no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark

by Warsan Shire

no one leaves home unless
home is the mouth of a shark
you only run for the border
when you see the whole city running as well

your neighbors running faster than you
breath bloody in their throats
the boy you went to school with
who kissed you dizzy behind the old tin factory
is holding a gun bigger than his body
you only leave home
when home won’t let you stay.

no one leaves home unless home chases you
fire under feet
hot blood in your belly
it’s not something you ever thought of doing
until the blade burnt threats into
your neck
and even then you carried the anthem under
your breath
only tearing up your passport in an airport toilets
sobbing as each mouthful of paper
made it clear that you wouldn’t be going back.

you have to understand,
that no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land

no one burns their palms
under trains
beneath carriages
no one spends days and nights in the stomach of a truck
feeding on newspaper unless the miles travelled
means something more than journey.
no one crawls under fences
no one wants to be beaten
pitied

no one chooses refugee camps
or strip searches where your
body is left aching
or prison,
because prison is safer
than a city of fire
and one prison guard
in the night
is better than a truckload
of men who look like your father
no one could take it
no one could stomach it
no one skin would be tough enough

the
go home blacks
refugees
dirty immigrants
asylum seekers
sucking our country dry
niggers with their hands out
they smell strange
savage
messed up their country and now they want
to mess ours up
how do the words
the dirty looks
roll off your backs
maybe because the blow is softer
than a limb torn off

or the words are more tender
than fourteen men between
your legs
or the insults are easier
to swallow
than rubble
than bone
than your child body
in pieces.
i want to go home,
but home is the mouth of a shark
home is the barrel of the gun
and no one would leave home
unless home chased you to the shore
unless home told you
to quicken your legs
leave your clothes behind
crawl through the desert
wade through the oceans
drown
save
be hunger
beg
forget pride
your survival is more important

no one leaves home until home is a sweaty voice in your ear
saying-
leave,
run away from me now
i dont know what i’ve become
but i know that anywhere
is safer than here
This poem is now the rallying call for refugees: Courtesy:Quartz

TRUMP WALL

Every wall has two sides. In the case of Trump Wall, one faces America, and the other faces Mexico. The American side can be protected by its border security forces. But Mexico, which is dead against the wall, can always keep on making big holes from its side. And that would create plenty of jobs for Americans to fill up the holes. Great plan!

When India Became Republic

WHAT HAPPENED WHEN INDIA GOT INDEPENDENCE AND BECAME A REPUBLIC:
“When India got Independence and Ambedkar being the principle author of the nation’s constitution and holding the law portfolio in the cabinet, Untouchability was declared unlawful. After centuries of hitherto unchallenged and illegal authority relating to human rights violations, Manusmriti in terms of laws of India became illegal overnight”, excerpt from Hinduism: beyond rituals,customs and traditions.

GOD & KARMA

In the prayer to God lies the karma. Karma means action. From God, one seeks to do the right action. The reaction will follow based on the Karma. That is the law of Karma. Harvest the fruit of good actions…

Source: GOD & KARMA

POWER OF PROTEST

With massive parade of over half a million people in Washington the day after the presidential Inauguration, the spirit of democracy is still alive in the USA before Trump manipulates it. But in India it is showing signs of being out of breath. If democracy is not nurtured by dissent and protests then it gets rotten from inside like a hollow tree. Promodpuri.com

MERCY FOR SNOWDEN

MERCY FOR SNOWDEN:Only few hours are left, and President Obama still can exercise his benevolence to grant mercy to Edward Snowden who acted in the spirit of a whistle-blower to leak top-secrets of government surveillance programs. The very exposures led to reforms in government policies for which the credit goes to Snowden himself. He lives as a fugitive in Putin’s Russia.There was even talk of nominating him for Noble Peace prize.

Life is a Dangal too

Film Review: by Promod Puri

 

 

It is a tense play of strategies, techniques and actions, excitement, and madness, defense, and offense, frustrations, and rewards. It is a fight against societal wrongs. It is a game of emotions, tears, and joys.

This is the package Aamir Khan has delivered on the silver screen in a two and half hour thrill titled Dangal. Life’s dynamics are well portrayed in this masterpiece based on a true story.

In the lead role, Aamir Khan plays an odd patriarch who defies, protests, struggles and achieves what he wanted in life. He has a dream. He endeavors to see his daughters as world-class wrestlers. Yes, the real wrestlers, born and growing up in an orthodox and traditionally-rooted rural society, and where only boys and men enter the arena. Himself being a wrestling guru, Aamir Khan wants to create space for girls in a field traditionally reserved only for men. Dangal stirs up a storm in the village wrapped in traditions, faiths, and fakes; and where a girl’s childhood is brief and abrupt.

Dangal is a message for the contemporary Indian society to recognize and seek the role of women beyond home and kitchen.

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Humility Is Obama’s Legacy

His contribution in American and world affairs may not be what was expected, but a legacy can be realized in his civility, humility, rationality and intellectualism in tackling issues. This is more than tick marking yes or no on a list of his promises and expectations. promodpuri.com  promodpuri.blogspot.com

Meryl Streep Slams Trump At Golden Globes

“….who are we, and what is Hollywood anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places. I was born and raised and educated in the public schools of New Jersey. Viola was born in a sharecropper’s cabin in South Carolina, came up in Central Falls, Rhode Island; Sarah Paulson was born in Florida, raised by a single mom in Brooklyn. Sarah Jessica Parker was one of seven or eight kids in Ohio. Amy Adams was born in Vicenza, Italy. And Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Where are their birth certificates? And the beautiful Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, raised in London — no, in Ireland I do believe, and she’s here nominated for playing a girl in small-town Virginia.

Ryan Gosling, like all of the nicest people, is Canadian, and Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London, and is here playing an Indian raised in Tasmania. So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. And if we kick them all out you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts”. NY Times

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Versatile Actor Om Puri

Om Puri, who died January 5, was among the most talented and versatile actors in the Indian film world. Starting his film career in 1972, he belonged to the parallel cinema movement in the 80s which produced some of the most outstanding films exploring various aspects of the Indian society. Om Puri along with Amrish Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Raj Babbar were part of the new wave who revolutionized the Indian film industry by setting higher standards with their superb performances and dialogue delivery. Together they smashed the cult worshiping of heroes and heroines of ‘70s and ‘80s who dominated the Indian film scene not necessarily by their acting talents but more by their looks.

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A BRIEF UNDERSTANDING OF HINDUISM

By Promod Puri

Why are there so many gods and goddesses in Hinduism? Why worship an idol? Is going to temple mandatory in the faith? What impact does the caste system have on Hindu society? Why do some rituals make perfect sense while others are so vague? What are the secular and diverse characters in Hinduism? What physics principles constitute the sound of Om? What is karma and its role in our day to day lives?

These are some of the many questions which intrigue the non-Hindu mind as well as even among the Hindus especially those belonging to the younger generation.

Wrapped in mystique and antiquity the identity of Hinduism lies in its wide-open structure which allows and let develop diverse and distinct ideologies and practices without any governing body or binding scriptures.

“Hinduism has no traditional ecclesiastical order, no centralized religious authorities, no governing body, no prophet(s) nor any binding holy book; Hindus can choose to be polytheistic, pantheistic, monistic, or atheistic. Within this diffuse and open structure, spirituality in Hindu philosophy is an individual experience”.

Julius Lipner, author: Hindus: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices. Source: Wikipedia.

Hinduism is not merely a religion or as it is often referred “a way of life”. It is a multi-disciplinary academy as well. It is a democracy of conflicting, contradicting and controversial thoughts and ideologies.

Beyond its practicing rituals, customs, and traditions Hinduism thru its various schools offers comprehensive studies in philosophies, metaphysics, and sciences which cover every aspect of human endeavors.

As such it recognizes diversity of thought. The rational and liberal thought in Hinduism is the very basis of Sankhya School which is one of the several ancient Hindu faculties infusing diversity in the theological philosophies of the religion. Sankhya in Hindi or Sanskrit means number. In this empirical meaning, Sankhya seeks rationality as demonstrated by numeric equation 2+2=4. It rejects 2+2=5. In other words, a concept must go thru rational examination before being accepted or rejected.

An example of its rational and liberal acceptance of thoughts is revealed in Hindu theism in the following statement from the Rig Veda Chapter X, Para 129 which says:

Who knows, and who can swear,

How creation came, when or where!

Even gods came after creation’s day,

Who knows, who can truly say

When and how did creation start?

Did He, do it? Or did He not?

Only He, up there, knows, maybe;

Or perhaps, not even He.

(Promod Puri is the author of Hinduism Beyond Rituals, Customs, And Traditions) 

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Film Review: Dangal is master-piece of faction

Vishal Bheeroo

Film Review: Dangal

Producer: Aamir Khan Productions

Director: Nitesh Tiwari

Cast: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar, Ritwik Sahore and Girish Kulkarni

Rating: 4 stars

There is one man in the film industry who is in himself a brand for excellence and who rarely disappoints his audience who rightly expect sparks, be it at the ticket counter or in terms of aesthetic quality. No prize for guessing? Mr. Perfectionist, Aamir Khan. He simply takes Dangal to another level, playing Mahavir Singh Phogat that will set the bar to a soaring high in the display of such a mature character, wearing shades of ruthlessness as a father and expressing the pain conveyed in his eyes. It’s a fab act. A film like Dangal on sports and real life personalities will serve as a strong reference point in years to come through the helming of a…

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Super Salad, Trump, Mantras, Web Pages Highlights Of 2016

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By Promod Puri

Time flies. So was the year 2016.

As the cliché goes “it seems only yesterday” when we ushered into 2016 with traditional exchange of greetings and a new set of resolutions.

While the self-promises if achieved become milestones of the year, there are acts and feats of learning and acquiring new knowledge which add to our life’s experiences.

Personally, that was the year 2016 gaining knowledge and experience which launched me into my own web pages, promodpuri.com and progressivehindudialogue.com.  Here I can use my own channels for everything which I write, rewrite, scrawl, and scribble.

It all started when my book Hinduism beyond rituals, customs and traditions got published early in January last year that I needed some outlets to trumpet the world that here is something to read about.

This was also the year which kept me quite occupied to write on a range of subjects, essays and articles, and features includingbits and pieces”.

From Trump to Swastika, Manusmiriti to Ambedkar, Hindutva to Assembly of God, “Guru Maneyo Granthto Universality of Hindu Mantras, Quantum Theory and Om, Role of Religion in Politics, from Kashmir to Castro’s Cuba, racism to the politics of the Left and Right, from Gandhi to singer Jagjit Singh, and many more, along with lighter subjects like Uncles and Aunties, Banana Hanger,  Cricket Vs Soccer, stairs as an exercise, etc. that all these topics kept me dedicated to my cognitive senses, while the fingers kept moving on the keyboard.

Creating the web pages and learning its intricacies (with tremendous help from Kapil) have been a rewarding challenge which are no doubt my highlights of 2016.

Beside the web pages, another focus of the year is my signature Super Salad creation, yes, the edible salad. It is a mix of over 15 ingredients from fresh greens to edamame, fruits, seeds, and nuts, and to top it off with basil pesto; tossing them all together, and enjoying it with a glass of wine (optional).

Overall, it was a very meaningful year. In recognition of that, my 2017 resolution is that I will continue where I left when the 2016 edition folded.

Happy New Year and enjoy visits to my websites:

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