Category Archives: Philosophy

A Bridge Between Two Souls! (Poetry)

There exists a bridge between You and I!

There exists a bridge between You and I!

There exists a bridge between
You and I
And I travel across it
To reach to you each day.

This bridge remains invisible
In the world governed by reality
Glad that it is non-existent!
In a world marred by evil eyes
It remains invisible to naked eyes
In love with concrete images
And I did the right
By not giving it a shape
To a bridge I travel across
Each day to reach to you.

Had it been built by me
Surely it would have collapsed
Facing every passing moment
The rays of eyes dipped in
Evil and falsehood, treachery and crime,
And I would have lost something
Which sustains my earthly existence

There exists a bridge between
You and I
And I travel across it
Through the realities of visible world
To reach to you each day
In every passing moment
To arrive at a world
Where no one exists
Other than you and I.

Attention Readers:

Hindi Version Of The Same Poem

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Beautiful Images That Strengthen My Deep Village Connection! (Photo Story Part III)

I am really happy that my previous two posts, namely, Some Breathtaking Images From The Land Of Ganges ( Photo Story Part One) and An Interaction With Ethereal Wonder In My Village (Photo Story Part II) received terrific response from the side of readers. It really overwhelmed me because being an amateur photographer I did not expect such encouraging review.  I was not able to include few images in previous two parts because having given way to strict editing I felt that these images were not as important for creating a perfect impression. Now I feel that these images should also get published, after all, judging whether an image is perfect or not cannot be the sole discretion of the photographer! And ,therefore, I take the liberty to publish some of the images related with the same tour to my village. And by doing that I feel that I am granting moksha to these images- moksha ( total liberation) from my possession 🙂

Train that steadily and slowly moved towards my station Pahara. Word "Pahara" refers to mountainous landscape which prevails in this region..

Train that steadily and slowly moved towards my station Pahara. Word “Pahara” refers to mountainous landscape which prevails in this region..

That's the road which connects Allahabad and Mirzapur..It's runs side by side the rail route to Mirzapur...

That’s the road which connects Allahabad and Mirzapur..It’s runs side by side the rail route to Mirzapur…

Scene around a railway station...

Scene around a railway station…

That's the beauty which encircles Platforms !!!

That’s the beauty which encircles Platforms !!!

Most Passengers I notice are involved either in sleeping inside the train compartment or if they are not doing that they are engaged in dull activities.  And so they always miss such scenes...

Most Passengers I notice are involved either in sleeping inside the train compartment or if they are not doing that they are engaged in dull activities. And so they always miss such scenes…

Indian Railway Stations Have Their Own Charm :-)

Indian Railway Stations Have Their Own Charm 🙂

Vindhyachal: A Shakti Peeth Held In High Regard By The Devotees...

Vindhyachal: A Shakti Peeth Held In High Regard By The Devotees…

 

Black Beauties  Swimming :P :P :P

Black Beauties Swimming 😛 😛 😛

Life Never Stops!!!

Life Never Stops!!!

Life Around Mirzapur Railway Station :P

Life Around Mirzapur Railway Station 😛

Mirzapur : Place Associated With Kajarais ( Folk Songs)

Mirzapur : Place Associated With Kajaris ( Folk Songs)

Passengers Leaving Jhingura Station As They Got Off The Train :P :P :P

Passengers Leaving Jhingura Station As They Got Off The Train 😛 😛 😛

Beautiful Roads .....

Beautiful Roads …..

Eyes so frequently meet  beautiful scenes outside the train window...

Eyes so frequently meet beautiful scenes outside the train window…

So The Train Finally Reached At Pahara Station!

So The Train Finally Reached At Pahara Station!

 

 

The train that brought me to Pahara station leaving the station :P

The train that brought me to Pahara station leaving the station 😛

That's The Small Post Office Operating At Pahara Railway Station....

That’s The Small Post Office Operating At Pahara Railway Station….

Pahara Station Has Two Loop Lines ..This Is The First One...Loop Lines For Passenger Train Means Delay Hours..So We Passengers Pray That Train Never Stops On Loop Line...But Passenger Trains Run More On Loop Lines Than Main Lines Courtesy Controller Sahib In Love With Express and Goods Trains :P :P :P

Pahara Station Has Two Loop Lines ..This Is The First One…Loop Lines For Passenger Train Means Delay Hours..So We Passengers Pray That Train Never Stops On Loop Line…But Passenger Trains Run More On Loop Lines Than Main Lines Courtesy Controller Sahib In Love With Express and Goods Trains 😛 😛 😛

Rice Fields That Belong To Me :P

Rice Fields That Belong To Me 😛

 
And that's the route I travelled to reach to my rice fields and home at Village Kanaura ...That's the route I always followed since childhood...

And that’s the route I travelled to reach to my rice fields and home at Village Kanaura …That’s the route I always followed since childhood…

This beautiful muddy route, connecting Pahara Railway Station with Kanaura village, always haunts my consciousness!!!

This beautiful muddy route, connecting Pahara Railway Station with Kanaura village, always haunts my consciousness!!!

Beautiful Birds Visit My Fields...In The Morning Time I Saw Many Peacocks But Could Not Click Their Images..However, This Fellow Got Clicked...But This One Was Not Very Camera Friendly :P :P :P

Beautiful Birds Visit My Fields…In The Morning Time I Saw Many Peacocks But Could Not Click Their Images..However, This Fellow Got Clicked…But This One Was Not Very Camera Friendly 😛 😛 😛

My Father Sitting Outside My New Home At Village...He Is Architect Of My Dreams At Village :P :P :P

My Father Sitting Outside My New Home At Village…He Is Architect Of My Dreams At Village 😛 😛 😛

Children going to school :P

Children going to school 😛

 

Evening Hours In My Village...

Evening Hours In My Village…

Beautiful View Of My Fields...

Beautiful View Of My Fields…

 

Kids playing outside the road at my new village home :-)

Kids playing outside the road at my new village home 🙂

Regular scene outside my new home in village :-)

Regular scene outside my new home in village 🙂

Life begins with sunrise in villages :-)

Life begins with sunrise in villages 🙂

 

 

Kids playing close to my old ancestral home :P

Kids playing close to my old ancestral home 😛

It's never easy to click the image of birds..You  have to chase them for hours :P :P ...This one is called " Kathphodva :P" in my village :P

It’s never easy to click the image of birds..You have to chase them for hours 😛 😛 …This one is called ” Kathphodva :P” in my village 😛

Grandmother Of These Kids!!!!

Grandmother Of These Kids!!!!

Do you think it's an easy task to walk on these pagdandis-the narrow muddy routes?

Do you think it’s an easy task to walk on these pagdandis-the narrow muddy routes?

Hope greenery always prevails in form of these crops..Imagine if some calamity leads to destruction of these crops? Let's crops always give good yield to farmers!

Hope greenery always prevails in form of these crops..Imagine if some calamity leads to destruction of these crops? Let’s crops always give good yield to farmers!

And hope my deep association continues with Ganges in hereafter journey as well!!

And hope my deep association continues with Ganges in hereafter journey as well!!

At Pahara Station...Dusk has prevailed and my train is late yet I am not worried...I am lost in memories of days spent at my village Kanaura...

At Pahara Station…Dusk has prevailed and my train is late yet I am not worried…I am lost in memories of days spent at my village Kanaura…

Pahara Station Bathed In Evening Light...

Pahara Station Bathed In Evening Light…

An Express Train On Up Line Is Approaching Fast ( Main Line II) ..And you can notice that a passenger train is standing from quite a long time on loop line II :-(

An Express Train On Up Line Is Approaching Fast ( Main Line II) ..And you can notice that a passenger train is standing from quite a long time on loop line II 😦

Anyway, I was back in my city on the eve of Deepawali.. One of the corners of Allahabad City Right Before The Deepavali Celebrations...

Anyway, I was back in my city on the eve of Deepawali.. One of the corners of Allahabad City Right Before The Deepavali Celebrations…

Celebrating Deepawali With Cute Nieces ....One of the reasons I had to cut short my village visit so as to not miss the celebrations with them...

Celebrating Deepawali With Cute Nieces ….One of the reasons I had to cut short my village visit so as to not miss the celebrations with them…

One of the reasons to be at Village is that it sustains my romance with nature..And one of the reasons to be in Allahabad is that it sustains my love for these cute kids ....They are not innocent as they appear :P :P :P...The third one from the left is my cousin :P

One of the reasons to be at Village is that it sustains my romance with nature..And one of the reasons to be in Allahabad is that it sustains my love for these cute kids ….They are not innocent as they appear 😛 😛 :P…The third one from the left is my cousin 😛

For The Readers:

All the images have been clicked by the author of this post. The copyrights of the pics rest with this author. So I request not to make use of any of the pics without prior permission of the author or, for that matter, they can be republished  only after giving due credit to the author while using them in any way.

References:

Link To Part One Of This Photo Story: Some Breathtaking Images From The Land Of Ganges

Link To Part Of This Photo Story: An Interaction With Ethereal Wonder In My Village

 

अंतराष्ट्रीय पुरुष दिवस मनाने की जरुरत क्यों आन पड़ी? अंतराष्ट्रीय पुरुष दिवस की सार्थकता और उपयोगिता.

Take Men More Seriously!

Take Men More Seriously!


अंतराष्ट्रीय पुरुष दिवस उन्नीस नवंबर को सत्तर से अधिक देशो में मनाया जाता है जिसमे त्रिनिदाद एंड टोबैगो, जमैका, ऑस्ट्रेलिया, भारत, चीन, यूनाइटेड स्टेट्स, रोमानिया, सिंगापुर, माल्टा, यूनाइटेड किंगडम, साउथ अफ्रीका, तंज़ानिया, ज़िम्बाब्वे, बोत्सवाना, हंगरी, आयरलैंड,घाना, कनाडा, डेनमार्क, नॉर्वे, ऑस्ट्रिया, बोस्निआ एंड हेर्ज़ेगोविना, फ्रांस, इटली, पाकिस्तान, अंटीगुआ एंड बारबुडा, सेंट किट्स एंड नेविस, सेंट लूसिया, ग्रेनेडा एंड केमन आइलैंड्स आदि देश शामिल है प्रमुख रूप से। इस सन्दर्भ में व्यापक ग्लोबल समर्थन हासिल हुआ इस दिवस को.

अंतराष्ट्रीय पुरुष दिवस का आयोजन सर्वप्रथम त्रिनिदाद एंड टोबैगो में 1999 से शुरू हुआ डॉक्टर जेरोम टिलक सिंह के द्वारा जिनके लिए उनके पिता एक रोल मॉडल थें.

अंतराष्ट्रीय पुरुष दिवस की जरूरत क्यों?

अंतराष्ट्रीय पुरुष दिवस मनाने का मुख्य प्रयोजन पुरुषत्व और पुरुष होने की भावना का सम्मान करना है.

ये इस वजह से भी मनाया जाना आवश्यक है कि ताकि पुरुषो ने समाज के उत्थान और विकास के लिए जो सहयोग दिया उसको मान्यता मिले; वे जो बलिदान देते है अपनों के लिए उसको महसूस किया जा सके; और वे जिन समस्यायों से ग्रसित है उसके बारे में समाज और औरो को अवगत कराया जा सके.

इस दिवस को मनाने का एक प्रमुख कारण ये भी है कि कुछ प्रमुख समस्याएँ जो पुरुष वर्ग के सामने उभर के आती है उनके बारे में समाज में चेतना जाग्रत किया जा सके.

पुरुष वर्ग को अक्सर समाज के हाथो उपहासत्मक, नकारात्मक और उपेक्षा से ग्रसित मानसिकता का सामना करना पड़ता है जिसकी वजह से अक्सर वे कई प्रकार के मानसिक विकृतियों का शिकार हो जाते है और ऐसा इसलिए होता है क्योकि वे अक्सर अपने समस्याओं को लोगो से नहीं बाँटते है और उन्हें अपने तक ही सीमित रखते है. इस ना बांटने के वजह से ये भ्रम पैदा हो जाता है कि पुरुषों की जिंदगी बिल्कुल चिकनी सड़क के सामान है जिसपे कोई अवरोध नहीं है जबकि हकीकत ये है कि इनकी राहे कांटो से भरी रहती है. और इस अज्ञानता के कारण समाज सही ढंग से कभी भी पुरुषो के अधिकारो पर नहीं  गौर करता है और ना ही उनके हितो को प्राथमिकता देता है.

इस दिवस पर ये एक दिन इस बात को समर्पित है कि हम पुरुषो के प्रति अपनी कृतज्ञता जता सके, जिन्होंने दुनिया जो बेहतर बनाने के खातिर अपने पसंदगी और नापसंदगी और अपने हितो को ताक पर रख दिया।थीम 2013:इस बार का अंतराष्ट्रीय पुरुष दिवस इस बात को समर्पित है कि पुरुषो को बोलना चाहिए ( अपने समस्याओ के सन्दर्भ में) और लोगो के बीच अपनी बाते बांटनी चाहिए।

आज पुरुष के ऊपर कार्य को उत्कृष्ट तरीके से करने का अत्यधिक दबाव है जो पुरुषत्व की भावना के प्रधान होने के कारण उन्हें जड़ और कठोर बना दे रहा है. पुरुष होने के नाते ये अपमानजनक सा लगता है अगर वे अपने समस्यायों के बारे में लोगो से बात करते है और औरो को इससे अवगत कराते है. बांटने का खतरा ये रहता है कि इन बातो कि वजह से वो उपहास का बिंदु बन सकता है और अगर वो ना बांटे तो वो अहंकारग्रस्त करार दे दिया जाता है.

पुरुष होना आज के युग में अपने कुछ नए मायने लेके आया है, कुछ नए लक्ष्य लेके आया है. अंतराष्ट्रीय पुरुष दिवस पर पुरुष इस बात के लिए प्रेरित होते है कि वे पुरुष होने के महत्व और चुनौतियों पर बात कर सकते है.

पुरुष के पास अपनी समस्याएँ रखने का कोई उचित मंच या स्पेस नहीं है. पुरुषो के समस्याओं पर मुख्यधारा के मीडिया में शायद ही चर्चा होती हो. उसकी एक वजह ये है कि पुरुष कभी नहीं अपने दुखो, चिंताओ और तनाव पर लोगो के बीच विचार विमर्श करते है.  

अपने में सीमित रहने कि एक वजह ये है कि बचपन से इन्हे गलत संस्कारो के बीच पाला पोसा जाता है जहा बहुत ज्यादा अपने बारे में बोलने को पुरुषत्व के विपरीत माना जाता है. सो ये अक्सर सुनने में आता है जहा पे एक लड़के को ये कहा जाता है कि क्यों लड़कियो की तरह रो रहे हो … मर्द बनो!

इस तरह के गलत सुझाव् जो बचपन से पुरुषो के मन पर थोप दिए जाते है उनकी वजह से ये होता है कि वो कभी भी खुलकर अपनी बाते बांटने में झिझकता है और कतराता है. अपनी तमाम समस्यायों और उलझनो को अपने में कैद करके रखता है जिसकी वजह से मनोवैज्ञानिक रूप से उसका सही विकास अवरुद्ध हो जाता है.

इस वजह से सारी  समस्याएं इस प्रकार से उसके अंदर फँस जाती है जिस तरह एक नाली में सें गंदे पानी का बहाव का रुक जाना। इस वजह से वे कई प्रकार की बीमारियो का शिकार हो जाते है. समाज को आगे बढ़कर पुरुषो की इन समस्याओं को समझना पड़ेगा। इनके भावनाओ और जस्बातों को ठीक ठीक समझना होगा।

वे दिन शायद अब सिर्फ किसी सपने के समान है जब समस्या से दो चार होने पर पुरुष एकांतवास ले लेते थे किसी गुफा में.

इस वजह से पुरुषो को ना सिर्फ अपने को बेहतर तरीके से अपने को अभिव्यक्त करना सीखना पड़ेगा बल्कि अपने साथी पुरुष मित्रो के भावनाओ, समस्याओ और दुखो को सही सही समझने की कला विकसित करनी  पड़ेगा। अक्सर हम अपने साथी पुरुष मित्रो के समस्याओं को कमतर करके आंकते है. इस गलत प्रवत्ति पर अंकुश लगाना पड़ेगा। सो इस बार के अंतराष्ट्रीय पुरुष दिवस का विषय है कि पुरुष मुखर हो ( अपने समस्याओ के सन्दर्भ में) और लोगो के बीच अपनी बाते रखे.

The Society Should Stop Undermining The Contributions Made By Men!

The Society Should Stop Undermining The Contributions Made By Men!

पुरुषो के मुख्य मुद्दे:

पुरुष कई प्रकार के समस्याओ से जूझ रहे है जिनके बारे में लोगो को जानकारी ना होने के कारण, चेतना के अभाव के कारण समाज में पुरुष विरोधी माहौल व्याप्त रहता है. कुछ प्रमुख मुद्दे इस प्रकार से है:

पुरुषो के साथ अक्सर भेद भाव होता है पारिवारिक न्यायालयों में.

इस बात की सम्भावना नब्बे प्रतिशत तक है कि अगर तलाक होता है तो पिता अक्सर बच्चे पर अपना कानूनी हक़ खो देते है.

विवाहित पुरुष विवाहित स्त्रियो के मुकाबले दुगने रफ़्तार से आत्महत्या करते है.

सरकार और न्यायालयों के पास विवाहित पुरुषो के आत्महत्या को रोकने की कोई नीति नहीं है.

अगर महिला पुरुष का शोषण करती भी है तो भी समाज ऐसी महिलाओ को सजा  नहीं देता है.

स्त्रियो की अपेक्षा पुरुष चार गुना अधिक रफ़्तार से हादसो में मरते है.

समाज ने पुरुष को इस सांचे में ढाल रखा है कि वे सब तरह का जोखिम उठाते है, अपनी जाने गंवाते है और वो भी ज्यादातर अवैतनिक मजदूर की तरह.

पुरुष जो आहुति देते है, जो बलिदान करते है उनका कोई मोल नहीं होता और वे मात्र उनका कर्तव्य मान लिया जाता है.

पुरूष जो समाज के उत्थान में अपना सहयोग देते है वे अक्सर चर्चा का विषय नहीं बनती और ये सहयोग इतिहास के पन्नो में कही दब सा जाता है.

ये तो केवल कुछ ही मुद्दे है जो अभी उभर कर आये है. अभी बहुत से मुद्दे है जो तह में दबे हुए है और जिन पर अभी चर्चा होनी बाकी है.

पिताओ के मुख्य मुद्दे:

पिता भी कई मुद्दो से रूबरू है जो संक्षेप में इस प्रकार है:

अलगाव के उपरान्त अगर पिता अपने बच्चे से मिलना चाहे या उनके साथ समय बिताना चाहे तो उसे कई प्रकार से अपमानित होना पड़ता है.

ऐसे कई पिता है जिनको अपनी अत्याचारी पत्नियों के हाथो कई प्रकार की मानसिक प्रताड़ना से गुजरना पड़ता है, इमोशनल ब्लैकमेल होना पड़ता है अगर वे अलगाव के बाद अपने बच्चो से मिलने का प्रयास करते है.

अगर क़ानूनी तौर पे अलगाव हो गया है तो अक्सर पिता को अपने बच्चो से मिलने नहीं दिया जाता, उन्हें एक दूसरे के साथ समय नहीं व्यतीत करने दिया जाता।

न्यायालय और समाज के द्वारा पिता को सिर्फ “एटीएम मशीन” और “स्पर्म डोनर” मान लिया गया है जिसकी वजह से भारतीय समाज “फ़ादरलेस सोसाइटी” की तरफ बढ़ चला है.

अंतराष्ट्रीय स्तर पर हुए शोधो और अध्ययन से ये पता चला है कि “फ़ादरलेस सोसाइटी” में निम्नलिखित बाते प्रधान है:

पिता के अस्तित्व से वंचित समाज में बच्चे:

पांच गुना अधिक आत्महत्या करते है.

बत्तीस गुना अधिक सम्भावना रहती है उनके घर से भागने की.

बीस गुना अधिक  इस बात कि सम्भावना है कि उनमे व्यवहार सम्बधित दोष उत्पन्न हो जाए.

चौदह गुना इस बात कि सम्भावना है कि वे बलात्कार करे.

नौ गुना अधिक वे हाई स्कूल की पढाई से वंचित रह जायेंगे मतलब अधूरी छोड़ देंगे।

१० गुना इस बात कि अधिक सम्भावना है कि वे ड्रग्स लेने के आदि हो जाए.

नौ गुना इस बात कि सम्भावना है कि वे राज्य द्वारा स्थापित संस्थानो के भरोसे रह जाए जीवन यापन के लिए.

बीस गुना इस बात कि सम्भावना है कि वे जेल जाने को मजबूर हो जाए.

इस प्रकार के समाज में तीन मिलियन लड़किया सेक्सुअली ट्रांसमिटेड डिसीसेस से पीड़ित है और इस प्रकार के समाज में चार में से एक टीनेजर बच्चा सेक्सुअली ट्रांसमिटेड डिसीसेस से पीड़ित है.

सिफ्फ़ और क्रिस्प के बारे में:

सेव इंडियन फॅमिली फाउंडेशन एक गैर सरकारी संगठन (NGO) है जो पुरुषो के अधिकारो के लिए लड़ रही है, लिंगभेदी कानूनो के खात्मे के लिए प्रयासरत है और समाज में व्याप्त पुरुषो के प्रति घृणा के खात्मे के प्रति प्रतिबद्ध है. ये भारत में शुरू पहला ऐसा संगठन है जो पुरुषो को एक मंच प्रदान करता है अपनी बात रखने का, अपने चुनौतियों का जिक्र करने का और जिन विपरीत परिस्थितयो में वे काम कर रहे है खासकर वैवाहिक समस्याओं के सन्दर्भ में उनके बारे में खुलकर अपनी बाते रखने के लिए. सिफ्फ़ रिश्तो के उलझाव में फंसे पुरुषो को उनसे निदान पाने के बारे में रास्ते दिखाता है, उन्हें प्रक्षिक्षण देता है और ऐसा कॉर्पोरेट संस्थाओ के लिए काम करने वाले पुरुषो के लिए भी किया जा रहा है. अब तक हज़ारो पीड़ित पुरुषो ने सिफ्फ़ से जुड़कर समस्यायों से निज़ात पाने में कामयाबी पायी है.

चिल्ड्रन राइट्स इनिशिएटिव फॉर शेयर्ड पैरेंटिंग (CRISP) एक गैर सरकारी संघटन (NGO) है जो पिताओ को अपने बच्चो से तादात्म्य स्थापित करने में सहयोग प्रदान करता है खासकर उस स्थिति में जहाँ माता पिता के बीच अलगाव हो गया हो. क्रिस्प ने कई अवसरों पर विधि आयोग से संवाद स्थापित किया है और सांसदो से मुलाकात कर पिताओ के बच्चे के प्रति लगाव को अधिक संवेदनशीलता से देखे जाने का अनुग्रह किया है. अब क्योंकि ज्यादा से ज्यादा पुरुष सरंक्षक की भूमिका का निर्वाहन करने में सलंग्न है क्रिस्प का कहना ये है कि अलगाव की स्थिति में शेयर्ड पैरेंटिंग मतलब संयुक्त रूप से पालन पोषण को अनिवार्य कर दिया जाए.

Is Violence Against Men At Hands Of Women Not An Issue?

Is Violence Against Men At Hands Of Women Not An Issue?

The post also got extensive coverage in leading Hindi Newspapers, courtesy Rajesh Vakahariaji, President, Save India Family Foundation, Nagpur, Maharashtra:

The post got featured in Navbharat which is a leading newspaper in Maharashtra :-)

The post got featured in Navbharat which is a leading newspaper in Maharashtra 🙂

 

 

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The article is based on literature provided by SIFF and CRISP

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An Interaction With Ethereal Wonder In My Village (Photo Story Part II)

I am really glad that the conscious readers worldwide made their presence felt on part I of this photo story. Although I have not learnt photography in professional way, I came to learn few tricks in company of expert photographers who also happened to be my friends. I realize photography is an excellent way to capture emotions which cannot be conveyed through words. My association with my village transcends the limit of words. It’s very very deep one. Luckily enough, I have found creative mediums to manifest the intrinsic elements of this emotional bond with my village. Indian villages are still the best place to discover real India. My village is no exception. However, what makes my village unique is the divine presence of Ganges in its full splendour.  And I am sure if I venture again on this planet in my next births this alone be my place of birth and my karmabhoomi too ( a place where one is professionally involved).

This road leads straight to home built by my ancestors in the heart of villlage Kanaura.  This road is right in front of my new home at the fields.

This road leads straight to home built by my ancestors in the heart of villlage Kanaura. This road is right in front of my new home at the fields.

Notice my new home and the metal road that runs at a stone's throw from it, leading straight to both my home built by the ancestors and banks of Ganges :-)

Notice my new home and the metal road that runs at a stone’s throw from it, leading straight to both my home built by the ancestors and banks of Ganges 🙂

I am so lucky that such scenes prevail almost every-time when I take a morning walk on this road...

I am so lucky that such scenes prevail almost every-time when I take a morning walk on this road…

On both sides of this road one notices Mango and Mahaua Trees...During childhood favourite past-time was to target green mangoes with stone avoiding  the eyes of the owners  :P :P :P

On both sides of this road one notices Mango and Mahaua Trees…During childhood favourite past-time was to target green mangoes with stone avoiding the eyes of the owners 😛 😛 😛

That's the most common scene you notice on village roads...Love Cows..Love their owners- the gwalas...However, what I hate is that they mix so much water in milk that when I prepare tea I do not feel the need to add water :P

That’s the most common scene you notice on village roads…Love Cows..Love their owners- the gwalas…However, what I hate is that they mix so much water in milk that when I prepare tea I do not feel the need to add water 😛

That's the defunct canal which runs side by side to both metal road and muddy road leading to my village..I remember in my childhood it was so alive with waters of Ganges..Now no one uses it anymore! Ganges does not have sufficient waters to sustain it..

That’s the defunct canal which runs side by side to both metal road and muddy road leading to my village..I remember in my childhood it was so alive with waters of Ganges..Now no one uses it anymore! Ganges does not have sufficient waters to sustain it..

So Beautiful Trees....

So Beautiful Trees….

Lord Is Truly Artistic Guy :P

Lord Is Truly Artistic Guy 😛

Walking Under The Shade Of Trees :-)

Walking Under The Shade Of Trees 🙂

As we reach close to village scenes change...The village life becomes more visible...See the "Upalis" piled up in artistic way :P ..They are prepared from cow-dung and are used as primary source of fuel in Indian villages...

As we reach close to village scenes change…The village life becomes more visible…See the “Upalis” piled up in artistic way 😛 ..They are prepared from cow-dung and are used as primary source of fuel in Indian villages…

They are first dried under the sun like this way before being piled up :P

They are first dried under the sun like this way before being piled up 😛

Right now fields are lush green with rice crops...However, many farmers have "Bajra" and " Jhunri" crops in their fields!

Right now fields are lush green with rice crops…However, many farmers have “Bajra” and ” Jhunri” crops in their fields!

In my childhood sugarcane farming was popular in my village..Now very few farmers grow it in my village...Found this field having sugarcane crop :-)

In my childhood sugarcane farming was popular in my village..Now very few farmers grow it in my village…Found this field having sugarcane crop 🙂

Moving closer to my ancestral home :P

Moving closer to my ancestral home 😛

The metal road you just saw takes this form as it enters inside the village :P

The metal road you just saw takes this form as it enters inside the village 😛

Most of the homes in my village have given to modern style of architecture...Very few huts can be noticed in my village..Even this one is made of bricks and not mud...My own original home made of mud collapsed sometimes back due to heavy rains!

Most of the homes in my village have given way to modern style of architecture…Very few huts can be noticed in my village..Even this one is made of bricks and not mud…My own original home made of mud collapsed sometimes back due to heavy rains!

Ganges flowing at the outskirts of village :-)

Ganges flowing at the outskirts of village 🙂

Hope Ganges Always Remains  Behind My Back :-)

Hope Ganges Always Remains Behind My Back 🙂

The outskirt of village!!

The outskirt of village!!

Felt tired after a long walk....So resting under shade of tree :-)

Felt tired after a long walk….So resting under shade of tree 🙂

That's the ancestral home built by my grandfather...The vacant space you see is cricket pitch prepared by me..Since childhood all village kids gather here and play cricket...And even now at this age I play cricket with them with same zeal even as it leads to minor quarrels with the neighbours !

That’s the ancestral home built by my grandfather…The vacant space you see is cricket pitch prepared by me..Since childhood  seen all village kids gathering  here to play cricket…And even now at this age I play cricket with them with same zeal even as it leads to minor quarrels with the neighbours ! Right now some trespassers have captured it with the Upalis 😛 :P. So while playing cricket we ensure that ball hits them for maximum number of times 😛 😛 😛

My real self lives in my village at this home..And please my home number is not 65 as inscribed on its wall...It's the highest score scored by one village kid in five overs :P :P :P

My real self lives in my village at this home..And please my home number is not 65 as inscribed on its wall…It’s the highest score scored by one village kid in five overs 😛 😛 😛

At my home amid greenery :P

At my home amid greenery 😛

The other end of vacant ground.. The home built by the ancestors was a huge one..Today nothing remains...Since I do not live here villagers use it for their personal affairs...And when I am here I remove all the encroachments and make the cricket ground bit large :P :P

The other end of vacant ground.. The home built by the ancestors was a huge one..Today nothing remains…Since I do not live here villagers use it for their personal affairs…And when I am here I remove all the encroachments and make the cricket ground bit large 😛 😛

At Small Shiva Temple Built By My Ancestors...Hope to find His blessing always :-) :-)

At Small Shiva Temple Built By My Ancestors…Hope to find His blessing always 🙂 🙂

This Neem Tree Is So Special From Me..In Childhood All My Friends Played So Many Games Under Its Shade All The Time...Today neighbours complain that its branches hang dangerously over their houses...I am in serious dilemma :-(  :-( :-(

This Neem Tree Is So Special For Me..In Childhood All My Friends Played So Many Games Under Its Shade All The Time…Today neighbours complain that its branches hang dangerously over their houses…I am in serious dilemma 😦 😦 😦

My Own Home Would Be The First One To Collapse But I  Am Not Making Any Hue And Cry Like My Arrogant  Neighbours..View From The Top Of My Cricket Ground :P

If The Tree Falls My Own Home Would Be The First One To Collapse But I Am Not Making Any Hue And Cry Like My Arrogant Neighbours..View From The Top Of My Cricket Ground 😛

Ideally my vacant space should be neat and clean this way...That's the vacant space owned by my neighbour ...See cute village kids playing on it...We have been bold enough to defy the orders of neighbour not to play cricket here..Anyway, once I start living here my first priority would be to make my vacant space as neat and clean like this one :P

Ideally my vacant space should be neat and clean this way…That’s the vacant space owned by my neighbour …See cute village kids playing on it…We have been bold enough to defy the orders of neighbour not to play cricket here..Anyway, once I start living here my first priority would be to make my vacant space as neat and clean like this one 😛

My village is really beautiful :P

My village is really beautiful 😛

An ideal village home has such beautiful plants planted outside their homes..Me too wish to have these plants at my vacant space..Right now it's being used by the trespassers!

An ideal village home has such beautiful plants planted outside their homes..Me too wish to have these plants at my vacant space..Right now it’s being used by the trespassers!

And I will love to own cows..I like them so much...My ancestors had many cows and we had separate cowshed for them....After all, it fills one with bliss when one sees such scenes...

And I will love to own cows..I like them so much…My ancestors had many cows and we had separate cowshed for them….After all, it fills one with bliss when one sees such scenes…

Inside View Of My Villages..

Inside View Of My Villages..

View of Ganges Between The Neem Trees From My Rooftop :-) :-) :-)

View of Ganges Between The Neem Trees From My Rooftop 🙂 🙂 🙂

My Favourite Pagdandi :P ...Pagdandis are small muddy routes :-)

My Favourite Pagdandi 😛 …Pagdandis Are Narrow Muddy Routes 🙂

An Ideal Hindu Brahmin Family...There Is Lot Of Misconception Deliberately Spread By Foreign Historians That Hindu Brahmins Do Not Promote Daughters...This Famiily Has Only Daughters ( Five Daughters) And No Sons...And Above All Very Proud Of Their Talented Daughters...Stop Painting Brahmins In Wrong Colours!

An Ideal Hindu Brahmin Family.. Misconceptions Have Been Deliberately Spread By Foreign Historians That Hindu Brahmins Do Not Promote Daughters…This Famiily Has Only Daughters ( Five Daughters) And No Sons…And Above All Very Proud Of Their Talented Daughters…Stop Painting Brahmins In Wrong Colours!

With Vijay...He Is one of my childhood friends...Gentle one and not naughty like others :-)

With Vijay…He Is one of my best childhood friends…Gentle one and not naughty like others 🙂

Bold And Beautiful Cow....She Was Aware That I Was Going To Click Her Image..And So Look The Way She Is Staring It Me :P :P :P

Bold And Beautiful Cow….She Was Aware That I Was Going To Click Her Image..And So Look The Way She Is Staring It Me 😛 😛 😛

This Child Has Just Taken Cold Water Bath...Now Taking Sun Bath :P :P :P

This Child Has Just Taken Cold Water Bath…Now Taking Sun Bath 😛 😛 😛

Small Kids Always Remind Me Of The Lord's Face :-)  :-) :-)

Small Kids Always Remind Me Of The Lord’s Face 🙂 🙂 🙂

Kids Playing Cricket....

Kids Playing Cricket….

That's the most popular venue for playing cricket....And you can notice a match is going on ....I have played many memorable matches ...In fact, before this match I came to play two match series :P :P :P

That’s the most popular venue for playing cricket….And you can notice a match is going on ….I have played many memorable matches …In fact, before this match I came to play two match series Brahmins Vs Yadavs  😛 😛 😛

Although village hand pumps are working smoothly, it's the scenario when tube well's supply is available :-)

Although village hand pumps are working smoothly, it’s the scenario when tube well’s supply is available 🙂

On The Banks Of Ganges One Always Notices Shiva Temples...My Village Is No Exception..This wonderful Shiva Temple Greets You As You Move Towards The Ganges :-)

On The Banks Of Ganges One Always Notices Shiva Temples…My Village Is No Exception..This wonderful Shiva Temple Greets You As You Move Towards The Ganges 🙂

During my frequent visits to banks of Ganges I always came to notice these three doggies  :P :P :P

During my frequent visits to banks of Ganges I always came to notice these three doggies 😛 😛 😛

O Boat Take Me To The World From Where I Never Return To This Cruel World!

O Boat Take Me To The World From Where I Never Return To This Cruel World!

Even Boat Has A Partner Boat :P

Even Boat Has A Partner Boat 😛

Lovely Sight...It Reminds Me Of The Song "O Manjhi Rein"  :P

Lovely Sight…It Reminds Me Of The Song “O Manjhi Rein” 😛

Lovely Landscape :-)

Lovely Landscape 🙂

To Be Near Ganges Makes On Feel So Refreshed :-)

To Be Near Ganges Makes On Feel So Refreshed 🙂

This pose was asked by the one who was clicking my image ..He made me try different poses but all in vain since he was clicking image for the first time..Still he managed to click some image for me satisfactorily :P :P :P

This pose was asked by the one who was clicking my image ..He made me try different poses but all in vain since he was clicking image for the first time..Still he managed to click  few image of mine satisfactorily 😛 😛 😛

He Is The Naughtiest Boy In My Village..Happily For Me He Agreed To Act As Photographer With Zero Nuisance Impact :P :P :P

He Is The Naughtiest Boy In My Village..Happily For Me He Agreed To Act As Photographer With Zero Nuisance Impact 😛 😛 😛

Anyway, camera in my own hands gave birth to these sensational images :-)

Anyway, camera in my own hands gave birth to these sensational images 🙂

Ganges Shows Her Real Charishma In My Region :-)

Ganges Shows Her Real Charishma In My Region 🙂

What Can Be More Beautiful Than This?

What Can Be More Beautiful Than This?

Speechless!!!

Speechless!!!

Beauty Should Be Divine!

Beauty Should Be Divine!

It's proving to be a tough task to find suitable expressions for these wonderful images !!!

It’s proving to be a tough task to find suitable expressions for these wonderful images !!!

Again And Again I will Be Born Here :-) :-) :-)

Again And Again I will Be Born Here 🙂 🙂 🙂

Morning Sun :-)

Morning Sun 🙂

My Mornings And Evenings Are Usually Spent Here :-)

My Mornings And Evenings Are Usually Spent Here 🙂

Trying To Carve Fitting Expression For These Images Dipped In Divinity :-)

Trying To Carve Fitting Expression For These Images Dipped In Divinity 🙂

Clouds Meet The Earth :-)

Clouds Meet The Earth 🙂

When Beauty Transcends The Human Expressions!

When Beauty Transcends The Human Expressions!

Awesome Sight :-)

Awesome Sight 🙂

Lovely Banks ....Take A Walk On Them And Your Senses Attain Instant Nirvana :-)

Lovely Banks ….Take A Walk On Them And Your Senses Attain Instant Nirvana 🙂

Krishna Must Have Played Cricket On These Type Of Banks Alone :-) See The Animals Grazing The Grass :-)

Krishna Must Have Played Cricket On These Type Of Banks Alone 🙂 See The Animals Grazing The Grass 🙂

Stillness Always Resides Here...

Stillness Always Resides Here…

Trees Hugging Each Other....

Trees Hugging Each Other….

Spellbound!!!

Spellbound!!!

In The Land Where Clouds Bend To Kiss The Earth :-)

In The Land Where Clouds Bend To Kiss The Earth 🙂

Now I Walk On This Pagdandi To Reach My New Home At Fields....From Where I Will Walk Towards The Railway Station!

Now I Walk On This Pagdandi To Reach My New Home At Fields….From Where I Will Walk Towards The Railway Station!

My Rice Fields :-) :-) :-)

My Rice Fields 🙂 🙂 🙂

Noticed This Chameleon Called Girgitaan At My Village :P :P :P..It's becoming a rare specie since most have taken birth as human beings to become Indian ministers :P :P :P

Noticed This Chameleon Called Girgitaan At My Village 😛 😛 :P..It’s becoming a rare specie since most have taken birth as human beings to become Indian ministers 😛 😛 😛

Evening Prevails In My Village!

Evening Prevails In My Village!

In Its Company I Feel Composed Inside!!

In Its Company I Feel Composed Inside!!

The Canal Divides Into Two Parts Adjacent My New Home...And Notice That A Minor Pagdandi Runs Parallel To It...It Leads To Railway Station....

The Canal Divides Into Two Parts Adjacent My New Home…And Notice That A Minor Pagdandi Runs Parallel To It…It Leads To Railway Station….

Going To Railway Station Amid These Lovely Fields :-)

Going To Railway Station Amid These Lovely Fields 🙂

This Farmer Asked Me To Click His Image :P :P :P

This Farmer Asked Me To Click His Image 😛 😛 😛

It was getting pretty dark and I had yet to cover a long distance !!! And above all, I ran the risk of missing the train as well the way I stopped again and again to capture the scenes :P :P :P

It was getting pretty dark and I had yet to cover a long distance !!! And above all, I ran the risk of missing the train as well the way I stopped again and again to capture the scenes 😛 😛 😛

Noticed This Kid Asking Her Mother To Stop Work And Take Her Home!

Noticed This Kid Asking Her Mother To Stop Work And Take Her Home!

Now Very Close To The Railway Station ...This Beautiful Muddy Road For The Time Being Would Be In My Memories Now..

Now Very Close To The Railway Station …This Beautiful Muddy Road For The Time Being Would Be In My Memories Now..

Such Beautiful Images Will Keep Me Happy And Peaceful For A Very Long Time....

Such Beautiful Images Will Keep Me Happy And Peaceful For A Very Long Time….

When I Will Come Back Next Time Rice Crop  Would Be Ready To Be Harvested !

When I Will Come Back Next Time Rice Crop Would Be Ready To Be Harvested !

Left The Rice Fields Far Behind To Come Close To The Railway Station...

Left The Rice Fields Far Behind To Come Close To The Railway Station…

I Am Never Happy Faced As I Wait For Return Train...And That's The Case Since Childhood....Friends Are Sarcastic About My Village Love..They Say People Leave Villages To Move Towards Cities And You Plan To Do The Reverse....I Have A Fitting Response But Prefer To Make Them Live In Their World Of Ignorance!

I Am Never Happy Faced As I Wait For Return Train…And That’s The Case Since Childhood….Friends Are Sarcastic About My Village Love..They Say People Leave Villages To Move Towards Cities And You Plan To Do The Reverse….I Have A Fitting Response But Prefer To Make Them Live In Their World Of Ignorance!

Happily Train Was Late...My Beautiful Station Looked Awesome As The Dusk Came To Envelop It..Sipping The Tea I Remained Lost In So Many Thoughts...

Happily Train Was Late…My Beautiful Station Looked Awesome As The Dusk Came To Envelop It..Sipping The Tea I Remained Lost In So Many Thoughts…

I Never Get Annoyed When Train Gets Late At My Pahara Station :P :P

I Never Get Annoyed When Train Gets Late At My Pahara Station 😛 😛

Night View Of The Station...

Night View Of The Pahara Station…

The Evening Passenger Train Makes You Feel Like King...See The Empty Coach..And You Would Not Believe It's Empty Like This Through The Whole Journey :-) :-)  It's A Very Romantic Affair To Be All Alone This Way :P

The Evening Passenger Train ( Mughalsarai-Allahabad Passenger Train) Makes You Feel Like King…See The Empty Coach..And You Would Not Believe It’s Empty Like This Through The Whole Journey 🙂 🙂 It’s A Very Romantic Affair To Be All Alone This Way 😛

Managed To Find One Passenger In My Compartment..But He Too Left Me All Alone After Two Stations...Anyway, This Sort Of Royal Feeling You Can Never Get In Jam-packed Mail/Express Trains :P :P :P

Managed To Find One Passenger In My Compartment..But He Too Left Me All Alone After Two Stations…Anyway, This Sort Of Royal Feeling You Can Never Get In Jam-packed Mail/Express Trains 😛 😛 😛

And I Keep Looking Outside To Meet Such Scenes Outside The Train's Window....

And I Keep Looking Outside To Meet Such Scenes Outside The Train’s Window….

For The Readers:

All the images have been clicked by the author of this post. The copyrights of the pics rest with this author. So I request not to make use of any of the pics without prior permission of the author or, for that matter, they can be republished  only after giving due credit to the author while using them in any way.

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Some Breathtaking Images From The Land Of Ganges ( Photo Story Part One)

A Society Interested In Better Changes Should Stop Taming Good Man And Woman!

Don't tame good individuals. It would lead to greater mess!

Don’t tame good individuals. It would lead to greater mess!


I have noticed few very discouraging trend patterns in our times. Firstly, the moment we notice rise of some good human being in any arena, one dares not to appreciate and honour that person. On the contrary, many negative forces come into operation to tarnish his/ her image. It appears being bad is honourable and glorious in our times! The same society raises hue and cry that we don’t have right people to deal with pertinent issues. But the moment someone makes a valiant attempt to change the corrupt scenario all types of negative forces gather on one platform to paint that individual in wrong colours. This tendency is not only baffling but also discouraging for development of better prospects.

Secondly, the great attempt is made to make such daring individual  realize that you are no different than us: corrupt and rotten from inside. That way a greater lot in the society feels that it did a fine job by coercing that individual to have such great realization! If we look back into past we realize that good souls never got true recognition in their lifetime. It’s only after their death, they got elevated to sainthood sort of status. Instead of paving the path of such conscious individual with glorious possibilities, the path gets filled with chosen obstacles. Amazingly, this all happens in a society which always complains about lack of positive changes in society. Meet young or old, man or woman, all will complain about disorder and lawlessness in the society. However, the same lot is not interested in promoting right developments the right way.

That’s the reason I hate taming of  good people. Taming is crime in my eyes, and so I am not at all fascinated by taming business. Why should those man/woman be tamed who dare to think differently, who dare to introduce new ways of thinking in a society?  Why should  these exceptional souls be made on par with same level of distorted thinking which dominates the common masses? However, we do expect values like sincerity, real love, honesty and etc. from each other. I will surely allow my friends a desired freedom but shall not tolerate that they make mockery of it by indulging in atrocious and absurd behaviour. Liberty should not be mistaken as license to behave in contemptuous way. Sadly, for a modern man/woman freedom/liberty means mental corruptness and unaccountability. Anyway, I hope that modern society learns to honour exceptional souls instead of entering in regressive attitude to tame such souls so as to reduce their impact! A society interested in better changes should have something better to offer such agents of change instead of subjecting them to coercive attempts to make them feel ordinary.

 

Make Good Individuals Attain New Heights Instead Of Making Attempts To Curb Their Giant Spirit!

Make Good Individuals Attain New Heights Instead Of Making Attempts To Curb Their Giant Spirit!

 

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Few More Beautiful Images Captured By My Camera!!!

Images always haunt me. They always add a new dimension in my consciousness, transporting me to those ages which got withered away with movement of time. Anyway, these images are not that old. They are from last trip to Nagpur, which took place in month of August, 2013. The worth of any image does not strike immediately. It’s only when you look at them consciously during different time period, the images unfold their true worth. That’s one of the reasons I am posting few more images for my readers, who have a perfect mind to honour a striking image.

Beyond The Railway Tracks Life Passes Through The Roads...

Beyond The Railway Tracks Life Passes Through The Roads…

Glimpse of lovely blue sky...

Glimpse of lovely blue sky…

These images are stored in my camera from where they will be deleted soon..But they will be in my eyes for a long time...

These images are stored in my camera from where they will be deleted soon..But they will be in my eyes for a long time…

When you gaze outside the train's window, the world outside attains a mysterious colour..

When you gaze outside the train’s window, the world outside attains a mysterious colour..

Train was moving at a great speed but I somehow managed to click memorable images...

Train was moving at a great speed but I somehow managed to click memorable images…

Life never stops...It keeps slipping away .....

Life never stops…It keeps slipping away …..

Green Must Be The Colour Close To The Heart Of Lord....

Green Must Be The Colour Close To The Heart Of Lord….

I have a kid's heart. This picture's backdrop proves that :P

I have a kid’s heart. This picture’s backdrop proves that 😛

Jungle around Pench Tiger Reserve had such beautiful trees...

Jungle around Pench Tiger Reserve had such beautiful trees…

Lovely View....

Lovely View….

Green Made Me Green Inside :P

Green Made Me Green Inside 😛

My Two Nieces And Two Cousins ..Find Myself To Be Lucky To Notice Their Presence Often Together...Don't go by their sweet faces..They are gigantic waves of ocean, who wipe out all those who dare to challenge them....Beware: Appearances are deceptive :P :P :P

My Two Nieces And Two Cousins ..Find Myself To Be Lucky To Notice Their Presence Often Together…Don’t go by their sweet faces..They are gigantic waves of ocean, who wipe out all those who dare to challenge them….Beware: Appearances are deceptive 😛 😛 😛

Reference:

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Does The World Really Appreciate Out-Of-The Box Thinking ?

Does The World Really Appreciate Out-Of-The Box Thinking ?

Does The World Really Appreciate Out-Of-The Box Thinking ?

( The article first appeared in The Speaking Tree Column, Jammu Plus, The Times Of India)

The world is not the right place for people endorsing out-of the-box thoughts. The world recognizes only stereotyped emotions. It’s not a pessimistic assertion but it’s a result of head on encounter with realism. It’s the essence which keeps natural earthly phenomenon in organized state.  It’s the way which has happened in the past. Socrates told truth, and was offered poison! Galileo’s ideas which supported heliocentric world system were considered violation of Catholic Church teachings that the Earth was the center of the universe. That ensured a house arrest for Galileo for rest part of his life. India has also seen episodes wherein the exceptional souls faced the same disastrous consequences.

Meera challenged the monarchy by loving Krishna. She was put on trial by the near and dear ones. The ever-present God’s hand came to her rescue. Prahlad refused to gave way to his father’s belief that he was Supreme, and instead placed his faith in the Vishnu’s mystical power. That brought him against the powerful administration run by his father but as we all know Lord’s Vishnu incarnation as Narasimha came to establish as to who exactly controlled the universe.

It would not be wrong to suggest that “the way of this world is, to praise dead saints, and persecute living ones.” The moment one tries to rope in better ideas, a rush of mass of negativism tries to annihilate it. There may be some fortunate souls whom lady luck allowed to have fertile ground for execution of their dreams but for a greater lot the story has been to move from one conventional norm to another. For average souls, the world is okay. For them it had been an easy task to imbibe all contradictions and evils in name of “practical adjustment” but that’s not the case with people having heightened sensitiveness. Their own ethics prevents them from picking up anything and treating as its own. The so-called practical souls since they stand for nothing other than having deep faith in loose irrational principles are often hailed as pragmatist. “Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” So they emerge as successful. They are the champions of pragmatism. They are the ones who are the real heroes for people trapped in livelihood struggles.

Lord Shiva: Truly Bold Thinker. He Accepts What The World Comes To Reject!

Lord Shiva: Truly Bold Thinker. He Accepts What The World Comes To Reject!

However, life is deadly ash. That’s why Lord Shiva’s whole body is smeared with deadly ash. Once you have a real interaction, absolute deadly realization, the ability to make fraudulent dealings gets wiped out totally. Your spirit refuses to participate in worldly affairs, not imbibing everything in name of changes of time. It becomes selective in conscious way. It’s like attaining the “Sthitpragya” state – the state of absolute equanimity attained as result of identification with highest consciousness in a perfect way.  Lord Krishna has referred to it in Srimad Bhagvad Geeta:

Prajahati yada kaman sarvan partha mano-gatan
atmany evatmana tustah sthita-prajnas tadocyate

-Lord Krishna said, O Arjuna when gives up all desires  for sense gratification produced within the mind and becoming satisfied by the realization of the self in the pure state of the soul; then it is said one is properly situated in perfect knowledge.

True, once that state is attained, the person with such a state of mind refuses to sway with happenings of the world. Nothing seems to change externally but the inner being of such a person undergoes revolutionary transformation. That might make him a failure from worldly materialistic evaluation but in kingdom of souls he is the king of souls like the God principle. He refuses to endorse the worldly orientations and instead walks all alone on path built of out-of-the-box thoughts.

Like always, the worldly temptations manifest for such a soul to distract him. No wonder, Swami Vivekananda treats the path of realization akin to walking on the razor’s edge. The seeker until realization dawns upon him should need to remain highly vigilant, maintaining high level of “viveka shakti”- the sense of making wise choices. In Bhagavad Geeta, Lord Krishna warns the seekers that they should not give way to superficial attainments by worshiping lesser Gods, and thus should not pay much attention to Vedic verses aimed at appeasing him. 

Yavan artha udapane sarvatah samplutodake
tavan sarvesu vedesu brahmansya vijanatah (Chapt.2; Verse 46)

All that is served in well of water is better served by a vast lake; similarly, all the purpose in all Vedic scriptures are realized to he who knows the ultimate truth.

So let’s learn to travel alone even as the route passes through worldly happenings, under the shadow of out-of-the-box thoughts with a conscious and alert mind.

The Bhagwad Geeta: The Ultimate Source Of Out-Of-The-Box Thinking!

The Bhagwad Geeta: The Ultimate Source Of Out-Of-The-Box Thinking!

 

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Ship Of Theseus: Moving Swiftly In The Ocean Of Perspectives (Movie Review)

Ship Of Theseus: A Nice Take On Perspectives!

Ship Of Theseus: A Nice Take On Perspectives!


I curiously awaited the screening of the movie Ship of Theseus, which had managed to elicit great remarks from leading directors of Indian cinema landscape. The film festival in Allahabad, organised by Dainik Jagran, provided me an opportunity to watch this movie. In eyes of Shekhar Kapoor, the movie marked the arrival of “a brilliant new filmmaker” while Shyam Benegal could not resist himself from stating that it’s a “rare film that engages your mind, emotions and senses in equal measure providing the viewer a cinematic experience that is both hugely entertaining and stimulating”. The movie was inspired from the dilemma whether or not the object remains  same if its components undergo total replacement. In this movie the promising young director, Anand Gandhi, has interconnected three different short stories, each dealing with a different issue, but underlying theme remains the same. The first one dealt with visually impaired photographer, who lost her intuitive ability to capture striking images after a successful cornea transplant operation. The second story depicted an ailing monk, questioning life and death via his ongoing fight for rights of animals meant for conducting experiments during preparation of medicines. The third and the final story highlighted corrupt practices prevalent in medical world, wherein a stockbroker tries to place in dock persons involved in organ trade racket.

I am not the sort of person to go entirely by the rave reviews by big names from the world of cinema. In fact, even the sentiments of well-known directors fail to impress me. “Seeing is believing” has always been the principle which defined my approach, especially while anticipating the worth of a movie. And thus, contrary to the general consensus, I found the acting of  Aida El-Kashef ( Aliya in movie as visually impaired photographer) and Farza Khan (Aliya’s live-in-boyfriend in the movie) absolutely horrible. The exhibition of emotions was synthetic and loud. Great movies do not begin that way. The agony that should have hit her, in the aftermath of loss of her intuitive abilities, never got reflected in her mannerism. The saving grace came in the form of crispy thought provoking dialogues: “Does reality exist when no one is looking?” It’s the deep concerns which the characters portray compensates the poor acting.


The movie gained substance with the arrival of crazy monk Maitreya (Neeraj Kabi). Not only humour element got elevated but even the thematic shortcomings got balanced due to superb acting skills demonstrated by Neeraj Kabi and Vinay Shukla ( Carvaka in the movie). This part of the movie successfully conveyed that contradictions rules the lives and a perfect life is healthy assimilation of contradictions. A person should not be too rigid while pursuing noble cause since it comes in the way of fulfillment of goals. It might also limit one’s ability to make better choices. The rigidity displayed by Maitreya is in the eyes of Carvaka- the lawyer who believed in learning arguments of both the sides- was not very different than fundamentalism exhibited by a suicide bomber! This lawyer, follower of  Pastafarianism, induces great deal of pragmatism when he tries to create a fitting place for the contradictions. Anyway, Maitreya does impress us all when he places reasons above crude sentimentality!

Ship of Theseus: The First Story Marred By Poor Acting!

Ship of Theseus: The First Story Marred By Poor Acting!

Well, it’s crude sentimentality which always makes its presence felt in Indian movies. It’s not always the case that movies devoid of melodramatic elements manage to evoke mass attention. The average Indian cinema lover’s connection with melodrama is so intense that a director’s take on critical issue without this element is akin to self-goal in football! Anand Gandhi, at least, need to be credited for the fact that he manages to tell the story for Indians without being in awe of sentimentality! The last scene of the story showing the monk’s decision to live the life fully proves one thing quite well that healthy compromises for an elevated cause is not a bad thing. Well, the monk didn’t talk of Krishna’s Bhagvad Geeta but I feel the realization of monk is on par with view of Lord Krishna who in Bhagvad Gita stated that “every profession is world is tainted by some flaw”. So the summum bonum is: Healthy compromise should not prick the conscience!

The stockbroker’s case in the movie is pretty interesting but I need to differ from the reviews which have appeared in mainstream media and elsewhere that humour element in this part delight us. That’s not true. The humour appears as some sort of forced entry into a well structured plot. It also baffles me that reviewers have ignored some greater aspects related with this part of the movie wherein an young stockbroker trails the missing recipient of the stolen kidney! The reviewers failed to remember the heated conversation between stockbroker and his maternal grandmother, who happens to be progressive thinker, confined to ideological orientations spread in progressive literature churned out by the leftist. The impression she generates, and which irritates this guy working for American companies, is that one can pursue a noble cause only when one is in tune with such literature. The young stockbroker hits hard at her this “fallacious notion” when he tries to ensure justice for the poor labourer. The another myth which gets shattered ( and I really found it pretty interesting) is that fight for greater cause leads to its perfect attainment. Ask a real life hero and you would realize that he/she often feels cheated. The people for whom he/she comes to fight often leave their saviour in the lurch. The stockbroker wanted justice in real terms for this unfortunate labourer whose kidney got stolen for a rich foreigner ( the recipient). The labourer retracts from his promises after his petty interests get fulfilled. The protagonist has to remain contend with limited achievement.

In real life also we find that similar dilemma occurs. For instance, the moment one tries to make the purpose of education an extension of values, one has to face stiff resistance for all quarters of society, which feels that only purpose of education is to earn huge money, no matter if it means adoption of unethical means. The film does not end with a specific message but it does symbolically shows via the passage through the cave that life is full of immense possibilities, which allows nurturing of different perspectives. Hope we come to choose the one which best serves the cause of not only humanity but also our own personal causes close to heart!

The Crazy Monk Who Added New Dimensions In The Philosophical Paradoxes!

The Crazy Monk Who Added New Dimensions In The Philosophical Paradoxes!

References: 

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Ship Of Theseus IMDB

Friday Times

Firstpost 

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Vindhya Hills Haunted By Rocks, Rivers,Temples And Super Souls (Yogis) (Photo Story Part II)

The terrific response which the part one of the travelogue generated really overwhelmed me. It confirmed the sentiment that travelogues, loaded with good photos, leave an everlasting impression on all the sections of people, no matter to which nation they belong.

Photographs are like time machine since the flight of imagination, after viewing them, transcends the normal course of time to move either backward or even forward in an unusual way. They record the present moment for the posterity. That’s why the same photograph viewed at a later stage tells a different story to each viewer. That’s one of the reason why I am pretty conscious when I am dealing with camera. I was sad that I did not use a good camera, but in the aftermath, I felt happy that somehow I managed to get real good pictures. 

The part two of this travelogue has awesome views of Siddhnath Ki Dari, a place one kilometer away from Shakteshgarh Fort; glimpses of landscape around that place; images of ancient Goddess Durga temple and images of Ganges flowing by the side of Chunar Fort. Although Part II of the travelogue unleashes some personal sentiments, it nevertheless never misses to create an universal appeal. 

Like to inform the readers that Siddhanath Ki Dari is a place known for its huge waterfall, which comes alive in rainy season. However, it belonged to a Yogi (saint) named Siddhanath who in ancient times used to meditate here. I shall not forget a hilarious incident which occurred at this place, when my friend and I were held hostage by lots of monkeys. They did no harm to us but left us only when their gang leader came to us, searched our pockets and got in possession of few mangoes which we had kept inside our pockets! The gang leader did that in a very smart fashion without harming us! 

I had no time left to have the photographs of Chunar fort, which as per legends was built by the king of Ujjain Maharaja Vikramaditya in 56 B.C. for his brother Bhartihariji- a great yogi who took samadhi inside the fort! The fort later came to be associated with Babar, Humayun, Shershah Suri, Akbar, and finally it came under the rule of Britishers. Warren Hastings, the first Governor-General of Bengal, came to take refuge here for quite some time. It’s a matter of pride for me that my mother’s residence is adjacent to this fort situated on the banks of Ganges.

The Path Might Be In Bad Shape But The Spirit To Move Ahead Remains Intact!

The Path Might Be In Bad Shape But The Spirit To Move Ahead Remains Intact!

Try Walking On It Barefoot!

Try Walking On It Barefoot!

Stones Also Have Life :-)

Stones Also Have Life 🙂

Beautiful, Isn't It?

Beautiful, Isn’t It?

Water At The Base Of These Ancient Rocks At Sidhhanath Ki Dari!

Water At The Base Of These Ancient Rocks At Sidhhanath Ki Dari!

At This Spot A Group Of Monkeys Snatched Our Mangoes. One Of The Robber Can Be Seen Here :-)

At This Spot A Group Of Monkeys Snatched Our Mangoes. One Of The Robbers Can Be Seen Here 🙂

Siddhnath Ki Dari Is Associated With Great Yogi Siddhanathji. Hope He Found My Gestures Fitting!

Siddhnath Ki Dari Is Associated With Great Yogi Siddhanathji. Hope He Found My Gestures Fitting!

Such Scenes Possess The Soul!

Such Scenes Possess The Soul!

These Rocks Come Alive In Rainy Season...For Me Even Now They Looked Great :-)

These Rocks Come Alive In Rainy Season…For Me Even Now They Looked Great 🙂

Rocks And Blooming Flowers!

Rocks And Blooming Flowers!

Preferring The Company Of Rocks Over Insensitive Human Beings!

Preferring The Company Of Rocks Over Insensitive Human Beings!

These Ancient Rocks Touched My Soul And Made Me Smile!

These Ancient Rocks Touched My Soul And Made Me Smile!

A Lonely Path!

A Lonely Path!

Rock What Do You Seem To Preach?

Rock What Do You Seem To Preach?

Finally Found Someone To Lean Against :-)

Finally Found Someone To Lean Against 🙂

Sitting On The Track For The Right Reason :P

Sitting On The Track For The Right Reason 😛

Railway Tracks Make Me So Excited. I don't know why! Anyway, That's Route Of Train Leaving For Chopan From Chunar. Trains Like Swarna Jayanati, CCM And Moori Express Run On This Beautiful Hilly Route!

Railway Tracks Make Me So Excited. I don’t know why! Anyway, That’s Route Of Train Leaving For Chopan From Chunar. Trains Like Swarna Jayanati, CCM And Moori Express Run On This Beautiful Hilly Route!

My Friend Wajir Who Helped Me A Lot During This Trip. He Just Could Not Click An Ideal Image Of Mine On These Tracks. However, I Got A Picture Perfect Of His, Which Also Highlights The Beauty Of Rail Tracks So Well!

My Friend Wajir Who Helped Me A Lot During This Trip. He Just Could Not Click An Ideal Image Of Mine On These Tracks. However, I Got A Picture Perfect Of His, Which Also Highlights The Beauty Of Rail Tracks So Well!

In My Hindi Language I Would Have Said: Geet Gaya Pattharo Ne :-)

In My Hindi Language I Would Have Said: Geet Gaya Pattharo Ne 🙂

My Friend Was Really Worried That Someone Does Not Come To Steal The Petrol! So As Soon As He Got An Opportunity He  Rushed To Check The Petrol Level. Oil Matters ..Ha..ha...ha... :P :P :P

My Friend Was Really Worried That Someone Does Not Come To Steal The Petrol! So As Soon As He Got An Opportunity He Rushed To Check The Petrol Level. Oil Matters ..Ha..ha…ha… 😛 😛 😛

Now It's Time To Bid Adieu To These Fascinating Turns...But Will Love To Move Again And Again On These Routes!

Now It’s Time To Bid Adieu To These Fascinating Turns…But Will Love To Move Again And Again On These Routes!

Awesome!

Awesome!

The Dusty Roads :-)

The Dusty Roads 🙂

Even In Peru I Can See The Walls Constructed That Way!

Even In Peru I Can See The Walls Constructed That Way!

But You Would Not Discover Such Cute Huts In Any Other Nation :-)

But You Would Not Discover Such Cute Huts In Any Other Nation 🙂

It's Hard To Believe That Priyanka  Can Dare To Roam In Such Wild Places :-) Anyway, I Admire The Guts Of Priyanka To Open A Photo Studio In This Jungle :P :P :P

It’s Hard To Believe That Priyanka Can Dare To Roam In Such Wild Places 🙂 Anyway, I Admire The Guts Of Priyanka To Open A Photo Studio In This Jungle 😛 😛 😛

Lovely Hills...

Lovely Hills…

A Cycle Repairing Shop On This Mountainous Route!

A Cycle Repairing Shop On This Mountainous Route!

The Turns Always Fascinate Me :-)

The Turns Always Fascinate Me 🙂

 These Trees By The Side Of Road: :The Mute Spectators!

Trees By The Side Of Road: The Mute Spectators!

The Ancient Goddess  Durga Temple In Chunar Amid Vindhya Hills!

The Ancient Goddess Durga Temple In Chunar Amid Vindhya Hills!

It's Full Of Distance Visitors!

It’s Full Of Distance Visitors!

The Landscape Around This Temple

The Landscape Around This Temple

That's The Entrance - The Mata's Dvar :-)

That’s The Entrance – The Mata’s Dvar 🙂

The Way That Leads To The Temple !

The Way That Leads To The Temple !

Don't Be Confused! That's Not The Prasada Offered At The Temple! It's Delicious Makuni Ki Litti Which Was Being Sold At Dhaba Close To The Temple. I Ate One Piece And Found It Tasty.  Well, this is prepared by filling the flour with stuff called Setua and then fried in the oil. Then it's served with mashed potato mixed with other items  like tomato etc.

Don’t Be Confused! That’s Not The Prasada Offered At The Temple! It’s Delicious Makuni Ki Litti Which Was Being Sold At Dhaba Close To The Temple. I Ate One Piece And Found It Tasty. Well, this is prepared by filling the flour with stuff called Setua and then fried in the oil. Then it’s served with mashed potato mixed with other items like tomato etc.

That's The Tulsi Plant At My Mother's Residence At Chunar

That’s The Tulsi Plant At My Mother’s Residence At Chunar

Notice The Building Made Of Stones...The Way Stone Has Been Arranged On The Walls Reminds Me Of The Walls That I Noticed In Peru's Ancient Heritage Sites!

Notice The Building Made Of Stones…The Way Stone Has Been Arranged On The Walls Reminds Me Of The Walls That I Noticed In Peru’s Ancient Heritage Sites!

The Place Intimately Associated With Me During My Childhood...Now  It Lies In Tatters....I Remember In My Childhood The Place Was Full Of Lively People!  The Owners Left This Place And Now It's An Abandoned Place!The Place Intimately Associated With Me During My Childhood…Now It Lies In Tatters….I Remember In My Childhood The Place Was Full Of Lively People! The Owners Left This Place And Now It’s An Abandoned Place!

Really Sad That My Mother's Place Which Was Once Upon A Time Such A Terrific Place Is Now  In Such A State!

Really Sad That My Mother’s Place Which Was Once Upon A Time Such A Terrific Place Is Now In Such A State!

That's The Courtyard Which In Our Childhood Was Site Of Naughtiest Activities Even In Scorching Summer!

That’s The Courtyard Which In Our Childhood Was Site Of Naughtiest Activities Even In Scorching Summer!

The Building Has Collapsed But Pillars Are Intact. Anyway, The Small Space You Notice Behind The Pillars Was Used By Us To Play Indoor Games In Childhood!

The Building Has Collapsed But Pillars Are Intact. Anyway, The Small Space You Notice Behind The Pillars Was Used By Us To Play Indoor Games In Childhood!

The Better View Of The Place Reserved For Indoor Games!

The Better View Of The Place Reserved For Indoor Games!

One Would Find Hard To Imagine That In Such A Small Space Two Groups Of People, Four Person In One Group, Were Always Involved In Playing Cards!  I Also Was One Of The Member :P :P :P

One Would Find Hard To Imagine That In Such A Small Space Two Groups Of People, Four Persons In One Group, Were Always Involved In Playing Cards! I Was Also One Of The Member 😛 😛 😛

The Dangerous Stairs...As A Kid I Fell Down From These Stairs Many Times..However, except  minor bruises I never got hurt badly..That's was the case with other kids too :P :P :P

The Dangerous Stairs…As A Kid I Fell Down From These Stairs Many Times..However, Except Minor Bruises I Never Got Hurt Badly..That’s Was The Case With Other Kids Too 😛 😛 😛

That's The Eden Garden Of  My Childhood...I Played Many Great Innings Here On This Pitch....Anyway, That's The Front Portion Of Mother's Residence :-)

That’s The Eden Garden Of My Childhood…I Played Many Great Innings Here On This Pitch….Anyway, That’s The Front Portion Of Mother’s Residence 🙂

The Post Match Discussions Always Took Place On These Two Rectangle Shaped Stones :P

The Post Match Discussions Always Took Place On These Two Rectangle Shaped Stones 😛

View Of Ganges From Roof Top Of My Mother's Residence :-)

View Of Ganges From Roof Top Of My Mother’s Residence 🙂

That's The Great Chunar Fort As Seen From Roof Top Of My Mother's Residence :-)

That’s The Great Chunar Fort As Seen From Roof Top Of My Mother’s Residence 🙂

The Muddy Path That Leads To Ghat Of Ganges!

The Muddy Path That Leads To Ghat Of Ganges!

That's The Panoramic View Of Chunar Fort From The Ghat Of Ganges At My Mother's Residence!

That’s The Panoramic View Of Chunar Fort From The Ghat Of Ganges At My Mother’s Residence!

That's The Ghat Of Ganges!

That’s The Ghat Of Ganges!

The View Of Ganges And The Fort!

The View Of Ganges And The Fort!

The Usual Activities At Ghats :P

The Usual Activities At Ghats 😛

Jai Ganga Maiyya....May Your Blessing Always Work Wonders In My Life :-)

Jai Ganga Maiyya….May Your Blessing Always Work Wonders In My Life 🙂

Panacea For The Soul!

Panacea For The Soul!

I hope They Do Not Catch Dolphins Found In Ganges!

I hope They Do Not Catch Dolphins Found In Ganges!

The Entrance Of The Lord Shiva Temple Found At This Ghat...A Temple That's Closely Associated With My Childhood...I Used To Sit Here For Hours Alone Or With Other Kids...

The Entrance Of The Lord Shiva Temple Loacted At This Ghat…A Temple That’s Closely Associated With My Childhood…I Used To Sit Here For Hours Alone Or With Other Kids…

The Cute Nandi- The Bull So Dear To Lord Shiva!

The Cute Nandi- The Bull So Dear To Lord Shiva!

My Salutations To Lord Shiva!

My Million Salutations To Lord Shiva!

That's The Way I Also Used To Sit Here At This Temple For Hours!

That’s The Way I Also Used To Sit Here At This Temple For Hours!

Thanks To Lord Shiva That Even Today Also I Found An Opportunity To Sit At The Same Place :-) :-) :-)

Thanks To Lord Shiva That Even Today Also I Found An Opportunity To Sit At The Same Place 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

Meeting The Giants In World Of Writing: My Precious Moments With Ruskin Bond And Gulzar

Ruskin Bond: From His Writings I Learnt The Art Of Writing Simply!

Ruskin Bond: From His Writings I Learnt The Art Of Writing Simply!



The world of writing is marred by strange twists and turns. It’s never easy for a writer, whether established or novice, to keep pace with time in an easy-going manner in world dominated by materialistic principles, which treats nurturing aesthetic pleasures as some sort of waste of time. When selling rose becomes more worthwhile task than to appreciate its scent, it’s quite certain that one would not gain much by falling in love with creative pursuits. I faced extremely tough conditions with humiliating episodes taking place quite frequently, but I always tried not to take them to heart, remembering that great writers of previous eras also received similar treatment. Pain and humiliation do not break a writer ( unless destiny has predestined such a fate) but make him gain more insights, not available to ordinary mortals. The other thing that really kept me going ahead with ease despite huge setbacks was constant support of extremely talented souls, who appeared at various stages of my life as friends and colleagues. Apart from them, I feel really privileged that I also got an opportunity to spent some precious moments with towering figures in world of literature. These very special moments still keep me spirited and cheerful in depressing times even as memories related with those meetings have been clouded by the affairs of time.

I met Ruskin Bond and Gulzar at a time when my bonhomie with the writing world was gaining depth. However, after meeting them, I became certain that being a writer was no crime! I always met people who stupidly asked me( and thereby revealing the actual worth of their grey cells) about my work sphere even as I told them that I write! ” It’s okay that you write but what work you do?” That’s the sort of queries which always chased me. Thank God such queries today neither appear nor they have any relevance left in my life. The sight of Gulzar and Ruskin had left me spellbound, although I had met them separately, but exhibition of feelings remained the same.

I became the fan of Ruskin Bond at the very moment when in one of the boring literature classes of my school, I first came to read his story “The Eyes Have It”. The intensity of emotions expressed in this story fascinated my young heart to great extent. Though my class teacher, the other school mates and the old-fashioned academic standards, compelled me to anticipate the story in a given way, I came to visualize many other things as I read this story. And that’s why I met Ruskin Bond not only as reader but also as a writer! It’s the writings of Ruskin which taught me that how you say is equally important as what you come to say! However, the greatest lesson Ruskin taught me was that great writing is simple writing! Never use bundle of complicated expressions, which make a reader be involved more in picking up a dictionary than being lost in the content of the post! It’s one of the reasons why I avoid reading Arundhati Roy unless I have to sleep early!

The impressions left by Ruskin can also be traced in my being!

The impressions left by Ruskin can also be traced in my being!

Ruskin Bond, the Sahitya Akademi and Padma Shri awards winner, visited Allahabad, circa 2003. He had come here to attend promotional event organised by a leading publisher Rupa & Co. I wasn’t prepared for this meeting, but the moment I heard news of his arrival, I got prepared my manuscript related with my first unpublished anthology- The Petals Of Life.  When I met him, I saw him surrounded by his well-wishers. I waited for my turn, and fortunately when my turn came he had some spare moments. He gave a fabulous smile when I introduced myself as a writer and informed him about my literary pursuits. When I handed him my poems, he seemed to be very pleased by this gesture. He patted my back and asked me to keep writing. Though he was tired but he still obliged me by giving me his autograph at number of places. Our conversations lasted for few minutes but the undercurrents still remain alive. And so I refuse to leave the company of pen!

Gulzar- the Oscar Award winner lyricist-also visited Allahabad, at the invitation of same publisher, during the same period. My meeting with him was once again a hurried affair than a pre-planned affair. When I reached the place where he was about to arrive after couple of hours, I was apprehensive about the meeting. However, call it my luck, despite presence of huge crowd, I created space for my meeting with this amazing man. It was hard for my eyes to acknowledge the fact that maker of landmark movies like Aandhi, Ijaazat, Kitaab, Parichay and Achanak, to name a few, was sitting right before my eyes. Like always, this time, too, he was clad in white kurta-pajama. And like always donned his lips a typical smile, which any Gulzar fan would easily recognize had he/she been noticing photographs of him quite sincerely. To be honest, I had not read enough literature penned by him but I had watched his movies and heard his songs with exceptional zeal and abnormal seriousness. And that’s why his “surrealism” permeated in my writings as well. Anyway, he remained seated in relaxed way. When I informed him about my credentials, his faced remained expressionless yet I noticed that he was pretty conscious! And as I finished saying what I had to say, he gave a very deep look at me. A stare that refused to leave me and became part of my being. I left the space after spending couple of minutes with him but as I came out of that place and headed towards my home these particular lines from this immortal song “Aknhon Mein Humne Aapke” kept appearing and disappearing within mind’s chamber-

              “नज़रे उठाई आपने तो  वक्त रुक गया

               ठहरे हुए पलो में जमाने बिताये है “

         – When you looked at me, the time stopped
         And in those moments I came to live many lives.

Many thanks to these gentlemen who appeared at a very important juncture in my life. I needed some genuine encouragement and their generosity in display of emotions proved to be a tonic for my spirit chased by uncertainties. The uncertainties remain the same but my spirit attained the required evolution and so my writings. And so I am still writing! Pervert critics remain the same and situation remains hopeless like always and yet I am above all these negative concerns. A proof that meeting such enlightened gentlemen did not go in vain.

Gulzar: I still remember that I met you!

Gulzar: I still remember that I met you!

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Excerpts from the story ” The Eyes Have It” :

“I wondered if I would be able to prevent her from discovering that I was blind. Provided I keep to my seat, I thought, it shouldn’t be too difficult.”

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“The man who had entered the compartment broke into my reverie.

‘You must be dissapointed,’ he said. ‘I’m not nearly as attractive a traveling companion as the one who just left.’

‘She was an interesting girl,’ I said. ‘Can you tell me – did she keep her hair long or short?’

‘I don’t remember,’ he said, sounding puzzled. ‘It was her eyes I noticed, not her hair. She had beautiful eyes – but they were of no use to her. She was completely blind. Didn’t you notice?’”

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Song: Ankhon Mein Humne Aapke..

Movie: Thodi Si Bewafai

Singers: Lata and Kishore

Lyricist: Gulzar

Music: Khayyam

Gulzar: That's The Way He Smiles!

Gulzar: That’s The Way He Smiles!

Reference:

Rupa & Co.

Penguin’s List Of Books Written By Ruskin Bond

Poems Of Gulzar-Kavita Kosh

Pics Credit:

Gulzar’s Image

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