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 25 August 2014


The Mahatma, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the Mahatma – one of the tallest personalities of the 20th Century and one among the greats the humanity has ever seen – is known, discussed and revered around the world.

The Mahatma’s non-violence is a unique gift to the contemporary world that is plagues with increasing religious and terrorist violence with many war theaters killing scores of lives in every part of the world.

And violence is begetting violence. Use of violence in suppressing violence has been ineffective so far. A forceful suppression opens a window of barbarism somewhere else. A forceful suppression of religious and ethic crusades is only intensifying the fanaticism.

The Mahatma delivered a nation out from centuries of colonial rule and violent oppression using his non-violent tools – the Satyagrah.

The world knows it, the world writes about it, the world discusses it. And the world needs to remain of the relevance of his tools when use of military might is not taking us anywhere; the world needs to remain aware of this window of opportunity when the moments of utter despair call. This generation needs to remain aware of. The posterities need to be aware of.

The history is the most potent tool for with its tools of historical expression. And whenever we talk of documented history on the Mahatma, we find Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi as one of the best works. And on visual media, it is undoubtedly so far the best work. It’s a brilliant, timeless creation.

I am not a film-buff but I love cinema when it comes to the shades of the visual language. And I can say ‘Gandhi’ is the movie I have seen the maximum number of times. I watched it again yesterday. It was my tribute to the genius who passed away.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -