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Heaven of Seven June 11, 2013

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The Heaven Of SEVEN

I met you in my life, Oh my dear…

The joy seems to cease never and never…

I just close my eyes and you’re here near and near…

The world seems more beautiful than before ever…

 

Its the The Heaven Of SEVEN

EVEN bright stars shine and shine when you’re mine forever

SEVEN divine tunes of your heart play fortunes forever

SEVEN colours of rainbow bow with an eternal glow

SEVEN wonders have more acclaim with eternal fame

 

For I seek your blissful love all SEVEN days a week,

For our profound love has no bound across SEVEN oceans and SEVEN continents

For we let free SEVEN sins and set new SEVEN promises,

For we walk SEVEN steps to flock together for SEVEN lives,

Its the Heaven Of SEVEN

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ಪ್ರೇಮಾಯನ June 10, 2013

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ಸುಂದರ , ಸುಂದರ ಈ ಲೋಕವೆಲ್ಲಾ ಪ್ರೇಮ ಮಂದಿರ

ತಂದಿಹೆ ನೀ ನವ ಮಧುರ ಮನ್ವಂತರ

ಪ್ರೀತಿಯ ಕರೆಗೆ ಬಾರ , ತಾಳೆನು ಇನ್ನು ಈ ಕಾತುರ

 

ತಟ್ಟಲು ನನ್ನೆದೆ ಕದ , ಇಗೋ ಪ್ರೀತಿ ಪದ ಆಮಂತ್ರಣ ,

ನೀ ಬರುತಿರೆ ಎಲ್ಲವೂ ನವ್ಯ, ಬುವಿಯ ಆಲಂಗಿಸಿದೆ ದಿವ್ಯ ಕಿರಣ ,

ತಂದಿಹೆ ನೀ ನವ ಉಸಿರು , ಸಜ್ಜಾಗಿ ಕಂಗೊಳಿಸಿದೆ ಹಸಿರು ತೋರಣ

 

ಶುಭ ಕೋರಿದೆ ಚಿಲಿಪಿಲಿ ಗಾನ ಹರಸಿ ನಮ್ಮೀ ಪ್ರೇಮಾಯನ ,

ಹಂಬಲಿಸಿದೆ ನನ್ನ ಮನ ನಿನ್ನ ಈ ಆಗಮನ

ತಾಕಿದೆ ಒಲವೆಂಬ ರೋಮಾಂಚನ , ಈ ಪ್ರೀತಿಗೆ ಸಾವಿರ ಸಾವಿರ ನಮನ !

 

ಕೇಳದೇ ದನಿಯ , ನನ್ನ ಒಲವು , ಬಡಬಡಿಸಿದೆ ಬಡಜೀವ ಓ ನಲ್ಲ ,

ನೀ ಇನಿಯ ಬಾ ಸನಿಹ , ಬೇವೂ ಕೂಡ ಬೆಲ್ಲ !

ಪ್ರೀತಿ ಹನಿಯ ಸಿಂಚನ , ನೋವಿಗಿಲ್ಲ ಜಾಗ , ನಲಿವೆಲ್ಲಾ !

 

ಶರಣಾಗಿಸಿತು ಒಲವೆಂಬ ಸೆಳೆತ , ಎಂದೆಂದೂ ಮಿಡಿಯಲಿ ಪ್ರೇಮ ಬಡಿತ

ಎಂದೆಂದೂ ಇರಲಾರೆ ಅಗಲಿ , ಉರುಳುರುಳಿ ಪ್ರೀತಿ ಬಂಡಿ ಸಾಗಲಿ ,

ಬಾನು ಬುವಿಯ ಆಲಿಂಗನ , ನಮ್ಮಿಬ್ಬರ ಈ ಮಿಲನ !

 

The wait… May 4, 2012

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A small poem I had written for my love :).

The Wait….

I wait and wait for you, oh my mate,
Just can’t rate getting you, oh my fate!
I elate and elate as more and more I await,
Nothing can equate for how much I miss you, my plight!

Far or near, wherever you are on the sphere,
You are always my dear, I am waiting for you here!
For always I can wear smiles and cheer and cheer,
With no fear, I want to be with you forever and ever!

I am all fine when you are always mine,
For your love to be divine, I am on cloud nine!
With no confine, let our love shine and shine,
Without a whine, oh my love, please be mine and only mine!

For you’re the best, I barely need the rest!
With full zest, I am all set for any test!
Its an eternal fest to be on your love quest!
Be it east or west, I just wanna be in your nest!!

STARS June 26, 2011

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A small poem on “STARS” 🙂

As I gaze and gaze at the blaze,
In a haze by its intricate maze!
Does it daze and daze with an amaze,
I laze with more and more craze!

As I try to trace with apace,
I lose the race of the space!
With no efface of glowing grace,
Without misplace, all over the place!

As I see them align for a design,
They reline for a new sign!
They shine and shine without a whine,
For they to be divine, I am on cloud nine!

As I try to scout and count and count,
Unable to account, forever do they mount!
Never a pout, for always I wonder about,
More pleasure than any amount, without a doubt!!

Reservations May 3, 2011

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I wanted to write a blog post on this topic from a very very long time. This is probably one of the most debated topics in India. Dr Ambedkar is one of those people who has contributed a lot in improving education in India especially during those times where education was a privilege to only a few people and when the backward communities were denied of education. So, there definitely had to be some measures taken to promote those people and that is how this reservation thing in education came into picture which made perfect sense then. After more than 50-60 years now, when things are in a completely different perspective , I don’t think it makes sense to have the same kind of system. I guess its high time for us to think and redefine this whole system of reservation in education.

The most fundamental question is whether we really require reservation in education, if yes what is the basis on which this should be done. In this era where we talk of everything being ruled by Super Computers, Smart Phones etc, there are still lot of people who are deprived of basic amenities of life and who are far off being given education. Its definitely the government’s responsibility to promote and bring these people to main stream since education is the only way of eradicating poverty and other social evils. So, one way of classifying people to be eligible for reservation could be on economic conditions though lot of people feel they should only be given financial help and not waive off the eligibility criteria in terms of marks. In our constitutional principles we often talk of “right to religion”, “right to caste” etc, are we really following it in the true sense by having reservation based on religion/caste??!! Are we really a secular nation??!!  If at all the basic concern of having reservations in education is to promote helpless people who deserve to get educated, why is that we are worried about which religion/caste they belong to. One more reason of having some seats reserved is to promote talents from rural ares who have poorer facilities and infrastructure compared their urban counterparts and might find it difficult to cope with the standard . But I am astonished the way the government has marked a few schools/colleges which have the most sophisticated facilities to qualify for rural quota. Are these norms really helping the people they are really intended to??!!

The percentage of seats which falls under general merit category is very very less. We have reservations up to even 50%.  One more thing that has surprised me is the fact that if a person falls under a particular reservation category other than General Merit (GM) but actually eligible to get a seat under General Merit, then the preference would be given to choose the seat under GM thus making life more complicated for people who have to opt seats only under GM. There is preference not only during the seat selection but also there is some relaxation in terms of the cut off marks required to be eligible for certain courses. Its not only that they have an advantage in getting a seat but also have a percentage of fees waived off.

Today, we have reservations at all levels of education starting from lower primary to higher education. I am amazed as to why we require reservations in higher education at all. The whole purpose of promoting people at lower levels of education is to get them educated and make them independent and to be able to compete with other people . If we have reservations even at higher education, the basic motive of this whole reservation system makes no sense at all.  I feel India has to get rid of this system to improve the quality of higher education.  There are people who are getting benefited by this system continuously and are getting richer and richer and there are still people who are poor forever without even being able to afford to read and write.

Hope a day comes soon when we have a fairer system of education in our country. Hope education becomes affordable to all and the that is the real day of success of a nation.

Jai Hind!

Bengaloored February 18, 2011

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It is quite sometime since I posted something on my blog and this is the first blog post of this year too! :) . I was on the lookout for some videos on youtube and accidentally got a link to the trailers of this movie called “Bengaloored”. The first thing that caught my attention was that Harish Raj was the male lead actor of the movie. He is one of the most talented actors in the Kannada Film Industry and he is someone who definitely deserves better recognition than he currently does. I have been a great fan of him since a long time now since the days of him acting in a serial called “Chakra” about 15 years back and especially after his stunning acting in the national award winning movie “Dweepa”. The trailer looked very interesting and after all, the title was about the city which I live in and which means a lot to me.  I was left desperately wanting to watch this movie now.

I am not gonna literally write a movie review, but I would like to write a few things about the movie which a lot of us can relate to.  The story is about a young writer named as “Babruvahana” who returns to Bangalore after spending 10 years in France in search of his lost Friends and Family and discovers the enormous changes in the city. He finds it tough to cope with changes the city has undergone since he left the place. He accidentally meets his school friend “Radha” who also happens to be his first love. He gets to know from her how the lives of a few of his friends have changed completely over the years. One of his friends who was once the daughter of a very poor milkman has turned into a millionaire today and the other turned down everything to become a monk. He meets his friend who has turned a monk and realizes how different is he a person from what he knew him during school. He feels that he is leading a crazy life yet he sees him to be more happy than anyone else. As they say, in life the only constant thing is the “change” . We meet a lot  of new people in life and also lose touch with many. We get so busy with our lives and move on even forgetting to realize what we have lost. There are times when we meet some people after real long time and realize that the person you met is no longer the person you knew before! Sometimes you feel good about the change and sometimes not. There is a mention about the name of the character “Babruvahana” in the movie. The hero says he has felt so disheartened many a times about people teasing him about the name and also the fact that in history “Babruvahana”, who was a warrior was an illegitimate son of Arjuna. There are lot of times I have seen people getting teased about their names and know of people myself who are very shy about their own names and have even changed their names! Good job done by the director in bringing out such subtle things to light. The protagonist of the movie also recalls how bad his childhood was, how he had suffered being alone, how much he missed his mother, how his father was always busy with work and had deserted him completely, having none when he needed. At times some people get lost in their own world planning indefinitely for the unseen tomorrows at the cost of the beautiful “today”. One should definitely plan for the future but not at the cost of enjoying the present days.

There is a situation in the movie where the BBMP official tells the hero to vacate his house as they plan to use the land to construct a 6 lane road. The hero feels so disheartened as the house means more than life to him since that is where his mom and her ancestors lived and he has some unforgettable moments with his mother there. This is a very common situation which lot of people around us encounter everyday. There are certain things in life which mean a lot to you, have lot of fond memories with which no compensation could make up for and things you just wouldn’t want to lose at any cost.

The emphasis in the movie is also about the growing changes that is happening in the city of Bengalooru everyday and how the hero associates every change with his own life. The city has changed in every possible way. It is no longer the green, garden city which was once a paradise. It has become a concrete jungle. The traffic congestion is getting worse by the day. Every road is dug for one or the other reason.  The percentage of kannadigas or rather people “speaking” kannada is ever decreasing. It no longer is the dream city that Kempe Gowda had once planned and dreamt of. We are surely losing our “Beloved Bengalooru”.

The movie is neatly directed by Swaroop Kanchi, a young talented Film Maker with some refreshing music by Vasu Dixit and decent acting by Harish Raj and Meghana. It’s a simple and sweet movie with not much melodrama and the very concept of “Benagloored” itself is indeed very special. I would like to conclude the post by quoting a phrase from the movie which says:

“You can take a man out of Bengalooru, but you cannot take Bengalooru out of the man” :)

P S:  I would also recommend you to watch the movie! :)

Golden Girls November 1, 2010

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Its nearly 2 weeks since the Common Wealth Games is over. The Games had a very shaky beginning with lot of controversies, but then right people got together at the right time to make what was termed as one of the best sporting events hosted by India. What added more glory to these games is the fact that its India’s best performance at the Games finishing at 2nd place after table toppers Australia who were indeed way ahead of everyone else at the games. The performances of our athletes in these games has sent a message to the whole nation and its high time the nation actually realizes that sports in India is not merely Cricket and much more than it. Considering the fact we are living in a country where some people still feel that women can merely do more than being homemakers , the performances of women in particular were truly adorable who won more than one third of India’s medals .Being a girl and being a die hard sports fan, I would like to write a few things about what it takes out of a girl to achieve such heights in sports in a country like India.

Every time, an Indian athlete fails to win a medal at an International event, we just criticize saying our athletes are no good compared to their counterparts. But have we ever realised the kind of infrastructure that our people have. Indian women did really well in wrestling at the Common Wealth Games. But I was shocked to see on TV that Geetha, who won the first ever gold medal in women wrestling for India and her sister Babitha who won a silver are from a very remote village in Haryana and don’t even have bare minimum facilities for what it takes to be a wrestler. They don’t even have proper mats, gym and they use bricks to train. In a village where not many would encourage women to take up something like wrestling, its their father who has stood by them and done more than what he could to take them to where they are now.

Another Golden Girl Renubala Chanu who won a gold for the country in Weight Lifting was left stranded in the Nehru Stadium for about 5 hours after she won the medal and was forced to take an auto to the CWG village. Its really sad the way we have treated these people who have made us so much proud! When she was asked to comment on this, she only told that things like these dont matter to her and she will only focus on winning more medals for the country. Amazing character! This is not the first time something like this has happened to an athlete in India. Last year the sprint queen of India P T Usha and five other athletes were denied accommodation during the national athletic games at Bhopal. This is not the first time something like this has happened in our country. Just that we have hardly done anything about it and just moved on. Every time something like has happened, our sportsmen have only responded by winning more medals.

Kavita Raut, the first ever individual medalist at a track event who won a bronze in 10,000 meters is born in a very poor family in Maharashtra who had no choice but to take up athletics. She doesn’t even have enough money to spend on shoes and actually practises bare footed! These are people who have set perfect examples for the youth that there is nothing which could stop them from achieving. All these people have overcome all the limitations and they have reached places with their hard work determination!

Its high time we realize the worth of these athletes and respect them. The government should take measures and promote these talents who have made the country so proud! One good news is the fact that the coverage and the media adulation for these sports have improved over the years. In fact its a 30 minute program on CNN-IBN which inspired me to write this post. Hope a day comes soon when we treat all these sports and sportsmen on par with cricket and cricketers. Let us salute these people from ordinary families with extra-ordinary talents! These people come from places which is tough to locate on maps but have made the Indian Flag fly high!

Jai Hind!

Maoist Massacre April 18, 2010

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I am writing a blog post after a very long time. I am writing about something which has really left me sad for a very very long time now. I have already written a post on how we have neglected and failed to show respect to our soldiers. But I couldn’t help writing one again after what has happened a few days back.

Its more than a week now since that brutal attack by Maoists took place at Chattisgarh. The way the country has responded to the attack is really sad. The attacks claimed nearly 80 precious lives and the entire nation moved on as if nothing has happened at all. All the News Channels were busy in telecasting the news of an Indian girl girl marrying a Pakistani boy as if they were fighting out a brave battle by doing so. This attack on people who were really waging a great battle was never a breaking news for them. They just reported it once in a while as if they were doing some favor to someone  by telecasting this news. They were only bothered about the gossips that they were telecasting which obviously would get them money.

Life is considered precious only of people who have enough money to lead an affluent life and not of our jawans who fight their life out everyday to save millions of life which no money or wealth could save. Even during the terror attacks at Mumbai all the media channels were only concentrating on Taj hotel though they were severe attacks in several other places too just because Taj hotel had those precious lives who could afford a stay at a five star hotel.

This is not the first time an attack of this order has happened in India. Every time this has happened we have only counted the numbers for the records and done nothing else at all!! This is JUST another event for us all but for people who have lost their dear ones it is THE event which has changed their lives forever. What has hurt me the most is the compensation that has been offered to the families of these martyrs. The compensation offered to these families would probably be way less than what a cricketer would earn in a single match. Are the lives of these great men who have contributed so much to the nation not even worth the money given to a cricketer  in a cricket match!!?? Karnataka Government announced only 2 lakhs to the family of the martyr from Karnataka who lost his life in the attack. The same government a few days back had announced to grant 10 crores and  2 acres of land to build a memorial for the Kannada superstar Vishnuvaradhan. If we value the works of our people so much why is that we have failed to value the works of our soldiers who lead a tougher life than all of us!  2 lakhs today is earned by an IPL cricketer by just holding 2 “Karbon Kamaal catches”. And we are giving the same amount to our soldiers who slogged their lives out everyday and sacrificed their lives. The lives of these great Jawans are priceless and no money can bring back their lives back. This money is only a symbol of our respect to these great souls.

Hope the day comes soon when we truly realize the worth and pay tribute to thousands of great men who have laid down their lives for the nation and take a pledge to fight out terror so that sacrifices of these great men are not in vain.

Jai Hind!

Traffic Trauma October 14, 2009

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I am a regular viewer of “The Citizen Journalist Show” on CNN-IBN which throws light on several things. Recently, saw a report on a deaf person being denied the driving license by the authorities. The way he is traumatized is really pathetic. So i thought of writing a few things about it. There is no restriction in the Indian Constitution on deaf people getting their driving license as long as they clear the driving test. The only restriction is that the vehicle should have mirrors on both left and right sides which most vehicles anyways have. There have been several debates over whether deaf people should be allowed to drive. Several surveys have revealed that the driving records of hearing impaired drivers are just as good as those drivers with good hearing. In fact these people are more alert and visually more aware of things happening around them. The only disadvantage I see is the fact that they might not be able to respond to the sirens of ambulances, fire engines immediately and might take a while to respond to the flashing lights. But the fact that most people mute themselves by listening to loud music and are often distracted by cell phones while driving would put them on par with the normal people. So I see no reason as to why deaf people should be denied of driving.

There are several officers who have justified their denial of issuing driving license saying it would create a lot of inconvenience with these people on roads. Does it mean that they are really concerned about the safety of our people!!?? There are thousands of people today who are driving without valid driving licences and are having no problems whatsoever! I myself know several people who have license for car without even knowing how to drive a car!In a country like ours where bribing could take us out of any situation, getting away without driving license is blatant. The problem is of higher order in mass transport. Several doctors have been arrested alleging that they are issuing fake medical certificates declaring the unfit candidates fit for driving public transport vehicles. The doctors who are intended to save lives are actually risking several lives! The authorities should take a serious measure in preventing this and issue the license to only deserving people.

The thing that has astonished me the most is the validity period of the license issued. A license for a private vehicle is valid for 20 years. There can be several changes over 20 years. A person can even turn unfit for driving in those 20 years. So the authorities need to continuously monitor and renew the licenses.

The number of deaths in the road accidents have been increasing exponentially everyday. Lets us all take an oath to take every safety measure we could to prevent the catastrophic accidents thus saving several precious lives. Lets all drive safe and let others drive safe too!

Male nintu hoda mele… October 9, 2009

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Its been nearly a week after heavy rains hit northern parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, the rains which ruined many lives just days after people were praying for rains hoping that it would make their lives better. It indeed made their lives worse!

Just about a week later when things seem to be getting better, thousands of people are in the hope of rebuilding their broken lives from the scratch, trying to forget the horrors of the rain, trying to regain the hope which the rain has washed away. These people have virtually lost everything in life.

I am really amazed the way the people have responded in helping these people with broken homes and hearts. The help which our people have extended to these flood victims has made to say proudly that humanity still exists. In fact, the revenue which our public have contributed is way more than the fund issued by our Central Government. The media has played a big role in reaching out to the public and has contributed in its own ways. Corporate Giants, Religious Institutions, Entertainment Industry, everyone has come together for a major cause contributing in their own ways. I was really touched when a school kid came to a TV channel to contribute the money which she had saved to buy a cycle for this cause. Another kid gave up her birthday celebrations and donated the chocolates and biscuits which she had bought to distribute to her friends. These kids have set a perfect example for adults. Its times like these that unite us together and make us feel that we are all one.

According to me, the biggest challenge is not about just collecting money and materials. Its about distributing it to the right persons and at the right time. In a country like ours where Corruption plays a part in every sector, it is really a challenging thing to use these funds in a useful way. Every time during a calamity, the aid that people actually get is way less than what it looks on the papers. Where does the rest go? I and you know the answer. There is no proper management and transparency in the distribution of these funds. Its really sad that these funds don’t make the lives of people it is intended to. There are people who are getting richer and richer all the time at the cost of these poor lives who are getting poorer forever. We should definitely put an end to this. The day when corruption ceases to exist in this country is the real day of success of our nation. Lets all pray and try our best to make it happen as early as possible.

Let god give lot of strength to all these people with broken homes and hearts.