10 Oct 2014

SENSE V/S SENSATIONAL!

Today, when every news channel in the country was playing out their breaking news, “Nobel peace prize for Kailash Satyarthi, Malala ” , I was just wondering who this Kailash Satyarthi was! The name sounded Indian and the following reports confirmed it. But this man was a total stranger to my brain! And I was feeling a bit ashamed of my ignorance. But very soon, I realized that it was not my mistake ;)  He is not a film star, not a politician, not a cricket player and not even a criminal. So, he was never ‘eligible’ to be in the news according to Indian media for 30 years, I guess!

 ‘Bachpan Bachao Andolan’ or Save the Childhood movement was found by this man in 1980. And I was born 9 years after this. Internet sources say that about 80,000 child slaves were saved by this remarkable movement till date. Two of BBA's activists have even been killed in the past during their fight for child rights. One was shot and another beaten to death for raiding and preventing employers from exploiting innocent children. The man himself, Kailash Satyarthi was attacked several times. All these sacrifices for our future generation and I don't even know this man. Ashamed. :(


You think our country is on the right path? I think it’s going down. Simply because our priorities are upside down! There was a time when our national heroes, poets, and social reformers filled our papers…What about now? The information that is fed into our minds by media have very little sense and a heavy dose of sensationalism. When ‘sensation’ wins this battle of sense Vs sensation, it is we, who lose eventually. Our independence was just defined as the freedom from British rule. But since the day of independence, we are fighting new wars within our country. And people like Kailash Satyarthi are leading those fights. In every nook and corner of this country…there are many such heroes, who are striving day and night for liberating thousands of chained souls.

Are we not responsible to support them?  What social media revolution are we boasting about, if we are not even aware of our own Andolans?  Why does the media fail to enlighten us? How come our government failed to recognize a man like Kailash Satyarthi for 3 decades? 



I hope that one day, I will wake up and read reports about all these brave warriors in the front page. I hope that one day we will all join these andolans and fight for the liberation of our country from social evils. We don't need 'cleavage' journalism..we need a clean age journalism. :) 





"Real courage is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. Doing the unpopular thing because it's what you believe, and the heck with everybody "
                                                                                        
                                                                                     ― Justin CroninThe Summer Guest

20 Apr 2014

THE SECRET

She was upset. She have suffered a lot in her life. "I can't take it anymore,I'm done " Tears flowed,but not enough to kill the fire which was burning her. He was miles away, still the boy could feel her pain. They were connected. The dark clouds are always born out of the sea. But where do they fall? Miles away..

"Let's go for a walk" He spoke to her mind. She was too tired to respond.He waited for sometime,then he lifted her and started walking. "Am i heavy? " she asked. "No,not at all my love" He replied with a smile."Everything is heavy when you wake up..something is heavy in the dream world..but nothing is heavy in this world!" She didn't understand what he said.

"Where are we going? Who showed you this path? It's so beautiful" She seemed lighter with every step that he took. She never saw such a beautiful place before. "Can i walk now? " He happily agreed and she placed her feet down with so much excitement.They were walking on the clouds..

"Are you happy now? " boy looked at the girl. "I'm the happiest! Thank you somuch for taking me here" Her face was bright as the moon. They sat under a tree. "Now tell me,who told you about this beautiful place?! I never knew such a place existed! " The girl wanted to know the secret.

"I don't know who He is..once, He came to my dream and took me here..and gave me this book" The boy took out a book from his pocket. "But,when i opened it,it was full of blank pages.."what do i do with this? " I asked Him. The man smiled and whispered in my ears "This is the book of answers..but no answers are born without questions!" and He disappeared."

The girl opened the book. She read these words inside..

"He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be nomore, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying,
nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away."



18 Apr 2014

THOU ART MY LIFE..

Ever since he chose the path of love, he was a philosopher..everything spoke to him.. and he spoke to everything.. Earlier, he used to complain "Life lacks background music..some movies are interesting just because of right music " But love transformed him. Now his eyes can see what normal people can't see. His ears could easily tune into the rhythm of life. He was happy.

He flipped the pages of his memory and found these words.. "Be a love bomb..not to break, but to heal the broken hearts! " These words were written by a beautiful soul years ago..in his autograph book..His heart filled with gratitude and he smiled.. "Why are you smiling? " the girl wanted to know. He didn't answer..but he took a piece of paper and started writing something. She read aloud " Thou art my life"




12 Apr 2014

THE SILENCE

"Do you still love me? " the boy asked..there was a pause..then came the answer "yes,i do" "How much? " She didn't answer that. It was the boy who taught the girl many times, that love can't be measured. Yes,all good teachers were not great students..

The silence of his love haunted him..he kept on asking himself "Why didn't she answer me?" He started walking..just to feel good. It was dusk..the sun fell in to the sea splashing beautiful shades in the sky..the birds were rushing back to their nests.. "I wish I were a bird..wings are a blessing..it teaches you everything about perspective" he thought..Everything in life becomes microscopic when you have wings..So,a bird can never have depression.

He walked until it was dark. Until he could not walk further because of the darkness.He used to walk in the dark..for 7 long years..nobody knew why he was doing that for so long. They thought he was crazy. But one day, he came back with a ball of fire in his hands.It was the gift from the darkness,for trusting it.

He took the ball of fire outside and asked "Show me how much she loves me" The ball of fire started growing..the light filled every inch of darkness.He never saw something like that ever in his life. The brightness grew so much that his eyes started to ache..and then he was blind..everything was dark. He got the answer.

For the first time in his life, he realised "darkness is born twice..when there is no light and where there is only light" So with the silence in love..He ran to his girl and hugged her tight. He whispered.. "I love you" She was silent.

11 Apr 2014

I'M A FLOWER

Today she told him.. "you are unromantic..you should visit a doctor soon" He smiled..as if he already knew it. For the last few days,he was not able to bloom everyday.. "a flower has no choice" he thought.."it has to bloom..otherwise,it's not a flower"

He knew that he had to go to doctor..that's why he goes to beach often..there he sits for hours trying to connect his inside with the infinity..he closes his eyes and focuses on his breath..that's his definition of peace! But,it's very short lived..his mind would tell him that people are staring at him..and he opens his eyes, to see if somebody is staring.. "Why do they do this? When you do what everyone does,you are
not stared at..the moment I close my eyes,they start staring "

Looking at the sea,he remembered what he read somewhere..mind is like the sea..and thoughts are the waves..one could see the bottom of the sea if  it was still..there you will find everything precious..stones,pearls.. "may be it's a deception" he thought.."what secret is revealed by finding
precious stones and pearls? Nothing. Then where else should we search for the answers? " He was confused.

The wind was blowing harder..he felt good.When he was a little boy, his mother used to blow his eyes when something was trapped.Even if it did not clear his eyes,he
felt good after she did that. Now he felt the same pleasure..he was happy.

Clouds were on a trip..as if they were in a hurry to reach somewhere..the stars were happy as ever.. "they don't have any ego..everyone knows how big they really are..
but,they know where they should stand to stay beautiful" He grew impatient..he asked "Who am I? Why don't you reveal the truth of my existence?"

He did not expect the sea to answer him..he did not expect an answer at all. Something told him from inside..
"Not yet.."

26 Sep 2013

THE DESI DEVOLUTION! ;)

Newspapers have become one of the most depressing ways to start our day! When was the last time you read a full page filled with positive or at least neutral reports? Why is our world filled with so many atrocities? Rapes, terrorism, natural calamities...words which hits us every morning :(  Is it even possible to hope for a beautiful and peaceful world? I hold these words by Andy Dufresne (The Shawshank Redemption) close to my heart.. " Hope is a good thing,and no good thing ever dies.. " :)

I have been reading a prose by Swami Sivananda..and it’s about the Universal Laws. I realize how significant a topic he dealt with in that write up…Especially at this crucial juncture of human evolution! Well, by the word ‘evolution’, I did not mean anything physical :)  It’s all about mental evolution…something that silently yet powerfully determines the course of mankind. In this universe,everything has an order..certain laws govern everything that happens in this mysterious cosmos! And we, being an important part of it..have a greater role to play.

We make contributions in two different levels of existence..one is the physical level and the other, the mental level. Einstein explained universe as a ‘time space cloth’, no? And it is said that each of us affect the structure of this ‘time-space cloth’ in a unique way! Leave it…we have a much greater topic for discussion here!  It’s all about the psyche… And how does it affect our personal lives? How it eventually affects our society, nation and the whole world?

Each and every thought has an effect...that’s why the ‘thought power’ was/is & will be a favorite topic of all self help books!   “Whatever is true in the case of an individual is also true in the case of a nation, for individuals make a nation.  As in small, so in great..”  says ancient Hermes.
So, it all begins with a thought!  The collective thought force of the entire population creates the present and future of a nation. What we think, we become…there is no doubt regarding that. Swami explains..

“The collective Karma of a race or a nation is as much a fact in Nature as an individual one.
The same principles underlying the Karmic laws apply, without much wide difference, to national and collective Karma. Nations rise and fall, empires flourish and are dismembered on the same ground. The wise heads in a nation should not neglect the dominating sway of this law.

“In the midst of a national calamity it is well to remember that nothing can come to us which
we have not deserved. We may not be able to see the immediate cause of the catastrophe, but it does not follow that it took place without sufficient cause…”


It’s high time that we start thinking about the real cause behind all these negativity that has crept in to our nation…and as stated above, nothing happens without a reason. So, what could be the reason? I think, it's cultural disintegration. Do you agree? Every nation has its own culture…and the culture is greatly influenced by numerous factors ranging from geography,religions,standard of thinking…and so on. So, every culture is unique and beautiful in its own way. So 'was' our culture. It was very special and unique in many ways! But, does it even exist now? Only a shadow.

The great poet was right. This culture is all about “unity in diversity” .. But the word ‘development’ was totally misinterpreted by us! India lost its soul when people started aping the west. Western culture is well and good in west. But trying to blindly blend it with our original culture was ignorance. That is nothing but the devolution of culture and tradition. I’m  not talking about the usage of iphones, or wearing the western dress or emergence of townships. I’m focusing on the exploitation of nature in the name of development, the traditional art forms being replaced by pop and rap culture, the traditional food being replaced by KFCs, the total negligence towards spirituality, which was one of the strong pillars of our culture…

Once I was travelling in train..that’s when I met Tom and Sierra. They were from England. I wanted to know their feedback about my country…and this is what they said… “We traveled a lot! India is such a big country..One could travel around England in a couple of days, but this is really impossible in India..we could not even cover a state in two days! It’s a beautiful country with lots of different cultures..the climate is really good compared to England :) We were warmly received by villagers..great hospitality! (Tom tried to remember the name of that place, but he couldn't)  And the food is awesome…we love the spicy food!..” Those were the positives..

Now the flip side.. “ the most disappointing thing was..we noticed a lot of malls, big buildings and KFCs..which is what we get to see in the west…this is not the India we read in books… we came to INDIA to see INDIA..not London or New York ..”  Tom & Sierra hopes to visit India again. Because, they love India. 

So, that sums it up!  We have to preserve what we received from our past..the uniqueness..It is the responsibility of an intelligent population! The new generation kids are forced to speak English even before they learn their mother tongue..They are playing games in ipad instead of playing in rain and mud.. Instead of feeding their young brains with moral values and spirituality, we expose them to violence, sex and all such negativity.. No wonder that our society is filled with anti social elements. We created them. The future is not so bright if things don't change. And it’s even more dangerous when we impart the same attitude to our children. Because, in their hands lie the future of this country. We have to teach them the value of our culture and traditions..we have to teach them how to preserve what we inherited from our glorious past..we have to infuse civic sense and pure nationalism in their minds..Let them learn to be proud of India, the land of great saints, mathematicians and scientists!


Let’s pledge to stay original :) Because, I still believe..the tricolour and Gandhiji continues to be the best ambassadors of my India!  You doubt? Ask Mr.Obama ;) 


India is not, as people keep calling it, an underdeveloped  country, but rather, in the context of its history and cultural  heritage, a highly developed one in an advanced state of  decay.”   
                    - Shashi Tharoor

24 May 2012

PETROL AND COMMON SENSE !

Hello everyone! Let me tell you upfront that, this post is a spontaneous reaction to a breaking news that appeared on TV last night! "Historic hike in petrol price" No doubt that, this was a shocking news for almost every Indian middle class family which included me..but to be frank,i was not at all surprised to hear this news! Simply because,i expected this! You need proof? :)

Here it is http://sachindinesh2210.blogspot.com/2011/12/tomato-ram-and-mrj.html
and i'm wondering why people are blaming the government,the oil companies etc for this uncontrolled price hike..Is it really about this politics and the global market? Well..it's not..at least in my perspective..and may be i'm sharing the same view point with many of the nature lovers :)







Petrol is generally regarded as a non-renewable energy resource and i hope that this fact is not so popular among the consumers! If people were aware of this fact,how can they expect the price of a non renewable resource to remain constant throughout their life time?!! That too under this exploding population growth! I just don't understand the logic behind such blame games..Population explosion is a major contributor to this scenario..that alone has led to the increased consumerism..and what about our choice of vehicles? Priority is clearly for the luxury..not for the planet's future..or in other words,not for your future! One retarded rich man once said " I pay for water..so,i can waste it..why do you care? " Same is the attitude here..not just in this case..every aspect of our life..such individual attitudes can destroy the whole world..








Sustainable development is now just a topic for debates and discussions..and when it comes to real life,nobody really cares to contribute..and i had made my attitude very clear about this in my last post on this issue..I don't think we can replace bikes or cars with bicycles and carts..it is an impossible suggestion! It would be great if people can do that..but,we have nothing to do with "if" here. Practically,what can we do to control the situation? That deserves more importance. That's why,as i mentioned earlier,our choice of vehicles becomes a significant decision. Why should you spend more money on style and luxury just because you have money..or to satisfy that innermost desire of yours or just to feel 'big'..Why do we ignore the fuel efficient vehicles which can change our destiny? Because,we still haven't understood the importance of being simple!

Dear youngsters! Are you planning to buy a bike or a car? Your parents will be happy to grant your wish (and i guess,i know what you are wishing for!)..and no common man would naturally think or discuss environmental issues while buying a vehicle! Am i prejudiced? I would be the happiest man on earth, if you can prove me wrong :) So..the petrol prices will go up again an again..and the time will come when the less fortunate section of the society will have to depend on cheaper means of transport..this is inevitable. It is high time that we start finding solutions to our current crisis instead of blaming and protesting. Common sense can tell you that petrol can only get costlier in future..no matter how much you protest! It is a limited gift from mother nature..

Leading a simple life is a really challenging task! Sacrificing your personal comforts and desires for a universal cause! It can't be simple..i  know :) But that alone gives you the eligibility to blame anyone..during the next price hike :D

" Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need,not every man's greed "
   
                                                               - Mahatma Gandhi