Meeting beyond Borders

In the beginning it felt like every other day: repeated hours of technical classes and then coming back to the hostel again. But, it turned out to be completely different. That day, our last period was SaH(Serve an Hour). An hour before SaH, I was tired because the topics taught that day were too complex to be fed into my brain. As I was walking across the floor, it felt my legs were ready for a rebellion to resist my flow but I had the strength to resist the pain. I kept deceiving my mind, it would just be a matter of one hour and then I could finally take some rest(Although we had our FOSS club too, I was fooling I said!). We were told that our main project was to create various presentations on a social topic, visit a school nearby and teach them about it in detail.

As I entered the SaH hall, I saw various foreigners sitting on the seats which looked unusual. Various thoughts were hitting my mind: “What have they come for? Who are they? Where have they come from?” et cetera. As I settled myself on a chair, I saw a long haired, tall, blonde guy who had a professional camera suspended on his neck which amazed me(Conceptual Photography is my hobby and so, it amazed me!). The guy introduced himself, he told his name was Maximilian Teufel and he lived near The Alps, in Germany. Europe has been a paradise for Photography since ages and it has produced quite famous photographers. So it was obvious that I started talking to him. We had a brief talk on how he felt coming to India and the answer was a mixed expression which was exactly I felt about my country.

I asked him questions, he answered them accurately, just the way I want people to answer my questions. We share common interest and common answering method. Like most of the professional photographers, he had a completely different way of looking at things which I could make it out when he was clicking the activities we were doing. Foreigners are usually astonished at the way Indians have the attitude towards the social issues that exist in this world, and so was he.

He had come with his team of Ayudh Europe . All of them came from different places: Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Italy but there was one motive which bound them all; making the society a better place to live and inspiring people to care for the Mother Nature.

I couldn’t cease myself going to him after the class. I was very excited to watch his clicks after arriving here and I was surprised to see that the way he clicked some of his photos was similar to that of mine. I took his contact number, his Facebook id, Instagram id literally everything! I contacted him the same night, sharing him my blogs and how we shared common interests. The most observable characteristic of that guy I remember is his long hair! 🙂 I met the next day itself in the Indian Canteen coincidentally, when I was passing by. This time we talked about Indian Cuisine- Chhole, Puri and what not!

I shared my blog with him that night and we talked like we were a part of the same family!

What urged me to write this blog is how people can have same perspective, even when they are living “Beyond the Borders!”. Day before Yesterday, he posted a photo on his Instagram account and to my surprise it was the same photo I had clicked a month before! It is not a sunset, its a portrait of a person who is meditating on the seashore.

Have a look at this!

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You maybe from one country and your friend maybe from another but we all humans emerged from the same origin, it is we who created the boundaries in our Mother Earth.

We all are the same, change the perspective and the differences will disappear!

Long Live Humanity!

 

 

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“The grossest crime is to compromise with injustice and crime. Remember the eternal law: You must give; if you want to get!” – Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose

As the clock struck twelve on the midnight, a new dawn rose, bringing in new hopes for the bright and secure future for our country. For me, Independence Day might not be the day when one reminds the country of what one has achieved till now, but its the day when one reminds the country of what all issues are an obstacle to the country’s development. We hear about the glories everyday from our “lovely” politicians. If we hear it again on the anniversary of our independence, it won’t make any change. Discussing what we really need to work upon to make this country a better place to live in, there is no better day than Independence Day, I suppose. With a country that has so much to be proud of, there are streams we should be ashamed of; when compared to other countries, especially the ones which are tinier than India.

  1. Education– This is the root of all evil. According to the consensus of 2014, India’s overall literacy rate is around 74.04%. Now people might be thinking that we are ahead of our rival country Pakistan, which has a literacy rate of just 56.4%. Now this is what is called “Hallucinating Statistics”. If we look at the number of people illiterate in India and Pakistan, you will see that there are 103 million who are illiterate in Pakistan, while there are around 325 million illiterate people in India, three times the illiterate people in our “beloved” Pakistan. So you see, what we actually see as percentage are not actual statistics! Education can bring a deep impact on the society, as a whole. It is the shortest way to solve the problems existing in our country. Solve this, and surpass others.
  2. Health- “We have everything and we use nothing”. We have the rich Ayurveda, which has the capability of curing the most difficult of diseases. The best of all “Vaidyas”(one of them is Susruta Samhita) had taken their birth in this holy land “India” and we are still lacking in terms of malnutrition, immune system and hygiene. Take the example of Japan. After the country suffered the attacks of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the country decided to focus so much upon the health sector that now the country has been listed among the top countries in terms of health conditions. Even the life expectancy of Japan makes it to the top, earning it the title of a “Developed Country”.
  3. Society-

    “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourselves in the service of others”-Mahatma Gandhi

    With the country producing such great thinkers and genius people like Swami Vivekananda, the country is suffering from severe problems like dowry system, honour killing. I don’t know what do such people gain after doing such evilish things. Instead they lose all the honour and respect that took so much time for them to earn. The society needs to change its attitude (that could be me or you, anyone!) of having the judgemental attitude towards situations. We have cliched every odd situation as “human behaviour”. One person behaves selfish in some difficult time and people respond it as “natural human behaviour”. A monster, which does all right things in this world, still remains a monster. It would take him no time to gain back the monstrous behaviour because he couldn’t train his mind strong enough to control and not because its natural. So get up, rise and let us make this world a better place to live in!

  4. Economy- Although the GDP(Gross Domestic Product) has increased by 2.9% in past 3 years(which is quite good), there are many scams which has severely affected the economy of our country. Many of them include 2G scam, Commonwealth scam, Coal scam, Fodder Scam(In Bihar). These were the ones which had been revealed in front of the people. Who knows there might be some more scams which are even bigger than these! The politicians have become braver and braver and its our duty to show them the correct path and if necessary push them out of their seats. It is the politicians who must fear the people and not the people! The hike in grain prices is mainly attributed to black marketing of grain storage(They secretly store the grains and don’t sell them until there is a hike in the prices; which indeed earns them superb profits). Its the duty of the government to set up teams that ensure that black marketing does not happen in our country. Also its the duty of people to prevent such things happening in the society(Atleast in our locality!).
  5. Understanding the rights- The people have been given so many privileges to ensure an environment of justice and peace in the country, but not to misuse it; in anyway because then the people lose trust in the Judiciary. There have been so many cases where after years of jail and ill-treatment, the Judiciary comes to know that the person who was sent to jail was not the culprit. That is the paradoxical truth of the Indian Judiciary. With only some amendments, the constitution is similar to that when it was officially assigned! I mean, the world has completely transformed itself and still we follow that constitution. The constitution must be amended in accordance with the current time to avoid such errors and then only the people would be able to live without fear!

So today when we salute the country’s flag, we must visualize all the points again and pledge to contribute to atleast one of them.

Jai Hind! Jai Jawaan, Jai Kisaan!

The sanctity of the law can be maintained only so long as it is the expression of the will of the people!- Bhagat Singh(Translated)

Your suggestions are always welcome!

 

Statistical Data from: en.wikipedia.org