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Hi! I’m Justin Raj, a stock broker by profession, is also a freelance Journalist, an amateur Filmmaker and an enthusiastic Marathoner who possesses the ‘bad habit’ of writing too much. And as long as that ‘bad habit’ stays with me, I keep on posting to my blog.

A blogger is basically a tech-savvy writer. He is a keen observer with a sharing mind, not a silent spectator to all events which happen around him. If a reader is a person who loves to gain knowledge, a blogger or writer is one who loves to share his knowledge and dare to speak out his opinions and ideas. Like a singer expresses by singing, dancer by dancing, actor through acting, a blogger blogs his feelings and ideas out. Literally, Freedom of Expression is his shield and the blog is his Sword.

Here in my blog, write-ups are archived in 9 labels. In ‘Sweet and Bitter’ you can read about my diverse life experiences and valuable lessons I learnt from it. ‘Published Articles’ offers you my articles which have been published in Daily Newspapers. In ‘Random Brain Waves’ you can meet up with my random (or at times, weird) ideas. Poetry writing has eventually become a new hobby as well as a part of my blog. You can read my poems in ‘Verses’. In ‘Marathon’ label, you can read about my marathon experiences, challenges and how running a marathon can shape a man’s life.

‘Vlog’ is a recent addition to my blog as I realize the potential future of visual media. Sometimes, a 3-minute video can do the magic of expression than a 3000 word article. In this label you can watch the short films, documentaries, advertisements et al I have made. ‘Favorite Articles’ consists of articles which have influenced my outlook and attitude on life. Being a tireless traveler, ‘Travel’ label takes you to various travel experiences of mine. Conducting researches is a part of Journalism. In ‘Research Articles’ label you can get articles which throw light on various researches I have conducted.

Every life meets with various challenges, diverse experiences and at the end, all those teach us valuable lessons for our future. Wise men learn by other men's mistakes, fools by their own said H. G. Bohn. I learn more by my own mistakes than others. It doesn’t mean that I’m a fool! I learn from other’s lives too. My blog is a platform for sharing not only my life experiences but also the valuable lessons, ideas and poetry triggered by them.

To my mind, blog is a thinking man's tool. Blogging is more a passion than a hobby for me. It is as if talking something to someone somewhere in world. My words keep on talking to the visitors of my blog. I can feel the magic of words! And that’s the power of blogging!

Monday, May 09, 2011

Sweet Memoirs of an Indian Boy.


Few weeks ago, while watching a Malayalam movie with friends, a short film was screened in the theatre prior to the movie. It was a fantastic visualization of India's achievements in defence, cultural, business, industry and arts. As soon as that short film drew to a close, audience stood up, gave out thunderous applause, high-pitched whistles and cheered at the maximum of their voice.
Suddenly, after contributing our part of hooting, one of my friends said in tamil: “ eppadi iruntha India, ippadi ayitaen!” that simply means, India has grown much from nothing. We enjoyed that phrase (it's a filmy punch dialogue of a popular Tamil comedian) and we laughed louder. Movie was excellent. It is a box office hit but in truth, that movie couldn’t rock the theatre like the short film did.
That night his words started lingering in my mind with flashes of my childhood during early 90's : those golden days without television, video games and other modern entertainment facilities we enjoy today. India has changed and indians as well.
There was no time killing activities other than talking with friends, playing cricket or football. Weekends were spent on listening to elders' stories of struggles and hardships. “India was a rich country. European colonization has plundered the vast resources of our country. We are poor now!” most of the old people complained. Going to cinemas and other entertainments were considered as luxury.
Those 'Poor India' stories had really given us a bad impression about our country. No hope. No motivation and no self esteem. The newspapers were filled with news of corruption, political tensions and especially, failures of highly expensive Indian rocket missions. We were all literally shameful about being born in this country.
Only source of motivation was reading the heroics of Indian freedom fighters and feeling of being born in a great country which can boast of a great heritage and culture.
During those days, there were no television channels other than government owned DoorDharshan. On Sundays, we, as small children used to peek through the window of a neighbour's house (he is the first proud owner of a television in our locality) to watch 'Mahabharatha' in Sunday morning, matinee show and Jungle Book cartoon in the night.
Television antenna was considered as a prestigious relic which was sealed on top of every houses those had a television. Some poor geniuses (who didn’t own a television) even fixed TV antennas on top of their houses to prove to the world that antennas are much cheaper than television!
(Here one of my friends at his house I'm staying tonight was constantly glancing on my computer screen. He was reading what I was typing and told that he had a television at home when he was a little child. I told him that he was born in a rich family and I wasn’t! He left...without giving out a word...poor fellow!)
Later on, cable television came, putting an end to the antenna frenzy, providing more TV channels thus more entertainment at the comfort of your home.
Then came the pager... One day, I noticed a beeping equipment with my cousin and totally went mad with that gadget. Then I heard, the era of pager was just a short-lived one with the sudden emergence of mobile phones
It was my uncle who started using the mobile phone first in my family. It was a Siemens gadget which looked and weighed exactly like a brick piece. Using a mobile phone is not a simple issue, an incoming call will cost you `12 ! So, you can imagine how much it costed to makes an outgoing call.
No wonder a mobile phone was a prestigious gadget a person could ever possess. Like the television antenna, some people (including my uncle) tried hard to show off the antenna of their mobile phone in every way possible.
While doing high schooling little did we imagined we would be using mobile phones in near future nor did we imagined we would be using laptops within few years.
I still remember the day when few computers were installed in my school as a part of launching computer lab and we were all standing near to them with total awe. Some students expressed their anxiety and joy by touching, fondling and patting on them. The tutor with great pride, taught the basics of computer as if she was teaching us Rocket Science.
During late 1990's the scenario was essentially changing. The name India was shining even in the international arena. India has transformed from 'Poor India' to 'India Shining' and 'Incredible India'.
Though 41.6% of the total Indian population still living below the international poverty line, the 'Poor India' stories are heard nowhere. Most of the people got money, a vast purchasing power and more comfortable life.
Old days were fun days. Though celebrations were restricted to special occasions such as Onam, Vishu, Easter, Christmas and New Year. There was a community feeling and religious harmony among everyone. We exchanged food, gifts and pleasantries. There were a feeling of companionship among friends, family and local communities. People were more sociable those days.
Will those beautiful and joyful days come again? I don’t know... but, I believe, there is always a loss with a gain. Let my country shine and grow and most of us wish, let it become a Super Power in future.
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