Monthly Archives: November 2011
This year salt lake’s CA block played host to a handicrafts exhibition that had exhibits from practically every region of the country ranging from small home decors of delhi to large wooden sculptures of deities from tirupati and Tamil Nadu. The beauty of such a wonderful exhibition is how we can get a glance of all the rich heritage and cultural diversity of our country and at the same time notice the typical things that hold them together and make it one large heritage.
Sitting on a typical charpayi with the winter sun on my back just observing the artistic brilliance around me,I see an old man working away on a chakra making khaadi. Eventhough I’ve heard numerous stories about it in the Gandhi era,it was still a wonder to see how it actually works.
Behind me stood a store with very large wooden statues of ganesh and tirupati. I ask the good man at the store about them,each statue is about 6 feet tall,made out of a single piece of wood. A craftsman takes about 6 to 9 months to properly sculptor and design something like that.
On my way to the food park,I sit with a plate of rajasthani dal baati churma,a rather new dish for my taste buds. After having this spicy yet sumptuous dish,I made my way to a stall from Orissa that specialized in tiny brass figures of various shapes. These figureines looked like they had a story of their own to tell.
As the sun started setting and darkening the day,the festival had just started getting more colourful. The evening stars were greeted with baaul sangeet and soon after by a rajasthani folk dance performance with elder men on the instruments and young little girls dancing to their tune. It was a true spectacle of cultural brilliance and young talent. It was aspecially wonderful to see these young ones approaching the stage,like superstars of their very own world. The music of the been helped allure audiences from all around the park.
I ended my most wonderful tour by watching a puppet show where the puppets were doing modern dance moves to the beat of a dhol. As the crowd increased and buyers started pouring in I left the exhibition greatly impressed by the cultural fusion it had to offer.
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Every year the biggest pollution threat for bengal,especially the ganga is the immersing of godly idols into the rivers. Every year thousands of deities are immersed into the rivers which leads to tons of toxic chemicals being dumped and affecting the ecosystem.
Considering this to be a great threat,the government has for years tried to find a suitable way of avoiding such level of intoxication in the rivers without going against the rules of religion. Most of these were not very effective until this year the plan of lifting the immersed idols by crane and properly disposing them.
This procedure was a grand success this year after durga puja,and the organizers received a thumbs up from the entire population of bengal.
One month later,the story was not quite the same. A week or more after the celebration of jagadhatri puja,neemtala ghat did not exactly look like a place where revolutionary steps had been taken clean the rubbish so soon back.
Lying there so close to the banks were tons of melted clay,wooden and hay figures and toxic colors. It was as though the water had been converted to slush. After what we saw a month back,this was surely not expected. So what was the use doing something that great if the goodwill job could not be maintained.
A matter of such grave concern,something that greatly affects the marine ecosystem and directly the people of bengal should be given more importance. The people concerned should realize that durga puja maybe the most celebrated festival but the others are not far behind,and larger the festivals,larger the idols and great the content of pollution.
At the end let me come to the moral of the story-no job is a good job until it is carried out at the right time all the time.
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It has been a default conception in the Indian society for many years that the youth or the young generation are nothing more than a large bunch of people who have been given the independence of adults but do not truly deserve it and hence should not be involved in various important decisions taken in the society. All the decisions are taken by the elderly on the grounds of being more educated or having more experience, the youth body is merely a body that political parties use to increase their support base. Over the past few years, this conception is greatly changing or rather is forcefully being changed by the youth themselves, where they are telling the policy makers how they can see through the flaws of their decisions and how they can very easily go against them. In today’s India, the youth stand to be the part of the public that needs maximum satisfaction; they tend to ask the maximum questions over a particular decision and do not think twice before telling a policy maker that he is wrong and threatening to withdraw support. By doing so, the youth that was once laughed at and shoed away by their superiors is today the subject of maximum concern and their support is the most vital. Keeping this rapid transition in mind, we turn our attention to the greatest problem that India as a country is facing, corruption. A problem it seems that even the prime minister is losing hope on. Every day the morning newspaper is flooded with news on how one leader or the other literally looted the Indian treasury over some huge scam and the tax payer’s money just disappears in thin air. After that the stories are all the same, CBI does a probe, finds the guilty one, trails start, they may get a sentence to some jail for the VIP’s and then we have news about how these people are spending their jail time. It went on like this for sometime till the youth started speaking up, in debates, news bulletins young India came out and just spoke their heart out not bothering if it hurt anyone’s sentiment, they were just interested in the fact that if a person has created a folly, that person should pay for it. Also to speed up the trail processes something that was taking a lot of time to properly take place. It was these small steps that gave hints to the government they are slowly losing support, yet nothing could prepare them for what Anna Hazaare had in store. Here was a man who completely took the government by storm in a very non-political fashion and he did it all with the support of the young brigade. I mean the thought of Anna Hazaare campaign reaching even the fraction of the success it has received seems to be too much to visualize.