तिरंगा लहरा रहा है


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स्वतंत्र है
भारत गणतंत्र है
तिरंगा भी लहरा रहा है
पर भारत अब भी आज़ाद नहीं
हज़ारों वर्ष की सभयता
पर गर्व तो है
पर जटिल है इसकी प्रकृति
तो सामाजिक समस्याओं का
कोई हल नहीं
स्त्रियों आज भी सुरक्षित नहीं
बुजुर्गों की परिस्तिथि भी
कुछ खास अच्छी नहीं
मार काट लूट है
रोज़ कहीं न कहीं
साक्षारता जो विकास का औज़ार है
यहाँ लगता इसका अनोखा बाज़ार है
धार्मिक विश्वासों की अपनी गाथा है
जातियों की बीच इंसानियत गुम है कहीं
चाहे जितनी पूजा करवालो
पंडितों का पेट भारता ही नहीं
एक मुकदमा
जैसे वर्षों कि योजना
वकीलों का ईमान स्थिर होता ही नहीं
राजनीति यहां राष्ट्रीय खेल है
दौलत के आगे नेताओं का ईमान नहीं
भारत अब भी आज़ाद नहीं
तिरंगा फिर भी लहरा रहा है…!
– कनकने राखी सुरेन्द्र
Note: This poem was published in the Republic Day special issue of Hindi Weekly Newspaper, Gyan Savera on January 26, 2018.
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The Blue Whale Game


When the deadliest Blue Whale Game wanted to change for good, this is what it said!

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I know their name
But they don’t know my name
Still they play with me
The deadliest game

They draw my 
And begin the game
I give them the tasks
With some threats to play
And they obey me
A trap in which they fall prey
Yes, I am the deadliest game
The Blue Whale Game

There are lies
There are lethal challenges
There is cheating
There is 
There is depression
There is death

So I don’t  now
To be this game
 
Can someone, please,
Change the rules of game
Where there is laughter
There is 
There is love
There is compassion
There is bliss
There is endurance

I want to be a colourful game
The Rainbow Game!

- @ Kankane Rakhi Surendra

 

Bond with Books


‘Books are your best friends.’

‘The best companion one can ever have is books.’

book-inspiration-quoteI am sure we all have heard such similar sentences numerable times. And I know for sure that people who share that special friendship… so-called bond with Books will agree to this.

During January 2015, Hindustan Times came up with its challenge for the 2nd year, Hindustan Times Brunch initiative to promote reading. I came to know about this from the renowned Indian Author Ravi Subramanian’s Facebook wall. He had taken up the challenge. The target was 30 Books in a year. I became an avid part of it and completed 31 books. As they say that at times it is difficult to express happiness or joy in words, this is somewhat that kind of feeling. I can only say that it feels ‘wow’ every time I think of this. book brunch

I loved thoroughly my journey of reading these 31 books. Since it was my 1st time of taking up such a challenge, I did not think of any specific subject or language or had set any criteria for the books I will be reading. So I read various books on various subjects penned by authors that belonged to different genres. I even tagged them on my Facebook wall as #‎BrunchBookChallenge by Hindustan Times Brunch with an intention to share my excitement with my Facebook Friends.

I noticed that these updates on my Facebook wall received comparatively lesser traction when compared to other posts of mine. Many people out there thought, why am I sharing it? Possibly many might have not bothered too. But I continued doing so, just because I wanted to continue walking towards my aim. Yes, an AIM.

Whenever I meet people, out of few things, I am very keen to know if other person is someone who loves reading or is interested in books. This not only gives a feeling that there is one common topic wherein discussion can take place, but I also always have a hidden greed that I will know more about books. There is so much written across the globe by various people on various subjects in various languages. So there is so much to read and learn and widen the horizon of our thoughts.

I always ask this question to people I meet, “Do you read?” or “Do you have a reading habit?” or “Do you Like books?”

When there is an affirmation, my heart smiles. And when the answer is a “NO” or something close to this answer, I try to share my experience or that lovely bond with books with an intention to somewhere convince the person to take upon reading as a habit. Many people tell me that you cannot convince someone to take up reading as a habit. But I am so happy to share that I did convince to a handful of, successfully. And I feel so great about it. Yes, I do. I feel blessed. And this motivates me to continue doing so.

Today, as I share my feelings here, the intention is same.

And with this, now for 2016, my resolution is to read 50 different writers across the world. In 2015, I noticed that I read mostly Indian writers. This does not mean that I will not read Indian writers, but this means I will at least read works penned by 50 writers across the globe. I am Already feeling excited about it. And to keep a track on it, I will tag them as ‘#2016WritersAcrossGlobe’ whenever I post an update related to this activity on my wall. Moreover, henceforth I also plan to cultivate the habit of recording each and every book that read on Goodreads.

Anyone who is interested in accompanying me in this is more than welcome. It would really be nice. Moreover, I am happy to welcome suggestions for this activity as well. And even if I am alone, I will surely continue doing so, because with this activity even if I motivate and make 1 person adapt the habit of reading in whole 2016, I will consider it a success…

I know I am not doing something exceptional but still….

So… Come… Join me in the journey and experience the joy of Reading J

 

Glance at My Journey with Books in 2015:

 

Quotes on Reading:

“You’re never alone when you’re reading a book.” ― Susan Wiggs

“A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation… A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold.” ― Henry Miller

“Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as the latter.” ― Paxton Hood

‘पापा’ / ‘Papa’


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मीलों का सफ़र तय कर चुकी हूँ मैं…
पर जीन रास्तों पे बचपन गुज़रा वे नहीं आते…

आज भी लड़खड़ा के गीर जाती हूँ …
मगर अब मेरे  ‘पापा ‘  के हाथ मुझे नहीं  सँभालते…

एक वक़्त था जब उनसे कोई बात नहीं छुपती थी…
आज उन्हें पुकारने को लब् हैं तरस जाते…

वो कहते थे मैं उनकी गुडीया  हूँ…
आज  ज़माने वाले  गुडीया समझ मेरे साथ हैं खेलते…

सब कहते हैं वक़्त सब कुछ भुला देता है…
ज़रा कोई ये बताये के अपने ‘पापा’ को कैसे है भूलते…?

– राखी सुरेन्द्र कनकने


Milon ka safar tay kar chuki hun main…
Par jin raasto pe bachpan guzra woh nahi aate…

Aaj bhi ladkhada ke gir jaati hun kai baar…
Magar ab mere ‘Papa’ ke haath mujhe nahi sambhalte…

Ek waqt tha jab unse koi baat nahi chupti thi…
Aaj unhe pukaar ne ko labb hain taras jaate…

Woh kehte the main unki gudiya hun…
Aaj zamane wale gudiya samajh mere saath hai khelte…

Sab kehte hain waqt sab kuch bhula deta hai…
Zara koi yeh bataye ke apne ‘Papa’ ko kaise bhala hain bhulate…?

– Rakhi Surendra Kankane

Influence of Films on Society


Dadasaheb Phalke brought films in our lives with an intention to impart moral values to the Indian society with touch of entertainment. Though, later films became a major money churning device-profession and overall an industry in itself. However, since the beginning of its journey films have not only just been mere a form of entertainment but also one of the greatest elements that played pivotal role in making society, what it is today. The good and Bad too!

Relationship between art and culture may seem very different; however its presence has always been felt in majorly all aspects of life, be it – paintings, music or films, especially in India. Since, the inception of Indian film industry, the films have always been concentrating on various subjects that have been the important aspects of our lifestyle. These subjects highlighted issues, complexities and the various aspects of the Indian society that created ripples in the past.

It began with Raja Harishchandra, the film that was based on the legend of King Harishchandra, recounted in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The film revolves around the noble and righteous king, Harishchandra to honor his promise to the sage Vishwamitra.

Indian social films have always rocked Indians and most of the social movies are big hits. Many Bollywood films reflect deeper insights into the complex processes of modernization, colonialism, nationalism, freedom for women, the rights of the minorities and also the relationships between Hindus & Muslims. Films such as Achut Kanya, released in 1930 and Sujata (of high caste), produced in 1959 were based on casteism. Other social films that reflected Indian cultural values and social aspects were Prem Rog, Mandi, Astitva, Godmother, Lagaan, Traffic Signal, Bombay, Veer Zaara, Pinjar, Ishaqzaade, to name a few.

Many film makers of Bollywood have always dedicated their films to India and its freedom fighters. Films such as Purab Paschim, Shaheed, Kranti, Border, LOC – Kargil, Rang De Basanti, Swades, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Hey Ram and many arouse patriotic spirit, love and pride for the nation, while many film makers have made inspiring films on sports such as Chak De India and Iqbaal.  Films such as Udaan, Tere Sang and Taare Zameen Par reflect some good things to the society.

All these above mentioned films no doubt gave a good experience of films to audiences. Because they were meant for so. The fact is that entertainment and cinema are synonymous with each other and films have a great reflection power. Films today are so interlinked with our lives today that it is difficult to imagine life without it. Films act as a reference point to understand customs, behaviour patterns, values, arts and crafts and also the practices of everyday life.

It is not possible to underestimate the influence of cinema. Moreover, the influence of cinema is irreparable. As our films have always tried to appeal and greatly influence our society, they indeed deserve special attention. It is a human tendency and mentality to adapt things which are attractive. Hence, it is a great responsibility of films makers to ensure that the film made should have moral values that are conveyed with a lasting effect on the audience.

Online Dating – Dangerous Ishq!


In this era of busy lifestyle, it is obvious that people have less time to dedicate to their personal lives and hence tend to become lonely. If I say that we live in the age of lonely hearts… I may not be wrong!

These lonely hearts always try to find some or the other way to escape their emptiness… With social media taking over… rather, leading the communication sector… it has proved to be the best tool and the most common way to find friends… and also that ‘special someone’.

Just like any relationship… online relationships too have their own success as well as unsuccessful stories. However, here the issue is that we begin getting closer and opening our heart to some one we never met… we don’t know at all about that person still we get in to the relationship and find a soulmate in that person… hence chances of things going wrong are comparatively more.

I consider such scams into two categories;

1. Personal

2. Cyber threats

When I talk about personal benefits, spying and money extortion tops the list. Any one who wants to spy an individual can fall in love with or make the individual fall in love online. People find this as an easy way to fool some one and earn money in the name of emotions and friendship.

I am sure many of us might have faced such situation wherein, we have met some one online who gradually becomes good friends and then at times love. Later that person may have asked for financial help stating that they are facing some unforeseen situations. Usually such online relationships are short-term though with a promise of long-term at the beginning. The intention is financial benefit. The day you deny helping such person, you do not love or rather trust that person!

As per FBI, chances of women being trapped in such romance Scams is double than men. Last year (2011) the losses reported from this type of fraud reached $50.4 million, with the average victim losing around $8,900 in the name of love. The FBI report also claims that at a rate of 15 complaints received per day, these scams saw daily reported losses of approximately $138,000, or more than $5,700 every hour.

 Most of the times, it is difficult to identify the intentions of the real people behind the fake profiles. The scam artists are innovative in terms of developing new tricks and excellent when it comes to creating characters online to run such frauds. They win trust and heart of victims and often leave them heartbroken and financially ruined.

 The second category of Online dating scams is cyber threats. With the growing cyber age… cyber terrorism, cyber espionage is on peak. Cyber criminals easily take advantage of people adapting to the online dating and relationships in order to exploit the vulnerabilities. Hackers know that in the name of love, fooling people is easy. Moreover, once the trust is won, it is easy to get access the victim’s financial information with an intention of identity theft. Such activities include less effort and help attain maximum output with zero percent physical interaction. No doubt, online dating is a billion dollar industry!

 These days online scammers have started a new scam campaign on Facebook wherein they alert you that someone has viewed your profile or has showed interest in you or has posted a message for you. Then to know more about it they ask you to click on the mentioned link (fraud). Once you click on that link, you welcome malware in your system that takes over your system by infecting it.  

 In addition, at times dating sites are hacked due to improper security measures deployed by the web site. Even if the user exercises utmost caution, the site itself may provide complete information about the member to the hackers including CC number, etc. in case the victim is a paid registered member. Recently, a military dating website – www.militarysingles.com was hacked into by hackers wherein they took confidential information such as passwords, email addresses, etc. from more than 170,000 records. 

 Moreover, in case the photographs are shared while in the online relationship, anyone can take advantage of those pictures. I hope you know about morphed images! People who fall prey of such scams not only face financial loss buy also embarrassment that is usually tragic.

 So, next time anyone who tries to find love online, always ensure of not sharing any kind of sensitive information while interacting on dating sites. Parents, especially of teens, should be cautious and ensure that the child is not getting in such practices. Remember that photographs are not the right proof to judge the genuinity of person and may not even show the real sender (scammer). There is a possibility that the love interest (scammer) of the victim may not even be the same gender that was informed at the beginning of the relationship. It is not that such scams may only happen when some one approaches to the victim. There is a possibility that the scammers may have created a profile on the dating site and then waits for a potential victim to contact them.

 At times, scammers send out random unsolicited emails stating that they are a loner or have a desire to begin a relationship in the hope that some gullible recipients will favourably respond. Many a times, such relationships also begin in chat rooms or messengers.

 Well, I know, anyone reading this may have a question in their mind – is it possible to find love online? I would say, anything is possible… however, I guess we ourselves are the better person who can think best for us! Or may be we are looking for love in wrong places!

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