Monday, March 25, 2013

Parents

I judge people how they treat their parents

I look back on my childhood and I see busy parents. Much like in today’s families, my mother and father were away a lot. But when there was a problem with discipline, I remember Ma and Papa talking to us gently but seriously. There were no arguments. No questions. No appeal.

Our respect for Papa and Ma had deep roots. No, it was not fear...  They were our toy in toddler age, we use to play with them, twist their nose and use their palm as our canvas... When we grew up they become our best friends, we share things, we also discuss about the rights of youth but in a limit which never cross the threshold. They were simple yet unique, their advice always helps. They never disguised their roles. They did not pretend to be super human, they discuss their problems too, they teach us the reality of life and always give their unconditional love and support.


When you were young and helpless, they took care of you, protected you, comforted you, and loved you. When you were older they taught you things, they took you places, they answered your many questions, and they tried to make sure that you had some fun in life as you were learning about the world. When you were a teenager, and you did not think that you needed them as much (if at all), they provided for you, helped you with your homework, and bought you things that made no logical sense to them but made you happy. They still taught you things, even when you thought that you already knew the answers, because they had once been teenagers, too.



They took you places, and let you go some places on your own or with your friends, because as much as they wanted to be with you, they knew that you needed to learn how to be out in the world on your own. They asked you questions about your life and activities, because you were now sharing that information more easily with your friends than with them. They answered your questions, and understood that many times you disregarded their answers, and ended up learning the answer the hard way. When you were a young adult, out on your own, and you thought that the world was yours to take, they were there for you, just in case you stumbled. You did many things without them, and talked with them less and less. They missed seeing you daily, talking with you regularly, and being the center of your life.




Later in your life, as you dealt with your own family issues, they were there to show you support when you needed it, they welcomed your spouse into their hearts, and loved your children unconditionally. And even though you were now a parent, and you were in charge, you finally realized that, although times had changed, many things never did, and the love and care that your parents gave you through your life was one of the many reasons you respected and loved your parents as much as you now did.


Then one day they were both gone, and you realized how much that you missed them, and regretted not showing them as much of your love and respect that they deserved, when you were younger.

Friday, March 22, 2013

World Water Day

Do you know how much water you consume each day? I don't mean how many glasses of water, I am asking how much water you personally consume each day in your diet — via not only the liquids you drink but also the foods you eat. The theme for this year's World Water Day is Water and Food Security, and the objective is to raise awareness about the relationship between water and food production so that we can all see just how much water is required to produce our favorite foods.


Its aim is to encourage us all to be more aware of the amount of water we "drink" through the food we eat — for example, producing 1 kilogram of beef uses 15,000 liters of water while 1 kilogram of wheat "drinks" 1,500 liters. Another example is - it takes 25 liters of water to produce potato, it takes 7,000 liters of water to produce a steak. As you know, a vegetarian diet uses far less (actually 10 times less) water than a carnivorous one.


'World Water Day' is a day celebrated each year to focus the world's eyes on the importance of water in our daily lives and raise awareness about the need to preserve and conserve what we've got.

This is the water crisis:

1) 780 million people on Earth lack access to clean water
2) 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes.
3) Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness


March 22 is World Water Day, an opportune time for people with clean water to help those without it. Taking shorter showers, running the dishwasher only when it’s full, eat more meat-free meals (go veg) and finding other ways to conserve water in your daily life etc. You can also support nonprofit organization that is working to solve the global water crisis.


One can also contribute his/her interest towards conserving water through spreading awareness about the issue. There are few books which last a long impression on reader's mind:

1. The Talaabs of Darbhanga - by Anupam Mishra and Prashant Soni
2. NARMADA - by Parthiv Shah and Vidya Shah
3. CAUVERY - by Oriole Henry and Clare Arni

Friday, March 8, 2013

International Women's Day


About International Women's Day
When:  8 March (Every year)
Where: Everywhere
What:  International Women's Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women's Day is a national holiday.
Why:   Suffragettes campaigned for women's right to vote. The word 'Suffragette' is derived from the word "suffrage" meaning the right to vote. International Women's Day honors the work of the Suffragettes, celebrates women's success, and reminds of inequities still to be redressed. The first International Women's Day event was run in 1911.


“A woman is a full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” Understanding a woman is a mystery and it needs lots of perseverance and knowledge. A woman is the epitome of love, sacrifice, care and ability to nurture life.

For the women of the world, the Day's symbolism has a wider meaning: It is an occasion to review how far they have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development. But is there really inequality between men and women? In one word, yes. It is true, though, that recent decades have seen progress. Women's access to education and proper health care has increased and legislation that promises equal opportunities for women and respect for their human rights has been adopted in many countries. Women now are more empowered and aware of their rights and the society has accepted their stand. The society is changing and paving way for the growth of the women. 

However, nowhere in the world can women claim to have the same rights and opportunities as men. I don't want to sound negative but it is the bitter truth. On average, women receive less pay than men earn for the same work. And everywhere women continue to be victims of violence, with rape, domestic violence and what not. International Women's Day is also a good time to continue to sound the call for change. It is important to recognize International Women's Day as a time to reflect on the progress that has been made for women.


You don't have to wait for March 8 to remember International Women's Day. Each time you go to the polls or each day that you walk into a clean, safe, work environment, you can thank those who started the movement.