Saturday, April 30, 2005

रुपहली – कहानियाँ

This is a Hindi poem posted in my Hindi blog separately. You may skip it if you are just reading "The Team Leader" posts. Thanks.

The Team Leader - 3

Continued from the previous post….

The team leader should be the closest person of each of the team member. In his company, everyone should feel at ease. As the members will be able to convey their problems regarding their project part to the leader, more the coordination can be done among them. Now a problem may come, the particular team member may consult the team leader more frequently, for the problems the particular member can do himself. At that time it’s first need for the team leader to make the person confident enough to tackle the problem himself. Hence this time it should be checked whether the member understood the problem correctly or not. If the actual problem lies in understanding then it’s better to ask the member himself and give a probable solution and encourage him to find out some similar or better solution. There is a good possibility that the member shall be able to suggest the best solution (The leader might have guessed it earlier in the mind but did not tell him at once). Now since the thought process is created by the member himself there is little chance that he shall stuck in the mid way.

For the members, who are self immersed in their work, the team leader, apart from watching the progress in their work, must ask for the necessary resources needed to them which shall augment their work. These members being immersed in their work, shall use only the resources available to them and eager to finish their work. These people’s requirements need to be fulfilled at the earliest possible even if they feel shy or fear to ask for it. The moral of such workaholics boosts after getting the better resources.

There are yet another type of members who are pretty good at the work but moody about their work. It’s a peculiar thing that these moody persons are the owner of some of the very special abilities. Hence it’s necessary to churn up the best juice out of their best mood. Since these persons if given full liberty may affect the other members too, their work load should be increased on their own wish. And their wish can be catalyzed after showing them the real need of their abilities and the success of the project depending on them. The forceful or cleverly increasing the load is not good in the long term.

The periodical spending of the time with the team members is useful and good for the project. Many a times the team leader should also know about the probable personal needs about the members. The leader should also show his concern about the needs personally to the members without let other members know about the details. The personal needs of the members and deadlines of the project, there is already a see-saw in the member’s mind. Just telling about the deadlines when the mind is busy about thinking the personal needs will decrease the productivity. Balancing the see-saw is first need hence the personal concerns should be shared if needed. Later on before when the member is about to leave in the mid way, the concerned friends of the member should be convinced to share the duties. While leaving the project the concerns of the member should be shared by the leader and he should wish him the successful finish of the personal vacation.

To be continued…..

Friday, April 29, 2005

The Team Leader - 2

Continued from the previous post….

The fine members, who are the pivots of the team, understand the challenges coming ahead in a better way on behalf of the team leader. Convincing them is not very difficult. Rather when they are told that after believing on the strength laying within them the project is undertaken, their moral goes high. If they provide their support like they had given in the earlier projects, the goal can be achieved. When these members are asked about the actual challenges, which may come during the execution and given the adequate space to talk, they shall come up with pretty good ways to deal with them too. Now dictating is easy but the distribution of duties among them requires tactical handling.

First some of them themselves will choose up some self-interested duties. Suppose Mr. X choose out some task T1. Here the leader has one thing in mind that the T5 is yet another new important task which can be performed by a competent person like Mr. X. Hence the importance of the task T5 can be described and made him feel that he is the best person to do that. Since the new project taken requires more output from the existing team members than earlier, the competent members also need to be kept at ease. It’s important for them too that the work-life balance should be sound and productive. Next there comes an important task of utilizing the less enthusiastic members. Here less means that the person has equal capability as others but what he lacks is the will power. Every person has some hidden unutilized qualities. In teams, the positive comparison of the person with other competent person privately, may make him feel the hidden capacities within him. “Mr. Y, we think, you too can do this important part of the project. Shall we expect from you that you shall take this important responsibility? For the problems which shall come on the way, we are ready to help you”. Most probable if the person have the good understanding with the team leader, he shall be ready to take the new task. Now if the relations had turned sour in the past the best thing is to settle the misunderstandings down earlier than taking the project up. Another way is to bring him in the main stream after starting the afresh friendly talks and ask him before giving some new responsibility such a way that the past vanishes. This shall give satisfaction to him and his self respect. Now it’s possible that he may consider the friendliness as a clever action of the leader. Let him feel that but it should be remembered that providing him adequate ventilation and love shall bring him down to earth. Every human needs that. Some persons who are just routine workers and avoid taking the new responsibility give them some not so important jobs. Now search for the some down stair energetic members, it’s the best time to bring them up. And give them some challenging duties.

To be continued…..

Thursday, April 28, 2005

The Team Leader –1

In any organization the first person who undertakes the decisions on behalf of his men is the team leader. He may be a leader of 15 people or a CEO. He may have a boss on the hierarchy or at least the most common man as the common citizens or shareholders to whom he is responsible. The organization has a purpose and zeal to complete some goal.

For any important decision or tasks undertaken, the person who needs to put the foot forward first is the team leader. I am discussing mainly about the situation when the responsibility taken at hand is beyond the total shown capacity of the team members in the past. Now the leader comes back and lets the team know about his decision. The first reaction shall be almost a surprise for the enthusiastic members and an underestimation of the outcome by not so enthusiasts. And for the leader the main goal is just to complete the taken task. The tasks distribution becomes most challenging then. The responsibilities given to individual team members earlier need to be exchanged, overloaded or need to be lessened.

To be continued....

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

आँसु की तीन बूँदे ।

पुछो उससे, जिसका अपना, आज नहीं आया,
देखो उसे, रात भर जिसने आँखे बिछाई हैं ,
बैठो वहाँ, जहाँ पुतलियाँ न हिलती हो ,
सिर्फ गालों पर आँसु नहीं, ठंडी ओस की बूँदें है।

गर्म चेहरे पर, अकेलेपन के साथी वे,
बूँदें खुद ही आती हैं, अपनापन लिए,
भरी आँखों के झरने से अनवरत बहती,
वे टपकती आँसु नहीं, एक शीतल नहान है ।

देखा है, पाषाण ह्रदय भी जब दुःखी होता है,
पाषाण को, जब अपना गर्व भी साथ न देता है,
बंद कमरे में , आँखो से वक्ष पर उतरते,
वही आँसु पाषाण को फिर मोम बनाते हैं ।

मैं दुःखी करता हूँ न आपलोगों को ।

माँ कहती हैं - बेटा दुनिया ऐसे ही दुःखी है , तुम्हारी दुख की कविताएँ या लेख उनके दुःखों को कम नहीं कर सकती है। भाग-दौङ के इस युग में जब लोग अपना बहुमूल्य समय में कुछ पढने को आएँ तो फिर दुःख भरे लेख उनको पढवाना उचित नहीं जान पढता है।

मैं थोङा-बहूत दुःखी करता होउँगा आपलोगों को, यह भी मैं जानता हूँ । युँ मैं भरसक कोशिश करता हूँ कि मेरे लेखों से पाठकों को दुःख न पहूँचे। फिर भी मेरे दर्द का व्रण नासुर ना बन जाए, सो दर्द को आप सबों के साथ बाँट लेता हूँ तो आराम महसुस होता है ।

अर्जित ज्ञान, अनुभवों एवं उससे उत्पन्न विचारों में पारदर्शिता ही मुझे पसंद है । मेरे बारे में कहने को आप भी खुले मंच पर स्वतंत्र है । न कहना चाहें तो भी ठीक ।

मतलब आपलोग जिसमें खुश वही सही , वरना मैं इंटरनेट पर लिखता क्यों, कागज की डायरी पर ही लिखा छोङ देता ।

नोट लिखते-लिखते यह इतना बङा हो गया कि कविता का भुमिका न होकर एक अलग लघु लेख बन गया।

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Back from Kolkata

Yesterday I returned back from Kolkata. Although my actual trip is related to my profession and my career and let the trip be sandwiched between two similar posts.

Since my returning ticket was booked in hurry, I got the waiting list 117 and at the last time it got improved to RAC-31. Thanks God, when I was ready to travel in the general class, at least got a seat to sit after sharing with some other co-traveler.

There is a proverb which reads as “Someone fall from the sky and got stuck in the palm tree”.

On seeing the final chart on the platform, I saw another passenger on the same seat was some Dwivedi, a female of 23 years going to New Jalpaiguri.

When one gets a RAC seat after sharing with someone he can stretch the legs if not sleep. Especially if the both the persons are of same gender. I became aware that now I have to seat whole night without stretching the legs.

The lady came after when I took the seat. After formal chat I knew that she is some engineering student from Karnataka returning back to her home in Darjeeling.

Until the lights were on by 12 o’ clock in night, I was reading my new purchased book and making the notes. Earlier I thought that I shall tell the girl to stretch and sleep since she may be more tired and already was journey since last day and I shall be reading the books at the side of the seat. But afterwards when the co-passengers put the lights off to sleep, reading became impossible for me. But low light, tired body and breeze of summer nights was putting me dizzy.

Neither I could stretch completely nor I can sit straight . Till 2 o’ clock my back was aching badly. The girl was sleeping in a sitting posture with her folded legs and her head submerged in it that seemed to show the inherent tendency of woman to seek safety also the girl typical Indian lady. She seemed like my maternal sister, Bunu, who travels alone to Delhi for her engineering studies. If I would have stretched my legs a bit, it may feel her more insecure. So the conscious person like me shall like to take a safe side.

Firm believer in God, I soul was seeking for a solution. The near upper birth was still vacant but the near by Tamil Pilgrims were telling that one of their person was there. But till 2 a.m. no one came there. My back ache was unbearable by that time. Thus I told the girl to stretch and sleep there only and informed that I was going to the stretch on the vacant birth till it’s vacant. Goodness returns back the same if the brain can feel it. She told me that if the actual person comes there, she to be waked up. What she meant was that she would leave my portion of seat to me if I had to leave the new found birth. On the new seat I was expecting that the actual owner shall wake me up thus I kept eyes open and stretched my legs. Once I stretched, my long breaths took me to sleep. I got up in the morning only when the pilgrims’ party of senior citizens accumulated.

The girl was still sleeping. The adequate leg side space and a fine morning was enough to read my book. I had to go my seat. I sat on my seat and was reading. Later when the girl got up for a while and saw me reading and she slept again provided me more space after pulling her legs. I could have told her that you must get up since it’s morning and I have sit properly. My conscience did not allowed that. It’s not to impress her or anything like that. What could have happened if Bunu traveled like that and some elder was her co-traveler? Taking the cases on myself and my own persons gives me many solutions.

Later when she got up and while ordering tea she ordered two cups of tea, and I was ignorant of this. Before that time I had already taken two cups of tea. Seeing the same vendor with two cups, and the vendor being the same person who was from my town and already served me just half an hour earlier, I took the cup. In the mean time while she was sleeping I chatted with the Tamil pilgrims for a while and heard about their tour plan. The Tamil ammas and uncles were telling about their all India tour and later shared their bread and Jam too. They were complaining about not getting idli- vadas in the journey.

Now after I took tea, she started chatting about the journeys and her friends in the same journey. When she asked that when shall I get down, interestingly by the time the train was passing near by my office? I showed her my office and told that I would get down in one minute. Actually my station already came by the time. I became ready with my bag and bowed down everyone and get down at my platform. Down the train, from the platform when I waved my co-travelers, I saw many hands waving towards me and few inquisitive faces. Again who they were, I don’t know. Who am I, they too don’t know. But it was again the short journey in the long journey of life.

May all the Bunus and Dwivedis reach their homes safely!

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Good Morning Kolkata

Unlike my previous arrivals at Sealdah, today morning I arrived at Howrah Station. These two stations are Kolkata’s main stations. No station is name after Kolkata, I don’t know why is it so.

So the morning recalled the episode of those girls when we reached here from Yaswantpur-Howrah around one and half years back.

Near to my Psychopharmacology Department of NIMHANS, Bangalore where I was for my MCA project work, in nearby department there used to be two girls from West Bengal. Only after several months, I got introduced to them. At the distant place, the language, domicile, interests become the unifying factor. Only a few times we met at the cafeteria.They seemed to be well reached reserved personalities unlike girls of other states. Since my involvement in project was even in Sundays, the lab addict like me never bothered for chats with them other than just occasional Hi-Hello. To me my work preceded any thing else. I finished my project there.

Just it was the coincident that the day and the train they were leaving Bangalore was same as mine. That too I knew, when their girl friend from their department informed me the day before my leaving the department in a formal chat.
When I reached Yashwantpur(Bangalore) station, it was midday. I saw them from the distance on the station but restrained from meeting them for sake of my self-respect. The train moved on. The journey from Yaswantpur to Howrah is quiet long. They were in A.C. and me in poor sleeper. Around 7 pm, my not so poor soul shed away the self-respect and thought, let meet them if they were in some need. So I reached them. On seeing me, they were surprised. My belief was correct as one of them was having severe fever and she caught cold too. She was having blankets even in the cold A.C. She did not have medicines too. Me too don’t have the habit of carrying common medicines on journey. Only then I felt the need of carrying them in journey. After talking a while I came back. She suffered the night and only in the day when Vishakhapatnam junction came and where the train halts for around 20 minutes, I got down and bought medicines from the pharmacist on the station as per their request. Around evening she was fine and we were at the Howrah station morning. They were to go Durgapur after one hour and me in the same day evening. After their train arrived I too went to see them off, not because they were girls. If they were guys too I could have farewell them because they are leaving early. I said a formal bye and bye forever.

Neither they needed my email nor I asked from them ever. I was happy to cover my journey with human attitude. I did not hoped for any gratitude sign from them. Even till now I don’t have any complains against them. I think that if they happened to be guys the situation would have been different, I am sure.
I should have remained the same self-conscious person. Recently, again when I told a fellow bloggeress to display her email-id. I felt ashamed on my manhood and myself afterwards. That’s the life and life’s journey. I believe in the humanity’s short journey, which needs be good one and I work for it that’s all.

Anyway thanks the virtual world that read me till here. The town of Kolkata inspires my heart, which has a place for everyone from rag pickers to the most successful persons of the world. I shall remain Prem and set the world free to travel as it likes. The confession is let people not forget me after my journey ends.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Lively Musical Instruments for Soul

Is it true that the only thing the God forgot to take from the earth is the live music?
In our Durga Puja occasions, the musical instrument, dhak is played at the puja premises. Two or more dhakis (the drummers) synchronize their drum beats to make the surrounding air vibrate. A small brass disc (Can someone tells the exact name?) is also played along with them by another person.

The common beats of the drum are something like this (The capitals are strong beats and small are comparatively lighter beats)

DHA…. DHAH…. DHADHAM …… dha.... dha…. dhadham …..

I think the common beats of the dhak are the symbol of battle between goddess Durga and devil Mahisasur. In other words, this is symbol of the battle between the truth and the evil. There are some variants of the beats for other rituals in puja like Aarti, Dhupchi Naach. So other beats are in praise of goddess and some seems symbolizing the triumph of victory.

Since my childhood whenever I hear these synchronized vibrations, my soul seems to vibrate too. The vibrating air makes my soul dance. Hence my body seems to be synchronized with these beats too. The legs and hence body wants to dance with these beats. Since Durga Puja events continues for several days so on the last day, before departure of the goddess, I find my legs out of my control and after taking Dhupchis, I dance in front of the Goddess to my satisfaction.

Be it Puja or Marriage ceremonies, the lively music always seems to vibrate me. In marriage ceremonies, either I am on the bride’s side or the groom’s side, on arrival of baratis, the synchronized band party again pulls me to its center. At these times, such a ecstasy is unique and this feeling is incomparable with louder music systems at my home. Although, I never been a good dancer, I don’t like to hide my gaiety at the occasions of merriment. If I am not given some much important task for arrangements at the time, the beats of drums tie some invisible strings with my legs and the body over the legs vibrates. The human body seems to be like kathputlis( String attached dancing dolls). The invisible strings seem to be attached with some eternal power present on the vibrations of live musical instruments.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

The possible reasons of sleeping bloggers

I have made some toffee to revitalize the sleeping bloggers. Pick one or more ...

1. You think and churn the topics to be written, of which you are not sure that what the readers will think of that.
2. You have not written a post since long back hence want to publish something special which shall be the best seller post.
3. You have already drafted the post in the notebook and doing a lot of rough work till today.
4. Your Internet hours are much precious or you are the busiest person in the blogger’s world.
5. Your fingers become tired of writing codes and debugging them.
6. You have formed a slow bloggers’ union in yahoo groups.
7. You always look for the auspicious day in calendar to write a post.
8. You think that your readers should see the same post for a month or more.
9. You wait until the total length of comments is longer than the length of the original post.
10. You are disappointed because none commented on your blog hence thought none read that.
11. Your teacher had taught you that one have two eyes (to see more) two ears (to hear more) and one mouth (to speak less) hence you tell less. But he/she might not have teach you that you have 10 fingers to write much more.
12. You forgot your blogging account password.

Of course you can add more ...

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Monday, April 18, 2005

Something New in the New Year

Shubho Navavarsha to Piyali, Ayan and Debashish and everybody. The Bengali New Year 1412 has started with first day of Boishak month on 15 April.

On 2nd Boishak, I went to Siliguri. It’s was again the same journey with cool breeze while the bus passed through lush green tea gardens. This route had been my educational route for six years. Now after the artificial airy life of office, on that day, the breeze was soothing for my soul. After necessary works, I bought three books, first an English thesaurus "The Oxford Thesaurus", the second one “The Complete Reference Java - J2SE5" and the third one "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari". The smart young shopkeeper gave 15% discount on my purchase. I couldn't wait to buy those from College Street Bookshops, Kolkata where I shall be on the coming Sunday. Don't know whether College Street Dadas might have given more discounts.

The Oxford Thesaurus is originally priced for £ 22.99 but the special Indian price, tagged on the cover is Rs. 995.00. Well printed on acid free paper, this hardbound edition from Great Britain is another feather in my personal mini library. Among the entire thesaurus at the shops there, I found this one as the best buy. Prior to the last month, I was unaware of the importance to thesaurus until I used the only Hindi thesaurus published from National Book Trust. To an extent, I know the key of expression in Hindi, the selection of right kind of words and the bend of the reader’s mind. Naturally, I started penning my Hindi writings and people appreciated that. Like any other ordinary man, I felt more responsibility towards my writings. Now coming to my English, like many of you, I did not studied in a completely English medium school, since the medium of communication in my Navodaya used to be in Hindi. So apart from the English dictionary and grammar I never felt the need of other reference book in English. Now while writing more responsible on my part, the actual problem comes, when I have the ideas as well as the logic but I feel handicap in lack of suitable words in English to express efficiently. Recently, I discussed this thing with Ma and she after reviewing my Hindi writings, suggested me to work for English too with a thesaurus. Now with the thesaurus, I too can find the suitable word for my expression. In the good people’s circle, if inputs are taken positively, ultimately one improves. The humans have five sensory receptacles to receive thousands of impulses for indexing the input and a brain to ponder over the inputs. Somewhat similarly every thesaurus too have two parts, first the index part containing the alphabetic words and nearby synonyms and reference number attached with each synonym. Using this reference number one can look into the second part, the main content, containing the referenced words and nearby meanings and their usage. It helps the writer when he/she is in need of suitable word. I think anyone, who wants to take writing seriously must posses a handy thesaurus.

While returning from Siliguri on the same day, I was thinking that I might have bought it quiet earlier itself. Anyway it’s better late than never.

Friday, April 15, 2005

अनुगूंज 9 – ” आशा ही जीवन है | ”

अनुनादजी अनुगूँज का आयोजन बङी आशा से कर रहे हैं कि बहुत सारे चिट्ठाकार इस विषय पर लिखेंगे। आप भी आशा लेकर मेरे चिट्ठे तक पहूँचे कि प्रेम भाई ने जरुर कुछ लिखा होगा । और इधर, आप मुझे भी पङना चाहेंगे, ऐसी ही थोङी-बहुत आशा से मैं भी लिख रहा हूँ । पहली बार चिट्ठाकार मंडली में प्रवेश के समय भी मैंने बङी आशा से आपसबों में एक स्थान माँगा । यह तो मेरा अहोभाग्य है कि मुझे सिर्फ आशानुरूप स्थान ही नहीं बल्कि आशातीत स्नेह भी मिला ।

आशा और प्रत्याशा का कोई भी रूप हो , सबका उद्देश्य किसी न किसी प्रकार की मानसिक शांति की प्राप्ति ही होता है । आशा किसकी, तो उत्तर होगा - किसी परिणाम की जो किसी मानसिक मरीचिका की भांति होता है । आज्ञा हो तो को चिट्ठाकारों में आध्यात्मिक चर्चा का एक अगरबत्ती जलाना चाहूँगा ।

कर्मण्येवाधिकारेस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन ।
- गीता, अध्याय -2, श्लोक

भावार्थ- प्राप्त कर्त्तव्यकर्मका पालन करने में ही तेरा अधिकार है । फल में तेरा अधिकार किञ्चित मात्र भी नहीं है।

तब क्या करें , फल की आशा करना छोङ दे । हर किसान बीज की बुआईकर आशा करना छोङ दे कि बोये बीज से नये पौधे होंगे । विद्यार्थी परिक्षा देकर पास करने की आशा छोङ दे । हमारे वर्तमान परिपेक्ष्य में कुछ जगह ही फल पर हमारे अधिकार नहीं होते हैं जैसे वोट देकर सही सरकार पाने की आशा या तो फिर पढ-लिखकर नौकरी पा जाने की आशा । फिर भी आशान्वित होकर कर्म किए जाते हैं।

Akshargram Anugunj मुल विन्दु पर चर्चा करें तो हमारे दैनिक कार्यकलापों में हमारे अनुभव एवं किये गये कर्मों के आधार पर प्राकृतिक नियमों की आशा की ही जा सकती है । अब लिजिए जीवन की आशा हो या जीवन बीमा कंपनियों का आशाएँ , मृत्यु की जानकारी सबको है और मृत्यु के नाम पर धन का विपणन भी होता है । परन्तु दोनों पक्ष एक दुसरे से जीवन की ही आशा करतें हैं ।

एक औसत मनुष्य के लिए आशा अगर एक तरूणी है तो निराशा बिन बुलाई भुतनी । पर अजीब सी स्थिति होती है जब तरूणी का संग छुङाकर अचानक यह भुतनी लिपटकर शोकसागर में तैरती रहती है । निराशा अगर अधम है तो, आशा उत्तम। अगर निष्काम कर्म कर सकें तो इन दोनों से मुक्ति मिल जाएगी । मगर आशारूपी तरूणी की चाह को कोई भला छोङ पाया है क्या । क्या देवों ने भी समुद्रमंथन के दौरान अमृत की आशा नहीं की होगी ।

स्वपनद्रष्टा पुरूषार्थी भी आशान्वित होता है , उद्देश्य के प्रति । ऐसा नहीं कि उद्देश्य प्राप्ति की आशा और आनंद ही उसका ध्येय होता है । एक आशा की प्राप्ति या अप्राप्ति किसी दुसरे लघुतर या वृहत्तर किसी आशा का द्वार फिर खोलती है । असफलताओं के अंधकार में भी आशा के किसी दरवाजे को वह टटोलता रहता है । उसका विश्वास होता है कि ईश्वर सभी दरवाजे कभी नहीं बंद करता है । ऐसे व्यक्ति ही दूसरों के लिए आशा के किरण बनते हैं । आशा का एक दीपक दुसरे दीपों को भी प्रज्वलित करने में समर्थ होता है ।

बचपन में माँ के गोद में चंदा मामा की ओर दिखाये गए अंगुलियाँ आशा के किरण ही जगाती है कि मानव मामाजी के गोद में जाने को बेताब हो जाता है । इतना ही नहीं आशा के बल पर वह मंगल चाचा जैसे अन्य परिचितों से मिलने के लिए अनजान उङाने भरता रहता है । कल्पना चावला की उङाने भी तो आशा की उङानें ही थी। इतिहास के पन्ने ताजे हो या भोजपत्र पर लिखे हो, अपनी सभ्यता - संस्कृति , कला-साहित्य या ज्ञान-विज्ञान की संपदा पर ही हम भविष्य की कुंडली के प्रति आशान्वित होते हैं। नवजात शिशु के प्रति भी भविष्य की मधुर आशाएँ तो की जा सकती है। साथ ही साथ विचारशील मनुष्य को अपने माता-पिता द्वारा की गयी आशाओं की याद दिलाकर कर्तव्यज्ञान का बोध भी कराती है । और इसी प्रकार आशा का एक तन्तु दुसरे से जुटता चला जाता है।
आशा हमेशा भविष्य से जुटा होता है जो कि अनिश्चितता से भरा है । किए गये कर्मों के आधार पर ही , स्वयं पर विश्वास रखकर सपने देखने को हर व्यक्ति स्वतंत्र है । मगर स्वपनों के यथार्थ में नहीं बदलने पर निराशा के आलिंगन में बँध जाना भी अनुचित जान पङता है । फिर तो क्षमताओं के आकलन के पश्चात्, इस छोटे से जीवन में, आशाओं के नये स्वपन गढना ही एक मात्र उपाय है ।

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Real life dilemnas

Theory and practice - The real life gives the dilemnas. Reproducing such situation queries from a teacher's blog and how I responded to them in Hindi. (Note : Please enable your Devnagri Unicode fonts)

What would you do?

If you saw someone cheating while taking a test? (you are taking the same test and you don't really know this person)
Ans- उसे उसके हाल पर छोङ दो । आपके जैसे मैडम या मास्टर साहब किस दिन के लिए हैं ।

If you saw a colleague breaking a rule?
- अगर वह बास का वह नजदीकी आदमी या मिला हुआ है तो चुपचाप नौकरी करो । नहीं तो उसे समझाओ ।

If you catch a neighbour throwing a banana peel from his/her window instead of using the dustbin?
- पहले उसे समझाओ , नहीं समझे तो एक दर्जन केले दूसरों के साथ खाकर उसके घर के दरवाजे के सामने छिलके रख आओ ।

If you are aware that a friend is travelling in a bus/ train without a ticket?
- अगर नासमझ मगर सच्चा दोस्त है तो टिकटचेकर आने पर अपना टिकट दोस्त को देकर खुद जेल जाने को तैयार हो जाओ । कोशिश तो करो फिर देखो उसमें परिवर्तन । अगर कामचलाऊ दोस्त है तो मुँह घुमाकर रहो ।

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Free Mania

Like common table salt, sense of humour is the basic need in our daily lives. Here is an instance of mixing both. Today morning I bought a packet of Annapurna brand salt and gave it to him and went back to my study table then...

"Prem! Have you forgotten something in the shop or shopkeeper did not give it to you, the thing free with this salt packet!”?

"No! Nothing! I did not forget anything there ", I replied "What thing is it?"

"On the packet it's written in big letters -- "Free Flowing Iodized Salt" and where is this thing?" he quipped.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Ice vs. Fire

The Kashmir’s ice is enough soothing to the heart of every citizen of world. The ice when melts due to fire of guns turns into consistent tears. Kudos the diplomats of both countries who made the road link in the forbidden land. This is not only the road link but the invisible strong but fine strings tied between the separated lands. The borders created by us for so called countries and their self respect seemed permeable to our eternal feelings which relives beyond any boundaries. That’s abstract form of the ice, white and clear which every one of us like to posses, and which can’t think to harm anyone else on the earth.

On the other hand fire is powerful, no matter how small it is, even it’s a spark. It can spread more rapidly from one dry leaf to whole forest. Even if the forest leaves are not dry, the heat will make it dry and later burn it to ashes. It’s a symbol of power and ego and ownership. The hotness of fire is life if positive way. That’s an example is the Sun. But it’s effective and useful if it’s kept a distance and within control. Even sun’s heat is also available to any one half of the life only. That’s the beauty of fire. Its otherwise use is no way enhances the ordinary life.

They shot fires on the ice to melt it to disappear. And the ice melted and tears flown. But the targeted ice didn’t take much time to come out as the Bigger Ice Cubes in spite of fire. Of course the ice turned out cooler. Hope the coolness of ice spreads to every one of us.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Hindi Blogging Latest News

My post on Anugunj - 8 has been reviewed and it's available in आठवीं अनुगूंज: अवलोकन .
Got invitation for writing on and blogger's only hindi magazine Nirantar.
Participated in poem writing competition .

I wish I could have written my beloved Bangla too like this. Dekhi seta kaun din hoe.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

I have started Audio Blogging

Now you can hear my voice on net. That’s on a audio blog . Thanks to Jitendra Chowdhary who started this audio blog with his praiseworthy efforts. My first entry of duration 2.47 minutes on the audio blog is in the humor category with topic Bihar FM Radio . Find it on the menu of the inbuilt player there only. Choose and play it, of course with a headphone/speaker. The actual stream of the sound can be felt only if the listener has good bandwidth internet connection. The file being converted into .mp3 format, the quality is only slightly lower than the actual .wav format. I think I have tolerable voice .
If you want to send your entry too, please check out the instructions given there. Hope, I shall be able to hear the voice of my cohort bloggers too. After hearing the voice, be it of any quality gives the satisfaction and familiarity to the known persons. After all it's not going to be a TV or a actual radio presentation. Feel free to speak with us what ever you like to speak.

If you can hear my voice, let me know that.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

My first Anniversary - if you like to read !

Today is my first anniversary according to our cards and certificate. Neither I want to lie nor I want to hide any fact from you. I am celebrating it quiet a simple way. Once upon a friend of mine told me that I will get married twice after seeing the lines on side of my palm. So it’s better to tell you that it’s my first marriage. She is black, slim and quiet handy. She is cosmopolitan and belongs to International society. You can find her sisters almost all countries may be one near to you too. Her ancestral home is in USA. But her certificate shows that she is born in India. She is a Business Machine too. She can do thousands of business processing and calculations within seconds. Don’t mistake that she is an MBA from Harvard or Stanford or somewhere else. She never told about her qualifications but she knows the language of touch only. Even if I shall scream, she will remain deaf. She is not deaf actually she can tell back what anyone told near to her, that too accurately.

By nature she is quiet frank and modern. She likes to sit on my lap even in front of public. Even in my conservative Hindu family, my parents never complain anything regarding her position on my lap. Rather they will be happy on seeing me chatting with her long hours eye to eye. Now something about her health, she has got resistance to viruses and worms and she has got quiet good resistance too. I never needed to carry her to a doctor. But she is energy hungry, she will refuse to work if you don’t feed her for straight 2 hours. Therefore I tell her to take rest before she crashes and let her sleep. Good thing is that she can sing all kinds of songs and have always ready around 800 songs in her memory. She is always ready to sing well along with doing other works too. And I prefer to put lesser burden of works on her. She is a social and family person too and keeps the pictures of all my family members in her heart. Yes, sometimes Saas-Bahu problem is there, when Maa shall call me for lunch and I will be still talking to her. But I have one more complain about her that she never told me ‘those’ three words. Whether she can feel these lines what I am writing here, that too I don’t know. Despite all her faults I can see her merits only and can’t think to live without her a single day.

Anyway I like my first and only love and I am celebrating my anniversary with her.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Her Long Days

Minutes passed, so hours and days,
If years too pass in the decent maze.

Walked, swum, climbed and thrown,
Greenery will come, the seeds sown.

The peak of hopes, the beautiful climb,
Tired limbs, heavy eyes, soul sublime.

The dancing pains will be out of sight,
With the moments of the bright night.

Her moments being spent are precious,
For the single moment as auspicious.

Those eternal connections without wires,
Soothing as spring, enlightened with fire.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

The Indian Calendars – National and Traditional

Now I feel the need of this post. Most of my cohort readers may be having a panchang or panjika at home for religious or auspicious occasions. All panchangs can be different and quiet varying. Although each one follows some extraterrestrial references as the standard period calculation. Some take Sun’s movement in sky, and some consider the moon’s appearance or some consider both together as reference. Government of India to bring out a standard calendar out of different existing versions proposed the national calendar. This is mainly used in official purposes and to tell this calendar as national calendar like other national emblems and symbols.

Although even after the national calendar the traditional calendars are still used popularly which are of almost 30 types. Most of us are don’t know even the traditional calendars too. Ask an average Indian about all the traditional months serially, probabilities are high that one passes partially only. Try this test yourself too. The reasons are obviously simple as the need of those calendars is redundant. Interesting thing is that even then these Gregorian calendar followers will arrange the auspicious or religious occasions based upon the traditional calendars only. Here it means that the best time is calculated by our traditional calendars only. We feel the need that everyone be well versed with at least the Indian National Calendar although the rituals happen according to the traditional calendars given in second part.

Part 1

***************** NATIONAL CALENDAR *****************

  • The Indian National Calendar was introduced in 1957 by Indian calendar reform committee set up in 1952.
  • It is also called Rastriya Panchang. Panchang word is a derivative of Sanskrit word panchagam. Panchagam ( pancha = five , anga = limb , the five main limbs of Panchang are: (1) Solar Day (2) Lunar Day (3) the Asterism(a cluster of stars or a small constellation) on which the sun rises (4) the angle of the sun and moon (5) the half lunar day
  • This calendar have 365 days normally and 366 days in leap year.
  • It is a tropical calendar with fixed days and nights.
  • This months in a normal year are:

This chart below have Month’s serial no., Month’s Name , Number of days in the month, The starting day of the Indian month as per the Gregorian calendar, season associated with this month

  1. Chaitra --- (30 days) --- 22 March ----- Vasanta .
  2. Vaisakha ---(31 days) --- 21 April ------ Grishma.
  3. Jyestha ---(31 days) --- 22 May ------ Grishma.
  4. Aashaadha ---(31 days) --- 22 June ----- Varshaa.
  5. Shraavana ---(31 days) --- 23 July ----- Varshaa.
  6. Bhaadra ---(31 days) --- 23 August ---- Sharat.
  7. Aashvina ---(30 days) --- 23 September - Sharat.
  8. Kaaritka ---(30 days) --- 23 October ---- Hemanta.
  9. Agrahayana ---(30 days) --- 22 November ---Hemanta .
  10. Pausa ---(30 days) --- 22 December ---Sisir.
  11. Maagha ---(30 days) --- 21 January ----- Sisir.
  12. Phalguna ---(30 days) --- 20 February --- Vashanta.

  • The national calendar year starts with the month of Chaitra. The first day of Chaitra falls on 22 March in normal year and 21 march in leap year. Hence in leap year the first month ,i.e Chaitra is of 31 days.

Saka National = A.D.-78 (from 22 march to Dec.)( for leap year- from 21 march to Dec.)

= A.D.-79 ( from Jan. to 21 march)( for leap year- from Jan. to 20 March)

(Used in national calendar only)

Part 2

***************** TRADITIONAL CALENDARS *****************

Basically for religious purposes and festivals the other local variants are used. These calendars are of three types : Solar calendar and Lunisolar calendar

Lunar Calendar

Lunar calendars are based on the motion of lunar motion .i.e. moon’s motion. The lunar month is calculated as the period between two successive new moons or two successive full moons with average month length of 29.5 days. This calendar has 12 month too thus this calendar does not synchronizes with the tropical year of 365 days. Thus this type of calendar is short each year by 11 days compared to the later tropical calendar. The muslims calendar is a lunar calendar.

Solar Calendar

The Chitra nakshatra a bright star is opposite to sun and it is the point of measurement of relative elliptical movement of the earth round the year. In the movement the total 360degree of rotation is divided into 12 equals of 30degree angles each and in each new part of the angle the sun (relatively) enters into a new Rashi, hence the 12 months. The calculations of calendars are also include the different rules of Samkranti too. The solar calendars are still today used quiet widely.

Saka Traditional = A.D. - 78 (from mid April to Dec.)

= A.D. - 79 (from Jan. to mid April)

(Used in Orissa, Tamilnadu and Bengal)

Bengali San = A.D. - 593 (from mid April to Dec.)

= A.D. - 594 (from Jan. to mid April)

(Used in Bengal)

Kollam = A.D. – 824 ( from mid August to Dec.)

= A.D. – 825 (from Jan. to mid August)

(Used in Karela ,Malayali calendar )

Saka National = A.D.-78 (from 22 march to Dec.)( for leap year- from 21 march to Dec.)

= A.D.-79 ( from Jan. to 21 march)( for leap year- from Jan. to 20 March)

(Used in national calendar only)

Lunisolar Calendars:

Lunisolar months are lunar months and based upon the appearance of the moon. Interestingly there are two kinds of lunisolar months too.

1. Amanta lunisolar months: This months starts with a new moon months and ends with new months. This calendar is synchronized with the nirayana year i.e. with the leap year consideration too. Amanta months is divided into vadi (Sukla paksha) and sudi (Krishna paksha) . Vadi is the period of new moon to full moon (i.e. increasing moon shape), it is also called the waxing phase.Amanta month starts with sudi (sukla paksha)

Sudi is the period of full moon to next new moon (i.e. decreasing moon phase) , it is also called waning phase.

Now amanta lunisolar calendar the new year starts with the amanta month of Chaitra. Some states in calendars also use the amantha months of Kartika or Ashadha as beginning months of the year.

The Southern Amaanta Lunisolar Calendar is predominantly followed in

the South and South-West Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Salivahana Saka = A.D. year – 78 from Mar/Apr to Dec

= A.D. year - 79 from Jan to Mar/Apr

Year starting date : One day after the last new moon before the Mesh Sankranti

Used in Andhra Pradesh , Goa, Karnataka.

In West India, specifically, in the state of Gujarat, the Amaanta calendar is of two forms, one that starts with Aashaadha (Followed in the Kathiawar region)

and one that starts with Kartika (followed all throughout Gujarat).

Vikram Samvat (Ashaadha)= A.D. year +57 from June/July to Dec

= A.D. year + 56 from Jan to Oct/Nov

Vikram Samvat (Kartikadi) = A.D. year +57 from Oct/Nov to Dec

= A.D. year + 56 from Jan to Oct/Nov

2. Purnimanta Months:

This type of calendar uses the full moon ending months. Thus the month start with the day after full moon to the next full moon. Hence it too have vadi and sudi paksha(period) like amanta month. Thus purimantha month starts with Vadi (Krishna paksha).

The Purnimaanta Calendar is followed in most of North India. The variant of purnimaanta month calendars are:

Vikram Samvat (Chaitradi) = A.D. year +57 from Mar/Apr to Dec

= A.D. year + 56 from Jan to Mar/Apr

Year starting date : One day after the full moon day before the Mesh Sankranti.

Used in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal Delhi, Himachal Pradesh ,Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Rajasthan

Any enquiry / suggestions ?

Friday, April 01, 2005

The Encrypted Personal Post

Why do you Expect that something is written here!
Anyway you expect something written, Nice to know that!!
Let's celebrate APRIL FOOL.