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Pleasure

I thought of trying my hand at writing a short story today. Took me two hours to devise the plot, write the story and upload it on my blog. I will be grateful if you can spend a few while reading it and giving your valuable feedback in the comments section below.

Mrs X discovered her neighbour after a long time, quite surprised to find her standing beside the entrance. “Long time no see!” gleaned Mrs X with an ear-to-ear smile, “Where have you been all these days?”

“Just get in,” she motioned towards her living room, “Let’s catch up over a cup of tea”.

“That’s okay,” replied Mrs Y with a smirk, “Thank you”.

“I’m in a hurry. Will catch up with you later,” she spoke the words as she dashed unexpectedly towards her residence and vanished.

***

A woman aged forty-twoish barged into her bedroom, heaving deeply all the way. Her face was both red with fear and bright with snobbish pride.

The twelve-year old budding painter, seated on the bed, glanced her mother without raising her head. She immediately recognised her familiar body language during moments of triumph and adventurous escape.

“What’s the trophy this time, mom?” she raised the much-awaited poser.

“Sabotaged her plumerias,” she replied with a genuine chuckle.

Pleasure - A short story on nosy neighbours

Plumerias (Image courtesy: Wikipedia)

“Sabotaged whose plumerias?”

“That rustic simpleton’s,” she responded motioning towards the house next door.

“You mean, Aunt X’s?”

“Who else?” explained Mrs Y, adding, “And she thought I was waiting beside her entrance for her tea!”

“But mom, what do you gain by devastating blooming flowers? Poor little plants and their hard-working owners!”

“Pleasure, my daughter, pleasure!”

***

Next morning, while watering her little front garden, Mrs X was at her wit’s end figuring out how the top part of her young plumeria plant could have separated completely from the stem below. It had been just a few days that the plant started bearing flowers.

“Didn’t I tell you the last time when my dahlias were destroyed? Never ever harm the plants, got it?” she charged her little daughter.

Mrs Y, standing in her high-walled veranda, thought herself to be doubly lucky to be an audience to the high drama going on in the house next door.

“Pleasure, my child, pleasure!” she thought.

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Traffic Control Measures

The Beijing municipal government has passed a new law that limits the number of new car license plates to be issued in 2011. Here’s the news link: http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article1023254.ece

It is too harsh a measure to curb traffic problems. It is retrograde and highly punitive in nature for those economically backward people who, after years of hard work, have finally arrived at a position to own a car. With it, their dream might remain dream forever. The measure is bound to create a permanent divide between haves and have-nots.

Some forward-looking measures might be:

  • making carpool mandatory for regular one-route travellers
  • encouraging increased use of public transport through special concessions to regular users
  • making cycles available on rent for small-distance travellers
  • improving the transport infra-structure, wherever possible
  • building double-decker, or perhaps, ‘triple-decker’ roads in addition to multi-storeyed parking lots

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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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Sex and Murder: Yet another Angle

The Daughter and Her Beau

The Daughter and Her Beau (Photo Courtesy: The Hindu)

“A young school teacher and her male friend have been arrested for allegedly stabbing her mother to death at her Paschim Vihar residence this past week and then trying to pass it off as a murder during a robbery.”

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“The young man brought a bottle of beer with him and the two made themselves cosy in the house. But Sakshi’s mother, who had gone to a religious congregation in the neighbourhood, happened to return earlier than expected. She had the key to one of the entrances and caught the two red-handed. The woman lost her temper on seeing them together and screamed at them.”

These are the lines from a recent news story. Kindly read the story first in order to enjoy the discussions below.

While prima facie the murder seems to be a typical example of Walter Cannon’s fight-or-flight response of human beings towards stress-causing situations, a closure look can reveal deeper implications of the mental make-up that the youth of today possess. The first impression that any keen observer will have at this level is that the daughter displayed a total lack of values.

I am not going into the humdrum of casting aspersions on the very sexual act that was the kingpin behind the brutal murder of a mother at the hands of her own daughter. Let me assume the intercourse as an ordinary act of wrong-doing, one of hundreds of evil deeds that everyone of us does during the span of our lifetime.

Having assumed the act of Sakshi calling her beau and her subsequent engaging in fornication as ordinary, the only extra-ordinary thing that happened on the fateful day was that she was caught red-handed by her elderly mother. And it is easy for us to imagine how she could have reacted to such an unimaginably bizarre act of perversion that her daughter was seen doing—a daughter completely lost in an orgasmic ‘high’ in between ‘breathful’ of penile thrusts from her partner all in front of her mother! It was but natural for her to lose “her temper on seeing them together and [to scream] at them.”

But how natural was her daughter’s reaction to her? Quite unnatural and very disgustedly undesirable. There were hundred other ways of reacting to her mother’s lambasting words than the one that she and her boyfriend Sunny chose to. There could only be one, if any, in a trillion mothers who were dogged enough so as to not forgive her weeping daughter at her feet. And even if she would not be ready to compromise and be bent on handing her over to the police, what loss could the daughter have incurred in even receiving the noose from her mother? At least she would not have been accused of the grave moral crime for which she is imprisoned now.

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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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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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