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.

Wednesday 25 June 2014


Good Country Index or Goodness of Nations – the link in the Facebook news feed arrested the attention for a while, much on the line of some interesting daily charts of ‘The Economist’ that regularly appear on the wall of users – though the urge to click and read further is arbitrary – like most of the social media habits are.

I clicked it, unsure of, if I would be redirected to the article page or to the subscription page as I had crossed my limit of free articles for the duration (that I still don’t have any idea about).

Also, I do not have any idea if the norm applies to every linked ‘The Economist’ piece on Facebook as I do not visit Facebook regularly and do no click on every link from The Economist. But I thought I could have headway into looking more on it as few lines of the attached description told me it was a chart from a study done by some other agency. 

Good Country Index chart from the Economist

On Facebook, the first pull was about looking at to see how India was ranked. The Economist chart of the Good Country Index had top 10 and bottom 10 countries stacked from the Good Country Index study website. The list ranked 1 to 125 with 1 being the best and 125 being the worst on the index devised to map the countries’ responsibility to the humanity globally and how much they take from it.

The chart in The Economist link had no mention of India in the overall rank column and in any other column except in ‘Prosperity & Equality’ head where it was ranked 117.

Logically, I had not expected India, a country with over 1.2 billion people with resource crunch and social inequality to handle and manage, in top-10 in a study that focuses how a country contributes outside its environs to help enrich and nurture the humanity.

But India’s 117th place on parameters like ‘Prosperity & Equality’ demanded more understanding of the index – of its utility and of its flaws.

And I went further to read more about the Good Country Index on its website and about Simon Anholt and about India’s overall ranking (81st). 

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