Monthly Archives: October 2011

Neo-Rich Mentality

Take two persons belonging to Northern India and Western or South India having same amount of money and resources at their disposal, the one’s from North shall flaunt it no ends. I have been writing this after experiencing first hand the scene in the city which boasted of being the most systematically planned cities in India. When they come to road in their newly acquired cars, they think that they are the rulers of the road. You can easily spot the person in the driving seat, holding the cellphone to ear with one hand and steering with the other. These are not stray incidents but a regular feature. Car veers here and there. But since the car is of saloon class or SUV class, people with smaller vehicles have to make their own efforts to be safe.
Parking is chaos. Wherever one likes, the car is parked. Most of the time vehicles are parked on the sides of roads. Women are worst in driving. They don’t even bother to peer in the mirrors provided for looking at the vehicles trailing behind. They honk and activate the direction signal at the last moment.
On the signals, it is already becoming horrible. The volume of traffic is so high that lines of vehicles snake miles. I sometimes imagine what shall happen on a Mumbai road with a signal time as long as 2 minutes. But Mumbai despite the extremely intense volume of traffic has matured enough in the traffic rules. The traffic sense here in the North is very poor.

Steve Jobs and Yuddhistra

Yama, the God of death wanted to test the wisdom and knowledge of Yuddhistra, the eldest of Pandavas. The story goes that Pandava brothers go to fetch water from a pond that supposedly belonged to Yama. As soon as, the pitcher is lowered into water, Yama’s voice reverberates and warns the pitcher holder not to fill it until he answers a question posed to him. As all the younger brothers fail to answer, they drop dead by the pond. At last when all the brothers are gone and none is returning, Yuddhishtra is worried and goes in search of the brothers whom he finds lying dead by the pond. He is aghast and anguished. As all the brothers possessed extraordinary powers, he is sure that some higher power has done this with his brothers. While he is sitting by the dead bodies, the voice of Yama again is heard. He lays down the condition before Yuddhistra, that he shall revive his brothers if he satisfactorily answers five questions.

One the questions was what was the greatest wonder of this transient world? To which he replies “Day after day countless people die. It is fact that that what is born has to die one day. Yet the living wish to live forever. O Lord, what can be greater wonder?”.

Sometimes back Steve Jobs died. He was not old to die but the cancer took his life. But he was a great man who had some most popular inventions to his credit. His products with brand namesĀ  Apple and Mackintosh are matchless. He wedded the electronics with artistry. He suffered from the pancreatic cancer. After surgery and liver transplant, he became well and delivered a speech to the graduates. His speech contained 3 topics, last of which dealt with his illness. He says in his speech, I quote,

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’ life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

How strange both Yuddhistra and Jobs have exactly identical views about death. Further, Jobs likens the death to an inspiration. It is a change agent and scavenger. It continuously renews the life on the earth. Whenever, the role played by an individual is over, it simply replaces him or her with younger and brighter one. So, he exhorts, all of us to make best of the available time.

After the rains

The rains this year has been more than expected and extended well beyond the normal month of September. In the tailing month of September, the heavy rains on every Saturday and Sunday became the regular and most annoying feature. It forced the already fed up people to be confined into their homes without any reason. There was no Sun to be seen and the sunlight which is closely related to the cheerfulness, hope and lifter of the gloom was missing. For present at least the rains seem to have stopped.

The changed weather is hot and there is lot of dust resulting from the churning of the dirt which has accumulated on the roads. This brings respiratory problems in many people. Many people who are prone to dust allergy also suffer. It is suffocating in the day with cool and damp nights subjecting the living beings to very strong temperature variations.

Anyway, the mornings are pleasant. There is still the greenery all around. The hills are covered with green bushes and trees. Many different kinds of grasses are in the blooming stages. One very distracting feature is the worms which are slithering on the roads swaddled in the dust. They are so numerous that many are crushed under the shoes. When the day rises, the heat fries them on the road.

The lawns are covered with beautiful grass carpet. There are plenty of insects in this grass. The very majestic white egrets flocks on the lawn foraging for the food which is present in the plenty in the forms of worms and other insects. Bulbuls are singing in the boughs. Some of these birds have already made their nests because the birds are bringing long strips of the particular kind of grass and darting into the thick foliage of the tree branches. It is the safest place they have chosen for laying the eggs and raising the chicks.