Category Archives: Random Rambling

The way of the petal

I am bud,
fresh and clean,
protected by the sound outside,
waiting for the humming bee,
sweet nectar I provide,
to build its hive,
and into a flower I blossom,
every hue, fragrance, show some,
displaying my beauty to all,
till I shrivel and die,
fall and lie,
for that is the way of the petal,

~ Master Saanj

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Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

– William Ernest Henley

The Last of the Cheyenne

Do not stand
at my grave and weep
I am not there,
I do not sleep.

I am a thousand
winds that blow.
I am the diamond
glints on snow.

I am the sunlight
On the ripened grain.
I am the gentle
Autumn’s rain.

When you awaken
in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in
circled flight.
I am the soft stars
that shine at night.

Do not stand
at my grave and cry.
I am not there.
I did not die.

—Hopi Prayer

Social Online Networking

Social Online Networking a not-so new phenomenon that has taken on the world, just as PC and console games have moved on to MMOG with WOW being one of the most popular.

I recently exited FB for it just didn’t make sense, at least for now. On which a colleague exclaimed, “the whole world is on FB”. Well the whole world is on MySpace, Bebo, Twitter, Hi5, Friendster, the whole world was once on Orkut, and after some time something else will crop up and the blinded human zombies will jump to that.

When I joined FB it promised privacy all over and where you could communicate with your own niche circle: close friends, good friends, and relatives in a trusted secure environment.

Unfortunately, the concept was hijacked and turned into whose profile is better or ‘look ma I have 10^n friends’ where n approaches infinity. How can you have xxx friends and maintain privacy! Or what’s your point of being there.

Well, the initial excitement was there and you follow the trend. You wonder whether you are there to showcase your online foot print. People add you but three months down the line you haven’t even scrapped each other.

Talking about privacy, FB by default if you are on similar networks makes your profile fully accessible which I fortunately discovered recently, and realized someone could have been spying on me all along without me knowing. Blame it on me, for my lack of knowledge. But then mastering FB is a challenge on its own as it has hundreds of settings.

I have nothing to hide and could have ‘what the heck let em check’, I could have probably gone to a no network scenario and avoid such occurrence but trust is built on honesty and ethics and not gimmicks. If you want to know something go to the source directly you will know more. But then as they say there is no cure for suspicion!

May be, “I’ll be back”, or as I see it FB is just another fade.

Chokolat

“No matter how bad your day was, how unappreciated you feel, chocolate will always be there for you. It won’t judge, criticise, tell what you should or shouldn’t have done. It will just offer you smooth, rich, sweet, slightly bitter, familiar comfort.”

Quoted from ‘10 Reasons to eat chocolate after dinner’ by Riani de Wet, Friday magazine

When I was in primary there was this hadith that my Islamic studies teacher narrated of the Prophet (Saw) which I cannot recall extensively.

There was an alley that the Prophet (SAW) passed through and every time He did there was an old lady who threw garbage and eggs through the window down onto him. The lady was a non-believer like the many residents of the cities. One day as the Prophet (saw) passed, and noticed on that day there was no garbage thrown onto him went to inquire and found out that the lady was sick that day. The lady was deeply moved by the kindness of the Prophet for she always thought of him as the enemy and embraced Islam.

I hope I haven’t described it incorrectly, I will try to search, verify and correct if necessary.

Coming back to present, likewise sometimes you may not have done something wrong or may have been disregarded, and if you follow the above people today may either think you are stupid, or that they were right all along and that you have now conceded.

Times have changed, society has changed. Everyone wants more and better. Humbleness is out of fashion and best suites the Neanderthal. Career, glamour, rank within you peers is life defining and status quo. However, the higher the climb the larger the fall.

Education is supposed to liberate people from their mental chains yet people carve it as their niche and segregate themselves in the upper strata.

There is no reward without sacrifice. There is no peace without prostration.