A Thousand Words

I don’t want you’ll to fall asleep with me harping on the same theme. But please bear with me this time.

Preparing to go off for the Oscars:

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It was more in jest, but turned out to be qute interesting. If you had a once in a lifetime opportunity, which 5 to 10 people would you like to sup with. And Why.

My List:

1. Groucho Marx……there wouldn’t be a quiet moment.

2. Winston Churchill……would probably match Groucho’s wit.

3. Mahatma Gandhi…….too many reasons.

4. Martin Luther King….to keep the Mahatma company

5. Bertrand Russel……to keep Churchill in his place

6. P G Wodehouse……to talk to him about his books

7. Marilyn Monroe……to watch the effect she had on all these show offs!

8. Me …to soak in their company, specially the last named.

And you?

Dara

My dear dear fellow Indians

This post is really of interest to Indian friends here only, or perhaps only to Dara. So please the rest may excuse.  Most welcome though if you will like to read and comment. harijim is my son and he requested a couple of people at an other blog to write such pieces. It is mine. On my own I may not have bothered. Anyway excuse again.

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Dear harijim, here is my piece of writing as suggested by you.  I have just written it submitting to your suggestion but dont expect many people will follow suit. Anyway, it can give you an idea of my method of ‘flowing with the flow.” I take with equanimity whatever comes my way because I am neither for nor against anything. If making such an effort has come my way I am gladly ready for it, I have written my piece with all my heart, but if no result ensues from it then so be it, I am equally at peace. Then over to Lord Krishana lol.

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Dear, dear fellow Indians!

No day could be more auspicious to share with you certain concernes regarding the coming elections which I and a few of my friends have in our minds keeping in view the future of our great country.

On the one hand, recalling our mastery in the software designing field in the last few years, our economic surge on the world scale, our winning the first-time gold and other medals at the last olympics and to top it all our taking the Hollywood world by storm today by winning 9 straight Oscars one is left in no doubt that the time of India to regain its ancient glory and be one of the leading countries of the world has arrived.

While on the other hand, from clouds of anarchy and instability in our neighbourhood made more monstrous by the possibility of nuclear weapons slipping into wrong hands leading even to the possibility of making the area an arena for a third world war, to the possibility of more and more Mumbai-like terrorist attacks as a consequence, to the almost uneducated, self-centered and criminal-like behaviour of most of our politicians sends a shiver down one’s spine as to whether this country can even remain united not to talk of its becoming great.

Any sensitive soul of India would have wept from his heart if not actually hearing sage-like speaker Somnath Chatterjee’s helpless words a few days ago cursing certain politicians for their unruly almost goonda-like beahviour in the Lok Sabha. “May you all be defeated,” he had lamented.

No doubt we are at the crossroads of history.

Wise say such are the times to make or break something, somebody, an individual, a country, a nation.

Either we can think right thoughts, take right decisions and follow them with right actions and make our great country jump to a new awarenes and work-culture compatible with the great possibilities enumerated in paragraph first above, that is, of achieving its ancient glory and leading place in the comity of nations, or, we can let ourselves be taken over by lethargy, laid-back devil-may-care attitude or even worse, by our own local self-interests to let the things run the way they are so long as they serve our own petty interests and behave as if nothing really worrysome is happening. Or at the most leave it to the politicians. With the inevitable result that sooner or later it will go the way of neighourhood, into anarchy, into divisions and ultimately into death as a country.

It is time to choose. It is time to choose almost between life and death as a country.

We, some friends, have made our choice. We have choosen life.

We have found ourselves unable to forget the India of yore, the India which gave birth to almost God-like rishis, munis, fakirs, saints, fighter-saints, kings and princes; the India which gave birth to Vedas, Upanishadas, Gitas and Granths full of wisdom derived from the wisdom-wells of all regions and religions, the India whose spirituality reached the godly heights of seeing all as One, all as God. While in the West one William Wordsworth talked of seeing the world in a grain of sand and was celebrated for that, here it is the reality for almost everbody.

And so here we move further to choose what right thoughts to think, what right decisions to take, what right actions and work-culture to adopt and then share them with you. With the full hope that just as we have brought these words and thoughts right from our hearts, similarly, you all will follow them in the same way – right from the heart, that is, with utmost earnestness, as if your very own life is at stake and not of some distant entity called country India.

Now below I will enumerate what right thoughts to think, what right decisions to make, what right actions to adopt.

A. Right thoughts:

1. I am an Indian first and Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian etc later. No doubt I cannot forget my religion which is really the core of my being but I will for this very reason keep it strictly to myself. It will be sort of my most secret pact with my God. In the open I will not take part in any of those religious affairs/activities which will have the potential to harm my country in any way.

2. I am an Indian first and Punjabi, Haryanavi, Himachali, Bihari, Maharashtrian, Gujrati etc etc later. No doubt I cannot forget my state but not at the cost of my country, India. I will think of my state as a part of India and not in isolation. If I am really honest I am sure I will not face any difficulty in serving both equally well at any time.

3. I am an Indian first and my individual self later. I recall that it was not always so and understand the necessity of it being so now. Because extraordinary circumstances require extraordinary measures and moreover, I would better try to keep my country alive even at the cost of myself now rather than lose my country and make my life even more miserable alive than dead like Palestinian people later.

4. I would not blame anybody because of their past/past actions, but only because of their actions from now on. I will keep myself free from any depressing thoughts of the past if any by constantly reminding myself of Lord Krishana’s words in Bhagvad Gita “What happened was for the good”. Moreover, I know paradigm shifts in people’s awarenesses cannot be brought by keeping them bound to their pasts. It is an experience really of the soul and for it to happen people’s souls will have to be set free of their pasts.

B. Right Decisions:

1. I will take decisions concerning the coming elections and even later guided by the above explained right thoughts. As a consequence, I will not caste my vote on the basis of my religion, region, self-interest or under
influence of anybody’s past. I will judge everybody what and how he is doing now.

2. I know I cannot decide about the goodness or badness of parties in general, especially the main parties and, moreover, know that there are good and bad people in all the parties. So I will choose the best available candidate from my area to caste my vote irrespective of to which party he/she belongs. I am sure good people in any party will do good/spread goodness allaround while bad people will do/spread badness. I am sure my this decision will discourage parties from giving party tickets to bad people in future.

3. I will not be influenced by anybody’s money nor of muscle power and would keep in mind that nobody will be watching me while casting my vote so I will do what is really in my mind rather than out of any fear.

4. I have full faith in the ancient philosophy of India that everybody is wise at the bottom so I will always stand by the idea of democracy even if sometimes its results may not look that good apparently. I am sure people’s inherent goodness/wisdom will show itself sooner or later.

C. Right Action:

1. I will act as per the right thoughts and decisions given above.

2. I will acquaint more and more people of my area with the ideas contained in this paper.

3. I will honestly educate people as to the goodness or badness of candidates of my area and will urge them to vote for the good candidate.

4. I will shun earning money or other perks by wrong means post elections.

5. I will shun giving or receiving favours.

6. I will not approach people in power for any personal gains.

7. I will work to the best of my ability and power.

8. I will set examples for people to follow and will patiently expect them to follow on their own by overcoming their past prejudices/weaknesses step by step rather than force myself on them. I know paradigm shifts are led at first only by a few people, not by crowds. Crowds will first have to be mentally prepared obviously by persuasion, by helping them understand certain things at their own pace rather than by force. Force can be used later only on the exceptional few who prove themselves to be beyond reformation by persuasion, by any other means in fact.

With this my dear dear countrymen, I close my paper.  I earnestly hope that mother India shows you its inherent mysterious ‘light’ at this critical juncture which enlightens you enough to see the truth in the above words and gives you strength enough to follow them in true spirit.

Ask The Expert

Wanted to put this in Harb’s brilliant post, but then thought that it wouldn’t be right to be frivolous there.

“Enjoyed the story very much. It held my interest throughout. Yet I really can’t quite figure out what makes it  so outstanding. “
Yours truly in the SDM thread on my opinion of  the movie.

“If you have nothing to say, it is better to keep your mouth shut and let people presume you’re an idiot, rather than open it and remove all doubts”
(I think this is attributed to Adlai Stevenson but am not sure.)

Ive quoted this so often to others.  One’s own medicine sure tastes bitter  🙂

Dara

Slumdog wins 8 Oscars

Slumdog wins 8 Oscars, an answer to critics

February 23, 2009 by authorharb

Congratulations
Slumdog has won 8  Oscars…
and don’t worry about the critics
there are people who can criticise even God
to understand God’s perfection
you need the vision of God
to understand an artist’s work
you need the vision of the artist

Below are a few lines from me
dedicated to the mystery of India
and which actually mesmerizes some westerns
to explore it even at the cost of
getting raped and abused

JAI HO

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Amazed at the mystery of
what is there
beneath their dirty bodies
beneath their appalling poverty
beneath the last peel
of their foul-smelling onion
that makes India tick
some daring westerns try to
explore their dirty bodies
churn their appalling poverty
peel their foul-smelling onion
in books, in movies
in an effort to solve it

Rather than feel proud
of their mystery
like the sages of the yore
like Ramana
whose unyielding, unwavering, unfathomable
equipose, calmness, stillness
would make those westerns
who would dare to ridicule
squirm under their shirts
some rather youthful indians
who are apparently not in touch
with their deepest mystery
and consider themselves
limited only to their bodies
their poverty, their onion
and thus ignoring what is
really their uniqueness
play at being great patriots
and condemn them

Yes, particular incidents
can be criticized
even though those too
must not be taken as
because of some bad intentions
on their part
but because of ignorance of
the complete knowledge of an alien culture
but slamming the whole effort
as some sort of plot
to downgrade India
especially with which
they are now trying to forge
the best of relationships
probably drawn by the same mystery
among other things
simply betrays nothing but
their own insecurity
their own prosecution complex

Harb