Thursday, July 28, 2011

237 houses built for Karnataka Flood Victims by Art of Living Karnataka

Overview of flood relief work carried out in North Karnataka:
v  Short Term Relief:
ü  55 temporary houses were built using 2 tons of steel and 4 tons of Bamboos at Uppara Village, Sindhanuru Taluk, Raichur District.
ü  To provide clean drinking water, 440nos. of TATA Swach’ water filters were procured for distribution, where 150 filters for Khairwadagi, 130 for Ingalagi and 160 to Hebballi were allotted for distribution.
v  Long Term Relief:
ü  As a long term approach of rehabilitation, VVKI entered into an agreement with the Government of Karnataka in November 2009. with the cooperation of the corporate companies like Bosch, Yahoo, Times foundation, Art of Living Volunteers and few others joined hands with us for this noble cause of building 237 no. of houses for the benefit of a section of those who were displaced due to floods in started at Khairwadgi & Hebballi , Bagalkot District.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Every night
i talk to a wall.
she stood unseen,
one word at a time,
on the other side.

the bricks chipped,
so did the time,
weathered plight,
cracks to crevices,
anonymous chimes,
pinhole light
kissed my eyes
in glee.

for a forgotten smile,
for a time together,
to be there beside,
as i looked inside

she splits the cracked wall,
opened up for me.
comes through,
while i close my eyes,
in my dream.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


into the shadows
i dissolve,
elasticized, paralysed
shortened and weakened
by the beacon of  lights,
kept angled  far high .

in the shadows i feel,
that the truth is naked
but blinded and attired
by  hues of people
who made rules and cues
for rest  un-accused.

the world is perplexed,
by the weak the strong, talks and shouts.
glued to TV, twitter and screens
opinions, rage, words-said-carefree,
minds are battered and tattered,
while the corrupt roam free.

in the shadows i hope,
a  light will dawn from up above.
break the angles and triangle,
the shambles of  hoards and keep,
and take my country by a storm,
and leave darkness behind me.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I object Mr Shekhar Kapoor

Today,  came across SHEKHAR KAPOOR'S  comment on MF Husain and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, where he puts across the point that The guru shouldn't have let go of his all encompassing love aura by commenting on an expression of art  that MF  Husain did to portray purity.

I vehemently object his views for the sole reason he doesn't know what wound Mf husain inflicted on the people of India. before writing this piece, shekhar  should have done his research well. He spells Sri Sri ravi Shankar as Shree Shree Ravi Shankar &  MF husain as MF Hussein. For god Sake, he is a script writer and columnist and how can we take  take it seriously when he cant even get the names right.

So here is my letter to Him,

My dear Shekhar,

Ram, Sita, Ganesh, Saraswati and other Goddesses are venerated by the masses of this country. The masses I refer to you are not the people who would have watched the movies that you have made or know about your academy award nomination or your anti british controvery that you generated.
These are people who make food for the country and whose source of strength is the small temple in their village where they find  solace and strength in their gram devta or  local deity. 

I am Sure, you don't understand what i am talking about.  may be these lyrics will help you  understand the essence of what i mean to say:

1) oh paalanhaare from lagaan

2) Pal Pal hain Bhari from the Movie-  swades : prounounciation : Swa- Desh  ( dont rhyme it out like "Blades")

May be i should put it like this,

how did feel when you Walked the red carpet at the academy award or when you had stroked the deal with Richard branson for Virgin comics?  A sense of contentment; right?

That's what the people of my country get from small temples where these  gods and goddesses are worshiped. and painting them nude and in vulgar poses is definitely no depiction of purity.

To  understand the sentiments of people of India who are aghast by this painters depiction and whose voice is not carried you will really need to go down to the countries heart.  Instead the same media which has poked the grassroots sadly carries opinions of the so called intellectual secularist and beer farts whose only job is to comment from hundreds  miles away and gets paid for cursing and ridiculing its own people.

Therefore don’t make a hero out of this jerk artist who the country never adopted ( till he turned 90+) until he managed to poke the sentiments of the people whose voices are never heard and whose opinions are never carried.

Sri Sri Statements, of course has nothing to do with Art. he said, "It is the intention behind a man's creativity which is questionable."  He carries the voice of invisible people of my country whose contribution and whose self esteem, faith and belief matter for the progress of the country. And A spiritual Leader cannot turn a blind eye to it or say "Chalta Hain"

I don want to end it like a letter because i don expect a reply to it from you Sir,

I hope you will not use MF husain as a source of inspiration for the Ramayana graphic series  that I believe you are producing.

Thank you!

PS :

please find Sri Sri's Statement from its source as you might have missed the point due to editors cut.

It's unfortunate that there is much hue and cry about M F Husain giving up Indian citizenship. While India has a policy of free expression, one cannot accept blatant insult to the heroes of its land. It is the intention behind a man's creativity which is questionable.

In one of Husain's paintings of Mahatma Gandhi, Karl Marx, Albert Einstein and Hitler, he has painted only Hitler nude and said that his way of humiliating a person is to paint him nude. Caught in his own words, his intention is to humiliate. No one has ever sculpted Rama and Sita as nude. Creative expression is always welcome. No country has been as liberal as India, especially Hindus. But there is a limit to tolerance and taking insults. Any nude woman could have been painted by him but calling the women Sita, Lakshmi, Saraswati shows his perversion and hatred.

Will M F Husain show the same creativity and the same spirit with Islamic heroes and would he, then, be able retain his Qatari citizenship? One fails to understand how we can have different criteria for Salman Rushdie and Taslima Nasreen on the one hand and M F Husain on the other. Will the same people who support him, encourage him to paint women / men of his faith in a similar manner?  

Double standards, bias and hatred do not go well with men of excellence.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Guruji Addresses Farmers in Assam

Bongaingoan (Assam). February 18, 2010:
  Over one lakh rural population from seven troubled districts of lower Assam turned up at the inauguration of the three-day Kisan Mela at the Gomath field to hear Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s message of peace and love.

Inaugurating the Kisan Mela – a training programme for local farmers, Sri Sri said,” Our country is a land of rishis and krishis. If they are miserable the society and country will suffer. We should adopt zero-budget and chemical free-farming. There is also an urgent need to preserve local seeds. Assam being rich in medicinal plants, we should grow more of them.”  
The training programme has experts from the Sri Sri Institute of Agricultural Sciences And Technological Trust, Bengaluru, who will impart training to local farmers on chemical-free and zero-budget farming. 
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Monday, February 15, 2010

Sri Sri Inaugurates an Exhibition on Sikhism

Sri Sri inaugurating an Exhibition on “Sikhism -  As the Defender of Indian Dharma”
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on a clean Kolkata drive

Kolkata. February 11, 2010: Kolkata had a surprise garbage picker on Thursday late afternoon – the revered Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living Foundation. 

The Guru of Joy selected the City of Joy to extend his concept of community service to direct hands-on garbage cleaning. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar embarked on shoveling garbage from the once-famed Lily Pool in the Rabindra Sarobar area of South Kolkata. Lily Pool is a three-acre garden directly across Bengal Rowing Club adjacent to the rise of the Lake Gardens flyover. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was joined in the clean-up by 175 youth volunteers of the Art of Living Foundation. 

Emphasizing on the need to bring about environment awareness Sri Sri said, “No one single agency or authority can undertake this mission.  We need all to join hands so that together we make a difference. ”

The Art of Living Foundation is committed to the cause of environment sustainability. As part of it Mission Green Earth initiative, it has planted over 55 million trees worldwide.  Art of Living’s other environmental initiatives include rain-water harvesting projects, zero-budget organic and chemical-free farming, its campaign against genetically modified seeds and river clean-up initiatives among others.

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