Sunday, February 19, 2006

Bajrang bali ki Jai

“Ram dhoot atulith bal dhama
Anjani putr Pavan sut namah”

He is no stranger to any Indian child. Stories of his bravery and devotion, told in many languages all over India, leaves an impression in many as a symbol of strength. I particularly was fond of episodes where he destroys the entire lanka and extends his tail to trouble the ministers in the court room of Ravana :) I felt a deja vu watching 'Hanuman' to see the images I pictured in my childhood about him on the screen. I bet I am not the only one who would feel so; it is a very well narrated desi animation, and the melodious compositions by Tapas just enhanced the experience :)
Now while we are at it, I also came across these NASA pictures of suspected Varadhi recently. Though I cannot vouch for the validity of this information, they sure are very interesting findings. Check more details at RENSE.

WASHINGTON (PTI) -- The NASA Shuttle has imaged a mysterious ancient bridge between India and Sri Lanka, as mentioned in the Ramayana. The evidence, say experts matter-of-factly, is in the Digital Image Collection.

The recently discovered bridge, currently named as Adam's Bridge and made of a chain of shoals, 30 km long, in the Palk Straits between India and Sri Lanka, reveals a mystery behind it.

The bridge's unique curvature and composition by age reveals that it is man-made. Legend as well as Archeological studies reveal that the first signs of human inhabitants in Sri Lanka date back to the primitive age, about 1,750,000 years ago and the bridge’s age are also almost equivalent.

What else can we say but Jai ho Hanuman-jhi! :)

Monday, February 13, 2006

Mushy-Mushy Lovey-Dovey....

Wish ye’ all a very Happy Valentines day! :) For all those Valentines out there, kiss your wallets a sweet goodbye and for those who don’t get what all this is about, wait on till your heart skips a beat ;)
Yeah I admit I am one of those second kinds until few years who thought if De Beers decided the preciousness of diamonds, Hallmark invented the Valentine’s day…While I still hold onto that thought, I should admit I am realizing to experience the whole ga-ga about this day…the real deal is not in the day, nor in those parties, but its just a feeling shared by two hearts, even if separated miles apart :)

Yes, my first is on the other side of the world waiting to just hear me say how much I am still in Love, even after staying for 5 years in separate continents, I should add :) My second and now my better half and my lucky Valentine for the past two years is few hundred miles away, walking in the Seattle rain, humming “Akele… Akele” (or should I be singing that for him)
Oh well, the point is the two I loved the most in my life though are physically away from me, still stay so close to my heart today that I could just smell the freshness of my love for them, as fresh as the beautiful red roses that I just received from my Valentine :) So, it doesnt matter who you are, whom you love, where your love is, you just need to take that one step forward to make their day, a memorable one...what say? ;)

I wish you all again a very beautiful day filled with love and compassion! :)

PS: my first, btw is my best friend, my precious sister in India ;)

Monday, February 06, 2006

My Perfect Love!

Yes, Yes it is time for my new post and I tell you, this is by far the longest post here, so read at ease...Bindas Bay got tagged recently(Courtesy: Alive 'n Confused) My perfect love, I thought for a while, and with a bulb on my head and singing ‘rubaroo…rubaroo’ here is the list of things that can turn me on or spin my head twice to check out the person:

  • Sense of Humor – as wild as DJ’s (Arey yaar, apna Diljeeth…), capable of turning even serious issues into humorous light hearted tunes.
  • Attitude – as stubborn and opinionated as Karan with a tinge of style and rakish behavior.
  • A great Friend – as loving and selflessly sacrificing as Sukhi.
  • A true lover - as affectionate, warm and courageous as Sonia
  • Visionary – as focused and dedicated as Sue.

I am sure you would have by now guessed what I am talking about, the one thing I found common in all these characters from RDB is the fire in their belly to do something for the society. Then I thought to myself, what good is a perfect lover who can just love me deeply and bear all my naatak but doesn’t have an understanding of the big picture, an understanding of his existence. What good it is if I belong to a family which is labeled under the ‘owner’s pride-neighbor’s envy’ category by the society, but which hardly looks out of its four walls?

Then it dawned upon me that I and other I like beings constitute my family and such families together constitute the so called society. I felt silly for having blamed my family or society for my laziness. So, I though if I can change myself and make even a small difference for my people and my country, then my family might do the same and then my society and thus my country! So, how come we are stuck asking “Akele se kya hoga?”[what can just one do?]. No one other than us knows better in this world, how to fight for freedom, how to fight against any evil…

If the 'evil' has turned India’s pledge as the following:

“India is my country [So I want a piece of it] and all Indians are my brothers and sisters [So I own them]. I love my country and I am proud of its rich and varied heritage. [So, I will ‘share’ this with rest of the world in exchange of filling few bank accounts] I shall always strive to be worthy of it. [Of course, worthy enough to put it in the market] I shall give respect to my parents, teachers and elders and treat everyone with courtesy. To my country and my people, I pledge my devotion. In their well being and prosperity alone, lies my happiness.”[…of course my happiness lies in my prosperity!]

Let us redefine our pledge and imprint it in our hearts to make any and every possible contribution to this land, our land of varied heritage. It is our responsibility to protect it, raise it to new heights and lead India towards success. Together we shall pledge ourselves as one united nation, regardless of language, race or religion. Together we pledge to build a nation based on equality and we will march in new spirits to achieve progress for our India.

“Khoon jo ab na khuala…woh khoon nahee pani hai
Jo desh ke kaam na aaye…bekaar woh jawani hai” [Quote from RDB]

If there is any nation that can be proud of its DNA, it should be us. It is undoubtedly an accepted truth today that India produces some of the world's smartest youngsters. Let us use at least half of our abilities to zoom India into a bright future. If you are still thinking, “haa woh sub theek hai, par Iss Desh ka kuch nahee ho saktha!” [Nothing can happen to this country] May be you will never get the point.

If I take this pledge today and at least help 5 kids per year in Education, and even if 1% of India takes up this initiative, it won’t be long before we eradicate the most pestiferous problem which will indirectly solve many other contagious issues like AIDS, electing worthless politicians, and so on. I bet you are well aware of the math and consequences, so when we agree that every drop counts, what are we waiting for?

I take this pledge today and will work towards the initiative of education in India. I will be posting my activities towards this and other initiatives on “DESI”. Yes, DESI will be an open forum for all of us to share our stories, bring more initiatives/ problem areas into light and work towards improving our nation. If you wish to be a part of this join your hands with me today and let us make a better India together. We deserve it! :)

More details on ‘Develop Evolutionarily Successful India’ – coming soon!

PS: I am sorry Alive n confused to have deviated from the tag topic but hope I am forgiven! :)