dosti ki nazakat

dosti ki nazakat wo kya samjhen
jinhe yeh daulat behisaab mili hai

humse puchho kya hota hai ye dard
humein dost nahi bas tanhaai mili hai

mana thode nadaan hain hum
lekin kya is galti ki saza itni badi hai?

soja ratiya

soja ratiya
savera aata hoga
agar tu jaagti mil gayi to
daantega aur bhaga dega tujhe..

Story of a loose morning

It's one of those mornings when you just relax, get up very late and feel like you have no tension in the world. But as soon as you have your cup of coffee or tea, you start remembering and things start popping out from your mind - this task, that task, and that cetera !

Few such things in my list today are:

1. Have to try for a free repair of my crashed hard drive.
2. Register for my CCNA exam, and start preparing for it seriously.
3. Trying to figure out my recently grown confusion about MS/M.Tech/MBA
4. Purchase a gift for my friend's birthday, before that I've to think about something different.
5. Start my physiotherapy and ultrasound sessions.
6. Finish the book I'm currently reading, pending book list is increasing day by day.
7. Install drivers to my laptop.

Uff.. the list is getting bigger n bigger :)
I better stop now.

Have a nice day people.

ज़िन्दगी ब्लैंक ब्लैंक सी लगती है

न कोई साथी न आशियाँ 
अपनी थी जो ये ज़मीं वो भी लगे आज अन्जान 
दोस्त तो कभी साथ थे ही नहीं  
हम अपने ही घर में आज हुए मेहमान  
हँसती होगी कभी याद नहीं 
आज तो बस ज़िन्दगी ब्लैंक ब्लैंक सी लगती है  

धीरे धीरे साँसे थम रहीं हैं
काले अँधेरे बढ़ते हुए से 
और रोशनियाँ घट रही हैं 
आज अँधेरों से डर नहीं लगता
साया तक तो साथ नहीं 
ज़िंदा होगी कभी ये मालूम नहीं 
आज तो ये ब्लैंक ब्लैंक सी लगती है  

ज़िन्दगी ब्लैंक ब्लैंक सी लगती है

the Wrist !!

Recently my orthopedic gave me a wrist band-I was having a chronic pain in my wrist. Now I've to wear the wretched things throughout the day. It's quite difficult now to write, type or drive. I'll have to wear it for 3 months at least, I hope - like everything else - I'll get used to it.

Initially my doctor suggested that there might be some sort of infection in the bone. I went to Mumbai and after MRI, digital X-Ray and few blood tests it became clear that it's nothing but a simple vitamin B12 deficiency plus some 2mm gap in between the bones. I've been suggested not to drive, not to carry heavy loads, avoid jerks, ultrasound treatment, some physiotherapy and of course to wear the band continuously. 


Khoda pahaad, nikli.. 

Race Against Cast - Jug Suraiya

Read this amazing article by Jug Suraiya which appeared in TOI.

The coincidental juxtapositioning of the racist attacks on Indian students in Australia, and the riots that flared across north India last month when members of the Dera Sach Khand, a Sikh sect comprised largely of Dalits, went on the rampage following the killing of one of their community leaders in far-off Austria, once again raises the question: Is racism the same as casteism? 

Though racism continues to be practised in many parts of the world, after the end of apartheid in South Africa it has no fig leaf of political or social legitimacy. Formations like the British National Party (which has recently, for the first time, won two seats in the European Parliament) have racism as their hidden agenda; they cannot openly espouse it but disguise it under the garb of the need for stricter immigration control, and the imperative to preserve the cultural norms of the majority (white) community. The overtly racist Ku Klux Klan in America operates under the cover of anonymous masks. 

As an officially sanctioned doctrine, racism has ceased to exist in the world. That it continues to be practised, in Australia and elsewhere, is deplorable, to say the least. But the forces of liberalism can at least claim a shambolic victory in that they have driven racism underground, made it the criminalised territory of mindless thugs and goons. 

While organisations such as Amnesty International have equated casteism (particularly as practised against Dalits) with racism, India's official position is that the two cannot be compared. In support of this stand, policymakers point out that the Indian Constitution specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of caste. 

How valid is this argument? Tragically, not very. To begin with, the constitutionally-guaranteed policy of reservations (which continues in expanded mode till now) is in itself an admission of the need to protect lower castes from upper caste discrimination. Casteism, particularly as practised against Dalits, continues to be one of the ugliest stains on our supposedly secular and democratic social fabric. Dalits are routinely attacked, raped, denied entry into temples, and forced to suffer endless humiliations. That 'token' Dalits be it Jagjivan Ram, or Meira Kumar, or even the feisty Mayawati have earned prominent positions for themselves in our political sphere only makes the plight of the vast majority of this brutally downtrodden community all the more agonising. 

In many ways, casteism is far more deeply entrenched than racism. Racism is based on the difference of physical characteristics, such as the colour of one's skin. Such visible differences, however, can be obliterated, or at least mitigated, by economic and other factors. For instance, thanks to Japan's 'economic miracle' which made that country one of the richest in the world, the apartheid regime in South Africa accorded Japanese the status of 'honorary Caucasians' who were not subject to Pretoria's segregatory laws. 

There is no difference in skin colour, or in DNA, or in any other physical characteristic, between a Dalit and a Brahmin. Yet the social chasm between the two has remained unbridged for millennia. And will probably remain so in perpetuity, no matter what economic advances Dalits make. 

So Indian officialdom is right when it says that racism and casteism can't be equated. They can't. For the simple reason that casteism is far more overtly rampant, more widespread and more accepted (at least in India) and more deeply ingrained in our polity than racism is anywhere in the world. 

And there is one particular caste in India which, in some ways, is as equally if not more oppressed than Dalits. It is a caste that is routinely burnt alive, killed in the womb, beaten, sexually violated and often subject to lifelong abuse and deprivation. It is a caste called women.