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Wish List

There is a Chinese proverb which goes by- ” Be careful what you wish for” . I was reading a blog and suddenly got this idea as why should not I create my own wish list . New Year is coming soon. Its always good to know what you want to do ,otherwise life will keep giving you surprises of its own(which is actually fun for the time being). But alas in the long run this strategy fails. When you are on the death bed this attitude leaves you with regrets.

This is the dilemma : ‘To Plan’ or ‘To Go with the Flow’. As always I’ll quote Buddha here” The Middle Path is always right. ” Whenever you choose the extreme of anything, its bound to take you in the wrong direction. Not Studying for 20 hours is bad, studying for 20 hours is even badder. To sit around and wait for things to happen is bad , to plan for every minute thing of life is badder. Toh bhola bachcha kare toh kya kare? Continue reading

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Dear Diary

I Decide to Quit

Six months have passed . And I am at my lowest ; professionally , personally, outwardly , inwardly. I had simple dreams, and I was working really hard. Travelling in buses avoiding embarrassing touches of men hanging with me on the rod , solving question papers sitting in the little space I managed to squeeze into , in the Ladies  Compartment of the Delhi Metro. I was struggling but I was never suffering.I loved myself. Never was the long journey trying enough to stop me from attending the classes. Never I doubted my decision to prepare for the second toughest exam of the world. But now I do.

I look into the mirror and wish to see that confident girl who would always be so sure about herself, her decisions. All I see is redness in the eyes from constant crying, the unkempt hair which demand a haircut, eyebrows which need plucking, and lips dying to smile just once. Alas , they dont. Continue reading

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The Orphanage of Words- A Novelette

Chapter-3

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Three years of my past stood at the door.

“I brought something for you to eat.” He goes straightway to the kitchen. Beautiful aroma of samosas fill the air.  “Go, sit in the balcony, I will join you.”

I am flabbergasted.

I stand at the doorway with images flowing in front of my eyes. I stand there watching him, trying to see what had changed in him in last two years. Some seriousness has emerged on his happy face. A line or two have come on the forehead. But the eyes, still have the same effect over me. And the little mole is still in the very place, below the lower lip. I skip a beat. Continue reading

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List Posts

9 Quotes To Cheer You Up When Low

Finding constant motivation for your long term goals is difficult. Sometimes you are too much excited, sometimes you reach a plateau and sometimes you enter a vegetative state where the “I don’t care anymore” attitude seeps in. I have a diary where in I have collected a melange of quotes on different topics over the years that strike moving to me. Here are some indexed under Motivation.

1. “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” Continue reading

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The Orphanage of Words- A Novelette

Chapter-2

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I find an Indian Army jawan waiting for me at the station.

“Army has been called for rescue operations. District administration and Army are working hand in hand. Collector Saab has arranged for you to stay in the Cantt till the situation clears.”

“But I want to go to my tehsil.”

“Yes you can, if you can arrange for a boat.”

I keep quiet. Not quite the start that I had expected. I dislike change of plans.

Having reached my accommodation in the Cantonment, I call Sudeep and make him aware of the situation.

“You should meet the Collector tomorrow and take charge. He might need more manpower. ” Continue reading

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The Orphanage of Words- A Novelette

Chapter- 1

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It has been 9 hours now that I am domiciled in this AC-III tier Indian Railways Coach.

 

Two ladies with gold nose rings are chatting in the seats in front of mine. I cannot speak the language. I am too old not to learn how, also too busy when I am busy, and too indolent when I am not, wherefore some would imagine that I am having a dull time of it. But it is not so. The ladies are from Bengal. They talk to me in Bengali, I answer them in Hindi. I do not understand them, they do not understand me, consequently no harm is done, and everybody is satisfied. In order to be just and fair they throw in a Hindi word learnt from a Bollywood movie when they have one, and this has a good influence. Continue reading

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Speeches and Essays

Are Indians Socially Irresponsible?

The following is the script of the speech I gave at the DCRUST Annual Fest in November 2014.


Social Responsibility is a moral belief where we as individuals, have a responsibility toward society. Being “socially responsible” is about all individuals behaving ethically and sensitively towards social, economic, and environmental issues. It is about being accountable for our actions and being conscious of the impact your actions have on others, our communities, and the environment.
By taking an active participation in resolving some of the issues, we as individuals should all strive to set good examples by applying and adhering to socially responsible practices, such as improving the quality of lives for individuals and their families, volunteer energy and time towards improving and benefitting society. Now the question arises- Are Indians Socially Irresponsible?

“Irresponsible”! The word echoes through my head and suddenly I am reminded of the 16 the December Delhi Gang Rape. The event has been in the public eye for so long that it needn’t be repeated on this platform but what should be voiced from this pulpit is the apathy of the public in general and police “our so called guardians” in particular who treated the victim just as a victim and not a human being. Protests were held nationwide but where was this junta when the woman lay naked on the road while her partner pleaded the public to help them. And this is not just one incident. Being socially irresponsible is not limited to being insensitive towards women crimes or road accidents which we happen to pass by thinking” People die on roads everyday”. It has many layers , many faces. Are we not being socially irresponsible when we throw the wrapper outside the bus? Are we not being socially irresponsible when we take a dip in Ganga washing away our sins without giving a second glance to the moving mass of sewage, solid waste and industrial effluents our sacred /worshipped rivers have become? Are we not being socially irresponsible when we don’t find it awkward when a “Chottu” serves us chai at a Murthal Dhaba!

Introspect Indians. Iurge you to introspect and see how low we have become today.  This the same country where the drainage system was first developed in Harrapan Civilization to keep the settlements clean. This is the same country where we offered our food and clothes to the ones who needed it more than us. This is the same country where the 239 Bishnois were slaughtered for protecting trees.

Situation is grave today , we all know it . But as they say:  optimism never fails, hope never dies. I saw a rayof hope , when the youth came forward and casted their vote this election season to end corruption. I feel proud of the work done by various NGOs: Bachpan Bachao Andolan, Teach Indian Campaign ,Naarmada Bacaho Andolan , Kailash satyarthi ji bagging the Nobel Peace Prize for our country.

What can I do For You? I want You to know 

My heart is Yours 

It’s not a question of what You can do for me 

But what can I do For You? 

If everyone, including me, could only grasp the real meaning of all that could be accomplished with this attitude, our country could be a better place.Everyone has the social responsibility to give back to society. Embrace this and ask the question, “What can I do for you?”

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