Posts Tagged ‘Society

25
Mar
18

Just yesterday?

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आज सारे कोदंडधारी राम, सबके सब,

स्वर्णमृगों के पीछे गए, और लौटे नहीं,

सारे के सारे लक्ष्मण रावण से मिल

गए, और रेखा खींची नहीं।

सारे जटायु सीताओं की रक्षा में,

अनगिनत रावणों के हाथों

शहीद हो गए कट-कट कर ध्वस्त हो गये।

शेष रह गए हैं अब

बेशुमार सम्पाती

जो सूर्य की ओर, चार वर्षों में

केवल, चार कदम चल पाये, और

सत्य पर लगे स्वर्ण के ढक्कन से

अभिभूत होकर, उसी से चिपक गए,

फिर उन्होंने अपने चमचों से

अपनी चार-कदमी उड़ान के गीत गावये।

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26
Jan
18

Of Djinns, Chudails and other such para(normal)phernalia!

“The dark dangerous forest is still there, my friends. Beyond the space of the astronauts and the astronomers, beyond the dark, tangled regions of Freudian and Jungian psychiatry, beyond the dubious psi-realms of Dr. Rhine, beyond the areas policed by the commissars and priests and motivations-research men, far, far beyond the mad, beat, half-hysterical laughter… the utterly unknown still is and the eerie and ghostly lurk, as much wrapped in mystery as ever.” – Fritz Leiber

In recent times, I attempted to pep-up my non-existent social life and decided to join a heritage walk. With a great sense of déjà vu, I experienced some unbelievably insufferable creatures at this event and, “bloody chudails” was what I felt like yelling out.

But being a fraidy-cat and not wanting to create a scene, I did not and quietly slinked away.

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The very next day I read in the newspaper that some people, in Bardawan district of Bengal, were selling a djinn trapped in a bottle and of course, there were customers!

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22
Feb
17

The Dead and the Living

“I think I had a mother once…” – Peter Pan

I feel cheated.

Natural death has disregarded me.

Once again I have lost out.

With innumerable masks resounding with hushed, unspoken and unshed tears of shrieks, I am left in this shambles not knowing what to do? Where to go? Whom to talk to? What to talk about?  Whom to relate with?

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The living are tiring.

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10
Oct
09

Professional or non-professional?

Brian Joyce of Australia’s Freewheels Theatre, once gave the following at the beginning of an article on ‘Professionalism’ and wrote that the “slapstick definition seemed to be as lucid as some of the responses (he) received….asking for some opinions from colleagues and acquaintances.”

Mowldie: (Insulting the others) Amateurs!

Quince: Yes. Amateurs. From the Latin. Ama; Love. Teur; For the of.

Snout: Love for the of?

Quince: For the love of! Yes amateurs! And you sir, a professional. Ha!

Mowldie: Yes Professional. (Explaining) Pro; For, Fesh;……fesh. On; State of.  Al; Cohol. Professional. One who drinks like a fish! (Exits and collapses)

from “The Popular Mechanicals” by Taylor, Robinson and Shakespeare.

I happened to be at a shindig the other day. Educationists, artists, teachers, HOD’s, industrialists and other important figures adorned the gathering. One particular debate revolved around professionalism. The discussion immediately reminded me of Brian’s introduction to his article written nearly 14 years ago.

It is unfortunate that in India a hierarchy still exists in the ladder of categorising what a professional is? A major emphasis is laid on the ‘white collar’ executive cadre and the mainstream established Doctor/Lawyer/Manager/Engineer/BPO career.

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