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In friendship,

Abhijith

Last Dance of Her Life

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They say, all things become clear when one is about to die. Rachel even at 82, can give young women run for their money; yet because of her frivolous and undignified actions throughout her life, she had no one by her side : someone who truly loves her. Her hair, pitch black in her prime attracted attention from every man around her, turned into chalky white now. Her pale cheeks, battered by men in frustration : who fell prey to her charms, only to be cheated by her later. Shifting uncomfortably in her bed to avoid memories that are sweeping her mind, struggling to gain strength; Rachel looks at the flowers on the window sill, sent as a token of sympathy few days ago. With the freshness lost, flowers were dry and the parchment paper beneath them absorbed all the wetness. Long lost memories from the lanes of the past, she remembered few lines written in her honor…
“Seasons come…
… and go.

Seldom do we realize the…
…taste of our first kiss.

Seek it together, shall we…
…that state of eternal bliss?”

Her face filled with a strange sense of remorse : Did she do the right thing, to cheat on someone who probably loved her for what she truly was? Rachel lived all her life creating significant false impressions about herself, never being true to anyone – may be she should have been true with Albert? He was the only one who loved her even after he knew that she cheated on him – thrice. Children lie, to cover up mistakes and faults, but they lie also as part of an evolving inner universe—this is where the convoluted stories come from. They’re discovering new things in the outside world, and somehow want to make it their own. Rachel grew up living a life of duality. She was never been able to develop a sense of truth and falsehood—something any average adult is expected to possess.  This was probably the reason, she always choose to lie, than to speak the truth. She always feared, if she presents her true self, no one will ever love her. However, Albert was a different guy. He loved Rachel, even before he knew little about her. Even before their relation went to the next level, Albert perfectly knew Rachel was the kind of woman he wanted in his life, to grow old with. Rachel, being her usual self, had no reason to treat Albert with any special care : all through her relation with Albert, she continued to lie and live a life of duality. She wanted to keep Albert away from her real life, but destiny had other plans.
May be, if everyone of us, were to run dry just like the flowers, then probably what I did was right?  
May be, I am not the right woman for Albert and destiny pushed me away? I am not to blame.
May be, people were correct in calling me a Geisha? 
Rachel’s mind had a myriad of  questions…thoughts…memories…pouring in.
Continued….

P.S.: This blog post presents a first view/glimpse of last chapter (Last Dance of Her Life) of my book (not yet published) titled Precocious Truth: Unrequited Love. You may read the prologue for the same here.

Rays of the Sun : A Gray Day

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Sun: God Ra: Rays of the Sun are considered as the source of life and health on Earth. Rays of the Sun are a great source for Vitamin D, and help in our healthy living. To speak of an analogy, with their purity (of the rays), we are cleansed off our indignity and selfishness. Today, I wish to discuss the flip side of this analogy i.e. if rays of the sun are corrupt and maligned with scent of selfishness, indignity and callousness; they can pose a serious threat to ethical well being of our society.
Devoid of responsible behavior, Rays of the Sun corrupt with selfish impulses will cast a negative shade – A gray day. It will be particularly inspiring to see how Mother Nature will offer a backup plan to this natural disaster. With the rays touching each and every element of our nature, it will be a great disaster: When every being on our earth will have no honor or respect for emotions, rather is selfish in regard to their own existence and happiness. The most interesting observation will be, even withstanding the grand remedy plan of Mother Nature, one devoid of any ethical well being will suffer – finding reasons for happiness, but never being happy. There are remedies to help combat these “gray day” influences – Nature can be very calming, but during the times of calamity, can stand tall and put to rest any of its elements which will act against the grand plan. Remedy – Earth destroying the Sun? May be.
Place: Canary Islands

Date: Circa 2008

Lessons to Learn: Fight Against Corruption

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In the past few days, we have seen a string of protests across the World. From Jasmine revolution, Egyptian Uprising in the Middle East and Africa to fight against corruption in India. There is a growing deficit in ethics and moral conduct of leaders, elite of the society and the common man too. One of the prime factors which will influence the development of a country or a target group is by creating an environment for responsible change, inspiring them to seek not just social innovation but also a responsible one.

Responsible Change will inspire sustained growth along with social development. A sustained growth pattern for a country can be achieved when both fiscal and social growth go together. There is a greater need to encourage entrepreneurs to work with this integrated growth approach to build  self sustaining enterprises along with contributing towards healthy society. In the era of glocalisation, with such an approach, we can see integrated local communities interconnected globally.

Other stakeholders, such as civil society representatives, NGO Groups and Media also need to work with moral responsibility towards a positive living experience for everyone. 

I Do…

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Refreshed are my memories everyday…memories that continue to breathe life into me. Your memories sweep my consciousness…with a longing to be with you again. Memories…not about the usual activity that frames most of my life… but memories of you…simple memories…walking by your side looking into your eyes glowing with a sparkle, sailing on the river cruise…I wish I could tell you that every defense, every facade… every insecure exaggeration of my life stand stripped away…A day by your side, each moment has its own value. Morning brings hope, afternoon smiles with warmth, evening shows tenderness and night caresses with tranquility. I wish to be by your side now…and forever! I truly do…

Salutation : Team India

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Note: This blog post is a salutation to Team India – World Champions 2011! and to Indigo Child, now a Demigod – Sachin Tendulkar. 
Cricket speaks to our nation in a way our government never has. Dhoni and his boys are held responsible by the nation in a way no other office bearer of any public franchise (including politicians) is. In a country where every stream of activity is related to (at least remotely) to this sport, and the performance of Team India –  from office hours, volume of business conducted to living choices made by people, cricket is religion, and every player is a representation of the faith – with over 1.2 billion followers. Politicians from Prime Minister to President resort to cricket as a diplomatic option, goes to show the status the game has achieved in our country. Our eyes filled with tears and our hearts with love and strange sense of pride, when Dhoni hit the ball out of the park for a six – we are the world champions! Each and every Indian will be proud of our entire cricket team! 

Celebrations love company, and everyone wants a reason to celebrate. There have been a lot of social networking advances such as twitter, facebook etc which have brought people from various walks of life closer, with celebrities and politicians interacting with the  common man – but the sense of national pride that cricket unites us with, still continues to top the charts. And victory at the highest level – World Cup, brings a strange sense of warmth amongst all of us. More than the passionate patriotism that comes to the fore, it brings a sense of national unity – from Team India to  Demigods of other spheres such as Rajnikanth (In continuation with famous Rajni jokes – A new cry line took birth : It is impossible for India to lose when Rajni Sir is here), Celebrities by luck – Pratibha Patil, Celebrities by hard work – Aamir Khan and common man. It goes to show how every element has had its influence/prayers on this moment to come true.It was surreal. This only goes to show what cricket means to us and the massive void it fills for our nation. 
Victory comes with a set of expectations (A Spin-off from what Navjot Singh Sidhu says –  Adversity comes with instructions on hand), which unfortunately fail to go beyond the sport. The expectations on the team to maintain the richness  continue into the future, while the sense of national pride and unity fade out – If cricket is our religion, we need to be true followers of the faith and continue this sense of pride and belonging well beyond cricket and showcase that in our daily lives. Congratulations to Team India, for making us proud! Now it is upon us to reach out, continue to celebrate the unity and national pride and contribute our bit in transforming a possibility – India : A Indigo Child, into reality.

Relation : Truth over a Lie

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Comfort me with a lie,
Then, I know I would rather die.
Hurt me with the truth,
Then, I know our relation will live beyond the strewth.

Jan Lokpal Bill: Call for Action

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Drafted by Justice Santosh Hegde, Prashant Bhushan and Arvind Kejriwal, Jan Lokpal Bill has been refined on the basis of feedback received from public on website and after series of public consultations. It has also been vetted by and is supported by Shanti Bhushan, J M Lyngdoh, Kiran Bedi, Anna Hazare etc. It was sent to the PM and all CMs on 1st December, last year. However, there is no response.
Anna Hazare has announced fast until death from April 5, 2011 at Jantar Mantar – New Delhi

Anna Hazare’s appeal to the people:
When I sit on fast (unto death) from 5 April, I urge my fellow countrymen to:
*  Join me in fasting for one, two, three or whatever number of days you can comfortably fast.
* Along with fast, please pray to God (whoever you believe in) for better and corruption free India.
* Write an impassioned plea to our Prime Minister that we look upon him to pass “Jan Lokpal Bill”,else we  will be compelled not to vote for his party in next elections.
* Remain calm and peaceful and develop the courage to go to jail, if required, in this next freedom movement.
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The Pixel Project : Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal Campaign

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The Pixel Project, a global volunteer-led virtual non-profit organisation working to end Violence Against Women (VAW), invites you to take part in our first ever Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign which launched on the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. This campaign aims to raise US$1 million for the VAW cause while inspiring men and women worldwide to work together to end VAW. This year’s beneficiaries are Malaysia’s Women’s Aid Organisation and the U.S.A.’s National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

 
The campaign encourages a global audience to collectively unveil a million-pixel mystery collage of 4 world-famous celebrity male role models by donating US$1 per pixel. The distinguished line-up includes a Nobel Laureate, a Pulitzer Prize Winner and superstar Environmentalist. These world-exclusive portraits are taken by award-winning international photographer, Jillian Edelstein.
Our male role models have also recorded exclusive public service announcements speaking out against VAW which will be launched as each man is revealed. By highlighting positive male role models, we aim to galvanise men and boys to get on board the cause by demonstrating that they have a major role to play in ending VAW. 

P.S: The Project and related Website is owned and operated by Pixel and its licensors, and the Information and Services (and any intellectual property and other rights relating thereto) are and will remain the property of Pixel and its licensors and suppliers. The trademarks, logos, and service marks displayed on the Website (collectively, the “Trademarks”) are the registered and unregistered trademarks of Pixel, Pixel licensors and suppliers, and/or others. SimplyJITH wishes to support the above project and this post is issued to disseminate information, for which necessary permissions were taken from The Pixel Project. 

Destiny : Puzzled!

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Often I find myself pondering over this question, even when my life offers me all that I possibly want, there is a sense of loss…why? What am I destined for? Do you sometimes find yourself praying for a positive encounter about understanding your destiny? Many people find destiny elusive and capricious, and it’s true that while some people seem to be naturally blessed to seek their path, others seem to get no help at all. In my opinion, destiny is much more than just a cosmic whim. I feel our relationship to destiny is strongly aligned with our own attitude towards it and that the choices we make can actually go a long way into creating our own path.
    
For example, some of the people have actually paved their path by looking at problems and stumbling blocks as opportunities. These people just don’t give up when things look bleak or walls seem insurmountable. It is true that when trying to tackle a problem, there is always the possibility you won’t overcome it. That said, if you quite before you even give it a good try, you are most likely eliminating any chances to excel. You will have to win over yourself first.
Being aware of the pros and cons of opportunities that come your way is a very important part of creating your own destiny. A good card player knows when to stay in the game and when to fold his cards. Often what we mistake as destiny, can be simply the fact of having experience and using good judgment. People we may perceive as being destined could just know how to pay attention and to do their research. In this way, they have become good at judging when to move forward and when to step back, thus improving their chances. You need to take ownership of your actions.
    
Many people we look up to, are just very good at preparing for success and they are not afraid of hard work. Preparing for success also affects how often one enjoys what we perceive as nature’s play. If you want to become an actor you take acting classes, have head shots taken and look for a good agent. Prepare yourself by working towards your goals. Then when an opportunity comes you’ll be ready to shine.

If you want to seek destiny, you need to win over yourself. Make up your mind and go after what you want, and take ownership of your actions and consequences. And as Paulo Coelho puts it, universe will conspire itself to make you reach your destiny.