How the COVID-19 have impacted lives: A personal journey

May 26, 2020New DelhiHumanity has been slapped with a pandemic of extreme severity and magnitude in terms of incidence, penetrance, and mortality in such a short span of time. Global standstill, thy name is COVID-19. Having claimed more than 346,000 lives (Johns Hopkins University, CSSE data, 26/5/2020, 18:12:25, IST) [1], this pandemic has affected the lives and times of nearly every […]

Cleanliness: Road to Health

“Cleanliness is next to godliness.” We have been incorporated with this thought since time immemorial. India, being the ancient land of seekers, which gave the world one of the first civilization, was characterized by the cleanest and greenest cities [1] [2]. With time, an amalgamation of new cultures take place and its collective ideology transcends. Cleanliness is one such behaviouristic […]

मानसून: जीवन का रूपक

“एक पईसा की लाई, बाजार में छितराई, बरखा उधरे भिलाई।” बचपन से मानसून का सामना इन्हीं पंक्तियों के स्वतः उच्चारण के साथ होता था। मौसम की पहली बारिश के साथ ही धरिणी की शुष्क तपिश शांत होती है और एक नया चक्र प्रारंभ होता है; तापमान में कमी एवं बारिश का। बारिश जो यदा-कदा मूसलाधार गर्जन के साथ दस्तक देती है। एक अन्य […]

Reminiscing Shri Kuldip Nayar

Saddened to have learned that Shri Kuldip Nayar, one of the pillars of Indian journalism since independence is no more among us. I vividly remember visiting him at his place back in September 2014. The humble and curious soul he was. A former Indian High commissioner to the UK, to ever quested journalist to a former member of parliament. To […]

Love and society

What I know about gifting is a good habit. And gifting a promise stands as no exception to this. Welcome aboard. This is the story of a girl who was the envy of every single ‘X’ gene pool and the boy who dared. Dared to love of course! She kept several rules, he knew no rules. She was strictly time-bound, he […]

Surviving the Hurricane Phailin

If the wind triggers its velocity beyond 65 kmph, it is called a storm. With more speed, it attains the name of Hurricane. However, on Saturday night it rocketed to the topmost ferocity of 220 kmph putting all the hurricanes to shame. They call it ‘Phailin’ the most destructive one even compared to that of Katrina that hit the US […]

The Relationship that echoes beyond words

It is the irony of our society and literature that we imprisoned love in realms of limits. Love can’t be circumferred. It’s always an awful attempt to anchor. Love is splendid, vast and vivid. Our literature is still bound to maternal affection and spread over a streak of affairs of Romeos and Juliets. The love of siblings is sacrificed in […]

Atithi Devo Bhavah

Since the origin of the Vedas, the Upanishads, we have learnt of the old rite Atithi Devo Bhavah, a continuous sharing of culture which we have been doing over time. Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa civilization got named as “India and Pakistan” in the “Two Nation Theory”. The dream of a United Hindustan about which sages thought, Akbar lived and Dara Shikoh […]

विशिष्टाद्वैतवाद : एक दर्शन

कुछ दिनों पहले अली सरदार जाफरी साहब द्वारा रचित पुस्तक कबीर अमृत वाणी पढ़ने का सुअवसर मिला. काफी अच्छा लगा. एक बात गौर करने वाली मैंने देखी इसमें जो परमात्मा के स्वरूपों की व्याख्या कर रही थी. पुराने समय से ही हमारा समाज आत्मा और परमात्मा के स्वरूपों की व्याख्या के जंजाल में फंसा है. नहीं, ऐसा कदापि नहीं है […]

ज्योतिर्मा तमस गमय

इस संसार में सारी स्थितियां अपने साथ एक नकारात्मक भाव रखती हैं. सुख है, तो दुःख भी, अमीरी के साथ गरीबी सन्निहित है, यथा ही प्रकाश के साथ अंधकार भी सतत गतिमान है. इसी सन्दर्भ में स्मरण में आते हैं अँधेरे के कवि, फ़िराक गोरखपुरी जी. फ़िराक साहब ने अपनी रचनाओं में इन्ही नकारात्मक पहलुवों की सुंदर विवेचना कि है. […]

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