Archive | May, 2014

Shamed

31 May

Two stories

Two cultures

Twin nations similar

Separated by a umbilical chord

 

Two stories

Horror stories

Beyond human savagery

A democracy

A aspirational democracy

 

Two stories

Heart wrenching

Beyond abominable

No respect, No love, No nothing

For Girl child

 

No future

No dignity

No respect

No Free will

Not even life

For the girl child

 

What barbarians

What brutes

Scum of the world

One perpetrated by family

One perpetrated by the protectors

What world do we live in?

 

There need be a revolution

A societal revolution

To care, uphold, dignify, love, girl child

 

Shamed

Shamed

Shamed

I am ashamed!!

I read about two horror stories  one in Uttar Pradesh ( India) where two girls were raped and hanged on a tree, Can you imagine the brutality ? The heart breaks for innocent girls. What did their lives come to. The other a young Pakistani woman who was stoned to death by family members outside a court for marrying against their wishes, What kind of family is that?

I feel shamed! I feel ashamed! I can offer a silent prayer! But i feel shamed..

This must change! Somehow!

Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Maya Angelou: A Hymn to Human Endurance

30 May

Maya Angelou: A Hymn to Human Endurance

I wish to share Time magazine obituary of the Inspirational writer-poet Maya Angelou today. The great soul’s life is a testimony that ” Impossible is nothing and nothing is a tragedy.” To quote the writer of this piece, Lev Grossman ” When Maya Angelou was 16 she became not only the first black streetcar conductor in San Francisco but the first woman conductor. By the time she was 40 she had also been, in no particular order, a cook, a waitress, a madam, a prostitute, a dancer, an actress, a playwright, an editor at an English-language newspaper in Egypt, and a Calypso singer (her one album is entitled “Miss Calypso.”) It wasn’t until 1970, when she was 41, that she became an author: her first book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, told the story of her life up to the age of 17. That remarkable life story ended today at the age of 86.” 

Maya Angelou has written seven memoirs. Maya Angelou’s life is also a testimony to human spirit and survival. It also inspires me that if all of us ” could find one voice, that one voice could be our salvation”.  It  could be “writing”  as for great soul, it could be “acting” for other, it could be “dance” for some , it could be “painting”, it could be “business”, it could be a “career in a company”, it could be ” not for profits ”  anything which we can give our heart and mind, we could have a legitimate voice.That voice is important.

I also liked ” she rose at 4 or 5 every morning and went to a bare room at a nearby motel to work, alone with a stack of legal pads, a Bible, a dictionary, a thesaurus, and a bottle of sherry.”  I guess sherry is a bottle of Spanish wine.  I do fancy the writer’s life.

Please also see a embedded video interview by Belinda luscombe, Editor at large at TIME  with Maya Angelou. The writer speaks about her mother delightfully ” She had record players and she danced in the house, she shook  all the time and snapped her fingers, When asked why did she do this, she said ” I am keeping my motor running”. Please also see the delightful interviewer impersonating an intruder’s escape sounds. I discovered the song ” I hope you dance” from this interview. I also like the great soul says in the interview ” I want to write so that the reader in Kowloon ( China), Capetown, Pretoria ( South Africa), Harlem , Boston , so that reader can say ” That’s the truth” “. This is all humble self aspires to in everything.

Life keeps throwing us curve balls and Maya Angelou is a testimony that ” Nothing can defeat human spirit and we can survive very well and with immense grace”.

I leave you with a quote from obituary piece  ” What I would really like said about me is that I dared to love,” Angelou told an interviewer in 1985. “By love I mean that condition in the human spirit so profound it encourages us to develop courage and build bridges, and then to trust those bridges and cross the bridges in attempts to reach other human beings.” We should all dare to love.

May the great soul’s spirit give us vitality ” to survive life and survive handsomely.”

Thank you dear friends!

Run and a promise kept..

29 May

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

  ― Maya Angelou.

( The great departed poet inspires me. I will continue to read as my humble tribute. God Bless great soul)

The great writer- poet is right. You have to like what you do. The way you do it.  I like running. It is a metaphor for me. I had so mentioned in an earlier post ( This above all: to thine own self be true ) a wish to run on the ground. I  ran on the ground yesterday. It was wonderful. So much better than on the road. I will pursue it as much as can. A little poem..

As walk by to find self

Mind full of questions

Heart seeking answers

Somedays found respite

Somedays found hope

Somedays only despair

 

Never a permanent resolution

Done and dusted for life

How could it be?

Life is changing every moment

We need a new thought every time

A new  resolution all the while

 

Why not Run?

Forget the  daily resolutions

For a moment and for a while

One lap for the one you love

One for the one you wish to forget

One more lap to one you truly love

One to bury your miseries and tears

One more lap to happy moments

One to forget those of disgrace

Like the Yin and Yang

Love and loss and more love

You Run, for yourself, for the other

Tired, happily exhausted

A fine resolution…

Some pictures from my yesterday’s run, a mobile camera and blog, has helped me to capture  moments..

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University ground, evening time, will go there more often..

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Happily exhausted after a good evening run..

Everthing is one thought away, then to do it, then doing it is resolution 🙂

Hope you have a lovely day dear friends! And a great resolution!

Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rafa or Novak ? Who is the 2014 french Open favorite ?

28 May

Rafa or Novak ? Who is the 2014 french Open favorite ?

” When they lose they blame their luck, but I’ve put more hours than they have, that’s why I win. That’s my trick 😉 “

― Rafael Nadal ( Twitter/ Rafael Nadal status for a poker win, thus so with tennis also 🙂 )

Source : https://twitter.com/RafaelNadal/status/470234239360057344/photo/1

I am not on Twitter. I think this twitter/ Rafa Nadal status  sounds ominous for a 9th French open title. Rafa Nadal is my favorite sports person of modern times and have done few posts on Rafa. Nobody deserves to win more than Rafa. Not just @ Roland Garros. Everywhere. For grit, hardwork and goodness.

Having said so like Novak immensely. Brilliant player, good hearted, great guy and so much fun.  Please see this story ” Novak Djokovic opened his French Open bid on Monday, his campaign really began back on Saturday. After donating the entire purse (no less than $750,000) from winning the ATP Masters 1000 in Rome, he called on the international community to help him raise funds for recovery efforts in the wake of flooding that has left thousands homeless in the Balkans.”

Source : http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2014-05-28/201405281401265766827.html

So  who will it be this year @ Roland Garros, Novak or Rafa ?

Does Rafa recent fallibility at clay reveal ” minor chink in  armor “,  may be, may be not, chances are Rafa will prevail undisputed “king of clay.” If Novak wins it would be wonderful, no better player in modern times, great game and a wonderful personality.  May be its Novak’s year this year.Novak has just beaten Rafa at Rome.  Just may be…

Either way the game is winner, think the great Roger Federer is the real winner,  twin girls before, twin boys now, isn’t that wonderful 🙂 Give me children any day..

Please see this little survey on Rafa or Novak from Roland Garros 🙂 Hope you have a lovely day dear friends!

Thank you!

 

 

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Gaël Monfils and Laurent Lokoli ‘dance off’

27 May

Please see this lovely dance off between french tennis players Gaël Monfils and Laurent Lokoli @ Roland Garros. Both Monfils and young Lokoli are very good but Gaël Monfils is something else here. Hope you like this video as much enjoyed sharing. This is so much fun. Have a lovely day dear friends!

Thank you!

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Good vibes only..

26 May

 Good vibes only..

Good Vibes is everything. It’s nothing to do with others. It’s not a deed. It may not be visual appeal. It’s something you are. Something inherently you. A beautiful core. All of us have it. All of us must recognize it. All of us lose it. All of us must replenish it. Good Vibes is also ongoing discovery of beautiful you. Good vibes is our gift to the world. Good vibes is also best gift to ourselves.

To share a incident, remember in one of my early jobs my boss had sent me to meet his friend. I knew he was going to evaluate me. I was never born dumb. The guy got wild in between and said in exasperation ” How you come across was more important than your intelligence or something like that.. ” I was both innocuous and had a Indiana Jones expression. I thanked him and left. I guess in a way he was hinting at ” Good Vibes.”

I liked dark humor. One was never shy of saying it in a repartee or just to see a guy’s reaction. It was like a war dance. Some people loved it. Most hated it. My friend who would laugh with me and was more experienced in the industry had told me not to display bland humour. I had told him that asked someone ” Are you Alexander the great? ” My friend had laughed and called me idiot. I guess it was my only entertainment in Life. I was just little naughty. Life was pretty grim.

Nevertheless when young all thought was needed was a ” good heart ” and ” fun”. I later understood that good vibes is really good inner core. Loving. Compassionate. dignified. Considerate.

I relegated dark humor only to private situations. Good Vibes is our gift to the world. It can alleviate human suffering and bring good cheer. It is to keep our inner selves smiling. It can create miracles in life. Work is just a healthy bonus. Health is a bigger bonus. Relationships get better..

” Be happy,be loving and believe in yourself always” dear friends. And one more thing “smile”.

Have a lovely day dear friends! Good Vibes only. Thank you!

This above all: to thine own self be true..

25 May

I had a lapse of grace today. I got a call at 6am from the security guard. It’s a parking dispute. I met a older friend. We had tea and he asked me questions. As is my wont searched for answers and proceeded for my solitary walk. I thought would find my grace. I resolved to  find a new residence this year. I need a new assignment for that. Life has never been easy. Some pictures…Image

I am alone and not in grace. So no will to ” Run”. Its hot too, so just took some pictures, here , there, wherever..Image

A dog was looking at me suspiciously, he probably felt a connection, and had a look of conviction ” a stray dog may be..” . I  refused to acknowledge him, lest he be true..Image

I wanted to sit here for a while, had tried ” walking meditation ”  but was defeated by questioning mind, so let it be..

I came home, thinking would be better, somebody confronted me about parking dispute, just lost it again and felt miserable.. So went the day…

I stepped out in evening, dropped a guest to their residence, went to a ground ( stadium) and just sat there in evening, seeing some people run and some play soccer. I realized today is not my day, another day would have run.  I have never sat alone in a ground just watching for a long time. Like this , looking like a duck..

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It was windy. I was impressed with some people’s run. A four year old girl said to her father ” all you talk about is jogging” and she said so and ran! I decided may be should run on this ground.  Normally me run on the road. So may be soon. If am in grace. Else just walk.I remembered my earlier friends. I have not met them for years. I wondered if they remember me. I decided long time ago to be with my mother and brother. I need to give them a better life now. Many thoughts. I  have two good friends .They have mothered me for last ten years. They don’t live in the city. I always talk to them if am not in grace. May be will speak to them in coming week. I missed my school friend. I thought about my father. I thought about life. Many things. I came back late evening. I was waiting for a call about discussions for my next assignment. The call never came.  I must do better. I must live better.  To quote Cohen ” I’m good at love….. Its in between I freeze”

Not a day of grace, miss having a family, children and all those things..

Some earlier pictures buying a ” saree” for my mother, on her birth day….that was a better day..

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I realized parents ( all parents ) as they get older live only for children, they are totally selfless, so try to make my mother happy, am not a ideal, but always try. I do not know much about sarees, so confused here..

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I try to zero on some..

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I make my pick..

That was a better day. I could implement my plans and was in grace.

Two things,  ” Think about your selfless parents”. and ” This above all, to thine own self be true ” …no matter..

Goodnight friends! Hope you be in grace and have a lovely day! If you have children, much love to them from humble self..

Have a lovely day!  Thank you!