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Patriotism.

Patriotism, to me, simply means love for one’s country - a supportive, respectful love, that is big enough, and secure enough, to also question, challenge, and face the shadows of the past or present, without fear of rupturing that deeper connection.  If your love of country, like your love for a person, is based mostly on ideals and images, it is unstable and therefore needs to be rigidly defended.  It may be loyal, but it isn’t wise.  For me, healthy patriotism is somewhat like the healthy, intimate love one has for one’s husband or wife:  you have a strong commitment to their well-being, and you have an intimate knowledge of their strengths and weaknesses that grows out of relationship rather than ideals or wishful thinking.  In our present age of global interdependence and multi-culturalism, patriotism is ideally balanced by worldcentrism:  a recognition that our beloved country is part of a larger world community, and that we are part of a larger human family (as well as an ecological community).  These two loves, for the country and for the world, can check and inform each other.  But it isn’t easy:  if we favor worldcentrism at the expense of our country’s needs, we may undermine our security and well being; and if we favor patriotism without regard for the larger world community, we also run the risks of ultimately bringing harm to ourselves, either through negatively impacting the planet, or through alienating ourselves in the world community. Love for country is just one ring in a series of overlapping circles of concern, from love of self to love for all, but it is an important one, and should not be forgotten or neglected in our move towards a more global perspective…

Love Is Like A River

Every lover feels that something is missing, because love is unfinished. It is a process, not a thing, Every lover is bound to feel that something is missing. Don’t interpret it wrongly. It simply shows the love in itself is dynamic. Love is just like a river, always moving. In the very movement is the life of the river. Once it stops it becomes a stagnant thing; then it is no longer a river. The very word river shows a process, the very sound of it gives you the feeling of movement.

Love is a river. So don’t think that something is missing; it is part of love’s process. And it is good that it is not completed. When something is missing you have to do something about it-that is a call from higher and higher peaks. Not that when you reach them you will feel fulfilled; love never feels fulfilled. It knows no fulfillment, but it is beautiful because then it is alive forever and ever.

And you will always feel that something is not in tune. That too is natural, because when two persons are met, two different worlds are meeting. To expect that they will fit perfectly is to expect the impossible, and that will create frustration. At the most there are a few moments when everything is in tune, rare moments.

This is how it has to be. Make all efforts to create that intuneness, but always be ready if it doesn’t happen perfectly. And don’t be worried about it, otherwise you will feel more and more out of tune. It comes only when you are not worried about it. It happens only when you are not tense about it, when you are not even expecting it-just out of the blue.

Blurry!

I walk by a hazy path,
all that twinkles are the stars.
Looking around to sight you..
The night falls and shut my eyes!

Like the lotus on the water,
You seem so beautiful.
I knelt down to pluck you,
but you were chained to the ground!

I heard you come towards me..
The happiness now euphoric.
I ask you where you have been?
And you said, ‘right beside you’. :)

Born to win, conditioned to lose

An eagle’s egg was placed in the nest of a prairie chicken. The egg hatched and the little eagle grew up thinking it was a prairie chicken. The eagle did what the prairie chickens did. It scratched in the dirt for seeds. It clucked and cackled. It never flew more than a few feet because that is what the prairie chickens did. One day he saw an eagle flying gracefully and majestically in the open sky. He asked the prairie chickens: “What is that beautiful bird?” The chickens replied, “That is an eagle. He is an outstanding bird, but you cannot fly like him because you are just a prairie chicken.” So the eagle never gave it a second thought, believing that to be the truth. He lived the life of and died a prairie chicken, depriving himself of his heritage because of his lack of vision. What a waste! He was born to win, but was conditioned to lose.

LIFE IS A STRUGGLE

A biology teacher was teaching his students how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. He told the students that in the next couple of hours, the butterfly would struggle to come out of the cocoon. But no one should help the butterfly. Then he left.
The students were waiting and it happened. The butterfly struggled to get out of the cocoon, and one of the students took pity on it and decided to help the butterfly out of the cocoon against the advice of his teacher. He broke the cocoon to help the butterfly so it didn’t have to struggle anymore. But shortly afterwards the butterfly died.
When the teacher returned, he was told what happened. He explained to this student that by helping the butterfly, he had actually killed it because it is a law of nature that the struggle to come out of the cocoon actually helps develop and strengthen its wings. The boy had deprived the butterfly of its struggle and the butterfly died.

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle.” 

Apply this same principle to our lives. Nothing worthwhile in life comes without a struggle.

I Wonder Where The Time Has Gone

Reminiscing My School Days..!! How does time change itself and people is no less than a mystery. It certainly has a knack of bringing a mighty change in one’s life. Though it can’t obliterate one’s memories, whether or not they are painful, from one’s mind- yet at times it blurs them…

But my school days’ memories, even today, are extremely vivid in my mind. If only time was in my hands, I would go back to my school days. I miss those days which have been turned into memories. Memories that will never fade away (as long as i am breathing). It makes me feel so fresh, reminiscing those days, when life was free from all worries, fears and responsibilities (though examinations were and are still deemed to be the toughest part in students’ life, they had never been an issue for me). When earning dough was not my subject. When, besides studies, activities like playing, having fun with a bunch of friends, bunking classes, spending more time in the canteen and library ( where I would hardly read any stuff) were my main concerns.
It seems like all this happened a few days back. Even today everything about my school is so apparent in my mind.
I know those days are gone and will never come back…!!

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

In some respects, Hubbard discovered himself on that unlucky voyage, which he termed a “glorious adventure.” His infatuation with motion pictures first became evident on this trip, although no movies were actually made. Despite the defections, Hubbard demonstrated an impressive capacity to summon others to join him on what was clearly a shaky enterprise. Throughout his life he would enlist people—especially young people—in romantic, ill-conceived projects, often at sea, where he was out of reach of process servers. He was beginning to invent himself as a charismatic leader. The grandeur of his project was not yet evident, even to him, but in the Caribbean Motion Picture Expedition he clearly defined himself as an explorer, sailor, filmmaker, and leader of men, even though he failed spectacularly in each of those categories. He had an incorrigible ability to float above the evidence and to extract from his experiences lessons that others would say were irrational and even bizarre. Habitually, and perhaps unconsciously, Hubbard would fill this gap—between reality and his interpretation of it—with mythology. This was the source of what some call his genius, and others call his insanity.

- L. Ron Hubbard: Entrepreneur.  

Joy - Living Life…

Some people try to find joy in “things”.  Material things.  They may find joy for a moment, but not the kind of joy that lasts a lifetime.

Joy is a “source” of happiness.  Having joy doesn’t mean we are happy all of the time.  It means we have that deep down connection inside of us, knowing that God is truly our inspiration for all things.  He is the one who brings us joy.  Often times we have difficult situations thrown at us and those are the times when it is hard to find that joy. We need to stay strong and courageous in our daily living.  There is nothing that is given to you that you are unable to handleabsolutely nothing!  Believe that, Beloved!  Dig down deep within yourself to find joy in every circumstance and in every situation. 

God loves you more than you can imagine.  That should bring you joy to last a lifetime.

Humble,Emotional and Sensible - Sachin Tendulkar Speech

“Friends please settle down, I’ll get more emotional. It’s hard to believe my wonderful journey is coming to an end, my life between 22 yards for 24 years has come to an end. I’ve a list of names to thank. The first is my father, who passed away in 1999. Without his guidance I wouldn’t be standing in front of you. He said ‘chase your dreams, don’t give up, the path will be difficult.’ I miss him today. My mom, I don’t know how she managed a naughty child like me. She just prayed and prayed from the day I started playing the game. For four years I stayed with my uncle and aunt when in school, they treated me like their own son. My eldest brother Nitin doesn’t like to talk much but he said, whatever you do, I know you will give 100%. My first cricket bat was presented to me by my sister Savita. She still continues to fast while I bat. Ajit my brother – we have lived this dream together, he sacrificed his career for me — he took me to Achrekar sir first. Even last night he called me to discuss my dismissal. Even when I’m not playing we will still be discussing technique. If that hadn’t happened, I would have been a lesser cricketer.

“The most beautiful thing happened to me when I met Anjali in 1990. I know that being a doctor there was a big career in front of her. But she decides that I should continue playing and she took care of the children. Thanks for bearing with me for all the nonsense I’ve said (Anjali wipes tears). Then the two precious diamonds of my life Sara and Arjun. I’ve missed out on several birthdays, holidays, annual days. I know for 14-16 years I’ve not spent enough time with you. But I promise you I will spend the next 16 or whatever is left. “My in-laws — I’ve discussed several things with them. The most important thing they did was allow me to marry Anjali. In the last 24 years my friends have made terrific contributions. They have been with me while I was stressed. They have been with me even at 3 AM when I was injured. Thanks for being there for me. “My career started when I was 11. I was extremely delighted to see Achrekar sir in the stands. I used to ride on his scooter and play two matches a day. Sir took me along to make sure I played. On a lighter note, Sir never said ‘well played’ because he didn’t want me to be complacent. You can push your luck now, Sir, since I’m not playing cricket anymore. “I started my career here in Mumbai. I remember landing from NZ at 4 AM and playing a Ranji game the next day. The BCCI was fantastic from my debut. Thanks to the selectors. You were right with me making sure my treatment was taken care of. “Thanks to all the senior cricketers who have played with me. We see on the screen Rahul, VVS, Sourav and Anil — who is not here. All the coaches. I know when MS presented the 200th Test cap, I had a message to the team — I said we are all so proud to be representing the nation. I hope to continue to serve the nation with dignity. I have full faith that you will serve the country in the right spirit. I will be failing in my duty if I didn’t thank the doctors who have kept me fit. Given the injuries I have suffered. They have treated me in odd hours. My dear friend the late Mark Mascarenhas. I miss him. My current management team WSG, for continuing what Mark has done. Someone who has worked closely with me for 14 years is my friend Vinay Nayudu. “The media has backed me a lot, since my school days. Even today. Thank you. Thanks to the photographers for capturing those moments. “I know my speech has become long. I want to thank people who have flown in from different parts of the world. I want to thank my fans from the bottom of my heart. “Sachin, Sachin” will reverberate in my ears till I stop breathing.”

അഭിനയ ലോകത്തെ മരിയാൻ - ധനുഷ്

വെങ്കടേഷ് പ്രഭു കസ്തൂരി രാജ ! അതാണ്‌ ധനുഷിന്റെ ഒറിജിനൽ പേര്.തമിഴകത്ത് നിന്നും തുടങ്ങി ഇന്ന് ബോളിവുഡ് ആരാധകരെ വരെ കയ്യിലടക്കിയ നായകൻ.പത്താം ക്ലാസ്സ് കഴിഞ്ഞ് സഹോദരനും ഡയറക്ടറുമായ ശെൽവരാഘവന്റെ നിർബന്ധത്തിനു വഴങ്ങിയാണ് ധനുഷ് ആദ്യമായി സിനിമയിൽ അഭിനയിച്ചത്.കാണാൻ കൊള്ളാത്ത , അഭിനയം തൊട്ടു തീണ്ടിയിട്ടില്ലാത്ത ധനുഷിന് ആ സെറ്റിൽ നേരിടേണ്ടി വന്നത് വൻ പരിഹാസമായിരുന്നു.പക്ഷെ സഹോദരൻ പറഞ്ഞ് തന്ന പാഠങ്ങൾ ഉൾകൊണ്ട് കഠിന പരിശ്രമത്തിലൂടെ ധനുഷ് ആ സിനിമ ഹിറ്റാക്കി മാറ്റി!തമിഴകത്തിന് എന്നും ഓർമിക്കാവുന്ന സിനിമ! “തുള്ളുവതോ ഇളമൈ “.അവിടുന്നങ്ങോട്ട് തുടങ്ങിയതാണ്‌ ധനുഷിന്റെ പടയോട്ടം.തിരുടാ തിരുടീ ,കാതൽ കൊണ്ടേൻ എന്ന് പറയുന്ന 2 സിനിമകളും കൂടെ ധനുഷ് ആ വർഷം തന്നെ ഹിറ്റാക്കി മാറ്റി.


അഭിനയം പഠിച്ച് തുടങ്ങിയ ധനുഷിനെ തമിഴകം കൈ നീട്ടി സ്വീകരിക്കാൻ തുടങ്ങി.പക്ഷെ അപ്പോഴും മലയാളികളടക്കം അന്യഭാഷക്കാർ ധനുഷിനെ നോക്കിയത് പരിഹാസ ഭാവത്തോട് കൂടി തന്നെയായിരുന്നു.അതികം ആയുസ്സുണ്ടായിരുന്നില്ല അതിന്.2008ഇൽ പുറത്തിറങ്ങിയ “യാരെടി നീ മോഹിനി ” യിൽ നയൻതാരയെ കാണാൻ പോയ എല്ലാവരും തിരികെ വന്നത് ധനുഷ് ആരാധകനായിട്ടായിരുന്നു! ആടുകളം എന്ന സിനിമയിലൂടെ ധനുഷ് ഇന്ത്യൻ സിനിമയെ തന്നെ ഞെട്ടിച്ചു! അതു വരെ ധനുഷിന്റെ കഴിവിനെ പറ്റി സംശയം പ്രകടിപ്പിച്ചവരൊക്കെ ആ ഒരു ദേശീയ അവാർഡ്‌ കൊണ്ട് എല്ലാം തിരുത്തി പറഞ്ഞു. ഇവൻ നടനാണ്‌!

ഇന്ത്യ വെട്ടി പിടിച്ച ഈ അഭിനയ മൂർത്തിക്ക് ലോകം കീഴടക്കാൻ വെറും 5 മിനിറ്റ് മാത്രമേ വേണ്ടി വന്നൊള്ളൂ.
“കൊലവെറി” യൂറ്റുബിൽ തകർത്താടിയപ്പോൾ അഭിമാനത്തിന്റെ കൊടുമുടിയേറിയത് ഇന്ത്യൻ സിനിമ തന്നെയായിരുന്നു.
ഗ്ലാമറും ആക്ഷനും അരങ്ങ് വാഴുന്ന ബോളിവുഡിനെയും ഞെട്ടിക്കാൻ ധനുഷ് തന്നെ അരങ്ങിലിറങ്ങി.രാൻജന എന്ന ഹിന്ദി സിനിമയിലൂടെ അഭിനയം എന്തെന്ന് ബോളിവുഡ്ന് കാണിച്ച് കൊടുത്തായിരുന്നു ധനുഷ് തിരിച്ചെത്തിയത്.ഗ്ലാമർ മാത്രമാണ് അഭിനയത്തിന്റെ അളവുകോൽ എന്ന് പറഞ്ഞ് നടന്നിരുന്ന പലരും കളം മാറി!

സിനിമയിൽ അഭിനയിക്കാതെ ജീവിക്കുകയാണ് ധനുഷ്.ഏതു തരം കഥാപാത്രങ്ങളെയും അഭിനയിച്ച് പൂർണമാക്കുന്ന ഈ അഭിനേതാവിന്റെ കഴിവിനെ പ്രശംസിക്കാതെ വയ്യ.അടുത്തിടെ ഇറങ്ങിയ “മരിയാൻ” ധനുഷിന്റെ മറ്റൊരു വിസ്മയം നമ്മിലേക്ക് എത്തിച്ച് കൊണ്ടിരിക്കുകയാണ്.അഭിനയിത്തിൽ മരണമില്ലാത്ത “മരിയാൻ”

You’re right people do lie, and cheat, and stab you in the back. There will be people who use you, and don’t love you even though they say they do. But you can’t let that stop you from living. Because there are people out there who do love, and would never hurt you. You have to find those people and keep them in your life forever…!

- Avinashnarayan

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