India at Crossroads

The world suggests that India is all set to take on a leadership role. Our leaders take great pride in the thought process.

Yet, India seems to be located at a very interesting crossroads which will surely decide the fate of not only India but the entire world in times to come.

If we look at the way development has and is taking place all over, is primarily on the basis of a constant quest of:

Making our lives more comfortable,

Aimed at satisfying our materialistic needs,

Justified in the name of creating a positive impact on the society.

How long it can go like this is one question, I ponder upon?

How long can we keep acting ignorant of the destruction that we are bringing in the name of development?

How long can we let our youth get depressed and commit suicide in the name of wanting to be successful based on the benchmarks referred to by the society?

Well, the modern and the medieval history that we all read about India in the school books is about:

They came. They conquered. They exploited. We fought and finally got freedom. Now, we roam aimlessly waiting again to be supported or conquered by some external force or entity. 

When would we get over with a defeatist mentality?

The same Indians when we go abroad seem to strike gold more often than not.

Ever wondered why?

Is it the opportunities?

Is it the conducive environment bereft of the crab mentality which seems to pervade in the country, be it the political quarters or the regional forces?

Could be none and all inclusive.

Crossroads

What keeps us going is possibly an inherent nature, which is:

Resilient,

Confident,

Intelligent,

and

over and above,

Spiritual, which guides us in the very manner we go about leading our lives.

Be it the influence of Yoga and the very manner in which we breathe,

Be it the influence of the Gods who occupy every nook and corner of this country,

Be it the care and respect we have for our elders,

or

Be it the Karma and Dharma, concepts which we seem to fall back upon every now and then whenever in doubt,

With such basic ingredients,

Don’t you think it’s high time for us Indians to start acting as the torch bearer to the entire World?

Bereft of any rigidity,

or

Bereft of any hateful tendency,

and

Inclusive of sensitivity,

Inclusive of sensible actions,

or

Inclusive of the very ingredients which make us all human,

The only question being,

Can we become open to the very possibility and start discussing things in the open without any fear or insecurity?

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डर और धुंआ

हर रोज़ की तरह आज भी मैंने दिव्य वाहन Uber में ऑफिस जाने का प्रण लेते हुए ऐप पे गाड़ी बुक कर ही ली.

ना जानते हुए कि ये सफर आज मुझे अपने बारे में एक नए पहलू से अवगत कराएगा.

थोड़ी देर बाद एक घनी दाढ़ी वाले भाई साहब स्विफ्ट डिज़ायर में प्रकट हुए, मानो एनवायरनमेंट चेंज को रोकने का सारा ज़िम्मा अपने चेहरे पे जंगल रुपी दाढ़ी उगाते हुए इन्ही ने लिया हो.

मुस्कुराते हुए गुड मॉर्निंग हुई और राइट स्वाइप कर उन्होंने ट्रिप चालू कर दी. मैं रोज़ की तरह दीन दुनिया को भूल न्यूसपेपर पढ़ने में जुट गया, मानो सिविल सर्विसेज का एग्जाम आज क्लियर कर के ही मानूंगा.

कुछ क्षण चल ड्राइवर साहब ने पीछे देखा और बोले:                                                                                    “सर थोड़ा सा लगी है, क्या मैं गाड़ी रोक कर हल्का हो लूँ“.

मैंने बिना कुछ सोचे उनके हालात को समझते हुए रज़ामंदी दे दी.

जैसे ही वो नीचे उतरे मेरा ध्यान सुनसान सड़क पे खड़ी हमारी गाड़ी पे गया जहाँ दूर दूर तक किसी प्राणी का कोई भी नामोनिशान ना था.

दिल में अचानक बुरे ख्यालों ने दस्तक दी, और कश्मीर में गाड़ियों में हो रहे धमाकों की छवि आँखों के समक्ष प्रकट हो गयी. ये शायद ज्यादा न्यूसपेपर पढ़ने का असर था.

पीछे मुड़ के देखा तो दाढ़ी वाले ड्राइवर साहब मानो दो कोस दूर जा चुके थे.

काउंटडाउन शुरू हो चुका था. जल्दी से न्यूसपेपर को बगल में रख गाड़ी से फरार होने का मैंने निर्णय ले लिया.

जैसे ही मैंने अपने दरवाज़ा को खोला और उतरना चाहा, तभी एक आवाज़ से मेरी रूह काँप उठी:                    “सॉरी सर, रुकने के लिए. क्या करूँ आगे कोई जगह नहीं मिलती“.

यह बोल ड्राइवर साहब गाड़ी में बैठे और खुद को पायलट और गाड़ी को हवाई जहाज़ बना कर वहां से उड़ चले.

ऑफिस पहुंच मैंने उन्हें थैंक यू बोला और गाड़ी से नीचे उतर गया.

Introducing Shukka

दिल अभी भी कुछ ज्यादा ही धड़क रहा था. मन बोला अब तो फ़िक्र को धुएं में उड़ाना बनता है.

एक सिगरेट शॉप पे पहुंच जैसे ही सुट्टा मांगने वाला था, तभी उस कश्मकश के परदे को समझ भूज ने फाड़ते हुए एक सवाल पूछ लिया:                                                                                                                    “#Sutta4G जो करते रहते हो, उसका क्या?

तब जाना, कभी कभी आपकी समझदारी आपको शर्म से पानी पानी होने पे मजबूर कर देती है.
भाई साहब, बाद में आता हूँ“, बोल मैं ऑफिस की ओर बढ़ गया.

चलते चलते समझ ने हस्ते हुए और मरहम लगाते हुए बोला:                                                                          “इस सुट्टे के पैसे से आज किसी गरीब को खाना खिला देना“.

ये सुन मेरा मन फिर एक निश्चय रुपी हर्ष से भर उठा और बोला:                                                              “Break the Habit. Do Good. #Sutta4G

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The Unsung Intelligence!

How many times have you heard statements such as these: “are tum karti hi kya ho? mujhse poochon mujhe kya kya karna padta hai office mein.”

A very common monologue that you might have heard the men in our society iterate this to their better halves at every chance they get to demonstrate their superiority (at least this is the case for the majority of the families in India, I am not referring to the modern lot here, who might have been able to get rid of the monkey off their backs, explicitly if not implicitly).

Somehow, the paternalisitc society that we all live in tend to make the women in their respective families look very small, ignoring completely the significant contribution they have to make towards their families’ growth, in turn enhacing the well being of the family.

As a result, the women in our society tend to have a distorted self-image which in turn have a bearing on their confidence and personality.

As far as playing their respective part and role in a relationship is concerned, this is beyond doubt that they tend to give in much more than what their male counterpart has to offer.

Still, they don’t end up getting their due share of respect and appreciation that they so deserve. For those guys who think just the above, let me tell you that your conception about the value that your better half might be adding to your life is totally distorted.

From getting up in the morning and taking care of all the chores to making sure that everything gets done on time for you is not so simple as it might look to you. Those men who have had the opportunity to do all this for just a day would completely want to agree with me about the enormity of the task that I am talking about.

In all senses of the word, the women are the real managers of our country and society. If it was not for them doing the things that they do, we men would not be so happily doing our stuff.

And all this feat is unachievable without a competent and a proportionate level of intelligence. What ever you might want to call it, practical intelligence etc., women are truly very very intelligent human beings and they deserve a big applause for what and who they are.

Here is saluting the women in our lives who make us what we are. Three Cheers to Women!

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