The best way to know the self is feeling oneself at the moments of reckoning. The feeling of being alone, just with your senses, may lead you to think more consciously. More and more of such moments may sensitize ‘you towards you’, towards others. We become regular with introspection and retrospection. We get ‘the’ gradual connect to the higher self we may name Spirituality or God or just a Humane Conscious. We tend to get a rhythm again in life. We need to learn the art of being lonely in crowd while being part of the crowd. A multitude of loneliness in mosaic of relations! One needs to feel it severally, with conscience, before making it a way of life. One needs to live several such lonely moments. One needs to live severallyalone.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

INCREASING XENOPHOBIA, BURDENED EARTH!

BIGGEST REFUGEE CRISIS SINCE WORLD WAR SHOWS THE UGLIEST FACE OF DISCRIMINATION

RAPID GLOBALIZATION OF 'NO TO REFUGEES, IMMIGRANTS' 

INCREASING GLOBALIZATION OF 'NO TO FOREIGN WORKERS'

AFTER COUNTRIES LIKE THE US, AUSTRALIA, SINGAPORE, NEW ZEALAND, EVEN SAUDI ARABIA TIGHTENS INFLOW OF FOREIGN WORKERS

INCREASING SPREAD OF RIGHT-WING POLITICS AND NATIONALIST RHETORIC, ESPECIALLY IN EUROPE AND AMERICA, THE CITADELS OF LIBERATED HUMANITY, UNIVERSAL NORMS AND FREE EXISTENCES

IT WAS ALWAYS AN UNEQUAL WORLD

BUT XENOPHOBIA, IN TIMES OF CIVIL WARS AND INTER-CONTINENTAL REFUGEE CRISIS, IS MAKING IT WORSE

AND THE THREAT IS, WORST IS YET TO COME, AND IT MAY COME ON ANY DAY

BURDENED, EARTH WAS ALREADY CRYING

SHE HAS, NOW, STARTED BLEEDING, AND SHE IS ANGRY

INCREASING XENOPHOBIA, BURDENED EARTH!

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Friday, 21 April 2017

'SRI' TO 'SRI SRI'!

Sri is a polite way to address someone. It is also used for Deities in Hinduism.

So, in case of humans, when Sri is used multiple times (or twice, as is the case), it should be reflective of a great politeness.

Though what the most famous double Sri (Sri Sri) thinks about 'Sri Sri' is not clear, an official blog post on his website, from June 19, 2014 says, "A colleague who had been with me at Maharishi’s came up with the idea of Sri Sri. Everybody agreed that one Sri is very common, generic and confusing. My opinion on the matter was irrelevant in this animated discussion. I was just a silent witness. And so, I was rechristened at Waldorf."

Okay, so we don't know what actually Sri Sri thinks about 'Sri Sri' or probably, I didn't dug enough. Anyway that is not the point here.

The point is, ' Sri is very common, generic and confusing', so, 'Sri Sri' was adopted to avoid 'confusion' and give 'an uncommon and branded identity'.

So, in social parlance, 'Sri' is for commoners and 'Sri Sri is for greats, especially the spiritual uncommoners.  

And ideally that is the case. Our society runs like that and we are content with the system, even with its deviations and diversions.

Ideally, if 'Sri' symbolizes politeness, 'Sri Sri' should sent out an aura of politeness that is saintly, that is great, especially if it is about saints and gurus in our society who drive us, who guide us, who many a times, make us understand the meaning of life.

So, when we hear our constitutional bodies, the protectors of our legal systems, the courts, commenting about him like "You have no sense of responsibility. Who gave you liberty to speak whatever you want to. It is shocking", it only reinforces that this 'Sri Sri' may be about anything but it is certainly not about politeness.

This 'Sri Sri' says "fine should be levied on Delhi government, NGT for saying 'yes' to Yamuna event", as his website says, and not on him and his organization that made a constitutional court, the National Green Tribunal, came down heavily on him.

This statement may be reflective of anything, but certainly not of spiritual politeness and not of saintly greatness.

The events like the 'World Culture Festival' have takers in India and millions who descended in Delhi to join the three day long spectacle last year prove it. But had it been by someone else or some other entity than a person/entity with claims of being religious/spiritual guru of our society and who has achieved a saintly status for his followers, it was acceptable.

But not when you are a religious/spiritual guru of a society where millions still toil to earn their daily meal, where they don't know what is meaning of education and healthcare, where a government whip can be the only force to force them to have 'Aadhar', where they don't know what is quality of life, where they don't know if there is life beyond the life they are living.

Such spectacle events can feed millions of them. And the true peace will only come when they are fed, when they are aware of their rights to have a decent quality of life with education, health and a place to stay. That may sound utopian, but at least this is what that is expected from our saints, our gurus, our religious guides and our spiritual patrons. They  draw sanctity and strength from people and, therefore, they must justify their 'Sri Sri' here. 

©SantoshChaubey

Thursday, 20 April 2017

WHEN FACED WITH CHARGES AND ALLEGATIONS, THESE GOVERNORS RESIGNED WHILE IN OFFICE


24 hours have passed since the Supreme Court decision came to revive the conspiracy charge against senior BJP leaders LK Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti, Kalyan Singh, Vinay Katiyar and others in the Babri Masjid demolition case. After the Supreme Court ruling came, Joshi went to meet Advani; Uma Bharti said there was no conspiracy and everything was done openly and she was ready to go to jail or face hanging for the Ram Temple; while Vinay Katiyar put the CBI in the dock. Katiyar reiterated Uma Bharti's stand that everything was done openly and it was, indeed the CBI, that should be questioned here.

But Kalyan Singh, one of core pillars of the Ayodhya movement has not reacted yet. He was Uttar Pradesh's chief minister when the Babri demolition had happened and he is seen as a key figure here. But he will escape the trial because of the constitutional immunity he enjoys while being the Governor of Rajasthan. Now it is up to Kalyan Singh whether he resigns to face the trial or the central government asks him to do so.

But there are other state governors who had to resign while in office owing to allegations and charges, ranging from sex scandals to involvement in corruption and misuse of the Governor's office.

MEGHALAYA GOVERNOR V SHANMUGANATHAN: JANUARY 2017
Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganthan was forced to resign on January 26 this year after a relentless campaign by his Raj Bhavan staff alleging him of indulging in sexual misconduct. His employees had sent a petition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that had accused him of running a young ladies club in the Raj Bhavan.

GOA GOVERNOR B V WANCHOO: JULY 2014
Goa Governor BV Wanchoo had to resign after his CBI interrogation in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam. After West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan, Wanchoo became the second state Governor who had to quit the office due to Agusta allegations. Wanchoo faxed his resignation on July 4, 2014. A former IPS officer, he was hearing the SPG when the Agusta deal was finalized.

WEST BENGAL GOVERNOR M K NARAYANAN: JUNE 2014
Like B V Wanchoo, West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan, too, resigned from the office on June 30, 2014 after his CBI interrogation in the Agusta scam. Narayanan was the National Security Advisor and was part of meetings that decided on the bid criteria that allegedly helped AgustaWestland. He was quizzed as a witness.

ANDHRA PRADESH GOVERNOR ND TIWARI: DECEMBER 2009
His was a spectacle. The 86-year old veteran Congress leader and a multiple times chief minister was shown in a compromising position with three young women. TV channels ran marathon coverage of it that embarrassed the Congress leadership and it was certain that Tiwari would be removed from the Raj Bhavan. Forced and cornered, he had no other option but to resign on December 26, 2009.

JHARKHAND GOVERNOR PRABHAT KUMAR: JANUARY 2002
His past came to haunt him and finally forced him to resign on January 31, 2002. Prabhat Kumar was alleged of misusing his office while he was Cabinet Secretary during 1999-2000.   Controversial businessman and Flex Industries chairman Ashok Chaturvedi had alleged in his confession before the CBI that he had funded parties at Kumar's official residence in Delhi and had extended him hospitality regularly.

UTTAR PRADESH GOVERNOR MOTILAL VORA AND KERALA GOVERNOR P SHIV SHANKAR: MAY 1996
These both senior Congress leaders had to resign from their Gubernatorial offices after prima facie evidence against them in the Hawala scandal was found. Motilal Vora, senior Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister was Uttar Pradesh's Governor, while P Shiv Shankar, former law minister of Indira Gandhi, was Kerala's Governor. According to the book, Democracy in India By Shree Govind Mishra, Vora and Shiv Shankar faxed their resignations to the President of India in the night of May 1, 1996 after the CBI told the Supreme Court that the constitutional immunity was the only reason that they could not be charge-sheeted. Their resignations were accepted and May 3, 1996 was their last day in their respective Raj Bhavans though both of them, along with many others named, were later acquitted from the Hawala case due to lack of evidence.

HIMACHAL PRADESH GOVERNOR SHEILA KAUL: APRIL 1996
Sheila Kaul, Jawaharlal Nehru's sister-in-law and PV Narasimha Rao's Urban Development Minister, was forced to resign on April 21, 1996 after a PIL in the Delhi High Court alleged her of misusing her office to make monetary gains with out-of-turn allotment of government houses.

HIMACHAL PRADESH GOVERNOR GULSHER AHMED: NOVEMBER 26, 1993
Among many who faced the wrath of Chief Election Commissioner T N Seshan for breaking the law was Himachal Pradesh's Governor Gulsher Ahmed, a Congress parliamentarian. He had begun his Gubernatorial term on June 30, 1996 but it was cut short only after six months, on November 26, 1993, after it was found that he was misusing his office by campaigning for his son who was contesting from the Satna constituency in Madhya Pradesh on Congress (I) ticket. The Election Commission, headed by Seshan, cancelled the Satna polls on this ground.

MAHARASHTRA GOVERNOR KONA PRABHAKAR RAO: APRIL 2, 1986
The infamous Bombay University MD (Obstetrics and Gynaecology) exam scandal of 1986 forced both, Maharashtra's Chief Minister Shivajirao Patil-Nilangekar and Maharashtra's controversial Governor Kona Prabhakar Rao, to resign. CM's daughter Chandrakala had already failed the MD exam thrice and her father colluded with some university officials to get her through the exam. Objections on it were raised and a plea in the Bombay High Court was filed which found that the MD results were manipulated after interference of Patil-Nilangekar and his daughter.

Governor Rao pitched in, trying to influence the Bombay University vice-chancellor and other concerned officials to toe the line to save the CM. Governor Rao had had an already controversial run in the Bombay Raj Bhavan with widespread allegations that he misused his office for monetary gains. During his time, some senior Congress (I) leaders even termed him the worst Governor Maharashtra had ever seen. But when his name prominently figured in the MD exam scandal that cost the CM his office, he could not escape the heat any further and April 2, 1986 became his last day in the Raj Bhavan after a short tenure that he had begun on May 30, 1986. 

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

MALLYA’BLY BANK’ABLE!

Vijay Mallya‏Verified account
@TheVijayMallya
Replying to @F1Racing_mag
No worries...I am continuing to lead my team and passionately
6:35 PM - 18 Apr 2017
https://twitter.com/TheVijayMallya/status/854319884863512580


MALLYA’BLY BANK’ABLE!

Vijay Mallya‏Verified account 
@TheVijayMallya
Usual Indian media hype. Extradition hearing in Court started today as expected.
4:54 PM - 18 Apr 2017
https://twitter.com/TheVijayMallya/status/854294437089902593

©RaginiChaubey/SantoshChaubey

MOTHER OF ALL BOMBS CAUGHT ON VIDEO: NO CASUALTIES, CLAIMS ISIS

Here it is bit modified to reflect the dateline developments.

The Islamic State (ISIS) was expected to deny any significant loss from the US bombing on its base in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province on April 13. And a day later, when its denial came, it confirmed that.

According to reports in the western media, the ISIS denied any casualty in April 13’s MOAB attack on its base in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. AFP quoted the terse response of the ISIS that said, “Security source to Amaq agency denies any dead or wounded from yesterday’s American strike in Nangarhar using a GBU-43/B.” Amaq is self-styled news agency for the world’s deadliest terrorist group that operates through shady social media accounts.

On April 13, the United States had dropped the biggest non-nuclear bomb ever on Afghanistan. One of the largest US military aircrafts, stationed in Afghanistan, dropped the 21,600 pound GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB) that is also called the ‘Mother of All Bombs’ on tunnels believed to be used by the ISIS’s Khorasan module.

The reports emerging in the aftermath said over dozens of the ISIS fighters were killed in the attack. An official Afghan government put the count at 36 ISIS fighter. Later, the Afghan officials came out with a higher death toll, capping the number of ISIS fighters killed in the MOAB attack around 100.

OFFICIAL BOMBING VIDEO RELEASED BY THE US

In a video posted by US Central Command’s official Twitter handle, one can see the exact moment of impact and the huge cloud of smoke that rises following the explosion.

US President Donald Trump said he was very, very proud of the US military action in Afghanistan while commander of the US forces in Afghanistan, Gen John W Nicholson justified the uses of MOAB saying, “As ISIS-K’s losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense. This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K.”

The GBU-43 is a GPS-guided munition that had never before been used in combat since its first test in 2003, when it produced a mushroom cloud visible from 20 miles (32 km) away.

The bomb’s destructive power, equivalent to 11 tonnes of TNT, pales in comparison with the relatively small atomic bombs dropped on Japan at the end of World War Two, which had blasts equivalent to between 15,000 and 20,000 tonnes of TNT.

U.S. Central Command ✔ @CENTCOM
.@USFOR_A releases GBU-43 #MOAB strike video against #ISIS-K cave complex, #Nangarhar, #Afghanistan #DefeatDaeshhttp://www.centcom.mil/MEDIA/PRESS-RELEASES/Press-Release-View/Article/1151115/us-forces-targets-destroys-isis-k-stronghold/ …
5:24 PM - 14 Apr 2017
https://twitter.com/CENTCOM/status/852852576743763968

©SantoshChaubey

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

WHY VIJAY MALLYA'S CASE IS NOT LIKE SAMIRBHAI VINUBHAI PATEL, FIRST INDIAN EXTRADITED FROM BRITAIN


It had taken Britain 23 long years to extradite someone wanted in India when it had extradited a Gujarat riots accused, Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel, on October 18, 2016 to face trial in India after a Red Corner Notice was issued against him. He is currently in a jail in the Anand district of Gujarat and is facing trial in the case of riots in Anand's Ode village where, on March 1, 2002, 23 people of a community were burnt alive.

India had signed extradition treaty with Britain way back in 1992 and it came into force in 1993 but in spite of India's repeated demands, Red Corner notices and warrants, Britain had not extradited or deported anyone before Samirbhai Patel. And he is still the only one.

Be it musician Nadeem who is wanted in Gulshan Kumar's murder case or Tiger Hanif who is wanted in a 1993 Gujarat blast case or naval war room leak case accused Ravi Shankaran or former IPL Czar Lalit Modi who is wanted for committing financial crimes, arguments of the Indian authorities could not convince the British government or its courts to rule in favour the Indian government.

So when Samirbhai Patel's extradition was finally approved from Britain, Indian agencies felt a sense of achievement, in spite of the fact that Samirbhai had not opposed his extradition and, in fact, his consent had helped the British authorities to take a decision in the matter.  

While everyone else on India's most wanted list has fought tooth and nail to oppose his extradition from Britain, be it Nadeem or Tiger Hanif or Lalit Modi or Vijay Mallya who was arrested today and granted bail within an hour as a part of his routine extradition case hearing.

And going by the historical precedent as well as the legal technicalities of the extradition process that the UK follows, it may take years before Vijay Mallya exhausts his legal options. If the district court, where the case hearing began today, rules against him, Mallya has options to move to the British High Court and place an appeal before the UK Home Secretary. In case of a negative ruling, Mallya will then move to the UK Supreme Court. And no one can say what time this whole process will take.

Then the Indian agencies will also have to ensure the sanctity of criminal charges against Mallya assuring the British authorities that there is no political vendetta involved and there will be no compromise with Mallya's human rights.

Dawood Ibrahim's aide Tiger Hanif is a classic example of this labyrinthine process.  A UK district court had allowed his extradition in May 2012. The UK High Court upheld the district court ruling in April 2013. He then appealed to the then UK Home Secretary Theresa May, who is now the prime minister, against the court ruling. And his application is still stuck at that level, waiting for May's Home Secretary Amber Rudd's approval or disapproval. If Rudd rules against him, he will certainly appeal against it in the UK Supreme Court.

Vijay Mallya knows it. That is why they keep on challenging and daring Indian agencies that there are no cases against them and they are victims of witch hunting. That is why, after today's court hearing, Vijay Mallya is tweeting that he is not worried and is "thanking God for an impartial and robust justice system in the UK".

Vijay MallyaVerified account
@TheVijayMallya
Replying to @andrewbensonf1
Thank God for an impartial and robust justice system in the UK
7:37 PM - 18 Apr 2017

Vijay MallyaVerified account
@TheVijayMallya
Replying to @F1Racing_mag
No worries...I am continuing to lead my team and passionately
6:35 PM - 18 Apr 2017

Also, when India has not been able to convince the British authorities to extradite people charged with serious criminal offences like terrorism, murder and espionage, what chance the financial crimes have. 

©SantoshChaubey

Monday, 17 April 2017

PUTINISM TO ERDOGANISM: CIRCA 2017

Its official  now.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is the next dictator-cum-strongman of Europe – in fact the only one after Vladimir Putin in Russia.

As ‘Putinism’ is used to describe the dictatorial run of Vladimir Putin, another dictatorial style complete its gestation period today – ‘Erdoganism’ – with his designs for an all power presidency in Turkey.

Today, Erdogan killed the Turkish parliamentary system and gave his coronation as Turkey's undisputed, unbridled, unchallenged (and hardliner) ruler a presidential makeover. Today, Turkey, the only Muslim country with a modern cultural outlook today completed its journey to become a man's fiefdom.

Today's referendum has given unparalleled (and unquestioned) powers to Erdogan. Now he will appoint and sack his cabinet as he pleases. Now he will choose who will deliver justice in Turkey's courts. Now he will dissolve the parliament, that has already been reduced to a nominal existence, when he feels so.

And it is not without public support. The 2016 Turkish coup against Erdogan failed because public opposed it. And swathes of public could be seen in long shots of Erdogan's victory celebrations today. He is riding high on a nationalist fervour.

Something that Putinism has done with a panache.

Putin has been 'democratically' elected dictator of Russia since 1999, 18 year now and is poised to remain there for decades. Erdogan has ruled Turkey's power corridors since 2003 and with today's move, he also cemented with position for decades to come. They both have abused democracy to give democratic sanction to their ruthless power grabbing acts.

The 2016 Turkish coup, in fact, was the last remnant of the secular thought process – the hallmark of the Turkish military once – that saw its disoriented expression on July 15 last year.

Tens of thousands have been arrested and purged and it is still ongoing - with ruthless finesse. It is expected to last till every voice against Erdogan is effectively silenced. Erdogan was doing it for long but the coup (or the failed coup) exacerbated it. With today's coup, Erdoganism has tried to give it a sort of democratic garb.

Would the European community act? Would the European nations take note of it?

Well, this question was raised every time Putinism displayed itself and it will continue its tradition with Erdoganism, as has been the case when signs became visible that Europe's next dictator had arrived in Erogan.

The answer never came. Turkey has become the next Russia for Europe. And European nations cannot do anything about it. Today, the only secular Muslim country of the world initiated its journey back to religious fundamentalism under a ruler who is a Islamist and was jailed for hurting Turkey's secular credentials. Today, the right wing politics prevailed in yet another country.

©SantoshChaubey

Saturday, 15 April 2017

GUIDED BY 'WARRIOR MONK' DEFENCE SECRETARY, DONALD TRUMP TAKES ON AFGHANISTAN, SYRIA. NORTH KOREA NEXT?

Here it is bit modified.

The United States yesterday dropped the biggest non-nuclear bomb in the history of humankind. A C-130 aircraft dropped the massive 21,000 pound Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB) that is also called the 'Mother of All Bombs on tunnels believed to be used by the ISIS’s Khorasan module. The reports emerging in the aftermath say over dozens of the ISIS fighters have been killed in the attack.

Today, it is in Afghanistan. Last week, it was a Syrian military airbase was targeted by the US with 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles after it was suspected that the airbase was used by the Syrian regime to launch chemical attack on civilians that killed over 100.

Then the US has warned North Korea of unilateral action if other global powers don't come in its support and pre-empting a US action, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has ordered to immediately evacuate Pyongyong, the North Korean Capital city. To cap the tension, there are reports based on satellite images that North Korea is preparing for another nuclear test while the US has clearly warned a pre-emptive strike if North Korea goes ahead with another nuclear test.

Welcome to the command of James Mattis, the US Secretary of Defense who is known as a 'warrior monk' and one of his favourite quotes are, "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet."

US President Donald Trump who said he was very, very proud of the US military action in Afghanistan and congratulated ‘great military men and women of the US for doing so well in the Syria attack’, had said, while announcing James Mattis as his Secretary of Defense, “All I can say is he is the real deal. The real deal”.

And going by the recent US action, it seems Trump, indeed, is getting returns on his real deal and Mattis, indeed, has a plan to kill or punish everybody who doesn't fall in line, be it the Syrian regime or the ISIS or North Korea or anyone else labelled to be hostile to the US national interest or to create disorder in the world.

General Mattis was with Marine Corps for over 40 years and retired in 2013 when he was heading the US Central Command (Centcom). known for his controversial decisions and tough wartime approach, he is revered for his career among his supporters and is nicknamed 'mad dog' for his uncompromising attitude and views in the theatres of conflict and with quotes like the one mentioned above and many more that have come to be known as 'Mattism'.

He has had extensive experience of handling command operations in the 1991 Gulf War, in 2001 Afghanistan War and in 2003 Iraq Invasion. And, going by the state of affairs, we are going to see more and more of Mattism that believes that "The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some a**holes in the world that just need to be shot.”

And North Korea fits in that line of thinking. In a London conference on March 31, Mattis had said about North Korea, “Right now, it appears to be going in a very reckless manner in what its conduct is portraying for the future and that has got to be stopped.” And days after it Donald Trump tweeted to reiterate that stand, “North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them!” 

©SantoshChaubey

Friday, 14 April 2017

THE MOTHER OF ALL BOMBS BY GENERAL 'MAD DOG' MATTIS

The United States has just dropped the biggest non-nuclear bomb in the history of war craft and it may be just the beginning. Today, it is Afghanistan, with the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB) that is also called the 'Mother of All Bombs'. A C-130 aircraft dropped the 21,000 pound bombs on tunnels believed to be used by ISIS.

Last week, it was a Syrian military airbase that was targeted by the US with 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles after it was suspected that the airbase was used by the Syrian regime to launch chemical attack on civilians that killed over 100. Then the US has warned North Korea of unilateral action if other global powers don't come in its support and pre-empting a US action, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un today ordered to evacuate Pyongyong, the North Korean Capital. 

Welcome to the command of James Mattis, the US Secretary of Defense who is known as a 'warrior monk' and one of his favourite quotes are, "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet."

And going by the recent US action, it seems he, indeed, has a plan to kill everybody who doesn't fall in line, be the Syrian regime or the ISIS or North Korea or anyone else alleged to create disorder in the world.

Mattis was with marine corps for over 40 years and retired in 2013 when he was heading the US Central Command (Centcom).

General Mattis is revered for his career and is nicknamed 'mad dog' for his uncompromising attitude and views in the theatres of conflict and with quotes like the one mentioned above and many more that have come to be known as 'Mattism'.

He has had extensive experience of handling command operations in the 1991 Gulf War, in 2001 Afghanistan War and in 2003 Iraq Invasion. And, going by the state of affairs, we are going to see more and more of Mattism that believes that "The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some a**holes in the world that just need to be shot.”

©SantoshChaubey