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The man who conquered sleep

Many great men have walked on Indian soil- many of those whom Bharat Mata has nurtured and cared. Today I write about a man who had been born hundreds of centuries ago who has been an inspiration to millions of students. He was an archer- a relentless one. He had never missed a single aim. He had never been defeated in a war. He used to stay up nights practicing archery. He had conquered sleep in his relentless struggle to become the best archer in the world. Hence his name- Gudakesha. He trained himself to wield arrows with both his hands, Hence his name Savyasachi.

Yes, I am talking about the son of Pritha, Partha better known by the name of Arjuna. He is the protagonist of the world’s greatest epic- Mahabharata. He is known for his enormous valour, patience and generosity. A student of this century has a lot to learn from that man born under the constellation of Falgun (thus called Falguni).

First of all is patience and determination. These two factors are key to enabling your success under any circumstances.

Second, concentration. When you see your target, everything around it vanishes. We find an example in Drona’s bird eye test. Some students of Drona, the preceptor of the Kuru prices, complained that he favored Arjuna the most.  So he arranged a test of archery for students to prove that Arjuna was a supreme archer. He placed a wooden bird on a far tree and his students were asked to shoot it. Yudhistira, the eldest Pandava was called first. Drona asked Yudhistira to describe all that he could see. He named the wooden bird, the tree, the branch, the stream, the sky. Drona in a disappointed manner  asked him to go back. Each and every of his students including his son Ashwatthama  were asked the same question but the answer of none satisfied him. Arjuna was the last. On being asked the same question he said that he could see the bird’s eye and only the bird’s eye. At that point, Drona asked him to shoot. He hit the mark. So, concentration is man’s one of the biggest weapon.

At last we need to hold our duties in life over everything. Let us again read a story. once a bhramin came running to Arjuna to save his cows being stolen by bandits. It so happened that his bow was in the room of Draupadi, the shared wife of the five Pandavas. On advice of Sage Narad, the Pandavas had pledged that only one brother will be with Draupadi for a year. In that period if any other brother enters Draupadi’s room he will be exiled for twelve years. Arjuna did not stop for a second to think and went to collect his bow from the room which was being occupied by Draupadi and Yudhistira. He fought of the bandits and saved the Bhramin’s cows disregarding the pain he would have to bear for it.

For success, we need to be patient, concentrate only at our goal and seek to achieve it with every last bit of energy we have. Remember-

‘To get something, you have to sacrifice something”

 

 

 

Society’s Psyche

In this life I wonder, indeed, who am I? Am I anything to the people I love most? In this world full of people and deeds I have hardly anything to account for. Maybe I am a parasite who feeds on this society’s thoughts and fuels her body with its food. Everything I am, everything I aspire to be is borrowed. But maybe first in my life I had some almost uninfluenced thought, at least something I have not heard anyone speak. I at last got the perceptions of the society and how it makes things. You know, human psyche is not that complex as it seems to be. If you are an outsider coming from a desolate land into this society, you would understand every person’s thought if you knew enough history about that particular person. You would be able to judge how she exactly is because whatever she is, is shaped by the circumstances she had been through or which society is she from. Even her perception of herself is what society taught her. I write because my society has told me I am a good writer. Maybe another society will believe that to be wrong. So we are all influenced. Some influences are rather big. An example may be the perception of a woman.  It changed as society changed. It was but a few centuries ago that it was thought inappropriate for a woman come out of a veil, forget traveling alone miles away from home. We all know the present scenario and we believe it to be right. Because society’s perception has changed. So a man’s psyche is not that complex, it is the society’s psyche which is complex. Several men’s change in point of view also deviate the society’s point of view. How does one’s point of view change?  How can a man think ahead of time? Maybe time has initiated the process of change of revolution. It is the Nature’s way of entertainment. Change lives and make a new story. So change goes on. So the last question I shall ask and shall not answer is how nature initiates the change. What is the marvelous calculation behind change in society?

Hum Mukhtara

Treatment of Baby girls- A scene from ‘Hum Mukhtara’

‘Hum Mukhtara’ is a drama directed by Usha Ganguly . This drama is mainly based on feminism and a Pakistani village girl called Mukhtaran Mai.
This drama was staged in Academy of Arts on 9th August, 2013. I am very happy to have been a part of audience there for this drama has been beautifully directed. It is a drama that stands out from all as it missed nothing- action, songs, dance, emotions, rhymes and whatever else a drama could have included. The actors are wonderful and so is the narrator- Usha Ganguly itself. a person who does not know Hindi could have understood whatever was said and whatever was done. This drama upheavals your emotions of pain, anger and justice. Till now the images of it float before my eyes. I salute Muktara Mai, the real heroin and I thank Rangakarmee Group to put this play on stage.
And for all those who believe in the spirit of women, please watch this drama if possible, whatever your age may be.
To know more about Mukhtaran Mai please see-http://tribune.com.pk/story/154316/mukhtaran-mai-a-story-of-extraordinary-courage/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mukhtaran_Bibi
To know more about the drama-
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1130128/jsp/entertainment/story_16490647.jsp#.UgeMaNLItHg

None are more h…

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We consider ourselves free citizens of a democratic country. But are we actually free? No we are not. We are enslaved in chains of society. We think a hundred times before doing something good till we know it is acceptable to society. We don’t think twice before doing something wrong if it acceptable to society. Society has even changed the meaning of right or wrong. Right is what is acceptable to society, wrong is that which is not. The definition of right and wrong changes with society’s whims. We change with society’s whims. If a cloth is considered fashionable by society than it is fashionable, if considered old-fashioned than it goes out of use. If a film-star wears that old-fashioned cloth then it becomes the trend of the day over-night. A person would wear it even if he likes or not. If not he would be considered unsmart, lacking personality or the stupidest thing in the world. Society leaves us with no choices. It appreciates only what he wants in another person and not what another person has.

Only a few are able to break away from the cage of society. They are the person who say,”Let public go to hell.” They are the person who rule society. In this world freedom for everyone seems impossible. Either you rule or let be ruled.

Do we have an ultimate goal?

                              Δs≥0

The above equation allows us to form the idea that the Universe is ever expanding. The very Universe which is said to contain all hungers for more.

Nature is never perfect, never successful or satisfied. It draws curves in a million ways but is unable to draw a straight line.

Then how come human who are children of Nature herself be satisfied with the little they have got? If they touch the moon, they crave for sun. If they touch Sun they crave for further stars.

You set a goal and then you may reach it. Then you set another goal and life goes on. Does any person after reaching a goal ever feel that,”My purpose of life is over. Now I can simply rest in peace.”

Any person, whoever on the Earth it is, dies trying to reach a goal. Then why does a man need goal if satisfaction will never come, purpose shall never be fulfilled? So why set a goal? Funny thing is that without goal satisfaction doesn’t come either.

The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.– Aristotle

If you can understand this one quote you shall understand the answer. If not, you may as well ask me.