Finally Free

Penned for English Literature assignment at St Joseph’s College, Bengaluru

Influenced by the books of Anthropology I was reading during this time.

From the epoch I was formed,

to the moment I burnt.

I have endured many life forms.

I was known as the blue dot in the dark

I carried the gaint and the tiny,

all that moved, swam and those which stood.

Though late into my years; was born a man,

evolved as an insignificant creature on fours.

Battled he the jungle life, with all the creatures along.

Until he could stand erect, and made his own fire and wheel.

From the nomad he was, hunting and gathering,

Settled he in villages where he grew and spread.

He was too greedy to be content,

and turned to my depths for my ore bounty

Thus he grew faster and farther, greater than the speed of sound,

taking control over all the species of life and exploiting most.

He brought down all the forests, emptied the waters,

flattened the hills, and built his empires, tall and large.

His life was safe under the shadows of my tree,

but forgot he this truth; and cut me down.Thought he,

his machines would carry him to a safe future,

without the life giving nectar of this nature

Thought he was destroying me,

never knowing he is bringing his own end.

And then one day, my veins were full of his pollution,

and my body with his dark smoke.

All that he created couldn’t give him air to breathe or water to drink

He planned to move to my cousins, but well before that,

he vanished from the face of the Earth, into the thick air.

It took me a few aeons to revive life, and support new life forms.

But now, I am finally free of him,

The greedy human.

Here, She refers to the Planet and He refers to the humankind. 

I built my hut next to… 

Penned for English Literature assignment at St Joseph’s College, Bengaluru

I built my hut near the lakelet,
on the hillock,with long fir trees,
overlooking the pristine moving waters.
I gaze at the unwinding path,
listening to the busy conversations of chirping birds. 
The glistering water, the blue sky, the green meadows
And the occasional cloud spreading its uneven shadows
on the land and water, creating images in my mind.
The wind and the butterflies that come by the breeze.

The rare cyclist zooming down the turns, 
and struggling to conquer the climbs,
flinging a friendly grin my way.
The lone farmer tilling the land,
and the fisher women getting her catch.

This is the place where both the nature 
and books have conversation with me.

The Great Balancing Act: India at the International Arena

Disclaimer: This post is not an endorsement to any political party or persons directly or indirectly. It is just my own observations and opinions as I see it and may act as an eye-opener in the context of elections on the kind of relationships India needs to share with other countries to grow itself into a developed nation. This article doesn’t have a continuous flow but is a mixture of various bits and pieces of information.
The election in India, to elect the next ruler of the nation is more against the current ruling party.The Indian media too has taken active part in ignoring as well as denouncing the government’s achievements and hyping few candidates, though it is true that India and its citizens are looking for a change.
When the resolution was passed in the United Nations Human Rights Council(UNHRC) to conduct an international & independent inquiry into the alleged war crimes and human rights abuses in Sri Lanka during the final phases of civil war in 2009, India abstained from voting to stay neutral. India is referred to as a powerful neighbor to Sri Lanka, the island nation in the Indian Ocean just under the southern tip of Indian peninsula. Along the years, we saw India abstaining from voting on many UN resolutions and maintaining its neutral stand. Who is India friend to? Russia or USA? Technically, USA and Russia are ideological enemies and still at cold war till date. Just for the sake of it, they showcase difference of opinion on resolutions taken in the UN. This enmity doesn’t go under the carpets even when taking decision on providing humanitarian assistance. This was clearly evident in the recent voting to send humanitarian assistance to parts of Syria. Upset by this turn of events the current UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the council immediately after the vote that the resolution “should not have been necessary” because “humanitarian assistance is not something to be negotiated — it is something to be allowed by virtue of international law.”
So what is the kind of relationship India shares with these both world powers?

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My Centurion ride

As usual waking up early in the morning, and getting ready by 7 AM, I’m all prepared to complete my 100 kms cycling ride. A large group of 141 cyclists have attempted this the previous day, many of whom were first timers on their centurion. I’m a first timer for a centurion too, however had this on my mind from many months, but couldn’t make time to do it. I thought it is never late, and started today. I tried to follow the same itinerary of yesterday’s cyclists. But why didn’t I join them yesterday and making this trip all alone? The reason or the excuse is the tube of the cycle’s back wheel has a small puncture, which I couldn’t detect and fix at home. So took it to the cycle store on Saturday to have it fixed. Continue reading

A Lonely ride

Suddenly waking up at 6.30 AM in the morning, which is very unusual, I started to freshen up. Carrying minimal gear for cycling, which consisted of water sipper, blow pump, repair kit, few punctures and also glucose, I’ve started off from home at 7.01 AM. At this point the odometer on my bicycle showed 1256.83 kms.

I followed the usual path, passing by Global Village Tech Park, RV College of Engineering, Kengeri Satellite Bus Stop, Rajarajeshwari Hospital, Decathlon Store and Rajarajeshwari Medical College. When I left home, I didn’t have a specific destination on mind. Continue reading