FREEDOM – The most expensive thing in this world!!

Every time people have set out to buy FREEDOM they have had to pay a very heavy price for it, at least most of the times.

And many of them have even paid the ultimate price( viz. death) and yet, ended up never having it!!

But the fortunate ones benefit from the sacrifices of their comrades and earlier generations, to relish the benefits of Freedom (at least for a lifetime if not for generations)!!

Almost every time when a new nation is born or a new regime comes to power or a new government is formed the foundation of its manifesto has been Freedom and Liberty.

But for reasons deciphered or not yet deciphered by the human race these promises tend to fade away with time. Leading to their ouster in the worst of manners and in process paving a way for yet another revolution. Without fail, and every time, something goes amiss in between!! Making it a  vicious cycle of  ‘revolutions’!!

So i feel, as of now, there’s no disputing this Thomas Jefferson quote : “Every generation needs a new revolution.”

Jai ho Baba Jefferson!!

-The Libyan Revolution

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/gaddafitheendgame/2011/12/201112874023937788.html

Song of The Punjab

As against popular Indian perception, Punjab is a multi-religion community. Where the Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims make their presence felt. And for centuries its vibrance, prosperity and well being has been knitted very intricately within the synergy of these communities.

First the partition in 1947 and then the dark period of 80s dealt a near fatal  blow to its social fabric. And now when it was trying to re-knit itself, songs, ballads and movies eulogizing one particular community  began to be churned out with mindless speed. This in turn lead others to follow suit. This trend ultimately preyed upon the gullible youth of the state. Which certainly was not the intended effect.

And this in my opinion is not at all what the Punjabis want and wish for. This could very easily lead to polarization of an already delicately balanced society which is still recuperating from the twin blows of 1947 and the 1980s.

Its high time to shed caste based prejudices. The need of the hour is to stick together, stand up and work for the prosperity of all. No one individual or group can do this!!

Hope the lyricists and singers of the state take note and come up with songs which enthuse pride and prestige amongst Punjabis !

And i also hope, the wise people of our land become intelligent enough to shun the hogwash of  those who try to mislead.

In this effort famous actor/comedian/lyricst has come up with a song which very elaborately makes a case for my argument above, about the singers who have been portraying only-Devil-knows-what image of Jatt community.

Profound respect for Mr Ghuggi to have come up with it. Let Sanity prevail!!

THANDA GOSHT : by Sadat Hasan Manto

A Gujarati adaptation of Sadat Hasan Manto's story 'Thanda Gosht'.
The original story has the riots at the time of India's partition as the setting.

Just that, here the story has been given a new setting. The Gujarat riots of 2002.

Regarding the video i can just say that it is conceptualization of 
one mind(one who has made this video). 
Every individual picturises the scenes of written text in his/her own ways. 
So on the whole it will be tough to tell whether justice has been meted out 
as Mr Manto would have liked or the way you or me would have 
imagined the scenes to be like while reading the story.

Finally, let us pray
that the story is never adapted again in any new setting. 

Amen!!

Elizabeth Gilbert: A new way to think about creativity

Elizabeth Gilbert introduces a perspective to deal with the fear of failure of ones ‘creativity and genius’. She presents forth the idea that you  should not consider yourself to be a genius , rather you should think of it as – whenever you  achieve something exemplary/extraordinary/outrageous,  a genius(someone distant or someone unknown)  manifests in you at that point of time.  So, while you are merely performing your regular  duty the genius in you at that time catapults  your performance to astonishing levels making it exemplary, superb and extraordinary.

In summary, just keep doing what you love – with dedication and devotion without any fear of failure. Leave success and failure for ‘that distant unknown Genius’  to worry about.

The same theme has already been immortalised by Kabir Sahib and is inscribed in Guru Granth Sahib.

                    “Kabeer Maera mujh maein kich nahi

        jo kich hai so tera”

(Kabeer nothing is mine within myself

Whatever there is, is Yours, O Lord! )

Over to you now Ms Elizabeth Gilbert…..