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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Her

Have you seen that girl
Who wears vibrant colours
The sun shines upon her
The grass grows around

The road walks with her
The birds her companions
Across the country and town.

Have you seen that smile
Those rosy cheeks
That glow of skin
That freedom in breath?

Or have you seen her pain
Her anger, her darkness
Tell me what  have you seen of her.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Lord Macaulay's India


We all feel strongly about the British Raj in India and India's struggle for independence. We were done wrong by the British(so were various other countries). Now in the modern day, all countries have learnt to live in mutual harmony, respecting each other's independence.

Recently there was a video circulating on Facebook that showed Lord Macaulay's statement given to the British parliament on Feb2, 1835. It described how he had traveled across the length and breadth of India and saw great richness both in terms of wealth and morals. He said that India had a strong backbone of Spiritual and Cultural Heritage(which i believe, to this date, implies).
He proposed to replace the ancient education system & culture with the British system. He said, "If Indians think that all that is foreign is good & greater than their own, they will become a truly dominated nation."
Basically the video meant to send out the news that some rich guy in India, Mr Sanjiv Mehta, had had his sweet revenge by buying the East India Company.

And we thought we had got over the feeling of revenge and learnt to live in harmony. See what a great thing Mr Mehta did, instead of using his millions of bucks in improving India's infrastructure or helping the ailing, he went and bought a company. 

India was a mess in the pre-colonial 19th century with lots of kingdoms forming and falling successively. Sure we had great resources, but none was put to proper use. Resources were wasted in battles and establishment of the new king's lush kingdom. We were inviting people to come and exploit us. 

The British rule also did good for us. It united us. The Hindus and the Muslims were fighting together instead of fighting with each other. The problem has always been our lack of unity, with our low self confidence, our fake pride and our simplicity to take any liar's words as the truth. The British also helped get rid of practices like Sati and the Purdah system. And if it wasn't for the British rule, half the population of India would still be illiterate, including at least 95% of the female population. 

But i truly believe that all who were a part of scheming and implementing this strategy that Macaulay suggested, if came to life today, would be extremely happy.

We don't know anything about our ancient education system and we still believe that Foreign is Good(what brand of clothes, perfumes etc do you prefer to wear? aren't you paying just anything to have nike, levi's etc? do you ever wear one of those Indian fragrances?), and Khadi industry today produces expensive stuff aimed at the foreign consumers, the tourists. 

Some of us don't even respect our culture anymore. We prefer to wear a one-piece dress in a family function, we want to have a wedding in a gown and we all want to learn hip-hop. (Mind you, arts & apparel  and culture are very much intertwined.)

We all know that the caste system existed way before the British rule, but maybe most of us don't know that it was not wholly prohibitive and repressive until the British rule, when the British started to enumerate castes during the 10 year census and codified the system under their rule; though this was not wholly deliberate on the part of the British. And today our politicians keep the system alive, making it one of the strongest reasons(along with religion) of hatred, feuds, violence and disarray. For those who don't know what the government gets out of separating castes(& religions) based on census and reservations, the simple answer is vote. Census gives the number of possible voters and reservation gives votes. And believe me, it is easy to get an Indian do what you want by fooling them, whether he be illiterate & backward or highly educated & modern. We are guided by anger and not by conscience.

To take revenge with the British, we don't have to buy their companies, we just have to love each other and be united. We need to show them that Divide and Rule might have worked then, but it sure has no effect now. To hell with politics and democracy, we don't need politicians telling us what to do, we can show them that we respect each other and everybody in the entire world without being asked by them. 

We need to be guided by our conscience to use our intelligence.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Quiz Question of the Day! ;P

Identify the work/artist.  

A Page from My School Time Rough Copy

When this world was going crazy
I stood up, for myself and this world
I marched, I worked, I loved
I helped, I created
I blessed, I prayed, I praised

Today the world is a beauty
Full of lush green forests
Little children playing in the gardens
Small families, big families and the biggest, this earth, this world
All happy, all peaceful, all beautiful

And I, I lay here on this barren piece of earth
Bare and brown
No green, no blue, yellow or orange
Just bare brown
It’s growing grey, dark
And I, I wish all of that would actually be true.


i tore the page off and kept it in a diary and was pretty embarrassed. never wrote a thing again.

Master of the Game

I do understand that some people want to know more about things they are interested in. But who says it is compulsory?
It is often seen that in our school curriculum, we are forced to learn about scientists if we want to learn science. Sure knowing about great people and their methods is both inspiring and informative..but what if we want to be absolutely original? One must agree, inspiration does cause adulteration of pure art and innovation. Our subconscious mind does do the Copy-Paste thing.

Can a Scientist not be inspired by his own curiosity instead of Einstein?
Can an Astronomer not be inspired by the stars instead of Galileo?
Can a Painter not be inspired by the landscape instead of Monet ?
Can a Dancer not be inspired by movement instead of Anna Pavlova?
Can a Musician not be inspired by sounds instead of Beethoven?
Can a Writer not be inspired by his own experiences instead of Charles Dickens?

Do we really need to know the Master of the Game to play the game? What inspiration did these people have? Did Galileo read a biography of some person X so that he could do what he did? Did Beethoven listen to many great compositions before he could produce his own?
And would they be respected as much had they read and done, as they are when they have just done.

Google goes for Eye Candy: Check it Out

We all know Google is offering some beautiful background images for the google home page.
But for those who don't already know, in addition to Google Chrome having themes designed by google, it is also offering themes by different artists to match your tastes. (Personally i feel that these themes are better than those offered by google )
These themes range in colour from shades of pink to blue, and from white to black. The patterns include everything between flowers, butterflies and animal prints. Themes also include Toffees, Cars and Games; and ofcourse cartoons(like famous Japanese cartoon, K-On) and celebrities(currently Britney and Mariah were the two i sighted).
Here's a little sample:
Mariah
K-On
The one I'm currently using

God

Here's something i wrote as a child(copied as it is, no editing done) but sill believe in.

Plants provide us with food and oxygen, key requirements of life. Plants are responsible for our lives. They should be God. It's odd we cut and burn our God. (and btw, make our own survival difficult each day)

The Sun gives us light and heat energy. We can't function without this Star.  So sun's also God. And people actually did and do worship the Sun.

So the Waterbodies are God too. Water, the fundamental of life. And we pollute are God.

And lastly, why leave out Human Beings. In this civilised world, we all depend on one another for survival. So each person around us is God.
(And so are the Animals. You know how you don't prefer to wear anything but cotton in summers, remmember where that comes from. )

...well not that i instruct you to worship all of the above, but plead you to show some respect. Everything that we do ultimately effects us. Do it for yourself.

Monday, October 18, 2010

hahaha!!

              Everyday disasters happen so that the people watching may have a laugh. :)


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