A far-right activist was banned from ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft after launching into a vitriolic anti-Muslim tirade in the wake of the New York terrorist attack. Stephen Hawking feels that robots (AI) will eventually replace humans completely. SRK, who celebrated his birthday on Friday (Nov. 3) owns several acres of land on Moon. The government is all set to promote Khichdi as Brand India food. In Delhi, restaurants and hookah bars, are serving nicotine in the name of herbal hookah, says Shail, reviewing some news last week, in her regular column, exclusively for Different Truths.
Uber Uber Ban Ban
Public service –
auto, bus, train, cab
now becomes a racist human drab.
An unified human transport
goes for a six, more so the Uber cab
as right wing journalist
accuses Uber for delaying conference
for not driving enough ‘non-Muslim cabs.’
Uber not taking this jab
lightly bans a racist
for calling all Muslim cab drivers ‘terrorists.’
What the world has come to?
A rotten apple somewhere influences thoughts,
slashes religious beliefs, all for self-obsessed views
of God’s laws they themselves know not true.
What of the sane, educated crowd
that knows to think well, judge logically?
Why then, this racism that puts to shame
humanity; oh! What a selfish, sadist game!
AI set to Rule the World
Not far away, that day
when artificial intelligence takes sway;
robots created by men
will eventually, ‘outperform humans’
says renowned physicist Stephen Hawking
indicating life ahead is not a song everyone can sing.
AI just waiting to be created, bred
to replicate, improve itself until
life would need humans no more;
they would just be shown the door
when there are more competent beings
to do the job, to rule the system;
a sad state then of the till now dominating ‘humandom.’
Earth too small to inhabit the ever growing population
Hawking states, places, planets needed to be colonized
for human inhabitation.
Is then the fear of AI justified
like doomsday that people predict?
Are we foolishly waiting the human brain
to create an AI bomb like World War replicas
to dotard, diminish, destroy human life?
The self-destruction scare,
prevent us not from doing things, to dare,
to bring humankind to a place it should actually be-
caring, creating not claustrophobic living.
Until that happens, let’s work for the social good.
because society is us, we are part of the human band.
Shah Rukh gets the Moon
“I’ll get you the moon” the man tells his lover
unaware there would be a day when part of the moon
would be gifted to him for free
like selectively sweet mangoes from a tree.
Gone mad, is he? you might ask
but these vast acres of lands not bought by him,
not even by an Indian; an Australian fan
with love overflowing from all her heart
gifts him a land piece on the moon a year apart
when the actor turns older
as if to remind him his days of acting on earth numbered;
he needs to spread his wares elsewhere!
With already a crater named after him
owning plots on the moon seemed just the right thing,
not a passing whim!
The last dish I would want to eat
when there are innumerable tasty ones around
the khichdi or khicri very easily found.
Being promoted as Brand India Food
symbolising ‘unity in diversity’
the dish stretches across the country.
Rice and lentils, simple, nutritious,
every mother prepares in times of need,
to her hungry unwilling child she does feed!
Children, guests to eat the grand 800kg khichdi
prepared by Super Chef Sanjeev Kapoor
at the World Food India event.
Present in spirit for a time best spent
eating the Brand India Food – khichdi!
A hangover of Raja-Maharaja times
still wishing to smoke the hookah
in a more improvised version though,
not far away from the smoke of royalty
hoping to seep into our ordinary junta genes.
“We aren’t smoking guys; it’s shisha –
a cool way to hang out, to pass time;
you wouldn’t know, past your prime.”
Then, how is it you want to use an instrument
of the cave man to show off to your smoky indulgent friends
who in the name of herbal smoke
take deep nicotine drags within?
How cool would it be to know
that the ‘chilling down’ herbal hookah
is taking you faster to your grave?
Not me, the court says so.
Restaurants, bars have found loophole dough.
Closing down soon for violating norms.
Be wary, the hookah is smoking up a bar storm!
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Shail Raghuvanshi is a freelance writer, editor, content writer, book reviewer and poet. A post graduate in Journalism and Mass Communication, she has 20 years of writing experience in newspaper, magazine, radio, television and the internet. Her poems, short stories and articles have been published in leading magazines, journals and e-books apart from featuring in anthologies. A daughter, a wife and a mother, she is the eternal optimist. Faith, friendship and family make her life complete.