G is for Gambling, Greed, Games, Grains, Gizmos ……….and Getafix

Gambling is nothing new to the world. It has been here since man arrived.  In India we have read in our ancient text, The Mahabharata, how the Pandav King Yuddhisthir lost his kingdom, his brothers, his wife and himself in a game of dice.

Thousands of years later, since The Mahabharata the story remains the same. Gambling still happens, though the latest scandal doesn’t involve a Vegas casino. Newspapers of Australia, England, India, Pakistan, South Africa, The West Indies, Sri Lanka and other cricketing nations are currently full of the match fixing scandal, in which almost the full Pakistan team is named. It seems they gambled away their match and their countries pride for a few dollars.

Coming back to my home town, New Delhi. Things don’t look bright here. Our bureaucrats, politicians and workers are all gambling with the lives of the local population and again with the nation’s honour. Don’t know about the games but the bank accounts of the involved officials have increased exponentially. And not only India and Pakistan but other countries too are deep in muck in some way or the other. Greed beckons gambling.

As I write this post, millions in the subcontinent will go hungry while tonnes of grain rots in the granaries of Delhi. On the other hand new gizmos are launched everyday to cater to the needs of the urban population. India will shine the day everyone gets to enjoy their fundamental rights.

G is also for government but I am fast losing faith in it.

Reading Asterix and hoping for a Getafix to come and make a magic potion that would help straighten things up. We surely need a fix.

P.S. Wrote this post as part of the ongoing ABC Wednesday Round

34 Responses to “G is for Gambling, Greed, Games, Grains, Gizmos ……….and Getafix”
  1. Wanda says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Funny you mention tea leaves…. This green tea was a gift, and it started with G so I thought it a good one for ABC G. But I do love loose tea, and most of my tea is, and you are so right, it tastes much better. Have a great day. I enjoyed your post.

  2. magiceye says:

    i sincerely hope your prayers are answered!

  3. Rajesh says:

    Great post. The two words – Gambling, Greed we may like to see very less in our society.

  4. Purba says:

    Ah Getafix’s magic potion that turned mere men into super heroes.

    And G is for God…we look up to him for miracles when things don’t go right.

  5. Leslie says:

    Interesting observations. of course gambling and greed are rampant here in the States as well. They just take different forms – like Wall Street.

  6. Chrisj says:

    Gambling and greed — almost the whole history of mankind wrapped up in two words. How sad — and so too is government.

  7. delhizen says:

    G is also for Good Going, Pats!

  8. Magali says:

    Hey, you joined up? Nice. And nice post!

  9. Roger Green says:

    Is it the natural state to gamble that one won’t get sick or injured (no insurance) or I can beat that oncoming car (no sense) or any number of other examples.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  10. Gattina says:

    Gambling, I only like to play roulette, lol !

  11. jabblog uk says:

    I read your post with great interest. We have to believe that good will triumph or we die of despair.

  12. Annelie E says:

    Interesting post, and I hope that all will be good…
    Thank´s for sharing this.
    And thank´s for your comment on my blog!

  13. Reader Wil says:

    Gambling and greed are the root of all evil. Thanks for visiting!

  14. Sheila Vaz says:

    Hi Prateek,
    I am Magali’s mum and came through your blog through ABC Wednesday.
    Read your post and really liked it. I had intended to write on G for Greed but changed my mind and wrote on Goa instead . People are really becoming very greedy and do not care whom hey hurt as long as they get what they want. Wish Getafix would really be able to come and fix things for us. By the way our family is a big fan of Asterix comics.

    • snowleopard says:

      Welcome to the Blog. Thank You for the appreciation. If we start caring then maybe we won’t need a Getafix. A lady in Delhi a few days ago delivered a baby on street and then died. People walked by and no one came to her help, they didn’t even notice her. And it happened in CP the heart of Delhi where many offices are located. We are a sad lot.

  15. vernz says:

    that’s a lot of informative G ….. o don;t lost faith in your government .. if you do.. your society’s gonna crumble …thanks for dropping by … Have a nice day!

  16. Yes, G for Gambling & Greed. Other than feeling, we can’t do anything!!
    Hope soon we will get rid of.
    Good Post Patty!
    Waiting for A…..Z !! 😉

  17. Puneet says:

    Hi, good to see your blog & your interest in the nation, politics & issues like corruption. I had been to Freedom Park, Bangalore to support the Anna Hazare team recently. I have shared my experience on my blog http://puneet3210.blogspot.com/2011/08/anna-hazare-freedom-park-bangalore.html . Do have a look. The same is shared on IndiBlogger also at http://www.indiblogger.in/indipost.php?post=72809 🙂 Puneet

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