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Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Twins - A Poem By Henry S. Leigh

Brilliant poetry by Henry S. Leigh !!! I have loved this poem ever since I was a child !! ************************************************************************
In form and feature, face and limb,
I grew so like my brother,
That folks got taking me for him,
And each for one another.
It puzzled all our kith and kin,
It reached a fearful pitch;
For one of us was born a twin,
Yet not a soul knew which.
One day, to make the matter worse,
Before our names were fixed,
As we were being washed by nurse,
We got completely mixed;
And thus, you see, by fate's decree,
Or rather nurse's whim,
My brother John got christened me,
And I got christened him.
This fatal likeness even dogged
My footsteps when at school,
And I was always getting flogged,
For John turned out a fool.
I put this question, fruitlessly,
To everyone I knew,
"What would you do, if you were me,
To prove that you were you?"
Our close resemblance turned the tide
Of my domestic life,
For somehow, my intended bride
Became my brother's wife.
In fact, year after year the same
Absurd mistakes went on,
And when I died, the neighbors came
And buried brother John.
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Politics & The Role of the Common Man - Vote !!

The Reality - Aristotle in his 'politics' called man a political animal by nature, meaning that to be human is to want to live in civilized, orderly and harmonious relations with one's fellows in the state. Plato had called this 'desirable condition' for both man and society but for today Plato would have been compelled to take back his words, since today 'politics is the last refuge of the scoundrel'. Seems to be a bold statement but is very true to the actual reality. Today corruption is a way of life, divided by communalism, with congested roads and drains and a population which continues to explode. Bribery, corruption & nepotism continue to ruin the country's financial, administrative and social fiber. Resolutions are being passed, meetings being held, parliament houses being adjourned due to erratic behaviour by our so called politicians. We live where a large population of the country wishes and works towards a day to transform dreams to reality, where food is luxury, liquor is a necessity and peace is a rare commodity. To the common man, who barely can make ends meet - travel is torture, bribery is part of administrative procedure and poverty a pre-requisite for Indian citizenship.

The Challenge - Today the challenge of political courage looms larger than ever before, just to enlist a few those are up our sleeves:

  • Our political life is so expensive with expenditure during the times of elections and z-securities.

  • Economic development when the world is being swept by the recession wave.

  • Social upliftment and bridging the gap between the rural and urban areas.

  • The ever increasing threat from a neighbour who has pushed the country's patience to the ultimate level of tolerance.

Politics and society have an unbreakable relationship. It should be mutual and enhancing one, both parties should have an abiding concern with the structure of our social order. To address the long and short term objectives to ensure our growth as a nation (in all spheres - political, social, economical etc). Haven't we had parties and politicians who have been worth the post they have held. Yes! we have, but such men have been few and far. Political parties want to be on record for doing something now, something they can point to as achievement of theirs and failure of their competing political dragons, something they can point to at re-election time. So the drumbeat goes on for more promises (both kept/not kept) and more policies (both implemented/unimplemented) Stating one of the practical jokes on politicians: An Indian politician went to the US to visit his counterpart. When the Senator invited him home for dinner, the minister was very impressed by the lavish mansion, grounds and the costly furnishings. He asked "How can you afford all this on a meagre senator's salary?"The senator smiled knowingly and took him to the window.

"Can you see the river?"

"Yes"

"Can you see the bridge over it?"

"Of course", said the minister.

"10 per cent", said the senator smugly.

Some time later, he had occasion to pay a return visit. The Indian minister lavished all hospitality on him. When they came to his house, the American was stunned by the huge palace the minister had built, glittering with precious art, hundreds of servants etc. etc."How can you possibly afford this, on a salary in Rs?', he asked.The minister called him to the window.

"See the river over there?"

"Sure", cried the senator.

"Can you see the bridge over it?"

The senator looked, was confused, peered closely and said - "No, I don't see any bridge."

"100 percent", said the minister!!

This truth is our challenge, where parties don't hesitate when it comes to gaining political mileage out of a situation whatever it be, where the center and state can play blame games while the common man suffers, where it is alright to ignore the common man, simply cause they are so many in number, where in the name of the spirit of a country or city the common man adopts a 'chalta hai' attitude, where violence is a way of life against the meek and unarmed and the oppressor is running scot free.

The Role of the Common Man: You & Me - They say reality hits real hard. And the reality is that we live in a time when a politician can say: 'I came, I saw, I corrupted', and get away with it. What dirty politics requires is a whack in the right place and a good clean scrubbing. Indian politics needs to undergo a sea change to meet the challenges and demands of modern India, and the change has already begun. Every change has to begin in the minds of men first. We need a breed of leaders with thoughts and ideas to grease the wheels and not the palms of this nation. We must be the change we wish to see in the world !! And i believe we all can make that little/big difference in our own way. I don't know about politicians but i will want to say: 'I came, I saw, I contributed'. To bask in the glory of the rights of this constitution isn't enough, we must perform our duties too. To begin with Vote !! I will be voting , what about you ?

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Cherish Life and Loved Ones ...


Death has always intrigued one and all, some fear it, some face it with all might, whatever be the case we all want to live as long and live a healthy life. But thatz just 'I','me','myself' facing death. How do we feel when we lose someone near and dear suddenly ?
        A kid goes off to school on his bicycle and is struck by a car and killed. Normally, his mother drives him to school. “If only I had not let him ride his bicycle!” cries the mother.         One morning, a couple have a quarrel because the checking account is overdrawn. He leaves for work angry. She is defensive and calls after him, “If you made more money ...” Suddenly at work, the husband has a heart attack and dies. “If only I could tell him I’m sorry,”.         Mother and teacher-astronaut, Christa McAulifffe, along with six other astronauts, is killed as the nation watches the Challenger explode a minute after take-off on Jan. 28, 1986. Her daughter’s plea, “Don’t go, Mom,” seen on TV haunts the memories of children and parents the nation over.
Work, friends, social circles can help deal with personal crisis situation. But as the suffering sucks into us we suck ourselves into work or any other escapade, at the end there is no respite. And certainly, only the one who has lost in life knows that the tragedy never goes away. "You'll get over it..." It's these clich├ęs that cause the trouble, they just do not seem to work. To lose someone you love is to alter your life for ever. The pain may begin to fade, there are new people, but the gap never closes. I guess life just tends to suck us into its busy schedule once again. Time does heal those painful bouts, the loss of life, not sure if it heals completely, it does lessen the intensity of the pain once experienced but it can never fill the void.
The impact of sudden situations like these is terrible. It allows no time for goodbyes, no time to make amends or ask forgiveness for harsh words spoken in trivial quarrels, and no time to express the love one feels but doesn't verbalize. Its at times like these that we realise how important it is to cherish all the good and nice things in life for you never know when life will cease to exist.
It is these life changing moments that make us ponder on how much we take life and our loved ones for granted. Its important to take note of family and friends and what they mean to us, to acknowledge their love & care, unyielding support or even their mere existence that makes everything around us seem normal. If we do it today and always we may be able to save ourselves from the 'If only's'. Cherish life while it is still there, nuture it with love, pamper your loved ones with care. Tough situations are part and parcel of life, dont let life's adversities extinguish the flame of happpiness and love. You live life only once, live it well.

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Search For A Blog URL Name

Well ! This wasnt supposed to be my first blog topic ! But as providence would have it, it turns out to be the first. Talking about my blog URL, I always wanted it to be something that appealed to me and my thoughts and hence i embarked on a journey of churning out blog titles thought after thought, clicking the "Check Availability" button with optimism hoping to find one soon. But i must say it was quite a journey this one. For records i kept on saving each of the blog titles that got rejected (only out of amusement, i was not bitten by the "Archive" bug). The list is as follows:

life24by7, rendezvouswithlife, followyourmind, growthroughlife, languageofthought, ifthemindcouldspeak, whatsinaname, writingsonthewall, candid-expressions, expressmyself, mindtalk, straightfromthehead, expressions-unlimited, lifealltheway, thoughtstreams, thoughtsgalore, thoughtsandwritings, thoughtsunplugged, expressionsunplugged, readmymind, readmythoughts

And finally when my thought reserves were about to dry up for the night, "tuneintomythoughts" struck ! And whoa !!! It was available too !!!! :) I actually felt ecstatic and a subtle realisation sunk into me that this is the price one pays for not having hit the blogging scene at its inception :) But as they say, better late than never !!

Welcome to "tuneintomythoughts" !!!

Happy to have begun .....