Friday, July 25, 2008

Garden Disrupted

I had a totally different post penned, till I spoke to my mother this morning. That’s when I heard about the Bangalore blasts. 9 blasts and two people killed?? First from shock, I moved to sadness for the loss and finally right now I am in a stage of absolute anger. I love Bangalore, being the city of my birth and where some of my relatives and most of my friends reside.



The ‘garden city’ with its beautiful Lal bagh and Cubbon parks formed the backdrop of most of my summer vacations. And later my home, when I entered my first job after college. I love the streets adorned with flowers due to the cool breeze that that the trees sent our way , during the hot summer months. At it developed into the Technology city, the old beauty still remained a part of its charm from the high arches of St Josephs church to the subtle beauty of the Bull Temple . It’s a place of co-existence, Hinduism and Christianity having their influences over malleshwaram and cantonement, the traditions of Sankrathi and Christmas mixing with gen "Y" pub culture. Bangalore has changed dramatically the last couple of years, the travel congestion can beat any developed country in the world. As more people started moving towards the work all night and party whenever you can, the city has got a bad reputation in the press, largely also due to the call center culture. The real estate prices are so exorbitant, that most of the single people there have to room together or get into paying guest accommodations, to save a little bit of their income. But in the end, the city makes you addicted to it. Right from the mouthwatering food all around, to the warmth of the people from all walks of life, Bangalore dances to a separate beat.

So its with horror, that I stared at the news articles, proclaiming that Bangalore was rocked with bombs !! Its sad that the most peaceful city I had known , is now a target for terrorists. It was bad enough that the residents of city, had to grapple with incomplete flyovers, polluted air and the cabs that ferreted employees around trying to kill them. But to have bombs go off near the places, where most of them live is even worse. Terrorism seemed to come home direct to their doorstep. For years we have read articles about Kashmir and the northeast India, grappling with outside sources trying to get power.Somehow, even though they are an intergral part of our nation, the terror seemed further away.But a taste of it today in Bangalore , even though I am 11,000 miles away , I can sense the terror and anger, that I am sure that every one of my friends and family are feeling right now.Considering the political turmoil we went through,with the no confidence motion, I hope that the Indian parliament wakes up to reality. While they are internally fighting and trying to get their people,into the most lucrative cabinet positions, the outside world is intruding in. As much as India grows, she has to combat the forces, that do not want to see her to reach her true potential.

Sometimes I just want to scream my head off when I see the headlines with the political party struggles that happen. I don’t expect the politicians to be like Gandhi or Nehru, the times have changed and so have the external forces, that affect the country. But when will they ever get to a point where the good of all overrides the betterment of one. Party Men burning effigies when insults are passed in parliament , shops and hospitals shutting down for random caste issues and long processions celebrating a politicans birthday have to be stopped. We need to mobilize the ideas, within each working individual into actions that affect us all. The brave army men stationed across the country are not enough to protect the geographical mass of India. It’s the people who need to bond and think of a solution. If the government and people work together, these explosions should and will be a thing of the past.

It’s so easy to get carried away with day to day problems that we encounter. But for our generation and the generations coming after us, we have to leave a legacy of peace, and I pray to the divine above, that every human thinks of peace first instead of picking up a weapon of harm.

For the thought, I want to reproduce here a poem from my favorite poetess

IN SALUTATION TO THE ETERNAL PEACE

by: Sarojini Naidu (1879-1949)

MEN say the world is full of fear and hate,
And all life’s ripening harvest-fields await
The restless sickle of relentless fate.

But I, sweet Soul, rejoice that I was born,
When from the climbing terraces of corn
I watch the golden orioles of Thy morn.

What care I for the world’s desire and pride,
Who know the silver wings that gleam and glide,
The homing pigeons of Thine eventide?

What care I for the world’s loud weariness,
Who dream in twilight granaries Thou dost bless
With delicate sheaves of mellow silences?

Say, shall I heed dull presages of doom,
Or dread the rumoured loneliness and gloom,
The mute and mythic terror of the tomb?

For my glad heart is drunk and drenched with Thee,
O inmost wine of living ecstasy!
O intimate essence of eternity!

Keep thinking ppl
Anu

PS : I just read that Randy Pausch passed away. A true inspiration to me and millions others, I pray for his family and his friends to find strength to continue .

18 Comments:

Blogger SMM said...

True Anu...the B'lr blasts have been a big shock. I wonder what's the point of making a statement anonymously? If you want to protest about something say it out loud and clear. Don't place bombs and take the coward's way out. That is inhuman. I hope some of them lose their own near and dear ones to such a random blast and then understand what ppl go through

9:00 PM  
Blogger Solitaire said...

It was indeed a sad day with so many sad news. It is unfortunate that the menace of terrorism is spreading all over the country now, instead of staying up north. It is also impacting tourism in the country. I hope that it does not get any worse than this.

7:21 AM  
Blogger Ani said...

Bangalore and today Ahmedabad. I dont know who these people are who can do such things ...dont know what they want and for that matter I wonder if even they themselves know their real cause. Of all the conspiracy theories that are going on in my mind ..the strongest one points to none other than these political parties itself ....the dirty vote bank politics and the so called Governments.
I think thats one of reason's I think I enjoy a 'Dark Knight' or any of these super-hero movies ..at least for those 2 hrs ..u feel that nothing can go wrong in this world.

The world and right now ..India has no 'Dark Knight' unfortunately to save it.

a blabbering me ...but am too lost right now ...nothing seems to make sense.

-A

1:56 PM  
Blogger uma kumar said...

SO many blasts and loss of lives...

they blame some terrorist outfit or the other...
life continues...then again a bomb blast
who is acheiving what?
no clue...

the politicians dont care

there is a trend in the blasts..only states ruled by a particular party have been the target
the so called extremist groups make money..and go
it is the common man always a victim
i recently visited b lore...it was so calm but...

10:50 PM  
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10:52 PM  
Blogger utopia said...

i quite like bangalore myself.besides my younger sister resides there and i was so worried when the blasts happened. i wonder what makes them resort to such ways? don't they ever realise the agony we the people of the country seem to be going through everytime? be it bombay, delhi, jaipur, bangalore or ahmedabad its one ofus who looses somebody dear and loved.

10:54 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

Its a shock yes, and very sad news.

This the daily state in Sri Lanka. ppl die every single day cos of the war.

But nothing we say is gonna combat Terrorism as long as new dickheads r being born!


Keshi.

12:06 AM  
Blogger Keshi said...

**This IS the daily state...

12:07 AM  
Blogger Scribblers Inc said...

we all pray for peace...
amen...

Scribblers Inc.

4:09 AM  
Blogger ani said...

itss soo true..

and kind of sad isnt it.. and now it happened even in ahmedabad.. and tht to 17 of them.. goshh i dont get terrorism.. what do they finally get out of killing all these innocent ppl..

Awwww Randy Paush passed away.. may his soul rest in peace.. really was a great guy.. and a true inspiration..

12:55 PM  
Blogger The Seeker said...

That was a big shock,

Prayers for peace!!!

5:43 AM  
Blogger Fantasies of a Lifetime said...

Its sad that these terrorists have infiltrated all over the country now. . .I wonder what they gain of killing innocent people . . .Cowards all of them , they need to be hanged to death.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Anu said...

All,
I just wish we can convert our emotions into actions...the world would be a much safer place

10:25 AM  
Blogger Keshi said...

And I forgot to say..

** I pray to the divine above, that every human thinks of peace first instead of picking up a weapon of harm.


u said that beautifully Anu.


I find it hard to u'stand why ppl cant stop n THINK before they do horrible things to others!


Keshi.

7:45 PM  
Blogger MAN IN PAINTING said...

We all are violent.not only outside but also deep inside.All the expressions outside is reactions of our own inner anarchy...
very nice post
wishes..
me too updated.
MIP

8:44 PM  
Blogger Meghna said...

I agree......I dunno why they do it!!
Fell really said :(

4:57 AM  
Blogger Keshi said...

Hope ur feeling better today HUGS!

Keshi.

9:32 PM  
Blogger SMM said...

Hey Anu just read on Keshi's blog that you have been unwell....how are you today :)

9:39 PM  

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