The Very Special People


Friday, July 16, 2010


While scampering through my photo album of the past couple of years I noticed that I have so many pictures where I’m wearing my shades. I suddenly realized how many sun-glasses I have and guess what I nearly have a dozen of them, but what is more noticeable is the fact- I have this real love for shades, though I never paid attention to it, but now as a matter of fact I realize that I love wearing them a lot, of course the proof is all those pictures below. Even though, I keep on trying different shapes and models suiting my various fashion styles and clothes-line, my personal favorite is the Ray Ban Aviators. Ray Ban Aviators have their own class and superb uniqueness, I just love them. So, I invented a term for myself called- SHADE-O-MANIAC!!

I’m not really a fashion blogger and I haven’t put my own photos on my blog ever since, but thought of experimenting a bit and putting my few “Shady” Pictures(Pictures where I’m wearing my various shades). Though, I admit, I love being fashionable and trying new stuff with my looks and I’m sure you will agree to what I’m saying after seeing all my photos below.

So, after seeing all my pictures, anyone interested in me for a Sun Glasses Modeling assignment? Lol..just kidding. People do share your thoughts about this fashion post.

P.S. I'm a firm believer of fashion, though I don't have any fashion(-able) posts on my blog, but thanks to the millions of Fashion Bloggers around the world for inspiring me to publish my very first fashion post where I have shown my love for the Sun Glasses. Some experiments are worth a try, isn't it?  

P.P.S. In this post you will find the narcissism inculcated within me all these years and I do it by showing off my own pictures, but only in the true spirits of Fashion, Photography and Expression :-)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


The FIFA 2010 just got over and “Spain” is the new crowned world champions, my hearty congratulations to the Spanish team, but the charisma of the game is such that the hangover is still ON. The event was such a massive attraction for the Soccer fans across the globe, but outside the game too there were so many things associated to the FIFA 2010 world cup that caught everyone’s attention and one of them was the music. There were couple of very popular famous music numbers created as the official songs for the FIFA 2010 world cup namely- “Waka Waka” courtesy Shakira and “Wavin’ the Flag” by K’naan, but the song that really caught up with my mood was-“Wavin’ the Flag” by K’naan. For me this song was simply amazing, the lyrics were wonderful and the song went so well with the mood of celebration of the game. Certainly, “Wavin’ the Flag” is at vantage for me.

After doing a research about the song and its lyrics, I found that K’naan actually first wrote a poem about his childhood experiences in Somalia and while he was performing the poem at the UN High Commission for refugees as part of the social activity Youssour N’Dor saw K’naan and decided to call him to Senegal for the recording of the song. Later, the song became so popular that it became the official celebration mix for Coco-Cola and one of the FIFA 2010 world cup’s celebration anthem. Still for me the real winner is the lyrics of the song- “When I get older I will be stronger, They’ll call me freedom, just like a wavin’ flag”, these are surely bold and self affirmative lines that can motivate anyone in any situation. My best part of the song is-

Out of the darkness, I came the farthest.
Among the hardest survival.
Learn from these streets, it can be bleak,
Accept no defeat, surrender, retreat.

Wow, for those wonderful lines. The message is loud and clear- Don’t give up and keep going, you will come out stronger and the victory will be yours. Isn’t it the perfect message?? A perfect music for thought and a perfect catalyst to kick start your mission impossible. A big thumps up to K’naan for this very special song. I found this song really motivating and inspiring, do share what you think about it??  

Sunday, July 11, 2010


When I was in my primary school, I grew with the very simple thought in my mind that ‘God is one’, but living my life in such a multicultural environment in India always confused me as a kid and I used to wonder if whatever my teacher taught in school was logical or not? I could hardly understand any religion at that time, but while walking across the main bazaar street I used to see- a temple, a gurdwara, a shrine, a mosque and a church, all on my way back to the house from the school, and everywhere I used to see different people praying. Different?? What different?? You might be thinking what I meant by saying them different. Yes, from the perspective of the primary school going kid, I had unleashed the harsh reality of our society as they all looked different in what they were wearing, they all were praying in their own different ways and postures, and even the gods they were praying were all different.

One day on a fine evening, while my mother went to the market to buy the grocery, I stayed back with my Christian land-lady. I used to call her- “Aunt Clara”. Aunt Clara gave me biscuits and Bournvita-milk, and told me to keep quiet for couple of minutes as she wanted to pray to the god. I followed what she said at the same time I kept myself busy with my special snacks offered by Aunt Clara, but I was watching her while she was busy praying. When she was over with it, I went to the picture she was praying and I asked her- Is this Krishan Bhagwan(God)??( Krishna is a famous Hindu god). She smiled at me and said- “No” then, I told her that my teacher in school told me that all Gods are only the same and every god is Lord Krishna only. She smiled on what I said and then she told me that this is ‘Lord Jesus’, pointing out on the picture, which I was referring earlier, and that confused me even more about the concept of-“God is one”. The very next day, I narrated the same incident to my teacher, who taught me this concept. On listening my complete story she also first smiled and then she said-“God is one only but different people call the almighty with their own different names”, and I got more confused, then I asked her that I saw the pictures, its not just the name, they all looked different. My teacher laughed and she said Ok, and she said still the “God is one”.
Few years later as I grew up, I understood the big picture but I admit, the concept of “God is one” still remained a mystery. I found the concept totally bookish, though I met a lot of people talking about it but practically, there wasn’t even a single set of evidence that came in front of my eyes to believe it. At the same time, I had spent my life in a nice open environment where everyone is treated equally. Though, the concept of “God is one” always made me hard to believe it, I inculcated a strong belief of equal status for all the Gods and religions. It made a strong impression in my mind and I started believing that every god from different religion is so special, and in fact, I started treating each one of them in a way their people do. Even today, I’m not sure with the idea of “God is one” but one thing I’m really sure is each and every religion is special, and it’s our moral duty to give equal respect to all of them. As a strong impact of my belief, today when I pray to God, I pray all of them, and I pray to them in the exact same way the people from different religions do. I don’t know what a person who believes in all religions is called but, I don’t want to be called by the name of a specific religion, I want to be called as free. Yes, I’m free. My soul feels the real freedom and energy within when I say the Hindu Gayatri Mantra- “Om Bhoor Bhuwah Swaha, Tat Savitar Varenyam Bhargo Devasaya Dheemani Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayat” or the famous Sikh Mool Mantra- “Ik onkar, satnam, karta purakh, nirbhau, Nir vair, aakaal murat, ajooni se bhang, Gur parsaad. Jap. Aad sach jugaad sach, Hai bhi sach naanak hosi bhi sach” or the holy Islamic and eternal lines- “La ilaha illallah Muhammad-ur-Rasulullah” or the Lord’s Prayer- “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen…” They all impart me with positive vibes and I feel really blessed to be blessed from not just one god but all the gods. It makes me feel really good, I enjoy all the religions and their festivals. There are so many inspiring stories from each one of them, it inspires me to be a good soul and help me to explore what I really want when I’m in a difficult situation. I love all the people around me for not just because of their religion but because what they are, as I have already crossed my line of being associated with any single religion but with all of them. In my soul, I’m just free. Today morning I read an interesting article and it had this really amazing saying of a sufi poet called Rabia Basri. I could very easily connect to what Rabia said. So, here it is-
In my soul, there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church, where I kneel. Prayer should bring us to an altar, where no walls or names exist.
Is there not a region of love where the sovereignty is, illumined nothing, where ecstasy gets poured into itself, and becomes lost, where the wind is fully alive, but has no mind or, body?
In my soul, there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church that dissolve, that dissolve in God. ~ Rabia Basri (A.D.801)