General musings

This month saw the untimely passing away of two stalwarts of BJP, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley. It is indeed a sad month for the party as these leaders are irreplaceable. The void that they have left cannot be filled by anyone easily. Both the leaders were very knowledgeable and had a large fan following across the nation. May their respective souls rest in peace.

Right now I am a little excited on hearing the news that our very own badminton player, P. V. Sindhu has won the World Championship. Incidentally, it is her mom’s birthday and she has dedicated her win to her mother. What a nice piece of news to end a Sunday with. Sindhu was trying to win for the last couple of times but could bag the medal this time round. Coach Gopichand must be on cloud nine and why not. It’s a big honour for the nation.

The situation in J & K is slowly returning to normal. It will take a lot of time though. Due to the militancy, the development could not take place but slowly people are realising that the government decision to scrape Article 370 was the right one. Recently read about a couple who left their high profile jobs to settle down in Laddakh and help in the overall development of the region. Thanks to them, solar panels have been installed in many schools and children are getting the education they so rightly deserve.

I have been reading a book or two and the next post would most probably be a book review. So, stay tuned!

Book review: Educated by Tara Westover

Time for a book review on gutfeel. Read on…

Educated is a memoir by Tara Westover which has quickly climbed the success ladder due to its neat prose and simple writing. It is actually the story of Tara from her childhood days to the present. There is a flow in the book as when you will pick it up you would want to go back to complete it as soon as possible. The setting is of Buck’s peak, south western Idaho in America where Tara’s family lived. They were actually Mormon survivalists who did not believe in sending their kids to school. Tara’s father suffered from bipolar disorder and the family had to witness his ideological mania over and over again. Her mother was a midwife and herbalist whose business prospered later in the day and she gained much reputation with her herbs and tinctures.

Tara was the youngest of the seven children who had to study on their own as there was no emphasis on the studies. Rather, children were made to work in Gene’s junkyard scrapping metal and cleaning other stuff. Whenever anyone got hurt they were not allowed any medical care as the father thought that it was against the wishes of the lord. So when Tara has tonsillitis, she is made to stand in the sun with her mouth open so that it gets healed itself. When Gene gets burned, even then they do not take him to the hospital though the burns were severe. They make do with the balms that Faye prepares for Gene.

When Tara joins a singing group, the clothes they wear are termed whorish by the father. The negative influence of younger brother Schwan on Tara is evident throughout the book. He would get mad with her if she did not do as expected.

Tara is interested in studies and tries to clear the ACT so that she can join college. She just didn’t want to do the junkyard work anymore. While at BYU, she gets exposed to the outside world for the first time and her professor sees the spark in her and sends her on a scholarship to Cambridge. From Cambridge, she further goes on to Harvard for her doctorate. She does have a few boyfriends, but she is unable to confide in them about her family.

Educated just shows how someone who was not even homeschooled properly can go on to achieve the degrees that most people would die for. To be frank, real education is not really about the degrees but is a freedom of choice and facing reality with all your guts. It means living with passion and doing what you love most so that you achieve the real purpose in your life.

Random musings

The suicide of VG Siddhartha has yet again brought depression to the forefront. He was unable to pay his debts and as a result chose the easier route to eternal peace. He didn’t want to take any further blame for the dire situation at Café Coffee Day. CCD is a popular coffee outlet for the youngsters as one can sit there without being disturbed for long. Even free Wi-Fi is available.

Depression can ruin anyone’s life but when it goes out of hand it takes the form of suicide. People with depression are so despondent at times that they don’t think even once how their near and dear ones will cope with the situation once they are gone. The mind plays games that no one knows about. It is very necessary to contain the problem before it goes out of hand either through medication or counselling or both in moderation. The role of family members in providing support to the depressed is also of utmost importance.

Another interesting piece of news that I came across today related to a customer asking for a non-muslim guy for delivering food from Zomato as saavan is going on. He received a befitting reply from the founder Deepinder Goyal, “We aren’t sorry to lose business that comes in the way of our values.” Actually it is a dangerous trend which should be contained as early as possible. Such absurd demands cannot be met and they only show the mental bankruptcy of the person demanding.  

India is a secular state and people should be encouraged to treat the fellow men in the same regard. There should be no distinction based on caste or creed and everyone should be treated with equal respect though sadly that is not the case. But the bottomline is that whenever there is an opportunity to put things right, we should do that as was done by Zomato founder.