Thursday, November 13, 2014

Empty Stomach, Empty Mind

"It's not fun to protest on an empty stomach." Neither it's fun to study on an empty stomach. An empty stomach follows an empty and hollow mind. It's awful that millions of children in our country have to choose between a meal and a classroom. They have to give up following their dreams at an early stage to provide meals to their siblings and families.

India is the second most populous country in the world and one of the largest economy by GDP. The country is a home to quarter of all undernourished people worldwide. As per Global Hunger Index,  Among 76 countries, India has improved from its 63rd position to 55th rank compared to last year.

Though We are not in 'alarming' hunger state but the state is still 'serious'. Big number of undernourished Indians are small kids. The future of country is deprived of the proper healthy meal in a day. 

Our Government schools are running midday meals campaign so that these children get both - meal and education. But the trend is, generally children come to school just before meal time. It's hard for students to focus with an empty stomach. To make it more better, some schools have shifted the meal timings one to two hour earlier so that kids can start the school day with a full tummy.

America was also struggling with same kind of problem. They tackled this problem with No Kid Hungry campaign. This campaign suggested options like School Breakfast and summer meals. Summer Meals helped children to stay full and healthy when school was out. Education and awareness was also part of this campaign. Low-income families were taught to stretch their food budget so that their kids can get proper food at home.

Classroom Hunger is one of the major issues in any country as future of any nation sit in the classrooms and every effort counts in eliminating these kind of hidden hunger.



I am going to #BlogToFeedAChild with Akshaya Patra and BlogAdda.
I am happy to write this post as for every blogpost BlogAdda will sponsor meals for a child for a year.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Man's Worst Folly
















Life - a mysterious cave is,
No one knows what stores it.
But wants to enter as brave,
And achieve the fame with both hands.

Life - an untold story it is,
No one knows beautiful as fairy tale,
Or fearful as giant's face,
But wants to hear and keep pace.

Life - an unbelievable truth is,
No one knows whether sweet,
Or bitter in its taste when it'll meet,
But wants to face it in any case.

Life - really mortal it is,
No one knows when it ends,
But remains busy in world forgetting God,
This is man's worst folly and here he fails..


-Photo Credit : Google

Monday, November 10, 2014

Memories





















Memory of the first school,
Filled with laughter and craziness.
Memory of the teenage time,
Full of innocence and the stupidness.

Memory of first love,
Makes you emotional and tender.
Memory of sweet little moments,
Gives you the moment to walk further.

Memories are magical,
Memories leave you spellbound.
It's the pile up of that awesomeness,
Which you achieved in your worldly life.

Memories are good,
Memories are bad.
They are the reason of your smile,
And the lesson for life.

Memories make you nostalgic,
Memories leave you teary-eyed.
These are the feelings of that randomness,
Which you did in your old times.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Can We Stop Being Responsible For Murders?!

Recently I watched Satyamev Jayate produced by Aamir Khan. The episode was all about accidents happening on Indian roads. The episode brought many such causes which lead to these accidents aka 'murders'. Why is road accident called as murder? We have always heard 'Prevention is better than cure' and if there are somethings which can be prevented and avoided to happen and if you are not taking such preventions to save yourself and others, you are equally indulged in that nasty crime which leads it to become a 'murder'.

The show was inclusive of many people who experienced these kind of 'murders' in their lives, who had lost their loved and near ones in such brutal accidents, who were unaware of 'that worst moment' in their life. Can me and You do something about it?

According to WHO, road traffic injuries are the eighth leading cause in the world. Unless correct preventive measures are taken, It will become fifth leading death cause by 2030 and the surprising fact is that only 28 countries (7% of total world population) follow and implement the correct prevention measure for 5 deciding risk factors of road injuries (speed, drunken driving , seat belts, helmet, child restraints).

If we see these five parameters on Indian roads, summary of five risk factors deciding the road injuries, is below.

  • Only 50% drivers and less than 10% passengers wear helmet.
  • Only 27% drivers wear seat-belts. 
  • There is no child restraint law.
  • There is no penalty/demerit point system in place.
  • Enforcement score for helmet and seat-belt is '2' and score for drink-driving and speed is '3'.
Enforcement score is a number between 0 and 10, where 0 is "not effective" and 10 is considered as "highly effective". These scores are generally decided subjectively based upon the respondents of road safety law in a particular country. You can study about other countries in this report.

According to me, there are two facets of this problem. Law and people. There should be properly measured laws and there should be people abiding to those laws by heart. Sometimes, there are laws but what we need is an enforcement. Why an enforcement is needed if everyone understands one's responsibility? 

Currently in our country, this problem is at such a huge level that we certainly need the most strict law enforcement in World. But regardless of those laws in place, Can we be a bit more self-responsible? 

Some people might ask how would it help to solve this problem. Trust me, It would. Contribution from each and every citizen who walks and rides on the roads would only solve the problem. Being a responsible citizen,
  • Can we stop driving if consumed alcohol?
  • Can we drive the vehicle in acceptable limits?
  • Being officers, Can we conduct proper driving tests without any laziness?
  • Being an educational authority, Can I properly follow the laws for school bus service?
  • Can me and you stand together for better laws for the betterment of our country?
  • Can we teach discipline and importance of law to kids?
  • Can we insist on conducting proper driving tests before our licenses are issued? (Yes, I know it sounds foolish but it's only right.)
  • Being an official authority, Can we make use of advanced technology? May be an experiment by installing CCTV cameras where driving tests are conducted and reviewing an officer's performance by looking at those footage. (Possibly people will start taking their job seriously). I think a good government should spend some little money in installing these CCTV cameras in order to serve the safety of their citizens.
  • Being responsible parents, Can we not let our kids drive if he/she doesn't hold a driving license?
  • Can we start wearing helmets (both the driver and passenger) even though it's not mandatory?
  • Can we wear seat-belts even sitting on rear seat? (Yes, It takes one second for you and because you love your family)
  • Being officers, Can we start taking the step of cancelling the vehicle permit if it's overloaded and also stop accepting any money for not doing so?
  • Being Human. At least call "emergency" when you see someone dying on road.
I can not write each and everything which can be done easily and without having a law in place but there are many such things which I and you can implement in our day-to-day life. If everyone starts taking right and lawful measures, the battle against road injuries will be half won.

I just sincerely hope that We will try to cultivate some discipline and order into our lives. It will only benefit us and our family because no one wants to loose their dear ones in a road accident. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Just a Thought !

















Life is just a gust of wind,
But you can hold it.
By doing incessant efforts,
In your way you can mould it.

Millions of seconds this life worths,
Don't spoil it in aimless works.
Be mobile but don't move towards directionless ways,
Life is not just spending your days.

The second name of struggle , Life is...
Struggle in every walk of life.
Makes you the human of power;
Who has used one's each valuable hour.

Only your deeds can put the,
Crown on your head.
Only these deeds can bring you the;
Name,fame as well the shame.

Remember My friend !! Be a human,
At your inner side,
Then your soul will hold your life;
And give it the way,
And this all is just a thought away.

P.S. Wrote this years back.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Love

















Love God who,
Gave you this beautiful life.
Love your parents who,
Make this worth like.

Love your dreams,
To make them come true.
Love your work,
Make it a passion of you.

But.. before all learn first to love yourself,
It's the only help which,
Can make you the BEST OF YOU.
Well, My friend !! It's totally up to you.

P.S. - My first hands on in poetry when I collected my random thoughts and penned them down. I think it was year 2003.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

You Die and Come Back to Survive
























Love is like a song,
Nothing is right or wrong.

Love is like school,
Everyday you learn new rule.

Love is like lifeline,
Without it you whine.

Love is the power,
strength to soar high.

Love is a battle,
Where loser is the winner.

Love is like another life,
You die and come back to survive.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

For Them Only We Survive !

















Life is small,
And dreams are big

Dreams give you wings,
To fly and soar.

Dreams give you strength,
To live the present and hope for better.

Dreams give you dreams,
To achieve more and gleam.

Dreams give you hope,
To make your dreams true.

Dreams are life,
For them only we survive.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Dreams !











My dreams are small,
But they are significant.

My dreams give me strength,

To survive and be alive.

My dreams are sunlight,
Make my day cheerful and bright.


My dreams are important,
Keep me focus and determinant.

My dreams are small,
But for me, they are All !!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

When Love Is The Thing..





















You are a king,
When Love is the thing.

Silly fights Make you feel stupid,
But it happens when there is cupid.

Journey is more interesting than destination,
‘Cuz all you care about - time and attention.

Losing in it makes you feel winner & richer,
Falling for someone comes without fear.

Someone’s smile make you smile,

As it's the best thing happened to you in awhile.

Every moment you're in real Zing,
When Love is the thing.