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Online Legacy?

The Online Social Leaders (Collage by Ranjit)

The Online Social Leaders (Collage by Ranjit)

Hat’s off to Shail Raghuvanshi for that thought-provoking article on online legacies. With this article you have brought forth an important question among all of us—Netizens of the World!

What will happen to our online identities after our death?

Almost all us have at least an email account. A few lakhs among us might be having a social networking profile on Orkut, Facebook or Twitter. A few thousands might also be richer by a blog or two at Blogspot or WordPress!

So where will these identities end up in after we quit from the mundane world? After we cease to exist both offline and online?

Shouldn’t these online sites have a provision for their users to enable them to choose their successors?

Here also, we know that many of us might never want to bequeath any online wealth to our successors simply because our wealth won’t be palatable enough to our spouses, sons and daughters! After all, how can we reveal our highly objectionable, anonymous online exchanges (interactions between a dishonest father and his illegitimate daughter, dialogue between an unfaithful husband and his second wife or correspondence between an online street Romeo and an unflinching, helpless girl)?

What about a mechanism (a dozen of tick boxes perhaps!) to choose between the clean part and the censurable moiety?

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God as I Saw Him!

Years ago I held a very heretic view on God. I even wrote a long diary entry on some day in August 2003, which I happened to stumble upon today evening. Here’s a reproduction of the same. Remember, this is very personal.

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My Impression of God (Illustration: Ranjit K Sharma)

My Impression of God (Illustration: Ranjit K Sharma)

I have always been a follower of my will. I do not know how many times I have wondered at the question “How can I follow someone whom I do not know?” It was increasingly becoming difficult for me to repose faith on any of the existing Gods! So I went on to create Him as Voltaire once said “If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.” The God I have created is out of my own caprice. I call Him the Unknown.

God is more powerful, beautiful and naive at the same time than the most powerful, beautiful and naive being you have ever seen or have thought of. God is larger or smaller than the largest or smallest thing you can think of. God is INFINITY (∞) PERSONIFIED. God is larger than all the galaxies of the Universe put together. He is also smaller than the smallest hadron or quark particle. God does not need a Trishul, Chakra or a Wand to protect Himself. He does not need a Dhoti, Saari or a robe to cover His shame! In other words, God is Someone who is beyond the wildest imagination of the human civilisation.

On God, Einstein once remarked, “God does not play dice!” to which I would add, “God does not only play dice, He does not do anything which we mortal beings do.” To sum up, I would say God is the Unknown. We can do very little using the knowledge of our present civilisation as tools to understand God.

Can you answer this? If Shri Krishna has created us, why has He given us tribulations to worry about and prayers to appease Him?

We are yet to understand God. Karl Marx once commented, “Religion is the opium of the masses.” Suppose there is a lighted candle placed inside at the centre of a circular room having colourful windows. If we take the lighted candle for God, then each window will be a religion. Since the window panes are coloured, we can never get a glimpse of the True God.

Rituals in any religion do help in disciplining ourselves; but they never help in reaching God the Unknown.

Hinduism never taught me to go vegetarianism. It is a simple discipline which I brought to myself. It is my way of saying, “Yes, I do have control over my thought and deeds.” Similarly by donning the cleanest of clothes after bath and making a prayer to Him, I only feel, “This is the time I am closest to Him.”

If there is self-discipline in you, if you can impose austerity unto you, if you can feel the pain in others then, you are a religious person.

People use religion as the tool to understand God. But by knowing only one religion you can but have a very biased view of God.

Recently, I stumbled upon an article in a newspaper. I wanted to mention about this article here because it is almost fully in agreement with whatever I said above. Here is the article.

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Time to Read(?)

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Mortimer Adler in 1988 Photo Credit: Wikipedia

When I was in the tenth standard, the following essay by Mortimer Adler had a lasting impact on my mind. It was a part of our English curriculum in the form of a textbook, Learners’ English. Years later, I am still fascinated by its relevance to the current times, more so when the good, old habit of children’s reading books is in its way to the coffin, what with the advent of e-books, intensive study-packages, et al! I am thankful to him (whom I wished I could meet one day; but alas, he left for his heavenly abode in 2001, much before I could afford to visit the U.S.!) and M/s Sawpon Dowerah (who also served as my teacher for sometime) and T. C. Baruah for having included this piece in their anthology.

Please click on the following link to download a PDf document and read: What is a Great Book?

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Compromise, Thy Name is Life. Do You Agree with It?

 

Below is an essay which I wrote sometime back for a special occasion. Let me share this small yet interesting essay with you:

Strong and self-confident people, like you and they, may not agree to the aforesaid line. So did Napoleon Bonaparte, Hitler and many others. But, all, at one time or the other, have agreed to the diktat—”Compromise, thy name is life”. And I agree with it.

Life, at every point; from the lazy mornings, when you curse your office for having been the reason for your such a miserable life, to the cozy sweet-doing-nothings of mid-night, when you curse your wife for being such a bad partner; is full of compromises. You don’t like the kaamwali (maid-servant) for being such a frequent absentee, but you compromise and accept her as happily as you are accepted by your wife! Else, she would have left you by now. You, don’t like the government’s ban on AXN’s World’s Sexiest Commercials, but you compromise with a smile, lest your wife, or for that matter, your little son should call you an old, immoral psychopath! You don’t like the long never-ending queue of vehicles, burping and blowing at the busy crossing on your way to office, but you compromise by mouthing a few chosen adjectives at the system, or at the hefty, bald man, who overtakes his vehicle just in front of yours and makes his way! You compromise, because you just can’t reach out to the system and shout at it for its follies, you just can’t get the better of the hefty, bald man and rough him up.


So to say, there is a zillion of examples to prove the fact that, we all are the preys to Compromise and at some point or the other we keep on compromising. But, nevertheless, we must keep on fighting with all our might, not to cut a sorry figure in front of compromises. Because compromises keep on teaching us the lessons of patience and perseverance.

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A Mantra that Assures You a Malice-Free Life

Relationships are like mirrors. Smile and your image on the mirror will smile at you.

Show your fist and the person at the other side of the mirror will hurl a fist at you too. Same is the case with human beings.

We are, by nature, social animals. And our daily routine includes interactions with dozens of other humans. All these small interactions can be related to the analogy of mirrors. When you smile and say good things to a person, he or she also reflects the same vibes. If you frown and say ill of him or her, the same is expected from the person. In other words, there is a universal application of physicist Issac Newton’s Third Law in all realms, that is to say, “Every action has got an equal and opposite reaction.”

You can find many manifestations of the same law. “Thou shalt reap what thou hath sown.” To sum it all we can say, “Every effect has a cause behind it.”

Next time, if you find yourself at a situation in which somebody has frowned at you, you should consider his anger as a manifestation of an effect. And try to find the corresponding cause for the same. For this you need to calm down and replay in your mind the entire set of interactions you had with the person, leading to this effect. If you can find out the cause, without asking him/her, half the problem is solved. This method can be used to solve an otherwise escalating situation which is bound to land up everyone in trouble.

But, if you can keep a tap on all the actions you do, you can considerably reduce frown-inviting troubles from other people. It is because, we have a control over the causes; albeit, we don’t have a control over the effects.

This way we can win more friends than foes, and can amass more love than hatred and can greatly improve our personas, our business and above all we can make the world a better place to live in.

True, this way you are actually moulding other people’s actions, taking all the malice away from them and replacing it with love and goodliness, whenever you require. This simply means, their love and smiles are just a creation of your whims. Does that mean you can never get true love from anybody? No, the route to receive genuine love is still open. It is not necessary that people behave like a mere reflection of your actions. There might be a handful few in your life who go out of the way to love and smile at you even when you are at your fighting best! Those are the people who are actually made for you (by Him!) Wait for them to come in your life.

But for all practical purposes keep spreading the most unstinted love and the cutest smile so that the supply of love and smile from others remains a continuous process.

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