Saturday, August 15, 2009

Happy Independence Day!

Last week Singapore saw its 44th National Day. Now it's India's turn. Today India celebrates its 63rd Independence Day. The day every Indian has to recall the history. The day every Indian has to understand the true meaning of independence. The day every Indian has to realise its current state.

Going back six decades to the past, I imagine how our ancestors faced the days in the clutches of britishers' hands. Innumerable sacrifices, countless martyr deaths, endless struggles. Some chose violence. Some chose non-violence. But their aims were same. Their goal was one. Freedom. The first thing that we have to mention is their vision. They dreamt of freedom. They foresaw their children's future. The next thing that cannot be spoken without appreciation is their courage. The courage to fight against the strong force in those days. The other thing was the unity. A bunch of religions, hundreds of languages and thousands of castes. Nevertheless they were united for one purpose. Freedom.

After so many struggles we finally got independence. But are we really maintaining that freedom? Aren't we misusing what we got? Making public nuisance through various crap banners on the roadsides, spitting on the roads, throwing rubbish wherever one feels like, illegal encroachment of lands, creating groupism reservation in the name of equal rights, fight for separate land, cutting down the trees for artificial development, excess usage of electricity & wastage of water all in the name of freedom and fundamental rights. Some of these activities are in fact now lead to global warming.

Let's keep aside these concerns. What about the strengths that our ancestors had? Do we have the vision about our future India? Do we have that courage to fight against the political corruption? Are we united to fight against the breeding terrorism? How strong are we to face the challenges thrown by the other world countries? These questions are not just to others but even to myself. I dont totally deny that we dont have these qualities. We definitely do have. Our country has very obviously seen a remarkable development in the last 62 years. It is not easy to achieve this development by any country that is vast in geographical area and home for rich and diversified cultures. That is India. In spite of various religions and innumerous races we are united always as one nation. Such is our achievement. Indians are shining not just in the other countries. But India itself is shining in the outer space of our planet Earth. While we have crossed various milestones in the past years we also have started laying foundations in different significant areas.

We are strong compared to hundreds of other countries in the world. In fact we are playing major role as advisories to many countries on the critical issues. But the strength that we have today is far less powerful than what our freedom fighters had at those times. Let's develop that courage and vision. Let's have strong unity in diversity. Let's be responsible Indians. Let's contribute our best to save the planet earth where we belong.

Vande Mataram! Jai Hind!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Happy Birthday

Lord Sri Krishna!

hare krishna hare krishna
krishna krishna hare hare
hare rama hare rama
rama rama hare hare

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Oxygen levels...

I tried to google for a ready reckoner chart of the oxygen levels available to breathe at various altitudes. Unfortunately I found none among hundreds of the relevant sites. So I went through few of those relevant sites, gained some knowledge and drafted the below chart myself. The chart is although approximate, it's 99% accurate :-)