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freedom : Positive Peace

Movie – Wanted (6.5 on 10 imho).

Auto-rides: 5

Purchased: Frontech joystick and wireless router(netgear 54 Mbps)

Visited: Paigah tombs (the making of the ruins)

Lunch: Nan King

IceCream: Famous IceCream

No. of Googlers I bumped into: 4

I have something that most people don’t have. I have a beautiful terrace. Not just an ordinary rooftop but a big 1000+ sq. ft. area surrounded my trees on almost all the sides.

Colourful flowers bloom on a couple of trees and a couple others bear fruits. Often I wake up to the sweet sound of birds chirping on these trees. Sometimes the cab guy wakes me up when I am late for work.

Things I enjoy doing on my terrace:

1. Star/moon/clouds/sky gazing in the night.

2. Reading/writing. Gives me the feeling that I am on a holiday and all I have to do is relax. The ideal time for this is in the evenings between 1645 and sunset.

3. Having a conversation on the phone. Only place in the noisy city where I can talk freely and not ask the person on the other end to repeat what they said.

4. Host friends on the terrace and yap about the above 3 benefits to them and let them experience it for themselves.

One of the chief reasons why I agreed to take up this house on rent, was the terrace and till this date I dont regret the decision.

4th of July doesn’t really matter to me as the American Independence Day, its the anniversary of my last haircut in 2002. Anyways, a friend from San Francisco who is in town wanted to light fireworks on the top of the hill/fort in ┬áBhongir.

Sadly, we were not allowed, no matter what we tried. We couldn’t bribe over way up. Hindi is not understood, we were disappointed. Then, with a heavy heart we took a U-turn. And the group decided to pay a visit to my humble house. I’ve never had 6+4 guests at home at once. Never ever in the last 18 months have I hosted so many people. It was special for me. The group had fun, played around like kids, splashed water all over. Also, they loved my terrace and clicked photos. I am happy I left work early on the Friday.

Escapism coupled with optimism, makes you feel good about your life. You feel a sense of certainty of what you will accomplish in the near future.

“Dare to dream” are the kind of dreams which are about something you want but are not willing to accept that as a possibility even in your dreams. Short sightedness, cynicism, fear and negativity cloud your rationale and discourage you from even thinking about the things you really want to do/ you always wanted to do. Life is not a movie, get real, think practically, etc. is what you tell yourself, because this is what the others have told you. Why do we let others to teach us to think? or rather let others set boundaries even on our imagination?

Dreams are a waste of time. Dreams are where you want to take your life. Jealousy exists. Even in your dreams. Why else would you compare in your dreams? These are still dreams.

I urge you and DARE you to dream. Dream beyond your fears and insecurities. Dream about the things you dreamt as a kid in school or as a 17-year old rebel. What stopped you? Did the priorities change for good? Dream about what you want your life to be in 5 years and think how will it be in 5 years if you simply continue without working on the ideas that you just dreamt.

I have been here for over 8 months and have lived through 2 tragic occurrences of serial bomb blasts. I’ve been to the places where the blasts took place in the past. I could’ve easily been the victim. Just as I could’ve easily been the victim of the blasts in the Mumbai trains. It is beyond the cops with the current security infrastructure to track down the explosives and defuse them in time. I strongly feel we need security cameras monitoring activity in every public place. Not just one or two but several cameras covering every possible suspicious activity, everywhere in all the metros and larger towns. It is so easy to plant bombs in every public place. A person can walk around and silently place it in some discrete corner or even under a chair and just disappear and then trigger the bomb at will.

For the media its simply business, they are happy that they have some interesting masala news which they can keep streaming in as Breaking News on their channels. One particular channel was showing live gruesome footage of blood and dead bodies/body parts at the crime scene with an apology for the images being so horrid. WHAT IS THE POINT? Why are you showing it if you feel it is inappropriate, isnt there some sort of censorship on the kind of gore that can be shown on TV? Did your channel plant the bomb? Did the terrorist call you up and let you know so that you could be the first one to broadcast this? What are you so proud of? You are all smiles that you could put it up on your channel before the others could reach there? Did your TV crew bother to help the injured who didn’t have enough ambulances available at that moment?

Zero security, insufficient rescue efforts, super bureaucracy, commercial news channels and ever-rising prices come along with the drudgery of being a middle class or a lower class person. These are the harsh truths of being an Indian, there is absolutely no security. Bribes are a way of life. There are positives, but these negatives cannot be ignored and they are the ones that always haunt us perpetually.

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