Arjun Rao Arur drifting in VW Polo

Captured this with my BlackBerry Q10. The Driver (Arjun Rao Arur) had to cover a 6 second lead for a podium finish, for which he had to curate such epic driving! He was ecstatic! And guess what! He did it! (This was IRC – Indian Rally Championship)

the side mirror
The side mirror of VW Polo as it got rammed into a pole.

While drifting fast for this turn, he lost a little bit of road and rammed his side mirror on to a pole, but all this, without slowing down at all! He did loose a second there, it was quite evident. All in all it was an awesome day!

#IRC – Indian Rally Championship is a rallying sport competition organised by fmsci every year. I have been watching the Nashik stage since past 5-6 years and this year was completely different. The sport has grown much bigger. Its gaining the reputation that it really deserves. With every passing year, the sport gets bigger and bigger as well as, better and better! The race enthusiasts are getting better opportunities, there are TSD rallies taking place round the year. All these events are being organized, with high spirits, by WISA. WISA has been organising these great events since past 15 years and have always delivered. With a great number of pumped up volunteers, WISA has put Nashik on the maps of world rallying, or atleast, India.

Please Note: I have used the term #IRC in this post, because it seems the organisers have changed it to #IRC. Before, it always has been, #INRC - Indian National Rally Championship.

Carte Blanche

carte blanche. /kɑːt ˈblɑːnʃ/
complete freedom to act as one wishes.

Blinded by the sell outs that form our Society, the idea of existence of such simple word is imperceptible.
Today I write, while humming to the tune of ‘Humanity’ by Scorpions, about the simple ideology of living free. People are gashed by the idea of freedom. Everybody wants it, everybody needs it, but do they really get it? Our society has a very subtle way of curbing your freedom while enslaving your mind, body & soul to so called realms of society, ‘Social threeholding’.
The minds of people are so trapped consistently in these three sphere of social life; Political, Economical & Cultural that the very idea of roaming free and wild seems bizarre. I don’t need to type it out how people are crazy for Money, Honey, Fame & Attention and functioning with one of these missing is then the ultimate cause of dissatisfaction and uncontented sadness. And of course, with everything in hand raises a whole generation of good for nothing chuts.
But this is not all. With the major part of society hopelessly enslaved, there also exists a bunch of free spirits running wild, dancing the dance of dead. These are the people that are constantly dissed, judged and put down by the ‘normal people’.
Society loves its people and has a hard time letting go and hence, would do everything to keep you illusioned. And driving away from this society eats away your will and desire to be free.
With your will power down the drain you are hopelessly chained to these imbalanced realms of society, where you either settle for life worth of making money and fame or are constantly in search of salvation.

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Unsung Martyrs

Here on this lazy Sunday afternoon, while browsing my Twitter filled with tweets about the visit of Mr. Obama in India on Republic Day eve, while no real concern for the Republic Day, I come across this article posted by YourStory.com about ‘The Man who finds missing links of freedom fighters’. Well, this was something that really grasped my interest and by the end of the article I was left completely baffled. Its not about just some other story that makes you wonder, completely engulfs you and leaves you at the thought. The article made me wonder or rather made me question. It made question myself, my ignorance.
I don’t think, that in spite of all that curiosity and all that questioning of things has ever shed any kind of light on the enriched history of my country. We all know that India has its share of history, a big one. But Shivnath Jha has completely opened up a new chapter in history which if not surprising but has always been widely overlooked by the society (I know this is how our society works, but still).

Your Story Co. has done this wonderful article about Shivnath Jha, who has made it his mission to dig out the bloodlines of the martyrs who had served our nation selflessly. The article starts with Shivnathji’s correspondence with Ustad Bismillah Khan and their emotional sentiments. And there after lies the truth that hits you hard in the face.
[Read the entire article at Your Story Co. | Link Above]
With his extensive research and hardwork Shivnathji has published a book, “1857-1947: Forgotten Heroes and MARTYRS of India’s Freedom Movement” consisting stories of 207 unsung heroes who gave their life for India.
It seriously is worth a thought that the people that are to be actually celebrated are today treated as the scum of our society. Its people like Mr. Shivnath Jha, whose work has brought limelight to the subject, which were dreadfully ignored.
Who knew, corrupt and immoral souls were this low in standards that they’d even ignore the people who have fought for the country, that they praise in deception for their baneful motives.