Sunday, April 08, 2018

172.Question


City gets up early,
Skips warm-up,
Starts running straightaway.

No bird in sight,
No melody of chirping,
Only cacophony of horns,
Devouring each and every sound.

People walk busily,
Have no time to talk,
No time to look around,
Not even to think.

I want to stop them,
I want to ask them,
Why are they so busy,
Are they dying soon
Or are they going to live forever?



Saturday, March 24, 2018

78. Gangaur Festival in Jaipur

This week, Rajasthan observed Gangaur, the festival during which women worship Gauri, the wife of Lord Shiva. It is the celebration of spring, harvest and marital bliss. Unmarried women worship Gauri seeking a good husband while married women do so for a happy married life. 

The festival commences on the first day of Chaitra, the day following Holi and continues for 16 days. Fairs (Gangaur Melas) are held during this period.Images of Shiva and Gauri are made of clay and decorated with colourful dresses for the festival. Ladies decorate their hands and feet by drawing designs with Mehndi. On the conclusion of the Gangaur festival, the idols are immersed in a  well, pond or river. 

The Gangaur procession of Jaipur is famous  all over the world. The procession, with the image of Gauri, commences from the Tripolia Gate of the City Palace. Passing through various areas, it concludes near the Talkatora. People from all walks of life including  foreigners come to witness the colourful procession. 









Sunday, February 25, 2018

77. Amazing stepwell

Chand Baori is an amazing stepwell situated at Abhaneri village in Dausa district of Rajasthan.  At a distance of about 95 km from Jaipur off the Jaipur-Agra road, it was built in AD 800. Chand Baori consists of 3,500 narrow steps over 13 stories. It goes about 100 ft into the ground making it one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India. Chand Baori is awe-inspiring and amazing at the same time.









Monday, January 29, 2018

187. Do we need a Ministry of Loneliness?

Trust Britain to come up with new ideas. Recently, they  appointed a Minister for Loneliness. The rationale came from a 2017 report of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness which revealed that about 9 million people in the country suffered from loneliness sometimes or all the time. It will be interesting to see how this new Ministry handles the issue of loneliness.

The problem  seems to be quite acute in India too. With joint families breaking down, many more people suffer from loneliness today than ever before in the past. Millions of old people are living alone. They find nothing to look forward to and are just waiting to die. A large number of teenagers and youngsters are also feeling lonely, as pressure for success in studies and careers mount on them. Growing incidence of suicide among young people indicates the gravity of the problem.

Unfortunately, there does not seem to be much awareness about the impact of mental condition on one's physical health. While we hear a lot about the need to tackle diseases like diabetes, hypertension, cancer and so on, there is hardly any understanding that unhappiness caused by loneliness can lead to diseases or aggravate them.

What seems to be important is imparting of skills to people to deal with their loneliness. If one knows how to keep oneself busy and how to deal with one's emotions in a reasonable manner, one will not experience much loneliness. It is a good idea to develop some hobbies at an early stage. These may include drawing, painting, music, gardening, reading ... whatever. Also, one must understand the necessity to invest time and effort into building a circle of friends and well-wishers.It is also important to appreciate that with right attitude, one may not feel loneliness even if one is alone, and without such attitude, one may feel very lonely even if surrounded by many people. Basically, it is the way one handles oneself. 

I don't think, we need to emulate the example of Britain and set up a Ministry of Loneliness. Launch of a nation-wide, well-targeted and effective programme of education designed by experts can be a good beginning.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

171. On new year


An old year goes,
A new year comes-
Unbroken remains the chain.

Each year is filled
With same number of months,
But no two years are the same,
Some years pass too quickly,
Some just won't go away.

Each year has to be lived
Until a new one arrives,
And no year will stay,
Because you don't want it away.

Monday, December 25, 2017

77. Roses in December

The beautiful rose garden in the midst of the diplomatic area of New Delhi is not very widely known. Divided into two parts by Shanti Path, the garden near the Rail Museum in Chanakya Puri has come into its own during December. Roses of all hues can be seen here and the air is full of sweet fragrance. Interspersed with patches of green, the rose garden is a nice place to laze around in a wintry Delhi evening.









Sunday, November 19, 2017

Saturday, October 28, 2017

170. Passing Phase

Not long ago,
I was full of leaves,
Then came flowers,
I looked so beautiful,
I was in envy of myself.

Birds flocked to me
To sit on my branches,
Some made nests in me;
Lured by nectar of flowers 
Bees came humming to me.

Now, all is gone -
Leaves, flowers, bees and birds,
No eyes to feast on my beauty now,
No traveller to sit in my shade.

I know, a day will come
When leaves will grow,
Flowers will bloom,
Birds will return,
Bees will hum,
When onlookers will marvel at my beauty,
Travellers will sit in my shade.

I stand alone,
Abandoned and ignored,
But not sad and bitter,
I know, my current misfortune 
Is just a passing phase.