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Remembering Mrs Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi On Her 25th Death Anniversary

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Some years ago when my granny died, an acquaintance of hers came to visit us. She consoled in her own fashion by saying “It is wise to speak only good things about the dead people rather discussing their bad deeds; however there are only good things to be spoken about your granny”. These words of that wise old lady tickled our funny bones even in that hour of grief. In the similar manner I decided to pay tributes to my role model and my favorite leader Mrs. Indira Gandhi on her 25th death anniversary. I do not bother to discuss the controversial aspects of her life as those controversial aspects are of no use to anyone. 

It is natural for the people to analyze Mrs Indira Gandhi with respect to her politics and her administrative style ; however I wish to throw some light on the aspects of Indira as a  daughter, wife, mother and last but not least as a PERSON.  

Indira as a Daughter… 

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Indira was born on November 17th in the year 1917 to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Kamala Nehru. Kamala Nehru was a religious lady and her lifestyle differed from the cosmopolitan lifestyle of Nehru’s family members. This difference in lifestyles of her mother and other family members resulted in loner personality of Indira. However, Indira  was a caring daughter. She used to take good care of her mother who had not so good health. She had a wonderful relationship with her father. Rather we can say Nehru was a great father. He always wanted to transfer his knowledge , his vision to Indira even though he was busy with the Indian Independence movement.  In Indira’s childhood, Nehru used to transfer his knowledge and his ideas to Indira through letters, which he used to write even from the jails.  These letters depict the wonderful relation that Dad and Daughter shared. ( Some of the abstracts of these letters were taken and are given as lessons to school students in these times and this is another issue 😉 ).

Indira as a wife…

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Indira met  Feroze Gandhi in Europe during the time of illness of her mother Kamala. Indira fell in love with Feroz. It seems she liked Feroze Gandhi’s openness, sense of humor and self-confidence. Feroz who hails from parsi family, was a Journalist and active political activist.  Initially , Nehru did not show much interest in this alliance of Indira, he wanted Indira to concentrate on career. However later on his approval Indira’s marriage took place with Feroze Gandhi in March 1942. However , their relation faced some hard times after the birth of their sons Rajiv Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi. Indira had to move to Delhi from Allahabad to concentrate on Indian Politics as her dad wished.

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However as the time passed Indira and Feroze reconciled their relationship. They stayed together happily until Feroze Gandhi’s death in the year 1960. I could not resist presenting these abstracts related to Feroze and Indira  from Katherene Frank’s book “Indira”

“On 17 February, shortly after her term as Congress President expired, Indira was operated on. Feroze was with her at the hospital and after she was discharged, he moved back into Teen Murti to nurse her during her convalescence. In June 1960, when Indira was fully recovered, she, Feroze and the children returned to Kashmir for a holiday. Feroze told Indira that he had just bought a piece of land in Mehrauli, near Delhi, and they spoke of building a house there for themselves – their own house rather than Teen Murti or Feroze’s government bunglow……..

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Scarcely two months later, on the night of 7 September, Indira was told that Feroze had suffered another heart attack. Indira’s assistant Usha Bhagat told her, Feroze had been drifting in and out of consciousness, rousing himself periodically to ask, ‘Where’s Indu?’……

At about 4.30 am on the morning of the 8th, he opened his eyes. Indira was sitting beside him. She had not slept or eaten all night and seeing her pale,  gaunt face,  Feroze told her she must go get some break fast. She refused. Feroze lost consciousness again. Indira was with him whenhe stopped breathing at 7.45 am. It was just four days short of what would have been Feroze’s forty-eighth birthday.

Indira rode with Feroze’s body when its was taken from the hospital to Teen Murti. She insisted upon washing it herself and preparing for cremation. She refused to allow anyone else to help her or even be present while she did this……

As she described her state much later, ‘My whole mental and physical life changed suddenly, my bodily functions changes…. I was physically ill. It upset my whole being for years… it was not just a mental shock, but it was as though someone had cut me int two.”

(You can find complete things in the book Indira  by Katherene Frank http://www.amazon.com/Indira-Life-Nehru-Gandhi/dp/039573097X)

Indira as a mother…

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Indira was a caring, normal mother like any other normal woman. She never let her political life come in between her and her sons. She used to take a good take in upbringing. She let her sons choose their life partners and she used to spend quality time with family members in spite of her busy schedules.

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Indira as a Person…

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It is tough to believe that such a busy body like Mrs.Indira Gandhi had hobbies and she really had time to pursue to those hobbies. Mrs. Gandhi had good interest in music, fine arts and literature. In fact, she used to like Indian hand-loom sarees a lot and she promoted Indian culture and hand looms a lot.

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Indira Gandhi was a voracious reader right from her childhood. This habit was fostered by her father Nehru. Library at her ancestral home, Anand Bhavan used to have more than sixty thousand books and it was said that Nehru used to add books each time he visited that place.  This habit developed with her age, even in her prime ministerial years she used study a lot and she used to have vast collection of books even at her Safdarjung residence.

Indira’s death…

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Indira Gandhi was assassinated on October 31st , 1984 by her two sikh body guards at her official residence at Safdurjung in retaliation to the Operation Bluestar . Indira Gandhi was taken to AIIMS by her favorite daughter in law, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi.  Indira Gandhi died in AIIMS.

This year 2009, marks 25th death anniversary of  the Iron Lady of India “Mrs. Indira Gandhi”.

Got a chance to visit Indira Gandhi memorial at New Delhi  and I captured all the images  I could capture . Here are the  Pics

Regards,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Austerity Costs A Lot Baby!!!!

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In the era of rediscovering oneself, one’s identity and all…Indian Politics rediscovered the mantra of “Austerity “. Lots of politicians are chanting this “Austerity” mantra. Don’t think that they are simply chanting for namesake, they are following it. Poor creatures!! What can they do if their higher authorites themselves are following that Austerity mantra. Whatever! Everything happens for a reason and for the good of mankind. 

Austerity is not a new mantra to Indians. This has been coming to us from several centuries. In fact, people who shun material comforts voluntarily are treated with lot of respect and put on high pedestal in Indian culture. This is the reason  why so many elite and classy people of these generations are dying to implement the principle of “Simple Living and High Thinking” in their lives. However, most of them turn to be adopting “High Living and Simple Thinking” 😉

 If we observe the life style of age old sages (of course at least we might have seen sages in Ramanand Sagar ji’s serials like Ramayan and Mahabharat. Don’t ever image a Ekta Kapoorish types stylish sages..they are not applicable in this context). They had a simple lifestyle. It included simplicity in their dressing, food and comforts. They chose that type of life style, of their choice not because of poverty. Simple food is supposed to be pranic food which really keeps oneself healthy and intelligent. Simple food which includes fresh fruits, sprouts and all vegetables is meant to be of Sattvic nature. It increases divinity in those food takers. It influences their behavior. Sages used to wear jute and cotton clothes (am not that sure if they wore silk and wonder if they had mechanism to extract silk from cocoons and all). Those clothes were supposed to be good to human skin and human body as a whole. Simple lifestyle helps oneself to concentrate on their core competency area and excel in it.  Austerity, the advanced version of simple living was the mantra of sages. This is the reason they were respected and almost worshipped by the Kings.  

Ok! Taking the cue from today’s Indian politicians even if I want to move on austerity drive it is costing me a lot. Yes! Am not joking!!! I say once again “Austerity Costs A LOTTTTTT Baby!!! “.  Even if we want to shift to Sattvic food completely I cannot do so. Ask me the exact reason. Fruits are so expensive. Yeah. You are not hearing wrong. Ordinary fruits like Apple, Banana , and Pomegranate cost me a lot. Sprouts are costly. Ok even if want to switch to complete khadi and cotton dresses. They are quite costly than ordinary dresses. With all these hindrances..how can we adopt Austerity Mantra.

Please suggest!!

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Complex Human Mind, My Favorite Poems

Learn To Live In The Present Moment :)

Read sometime back that ‘Motivation’ is like bath. It is a necessity and it is needed daily. However, its often boring to motivate one ownself by saying ‘everything is gonna be OK’.  One or the other point of time in life we tend to wonder about our identity , our life’s purpose , our destination , our aims and all. There will be obviously some mismatch in our expected life and the real life. Sometimes we wonder where are we heading as things seem to be out of control. We tend to get disturbed by the things that happen to us in life. However, we realise that no one can bring out us from our blues except for our OWNSELF.

We try to motivate us by reading motivational books, praying , doing the things which we like and spending time with the people who encourage us. Whatever, we can enjoy the beauty of life if we live in the PRESENT MOMENT without worrying about the past and future. We need to learn to enjoy the beauty of every moment in life which is precious and which never comes back.

I came across this beautiful poem called “LOOK TO THIS DAY” by eminent ancient Indian Poet Maha Kavi Kalidasa. This is English version of the Sanskrit poem. I’m posting it for all of you. Read it and enjoy it.

Look to this day:
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence.
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendour of achievement
Are but experiences of time.

For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision;
And today well-lived, makes
Yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well therefore to this day;
Such is the salutation to the ever-new dawn!

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Naalo Nenena : Amazing Song :)

Hi All,

Naalo Nenena song from telugu movie “Baanam” is amazing. This song is written by Ramajogaiah Sastry . Lyrics are awesome, so simple and touching. Hemachandra and Saindhavi sang this song very well. The variety of songs Hemachandra is singing is really amazing. This saregamapa guy is really really winning hearts of  wide range of people by singing wide variety of songs.

Check this song and its lyrics . You too will agree that its amazing song 🙂

Lyrics: (taken from cineaata site)

naalo nenena..yedo annana…natho neleni maimarapunaa..
yevo annanemo nuvvu vinnavemo.Vinna maatedo ninnadaganaa..

naalo nenena..yedo annana…nato neleni maimarapunaa..
yevo annanemo nuvvu vinnavemo.Vinna maatedo ninnadaganaa..

ala saagipotunna naalona identilaa kotta aalochanaa.
manaseyy naadi maate neediii

idem maayooo..

naalo nenena..yedo annana…nato neleni maimarapunaa..
yevo annanemo nuvvu vinnavemo.Chinna maatedo ninnadaganaa..

Avuno kaado tadabaatunii anto intho gadi daatanii
vidi vidi poni paradaani..palukai raani prananni

yadanta padaalloni palikena..na mounamey…prema aalapana
manase naadi maatey neediii

idem maayooo..

naalo nenena..yedo annana…nato neleni maimarapunaa..
yevo annanemo nuvvu vinnavemo.chinna maatedo ninnadaganaa.

Naivam varamai dorikindani naalo sagamayi kalisindani
melakuva kaani hrudayanni…chigurai poni sisiraanni

neto chelimi chestunna nimishaalu..noorelluga yedigipoyayilaa
maname saksham maatey mantram premey andam…

naalo nenena..yedo annana…nato neleni maimarapunaa..
yevo annanemo nuvvu vinnavemo.chinna maatedo ninnadaganaa.

 Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu