Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Weaving a Revolution through Blogs, Micro-blogs, & Gandhi

Do you really know what happened in Egypt? Was there a revolution or just a premature revelation of a stressed-out response? Was it the impending fear of a massive blood-bath that made Hosni Mubarak give up? Were blogging and micro-blogging the real heroes? Did Gandhian principles once again rise and conquer? Or is it simply a smart declaration by a shrewd president?

I did read about the comparatively peaceful marches towards Tahrir Square and wondered if a spirit of non-violence could actually have the power to survive in an age where rage has become synonymous with a contemporary lifestyle. And anyway, how could a continent where the barbarism of bloody coups was the norm, suddenly take a turn and embrace a non-violent stance? Breaking through all this din from the past, Gandhi’s voice did seem to make a come-back in far-away Egypt. Even Obama, the US President, admits: “And while the sights and sounds that we heard were entirely Egyptian, we can’t help but hear the echoes of history – echoes from Germans tearing down a wall, Indonesian students taking to the streets, Gandhi leading his people down the path of justice.”

Does this revolution then resurrect Gandhi?

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Man, Woman, and Poetry!

There is an intrinsic spiritual connection between a man, woman, and poetry. I came across a few quotes trying to crack the mystery that woman is and some wanting to dive deeper into the man-woman relationship. To my surprise I found they held in their folds some spicy, tangy, and zingy lessons for men as well as poets. Poetry, as I understand it, figures out mysteries rather fast, women love figures (not always their own) and man expectedly sums up his thesis in a couple of mumbled words like ‘That figures!’

I figure you’ve figured what we’re getting into. If you haven’t, let me clarify that even if you read on there aren’t going to be any solutions offered, no titillating mysteries uncovered and no spiritual peaks achieved. Well, these seven quotes could have lying between them one of the many ways to write poetry. I just want the art of poetry writing to get spread more because poets, I believe, tend to be powerful but harmless mortals who are a tiniest bit nearer God than most of others. However, this isn’t all. You read on and I bet you’ll understand women better…

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