Skip to main content

Hopes and dreams for a better society.

It being a Sunday, I woke up a bit later than usual and was greeted by loud speakers blaring patriotic songs from old hindi movies. At first I wondered what it was all about, but then, it struck me....it was 26th January, our Republic Day! A national holiday which happened to coincide with a Sunday, because of which I could not remember...very sorry, my dear motherland!
   We all know the historic significance of this day in the life of our country so I won't go into the details.....the ignoramuses could very well Google it! But ,what I would like to express, is concern about what is happening around us- literally. Right at this moment, loud speakers from every neighbouring society  seem to be competing with each other about "who is the loudest of 'em all"! I can hear patriotic songs from the Golden Era ( they don't make such songs anymore) being belted out everywhere. I wonder if anyone is really interested in hearing the lyrics or simply showing off their supposed love for the country
    Then, after some more time of this blaring competition, flags will be hoisted in every society. The National Anthem and some  more patriotic songs will be sung ( thank God) and not played.  And then, the all knowing, most experienced senior citizens - mostly men- will make speeches. The Mantriji who has been waiting for this golden opportunity will rush forth with a burst of energy at the mere sight of the microphone. And thus will begin the never ending speech making competition. The speeches will be made on topics ranging from corruption to attrocities on women to the spiralling cost of living to what not. The women folk will sit wondering when all of this will come to an end and when they will be able to get back to their territories to prepare the elaborate lunches they have planned. The children, bored out of their wits, will be frolicking around in the society garden without any botheration from their parents who are busy listening to Mantri ji. And the rest of the Mantrijis will be desperately awaiting their turns at holding the gleaming weapon of authority ( the mic...duh!!)
    Very soon all of this will be over and done with...phew...silence at last! And then in the evening, games and dinner will be arranged for all. The games..okay, games will do. But, there will also be dance and singing competition for the kids. And the songs and dances will be anything but patriotic, what with all the cheap lyrics churned out on a daily basis. Watching their wards will be the proud parents, wondering 'who' their child will be, when he/she grows up, Hrithik Roshan or Katrina Kaif. This will be followed by dinner. And the dinner will be followed by a huge heap of used styrofoam plates and glasses outside the society compound, by the side of the road,  causing an eye sore plus intolerable stench the next day.  And after all the khana-peena, people will go back to their homes and that will be the end of an  eventful  day. And history will be  repeated on the 15th of August all over again.
    In the present times, I do not expect every household to encourage their children to enrol in the Indian Armed Forces. Thats not going to happen and that we need to accept. But, what I would like every household to do is to encourage their children to become responsible citizens of our society.  And by 'society' , I don't mean the private housing societies we live in, but the SOCIETY that we all live in.  I would also really appreciate it if those mic-wielding, 'responsible' seniors of our society do become really responsible. May be, they could first start by arranging dust bins for all those plates and glasses and see that they don't get strewn around everywhere. May be, they could also try and ban the loud speakers and reduce the noise pollution. Keep their speeches short and their service to the society worth while. Nobody is interested in the speeches....people want results....actions that speak louder than words. May be, they could strive to keep their neighbourhood safe and in order. May be, they could also reprimand the youth of their society who indulge in eve-teasing right under their noses.
May be, all this would encourage all of us to become responsible and do our bit for the peace and harmony of our society.
     Umm....the list of 'may bes' could grow longer still. But, may be, we could all try and implement the few 'may bes' that are in our control and work together in every little way to make our society a peaceful and safe haven for us...and for the future generation.
    

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

A pleasant surprise.

Life does that. Springs surprises when you are least expecting any. And  you are left baffled, overwhelmed, ecstatic, and, surprised, too! You find it unbelievable that such a thing could happen with you. And, it takes a lot of probing and analysing to finally accept that something this unimaginable could happen to you, too!

              The above emotions are  what I went through when I received a message from the Manager of Baggout that my blog had been selected as one of the 15 best love and relationships blogs in India. I must have read the message 5 times and still found it unbelievable. In fact, I thought someone was playing a prank. I made enquiries, tried finding out all about Baggout and went back to where I was - in a state of utter disbelief! Call it low self esteem if you wish, but I wondered how  anyone could find my one and a half year old blog worthy of any such mention.

        The feeling was  good, nay, great. But, unless I saw it all in black and w…

The Wise Man Said - Book Review.

Book: The Wise Man Said.

Author: Priya Kumar.

Genre: Motivational.



The story in a nutshell: Sammy, an 80 year old billionaire, realises that the secret behind his success in life has been the various sacrifices he made along the way. One of the foremost being his neglect towards his family that rendered him a lonely soul bereft of a single person cheering him for his win in the race called 'life'. This realisation spurs him to leave behind his identity and money and participate in the life he missed out on. Eleven months in a year, he takes on a new identity and sets out to experience anything - even death - to participate in adventures across the world. All he carries with him are his curiosity and his willingness to experience anything that life may present him with.

The Wise Man Said is a collection of twelve stories from Sammy's adventures that he penned down in his diary; experiences from his exciting journey that left him feeling enriched and contented at a life well liv…

MOM - Film Review.

Starring: Sridevi, Akshaye Khanna, Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Director: Ravi Udyawar

Music: A.R. Rahman.

Rating: 4/5


Because God couldn't be everywhere, He created Mother. A line from the movie, it could very well sum up the movie for you. Sridevi couldn't have chosen a better subject for her 300th film. I haven't been a diehard Sridevi fan, but her last film, English Vinglish, changed my opinion of her and that's the reason I simply wanted to see MOM, right on the day it released.

MOM is emotional; MOM is electrifying; MOM is hard-hitting; MOM is riveting, right till the end.  In short, MOM is Sridevi. This could very well be the review in a nutshell, but there's more I would love to talk about.

Devki Sabarwal (Sridevi) is a school teacher, the kind one can never mess with, whoever you may be. However, at home, she struggles to bond with her 18 year old step-daughter, Arya (Sajal Ali). The quiet acceptance and the sensitivity with which she accepts the cold vibes she r…