When I started writing, I primarily meant to pen down the thoughts I had on a regular basis. What started off as a hobby turned into a passion. Writing helped open a window to the world. This window helped communicate in an altogether different way. And I realized that I cannot work, read or write in isolation. I need to diversify what I am doing. And then it was a suggestion from my wise husband that made me create this blog.
The name as well as the idea behind this blog is my husband’s. And I have embarked on this journey. I intend to discover, learn and appreciate the goodness of my country, India. I see and hear people making disparaging remarks about what is wrong with India. Rarely do I see them lavish praise. And this bothers me a lot. We all know that there are two sides of a coin. But why do we fail to see both sides? Why do we dispraise and discredit a nation that survived through the oppressive phase of colonialism? Why do we forget the reforms done by great people? Or just forget about the great people – why do we overlook or remain ignorant to the steady changes people make at the grass root level?
Perhaps, it is easy to scream than take steps towards change.
I might occasionally rally against the things that bother me. But this blog is essentially about appreciation. My first post (https://meredeshkimitti.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/appreciating-the-goodness-of-life/) is about recognition. I do not aim to blindly glorify my country. I want to applaud the efforts of those who without pretense and arrogance serve the nation. These people set precedents for us. It is up to us to follow them.
We are free to choose our paths. Let us make wise decisions. Let us go in the direction of positive change rather than passive abuse.
Let us recognize the efforts of good people. These beautiful words by Mother Teresa might serve as food for thought
‘I alone can’t change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.’
Let us create ripples – of change, of betterment, of hope, of love.