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A Bachelor in Goa

Towards the end of our wanderings, the soul’s yearning is to record the lyrics of the song that was the joie de vivre of life. Here in this delightful memoir, a number of extraordinary incidents have been recalled in a manner which make them more scintillating in retrospect.

Two years may not be a long time, but in Goa the days are so stretched out that supplementary phaenomena can find room, and, as such, the basket may fill up faster.

What was a soliloquy has now become a dialogue between the writer and the reader.

Hi there!

I have posted nothing for days out here. The chief reason being that have been busy with composing/editing matter that is going to come here, hopefully soon. Rest assured, you’ll have many excerpts to read of my upcoming book that is a sequel to Survivors of a Mutiny. Cheers and have a good day!

If it was not for morality…

If it was not for morality, the most rewarding life would that be of a drugs baron. By any calculations, a worthy recompense of leading a righteous life cannot be bestowed here in this world because out here others are still undergoing the trial of their worthiness. Intermingling a recipient of the reward with those who are still struggling would throwback the already qualified man to the muddy soak pit where he will be at risk of getting sullied once again. As such, a worthy man has to make a clean break from this tantalizingly fantastic world.

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I am currently writing a sequel to ‘Survivors of a Mutiny’ published in 2018. In this story Kabir, son of a big-time farmer, wants to marry Angela, daughter of an English doctor during the period of the British Raj. The doctor doesn’t think it’s a great idea because, as per him, it is not such a good match. Kabir’s love pursuit is further spoiled by the skirmishes Indian folks are intermittently having with the ruling British forces which are affecting the growing differences. Though Angela would love to rule at the farm, she is circumspect about jumping into a new alliance in a recently adopted country.

So how can we bring the odd couple together? Need your suggestions, please.

LIES

Alas, we’ve acceded to live in a world of lies,

Where truth forever knocks

At the door of just to recoup and energize.

Bag-full of perjury gets instant entry;

No matter if it is past midnight

And at the door is a drowsy sentry.

While truth in tatters spends many a cold night,

On the bench in the park across the temple

Where fair lady holds the balance at a height.

How long would the hearing be on wait?

What for is this endless case? Truth bewildered,

In an era of make-believe, it is rather too late.

Discard those unbecoming tatters,

For there’s so much more in the sack

Fast track to the commune holding the platters.

Never before was easier to grab power and wealth.

Wake up to deceive in a world full of lies,

Mockery is the way forward and to robust health.

Simply being born in a religion didn’t make it superior by any degree

Over the years many of us unwittingly got ensnared in the web of dogmatic approaches to beliefs and have been stagnating in a quagmire ever since. Some of these beliefs distinguishes religious identity while other beliefs rouse motivation for taking pride in race, colour and ethnicity. In each of these demarcated areas, the common strain is that for some reason ‘we are better than the others so we must have our way’. In a growing number of regions in the world, one or more of these diversities are exploited by power hungry leaders to ascend in status. In countries where sentiments of religious affiliations are extraordinary, the political climbers assemble a plan of growth based upon the emotion of faith or religious belief of what they calculate to be a major chunk of the population and, in order to give that plan moralistic sanction, tacit or explicit support of culpable priests is also obtained for its implementation in a spirit of religious duty. The priest, in turn, is pleased as the game plan guarantees a stimulus to status, prestige and coffers. While in countries where religion is not such an emotive issue, the political leaders stimulate the racial and/or nationalistic chords of the group which they consider to be in a majority and rope in big businessmen to fund their campaign in lieu of an assurance of economic largesse subsequent to grabbing the power which would enable them to do so.

Though both of these strategies have worked to the benefit of wily leaders in many countries, the tactics have at the same time been making those regions increasingly inhospitable for those who do not agree with the method employed and strongly object to the age-old ploy of divide and rule. It is also believed in some quarters that religion has been the cause of the rift in society. For now, let us examine the role played by religion in fragmenting the society which in realistic terms benefited only a handful of people lucratively.

All of the major religions fundamentally agree upon four basic principles:

  • Belief in an Almighty Creator.
  • The Almighty created the universe, including all living and non-living things in the world.
  • Human beings, at some point of time, have worshipped or in other words paid obeisance to the one who they believe created them.
  • The basic teaching of all religions is to guide mankind on how to pursue a righteous life which is in harmony with fellow beings.

Atheists may not believe in a creator, but ironically, they too religiously try to pursue a righteous life just to prove that they don’t need to believe in a creator or necessarily adhere to any specific religion. However, they too are vulnerable to standing in line as per roll calls of race and colour.

Looking into the above fundamentals, the basic doctrines of various religions should have worked as a cohesive force for the society, but in reality the opposite has happened. The fault lay not in the religions but in the exploitation of visibly apparent ceremonials of religion by power hungry people. And as this exploitation has benefitted these people they would continue to plunder on this course and thereby would widen the rift that it creates. The purpose is only to harness more and more supporters who, ultimately, exult in the adversity of strangers but, when on the back foot, never fail to sing paeans of the exploiter.  

But have we not had enough of this degeneration? Except for a handful people, has the generation of this cleverly disguised conflict ultimately profited anyone socially or economically? Why must man be pitted against man to circumvent much more pressing demands of the society? Has not exploitation of emotion, held as sacred, been the bane of a society which primarily wants to live in peace? If correction of this schismatically worsening trend is the need of the day, it has to come about by those who are fed up with it.

Black Lives Matter kindled a hope. Perhaps survival of a pleasant life needs more of such matter.