24 November, 2016

That Spot there

what would you do if a thought is just stuck in your head
like a big black stain on a white bedspread
the mindspace won't let it go, though the mind is trying
the more the effort to let go, the more it seems to spread and become firm.

I wonder...
How I can destroy the thought without destroying the mind...

15 November, 2016

Demonitization

Modi's current move of demonetization seems to be the current buzz word wherever we go.

India’s PM, Narendra Modi, surprised and even shocked many when he announced that Rs 500 and 1,000 notes would no longer be legal currency. This is some 86% of the entire cash money supply of the country.

Without getting into the political aspects (though I am sure that is a significant piece of the move), there seem to be some clear positives in this.
  1. Finally, the old cash being hoarded by the infinite households of India have finally seen the light of the day, and in some cases a bank account as well.
  2. The sudden purging of currency will bring the terrorist activities to a screeching halt.
  3. Suddenly banks are seeing a huge inflow of cash. Banks have cumulatively received around 5.5 Lakh Crore Rupees within one week.

However, there appears to be a lot of collateral damage. People are having a tough time accessing their own hard earned money which is lying in bank accounts. Needless to say it is indirect (forced) marketing for digital wallets like Paytm and Freecharge.

Are the big fish getting caught - I doubt it. I am guessing most of their money is safely stashed away in Swiss and other offshore accounts. 
Is it scaring people - yes... but is it scaring the people who should actually be scared - No.
Is there chaos - yes.

But if it even corrects ~ 20% of the population and forces them to mend their ways, is it worth it - a vehement yes.


14 November, 2016

I have a Dream

Every time I feel low or disheartened about the way things are turning out, I find pleasure in this song by Abba.... Somehow it never fails to comfort me and give me hope...




I have a dream, a song to sing
To help me cope with anything
If you see the wonder of a fairy tale
You can take the future even if you fail
I believe in angels
Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels
When I know the time is right for me
I'll cross the stream, I have a dream

I have a dream, a fantasy
To help me through reality
And my destination makes it worth the while
Pushing through the darkness still another mile
I believe in angels
Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels
When I know the time is right for me
I'll cross the stream, I have a dream
I'll cross the stream, I have a dream

I have a dream, a song to sing
To help me cope with anything
If you see the wonder of a fairy tale
You can take the future even if you fail
I believe in angels
Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels
When I know the time is right for me
I'll cross the stream, I have a dream
I'll cross the stream, I have a dream


16 October, 2016

Parties

The music fades
Glasses clink
People hobble around
Trying to make conversation

Spotted... finally
Our eyes meet
What glorious dressing
I just start to drool

All I need to do now
Is get to you first
Lest, someone will devour you
And you won't last

I pick up my plate
Not wasting time on cutlery
My hands enough
For you, my dear Biryani !!!!

15 October, 2016

Pink

Recently watched Pink.

I could go on and on about how everyone must must watch this movie, especially the current generation. Not to understand what are the do's and don'ts for nightlife for a women in Delhi. But to understand what is perceived, not just by strangers but even our peers.

It left one with a numbing feeling that anyone could be trapped in the same way. And ironically one doesn't need to be naive either. Even a all knowing street smart person can get caught. 

So what is the solution. Not just to avoid such "accidents" but also how to break the prejudices in peoples minds. Education, clearly, isn't the answer, since I myself know well educated and groom post graduates suffering the same prejudices.

The crux however remains, that each and every human being (not just males but females as well) needs to listen to and understand the meaning of these lines.

"ना " सिर्फ़ एक  शब्द  नहीं
अपने आप में  एक पूरा वाक्य हैं 
इसे किसी तर्ख , स्पष्टीकरण , explanation या व्याख्या की ज़रुरत नहीं होती 
ना का मतलब ना ही होता हैं 

02 October, 2016

An Epitaph

you were here with us 
and suddenly, we were grappling with different facts
that the life you embraced with such joy and simplity
had deserted you somehow

you smiled throughout 
whatever came your way in life
you maintained your calm
through all the pain and strife

thoroughly enjoying everything
from a Indian team cricket victory to a wedding
with you, even a coke and hot chocolate fudge
felt like a treat

having discussed everything with you
from politics to books
we are now left wondering
if we missed the opportunity to tell you in our lives, what for, you stood

though we are left trying to pick up the pieces again
we know you'd want us to enjoy life your way
so we won't cry or add misery to our life ahead
though we will always be wondering how it would've been if you hadn't left

27 August, 2016

The Myth called Equality

All of us talk about India being a progressive society. That we are catching up the "modern" world. That women are now treated equally... or atleast will be.

It is a good thought to pursue, since India is one of the few nations in the world where we have the existence of a matriarchal society, where the woman of the house has the right to property, money and business. Don't get me wrong, it is not about the money, but more a sense of power and rights, and the notional symbols attached to it by our society. Needless to say, in most cases, the woman is forced to fight for this right, despite being the care giver towards the later parts of life. And again, by woman, I don't necessarily mean daughter... it could well be the daughter-in-law who has been doing what it takes.

But what good is all this power, when the same woman is beaten, raped in wide open streets, and then is told that she is at "fault" and is tainted... ironically due a crime committed by someone else. Power has to, first, come in the mind. And it is more critical to change the mindset, not just of men, but of fellow women as well. When a women is not allowed in a temple during her menstrual cycle, it is more often a fellow women who forbids her.

But even that is not the point... because the most elementary concept of any society is Survival of the fittest... and that holds true irrespective of gender, space or time. Fitness not just of the body, but of the mind. Women will be easy prey, till they fight back. They will be taunted till they raise their voice and speak their thoughts.