Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Christmas Spirit....

Love, Peace, Joy are tightly intertwined together in this very very special post for all my blogger friends...Hey hey hey....I know I am at fault!!! My disappearing act from this parallel (but oh so beautiful-*sigh*) world for the past few days is unpardonable and should not go unpunished…. However, I am sure my blogger friends would find it in their hearts to forgive me for this offence-I AM SORRY FRIENDS!

In keeping with the spirit of the season, I have a little something prepared (if it was in my hands, I would bake the best Christmas Cake for all of you and force feed it to you all-lol). But since it can't be done (another *sigh*), I have crafted with all my love, sprinkled loads of peace and added lots of prayers for all the joys in the world in this small token of appreciation for you….

I was honoured to receive so many awards for my blog some days back and they were weighing me down with the amount of support they expressed for me (thank you so much everyone).Many of my friends have already been bestowed with these awards and this was reason enough for me to spring into action with full force! The fruit of my labour lies above... I trust you will spread the cheer onward (you can reward as many people as you wish as long as they are not less than six). As for me, I would like to present this award to:
Mampi- for holding my hands in my baby steps on this world and guiding me just as a mother would (her blog is a literal heaven on earth, let me tell you)
‘A’- her comments truly ‘colour my blog with sunshine’ and her own blog is a wide window to her myriad but dewy thoughts
Yamini- for her patriotism and churning out creation after creation in praise of mine and her beloved motherland
Phoenix-the budding journalist who I know will go places, this lass is one person whose writings would make a wonderful autobiography
Leo-for his sheer genius and actually writing from the heart
Farah-for being truthful to the point of actually writing out her own wrongs
Army guy-for bringing us live action from the field and making us understand the glory of the Army life
River Soul-for soulful writings with a definite divine connection
Sandhya-for writing about her everyday life in a really really sweet manner(her blog is too sweet)
Smriti-for writing lovely everyday experiences in a simple yet subtle manner
Anwesa-for giving lovely lessons on life through simple compositions that touch the heart
Preethi-her compositions take me to a literary level of an outstanding calibre-its really magic!
Harshita-my new found friend, she has a class of her own
Trailblazer-his honest take on most of the issues around the world has left me flabbergastered!
Angel aka Fiducia-her poems touch the chords of my heart truely-she writes on everything and magnificiently at that!
Thank you everyone for patiently going through my post. I would also like to wish all of you a Very Very Happy New Year...may this year bring loads of surprises(good ones of course-hehe)for all of you.
Mithe
PS: Thank you Harshita (no link to her blog) and Born Vagabond for following me:)
Addition: Trailblazer, Phoenix,Ryn,Sandhya and Preethi have followed me too-thank you guys, you made my day :)
Another addition: 'A' gave this award back to me.Thank you friend-its an honour:)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A matter of perspective-III

JAPAN
The first rays of the sun
kiss the soil
engulfing it in their warm embrace

Yesterday has given way
to a new today....

INDIA
The sky becomes
a riot of colours
the darkness slowly turning
to a purplish dawn

Yesterday is about to give way
to a new today...

SAHARA
Stars illuminate the sky
their sheen mirrored
on a mere dot of oasis
amidst the vast sandy expanse

Yesterday anticipates giving way
to a new today....

Brazil
Hues of the sky
reflect the breathing city
the lights from homes
creating patterns on nature's canvas

Yesterday still has to go on
before giving way to a new today...

Various regions
different lifestyles
many time zones
Yet..
One world
One motion
the wheels of life
churn on and on....

This is my last in a trilogy of posts about 'Perspective'.Hope you liked all of them:)

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The first glitter

Giving this award to Mampi, I never imagined that I myself would become a recipient one day! Thank you 'A' for bestowing the award on me :) Her award is the first glitter enlightening my blog and shall always remain etched here for times to come....
The rule states that I spread the sunshine further by nominating some more bloggers for the award. Here are my nominees:
  1. Fiducia for the striking poetry(no other word for it)
  2. Aurora for penning down lines straight from the heart
  3. Sky for the most beautiful and visual compositions about nature
  4. Ki- Jaana for the stark reality in the words
  5. Pinku for covering numerous aspects of life through her enchanted world
  6. New Pinch for the sheer innocence of her blog.

I would also like to mention Leo, Dil,Phoenix and River Soul here but I think they have already been awarded the same. However, I hope they accept this again from me :)

PS:I wont be a frequent visitor on the blogworld for a few days as I am bogged down by exams.However, I will definitely find time to look through some of the gems penned (um..typed) down by my friends..Bye all and take care!

Friday, December 05, 2008

A matter of perspective-II

Blue water
Green phytoplankton
Orange fish
Brown sand
Grey rocks
Yellow sunlight
the ocean in its entirety-
how heavenly!


Big mountain,
small hill
vast plain,
medium plateau
the land in its entirety-
what variety!


Gaseous components
water droplets
pollen grains
dust particles
the air in its entirety-
much capacity!



Many cultures
myriad traditions
various religions
different appearance
the human race in its entirety-
how heavenly
what variety
much capacity!



This is my 25th post. Thank you to all my blogger friends who have been there always, commenting on my compositions and encouraging me. It's been a fantastic journey so far...you are an invaluable part of my life now & my heartfelt gratitude to all of you for helping me understand-ME! Merci everyone :)

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

A Signal from God?

The event :Reading about this very rare astronomical event in THE TRIBUNE brought a smile on my face. A warm glow began spreading through my entire being as I learned further that India was the only country of the world to have witnessed this beautiful site in its full glow yesterday night. A curious sense of protection; of being watched over; of giant hands encircling and shielding us stole around me-as if God was indicating his towering presence over all of us....

What is it I am so excited about? : This is a very rare event, next expected to occur after 2050(when we will all be very ,very old and the only record of this event would be my blog, which you will all be showing to your grandchildren-lolzz) . The two "eyes " that you are seeing in the picture are actually the planets Venus and Jupiter. The eyes and the moon carefully observed seem to be forming a smiley face in the heavens...Isn't it a spectacular view? (for full information please visit the link above)

Hope for us? After last week's horrific massacre in Mumbai, it was the first time I felt really and truely calm. Was it God signalling to us-'Have faith Indians, I am here'? or Was it just another of nature's miracles which happened to have occured at this time?
I leave it for you to decide...

Friday, November 28, 2008

Q/A

Q:
Citizen- who? me?
NO NO NO
a 'comman man' merely...
A dispensible commodity
reduced to shouting anguishly

India replies:
Anguish tears my heart too
the unfathomable helplessness crying 'what can I do'?
but hope is not lost yet
even in the gore of death...
We ARE resilient, we WILL come through!

Q:
It's all very well to say
that a new day
is not far behind,
But when will WE
understand our own kind?

A:
When YOU talk to yourself face to face
When YOU don't get caught in the mad race
When YOU break your facade
and YOUR entire being is lighted up with solace.

Happiness THEN will not be far behind
and will benefit all mankind!!

Praying for all those who lost their lives in the Mumbai terror attacks and remembering with grateful hearts the martyers who laid down their lives to save the selfsame 'comman man' ...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

For Mampi...

To thee Mampi for the most beautiful blog I have yet come across
I give this...

Monday, November 24, 2008

Understanding Alice

One of my first books as a child was the Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales that were gifted to me by Mama. I grew up with 'Cinderella', 'Sleeping Beauty', 'Beauty and the Beast', 'Thumbelina', 'The Emperor's new clothes', 'Goldilocks' as everyone else. 'Alice in wonderland' was surprisingly one of the last books I read as I entered into teens(before shifting to Enid Blytons). As is usually the case, for three to four years I was so immersed in Enid Blytons that I forgot about all other books existing on this planet- Famous Fives, Mystery Series,Secret Sevens (in short Enid Blytons) were my world at that point of time!

One day after about two years of continual Enid Blytons, (I was bound to get bored some day-even with Julian, Dick, George, Anne and Timmy-lol) I was foraging Mama's cupboard for something (and turning everything upside down for which I remember I got the worst scolding of my life-lolz). Suddenly, I brushed against something that felt like a very old hardcover edition book. Taking it out, I saw Nanaji's stamp on the first page. My curiosity aroused, I turned the pages- it was Alice in Wonderland and Through the looking glass in a full hardcover bound edition (I don't remember the year). I was surprised because mama never kept any books in her cupboard-they were always kept in the library. Uptil then, I had not realized that Alice's adventures were enumerated in a full fledged book by the author and I had always believed that the small edition I had read was the entire story. Suddenly mama came in and when she saw me with her book, she went quiet for some time. Wondering at this silence, I approached her, held her hand and asked her about the book.

She was visibly far away- I got to know later that the book had a lot of sentimental value for her-Nanaji (who died about 22 years ago) had gifted it to her when she stood first in her class at school, '"This book" she said will always remain special for her. Then she explained me the essence of Carrol's masterpiece by speaking the same words that her father had spoken to her all those years back- " It is more enjoyable to read Alice in Wonderland in teens. The appreciation of the book comes better in that age".

I didnot get to read the book till I was 16 when mama(she considers 16 as a milestone in terms of ages) gave it as a gift to me on my birthday. It is still the best birthday gift of my life-to give away something you hold so precious even if to your daughter is not an easy task and I really appreciate her for it.

Well, I began reading the book and let me tell you I was bewitched from the word go! The simple narrative and Alice's activities ( inspite of being somewhat impossible) had an..um..'earthly'(there's no other word that I can think of) feel to it.I felt transported right into Alice's world- the innocence of Alice when she exclaims about the injustice of the queen of hearts, the comic situations with the cat and the caterpillar, the unusual tea party, Alice continually getting taller and shorter in height and the unexpected ending really left me spellbound AND all this was not yet over! When I reached the introductory page for THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS part, I remember I was really excited to know that the book was not yet over and I savoured this part with as much relish as the first one. For the first time in my life, I actually understood what a person who lived in a totally different time period was trying to convey when he told his child to read a book at a particular age. I can now be thankful that I was given the right books at the right age by mama and today, all those years later I can totally understand how important that is!

Here's to Alice- enthralling young people for generations to come!

Friday, November 21, 2008

A matter of perspective

Looked at the morning sky
so blue so vast
felt rejuvenated.
Heard the first chirp of the birds
so sweet so melodious
felt happy .
Experienced the first rays of the sun
so caressing so warm
felt nurtured.
Saw the clouds looming ahead
so dark so forbidding
felt apprehensive.
Heard the rain lashing against the glass
so hard so fast
felt lonely.
Watched the rainbow arch across the sky
so bright so illuminating
felt hopeful.

Same Day
Same Me
Same Nature

but....

myriad emotions
many feelings
numerous thoughts!

It was Mampi's comment that gave me the idea to change the original title. Merci Mampi!

Monday, November 17, 2008

The child within...

Childrens Day (November 14) just passed by. Here is a poem that I couldnot post for the past few days... Hope you like it :)

Wish I could be a child again
to seek mama's lap with all my tears
Wish I could be a child again
to explain papa all my minisicule fears.
Wish I could be a child again
to expostulate on every single thing in front of mama
Wish I could be a child again
to get what I want with a little crying and drama!

Wish I could be young once more
to speak truthfully from the heart
Wish I could be young once more
to not know cunningness as an 'art'.
Wish I could be young once more
to dance around and be carefree
Wish I could be young once more
just 'to let everything be'!

Time once past
can never be made to last.
However some things last forever and I have heard people say
'a child resides in the human heart till it's dying day'
Don't let that child ever vanish away.....

An ode for the child....the child within you
H a P p Y C h I l D r E n 's DaY !

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mute Witnesses

Standing tall as mute witnesses to years of forgotton time
wishing to speak, but they cannot....
Inanimate God has made them
but they are alive-
alive and brimming with memories.......

They saw HER enter as a young bride
they gleaned the glow on her face when the first sparkling star made earth his home
they heard the once empty house filled with a brighter cacaphony of sounds
they watched HIM bring best surprises for the child home
they looked at the face of a mother again, the glow now tempered with advancing age
they listened as the children grew up,curiously asking 'what?' 'why?' 'where'?
they reverberated with shock when he left for his heavenly abode
THEN....
they witnessed the house coated with a different sheen
'SHE' entered as a young bride
and the circle of life asked to be lived....yet again

Who are they-
they who play
such an important role in our life?
We as humans never seem to realize
the mute spectators witnessing us thrive
we are cocooned by them night and day
the only question-who are they?
They are simply-
the walls of our house!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Two different personalities

I don't know how to begin this post....I am really really angry. Traffic sense in my city...there is just one word for it-'atrocious'!I am still a novice at driving the car, so papa accompanies me each time. Driving today, I almost got clobbered twice; what makes me indignant is that it was not my fault-people are blatantly jumping red lights without even glancing at the traffic policemen standing on the roads- I was shocked!! Look at their gall too, they had the audacity to stare at me as if it was my fault for moving when it was MY signal!

What makes this all the more worse is- these very people when they go on travels and tours abroad behave the way they are expected to behave and toe the line as far as the traffic rules are concerned. Why to go far-I have seen people behaving as responsible citizens when they glimpse the periphery of the State Capital! The question that pops into my mind here is why this sudden concern for rules when you go outside your city? Why these dual personalities with the best one reserved for outside the city & the other one not even caring two hoots for the welfare of the land where you were born and brought up?

It is high time that people understand the importance of the guidelines framed by the government for THEIR benefit. There is no use in blaming the government for each and every mishap and inefficiency. When will people themselves awaken from their slumber? When will it be realised that with freedom comes responsibility too?

Jaago, logon Jaago!
Issued in public interest by : Kiran(mithe)


Saturday, November 08, 2008

Kuch to hua hai!

Whats the matter with me these days? The blogging bug has bitten me so hard that the first thing I do on coming back from college is open my blog. I really love to read the new posts by other bloggers and if it was my way, I would keep on posting every hour and everyday but writing always depends on mood. Look at me, today I have nothing to write but am still posting because I am in the mood!

One of the things that I love about blogging is the anonmity it provides along with an outlet for all your feelings. You can chose to keep your identity a secret while spouting out all you feel in an extremely 'digital' manner(lol). Besides, the vast amount of talent that I have been exposed to in just these few days has blown my mind away-the earth is full of so many talented people-they just need an outlet and blogging is one sure shot means of the same!And you know- these days I watch everything minutely, I hear all things meaningfully and try to understand all the hitherthro inexplicable things in totality. This new awareness and consciousness of what goes on around me is the best gift that I received from anybody in my life and Mampi-my mentor, my guide, my friend deserves all the credit for giving me such a unique gift that I will always cherish. What makes it all the more strange is that she is my teacher but she has never taught me. I have known her for just a couple of months but she is one of those people who change your lives forever in a very very 'poignant' way by just one small act and for that she will always have my heartfelt gratitude :-)
So now you know my sudden yearning to hum

'Kuch to hua hai, kuch ho gaya hai
do-char din se, lagta hai aise
sab kuch alag hai, sab kuch naya hai
Kuch to hua hai, kuch ho gaya hai' !

Friday, November 07, 2008

Eating Toffee-the toughest question

I am in a big problem people..any help would be welcome. Here I am sitting and CHEWING, yes you read right-chewing toffee! I can't seem to stop chewing toffee whenever one pops in my mouth(whether by mistake or by choice, is another long story of course). Well, the dilemma being faced by me is whether it is better to chew the toffee at one go so that you have the 'gooey' taste in the mouth or should it be kept in the mouth so that it gradually fades away? Solutions to this question would be welcome!

As for me, I can't seem to stop eating it at one go to the horror of my younger brother who believes of course in savouring it's taste-since when have brothers and sisters ever agreed on such important life-affecting issues? You know, my grandmom knows this art really well(come to think of it...everybody's grandmom falls in the same category). I sometimes wonder how can a small chit of a toffee last for as long as an hour in somebody's mouth? Infact, I have tried to take several tips from her but no results as yet and I don't think there will be in times to come-for me to gain the patience and resilience of my grandmother at this age seems a herculean task!

Anyways, anyone wanting to post answers to my query is always welcome to do so in the comments section. Anxiously awaiting your reply.Please be quick-have to sample a delicious toffee-the wrapper looks so inviting!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Forty Years ago,THEY were given back seats...

Watching the news today, I was gladdened to note that Mr. Barack Obama has registered a convincing win in the American elections and will be taking the presidential Oath in January. It is a great achievement not only for millions of Blacks the world over but also for the thousands of minorities living in various countries.It is
of course a red-letter day for America and thousands of Afro-Americans surviving despite all odds in the society of the world's most powerful Nation.


Obama's victory becomes more important in the light of the fact that exactly forty years ago, no one would have imagined a person of this race and lineage winning the top most post of the world's most powerful entity.People of this race were discriminated against even in this so called 'secular' and 'forward' nation so much so that blacks were not allowed to sit on the front seats in the public transport system! (They always had to occupy the back seats in buses). Strange,isn't it -what heights human resilience can achieve with sustained efforts! Mr. Barack Obama's rise has provided a fresh lease of hope to millions of suffering multitudes all over the world-they can now stand up against every injustice meted out to them with the example of the world's most influential person standing tall infront of them. In this sense, it is not only a victory for the Afro-Americans but minorities the world over.



And let's face it-the man IS charismatic. His simple demeanour, the neighbour-next-door attitude and charming smile have captivated millions of people all over. However, woe-betide anybody just considering him an influential identity because he is not just a 'camera-personality'. He comes across as an experienced politician, a thorough democrat and an expert on American and World Politics in all the Presidential Debates he has participated or the numerous interviews he has given. I strongly feel that Obama is the best thing that has happened for America in several decades and his election to the highest 'post of the land' will go a long way in improving the general image of the country in other nations' eyes.



SO, here's wishing Mr. Obama ALL THE BEST for his upcoming job. May God grant him the courage and strength to engage in whatever is right for his nation in particular and the world in general because America as THE POWER of the world has the potential to affect the world situation irrevocably on many issues .
BEST OF LUCK for 'a good day in office' SIR!


Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Self-realization with 'blue'

This photograph was taken by me during a recent trip to Himachal Pradesh. Observing this wonderful scene, what came to my mind was:(let me tell you, the photograph doesn't even come close to what the actual scene looked like. It was heavenly, I assure you!)

A colour that defines me,
A colour that I love.
A colour that shall always remain my favourite
A colour that for me shall always signify a treasure trove!


Blue- as bright as the new morning,
the freshly laundered sky...
Blue- as in my first periwinkle gown
I wore at the ripe old age of 2 feeling demure and shy!
Blue- the sheen of which illuminates a rainbow
and it is enough to make you forget all your lows!
It's hard to even think of my life without this hue...
coz being a short tempered person, you can always find me black & BLUE!
Its a simple 'sing -songy' verse that came to my mind while I was jolting and bumping towards Rohtang on the third day of the trip. It was a difficult task to pen down my thoughts at that time, let me tell you! The road to Rohtang is one climb that can take a lot out of you (and I mean that literally..lol).However, the view more than makes up for it...the best Geographical features and breathtaking scenery makes it quite hard to regret the assiduous climb uphill. This place shall always hold a very special place in my heart because with it are etched wonderful memories of self discovery-this poem is just a small portion out of the bigger slice.
Going along those zig-zag paths, it suddenly hit me that this colour has played an integral part in my life always and it took me such a long time to realize such a simple fact! This one photo opened up a new world of self-realization. ...it is a perfect example of how ordinary things remind us of many EXTRAORDINARY aspects of life we have lead and we are not even aware of them. That is why my blog supports a new look...(or should I say a 'blue' look?-lol) All I can say is that I hope you all like it!





Sunday, November 02, 2008

Mother Teresa-the epitome of a perfect Woman

I was reading last month's Reader's Digest Joy when I came across an article titled 'Women we admire'. Mother Teresa was second on the list. I confess I was a little disappointed-she should have been first. The first was Princess Diana (not that SHE is not some one to admire but I still think Mother Teresa's contribution to the society was much more than any Princess who came into limelight just for being what she was. Mother's path was more obstacled and she never even became known before getting the Nobel Prize).

I was fortunate enough to come across this photo while surfing the net and was immediately captivated by the site of a young Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu( Mother's real name). Here is the photo and I want to share it with all of you.This photo has been taken at her Albanian parents home when she was just 13 years of age. Even at this age, the calmness and serenity of her pose charms the eye but still it is quite hard to believe that this is our very own Mother Teresa. Did she know at this stage what destiny had appropraited her to become? Did she realize her future among the downtrodden and suffering multitudes? Did she even have an inkling of what she was about to become for the world-a motherly figure recognised everywhere? Maybe not-but all this did come to pass and she rose to become a hope for millions of destitutes all around the world. It is not easy to sacrifice away your very being, your nation and your life for a totally selfless cause.Yet, that is exactly what this great woman did and this left an indelible imprint of her existence on this planet. I salute you Mother for what you did- it required more than just' a little bit of luck' to accomplish what you did in your lifetime.

This is the true essence of being a woman- spreading the fragrance of your presence everywhere you go and showing just a little bit of care without discrimination where ever it is needed. As for Mother, she resides even today in the heart of every Indian whether or not they were directly touched by her- because she gave her soul to this nation. Her efforts bear testimony to the fact that even in today's so called 'materialistic world', there are people who selflessly work towards betterment of all without giving a thought to their own trials and turbulations. I hope that all women take a cue out of the life that SHE lead and work at least for some part of their existence to 'gladden a frosty heart'! All the best in your venture!!!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Tick-Tock

Its 12:00 am and my eyes are open....sleep seems to be miles away. I don't know what to do.Suddenly, I get up and in frustration start putting all the clocks and watches in the room away in the innermost corner of my cupboard! Funny, I know but can't think of anything else at that moment which could help me to sleep! The constant 'tick-tock' of the clock was always my companion every night but suddenly one day it started irritating me, so much so that I couldnot sleep?Whats wrong with me,huh?

Sitting there, contemplating this simple action that I took without any rhyme or reason, I gleaned three things:
One, we humans are a fickle race. Two, we take zillions of things for granted everyday, never for a moment realizing their true value.Third, we like to blame something or some else for everything thats going wrong in our life.
Why else would I shut out the very clock which was my constant companion till then? Why else would I actually go so far as to think that a simple clock lulling me to sleep every night would suddenly begin disrupting it?

Its important to realize that I am not blaming anybody or everybody for being- well, being "humans". Its just that what most of us need to realize is that we are blessed, infact we are blessed so much that we see, hear, speak and smell everyday. I woke up this morning fit enough to write my feelings on this blog.You woke up this morning fit enough to read it- both of us need to be grateful for these abundant blessings bestowed on us today.I just feel like screaming now at the top of my voice- Thank You GOD for today!

So, HAVE YOU THANKED GOD FOR LETTING YOU SEE THE LIGHT OF THIS BEAUTIFUL DAY TODAY?

Monday, October 27, 2008

What if ......(A DEEPAWALI WISH)

What if the ocean was red and not blue?
Would it have mattered the sky having a different hue?
What if the daisy was not white?
and would it have mattered not to have any light?
What if the grass was not green?
and Orange would have been the colour of the bean?

Things are actually perfect the way they are
sometimes bitter, sometimes sour.
God had a purpose even when he created us
But don't you ever forget-"from ashes to ashes, dust to dust".

May this Deepawali brighten your homes with joy, prosperity and peace. May God provide you enough to help others as much as you can this festive season and may you always remain contended with whatever you are or whatever you have.

Best Wishes for a prosperous and safe Diwali for you and your family.
regards
Kiran

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Why does the Laughing Buddha laugh?

This is one of my favourite compositions by Mama:

He stands/sits on the beautiful stool facing the main doorway with both his arms flung up in the air, pot-belly hanging out, laughing uncontrollably.What could be the reason for such a glee?

IS IT PURE HAPPINESS? Perhaps he is happy to see another new day with the sun shining gloriously in the azure blue sky, birds chirping in the trees,kids hurrying to school, men and women rushing to their workplaces(with no terrorists plotting to blow their workplaces up!!).Maybe he is happy to see the abundance of God's grace all around-God carved thousands of varieties of flora and fauna when ten-fifteen would have sufficed, he made different seasons each with his own beauty. He put a million stars in the night sky to enthrall us instead of just a handful.

IS IT CYNICISM? Cynicism at watching mankind caught up in the mad race to possess material things for attaining the ultimate 'nirvana'? Perhaps he is sceptical of the youth getting entangled in the mesh of drugs, alcohol and discotheques in pursuit of true happiness and ending up with broken hearts, minds and bodies.

IS IT JUST A DEROGATORY LAUGH? Because now HE gets the credit for bringing joy in the house. ( never mind the hardwork put in by the master of the house!)

OR IS THE BUDDHA JUST IN A GOOD MOOD? Perhaps he is happy at the recollection of hilarious one-liners from Chetan Bhagat's Five Point Someone or comic scenes from the movie Lage Raho Munnabhai and its new brand of Gandhigiri.

To cut a long story short, me thinks that the Laughing Buddha firmly believes in the dictum "Smile is a curve that makes a lot of things straight" and practices it!

Time for Friendship

Two Nations, same people
Two bodies, same hearts
Two Countries, same stories
Two organs, same breath...
Then why do we indulge in this senseless slaughter?
Then why do we build thick fences of mortar?

Its not difficult to forge a friendship
because we HAVE lived several years in kinship.
Its the last hundred years that have jolted us apart
taking away the bonding of our hearts.
'Divide and rule' -they said
and it is THEY who murdered our people in beds.
Why do we make them successful in their evil thoughts?
Why don't we understand that all is yet not lost?

It is time now to make amends,
It is time now for Indo-Pak to be friends.
time now to forget our ghastly past,
time now to inculcate love in our hearts.
The desires of the common man must be fulfilled
All the hatred in our hearts needs to be killed.

To understand happiness it is imperative to know pain
just as without loss there is no gain.
Similarily for frienship we must know war,
knowing how to erase the worst of scars.
The first step towards friendship is to bury the past
so lets now take steps to make it last.
HERE'S TO INDO-PAK!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Dd u hve ur 'brekfust'?

Well Hello? What happened to my English?-you might say. Actually I have tried to bring out the pronounciation of two very beautiful American children in this one sentence! Today I got an exciting news..one of my very dear friends got engaged! I was so happy for her [ and sad for me..of course :(..we will be parted very soon!].It's her fiance's sister's children that I am talking about here. All day long I had to listen a great plethora of things about "Sunny is like this"; "Sunny did this"; "Sunny called me up" etc. etc. I finally got so tired of all this 'sunshiny' talk (lol) that I told her to change her tune...Lo and behold- she began gushing about these kids (who sound very interesting I might add..SHH.. thats between you and me or else she will begin again!)with beautiful names in German(their father whom my friend calls 'brother' is German).Now the only sentence on her lips was "Dd u hve ur brekfust" in a very Americanised accent close to what those cuties must have asked her (I might add that within these 10-15 days her English has already started acquiring a very very American tone and I will make sure she is teased to no end about it-lol).Strangely enough the repetition ceased to annoy me any more because you know what-the look on her face while she demonstrated her fondness for two babies she has never met ,spoke loads about the depth of feelings she has begun to have about her 'new family'.Her innocent smile accompanying this sentence gave her a glow that is hard to describe in words and her face became quite animated whenever she mentioned her 'family'.She was so excited and happy the whole day that in her happiness I forgot my own gloom over an unusually hectic day at college. Thats what friends are for,aren't they? To spread cheers in lives of THEIR friends around them-knowingly or unknowingly...I pray to God she remains this happy person forever and hope that her 'sunshiny' life is never marred by even a small cloud of dissent or sadness. Love you loads dear M...and may God bestow all his choicest blessings on you!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Female Foeticide and it's repercussions

Here's another of the essays that I wrote. I would really like your feedback on this one:

Guru Nanak Dev Ji once said:
Why do we call her bad, she who gave birth to kings?
This can be considered to be a very poignant question considering the time and scenario. It is widely known that when Guru Ji put forth his views regarding the condition of women in the society, he was well aware of their plight having seen a lot of discrimination against women during his travels in all four directions (more popularly known as ‘udasis’).However, a sad point to note here is that even today after many years of societal evolution, this question still stares glaringly into our faces.

It is a common conception that the status of women in our society has improved manifolds over the past hundreds of years and this in many ways can be corroborated to be the truth; but is it? Every other day we get to hear numerous stories of a girl child abandoned in a garbage bin, a mother killing the foetus knowing the child will be a girl or selling the girl for a few rupees. Therefore, in such a situation it becomes imperative to ask the parents: have they themselves forgotten who gave them life? It was their MOTHER who brought them on this earth, the Mother who once herself was a girl child. If SHE had been aborted in the foetus, they would not be born on this planet either!

There are several reasons that are always enumerated with respect to the skewed sex ratio in Indian society. The main reason that has been stressed upon (particularly in the northern parts of the country) is the widespread practice of female foeticide. An important aspect with respect to this is the high standard of living prevalent in the region. There is no monetary constraint and as a result, sex determination tests have become rampant in every nook and cranny. The very doctors who take an oath to protect lives; indulge in this heinous crime of murdering the foetus in the womb. At the same time, it is important to consider that this act is condoned not only by the father and other family members but by the mother as well-the same mother who herself was once a girl child.

Another reason for this practice can be found in the Indian societal norms, customs and traditions. Indian society is such in which the birth of an ‘heir’ to carry forward the family name is considered very imperative and girls are normally classed as ‘liabilities’ to their parents. The common thought process is that the girls have to ultimately be married off and ‘such a huge responsibility for a lifetime’ is best left unassumed. There have been instances where parents abort a female foetus in spite of already having an ‘heir’ in their households and the reason for this is of course the ‘liability’ factor. The unhappy reality is that this evil is more common in rich, cultivated and educated part of the society as many would not believe. The so called ‘cream’ of the society indulges in such a low-down practice is indeed astonishing but again the reason is longing for an heir. It is the heir after all who has to carry forward the well established businesses in the society!

The consequences of all these actions have already started manifesting themselves. The most recent example of this is the shortage of brides in many villages of Rajasthan and Haryana. The news item pertaining to this clearly stated that Haryana locals are forced to look for brides in states like Kerala where the sex ratio is favourable to females. Until recently Kerala and Puducherry are the only two areas having favourable sex ratio of over 1000 females per 1000 males in the country. The national average for this is 972 females per thousand males (2001 census figures). Thus, an imbalance has already started becoming apparent in our society. Another major consequence of indulging in female foeticide is the adverse effect on the health of the mother. Abortion in itself is very risky and to deliberately abort the foetus just because it is a female breathing in the womb would of course prove detrimental to the mother’s health. According to a survey carried out by a private agency, almost 25% of women willingly acknowledged to have carried out female foeticide and according to medical experts a women who has undergone more than 3 abortions even runs the risk of losing her fertility or worse still her life. Sadly, in India women being ignorant of this fact continue to abort the girl foetus in their unending quest for a male child even if they have to undergo numerous abortions.

Many experts have sat together and discussed various ways to solve this problem but no solution yet seems to be forthcoming. In spite of the various acts like the PNDT ACTS that are propagated by the government, the practice of female foeticide still continues unabated. The only solution that seems forthcoming is to convince people by educating them, organising various seminars and advertising through different media channels from time to time. The need of the hour is for the people to realize the demerits of indulging in such activities particularly in the long run. The legacy that we leave posterity is going to leave a lasting imprint even if WE depart from this planet. The cry of the girl child should not go unattended for long; else the entire human race will suffer:
Why did you kill me, mama and papa?
Wasn’t I your own flesh?
Flesh of your flesh, blood of your blood?
Why did you kill me mom and dad-
I would too have liked to bring
love and laughter to your home…..
love and laughter to your home……

Civic Sense

Here is an essay that I wrote for practice when I participated in a competition.Hope you like it :)

“Man is a social animal” is a cliché sentence that one gets to hear almost everywhere. The truth of this statement can be gauged from the fact that even several years after “cave-man” understood the benefits of mutual interaction and social living; he still continues to revel in these merits while co-existing with others. However, it has been observed through the ages that while carving a space for himself and his dependents in the society, man is prone to trample on many societal norms in order to have maximum benefit. This benefit may be in terms of position in the society or in terms of gaining monetary benefit. Whatever the reason, recent trends have been a disturbing indicator of man selfishly pursuing his own aims with scant regard for society and civic sense.

Civic sense refers to certain societal norms and traditions that every human being on this planet has to follow in order to become acceptable in the society. The social trends expected to be followed do show a slight variation from place to place in keeping with the societal set up of the area. However in general, certain common social customs are followed throughout the diverse cultures of the world in order to promote peaceful co-existence between the inhabitants. All these customs and norms can be grouped under the heading of “Civic Sense”. Another point in this regard is that understanding of this concept is open to interpretation. When we talk about society, we include the human element which is the most unpredictable element on earth. Therefore how different individuals grasp and put these norms formulated by the society into practice is a matter of perspective of these selfsame individuals. Broadly speaking, Civic Sense refers to “rules of social etiquette framed by the society in order to propagate better living conditions”.

There are many sets of rules and regulations formed by the infinite number of societies both big and small that cohabit this world. Traditionally, man led a simple life, desiring only the fulfilment of three basic aims of food, clothing and shelter. Therefore the “civic sense code” that prevailed also revolved around these three aims. Every person had to ensure that mutual interaction was held in such a manner that the other person’s privacy was not invaded. At the same time, it was the duty of each man to help the other in times of need and if it was not within his power to do so, the concerned authority had to be warned regarding that person’s plight. No person could forcibly claim any part of the other person’s property or any material belonging to him. All these conditions still exist today and are an important part of societal customs at majority of places.

However, life today has changed tracks rapidly. One of the most recent problems being confronted by the world today is the danger of environmental damage. As a result almost all the major societies of the world (whether big or small) have started framing conditions with regard to environmental protection. These conditions have become such an important part of the daily living that now these can be included under ‘rules of civic sense’ to be ingrained in every newborn child since birth. These conditions include-keeping the environment clean, ensuring that the garbage is sent to the proper recycling channels, usage of energy efficient techniques, conserving water and electricity etc. Second important aspect concerns itself with the general rules of behaviour acceptable in the society particularly at social occasions. No person is allowed to behave indecently in social gatherings and must conduct himself properly in accordance with the demands of the occasion. The third point concerns itself with a very glaring problem the world over-the dwindling number of girls. The commonly held perception that girls are discriminated against and are victims of many women related crimes only in the developing world has been proven to be wrong. Infact, the rich societies having access to monetary power are more prone to indulge in such activities that are discriminatory towards women and girl child in particular-female foeticide being an important example. Every society does have a code of conduct with regard to dealing with women but now-a-days this code extends even in private lives to with the need to protect women becoming more and more urgent. Fourthly, technological advancement world over has brought about glitzy lifestyles where show-offs have become the order of the day. Mobile phones, Laptops and I-pods have become essential gadgets that are carried around by many people. However, it is sad to note that most people are not aware of the rules of etiquette for the usage of this equipment. As a result a civic sense ‘code of conduct’ has been formulated even with regard to these equipments in almost all societies. Switching off the mobile phone in a meeting, not plugging in the ear-phones of the I-pod during a public talk, listening attentively when someone is speaking on the dais etc. are some examples.

Ultimately, it can be said that civic sense constitutes the understanding of social customs, traditions and following them in such a manner that no one is inconvenienced by our conduct. This must be inculcated in the child’s mind since birth so that as the society grows, the child develops with it and passes this knowledge to future generations. The need of the hour for all the people is to start thing about the future of the society as a whole rather than concentrating on attaining certain selfish ends:
Begin now, begin today
let the knowledge illuminate the darkened way;
IT’S A NEW DAY! IT’S A NEW DAY!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

THE PAIN

You fell down and twisted your leg,
You FELT pain.
She cut her hand accidently with a knife,
She FELT pain.
He was blind from chilhood,
He FELT pain.
They were hurt in an accident,
They FELT pain.
I lost a dear one,
I FELT pain.

BUT OUR MOTHERLAND?

Many people were slaughtered during riots
She SAW pain.
Homes were blasted away during war,
She FELT pain.
The wailings of the victims rent the air,
She HEARD pain.
Mass graves were dug out off her womb,
She TOUCHED pain.
The aroma of the flowers and the stench of the bodies intermingled,
She SMELLED pain.

Aren't we better off with the pain we only feel?
But look our motherland still reels
under death, destruction and wars,
leaving her permanently scarred.
Why don't we stop this senseless slaughter?
Why do we murder someone's sons and daughters?

Have you ever told?

"Happy Anniversery Mom and Dad"
is what you say
with expensive gifts and cards
that might have come your way.
Then you run on with your own life,
never for a moment thinking of your parent's strife.
They worked hard for you night and day
helping you keep all your problems at bay.
Then on their very special day,
you fulfil your duty by giving gifts and walking away?

Time passes and your birthday comes
bringing with it loads of gifts and lots of fun.
You throw a party and play the perfect host
In your happiness forgetting to thank two persons who matter the most.

It's not gifts that matter to your mom and dad
AND your indifference doesn't make them glad...
In your fast-paced 'busy' world
have YOU found time and hurled
your arms around Mommy and Daddy,
have You ever told them
"I love you Mom" and I love you Daddy"?

Laughter

In the tinkling of a bell,
in the gurgling sounds of water in the well,
and in the home where I dwell,
there echoes-laughter.

In the chirping of birds on trees,
In the clashing of the keys,
and in the soft humming of the bees,
there resonates- laughter.

The lively cry of a baby,
the quietly swaying daisy,
swishing trees in a groove shady,
all signify-laughter.

So, laugh aloud ; laugh afresh
with hopes anew and dreams unexpressed,
praying for such an enchanted day
when all the gloom from this world is washed away!


Blogging-my cup of tea?

Hey All! Its me..the new victim of the blogger circuit..THANK YOU Manpreet ma'am for introducing me to this exciting new world! It's colourful, vibrant, classy, cheesy, beautiful, admirable, magnificient.....and the list could go on forever. For starters, even I was doubtful about my abilities as a blogger and looking through many blogging sites, my confidence level was at a big round '0'. Can I blog? Will I be able to hold my own among so many brilliant writers? I still don't know for sure...but it was ma'am's cajoling insistence that convinced me and here I am-doing something I never thought I would ever attempt! Now that I have begun, I hope that blogging shall turn out to be my cup of tea afterall!