Can’t we do something to change state of affairs in India …. !!?? :(

My heart bleeds when I read about extremist hindus and violence created by VHP and similar incidents.

Recent developments in India, especially in J&K, has made me somewhat anxious about state of affairs in India.

I decided yesterday to see “Gandhi” movie.. it was a bit comforting just to listen about non-cooperative movement … to see how much difficulty (and luck) we had to gain independence in 1947!!

But then I read the news about VHP burning today morning and I was again sad.

Although I am not a Gandhivadi per se .. but I agree to his peaceful approach to issues.

Just read below — line by line — till end…. and you will know what I am trying to say!!

Vaishnav jan to tene kahiye je PeeD paraayi jaaNe re
[One who is a vaishnav Knows the pain of others]

Par-dukhkhe upkaar kare toye Man abhimaan na aaNe re
[Does good to others, esp. to those ones who are in misery] [Does not let pride enter his mind]

SakaL lok maan sahune vande Nindaa na kare keni re
[A Vaishnav, Tolerates and praises the the entire world] [Does not say bad things about anyone]

Vaach kaachh man nishchaL raakhe Dhan-dhan janani teni re
[Keeps his/her words, actions and thoughts pure] [O Vaishnav, your mother is blessed (dhanya-dhanya)]

Sam-drishti ne trishna tyaagi Par-stree jene maat re
[A Vaishnav sees everything equally, rejects greed and avarice] [Considers some one else’s wife/daughter as his mother]

Jivha thaki asatya na bole Par-dhan nav jhaalee haath re
[The toungue may get tired, but will never speak lies] [Does not even touch someone else’s property]

Moh-maaya vyaape nahi jene DriDh vairaagya jena man maan re
[A Vaishnav does not succumb to worldly attachments] [Who has devoted himself to stauch detachment to worldly pleasures]

Ram naam shoon taaLi laagi SakaL tirath tena tan maan re
[Who has been edicted to the elixir coming by the name of Ram] [For whom all the religious sites are in the mind]

VaN-lobhi ne kapaT-rahit chhe Kaam-krodh nivaarya re
[Who has no greed and deciet] [Who has renounced lust of all types and anger]

BhaNe Narsaiyyo tenun darshan karta KuL ekoter taarya re
[The poet Narsi will like to see such a person] [By who’s virtue, the entire family gets salvation]

An experience of a lifetime …

I got this email today morning at work –

Subject – An experience of a lifetime I need to share…

I came face to face with a 6 foot black bear this morning.

I have a wooded lot with a 600 foot driveway. There is a bend at the top of my driveway near my house. I started walking down the driveway away from my house and as soon as I hit the bend, where the driveway goes down hill, I spotted a big black bear walking up the driveway towards. I froze, the bear froze. Fortunately, we had a distance of about 30 yards between us. I stared at it, it stared back at me. What should I do? I could start walking backwards slowly and if it started to run towards me, I can make a dart to my house- which I was pretty sure I could make it. Then, I thought, take a picture. As I reached in my pocket for my camera phone, it started walking again and fortunately turned into the woods. Good and not good. My car is parked at the turnaround area, right where the bear walked into the woods. I thought I could go back to the garage, get in my other car, drive down to where the bear cut into the woods, and blow the horn a few times to scare it. I decided not to. Instead, I decided to rattle my keys off my aluminum coffee mug as I walked towards the car hoping to scare it away or hoping it already continue on. Then I thought what if I was attracting it? So, I stopped rattling and walked slowly and quietly towards my car. As I walked I stared into the woods looking for any sign of movement. I made it to my car and got in – never turning my back to the wooded area the bear went into. Was it a bright thing for me to do – to continue and walk to the car? No, I was only carrying my lunch bag, coffee mug, folder, and burned out flood light, light bulb to protect me. Was it a thrill of a lifetime? Yes.


What an Experience … 🙂 … and what a way for me to start work today 🙂

There were some funny replies also to this email


Did you consider that maybe he needed a ride to work?

Whatever … 🙂

This reminded me of a similar exprerience 2 years back here (in king of prussia). I did not face a bear but I thought it was … (ok let me tell the story here as it happened)
It was a dark stormy night …. (well not stormy 🙂 , but yeah it was dark. )
It was around 9:00 pm in the night and I was returning from work to home (at drummers lane)I was walking and thinking about my work, about my project and totally lost in my thoughts.Suddenly I saw 3-4 wolves on the road at around 500 ft distance from me… and suddenly my hair (on my head and all over my body) raised… that was the first time something like that happened to me. I did not froze, I mean if needed I could run back (with lot of trembling) … but still at that time my mind and body was in control.I was standing not sure what to do? Should I go back? I almost planned to go back …
then I noticed they are not wolves but deers. 🙂
That was really comforting to know … however still I doubted if those deers are totally harmless, i mean after all they are jungle animals – they may attack me of no reason at all.
So.. still I was standing not sure what to do? Should I go back? But go back where? I hardly knew anybody here back then. I cannot back to office at that time.
While I was thinking all this – maybe the deers sensed my presence and started running away in the jungle. I was more comforted – but sill I was not sure if it is some kind of setup 🙂 … I mean I was shit scared at that moment :)Aha … I forgot to mention that I did not have a cellphone also back then – to call somebody to help.So I stood there around half a minute more … in deep silence to be pretty sure that deer went away …. and then I started walking forward … watching cautiously the jungle side (and making sure it is not some kind of trap by the deers)
In a minute I was at home. :)Happy Ending !!