Posted in Life's Like That, My Favorite Poems

Vision To See The Beauty Of Life :)

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The Park Bench
Poet: Unkown

Beneath the long, straggly branches of an old willow tree.
Disillusioned by life with good reason to frown,
For the world was intent on dragging me down.
And if that weren’t enough to ruin my day,
A young boy out of breath approached me, all tired from play.
He stood right before me with his head tilted down
And said with great excitement, “Look what I found!”

In his hand was a flower, and what a pitiful sight,
With its petals all worn – not enough rain, or too little light.
Wanting him to take his dead flower and go off to play,
I faked a smile and then shifted away.
But instead of retreating he sat next to my side
And placed the flower to his nose and declared with overacted surprise,
“It sure smells pretty and it’s beautiful too.
That’s why I picked it; here, it’s for you.”

The weed before me was dying or dead.
Not vibrant of colors: orange, yellow or red.
But I knew I must take it, or he might never leave.
So I reached for the flower, and replied, “Just what I need.”
But instead of him placing the flower in my hand,
He held it mid-air without reason or plan.
It was then that I noticed for the first time
That weed-toting boy could not see he was blind.

I heard my voice quiver; tears shone in the sun
As I thanked him for picking the very best one.
“You’re welcome,” he smiled, and then ran off to play,
Unaware of the impact he’d had on my day.
I sat there and wondered how he managed to see
A self-pitying woman beneath an old willow tree.
How did he know of my self-indulged plight?
Perhaps from his heart, he’d been blessed with true sight.

Through the eyes of a blind child, at last I could see
The problem was not with the world; the problem was me.
And for all of those times I myself had been blind,
I vowed to see the beauty in life, and appreciate every second that’s mine.
And then I held that wilted flower up to my nose
And breathed in the fragrance of a beautiful rose
And smiled as I watched that young boy, another weed in hand,
About to change the life of an unsuspecting old man.

(Source:http://www.wow4u.com/park/index.html)


Regards,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Complex Human Mind, Humour, India Shining

Who are you? Who, who, who, who?

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Last week, I got a detailed intro about an acquaintance of mine from his team mate.  She said to me in an animated manner with lots of expressions “You Know what! Need to be careful about that person, he is a Rajput and that too from North India”. Quite unperturbed by this intro, I spontaneously reacted by saying “Ok! If he is a Rajput from North India, I am a Brahmin …that too from South India”.  I told her ” Baby! If Rajputs are known for their bravery , South Brahmins are known for their intelligence. And for your kind info, the nature of a person is not dependent on the caste, gender, region or nationality of a person. If only Rajputs are brave then the armed forces might have had only one regiment 😉 , if Brahmins are the only intelligent folks then the useful decision makers of the world might have been only Brahmins. In that case, there will be no place for Rajputs in calm and patient fields like Art, Films, teaching, Research & Technology, they must always be put in battle field running on their  horses and driving away the enemies and Brahmins will have no place in any other field except their prescribed fields  like puja paat in temples, teaching in ved pathshalas or decision making job in courts of kings 😉 😀  . One more thing!! Every one is Brave and Every one is Intelligent and its only the matter of situation and timing that reveal these qualities in a person. Necessity makes people bring out all those hidden qualities like Bravery, Intelligence, Patience, Tolerance etc out according to the requirements ” . After saying this dialogue I felt like Super Star Rajnikanth of Tamil Film Industry. I did not bother to notice the expressions of other girl as I felt she needed this dose of dialogue for making me annoyed unnecessarily. Some how I felt comical and crazy about this conversation.

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Nothing annoys me more than the reference of caste, economic status, region or nationality of a person. A person is a person. The humanity , thought process,  behavior, character, intelligence, wisdom of a person is something internal, divine its not decided by the external factors. Some people think they are smart and they try to question you “Who are you?  Who, who, who, who?” . They are bothered about your family name, region, native place, language, the slang of your language, your religion, your caste, your sub caste, your economic status , your martial status blah blah.. .. I don’t mind referring such folks to  FBI or CBI as they are good in quizzing..atleast the mysterious and pending cases can be solved in a faster pace.  I like scaring such folks by saying additional info like my BP, my hemoglobin levels, any history of malaria, chicken pox, accidents, fractures and all…hehheh

Its often strange to see these orthodox thinking people not bothered about these caste, nationality, gender and region patterns in the cases of essential services and activities. If they are bothered about aligning with only their caste, their region people all the times…they should go only to their category of Doctors, their category of schools, their category of governance etc.

I wonder if anyone is really bothered about all these unnecessary parameters like Religion, Caste, Gender, Nationality, Region in the times of medical emergencies like getting blood transfusion or getting help of platelets etc….Sounds ridiculous right!!! Similar manner to live an ordinary, peaceful life with  harmony with fellow human beings we should not bring all these unnecessary parameters. We should teach our younger generations about the importance of humanity instead of raising them up with all these unnecessary parameters. Hope, atleast those people will not be bugged by the question “Who are you?  Who, who, who, who?”

Meanwhile, you too keep on wondering  …Who are you?  Who, who, who, who….by hearing this ….

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Inspirational Stuff, Life's Like That

Happy Father’s Day :)

Today is Father’s Day and I wish a Happy Father’s Day to  My Nanna , My Brothers and to each & every Dad on this planet :).

I am more Daddy’s Girl than a Mommy’s Girl 😉 . And its more interesting and blessing to spend time with Dad in grown up years as this is the time they are more like Friends than parents. Mom says in my childhood I used to wait everyday without going to bed until Dad arrived home from office, now the things changed…Dad waits for me everyday until I come back from office ;). Touchwood!!!!

My Father is my role model and inspiration. My Nanna is the BEST for me. He rose to wonderful position of his career from lots of tough situations in life. Daring to Dream big and Striving hard with persistence to achieve dreams is the lesson taught to us by our Dad :).

Its always cute to see my 2 Brothers being such lovely Father’s to their Kids. Like all children, to my nephews and neice their Father is their HERO…hahha. I love the proud look on my brothers faces when their kids behave in matured manner and when they say some intelligent things. Of course,  the crazy and cute part is I  get scolded along with their kids when their kids behave in a crazy manner….all the good things of my nephews and niece are inherited from “Dad” whereas all the crazy things are inherited from”Atta” (i.,e Aunt) …hahhaha…Touchwood!!!

Here’s a lovely poem  to all the Father’s in the world. Don’t worry, I did not write it. Its a lovely poem written by Joanna Fuchs and here is the source http://www.poemsource.com/father-poems.html:

You may have thought I didn’t see,
Or that I hadn’t heard,
Life lessons that you taught to me,
But I got every word.

Perhaps you thought I missed it all,
And that we’d grow apart,
But Dad, I picked up everything,
It’s written on my heart.

Without you, Dad, I wouldn’t be
The woman I am today;
You built a strong foundation
No one can take away.

I’ve grown up with your values,
And I’m very glad I did;
So here’s to you, dear father,
From your forever grateful kid.

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in India Shining, Life's Like That

Vicious Circle Of “Population- Poverty – Child Labor – Illiteracy”

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How do you feel if your 5 year kid fetches you a glass of water as soon as you come from office…. cute…chweet…is’nt it?  How do you feel if he is forced to give water to 100’s of people all the day???  How do you feel???

How do you feel if your 7 year kid does not attend school one day? You might not scold her as its only ONE day leave. How do you feel if she is not allowed to school at all for life time???

Don’t look at me in a weird manner with anger…you can’t even imagine that pathetic state of your kid…I understand your anger…most all the parents across the universe struggle day and nights to provide better life to their children. They are not doing any charity in struggling for their own children. However, there are other variety of humans on this planet who exploit their own kids for their own selfishness because they feel they are the CREATORS of their Children and they have SOLE right on their lives.

Every time I see people in media and other sections of community blaming the Governments for the Child Labor, I really get annoyed. Agree!!! Government is for the people by the people and its the duty of the Government to ensure the wellbeing of its citizens, however we need to understand that Government can do something in effective manner ONLY when its citizens are also cooperative.

The Vicious Circle Of  “Population- Poverty – Child Labor – Illiteracy” is something elusive and crazy. Pardon me if my analysis is little bit rude but still I wish to put forward my views.

Getting married or sleeping with some one and having babies is not great thing. Being responsible for the children born to you is the MAIN POINT.  This poverty and population are interrelated. Poor people have lots of lots of babies. Just as a cat and rabbit has several terms of babies in a year…most of the poor people also have this baby season often..almost one baby every one and half year.

Prominent reasons for this rapid and tremendous output: No proper family planning measures, illiteracy and no proper social relations, illegal affairs. Ok!!! If the reasons for this tremendous output are just these ..we can try to sort these by trying to educate them about the family planning measures and all. However, its alarming and disgusting to say that these people don’t put any control on their output power only for the stupid reason MORE CHILDREN..MORE PEOPLE FOR WORK …MORE MONEY…… Added to this they justify their child output by saying…if God is giving babies…God only will take care of them.

The immediate step after having lots of children is not enough money…it leads to Poverty. I really hate people who cite more children as the reason for poverty. Children don’t shower from heaven like rain…they come to Earth only when you produce them. Why the hell they can’t estimate all these when they are producing babies???? ( Apologies for this language of mine).

So the next step…. those parents can’t feed their children…forget about education and decent life.  So for survival they start sending their kids to work right from tender age. Added to these, these parents have ample money for their daily dose of local beer or any alcohol but they don’t have money for their children’s education.  Its really irritating to see lots of poor people in que near alcohol shops, toddy shops at the end of the day. I am not saying..only rich need to drink…for that matter..any person who drinks is in the path to hell. However, the impact of a person’s drink on his family varies in a rich and poor person.

Entire culprit for all these messy situations is “Illiteracy”. If a person is educated and if he knows the value of education ,  the way he thinks changes. Change in thought process is the first step taken towards development.  Such is the power of education. Believe me!!! Education is good for all the reasons. Kerala state in India is the only state with cent percent literacy rate and its only state where child labor is completely banned and its implemented.  Education brings knowledge to people and hence people tend to become wise in long run. Education keeps the human element in a person active almost all the times.

Poverty is not some thing anyone likes. Poor people are not sinners. It would be shameless and crude on our part if we try to look poor people as inferior people. Money is not the main issue. However, we should not sympathize with poverty or poor people…we should make as much effort as possible to help them to improve their lives.  I don’t mean to say..you need to empty your valets or bank balance to make them rich.

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We can do our part in eliminating child labor by implementing small things like :

  1. Not employing children below 17 years in your household works or your offices. If you don’t employ them indirectly or directly you are discouraging their parents from sending their kids to work.
  2. Sponsoring the Education of atleast one child.
  3. Discourage people who employ child labour

Child labor is so mean. Do whatever you can do to eliminate it.  The tender hands which need to hold books and go to school should not struggle in industries and hazardous work environments. Think about it!!!!!

Best Regards,

Prasanna Rayaprolu


Posted in India Shining, Life's Like That

Justice Delayed Justice Denied : Bhopal Gas Tragedy

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Bhopal Gas Tragedy is one of the worst industrial disasters that took place 25 years back  . On December 3rd 1984 ,in the place Bhopal, the capital city of Indian State , Madhya Pradesh around midnight  there was a leak of methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas and other toxins from the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) , now a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company, resulting in the exposure of over 500,000 people.  Around 15000 people have lost their lives directly and indirectly because of this gas tragedy. Poor safety norms of UCIL is one of the prominent reasons for this tragedy.

According to wikipedia , the leakage is explained in the below manner:

In November 1984, most of the safety systems were not functioning. Many valves and lines were in poor condition. Tank 610 contained 42 tons of MIC, much more than safety rules allowed.During the nights of 2–3 December, a large amount of water entered tank 610. A runaway reaction started, which was accelerated by contaminants, high temperatures and other factors. The reaction generated a major increase in the temperature inside the tank to over 200 °C (400 °F). This forced the emergency venting of pressure from the MIC holding tank, releasing a large volume of toxic gases. The reaction was sped up by the presence of iron from corroding non-stainless steel pipelines. It is known that workers cleaned pipelines with water. They were not told by the supervisor to add a slip-blind water isolation plate. Because of this, and the bad maintenance, the workers consider it possible for water to have accidentally entered the MIC tank.UCC maintains that a “disgruntled worker” deliberately connected a hose to a pressure gauge. UCC’s investigation team found no evidence of the suggested connection.

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhopal_disaster)

However, as we, the individuals who are not part of the investigation team cannot say that the above mentioned reason is the exact reason for the leakage.

So why is that there is a sudden outburst to this tragedy after somany years??? On June 7th 2010 after 25 years of the tragedy, finally the verdict for the case came out and can you imagine the punishment given to the UCIL authorities responsible for the disaster – Eight accused were sentenced to 2 years in jail. However,the judgment has no word on Anderson, 89, then chairman of Union Carbide Corporation (UCC), US, who was declared absconder in the case.

Entire issue is not just about the punishment to the UCIL or any other authority responsible for the tragedy. Its all about the Justice to the victims and all the people effected by that tragedy. Thousands of people lost their lives, thousands of people’s health is tremendously effected even now. What is the value given to the Human Lives??? Why is that it took these many years to give the verdict. Isn’t the justice delayed justice denied.

Without Visionary Entrepreneurs countries don’t prosper. Its only because of their risk taking nature and interesting ideas several interesting industries and companies come up. However, the safety of the people and the respect to the values of the people is of prime importance. Hope all the corporates in the World learn lessons from this Bhopal Gas Tragedy and  ensure, respect the value of human lives.

Following is the chronology of the events of BHOPAL GAS TRAGEDY:

December 3, 1984: Toxic methyl isocyanate gas releases from Union Carbide India Ltd’s (UCIL) pesticide plant in Bhopal killing about 15,000 people and injuring at least five lakh others. Millions were left sick and the affected passed on the harmful effects of the gas to the next generations.

December 4, 1984: Warren Anderson, the chairman of Union Carbide, is among nine people arrested. But he was freed on bail of $ 2,000, upon a promise to return. Union Carbide is named as the 10th accused in a criminal case charged with culpable homicide.

February, 1985: Indian government files claim for $ 3.3 billion from Union Carbide in a US court.

1986: US District Court judge transfers all Bhopal litigation to India.

December 1987: CBI files chargesheet against Warren Anderson and other accused, including UCC (USA), Union Carbide (Eastern) Hong Kong, and UCIL. Summons served on Anderson and UCC on charges of culpable homicide.

February 1989: CJM, Bhopal, issues non-bailable warrant of arrest against Warren Anderson for repeatedly ignoring summons.

February 1989: Indian government and Union Carbide strike an out-of-court deal and compensation of $ 470 million is given by Union Carbide.

February – March 1989: Public protest against the unjust settlement followed by filing of a number of review and writ petitions against the settlement in the Supreme Court by the Bhopal Gas Peedith Mahila Udyog Sangatan (BGPMUS), the Bhopal Gas Peedith Sangarsh Sahayog Samiti (BGPSSS) and other concerned groups.

1992: Part of $ 470 million is disbursed by the government among Bhopal gas victims.

February 1992: Anderson declared fugitive by law for ignoring court summons.

November 1994: Despite numerous petitions by survivors’ groups, the Supreme Court allows Union Carbide to sell stake in UCIL to McLeod Russell (India) Ltd of Calcutta.

September 1996: Supreme Court dilutes charges against Indian officials of Union Carbide India Limited -subsidiary, majority owned by Union Carbide Corporation [UCC] – partly on grounds that culpability lies with UCC.

August 1999: Union Carbide announces merger with US-based Dow Chemicals.

November 1999: International environment watchdog Greenpeace tests soil, groundwater and wells in and around the derelict Union Carbide factory and finds 12 volatile organic chemicals and mercury in quantities up to six million times higher than expected.

November 1999: Several victims and survivors’ organisations file an action suit against Union Carbide and its former CEO, Warren Anderson, in federal court of New York, charging Carbide with violating international human rights law, environmental law, and international criminal law.

February 2001: Union Carbide refuses to take responsibility for UCIL’s liabilities in India.

January 2002: A study by Srishti and Toxics Links finds lead and mercury in breast milk of nursing mothers in communities near the plant.

June 2002: Bhopal gas tragedy survivors launch a protest in New Delhi when they hear the Indian government plans to drop charges against Anderson.

August 2002: Charges of culpable homicide are maintained against Anderson by Indian court, which demands his extradition to stand trial. Meanwhile, a British newspaper reports that Anderson is in New York after US authorities say they are unable to locate him.

October 2002: Protests to clean up former UCIL factory site in Bhopal that activists say contains thousands of tonnes of toxic waste.

May 2003: The Indian government formally conveys its request for extradition of Anderson to the US.

March 2004: A US court says it could order Dow Chemicals to clean soil and ground water in the abandoned factory site if the Indian government provides a no objection certificate. The Indian government forwards the certificate to the United States.

June 2004: The US rejects India’s request for extradition of Anderson saying the request does not “meet requirements of certain provisions” of the bilateral extradition treaty.

July 19, 2004: India’s Supreme Court orders the Central Bank to pay out more than 15 billion rupees, part of the original $ 470 million received as compensation kept in the account since 1992.

October 25, 2004: Bhopal gas victims protest the failure of the government to pay victim’s compensation.

October 26, 2004: India’s Supreme Court sets deadline of November 15 to pay out the rest of $ 470 million paid by Union Carbide as compensation.

June 7, 2010: All eight accused, including the then Chairman of Union Carbide Keshub Mahindra, in the Bhopal Gas disaster case convicted by a court.

(Source: http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article448771.ece)

Regards,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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“Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining”

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Life is an interesting “Project”  and the Project Manager is God.  The project is so agile and we don’t know the project plan. Most of the times we try to understand the plan, however we fail to understand the decisions taken by the Project Manager called God. Sometimes we fail to understand the things that happen in our life. We can’t map it to any logic.  However we don’t have much option left except for moving ahead having full faith in God. After all, Every cloud has a silver lining 🙂

Saw this interesting song today and wish to dedicate this song to my esteemed friend who are having a hard time. Hope they recover soon fast from all the problems. Wishing all the best to my friends.

Jimmy Cliff – Better Days Are Coming Lyrics

Don’t you get down hearted, don’t you cry
Better days are coming by and by
Better days are coming by and by
Troubles will be over, all our joys come over
Don’t you know better days are coming by and by

Sorrows will be over, all our joys come over
Don’t you get down hearted, don’t you cry

Better days are coming by and by
There must be some brighter days
It can’t be this way always
A train must come, a train must come
We’ll have fun, we’ll have fun, yeah
Better days are coming by and by

Don’t you get down hearted, don’t you cry
Troubles will be over, all our joys come over
Better days are coming by and by

Best Regards,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Life's Like That, My Favorite Poems

The Girl In The Mask :)


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The Mask
by Wolfgirl
A mask of plastic happiness often covers her sadness
Her beliefs hidden from most
Afraid of, but willing to face the unknown
Wondering where her place is in this life
She has come close to sharing herself
Never completely revealing anything to anyone
Feelings of invisible chains corner her
When she dreams, reality shatters before her very eyes
Accomplishments she strives for just at hands grasp
She feels lost sometimes, not yet finding her notch in this world
At times the glimmer in her calm eyes slowly disappears
But within her heart a silent flame burns her inside and out
She roams day by day, playing roles
Strength unknowingly resides in her
History repeats itself once again
The translucent veil she so proudly wears
Little by little answers will come, pushing it aside
One day there will be no more mask for her to wear
One day her beliefs will be known
One day she’ll know her place in this life
One day she will share herself
ONE DAY this mask will be NO MORE

(Source :http://www.netpoets.com/poems/life/0655001.htm)

Read this lovely poem today as a part of routine poem reading session. Thought this poem is very different and simple.  The state of a girl is written in a beautiful manner. In this particular poem, I liked the way, poet depicted the girl in an inspirational and real manner. After all, life is a stage and we all are actors with different masks 😉

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu