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As the Night Comes


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Standing alone on the meandering country road
She watched the sun slipping down, soft, crimson egg yolk.
Demure charm of the setting sun, hiding itself in the veil
Of evening. Darkness dillydallying to settle down.
Soft, dreamy light caressed the earth for the final time.
She embraced the murmuring silence of the idyllic night. 

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Statistics show that millions of children in India are deprived of the basic necessities of life, health, food and education. There are so many organizations and people who work hard to come up with those numbers which keep on increasing every year in leaps and bounds. But how many of us come forward to give a hand in eradicating extreme poverty and hunger? Often we see emaciated human forms searching for food like scavengers by the side of big vats. We get shocked and think, “I must do something for them”, then we return home and eventually forget. But don’t we have duties as responsible citizens and human beings? A little effort from each one of us can make a huge difference.

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Bring Back the Hope in Their Eyes

Since  the system of  Mid-Day Meal or MDM has started in India, the number of school-going children has  increased. Many families living below the poverty line  now send their children to school for that ensures they would not have to starve. But definitely there is another side. In most of the cases, children from these families are often engaged to work in order to earn for the family. Yes, of course there is a Prohibition of Child Labour Law, but that is seldom implemented and millions of children at this moment are working in carpet making factories, fireworks factories, and roadside dhabas and are getting deprived of education and proper nutrition. These children often are compelled by their parents to work and earn at the cost of their future. These parents have no awareness to the fact that for a child education is of utmost importance and only that can change their condition. Poverty has made them merciless, even to their own children.

First of all, I think, this awareness should be spread among all so that people send their children to school instead of engaging them to earn from a tender age. Childhood must be protected and this awareness is the foundation to that.

Secondly, the MDM scheme taken by the Government must ensure that the food given to the children has proper nutritional value. If a greater fraction of the population remains uneducated and suffers from malnutrition, a country can never prosper.

Thirdly, all of us should try to contribute a little bit in the process of eradicating hunger and ignorance from our country. We can help through NGOs, we can make small monetary donations, can give free tutorial support to the needy children..so on and so forth. The crux is, if you’ve a will, you’ll definitely find out a way that can improve a child’s life.

Here I am, in association with BlogAdda and Akshaya Patra, trying to do my own little bit to make at least one child smile. For every blog-post we write, BlogAdda will sponsor meals for an Akshaya Patra beneficiary for an entire year, as a part of our Bloggers Social Responsibility.

AKshaya Patra is a non-profit organization which is the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) mid-day meal programme serving wholesome food to over 1.4 million children from 10,661 schools across 10 states in India.

Let’s show the power of blogging. Spread the word, feed a child. Be a part of the initiative to make India a better place for children.

Haiku: Dusk


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bleeding sky heralds dusk

tiny silvery droplets

somber yet lucent

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Image credit : LandscapeHDWalls


Touch is the sensation which is often underestimated or profaned. But touch has a memory of its own and we can well identify the words depicted by touch. A lovable and happy touch is etched in our minds for ever. I remember an incident which I witnessed few years ago regarding the power of touch.

My uncle was admitted to a nursing home as he was suffering from a sudden chest-pain. After a thorough examination the doctor declared that he  had survived a mild attack and should be kept under observation for a few days. During my visits, one day, I noticed a patient in the cabin next to my uncle. A young man, severely injured and what was more painful that he had lost his vision in a car accident. The nurse informed me that while he and his wife were travelling, somehow the car lost its control and bumped into a truck. It occurred in the early morning and the truck driver didn’t dare or care to stop and rescue the poor souls. When they were brought lately in the hospital by the police, both of them were unconscious and almost half-dead.  After about two months, both  have recovered substantially but the man was in a trauma. He was not at all ready to accept the truth…that he had lost his eyes and was almost in a state of depression. The story really melted my heart.

The next day, as I reached the nursing-home, there was a small crowd in front of that cabin. I felt inquisitive and asked the same nurse what was going on. She said that the man was throwing weird tantrums and the psychiatrist suggested that his wife should visit him. For the last two months, they were not in that physical state to meet each other. She also added that the man had not been informed about this visit for that could make him more restless.

Few minutes later, a pale, fragile woman arrived in a wheel-chair. She was taken to the side of her husband who was continuously bending his body with an effort to get down and was shouting incessantly like  a madman. Two male nurses were there to prevent his attempt. The wife, her expression clearly said that she was shocked by the sight. But then, she gathered herself and without uttering a word, she touched his hand….her husband’s hand.

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Like a spell, like a magic, the husband stopped shouting and writhing at the very moment. He extended his hand and touched hers, a few seconds…and both of them started crying. It was hard for everybody there to fight back tears.

A traumatic accident, an irreparable loss, two months of solitude and still they didn’t need a single word to express their feelings for each other. Such is the power of TOUCH. Sometimes a touch reaches your heart , sometimes reaching out and taking someone’s hand denotes the beginning of a new journey. #BringBackTheTouch, it heals everything.

Watch this video by Parachute Advansed Body Lotion  which beautifully reveals the truth and love that reside in touch.#BringBackTheTouch in your life. Stay happy and blessed.

This post is written as an entry for the Indi-Happy Hour #BringBackTheTouch campaign in association with Parachute Advansed Body Lotion and Indiblogger


In rural India, the issue of personal hygiene is always a neglected one, and more so when it comes to women and children. The government has taken initiative to educate every children, child labour has become a punishable crime since the implementation of   The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act of 1986, but the most important issue, health, has always been at the back-seat. That the need of a sanitized toilet in every house is of utmost importance is often overlooked. After vivid awareness programs and earnest endeavours on behalf of the Government, the cursed disease of Polio has been successfully eradicated from India. But what awareness have been taken to blot out the very reason behind the spreading of Polio and several other diseases? Yes, I’m talking about open defecation, a habit to some, a torment to many and detrimental to the progress of the whole country.

Open defecation is a problem which gives rise not only to diseases but also affects social and cultural life. Most of the villagers have actually no option than to go outside to defecate, either during daytime or at night. It has direct impact on the safety, dignity and health of women as they don’t want to do such things in broad daylight. Coming to education, most of the primary schools, though provide mid-day meals, but have no toilets. So the number of school-going girls are dropping exponentially even when they’re much interested to learn. Even the attraction of free meals is failing to prevent this southward slide.

A few years ago, I visited a small village in West Bengal along with a group. We were there to spend a day with the children of the primary school on behalf of a local club. A little girl said a heart wrenching fact, “I don’t drink water throughout the day even in summer for there is no decent place to urinate”. We were too shocked to accept the truth! Just think about their plights! Millions of children are suffering in this way and trust me, the scenario is worse  that you can imagine. Proper sanitation can have greater positive impact on their lives than any other thing. This is the root of many problems like high child mortality rate, several health issues etc.

Mahatma Gandhi once said,”Sanitation is more important than independence” , nothing could be more true than this prophetic quote and surprisingly is equally applicable even after 67 years of independence.

Domex, the flagship sanitation brand of Hindustan Unilever, has launched the Domex Toilet Academy Program (DTA) on 19th November 2013. The main aim of DTA is to make people aware of proper hygiene and sanitation and to make toilets accessible and affordable. they are working extensively in the villages of Maharashtra and Odisha and are aiming to build 24000 toilets by 2015.

Let’s join hands with Domex to spread the awareness. The #ToiletForBabli campaign is an initiative to eliminate open defecation and to make India a healthier nation. Improvement in sanitation and hygiene can bring significant gain in health, education and economy. This should be taken as a top priority program for our own good, for the whole nation, because the part can’t be well unless the whole is good.

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Let’s Bring The Change Together

You can bring about the change in the lives of millions of kids, thereby showing your support for the Domex Initiative. All you need to do is to “click” on the “Contribute Tab” on www.domex.in  and Domex will contribute Rs.5 on your behalf to eradicate open defecation, thereby helping kids like Babli live a dignified life.

I request all my readers to spare a minute to click on the above link and then to hit the “Contribute” tab. Thanks in advance for your kind co-operation.

This post is written as an entry for the Indi-Happy Hours Campaign #ToiletForBabli in association with  Domex and Indiblogger

Haiku : Winter


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first chirping of birds

languid winter morning

diaphanous fog


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