अपने बयान में रखना!

जो देखती हैं निगाहें वही नहीं सब कुछ,
ये एहतियात भी अपने बयान में रखना |

निदा फ़ाज़ली

जब सच बोलें तब झूठे कहलाए!

हम भी कैसे दीवाने हैं किन लोगों में बैठे हैं
जान पे खेलके जब सच बोलें तब झूठे कहलाए।

राही मासूम रज़ा

देख के ख़ुद हैरान हूँ मैं!

ज़िन्दा हूँ सच बोल के भी,
देख के ख़ुद हैरान हूँ मैं|

राजेश रेड्डी

झूठ बोलता ही नहीं

जड़ दो चांदी में चाहे सोने में,
आईना झूठ बोलता ही नहीं।

कृष्ण बिहारी ‘नूर’

कोई इन्तहा ही नहीं!

सच घटे या बढ़े तो सच न रहे,
झूठ की कोई इन्तहा ही नहीं।

कृष्ण बिहारी ‘नूर’

Moral of the story!

Yes, it has been the endeavor of many writers, film makers, directors to leave a moral behind in their stories or film scripts. We have been listening to many religious stories and scriptures etc. which tell us that in the end truth prevails and nice people win in the end.

With that in mind, our film makers give full chance to the villains and vamps, say for more than 2 hours in a film lasting for around 3 hours and in the end, they find a way to declare the hero and the heroine victorious.

This has been the aim of most of the story writers to give such a clear and loud teaching that in the end the good natured and God-fearing people win, though during most part of the movie, these are the villains and vamps who enjoy a lot. In our education system also we have a regular question- ‘What is the moral of the story?’

For last more than a month I have been watching a Serial ‘Chakravorty Samrat Ashok’. In this serial also, which is based on historical inputs, we find that all the characters from the Royal family, except Ashoka and his mother Dharma are always busy in conspiracies, and they are most powerful. Not only that they always weave stories to prove before King Bindusara that Ashoka was wrong and they were right. Though I felt that had there been recording facilities, close circuit cameras etc. during that period, most of these conspiracies could have been exposed.

Anyway, I just want to mention that till recent time it was considered necessary to write stories with some teaching, to spread moral values and to assure the readers that in the end truth prevails.

Great Hindi novelist and story writer- Munshi Prem Chand ji also wrote most of his initial stories and novels in that style. But later he felt that we should portray things the way these are happening in real. With that in mind he wrote his famous Novels- Gaban, Godaan etc. In Godaan the priests keep making the hero spend on various things to get peace in life but in the end he could not provide a cow, as Godan for ‘climbing the stairs to heaven’.

A story by Prem Chand Ji- “Poos ki Raat’ also comes to my mind in which the poor farmer keeps a watch on his fields during very cold nights of ‘Poos’ month, until he maintains the hope that he can save his crops. Prem Chand Ji also mentions in this story ‘Hope is the mother of zest’, meaning that as long we have hope to achieve something, we keep making our efforts with sincerity. In this story the farmer finally finds that whatever he may do, he would not be able to get his crops, then he leaves everything to God and his fate and goes to sleep, away from his field and the chilling cold.

So, this is the time that literature is becoming more realistic and there is not excessive morality and teaching tendency. So, after reading every story, we need not look for a moral in it, but try to be more aware, so that we are able to face all kinds of situations.

This is my humble submission on the #IndiSpire prompt- Do you look for a moral in every story? Share any story. #StoryTime

Thanks for reading.


What is truth?

Let’s talk a bit about truth. What is truth? Often it happens that we gather a number of facts and build a narrative to present something that we want people to believe and accept as truth.

Firstly I would like to quote a Shair by Urdu poet Krishna Bihari ‘Noor’ Ji, he says-

सच घटे या बढ़े तो सच न रहे,
झूठ की कोई इंतेहा ही नहीं|

Which means that if we add a little bit to the truth or decrease it a little bit, it does not remain truth, but when we are presenting some false picture, when we opt to tell lies, there is no limit about how far we can go.

We often listen to political leaders speaking about their parties, their values and achievements. They often know the art of presentation. They build a narrative by choosing the positive points associated with their party and appear to be quite convincing. When we listen to the party opposing them, then also we appear to be convinced. Same is the case with lawyers presenting the case of the victim or accused. The reason being that they choose the points which go in their favor to build the narrative and present the case.

For example, if we talk about the congress party in India, and some leader tells about the past achievements of the party, their role in the freedom movement, he can very well impress. But the fact remains that the congress party of today is in no way, the party that participated in the freedom struggle. The fact remains that it only has the same name, nothing else. Congress of that time was actually a movement, with all who wanted to fight for freedom gathered together for that mission. Today it has become a family owned party as per my narrative. But still one can present it any other way.

There could be so many examples, like the Sushant Singh Rajput suicide case. Suddenly we find that the Bollywood film fraternity appears to be having so many villains. Those people must have always been there, but suddenly when we find that a sensitive and creative young person lost his life due to bad behavior of some people there, this truth has surfaced. The guilty must be punished but the fact remains that the industry is the same which we adored earlier. There have always been all type of persons there. The nice people must be appreciated and the wicked must be exposed and punished, according to their acts.

Actually, truth does differ from person to person! For us truth is the way we see it. The color of the glasses we wear, we may call it our ideology or say political leaning, does determine how we see a particular activity, organisation or may be a person. There are people in the field of journalism who would never find anything done by Mr. Modi to be a positive step, while they never have the courage to oppose the senseless utterings of Mr. Rahul Gandhi, who keeps doing so.

So I would like to conclude that everybody has his or her own version of truth, depending on how he or she perceives it, political leaning and also vested interests, for which many people become part of some very powerful lobbies sometimes.

One more thing, in case of some activity done by somebody, whether it is some criminal act or one which benefits the society and which can’t be ignored by anybody, we can say that it is ‘naked truth’, since we can’t ignore some facts, inspite of the glasses of some ideology we wear, we can say that ‘it is naked truth’.

One more thing, in the present circumstances it is not easy to say that truth always wins, but I feel that our efforts and our faith should be so strong that it does make it happen. In any circumstances we must not lose this faith.

This is my humble submission on the #IndiSpire prompt- Why is it so difficult to establish the truth? Why is it called naked truth? Does truth really win? #NakedTruth

Thanks for reading.


WOW: When I Tell The Truth

Very well said by Mark Twain- “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” But it is quite hard to understand, why people weave stories when somebody asks a straight question and for reasons really not understandable to others, they tell something which is anything but the truth.

People form such a habit of telling lies, may be as a child in the beginning when they may have done something wrong, not done anything that was expected from them and all the more children get inspired by their parents and seniors, when they know that they are telling lies to some other person, for reasons best known to them!

The way honesty is called the best policy, not telling the truth to others is also an act of being dishonest to others. Why at all do we need to tell lies? And this becomes the habit. There is no reason why a person can not survive by always telling the truth!

I know one of the lies which people often tell others is telling their location wrongly. In this regard mobile phone have provided a great help to habitual liars. When you are talking on landline phone from your home or office, you can’t tell the other person that you are in the market or have gone to some other city? Further when you are in a famous market and some person asks you to bring something, which is famous and available in that particular market, you simply tell your location different or tell you have come back from that market long back.

We have heard stories of the truthful King Harishchandra and Gandhi Ji is quite famous for taking a pledge of truthfulness. He faced several odd situations for telling the truth as a child. His autobiography is quite famous with the name- ‘My experiments with truth’. The eldest Pandav in Mahabharat- Yudhishtir is also famous for his truthfulness and being always honest and fair.

People develop this habit of telling lies initially for saving themselves from a little awkward situations or not willing to do some favor to a person but when it becomes a habit, they normally start telling lies only. I remember when I was young, a friend of mine was making and repairing transistor radios etc. (Presently he has a big electronics shop). He told me once that it has become his habit that even if his father asks him the cost of a Transistor Radio, he is not able to instantly tell the truth.

I have seen such situations with habitual liars that they tell one thing to one person, may be about their location and another to the other, but wrong to both and then sometimes forget what they told to the first person and what to the other!

So I am clear about it, that when I have told somebody a lie it can get caught anytime and When I Tell The Truth, I do not have to worry that I would be proven wrong sometime.

So in my view one should try never to tell lies or otherwise they may make a diary, where they keep the record regarding what lies have been told to a particular person. So either tell the truth and remain cool and calm or go on telling lies and keeping their record.
Choice is yours!

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by #BlogAdda.