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Today is actually a sad day for many Indians who earn their bread by the sheer dint of sweat.Petrol,diesel and domestic fuel(except kerosene) prices have increased by a good percentage.And the government says that proposed hike was many more times than the actual hike.So how does the economy respond to it?
Steel and other key industries have suffered within a few hours of the announcement.Today the world will sleep,but all households which run on a stipulated budget will burn the midnight oil-a sign of economic insecurity and general dissent.Spiralling costs of essential commodities has already burdened them.This step is enough to steal their sleep.
Who is responsible for this catastrophe?The answer is a bit twisted.No country can help India now,since inflation has been a global phenomenon.The 'Big Brother' is largely responsible for this(its my personal opinion).George W Bush(Junior) waged war against Iraq in 2003,which led to fall of Saddam Hussein.But,the US authorities failed to find nuclear weapons,which was the main cause of the war.In the meantime,prices of crude petroleum increased from $25 per barrel to $100 per barrel.The current inflation is a long term effect of this event.
The rising prices of foodgrains can also be attributed to the US policy of encouraging production of ethanol from wheat,rather than using it as a foodgrain.On the other hand, G W Bush blames it on the rising standards of Indian and Chinese middle class (for creating a huge demand of good food which is larger than supply).The statement raised many eyebrows in India and China.
The solution to this economic disaster is tougher than ever.Alternative fuel must come into use(instead of petrol,diesel).Money flow must be regulated in all affected markets to contain inflation(the latest figures say it is 8.1% - a 45 month high).
The common man has to bear the brunt of this downturn until a bold and strong step is taken by all global leaders in perfect harmony and unison.
Signing off,


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I cannot remember my mother,
only sometime in the midst of my play
a tune seems to hover over my playthings,
the tune of some song that she used to
hum while rocking my cradle.

I cannot remember my mother
but when in the early autumn morning
the smell of the shiuli flowers floats in the air,
the scent of the morning service in the
temple comes to me as the scent of my mother.

I cannot remember my mother
only when from bedroom window
I send my eyes into the blue of the distant sky,
I feel that the stillness of my mother's gaze on my face
has spread all over the sky.

~Rabindranath Tagore
Note : This was one of  the earliest poems I read,loved and cherished.


Concealed by dark clouds
You keep shining.
Bright streaks of light
Dazzle me.
Enchant me.
And keep me waiting..
Waiting for you.

Amidst Soul-lessness

There is smoke somewhere. 
I cannot seem to figure out where. 
The lights are here, the music is here.
Has it been home here ?
Perhaps. Maybe when it did not rain.
Or maybe when it rained and it did not matter.
Maybe when I walked alone, smiling to myself. 
Or maybe when I realized I was okay.
Had it been always like this ?

Not really. 
Things clicked, took effort and blood. 
Did I do it ? Or the beasts did ? Maybe we both together,
Played this game. 
Amidst soulful solitude, it was love. 
Maybe appreciation.
Another journey, another dry spell. 
Will it ever be home again ? 

P.S. : Penned at Candies, Bandra on 11th January 2017