Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sunday with NGO's…..

Today I went for a visit to two NGO’s near to my place along with the organisation Seva Sahayog to see how these NGO’s work….The tour of the NGO’s was organised so that volunteers like me could know what type of work these NGO’s do and how we can contribute towards it…
1. First we went to a village about 17 kms away from the place where I stay. They have constructed a small dispensary where every Sunday doctors conduct medical camps....This was started about 20 years back, when there was no proper approach road also. It was very nice to hear that within 3 years they treated the entire village of scabies…After sometime they started a hostel for 10 children so that they get proper food, coaching and amenities.
2. Secondly we went to a small district called as ‘Pen’ where a Mahila samiti was running an Old age home and a hostel for the tribal girls. I liked this place the best as it was run by simple women who were not that educated , but still were running the place efficiently. They even have constructed a building to house the old people which cost them 60 lakhs. Just imagine even in a city it would be difficult to get sponsorship for such a amount. They had started initially with a old building for their old age home. They also provided tiffin service for the engineering college students who used to come to study there, also they started stitching classes for the local women folk and started stitching thin blankets and clothes for babies which were sold. Also they had started a primary school for local kids as the school was far away and the parents were reluctant to send young students. Seeing their dedication for the work they could contributions from many of the local village people for constructing the new building, even then they were short of funds by 20 lakhs. Still somehow they to managed finish the building and now are running the old age home successfully.

What was heartening to see was that simple women like them could achieve so much, then why certainly educated people like us can achieve more…It was a lesson in self sacrifice, how these women worked selflessly to achieve their goals…They even opened a blood bank in the new building.
Later on we visited old people staying there…It was very depressing to see them stay like this, the place was very well kept but still seeing them stay away from their family was saddening. We could see the smiles on their faces when we visited them. Imagine living your life in grandeur and with family and now having to share a room with two others and just have your bed as your personal space…
Then we visited the tribal girls staying there. After meeting I can understand how lucky am to have such wonderful parents of the various things which I take for granted but these girls can just wish for them.

All in all it was a nice experience and I got some ideas where can I work and do something useful….For a change today the youths outnumbered the aged in the team (we were 10 of us) Even the people in the NGO’s were telling the same thing nice to see youngsters taking a interest in these kind of activities. When I meet these kinds of people I feel happy that there is still “good” left in this world. Rarely do we get to hear about any good news in the newspapers or in the news channels…
I just wish that I can do some work for them in any small way that possible…that’s all for now friends….

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Indian Politics (Part-1)


View's of a aam adami (thats me)
My blog's about the petty politics our politicians indulge in...
The other day we witnessed the ruckus created by MNS during the Oath taking ceremony just because someone took his oath in Hindi...This just goes to prove how these politicians value Democracy. See how they have treated the assembly as some common marketplace. What happens to our freedom of expression...Specially when the constitution has provisions for swearing in 8 different languages. They could have atleast protested by wearing black bands.....
Whats alarming is that a small section of the society (read politicians)are deciding what the larger part of the society should do...Isn't is dangerous how the will of these handful of people is being imposed on us...Now lets assume that every1 starts speaking in Marathi even the non-Maharastrians...So would we get better roads, would the rising prices come down, in short would all the problems get solved?? What about the marathi speaking farmers who commit suicide...Y is the MNS not helping them...What about the Naxal problem?? Why can't these tough MNS guys go and show their might there?? No they wouldn't go to the interiors of Maharastra because the real power is in Mumbai..So they will just make petty reasons and try to get political mileage..
Donno how the situation will improve?? Hope the people wake-up from their slumber...and do something about it...

More to come on this topic....Keep reading..and I welcome your comments and feedback friends...

PS: My rant is not only about MNS...its just about all political parties in our country...I just used them as a example...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Mysteries of Life……


I am sure every one of you will agree with me that “Life really is a Mystery”…. I always wonder how do we live, I mean what are the laws which govern our lives, who or what decides the things that we face in our life…How the decisions we take today have great repercussions later in on our life…
I want to share incident which happened my office. After lunch we usually take a walk in the compound of our office. Two people were sitting nearby and one of them called us (I and my frnd) near him. He asked us what our qualifications were and my friend proudly answered that we had done our graduation in engineering and then a post graduation. He then asked about the procedures of getting into engineering and medical colleges for his children. And then he started speaking in English and that also very nicely, at least better than some of the educated people I know. After hearing him talk like that we were very surprised to know that he was a driver. My friend asked him his qualification and he replied 8th pass and that also from Hindi medium. He said that he was very sharp in his studies and wanted to become an IAS officer and had many ambitions but due to the poor financial condition of his family he had to forgo his dreams…..
I could see that if not an IAS officer he would have got a better job if only he could have completed his education. So what does this mean? Do we come into this world with a life which is already decided…the course it will take…Can’t we fight against it and change our life?
Looking at myself, I some times think why was I born in this family and not someone else was born here. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to study even though I was not much good in it… -:)). Just because I got good education and had a father who could afford to send me to school I have a better future…I am really thankful for whatever reasons that atleast I have this much.
And many times it so happens that we are disappointed when we don’t get the thing we wanted, but later on we are happy that the things which we wanted did not materialise. We realise that we are better off without it. Why did this happen??? Again the mysterious forces are at play…
So I feel that we should not be worried about life very much and take it as it comes…We just have to live life to the fullest so that later on we don’t have any regrets ….

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

My take on the movie Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince...


I was very excited to watch this movie as after a long time a Hp movie was comging in the theatres and the reviews also said that it was one of the best ones ever. But after watching it I am utterly disappointed..so thought of writing a review so that people who not seen might as give the movie a miss... The story has been changed a lot from the book. I know its difficult to bring the whole of the book inside a movie of 2-2.5 hrs still the story could have been kept similar to the book.
Some of the glaring mistakes I found in the movie were as follows:

1.Dumbledore is shown without his trademark half-moon spectacle...Y to change that...it would not have affected the story much.
2. Harry is shown without his invisibility cloak in the two scenes where he uses it.
3. There is no proper explanation given about the Horcruxes, instead what we get to see is more about love and romance....I mean without explaining the significances of the Horcruxes how is one supposed to understand what Harry has to do in the last movie.
4. In the climax Harry is shown not to be stupified but told by Dumbledore to hide....and wen Draco comes he easily disarms the greatest wizard..this not the Harry we know who is always ready to risk his life for the others.....Also Snape comes along and tell Harry to stay quiet and then kill's Dumbledore...Also they did not show the fight which takes place between the Order of the Pheonix and the Death Eaters..
5. they also missed Dumbledore's funeral...
6. after attacking Draco Harry is not interrogated by Snape but he still hides the book and the idea is given by Ginny...simply absurd...she could not dispose of a diary in the 2nd book and now suddenly she is all brains
7. No proper explanation of Voldermort's past his given....maybe they have made the movie in two parts...Double the money for the producers and money's worth for the people....

I would say all die hard HP fans to give this movie a miss as you will be sorely disappointed....I think the problem is that the directors don't read the book properly or just read it once..and go on to make the movie...Hope they make the last movie atleast better than this.....

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Waiting for the Rains….




It’s almost mid June still there is no sign of the rains. Usually in Mumbai it starts raining from around the 10th of June. The weather people keep on extending the date of the first showers week after week. They say the rains are delayed due to the cyclone Aila. Sometimes I feel weather prediction is quite similar to fortune telling sometimes you hit and sometimes u miss.. 
Even though I don’t like the rains so much as I am a outdoor type of a person and don’t like to sit at home much, I look forward to the monsoons. It comes as a welcome relief after the hot summers. Also many beautiful things happen during the monsoon period.
With the advent of the monsoons the Gulmohar tree starts flowering, it looks so beautiful with the orange flowers in full bloom. Then when the first drops of the rain fall the sweet fragrance which emanates from the earth is simply awesome…I don’t have words to describe that. I am sure many of you will need no description of that feeling. I always love to take a deep breath when this scent’s on, its as if I to wish to bottle it up inside my lungs. Then there is the garam chai and pakoda which tastes better during the rains. Also we can’t forget the butta(corn) during the rains even they taste awesome. How peaceful it is to sit with a cup of tea or coffee and watch the rains and listen to the rhythmic sound of the falling raindrops. I can still remember when we were kids how we used to go and play in the rain, it used to be so much fun.
The surroundings which become barren during the summer once again come to life with new plants coming to life. It’s as if a green carpet is being laid on the surface of the earth. I remember the bus journeys from Mumbai to Pune during my studying days during the rainy season climate used to be so pleasant and all the hills looked so beautiful. I used to feel during the summer the hills were similar to a bald man, but once the rains come it regains its hair i.e green cover. The hill tops would be covered in clouds and sometimes also the roads, it all looks so good. Then there are numerous waterfalls which come on the way which are truly a wonderful sight to behold. I will be missing those bus journeys now that I am back in Mumbai.
Another thing I like about the monsoon is the lightening specially the ones that occur during the night. They just turn the night into day for few seconds. I love the different patterns they from. Some day I wish to photograph them.
I wish I could write a poem about the beauty of rains, but this is the best I can do…..and hope it starts raining soon…

PS: I seem to have written this blog very crudely please bear with me….

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

On a long drive.....



In of my earlier posts I had mentioned that I had not got my joining date and was worried about it, well I got my joining date last week and its 6th of July. So finally I was relieved that I got some kind of confirmation from them. I think I did not share with you all that I brought a new bike Yamaha FZ-16 red and black colour. I will tell you about the first long ride I had on the bike with my sis..
There is stretch of road in Navi Mumbai called as the Palm Beach Road, it’s a real pleasure driving in those roads as they really very wide, there is greenery one side and buildings on the other side, less traffic. Actually the greenery is the mangroves which cover one side of the road and after the mangroves is the sea. So the breeze is quite nice while u ride on that road especially on a two wheeler. Driving a bike on these kinds of road gives such pleasure, like the feel of the wind ruffling through your hair, the adrenaline rush you get when we increase the throttle the bike just goes zooomm….I am sure avid bikers would agree with me.
On this road there is a particular area where there is a small lake and a small pathway beside the road where people can walk. It was around 7.00 in the evening and the sun had just set when we sat near the lake side. I could see the lights coming up in many of the nearby homes the sunlight started fading away. It was such a peaceful place with the occasional sound of the speeding traffic. A light breeze was on which was just enough to make tiny ripples on the surface of the water. It’s such a wonderful sight to see. I felt like lying down on the ground and staring at the stars above, but alas the times we live in because of the electric lights we use so much, the lights of the stars are not bright enough, even though it was a full moon we could not even enjoy the moonlight. How I wished I could be in a place where there was no street lights only me and nature to beckon with. Still the sight of the electric lights shimmering on the surface of the lake made me happy. It was nice to chat sitting there enjoying the view.
It was a nice change for us as we were bored of going to the malls again and again for timepass. There is nothing like nature as compared to man-made wonders, as nature pleases the heart while a man-made wonder pleases the sight. Nature has a soothing effect on the soul.
Hope we preserve this wonderful gift for the future generations to come……

Sunday, May 31, 2009

To My friends....

Some days back I got this beautiful SMS which reminded me of all my near and dear ones specially my friends with whom I have shared so much wonderful memories...The Sms goes like this

We make so many friends....
Some bcom dearst..
Some bcom special...
Fel in lov wit som1..
Some went abroad....
Some changed deir cities...
Some left us....
V left some....
Some r in touch...
Some r nt in touch...
Some dn't contact coz of deir ego...
V don't contct some coz of our ego...
Wtever dey r...
However dey r....

We still remeber,love miss,cherish them cos of the part they played to make our "Precious Memories"

Don't you think this sms holds true for everyone of us. Think about the future we might not even be in touch with our friends but the memories will still remain. It will be etched in our minds as long as we live.
Just remeber our college days yaar we used to have so much fun playing cricket everyday after college is finished...How after playing we used to have that ice gola or the 1-2 Re pepsi....In btw we joined our engineering colleges still kept in touch and went for two trip to Rajasthan and Kerala...They were so much fun..We can never forget the incident in the train just before Madgaon station...Pakya ke anmol ankhaken....Amar and Lalit having trouble in Rajasthan(lol)...The prank we played on Pakya at Dhaval's place...Then the evening cricket matches which used to be so intense, it was like we were playing for a cup or sumthing...then Amar's special Pj's and how Dhaval used to mock Amar....Then how can we forget the Holi celebrations at Swapna's place and the parties she used to throw...And then the New year's party at Rishina's place and the get-together at her place....And the list goes on....................

After engineering came the time when everyone started with their job or went for higher studies and that when we starting meeting for less time...The group became smaller and smaller....Such is the irony of life that now when we have started earning and can splurge we don't have the friends to share this with us.....All that remains are the beautiful memories which will last us for a lifetime
Yes we do meet many new friends...but I feel the friendship which we have during over college life holds special memories for us as we share one of the best times our life.....Hope we stay in touch with each other and share many more wonderful memories.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Life during Recession.....

It’s been two months since I have written anything. So I will bring you up to date with whats going in my life. Actually I did not get the required motivation to write, what with the last months of my college life I was busy with the final thesis work then the exams and of course the farewell parties.if I had worked on thesis from the start could have finished without many hiccups but what to do as like before I started just some time earlier than the deadline(Even then I was one of the few persons to start early). Then I had my vacations but went to my native place Kerala and again I did not have the inclination to write.
After I came home I thought I would start writing but then the appointment letter from the company was taking too long to come. I had got placed in December it was 3 months since I got placed and still no appointment letter. Three of my friends who got placed in the same company as mine got the letter in the 3rd week of April so I was tensed. This was because of the recession and news about people getting laid off, students being put on hold etc. I was worried that I got laid off even before I could start my professional life. It was like a hollow pit in my stomach in those days really very bad. Even when I tried to search for jobs there was nothing related my field and this made the situation more worse. I know not getting a job is not the end of the world and especially when things are not in your hand you can’t stop recession from taking over your job, can we? That when I realised why should I worry so much. I just have to give interviews and try and get into whatever job and hope for the best, we just can’t just sit with our hands tied down have to face it with our head held high. I know it’s easier said than done, but we have to think positively or we won’t be able to move forward. For me it was a whole week of tension and then trying to think positively and hope for the best.
Anyways we (3 people who did not get the letter) waited for the whole week and then called the HR person in the company and he said that he had sent it to all of us and he did not know what the problem is. He said he would send scan the letter and send it through mail. I asked him if I could come to the company and collect the letter personally and he agreed so I went there and luckily the letter had reached back the company as it was not delivered and I got the original copies. But the joining date was not mentioned in the letter it just said as per the date agreed….. We asked the HR about it and he said he would be calling us in the first week of May and informing us about it, tentatively it would be in first week of June. So we are a bit relaxed, but unless and until we start working we can’t we sure of our jobs so waiting for that day…..
I have still a month to go so I will be writing more…. That’s all for now friends

Sunday, February 1, 2009

What is right???

Its been two months since i posted anything...Well life's been busy of late. I had my campus placements going on.. Then there was the exams and i went to chennai,rameshwaram and madurai then back to college....As its the last sem i and my friends went to Matheran which is a hill station near Mumbai..Had gr8 fun there, clicked many pics(you can chk in orkut)..Only thing missing was the cold weather...It was not cold,maybe due to global warming...So did not get time to devote for writing.
The incidents in manglore pub has brought fore once again the term moral policing...I can't understand how some people(most of them illterate) can decide what is right for a particular section of the soceity and what is wrong..Whats wrong if a woman wants to drink in a pub with her own money....its just like what the taliban did in Afghanistan...
On arresting them these people are saying that they are like elder brothers and if they hit their sister's what is wrong...I would like to remind these 'so-called elder brother's' that "Every 26 minutes a woman in India is molested. Every 34 minutes a woman is raped. Every 42 minutes a woman is sexually harassed. Every 43 minutes a woman is kidnapped." why can't they do something about it instead of focussing on petty issues like girls and boys holding hands..girls drinking etc etc...Can't a person who has the right to vote a particular government into power...cannot decide for themselves what is good for them and what is not. In the villages in AP there are mujra's where the dancers dance in the buff....these guys don't have a problem with that...It just speaks of double standards...and in cities u get more media coverage..so its where they focus more..
Even the art in India is stifled..If i remeber exactly M.F hussian paintings were destroyed because he depicted hindi gods and godess in the nude...Now if thats wrong then most of the temples in India will have to demolish these as they have similar statues and painitings...Why don't they leave it to the people to decide those who want to see the paintings can visit the exhibition and those people who don't like don't visit them...Its a matter of personal choice...
For political mileage these politicans can do anything...its just disgusting to see...Sometimes i feel that we are moving backwards instead of moving forward...