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A Weekend Opposite The Pinnacle Of Shit’ness – A Shopping Mall

DAY 1

Took a shower, got dressed

Walked towards the nearest

Liquor shop!

 

A sign hung – ‘DRY DAY’

My throat slid away

Thirsty I wandered

dazed & confused

bought a few goods & felt good.

 

Above was the sky & a moon

I was below, maybe under

Saw happy faces

eating shit …

I too got my receipt.

 

The sky blasted

came down thunder

I ran away

denying my blunder

 

DAY 2

Took a shower, got dressed

Walked towards the nearest

Liquor shop!

 

No sign, bought wine

came home,

wrote a poem!

And drank , and drank

And drank , and drank

To the lost, to the lost

To the lost, to the lost

And they ask,

“Why do you drink Nik?”

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This Looks Ugly !

The weight was building up,
He knew he would be crushed.
Panting yet smiling,
He kept pushing back.
It moved
Stayed dangling above him
With a little hope
A tiny little rope
And it broke
Fell on his trembling soul
Shattering him into pieces
Painted on the floor
Ground fucked red with a deafening roar.
We need to mop this
It looks ugly
Said they.

Son Of Patriarchy : An Open Letter

Dear Daughter of Matriarchy,

It feels good to be able to express myself. The world today does not appreciate a Son of Patriarchy trying to tell a Daughter of Matriarchy ‘her place’. But you would know, that that’s not my intention. You see, our ‘arch’ rival, Matriarchy, who has always been around but has failed to gain a stronghold in society as we have, is always jealous of our success & acceptance. But I must say she does lack the drive to charge forward & fight for the throne, therefore, she keeps a low profile & rarely causes any trouble. But you daughters of Matriarchy have caused trouble from time to time . In fact, somehow, you have even managed to have your way in brother Supreme Court, first cousin Judicial System & our very own son, the constitution too! In fact the legal kin have bent over so much to your whim that it’s almost like they’ve had a sex change! And why not, your liberal pursuits are thoroughly backed by power hungry maniacs with a very distinct & clear agenda.

At first we were extremely generous. The demands were logical, why wouldn’t we be?

It’s only fair for a daughter of matriarchy to have equal footing in terms of education, owning property & the right to vote just as the sons of patriarchy do. so we granted that wish. Instead of acknowledging our generosity, we were belittled & a smear campaign was started against us. Is that how you repay people who accept your demand ?

It was said that we ‘gave in’ & that woman power made this happen. No. We just felt it would make absolutely no difference to us if women wanted to own property or gain an education or the right to vote etc. We had been dealing with this nonsense for centuries! Goodness knows what a herculean task it is to ensure that your family in particular & society in general is protected, fed, clothed & well looked after! We sure could use some help! We just hesitated at first because we knew this was a bother, an necessary evil & we were gentlemen who were chivalrous. We cared about your happiness & wanted to protect you from these burdens. Also, we felt you were already occupied with the heavy task of raising another human being! We noticed how you absolutely loved running a house of your own! No wonder you hate socks lying around & a wet towel on the bed & a kitchen full of dirty dishes. You hated it back then too. You instinctively knew what to do with the babies who grew in you & we loved them because you showed us how! We did the toiling & you baked the bread. We built the house & you made it a home. It was perfect. Alas, all good things come to an end. So did this golden age of happiness. 

Look at what you’ve done now! This is EXACTLY why our ancestors were hesitant to give you power & control. For with power comes great responsibility, & that you do not accept, till date. You want the freedom to roam about alone at night, but you shun the responsibility to protect yourself. You look towards the authorities, the society, us sons of patriarchy, to ensure that a safe haven is somehow created for you. We always knew the world was an unsafe place. We knew it when we were cavemen & stepped out to hunt. How do you suppose we captured our next meal? We risked our lives in doing so. Back then you knew it too. But as time went by, your mind was manipulated by those among us who seek total control. And they are using you to break what we know of a nurtured home, a strong family, a moral society. When would you realize this?

You want sons of patriarchy to give up our natural instinct of aggression & leadership. But at the same time, you expect protection & chivalry. And we don,t blame you for that because we know that’s not you, that’s the battle you lose within yourself each day as you fight your own inner instinct of being a nurturer & your manipulated mind forces you to become something you are not.

Crime against children is at it’s highest today. Any idea why that is? What do you suppose would happen when you snatch a child away from the loving arms of his mother , who has been tricked into believing she is of no worth if she doesn’t join the workforce, & shove him in a room full of other lost children being taken care of by an attendant, a stranger or at home alone in the custody of a nanny, All of these strangers have absolutely no natural instinct to protect or nurture the child. 

Why can’t the father stay at home you ask. Well a father just might. There are fathers who are doing it. But tell me this, why can’t you? Nature believed in you when she decided that instead of the father, it would be you, the mother who would bear the child & bring him into this world & for this task, mother nature prepared you too. She gave you a forgiving heart, a soft embrace, a creative bent of mind. So much so that even your body is shaped to nurture a little human being. You are the first person he recognizes, the first person he trusts, the only person who can feed him for a good amount of time, the only person who understands what he says even when he doesn’t speak. What more does nature have to give you, what words does one need to spell out to you, for you to realize that this is your most natural role? Of course you must pursue your talents. You are creative, no doubt about that. But the key to a fulfilling life is to strike a balance & assume the role that is meant for you.

Please think it over. If not for us, then for the sake of the children.

Yours Truly,

Son Of Patriarchy

 

A “Let’s Buy Nothing” Day !

Hey Honey!

Let’s buy nothing today…

Let there be no pizza box

No shopping bag full of branded clothes

No alcohol in glasses tall

No ‘extra’ pair of high heel shoes

No box of condoms ‘just in case’

No fairness face pack on your face

Let’s try being human just this once

&

Donate , not Spend

’cause there’s a world of difference

in gluttony & hunger

one is a rich man’s luxury

the other, a poor man’s sin

but we are neither rich nor poor

what we have is ‘just right

so if we save up our extra spends

a child may not sleep hungry tonight.

“Tell Me You Love Me”

Tell me you love me, that’s it

Tell me you love me , that’s it

she said, she said.

Why wouldn’t I, I thought so,

I could see a hint of cleavage

and I knew she got more to show.

I need to know more about you,

How old did you said you were?

Nineteen is legal, I thought.

Put on my flying machine, and then the wind blew

I flew,

Through her window – I threw – My big bag of lust

While I unstrapped the goods,

I made her understand

Why and how Love should be Banned !

She was worshiping my cock,

I smoked, I coughed, I smoked, I coughed.

I Love You, I said

Ain’t you late for your flight?

I am done, lock the door from behind.

In taxi, on the way to Airport,

I called her and said…..

Did we just destroy each other in the name of ART?

Was this all for the love of ART.

Tell me you love me, That’s It!

Tell me you love me, That’s it!

I said, I said.

She disconnected.

Let’s destroy each other emotionally again… It’s all in the name of ART!

Darkness

Engulfed in darkness
She blossomed.
A tiny divine ray
Still managed to crawl
Through the crack
In the roof.
Wearing her down
Accustomed to Pitch Dark,
She pitied her demons bark.
But now she didn’t know
Who is a friend and who is a foe.
Light reels d real darkness.
Floating lies her fukin mess.
She who had found herself
In that black abyss,
She found herself lost
In the light.
I looked into her deep eyes
I saw the stoned cries.
The pleasure was there
Boiling beneath the fear. There it was,
the bursting orgasmic pain.

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Tru Dat

Trapped !

So I met someone, and they were nice.

That’s like rare for me….. and does entice.

I bloomed with affection and grew happy and grew happy.

And then, not so long ago in past,

Everyone took out their spears and yelled – ‘CAST’.

Wounded I fell… and landed on a Pen!

These are the last words, I could pen.

Thanks for the tragedy…I needed it for my ART!

It’s all for the love of ART……

Let’s destroy each other emotionally…

and it’s all for the love of ART!

Sabhyataa Foundation – The Real Spiritual Awakening

A friend of mine, a ‘sorted’ young fellow in my opinion, once said something to me that tickled me to tears at first. But as I sat thinking one day, the depth of his words struck me.
“We were sent on Earth to become Dalai Lama, or try to come as close to being the great Lama as possible, but what are we doing instead? Toiling. Breeding & Dying. What I mean is, where’s the spiritual aspect of being a human in any of what mankind is indulging in?”
Nothing I have heard, I feel, is closer to the truth than this. The world is spiritually lost. Hence the chaos & turmoil. Most, if not all, our problems can end in a single day if we awaken our spiritual selves & realize the true meaning of the gift of human life.
While all this sounds great, I must confess, the simplest sounding things in life are the toughest to achieve. Especially if, there are demons of the mind that you must first battle.
In my research around this, I discovered a startling fact.  Most people who pursue spirituality are simply trying to fill a void in their life. They are gripped by depression & are simply trying to free themselves of it’s clutches. So of course, I had to dig deeper in the world of Spiritual Coaching.
This is when I got to know, a lot of people have, for years, followed spiritual gurus who either do nothing more than rob people of their money, or lead them astray to a world of self-indulgence, urging their followers to unleash their most carnal instincts by somehow confusing them into believing that an orgasm is the same as enlightenment or that group orgies & free sex is the truest form of spiritual expression when nothing can be further from the truth. There’s a reason Monks follow celibacy. The goal is to gain complete control over all of our senses & instincts & not letting them consume us.
I felt the connection between depression or any other mental disorder & the quest for ‘spiritual awakening’ was very confusing & people had already made a business out of leading others astray by telling them that their depression & sense of skepticism or disillusionment is a call for ‘awakening’!
While nothing is better than an attempt to embark on a journey to ‘Nirvana‘, for most of us, simply leading a happy, fulfilling life is satisfactory enough & I feel, in making this a reality for people, The Sabhyataa Foundation is doing a splendid job.
The Sabhyataa Spiritual Group is a team of Spiritual Coaches who intend to create  awareness among people. With the goal to help as many people as possible, to  rid their lives of stress and depression, with the use of spiritual tools, and a vision to spread contentment and harmony.
Sabhyataa Foundation is the brainchild of a management professional who worked in the education industry and has been practicing spiritual upliftment techniques since she was only 13 years old ! The phase of her life in which she  suffered  depression  herself and could emerge only because of the practice and ‘sadhna’, made her realize that unlike her, there are many others out there  who are struggling silently with depression and have not the slightest idea  how to heal themselves. This was when she decided to create awareness about how life is entirely a reflection of our own thoughts and how a change of perception & a connection with our spiritual self  can manifest changes we want in our lives & those around us.

This Non Governmental Organization does not intend to promote God or propagate any religion. Their aim is to spread awareness among people that being depressed does not mean being mentally unstable nor does one need heavy pathological sedatives.

There are many programs & workshops that ‘Sabhyataa’ hosts around the year. Here are just a few that have gathered a good response from within the community.

‘Tathastu’ – The Spiritual Training Program

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This is what they call an ‘Enlightenment’ program which focuses primarily on synchronizing the heart, mind & soul through chanting & meditation.

The workshop aims to help people with depression, anxiety disorder, OCD etc. So far, more than 36 such workshops have been conducted by the organization for women & children, 17 for Police workers , 2 workshops for various Women & Children Crime Cells & all have shown commendable results.

Katyayni

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Katyayni is an annual fest organised  in which they provide a platform to  entrepreneurs and artists ,especially patients of depression, mental anxiety etc, to promote their art or creations & boost their morale & sense of self by the appreciation & even sales they achieve!Rendezvous

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This is a counselling session for people struggling with issues like stress depression identity crisis etc

In conclusion, your guide in improvising your mental health should look like ‘Sabhyataa’. True spirituality can only be realized with a healthy mind. And that, is the stepping stone to ‘REAL SPIRITUAL AWAKENING‘. Win your own mind. You’d have something in common with Dalai Lama. Isn’t that really going some?

(To know more or get in touch with ‘Sabhyataa’, leave an inquiry in the comment section below)

Dedicated in humour & knowledge to my friend 'Nik'

Reclaiming The Great Outdoors

There is abundant scientific data that provides powerful evidence of the importance of nature for our health. It is an established fact, that time spent in the Great Outdoors reduces the stress hormone cortisol and increases our sense of well-being.

Before urban amenities and entertainment devices came into being, destroying our well-being , distracting us from what we have & making us run after things we don’t need, soaking up the sun, enjoying showers of rain, taking a walk outside in fresh air was entertainment for the soul. It was therapeutic for both mind and body.

Unfortunately, The modern ‘great outdoors’, are confined to malls, shopping complexes and a myriad other soul sucking temples of consumerism.

While shopping and watching movies may distract some people from trivial let downs, the relief these activities provide is momentary and superficial. In fact, most modern devices have, time and again, been linked to diseases like cancer at the very worst and sleep disturbances, anxiety or depression at the very least.

Excessive urbanisation, the constant need to ‘upgrade’ and blatant, unhealthy levels of consumerism have distanced us from nature and are a serious threat to our health. It’s no wonder that people nowadays are so stressed out, depressed and in constant ‘need’ of something they can’t quite put a finger on.

Add to this the adulterated food we put into ourselves and what we get is a breeding ground for disease and misery.

So, what’s the alternative?

The only alternative, is to go back to our roots in nature. Children must be encouraged early on, to spend time outdoors, instead of being handed gaming consoles and mobile phones. We must grow our own food and open channels of discourse with the government to accept the fact that food isn’t a manufactured commodity for trade. It’s a necessity for sustaining life and found abundantly in nature to be tapped and consumed..

We must get vegetation out of the trade cycle and switch to barter system at least with food. This can be done locally, by bringing together self supported communities. Thinking on the lines of planting vegetables in your garden instead of growing a lawn could be a good start !

We must encourage schools to teach gardening to kids. If children can have extra curricular courses like swimming, horse riding, dancing, knitting etc, then why not gardening and vegetation?

Not only will such an engagement with nature be healing , it will also ensure that our future generations are guided gently back to the right path.

Let us take the future in our hands by choosing the right path, right now.

The Eroticization of Violence and a New Sexual Ethic — Zone of Non-being

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A Little Music… What say?

Maybe not a popular opinion, but this is the Nirvana album I return to the most often. I recognize the importance and impact of the studio ones, but at the same time, there’s just something so powerful about this 1993 performance. I try to explain what that is in my new article over at CultureSonar: […]

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‘Broken Crayons Can Still Colour’ – The Untold Story Of A Fighter

No matter how successful we may think we are, deep down, we all seek inspiration because we realise the power of a truly inspired mind. It is believed that the true potential of the human mind can only be explored if one seeks inspiration before chasing after success.

For me, true inspiration can only come from a true story.

In today’s fast paced world, our minds have stopped working as they would in an environment more in sync with nature. The information age has rendered us incapable of forming a balanced world view & an original, unadulterated perspective because we keep churning out the same ideas that are constantly fed to us, resulting in a lack of originality, uniqueness & strength of character, ultimately leading to fewer real life heroes. Fewer real life role models.

Often in life, realisation & denial set in at the same time and when that happens, we become eager to disprove anything that seems to be a dismal thought. This was exactly my state of mind when I set my heart to look for some real stories that warm the heart & inspire the mind.

That’s when I stumbled upon a book titled ‘Broken Crayons Can Still Colour’. The book blurb suggested that this was a true story, of a man who had a broken childhood, no support, no means to even sustain himself except for turning to a rough life on the streets for survival. It was the journey of an orphan, who etched his way to greatness, serving the country & battling life’s many obstacles as he chased his calling.

To me, the initial appeal was that this was not a work of fiction. The life being described is one that someone has lived. But as I began flipping through the pages, I realised that this real-life story has the potential to change one’s perception of things in a way they may never have experienced before.

Capt. Rakesh Walia, the man whose life graces the pages of this magnificent autobiography, teaches the reader that the only essence of life is a “Never Say Die” attitude. Don’t give up, and you can achieve anything you set your heart at. I personally believe that this book would be a great motivator for one & all, whether it’s a disillusioned man or a disappointed parent, a self – loathing teenager or a self – doubting house wife.

I consider myself lucky to have found it, but I fear somebody out there may not find this handbook on surviving life while facing challenges head on, when they need it. Which is why, I wish to encourage people to read it & learn from it.

Debunking The Paradigm

They say if a lie is spoken often enough, it is perceived as the truth.

But what if that lie is not just a fabrication of stories weaved to entice the believers of a certain era in time? What if it is handed down from generation to generation, with a distinct yet sinister purpose behind it? What if the purpose of this distinct set of ideas is striking fear in the hearts of those who follow the cult & those who chose not to, alike? The ones who chose to follow the cult’s moral codes live under  the constant fear of unwittingly breaking the pact of feigned righteousness & those who don’t , are at best subjected to social abandonment & at worst, put under the scanner of an often well-meaning, but mostly misguided sense of  morality policing, which can result in anything ranging from ostracism to death itself.
But what if i doesn’t end here? What if this is just the beginning? Yes. What I have described to you, is just a proverbial ‘tip of the iceberg’.
Now imagine a binary fission like phenomenon in the realm of bad ideas. Except that it’s not a naturally occurring process like the former, but a carefully calculated division of the societal nuclei. More division of ideas,imposed moral codes & enchanting yet scary fairy tales leads to more cults and more ideological division in society resulting in concentration of power in the hands of a few power-hungry fear mongers & war lords. And that, my friend, is the concept of religion. The penalty & incentives associated with joining or rejecting a certain religion is made absolutely clear. Each sect varies in terms of the incentive plan bu the penalty is always the same – eternal tormenting of your precious soul in pits of hell. That’s not all, the ultimate reward may differ in terms of goodies entailed, however, you can be sure that your final destination will always be – heaven.
And the stories that are floated around may seem very different on the surface but if you look really closely, they’re all really not that different. The only difference that one may gather, is that of perception. One may perceive an attribute or a practice to be good, another may perceive it as bad. Now notice, how in all of this, the practice in question remains the same, but what changes, is the human perception of it. It’s the work of a genius if you ask me. But that’s not what I plan to comment on in this article. I promise, I will explore the fables later. And you will find more holes in them than Swiss cheese, most assuredly. For now, I wish to draw your attention to the cult within the cult.
The LEFT – RIGHT PARADIGM.
It’s taken for granted now, that at least once in your lifetime, you will hear someone say “Not all Hindus are the same!” or “I am a Muslim but I  practice Islam very differently”.
In fact, with the followers of Islam, you can be absolutely sure that anytime there happens to be a terrorist attack anywhere in the world, it is simply expected, almost unanimously, in silent agreement sometimes & quite vocally at others, that each Muslim must take a stand against terrorism, state what is supposed to be the obvious for the follower of any other cult.
Shout from the rooftop my Islamic friend, “My name is Khan, not necessarily from the epiglottis, & I do NOT condone the killing spree a bunch of extremists indulged in , in a place so far away from where I currently live that it would take me some light years to even travel there in thought. Oh, and I am not a terrorist myself.
Phew! Seriously, what is this even supposed to mean? How can follow an ideology and yet not follow it unless you suffer from a mental disorder wherein you believe something that you don’t actually believe in. But like all things, this has an explanation too. It’s simple. Each individual, is blessed with unique cognitive abilities. That’s why, psychology is the only science without a definition. The human brain functions in a very unique way. It simply cannot be bound to one set of ideas in the millions. Therefore, each individual answers to his or her own distinct set of values, moral codes & perceives things rather differently from the rest of the clan. Even genetically similar or identical siblings are unique in their perception, cognitive ability & moral construct, therefore, it is nothing less than a joke to foolishly believe that an entire chunk of humanity can possibly think of a set of values and react to it, or even interpret and live it the same way.
That’s how you end up with right – wing lunatics, left-wing maniacs & fifty odd varieties of people in between. It’s a very wide spectrum because at the end of the day, we all answer to our own unique code of values which may be influenced by our families, our surroundings, our peers, our experiences and never, at all , by religion. But this also is not by chance. Nothing is left to chance, it’s all by design. The aforementioned purpose plays a pivotal role here too. Sustaining the paradigm or the cult within the cult is just as important as the greater entity or web of lies itself, because that’s how , control remains in the hands of the CHOSEN few.
The first step to liberation is to think freely and question unflinchingly. If you read history, or whatever of it is left without distortion, any time humanity has enjoyed a breeze of sanity or tasted a bit of real freedom, is when the norms have been questioned.Anytime even a single free-thinker in any era of time, sat back and thought things over, raised his or her voice  to question what was being shoved down the throat of a choked human kind and led a revolution, whether ideological or bloody,there’s been change. Change does not come from within, that’s where it starts. For change to be fully realized, it must spread like a tidal wave and only then would the world embrace it completely.
My purpose in writing this piece, is to provoke some thought and gather some reaction. Let yourself out of the cocoon of guarded thought  and for once, pave a path for your own spiritual awakening, not defined by others but decided by yourself. And I promise to be your friend and fellow explorer in this new time of revelations.

The Lack of Personal Responsibility in the Modern Feminist’s Narrative

I recently came across these  pictures  in my news feed on a social networking website.

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Firstly, I think the statement being made is very sexist, considering the fact that it supports the notion that ONLY men rape & ONLY women are victims of rape! If we look at the statistics, we would find that women are just as capable of and responsible for, sexual crimes against children, men and other women.

Secondly,  such arguments, that radical feminists bring forth, do not do justice to the concept of Personal Responsibility.

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It’s as bizarre as saying, “Hey, why should I lock my door, why don’t you teach your kids not to steal? ” Of course nobody has the right to sexually assault or abuse another just as NOBODY teaches their children to commit a crime but some people  DO IT REGARDLESS & that’s just a sad truth.

About dressing up, I say wear what makes you comfortable but if you step out dressed provocatively, it is bound to provoke a reaction because by definition, provocative means something that provokes. This is not to say that a short dress is in anyway responsible for the act of rape. But what IS a factor that may contribute to it is a passive looking person.Rape is, after all, about power & domination, however cowardly & heinous the act may be. It rarely, if ever, is about sexual gratification.

So, I feel, the claim that teaching women to defend themselves and take precautions like pepper spray etc does NOT promote rape culture, on the contrary, it runs along the lines of the same logic as  “locking our cars & front doors” or “looking right then left before crossing the road”! 

Therefore, people should quit setting examples that defeat logic & if anything, spread awareness on how to safeguard ourselves in situations that may compromise our safety & well being. So, instead of making provocative statements just to gather a political and social reaction, activists must focus on equipping people with factual knowledge and a narrative based on real, practical solutions.

Our safety is our own responsibility and while there’s no denying the importance of spreading the right messages in society, the need of the hour remains a demonstration via actions, of truly responsible behavior because  equal rights come with equal responsibility.

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