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Today

Posted on: June 7, 2012

I don’t know what is happening to me today. I feel good in a lonely way; feels like eluding everyone and hugging myself. I am even writing after a long time and decided to post it without reviewing, giving a damn as to what people are gonna judge about me. I am done being conscious of my surroundings to the extent of losing myself in the process… I am done being nice to people when they don’t deserve it. Some brand me heartless; I laugh at them and wish that they would identify the real them that hides behind the outer facade.

Don’t know why, but I woke up early which is so not me- snuggled under the blanket and thought about nothing, then some things and again back to nothingness. It is amazing- the way your mind can take you into realms you never knew existed inside you.

The weather is awesome. The coldness is piercing through my skin mercilessly and I am loving every bit of it. I do nothing to ward it off… I just let it crawl inside me. Maybe, this is a way of letting go of my inhibitions, fears and people.

I was watching Dhobi Ghat a little while ago. The two elements that the movie showcased, the endless seas and the incessant rain, flooded my mind with memories and of course, my twin sister- my thoughts .I find a connection between me and them- a bond so inexplicable right from childhood and grew so strong that they can give me the peace and sense of mind that makes me sane, connected to the world yet so disconnected from everything.But I know that however hard I try to express those thoughts or try to explain what memories can do to me, I will never be able to do so- those nostalgic memories and myriad sensible, nonsensical thoughts will always remain intact within me, safe and sound accentuating my favorite curve-my smile.

I know I make sense to some out there- very few who shares my thoughts and my wavelength. To the rest of you, this post might sound dark, cold and dull. And hell no, I am not going through any sort of depression. I am in fact happy and at peace with myself. I made such a distasteful maggi, that I realized you can even screw up in just two minutes. But I just smile and grins at life- bring it on!

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Geez!I am loking at my blog as if it’s an alien thingy. The alacrity with which I thought I would blog, I must confess, disappeared into thin air 😦

First of all, I need patience galore to actually pen down something. *fact,guys*

Second, I choose to be creatively dead because that is so convenient. *grins widely*

Third, I am more of a scribbler than a writer and twitter is my abode. *excuse bought for myself*

Well well well!You must actually admit the above three points are quite excusable 😀

Anyways, I have decided to blog more and get myself out of this self-imposed brain dead state 🙂

P.S: I am an optimist, period and Garfield still is my guru 😛

Fear- an element so innate in humans…an element people take advantage of profusely…an element which snatches a part of us from ourselves. It is this fear that makes us espouse a power above us, a force so strong and radiant that none can escape its aura. But wait a moment-rewind and contemplate; was it fear or was it love?

The essence of this universe itself is the powerful power of love, the very power that we associate with God Almighty. But why is it that the fear element is more predominant than love. Why are we taught to fear Him than love Him? In fact, we inculcate this abhorred element into a kids’ mind at a very young age that at one point of time he/she finds God more of a punishment power rather than an embodiment of love. Amazed am I at the irony; shun love and shake hands with fear!

Heaven and hell, the twin compliments depict the abode of righteous people and wrongdoers respectively. The standpoint of righteousness is subjective, the very subjectiveness of which shades it with ambiguity. This ambiguity, in turn shepherded people to the not-so-right path. With time, the thin line between the right and wrong diminished. Confusion became rampant. Being atheist and agnostic came into vogue, especially among the youth 😐

On the other side, religious pundits, priests and maulvis advocated amplified beliefs. Demi-Gods (or was it demo Gods?) came into existence. Another commodity called religion was marketed and publicized. The common man fell prey to it. Violence was unleashed in the name of God! The embodiment of love became the embodiment of hatred. Religious humanism became extinct!

This brings me back to what I had started off with. To all those believers out there my question is what attracted us to that power…love or fear? For me the power has been a path leader, which made me espouse more of righteousness than its antonym. That complimentary path was not so unassailable… it stared at me right on my face most of the times and tempting it was I have strayed onto that at times, but a firm grip of morality and that powerful love always brought me back to my senses before it’s too late. I know for a fact that fear of Him would have never brought me back, but that love was too strong to be ignored 🙂

“A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into speculation, and art into pedantry. Hence university education.”

-George Bernard Shaw

An ideal prelude from somebody who lived fifty-nine years ago for a contemporary rumination like this…amazing, isn’t it? Yes, Mr. Shaw has again proved himself to be the high priest of cynicism juxtaposed with contemplation.

What’s the big deal in getting a college admission, right? Well, most of you can claim it was a piece of cake. For some, all it took was to shut themselves in a room for two long years and bury themselves under a pile of books and some others were just lucky enough to be born with a silver spoon in their mouth (ka-ching)!

Education has come a long way in India from Gurukul system of education to the present-day scenario. But the quality of education has waned steadily over the years. And with each passing day it’s further going downhill, which inevitably brings us to the question of why a country who boasts off thinkers and scholars like Tagore, C.V. Raman or Abdul Kalam is in such a plaintive state?

So, are our universities graduate manufacturing industries? When was the last time we saw a Nobel Prize being brought home in physics or chemistry? Back in 1930, if Sir C.V. Raman could win a Nobel Prize in Physics, why are we unable to produce more Nobel Laureates (strictly referring to that handful of people who are still in this country)?  A familiar set of questions that we keep on asking ourselves but prefer to sit tight and do nothing about it.

With a literate population of 400 million, a lack of talent or intelligence is certainly out of question. In fact our country can boast of an I.Q. level par excellence. But the big yen for professional courses among the youngsters of today for quick money poses a big threat to our education system. Opting for a B.A. or B.Sc. degree is scorned by the society as there’s an erroneous credence that people who opt for such courses are those whose academics are way poor. What a pity! If there’s a veritable interest in a student to study the professional courses, fine…but if you are in it for the glamour it offers in terms of a lucrative job and if it’s the ring of money that allures you, I must say that our country is in a pathetic state. The saddest aspect of modern India is that brilliant young minds are ready to mug up( even if they can’t make heads or tails out of it) and spew it on the paper and by our university standards, since the number of paper you write determines your marks ,mugging up does pay! “Write any hocus-pocus. Make sure you write a good intro and then add any claptrap to it. Exams are all about filling up the paper”, the latest mantra of the would-be professionals (it might be a giggle to read this but surely, it has a pitiful side to it)!!!

Luminous minds rehabilitated into muggers…a face of India that we are espousing and fathoming. Basically, our universities have become huge industries that transform raw materials called “students” into finished products called “professionals”, raring to go work like machines, muted to everything that’s going on around. This might sound far-fetched to some, but the reality can’t be ignored. The chief reason for this is that academic motivation is no longer in the picture; all that is left is economic motivation.

With brain drain looming large and the attitude of those who are left behind being this, our country is handicapped and undoubtedly incurring a big loss. “The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them”. An education system aimed at academic motivation and not economic motivation should be our priority. It’s imperative that we start it right from the school level. We have to evolve ourselves into a broad-minded society where each and every stream of study has its own importance and weight age. Hopefully, our universities then will not be seen as a graduate manufacturing industry; rather as a temple of education.


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