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My writing takes me places my mind never wanted to go
Everyone writes. From the ink of their thoughts, by the pen of their mind on the page of their face. Everyone writes.I love to write. It is a passion; a compulsion; something that gives me an avenue to express myself. I write when I am happy; when I am sad or when an issue touches my heart. I find inspiration to write in every aspect of life.
This blog is dedicated to anything and everything that fills my thoughts and occupies cranial space

Monday, December 26, 2011

Not A Kid Anymore.....

Science class once taught us that we are past childhood, into the stage of teenagers, and I think that that’s all my classmates have ever truly taken in from that class.

I went to school with a variety of students. Most of them declare themselves old enough to go out and have fun on their own, get jobs and cell phones, and date people who they “love”. They claim to be maturing young adults that have the right to make their own decisions and not be told what to do by their parents and teachers. Most of these teens get what they want, however, they don’t realize that with trust and freedom comes responsibility, which isn’t easy to fulfill.

When I was past teenage I found myself in a university pursuing an integrated course. Nobody taught me that my teenage was over and I was still considering myself a kid enjoying my childhood.

I’m twenty one onto twenty two and still a kid in the eyes of my parents. I may not always do what my parents ask, but I listen and converse with them. I spend time with my sister and listen when others speak. I keep my mind open to learn and to understand the billions of others that share my world. I try to become something more than I am, to walk through my open doors, and to use my opportunities. I keep in mind, where I am, who I am, and the place that I come from. And, without wanting to grow up and not be a kid anymore, I accept my responsibilities and fulfill them.

Now the question which always comes to my mind is that I am a kid or not??? Because I think I am still hanging somewhere on the line which demarcates a kid from a grown up as sometimes when I try to do some weird things or the things I want to do, then my parents say that behave properly, you are no more a kid . And on the other hand when I try to do something of my own, they say don’t consider yourself that grown up, you are still a kid. Ahhhhhh I know I will be a kid for my parents throughout my life, but when will that time come when I the dialogue “you are still a kid” will leave me.

Its not that I don’t like to be a kid, somebody who knows me well will also say the same that I am still a kid. I still watch cartoons, though rarely but I watch them when I have nothing else good to watch. Because Just because I'm not a kid anymore, doesn't mean I shouldn't watch cartoons. I enjoy watching them and Tom and Jerry is my best. All I want to know is that am I a kid or a grown up?? Please help.

And a very Happy New Year from this kid. I just wanted to say thank you all and its been a pleasure having you on this blog in this year.


Friday, September 16, 2011

What India means to me....

To start off  I want to share an incident which I remember vividly and I would like to recall it.
It was 15th August,2009, 1:00 am in the night and I was in my hostel. I went to the bus-stand to get some wafers from a shop which was the only shop which remained open even after midnight. It was raining steadily. The guy came to my car, gave me wafers and offered me a cup of coffee .I took it and when I offered him money for it he denied saying that as it was Independence Day today he was celebrating it and giving coffee to all those who were coming to his shop
I was stunned.Here was this man, selling wafers, cigarettes, beedis and tea for a living. Making 2000 Rs a month,working in the wee hours of the night even in rains,months of december and january when the nights can be quite cruel, being snubbed by rich youngsters who came after midniht to buy cigarettes from him and often bashed up by the cops for keeping his shop open after midnight..and yet,he saw 15th August as a day to be celebrated,he felt proud to be an Indian and was happy to be an Indian even after all the hardships in his life.He was celebrating it by spending 50-60 rs which was quite a big amount for him and yet there was this smile on his face which reflected his love for his country
I was with my friend and both of us were speechless and both of us could just say INDIA IS GREAT
This incident is well etched in my memory and to me this is the spirit of INDIA which well and truly defines INDIA

I believe India has the potential to be the greatest country in the world because the people of this country are the greatest in the world..
I thought a lot on What India means to me…… What I thought cannot be described in these 1500 to 2000 words but I will try my best to prove What India Means To Me.
India….A sixty four year old history, a civilization that is the bed rock of modern world that we know, a country of peace loving people, a country that is the cynosure of all eyes, the biggest promise that the world has.....
On the other hand, politicians that treat the country as their personal fiefdom, a system in which nothing works, a place where a movie like Rang De Basanti inspires us, but the lathi charges at India Gate crush what ever aspirations you might have had for the country, a place where not merit but pull/contacts determines a man's worth, a country of a billion people, but all divided by caste, race and religion..... All this forced me to think that is Independence Day just another national holiday or do we really believe it's worth celebrating?
 64 years of Independence we have achieved a lot, but at the same time we fail to achieve many things, well that’s natural, no nation is perfect, and we the people of the nation have to make it perfect.
What we have achieved is---
We are finally been accepted by the world as humans (color difference is dying out; though still there), but will also end soon
We are no more snake charmers in the eyes of the world.
India is growing as a nation and our economy is all set to be among the largest
We are the largest Democracy in the world and among the few who are able to contain the military and judiciary. (Not like Pakistan with Military Cop). India has the third largest army in the world and the statue of Gandhi remains the central figure in the land and the icon of world peace.
We have good relations with most of the nations of the world
And now after the whole Lokpal Bill Episode, we re-learnt the power of non-violence, respect for sacrifice, and that cricket is not the only thing that can unite the country. The first movement the country witnessed after the independence that gathered the every section of the society, and lakhs of people all over the country gathered for a cause, and are able to achieve it with non- violence, what else needed?
 At the same time there are many failures also, some of  the failures are-
Though Zero was Invented but still one-fourth of the population is illiterate (I do not go by the definition given by the government)
Government claims that poverty is reduced from the country and now more people have access to the basic amenities, but take a nocturnal walk along the streets of your town and you will know the reality.
 In India girls are regarded as Goddess Lakshmi and are also treated as an Avaatar of Durga mata on the day of last navratra, but still female foeticide is highest in our country.
Though we are so called No.1 in IT services, we still lack IT in our own companies and offices, MNC banks are IT enabled but Indian banks are not.
India is considered as a land of many rivers, but still portable drinking water is a luxury in this country.
 We follow caste more than anything, we do what our caste leaders tell us to do; no rational thinking (Divide and Rule still prevails; BJP-Hindu, Shiv Sena -Marathas, Bhahujan Samaj Party (Mayawati)- Dalit, Samajwat Party- Yadavs, but Congress who gives these names to others claims is the only secular party of India b'coz they haven't forgotten the lesson given by Lady Mountbattien to J L Nehru of Divide and Rule.)
 Its an exciting phase to live in India, more so if you are the smart English speaking middle class. with our economy booming and countries abroad starting to relate us with talented intellectuals, India is poised to go on to become a great nation with an even greater heritage. Probably rather than cribbing about what we have not achieved, lets be proactive in bringing about a change. Lets be responsible citizens.
 Judicial system - FIRs are still registered only after you pay a fee to get them registered... A lawyer who is supposed to help you out, plays on both sides to fill his pockets, flexibility of law is directly propotional to the cash you have......
Political system - To change it you got to get in it... but most of us are happy complaining without participating... but I question why should a sane person participate...why should he try to change the system... to end up the way Manjunath did?
Education system - We have a mid day meal scheme to attract children to school, but most of the money is diverted to other funds , children are given sub standard food. There is lack of involvement of women in every walk of life.... they still are burnt and raped in villages and cities alike....

IT - Let's talk about the thing that has made us known all over the world...I will not say that we are doing what the Americans dont want to... but I would like to point out that how is it that we suddenly became good.. what was it that the Govt did to make this possible..and the answer is nothing!!! the optical cables were not put in place by us, the return of the IT crowd post the boom was not designed by us, the low cost factor was not identified by us... it just happened without any Govt interventation...and maybe that was the best part.
If you live in a free country and yet cannot leave it in any direction because those surrounding you are not free, then are you really free or in a prison with rights and liberty with no where to go? Think on this.
If my blunt comments have hurt anybody's sentiments please note these words were meant to challenge them.
Even after all this I am Proud to be a Bhartiya.
This is what India means to me.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Happy Teacher's Day

In 2010 I posted an interesting story of an imaginary conversation between a pencil and an eraser in this I'M SORRY post in which we children were referred as pencil and  parents were referred as ‘Erasers’ in our lives, in which whenever the pencil commits any mistake, eraser has to erase it and with every mistake the eraser has to loose a part of itself.
But If we think about it, we’ll probably recognize that our teachers also are the erasers in our lives. We are the pencils, sharp, and colourful. And every time we made a mistake, the teachers are there to correct us. They gave a bit of themselves – so that we could emerge looking just a bit better. They are the backbone of every individual's success.
As we moved from school to college , we found new teachers. On this day when the country celebrates Teachers’ Day, let us spare a thought for those selfless human beings who made a difference to our lives. Let us thank all those teachers who happily got a little dirtier to keep us clean, who didn’t mind losing a bit of themselves to make our work error-free. And who were happy to fade away and watch our work with pride as we moved on to newer worlds, and newer teachers. The pencils might get all the glory, but it’s the erasers who made it all possible .There’s something else about teachers that makes them truly special: their ability to see the genius inside every child.
We would all do well to remember those lessons. Never be afraid of making mistakes; there will always be an eraser at hand. Don’t worry if you couldn’t become an engineer or a doctor. Just be the best you can be. Remember 1 thing Mangoes don’t grow on guava trees. Different trees bear different fruits. Enjoy each fruit. Parents and teachers – are just the gardeners. their job is to water the plant, give it nourishment, and allow it to grow into a healthy tree. 
And yes, as a Teachers’ Day special, do yourself a favor.
Pick up a pencil and send a message to a teacher to thank him or her for being that wonderful eraser in your life.
I just did
Thank you all the teachers, this is all I could do for the teachers' day.......

Sunday, September 04, 2011


From my Childhood I know India as a democratic country. Democracy means Government of the people, for the people and by the people. Looking into today’s strata of the country all this doesn’t seem to be true. Every five years, we, the proud citizens of India, cast our votes and elect those who will represent us in the Parliament (the very citadel of democracy) and the legislative assemblies. But the overall procedure of election is well known to us. Except in some major cities, especially where the proportion of the highly educated and socially-conscious people is higher, elections have been neither fair nor peaceful. Booth-capturing, rigging, forcing the masses to stay away from the ballot box and other malpractices are commonplace; vested interests thus secure maximum votes in socially and economically backward areas. Casting a vote upon being pressurized by some goons is equal to staying inside a prison and acting like convicts. After the voting, when the winner along with his/her supporters holds a victory rally, an imbecile like me can’t suppress laughter.

Even then we regard the government as our representative. STRANGE. Oh  I forgot one of the main characteristic if democracy, that if a common man is not satisfied with the government then unlike dictatorship he is free to raise his voice against the government. The way Manjunath raised his voice and all of us know what the consequence was. Now when Anna Hazare raised his voice against the government, the government also tried to suppress his voice, but was unsuccessful  Now when the government came to know that the mastermind behind the Anna’s movement is Arvind Kejriwal, now he is on the hit list.
Five years after relinquishing his job, Anna Hazare's aide Arvind Kejriwal was slapped a notice by the Income Tax department last month. The Income-Tax department demanded the Magsaysay Award winner to pay dues of more than Rs 9 lakh.
The notice was served a week before Anna Hazare kicked off his anti-corruption crusade on August 16 at Ramlila Maidan. Incidentally, officially, Kejriwal is still an IRS employee as the department has not accepted his resignation tendered in 2006. The I-T department maintains that Kejriwal violated bond conditions and his resignation, will be accepted only once the dues are cleared.
Team Anna member Justice Santosh Hegde says the timing seems vindictive. "At a time when he has done so much in the movement of Anna Hazare. The government seems to be taking vindictive steps, it looks to me at the first sight. I think people at large will misundersatnd this. Five yrs back he left his job, he signed a bond and now when amidst all these happenings, they slap him this amount and say come and pay within a week, looks vindictive to me," said Justice Hegde.

Replying to the question whether the government will harass every member of Team Hazare, former Karnataka Lokayukta and Anna Team member justice Santhosh Hegde said "I don't know, may be so. Such attempts have been going on for a long time, either to denigrate them or to harass them in one way or the other."

So I am very confused, is the country I am living in is a democracy or dictatorship, as in the books it is written we are living in a democratic country, but what we are seeing now-a-days it looks like dictatorship. A country where you raise voice against the government and you will be the top priority of the government as all the major departments of the government start turning the tables on you, as how to screw you. So when these Mango man(Common man) raise their voice against the wrongs done by government, they are thrown out like a rotten mango.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Is India Really Incredible????

What is ‘incredible’ though and what is incredible about India, I wondered.
The word is derived from ‘credible’, i.e. ‘capable of being believed’. Incredible, being the antonym, means ‘so implausible as to elicit disbelief’ or ‘astonishing’. I think the impression that India is trying to create is that it is an out-of-this-world kind of nation
India is a cradle of human race, the birth place of human speech, the mother of history, the grand-mother of legend, the great grand-mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most astrictive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.India is a diverse country - religion, politics, education, geography, weather are all different across the country
Here is a kaleidoscopic view of "Incredible India."
The zero was invented here, IT—one of the nation's leading industries, based on ones and zeros, still one fourth of our population is illitrate.
Elephanta caves, Ajanta-Allora, Amber Fort hall of mirrors, magnificent Mughal structures, over 600 heritage monuments ripe for an emerging tourist trade as Guests are next toGod here.
Here there are Jain temples to remind us to do no harm to any living creature and temples of Kali where goats are slaughtered as servings to God.
Modern Akshardham, one of the world's biggest Hindu structures dedicated to world peace. And the crowning event, the Taj Mahal, ethereal, wondrous, a majestic monument to everlasting love resides here and also due to that love onlyhere there are honour killings of innocent youths.
Here some of the people walk miles to digest their meals and some walk miles to earn their meals.
People also say the Indian political class is very bad but India once was an exemplory example of politics at the times of Rama, Akbar, Chanakya.  Let us understand that other countries may have to learn from Indian politics of how to manage a democracy when the cake is not large enough. Other democracies may go through this situation in the years to come.
Don’t let these temporary factors which I call the noise of a democracy in transition cloud your judgment about the vibrancy of India. I feel RTI (right to information) has proved to be excellent for the country. India’s problems are not unknown. For example, which country has seen government-empowered ministers in jail, entrepreneurs in jail and bureaucrats on the docks? We are now introducing the Lokpal bill.
Sixty-four years from Independence, India has the third largest army in the world and the statue of Gandhi remains the central figure in the land and the icon of world peace. We are sending satellites to space and moon ,still worship sun ,moon ,wind as God
Corruption, red-tapism, terrorism, injustice, reservation, poverty, there are many things that can unite Indians, still Indians unite on the day of India-Pakistan Cricket Match. Isn’t it Incredible? Almost visceral. India is on a trajectory to a new future and place in the world. The great subcontinent of India is moving into a world class player. 

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sometimes Life Really Sucks......

Every night as we lay our heads to the pillow we intend to give new promises for tomorrow, we insist to feed our broken dreams no matter how often we got betrayed by the injustice of time, and no matter how down we felt, no matter how hopeless it seemed, there is always that glimpse of light that burns within to give birth for a new day, well, sometimes life sucks, sometimes we are obliged to sacrifice everything, we let go of certain people, we let go of certain pleasures and sometime we even let go of some dreams, and yet life never seem to go the way we expect, the day you get up with the wrong mood nothing else seems to go right all day, a day from hell brings out the worst in us and sets the sun on our collapsed hopes. Not only this we also think what that particular day has brought for us. We enjoy all the good things happened with us that particular day but at the same time we also feel bad about the negative things. We regret about the bad things, somewhere in our mind we feel low about that negative thing or the negative feeling we have in us whether its due to some harsh words from some dear one or due to some problem in relationship or due to not scoring good in any exam or not getting the deserved promotion or not getting the fruit of labor after a hard work or may be due to some bitter words uttered by us for which we regret later
And so one more night we cry out our troubled heart on the lonesome pillow, seeking for a little consolation in the upcoming day, feeding the ashes of our dreams, fixing the misfit pieces together to formulate a shining view beyond all the imperfections of our lives, for what I have come to realize is that the imperfect pieces that we seem to miss are what make our life complete, crying to laugh, fighting to survive and dying to live, well, sometimes it is a just a bad day, and then like every night we try to forget all these negative things in the hope of a better tomorrow that tomorrow will heal all the wounds of today and we submit our self to sleep.


Monday, June 20, 2011

Hypocrisy of life

When you are working hard, no one claims luck… but when you begin to achieve, people begin to stamp it as just fate…….
Why the outlook of society is like this, that if somebody has achieved anything big in his life then its is only due to his own luck and nothing else? Why everybody overlooks his hard work and the labor he has put in that work to achieve that height in his life?
I think this is only because by thinking like this people ease themselves that he is successful today because he is lucky. We are not successful because we are not lucky. But one thing we should not forget in life that luck favors  only the brave. Even luck needs some hard work to rely upon.
If you know you are lucky and you can win any lottery, then even luck will not start its work until you go and buy a lottery for yourself. You cannot won a lottery without purchasing a ticket, no matter how lucky are you, you have to put in some labor to purchase the lottery ticket.
No doubt luck plays a vital role in life, but only when we have given our best by our hard work. We cannot leave everything on luck. This reminds me of a Hindi quote-

                                                Manzil to mil hi jayegi, bhatakne se hi sahi
                                                Gumrah to woh hai, jo ghar se nikle hi nahi….

We have to step out of our house to reach the destination where we want to go. We cannot reach there just by sitting at home and thinking that we are lucky enough. So it is true that luck is like an elevator and hard work is like stairs. No matter the elevator is working or not, we can reach to the top with the help of stairs.

I am concluding the topic, with a beautiful poem of  Poet William Arthur Ward ---

I believed while others were doubting.
I planned while others were playing.
I studied while others were sleeping.
I decided while others were delaying.
I prepared while others were daydreaming.
I began while others were procrastinating.
I worked while others were wishing.
I saved while others were wasting.
I listened while others were talking.
I smiled while others were frowning.
I commended while others were criticizing.
I persisted while others were quitting.

And finally when I succeed,
people called me LUCKY !!!!!!!!!????????

P.S.- These are all poet’s opinion. I have never done anything like this…:)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Never judge anyone!

When we meet a stranger, we start judging him, according to our own perspective. Without knowing about that person we form a whole image of that person in our mind according to our own perspective without even knowing anything about it. And  in many cases the image which we form in our mind is far far away from the reality or from the real image of that person.
Even I am in a habit of  judging a person before even meeting or having a talk with him. Which I personally think is wrong habit, and I am trying my best to improve. And all who think that there is nothing wrong in judging a person before knowing about him, answer my these two simple questions honestly:-

Question 1:

If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, 3 of which were deaf, 2 were blind, 1 mentally retarded and she had syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion?

Read the next question first before looking at the response for this one...
Question 2:

It is time to elect a new world leader and only your vote counts!
Here are the facts about the three candidates. Who would you vote for?

Candidate A - Associates with crooked politicians and consults with astrologists. He's had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.

Candidate B - He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whisky every evening.

Candidate C - He is a decorated war hero. He's a vegetarian, doesn't smoke, drinks an occasional beer and never cheated on his wife.

Which of these candidates would be your choice?

Decide first... no peeking, then scroll down for the response.

Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Candidate B is Winston Churchill.
Candidate C is Adolph Hitler.
And by the way, on your answer to the abortion question:

If you said YES, you just killed Beethoven( a famous German Composer and pianist)!

Pretty interesting isn't it? Makes a person think before judging someone!!
I think these two examples are enough to prove my point and needs no further explanation. And if you still think that there is no harm in judging a person before knowing anything about him… then move on, its your life and you are the best judge of your life.

And ya friends this is my 100th post , so thanks all who have encouraged me to write. I am thankful to all of them who have made a single visit even. And a special thanks to those two persons who helped me in keeping this blog alive….
Thank you Ankush Malhotra and Janhvi Pant

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

How Free Are We???

The word freedom means different things to different people at different times and in different places. For instance we talk of freedom from constraint and freedom from hunger but each have very different implications. Freedom can never mean constraint, but nevertheless it implies constraint because a person can be free only if they can constrain in some way other people to refrain from constraining them. ( By Bruno Leoni)
On 15th Aug 47, India was granted freedom from English rule, it means that India gained sovereignty to rule itself and be vocal with her independent views on worldly matters.It was just a political independence. It doesn't guarantee us with all luxury of the world.
Corruption and all the ills existed even then and it continues to exist even today with varying proportion and intensity.
India being a sovereign state is in better position to handle shortcomings than an alien rule which dictated rules based on their English customs and civilization.
Media and sensationalist journalist have created a false analogy between freedom from English rule to comparing it with our present state of affairs. I hope my views are clear. If someone argues that "What good is political freedom" if the result after 64 years is dismissal then answer is simple, You become the change, lets see what you will do, over which you crib that our forefathers failed to do.
I don't think that we are free at all, especially for a woman in this country being free is an after thought as there are too many things that are still keeping women in dark, But on a contrary note also people here are free to indulge in as much bribery & corruption, as one likes. There, the words Dalits, caste, religion etc. don't mean anything. You can even commit murder & get away with it.
On 15th August. I suddenly see the TV channels, radio stations and even the magazines and the newspapers off loading information about Independence day, freedom and patriotism, they reinforce the fact that each one of us should really take pride in the fact that we are a free country. And now except Independence Day we Indians wear patriotism on our sleeves only during the cricket matches
I just wonder, how short is the public memory or is it just me who feels in a country where every second day there is a case of honour killing, caste discrimination and words scheduled caste and dalits are still a common parlance, what freedom are we really talking about.
If I forget the larger picture, even after 63 yrs of independence I don’t feel like stepping out of the house alone after 8p.m. , what freedom are we talking about, when there is a rape happening every 10 minutes somewhere in the country, can we celebrate this freedom?
For those who live in Democratic First World Nations, they will often say, I live in a free country and I am free. But are they really? Should we question this, analyze it and study it, or should be just feel lucky and accept everything the way it is?
Gravity works like that too actually - a black hole becomes so powerful that it sucks everything in it, prior to that they perceived they were free yet were actually in tow of that which they thought was free also, but in reality never were.
WHILE I was in the ninth standard, I read an eminent personality’s quote in our history book that sent a shiver down my body and mind. That great personality was none other than Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of Independent India. People heard him on All India Radio on that much-awaited midnight of August 14, 1947. They heard him say, "Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny and now the time comes when we will redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.... We end today a period of ill fortune and India discovers herself again." Since then 63 eventful years have passed. India has also been growing gradually. Now, into the 64th year of its valued independence, I would like to draw your kind attention to some issues that have been haunting the nation.
The first and foremost issue that frequently crops up is how independent we are in reality; are we really independent? Before Independence, we were ruled by the British; for everything, we had to bow down before the foreign power. After much bloodshed, we secured independence from the British but an undivided India was divided into two– India and Pakistan. Though both the countries swore by secularism at the time of independence, Pakistan turned Islamic. India has stuck to secularism till date as assured in the Constitution, ignoring all heinous attempts by some political organizations to make it a ’Hindu’ land. Every five years, we, the proud citizens of India, cast our votes and elect those who will represent us in the Parliament (the very citadel of democracy) and the legislative assemblies. But the overall procedure of election is well known to us. Except in some major cities, especially where the proportion of the highly educated and socially-conscious people is higher, elections have been neither fair nor peaceful. Booth-capturing, rigging, forcing the masses to stay away from the ballot box and other malpractices are commonplace; vested interests thus secure maximum votes in socially and economically backward areas. Casting a vote upon being pressurized by some goons is equal to staying inside a prison and acting like convicts. After the voting, when the winner along with his/her supporters holds a victory rally, an imbecile like me can’t suppress laughter.
Earlier, we were under British rule. Post independence, the oppressed, deprived and neglected people continued to remain so. No change is discernible in their plight. The ’Sun of Liberty’ has risen only for those who can wield the stick and thus ride roughshod over the less fortunate by any and all means. After 63 years of independence, the Central government is yet to fulfil the three basic needs of the common man, viz, food, clothing and employment. At least 9.05 per cent of the youth are still confronted by unemployment. Yojanas after yojanas have been implemented; a number of policies and plans have been implemented, but the stagnation continues.
Our Central and state governments make a lot of noise about development, but it is limited to metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai and a few more. But what becomes of the villages? Shortage of potable water tops the list. May be the residents of A-1 cities / metropolitan cities get copious potable water regularly courtesy the municipal corporation but those who dwell in remote villages strive daily for a bucket of potable water. Keeping apart Rajasthan, the only desert state of India, until you visit the villages of Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamilnadu, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, you will not realise the level of distress. Everyday, groups of women in these states, cover long distances just to collect one or two buckets of potable water.
Electricity is the next issue. India is a country with over six lakh villages. But alas! After sunset, most Indian villages go under an impregnable curtain of darkness owing to lack of electricity. Thermal power, hydro power, nuclear power - so much power and yet a large proportion of the Indian population is denied electricity.
Now comes the next issue - food. I came to know from a renowned Bengali daily, ’Anandabazar Patrika’ that some people starved to death in Amlasol, a village in Bankura, an impoverished district of West Bengal. Such news is nothing but a shame on India, which is globally known as a developing country. It is a striking fact that while a large proportion of food grains is wasted each year, people starve to death owing to its non-availability.
Once I heard a news about Malkangiri, a village in Chattisgarh in mid 2007, I could not believe my eyes when I noticed some people moving around completely naked, as they had no clothes at all to cover themselves. When the media asked the government official concerned, he replied smartly, "They belong to the Bonda tribal group; they are primitive." Initially, all believed his words, but when the media asked one naked ’Bonda’ where he stayed, he answered as any civilized person would: "We stay under the trees. We heard that the government had allotted some houses for us, but we never saw them." Now whom should we call primitive? We, the well-dressed people, wearing the tie of civilization around our neck or the Bondas who stay naked for want of clothing?
Surat is known as the Manchester of India - Reliance, Gwalior, Shiyaji, DCM and Raymonds are some of the renowned Indian garment factories, known throughout the world for their quality products. Can’t these companies spare some rags so their brethren can at least cover themselves? If you take a nocturnal walk along the streets of the metropolitan cities, you’ll find a number of homeless people sleeping under the sky after working hard the whole day. Each day, these homeless come to your house to clear your dustbin, clean your car or polish your shoes. But we fail to provide a shelter for these people; the people with whose help we are able to move about comfortably. If your air-conditioned car stops at the traffic signal on a busy road, little hands holding some popular magazines appear outside the film-coated glass, seeking money to buy some bread in exchange for these magazines. Girls fear to come out alone at night in cities and villages since they fear rape and molestation.
Children are kidnapped for money; people vanish and then their dead bodies are found without kidneys and other rare organs. Blinded by religious fanaticism, one community mercilessly kills the other and gives the impression that it has achieved a feat. So, are we really independent? We were under the bondage of the British and now we are under the bondage of poverty and darkness. If we are really free, then why are we still shackled by poverty and backwardness? Crackers worth millions of rupees go off on the eve of the 63rd Independence Day, perhaps hoping against hope that all these scars will be wiped away by the light and sound the firepower generates.
We proudly say that India is a free country. Its been 63 years of Independence. The infrastructure has changed, the education level has increased, lifestyle is broaden, glamour, style, entertainment, market, and what not. But are we really free ?
"The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear"
H. Agar - A Time for Greatness
We have reached the moon but yet there are many homes where a girl child is not been accepted. Women have reached to the status by becoming a doctor, politican, engineers, actress etc.. but why still is just considered as sex toy. Till today the rapes and molestation of women is increasing everyday.
Human trafficking and child labour are one of a major issues in our country. Sitting in an AC cabin is easy to write on it but is it easy to live a life like them? The answer is definitely a NO.
We are attacked by the people who are threat to our nation. Aren’t we our self responsible for it. Cruel intentions of external and internal people are because of the injustice, races discrimination, politics and narrow mindness of the old tradition like sati, dowry, domestic violence, poverty which is existing in our country even today.
The corruption, the imbalance of society, political games, unawareness of rights is dropping one side of our country in a gutter.
India is celebrating its 64th Independence day. Are we really Independent?. Are we enjoying the fruits of Independence? Has Independence brought peace to India and its people? Has Independence brought prosperity to India and its people? Can we keep our head high for having won Independence ?  These are the honest questions every Indian should ask to himself.
Prior to Independence father of our nation,  Mahathma Gandhiji,  could move freely all over India and to foreign countries. He was safe while Britishers ruled our country. But our Independence could not keep him safe even for six months.

We have seen leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr Radhakrishnan, K.Kamaraj, Jayaprakash Narain, Morarji Desai, Indira Gandhi  and others freely mingling with public without any fear.      
All these could be possible because there was no fear of bombing.  Mahathma Gandhi was shot by a culprit -  there was no hindrance to public safety.  Indira Gandhi was shot by her own security – there was no hindrance to public safety. Of course the riot which took place after Indira Gandhi’s assassination is a different story.
But the case was different when Rajiv Gandhi was killed by a human bomb. When a bomb blasts, innocent public are mercilessly killed for no fault of theirs.
Now every leader has to travel in a bullet proof car. Independence day address is given from a bullet proof platform (what a shame). There are security checks every where which starts a few days before Independence Day and other important days.  With so many checking’s are we able to stop these bomb blasts?  Honestly we have to say NO. The numbers of blasts are increasing by leaps and bounds and the number of deaths is increasing in geometric progression.
Public fear to attend public meetings to hear the speech of eminent leaders, fear to go for pilgrimage, fear to go for shopping. Even they fear to walk on streets. Their fears are not unfounded.
Terrorism has taken a deep root in our country. Religious intolerance is at its height. Corruption has become a common practice from people  to parliamentarians.
In our country right from a traffic offender to terrific murderer can easily escape punishment with the help of two P’s  -  Purse (read suitcase)  and Politician,  two C’s  Cash and Corruption.   CPC (Civil Procedure Code) and CrPC (Criminal Procedure Code) cannot withstand the wrath of the present day CPC (Corruption  -  Politicians  -   Cash ). In India without Power, Contacts and Influence any application is futile.
In India only you can see a government doing the business of selling liquor,  instead of providing the basic infrastructure like good roads,  timely transport, potable water, uninterrupted electricity etc. to the citizens,.  What a shame.
In India only you can have a parliament consisting of MPs with tainted history, murder accused and corruption charged.
In India, a girl child is most unwelcome in a family. What are the reasons? A girl would become a permanent member of another family after marriage. Whereas a boy will keep up the name and prestige of the family. But a cynic looks at a baby girl as more forunate than baby boy right from birth to death..
In a free society, are we really free?
Yet another Independence Day has slipped by, and with it, all the usual rituals – flag hoisting, speeches, prayers and songs. Everybody seems content with remembrance of the day and of those who lived and died for it.  It seems enough to say we have played our path.  Yes and with it, the pledge that we are proud, free Indians.Each year, should however make us ponder on ‘Freedom.’  Are we really free? Have we attained true freedom.  India has gained physical and external freedom, but ‘internal’ and inner freedom – how much of it do we have? Are we free, for example from the bondage of ignorance? Many of us hardly realize that living as we are in the 21st Century, we are still slaves of rumors, of taking media, politicians and other sources of information as ‘truth’. Years ago, as a school student attending a camp, we were exposed to slums and slum life. By the end of the camp, I knew what suffering really entailed, what hunger meant and what every rupee could do.  Over the years, whenever I grumbled a fleeting image of those slums has shaken me back to thanksgiving that I have so much more.
To-day, our community here, is better off than it ever was, most children have more than their parents could have ever dreamt of.  And parents in the haste to give what they did not have, are guilty of over doing their idea of love and generosity.  The result is – what we see around us!
Yes, freedom is the ability to choose and being responsible to ourselves and others.  If this had happened there would be more peace in the families, village and country at large.  Parents need to take control of the situation from the early years.  Correction should be of the ‘behaviour’ not the person.  If this is impressed on the child as he grew up there would be more acceptance of correction.
Responsibility brings in maturity and with it, will be freedom with value attached to it.  The family needs to share its conflicts, problems and to communicate.  Then and only then, there will be true freedom.  Let me end on a note of hope that not just children and youth will hold up the torches of true freedom, but that parents and the community at large will rise up to the idea and that faith in God will help all to make a difference and bring change for today and the future.
Hope a new India, a real ’Independent – India’ will take birth again.
To summarize, “The "How free are we" debate can take on many shapes and forms, one might even call Earth a prison planet in a way, of course if that was all you know, you would not look beyond the horizon to see what else is, or even dare to take it.
The system we living is basically corrupt, isn't it? Since last 63 years of freedom, the richer are getting richer, poorer are getting poorer and a common middle class man is a crushed vegetable of a sandwich of both the classes. The market in today's scenario is leaving the middle class people to work more then 14 to 16 hours a day and the value in return is like pebbles sinking in water. 
Those who taste a sense of freedom once will always long to be free. People want to be free, people want liberty and people love democracy, yet do they really realize what freedom actually is? Do you? If you are surrounded by laws and confined and constricted in your movement are you really free?
If you live in a free country and yet cannot leave it in any direction because those surrounding you are not free, then are you really free or in a prison with rights and liberty with no where to go? Think on this.

The more I learnt, the less I understood. Finally I gave up trying

Monday, March 14, 2011

A letter of apology to Mother Earth!

Just have a look at this article and feel your role in the preserving the Mother Earth...... Felt this article very knowledgeable so wanted to share with you all.........

Earth, planet no. 3,                                                                                            
 Milky way Galaxy.
To Mother Earth!
          I do not know how to incept and what to say to you but I do know that "I am sorry". Like a mother who nourishes her child inside her womb, Takes care of her baby in every possible way. She bears all the excruciating pains without complaining and when she gives birth to that child, she desires that the baby would be her protector and her Angel.  

        And just like this, Mother Earth you have nourished not only one, two or three children but billions and trillions of us. Like every other mother you also endured those pangs and craved that your children would adore you, take care of you and even open the floodgates of their hearts when you are woebegone
       But we did not do any of this; instead we mortified you and persecuted you. Oh! Mother forgive me, for I have made you bleed in pain. I know you ached and flinched every time your children ripped off the flowers, trees and forests you gave us with so much love and sentiment. Indeed we have burned you to satisfy our own existence.

       Mother! You would have felt being punished when you saw your own babies contaminating the water bodies with effluents from factories, oil spills and pesticides from farming. You are sunk in misery because we did not realize that by doing this, we are not only killing you but also the marine life in the sea.
       My dear mother, I never asked you that how difficult it is for you to breathe such toxic air… air which is filled with cocktails of harmful and venomous gases from cars and factories. I am sorry for destroying the gift you gave us. We are such terrible no… accursed children that we did not protect you from your enemies  and instead made you vulnerable to those deleterious things that depleted the Ozone Layer, lead to Global Warming and Acid Rain! We even quenched the life of the
        Mother I can feel it in my bones that you are shedding tears from time to time hoping and yearning that your children would all unite together and wipe those tears. Oh mother! You wished for tranquility, we gave you war. You wished for love and we gave you hatred. You wished for being the most beautiful planet in the solar system and we made you so hideous …so repugnant that God also wept to see you in this miserable condition.
        Mother please forgive me for hurting you so badly. For making you wince in pain, for making you cry and not stopping others when they were assaulting you. I am heartbroken too because we have tormented you so much that your marred soul can't be taken to a doctor for plastic surgery. Mother don't … please don't turn away. Please listen to me…. I repent  and feel sorrowful … I know , I know this will not  bring a revolution but please give me a chance to change you back to what you used to be.
Mother it is a new world… long gone are the ages when mothers used to look ancient and old – fashioned.  now they are so hot  and I promise you will look like one. Who know we might find our father?.I promise I will turn off the lights before leaving my room. I will plant a tree every day and encourage others to do so. I will create awareness among about the importance of water and to use the natural resources in a more sustainable way.

I promise to become a nature savior. I will prevent wildlife species from becoming extinct. I will join hands with other people and youth of every country will unite to do their part. You will no longer shed acidy tears but tears of joy and euphoria.  Mother we will do anything to make you smile. I LOVE you sooooo much. You are the best mother anyone can dream of!

Your Son,   
An Earth Resident               


Monday, March 07, 2011

Do We Look Within People????

Once Hodja was invited to a very important formal banquet, but he didn't dress up for the occasion and went in his everyday clothing. Once there, he was treated with disrespect and was looked upon with contempt. No one paid him any attention; the servants ignored him and didn't even serve him dinner. After a short while. he slipped out of the banquet and went home. There he changed into his finest clothes, putting on a magnificent turban, a fine silk robe, very valuable jewelry, and a large, expensive overcoat. Then he returned to the banquet.

This time he was received with open arms. The host himself asked him to sit beside him at the highest seat and offered him a plate filled with the choicest delicacies. Much to their bewildered amazement, Hodja took off his coat, held it to the plate and said "Eat, my master, eat"

"Hodja, what are you doing?" exclaimed his astonished host.
"It is the clothes that you are honoring,  not me"

Do we look within people and appreciate them for who they are, or just look at outward status symbols? Are we attracted by people's outward qualities like fame, power, money, wordly achievements etc. or do we look for internal qualities ike real peace, true happiness, their insight, inherent wisdom, and the amount of love in their hearts?

How we treat other people defines us.  A person established in wisdom does not consider himself higher than people who are less successful in the material sense, nor does he feel low in the presence of people who have more material success. The roles that people play in this world are simply the coats that souls wear to a given party. Sooner or later all parties come to an end, and it's time to go home. The wise thus go beyond the outward roles and see the truth lying inside.

The following quote from the Bible is so apt for this article which I read while reading this story of Hodga-

"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight."
-Peter 3:3-4


Friday, March 04, 2011

Triple Filter Test

In ancient Greece, Socrates (469 - 399 BC) was widely lauded for his wisdom. One day a friend ran up to him excitedly and said, "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about Diogenes?"

"Wait a moment," Socrates replied, "Before you tell me I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."

'Triple filter?" asked the friend.

"That's right," Socrates continued, "Before you talk to me about Diogenes, let's take a moment to filter what you're going to say. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"

"No," the man said, "Actually I just heard about it."

"All right," said Socrates, "So you don't really know if it's true or not. Now let's try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about Diogenes something good?"

"No, on the contrary..."

"So," Socrates continued, "You want to tell me something about Diogenes that may be bad, even though you're not certain it's true?"

The man got embarrassed. Socrates continued, "You may still pass the test though, because there is a third filter, the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about Diogenes going to be useful to me?"

"No, not really."

"Well," concluded Socrates, "If what you want to tell me is neither True nor Good nor even Useful, why tell it to me or anyone at all?"

The man was confused and ashamed.

Leaving a thought behind …. can we also apply Triple Filter Test in our day to day life?

Saturday, February 26, 2011

I Resign.....

Just realized how privileged  it is being a child and how cumbersome being an adult after reading this note. Have a look----

I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult.I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities of an 8-year-old again.I want to go to McDonald's and think that it's a four star restaurant.I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make ripples with rocks.I want to think sweets are better than money because you can eat them.I want to lie under a big oak tree and run a lemonade stand with my friends on a hot summer day.I want to return to a time when life was simple.When all you knew were colors, multiplication tables, and nursery rhymes, but that didn't bother you, because you didn't know what you didn't know and you didn't care.All you knew was to be happy because you were blissfully unaware of all the things that should make you worried or upset.I want to think the world is fair. That everyone is honest and good.I want to believe that anything is possible.I want to be oblivious to the complexities of life and be overly excited by the little things again.I want to live simple again.I don't want my day to consist of computer crashes, mountains of paperwork, depressing news, how to survive more days in the month than there is money in the bank, doctor bills, gossip,illness, and loss of loved ones.I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind word, truth, justice, peace, dreams, the imagination, mankind, and making angels in the's my checkbook and my car keys, my credit cards and all my responsibility.I am officially resigning from adulthood. And if you want to discuss this further, you'll have to catch me first!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Our Inner Magnet

In the ancient world, Hermes Trigmegistus had the reputation of being the greatest, most powerful magus the world had ever known. When his tomb was opened after centuries, to search for the wisdom that made this man, over his tomb was engraved the secret of ages –

As within, so Without
As Above, so Below.

Let’s think friends…

You have infinite riches within you. To gain them, all you need to do is behold the treasure house of infinite within you. Many people are closed off to their own potential because they do not know about the store house of infinite intelligence and boundless love within themselves. Whatever you want, you can draw it forth.

A magnetized iron will lift about 12 times its own weight. But if you demagnetize the same iron, it can’t even lift a feather. So let’s magnetize our life with self faith and confidence. We all are born to succeed and to win. Our magnetism should not allow any doubt or fear to come to us.

Friends, our miraculous, miracle generating power lies in our own mind. Let’s take time to magnetize ourselves with this marvel power of mind. Within your subconscious depths lies infinite wisdom, infinite power and infinite supply. It is waiting for your development and expression.

A week again, has come to you with bright sun and glorious light. Let’s shed our past inhibitions magnetize ourselves with wisdom of faith and self belief and let’s just MOVE ON and conquer! 


Saturday, February 19, 2011

How selfish are we??

I have a German Shepherd dog. Yesterday I was adjusting his bed and he suddenly came and sat on his bed , so that I should not disturb his bed. Then a thought came in my mind, that how selfish he is? But then I realized, he as an animal is selfish, aren’t we as humans are selfish?

While thinking on this, many points came into my mind. Don’t know whether you will agree by my points or not.

We all know we have one day and one night in 24 hours. This concept is from the ages and will continue as it is in the coming times also. We humans have utilized this concept according to our selfish nature. Whether you call it selfishness or intelligence, but there is some selfishness present in between as there is sufficient light in the day time, all school timings, office timings, business timings were adjusted in the day and the night was made for sleep. No doubt with this many of the resources are saved but according to me there is some selfishness.

Now some talks about Manu, the first law giver of India. The whole Varna System in hindus, was given by him in which he divided the whole hindu society into four varnas namely the Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras, in which the Brahmins enjoyed the superior position followed by kshatriyas. Vaishyas were third in number and Shudras were regarded as the most inferior class. It is also argued that Manu, himself was a Brahmin, that’s why he gave he gave the most superior position to the Brahmin and the punishment given to Brahmin for a crime was very less and if that same crime is committed by any other person of any other varna then the punishment would be more then that given to a Brahmin. And a shudra will be given maximum punishment for the same crime. Isn’t it selfishness?

The Constitution makers tried to remove this selfishness by giving special privileges to these socially backward classes for ten years. But then our politicians because of their selfish interest have increased the tenure of reservation and are keep on increasing it time by time. Huh!! A new selfish interest of human beings to compensate the old selfish interest of another human being(Manu)

At the time of the drafting of The Indian Penal Code, one or two women might be there in the drafting committee, that’s why IPC is also sometimes considered as gender-biased. This biasness may be for the upliftment of this weaker section or because of some selfish interest.

Now if we think, that all this is only in India, then we are wrong. We have also a world example before us. All of us know about the United Nations Organization(UNO). While studying about UNO, we all study that all the member countries are equal before UNO. While studying the concept of collective security of UNO the point considered is “One for all, all for one”, then why there is Veto power which is given to only five most powerful countries of the world? By this veto power their decision becomes supreme even if all the other member countries are against it. Why is it that the decision of more then 100 countries can be curtailed by the refusal of one country? Is this selfishness or something else?

I am writing all this, not because I am not selfish. I also admit that I am selfish. A fresh example of this happened in the morning when I read about the issue of broadcasting dispute between espn and Punjab cable operators over the broadcasting of World Cup matches which is pending in the High Court. Espn have increased the rates of broadcasting and the Punjab Cable Operators refused to pay the increased amount. Though espn is right in its claim and they have a right to claim it, but because of selfishness I want that the court should order espn to broadcast the matches in Punjab at the old rates so that I can see the matches on espn. Don’t know what will be the decision of the court, but my selfish interest is present here.

Our heart is also somewhat selfish, as if we give our heart too much stress then it starts malfunctioning resulting in heart-attacks and many other problems.

We can say we all are selfish somewhere in some part of life whether we admit it as our Selfishness or our Intelligence or something else.......


Monday, February 14, 2011

Comfortably Numb

Something strucked my mind...An image flashed and then its was persistent in my eyes. Its because of it, I am forced to Penn down, may be then I can overcome this strange feeling. I don't know why but I am feeling guilty. Guilty for letting something weird in front of my eyes.
I went to a street side vendor on one night. I was accompanied by my best of buddies here, we were damn hungry and so we stormed into this guy and ordered our food. While the guy took time to prepare it, we were discussing some issues. Suddenly, I thought of having something in the mean while, so I ordered tea. A small fellow instantly popped out from behind and confused he started to find some place to keep his "BOOK". I called him.

A tiny creature..small hands..innocence dripping in excess came forward but scared. The fear was evident in his tiny eyeballs, his mind was preparing him for a scold. I asked for his book, he unwillingly gave it to me. It was a primary edition of all in one book.
The drawing in the first pages were strangely done as if he closed his eyes and tried on his luck or may be he did them in haste. I turned the pages. My eyes glued onto the arithmetic section.
All additions were done but none was correct. I asked him, who taught him, but he was blank. For a while I thought he never understood Hindi but he replied..."master mai"(teacher in my school.) I tried explaining him the error but he looked at me strangely, and said ab nai jata(I have left school), I was struck and then the vendor shouted back. Trembled, the child put his book on the seat and ran to serve the customers waiting, where he got an inhuman spanking from the owner.
I looked and tried to reconcile myself as if nothing happened. A mere 8-9 year old urchin, who is fascinated to study but has to swallow abuses and have a tiny little book in his hand which is everything for him. Why do we let this happen? Answer is simple-People don't care and learned class has no time for it and above all people like me can only scribble pages but can do nothing.
I went back to that street side dhaba after 3-4 days, but was unable to find that little guy. After enquiring from the owner I came to know that he no longer works there. Got very angry that time, don’t know why.
I still wish I could teach him the right way to solve the sums. May be we all once desire.
We in everyday of our walk can experience such tiny hopes who needs support but we have become very tall and so we hardly care to look down. I am still guilty and my conscious will speak..Someday!!


Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Truth About A Man's Life

My tears don't eyes bleed...
My heart burns...I don't breathe....
It hurts...I don't speak...
I mumble...I don't listen...
I am bound to do so.
I don't walk....I take my time...
I don't think ....I obey...
I don't like company...I love myself alone
My television is my only friend is my reflection...
I cannot be myself...

I am what you want me to be because I have 2 fit in this world. We all are never ourselves. Instead we mould ourselves to be socially accepted. We become puppets to follow society. I've heard that in this new world that we have freedom. What freedom when we are bound by the norms?? I beg to differ...but I am suppressed. Suppressed by the mob mentality...a fickle erratic mentality...'Obey the Rules'...'Follow Fashion'.

I've lived my life learning to bow down. I am so bent that keeping a straight spine hurts me now. My identity is screaming to survive.
Somebody told me - life's a rat have to take the lead...a rat race to survive in a world that blinds us. We all call ourselves unique. Yeah! We all are unique. We all have our unique ways. Some limp in the race...some walk...some run...and some leap.

but I'll tell u something Alae......

In the race .......You won't find me running......I'll be waiting At the starting line.....waiting for you to change your thinking.......

Isn't it what we all do??!!?? We never wear trousers on our head ....Why not?? No we cannot. We have 2 follow the norms. Why don't we eat in an expensive menu restaurant with our hands?? We are taught table manners. Why don't we learn Japanese instead of English?? Because English is for the successful. Why are nerds supposed 2 be nerds and the cool people be cool people?? why do we mock and not appreciate??