Monday, November 8, 2010

Barack Obama in India .

(Submitted by Ayush)

obama_indiaAs a weakened US President Barack Obama has arrived for a 10-day trip to Asia, security, trade and economic issues will top his agenda.

If a sagging US economy has been blamed for his Democratic Party’s loss in the mid-term election, reviving the economy would be the key to renewing his presidency, and economic issues are sure to top his agenda.
Ahead of his visit, Obama described India as a “cornerstone of the US engagement in Asia”, but held out no assurances on key issues — support for India’s permanent membership of the UN Security Council and ending curbs on export of dual-use technology.
That clearly indicates that he will not endorse anything that could land him in more trouble than he already finds himself and his party in.
Obama has also stressed that his India sojourn would provide him with an opportunity to work with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to bring Indo-US cooperation on a broad range of issues to a new level, but if he skirts important issues like CTBT and UNSC, the outcome of this visit may have no important bearing for either country.
In the run-up to Obama’s visit, India has been at the recieving end of the Obama’s administration obsessive emphasis on job creation at home and it is no secret that Obama is not a huge fan of outsourcing.
On the other hand, formality demands that the White House give a positive spin to theIndo-Us economic engagement.At a recent briefing on Obama’s visit to India, his deputy national economic advisor, Mike Froman, underlined the importance of India as an important destination for American exports and a source of foreign investment.
Let’s take a look at some of the major issues that are been discussed by both the countries:

What India expects:
* Support on India’s candidature for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council
* Inclusion in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (removal of DRDO and ISRO from the blacklist)
* Bigger role for India in Afghanistan, particularly with future regimes in Kabul
* Greater access to US markets for Indian goods and services
* Consideration for India’s strategic concerns in the region and beyond
What US expects:
* Indian support to restore peace and stability in Afghanistan
* Help to ensure no single country dominates Asian geopolitics
* Access to Indian market for US companies
* Permission for US firms to sell new seed technology in India
* A big share of the Indian civil nuclear market

But prior to his visit to India, Obama had been in the news for his not very positive take on issues that are close to India:
What Obama said:
On whether he can lift curbs on export of dual-use technology items to India, and support permanent membership for India at the UNSC: ''Very difficult and complicated'' !(although yesterday he made a surprise announcement supporting india for the permanent membership at the UNSC in speech to MPs in parliament.)

Well Mr. Obama is in India for one more day and we all hope for some more surprising statements by the president.right now,his visit seems to be more STYLE than SUBSTANCE !

my consciousness

(Submitted by Ayush)
When I think about space, and time, and the possibilities that exist in the universe, I tend to de-emphacize anything I consider “too specific”. I consider myself more “universally-minded”, or something, if I give myself bigger perspective and consider all life on Earth as just a tiny speck on the overall picture.
I maintain that Earth life is not the be-all and end-all, but I’ve come to appreciate that it isn’t nothing, either. The life I am given, personally, specifically, is no less miraculous or wonderous than any supernova or black hole.

I’ve been seeing individuality as sort of the enemy of what we’re trying to do, but it must not be excluded. Individuality is important. It provides us with a perspective, a pin-hole through which to view the universe. It clouds us from absolute truth but shows us the details, the little truths that exist.
The sky is blue. 2+2=4. These are things we know, and they are no less true upon knowing more. It’s just that once you know more, you don’t care, you take it for granted. Imagine, if everyone knew God the way they knew that 2+2=4. Our indiviudal existences would be trivialized by the knowledge of the whole. Individuals would seize to be, and then the whole would seize to be.
I don’t know where I’m going with this. But there is something stageable about the last paragraph

Stupid boy !

(Submitted by Ayush)
Read this somewhere today-
”Stupid boy!
C’mon pick up the pieces left behind.
No one will believe how much of yourself you gave,
And you’re never gonna tell.”
Haha. Its so dumb. I wish I could rewind and start over with the knowledge of what would have happened. I’m just so lost now. Although I’m trying. But we all know how much a smile can hide :)
I’m sorry. (but sorry no cure)

In search of heaven …

(submitted by Surbhi)
Since my childhood ,I have often heard stories from my grandma , about the good deeds and the karma that lead us to the path of Heaven in the afterlife. I was satisfied with this till I was a child. But what made the fact quite amusing for me as I grew up, is whether Heaven actually exists ?I don’t know even if I’ll be able to obtain a satisfying answer to my question ever in my life that can pacify my curiosity.In my point of view(it does matter to me anyway!),I think Heaven does exist ,and on this earth . Every individual can make his/her life heavenly. There are instances from my own life which bestow me with a heavenly being of the person I love the most so close to me and getting all the love, or succeeding in something which I really desire..or be it ..just a feeling of that inescapable joy of being a naive mother in future years…It makes me feel that I am on the cloud nine. I am imbibed with a feeling that I am the happiest person on this earth .Summarizing the preceding lines- I feel heavenly :) Well, this is quite obvious . However ,not to neglect, there are instances which make us feel that our life is more of a living hell.
Definitely, you cannot avoid the mishaps but certainly mitigate the suffering :)

Not only this ,I feel it very apt to believe that heaven lies in the hearts of those who believe in good Karma and actually implement it .The power lies within the individual to adumbrate the thought to himself that Heaven ‘ll definitely hold a niche in his life if he follows the above.(Am I being very philosophical ?Well,Yes!)
They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,
Love and desire and hate:
I think they have no portion in us after We pass the gate.
They are not long, the days of wine and roses;
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes Within a dream.
It is worthwhile to live as the whole world is crammed with Heaven .Every common bush ,every common individual afire with God.Have a broader perspective and there you realize the meaning of heaven..
The search is over .Feel good. Feel heavenly.

We the boys !

(Submitted by Ayush)

Well the topic is anatomy of boy’s mind .Ya they have theirs minds in perfect place it’s only when they see a beautiful girl that their senses starts leaving n their wits end n they are short of words. Suddenly, their adrenaline levels start increasing, they can neither control their flow of emotions not the nascent smile plastered on their faces .If there is any beautiful girl around they have this unique six sense that works in their favour n they can trace her within minutes no seconds .Whenever they are with any beautiful girl their mental level drops from say level 5 x to x n in the end they end up doing wierd stuffs n the girl in question is like WHAT?
Every boy is born differently with different values, different thoughts, and different perceptions n different outlook towards life. So , every boy needs to be tackled differently .If one kind of talks can sooth one , the same type of talks can offend others n same kind of talk can irritate other .So, the key is to maintain the balance n behave in the way that is acceptable to the other.
What is going on in the boy’s mind that any girl can measure in a split second .From that one single look , one single smile or one single action n sometimes it so happens that they end up making a fool of themselves in front of everyone.
But at heart basically every boy is weak .However hard he tries to project himself strong n manly but the truth is they have a very very delicate heart .They care for you like anything , when you are in some difficulty they are the ones who show you the way out .They are their for you as your friends , as your partners in crime or your initiatives. When they like you ,u can measure their thoughts in seconds they have such an expression on their face , such a reverberance in their voice , such a feeling in their heart .That it is difficult to ignore them.

Even they have everything in the world but they are gasping for your word , your talks , your thoughts n your reactions. When they are with you they are complete , when distant then also they are happy but ……………………………ALONE.

Inside every boy there is a child who wants love, who is desperate for attention n care n who is delicate n soft but projects to be rock solid n steady . They need a girl who can tame their habits, mend their ways n spoil their thoughts n actions.

Cuz it really doesn’t matter !

(Submitted by Ayush)
You can see the glass as either half full or half empty.  You may even feel that the glass is just two times bigger than it needs to be.
This little question can define you as a pessimist or an optimist.  You either view the world with more to give to you, or you view it as the world keeping half away from you.
No matter the case though, the glass is half used.  Someone’s been either drinking out of the glass, or they don’t pour beverages very well.  But you know what, all this really doesn’t matter.  There’s still something to drink in your glass, and you’ve got plenty of thirst quenching beverage.  That’s why half used beverages are:


Okeh ! I apologize !

(Submitted by Ayush)

I often forget how flawed the human language system is for means of communicating.
That’s totally serious! But usually I am not being very serious, I am usually being extremely sarcastic, and to the point where people who don’t know me very well have a difficult time deciphering whether or not I’m being real when in my head I know whatever I’m saying is so ridiculous it could never be true.
I apologize to those who do not understand my sense of humor and my love of sarcasm. Honestly and truly, curse this language that can at times be so fluid and flexible and other times leave you in a world of hurt because no one interprets anything the way it was meant to come out !

I don’t believe in second chances

(Submittd by Ayush)
I don’t give people second chances. I don’t know if that’s necessarily a bad thing but I’m pretty stubborn. It seems to have worked for me for most of my life and in most situations so that is why I am so adamant about being that way. I will be overly nice to you and probably very accommodating to you needs when we first meet, more than you will even notice perhaps. I always start out with giving you the benefit of the doubt, clean slate, shiny and new… until you go and f*ck it up. Then we’re done, we’re over, we’ve had it and it’ll never be the same again. I won’t respect you for f*cking it up, I won’t ever give you a second chance and I’ll probably talk trash about you just to make clear how I feel about you. That’s how I am. Good or bad, take it or leave it, that is part of me. It’s really part of my own personal defense, not quite sure where it evolved from or why. So when someone who is close to me gives you a second chance, and worse off, it’s actually your third or fourth chance and I am against every aspect of this decision and you go and f*ck it up, well then now I am really pissed off. Now you are completely and utterly written off forever and you might as well go take a long walk off a short pier because you’re just taking up space on this planet and stealing my air. It makes me so angry to see you take advantage of the situation. Am I angry because the person giving that second chance is weak, because I see this as a weakness, right or wrong, again, this is how I see this situation. They should have been stubborn and stood their ground. Maybe it all stems from my inability to humor you, I don’t see the need to beat around the bush, I have no problem with telling you how worthless you are to me. I like telling you no. I know, harsh. Life is rough, so buck up and get a backbone.

Understanding the "within us.."

(Submitted by Surbhi)
Who are we?the mortals who commit mistakes,understand,accept our faults and then correct our mistakes?(..which are even blunders..)But does this thing always happen with each and every individual?I don’t think each and every individual has the power to analyse what he has done..There are a few who do not even think before they leap
 and later repent for it.Unfortunately,I am the one who belong to this category of individuals(*sigh*)Does life give a second chance always ?Well yes,it does..but many of us are too ignorant to even look for it .When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which ‘s open for us.The ocassion piles up with difficulty..and we become helpless..:(we weep , our heart cries out in pain..We find ourselves drowning in the vortex of gloom..Sometimes it is too much for us that ,one even puts his own life at risk due to the immense depression that burdens our heart.
But then,a natural process starts up within..just without realizing it..suddenly a little voice emerges from rise up with the is God within us that wants us to stand up for our own blunders,to correct them and move forward..We must listen to this meek voice within and shut down all the clutter and the noise of the world ..If we follow to it,we find that the feeble and the gloomy individual within us is becoming stronger and is gradually rising up.We try to improve ourself at the start of each new day; of course, we achieve quite a lot in the course of time through introspecting and taking a vow to not to repeat those blunders again.We start realizing that life has a whole new meaning for us ..we start to live again ,have a stronger conscience and respect life..
It is we who make our our life complex..Since it is our life,we are solely responsible for how it has been and how it will be in the future years .No one else has a share in it …
My friends ,what I have learnt till now is to behold and act in a positive way:)
Cheers :)

Get a lIfe.

(Submitted by Ayush)

Today,I got a news that one of my professor committed suicide. I was totally shocked to hear that. He was a gem of a person, the happy-go-lucky types. Since then, hundreds of question are not seeming to stop popping up in my mind. After all, when someone we know /knew takes such a step, totally shocks us. It’s not so easy to gulp the fact and accept the truth that s/he’s no more.
I always wondered that what it is that drives people to commit suicide. Whenever I hear /read about someone committing suicide, the first question that pops up in my mind is what kind of problems do those people have that they are forced to take such a drastic step. Is it the problem that is a problem or is their ability to handle problem? Confused? I mean it’s not at all easy to commit suicide. Where do they get so much courage from? The courage to just lie down on a railway track? So much willpower to just jump off a tall building or even the easiest option like its said, eat poison or some sleeping pills. The easiest option too, does not seem any easier to me, forget about the rest of them. (that does not mean I’m planning to commit suicide, just saying). It’s definitely not everybody’s cup of tea.
Anyway, the point of this post is for those people who really hate their lives or everyone /everything around them and eventually end up committing suicide. Are these people really mentally or emotionally weak? Because had it been so, where would they have so much courage and willpower to take any of the above mentioned step. The point I’m trying to make clear is that when they have so much courage and willpower, why not use it in a positive way. I know it’s easier said then done, but it’s definitely worth it. Sometimes people want to go back to their past and start things all over again. I don’t understand what’s the point in saying this when every sane human being knows that this is not going to happen. Mistakes happen. If you make a mistake and you wish to go back and change it, you’re mistaken again. Because what’s the guarantee that you would not make the same mistake again. It’s simple– You can’t change what you’ve done. So instead of dreaming to go back in the past and change things, Why not turn the clock around and start a new life and try to improve yourself.
     The prime factors responsible for people being suicidal are depression, loneliness, etc. The reasons that a person becomes depressed are loss of control over his/her life and emotions, loss of hope about a positive future.
     Teenagers commit suicide for stupid reasons like failing in examination or even the worst, when their boyfriend /girlfriend ditches them. I don’t understand, is any examination important than your life? Is the person whom you know only since a few months or probably years, more important than your family?
“Problems, are to be solved. They are a part of our lives. All that matters about life is getting ready for the next one.” Only worrying about what you’ve never had or what you’re going to have is useless. Life sucks; everyone knows that, but you’ve got to have faith in what you’re doing. If you can’t handle the truth now, you never can because things only get harder, not easier. Drugs, alcohol, and sleeping pills can always cheat your current situation for a while. They’d take you to your imaginary world where there’d be no place for frustration, pain, worries like that of the real world. But finally you hit reality and you’ve to live with it. SO. just be happy with what you have and care about the people who are around you. Don’t wait for others to make you feel better or give you what you want. Do it yourself. The answers lie in our day-to-day efforts to help ourselves.
Suicide is not a solution, it is only an end before a solution can be found. It’s just a permanent solution of a temporary problem. It can neither be considered as an option, for an option means we have a choice but death deprives us of both, option and choice. Death is an irreversible act that does not end the pain, for it remains in those who are left behind.
Life is meaningful only when it’s painful and you still survive through it. If you were born to be a person with everything you wanted and without pain, you would be nothing at all. So, don’t lose hope. Don’t ever give up!


(Submitted by Ayush)
The other day, my mother commented on me being never satisfied with anything in life and I nodded my head in agreement. I pondered over what she and many others have said about me. So, maybe I’ll never BE fully satisfied with what I get but isn’t that human? What happens when we achieve total satisfaction? What happens when you stop wanting more things in life? Life is always a pursuit of something. There is always a motive, a goal to be achieved that drives us to rise up early each day and go to work even if that means missing out on “FRIENDS”, “MIND YOUR LANGUAGE” and “DIFFERENT STROKES” in the wee hours of the morning(*sob*). But seriously, if we stopped wanting more things, what would we be living for? We’d be doing our chores daily without ever knowing WHY. There would be no purpose to it and trust me, that can drive you crazy (SERIOUS!). We would merely exist, but cease to LIVE. What difference then between fauna and us humans? Man is constantly in search of meaning, a goal, happiness and peace while animals lack cognition and live for survival alone. Many of us are satisfied with what we’re doing but that fades away in time and we start wanting newer things and work towards achieving those. The confused lot (including Yours Truly :P ) lacks a goal and hence, is always unstable. They want to dig a spoon everywhere to see which taste they like the best and they don’t know which icecream bucket to start from! It makes you insecure, scared of your own self, unsure about yourself and everything else in life, and believe me, nothing can get worse than that. It needs a lot of control on the mind to be able to know what you want, to work towards it, to FOCUS! Not all of us are lucky enough to be born with a clear vision but we can certainly discover it.
We also need to understand and accept things that we feel we don’t want (this one’s for me– trying to convince my conscience that “it’s not that bad, it’s okay, calm down”! :D ).
It’s strange that you can decide so easily for others but when it comes to your own self, you’re puzzled. Discovering yourself is not easy, but once you’ve done it, life cannot get any better! :)


As the doctor worked, his horror grew. It grew till it filled him completely. It ran in his blood, both with and against the flow. It peered out from behind his pupils. He felt it cut against his insides when he turned. When he walked, his horror seemed to leave behind a trail of frozen slime. And it creeped out into his work. Every little piece he touched was stained by his it. His breath formed a fragile but indestructible shield in which his horror flourished with the pale, sickly quivering of its cover. The dormant cells were crystallisations of his fear and revulsion. And the moment they were finally set alive by an electric spark, the doctor’s sanity exploded with equal intensity. Was it a wonder then, that the creation was ugly? Born against the force of so much ill-feeling, his muscles were quite twisted. His heart had come alive at the pinnacle of extreme paranoia, so it beat with a hot madness. And his eyes, on opening, reflected the first thing they saw- blind horror at the phenomenon of life. The poor monster. He never had a chance…

(Submitted by Ayush)

No .. No .. Nops

(Submitted by Ayush)
‘Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.”
No. Nah. Nope/Nopes. Is it so difficult to say these words? Yes, it is. I agree saying “Yes” is much more easier than saying “No”, but at what price to your peace of mind? Many of us grow up to be people pleasers (I’m kinda one of them). The word “No” drops out of our vocabulary, and we substitute lots of ways to be agreeable and keep the other person happy.
People who have difficulty saying “No” often believe that they are expected to say “Yes”. Deep down if they really wish to say “No”, but are unable to, tampers their peace of mind. They feel they’re constantly under some pressure. It eventually becomes a burden.
“Yes and No are very short words to say, but we should think for some length of time before saying them.”
Everyday there are countless requests waiting for you from people surrounding you. By people I mean, your friends or even family members and sometimes people whom you don’t even know. When people always expect something or the other from you, does not mean you’ve to always say “Yes” to them and do their work. Sometimes your work is of much more importance than theirs. In situations like these, saying “No” can be good for you, instead of being a yes man all the time. And saying “No” isn’t a selfish act that you’ve to feel guilty about. Let go of the guilt, because if you don’t, then it’s only going to add stress in your life.
I’m also not saying that, you’ve to always say “No”. Sure, there are some instances when someone really needs your help to complete some work or anything. This is the right time to say “Yes”. So, the trick here is to prioritize the things that you feel are important to you and let go of others.
The best ways to say “No” is to say the truth. Lacking confidence and giving lots of reasons supporting your “No” to convince the other person that you mean it can sometimes backfire you. Because when the lie is exposed, you’ll need some other reasons to support your lie. Giving stupid reasons sure won’t help, infact it will only hurt the other person. So, the truth is always the best way to turn down a friend, a family member or co-worker.
Saying “No” won’t be easy if you’re used to saying “Yes” all the time. But learning to do so is very important. I sometimes feel small kids are better than us, atleast they know when to say “No” and they are so adamant while doing it. We need to learn somethings from them.
Atleast I wanna learn it :P


(Submitted by Ayush)
It is my private universe, as I sit amidst incessant chatter which fills the space. They are my savior; words, also my bane. I am a stranger in a world which screams of a familiarity which stifles me. We share a mutual understanding of not knowing who we are. I don’t fit in their scheme of things, they don’t in mine. Life just passed by me I think, when I was busy soaking rain, eating dirt, lost beyond the interest of the flesh. They have their own conservations I mine. I wish I would go unnoticed, drift through this uneasy moment we share. They seem so happy, all of them; and me calm, and impervious maybe to the joy they thrive on. There are simple aspirations I have, simple dreams, and simple joys.The bright smile on their faces entice me. I regret only being a glow in this bright world. I hope I will learn, and I hope I find a corner nearby, where I am warm with the glow in my heart, with the bright lights of their world twinkling in my eyes. The End.

The best things in life …

(Submitted by Ayush)
“The best things in life are not things.” -Author Unknown. Came across this quote yesterday. I couldn’t have agreed more. In the kind of lives that we lead today, it’s easy to overlook that life is more than just acquiring the latest cell phone or the next promotion at office. Life is a journey that would hold true meaning only if we pay attention to the marvels that are often present right in front of us. How often do we smile? How often do we make someone smile? How often do we say “I love you” to the people we cherish? When was the last time you did something you absolutely adore? Life can be cruel, but it can be fun too! A whole lotta fun when you spend time with the best things in your life. What do you think are the best according to you? I am enlisting some (in no particular order) :

Mother’s love
Dancing to your favorite music when you are alone at home
Falling in luv
Getting flowers from someone
Unexpected rain
Getting a genuine compliment
Giving someone a genuine compliment and making them smile
Getting a call after years from an old friend
Luving someone more than yourself
Laughing hard for no reason!
Laughing at yourself
A good conversation
A shoulder to cry on
Having a friend who would listen to you bawl and still not cringe Chocolate
Someone telling you that you’re beautiful
 Having a song that makes you cry when you want to let it out
Getting butterflies in your stomach every time you see that special one
 Being appreciated for who you are
An unexpected peck on the cheek from your loved ones
Hugging the person you love.
Giving someone a gift that they adore
Having friends who make you laugh
Going through old photographs
Making a child laugh
If nethinn else comes in your mind,plz post :)

Just a mortal after all…

(Submitted by Ayush)
man_on_beachIsn’t it ironical when the only person you want to make smile is the one who makes you cry always, and yet there is someone who manages to make YOU smile, always? When you care for someone a great deal, all you ever want to do is make them happy. See them smile. See them laughing. With you. That’s all there is to life, for you. But then, somewhere down the line, you yourself tend to forget to smile. You forget to be happy. You are too oblivious to your own happiness then. And then somehow, from somewhere, God sends an angel, who reminds you of you. Who reminds you of your smiles. It then seems that the sole raison d’ĂȘtre for this angel is to make you happy, and yet the angel does not fear being happy itself. The angel does not forget, like you did, to smile. And then you realize, you are just a mortal after all.


(Submitted by Ayush)

Emotion is what makes us human. If emotion didnt exist, we would be machines. A bunch of programs running on logic. But the human mind does not work only on logic. Emotion is antagonistic to logic. And no matter how much we think we can control emotions by logic, in the end we find ourselves grappling with the truth of being human. What would happen if emotion could be controlled by logic? Would it make us perfect humans, or rather superhuman? Or would it mean we aren’t human at all?