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.

Monday, 3 February 2014



For three months, the common man is scheduled to be given the privileged treatment given to the VIPs.  

Though, that doesn’t make him a ‘khaas aadmi’ (among the privileged folks) in real terms.

The love to get in the league with the ‘common man’ has always been a temporary phenomenon and is to last only till the last phase of the Lok Sabha polls 2014 are held. They will not wait even for the results.

Yes, in the run-up, the conditions are slightly different this time, with a political debutante, the Aam Aadmi Party, of largely apolitical people, claiming to be the ‘Aam Aadmi’ (the common men), scoring an impressive show in the Delhi assembly polls last December that helped it form the government, even if it fell short of winning the majority number.

After a month of AAP in the office, even if the ‘commonness’ of AAP is facing some serious existential questions, the ‘Aam Aadmi Factor’ continues to haunt and pinch the political strategists of every political party.

With ‘Modi Factor’, ‘Rahul Factor’ and ‘Kejriwal Factor’, we are going to hear more and more on the ‘Aam Aadmi Factor’ as well.

The mad rush has already begun with the poll bonanza entering its final leg. Now is the time that the ‘Aam Aadmi’ would (impulsively, every now and then) think of being the king on his short-lived windfall, being thankful to the political masters. Yes, with the ‘Aam Aadmi Factor’ in air this time, he can expect some more layers of packaging covering the stock of his windfall.

It would be interesting to watch the scramble, to lure the ‘Aam Aadmi’ in the narrow spectrum of time available before the Lok Sabha polls are announced in the last week of February or in the first week of March enforcing the model code of conduct that would put the cap on the rush.

That leaves the political parties with just a month to distribute their largesse claims, on which, they have to lubricate the electoral sentiments until the last phase of the Lok Sabha polls are held.

Watch this space for the mad rush on this highway. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -