Times have changed, and so has the title. But, it is still the same place where reflections of my colorful thoughts are scribbled. They are sometimes crazy and sometimes deep, but most often they do make sense when I pause and take a moment to write.
I had planned this beautiful journey of 365 days as a dedication to my blog's 10th birthday. However, we can always encounter obstacles that can cause a deviation. One such deviation that I had to face was my personal challenges that did not let me the time and energy required to devote for this 365 day challenge.
So, I decided to give it a break and start from where it all ended, the 295th post. From today I will write a post a day and complete this journey. That is about 70 days of writing. Not bad. Don't you think?
Today's post is all about random ramblings that have been on mind. First thing on my mind is the scary and funny political scenario in the US. I am not able to fathom the reasons why Trump was nominated from the Republican party. The reality hits hard that someone like him can be there as a prospective candidate for being the president. I sometimes think it is because a lot of people are stressed in today's day and age. They are looking out for means of entertainment and probably they thought it will be fun to have a stand-up comedian who is completely narcissistic and sarcastic about everything around. Guess his supporters keep visiting the convention for a few good laughs and entertainment. It was sad to see how he did not have any dignity while talking to that gold star family of Khans. His party is also loaded with folks who are very similar to him. Watching the morning news on CNN where his party spokesperson was interviewed showed how like-minded people attract each other (as is his case!)-Katrina was a blast that I'm sure every viewer of that program had expressed a similar expression as Allsyn Camerota. Watch that news show to understand the context.
Well, leaving the politics aside and letting Trump go, I have a few other thoughts on my mind, which is a video I came across yesterday. It is about the first engineering graduate from a scheduled tribe caste in south India (State of Tamil Nadu)- Nari kuravar or Jackal people. During the early days, they were hunters and used to be in the forest hunting jackals and doing agriculture. Later, they were prohibited from entering forests and so they took to their gypsy lifestyle by selling beaded ornaments (usually denoted as 'korathi' in malayalam and the beads they sell is called 'korathi mala'). Education is denied to most children as they are always on a move and never settle down any place. They also are folks who focus on living in the 'moment' and for the 'moment' as they do not do any savings and focus on spending their every day income. As they were considered a tribal community there has been a lot of stigma associated with this tribe which also dampens their growth. They also speak their own language (Vagriboli) which is a mix of Tamil, Telugu, and Marathi. These folks are similar (or treated) to Kuruvikaras.
This was one of the touching stories I have come across in recent times. A girl is changing the course of her community towards better education and progressive thinking. Yes, there are many a number of engineers in India and that is even higher in Tamil Nadu considering the number of colleges available. People can claim as to what is so special about this girl graduating when there are a lot of people from poorer sectors of the society who have been able to get their degrees. This is hard as first of all she is a 'she', a girl. It is not easy for women even in higher strata of society to earn at the same pay scale in today's world. But then here is a girl from a tribal community where education is not so common. For this girl to be able to graduate by using the Scheduled Tribe (ST) quota for her degree has been solely due to her supportive parents.
Listening to her story made me realize how blessed I was to be able to 'not fight' for just getting my degrees. How blessed I was to 'not fight' to have an access to internet and express my own thoughts. I was blessed when I was a girl of her age, graduating from college, planning my masters, looking out for options and what not.
As the girl rightly says, education is the key to open up your thoughts and think progressively and not stay rooted to old beliefs and systems. She also brings up a valid point about being 'ridiculed'. As a community we have a habit of labeling people and ridiculing those whom we assume are of lower strata or capability. What you think you do for fun can hurt or make it hard for the person to accept. We are all one and the same. We carry the same set of emotions and need food, water, and shelter just like every other being on earth. Yet we have so much of difference among who and what kind of people can lead, study, or even progress in life. Yes, the obstacles come from both external (those outside the community) and internal (within the community) ties. The winner of course rebels these ties and sets themselves free.
I think this video is a good one to share on my 295th post and the one where I'm back after a long gap. Let me know your thoughts !
Today is Chingam 1 (to be read as onnu). It is the new month according to the lunisolar calendar. This month is also called as Avani and Shravana. So, why is this month special? This month marks the beginning of the festival season back home and the it is fun to have small celebrations through the months until mid- December. It is also the month of Onam (Harvest festival in Kerala).
The first festival we have this month is the 'sacred thread' changing ceremony for men/boys who wear that. This is followed by usually the birthday of little Krishna and then the elephant-head god, Ganesha. Then comes Onam followed by the beautiful month of Navaratri or Durga Pooja. So, the big set of festival season is here and here is a wish to all of you on Chingam 1. Wishing you all blessed and excellent months ahead. Have fun!
Do you guys know about Manjadikuru ? They are the little red seeds. For anyone who is from God's own country or is familiar with Kerala wouldn't have missed this. There is something special about holding them, playing with these seeds. Usually, most homes will have a small 'uruli' or a bowl filled with these beautiful and shiny red seeds. In most Krishna temples in Kerala, you will come across a small 'uruli' with Manjadikuru. People believe that it is lucky to take these seeds with both hands and just play with them when you visit a temple. Some even leave a couple of coins as they do this. In Guruvayoor (my favorite place), you can see a big 'uruli' with manjadi.
So, why and how did this become prevalent ? It goes back to a story from the past. Many years ago, there lived a poor lady in northern Kerala. She was an ardent devotee of Lord Guruvayoorappan (Krishna) and always wanted to visit Guruvayoor. She could not afford to buy any offering (nived…
Bucket List. A term that has become popular much after the famous movie with the same title in 2007. The term would have probably taken after the euphemism 'kick the bucket', which was again popularized in the movie, 'It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world'. The 2007 movie was a massive hit and how would it be not? It had Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in the lead. The term was meant to have a list of things you wish you can do before you leave this world.
It is like a goal list that can evolve as you grow and change perspectives in life. I used to have a wish list that worked as a to-do list mostly like a work list for short-term goals. However, off late, I have decided to make one and keep it as an ever evolving list.
The first one on my list as of now (that was from the past too) is to get my biggest degree in life. Hopefully I will tick that one off my list soon.
Do share your thoughts on your list and how do you plan on getting it all checked out.