An Initiative To Improve Sanitation

Our PM Mr Narendra Modi has started a campaign of “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” and people are enthusiastically participating in it. But sanitation includes open defecation problem as well then why we are ignoring it. People don’t want to talk about it as they think this problem belongs to the lower society. They can make fun of these things without realizing the seriousness of the problem. Although our PM is taking this problem seriously and as a part of it Bollywood actress Vidya Balan has been made the brand ambassador of the rural development ministry to spread awareness and advocate practices about sanitation and cleanliness among the rural masses in the country.

These days advertisements are flashing on TV, in which Vidya Balan is spreading awareness about the harmful effects of open defecation.The reaction of people around astonished me, “Vidya ko koi aur kaam nahi hai kya jo ye sab karne lagi?”, “Kya hai ye TV on karo aur ye sab dekhne ko milta hai”. These reactions are the root of the problem.

India has the highest number of the people (597 million) defecating in open, a shame for the whole nation. As written in TOI “Nearly 1 billion people worldwide defecate in the open and 82% of them live in just 10 countries, says a report jointly prepared by the WHO and the Unicef.India’s number is more than double that of the rest of the nine nations put together (229 million).”

Open Defecation always reminds a dialogue from Movie Hum Tum, when Kiron Kher returns from Paris she says, “Hindustan ki baat alag hai, khushboo hi kuch aur is desh ki. Wo dekho kaise nikke nikke bache sadak ke kinare baithe kar potty kar rahe hai”, how this thing can become identification of our country. Now this is a real embarrassment.

Other than embrassement, it has harmful impacts on our health. It is the root cause of many disease like cholrea, typhoid, hepatitis, polio, diarrhoea, worm infestation, it reduced physical growth, impaired cognitive function and undernutrition. A children dies every 2.5 minutes because of these diseases. According to experts, “When people urinate or defecate in public places such as markets, church premises, stadiums, airport terminal buildings, bus stations, petrol stations, or street corners, they not only help poison the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and our environment, they also contribute significantly to shortening human lifespan.”

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Five Point Agenda

I am neither a Chetan Bhagat’s fan nor a critic. In my opinion “Five point someone” is a nice book and deserved to be a best seller. It is the best work of Chetan Bhagat till date.

Reason of CB’s success is his debut novel Five Point Someone and few things that make this novel successful are :

1. Originality : In FPS, CB has shared his real life experiences which make it original. Before this novel nobody tried to portray the life of Engineering student at IIT. Getting admission in IIT or any reputed Engg Institute is itself considered as a great achievement. So, people think like “Admission liya hai to Engineer ban hi jaoge” CB tries to highlight the loopholes in the education system in a humorous way.

2. People can connect with characters : If you are an engg student, you can easily connect with the characters. This often happened with people while reading they feel like “Oh similar incident happened with me also” or “Even I have reacted in the same way as this character is reacting in the book”.This makes the book popular among engineering students. Mouth publicity worked in this case.

3. Simple English : CB has used simple English language, no high vocabulary, easy to understand.

It’s true that Aamir Khan and Rajkumar Hirani has created the masterpiece of it with 3 Idiots but nobody can’t deny the fact that the story was originally created by Chetan Bhagat and the movie was inspired by Five point Someone. Aamir Khan or Mr. Hirani can’t take the whole credit alone, the novel was a bestseller before the movie released.

I don’t like much any of another CB’s novel. I have read “2 States” and “I too had a love story” back to back and found that “I too had a..” was far much better than “2 States”. Although I don’t like tragic endings, but Ravinder’s honest words has the power to touch the heart. It was said that 2 States based on real story but it seems like Bollywood masala story. I have not read “Revolution 2020” so can’t say anything about it. There are two reasons of reading of “Half Girlfriend”

1. To kill the time during journey.
2. This book costs me nothing.

Honestly, this book is a great disaster.The story is like a Bollywood script, but if any director dare to make any movie based on it, I will not prefer to watch the movie.

What do the other lesser known talented Indian writers need to do to get the same recognition?

I am not a novelist and never want to be, but as a reader I love originality. I think there is no formula of success. There is no secret ingredient, just be yourself.

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This post is written for Indispire : What makes Chetan Bhagat so popular? What do the other lesser known talented Indian writers need to do to get the same recognition?

The Irony of Busy Life

There was a serial broadcast on SAB TV (Indian TV channel) “Lapataganj”, I had watched only a few episodes of this TV series, but well acquainted with the characters. One of the characters I like the most is “Biji Pandey”, this person always pretends to be busy, but in reality he doesn’t like to do any work. Aged above 30, he is still ‘biji’ (busy) studying law and very busy roaming the Lapataganj on his bicycle. This character is very well portrayed in serial. I found many people around behaving in the same way,(it includes me as well). We ignore important things while doing not so important things.

Government office clerks don’t have time to attend you as they are busy with strikes, lunch breaks, solving crosswords, public holidays, household matters and after all this if they get any time, they surely resolve our problems. Media is busy in praising PM, Bollywood star life issues, cricketer’s problem and if time left they will cover the social issues. Youngsters are busy with Facebook, twitter, whatsapp, movies, candy crush saga and if time left they will think about the real world issues. Matured people are busy in money making and don’t have time for whom they are making money. Women are busy in gossiping on the phone, watching daily soaps, kitchen and don’t have time to find their own identity. In today’s world everyone is so busy that they don’t have time to find real meaning of life.. What an Irony!!! busy3 Reply To Weekly Writing Challenge : Oh, The Irony

Fighting Against Depression #SatyamevJayate

The topic of Satyamev Jayate this week “Depression and Mental Illness” has touched my heart. Depression is very common these days, increasing stress level is one of the root causes of it. Stress can be the first step to depression. There are certain points in my life when I feel like I have crossed the level of stress and I am on the verge of depression, but few things help me stay away from it. I like to share these points with you all –

Speak out – Friends are the best gift that life gives us. Share your problems with them. Sometimes it happens that problem that seems so huge in the mind is becoming smaller when we share it someone. As told by a doctor in Satyamev Jayate episode, it is like the cleaning process of mind. It will also increase the chances of getting problem solved. But I will suggest to share your problems with only one person whom you trust blindly.

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Stop continuous thinking – There was a joke, my “Art of living” instructor always used to say, “If you want to be in depression, then follow the steps as I say, Go to the room, switch off the light, close your eyes and repeat this line 10 times,”God what will happen to me in future” this will surely lead you to depression”. Continuous thinking about the problem will surely lead anyone to the depression. There are some ways which I have tried to distract myself :

a) Start pursuing hobbies – Best way to keep you busy and happy.
b) Watching TV – I will suggest watching the comedy shows or comedy movie on TV. Laughter is the best medicine.
c) Listening to music – Please avoid sad songs.

Solution of temporary problem should not create permanent problem – This line always guide me and stops me to follow the wrong path. Whenever I feel low, I start repeating one line in mind “This situation is temporary. Everything will be fine soon”. Sometimes while solving temporary problems people create permanent one like a person has a bad experience in a relationship then this is a temporary problem, but if he will decide to commit suicide as it’s become difficult for him to cope with situation, this will become a permanent problem. The person is not able to see the consequences of his act because the problem appears too big to him. Some incidences make us feel this is the end of life, nothing left. But that’s not true there are so many things waiting for us. Life always a chance of a fresh start.

Be in the company of your loved ones – Loneliness is a curse, let me clear one thing living alone and loneliness are two different things (Personally I don’t like living alone as well). “Loneliness is the feeling of social isolation or dissatisfaction with your relationships,” Dr. Cacioppo says.(copied line) This social isolation is sometimes created by us, reason can be anything like a bad experience with friends or excess work, etc. Loneliness leads to the depression. Worst part of being in depression is people need someone’s company, but they deny it, they don’t realize that talking to someone will help them.

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I am not trying to give any kind of “gyaan”, these are the tips that worked for me but thinking may vary from person to person. If you want to add something or want to share your tips please feel free to comment on this post.

If you are depressed, feel suicidal or have a question related to mental health, you can contact the Vandrevala Foundation on their helpline number – 1 860 266 2345 (Copied from Satyamev Jayate’s Official site)

You can also email them at – help@vandrevalafoundation.com

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God Is Within Us !!!!!

“Mauko Kahaan Dhoondhe Re Bande, Main To Tere Paas Mein
Naa Teerath Mein Naa Moorat Mein, Naa Ekaant Niwaas Mein
O..Naa Mandir Mein Naa Masjid Mein, Naa Kabhi Kailaash Mein
Main To Tere Paas Mein Bande….Main To Tere Paas Mein
Bandaa Re…..

Ho… Khoji Hoye Turant Mil Jaaoon, Ek Pal Ki Talaash Mein
Kahd Kabir sunoh bhai Saadho, Main To Hoon Vishwas Mein
O Bandao Re…..Main To Tere Paas Mein..
O Bandao Re…..Main To Tere Paas Mein..

O..Naa Main Jap Mein, Naa Main Tap Mein, Naa Barat Upaas Mein
Naa Main Kirya Karam Mein Rehta, Naa Hi Jog Sanyaas Mein
Nahi Praan Mein Nahi Pind Mein
Naa Brahmaand Aakash Mein, Naa Main Prakriti Pravar Gufaa Mein
Naa Hi Swaas Ki Saans Mein…
Ho… Khoji Hoye Turant Mil Jaaoon, Ek Pal Ki Talaash Mein
Kahd Kabir sunoh bhai Saadho, Main To Hoon Vishwas Mein
O Bandao Re…..Main To Tere Paas Mein…
Sambhavaami Yuge Yuge, Sambhavaami Yuge Yuge
O Bandao Re…..Main To Tere Paas Mein…
Sambhavaami Yuge Yuge, Sambhavaami Yuge Yuge… “

This song with awesome lyrics is the part of movie Raaz 2. If you look at the lyrics of this song, every line is showing what exactly God wants to preach us.

Sometimes even we don’t realize what we are doing in the name of ritual, it is like our elders used to do it so we are following them. We never analyzed these things because it doesn’t seems necessary. Actually we don’t have time for it. It always happens with us when the crisis arrives in our life, we don’t know whom to blame so we start putting blame on God ignoring all our faults. May be this is our way to get the peace, may be because we know that he will not reply us by saying “This is not my fault, but yours” like others do. Perhaps, that’s why we called him “Supreme Father”, because only parents can always with us inspite of our bad behavior towards them .

We can’t say idol worshiping is a superstition, it’s a matter of faith. The lives of Mirabai, Shri Ramkrishna Paramhansa are the examples that can prove the point. There is an old saying about it :

“Believe can transform stone to the God”

But sometimes we forget that God lives inside us, even inside everyone of us. It is said in holy books that every particle of the universe contains a part of God inside it, we call that part “soul”. This reminds me a doha (also called “Sakhi”) of Saint Kabir which I studied in Junior school :

kasturi kundali basai, mrig dhundhe ban mahi;
aise ghati ghati ram hi, duniya dekhai nahi.

which means Musk(kasturi) is in the navel of the deer, but the deer searches for its fragrance everywhere in the forest.In the same way, God dwells in our heart, but we search for him elsewhere, and do not find him.

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