When life goes haywire

And tides turn tempestuous

When dark clouds cover the sky

And times look dangerous. Read More…

Posted in Causes, Poem at May 29th, 2012. No Comments.

I’m Sorry, Mom…

Final judgement in Arushi murder case to eb out soon

I’m sorry, Mom,

To have made a mess of everything;

Did any of the astrologers,

Forebode at my birth:

‘This girl will bring ruin to the family’!

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Posted in Causes, Poem at May 24th, 2012. No Comments.

From the Dark Corridors of Taj Mahal

For centuries, Taj Mahal has been eulogized as a symbol of love, yet it has also drawn some anti-romantic reactions from many prominent writers like Sahir Ludhianvi. Though the very name ‘Taj Mahal’ exudes love and passion, it also has a dark story of pain, suffering and unfulfilled love hidden behind it pristine structure.

As we know that Emperor Shah Jahan ‘got Taj Mahal built’ whereas it was the great artisan Issa Khan who ‘built’ it. It took about 22 years for the whole work to be finished, and once it was completed, Shah Jahan got both hands of Issa Khan amputated.

Here is a small poem in Hindi/Urdu(my first attempt). And the poem is addressed by Issa Khan’s beloved to Queen Mumtaz.

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Posted in Causes, Poem at May 23rd, 2012. No Comments.

Towards A New Dawn

It is very easy to rue and rant about the ills of the society or the nation at large. We are too quick to comment on everything and everybody else. And when we say people are corrupt, society is responsible for it; we always tend to exclude ourselves from it. Isn’t it? Most of the time, we consider ourselves as the all-pious, all-perfect idealistic pedagogues, who have the unquestionable authority to comment on others; or as the oppressed victims, we vent out our frustration on others! And we can talk to any length of time to say ‘what’ is wrong with the society, shying away from acknowledging ‘why’ it is so.  Sometimes we feel that just talking about the ‘what’ may wake up others to reflect upon the whole issue; and making them aware may lead to some good coming out of it. But it doesn’t happen so.

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Posted in Article, Causes at May 21st, 2012. No Comments.

India Shine!

‘Kill your daughter, or commit suicide if she elopes.’ Says a DIG in UP listening to the plea of a family whose daughter has eloped or has been abducted.

‘When Sita could join Ram in banwas, then why can’t you go?’ the Bombay High Court told a woman, during the proceedings of a divorce case, where the husband wants his wife to leave her computer course half-way and join him in Port Blair.

A survey sometime ago says that many judges at the lower courts felt it was perfectly justified for a man to administer a few slaps to his wife if, for example, she doesn’t cook his dinner properly.

These are the news-stories that appeared in Hindustan Times yesterday, the first one on the front page and the other two in the editorial piece.

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Posted in Article, Causes at May 11th, 2012. No Comments.

Two For Joy

With the first light of the dawn, two magpies would come and sit on the electric pole outside my veranda, chirping melodiously; making me jump out of my bed and rush outside to meet the ‘two for joy’ as the first thing in the morning.
Since childhood, we have been made to understand that seeing two magpies in the morning forebodes a good day ahead, whereas one is always unlucky; and we have so deeply internalized the adage ‘One for Sorrow’ ‘Two for Joy.’ This pair of magpies must have heard of it, for it would perch itself outside my room daily, heralding a new joyful day for me with their twittering. I would give them a thanksgiving smile, while they would share their happiness with a dance on the wire. This went on for quite some time, and a silent bond was established between us. Read More…

Posted in Causes, Story at May 8th, 2012. No Comments.

Achala Sachdev

Achala Sachdev died yesterday in a hospital in Bombay after a prolonged illness, but what is more disturbing is that she died without any of her family members at her bed-side. She is not the first one to die like this, earlier it was Parven Babi and Nadira, (there may be more) who after giving the best years of their life to the show-biz, were abandoned to fend for themselves, both by the family, friends and the fraternity. Film industry is full of filthy-rich people who keep on singing their own praise for doing charity and supporting causes; but can’t they organize some society or organization to look after their own senior colleagues who have are too old to look after themselves?

Let’s hope good sense prevails and the some responsible people come forward to take up this cause.

Posted in Causes, News at May 1st, 2012. No Comments.