Mar 31, 2010

Earth Rentals

What do you pay to Mother Earth for staying and using its depleting resources? Have you ever wondered about it? We live in a world where we get what we give. So, its payback time now; the longstanding dues which we all Earthians have to pay with interest. Following are some of my ideas for earth rentals. You are most welcome to add to the list.
 Fix a day (as per your convenience) to celebrate Earth Hour every month. I am planning to do it on the last day of every month. Be more energy (electrical) efficient at home. Use CFLs, minimize the use of ACs, keep your power points switched off when not in use.
Do not throw away single sided printed pamphlets, brochures or any other such papers. Use their backsides for rough work or tear them into halves/quarters for small notes. Avoid using disposable plates and spoons. Avoid using paper napkins or paper tissues. Switch back to the old fashioned hand towels and cloth handkerchiefs. Do not discard used bags (cloth, jute or polythene). Re use them till they wear off. Take your own cloth or jute bags for shopping.
Plant a tree in your lawn/neighbourhood every year.

Last but not the least; take a day off from all machines and gadgets using power. Do not use phones, television, DVD player, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, fans, air conditioners, computers and laptops, internet and even your car. You’ll get a feel of what kind of life your kids/grandkids would experience after we have devoured the earth of its resources!

Mar 29, 2010

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Mar 27, 2010

Slaves Of The Past

Will we ever be free in the true sense? Sometimes I really wonder. India has been a country ruled by invaders for about 5 centuries, first by Muslims and then by Britishers. I wonder, if so many years of slavery has ingrained its roots in our minds. Have we subconsciously transferred the slavish attitude from generation to generation? Can you see a crystal clear reflection of our rich culture in the India of today? I don’t think so. What we see today is the refraction of our past civilization; broken by western influence and then some more by our slavish attitude.
India might be independent but we Indians are not. Our rulers are not staying in India but they are still ruling our economy and our minds. Can you deny this? When, I wonder shall we become independent in the true sense; not only masters of our own country but also masters of our minds and souls.

Mar 17, 2010

DD Splash

Today, I was just going down memory lane, remembering the old time television programs. Do you remember that expectant waiting on Wednesday and Friday nights for Chitrahaar?
  • Thrillers like Karamchand (Pankaj Kapoor with a carrot in hand and the unforgettable Kitty!), Byomkesh Bakshi
  • Popular ones like Malgudi Days, Nukkad, Mungerilal ke haseen sapne, Yeh jo hai Zindagi
  • Serious ones like Katha Sagar (profound stories by great writers), Nirmala (faultless Hindi accent by Preeti Khare), Lifeline, and Khandan(who can forget the good actors like Neena Gupta and others.)
  • Epic Serials like Hum Log (remember Chutki, Nanhe) and Buniyad
  • Informational ones like The World this Week on Fridays, Surbhi (with the dazzling smile of Renuka Shahne), Quiz Time by Sidhartha Basu,
  • Others like Fauji and Circus (Shahrukh Khan’s stepping stone to Bollywood), Kachi Dhoop (desi version of Pride and Prejudice), Udaan, Wah Janab, Mrignayani, Street Hawk, Star Trek, Lucy
  • Sundays were fabulous, starting with Rangoli, Ramayana, Mahabharat, Bharat ek Khoj, Rajni, Idhar Udhar, Vikram Betal, Chanakya, and much more. 
At times I really miss the entertaining programmes of DD!

Mar 9, 2010

What are YOU reading?

I just finished reading 'The Book Thief' by Marcus Zusak. A lot of thanks to which has helped me reconnect with my first love- BOOKS! This book compelled me to thank GOD profusely, for all that he has given me in life. It is written in a metaphorical style with pictorial depictions. Death is the sole narrator here. The story is about the life of a young girl in the times of holocaust; about how this girl gets her motivation from “Words” written in a book she happens to steal. The book also encompasses a wider perspective about human feelings and thoughts in times of adversity. The writing style is very different; writer has used very short sentences which sometimes dip down the reader’s interest. But overall, it is a must read book at least once.
"If there's a book you want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then write it yourself" - Toni Morrison

Mar 2, 2010

Sweet (No)things!

We all keep running from morning till night doing mundane things and all the time trying to squeeze more hours in a day. Somehow the time and the energy don’t seem enough for whatever we want to do. But at the end of it all, we still find ourselves thirsty for more… and unhappy too! But have you ever wondered what do you actually want from life? What is that one thing which shall make you truly happy and contended?

You need to sit back and relax, close your eyes, look inward and ask yourself, ‘what is it that you truly want’. You’ll be surprised at the answer!!

It is the small things in life which make all the difference – A phone call from a school friend, a peck on the cheek by your spouse, the look of pride on your child’s face when you fix his toy, a tap on the head by your father, the warmth of a mother’s hug, gorging on your favourite dish, fitting into an old pair of jeans, reading a novel lying on the sofa with your legs on the sofa back, singing to yourself in the bathroom, cooking for family and friends, having a hot cup of coffee by the window-sill… the list is endless and shall vary from person to person. But what is certain is the fact happiness comes from these small things which we often overlook in order to achieve bigger things in life!

Life is a journey and not a destination. We need to live each day fully and make an effort to be happy...Believe me, it’s not that DIFFICULT!!