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Which is Strength?

Felt bad for the deers
Cursed the nature
For tigers being stronger

Confused now
Looking at statistics

Who has the risk of getting extinct?
Is it the tigers?
Who kill deers for food...
Is it the deers?
Who get killed by tigers for food...

Then...
Who really is stronger?
What really is strength?

* Written sometime in 2005

Urbanism

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No more rooster crowing dawns
Now it's all timepiece alarms

No more innocent people around
Who come screaming to help
Even if slipped on a stone...

The more civilized people here
Just shed a sympathetic look
And move on unmoved
Even if hit by a car!

Looks like
The air pollution
And noise pollution
Have damaged their hearts!

Everyone has their commitments
So no one can take deviations

I have always wondered
Why only country brute and no city brute
Why only urbane and no rurale When villagers are way better in humanity
The Indian answer to the English questions is...
Because... there is no indecency of inquiring caste here!

Then... long live urbanism!

* Wrote after my first week in Chennai in May 98.

Government Job: Rights and Responsibilities!

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* Written 13 years back...

Everyone wants to somehow get into a government job these days. Somehow! If they run from pillar to post, identify an influential politician, fall on his feet, pay him some huge amount and get into a government job, they don't have to worry about anything forever. Forever! Reasons are many. 1. Work or not work... salary is assured. 2. You can cheat the society by speaking communism and employee welfare while leading a peaceful life. 3. A government job will fetch plenty of dowry.

There is no respect for hard work here. The capitalists have looted the country and made it a waste land in last 50 years. Some of the saviors of working class take huge bribes from their industrialist enemies and play their double games so flawlessly. They lead luxurious lives inside and are respected for their simplicity by their followers outside.

Next... the teachers... Some of them are worse than the industrialists. Since things like financing to fellow teachers, chit fund…

Tender Dream

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The class teacher asked me In fifth standard What do you want to be When you grow up?
I said When I become big I want to become a scientist Who makes rockets and atom bombs
The tender dream From my fifth standard days Got realized now In a crackers factory In the next street
My dear countrymen Tell me one thing In a country  That has so much child labors How do you say  That old age homes alone are a sin?

* From the 1998 diary...

Young or Old?

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I have heard that Vajpayee was a communist in his early days and only later he came out and joined other parties. So were Gujral and many other leaders.

This is what some people say - "People are generally very emotional in youth. Heart rules over mind. They take aggressive decisions and go after what they want. Right or wrong, they are strong. They don't think about things from all perspectives. But, elders think coolly and rationally so they come out with the best decisions. They know the tricks of all trades because they have seen the world and they are more seasoned!".

Is it to be called seasoning or bluntness? Have their minds become seasoned or lost their sharpness and become blunt? A youngster who wants to change the society, getting drowned in selfish thinking and becoming pessimistic over time is a result of the seasoning process or blunting process?

There is a quote of someone, which says, "Any man who is not a communist at the age of twenty is a fool and…

Going Abroad - Is it a Sin?

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Is it wrong for someone who has studied and grew up in this nation to go abroad for work?

Why is it called wrong by those who call it so? Their point of view is - You utilized all the resources of this land to come up, so you should only work for the upliftment of this country and enhancement of its resources and not someone else's. They say, it's not ethical to say, "I will take everything from this place and when it comes to giving back I will give it to someone else!". If you look at it from that perspective, it is correct. If you look at it from a different perspective, it gives a different answer.

Gone are the days of seeing our population as a pain in the wrong place. It is becoming a gain in the right place now. It is becoming our strength now. Even today there are lots of talented youth that are running from pillar to post for good jobs here. Only in a few fields they get good recognition and rewards they deserve. There are still lots of poor boys and girls …

India - After 50 Years

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* Written in 1998

The golden jubilee of Indian independence is being celebrated across the nation.

The meaning of two words freedom and sacrifice have changed over time in our dictionaries.

Poverty and corruption are still playing without losing their wickets.

There is no light in the houses of those who till, sow, cultivate and produce food for all of us.

There is more vacancies in the police department as those who realized 'there is no value for hard work' have changed their profession.

The unemployed youth are leading from the front in managing the communal clashes.

The useless education system has created animals, which has lead to ragging deaths in campuses.

In a country that has not fulfilled even the basic needs of its citizens, there is a lot of celebration for atom bomb testing. Even the ones that have not got their share of basics are joining the celebrations not knowing what it means to them.

The word politician has become synonymous to criminal.

The sum of the ex…

Differently Abled

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Please don't keep telling me
I have no problem
I have no problem

It just keeps reminding me
The same question
Do I have a problem?
Do I have a problem?

* From the 1998 diary...

Planets

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Hey sun!
Are you a politician?
How come you are surrounded
By so many followers then?!

* This is the translated version of my first short poem that got published. It was published in school annual magazine. I am so hesitant to call it a poem today but every first has an importance, right? :)