Saturday, June 17, 2017

Lesson from a green leaf

This post is written just because I felt so guilty about keeping this page idle for nearly two years!!! So kindly bear if this sounds like meaningless rambling.!!

A green leaf is green not because it possesses that color but because it absorbs all the colors other than green and reflects green to the world. So is a flaming red rose, that reflects red to the world. (high school Physics)

Your name and fame is earned/ known not by what you possess/ absorb but by what you give back to the world. White is considered pristine only because it gives back all it ever received. Be a person of white heart, giving all you receive back to the society.

Whatever you are, whichever you possess, by whatsoever you are made of - say food, water, clothing, shelter, education, job, life, etc is taken from this world. Find ways and means to give back to the society/ ecosystem - feed an underprivileged kid or plant and nurture a tree, donate your old clothes and sometimes even new ones, help in educating a kid or even an older man - by money/ physical effort and other such initiatives. Countries and corporations are exploring ways to be carbon positive. 

As individuals, we need to be at least resource neutral, give back as much resources as we take, be it tangible ones like food, water, clothing, shelter or intangible ones like kindness, compassion, education, livelihood, confidence and what not. I am not listing out all you can do; your imagination is a lot more vivid than mine. But keep this thought always in mind in your daily life and convert into action, in a small way, everyday. You will be surprised by the results of such consistent small efforts, repeated day in and day out.

Only when all of us as individuals act resource neutral, life in general and mankind in particular can survive and sustain, else humans and life on earth, as we know it, will just be another footnote in the history much like dinosaurs, mammoths and marsupial lions.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Have we actually developed as a species or regressed??

Ability to use and access a machine to perform supposedly complex/menial physical and mental tasks could be termed as development in popular parlance. Going by that definition, if we could access a calculator/ computer to perform a multiplication or addition or if we have access to a car/ scooter to reach the neighbourhood grocery shop could qualify as development. Can we really call it a development?

I used to marvel at my dad who used to recount stories of his daily walk of 6 to 8 kms coupled with swimming as a routine activity. Don’t think he is a superman to be able to do such complex activities. Such exploits are par for the course for the kids of that age. Guess our kids would similarly be in awe when we tell them that we use to walk to get groceries and milk from our neighbourhood as they might be using machines even to get to the next room in your house.

Kids of today scurry for their calculator even to multiply 17 with 9 or to compute three fourths of 8. Come to think of it, I was just an above average kid in my school days but we never resorted to using calculator to perform such arithmetics. It would be blasphemous to use calculator as it would render you a moron in the eyes of your friends.. Now we pride ourselves on our ability to access technology for even seemingly mundane computations..

Haven’t we as a race lost a bit of our physical and mental faculties? Can it legitimately be called development or progress? As the saying goes, too much of anything is good for nothing. Have we reached that stage with respect to technology??

When you are able to use something to your advantage, you can call yourself a master of that something.. But when we use technology too much, are we masters or slaves?

Too many questions and not enough implementable solutions in sight!!!!!!!! 
The solution stares you right in the face.. But do we have the will to implement it??? Have we come too far down the bridge to really go back??

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Hail Barbarism!!!!!!

I find it funny when someone like tirumavalavan, nedumaran, "doctor" ramadoss and karunanidhi suddenly start espousing the cause of abolition of death sentence on grounds of civility. It would have been particularly amusing to imagine Mr. Tirumalvalavan and Mr. Ramadoss, men who are civilised enough to cut trees to block traffic when someone of their ilk is arrested, to shout vehemently at top of their voices that we are not medieval civilisation to promote state martyrdom. That Hindu devoted two full op-ed pages to decry abolition of death sentence made me wonder what all the fuss is about. What is the point in abolishing death sentence when it is already administered only in rarest of rare cases.

If plotting and executing the murder of a senior political leader who was the country's PM till two years ago, does not  qualify for capital punishment, then I wonder whether we as a nation have lost the spine and is willing to accept any scathe inflicted on us without murmur in the name of civility. Damn that Civility!!! We dither for years whether or not to execute people who literally waged war on the country and when the system finally gets around to execute the punishment, we see such a hue and cry that we are a civilised country and we ought not to act barbaric by killing a fellow man. Spare a thought for the hundreds of policemen and civilians who lost their lives and limbs when the dastardly cowards struck terror.

When we hesitate to kill even such barbaric cowards, what is the signal we are sending out to the world. We are such gracious hosts. Guys and gals from around the world, our country welcomes you with all your arms and ammunition; have fun with our lives and kill however and whoever; we won't touch even a hair of you; we would arrest you, feed you well till end of your life with the taxes of very people who you have killed. God damn these hypocrites. If sparing these b****rds qualifies me for civilisation, I am honoured to be called 'Barbarian'.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

And what is more I have become a Man, my Son.!!!

Is this the moment India is looking for to take that giant leap.? Is this the much needed wake-up call that Indians needed to shrug off their indifference to omniscient corruption.? Will India become an utopia where milk and honey flow like a river?

Atleast I waited for this moment for nearly a decade.. Everytime the moment would seem to arrive only to vanish like a mirage once I get close.. I am tired of this hide and seek... No its not that Hazare moment as most of you might be thinking... Its more personal.. Finally I have exercised my franchise today nearly a decade after turning 18. Now I feel like I have become a Complete Raymonds man.

Your name would be in the voters list but you would not have Identity card to vouch that you are that "Sampath Kumar" as in the rolls. Then you get voter identity card but you find your name missing from the list rendering you ineligible to vote. The answer I got on presenting the id card is this

"I accept that you are an eligible voter. However, since your name is not in the list which we have, you cannot vote here". Perhaps the voter identity card is meant to vote in the Moon, I suppose or rather you have to move to a different country to vote. The denial is all the more painful because your younger brother who got his voter id card much later has already exercised your franchise making you an object of mockery and sarcasm.

Then in the next elections, you find your name in the electoral rolls of your neighbourhood and you have not lost your voter id card in the interim. Now when it seems as if nothing is going to stop you from exercising your fundamental democratic power, destiny cruelly intervenes, albeit sugar coatedly, asking you to join Reserve Bank of India at an obscure place called Patna somewhere in eastern India. What is more, it is a transferable job where you wuld get transferred every 3 - 5 years. Will I have to end my existence in this world without even once exercising the all important function of every Indian. I shudder to live that way.. No God it can't be.. I cannot lead a meaningless life in this world, or so I thought. I had lost all hope and became resigned to a futile life of an undemocratic Indian. Undemocratic India - an oxymoron, isn't it?

And suddenly it happened today, just like that. There were earlier times where we used to have furious debates as to which party and whom to vote? This time, I didn't even know which constituency I am supposed to be in, leave alone the parties and contesting candidates. But now I have exercised my power of selection or rather rejection and have got that indelible mark in my left index finger which I can proudly put as DP in Facebook. :). I have achieved my purpose in life..

And the immortal words of Kipling echoed in my ears:

"And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!".. I have become a Man.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Seeing is believing

Recently stumbled across this spectacular series of photographs... Just wanna share with you all.. 
Yosemite National Park, California , USA

This park was gazetted as a national park in 1890. It is world famous for its rugged terrain, waterfall and century-old pine trees. It covers 1200 sq km and the "fire" waterfall of El Capitan is one of the most spectacular of all scenery.
The spectacular view of the waterfall is created by the reflectionof sunlight hitting the falling water at a specific angle. This rare sight can only be seen at  a 2-week period towards the end of Feburary. To photograph this rare event, photographers would often have to wait and endure years of patience in order to capture them. The reason is because its appearance depend on a few natural phenomenons occuring at the same time and luck.
1st, Is the formation of the waterfall - The water is formed by the melting of snow and ice at the top of the mountain. It melts between the month of December and January and by the end of February there might not have much snow left to melt.
2nd, is the specific angle of the sunray hitting the falling water - The sun's position must be exactly at a particular spot in the sky. This occur only in the month of February and at the short hours of dusk. If it is a day full of clouds or something blocking the sun, you can only take pictures of your own sorry faces on the waterfall. It coincides with the fact that the weather in the National Park at that time of the year is often volatile and unpredictable. It compounds to the difficulty of getting these pictures.

Someone did !!! And we all get to see it !!!



Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Allah and Trishul


Don't these images look similar? Both purport to represent two diametrically opposite communities that seems to be at war always....

Yes the first represents Allah in Arabic while the second is the symbol of Lord Shiva in Hinduism...
Amazing, isn't it? More the things change, more they remain the same...

God is great and is now wincing at our fight in His name...

Monday, May 31, 2010

America's most corrupt capitalists

Found the story in the above link really worth sharing with all of you.. To really understand the fact that "Politicians are the same; whichever part of the world they live in" and more importantly that Man, or atleast the majority of them, is/are inherently evil and lazy..

Perhaps you may be differ.. But at least that is how I conclude...