Its the weekend after Diwali and while we were still lazing around on Saturday morning, i was jolted out of my slumber to face the cruel reality of Terror attacks in Paris! Of Course we are half a world away, sleeping in our cosy beds! But i don't know why reading about it and seeing all these pictures, suddenly my body feels so cold inside! Is it the fear one feels when faced with the cold, heartless and ugly face of humanity!
People killing people , when they are just going about their lives, enjoying simple pleasures- watching a football match, savouring a concert or just dancing their blues away in a night club. If you felt all these things are immoral then don't do them yourself... What kind of a message are you trying to give by killing hundreds of innocent people. No religion gives any human being the right to control another human being!
The beautiful city with its lit up Eiffel tower has always been a symbol of 'love 'for many! Why turn this ' love ' into hatred and gory bloodshed!
Is this the kind of world we want our children to grow up in!? Where we have to think twice about their safety while watching a football match or while enjoying a musical concert? No! Was it just a lie when we were teaching them about World peace.
Personally, I have been fighting small battles with my own health. Having just survived a stroke and partial paralysis on the left side. I am fighting every day to Live. Live this precious life and enjoy each magical moment that has been bestowed upon me to enjoy this world. Is this what i have been fighting for to survive? To live to see this dark side of humanity! When days have been dark and dreary in my struggle, i had told myself that i have to get better so my kids will get to see more of what the world has to offer them. Now what do i show them? This carnage.. Where innocent lives have been taken away to fulfil blind propagandas .
But, What they could not take away was the human spirit, the zeal and the immense strength to survive. We saw that many came out to help others not afraid at all of imminent death that loomed large over their heads. The large group of spectators coming out of the stadium in neat file singing their national anthem!
Showing their reserve and strength to all the dark forces!
A pianist performing John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ outside the Bataclan concert hall in Paris , in memorial of the more than 120 people killed in multiple bombing and shooting attacks - as if saying that we are not afraid of the hell you showed us - we will make it into heaven again, together!
As i finish writing this piece , only words of Lennon's song ring in my ears making my eyes dreamy and moist-
Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one