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 November 2014


In India of 'Clean India Campaign'! :)

Just saw in some movie a jet of clean, transparent water from gutter tossing Hrithik Roshan out in the air. The water was almost transparent. Now where is that gutter in India?

Though I couldn't fathom the daredevilry of the shot, my thoughts advised me to stick to the moving frames for a while, hoping there could be some more 'such gutters' in display.

After all, where it would be in the world, and that, too, in India, that such clean and hygienic gutters would be found. Now, gutter gases even in posh Delhi and other such localities can kill anyone easily. Even the gutters positioned around the 7RCR, the prime minister's residence, cannot claim such grandeur. Okay, the flow through them would not be as choked as it is.

Thinking of anything other than black sludge mixed water (though saying water would be a misnomer) in Indian gutters would be a blasphemy. Probably, the scene was shot on a location Mr. Modi had chosen for pilot project of his Clean India Campaign.

Saying so is satirical and coming across such thoughts on something like the seriousness of the intent and meticulousness of the efforts on a 'public cleanliness campaign' is bound to have inherent satirical intonations.

Sure, some good will come out of it given the commitment shown by Narendra Modi but Mr. Modi cannot change the mindset alone and that too, in just five years, the timeframe to deliver his promise, a clean India by Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary on October 2, 2019.

That is as difficult a task as efforts to change the mindset of the filmmakers and actors who dominate the Indian film industry, claimed to be the world's largest in annual volume. Thanks to the breed, it is also the film industry producing the largest chunk of 'Razzies' cinema.

Indians we are - India Gate, the spot where the Clean India Campaign was launched on October 2 was littered with the filth left by the people who had gathered there to 'push' us on the highway of 'cleaning the nation'.

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