Even a fool knows you can't reach the stars, but that doesn't stop a wise man from trying...

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Half Efforts!

Hey guys, my uncle once told me this very short but meaningful story and i think you may also like it...

There was this man who has been a great worshiper of lord Shiv ji right from his childhood. And the lord was also very happy with him. The person only had one wish which he always aksed Shiv ji to fulfill. The wish was to win a lottery and he never forgot to mention it in his daily prayers.
But today is the last day of his life and he still repeated his wish to win a lottery in his prayer.

Parvati ji was seeing all this for a long time but today seeing this person dying and that the person has been so good and worshiped Shiv ji through out his life, she couldn't resist herself. She asked the Lord as why did he not listen to the man and grant him his wish to win the lottery? And particularly the man never did any wrong to anyone and also never complained or abused the Lord for his misries. And he never gave up worshipping the Lord even during very hard times. So Parvati ji, quite furiously asked the Lord, what is the reason that the man did not deserve the Lord's generousity?

Shiv ji answered that yes this is true that this man very rightfully deserved his wish to be granted and he wanted the same. But,as his wish was to win a lottery, the man never bought a lottery ticket. Now, the Lord said, even I wanted to fulfill his wish but he never made an effort or had no knowledge that to win a lottery, apart from praying, the one basic thing is to buy a lottery ticket!

So one moral of this story is that half and incomplete efforts can never take you to your goal.
Hey, you guys can add more morals to this story, whatever you think can be associated with it...

Friday, May 18, 2007

Me, A Book?! What Are You?

When some time back a friend asked me what object I identify myself with, the query was so sudden and caught me unprepared. I had no ready answer so i thought for a few seconds and the only thing came out of my mind was a book. A book! Why did i say a book, asked the friend! I could only say, that moment, that like a book different people read me and interprett me differently, whatever suits them. So i just averted a very simple and light query with this equally simple statement.

But, as my nature is to think about every single thing in detail, this didn't go off my mind easily. Later in the night, when i was about to sleep, i started thinking, why did I say a book? Is it really something which I can relate myself to? I started comparing myself with a book. But I was surprised to find there were all the similarities betwen two of us.

To many people, a book is a friend when it is relevant and just an object when its use is over. Same to me! People come to books when they have no other way to go and they forget these books when they are through. A book has everything to give to its reader but when the book needs some care from the reader, it is just ignored. There is no one whom a book can look up to when needed. Really!

The book has soluitons to every problem of its reader but nothing for its own troubles. But still the book never thinks bad of its reader. It still has everything which its reader needs. Its a big ocean of knowledge, love and care for its reader which will always be there no matter what circumstances the life puts them (book and reader) accross.

Well, I would say books and the friends which are like books should never be dumped or forgotten simply because their selfless love would never end for you. They are very delicate and also need you and your care too at times. Whatever you do to them, they will always be with you and care for you, whenever you need or dont need.

So briefly, this was Manav, a Book, what you identify yourself with?

Monday, May 14, 2007

Why God gave us all the feelings??!!

When God created us, why did he put feelings in us too?? Why did he give us emotions? Couldn't we had lived like any other object? We may not have been happy but then we may not have been unhappy too. Why have we attachments to people and things? Why we have some people and things so dear to us?

How could some people train themselves to be like stones? Where did all our sensitivities come from? These questions generally hover around my head on some occasions and despite all my efforts, I have been unable to find answers to any one of these. Scientists say we are part of the continuous process of evolution, then why are our emotions and sensitivities unchanged for centuries?

Is it that these are designed as ingredients to human miseries and sufferings. Had these emotions and sensitivities not with us, we could be happier? May be life is too short to find answers to such questions but my quest goes on. If you have some answers to any of these (stinky) questions, do write in here...

Saturday, May 12, 2007

It struck me!! - 1

Finding solutions to problems is important but to find problems to be solved is more important (-_-)

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Orkut Crazy! Should Internet be moderated?

When a Turkish software engineer Orkut Büyükkökten at Google created this social networking application, named after him only, Orkut was designed to help users meet new friends and maintain existing relationships. Orkut went a step further by permitting the creation of easy-to-setup simple forums called "communities."

There has recently been controversy revolving around the use of orkut by various hate groups. Virulent racists allegedly have a solid following there. Several hate communities focused on racism, Nazism, and white supremacy have been deleted due to guideline violation. However the number of these communities and profiles has not stopped growing because they can be very easily created and it is hard for orkut to check them. In India, Recent most was the ?We Hate India? community issue which got huge media attention. The Bombay High Court has issued notices to Google on some of the Hate India groups. Google is expected to file its response in the court very soon. Suing orkut is not the right thing as orkut is not a producer of information it merely provides a platform for people to network and exchange ideas. But, then the question arises, should there be any kind of moderation on such social networking sites and blogs? Some television channels like CNN-IBN ran long debate shows on the issue of moderating Orkut.

I think, as we move towards the web 2.0, which enables user generated content and networking, the role of administration and moderation becomes really important. There are many sites which can be named for facilitating things like piracy, spreading hatred on different grounds, and distributing pornography. But that should not mean we should sue them.

What we need includes better and capable cyber laws and law enforcement mechanism so that the content on such sites can be monitored and regulated to sufficient extent. Experts from this field should be involved so that more awareness regarding technology and its good use can be developed among common people. And most important is that the children must be taught the right uses of Internet in schools.

Little Girl !!

Hey guys, this story, I read somewhere sometime back, is too short..........but carries a lot of feeling... so just thought of sharing it with you all :)

A little girl and her father were crossing a bridge. The father was kind of scared so he asked his little daughter, "Sweetheart, please hold my hand so that you don't fall into the river." The little girl said, "No, Dad. You hold my hand." "What's the difference?" Asked the puzzled father.

"There's a big difference," replied the little girl. "If I hold your hand and something happens to me, chances are that I may let your hand go. But if you hold my hand, I know for sure that no matter what happens, you will never let my hand go." In any relationship, the essence of trust is not in its bind, but in its bond.

So hold the hand of the person whom you love rather than expecting them to hold urs...

Reservation: Why Our Politicians are Playing Games With the Future of Our Country?


With almost all the politicians of our country moving ahead with their attempts to bring reservation to the level of 50% and that too in country's pioneer educational institutions, we can only say that these politicians are playing a very dangerous game with the future of this nation. Price of this game will be very high and would be paid by our coming generations. This democracy, which we boast of having the largest in the world, has merely become a toy in the dirty hands of petty politicians who use it only to attain power and use the sentiments of general public to acquire their votes. Just to remain in power and win votes, they can go to any extreme that we all know. And if the reservation is the tool they are using now what would be their next tool to sustain into the politics? That means we are yet to see the worst of this political lust yet.

We all know how this reservation is going to affect us, be it in educational institutions or in jobs, but dont you think same time that by bringing incapable people to those places where they dont deserve at all would be dangerous for our country in all fileds. We may never be able to achieve what we all aspire for our nation, a nation that can walk shoulder to shoulder with the leading nations around the world. We may never be able to develop our human resourcses to the level which is requisite for a country to get to that level. Our technological and other resources would never be so capable to challenge the current powers of this world. How would we be a developed nations in this scenario?

I'm scared of just thinking this, its not just our individual dreams that are being taken away but dreams and aspirations of our nations as a whole are at stake if our politicians carry on pursuing such political games. We need to find out ways to address this situation today to avert a bigger damage in future. If anything can be done then its got to be done today only. Otherwise tomorow it may be very late. We, the responsible youth of this nation should join our hands to build a pressure on the political circles of our country to make them think in the right direction and not just use the sentiments of general public as a tool to obtain power only.