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The trip to Dharamsala- Ancient but still Awesomely Alive

source The trip to Dharamsala was certainly one I would never forget. It was a mixed bag of emotions. I was excited yet fearful of a trip to a place I had never been before. The hours it took to convince friends to come along, the essential items that were supposed to be packed, the music that was supposed to be heard each and everything was a task in itself. 30.9.2016 The day to the trip

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A Lifetime Spent

It was her 25th marriage anniversary. They had decided to throw a party in the evening. However, instead of being ecstatic she was in a reflective mood. Thinking, wondering, pondering…a whole series of events and images came to her mind. Not all of them were pleasant but definitely memorable. Sitting with a cup of tea in her hand in the small yet cosy balcony she mused about her marriage to a stranger whom she had eventually befriended.

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देवी-देउता के ऐसे खिल्ली नहीं उड़ाते हैं मेरा बच्चा

मां: हैप्पी दशहरा विनीत. माता रानी,शेरोवाली बुतरू के खूब अकिल-बुद्दि दे. विनीत: हैप्पी दशहरा मां.. मां: की हाल है हमर बच्चा, मना लिया दुर्गापूजा ? विनीत: मनाना क्या, खाए दबाकर दोपहर में ठेठाके सोए, अभी जाकर जलेबी खरीदेंगे. तुम्हारे और घर के बाकी बच्चा लोगों के भीतर भी थोड़ा-थोड़ा रावण जिंदा रहे मां, बाकी तो पब्लिक जलाकर राख कर ही रही है. मां: सालभर के परब में कुछ औ नहीं तो रावण के जिंदा रहे के कामना

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एक बार तो आ जाओ

तेरे दरस के प्यासे नैना, एक झलक दिखला जाओ. मन से तुम्हें पुकारें साईं, एक बार तो आ जाओ. तुम्हें भक्त प्यारे हैं अपने, रखते सबका सदा ख़याल. फिर मुझ पर क्यों कृपा नहीं की ? बस मेरा है यही सवाल. कमी रह गयी कहाँ भक्ति में, इतना तो बतला जाओ. मन से तुम्हें पुकारें साईं, एक बार तो आ जाओ. दीप जलाए जल से तुमने, सबने देखा तेरा कमाल. महामारी को दूर भगाया, आई

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Beneath the Sky

Born beneath the sky Where the birds fly Ground populated People frustrated Less gaiety More jealousy. Love seems to be hidden War and hatred killed many men Trying to control nature We are not that mature. We come here to gain In process we bear some pain, Try to accept the reality, Enjoy God’s creativity. Finally, when our goal is achieved We get buried On earth – beneath the sky Where the birds fly.

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Gallons of Milk for the Gods, why not for children?

Shivratri an Indian festival in which millions of devotees pour millions of gallons of milk on Shivlings across the country. I have always found the ritual of pouring milk over stone deities deplorable particularly in a land where millions go to bed hungry every night (The linked site tells that 1/3rd of the world’s hungry are in India) and thousands of children die of malnutrition every day. This is a sad reality and nothing to be

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तुम कब ईश्वर कहलाओगे

हाँ! तुम ईश्वर कहलाओगे जब क्षुधा शुन्य कर उदर सभी, हर लोगे मानस की तृष्णा, तुम द्वेष गरल  पीकर मन कर दो निर्विकार जब जन-जन का, जब एक करो मन-प्राण विचारों में  स्थापित कर समता, हो भिन्न श्वास-निश्वास किन्तु विश्वास एक हो सब जग का, तब,  तुम ईश्वर कहलाओगे.

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#BetterDemocracy: Please #SupportPK and ban #BoycottPK

So I went to watch PK with sky-high expectations. By the time I had made my mind, almost everyone in the country was talking about it. Leave Twitter, both #SupportPK and #BoycottPK was trending even on the real social network #Facebook. Some of the reasons for #boycottPK were as absurd as this. “Unless the filmmaker decides to also degrade #Islam, we will not let it run #BoycottPK”. Clearly, the guy writing this had decided to

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#BetterDemocracy: The Problem of Hero Worshipping in India

Narendra Modi is the new hero of India. From being admired for the way he has run the government in Gujarat, to becoming the face of the election campaign for the BJP, to being regarded as the messiah that India needs, he has gone from strength to strength. Pray, even his short-sleeved kurta has become a style statement, and there are medicines and tea leaves and items on restaurant menus that bear his name. And true to

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ऐसे संस्कार दो

संस्कार दो, मानव को, ऐसे संस्कार दो ॥ जिसमें जाति – जाति भेद मिटे, धर्म – धर्म भेद मिटे, देश – देश सीमा टूटे, प्रांत – प्रांत एक हो । संस्कार दो, मानव को, ऐसे संस्कार दो ॥   क्षेत्र – वाद ख़त्म हो, राष्ट्रवाद ख़त्म हो, भाषावाद भाव मिटे, मानववाद प्रसार हो । संस्कार दो, मानव को, ऐसे संस्कार दो ॥   आर्थिक लोभ मिटे, सामाजिक भेद मिटे, राजनीति मोह मिटे, मानव को मात्र

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