29 December 2008

Mondays' Mirage - 8

A sweet memory
A hard-earned prize!
It is after a herculian effort you get to taste it.
It remains etched as a brave tablet, a memoir.
Similarly, this is an year-end and
A victory symbol for all of us.
That we have crawled past another year, another milestone!
We've learnt from it, as much gained from it.
Good, Bad memories are always there to carry forward.
We need to learn from them and keep
Applying our unique ideas to tackle the situation that
Arise in future.

Only point to remember on 31st Dec is
"I won".
Have a victorious week ahead, and a Grand New Year, friends!
@in pic: My friend Sathish on top of a pillar standing on a hill, posing after a victorious attempt at it

25 December 2008

Thought For the week - 7

“Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.”
- Mother Teresa

This was said about the patients she was serving. If you broaden that perception a bit, very close to "Aham Brahmasmi" - Everyone is Jesuses in disguise! We just need to have a wide perseverance to distinguish and experience God in all. God is not an entity, but a perception, a behaviour, a talent, simply a "ME"!

Merry Christmas.

@Mother Teresa was an Indian Christian missionary who ran "Missionaries of Charity" in Kolkata. She was an Albanian in birth, but embraced India as her Motherland; and won Nobel prize for peace as an Indian.

22 December 2008

Mondays' Mirage - 7

Monday is here....and a long weekend is in the offing!
Forest calling and Mountains inviting!!
Trek on offer, and a village in sight...

Yes... Weeks in and off...
There is no special time than this for a dreaded trek, walk, hike, ride, cycline, drive, joy, beach, holidaying!!
People.......... plan fast, implement and feel light!
This is the time of the year you've been long waiting for.


18 December 2008

Thought For the week - 6

You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.
-Ronald Searle.

Not only about the language, but in any aspect, this is a true sentence. Until you know the other, you cant know the one you possess. Similarly, Happiness is of no value if there is no sorrow!!

@Ronald William Fordham Searle is a well known British artist and a cartoonist. He is best known for his drawings on the World War II.

15 December 2008

Mondays' Mirage - 6

A Sunday!
Time for friends, time to
read, write; play, self expression!
Time to reunite, make merry.

Its a time to dine and wine,
Over moon and rain!

With Sun and water,
It is to swim and scream!
Let the child in you come alive!

Let's have a refreshing week, friends!

@in pic: Children beating off a Sunday afternoon heat by playfully diving and swimming in Mahamaham lake at Kumbhakonam, a town in central Tamilnadu.

09 December 2008

Thought For the week - 5

One should not kill a living being,
nor cause it to be killed,
nor should one incite another to kill.
Do not injure any being, either strong or weak, in the world.
- Bhagawan Buddha

Thru this quote Budha states that one should never incite another to kill, nor he indulge in killing. That is, dont kill any animal (Not only humans) directly or otherwise.

I am putting this up just when the killing of millions of sheep is in site on the eve of Bakra-eid. No amount of religious notes can justify this destruction. After all we are humane, and cultured! Dont kill them in the name of religion is what I want to tell thru this message.

Grow them to eat, and butcher them for the same reason, but dont add up 'God' factor to such a nonsensical tradition. For the same reason, I am putting this thought up here, a couple days in advance!

Please Note: I am not rediculing any belief or tradition, but only putting forth what I feel. I really dont know why this tradition is in place, and the history behind that. I would be interested to know further.

08 December 2008

Mondays' Mirage - 5

Climbing A Ladder to the Heaven

A ladder to the Heaven,
Was a precarious circus.
A weak lymp climbs up so easy
While a healthy bump makes it lossy!
It was a rust metal, with sloppy steps;
Order there was none, and the slant, eerie!

A ladder to the Heaven,
Was indeed a pleasurable ride;
Who makes it full, takes a pride.
Was difficult, but not estranged!

A ladder to the Heaven,
Calls him me and Thou, Alike;
Make no mistake, treatment belike.

A ladder to the Heaven, with its steps
Some slippery, some firm;
Some round, some not bound!

Those steps, step on me whilst-
I plunge half the transit, pruned!
- Srik

Have a step-up week, friend!

@in pic: Me 7 years ago at Talakaveri

04 December 2008

Thought For the week - 4

"So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked."

- Mark Twain

Nothing more we need as an explanation, isn’t it? That great country, that most celebrated place on the planet is home to the historical, quintessential, living civilization. History of India is the history of humanity! From the vanaras(apes) of Threthayuga (Rama’s age) to the modern man, India has celebrated everyone; India has benifited from every one too.

India welcomed Islam, housed its most famous monuments, was ruled by its kings, most of them cruel in behaviour. India welcomed Christianity, and was made to be colonised under Christian rulers for centuries. Yet, the local culture was preserved; The country woke up after every of such physical, mental invasions.

The present day India is seeing invasions of Technically adept enemies who have waged a war on her in the name of a religious war (Jehad). Indian woes doesn’t end with the terrorists who are outsiders, but we have an internal terror organisation called Politics, which is breeding terror mongers called politicians who are equipped with good words and which is enough for them to divide us along the religious, and ideological lines.

India will wake up from that too… And when she does, we will see prosperity and peace, not only here, but all over the planet.

This thought is as a respect to that great country called India/Bharata, and also as a protest against the terrorists and politicians who vow to end her. I openly challenge these elements that they can never take the pride away from this extrordinary country.

Jai Hind

@Mark Twain : was an American author and a humourist. He is considered as the “Father of American Literature”. His work, The Adventures of a Huckleberry finn is called the Great American Novel.

01 December 2008

Mondays' Mirage - 4

Spirit... The thing that rules the world.
Spirit... Drives motives to action.
Spirit.... transforms a barren land into a green valley.
Lerts pledge to transform ourselves, and take a step towards a spirit filled land!

Have a spirited week folks.

@in pic: Students of Al-Ameen school on the outskirts of Bangalore, planting a sappling on their school's dry and barren land. They pledge to grow the sapling to be a fruiting tree, and eat from the same!