Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.



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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 610 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 10 trips to carry that many people.

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Priorities Change With Time

कठोर सत्य।।

 

सांस थमते,

अस्थी और अस्तित्व,

पंचतत्व में विलिन,

रह गयी सिर्फ,

ख्याति तुम्हारी,

जिन्हें याद कर

लोग होते गमगीन।।

© इला वर्मा 29/12/2015

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

दिल लगा बैठे!!!


अनभिज्ञ थे हम

दुनिया के रस्मों-रिवाजों से

कस्बें की मोहतरमा से

दिल लगा बैठे।।

© इला वर्मा 29/12/2015



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My Wish List For Santa




Wishes are many and endless
Which keeps me going
Chasing me in and out
From turbulence of life.

Dear Santa,
Banish my troubles
Accolade me with
Delicacies of life
Glide me into the hours
Where I can attain
Existence
Without pretense
Peeling out the masks
That conceals me.

Wish
I could slide on the snow
Enjoying
My favorite songs
Playing loud
In the background
Voices echoing
In the valleys.

Wish
I could watch
The sight
Of bright sunny lights
Shimmering & glistening
On the snow-capped peaks.


My wishes are
Simple & true
Cheap & Best
If I am really
Blessed
With the bounties of Nature
I will be one of the
Happiest Soul.
Bless me with good health & vigor
To make my dreams come true.

© Ila Varma 29/12/2015





Monday, December 28, 2015

She Sleeps in Silence


Today
A soul was freed
snapping all the strings
of relationships
from the clutches
of excruciating pain
and
physical worries.

She had lived her life
Executing
mercenary formalities
of the lives
she evolved.

Lucky was she
to be fringed
by doting
kids n kin
encircling her
in the mellow days
of her life
rearing & raising her
satiating her
desires & dreams
that she left
incomplete for herself
battling
the strifes of life
as a Single Mother.

Destiny had been cruel
Snatching her radiance
in the prime youth
Shattering her life complete.


The road of life ahead
seemed endless
dark & dreary
But
she had to tread alone
for the life
in her lap
innocent & unknown
who only
babbled & recognized
the lap
the fragrance
of his Mom.

She gathered herself
stood tall
drying her tears that welled
Mustering courage
ready to conquer
the world
defying the norms
shielding herself
from
the piercing & prying eyes
invading
her womanhood.

The flesh in her arms
boosted
a power
to withstand the troubles
the life impregnated
in her path.

She fought
She won
the battle of life
shouldering
the responsibility
of a parent
rearing a responsible lad.

Her garden of life bloomed
that she nurtured with great care.
Happiness derived
and the small innocent guy
transformed
into a boulder
with a strong shoulder
weaning her
from the responsibilities
she shouldered.

Her kind grace
at a slow pace
emanated into
a family of care
who had
wide & contagious smiles
on their faces
and 
her days of moron were over.

She rejoiced
in her garden of joy
Her life infused
with 
innumerable mirth & care
making her forget
the times 
of despair & sorrow.

Time & tide
waits for none.
age advanced
organs failed
no medications functioned
and 
the time dawned
to leave the world.

The commotion 
The conflict
Of family & doctors
Finally ended.

The day arrived
to free 
the immortal soul
caged in the mortal body
which had decayed with time
and
it lingered for freedom
to wander in space.

Santa stepped at her side
rescuing her 
from the agony of pain
She laid in silence
and
her divine soul marched ahead
on a spiritual path
blessing 
her brethren
with a life laden with joy.

© Ila Varma 28/12/2015



Sunday, December 27, 2015

ख्यालात

 

क्युँ नवाजा उन्हें,

कुदरत की खुबसूरत नियामत से,

जिन्हें कद्र नहीं,

कुदरत के अनमोल सौगात संभालने की।।
© इला वर्मा 27/12/2015

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Thoughts Uncovered - I

Adopted Child

 

I was stunned
By the beauty of the soul.
Who helped me to restore
Transforming
Disheveled parts of mine
Into a concrete structure
Giving me a reason to smile
Flying me away
From the hunger and the cries.

A hope billowed
A love smiled
In the aura of a couple
Who adopted me as a child.

They showered all their love & blessings
Unlocking the doors of their heart
Which was full of praise & pride
For their only child.
I was their blessing in disguise.

© Ila Varma 24/12/2015

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

It’s Okay





A faith in unseen
Made me believe
One day
All will be fine & Okay.

I started off my journey of life.
Opened my eyes
In orphanage
Where they fed me with milk
But couldn't rejoice
The joys of nibbling my mother’s breast.
The days of infancy
Passed in the prams
Devoid of the arms of mother’s love
And her sweet lullabies
Cuddling me in her warmth.

Still a dream
Sailed in my eyes
One day
All will be fine & Ok.

I grew into a submissive lad
A blank look adorned my face
I worked hard
Pushing my capabilities
To reach the spot
Where I could top
Showcasing my performance
To the world.
With my undying abilities.

Accomplished my dream
A smile of conquer
Pursed on my lips
Stood tall
Out of fear
Nurtured a dream
One day
all will be fine & Okay.

Fell in love
With a beautiful face
Losing my heart forever.
Desires twinkled in my eyes
To make her mine forever
My life
Bereft of mother’s affection
Craved & tempted for a caress of love.

She loved freedom
I was a time pass
She was a mirage
In my arid life
Running miles after
I realized
I bruised my soul
She was nowhere near.

I cried in pain
My soul gripped in fear
Once again
I was lost & alone.

Gathered courage
To face the Lord
Hanging on the cross
Stepped in church
I lashed & thrashed
With innumerable queries
Bottled in for long.

My voices echoed amidst
Pin drop silence
Waves of echoes healed
My bruised heart.

Realization set in
The man
Who dawned on the Earth
To save mankind
Was crucified
Then
What strength do I have in.

I apologized to the faith unseen
Accepting the fact
I am fine
Many lives were deprived on this earth
At least
I am fit and stable
It’s Okay, Its Still Okay!

© Ila Varma 23/12/2015

Edition 96

अंधा कानून

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कानून बंद रह गये,

मोटी किताबों में।

शर्मशार हुए सब,

कानून के फैसले से,

आहत किया,

झकझोर दिया, अंतरमन

एक ही प्रश्न मन में उपजे,

बारंबार,

कैसे सुरक्षित करे हम

अपनी बेटियों को

जो हमारी बगिया की

आन और शान।।

जमाने के ठेकेदारें से

जो लिप्त हैं,

ईमान की निलामी में,

सरेआम।।

© इला वर्मा 22/12/2015

(The thought shared after the court verdict who freed the monster of Nirbhaya's case on the pretext of juvenile, though his acts weren't in a category of juvenile. The laws has too many loop holes and need to be amended with time.)

 

 

 

Monday, December 21, 2015

“Don’t hesitate, I am there to help you”



Filled with fear
Eyes with tears
Lonely self was waiting
To meet someone dear.
                                    


She was in great pain
Barely
She could move or hold
The limbs cold & numb
The countless
Lab tests
Medicine strips
Files of prescription
Laid near.

Disease progressed
Disabling her completely
She needed help
To manage her minimum chore.

She sat Silently
Constricted in a small space
Wondering & pondering
Why always she was chosen
To suffer & grieve?

She knew to manage her mood
None could decipher
Her inner conflict
Which was always at loggerheads
With her mind & body
But she smiled through.

At times
Fear gripped her
She was shaken & stirred
Will she able to amble again?

Strong will & confidence
Were her jewels
Strengthening
Encouraging
To fight the battle
Of life
With great wisdom.

His strong hands
Supported her
With firmness
Aligning her
Encouraging her
To stand
Overcoming pain & fear.

The tasks weren't easy
His patience & care
Worked on 
Bringing subtle changes.

The few words of appreciation
Acted as a balm on the tattered soul
He challenged & promised
To resolve my shortcomings.

“Don’t hesitate, I am there to help you”
These words 
were no less than music
It rang in my ears
Overpowering 
To continue the strife
With life.

Soon I excelled
In limping back to normal
The persistent efforts
Resolved my disorder.

His words were sweet
And it's tune
Rang in my ears
And
The sunshine was back in life.

© Ila Varma 21/12/2015





Thoughts Uncovered- VII

A warm close Hug

Sparked & Ignited

Uncovering the sheath of desires.

© Ila Varma 21/12/2015

 

Little Joys.

Butterflies fluttering multicolored wings

Hovering around, Sucking the nectar

Of the beautiful, full bloomed Roses.

© Ila Varma 21/12/2015

 

 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Indeed, It was Music to Their Ears



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Everyone loves children and irrespective of their complexion and features, all children look cute & beautiful and we want to cuddle them close and it gives altogether a different kind of satisfaction and we are soaked in the sea of happiness. For this, you don’t need to be a parent. The innocence of the children steals our heart. But never ever knew that the pain of been childless couple can be so painful or depressing.

My sister-in-law Dolly was happily married and well adapted in her new home and regarded herself lucky to be blessed with wonderful in-laws and hubby. The glow of happiness reflected on her face and she was enjoying her life. But the happiness was short-lived and she realized that she was missing chance of been blessed with motherhood. As the years rolled by, Dolly and her husband Deepak coiled in their shell and avoided social gatherings or parties as many people unknowingly inquired about kids & they got hurt. They felt their life incomplete in absence of a child and both were depressed. They got themselves thoroughly examined and surprisingly all the tests were normal and still could not conceive.

Seeing them suffer in bouts of depression, I realized the importance of a child in one’s life. I was very close to Dolly and accompanied her for the lab tests and doctor’s visit but none came to her rescue. The face that radiated happiness was blank and they suffered in silence. They cursed their fate. Seven years passed still they were childless. In the meantime, they tried all sorts of remedies to get out from the tag of childless couple.
Visiting doctors suggested by relatives and well-wishers, bowing their head at the temples, alternative medicine and whatsoever people suggested, they followed religiously. But no respite and I watched their suffering from close angles.

One day, I mustered courage and discussed with them that why they were spoiling their life instead of enjoying the bliss of life. They said in unison that they found themselves aloof at social gatherings or neighbors where the parents or the couples’ subject of discussion was their kids and they don’t have anything to talk about, so they avoided people. That day I realized how we take the kids for granted because we get them easily and then we pose the choice of gender and the people who aren't blessed just yearn for a child and their hearts long to hear the cute cries of a child.

After eight years, Dolly missed her periods and the prega test was positive. After going through lot of complications of lab tests and mental trauma, the almighty had heard their prayers. Yet, she could not believe her eyes showing the changes on prega test and rushed to her doctor. The doctor confirmed the news and congratulated her heartily.
“Congratulations Dolly, you have conceived and you are absolutely fine. God bless you” These words of her doctor was a music to her ears, it was not music for her only, it was for all of us and it ringed in our ears and with it, it brought back the happiness in the life of Dolly & Deepak and her face radiated with happiness.

Deepak threw a party to celebrate the occasion and we all enjoyed the bash. Dolly was blessed with a male child and gradually their life limped back to normal and they were found at most of the social gatherings enjoying the bliss of parenting and now they had innumerable stories to tell or boast in public.

I was happy for them and thanked god profusely for gifting the couple with the share of their happiness that they deserved.




This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

Speak Out #Know Your Rights

 

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Amnesty International has come up with the campaign to educate the women of their rights by the aid of physical and digital mode of communication and to make them aware of the ways to exercise their rights in the need of the hour. This campaign has started from Bangalore and is gradually expanding to other parts of India to safeguard the females of our society, who are the most affected by eve teasing, rapes, sexual and physical assault, torture, acid attacks and killing.

The assaults are increasing day by day and is a threat to woman of today, the consequences are intriguing and manifold. The matters are not reported and as per the survey, only one percent of the cases are reported and the rest 99% matters are hushed up behind the curtains under the fear of getting identified in society and bad name. The most amazing fact is that when the people come to know of the issues of sexual violence, they put all the blame on the fairer sex ignoring the doer of the crime and the culprits continues to indulge in this shameful act without any fear. I feel that this is one of the prime reasons for the rise in crimes against women.

The fairer sex is blamed for their dressing styles and ways of representing themselves in public. The crime is on such a spree that even toddlers and infants are not spared nor the elderly women. The violence is not only on the public places, many cases crop up within the four walls of home by the kith’s & kin’s of the family, close friends and neighbours. Many cases come of elderly men engaged in such shameful acts and when caught, all the blame is inferred on to the poor women. These tall claims are all false and are gender biased. The scars of sexual assault remains for long and sometimes many cannot come out of this fear throughout the life.

The burning case of Nirbhaya who was brutally raped & assaulted and she succumbed, wherein the revolt and pressure was from all corners of the country for punishing the culprits & giving her justice.  The recent verdict of the court has once again proved that justice is not easy to attain in our country and it reflects the mockery of our legal proceedings in our country. How can the guy be set free who assaulted Nirbhaya in a beastly manner under the excuse of juvenile convict. What justice can one expect in a country where the beast is freed from the law? We can’t rely on such laws of the country, it’s better to learn the ways of self-defence to defend oneself in worst situations. The case of Nirbhaya was spine chilling, the news shivered the nation but she could not get justice posthumously.

 

To stop the atrocities against women, women power should be united to fight for their rights to curb the existing violence. The three ways to speak out against the atrocities towards female populace.

  1. Be bold and instantly oppose to any advances whether it’s verbal, physical or any kind of favour asked for. Don’t be afraid of the consequences or ill name in society. One has the right to live life on their own terms and are not subjected to undergo any kind of abuse. The culprit is always a culprit whosoever he is, forget the relations if he comes under any and the act calls for punishment.

  2. The parents, families, friends etc. should encourage to report the matters to the concerned authorities and never try to shield the matter. The reason for rising cases of sexual violence is just because majority of the cases goes unreported which boosts the confidence of the offenders and they attack more often, because they know they won’t be caught under the law. Never hush up the matter rather face the situation boldly and openly so that the face of culprit is recognised in the society and people are spared from those wild people.

  3. The concerned authorities of police, eminent social figures, lawyers and local public should cooperate with the victim and try to help them in the best possible way to reduce sexual violence in society and the persistent efforts by all will eradicate in the coming years.


 

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The efforts of Amnesty International will certainly bring in fruitful result and the people who are ignorant of the laws or filing FIR will be updated and timely action can be taken against the offenders. It is an autonomous body and the cooperation from the people of our society will help this campaign to grow and eradicate the existing evil of our society and it will even change the outlook of the masses towards sexual violence against women.

To know more about Amnesty International, do visit the undermentioned link.

http://amnesty.ketto.org

“I’m writing this blog post to support Amnesty International’s#KnowYourRights campaign at BlogAdda. You can also contribute to the cause by donating or spreading the word.”

https://youtu.be/X6qnu5TfSwE

 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Stand to Protect Yourself from Sexual Violence #KnowYourRights


To start the day with the news of violence,I just hate to go through the newspapers in the early hours of morning, it perturbs me to the core. It rips my heart and series of questions erupts in my mind, Is this right, Are we getting educated for this day etc. etc.????? 

The educated masses are acting like rustics, better were the times when few were educated.People have gained knowledge and have become money minting machines & the moral values have declined to such a level that the female population modesty is on stake.
Crime of any type is a threat to society but the sexual violence tops the list because the scars of trauma stays with the victim for long or throughout life and jeopardizes her life, so the main concern is the safety of women in society.


The cases of sexual violence mostly goes unreported because of many factors, primarily social stigma and non-belief in police department. The victims are mishandled at some police stations and they don’t take interest in filing the report. The culprits roam freely in society and confidently indulges in repetitive crime. Many times, the culprits work under the influential people of society who shield their misdeeds and the consequence is the deep instilled fear in the woman community and many victims who are not capable of bearing mental and physical trauma end their life silently.





I can feel the gruesome pain that the victims endure but still we need to stand against it to safeguard the women of our society and for this, one has to take a step forward and initiate a complaint against the offenders and stand for it in spite of society pressures. I know it’s easy to preach but not easy to implement but this is the demand of the hour to curb sexual violence and offenses.

1. All types of sexual violence should be reported within 24 hours of the offense so that the offenders don’t get time to flee from the place and the help of family members, friends, neighbors or well-wishers should be taken to bring the matter to police and the concerned authorities. If it is reported on time then the culprit can be nabbed on time and it will certainly bring down the numbers of sexual violence.
2. If the matter is delayed then the facts are also destroyed with the time lapses and the medical authorities and police concerns cannot work coherently and even legal proceedings would not initiate in absence of facts and proofs.
3. Timely action initiative can only help to curb the cases of sexual abuses, it will instill fear in the minds of evil doers and they will think twice before committing such heinous crimes. The women is known for her power of courage and tolerance and she should come forward to initiate action against the offenders.

Amnesty International has launched a campaign #Know Your Rights, it is an educational program and its focus is on educating the masses of their basic rights through digital and physical channels which fosters confidence and protects one’s self esteem. It is an educational program which teaches people how to take action, report cases. As per their survey, 99% cases goes unreported. They have launched campaign from Bangalore, India and are gradually spreading their wings to other parts of India with a mission to educate the masses to check the alarming rise in sexual violence cases and to bring maximum cases under law preview so that the offenders are booked under law. This noble cause will certainly bring wonder in the lives of women of our society. I heartily appreciate their initiative.
To know more about Amnesty International campaign #Know YourRights,

Visit the link: http://amnesty.ketto.org/KYR


Take a look at this video and it will be easier for you to report cases. Just have a look #Know Your Rights

“I’m writing this blog post to support Amnesty International’s#KnowYourRights campaign at BlogAdda. You can also contribute to the cause by donating or spreading the word.”

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Helping India To Educate Girls #Support My School #Coke


                         
                             “The child is father of the man” – William Wordsworth


Education is the indispensable part of a society and it plays a great part in moulding the innocent and untamed minds giving it a better shape in a rightful manner. Our country, India has progressed in the arena of education; still it has to go a long way to educate the masses. The literacy rate of urban India has raised high in the years, even the rural areas have progressed, but still the roots of it have not penetrated much in the rural areas, and few still remains untouched.

“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” ― Brigham Young

India, being a patriarchal society primarily focused on imparting education to boys, believing that the breadwinners of the families need to be educated and the girl’s lot was ignored and were not given a chance to attend school.
The sadistic part was the belief that the people held for the Girl Child. She was confined in the four walls of the house, taking care household work. With the advancement, the mindset of the people changed and the parents realized the importance of studies & encouraged their child, irrespective of gender  to study & were enrolled in schools , a step toward a healthy society. It is true that if females are educated, their contribution is immense in all spheres of life, managing the house, kids and savings and all and are more understanding, so the society is too benefited.

        “Knowledge is not bound to any gender; it is a tool to progress in life in all dimensions.”

The people understood the importance and readily sent their children to schools. But, the lack of basic infrastructure & amenities, toilets, access to water & unhygienic conditions discouraged the children to attend the classes, resulting in long absenteeism and major dropping out of school.
Education is not confined to books and mind, it is an all-round development of a personality inculcating healthy habit, and lifestyle and it can take place in a healthy and conducive environment.
The major chunk of the populace, who suffered from the lack of infrastructure, sanitation and basic amenities were the Girl Child. She faced difficulties in coping up with her education in lack of basic amenities and she chose to give up her dream to educate herself, especially at the stage of puberty.
The girl child has to ascertain her safety and dignity at the age of adolescence and in the absence of separate toilets for girls and boys, the schools were unsafe place to dwell and accommodate her. The conditions were pathetic, mostly in rural areas of both, and the girls were the most affected.
The social groups surveyed and discovered the reason for low attendance at school, mostly in rural areas. To tackle the problem, Coca-Cola and NDTV launched the public service campaign, “'Support My School' (SMS)”  with UN-Habitat, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and other partners to spread awareness on the importance of education in a conducive environment.



Support My School is a WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) is taking up Mission 1000, to revitalize 1000 schools to improve basic amenities in government schools in the country. This campaign is around spreading awareness on the importance of education and the program run by Coca-ColaNDTV and other NGO partners and is in line with the Swacchh Bharat vision, which too aims in “Clean India”, keeping the environment clean and green, building separate toilets for boys and girls, improving basic amenities at schools and public places. Both these missions appear to be great and it may provide healthy &  a clean environment at school improving the attendance at school.

The key areas of the Support My School campaign are as under:
  • Access to Toilets for students, especially for girls
  • Access to water
  • Access to sports
  • Library/Rainwater Harvesting
  • Environmental Upkeep
  • Additional impact elements were added with the help of partners


Support My School campaign has created  awareness about the conditions of schools in these areas, fostering a private-public partnership where corporate organizations step in to reinstall basic facilities in these government run schools and making a positive difference to the lives of these children. Many institutions, NGO's,celebrities and eminent citizens of India have joined hands in this campaign with huge donations, pledging their services and all sorts of help to make the campaign worth.
The impact is strong & immense and has seen increased enrolment in schools from 6.95% (2013-14) to 14.77% (2014-15).
To know more about this campaign and be updated with the recent developments of the campaign, please visit the following links.
1.http://www.coca-colaindia.com/sustainability/we/support-my-school/
2. http://www.ndtv.com/supportmyschool/partners
3. http://www.ndtv.com/supportmyschool/donate
4. https://www.facebook.com/SupportMySchoolIndia/?fref=ts