Friday, September 10, 2010


Even before I was ten, I learnt that when a Hindu festival and a Muslim festival fell on the same day it would lead to religious riots. Things only got worse in the next two decades. Then fatigue set in. People realised that violence served no purpose. Co-exiting was easier.

Today is Ramazan-Eid. The ten-day Ganapathi festival starts tomorrow. When I heard about the police deploying extra troops to maintain law and order, my immediate reaction was, 'What nonsense! Who has the time or the energy for all that?"

Indians have learnt their lesson. I hope the World does too.
A drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.

Photograph from The Times of India- an artisan taking a break to say his prayers.


Kittie Howard said...

I echo your sentiments! There is an anger building in the U.S. that is scary.

Chary Johnson said...

Ditto that. I really do wish we could all co-exist as one people. Maybe someday.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Yes! It's a lot of extra work to fuel anger and violence....let's hope for general laziness towards intolerance.

Not Hannah said...

This is just...EXACTLY what I needed to read today. Luff you.

Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - You are so right! Anger and violence really drain our energy and for no productive purpose. Thank you for that important reminder - and eloquently put, too!

ViolaNut said...

"Laziness toward intolerance" - I like the sound of that. Live and let live, say I... that, and "do no harm". Works for more than doctors.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Here's to World Wide Fatigue!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Excellent sentiment, Rayna!
Here in the states, I heard of a football player who has been going without food and water all day, even during practices - now that is dedication to faith!

Karen Walker said...

Oh, if only we could, would...Rayna. I'm also afraid of what is happening in the states.

Clarissa Draper said...

One thing I've learned. The world never learns its lesson. Pakistan and Israel can't even really remember what they're really arguing about but why not keep it going!?

You're right, I'm tired.


Mason Canyon said...

Wonderful sentiment, if only the world would listen.

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Plain Jane said...

Laziness as a positive attribute. I always knew it served a purpose.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Glad you've learned to get along.
And love Plain Jane's comment - LOL!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Kittie- very. But if India could learn, why not the US?

@ Chary- that would be so great, wouldn't it?

@ Elizabeth- humans are born to love- hatered takes too much out of them.

@ Not Hannah- thank you.

@ Margot- intolerance doesn't fill empty stomachs, does it?

@ ViolaNut- so true.

@ Debra- I'll drink to that

@ Alex- that is faith indeed

@ Karen- it is strange that we have moved beyond, but the country we look upto is now in the grip of what ailed us three decades back

@ Clarissa- such a pity. But keeping hatered burning gets votes

@ Mason- they should, eventually

@ Plain Jane- that is something I never thought of- true

@ Diane- you can't hate for too long, I guess

Deb and Barbara said...

Ha, yes! Exhausted by anger. If only we could bypass the anger phase and go straight to, "Yeah, you know what? That whole violence and mayhem thing, too exhausting. Let's lay back and chat."

Jules said...

I love the sentiment here and I share your hopes in earnest. Your title grabbed my attention though.

2 hours sleep in not enough :(
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Talli Roland said...

Could not agree MORE! Everything happening in the world now is crazy.

Jan Morrison said...

All I can think, as I read this, is 'revulsion is the foot of meditation'. Perhaps we need this great wave of complete war-fatigue to make it happen.
love you dear Natasha, I do!

Laura Eno said...

EXACTLY what the world needs.

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, Natasha, I hope so too. I hear the Q'uran burning scheduled for tomorrow has been canceled, but there is still an awful lot of learning to do about what just isn't worth it...

Jemi Fraser said...

I hope the World learns that lesson too. It's probably the most important one we can learn.

Raquel Byrnes said...

So true, Rayna. Loved the picture. This was a great post to read today...just the thing I needed. =)

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Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Barbara- it took us three decades. I do hope it is faster for the rest of the world.

@ Jules- single word titles often do, don't they?

@ Talli- why people can't just live and let live is beyond me.

@ Jan- sooner or later, people will get tired. Hate is harder to sustain than love.

@ Laura- and the sooner it happens, the better

@ Hart- whatever the reason for them choosing not to go ahead with it, I am glad too. What is the point of burning a religious book? If they tried reading it, they might find it not too dissimilar from their own.

@ Jemi- absolutely. Even if our kids learn, that should be good enough

@ Raquel- thank you.

LTM said...

ROCK. ON. with your bad self. Love this post. You & me, baby. You & me~ ;p

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Leigh - LoL


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