगाव येथे किशोर परशुराम जाधव यांच्या मालकिच्या विटभट्टीवर काम करीत असलेले संतोष पवार (वय ३९, रा. भैरवपाडा) हे त्याच्या कुटुंबासह राहतात. रविवारी होळीचा सण असल्याने सर्वत्र रंग खेळणारी मुले पाहून संतोष पवारांचा मुलगा रोशन पवार (वय ८) याने पिचकारी मागितली. मात्र, जवळ पैसे नसल्याने आणि सारखा मुलाकडून होत असलेल्या अट्टाहासामुळे संतापून मुलाचा गळा दाबून खून केला. या घटनेची गणेशपूरी पोलिस ठाण्यात माहिती मिळताच पोलिस निरिक्षक एस. एम. चौधरी व त्यांच्या साथीदारांनी घटनास्थळी जाऊन संतोष पवार याला अटक केली. त्याच्यावर सदोष मनुष्यवधाचा गुन्हा दाखल करण्यात आला आहे.

याबातमीवर काही जणांनी प्रतिक्रिया दिल्या होत्या. अनेकांनी सरकारवर शरसंधान साधले होते. खरोखर एखादा माणूस अगतिकपणे कोणते कृत्य करू शकतो, याचे हे उदाहरण आहे. आपल्या देशातील गरीबी किती भयानक आहे, याचा विचार आपण करू शकतो. संध्याकाळी ती पिचकारी पाहिली तेव्हा वाटले होते की, यातील एक त्या मुलाला नेवून द्यावी. पण, मी केवळ याचा विचार करू शकत होतो. प्रत्यक्ष कृती नाही...

Mobile Story

Two incidents disturbed my mind today. One I have already mentioned previously in the blog. Second one was the story of the mobile rang in the class.
The college has not allowed the mobile for the students to use. Then also most of the students keep the mobile with them. They think it is the need for them! When I was about to start my lecture in class, one of the students mobile rang. It disturbed the class also. When this incident happened, I asked her to seize it to me. She was about to switch it off, then it rang for the second time. It has made all the students to laugh. Finally, it seized it. Using the mobile is against the rule so I applied it.
She was asked to write an application and take the signature of her parents. I did not give mobile to her today. Many times, such incidents happen when student blames teacher. But, as they are breaking the rules they must get punishment of it. So, they won’t repeat the same things again and again. Other students should also get a lesson from such incidents. In such cases, I did not bother about anything…