Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The 99 Club

Once upon a time, there lived a King who, despite his luxurious lifestyle, was neither happy nor content.

One day, the King came upon a Servant who was singing happily while he worked. This fascinated the King; why was he, the Supreme Ruler of the Land, unhappy and gloomy, while a lowly Servant had so much joy. The King asked the Servant, "Why are you so happy?"

The Servant replied, "Your Majesty, I am nothing but a Servant, but my family and I don't need too much - just a Roof over our heads and warm food to fill our tummies."

The King was not satisfied with that reply.

Later in the day, he sought the advice of his most trusted Advisor. After hearing the King's woes and the Servant's story, the Advisor said, "Your Majesty, I believe that the Servant has not been made part of The 99 Club."

"The 99 Club? And what exactly is that?" the King inquired.

The Advisor replied, "Your Majesty, to truly know what The 99 Club is place 99 Gold Coins in a bag and leave it at this Servant's doorstep."

When the Servant saw the bag, he took it into his house. When he opened the bag, he let out a great shout of joy... so many Gold Coins!

He began to count them. After several counts, he was at last convinced that there were 99 Coins.

He wondered, "What could've happened to that last Gold Coin? Surely, no one would leave 99 Coins!"

He looked everywhere he could, but that final Coin was elusive. Finally, exhausted, he decided that he was going to have to work harder than ever to earn that Gold Coin and complete his collection.

From that day, the Servant's life was changed. He was overworked, horribly grumpy, and castigated his family for not helping him make that 100th Gold Coin. He stopped singing while he worked.

Witnessing this drastic transformation, the King was puzzled. When he sought his Advisor's help, the Advisor said, "Your Majesty, the Servant has now officially joined The 99 Club."

He continued, "The 99 Club is a name given to those people who have enough to be happy but are never contented, because they're always yearning and striving for that extra "1" telling to themselves: "Let me get that one final thing and then I will be happy for life."

We can be happy, even with very little in our lives, but the minute we're given something bigger and better, we want even more!

We lose our sleep, our happiness, we hurt the people around us; all these as a Price for our growing needs and desires.

पर सोचता हूँ मैं कैसे ...

कह सकूँ तो कह दूँ
दिल के अरमाँ बता दूँ
कब से पाल रहा हूँ
सपने सँजो-सँजो कर
एक सपने जैसा-है सब
हाँ, एक सपने जैसा-है सब
कहीं सपना ..... ही तो नहीं
चँचल-सी वो कोमल-परी |

फुर्सत में ख़याल आया ...
छोटी-छोटी बातों पर
वो खिल-खिलाकर उनका हँसना
छोटी-छोटी बातों पर खिल-खिलाकर हँसना
अपनी ही धुन में मस्त रहना
और वो धीमे-धीमे गुनगुनाना,
नटखट तो नहीं वो - 2
पर नासमझ भी नहीं हैं
नादानी कहना क्या ठीक होगा,
नादानी कहना क्या ठीक होगा उनकी उन हरकतों को
सानी नही कोई .. कहना क्या ठीक होगा |

[पूछते है लोग
क्यों रहते हो उनसे दूर-दूर ] -2
हाँ, खीचतें हैं दोस्त
क्यों रहते हो खोये-खोये
अब उन्हें क्या बताएं ...
हम तो उन्हें छूने का एक बहाना ढूँढते हैं
उनके लवों के लिए एक तराना ढूँढते हैं
और .... पास उनके आने का एक याराना ढूँढते हैं |

मुझे डर हैं
हाँ डर है, रह न जाए प्रेम अधूरा
उलझन में हूँ .... दूँ क्या खुद को मौंका - 2
पर मौके की ज़रूरत किसे हैं
हाँ, मौके की ज़रूरत किसे हैं
मन में है क्या
चाहता हूँ क्या करना
खुद को ना मालूम
क्या करेगी मदद दुनिया
फिकर नहीं मुझे अपनी
हाँ, फिकर नहीं मुझे अपनी
हूँ मैं रास्तो का आवारा
पर सोचता हूँ मैं कैसे ...
न करूँ उसकी फिकर
टूट जाएगी मेरे बिना,
लिहाज तो करना पड़ेगा
हाँ, इलाज तो करना पड़ेगा |

[कह पाता तो कह देता
दिल के अरमाँ बता देता] - २
अब उन्हें कैसे बताएँ
क्या हमारी मजबूरी है
पर .. क्या हर बात कहनी ज़रूरी है
लिख तो डाली ये कविता
बस .. उन तक पहुंचनी अधूरी है

पर सोचता हूँ मैं कैसे ....

India's Stand If Pak Nuke-Strikes

Today, National Security Advisory Board issued a statement on behalf of India. Shyam Saran, convener of the National Security Advisory Board, said,

"India will not be the first to use nuclear weapons, but if it is attacked with such weapons, it would engage in nuclear retaliation which will be massive and designed to inflict unacceptable damage on its adversary. The label on a nuclear weapon used for attacking India, strategic or tactical, is irrelevant from the Indian perspective."
referred here.

I don't know, which way I should take this statement. What is this stand actually? If case, Pakistan decides to attack nukes, no matter how powerful. Then and there India will retaliate. But what about the damage it will cause not only today but for coming generations. Not only the region, and unfortunately we can't even imagine the affected perimeter. We saw what Little Boy & Fat Man did to Hiroshima & Nagasaki respectively. Those two were nothing when compared to nukes possess today. Will it be really worth-while attacking them back and causing same pain. I wonder what other so-called powerful countries could have done. I am damn sure, if even someone plans even one-millionth smaller to this against Uncle Sam. They will attack instantly and perhaps root out the attacker's such capablities. But then, it is India. land of Buddha and Gandhi. How can we do that? If someone slaps you, offer him other side of your face. And keep offering until he is not satisfied. Poor India.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Feelings of a 4-yr-old-boy

-- Courtesy : Co-passengers of my train-journey to Home-town