Mumbai Meri Jaan…

Yet another movie, that touches the core of the hearts of each and every Indian, but yet again fails to make them brave enough to actually do something about it. Movies like Rang De Basanti, Bhagat Singh, Mumbai Meri Jaan, etc are no doubt great works by Bollywood. But, I sometimes just wonder how quickly we bring back normalcy in our thoughts or actions. For some, the content of these movies is not worth discussing, rather they are more interested in the box-office collections, actors’ outfits, director’s brilliance, great music, screenplay and the possible awards that these movies could be nominated for.

After the Mumbai blasts, I remember someone saying in a news channel that, “Even after these blasts, Mumbai will not fear, Mumbai will not give up, Mumbai will re-live”. The way things are going on now, there is every possibility of another such incident happening in the near future. Are we doing something about it? Or we are just trying to accept the fact that, everytime, a there is a bomb-blast in Mumbai, we will cry for a few seconds, mourn for 2 minutes, observe silence for 5 minutes and then again, from the next day, will continue leading our lives as if nothing has happened.

Its not just about Mumbai. I guess, we have turned into such a herd, incidents such as this just don’t shake us well enough. Such indifference?? These were a few comments from people that I have been hearing from people off-late, some of them, contributed by my friends…

Delhi Blasts:
In some IT company’s cafeteria,

A – What’s going on these days? So many blasts, now in Delhi too …
B – It’s good for India. At-least, it is solving the population problems of India.

Bihar Floods:
In some IT company’s cafeteria,

A – Why should I donate any money for the victims? I know, by the time it will reach the real needy, 90% of my donations would have vanished into the pockets of the politicians.
B – Well, may be 95% in case of Bihar.

I can write a some more. But, I guess, you would have got a perspective of what I want to communicate. Do we really care if somebody at a distant place is drowning under water, do we care about people who are lost and separated from their families, do we care if the child who lost his parents is eating or not, do we care if the person who lost his hand in a blast is able to find an alternative source of income for his family of four. I don’t think so. But we care about how to reach office in time for that important meeting, we care about taking a day off to watch a cricket match, we care about our pet’s fever, we care about our stock market investments. I am not saying each and every Indian thinks and does the same. There are people who really do care, and do their best in extending their help to the victims, but we need more, lots of such people who really CARE….lots and lots of them.

5 thoughts on “Mumbai Meri Jaan…

  1. Psychs,

    I really appreciate that we all are highly concerned about flood in bihar, about bomb blasts… Dude it is always easy to mourn on someone else's wounds but have we ever tried to help him out. Writing a blog and making your presence in their struggle is quite easy but helping those victims is just a dream.

    I also dream, you also dream and where we end up finally paying some monitory assistance. We are no lesser criminal then a person who eat whole the donation money. The person who says it is not beneficial to donate anything is any case worst but we are no far from him… I am the nearest to that person

  2. I agree, I have never ever said that I am even a tad better citizen than any one else. We are all busy settling down with our own lives that we don't even have a moment to think about them. I mean,think of this, when we don't get the kind of appraisal or salary hike we are expecting or deserving,we start cursing the world, and think we are the real suffers. Do we think about such things then?? I wrote this because,I was not in a great mood yesterday, so I started thinking many other things.But by Friday, I would be making plans how to chill out in the weekends, get myself drunk, see two more movies and forget about this whole thing. I guess, we all have become like this.

  3. Cut it guys….agar itna hi concerned ho to….jump in the flood water and save a few who are drowning….i hv nothing to say….but probably everything to do….too much to do….i am on the verge of breaking down…in a positive way though…i am sitting on a time bomb…without a timer…..kabhi bhi phat sakta hun….

  4. Guys,

    I appreciate your thoughts on the topic and I agree with Psycho that we are just too busy with ourselves and do not really pay heed to the world which needs more than two arms to help it.But I do feel that it is important that we give back to the society atleast when you feel you are in the position to do so ( referring to the comment Psychs made — that we are busy trying to get settled in our own life) -I would certainly keep a watch on him 10 years down the lane –hopefully you would not have an excuse for not helping the helpless then ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. well well well!!! read your blog and the comments too. I would say there exist good thinking people like you ,me and of course our other commenting RECKERS ๐Ÿ™‚ But like kunnu said there is a contradiction in our philosophies and action. And there lies the greatest fallacy in ourselves!!

    …seems most of us want to do a lot…lets see if we can do anything extra which is the demand of the present condition. As a film dialogue said "there is only a difference of thin thread between a fool and ****** " . The same way their is a thin line of difference between hypocrats and us. But the concern is that as of now we are not OURSELVES!!!

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