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We Don't Need No Religion

Disclaimer: If you're an extremely religious person or some sort of faith fanatic, stop reading this right away. My intention isn't to offend anyone. I'm just sharing my opinions and my viewpoint here. Yes. Feel free to flush it down the drain, if you disagree.  Thank You.

If seeing this guy makes your blood boil, STOP READING. I REPEAT. STOP READING. (Pic Source:izquotes.com)


What's up folks? Hope you're enjoying your Diwali vacations. I wish you all a very happy and prosperous Diwali! Yes. Asked God to spread happiness and peace all over, if not, he can go fuck himself. And yes, Happy Children's Day. Never kill that inner child in you. Never.

Moving forward, Modi's in UK. Epic speech at Wembley, must say. I guess he's the second guy of Asian heritage to rock Wembley with such magnitude! After Freddie Mercury of course! (1986, Queen, live at Wembley)
First Madison Square and now Wembley. A rockstar indeed!
No. I’m not a ‘bhakt’ or something but I do admire this guy’s brilliant oratory skills and the way he connects with the masses.

Moving on, the recent attacks in Paris by ISIS have sent shivers down the spine, worldwide. Such horrifying acts are not human at all. And then they preach, "Terrorism has no religion." and "Pray for Paris."

Okay. Let's get this straight. Praying won't solve shit. It's like watering the plants after they've died.

Now, before you start jumping off to judgements like an autistic kangaroo, I'd like to clear this thing. I'm not against any religion. I don't consider myself qualified enough to do so. I'm against these dogmatic religious douche-bags, who justify stupid bullshit practices in the name of religion or devotion.
Be it absurd practices, inhumane rituals, massive genocides, hatred riots, suicide bombings or acts of terrorism.

Yes.


But why do these things happen? Why does ISIS  keep killing people in the name of religion? Of course aggressive expansion and their desire for indisputable power all over the globe.
But looking at the present scenario, I must say the problem is deep rooted.
But how does ISIS manage to lure so many youths for their inhumane cause?
Well paradoxically, the answer is pretty simple, yet complex; Mindset.

They have that ability of  brainwashing and radicalizing a person's mindset. Perhaps, their greatest strength. Once you're able to alter a person's ideology, you've got him by the balls.
And how do they do this? Simple. Using religion as a tool.

As kids, we're taught by our parents or our teachers to believe in something that we've absolutely no idea about. To believe in something that has no rational or scientific backing. Yes. Religion.
Deluding us with fancy terms like, spirituality, divinity, morality and crap.
And when the small kid starts to dubiously question all this stuff around him, he's frowned upon by the society and looked at as an outcast.
There. We didn't even realize it but we've already have started brainwashing.
We radicalized the kid and curbed his freedom to ask logical question.
We subtly murdered his curiosity and skeptical nature, rather than developing his scientific temper.
We've unknowingly already prepared his mind, to get indoctrinated by religious extremists.

This is exactly what ISIS does, but on a more professional, political and psychological level.
They brainwash these teenagers and turn them into jihadis, using religion. Their hatred for western culture also acts as a catalyst. Hate is a powerful emotion and ISIS knows how to utilize it effectively.

I'm not getting into the details of how they do this., as I'm short on time. Just in case you wish to get more information on this, you can read this article: Why so many youths are attracted towards ISIS.
Or this one: How does ISIS appeal to lure teenagers and youths.

I'm not saying that every religious person is a potential jihadi. I never said that. I'm just saying that an extremely religious mindset is an easy target for these folks. Religious idealism, immense frustration, emotional discontent and desperation to make their lives worthwhile; these are the things that ISIS banks upon, for their massive recruitment all over the globe.

I had read this news article a few months back about a man from UP,  Zafar. He killed his 4 year old daughter just because the cloth covering her head had slipped off while she was eating. And this guy thrashed his own daughter mercilessly & smashed her head, until she was dead. Now that's insane! No. I'm not making up shit. You can read it here.
The neighbours of Zafar described him as mentally unstable, which no doubt seems legit. Zafar also claimed to be staunch follower of his religion! 

My point here is, why the fuck does terrorism always find a link to religion or politics somehow? Always.
To be frank, I find the whole concept of religion vague as shit. Just like the concept of wearing gold as a sign of prosperity.

Peshawar attacks on school children. Those shootings in American schools. That hideous attack on Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris. Bombay 2008 attacks and the most recent, Paris attacks. The list goes on and on.

Is there a word for killing something that's already dead?

The solution to all this? Well, you might ridicule or laugh at me but the answer is, 'Think'

Yes. Think. We should teach our kids to question, to think in a logical, rational and pragmatic manner rather than preaching them shit and asking them to remain silent.
A mindset so strong that no amount of bullshit can indoctrinate them. That's what we need.
In my opinion, that's the only way to stop this.
Terrorists are those folks, who've stopped thinking. They're just puppets of someone else's wicked & cruel brains. Jihadis, as we call them.  Our supreme intellect and way of thinking is the only thing separates us from animals. And once you lose that thing; the ability to think for yourself, you're no longer a human being. You're an animal. I guess that justifies the brutal and heinous acts terrorists carry out.

And as far as religion goes, I'm partly atheist and partly agnostic. So whatever I say will be rubbished off  by my believer friends. Doesn't matter. I have nothing against them. And yes, I do respect their opinions.
It just saddens me when barbaric and vicious acts are carried out by people under the garb of religion. Religious intolerance has often led to massive riots and violent activities.

Religious bigotry is a very dangerous thing. 
Is religion the root of all evil? Maybe, yes.
Does praying for the innocents who lost their lives, solve the problem? Nope. I don't think so.
We pray and forget, that's it.
It's 21st century. And keeping an orthodox mindset won't help you develop at all.

It's all about the mentality, the ideology and the way we think. Move over nuclear weapons, an infiltrated human mind is the deadliest weapon. Ever.
Who knows, you might be the next jihadi.


Anyway, this month's catalog!

Movie: 
Interstellar. (Yep. Managed to watch it now, that too on television. Great movie, must say!)

Song: 
Since I Don't Have You - Guns N' Roses. (Yes. I missed his concert. This song though! Beautiful! Lyrics hits you like bricks on your head!)

Book: 
From Beyond - H. P. Lovecraft. (When it comes to horror, no one, I repeat, no one comes close to what Lovecraft writes! Weird horror at its best!)

Also, I've written this new poem. I even started sketching again, after like 8 years, you can check them out on my Instagram. Okay. How lonely & jobless am I?
Forevermore.

And yes, I'd like to thank Akash Barve for proofreading this one!

Feel free to express your opinions, abuses, criticisms or suggestions in the comments section! Also, do share it with your friends if you enjoyed reading it! Thank You!


Do you think religion is the root of all evil?

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Till then, adios! :)



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How Fucked Up Are We?

No one said it better than this author. (Pic Source: golddogconsulting.com)

What's up folks? I know I'm a bit late this time as I just finished writing 989787658476 pages of mindless batcrap in the name of assignments and journals. I never quite understood the logic behind writing the same stuff that's already available in printed form. It's like catching a Karjat bound local train from Dadar, when the fact is that you actually want to reach Andheri.
Never mind, I can go cribbing about all that's fucked up about this education system for decades!

Also, I had the privilege of attending the most disruptive blogging conference ever! BNLF (Blog Now, Live Forever)
Yes. I know. Saw Bruce Dickinson. Live. On stage. Standing at an arm's distance! Damn!
If I were a girl, I would have totally made out with him, right there! Absolute legend!


Best. Event. Ever!


Okay. Moving on, remember in school how we used to think our future would be? Yes. The good old delusional days! How we believed in all the bullshit that was taught to us about life or maybe not. We never gave a flying fuck about anything, living happily in our small dreamland! But then growing up happened. Out of nowhere, the dreamland somehow turned into a Dharavi slum. We have no idea how that happened. And then, we gradually came to a point where we just started describing our lives in mere two words; 'Fucked up'

But really, how fucked up are we? Okay. I accept that your life isn't like those Sooraj Barjatya's movies. But it also isn't a Nazi holocaust chamber. So, be grateful for that!
The truth is that we're a generation of self-centered selfish douchebags who keep comparing ourselves with others' lives. And that's the sole reason for all the sadness that's been blooming over our existence. In Theodore Roosevelt's words, "Comparison is the thief of joy."

He's got a Mercedes, I want it too. He's got a blonde girlfriend, I want one too. If he's hula hooping with a spastic penguin in Las Vegas, I want to do that too! If he can do it, why can't I?
All our life, we're constantly trying to satisfy our immortal greed and obsession for materialistic possessions. We chase monetary desires like an autistic starving hound! Also, we keep craving for stuff that instills a sense of pseudo gratification in us. Basically, consumerism has got us all by our balls! All thanks to those deep shit motivational quotes, movies, books, songs, media, advertisements and hogwash. Oh, the futile hokum!

We keep slogging our asses off, trying to achieve perfection in our lives. Trying to control each and every aspect of it, just as we want to. And then, we surprisingly end up leading monotonous lives. Unsatisfied and unhappy. Always wondering what went wrong.

Funny thing is, we keep whining about how our lives suck, from the comfort of our couch, sitting in an air-conditioned room with that iPhone in our hands. We have a wardrobe full of Gucci, Dolce & Gabanna and those firangi brands whose pronunciation is as absurd as their pricing. We have the privilege of eating good food everyday, effortlessly and even enjoy an occasional binge on that Starbucks coffee or maybe Burger King. But still, WE'RE FRUSTRATED AND ANGRY WITH OUR LIVES!
Always grumbling and outraging about how everything's screwed up and how eternal sadness has gripped our lives.
Totally ridiculous, isn't it?
Irony just made out with Kamaal R. Khan and cried itself to death.
What the fuck are we frustrated and angry about?

Yes. All we need is happiness!

To be frank, your life isn't screwed up my friend. The fact is, you're just discontent with whatever you've got. Dissatisfaction is like a black hole for happiness. For fuck's sake, don't let it suck you within.
Just for a moment, think about the folks who're struggling to even get themselves a decent meal, twice a day.
Those poor malnourished kids who beg on railway platforms. That old farmer who weeps every time he looks up at the sky, hoping the clouds will be generous someday. That labour worker who toils everyday so that he can feed his family. That unfortunate leper who has been abandoned by this society.
They are the ones who're truly fucked up.


The question is, do you sleep peacefully every night? Or you stay wide awake, with all that pain, sadness and discontent within you? (Snapchat: ingeniousretard)

So what, if you failed at something? So what, if she broke your heart? So what, if you couldn't satisfy their expectations? So what, if your life isn't like you thought it would be? So what, if you have herpes? Err.. wait, that escalated quickly.
Well, what I'm trying to say is, let it roll man! Just grab a drink with your buddies and enjoy all the blissful time you've in your hand! Learn to laugh at all your miseries. The world's already a pretty sad & pathetic place and laughter is the ONLY remedy for survival.

Stop worrying too much about what your future has in store for you. Do what you truly love doing, what you're truly passionate about, without giving a damn about anyone or anything. Never worry about 'Chaar log kya sochengey' (unless it's an orgy!)
Stop seeking validation. Insaan ho yaar, stamp paper nahin.

No matter what, enjoy every day to the fullest. So that you don't have any regrets when you're lying on your death bed, biding your time to sleep peacefully until eternity!

No. We aren't fucked up. Not yet. We're just pampered little shits who haven't actually seen what real hardships are like. It's our avaricious and miserable mindset that's fucked itself up, over the years.
In the end, all in all we're all just bricks in the wall!

As the great Jim Morrison once said, "The future is uncertain and the end is always near!"
So, I'd like to end this one here.

Live now. For, now is the time. The time of your life. (Pic Source: izquotes.com)


Okay, as usual, moving on to this month's catalog! (This is actually October's catalog. I was planning to publish this on 31st October but I was too busy jerking off to the fact that I'll be watching Bruce Dickinson live on stage!)

Anyway, here's the catalog!

Movie: 
Heart Like A Hand Grenade. (For all the punkheads out there! Do not miss this one if you're a Green Day fan!)

Song: 
Maybe Tomorrow - Badfinger. (This is one of the most beautiful song I've ever heard. For me, Badfinger are on par with The Beatles. Way too underrated. R.I.P Pete Ham and Tommy Evans, the nice guys who fell prey to this bad music industry. The tragedy that followed this band still gives me goosebumps!)

Book: 
The Raven -Edgar Allan Poe. (If I got a chance, I'd love to live inside Edgar Poe's mind! Read this classic masterpiece! Dark poetry at its best!)

Also, I've been covering classics lately and ruining them. You can check out my SoundCloud if you've time to kill!
Love Street - The Doors. (Cover)

And yes, as usual I'd like to thank Siddhi Pawar and Rohith Jayarajan from the bottom of my heart, for proofreading this one! You folks are the best! :)

Feel free to express your opinions, abuses, criticisms or suggestions in the comments section! Also, do share it with your friends if you enjoyed reading it! Please, do share it! Thank You!

Till then, adios! :)
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