The Delhi gang rape incident brought so many chilling facts to limelight. It is simply not an isolated heinous crime occurred in a  city.

The manner in which the girl was mercilessly thrown out naked after rape from a moving bus in the heart of city roads on that shivering winter night - 16th December, 2012 – that sent jitters across the country .

The incident mirrors our distressing times where everybody is trying to stress more of governmental action.

We are in fact living in a fear-centered society and view our immediate neighbor as potential enemy. Our response to extend help to fellow beings is calculated, based on so many metrics, because we act fear as a center and trust as a periphery.

The unanswered questions in the gang rape episode are : Why the passers-by did not stop to help the victim when she was lying in a pool of blood on the road nakedly on that dreadful winter night ? Why the response time of law enforcement agencies is tardy ?

Had it been occurred in an isolated corner of the country, perhaps the issue would have not raised the conscience of Young India who like never before, expressed their solidarity through candlelight vigils and mass agitation programmes across cities/towns/ villages.

It is palpable that the death of rape victim slid her family into deep agony and the family of that girl must digest the enduring ordeal.

Now young educated class armed with strong networking skills are revolting against the Establishment like never before. That's why the Angry Indian became the News-maker of year 2012 by a reputed Indian news magazine.

In the first place, why such incidents of rape and molestation occur ? What motive drives man to indulge in such nasty acts ? Noted spiritual guru of India Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev in response to Delhi rape incident says that the inherent problem lies in man treating woman as a commodity rather a soul-mate. He further says that woman is simply not a sum of body parts. This idea needs to be diluted and a consistent value system should be developed based on morality and ethical values which result into societal transformation.

When raw emotions take over the mind, sensible action can’t be expected. The placard of one agitator says " My dress is not a yes'. Her words make no sense at all. If a girl/ woman wears a skimpy attire, then there is every likelihood of brewing troubles from male predators. So the attire she wears matters a lot.

It was  shocking to note how some men in a recent protest march against rape incident in Delhi groped women in a crowd. One analyst opines that the cities have no recreational spaces for young men. I feel that reading habits among educated young are abysmally low and majority of them are solely relying on filmy kind of entertainment where they hum songs of Salman Khan ' Character dheela hai'.

The free flow of information and personalization of internet have opened the floodgates of fantasy. Now a days, it is not a big deal to get sexually explicit material from the Web where it is freely available and law enforcement agencies could not do anything to prevent it.

Majority of newspapers which wrote tomes on Delhi Gang-rape incident on front pages are silently pushing their semi-nude photos in steamy advertisements on back-pages which further corrupt the young minds.

Simply shedding crocodile tears will not salvage the situation. The conduct of children in adolescence must be kept under scanner by parents before the situation slips out of control. Equally the law enforcement  agencies should be swift to bring the culprits to justice. When the problem of this kind is not resolved with iron fist within family environment, it will continue to rise its ugly head.


12th January every year marks  'National Youth Day'. Coincided with it, India celebrated 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda on 12th January, 2013.

Vivekananda is synonymous with rousing enthusiasm and youthful energy. Though the soil of Bengal has given birth to so many spiritual masters like Ramakrishna, Lahiri Mahasaya, Paramahamsa Yogananda, Rabindranath Tagore, Arabindo Ghosh, no other had huge public outreach like Swami Vivekananda. This darling child of Mother India propagated the message of Indian Spirituality beyond national boundaries.

Whoever remembers Vivekananda,  they are engraved with his famous Chicago Speech in the Parliament of Religions on 11th September, 1893. It had an electrifying effect on American minds of that time and literally created waves in their society.

Narendranath Datta (Vivekananda's family name) was born on Monday January 12, 1863 to Bhuvaneswari Devi and Viswanath Datta in Kolkata. Naren soon showed a precocious mind and developed a keen memory. Vivekananda in his later years once said to an audience that " I am indebted to my mother for whatever knowledge I have acquired.'   At the age of fifteen he experienced his first spiritual ecstasy.

Naren had first heard about Sri Ramakrishna from a relative, Ramachandra Datta who was one of the foremost householder disciples of the Master.   Having understood his spiritual bent of mind, he was advised to visit Ramakrishna at Dakshineswar.  Naren met Ramakrishna for the first time in November 1881 in the house of the Master's devotee Surendranath Mitra.  He was invited there to entertain the visitors with his melodious music. Having been impressed, Ramakrishna asked Narendra to visit him at Dakshinewar. During the meeting when Naren posed Ramakrishna a question "Sir, have you seen God ? the master replied without a moment's hesitation " Yes, I have seen God.’’ He further said him that ‘’ I had seen God like I saw you.’’ Narendra was astounded with the master’s reply.  Ramakrishna in fact waited the eager arrival of Narendra to whom he transferred his spiritual energy thereby, he became a World Teacher with his first visit to America and later to Europe and other countries.

Ramakrishna knew the energies of Vivekananda. The master in his own words said that “among lotuses, Narendra is a thousand-petaled one”. Naren assumed the name of Vivekananda at the time of his departure for America in 1893.

Vivekananda's famous Chicago speech at Parliament of World's Religions on 11th Sept., 1893 with his starting salutation "Brothers & Sisters of America" enthralled the seven thousand packed audience. His extempore talk captivated the audience and sprouted the seeds of eastern spirituality on American minds.

The influence of Swamiji on stalwarts like Mahatma Gandhi and Subhash Chandra Bose not only enriched their personal lives but contributed immensely in liberating India from British clutches. What we need to learn from Swamiji's life is his inquisitive mind. 

Reading his literature stirs the blood with mystical spiritual energy. The core philosophy of Vivekananda centers on divinity within us. While defining education, he says that it is the manifestation of perfection already in man.

Vivekananda in his brief sojourn of 39 years on this planet has literally brought a spiritual revolution. He is the first Indian who propagated the Message of India on Western soil. Swamiji's words are like live ammunition which trigger us into deep thought process, sharpening our intellect and bring utmost humility. Swamiji is a hardcore pragmatist. What he taught, he lived through. He exemplified the life of Advaita philosophy.

He is a living embodiment of what an ordinary man could achieve even without sufficient ways and means but only an iron will to spread the message of his Master.

As long as Indian philosophy lives through this civilization, Vivekananda remains the torch-bearer of that Wisdom at  world at the world stage.


Recently I had my fingers burnt when I bought a book from local store whose price was shockingly high when I compared the price with the online bookstores.

It spin my head and alerted my  course of action forever on book purchases.

I realized that ordering books online is not only hassle free, but cost effective. Further more, it reaches my doorsteps instantly, saving money on transport and valuable time, thanks to the boon of technology.

However, the moot point is, could we completely ignore a visit to local book store ? The answer is a  big No.  There is no dispute in saying that purchasing a book needs a cursory glance of its contents to gauge our requirement, instead of being deceived by its title, especially in self-help category.

However, when you visit most of Indian online book stores you find the difference apparent. You can’t view the table of contents of a book/ front & back cover of books being published by Indian publishers which is not the case with foreign publications when you visit Amazon.com. It offers a free inside view of books which immensely benefit the readers to decide whether or not to purchase a particular book.

In this world of free flow of information, it is the crying need to remove this disparity by Indian Publishing companies to facilitate Indian readers to view cursory glance of  books, like Amazon is doing for foreign publications. By doing so, the prospect of marketing of good books widens.

Once you decide to buy a  book , it is prudent to compare its price from online bookstores. To do this normally you have to manually visit individual online bookstore sites which is a tedious process. It requires not only effort and time, but expertise to search from burgeoning e-commerce websites to strike a good deal.

Recently I come across a website Indiabookstore.net which seamlessly does all the spade work for you from eleven online bookstores and suggest you the price along with vendors website direct links, thereby helping book lovers to get the desired books at a throw away prices. This way you could save yourself from the hard-nosed bookstore vendors.