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#Remember #Forget #Spend #Try #Conquer

#Remember #Forget #Spend #Try #Conquer

We do what we need do and then we get to live. But no matter what we find (in life and in future ), I know we'll be okay. Because this is how we survive. We tell ourselves... that we are the walking dead.  When I was a kid, I asked my grandpa once if he ever killed any Germans in the war - he wouldn't answer. He said that was grown up stuff, so... so I asked if the Germans ever tried to kill him, but he got real quiet.  I used to feel sorry for kids that have to grow up now - in this. But I think I got it wrong, growing up is getting used to the world. This is easier for them.

We do what we need do and then we get to live. But no matter what we find (in life and in future ), I know we’ll be okay. Because this is how we survive. We tell ourselves… that we are the walking dead. When I was a kid, I asked my grandpa once if he ever killed any Germans in the war – he wouldn’t answer. He said that was grown up stuff, so… so I asked if the Germans ever tried to kill him, but he got real quiet. I used to feel sorry for kids that have to grow up now – in this. But I think I got it wrong, growing up is getting used to the world. This is easier for them.

“…I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire…I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all of your breath trying to conquer it. Because no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.”

No this post is not about Rick Grimes, his ordeals dealing with those are breathing and those who are not or to be more specific, about the last 5 episode of the Walking Dead.

Its not specifically about wonder William Faulkner or his masterpiece The sound and Fury from where the above quote is taken.

It is just about the time that we are living in, just some of the things which keeps going through our mind as we live our life. Remember, Forget, Spend, Try and Conquer are some very strong and interesting words. Give them a thought and see what comes to your mind when you think of these words individual and together as a sentence.

#Remember

I remember being at home on 26th January 2001 8:46am, it was a public holiday in India – Republic Day, I was at home when the a painting on the wall started shaking along with the whole apartment building.

That was the first time I had a first hand experience of the earthquake, still, living thousands of kilometers away from the epicenter of the quake, only realized the devastation caused by it later on through reports of people on the ground.  Few days later Sanjay Bajpai called (a dear friend of mine who had moved to Bombay) informed that his brother who was posted in Bhuj, was able to help his pregnant wife get out of their home and then went back inside to get his son out, unfortunately the building collapsed, both were crushed under the debris and died.

The earthquake was 7.6 on Richter scale and claimed more than 20,000 human lives.

Do remember, we are lucky to be alive at this moment, enjoy it to the fullest…

 

#Forget

We forget…

Well not too many people remember the great Bengal famine of 1770 – it was catastrophe on  scale unimaginable today. The famine between 1769 and 1773 estimated to have wiped out 25% population of the region – causing the deaths of 10 million people, reducing the population to thirty million in Bengal. The territory was then ruled by the British East India Company, which has made British Monarch and the rich people of London even more richer by looting India and its people of all that it had to offer. The other parts of India were under the occupation of Mughal rule, which was getting weaker giving rise to even more exploitation of general population by small time Kings, Nawabs, Land owners – those who were able to grab the power.

We have also forgotten that the same thing happen again in 1943 – this time the famine that struck Bengal claimed the life of approximately 3 million people – Generally the estimates are between 1.5 and 4 million, considering death due to starvation, malnutrition and disease, out of Bengal’s total population of 60.3 million at that time.

Incidences like this continued to happen even after independence of India due to the stupidities of those we choose as our leaders.

Well we have to draw the line somewhere, we must forget the pain and bitterness of the past, as we make sure that no one have to face those days once again within our country, we must also be prepared to help people outside our country, in their hour of need.

Do good deeds and then forget about them.

#Spend

How do you spend the money you earn? That answer may probably indicate how you are or will be spending your life.

We all have got only a limited period of time to spend on this planet called earth – our home. The days, months, years and decades we have got (and century in the case of some extraordinarily lucky ones)  are extremely minute when you compare them with the human life on this planet. And when we try to compare it with the life of this planet then it becomes even more insignificant. And just think that this planet itself is nothing compared to the solar system, the galaxy and the overall universe.

We are nothing but a speck of dust in the enormously huge canvas. Make the best of your life. Spend it well. Live your life, don’t just let the time slip by…

#Try

More than 17% of world’s human population lives in India – an area of just about 2% of the total land area available in the world. A large percentage of world population has continue choose India as their home since pre-historic days – must be something very remarkable about this land that it continue not only to survive but thrive against all odds.

Today, people across the world make fun of our accent, eating habits, the pollution levels in our cities, the unhygienic conditions all around, the poverty that a large number of our population lives in. Its a fact that there are a number of problems plaguing our country, it would be foolish to ignore them. We need to do a lot and we will. At the very least we need to try, try to change, change for better.

We can only try, the challenge is humongous, only an extraordinary effort by almost all the people living in India today can really help in achieving what is being attempted. We can only try, and we must try to the best of our ability.

People across the world can ignore us, keep making fun of us, try to make life difficult for us, at their own peril. Like the extraordinary poet Iqbal once said

“Yunan-o-Misr-o-Roma Sab Mit Gaye Jahan Se
Ab Tak Magar Hai Baki Naam-o-Nishan Hamara
Kuchh Baat Hai Ke Hasti Mit’ti Nahin Hamari
Sadiyon Raha Hai Dushman Daur-e-Zaman Hamara”

“Rome, Greece, Egypt have become reduced to relics of dead civilizations; only India remains.
threatened for centuries by world powers; our civilization still flourishes”

#Conquer

Today is celebrated as Buddha Purnima across the world, the day Buddha was born, got enlightenment and then passed away. Siddhartha never really thought of conquering the world, even after getting the enlightenment and become Gautam Buddha. Neither Ram nor Krishna or any other God/ Goddess really forced their thinking on others around them. Jesus from Bethlehem, Muhammad of Mecca, Nanak from Punjab, pick up anyone of these great personalities who are considered as Son/ Messenger/ Incarnation/ Voice of God – none of them wanted to be the most powerful person in the world. Many kings/ leaders from various countries and regions of the world calling themselves discipline of these greats souls, wanted to do that in their name but even they never succeeded. Alexander, Napoleon, Genghis Khan, the Mughal Emperors  and their counterparts in Britain and other European countries did enjoy wealth and power for a long time, some continue to enjoy the same even now. These people were able to rule over the land people living there but could never conquer heart, minds or soul. Conquering our inner self is the toughest thing. If you are able to do that, you would have no need for anything that this world can offer.

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