Army, an Attitude

Army, an Attitude

 

It was May, 1999; when some Pakistani troop infiltrated the LOC. After a brave fight by the Indian Army, we finally kicked out the Pakistani intruders. Later, the day 26th July has been marked as Kargil Vijay Diwas. Today, on the occasion of its 18th Anniversary, I am writing this small piece of article as a tribute to the Indian Army.

First of all, this Kargil Vijay Diwas is not a day of celebration; it’s a day of remembrance. On this day, we must show our respect to the 527 Army men who fights to protect our land, to protect us; and sacrificed their life in the service of nation. This 527 is the official death toll of Indian Army; but we all know this death number is not limited to 527. This war has killed more people then they were fighting on the border, it has impacted the 527 families. Other than giving awards and some monetary benefits, we as a country could not do much for the families of these brave soldiers. But there is one thing that we can do and we should do for them; showing respect to the profession and its bearer.

Army; an Attitude

ARMY;

It is not about the uniform,

It is not about the badges on their chest,

It is not about the heavy weapons that they carry,

It is not about the National Flag that will cover their dead body;

So, what it is?

It is an ATTITUDE.

An attitude that carries Nationalism,

An attitude that carries Discipline,

An attitude that carries Courage,

An attitude that carries Sacrifice!

Do you have it in you?

If yes, then you too my friend deserves a salute from me.

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Shiva, the destroyer yet the preserver

Shiva and Parvati married on this day, the day of Maha Shivratri. Devotees on this day observe fast, visit temple and follow all sort of rituals to get the blessings of Mahadeva. On this day, I did what I am good with. I read about Shiva and write about Shiva; this is my way of devotion to the Lord.

Who is the supreme among the trinity?

Brahma is the creator, Vishnu is the preserver and Shiva is the destroyer. Once these three Gods started discussing about their supremacy; which one of us is supreme! Finally, Shiva turned himself into a pillar. He challenged Brahma and Vishnu to find one end of the pillar.

By WL - originally posted to Flickr as R0019100, CC BY 2.0, Link
By WL – originally posted to Flickr as R0019100, CC BY 2.0, Link

Vishnu turned into a boar and started digging downwards to get at the lowest end of the pillar. Brahma rode his swan and started flying upwards to find the upper end. Neither of the Gods finds out the ends of the pillar. Vishnu bowed down to Shiva and accepted his supremacy. But Brahma gambled with his luck and took the help of a flower, ketaki. He asked Ketaki to give a false statement in front of Shiva and Vishnu that, she witnessed Brahma finding the upper end of the pillar. This enraged Shiva and he cursed Brahma, not to be worshipped on the earth by any human. And he also cursed Ketaki; not to be used any religious ritual. So, somewhere it means Shiva is the supreme among all.

Well, if he is the supreme of the three; to whom he keeps on praying with his meditation? Once Parvati asked this question to Shiva and his reply surprised her. Shiva said, I am praying to my Lord, Vishnu. He is the supreme of all.

The above two stories makes it clear that, there is no supremacy among Shiva and Vishnu; they are both equal. In fact, there is a form of the God called Hari-Hara; whose one half is Vishnu and the other half is Shiva.

Shiva and Churning of Ocean

Everyone is aware of the story surrounding Sagar-Manthan. When Devas and Asuras decided to extract the nectar of immortality; they joined hands and started churning the ocean of milk. They have used the Mount Mandar as the churning rod where as the great Vasuki played the role of the rope. While the churning of ocean produced a lot of gems and celestial things; it also produced one of the deadliest poisons known to mankind, the Halahala. It becomes a threat to the mankind. They all prayed to Shiva for protection. Shiva came to rescue and consumed this deadly poison to save the mankind. Because of this poison his throat turned blue and he came to known as “Neela-Kantha”, the one with blue throat. This is how he saves mankind and we still call him the destroyer!

But do you know, he saved the mankind one more time by taming the fierce river Ganga!

I know earth is not meant for souls as precious as you

Happy Birthday Chintu

बहुत दिनों से कुछ लिखना चाहता था तुम पे;
तुम्हारे यादों के फूलों को संजोना चाहता था;
कभी लफ़्ज़ों ने साथ नहीं दिया तो कभी जज्बातों ने.

आज भी हाथ काँप रहे हैं, लफ्ज़ भाग रहे हैं;
जाने क्यों अब भी हिम्मत नहीं हो रही है;

यह हिम्मत,
यह भी तो तुम्हारी ही देन हे,
पहले भी मेरा दिल थोड़ा कमजोर था;
पर तुम्हारा जाना, बहुत कुछ सीखा गया…

दिल पत्थर का तो नहीं बना;
पर अब किसी बात से, इतना दुख़्ता नहीं है;
सह जाता है हर बात बड़ी आसानी से;
जैसे सह गया तुम्हारा हमें छोड़के चले जाना…

आज तुम होते तो पूरे 23 साल के होते!

क्या रोनक होती यहाँ;
तुम अपने बातों से आज भी हमें हसाते;
अपनी शरारतों से सबका दिल जीत जाते…

 

मुझे यकीं हे;
वहाँ भी तुम्हारा जादू चल गया होगा;
आज वहाँ भी महेफ़िल जम गयी होगी;.

इस जनमदिन मे तुम्हारे;
मे उदास नहीं, बहुत खुश हूँ;
और तुम्हारी तरह,
खुशियाँ बिखेरने की कोशिश कर रहा हूँ.

बस इतना सा दर्द दिल में दबा रहा हूँ;
और जज़्बातों कि धाराओं को आँखो से;
चेहरे की पगडंडी पे उतार रहा हूँ…

Happy Birthday Chintu….Miss you a lot… 😦

Moment of Enlightenment

Like Rishi in Jhankar Beats; each one of us has his/her own moment of enlightenment that comes from taxi drivers, auto drivers, beggars, road side vendors and strangers. Here is my moment of enlightenment. 

My Experience

I was on my way to Thane, along with my aunt and sister. It was a 30-40 minutes journey, so we were casually chit-chatting about the recent socio-political issues. I was telling her about Aamir Khan’s statement on intolerance is so uncalled for! And how stupid it is of the people to discuss Aamir Khan’s personal life rather than the issue! After a few minutes of discussion, the auto driver who was listening to our conversation asked a simple question.

Sir, what is this intolerance?

Asahishnuta”!

My sister explained the meaning of intolerance to him in hindi. After listening to her, he asked if the people meant that we should be tolerant to everything! And then he uttered a single line in Hindi, “Har koi tolerant ho jata toh hamen koi Bhagat Singh ya Subhash Bose kabhi nahi milte”! (If everyone becomes tolerant, we would have never got someone like Bhagat Singh or Subhash Bose).

There he strikes! I was wondering; what intellectual this auto driver was having! And I always thought education is the basic of all intelligence and intellectual thing. Huh!

Memories from Gopinathpur

Memories from Gopinathpur

Again it is an old memory from one of my visits to my Nanihaal!

I was at Gopinathpur along with some of my cousins. We are having a great time over there. In one such afternoon, I find one of my school magazines in my Grandfather’s book shelf. I was browsing through the magazine and was updating my cousins about my great school. In the magazine, all the teachers’ names were mentioned at one place. I let my cousins know about my teachers and their characters (definitely none of those characteristics were in good taste). We the boys of the school used to discuss our teachers by using pet names for them and by avoiding the real names. Though we are not the one who coined those pet names for the teachers but we are simply carrying forward that legacy of name calling for the next generation. So, while introducing the teachers I shared the pet names with my cousins. They find it very funny. They encouraged me to tell more of such things. To give them more insight, I take the pen and write down the “pet names” of each teacher against their real names on the magazine. Some of the famous “pet names” that we used for our teachers are; Kapil Dev, Villain, Penguin, Garden Lizard etc. We had a great afternoon.

But as they say, the good and bad things are always comes to you in a cyclic manner. After such a great afternoon comes the tragic evening! My grandfather comes across that page of the magazine where I wrote down my teachers “pet names” in such a prestigious way. Well, the rest of the story is a censored part. I don’t want to let my readers know what kind of emotions I went through in that evening.

After that evening, I realized it is so wrong to label people with such derogatory names. Though, I never mentioned this incident to any of my friends but I tried my best to avoid using such names for my teachers through out my school days.

After so many years; today I come across this weird situation which reminds me this old chapter of my life. I was browsing through social media pages and as usual I come across some political debate. There I find people and even leaders from different parties are using same sort of name calling practice for the leaders and followers from other parties. Some of those names are; “Feku”, “Pappu”, “Bhakts”, “AAPtards”, etc.

I wonder what my grandfather would have said for such a thing in national politics; immature people or intolerant society.

How responsible are you on Social Media?

Yesterday, I put a random post on my FB wall, where I requested my friends to educate me on net neutrality issue. I got quiet a good response; we debate; we argued; we discussed and it went really well. I thank you all for such a wonderful discussion in my last FB status.

However, the reason behind my last post, where I asked all of you to educate me on net neutrality is to make a simple point! “We Should Not Blindly Support Or Oppose To Any Thing; No Matter How Popular It Seems!”

Everyone should analyze or at least know both the pros and cons of any issue before making any comments and sharing their views on that. See, we always blame media for being a paid one or as they called it now “prestitute”! But is it only the media who should take the responsibility of providing a correct view of everything? What about us? When we share a post in social media, we need to take responsibility for our action too. We simply should not share anything without looking at the whole picture. Two days back, Mark and Modi started a wave in social media when they change their DP in support of Digital India. And within hour, another wave came crashing in which says “FB will use your tri-color profile pic to prove support for Internet.org” when some one discovered that one of the CSS files of Digital India profile picture actually has a word “_internetOrgProfilePicture”. I mean even people who don’t know what CSS stands for also started sharing this. Do you think after doing so, you have any rights to say that media is biased or paid or whatever word you want to use?

Social Media

It is high time; we should stop blaming everyone and should start looking at what we are doing. We need ask ourselves; “how responsible am I on social media?”

I thank you all once again, who debate, discuss and enlighten my views on this issue. And I hope in future too you all will keep doing so. Love you all.

Happy Infoledge Day

On 26th Sept. 2013; I wrote that, it’s a new beginning. It was a step towards change, a step towards improvement and a step towards success.

Two more years passed by since we get our certificate of incorporation. In this period, we learn how to walk and like any other kid, we too fall and stumbled a lot of time. But the important thing is; we never give up; we are still learning, we are still falling down and we are still taking another step.

1-info-know

Today, while celebrating the current position; I remember the old days, my DGSL days. Those who don’t know, DGSL is my first learning institute in Mumbai. The company where we worked for around a period of 5 years! In those days, a few colleagues from our work group used to sit together and discuss our future. And during some snack time conversation, we nurtured the idea of forming a company. We were around 8 of us, who wanted to make it big. Even though most of them could not join us our organization officially; I know their wishes and supports are always there which helps us to overcome any problems.

It is not possible to list all the names of our well wishers in this article but if I won’t thank some of them then I would consider myself ungrateful.

I would like to thank (particularly in no order)

Ajay Nathial – My Mentor and the source of Inspiration.

Rashmita Padhy – My Sister and the source of my faith & belief in myself.

My Family and Dhiraj’s Family – Our support system.

Deepak, Ashwini, Ramya, Chandrakant, Nandini and Mamta – The initial SFG Group.

Aashish, Rupali and Shweta – Our dedicated employees.

I would also like to thanks Dhiraj and myself for our courage and belief in making it big.

There are also other people who knowingly and unknowingly encouraged us with their words and acts. I thanks to each one of you.

Friends, the journey has just started now. The kid is still learning to walk. We need your blessing, support and guidance for a healthy future of this kid. I am sure; the kid will make you all proud by running the races and winning them all.

Love you all,

Nirlipta

तलाश

Talaashकाली अंधियारी रात थी;
आसमान मे चाँद नही था; आमावास की रात थी शायद!
सड़कों पे बिजली के पुल तो थे, पर उसमे बत्ती गुल थी;
लगता था, जैसे किसी शरारती बच्चे ने पत्थर फेंक उसे तोड़ दिया था!

हाथ मे लालटेन लिए, मे चला जा रहा था कहीं;
शायद कुछ ढूंड रहा था!
हल्की रोशनी से, आँखों को थोड़ी तकलीफ़ हो रही थी;

फिर आँखे खुल गयी थी मेरी; ख्वाब से जग गया था मे!

अब सोच रहा हूँ, आख़िर क्या ढूंड रहा था मे!

शायद….
शायद अपने आप को तलाश कर रहा था मे, हल्की सी उस रोशनी मे;
हाँ, अपने आप को ही तलाश कर रहा था मे!

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Why Ganesha Wrote Mahabharata?

Mythology always generates a curiosity among all the masses. Some accept the mythology as the stories designed to keep our moral alive. Some others consider them as a part of history; where they believe the events are actually took place. I am not expert on this, so I can’t be sure of either of these theories. I dedicate my knowledge of mythology to my parents and grand-parents who told me those stories which some how become a part of my identity. Later books also contributed a lot to this.

Now, let me tell you a mythological story that I heard in my younger days. When the great sage Vyasa decided to write the epic JAYA (better known as MAHABHARATA); he requested Lord Ganesha to wrote down the epic on his dictation. But Ganesha said, he was really busy and does not have the leisure to spend numerous days while you are taking your time to make the verses look more beautiful. So, I will pen down the epic on a condition. The condition is; you have to dictate it without taking any pause during the recitation of your verses. Now, it put the sage in a difficult spot. It is not an easy task to create the verses without taking any pauses! The intelligent sage put a counter condition to the elephant headed God. Vyasa said, “I will continue dictating the verses without taking any pauses but you have to make sure that you properly understand each of the verses that come out of my mouth”! Ganesha agreed to it. And from there they started penning down the epic.

Ganesha

After years when I visit this particular story, I come across several questions.

Why someone of Vyasa’s caliber need anyone to write for him?

Why did Ganesha and Vyasa put such conditions?

So, I tried to reconstruct the story in my mind. May be this would have been a better explanation to the original story.

When Vyasa decided to write the epic, he needed an editor to check out his works. Though, he is an expert of words still an editor is a must for all the writings. That’s why he must have summoned Ganesha. Being the most intelligent among all, Ganesha knew that the human mind is very fickle! If you give someone a good time to think over he/she can manipulate the words just to suit the most popular view point or his own view point. And Ganesha wanted the epic to be written in a way it happened and not from Vyasa’s point of view of that epic. The great sage agreed to it and in return he must have requested Ganesha that, it is his duty to make sure that the verses delivers the correct message to the masses. They should not be misused by others to suit their needs. And that is how the epic comes into existence.

PS: I would like to thank Sunil Mane who draw the painting of Lord Ganesha, that I have used here.

Be Positive

How can one have a positive thought process when the surrounding is full of negativity?

Honestly, I was not only disappointed but also badly affected with the negative vibes which seems to be omnipresent.

There is a continuous tussle for no apparent reason between the Congress and BJP supporters; who actually knows nothing about the real policies and their impacts. The media is also seems to be spreading the negative news more than the positive ones. On the Independence Day, when we should be discussing the freedom fighters and the countries history; I found the television media is busy discussing the Modi Government’s failures! The print media is also not far behind in spreading negative vibes. We all know, how Times of India has been criticized to its core in social media when they publish a half page article about Yakub Memon’s funeral and gave a very little importance to our former president APJ Abdul Kalam’s funeral, which took place on the same day. When to get rid of these negativities, I logged into any of the social media accounts of mine, there also I face the same issue. I found some people thought their religious sentiment got hurt because the celebrity singer Sonu Nigam posted his thoughts on twitter about the so called God women who is there in news for all the wrong reasons! I wonder if your religious sentiments are so fragile that a mere statement can hurt it!

Anyway, as I said at the beginning; I was very depressed. These negative thoughts affected me and my thought process. I started blaming the politicians and their supporters; the television and print media; the FB and twitter guys; and even my family, friends and loved ones for the kind of negativity that I was going through. This was the case until yesterday.

Last evening, I was at home. My sister Rashmita was attending an online lecture of MBA from Welingkar Institute of Management. I was simply there half listening to the lecture and simultaneously playing with my smart phone. Mr. Deepak Bhattacharya was the professor for that session. He was explaining some chapters of Marketing Management. But the part I over heard impressed me and changed my thought process. He mentioned that, when a person blames his family or his surrounding for any of his deeds; he is simply providing a reference point! No body can make you do good or bad things unless you get carried away by other’s words to do such a thing. So, finally it is you, who decides what to do and how to react to a situation; the rest of all are simply the reference points!

Eureka! What he says makes absolute sense to me. The politicians, the followers, the media and everyone else whom I blame are merely saying their point of view; and it’s me who is unable to react properly. They are simply a reference point to my negative thinking. And I was solely responsible for my thoughts. Finally, I have decided to change my way of thinking!

Hariharan To Train Visually Impaired Girl

Today morning I woke up with a positive energy. I was trying to look at the world from the new found vision of mine. I picked up my subscribed copy of Hindustan Times and I found this front page positive news; “Hariharan To Train Visually Impaired Girl”. I think I need to share this. A few days back, a video went viral where a blind school girl (Tumpa Kumari) was singing the famous song “Sun Raha Hai Na Tu…” from Aashique 2. A lot of celebrities even noticed and shared this video. A friend of famous Ghazal Singer Hariharan, saw this video and shared it with him. The veteran was so impressed with the voice that he decided to train the girl. And the famous chef Sanjeev Kapoor also gave a helping hand to it. He has decided to fund the training and the related expenses for that girl.

Who says there is only negativity in the air! All we need to get the correct reference point and see the world as we really wanted to see them.

I would like to thank Hindustan Times for putting this article on the front page. I would like to thank singer Hariharan Sir and chef Sanjeev Kapoor for making us believe that good people and positivism are still there. And of course I would like to thank Mr. Deepak Bhattacharya for his wonderful thoughts and for being a correct reference point for me.