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May 24, 2020

A Powerful Lady of 70s in India, Miss Indira Nehru to Khan, to Gandhy, and Finally Mr's Gandhi who Successfully Led India and Went Against Pakistan.

"If you get a chance to become the next Prime Minister of India, would you?"
"No I don't want to be..." Indira Gandhi (Asked in one of her interviews in 1978)

BY LOKESH UMAK

Former 3rd PM of India (Indira Gandhi
pics credit to Wikimedia common)

Feroze, son, Rajeev,
Indira and father Pandit
Jawaharlal Nehru    
Indira (b. 19 November 1917 to 31st Oct 1984) was 3rd Prime Minister of India and was the first female who had become India's President (19661977 again in 19801984). The president who was very much bound to her promise that had never refrained from under the pressure of someone, even a threat from her own blood. 
She had a shower of blessings from her beloved father and had learned to make her own decision. There was a passionate letter exchange between Indira and Jawaharlal Nehru, the words of wisdom and powerful learning at an early age. The politically stabled woman once had gone for war with Pakistan and returned back with a victory. The war had resulted in formation of nature and waterways into Bangladesh (one of the populated countries) with the existence of Padma and Meghana rivers. 
There are two types of people those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group, there is less competition. ―Indira Gandhi (Goodreads)
Indira was well-groomed at an early age, Indira and her mother Kamala Nehru, a freedom fighter used to meet Mahatma Gandhi frequently. She was always surrounded by political thoughts in and out of her mind, Poverty, Freedom, Republic, Independence, Our country, our people. These are the words she used to familiar since her younger age. She had soon built her own strength, overcame the weakness and stood-alone taking her own decision. Mrs Indira Gandhi was one of the leaders who believed in secularism and got married to Feroze Khan. A man who left his studies for the sake of the country's freedom and joined Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi's Independence movement in 1933.
Firoze's last name on the legal document was Gandhy (Who was born to a Persian family) changed his name to Firoze Gandhi. This result was of purely based on loving Mr Gandhi and his powerful thoughts who had already won the hearts of many Indians. The reason for becoming Firoze Gandhy to Firoze Gandhi is still unknown except above.

Firoze and Indira
Feroze and Indira in the
homeland, a newly wedded 
couple in London
Before they fall in love, Mr Feroze Gandhi had already made his first thoughtful attempt putting his proposal to a respected and well-known member of India Independence Movement, Kamala Nehru for her daughter, Indira but it was rejected saying she is too young to marry. A skilled girl when abandoned when Kamala Nehru died in Switzerland, those days Indira and Firoze came closer more and both emerged out a rhythm of love together in the political wounded hearts. Both tied a knot in a furious decision going almost against everybody including her father (Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru) in 1942 at well-known Regent Street, London. This marriage happened exactly five years ago when the country was about to get independence and partition between Hindu and Muslim. The exact motto of being secularism in Gandhi's family was nothing but a constant comparison between Hindu and Muslim. But finally, India broke into two separate continents.

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru with
Couple
But Mr's Gandhi believes in secularism as one of her quoted words is still the evidence that proves her that her marriage was just a true love changing her life for both India and her marriage. In one of her interviews, she was asked some uncomfortable questions and would like her to become president of India again in this interview. (1978 by Jonathan Dimbleby.)



Even if I died in the service of this nation I would be proud of it. Every drop of my blood contributes to the growth of this nation and to make it strong and dynamic. ―Indira Gandhi (Goodreads)

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May 20, 2020

Mother Theresa: “The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service and the fruit of service is peace.”

Saint Mother Teresa on left

A holy human being by chance had come on the heavenly earth who always helped needy, lived in slums, and became a mother for them. Mother Teresa (b.26 August 1910) had devoted her entire life to orphans breaking all religious barriers. She successfully coped with all situations of the poorest of the poor. Her journey had started from Kosovo Vilayet (A New York Times's Article) and ended in Calcutta (now Kolkata). Being a part of the Albanian family (know the complete about who are Albanian) she never races anybody by religions nor by colors. Her father was a politician by profession but Mother Teresa had chosen different ways of serving people, those innocents, poor, and deceased were calling her to India and finally, she found her the last place of living on the earth. She often called nuns and missionary mothers. Her house was the only home of leper, beggar, the blind, the aged, and the disabled colony of hopeful children.

Mother Teresa with her supporter

Yesterday is gone and tomorrow has not yet come; we must live each day as if it were our last so that when God calls us we already, and prepared, to die with a clean heart. ㅡMother Teresa

Many leaders still say that Mother Teresa was the greatest humanitarian of the 20th century in the world. Compassionate and holy-hearted woman by chance had got to this planet and those poorest of the poor. She brought many lives into existence and provided shelters to thousands of orphans, gave food and clothes to incapableㅡhumans, and hence she called Saint Mother Teresa.
She stayed in the hospitals in sleepless nights, watched many giving birth, dying when it was out of her reach. Her real name was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. The characteristics of Mother Teresa had come from her mother, Drana Bojaxhiu. There is a legendary story behind becoming Mother Teresa. Her mother after her father’s death decided to serve people and it was declared to the front of poor when Drana invited the city’s destitute to share a meal together and had said,
My child never eats a single mouthful unless you are sharing it with others. ㅡDrana Bojaxhiu
Within no time a question hit her mother from her daughter stating who are these people and after listening to her mother Agnes got impressed. She heard,
Some of them are our relations but all of them are our people. ㅡDrana Bojaxhiu
The line had given Agnes a spark, inspired her tremendously, and found the biggest learning point looking at people. She started following her mother right from that time. She had done her education in history, geography and let herself completely deep inside through girl's poverty incorporating into her education.

By Kingkongphoto & from Laurel
Maryland
, USA - Mother Teresa best © copyright 2010, CC BY-SA 2.0, 
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; succeed anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough; Give the world best the best you've got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and them anyway.
Her promising approach toward life and how she used to take it was purely how her heart built of one of her poems shows. Only extraordinary human beings only could think that way.
This poetry could take our life to the next level of humanitarian and spread the never-ending love from one heart to another. What is the real meaning of life? Mother Teresa tells the world through this poem? Upon reading, it leaves us thinking more clearly about what life is and how to accept it.
In her bookㅡWhere There is A Love, There Is God (Available in Paperback on Amazon here). She tells us who God is and she has written poetry that has the purest meaning of God and we can imagine it relating to these worlds.
When you judge someone you have no time to love them. ―Mother Theresa
God is.
God is love.
God is everywhere.
God is the Author of life.
God is a loving Father.
God is a merciful Father.
God is all-powerful and He can take care of us.
God is love and God loves you and loves me.
God is joy.
God is pure Himself.
God is with us.
God is in love with us.
God is in your heart.
God is faithful.
God is love, God is joy, God is light,
God is the truth.
God is thoughtful.
God is so good to us.

In an interview, Mother Teresa was once asked, can you sum up what love really is?” She promptly replied: 
“Love is giving. God loved the world so much that He gave His Son. Jesus loved the world so much, loved you, loved me so much that He gave His life. And He wants us to love as He loved. And so now we have also to give until it hurts. True love is giving and giving until it hurts.
 
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May 15, 2020

“Democracy is the best revenge.”—Benazir Bhutto. No one has been yet convicted of her murder.

Benazir Bhutto — Waiting for conviction

The fight for truth is important. There will come a day when you will see the result of your struggles.Benazir Bhutto

A woman who fought till the last drop of her blood, serve people of Pakistan and that was all came from genetics roots. A truth she always had wanted to bring up to the local people who always wished to live life like a freeman. One who is on the side of love, peace, and carrying honesty with compassion in the society, She had established her democracy first time in 1988. She was born in the family of the same kind of biology since years, her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was former Prime Minister of Pakistan and founder of Pakistan Peoples Party (Check the latest topics here). Struggling for local lives, their needs, and hearing them carefully. One could easily enjoy a lavish life from her rich family background but it was not the aim of Bhutto. She was the one who used to be around her father and learn how to get Pakistani well educated and satisfy their needs of today.

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Indira Gandhi, and Benazir Bhutto
 
Clearly, it's not easy for women in modern society, no matter where they live. We still have to go the extra mile to prove that we are equal to men. we have to work longer hours and make more sacrifices. And we must emotionally protect ourselves from unfair, often vicious attacks made on us via the male members of our family.—Benazir Bhutto


Benazir always wanted to bring changes in the society, slave Pakistani, especially those seeking freedom in women and people who are in continuous trouble. She had seen slavery very closely and connected to people who had been struggling with it for many years. There were many other things that she wanted to bring about changes overnight but it was not possible by a single hand. Benazir was a clever lady since her younger age, she had never left her admired father alone in the bad situation. She wanted to learn every aspect of constituency and essentials to establish a new world and get rank with the best countries.

Lady Margaretha Hall at Oxford University London.
Mrs. Bhutto had stayed for her undergraduate studies (1973).

Above all, you must study hard. Very few in Pakistan have the opportunity you now have and you must take advantage of it. Never forget that the money it is costing to send you comes from the land, from the people who sweat and toil on those lands. You will owe a debt to them, a debt you can repay with God's blessing by using your education to better their lives.Benazir Bhutto, Daughter Of Destiny: An Autobiography (Available on Amazon for $1000)

She brought electricity, built many schools, health centers across the country, and the global fight against Islamic extremism. Many times she faced opposition from the Islamic Fundamentalist movement. She was not a type of woman who took her foot back in the critical situation of her beloved ones and the people of her homeland. Mrs. Bhutto is the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan and received a golden plate award at 2000 Achievement Summit London from Dr. David Herbert Donald.

Exile-Barbican Estate where she lived in London

During her active years (OpinionThe Legacy of Benazir Bhutto in the New York Times) she had gone to jail many times, had charges of corruption, and faced many other barriers in her life (Keep reading...). After she failed in re-election, she went to London and lived there for nine years in Exile. But crave to reinstitute her democrats and her supporters were calling their mother back to the homeland.  Mrs. Bhutto had a dream of bringing and establish another new democrat after her two successful trials of PM of the country (1988 to 1990 and again from 1993 to 1996.) and serve people of Pakistan, empowering them, and formed a new democracy again. Asif Ali Zardari (Read their love story) was released from prison in those days, whom she married in 1987.

Asif Ali Zardari

Now he is president of Pakistani Peoples Party and also served as a former Prime Minister of Pakistan (2008-2013) after the death of Benazir. He was the one who made history by becoming the first president of Pakistan born after partition.
The most painful fact of her family was her death that no one has been yet convicted of her murder. It is said that a 15 years old suicide bomber on 27 December 2007, Bilal sent by the Pakistani Taliban. And also an air of former Prime Minister Pervez Musharraf and her beloved husband are involved in this case, as it was also ending Mr. Musharraf’s democracy (Mr. Musharraf declared fugitive). As the election was approaching and she had a rally before a few hours of the mishap, she was fully prepared to be the next Prime Minister of Pakistan. In the bomb blast, more than 100 in crowds died on the spot and a bullet had torn her neck and been assassinated. 

Flag of Pakistan Peoples Party


The election which was held in 2008, the supporters of PPP elected her husband Asif Ali Zardari after her death and he became the Prime Minister of Pakistan. When Benazir first elected in 1988, she was a real fighter against Islamic Fundamentalists and proved women can do anything and could go ahead of men.

Benazir Bhutto at the time of Election rally


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May 10, 2020

Pasaydan (Holy offerings)—A poetry that ends Dyaneshwari with a prayer that poet, Sant Dyaneshwar Mauli asks in returns not only for the mankind but all the creature

Dnyaneshwari is a novel for every man in every era ended with a poem called Pasayadan (chapter 1794-1802.) has been written in the 18th chapter of Dyaneshwari, representing a prayer in the form of a verse as a holy offering to God, and in return, he asks something for mankind and creatures of the universe.

There are a total of 18 chapters in Dnyaneshwari (Eternal Wisdom of Dnyaneshwari is Available on Amazon in Paperback by author, Vassant Shirvaikar), it is the greatest novel written by Dhyaneshwar Maharaj who was once a great saint, the holy spirit who is called Mauli was a 13th-century poet and yogi. He lived only for 21 years and has contributed in the form of literature. He wrote Dhyaneshwari and Amrutanubhav (Available on Amazon in Marathi edition) through Marathi got great teaching and writing in India.





May 06, 2020

"No Man or Woman should depend upon another for maintenance and necessaries. Family discord and social degradation will never end till each depends upon herself"—Anandi Gopal Joshi


Anandi Bai Gopal Joshi with Kai Okami and Sabat Islambooly

First Marathi woman from the Bombay presidency (learn more about the history of Bombay Presidency of India) graduated medical science in 1887 from the United States. A 20 years old who had great support from her passionate husband was sent to the US for medical study, she was the only woman and the first lady from India. Her story, she is one of the women has been inspiring millions today. She was a married woman at the age of 9, but the marriage was done on a conversational bond between her friends, family, and her husband that she has to study after marriage and this proposal was from her husband, Gopalrao Joshi got married on this promise only. The man who was ardent, free spirit, zealous, and brave to go against the custom of India and people especially in the matter of Indian woman’s education.

Dr Joshi

Anandi was born in Kalyan and her real name was Yamuna (The name derived from Sacred Yamuna River). She was considerably from a rich family in her grandparent’s era. She got married to the person who was almost 20 years elder due to her mother’s forceful decision and choice. It did not happen only with her, as it was one of the traditions in India during the 18's century.
The husband with whom she got married was a glowing flame and sometimes cruel asking forcefully for taking her education seriously. She said, 
“Sometimes he could throw books or a chair on me if I missed my study for the day.”
Many times she had given a reason to say that she did not get time for study due to household chores then, her husband used to wake up early in the morning on his own and finish all the work of the house. He made her travel from Kalyan to Alibagh then to Kolhapur and finally to Calcutta (now it is Kolkata) for her study at an early age. Then only she learned Sanskrit and Marathi (These two languages were prime in the country, Maharashtra.)

"No Man or Woman should depend upon another for maintenance and necessaries. Family discord and social degradation will never end till each depends upon herself"Anandi Gopal Joshi.

Letter of Anandi Bai Joshi to Carpenter of Roselle 18th June 1883

Her story was so inspiring, the couple got a spark and craze about studying medical science when their first newborn baby boy died when she was 14. She claimed herself held responsible for the death of her child. She said that if I was well educated then I could have saved my child. Anandi Bai decided that she wants to become a physician as she thought that there are many other women like her whose children are dying every day in India. She wanted to serve the nation as a doctor.
Gopalrao tried everything, knocked the doors of the city's popular physicians, tried accepting Christian religion to that end but the couple was only facing criticism and opposition.

Mr Gopalrao Joshi

Mrs Carpenters of Roselle from New York heard Anandibai’s story and sent her a letter and appreciated her effort and interests and she also wrote that she is happy to accept her as a student.
The dream of the couple after receiving the letter from Mrs Carpenters was not so far, but it was two years' degree and she alone had to travel the miles to get there and complete education from the US. It was not possible for an Indian lady to go outside of the home for shopping and going alone abroad was impossible. Mr Gopalrao went against the society and sent her wife to another country alone to fulfill the dream of his wife. At first, she had denied going alone but there was no option, her husband had no job and he had already said that if you are not going this time then you will see me die,
She was sent through a sea channel with boiled potatoes in her bag for her lunch and dinner and her necessary material for living and study.

There were many exchanges of letters between Roselle and Anandi bai, they had discussed the status of women in India (Paperback is available on Amazon), early marriage and its health effect on women, customs of India needing change, and women’s education.
She had not practiced as a physician due to her health and after she got her medical degree and became a doctor, she died soon due to tuberculosis. Her biography is available on Amazon by Megan Callea the regional language book is also available in Marathi (her complete biography by author Anjali Kirtane)


Anandi Bai Gopalrao Joshi's burial


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May 03, 2020

"End of our story"—Neetu Kapoor shared a happy picture on Rishi Kapoor's death | He was not only a brave but one of the romantic actors of 70s

Ranbir Kapoor, Neetu and Rishi Kapoor

A kind, brave, and one of the romantic actors of '70s died at the age of 67 on 30th April 2020. It happened after Irrfan Khan's sudden death new the entire Bollywood and the film industry, and his followers mourned and gave their last respect and condolences to their family. He was born in Kapoor family which is now the heart of Indian cinema's talented actors and actresses. Mr Kapoor had worked in many films including famous for his leading and supporting roles. From Kapoor family, he was the one who had appeared at an early age before he was a famous actor. His first film was  Mera Naam Joker the movie had two intervals and it has become the one remembering of Raj Kapoor, one of the 15 movies of the memorable film all the time.
His lead roles brought up into the existence from 1973 when his father produce the Film Bobby and became the greatest hit of the '70s for that he had also received an award.
  "There was a misconception that the film was made to launch me as an actor. The film was actually made to pay the debts of Mera Naam Joker. Dad wanted to make a teenage love story and he did not have money to cast Rajesh Khanna in the film".
Rishi Kapoor while shooting Prem Granth
 
After that he never looked back, keep doing his films with hardworking, he has worked with almost all the successful actors. Mr Kapoor had also directed the film called Aa Ab Laut Chalen in 1999 which was the last film of RK Films which starred Akshay Khanna, Rajesh Khanna, and Aishwarya Ray which was the low-performance film.
As a human he was very kind and believes in karma, one of his posts on Twitter simply explained his true identity when he commented on Nirbhaya Justice.  “Jaisi karni waisi bharni” Let this set an example not only in India but world over. Punishment for rape is by death. You have to respect womanhood. Shame on the people who delayed the execution. Jai Hind!


His Latest tweet to Pakisthan Prime Minister, Imran Khan gives us a good message that how humble and kind he was, he wrote, 
"With all due respect, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan should also advice his country to take adequate precautions. People of Pakistan are also dear to us. Once we were one. We are concerned too. This is a global crisis. No ego matter this. We love you guys. Humanity zindabad !"
His wife Nitu Kapoor shared the below picture on Instagram and said,

A glimpse of a happy moment Neetu Kapoor [Read their love story here] had spent. The last prayer was held at their home. Everyone has a story of their own life which ends one day and that end must be cherished. Life is full of love and hate but in the end, love wins the story not only in movies but also in real life.

Only, Rishi Kapoor was and is so much more.
Few actors in Hindi cinema have had this sort of a career arc: 
from the gawky adolescent pining for his schoolteacher 
(Mera Naam Joker, 1970) to the naughty ninety-year-old 
(Kapoor & Sons, 2016), 
Rishi Kapoor has regaled audiences for close to fifty years. 
He won a National Award for his debut, became an overnight 
sensation with his first film as a leading man (Bobby, 1973)
Available on Amazon by Rishi Kapoor
 


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May 02, 2020

A view from my galary—Looks very calm, breezy, clean and pure in this COVID-19 Pandemic