The New Wave

Change is in order. Atleast in India it is. In the past 3 years, we have seen multitudes of historic events – rise of corruption scams, Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement, birth of Aam Aadmi Party and historic elections in 2014 to name a few. The media has kept a close eye on what the newly elected BJP-led government is doing. Its hardly been over a week and I have already read a few articles on what policies are being adopted by the ‘Modi Sarkaar’ and how are they different or along the same lines with what the previous Manmohan Singh led government had been doing. This hype and expectation from the government has never been expected before. So is the hype and expectation(or over-expectation) justified? Can the ‘Modi Sarkaar’ really bring about the revolution India is hoping for?

The campaign ‘Abki Baar Modi Sarkaar’ has been successful in producing historic results in this years elections. Lets see the stats first – this year India recorded the highest voter turnout ever at 66.4%. Just to put things in perspective India had seen a 58.2% turnout in 2009. This indicates that people wanted a change. In terms of absolute numbers the total votes cast rose by 32% overall from 2009. And interestingly enough the number of female voters surpassed the other gender in 16 states out of 35! These are some extra-ordinary numbers. And even the results of the Lok Sabha Elections were nothing ordinary to say the least!

But all that is now in the past. The current million dollar question is – can this new government live upto the faith the nation has shown in it? I have been following the interviews and speeches given by Modi over the past few months. He talks of all the changes he wants to bring about and the reforms he believes in. He claims he can answer India’s questions and implement the ‘Gujarat Model’ in the country. Even if we believe Modi Sarkaar to do that – which in itself is a huge leap of faith; will the Gujarat model work for the country as a whole? Economists and politicians are divided are on this. But as a common man how does it affect me, how does it affect the rising Indian middle class?

The Gujarat model has a very capitalist implementation to it; meaning it will favor the industries and propel the growth of investments. One disadvantage of this is the fact that under absolute capitalism, the rich gets richer and the poor gets poorer. But, consider this, India since the late 90’s has seen a surge in entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship mentality among the youth. People are willing to go after their own ideas and test them in the open market. In an environment which is investor friendly, this will be a big boon. And another feature of the Gujarat model that can aid the budding entrepreneurs is the economic freedom; this simply translates to lesser hindrances from the government. People who have followed the famous Indian TV series – ‘Office Office’ by Pankaj Kapoor would easily relate to this. Economic freedom simply means lesser number of government officials to meet to get things done.  This can easily result into small industries and new career fronts growing in the country. Also, to support this high industry-growth India would need a good solid infrastructure foundation – one that is highly due since more than a couple of decades now. In order to successfully implement the Gujarat model, the Government will have to push for more infrastructure projects than ever before which can never be a bad thing!

Another interesting fact about the Gujarat model was growth in agriculture. Over the past decade, a lot of arid and barren land under the Kutch district in Gujarat has been converted to farmlands. With Punjab being the powerhouse for agriculture and states like Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu who have a high number of farmers, a Gujarat model or atleast a Gujarat-like model would greatly help the country in a big way. And looking at the bigger picture, India – a traditionally agricultural country will always benefit from a model that lays emphasis on agricultural development, isn’t it?

I am no economist, in fact I have hated economics as a subject throughout my school and college life 🙂 ; so I am definitely not the right person to decide if this new Government can go about bringing any good to the country or not. But as a common person, I can definitely see more ups than downsides to the thought-process and reforms the ‘Modi Sarkaar’ wants to bring in. Will they actually go ahead and bring about the change? Only time can tell. But as a young Indian in the 21st century, I can definitely see the New Wave coming to India and the people have already taken a part in this change. But the job is only half-done…

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Science and Religion

In the ‘Origin of the Species’ Darwin ends with the sentence:
“There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.”
Its important to note that Darwin never directly points his theory of evolution to agree with atheism and their theory of how life came into existence. In this last sentence, he went as far as to even allude life to being initiated by the Creator. If we think about it there can be many conclusions we could draw from only this statement
First, Darwin had written several other books before 1859 when Origin of Species came out. But this particular book was mainly aimed for the common man – unscientific part of the world. During the 19th century – Christianity was dominant in most of the western world where the book would be published and read. So it would make a lot of sense to attribute existence of God in your work otherwise who would read the book in the Christian world?
Second, he writes in his conclusion, “It may be asked how far I extend the doctrine of the modification of species. The question is difficult to answer…it does not seem incredible that…all the organic beings which have ever lived on this earth may be descended from some one primordial form.”
Notice one thing that Darwin never really claimed to know the source of all life. While Darwin tried to postulate that all life may have descended from one original species, he never claims that this species sprang into existence on its own. He did not support the big bang theory. He even said that “I see no good reason why the views given in this volume should shock the religious feelings of any one.” Darwin simply steered clear of the original source – Who/what were the original species. This really begs to conclude that existence of God is outside the scope of Darwin’s work.
I think it would be wrong for anyone to severely censure Darwin’s work for denying the existence of God mainly cause he never really denied that! He may have only done this so as to please the masses he targeted to read his work or he may really believe in existence of God and steered clear of that topic only to please all the readers – the Christian world and the scientific world equally; we may never know about it. But to take a note on this point, we may not be wrong in speculating that Darwin really just wanted to try and answer the question ‘What’ – What really happened and what is the process that went through to give us the life that we see in the present world.
In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis states:
“But why anything comes to be there at all, and whether there is anything behind the things science observes – something of a different kind – this is not a scientific question…The statement that there is any such thing, and the statement that there is no such thing, are neither of them statements that science can make.” (Book 1, Chapter 4)
Science follows an observational methodology. This means that it is limited to answering the question ‘What’. It cannot in concept answer the question Why? – because it can only fully be answered by religion. Darwin had always stuck to answering the ‘What’. He observed that species would gradually change over time, and hypothesized that perhaps they would even modify from one species to another over longer periods of time. But he never tried to guess about the original source of all life, because then he would be answering Why life exists. Atheists have since then tried describe the source of all life in the theory of evolution, which really took theory from the realm of science to that of religion. I don’t think Darwin never meant to claim that. At one point, he commented, “My conclusions have lately been much misrepresented, and it has been stated that I attribute the modification of species exclusively to natural selection…I am convinced that natural selection has been the main but not the exclusive means of modification.”
This observation may just be limited to just one brief moment in the long battle of who is right – Science or Religion. Science and religion may really be two sides of the same coin and Science may just eventually prove what religion in reality says – We would eventually know if that is right. But it still begs to point that this brief moment that is widely criticized every time the debate of religion over science grows may just be completely an invalid point to make!

Mumbai: Nomeclature

Being a hardcore Mumbaiite, the first thing that would come to a person’s mind is trains. And a curious soul like me would often wonder the story behind all the names of various railway stations in and Mumbai and its suburbs. I was lucky enough to find some amazing stories behind the naming of a few of those 150 railway stations spread across the map of Mumbai. In the words of Perry Mason – Let us begin from the beginning.

Mumbai

The city derives its name from the temple of Koli Goddess Mumba or Maha Amba.Aai in Marathi means mother. Mumbai is built on an archipilago of seven islands: Bombay Island, Parel, Mazagaon, Mahim, Colaba, Worli, and Old Woman’s Island (also known as Little Colaba). And with this lets briefly visit the other parts of Mumbai and find out the story behind their names:

Andheri

Quite interestingly Wiki suggests that Andheri is quite ironically derived from the name of Udaygiri hills (Bright Mountain) that houses the Mahakali Caves complex! But I did not find any other concrete evidence

Antop Hill

Possibly named after a Hindu resident resident N. Antoba who possesed properties at Girgaum and Varli. Antoba (or Antob) got corrupted to Antop in English.

Crawford Market

This market was opened up by the then Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai, Arthur Travers Crawford.

Bandra

Bandra is most probably derived from the Persian word Bandar for a port. In Marathi, the word for a port is Vandre, which explains why  many rickshaw-wallahs and bus conductors call it by this name i.e. Vandre.

Bhuleshwar

This place is named after a financer of a temple – Bhula/Bhola/Bhulya, a rich Koli, giving it the name Bhuleshwar or Bhla’s God

Byculla

It is said that one Sir J. Campbell coined this name from ‘bhaya’ & ‘khala’. If you are wondering then, ‘Bhaya’ is the Indian name for Cassia Fistula, or Amaltaas & Khala means ‘low ground’ in Marathi. One would wonder if the place was once abound with these trees.

Charni Road

According to one account, this name is derived from a then-present locality near the Thane railway station called Chendni. Many residents of Chendni migrated to an settled near Girgaum and thus the name Chendni Road which became Charni Roadlater. Another account traces the roots to ‘charon’, the grazing of cattle.

Chowpatty

This is now synonymous with any sea beach in Mumbai, though initially it was meant only for the Girgaum Chowpatty. Chowpatty is derived from ‘Chau-Pati’ or four creeks.

Chinchpokli

This is derived from ‘chinch’ (Marathi for tamarind) trees that grew in the area.

Churchgate

Named after one of the three gates leading to the old fort. Interestingly Churchgate was called ‘Pawan-chakki Gate’ also, possibly on aacount of a wind mill at the location sometime in the late 18th century.

Colaba

The fishermen are called ‘Koli’ in Marathi (Interestingly, Koli means a spider – one who weaves a web or net). They were one of the earliest residents of Mumbai. Colaba probably derives its name from ‘Kolbhat’ meaning the residence of Kolis. Or, it could have originated from ‘Kol-ab’ (ab meaninng water in Persian) i.e. dwelling of Kolis near water. The Persian word ‘Kalbeh’ meaning a neck of land jutting into the sea could also have been an etymological origin for the name Colaba.

Cuffe Parade

Named after Mr. T.W. Cuffe, Chairman of the Standing Committee of Corporation 1901-02. He suggested the raised footpath on the Cuffe Parade Road that distinguishes it from other roads in Mumbai.

Dadar

Dadar means ladder in Marathi. Bombay was a set of seven islands and the villageof Dadar would have been a ‘ladder’ leading to the main island of Bombay. No wonder, You still have sug a big crowd at the Dadar railway station even in these times.

Girgaum

This is probably derived from ‘giri’ and ‘gram’ from its location at the foot of the Malabar Hills.

Kalbadevi

This place is named after a Kali (Kalika Devi) temple which was relocated to this area from Mahim.

Kurla

Derives its name from ‘Kurli’, meaning crab, which were found in abundance in the marshy areas surrounding the area.

Mahim

This is derived from the word Mahi, meaning earth. Mahim is a corrupted form ofMahikavati, (again, derived from Mahi) the capital of the 13th century ruler Bhimdeo.

Malabar Hill

Possibly derived from the pilgrims from the ‘Malabar’ region (South India) who used to visit the temple (Wlakeshwar/Ban Ganga temple) atop this hill in large numbers.

Matunga

Matunga (a neighbourhood of Mahim) is supposedly the place where 13th century King Bhimdeo of Mahikavati (today’s Mahim), used to station his elephants (elephants are called matanga in Sanskrit).

Mulund

Historical records of Mulund date back to the time of Mauryan empire . In those days Mulund and nearby suburbs together were known as Muchchalind. Mulund is the earliest planned suburb of Mumbai city, a gridiron plan was designed by architects Crown & Carter in 1922, which extends from present day Mulund station to Paanch Rasta junction in Mulund (West). Mulund station falls on the central line of Mumbai.

Parel

This is another tree-named locality of Mumbai named after the Paral or Padel(Marathi for the ‘trumpet flower’)

Powai

The village of Powai is named after a 10th Century temple of Godess Padmavati located on the banks of the Powai Lake (exact location being within the premises of IIT Mumbai). The ancient name of the village was Poumvi. The word Powai is a corruption of the original name by the Portuguese. It is said that the village of Powai has been in existence for over 1000 years!

Prabhadevi

Named after the temple of Shakambhari Devi, the Patron goddess of King Bhimdeo. The temple, originally built in the 12th – 13th century, was destroyed by the Portuguese and rebuilt by one Shyam Nayak (a Pathre Prabhu) in 1715. Hence, the name Prabhadevi (possibly, derived from Prabhu).

Santacruz

The name comes from the Portuguese word meaning Holy Cross. This was the name of a church that existed on the site presently occupied by the Sacred Hearts Boys School.

Sion

Sion or शीव(as it is referred to in Marathi) is derived from the Marathi word शींव(Shinva) meaning boundary. The village of Sion was the boundary between theisland of Bombay and Salsette.

Thane

Throughout recorded history the city has left its mark under various names. The earliest evidence of Thane appears in the works of the Greek geographer, Ptolemy, who, in his writings ( 135 – 150 AD) refers to a place called Chersonesus, which, according to researches, is the area around Thane creek. It is also believed that this place was referred to as ‘Sri Sthanaka’,named after a temple of Lord Ganapati. Later it was baptized to ‘Cacabe de Tana’ by the Portuguese and then ‘Thana’ by the British.

Vasai

Probably one of the most important places in the history of Mumbai. It was known as Bassein during its long Portuguese rule. According to Wiki, the name “Vasai” appears on stone inscriptions in the Kanheri Cave writings and as “Vasya” in theKarla Cave inscriptions. Vasai is mentioned as “Bussy” in Ain-I-Akbari. Vasai was the seat of the various political powers such as the Peshwas, Mughals, Portuguese and the English.

The Treaty of Bassein was an important landmark in the history of British supremacy in India. Bajiro II, the late 18th – early 19th century Maratha ruler, was seeking refuge in Bassein after the Battle of Poona. To restore his Peshwaship, he had to agree to this Subsidiary Alliance that empowered the English to station 6,000 soldiers in the region against a payment of two and a half million ruppes to the East India Company as protection money. The treaty was intrumental in the downfall of the Maratha Empire.

Such historical importance, and I always thought of Vasai as just some far flung suburb of Mumbai.

Virar

Virar derives its name from the Eka Veera Devi temple, also called the Jivdani Mata. Legend has it that Pandavas visited the temple and carved out caves there (now called Pandav Dongri)

Ville Parle

Ville Parle was originally a set of two villages Idla (probably what is called Irla now in Ville Parle West, the house of the famous Alfa market) and Padla. Quite contrary to the belief that the suburb is named after the Parle Biscuit factory, it in fact is the other way round.

Worli

Worli is derived from Varli. Varli in Marathi means upper, relating to the northern location of the Varli islands with regards to Bombay.

The small stories like these are hidden in all the pockets of the city. Making one even more lovestruck by the city!

23 Things To Do Instead Of Getting Engaged Before You’re 23

As 2013 wraps up, I’ve been noticing more and more people getting engaged and/or married under the age of 23.

I get it.

It’s cold outside… you want to cuddle and talk about your feelings… life after graduation is a tough transition… so why not just cut to the chase and get married, right?  It’s hip. It’s cool. You get to wear clothing that wouldn’t normally be socially acceptable at the dive bar you frequent with the $5 beers.  Eff it. YOLO. YOMO! You only marry once…

Oh wait.

The divorce rate for young couples is more than twice the national average. Divorce is no longer a staple in a midlife crisis, but rather, something that SEVENTEEN Magazine should probably be printing on. Headlines could read,

“How to budget for your prom AND your wedding in the same year!”

“What’s HOT: Kids raising Kids.”

“Why your Mom doesn’t really know what she’s talking about.”

Because at the age of 22, I have no idea who I am, what I’m doing, and who I’ll be doing it with for the next year… let alone for the rest of my life.  And that’s awesome.

Some day, I want to get married too.  I want a floor length dress with a ton of cleavage.  I want it to be in Asia, with Ethiopian food, and a filthy scotch selection to calm my nerves when I inevitably start to panic and hyperventilate.  But WANT and NEED are two entirely different things. I NEED to develop MY dreams and MYSELF before I can truly be the type of woman you WANT to marry.

What inspired me to scribble down my feelings (so many feelings!) is The Facebook.  I’m seeing all of these notifications that “X and Y” have joined in matrimony and instantly, these waves of anxiety start to flow over me.  Should I be thinking about marriage? I’ve never even had a serious boy friend? Is there something wrong with me? WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME AND WHY HAS NO ONE TOLD ME ABOUT IT FOR ALL THESE YEARS!?

But then I look at my life, my relationships, and my future… and I realize that, I’m fucking awesome.  It literally isn’t me, it’s them.

I have begun to notice a common thread amongst all these young unions: inexperience.  Inexperience with dating, traveling, risks, higher education, career direction, SEX, solitude, religious exploration, etc… and it’s insane that I have already experienced more of the world in the last 22 years than my married peers will ever experience in their life.

I can’t help but feel like a lot of these unions are a cop-out.

It is a way for young people to hide behind a significant other instead of dealing with life’s highs and lows on their own. It’s a safety blanket. It’s an admission that the world is just too big and scary to deal with it on your own; thus, you now have someone that is legally obligated to support you till one of you dies or files for divorce.

Which could be tomorrow, because the LGTBQ community isn’t ruining the sanctity of marriage, the Kardashian family is.

If your love is truly eternal, what’s the rush? If it’s real, that person will continue to be committed to you 2 months from now, 2 years from now, and 2 decades from now. Grow, learn, travel, party, cuddle, read, explore. Do. Freaking. Something… other than “settle down” at 23 with a white picket fence.

Because you owe it to yourself.  You are a human being that deserves to thrive inside AND outside of a relationship.

We are not our parent’s generation.  I’m tired of hearing about how “my mom and dad got married young and X, Y and Z” because they were raised with a completely different set of values, priorities, and without the anxieties and adulterous risks that comes with the worldwide web.  I’m speaking directly to the Millennials.

Millennials deserve the opportunity to develop ourselves, alone.

I recognize that my opinion is not going to be popular on The Facebook… especially amongst those who fall into the “under 23” category.  I would be confused if I didn’t receive some sort of online backlash or a loss of friends on The Facebook.  Some how… I will move forward.

But in the words of my 15 year-old sister, “Sorry I’m not sorry.”

Sure.  Some days I wake up and stare at my ceiling thinking: “I’m single as fuck.”  But then I realize that those friends are going to get knocked up and fat soon sssoooo in retrospect, who really is winning here? I’m in China. I’m having the best time of my life. I am responsible for my own happiness.

Please enjoy these 23 things to do instead of getting engaged before you’re 23.

1. Get a passport.

2. Find your “thing.”

3. Make out with a stranger.

4. Adopt a pet.

5. Start a band.

6. Make a cake. Make a second cake. Have your cake and eat it too.

7. Get a tattoo. It’s more permanent than a marriage.

8. Explore a new religion.

9. Start a small business.

10.Cut your hair.

11. Date two people at once and see how long it takes to blow up in your face.

12. Build something with your hands.

13. Accomplish a Pinterest project.

14. Join the Peace Corps.

15. Disappoint your parents.

16. Watch GIRLS, over and over again.

17. Eat a jar of Nutella in one sitting.

18. Make strangers feel uncomfortable in public places.

19. Sign up for CrossFit.

20. Hangout naked in front of a window.

21. Write your feelings down in a blog.

22. Be selfish.

23. Come with me to the Philippines for Chinese New Year.

… because at the end of the day, I just gotta wander onwards. Wishing everyone whiskey and wanderlust during the holidays.

– http://wanderonwards.com

Five minutes

Sometimes I am 24 and standing in the kitchen of my apartment making breakfast and brewing coffee and listening to music that for some reason is really getting to my heart. I am just standing there thinking about going to work and picking up my mails. And also more exciting things like books I am reading and trips I plan on taking and relationships that are springing into existence. Or fading from my memory, which is far less exciting. And suddenly I just don’t feel at home in my skin or in my apartment and I just want home but a trip to India will not be of much help either. There used to be the comfort of a number in my phone and ears that listened everyday and arms that were never for anyone else. But just to calm myself down when I started feeling trapped in a five-minute period where nostalgia is too much and thoughts of this person I are feel foreign. When I realize that I’ll never be this young again but this is the first time I’ve ever been this old. When I can’t remember how I got from sixteen to here and all the same feel like sixteen is just as much of a stranger to me now. The song is over. The coffee’s done. I breathing in and out. I feel fine again in about five minutes.

What you have left!

It is not what they take away from you that counts. It’s what you do with what you have left. Or there’s another one which is my favorite – “When life gives you lemons, smart people make lemonade but the successful ones make orange juice and let other people wonder how did they make it!”

Haha. All of these sound so cheesy and encouraging. But when the time really comes do you even think of making lemonade? What the heck making lemonade even means when it comes to it as option? When you have lost your job; when you have just broke up with the love your life after six years of happily in commitment; when you realize that you just lost your dream house to a bank mortgage; when someone really close to you suddenly passes away; when you have lost your limbs in an accident you had in your prime.

Are we even strong enough to endure the pain we feel at such moments in life? What does making lemonade even stand for in such situations? No matter what we say or think we have all been there – in situations when we realize that all the dreams we had; all our life’s efforts or atleast a big chunk of it is now suddenly going down the drain.

They say its situations like these that define us; the friends that stay with us are our true friends; the relations we build are the best and true. But right at the moment when it’s all going down does any these matter? Does getting the realization of the situation make a difference at exactly that point? Most of us will get over it one way or another – Life is too good a teacher to us for that not to happen. And when you get back up on your feet and show what has happened around you; you realize on what is left. What have you achieved in your most vulnerable moments.

What you are left with is your real world. 🙂

Why do you write?

When you read, you go through a story or a poem or just a short write up on that piece of paper you scrambled away at that corner, all of which are personal. To you. And you alone.

Your eyes see the symbols joined together to make words, the graphical representations of sounds and characters you portrayed in those sounds. Those sounds are thus translated into meaning – meaning only you can understand, meaning every person reading it later think they know how it feels but the fact is they are wrong. These representations and those characters are given voice by your observation of them. You have no choice in the matter.

Try to not read this as a sentence. Try to live every character of it.

Thousands of people may read this but each of them will read it in their own way. It is unique to them. It gives all of them a different meaning – a meaning only they can comprehend.

To you its different – that is why I wrote it.

Because you are unique in your voice, in your understanding, in your way. You are special. A unique aspect of a glimmering whole. We are all that whole – a completeness that only we can decipher completely. But you alone are you. And because I speak to you and you alone, intimately, I know you as well as I know myself.

And that is why I have the faith I do in you. You will be great. You will be amazing.

You will change the world. I know you can write. You can explain your story. You can give your rhymes. You can share a part of you like you do with friends, with me. And so you would write – not for me not for your friends, not for the world, not for the change you want, not to complain but just for you. Nobody else.

Letter to the person I know that is going through the worst of times

Dear You,

I barely know you, but I want you to know that my heart breaks for every time one of your heart breaks. I want you to know that for every written word, for every ocean spill, for every bone that aches, that I know how you feel. I want you to know that I’ve been there, that I’m still there, that I am living it all alongside with you. I want you to know that you’ll get through this soon — you and everyone involved in this situation — I am there to support you in this. And before you know it, these scars across the middle of your chest will fade and heal and soon that once fragile muscle behind your ribs will beat again, ready to face a new day, a new adventure, with somebody new — somebody who will really be worth giving your all to. Promise.

Hugs & Love,

Me

Not just another story

Things only seem easy to do when you aren’t the one who has to do them. We go around constantly telling other people don’t worry, it’s going to be okay. move on, already, it’s not worth it. You’ll find someone better, you’ll find someone more deserving of you, but we forget that there are other things involved that we don’t know about. That it isn’t just story about a sad, but hopeful girl who keeps waiting and waiting for a boy who doesn’t realize she’s even there. It’s isn’t just a story about some silly boy who stays and loves and loves with all his heart only to have it broken time and time again. It isn’t just a story about a foolish who doesn’t seem to understand any better and can’t move on.

It’s a story about how he’s always been there for her no matter what. Through their bitter breakup and heartache with other guys, through lost friendships and through being this close to death. It’s a story about how she still stood by his side even if going through these things hurt her too.

It’s a story about how even though it’s been years since the last time they were together, he still remembers the littlest things about her. How she remembers how he likes his drink to be, and will always get him one whenever she can get him one or how he knows how much she loves string cheese and is willing to share one with her every time he stocks his fridge with them after a trip to the grocery store. It’s about how he lets her take photos of him in funny poses. It’s about how he will accompany her on her museum outings even though she knows he isn’t particularly fond of them. it’s about how that doesn’t even matter to him, but how much it matters to her.

It’s a story about she believes it’s always going to be different with him. And whether he realizes it or not, it’s a story built around those words that makes her keep holding on too tightly to all they have to hold onto. And how nothing else can change that except she and him and the disappearance of the feelings that hide. It’s about how underneath it all, it’s always been him for her and her for him even though they both deeply deny it.

And it’s a story of so much more than you will ever know and the ending to it will never be as simple as you think, regardless if you think you’ve been there before. because what you have to remember is that this isn’t some repeat of your story — it’s only hers and his alone.

The real matrix

We all have probably read about how real the concept of matrix could be and what it means in life. But as always is a reminder is always welcomed. At every step of our lives we are given the option taking the red pill or the green one. And the choice too is definitely ours. But what people do not realize is that true freedom comes at a very high cost. Its something not many of us are willing to pay for.

But having said that; we also assume that we know the real meaning of freedom. On the wake of Indian Independence back in 1947, Jawarharlal Nehru said – ” The achievement we celebrate today is but a step, an opening of opportunity, to the greater triumphs and achievements that await us. Are we brave enough and wise enough to grasp this opportunity and accept the challenge of the future? Freedom and power bring responsibility. The responsibility rests upon this assembly, a sovereign body representing the sovereign people of India. Before the birth of freedom we have endured all the pains of labor and our hearts are heavy with the memory of this sorrow.” So does ‘freedom’ mean more responsibility? Responsible for what? For behaving in a certain way in a society? For making leaps and achieving success at work? For ensuring you lived a life you dreamed of? Is all of this real freedom? or is just following your heart to do what you want real freedom? And if that is the case are corrupt politicians also enjoying true freedom?

The second thing I find worthy of being questioned here is – “Are there always only two pills to choose from?” One would just jump to the answer that it is not the case there must always be a third pill – kind of invisible to many and if you look closely you might find that. Someone else would then add to that saying ‘Its your perspective that shows you two pills since in reality there might even be 3 or 4 or 100 pills being given as option’. Is that really true? Are we always given that many options? And if that is correct do we always really see these options? How many of them are even considered as options in the first place? What if there are really no options at all at a particular juncture in your life? And if even that question is not true?

The third assumption we made was the fact that red pill was actually a way to freedom. It is really easy to say that the fabricated matrix was wasn’t the real world and the struggle was. But in the real world the difference is not always that clearly defined. It is all on one’s perspective. In the popular Indian epic – Ramayana; Raavan is assumed to be an evil character and Ram to be the true hero slaying Raavan to protect his wife who was kidnapped by Raavan. It is a classic epic. But how much of it is really true? Is Raavan really nothing but an evil character? There are Indian traditions, however, where Raavan is not only vindicated as a figure of immense moral and physical strength, but where he appears as the chief protagonist of the Ramayana. His immense penance, learning, and devotion to Brahma earned him the latter’s gratitude. Raavan wished to have Sita for himself only if she gave her consent; to do otherwise was to abandon the badge of honor that he, the mightiest of the asuras or demons, carried. This sounds to me to be very honorable and respectable. Then why is it that every time we speak of Raavan the only thing that comes to our mind is evil. Is our perspective that limited? Was the red pill really the path to freedom? Did it really wake us up to reality? or did it just conveniently put us through some nightmare? Does the real freedom be achieved just by having the pill? Does blue pill really take us deeper into the matrix?

The real matrix is not about choosing which pill to consume. It is about understanding where you stand; about realizing what you really want; about deciding where you want to go from here on; about preparing yourself for the repercussions of the pill you decide to take and about figuring out the way to enjoy the pill you decide to consume. That for is the real matrix here.