Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Walking Alone

 

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How painful it is when trust is shaken, when we are let down, are not supported by the people we had counted upon! You could say it is wrong to have expectations, and perhaps you are correct. Yet, a child who walks for the first time in the outside world cannot help it. It needs support, or perhaps just security, an assurance that there is someone to hold hand in case it stumbles. But soon it realizes that there was no one. Those it had thought were behind its back, watching carefully its every step, had in fact already walked away long ago.

photo credit: Anne Worner Introspection via photopin (license)

How We Celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi

15107593646_a4ac829ed6_nToday I would narrate the story of my first and only Ganesh Chaturthi festival, in 2003. This festival is not celebrated in the part of the country where I live. In our customs, we celebrate the Ganesh Chaturthi that falls in the Kartik month. So it was out of added curiosity and interest that I accepted the lady’s kind invitation for a community prayer and celebration of the festival. It was indeed a very colourful event as the devotees and participants came from different parts of the country who communicated with each other in Hindi, English and C. I found that the basic essentials of this festival were the same as the one we celebrate in Kartik month, except the immersion part. That means, there was the same story telling, same prayers, and same aarti. Continue reading

बिना थके थूकते रहे

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Photo source: The Times of India

— यदि आप हमसे पूछें तो रसखान जैसा कवि हिन्दी साहित्य में दूसरा कोई नहीं है । – कहकर उसने अपनी गर्दन को कबूतर के जैसे एक ओर घुमाया और सडक पर थूका, फिर अपने विचारों का सारांश बताया –

— लोगों को तो सूर, तुलसी, कबीर और आजकल निराला, दिनकर से आगे कुछ दिखता ही नहीं है । वरना रसखान को तो समझो बस रस की खान । – कहकर उसने फिर से थूका । Continue reading

When Your Post Is Not Delivered

11357671284_3c225b66a3_nI am writing to you after a long gap. A sudden unanticipated inflow of work kept me occupied for the last two weeks. Such unexpected change in work schedule is part of scientific research. The work is not yet finished, but now I am getting used to the extra work. It also means that a lot of routine work has piled up — cleaning, organizing, refreshing social contacts, and yes, getting updated with what is going on in the world. So I sat down and browsed through the large pile of newspapers looking for anything interesting that I might have missed. Continue reading

सोशल नेटवर्किंग साइटों पर तर्क करने से पहले यह विचार करें

28259439186_7ab5169fd5_nयदि सोशल नेटवर्किंग साइटों पर होने वाले तर्कों को देखें तो लगता है कि हम लोगों के पास किसी भी समस्या का समाधान नहीं है । इससे अधिक बुरी बात यह है कि पुराने मुद्दे सुलझते नहीं, और नए मुद्दे आते जाते हैं । मुझे तो यहाँ तक लगता है कि हममें विचार करने की शक्ति का ही अभाव है । बात अनन्त काल तक तर्क करते रहने और किसी भी नतीजे तक न पहुँचने की नहीं है । बात है तर्कों और विचार-विमर्श की गुणवत्ता की । किसी भी मुद्दे पर समाज की प्रतिक्रिया पढकर अब झल्लाहट ही होती है । फिर राजनेताओं और मंत्रियों की भाषा शैली ! ध्यान से देखें तो पाएँगे कि अधिकतर बातों में अथवा टिप्पणी में  कोई संदेश होता ही नहीं है । इस पर प्रश्न उठता है कि यदि हम किसी भी विषय पर तार्किक टिप्पणी ही न कर सकें अथवा दूसरे के तर्क को सुन-समझ ही न सकें तो फिर हमारी 15 वर्षों की शिक्षा का क्या लाभ ? Continue reading

Winds From The Foothills

30021596342_b17bb3c1ee_nI consider myself fortunate to be born and brought up in the yoga capital of the world —  Rishikesh, U.P., now in Uttarakhand — and having spent first 26 years of my life at that beautiful place. In fact, whatever you see in me, whether good or bad, belongs to Rishikesh. Of course, Ahmedabad and Kanpur did provide their valuable contribution in providing further knowledge and experiences, and also honed up my skills. For example, though I had been playing harmonica, performing yoga and making paintings ever since my childhood, it was only in Ahmedabad that I took formal lessons in harmonica, joined yoga classes (ironically!), learnt Bengali and Gujarati from my colleagues and started learning Russian. Living in Ahmedabad was the first time I had lived outside the Hindi culture. At Kanpur, I learnt German and French. However, it was only in Rishikesh that the initial impetus was provided and the spark to pursue lifelong learning was ignited. Continue reading

Best WhatsApp Status

ws1From email to social media to WhatsApp, technology-driven social communication has come a long way and that too in less than three decades. And it is further bound to grow and transform itself. Not only there is transformation in this mode of communication itself, but the basic characteristics of human relationship and communication has also changed. Continue reading