What a roller-coaster week this has been!
The biggest story obviously was Balasaheb Thackeray’s on-off death. From the time I started understanding things as a kid, the Sena and he have been part of our lives, sometimes central, most times peripheral, responsible for changing Bombay and its residents, for good or for bad. Interestingly, just as the only way to understand Mr. Narendra Modi is to talk to Gujjus in Gujarat, so also, people from outside Mumbai have no real sense of how a predominantly local leader could have had such an impact on us. I believe the Sena as we have known it till date…with its leader…is gone.
Our leaders, the police and the ruling bodies did a phenomenal job over the last weekend with virtually complete control over the situation…something that must be commended giving the rarity of such an occurrence…all of which was then instantly ruined by the arrest of the Palghar girls, an act so completely ridiculous that it belies any attempt at rational thinking. Frankly, if the comments my Facebook friends make about our leaders are any indication, more than half of them need to be behind bars by now. A serious sombre event complicated by a black comedy of the absurd.
And then came the 7:30 AM hanging of Ajmal Kasab on Wednesday. While it has helped victims and people at large achieve some kind of closure, I wonder if this is an event to rejoice about. Execution by the state is still a debatable and arguable topic and while Ajmal may have met the ‘rarest of rare’ criterion, instead of clapping our hands with glee, we need to do a lot more soul-searching about the events that led to the Mumbai terrorist attacks, all those needless deaths and their repetitive occurrence sometimes daily, the world over. As one publication said, Kasab was a measly foot solider, a pawn used by his mentors and then by our politicians.
On a lighter side, with a heavy heart, I have finally ditched the Apple fanboy tag. For the last 5-6 years, it has been everything Apple, with MACs, iPADs and iPhones. At some point after the Google Maps fiasco with iOS 6, I realised that I was missing out on an equally compelling ecosystem. I finally got myself a Samsung Galaxy Note II and have been pleasantly surprised in the last few days to find that it too is a terrific phone / computer and that Android is as good a system as iOS. Most importantly Google Maps on Android rocks! It actually shows real-time traffic densities, even in Mumbai, which would have never been possible even if Google Maps had survived on iOS.
And finally, on Thursday evening, I took the family (mainly because of my tween daughter) to see a paid preview show of what else…Breaking Dawn 2. The saga finally, and thankfully ends. I didn’t quite mind the very first film, but the rest (and yes I have seen them all) have been quite boring. The best part of BD2 was the fight sequence with everyone ripping everyone’s heads off and at the end, I was hoping that the four-expressioned Bella, would also rip Edward’s head off and then torch it, bringing definitive closure. Alas, if only wishes were horses!
It says a lot though, when for my daughter, in this tumultuous week, the most important event was her ability to see BD2, a day before its official release. And then perhaps, that may not be a bad approach to life!