The best way to know the self is feeling oneself at the moments of reckoning. The feeling of being alone, just with your senses, may lead you to think more consciously. More and more of such moments may sensitize ‘you towards you’, towards others. We become regular with introspection and retrospection. We get ‘the’ gradual connect to the higher self we may name Spirituality or God or just a Humane Conscious. We tend to get a rhythm again in life. We need to learn the art of being lonely in crowd while being part of the crowd. A multitude of loneliness in mosaic of relations! One needs to feel it severally, with conscience, before making it a way of life. One needs to live several such lonely moments. One needs to live severallyalone.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

ENJOY WHEN YOU DON'T GET MUCH ATTENTION..

My reflections on life – in quotes (XC)


“Enjoy when you don't get much attention..
..but enjoy your own company..
..It is hard earned
..and the phase is a good hunting ground..
..for some hard earned wisdom.”


ENJOY WHEN YOU DON'T GET MUCH ATTENTION.. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey - http://severallyalone.blogspot.com

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

BLACK MONEY: SC TAKES AWAY SHEEN FROM NARENDRA MODI & BJP GOVT

It was a big day politically for BJP but its prospect was marred by two hostile developments, the developments that BJP cannot take on head-on to defend itself or to attack to deflect the barrage of questions being shot on it.

Because, the developments owe their genesis to an agency criticising or attacking which will only harm the party.

Judicial activism has been a sore point for Indian politics and the politicians running the show but has come as the saving grace, the desperate ray of hope for millions of Indians cursed to be crushed under political apathy and corruption.

It is not that the judiciary is corrupt. It is. It is, in fact, highly corrupt at lower levels but when the judicial activism gets its flow from the apex judicial body, the Supreme Court of India, it sends a stern message to the erratic institutions and individuals, including the lower levels of judiciary. And this message is repeated every time, whenever the Supreme Court wields the Constitutional hammer to rein in the erring parties.

So, when the Supreme Court came down heavily, twice, on the Indian government today, criticising it for 'repeated' excuses on forming government in Delhi or conducting fresh elections and rapping it for 'selective' disclosure of the names of the black money account holders, the warning, the message was repeated again, but, with a severe symbolic blow to BJP time.

And it was not about the issue of government formation in Delhi. It was, as expected, about the black money issue.

So, even if the Supreme Court's direct question on 'how BJP would form the government' was embarrassing enough as BJP cannot form the government in Delhi with ethical and transparent means, it was humiliating and shocking when the apex court directed the BJP-led Union Government to submit the list of all overseas account holders by tomorrow, an issue on which the government had taken a U-turn on 'complete disclosure', going as far as to appeal to the Supreme Court to review its 2011 order that 'had sought complete disclosure' of information.

Monday, 27 October 2014

DIWALI, MODI, GADKARI'S HELMET, MAHARASHTRA, BLACK MONEY AND MANY MORE. BUT THE FARM SUICIDE?

Diwali celebrations were in the air and are still continuing in many parts of the country. It made for news headlines and many shows. Understandable.

Narendra Modi was in Jammu & Kashmir on the Diwali day to spend time with the flood victims. He was there to show solidarity with the Indian soldiers in Siachen and the flood victims in J&K. He held high level meetings and announced fund from the Prime Minister's Relief Fund. It contributed to the second largest chunk of editorial planning on the Diwali day. Understandable.

The Maharashtra political scene was not clear on two fronts after BJP emerged as the largest party in the state but 23 short of majority mark of 245 in the Maharashtra assembly. One, who would be the Maharashtra chief minister from BJP. Two, what price BJP would extract from Shiv Sena to oblige the Thackeray party as the 'junior partner' in the alliance. The newsmaking treadmill has continued unabated since then. Understandable.

Black money issue has been an evergreen fodder and was making for news headlines midst the reports that the government was about to disclose names in the court. Though a damp squib so far based on today's developments, the issue has infinitely immense potential to oil the newsmaking machinery. Understandable.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

LIGHTS WERE BRIGHTER. MOOD WAS HAPPIER.

My sister's 11 year daughter yesterday had her demand simple and direct - I needed to write a poem on Diwali, the festival of light, that she could present in her class. The demand had its genesis after she read what I was scribbling, a random poem in fact, had Diwali as one of its elements. My deadline was set for this evening with a strict warning that it had to be as per her 'standards', the elements of which were left to me to think over. And it was to be contemporary, reflecting the trends of the times, at her level.

I looked back on how it went - the day before Diwali, the Diwali day, and the day after Diwali - and tried to pick what kids love the most these days on a festival like Diwali - lights - colours - sweets and chocolates with chocolates getting upper hand on kids' preferences with big-bang chocolaceous promotions - and the schools running meaningful campaigns to aware the students of the harmful effects of traditional crackers and to promote the use of non-polluting crackers.

Well, I did my background work and this is what I have tried. And thankfully, she liked it. My kid. :) 

Lights were brighter..
Mood was happier..
Yes, it was the Diwali day,
Again after a year..

The colourful lights,
Enveloped houses..
The glow of earthen lamps,
Dotted the fences..

Chocolates then,
Added to the plate of sweets..
And more sweetness,
Added to the fun in the streets..

The family time was there,
And we were all together..
We had a green Diwali,
Smoother and safer..

No more noisy crackers,
No more polluting haze..
The blissful Diwali memories
For the coming days.. 

LIGHTS WERE BRIGHTER. MOOD WAS HAPPIER. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey - http://severallyalone.blogspot.com/ 

Saturday, 25 October 2014

MY LEISURE IS QUITE ENGAGED TODAY..






Mouthful of tea by now cold,
And sip of warm icecream,
Amid Diwali’s blinking lights..
Air today has joy of laziness..
Eyes are sleepy,
Yet, sleep sounds detached..
Mind thinks something,
Then takes a stroll,
With no direction,
With nothing to care for,
Comes back home,
And stretches out on me,
With every colour,
In freshness of every taste..
To be, or could not be,
Is no more a question..
Time has stayed put,
After a long time,  
And my leisure is,
Quite engaged today..
Sipped tea today,
And had icecream as well,
And one more time is what,
My good sense demands.. 








MY LEISURE IS QUITE ENGAGED TODAY..

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey - http://severallyalone.blogspot.com/  

आज फुरसत मेरी काफी मसरूफ है..





ठंडी चाय की घूंट,
और गर्म आइसक्रीम की चुस्की, 
दिवाली की जलती बुझती लड़ियों के बीच
आज आलम में सुस्ती की मस्ती है
नींद आँखों में हैं , पर आती भी नहीं है
कुछ सोचता है मनफिर कहीं घूम आता है,
बिना मतलबबेपरवाह
और पसर जाता है ज़िस्म पर,
हर रंग के साथहर जायके की तरावट में
होने और ना हो पाने जैसा कोई सवाल नहीं
ये वक़्त ठहरा बहुत अर्सा बाद है,
और फुरसत मेरी काफी मसरूफ है
आज चाय पी, और साथ में आइसक्रीम भी,
और मन कह रहा है के एक बार और..






आज मेरी फुरसत काफी मसरूफ है..
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey - http://severallyalone.blogspot.com/  

Friday, 24 October 2014

DIWALI LIGHTS AND COLOURS

PHOTOGRAPHY

Lights: Colourful. Jovial. Meaningful. Social.
Colours: Dazzling. Thoughtful. Delightful. Inviting.
Diwali: The Spread of Light. The Reach of Colours.
Diwali: The Spiritual Symbolism of Light.
 Diwali: The Situational Pragmatism of Colours.
Diwali: When the Brightest Hour Comes of the Darkest Day.
Lights and Colours of Diwali: 
Let There Be Light. Let There Be Colours in Life. For All.


DIWALI LIGHTS AND COLOURS

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey - http://severallyalone.blogspot.com/ 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

MAHARASHTRA ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2014: WHY SHIV SENA IS THE BIGGEST LOSER

Out of NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena, the biggest setback goes to Shiv Sena. It is the biggest loser in spite of registering growth, in seats and in vote share.

Many in the party would be rightly thinking, that just for 5 seats, they lost the 'senior ally' in Maharashtra tag, and that too, by a huge margin. Yes, they are the second largest party in Maharashtra assembly but their 63 seats are nowhere near to BJP's 122 seats, given the fact that BJP had been the junior partner of Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and was ready to do so even this time, agreeing to contest on lesser number of seats than Shiv Sena in the failed seat-sharing talks.

And BJP had reasons and rights to ask for so, because it was not too outrageous a demand. It had performed exceedingly well in the Lok Sabha elections cornering maximum number of Lok Sabha seats from Maharashtra that sends 48 members to the parliament.

In 2014 LS polls, BJP had won 23 seats with 27% vote share while Shiv Sena had 18 seats with 21% vote share. It was a considerable improvement for both. BJP had taken up its tally from 9 LS seats and 19% vote share in 2009 to 23 seats in 2014. Shiv Sena also did very well taking up its tally from 10 seats to 18 seats with 17% vote share in 2009.

But Shiv Sena's performance was not at par with its junior ally of the past, when seen in comparison with BJP's rising graph in the state, when it had to be surpassing what BJP achieved. Even in 2009 assembly polls, the junior partner of the alliance had won two seats more (46) than Shiv Sena's 44 seats. And when it simply outperformed everyone in the Lok Sabha polls registering 8% increase in vote share and over 150% increase in seats, it was right to expect for more.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

FACTORS AT PLAY IN MAHARASHTRA AND HARYANA: ANTI-INCUMBENCY

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MAHARASHTRA AND HARYANA VERDICTS AND MODI WAVE*
FACTORS AT PLAY IN MAHARASHTRA AND HARYANA: RULING PARTY/ALLIANCE CORRUPTION**

The discontent was telling. And it was the 'most' popular sentiment in the just concluded elections.

In Maharashtra, the ruling NCP-Congress combine was in government for 15 years, the last three terms. And like the political dispensation has been in India so far, even if it bring some development, it is riddled with corruption and allegations of corruption, as we saw in case of Sheila Dikshit's government in Delhi. Sheila was Delhi's chief minister for three terms, for 15 years.

Her government's track record on development was good, but was not free of corruption. And as the terms went on, from five years, to ten years, to fifteen years, the governance got riddled with more and more allegations of mammoth levels of corruption. Yes, the Delhi that we see today, that can claim substantial development during her terms, kept on oiling the wheels of corruption as well, that put even her under the scanner.

And Maharashtra could not claim even of this front - development (with corruption).

Coupled with political arrogance and insensitivity reflecting in political statements on issues of social relevance, the lack of development or rather the lack of balanced development created heaps of anti-incumbency against the ruling coalition government.

Then there were 'popular' measures adding to the anti-incumbency, the discontent, like verbose talks even if Vidarbha farm suicides continued unabated, like a chief minister on a Taj Hotel tour with a filmmaker just after the 26/11 terror strike, like the continued Maratha Vs Non-Maratha rants, like the consistently bad show of vital social indicators, like the Maratha reservation card and so on. The list seems pretty long.

The discontent had brewed to its full 'ripeness'.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

अश्रुओं में आये हुए इंद्रधनुष से..

शांति के रंग नेत्रों में 
अश्रुओं में आये हुए इंद्रधनुष से 
आकर आज थम गए हैं 
सोचते हुए अब तक के जीवन पर 
बातें करते हुए मानस से 
आत्मा के सामंजस्य में 
स्मृतियों का ये स्पंदन नवीन है 
इनका विस्तार कहता है  
सीखते रहना और चलते जाना 
जीवन की कठिनाइयों के साथ 
और संताप को जीते जाने की 
की निरंतरता के साथ 
अश्रुओं में आया इन्द्रधनुष कहता है 
धैर्य रखना और चलते जाना 
स्वार्थी सरोकारों से होते हुए 
उदासीन कोनों में रहते हुए 
और स्वयं को पुनः पा लेना 
उस जीवन पथ पर 
जो छल के आवरण में 
कहीं लुप्त हो गया था 
ये आनंद के अश्रु कहते हैं नेत्रों से 
समय अब आ गया है 
अब और विलाप नहीं..


शांति के रंग नेत्रों में, अश्रुओं में आये हुए इंद्रधनुष से, आकर आज थम गए हैं 
सोचते हुए अब तक के जीवन पर, बातें करते हुए मानस से, आत्मा के सामंजस्य में 
स्मृतियों का ये स्पंदन नवीन है, इनका विस्तार कहता है, सीखते रहना और चलते जाना 
जीवन की कठिनाइयों के साथ, और संताप को जीते जाने की की निरंतरता के साथ 
धैर्य रखना और चलते जाना, स्वार्थी सरोकारों से होते हुए, उदासीन कोनों में रहते हुए 
और स्वयं को पुनः पा लेना, उस जीवन पथ पर जो छल के आवरण में कहीं लुप्त हो गया था 
ये आनंद के अश्रु कहते हैं नेत्रों से, समय अब आ गया है, अब और विलाप नहीं

अश्रुओं में आये हुए इंद्रधनुष से..

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey - http://severallyalone.blogspot.com/