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!
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.
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.