TRAVELS SOUTH by Brijkaul

BANGALORE THE CITY OF ACTION :

On 4th December after a soul searching long term planning I and my wife started for South India Trip to Bangalore officially renamed now as Bangaluru..

Located in the south plateau Bangalore is the city of action , the ‘silicon valley of India’ fastest Information Technology growing city of India and possibly the IT hub of the world too. It attracts expats from world over to understand the IT Software development of advanced research and integration.

With 40 percent of India’s IT industry located in Bangalore ,the IT and related services account for the state of Karnataka’s  55 percent gross domestic product .

The world looks to “Bangaluru” as the starting point of software technological advancement center.

With a population of 12,3 million ,among world’s top 10 fastest cities, Bangalore averages 8.5 percent economic growth.

With a wide range of heavy and light medium industries, Bangalore is leader in India’s biotechnology industry as well. A host to leading research and development (R&D) facilities such as the Indian Institute of Sciences, the National Center for Biological Sciences, the Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research and the University of Agricultural Science , Bangalore has excelled in almost all important sectors .

We headed for Electronic city to live for sometime with my elder daughter Bhavna Kaul whom we fondly call Chikli , works as an Independent Architech , Design Engineer with a reputed organization.

It is pleasure to be in company of grand children , Tushu and Jitini.  This time I and my wife Sharikaji had decided to spend more time with grand children both at Bangalore as well as at Chennia with Annanya (Zoonie pet name) and little Vedika. My younger daughter Deepali lives in Chennai .She is an IT engineer.

Tushu is twelve years lanky boy like his father, Shyam who is Six and two feet tall ,an Architect by profession and Jitini six years growing glowing girl resembling her mother.

She is cute and affectionate but throwing tantrums at every gullible talk to be focus of attention all the time.

Tushu on the other hand a bit reserved one , mostly glued to his I-pad and thus butt of controversy. But gifted with many talents ,dancing , and an upcoming sports guy.

My daughter laments in typical Kashmiri   ” yeh chun keheen paraan. sarisey waqt I-pad seeth aasan.”

Which means “ he does not read at all. Every time busy with his I-pad”.

“ The exam is in last week of February and he will go to 9th class. Very difficult course ahead. I am worried for him.” she concluded.

My wife ,in her typical Kashmiri butts in ” kahney shune paravay Tushu chu bade samajdar bey te hassen mainz .  ”

meaning literally “ Tushu is very intelligent and alert ,no need to worry.”

I listen to the mother daughter conversation intently without any intervention whatsoever. ‘Silence’ is the golden rule to be perceived and pursued at such crucial junctures.

Shyam , my son in law , with long shapely legs in proportion to his trunk , wears a beard and moustache not to conceal scars or erosions but purely for decoration and in lieu with modern fashion among the youngsters and middle aged persons.

I personally do not like wearing beards giving one an unkempt and lazy look. Hello be ware; That is my contention only not necessarily everybody’s.

Off To Kochi.

 We decided to go to Kochi and make a drive to the state of Kerala, ‘God’s own state’ as it is popularly called looking to its scenic beauty of green hills and irresistible beaches with pompous House boats on ferry to nearby islands.

Shyam being the native ,was elated at the idea and happily seconded the proposal.

On afternoon of Ist January 2020 we zipped through the traffic clogged roads of Bangalore blaring the horn occasionally to chase off the nasty irritant car drivers not one or two but several of them. Luckily we did not get into any road rage brawl with some cranky character.

The trip to Kochi was eleven to twelve hours drive and we decided not to travel in one go . The night halt at Salem and after having mouthful breakfast we would proceed ahead on to our destination reaching thereby by 2pm afternoon.

Shyam was driving faster than I would like him to do .

“ See the clouds gathering overhead, may rain at any moment we could get stranded somewhere unnecessarily” he said ,justifying his speedily driving on.

We were near the Hasur Town , 21kms from Electronic city Bangalore , and we crossed over from Karnataka to the state of Tamil Nadu.

Hasur is an important town of Tamil Nadu and gateway to Bangalore . Being important industrial town , almost 2,300 small and medium industries are located here. It is home to Rose flowers as well , large quantities of quality roses are grown and exported from here to the world over.

I got practically lost in the milieu of traffic, cars, motorbikes, roaring trucks plying past us as the roads narrowed .

The highway almost gorged with moving population as the Ice cream Parlours ,curiosity shops, antique shops mushroomed alongside the roads protruding and bulging over the pavements ,thus leaving the people to jostle around and fend for themselves.

Finally Shyam did drive down the difficult track and we ushered on to the National Highway to Kochi via Salem.

Driving down the late despairing afternoon we stopped at a nearby restaurant for some refreshing tea snacks etc.

Tushu and Jitni gulped down the much liked noodles and the rest of us just satisfying with cups of tea and ‘Dosa’ —pancake made of rice flour.

Salem district is famous for its known Hill station town Yercaud.

Yercaud is nestled in range of Shevaroy hills in the eastern Ghats, with abundance of orange groves ,coffee, spice plantations . The emerald woods of Yercaud are dense and very attractive to bask around.

With its blue water lake , having a few boat houses presents a beautiful sight to look at. Anna Park close by is full of plants and Japanese garden with Bonsai.

A couple of nights in the resorts amidst the dense forest is really a date in communion with nature.

A long walk among the dense trees is a veritable experience. It reminded me of R.L. Stevenson’s essay ‘ A Night Among The Pines’ written with great pleasure after experiencing the moods of Nature.

There is some magical beauty about the place which cannot be described in words ,but it stays embedded in your mind and haunts you back when you have left.

A God’s impeccably creation to behold and cherish.

The trees stood separate but strangely all part of the composite forest. The  cool breeze caressing every contour and crevices in that star-straddled night.

The afternoon was advancing and we hurried back to the car to catch up with Salem Town right by 9pm so that we could start our journey next morning early to reach Kochi by noon.

we drove along the highway zigzagging through the maze of vehicles speedily but steadily not to over take .

As evening slipped into night we did find a thinning traffic ahead of our journey .The four lane highway was long stretch with trees shrubs all along the sides giving a beautiful view of the avenue.

We moved towards a small hillock and turned left to criss- cross a narrow strip before being on the highway again.

Salem Town was in sight and the lights glittering along the road ,we moved towards right into the main bazaars of the a moderately small town. The houses had weather –beaten look , but there was evidence of good population creating a good hustle and bustle in and around the town.

we halted near a hotel, possibly 3 star one with very prominent doorway to sneak in.

we checked in at close to 9.30 pm and found the rooms spacious abundantly done with exotic interiors .

“ Tushu   you have to get up by 5am.” shyam said angrily.

“ Okay Papa no problem” Tushu replied softly.

“ he will sleep with us ,his Nanu and Nani” sharika said

emphatically.

Tushu, in return, nodded in affirmation.

Being hungry we ordered for a sumptuous dinner and   soon after dozed off to deep slumber promising to get up early morning for onward journey.

IN KOCHI

As scheduled we reached Kochi at noon on 2nd January 2020. The sky was grey ,the clouds hovering across in thick clusters ,there was no indication of the sun, might be hiding somewhere behind these dark clusters.

The weather was hot much humid comparatively to Bangalore .The coastal town was inviting promising a better stay.

Mt wife started cribbing “ my God too much hot”  “ come on mumma you feel the heat and I can see perspiration on your face”.   Chikli , my daughter said smiling.

We drove down the city through thinlytraffic roads over a long stretch before moving into the villa apartments. shyam’s apartment was sprawling one and his parents Mr and Mrs shasi Dhar were glad to receive us.

It was very hot and we settled down in an A.C room .for a brief siesta .

Kochi ( also called as Cochin) is a city of eminence in the southwest coastal Kerala State., a major port city since 1341 catering to Chinese and European merchants for centuries together.

.With urban population of 21.1lakhs , it stands out largest most populous metropolitan city of Kerala.

The city is meticulously clean and famous for its breath taking scenic view of the state .

The city being interspersed with several beaches and islands presents a panoramic spectacle view of this fast growing vibrant city.

some of the beautiful islands are connected to the mainland through rowing boats make the city attraction for tourists all along.

The day temperature was very high 36 degree celisus, and for us to travel around the city during day was out of question.

So we took rounds of the city by late afternoons till late in night.

The water transport in the city is being explored beautifully to benefit the city dwellers and other tourists like us.

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Marine drive Kochi

Bolghatty Island , Cheri Beach, Fort Kochi Beach are some of the prime tourist attractions and all accessible within short boat ride only.

The Dutch Palace was built up on Bolghatty Island later now made a hotel of Kerala Tourism Development Corporation along with a small golf course, presenting a magnificient   scenic beauty of the harbor .

Cherai Beach lovely one shrouded by paddy fields and coconut trees just in the northern vicinity of VYPEEN Island.

Swimming is the most coveted activity of this grandiose beach.

Tushu was keen to swim across and I managed to get swimming suit for his much loved pastime.

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 Back waters of kochi

Fort Kochi Beach is the amazing spot for viewing exotic sunset in Kochi. As we approached the narrow road, a number of small stalls were serving freshly caught fishes after being cooked readily in exotic tastes to whet the one’s palate. Yes except me all Sharika Chikli Shyam had a good taste of such niceties. Here the Chinese nets are being used for catching fishes.

We meandered through Mattancherry, a cultural neighbourhood, a cluster of colonial buildings and a walk in the evening amidst the temple bells clanging was a  real nauseating delightful one.

 The city boasts of unique churches, palaces and temples.

St. Francis Church ,the oldest church of India .It is here Vasco da Gama is believed to be buried in.

Vasco House built on Rose Street , a great feat of Portuguese Architecture ,the house where Vasco da Gama ,who died in 1524, used to live.

 

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Chinese  Fish Net. for Catching fishes

Reunion .

I was eager to be in Kochi for meeting my colleague and friend Mr R.krishnan.

I and Mr. KRISHNAN worked together for a decade in Rishikesh way back in 1989 to 1999.

Krishnan Sahib as we called him affectionately was GM and I was plant Manager of Ballarpur Glass group ,which later became Owen’s Broakway India ltd.  We ploughed on well all through the years gone by.

A sauve spirited gentle man ,broad –shouldered bearded Krishnan Sahib was very affectionate and considerate towards one and all.

His wife Mrs Krishnan equally affectionate , an exemplary lady of action ,being one of the driving forces in KVA school of Rishikesh those years.

While in Kochi I got in touch with Krishnan Sahib, it was decided to have dinner together on Friday the 4th Jan 2020. an evening of Rip Van Winkle re-union after nearly two decades. ‘Ooop’ my God a rare occasion.

It was a gala dinner and a great family get together an occasion of recounting the repository of past events happy or otherwise , a time to laugh and rave. I noticed both Krishnan Sahib and Mrs Krishnan was not changed in the least by appearance or mannerism. A lively affable couple as usual.

We finally shook hands, promising to keep in touch and strolled to our respective places in the nip weather.

Off to Chennai

After staying for a week in Kochi we buzzed off to our next destination ,Chennai, by early morning plane and after hiring a taxi ,we zoomed through the traffic ridden roads towards ECR road and eventually into Kapleeshwarar Nagar right in my younger daughter Deepali Kaul’s place by 9.30am.

Kapleeshwarar Nagar is one of the poshiest residential towns built along the Kapleeshwarar seas.

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Kapleeshwarar seas  Chenai

A town with beautiful bungalows many of these like mansions lined on the both sides of internal Criss- Coss roads. The small patches of green grass with small herbs add glory to the township all over.

As we reached Deepali’s place little cute perky Vedika greeted us with a smile raising hands upwards to be hugged.

Annanya (zoonie) the elder one rushed too to be in our tight embrace. Annanya is little shy but very upright and focussed. .

She reads extra story books like Harry potter ones with great interest and has  fascination for mysterious story books.

Annanya has a pet dog Kandy,and liitle Vedika plays with Kandy fearlessly.

Kandy barks at odd times and he sleeps on the verandah on second floor but keeps a vigil all the way. A good companion

Deepali and Sathish  both are IT professionals busy enough to plod on with their work to the extent to be called workaholics.

Only on week ends they find time to relax and exchange some pleasantries and for some family interactions.

The Sun is up early in this part of Country, I awakened in the morning and the world looked remade and shinning. I walked down the beach road for a stroll on the sea side. a walking distance, to watch the spectacular view of the cascading waves enthralling me immensely.

The day wears many colours as the Sun rises , from light orange to blazing noon ,and the setting Sun puts the horizon on a light fire finally transforming into a refreshing and soothing evening.

I gaze at the seas for long hours till evening slips into night. I love the rhythm of the waves sometimes roaring sometimes calming and in this silver chill I lumber on and on the soft sand beaches to relish beauty of the seas at early night.

 

 

BIRDS ARE BEAUTIFUL by BrijKaul

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                           FLOWER SHRUB

 

Birds are beautiful bountiful

birds are brunette brown

red, yellow blue dark

Ticking together like a clock

flying high in a flock

from distant far away land

unlike

Humans united they stand

against vagaries of weather

slithering dark clouds together

moving around in a flock of feather

romancing the colourful environ

chirping cooing on the rhododendron

in my

enchanting green backyard garden

Fragrant flowers tingle little brains

birds flutter the wings and off to

some other place in pouring rains

bringing for a moment so charm

sanguine sensuous and warm

birds are beautiful bountiful

birds are brunette brown

red yellow blue dark

flying across the temple spire

cooing murmuring soft prattle

with no rancor or desire

Ticking away in a flock

       like a moving celestial clock.

birds

are beautiful bountiful brown

fluttering the tiny wings

over the valley- glades

rivers oceans forests

smiling singing together

in cool or hot weather.

birds are beautiful brown.

some with colourful crown

Nimbling away

  at the yellow downy hay.

 

WHY IS INDIA ON THE BOIL ? by Brijkaul

Since 12th DECEMBER 2019 CAA ,Citizenship (amendment)Act was given assent by the President of India after being passed in both houses of Parliament , India is on the boil as protests all over have erupted against the law that makes it easier to grant Indian citizenship to non Muslims minorities(Hindus ,Sikhs ,Christians ,Buddhists parsis Jains ) who entered India on or before 31st December 2014. of three neighbouring countries namely Afghanistan ,Bangladesh, Pakistan .

The unease over Assam ,picturesque tea growing state , is over the fears and apprehensions that inclusion of ‘outsiders’ would dilute them culturally and demographically.

It is necessary to understand the background to these fears about ethnic diversity of the region.

Between 1979 and 1985 All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) spearheaded a movement against illegal migration from Bangladesh ,resulting in violence and insurgencies by other outfits including United Liberation Front of Assam leaving thousands dead.

Consequently Assam Accord was signed in 1985 aiming to address two key disputes .One to stop ‘foreigners’ from Bangladesh and secondly to ensure constitutional safeguards for the Assamese citizens.

The cutoff date was agreed to be 25th March 1971 for expelling the illegal migrants and clause 6 of the Accord stated ” constitutional legislative and administrative safeguards, as may be appropriate, shall be provided to protect ,preserve and promote the cultural social linguistic identity and heritage of Assamese people”.

So Assam agitates against the CAA ,AASU(All Assam Student Union) filed the petition against the Act.

As per census of 2011Assam has population of 3.12 crores, 61.47% Hindus ,34.22% Muslims .Around 12% is Tribal ,Bodos etc. Tribal states of North east have got immunity ,protection from the CAA unlike Assam.

The updated (NRC), National Register of Citizens was commenced by BJP in the state of Assam to identify illegal immigrants and as a result 2 million people seem to have lost their citizenship . 1.3 million are Hindus .

The unexpected peculiar results probably must have prompted the Center Govt to push through CAA so that citizenship could be accorded legally to these Hindus and other non Muslim minorities if any.

It is obvious that BJP did not anticipated such a backlash.

In a damage control exercise Prime Minister Shri Modiji tweeted addressing to Assam that his government was “constitutionally committed to safeguard the political, linguistic, cultural and land rights of the Assamese people”. “No-one,” he said, “can take away your rights, unique identity and beautiful culture”.

In rest of the country the protests are against CAA for the exclusionary nature of the Act and the threat to the secularism.

The protests against the CAA and the proposed National  Register of Citizens (NRC) have triggered all across the country killing at least sixteen people in Uttar Pradesh only ,turning violent in certain other parts of the country on 19.12.2019.

In the Capital New Delhi the peaceful protest suddenly turned violent once a private car was torched in Darya Ganj leading to the lathi charge and use of water canon to quell some of the unruly miscreants.

The Govt resorted to curfew and suspension of internet services all across the affected cities of the country .

In Mangaluru (Karnataka) two persons were killed on Friday in firing by police on a group of protestors against Citizenship Amendment Act ( CAA). The town is under curfew .As many as 33 policemen and 5 civilians were injured on 19th December violence.

In view of the protests all across the country Home Ministry assured and said there would be no discrimination against Muslims and undocumented people as feared.

However the opposition parties have gathered momentum to echo fierce opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act CAA as they see clear violation of the Constitution of India. For instance Mr Pawar said “ not just minorities but those who think about country’s unity and progress are opposing CAA and NRC( National Register of Citizens”.

Sonia Gandhi  leader Congress Party said “ Citizenship Amendment Bill passage marks ‘dark day’ in Constitutional history of India: The Bill fundamentally challenges the idea of India that our forefathers fought for and in its place creates a disturbed ,distorted and divided India where religion will become a determinant of nationhood.”

The constitution of India is unique in its commitment to the fundamental rights

JUSTICE, EQUALITY,FRATERNITY, LIBERTY. to one and all irrespective of religion ,caste, creed and colour.

India is equally committed to its SOVEREIGN, SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC ethos in letter and spirit.

Hence Citizenship Amendment Act is seen as a flagrant violation of the Constitution. by both the opposition and the protestors.

The Home Minister Mr Amit Shah has been explaining in emphatic manner on the subject.

Recently on AAJTAK Mr shah said “ I want to appeal to the students that they should study this Act in details and then if they feel there is something wrong they can come forward and hold discussions with the government.We are ready to explain our position.”

It is to be seen whether Mr Modi’s and Mr Amit Shah’s assurances would placate the protesters. .

Conclusions

BJP needs to understand the elementary truth of governing that by sparking numerous insurrections across the nation is not the route to make India a super power and instil faith in the people . By winning the Lok Sabha elections in 2019 ,the party mistook it for an approval of Hindutva Politics. Looking at the backlash after passing CAA it is obvious now that people cannot be shoehorned into narrow politics.

Let us hope BJP  shows courage leadership to take broader view and address the problem with statesmanship rather than from the narrow Prism thus  serving the nation well. Long live great India.

 

 

 

 

 

THE OLD MAN by BrijKaul

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path to the garden of Roses.

                                                 

               The old man hobbled down the cobbled street

                   perspiring profusely with intense prickly heat

ambling on languorously

A fleeting

moment to relax a while

standing around stile

A stranger with broad smile

holding old man’s hand to climb

over the small fence into park.

A sprawling one with huge trees

the birds chirping on the branches.

Listening to the cacophonic gaiety

the old man enjoying the filial piety

The symphony

of the mellifluous singing

rejuvenated his low spirits

in a flash he picked himself up

trudging along the path to peep

through the garden of the roses

intoxicating scent enlivening old man

to sensuous divine sleep.

  with wide open eyes

looked askance up

into

the deep blue skies.

 

 

 

THE SNOW FLAKES by Brijkaul

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                                                             The Snow Flakes

Every dawn , a dusky dull day all

Clouds scudding across the horizons

the

wind growling howling groaning

Evening chilly breeze sprinkling dew

over the rose petals green trees

Inclement weather heralding a snowfall

Snow Snow Snow white flakes

drifting dancing rapidly downwards

drooling mountains,trees, forests

folding valley in its clasp

as single soft white alabaster

The severe winter ‘Chillai Kalan’

showing its grinding teeth

by forcing men women children

old and infirm one and all seek heat

draping ‘pherans’ loose robes warm and hot

huddling around ‘Bukhari’ a fire pot

to

combat biting intense winter’s wrath

like a group of smooching sloth

the birds flock to the window sill

to keep warm away from the chill

waiting for snow to stop

so that the mother sparrow

would fly out to hop

from tree to tree to look for

some twigs food picks

to

feed her squeaking pretty chicks.

 snow snow snow the snowflakes

drifting dancing merrily downwards

to cool the fraying tempers

of the earthly whimpers

MAHARASHTRA CONUNDRUM by BrijKaul

UDDHAV THACKERAY’S elevation to the office of Chief minister in extraordinary circumtances  and after a few weeks of political skulduggery in Maharashtra has  come to end .

Uddhav Thackeray finally took oath as chief minister yesterday evening amidst great attempts to subvert the unity of of NCP SHIVSENA CONGRESS alliance.

Thackeray will lead the Maha Vikas Aghadi – NCP Sena Congress post poll alliance ,having being sworn in front of huge crowd at Shivaji Park.

Shiv Sena was formed in 1966 by Bal Thackeray, the founder ,who passed away in 2012.

After nearly 53 years  Mr Uddhav Thackeray for the first time has finally ventured to throw the shackles of remote control away (shivsena controlled the levers of administration from 1995-1999 and 2014 -2019 from outside) and thus taking  himself a plunge to hold the reigns of administration directly in alliance with NCP and Congress , once long standing bitter foes but now friends to carry the political ship across the. angry seas to the safe shore.

Sharad Pawar , the architect of Sena-NCP-Congress alliance will have to play a pivotal role in cementing the alliance and Sena on its part will have to recalibrate its political ambitions by accommodating the interests of allies in order to complete the full term amicably for the progress of the people of state.

It is a matter of paradox that Sena infamous for making arm twisting unconstitutional statements ,has been espousing for the Constitution and its lofty principles. A complete transformation ,may be good for the Indian politics in the long run.

BJP Blinks

 BJP failed to gauge the changing mood and moves of its three decade ally Sena . Shiv Sena under Uddav Thackeray has lately undergone metamorphasis , embracing secularism and pluralism ,thereby, doing away with the cloak of Hindutva for good.

BJP again gambled upon aligning with Ajit Pawar,a knave shrewd politician, doing somersaults not once but twice thus forcing the power lusty Chief Minister Devender Fadnavis to resign ,amid tumultuous month long political drama, even before facing assembly floor test.

Meanwhile Anti corruption Bureau dropped all cases against Ajit Pawar during 80 hour acrimonious nocturnal act ,going down in Maharashtra political history as a black blot.

Ajit Pawar has since returned to the Sharad Pawar -led party,leaving bruised BJP to fend for itself thereby damaging the much earned credibility of good administration of Devender Fadnavis as chief Minister of the state.

CMP OFFERS HOPE

The CMP of   Shiv Sena –NCP-Congress alliance partners uphold commitment to the secular values enshrined in the Constitution ,a great feat of achievement to promote the development of Maharashtra state .

Health

The CMP (Commom Minimum Promme) announced by Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress   Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) offers glimmer of hope to ASHA ( Accredited Social Health Activist) and Anganwadi workers ,who run all the health Programmes on the ground, in promisingto augument their honourium and the service facilities.

Currently there are 70,000 ASHA workers . They propagate as many as 73 health programmes on the ground earning   around Rs 1,500 on the programme, twith an additional 1,500 for record maintenance.

CMPoffers to increase the wages by minimum Rs 2000 .

In addition CMP has offered health Insurance cover every citizen along with One Rupee health Clinics at Taluka level.

Farmers  

 To provide immediate Financial assistance to the Farmers suffering as a matter of untimely recent rains and floods., Loan waiver, crop insurance , remunerative prices and adequate permanent water system to the draught affected areas.

Unemployment

 Uddhav Thackeray Govt promises to fill in all vacant posts with immediate effect, Fellowship to unemployed youth and other measuresincluding enacting a law ensuring 80% reservation of jobs for local domicile people.

To provide educational loans to youth especially of weaker sections at zero percent interests .

Coordination committee

There will be two coordination committees, one for coordination within the State Cabinet and the other for coordination among the alliance partnersto foter smooth running of the state Govt machinery.

Conclusions

The CMP preamble ensures commitment to the secular values and work assiduously to provide development to the state in an earnest manner.

The CMP provides no room for its allies to whither away in different directions but to work strictly within its drawn framework and thus work for all sections of society.Both the Sena and its chief will be under sever scrutiny for how they use the alliance to propel the Govt amicably for full term keeping in view the ultimate welfare of people. of the state. A difficult job but not impossible to move on with grand glory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

City of Peace by Brij kaul

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City of Peace

 

Pune

city of peace and promises

people of large hearts

overflowing with milk

of human kindness

A

 city  agog with lively crowds

young springing youths,

giggling frolicking ones

exhibiting libido, elegance of

dress, design fashion

with

aspirations dreams   desires

of touching skies .

Old citizens on early walking tours

dangling staffs while sprinting

for awhile at a leisure

to their great pleasure.

A

city of love and liberty

with no rancor or remorse

towards one and all

The enthralling environs

with green spectacle all over

distant rolling hills beckoning

one and all into its bracing breezy

embrace.

the

breeze a lilting soothing one

but

sensuous intoxicating caressing

the mind and body for a

yearning longing to merge

                                                               in its eternal beauty.