A few days ago, our school co-ordinator Mrs. Gandhi ringed me up to confirm my presence at school for the next day. Caught b/w my day classes at the institute and my duties as the head of the school cabinet, I agreed to her proposal. It is custom at Rosary that every year, the respective heads of the staff & student councils alongwith the Principal meet the Auxiliary Bishop & Bishop to greet them on Christmas, which was why my presence was indispensible. We left for the Destination with bouqets, cards and gifts and reached there in about an hour. The Bishop was a man of purpose & focus,& The Aux. Bishop was a humble, soft man with kindness pouring down his eyes. Both of them received us warmly and we sang carols for them, gave them gifts, had a brief chat and bid adeiu. And then we met someone who left a deep impact in my mind- Fr. Panakal, our 1st Principal. An aged man, he still recalled his days with pride, & told us how he coined "Let Your Light Shine", our school motto; a man who lived by his word always
A Few days ago, President Obama accepted the Peace Nobel by the Norweigan Nobel Committee in Oslo, at a time when America is fighting two wars- first, a morally justified one against global terror in Afghanistan & the other, a more debatable one in Iraq. He himself acknowledged the irony but that is not what makes it so unique. What he really did was that Obama answered an annoying question that seems to be hovering in every intelligible human mind and more importantly a question that the world has been asking America since their invasion of Iraq- Is a war ever justified? Is it really necessary to kill or risk getting killed to obtain peace? To answer this question, Obama mentioned the lines of Mandela," a war no matter how justified promises human tragedy." For war never is, was or will be right solution to attain peace, but some wars have to be fought to protect the right causes, right fundamentals & the right people. There is evil in the world & till it exists, we all have to come together to fight it...
One of the most hilarious piece of news I heard of was that the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner President Barack Obama is getting his nobel (sarcasm) for sending more troops to Afghanistan!! What is really sad to see is that such columnists still don't know that this war was not started by Obama, and that he is sending in more backup only to try to end it soon and for good. It was started nearly a decade back when four choppers were hi-jacked, and made to hit the tallest towwer of the world, a time when despair was fighting against hope, a time when thousands of innocnt Americans lost their lives, a time when the world economy took a bad tumble. It was started when Millions of American lives were taken for no fault of theirs. This war was started when Bush took a stupid and un-analysed action which till date, has failed to produce any formidable outcome and achieve any satisfactory goal. However, President Obama's announcement shows thta he is trying change all that, he is trying to give this war a new direction, a new meaning, a new goal, so that America and thousands of young Americans don't fight in the mountains of Afghanistan, just for the name-sake of fighting, but for the sake of defeating those barbaric butchers who rattled the world by setting new limits of crime and mis-demeanor. President Obama is only aiming to get those innocent Americans back home who fight day and night without a proper plan, or without any success, in a land where corruption is bliss and justice is denied. Mr. Obama, is trying to ensure that these brave and courageous warriors fight for a noble cause, a cause of peace, a cause of humanity, and this time by of fighting on the right side and in the right way i.e. not as a bully, (read President Bush) but as a ally and friend to the noble cause of peace, justice and humanity and everyone who believes in the same values and ideals. And that is why I think that President Obama deserves this nobel more than anyone. After all, if Sir. Alfred Bernard Nobel can be hailed for his creation of the Dynamite in order to stop a prolonged battle, can't President Obama be treated the same way for trying to do the same thing by sending more troops and ariving at a meaningful conclusion to this war against global terror?
One of the most amazing facts of human behavior that I have come across is their tendency to oversee the truth. I have myself done that quite a number of times, as I now realise it and I am sure most of us have all done it at one or the other point of time in our lives. Think of the poorest and ugliest person you have ever come across and think of your reactions and feelings towards them. Now think of many more people like them. Doesn't your reaction change? One needy destitute fills us with despondence but a number of such incident tend to make us indifferent and ignorant towards them. We start to believe that it is all a hoax, that the world is a beautiful place where everyone is happy. And that is right, the world is a very happy and beautiful place to live in but we mustn't forget that we can make a better place for the future generations, for the upcoming people of the world from whom we have borrowed this Earth and to whom we have to return it, and that so in a condition better than before..
Dated- May 31st, 2009 Today, I finally got the chance to take part in a group discussions at my institute, and it was definitely one of its kind.. We had a very interesting topic in "arranged marriage vs. Love marriage.. Naturally i was ready 2 support love marriage evn though m nt rly d marriage type.. Which is perhaps why our director put me in d arranged marriage group.. Evn aftr thinking 4 ovr 2 days and browsing d net time n again, i cudnt find anything useful enuf 2 spk.. Not surprisingly, i had atleast 15 counter arguements 4 evry defense of dt traditional system.. And dis feeling ws only mutual thruout our group.. Evryone either supported love marriages or live-ins.. Nevertheless, using improbable n hypothetical situations, we tried 2 prove our point.. Bt d highlight ws clearly d way our aspiring lawyer Radhika spoke, with reason, with statistics, with logic n with precision.. Evn though sm1 as impudent n loud as Varun dint rly let her speak.. Our director also put questions 2 us regularly n made us all think.. But my mind never changed; I am all the way for a marriage and a love marriage only!!!
Dated- August 23rd, 2009 As d title goes, I am refering to d personality contest at st. xaviers senior secondary school. To start with, I'll only say that it was all vry slow, and all d time I ws waiting 4 things to hpn.. Lets begin wid d skul itslf. Reputed to b one of d city's bst skuls, Xaviers hs probably d bst infrastructure dn any odr skuls n dt includes Monfort n St. Columbus! I lvd der auditorium, dey hv a dress circle n a balcony nt 4gting a separate voice control room! It felt like I hd cum 2 watch an opera or ballet at Broadway! Then der students wr nice n friendly too evn though d audience ws prty critical n impatient.. I mst say, my heart goes out 4 all d participants; each of them wr fantabulous, special and worth an applause! I hd lots 2 lrn thruout d rounds esp wn d judges asked us questions, n wn we hd 2 portray a talent! Basically, it ws all abt confidence and self-belief, and d winner ws full to d brim wid both des features.. Humor? Yeah, dt ws smthing wich i had my share of.. Bt dt is anthr story altogether!! :)
Most of us are very sad, despondant and dismal when we lose something or something goes away from us. Okay! Not most of us, but all of us. After all, who likes to leave a cherished moment with some body we like or with something we love? Naturally, such situations bring out our weaker and emotional sides. However, this is only because we often fail to realise that with each ending, starts a new life, a new beginning ; with every end, a new world is born. When we part from someone, we are solitary for a couple of hours, but only to realise later that it happened only for good. Let me get my point with the help of a situation. A few months ago, there was a major fire at our house, in the electricity box. It occured at around 3 am in the morning. My mother woke us all up with smoke pouring inside the house; We all had been startled and ran towards the door as soon as we realised wherer all the smoke was coming from. Like a wild fire, all people of the building were woken up; a gent from the adjacent buliding called for a fire-brigade and another guy called the nearest police control room. After several futile attempts to douse the fire, we finally succeeded in our mission. Even though nothing in the house was destroyed, but the electric meters were all burnt, and all that was left of them was some sticky black ash. We spent the night talking about the incident, as we all were unable to sleep, thanks to both our adrenaline rushes and the dirth of electricity in the buliding. The next morning, officers of NDPL replaced the meters with shiny new ones and life was back to normal once again. Everything was cleaned up, though the remains of the burnt plastic meters refused to go. A few days back when I was up early in the morning, thanks to my exams, I noticed that water had been flowing from our plants to the electric meter boxes. After further inspection, my discoveries were astonishing! I found out that this water had been leaking to the very place where the sticky black ash lay. Moreover, there were tiny plants growing out of it!!! BAffled, as to how burnt plastic could bear plants, I inspected the burnt remains and found out that by mistakee, some plant soil had mixed with it. Then, I got the plot. The burnt plastic had acted as a natural fertiliser to the plant, the plant soil gave it a base, and there it was, growing day by day!! This incident taught me a very important lesson; that no matter how big our losses are, no matter how much at times we lose, there is always a new beginning in each and every end. People die each day, and people are born everyday. New things are discovered every day, and older things go extinct daily. This is the way of nature, the cycle of life, where one thing replaces the other, and thus life on Earth goes on and on, and on......