Save the street children with Montu

One cold wintry morning, when I was sleeping on the pavement, my body uncovered by a blanket to beat the chilly wind, I saw a beautiful dream.

Indian street children sleep on the pavement -Photo by Kevin Frayer (taken from www.gettyimages.in)

Indian street children sleep on the pavement -Photo by Kevin Frayer (taken from http://www.gettyimages.in)

An angel visited me. His name was Montu. In fact, I should call him Montu bhaiyya, for he addressed me as his little brother. How lovely those words sounded! After all, I don’t really have a family; my parents abandoned me when I was a little kid because they couldn’t feed me with their very little income.

Montu bhaiyya caressed my dirty hair and made me sleep on his lap. He didn’t bother about my soiled clothes or the slight stench coming off my unwashed body. He told me that he had come to help me. He said that he wants to be my voice; he wants to share my story with all the sleeping countrymen who always look down upon street children like us or do not care about our upliftment. He believed my story could wake them up,at least some of them if not all. I smiled. I decided to speak my heart out. Continue reading

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5 reasons to watch Ashutosh Gowariker’s “Everest”

Recently, I watched an episode of Ashustosh Gowariker‘s “Everest” on popular Indian TV channel Star Plus, on a friend’s recommendation. I had stopped watching the channel a long time back for it is filled with daily soaps with lame and redundant stories. In fact, I began to despise all those Indian channels which telecast soaps – the ‘saas-bahu’ serials as popularly known among Indian masses. However, this new-age TV series, which has been aired on November 3, 2014, brings a fresh vibe to Indian television, a much needed one, and after watching all the episodes telecast so far, I have to admit that I am hooked to the show.

Everest-TV Series

I list five reasons why “Everest” is currently the best series on Indian television and why you should watch it. Continue reading

What makes Chetan Bhagat so popular? – My Analysis

Ever since I saw that my good friend Dr. Ryan Fernandes had put up a very good question in the IndiSpire section of Indiblogger.com, the question being:

What makes Chetan Bhagat so popular? What do the other lesser known talented Indian writers need to do to get the same recognition?

Chetan Bhagat

I knew I had to write something on it. But, I was in a fix as I couldn’t gather words to explain Chetan Bhagat‘s immense popularity. The simple reason for this conundrum was that I despise him and writing about him isn’t an easy task for me! I’ll tell you why by sharing a small anecdote which happened today and gave me the right impetus to pen this blog post! Continue reading

Watercolour painting of Goddess Kali

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A few days back, I had shared a hand-made sketch of Goddess Kaalratri on the 7th day of Navratri in my blog post: Navratri Day 7: Worshipping Devi Kaaratri through artwork. Today, I share a water-colour painting of Goddess Kali, a manifestation of Goddess Kaalratri, on the auspicious occasion of Kali Puja.

Goddess Kali painting

As written in my blog post on Goddess Kaalratri, according to Hindu Mythology, there existed a ferocious demon named Raktabeej, who was blessed with an extraordinary boon that  one drop of his scattered blood was able to form a duplicate of him. Hence, in one way, he was invincible in a battle that involved bloodshed as drops of blood could form billions of the copies of the demon. The Gods pleaded to Goddess Parvati to help them out of their woes and she compliedby taking the form of Goddess Durga. However, She soon realized that the battlefield has become increasingly filled with his clones. Durga then summoned her fiercest form Kali to combat the demon. Kali destroyed Raktabeej by sucking all the blood from his body and not allowing anymore duplicates to form.  It is believed that the Goddess was intoxicated by the blood of her victims and she began to dance with destructive frenzy. She was bent on destroying the whole universe! So, the Gods sought the help of Lord Shiva and He lay in her way to stop her.She was so consumed by rage that she failed to see the body of Shiva lying on the battlefield and stepped upon his chest. Realizing her husband lying beneath her feet, Kali stuck out her tongue in astonishment, guilt and shame, and calmed down her anger.

To know more about Goddess Kali, you can read the Wikipedia article: Kali.

Goddess KaliGoddess Kali is depicted with a dark complexion, disheveled hair and a fierce appearance. She has three eyes and her breath spews fire. Her raised right hand is in Varada mudra (dispensing boons) and her right lower hand is in Abhay mudra (assuring safety and bliss). Her left lower hand holds the head of a demon and there is a Khadga (bent sword or scimitar) in the upper left hand. She adorns a garland of skulls and decapitated heads of demons, and she wears a skirt of chopped arms. Her tongue protrudes from her mouth, and her face and breasts are smeared with blood. She is shown standing on her husband. Her mount is the donkey.

🙂 On this note, Happy Diwali to all my readers. May the Festival of Lights dispel all the darkness in your lives and illuminate your path to joy, success and prosperity. 🙂

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