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Everyone writes. From the ink of their thoughts, by the pen of their mind on the page of their face. Everyone writes.I love to write. It is a passion; a compulsion; something that gives me an avenue to express myself. I write when I am happy; when I am sad or when an issue touches my heart. I find inspiration to write in every aspect of life.
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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Happy Diwali

Diwali is around the corner. Most of us are getting ready to celebrate it big time with friends and family. But please take a moment to think of the less fortunate among us. Can you do something about them?

Yes you definitely can.
And no we are not talking of giving gifts, clothes and sweets to the poor!

STOP BUYING AND BURSTING CRACKERS.
SAVE A FEW CHILDREN THEIR LIVES! SAVE YOURSELF!
Even if 1000 change, it will be a great Diwali present




                         Don't mistake seven year old Nurba for playing. She is working. Isn't it so sad.

Think about the child  above and thousands of other Children involved in child labor in our Fireworks factories. Think of the little boy below making crackers and the face of the girl inhaling the hazardous chemicals as she carelessly stuffs them into your favorite cracker.







PLEASE DON'T BUY AND BURST CRACKERS BECAUSE

* You are helping an industry that unethically and inhumanely employs thousands of children

* Bursting Firecrackers was not part of our old Diwali tradition until they were invented recently

* The pollution (both noise, air and water) that you cause affects a lot of people

* Firecrackers are not safe for you or especially Children. They contain hazardous chemicals




STILL IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BOUGHT THEM AND DEFINITELY WANT TO BURST!
  
* Please think twice if you want to burst instead of throwing away and not buy next time

* If you still want to burst, make sure you don't cause trouble to neighbors, pedestrians and traffic

* Don't burst high decibel, high sounding crackers to cause panic to sick & elderly

* DON'T BURST CRACKERS FROM 10PM to 6AM - it is illegal as per Supreme Court orders

Hope you will be a responsible and morally good citizen of India. Let us stop Child Labour, Let us stop polluting, Let us leave behind a better Earth for our Children.

Plus To celebrate Healthy Diwali lets pledge not to buy synthetic sweets from BAZAAR on this DIWALI.
Our joining this campaign by not purchasing NAKLI KHOYA SWEETS and SYNTHETIC MILK PRODUCTS will discourage those who indulge in this menance.
We can prepare neat, clean and healthy Gulab Jamun, Besan ki Burfi etc. at home to give our family poison free and chemical free sweets.
Lets join this religious campaign and make it a thumping success by spreading this message to all your Relatives and Friends.

Thanks

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

PERCEPTION -. . . Something To Think About . . .



                                                THE SITUATION

In Washington , DC , at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes.  During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.  After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing.  He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.


About 4 minutes later:


The violinist received his first dollar.  A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.



At 6 minutes:


A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.


At 10 minutes:

A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly.  The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time.  This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent - without exception - forced their children to move on quickly.


At 45 minutes:


The musician played continuously.  Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while.  About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace.  The man collected a total of $32.

After 1 hour:

He finished playing and silence took over.  No one noticed and no one applauded.  There was no recognition at all.

 No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world.  He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.  Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each to sit and listen to him play the same music.


This is a true story.  Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities.

This experiment raised several questions:

     *In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?

     *If so, do we stop to appreciate it?

     *Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?


One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made . . .

How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?

The sea is common for all, some take pearls, some take fish, some come out with just wet legs. The world is common to all but what we get is what we try........


Thanks