Saturday, 28 May 2011

THE LAND OF SAI

On 13th march, I boarded the train that took me too shirdi. It was my first trip to the land of Sai Baba. 22 hours of journey had kept me ambit from my god father. The next day I reached shirdi in the evening. As I got down from the train I looked around and felt the breezing cold wind on my face as if Sai Baba has himself come to redeem me and wanted to embrace me.

By 9.15 we entered shirdi checked in the hotel, were deep neck tired but still wanted to have a glimpse of Sai who had called us from the capital city. The morning prayer had to start at 4 so by 3 we all were ready .As soon as I entered the Samadhi temple I was delighted thinking that I have marked my first presence to god but I was taken aback when I noticed almost 500 devotees were ahead of me. This is the kind of devotion towards Sai.

After completing our darshan the next destination was Mumbai ‘THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS’ .Indeed it is a verily statement and you can only agree to it once you reach there. Scorching heat reminded me of my home town as during the month of March cold winds are wafting in the air.

Unknown about so many places a driver from Punjab who stayed in Mumbai helped us to locate all those places which were new to us. Gateway of India, chopatti, bandra, sea link, Kolaba were some places we visited.

The best thing which had sweeped my heart was it’s a safe city for women ,unlike in Delhi were you have to be cautious of rowley people who can verbally make you the target and you end up feeling like a sheep who is surrounded by wild male animals.

The next day we boarded the flight back to Delhi I could see the lightning city, busy people fading away from my vision. Though when I came back to Delhi my heart and my mind was still in Mumbai. If given a chance to go back I will surely make my presence there. Indeed it is a place which cannot be forgotten easily.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

New Era of Slavery

In august 2010, the crime branch of Lucknow police claimed to have busted a racket in human trafficking. The gang which was caught by the police lured over 200 poor girls and boys who were sold in West Asian countries .(TOI.COM)

This is not the only racket that has comes into picture there are millions of women and children who are trafficked every decade ,every year,every month around the world for the purpose of forced labor and other formsof exploitationNearly every country is caught in the web of trafficking and inarguably poverty is a crucial factor for the rise in human trafficking in India. Due to which either they are sold by their parents or are tricked into fraudulent marriages.  

Women and children are the main victims and have to go under deceptive means which includes all low skilled work.

The UN has placed India on the second worst category of human trafficking watch list. Further every year 5-7 thousand Nepalese girls are trafficked into India for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation.

Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Mahrashtra, Tamil Nadu and UP are the high supply zones for women in prostitution. While Bangalore is one of the major city in India which accounts for 80% of child prostitution in the country.(centralchronilcle.com)
Futher , many NGO’s have been working to eradicate the ongoing immoral trafficking. One such NGO is Project Aasara which was launched on April 21, 2005 by Nalgonda police in Andhra Pradesh.

The Government of India has also launched the Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act (ITPA),1956 which prohibits the commercial sexual exploitation. The prescribed penalties under ITPA include seven years of life imprisonment.

Indian authorities also use section 366(A) and 372 of the Indian Penal Code, which prohibits kidnapping and selling minors into prostitution.

Despite the ongoing problem of human trafficking India has failed to show evidence of increasing effort to tackle this menace. Though emerging scenario is certainly positive but the government has not been able to touch the root cause of trafficking and even the much developed schemes have not been able to reach the economically weaker section of the society.

Illusion and Reality

The truth is there is nothing to be afraid of its just life.

There comes a time in every man’s journey when all that is normal overturns, leaving us completely off course. You suddenly realize that you are standing at mid-seas braving the storm and trying to figure out that which direction to sail, a final hope which would save you from drowning.

The basic question which comes in our mind is what sustains you at such moment? In that circumstances how do you renew your faith? Do we lose ourselves in the maze of misery or find out a way to fight against it? The choices we make in these decisive moments can change the rest of our lives for better or worse.

We all wish for a better future for ourselves. Some work towards it while others just rely on their luck but no matter how perfectly it is planned there are bound to be disappointments.
When we are young we think that nothing can hurt us. Your whole life is ahead of you big plans for your future. But as we grow old we realize that things does not shape as we had expected it to be and the plans you made were mere dreams.

Many a times we fail to recognize the good in the worst that life throws at us. Some would give it up too easily without putting up a fight. While handful of others will believe in the kindness and justice of life, never giving up easily. It has to be understood that there can be no triumph without a trial because it is only when we have tested ourselves, we discover who we are and once we have tried it we are able to discover who we can be The person has to be courageous enough in order to turn the impossible into possible and should rise above themselves showing promises of a better tomorrow.

Through our strong thinking we can be an inspiration to someone who could be anyone from a friend to a stranger.

There are times and a situation when someone close to you disappoints you or someone you thought great falls short of your expectations but these are not the reasons enough to stop believing.

On the whole if you give it a closer look one can find possibilities in almost every simple thing that life has to offer, letting go off regrets and sometimes by deciding to be a better person that you were yesterday.