Sunday, August 28, 2011

I can Die, But will Not Bend; Anna Hazare

Anywhere people are  or may be, everyone is talking about Anna Hazare's fight against corruption. He is an Indian social activist,former soldier in the Indian army and prominent leader in the 2011 Indian anti-corruption movement, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. Where he went on a hunger strike when the  government introduced its own version of the bill in Parliament without accepting suggestions from civil society members .
Anna said that he would fight till his 'last breath' until the government gets his team's Jan Lokpal Bill passed in this session of parliament (which ends September 8).  On August 21, 2011, almost ten thousand people came to the Ramlila Maidan to support Hazare as he sat on an elevated platform. The number of supporters increased day by day. It was reported that Hazare at that point had lost more than seven pounds since beginning his fast, despite this he stated that he would not withdraw his hunger strike until the Jan Lokpal bill is passed in the Parliament. He said he could can die but  will not bend. On August 28, 2011, after the Indian Government had passed the resolution for the Lokpal Bill unanimously, Anna Hazare ended his fast at 10:20:03 Hrs on Sunday morning.
Another record set in the History of India, I must say. But now the question is  whether our country will fight corruption or be a part of corruption. Where all radios, newspapers, television channels are showing the Anti-Corruption ride, the point is, are we prepared? We see 'corruption' in everyday things. Everyone wants that they be safe, and not care about the rest of the world. Corruption, in basic English means dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery.
Bribery starts from when we are a baby! Our parents say, 'Go child, study and when you get good marks I'll buy you a chocolate!' When we are a little older, our teachers Bribe us. The Say, 'Finish your homework and I will give you a golden star in your notebook!' This Bribery continues till we get to a college, join universities and eventually grows when people get into jobs. Well, you might be thinking what do these examples have to show in a relation with corruption. My point here is that corruption starts from the very point a child is born.
 So let us all hold hands and fight against corruption. But before directly putting forth our views, let's first be the change we want to see in others! Let's fight corruption and corrupt mindedness from our own selves. C'mon, just as Micheal Jackson has said, Let's start with the man in the mirror! :)

Friday, August 26, 2011

I spy!

“When things are hidden; they are bound to be found!”

With my new found addiction to a show called ‘Pretty Little Liars’ by each passing episode I realize what is happening. One person, the anonymous A has the secrets of people and is spreading them. Slowly, they are getting disclosed and new topics are slowly opening up.

Well, this made me think about what happens every passing day in my school life. Everyone holds some secrets about the other. And, whenever we hold a grudge against each other, these secrets open up. Hence, creating much more troubles and fights.

It more or less seems like the game of I Spy or which we usually call Hide and Seek. This shows that wherever you may be hidden, the Denner eventually finds everyone and completes his turn.

Okay, so, well I am addicted to pretty little liars and it seems like everything fictional relates to our everyday life! Regardless of the fact that I don’t have secrets like those of the leads from the show, I do know that there are certain parts of me that I only want certain people to know, and not disclose to the rest. Apparently, when these fights become a part of everyday, a few or maybe all, are opened up at the wrong times.
At these certain times, I am out of thought for what to do, how to react and even how to feel?
It makes me come to just one single thought......

Would our life be any spicy if everyone was peaceful?
I am not saying the fights between nations, or countries. I am just saying a small argument between friends that can be easily resolved. I guess, no matter how brutal they may seem at the moment, these do help us in self discovery J

Monday, August 22, 2011

Chess......a way to look at life!

Chessmaster 10th edition
While talking to one another during summer vacations, my friend told me a few interesting things about chess. So, the game I never used to enjoy started becoming interesting day after day. The day our vacations were over I went and borrowed the ‘chessmaster’ CD from my friend, and I am glad I did.

Apart from teaching us the basic techniques of chess, it also shows how similar our life is to the chess board. If we are the king then all the pieces on the board are our saviours. Here, our saviours are our friends and family. They are there to support us in every position.
It taught me that it's very easy to get caught up in the meaningless confusions, of chess or of life. The key is not to run away, but to know where to look.

“When confronted by a tactical position, we should always look for force and continuations, for example checks and captures.” This is a line from The Chessmate academy. So, where it is teaching us how to capture the king of the opponent, we can see it as a way of facing our life. Never  by running away. Keeping faith and strength, and looking in a right and a different direction! J

The scene is from 'Harry Potter and
The Chamber of secrets'  where
Harry, Ron and Hermione have to become
chess pieces to save their lives. This is
symbolic of saying that if Harry is
the king, he had to be saved by the help of Ron
 and Hermione's respective chess pieces.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Beauty Lies In the Eyes of the Beholder

The Beauty and The Beast, we all are well aware of the classic fairytale written by Madame Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. Just today, I had the opportunity to watch a modern retelling of the story in the movie ‘Beastly’. With the gorgeous looks of Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens together, I was stunned by the message this movie could portray to the world.

“If eyes were made for seeing, Then Beauty is its own excuse for being.” This is a beautiful quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson. For we must know that Beauty is not just the outside, but is in the inside. When we look around and see people, we tend to judge them by their appearance. This story told the tale of a father who abandoned his son when the son turned into an ugly beast! Where a teenage girl could see the love, kindness and the pain of the heart inside the beast, and could love the man from the heart, it shows that love and emotions are really what matter.

Even ‘The Ugly Duckling’ is pretty if there is beauty in the person looking at it. When a person is beautiful from the inside, the beauty is radiated on the outside. Everyone has a beast inside themselves and a beauty. So, let lose the beast.....make the beast free of your bound and cherish the beauty.
So every morning, no matter how groggy you look, take a look in the mirror and see the inner beauty. Once you will feel beautiful about yourself, there is no chance, and I can guarantee you this, that the people around will not see the beautiful person that you are. They will be attracted to you like a magnet if you feel the beauty inside yourself. When you will feel the love for yourself, you will have a happy feeling throughout the day. People will love you for who you are! J  

Be sure to check out the movie as well! I assure you, its worth a watch!

Here's a trailer.....Enjoy!!!