Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Time is a measure of Frailty....
When was the last time you had a visit to a temple with bunch of resumes(Wishes and Desires) of Life ?....very recently?....Yeah, obviously and desperately, as our jobs/careers/futures are at the mercy and clemency of corporate Gods. Generally our religious temples are filled with "social resumes"(rituals) consisting of our personal desires like money, fame, jobs, promotions, health, success, solutions etc...... Its a healthy practice too as we will get some psychological backup that at least someone is taking and reading our glitzy, pompous, pontifical, grandiloquent resumes and soon they will be granted and fulfilled by the so called credible-supernatural-occult-powerful GOD. This established procedure of "belief" has been widely practised, routinely, since ages . Many of us call it spirituality . Some may even term it as Morality and Ethics. I call it a stereotyped religious custom. Whoever calls it in whatever manner,it doesn't matter as it is a personal and an emotional perception and moreover it doesn't hurt anyone too.But my Question is why do you need to bribe your trustworthy,authentic and responsible God in the name of Devotion? Does God really need praises and complements in the form of Mantras and slokas to appease him? Is GOD really desperate for milk baths u pour,golden jewellery and rathas u donate, beautiful garlands you present,animals you sacrifice and money shares u offer?. Does GOD solve all our issues/problems only if we treat Him with magniloquent-portentous-stunning rituals and ostentatious ceremonies ? Aren't you humanising GOD by doing so? Yes, of course, its a quite common tendency of human beings to pour favours for anyone who helps us out in our tribulations. But don't we have a better way to show our gratitude towards GOD in whom we trust immensely ??
These questions, which made my evolution process( as an agnostic) much faster, became more intense and acute when i came across an incident, happened with me in the holy pilgrimage of Srisailam in 2006 .On that auspicious day i had participated in abhishekam pooja along with my parents. After performing the pooja, as we stepped outside the temple premises , we were smothered by a pack of beggars for alms. Among them not even a single person deserves to be a beggar. They were stout and sturdy, in fact healthy. They can easily earn for themselves. I saw many of other devotees donating coins to them(Compulsion?). We were reluctant and somehow escaped from their clutch. Then i met a handsome(???) guy, in the above picture, who could hardly move as he was physically challenged . He was displaying some God's photos in his hands. As usual, i thought he approached me for alms and i was about to pick some coins from my pocket to donate him. He said humbly and hopefully "Sir,please buy, 10 photos-5 rupees only......". To my surprise and astonishment he wasn't begging at all, in fact, he was selling those photos. I was totally taken aback by his temperament and attitude towards his Life. For the first time my face sported a new expression which cannot be termed. Though he deserves begging , he is trying to feed himself by earning in a decent way. Is it Determination or compulsion?.His perception of Life made me busy in digging for those highly enriched rare adjectives, which i have never used, to describe his "struggle for existence ".He wasn't complaining against life but adapting to his situation in the best possible way. His humble gesture had suggested many positive things regarding attitude and approach towards one's life.He was responding to Life, he was flowing with Life, but with elegance.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Whatever and whoever rises, has/have to fall, may be its an Universal Law. I strongly believe that though most of the events happen in our life are not in our control but the way we respond to them is. I am crapping this stuff coz one of my two cricket heroes,"KUMBLE" , whom i admire a lot since my childhood, for both his cricketing and personality traits, is now out of the international cricket arena . Anil Kumble is without doubt India's greatest spinner of all time - not only in terms of wickets but also by being a member of the winning team on more occasions than any other bowler in the history of Indian cricket. I could have gone for some adjectival jargon to show off my feelings towards him but the indigestible tough truth, that i can no more see his humble and modest smile whenever his awesome and amazing Googlies kissed the stumps, stops me. He is a true and grace gentleman with sporting attitude. The way he dealt with both success and failure with stoic approach guides me in introspection. I will always remember his killer instinct, the commitment and the dedication he sported when he took Lara wicket in spite of a head injury with a bandage around his head.His passion and thirst for the game is highly commendable. The way he gave himself 100% towards the game and nation shows his spirit as a player. He has reached heights in his career not by defeating his counterparts but by winning on himself day by day.
Friday, October 31, 2008
The pity is, most of the Hindus write against Hindus; Muslims write against Hindus; Christians write against Hindus. Yet, none of the Muslims or Christians write against their own religion. Before going in detail, let me clear a point about my identity . I am a pure Agnostic who neither believes in nor opposes God. I don't follow any religion. For me God is a passionate concept to study. I hate all types of Fundamentalism and Extremism equally whether it is Jihad or Hindutva. I do respect other's sentiments, faiths, beliefs and emotions.What made me to write on such a sensitive topic in my blog is the recent events occuring in our country in the name of religion and the people who are taking the political and social advantage of the situation.
1. The so called responsible media has coined a word called "Saffron Terror" within a week regarding the alleged role of a Hindu sanyasin in a Mosque bomb blast in Malegaon last year September. I am not supporting her but my question is why did the media hasn't coined the word "Green Terror" regarding the jahadi terrorism which is a serious threat to our nation since two decades???.
2. The Communist party of India has asked to ban RSS and BajRangDal.Wow, that is a welcome step. But Comrades, why dont you utter a single word against SIMI??.....Oh! you need votes right???
3. Christians were being attacked in some parts of Karnataka few days ago by Hindu groups and it was well reported in all media. But i do question why the media didnt report the reason behind the attacks??? (Its all about a book "Satya Darshini " against Hinduism .............. read at http://vedaprakash.indiainteracts.com/2008/09/23/the-christians-started-attack-on-hindus-from-mangalore/)
4. Graham Stuart Staines was burnt to death along with his two sons Philip (aged 9) and Timothy (aged 7) while sleeping in his station wagon at his village in Orissa in January 1999 by a Hindu activist . I appreciate the role of media for supporting Staines and i condemn and oppose such heinous acts. What the hell media was doing when Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati (http://www.rediff.com/news/2008/jan/08guest.htm) was brutally murdered by a Christian mob recently which led to violent conflicts in orissa???.
I personally rever both of them equally though.
I am not here to take sides to a particular religion or organisation. Why should there be bias and prejudice in presenting the facts???. Is being a Majority a sin? Doesnt the people of Majority have sentiments , faith, beliefs and emotions?? Is having tolerance our minus point?? Why should numbers define who is right n who is wrong(Vote Bank)?? Why should common man suffer for the sake of political and religious leaders?? Why should an innocent nun get raped for someone else madness?? Why should isms make us to kill each other in the name of religion??
"We have enough religions to divide us but not to unite us....."
Blame every wrong act or person with equal malice and intensity because there is nothing like " Correct Wrongs " .
Friday, October 17, 2008
I Guess this is my first post, with only positiveness and clarity of thought, leaving the satirical isms factor aside. I do have a simple, special, significant, splendid and passionate Wish in my Life that can get fulfilled only once and at one particular time. My Wish may not be a unique one . My Wish is not related to Success and Failure.My Wish has nothing to do with Career and Job. I am glad that My Wish is absolute and original . My Wish makes me to feel like a bird flying with joy and freedom. My Wish keeps pops out of my heart frequently whenever the favorite , sweet, cute, heart-touching process of my listening sense swims and gradually percolates deep into the ocean of Music and thereby relieving me from the shackles and bonds of the current rat-race obsessed Society.
The recent repetition of the above process has been ignited by the song "Neevani Nenani Veruga Lemani .....",rendered marvellously by "Shwetha Pandit", from the movie 'kotha bangaru lokam', has catalysed me to pen some streaming feelings regarding my Wish . This soulful ditty with scrummy flair is by far the best melody i have heard this year.Be it the soothing instrumentation or the captivating chorus or the dulcet lyrics and above all the delightfully enticing vocals of Shwetha Pandit
Friday, October 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
What will you become when you grow up? I think this is absolutely a Universal Question from which no one in this world can escape being posed, irrespective of Religion, Region, Race, Color, Caste, Cultures, Nation, Status and Sex. Now I think all of u went back into ur platinum days of childhood which had pure, innocent, uncorrupted, unpolluted instinctual minds and brains (Have you ever wondered what is the difference between mind and brain?). And I hope u have remembered the “Answers” too. How many of us hadn’t dreamt of becoming a Sachin Tendulkar??..........That’s the beauty of childhood……….Gradually the stage comes where we strongly feel instinctual passion for certain domain and area in which we believe that we can free our energies to attain the stage of self-actualization which has nothing to do with Success and Failure concepts.It may be painting, singing, dancing, playing, writing, reading, exploring,photography, questioning, repairing, driving, gardening, cleaning, thinking, learning, traveling, acting, designing, constructing, coding, service, yoga and more verbs. But most of us don’t become what we exactly want because of societal obligations and family responsibilities.
All we do is mugging up ready made answers to win the rat race of marks scoring. We hardly learn how to Question. We hardly write our own answers. Our educational system is so sick that except making us ready to work us in corporate environment which is robbing our country openly in the name of SEZs, it has nothing to offer regarding moral, civic and social education. Politicians have nothing to do with this because this is the problem of societal mindset. Our destination is US. Our concern is US Market stability and durability. Our heart beats for for US dollar’s strength. How come we can expect a student will take H.E.C group after his tenth standard if society is expecting him to be in US? I think we should pass a law making it compulsory for every student to under go a software course at Ameerpet after his academic completion. Again I have some questions for us. Do we eat an ice-cream of someone’s favorite flavour? Do we watch movie just because someone else wants to? Do we watch cricket because most of us are watching? Do we buy clothes just because shopwaala has suggested? Do u like Rahman just because I admire him? Do we like a colour just because someone else declares it as his best colour? Do we eat biryani because it is our friend’s best dish? Do u read this blog because someone else is reading? ..... I think you don’t…….We are not slaves to others wishes.… We are the Masters of our wishes, our passions, our thoughts, our goals, our decisions.
Then why do we choose careers which are meant for someone’s passions and goals???
We pursue them just because they are lucrative, popular and affluent and of course its not a career for us, it’s a job for us (there is a difference between job an career). Yes, we do have a certain set of standard reasons (Parents, Society and Friends) for choosing so. I don’t understand why should we spend our life (Don’t spend life, live life…) in trying to achieve others goals in the guise of material accumulation. Have you ever wondered how much job satisfaction do we get from our current jobs n virtual/pseudo careers? How many Sundays we have to sleep with the feeling of running away from Mondays? How many Mondays we have to go to office with only hope of next Friday evening? I think soon we will feel this philosophy, "I code and therefore i exist".
I feel that we have always walked an extra mile just to get things done until we discover that we are miles away from everything in Life. Until then the wheels of mechanical life keep rotating to convert us into proverbial Goats. We should not live life like satellites; just revolving around others aims n goals. We are stars in our own way. We don’t want to be anybody but somebody we always wanted to be.
Everyone encourages us to grow up to the point where we can discount our own bad moods. Few encourage us to continue to the point where we can discount society’s bad moods. How can we see the wave, when we are the water?
Hoping for the time to come to free ourselves from “Forced Careers”…..!
Monday, September 1, 2008
Perhaps, this is the most delayed topic i had ever wanted to write about. May be because of my Perception that no one else in this world can get what exactly i perceived in this movie. May be because this is the BEST TOP MOST RATED(10/10) movie till now in my life. May be because of the Reasons which i don't want to disclose , with a doubt that others may not get my reasons in a way they exactly are, rather than in a way they want my reasons to be. Anyways, i had watched this movie in Jagadamba theatre of vizag with a friend .Right from the start to till the end, Amir Khan has proved why he is called as a thinking and intelligent film maker. And who can forget that smart and cute kid who was apt for the role of Ishanth........Now as usual, You may say, ''Mahesh, Chill !!!...... we already know this and had read about this movie and actors umpteenth number of times through different sources ". You may even ask me, "Mahesh, Whats the fuss all about your much hyped words like 'Perception', 'Reasons' , blah blah blah..........". Yeah, you are right again.
But what makes me so much attached and moving in this movie may clear your logic. When the movie finished i went to beach in vizag with burdened feelings and emotions which were first of their kind in my life till that moment.Sipping my favourite coffee and embracing the beauty and serenity of sea waves which signalled their eagerness to share my feelings, i went into a deep, rationalistic and intensified pensive mood which ignited my thought process to a simple , yet significant, Question ...............
..........This lead to some more subordinate questions like 1. What might this so called self-proclaimed perfect society label him for his inability to score marks and ranks?? 2. Which forced career he might be following to compete in the present direction-less rat race ?? 3. How much creativity might have vanished in his imaginations in the process of accumulation of goods of Consumerism and Materialism 4.How much pain and anguish he might have digested to satisfy the societal expectations and peer pressure. 5. How much courage he might be lacking to face the bias and prejudice by his Parents and Friends?? ........... And many similar consequential questions had evolved in my mind leading to another set of Questions...........1. How many people around us in our daily life are facing similar problems?? 2. How many of such people are in desperate search of Aamir khans to empathise with them?? 3. How many people are being humiliated and embarrassed by our technical and affluent superiority complex?? ............. Though i have many questions in my mind, finally i feel one thing .
"Sometimes there are only good Questions, no good answers".
Care, Support, Rapport, Understanding, Humbleness, Compatibility, Empathy, Concern, Modesty, Perception etc etc...........Though everyone knows these words and their impact, we hardly use them for others because we are either egoistic or egotistic, rather we expect others to follow these words for us.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
On August 15 2008, Friday, one more nationalistic ritual called "Independence Day" was being performed (not celebrated) . By the evening we got to see our National Flag in gutters, on roads , in dustbins and at every place where it should not be. We paid respects to our National Flag by watching movies and TV stuff, get-togethers, blah blah blah...... Thank God, its not Sunday or Saturday, else we could have lost one more Holiday. And who the hell want to know what's the essence of it because many of us still don't know the difference between Independence Day and Republic Day. U may say, "Common Mahesh! take easy....... both give Holidays". You are right. Why the hell to bother who is bombing where and why??. Why the hell to bother who hoisted which nation's flag ??(Yes, Pakistan flag has been hoisted in Srinagar on August 15 2008 ). Why the hell to bother when did Hyderabad got Independence?? Why the hell to bother why India has the highest number of Farmer Suicides ?? . Why the hell to bother why Inflation is rising?? Anyways , we have plenty of Politicians to blame for, as we are busy in working for US Outsourced Business to run their economy round the clock. We only bother whenever the rupee value increases against US dollar. Its ironical that being Indians we pray for rupee value decrement .
But someone really bothered about this day . I saw them at traffic signals , knocking the car windows in heavy rain , selling paper flags to fill their stomach. Poverty or Patriotism??...... I saw small kids selling paper flags to the children of so called elite people near schools .Child Labour or Survival??...... I saw them in cafes and fast food joints cleaning the tables and cups but still wearing the pride flag on their shirt pocket. Employment or Struggle??.......... I saw them at midnight cleaning the roads with flagged garments and cleaning the sewerage filled manholes in broad daylight . Compulsion or Determination??......... I saw them asking for monetary help near bus stops. Farmers or Beggars??............. It doesn't matter for them on which week day it comes ,but for them it should come as many times as it can in a year. They may not know Jana Gana Mana, may not know who designed our National Flag, may not recognise Indian map even, but, friends they are working for India. They need Strong rupee value against dollar so that that they can have 2 meals a day, 2 pairs of clothes to exchange . Who is responsible for their misery???............... On August 15, 1947 British left us giving Independence and then we took a great oath by saying, "Its now our turn to loot our own country and people" , and we named it "Independence Day". Earlier we were a colony of British and now of USA. Earlier English ruled us, now India is running on English(including my blog). Where is the independence???.....................By the way , have you ever imagined what Gandhi was doing on that day(August 15, 1947 ). He had neither hoisted the tricolour nor gave pompous speeches , he was in Kolkatta serving the victims of communal riots.
Now, you may ask, " Mahesh, what the hell are you doing then??....Writing Blogs?? ". Yeah , you are right. I did nothing. But I have thoughts and Ideas , just like you, and i am starting in that direction soon.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I think man has invented language to satisfy his urge to complain. Everyone needs a medium to vent their inner stuff. Some do it through friends, through gossip, through sharing, through anger, through smiles, through actions...... i vent my inner stuff through my thought process......but i need a better medium that can reach broader domain..........that may be the reason why u r reading this crap on this self-proclaimed wisdomised blog.............where i dont need to argue, but to discuss, to analyze, to simplify, to communicate............as most of the people in this world are rather happy than to be concerned about the crap happening in my Life.
Coming to the first sentence.......i took some Risks hoping to get better means to reach my ends. The means was like climbing a mountain. I didn't fear the height of the mountain as i thought i had enough support that can catch me ,in case i fell, while climbing the mighty mountain. As Life called the shots in my case, i fell down while reaching the top. To my surprise and shock, i was taken aback to face the fact that there is no one else to catch me down. This emotional pain pricked me more than the physical pain. Again I told myself some tough truths then......
still more Crap to come......
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Every time you Fall, keep Rising.....
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Saturday, July 12, 2008
I have seen failure up close, in different shades and flavours, angles and aspects. Of course, I tasted it. I could sense it's odour. In fact, failure was my best friend and it was suppose to become my shadow with conviction and conscience. Failure had eclipsed me in such a way that there have been so many times in the past that I had wanted to walk away from the hitting, the hurting, the haunting, the hunting and the humiliation. Every sunrise seemed like a sunset. Every event turned into hibernation. Every colour looked black. Every bubble became square. Every statement sounded like a biased and prejudiced criticism. It was so intense that even Rahman sir's melody could not cheer me up.
Life, and my own actions, pushed me into such a tight and strange corner from where there was no place to go. Yeah, I was absolutely cornered. After I reached rock-bottom, the only direction for me was up. I am not sure whether it was a compulsive compulsion or determination. May be it was part of survival existence in the process of evolution. So, I stopped blaming bad luck and bad timing for my actions and actually began facing my fears. I complained against myself. Earlier my finger used to point it's direction towards circumstances, situations, obligations and responsibilities, but now it has rotated it's optimistic pointer towards my abilities and opportunities. I told myself some tough truths then which made me to keep going against odds in my life in search of eternal self-actualization, rather than relative numerical success . It wasn't easy handing those moments those days. Introspective self assessment and analysis, without expectations, along with my enthusiastic passions did yield positive results.
Now, I have totally embraced the fragrance of my failure with elegance and dignity which enabled me to taste a new flavour called self-confidence. The definition, flavour and colour of my success have changed now. The new success has nothing to do with other's opinions, acknowledgment and perceptions. I can hold the sustainable happiness with open arms. I can see brightness and life even in a dry leaf with contentment. May be we need, at least, one opportunity to face the intense, tough, naked truths at high temperatures so that we can mould ourselves to evolve better in tasting the failures. Now, I am enjoying the committed journey in tasting new flavours and sensing new aromatic fragrances. But, still, Failure is one of my best friends for influencing me with it's tough truths and naked fragrances.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Without a lot of money they don't generate a lot of interest.
Don't matter what you call him, he ain't gonna come.