Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Is Here!

Merry Christmas!

Christmas... The word reminds me of a really grand festival which marks the birthday of Jesus Christ, the great prophet.

The first picture that comes to my mind (and most others) is obviously, the Christmas tree, with a star on the top! Gifts surrounding the tree and the small coloured balls hanging on it from every small branch. And, who can forget the beautiful scenery on the outside? Pure white snow everywhere... Houses illuminated by yellow lights...

The Christmas decorations and gifts are something everyone in the family takes efforts for.

The Christmas delicacies, especially the cake and the chocolates... The socks that are hung outside the window by kids in hope of the Santa Clause dropping gifts for them.

And, how can I forget the such holy people and animals associated with Christmas. The reindeer who pulls the Santa's flying sledge, the milk white rabbits, the red-outfitted, extremely fat, long-beard guy, with a big red bag, whom we popularly know as 'Santa Clause'!

The day which begins with the Church's mass and the collectively sung Christmas carols always have many reasons to make us smile. It always is nice to spend time on such a festive occasion with the family.

The Christmas evening, one of the most-awaited parts of the day... And also, the concept of the perfect meal that exists for that day... Buns and breads, cakes and pastries, chocolates and biscuits, puddings and pies... Everything in a variety of flavours... What a sumptuous supper that is! And, as the cherry on the top, a glass full of sherry...

Everything, of such a day would be just so perfect, memorable, different, unforgettable, enriching...

The Christmas, of this kind, spent with the one's own family members can't ever be forgotten as there are these small little things which do mean a lot.

I just hope that some day in future, I get to spend such a traditional Christmas with all my near-and-dear-ones... I want a Christmas to remember... At least one...

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Return Of The 'Paisa'...

Hey there,

"Grandma, may I take those coins lying there? I hope you don't mind that."

"Mom, can I take the coins of USA, UK, France, etc. that lie in the cupboard? I would like to have them for my coin album."

"Mom! Grandma just found a coin of the early Gujarat kings' times! And, the cherry on the cake is, that I can have it!"

These were my reactions and requests, few years back, to have the coins of various countries of the world and the antiques of India. I still remember the pains with which I filled my own coin album (yes, specially designed for fitting coins) in ascending order of their denominations. It was a different hobby which I took up out of astonishment.

Today, as I look back into my school years, it's one of the best things that happened to me. And, that's where this post actually begins!
So many coins! The medieval Indian coins when the 1/12 anna, 1/2 anna, etc. were the coins of maximum denomination.

As I look through business news channels, the minimum figures I hear from them are xyz millions of dollars turnover, profit, sales, etc.!

And, I wonder about how vast our monetary world is getting! To infinity and beyond, and infinitesimally small!

My frequent travels and hoardings all around the roads made me realize today, that, the return of the paise, the 1/100th of the lowest denomination in use today (a rupee), is inevitable! Telecom operators are cutting costs like never before and this tariff war has now come down to half a paise per second call rates and a paise a 160-character message! Heaven for those teens out there like me who love to forward nice messages to everyone, but, don't considering the amount that would reflect in their bill or their recharge getting drained!
Such tariff wars that these guys resort to, to gain more subscriber base and in fact are helpful to us, the mobile users, in the end.

I just hope that some day soon now, the 'Paisa' will make it's re-debut in our lives, and then, kids like me, who have the treasured coins of the past, will be those whom everyone will turn up to for change! And above it all, the coins will soon have a place of respect far above what they had, just because of this re-introduction!

It would so be out of the usual... Different...


Monday, December 21, 2009


Hello readers,

I know it has been really long since my last post and I truly apologise for not being able to provide you with some reading stuff...

The world is such a place to live in that we just can't describe it. We are almost always finding faults with it, but, love living in it at the same time. It's just hypocrisy most of the times.

And, when it comes to the end of the world, there is no one whom I know who believes the world will come to an end... May be today, tomorrow, years later, or even centuries... But, all those whom I have come across till today are people with the attitude that 'I-don't-think-world's-ever-gonna-come-to-an-end!'

Doomsday may not just be real. Who cares if it is? I do.

It's not always that we switch off the lights and fans when not in use, not always that we turn off our cars at the signal, not always that we make sure we aren't just wasting resources, not always that we mend a leaking water tap as soon as possible... Why is it so? Just because of that attitude... May be we don't accept it completely, but, somewhere inside us, we surely are of that opinion, even if it is in traces.

Even I was such, until I saw a copy of a presentation (which was originally presented by the then President Of India, APJ Abdul Kalam). He's someone whom I respect and look up to, and the way he depicted the future that beholds, it just made me more anxious.

And, you must be wondering why am I saying all this now. Today is 21st December, 2009. There's a prediction of an apocalypse on 21st of December, 2012, predicted since the Mayan civilization and Nostradamus.

I really don't know if that will ever happen, but, what I know is, if our activities are just the way they are now, would living in a 'Happy World' ever be possible? Would we be able to live in a world where poverty and inability are the subtle ways to define life? Would we be able to breathe pure, fresh, rejuvenating air? Would we have enough green patches to support our existence? Would it be that the world will face the worst crisis ever? How about paying everyday for the air we breathe? Bald heads just to avoid wasting water by using them for washing, sounds great, doesn't it? And seeing your son, daughter, grand-son, grand-daughter born with inborn deformities which can't ever be corrected?

I would say, it would be better to have a doomsday, than to face such crises!

And, if we don't want us or our future generations to face such crises, I would say immediate steps are necessary. It's high time that the human civilization realized that it's 'Now or Never' in the true sense of the words...


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