Monday, August 3, 2009

Prisoners of War

We all,
are Prisoners of War.
Our hearts can no more
take any scar.

Pulled into battles and
pulled into wars.
Little do we know
what we are fighting for.

Running through a maze,
surrounded by a blaze.
we live in a delusion.
For us, World's an illusion.

False step ahead and
you fall and die.
Stick to your position,
you suffer and cry.

There's a sigh, after
every day's survival.
Human values here, have
importance that’s trivial. (We all..)

Bars around you
to keep you tight.
Food for thought
is out of sight.

Routine is your lifestyle
as a trained sniff dog.
Work, eat and sleep and
nothing more to clog.

We look into skies
for a shower of rain,
to wipe out our cries
and forget our pain.

When will we escape
and where is our destiny.
Our hopes and dreams
are killed in the mutiny. (We all..)

Thou shall not give up
And thou shall not die.
Come whatever may
We will conquer one day.

We regenerate hope
with every living breath,
fight till the death
will remain our oath.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Mon Ami Surjith...

To again prove the fact that me and surjith do more of arguments and conversation rather than productive work, find below one of the replies from him for a PPT i had sent.

The PPT came to me as a forward and was about how India is tolerant to the Minority religions while minorities in other nations deprive of these privileges. It mainly concentrated on how Hindus are tolerent to such kind of treatment in their own land and how they stay mumb as silent observers even though they are majorities here in India.

I had just asked Surjith about his views on the PPT and here goes the reply in his own words....

All Hindus are not intolerant just as all Muslims are not terrorists.

If one has to talk about khilafat movement and why Gandhi supported it, one has to be aware of the historic situations which were prevailing at that time. But for starters, Khilafat started as an opposition against British occupation of Turkey. It soon spread to a large scale in India because of the political situation at that time(Remember that a few million Indians be it Hindus or Muslims or the nonreligious were seriously thinking that enough is enough and the British should leave Indians alone). Congress decided to support Khilafat on the basis that it will complement the Swaraj movement. So get the facts right(that is to who ever made this ppt).

As for arguments such as In Muslim countries it is like this, why are we doing like this, I don’t think that any straight thinking person would even bother to reply. Why, the cannibals eat other humans, we should eat them, of course!

Every society has its vices. In some societies the vices overshadow the virtues. The question is what you would choose to be. As some wise guy has once said, if everyone went for “an eye for an eye” then the whole world will be blind; which leads me to another point. Is the fact that Hindus were persecuted in Kashmir solved by killing Muslims in Gujarat? How did you feel when Indians were killed by fanatics in US because they mistook Sikhs for Arabs? There was Sikh terrorism in India. It was also brutal. But did the killing of innocent Sikhs in US make anyone happy for it? Or take Maharashtra where they say all outsiders should go away. They started beating and killing people from UP and Bihar(last time it was South Indians). They too ask the similar questions. People from outside come to Maharashtra and make a living in their cities. How can a non Maharashtrian become a big shot in Maharashtra.

One thing people forget is that a Hindu is a hindu just because he was born in a family practicing that religion. Same goes to any other religion. People flaunt Nehru’s name as if he is just another cheap politician. People flaunt Indian Constitution as if it is just a piece of paper. What they forget is that India’s first Prime Minister did not become that because he slept with someone or because of his political cunningness(though the second was definitely a factor). He and many of the great leaders had a vision about a Unified India which they thought they could bring to reality. India’s leading brains poured into the making of our constitution. Things might have gone wrong somewhere along the line that too because of people divided by culture and religion and regionalism and there were people who made use of these vulnerabilities for their own gains.
[I went for a coffee break, so lost the flow hence concluding]

If India had followed the form of secularism in many European countries, then religion would have stayed as a closet issue. In many countries people are not allowed public show of their faith, wearing religious symbols in public etc. However Indian secularism is aimed at preserving the varied culture that existed in the sub-continent which was unified as one nation. This is so, because in India culture is so closely knit with religion that they are almost inseparable. Politicians over time has misused or rather abused this framework to satisfy their vote banks and now our nation is in a pitiable state. But as V says in the movie, if we are looking for the guilty, we need only look in the mirror. (Worth mentioning fact here is that Surjith reads a lot of books of all genres and is a great world movie fan.)


i didnt reply anything to this mail as unsually i kept myself occupied with some technical work but had an idea that i will post this in here to record Surjith's valuable views.

Mon Ami Surjith, indeed there is a long way to go in understanding and implementing the real secularism and as far as looking into the mirror is concerned, i restrain hereafter from looking myself in mirrors...

காதல் போர்

எல்லை தாண்டிய
தீவிரவாதியாய்,
என் நெஞ்சுக்குள்
நுழைந்தவனே!

உன் காதலெனும்
கண்ணி வெடியில் சிக்கி,
கணப்பொழுதில் நான்
சொர்க்கம் சென்றேன்.

உன் பார்வை ஸ்பரிசங்கள்
பட்ட இடமெல்லாம்,
என்னுள் ஏனோ
மோகத்தீயாய் பற்றி எரிகின்றது.

உன் சிரிப்பு ஏவுகணைகள்
என் மனதில் இறங்கி,
இன்பம் தரும் ஒரு
வலியை ஏற்படுத்துகின்றன.

என் கனவுப் பாசறையில்
நிதமும் நுழைந்து,
இரவு வேளைகளில்
வேவு பார்கிறாய்.

என் இயற்கை சீற்றங்களின் போது
அமைதியாய் அருகிலமர்ந்து,
தலை கோதி புன்முறுவல்
பொருளுதவி செய்கிறாய்.

பேச்சுவார்த்தைகளும்
பிரகடனங்களும், நம்முள்
காதலை வளர்க்க
நாளும் நடக்கட்டும்.

நாம், காதல் போர் நிறுத்த
ஒப்பந்தங்களை துறந்து,
திருமண தீவிரவாதத்தை
தொடர்ந்து கடைபிடிப்போம்.

இவண்
பாலாஜி

காதல் போர்

எல்லை தாண்டிய
தீவிரவாதியாய்,
என் நெஞ்சுக்குள்
நுழைந்தவனே!

உன் காதலெனும்
கண்ணி வெடியில் சிக்கி,
கணப்பொழுதில் நான்
சொர்க்கம் சென்றேன்.

உன் பார்வை ஸ்பரிசங்கள்
பட்ட இடமெல்லாம்,
என்னுள் ஏனோ
மோகத்தீயாய் பற்றி எரிகின்றது.

உன் சிரிப்பு ஏவுகணைகள்
என் மனதில் இறங்கி,
இன்பம் தரும் ஒரு
வலியை ஏற்படுத்துகின்றன.

என் கனவுப் பாசறையில்
நிதமும் நுழைந்து,
இரவு வேளைகளில்
வேவு பார்கிறாய்.

என் இயற்கை சீற்றங்களின் போது
அமைதியாய் அருகிலமர்ந்து,
தலை கோதி புன்முறுவல்
பொருளுதவி செய்கிறாய்.

பேச்சுவார்த்தைகளும்
பிரகடனங்களும்,
நம்முள்காதலை வளர்க்க
நாளும் நடக்கட்டும்.

நாம், காதல் போர் நிறுத்த
ஒப்பந்தங்களை துறந்து,
திருமண தீவிரவாதத்தை
தொடர்ந்து கடைபிடிப்போம்.

இவண்
பாலாஜி

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

இழப்பு

உன் காதலுக்காக ஏங்கி
ஒருநாளும் கசிந்துருகியதில்லை நான்.

காலை பொழுதின் துவக்கத்தில்,
உன்கனவுகளோடு விழித்ததில்லை இதுவரை.

நீ என்னை கடந்து செல்லும் பொழுதுகளில்,
வண்ணத்துப்பூச்சிகள் பறந்ததில்லை மனதுக்குள்.

வாழ்த்துப் பரிமாற்றங்களும், அன்பளிப்புகளும்,
காதல் கொண்டு செய்ததில்லை நாம்.

காகிதங்களில் கவிதைகள் நிரப்ப,
கற்பனையாய் கூட காதலித்ததில்லை உன்னை.

எதிரெதிரே பார்க்கும் போது,
வெட்கப்பட்டு தரை நோக்கியதில்லை நீ.

வார்த்தை பரிமாற்றங்கள் இல்லாத வேளைகளில்
கண்களால் பேசிக் கொண்டதில்லை நாம்.

ஆனால்,
என்றோ ஒருநாளின் கேலிப்பேச்சும்,
சிநேகமாய் சிந்திய சிரிப்பும்,
கல்லூரி அகராதியில் காதலேன்றேண்ணி,
கிண்டலடித்த நண்பர்கள் பேச்சால்,
இன்று இழந்து விட்டு நிற்கிறேன்,
இனியவளே, உன் "தூய நட்பை".

இவண்
பாலாஜி

Monday, July 28, 2008

An interesting mail conversation

This post of mine is not intended to create any havoc and increase the ever existing dispute between the people of North and South on the dominance of their own language, culture and other factors....

This all started when my good friend boopalan sent me a mail quoting Mr. Annadurai, ex-cheif minister of TN, speech in parliament opposing hindi imposing in TN. Here it goes...

Annadurai's Speech in Indian Parliament
In an address in 1962, former
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister C N Annadurai made the following statements opposing Hindi imposition: "It is claimed that Hindi should be common language because it is spoken by the majority. Why should we then claim the tiger as our national animal instead of the rat which is so much more numerous? Or the peacock as our national bird when the crow is ubiquitous?"
Annadurai also said,
"Since every school in India teaches English, why can't it be our link language? Why do Tamils have to study English for communication with the world and Hindi for communications within India? Do we need a big door for the big dog and a small door for the small dog? I say, let the small dog use the big door too!"
[3]
Most people in Tamilnadu feel that if Hindi enters their land, their classical language and ancient culture/tradition would be no more, citing cities like Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad where the native language is rendered nearly auxiliary: in any of these cities it is entirely possible to live without knowing the native language, with Hindi serving as lingua franca; in so much that both political and non-political organizations alike have expressed concerns over the future of their native language/culture [4][5][6][7]

Dont know why but i was so aroused seeing this in the morning and finding my another good friend Surjith missing in the mail list i forwarded the same with the below comment (very subjective to my opinion..not to hurt any northies feelings)

This is specially to people who think Hindi as the primary language and think other regional languages as a speck of dust…..

Soon came the reply from Surjith stating...

The problem is Indians doesn’t learn English either. We learn Manglish, Tanglish, Hinglish and so on so that it is not only difficult to communicate within India, the world doesn’t understand us properly either. Maybe that’s why our communication with world is limited to “yes sir” and “we’ll do that sir”! BTW why have you forwarded this mail to me. You should be mailing this to all ELTPs and igniting the fuse of a serial bomb blast! You are no terrorist Baalaji. Shame on you... :P J.

So i replied to surjith with my view on the issue...

The forward would do no good surjith as most of the northies would not know who Annadurai is..he would just be treated as one of lost faces of a kollywood…. Northies most often don’t bother to know anything abt the south when we southies often keep updated of what happens in the north... I don’t actually accuse all the northies but most of them are like that.. if we are put up in some place in north we usually make up our mind to know the language of that region and tend to adjust with it while northies, no matter how much ever long they are put up in south, they tend to stick to their own language and then make a fuss out of it…hmm don’t know why am so angry at things right in the morning…might be work desperation ;-) anyways carry on dude….

And then came the very awaited philosophical explanation from Surjith who finds great pleasure in killing time with his passion to listen to Heavy metal bands and reading books of all kinds...

You got a point there. Many people especially from Northern parts tend to view people from south are worthless. To think that a great person like Anna being dragged into ignorant debate is a horror. But I feel that sectarian feelings are just as strong among southern people too. However, being a majority in case of north-south divide, they show more arrogance.

One has to wonder if people from South are not to be blamed at least partly. Most of the people in south have been contented with non-risk taking way of life which churns out more bureaucrats. While the lack of political success from south at national level can be blamed on number games of democracy, there are only a few leaders from south who even made an impact at national level. Same goes to business or any other fields. Even though Maharashtrians are viewed as separate from “north” by many people in “north”, they can’t ignore Maharashtra because of the economic implications. Similarly if you take the case of Bengal, then they have such literary and political figures who made impact at national level.

Anyway this divide is not limited to India. In US also there is acute North-South divide and the cultures are far apart. Same goes for many other countries including The UK, France etc.. But the larger fact is that people are losing the essence of life trying to live in their own cocoons. As they say it is a wonderful world out there...


This is all that i have got till i draft out this post for the blog..But i assure you in no means are we indians strictly sticking on to this North and South debates...everyone of us are guilty in a way and have grudges against each other at heart.. but a simple cricket match would just unite us to cheer for our country and thus we stand tall at the end of the day, Proud to be Indians.



Monday, July 21, 2008

காவியக்காதல்

பொதிகை மலையிடைத்
தென்றலால் ஆசையும்
பூந்தளிறாய் நடைபயின்றாள்,
அம்மெல்லிடையாள்.

பகலவன் பார்வையில்
பட்டதும் முழுநிலவாய்,
மன்னவன் முன்னவள்
பொலிவுடன் நின்றனள்.

மன்னவன் மார்பினில்
மாலையாய் அமர்ந்தாள்
அல்லிச்சரம் உடுத்திய
அழகு மங்கை.

தேன்தமிழூறிய
பலாச்சுளை அதரத்தால்
ஆநிரைத்தலைவனிடம்
ஐயமொன்று வினவினாள்.

காதலெனும் மோகமுறும்
காளையரும் கன்னியரும்
விழிவழி பேசும்
விந்தை என்னவென்றாள்?

"நறுமணம் வீசும்
மலர்களினிடையே
காதலின் பரிமாற்றம்
உணர்வாயோ!

காற்றின் வழியே
நிகழும் அந்த
மகரந்தச் சேர்க்கை
அறிவாயோ!

மலர் மனம் இரண்டின்
வார்த்தைகள் இங்கு,
கண்களின் வழியே
காற்றினில் நுழைந்து,

மனங்களின் சேர்க்கை
நிகழ்கின்றது;காற்றில்
காதலின் நறுமணம்
நிறைகின்றது."

புன்னகை தவழ
மன்னவன் கூறிட,
காதலின் கவித்துவம்
மங்கை உணர்ந்தாள்;
அதன் தீஞ்சுவையில்
தன்னை மறந்தாள்.

இவண்
பாலாஜி