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Do We Matter To India?

1.We,the second sex,who are constantly dictated what to wear,where to go and what time to go back home at?or,

2.We who are unable to pay our taxes because of our impoverished state.We,who are fed poison for food,crushed and crippled by the Bourgeois and don’t even make it to the Police Records.We,who are constantly tormented,pushed and shoved around my people in authority.We,whose lives are taken on a day to day basis as if it is a normal every day event?

3.We who toil,protect and save Our Motherland each day from our enemies,at the borders and within the realms of the territory?

4.We,who diligently pay our taxes and see our money being laundered and stacked away in Swiss(unreachable) Banks?

5.We,who wish to pursue our fields,but we can’t because all our funds are transferred to more ‘popular’ sports?

6.We,who wish to make this country a better place,but we can’t because of our illiterate and criminal record-laden bosses?

7.We,who are treated as foreigners within our own country.

8.We,who are apparently the emblem of innocence are constantly abused,assaulted,manhandled and raped?

9.We,who are divided by our religion,caste,sex,creed,age et cetra.

“Do We Matter To India” was a headline I had come across in The Hindu a few days back,about a Tamilian lady in Sri Lanka asking us Indians this big question,but the bigger question that arose in my mind is,whether we,the current citizens of this country matter to India at all?Are we mere specks of dust in the eyes of this country that ought to be done away with?Because that is exactly how WE feel.The country has become a pandemonium of chaos.

So,the question that arises is,do we matter to India at all?

 

In Today’s World of Brands…

I remember when I was a kid, a relative or a family friend coming from a foreign country was eagerly anticipated. This anxiety to meet the relative/family friend however for us kids (at the least ) was not for our love of them, but the huge Shopping bags they were expected to be ‘loaded’ with. Even a Walmart Barbie kit, would receive the naive first reaction, “Wooooooooow!(yes!with THAT many ‘o’s)this is THE best present ever.” Thus, the ‘Phoran-return’ uncle/aunty/didi/bhaiya became the Gods who would come bearing marvelous presents. And the frenzy never ceased.

Gradually when the 90s heralded Globalization, the local markets with the shops and ‘dukaans’ were now being replaced by ‘stores’ and ’boutiques’.

I STILL remember my first U.C.B. jersey back when I was 11 which my Mom bought for me from the ONLY U.C.B. store in the South Extension market of New Delhi.I was thrilled with joy.My first ‘international’-branded-jersey-bought-from-India.

And then came the era of the magnificent Monuments called the Malls. And I thought the whole ‘Amrrika'(Read:America) walked on its feet and came settled here. And, we became spoilt for choices. Then onwards, the Uncle/Aunty/Didi/Bhaiya lost their hype,and the elevated standard of Gods was reduced to that of N.R.I.s.Yes!the realization sunk in that they are nothing but ‘normal’ human beings,JUST like us.

And now when the every second that passes becomes history, we haven fallen prey to these Brands. Not you?Alright,’I’ blatantly confess I have.Its an addiction, frankly put. And in order to ‘acquire’ all the ‘branded’ stuff, people are maddeningly driving to earn more,to achieve a ‘Status’, to own the ‘It’ car, to live an ‘opulent’ life, to own brands ‘ONLY’.And in this maddening drive to earn and strive and hoard, we forget that the most ‘needed’ Brand is LOVE. No ‘status’ would provide any happiness without sharing it with someone, no ‘It’ car would be fun to drive alone, no brand would please if worn to be out alone.

So, when you sleep today, just notice, what do you yearn more, the ‘It’ bag you’re itching to purchase or a wish ‘good night’ from some one you love?

And no, my love for ‘Brands’ shall never cease to end,I’m just clarifying that my Favorite Label is L.O.V.E.

 

…Till We Stop Trying…

Hello My Lovelies,

Been long eh?Are you still mad at me?Well you ought to be.I had been out of the circuit for quite a long duration.Haven’t I?Will examinations suffice a good excuse?No!you say?Hhmm,in that case,the burden and pressure of results?No to that as well?Well,ill health?Are you melting?Well,I really have not been keeping too well.’Photodermititis’,in humanly terms it is the inflammation of skin due to excessive exposure to the sun.Excessive not so much in my case,exposure yes.And for three weeks,my skin burnt like that of a vampire’s.So,please excuse me?I do solemnly pledge to be more regular.Now that the exam shenanigan is done with,I am absolutely free.Here for you all,24*7.=).

Well,the past two months have been quite trying.The burden of the books and my pea-sized brain are not exactly the perfect match.The torment my poor brain underwent this past two months is unexplainable in words.Because my brain is literally incapable of remembering any word (since it is already overloaded with excessive information).I know,I can go on and on with my rants.Anyhow,getting back to the point,even though these past two months have been quite burdensome,the valuable lesson that is taught was this that:“defeat does not occur,till we succumb to defeat itself”.It is only when we stop pushing ourselves that extra mile that we lose.It is not the moment when we lose,but the moment we stop trying,is where we lose the actual battle in life.

So,even though,for the past two months,you must have noticed me cribbing and ranting(yes!you have been quite supportive,much grateful!),I did not cease the effort.

So,as the day before the dreaded result shall be declared,I just wanted to take out time,and leave a Mantra for all my readers.One that is bound to procure success.

Please pray for me?And that I score well?

Till the next time(quite soon to be precise).

This is N signing out.

Wear Someone Else’s Shoes…

No!Let me clear the air first,this post is not my rant regarding my love and admiration for the lovely Louboutins or Blahniks.=P.(If someone is generously lending,then I am the first in the queue!)

On a much more serious note,from now onwards I shall try and analyze the most of life’s routine from every OTHER person’s angle.

I am a keen observer and when I travel alone it is a true bliss,for I not only glimpse Delhi with its myriads of layers but also the nonchalant working of the social classes.

The one that mostly seems to amaze me is the heart of Delhi,Connaught Place(this is one destination I usually visit alone a lot).Why so?Every individual that passes you,or a couple or a group has a story to tell.From the drugged vagrant lying about on Outer Circle or the V.I.P. in his S-Class,the new-gen.school kids,a to a 9-5 office goer.Every individual has a story to tell.

We,the ‘blessed ones’ begin and end our day with rants and cribbing over ‘trivial matters’.So,I decided,if not everyday and every time,I shall at least make the effort to perceive the state of affairs from the other person’s angle.
Will you?

P.S.:Pardon the apparent stream of conscious write-up.Like I have mentioned before,the studying has taken a serious toll on me.

United We Stand

What amazes me about India is its invincible strength to stand together.

It is a general opinion amongst the masses that only Cricket unites the nation and no such affair can ever fill its shoes.This last decade however,India decided to prove that ours is essentially still a democracy and no one challenge it.Neither the Government of India nor the Judiciary.

The notorious murder cases of the 90s including the Jessica Lal Murder case,the Priyadarshani Mattoo case and even the S.S.P.Rathore case,whose judgements were were not accepted by the Aam Aadmi,were proclaimed in order to change the unacceptable judgement.The 22nd century heralded an era where the Aam Aadmi decided not to sit back and suffer beneath the Mighty Autocrats in the guise of Beaurocrats,Government Officials and even the Plutocrats.The Aam Aadmi since the day of the Independence has been constantly tested and when He was saturated of the angst,He decided to simply remind these Autocrats their function in the system.

Anna Hazare is just another Aam Aadmi who wants India to be rid of the Corruption that has erupted recently.Whether or not his methods ought to be accepted is a personal stance that we are permitted to take.What is essentially more significant however is the cause he is supporting.It not only displays one man’s fight against Corruption,it exhibits India as a collective identity beyond the diversity that is usually under scrutiny,and its strength and capacity to stand together for a cause beyond Cricket.

I firmly believe that the political parties should change their political agenda ’cause We Stand United and diversity can’t break us anymore.

 

P.O.A.

Good morning to all my lovely readers,

The first week of April has just begun,and well frankly,I have been procrastinating to a point that even ‘I’ am annoyed by my abject compliance to procrastination.

So,before I began writing this post,I chalked out a Plan of Action for this week.I mean,I can’t expect miraculous changes,but yes,week by week progress implies that my resolutions for this year are at play.

So,cross your fingers,I have an agenda to achieve.

I hope you have not given up on your Resolutions or yourself anymore.If you have,well,better late than never.=).

Till tomorrow,have a fruitful day ahead.

 

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