Why I enjoy Christian music… and you should too!

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I was reading the local newspaper this afternoon, glancing through the numerous articles, thinking of how there is more of bad news than good: flight crash reports, man cheating with 4 wives, social networking woes, deaths, suspicion, incurable diseases, and for that one moment the only word that felt real to my mind was “hopelessness”. There is hopelessness all around us. Everywhere we turn, we hear more and more of the evil that’s happening around the world.

I was also listening to the local radio, which once upon a time was my favourite station, playing all those peppy, top-hit Bollywood songs and Bollywood news. Thinking of Bollywood, I was reminded of Jiah Khan, the actress who ended her life last year. Her story was one of hopelessness, a hopelessness that takes over when the one person they trust lets them down. I’m sure each person bumps into such hopelessness at one point in life. Most people get through it, sadly Jiah didn’t. And here I was listening to those Bollywood songs, merrily singing praises of that doomed human love.

Then I realized, if we look for hope in the world, in a human, we are never bound to find it. Through the most difficult moments it’s been God and God alone, who’s been that anchor of hope in my life. So I turned off the radio, went back to listening those soothing Christians songs that bring words of “HOPE” all the time. There is hope, happiness and joy in Jesus Christ, one that the world can never give.

I remember how in November 2013 I had my first vertigo attack. Back then I didn’t even know what Vertigo was. I was struggling to live a normal life. My neck and back used to grow stiff and I had walking imbalance. I lived that way for more than a month. I was crippled and spent most of my time in bed. But through it all, God gave me the strength to do whatever it was that I had to. The ENT sent me home with a truck load of tablets. One doctor took CT scans to identify issues with the brain, but nothing. I refused to ingest those poisonous pills that were prescribed, simply trashed all the medicines and went through the pain and unrest. At the right time, God healed me. Today I’m normal again and I know it’s only because of the blood of Jesus Christ. Thank you Lord!

So I think if you ever feel hopeless in life, you should turn to Christian music, because it is full of hope and happiness, unlike this world and its hopeless songs.

 

No thanks, I’ll pass!!

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I turn around and see technology engulf me. Sometimes I wish I was born in prehistoric times, dressed in animal skin, living in a cave, starting a fire with stones, eating raw vegetables, feasting on roasted meat and most importantly living a technology-free life. Why you ask? Well let me elaborate…

Around a year ago, communication technology had its latest addition to the family: WhatsApp!! And the whole world got hooked onto it instantly. SMS has now become a thing of the past.  Somehow, I never liked the app, and that with good reason. Now, let me tell you why I’d rather try a dozen other applications to stay in touch with my near and dear instead of using WhatsApp.

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Reason 1: Peek-a-boo, I see you!

Lack of privacy is the biggest downside to WhatsApp. Not only does everyone in possession of your mobile number get to read your status and view your profile picture, you also get to view status updates and profile pictures of some people who are on your contact list, only because you should never ever pick up their call, no, not even by mistake!

Reason 2: Guru of emoticons!

I agree emoticons are a good way of expressing one’s feelings in the virtual realm, but 651 emoticons?? You gotta be kidding me! I think I’d have to be forming new feelings and emotions just to put WhatsApp’s smileys to good use. For e.g. there is a kissing smiley with a heart, and another one without the heart. We send kisses only out of love, so what does the emoticon without the heart really depict? A fake kiss? A sly kiss? A formality kiss? I wonder to whom I can send a kiss like that! The only set of emoticons I find appealing in the technology world are the ones on Skype; they are few and fantastic! Dear WhatsApp users, let’s see if you can use all the WhatsApp emoticons at least once in your lifetime. Take it as a challenge!!

Reason 3: Adamant Application!

I don’t know how WhatsApp works on other phones but on my phone, it’s one application that can never be shut down. It keeps restarting automatically every time I kill it through my phone’s task manager. Talk about being adamantly annoying!! The only way to keep the app under control is to restrict internet access on my mobile or use a firewall.

Reason 4: Tracks Activity!

WhatsApp displays either your online status or the time at which you were last active on the app. This is absolutely unnecessary. I hardly respond to messages or emails instantly, though I check them regularly. I take quite a while to respond, especially when I’m busy or preoccupied. This means that I maybe active only to glance and watch out for any urgent or vital messages. People could misunderstand thinking I’ve been active but I’ve not responded to their messages. The iPhone version has an option to switch off this activity tracking. But what about people like me who have a Nokia?

So far, the only good thing about WhatsApp is that I’ve not seen any ads whatsoever. Now all that’s left for us to do is to wait and see how long this lasts.

Don’t you wish you could get those good old days back, when meeting in person was the only way to communicate? How easy it was to express feelings while talking face to face.

The next generation will only experience the virtual realm. They will never know how life was before the internet came along. I think that’s really sad.

As for the present, for latest technology, for WhatsApp and what it has to offer, I’m relieved as I say, “No thanks, I’ll pass!!”

An Alien on Earth

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Ever imagined how an alien would feel if he grew up on earth for the first 25 years of his life and then returned to his planet? Well I think I know how that feels! Chennai was my home, but I never got a chance to live there. I had spent 25 years of my life living in a stranger’s land. That eventually became my home… until… suddenly one day I was forced to return to my real home.

This real home was a lot more different; a lot more messier, a lot more sicker and a lot more hopeless than I had ever imagined it to be. But now, 6 years down the line, I have mixed feelings. Why do I feel different now? What has changed? When I got to this city, I was thinking of a thousand places that I could rather be than here. But now, I wouldn’t mind living here if I had to.

I’m still trying to figure out what makes me feel this way. Because there are many times when I still say I hate the place and even the people’s mentality.

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The one thing I didn’t get in Dubai after living there for 25 years was good friends who really wanted to stay in touch and had a sincere concern over my well being. Out of all those years out there I got only got one friend who stayed in touch regularly. I remember the many festivals and functions that were spent lonely and cold, with no one to celebrate with. Even relatives were like strangers there. It was cold. I had the best lifestyle I could have ever had, yet, I was so empty.

6 years here in Chennai and I have the sweetest dog on earth (something I could have never had in Dubai), good friends who stay in touch and a kind or freedom amidst the daily madness. Day in and day out I meet sincerely concerned people, who are happy to show kindness.

I keep thinking to myself, Dubai gave me a lifestyle but Chennai taught me how to live. From the crazy times at the beaches, eating bajji from roadside shops, to the local train rides, to pani puri on the streets, it added a special flavour to life. A flavour that was missed at the posh restaurants in Dubai, the fancy malls and in the clear and clean environment that was just so beautiful.

I sometimes watch big groups of girlfriends huddled together enjoying at the beach, or just hanging out, or shopping for fun and I can’t deny that I’ve missed out on a lot of real living. More than anything else I missed the opportunity to befriend some good people who may have been with me for a lifetime.

I still can’t say I love Chennai, but I’m coming to terms with its state. But yes, I do love very dearly some of the wonderful people here who have made me feel so special, loved and cared for. And after all, what is life without love? :)