Ghazal

दो चाहने वाले थे

दोनों में सच्ची उल्फत

मिलते थे रोज़ाना वो

जैसे दरिया से सागर

फिर उनकी बस्ती में था

ऐसा फैला एक मंजर

एक बीमारी से सारे

गिर पड़ते एक एक कर

सारे सहमें सहमें थे

सबमें था मरने का डर

दोनों प्रेमी को लगता

अच्छा हो हम जाँए मर

क्या हो फिर वो मर जाए

क्या हो हम बच जाएँ गर

तन्हा से मरना बेहतर

क्या होगा तन्हा जीकर

Corona memes

CBSE cancels 10th board exams:

Doctors on call

Students having a ball

Kumbh: not so-sahi Snan

In the recent elections in Bengal n Assam, who would win? Any guesses???

Cops beat a hair-dresser to death in Aurangabad for keeping salon open despite restrictions: Khaki turning scarlet is pure savage!!!

People falling like matches like in the game of target!

The New Normal in Covid Era

1. Hand washing ritual is perfectly sane and normal. It is no longer a sign of OCD

2. The pros of being introverted far outweigh those of being an extrovert. Not socialising or attending gatherings is not a sign of asocial behaviour.

3. If you are in favour of exams being cancelled, you don’t have test anxiety. You are in tune with times.

4. If you avoid going to school or favour the online curriculum over the classroom curriculum, there is nothing wrong with you. You are perfectly well-adjusted.

5. If you are suspicious of people, you are certainly not paranoid. 👀

6. Your partner cannot force themselves upon you as maintaining a distance of 6 feet is obligatory.

7. If you are obsessed with cleaning your surroundings well then… golden words are not repeated….

8. If you disagree with the above you need to see a medic.

The Pesky Neighbor

One spring morning, Nina Padmanabhan was joined by Senthil and Renuka Pillai in her neighbourhood. When Nina first met Mrs Pillai, the latter began her first sentence with the words ‘We are a peace-loving family… ‘ However as days went by, her true colours were revealed. Chaos was Mrs Pillai’s middle name. She had a problem for every solution.

‘The leaves of your gulmohar trees are always falling and defiling the beauty of my garden; chop the portion which crosses the fence or I shall chop off the entire tree,’ Mrs pillai complained to Nina’s domestic help.

The neighbours shared a common fence.

The very next day, Nina’s children complained of smelly rotten eggs! When Nina looked out of the window, she could witness garbage dumped in her garden from across the fence! Nina’s domestic help returned the favour by dumping waste in Mrs Pillai’s garden the next day only to find Nina’s gulmohar tree partly chopped off !

For some days peace prevailed but did not last very long.The Pillas purchased their first car and whenever Mrs Pillai had to run errands for the house or go out she would go honking the horn and disturbing everyone in the neighbourhood! So deafening was the shrill noise of the horn that Nina’s house was rid of rodents after

Mrs Pillai came in her neighbourhood. Thanks to her.

Mrs Pillai had been so fault-finding that all her domestic help refused to work with her. In a matter of four months she had changed 7 domestic help and the last one had also given up on her.

Nina’s son learnt guitar from his tutor in the afternoon However Mrs Pillai tried to put a stop to it by labelling it as ‘noise in a peace-loving neighbourhood’ and adding that it disturbed her afternoon sleep.

One summer afternoon, Mrs Pillai was watering plants in her garden when a vegetable vendor happened to pass by. She instantly picked up a fight with the vendor over the prices of vegetables. In Mrs Pillai’s habitual style, the fight went on for hours and Mrs Pillai who had forgotten to turn off the tap attached to the hoze for watering the garden had a swimming pool ready to relieve the Pillai’s of the sweltering heat brought forth by the scorching summers!!

Oh Granny don’t be Cranky!

Anagha was a 16 year old girl preparing for her 10th board exams. Her exams were about to commence in due course . She lived in Delhi with her parents, younger brother aged 7 and her widowed and orthodox grandmother.

The date of Anagha’s first exam finally arrived. Her first paper was Hindi. As she started for the examination centre, an ebony black cat with luminous green eyes happened to cross her path. Her grandmother overlooking from the balcony beckoned her to stop!

‘I don’t think this is the right time to start. Black things and especially a black cat portend ill luck. You can relax and start after 10 minutes,’ she said.

‘O granny, I’m already getting late, I shall miss my exam if I don’t start right away, my faring badly has nothing to do with a black cat crossing my path. My preparation is great, and I am going to come off with flying colours in my Hindi exams so please don’t stop me!’

A few days later Anagha’s brother Kinjal was playing in their garden. Granny noticed that the amulet tied around his neck was found missing.

‘O where is Kinjal’s amulet?’ granny searched around the house in mad frenzy. After an an hour of exhaustive search, it was finally discovered in a garbage pile.

‘How did it land here?’ granny enquired.

‘O granny, take heart! I threw it in the pile of mess! If a black cat can bring i’ll omen, then how can a black amulet be a harbinger of good luck??’ remarked Anagha.

Granny had no explanation for this query.

Anagha cleared her board exams with distinction in each subject, scoring the highest in Hindi!

While some superstitions in India has some scientific basis, others are illogical and untenable.

For instance, it is a common superstition in India, that one should not eat during a solar eclipse. If we dig deeper, this belief is founded on sound reason. During an eclipse, when the moon comes between the sun and the earth, it releases harmful radiations which releases bacteria that can affect the food we eat leading to indigestion and upset stomach. It is desirable to put a few tulsi leaves in the food and eat it as tulsi leaves neutralise the bacteria.

There is scientific basis for the age old belief which upholds that women, while menstruating should not visit temples. According to Ayurveda, menstruation is closely linked to the functions of the doshas. During menstruation, vata is the predominant dosha which causes the downward flow of blood into the earth. In a temple, the energy ( such as that of the puja table, offerings, altar) is flowing upwards. This can cause bodily discomfort.

Thus, some of are superstitions do have a scientific backing, still others can be passed on as fib. It is pivotal to study the cause and effect relationship before jumping to lame conclusions!

references: hinduamerican.org

The Turning Point

During the pandemic wave which struck in 2020-2021 killing many people and affecting billions of lives across the globe, a manual labourer named Aabhaas Kumar working at a factory in Bangalore was rendered jobless. Unable to cope with the circumstances, he decided to end it all. He was overwhelmed with anxiety of being unable to earn two square meals a day and fend for his family. Incidentally, his family had gone to their village in Bihar before the pandemic and were stuck up there. Aabhaas too would have to return to his hometown but he had no money to arrange for the transportation. His friend who was a gatekeeper of an apartment offered him a room to stay.

Aabhas felt hapless and decided to take the decisive step that very night. When his friend fell asleep, Aabhas tied his gamcha (towel) to the ceiling fan and tried putting the noose around his neck. However, he realised that the towel was not long enough to give the desired result. He struggled with the towel for nearly half an hour and gave up. He spent the whole night tossing and turning.

The next day he ambled down to the market to buy a 6 metre rope to give his plans the final conclusion. On his way, he met a mendicant without arms and legs, begging for alms. Aabhas observed him closely for a few seconds and stepped back. He made his way to the temple to seek forgiveness for his misdemeanour. He had an internal awakening.

He said to himself- I became disheartened when I lost my job little realising that God has blessed me with hands and legs which can help me work and earn a living anytime and anywhere. I am certainly more blessed than that mendicant who has no option but to beg. Times are not favourable but there is still hope that things will change for the better.

In between an unsuccessful attempt to end his life and acquiring the means to do so, God gave the labourer time to reflect upon his thoughts and actions. He was a changed man. From then on, he was filled with gratitude for God’s multitudinous blessings.

We must look for something positive in each day, even if some days we have to look a little harder.

Hanuman‘s Sanjeevani

I along with husband and daughter got the opportunity to visit the ISCON temple a few days ago on the occasion of birth anniversary of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, an incarnation of Lord Krishna. We offered our prayers followed by phalahari meals.The spiritual gurus shed some light on

spiritual matters and internal awakening.

The same people organised a kirtan program at my residence last Sunday. The senior director of ISKCON Prabhu Hanuman Das gave a small pravachan followed by a question-answer session. Those with the correct answers were awarded with a copy of the Bhagwat Gita, the holy scripture of the Hindus and a Sticker with the mahamantra –

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare.

This was followed by scrumptious shudh sattvik meals from the ISKCON kitchen displayed on banana leaves. We offered the meal to Lord Krishna before starting off.The surplus was distributed to the poor.

Just as we require two square meals a day for the smooth running of our bodily functions, likewise the chanting of the above mahamantra and the study of the Bhagwat Gita is a food for our soul. The first chapter in the Bhagwat Gita says that we are not the body, but the soul. The soul is trapped in the body from which it seeks deliverance. In order to feed the soul chanting the mahamantra Hare Krishna Hare Krishna…… and the perusal of the Gita are mandatory. The bag of goodies brought forth by Prabhu Hanuman Das was a Sanjeevani for internal awakening.

I plead and urge you to follow suit to pave way for a stress-free, happy an a successful life. Hare Krishna.