Monday, July 4, 2011

Insaniyat dhundhta hu (In search of humanity..)

Kaise shuruat karu samajhta nahi,
Main khud ko Insano se alag ginta nahi,
Phir bhi yahi talash main karta hu,
Insan hu, insan me insaniyat dhundhta hu.

Aaj badi der tak khud ko aaine me dekhta raha,
Jawani me jo kho gayi, uss bachpan ki masumiyat dhundhta raha,
Aaj ki ladkiyo ko dekhkar yahi vichar karta hu,
Modern Indian Lady me fir 1 baar wahi Bharatiya Nari dhundhta hu,
Insan hu, insan me insaniyat dhundhta hu.

Aaj mila, uss nyay se nakhush sara desh hai,
Kya kare? Andhe kanoon ke saamne gungi janta ghutne tekti hai,
Iss sabke bawajud
Satyamev Jayate
me vishwas dhundhta hu,
Insan hu, insan me insaniyat dhundhta hu.

Aaj padhai me naya kadam utha raha hu,
Phir bhi Education System me Education dhundhta hu,
Dost bahot se bane, aaj bhi banata hu,
Thodisi hi sahi, unke dil me jagah dhundhta hu,
Insan hu, insan me insaniyat dhundhta hu.

Aaj shayad se pollution bahot badh gaya hai,
Apne maa-baba ke aasu pochkar, unki aankhon me mere liye sapne dhundhta hu,
Insan hu, insan me insaniyat dhundhta hu.

Aaj bhi garv se khud ko Bharatiya kehlata hu,
Mann hi mann me India vs Bharat ka vijeta dhundhta hu,
Aankhon se dikhta hai, Burger, Vada pav ko kuchal raha hai,
Aur ab bhi yeh insan, insan me insaniyat dhundhta hu

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Modernising: The Real Truth?

Modernizing is too vast to be defined. It is a continuous process extending over years, consisting of progress in each and every field.
I do not need an oldie to sit beside me and tell me what they had during their times. I can see the effects of modernizing, are clearly visible. With advancements in every field, do we really agree that man has advanced?
My history book always said that the primitive man's life was the basic one, carving rocks to make essentials or to depict his emotions by drawing. I had learn, how he curiously invented fire, then wheel and came to a conclusion of man's basic needs.
Now I feel the man has so advanced that apart from standing upright, he now is sitting, facing an important family member whom we have fondly named The Computer.
Few years back, when I was in primary school, we had computers only in our schools. Now it feels great to see my niece, studying in the second grade, using MS Word, better than I had learned in my seventh grade!!
Don't you think we miss out on so many beautiful moments of real life, while we are away "happy" in the virtual one?
For instance, today we just send mails across the globe at just a click. How will our children know how to post a "hand written" letter in a postbox and tapping the postbox to see whether the letter has been put properly?
Probably the system of postboxes will soon become extinct like the dinosaurs, and soon there will be postboxes along dinosaurs in many picture books to tell our children what they looked like.
You become "friends" with an unknown sitting across the oceans but do you care who stays in your neighborhood?
You work for hours together for few extra pennies, do you remember the last time you saw a sunset with your family?
Today, children enjoy their special 'hand=tossed-extra=cheese-special-toppings-pizza', are they ever going to enjoy a panipuri competition with their friends?
They chat among for hours, don't they feel like meeting on a playground?
These questions are tough to answer, aren't they?
I had once read, "Marriages are made in heaven", now the new place seems to be a cyber cafe!!
For a school project, the child directly sorts to the Internet, when will he discover that we do have Encyclopedias and World Books?
My cousin boasts of the Google Earth with which he even "travels" up to New York and back. When will he travel by a local train? meet new interesting people?
And they are trying to make Google Earth so advanced that you can actually see someone as to what is he doing.
Do we really need it?
And I pity those children who send mails to their parents when they come across something new.
Can't he just ask them for a minute for it?
Modernizing has sadly invaded in our veins in large numbers. If this goes on:
" I sitting on Facebook will marry a girl on Orkut, get married at Rediff, with the pundit sending mantras from Yahoo! And on the web itself we have a kid named Microsoft. His grandmother will teach him values through Skype. His schooling will be done at Google University and I will be a proud father when I see my child getting his degree from the hands of Wikipedia and probably earns a job at Apple!!"

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Democracy Rules???

(An imaginary dialogue between an Indian and an Egyptian, who meet at a London metro station and discuss the plus and minus points of having a democracy. Excerpts from the same...)
Egyptian: Hello, I guess you are a student at the Oxford, I have seen you quite a few times. You are an Indian, right?
Indian: You guessed it right, Mr. Egyptian. I am studying History at the Oxford. By the way, congratulations on paving the way for a democracy back at home.
Egyptian: Well, thanks! How come you know I am from Egypt?
Indian: A man with a Middle East face, with a slight tint of beard, flashing a tee of "I Love Democracy" and with a gleeful face nowadays, ought to be an Egyptian!
Egyptian: Whoa! Now I know, why you Indians top every field. We always look upon India, especially for your democracy.
Indian: Which 'democracy' are you talking about? You call it one? You still haven't discovered the dark truth behind the colorful curtains of democracy. People say, in a democracy, you pave way for your 'own' leaders but back home in India, we pave the way for a bunch of 'idiots' to rule our nation. Sadly, few idiots are in strength for the past 125 years.
Egyptian: Why you have such an opinion? Maybe you look like a Brit-born Indian, but I am shocked to hear this from a citizen of the largest democracy! Don't you know the famous definition of democracy given by Lincoln?
Indian: 'Largest democracy!' huh! And a correction, I was born in India and these words can be spoken by any Indian, even back in India. Lincoln had said "Government of people, by the people and for the people". But we Indians have changed it to "Oppression of the people, for the people and by the people!" And I can't believe you all mixed your blood and sweat for the sake of it!
Egyptian: We wanted to get rid of the monarchy. The flame of freedom had ignited the young minds not only in Egypt but also in other Middle East nations. We were desperate for it. We wanted to feel how democracy is like, and democracy does pave the way for unity.
Indian: Huh, unity? I will tell you our unity. Back home you just mention anything which can loosen the threads of unity-you say religion, region, language, caste, societies and they are ready to kill each other. When they don't even refrain from demolishing a shrine, hurting millions of sentiments, do you think their hands are going to tremble before shooting each other? And you were under democracy for so many years, still you young and old, got united at Tahrir Square, not only for a day but for weeks. You got beaten up severely, still you stood up. Don't you think you had a bigger and greater unity? Unity lies among the people and not in the system.
Egyptian: I am getting you merely. But you Indians, I see at the varsity, smile at each other, laugh with each other, spend quality time. Then how come...?
Indian: That's the great paradox of India. Indians get along better abroad than in India. Mainly because we are away from that dirty politics environment. I was born in Punjab, my family has more than 20 members including all my cousins. I feel 24 hours less for talking and playing with my little cousins, but I don't wish to go back. Some or the other day, I expect them to be here with me.
Egyptian: Okay, so what do you actually expect from Egypt and its countrymen?
Indian: Just settle all the ruckus immediately and don't let the oil prices soar. My Dad can't afford spending much on the patriarch tractor and its petrol, do you get it? See you at the varsity, my northward bound train has arrived. Bye!
(And the Egyptian waves him. still wondering....!)