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Scene I

They look wearied. They look tired. They are an old couple in a lone country. Their entire day is spent sitting in the living room watching TV with usual breaks to make food in between. They are unusually silent. Why are they so despondent? What is bothering them? There is something which is unsaid..something which is locked deep in their heart.

I talked to them. That brought a smile on their face. Even a small conversation seems to cheer them up. Suddenly during the conversation, they became despondent once again. Initially I thought I spoke out something wrong. However, I dint have to wait too much to find out what made them so sad.

I asked them about their son. Then the emotions rushed out from their heart like a volcano erupts after being dormant for a long time. Their son does not have enough time to spend with them. Weekdays are devoted to his work and weekends for his friends.
He does not listen to them. He does not talk to them. He bought this big house for them. They feel what this house is without his love and respect. He stays with them, but he is like a stranger!

“Our only son is a stranger to us”

Scene II

He is young. He is talented. He is vibrant. He works hard and likes to party harder. But he is not happy. Even he is not happy. What on earth makes him sad?!

One day he talked about it over a couple of drinks. He was candid and shot straight from the heart. According to him he sacrificed a lot and continues doing the same.

I asked him to elaborate. After initial hesitation, he indicated the “sacrifices” he made for his parents. They are not happy with him even he tries to do things with the best of his ability. According to him, he sacrificed his freedom staying with his parents. He can’t come back home drunk and partying the entire night. Hence he needs to stay away in the weekend with his friends. He cant do things on his own because his parents don’t like that. He doesn’t want to get married and his parents are upset due to this. He avoids them during the weekdays coz all they have to talk is about his marriage after a hard day at work.

He is trying to do everything he can. He bought a big and independent house sacrificing his dream for a Porsche.  He stays with them coz he understand that this would make them happy. Every parent would like their son to do this. He is willing to do things to keep his parents happy. However at the same time he indicated he has a life of his own. He is not happy.

“My only parents do not understand me”

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A quick post to share with you all a lovely example of what we can call as an “Attitude”.

After an international beer conference in London, all the world’s top brewery bosses decide to go out for a beer together.

The Chairman of Budweiser says, ‘I’d like the most refreshing beer in the world, ‘The King of Beers’: give me a Budweiser.’

The bartender takes a bottle from the shelf and opens it for him.

 The Chairman of Guinness says, ‘I’d like the only beer in the world worth really, truly waiting for: give me a Guinness.’

The bartender serves him.

 The Chairman of Carlsberg says, ‘ I would like the world’s best beer, drunk in more countries than any other: give me a Carlsberg.’

He gets it.

Vijay Mallya sits down, looks around and says, ‘Just give me a Coke.’

The bartender looks at him, shrugs, and serves him.

The other brewery bosses laugh loudly and say, ‘Hey Vijay, how come you aren’t drinking a Kingfisher?’

 ‘Listen,’ says Vijay Mallya, ‘If you guys aren’t drinking beer, neither will I.

 Do we have this in us?! A question worth asking ourselves. Isn’t it?!

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Few days back the world celebrated on the 40th anniversary of human landing on the Moon. Even I was exuberant and was wondering how Neil Armstrong would have felt when he walked the maiden step on the lunar surface. Indeed it was a significant achievement. A significant achievement for humans, a significant achievement for NASA, and most importantly a significant achievement for the Unites States of America!

But all my excitement gets mitigated when I think about the Conspiracy Theory. I never bothered to deep dive and tried to find out why there is a faction of people who believe it was nothing but a fake! But for the last few days I read a lot on this and watched a sensational documentary floated by Fox TV in 2001. This video did put me into a dilemma that whether we ever landed on the moon? Was the Apollo Moon landing fake? Was this the biggest hoax of the history?

Conspiracy theories about the Apollo missions began not long after the last astronaut returned from the moon in 1972.

Read these statistics and the polls conducted on this:

  • Twenty-five percent of respondents to a survey in the British magazine Engineering & Technology said they do not believe humans landed on the moon.
  • 1999 Gallup poll found that 6 percent of Americans doubted the Apollo 11 moon landing happened, and there is evidence that the ranks of such conspiracy theorists, fueled by innuendo-filled documentaries and the Internet, are growing.
  • Officials for Fox television stated that such skepticism increased to about 20% after the February 15, 2001 airing of that network’s TV show titled Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?, seen by approximately 15 million viewers
  • A 2005-2006 poll by Mary Lynne Dittmar, a space consultant based in Houston, Texas, found that more than a quarter of Americans 18 to 25 expressed some doubt that humans set foot on the moon.
  • A 2000 poll conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Fund found that 28% do not believe that American astronauts have been on the Moon

Bill Kaysing, which built rocket engines for NASA’s Apollo program, published a 1974 book, “We Never Went to the Moon: America’s Thirty Billion Dollar Swindle.”  In the book, Kaysing argued that NASA lacked the technology in 1969 to land humans safely on the moon, that the Apollo astronauts would have been poisoned by passing through the radiation belts that ring the Earth and that NASA’s photos from the moon contained suspicious anomalies.

Well one may not believe what Kaysing theorized. But when you peek into the evidences around which he postulated this theory, it will surely set you thinking. My belief did shake when I watched the Fox TV documentary named as “Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?” that spotted eerie “inconsistencies” in NASA’s Apollo images and TV footage.

Lets look at few of those argument, and then you folks tell me your views on this. Do you also think that the USA managed to pull off the biggest hoax of the history!

One of the reasoning given by Kaysing is that how come there are no blast craters are visible under the landing modules. Which to me seems quite correct!!

No Blast Crater

No Blast Crater Below the Module's Descent Engines

 

One of the biggest evidence is the picture which shows the USA flag waving. If there is no wind and air in the Moon, then how come a flag can ripple in a breeze? Check out the below picture

The Waving Flag

The Waving Flag

 

How about this one? The astronaut appears bright inspite of he being in shadow.

The Atronaut appears bright inspite of being in shadow

The Atronaut appears bright inspite of being in shadow

 

This one needs a closer view. The argument is that the shadows intersect instead of running parallel, suggesting the presence of an unnatural light source!

Shadowsintersect rather than running parallel

Shadowsintersect rather than running parallel

 

Well, there are umpteen reasoning like such which made a faction of people believe that we humans never landed on the lunar surface. Well, one would be thinking then where these pictures have been clicked. The Conspiracy Theory followers justify this as well. According to them, the entire event was simulated and filmed in heavily guarded military base known as Area 51.

Now comes a very important point that even if this was a hoax, how could the US  managed to pull this off when there were so many people involved esp the astronauts. Now, strange it may sound or someone may call it is a coincidence, but there were astronauts related to this mission who died in mysterious ways! Three of them got killed when a fire swept through the capsule of Apollo 1. One of the astronauts died in a freaky car accident. One died in a plane crash. Does this mean that the US Government chose to silent the potential whistle-blowers? Might be or might be not!

So folks, what do you think now? Was this a $30 billion swindle? More importantly, did we even land on the moon?

Do check out the Fox documentary on this. It will surely startle you.

Also, for complete details (more information and more elaborated) visit the below sources:

www.en.wikipedia.org  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_Moon_landing_hoax_conspiracy_theories)

www.cnn.com

www.google.com

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I have no qualms to admit that I learn from people I meet in different walks of my life. I learn from their experiences and that is how I grow. I also have no qualms to admit that I cannot be perfect and sometimes I am unable to imbibe that learning in entirety, but yes it does affect me and some of them become a part of me.

It was the same again this time. I met few people and learnt from them, but there was something which was different this time. I dint meet them in person. Rather I met them here itself, the virtual world of blogging. There have been immense learning while interacting with other bloggers, reading their thoughts and assimilating their perspective. This post of mine is about one of the learnings I picked up in this process which now I believe would be a part of me .

I follow this amazing blog aquarianlady.wordpress.com where the author, Rani, talks about her experiences. In one of her posts, she shared one incident where she did something extraordinary which influenced me to the extent that it completely redefined my perspective towards a particular thing.

Here is the gist of her post (of course you should read the original post of hers!) Wait..wait..lemme put the content as it is!!

An excerpt from her blog: (Click here to read her entire post.)

We reached half-way about and got caught in the mind-wrecking traffic jams. I was cursing the red light under my breath when I saw a young girl begging at the signal. Yes, the kinds I ache on seeing. She went from one vehicle to another. She religiously cleaned the wind-shield. At two-wheelers, she bent and wiped of the dust on the foot-rest. Not a very nice sight. Even though, my heart cries out at their plight, I never entertain them with money. I give them a bite if I have anything with me at that moment, but coins, never! And that because I have seen how mercilessly, their parents (or whoever) snatch it away from them. They do that with the food too, I know. So this girls comes to our bike and I turn away my face. She stood there for a few odd seconds and I continued to look elsewhere. The signal turned green. The guy kick started his vehicle. I turned to looks at the child, and she was going away. That’s when I realise that she hadn’t begged. She hadn’t cleaned the bike, she hadn’t opened her palm for coins, she hadn’t even said a word. Those few seconds, all she did was fiddled with my kada. I saw her smiling as she walked away. I smiled back at her. The bike just began moving but I found a still moment to snatch it off my wrist and give it to her.

Her smile brightened. My heart lightened.

(Thanks Rani..for letting me pick up the content as it is from your post. This was important coz the way you have expressed it in your own words…It couldn’t have been better! )

The elated face of this girl would have been so gratifying. This is something which she would treasure forever. She will wear it, flaunt it and whenever she will look at it, it will light her face.

Dint it trigger a thought inside you? Dint it touch your heart?

I did to me. And it did enough to change my perspective towards offering few coins and feeling good that I have indeed done one good thing today. I would never deny the fact that giving a penny to beggars (who actually in need of it) is not a good deed..sometimes the circumstances is such that you don’t have a choice.

But even if I had a choice not to give money, I still used to give coins. But this time I did it different.

Few days back, I was buying chocolates and chewing gum (one with those individual strips wrapped up individually in one pack) from one of the general stores. I found a small girl child with torn clothes and dull face walking towards me. She tugged at my arm and looked at those stuffs I just bought. Anyone could have read those eyes..it spoke with utter force what that girl is aching for. I thought of something…I gave her the chocolates and chewing gum I bought. Her eyes lightened up. The dull face was replaced with a brightened one. She was fiddling with the chewing gum pack. She finally opened it and gobbled one piece. One look at her face and I could say that she would have tasted a chewing gum for the first time. She smiled and jumped.

I walked away. I turned back. She was busy with her new found stuff. She looked up and smiled again.

That smile was indeed gratifying and it filled my heart with satisfaction.

Sometimes meeting people in person is not required to learn good things in life. Isn’t it?

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TIME_Magazine_October_27_1947_cover

When I looked at this cover page, myriad thoughts crossed my mind. Who started it? Why it happened? And most importantly, when it will end?

This is the cover page of a renowned magazine “Time” issue dated October 27, 1947.

The thoughts at the moment is not what who did what to whom. Those were the days when the religious communities forayed into complete madness. Hindus killed the Muslims who were leaving India and Muslims did the same.

There is no point in reminiscing over the past. Only if, this spilled over partition war would have been over. It never ended. Only the scope changed..changed to engulf more innocents!  

Its been ages the partition happened. New generations have come. The generation which don’t carry even a single thread of the partition personally. But how unfortunate it is, in spite of these changes the parts of 1947 event are still intact, ready to kill each other at every possible opportunity.

This cover page reflects the sad face of India partition. The Goddess holding the united India and pushing the dagger deep down inside the heart of the nation, only to spill blood! The cut which never healed and the blood never stopped flowing. Was it ever required in its first place?!

History's Biggest Migration.

History's Biggest Migration.A young refugee sits on the walls of Purana Qila, transformed into a vast refugee camp in Delhi.

Young Refugee in Delhi in 1947

Young Refugee in Delhi in 1947

 (Images Courtesy: Wikipedia)

Shock reverberates in my body when I think of the train massacre. What made the humans so inhuman that they dint realize what they were doing. Brutally murdered each other. No woman spared. Raped and killed every one of them. There are more to this which cant even stated here.

A political decision which took away thousands of lives in exchange. They did it in 1947. Then in 1992. Repeated something similar in 2002. In some form or other, you never let the scar of partition to be healed. You politicians! You all have paved this way for us. The trodden path where we don’t know when a bomb will go off killing us.

The demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992

The demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992

Bajrang Dal activist during Godhra riots

Bajrang Dal activist during Godhra riots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And we, the common people..how foolish can we be?! How can one be swayed away to become a counterpart of such political gimmicks. How on earth one can even think that killing others will give them the sense of freedom, a belief that they did contribute to the humanity!

These pictures did evoke the disdainful facts of those horrifying blood bath everytime when a bomb took away innumerable innocent lives. And every one of us knows that this will not end, atleast not in the near future!

Rather we have elevated to a next level. Our own country-men want to further draw regional lines. Raj Thackrey with his followers want only Marathis in Maharashtra, Tamils want their own independence.

The naxalite & banned organizations like MCC, ULFA, and PWG fighting for their rights….what rights?! God knows what they want!  More killing, more extortions, more blood-bath! And they call it liberation!

Liberation from what…liberation for what! Sigh!

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There were these two different events I recently read in the newspaper. Starkly different!

Tamil Nadu Police recently adopted a technology to curb crimes and ensure our senior police officials accountable for any inaction. TN Police published a mobile number on which the civilians can SMS their complaints if they witness any crime happening near by, etc. The software will pick up the message and send back the confirmation message to the sender with a unique complaint number which can be tracked in future date. The system will automatically identify the area and will push the message to one of the senior police officials of that area police station.

Whoa! Technology! Amazing it is. I dunno the real workflow of this system, but it sounds promising. The idea behind this is promising. Surely, it is an attempt to move towards something better which spills confidence among the common janta.

But hey! Hold On! In a short moment, I lost all my confidence! Wait till you read the next event and then tell me if you dint feel the same?!

The very next moment, I read one horrendous news in the same newspaper. (Horrendous is too light a word for such an incidence!) . “Four Policeman sexually assaulted a woman in the Police Station itself !”

I was like…Shocked!! WTF!

Even the Station House Master was a partner in this crime. Of course this incident happened in Delhi, the city with never dying cases of sexual assaults! These bast*** immoral police (shall I even call them Police!) men came to this female house to take her husband in remand for some questioning. Since he was not there, they asked her to accompany them to the Police Station. She went with them, and what on earth these bast****s did!! Shame. Utter Shame!

What an irony! There is this police force that is using technology to mitigate crime and their counterparts in another place are surpassing every single bit of crime!  😦 😦

I am in complete loss of words. I mean..these are the guyz who are suppose to protect us, right!!! It reminded me of a similar unfortunate event that happened in Mumbai, where a girl was sexually assaulted by a police man inside the police booth roadside.

I shudder when such horrific incidents comes in my mind.

Shall I take a gun and go on a shooting spree killing these bast***s!   😦 😦

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Last month I posted one post seeking an answer to the question: What is true love? I dint receive much answers 😦 , but the answers I received were truly great 🙂 !! Thanku Arial & Pinky 🙂

The reason why I am revisiting this now is because I came across a list of answers which defines love from the best of the lot – a group of children spanning from age 4-8!! Even though my question was on a different platform but these definition of love framed in these petite children surpasses the significance of my question.

I don’t know the real source but I received this as one of those thousand forwards we get bombarded with in our mail-box. But this is really heart-touching and I am sure the answers given are broader and deeper than anyone could imagine, esp if it comes from the baby lot!!

The question was posed to a group of 4-8 year-olds – “What does love mean?” Here are the answers…and there is not one, not two, not even ten amazing answers..there are more than that…..!!

      ‘When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore.

   So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love..’

 

                              Rebecca- age 8

 

 

       ‘When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.

           You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’

 

                               Billy – age 4

 

 

‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’

 

                               Karl – age 5

 

 

‘Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.’

 

                              Chrissy – age 6

 

 

 ‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’

 

                               Terri – age 4

 

 

‘Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.’

 

                               Danny – age 7

 

 

 

  ‘Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more.

 My Mommy and Daddy are like that.. They look gross when they kiss’

 

                               Emily – age 8

 

 

 

 ‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.’

 

                           Bobby – age 7 (Wow!)

 

 

 

  ‘If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,’

 

     Nikka – age 6 (we need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet)

 

 

 

 ‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.’

 

                              Noelle – age 7

 

 

 

‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.’

 

                               Tommy – age 6

 

 

 

 ‘My mommy loves me more than anybody You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night..’

 

                               Clare – age 6

 

 

 

 ‘Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’

 

                               Elaine-age 5

 

 

 

‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.’

 

                               Chris – age 7

 

 

 

‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.’

 

                             Mary Ann – age 4

 

 

  ‘When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’ (what an image)

 

                               Karen – age 7

 

 

‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.’

 

                               Mark – age 6

 

 

 

‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’

 

                              Jessica – age 8

 

 

 And this one is really heart-touching:

 

  Ken is a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.

 

Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.

 

When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said,

 

                     ‘Nothing, I just helped him cry’

 

I can see your face….even I was gaped in awe and amazed!! Truly amazing, na?

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