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, 16 April 2014

PUTINISM’S ARMOURED PROPAGANDA IN UKRAINE

PUTINISM ROUNDUP

Ukraine crisis: Militants, army face off in east amid soaring tensions – CNN
Ukraine crisis: combat vehicles with pro-Russian troops enter town – CBC

Ukraine’s crisis deepens.

Ukraine declared Crimea a ‘temporarily occupied territory’ as it suffered an ‘armoured’ propaganda in the Ukrainian town of Slovyansk.

According to the reports, armoured personnel carriers and armed militants, in combat fatigue, marched to the central square of Slovyansk, an Eastern Ukrainian city, in apparent defiance to the Ukrainian decision to militarily confront the pro-Russian militants. Reports say quoting the Defence Ministry of Ukraine that these vehicles belonged to the Ukrainian troops and were seized by the militants.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

LIFE BEGINS THE DAY WITH THE GANGA: THE DAYSPRING LEADS TO THE GANGA (5)

A MORNING WITH THE GANGA GETS YOUNGER (14)
PHOTOGRAPHY

A series of sequential photographs  of a Morning with the Ganga, travelling from the last phase of a night at the daybreak to the spring of the morning as it gets younger.. 




LIFE BEGINS THE DAY WITH THE GANGA

THE DAYSPRING LEADS TO THE GANGA

Varanasi is because the Ganga is.

The Ganga ghats in Varanasi are the lively ecosystems of human living where life is always in motion, full of vibrant shades defining the every moment of day in its inhabitant’s lives.

A morning with the Ganga is the quality time worth living every day and a memory worth revisiting every day.

Sharing the moments of a morning with the Mother River when a day steps from the slowing rhythm of the night to the energized urge of the daybreak to evolve into a fully blossomed morning - soft, caring and motivating – is an experience of the lifetime.

It is a story that can be told and retold every day. It is a story that remains forever young, with Mother Ganga, with the Ganga ghats, with its mysticism, with its spirituality, with its flow of being Banarasi, with people from every walk of life and with people who are an inseparable part of this ecosystem.

And it is equally riveting to capture the moments.

Come, and be enchanted. 

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

Monday, 14 April 2014

A POLITICALLY ENLIGHTENED ARVING KEJRIWAL IS REACHING VARANASI NEXT MORNING

GENERAL ELECTIONS 2014

Arvind Kejriwal has left for Varanasi and is reaching there the next morning to pick the thread of campaigning that he had initiated last month. Almost three weeks have passed since then.

During these three weeks, Kejriwal, on one fine day, got the half-baked enlightenment that pushed him to say that the time chosen to leave the Delhi government was wrong.

While saying this in a half-hearted temper, Kejriwal put his moral on the higher pedestal declaring the move a tactical miscalculation as the Delhiites could not understand his puritan motive.

And now, with this enlightenment (political) that has lighten the burden of his heart, he is reaching the city of Lord Shiva tomorrow to set in motion his campaigning that is directed against defeating Narendra Modi.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

AFTER CRIMEA HAS FALLEN..NOW, VIOLENCE ESCALATES IN UKRAINE

PUTINISM ROUNDUP

Ukraine Forces and Pro-Russian Militants Battle Over Local Police Station – New York Times
US Tries to Help Ukraine, Reassure Allies Without Riling Russia - Wall Street Journal
NATO images purport to show Russia 'ready for combat' on Ukrainian border – Christian Science Monitor
Russia Plotting for Ukrainian Influence, Not Invasion, Analysts Say – New York Times

Putinism got Crimea delivered to Russia after six decades of a former Russian dictator ‘gifting’ the region to Ukraine.  

And this ‘nationalist’ act of the self-serving ultranationalist Vladimir Putin was more than enough to surge his popularity. But as the international affairs analysts say - only delivering Crimea is not going to be helpful for Putin on the question of Ukraine and Russia’s interest in the country.

An active control over the politics of Ukraine is a must for Putinism if Putin wants to remain as popular, as he is now, something, that would be a lethal tool to silence the voice of his opponents in Russia.

A Western control of Ukraine including the European countries is a saleable and lucrative prospect to incite the nationalist feelings for Putinism. Also, strategically - the US looking into the courtyard of Russia - it would be a compromising position for Russia.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

LIVE YOUR SENSE OF THE DAY

Play or play not
May or may be not
Outlaw and outlandish
Sensible or gibberish
Shed the inhibitions
Tear into questions
Rewrite interpretations
Soak into the moment of,
Your resurrection
Enjoy the outlaw of May
Live your sense of the Day

Friday, 11 April 2014

MUKHTAR ANSARI TAKES EXIT ROUTE FROM VARANASI

GENERAL ELECTIONS 2014

 Mukhtar Ansari decided to quit the battlefield of Varanasi saying he did so to consolidate the secular votes against Modi.

But it is going to help Modi only. And therefore, we have reports analysing the possible behind the scene deal between the BJP and Mukhtar on it.

That may, may not be. Mukhtar would have got Muslim votes only this time because he would not be contesting on a BSP ticket, and therefore was not to get the traditional BSP votes.

Mukhtar Ansari, who is in jail in the case of a BJP MP murder, is a polarising figure and carries the ability to polarise Muslim votes in his area, the belt of Ghazipur-Mau (he is contesting from Ghosi that covers Mau district) that extends to Varanasi as well. He has been openly communal in his acts and is facing case of inciting religious violence.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

NARENDRA MODI’S WIFE: LET’S RESPECT PRIVACY, AT LEAST, FOR THE SAKE OF THE LADY

Narendra Modi’s marriage has always been a hotly debated issue. And Narendra Modi has always maintained a stoic silence about it.

And he is expected to continue with his silence even after admitting on oath that Jashodaben, the 62 year old retired school teacher is indeed his wife.

And his acceptance owes more to the compulsion of fulfilling a technical requirement while submitting his poll affidavit for the Lok Sabhal polls 2014 than to some inner enlightenment or to some other factor.

Though separated amicably, as in Jashodaben’s words, the marriage was never formally annulled, and so could have legal repercussions for Narendra Modi’s candidature.

Also, as reported, it is not a controversial nuptial arrangement that is in Modi’s past. It represents more of typical, circumstantial, social agreements in Indian families where disagreements still don’t have chances in many cases, especially in rural areas and in orthodox families. And Modi’s case dates back to late 60s when marriages were strictly family elders’ affairs, decided and affixed by them. According to the reports, both were underage when got married. 

And who cares about women in this country, especially politicians (and the men in them). Don’t we know how they have sabotaged the passage of the women’s reservation bill so far?

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

THOSE DAYS OF CONTROLLED TV ACCESS

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While randomly chatting with a colleague, this nostalgic subject matter of the good old days cropped up. The conversation began with the household discipline on milk-drinking habits when we were children, something that I was much undisciplined at, always intent to decline and sabotage the mission of my family members to get that glass of milk down my alimentary canal, and we went on discussing similar things in the short free time available during the hectic days of election planning and programming.

During this conversation, the subject matter cropped up that I intended to tell in the initial line here. Again, it was linked to the household discipline in our early childhood days and teens.

Many TV screens were flickering with content before our eyes and our discussion graduated to one of the most disciplined aspects of our lives those days – access to TV, and especially the category of content. And the person carrying the power to wield an atmosphere of discipline in the family happened to be the father or (and) any other family elder having stature similar to the father.

And our reactions were mix of respect and fear whenever we faced the situations of an approaching threat of being scolded (with some mild slaps occasionally) when caught some entertainment (read song) based programme on TV.

Respect, because a father is still the ultimate hero and the role model in the traditional Indian families.

Fear, because we wanted to catch the song, cartoon and movie programmes desperately and relished watching the TV to watch as much as possible whenever father was out.

Fear, because, watching entertainment content like songs was heavily rationed in those days and was certainly a no go zone from the father as such programmes were scheduled for the time band of the day supposed to be our study hours in my family. A heavily rationed TV content, regulated by the whims of the Door Darshan officials only compounded our misery.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

LIFE BEGINS THE DAY WITH THE GANGA: THE DAYSPRING LEADS TO THE GANGA (4)

A MORNING WITH THE GANGA GETS YOUNGER (13)
PHOTOGRAPHY

A series of sequential photographs  of a Morning with the Ganga, travelling from the last phase of a night at the daybreak to the spring of the morning as it gets younger.. 



LIFE BEGINS THE DAY WITH THE GANGA

THE DAYSPRING LEADS TO THE GANGA

Varanasi is because the Ganga is.

The Ganga ghats in Varanasi are the lively ecosystems of human living where life is always in motion, full of vibrant shades defining the every moment of day in its inhabitant’s lives.

A morning with the Ganga is the quality time worth living every day and a memory worth revisiting every day.

Sharing the moments of a morning with the Mother River when a day steps from the slowing rhythm of the night to the energized urge of the daybreak to evolve into a fully blossomed morning - soft, caring and motivating – is an experience of the lifetime.

It is a story that can be told and retold every day. It is a story that remains forever young, with Mother Ganga, with the Ganga ghats, with its mysticism, with its spirituality, with its flow of being Banarasi, with people from every walk of life and with people who are an inseparable part of this ecosystem.

And it is equally riveting to capture the moments.

Come, and be enchanted. 

Get interactive with Banaras Calling’s Facebook extension at: 

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

Monday, 7 April 2014

WHEN LIFE TAKES A TURN..

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When life takes a turn, you can take the leap of your life.

And life does take turns regularly.

Like the moves of a cheating partner, commitment phobic and misleading, exploiting and excruciating.

Like the moods of a caring family member, always by your side, come what may, healing and reviving.

And you do have opportunities to leap ahead, in gloom, or when you bloom.

Positives add but don't let the negatives drag you down.