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Saturday, November 21, 2009

India is always First for an Indian

“Mumbai belongs to India. That is how I look at it. I am a Maharashtrian and I am extremely proud of that, but I am an Indian first……”, these very words of the Greatest Cricketer of all Times, Sachin Tendulkar became the very centre point of a controversy which culminated in the attack on arguably the country’s most trusted media-house IBN. Shameful videos showing Shiv-Sainiks vandalizing the very Instruments of our Freedom of Speech not only made me conscious of what image the foreigners seeing it will be having of the country I love so much, but also made me lower my head in shame and made my eyes close on how our own people can do to our own country.

This is only one such incident of mobocracy in Maharashtra. When Shiv-Sainiks throw out people from non-Maratha background from trains and buses or when MNSians beat up people from Bihar to bar them from getting jobs in a integral part of India, it not only defies our Right to Freedom, it also deprives us from the moral Right to Opportunity every citizen should get from its Country.

It pains me to see people fighting over whether they are Maharashtrian or North-Indian, disregarding the the fact that regardless of whether we are born in Mumbai, Lucknow, Chennai or Bhubaneswar we all are the citizens of the Republic of India, we all say Vande Mataram, we all stand with our head held high with pride when our National Anthem is played. I am a born Oriya but I never say Bande Utkala Janani (Hail Utkal (Orissa) my Motherland) before saying “Jai Hind!” When a foreigner comes to our country, no matter where he is, he always says We are Indians. If he can see us bounded in a single string despite perhaps being in a world whole lot different from us why the hell do we differentiate ourselves on basis of region and religion?

When our Constitution was adopted, it began with the words, “We, The People of India….” . Mr. Bal Thackerey have you ever read the Constitution of the Country on whose soil you say that you are a Marathi? Have you ever thought that whether it was Veer Sawarkar or Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan, all fought against the British for achieving an Independent “India“? Have you ever even wondered that because of the same bloody attitude you are showing now, the rulers of India had fallen for the Divide-And-Rule policy of the East India Company?

The turmoil through which the country is going through now, with naxalism and extremism trying to derail our Country’s sovereignty, She is asking us to be united, to raise our voice, as a People, against those who are trying to rip this Country off to fulfill their seductive fantasies on its soiled sanctity. This is a time for unity. In 26/11 an NSG commando named Maj. Unnikrishnan gave his life to save many Marathi people. That’s unity Sir. Did he care that whom he’s dying today might beat his family up tomorrow for not being Marathis? No he didn’t sir, he didn’t gave a damn about who the hell he is saving by taking that cursed bullet into his body. He simply gave away his life to protect Indians. How the hell are you able to close your eyes to these bloody facts?

I believe India is a country of all people. Our “Unity in Diversity” is our uniqueness. There’s no Country in the world who can say a billion people from different cultures, history and background have been knitted together into one single People, Indians! My earnest request to any Indian reading this article, please don’t give a damn where you are from when you identify yourself. India is always First for every Indian! And that’s where our Country’s greatness lies. Jai Hind!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Should the modern Indian brood over Hindutva and the Partition of India?

I just finished watching the video of last night’s discussion in CNN-IBN’s show Face the Nation covering the recent expulsion of BJP leader Mr. Jaswant Singh over the row resulting from his book Jinnah India-Partition Independence in which he has stated much to the chagrin of his party’s leaders, that Pakistan’s Quaid-e-Azam Mr. Mohammad Ali Jinnah was in fact an ambassador of Hindu-Muslim Unity and that Indian Leaders like Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel were in fact responsible for the inevitability of the Partition of India. Apparently the BJP is recognising our Historical Figures as Political Figures even after 62 years of Indian Independence.

Keeping aside all the details put forward, one thing which I loved the most in the debate was when the host Sagarika Ghose put forward the results of the SMS poll “Is it wrong for Indians to Demonise Jinnah?” in which 74% of the viewers said “Yes”. And let me tell you most of them undoubtedly must be of the current generation, the tech-savvy Modern Indian. One thing which I could conclude from this was the Modern Indian doesn’t care about the politics of 1947 anymore, he doesn’t care whether Jinnah Sahib decided to flirt with the two-nation theory because he didn’t want to be subordinated by Pandit Nehru unlike Maulana Azad Sahib or whether he knew that Muslims in India will not be treated well because of Gandhi's support to the Khilafat Movement. What the modern Indian is looking is objectivity from the politicians.

I believe its high-time for the BJP. It needs to realise that Indians no more care about Hindutva, neither they pay any heed to RSS’s call for an Akhand Bharat (undivided India). Despite having numerous Chintan Baithaks the BJP is not understanding that it cannot ignore the larger interests of the Modern Indian just to have RSS and Sangh Parivar’s fundamentalist support to its outdated objectives.

One thing that Congress led UPA did which made it breeze past the NDA in the recently concluded General Elections was that it stuck to the core issues of economy and inclusive growth. Although I am not such a big follower of Politics, from where I stand I can see the Congress being a whole lot more rational than BJP in this matter and that’s why the latter still sits in the Opposition.

Politics in India is going through a funny phase right now. There’s the old generation, who still sticks to casteist politics, still believes that Babri Masjid was not build to stay and had to be demolished, still believes that Hinduism is the Supreme Religion in India and that Mohammad Ali Jinnah is the prime villain of the Partition of India; and then there is the young blood, newly turned 18, ready to press the ballot button, who want to see results, who don’t care whether a Brahmin or a Dalit is our Chief Minister, or whether a Muslim President had once administered the Oath of Office to a Sikh Prime Minister when a Christian woman refused to take the top job of a Hindu majority country in the past. The modern Indian is asking for politicians to be accountable, how much, where, when and why, these are the new questions that politicians will start facing and will have to be acquainted with in the next 5-10 years.

The modern Indian is obsessed with technology, sitting in his office he can know what a politician is doing just by looking up his constituency in the Internet (although it doesn’t go for all the constituencies). The modern Indian is enjoying the fruits of the Government’s efforts to give education for all, that is why he/she can read the newspapers and understand panel discussion in news channels.

The advent of Private news channels make every move of a politician dissected into several motives in a matter of a one-hour discussion. They are even involving the youth in such discussions. Talented Journalists like Barkha Dutt, Rajdeep Sardesai and Pranoy Roy are tailing behind every political move that matters. The modern Indian is not the stupid illiterate snake-charmer anymore, he is smart, savvy and knowledgeable enough to know that its not policies or speeches that decide India’s politics, its results.

And one thing which makes me feel really happy about the inevitable transition of Indian Politics is that, young leaders are in fact beginning to get well aware of it. I must here mention leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor and their likes who in fact have accepted this changing trend and setting an example before the future politicians. Mr. Tharoor’s tweets is a brave example of how politicians in India should come closer to the people whom they serve. I hope more and more politicians romp in to this changing trend.

Before signing off, I would like to state that despite what I wrote here, politics in India is not a bed of roses, revolutionary change isn’t as easily possible to be adopted in India as it might be in the West. But still, the arrow has left its sheath, its only perhaps a matter of time when the politics of India evolves itself into a new form where Hindutva, Md. Ali Jinnah, Partition of India, Babri Masjid, Dalit, Quotas etc. aren’t relevant vote-baking political issues anymore. I eagerly await for that time, as a responsible Modern Indian.

Jai Hind!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Coalition Politics in India— An Analysis

Introduction:
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Coalition Politics is a time tested thing in Modern Democracy. The concept of Coalition Politics in my opinion draws its roots from the times when warring states sometimes used to ally with each other in order to defeat of a common enemy; one example being The Battle of The Red Cliffs (208/9 CE).

First instance of a Coalition Government was found to be the Delian League (correct me if I am wrong) which existed around 431 B.C. (Courtesy: Yahoo! Answers)

India got a taste of Coalition Politics at the state level when the Left front comprising of Communist Party of India (CPI), CPI (Marxist) and others formed the first ever Coalition Government in India at West Bengal with Mr. Jyoti Basu as the Chief Minister (succeeded by Mr. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee) which till date hasn’t been defeated. At the national level the first ever coalition government was formed under the Prime Ministership of Late Shri Morarji Desai Ji which existed from 24th March 1977 to 15th July 1979 headed by now an insignificant Janata Party (who reputation has now been acquired by its breakaway section which formed the Bharatiya Janata Party).

Since 1996 Indian Politics has been dominated with Coalition Governments which by far have been stable after a shaky start.The incumbent Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh is heading a coalition Government of 15 parties called the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) with Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, widow of Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi Ji being its Chairperson which has now just now been elected for a second term in Office

India’s shaky start to Coalition Politics:
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India entered into the age of Coalition Politics in the 1990s. Post 1970s emergency period saw the emergence of Janata Party and the weakening of the Indian National Congress, which once was the undefeatable Political Party in India. Also the breaking up of the National Parties saw a resurgence of Regional Parties which started dominating the state-level politics.

Although Coalition Governments were in existence once or twice during the era of Late Shrimati Indira Gandhi, during 1996-1999 there were 4 Coalition Governments.

When Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee couldn’t sustain the Government in 1996 due to lack of Majority (i.e. 272+ seats) in the Indian Parliament after being just 13 days old, the Third Front (a group of regional parties and Non-Congress and Non-BJP combine also referred to as the United Front) formed the Government headed by Mr. H. D. Deve Gowda. who was in office from 1 June 1996 to 21 April 1997. The Congress Party and other smaller parties including the left provided outside support to him in order to provide a stable Government and prevent snap-polls.

But due to rising discontent between the UF and Congress the latter withdrew support and in order to avoid elections, a compromise was reached. The Congress party agreed to support another United Front government under new leader, provided its concerns—such as not being consulted before taking important decisions and being marginalized—were addressed.The United Front elected Shri Inder Kumar Gujral as new leader and he was sworn in as Prime Minister on 21 April 1997. But unfortunately due to some internal problems in the Government, Congress again withdrew support and mid-term elections were called after Third Front governments failed twice.

This time, a cohesive bloc of political parties lined up with it to form the National Democratic Alliance headed by the BJP, and Shri A.B. Vajpayee was sworn in as the Prime Minister. The NDA proved its majority in parliament. Towards the end of 1998 however, the AIADMK withdrew its support from the 13-month old government. The government lost the ensuing vote of confidence motion by a single vote. As the Opposition was unable to come up with the numbers to form the new government, the country returned to elections with Vajpayee remaining the "care-taker prime minister".

India finally harnesses the coalition horse:
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After 4 failed Coalition Governments and 2 mid-term elections, on October 13, 1999, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji took oath as Prime Minister of India for the third time. The BJP-led NDA had won 303 seats in the 543 seat Lok Sabha, thereby securing a comfortable, stable majority. The Coalition Government that was formed lasted its full term of 5 years – the only non-Congress government to do so.

The National Democratic Alliance was widely expected to retain power after the 2004 general election. The parliament had been dissolved before the completion of term in order to capitalize on the economic boom and improved security and cultural atmosphere. However, the coalition sidestepped controversial and ideological questions in favour of bread-and-butter economic issues during the campaign and subsequently lost almost half its seats, with several prominent cabinet ministers being defeated.

The Indian National Congress, led by Mrs. Sonia Gandhi became the single largest party and, along with many minor parties, formed the United Progressive Alliance. With the conditional support of the leftist parties from the outside, the UPA formed a government under Dr Manmohan Singh. The alliance completed a full term and remained in power after the 15th General Elections in May 2009. Although the left now longer supports the UPA but with new allies it has been able to extend its lead in the Lok Sabha.

India now looks forward to a stable future of Coalition Governments as single-party majority seem to be a thing of the past now.

Future of Indian Coalition Politics:
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Both Experts and Political Parties agree that the era of Coalition Politics has just begun and its here to stay. “At the time when regional political parties are assuming significance and the days of single party rule are over, there is no escape from coalition politics."— says Mr. Sharad Pawar, Union Agriculture Minister and President of the Nationalist Congress Party.

Experts say that Coalition Politics is result of rise of Regional Parties on agendas of National Importance. One of the reasons for the growing importance of Regional Parties has been their success in articulating the interests of the assertive backward castes and Dalits or ‘untouchables’. These parties remain ‘regional’ in terms of geographic location, but are national in terms of issues relevant to the country as a whole. Their role within the national coalition is also indicative of a more competitive and polarised party system.

Conclusion:
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The continuity of coalition governments (first under the NDA and later UPA) confirms not merely the decline of one party rule and rise of regional and smaller parties, but a crisis of majoritarian political culture, based on the dominance of a single party led by a charismatic leader over a cluster of smaller parties.

Both the Coalitions have faced the problem of internal disputes due to clustering of parties having differing manifestos. For the sustenance of a stable future of Coalition Politics, the parties must keep their Common Minimum Program ahead of their own ideologies.

Monday, June 8, 2009

In the memory of the God’s Children we lost……..

I was extremely moved when I heard about the mishap of the Air France flight 447 in the Atlantic Ocean with 228 passengers on board. I got the pictures below from a friend of mine yesterday via e-mail. When I saw it I realised how much we forget in our busy lives, the role that God plays in the working of the Universe. This post is both, an effort of expressing condolence to the deceased and a reminder to all of us that what we are doing and what we should do.

In the memories of those who lost their lives in AF-447 crash

May the souls of all the passengers and crew on-board Rest In Peace. Amen.

P.S.: Please leave your condolence message in the comments section if you wish.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Microsoft’s problem with Windows XP

Windows 7 is all set to release. The date has been declared and the price is being nearly accurately speculated in any blog or website you visit which discusses on Windows. Now a question comes. Will XP users ditch their age old OS and buy Windows 7?

Windows XP went RTM August 24, 2001, and users had to wait nearly three years for SP2, which was released on August 6, 2004. Retail users then had to wait for nearly two and a half years until January 30, 2007 for Vista to make an appearance, whose disastrous condition made them stick to their XP.

That means that XP was around and unchallenged for nearly five and a half years. That’s a long time. In fact, there are a huge number of PC users out there who have only used XP and that includes my home PC which my family uses. In all these years we have purchased games and wares and have set up our own ecological environment around XP. And with backward compatibility a real headache for XP users from Vista onwards, our investments on XP seems to be a little more dearer, not to mention the hardware upgrades that is required.

Windows 7 is trying to woo XP users by its XP mode, which infact till how hasn’t received much criticism. This shows that MS is infact receptive to the situation of the  XP users which even now occupies 60% of the Windows OS market share. Another option which some are seen gossiping about is dual booting Windows 7 from a Windows XP Virtual Hard Drive. Probably this way we can still use our sweetheart XP and our wares and also use this new OS from Windows.

Still then I believe even after Windows XP’s extended support end in 2014, even then Windows XP will be having almost 10% of the Windows market share.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Setup java compiler in Windows 7 in ten steps

When I first decided to learn Java all alone, the first major setback I faced was how to setup the java compiler in Windows 7 (same for windows vista). Most of the search I did gave confusing description and were based on Windows XP which is kind of history now.

For guys who are new to Windows Vista and 7 following is the detailed description of setting up your java compiler:

  1. Download the Java Development Kit (JDK). You can download it here.
  2. Follow the instructions and install the JDK.
  3. Right-click the Computer icon on your desktop or start menu, click on properties.
  4. Click on Advanced system settings. A dialog box appears.
  5. Click on the Environment Variables button at the bottom-right of the System Properties dialog box.
  6. A dialog box named Environment Variables appears. Click on the TEMP variable in the User variables section. Now go down to the “Path” variable in the System Variables section and click on edit.
  7. The Edit System Variable dialog appears. At the end of the Variable value section append a semi-colon and then enter the path of the bin directory of you JDK. To copy the path of the bin directory follow the picture below

    java_address
  8. Then paste the path on the field as shown below. Make sure you have appended a semi-colon before you paste the address.

    java_setup
  9. Then click on OK as shown and then you are done. To confirm whether your settings are right, open command prompt and type “javac”. You should get a response like this on your prompt.

    javac
  10. Type ”java” and you should get something like this.

    java

If all of the above steps are followed correctly, you will be able to setup your java compiler and you can now start programming.

P.S.: I recommend you to use textpad instead of the usual command line interface to do your java programs. Its a freeware although it will ask you to register it.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

U.S. and U.S.S.R. had tried to nuke the moon!!

When I first learnt about this I didn’t believe it. Afterall why would a country conduct nuclear tests on the moon bearing enormous costs and risk of a mid-air explosion in the early stages of space research?

It was the late 1950s, and the Cold War was extremely chilly. Someone in the US Government got the bright idea of nuking the Moon, and in 1958 the Air Force Special Weapons Center spearheaded the project (labeled A119, "A Study of Lunar Research Flights").

The idea was to shock the Soviet Union, with a massive display of American nuclear might. What better demonstration than an atomic explosion on our closest celestial neighbour? According to the project's reports, the flash would've been visible to the naked eye on Earth. (It's been suggested that another motivation may have been to use the Moon as a test range, thus avoiding the problems with irradiating our home planet.)

Although scientist spearheading the project had warned the U.S. Government about the enormous cost of this project, the authorities were concerned only about its effects in the politics back at Earth. But the irony is after the whole blue-print of the project A119 was prepared it simply went away, much like all other “classified” documents.

But this wasn’t the only time an U.S. government agency had thought of nuking our distant neighbour.In 1956, W.W. Kellogg of RAND Corporation considered the possibility of launching an atomic bomb to the Moon. In 1957, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory put forth “Project Red Socks”, the first serious proposal to send a spacecraft to the Moon. One of its lesser suggestions was to nuke the Moon in order to send lunar rocks hurtling back to Earth, where they could be collected and studied. The creator of the hydrogen bomb, physicist Edward Teller, similarly mused about dropping atomic bombs on the Moon in order to study the seismic waves they would create.

The Communists back at The Soviet Union were also not much behind. In the late 1950s, the setup Project E-4 which would've used a probe armed with an A-bomb to blast the Moon, apparently as a display of its dominance in space research. The idea reached the stage of a full-scale model but was aborted for fear of the probe falling back to Earth.

One can barely imagine the consequences had both of these Superpowers been successful in nuking the moon. As we all know the moon and Earth balance each others orbit and many other attributes. And in my opinion had the nuke tests in the moon been rampant, it would have led to a significant change in the lunar mass which according to Newton’s Universal Gravitational Law could have adverse effects back here. But this is merely a speculation, and thankfully indeed.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Irony of Separation

No one will disagree with me when I say that moments of separation are perhaps the most difficult moments in any person’s life. Perhaps what’s more trying than the aftermath of separation is the feeling of helplessness moments before the separation. The fading twilight of hope, of avoiding the inevitable, lights up even the bravest of minds. This hope sometimes overpowers us, makes us attempt to do things beyond our ken and which will never change anything. Be it jumping from the edge of the cliff trying to hold the hand the our falling loved one, or the last minute prayers of mercy to the Almighty to stop the departing soul in order to see our loved one alive for one more moment, a moment which might well redefine our life and give it a new direction. Or be it a relationship gone astray and destined to be ended, despite unwillingness from both sides, but must be done to avoid further sourness.

Despite all our last moment attempts before the mishap, the very moment when we get the feeling that something bad is actually happening and we cant stop it, the moment when our limbs fail to move and our brain stops its thoughts, we watch, as the sun of hope sets down below the mountain of agony, pain and unbearable hurt. These moments leave a scar, sometimes so deep, it virtually changes for us the meaning of life and our objective of living.

Some choose to become Messengers of God, deciding to lessen the pains of others by doing virtuous deeds sacrificing and destroying their very emotions which led to their sorrows: greed, lust, attraction….. the list goes on. Some who are not strong, get consumed by the poison of the situation and end their lives, unable to bear the sudden impulse of the emotional impact on them. Some very brave ones, lead on with their normal lives, absorbing the complete storm of anguish inside their hearts. But they too, never end their day without shedding one tear thinking about the pain.

But few just stay there, at that point of time unable to move even one step ahead. They just keep gazing at that moment, that very moment which changed everything, and made their apparently happy lives come to a halt. They become deaf to the sounds of carnivals and blind even to the audacious of colours. They just remain mute spectators of their own disaster.

The irony of separation is far more complex than what meets the eye. The agony, the pain and the hopelessness it gives to us is sometimes of such enormous amount that it makes us lose faith on the very ideals on which our lives are based. Few chosen ones have the courage and strength to put the shock behind and move on with ahead with their lives. But many just get consumed by the monstrous darkness of this disgraceful agony. They tend to hide from their own lives, from their past happiness. They just want to get lost in a crowd where nobody knows them nor they know anybody. They hide themselves even from their own reflection.

This is the very insanity of separation, that its virtually a compass of our lives. Like it, or hate it, it is inevitable. Like others, this is also one the beautiful creations of God. The pain of the past drives us to the uncertainty of the future, making us sometimes unaware of our present. This is the story of every evil and every sin, that a pain creates agony, and an uncontrolled agony gives birth to rage and then sin. This is the truth of separation, a daring example of the very insanity of the same.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Doesn’t perseverance without success deserve the same credit as success?

Sometimes I feel so discouraged when I fail to achieve something that I feel as if I've not got enough strength to take that one last step from attempt to success. And I have no reason not to feel in such a way. Since my childhood, I have not achieved enough success in any field, whether it be in academics, or literature or science, or any other form of extra-curricular activity. I was always the introvert boy in the last-but-one bench, who is noticed but barely taken into account. I always tried to keep my head up in the crowd, but always ended up getting lost. Everytime I went to do something good, or even out-of-the-box, everytime I has to retract my steps, because of one problem or the other. Sometimes it was my own fear of failure, I will admit that, but largely because of upwind circumstances. I always waited for my chance, and sometimes snatched a few, but always ended up disappointing myself and my peers. It’s hard to imagine I am unable to clear even a goddamned race in a mobile phone or even fight a bunch of monsters without cheats in a PC, forget about my real-life performances. I feel as if nobody wants me to win. Everytime, every single time I feel that something good is finally going to happen to me, something odd happens and I have to back-off, willingly or unwillingly. For once I want to do something big, something which will make atleast my close few notice me, take me seriously, appreciate me and encourage me and if God permits help me in reaching the top. For once I want to be in the top, as a winner, second to none. Nobody notices me in whatever I do, and people who wash dirty linen in public are given more importance . WHY?? Just because they are covering themselves in a outer shell with fake emotions pleasing everybody, lying and bitching about things they don’t even mean but I, on the other hand I expose my true colors of naked truth to the world, work in the daylight and give everyone a clear insight to my thoughts!!!

This isn't just my story, in every success story, we always forget the once who struggled more than the successful one but had to opt out or be forced out the race by unforeseen circumstances. They are the ones who are the hardest hit the hammer of fate, they neither get success nor appreciation. There are obvious exceptions of course, but this is the large picture. And I can relate to those people because I feel I am connected to them by similar fates.

It is so disgusting to see people go past us, sometimes on the way someone else shows them, without any acknowledgement or appreciation to their peers. Sometimes I feel like getting a gun and shoot all those people down. Everybody looks upto the winner, appreciates him, follows his path, but everybody forgets the one who strives with a true conviction in his heart, with dedication, but fails in the last moment. Just because they didn’t go the last mile doesn’t erase the fact that they travelled a long path with a virtue in their hearts which now-a-days is given to only a few blessed ones.

The question that should be asked to the world is that why the world always regard the success of the few who reached heights like the Everest and forget those who die persevering to climb to the top? Why the world has always acknowledged the Generals who fought and won wars, either out of need for lebensraum or greed for power, but few even remember those who fought their hearts out, killing themselves and seeing their brethrens getting killed to save their honor? Why always their has to be always a race for survival and not a combined effort for the same? These questions remain unanswered even today and I am sure with the way things go in this world, these questions will never see the daylight, that’s the tragedy of this world.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

A little more of less

Life, as I see it, is a perfect recipe of shattered hopes, overwhelming success with a well mixed garnish of inexplicable happiness coupled with unbearable pain. The happiness of gain and the resulting fear of loss of someone or something dear to us shows the very dilemma of life.

When I sit on my roof; which overlooks the neighbourhood, on one side I see people lying, backstabbing, masking, using others as tools, showing shameless greed and displaying every single human vice I can think of. Still, these people keep complaining about the sadness and bitterness of life, keep saying how life has become complicated and what if it could be changed. I am not disapproving of their way of life balancing it on the scale of virtues and vices. They do things which are practical, atleast in their points of view. But in the end they are not sure whether they are doing the right thing or not. Are they being practical or evil? Is the path on which they are going will ultimately take them where they will find what they “actually” want from their lives? Or will it keep them jailed in their own web of decitful practicality?

And on the other side, I see a handful of people who are satisfied with what they have, however little it maybe; people who show their very naked souls through their eyes, whose hearts are filled with generosity, kindness, fear of God and a desire to live their lives as happily as they can despite its shortcomings. These people greet everyone with open hearts, talk of God and Human Virtues, and despite seeing immeasurable failures in life, they still say life is a cake-walk. They walk with their own dignity, not caring what the other side of the world cares about them. They too have complaints about their lives, how desperate they are to get a little more of less they have in their lives, to complete it, without compromising with their way of life, hoping that the path of dignity in which they are walking is indeed a right choice. They too are unsure whether their path is right, but they just walk on, with a smile in heart alongside a hope, that their path will lead them to discover what they “actually” wanted from life.

I always wonder, how two different versions of the same life come from two different versions of the same Human Being, which infact ends in the same quest. The only explanation I feel satisfies me is that everything is a illusion. Our whole life is our own illusion. It is a super-natural, impulsive force which makes us drive our lives the way we want, but makes us end up getting nothing that we “actually” desired.

God made man in his own image. Its up to us to figure it all out; right, wrong, good, evil. In each of us lies the capacity to decide what drives our actions. So what is it that makes some choose selflessness: the need to devote oneself to something greater, while others know only self interest, isolating themselves in a world of their own making? Some seek love even if unrequited, while others are driven by fear and betrayal. There are those who see their choices as dark proof of God's absence while others follow a path of noble destiny. But in the end, good, evil, right or wrong, what we choose is never what we need, for that is the ultimate cosmic joke, the real gift that God has left behind.