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, 31 March 2016



Sample this.

Funeral pyre is said to be the only decided event that comes inevitably to every life - irrespective of your caste, religion, community, sect or ethnicity.

And it is very rightly said that we all are equal in death - even if we spend our whole life with lofty ideals, with gaudy ostentations, with bawdy deliberations, with audacious aggrandizements, with synthetic ethos, with filthy exaggerations, and with everything else extravagant.

What happens to the body of a billionaire also happens with a beggar - either buried or burnt on a funeral pyre.

Yet, VIPism runs deep even here - and is spreading its tentacles fast.

If you chance visit any cemetery or cremation place on riverbanks, in most towns, cities and metro cities, you can see a separate section, with or without a raised platform - the so-called VIP section - that is available either to VVIPs or VIPs - or for a higher charge.

And mind you - people do lobbying - like getting some influential person to call - even while in the heaviness of death - if they don't get the VIP option available. Likewise, the people manning the crematorium have their behaviours modified.

With increasing levels of income, sophistication (and obviously consumerism, that is otherwise a good trend for a growing economy), the VIPism to show your clout or to simply to quench your inner urge to feel above from others, is becoming a regular feature even at our final resting places.

When - the eternal and the only truth is - we all are same in death - even if we lived different lives.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -