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.

Sunday 22 April 2012

They sing not to entertain..

Clad in trademark colourful Rajashtani designs, kids like this one, singing folk in Rajasthan forts, spontaneously pull attention of the visitors – they are just yet another group of child workers in a state notorious for having maximum number of child marriages; a state that exports lakhs of child workers to the labour-intensive industries like Gujarat’s cotton fields.

They are just a tiny bunch in a country that is home to the largest number of child workers.

Books are seldom a priority; sports seldom a part of healthy growing-up.

They sing not to entertain. They sing to detain those few moments that give them sustainability to win yet another day in their lives. Entertainment is just yet another Indianized English word for them, almost stranger to its true spirit.

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