Book Review: Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years by A.S. Dulat : – “The elusive Peace with Honor”

3.5 / 5 Stars, Gar firdaus bar-rue zamin ast……

“Shishon ka messiah koi nahin, kyon aas lagaye baithe ho.” 
― A.S. Dulat ~Orignally A nazm by Faiz

A.S Dulat has always been an enigma to me, which for a ‘spook’ I dare say is a great thing but he isn’t an enigma because he is so mysterious, he’s an enigma because he isn’t. He always comes across as a completely approachable, happy go lucky and even a little soft and malleable guy. Now, how much of this is an act, just to give the other guy a false sense of security (his whole life has been centered around accumulating information via human and other intelligence) and how much of it is really his personality is where the confusion is.

Kashmir, the heaven under siege, from outside and within, has always been a sensitive point in the subcontinent ever since independence in 1947. Numerous attempts and follies have occurred since then to normalize the situation. But The Vajpayee Years (1998 – 2004) were one of the best attempts by the Indian government to peacefully resolve all issues, yes mistakes and blunders were made even in those, in hindsight we will find blunders in almost everything but the patience and perseverance of Atal Ji and NDA at that time, despite all kinds of provocations plane hijackings, kidnappings, Kargil war, and the attack on the parliament Mr.Vajpayee to the best of his ability preached peace to the end. And A.S Dulat was there for it all, not just as a witness but as a key player himself. To know the situation and possible ways forward from his point of view is priceless.

I read somewhere “Democracy is the end of Revolution” , and for an armed misguided militant revolution this is the best possible way, I believe for Kashmir this was the strategy of IB or RAW to stop militants from taking innocent lives, please form a front and contest elections, BE the voice of the people formally and then talk through the issues with the government in the center. All through the book I saw attempts being made by the IB and RAW and AS Dulat himself personally to turn the militant commanders bullets into ballets, to turn them to sense, to make them reject radicalization and embrace the ideas of democracy. ‘Azaadi’ within the constitution, the constitution of one of the largest and successful( well…debatable but it really is) democracy in the world. From that point of view, AS Dulat writes about the hits and misses in the Kashmiri political scene, the players in it, the best of them, the worse of them. He emphasizes the important of the Abdullah family, specially Farooq Abdullah as an important part of the solution if it is ever to be realized. He writes extensively about the ‘separatist’ commanders and leaders who could have turned the tide by entering politics and could have made an actual difference, like ‘Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’ , ‘Shabir Shah’, etc bringing peace to the valley. Vajpayee wanted peace, considered Kashmiris to be as Indian as him, wanted to end their as well as the rest of the country’s pain from this situation, the separatists, politicians, militants if they were ever serious about ending this conflict, lost a golden opportunity with him.

What he doesn’t talk about is “Why?”, why in the goddamn hell are we in this mess, why for the love of god do we still entertain a theocratic, two nation theory type nonsense idea. And the reason is too much has happened, too much blood, anguish and pain has been suffered by the Kashmiri people to just let go of this idea, which to any reasonable person on earth seems ludicrous. Kashmir joining Pakistan was always a fantasy, and after 70 years it is quite clear that they can offer them nothing, that the whole concept of the two nation theory was a bad joke. Then comes ‘Azaadi’ Kashmir making itself as a separate country, firstly ‘Why?’, two nation theory is a bad idea, Ok, so leave that, then.. they have issues with the center, well so does every state in the country, that is why we have a state and a center government, to solve these issue and work for the benefit of the people. The point is to Keep the church and the state separate (why? we can see our neighbor), in our country this difference too is not absolute sometimes, but it is THERE, in the constitution, and it is the best iteration of the idea among-st all in the region.

But enough ranting, this is a good book, AS Dulat keeps a lot of things close to his chest, no operational details are mentioned, hell, no intelligence operations are mentioned at all. The impression he gives is, our job is to just talk to people so that’s what he does and that’s what he suggests talk, talk, talk and if you can’t then talk about talking. He represents the voice of reason in this mess, the dove whose job might seem to be hawkish. To know the region, the nitty-gritty of the politics and reflect on the basic frustration of the Kashmiris to try and fail to achieve the elusive “Peace with Honor” This is a great book, go for it, if you have interest in the region because this is the best way to read about it without malice towards any side, in the pursuit of a common ground.

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Book Review: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand :- “Mindbogglingly heavy stuff”

3.5/5 Stars, In your face philosophy.

“All that which proceeds from man’s independent ego is good. All that which proceeds from man’s dependence upon men is evil.”


~ Ayn Rand , The Fountainhead

Yes, 3.5 Stars, worthy of a solid 4 if you ask me but 3.5 because it’s a little messed up, well, it’s a lot messed up to be honest but not without reason.

To say that this work of Mrs.Rand packs a lot would be a understatement. This work of hers (and I haven’t even read “Atlas Shrugged” yet, an omission I intend to rectify post haste) is a uranium mine, capable of making many powerful nuclear reactors in the service of mankind or capable of making nuclear missiles to cause utter destruction. Yes, that sounds ominous I know, but Ideas are the starting point of any great revolution or change. And her’s are as radical as can be.

Goodreads blurb :- The Fountainhead has become an enduring piece of literature, more popular now than when published in 1943. On the surface, it is a story of one man, Howard Roark, and his struggles as an architect in the face of a successful rival, Peter Keating, and a newspaper columnist, Ellsworth Toohey. But the book addresses a number of universal themes: the strength of the individual, the tug between good and evil, the threat of fascism. The confrontation of those themes, along with the amazing stroke of Rand’s writing, combine to give this book its enduring influence.

The book serves it’s purpose to excellence, the idea of writing fiction to get across the idea’s and meaning of her philosophy “Objectivism“.

“The first right on earth is the right of the ego. Man’s first duty is to himself. His moral law is never to place his primal goal within the persons of others. His moral obligation is to do what he wishes, provided his wish does not depend primarily upon other men.”

Ayn Rand, The Fountaihead

Mrs. Rand once said in an interview that a writer doesn’t write about how the world is in a fiction but as how the writer wants it to be or sees it to be. And true to that she has tried to portray her vision of the “ideal man” in The Fountainhead, our hero ‘Howard Roark’, objectivism incarnate . Ayn Rand abhorred ‘Altruism‘, any aspect of sacrificing one’s own self for others, for someone else horrified her, she named it evil. Think about that, the basic fabric of so many of our societies termed evil just like that. And to underline that she created one of the greatest psycho villain I have ever read, our collectivism/altruism incarnate ‘Ellsworth Toohey’, the Joker to Roark’s Batman. And with this tale you just cannot but wonder at the truth of her world. Her really messed up but all too true sounding world. And you shiver in the end, thinking not only about the un-justness of our present but of a world filled with only Howard Roarks and Dominique Francons as well. I mean trust me, the character of Dominique Francon, that ice cold, messed up, sadistic, beautiful, alluring, life giving poison of a woman is beyond any heroine I have ever encountered.

Rand’s ideas are steeped in reason not emotion, on facts and conviction not faith. Which seems reasonable enough isn’t it, seems logical even, but the moment you grasp her meaning and the moment you see what she sees, you balk with incredulity and uneasiness, because she isn’t wrong but she just doesn’t sound….right as well. I can put it all down to our cowardice or our weakness, she would certainly see it that way I think but no that I can’t do, because it really is not right. That is not to say that I didn’t enjoy the book, I really did. It shows you many aspect of human nature, almost all of the characters are a representation of one phenomenon or another which we see in our day to day society. Ideas against ideas, action against action, result against result, that is what this book is. Mrs.Rand like a skilled writer, debater and philosopher has given solid arguments in favor of her theories over those that she dislike or want to replace. It is a complicated study but an easy way (compared to anything else) to comprehend her thoughts. Like the one’s about love :-

“You love people not for what you do for them or what they do for you, you love them for their values, their virtues which they have achieved in their own character. You don’t love ca-uselessly, you don’t love everybody indiscriminately. You love only those who deserve it.”

Ayn Rand, In answer to Mike Wallace

So, go for it. Peek behind the curtain. Her words are not flowery, this is a no nonsense novel, they are crisp to the point (her points), the plot and story written diligently for a cause she profoundly believes in. Try to untangle the mindbogglingly simple concepts she preaches. Agree or disagree, this was, is and will remain one for the ages.

Book review :- Good Omens by Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman : “The End is Nigh”

3/5 Stars,  ~mostly cuz of me, don’t be mad it’s still good. 

 

“Most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people.” ~Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman

What if, the end of the world, ‘Pralay‘, ‘Qayamat’, ‘Armageddon’ instead of being horrific, chilling and insurmountably sad, is hilarious, odd and absolutely bonkers instead. Why go to the end screaming in horror and despair when you can go chuckling.

Goodreads Blurb :- According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.

And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . . 

I have been an admirer of Neil Gaiman for a long time, I loved his ‘American Gods’ and ‘Anansi Boys‘ very much. Good Omens is one of his earlier works, in conjunction with Mr.Pratchett whose work sadly I’m not familiar with other than this book. But it still was a treat. Now to be honest, the Christian books and literature, I’m not well versed in but am sufficiently informed to enjoy the many puns but some still escaped me or were not so…how do I put this…effective let’s say. Same with the pop culture references that are littered in the book with I’m sure witty commentary, but drew a blank with me. Not the books fault, it was written for a certain audience and although I tick many boxes, some I miss. But the style and take of the authors on Religion and the end in general is extremely amusing.

The characters of ‘Crowley’ and ‘Aziraphale’ were brilliantly written, a demon messing about the world but who likes the world enough to not let it all go to hell *literally*, and an angel open enough to let the world have smudges of wickedness instead of letting it all end and go to heaven *again literally* and become entirely boring, things should stay interesting to be enjoyable shouldn’t they. I enjoyed Crowley more to be honest, also the mad witch hunter general Shadwell, and his slurred Scottish english, ahhh if I could have half the conviction that man had. Two entirely (Crowley and Aziraphale) unlikely and entirely incompetent saviors of the world, in defiance of their respective sides which have charged them to let it all come to a conclusion. With all the mess of the revelations added to the story in quite an entertaining way, the 4 horsemen, the anti-Christ and aliens and tunnel digging Tibetans of-course, makes for a perfect end, doesn’t  it. 

The book is witty and humorous, the addition of witches and prophecies with Agnus Nutter being present with her absence making readers chuckle from her grave is also a great touch. 

So, take a load off and witness God’s ineffable plan or game as explained :-

“God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players [i.e. everybody], to being involved in an obscure and complex variant of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won’t tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.” ~Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman

Witness an end we all have been waiting for, in a way we all hope could happen.



Book review :- The Burden of Democracy by Pratap Bhanu Mehta

The Burden of Democracy

4/5 Stars

“Democracy draws much of its potency from its ability to grant individuals civic standing. But in a society marked at all levels by Invidious distinctions of status, politics will often take the form of a competitive quest for dominating others, not a collective enterprise to solve practical problems” ~Pratap Bhanu Mehta

And therein lies the root cause to the ills we face, the burden is Social Inequality, not just on paper but in practice, in the way we conduct ourselves, in our psyche. The ones who were denied power, now want it at all levels, the ones who had it will resist any change to keep it, the ACTUAL USE of that power for the COLLECTIVE GOOD of all, nobody gives a damn about. In a nutshell, we are quite the Assholes to each other, and we should cut that shit right now if we need this country to work at its best. Quite a pipe-dream but there it is. 

This extended essay by Pratap Bhanu Mehta is quite insightful from a sociological standpoint on the evolution of our democracy since 1947, as per its use since that time. The function of the state as explained by Mr.Mehta was to ensure that everybody stands equal before the law, thereby making everybody inherently equal in terms of opportunity, justice and self-esteem. Well, that was the Idea anyways, he explains that the coming up of parties who claim to be representatives of dalits and many other social groups who were deemed undesirable in the power structure is actually good for the country,  people like Lalu Prasad and Mayavati, are actually contributing in making our country more democratic in the true sense. They might be despicable individuals with private motives at the community’s expense, they might be corrupt, but they are a voice of people who had none. Well, shit, is all I have to say about that.

The other burden is not being self critical and taking corrective actions. Even if the vested interests of collective groups hampering the workings of the system could be set aside, we never evaluate our policies by their consequences, just by their intent. Which is as idiotically inefficient way of working as it sounds. The Gita’s message of “Only intentions and not consequences matter” is quoted by Mr. Mehta as our democracy’s way of function, well the actual message is more akin to “Do your duty (‘Karma/Dharma’) without worrying about the result” which is not exactly the same thing we are doing. The state initiates policy towards an important goal social or economic and allocates resources to the said policy or institute and that’s that, the work instead of being realized as getting started is considered done. Tch tch tch , without effective oversight our state’s institutions will never improve in their function, the opposition should come in handy here, it’s a democracy after all, but again everybody is busy trying to sidle up to desirable communities as vote banks and ass-kissing the dictatorial structure within their own parties instead of seeing the big picture.     

This was an interesting read specially the part where Mr.Mehta suggests that our treating of our fellow man should be practical and not socially biased. An employee employer relationship, bound by civility and contract defining clear functions, in all streams of our society, rather than it being a Master-slave kind of behavior, that we normally see. Everybody deserves the same respect outside their jobs or at the very least the same indifference we award to others, you don’t own anything outside the functions or services promised to you by the employee’s contract. 

Not that lengthy of a read, though it did take me some time to finish it. As it rightly should I think, so go ahead, stop and reflect on this, it gives perspective to a great many things.

Book review:- Chasing a Mirage by Tarek Fatah :- “God Damn! the Angry Man!”

Chasing a Mirage

4/5 Stars

“Morality is doing What is right, regardless what we are told; Religious dogma is doing what we are told, no matter what is right.” ~Elka Ruth Enola

Mr. Fatah ends his critique with this quote before delivering his final conclusion in the book. Tarek Fatah is an audacious man, and I admire his audacity. If anyone else from any other community, even if he/she were the most prominent of scholars, would have written this (if they dared), it wouldn’t have been this effective, as coming from Mr.Fatah. He’s a practicing Muslim, who instead of leaving or rejecting his faith despite all the denunciations, threats and belittling hurled at him, had crusaded alone to reclaim it (pun not intended). To show not only the world but his brethren the mirror, the misconceptions, the issue, and the way to overcome them. While opposing the ideas of an “Islamic state” Mr.Fatah urges people to embrace “A state of Islam” in themselves, as in their psyche by being more tolerant and inclusive, with equality being the very foundation of the Prophet’s teaching.

The book is divided into 3 parts broadly, the 1st part is a look Country by Country at the attempt and creation of an Islamic state (i.e. a theocratic society based on the Islamic religion and practices.) and its workings/results. Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Palestine has been taken to make his many points. Part 2 deals with the beginning of it all, not Islam , no, the Idea of a STATE based on it. With the Prophet’s death and its aftermath and the many caliphates that came into existence in the late 7th and early 8th centuries.  The Golden age as propagated by many of the hard line fundamentalists in Islam, as the model that we should all return to, Mr.Fatah argues is neither compatible nor desirable in the present time replacing the present system. And then Part 3 discusses the  many consequences that happen when we use Islam as a political ideology and cherry pick stuff to make impressionable minds feel sympathy with the Islamist, as he sees them.

He is a voracious speaker, and has been involved in many a cause all through his life. His style of “Shock and Awe” is quite apparent in his writing. He’s unapologetic and unmerciful in his views. Which I think is all to the better, if you have to make people listen when they just don’t want to, then you have to shout. This if nothing else is a starting point, for a debate, for thinking, analyzing and hopefully for change. His many examples all through the present and the past history are all thought provoking, especially the Idea that whenever an Islamic ruler embraced pluralist and reformist Ideas, his kingdom flourished like no other, and whenever the opposite occurred total destruction followed. He might have been a little too harsh on history, one could argue those were harsh times, and harsh times beget harsh men. But that is the point he’s trying to make, the social construct of the world in general is not that harsh now. You can’t buy and sell other human beings as objects anymore, for example. So, policies followed in those time can’t be as is implemented in the current scenario. And then the politics is also significantly different, and so on and so forth. This is a clearly written book. Hate it or like it, agree or disagree the thoughts that it wants you to analyze come regardless. Ijtihad he says, ‘independent reasoning’ based on your moral compass is the key. As he himself says

“Those who wish to stamp out the Islamic extremists and their Jihadi  foot soldiers must realize that to fight malaria one needs to drain the swamps not shoot individual mosquitoes” ~Tarek Fatah

This was a great book to read. Controversial, certainly, but thought provoking nonetheless. The whole Idea is for people to speak up, specially in the Muslim community, the liberal reformists among them to come forward and snatch the basic foundations of their faith back  before they are mutated forever. “Fear is the most powerful enemy of Reason” as Al gore said Mr. Fatah tells us, and I think that’s what he’s trying to do, dispel this fear so that people are finally able to think. A flash bang approach is what he has used, but the man is a rebel, always has been. We need more of such rebels I think, the world just might listen to them. Fully recommended for everybody, brace yourselves.

Book Review:- Why I Am a Hindu by Shashi Tharoor : “Ahh Politics! God Damn Politics.”

Why I am a Hindu

2.5/5 Stars,

“India is not secular in the commonly understood sense of the word. What it is, is pluralist: an overwhelmingly Hindu-majority country running political and governmental institutions that promote the survival, success and perpetuation of religious minorities.” ~Shashi Tharoor, Why I Am A Hindu

The man is absolutely right in his observation, indeed the separation of church and state as it were (religion and administration), was something never implemented or coveted in our country, not for us the atheist solution of China and communist countries, or the tolerant solution of US and the west, or the theocratic exclusionist solution of our neighbor and some in the middle east, Ours is ‘Vivekananda’s acceptance‘, a unique pluralist organic Indian solution. Which Shashi Tharoor has rightly extolled many times in this book.

Indeed for almost half of the book, Mr.Tharoor is marvelous in his explanation (for a layman believing Hindu) of ‘Sanatan dharma’ and much of it’s virtues while giving appropriate places for some of the things which were corrupted and wrong within it and were changed or need to. His arguments for why ‘Sanatan dharma’ is the most compatible and versatile religion for the world at large in the 21st century are brilliant as well. For all that I would have happily given the book 4 stars BUT then came the Congress Man Politician gearing up for the 2019 polls, and all my hopes went down the drain. For the rest of the book he takes in upon himself to discredit the current ruling party at every aspect of their beliefs and actions, thoroughly portraying them as a mutated monster ready to annihilate India and destroy its culture forever. Which would have been fine… really… he is in the opposition, that’s his job…..IF the book was titled “Why the BJP is Shit”. But its not, and so instead of focusing on why he’s a Hindu, he has focused on Why They(BJP) are not. Which, really, is funny in a dark way. So, just for peddling the election rhetoric that its either the Congress or Doomsday for India, I just couldn’t help but deduct stars. So, 2.5 dear sir with all due respect and acceptance.

This is not to say, that the issues which he has raised so ferociously in the book demand no attention, they do, very very much so. All acts of vigilantism, misguided or justified, should be condemned and punished in the severest of ways, in a democracy such acts have no place. As Mr.Tharoor says and I concur “Put simply, no non-violent activity, however provocative, can ever legitimize violence. We must reject and denounce assaults and killings, whatever they may claim to be reacting to”. I am with that, BUT to single out acts and attach them to a rival political party and say this is not my Hinduism, its their’s, is well, quite sleazily opportunistic. I expected more from this book then that.

The Part 1, of the book I enjoyed immensely, celebrating the pluralist and all encompassing aspect of Sanatan dharma is indeed a worthy act. The wisdom of “Sarva dharma sama bhav” (all religions (truths) are equal to or harmonious with each other) and “ekam sat vipra bahudha vadanti” (The Truth is one though the sages call it by different names) is worth sharing with all humankind. But in fairness this should apply to all the Indian citizens, not just the religious Hindus, indeed these should be the credo of every Indian. And any other teaching, propagating superiority or discrimination or outright contempt, whoever by, whatever may be the source or reason, a holy book, an Imam, a priest, a church should be stopped and lawfully regulated if need be. I do not buy into the argument that if the other faiths are not ready to embrace us and are hostile or doing something which should be questionable in any respectable civilization, we should just let them be. Specially when it comes to laws governing the populace, we the largest democracy in the world could surely come up with a uniform civil code based on the principles of human dignity, freedom and respect, acceptable to all. And if there are some who think differently and if there are laws which are not in sync with the times and the Indian ethos, these should be overruled in the interest of the people. Where does discrimination come into it, it is but logical, here Mr. Tharoor’s appeasement doesn’t sit well with me.

But then again, this is a review and not a critique. Content wise part 1 was enlightening and enjoyable. So, was part 3 as to what we should do as hindus(the religion) and as hindus(the geographical annotation) to protect our ancient openness and wisdom and prosper as a nation. But part 2 made it sour for me, it was quite in your face propaganda, and was more appropriate as a political critique or election debate then as a book trying to explain Hinduism, and differentiating it with Hindutva (portrayed as something sinister, whose’s definition and use as explained by Mr.Tharoor, I disagree with). But well I picked it up and read it. If you can read up-to page 141 and discard the rest, go for it, the whole package as it is, is not worth all that much.

Book review: – The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace

Spy Chronicles

3/5 Stars, Kaash ke hum dost hote.

Pointing to the horizon where the sea and sky are joined, he says, ‘It is only an illusion because they can’t really meet, but isn’t it beautiful, this union which isn’t really there.’ —Saadat Hasan Manto

Asad Durrani  back in 2015 during his interview at Oxford with his frankness, even though I watched that interview in 2017, left me awestruck. Here was a man, owning up to things, however bad they might seem to me, which he deemed necessary irrespective of their morality (“Morality takes a backseat in statecraft” was what he said I believe, and I do grudgingly agree with that statement)  like supporting and actively helping the Taliban, supporting and funding militancy in Kashmir, double crossing US etc on camera and on record. That doesn’t happen often, that never happens I think.

Therefore, I expected a lot from this book, “ISI and RAW chiefs for God’s sake!”, which was wrong of me, as although not disappointing the opposite actually, it did leave something more to be desired. So no sensational revelations or jaw drooping confessions are present in this book, although the two head spooks don’t admit to any wrong doing they do not deny some of the things which come up in their conversations either, and in those evasions you have to take what you can, read between the lines and make up your mind, their’s the shadow world after all. But it sure in annoying, when you can’t see the dirt, these fellows actively worked against each other, locked horns in their nation’s ‘Cold War’ and here they are having a drink like old pals, chilled out and discussing peace.

But then again, it makes sense, as Mr. Durrani says, “We know the price.” The best people who can talk peace are the ones who have been in war, seen destruction, orchestrated it, they do indeed know the price. So, their insights were priceless, their frankness appreciated and their opinions and suggestions worth analyzing.

I enjoyed this book immensely, every issue was treated with a frank perspective steeped in facts and possible action and reactions. The terror question though posed here and there, was never actually pinned down and was evaded, which was annoying, both former chiefs seem to take such a thing as granted, which was surprising. Kashmir, Baluchistan, Wars, The deep state and the new great game, Terror and Talks, Dictatorship and Politics, the outrageous right wings in both nations, the past reconciliation attempts, the possible future en-devours, the current freeze, the futility of war, the necessity of its threat all are discussed in a very non lethal way.

I was in agreement with both the former chiefs on their road-maps for a way forward in the last section of the book. Reading that it might seem that peace is not all that elusive after all, that there is hope. But to let go of old grudges and still open wounds, to overlook the current cuts regularly exchanged, which they seem to do easily or with effort I cannot say, would that be possible for the rest, for the establishment most of all. Talk, keep talking, even with the cloak and daggers, as silence is no solution is what Mr. Dulat seem to suggest.

This was a very interesting collaboration, however much ‘non-serious way of writing’ about such inflammable topics it may seem. It is a start and worth commending. I appreciate the effort and enjoyed the read. Read it for that if for nothing else, see the bogeyman’s side and try to see what the bogeyman sees. Kaash ke hum dost hote, shayad ho jayen. Stranger things have happened in the world after all.