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White vs. Black

We always associate the colour white with holiness, purity and goodness.It is this colour using which we symbolise light. We use it to represent knowledge and wisdom.  It is the colour of the divine.

While black is the colour of evil. It has a mysterious quality. Black is a hideous colour. When it is night and all the world goes dark all the fear sets in. Black represents fear and hopelessness.

The meanings of the colours are imbibed so deeply in one’s mind that even in cartoons and movies we represent Fairy Mother as white and the evil one as black. People are even discriminated due to their colour.

Why do we represent the colours in such a way?

Men fear what they can not see.

In the morning we rise with the song of birds and see light flooding into our room. We leave the dark bed to go and stand near the window. The bright light warms us. We see the world before us and feel hope rising in us. We feel the need for activity. Then the breathless day moves into a cold night. Most of us retire to bed with all sort of tension in mind. With no sight of help or familiar face.

Scientifically the sunlight is white. It consists of all colours which make the world. While black is devoid of all colours. Black is there where light is not.

So naturally nice people show a preference to white while those who we know as evil to black.

Is these convention right?

I say that it is not at all right. Many people we have given the position of being a “true man in spirit” come from the decayed parts of the society, where the water is brackish and the hut are set so close that not a single ray of light comes in. I can give you numerous other examples other than Halle Berry, Jim Carrey, Henry Edmund Martinson, Charlie Chaplin and David Geffen. While some are “demons in white”.  

To oppose racial discrimination, no better examples come into my mind than Barrack Obama. He once said-

That my father looked nothing like the people around me—that he was black as pitch, my mother white as milk—barely registered in my mind.

The most amazing thing is that there are no better co-workers than black and white. They are  two sides of the same coin. One can not live without the other. Have you ever seen a chessboard?

Diwali- The Festival Of Darkness

Light symbolises the victory of good over evil, joy, wisdom and happiness. And Diwali is the festival of Light. Though we can see that we can enjoy a lot on the day of Diwali, it brings neither wisdom nor goodness. Actually every Diwali night is succeeded by a blanket of darkness in the morning- a polluted zone.

Data taken from six places in the Capital between October 22 and November 2 show air pollution is hovering at frightening levels even before Diwali on November 13.

Carbon monoxide presence was between 1.2 mg/m3 and 2.5 mg/m3 on Diwali last year, and between 0.87 mg/m3 and 9.75 mg/m3 in 2010.

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The morning after Diwali will be covered by a smog which means bad news for Asthma patients. The worst thing every person suffering from respiratory problems(which includes a good friend of mine) has to take shelter in the houses. As we see our present procedure of celebrating Diwali is hampering the enjoyment of many people and also snatching away the sleep of everybody( My God! Somebody should put silencers in fire crackers.)
President Mukherjee said: “On the joyous occasion of Diwali, I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to my countrymen in India and around the world… I urge all Indians to try and celebrate a pollution-free Diwali.”
“Diwali is a time for festivity and happiness cutting across all faiths and cultures. It is an occasion to share our joy with those who are needy and deprived. The diyas (earthen lamps) lit on the moonless night of Diwali signify the end of the darkness of ignorance and the beginning of light that enlightens all,” he added.
So why not do something different this Diwali, something that is less injurious to our health( certainly you would choose your life over a day’s enjoyment). What could we do?
  • Lets bring some happiness on withered faces. Go to an old age home or to the house of your great-aunt and uncle. Take some sweets with you and help them do their little jobs. Listen to their stories and gain some knowledge from their experiences. You would think that spending time with the old men and women is going to be definitely boring. But they have so many things to tell and advice that you would be lost in their world. Let yourself be their secret sharers. And tell them whats on your mind. Old people are the best listeners in the world(if they can hear)
  • Visit Kali Puja pandals. You would be able to see the work of very good creative minds and the hard work they have done to convey happiness to a lot of very busy human beings.
  • Organise a ‘Get together party’ for some old friends you have not seen for many long years. Talking with them face to face would be a better way to spend time than to chat on Facebook or any other Social Network.
  • Visit the house of poor people. Give the old books and clothes you don’t need to those who need them. Buy some chocolates and distribute them among children. Play with them and tell them some stories. Try and convey some knowledge you have. After all who doesn’t like to play the role of the great wise man!
  • Give time to your family and their problems if you are not able to spare time at any other time.  And if you think you are totally bound with responsibilities spare some time for yourself. Sit down and play the neglected guitar, go out for a walk or fill your travelogue. Keep a companion with you if you like.
  •  Or simply stay home and help other guys like you to spend a pretty safe Diwali like me.
    Every time you lighten the sky, you darken your life!!!
                                      Happy Diwali!