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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Are we Respect-able?

I have often pondered and wondered with disdain at the difference in the behaviour of our generation with reference to what I think we should be. When I say "we" I mean the Indian Generation Z.

I do not have the wisdom or the knowledge to talk of the new generation in other countries , but of my own country I can say but this. The youth of India are more liberated, educated and knowledgeable, but they have achieved that by unlearning the basic learnings taught by the elder generations

We were all taught to respect our elders, yet we find a boom in the old age homes, elderly people being deposed from their own homes, youths turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to the words of the elders in homes, colleges and elsewhere. It pains me to see a high profile, extremely wise person narrating to us stories which we would take a lifetime to learn, speaking in front of an audience who are physically present and mentally absent. Where is the basic learning of respect for elders gone?

We were taught to respect women , our mothers, sisters, daughters and even unrelated passer-by. Yet in Delhi and other states , rape cases are on a high and the attitude of the government does not help. Raising slogans for protests and a more draconian law will not change the mindset of the people bend of committing such crimes. It is the mindset that needs changing , not the set of laws.
Where is the basic learning of our elder generations gone?

We were taught to help our friends and respect them as well. Yet many a time we hardly treat them fairly. It strangely reminds me of the scene from "Pyaar ka Punchnama" about the tirade of one friend , while the other friend listens wide-eyed, and at the end has nothing to say. The only exception being the friend is not listening but is on mobile, laptop, sleeping or chatting. Have we forgot the basic courtesy to lend an ear to our friends when they are speaking? Where is the basic learning of our elder generation gone?

Is the younger generation even Respect-able? In terms of both giving respect as well as receiving it, Generation Z seems to be lagging behind by a large margin. The festivities of the elder generation which used to honour and respect families and friends in ways like Holi, Diwali and Raksha bandhan have now given ways to festivities like Valentines Day, Rose Day, New Years Day etc where the motive is Individual rather than Collective.

There seems to be a tear in the fabric of morality of Indian youth. Is this tear a sign of breaking the shackles that was keeping Indian youth behind with respect to other countries, or is this tear a breach in the respectability of the Indian Youth.

I seem to have more questions than answers as always......

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


I do not know what time may bring
Will it be winter or be it spring

But all I know it will bring
A reason to cry and a reason to sing

But ones who sing should wipe the tears
of the ones who cry and hold them dear

For life comes in many shades
some are bright and some do fade

But a master knows how to blend it all
And make a masterpiece for his wall

A window to the life gone by
Filled with a smile and a cry

Forget it not for it may be
a window to the future, unforseen

A future where the bright lights fade
And the faded ones are filled with jade

You do now know what time might bring
A long winter or a short short spring