The Great War on Prithvi

Vishu Shastri16-year-old Vishnu Shastri finds himself pulled into a parallel world called Prithvi, which is similar to Earth with a different timeline. There is no sign of religion or science there, but he discovers fantastic astras (or Mahabharat style missiles) that are virtual supernukes and can control the weather and all of Prithvi’s elements and unleash untold destruction.

Vishnu meets an ageless astomi called Guru, a mysterious astra expert, who throws up more questions than answers. He has to escape the beautiful, evil and demented Shakti, Prithvi’s foremost assassin who is out to get him. Then there’s Mahamaharaj Duryodhan, a megalomaniac king bent on taking over the world and forcing a destructive World War, the planet’s eighth, but potentially the most dangerous. But Vishnu is constantly nagged with the doubt of who pulled him from Earth in the first place and for what purpose?

Vishu Shastri_backVishnu soon finds himself sucked into a Great War where millions and millions could be killed. Why is Vishnu involved in the first place? Either way he goes in for one roller coaster ride full of twists and turns and he can’t tell if its ever going to end…

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If all goes well, then I will ultimately convert this into a series of seven books with the second one being…
Vishnu Shastri and the Day of Doom.

Soon to be available on both Amazon (India and North America) and Flipkart.
Shipping to other countries will also be arranged.

DSC_0268Sunil Rajguru is a journalist based out of Bengaluru. This is his first published book, though he is in the process of writing many books on multiple genres. Rajguru is a regular writer for websites like Sify.com  and DailyO.in. Rajguru has worked for the Hindustan Times newspaper and website, CyberMedia’s Living Digital magazine, the Centre for Science & Environment and market research firm IDC India.

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Why the Russia US election hacking story is total bullshit!!!

The whole world is getting tired of the cry-babies of America who keep screaming that Russia interfered in their 2016 Presidential elections. You could be forgiven for thinking that America was a totally powerless Third World country which could do nothing but whine and whine all day.

Here’s a look at why the whole story is grossly hypocritical and humbug in the first place…

1. America doesn’t just interfere, it straightforward kills.

fidel-alejandro-castro-ruz-63039_640How many times have the CIA tried to kill a foreign leader? The exact number will remain unknown, though one estimate puts in excess of 50 with hundreds of assassination plots. That’s not including the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, though!

There is actually a Wikipedia page titled “Assassination attempts on Fidel Castro” and the number there is a mind-boggling 638! That led to the documentary: 638 Ways to Kill Castro.

The CIA has conducted outright coups in countries as diverse as Iran, Guatemala and Congo. It tries to meddle in the affairs of every country on Earth and has reduced certain countries like Pakistan to mere puppets.

dictator-67517_640Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was beaten to death. He was stripped naked and abused. Gruesome videos were put up on YouTube. When the then Secretary State Hillary Clinton heard the news, she almost broke into a jig with the famous line: We came, we saw, he died! That led to the famous parody video.

After all this, for Hillary, the Democrats, liberals and mainstream media to shout from the rooftops that Russia interfered in their elections after presenting virtually zero proof to the world is the joke of the century.

2. But if it really did happen, Obama is to blame.

barack-obama-1166062_640Let’s just say for a moment that the Russians really did interfere in the elections. Let’s accept it as an absolute truth. Well, Donald Trump was just another businessman running for President till November 8, 2016.

Who allowed the hacking to happen? The attack happened under whose watch? The buck stops with? The plain answer is the then US President Barack Obama. He let the country down and it is curious that no-one is even mentioning his name let alone attacking him for this gross and grave security breach.
Secondly, even if he couldn’t have done much to stop it, what was he doing from Election Day November 8, 2016 to Inauguration Day January 20, 2017? That’s a good two months and more.

Obama could have easily have instituted an enquiry or started the process of sanctions against Russia. But he didn’t.

If the hacking happened, then Obama and his entire administration look really bad.

If the hacking didn’t happen, then the Democrats, liberals and media look really bad.

That’s a lose-lose situation for Trump haters!

3. Even if you prove Russia interfered, Trump is another story.

moscow-2105607_640There is another problem even if you prove that Russia rigged the election. As mentioned above, Obama, his administration and his intelligence will look bad. But then how do you prove that Russia did it at the behest of current US President Trump? You’d need solid proof for that.

A. Russia hacked the American elections.
B. Russia did it at the behest of Trump.

Right now they haven’t even begun proving to the world that A. happened.
In fact that’s why there’s a theory that Obama probably had something to go on regarding Russian interference, but didn’t pursue it because he knew he couldn’t link it to Trump.

4. But then again anybody can hide their digital footprints.

vladimir-putin-2374090_640Spook versus spook was murky as it is. In cyberspace things have become even murkier. Anyone can pretend to be Russian and hack into the system. The CIA can themselves stage an internal coup and blame the Russians. There are many Hollywood movies along these lines.

In fact it was none other than Russian President Vladimir Putin who stated the following with his panel discussion with NBC’s Megyn Kelly when she presented the Russia hacking story as a fact saying it had Russia’s fingerprints…

“What fingerprints? Say prints of hooves, horns, whose prints are those? About IP addresses, you can just make them up. Do you know how many specialists are there now? They can make it so that it will be from your home address. Your children sent it. They can make it so that it will be from your home address. Your children sent it. Your youngest three-year-old child! It’s organized so that precisely your three-year-old girl made the attack. Such specialists now exist in the area of technology that they will make up anything, and then they will accuse anyone…”

Putin has a point. This is something that will probably never be conclusively settled.

5. Nobody even knows what they mean by “hacked”.

hacker-2077138_640Did Russia hack Hillary’s email server and embarrass her? Did Russia hack the computers of the Democratic National Committee and create bad press? Was Russia colluding with that “hack” Julian Assange of WikiLeaks?

Did Russia hack the electronic voting machines of America? If so, how many machines were hacked and how many votes did they manage to switch in how many states? What about swing states with paper ballots? Everybody uses the word “hacking” to mean different things.

Plus nobody has given any sort of details of how Russia could have rigged the voting machines in the first place.

Hack: A cheap, mediocre, or second-rate practitioner, especially in the fields of journalism and literature: a charlatan or incompetent. (Urban Dictionary)

6. So little evidence so far that it’s virtually fake news.

nazi-301527_640Like “Show me the money!” everyone is shouting “Show me the proof!” No concrete evidence has been presented to the public. (The CIA may have something, but we don’t know) It is just a stream endless baseless stories that are based on a stream of endless anonymous (fake?) sources.

That pretty much sounds like a quote misattributed to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels: If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.

Putin said much more in the above exchange with Megyn…

“Are you out of your mind? There’s nothing concrete, just zero, zero, nothing at all. Simply surprising! It’s simply some kind of hysteria, and you just can’t stop. Do you need to be given some pill? Does anyone have a pill? Give them a pill!”

(At this stage even Prime Minister Narendra Modi, one of the participants of the panel, couldn’t stop laughing!)

“…And the problem is not with us. The problem is within American politics. That’s the problem. Trump’s team proved to be more effective during the election campaign… And the other team miscalculated. They do not want to admit this mistake… It’s easier to say: We are not guilty, the Russians are guilty. They interfered in our elections.”

He even likened it to a Nazi conspiracy (much like Hollywood star Tim Allen comparing Hollywood to Nazi times)…

“Overall, this reminds me of anti-Semitism: Jews are to blame for everything, you see? You are stupid and can’t do anything, but Jews are to blame.”

Ouch!

Then came the sting by Project Veritas that showed a CNN editor admitting it was all bullshit, another CNN Trump hater calling it a nothing burger and a third also talking of Russia as just a ratings game.

7. Ahem, do they really want a President Pence?

julius-caesar-626422_640Everyone knows that this is just an ego battle by Trump haters to push for his impeachment and get him out of the way. But if you do that, then Hillary doesn’t become President, but Mike Pence does.

Pence is a Republican hardliner. Liberals would probably hate him more than Trump. Trump is an ex-Democrat who definitely didn’t lead a conservative lifestyle and got the LGBT flag at the Republican convention.

Liberals don’t like Pence’s views on gun control, abortion and LGBT rights. As Indiana Governor, he was against the settlement of Syrian refugees in the state. If President Pence went even more hardline than Trump, nobody would be able to do anything since they had already thrown down all their cards on the table.

The Republican march would continue and they might actually get more sympathy.

Maybe that’s why Trump chose Pence in the first place! He calculates everything.

A play presented Trump as a Julius Caesar who gets assassinated. Well these folks definitely don’t know their history. For in real life Julius’ successor Augustus went after all the former’s enemies and finished them off to become the first Emperor of Rome!

If Julius Trump is impeached, then Augustus Pence could be much worse for Trump haters!

© Sunil Rajguru

Donald Potter, Hillary Voldemort and Death Eater Rowling

Rowling TweetIn the Harry Potter fictional universe, Voldemort killed and tortured with great regularity just for fun and almost threatened to wipe out the entire human race (muggles) along with the non-pure blood in the magical world. And yet according to its creator JK Rowling, Donald Trump was worse than Voldemort even before he became US President! How’s that for mindboggling hyperbole?

actor-1299629_640All this is quite funny, because in Rowling’s books, Harry Potter is the outsider who is ridiculed non-stop by many, is totally rubbished, is a rank outsider and never gets a moment’s peace. Even all his friends face ridicule and discrimination. Yet he is triumphant against all odds in the end.

At the beginning of every book he is a pariah, but at the end of the book he’s a winner.

Voldemort on the other hand is treated as the Chosen One by the Death Eaters who are downright petrified of him. They are sure that there is absolutely no way that he can be “ultimately” defeated and vanquished. In the end the Ministry of Magic and its complete administration becomes a mere tool for his ambitions. His followers are in positions of great power and are smug and arrogant.

Voldemort’s crimes could fill a fat book.

celebrity-2104971_640In real life, Trump is the outsider who is ridiculed non-stop by many, is totally rubbished, is a rank outsider and never gets a moment’s peace. Even his followers face ridicule and discrimination. They are regularly beaten on the streets. Yet he became triumphant against all odds in the end.

At the beginning of the Republican race he was a pariah, but he won in the end. At the beginning of the US Presidential race he was a pariah, but he won in the end. At the beginning of his Presidency he was a pariah, so there’s a good chance he’ll win in the end.

hillary-41775_640Hillary Clinton on the other hand was treated as the Chosen One by the Democrats, liberals, intelligentsia, Hollywood and Silicon Valley czars who are downright petrified of her. They were sure that there was absolutely no way that she could be defeated before November 8, 2016. In the end the White House and its complete administration became a mere tool for her ambitions in 2016. Her followers are in positions of great power and are smug and arrogant.

The tonnes of allegations against Hillary, which were never investigated due to her proximity to power at all times, could fill a fat book.

It is ironic that Rowling in the fictional universe slayed Voldemort and the Death Eaters through her writings, but in the real world is a Death Eater who supports a real-life Voldemort.

© Sunil Rajguru

#RioOlympics2016 musings…

rio-1585738_640Badminton champion gets Rs 10+ crore for getting our only Olympics woman silver in 100+ years.
Daughter of badminton champion gets Rs 10+ crore for every film, hit or flop.

‪#‎Irony‬
Shobhaa De trolled the India Olympics contingent really gracelessly.
Instead those who outed her are being called trolls.

#Ind Post-1947.
6 #Olympics Gold medals.
3 cricket World Cups.
1 hockey World Cup.
All under Congress Prime Ministers. 100%.
#Replug

Most politically incorrect song from Bobby during the #Olympics
Na chahoon Sona Chandi…
Ye mere kis kaam ke…
Ye to hain bas naam ke!

I think they should award a fourth place “Pewter Medal” in the Olympics for the benefit of countries like India.
‪#‎Rio2016‬

Other countries…
You don’t win a silver, you lose a gold.
India…
You don’t lose a bronze, you win a fourth place.
‪‪#‎Reality‬

‪#‎BetiBachaoBetiPadhao‬
should be officially changed to
‪#‎BetiPadhaoBetiKhilao‬

Shobhaa De should make a few more nonsensical statements.
A couple more Indian women will end up winning ‪#‎Olympics‬ medals.

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Surge pricing began long back in India…

Cinema tickets…
1.5x to 2x (in black) after House Full board is put outside the cinema hall.
3x to 4x for superhit movies and those of superstars.

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Auto rickshaw rates…
1.5x if the autowallah doesn’t feel like going.
2x to 3x at night.
4x to 5x during crises.

Vegetables and fruits…
2x to 3x depending on scarcity.
Onions went up to 10x in the past.

Railway tickets…
1.5x through touts.
Even Tatkal could be called a form of surge pricing.

Bringing in luxury goods in India till the 1980s…
2x to 10x depending on the whims of the customs department.

Government services…
1.5x to 5x depending on the difficulty of getting the service after including bribes.

© Sunil Rajguru

Comedy Nights with Kapil musings…

Comedy Nights with Kapil may be going, but Comedy Days with Pappu is here to stay.

Inception…
Comedian arrested for mocking religious leader who now has a case against him for dressing up as a godly avatar.

Was it “Comedy nights with Kapil” or…
Bollywood film promo nights with Kapil.

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#‎PathankotAttack‬

Everyone is crying out for peace, yes,
None is crying out for justice!
—Peter Tosh.
‪‪#‎RawDealForIndianDefenceServices‬

Pak terrorists report to ISI.
ISI reports to Pak Army.
Pak Army reports to Nawaz.
Terror attack on India = Nawaz attacks India.
When will they get it?

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Media musings…

If there were 7.4 billion unlimited broadband connections, then there would be zero newspapers and zero TV news channels.

Newspapers are taken seriously by those people who don’t have Internet.
TV news channels are taken seriously by those who don’t have unlimited broadband.

The headline of the Times of India Front Page Lead has 33 words.
I wonder if this is a new record.
‪#‎BiryaniWithNawaz‬

Differing priorities…

I will electrify every village: Goyal.

I will save every stranded foreign national: Sushma.

I will build road in every corner: Gadkari.

I will put every textbook online for free: Smriti.

I will solve every Railways problem: Prabhu.

I will blame everything on Modi: Kejri.

I will cover and magnify every little goof-up of Modi: Senior editor.

I will blame every little nonsensical thing on Modi: #AdarshLiberal.

© Sunil Rajguru

Modi woes post Bihar elections…

New millennium truth…
Even a newbie politician can be CM of Delhi, not a BJPian.
Even a housewife can be CM of Bihar, not a BJPian.
‪#‎DelhiPatnaDoorHai‬

Modi…
2012-14: Won India, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir.
2015: Lost New Delhi and Bihar.
He is after all human!

Narendra Modi…
Fighting against heavy odds all his life.
So, the heavy odds simply continue!

#‎AccheDin‬ have finally arrived for all ‪#‎ModiHaters‬.

Mahagatbandhan 1 = Bihar = JDU + RJD + Congress.
Mahagatbandhan 2 = West Bengal = TMC + CPM + Congress.
Mahagatbandhan 3 = Uttar Pradesh = SP + BSP + Congress.

Modi leads Modi Haters 734-2*.
(*1=Delhi polls is a loss as most of them live in Delhi which is falling apart under Kejri.
2=Bihar under Laloo will also crash.)

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The way Bihar & Co. vote…

New Year resolution for 2016…
Forget trying to understand Bihari politics forever.
‪#‎BiharResults‬

Opinion polls gaye tel lene.
Exit polls gaye tel lene.
Early trends gaye tel lene.
Bihar development gaya tel lene.

Mahagatbandhan will be Mahagadbad for development.

2014 elections…
Modi for PM.
Modi for CM.
2015 elections…
Nitish for CM.
Laloo for PM (2019).

Bihar returns to 1990 as India heads to 2020.
Pappu returns to 2004 promise and also to 2019 hope.

In 2004 they kicked out development champions like Krishna, Naidu and Vajpayee.
In 2015 they brought back jokers like Kejri and Laloo.
‪#‎IndianElectorate‬

Can’t trust Opinion Polls.
Can’t trust Exit Polls.
Can’t even trust Trends on D-Day!

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