Tears

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Tears are a part of our lives which however we may deny never cease to disappear completely. We generally tend to associate tears with grief, sadness and loss although tears of happiness also exist. Tears clear our eyes and help us come to terms with reality of the world. A person who doesn’t cry in grief is more hurt than one who does. Tears are not a sign of weakness but they are instead a means of moving on in life. The memories associated with the unhappy memories can sometimes only be washed with the tears.

Tears shed for the wrong reasons and the wrong person may be a constant source of unhappiness. Tears are precious gems of the heart which should only be shed for someone/something who deserves it.

  “Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.” – Edgar Allen Poe

Without the tears we never realize the true meaning of happiness. An emotionally sound person needs tears as much as he/she needs laughter. Laughter and tears both are complementary; one cannot exist forever without the other. If we laugh a lot often tears come out of our eyes. Even moments of extreme joy also makes us cry.

   “I always knew looking back on the tears would make me laugh, but I never knew looking back on the laughs would make me cry”- Unknown

Illegal immigration

My first article for my college magazine. (The Aecian)

Human beings since time immemorial have migrated in to new places in search of food, resources, opportunities, etc. with the advent of the modern age land inhabited by people have come to be divided into sovereign regions governed by special laws limited to the region. However human beings can seldom be confined to mere geographical regions. And thus migration still continues and have been instrumental in bringing about cultural exchange amongst different communities. On the other hand illegal immigration has been under much criticism as it robs the native and legal inhabitants of many opportunities.

Illegal immigration is criminal migration to a country/state in violation of the immigration laws of that country/state. Illegal immigration is not endemic to any particular region of the world and is prevalent in different corners of the world from the united states to our very own Assam. Illegal immigration is a serious problem and many attempts have been made to control it but it still continues to this day.

Immigration happens only when people are deprived of opportunities(social, economical, cultural), security, good living standards and are assured of better conditions to the place where they want to migrate but cannot do so legally. Illegal immigration only happens from a country/state which has poor living conditions, bad economy, violence prone, etc. top a country/state which has a stable better economy, better living conditions, employment opportunities etc. Thus we see that people from Mexico illegally migrate to united states and so is the case with the people from Bangladesh to India and not the other way round. Porous borders and lenient border policing only encourage illegal immigration.

Illegal immigration has huge social, economic and political repercussions for the legal citizens of the country/state. These aliens are never shown in the national census/register of citizens and thus take up resources which go unaccounted. Since they are not legal inhabitants therefore they don’t pay taxes and thus act as a burden on the taxpayers and the government. Also they take up employment opportunities from natives as they provide cheaper labor in worse conditions. They are also involved in encroachment of forest and government land resulting in greater prices of land. Also in many instances due to weak legislation and due to involvement of vested political interests they attain citizenship and lead to a sudden surge in population which the government finds difficult to allocate funds for and leads to riots and clashes between the “new citizens” and the “sons of the soil”. Also many illegal immigrants end up being victims of human trafficking, organ transplant, drug porting etc.

Although many measures have been taken up to curb and control illegal immigration none have been hugely successful. Border fencing have been tried but very few international borders are completely sealed and it is not possible for many governments, especially the third world countries, to allocate resources for the same. Corruption has been always been a detriment to border fencing and policing. Also the involvement of political parties in legalizing the illegal immigrants to further their vote bank has been a constant source of roadblock to take out these aliens. Deportation of illegal immigrants is seldom implemented and very few of those deported try not to illegally enter again. In many instances the country of origin of the illegal immigrants refuse to take them back when deported and thus resulting in a humanitarian crisis.

For illegal immigration to be controlled better legislation must be enacted and enforced without corruption. Those who illegally immigrate must be deported with little delay and punished if necessary so as to discourage others from doing so. Also political parties must rise above their narrow vested interests and think for the greater good of the country/state they reside in and take appropriate measures. Even though illegal immigration can not be stopped altogether but it can be curbed to a large extent so as to give the legal inhabitants of the country/state ample opportunities to excel at.       

Books

They say books are a man’s best companion, well I don’t disagree. I don’t trust people that much so books are a better choice for my time than backbiting friends. It is better to be in the company of Fitzgerald,  Hemingway, Coelho, Murakami etc. than to be in the vicinity of nondescript people uttering nonsense. I m not particularly a fan of long( which implies boring) classics . I don’t read things that most people read if i don’t enjoy them. For me books are objects of interest and leisure. Also as Haruki Murakami rightly said ” if you read the same books as everyone else is reading you will think the same things as everyone else is thinking”, and I think quite differently. There have been many books which I have left midway because I didn’t like them. Notable amongst them are ‘catcher in the rye’, ‘catch22’ , ‘sense and sensibility’ etc.However that hasn’t in any way deterred my enthusiasm to try out reading books by different authors of different genres . I do have my favorites though, Haruki Murakami being the present( my favorite book being “south of the border west of the sun) . There is always something in Murakami’s writing that seems to touch me and I can somehow relate to most of the characters in his novels. Although it may sound a little cheesy but I do agree that a man’s thinking is quite affected by the kind of books he read.They say a man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions and books are a great source of ideas. As Frank Zappa said “so many books so little time”.

Opposites and extremes

Wherever we see we notice stark opposites in every facet of society. Be it the economic disparity among different strata of people or the immense difference of power between people . Opposites exist rather co-exist and complement each other. Without the darkness we would not appreciate the light. In the light of the day one can comprehend the darkness of the night. There is beauty in melancholy. People mostly are hypocrites, at some point of their lives at least. Absurdity is present in the most profoundest of things and the profound can be found in the most absurd of things. A grain of sand may hold the secrets of the universe and the big bang and higgs boson may seem like simple blasts. I am not suggesting that there must continue to be differences between things, what I feel is that we should not always strive for homogeneity in everything. There is beauty in diversity. We have to accept the extremes of the world if its not beneficial for us strive to reduce it, if not let us enjoy it. You are not going to live forever so enjoy the world and the multitudes that exist within.

Love

Love a complex emotion which seems to have different connotations for different people. Love maybe categorized as filial, patriotic, erotic, romantic, etc. However I would like to restrict myself to the more common seeming form of love in popular culture- romantic love. It is a complex emotion which cannot be described by any words. Biologists have reported that people allegedly show different physiological responses than those who aren’t like increased levels of certain hormones. Nobody can be made to love somebody. It is for all practical purposes a voluntary emotion. Sometimes people may confuse infatuation with love, but then in today’s age the lines have been blurred and “infatuation” itself is hard to define. Sometimes people dont know why they fell in love in the first place. Love is often not what cheesy romantic movies and novels want us to believe. For instance “love at first” is highly overrated. Also most of the times the person we may love may not love us back or not necessarily with the same fervour. More often than not real life love stories end in tragedy rather than comedy( or happily ever after). People in love act visibly different from when they weren’t. There is a certain kind of joy and excitement in their their steps, a smile on their face and song in their voice( however exceptions exist). Love can at times be confusing. People love each other in different ways. Some believe in physical attachment to be necessary, others may propose a similarity of thoughts, still others may believe opposites attract. I for one believe that one’s lover must be one’s best friend. I also think that one mustn’t love someone who doesn’t love you back at all. If that’s the case you must be either madly in love or just headed for emotional breakdown( heartbreak in common usage). Love can be eternal only if both the persons involved are understanding, faithful and above all care for each other as much or more than they do for themselves. As numerous examples in real life, literature films point out people’s fascination with love is not going to end any sooner and rightly so because it is one of the most basic emotions of life and one of the things that make us human. Previous disappointments in love shouldn’t deter our further attempts at love. As someone rightly said “Make love not war”.

Time and money

In life, time is of important essence. From what I have inferred from the experiences that I have had till now, is that the time you spend with people are more important because they engrave memories in your heart which are unerasable. We always seem to remember both good and bad times although not with same amount of emotional attachment. As someone rightly said ” time is money”. Whatever way we spend our time governs our quality of life. We can’t regain lost time nor can we relive the happy memories of past. What we can indeed do is to make optimum use of whatever time we have at hand. Companies pay more money for overtime because they pay for the time which could be spent in other pursuits like for family. Money we get from others may be treasured by some but the time we spend with someone can never be forgotten easily if that person is close to us. The least that a person can do to be close with someone is just to spend more time. Life is finite, as such time is treasure which shall be utilised judiciously.