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Sameer Koul
Attended Faculty of Engineering, Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra
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It's what life should be about!! Must see...:)

Take some time out of ur life for introspection. This guy still lives and breathes, can't we share some from the lot that God has given us??
 
He gets nothing, but receives what money can't buy !
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+Sameer Koul thanks Sameer :). Thanks for sharing such wonderful,emotional, touching film. I am on my way to recovery. :) 
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Dinner time.

Stayed late in office today. Hasted out of office with my growling stomach making more noise then wolverine's full moon one. While my mind was multi screening with Mind Map and menus of restaurants. I stopped by this open air kitchen seeing how people were enjoying the stuff he was making.

Nah!! Not for me. It can be unhealthy, my mind sermoned but by bally's anxiety over wrote that logic bringing my legs to grinding halt. Well!! I controlled the chemical concoction which was flooding my mouth and ordered a unique combination which was happily obliged. Threw every caution to winds, no not winds, to twisters and happily ate my dinner.

While I was gulping food down my throat, I noticed this place was eat out for Rickshaw drivers and many of them were amused to see me and so were passer by. With full stomach, I wuld have not even given a look to this place forget about imagining to eat out at this place.

In Hindi it's a proverbial saying "Bookhe pet na Hoth Bajaan" (one can't even remember god, empty stomach). So true. Filling stomach is what we fight for and getting down to the levels which we couldn't imagine the otherwise.

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Even though I too was not sure of it but then hunger beats down Hercules in one...+Vijaya B. And I hv survived food like this before...:)) 
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Knocking conscience.

Sometime back as the mundane day was passing by like a flow diagram of process based life, it really took a penetrating eyes of a child to give me a wake up call and first thing was to make all of you “imaginative testamonies” of what I saw.

I had gone to shopping with some friends. I standing out and observing the rush of people to their destination aka destinies, I felt feel of tender skin on my feet. Reflex action made me to withdraw with irritation marked clearly in my eyes while searching for the foreign object. My eyes this kid pleading for alms. Camera mind clicked that picture and transmitted to million neurons in million ways, all permutation and combination revealed only one outcome “Million Mutinies”.

What on this earth this kid is begging for? Does he even know what is he doing? Does childhood mean anything to his parents? I as a civilized human, can I allow this? Why can’t his parents give him up for adoption as he might have an opportunity for better life? What about my faith in India Shining? And so many other questions marked the Human that I am. While the irritated eyes of mine changed into guilty me for not knowing the way forward, I became brain dead and stayed glued for good amount of time looking at the “kiddo”. Perhaps the time duration that I spend was not good enough since coming back to my senses the que had hardly moved, but it seemed that eternity had passed and I stood helpless.

Beggar Kid’s penetrating eyes, innocent expressions and guilt stayed with and first thing as a reconciliatory measure I shed some tears in soltitude, which acted as a pressure relief valve of my guilt build up. Interestingly in one of the seminars that was organized by one of the celebrated NGO’s working for the cause of underprivileged children, the people on dias kept children whose cause they were serving as marginalized children. Taken aback, I raised a question albeit in dogmatic way about the kids belonging to lower strata of society being a subject of Economics. Continuing from the constellation of thoughts that I carried with me from shopping experience and few hurried calls to find friends on the inclusive grief, I came across another economics title. “The intentional poverty” sounds like a subject of thesis, but very real. The Begging menace in India is fast becoming a subject of poverty among people who look at induced guilt in common people to extract coins of sympathy. Common man, as did I, washes one hand by donating directly or to NGO’s from one’s commitment towards fellow species.

Intentional Poverty, Marginalised Children, GDP income of Below Poverty line etc have caught the fancy of masses. Every now and then seminars, workshops, shows are being conducted. There is a different cult of people out there to eradicate the poverty. NGO’s do it in Balance sheet way, I was surprised to receive the balance sheet from them, A debit credit analysis of poverty and wealth. Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, our own Narayan Muthy and some top honchos and big corporates all doing their bit to elevate people from utter despondency and poverty and perhaps the world has become a better place to live but I am concerned about what would be my contribution in the story on good today and better tomorrow.

This experience was a thought provoking one, though the intensity of the moment has gone thanks to god given gift of emotional reconciliation and resilience. But the evident childhood lost will always be there, I will try to be a better human by contributing directly, not only the monetary way but self indulgence as well, for the people who have the urge to move ahead and need a small opportunity to do so. I will talk to people to “sell” them the idea of better society better future. And I am beginning now. Requested to put forth your way of addressing the idea of creating a society of inclusive growth, idea of seeing underprivileged kids competing with our own kinds in level playing field, idea of better life for all of us. Kindly consider what can be our contribution and not what Government should do.

Though today the ‘Beggar Kid” has left me confused and the confusion is what I want to believe but for sure I want to see is that “beggar kid” growing up as educated, job goer, civilized person who is standing next to me in with shopping bags. And I wish him asking in a confident voice “ Do u accept American Express??”.

I know I am hearing a collective “Amen”


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Thanks for your kind words +Miguel K.
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+Sameer Koul i prefer the color perspective. 
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Green is color of Divine here.

This is statue of Hanuman, the Ape God. In most of the part in India he dons saffron color as showcased in my previous post. Down south of India I observed him to be green.

Dint get any answers why is it so. But one thing for sure he still remains Macho and people revere and worship him the same way as in rest of India.

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I am doing good. It's good to see u back, stay connected +Miguel K...:))
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Ink of my destiny.

The best part of democracies is the collectivity to win over Darwinian law. The "survival of fittest" is applicable at corporate and that levels and for rest of population it's a daily churn of household worries.

All, well!! most of us vote to form governments to initiate and drive welfare program. More efficient the government more penetrative the social welfare. Good goverenance is ticket to equal opportunities for masses to better life. Yesterday I travelled 600 miles to cast my vote and was overwhelmed by few people's tenacity of crossing oceans for a day to be in town for voting.

While in between wait and vote, I went out from booth to share a puff with my que friend, this street shop owner welcomed us with broad smile and offered tea and smoke at discounted rate. He already had casted his vote and was towing lines of a particular political party that's most likely to come to power. During our brief conversation I clicked his picture and his belief that his vote will count for better future of his kids. He was a symbol of changing face of a place from country to nation and that's a big paradigm shift for a country like India.

This election has many first of its kind. The expectation of people from governance is much and people who indulge in politics as a business matter have charted out deliverables from them. Any failure would cost them something and that something was there never before. This tea vendor and many like him have kept aside the local issues and are looking at a strong leadership at Federal level, for they have realised the things flow top down. He has voted for change, I have voted for a change, Have you?????

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I am optimistic about my choice +Sonali Dalal...:))
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Please cast your vote for a stronger nation and even stronger US (You, I and all).

Whatever we say about condition of our country, but unlike most of the nations we are bestowed upon by free and fair elections. An opportunity to write our own destinations. With a click of a button our hopes for better future, strengthens. Vote.

No matter the choices are less but more the votes more accountability of the elected members will come in fore. The most corrupt also will have to deliver. Please note "Bad people win because good people don't vote"

Day after we will have a massive mandate drive across populated states. Go out and exercise your fundamental right of electing your representative. 
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You have summarised the perennial problem of existing US democracy "the growth Matrix as primary tool to measure progression"...indeed post this election, India enters into new phase of democracy and it would be ideal to see the balance it charts out.

As you rightly have put "it's test bed of modern democracy" and can be a launch pad of sustainability vide growth for many a third world countries and catalyst in rewriting trade and foreign policies for wealthy nation for poor but potential countries..it was enlightening conversing with you Dave on the subject matter and I must confess any conversation with you is elevating one for me. Look forward for more and more discussions with you. I have posted one more on the election subject. Have a look at your convenient time. Thanks again for this interactive conversation +David Washington....:)) 
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Keeping Pace.

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+Ajay Sinha
 thanks dear for linking the picture. Your opinion is basis of the tag "Keeping Pace"...:))
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Baby Cart.

What was eye ball grabbing about these two people was their continuous dialogues amidst of cacophony of the surroundings. This image is taken at a bus Stop, while I was waiting to take one journey to nearby shopping mall.

A new city with new ways of life. The lady in the picture was selling boiled peanuts and was dressed in traditional attire with flowers in her hair. The kiddo was giving her company and had the same flowers tied to her hair aswell. She was all smiling giggling at the passer by and the customer alike. I am sure her innocent smiles got some increase in sales.

One happy moment in the unknown city multifolds it's magnitude and I was moved to tears by reminiscent of some moments back home.

The tears of happiness and gratitude.

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    Electrical Engineering, 1992 - 1996
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My indulgence in photography and meeting new people has brought me to G+. I wish to improvise my photography skills at the same time learn about the new places, new cultures and new people virtually. I like to travel, read books and find solace in writing and shooting pictures for myself. This I wish to take to next level and hope that I do find right set of people to realise my DREAM. I also look forward to equally contribute one who seeks my support in one's effort to develop the same passions further. Hope here to stay and learn and contribute towards a border less society
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