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A word to Hartal Lovers

Another hartal day. Mid week break for many government and school workers(not all) and “reach and save leave” situation for private sector. Having known this phenomenon since for decades, some views which I feel appropriate are quoted.

By definition, Hartal is mass protest often involving a total shutdown of workplaces, offices, shops, courts of law as a form of civil disobedience . In addition to being a general strike, it involves the voluntary closing of schools and places of business. It is a mode of appealing to the sympathies of a government to change an unpopular or unacceptable decision.(source Wikipedia)

Lets have a look again. Mass protest involving total shutdown of institutions as a form of civil disobedience. The motto and mean is valid only by freezing the workforce of nation fully so as to inflict maximum financial as well as operational lose to the government. Please note that when hartal was born in India, the government was British. And I too, I agree creating loses for them. But, what is the motto now? create loss for ourselves? We run the government with our selected parliament and with our money via taxes; and to whom we are creating loss?

Said so, the hartal is meant 100% to be effective. A man like Gandhiji was able to make entire country do that just by his peaceful gesture. Now, what is the relevance of hartal today? Except creating forced fear and agony to 90% of the society by the 10% of goons of different political parties, I do not see any positive wave or result from the same. Unless for their personal promotion in party lines and to raise sword against opposition, the hartal is not yielding any benefit to common man.

WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to secure to all its citizens:

JUSTICE, social, economic and political;

LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;

EQUALITY of status and of opportunity;

and to promote among them all

FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation;

IN OUR CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY this twenty-sixth day of November, 1949, do HEREBY ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE TO OURSELVES THIS CONSTITUTION.(source Preamble to the Indian Constitution)

Any political party declaring hartal should know the meaning of our preamble. His view for declaring the hartal is neither unanimous in independent india nor could be forced upon. Hartal is relevant when the entire country stand alike for a common cause. I have not seen any such outcry from all levels of community for any cause in decades.

In a country where all that opposition does is to oppose the decisions of ruling party, hartal can never be announced by opposition or ruling party as it is not unanimous. So, please come to senses.

In india, by definition and taken by true sense of hartal, only people can suggest hartal, if it is supported by entire nation in a single voice. Such a unity is seldom to happen in India. It has not happened for many needed cases, like capital punishment for rapists, provide light, water and food to all sections of society, girl child abuse etc etc etc. For reasons genuine, let any of the political party inspire the country and request for hartal, I will support, people of India will support. Else, all I have to say to hartal is

You don’t belong here anymore. Stop creating nuisance to common people.


Sublime Darkness

Darkness being the absence of light or light absorbed within?

Or a state of absolute nothing!

I wonder the void. is it possible to have nothing? Even the most virtual form of matter – the complicated inner self called ‘mind’ is very not void. Seldom are moments when the mind is blank, The most dormant state of mind; the sleep is not void but filled with dreams.

It is very complicated to perceive void or being nothing. No matter how the human science define it in terms of time, space and matter, it is evidently illogical to visualize or accept.

The time stood still

The life begins with a violent motion of emotions. An oscillatory motion to eject a torch-bearer in a linear motion to start the constant thump of life from that moment to the inevitable end, each cell is born and sheds serving its purpose all the way along.

Human thoughts are always constrained to the limits set by perception of ocular senses and thought. Any idea or vision beyond the logic defined by them are considered to supernatural or madness.

Our senses perceive the swaying of trees to wind, makes leaves fall. Science explains that wind is caused by atmospheric variations etc. But what could not be a logical explanation is that tree is shaking is away a dead leaf from its branches and hence stirring the air around if. I can feel wind on my face, if I wave my hand. Why can’t be the same with the tree? It is because the human senses defined the logic that trees are rooted  and cannot move.

Except for the logic we have created for our inquisitive minds, do we really have answer to who we are, what life is, its purpose and thereafter.

We are still in sublime darkness not knowing what darkness is.

Discovering Love

There are many quotes about love and marriage.

Love is eternal, marriage happen in heaven and lot and lots. But, from my five years of married life, I have learnt that love do not happen, There is no magic in the air.

A little flashback. I was very inquisitive about love. Not knowing the feeling in my teenage days, I went on and on searching for true love of the princess from the fairy tales. But years and girls passed by, but I was still in wonderland, like the frog who dreamed of kiss from a princess.

But eventually, after making a fool out of myself for many years, I finally gave up for arranged marriage. In all those year of past, I suffered, smiled, laughed, cried in love, without knowing, what exactly is love.

Then one fine day, I met her. The meeting was pre fixed. She knew I was coming, and mine and her parents knew. It was an arranged girl-boy meet. And, I saw her. Didn’t knew, what to decide, how to decide. Is she the one for my life? I was thinking, how to make that decision?what was the criteria?Is it how she ranks in beauty or how she responds to the unplanned pep talk?And time was running as parents are waiting for our ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

Finally, I decided that it’s her. I never was able to decide then, whether she pars with my beauty concepts, or fits perfectly in my intellectual thought process. But, I knew, I have to take care of her no matter what.

Then, finally on that auspicious day, I got married. I don’t know, I was excited, she was happy and happiness was all around. We talked, and talked, watched sunsets together. We lived on and the first anniversary came on. Still, I could not make out the special place she sworn in my life. It was too normal.

In next six months, we moved to a new city, away from home, parents, relatives and all we know. All we had was each other, but still, we spend more phone calls to reduce the home away sickness. We enjoyed the privacy and the time after office. She started experimenting with cuisines as food was basic necessity and she never cooked in her life. But, I ignored the ‘extra salt’ and the dining outs and was slowly understanding her. It was like discovering someone so close and yet feeling wonderful. I never till then, looked into her heart and asked what she expected of me. I never understood, why she adjusted to all my anger and uneasiness taken for granted and waited for me to calm down. And the second anniversary, came, in the middle of short spark of love and affection that was building around us.

It was an anniversary in the middle of financial crisis and yet she accepted the small chocolate box like a diamond ring. Still I didn’t know why? I was thinking, why the value does not matter. I least understood, it was not the price value, it is the value we imprint to it that matters.

And I started seeing her with more affection and care from then. I didn’t know, but she was valuable for me. I cared for her happiness, no matter what. Yes, there were moments, when I went back to the stone age, but, I always concerned about her.

By the time, we reached the third year, we understood each other in the most explicit way like  two humans can know. we knew, what the we liked and do not liked, when to stop or when to wait, what to say and what better not. There were no walls now, and the ice was breaking. Still, I was not there, when she wanted me the most. I didn’t understand, what it values for her to hold her hand and stroll lazily through the park.

And at the fourth anniversary, I gave her a party of her dreams. She was happy. I was happy to see her happy and I learnt that chocolate and milk taste better when the bitterness of chocolate and sweetness of milk mix together without thinking about the consequences.

From the moment, till today, for me love is the wine that grew stronger with years. My marriage would have decided in heaven, but we created heaven on our small home, by understanding and respect each others’ space. It doesn’t matter how much we say “I love you ” to each other every day, it is the assurance that comes, when she trusts me, when I feel comfort and peace in her arms and when I start feeling that walking lazily through the park, holding her arms does mean a lot to myself.

This piece is dedicated to the woman of my life, with whom, I didn’t fall in love at first sight. or made love happen, but with whom, I feel myself complete.



When you are pushed to the limits, a door opens to find you through the time.

It’s been six months since last time I blogged and lot of things have changed around me. The 180 days plus has moved me from the party city of India to the heart of Africa. It’s not just the travel; my work, my life and all around me has changed with it. This is just another example in my life that nothing is permanent around me except my love of life.

There were times when I believed that life is an extension of the past. Each day forward is another step added to the past moments. It was like a pen sieve of memory where I kept on adding the life experiences. Truly to admit, I never tried to live beyond the past. I never understood, or better tried to understand that, unless you see the change in you, you will always be stuck in the melancholy of life.

But, necessity pushes you over and makes you act beyond your thinking. It is one such necessity that made me extend my steps to Africa and it was the start of the series of events that lead to my realization that, it isn’t the past that guide us, but the very moments that you live and try to bring in change that ripples the future and betters the past that is yet to become. If I had stucked to past, I would never get beyond the present. But, it was my sheer will not to repeat the past changed my present and is building my future.

But, is it the end?never. Life rolls and the moments roll along with it.Past adds up, present lives and future unpredictable, may be the life would not be so beautiful, if we know, all that is coming. isn’t?



Answer that Google cannot give

I am always afraid of questions for which I don’t have answer. And in today’s world of information, the least said is “I will get back to you”. What if, even ‘Google‘ cannot give you the answer to the question asked to you.

Oh yes, if we think, we are safe in the hands of information all over, please do remember the age-old liner in information technology : Information = Processed Data. What if there is no data? Obviously ‘no answer’.

When I was reading the articles commemorating the 15 years of Google, first my thought was about the world without Google. Then, it went towards, the answers Google give us: Whether it’s the truth or the answer Google wants us to have. With my third thought, I shocked myself. Can Google offer answers to questions whose answer lies within humans, not in any paper, records of web pages. Let me throw a question for you.

I hope the lightning stuck where it should. Trust me, even I never thought this bizarre idea of knowing thee when you know the entire world. I started my trial of back tracking my family tree. Winding and unwinding, the chain of relations made me wonder in the labyrinth of names,faces and faces with no names.  So, i decided to take up this venture for my future generations. Because, my past and history cannot be foretold by any search engines, unless I explore. Unless, I speak to all the living links in my family and question their memories.

That’s me on a mission, what about you?