Frustration Quotient is on the rise!

People in India are becoming a more frustrated lot. The frustration quotient (FQ) is growing by the day, the biggest growth being registered in Metropols.

Quick clarification before the unwanted critics stand up to question me: the FQ is on a rise but that doesn’t mean that everybody is losing it by every passing day. It’s just on an average, Indians are getting frustrated.

One of the major reasons, often overlooked, is the problem of road travel. That is where most people are shit faced, either really constipated or really passed off with life in general. But why? Think about it, how much of your time do you spend travelling to office? A survey puts the average commuting time in Mumbai at 47.26 minutes; Delhi at 42.96; Bangalore at 37.91; Chennai at 36.08; Hyderabad at 33.82 and Pune at 30.87 minutes.

Combine this with constant honking, cratered roads, traffic jams, not having a hot girl sitting next to you when the others are enjoying the company of one, the issues of call drops while travelling and I am surprised why people are not killing each other on the streets.

Another major reason is the everyday struggle; the need to fight for everything : no place to sit in Metros and local trains, excessive congestion at toll plazas and on top of that people cutting you at these junctions,  the need to give bribe for everything. You want to escape this hustle, where do you go? Religious places! Boom, what do you find there; people and lots of them; another struggle.

Also demographically we are losing it. Delhites are angry with the local goons,  jaats and gurjars ; Mumbaikars are angry with the exorbitant property prices,  Madrasis and Bangaloreans are pissed off at the auto waalas not abiding the meter prices,  Gujjus and Keralites are unhappy because of no liquor shops.

Only Modiji is happy :).

Just to give it a perspective, the happiest country in the world is Denmark and the reasons stated are: strong social support system, freedom to live as one please and low perceived business and government corruption. No correlation:), just saying!

Other notable reasons for the Top 10 happiest countries: charitable giving (Netherlands, Australia), stick to traditions (Bhutan), support of friends and relatives.

What has all this led to? You see such cold people everywhere, people just not willing to let go of small issues. That is why  you need advertisements and campaigns to tell people that they should make way for an ambulance, give seats to woman and old people in Metros. The worst is when you see the word ‘Relax’ inscribed on Red Lights. I mean do you really think all this would be required if we were not all about ourselves, basking in our own glory of stupidity, churned out of frustration?

Because of this growing tension, you see businesses flourishing that help you release stress : yog gurus,  art of living, corporate stress control trainings, company that sells the ‘Relax’ stickers for Traffic lights. The number of devotees at religious places is increasing, hell the comedy shows are a big hit, all this because people have realized the need to relax and they can go do anything to get that 30 minutes of stress-free environment. Remember that video showing a bunch of people dancing in a Mumbai traffic jam? Goes to prove my point!

Chill people! It’s ok to be late by 2 minutes, it’s ok to stand in a line and look civilized instead of trying to cut others and getting in a fight, it’s ok to help a needy, it’s ok to just let go of petty things and think about your frustration level for once. After all it has worked for other countries!

Cheers!

 

Guest Post By SAHIL GUPTA

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A Nation Awakens

 

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For all of you who don’t know, today is a very important day in India. The election results came out today. Yes, the biggest democracy in the world formed a new government today while literally creating history.

A sweeping majority won by the new party, BJP who would now lead this nation comprising of over 1.2 billion people. People who after a long time came together and created history with their votes. I have never in my life seen this kind of result in my country. States which have never shown any sign of voting for BJP ever have supported it. And all this because of one man who emerged as the hero figure all throughout the elections and today is proudly presented to the people as the next Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.

This man had given the people of India a hope to turn our nation into a far more developed and progressed nation than what it is now. It pains me to say this but India at this point of time is literally down the dumps. The rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer. The cities are progressing and the villages are getting more and more backwards.

If you look at the major cities of India like New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore or Chennai, you would probably think India is actually on it’s way to become the next super power as is said by the various survey’s around the world. But take one look at any person living in village of some of the lesser developed states, and you would bless the lord for all the blessings he has given you.

That is the stark contrast India has. A country which is even after nearly 67 years of Independence is considered as a third world country, solely because the the government was far too busy filling it’s own pockets with all the black money at it could find.

India was called the ‘Golden Bird’ prior to the British rule. That was because it was said to be so rich in resources that there were hardly any poor people there.

I still consider this country as the golden bird. We still have the same resources and riches, but they are now concentrated in a few hands. Even a lower class person would have some gold in his name. Gold. The one metal that has almost a godly place in our culture. Earlier it was all out in the open. Now it is hidden, stored away and kept in bank lockers.

There are still people who don’t have a proper roof over their heads, and good food to eat. And then there are people who have 3 BMW’s, 2 Audi’s and 1 Jaguar. This is a case of a family of 5 people. 5 people, 6 cars.

Narendra Modi is coming to power in India in a way like Mr. Barack Obama came to power in the USA. USA was gripped by recession and he was given the task to pull it out of it. Modi is facing a similar situation in India. The country in showing a very low GDP. The value of rupee has declined way below normal against the US dollar. And the list of scams and corruptions is probably longer that my height.

The nation has voted for a man who has proved himself a good minister by making the state of Gujarat, of which he was the chief minister a model of development.

Yes, the task is herculean, but the people of India have put all their hopes and dreams on this man. They have put aside all the regional parties which nearly always just create mischief when any important decision is to be taken and given this man a clear sweeping majority. Let’s hope that this awakening takes India forward and makes it a far more prosperous country.

 

 

Never Underestimate The Underdog

Delhi just had one of the most iconic elections in it’s history with a more than ever awakened public and youth which was willing to use the power of their vote.

So yesterday, the results came out and it blew everybody away. At least it blew the current government away. The present government had been in power for the past 15 years. Yes, it did get get the development in Delhi going on and created a good infrastructure, but the public tends to remember all your failures more than it would ever remember your victories. 

The current government lost anything that they built in the past 15 years in a matter of months because of their innumerable corruption reports, their insensitive approach towards the horrible law and order situation towards women and the sky high prices of even the basic of amenities like vegetables.

Despite the tarnished image, the government came out all high and proud in the elections, claiming to be still the favourite amongst the people and they were sure they would again come into power.

What they did not notice or did not wish to notice was that how the opposition had placed a very strong leader as their next prime minister candidate and the country looked up to him and appreciated the massive development he had done in his state where currently he is the chief minster.

So the opposition came out even more sure of their victory, and had a glowing campaign for the elections.

But what these both parties did not realise was that the public was sick of their unfulfilled promises and had found a completely new man to make lives better for them. A person who could be the honest leader that they had wanted for years. The man was Arvind Kejriwal.

And this man came out all guns blazing in the elections. He stood up for honesty and the people of Delhi went all out to support him. His campaigns were crisp and clear and he without chewing any words clearly stated all the facts about his party and all the misdeed about the current government and the opposition party.

With a broom as his election symbol, he did sweep away the elections and claimed 28 seats out of the 70 that were being contested. And this is huge for a person who was debuting in politics that that too against the biggies. People all over Delhi waited with bated breath to see who would emerge victorious, and even though Kejriwal’s party could not get a majority, the seats he won made sure that nobody could gain a majority.

It’s a hung government in Delhi now with nobody getting a majority, so re-elections are a major possibility. But at least it made the politicians get up and take notice of the power of people who can at any given time kick the ass of government so bad that it would take them years to get back to where they left.

The newspaper today was filled with statements from the politicians who a couple of months back had out rightly stated that Arvind Kejriwal had no chance in politics, say that they had underestimated the man.

Yes, never underestimate the underdog. You may never realise when he pulls that carpet from below your feet making you fall flat on your face.