1) People ask me how I remember my engagement date 24th June 1990. Simple, usually the boy goes to see the girl to get engaged. In my case, as I was tied up with work schedule,I made clear that girl's family if they interested to proceed further,(I had sent out detailed profile about me, likes, dislikes, expectations a 2 pager) should come to GUJARAT to meet me. (Some would have considered I am nuts, so be it)! Lalitha and her parents took the gamble. So I remember the date, she was the first girl I saw. (I was very clear,not more than a girl to see any way& marriage is lottery and I left the protocol of choosing that possible girl to grandparents and parents) hahahahha!!
2) While Bangalore may be cool, shady, pleasant in temperature, the UV factor plays tricks! I gave up walking now 230pm, 20 min in to it as discomfort due to UV radiation intense! Strange!!
It was shocking to see CBSE valuation of papers, revaluation mess, delays in declaring results, moderation of marks etc. Looks like education system is in mess. This morning over coffee at 530am, Lalitha was explaining the new system planned for 10th final exam with 3 exams with best of 2 and they would have weightage of 20%! My head just spin and thank god I was having cup of coffee to hold me! The least said about NEET medical entrance exam, the better!! A Tamil friend of mine whose kid scored 1180++ /1200 and topped as top 10 in state board, has managed only 360 out of 720 in NEET showing the Gulf in education systems? Who is to blame, who takes name? Who cares?? Is private schools, coaching remedy! I was also floored, when Lalitha said Schools charge Rs. 15 Lacs for XI, XII for dishing out top notch performance. (Hostel other expenses separate). Also on the rise in Boarding school, where kids right from Grade 3rd onwards study away from parents so that parents are not perturbed?? Is this real where is this all going ?? I wonder!!
While I speak Hindi and see it is a good thing to know,(My Pakistan visits started because I was fluent with Urdu /Hindi to make HSE Impact at work there) I am against all HINDI imposition. As a Staunch ANTI BJP/ANTI MODI my dislike for HINDI has grown immensely as I see HINDI back door entry their motto. I have began the unlearning of Hindi in my personal sphere of influence ( Like the French do, I would understand Hindi conversation, but would reply in English, Tamil, Gujarati as I see fit) I read this excellent blog post by Sarvanan Karthikeyan in TAMIL this morning which traces history Hindi back door entry. Also HINDI is not national language as made out to be! Personally I get furious especially in COW BELT people ridicule we south Indians for not knowing HINDI and think not knowing Hindi amounts to treachery!! I have now stopped my work visit to such places!!!