Sunday, July 29, 2007

फिर भी दिल है हिंदुस्तानी

बहुत समय के पश्चात भार्तिये क्रिकेट टीम ने हमारे देश के बहार कुछ अच प्रदर्शन किया है । इसी विषय में कल हमारी क्रिकेट तें ने पत्रकारो कि एक सभा बुलाई थी .... जिसे अन्ग्रेसी बाशा में प्रेस कोन्फेरेंस कहते हैं । इस सभा में भारिये एवं हमारे ऊपर पूर्व राज करने वाले देश इंग्लैंड के पत्रकार आये थे । इस अवसर पर हमारे सलामी बल्लेबाज़ वे हिंदी कोस्मभोदिथ लक्ष्मण ने इन पत्रकारो को स्म्भोदिथ किया ।

वे हिंदी में पत्रक्रो को सम्भोदिथ कर रहे थे । इस पर कई विदेशी पत्रकार उनकी इस बाशा के प्रयोग से कुश नही हुए और इससे पहले की वे अपना उत्तर समाप्त करे वे उनकी मेज़ से अपने यन्त्र उठा कर चलते बने ।
मैंने सोचा ऐसा क्यों हुआ । क्या यह इसलिये हुआ कि एक भार्तिये ने अपनी मत्रबषा का प्रयोग किया । तो फिर जब यह फिरंगी आकर अपनी भाषा हमारे ऊपर थोपते हैं तो हम उनकी वाह वाह करते हैं । हममे बचपन से सिखाया जता है अतिथि देवोभावा ..... जिसके मतलब है कि एक अतिथि भगवन समान होता है । परुन्तु इसका अर्थ यह तो नही कि हम चुप बिठेंगे जब कोई हमारी मातृभाषा कि इस प्रकार से बेअज़ात्ती करेगा । हिंदी एक वैज्ञानिक भाषा है ..... जिसमें जिस प्रकार बोलते हैं उससी प्रकार लिखते हैं । यह एक भार्तिये होने कि पहचान है और मुझे इस बात पर गर्व है कि हमारी भाषा विश्व कि सबसे पुराणी भाषाओं में से एक है । आप लोगो ने कभी किसी रूसी या फ़्रांस के नाग्रिग को अंग्रेजी में वार्तालाप करते हुए सुना है ........ नही । वे उसी प्रकार अपनी मातृभाषा में वार्तालाप करते हैं जिस प्रकार अम्रेकन या अँगरेज़ अंग्रेजी में बात करते हैं । तो फिर हममे किस बात से शर्म है । हम उन लोगो से ज़्यादा आमिर हैं अब । हमारी फोजें उनसे ज़्यादा शक्तिमान हैं । हमारें इंजीनियर , वैज्ञानिक , डाक्टर उन सब देशो से उच् स्तर के हैं । हम किसी प्रकार से उनसे पीछे नही । तो फिर हम उन गोरी चमडी के गुमान को क्यों बढ़ाते हैं । हम लोग क्यों उनके जैसा बन्न्ना चाहते हैं ?

मैं एक भातिये हु । हिंदी मेरी राष्ट्रभाषा है । जन गन मन मेरा राष्ट्रीय गीत है । शेर मेरा राष्ट्रिये पशु है । मेरा देश विश्व का सात्व सबसे बड़ा देश है । मेरे देश ने आजतक किसी और देश पे आक्रमंद नही किया । मैं उस देश का वासी हु जहाँ सबसे पहले मानव ने सभ्यता का मतलब सीखा था । जहाँ पर बुध और नानक ने शांति का पाठ पढाया था । जहाँ रिग वेध के रुप में सबसे पहला ग्रंथ लिखा गया था । जहाँ सों करोड लोग जो कि एक दुसरे से ब्भिं भीं प्रकार से अलग है सुख एवं सम्रिधि से रहते है । मुझे इन बातों का गर्व है और हिंदी मेरी मातृभाषा है जिसका मुझे गुमान है ।

जय हिंद

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Main peeke talli ho gaya

Well the recent news doing the rounds is that of Kiran Bedi ( India's first woman IPS officer ) being super seeded and the post of Delhi's Police commissioner being given to her junior . She alleged that it was because she was not a part of the " Social Drinking Circle " ( apart from the gender bias and bureaucrats not wanting to deal with a woman ..... but i already wrote about the issue in one of my previous posts ...) . So now about the drinking . I don't drink ... and so do many of my friends from my group ( leaving apart our very dear choos and punter ) . But yes some of my friends who are social drinkers also ( Puneet , Mohammed , Aneesh ) ..... we have never been pressurized to drink ( which i like ) . I don't know what pushes people to drink ( i am not discussing pros or cons of drinking ) But just out of curiosity ..... is it .....

1. to look cool (maybe )
2. to fit in ( probably but considering our group to fit in you should be an appy drinker not a vodka drinker)
3. to cope up with stress ( as a friend doing mbbs said thats why they drink )
4. Because it tastes good ( a frank reply given by gogo)
5.

well these are all what i could think of ... left the 5 one blank cuz i know that this is not the full list and there will be additions . But seriously what would i do if ever i am faced with such a condition . I mean yes i want to rise in the corporate ladder fast ..... i want to be " in the club " .... but still i want to regard the two promises i made to my parents before leaving home one of which was never to smoke or drink . Would i give in to the temptation/pressure ? or would i let go off my career ?
Right now what i feel is that i will not drink . I mean my father is a teetotaller and i don't think it has affected his career in any way . But who knows ???
Thinking about this there was an article in DNA about sexual exploitation which happens in the corporate offices these days and there were some anonymous experiences about people of how it happened . What happened when the tried to resist .... But sadly no experience about how to resist . I mean this problem ( according to normal notion ) is faced by women ...but according to recent reports people believe in gender equality . For people us ( considering most of the people who read my blog are college students ) who will be entering the corporate world soon .... how do you tackle such problems ??? especially when you are at the bottom of the ladder .....


Drinking , exploitation .......... it sure looks a dark world out there ...... i wanna enjoy this year with my friends fully .... 5 sem beckons .....

Friday, July 27, 2007

Vela = ME

well looking at the past few posts on my blog ... they have been very serious and make me look like a social activist ...But in reality i am a college kid with a net connection and some thoughts . So i thought why not write a Lite post . Thinking about it ..... why not write about what i do ... well so here is the list of some things i do ....


In College

1. I sleep for 6-8 hours
2. I watch movies, sitcoms , funny videos , music videos .......
3. i attend meetings ..... clubs , departments etc....
4. sometimes i get bouts of seriousness when i feel like studying...
5. I party with friends
6. I blog
7. I have vela night outs with friends
8. I have serious discussions with friends
9. i go to beaches , trek on weekends
10 . we have appy sessions where we remember our incomplete stories ...


At Home ( apart from meeting my parents and staying with them )

1. I sleep for 16 -18 hours
2. I Eat
3. i watch tv
4 . I Eat
5 . i go to landmark and read a book without buying it
6. I Eat
7. I Sleep
8. I Eat
9. I Sleep
10. I Eat

well thats pretty much it ..... it is not an interesting post ... don't bother ... but what the hell it is for me ....

Monday, July 23, 2007

Putravati Bhav

Every year about ONE MILLION girls die in India ....... due to female infanticide. Most cannot even see the world from their eyes because they die when they are in their mother's protective care and some who do ....... die because they did not fulfill the family wishes . We are the second largest population the world , the seventh largest country in the world , on the verge of becoming a super power ....... but still we have a skewed sex ratio of 1000 boys to 927 girls .

In our history we have given importance to women . We pray to durga Mata , Saraswati Mata is goddess of knowledge , Laxmi Mata is the goddess of wealth ....... but still we kill small girl child as if she is a disgrace...... still people bless with putravati bhav . People go to cocktail parties.... give speeches about empowerment of women , how women are equal to men and then the same people drive their cars to the hospitals to abort the girl child .....

India has banned ultrasonic sex determination in 2002 and so people could not determine the sex of the child before it was born , but this did not stop people .... they invented ways in which they could plant the embryo of their own choice .... and thus technically didnot kill the child . But how right is this ? Why should one meddle with the basic reproductive process which was made to ensure equality of both the sexes ?

In ancient times women and men were equal in stature . But then due to wars of the tribes , physically strong man gained prominence and since he wrote all the scriptures ..... he established his so called superiority .... but now in the age of information ....... women are equal to men . We find practices like purdah are cruel , but then why do we feel that women are weaker ?

The society has to get this change in thinking .... we should change our mindset .... we should accept the girl as a boy . For the uneducated masses of the country .... government should organise programs telling them how a child is born and how its sex is chosen in biological process . Incentives should be given by the government for the people who have girl child . For the educated , rich ... well all i have to say that their conscience should be awakened .

we call women the fairer sex . We call our country matrabhoomi , we call our language matrabhasha ..... we place the girl so high in our culture ...... let this girl have a chance to live ......






This post was inspired by two factors firstly a conversation i had with my school friend Gurveen a few days back and secondly due to a talk show i saw on TV today.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The confused Desi

Well today since i was alone for most of the earlier part of the day ... i decided to go and check out Landmark ( a book store near my house ).As expected it was abuzz with the most awaited book - Harry Potter and the deathly hallows . There were people booking books , children buying franchise ..... the store looked like a miny Hoghwarts - it was nice !!!.

So while strolling i happened to pass by a section in which Amar Chitra Katha comics were kept . I remembered my early childhood days and the fun i had reading them . Stories about kings , mythology, freedom movement etc etc .... surprisingly there were no kids in this section .... ( only some people like me who wanted to kill time ).

And i thought why even after having 5000 years of rich ancient history , mythology our kids have chosen a phirangi wizard as their icon . If you see closely even the indian mythology has magic , sorcerers etc .... we have our own LOTR's and our Own harry potter's but still we want to go out and read that westernized concept .

I still remember i was in 9th and had forced my mom to take me to the LOTR movie . After the movie she had come out .... while i was in awe she remarked " what is so special abt it ... it is after all like the chandamama which we used to read " . I had laughed the comment off that time , but thinking now it perfectly makes sence - Devta (elfs ), Manus ( humans ) , Bhagvan (Wizard ) ..... we had it all but we wanted a book to be written about it with the "cool " things which would be a "style statement " to read .

In one of my earlier posts me and Akash bhaiya are having a discussion (in comments ) about why we are not proud of what we have ? Why do we want to plagarize the west ? Why can't Hanuman be Aragon ? Why can't Arjun be legolas ? Why do we have to be confused desi's ?

right now i don't know . what i do know is after 3 days when hp releases i would be one of the first in the line to pick it up .......... but why would the same be not possible for a Ramayan or a Mahabharat

Monday, July 16, 2007

A new beginning

Well today was the 50th day of my PS The mighty PS1 program finally came to an end . So why is the title " A new beginning " well as my friend angad (gillu) says ..... " A thing never ends , a new one always begins ".
gogo (vivek ) , Armaan , tharki (abhishek ), Arpit , Lokesh



Well today i have been overcome by nostalgia . Our first day at PS .... the first time i actually interacted with GOGO (vivek ) (though we had been living in the same campus for past 2 years ). How we reached early ... sat at the reception for 1 hour with no clue , where to go and then finally meeting the wonderful Pilani guys.

Getting fired everyday by our company coordinator with his famous " that is " . There is a strong theory behind it . He never uses a full stop ..... " You are coming from BITS thatis"......... " You won't go on the ship deck that is " ....... " Bada boss will give me bamboo thatis " ....... " Bitsians ... useless people thatis " ...... " you understand me that is " . There were moments when he would be scolding us and we were trying to stop our laughter just by shear fun of counting the number of "that is " in the sentence .

Going on that long walk of 2 km to catch the bus on zari . How neha couldnot keep up and how she never complained . Finally writing a blog about her agony and i giving her ... her chance to reedem her highway wishlist by walking exactly one step behind so she can overtake me.

Me, Raghav and Mani

How Lokesh and gogo would reming us of romantic song of raj kapoor by sharing one broken umbrella and walking like two lovers trying to get close ( HAHAHAHA). How tharki ( abhishek ) used to tease Mani everyday . How Raghav used to taunt Mani by .." Tu dilli ka sardar hai .... Punjab se nahi ho sakta " .

How we used to go abhiksha for lunch and when to some it became too expensive they shifted to rs 1.50 gsl lunch and others like me to kamath canteen . Pralav's and mine economy sharing ... not to spend more than rs 20 on lunch . The day when tharki decided to drink and gogo comes and said his famous line " Khana kisko hai ... peene ka lao " all of us non drinkers died laughing so much so that they tht we had taken the drink .


The day when we got the conference room .... how awed we were . It was actually better than the office of the CMD . How we got those bouts of seriousness in that conference room which soon fizzld out . We ended up either listening to Mani's i-pod or playing some stupid game.

The day ship was launched .... how proud we were ... the feeling of being an Indian . That thing about sweet pockets . That final amazement " Ship bahut jaldi chali gayi yaar .

Those trips which we used to go to directly from PS . The trek on bogmalo ... where while looking at sunset from the top of the hill tharki actually got a bit senti and said " yaar .... those explorers were so great na ... they took there ships to the horizon knowing it would fall down behind it " ... we all were so surprised ... started laughing only after 5 minutes to his statement .
Or the trek on holant beach .. when the storm was about to come and the way was so narrow that one mistake ad you would go down 50 feet . The final trip to Japanese gardens with Raghav , Mani and pralav ..... the fun we had .
Pralav , Lokesh , Neha , Mani

Those quizzez where we used to laugh after answering the questions . Those gd's where i used to be the blabber mouth and a complete chaos reigned .Those games of Atlas .. Those seminars .. where everybody used to sleep ... that walking in the rain everyday , getting drenched till our undies . That diary writing .... those stupid anxiety of seeing who will be the topper .Our maam who was most supportive ... never shouted at us no matter how grave mistakes we made . God i am gonna miss all of these . gonna miss all the people from pilani with whom i shared some wonderful moments ..... gonna miss each and every moment of those 50 days at goa ....

Leaving them today after 50 wonderful days is a bit painful . We had grown a bit close ... and i had forgotten my policy of not getting close to people . But this pain is also sweet ... cuz in it are sweet memories ... so thanks guys for proving me wrong . Thinking about leaving frnds .... i don't know what would happen when i leave BITS and my wonderful friends . So bhai log ( sorry don't have any close female friend ) this year wud be our last year together ..... so full time masti karni hai . I have met a lott of people from my stay in 7 schools and 2 colleges ( 2 weeks at NIT do count ) and have learned a lott from my friends with whom i have made new beginnings .... so cheers to you all .... this post is dedicated to ALL my friends .

but what the hell today our PS has ended . Tomorrow 10 of us would head in different directions for our homes and some of us may not ever see each other again . But whatever it is these memories would remain .

best of luck guys .........

Friday, July 13, 2007

India's tryst with भारत

Just take a look around you . Sitting in front of your computer , listening to music , reading my blog , you have your cell phone by your side an mp3 player on the other .You step out of your house , step in your car go to the mall , stroll in the hep market place and spend hundreds in a day . And why shouldn't you do it , we are one of the richest economies in the world , the rate the growth is second in the world and everyday there is a new multinational opening. India is shining isn't it .You bet it is ...... and we all are feeling it .

But not far from where you are sitting and there is a भारत , who doesn't understand this India in which you are sitting in . Here a farmer has to worry where his next meal will come from . Everyday there is a suicide . A woman has to walk nearly naked on the streets to protest against the harassment by her in-laws for bearing a girl child . A भारत where man has to fight so that his land is not forcibly taken away . A भारत where a man has to show his cast not his potential to get a job. A भारत where man is still pulling man. A भारत where still getting primary education is still a challenge . A भारत where there are villages where a single light has not glown ever and where a woman has to walk 25 kilometers to get access to drinking water.

And what has all this led to ......a mistrust between the have and have not's . The rise of neo liberals, naxalites who don't trust the system and want to take it up in there hands. The rise of corrupt politicians because looking at the system the people who should be in politics don't join it . A caste system which has still not ended ..... so much so that now there will be more reservation on the basis of what ....... CASTE ( BITS ... rox in this sense ... no reservation .. whatsoever ). Increase in the number of dowry deaths . A skewed boy to girl ratio of 1000 is to 927 . A gap which sadly is winding between the two siblings.

The Indian economy is surely booming . But it is not a structured boom like China . There are no fixed policies or structures who are marking this . It is like a bubble which is increasing . All this due to the fact the some places have seen accelerated growth .....but this growth has remained till the periphery of that area. It has not penetrated to that heartland of भारत . And if correct steps are not taken then soon this divide might burst the bubble under whose shell you are enjoying .

It is time INDIA has its tryst with भारत .........

Thursday, July 12, 2007

The forgotten desires


Well today the evaluation components of PS got finished ( almost !!!) .... had a little fever due to the roller coaster last week . So after taking rest decided give my self some time and went to VGH for looking at the sunset and pondering over my life . The campus dogs have a certain affinity to me .Wherever i go they parade after me ... providing some sorta .. guard (at least that what i think ).And so while pondering over my life ... my eye falls on this dog eating grass !!!( yes a dog eating grass ) and i thought the same thing what you are thinking now ..... dogs are not supposed to eat grass . But then i realized that these dogs had never had to fight for anything ... food was always available in plenty ... no threat of other predators ... and so they adapted themselves like that . They are so lazy that even if someone steps on their tale they merely wake up from their sleep look up at the person and then go back to sleep again . And so now when they have to struggle a bit they have forgotten what it was to search for food ... and as a result are eating grass .
Looking through any environmentalists blog you will come to this "civilization of the wild" . The lions are forgetting how to hunt , the rabbits forgetting how to run and so on and so forth .

And then i thought what about us . After all we are the species who have been civilized for the past 3000 years .The table manners , discipline , rules regulations ...... they have changed ... the way god had made man to be . We were a group of nomads , having anarchic tendencies practicing polyandry .... the human was made to be rough , tough and to use his brain . The man has used the third very well but has forgotten the first two . In todays age if we have to walk a km we feel tired . We are mechanizing everything ... every damn thing around us is mechanized and so what is the result ...... the diseases which were not even heard off 200 yrs back are now coming out and we are trying to do wht we were meant to do by going to gyms, spa's and whatever those fancy ads are for ..... we are becoming like the dogs who have forgotten what they were supposed to do .

long time back i had asked a question " why do men fight wars ?" the answer i got was that during wars , there s chaos , anarchy confusion ...utter disorder and under such conditions man discovers his " forgotten desires "





ps: i don't know what i am trying to say by this post .... i don't want wars .....and i want mechanization ... nahi to mere pet par laat padegi ......i just want the damn dogs to show some doggly nature .

Monday, July 9, 2007

WHY?

What is the first image which comes to your mind when somebody mentions the word terrorist to you ? The archetypal image of the terrorist — and that includes extremists under the rubric of Naxalites, Kashmiri militants, etc — is the person who takes recourse to grievances of socio-economic deprivation and being marginalised. This was the image which always came to my mind a few days back . Some radical with a long beard living in some dingy suburb or some cave in the mountain with his kailishnov rifle in one hand and the holy book in the other .
But this image of mine was broken a few days back when some "terrorists " were caught in connection to the failed Glasgow airport bomb blast . They were not radicals in any way . They did not live in caves , they were not the people who had just one form of education and they definitely were not from backward socio economic class . Rather they were doctors , who had studied well , received good education , were clean shaven , lived in posh London suburbs .
Then why ??? in one of my previous posts i had asked some questions about religion and had got some answers . I had always thought that the people didnot have correct education and so were a group of "misguided souls". But these people......

Now why does a person who works hard to make a career , burns night lamps to get into a college , slogs in it to get the degree and then after some years achieves something ..... give it all away in one shot .... and that too for killing other innocent people .

what prompts such people ? Where does the rational thinking which they were taught in school goes when they think of some ghastly acts ? These people were not that stereotype but people like me . But still i cannot think of doing something like this ...why? perhaps because (what i think ) because of my education (they also had it ) , my family value ( nobody in their family was radical ) , my friends ( their childhood friends say that this is not possible , they were not like this ) ....... then why ?????

And what is the result . Prime Minister of United Kingdom has ordered to increase checks on Indian skilled workers . What more will you expect ? I don't blame him , any country would do such a thing to protect its citizen's . But what image has this put up about our country . Two years back a war torn President Bush had asked Prime Minister Dr . Manmohan singh that how a country having so many people practicing Islam had no connection with Al- quaida ? I had felt a sense of pride that time . We were not like our neighbours ( still not are ..... and ya for me Islam is not terrorism ... some of my closest friends practice it .... and they in no way are radical ) . But now what ..... is the bitter venom of terrorism poisining the educated people of our country too .

Even after writing so much ... i am still where i started ....... why????

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Annoyance


All of us have a certain dislike to some particular habit of others . Some people just cannot stand it when other people drum their fingers on the desk or when somebody pricks their nose . I for one hate it when somebody gives me a missed call ... ( until and unless I have asked him to give one ) . Most of the time i don't return a call because if the person is really that concerned to talk then he would call again or send a message .

So yesterday at 11 in the night , i received a "missed call" . The number was a Goa .. mobile number ...but as usual i did not call back . The person kept sending "missed calls" , and i did not reply . By 12 he had sent at least 7 "missed calls " which did not last more than 1 second . They were so fast that i could not pick them up even when the phone was in my hand . So after that i went to sleep .

Since today is Saturday and i have a holiday , i decided ... i would sleep till late and miss my Jog . So here i am sleeping , dreaming about "censored stuff" and my phone rings for exactly one second in its irritating tone ( my phone is in repairs , this phone's tones are not a music to the ears ). I wait , look at the time it is sharp 6 . I again go back to sleep . Just about the time i was about to dose of the damn thing rings again . Now i get up, someone must be trying to reach me desperately , i should not be so prejudiced .

So i pick up my phone and decide to call the person .

This is what happened
Me : Hello
The person on the other line had an air of achievement , he had finally saved his 2 bucks and made me call , it looked as though he had won some war or something .

Person ( in some sorta bihari accent ) : helo ( pause .... to let the feeling of truimph sink in ) Shah Bahadur kaise ho !!!

Me (
not knowing what to say ... was so pissed of ... finally after some seconds ):wrong number

Person
(before i could cut him off ) : kaun bol raha hai (still with that air of truimph )

Me (now totally pissed ) : Main Manmohan Singh bol raha hu , agli baar phone kiya to jail mein daal doonga , aage se phone mat karnaaaaaaaaa ( now literally shouting )

He was so scared that he cut the line immediately . And i decided that i would never ever return a missed call .

As for me , my dreams of a nice long morning sleep were squashed , couldn't to anything better , so put on my shoes and went for the jog .


And that was not enough , when i was in a patch where there were no buildings , it rained !!!!!!!!!!!!! and i was a chalta phirta water tanker ( the one's in India ... who shed of half their water before reaching the destination .)

So much so for 7/7/07 .... the luckiest day considered .... it surely started on a bright note for me .

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Meddling with religion

It is said that faith can move the mountains . The power which religion has , has already been seen by our generation at least . So when i saw the news of Pakistani forces attacking Lal Masjid ... i was a bit horrified , because for me my mind raced back to two incidents which changed the course of our history .


1. Operation Blue star

During June 3 to June 6 , 1984 ... during the time the insurgency in Punjab was the highest , an extremist for the cause of Khalistan Jarnail Singh Bhinderanwale had taken up refuge in Harminder Sahib ( Golden Temple ) . Golden temple is one of the most holy place for the Sikhs . Mrs. Indira Gandhi the then Prime Minister ordered Operation Blue Star for the capture of Bhinderanwale. The Indian Army was sent to golden temple . After the struggle for 3 days and many casualities ( many of them civilians ) the army had killed Bhinderwale , But in doing so there was a damage to Akal Takht ( one of the holiest building's of the campus . This didnot go down well . On 31, October , 1984 ... the Prime Minister of republic of India was assasinated by her own body gaurds who wanted to avenge the disrespect shown to their religion. A period of anti Sikh riots followed in which 3000 people were killed .

2. Jerusalem

In 1947 by popular vote the United Nations gave the right to the jews to establish their own independent state in heart of Palestine . For the previous two thousand years jews were treated badly in Europe ... every part of it ... while they had remained in harmony with the Muslim rulers , be it the turks or the middle east rulers . But after the second world war ... victor's justice prevailed ... and Britisher's ( who themselves had treated them badly in middle ages ) .. gave them home in Palestine . This angered the original 2/3 inhabitants of the area who were Muslims , who had never treated them badly , who were now deprived ......... of their homes . What en sieged is we all kno , 50 years of bloodshed with no result .


Religion is a very strong emotion which people abide by . For long men have preffered to travel in groups and it was religion which binds them , whenever there has been a chance to change something with religion it has always been disastrous ..... babri masjid riots , crusades in middle ages , 1984 riots , shia ..sunni riots in iraq , the list is endless . Sometimes i wonder , why are people so much bound to their religion ? the answer i feel is that in a group of similar people , performing some similar operations, we feel safe , when people are not educated , the only education they get is their religion , and when the people of the group they travel with feel threatened they themselves feel threatened and then the self defence follows .

What is happening is Pakistan is a group of misguided souls , who were always taught abt their religion but in a twisted way which was interpreted for them differently . They believed what they were told and acted accordingly. Their actions were wrong .
But how right was the Pakistani government in attacking Lal Masjid ? Or the Goverment of the republic of India in attacking Akal Takht ?
I Personally think Operation Blue star was an historical blunder . It should have been avoided , because in doing what the Army did , they made the person they were looking for a matyr . They hurt a lot of people's sentiments and the people whom they were against actually used this to fuel the fire they were trying to build .
I hope that the Lal Masjid attack doesnot end in the same way as Operation blue star ( Best of luck General Musharaff ). The people should understand that faith and religion are two things which should be dealt carefully , a moments mistake can change history .
why do people fight on the name of religion ? no religion teaches you to fight , no religion tells you to kill people , still whenever people want to show hate they cowardly do it behind the curtain of religion .

"We have just enough religion to make us hate , but not enough to make us love each other. "
-Jonathan Swift

Monday, July 2, 2007

Setting sail

Well today CGAOPV 1202 " SAMRAT " ( Coast Guard Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel ) set sail . GSL looked different , too many cars with red lights on top , all employees dressed properly smiling at everything they see don't know why but we seemed a bit out of touch ( the best part was we being asked if we were Press ).It looked like a marriage scene with junior officers running around like kids , Senior officers moving around with an air of authority and we .... don't who we were .... probably PRESS ( if they cover marriages .) But any how we made our way to the Slipway ... saw many new things ... shamiyanas ,boards leading to launching site ( Had they been in place when we had joined ... we wouldn't have made a fool of ourselves .) We turned and we stopped at what we saw ... for there stood in its full glory , like a newly decked bride our majestic ship and it was huge .... never saw something like that it my life . It was out of its new construction site and partially in slip way .

It was a proud moment for all employees of GSL , after all it was the result of their two years of hard work . You could feel the energy when the ship first tasted the waters , even though we were far back ( what more status would they give us interns , we were after all given a priority entry , after 3 checks .) we could feel the whole advance of the ship into the water .

It got me thinking , how we are deeply attached to anything we work for . Ever designed a circuit in electrical lab and it works ( specially if it works in our lab ) the happiness you get of achieving something is different .... it is something like your well deserved right .No matter what we do however small in a project when the thing gets completed it this feeling of jubilation. Successful completion of a college fest , a magazine you worked for getting published , your name on website anything .

Also a thing which striked me , was how religious we Indians are . Thanking Idra devta for not puring his horses , doing a saraswati vandana for the safety of the vessel and its crew , launching it only after a teeka has been put on this massive protector of our seas. Perhaps this the reason for u winning all the ocean wars .... GOD IS WITH US !!!

There was an incredible sense of National Pride . Even when the ceremony grew boring with all the speeches ( during which Armaan and Mani stole a quick nap ) ... there was the National Anthem soon after and you could see pride in everybody's face ... it was not something which they were forced to do but were feeling proud to do . Every time the National Anthem is played ... i get a feeling of bieng high ( don't know why !!!) but i love it .

After al the formalities .... the ship was ready for its tryst with destiny .... and soon after the pooja and instruction from chief guest ... it gloriously made its way to the water under the sound of crackers and music by the Naval band ... there was an instant sense of jubilation everybody congratulating the person next to them . When i started this post i said the scene resembled that of a marriage , yes it was a marriage .... Of the ship with its groom the mighty sea and together they would see many adventures for next 3 to 4 decades ........
BEST OF LUCK to them



ps: pics would be uploaded soon