Thursday, 18 August 2016

"All Indians are my brothers and sisters"

    'All Indians are my Brothers and Sisters..' these words repeated with their own added modifications in our school days during the mandatory pledge at assemblies mean much more than what meets the eye. The mandates and definitions that these mere words bring along can span many a tomes of literature. 193 years ago an Indian captivated an audience consisting of people from a multitude of races and ethnicities by addressing them as 'Sisters and Brothers...' . The purity of emotions that come along with this bond is incomparable to any other. The primary reason to address our fellow countrymen as brothers and sisters was somewhere lost in translation from heart to papers and then on to the first page of every textbook printed for a school kid.

   The inherent sense of affinity for the people we live with irrespective of any prejudices which history has brought along is the way ahead. Shedding aside the glasses of pre-conceived notions about the people we meet in our lives, we ask ourselves to move on. The feeling of goodwill which we have for our near and dear ones needs to be expanded over to all the lives we touch. Irrespective of the mistakes our kith and kin commit, we have it in ourselves to forget and forgive them, for a very simple reason of them being our family. For a country which preached 'vasudhaiva kutumbakam' - 'the world is a family', we have a long way to go and the path is full of treacherous pitfalls. Some ignorant mercenaries of a mob mentality propagated by a handful few lead to unnecessary clashes time and again. We teach our kids in kindergarten the moral of 'United we stand and divided we fall', yet as we approach the supposed sensibilities of adulthood we conveniently forget its importance. 
   It is not just a call of the times to realise the importance of spreading brotherhood amongst all individuals, but a dire need of the present tense. There will always be a million distractions and a horde of negative appendages which will pull us back from the path towards a united front. But at the same time the deep roots of tradition can in fact help us swerve away from dangerous routes and keep us firmly together. All it takes is a realization that, one can never progress alone. It is only when the people around us are happy and content, can we be assured of living in peace. As long as there is hatred for the individuals around us, we can never reach the destined land of serenity. Our eyes are used to vie for the greener pastures beyond the fence of our own limits. In the process forgetting that it is here and now that matters and consequently affect the day following today. Discrimination of any form from our side only displays our lack of thought and sensitivity for all to see. 
   We belong to a generation which has access to mediums which can reach out beyond the boundaries of geography and hence posses the power to create history. The choice will forever be ours to make... Till then..Be good and do good :) 

Monday, 15 August 2016

The empowered Patriot


    The tricolour will fly high once again or shine in their miniature versions on the lapels of our fellow countrymen. Long years ago we truly made a tryst with destiny. And our destiny to this day awaits as a forlorn lover to make good on the word we gave it sixty nine long years ago. Every passing moment we reach out in leaps and bounds in some fields and yet take a beating in the other. Some demoralised, lose themselves to the fate of acceptance. Some react with a hatred towards the system which runs us today. Some simply don't give a damn. And amongst these many 'somes' there are the handpicked few who not just believe but dare to act in the face of adversity. The blame game stops the very moment a person charges right into the niches of action from the sidelines of mediocrity. The faith bundled with a will to make a difference in this ocean where despair reigns high and mighty. Not the unending wait for a messiah to deliver them from the blunders and conspicuous problems that our nation faces today. For once not resign to the rut that awaits you. The routine that threatens to lure you into the confounded luxury coating the underlying slavery we still endure. The chains of security drag us on the misleading illusions of acceptance. 
   No one created wonders by criticising. No one remembers the critic, it is one who decides that his or her actions will make a difference in the long run. The slack attitude the stems from the mob mentality pulling us surely leads to a downfall in the future. There is no entity in this world without its share of problems to deal with. Some are grave, some defeat your morale, some threaten you to smother beneath their weight. Corruption, population explosion, intolerance, poverty, dirty politics, discrimination.. we carry our own baggage full of them. There is no shame in accepting their existence. That is the first step we take in acknowledging that we do care enough to think of making a difference. Changing the system, a complete overhaul are things of fantasy and fiction. But the change begins from the individual. Ultimately what is the nation made of, the individuals who belong to it. Why limit our patriotic hormones to the first mandatory 52 seconds before a movie starts? Why give up on the nation we live in and find an easy way out of it. The day every mouth is fed and every body clothed with a roof above, with a school to learn and mind full unbiased respect for all is the day when we can call ourselves free from the invisible shackles that still hold us down. This is no Utopia. It is a reality which can become a possibility only when each one of us realise that every little step counts on this canvas of bringing about a positive change in the country we live in. 
   There are numerous opportunities around us to contribute. A contribution not necessarily of wealth but of your heart and soul to fulfil the dream we all pine for. Who does not want to live in a country where we all stand proud of the grand heritage we have inherited? An amalgam of every ounce of goodwill from us as individuals, taking the best from the world around and striving for a better day tomorrow. The very moment I type this, or someone reads this write up, there stands a son who swore to protect his motherland, in the most extreme of conditions for us to crib about our needs. Easier said than done when we have our own little problems to take care of. The instalments, the grades and the career path we deem to follow. We as individuals serve a duty to the nation we belong to work in our own ways to make the smallest of differences on our levels. Beginning with a smile to your own self. A citizen of a nation which can take pride to be a part of. There will always be problems if you are on the lookout for them. It just takes a pint of courage to accept and a gallon of goodwill to prove to be worthy of the lives we have been bestowed in peace. Wishing you all a Happy Independence Day.. Jai Hind!!

Saturday, 13 August 2016

A good thought a day....

The importance of being in the company of thoughts that inspire you, keep you at peace and push you towards being a better version of you each day, can never be overestimated.. here are a few reasons to keep the good clock ticking forever..

1.Positivity is attractive:
The best asset you can own in this world is a bundle of good thoughts to carry along with you. No one likes a frown or a person with the forever cynical attitude towards life. Try this for a week and you will find people being at peace and even wanting to be in your company.

2.Its not just utopia:
Contrary to a common belief that positive thoughts just add a layer of pretence over the current situation, it is only when you try things yourselves and take initiative to take charge of your live you realise the practicality of keeping a positive frame of mind.

3.A light in the dark:
There are times when no one understands your situation. The times of despair when all seems lost and you are dejected to the core. It is only your mindset that can keep you from stumbling into a downfall. To know that every person in this world has to go through a struggle. The nature of problems is that they are unavoidable, but even in them you have a choice. The choice to face them with courage and stay strong from within.

4.Your own zone:
You are affected by the myriads of events happening around you. It is scientifically proven that there is physical response to every stimuli in the environment around you. The impact of things is continuous and cannot be helped. But there is a protective shield of thoughts where you protect your core. So why not let it be one of good thoughts and not of self-pity.

5.Teaches us to be expansive:
The magic that a good thought brings with it is the power to see beyond the boundaries of narrow-mindedness. A positive thought is expansive It unknowingly makes us think big. We no longer cling on to the little slights and offenses. As once Vivekanand said - "All expansion is life and there's death in contraction"

No good thought can exist without the very essence of gratitude. The very existence of a thought of gratefulness for what you have with you in this present moment and then strive to achieve more. A good feeling which stems from being thankful for having the liberty to breathe and be responsible for the direction you take your life in.

Life is forever flowing around you, taking you along. You hit boulders while at times you float in peace meandering through moments... In this is flow of life you have a choice of oars. To direct you through the chaos and be in charge of where you go. The way upstream is always full of difficulties. And to aid you in this task is the mighty power of good thoughts.. So keep em around and keep smiling..

Sunday, 7 August 2016

That very place..

The trees still the same stood upright, 
Leaves swaying hiding nooks from plain sight..

Lush green whispering secrets to none,
Calmly herding all below be it rain or the sun..

A path meanders its ways through around,
Marked by footsteps etched forever safe and sound..

Generations of men come and go in their time,
Leaving behind memories more than their hoarded dime..

Thoughts of worry of the future and the past,
A thing to learn from the timeless odes firmly cast..

Odes of valour and the good deeds of some,
Recounted to this day and for the many to come..

Chose what you do in the present with utmost care,
For a moment lost is lost forever, harsh yet truly very fair..

Glimpses through the window of solitude here,
Out into the world full of love and a petty kind of fear..

The fear of losing, to be overcome from within,
To realise the ounce of courage that is hidden in the din..

At last to end the day with a smile on your face,
Mingling with the melody of nature and not the rushing race ..