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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Pain

A feeling,
an emotion,
a sensation,
four letters
One Word
Pain..

Whenever there is sorrow
sometimes loss of hope for tomorrow,
whenever we feel desolate,
whever we are low
and sometimes much more than we show
we feel it..
Pain..

Whenever life doesn't go our way
When it seems to go haywire
and we don't get what we desire
at that time,
it drowns us
Pain..

At times things slip out of our hand
like fine beach sand,
at times certain storms,
seem hard to go away,
the going gets rough
and the times seem tough
and it hits us very hard
the Pain..




It is not just a feeling or a sensation
It isn't just a mere emotion
We all experience it,
But if we learn to deal with it
it is our biggest motivation
Pain

The biggest teacher
the reason for many to succeed
the reason for many to become stronger
the reason for many to become wiser
the reason for many to become aware
the reason for all of us to grow
is Pain

It teaches,
It transforms,
It makes us
better versions of ourselves..
PAIN


My favourite quote: "Pain is inevitable. Suffering is Optional."








Copyright- Manasi Joshi
A Moment Of Freedom
www.manasiwrites.com 

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Kashmir, terror and conflict



The latest news of Burhan Wani's death and the kind of rage it led to is really shocking and saddening.
I don't understand why certain sections in the society are sympathising with Burhan Wani and his death. He was a terrorist, found with AK47s, was instigating the people of Kashmir against India and the Indian Army simply did their job by shooting him. He was a trained professional, head of Hizbul Mujahideen, a terrorist organization acting against India and knew how to deal with and handle guns and fight.

For a certain section of Kashmir, he was like a freedom fighter, fighting to create an Independent Kashmir, a jihadist, separatist, funded, trained and supported by Pakistan to fight against India.

Instead of being grateful to our Army because of whom we are sitting comfortably in our homes with a free will to comment, the so called pseudo liberals are out there demeaning them. 1000s of soldiers lose their lives and sacrifice themselves for our safety and nobody gives a damn about it.

A terrorist is killed and people lose their senses and try to portray him as an innocent being. The pro pakistani people living in India, are trying to spread hate by portraying him as innocent. Such people, who have been reaping benefits of being an Indian citizen and yet been supporting ISI and pakistan are the main reason which add fuel to the fire of the conflicts going on in our country.

You know there is something wrong with the mentality of the people, when they feel that Burhan Wani was a martyr who gave is life fighting against the Indian Army. The locals in Kashmir throwing stones at the Army who tries to protect them, shows the kind of deep rooted prejudice in the minds of Kashmiris against Indian government and Indian Army.

In the past, people have supported terrorists like Afzal Guru and Yakub Memon. Something is definitely going wrong somewhere and we need to act upon it.

The issues surrounding Kashmir are not new. The beautiful state which is said to be as beautiful as heaven on earth because of it's nature and scenic beauty is now tainted with blood, gore, violence and hate. It is now a predominantly Muslim dominated state, (where the Kashmiri Pandits were forced to flee in 1990, tortured and mercilessly killed by terror gangs.) so a certain section of Kashmiris do have prejudice against India. 

Pakistan has been instigating the people of Kashmir against India, Indian Govermnent and Indian Army. India has always considered Kashmir as it's own but some terrorist elements do not consider it so. 

India will always love Kashmir and this message needs to be sent across strongly to the Kashmiris who have been brainwashed into thinking that India is against them. As an Indian I am pained when Kashmiris say they hate India, because for us, Kashmir has always been a part of this nation. 

The hate is deep rooted and it will take a long time to resolve. Till then, we need to tackle the likes of Burhan Wani and kill them, to protect our India from crumbling. We cannot let such people spread their violent ideologies and sit back and do nothing. The number of Jihadists and separatists is on the rise day by day. We cannot allow young children being filled with hatred and instead of focusing on growing themselves as individuals, they are turning to violence and militancy, destroying their own future. 

What saddens me is the pseudo liberals questioning the Army from the comforts of their home. They are lending support to terrorists who are spreading hate in Kashmir by sympathising with them. 

This makes the terror groups more stronger in their beliefs since such pro pakistan and anti- indian elements are the silent backbone of these hate filled terror outfits. 

Pakistan itself is a nation which suffers terror attacks from time to time. Yet it continues in it's anti- India mission and does whatever it can to attack us. 

We need to tackle the Kashmir issue by spreading awareness that "terror" and "Azadi" is not a solution and also by trying to hunt down terrorists like Burhan Wani and Hafis Saeed who act as role models for young Kashmiris and try and brainwash them into spreading violence and sacrificing their lives for nothing. The Hurriyat is also a body which is responsible for brainwashing young Kasmiris into fighting for a 'cause'

I agree Kashmir and Kashmiris have suffered a lot due to politics going on in the two countries of India and Pakistan. They have a long history of sufferings, but that does not mean that violence is the solution to their problems. Turning to violence is only going to increase their hardships and troubles.
Putting forth their views in a non-violent manner and trying to find solutions through talks should be considered as an alternative.

To those journalists, writers and media personnel who have been spreading violence in the form of their work, shame on you. Instead of trying to promote peace, they are adding fuel to the fire of conflict and prejudice. 

I am a proud citizen of India who is proud of the efficiency of the Army in tackling the terror forces in Kashmir and even then, yes, I do empathize with the situation of the people in Kashmir and hope they see how worthless it is to turn to violence, since it is going to backfire on them and increase their agony. 

The pen is mightier than the sword and hence I write this article as an heartfelt piece on behalf of thousands like me who love India irrespective of its flaws and want it to progress as a nation together and are against being divided on the basis of religion, caste or culture. 

I hope my article tries to counter hate and violence and promote peace, love and humanity, which most of us want and cherish. 


Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Bhivpuri Water Rappelling- Bekare Waterfall

lost in greenery 
It was Sunday.. the 17th of July.. I was invited by a friend for a trekking experience and to try water rappelling, which was something different so I agreed to jump on board with the plan. Turns out, it was quite a memorable day afterall!

Sharing many pictures and my experience of this memorable day with all of you.


After a long long time I was back with nature and I really had a lot of fun.
wow isn't it


We were a group of 28 people and we had two team leaders with us who were from Mumbai Travellers.

The place is Bhivpuri, which is a town in Karjat taluka near Mumbai. One has to trek and climb up for an hour or more, to reach the Bekare waterfall, where the rappelling takes place.

Bekare Waterfall Rapelling 
It was morning when we began our journey, reached the destination by bus and then began to climb  our way up and my my! wasn't it quite a experience! The place is breathtakingly beautiful and picturesque and seeing the lush green around me, I was really amazed and happy.

I was finally away from the city and breathing in fresh air was a great feeling.

Finally, panting a bit, I reached the top, along with others, where the water rapelling takes place.

It is actually a waterfall on which one has to do the rappelling. Rappelling or Abseiling is a technique used for controlled descending down from a rock patch or slope. The main equipment used are high quality ropes, descender, seat harness along with gloves and helmet for safety.

All the excitement I had previously, fizzled out a little bit after I saw how high the waterfall is. Although we all were assured that it is relatively safe, I still had doubts in my mind and had begun to panic as to whether I would manage to do the water rappelling.

Since it was a Sunday, there was a lot of crowd and we had to wait for the turn of our group to arrive. Till then, there was another very small waterfall where people were enjoying in the water, so I too did the same,. The feel of being dipped in water and light rains above me, simply wow!

Finally after a while, it was our turn to do water rappelling. I kept nervously asking other people  from our group about their experience, who's turn had come and they had done it. I saw people slipping, some backing out last moment and my nervousness and excitement both, had reached it's peak by the time my turn arrived.

I am the one in blue
Yeah me trying to rappell

I was wearing all the safety gear and given all the instructions by the team who manage the waterfall rappelling. They told me not to be nervous and boosted me to go for it.

I am the one in blue
Finally, I held the rope and decided to descend down. Now, one has to throw their weight backwards and try to keep the knees straight, the legs a bit apart and descend downwards holding the rope and sliding it so that one can go down..

I was doing okay for the initial bit, after which I slipped!! Lo and behold! I thought this is it, I'm dying! haha.. But apart from banging my knees against the rocks of the waterfall nothing happened. I was encouraged by the people on the top to keep going and so I did. I didn't give up.The rope was swinging to and fro and my my, wasn't it quite an escapade!! I was throughout in a state of exhilaration, fear and excitement.

Finally, I managed to finish my rappelling experience as I reached the bottom of the waterfall. I was received by another instructor who unhooked me from the rope and showed me the way up.
With a friend
Wow!! So it was the most exciting thing I had done uptil now and it felt so good to have accomplished that task!

After everyone was done with their rappelling experience, after a short while of lounging around at the top, we decided to descend downwards from the hill and began our return journey. Since it was raining, climbing downhill proved to be much more difficult than when we ascended.

I infact, slipped once, and almost tripped twice while coming down. Even then, I had loads of fun and as my eyes took in all the greenery and nature around me, there was a strange kind of peace within me. I felt like a child again!

It just felt so divine and heavenly.
scenic

Since we all were famished as we had not eaten anything since morning, we had hot piping 'Vada Pav' at the base of the hill after the return journey.







Abandoned and lovely hut

There are a few houses at the base which has a tiny village where one can change inside the home of the villagers and where we had our much needed Vada pav.

The return journey was quite memorable too, with our group having dinner together, once we were back in Mumbai.

Overall, if you want to do something adventurous and exciting, Bhivpuri trekking and waterfall rappelling is a great place to have fun this Monsoon. Do go and have your share of fun and craziness, although make sure you go in a group especially if you are a girl, since it is a lot safer that way and you will also have more fun!
with some of the group 

The best thing is it is a one day trip and you can easily manage to go on a Sunday and have your dose of fun and adventure!

Catch you all later,

Till then

Dream. Imagine. Be Crazy, Be You.

P.S. My knees are still hurting, but it's worth the experience

















Saturday, 18 June 2016

Beauty and beyond

Today, we live in a world who judges us by our superficial appearances. We are constantly shown that being young is beautiful or being fair skinned and slim is.

The society has stereotyped beauty into a superficial skin deep thing. For me, beauty is not just skin deep.

Yes outer beauty is a great thing and it's a good thing we strive to achieve it and look good.
You, me, everybody!

But for me, it is much more and hence I am writing a poem along the same lines :)


In the smile of a child
and the mother who smiles back
beauty shines

In the falling of leaves
during autmn
beauty pervades


In the darkness of night
where stars shine bright
beauty deepens



In the dark colour of beautiful skin
which is weaved with a heart of goodness and gold
beauty beams




In the scars of a wounded soldier
beauty bleeds














In the courage of a social activist
beauty stands tall

Beauty is an act of kindness
done selflessly

Beauty is holding the hands
with someone you love

Beauty is an eighty year old
smiling happily through her wrinkles

Beauty is in being unconventional

In being the best you can be

A beautiful face may or may not last a decade
But a heart with humantiy and generosity
Shines through centuries..

Beauty is in the integrity of a woman
and the mettle of a man

Beauty which transcends fading appearances
and weakening bodies
which glows through the intelligent mind

and stands through the storm of hate and greed
and jealousy and manipulation

Only such a person,who's inner beauty is unshaken
through the turmoils of life
is truly beautiful

Be beautiful..
Be true'...
Be you...





Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Fashion sense simplified - choose your colours!

me
Hey! So it's been a long time since I posted about fashion. If someone had told me few years back that I would be blogging occasionally about this genre, I wouldn't have believed them. Lol. I am not a fashionista per say, but I believe that a sense of style and clothing goes a long way. So here I am, sharing a few things with all of you, which you can use in your day to day lives.

We all hear the word "Fashion sense" when it comes to clothing and dressing up.
Whether it is celebrities, the media, corporate functions, house parties or traditional gatherings, the word' Fashion Sense' crops up everywhere.

me
The thing is, combining outfits and creating a sense of style isn't really that complicated as it seems. It is mostly about choosing the right colour combination than anything else. Of course accesories play a great role and for women make-up too, but those are secondary.

As the saying goes 'Clothes maketh a man' We all can spruce up our wardrobes with a tiny bit of information about mixing colours and using the right colour combination; something that I have realised over a period of time.

Colour Combination is something which we all want to know about, don't we??

Whether you are a man or a woman,  combining colours confuses most of us. Combining the right coloured outfits and teaming them up makes a lot of impact. Afterall, life is nothing without the right colours is it??


A few basic types of colour combinations which we can use in our day to day lives are  Monochrome, Complementary, Analogous and Split Complementary


MONOCHROME style is using only a single colour like black, red or anything else.
Black Monochrome (me)
Monochrome



























COMPLEMENTARY style basically works on the principle of opposites attract! So just use two contrasting or opposite colour shades. eg- red and green, black and white, dark blue and red etc.

Complementary (opposites)
Analogous (neighbours)
ANALOGOUS style means that neighbours get along well. Which means you can mix two colours who are similar. For eg- deep green and light green or dark pink and lighter shade of pink,  blue and violet etc.

SPLIT COMPLEMENTARY style means mixing two analogous colours (neighbours) are mixed with one complementary (opposite) colour to create an enhanced and different look.
Split Complementary
For example pairing a pale blue T-shirt with dark blue jeans and adding an orange scarf for contrast or enhanced style. That's split complementary for you.

So that was a bit about colour combination..Confused? I hope not! Head to your wardrobe right now and have a look at all those colours in there!

These days, prints are in fashion. Whether they are animal prints or nature prints or just plain design prints, we see them everywhere. In fact, as Indians print and designs in our clothes has always been a part of our wardrobes since generations together.

Double printed outfit. Bright print top and soft design print leggings (me)
Many of us shy away from wearing prints, but I think prints are cool. They give a different, funky and fun look to your outfit.

The basic rule of print is to team a printed top or tee with a plain or monochrome pant or a printed legging or jegging or jeans with a monochrome top or tee. There is no question of mix and match if you are wearing a printed dress (one piece)

If you want to wear both of the outfits in print make sure both of the prints are not loud. One of them is soft print and the other one colourful. I am sure if you stick to this, you can definitely pull off a head to toe print outfit.
Monochrome Top with Printed bottom dhoti harems (me)

So there you are.. That was some information about clothing and colour combination.

Go ahead, mix n match and have fun!

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Politics, Power, Pride and Prejudice!

There was a time in India, when the British ruled the nation. They ruled India for 150 years. A handful of British ruled the entire huge nation for such a long time. It seems impossible that such few people had a hold over such a large population. You know what their strategy was which gave them a hold on us Indians? "Divide and rule" Eventually we Indians fought back for freedom and today we are an Independent country.

The thing is, this Independence, isn't proving to be a total piece of cake. Somewhere down the line, we are paying the price of being Indian.

The Congress Party ruled this nation for majority of the years post Independence. I am not denying good things done by them, but the corruption levels, the amount of scams and crimes done by members of their party would put even criminals to shame!

The BJP led Modi government came into power  2 years back. The people who's pockets were being filled due to the Congress government when it was in power, had huge problems against the Modi government. Yes, the BJP led government isn't a miracle who will solve all our problems, but it is still a very good option for India.

Today, India is battling a large number of problems. Poverty, illiteracy, Female foeticide, superstitions and much more.

Amid all of these grave problems, there seems to be a new set of problems. India has always been
known as a peaceful country where all religions, casts and sects co-exist peacefully. It still is the peaceful nation, but somewhere, we've lost faith in oursevles.

Today, we see a biased- "Paid media" who are called "presstitutes" dominate the news scenario in India. The media houses are being paid to show case what the political parties not in power want and brainwash people into thinking absolutely bizarre things.
There is a trend of highlighting or hyping only the negative aspects of any story or news. Why? because "Negative Sells" and each of them compete against each other on who highlights the negative and the bad more better than the other.

There is a lot of bias today with regards to certain religions and cultures. Today being a nationalist means slamming our own culture and tradition and blind worshiping fake trends and cultures. Ridiculous!

The nation is divided into Religious fanatics. We have Anti-Hindus, Anti-Muslims, Anti- Catholics and god knows who else! 'Pseudo intellectuals' who don't really know the truth bias their views, slamming social workers and spiritual leaders.

Everyone wants peace,we all want to be happy and that's what every religion and culture preach and teach- Peace, Love and Harmony are the basis of all religions.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of brainwashed terrorists killing people because they feel they will go to heaven after doing so, a lot of politicians out there with their own selfish agendas dividing people on the basis of cast, religion and sect, so that they gain support from a particular group and win.

In fact, they are applying the "Divide and Rule" policy again in India and gaining benefit from it. Creating prejudices in the minds of people, against each other, so that the pride of some group or sect is hurt and they benefit in the end.

The media is absolutely delighted at all of this and reaps it's benefits by hanging on to and harping and thriving on such negative things and blowing them out of proportion.

A recent example which I can state is of the World Cultural Festival in India by the spiritual organization - The Art Of Living. It was a historic moment in time and people from over 155 countries had come to celebrate peace and unity and showcase themselves as one irrespective of their caste, religion, culture and sect.

Even then, a lot of false propaganda and negativity was spread in Indian media, while the foreign media showed the event in a positive light.

The Grand stage & celebrations of The World Cultural Festival
The Art of Living NGO has been working tirelessly and relentlessly for 35 years under the guidance of Sri Sri Ravishankarji and has provided relief and stress busting techniques to millions around the world. None of this, however, has been covered by Indian media. Of course, it's something positive isn't it? Why should they spread it then??


As a writer, I wanted to pursue journalism before I took to blogging and became a physiotherapist. Seeing the scenario in Indian journalism, I am honestly thankful I am not just another paid media slave digging out for negativity and blowing it out of proportion. I don't really trust everything they show on television or print in the newspapers or spread on the internet. I am not generalizing that all news is blown out of proportion, or highlighted wrongly, but I am just cautious enough to not blindly trust news houses.

A certain section in this country thrives on negativity, prejudices and political agendas and power games; and there I thought Pride and Prejudice a romantic novel was all rosy and cute! haha!

I also know that a certain section of reporters and media are striving to bring the truth to us. Like I said, I am not generalizing. Sadly, such people are lesser in number than the media who are falling prey to parties with vested interests and selfish agendas.

I think it is up to the common  people's rationale to think twice before reacting to news and situations. I really do not know where we are heading if we continue being brainwashed into fighting with each other and bashing each other all the time.

Dear Indians, I feel we are much more beyond these silly games and can rise above issues which create a rift between us and divide us.. Let's not lose faith in ourselves. We are a great nation. We are not perfect, but I am sure we can strive to be! Together, with Unity!



Thursday, 21 April 2016

Summer Care tips. Beat the heat!

It's summer again. Whether you live in cities which have dry heat like Delhi, Bangalore or Pune or humid heat like Mumbai, Chennai or Goa, summer is in and we all need a few handy tips to beat the heat!

Here are a few tips which may be handy-


1. Stay hydrated.
Keep yourself hydrated and prevent dehydration and fatigue by drinking lots of water. Drinking 3-4 litres of water in a day is a must in summer, especially if you travel outside frequently like I do. So always carry your bottle of water with you. 

2. Protect your head.
Whether it is wearing a scarf or a cap or carrying an umbrella, it is always better to protect your head to avoid sun strokes and giddiness and sun burns.

3. Wear Sunglasses.
The UV rays are high during summer and it is always best to wear sunglasses to beat them.

4. Wear summer clothing.
By summer clothing I mean something not very tight and sticking to the skin. Loose clothing, preferably cotton, and something covering your body to avoid too much tanning. 

5. Food.
Consuming fresh vegetables and fruits, curd, yogurt and butter milk help your body in summer. Coconut water helps and so does adding a little salt to your fruit dishes.
 Also, I find that eating in smaller portions at regular intervals helps during summer as the appetite goes for a toss and one does not feel really very hungry to consume large meals in one go. Consuming smaller portions at intervals also aids in weight loss and aids digestion.


6. Skin care.
Yeah, skin care is one really important aspect overall and especially in summer. 
The UV rays can do quite some damage to the skin and leave it burnt and tanned.

Exfoliate- Using scrubs and masks to exfoliate the skin is useful which helps in removing tan and dead skin.

Moisturize- Applying moisturizer to your body prevents skin from dehydrating.

Sunscreen- Applying sunscreen in summer to exposed body parts is important to prevent damage by UV rays. sun block creams with SPF of 15-30 are good enough but you can use an SPF of 45 too if you feel the need. ( My personal favourite are Lotus herbal sunscreens.)
Once you apply, after a while, you can reapply sunscreens if you feel the need to.



7. Lip care. Lips tend to be forgotten when it comes to summer care. They can get chapped and damaged faster since the skin layer is thinner. So applying a sunscreen over your lips or a chapstick, lip balm which has sunscreen factor in it can be useful. (Personal favourite- Maybelline baby lips with SPF 20) 







There you are!! Those were some of the tips to beat the summer heat. Hope you find them useful!

Happy Summer, keep glowing!


Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Physiotherapy myths

Physiotherapy or Physical Therapy, is a field which is very well known to many people, known to some and yet a mystery and unknown to most. As a physiotherapist myself, I come across several misconceptions that people have in their minds about physiotherapy and certain myths which are totally untrue.

I have already written a post on what physiotherapy is here- http://www.manasiwrites.com/2015/03/physiotherapy-way-to-better-life.html

In this post, I list some myths and misconceptions surrounding physiotherapy-

Myth 1- A person needs a referral to see a physiotherapist.
Yes, there are physicians and surgeons who refer a patient for physiotherapy, but that doesn't not mean you always need their referral to get yourself checked by a physiotherapist. A person can visit a physiotherapist directly and get checked by him/her. In case the physiotherapist feels that the condition cannot be cured by physiotherapy, he will redirect the person to the appropriate specialist.

Myth 2- Physiotherapy is just applying electrical machines and modalities.
Physiotherapy is a rehabilitative science and branch of medicine which focuses primarily on exercise to help a patient get better. Electrical modalities or machines are add-ons which provide temporary relief from pain but to get long term results, proper rehabilitative program is essential. Unfortunately, there are many physiotherapists who just strap a patient to a machine and don't provide any other input, hence, this misconception that physiotherapy means machine application has spread quite a bit.

Myth 3- Physiotherapists only treat muscle, ligament or tendon related problem or sports injuries.
Although a large portion of physiotherapy includes muscle, ligament and tendon related injury treatment and sports related injuries, a variety of other conditions is also treated by physiotherapy.
Not only are physiotherapists specialized in diagnosing and treating all musculoskeletal pathologies in any area of the body, some also follow advanced courses in vestibular rehabilitation, mental imagery for chronic pain, pelvic floor rehab for urinary incontinence, etc.
Even in cardiac conditions, neurological conditions, old age problems, child physiotherapy and pre and post pregnancy, physiotherapy plays a vital role.

Myth 4- Physiotherapy is a temporary fix and if you don't see immediate results, physiotherapy does not work.
Physiotherapy is a lasting therapy and the aim is to not just cure a condition but also to prevent a patient from falling prone to an injury again.
A good, authentic and well learned physiotherapist will always know that physiotherapy gives long term benefit and not just a temporary fix.
You do see immediate results in  certain conditions, but in long standing cases like a stroke patient, physiotherapy may take time, but that does not mean it is not working. Just that the progression towards a result may take some time, patience and persistence and follow up from the patient's side.

Myth 5- Surgery is the only option available.
In many cases, physiotherapy has been shown to be as effective as surgery in treating a wide range of conditions—from rotator cuff tears and degenerative disk disease, to meniscal tears and some forms of knee osteoarthritis.
In fact, physiotherapy is the best form of cure and in most cases is successful in preventing people from undergoing surgery, unless of course, the condition of the patient is beyond the scope of physiotherapy or cannot be cured by it. 

Myth 6- Physiotherapy means massage.
This is the most hilarious and common one. Physiotherapists are NOT masseuses or spa people giving massage.
Techniques called as Mayofascial Release(MFR) or Deep Tissue Release (DTR) are done where in the physiotherapist will release an affected group of muscles or a particular muscle which can be at times really painful and not at all compared to a massage! The physiotherapist has studied and has the anatomical knowledge regarding the position and location of each muscle and treats it accordingly if and when required.

So there you are, here I have listed a few of the myths surrounding physiotherapy. Hope it helps in clearing the misconceptions regarding the profession.

Stay healthy, stay safe!


-Dr. Manasi Joshi
Physiotherapist, Writer, Blogger.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Choices

We live in a dual world. We are constantly torn between choices and are forced to take sides, and make decisions, even if we don't want to, consciously or subconsciously. We are torn between the wrong and the right which is projected before us by the outer world and the wrong and the right which we think is true. Confused? Me too!

Here is a short poem on choices.

Between the right and the wrong,
must we choose,
between the true and false, 
between the day and the night

between joy and sorrow
and today and tomorrow

amid laughter and pain
and respect and disdain





in the seam of heaven and hell
and fury and calm
and faith and doubt
must we dwell

 Between the waves 
of hatred and of love
Must we choose...

Between our inner self and 
between the outer one which we project
between our inner angels and demons
sooner or later,
must we choose..

Choices make us
and shape our lives

For it does not matter what we have in us
but who we choose to become....


Friday, 4 March 2016

JNU- A smart power game.

I was contemplating whether I should write a post on the JNU issue or not. My twiddling thumbs and thoughtful mind finally had to pin a short post.

On February 9 2016,  Anti-National slogans were shouted at the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. A campus which is well known and regarded with high esteem by many.

The slogans supported the terrorist Afzal Guru who was the prime convict for the attack on Indian Parliament. Afzal Guru was hanged at Delhi's Tihar Jail on 9 February 2013. His family was not informed about the execution.

Now India is a democratic country with freedom of speech. One can argue that the students had a right to voice their opinions even if it was in favour of not hanging Afzal Guru. Voicing one's opinion is one thing and shouting anti-national slogans is one thing. The slogans contained destructive words and violent attitude towards India. “Bharat ke tukde honge hazaar” (India will be broken into a thousand pieces) “Bharat ki barbadi tak jung zaari rahegi” (Our fight will continue until India is destroyed) such were the slogans shouted.

Naturally, it will offend any true, nation loving citizen of India (including myself) if they hear such slogans.

The entire nation went into frenzy post this incident. The media houses have been on fire, updating us about Kanhaiya Kumar who is supposedly the one who has been raising anti- national slogans. Then later Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya came in the picture.

Yesterday, Kanhaiya Kumar was released by the government with a warning. He was welcomed like a hero post his release.

The speech he gave for which he had 23 days in jail to think and prepare, is being applauded and appreciated. One carefully thought of speech to save his own neck and twisted and manipulated words and carefully appearing innocent speech makes a hero out of a power hungry individual in this nation! Where are we heading?

Kanhaiya Kumar is not an anti national according to me. He is a power hungry person who loves to have people by his side. Hence he can easily change his opinions from time to time according to his convenience.

He said he wanted freedom in India and not from India. Well, where was he, when the Congress was
corrupting the entire nation? The corrupt can earn black money, in fact they have been doing it for years post Independece and that's ok for Kanhaiya it seems, but when the Government says it will make an effort to bring back black money, it is mocked by Kumar.

I agree that the lawyers who burst with rage at Patiala did not do it right. No lawyer can take the law in his own hands and by being violent they did the wrong thing. They could have raised the voice in a better manner if they wanted to.

These days, anyone who supports the Modi government is termed as a 'Bhakt' and 'Hindu Fanatic' Praising terrorists and showing sympathy for them has become the so called 'it' thing and cool thing to do. Anti government news channels, anti national journalists like Rajdeep Sardesai and Sagarika Ghosh are praised, lauded and supported. Supporting a person who has been charged with sedition is not a right thing to do.

The government rightly took an action to put them behind the bars. I love my country and anyone who speaks of destroying it, insults it in the biggest manner and insults the soldiers who lay their lives in protecting us and keeping us safe. Just because a person is a student from a particular university, should he be pardoned?

The Congress is playing a very smart power game. The JNU issue is just a facade to hide the game they are playing. They are diving the nation into Hindu and Muslim, Brahmin and Dalit, Gandhi and Savarkar and they intend to win back the next election by portraying the Modi government as prejudiced and cruel.

I am afraid that the poison they are trying to instill in the minds of the people of our country is slowly killing the peace, mutual understanding and the love and nationalism for each other and the nation.

The anti Indian forces are trying to divide our country so that they can benefit from it themselves, bank on votes and win elections and continue with the corruption they were earlier.

I am not a Modi 'bhakt' but I feel that he is one of the most deserving Prime Ministers our nation has had. Yes India still has a long way to in terms of many issues but fighting with each other on the basis of caste and religion is not going to do any good or not going to help development of anyone. To make a difference we need to stand together as one and not be divided into groups.

I just hope these power games played by Rahul and Sonia Gandhi and other politicians and journalists with vested selfish interests don't destroy the unity of our country.

Lance Naik Hanumanthappa
No, Kanhaiya Kumar is not  my hero, My hero is Lance Naik Hanumanthappa and thousands of other soldiers like him who are unsung, not famous, yet solidly standing behind us and with us all the time.

We need to wake up before it is too late!!!







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Sunday, 24 January 2016

Back pain- Avoiding painkillers

Hello everyone!

As a physiotherapist, I often see people landing up with back pain. It is something very common which I am sure almost 99% of us have faced at a certain point in our lives, irrespective of our age or gender.

Most people think that eating pain killers would make it go away and pop pills in order to get rid of back ache. Of course it provides a temporary relief but is not a long term solution.

Today, due to active and hectic lifestyle, most people hardly get time to think and ponder upon the causes of back pain.

Here I am stating some easily correctable things which could prevent or cure you from back pain-

1. Work Ergonomics- Most of the cases today we see are due to bad posture while at work. Please be careful about what posture you assume when you are at work. Sitting up straight, not stooping, sitting/ standing in certain correct ways, ensuring your back is supported while sitting or travelling will help you eliminate back pain. Next time you are at work, be aware of what posture you assume for long periods and try to correct it.

2. Exercise your back- Exercise, as we all know, is the basis for good health for everything and back pain is not an exception. Simply doing a few stretches and strengthening exercises for your back will help in eliminating back pain. Yoga postures like dhanurasana, bhujangasana, trikonasa, etc are a few basic exercises to help you avoid back pain.

3. Healthy diet and nutrition- Watching our diet, maintaining a healthy weight can go a long way in curing or preventing back pain. The spine and it's surrounding structures and muscles need to be strong enough to bear the day to day stresses we put on it.  E.g..- drinking milk or adding calcium, zinc, magnesium, vitamin D, etc supplements can be useful for a painless back, especially post the age of 30 years and in women and elderly population.

A detailed assessment and treatment by a physiotherapist can help you get rid of back pain so do not hesitate to approach your nearest available trusted and qualified physiotherapist. With the help of certain therapy and specific exercises for you, you can get rid of back pain in no time!

You can thus avoid taking painkillers for your back which could lead to unwanted side effects if taken on a long term basis. Of course there are back pain conditions which require painkillers or at times even surgery, but this post is about the general back pain which most of us get and can usually avoid in simple ways.

If you want to know who is a physiotherapist and a what physiotherapist does please do through this article of mine- http://www.manasiwrites.com/2015/03/physiotherapy-way-to-better-life.html

Hope you have a pain free back and a worry free life.

- Dr. Manasi Joshi (P.T)
Physiotherapist, Writer, Blogger.