Sunday, December 13, 2009

Chetan Bhagat's Two States

Well thats the novel I read recently. To be honest I had a lot of expectations from the writer of Five point someone. But after reading the novel I felt it was run of the mill stuff. Infact it was as if I was watching a Bollywood movie. No doubt the novel highlights the problems people face when they love someone from the other caste or state but the way the protagonist wins over the love of his in-laws was too movie like. There may be plenty of youngsters who face similar situations in life. They love but it never culminates into marriage. The reason being parents. I fail to understand when two mature people decide to spend the entire life with each other, why others interfere or stop them. Why is age, status, caste and money more important than feelings? Do these things decide the future happiness of a person? Can two people belonging to the same caste and community only live happily? Can a girl coming from a filthy rich family ensure the happiness and success of a boy after marriage?
Here I am not supporting love marriage or going against arranged marriage. It hardly matters whether a marriage is arranged or love , what matters is the happiness of the two people who will spend the entire live with each other and on whom the success or failure oa a relationship depends.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

An accident or a mistake??

Often one reads about various road accidents that happen on the roads. Infact they have become so frequent that one hardly bothers to read the details unless it involves someone known to us. Yesterday one such accident took place and a 17 year old budding engineer of this country lost his life. The accident and its impact forces me to write about our morals or should I say a lack of it. In olden days a tragedy in one house was a tragedy in every household.But the modern generations believes in just the opposite.It was seen in the attitude of the students. Most of them came to know about the tragic accident of their collegemate and immediately there were strings of sms asking if the next day would be a holiday. They wanted to confirm whether there would be any classes the next day. And when confirmed many decided not to turn up for the condolence service. Yes there were many who wailed and grieved for their friend and even went to console the family members, but what about the students who boarded the bus and midway when came to know about the tragedy got off the bus. What about those who whispered 'kya yaar' and 'uff' 'faltu college aaye' when asked to stand for two minutes of silence.

Where is our empathy? Why are we becoming so insensitive to others feelings?

I sometimes feel we are not imparting anything to our students. I feel ashamed to see such attitude of my students.We are just making them literates not humans with values.Tried to discuss it with different people and maximum of them said that 'Aaj kal ki generation hi aisi hai'(the present generation is like this). I would like to ask why. Where are we lacking as gurus. Why is it that we feel only when we or our near and dear one suffers.

I feel clueless...