Friday, August 31, 2012

Pariah . . . .

I didn't realize -- somehow -- I've become a despicable pariah!

Larry King

Wobbly legs . . . .

My legs are wobbly
I can't walk properly.

I can't . . . .

Wobbly legs: I can't walk properly.

The 100 Most Influential People in the World

They are the people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world. Meet the breakouts, pioneers, moguls, leaders and icons who make up this year's TIME 100,29569,2111975,00.html

Life is like a coin . . . .

Life has two sides, like a coin: A positive side and a negative side. I Blog about both.

Thursday, August 30, 2012



Badal Gayee Teri Manzilein Bhi
Bichhad Gaya Mein Bhi Caravan Se

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Like Richard Bach . . . .

Wish I were a barnstormer like Richard Bach.
Wish I'd write like him.

List of Top Ten Famous Messages In Bottles

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tearjerker . . . .

I've Schizophrenia. I've something else too: It's making me very weak -- sluggish, skeletal and hunchbacked. My memory is warped. If I don't see/hear from someone; they stop existing for me; I'm forgetting 'em totally. I can't tell the 'passage of time' -- duration. Past memories are vague. I barely remember what I did yesterday -- day before yesterday -- last week. My hands are bending. It's affecting my eyesight too. I'm slowly becoming retarded. I hadn't realized this up till now. I've realized it now: I'm not a normal person. I'm abnormal. Something is terribly wrong with me since childhood. That's my sob story! I (erroneously) believed that I'd get married -- relocate to an English-speaking country – particularly America -- and be successful and all that. Anyway, it's Destiny. It's from Allah.


I think I'm a Utopian! :-)

India . . . .

We're one billion plus strong. Have a System that's robust and resilient. There're still many people of scrupulous and incorruptible integrity. And, my faith in the System is steadfast and unfaltering.

Word salad

Wizards stay up late . . . .
Or is that a quirk of fate?

India . . . .

One billion plus: People. We've a System: Robust and resilient. Still many people of: Scrupulous and incorruptible integrity. My faith in the System: Steadfast and unfaltering.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Disagreement . . . .

Disagreement . . . .

What's happening in my life?

I'd start reading: Earnestly and voraciously! :-) I'd Tweet too!

Disagreement . . . .

Sporadic disagreements are good for a relationship to flourish. :-)

Changing the World – One Pair at a Time

Soles4Souls is a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people like you. The charity distributes these shoes to people in need, regardless of race, religion, class, or any other criteria. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has delivered over 17 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes. The shoes have been distributed to people in over 127 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal and the United States. Soles4Souls has been featured in Runner's World, Ladies’ Home Journal, National Geographic’s Green Guide, and The New York Times. It has appeared on CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, BBC, CNN and thousands of regional news outlets across North America. Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS and donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. Anyone can join our cause, and we need your help.

Soles4Souls facilitates the donations of shoes, which are used to aid the hurting worldwide. Shoe companies, retailers, and individuals can donate footwear (both new and used).

The idea behind gifts of shoes is nothing new to the Soles4Souls team, as they coordinated relief efforts for the Asian Tsunami and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, netting over 1 million pairs donated for these disasters. The team originally operated as with several churches partnering in the collection and distribution of footwear.

Ice pellets

Ice pellets (also referred to as sleet by the United States National Weather Service[1]) are a form of precipitation consisting of small, translucent balls of ice. Ice pellets are usually smaller than hailstones[2] and are different from graupel, which is made of rime, or rain and snow mixed, which is soft. Ice pellets often bounce when they hit the ground, and generally do not freeze into a solid mass unless mixed with freezing rain. The METAR code for ice pellets is PL.

Telly and Silly billy

Turn off the telly
Read a book silly.

Sunday, August 26, 2012


"Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives," spoken by Macdonald Carey.

The All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA)

The All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) is an independent left oriented women's organisation committed to achieving democracy, equality and women's emancipation. AIDWA members are from all strata in society, regardless of class, caste and community. It has an organizational presence in 22 states in India, with a current membership of more than 9 million. About two-thirds of the organsation's strength is derived from poor rural and urban women.

AIDWA was founded in 1981 as a national level mass organisation of women. However, several state units of the organisation came into existence in the crucible of the freedom struggle, each with a commendable record of anti-imperialist and pro-working class actions.

AIDWA believes the emancipation of women in India requires fundamental systemic change. It upholds secular values and challenges and resists cultural practices demeaning to women.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Joy of giving . . . .

I've learnt that giving (irrespective of race, religion, creed or political convictions) -- even just a wee bit -- even at a micro level -- unselfishly and unconditionally gives you joy. Sudha Murty Ji says the same thing -- giving back to society. It's not about money always -- most important thing you'd give to an underprivileged person is dignity and respect. A little chitchat. A pat on the back. Sharing a smoke. Having Chai together. Empathy. Mercy. Compassion.

Good Old Days


Thursday, August 23, 2012


"Asha" means "hope" in Hindi. We give people living in slum areas hope by allowing them to realise their potential, regardless of their background, caste or religious beliefs.

Around 400,000 people in more than 50 slum colonies of Delhi benefit from our work.

Our methods address deep-rooted social problems alongside those created by poverty. We involve community members in every aspect of our work, changing deeply-ingrained attitudes and bringing about positive developments that last. We make a difference to slum dwellers through:

Empowerment…Asha works to motivate and empower people, giving them the confidence and ability to work together and influence their fellow slum residents, council officials, police, school authorities and others. Learn more.

Healthcare…Networks of trained community volunteers provide basic healthcare to their fellow slum residents. They encourage people to keep themselves healthy and to receive the full benefits of healthcare provided by Asha: community-based health centres or mobile clinics, a polyclinic providing a higher level of healthcare, and effective links with local hospitals. Learn more.

Education…Many NGOs provide education for disadvantaged children, but Asha goes further. It motivates and encourages parents to send their children to school, and makes whole communities aware of the value of education. Asha provides textbooks, sample papers, career advice and help with university applications that make a college education an option - something that was unthinkable before. Learn more.

Financial inclusion…A groundbreaking scheme gives slum dwellers the chance to take control of their finances. Unlike microcredit schemes, which form self-help groups and have ‘middlemen’ dealing with banks on their behalf, Asha’s approach allows slum residents to have direct relationships with banks. They can open accounts with zero balance and can benefit from loans at extremely favourable rates, enabling them to greatly increase their incomes and improve their quality of life. Learn more.

Environmental improvements…It's nearly impossible for people to stay healthy if they live somewhere without clean water or sanitation. Asha makes slums safer places to live by helping residents get access to water, toilets, paved roads, street lighting and other amenities. Learn more.

Portrait of a Bedouin (UAE)

Portrait of a Bedouin (UAE)

Man in the street

The Art of Simple Living

Monday, August 20, 2012

My past, present and future

My past is vague; future is bleak; and present is uncertain. This sounds like Pakistan's story! Fatima Bhutto would definitely agree with me! LOL

Friday, August 17, 2012

Droid mind-set . . . .

Anything UNSOLICITED is SPAM -- that includes Chain Mails, Forwards etc. That's for droids. :-)

My kind of humor . . . .

Humor is spur-of-the-moment, spontaneous, impromptu thing -- not forwards. That's for droids. :-)

Social injustice

Social justice

The conductor with a Ph.D.

No relief for RTC bus conductors

Issuing tickets is becoming a tough task for RTC conductors in the city.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Black Cats

Maidaan men agar ham dat jaaen
Mushkil hai ke piichhe hat jaaen

Kuchh yaad unhein bhi kar lo

Kuchh yaad unhein bhi kar lo
Jo laut ke ghar na aaye

Happy Independence Day, People! :-)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012










The Centre for Civil Society

The Centre for Civil Society is an independent, non-profit, research and educational organisation devoted to improving the quality of life for all citizens of India by reviving and reinvigorating civil society.

But we don't run primary schools, or health clinics, or garbage collection programs. We do it differently: we try to change people's ideas, opinions, mode of thinking by research, seminars, and publications. We champion limited government, rule of law, free trade, and individual rights.

We are an ideas organisation, a think tank that develops ideas to better the world. We want to usher in an intellectual revolution that encourages people to look beyond the obvious, think beyond good intentions, and act beyond activism.

We believe in the individuality and dignity of all persons, and their right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. We trust their judgement when they cast their vote in a ballot box and when they spend their money in a marketplace. We are driven by the dream of a free society, where political, social, and economic freedom reigns. We are soldiers for a Second Freedom Movement.

Monday, August 13, 2012

A word. A picture.

A word. A picture.
That's how I Blog.
Because I can't write like Richard Bach.

Ice-cream social