Joy & Sorrow - khalil gibran

Then a woman said, "Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow."
And he answered:
Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that hold your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
Some of you say, "Joy is greater than sorrow," and others say, "Nay, sorrow is the greater."
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.
Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.
Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.
When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.


Mee Mumbaikar

With the news channels predicting the "imminent" arrest of Raj Thackeray, the whole of Maharasthra remains on tenterhooks, trouble sure to erupt if the imminent does occur.

At the heart of the situation the debate over who exactly a Mumbaikar is still rages. As a south Indian residin in pune i aint sure how qualified i am to comment on a sensitive as this so i wont.

I kinda like the younger Thackeray. He is young, capable of stirring his followers and is very intelligent as the current situation shows. He definitely is the brightest star for the future.
What more, he does have the support of majaority of the native state population for raking up this issue. Mr.Patil-a colleague in dad's office- going as far as wanting his arrest so that trouble does erupt. ...cant imagine how perverse can one get. It is common knowledge that Mumbai will burn if Raj is indeed docked.

The major grouse of his party has been the migrant population eating up into the jobs sector leaving none for the native population.
I feel the cheatin off jobs comment is kinda funny. Under this garb MNS has been attackin poor taxi drivers and migrant labourers. Is that the kind of jobs that they feel cheated off !!!!!. Why exactly did all the north indians or the bhaiyyas to be more specific land up with these jobs. The owners hire people depending on their ability. If the native population is indeed capable then why not compete in the same sector instead of driving the competition away. These jobs were there for the takin b4 the influx occured. Why is MNS creatin a ruckus about it now. Are they implyin that after drivin the north indians off they want maharashtrians to be the labourers and taxi drivers. I fail to understand.

The issue about the development of mumbai being adversely affected by the influx of migrants is definitely serious. I completely agree that the coming up of slums the way they are in mumbai does nothing in the city's quest to become the next shanghai. It is a probelm and needs lookin into. The solution suggested by Raj Thackeray sounds lame though. Banning the entry of people into the city would hardly solve the issue.If he is so concerned about the issue he might as well have taken up the issue with the state government, his being a cadre based party it would have worked wonders for the city. I was watching his press conference and loved the way he responded to the questions. He does have the charisma to lead maharshtra to a glorious path.Pity he resorted to these means. To add to the confusion we have Abu Azmi who responded with distribtuion of sticks to his workers, when he wuld have been wise to try and defuse the situation amicably. Finally he seems to have toned down his rhetoric...good sense prevailin at last.

Somewhere along the the majority who took the brunt of the attacks were people who struggle for their livelihood... thrashing defenceless taxidrivers serves no point...How many big or powerful north indians has the MNS taken on...apart from the occasional Amitabh Bachchan.. and what happened to bachchan, he still lives off his crores comfortably...while the poor suffer as his party activists wreak havoc.
Everybody has the right to live...in his chosen place...atleast in our country, that is what makes India so great.

Thackeray may have the best intentions for his city, unfortunately the method chosen to realize his intentions is not something that i agree with ( not that it matters to him). In an attempt to galvanize his party from political obscurity, he has raked up an issue which would only lead to further disquiet and chaos in the mumbai. In the midst of all this people who struggle day in- day out for their basic needs....suffer.

I like Raj Thackeray....he would definitely get my vote had he been contestin from where i am...i just hope good sense prevails...

WORDS-Ryan Adams

If everything you want is something you couldn't have
Go outside a while, look up and count the clouds
Can you draw a picture of the backyard of the house
You grew up in, can you remember how it smelled?

Don't worry up your mind
People are sick and mean sometimes
They're only words
They're only words

If everybody is grateful, how come nobody's satisfied
If a tree falls in the woods and there ain't no one around
If you heard it you could go over and whittle out a wishing box
You could write her name on something and put it inside

Don't worry up your mind
People are sick and mean sometimes
Don't worry up your mind
They're only words
Its only words
Its only words


Hard Times - Eastmountainsouth

simply love the lyrics of this song....

As we pause in life's pleasures and count its many tears
Let us all taste the hungers of the poor.
There's a song that will linger forever in our ears:
Hard times, come again no more.

It's a song and a sigh of the weary.
Hard times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door.
Hard times, come again no more.

As we seek mirth, and beauty, and music light and gay
There are frail forms fainting at the door.
Though their voices are silent, their pleading looks will say:
Hard times, come again no more.

It's a song and a sigh of the weary.
Hard times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door.
Hard times, come again no more.

It's a song that the wind blows across the troubled wave.
It's a cry that is heard along the shore.
It's the words that are whispered beside the lowly grave
When hard times will come again no more.

It's a song and a sigh of the weary.
Hard times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door.
Hard times, come again no more.


Will of Francisco Ferrer

" I also wish my friends to speak ittle or not at all about me , because idols are created when men are praised , and this is very bad for the future of the human race. Acts alone , no matter by whom committed , ought to be studied , praised or blamed.Let them be praised in order that they may be imitated when thy seem to contribute to the commonweal.Let them be censured when they are regarded as injurious to the general

well being, so that they may not be repeated.

I desire that on no occasion whether near or remote , nor for any reason what so ever , shall demonstration of a political or religious character be made before my remains, as I consider the time devoted to the dead would be better employed in improving the conditons of the living most of whom stands in great need of this."

{ Will of Francisco Ferrer , Spanish educator

1859-1909 Executed after the Bacelona riots

by a plot of his clerical enemies.}

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