By the power vested in me

Nope, no marriage being ministered. And no, I haven’t changed my profession either. Still unemployed, still enjoying. The title of this post points to this month’s topic chosen by Bhagyashri, for our writers circle monthly blog posts.

Given a chance, the power/sixth sense I would like to have & why
Hmm, interesting. The first thing that comes to mind is Superman. Movies and TV have always been full of superhero concepts - Heroes, Batman, Superman, IronMan, Spiderman. Think of the possibilities. Initially when she suggested the topic, I started thinking of all the serious ones - eradicate poverty, banish corrupt folks - typical, like spoken at a beauty pageant. And then Swati suggested, how about adding a touch of humor to it. So am going to cheat a little and submit two entries, one humorous and one serious. Here goes.

1. The "Eat all you can" buffet!
Yep, think about how cool that would be. “With great power comes great responsibility” said Spiderman. Well, he definitely wasn’t hungry when he said that, else he would have picked something like I did. He probably wasn’t thinking about using the power for himself either. But me? Well, this particular one is about a humorous take, so I’ll be selfish and choose the power to eat whatever you want, how much ever you want and not gain an ounce or affect cholesterol or my health in any other way. I never used to be a foodie when I was in India. But the recent years have made me yearn for all kinds of food. Its possibly got to do with the fact that eating now makes me gain weight unlike in India, when regardless of how much I ate, I wouldn’t put on. The physical activities and the day to day stresses took away all of it. That’s why I probably didn’t realize it then, because I do not think my apetite’s changed. So yes, that’s my wish. Be able to eat all I want to without having it affect anything else! 

A child attempts to eat a piece of watermelon bigger than himself!

2. Minority Report is back!
This one’s the serious one. I remember watching this movie with my friends after I had graduated 12th grade. The idea that someone could predict crimes and arrest the perpetrator even before the crime is committed fascinated me even then. I have not been a sci-fi fan ever, but futuristic films have held me spell bound and tingly for a long time. What if someone did clone and recreate dinosaurs somewhere like in Jurassic Park? What if someone did create machines more powerful than man, that could someday eradicate mankind like in Transformers? And yes, what if we had a world where we could (or I could - as this post goes - have the power to) identify criminals and nab them prior to or in the act? The world would be a much more safer place. Of course, I wouldn’t know what to do with the nabbed criminals or even where to house them, considering the legal and judicial systems backlogs are at an all-time high, at least in India, but that’s a whole different conversation. 

A cartoon on psychics who can foretell the future
What about you? If you were given the option to have any one power/sixth sense what would it be? What if it did get granted? But then I also think about the movie Bruce Almighty where Bruce Nolan plays God and grants everyone’s wishes not having the time or interest to pick and choose. What would happen if everyone’s wishes were granted? It would be chaos to the power of a million. Oh well, that would be interesting to watch too!

I would love to hear your views!


  1. What do u mean superhero 'concept'? ...superheros exist. and why wouldnt u add Krish in your list? nonsense...
    And who is this swati? why doesnt she understand the seriousness of the situation the world faces? if Dec 2012 indeed is the end, this is no time to joke and 'add a touch of humor'... you should have cheated and kept 2 serious entries...and to 'humor' our friend swati, you should have just put in a 'knock knock' or 'little johnny' joke...

    1. Spidey never said 'with great...' was uncle ben...not the gujju aunty..this is Benjamin Parker, Peetar ka unkle.. Spidey (peetar) just repeated it...
    2. Spidey did use the power for himself...when he hung upside down and kissed Latika...opps..sorry, Latika is the Slumdog chic.. he kissed mary jane. after punching a couple of bad ass guys trying to mess around with her in an alley.
    3. The pic of the kid is misleading. Its eating a waterlemon...or melon..or whatever u call it. (we get such fruits in india, same color..they make it by injecting color into the fruit with a syringe with super thin needle)...and-fruits dont add to any cholestrol. A pic of thali from Rajdhani or Thakkers or Status or menu card of Ghashitaram etc would have been impactful.
    4. Its only after reading you entry 2 did i understand that Minority Report was a movie on some crime prediction. I slept through it because i was expecting something on the Mandal Commission and reservation quota. They dint even have hindi subtitles...
    5. Nabbed criminals should be put in a ship and sunk- that would help us get more movies like the titanic... it would also help sharks and other creatures underwater.
    6. is it a coincidence that i have just 6 points here? is it just a coincidence that my profile name was '6th saance' in the previous blog? case you are wondering, its high time you know that such superpower exists...i mean, i cant just spell it out here.. besides, that would put my life in danger...


    1. My God - too much Analysis!! AEJC mein bhi itna analytical mind tha kya?

      "The Friend" Swati :p

    2. not anonymous anymoreApril 11, 2012 at 6:42 PM

      The Friend Swati :p - All analysis outsourced re...i believe in just doing what falls under your circle of core-competency...e.g. burping out loud, making funny faces, finding faults at a cursory level...yeh sab likhna wikhna, let the ones who know the stuff do it...

      And pls- next time suggest some better topics as well..(humor ke saath).

  2. You saying "our" friend Swati just gave you away!
    1. OK OK - accepted. Uncle Ben.
    2. Its a wonder you even remember the character's name from Slumdog. Lagta hain poore din movies hi dekhta rehta hain.
    3. a. Who said anything about that food not being found in India. Idhar India US thodi baat kar rahe the! b. Dont you dare tempt me with Rajdhani or Thakkers thalis!
    4. Tune Minority Report nahi dekha hain? But shaayad abhi wo impact nahi hoga jo kuch saal pehle dekhta to hota
    5. Speaking of the Titanic, here's a Rajni joke for you - Titanic was remade with Rajni as the hero. He swam back to shore with Kate in one hand and Titanic in the other!
    6. accha hua tune 6 hi points daale, aur daalta to dimaag ghum jaata!

  3. Ohhhhhhh--I loved the concept of eating anything and not worrying about putting weight etc, but maybe with that power eating would not be that interesting.

    Nabbing criminals before they commit a crime is a good idea, but sometimes even I get intentions to kill people. How will we know the actual from the ones who just have thoughts.

    Good read!

    1. LOL :) I agree. The more restrictions the more fun it is and the more you yearn for it! If there were no restrictions then where's the fun!
      For the nabbing criminals one, I want the power to identify only those that would commit the crime - sorta like a futuristic prediction thingy. Intentions are OK - even I have one-off thoughts of wanting to kill someone!

  4. Ha ha ha! Nice read! I already have the 6th sence of 'eatin all i want to' without it affecting me! :D It wud be nice to have the power of reachin anywhr u want to in just 3 mins flat! We cud den go to Andaman, followed by KAshmir followed by Rajasthan! :p

    1. Snakes, beware that power might be granted by the Indian government and just like citizenship is specific to the country! The minute you leave the country, you lose the power! Love the power you have mentioned!

  5. Getting an akshya patra kind of vessel which will keep giving food whenever one wants might be a good idea too, with the rates of all food stuffs increasing by the day!

    Destination Infinity

    1. Well, rates are one thing, hunger and poverty another, so yes, a two-fold benefit!


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