Friday, August 22, 2008

एक अनुभव!!!

This is the first article I wrote in Hindi almost a year and half back for Parichay's Newsletter :)

परिचय के साथ मेरे रिश्ते की उम्र अभी दो साल हो गई है! परिचय को जानना मेरी ज़िन्दगी का पहला मौका था जो मुझे कुछ बच्चों के पास ले गया! मैं इसके पहले भी कुछ सामाजिक कर्यों से जुडा हुआ था, लेखिन कहीं पर भी मैंने बच्चों के साथ काम नही किया था! इसीलिए पहली बार जब मैं परिचय गया थो मुझे बहुत अच्छा लगा और बहुत खुशी मिली! मैं उस दिन को अभी भी याद कर पार रहा हूँ जिस दिन सुबह हम लोग परिचय पहुंचे थे... पहले बार मैं बच्चों से मिला और विजय भैया से भी! मैं बच्चों को कुछ सिखाने के विचार से ही परिचय गया था, लेखिन वहां पहुँचने के बाद ही मुझे पता चला कि मैं बच्चों को कुछ सिखा नही सकता.. और उसी दिन यह भी पता चला कि मुझे इन बच्चो से बहुत कुछ सीखना है, ऐसा कुछ जो मुझे अब तक मेरी जिंदगी नही सिखा पाई! उस दिन से आज तक मैं परिचय कुछ सीखने के लिए ही जा रहा हूँ और वापस कुछ सीखकर ही आता हूँ, जो पिछले चौबीस सालों मैं पाठशाला और प्रयोगशाला ने नही सिखाया!
मैं बाल मनोविज्ञान नही जानता लेखिन यह कह सकता हूँ कि रानी, मोनी, सोना, हीरा, बुलबुल, तरुन्नुम और मोनू को शायद मैं अच्छी तरह से जानता हूँ! एन बच्चों मैं एक आग है जो हमेशा जलती रहती है! मैं इस आग कि तपिश को इनसे बात करते समय और कक्षा मैं सीखने के दौरान इनकी लगन को देखकर महसूस किया! जब मैं इन बच्चों से मिला था तो मुझे पता नही था कि इनमे से कही बच्चें अपने स्कूल मैं सबसे अच्छे नम्बर पर आते हैं! लेखिन उसी समय महसूस किया कि ये खुद को साबित कर सकते हैं, और बाद मैं पता चला कि ऐसा ही हो रहा है!
मोनी ने पूछने पर बताया कि वह डॉक्टर बनना चाहती है! मैं तो सिर्फ़ इतना जानता हूँ कि हमारे देश मे स्कूल में जाकार किसी पहली कक्षा के बच्चों से भी पूछो कि वह क्या बनना चाहते हैं तो जवाब मिलेगा कि वह या तो डॉक्टर, या फिर इंजिनियर बनना चाहता है, यह अलग बात है कि उसे डॉक्टर - इंजिनियर का मतलब नही पता होता! लेखिन जब मोनी ने मुझसे कहा थो मैं महसूस कर पाया की वह सब कुछ समझती है और समझकर ही कहती है! मैं सब लोगों से कहने चाहता हूँ की यह लड़खी एक दिन ज़रूर डॉक्टर बनेगी!
विजय भैया से मिलने के बाद मुझे ये लगा कि उन जैसा एक भी काम अगर हमारे गाँव मे शुरू कर दिया ना तो हमारे देश के हालात बदल जायेंगे! विजय भैया के बातें सुनने के लिए ही मैं काफ़ी बार परिचय गया हूँ! उनके विचारों सुनकर किसी भी आदमी के मन मैं अपने देश के लिए विशन आ जायेगा! मैं बच्चों और भैया को धन्यवाद् करना चाहता हूँ उन्होंने मेरे हिन्दी को टोलेरेट किया और उससे सुधरने मैं मेरी मदद भी कि! इसी कोशिश के चलते विजय भैया मुझसे हिन्दी में यह सब लिखवा कर सफल भी हो गए...और विजय भैया का मतलब ही है "सफलता"!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A Day with Bhopali's during their hunger strike

We called for a Global Action Day on 28th June, 2008 for the Bhopali’s sitting on indefinite hunger strike. We decided to call for solidarity fast that day with lot of people showing interest and enthusiasm. We decided to go to the dharna site at Jantar Mantar and sit with the bhopali’s the whole day. We managed to reach there by around 12.00 noon after a few work back home. I was on my second day of fast [I was having a 3 day fast from 27th to 29th].

As I’ve been going there regularly, now most of the people around recognize me. We sat around and soon more AID Delhi volunteers started to join us. Darshan, Kannan, Anand went to Sathyu and started to discuss with him. Later Abhinav and Anuradha joined them. I simply lay down and had a quick nap [to compensate my sleep for the last night]. Then I too joined the discussion there. I was slightly feeling some head ache due to my fast as I usually get head ache if proper food is not taken.

Around 12.30 we had media people around for a press conference and the children sitting at dharna announced to the press they would be now moving to prime minister’s house to hand over the hearts made by the school children of Delhi and by the Bhopal children’s as Prime Minister have lost his heart. They’ve made a large number of hearts and after the initial hiccups with the policemen they went along with the policemen and handed over the hearts at the P.M’s home.

After a couple of minutes when they came back, they were thrilled to explain every moment to Rachna and others about what happened there. Satabdi and Debamitro too joined us. Then we decided to wear pla-cards on our shoulders and sit on the truncation part of the road so that people who pass by can read the message. Me and Debamitro walked down and were preparing to sit, by then I got a call from Nitin saying that the children from Aashayen [one of our AID Delhi’s educational initiative] are here to make heart for the Prime Minister. The children from Bhopal explained them about the dharna and the issues and soon the children from Aashayen made heart for the P.M quickly and they left. We also had Nishant and Sherry joining us by then.

We were by then quite a number of volunteers there and started to have what is our stand an the issue?. Are we anti-DOW or are we looking for the clean up first?. Lot of questions rose from the volunteers and Shalini [Coordinator, SFB] joined us the discussion and we had a good brain storming on corporate accountability.

Finally we signed off in the evening around 6.00 and for lot of volunteers it was a life time experience to sit with the people who are on indefinite hunger strike. Our support for Bhopal and Bhopali’s will always remain the same.

Now it is the time when we are rejoicing victory of our struggle.......

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Expressions Unlimitted!!!

A Sorry for holding this post for such a long time

Was in a dilemma whether to post it or not, but as I’ve mentioned this entire blog would be based on my experiences and my journey, I’ve decided to post it.
I did my primary education in A.V.Rm.V Matriculation School, which was a co-ed school. I did my schooling till class V in it which actually molded this mud into Selva and as I was not able to afford the fees there my parents decided to move me to P.L.W.A Hr. Sec. School which was / is in Vickramasingapuram, a few kilometers away from Ambasamudram. It’s a very famous school in our Taluk which provides not only quality education but also quality human values [as per my personal observation]. It’s again a co-ed school but here the system doesn’t allow a boy to talk to a girl. There were strict rules that were followed with sever punishmentsJ, But still I was never hesitant / felt shy in talking to a girl as my experience in previous school was different. I was the shortest of the class and used to sit in front bench and once the interaction with the new faces started to develop, we mostly used to avoid / ignore talking to girls because there was no need for it and more over the system was also a bit responsible for it and above all the comments which would come from our other male counterpart was in mind.
It was a time when we moved to class 8. By the time I had a few of thick friends in the circle and I remember we 5 guys in a bench were named as “Panjapandavargal” [Five Pandavs], though the group started to split after class 7th because of the rearrangement in our seating. It’s almost the time when one gets into the real teen age. When everyone start to see the mirror and felt excited about budding mustache. I was not an exception on that. I always dreamt of having a mustache and feel so happy to see when it’s budding and also have felt jealous of fellow classmates who had more and a bit dense. Despite all these things, I was somehow never attracted towards girls.
That’s the time when she joined our class. She was fair, not so tall and with average built, but at that point of time she was just another girl in the class [at least for me]. One fine morning it was quite surprising to see the girl on the stage during an event and sing a western song. At that time western songs was something unheard and unusual to us [though we did study in an English medium school]. Though she was not at her best but was quite commendable. I was a bit eager to know her history by then and did found out too J [that’s human problem]. It was by then obvious that I wanted to develop a friendship with her [nothing else by that time], and wanted to interact. Suddenly when thinking of talking to her, I don’t know where the hell the shyness crept in and finally ended up in not even approaching her. I was very much excited about the all new expression in the face and mind which I conveyed to my bench mates [with whom one need to spend all the day]. Then started to glow the “dimaag ki batti”. Slowly I started to build a strategy to approach.
It was with a help of the local boy who used to interact with one of our class mate as she resides nearby his house [I was from Ambasamudram as I mentioned]. I first started to talk to that girl and slowly got in touch with her. She was not a localite and she also travels the same route which I travel. It’s all those general blah blah’s which started to build our friendship.
Those two years were in fact one of the best phases of life [Class VIIIth to Class Xth]. I don’t know what happened and how it happened but the truth is we really enjoyed our friendship [rather relationship, though nothing were in our minds], but at times people do talk something. It was all of a blushing situation at times but those were wonderful expressions. Within no time, we started to talk a lot [though officially in the school premises boys are not supposed to talk to girls], and express each to other in a special manner [might be infatuation, but I was sure it was not that and I didn’t have an idea of what she thought of it].
The most beautiful and highlight of the things are the glimpses which flashes every now and then from both the sides J and particularly when some boring class is going on [mostly being social science class, as he used to really kill us with his stories, but we enjoyed it a lot :D]. Not to forget, early in the morning once I enter into the class, the eyes search for her and once it spots her the head nods a “Good Morning!”, and when her eye nods and reply with a million dolor smile in the face, my day starts. [ I don’t know to name the feel and the expression, but those were with no limits and no ends, I also don’t know how does she felt about it]. I also remember a day when I went to her house and we chit chatted for about more than 6 hours [usually I never go to any of my friends house as my parents didn’t allow me to]. One of my class mate stayed very close to her house and used to ask what’s happening dude?, but it’s like nothing man!!!. We’ve shared almost a lot of talking together. I’ve also told her a lot of things which I didn’t share with some of my male counter parts. That doesn’t mean that I avoided / ignored them, but this was something special. I have great buddies on my male counterpart with whom I really enjoyed everything at school [it will be another special article which will come up soon].
After 10th I went on to join my Diploma in Chennai and almost lost contact with most of my friends and my family moved to Erode which is far away from Ambasamudram. I wrote a few letters when I was in college but somehow I never got a reply. She was an above average student and I thought she might do her engineering but she didn’t [I got to know this from a few of my friends]. I still had touch with a very few of my best pals in school and through them I started to gather most of my class mates. Thanks to the web and mail service providers. We started yahoo groups and Google groups for our childhood buddies and now are in touch with each other. Still I couldn’t find her. Tried her house number a couple of times…. Not in use……..

Still I don’t know what is that relationship… it was definitely more than friendship with Expressions Unlimited!!!!!