As I look at those who raise their hands in worship in a church, temple or masjid, I realize for me my soul lifts up in praise to my Maker and Creator at other moments!

I saw so much of this ecstatic worship within me, as I sang with and listened to an orchestra last week, with players from all over the world! As orchestra, and singers and ballerinas sang and played and danced on stage, I heard my soul whispering, “Bob, these are windows to heaven!”

Indeed, they were.

My soul lifts up in worship, when I see a beautiful painting. “How?” I ask myself, “Could there be a work so divine?” And the answer comes from above, “I opened a window!”

So, also a lovely garden, or a still lake, or a majestic mountain, all revealing beauty and grandeur, and giving us a glimpse through a window, of a life of eternity waiting for us, seeped in loveliness!

And then I open the papers, click the TV on, and hear the ghastly word, “Rape!”

From the highest peak of beauty, I stare at the lowest cesspool of grime, filth and dirt!

As much as the fingers can wield a paint brush to produce a work of art, or write a book, as much as those hands can plant a wonderful garden or landscape a beautiful scene, so also can those same hands, abuse, assault and attack, brutally, ruthlessly and violently!

Same hands!

“How?” I ask myself.

And the answer is, what are we as a people opening:Windows to heaven, or a trapdoor to the darkness below?

When there is compassion, kindness and love flowing from us, not just to our near and dear ones, but even to those of another faith, nationality or colour, then you sit on a sill of a window to heaven!

But when we spread hate, subtly bring about division, and turn a blind eye to injustice, then we know the trapdoor to darkness is being nudged open, inch by inch.

I see frenzied reactions to the rape in Andhra, and hear loud suggestions, some bizarre, and feel like crying, “It is not the work of a few rapists, no, but each of us, who instead of taking the brush, waving the baton, or a wielding a gardeners spade to create lofty beauty, have fallen prey to being openers of the trapdoor, and letting evil in!

God, beckons us back to beauty, a beauty that lifts our souls in worship, our hearts in compassion and love and our minds for justice! A window of heavenly music, a lovely painting, a beautiful book!

But move! Quickly move away from the evil that sucks you below,from those who have allowed our nation to slide into this sludge, slime and squalor and lift yourselves up to yon window of true beauty..! 

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 “Any more strategies? Your midnight one wasn’t very effective, nor the secretive early morning swearing in!”

“I don’t know, but they seem to be beating me nowadays!”

“I noticed!”

“I wonder whether they’ve peeked into my book!”

“What book?”

“The one I use to make my moves! This one!”

“It says, ‘Strategies and Surgical Strikes!’ I thought I coined that phrase?”

“No, I gave it to you from this book!”

“And you’re getting all your ideas from this one book?”

“Yes, after the chapter on Money in Your Bank Account and Surgical Strikes worked, I have grown to rely on it! You know that chapter on Shock and Awe through Demonetization, and Governor at Midnight and also the other on Midnight Presidential Knock were all from this book!”

“Didn’t work though! I’m sure the opposition’s peeked into it!Or maybe..”

“Maybe what?”

“You’ve got an old outdated version, and you need to order the latest. Did you get it through Amazon?”

“I’m not sure there was Amazon when I got the book. Not sure how I got the book!”

“Who’s the author?”

“I’ll check. No, nothing’s written! No name. But there’s a phone number!”

“What are you waiting for? Call that number, tell the author we want a copy of that book. Tell him, we’ll buy all his copies, and keep them here. We don’t want the opposition finding this book, right? Go on call!”

“Hello, I want a copy of the book! What? Oh, the author will call me back? Okay I will wait for the call! Thank you! The author said, he’ll call back!”

“That is very good. Make him an offer. Tell him to come and work for me!”

“Work for you, then what about me?”

“Oh, don’t worry, I do look after my loyal subjects. Maybe a governor’s post, or ambassador of some East European country. Or you may want to go back to our home state?”

“My phone is ringing!”

“Pick it up!”

“Hello! Yes, hello, I want a copy of your book, and my boss asked if you would come and work for him?”

“What is he saying?”

“He’s saying, he will come and meet you! But…”

“What?”

“I think I know that voice!”

“You recognized the voice of the author? Who do you think it is?”

“Sharad Pawar! And…”

“And what? Didn’t he say he would come and work for me?”

“Yes, but only on one condition, that you would be his deputy prime minister..!” 

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Many years ago, while doing my undergrad, my professor called me to his room, “With what you write and how you write,” he said, “You will either fail or get an A plus”

“Why fail?” I asked.

“Because if your examiner is one who wants a copy paste answer, you’re finished!” he said.

Luckily my examiner wasn’t such, but the other day looking at the newspapers I found most students had scored over ninety percent, and there was one who'd scored one hundred and one percent!

How?

Our educational system hasfinally become a copy-paste one. There is no creativity! Variety is frowned upon, and either you write verbatim what the text book says or you fail.We are producing a nation of clones and non-thinkers!

In my imagination I calledhome immediately after seeing the 90 percenter results: "Lock my cupboard and hide the keys!"

"Why?" asked the wife, "something you want to hide from me?"

 "Just lock it!"

She didn't. "Mummy's looking through every paper in every shelf!" the children screamed as I entered.

"No!" I cried as I rushed in.

"Haven't found anything!" sighed the wife, looking rather disappointed.

"Thank god!" I said as I took a file from the floor and put it back.

"What's that?"

"What's what?"

"That file?"

"Didn't you check it?"

"I did but why the hurry in putting it back? Is there something you don't want me to see?"

"Have I hidden anything from you?"

The wife thought for a moment, "Yes!" she said, "Remember your baby milk bottle your mama sent over after our marriage?"

"Ssshhhh!" I said looking at the kids.

"And that snap in your wallet?"

"That was a pen-pal!" I said, "and I thought you'd forgotten about her?"

"We women never forget! We've got to be on guard all the time, looking after our turf! Now what's in that file you just hid?"

"Nothing," I said defensively.

"Tell us daddy, tell us!" cried both, trying to grab the file.

"Don't!" I yelled.

"Screaming at the poor children? Is it so important?"

"I didn't scream!"

"Please dad, show us your secret!"

"Come on we're family! Show us what you're hiding?" said the wife dangerously.

"Got it ma!" shouted the kids as they grabbed the file and ran out.

"Give it back!" I whispered, and then there was silence in the next room.

The kids came back, not looking at me. "What is it children?"

"Daddy's mark sheet!"

"Ma tell us it's not true!" wailed the elder.

"What isn't true?" asked the wife.

"That our brains aren't from dad’s side of the family. Look how much dad got in high school!"

My wife looked at my old mark sheet then got up quickly.

"Where you going?" I chuckled.

"To hide my marks and lock my cupboard!" she muttered as she slammed her door shut and quickly turned the key..!

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