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The Indian Culture

Being part of SPIC MACAY, I had the rare honor of organizing a series of performances for Padma Vibhushan Pt. Birju Maharaj. As a volunteer it also gave me a chance to be in his presence and learn at his feet, not dance but some lessons for life. And as  a volunteer of SPIC MACAY I have had the honor of learning from many other great artistes. 

Since I have associated with SPIC MACAY I have been continuously bombarded with the question of the state of our culture. It was always a question of great thought for me too. Why is it that you have to work so hard to make a presence of your own culture in the heart of the youth? They don’t have any knowledge and neither do they want to have any. 

After being a part of that age myself, I was not able to find a satisfying answer. But once I sat for Padma Vibhushan Pt. Birju Maharaj’s performance, I realized what all the answer staring at my face. If you observe, the beauty of Indian art is that it is not just some movement or just beat, every motion and every sound has a meaning behind it. From a small movement of the eye in Kathakali to circular alaap in classical singing, everything has a deep routed meaning. If you listen to classical music with your eyes closed, it connects you with your inner self, your soul. If you see any Indian classical dance form, it brings you closer to the beauty of nature and being. 

In the present day life, when the competition is so tough and there isn’t any time for life, everyone is looking for something to give them that extra boost. No one actually realizing that by just increasing the speed, they are not achieving anything. They are just running. That is one reason why we have an increase of illnesses due to stress. And that is one reason why they should care more for their Indian Culture. It gives them time to realize their own strength and the calmness to achieve their goal. That is why, some of the great scholars, listen to Indian Classical music during their relaxing time, as it enhances their abilities. And I believe everyone will agree with me here! 


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Shelters for Animals

The festival of 'Holi' just ended. In one of the local newspapers I read an article about a group of youngsters urging people to allow stray dogs to live in house compounds and with the help of some locals, they were also building make-shift shelter homes. That was a really noble gesture because colors used in 'Holi' can harm animals.

That led me to think, that when one festival can make people build animal shelters, then why don't we actually do so permanently. Now I might be ignorant and there might be some already in place. But when I see a stray dog, it makes confirms my notion.

Recently, people have become quite active about animal rights, we have come a long way from making fun and jokes on 'Maenka Gandhi' for being so active in support of animals to actually starting pledges and NGO's to protect them. But still, there is dearth of good shelter homes for stray animals.

It is time we started thinking about building proper care homes where stray an…


Standing there, a tall, sturdy figure.
With eyes of love and heart of joy.
Waiting for me with an open arm
I see my dad, calling my name.Plays with me, teaches me,
A stare from him might even scare me.
The reason of all my confidence,
My dad, backing me up always.I look up to him in trouble,
I party with him in triumph.
He has been my coach,
My dad, a friend to a son!