Monday, April 27, 2015

Donate/Help/Pray For Nepal.. #Quake2015


Imagine you're on a carousel spending some quality time at the park with your family and the next thing you know, the world around you starts shaking as you, yourself, are spinning around. Imagine you're spending some quality time with your loved ones over some good lunch at home and the next thing know, the ground underneath starts shaking like crazy. Imagine you're leisurely walking hand in hand around town with your loved one and the next thing you know, the buildings around you start collapsing. Imagine you're enjoying the beautiful view and taking pictures of the city from the tallest historic building ever built, and next thing you know the building is collapsing on you... just imagine!

If just imagining the situations is enough to give us goosebumps, I can't even think how those people must have felt who were actually a part of these situations. Life is uncertain indeed. You must all be aware of the earthquake that took place in Nepal this Saturday, shaking up the whole nation as well as people all around the globe. It's sad that the after shocks are still ongoing. This devastation ended up taking away (and still taking) numerous lives, properties, historic buildings, and what not. The news was indeed very heart breaking, darkening, scary, and unbelievable to wake up to.

While our beautiful country is struggling to bounce back to the closest to being normal, it is very heart warming to see all the countries extending their helping hands by offering various kinds of help in the best ways possible that they are capable of giving. Looking at all those pictures really brought tears in my eyes. At times like these, the acts of generosity does remind that there is such thing as humanity. Us human beings, we are able to rise above everything and help each others in times of need. The act that stood out the best for me is India's PM Narendra Modi's involvement and interest in helping Nepal recover from this big crisis. He has walked one more mile by deciding to donate his one month's salary to the earthquake relief fund for Nepal. Kudos to this gentleman, bless his heart!

While countries from all over the world are donating, Nepalese from all over the world are fundraising, different nations are sending forces and other necessities, our country's elected officials have chosen to go MIA on us. I am not trying to bash anyone or create a negative environment here at such saddening moment, but despite the news of "denying help from Taiwan" and making comment about "Not needing support forces anymore in order to stop overcrowding", there isn't much in the news that I've heard from/about them. I see the locals carrying out different cleaning/support/fund raising/ medical support etc. campaigns on their own while the officials have chosen to be in their safe zone and not show up to get their hand dirty when needed. Let us all hope that they will find ways to manage helps being sent by different nations and rather make use of them wisely to tackle the crisis rather than rejecting them due to their lack of a plan of action. Also, let us hope that all these donations from all around the world will indeed be used to rebuild the beautiful country that has been shattered at the moment.

Other than that, lastly I would like to encourage people to donate however much you can to help Nepal try to bounce back to normal. I know there have been threats of hackers and scam pages, I understand the concern. I have chosen to post the link of "ANMN: Association of Nepalis in Minnesota" because I have been a part of this organization for long enough to trust their judgment. Follow the link where you will find a sub link to make the donation. The sub link was posted in the link for you to assess the organization and check it's credibility before you donate. (Just to clarify that it was not done for advertising purposes).

http://anmn.org/anmn/?page_id=114

So please people, no matter what organization you donate through, do no hesitate to donate. The idea of "Every penny counts" is proven right in this context. Every penny that you donate will help those people who have lost the roof above their head, or to satisfy their hunger, or to quench their thirst. Eat at home one day and donate the money that you would otherwise be using for lavish lunch/dinner. Just imagine the pain that the people must be going through in that corner of the world and keep us in your prayers and thoughts.

Yes Nepal, we will bounce back and we will recover from this. Jai Nepal!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Being Vegetarian!!!

"Wait...you don't eat meat... WHYYYY?"

If you are a vegetarian, you will for sure understand the degree of agitation that I have with this question. Every new person that I meet who discovers that I don't meat feels this necessity to know why is it that I don't eat meat. And I am sick and tired of answering this question to every freaking person.

I mean why is it that choosing not to eat meat is like a crime these days? Why is there a necessity for vegetarians to "explain" the reason behind them being one, or whether they've ever tried eating meat before, or the number of years they have been vegetarian for and the likes! This is so frustrating that it is beyond explanation.

To those who eat meat - we get it, meat is delicious.. Trust me, we've heard a lot about it and still we've decided to stand by our preference. The reason behind it should be none of your business. We don't care the reason behind you eating meat, or the number of years that you've ate meat for and the likes. It's your personal preference and we respect that. So please stop bringing that piece of meat near our mouth in the attempt of tempting us. That is honestly more annoying/rude than funny, and gross at times.

I really hate it when people who eat meat constantly try to push the ones who don't to eat meat.

"You're missing out!"
"Just one bite and nobody has to know!"
"Imagine this juicy piece of steak in your mouth.. mmmm!"
"What if I mix some meat in your food, will you know?"
"What life are you living if you're not even eating meat?"

I have been vegetarian since sixth grade which means I have had meat before. As far as I remember, it used to taste good. I am not going to explain here why I quit eating meat. That was my personal preference. But what I can tell you for sure is, that not everyone feels the same way. Maybe your life is all about eating meat. Or maybe eating meat is indeed the secret to all the happiness in the world.. for you, yes! But just because you feel that way doesn't mean everyone else has to or does! Also, as long as nobody forced it on us, you shouldn't be bothered to tempt us into it. If we wanted to, we would be taking that bite of meat before you even bring it near our mouth!

It's just a piece/few pieces of meat. Why don't you just enjoy your share and let others be? As long as nobody is forcing you to stop eating meat, you shouldn't be forcing anybody to eat meat either. So next time you try to convince a vegetarian to eat meat, I hope you will think twice and then shut it like a civilized human being and enjoy the "goodness" that meat has to offer for you! :)