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Pieces from Agnijaat 16 slyphones

The pathetic level to which modern technology has allowed intrusion into our very personal lives is quite depressing.

We all use a smartphone- they should be called slyphones-because they are not smart, sometimes their stupidity will get on your nerves, like demanding you know sign languages used by every idiotic application and will decode every button’s application used by them all by yourself.. So I will call them slyphones not smartphones.

Why sly? Well, you may have to be an expert of hieroglyphics to use them at their best but they, without asking you clearly keep track of all your private things- your emails, messages, movement, conversation…. And then a sly fox can sell them to the highest bidder or one can hack into your system to get them!

This tracking your every online activity has gone down to the level of disease in android phones. Have you ever checked out how they manipulate the links in your mails? When you move your mouse pointer on them they show the site’s post address. But when you click on it, it goes via google, and of course every damn click is saved and sold! One wonders why/how corporate deals get leaked!

Try open any site from android it will open through googleweblight. Of course google does not keeps a track of your regular spots! Come on! Why will it? Awww!!! These things show up in internet marketing sites by themselves!

Now, these methodical hacking into our private lives are done by actual human beings, and they all are saints! They will never sell the money-making data to bidders!

Article from Ashwin, September Agnijaat

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Pieces from Agnijaat 15 kaulinyapratha

Kaulinyapratha

This tradition is a gift of middle age to Bengal, the province where I live, I don’t think any other province of India has this custom, it is a specialty of Bengali Hindus. It became a disease in middle ages and continued till Western Education and great reformists of India like Vidyasagar and Raja Rammohan Roy succeeded into making Hindu men realize how barbaric they were to their own women, their mothers, sisters and worse of all daughters!

This system tormented only high caste people, what a surprise eh?? Gee!! You see being a high caste Hindu is not all fun, they have to do sacrifices from which low caste Hindus are spared. Now, the terms high caste and low caste are not used in actual senses, because Hinduism says a man’s caste is determined by his deeds not his birth, so, a Brahmin acting like a monster is a low caste and a Sweeper acting like a sage is a sage. Got it?

So, the high caste’s had another category (it still is very much existent) Kulins, now, everyone is confused about this categorization, some say that Kulin Brahmins and Kayasthas were actually high caste people from Kanauj brought to West Bengal to revive Hinduism, other says that the Sen Kings just separated three families each of Brahmin and Kayasthas and declared them crème de la crème or Kulins. In Brahmins they are Banerjee, Chatterjee and Mukherjee. In Kayasthas they are Basu, Ghosh and Mitra.

These people had to follow Hinduism and quite a handful of its rituals customs stringently, otherwise they were banished, out casted, that back then meant they, and their ancestors and descendants had seats reserved in hell. So, disobeying them was out of question. One of them was marrying amongst themselves- that is a Kulin Kayastha could marry only a Kulin Kayastha and a Kulin Brahmin could marry only a Kulin Brahmin.

This became a disease!

The dowry exchange became an extortion and serial grooms popped up by dozens. These men married by dozens, in stories we have read about Kulin men who had hundreds of wives and honestly, that does not sounds surreal at all. Because no matter how poor they were the parents HAD to marry their daughters off, and they had to give DOWRY. Young men were under their father’s full control, they never disobeyed their fathers, so, if they were lucky their fathers managed a good wife for them, otherwise they waited for old age and married a nice, young girl (quite often).

So many stories have been left behind by men who wrote stories back then about kids being married off to old men or men on deathbed. Then becoming widow (overnight) and living a bleak, horrible life. Being married to a man older than her father…

Boy! I wonder if we Hindus will ever be able to repent enough for tormenting those women for centuries! Just because they trusted, followed their parents and society!

Article from Ashwin, September Agnijaat

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Pieces from Agnijaat 14 preachies

Preachies

There are preachers
and there are preachies.
Preachers mostly don’t intend
to dictate, preach.
They just want to share
their views on path of life
maybe experiences too
just to share rarely to teach.
Their feet are firmly settled
on this real world,
If they are true
they care for you!
Your welfare is what they want.
Preachies just preach
Sometimes out of arrogance
Sometimes ignorance
Sometimes sitting on spiderweb
waiting for next prey to fall.
Your welfare is not their goal.
Their words often have nothing to do
with reality or truth.
Beware of preachies
‘cause fake gems sparkle more
and the adulterated gold too does glitter.

poem from Bhadra, August Agnijaat

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Pieces from Agnijaat 13 mirror

Mirror
Mirror is vanity
and mirror is truth.
Mirror also teaches us humility for sure.
Look at your face
with love and honesty
and you will surely see
who you truly are.
You can lie to the world,
and fool one too many men,
but when you look at yourself
you will see what you are really.
Things that you hide
or you think you do
will clearly show up on your face,
and when they do,
don’t think that you can
fool everyone.
For just like you,
others may see the real you
by looking at you.
If your words and the man
in the mirror are not same,
maybe you should change
one of them real soon.
poem from Bhadra, August Agnijaat

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Pieces from Agnijaat 12 cheriyal art

Cheriyal art of Warangal
Glimpses of Indian History

Cheriyal, a small village 85 Km away from Warangal, 100 Km away from Hyderabad is birthplace of a beautiful style of traditional painting that can transform the walls of any home!

This style has a little resemblance with Madhubani and Rajasthani painting and one can see a slight resemblance with Pat paintings of Bengal but it has its own stories to tell! It not only paints the stories from mythology and history, it paints stories of the village barber, or the fisherman! Their ranges vary from heaven to earth!

Unfortunately this 15th century art is threatened like so many of Indian traditional arts and crafts, because it desperately needs people who will digitize it.

The artists behind these amazing works are called Nakash, they have been doing this for generations, their materials are purely organic! They gather their painting materials from household or nature.

Blue from Indigo, black from lamp soot mixed with thirumany tree gum, white from crushed ground sea shells, lemon yellow from a particular stone, red from tamarind seeds, brown from geru and so on! The major colours are first made and from these others are mixed, like most painters do! These are then used to paint the story on a roll of cloth, ideally 3 ft. in height and length depends on the size of the story.

The traditional style is vertical, that is the stories are in panels, like comic book pages, no. of panels again depend on the size of the story.

These are used as companion of story-tellers, as the story-teller tells the story, he shows the specific panel to the audience.

The making of these canvases is a laborious process, the cotton cloth is treated with a mixture of starch (rice), white mud, a paste of boiled tamarind seeds and gum water. Every coating is completely dried before applying the next, once ready the artists directly sketch the outlines on the canvas using a brush.

They also make dolls and masks with coconut shells, coated with wood powder, tamarind paste and gum.

The good news is the government is helping these artists, since 1978 The crafts council of India, the world Telugu Federation and Jagdish Mittal have worked towards preserving Cheriyal scroll work.
Source: An article from the newspaper Hindu
Also check out: http://www.goheritagerun.com/focus-dying-cheriyal-art-warangal

Article from Bhadra, August Agnijaat

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Pieces from Agnijaat 11 power of evil

Never underestimate power of evil….
Skills of survival by happysoul
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Skill 2 : Never underestimate the power of evil.

Never underestimate the power of evil, because it has more willing supporters than good. Because it rewards its minions lavishly whereas supporters of good are almost certain about living on the things the minions or other powers can’t steal. Sometimes that’s too little! So no wonder people merrily choose evil as their leader. So whether you like it or not, believe it or not, human beings support, follow evil in multitudes, those who pick up honest means are far rarer.

If you live your life believing in the stories repeated in a time long gone, when most probably it was true-that truth wins, goodness wins, righteous win then you are most probably acting like the ostrich. You know, the one that dips its head in a burrow of sand and pretends he is safe from dangers. The world around him is cool!

He may be lucky- by sheer dumb luck his assumptions may be true, or he may get killed, never even knowing what killed him.

You will be just like him, surrounded by your own make-beliefs of what things are, in reality things are absolutely different, all you have done is closed your mind, that keeps telling you that things are not what you think they are! You have convinced yourself that if you are good, honest evil will never be able to harm you, if you are benevolent, kind, loving no one will harm you… etc. etc…. If only things were that way in reality! If you deny or ignore evil that does not means it will return the courtesy! It never does! Sometimes it just misses the targets.

Just like Vishnusharma (author of Panchatantra) said thousands of years ago, “Evil hates virtue!” it does hates virtue and merrily ruins it whenever it can! When it will strike you, you won’t even see it coming most probably if you under-estimate its grip and power on/in human society.

There is nothing wrong in being good, honest but don’t be blind, a prey in a predatory world survives only through his survival instincts and a solid dose of luck. Keep that in mind.

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Pieces from Agnijaat 10 Indian Youth

A Few lines from poet Nazrul’s poem Shikha (the flame), roughly translated-

The tragedy of India is it’s youth is used as a walking stick, a crutch by the decaying… the arms that once fought glorious wars are now begging for votes, the decaying is basking in the glory created by youth, luring them into their traps using jobs as baits.

Sounds so surreal, does not it? But it is quite the truth in India, the way youth is brazenly abused in this country is quite exemplary in the bad sense. There was a time when Indian philosophy was a man should pass a part of his life in studying, next part in full fledged family life, then handing over the authority to the next generation but staying around, devoting more time to holy rituals than materialistic pleasures, gains. Then finally leaving the family and living in isolation or as it was in that age, building a hut in a holy place or forest, seeking God or salvation.

Now, it is too much to expect the final part from human beings, and their family members too most probably won’t want that, but the third part is only fair, handing over authority to the younger generation when they are ready and then just be around, in case they need help.

Tragically that part too stopped happening, the eternal hunger, greed for power corrupted those who should guide, protect, the elderly, the more experienced ones, can’t call them wise! Because somehow I believe wisdom is unselfish.

Don’t go by books or bookies, take a random trip in India wearing Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak, most people won’t dare to tell you the truth, no one likes to piss their employers off in India, unless of course they are government employees, and they are the pets of Indian government, the non government sector is its illegal child. That is how the (majority of entire workforce in India) who work under this sector are treated by the Indian Government. They are viciously exploited by the corrupted employers and the Indian Government’s duty is done by performing some bureaucratic formalities of course, who cares about implementation? It’s not the job of a government to check out if the laws are implemented or not, passing them is their only duty. If people are being wronged they should sue their employers.

From where will the starving people get money to sue millionaires? Well, that is their problem, right? If they don’t sue and win how will government know that the corruption is so rampant in private concerns? They pay tiny bags of peanuts to elephants to work for them? All day long, and quite often on weekends too? Not only in the offices but at homes too?

Honestly, if a government is so worthless that it is incapable of providing majority of its workforce a decent amount of money for their livelihood (even after more than 10 hours of duty x six, sometimes seven days of week) then how can they be elected year after year?

Here most probably the youth factor works for the decayed seasoned vultures- unemployed youth are lured into “working” for the parties under different costumes in lieu of “job promise”. Now the more young people are unemployed the better it is for the political parties, those poor boys and girls are sitting at home, doing nothing so luring them is as easy as it can be, what do they have to lose? Maybe they can gain a government job if they please the polties! So they do what one hopes young people should never do! Become minions of polties. Obey and serve them blindly, mutely, hoping for a carrot at the end of the day!

That job if they get it they become slaves of the polties from minions, because then they know that their livelihood depends on polties, so they dance to their tunes.

Yes, getting government jobs by honest means is next to impossible in India, but getting it from indirect routes is quite easy. Once in a blue moon they are exposed, then instantly hushed up but those who get to read those items at opportune time know how easy it is for “powerful” folks to make arrangements of government jobs for their pets. Just calling up the right people will be enough, without moving their *** an inch.

On the other hand if you are trying to get it honestly you will have to try from very young age, pick up the special line you are about to try, then start studying about that, learning the skills needed to get that job, and mostly joining trustworthy institutes that train for the exams of those posts.

Now, our erstwhile government destroyed West Bengal’s education system by a bunch of special strategies, which now seems well-planned at my age, after seeing, suffering this state for 30 years-
They removed English from primary classes for a very long span of time, that absolutely destroyed the grip on that language, of which Bengal was once proud of.
They made the two essential exams- board examinations Secondary and Higher Secondary a mean of ruining lives- yes, the examiners had ‘instructions” to “not” give students marks “higher than” a specific mark. That is so insane, is not it? Well, unfortunately it is true too, their examiners have clearly admitted it time and time again, that no matter how good a student’s performance/answer sheet is they are “strictly instructed” to not rise above a certain mark! Which mark is nothing in comparison to the marks that the rest of the country’s students get by writing nothing! If you want to learn how to destroy a civilization you can learn it from communist party leaders! When they are done with a society (ever) then nothing is left in that society.

I have studied in at least three boards, have studied with students of U.P. Delhi, Delhi Bengali students and Bengali students- the level of intelligence and proficiency is noticeably higher in Bengali boys and girls but they simply don’t have a chance to prove that merit! Why their marksheets and their English knowledge destroys them! Now, the evil genius asks who gets benefitted by an army of frustrated, intelligent unemployed boys and girls? Those who can exploit them brazenly, for example a bunch of old buzzards who have been playing games of politics for decades! Who sit on thrones and lure minions to do their dirty jobs! Who use those minions to terrorize the rest of the society. Had these boys and girls been employed what would have happened to the minions? Their numbers should have sliced down pitiably! Now who will vote for mass unemployment? Every shrewd buzzard will!
Not only that, they kept tabs of those who were against their revered governments- schools, families etc. and heckled them through government red tapes. The students of certain schools got special treatments, members of certain families got special treatment after all, if you have the “mean of class autocracy” in your clutches your “class” will rule, in this case buzzard class did. The rest of the state became their food, they devoured the youth of this state for thirty years and spat out minions!
West Bengal was maw of hell, but the rest of the India was not a very good place for honesty or hard work either. That is the reason why we don’t see slumdogs become millionaires in India by honest means, or a group of boys working from their garage creating something like facebook or Microsoft! Not because they are unworthy, incompetent, lazy or unwilling but because to succeed in India you will need a lot of skill, money, to win over the rampant waves of corruption. If you are super lucky then you may slip through that net, if you have your parent’s bank balance to help you then you can fly over that net, but if you have none, if you are just an average Indian youth, with average luck and too much honesty and you are tenacious enough to not let go, keep trying after string of failure (and you survive them too) then you may taste it when you are in your sixties maybe!
Article from Bhadra, August Agnijaat

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