DEATH

I would like to narrate you one of the unforgettable incidents in my life.

In my sophomore days, sixteen of our hostel mates planned a one day picnic to Kalpakkam. We chose Kalpakkam because couple of my friends live there and actually they were the one who invited us.

We got up early in the morning (it was very unusual in college days) got ready and boarded the ‘Saroja’ kind of van and headed towards Kalpakkam as early as 6:30 AM. As usual the journey was filled with pranks and teasings of college youth.

Once we reached Kalpakkam, without wasting much time we headed towards the beach.

Eight of the sixteen decided to go on a voyage in Catamaran. The catamaran was taking its full night’s rest at the beach sand with the luxury of waves lullaby. (I am sometimes poetic you know) It looked like a simple boat with a motor at its back. A long iron rod with a fan at the end was attached to the motor and it was designed in such a way that they can keep the fan up towards the sky until it reach a safe distance inside the sea.

While two guys were pushing the catamaran, one of my friends just pushed me down in the sand. Before falling down I heard the 'whirl' of the fan near my right ear. Yeah. I missed it by a whisker.

Well, it didn’t affect me much, we said 'tata' and gave a oohhhho send off to our 8 sailors and was waiting on the sand for our chance.

It would take atleast one hour for them to return and so I suggested for a swim in the sea. Four rejected and they were happy to converse with the fisherman on the enchanting trip to the sea. The other four, including me decided to have a dip at the sea.

Hundai mandayan (Etymology: he started balding and his fore head looks like Hyundai bonnet), Gundan (no etymology required), myself and Santa were the ones who decided to go.

The feeling of being amidst the waves was like flying and we thoroughly enjoyed it. All of a sudden, it seems I fell deep into a pit and I started drowning. I am not a very skillful swimmer though I am confident of saving myself. I made the movement to come up the water, but the big waves immediately covered me leaving a few seconds up the surface. I could hardly breathe.

I decided to call for help. I said ‘kapath…’ a wave covered me. I was down again. When I came back up again, Hundai said “dai machi chumma thana pannara” (means aren’t you just feigning). I was like fuming amidst the disaster. Gundan gave me his hand and he came in and started struggling. So was Santa. After a few minutes of vigorous attempt to save my life, all my energy depleted. I thought I am going to experience death.

All of a sudden, I got a strong arm lifting me up from the water. I saw the fishermen with my friends forming human chain from the shore to help us. One good thing Hyundai did was to call the help of fishermen. Had he given hand to me, we four would have been only in photos with Kumkum and garland in our home.

Immediately after reaching the shore, some said,” it happened twice and will happen one more time to complete the sentimental three”. Some others said, “it’s a no moon day and that’s why the waves are at peak”. It didn’t bother me much. I still love being in water.

But this incident made me to realize that my life is very vulnerable and I can encounter death any time in life. Untill this incident I never thought myself with death.

People say it is inauspicious to pronounce the word ‘Death’. But I think, if we pronounce it or not, we cannot avoid death. We see so many people dying, we attend innumerable condolences, but have you ever realized that we would also experience death one day?

It can be by an accident today or tomorrow or anyother day. Or we may dye out of old age. We are certain to experience that death one day in our life. We can’t escape.

How will it be. Will it pain? I don’t know what I was before my birth? Will death be like prebirth period, the nothingness?. Or will it be like a dreamless permanent sleep. Somehow my mind is not accepting that I will come out of my body and watch all those cry sitting in a corner like a bunch of smoke.

Whatever it is, I value death because it thought me the nature of nature. Theists can replace the second ‘nature’ with ‘God’. As I already said in my previous posts, the nature follows certain rules and it cannot be changed with all our begging and trading that we do with God. Death teaches us this point in a very hard way. Do you think any amount of money or the best doctor or the best preacher, can bring back a dead man alive?

PS: I am sorry guys. I coudnt blog or leave a comment in my fellow bloggers’ for the past couple of weeks. I was busy proving this world that I am brilliant. The world thinks you are brilliant only when you earn money. If you don’t earn money, then they will call you a dumb fella. Understand this fact and shut up. Or else this world will call you a non pragmatic person.

PPS: I actually thought of writing a completely different genre here. But will do it in my next post.

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GUEST POST


As I am little ambiguous about death, I requested two of my fellow bloggers who think far better than me, to write a poem and a writeup as a guest blogger here. They were very generous and gave a beautiful poem and a wonderful writeup. Enjoy it. Thanks a lot pals.
Here I present it.

Death (Poem by Vipul Grover)

As an unbearable pain suddenly engulfed him

He just felt an unusual surge of eternal peace
The moments he had lived, flashed, exciting and grim
While the people around mourned like buzzing bees.
As those weary eyes closed for that last one time
He smiled for his perpetual voyage begins.

Death (A writeup by Amit Singh)



What is Death? Death is the layout on which we paint our life. And I feel when we start seeing our life with integration of death; life would look more beautiful and more alive. Like the Day and the night, the summer and the winter, the tide and the ebb, matter and antimatter...Death and Life also define each other and or part of same energy but with opposite polarity. The Concept of God, Religion and spirituality; all these are somehow based deeply on our Mortality. A life without Death would be a sentence without any termination...Real meaning of life is more pronounced by the limitation carved by death around our life. Love, beauty and compassion; all these divine attributes are somehow sprouted from the seed of Death. I would love to quote one of my favourite quotes, quoted by Steve Jobs....

“Almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

Hope you all enjoyed it. I don’t know when I will find time again to blog. Hope it would be on next Sunday. See you then.

My War - 55 fiction

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“Amidst my regular dinner, I heard a big bang. My ears went deaf. I rushed home to warn my kids. They were shivering”.

“Three days now, we didn’t go out. We’re starving. Will this war prolong?

“Oh God, save our life and let us have peace soon”.
Prayed the elderly crow in nest. Its Diwali.

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This is 55 fiction story. If you don't know what it is, read it here.

Hey Guys, this is my first real attempt on 55 fiction. let me know your honest comments.

ANNOUNCEMENT:

Finally, I decided to penalize Vipul for consistently calling me a married man in FB comments section. Yes he need to write a 50 words poem in my blog as a guest blogger. (my blog doesn't have any poems as I don't know to write).

The topic is 'DEATH'.

@ Vipul: If you are taking this, you can email it to bharathionline@gmail.com

Tags - More secrets disclosed

Shankar tagged me for these 2 tags. Seems to be very interesting.

TAG #01 : Innocent… or Guilty?

RULE 1- You can only say Guilty or Innocent. (I broke this rule here as i felt single word answer will only make the readers boring)

RULE 2- Copy and paste this into your notes , delete my answers, type in your answers and tag to your friends to answer this.guilty

  1. Asked someone to marry you? Innocent. (never. Though I liked some)
  2. Ever kissed someone of the same sex? Innocent. (No way)
  3. Danced on a table in a bar? Innocent. (danced on table but not in the bar)
  4. Ever told a lie? Guilty.
  5. Had feelings for someone whom you can’t have back? Guilty.
  6. Kissed a picture? Innocent. (real would be more entertaining ;-)
  7. Slept in until 5 PM? Innocent (I dont know why, even if I go to bed early morning I get up at max eight) but I go to bed again after breakfast)
  8. Fallen asleep at work/school? Innocent (I need very comfortable place to sleep)
  9. Held a snake? Guilty (Dont think I am bravest. In one snake show, in no time the guy put a snake around my neck. Off course I acted as if I am not afraid).
  10. Been suspended from school? Innocent.
  11. Worked at a fast food restaurant? Innocent.
  12. Stolen from a store? Innocent (I cant stand humiliation).
  13. Been fired from a job? Innocent. (But I fired my organisation couple of times hahaha)
  14. Done something you regret? (Guilty. some times. but I dont want to repeat it)
  15. Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? Innocent.
  16. Caught a snowflake on your tongue? Innocent.(errr,.. kiddish question)
  17. Kissed in the rain? Innocent . (wow. what a romantic question)
  18. Sat on a roof top? Guilty.(I also travelled on a roof of a train once)
  19. Kissed someone you shouldn’t? Innocent
  20. Sang in the shower? Guilty. (I sing in every place where others cant hear me. I also sing when I drive alone in a two whealer. its not because that my singing capability is poor but because I dont want to give my precious voice for free. I will think about it if AR Rehman pays me)
  21. Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on? Innocent.
  22. Shaved your head? Guilty. (I tried it once in UK with automatic shaving machine)
  23. Had a boxing membership? Innocent. (But yeah I wish to, to punch all those who piss me off)
  24. Made a girlfriend cry? Guilty
  25. Been in a band? Innocent. (wonly in rubber band)
  26. Shot a gun? Guilty (Diwali is coming. what a stupid question)
  27. Donated Blood? Guilty.
  28. Eaten alligator meat? You would be surprised if I say yes. but so do I
  29. Eaten cheesecake? Guilty. (what a contrary question to the previous one. very girly)
  30. Still love someone you shouldn’t? Innocent.
  31. Have/had a tattoo? Innocent. (I dont know why but I hate tattoos and piercings. getting older eh?)
  32. Liked someone, but will never tell who? Guilty.
  33. Been too honest? Guilty. (most of the times except some times. I pray God that the sometimes stay some times and not most of the times. yeah I can write confusing statements)
  34. Ruined a surprise? Innocent. (I am a tough guy. I keep secrets)
  35. Ate in a restaurant and got really bloated that you couldn’t walk afterwards?Guilty ( if the meal is good, I do that. especially when it is Biriyani. I am a connoisseur of Biriyani)
  36. Erased someone in your friends list? Guilty. (I do this many times. but I want to stop this)
  37. Dressed in a woman’s clothes (if you’re a guy) or man’s clothes (if you’re a girl)? Guilty (While making a women garment (We export knitted garments) I need to wear it to check the fitting as I dont find any girl fitting that size at that moment. But guys I didnt use coconut shells :-)
  38. Joined a pageant? Innocent.
  39. Been told that you’re handsome or beautiful by someone who totally meant what they said? Guilty.
  40. Had communication with your ex? Innocent.
  41. Got totally drunk on the night before exam? Innocent.
  42. Got totally angry that you cried so hard? Innocent.

Guilty for 17/42

TAG #02 : How DUMB are you?
The more [x]’ s the “dumber” you are.

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[] Gum has fallen out of your mouth when you were talking (But I swallowed it once)
[] Gum has fallen out of your mouth when you were NOT talking
[] You have ran into a glass/screen door
[x] You have jumped out of a moving vehicle
[x] You have thought of something funny while walking by yourself
[] Laughed, then watched people give you weird looks
[x] You have run into a tree/bush.
[] You know that it IS possible to lick your elbow
[x] You have tried to lick your elbow… a few times
[x] You never knew that the Alphabet and Twinkle Twinkle Little star have the same rhythm.
[x] You just tried to sing them.

So far: 6

[] You have tripped on your shoelace and fallen.
[] You have choked on your own spit .
[] You have seen the Matrix and still don’t get it. (I love that movie. do you guys know the entire movie is based on Indian philosophy. escpecially the climax of first part)
[] You’ve never seen the Matrix.
[] You type only with two fingers.
[] You have accidentally caught something on fire
[] You tried to drink out of a straw, but it went into your nose/eyes.
[x] You have caught yourself drooling. (Once I did it with a stunning beauty who asked for a lift inside the college. I wasnt drooling, I made a decent chat but I fell by her beauty and the way she conducted herself)
[] You have fallen asleep in class and fell outta your chair

[] Sometimes you just stop thinking (most of the time I wont think about anything)
[] You are telling a story and forget what you were talking about
[] People often shake their heads and walk away from you
[] You are often told to use your “inside voice”.
[] You use your fingers to do simple math
[] You have eaten a bug
[] You are taking this test when you should be doing something more important
[] You have put your clothes on backwards or inside out, and didn’t realize it
[x] You’ve looked all over for something and realized it was in your hand. (Once I searched for a mobile phone while speaking on it. how funny. but I will not agree if you call me dumb for doing this)
[] You have ran around naked in your house.

So far: 8

[] You repost bulletins because you are scared that what they say will happen to you if you don’t.
[] You break a lot of things.
[x] Your friends know not to use big words around you.
[] You tilt your head when you’re confused
[] You have fallen out of your chair before
[] When you’re lying in bed, you try to find pictures in the texture of the ceiling or wall
[] The word “ummmmm” is used many times a day.

TOTAL: 9

Even I am (9/37)*100 = 24.32% DUMB !

I normally dont tag anyone but since this is a very interesting one, I want to tag the following pals. I would be happy if they take it. If they feel too embarrased to take it, they can leave it. No problem. But I would miss to know some interesting facts.

I tag Vipul, Vishnu, Shilpa, Shruti, Sathish, Aditya, Guria, Sid, Suga, Dr. Chandraseker and all those who read this. (I am sure my fellow bloggers are very kindenough to let me go without backlinking their name. I am little lazy you know)

And finally, thanks for Shankar for helping me increase my post count with out much thinking.

randomz

I wasn’t blogging that frequently for quite some time but that didn’t restrict me to collect points to blog. Here are few thoughts that I collected over a period of time.

Some time back I saw a picture of a women body builder and I instantly perceived that this is a result of women trying to match men in every department they can. I am quite against it. I believe men and women are equals but not same. They both have complementary qualities to lead life and I feel it’s insane for one to try becoming another. I think we should learn to respect the complementary qualities of each other.

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A month back, on the way to drop our Spanish buyer in the airport after a successful meeting, we were speaking on various aspects that he came across in India.

He asked me one question which made me little ashamed and took more time to think. This isn’t about traffic or garbage on road or even the population.
He said “When I was dining in a Delhi restaurant, I was conversing with the waiter in English as I don’t know the language. But I noticed few local people who knew Hindi also were conversing in English. Why is this?”
He asked this question in a very innocent way.
After a little while of thinking, I answered “In India, only educated people speak English and to gain respect over this advantage, they speak in English”
But I honestly feel when our people will start believing English is a language and not knowledge.

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Today I can see the white pumpkins all over the road as the after math of Ayutha pooja (I don’t know what it is called in north. Guyz please enlighten me). The red kumkum that was put inside the pumpkin, after being crushed by vehicles, made an illusion that it was someone else’s blood. Who knows it might actually be some one else’s blood who’s vehicle was slipped by it as it did for me 10 years back in Chennai.

With all the little good deeds I did throughout my life, I pronounce that the curse of those people, who fell by it, goes to the person who did this stupid act. Just kidding. I don’t know when these people will understand that, since because this is a religious ceremony they can’t take it as granted to trouble fellow people.

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Recently I read a post (it was an old post though) in Vishnu’s about crying, which was in response to my post. I want to record my feelings on that. When we are overwhelmed by a feeling, we cry. To put it simple, what ever the feeling, if it get intense, we cry. Let it be sadness or happiness or any other feeling for that matter. The most common thing we cry for is sadness which I dont like either. But if we haven’t cried for other feelings, then we haven’t experienced anything intense. If we haven’t experienced anything intense, then we haven’t experienced anything in full. Isn’t that sad?
"If your tears hasn’t wet your cheeks, then you haven’t lived your life" I didn’t say this. It seems it is found in Bhagawat gita.
Note: Thanks a lot to Soin and Shruti for voting for me in Blog a ton. I thank all those who left their wonderful comments too.

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I LIKED:

This is a small colum that I decided to add to my posts when ever necessary. Here I am going to recommend few of the posts that impressed me to great extent.

1. 'The last number dialed' by Vipul ji:

I liked this post not only for the nice suspense he built till end but also for the beautiful message he gave. enjoy this post guyz.

2. 'The Great divide' by Mani Padma in Ginger Chai:

This is indeed one of the best 55 fictions I read so far. I enjoyed it thoroughly.






The Indian dream

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Five years back my then colleague in Edinburgh (UK) asked me

“If you can give something from your country, what would you give to us (UK)"

Though I don’t remember what I blabbered at the moment, it did provoke me to think a lot.

I didn’t want to defend my country fakely. I shed all my prejudices and started thinking unbiased, on what could we give it to them.

They are far ahead than us in infrastructure and usage of technology. Their people are far more cultured than us. Individual freedom is at peak there and they nurture it with good manners. Their political setup is far less corrupt than ours. Their people do their job perfectly where as we let them mock at us expanding Indian Standard Time (IST) as Indian Stretched Time.

What do we have then?

Five years back this question led me to an idea of what we should do to come out of all the mess that we are now and lead life respectfully as they do. I am going to write the same ideas that I collected in mind then, without much change. Thanks to Blog a ton for giving me this already thought out topic.

Starting from traffic, government offices, politicians, corrupt officials to cleanliness, I can give innumerable sarcastic instances to prove how we lack behind in comparison to western countries. I used to do this in my previous posts. As I am all grownup and mature now, I am not going to do that here. Instead I would like to concentrate on results and future activities rather than cynicism.

I will not accuse that politicians or corrupt officials are the reason for our current state now. I don’t believe that these people could change.

Then what would bring a change to this nation?

I would like to explain this with one of my experiences.

Few months back, the ruling party leader visited my place. The chumchas dug holes all over the road to erupt cutouts with their lovely smiling face at the foot of the leader to give a grand welcome. I was thinking how a ruling party can damage public property. The following month the opposite party leader visited and same thing happened as all chumchas are alike irrespective of their parties. I got irritated and felt if people in power, whose responsibility is to protect public property can do this, then who can save our country. A week later, in the next street one of our fellow people got a function at his home. He dug hole right in the middle of the road to erupt shamiyana.

I feel politicians and corrupt officials are not born straight from sky. They indeed originate within us. They reflect the culture and practices of our entire nation. When we are pointing fingers at corrupt politicians, can we tell that our common people are free of guilt?

An auto rickshaw driver likes to earn that extra bit of money unethically. We don’t mind litter the space when we are out of our home. We never obey signals when there is no policeman. We never do our job to perfection. Isn’t this same mindset reflected in corrupt politicians and officials. If there are ten goats in a herd and if we elect one goat, I don't think we can expect it to roar like a lion.

If at all there should come a change, I feel it should come from our people. Not politician. Not officials.

I want my people to become more responsible. If they do a job, whether it is rocket technology or sweeping the street, I want them to do it whole hearted with all their skills. If they have to vote, I want them to vote analyzing the pros and cons of a candidate rather than party fanaticism. I want them to respect other person’s freedom and treat them with respect and love. I want them to understand selfishness isn’t the sign of brilliance.

If these things happen, I strongly believe rest of the things will fall in place.

Yes. My dream is to bring my people out of all these ignorance that they have in the fields above mentioned. This is the very objective of this blog. All your support till now made me believe that I could do much more than just writing. Will let you know when this shapes up well.


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