Satyamev Jayate

Looking for something different to watch on TV? Or maybe learn something new about a place thousands of miles away?

Here’s the first episode of a show that has taken India by the storm since last one month. It is called ‘Satyamev Jayate’ (Truth Alone Prevails). The anchor is an established film actor, Aamir Khan, who is known for doing some real meaningful cinema.

I personally love this show. It is about the various problems that plague the Indian society today. Things all Indians are aware of, but which haven’t been talked about on such a platform and presented in such a way before.

If you are still interested, go on and watch this (it’s in Hindi with English subtitles). Just be warned that the facts and cases presented in this episode are sad and depressing and parts of it can be very disturbing too. So if that’s not how you want to end your Sunday, please ignore this post.

“My cause is not to just create uproar,

I strive to change the times.

If not in my heart, maybe in your heart

Wherever lies a spark, the fire must be rekindled.”

http://youtu.be/w1ByZCLOvXY

One thousand views

I write mostly for myself; because it brings a strange kind of peace to my mind that few other things do. But it still feels good to see this!

Thank you all for listening, and an even bigger thank you to those who inspired me to do this!

The Fog Horn

A story I read in school – ‘The Fog Horn’ by Ray Bradbury. It had me thinking 18 years ago. And it still makes me think about that fictional lonely creature. Can you feel its loneliness too?

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“OUT there in the cold water, far from land, we waited every night for the coming of the fog, and it came, and we oiled the brass machinery and lit the fog light up in the stone tower. Feeling like two birds in the grey sky, McDunn and I sent the light touching out, red, then white, then red again, to eye the lonely ships. And if they did not see our light, then there was always our Voice, the great deep cry of our Fog Horn shuddering through the rags of mist to startle the gulls away like decks of scattered cards and make the waves turn high and foam.

“It’s a lonely life, but you’re used to it now, aren’t you?” asked McDunn.”

Read the rest of the story here:

http://shorts2remember.blogspot.com/2008/08/fog-horn.html

The ABCD in our home

The other day, Chetan and Vivaan were watching a Hindi movie. There was a fight scene, immediately followed by a song-and-dance sequence (it was a Hindi movie remember?). I was cooking and listening to their conversation at the same time. It is fun listening when it’s someone else answering his questions and not me. Here’s how the conversation went:

Vivi: Why are they dancing now?

Chetan: Because it’s bollywood.

Vivi: (referring to the actor in the song): Why is he not wearing a shirt?

Chetan: Because he is Salman Khan (a very popular actor notorious for his missing shirts).

Clearly, this boy has never lived in India. If he did, he would never ask silly questions like these. We come into this world knowing Amitabh Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit and the whole choreographed-dances-with-100-dancers-in-the-middle-of-a-fight-scene thing. In fact, we thrive on all of these. What does he know about it, he would-eat-cake-with-a-fork, please and thank-you saying ABCD who thinks blowing the car’s horn is not nice.

I should probably explain what ABCD means in case you have not heard it before. ABCD is an acronym for ‘American Born Confused Desi’. ‘Desi’ is a Hindi word that means ‘local’ or ‘from one’s own country’ and is used to address Indians and South Asians living abroad. Desis who moved to the US early in their lives or were born and brought up here are called ABCDs by the non-ABCDs.  Some people (the ABCDs) may find this term to be offensive, but that doesn’t stop others (the non-ABCDs) from using it.

Living with my son, who has been in the US since he was six months old, gives me plenty of insight into a budding ABCD’s psyche. As much as I want him to be a ‘normal’ child who has no confusion about his identity, I know that is not how it is going to be. I mean the kid thinks it is not normal for Salman Khan to dance without his shirt on. How can he not be an ABCD?

I will continue to share more about his progress. In the meantime, here is a song from Salman Khan’s latest movie that got the ‘nice song but weird video’ award. Enjoy!

Take a deep breath

Nothing much to write today. Just wanted to share a Yoga technique with everyone. The technique is called ‘Pranayam’ and involves an activity we all do every single minute – breathing. Pranayam is nothing but the art of breathing right.

My mother studies Naturopathy and Yoga and she truly believes Pranayam can cure (or at least prevent) any illness. Even though I have my doubts about that, I have practiced Pranayam from time to time (although not as frequently as I should), and feel the benefits instantly. I cannot say anything about the physical benefits since I have never tried it consistently enough. But it sure helps me focus my thoughts, brings much-needed peace to a mind full of thoughts and working overtime all the time and makes me feel better generally. The beauty of it is that although a certain posture and environment is preferable, it can be done while sitting on your work chair, in the car (if you’re in the passenger seat) or anywhere else if you can spare just a few minutes. So I thought – why not share it with everyone and help people reap the benefits if they want to give it a try!

There is already so much information on the internet that I can be lazy and just provide links. If you already know about and/or practice Pranayam, please ignore this post :)

For a detailed definition of Pranayam, you can visit its wikipedia page. For a list of the benefits, go here (highly recommended). Finally, to learn about the various Pranayam techniques and how to practice them, you can start by watching the introductory video below which will lead you to more videos by the same lady. I think she does a really good job of explaining this stuff. If you can get past the initial disclaimer stuff, I promise you will like it. Enjoy breathing!

http://yogayak.com/all-videos/introduction-to-pranayama/