Monday, May 26, 2008

Lock Unlocked :

There is a gift to the mankind which I have been made to realize once again by the Master. That gift can be put in the following words :

If you become passionately involved in anything for a long period of time, the lock to that thing will be made open to you.

It happened to me earlier, it happened to me from time to time, just because I passionately devoted my time to that thing. The first realization came when I was in class 2. My Uncle gifted me a globe and within two days I memorized all the countries and their capitals (just because I gave up my video games for those two days). Then came the synthesizer which I had tried my hands upon from class 8 to class 9 and suddenly one day I was astonished to see myself reproducing any song I heard. Then came the flute, it took me 3 days of gasping deep breaths to unlock its code. This gave me a confidence to pick up yet another instrument i.e. Harmonica and I unlocked its code in just an hour. But my confidence was brought to the ground level by guitar, which took me 1 year of arduous "arbit maarna" to unlock its code. In the midst of all this, something happened : I was in class 10th, and I was terrified with the subject sanskrit. I could score only 69 out of 100 in the first term examination, I started devoting much of my time in it, and then suddenly one day I fell asleep while studying it and that too for just 15 minutes. When I got up miraculously sanskrit seemed easy. It seemed somewhat familiar and simple. I don't know what exactly happened but yeah that day I became a close witness of a big mystery of nature, i.e. the key to the treasure of knowledge and learning is gifted to those who persevere in search of that treasure.

And today once again, I have unlocked a lock, that is typing rapidly without seeing the keyboard with a considerable accuracy and I am happy :).
(Why shouldn't I be? Having 4700 scraps on orkut is no small thing)

Sunday, May 25, 2008

A forthcoming revolution :

Let us join hands to create a movement :
  • People afflicted with physically disabilities should not be called physically handicapped but rather we should call them "Specially-abled"
  • It has already been accepted that the word "blind" has been replaced by "visually challenged".
  • The art of making a sad person happy is the best form of art possible. It is above any prayer and above any deed.
  • Being judgmental is the worst way of wasting time. It can't persuade other people to correct themselves and neither can it help ourselves, just we get to improve our vocabulary by some 5-6 bad words.
  • Sometimes, just being there means a lot more than saying something. Silence speaks louder than words.
When the power of love overcomes the love for power, the world will know peace.

I can create a difference in their lives :

Compassion, one of the greatest virtues is intriguing me once again. This morning, this particular feeling has started pinching me, for I remember myself being judgmental for many deprived people. I remember myself getting irritated by the beggars, by the kids asking for money to feed themselves, by a malnourished 5 year old cobbler in tattered clothes who annoyed me continuously asking me, "Sir, poliss kara lo" and me chiding him,"Bhaagta hai ya maarun?".

Being in educated class, it is our duty to have a place in our hearts for these heart-swirling happenings around us. We need to be touched by all this, we cannot be so heartless and so indifferent that we don't pay attention to these. The cause of this deprivation is nothing more than their fate, they had been born to poverty-stricken family and this is not their fault at all. If we can't help them then atleast by being compassionate we can treat them as human beings. Why are we so adamant to draw boundaries between ourselves and them? Before anything to categorize us, we all are a subset of a universal superset of "Human Beings" and after that we all are citizens of the same motherland. If we help them, then it will be indirectly helping our nation to break the boundary and class divide. We have the best tool to fight this penury and deprivation and that is "LOVE". Love can win all the wars and can bring radical change in the society. Only if we respect everyone's existence on this earth, we can make our existence worthwhile.

Just a simple pledge can make a difference :
"From this day, I will not only understand the pain of the poverty-stricken but also feel that pain. My eyes will reassure hope in every needy who comes to me."

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Dilemma :

Just found this somewhere, and was stuck by the sheer truth and beauty of it.

Whenever you're called on to make up your mind,

and you're hampered by not having any,
the best way to solve the dilemma, you'll find,
is simply by spinning a penny.

No - not so that chance shall decide the affair
while you're passively standing there moping;
but the moment the penny is up in the air,
you suddenly know what you're hoping.

Piet Hein, poet and scientist (1905-1996)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Quite a Few :

The last semester has been an entirely new experience for me. It showed me the true face of life. Variety of emotions, psychological stresses, academic pressure, peer pressure, diplomacy and politics and screwing examination once again came into my life step by step. Everything didn't go bad, the last six months has been a roller-coaster ride for me. I got so many GREAT friends that it compensates for all my downs. During tough times, the presence of a friend with whom you can share all your emotions is a boon bestowed on few. I got almost five very close friends with who I can share almost all my thoughts and emotional ups and downs. God never keeps us deprived, it always compensates for one thing or other. The feeling of care and mutual respect between friends is the best experience of my life till now. God is really great, He is a benefactor for me.

On the positive front, the last semester made me grow emotionally as well as creatively. I started writing, photography, drawing, sketching, drawing ambigrams, composing tunes and harmonies, discovering music scales and most importantly understanding other's emotions, respecting other's view and not taking anybody for granted. I stopped using slangs and bad words which I had picked up last semester and became a pure Vegetarian. I developed an immense love for my motherland and nature and realised the importance of family in our lives.

For me everyday is a learning and this journey of life is flawlessly beautiful. I am reminded of the following lines for ending this post :

Life tells you nothing, it shows you everything.