Indians are a community obsessed with fairness, unfortunately not of character but of skin. The obsession has risen so much that skin cream companies have done the what was unthinkable a few years back not just produced but notched up high sales of fairness skin for men too; what a shift from ‘Tall dark and handsome’ to ‘Fair and handsome’, fair skin and a six … Continue reading Looking beyond the looks…
It has been raining since early morning. As the downpour turned to a lovely drizzle could not resist walking into the kitchen garden. The clouds… the usual sight now a days … The lady finger…Okra..my favourite…. Taro root, Bitter gourd, Tomatoes, Lemon grass, beans, Bottle gourd…..A healthy mix of vegetables, hopefully should last us through the pandemic…..new will be added as … Continue reading Beautiful day..
Happiness is what we all seek and relentlessly work for in our lives. But how many of us actually achieve it is debatable; leave alone achieving it most of us do not even have a proper definition of it, we do not know what is that we are seeking which will lead us to eternal happiness.
Two things are very deeply ingrained in the Indian psyche: obtaining a college degree and landing up a good job. Most of the students are not bothered what they are graduating in but they just go through the college for three reasons; one it gives them an opportunity to spend good three years of life in the company of peers , friends; two it keeps the parents off their trail, keeps the parents happy and three some think that obtaining a degree will open up avenues for better jobs.
The best side effect of Corona, in my view, was that our God came home; the humans got locked inside the homes and the God got unlocked from the places of worships, the temples.
One thing which always irritated me no end was the religious beliefs and the traditions passed down through generations in every family and being followed blindly. I never understood why I should require a mediator (a religious priest) to converse with my God that too in a language alien to me. Why should a priest be required as a translator to convey my prayers/ wishes to God in a language which I do not understand? Why can’t I converse with my God in the language I speak? Why cannot I speak with HIM whenever, wherever I want to, why is a day fixed and an appointment needed? If I am HIS child, then where is the space for someone else between me and HIM? My God should understand the language I speak otherwise HE is not mine.
Khrimchi is a group of seven temples located on a stream about 12 Kms from Udhampur , J & K, India. Believed to be over a thousand year old according to Archeological Survey of India these were constructed in 8th or 9th AD. Locals believe that Pandavas stayed there for long during exile hence are also known as Pandava temples.
The architecture is typical kashmiri and the main temple is dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, Ganesha and Parvati .
The basic cause of unhappiness in most people’s life comes from failure to understand their why. They spent their lives trying to find out why others are happier than them, earning more money than them or scoring more marks than them; living in the ‘uski saree meri saree se safed kiun’ syndrome (Why her saree is whiter than mine syndrome).
It is a blessing to go for long walks in an open, pollution free and safe environment, specially in this time when the fear of Ms Corona meeting around the corner, unannounced, looms large in every mind. Yes, it is more in the mind, Corona will not catch you unless you to hug and kiss, so practice physical distancing, keep face covered and hands clean. … Continue reading Enjoying the Walk….
We all play the victim card sometime or the other and don’t we excel in this game? Take any relation, parent and child, student and teacher, boss and junior there are normally three characters around whom the story revolves, an oppressor, a victim, and an observer (Victim’s friend generally) and if one is fortunate a saviour comes in some cases. Movies after movies based on this standard theme have raked in huge profits for the producers year after year. Aren’t we still so fond of such stories?
One of the major factors which determines the nation’s standard is the quality of policing, the law and order situation and the government in general and the Police, in particular, has a lot of introspection to do in this aspect.
Every state police force has an inglorious history of committing public atrocities, habitual miss handling of cases, exhibition of in-sensitiveness and getting away with it. A policeman whose sheer presence is supposed to infuse confidence in the mind of an ordinary citizen in fact does exactly the opposite, Hardly any citizen, especially women, is likely to have a good experience to share after visiting a police station.