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30 Mar 2018

The faulty system of education v/s CBSE paper leak - Rahul Sharma

I wasn't that prompt in blogging since a couple of months. Yet, now I am not that happy in making a post since the content here is not that graceful. Fortunately or unfortunately, I had an opportunity to have my schooling under various syllabuses -say both CBSE as well as the Kerala State! If I am not wrong, approximately 9 to 10 years had passed since we had written our 10th standard board exams under CBSE. There was a time when CBSE was viewed as a prideful system of education. Even the kids of my generation (say born in late '80s or '90s) could relate themselves to the royal reign of CBSE. There was a time when the people in the neighborhood kept asking us like " Oye you belong to CBSE?" and if we say "Yes" then from the very next moment, they would start passing a look as if we belong to 'that class of the society' called "the modern upper middle class or the pretended society". There were talks like the CBSE v/s State v/s the ICSE among the local educated families and kids would debate over the royal standards of their own varied syllabuses and bargain over it and that was a common scene in the evening tuition classes.

Whatever, CBSE had always been a pillar to the Indian Education system since1960s. It had revised the textbooks and syllabuses many a number of times since its inception. I guess students still follow the same set of textbooks that we had followed back a decade ago. In the mean time, it had introduced various changes in the examination pattern and marking as well.

However, as per the recent turn ups such as the leakage of the question papers, I guess CBSE has to become more vigilant so as to keep up its credibility. It is their huge responsibility to bring back the trust which the students had in them. It is so devastating to know that the question paper leakages has now become a trending issue for each and every exams such as the SSC, Railways and various other recruitment exams. Yet, the filthy attack of the cheaters on one of the largest education boards of the nation is quite alarming.Where is the fault? What leads to such practices? It is heard that various coaching institutes too have their involvements in these question paper leakages. Primarily, we can see that the issue is nothing, but the unhealthy spirit of competition. Earlier, the competition prevailed among the studious kids and class toppers, but right now, the dirty spirit of unhealthy competition had spread its wings over the educators and parents as well. Coaching institutes take pride over their results and flaunt it on the the newspaper advertisements. 

On the other hand, teaching or educating and learning has become a mechanized process over the past decade to a large and vulnerable extend. According to the current scenario, students are viewed as clients while the educational institutions are seen as business organizations. This has turned into a corporate magma at national and international levels. 

Where are we going? The fee structure of IIM-A has increased from 4 lakhs to 21+ lakhs over the past 9 years. Same the case with the engineering and medicine as well. These days, everyone out there is either an engineer or a doctor. For Christ's sake, me too a software engineer, yet a literature bug by passion and profession. How many engineers work in their core area? How many MBBS grads manage to do an MD in their area of interest? The Indian system of education makes everyone a graduate, say merely with almost zero productivity. The question paper leakage has to be viewed in par with the overall faulty system of the Indian Education System itself. I remember someone said: "The Indian Education System lacks two things- Education and System! If someone manages to cross these odds, he or she will try to escape from India and this is the trend here". One cannot blame the students for following such trends. 

Personally, I have done my engineering just to realize what other things I could really do. I see many of my 'Engineered' friends working as a 'Software Engineer' irrespective of their trades! I have got friends who work in the banking sector after their engineering graduation. I know an MBBS graduate who is aspiring to become an actor. I know an economist doing social work in Bangalore and I know a literature graduate who had turned into a painter as well. I wondered once when a microbiologist friend of mine said that he wanted to do sound engineering after his degree. I even know a guy from Jodhpur who took up farming after dropping his degree Thus goes the scene and there is no mistake in any of these cases. The problem lies with the system of education where a single day could decide one's entire life. The entire future of a person depends upon a one day's performance and that too is mainly based on his/her ability to mug up raw and theoretical facts. Generally, irrespective of the syllabuses and courses, most of the examinations in India are more like a memory test and this has led to the abstraction of many a number of genuine talents in various fields.

The Indian system of education is still not free from the Mc Caulay's system, which was once introduced by the British, so as to produce enough number of clergymen for their service. This has led to the deterioration of the natural learning skills of a person, which was prominent in India during the Gupta era. This doesn't mean that we have to go back to the ancient system of 'gurukula', but this implies that specialized learning should be implemented on a larger scale. The system has to be changed. Unless we bring such changes which includes pragmatic learning and skill development in the grass root level, projects like 'Start up India, Stand up India' would remain just within taglines and campaigns. Also, our system is not bothered enough about character development and social behavioral skills of the students. Sex education, awareness about cleanliness and life skill learning are of much poor quality in a practical sense and it is so demeaning to know that a country with such a large population getting unaware of basic life and social skills. Most of the academicians in the private sector turn their blind eye towards these issues since it won't provide them 'returns' on an investment basis. On the other hand, here, in such a competitive world, where you apply for a job or course, you have at least 10 lakh people waiting for the same in the queue with you and when all of you are being evaluated on a single day's performance, which is immensely based upon reproducing acquired knowledge and facts from memories, there would be a natural tendency to stamp the person next to you. This tendency, on a wider and much intense situation, can turn into cheating and other sort of malpractices where the demand is much larger than the supply. Today, 10th standard and 12th standard means nothing other than scoring high marks and getting a good entrance rank and we don't really know where we are 'ENTERING' into!

When coaching institutions and corporate organizations in this field gets the taste of the business boom in this area, it can have certain negative impacts as well where a parallel underworld could be formed. The coaching institutes, private schools and other organizations are also the part of the same level playing field. There will always be a person around the vehicle driving test ground whom you could secretly bribe and manage to get the license without taking the test. Similarly, there would be a person wandering somewhere around most of the red-tape affected government offices who would help you to get your work done with a simple bribe. Undoubtedly, the education system is also corrupted in the same manner. A lot of private schools manage to get affiliation with much less facilities by bribing the boards for a recognition. Teachers are of less qualified and qualified teachers are underpaid as well. The worst case scenario is found magnified in the private sector.

We cannot blame the entire private sector at all. But, the voided system has to be blamed instead. When a question paper gets leaked, lakhs of students are affected. Lakhs of students could lose their faith in the system. How worse the situation could be, where the one being evaluated loses his/her trust in the system of evaluation! The CBSE is currently going through such a phase since such an incident is always inexcusable on any grounds. This is a social issue and need to be approached apolitically. Only an apolitical and diligent approach with a welcoming call for change in the entire education system could bring an effective and positive change. Otherwise, betting and mark-fixing days are not that far in the education field also!

It is to be noted that when there are lakhs of children who cannot have access to schooling due to poverty and various physical impairments, here comes another extreme where the entire educational  system itself is hanging on false fixtures! In either ways, all of us are equally responsible since all of us remain as a part of the system. Let us think different, act different and move different. As Tagore had said, let the nation awake at the point - "Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high, where knowledge is free."


- Rahul Sharma
Pic courtesy: Internet

18 Jan 2018

മനുഷ്യപക്ഷം - Justice_For_Sreejith - By Rahul Sharma

#മനുഷ്യപക്ഷം
ഈ മനുഷ്യന്റെ സമരം ഏതാണ്ട് ഒരു വർഷം മുമ്പാണ് ഞാൻ ആദ്യമായി വാർത്തയിൽ കാണുന്നത്. മറ്റേതൊരു സാധാരണക്കാരനെയും പോലെ എന്നെയും ഈ വാർത്ത സ്പർശിച്ചു. എങ്കിലും, 26/11 ഭീകരാക്രമണം പോലെ, ഡൽഹി കൂട്ടബലാത്സംഗക്കേസ് പോലെ, വ്യക്തിപരമായി ബാധികാത്തിരുന്നതിനാൽ ഞാനും ഇത് മറന്നു. പെട്രോൾ വില, ഡീമോണിറ്റൈസേഷൻ, അടുത്ത വെള്ളിയാഴ്ച്ച ഇറങ്ങുന്ന സിനിമകൾ, IPL, ISL എല്ലാം തിരഞ്ഞുപിടിച്ച് വായിച്ചിരുന്ന വാർത്തകൾ. അപ്പോഴും ശ്രീജിത്ത് എന്ന ഈ സഹോദരൻ തന്റെ സഹോദരന്റെ മരണത്തിനുത്തരവാദികളായവർക്ക് എതിരെ നടപടി വേണമെന്ന ആവശ്യവുമായി സമരപ്പന്തലിൽ തന്നെയായിരുന്നു. ഇദ്ദേഹം ഇവിടെ ഉണ്ടായിരുന്നു. നമ്മളും ഇവിടെ തന്നെ ഉണ്ടായിരുന്നു. അല്ലെങ്കിലും ഇറോം ഷർമിളയുടെ നിരാഹാര സമരത്തേക്കാൾ നമ്മൾ ശ്രദ്ധിച്ചിരുന്നത് കപട നേതാക്കളുടെ വാക്കുകളായിരുന്നു.

ശ്രീജിത്തിന്റെ സമരം 400ഉം 500 ഉം കഴിഞ്ഞ് 767 ദിവസം പിന്നിട്ടിരിക്കുന്നു. നിരാഹാരം ഇന്നേക്ക് 35 ആം ദിവസം. ശ്രീജിത്ത് ഇവിടെ കിടന്നിരുന്നപ്പോൾ കേരളം മാറിമറിഞ്ഞു. അതിനൊപ്പം ഞാനും. ആ കുറ്റബോധം പിന്നീട്  വർദ്ധിച്ചു. അങ്ങനെയാണ് ഇന്ന്, ഉച്ച തിരിഞ്ഞ് അധികം ആളും ബഹളവും മാധ്യമകോലാഹലങ്ങളും ഇല്ലാത്ത നേരം നോക്കി ഞാനും അവിടം വരെ ഒന്ന് ചെല്ലാൻ തീരുമാനിച്ചത്. ചെന്ന് കൈകൊടുത്തു, സംസാരിച്ചു. ഒരേ കഥ ഒരേ പോലെ ഒരു നൂറ് പേരോട് വിശദീകരിച്ചു ക്ഷീണിച്ച ശ്രീജിത്ത് എന്ന സഹോദരനോട് കൂടുതലൊന്നും ചോദിക്കാൻ തോന്നിയില്ല. എന്നാൽ, എന്റെ പ്രതീക്ഷയെ തകിടം മറിച്ചുകൊണ്ട് വാക്കുകളിൽ ദൃഢത നിലനിർത്തിക്കൊണ്ട് ശ്രീജിത്തും സുഹൃത്തുക്കളും കാര്യങ്ങൾ വിശദീകരിച്ചു തന്നു. അവരുടെ ആ സമീപനത്തിൽ ഞാൻ അലിഞ്ഞു ചേർന്നു. ഒരു മണിക്കൂറോളം ഞാനും അവിടെ സമരപ്പന്തലിൽ ചിലവഴിച്ചു. സെക്രട്ടേറിയറ്റിന് മുന്നിൽ അരാഷ്ട്രീയപരമായ (പാർട്ടിയില്ലാത്ത ) ഇത്തരം സമരപ്പന്തലിൽ ഇരിക്കുന്നത് മറ്റൊരു അനുഭവം തന്നെയാണ്. അതനുഭവിക്കണം. തിരുവനന്തപുരം നഗരം നിങ്ങൾക്കുമുമ്പിലൂടെ ഓടിക്കൊണ്ടിരിക്കും. KSRTC ബസുകൾ, ജോലിക്ക് പോവുന്ന ആളുകൾ, ബസ് കാത്ത് നിൽക്കുന്നവർ,  വഴിയോര വാണിഭക്കാർ, പഠിക്കാൻ പോവുന്ന കുട്ടികൾ, ജാഥ, സമരം, പോലീസ്, ലാത്തിച്ചാർജ്. സൂര്യൻ അസ്തമിക്കും, വീണ്ടും ഉദിക്കും, മഴ പെയ്യും, വെയിൽ വരും. എന്നാൽ സമരപ്പന്തലുകളിൽ ചലിക്കാത്ത ലോകമാണ്. ഇവിടെ ഭൂമി കറങ്ങുന്നില്ല. ആയുസ്സിന്റെ നല്ലകാലം കളയാൻ തയ്യാറായി നിൽക്കുന്ന സമരക്കാർ. അവിടെയുണ്ട് ശ്രീജിത്തും. 2014 May മാസത്തിന് ശേഷം ശ്രീജിത്തിന്റെ ലോകം കറങ്ങിയിട്ടില്ല. ചലനമില്ല. തിരസ്കരിക്കപ്പെടുന്ന നീതി. സ്വന്തം സഹോദരന്റെ മരണത്തിന്റെ ഉത്തരവാദികൾക്കെതിരെ നടപടിയെടുക്കണം. 10 ലക്ഷം രൂപ നഷ്ടപരിഹാരമായി ലഭിച്ചിട്ടും നീതിക്ക് വേണ്ടി ഇങ്ങനെ സ്വയം മരിക്കണോ എന്ന് ചിലരെയെങ്കിലും പോലെ ഞാനും സംശയിച്ചിരുന്നു. അവിടെയാണ് ഈ മുൻ Mr. TRIVANDRUM ത്തിന്റെ മനഃശക്തി ഞാൻ കാണുന്നത്. ഗാന്ധിജിയും, ബുദ്ധനും സഞ്ചരിച്ചപോലെ സമ്പത്തിനും സ്ഥാനത്തിനും മുകളിലായി നീതി ലഭിക്കുക എന്ന ഒറ്റ ആവശ്യത്തിനായി തപസ്സനുഷ്ഠിക്കുന്ന ഒരു ബുദ്ധസന്യാസിയായി മാറിയിരിക്കുന്നു ഇന്ന് ശ്രീജിത്ത്. ഈച്ചരവാര്യർക്ക് ലഭിക്കാതെ പോയതും ഇതേ 'നീതി' ആണ്. ശ്രീജിത്ത് ഒരു പ്രതീകമാണ്. ഇന്ന് ഞാനും നിങ്ങളുമടങ്ങുന്ന പലരെയും തന്റെ ഇച്ഛാശക്തിയാൽ ഇദ്ദേഹം തോൽപ്പിച്ചു കളഞ്ഞിരിക്കുന്നു. ന്യായം എന്ത് തന്നെയെങ്കിലും ആവട്ടെ, നീതി എന്നൊന്ന് ഉണ്ട്. അതിന് വേണ്ടിയാണ് ശ്രീജിത്തിന്റെ പോരാട്ടം. ഇദ്ദേഹത്തിന് ഇപ്പോഴും ഈ നാട്ടിലെ നീതിന്യായ വ്യവസ്ഥകളിലും സർക്കാരുകളിലും പൂർണ്ണമായ വിശ്വാസമുണ്ട്. ഒരു പക്ഷേ നമ്മളാരെക്കാളും. ഇനി വൈകില്ല. നീതി ലഭിക്കുക തന്നെ ചെയ്യും എന്നെന്റെ മനസ്സ് വീണ്ടും വീണ്ടും പറഞ്ഞുകൊണ്ടിരുന്നു. ഈ സമരത്തിൽ ഞാനും ഉണ്ട്. നമ്മളോരോരുത്തരും ഉണ്ടാവണം. ഇടതുപക്ഷമില്ല,  വലതുപക്ഷമില്ല, മനുഷ്യപക്ഷമാണ് ഉള്ളത്. ഈ കാര്യത്തിൽ അതുള്ള ഏത് പക്ഷത്തും ഞാനുമുണ്ട്.
യാത്ര പറഞ്ഞിറങ്ങുമ്പോൾ ഇനിയും ഇതേ സമരപ്പന്തലിൽ ഇതേപോലെ ഇദ്ദേഹത്തെ ഇനിയും കാണേണ്ടിവരരുതെ എന്ന് മനസ്സിൽ ആത്മാർത്ഥമായി ആഗ്രഹിച്ചു. അതേ ആത്മാർത്ഥതയോട് കൂടി ഞാനുമിപ്പോൾ പറയുന്നു  #ശ്രീജിത്തിനൊപ്പം
ഞാൻ ഇപ്പോൾ വീട്ടിലെത്തി ; നിങ്ങളും എവിടെയെങ്കിലുമൊക്കെ എത്തിക്കാണും; ഈ പോസ്റ്റ് വായിച്ചുകഴിഞ്ഞാൽ ലൈക്കോ ഷെയറോ ചെയ്ത് നിങ്ങളും പോവും. അപ്പോഴും ശ്രീജിത്ത് എന്ന പോരാളി അവിടെത്തന്നെയുണ്ട് എന്ന് നാം ഓർക്കണം. വരച്ചും, വായിച്ചും, ത്യാഗങ്ങൾ സഹിച്ചും.  ഒറ്റയാൾ സമരങ്ങൾ വിജയിച്ച പാരമ്പര്യമുള്ള നാടാണിത്. അതോർക്കുമ്പോളാണ്  പ്രതീക്ഷ. ഈ സഹോദരന് നീതി ലഭിക്കട്ടെ.
#He_Deserves_To_Be_Heard
#Justice_For_Sreejith
#Justice_Delayed_is_Justice_Denied.
-Rahul Sharma
PS: Those who want the contact number of Mr. SREEJITH, pls do inbox me.

24 Dec 2017

MAYAANADHI- the bold and beautiful river (an outlook) - By Rahul Sharma

As the title says, MAYAANADHI- is nothing but a raw magical journey through that magical river of romance; which is pristine, crystal-clear, yet with an abstract course of flow. So glad to say that Aashiq Abu has succeeded in bringing the best out of him through Mayaanadhi. Shyam Pushkaran and Dileesh Nair has once again proved their legacy through such a brilliant multilayered script. This would be one of the most promising and sincere love stories to appear in Malayalam in recent times and is supposed to stay as 'a pro-time classic' for pretty long time within the hearts of the audience. The film slaps on the face of all those 'so called' norms of 'fake moralities' in the society- say in a prudent manner and grabs its position with a backbone through its sincere way of storytelling sans gimmicks. It openly speaks about various strata in a man-woman relationship.

The story revolves around two characters - Mathew/Mathen (Tovino Thomas) and Aparna/Appu (Aishwarya Lekshmi) which itself is the highlight of the film because, the story just 'revolves' around the characters without getting 'into' them. Usually, while playing with romantic stuffs, scriptwriters often give catchy dialogues to their characters to render, thereby injecting their emotional status (spoon-feeding) into the minds of the audience. Unlike this usual scenario, here the scriptwriters Shyam Pushkaran and Dileesh Nair and the director Aashiq Abu have tried to reduce the emotional verbose, thereby allowing the actors to perform and behave maximum in a natural way, staying within the script. Undoubtedly, this has become one of the career best performances of Tovino, say in a character role which of course is the protagonist indeed. One cannot find a single trait of 'Tovino' in 'Mathan' which makes him one of the most bankable actors from the south. Same applies with the lead actress Aishwarya too. It is hard to believe that this is her second film. Aishwarya  has marked the character 'Aparna' with a stellar performance, which is almost irreplaceable. The characters 'Mathen' and 'Appu' were absolutely safe within the hands of Tovino and Aishwarya respectively. The duos had lived on screen even with perfect micro expressions bound to the script and we are so graceful to watch  such emerging lead artists performing on screen.

Music by Rex Vijayan was so synchronized with the pace of the film which did never appear as a mere filler. It did hit the marquee with the ethereal voice of Shahabaz Aman, which was mind pulling. Songs 'Kaattil..' and "Thoni niranju... pranan kavinju...." will never leave the ears of the audience even after they leave the theaters. Costumes by Sameera Sanish deserves a well applause for making the film colorful without loosing its true sense. Cinematographer Jayesh Mohan has done a good job in capturing the 'most wanted' moments with proper sense and last but not least, editor Saiju Sreedharan deserves an applause for making such a multi-layered romance flick interesting and engaging with prompt and proper cuts.

In fact, Mayaanadhi is a brave and stand out attempt from a vibrant and voracious crew under Aashiq Abu. He has once again emphasized his position as one of the most talented directors from the south. Now, the audience are to go with the flow of the river and engross the feel in its true sense. If Mayaanadhi gets a warm welcome, then that would certainly mark a new beginning of live and sincere attempts from more and more writers, directors and actors out there in the industry. Ashiq Abu has proved it before with his second movie- 'Salt and pepper' and now the flow has taken a new course and let this be a stand out deed.

Hats off- Team MAYAANADHI , for giving a promising and sincere watch.

#Wish_you_all_a_Merry_Christmas_and_a_Happy_New_Year
-By Rahul Sharma

16 Nov 2017

QARIB QARIB SINGLLE- feel fresh, free and fine! (an outlook) - by Rahul Sharma

QARIB QARIB SINGLLE- Got to watch yet another movie, directed by Tanuja Chandra from the house of JAR Pictures. So glad to say that Bollywood Rom-Com is still fresh and smooth when it gets into the right hands.  Tanuja Chandra and Gazal Dhaliwal had written the screenplay for the story by Kamna Chandra. Undoubtedly, Qarib Qarib Singlle (almost single) is one of the best movies of the year, with a brilliant screenplay and splendid performances of the lead actors- Irrfan Khan and Parvathy Thiruvoth.

Romantic comedies and journeys had always been one of the favorite genres of the Bollywood. But this one, is a real stand out and strikes the chord with few of those classic movies ever made. The script is so well written in such a way that one would feel like as if he/she is sitting in between the characters within. Viewers could easily connect and travel with 'Jaya' and 'Yogi'. Actors Irrfan Khan and Parvathy have done a splendid job on screen by living as 'Yogi' and 'Jaya' respectively. Parvathy, being one of the finest actresses from Malayalam, was so brilliant on screen in such a way that it never makes one feel  that this was her debut film in Hindi! She plays a Mumbai settled 'mallu' girl, while Irrfan plays a romantic vagabond with a layered background. Irrfan, of course needs no introduction and was really mind blowing. Irrfan and Parvathy were irreplaceable in the film.

The story picks up with the most modern relationship styles, say with the dating apps of modern days and takes us to the real ethnicity of human bonding. It deals with the perspectives of both- the man as well as the woman included in a relationship. It shows 'that' point of time when one could find oneself being in a relationship and the movie speaks a lot about the 'attitude of letting things go'. Ideas like - "Apni dil ki baat suniye" (Listen to the voice of your heart), "Jo karo, dil se karo" (Whatever you do, do it with your heart) and "Living in the moment" are few of those ideologies which many of the Bollywood film makers do try to establish through their stories but often end up with cliches and gimmicks where once the movie comes to an end, the characters cease to exist within the minds of the people. This is where QQS makes a difference. The movie is 100% fresh, sincere and natural and the makers can feel proud of it. Even the music by Vishal Mishra and the poetic lyrics by Hussain Haidry stays within the story and goes with the mood. It just vindicates the subtle concepts and the inner whirls of the characters-especially the song "jaane de" - towards the climax. Even the cinematography by Eeshith Narain was so crystallized in such a way that it had captured the whole life of the film sans gimmicks.

On a crispy note, QQS is a quiet, simple, feel good, cool and classy dish- being served fresh. It proves that Bollywood romance is still fresh sans heavy budget, item songs, glamour shows, foreign trips and unwanted fillers. Films like Qarib Qarib Singlle, Shaadi Main Zaroor Aana etc. should be welcomed in such a way that it would lay an offset for the upcoming range of Bollywood Romcoms.

PS: Special thanks- Tanuja Chandra, Gazal Dhaliwal, Shailja Kejriwal, Alan McAlex and Ajai Rai
- Rahul Sharma.
(pic courtesy: Jar Pictures)

2 Oct 2017

GANDHI Lives Here - Rahul Sharma

He was a phenomenon. Let me say, probably this would be the most demanding moment for a person like him. The current world needs a Gandhi. The present India is missing him more than like anytime in history. Some would tend to ask whether Gandhian ideas can have any more practical implications in today's world. My answer to them is nothing lesser to a hammering YES. Sometimes, the world itself requires a bit of introspection. There is hardly anyone who could have done so much of introspection into one's self as he had! As far as the Indian scenario is concerned, today, we live in a rotten broth of political insecurity. A political spectra that gets enlightened towards the right side so as to set the nation ablaze with fascism lies on one side; The left side of the political spectra has turned into a headless chicken with too many plucked feathers in it! INTOLERANCE has engulfed the entire system as a whole. Yet, when we see that round face with specs on a newly made 200 rupee note, the INDIAN hope starts regaining its strength. It vindicates that someone is there to check these out! Yes, that is the Gandhian principle. It remains as a 'scale zero' in the entire world politics. It helps someone to move towards either sides along an imaginary scale of ideologies.
Today, as I stood in front of Raj Ghat, say one of the most sacred monuments of modern India, being carefully maintained; I feel like the air here is pretty much positive so that once an Indian comes here, he will get that vibe which keeps on radiating within him. This is Gandhi. The Gandhiji. The man who lived his words. The man who was an epitome of self-introspection. The man who had passed with a lantern of smile that throws the light of non-violence all over the world becomes relevant in this age of narcissistic politicians.
As I stepped out of Raj Ghat, Somewhere along the opposite side, just in front of Raj Ghat, I saw an uneducated U.P native, trying hard to pull a heavy cycle rickshaw (inset) that left me orphaned of all those ideologies I had learned through books. I was in that rare sort of trans state while I plugged my headphones in and played this song from Rang de Basanti: "Luka chuppi, bahut hui.... saamne aa jaa naa...."
#GANDHI_JAYANTI_WISHES
Thank you Mahathma
Pic Courtesy: Valsala Mundott <3