Monday, May 25, 2009

Globalisation -- Attack in Austria, riots in India

Once again, there's only one story airing on all news channels - "Riots in Punjab, again".
When i heard the news, the first feeling I had was that of sorrow, but when i got to know the cause of the riots i felt disgusted.

The verdict of this year's elections clearly shows that the people of India have voted for a govt that can take our country to a very respectable place on the global map in terms of development and globalisation. But, will the govt be able to work on this agenda of development if the very first thing that it has to handle, after being elected, is this unwanted and ever-concluding internal violence?

I don't think that India can climb up the ladder of global recognition, in terms of development, if it continues to be involved in such incidents. These incidents are happening very frequently in our country - be it in the form of a protest over some 'Dera' chief's public act, or the beating up of girls in Karnataka, or the gujjar-meena conflict, or the amarnath land row, or the injustice done to the people from UP and Bihar in Maharashtra. And now this..

All these people, who are involved in the violence, call themselves to be the beleivers of God and the followers of the His teachings given to them by one of His messengers. But did their God convey any such message of destruction and hatred against the common innocent people? Did Guru Nanak preach to burn the buses in anger, or did Sri Ram tell his people to beat girls?

What do the buses and trains in Punjab have to do with the killing of a man in Vienna ? Why burning trains and damaging public properties, and harming innocent people, when they have got nothing to do with the incident?

When is all this meaningless fighting going to come to an end? The peole of India, be of any cast or religion, must try and move towards a broader and a more tolerant way of thinking and acting. People have to start thinking practically and more 'nationally' than 'regionally'. If a step is not taken in this direction, a better India is far from being even at the horizon..

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Dil Chahata Hai Fort, Panaji - Goa..

Here i quote one of the best experiences of my life in the past 4 years...
After getting free from the CAT and other MBA entrance exmas, I and my friends planned a trip to Goa in Jan this year. Here is an account of one of the days on the trip..
After spending the day at Vegator and Miramar beaches, we ended up at the Chapora Fort (more commonly known as the "Dil Chahata Hai" fort). Having been tired of the entire days travel and the heat, at first I was irresolute in deciding whether to walk up the hill to reach the fort or to go back to our guest house and rest. But then, because of the insistance of some friends and also because of some unknown desire I decided to go ahead.
As soon as I reached the hill top I realised that the decision I took was the best one I had taken on the entire trip. We reached the fort at around sunset time. Sea breeze was blowing and the entire city of Goa could be seen from the top. It was only us and the "mother nature" around us, earth in its crude form. The cooling breeze vanquished all our tiredness. I could feel a sense of purity & spirituality in each and every breath I took.
Although we were six friends, but fortunatley I got some time to spend with one of my friends whose thoughts in the field of spiritual and rational thinking I respect the most. The association of the movie tag "Dil Chahata Hai" with the fort made the atmosphere around that of true friendship. As the movie had 3 friends, I very strongly missed Kakkar(Ankur) over there,who was not there because of some freaking "family function" of his in Delhi. However, coming back to the fort, when I told my friend about how I wanted the serenity of that moment to continue throughout my life, he told me some very nice things. He told me that feeling that sense of purity is what spirituality is all about. He made a very good point -- if sea had no waves i.e. if the sea was not active then it would have lost its essence. It is its duty to keep itself turbulent and if it does not comply to this duty, which is assigned to it by 'nature', then its existence is meaningless. Similarly, if you are not doing what you are supposed to do, which is again decided by the 'nature', then you are existing without any meaning.
Aim of a person should be to work towards attaining that sense of purity & serenity (which is what actually 'spirituality' is), and the duty of every person is to work towards attaining that aim.
With that small conversation coming to an end, the Sun was set and my other friends returned, and we started our journey back to the guest house. Those 20 mins spend with my friend, at the place attributed to true friendship, form one of the best memories of my engineering life..

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Hi friends.. welcome to my blog..

Here i am...I have long been willing to maintain a blog and now its being done. My college is just over and the only happy thing about it is that i have successfully become an engineer, with a secured job, for the time being ;). Now that many of the people, who had become an important part of my life in these 4 years of engineering, will be moving away from me, here comes my blog where i will share some of the most amazing experiences of my college-cum-hostel life : some fun moments, some ever-lasting memories, some learning experiences and some insight gained into the meaning of life and its various aspects..
Also there will be an exchange of thoughts on various other topics like politics, sports etc but those will be subdued until I get over this "leaving the college" thing ..:)