Month: June 2013

Man vs Nature

The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.

– Job 1:21

Ever since the beginning of time man has tried to control, tame and at the same time exploit nature. He has used forest for timber, rivers and lakes for water and land for minerals but never has he returned the favor. The recent occurrences in Uttarakhand is an example of what is to be expected when nature decides to reply back.
Uttarakhand lies in the fragile belt of Himalayas. Due to this the area has been victim to several calamities in the past few years. Inspite of this, activities such as building tunnels, dams and cutting of slopes have been taken place which have increased the risk of such disasters. The recent floods and landslides has devastated villages and killed thousands of people.
It was not as if man didn’t know what it was dealing with; several geologist had warned about the risks that were involved, several saints had protested against building of dams and yet such warnings weren’t paid heed to.
Sustainable development is the need of the hour. Man cannot ignore the involvement of nature while focusing only on development.
The recent occurrences are warnings ; warnings that human shall not meddle with the forces of nature or it shall face its wrath.
Let us all hope that good sense prevails.

24th June 2013.

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Today (Part 2)

Part 1 of the post can be found here

“When was the last time you woke up and realized that today could be the best day of your life?”
– Steve Maraboli

Ironically I came across the above quote as I was whiling away my time surfing.
Considering the question is open to anybody I would like to answer it (yes, I know its a rhetorical question).
“Dear Mr. Maraboli, when was the last time you woke up and realised you have to go to office on a saturday, while its pouring cats and dogs?”
– Harsh Kundnani.

Just for the records : I don’t enjoy cribbing, quite the contrary as a matter of fact. It was sarcastic humour I was aiming for back there. As for the mood update, paneer biryani made my day!

Today

As the persistent alarm manages to wake me up, I realize I am in a gloomy mood this morning. I wish I had one of those remote which Adam Sandler had in ‘Click’ so that I could fast forward this day. Alas!
The prospects of the day didn’t help one single bit. I have a long tiring day at work to look forward to and no plans for the night (so if anybody is free, do let me know). Also I had a minor argument with a friend last night which just makes me even more sulky. Enough of the ranting or you would probably think I’m a girl or something (no offense meant to womankind of course).
As a matter of fact I have no clue why I am blabbering, while lazing around on my couch, but for the fact that writing makes me feel better.

Thanks for listening.

Have a nice day.

15th June 2013

A walk with Joel (Part 2)

Upon much insistence by a friend I have decided to continue Joels’  series. This is a continuation of a short story written earlier by me which can be found here.

He looked at himself in the mirror, judging himself, wondering if he was dressed appropriately for the occasion. It was the second time Anne and he were going out for dinner. He had wondered if it was appropriate to call it a date while describing it to his friends and decided against it.

As he was about to step out of the house, Anne called up.

‘Hey!’ said the ever-cheerful voice from the other end.

‘Hey there’, replied Joel.

‘Listen, don’t be too mad but I’ve invited Clem and Pierre tonight too. How could I not? Its Clem’s birthday this week and I wont be able to meet her next week’, said Anne, hoping she hadn’t ruined their evening.

‘No, that’s alright. They going through a rough patch. maybe we can sort things out. See you in 5?’ replied Joel.

’15 actually. Let me get ready now. Adios’, said Anne and kept down the phone.

Joel put on his gloves and decided to walk it down to Anne’s home. Much to Joel’s surprise, it was raining slightly. Such weather was uncommon during December but that’s how he preferred it. He immediately started thinking about what were going to do tonight and damning the fact that Pierre and Clementine were joining them for dinner. He had wanted to spend some quality time with Anne and maybe even express his feelings. He felt a pang of guilt as he realized this was Pierre’s last week in town before he leaves for Paris. Pierre was Joel’s closest friend ever since he had shifted to France few years back. Both of them were inseparable during college but they had hardly met after their graduation. Joel had been busy taking up a few odd jobs and mastering his skills as an architect. Joel made a mental note to devote the entire next week to Pierre. As he was about to reach Anne’s building, her thoughts entered his mind again. Should he take her for a walk after dinner? Should he express his feelings during the walk? Or would it be appropriate to express it over dinner some other time? he decided that whatever he was probably over-thinking and that whatever he had to say would be what he feels at the spur of the moment.

True to her word Anne was there, waiting below her building. She was dressed in an elegant white dress. No make-up and with just a necklace around her neck, for Joel she was the most beautiful person he had ever seen in his entire life.

A lot of things felt good in life. It had felt good when he had represented his school in a football matches. It had felt good when he had graduated. It had felt good when he had received his first paycheck. Love felt better.

To be continued..

12th June 2013