The best way to know the self is feeling oneself at the moments of reckoning. The feeling of being alone, just with your senses, may lead you to think more consciously. More and more of such moments may sensitize ‘you towards you’, towards others. We become regular with introspection and retrospection. We get ‘the’ gradual connect to the higher self we may name Spirituality or God or just a Humane Conscious. We tend to get a rhythm again in life. We need to learn the art of being lonely in crowd while being part of the crowd. A multitude of loneliness in mosaic of relations! One needs to feel it severally, with conscience, before making it a way of life. One needs to live several such lonely moments. One needs to live severallyalone.

Thursday, 30 January 2014


The pundits on ‘ifs, buts and ayes’ of India, spread across the spectrum

The season of elections is hot. The temperature was set on an upswing with assembly polls in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Mizoram in the last quarter of 2013.

The ‘curve-on-growth-course’ led to the germination in time and the fans gathered in full strength to rehearse and to present their credentials and thus claims for their stakes when the fruit had ripened, when the ‘pundit in the fans’ would be in full flow to inundate us with their 360 Degree wisdom.

With just two months in the Lok Sabha polls, the moment on the time-scale is just around the corner when the fruit will enter its final stage of ripening.

And, the hotness of the season of elections is expected to ripen the fruit at a speeded rate after the changed circumstances of electoral equations have left even the most thick skinned of the pundits shocked, scrambling for words, with the assembly election results declared last December giving the BJP a mixed bag of better-than-expected and ‘not-up-to-the-expectation’ results, giving Congress a poll drubbing and giving the Aam Aadmi Party stunningly impressive show in Delhi that helped it form the government.

The fruit of the season of elections is coming into full form to be savoured by the categories of the pundits.

And therefore, it is going to the season of reasons as well – reasons of every type – qualified reasons, unqualified reasons, statistical reasons, verbose reasons, exploratory reasons, discursive reasons, reasoned reasons, unreasoned reasons – elaborating and exhorting on every possible contour with their ‘ifs, buts and ayes’ on each and every development - yes, the pundits are going to be the one hot currency in the season of polls in India.

Like always, post the advent and growth of the satellite channels, this time too, what we saw on air during the assembly polls in the last quarter of 2013, was a trailer, the events and outcomes of small-scale elections preceding the big daddy of them all, the big-ticket event, the general elections of India, the Lok Sabha polls.

Be ready for the season of reasons (and thus of pundits) in the season of elections.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -