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The battle of the two ‘E’s’

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Last week, I visited the biggest city of Java island as a part of my South East Asia sojourn. As I prepared my itinerary, I decided to spend some time at St Mary of the Assumption Cathedral and Istiqlal Mosque on the first day of my three day trip. When I took the motor taxi to visit the cathedral, I was pleasantly surprised to see the mosque located right opposite the cathedral on the other side of the road.
While this was not my first visit to the church, I attended the daily mass for the first time. I was mesmerized by the enchanting recitals. As I was about to leave the church, I could hear the azaan and see a group of men heading towards the mosque. With an already simulated spiritual self, I was intrigued by the tall minaret of the mosque glistening in the evening sky. I followed the men, cleansed my hands and sat in one corner of the prayer room. As the namaaz was in progress, I couldn’t help but appreciate the peaceful coexistence of two different religious groups in the same neighborhood and how seamlessly the locals have embraced diverse religious beliefs.

While I was impressed with the serenity, it still made me question whether differences can always invoke equitable and ready acceptance. Do we really embrace differences or do we feel embarrassed of them? A simple yet powerful instance from daily life reminds me of our general intolerance towards differences. Just a couple of days back, I saw the lawn mowers plucking the weeds in the garden right at the backside of my residential block. This regular exercise of weeding out ‘different’ looking plants exemplified our lack of acceptance in daily routine. May be we are so used to living a life modeled on a visible pattern that we tend to become hostile if we encounter any deviation or difference. Be it in terms of religion, sex, color or beliefs, we create such high barriers that we cannot appreciate anything that comes in a different figure or form. I couldn’t agree more with the thoughts of one of my fellow blogger, Bamboozled who recently posted about our general inability to embrace the different.

Being embarrassed and being able to embrace are two extreme shades of human reactions. Our brains are by default set to ‘embarrassment’ mode when we see someone or experience something that comes with a stamp of ‘different’. But then there is another mode that our brain is not used to, ‘embrace’. Probably, switching over to this mode will demand us to become more open and respectful towards life in different forms. While for an individual it may take years to become more accepting in nature, it may take a lifetime for humankind in general to move from one ‘E’ to the other. Probably, the day when the lawns will be sprawling with greenery and plants of all form, shape and size, we can truly regard ourselves as educated. Till then, we still have a long way to go.

PS – I have not seen my garden for a long time now. May be its time to go back home. 🙂

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The life it was, the life it is.

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Finally, here I return with a blog post. I guess its been ten months since I posted anything new. The blog felt neglected, I know that, the reader’s felt neglected, again I know that, my life felt neglected, I know that, but look at the brighter side of it. Today, I feel extremely satisfied in every sense. I guess things take time to settle down and  when nothing works the way you expected, then you should start reading the “omens”, the hidden “signs”, the “symbols” (the same way the protagonist of the novel Alchemist does). You fall, you jump, you sneak, you slither but finally you reach your goal. I remember the harrowing emptiness I felt just a year back. That emptiness of not going to a college, that emptiness of struggling to win over some day, that emptiness of being alone and facing the world. But today life feels complete. Friends and family are the only ones who will stand by your side. And of course you will find the ominous presence of Almighty all way long. He kept my faith intact, to reach out and be something and not to be looked upon as a mere living entity. He helped me adapt to the intricacies of relationships and kept me focused on my goals in the weakest time.

Life  has come to a full circle today. And what have I learned from such experiences ?It actually does not matter what do you have in life but what matters is whom do you have around you . And I guess I have got the best of the two world’s. 🙂

Je bavarde beaucoup!!!!!!!!!!!

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First of all I had liked to thank all my readers for the overwhelming response to my previous post” A friend who never bothered to be a friend “. I came across different perspectives and views and after lot of pondering; I came to a conclusion that my action was fully justified. So thank you all for that constant support and advice.  😛

After settling my previous scores, I am finally back with full zing and zeal .You must be wandering the reason for the unpredictable enthusiasm…………….well it’s no longer a secret. I finally received my first blogging award from SAG. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the appreciation you have showed for my work. 😛

A mid-air high five

Awarded by
SAG
to Arpit


Next, I have added on a new page to the blog “Quotes form life”. This page contains a summary of all quotes which have been written till date by me for each post and I will continue to add on new quotes as I write new posts.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm……..what else????……..well , next post is going to be my first photopost. So photopost readers, just watch out for it. You will soon taste the photo pie 😆

That’s all from me now. Meet you with the photopost.

Au revoir !!!!! 😛

Bidding Adieu To My Alma Mater :Part -II

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” What the caterpillar perceives as the end of the world , the rest of the world calls it a butterfly “.

The thought of leaving the school seems so unconvincing in its own way .  But the institution  where I entered as a tiny tot fourteen years back has finally bid farewell to me. Every good thing has an end and so does school life. I really don’t know how life is going to turn out for me in the next five years , but I just pray to god that whenever I look back I have someone waiting for me with open arms and still remembers me , longs to meet me and has the same affection for me ……and I think that will be my school.

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Thank you is too small a word , but I think I can never pay in the same coin  for the unconventional care and  love my school has given me.

Now, leaving aside the emotional part of it , I had the  farewell party -the much awaited one by all curious readers and blog buddies .Well it was all goody-goody. We were given away momento’s , hand made cards by our juniors and the citation where our class teacher spoke about every student. It was indeed very  touching. And then of course the party in the evening was  hell rocking 😛 . We even got to see some moves of the teachers as well .

So that was about it. Finally school is over but before that I have left a treat for you all in form of a token of thanks and appreciation to my school-Apeejay , Pitampura for making me what I am today.

Enjoy!!!   😛  ( credit entirely goes to both “S” ..if you are reading this …..for helping me to prepare the slide show )


PS- All images in the slide show are copy righted to me .

Bidding adieu to my Alma Mater : Part- I

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You took me by my hand into the world of education……………you nurtured me with your fruits of dictation…………. and when I learned  to say thank you for everything …………….. you are wishing me luck as if it was nothing “

It had to come, It will come and I cannot do anything  because life is all about moving on. I wish I had a time machine to relive certain moments of my life, but I think the wish is too hollow that it cant be fulfilled .

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School  brought me joy , it brought be the sense of being “myself”, it initiated my thought  process and it made me what I am today.But why it has to come to an end? It gave me that intangible shield, that warmth, that comfort which I believe nobody could . But  all will come to an end on 15th February 2009, the last day of my school life, of my beautiful world of fantasies, dreams, wishes and aspirations.  But it does not mean an end of everything . Its all about moving on with the pace of  time . After all change is the need of the hour. But  I owe a lot to my school for what it has inculcated in me . It is an emotional moment but I know I will deal with it . So I am just hoping for the best and keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes well 😛

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The train of life……………….

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The train of life goes on, with unlimited passengers on board it moves on and on.

Sitting on the corner seat I notice myself , pleasurably appreciating the bounties of god on thy self.

A station named ” adolescence ” appears on my way , a new passenger boards the train on its way.

“Hey you look like me “, I remarked,”I didn’t intend to be , I was earmarked “.

Shocked with replete fear,  as he sat by my side ,he began his story as if I will take it in the right stride.

As he sobbed about his mistakes ,I  cheered him up with a glass  of milk shake.

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Happy we were as he narrated his tales , jumps we took as if sailing on the blue whale.

But as I was about to make friends with him,he shook his hands away as if it was a whim .

Next,  the train stopped by the woods ……………….

” Adieu my friend , I adored your companionship” was his final reply,startled with emotions, he left me with happiness in immense  supply .

And then another companion boarded the train  in a file  ,he walked past me and said ” have a great journey ahead my friend ” in that old familiar chivalric style .

The woods passed by, the night passed by ,and the morning  spread the message  with a gentle smile ……..  ” fly up above the heavenly sky  with God always standing by your side “.