Sunday, 20 April 2014

Return The Gold




 
By Nickmard Khoey [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


Last night I woke up to thunderous noise. I thought it must be raining but there was no sound. The sole street lamp was shining through my room window with full glare so the question of lightening was also ruled out. I am known to be calmest of all beings and a sound sleeper but that night, it was different.

Still not out of bed, I felt my body being very tired and heavy. I was unable to move any limbs. I started to hear a voice. 

The voice: “I am God. I wish my gold to be returned back to my temple, Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.”

Unable to utter a single word, as if in trance where I folded my hands, I spoke in my mind, “I am North Indian and simple devotee, God. What do I know about Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple? People or media will laugh over me, if I told them you instructed me to tell so.”

The voice: “Listen being, I am God. I am a concept. People believe in me. Ask the government why they think it is not an important case.”

I: “God, to government every discovered item is like a national property. God is a superficial idea which cannot be proved. They will not just disregard me but implicate me in certain case to spend rest of my life in jail.”

The Voice: “Innocent being! I have created oceans, forests, hills and materials of unknown and utmost importance. There is never going to be dearth of it. Ask government, how much will they keep in their safety vaults.”

I: “God, I am lucky to know and understand this. Will the government?”

The Voice: “I told you, I am Supreme and there lies all the fact. What will anyone be able to do with money when it will be in surplus and will become obsolete.”

I: “I do not know. I am humble person who just want to live life respectably.”

The Voice.”This is my divine play. Day will come when gold will lose its appeal. In exchange of gold, one will not get food or clothes or shelter. Everyone will still be made to do business but of grains or clothes or any article. With or without me, choose your way.”

1.       This incident is fictional.
2.       The main topic “17 kg gold stolen from India’s richest Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple vault” is neither a political cause nor seems religious to the author. It is more pertinently related to the society.
3.       The existence of God though may be suggested as illusory but there is no denying fact in the stories (many true) where these incidents can also reflect a religious or divine experience. The existence of God is a fact according to the author.
4.       Literature and many other fields often depict certain dogmas in creative manner to achieve a purpose. Sometimes, the idea hangs in universe making it one of the rat race where it is not always possible to achieve the objective.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Glimmer of Hope

Snail of life pitched
through serpentine traffic
this day unobserved, its light and shade
the shape of pregnant dusty air
we think the road ahead
could still be beautiful.

No one in this city
knows now of the agonized tales,
we also never heard outside and inside
of four walls, the cemented self eulogy
what would thwart it too
not a glimmer of hope.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Only a part of the panacea, Paid Advertising


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As today, I hear the news and dismay over paid advertising on social media, t.v. and newspaper and its full throttle impact on the democracy, I come to understand how effective it could be as a part of the panacea to choose another government.

Chandigarh is holding “The Festival of Elections.” As part of these festivities, the citizens are oriented to believe in the power of vote. Different mobile vans are holding a demo of election process to spread awareness.  Various performances by rock bands and dance troupes are bringing up this fact in entertaining and useful way.

However in the same breadth, I read about the anxious concerns of the people about booth capturing to bring back certain political party in power or inefficient performance by certain political leader so far.

There are few ways in which we can bring back the zeal of elections and the trust surroundings the voting system. One is viral marketing and second is debate and discussion and third is a combination of both. We trust that Election Commission of India must have laid some upper limit for political parties on election campaigning so here we are left to assess in the same metrics our options.

Why should we consider paid advertising wrong? On each of the news channel, everyday there are intense political debates among political leaders from different regions. This fulfils our need of debating and discussions. However, the main political party representatives are still not called for one-to-one debates. Since they hold the overall impression of the nation and most of the citizens who watch the prime time news and programs get mislead.

We set this obstacle and imagining this to be over as the main political leaders left us with more narrowed down approach, are we satisfied? Election process makes the environment very charged and if it is not kept in the same way, believe me, many will still skip voting thinking the other 99/100 have done their work.

Paid advertising means more visibility and that means our minds even if still in some kind of debacle is engrossed in the same process. More and more rallies ask for our continued participation in the formation of a democratic government.

If we are scared that the political party that pays more will get more votes, then perhaps we are wrong. More visibility is an agenda but the results are based on the voter’s experience, both past and present. The voting based on advertising means the voter has not made an honest attempt to know more about the various political parties that are in the fray for the prime ministerial seat. However, considering advertising means the little suspicion in the mind of a voter is finally evaded. This is very constructive.

Can there be a uniformly-distributed election campaign strategy? This is possible that besides setting an upper limit, the EC lets the political parties campaign till late. A uniform strategy is not a bad thing. Politics is a career in itself and in the rounds of questions and answers, we are only left with better decision opportunities. Social media in addition to t.v. and newspapers bring us this opportunity and obviously it has to be paid.

A New Place, A Taste of Urbanization

I have just moved to a flat near Chandigarh. Resting on the 1st floor, my eyes feast on the near and far buildings that in comparison to New York or Mumbai or even Chandigarh's own secretariat is not impressive but since I have never lived in flats before, it forms an interesting sight. The building is just three storey high. The view of neighboring flats urge me to go to the roof and watch the surrounding view.

I have been to the roof two days back. Took some snapshots. You might have a thing for settling in these spaces but even Chandigarh do not have high-rise residential buildings. New properties are available only in places around it. So if I took an auto ride to reach Chandigarh or went on a simple stroll to a shopping complex a little far across the road, I was not surprised to notice the worsening signs of urbanization.

I can get everything that a good city can promise me in these quarters or residential zones but the benefits of administration is highly invisible. The dust, traffic congestion and polluted air due to combustible gases choke the nasal passageway making it compulsory to cover the nose and mouth with a handkerchief.

Similarly, missing the availability of fresh vegetable produce and spices here. Who says urbanization is all about spacious and economical places with four walls offering peace of mind and privacy? There is no better way to cross the road while in city there are pedestrian pavement, traffic lights, and somewhere even flyovers for better flow of traffic. Here, the people are themselves in some conformity with living life slow down their vehicles or impose other self rules to make a passageway.

This is good till there is finally something that is eventful like slogging drains, uncovered manholes, flooded roads, etc.

In the meantime, I also marvel at the efforts of these independent builders offering a respectable and quality accommodation where one really feels like leaving inside the city with good inter lanes to walk, talk with neighbours, play parks, temple and even some service shops.