MY DAYS IN RISHIKESH

On November 19th 1989 I stepped carefully from the State bus ,my right hand firmly holding on to the bar ,after negotiating the broken rickety foot-hold, I eased myself down. I heaved a sigh of relief once my both feet were well on the ground , a task ,though simple one, was done without any incident.

I was not old ,barely in middle of forties ,but the fatigue stress of corporate job had intensified the telltale of the years on my face.

The Rishikesh bus stand was familiar sight ,crowded as usual with passengers thronging the place making unusual  noise with push and pull for getting into and out of the buses.

It was return of the native for me as I had spent nearly a decade from 1973 to 1983 as corporate manager in the Glass unit in this beautiful town.

Joining the Glass decorative unit as General Manager I headed for the waiting car towards the picturesque town .

The car went past the busy streets ,much more crowded than years gone by , slow stream of cars ,honking of buses and trucks ,drivers shouted at one another.

 

Ashrams_on_the_banks_of_Ganges_Rishikesh

Temples on the  bank of The Ganges River

The town was still beautiful , standing on either side of Holy River Ganges, the placid rippling waters causing a cool breeze that fetched freshness to the torrid looks.

The sacred river flows through the city originating from Shivalik hills in Himalayas and flows into the plains of India . A small town ,encircled by tall Himalayan range of emerald forests ,with string of Temples ,big and small, stand along the river banks, a real treat to one’s eyes.

The tourists make a beeline for Char Dham(four ) sacred abodes, Badrinath ,Kedarnath , Yamnotri ,and Gangotri passing through the gateway of Rishikesh.

The Hindu pilgrims are of firm belief   by visiting these places they seek salvation to heaven.

The car sped past the traffic and made way towards the TAPOVAN ,the site of our Decorative Glass unit.

 

We entered the gates of the Factory and Dr Lall , the M.D greeted me with a broad smile .

“welcome Kaul Sahib back to home” He said extending his warm hands for a handshake, which I took graciously.

“Thank you sir.it is pleasure to get chance to work with you again for an august company like BILT.” I replied politely.

 

“we are schedule to do decoration for beverage bottles for both Pepsi-cola and C o c a-cola and you have to do a lot of planning for decorating 500,000 bottles, mostly 300ml, per day.” D r Lall continued.

“ it depends on various factors . By the way what is production now?” I enquired anxiously.

“ About 100,000 bottles for various Indian customers. We need to reinforce infrastructure to enhance production and quality to cater to two giant multinationals .” Lall said with an air of finality.

“ I know you can do it . All I promise you will get my support and free hand to handle Plant affairs .” He continued emphatically.

“I shall put in all efforts to come up to your expectations” I replied back.

The meeting ended.

We went across the beautiful L a x man-J h o o l a for a sumptuous lunch at famous CHOTTIWALA.

“ I must thank you Lall Sahib for such a fabulous lunch. I have enjoyed every bit of it.”

“ Never mind , it is ok.” “ the next fortnight is crucial for us as both of the top executives of Pepsi-co l a and Coca -cola are visiting our plant here in Ta p o van for approving our plant operations . I want you to move swiftly on this so that we bag the full orders . By the way Kaul Sahib do you know any one from these two cos.” Lall Sahib asked anxiously .

“ Yes I know a couple of important guys from International Coke as well as Pepsi. But they are very professional sir and would be very strictly judging our skills of both operations and quality tests. We should get both orders but I need some immediate equipments for the laboratory for international testing of decorative bottles. These are very important” . I replied affirmatively.

 

“Discuss with the Purchase Manager and procure immediately whatever you require. Do not wait for my sanctions. I am going back tonight to Delhi and leave everything to you. I must have both orders . I trust your communication skills should be additional factor for our success. Good luck to you” l a l l sahib shook hands with me and proceeded to Delhi ,leaving me to fend for myself to accomplish the task as effectively as possible.

 

Needless to say we succeeded not in getting the full orders from both Giants but also in making huge profits for the company in the long run.

My second stint in R i s h i k e s h was very successful in all aspects and now a myriad of memories flow intermittently  to bring a moment’s peace to the soul and body together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

THE BEACH GIRL

Behold the Beach girl

Sweet and sour

Thunderous wonderous

reaching out just

to

amuse me with legions

of Love .

with almost no attire

the beach girl beckoning

 in a leap

sweeps me off the feet

into recesses of sea

so blue deep.

fighting the tides

steep

spring and neap.

In her tight clasp

Tossing plunging

I melt down to

her sensuous passion.

 amidst

Turbulent tempestuous

Waves

Storming to the shore.

Behold the beach girl

Garrulous gorgeous

But

enticing and engulfing

me

to the ecstacy

of

passionate bliss.

 

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

 

 

DOWN THE SLOPPY HILL

Jump on Jump on

To the saddle

Resting firmly your feet

On the paddle

you are no more

A child in the cradle

With grit and Will

Just tumble down

The sloppy hill

Enjoying the rhyme

Rhythm of wind

Whirring Sweetly softly

Caressing, tossing up

Your face and hair.

The lark soaring up on the sky

Deep blue and high.

Flying with no fear

Tearing through the clouds

With cheer.

The birds swarm across

In flocks like beloveds

With arms akimbo

Like a Jumbo

In a freestyle show

You race down race down

Down and down

Turn and twist

Fume and fret

Like a speedy jet

with Grit and Will

Just tumble down

The sloppy hill.

Down and down

With smile only

No fear or frown

THE WORLD

Theresa May in action

The UK. Under the leadership of Theresa May is finally set to trigger Article 50 of key EU treaty on March 29 2017.

She has kept to her word in letter and spirit by assuring its citizens that she would “broker a best deal for United Kingdom” according to BBC.

Tim Barrow, Britain’s ambassador to 28 nations EU, informed the European Council President Tusk of finally exiting the European Union.

It could take at least two years for UK to complete the most important negotiation, thus severing the trade ties of 43 years.

Prime Minister Theresa May ought to make announce in the House of Commons on March 29TH, the day Article 50 is triggered.

The European Commission   confirmed it stood ready to help launch the negotiations.

The UK is expected to turn a new leaf towards building trade relations with thriving world economies especially with South Asian booming markets rather than confining itself to EU cage.

The move is crucial in a way it could plunge United Kingdom into a period of uncertainty.

It is to be seen and watch UK survives the Exit successfully.

Asia’s youngest Nation

East Timor, Asia’s youngest democracy became independent on May 20th in 2002.

With 60 percent unemployment the country held polls for Presidential elections on Monday, 20th March 2017, fourth time since its independence in 2002.

Francisco “ Lu olo” Guterres backed by party that led independence struggle (FRETILIN) is the most coveted one to win the election.

East Timor was under the occupation of Portugal, who settled down in 16th century and was in command till 1975.

Later on Indonesia invaded it and annexed it with their country,

It was after great struggle East Timor became independent.

The young Nation is determined to build the future of their people.

Bygmalion Scandal.

French former President Nicolas Sarkozy was caught unawares when a judge ruled that Sarkozy must stand trial over the charges that his party falsified to hide 20 million Euros of campaign spending in 2012.

Popularly known as Bygmalion scandal, centers around the charges leveled against Sarkozy’s party UMP raising invoices to the tune of 20 million Euros in name of the party through a public relation company, Bygmalion thus allowing it to spend double the amount than permitted under the French campaign financial laws.

Sarkozy, thus, is the second President to be accosted under law, the first being President Jacques Chirac who was given two years suspended sentence for misappropriation of public funds.

Netherland vs. Turkey row

The Knives are out. Netherland and Turkey are fighting.

The Dutch Govt   refused two Turkish ministers to hold rally with Turkish citizens in Rotterdam as reported by REUTERS.

The rallies had been called to address ethnic Turkish residents in Rotterdam to vote yes for providing sweeping powers to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on April16 referendum.

The Dutch police used water canons and attack dogs on the protesters who retaliated

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan retorted angrily calling Dutch “Nazi remnants”

The Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim went a step ahead by promising to take “harshest ways” and “ respond in kind to this unacceptable behaviour” in retaliation.

Turkish president Erdogan’s fresh controversial statement accusing the Dutch of being behind the gruesome slaughter of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995 “they have nothing to do with the civilized world they have nothing to do with modern world”

Almost 8000Muslim men and boys were reported being killed by Bosnian Serb troops in Srebrenica with a Dutch battalion of UN Peacekeepers allegedly failing to halt the gruesome slaughter.

It appears that the world Nations are pursuing the path of violence against one another with no remorse or regret.

The United Nations Organization   needs to take lead in pursuing the warring Nations across the globe to usher into serious peace talks for the well being of millions who live with a hope of prosperous future

.We hope wisdom dawns on the people of this great world irrespective of caste creed color to sit across and seek much needed Peace for good.

Innovation

The Researchers at Queensland University in Australia have developed models of human heart tissue to study Cardiac biology and disease in laboratory stage to help understand the means to arrest the spreading disease.

The scientists have invented functional “beating” human heart muscle from stem cell a significant step in this direction.

A LOOK AT WORLD EVENTS

Trump Donald Woos Putin

 Both Russia and Washington are genuinely inclined to bond together to fight violent extremists and usher into a peace and tranquility for good.

In fact Russian Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov told his country lawmakers in emphatic manner

“we need to work in a business like “.

Among other issues he referred to the urgency for US and European Union ending of the sanctions imposed on Russia after capturing and annexing of Crimea in 2014.

The president Donald Trump has already expressed his willingness to lift the sanctions on Russia in his interview to Wall street quite recently.

But the Eurpean Union is in awe of President Putin‘s meddling in Ukraine ,military encroachment into Baltics and Artic.

Lavrov however assured the European Union that “Russia is a peaceful country but we have to be ready and prepared to provide the security and safety of our citizens,” he said.

Also in response The US has moved enough troops to Europe ever since the end of cold war.

Looking to Trump’s recent executive orders in relation to banning travel of seven Muslim majority countries and for

construction of 2000kms wall on Mexicon border ,The President means business.

Despite huge protests and sharp reactions from the Civil rights groups and Democrats he stands firmly on his decisions right or wrong.

Meanwhile the world leaders have reacted strongly to the Trump’s banning order.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacted to the banning order as reported by The Guardian” she is convinced that decisive battle against terrorism doesnot justify a general suspicion against people of certain origin or religion”

The Turkish Prime Minister ,Binali Yildrim said “he did not think any white house order could curb terrorism .you can build a wall but it is not a solution “ He added that Turkey has spent $ 26 billion onsheltering refugees from Syria.and other places.

The Canadian PM has he would welcome refugees and OTTAWA has started offering visas to Engineers Techies for asylum in Canada.

He would not budge from his well intended decision to improve US relations with Russia provided Putin responds equally enthusiastically.

In case the two forge an alliance of unity this should begin a new era in the history of two super powers of the world

It could lead to an era of peace for generations to come.

French Corruption Affair.

Corruption charges donot seem to be the forte of India only .

The reported corruption charges against French Conservative Presidential candidate Francoise Fillon may derail his election propects .The prosecutors have launched investigation against his British wife for receiving money illegally.

Fillon ,being the front runner in the Presidential Election race, has hit back by promising to quashing the charges against his wife Penelope after presenting the facts to the investigating authorities soon.

In case he fails it would spell disaster to his prospects of becoming next President of France.

Iran Fires A Salvo

 Just to test the audacity of US President Trump on the Iran- Us treaty 2015 ,Iran launched a missile on Monday that travelled 600kms but the re-entry vehicle exploded just before completing the flight.as reported by New york Times.

Trump upheld that he would abide by the deal with Iran during his campaign, but the launch would give opportunity to Israel to push for new sanctions specifically related to Missiles.

An interesting moment to watch and wait for Trump to Act.