We, the people...

Cricket... dats a religion in india... a win is celebrated like its independence day... n when india loses a match, its commotion all ovr d nation... yet, cricket unites us in ways dat neither bhagvad gita nor quran nor bibal n not even guru granth sahib ever managed to... v forget our inhibitions while cheering (or swearing!!) for d men in blue.... hell, v even forget dat d muslim butcher across d street is sitting wit us while watching d mathc... or dat d church padre has stopped preaching idealogies n is equally vengeful towards nehra's bowling... or dat d brahmin is more worried abt whether it was a run out than abt his dhoti going loose... :P
ystrday, india lost poorly to south africa n the enthusiasm was sky-high... i lost my patience whn gautam gambhir dropped a catch n ended up kicking one of my frnds on d shins(altho he was pulling my slippers n cap really hard)... aftr d match, d general atmosphere was dat like a cemetry wit mourning all over... those who had skipped dinner to watch d 2nd innings cursed away a potent combination of abuses, myself included... yet, wat is it abt cricket dat makes us feel like v r ten again?? its just a game aftr all... y does a 100-crore strong nation goes berserk whn india loses? i seriously dont know d answers to these questions... mayb its jst an escape fromd dreary confines of our daily life... mayb its d money spent by BCCI... mayb its d raw aggression dat virat kohli so smoothly displayed... mayb its those girls sitting in d crowd dat v get a glimpse of occassionally ;)
Apart from cricket, my life was a whirlwind of sorts... I had a lab test which was a piece of cake... thn i had gym sessions which made me doubt whether they were harming or improving my health... M confused ovr whether i wanna continue wit d gym... Is it more important to hav a good physique rather than stay fit? Or d vice-versa?? 'Coz i strongly feel dat gymming is no guarantee for fitness... u may or may not b fit despite having those bulging biceps... D best fitness mantra is yoga n sports... nothing else makes u feel more alive n flush wit pride... Indians take special credit for being d pioneers in yoga.. yet, it wud surprise u to know dat the no. of foreigners practising yoga regularly is far more than us, no matter whether its America or Europe...
We r a funny race... first v lay off things till d last moment... thn v display amazing manipulative n hard-working skills to get d job done.. Case in point being the CWG games and d exms v appear for... Watever d methods b, v always hav d last laugh... i guess d amount of mental harrassment an average indian can deal with must b d highest in d world... Caste-based politics, road rage, corruption, terrorism, communal riots, faulty educational policies, reservation, PIL's, moral police, regionalism... d list can go on and on... On d brighter side, v emerge wit a smile aftr every incident... Now dis brings me to d billion dollar question- Whether the smile is dat of a relief or dat of an achievement??

God exists.

Friends, atheists, agnostics and believers...
I am not here to preach on some religious text, nor am I here to drift you all towards a healthy nap, as happens with me very often. I am here to tell you what most of you might already know, and what some of you doubted till now. I am here to persuade you that god exists...
From time immemorial, we have pursued the existence of God. Even Albert Einstein, the great scientist, was strongly convinced of the creation of the universe by a Supreme Intelligence. In the words of Richard P. Feynman, a Nobel Prize winner for quantum electrodynamics,"Why nature is mathematical is a mystery...The fact that there are rules at all is a kind of miracle."
Did you know that in every cell of our bodies there exists a very detailed instruction code called DNA, which is much like a miniature computer program? Such intricate details are hardly the handiwork of evolutionary permutations and combinations...
I was an atheist at one time. And the issue of people believing in God bothered me greatly. To be honest, I had another motive. Part of my quest was to become free from the question of God. If I could conclusively prove to believers that they were wrong, then the issue is off the table, and I would be free to go about my life without having to bathe early every morning and lighting incense sticks... All the rituals that people performed made me all the more convinced that it was all just formality.
And then one day, I fell down a deep well when I was thirteen. Treading water all night long, I was screaming my lungs out to the echoes screaming back. I thought I was going to die. What I did, I prayed… I prayed to lord to keep me alive so I could see my parents again. So I could play with my dog. So I could go to school again. Sometimes, I wonder if I wasn’t alone down there that night. I was almost catatonic by the time I was found, but alive nonetheless.
Please don’t misunderstand my stance. I am not asking you to follow a religion and start worshipping an idol or become a hermit. I just ask you to open up your minds and believe that there is some higher power that gives us strength from within in our moments of crisis. People usually go paranoid over their religious beliefs and the next thing we know, they are rioting on the streets. Many have been murdered over the question of “Who is god and who is man?”
History shows us that Jesus, Buddha and prophet were extraordinary men. Human inspirations. That’s it... Why does it have to be human or divine? Maybe human is divine.. God is not found in temples or mosques. God is the one who stops us from doing what might cause harm to others. He is the voice inside us, which in my case, screams out loud every time I lie to my parents.
All this might make you to wonder, why does god allow evil to happen?.. For that, I can only say that a burnt hand teaches the best. Through misery, god teaches us the value of love. Unconditional love brings us closer to god. We always ask for his help in pain, but we forget to thank him for the relief...
Many educated people now say boldly that there is no God. That everything in this world goes on and evolves according to definite laws of science... But, tell me something. Can a law arise by itself? Can any law come out of nothing? The deepest craving in man is for eternal happiness, eternal knowledge and eternal Truth... As we explain everything within Nature by the law of cause and effect, so Nature as a whole must also be explained. It must have some cause...
Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, when asked if he believed in God, said that he didn't believe God existed, he KNEW God existed!
Science and religion are not enemies. There are some things that science is too young to understand. So religion pleads stop.. Slow down, think, wait.. And for this they call it backward. But who is more ignorant? The man who cannot define the lightning, or the man who does not respect its awesome natural power?
Before she passed away last month, my great grandma used to say,” God is there with us on every phase of our life. Make sure you don’t judge him on the difficult ones.” She also told us that she had visions of some mighty shadow coming to take her away.
In the end, I just want to say that oneness with god brings an unusual calm. God resides everywhere, from the crawling ant, to the leaping antelope. If everyone could see this world as I do, they would see a modern miracle. A brotherhood of imperfect simple souls, who want nothing more than voices of compassion, in a world spinning out of control. The god, as we have always known, hides away in plain sight, waiting, protecting....





This was my speech in one of the courses i undertook... Hope i was able to persuade you that god exists indeed!!