Awake my people, awake!


We are done with celebrations of Independence day yesterday. Most of us were seen snoring, watching TV, catching up with friends, and many were seen at the movie halls. And yes, not to forget, people wished each other on Facebook.

I was wondering what Independence meant for us? Country where still, 67% of households in rural areas do not have toilets, where people at least in 22% rural households walk half a kilometer to get drinking water – reminds us of our rights. Country where rapes are taking place every hour needs recollection of the fact how women are not respected in the country. The nation is getting fragmented in pieces in the name of dividing states. Scandals and scams are defining the country. All that I am speaking is nothing. We all know it, we all have read about them

Following the lines of Tagore, “Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.” I should say, awakening from the inside is important. Awake my people, awake!

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You, me and the world!


Enough of columns have been written across the papers and web about online media. People are talking and talking. Social media has taken a strong toll on everyone’s life. We are busy liking, commenting and sharing things both relevant and irrelevant. Emotions are brewing be it angst, fear, happiness or romance. Cascades of pictures and statuses are enough to display what he or she feels about the world.

Recently, I realized couple ‘good friends’ whom I have known for years and were good at greetings during social events suddenly unfriended me on Facebook. Little taken aback, I wondered what could have let them do that. I pondered over multifarious reasons which could have been responsible. But, none did the justification. These were the friends I shared good rapport and minimum communication. Though, the persons felt too high about themselves, I think that is where I lack. Down to Earth human I am.

This particular friend who unfreinded recently got married and left for US. I attended the wedding, I was happy only to realize later that I no more sound a good friend. What could have been the reasons, may be looking down upon another, or some sort of an envy. It is a very sorry state of the Indian human mind that the moment big things happen, you consider the other person unworthy. Won’t you ever come back to India, won’t you be a part of same part of population and do the mundane things of life? Or is it that I will not scale up in my life again?

People tell me not to think about it. Neither do I wish to. But, what I feel bad about is, the way humans are and have become, the upbringing we are giving to the generation and what they are learning towards the society. Greed, envy, and arrogance are such filthy elements which are just withering the human personality. I do not belong to that club.

Unfreinding is not alone an issue but also realizing that so many ‘friends’ are right there and remain dormant. I know few friends who fail to accept the pun and have the guts to cross the barricades of mutual respect. Not talking to you, or you taking the initiatives, ‘so to speak’ are not a matter of dignity. Unnecessary ego and looking down upon another are such awkward nuisances that I never knew existed. I am writing to put my opinions and keep this out of my mind. UNDERSTAND, looking down upon another and feeling envy will not make you great but rather too low in your morale and conduct.

Things amuse me, insensitive handshakes, rude eye contacts, fake talks and unwilling ‘best wishes’. Feel happy for others, you will be happy. Image

Tides

Tides

Even when you bang on my head with a stick and tell me not to get attached, i will still. That is me, very much me. Life has knocked me a hundred times – loving it. Each time, I say I will not give, I will be good things go insane.

Right know, I am pitying myself wondering what went wrong.

Tides above

Tides below

I love waves

I know soon lot of splashes of water will come

They will splash the fear out of me

I will be a mermaid then

I will have wings

Will high and low

Will see the sun rise

Will see the sunset

Let the waves, let the breeze feel me

Let come the tides

I will bask in your glory

Let come the tides

This rock will live long!!