Tuesday, 11 September 2012

बाज़ारी प्यार

किसीने कहा तुमसे, हमारी सूरत अच्छी नहीं;
तुमने कहा, हमारा मिजाज़ अच्छा नहीं;
अमा छोड़ो! चेहरों की मंडी में तुमने मिजाज़ के सौदे को तोला ही नहीं!

अब सूरत से मुहं मोड़ कर, अक्ल का पाला पकड़ा,
मिजाज़ का विराना छोड़ कर, जेब का खज़ाना देखा,
अमा छोड़ो! इस बाज़ारी प्यार के सौदे में दिल बेचा है, दिमाग ही  नहीं!

Monday, 10 September 2012

Joy of Silence...

That ephemeral romance... when you feel static... Perfectly in sync with stillness in midst confusion.. The stillness that hides in those mysterious pockets of air.. The well messed up air...

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Jiski Lathi Uski Bhens

The title can be roughly translated to ‘who has the whip (baton, technically) controls the buffalo’
It’s a Hindi proverb that can have an English counterpart in ‘might is right’.
I decided to write a post on this ‘cause I’ve lately come across many people who show grudge against the wealthy, powerful and successful….
Uncle Ben (uncle of Peter Parker, aka Spider man) said “with great power comes great responsibility” true that, now, it can also be said “with great power comes great criticism”. Criticism, yes, though most of the times it is a baseless accusation, a loud mouth gossip. There’s a saying in India that somewhat means, when people start to talk negative behind your back (not in your presence) know that you’re prospering.
Well, back to the topic….
I decided to write a post on this ‘cause I’ve lately come across many people who show grudge against the wealthy, powerful and successful…. Nations, the so called super-power/s.
And the commentators, most of the time, are people who are led by some fanatic, who think everything is a conspiracy, a propaganda. And the remaining times by actually brainy people who criticize in a healthy manner with substantial materials as backing (now such criticism isn’t bad, is it?)
The accusations, by the former, stands that such nations exploit people, misuse power and resources, rage wars, degenerate lives, demolish the right to freedom, and the numerous things we all know very well. We also know that most of these accusations are correct, in a way.
Well, here is where the title of the post does justice (or comes to picture)…
If we look back into history and study the rise and fall of power, we can easily conclude the theory to be true.
For this purpose, I shall put forward the history of India, the powers that ruled it for centuries. Since the example of India is so expanse, it will be enough to conclude what I mean to say.
Indian civilization is more than 5000-7000 (some claim it 5, some 7) years old. And this is a very, very long time. And to begin with the beginning is not possible as not much academic materials are available. So we start from the Aryan era. The Aryan social hierarchy was, the Shudras  (peasants), the Vaishyas (traders), the Kshatriyas (warriors and rulers, defenders of faith) and the Brahmans (preachers, keepers of the faith).
Since Kshatriyas were the defender of faith, they ruled righteously, taking care of their subjects in the most apt way prescribed in the scriptures. Subsequently, the power corrupted them, they were now no more the defenders of the faith, they became hollow men, corrupt, with greed for more power and territory. This was the time there was mass dissatisfaction. The rulers became wealthy by taxing the poor. Anyone who raised their voices in mutiny were sentenced, without trial. The healthy system of governance prescribed by the scriptures (Shastras) was twisted, bent, turned and eventually killed. And since these Rulers had the
Might, they were Right.
The situation was so tensed that the keepers of faith (Brahmans) decided to take control in their hands. They united and brought the old, the better, correct, system of governance. The role of Kshatriyas was brought down, the reins were with the Brahmans now. It was going good until the Brahmans got corrupted. The power lured them. Again the healthy system of governance prescribed by scriptures (Shastras) was twisted, bent, turned and eventually killed. Various malpractices were carried to consolidate the authority of the Brahmans. And since these Keepers had the Might, they were Right.
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Then came the Islamic invaders of Persia and Central Asia. By this time the Khartriyas (defenders) were so weak and aimless with little or no competent leadership that they were easily defeated in battlefield. They faced the invaders who were motivated to plunder wealth and spread Islam, well fed, trained and equipped. These invaders looted, plundered WEALTH AND KNOWLEDGE (the numerical system, the medical practices, etc) and spread it to Europe and other areas. Eventually the invaders became the new rulers. All the indigenous people, be the elite Brahmans and Kshatriyas or the commoners, were now ruled by a foreigner belonging to an alien culture, roots and Religion.
Islam spread in Indian sub-continent. The Indian culture, in some areas became richer, in other areas deteriorated.. The Sheikhs, Shahs, Sultans now had their own political agenda. They looted, slaughter, tortured, converted, the indigenous people. Well again, the new Rulers had
Might, they were Right.
The time when things started to work well and were getting synchronized, in came the Europeans. They came in as traders, made sky high profits, selling Indian merchandise to the newly industrialized and wealthy Europe. And in some time India was neither ruled by Hindus nor Muslims, but it became a colony of the British. The British too brought their culture and as a result again the Indian culture, in some areas became richer, in other areas deteriorated..
The British too looted the wealth of India, divided and ruled the Indians and what not. And yet again, the  Whites had the
Might, they were Right.
This was the story of India. The global story too has the same theme but with different backgrounds and characters, the Greeks, the Romans, the Arabs, etc. They came in as liberators, ended as tyrants. Since the world war I, we have discovered a new 'scale of power', the 'Global Power'. After wwi,  Britain was the undisputed world power, then came in the very interesting Mr. Adolf Hitler, the Japanese, The US and Russia, in the list (remember cold war!). Today, US is undisputed, unchallenged (though China is rising) at the top of the power chart. No doubt the oil politics and the wars US fought has made many millions it's critics. But, it has used its money, resources to turn tides in its favor. Uncle Sam is no clean old man, obviously! he has looted, plundered, extorted, destroyed and what not (some say for good, the rest say to sustain the 'American Lifestyle') but they have Might, they are Right.
Now, before the reader concludes that I’m pro this, anti that, I’ll come clean, my post only shows the LEADERS in poor light for the purpose to back my point. They all certainly have contributed to humanity in most wonderful ways. I’m also not supporting the tyrants (I don’t name anyone as tyrants, it’s the notion I address) by simply asking to let it go, no, every wrong doers have had their most pathetic end that’s what the post also shows, 'cause people chose to fight and end the tyrant powers. Now, I’m not a predictor to know how will the current tyrants (notion) would end, I just made a reference of the history to show bad things have a bad end.
My point is that before criticizing anyone, we should look back into our history. We are facing things that we once showed to others. In short, who has or had
Might is or was Right.

Monday, 11 June 2012

My Love


You came in like the Bombay rain… shaded the sun, cooled the scorching heat, relieving life…

But before I knew, you were gone, taking away the life, peeling off the layers that guarded the sun, with pot-holed and muddy roads ahead for the journey alone…

The pleasure of the moments became the pain of the years…

Friday, 13 April 2012

Life between Decision and Confusion…


Hello, warm greetings to all those who are here (also the ones who aren’t).

The ones who know me and also the ones who have read my previous articles know that I was going to write me university exam; well, after the exams and the re-exam, here I am, all done with them, for least a year…

Now, I’m not too happy for the fact I’m done and will be a graduate soon. There’s this dialogue in a critically and commercially blockbuster movie Rang de Basanti ‘’campus ke iss paar hum zindagi ko nachate hai aur campus ke uss paar zindagi hume nachati hai…” which is roughly translated to “This side of the campus, we make life dance to our tune, the other side, life makes us dance to its tune…”

I’m being royally prepared to face life now by people connected to me (so is everyone my age). There is this sudden thrust of responsibility and by the time you know you’re at the receiving end of life’s grudges.

It is here where the title of this post comes to the light, Life between Decision and Confusion. This is a universal phenomenon, every human, at some point, is never too sure of his decisions. There could be many reasons, various alternatives, lack of knowledge, interest, force, pressure, etc.

Confusion is everywhere, from start of the day, till the end. Confusion in deciding what to wear for the day, what to eat at lunch, what to buy at the store, as I earlier said they arise due to unbelievably high number of alternatives, choices. But, there are certain confusions that arise due to other throngs of nature (have listed them in the above paragraph).

Yes, I’m at the brim of the decision, yet far away from it. Confusion, inability to decide the right thing, name it whatever you want (guess this is how life makes us dance, this is not mere dance, huh… this is outrageously dirty dancing!) I’m being screwed.

The cause of my confusion is not unique, ‘how do we tackle life now?’ The phase, when we are ‘adults’ and people connected to us want us to act the way, sustain responsibility, be productive. We (least I) do feel the same, but there is still a certain part that is adamant and reluctant to draw ourselves to the whirlpool of life, to dance to its tunes.

 Now, when we have this part of us pulling us back, there is this other part too that induces us to work ahead. This part also has confusion, ‘how to go ahead?’ Find a job, start earning, sign-in the race of life or lookout for a good institute for post-graduation and prepare for competitive exam, work part-time and sign-in the madness of life.

Sometimes I feel it was good that someone else took our decisions, when we were kids, least we would have been spared with the cruelty of alternatives. What an irony… just a few years ago, I was in a rush to grow up so that I could take my own decisions, now when I am grown-up; I want that there was someone to take decisions on my behalf… guess such is life… ironical.

May Peace Prevail…

Thursday, 12 April 2012

'बेकारता' ही 'काम'


पर अगर 'बेकारता' ही 'काम' हो जाये... और घडी का हर घंटा कहे 'आरम कर'...
सरस सरिता हो मदिरा... और 'नशा' हो मेरी 'कविता'...

Monday, 9 April 2012

Land of Nostalgia..

Oh sweet land of nostalgia...
Wish I was your dweller always...
Wish those days of glory again...
Wish those days of strength remain...


Wish those springs, those harvests,
those blossoms, those flowers again,
wish they remain...

Wish those rides, those walks,
those smiles, those cries again,
wish they remain...

Wish those fights, those kites,
those games, those dates again,
wish they remain...

Wish those sinless pokes, those innocent jokes,
those father's fear and pride, those mother's love and fries again,
wish they remain...

Oh sweet land of nostalgia...
Wish I was your dweller always...
Wish those days of glory again...
Wish those days of strength remain...


I wish them all again, I wish they remain...

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Daily Diary...

To the readers...
This is an extract from my journal of eight days, last year.
This was an attempt to record the daily activities with a poetic (rugged) touch...
I bring it online, trying to portrait the meager talent i posses...

28/04/2011

Not on the rocks..., not a clean shot..., i fell on my face a yard short....
bulls**t the bottoms up..., my bottoms down on the ground...!!
A mile not my limit..., I cud run a 100m no more...
gimme some  air..,, gimme me my peg(water)..,,don't lemme run..,, I beg...!!!



29/04/2011

Fighting the fury in d daybreak...

Fightng until all hopes break...

Streaks go seldom well in plain...

N I call it a day..., after i scribble in vain...!!



30/04/2011

A seldom responsibility..., a heavy duty...!!

With an aching head..., went through the tread...!!

A literature good..., a happy mood...!!

A little joke that made an offensive poke...!!

A piece of memory that made the day merry....!!

Toasting the royal wedding...!!!



01/05/2011

Morning mutiny.., work srcutiny...

Craving solitude.., trekking altitude...

A déjà vu..,, a rendez-vous...

Keeping the trend..., a cocktail weekend...!!!



02/05/2011

Buzz in the city.., lying dead...

No one to pity.., al qaida head....

Spending hours..., in sway...

Passing time..., idling away...



03/05/2011

Choosing words for this daily chore..,,

I reached at my mind's shore...

Looking for a good line..,,

That makes a wonderful rhyme...

Hard I think, for sentences that link..,,

And after the batti(dimaag ki) blinks, i finish it with a wink...!!

;)



04/05/2011

Late night at half past four..,,

Took an extensive tour...!!

Had to enter home slinking..,,

'cause everyone at that hour were sleeping...!!

Slogging through the slumber in the noon..,,

Jogging through the timber under the moon...!!

Dull..., boring day..., i wish i could find the right way...!!


05/05/2011

Yet again an extensive tour..,,

It lasted an hour more...!!

Riding pillion a bike..,,

Yelled..., needed no mike...!!

Cruising fine in quite sea..,,

With waves of joy and ecstasy...!!

Saturday, 7 April 2012

...

There is this strange, mystic emotion environing around, like a halo it surrounds me... I just wish it means i'm god or one of his angels.. But sadly not... Ah... Grey, dark melancholy... You blossom in my desert... You're the only plant in my courtyard filled with dust and sand, with little swamps of joy, trying to survive the predator..

Friday, 10 February 2012

me, economist...

huh... some how i always come up and write my brains out (not to a great extent) only when i have my exams....
i have my economics paper tomorrow, it's a prepratory for my graduation finals, it still is important, and yet again, as usual, i'm least interested...
the thing that is going in my mind could rather be offensive to some, so i'm a little hesitant in writing about what's going in me (it's contradictory to the objective of the blog-to write what's in my brain)...
there's always many things going on in a person, discretion should be made before writing shi*, especially in extra-sensitive indian society, so i drop the idea of writing what i actually thought of.

instead, i shall bring out my katha (story),
reading/studying economics always caffeines up the dormant economist in me... i tend to bring out my own theories and do situation analysis of the current times and trends in indian and world economies...
the apathy of today's youth towards economics and politics is very apparent due to the fact that these subjects involve a lot of theories to mug up, and our education system does not permit practical reasoning, so students distance themselves... if extreme theories are kept away, and logic is given a chance, they are rather interesting subjects...

one of my such analysis was about the demographics of india. we're the fastest growing population in the world... this is pertaining to a lot of reasons prevailing in our system and also society (i try to differentiate the system and society, 'cause in india, they are never in sync.).
the societal reason can again be various ...
1. lack of entertainment, not everyone has access to bollywood.. (humour)
2. competition with the neighbours or other known person.. (lol)
3. lack of knowledge..
4. and growth of radicalisation in some section of population (that too in 21st century)
i wonder when some of us are actually moving ahead, why do the others want to go back and the remaining are trying to curtain the shame under the banner of 'india shining' or 'incredible india'...

i shall write the remaining part when i face an economics paper the next time (oops, the next time is the final, i hope that i actually study books and my inner economist remain dormant...)

let peace prevail...

Monday, 9 January 2012

Exams - Credibility of the 'Credibility measurer'

Exams, are they credible enough to measure someone’s credibility?
How does it work, if I write an answer of two to four lines and absolute shit for another two to four pages in my Economics paper and am given almost full marks? (full marks are somehow never granted [mystery] to anyone)
How does it work, if I write an absolute correct definition in my own formal words, but given a zero because a definition has to be repasted from the text book?
How does it work, if a ‘human’ checker has to check hundreds of papers in limited period? (And not be influenced by his mood swing)
There’ll be numerous such questions challenging the sacredness of the exam. Do examinations actually test a student’s skill in that subject or his skill to copy paste the textbook? Isn’t the question here is that a student should learn, by means of a textbook or through any other source? So how does it matter that he writes a sentence in active or passive voices? He isn’t changing the fundamentals; he’s not changing the alphabets to ‘zelphabets’ (starting from z)…
God, I’ve my exams on and am writing this post (frustration)… anyway, it’s January and this is my first post this year, so a very happy new year (to the few readers of this blog).
Hope that some influential reads this and have some sympathy on us and change this ill-efficient system.
PS. Mr. Sibal, a serious recommendation, stop the quota crusade, but start the 'Developmental Crusade' in our educational machinery.