Saturday, November 28, 2009

Anniversary of our Loss

26/11/08..a memory that would never fade for any Indian...
That day few militants not only penetrated into our domain...but also made a mockery of our system.
They overtook "our" properties, killed "our" people on "our" land. What more is required for a national to rise from lull, to fight back, stand upright and strong.
Two days back..national celebrated "anniversary" of that fateful day. People joined hand, marched for peace, lit candles, hummed songs, remembered the demise of the brave hearts and innocent souls.
But does this celebration convey our strengths to those evil minded people, does holding hand, lighting candles assure a safer nation?
"We are resilient by force not by choice.": a dialogue from A Wednesday. These few words thoroughly describe the situation of a "common man" but alongside demolishes our position as the world's strongest democracy.
Commemorating the demise, being empathetic about the loss isn't wrong but how far does it improve our situation? How much does our "empathy" enlighten us, make us aware? Does it make us secure?
One of our biggest victories in those trying times was the fact that we stood together. we came together as a nation setting aside factors such as religion, caste, creed, age, strata and uniting in the fierce condemnation of this heinous crime.
But, why do we only show our commitment towards are nation after the damage has been done? Sitting at home watching it live on TV and blaming our government and security persons, saying they had a flak....i feel we had a flak...our weakness gave them the courage to penetrate into our home and devastate it.
The irony is we require such fateful incidents to recall our duties and responsibility as a citizen. We need to learn to remember, NOT TO FORGET.

Monday, November 23, 2009

A Perfect Life

"Daddy, whats a perfect life?", I asked my dad. My dad said " Your Life", i gazed at him in astonishment & confusion expecting an explanation, he looked at me smiled & left. I was standing there still trying to find out the meaning of what he said and his smile.
"Your Life is Perfect" these words were echoing...it was hard to believe...because it wasn't perfect..because i did not want a life that way.
& then i thought of it..a deeper way..."I didn't want it"..yes i didn't...but my complains...that endless list...somehow i could not justify them today.
They seem lame to me today.
I have had an eventful life till today...those events weren't pleasing enough...but i still have an eventful life because when today i look back at those non-pleasing events...they please me. Reminds me a bit of myself....exudes a smile on my face...reminds me of my strength.
"Grass is always greener on the other side"...discontentment..a very human trait. Probably it explains why "my" life isn't perfect.
Being contended can be fatal..but cribbing about everything is equally intoxicating.
Two words of my father described my entire life, a Perfect Life.
Few minutes of pondering took my grudges far far away.
My life might not be identical with an unknown someone...& this is what makes my life unique, "Perfect".
When i look back...i might just a handful reason to smile...but an experience..an unique experience...which nobody else has.
My life defines me & that makes it "Perfect".
Somebody has rightly said,"Life is an experience.....it's just an experience, had it been a real game...we all would have known the rules."
I, then, went back to daddy...& smiled at him...& he knew it all  :)

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