As a UPite staying in various parts of India, I had to defend my home state countless times. My friends always seemed to have something negative to say, more often than not inspired by what was written and shown in the media. "But that is not the whole picture", I recollect saying thousands of time. "Not everything/everyone is like that" was my standard response.I have always loved my state, I am proud of it yet I started feeling helpless, but suddenly something fascinating happened. A well educated man literally rode into the hearts of people of Uttar Pradesh. There was hope, enthusiasm. I felt that I can depend on someone to make my state better, to give it its place in the sun. Not only me but whole of country thought that Akhilesh Yadav was the face of new Uttar Pradesh.However, things seemed to go in reverse gear after some time. There were reports of chaos and crime. My old self wanted to come back on defensive mode again but the newer self was becoming indifferent. That was scary. I wanted to be anything but indifferent.Then suddenly I came across a news report about an IAS officer being suspended in Mathura district for misbehaving with a dalit teacher. 'The CM has taken keen interest', said the reports. I saw a flicker of hope.This flicker got stronger last year when after a cop misbehaved with an elderly man and broke his typewriter. There was an uproar on the social media and the CM was quick to take action.I started following the CM on Twitter and noticed how he was employing it to connect directly with people and becoming proactive.It is through social media that he made sure that Snapdeal's abducted employee returned home safely, that a small child suffering from brain tumor got free and timely treatment and a lady auto driver got justice.Recently there was another wayward incident in the capital city of Lucknow, when a DIG slapped a poor roadside vendor. 'The city is back to hooliganism', I thought but the Chief Minister, took a prompt action and suspended him.Visiting my parents in Lucknow last week, there was a 'sarkari' ambassador speeding and driving rashly. I tweeted to @CMOfficeUP and got immediate response. Are things moving ahead? Is Uttar Pradesh on road to a better tomorrow? My mind says yes and my heart mutters a silent 'amen'.