Oct 24, 2009

A CUP OF TEA

Oh, the wonders of magical tea,
Bright sunlight
Chirping birds,
Fresh newspaper
and a cup of tea
Morning pressure
Daily breakfast,
Family Gossip
and a cup of tea
College assignments
Fun in canteen,
Jokes, laughing pots
and a cup of tea
Fight with a best friend
Double cross in love,
Bunking classes
and a cup of tea
Night brain storming for tomorrow exam
Good Results,
First Job
Shortage of money to party
and a cup of tea
First presentation
First love,
First romantic night
and a cup of tea
Fight with your wife
Child's illness,
Limited money
and a cup of tea
Loss in business
Son leaving home for a job,
Lonely life
and a cup of tea
Chats with grandchildren
Meeting with old pals,
Sun, moon, stars
and a cup of tea
Oh! the wonders of magical tea

Oct 20, 2009

P.S. I Love You

P.S. I love you is a book that will make you experience the unfathomable love of Holly and Gerry. You will cry with Holly, enjoy with Holly, live a life with Holly.

I was just waiting for the right book to start reviewing about them in the blog, and I was unable to hold my pen, when I completed this one authored by Cecelia Ahern.

Holly and Gerry are childhood sweethearts and are happily married, but sudden death of Gerry fused their lamp of love, leaving Holly to live alone in this world. She started believing that, there is no reason left for her to live, as it was only Gerry that completes her. But as they say true love is eternal, and does not end with death, and so was their love.

Gerry left 10 envelopes for Holly, signed with 'P.S.I Love You', and only to be opened at the end of each month. Holly actually started living just to open those envelopes at the end of the month, to once again talk with Gerry, but she didn't realize that with each envelope, with each month she is energizing her life, rejuvenating her life, which has left her alone in this not-so-caring-world.

The author has written the book so beautifully, that while reading you would just enter into Holly's life and would live her pains, her joy, her cries, and her happiness. This book also made me realize the importance of tea in ones life.

"Oh, the wonders of magical tea, the answer to all of life's little problems. You have a gossip and you make a cup of tea, you get fired from your job and you have a cup of tea, your husband tells you he has a brain tumor and you have a cup of tea"

Chris Feeney was the character that I liked the most in the book, for he was just like one of us, and also a movie based on this book directed by Richard LaGravenese, starring Hillary Swank and Gerard Butler was a big hit.

The book is undisputedly an International Bestseller; a perfect mélange of all emotions, a ride to experience love and happiness in a way that would force you to be happy in your own life.

Oct 14, 2009

Life...

Life... This has always puzzled me more, whenever I tried to understand it. When I think that I am into some sort of epiphany, or some kind of realization, then suddenly something unique would happen, and it would leave me like a lost child.

I have been reading quite a few philosophical books and articles these days, or I should say books with certain message, and I was happy to be able to relate them to my real life. There is one thing common in all the articles and books I read, is that all the living beings are connected through some force called Universe, and one should always be happy and smile whatever the case may be. But, again something unusual happened in my life, or in life around me, that sometimes made me think that the above condition is a paradox in itself. My mom being a very religious person has been to Mathura, for some religious ceremony. It has been decided that me, my grand maa, my brother and my sister in law would join her after some days, and will return back. But, me not interested in attending religious ceremonies, refused to accompany them, and preferred staying at home with dad. Everything was going good, up till two days before the day of their journey to Mathura, when sudden and unexpected death news of my sister in law's aunt arrived, and which prevented her from going. So, finally my brother and grand maa left. The day when they were about to return, floods took a massive shape in Karnataka, and all the trains of that route were cancelled from Mathura. My brother, mother and grand maa got stuck in Mathura railway station, not knowing what to do, and also it was Sharad Poornima that night, which attracted thousands of visitors to Mathura, and with all the luggage they have, they could not catch another train without reservation. On hearing the train cancellation news at home, we also got tensed, that how they will manage with so many luggages, as it was impossible for them to get reservation. But after some time, they found a way out, and hired a taxi. When this was all over, this incident gave me and my father good laughs, and we spent good time laughing on them and teasing them on phone. They all returned home safely, and we all together shared some laughing moments at their condition on railway station, with thousands of people around them, and they were standing there like a fool carrying luggage, with nowhere to go. Next morning, I came to know that floods in Karnataka had taken lives on 150 innocent people. At first I was normal, as the natural calamities have now days become a common thing, but when I related with the happenings of my life, I ended up puzzled. All the incidents proved, we all are connected through some force, as the floods in Karnataka, cancelled the train, which gave my family some laughing moments; but on the other hand there were lives of 150 innocent people, who have somehow became the reason for the happy moments of my family. But, should I be happy or sad for the floods?? This has raised a new question in my mind; this is one incident which I correlated, I don't know how many more similar incidents were responsible for my good times.

Oct 12, 2009

INDIA and Millennium Development Goals

Let me first tell you something about 'Millennium Development Goals', they are 8 targets or goals to be achieved by 2015, not only by INDIA, but 192 United Nations Member States and around 23 International Organizations agreed to achieve it by 2015. The MDGs are- 1.Eradicate extreme powerty and hunger 2.Achieve Universal Primary Education 3.Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women 4.Reduce Child Mortality 5.Improve Maternal Health 6.Combat HIV/AIDS Malaria and other diseases 7.Ensure Environmetal sustainability 8.Global Partnership for development
It didn't surprise me to find out that India is not on the track of achieving these goals by 2015, for as per the report that tracks the progress made by 68 priority countries, which account for 97% of maternal and child deaths worldwide, only 16 (24%) were on track to meet the MDG compared to 7 of 60 (12%) in 2005. India, however, is not one of them.
India's target under the MDG for mortality of children under age 5 is 38 per 1,000 live births, the number of children who die before their fifth birthday stands at 76 at present, and this is not all but India is lagging behind in all the set goals, as per the article in Times of India.
One of the main reasons I think for this is unawareness of these goals amongst the people. People should be made to aware that something like Millenniium Development Goals exists and India is also the part of it, that means all Indians are part of it. To my surprise I was also one of those sleeping nerds, who was oblivious to MDG, but thanks to Mera India Bridge the gap contest, that made me aware of it.
I wrote this post just to popularize MDG's, and to share my views on how India could hope to achieve it. Let us first look at the developments of India post Independence-
In 62 years, she has seen tremendous growth in various spheres; in spheres that have changed her shape entirely. Five year development plans, initiated by Pandit Nehru, in 1951, was the first step post independence aiming at agriculture growth, and then moving slowly and getting up from its internal conflicts, she started making its marks globally, along with developing herself in areas of education, farming methods, industrialization, transportation, communication. Green Revolution in 1965 had transformed India to a food surplus economy from a food deficit economy, and Economic reforms of 1991 opened up the tracks of our companies to global market.
The first Nuclear Test explosion of India in 1974, executed with no foreign help or assistance was the example of the increasing strength of the country; setting up of educational institutes like I.I.T's and I.I.M's have supported in technological and corporate growth of the country; agricultural growth has made India the second largest wheat producer in the world, producing around 70 million tonnes per year, and more to the developments, privatization has brought a revolution in the field of infrastructure, automobile, airways, telecom, and it is evident with the launch of a unique car 'Tata Nano', that how it is changing the shape of the country.
This list will go on and on with time,but is it true that India is going on the right track of development; isn't it possible that, in this blind path of development, we are also heading to the wrong parallel misleading path in disguise. We feel very proud at our infrastructure, industrial and automotive developments, but the fact is, it is slowly destroying the environment and nature. This is evident by the prevailing problem of Ozone depletion layer in the recent years, and its would-be effect on the coming future generations. More to that, forests are getting destroyed for human growth, mountains are getting cut and converted into roads for human ease, animals and plants are getting used for the human good and luxury, but are humans the only ones living here?
There are various forms of life existing, and yes it is true that only human can use the brain; but this has to be kept in mind, that no one can change nature's laws, for it is the nature that governs each life here and not humans. We, humans, can only make it sustainable for ourselves, by accomplishing our Millennium Development Goals; and if that is not achieved with time, life will again take a dangerously, deadly steep turn destroying humans, and will bring the end of human life like the dinosaur's, millions of years back
We have to maintain environment sustainability, and we have to stop the gradual changes in the temperature of the earth. Automobiles and industries are the main source of poisonous gases in the atmosphere, although certain pollution norms are there, but there have to be certain limit to the number of vehicles for each family, and in the process a limit for number of vehicles in the city. Everybody is happy that economic cars are now available, but industrialists should also consider that a person who could only afford a two wheeler, can now purchase a four wheel by an extra effort, and this increases the number of vehicles in the city, and thus the pollution. Moreover, there should be rules for each industry releasing harmful chemicals, to adopt certain techniques to make it less harmful before dumping them into atmosphere.
Besides, irregular , untimely, and less rainfall is disturbing the farming in the country,and thus all the parameters get affected as 60 % population of the country is farmer, and also it has great contribution in our GDP. But all these things can be controlled if we take care of the surroundings. Common man should be advised through media to be in harmony with the nature, because if we are in harmony in the nature, then all our problems will be solved, and media can play the biggest role in this process, as it is proved scientifically that what one sees can perceive faster, rather than what one reads or listens, and also there is nobody in the country untouched from the media, and therefore it can surely make the difference. There should be programs inspiring people to be in harmony with the nature, to follow nature's laws, that it is only nature that governs one's life and not any other thing.
How we are inharmonious to the nature right now, can be understood in a better way by considering the gender inequality in the country, the preference to boy child, but one does not think that a girl child who was not given birth, would one day have been the mother, had created a new life, and this is what is to be in harmony with the nature; so by killing girl child we defy nature's laws. As per Times of India, country is failing to curb infant deaths, and is not on the track of achieving its set target of the same. This is not possible only with the efforts of Health Personnel, but our country as a whole should understand the importance of giving birth to girl, importance of women in our life, importance of a child for this earth; for it is the child that makes one smile and that is what is being harmonious in nature.
Indian people are overwhelmed by the celebrities of the country, and why not to use this to every possible extent, there should be programs of celebrities explaining importance of women for earth, for India. Youth should be made to understand it in their early ages, that respecting women is a great way to be in harmony with the nature, as she is the creator of life.
But, this has to be made sure that each person should understand nature's laws, and the first step for this should be to add the philosophical touch in the school courses, so as to direct the thinking of a child in the right direction, but the alarming fact of the country is with the literacy rate of 65 %, India has 296 million illiterates, age 7 years and above, as per the 2001 census.
To achieve universal primary education, free camps should be organized by the corporate leaders, bolly-wood actors, and in fact, there should be the fixed income, and if a person earning more than that, then he has to organise such an educational camp once or twice in the year. Now, it is also true that India has more than one lac millionaires in the country, and if that rule is made then there would be 2 lac such campaigns per years, and that could really help in achieving the aim of universal education.
On the whole, the best way to worship nature is to smile, but in the country of 233 million hungry people, how can one afford to smile, and those who are not hungry are smiling with diseases like HIV/AIDS, Malaria or other ones. There should be more NGOs working in the country for the same, and more medical camps should be organized; infact, there is a win-win situation out there, if a person campaigning for election, arrange for a medical camp for those suffering, instead of distributing liquor and food, then he would surely get the vote of the sufferer.
Lastly, the Millennium Development Goals can not be achieved by only youth, or old, or one state or nation, but can only be accomplished with the planned effort of all the living beings on this planet. Although, such planning of all the nations doesn't seem feasible, but each nation can do it's bit, and talking about India populating to more than billion people, can only achieve its set targets if people were made aware of such set targets of the country, for as per my estimation around 50 % of the country's population is unaware of anything like Millennium Development Goals, for it is not only the task of government, or any single organization but of the nation as a whole, and India can only hope to achieve its target before 2015, if people of all ages contribute their bit for the accomplishment of the same.
'JAI HIND'

Oct 6, 2009

Wherever..

Wherever you are naivety is there far and far, For you are a cup full of modesty Wherever you go air is filled with chumming flow, For you have a heart full of love and honesty Wherever you learn intellect becomes fun, For your mind has peace and tranquility Wherever you sing all are enclosed in loving binge For your soul is a mirror image of purity.

I was searching something in my cupboard, and I found a crumpled paper at the corner, with this poem; and I remembered that, a few months back I wrote this poem for one of my best friends. This poem is the first thing that I have ever written down in my life without a purpose, and I immediately thought to share it with you all. I hope you all will like it.

Oct 3, 2009

THE INDIAN DREAM

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She was in the hospital, living the pain, wanted a new beginning a new life, and then so much pain, that she screamed, and creases formed on her head, but she was happy from inside, her happiest day had come and her biggest wish was going to be true, and then more pain....screams...pain... screams.............
Crying sound took over everything around, and they all smiled, God smiled, and finally he smiled. Anju gave birth to Aman, her son, their son. Her husband Govind is filled with ecstasy on seeing him, his small face, hands, innocent sweet face, and then he thanked her with his smiling eyes filled with tears, and she became more happy on seeing Govind's happiness. He held up his part in both hands, and kissed his head, and then kissed her. They went to temple, to thank God, for their beautiful son, and promised Him, to take care of him, more than their life.
Govind is a simple man with a good job, and found a very caring, pure from heart life partner in her. They both weaved their life with love, mutual understanding, care, honesty, silly fights, respect and can-do-anythig-for-you feeling. They live for each other,they travelled unique and exotic places to enjoy life, and both felt that life is to live in the most happiest way, it can be lived, and if you are not happy with your life, then your life is wasted.
Aman's birth accompanied oceans of happiness in their lives, and he became their undetachable part. Their day starts with Aman's voice, his smile made them smile, and his cry were like knife in the heart.
She left her job, after Aman's birth, as she understood that Aman is above all the things in her life, and she can only take the best care of him, her home, and her husband, whom she love and respect. With time she understood that her husband always searched a supporter in her, and that it is her duty as a wife to support him and respect him.
Govind loved his wife very much, and that loved increased after Aman's birth, and that he got to the reality that it is only her in this world, and their son that completes him.
Aman played, studied, cried, ate in their home, in his home. He loved and respected his parents, for him, they were the only people whom he could go to at any beat. He shared everything with his mother of his friends, school, teachers. He played with his father when there was no one to play with him. Her mother made all the good dishes to him.
Govind and Anju were his friends while playing, teacher while making him study, his moral supporter when he loses a game, or gets low marks, his party maker when he wins something. They were his everything.
He respected his parents, and listened to what they said without a second thought. He learned socialising with the people from his father, and his mother taught him to live a life in a better and correct way. He knew that, it is only because of their selfless love, their moral teachings, their hard work, and their hard earned money, that today he is able to stand in his feets and can face the not-so-good world. He believes his duty to repect them and take care of them.
He started earning, made good friends in life, married to a lovely girl; and they continued their life happily like Govind and Anju.
They all lived happily ever after.
Govind, Anju and Aman's life is my dream, your dream, and an INDIAN DREAM. But, but, but..with the changing times priorities of life has taken the steep turn, as love, respect and care for each other is replaced by money, physical pleasures and greed, and this has dramatically changed the shape of a common INDIAN DREAM.
Everybody is on the run for honey and money. Money is obviously the necessary part of today's life, and honey has always been the lovable part. But their meanings and importance has changed, as life has been wrongly judged as a run for lust and moolah, by the young minds of this generation.
World is moving very fast, but sadly thinking of today's people is not able to keep pace with the world, and their lift of dream is entangled in the nest of lucre and lecherousness.
To live a happy and a life of one's dream, one has to come out from this nest of money, and has to feel and experience the beautiful feelings and emotions of nature in the form of love, care and respect for each other.

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