Light a Candle For Peace

Lifeofhues had long ago tagged me to light a candle as a silent protest against terror. I do.


Blasts have rocked almost every corner of the country: Delhi, Meerut, Ahmedabad, Imphal, Malegaon, Guwahati, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Bengaluru. Here is choronolgy of recent blasts in India.

A day after Mehrauli blasts, where two men on bike dropped bombs, my folks were plagued with terror. In a similar modus operandi, two guys on the bike slowed down in front of my house. The guy on the pillion sropped the bag at the my doorstep. In a clockwork motion, the bike sped away as soon as the bag was dropped.Β  Our home is situated in a three-sided open corner in a colony, that too in front of a famous Sai Baba temple.Β  Women in my colony, with their habit to hang out, spotted the ‘bag-dropping-act’ instantly. Fear and panic prevailed. There was noone at my house. I received my neighbour’s call on my cellphone.

Police was summoned. Fortunately, a police post is just few feet away. People all thronged outside their houses. Police cordoned off the area where bag was dropped. The front of our doorstep. Bomb squad was called, the bag was opened in midst of huge crowd that had assembled. The bag was full of schoolbooks!

Perhaps those too immature boys, who dropped the bag, were the part of the crowd to watch the spectacle their act had caused. Foolish guys, they were who caused unnecessary panic in midst of panic-ridden days. I wish I could find them and whack them for causing trouble to innocent folks. As a protest to panic, I light the candle for peace. I light the candle for active vigilance. I light the candle for citizen activism.

If you two guys, who threw that bag, happen to read this, please know that I bear no ill-will to you. But I am saddened that the youth like you who could cheer the children and adults alike, when a unsually quiet Diwali was nearing, chose to create panic for a mere puerile fun. I am sad that you could not be sensitive to already sombre mood of the city due to blasts, stock market crash and pink slips. I am glad that these things do not impact you immediately now, but I am sad that in face of cold melancholy, you could not learn to impart happiness and peace. You are the youth, the future of the nation. I am sad that we can not even console ourselves with blind faith and optimism that the future is in good hands.

But I am not disheartened, and I am not a pessimist. I hope that you learn your lesson without any untoward incident. I hope that, we, on our part, can live in the world with an example the youth of today can follow.

P.S: There will soon be an announcement on Avant Garde Bloggies Awards. Polls should start end of this week.

9 Responses to “Light a Candle For Peace”

  1. 1 Smita November 12, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    These youngsters seriously have no sense of responsibility.

    Wherever I am these days, the mood is sombre and sometimes I feel there is a kind of peace before the storm. Me n my colleagues keep talking about probable pink slips or market scenario and then we have now decided that we should avoid talking about it.

    Not because we are trying to avoid it but because the more we think about it the more we are depressed. It is better to take every day as a new day and be positive. There has to be something good behind all this. πŸ™‚

    Waiting for the Awards πŸ™‚

  2. 2 Reema November 12, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Aarrgghhhh! These kids! I tell the future of India is not at all bright.

  3. 3 praneshachar November 13, 2008 at 5:14 am

    one candle for peace from my side too. yes it has become a common practice by naughty boys and girls to do this act for fun but they dont understand what panic they creat. some school students do this to get one day off. one day off will not solve your problem. worst part is if you people are watched by the real terrorists and they take u under their umbrella it is worst thing to happen what was done for fun has brought u under panic. in a country like ours where people will wait for any such rumours and go on spreading this imagine the plight of the people at home it may be your mother sister friend …………. so stop indulging in such acts with immediate effect. if done earlier forget and go ahead fo good deeds in time to come
    one more candle lit for these innocent guys who does such things for fun and creat panic let good senses prevail

  4. 4 Sunil Deepak November 13, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    I was in India, in Delhi when the bombs went off in CP and I can understand your panic when people had called you. Just going around Delhi had made me feel so paranoid in those days. I too light that candle of peace with you.

  5. 5 Nimmy November 13, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    mmm..Bomb blasts have become a joke these days..Remember a dialogue in ‘Mumbai meri jaan’ where a girl says that she hasn’t studied for the exam ,so she is intending to make a call to her college in the name of a ‘hidden’ bomb so that exams get postponed…There is no use of balming kids..We adults are not able to keep control of peace and order,so these kids are just having the fun share of this..Sad..

    I too share a hand in keeping the candle lit for ever…

  6. 6 vimal November 14, 2008 at 1:47 am

    Heyy, theres a similar situation in ‘Mumbai Meri Jaan’ !!!

    Another candle from my end.

  7. 7 Amit November 15, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Some people are so insensitive! We are already living in troubled times and people just tend to make it worst instead of helping each other.
    A candle from my side too!

  8. 8 Anniyan November 15, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    If it was a few years ago, I would have said that was quite funny. πŸ™‚ But provided current situations, nobody is sure of anything nowadays. Hope the situation improves. Adding you to my blogroll. πŸ™‚

  9. 9 Poonam Sharma November 18, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    @Smita: I, too, try not to be sombre in face of constant news headlines about pink slips. πŸ™‚

    Polls are on now, as you may know.

    @Reema: I try not to believe taht, I am an eternal optimist. πŸ™‚

    @Praneshachar: yes such supposedly ‘fun acts’ are no longer funny. They cause lot of trouble and panic.

    @Sunil Deepak: Yes, Delhi was sombre that day. I remember the panic taht was everywhere.

    @Nimmy: I have wanted to watch Mumbai Meri Jaan, but have not been able to. I will do so soon.

    @Vimal: Now I must watch this movie, you are second commentator referring to this movie here.

    @Amit: Yes, immaturity coupled with insensitivity. 😦

    @Anniyan: Thanks for blogrolling me!

    And you are right, maybe few years ago this was funny, now it is panicky news. 😦

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