The Ant and the Grasshopper

The US Version

Ant & Grasshopper :

The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The Grasshopper thinks the Ant is a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away.

Come winter, the Ant is warm and well fed. The Grasshopper has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold.

The INDIAN Version

The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The Grasshopper thinks the Ant’s a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering Grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the Ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.

NDTV, BBC, CNN show up to provide pictures of the shivering Grasshopper next to a video of the Ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

The World is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be that this poor Grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Arundhati Roy stages a demonstration in front of the Ant’s house.

Medha Patkar goes on a hunger strike along with other Grasshoppers demanding that Grasshoppers be relocated to warmer climates during winter.

Amnesty International criticizes the Indian Government for not upholding the fundamental rights of the Grasshopper.

The Internet is flooded with online petitions seeking support to the Grasshopper.

The BJP stages a walkout in Parliament and demands an apology from Sonia Gandhi.

Left parties call for a “Bharat Bandh” in West Bengal and Kerala demanding a Judicial Enquiry.

CPM in West Bengal immediately passes a law preventing Ants from working hard in the heat so as to bring about equality of poverty among Ants and Grasshoppers.

Mamata Banerjee allocates one free coach to Grasshoppers on all Indian Railway Trains, aptly named as the ‘Grasshopper Rath’.

Finally, the Judicial Committee drafts the ‘Prevention of terrorism Against Grasshoppers Act’ [POTAGA], with effect from the beginning of the winter.

Arjun Singh makes ‘Special Reservation’ for Grasshoppers in Educational Institutions & in Government Services.

The Ant is fined for failing to comply with POTAGA and having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, it’s home is confiscated by the Government and handed over to the Grasshopper in a ceremony covered by NDTV.

Arundhati Roy calls it ‘A Triumph of Justice’.

Lalu-Mulayam call it ‘Socialistic Justice’.

CPM calls it the ‘Revolutionary Resurgence of the Downtrodden’.

The Grasshopper is invited to address the UN General Assembly.

Many years later…

The Ant has since migrated to the US and set up a multi-billion dollar company in Silicon Valley ..

100s of Grasshoppers still die of starvation despite facilities somewhere in India ..

As a result of loosing lot of hard working Ants and feeding the Grasshoppers, India is still a developing country!!!

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A note of appreciation and gratitude on New Year

As we begin the NEW YEAR with all the great expectations and enthusiasm, and fresh resolutions with long sought wishes, I would like to say:

:) Thanks, to those who loved me, they made my heart bigger.

:) Thanks, to those who were worried about me, they let me know that they actually cared.

:) Thanks, to those who left me, they made me realize that nothing lasts forever.

:) Thanks, to those who hated me, they made me a stronger person.

:) Thanks, to those who entered my life, they made me who I’m today.

I Just want to Thank you for being there in my life!!

Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2013!!!

A small comment on a blog post…

Today’s society just makes things more complicated when it comes to gender and human values. We need to remember there are people who are psychos and some are just not normal.
I would just like to say that the whole incident in Dehli also teaches us that our elders and our traditional values, especially in India, were and are not only correct but foundation stones of society.
Women are stronger than men but as elders used to say, they are Jewels and you cannot simply display Jewels everywhere. Any sane person will not leave his doors open and unsecured even if he lives in the most safest of all environments on earth. If you take precautions for precious belongings, do the same with your most precious jewels. We all men and women, parents need to remind ourselves before blaming our country and society, and calling it a shame and so on, how much do we respect our cultural and traditional values, how much do we respect the important lessons taught to us by our forefathers.
Again, we must look into ourselves and think about the entire situation, not all people are the same and equal in this world, and an entirely safe and secure world is just another dream for every human on earth.
Our culture does not allow alcoholism, or for women to roam the streets at night. It has long taught us to wear decent clothes and has never been inline with what today’s media and cinemas are showing. A survey done in the UK showed that the dress code was one of the major results leading to sexual assaults and harassment. Look at the movies now a days, I would not want my children to watch such musicals and scenes. Don’t we feel uncomfortable watching certain scenes and listening certain dialogues in the presence of our children. There is surely something wrong with the society itself which has undermined its social depth.

They also serve who stand and wait…!

The lines of ‘John Milton’ carry a lot of weight and meaning for many people around the world who want to bring about revolutions around the world, visionaries who can see what others around them cannot. It may seem that they are the lazy ones who are too heavy to walk the talk but the situation can never be understood by those who are busy passing their time away.

Waiting is the hardest part of life and in fact time itself. It makes one feel helpless and powerless against the push and pull of time. The tension from the tug of war between ones own self and his surrounding is ever increasing if not decreasing. For such moments have people invented words like  ‘kill time’ and ‘time pass’ whereas the Fatemi philosophy has guided the mind towards an entirely new dimension of thinking, where we are supposed to bring the night to life.

The wait has been given the status of Ibabdat and worship in several references for it is more tiring than the work itself and the agony of not doing something can be more trying than the exertion of worship as minutes turn to hours and hours to days and days to years. One may just crave for the longing to get the wants until finally a day comes when the waiting lounge becomes a comfort zone and the long awaited opportunity a fear of the unknown and that is why one must keep reminding the self that we are waiting for our turn.

To conclude, it would be easy to say that each and every person in his own position and stature is waiting for his destiny and the wait is long if one were to calculate it in terms of days and years but a wink of an eye or a small dream if one lives it to the fullest.

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