Some people seem to be celebrating simple minded Independence day. I wish I could be this simple minded. I am celebrating and contemplating the very complex Independence day. A day that was declared with too many ifs and buts, way too many riders, too many scars of divided people and incomplete independence. Gora (white, colonial) babus (bureaucrats) finally left India this day, so there is reason for Euphoric celebrations but they left behind legacy of hatred, division and system of incompetent and evil Bhura (brown, ethnic South and South-east Asian) babus to rule across South Asia and South East Asia. It is official independence of one section of grander South Asia and South East Asia, a significant bit called India but it is not independence day for everyone that lives in India. Everyone never got independence. Vast populations continue to live in such abject conditions that independence is merely a hypothetical concept to them.
I am trying to celebrate this day remembering how often after moving to West Bengal, locals have asked me what is my country and look puzzled when I say India. They insist no, whether it is Punjab, Himachal or Bihar. I am celebrating knowing how parochial the mindset of vast population of Indian continues to be. I am trying to celebrate, when a policeman insists that I cannot talk in Hindi because I am in Bengal but runs away when he realizes that he might be recorded. He passes on this information knowing fully well it would be distorted and misused by politicians who abound the stagnant “innovation sector” of India, where politics is the favorite pastime of people. I think of independence when criminal elements that are responsible for the rot of education and research in the country, find moral rectitude and patriotism an oddity and try to frame anyone who is not leaching off the system like them. The celebrations of Indian Independence day remains complicated and somber to me like it was for the Indians who celebrated the first Independence day in 1947 amid scars, pain but yet had hopes of better future, a better India.
Just as a thought experiment, I wonder how much worse things would have been, if the babus would have continued being gora instead of bhura? While I think of that I am also wondering can the can-do spirit be sparked in India in dark distant corners of eyes of have-nots. Maybe it is merely the need to celebrate that is so essentially human that makes me delusional but hope is what makes life worth living anyway. Hope continues to be the biggest dope. Maybe the only difference in having the bhura babus rule us, instead of gora ones is that we feel less slave for the same enslavement and feel like doing something for the place on the name of country, community or whatever box we define to be ours.
It is not ancient history, boundaries but living culture and living people that define a country. I am celebrating with the hope that India and all of South Asia and South East Asia would be more worth celebrating in the coming years. I am celebrating with the hope that one day the campaign of make in India would one day transform into Innovate and think in India and would be part of living culture that it would not require campaigns anymore. Happy Independence Day India. Hope for better ones for you to come in the coming years.
The Cheapest Places to Upsize Your Home Revealed
Does it feel like you’re seriously lacking in space in your current home? Do you find the clutter has taken over your life simply because you don’t have enough storage space? Do you and your family members feel as though you’re living on top of each other with little to no privacy? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then there’s a good chance you’re already convinced it’s time to upsize your home. But what if you can’t or don’t want to upsize the budget? Can you upsize your home in an affordable way?
With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the cheapest places in the UK where you can upsize your home.
Top spot goes to Orkney, which is not only a great location for upsizing but offers all kinds of other benefits to residents. It’s here that you’ll be able to take advantage of a bigger living space without having to inflate the budget exponentially.
As an in-depth article by deacon.co.uk – a specialist buildings insurance provider – points out, it is often called the happiest place to live. Residents consistently point out their high quality of living, low crime rates, school class sizes in the primary years are low. It’s rare you’ll find anything that would be classified as a traffic jam, there is plenty of open land and wide-open spaces, and you’ll be treated to some of the most exceptional natural scenery in the world.
Richmond in North Yorkshire
Another great location to research is Richmond in North Yorkshire. It features many of the same draws as Orkney does, but this time you will be located in England. The cost of living is more reasonable than many other areas of the UK, house prices are still affordable, the crime rates are low, and you’ve got a robust nightlife and entertainment scene that you can explore.
Rutland in the East Midlands
If you like that quiet kind of setting that is filled with history and fabulous architecture, then you may want to consider Rutland, which is the smallest county in Britain. There are plenty of rolling hills, the River Welland, a lot of agricultural lands, and is a drivable 164 km from London (ideal for a weekend getaway).
Hambleton in North Yorkshire
Hambleton is located in England’s northern regions with Northallerton being the largest town in the district. The district is dotted with small towns and villages, is known for its agricultural lands, and even got the title as the “best place to live in Yorkshire” a few years back. This title was based on life expectancy, overall health and wellness of residents, personal well-being, weather, crime rates, and employment.
Other Notable Places to Consider
And if you’re still not sold on the places listed, other affordable areas that you can potentially upsize your home include Eden in Cumbria, Westminster, and Richmond-upon-Thames. Each has its own unique personality and list of benefits. No matter which of these locations you pick, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to fulfill your goal of branching out and upsizing your home to something that is more functional and liveable.
Showing Your Love For Healthcare Workers
When you know and love a healthcare worker during this difficult time, you may be searching for ways that you can show you appreciation for the hard work that they do. Coming up with some great ideas can seem a little difficult, as many items are inaccessible and restrictions are closing shops and limiting travel. Luckily there are still many ways that you can show your love for the health care workers in your life, as there are several brilliant concepts which you can make the most of to put a smile on their face today. So, if you want to find out more, then read on to uncover some of the best suggestions that you can utilise to show appreciation during this difficult period.
Make Their Life A Little Easier
One of the best things that you can do for a healthcare specialist that you know and love during this tough period is to attempt to make their life a little easier. Extra long shifts battling against this new virus can have a terrible effect on a person’s mental health, as well as sapping away all of their energy at the same time. This can mean that things like doing their grocery shopping and making meals are often the very last thing on their mind, opening up the perfect opportunity for you to get involved and lend a helping hand. Doing a big food shop that you can take to their home after work will be such an amazing gesture they will no doubt appreciate, whilst going an extra step further to actually cook up a delicious meal that they can enjoy after a long day can put such a huge smile on their face. Be sure to make the most of healthy ingredients including lots of fresh fruit and veg, as they must look after their immune system to stay strong throughout.
There are several different little extras that you may want to invest in to show your health care loved ones a bit of appreciation, and you can get these items delivered straight to their home so that you needn’t bother trying to work around social distancing measures to drop off their present yourself. For example, something like a heart badge reel that they can add to their uniform can be a great pick-me-up that they can look down at for a little motivation during their long shifts at work! It’s also a great idea to find some self care activities that they can indulge in, such as a luxurious face mask or bubble bath that they can utilise to get some down time at the end of the day.
Showing your love for the healthcare workers in your life needn’t be as difficult as you might think when you can make the most of the top tips and tricks detailed above! Whether you decide to help them get their grocery shopping, cook a nutritious meal or simple invest in a few little gifts to put a smile on their face – every little helps!
3 Steps to Becoming a Better Person
We only get one life so it’s important to live it well, make the most of things and seize opportunities that come your way. If you’re hoping to make the most of your time on earth, here are just three ways you can go about it.
Be more understanding
We all want to be the best person we can be, and a big part of that is relating to and getting on with other people. But it’s not always in the way we think, we don’t need to make grand gestures, we don’t need to be able to give therapist level advice or be a perfect friend in every sense. The main thing we need to do is be empathetic and understanding- be able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. It can be easy to be irritated, annoyed or upset if a friend lets you down, cancels plans or does something else undesirable but when you’re understanding you’re able to empathise about why this might be. Maybe they’re busy, have other priorities (as we all do) or double booked themselves. We’re able to cut ourselves slack as we know that we’re only human, do others the same justice. Being understanding doesn’t mean being a doormat and being walked over, you do still need to know when someone is taking advantage. But for the most part, the people in your life won’t be purposely trying to upset you, be more understanding and it’s easy to realise this.
Find your own spiritual path
Having beliefs in something that matters to you can be a great way to live your life, it seems counterproductive but realising how small you are on this planet and as part of the greater universe can feel reassuring. It means that your problems are also small and often irrelevant, and as a result can help you to just get out there and live your best life. Being spiritual and having beliefs doesn’t have to mean being religious, there are many reasons you might be put off from traditional religion. While it helps many, there’s no denying that it’s also a cause of many wars, there are numerous church abuse lawsuits that have been filed across the globe and to some, it simply doesn’t fit their beliefs. But don’t write off finding greater meaning altogether, find your own spiritual path. This could be anything from numerology to deep meditation to trusting in the universe and it’s signals. Do some research and find a path that suits you.
Find a good work/ life balance
Work is important, not only does it give your life purpose but it allows you to earn the money you need to have the lifestyle you want outside of work. Most of us have no choice but to work, but it’s easy to go overboard with it. Maybe you’re passionate about your job or are just a bit of a workaholic, take a step back. Find the balance between work and life such as travel, family, pets and hobbies. You’ll be much happier for it.
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