खबर मिली की शहर के भीड़भाड़ वाले क्षेत्र मे एक चार मंजिला पुराना मकान गिर गया है । मकान के मलबे मे काफी लोगों के दबे होने की आशंका है। किसी के मरने की बात तो मलबा हटाने के बाद मालूम पड़ेगी।

खबर लेने के लिये जब वहाँ पहुंचा तो देखा काफी भीड़ थी, खूब अफरातफरी मची थी ।

मकान मे रहने वाले जो भाग्यवश या दुर्भाग्यवश बच गए थे, उनका रो रो कर बुरा हाल था । परिवार के बाकी लोगों का कुछ पता नहीं ,जिन्दा हैं या कितने गंभीर रुप से घायल हैं ,इस स्थिति मे उनकी मानसिक अवस्था विक्षिप्तों जैसी हो रही थी ।

बहुत सारे लोग जल्दी-जल्दी मलबा हटाने मे लगे थे,ढेर सारा मलबा,ढेर सारा बिखरा,टूटा पड़ा घरेलू सामान । जिंदगी भर की मेहनत कुछ एक पलों मे मलबों मे मिल गई ।

अचानक मलबे के अन्दर से एक हाथ दिखा,किसी महिला का हाथ, चूडियां पहनी हुई थी, एक अंगुली मे अंगूठी भी थी, सोने की ही लग रही थी , हाथ देख के लग ही रहा था ,कि उसमें प्राण नहीं हैं । बहुत भारी दीवार के हिस्से के नीचे थी , खाली हाथों से उसे हटाना मुश्किल था ।

तभी वहां वह गिद्ध दिखा, जो लाशों के आसपास मंडराता है ।पर ये गिद्ध मनुष्य रुपी गिद्ध था, वह वहां शायद आया ही इसीलिये था, लाशों को नोचने ।
उसने इधरउधर देखा और
उस मलबे मे दबी मृतका के हाथ से अंगूठी निकाल के जेब मे रख ली ।
किसी का भी ध्यान उसपर नहीं गया,और वह मनुष्य रुपी गिद्ध जैसे आया था वैसे चला भी गया ।
यही विडंबना है कि इतनी तबाही अपनी आंखों से देख कर भी वह गिद्ध,गिद्ध ही रहा ।



यह एक यात्रा है, जिसपर सभी को चलना है, सब चल रहे हैं । देर सबेर सब अपनी मंज़िल पर पहुंच ही जाएंगे । इसलिए मोह, माया, बंधन ,जबरदस्ती के लगाव के कोई मायने नहीं । सब कुछ क्षण भंगुर है । कुछ ले कर आए नहीं, कुछ ले कर जाना नहीं । जो काम सौंप कर भेजा गया है, उसको पूरा करने तक रास्ते पर चलते ही रहना है, जब काम पूरा हो जाएगा, मंजिल आ जाएगी ।


The Meaning of a Salamander in a Dream

The Dream Well

The salamander was believed to live in fire To dream of a salamander may indicate a profound transformation

Salamanders are perhaps one of the stranger creatures to appear in dreams.  Understanding what they may mean requires careful contemplation, for these creatures are nothing if not ambiguous.  Fortunately, if you dream of a salamander, ambiguity is likely to be something rather familiar to you.

At the core of this ambiguity is the relationship salamanders have to both water and fire.  Though they are an amphibian and live in and around water, they have been bestowed with a mythological connection to fire.  It is suggested this belief stems from the fact that salamanders were sometimes seen in fires, likely because they were brought into houses unnoticed, hidden in logs where they lived, and only became visible once the wood started to burn.  They also secrete a milky fluid from their bodies which was believed to protect them from the flames.

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10 Quotes on Love and Life – Valentine’s Day

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 By Somali K Chakrabarti

Love Quote

14th Feb is the day when love is in the air as people all over the world celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Love, it is said, is what makes life worth living. Philosophers and poets have defined love in numerous ways. Here is a collection of some of my favorite quotes on love and life.

  1. ‘They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.’ ~Tom Bodett
  1. ‘There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.’ ~ John Lennon
  1. ‘Where there is love there is life.’ ~Mahatma Gandhi

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A letter to the future…

I.M.A.O. (Tejaswee Rao's Blog)

Dear… daughter,

I don’t feel odd writing this. Just… so mature. I’m 17 going on 18, the age you’ll be when you read this for the first time. I don’t know how I’ll be then. Sometimes cranky, over-worked, cynical, the way I see my parents are today. But I don’t want you to see only that me. Maybe I’ll be hardworking, happy and eccentric. For you, I want to preserve some of my ideas, my optimism and my ideals. I want you to meet me, at your age, so many years from now. Beware… I was considered boring, by some.

Right now I’m changing. In small ways, and big. I’ve seen a certain amount of heart break (no doubt I’ll see more) and a great deal of love, more than I could ever wish for. My morals, my ideals, my resolutions, my wants and my beliefs are being formed, being…

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Why People Criticize Others and the Downsides

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

‘The purpose of opposition is to oppose everything and propose nothing’,  tweeted Dr Debroy.

Indeed, I thought, how easy it is to notice the frailties, foibles, and follies of others while ignoring those of your own!

We all indulge in criticizing others sometime or the other. It comes almost as easily as breathing to most of us. There have been times when I have felt the urge to criticize surging in my heart and given a piece of mind to someone or expressed my displeasure of a person behind his back.

An odd question popped up in my mind.

Why do we like to criticize others?

I tossed this question to my buddies, sought their views, organized my thoughts around it, and jotted them down. Here is what it shaped up like.

It is a matter of fact that to be critical of others is built into the human nature. All human beings are prone to…

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10 Quotes on Nurturing Talent

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 By Somali K Chakrabarti


How many times while reading a gripping book, or while seeing an awesome movie, or while watching an interesting game have you been completed fascinated by the performance of the artists, singer, writer or player and wondered at what makes them so amazingly talented.

Blessed are the people who are born with unique talents and are more gifted than others. When talent is honed and nurtured with rigor and discipline, and presented with the right opportunities, it leads to extraordinary results.

Talent is the multiplier. The more energy and attention you invest in it, the greater the yield. The time you spend with your best is, quite simply, your most productive time. ― Marcus Buckingham

But talent alone can carry a person only so far, it needs to be accompanied with continuous hard work and great will power to shine through.

Talent quote

 The artist is nothing without…

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Jana Gana Mana – From Morning Song to India’s National Anthem

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 By Somali K Chakrabarti

Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people,
Thou Dispenser of India's destiny.
Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people,
Dispenser of India's destiny,
Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sind,
Gujarat & Maratha, of Dravida, Orissa and Bengal,
It echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas,
mingles in the music of Jamuna and Ganges,
and is chanted by the waves of the Indian Sea.
They pray for thy blessings and sing thy praise,
Thou dispenser of India's destiny,
Victory, Victory, Victory to thee.

English translation of India’s National Anthem “Jana Gana Mana” by Rabindranath Tagore

In the year 1911, Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore wrote a hymn in in Sanskritised Bengali “Jana Gana Mana” that was to be sung for the first time at the 26th annual session of the Indian National Congress

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