Friday, 19 September 2014

Life is beautiful

The secret of beautiful life ? The big things should keep you busy and the little things should keep you happy. It won't be a good idea to give importance to only of them as they both complement each other. Studies, Exam, Interview, Job, Promotion — those are the big things. The big things are shaping our career, getting us good job, paying the bills and buying the first house. They are working towards finding that person to marry and securing our future. Little things? They are many — having a great cup of morning coffee, feeling the fresh air while jogging, laughs with your best friends, an evening walk with loved ones, getting drenched in the rain, watching sunset, enjoying a good comedy movie etc.  The little things are what’s saves us when things go wrong. The big things are important, of course but we forget to appreciate the little things.  I love to capture those little things in life and preserve them 'cos they can be easily forgotten and I want them to stay alive forever. 

Sunday, 16 February 2014

NIDO TANIAM & the Ugly Racist Indians

Though I am writing on this after the shameful incident happened in the capital but it is not specific to the case and instead I want to present a broader perspective of racism in India. However, the reaction which the nation saw this time on this issue is something that never had happened earlier and I would like to congratulate India for accepting the fact that we too are racist as till now we were only projected as the victim of racism outside our country. 

Are we really racist? 
Lets not answer this in a simple 'yes' or 'no' 'cos sure it is not an objective question. Have you ever heard the song 'Hum Kale Hai To Kya Hua, Dilwale Hai'? This was from a movie Gumnaam where lungi wearing Mehmood with black painted face acted crazily on this song sung by Mohammed Rafi. How many have you watched the movie 'Sajan Chale Sasural'? Satish Kaushik's funny South Indian accent and crude racist dialogue was sure the unique selling proposition of the movie and it was a big hit. The unfair obsession of Indian's for fair skin is not hidden and it is well known that how companies take advantage by offering a range of beauty creams. I don't think I still need to answer this question. 

Lets now talk about the incident that shook Delhi and the nation. Nido Taniam, with his friends, were in Lajpat Nagar (Delhi) looking for an address. Some people standing nearby a sweet shop started mocking him perhaps on his looks and hair style. He retaliated violently by breaking the glass door which escalated the incident leading to physical fight that cost a human life. This was one such incident that actually highlighted the racist behavior prevailing in the nation and exposed the Indian mentality. In a recent survey, 'World Values Survey', done by Swedish economists; an enthralling map of the world's most and least racially tolerant countries came out and as what happens always India was ranked top in the 'not good' list which I would have disagreed upon earlier but it is only the intolerance that was the main cause of this whole scenario. If only he had a 'normal' look, he would have been alive. 

The sheep mentality, I would say, exists in the Indian society. A sheep follows the herd and like them we prefer following the general trend. However, when someone is different from us and stand out from the group we become all judgmental and start criticizing them. The one thing that we need to learn is to accept others the way they are and respect their identity. 

Sunday, 5 January 2014

A reason to celebrate?

A recent trip to Nandi hills in Bangalore 

It all started when an idea popped in our mind to mark our one year completion (rather say survival) in a leading MNC. One year back, 2nd jan 2013, we joined the corporate world as freshers. There was eagerness to live the life independentally and face the music on our own. I am not saying we didn't faced difficulties in college or school life (the exams were like hell for most of us except for the geeky ones) but the condition at this level was different. Everyone was excited but apprehensive too. After a series of induction and orientation programmes (that were fun) came the training season. All of us who thought the studies are thing of past realized it how ignorant we were 'cos nine hour of regular classes with series of tests (having different names) were taken and it felt like everyone is back in school. Somehow we all cleared the exams and had our last laugh together till we were put into different projects. The life has been different for us since than - office location, working hours, project technologies - it's all different. The way we used to help each other during the exams is not possible now. Even we hardly have time to meet, not even during lunch hours (extra work) or on weekends (prefer sleeping after a long week). The idea was to plan for a long roadtrip and spend quality time with each other away from work. However, it was evident with response that not everyone thinks the same way but in a crowd of people one always find some whose thinking are somewhat similar and that is what happened. A trip to Nandi hills was finalized and the journey began as early as 3 AM... 

Rest of the story can be figured out from the images :)