Mango People in a Banana Republic

When Robert Vadra Gandhi (should I use Gandhi… I wouldn’t be surprised if Robert Vadra takes the Surname of his wife’s family (Feroz Khan family) adopted), put up his status message in Facebook saying “Mango People in a Banana Republic” he was completely right.

“Mango People” as we are “Aam Admi” (in Hindi) and I am not disputing this, because I believe of the estimated population of 1.22 billion, 800 Members of Parliament (approximately 550 in Lok Sabha and 250 in Rajya Sabha) and their kin, the Congress Party President and her stooges put together could add up to 2000-3000 people who can be called ‘privileged’ and can be bracketed as “Non-Mango People”.

Once that is clarified the Aam Admi is indignant and fuming about the “Banana Republic” part of the comment. Arvind Kejriwal, the new messiah of Aam Admi, is adding fuel to the fire. But in my opinion Robert Vadra is correct in his observation.

“Banana Republic” is a country operated as a commercial enterprise for private profit, effected by the collusion between state and favoured monopolies. Whereby, the profits derived from private exploitation of public lands as private property, and the debts incurred are public responsibility. An imbalanced economy reduces the national currency to devalued paper-money, hence, the country is ineligible for international development-credit, and remains limited by the uneven economic development of the country.

We Indians live in this big myth that the learned Dr. Manmohan Singh rules the country. The BJP would have us believe that Sonia Gandhi rules the country in proxy. But fact is that this country is a money making enterprise of Ottavio Quattrocchi, the Italian Businessman of Bofors fame. And this country is being operated as a commercial enterprise for the private profit of Ottavio Quattrocchi. Dr. Manmohan Singh and P Chidambaram (who is the kajanji of the Feroz Khan Gandhi family) are indeed working really hard to bring the country to that status “Banana Republic”.

Kudos Mr. Robert Vadra Gandhi for the most insightful observation.  Thank You.

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The Flame Burns Out

A flame burns and goes away,
no longer to walk the light of day.
 
The warmth and comfort linger on,
the comforting light will never be gone.
 
Remember the flame, remember the light.
Remember the sound and the sight.
 
Comfort your soul with memories sweet.
The flame is gone, but not the comforting heat.
 
Warmth for the body, warmth for the soul.
Remember the flame, keep its memory whole.
 
It hasn’t gone, nor walked away.
It has simply faded from the light of day
 
Pain is remembrance and remembrance pain.
But, visit those memories time and again.
 
Wrap yourself in blanket of comforting love.
Feel the flame and the vahament love.
 
Flames flicker and always go out.
But all reunite with joyful shouts.
 
Together once. Together again.
The cycle of life has no end.
 
Cling to and cherish, let sweet memories thrive.
Because a flame has gone out, doesn’t mean it isn’t alive.
 
The light lives within us, it resonates there.
Feel love and comfort, but never despair.
 
The flame may be gone, it may not seem fair.
But someday it will meet you in a place called “up there”.

 

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Much Remains Undone – Courtesy Tehelka

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Hast Mudra… Knowledge of Ancient India

Hast Mudra or Hand Posture is the yogic posturing of the fingers of the hands in various ways. In yoga, apart from yog asanas, that is , yogic exercises, and pranayama, that is, yogic breathing exercises, Hast Mudras or Hand Postures have an important role to play.

In Fact, Hast Mudra is a complete science by Itself.  The whole universe is made up of 5 elements, that is, fire, air, space, earth and water and likewise a human body is composed of these 5 elements. The fingers of the hand represent these 5 elements individually.

Mudra

The 10 Hast Mudra or hand posture are explained individually below. Please note that while doing Mudras the free fingers have to be kept straight.

1. Gyan Mudra or the Mudra of Knowledge

Method: Touch the tip of the thumb and the tip of the index or 1st finger together.The other 3 fingers have to be kept straight as shown in the picture.

Benefits:

A. It helps in meditation and concentration and reduces negativity of the mind.

B. It improves memory and with regular practice students can improve grades and intelligence.

C. It aids in alleviating headache, insomnia and hypertension and reduces anger.

Note: For better results do Prana Mudra after this Mudra.

2. Vayu Mudra or Mudra of Air

Method: In this Mudra, the tip of the index or 1st finger is touched to the base of the thumb and the thumb comes over the finger with a slight pressure of the thumb being exerted. Rest of the fingers remain straight as in the picture.

Benefits:

A. By the practice of this mudra, all vayu ,that is, air related affections, like Arthritis, Gout, Sciatica, Knee pain and Gas are relieved. It especially benefits in neck pain and spinal pain.

3. Shoonya Mudra or The Mudra of Emptiness

Method: The tip of the middle finger is put at the base of the thumb and the thumb comes over the finger with slight pressure of the thumb being exerted on the finger as shown in the picture. The other 3 fingers are kept straight.

Benefits:

A. Regular practice of this Mudra helps in reducing ear pain and watering from the ears. B. If this Mudra is done for 1 hour daily it can benefit in hardness of hearing.

C.The bones become strong and is beneficial in heart disease.

D. It strengthens gums and is helpful in throat problems and thyroid disease.

Precautions: This hand posture should never be done while eating or walking.

4. Prithvi Mudra or the Mudra of Earth

Method: In this Mudra the tips of the thumb and the ring finger are touched together as in the picture. Rest of the fingers are kept straight.

Benefits:

A. Regular practice of this Mudra, is helpful in body weakness, thinness and also obesity

B. It improves the functioning of the digestive system and reduces the deficiency of vitamins.

C. It gives energy and lustre to the body.

5. Prana Mudra or the Mudra of Life

Method: In this Mudra the tips of the thumb, ring finger and the little finger are touched together while keeping the other 2 fingers straight.

Benefits:

A. It awakens the dormant power of prana gives energy, health . It is beneficial in diseases of the eye and improves eyesight, raises body resistance to disease, reduces deficiency of vitamins, removes tiredness.

B. During fasting it reduces hunger pangs and thirst.

C. In insomnia, doing this hand posture, along with Gyan Mudra, helps in bringing on sleep.

6. Apan Mudra or the Mudra of Digestion

Method: This mudra is made by joining the tips of the thumb, the middle finger and the ring finger keeping the other fingers straight.

Benefits:

A. Toxins are removed from the body and the body becomes pure. It also relieves constipation, piles, diseases caused by vayu or air, is helpful in diabetes, stoppage of urine, kidney defects and dental problems.

B. It is beneficial in stomach and heart diseases and brings out perspiration. Please Note: It increases the flow of urine.

7. Apan Vayu Mudra or the Mudra of Heart

Method: This Mudra is a combination of Vayu Mudra and Apan Mudra. The tips of the thumbs,the middle finger and the ring finger touch each other while the index finger touches the base of the thumb with a slight pressure. The little finger remains straight.

Benefits:

IT gives the benefit of Apan Mudra and Vayu Mudra as explained earlier.

A. It is helpful in Heart and Vayu diseases and gives health. People with a weak heart should do it daily. It is very beneficial to people who have just had a heart attack.

B. It removes gas from the stomach,aids in asthma,headache and high blood pressure.

C. If it is done 5 to 7 minutes before climbing stairs,it aids in easy climbing.

8. Surya Mudra or Mudra of the Sun

Method: This Mudra is done by touching the tip of the ring finger to the base of the thumb and exerting pressure on the finger with the thumb as in the picture.

Benefits:

A. It balances the body, reduces body weight and obesity. It increases body heat and helps in digestion.

B. It reduces hypertension and cholesterol and builds strength.

C. It is beneficial in diabetes and liver defects.

Precautions: Weak persons should not do this hand posture and DO NOT do this hand posture for a long time in hot weather.

9. Varun Mudra or Mudra of Water

Method: This Mudra is made by touching the tips of the thumb and the little finger.

Benefits

A. It reduces dryness of the skin and improves skin lustre and softness.

B. It is useful in Skin diseases, acne and blood defects . It improves facial beauty.

Precautions: Persons suffering from Asthma and respiratory problems should do this Mudra for a short duration only.

10. Ling Mudra or the Mudra of Heat

Method: Close the fist as in the picture. Keep the left hand thumb straight and the rest of the fingers clasped as shown in the picture.

Benefits

A. This mudra increases heat in the body and can cause sweating even in winter if done for a long time.

B. It helps in cold, coryza, asthma, cough, sinus problems and low blood pressure.

C. It dries phlegm.

Precautions : When doing this Mudra please increase intake of water, fruit, fruit juices, clarified butter(Ghee) and milk. DO NOT do this hand posture for a long duration.

Concluding Remarks : These are the 10 Hast Mudras which if done regularly, for the prescribed duration and following the outlined precautions will be extremely beneficial to one’s health.

Source : http://www.ayurvedahimachal.com/

Wish You Were Here

As the rain pours down heavily
I stare out, and think of you.
Wish you were here with me now.

At night there is an endless longing
For you to hold me in your arms again.
I miss us laying side by side.
Your body firmly pressed against mine
Such a perfect fit.
Wrapping your arm around my waist
Keeping me close, safe.

Your hands caressed me gingerly
As I melt in your arms.
The soft skin and the delicious torture
A trail sweet kisses and love bites
Traced over every inch
And found their way back again
To my waiting lips.

Your mouth took control of mine.
Fierce passion burning all the way down.
This persistent ache builds
Waiting for the ultimate release.
But until that day comes
I only can have
Impassioned dreams like these.

How I wish…
How I wish you were here.
How I wish you were right beside me.
How I wish you were holding me tight in your arms.

The rain is really harsh tonight.
When I walk in the rain
I don’t cry.
I won’t.
But in the rain, when I scream, yet again, who will really know?

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Friggatriskaidekaphobia

Do you know what does the term friggatriskaidekaphobia means?

If you are tech savvy, your first reaction would certainly to google it.  Spend no energy, it is the title of my article and I owe you an explanation. It stands for “the fear of Friday the 13th”.

The year 2012 is one of the rare occurrences, where the date 13 coincides with Friday, thrice in the year.  This year we had a triple-treat of Friday the 13th: January 13, April 13 and July 13. And yesterday was the third and final Friday the 13th for the year.

Friday the 13th is dreaded by people across the world and so the reason psychologists coined a tongue twister of a name for the phobia of Friday the 13th – Friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga being the name of the Norse Goddess for whom “Friday” is named and triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number thirteen).

Interestingly if these psychologists are to be believed there are over 60 million people across the globe who suffers from this phobia. Symptoms usually range from retreating into their shell and avoiding human contact on this day. These are the people who do more research and say that the freaky thing about 2012 triple treat, is that the dates fall exactly 13 weeks apart. And that hasn’t happened since 1984.

In many cultures Friday is an inauspicious day and 13 an inauspicious number. This makes Friday the 13th a double whammy combination for the doomsayers. So superstition rules the roost when Friday the 13th, comes calling.

There were times when computer systems across the globe were on high alert from virus attack and hackers. Virus attacks and malwares were unleashed by hackers on the Friday the 13th.  These fears are still alive with System Administrators across the globe. Even countries in Europe see reduced vehicular traffic on this day as most people take the day off from work and stay indoors paralised by the fear of doom. Browses world over including Wall Street has brisk business with stock brokers and investors shying away from doing business on this day.

Even as some chose to believe in the legend others laugh it off. And while I fancy the word “friggatriskaidekaphobia”, for me strangely, the day Friday the 13th is like any other day. Maybe a very lucky day 😉

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The Wall

For nearly 16 years, starting from the time when his exploits across the 22 yard pitch as a teenager announced to the world that he was a cricket exponent of remarkable ability Rahul Sharad Dravid has repeatedly proved his worth.

Whenever the Indian Cricket Team found itself on a sticky wicket, he put his hand up. Whether it was opening the innings in the twilight of his career in England last year or slipping on the wicketkeeper’s gloves so that one more batsman could be accommodated for the 2003 World Cup, Dravid was “The Wall of Indian Cricket”.  

He truly was the Wall of all seasons.  He was a player who showed nerves in the decisive games for India and a player who always put the team first.  Dravid holds multiple cricketing records and the numbers reveal the magnificence of his innings.

  • Rahul Dravid is only the second player, after Sachin Tendulkar, to reach 13,000 runs in Test cricket, with 36 hundreds and an average of 52.31.
  • On 14 February 2007, he became the sixth player overall and the third Indian (after Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly), to score 10,000 runs in ODI cricket in cricketing history.
  • He is the first and only batsman to score a century in all ten Test Cricket playing nations.
  • Dravid currently holds the world record for the most number of catches in Test cricket with more than 200 catches.
  • Dravid has also been involved in more than 80 century partnerships with 18 different partners and has been involved in 19 century partnerships with Sachin Tendulkar – a world record.

But it has been one of the oddities that Dravid’s finest hours were persistently overshadowed by another event.

Rahul made his debut in 1996 in the Second Test against England at the Lord’s along with Sourav Ganguly, when Sanjay Manjrekar got injured after the first Test match. Dravid made a luminous 96 but was upstaged by Sourav’s century (Sourav’s 131 still remains the highest by any batsman on his debut at the Lord’s). And in 2001 during that staggering fight back against the Australians at Eden Gardens, his majestic 180 always stood in comparison with the epic 281 scored by VVS Laxman.

As cricket crazy India celebrated our cricketing maestros, it looked like the quiet man of Indian cricket Rahul Dravid always got less than his due. But a careful analysis of the Lords innings and the Eden Garden innings will reveal why Rahul Dravid is called ‘the Wall’ by his team mates. In both these Test matches Rahul provided the momentum for both Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman to capitalize on enroute to their epic milestone.  And the master of the measured aesthetic, never complained and keeping the interest of team in mind, silently scripted many a sporting victories for Team India.

On 14 December 2011, he became the first non-Australian cricketer to address at the Bradman Memorial lecture in Canberra.  It was here he revealed his genius through a precious well thought out blueprint: drawn from a beautiful mind in a beautiful game.

His farewell to cricket was also a stroke in his own terms. On 9 March 2012, announced his retirement from international and first class cricket. Dravid made the announcement with the BCCI president, N Srinivasan and former captain and friend Anil Kumble at a press conference in Bangalore. And it was much like the man himself, unassuming and yet taking full cognisance of the big cricket picture. In his own words, “I felt it was the right time for me to move on, for a next generation of cricketers to play and make a new history.” No soaring metaphor, no grand flourish.

Although Dravid’s retirement has been on the cards, it had been expected that he would be given a farewell match as was done in the cases of fellow greats Anil Kumble and Sourav Ganguly. But with no Test match scheduled until September, it must go down as yet another instance of the quiet man of Indian cricket getting less than his due.

But many regard Rahul Dravid as one of the greatest Test batsmen in the history of the game. And for cricket enthusiasts he will remain “THE WALL”

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