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, 26 January 2014


Now this is a queue which even the most frustrated (of uncountable queues) Indian is gleefully trying to be part of.

The unexpected, unprecedented success of the Aam Aadmi Party in the recently concluded Delhi assembly elections has given wings to the all types of ‘wannabe’ politicians.

So, there is a rush (mad or sincere only time can tell, though the benefit of doubts exists at the moment) to join the ‘so heavily despised and censured’ Indian Politics.

The lot that was adamantly apolitical until now is getting happily political now.

And in the band, there is flowing a great tune of parity – from corporate honchos, to non-resident Indians, to well trained and educated professionals, to media luminaries, to the Aam Aadmi – all are feeling good to take a plunge to feel jolly in the season of the ‘public’ in the Republic of India.

Certainly, this is a rare phenomenon in India.

Public has seldom been at the centre of the policymakers and political class in the Republic that is also the world’s largest democracy.

We have seen great many subversions of the spirit of being a Republic and being a democracy including the Emergency.

It is not that there have not been attempts to change politics but they have either failed like the political extension of JP’s Movement or have failed to be noticed like the political start-ups by some socially responsible professionals.

There is, again, a chance now. Predicting anything about it will be premature as of now.  But this chance tells the hope has a reason to hope again.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -