Friday, July 25, 2008
Another day passes by........ and guess where am I sitting right now? Absolutely spot on!- My favourite coffee shop around as i scribble down my erratic thoughts on this small bill paper..... sipping carelessly at my cappuccino not knowing where do I stand at this very moment.... what do I do next! What has life got to offer next? How do I go about with my life ahead?..... Unsure about everything life has to offer next..... But have I ever known what life offers next? Does anyone know that?..... I guess not! But there's something unusual that I'm feeling at this very moment..... A force to break free...... A drive towards freedom..... A child's desire to grasp the unknown..... A man's insight into the future..... An anxiety, a longing, a wait...... A Wait is all I can give to this passing time..... All that I can do is Hope for everything I want in Life..... Yes, a Hope...... Our whole life depends on a Hope!!!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
A Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha few years back which entitled women to 33% reservation in the Lok Sabha. But reservation of seats for women at this dawn of the 21st century speaks volumes about the position of women in our country. But why do we blame our country only- it’s the same everywhere in this world.
A lot has been said about the progress of women- but whom are we trying to fool? When we speak of women reservations at this juncture it clearly shows that all we are pursuing is nothing but a hollow dream! The truth is that it’s been a few exceptions that we keep on citing as the progress of the fairer sex. However, a holistic stride still eludes us.
Let me now cite some examples to clarify what exactly I am trying to convey. We keep on repeating that women have made a great leap in the world of sports. It’s true that there's a lot of opportunity for the weaker sex if they want, but has anyone ever thought of the indifference that is shown when it comes to remunerations. A female Tennis player gets almost half the amount that her counterpart gets. Same is the case in all other versions of sports. And we still say that women are progressing!
When I've taken up the issue of remuneration then I feel free to convey that in Hollywood female actors get a huge margin of less payment than their male counterparts. If such is the case with the 'most civilized' cult of the human race then what more do I need to say. Women take part in all the beauty contests like Miss Universe and Miss World, but does anyone care to bother about the fact that these contests are never organized by the women fraternity themselves. Moreover, why don't we see women leaders of nations often? And when we do see one, why are we surprised? It's a fact that women fear the dirt of politics. The world has seen Margaret Thatcher, Indira Gandhi and alike but then again these are the exceptions!
There is a common notion among all that women excel in cultural activities like art and dance. But I would rather say that though women engage themselves in these cultural activities, the zenith is occupied by their counterparts. When we talk about art everyone would talk about Da Vinci, Michelangelo and in present day M.F.Hussain. Similarly, when we talk about breakthrough in the field of dance in India everyone speaks of Uday Shankar.
No matter what anyone says, it's a very sorry plight at least for me! With cases of rape, female infanticide, bride burning, molestations, eve teasing increasing exponentially all over the world, I don't see progress for women for even the next century. And with exploitation of one half of the society I see nothing but darkness gripping the human race. However, I still have hope on humanity. I still feel that if everyone widens their outlook, this world will be a much better place to live. But, for now if you ask me I'd say that It's a Cruel World! It's a Man's World!!!
Saturday, July 5, 2008
A drizzling evening...... unknown faces walking by.... slow moving vehicles shrieking out their horn with all their might... cigarette butts flooding the ash tray.... the dim light of the light-post flickering over every stranger........ dark clouds in the sky slowly drifting towards uncharted territories..... the dark silhouette of the old buildings blocking the horizon..... but amidst all no one notices three young people sitting at a wooden table, laughing their hearts out at apparently nothing!!!..... Do they care about the world? Or rather does the world care about them?.... There's no answer to it...... or is it that no one wants to know the answer...... the only thing that everyone knows is that the time is drifting away even faster than their watches show...... just like the clouds are drifting away but they cannot grasp it...... they got to live in this time.... they got to laugh in this time that drifts..... Cause they never know what lies beneath the deep dark clouds....... or........ Do they even bother to know?