The tale of Qutub Minar…..

Introduction:

The holy land of India is full of stories, some stories narrate the chivalry of warriors, some of them take us into the depths of our culture and many other stories tell us about the history of various ruling dynasties. But, there are some stories which grab the attention of the reader or the listener and leave an absolutely everlasting impact on the reader’s mind and soul, the story of the Qutub Minar is certainly one of such stories.

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Ice cubes….

A few days back, a dream crossed my mind. I saw myself walking through a dark chamber completely void of light. It was silent, I could hear nothing except the sound of my hollow footsteps. It was scorchingly hot in that chamber, I could feel sweat running down my forehead. The heat began to intensify and consequently my strength began to slack. And suddenly, my mind entered into a state of oblivion and the curtain of life fell. I felt weak,depleted. I went down on my haunches, I had completely given up.  Continue reading “Ice cubes….”

I wonder, why did I Cry?….

When I was 10 years old, I had asked my father: ” who is a Muslim? and who is a Hindu?”. He frowned for a while and replied that there is no Hindu or Muslim for we all are the sons of the same almighty. 10 years have passed since then and for all these 10 years I couldn’t understand the meaning of the answer which my father had given me that day. But suddenly, a few days back I understood the meaning of the answer my father had given me.

Yes, today I can proudly say that I am neither a Hindu nor a Muslim, neither a Sikh nor a Christian. Today, I strongly believe that there are two broad categories of people in this world. Human beings and  demons. A majority of us are human beings. Human beings are touched by joys and sorrows, sometimes we laugh our throats out and sometimes we cry our eyes out. We try to find happiness in the smallest of things and are ready to help others for the sake of humanity. Yes, I can proudly claim that I am a human being.

There are some incidents in the books of human history where humanity has triumphed. But sadly, there are some incidents which are like a scar on the face of humanity. One such event is of course the brutal carnage of innocent school children in the city of Peshawar where as many as 141 people were brutally murdered by the terrorists of tariq e Taliban. Most of them who died were Innocent school children.

Well, let me be very clear that I am on neither of the sides. I don’t support anyone. But, I would like to ask a simple  question from those who killed those innocent souls.
And the question is: ” what sort of a revenge and moreover, what sort of a victory is it? A victory celebrating death and destruction? A victory with no survivors?

They call it jihaad, the Allah’s order but surprisingly, not even a single religion in this world gives the liberty to slain innocents. I would like to tell them it wasn’t an act of bravery and neither was it an act in favour of jihaad. It was a cold blooded murder, a cold blooded carnage. Bloodshed can never be a solution to anything for it only adds to the misery and the grief.

But on the other side of the coin, I can say that the terrorists who killed those innocent school children actually won. They won quite a lot of things, to start with, they won the cries of those who were killed, next they won the screams of those terrified souls, next they won the tears and hauls of the mothers who lost their sons and daughters in the brutal killing spree. Well, now can claim that terrorism has no religion other than hatred and ignominy. At the end of it I can only say: ” I’ve lost my faith in humanity”.

Overpowered at Adelaide….

 

When Kohli took the reigns from Dhoni at Adelaide, everyone would have thought that the team’s fortunes would change but the lack of temperament and some reckless stroke play took its toll on the Indian team. Australia piled up a mammoth 517/7 batting first on a flat Adelaide track mainly because of centuries by Warner, Clarke and Smith.India started off well with vijay and Pujara notching up handy fifties and with skipper Kohli scoring a century. India were eventually bundled out for 444, 73 short of Australia’s first innings total. Continue reading “Overpowered at Adelaide….”

The mother of all battles….

It’s that time of the year when the men in blue are about to face their biggest challenge. The expectations are soaring and cricket fans all over the world are eagerly waiting for what promises to be a cracker jack of a contest. The Indian team is all set to lock horns with a formidable Australian side in their backyard. The Australian side is not in the best frame of minds especially after the Hughes’s untimely death but the game of cricket has to move on. The Australian side is in a state of shock but are undoubtedly capable of routing any opposition on any given day.

The tour is being considered vital not only because of the Border-Gavaskar trophy but also because India will have to defend its world cup crown on the Australian soil later in 2015 as the world cup is scheduled to be held in Australia-New Zealand. The tour will surely help the men in blue to ascertain their strengths and eliminate their weaknesses before the world cup.

As far as the tour is concerned. The tour consists of a 4 match long test series between Australia and India followed by a triangular one-day international series involving England. The first test will begin on December 9 in Adelaide. Kohli will lead the Indian team in the first test at Adelaide following MS Dhoni’s thumb injury. Seamer Bhubaneswar Kumar has also been ruled out of the first two test matches because of an ankle injury. India will look to emerge out the shadows of their previous tour to Australia where the men in blue suffered a humiliating 4-0 whitewash against Australia in their own backyard.

On the other hand, Australians are still in a state of shock after the untimely death of Phillip Hughes following which the first test at Adelaide was postponed to December 9 from December 4. It will certainly take some getting for the Aussies to break the shackles of darkness and move on. Skipper Michael Clarke, who was about to miss the first test because of fitness concerns has been declared fit to play and lead the Australian side. Michael Clarke’s return to the side will surely infuse a bit of positivity into the Australian side.

The Indian team will look to attack the Australian side and start the series on a positive note but it is easier said than done as the Australian pitches support a lot of pace and bounce and have nothing on offer for the spinners. Bouncers and short pitch deliveries have been the biggest weakness of the Indian side but they will look to get everything right this time around. Hold on to your hats and keep your fingers crossed as “the mother of all battles “is here.

Still praying for the rain to fall…

When we look up at the calendar in the month of December, the first thing we notice is December 25th and December 31st but, if we flip through the pages of history, we’ll realize that the month of December is a witness to one of the world’s deadliest man-made disasters. Tears start dripping from the eyes and the heart starts bleeding when the sad memories of the Bhopal gas tragedy come to our minds. It has been 30 years since the mishap showed its ugly head but the wounds have not yet healed and I strongly believe that they’ll never ever heal. Continue reading “Still praying for the rain to fall…”

A tragic script…..

The field of sports is full of uncertainties. Uncertainty is an integral part of sports. Sometimes you snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and sometimes you go down like nine pins. But, there is nothing glorious about some uncertainties in the field of sports. On November 27, flags flew half-mast at cricket grounds in Adelaide. A day’s play in a test at sharjah was suspended, heads bowed in prayer at a hospital in Sydney and tears dripped off twitter feeds and Facebook posts around the world. Continue reading “A tragic script…..”