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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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A meme for your delight!

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Sulz first tagged Poonam. Now Poonam tagged me. 🙂

Please thoughtfully consider the following, and choose one item for each of the categories below. (Be sure to describe your reasons for choosing.)

One religious work from a non-familiar tradition you’ll read:
Koran

One music video–that you like–from your “least likely to listen to’ genre:
Well all those Punjabi hip hop songs ( god knows they all seem one and the same )

A book from a genre you almost never read, that you have read, or you will read (promise!):
I never read Five Points Someone. I read 1 night @ the call center. I will read The Three Mistakes of My Life ( I have already purchased it so I will surely read it ).

Somewhere you’d never thought to go on holiday/vacation, and why it might be fun to go there?
There are two places on my wish list.

1) Kerala ( the backwaters) because it is a coastal area for one and secondly I think it would be probably a peaceful place.

2) Brazil ( Rio de Janeiro) because of its annual samba carnival.

A specific food you’ve never tried, but will because of this meme, honest!:
I would love to try Chicken Salaami. At least the name sounds good.

A sport or game you really hate, or haven’t tried yet, but are willing to give one more go:
Gymnastics (specially head stand and cart wheel because I could never do it)

A style of dance you probably won’t try (we won’t make you promise on this one):
Rock and roll

A career job you don’t feel you’re suited for, and why:
Chartered Accountant. I don’t want to go bald so soon 😀

An item that’s “thinking out of the box’ for this meme that hadn’t been included:
I think this meme should have included questions on new movie releases and about the much hyped ongoing admission process in DU.

It’s there’s one thing in life you wanted to do, and will do because of this meme, what will it be?
Well I would love to take a break from my studies and would like to again be a part of SDIPA (Shiamak Davar Institute of Performing Arts) because I really miss the fun and frolic of its annual summer funk , painting and of course blog a little more so as to know more people.

Just a small wish list indeed 😀

I tag readers of this blog: Withering Willow, Nova and Shiv.