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Thoughts on a variety of topics
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The following are my thoughts on a few issues that have been occupying space in my mind for quite sometime now. Except for the last one, the rest leave me irritated when I ponder over themfor long. So, this outpouring of words is a way to cleanse my mind at your expense. As for the lasttopic writing about it was an emotional safari to which I now invite all my readers especiallythose who are parents or contemplate becoming one some day.********************
I do not think we are deriving optimal benefit from the platform that SCRIBD provides us. I am asguilty as anyone else but I hope by sharing these lines with you, I shall commit myself irrevocablyto do something about it at my level.Everyone is either only appreciative in his / her comments or else silent. Surely, without beingrude, disrespectful or mean, we can still give a constructive, detailed feedback that analyses moreand appreciates less. Why are we -creative individuals all- behaving as “fans” and not as “critics”when it comes to other people’s articles? Why is it that it almost appears to be a classic case of,“You pat my back and I shall pat yours!”?Some articles /stories are not worth it but, surely, some deserve our careful consideration. Maybe,like me, some of you are struck by some write-up and, just like me, all you reply with is, “Wow!That was great…” and back it up with a 5 star rating / including the article in your list of favourites.I think this kind of a feedback is irrelevant and, perhaps, even harmful.I do not know about you but I see myself as a writer imprinting my insides on paper in an attemptto first make clear to my own self the whisperings of my soul and, then, to communicate the sameacross to others of my species in order to invite their help in my struggle to understand myself better. I want to read in their eyes my own reflections and feel in their sighs my own yearnings andtrace in their smiles my own victories and spot in their frowns my own confusions. What draws meto SCRIBD is that without knowing me personally readers can go through my work; that, too,without spending a penny and then respond openly and directly. Your appreciation is heady stuff and I like it but your analysis is what I crave for – not only analysis of how I write but also of how itaffected you and whether, in your opinion, I did justice to the concept. At my end, I want to dolikewise with your articles…unless, of course, if you tell me that I should rather not.I do remember giving one or two such feedbacks and receiving a couple myself. That’s just notenough considering that it has been close to nine months since I joined SCRIBD during which timeI contributed some 20 odd articles/stories and read numerous write-ups, many of whom I enjoyed.I guess to do what I mentioned above, we’ll have to slow down the rate at which we contribute /respond through SCRIBD. We need to give ourselves time to “stand and stare” instead of rushingabout either submitting our write-ups or commenting in a few inconsequential lines (howsoever appreciative) on someone else’s work.Or is it that I want from SCRIBD something that it was not meant to deliver in the first place? I’ll letyou all be the judge of that.****************
b)The Western Financial Crisis
The crisis that hit the West and then travelled to the rest of the globe has provided a life time of work to many professors –most of whom failed to see what was wrong with a world where theconsumption levels of a select few were supporting the production choices, intellectual rigours andaesthetic values of the rest. Some intellectuals did have misgivings but, really, no one seriouslyexplored the faulty premise on which the world economy rested –unbridled, unwarranted,unquestioned consumption. This is because the idea of consuming not as per one’s desires but asper one’s needs is yet to make headway in the West. Till this does not happen, the West’s cries of bewilderment at its predicament are not likely to result in anything useful.Western banks, credit rating agencies, securitisation companies, Wall Street honchos –all havebeen discredited by the crisis. But three equally guilty agencies have escaped relativelyunscathed: the governments, the media and the academicians. I do not have much to say aboutthe first –whoever expects governments to be prescient or wise is living in a fools’ world; I won’tsay anything about the second –media is still in its teens, all energy but little purpose. However, Ido have something to say about the intellectuals: the least this class can do before it goes abouttelling us why everything came down like a pack of cards (and pocketing fat pay cheques whilethey are at it) is to apologise -with a capital A. And, while we are on the letter A: - how about a littleAccountability?Let us make no mistake. The crisis that struck the West is not a financial one but an intellectualone that has philosophical undertones. A recovery won’t begin and, even if it does, won’t besustainable (never mind the numbers and the pie-charts) unless the dons at all those reputedbusiness schools and Universities utilise their expensive research facilities and impressive journals to create and popularise an economic system that, at the very least, ensures that no oneanywhere in the world goes to bed hungry for any reason whatsoever. One malnourished childshould be enough to blast our faith in all those erudite lectures.We must also accept that our fascinatingly complex mathematical models do not as yet have theability to appreciate what is otherwise a self evident truth: that a man, any man –white, brown,yellow or black - is more than the soft drinks he has the ability or the whim to purchase.*****************
Israel and the Palestine (and, generally speaking, all such internecine conflict zonesaround the world)
A displaced race needs a home. It gets one at the cost of another that was too weak to resisteffectively. And everyone lived happily ever after…just who can seriously consider this ending asanything but improbable?So, what have we before us courtesy that smart nonsense our grandfathers engaged in almost 65years ago? Palestinians are outgunned every time they rebel but they keep rebelling. Meanwhile,the Israelis, a gifted set of people, are busy garrisoning themselves morning, noon and night evenas their benefactors, the Western powers, keep reassuring them that they are not alone in ahostile world. But no matter what is done for them, the Israelis still feel threatened. Nobody is safe.None is happy.The Palestinians keep finding new ways to die; the Israelis keep finding new ways to kill. Bothsides are a lot less human with each passing day. Both sides (and the world at large but more sothe Western nations) are culpable.

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A New Year readcast from The Peasant Philosopher.
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Carla, thanks for your message and comments. Yes, I think what you say makes sense -appreciation through comments, suggestions through messages. About your suggestion on One More Evening: would ponder over it.
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Thanks for your comments, Carla. I'll try reloading Musings or, else, readcast it again.
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Thanks for your comments. I'll try reloading Musings or, else, readcast it again.
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My thoughts on a variety of topics including on the platform provided by SCRIBD and how, in my opinion, we are not making optimal use of it.
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