India recently topped the World Hunger List with a whopping and a heart wrenching 194 million hungry people. There are so many of us who waste food on a daily basis. Kilos of food goes out the accumulated dustbins across the length and breadth of India as millions sleep with an empty stomach. Free food is given in government sponsored schools but that hardly helps much. Tons of grains and vegetables rot whilst the poor farmer fights with the miser of a distributor for the right market price. The Government should need to look more into this matter and make sure that not even a single grain goes to waste because of under payment of the farmer. Incidentally I also discovered that by paying a meagre amount of 750 rupees only, we can sponsor the food of a child living in a village (my source was a “Chings” advertisement in which a popular icon asks us to donate money). If there is any Indian reading this, I implore you to ask your parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents everyone to donate the sum. It isn’t much. Their wallets will still be heavy. They’ll still be able to buy their favourite clothes.. will be still able to go and enjoy a weekend movie at the multiples.. will be able to dine at their favourite restaurant. The only difference that it will make is that they’ll be sleep with a lighter heart. So go ahead.. ask them to donate for the cause. The worst that can happen is that they will scold you. Just remember that the scolding would be for a good cause. If you have the money, then go ahead. You can donate too.You’ll feel good.. I promise. 🙂
Another thing that has been haunting me lately is the over-permissible levels of lead and MSG that has been found in Maggi. It is, without any doubt, the most popular noodle in our country. Childhood here is synonymous with this brand of instant noodle. So this discovery is frightening. I wish the food controlling and securing authorities would actually do their work instead of simply taking banking their fat pay cheques all for having done nothing.
Apart from these two thoughts haunting me for the past couple of days, I have been happy lately. I have been positive and I have been studying more. Because it is the knowledge of these very books that have made me the person I am today. Not studying wholeheartedly would be disrespecting my very roots. I have been listening to some great music and I am in a balanced position, I think. Also, I came across a few interviews of Anupam Roy lately (for those of you don’t know, his songs are kind of my jam now) and he always gushes about Sting. So I decided that I need to give Sting a listen too. I heard his “Fields Of Gold” and I definitely get where Roy gets his inspiration from. FOG is a pretty darn good soulful song so go ahead and check it out if you haven’t already. It is nice to know where your favourite people draw their inspiration from. 🙂
P.S. I found a REALLY cute picture of Anupam and his girlfriend, Piya. I have never said this for anyone.. but here goes. This is the cutest couple that I have ever seen. Hands down. Looking so happy and beautiful. 😀 I wish them all the happiness in the world! 😀
Here’s the link to the picture :