Friday, December 19, 2008

ನಿತ್ಯ ವಸಂತ....

Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart
Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

ಇರಲಿ.. ಪ್ರೀತಿಯ ಈ ಕೆಂಪು...

ಪಾರಿವಾಳದ ಪಾದ

ಪಾರಿಜಾತದ ತೊಟ್ಟು

ಮೊಲದ ಪಿಳಿ ಪಿಳಿ ಕಣ್ಣು

ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ್ಟಿನಾಟದ ಚೆಂಡು

ಸುಂದರ ಈ ಕೆಂಪು ಇರಲಿ ಪ್ರೀತಿಯ ಈ ಕೆಂಪು

(ಎಂದೋ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ದೂರದರ್ಶನದಲ್ಲಿ ನೋಡಿದ ಹಾಡು ಯಾಕೋ ನೆನಪಾಯಿತು...

ಈ ಚಿತ್ರ ಸಕ್ಕರೆ ಪಟ್ನದ ಸಚ್ಚಿಯ ಹೊಲದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾನು 2004 ನಲ್ಲಿ ತೆಗೆದದ್ದು)

Friday, December 05, 2008

MUMBAI ದುಃಸ್ವಪ್ನ...

ನಾವು ಆವತ್ತು ಮೆಕ್ಸಿಕೋ ದಲ್ಲಿದ್ದೆವು. ಹೊಸದೇಶ ನೋಡಿದ ಉತ್ಸಾಹದಲ್ಲಿ ರೂಮಿಗೆ ಬಂದು ಟಿವಿ ಹಾಕಿದಾಗ ದುಃಖ ಹರಿದು ಬಂತು.....

ನನ್ನ ಅರವಿಂದನಿಗೆ ಮುಂಬೈ ಅವನೂರು...
ಮರಗಟ್ಟಿ ಕೂತುಬಿಟ್ಟ...

ನಂತರ ಸುಧಾರಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಮನೆಗೆ ಫೋನು ಮಾಡಿದೆವು
ಆಕಳಿಸುತ್ತಾ ಪೋನು ಎತ್ತಿದ ನನ್ನ ನಾದಿನಿ 'ಯಾಕೋ ಇಷ್ಟೊತ್ತಿಗೇ ಕಾಲ್ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದು' ಅಂದಳು!
(ಆಗ ಇಂಡಿಯಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಬೆಳಗ್ಗಿನ ಐದು ಗಂಟೆ)
ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ಹುಷಾರಾಗಿದ್ದೀರಾ... ಅಂತ ಪದೇ ಪದೇ ಕೇಳಿಕೊಂಡು'ಎಲ್ಲೂ ಹೊರಗೆ ಹೋಗಬೇಡಿ ಅಂತ" ಅತ್ತೆ ಮಾವ ನಾದಿನಿ ಮೂವರನ್ನೂ ಬೇಡಿಕೊಂಡು ಫೋನು ಇಟ್ಟೆವು

ನಂತರ ಅರವಿಂದ ಕೂತು ಗಾಯಗೊಂಡ ಮನಸ್ಥಿತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅವನ ಬ್ಲಾಗ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಹಾಕಿದ
ಅದರ ಪೂರ್ಣಪಾಠ ಇಲ್ಲಿದೆ...

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Mumbai Again : November 26th

It just pains when it happened, watching all those gory scenes on CNN, especially when I was on vacation. The feeling of helplessness, sitting in a far off country away from dear and near ones watching your beloved city being rampaged. The anger swells up, it reminds me of another day March of 1993, when i was on the streets of Bombay when the bomb blasts were happening.
One thing I was confident was that the city will bounce back. The amount of resilience that the citizens of the city have is tremendous and like the last time round, we proved ourselves again, but getting back on our feet and getting back to life with the same fervour.

The thing that shocked me was the media, both in the US and back in India. The US media was as usual narrow in focussed, talking as if this event only affected their world and US citizens as if this attack was planned at them. Forgetting to mention that there are 8 other sites attacked and the extent of locals killed, for them Taj and Oberoi were the only two places of interest. And once the "Media Event" ended, there is a silence, I am still to come to terms with the working of the new gen of Fourth Estate, which is very modular in nature. Plug into the event and plug out as if it did not occur. Analysis is all over the place, there is no depth no thinking only connecting the dots on the surface to come with quick answers.

As far as Indian Media, it is copying the west very fast. the detailed reporting of every event. The need to talk to people the need to create the frenzy was there. This reminded of the Babri Masjid demolition and the further riots in Mumbai. I am very sure, lots of life could have been saved, if the media were a little more responsible. I am sure i will be condemned for the above line, saying i am against Freedom of Speech. But this I would like to say, as one of our professors used to say "" Freedom comes with Responsibility, Freedom does not have any meaning without the responsibility for the our own actions


ನನ್ನ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ನಾಲ್ಕು ಬ್ಲಾಗುಗಳ ಬಣ್ಣವನ್ನೂ ಕಪ್ಪಿಗೆ ಬದಲಿಸಿ ದ್ದೇನೆ
ಆ ದಿನವನ್ನು ಇನ್ನೂ ನಮ್ಮಿಬ್ಬರಿಗೂ ಮರೆಯಲಾಗುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ

ದುಃಖಿತರಿಗೆಲ್ಲಾ ನಮ್ಮ ಅಶ್ರು ಬಿಂದುಗಳು.....