I am Gandhi

Celebrating 150 years of the man who won many wars but killed nobody.

 

I am the barefoot boy, I wear rugged clothes and I’m dirty, I am Gandhi
I am a Harijan, I am an untouchable, I am Gandhi
I am the half-naked fakir, I am Gandhi
I am the mighty Ganges, I am the Himalayas, I am the Brahmaputra, I am Gandhi
I am the victim of patriarchy, I am the sick, I am Gandhi
I am the thousand languages spoken on this land, I’m the native tongue, I am Gandhi
I am the smell of flowers and the sound of  prayer bells, I am Gandhi
I am the girl who refused to pay dowry, I am Gandhi
I am the farmer, I till the soil, I sow the seeds, I am Gandhi
I am the gentle old woman, I am Gandhi
I am the colours of this country, I am Gandhi
I am the tribal man, I’m called a savage man, I am Gandhi
I am the oppressed, I am the suffocated, I am Gandhi
I am the widowed woman, I am a social outcast, I am Gandhi
I am the sacred forests, I am the fertile land, I am Gandhi
I am the truth, I am non-violence, I am the soul of this land, I am Gandhi
I am purity, I am peace, I am serenity, I am only way forward, I am Gandhi
I am the man they shot, my ideas they try to kill, they say all I did was nothing, yet I am the truth
I am India, I am Gandhi

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Glossary-

1.Harijan- lower class or caste

2.Fakir- Muslim (or, loosely, a Hindu) religious ascetic who lives solely on alms.

3. Dowry- A payment made by a bride to marry a man

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I’m nice to everyone

Why I’m nice to everyone?

I’m nice to the man at the grocery store, he woke up at 4am and opened up his shop

I’m nice to the security guard, he misses his family, they stay a million miles away

I’m nice to the post man, his bike stopped working and he walked through the neighbourhood, packages on his shoulders.

I’m nice to the beggar, he really doesn’t have a choice but to knock at car windows

I’m nice to garbage collector, he gets fined for being a minute late, you’d never imagine the kind of things people throw away.

I’m nice to the server, he studies late into the night but can’t focus, he’s broken three plates and the cook forgot the food, yet it’s his fault.

I’m nice to the cab driver, he isn’t able to pay his son’s school fee, Uber doesn’t treat him fairly.

I’m nice to the mechanic, he hasn’t had a meal in two days, grease and oil aren’t pretty

I’m nice to the labourer, he hasn’t taken a break since dawn, clean water and a good roof seem like dreams in another world

I’m nice to man who’s singing a song and walking by, the song reminds him of simpler times, his addiction wasn’t an issue and his sons still spoke to him

I’m nice to the schoolboy, he forgot his lunch and he can’t seem to find his favorite pen and he’s late to class too!

I’m nice to the teacher, she’s been grading papers through the night, she’s sick and tired but full of passion

I’m nice to the doctor, his surgeries haven’t gone fine today, it isn’t his fault.

I’m nice to the immigrant from Nepal, it’s Nepali New Year and he’s far away from his only son.

I’m nice to the Gardner, he takes perfect care of his flowers but he can’t afford to do the same for his family

I’m nice to the policeman, he’s seen things which he wishes he never had, he’s disturbed and angry but he can’t help

I’m nice to the artist, his best piece of art was slammed by an art critic

I’m nice to the musician, hours of practice still won’t get him a decent job

I’m nice to the dancer, her feet are sore, but the show must go on

I’m nice to the man at the gym, his clothes no longer fit, but he’s determined to prove them all wrong

I’m nice to people, everyone has their own struggles, aspirations and goals they are trying to overcome, it’s a cruel world out there, we can all do with some more love.💛

I’m a human

I’m a Hindu, I celebrate Holi, Diwali and I visit almost every temple I get a chance to go to, I’m always curious to learn more of the Vedas and one of my favorite quotes is from the Rigveda-” May all be happy, May all be free of Illness, May all see what is auspicious, May no one suffer”
I’m a Muslim, I’ve gone to Sufi shrines and given a “Chadar”, I’ve visited both Sunni and Shia mosques where I’ve been welcomed with open arms, I’ve eaten lovely food during Eid and I’ve always admired the quality of Charity which all Muslims have inbuilt in their culture.
I’m a Christian, I go to church and I’ve read the Bible, I believe Jesus Christ was an ideal man and we all should be a little more like him. I celebrate Easter and Christmas and I’ve studied at Christan Institutions where people from all faiths came.
I’m a Sikh, I believe there is no bounds to the compassion and love the Sikh community shows and I know I’m always welcome to have Langar at any Gurdwara. My best friends have been Sikhs and I’m ever grateful to the lessons they have taught me.
I’m a Buddhist, I have prayer flags put up in my room and I’ve visited numerous Monasteries and Stupas and have offered prayers. His Holiness The Dalai Lama has always been my Hero and I am a firm believer in the Buddhist principals of love and compassion.
I’m a Jain, I don’t think there is any other force stronger in the world than the force of AHIMSA or nonviolence. I’ve learned to treat all creatures with respect due to Jain teachings.
I’m a Jew, I have gone to Synagogues and have always spoken out against Anti-Semitism. I’ve feasted on Kosher meals and I have a hand-stitched cloth made by a Jewish Grandmother always hanging in my room to remind of the love and warmth of the Jewish Faith
But above all? I’m simply a human, a human like all of you, I have dreams, I have aspirations and I believe all men and women belong to one great big family. No religion is better or worse than any other religion . I’ve been taught to love by all religions and I’m sure you too have been touched by the warmth of religion. Religion brings us together, it doesn’t separate us, don’t let extremists shape your view of a religion, they don’t represent everyone.
Most of all, let’s no look at ANY religion with hate. Hate is a strong force, but love is always stronger.

Feel free to share this, let’s beat hatred with love!

I’m privileged.

IN MY OPINION.

There’s a man who is my brother, I just don’t know his name.
But I know his home and family because I know we feel the same.
And it hurts me when he’s hungry and when his children cry.
I too am a father, and that little one is mine.
It’s about time we begin it, to turn the world around.
It’s about time we start to make it, the dream we’ve always known.
It’s about time we start to live it, the family of man.
It’s about time, it’s about changes and it’s about time.
It’s about peace and it’s about plenty and it’s about time

John Denver

Let’s do a small activity  before we start off this blog. Add a point for everything you have or for every activity you’re able to do.

Subtract a point for every activity you can’t do or for everything you don’t have-

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