Tags: Chandigarh, Hide and Seek, India, Leapord, Wild Life
Tags: #wateraid, Charity, direct-debits, Heartless, issues, Money, Salary, volunteer
The Word Charity has the following meaning according to the Oxford dictionary
- An organization set up to provide help and raise money for those in need
- The body of organizations viewed collectively as the object of fundraising or of donations
- The voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need.
No where it mentions that it is to become a business and that too a Multi Billion pound business, The executives or the board members earning a 6 figure salary. These well-paid bosses of some good causes are nothing but ‘incompetent or wilfully blind’.
Some of the charities use tactics that are so brutal , an undercover report recently showed how the staff were ordered to be ‘brutal’ and ‘ferocious’ when asking for cash and told even the old and poor ‘have no excuse’ not to give.
The reason for this post is what happened last week although it probably shows how weak a person I am, but still I do blame the pressure tactics used.
Last week I was watching a Tv show and in the break there was a ad on how the children are suffering in Africa because of need for safe Water facilities. It was a normal ad that they show for various other charities, asking us to Txt a particular number with the word Water. So they can deduct 3 pounds from the account when the phone bill comes.
I did that and forgot about it , only to be reminded two days later by a txt that how thankful they are for the support blahdy blah.. T0 my surprise I also got a Phone call from some call centre but this time it was a tad bit different, The gentleman first wanted to explain to me what the charity #WATERAID did, how it was helping thanks to the people who were donating, Slowly the conversation changed to how good it would be if people could donate more often.
The person asked me if I would volunteer to pay some money every month Via direct Debit, I said I have donated what I could afford and wanted to since charity is a Voluntary thing, when I had more money I will do that again, But that did not stop the person on the other end to give up, He carried on with the sales pitch, playing on all the emotions that one could .. What if it was My kids or what if it was kids that I know of etc et, How water is so important, How since it is not safe water diseases are coming up.
He started from 12 or 15 pounds a month to start with, I made an excuse that I will think about it after march when I have had my Pay review , to which he was quick to say no issues we can set the direct debit that will start from March and Not January.
From 15 we went to 12 then to 10 and then in the end he came to 6 pounds a month, by this time I was completely made to realise what a SICK HEARTLESS person I am who can’t even pay that much to help in easing the suffering of the little children.
I ended up giving my bank details and setting a Direct debit.. NOW the reason for the post is that IS THIS RIGHT. I am sort of forced to dish out money, Should these charities be calling like that, The whole Idea of the AD was to txt. a word and voluntarily pay a charity that was working for the good of the people.
This did not end here Since last Monday I have had at least 4 to 5 calls from various charities that are trying to help asking me if I could help, Have had Txt messages asking to reply to them if I wanted to donate 3 pounds or 5 pounds for various needs. How have they got hold of my number is a mystery.
Charity-donation etc is a personal issue why should we be getting cold calls from call centres trying to sell CHARITY. This has left a bad taste, I have just only managed to get rid of another charity that has been hounding me in-spite of a direct debit set up for some money, now they want me to increase the amount. I get at least half a dozen brochures, Letters everyday, With pictures of sick children who are suffering.
I mean is that right to have the tragedy that these kids are going through to be used like this to make money. The worst thing is that the whole of the amount that is generated is not used for the good of the people, Why does a CHARITY head or executive have a SIX FIGURE salary, I work 10 to 12 hours a Day, and then on Rest days I work overtime to make more money, My salary still does not add up to QUARTER of what these executives get.
I can also bet my life that these executives don’t even have a direct debit set up for a few pounds to go to charity. Recently some of the leading charities have been exposed with these WRONG methods, it does put to shame the word CHARITY. I have a few direct debits set up and Now I am thinking of cancelling all of them, Am I really doing any Good or am I just helping in paying the Salaries of these Executives and other office bearers.
Tags: Cotton, death, Dhol, Fields, government, Punjab, Suicide, tubewells
DISCLAIMER:- Please carry on reading this article if you are ready to think logically and understand.
1. If you are one of those people who will not listen to One wrong word against the country PLEASE STOP NOW, I am sorry.. This article is not for you, or for those who have one single track mind..
2. All those who think our country has nothing wrong ALSO STOP READING NOW.
3. All those who can only TALK and do nothing also STOP READING.
4. Please do read the whole of it before commenting
(Hey the man with the DHOL(drum), beat it , and sing the song, that as a flower is loved by everyone same way let my PUNJAB be loved to , let it live forever)
I remember the time when Punjab state was one of the most rich state, it was supposedly the state which fed the whole of the country .. But over the years things have changed drastically.. first the terrorism and now the political .. Actually hold on let me rephrase that.. The state of Punjab was always given a Step motherly treatment by the centre govt. I am sure no one can deny that.. look what that has done to this state.. (carved three states from one state), then terrorism happened which took us so many years behind , A whole generation of Punjabi youth was finished , disintegrated in those years.. the after math of that we are still feeling and some of us are living the horror.
The Government as usual is only busy in filling their own coffers, no one has time for that man, The man who gets up early morning no matter what the weather is like rainy,chilly, hot … He gets up to go and tend to his farmland, his animals.. a Typical day in the life of a farmer .. I know because I have done it .. been there ..worn the tee :)
Get up at the first light of about 4:30/5 in morning , It a different story that if you did not get up the village Gurudwara’s granthi made sure you get up when he started with his daily routine on the Speakers..
Go to the fields to take a round , by the time you got back the ladies in the house had the fire burning, stoves ready .. getting the food ready .. Breakfast would be a Big Mug full of Lassi, with Paranthas… and off to fields .. Tilling the land, sowing the seeds, watering the fields , etc etc a non stop day of work .. work and more work.. with little respite from weather.. sun shining hard and mighty .. or the winter chill going right inside to the bones .. Feet went numb when watering the fields in the middle of the night …
But all that was worth the hardship, when the first green leaf appeared from the soil .. It also meant the start of problems – not one but so many of them …
Typically it is like either the Motor to the tube well burnt cause of the fluctuations in electricity, you get that fixed then there would be a problem with the tubewell itself.. Sometimes the water level would go down , with no water or there was draught like situation… OR it would rain so much that there is excess of water and we get floods…
The farmer has no other way then to go and get a loan from the bank, and hope that next season things will be different, with a bumper crop he can get rid of the loan, and earn some money.. the whole life cycle starts all over again .. but its the same outcome and this time he has not been able to pay the instalment also… So now he has no crop, plus a defaulter with the bank.. he sleeps hungry the one who feeds the whole nation. Farmers have a bad life, they are going to die one day struggling..
If the crop gets a decent start then the new age diseases take over, Nature plays havoc.. Chet Singh says the rent of the land was Rs 50,000 per acre and Gurjeet had sown cotton there. “Weeks after Gurjeet’s death, whitefly ate up the cotton crop; Rs 14,000 per acre were spent to raise the crop and Rs 8,000 per acre has come as compensation. The debt still stands.”
His son is jobless, no work .. and daughters are grown now. they have to be married soon .. Which well can he throw himself down to die, that’s why they think that its better to die than live like this every day, Why did this Farmer kill himself Hour before his daughter was to get Married
What is going to happen to our farmers, not just in Punjab but everywhere its the same story.. We who live in the cities take everything for granted, do we sit for once and think about those who are actually providing for us, We go to a shop and buy the stuff with our money, the money which we MAY have earned after working hard.. but just imagine the plight of that farmer who is working so much harder than us, so we can eat, Yet he does not get what is due to them.
We the people of a great nations are arguing over stupid things , spending hours on useless things, We need to Wake up, All this development that we keep barking about, is not good if the backbone of our country is broken and FARMERS are those backbone of our great nation.
So many farmers are committing suicides these days because of the intense pressure they are living under, it is sad. Every day there is a new story that gets published which tells a horrific story.
The Tribune is doing one such series, I have put links to some of there posts and it is heart rendering. The Tribune series on suffering families of farmers in Punjab who have committed suicide has evoked tremendous response from readers, many of who have expressed a wish to extend help. To facilitate contact with the families, they have given the names and phone numbers of the persons mentioned in the stories, or contacts in their families.
The SGPC which is a SIKH Religious body has so much money in its account , yet I have never heard any of it being used to save a life of a farmer.
The last time I visited my village we had a game of cricket at 5am in morning some pics..
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Once again Thank you everyone for visiting, taking time … God bless everyone…
Tags: 2015, 2016, HeartAche, Highlights, memories, The year Gone
Here we are On the first day of a brand new year, First of all let me wish everyone reading this a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR..
2015 has been OK, usual and to be frank I have got used to the usual one now too much happiness and I might just have a heart attack and Die.. I surly don’t want that to happen:)
As in previous years I have met so many new people over my blog which has always been a highlight of my years, but that came with some heartache too , as some near-dear one’s no longer wish to know me. What hurts more is that there has been no reason for that , well at least that is what I feel, but unless I am told I would not know.
Relationships have always been a heartache for me, for some reason it seems I get too close or friendly or emotionally attached to people TOO SOON, the rest of the world does not work that way, people have become intelligent, and although I have been trying my best to change myself, I let myself down every time. Hopefully one day I will get or become as the world is :)
I been having this in my bucket list for a long long time, yet I have never been strong enough to change myself , to be how people are hence this particular item is still in my bucket list for the new year.
There have been a few highlights this year, some worth mentioning the medal which was in start of the year :) .
I did the January blogathon this year and failed miserably so am not even going to attempt it in the new year, I am not capable of doing it, posting a post each day of the Month.
So all in all I have had a ok year it had its usual up’s and down’s , saying that I also feel that what will it be without the ups-downs , here’s hoping 2016 is equally good, with all its ups and downs to spice up the life. I don’t mind that at all as long as I have all the lovely people around.
I also want to say a Big Thank you to everyone who reads all the crap I write, All the ones who visit me and All you beautiful human beings who have made this blog a special place. I had written a poem for everyone sometime , which I am resharing here again as I still mean it with all my heart. To all My friends and All who visit this blog.
Over years I have made some very good friends Even if we have not met , or chatted maybe talked once or twice over the years, But It does seem that I know them very well reading there articles. I have some favourites too, and for some I am favourite.. Let me please Take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to everyone who click on the link knowingly or unknowingly .. Thank you for all the comments, a lot of you know and I have been blamed with that too, That I am comment hungry.. OH YES no denying that I love the comments coming , But If I have forced you to come then please I am sorry.
Some of you have stood by me in my personal problem times and Good times .. Some of you hate me , some love me .. What I have found is its true things change.. Change in Inevitable , Some have just brushed past, Some who stood by me THEN have turned their back now, but that is life.
Thank you for all the emails you have sent, The phone calls and Sms Messages.
This post is again dedicated to All the people who read what I write. The ones who are younger than me let me say I love you all , All who are elder to me I respect you all.
Over the time I am sure I have offended a lot of you out there Let me take this opportunity to say Sorry to anyone and everyone who I let down for any reason..
I am sorry
Please let By gone’s be By-gone’s and let’s be friends again, life is too short to hold grudges of any kind. I am sorry VERY SORRY from the bottom of my heart. I am going to quote my favourite saying which i have used so many times on this blog…
Chaman main ikhtilat rangon boo se baat banti hai
hum hi hum hain to kya hum hain
tumhi tum ho to kya tum ho
I would like to Extend my hand of friendship to all those who are there.. God bless you all, have a good day , Thanks for reading this And here’s WISHING YOU ALL ONCE AGAIN A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR..
May all your dreams come true in the year 2016,
May you dream more/NEW Dreams.
GOD BLESS and Love you all..
Let the Coming new year be better than all that have gone by
- Vow to do something that you have always wanted to do but could not find time to do so
- Call up a forgotten friend
- Drop an OLD GRUDGE and replace it with some pleasant memories ,
- Vow not to make a promise that you don’t think you can keep,
- Stand up and walk Tall. You’ll look Ten times younger.
- Don’t be afraid to say I love you Say it again .. They are the best words in the world.
and Something for Fun :)