Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Life! :)

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
Oscar Wilde
True, that! All of our lives, we are busy doing what we’re told to. You’re born, and before you know it, you’re sent to school, then your college (engineering/medicine- you pick!), work, earn money, start a family, solve your problems, and one day, when you’re old and withered, you die. End of story. Is that all? And all this keeps us so busy, that we hardly have time to breathe peacefully for a moment! And happiness seems like that distant, almost never-achievable goal!

But don’t you think it’s high time we did something about it? Break the rules! It’s a beautiful world out there! Take some time out, explore the world! Discover yourself! Like how Farhan Akhtar tells us in ZNMD,
“Hawa ke jhokon ke jaise
Aazad rehna sikho
Tum ek dariya ke jaise
Lehron mein behna sikho
Har ek lamhe se tum milo
Khole apni baahein
Har ek pal ek naya sama
Dekhen yeh nigahaein
Jo apni aankhon mein
Hairaniyan leke chal rahe ho
Toh zinda ho tum.”

You live just once. So, do it right! Dance like nobody’s watching. Love like you’ll never be hurt. Sing like no one’s listening. And live like it’s heaven on earth. Let your hair down. Go INSANE! LIVE! :)

P.S. Don’t forget to volunteer for Balakalakaar. Show the world that you care. :)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Those beautiful days- playing long hours in the sun, not a care in the world, chasing butterflies and picking flowers, your prized crayons and colouring books, when the only thing that could worry you was your homework! Don’t you miss that time?
But what if you had to live on the streets with no proper food or clothes? Scary, isn’t it?
Here’s what a 10 year old kid has to say-
“ My father used to drink, and beat up my mother everyday. One day, he flew into a very big rage, and I dont know how it happened exactly, but my mother was dead. And I also had to tell a judge in the court that my father had killed my mother. My father’s now doing a life term and I had nobody to take care of me. I was out on the roads, all alone, begging for money and food. I used to cry everyday, wishing my mom would come back and take me home and soothe me and put me to sleep. I wanted to go back to school and play with my friends.”

And this was until an NGO found him and he now gets a place to stay, some food to eat and vocational training. And that’s just one sad story! There’s thousands of other kids like him. This one’s at least lucky that he has an NGO to take care of him.
This is not what they deserve! For no fault of theirs, they suffer. The innocence of childhood, long lost, and a lot of burden thrust upon them! And a smile? That’s a very rare sight!

VOLUNTEER for Balakalakaar and bring back a ray of hope in their lives! Be the reason for that smile! :)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A balakalakaar volunteer speaks out!

It was one of those routine tantrum throwing days of mine in this freezing city of Nizam, while i reluctantly spend my winter vacations every year with mom. I was just about to tweet my oh-so-great-opinion on one of those new friday releases when she entered.

The first thing that caught my attention was her baby bump. i look up and notice a 5 feet little girl, draped in sari working her way towards the kitchen. 'she's the maid' my aunt says, reading my mind.

A pretty, fair girl, with a physique my friends would die for, with limited yet, surprisingly good english for her background is washing clothes catering to a baby. what have we come to? To accepting this?

Wasn't school the best days of our lives? When nothing mattered. we were free to explore and dream. 15. the age when all that matters is parties, popularity, 'chilling', social status, the number of friends you have on Facebook and inevitably the number of likes your display gets.

For some of them, its parenting, earning the daily bread and things so brutal that, the thought of it would make us cringe.

Does any child deserve that? I don't think so.

Balakalakaar 2011. :)

AIESEC Hyderabad's child rights initiative.

This december.

are you volunteering?


Sunday, December 4, 2011


There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again. ~Elizabeth Lawrence

Childhood is undeniably the best part of anybody’s life! Every single moment is like a beautiful dream come true.And most of us should feel privileged for having an amazing childhood. But then, there are those children to whom life has been extremely unfair,
and burdens their tender shoulders with a ton of problems!

We at AIESEC, believe that every child has a right to dream and nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, should come in the way of realising his dream. And there’s always this moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in. And..it’s that time of the year again! Get your brushes out, unleash your creativity and paint your imagination. Yes, it’s Balakalakaar! A one of its kind art workshop for underprivileged children, an initiative by AIESEC Hyderabad which now happens to be a national project undertaken by AIESEC India. Balakalakaar is for all those super talented kids who are a little less privileged than the rest of us. A whole day of painting, dancing, singing and loads of fun! And guess what? The most talented of the lot get trained by an awesome art school!

What could give more joy than being the reason behind their smile? So here’s an amazing opportunity for all of you to volunteer for the event and spend some great time. It would sure as hell give you more satisfaction than buying a cool new phone! Here’s a few first hand experiences!