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Wednesday, January 25, 2006
56 years of the Indian Republic...!

I'm only half that much.

But it seems like an eternity - for those who've seen this country evolve.
Do we understand the meaning of being a republic? It's something we learned in a civics lesson in a school a very long time ago.
This generation and the one before it too - we've all gone soft!
Look up the word REPUBLIC in most any dictionary.
Most likely, you"ll find that a "republic" is a "government of elected representatives".
This is a deliberate deception.
I have an Enclycopaedia Britannica, 11th edition. This work provides the proper explanation. First it says that the idea that a republic is a government of elected representatives is a "notoriously modern interpretation". The article continues, explaining that historically, a Republic refered to a government in which the soverign held authority granted by the people and ruled according to law.

The early Nehru dynasty followed that rule as we remained firmly under their hand even though democratic elections happened in this country. They screwed this country, for the generations that were and are.
Somewhere - deep - in an inexpressible form - I am happy - that someone scared them so much - that now - they refuse to take on the realms.
We Indians - like, the russians are very "ruler" friendly. We like to be ruled. Democracy with all its merits is not the one we prefer. We prefer someone taking the decisions - just as long as its not us. That's why they also say that the last few generations lacked the killler instinct.
I have a desire to see this nation lead. More than that - my wish - if I may be so desirous - is that my countrymen awake - that they understand what Bose fought for - that they realize the value of this independence.
Every living day I wish my eyes were not hampered with a deficiency that did not permit me to join the armed services. I am not a peacenik - my calling has always been the profession that bears arms. Just so - it is something I leave for later - one day I will bear arms to serve India.
Jai Hind.
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I am because I choose to be

Monday, January 23, 2006
Yes -I create my feelings and am responsible for them.

I try to control them in a positive and purposeful way (not always - though), as i attempt to better life.

Friends (and a few wise men) say that it ain't right to blame another person for your feelings. It gives that individual control over an important part of your life. If you avoid taking responsibility for your feelings, those feelings can quickly overwhelm you and leave you powerless. This is similar to the Negative feelings I had for an ex-Lady boss of mine. She's far away now - but any thought of her - brings to the fore - a multitude of expletives. So in a way i'm a slave to something - and that ain't doing me a world of good!!

It's common knowledge that the way I feel affects every corner of my life. So it's time to take charge and not let go.

When it comes to making a choice - I know that every feeling is One I have chosen.
I may not be a soothsayer - so I dunno what else is gonna happen - but I do know that I choose to react and I choose to feel.
Feelings are powerful and can bring much richness to life (or so they say), and the power they have is the power we choose to give them.
Choose feelings wisely, and life will be rich indeed
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Expanding my perspective

Thursday, January 19, 2006
When you focus only on yourself, you severely limit your options.
( I must stop thinking of ME as a focal point of attention.)
When your thoughts are centered only on you, those thoughts cut you off from a whole world of possibilities.
(Yes - I agree - thinking about others increases the possibilities of me doing more useful stuff around the place)

It's all too easy to become frustrated, disillusioned, angry and bitter when your own perspective is the only one you consider. Your own narrow concerns can seem painfully overwhelming if you give all your attention and energy to them.
(It's definitely important for me to look at things in perspective -others'. It's like putting yourself in their shoes and then checking on whether you'd do the same things again. The fact that there are possibilties will enable my thinking to be more creative)

Pay attention to the concerns of others, and you'll gain valuable insights that otherwise would not be available to you. Think, act and live beyond yourself, and all sorts of new, positive possibilities arise.
It never hurts to smile and lighten the load of those around me. So I do.

When the concerns of your own ego fall away, an enormous amount of energy is set free. When you are no longer restricted to your own narrow perspective, a whole new set of magnificent opportunities will open up to you.
Ego is my constraint - sometimes. Just putting it aside - frees up a whole heap of mindspace

Seek to make a difference not merely for yourself but for all of life. And many of the limitations that once hounded you will suddenly be gone.
Very very true. Sometimes I do feel that One small thing done for the benefit of others - outweighs the achievements one looks at for oneself. Actually that would be a bigger achievement for me!!

Just a small step on the road to enlightenment!!!

(This is with the help of Ranit & Ralph- whose daily spiritual inputs don't go unutilized)
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Friday, January 13, 2006
People afflicted with a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th.... Oh there are quite a few of those around!!!

The sixth day of the week and the number 13 both have foreboding reputations said to date from ancient times, and their inevitable conjunction from one to three times a year portends more misfortune than some credulous minds can bear.

Some Links to Friday the 13th Superstitions
Link 1
Link 2

So if you get fired from your job today, or smash up your car, you can blame it on Friday the 13th. Superstition, provides us with an excuse for explaining away our mistakes and disgraces. In other words, it's an easy way to rationalize the screw-ups for which we ourselves are ultimately responsible

But if you're scared - wait till Monday!!!
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Accepting my limitations

Thursday, January 12, 2006
I can't do everything. Nobody expects me to - either!!!
It's important for me to know what I can and cannot do
Some things are in my control, and there are other things that are not.
There are things that I can change, and there are other things that I must simply learn to live with.
I 'm trying to start accepting what I cannot do, so I free up much time and energy. This can be focussed in the direction of my success.
It's not easy being at peace with the un-doable. In fact, that very fact gnaws away at my existence. It makes me feel not up to it. A lesser man - sometimes!!
I could waste my time and energy complaining that the ocean is too deep and wide. Or I could build a boat and sail across it.

Achieving self awareness is a good start!!
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Still I persevere

Monday, January 09, 2006
So if you read my last blog entry - Mumtaz is dead - has been for 375 years!!
But we - or at least I, intend to find my Mumtaz.
I may not build her a Taj because I wish that I never had to live a day longer than she.
She will inspire; she will love; she will strike; she will engage; she will mother.
Her visage will enchant and calm.
Not for me the ones who drive a man crazy.
Shah Jahan married thrice - Akbari begum, Fathepuri begum and then Mumtaz Mahal. A fine example of 3rd time lucky.
I don't want to marry thrice and then get lucky. Knowing my luck - I'd go broke paying the alimony on the first two wives. Who could afford a third??

I take comfort from the fact that I've met several women, a few ladies and some girls. Life has taken me down many a path that I remember and deliberate the chances of success had they been pursued with the passion of the Black stallion. No regrets however - this is not an article in black!!
I visited and ran a check on the name - Mumtaz. This is what they had to say.

Your first name of Mumtaz has made you a patient, meticulous person who enjoys working in a detailed, systematic way. You are determined and deliberate in pursuing your ambitions, but you must work at your own speed. You hate to be hurried or to leave anything unfinished or untidy. Your infinite patience would allow you to develop intricate, involved skills to perfection. Often feeling burdened with work, you worry about details out of proportion to their importance.
Although the name Mumtaz creates the urge to be both logical and technical, we emphasize that it limits your versatility and scope, tuning you to technical details exclusively. This name, when combined with the last name, can frustrate happiness, contentment, and success, as well as cause health weaknesses in the elimination system, which can lead to other complications

That's not my Mumtaz !!!
My search continues...
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Does Mumtaz exist today?

Monday, January 09, 2006
It's quite a valid question. I sit & ponder.
What was it that got SJ (Shah Jahan) to do his thing - I mean - build the Taj Mahal (TM).

A woman who gave him 14 kids in 18 years - only 7 survived. They must have gone at it like bunny rabbits - anytime - any place !!!
So in a matter of speaking - it is quite an impressive tribute to their monumental achievements...

Did you know that SJ wanted to make a replica of the TM in black marble across the river in what they call the Mehtab Bagh today. It came across as queer why anyone would want to make something in black. Then the Yin - Yang symbolism struck me - how black & white balance one another. There is a balance to be maintained - especially between the male and female of a species. It could also be something to do with the power of black - the symbol of death. As black symbolizes death it is also a natural symbol of the underworld and so also of resurrection. Unexpectedly perhaps, it could also be symbolic of fertility and even life! This would contrast it with the White which suggests omnipotence, purity, simplicity and sacred things.

I continue to wander about the 4 minarets - people give varying theories - mine is quite simple. They had 4 sons - the cornerstones of their achievements.
So the 4 minarets -
one of whom I almost ate up

So where does that leave Mumtaz today- quite dead actually !

The Taj - Her requiem!
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Endless tasks!!!

Monday, January 02, 2006
So much to do

I have so much to do that is seems overwhelming.
I need to stop thinking about how much there is and start getting it done.

Feeling overwhelmed is merely a state of mind that I have chosen.
And just as easily I now want to choose to let it go.

A new day, a new month, a new year dawns and it makes me feel like time is quickly slipping away.
But in fact, time comes to me just as quickly as it moves past.

And that means that each moment I get the opportunity to make a difference. Each moment, the best thing I can do is to make full and meaningful use of that moment.

That is how I will get things done. Moment by moment, little by little, small tasks build into great accomplishments, and accomplishments build into a life with real fulfillment.
I don't have to tackle everything all at once. Just do what I can, when I can, filling each moment with positive purpose and action.

And what once seemed overwhelming will quickly become a source of real and lasting fulfillment.

Or so - a wise man said!!!
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