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Saffron, white and green

’tis that time of the year again when patriotism is in the air; the tri-colour all over headlines and timelines.

The one thing that binds all Indians together irrespective of religion, caste and creed.

It may be short-lived in this modern world, but it is genuine – something that brings the worldwide Indian community closer; something that makes us proud.

You can take an Indian out of India, but you can never take India out of an Indian.

The one time when the sense of patriotism supercedes all the ills that plague us.

The I-day school march past in childhood, the jalebi, the national anthem – pleasant memories. 🙂

Long Live India. Jai ho!

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/indias-64th-independence-day/article572547.ece#im-image-0
Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/indias-64th-independence-day/article572547.ece#im-image-0
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First impressions

First impressions generally tend to sway towards extremes of good or bad. You either feel “Wow, he is so awesome!”, or “OMG! She is so beautiful” or “This place is so boring”.

I may be wrong, but this is what I generally experience. And sometimes it is better left at that. Because there is a dark side to everyone, which is better left unexplored.

I also usually have very strong first impressions about people/places/things. And more often than not, it takes a lot of effort to change that.

For eg, if I have a bad first impression about XYZ, it takes my mind a lot of convincing and suppression to accept later on that he is actually quite amicable.

Call me judgemental, but unfortunately (or fortunately), that’s how I work. My emotions are impulsive and rigid. It is hard to change.

10,000!

Today I’m 10,000 days old on my favourite planet, the Earth.

What kind of weirdo keeps track of such a milestone (if I can call it that), you say? Well I thought that too.

Many months ago, when I was utterly jobless and surfing the net, I chanced upon a site which gave weird stats like this one. I had subconsciously kept a reminder for this day and conveniently forgot about it.

Until today. When my phone beeped to wish me ‘Happy 10,000th day’.

I was like “Huh?”. It took a few seconds for me to completely comprehend what I was reading.

It brought a smile to my face when I thought about my stupid self setting a reminder for this day. Being 10,000 days old is probably not a great achievement. Nothing to celebrate either.

But I already crossed 18. And then 25. Probably the next milestone would be the half-century. Until then I might as well contend myself with an intermediate one. :p

10,000 days on Planet Earth. And what have I achieved thus far? Though not a complete failure, I’m still skeptical about myself. Have I done enough? Have I seen enough? Have I touched enough hearts? Have I actually achieved something?

Maybe yes. Maybe not so much. Either way, I probably have another 10,000 at least (I hope). And I may as well use this day to remind myself to do more, see more, be a better person. After all, what else is life?

Humanity

I work at a teaching hospital in a small district in India. Treating the sick is not only my job, but the kind of humanity that I believe in.

For this week’s photo challenge, I have attempted to put together few photographs of patients that we treated at our hospital. The quality of the photographs may not be all that great, but the satisfaction and happiness that those pictures give is unimaginable.

So here are a few snaps…

1. A 22 year old mother who couldn’t hold back her tears when she saw her child for the first time. Both of them were admitted in different ICUs following a operative misadventure. I was lucky to capture this pic at the right moment.

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2. This young man came with a bad lung infection which was eventually corrected by surgery. This ‘before’ and ‘after’ pic is the fuel that keeps us going. 🙂

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3. This picture shows an 83 year old with his grandson in the background. Neglected at home, this gentleman was brought to us in a very bad state. He had to undergo an amputation of his leg. And this pic was when he was being rehabilitated.

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I could probably go on and on. But each of these people have a story to tell, which is beyond the scope of this post! So, here is a collection of few other favourite patients…

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In response to Weekly Photo Challenge – Humanity

DON(‘t upd)ATE.

The dictionary defines ‘donate’ as ‘to give (money or goods) for a good cause, for example to a charity’.

I wish for all the people to actually understand what that means. Because in the wake of the recent Ice Bucket Challenge, the word seems to have lost its meaning.

Donating for a good cause is a noble deed. Any kind of donation – monetary, social support and even just your time – is valuable.

But, I bet all of you saw (and continue to see) the challenge supporting the ALS group. Donate 100 bucks or save 90, take the challenge and nominate 3 others. The idea in itself, I must say, was quite interesting in that the nomination chain kept continuing ensuring more donations.

Where it got irritating was when facebookers started trolling it and started using it as a joke. It just poked fun on the diseased adding insult to injury.

I am not implying that one disease is more serious and the other is trivial. A disease is a suffering, however less people it may inflict. No arguments there.

But there should certainly be a line, right? I don’t know if it’s just me, but my earnest advice is that if you really want to donate, donate. Not to update your FB status, but for the cause.

Donate. Don’t update.

The Coconut

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Bow to the Almighty, shed the negativity

Break open the ego, let the soul flow

Frayed the coconut may be

But with Him, peace be with thee


Among Hindus, coconut holds a symbolic value in worshiping any deity. The hard shell generally is considered to be one’s ego which is broken to let the water (one’s soul) out and then taste the fruit after bowing to God.

This week Indians celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in honor of Lord Ganesha. I took this photo during the pooja at my house. In the background, you can see the turmeric, fruits and flowers offered during pooja. It coincided well with the challenge of the week Fray and, hence, this post.

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A small disclaimer: I am not religious. More of a hypotheist. More on that in a future post. Keep visiting. 🙂

Racists & Rapists – Unnecessary Evils

At a time when the world’s largest democracy marches forward under the leadership of a new government, expectations are high and patience is low. The change of leadership has yet to show its impact on the rising atrocities against a certain gender and a certain race.

The rising rate of rapes and racial discrimination against the North-East is not just concerning, but alarming. India was recently labelled as the worst place to live for a woman among the G20 countries by The Guardian. Meanwhile, politicians don’t seem to be helping the matter. Either they are not aware or they just don’t care. As long as the votes keep coming…

While one part of the globe is witnessing warring countries, another part is witnessing war of a different kind. Rife with increasing cases of rape and racial discrimination. India is at war with itself.

We celebrate our 68th Independence Day on 15th August, 2014.

What are we celebrating for? We were freed from one tyrant only to be ruled by another. Only difference – the present day villain resides in the minds and therefore harder to banish.

An introspection is in order. Urgently.

For a nation that aspires to be a superpower one day, issues such as these will simply hold us down. A lot needs to be done. Wake up countrymen…

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
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I am sober – and I’m proud of it.

Yes, I don’t drink. So what?

Certain people do certain things. And certain people don’t do certain things. It’s a personal preference.

“You don’t drink? Seriously?”   Yes, I don’t. Is it so hard to believe? Just because you have a weak mind and tipple to lower your inhibitions, doesn’t make me less of a person. In fact, I may more likely have a stronger mind than you do.

“Drinking is a sign of the ‘real man’. Don’t be a sissy.”   A ‘real man’ doesn’t require alcohol to face his problems or to have fun. I attempt to solve my problems on my own without depending on spirits. Time to return to ‘real’ity, sir.

“C’mon, don’t be shy. Try it.”   I don’t shy away from drinking per se. I shy away from the thought of letting booze take control of my actions. You are already wasted. Don’t waste another life.

“You are missing out on the good part of life.”   I am happy the way I am. If there is anything that can make me happier, alcohol is the last thing on that list.

“Hey, I’m sorry for what I said/did last night. That wasn’t me. That was the alcohol talking.”   Be a man and own up to what you said/did. You probably deserve double the punishment.

“A li’l alcohol is actually good for your body.”   Well, so is exercise and a balanced diet. When was the last time you jogged and ate healthy on a regular basis?

“You need to drink to socialize.”   No. You need to be social to socialize. Alcohol, on the other hand, can unmask the ‘anti-social’ in you.

It pains me to see a person ‘drinking for fun’ turn to ‘occasional drinker’ turn to ‘social drinker’  which most often culminates in ‘addiction’.

Problems? If alcohol was a problem-solver, then beer barons would have been saints. Isn’t it wiser to face your problems than use alcohol as a shield.

Fun? There are a million other things in life to do for fun which are better (and inexpensive) substitutes. Hobbies, trips, friends, books… An addiction to these is welcome!

Lastly, how about this…

  • Is there anyone who you have ever respected/loved MORE because they drank?
  • Is there anyone who you’ve respected/loved more because they DIDN’T drink?

If you answered YES and NO respectively, maybe you and I are two very different people!

The very fact that I chose to write a post explaining myself is proof that something is not right. The mindset, to put it bluntly.

Think. Retrospect. Choose.

If you still think there is a valid justification, you have all the rights to continue. But, you most certainly do not have the right to belittle someone sober.

Because I am sober – and I’m proud of it.


[PS: If you drink, this post should offer you a different point of view. If you are sober, you are most probably in the same train as me. Either way, do share your thoughts.]