I LOVE TO ROAM

I love to roam about in the

forests

dense and dark

beams of Sunrays

breaking

the hush and stillness

glowing the prospectus

for a

while

The   birds Thrush, Finch , Bulbul

Cooing lilting music

To my ears with a

smile

I love and like

talking to the tall

pine trees

Swaying in the cool

breeze

Of the rustling leaves

lunging to recline on long

shadow

enjoying the beauty of sprawling

meadow

I love to scale mountain

Peaks

Treading upon the slippery

foliage ,crimson dust

with great fervor and lust

the marvels of Nature

unbound and unknown

thrill me with delight

away

from the throbbing

mad crumbling

cities

I love to embrace the scintillating

beauty

of the quivering notes of my

thought

embedded in the chasms

of enchanting heart

radiating hope of eternal

love .

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KASHMIR ON THE EDGE

Kashmir is on the edge again and there is no hope in the horror of anger and violence ,following the stone – pelting incident on the school bus in Shopian ,leaving a child with a fracture on the skull.

The incident drew sharp reactions from parents and the authorities who questioned stone- pelting on school buses.

The chief Minister Mehbooba ,instead of showing grit to address to the problem from fresh angle to halt the menace,dismissed it as “senseless cowardly act”.

The incident has unified the mainstream parties and separators in sampling condemning the act of targeting school buses. But nothing beyond that. They did not explore possibilities of stopping the stone –peltors to target the school buses in future.

The  belligerent Kashmiri has taken resort to age old stone-pelting to combat the mighty State forces and the Indian armed forces ,least caring to get shot back with lethal pellet guns.

The Wednesday morning incident,the horrible attack on the school bus by the stone-peltors ,has provided ammunition to the those opposing the amnesty the State government provided to those against whome case have been registered for stone pelting.(approximately 4,600 individuals covered from 2008 to 2014.)

Militants struck in Shopian on Sunday killing five militants including missing Kashmir University assistant professor Dr Mohammad Rafi Bhat . Professor Rafi Bhat was missing since Friday.

The other militants were identified by the police as Bilal Ahmad Mohand ,Adil Ahmad,and Tausif Ahmad, all from south of Kashmir.

Mohd Rafi Bhat called his father on Sunday morning and said”I am sorry ,I made mistakes.Going to meet Allah” He was trapped with his four top militant Hizbul Mujhadeen commanders in Shopian.

Interestingly  we are supposed to  believed Prof Rafi had joined the militant group only  36 hours before his death in encounter.                      Source Indian Express

It is hard to believe that  Prof Rafi might have joined militancy recently keeping in mind the family background. Earlier his two cousins were militants ,one was killed in 1992 gunfight and other one in 1994 encounter near borderof POK .

Shopian has become the hub of militant operation for pretty longtime and the militants are very actively in enticing youth to join militant ranks .

The encounter has sparked widespread violent protests in Shopian and adjoining towns of Kulgam Pulwama.

Whenever there is an encounter of such a large scale ,some civilians get injured and this time too indeed a number of civilians got injured and five of them succumbed to the their injuries .The other twenty were treated immediately.

The death toll has risen to 17 in last 36 hrs leaving enough anger to keep Kashmir simmering again.

Time to Act

The Center needs finally to put on thinking cap and re address itself to resolving Kashmir impasse with broad -based dialogue.

It is for sure that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has been calling for “political intervention” time and again.

The Centre must stop the daily occurrence of violence with great determination and resort to serious dialogue in Kashmir with all relevant political forces without further delay.

The young people are getting caught in the vortex of violence and it is high time for Centre to arrest the rot, otherwise Kashmir might slip deep down back in time.

 

 

 

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AMIDST THE CHINAR TREES

Vividly I remember

Walking

Amidst the Chinar trees

The cool breeze

sweeping

overhead me

crackling twigs leaves

Underfoot

I scurried through

shimmering shadows

Pungent

with Autumn air

The golden leaves

sliding all across

in a forest of

downy flake

I view long stretches

Of lush verdure

With excitement and

Pleasure.

The snow melt gurgling

streams

Coursing rocky boulders

Causing

a  musical churgling

the kashmir birds

kasture ,bulbul, bill-bi–chur

  huddling in herds

chirping in symphony

 a lullaby.

  A siesta

      under the sprawling trunk

       on golden downy hay

     made my pretty

day .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOVE IS LOVELY

When you smile loudly

With brashness but

Proudly

Love is lovely

And is lovely

your smile spreading

glistening Sunshine

and your each guffaw

with peals of laughter

tantalize all nerves

swaying soothing symphony

the full curves

love   is lovely

and is lovely.

The musical lullaby

Of the growling clouds

drizzling drops soothe me

to sleep .

love is lovely

and is lovely

In hand and glove

we move to emerald

verdure

in sweet embrace

for a tempestuous

pleasure

love is lovely

and is lovely.

 

 

 

WORLD CHATTER

France in turmoil

 France is in turmoil in wake of the President Emmanuel Macron’s initiation of economic reforms of France’s inflexible labour laws.

Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to streets against Macron’s proposed reforms on Thursday March 22 2018.

The subsequent strikes by the Railways and public sector have literally paralyzed the country.

The flights to and from Paris were cancelled to the tune of roughly 30% .Adding to the woes of commuters , only 40% high speed TVG trains ran all across the country .

The schools ,day cares libraries and all almost all public services came to halt.

The police fired the water canons and tear gas shells to quell the storming crowd.

The sporadic clashes between the security forces and the protesters , mainly students led to some stray incidents of vehicle burning and smashing of office windows.

But the security forces managed to keep the protesters at bay and thus provided adequate safety to the commuters in general reports France 24.

The real dilemma before government is how many people would join the strike.

March 22 2018 was chosen to coincide with March 22 1968, that led to crippling strike that paralyzed the country for months together that year.

Fierce battles had taken that year crippling the economy that time.

Thursday  March 22 2018  strikes are possibly the start of the long time battle against Macron ,especially following the announcement of Railways Union that the railways would stop running trains twice weekly beginning April 2018.

The strong nerve wrecking Unions have in the past forced the governments to yield to policy U-Turns .

But Macron and his ministers have vowed not to bend to the attrocious demands of unions whatsoever .

A round-up of France’s controversial labour law reform                                      

                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                        sources   France 24

The President Emmenuel Micron and the Minister of Labour Muriel Pénicaud announced reforms to France’s inflexible labour laws on Thursday to give boost to the sagging economic growth in terms of providing more jobs to the unemployed youths and reinvigorate the SMEs .

The main thrust of the reforms is to give more powers to the employers to dilute the Europe’s most strongest worker protection laws.

The government by enlisting such reforms is hoping that giving employers more freedom to manoeuvre will help revive the torpid economy.

Macron is confident of streamlining of “red book’ containing all laws governing the worker safety to bonuses and thus giving companies ,unions and employees more freedom to negiotiate better terms . Also it could streamline hiring and firing workers thus enabling the employers with more leverage to reach amicable solutions.

The reforms if implemented would reduce the unemployment rate from its present 9.5 percent to the level of Germany and Britain –roughly 4.5 percent.

Macron with his parliamentary majority and the divided opposition, he was able to convince legislators to make the changes by decree.

Having good support from the businesses and unions Macron hopes to get the reforms ratified by Parliament after holding cabinet meeting on 22nd September 2018.

The new 36 measures would benefit SMEs small medium sized enterprises employing not more than 250 employees , and VMEs very small enterprises, employing not more than 50 people.

“For the first time, labour law reforms give priority to SMEs and VSEs,” Pénicaud the labour Minister said while presenting the proposals.

Severance payments, will increase to 25 percent of monthly salary for each year of employment from the 20 percent currently mandated.

Employer lobbying groups welcomed the measures calling them as important business strengthening ones .

The unions on the other hand are sceptical about the changes as usual,however the France’s largest union , the moderate French Democratic Confedration of Labour (C F D T), said would not join the protests but would whet the changes in true perspective.

The President Macron has to be very confident in passing the reforms for the ultimate good of the people and the country in the larger interests.

The political opponents   ,the French Communist Party and the National Front should be convinced about the advantages of the reforms in the larger interest .The ability to put them on the same keel will be a great test for Macron’s political statesmanship .

 

NIGERIA

Nigerians heaved a sigh of relief after Boko Haram released 101 of 110 girls they had kidnapped last month from Dapchi.

The New York Times reported that some could be dead. The media reports claimed that five captives were allegedly crushed to death in the overcrowded trucks.

The Government is reported to have paid huge ransoms to secure the release of the kidnapped girls .

 

 

MY STORY.

Living for 44 years in wedlock has been sweet sour relationship, though arduous at times, but definitely a joyous journey a milestone to cross and be proud of.

It is love begets love situation and never ending story of anger , arguments , but nevertheless ceaseless memorable moments of courtship with resonance of love romance and passion.

Way back in 1975 I worked in Pune , obviously a difficult predicament I was in to travel to Srinagar every now and then for selecting the right girl to be my wife.

On the face of it ,looked stupid even those days to come from such a far distance simply to say yes or no.

But my father, being an astute resolute person, was in fact keen to seek my consent to the selection of the girl in waiting before proceeding ahead.

I undertook this uncomfortable voyage twice and finally gave in. I told my father to handle the job on his own.

“ Dad “, I said ”you are fully competent to do this for me and my consent is always there. I trust you and mum.” “All Kashmiri girls are good gracious and educated .so there is no problem as such” I continued emphatically.

“ ok my boy ,so nice of you to say so. But the task for me is more difficult now” He laughed heartily.

My father , a tall , be spectacled six footer of swarthy complexion was endowed with great sense of humour.

An educationist of repute, being in touch with young students , he was very much young at heart too.

Moreover he had love marriage with my beautiful small sized angel mother.

My mother was my grandfather’s bosom friend’s daughter . My father loved my mother very much and eventually married her.

Soon after I received a photograph ,exceedingly beautiful one of my wife.

The chiselled features with deep set doe eyes , demurely innocence made me simply to fall in love with the photograph who is eventually the queen of my tender heart.

Interestingly the photograph framed in exclusively silvery designed frame adores my working desk in my home office.

I just conveyed my consent in a jiffy through trunk call to my father .

I could imagine my consent might have done wonders for my father by relieving him from the stress that had compressed his mind for a long time.

My father recounted me the girl’s family background and I would say “ok ok” least interested in knowing that and hung the phone instantly.

I and my younger sister were yet to be married.

Father was keen to see me married so that he could relax with responsibilities taken off his shoulders.

My two elder sisters and two brothers were married already.

The eldest sister ,whom we fondly called Bengashi was great inspiration and help to my father. She was very upright ,modern woman and had full authority to take decisions regarding home affairs without any hitch.

Elder daughters were always a center of power and authority in a Kashmiri Pandit family to negate or accept any decision to be taken. So my sister, with affable magnetic personality ,was the most loved one of all the children.

I travelled down to Delhi in a train and flew to Srinagar by plane , very unusual at that time, to see my heartthrob.

Srinagar

Beautiful    kashmir   Dal lake

As the plane descended on to Srinagar airport ,the resplendent nature with snow capped mountains glittering through the bluebonnet skies, opened up a breathtaking view of the Paradise on earth ,my beautiful Kashmir.

The marriage date was fixed as 19th October .

My father ,a social reformer and ardent activist forebade any money spinning Celebrations like “Gandhun “–engagement and “Durbati”—special lunch organised by maternal side .

Marriage was an elaborate saga , as expected of   typical Kashmiri marriages those days with great fanfare.

Ceremony Groom’s house

The ladies invited dressed in co lo u r f u l attires , sang Kashmiri songs ,to the tunes of Kashmiri music with the twang of their noses , ‘ Wanvun’— a melodious refrain sung by a group of ladies. The guests were served with pink salted tea (sheer chai) in the midst and end of the singing throughout day and night ,

Finally on the D-day I was center of attraction , being decorated as Groom by my uncle ,  fondly called ‘Babuji’,who helped me to tie the turban with specially stitched ACCHKAN for the occasion. ‘Babuji’ was connoisseur  of our family loved and respected by one and all.

Before the marriage procession I stood on the ‘Vyoog’  —Rangoli , a decent decorative designed pattern of dry colours and the eldest Aunty gave nabbad a sweet hard dessert to nibble at . I and the Guests (Baraat) proceeded for bride’s house in several cars .

Those days the craze for marriages was at high pitch.. The guests and all others enjoyed to one’s fill.The participation used to be with  great zeal and fervour.

Reception at Bride’s place

 As soon as I and my Baraat (marriage procession) reached Bride’s place ,just at stone’s throw from our house, the relatives of bride greeted us by blowing a conch shell.

Here again as per ritual I was to stand on the ‘Vyoog ‘and the maternal uncle of the bride brought the bride out on to the Vyoog where I was made to stand.

The mother of the bride performed puja with lamps made of wheat flour and fed us both with the Nabad – the hard sweet dessert , and the purohit performed the Dwar pooja   before leading us to the Lagan (marriage ) mandhap – the auspicious place .

One more typical tradition of Kashmiri Pandit marriage is the performance of POSH PUZA , not performed in Hindu Indian marriages .

We were made to sit in comfortable posture , a red cloth was put on our heads and all relatives of both families offer flowers to the chanting of Vedic hymns .

The newly weds are regarded as Shiva and Pa r v a t i and worshipped as such .

Now I could see my bride dressed in beautiful sari and bedecked with ‘Dejaharu’   an ear ornament with golden tussels that pass through the the middle cartilage of the ear. The holes are pierced in Kashmiri Pandit girls at very early age of 4 or 5 years .

The ‘Dehjaru’ is having same sanctity as ‘Mangal sutra’ for Indian brides.

At this late stage of life the myriads of memories trickle down the mind and heart and I gleefully watch my wife Shara for hours together ,still beautiful and glittering like Summer’s sunny morning,thus enjoying every bit of the fleeting moments .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MY DREAMS

I walk through my dreams

by the purring streams

ravishing dandelions

delightful daffodils

emitting the fragrance

entrapping

mesmerizing me

to soulful slumber

I walk through the rustling trees

Marvel at bewitching

beauty

memories scowl with the gusty

breeze

cautiously I hop

to scale the mountain top

gaze around the valley

in astonishing

ecstasy

I walk through my dreams

By the purring streams

I see her in dark velvet attire

skirting the glistening lagoons

with her coquettish wink

and intoxicating drink

our bodies stretch and merge

                                                                     in a tight hug

.

we tumble scramble

down the green slope

drowning in the ocean

of her eyes

I breath into her throbbing

heart

drenched and lost

in blissful passion.