Monday, 23 February 2015

Open Letter to our Honourable Chief Minister

Today was a usual Monday like any other, I thought so to myself but when I reached Dahisar station I could see many nervous faces, staring at their watch and than at the platform for the train.

Than I remembered the 12th Board Exams have started. So many young nervous faces reminded me of my own boards. But I could also see the stress of traveling in a crowded Virar bound Churchgate local as 9:00 clock is the peak time for office goers.

My heart did went out to them, girls struggling to reach at the other end of the train while holding books & notepad in one hand. I always catch 9:15 am Ladies special but today that train was late & before the train even reached near the platform there were announcements for RPF ordering them to ask the boys to get off the train as it was a Ladies special.

It would have been logical & right act if that boys would not had any exams to give or if they would have been roadside rowdies. But they just wanted to reach on time on their centres, and as everyone knows virar bound churchgate locals are always crowded from 8 to 10 in the morning. It is so difficult for these students to catch such crowded trains, heard a lot of tragedies that increase during the board exams. Students falling off the trains cause they are traveling on footboard thanks to the crowded locals.

I just want to ask the Ministry, CM & our PM we can have special trains for Ganesh Festival & holiday specials why can not we have special trains only for student??? You increased the train fare we didn't say anything because that's was in a good fate for the public, but what about the services that you provide in return.

Mr. Prime Minister it is quite easy to make speeches but it seems difficult to act on. Mr. Chief Minister even you have a little girl you should understand the plight of these Students & their parents.

Who are always worried whether there kids reach safely or not on the centre. I have been hearing from last 2 year that 12th board students centre will be provided on the basis of their residence?? But that does not seem to be happening??

Mr. Prime Minister ye hai hamari Mann ki baat, if you really think that children's are the future of India than provide them with those facilities to grow.

Why can't we have special trains & buses for board students??? Mr. Prime Minister & Chief Minister???

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Skeletons of Hypocrisy....

As the season of getting hitched & clicked comes around there is 1 question ringing in my mind, the question regarding the happiness of eternity - best described by our Indian traditions as "Arrange Marriage". The word Marriage gives a beautiful imagery or memories in our minds. But is Marriage only about 2 families, shopping, photos, friends & mehendi. These days seeing so many status updates of my friends getting hitched & clicked, rings a question in my mind about arrange marriage vs love marriage. I have known people who had a belief in love marriage & ended up in arrange marriage. How many of us on a daily basis think of this question?? or maybe once or more than that in our life might have participated in this debate of Arrange vs Love.

Every relationship has its pros & cons be it arranged by our family or Love. We proudly say our country is evolving technologically but our mindsets are still stuck few decades back!!! The feeling of love is amazing its priceless, it can not be explained but what if this feeling that you stumbled upon on your own was to be taken away from you? on the basis of caste, religion??

Our parents or the society or the community in which we belong are somewhere scared that their kids might end up getting hitched to someone from the other caste or the worst from the other religion. But what is quite scary being in love with someone who belongs to other caste (at-least the religion shared is same) or someone who belongs to different religion?

I have seen relationships take their last breath on the name of caste & religion or in the name of our so-called cultural values & traditions. Who defines these set of rules?? the so-called protectors of our Culture?? by the way do we really know what is culture or what defines our culture?? Marriage is a union of 2 souls not only Families, 2 happy souls. For some arrange marriage may work out & for some Love marriage. Its about spending the rest of your life with a stranger or maybe not a stranger, its all about chances it may work out with a stranger & may not work out,

In the name of culture the society & the elders are always fine with us getting married to a person whom we hardly know or whom we have hardly met 1 or 2 times, he/she barely knows your likes & dislikes but our families & communities are always ready to take a risk with a stranger but not with a person whom we know, whom we love, with whom we are connected.

We all have the skeletons of hypocrisy hidden somewhere deep down... & we want to overlook it, or bend the rules for our convenience. For our generation marriage is all about companionship its more about Mr.Right & Ms. Right. Heard lot of times women or girls are setting rules in today's times, but we still can not decide our course of life???

We may grow smarter, responsible & old enough to decide things for our-self but will still be chained to Hypocrisy....