A poem in Urdu about helplessness of humans, with English translation. Helplessness Numerous complaints and questions I have for all; Astonished I am with You and displeased with myself. I feel haplessly desperate but to whom shall I complain? You are invisible; if I could meet You, I would demand […]
As children of Mother Nature, which nourishes and nurtures all life whilst also being destructive and merciless, humans are complex bundles of the good, the bad and the ugly, appearing in constantly varying proportions of these three basic characteristics. Our situation and circumstances dictate which one of these characters becomes […]
Democracy primarily uses mathematics (majority vote) and not necessarily logic. Therefore, it can be seen as intrinsically flawed in so far as the core objectives of the democracy are concerned – i.e. to serve one and all with fairness and without bias or prejudice, which may not practically happen. Perhaps, […]
Vijay Shankar, the noted author, poet, journalist and a fellow humanist, sent me a short message, about the term Evil, on 30 September 2020: God neither destroys nor punishes Evil. We will become a Mature, Realistic people when we realize this. I replied: “Greetings, Vijay. Verily, I have also come […]
To begin with, the following vignette illustrates the dedication of a young engineer, operating at a Principal level, who routinely works though night hours when people generally sleep. He ensures the train track remains safe for the early morning commuters. The world remains safe because of such conscientious engineers, who […]
“SMALL BUSINESSES AND JOBS MUST BE SAVED. Let political decisions not lead to more job losses and small-business closures than already done by the Covid-19 pandemic. This post illustrates how political decisions lead to potential small-business closures and thousands of job losses. On the basis of rationale and prudence, this […]
This article pays homage to a brave Kashmiri, Ajay Pandita, who recently fell to the bullets of unidentified gunmen in Kashmir. He could be described as an unarmed Kashmiri soldier who worked for Kashmir. Apart from his family and Kashmir, has anyone else lost in his untimely death? Will he ever receive justice?
It is an intrinsic human character to act deceptively and use camouflage for maximising our gains. No wonder many people who fall in love also tend to fall out of love after some time. Search for an ideal and perfect human is, therefore, like chasing a mirage, both just don’t exist.
Our personal bias and prejudices generally cloud our judgement, which make us think and act irrationally. We discriminate between people for reasons of our bias and prejudices. We humans are fallible and known for our strange behaviours.
Brass Buttons – a poem in Urdu, “Pital ke takme’”, by Bill Koul (with English translation after the Urdu version).
This poem fulfils a promise made decades ago, a time period that appears as ages now. It describes a moment when two young hearts met on the morning of a regular working day. Instead of heading to their respective work places, they headed to a beautiful Mughal garden (in Kashmir) where they spent a full magical day in Nature, in each other’s company. That day, she was wearing a dark blue blazer, with brass buttons, which cast a lasting spell on him; the brass buttons appeared like stars that adorned her moon-like appearance.