Work, passion, interests and life

Trudge a mile
Rest a while
Country Road
Take me home
Oh, a long way to go!
Forsaken lot
Bereft of blessings of the Lord
Those that made the cities
The glitzy building that sparkles
And cleaned its grime
A bitter lesson learnt
And Lives will never be the same again.


Darkest hour
Herald a new dawn
Of Hope
To Covet
To Cherish
To Protect
Children of a lesser God
Echoing green
Thee from avarice
Ebbing morals

I am a dog parent. I regularly take my dog out for a walk. These days the number of stray (read free) dogs in our locality has gone northwards. When I see these ‘free’ dogs battling out the bitter winter months of the National Capital Region out in the cold, I pity their freedom. On the other hand, my dog is ‘not free.’ His freedom has been taken away from him. While he may move around in the house freely, he is put on a leash whenever he has to be treated to a whiff of the fresh air outside. But his lack of freedom is being compensated through efforts to provide care and comfort, love, food and a bed …

My neighbor goes to China quite frequently on official trip. During our chat, he informed me of the general well-being of the average Chinese citizen. He felt that the common citizen of that Nation is assured of basic amenities of education and healthcare and that ‘basic standard’ is several notches higher /better than what a common Indian citizen can ever dream off. But yes, there’re curbs and one can’t raise one’s voices as an Individual of a free democratic Nation. When one does summon enough courage to defy, the repercussions would be severe in the Communist country.

A recent economic report says that one percent Indians own seventy percent wealth of the Nation. Elementary mathematics would tell us that the remaining 99 percent is fighting over the residual thirty percent. At night when I go out to feed a few stray dogs, they usually fight among themselves for every morsel of the feed being provided …

For quite some time now, we’re witnessing that student protests (having political color) are disrupting academics in many institute of eminence and have even acquired the magnitude of a National crisis. In this context, it is pertinent to ask the fundamental question: should student participate in politics? The point that favors student participation is the fact that politicians in this country are largely from an older generation bereft of the knowledge of the pulse of the youth and students – the future of the Nation. However, the stalemate stituation in these institutes makes me opine that student politics should be banned from campuses, so that academic institutes should be left to deal only with matters that concern professional education. I would even recommend shifting the voting age in the country to twenty-five. By this age, an individual can complete basic education and have greater knowledge of issues bedevilling the Nation, and thus exercise the power of his voting rightly. What do you think?

In the aftermath of the Phulwama attack, a dear friend of mine, an ardent supporter of the BJP, posted something on his Facebook wall, which ridiculed the Congress party for being unable to read the mood of the Nation. That possibly was the genesis of this brief write-up. I can’t fathom how can any political party reap dividends or suffer electoral setbacks for the brave act of a few of our Armed forces. If that really happens, it will only validate a politician from Karnataka when he let the cat out of the bag.

It also triggered in me a flight of fancy. How would some of the great icons from our History (around the Independence struggle era) viewed the present day situation of the Nation most of whom are up there in their heavenly abode?

The great freedom fighter and socialist Ram Manohar Lohia was a fierce critic of the erudite Pandit Nehru. Wonder what he would have opined about the present crop of politicians …

The diminutive Indian of powerful intellect, Nirad C Chaudhuri, whose scholarly books (including some on Hinduism) forces us to reexamine the tenets of our accepted wisdom and ranks as a brilliant guide towards understanding the Indian psyche, is on record to have said, back in the 70s and 80s when he was living in Oxford, as to what a Nation of illiterates England had become.  Wonder what Nirad Babu would have said about living in present day India, the country of his origin.

Would Rabindranath Tagore find inspiration to write such idealistic verses ‘Where the Mind is without fear … ’

Like it or not, the people who actively fought during the freedom struggle were leftist in their leanings (Netaji Subhas Bose, Bhagat Singh …) or were from the           Congress party. Wonder how Netaji Subhas and Gandhi and millions of youths who sacrificed their lives for the Country must be feeling now up there from heaven. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are feelings that their struggle have come to naught. ..



During the erstwhile Congress regime, we had encountered the much abused term: pseudo-secular (sickulars according to the bhakts). Now during the BJP rule, we are witnessing a newer breed: pseudo-nationalists. The country needs to distance itself from these two types if we really dream of making the Indian republic to be counted as ‘great’ in the comity of nations. My thought on 70th Indian Republic day… have a great one…


Up for estimation
Creativity, Wisdom and Knowledge
Decider of human competency
And the lack of it
Millions undergo the knotty ordeal
Some emerge victorious
Some are crestfallen
Some bid adieu
Killjoy and killer
Like the mysterious Lord Krishna
Upholder of righteousness
Firmly entrenched in our midst

I heard this on the air today in an FM channel. The news item struck for its shock value. These days sports shops seem to be doing a brisk business in selling hockey sticks. While you might conjure in your mind about a revival of the game of hockey, on probe by the sports shop owner it was discovered that 70% of buyers don’t play or would be playing hockey in the future… they intend keeping the hockey stick in their car. With road rage cases already touching alarming figures in Delhi, such unregulated sale of hockey sticks would only exacerbate the already grim scenario that prevail in the Capital …

As he looked

Sea of Humanity appeared

Out of Nowhere

They seemed headed in the opposite direction

He thought he was one of them

Deep inside he knew he wasn’t

Some idiot had said

Seeing is believeing

The teeming millions laugh

They believe in The Unseen

Their cockiness unbelievable

They can trade life and death for inherited belief

He was afraid

Meeting the fate of dinosaurs

Strangely he felt transported in a Jurassic Park

The approaching crowd seemed like marauding dinosaurs on the rampage

He began to search for an escape to save him

And wondered whether Humankind can ever escape from the scourge of irrationality




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  • Subhajit Ghosh: Have been reading that he had 'left' leanings in some articles recently..
  • mystic wanderer: Well put. It's difficult to imagine the sacrifices of our freedom fighters. But can Netaji Subhash Ch. Bose be called a leftist? Nationalist perhaps
  • Subhajit Ghosh: Your wish has been granted, and look how! Even NDA possibly didn't dream of this huge victory. Let's hope they deliver, and take the nation forward.