Monthly Archives: September 2012

(349) My quoted Quotes in my Posts (4)

(349) My quoted Quotes in my Posts (4)

(41) “A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.” (Chanakya)

(42)“Laxmi (goddess of wealth) and Sarswati (goddess of education) cannot live together”. (By Author based on a line of a Gujarati poem)

(43)“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” (Mahatma Gandhi)

(44) “Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance.” (A dialogue from Shakespeare’s play)

 (45) “God is not in idols. Your feelings are your God and the soul is your temple.” (Chanakya)

(46) “Honest hearts produce honest actions.” (Brigham Young)

(47) The honest man thinks honestly, speaks honestly and works honestly. (Valibhai Musa)

(48) “The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.”(Socrates)

# Honesty (August – 2007)  

(49) “The ultimate end of man is to find the One (God) which is in him, which is his truth, which is his soul, the key with which he opens the gate of the spiritual life, the heavenly kingdom.” (Rabindranath Tagore)

(50) “Whoever knew his soul, knew his Lord.” (Hajarat Imaam Ali)

(51)“In knowing Thee, O Wonder of the Cosmos, the mind is weakened all the while; Whenever my reason comes a span closer to Thee, it surely flees a mile.” (Unknown source)

(52) “Man has overcome steam and electricity; but he could not overcome his mind. He reached the planets, but could not reach his inner soul.” (By author based on a stanza of a Gujarati poet)

(53)“Say not, ‘I have found the truth’; but rather, ‘I have found a truth’.” (Khalil Gibran)

(54)“Soul made intention of leaving. I said, ‘Do not leave’. It said, ‘What can I do? The house is falling apart’.” (A poetic quote from an unknown source)

(55)  “Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, and it is destroyed when you are cruel.” (King Solomon)

(56)  “Kindness is the root of Dharma (Religion).” (Saint Tulsidas)

(57)“To overcome evil with good is good; to resist evil by evil is evil.” [Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)]

(58) “The uplifting of soul depends on uplifting of the character. We are now approaching a global economy, a global culture. Now let us globalize this mission of ‘Humanity’ to establish Universal Peace. Souls of individuals make the soul of a nation; and souls of the nations make the soul of the universe. To make the universe glorious, the individuals will have to promote their souls towards advancement and perfection.” (Valibhai Musa)

# Soul – A brief study (August – 2007)

-Valibhai Musa



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Posted by on September 15, 2012 in Article, My quoted Quotes


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(348) An Exposition of a Poem: ‘A Publicity Whore’ by Rabab Maher, a talented Muslim poetess

(348) An Exposition of a Poem: ‘A Publicity Whore’ by Rabab Maher, a talented Muslim poetess

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“Thank you very much for supporting my views on Yoga. Through which link, I can’t recall, but I did come in contact of a very nice blog of yours. Simplicity, lucidity and emotional approach are the attractive elements of your poetry.” These were my words in my reply comment on my blog page My Interview to the commentator, Mohtarama Rabab Maher, a British-Palestinian poetess, presently residing in Doha, Qatar. I have great pleasure to express my exposition of her poem, A Publicity Whore, published on her Blog *(‘BoBi’z Breathings . . .’) here.

Before I advance further, it would be necessary to put the poem under exposition on this page. Without going through it would be like firing in darkness. This article being an online blog publication, I provide the link of the poem only, *‘A Publicity Whore’, with prior permission from the poetess to serve our purpose and maintain the size of the article. It is obvious that in case of publishing my E-Book or P-Book in the future containing this article therein, I will have to include the entire copy of the poem.

This poem is written in an autobiographical style, hence in the first person, where the singular pronoun ‘I’ is used. It is about the ‘Network of Electronic Media’ – as shown by the image of a TV with the words ‘Weapons of Mass Deception’ to symbolize the poem. The poetess herself also says in her reply comment to some commentator that the poem is about a “Network” in little Qatar.

The ‘Network of Electronic Media’ is compared here to a woman of bad character in a metaphorical figure of speech. A hollow publicity is just like an imaginary female ghost (witch) who looks beautiful when facing us; but when she turns her back, she looks fearful with her internal flesh and bones bare and horrific. TV and the web-world are the most effective ‘Weapons of Mass Deception’, which can brainwash spectators sometimes with its presentation of unreliable so-called facts as part of its propaganda. Both print and electronic media are so powerful nowadays that they can mould the public as they wish by fabricating stories and telling lies. A network can do anything it likes with its powerful tools of cameras, satellites, journalists and propaganda techniques. It can also depict a person from Hero to Zero.

The role of the media is mostly negative and that is why the poetess has portrayed it as an evil instrument harmful to mankind in all respects up to the end of the poem. The poem starts with a confession of a network, it being a blood-sucking leech that wants to keep its existence strong and stable at the cost of the prestige and lives of others. It can present and represent even unseen things in such a way as if they are actually there. The media always tries to remain popular, and to achieve that very goal, it will not even hesitate to exploit its people and others. Print or electronic media are far from any ethics and yellow journalism presenting un-researched news unprofessionally with eye-catching headlines only to increase sales of newspapers or maintain TRP of TV programs or channels to get more and more revenue through commercial ads. Like a whore, the media will do pretty much anything, degrading itself to entice viewers or Readers. The poetess marks such negative tendency of the network, ‘But the facts I keep securely obscured from you’.

The middle part of the poem is sarcastic and/or ironical. Here, we can see the double standards of the media or network. Let us go through this stanza, ‘I fiercely claim I fight and speak up for the truth / Whilst my treatment of my workers is rather uncouth’. On the one hand, the network aggressively claims that it fights and speaks up for truth, but its behaviour towards its own employees is rough and uncultured. We are shocked when we learn that the employees of the network (media) sometimes sacrifice their lives to report against gangsters and enemies of society and humanity, and the authorities of the network do not pay due respects to them. They should be praised, but instead, their names are immediately forgotten and buried with the dead common people as if they never existed in this world. The network applies its polished lip service to introduce its deceased as martyrs just to fool the public (even if they are worthy of such a title). They have no true regards towards their martyrdom, but to show its outward and artificial sympathy, they associate their names with its news broadcasting studios. These poor fellows are remembered on their death anniversaries just as a formality to win the favour of the people and to keep the opponents away.

In the concluding part of the poem, the poetess has successfully unveiled the network’s original face besmeared with cunningness and roguery. The network is always very smart in dealing with the public with its trickery. The eyes and ears of the public are under the control of the network. It can very cleverly hide its own low “character” and cowardice by hook or crook. It can break the morale of powerful personalities for fear they may damage its reputation. The climax of the network’s negativism is expressed in its extremely exposed words, ‘…I am a publicity whore / I only please you with frivolity (childish gestures) and nothing more’. I cannot restrict myself by not mentioning a line from a poem from the Shakespearean play, As You Like It, ‘All the world’s a stage’, just to correlate it with the last stanza of our poem, ‘When I am in the spotlight, I smile to gain that publicity / And behind the shadow of that light, I just care about me’. Here, the poetess succeeds in her aim to expose the true colour(s) of the network, its inner being. When the network is under the spotlight, as on a theatrical stage, it displays pleasure and smiles with great joy; but, as soon as it finds itself behind the shadow of that spotlight, it becomes very conscious and worries about regaining its popularity.

Summing up, I have to say that I have read the above poem under exposition again and again just to feel the feelings the poetess would have felt during its creation. It is the principal principle when criticising poetry that the critic experiences the overall impression and concept of the poem and then go for a summarized text to submit natural expressions of the feelings of the poet or poetess. I have tried my level best to understand the poem before starting to write its exposition. I hope that any veracity or difference of opinion in my interpretation of the poem will be excused if it is otherwise understood by the poetess herself or anybody else.

-Valibhai Musa

Note : It seems that the Author has deleted the site – ‘BoBi’z Breathings . . .’.


Posted by on September 12, 2012 in Article, Exposition, Poetry


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(347) My quoted Quotes in my Posts (3)

(347) My quoted Quotes in my Posts (3)

(20) “We people are like a singing bird which has nested and hatched her young ones in the mouth of a cannon. All of a sudden, the scenario changes; and smooth going public life gets disturbed.” (Valibhai Musa – Based on an Unknown Source)

(21) “When it comes, it seems so simply.”(A dialogue from the play – ‘Abraham Lincoln’ written by John Drinkwater) 

# A Full Circle Swallowed 22 Years

(22) “Oppression is the oppression whether it may concern to any individual or a mass and it should always be condemned.” (Valibhai Musa)

# Oppressions (- કે જુલ્મો તેઉના દયામાં ખપે!)

(23) “Any art is the intellectual property of an artist. Literature is also an art. Some fame and money hungry people publish theft literature stealing from publicly unknown sources. Such fraud is an immoral act.” (Valibhai Musa)

# Prize (પારિતોષિક)

(24) “Some minor issues, sometimes, disturb the harmony of the family and; in absence of compromise from either side; they become the prestige issues making the marriage as failure.” (Valibhai Musa)

(25) “Human nature is somewhat complicated to be understood. Male and female are humans, but there is the peculiarity of their nature and mood. Generally, the male is found aggressive and the female defensive. Male becomes extremist and female remains moderate in sensitive cases.” (Valibhai Musa)

Rohini (રોહિણી)

(26) “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” (Tommy Lasorda)

(27) “Sweet are the uses of adversity.” (Shakespeare’s play – ‘As You Like It’)

(28) “Fathers send their sons to college either because they went to college or because they didn’t.” (Henderson)

(29) Power of determination is like magnet which makes the person to remain sticky to whatever he undertakes for his advancement to the goal. (Valibhai Musa)

(30) “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” (Thomas Alva Edison)

(31) “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” (Winston Churchill)

(32) “Do what you can, with what you have and where you are.” (Theodore Roosevelt)

# Power of Determination

(33) Repentance is a stream descending from heaven and the sinner, by diving in it, can become pious and sinless. (A Gujarati Poem)

(34) “To err is a human.” (An English Idiom)

(35)”(1) Repentant must be really sorry by heart. (2) He or she must be firm not to repeat the evil deed committed. (3) After repentance, there should come change in one’s behavior. (4) One should remember always what wrong was done previously. (5) The heart of repentant should burn in the fire of repentance. (6) One should feel taste of satisfaction of repentance equal to he or she had previously enjoyed the taste of sin or crime when it was committed.” (Hajarat Imam Ali (a.s.) has laid down above elements of repentance.)

(36) Sincere repentance makes the sinner like a newly born child as it had never committed any sin. (Valibhai Musa)

(37) “Some often repent, yet never reform; they resemble a man traveling in a dangerous path, who frequently starts and stops, but never turns back.”  (Bonnell Thomton)

(38) “God’s grace never encourages us to live in sin; on the contrary, it empowers us to say no to sin and yes to truth.” (Randy Alcorn)

(39) “Heart – suffering because of sin is the best proof that the Holy Spirit dwells in your heart.” (Johann Arndt)

(40) “The earth is not beneath the heaven.” (B. K. Thakore, a Gujarati Sonneteer)

# Repentance

– Valibhai Musa 

























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Posted by on September 3, 2012 in Article, My quoted Quotes



(346) Best of 5 years ago this month/Sep-2007 (5)

(346) Best of 5 years ago this month/Sep-2007 (5)

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