Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A Compromise!

No matter how liberal, conscientious, conscious and acknowledging we may have become towards the "Right to Equality" in past 61 years, but some orthodoxy simply refuses to go away completely, though it may be under recession.

A friend of mine told me about this friend of his, who will be getting engaged in a couple of weeks time. The girl, who was working in an immensely popular organization at a respectable position has to resign from her job, to relocate and live with her would be husband. Just a compromise, we may say and escape. But there is no escape from the realms of this sphere of truth, that, this is only one of the thousands compromises in waiting in the girl’s future’s kitty.

Compromises start early for a girl child in India. I have seen them all – from the worst to the subdued.

It feels totally outrageous when even the phenomenally educated people in this era put forth demands before the marriage alliances get arranged. Eg. No working bride.

For thousands of years old human beings chronological history, physical strength has been whole and sole reason for discrimination and oppression of the fairer sex. Male sexuality was unquestionable with proofs of polygamy in all major civilizations across the globe. Female sexuality was a question itself.

Cases of burning innocent women on allegations of Witchcraft have been equally prominent in West as well as East. Renaissance changed the ways of life in West. We are still waiting for ours. Aping Burger-Pizza phenomenon is simply not enough.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

About Vampires, Rabies and Terrorism

Rabies, as written is previous post, is most vivid explaination, I found for Vampires.

Upon pressing the Ctrl+Z buuton, a few thousand times, take me years back and I recall seeing a TOI front-page pic, a Rabies Patient in a cell, chained from head to toe, who, doctors said would die in another 3-4 days.

He was shown scratching walls of that barely 8X8 ft room, helplessly. There was no toilet for him. The soiled floor was an apparent indication.

The image stayed with me forever.

I am not going to pen down all symptoms and effects of rabies. Briefly said, a rabies patient loses mental balance partially, always itching to scratch, bite others; Thus the disease spreads.

The only remedy therefore, once a patient gets past the treatable stage, is to put him in a scluded place till he dies and then cremate him immediately. (I don't want to sound callous and sadistic)

Bats, dogs and monkeys apart from man, are known to bear the Rabies virus.

Conclusively the myths revolving around Vampires are nothing else but Rabies cases that went off control.


Similar to Rabies, the affected person (A man fused with all those eternal knowledge about how to kill to attain heaven) , if beyond a treatable stage has no other treatment. Rehablitation won't work because by the time you will rehablitate him, he would already had infected couple others.

Its awesome how these mathematical things called Geometric Progressions work.

Remember that riddle :

a guy offers you 1000000 Rs per day of a 30-day month.
you have to shell out single buck on day 1, 2 on day2, Rs 4 on day 3 ........
Would you accept his offer??

If u did, You stood at a loss of 30-40 Crores at the end of the month.

My cousin, in army told me once, after release of Mohd. Masood Azhar (the man we released during Plan hijack of IC 814), they used to kill any surrendering Terrorists too during a Combat.

Why put them behind bars?; so that they can ransom the country against their release.

I sometimes dichomitized between whether to laugh or get angry, when all those media reports-

"Stoical Mumbai/Delhi back on track after attacks. Refuse to kneel down before Terrorism"

To hell with Stoical....Sirs and Madams, there are too many indifferent people around. They are indiffent as long as they are not the ones who are affected.

People don't even know who they share their apartments with.


Friday, September 19, 2008

Vampires and Dracula

I read about "Vampires" over past few days.

Like all good things they come in "Variety"

From Chinese vampires (with red contact lenses and hair colored green or pink) to Japanese vampires (Foxes) to Greek Vampires (i found them particularly intersting, with bust of a woman and lower of a serpent, reminded me of my Nagraaj Comics days; remember Visarpi :-).....)

Our modern concept of Vampires, theoritacally, is of a neck-biting, blood-sucking character, who can't be killed; Thanks to all those hollywood oldies as well as recent flicks like Blade and Van Helsing.

I can't help myself from quoting the following text which says India has the oldest history of Vampires:

The ancient home of the Gypsies, India has many mythical vampire figures. The Bhuta is the soul of a man who died an untimely death. It wandered around animating dead bodies at night and attacked the living like a ghoul.

The most famous Indian vampire is Kali who had fangs, wore a garland of corpses or skulls and had four arms. Her temples were near the cremation grounds. She and the goddess Durga battled the demon Raktabija who could reproduce himself from each drop of blood spilled. Kali drank all his blood so none was spilled, thereby winning the battle and killing Raktabija.

Don't know what hindu fanatics can do to this naive writer, who thinks of "Kali" as a Vampire

No discussions about Vampires is complete without "Count Dracula" and "Bats"


Dracula, a fictional vampire character, is believed to be iconic among all the vampires. The first description about Dracula in 1879 novel by same name is as follows:

face was a strong - a very strong - aquiline, with high bridge of the thin nose and peculiarly arched nostrils; with lofty domed forehead, and hair growing scantily round the temples, but profusely elsewhere. His eyebrows were very massive, almost meeting over the nose, and with bushy hair that seemed to curl in its own profusion. The mouth, so far as I could see it under the heavy moustache, was fixed and rather cruel looking, with peculiarly sharp white teeth; these protruded over the lips, whose remarkable ruddiness showed astonishing vitality in a man of his years. For the rest, his ears were pale and at the tops extremely pointed; the chin was broad and strong, and the cheeks firm though thin. The general effect was one of extraordinary pallor.


There are just three (some may argue for four, specially batman fans) species of Bats around the world. And only one of the feeding upon blood. The drawn analogy was inevitable.

The Truth

The most convincing, credible and cogent explaination is Rabies (to be written about in next post)

God bless all!!!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Elvis has left the Building

is a phrase that was often used by public address announcers following Elvis Presley concerts to disperse audiences who lingered in hopes of an Elvis encore. - Source-Wikipedia

Its so amazing, how sometimes, simple worlds convey so much!

I was born nearly a decade after Elvis had died and I havent heard any of his songs, but nonethless agree, without a doubt, they would have been nothing less than phenomenal.....

Thursday, September 11, 2008


हमारी राष्ट्रभाषा है। परन्तु आज ऐसा समय आ गया है कि कुछ मुट्ठी भर लोगों को किसी व्यक्ति द्बारा हिन्दी बोले जाने पर ठेस पहुचती है। आने वाले समय में हिन्दी कि क्या गति होने वाली है, इसका अनुमान लगाना कठिन नहीं है। मुझे अति कष्ट तब पहुचता है जब हिन्दी चलचित्रों के कलाकार गर्वित होके कहते हैं कि वे हिन्दी के पाठ पढ़ रहे हैं।

कुछ समय पहेले मेरे एक मित्र द्बारा मुझे एक बोध कथा भेजी गई। वही बोध कथा जब मैंने अपने सहभागिओं को वितरित की, तब उनमें से अधिकांश को पढने में अत्यन्त कठिनाई हुई। परन्तु ऐसी स्थिति में कभी किसी को कोई ग्लानी ये पश्चाताप नहीं होता। वे गर्वित अनुभव करते हैं। परन्तु किसी को अंग्रेज़ी ना आना उसके अशिक्षित होने का पर्यायवाची हो जाता है.....यह अत्यन्त दुखदायी है।

चलचित्रों की यदि बात करें.... तो याद करें की पहले नाम हिन्दी, उर्दू एवं अंग्रेज़ी में आते ठे....परन्तु अब द्रोद्रोणा और राम रामा बन गए हैं।

हिन्दी चलचित्र के सभी पुरस्कार वितरण समारोहों में हिन्दी का शुन्य समान प्रयोग किया जाता है। हमारे अभिनेता जिस भाषा का प्रयोग चलचित्रों में करके प्रचलित होते हैं, उसी का प्रयोग करने में लज्जित होते हैं। यह लज्जा की बात है......

व्यर्थ रहा जीवन में जो भी प्राप्त किया मैंने
ज्ञात को ताज प्राप्त समस्त अज्ञात किया मैंने
स्मृतिया मधुर सभी सालती रही यद्यपि
जीवन समस्त विस्म्रित्यो को प्राप्त किया मैंने
ज्ञान वो जो अज्ञात के ज्ञात होने से हो प्राप्त
कर विचार प्राप्त समस्त अज्ञान किया मैंने
नश्वर संसार की अनश्वर प्रवृति
बिसार आत्मा को आकृति पूजन की जगत रीति
सम्पूर्ण ज्ञात जीवन कर्म का प्राप्त एक-मात्र
अंत अवम आरंभ से हीन अज्ञात मृत्यु !!!

Monday, September 8, 2008

If only life had Ctrl+Z ......

Life would have been a lot easier.....

No longer tormentising (is it a word!!) decision making phenomena.

No placatory processes for making somebody cross with you.

No fear of your accidental infidelity getting ahead of you to keep punishing you for the rest of your life

No reticence in conversating with your superiors

No mugging up of all that rubbish banal bromidic academic content before your exams. You could always go in the exams and then use that "wonderful combination" on your's life's keyboard, to mug the least that was required

Or on a serious note:

If only you could have informed those who went offices on that fateful morning of September 11, even after missing their morning Buses.
Those poor people of bhuj
Those children who were in the bus that fell in yamuna, on that Friday, the 13th, years ago.

Everyone of us, wishes silently or loudly to have this magistic key combination, in real life.

My thanks and congratulations to Mr. Bill Gates and his Microsoft Inc. (I am sorry Mr. Balmer, Microsoft will always be Mr Gates'.) for coming up with this great idea of rectifying our mistakes.

But Life usually is in a bigger mess than "Deleting few rows of Excel by mistake".

I strongly believe there is a "Ctrl+Z" always around us, limited by need of going back in time. But finding that is no less acheivement.

It may not be as vivacious as a dinasaur to spot, but it is there for sure. "Sorry" is its foster "Granddaughter", which we use in most of the cases to escape some discomforting consequences.

Consider yourself very lucky and thoroughly deserving if you are able to locate it within the "Tome of Life". If you are try to put a bookmark there, as for even years down the line though you dont need it, but when you do, you might not find yourself on the wrong side of the 4th dimension......

If only I was able to locate my "Ctrl+Z"

Friday, September 5, 2008

Perpetual HappYness....

Is Perpetual Happiness just a theoretical concept, that is impossible to realize?

If it is, Why is it so? Perhaps, it is our mind that tells us after a string of joyous moments, another string of despairs is bound to follow. We start to believe, as gained from our experiences, perpetual happiness can't be acheived.

I happens so often, that we are afraid to have a hearty laugh, fearing we would need to cry our hearts out for one or the other reason. Does happiness proscribes celebration? It doesn't , but there are moments when we feel it does.

I have a friend, who used to remind me everytime, i shared a joke, "Please don't make me laugh so much. I have to bear an equal amount of pain later"

So many of us, have this congenital and inveterate belief that life comprises of equal shares of bundles of joys and sorrows. So according to the theory, if you have 100kg bundle of Joys and Sorrows, kindly preserve your joys for the moments of need, usually in your later life.

So, is it easy to dichotomize things into - joy and sorrow? Probably not!

If a flood victim is given chapati and onion to eat, its a joy for him. But try offering the same to a "born with a silver spoon"!

Referring to a same person, also may confuse us further. We may think an event to be a boon one day and a bane the next day.

Finally it all comes down to relative happiness/sorrow.

So, if the definations of joys/sorrows are relative, isn't it incongruous to believe the equal share of each?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

I named this blog Everything because....

That's what I vie to do things/live lives/experience stuff.....but  just like most of you, ( i said, most of you).... I end up doing nothing!!

Doesn't sound strange. Does it?

My comfort zone is very dear to me, probably. I am afraid to walk over traditional courses, people follow. I do get shaken up many times, specially when:

1)  Shahrukh Khan pleads to me "Aap mat ho santusht", "Dream Bigger, and when you dream bigger you can be the king of the world"

2)  When I see movies, where "Ek aam insaan", makes it big, not always monetarily though. Yes, it does happen all around us in real. We may refuse to turn a blind eye towards it, but, they are everywhere around. Maybe they are clouded by hundreds of failures surrounding each of them. Maybe because most of us aren't willing to leave their comfort zone, because they are as humane as I am.

3) When I actually see people, who actually know what they have to do in life, and actually work towards it. I feel happy when they meet with little successes which they chose to share with me. I despair when, a brave attempt by someone is thwarted by others or destiny.

I have started with this blog, to help myself in knowing, what I want from life and what my life wants from me.