Saturday, 7 March 2015

Dancing Man

Someone somewhere was dancing his heart out, oblivious to the world around him.

Two guys saw him dancing and rather than appreciating his effort, they went about criticizing him - posting his pictures on Twitter. 

The guy was disheartened - his shoulders and head drooping.


A lovely lady from California - Cassandra - asked the world to identify the man for her. She and her group of friends were offering "something special" for this man - DancingMan.


As the news spread around the world, she found a lot of support and DancingMan had a lot of well wishers.


And soon, the guy was found. 


He was Sean for London, and he was sending a hello to Cassandra and the world.


As soon as he was identified, he got an invitation for a mega party.


Before you knew, super stars were willing to shake a leg for him. It was a happy ending for the DancingMan.


P.S. For anyone who has left feet, this one is for you. Keep rocking!! Keep dancing !!!

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Poignant

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For the moon,
It's shape crescent.

For the pole star,
It's shine brilliant.

For the frangipani,
It's aroma fragrant.

For a mother,
Her beautiful infant.

For the necklace,
It's priceless pendant.

For the night,
It's darkness silent.

For the rainbow,
It's colors vibrant.

For my world,
Her smile poignant.
~~~~

Kate Moss - Poignant
Poignant

P.S. Her poignant smile is priceless.


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Monday, 2 March 2015

Charlie Bit My Finger

I love kids. And I love humor. 

And this is probably the most watched video on YouTube, courtesy two lovely kids, with a dash of humor and lots of happiness.



Watch it and I am sure you will watch it again, and again !!

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Sunday, 15 February 2015

One Odd Sock

Losing something, albeit small, is painful. 

How about losing one sock of a pair, courtesy a laundromat visit ? And that too a brand new one, which was used only once?

I lost one yesterday.

One Odd Sock
One Odd Sock
Made me think - what should I rue about? the one I lost? or the one that was left behind? Or should I let bygones by bygones?

I don't have an answer yet.

P.S. I am still holding onto this one, in the hope of finding his mate soon.


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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Beti Bachao

Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, is pursuing a topic with extreme zeal and enthusiasm.

Beti Bachao - Save The Girl Child.

Beti Bachao
Today, Wing Commander Pooja Thakur is the toast of the country. 

She had the distinction of being the first lady officer to lead the Inter-Service Guard of Honor which was inspected by US President Barack Obama at Rashtrapati Bhavan here today.

Pooja Thakur and Barack Obama

Hats off to her !!!

Read her interview right here.

To take a snippet from the interview :-

NDTV: Last question, when you told your family that you are going to be the first woman in the Armed Forces to lead the tri-services Guard of Honour salute, what did they have to say? How did they react?

Wing Commander Pooja Thakur: They are very proud. After the Guard of Honour, I have hardly been able to speak to them for about 20 seconds, just asking whether they did see me. But they've been very proud, of course. 

Her family is proud of her. The entire nation is proud of her.

On 26th Jan, India's Republic Day, tomorrow, an all women marching contingent will display India's prowess.  A salute to the all of them, and the Indian girls and women.

Women like Pooja and her likes bringing India into limelight, and making her citizens extremely proud. Then why should some of us engage in female foeticide?

Give it a thought.

At the sake of sounding repetitive, I would urge you to read my blog - Save The Girl Child - published a few years back. Yours Truly is giving company to the Prime Minister of India.

Save the Girl Child. Beti Bachao.

P.S. The picture below will ring bells about the power of women. 

Here is Angelina Jolie. Yes, the acclaimed Hollywood actress, who is considered as one of the most beautiful women in the world.

She is also an UNHCR (U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees) special envoy. She was in Iraq yesterday supporting the refugees from the war in Syria and Iraq. 

She was in a city where any world leader would be scared to tread. And just see the resounding welcome she was accorded.


That is woman power for you.


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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Bugs Bunny

Bugs Bunny is the talk of the town in the recent days.

I haven't been able to read much of the news everyday, thanks to my busy schedule. Yet, these pieces of news have not missed my eye - courtesy my phone and a few informed opinionated friends.

It all started on 6th Jan when a certain Sakshi Maharaj, a Member of the Indian Parliament, made some really explosive comments.

In Meerut, a city in northern India, to address a gathering on the occasion of Sant Samaagam Mahotsava, he remarked, "The concept of four wives and 40 children will not work in India and the time has come when a Hindu woman must produce at least four children in order to protect Hindu religion."

Whoa!!

For years, Indians professed about "Hum Do, Humare Do" (We two, our two - a reference to limit the number of kids in a family to two). Our neighbor - China - advocated a single child policy in the view of the burgeoning population. And the last decade has seen the emergence of DINK (In case you are confused, it means - Double Income No Kids).

And here was a guy who is encouraging a lady to have 4 kids.

The dumb comment was treated with disdain across the spectrum of the society. Thank God the common sense was still prevalent.

Giving him "august" company is the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, Chandra Babu Naidu. Naidu is the leader of the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. A new state, Telangana, was recently carved out of Andhra Pradesh.

Naidu is credited of making Andhra Pradesh and its capital Hyderabad an IT hub. With top organisations like Microsoft based in Hyderabad, the erstwhile land of the Nawabs has seen immense development in the past 15 years.

We would expect such illustrious leaders to be more sensible. Shockingly, he encouraged the people of his new state to have more children !!

"I have only one child. Many people are not bearing children. Even educated people are avoiding children these days." He was worried that if the trend continued the population of the state will dwindle at one point of time. "It is not good to have no children at all," he said. 

"Have more children, keep Andhra Pradesh young, advises Chandrababu Naidu" screamed the headline of a national news paper.

Sakshi Maharaj has company. We already had parents and relatives advising young couples about children. Now, leaders have directly entered the living room advising them about their conjugal and familial pursuits.

A few days back, The Pope, was in Philippines. Visiting the largest Catholic nation in Asia, The Pope addressed a massive prayer meeting in Manila.


On his flight back home to The Vatican, The Pope recollected the case of a woman he met who was pregnant with her eighth child after seven Cesarean sections. "That is an irresponsibility!" he said. “That woman might say, ‘No, I trust in God.’ But look, God gives you means to be responsible,” The Pope added.

He said there are many "licit" ways of regulating births that are approved by the church. This was a probable reference to the advocated family planning method of monitoring a woman's cycle to avoid making love when she is ovulating.

Often seen as a little less conservative, and more modern, The Pope continued to adhere to the Church's ban on artificial contraception. However, he added that Catholics may have a moral responsibility to limit the number of their children and need not reproduce "like rabbits.''

I have discussed the topic about Contraception, HIV AIDS, Abortion and The Church in my earlier blog posts.

Such matters are slow moving ideas. It takes more than a generation to change such thoughts and opinions.

The view expressed by the Pope was a very decisive statement, who enjoys a great following from the across the world.

It's in direct contradiction to the two leaders mentioned earlier.

Perhaps, experience has shown the demerits about throwing caution to the wind.

P.S. Bugs Bunny doesn't need our company. We humans are considered to be more intelligent and informed. Let us stay so.

Read more about Bunnies and their extraordinary capability here.


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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Hold My Hands

It was a frigid winter morning. The temperature hovered in single digits, and mist was in the air.

It was half past seven. Walking briskly towards the bus stop, I saw them ahead of me. Both of them felt the chill of the early winter morning, just like me.

He wanted her to hold his hands. Although she would have loved to do hold his hands, the cold weather was making it difficult. To escape the cold, and the potential warmth of his hands, she crossed her hands across her chest and continued walking.

He was disappointed. He tried to hold her hand again, but to no avail. Ultimately, he too had to bury his hands in his empty pockets and trudge along.

The winter was winning.

I walked past them in a minute or so.

As I crossed the road, I made an assessment about the winner in this situation.

I was sure that cold would lose.

And within a few moments, after I had crossed the road, they arrived back in my sight. 

She was holding his hands - nice, tight and warm. Cold had indeed lost.

A mother's warmth & affection for her son had won over the icy cold.

Hold My Hands
Hold My Hands
P.S.Hold Hands. Share Warmth and Love.


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