IT IS RAIN AGAIN

It is rain again

Beautiful Bountiful

Rain

Again again

Easing stress strain

Drenched as I stand

On Bengarulu Main

Pouring incessantly

water seeping streaking

down arms pits

on to

my fleshy corridors

and

long skinny legs .

The cool blizzard

caressing the tresses

swirling twirling

tossing in

Intoxicated

I Sway

my body hips

to

the rhythm of

curled landscapes

mingle into

divine dream of

cooing with open

arms

for a dewdrop

kiss

it is rain again

beautiful bountiful

rain

Again again

Easing stress pain.

 

 

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WALKING TOURS

Travelling has fascinated me from childhood..

My father imbued in me the habit of going on Morning walks with him .He would wake me up at 5.30am dress me up to accompany him to walk a mile or two to the green pastures on the hill side of the city . Srinagar city encircled by mighty snow capped mountains luxuriant with greens . One is simply enthralled and mesmerized by its natural beauty.

Being early riser my father would make fire in the kangiri – the traditional fire pot made of earthen bowl covered around with wicker .This is mobile heater for residents in Kashmir during winter to keep them warm.

He would bake two eggs for me in the fire of kangiri. I would Peel off the eggs and eat them before embarking on a walking tour.

Srinagar

Srinagar city  with Dal Lake in background

The October morning was just neither cold nor warm but fascinating enough to tempt us for a long walk..

A starry sky without a speck of cloud. The chirping of birds on the tree bough was soothing to the ears.and some of these would flutter over our heads just to say “hello”.

This was a daily morning phenomenon.

I dressed up in thick cotton pajama and put on ‘pheron’ a loose Kashmiri gown made from woolen cloth.

My father, a six footer of heavy build with dusky complexion, dressed up in Tweed long coat buttoned up to his neck, carrying a staff in his right hand beckoned me to follow him . He walked fast with his outstretched strides .It was very difficult for a tiny figure like me to keep pace with his long steps.

But then he would wait intermittently , hold my hand for a comfortable walk.

The walk was long on the tarred avenue with tall poplar trees on either side, presenting a panoramic view.

The chirpy morning was peaceful and I enjoyed loitering here and there without the noise and honking of the vehicles .

Occasionally a Tonga or a car would speed by and the occupants would wave while zipping across the lonely road.

After trudging for a long walk, we halted by the side of a gurgling stream namely DOODH GANGA every day to enjoy the blissful spectacle of day breaking into dawn.

After crossing the Doodah Ganga we descended the big slope into a plain, a huge ground called Chand Mari. Indian Military forces  had occupied Chand Mari as point of security in the city boundaries.

My father went to one of the camps and called ‘‘Hey

Bonwer Singhji Good morning”

“Good morning Sirji” Bonwer singh came out of the camp “how are you my boy “ He continued.

“Very well “ I replied in a low tone

Bonwar singh, a burly Sardarji was Major and in charge of the Security of Chand Mari Military Force. My father struck friendship with him and inadvertently stopped for a cup of tea and a normal gossip .

“ Sirji you had promised that your son will sing a song . I understand he is good singer “ Bonwar Singh asked .

“ yes why not ,my son sings well.” replied my father

“Biju go ahead sing something” ordered my father.

 I sang ‘khoya khoya chand khulla asman ‘ a Bollywood   song .

 ‘wah wah Biju you sing beautiful. There is modulation in your voice and I am sure you will be a good singer “ Bonwar singh said .

I felt myself at the top of the world.

For a week or so we could not come to see Bonwar Singh

And finally one day we did halt outside the Camp in Chand Mari .

“Tussi Kethay ho Singh Sahib “ shouted my father

“Kaun Hai “ A voice enquired .

“Is Bonwar Singhnji there” my father asked politely.

    A tall Sikh Officer came out while tying up his turban.

“ Hello sirji Bonwar Singh ji is transferrd to Ladakh

and now I , Amitabh singh is new Commander here. “

“Oh I see , glad to meet you .Bonwar singh was a bosom friend just stopped to say hello” my father replied shaking hands with the officer.

“do come sir. I am your new friend .what is your name pl.”

“KNK. Principal in a school ,see you officer sometimes later” my father replied ,waving his hand as we moved onwards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE RAINS

Aah comes the rain

Torrential rains

Dark clouds growl

The fierce wind howl

Splashing water on to

the

Window panes

Cooling off spitting

fire

From the heart

And mind.

Aah comes the rain

Gushing ferociously

through the lane

rinsing off the paths

nooks and corners

and setting the green

verdure to the

glistening grass.

Making the prospectus

Inviting embracing

To love

Aah comes the rain

Slithering down the

Body and bosom

The water spatters

On the fleshy contours

Raindrops scatter

Like pretty flowers

Soothing the scorching

sores to blissful

ecstasy.

 

THE WORLD AROUND US

Venezuela –Economic Turmoil

 Oil rich Venezuela is in economic and political turmoil .The petrol prices plummeted, forcing the factories and state farms to shut production .The rampant corruption has literally made life miserable for the people .

The on going protests for the last three months have left about 90 people dead as reported by Associated Press.

The president Nicolas Maduro has called for election on 30th july to elect Constituent Assembly with sweeping powers including power to rewrite the country’s Constituion.

The protesting people and the opposition fearing the move could lead to an authoritarian rule along the lines of the political system in Cuba.

The opposition political Parties claimed that it garnered 7.5 million votes held on Sunday opposite to the President’s move of forming New Constituent Assembly

The U.S President Donald Trump in a statement said “ The united states will not stand by as Venunzuela crumbles. If Nicolas Maduro imposes Constituent Assembly on 30th July,The US will take strong economic action.”

Venezuela exports on average nearly 700,000 barrels of oil a day to USA. It comprises half of the total exports of Venezuela.and covers for the 75 percent income for Venezuela and keeps the Government going on.

In the light of above facts Venezuela would ill afford to do anything contrary to the US as the move could debilitate the Maduro Govt economically. Source Associated Press

UN PEACKEEPERS DILEMMA

 On Wednesday, the 193-member U.N. budget committee agreed on $7.3 billion to fund 13 peacekeeping missions across the globe and a logistics support office. The budget is due to be adopted by the U.N. General Assembly on Friday, diplomats said.

The United states has reduced the UN Peacekeepers’ budget by $600 million . The decision is in tune with the Donald Trump’s call for Cost reduction policy for US Annual Budget

The current U.S. funding for the U.N Peacekeeping bill is 28.5percent and Trump has shown concern for the same and suggested to cut down it to 25 percent instead.

In addition Wahington also pays 22percent of the $5.4billion UN core budget.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told U.S. lawmakers in Washington on Wednesday that Trump’s proposed U.S. federal budget was “making a point that he wanted to strengthen the military and it was putting the United Nations on notice.”

The other major contribution to UNpeace keeper’s budget  comes from China about 10 percent .

 

POLAND  

POLISH PROTESTERS ON WAR PATH

Polish protestors are on war path since Sunday evening   demonstrating against a controversial Bill putting supreme court under the Government . in unprecedented rally the protestors were waving flags and chanting slogans “we want free Poland “ and “free court”.

The upper house of the Polish parliament has approved the Bill by a vote of 55 /23 on Saturday ,the lower house keeping it in abeyance following massive protest in all major cities .

The president Andrej Duda has 21 days to give assent to the Bill but it is assumed he would not wait so much to give his decision.

Under the bill the Ministry of justice will be armed with sweeping powers of hiring and firing judges. This Bill according to the Government would make the judiciary more accountable and speed up the otherwise too slow system .

 

The world leaders across the Globe trying to subvert the Democratic structure to be equipped with manoeuvarable controls to achieve their sinister moves to perpetuate their misrule .

 

 

LOVE WE MUST

Love we must

And must we love

It doesn’t matter

Where we love

Oh my  pretty dove

Among the bushes

Deep down in the

Woods .

Stealithily in the nook of alleys

Or in the sprawling valleys

But love we must

And must we love

It does not matter

Where we live

On the green verdure

Enticing coquettish

pleasure

It doesnot matter

Where we make love

Along the sides of gurgling

brook

clinging to the branches

of rustling trees

enjoying a sensuous breeze

to tingle our passions

and delve deep in

Fathoms of eternity

Love we must

And must we love

 

 

TO BE IN LOVE

   My heart is burning

And is churning

   With the thought

        to be in   love                                                                     

    withyou

  Your bright eyes

  Wide as the blue skies

Your crimson cheeks

   high as mountain peaks

      lure me to your sensuous

       charm

My heart is thumping

  And is pumping

  with the thought

    To be in love

  with you.

 Your   long   twirling  hairs

      swirling down in pairs

             over your broad shoulders

                   whispering a swishing sound

                 like rustling leaves

                      The daylight enthusing maze

                     Of somber hues

                       Over the glowing face

                     My heart is sinking

                    And is jumping

                     With the thought

                       To be in love

                          With you.

              

                        

                          

 

 

 

 

THE SEASON OF VIOLENCE AND SEPARATISM .

The world is in the throes of violence breeding hatred , fanaticism and separatism. There are no signs of respite whatsoever.

INDIA

 Kashmir the most picturesque valley is hit by intense violence day in and day out. The border skirmishes between Pakistan and Indian army are on the increase breeding casualities particularly targeting Police forces which have lost six cops recently in the fierce encounters in south of Kashmir.

Although a good number of militants have been killed by Indian Army and Paramilitary forces , the militants continue to be on the offensive and continue targeting the Army quarters and police stations, killing innocent ones both civilians and cops at will with impunity.

The State Separators have been reduced to the state of pawns in the hands of Pakistan sponsored militants to foment perpetual trouble thus creating instability and hatred in the minds of youth against India.

The political parties are jostling for space fearing annihilation in the maelstrom of political survival.

The situation is worst than what it was in 1990 when the valley rebounded with first bouts of insurgency forcing lakhs of Kashmiri pandits to leave their homes and never to return till date.

The State PDP –BJP Government under leadership of Mehbooba Mufti has lost complete control over the situation and unable to restore a fragment of normalacy .

A cursory glance at the violent incidents this year (2017)could be an eye opener.to understand Kashmir imbroglio .

January 2017

3/01/17 A Let militant killed in Haritar Tarzoo Sopore,south Kashmir

6/01/17 Al Badr commander killed in macho, Budgam, near Srinagar.

10/01/17 A LeTmilitant killed and a soldier injured in Hajin, Bandipore.

16/01/17   Three Hizbul Mujahideen millitants killed in Awoora, Pahalgam.

 

February 2017

 04/02/17 Two Hizbul militants killed in Amargarh ,Sopore.

12/02/17   Two Soldiers ,four millitants and a civiliankilled in Kulgam .distict.

14/02/17   Three soldiers ,one LeTmillitant killed in Bandipore. A Major,and three LeTmilitants killed in Handwara,

23/02/17   Three soldiers and a woman killed in Shopian.

March 2017

 05/03/17     A Policeman and two militants killed in Tral.

09/03/17     Two militants killed in padgampora ,Pulwama

15/03/17     Three LeTmilitants and a a girl ,11 years old killed in Hyhama, Kupwara.

26/03/17  Two militants killed in Pulwama

28/03/17     A militant and three protesters killed in

Budgam.

April 2017

 02/04/17  A police man killed in grenade attack in Nowhatta downtown Srinagar.

03/04/17   A CRPF constable killed in Sempora , Srinagar.

10/04/17   Four militants killed during infiltration bid in South Kashmir.

22/04/17   Two militants killed in Budgam district.

27/04/17   Army Captain ,two soldiers ,two militants and a protester.

May 2017

 01/5/17  Five policemen and two Bank guards killed after fidayeen attack on cash van in Kulgam.

06/5/17   A militant and three civilians killed following militant attack on police party in Kulgam.

10/05/17   Lieutenant Ummer Fiaz Parray was abducted and killed in Shopian.

14/05/17       Two militants in Waripora Handiwara

20/21/05/17 Three soldiers and four militants killed while Army foiling the infiltration bid.

26/05/17   Two militants killed by Army foilled one more infiltration bid in Uri sector .

27/05/17   six militants were killed in Baramulla   and Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Sabzar Bhat killed in Tral . —            SOURCES (Indian Express, TOI) .

 

However all eyes on the Centre under the stewardship of Shri Modi to come up with solution that could the calm the valley and do away with violent killings for good.

CANADA

 Canada , a picture of calm and placid exterior is in actual seething with the “season of separatism”.

The French speaking Province of Quebec did not favour voting for the constitution of Canada in 1982 and was almost close to leaving Canada in 1985 referendum.

The Quebec Preimer Phillipe Couillard has reopened the constitutional talks after 22 years demanding province’s “ right distinctive society” with other demands like constitution veto powers ,increased immigration controls and a guaranteed spot in the Canadian Supreme court.

The charismatic young flamboyant Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has emphatically stated not to “reopen Canada’s constitution ” as reportd by REUTERS.

Phillipe Couillard while speaking to reporters said “we are Quebecers ,our nation is the founder of the country .we will engage ourselves in dialogue with other Canadians.” reports Global and Mail.

 

The Quebec Province holds 78 seats in 338 seats in the house of commons and Trudeau needs to win extra seats elsewhere to offset the losses in 2019 elections.

Trudeau apparently has enough potential to overcome the problem at hand.

 

AFGHANISTAN

 War tempers high again in Afghanistan.

As per Najib Danish spokesman Afghan Interior Ministry at least six police were killed and a dozen injured on Sunday(18/5/17) morning at 6.30am .   As many as six gunman and a suicide bomber gatecrashed the police head quarters in Gordez city in eastern Afghanistan.

It took whole day for the Afghani security forces to kill last gunman who had taken refuge in a kitchen in the police compound itself.

The weekend was gruesome.

An Afghan soldier working with US troops shot and wounded seven American soldiers on Saturday (17/5/17) as per Washington post. This being second “inside attack” on US soldiers.

Trump Donald’s Defence secretary James Mattis   testified to senate of Armed Services Committee about conflict in Afghanistan in his flamboyant style

“we are not winning the war in Afghanistan right now” The security situation deteriorating and the prospects of winning the war very remote in the current situation he reaffirmed.

Trump is stated to have given directives to increase troops at least by 5000 towards early July this year.

Meanwhile the ground situation in Afghanistan is very bad .

Anti Govt Protests in the streets of Kabul , demanding resignation of President Ashraf Ghani and his cabinet ministers for failing to protect the people and country from continued violence, are on the increase every day.

Let us hope wisdom sanity dawns on the war mongers and Peace Tranquility reigns the world for ever henceforth.