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Monday, October 29, 2012

फासले

सूरज की गर्मी और बादल की नरमी
एक कली को फूल बना देती है

दुनिया के फासले और दिल की मोहब्बत
हर रिश्ते को मुक़म्मल बना देते है

मेहनत और मशक्क़त के ज़ख्म
कामयाबी के मरहम से भर जाते है

ज़िन्दगी का हर एक लम्हा
ज़िन्दगी का एहसास दिलाता है


ग़म से मायूस न हो मुस्तन
ग़म ही ख़ुशी का ज़रिया बन जाता है

Sunday, April 08, 2012

A Wandering Mind

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde

Such a simple quote that sets you free from the shackles of "have to be" and you start floating freely and aimlessly in celebration of this freedom "to be".

Celebration, as usual, lasts only for a few moments that make you happy and cheerful - make you forget the pain that you had to go through number of times to earn this moment of celebration. In this moment, everything is forgotten and everyone is forgiven. Sadly, this moment is also destined to the confines of good, cherishable  memories.

Memories are deceptive. Moments that you really want to forget crop up every now and then and make you cringe. Hastily you try to shrug it off by getting busy in doing something that you did not plan to do. Somehow those painful memories cry out louder to get your attention.

Once it succeeds in getting your attention, it curses you for causing such memories! How thankless these memories can be! You start protesting helplessly and put the blame on circumstances, people, god and those stars and planets where life is not known to exist. Naturally, the memory retreats unconvinced to return later with more questions, like an innocent child.

Children! They have lots of questions. The moment they start talking in their cute broken language, they start asking "what is this?" and "what is that?". You happily tell them the names of those objects which does not really mean anything to them. So, they become curious and try to get closer to those objects to investigate with their curious little minds and hands. You are horrified and scream - "its FIRE…don't touch!". The child turns back, looks at you in bewilderment and starts asking you a series of why questions. Why!? Because its hot! Why? It will burn you! Why?!  Why?!  Why is it this and why is it that?! You run out of answers and more importantly patience and throw up your hands and say - I don't know!

After many years you realize that you shouldn't have uttered that phrase. "I don't know" comes back at you like darts and bullets from every conceivable angles from the child who is now grown up. Who broke that glass? I don't know. Why did you fare so badly in your exams? I don't know. When will you be back from the party? I don't know. And you start banging your head against that "I don't know" wall in exasperation.

Controlling an exasperated mind is a real task. Sometimes it makes you sulk and go silent for days and sometimes it makes you yell at the top of your voice. Whichever way, it causes darkness of unpleasantness all around and envelops you. You become blind to everything. Love, joy and peace become invisible. You start feeling lonely, depressed and you stretch out your hand in darkness and hope for someone to bail you out. You try to shout out in desperation to get help, but your ego strangles you, chokes your voice. You wrestle with your ego for a while and finally give up and slip into a state resembling coma.

This bloodless, fleshless, shapeless ego is quite peculiar. It is always with you, 24x7. Its like a balloon. It grows bigger with every blow of appreciation and acknowledgement. Many times it takes help of wind of malice to rise higher. Its so fragile that a pinprick of criticism can take its wind out. But, it keeps coming back like a bad penny. It claims to be your only savior, but more often than not it is trying to drown you. It keeps you drowned in the cesspool of false glory mixed with unfounded fears.

I sit down and think about being free from the clutches of this fragile ego. In order to be myself, I need to come out of this cesspool and let the harsh realities strike me like rays of afternoon sun, burn every drop of false glory and unfounded fears from every pore of my existence and tear off that deep seated mask of pretense from my being.

In short, I need a break ;-)

Musten Jiruwala

Friday, March 02, 2012

The Rotary Service Awards


In 2003, Rotary Club of Bangalore, the premier Rotary Club in Rotary International District 3190, decided to recognize excellence in the vibrant voluntary sector of the city – to identify and honour organizations working for the community - and give an annual ROTARY SERVICE AWARD. As the voluntary sector is very large – over 2000 NGOs in Karnataka and 1000 in Bangalore – they select one group or activity each year for recognition.

Rotary Club of Bangalore, recognizes eminent people and organizations in many areas, annually. The club give the Corporate Citizenship Award to a company who achieves social responsibilities with excellence, the Citizen Extraordinaire Award to true leaders in Bangalore, and the Vocational Service Award to people working in services like the BBMP or State Transport, or in an NGO. Equally, they recognize young persons for their scientific inventions, debating and quizzing.

For this year we invite applications by March 31st, 2012. The award is scheduled to be given in the last week of April 2012.

The objectives of the Rotary Service Awards
The average citizen is sadly unaware of the excellent voluntary work going on around us. The Rotary Service Award was instituted to give deserving voluntary organizations due recognition, some publicity of their work, and to help increase awareness and support for such initiatives in our city. To fulfil this aim, Rotary Club of Bangalore has collaborated with ‘Bangalore Cares,’ a voluntary organisation, which believes the voluntary sector is a vital and vibrant part of society, contributing significantly to solving human problems in the community. The organization also organizes training and research, and has produced directories of voluntary organisations; in addition, they help Rotary District 3190 to organise SEVA SETHU - a meet of voluntary organizations with companies, government, media and
interested public.

In the case of the Rotary Service Awards, Bangalore Cares helps Rotary Club of Bangalore to collect data from voluntary organisations in Bangalore, to get nominations for the awards, and then select the winner of the Award.

The criteria for the awards
The Rotary Service Awards are given on the basis of defined parameters to be fulfilled by eligible voluntary organisations:-

  • Inspiration: They will be setting a high standard of service and effectiveness, perhaps made possible by strong and committed leadership
  • Impact: They will be able to demonstrate a major impact on government policy or public understanding or service to the community, leading to positive change for the community at large, especially to the benefit of disadvantaged people and groups.
  • Innovation: The voluntary organization will demonstrate advances in approach or technique, possibly applying ideas originating from other social, corporate or Government sectors.

After a final short list of the awardees is made, this is referred to a respected citizen of Bangalore, like Justice Michael Saldanha, Dr Samuel Paul, Rtn PDG Rajendra Rai, for finalizing the selection. The awardee is then finally approved by Rotary Club of Bangalore, which presents the award at a Club Meeting. The Award is a plaque and donation. Two awards have been planned. The first for INR 25,000 and the second of INR 15,000.


A sterling track record of deserving candidates

In 2003, when the Rotary Service Award was first awarded, it was given to the best NGO working for the Environment. Eco-Watch (Mr Suresh Heblikar), was selected for the award. In subsequent years, this Award has been given to CUPA (Ms Suparna Ganguli and Ms Sheila Rao) and Karuna (Ms Jaya Bhattacharjee) for animal welfare; Nightingales (Dr Sudha Murthy) for Care of Senior Citizens; Akshara (Ms Rohini Nilekani) in the field of primary education; Janaagraha (Ramesh and Swati Ramanathan) for Civic Affairs; BOSCO (Fr Edward) for street children, ASHA (Ms Jayashree Ramesh) for autistic kids , Spastics Society of Karnataka (Ms Rukmini Krishnaswami/Ms Indira Dave) for spastic children, AMC (Mrs Rupandi Padaki) for the Mentally Challenged, and Unnati (Mr Ramesh Swamy) and Shrishti (Ms Suchitra Somashekaraiah).

This Award is organized by the Vocational Awards Committee of the Rotary Club of Bangalore, and this year, they have chosen the group of NGOs working on critical counseling. Again, Bangalore cares is helping select the best NGOs in this field, using the same high standards as in the past.

Last date for filing your nomination is 31st March, 2012.
For details, please email me at musten.jiruwala@gmail.com

Thank you all for making a difference in the society.