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Hi guys! I am excited to tell you all about the characters and plot of the short story I am working on. The title is not yet decided.

Characters:

Raphael A young french man, who teaches foreign language in an university. Separated from his girlfriend he adopts a false belief about love, life and sex.

Inès– Raphael’s ex-girlfriend.

Mr. Cortese– An old british man who loves to advise young people on matters relating to love and relationships.

Esther– Mr. Cortese’s wife and a great cook.

Note: some characters would be revealed in the story itself. 🙂

Plot:

Raphael dissapointed with his breakup decides to take a break and tour India. He is fascinated with Hinduism. He gets perplexed when he reads about hinduism. He meets several people in the journey to India. On reaching India, he encounters such an experience which makes his sceptical mind change and outgrows his personality.

What exactly happens with him in India? How does the changed Raphael seem like? What happens to Mr. Cortese and Esther? And many more excitement to come. I hope you guys would enjoy reading it.

Its a short fiction story and also multi-lingual.

Merci (Thank You)!

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Hi guys! I was thinking to write a short story. Well at present there are no characters, no names, no plot. But yeah putting an extra pressure on my mind yielded the following. I hope you would enjoy reading it. Your likes would give me the honour to say that I’ve added something more to your IMAGINATION.. Reading is Sexy!!!

Dictionary defines the colour scarlet as “a bright red with a slightly orange tinge”. Scarlet has been a color of power, wealth and luxury since ancient times. In the 20th century, scarlet also became associated with Revolution. But when scarlet comes to my mind I see a girl; whose beauty is a mystique, an oeuvre of a maestro; voice croon and sonorous; svelte body which is feisty and fully clothed with smooth skin. Curves, deep enough to get slipped off and equally raised which will force you to make a compliment. Of a hope, pious to have her would make one feel pipsqueak, but she being adept in savoir faire would mesmerize the wisest of wise and make people feel good about themselves. Gosh! it’s beautiful to imagine…

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Do what is RIGHT, not what is EASY

My mother says that my naughtiness was at its peak when I was a kid. There were many incidences when my mother used to scold me for being troublesome to others. I am afraid of my father. I used to please aai (term for mother in Marathi language) to forgive me each time and request to hide it from my father. I thought it’s very easy for aai to hide things. But she did what is right and always told him about my kand. She knew that for him to correctly advocate his parenting he must be aware of my life. Why I admire this because now I know that my parents are morally correct and I follow morals too. Recently, my friend said that she wants her daughter to know that her mom has morals. It is indeed important because our society begins from home.

Confucius says: By three ways one can learn wisdom. First, by Reflecting which is Noblest, second by Imitating which is Easiest and third by Experience which is Bitterest.” By choosing easier path we make ourselves weak. I’ve an example to share with you. Sunidhi Chauhan, one of the leading female singers in India, gave an interview to a press magazine. The interview read that she went into a relationship at an early age in her life and got into marriage when she was 19 years old. Within a year of the relationship, she knew that nothing’s going right. Indeed, marriage at an early age was a bigger step in her life, but the right choice was yet to be made. It was very easy for her to live with her mistake and try not to improve it. But she chose to end her marriage and take care of her emotional self. It was hard step for her, but the right one. According to her, if she would have been in the same relationship (which was narrow minded and wrong in every sense), she won’t have reached where she is today. Making a right step made her strong.

I’m an atheist, but every day after having bath I burn incense stick in front of God just to remind me that I want to be a right decision maker in my life. Decisions play an important role in my life. Sometimes it’s difficult to take right decisions. But then recall the words, “Do what is Right, not what is Easy.”

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On completion of 100 views for the site

I don’t remember the last time when I did something new until I started writing blogs for me and the readers of this blog site. Well the credit goes to my friend Pargat Singh. I was wandering, trying to find something interesting, something that holds me. One day I got a phone call from Pargat.

He said: “Hey, do you write?”

I said: “Write what?”

He said: “I mean do you blog or write somewhere on web; anything like social or technical or personal?”

I said: “Nope.”

Pargat knew that I used to write. I was kind of out from social networking and of course writing. Poet Kabir has said: “Kal kare so aaj, aaj kare so ab”. (Usually I don’t follow this principle, I’m too choosy). In short, I started with wordpress.

It feels good that the site got 100+ views for the blogs I’ve written. Ernest Hemingway once said: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”  

 

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Are we Equal?

A few days ago, one of my friends asked me a simple yet complicated question: Why in every society only women are dominated?

Well, I had multitude of options to start with, and I chose the basic Garden of Eden. It is said that original sin in Garden of Eden was woman’s. God created woman with the same clay as he created Adam. Some people like Alina Reyes say that god created women by his own imagination, his own fantasies. The initial name given to her was Lilith. She tasted the forbidden fruit, tempted Adam and has been paying for it ever since. In Genesis, the Lord said, ‘I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee’. One can see the present situation of women similar to what mythology says.

A certain depth was added to my knowledge when I was introduced to a concept called Matriarchy. According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), matriarchy is “a form of social organization in which the mother or oldest female is the head of the family, and descent and relationship are reckoned through the female line; government or rule by a woman or women.” As the definition suggests, the answer to my friend’s question is certainly No, because there exist societies dominated by women. But this does not change the fact that women are being subjected to subordinate status in majority of societies. Let me introduce you all to a few societies which have a larger female influence. Most anthropologists hold that there are no known societies that are unambiguously matriarchal.

  • Roman Empire

             Tacitus noted in his Germania that in “the nations of the Sitones…. woman is the ruling sex.

  • Asia
    • The Mosuo culture, which is in China near Tibet, is frequently described as matriarchal. The Mosuo themselves often use this description and they believe it increases interest in their culture and thus attracts tourism.
    • Possible matriarchies in Burma are, according to Jorgen Bisch, the Padaungs and, according to Andrew Marshall, the Kayaw.
    • According to interviewer Anuj Kumar, Manipur, India, “has a matriarchal society”, but this may not be a scholarly assessment.

This indeed solves the problem of women’s domination in these societies but as patriarchy is an issue in the same way matriarchy is also an issue.

Knowing the concept of matriarchy I would like to rephrase my friend’s question: Why are women dominated in majority of societies? To get insight of this I looked at the question through: Anthropologist view, Sociologist view, and Psychologist view. The ‘biogrammar’ concept given by anthropologists Lionel Tiger and Robin Fox argues that humans have a genetically based programme which predisposes mankind to behave in certain ways. These predispositions can be considerably modified by culture but they remain basic influences on human behaviour. In simple terms, anthropologist view tries to divide labour on basis of sex, thus defining role of men and women in society based on biology. Hence, women are given the task of reproduction and care for children along with lighter tasks near home like preparation of food, fetching of water, manufacturing of clothing and utensils. The sociologist view place emphasis on culture being responsible for human behaviour. There are certain societies in which biology appears to have little or no influence on women’s roles. The Mbuti Pygmies, a hunting and gathering society who live in the Congo rain forests, have no specific rules for the division for the division of labour by sex. Men and women hunt together. In India, some 12 per cent of labourers on building sites are women and in some Asian and Latin American countries, a quarter of the labour force in mines is female. Few Psychologists argue that a mother’s place is in the home, caring for her children especially during their early years. They believe that continuous mother-child relationship is necessary for effective socialization of the child. Alor, an island in Indonesia is a place where women are not tied to their offspring, and this does not appear to have any harmful effects on the children. Kibbutz is another example which indicates that a continuous mother-child relationship is not essential for effective socialization. About 4 per cent of Israel’s population live in some 240 kibbutzim settlements. Bruno Bettelheim said: ‘The kibbutz experience clearly demonstrates to me that children raised by educators in group homes can and do fare a lot better than many children raised by their mothers in poverty-stricken homes, and better than quite a few raised at home by their middle-class parent.’

I live in a society, but my world begins from home. Now if I ask the same question: Why are women dominated in majority of societies, my answer would be because of thinking process. Compared to cultural change, genetic change is slow. Hence now and in coming times there would be slight change in the biology of men and women, but this should not restrict the cultural change. Why the tasks of women are similar in most societies, why those tasks are usually given less prestige than those of men, and why men generally have power and authority over women? We need to adapt to new way of thinking were woman is equal in status with a man. Of course, there are few feminist who say that women should not be equal to men but higher in status than men. Let me remind that this again brings inequality. As I say Matriarchy is equally wrong as Patriarchy.

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The Swan’s Surrender

My granny used to tell me a story titled, ‘The Swan’s Surrender’, in which she used to put a question before me. Marali, the swan maiden, with eyes, anxious and perplexed, gets thrilled at the announcement of the swan’s presence and rushes in the direction of the call. But hardly had she gone a few steps, she falls into a trap of a hunter. The swan continues to call. Each note makes the imprisoned marali restless and desperate. She struggles to throw off her bindings. But nothing progresses. The call of swan, once so thrilling and provocative, now becomes a source of intense suffering to her. Suddenly, the swan appears and ignoring the net, in which the marali  was, glides into it. The swan too was caught, but in the ecstatic moment of reunion, they forget their captivity in sweet abandon. A brood of young swans, born of this union, flows out in different direction. In this way the story used to end. And now it was time for the question. Caught in the throes of maya(illusion), the individual has a false sense of happiness, is it true? I never had the intriguing mind, so I used to please her in certain way to get the answer. The last time she told me the same story, I was quite grown up and finally she gave me the answer. Even when the individual has a false sense of sorrow, the eternal activity of life continues in much the same way .Only the weak would complain. Life moves on; this is the irrevocable and indubitable truth. The words fell on my ears but I didn’t understand a bit of it.

I forward the same question to all of you. Caught in the throes of maya(illusion), the individual has a false sense of happiness, is it true? 

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New Delhi- A Memoir

Above: Clockwise from top: Tomb of Safdarjung, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Laxminarayan Temple, Connaught Place.

Above: Clockwise from top: Tomb of Safdarjung, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Laxminarayan Temple, Connaught Place.

Hi guys. I thank you for reading my blog. The blog New Delhi- A Memoir, is the verbalization of time I have spent in the capital. I hope you guys will enjoy reading it.

Right from the day I knew that my next destination is the capital of India I was fascinated with lot of things. In the month of October I had to leave, and finally when the day came I was calm yet curious. Delhi was a night away from me. With the rise of new day, I was in a new city, long away from my hometown. Now it was time to explore!

The first fascinating thing which came my way was Delhi Metro. The successful model of metro-rail working in India was indeed a big Wow. Sometimes the train was inside a tunnel and sometimes on an over-bridge. All station names were new to me, so were the announcements made in the rail. My eyes gazing everything and taking time to settle soon stuck when I saw the huge sculpture of Hanumana near Jhandelwalan. The metro passed by it turning my position to exactly opposite of what it was initially when I boarded the train. On reaching Vikaspuri in West Delhi, I found a place to stay.

You never know the taste of a city unless you taste the street food in the city. To start with Chandni Chowk is the best place. Many of the travel media had featured a lot about Delhi and its heart Chandni Chowk, but being there and experiencing it is all together a different paradise. And now I was introduced to the taste of Delhi. But a lot was yet to be tasted.

The language of a city is mostly talked when people meet. I was introduced to a hindi-cum Punjabi accent, like “Arhad” for “Arhar”. Well my hindi didnt have the marathi accent so it was difficult for people there to believe that my origin is from Maharashtra. Delhi is a cosmopolitan city. Our statistics lecturer while teaching the basics of statistics once said: “Our class represents a sample of whole India.” Indeed he was right, because students there belonged from almost every part of India.

Winters were approaching. It was time for me to experience the freezing cold there in Delhi. With the change in calendar page, I was able to see the change in temperature. The days were getting cold and night colder. Soon metro stations and roads were filled with another member, Fog. It was foggy mornings all over. The walk to metro station in those mornings is hard to forget. Soon the temperature dropped to one degree Celsius and time came for some wine and whiskey. I am not a connoisseur of alcohol, but tasting alcohol in the freezing cold certainly made me feel good. Also, winters brought those vibrant loads of outfits out on road. Girls wearing those scarves around their neck, boys trying different jackets, colours, sometimes red, sometimes black was all beautiful.

One finds herself/himself proud of being an Indian as soon as she/he pays a visit to the parade in Delhi on 26th of January, Republic Day in India. The whole event is being telecast on all visual mediums across the country. Delhi has its own history which adds a flavour to the event. With Prime Minister of India addressing whole country from the Red Fort, one finds a sense of dignity, pride, responsibility, and duty towards nation.

Delhi is a place for historians. Though I am not an historian or an architect, but visiting the Architectures in delhi certainly fascinated me. And when I learned the way of seeing an architecture through architects eyes, I was at a different paradise. Let it be the Red Fort, or Jama Masjid, or Qutub Minar, or Akshardham, Lotus Temple, Connaught Place, and many more, all has a certain energy which keeps you astonished.

All together being in a city which is famous for its history, politics, food, heart (of course its said, “Dil walo ki Dilli”), architecture, transportation systems, climate and many more, is altogether an experience which certainly brings smile onto your face.