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Ubiquitous Effect of dark age (Fiction)

 

As usual, Adil, Ruhi, and Rati were enjoying their brief daily walks post dinner, around nine thirty, humming songs, when a white ford-fiesta halted. Some guys jump stood exactly before Adil obstructing his path. The car left. Adil held the two arms tightly, his wife’s and sister’s, and tried to pass from beside them but one of them didn’t let him.

“What’s the matter guys ? let me go,” Adil spoke to them with a mix of politeness and rudeness.

“Oh really! you think so ? but I think you’ve two spicy pieces with you,” one of them uttered twitching Rati’s cheeks, “So! leave them and go”.

By the time Adil react furiously to this, two of them grabbed both his hands and clothed his mouth. The other one trapped and wrapped Ruhi’s mouth by his arm; remaining two, ready to rape Rati. Adil vociferating badly, Ruhi screeching and screaming blatantly. Striding Rati was flat on the ground and the goon threw her dupatta away, scratched her waist, dragged down her lower when they heard a boisterous command.

Ruhi and Adil were renowned and lovable couple in their small, compact locality, consisting approximately seventy residents in a small province of Kanpur. Altruistic, cooperative, and full of acceptance. Ruhi lived with her in-laws and respected them like her own parents. She had an intense compassion for her younger unmarried sister-in-law, who was studying to become a lawyer. Rati, Adil’s only sister was gradually crossing marriage age, as unfortunately, she had some gynae problems; therefore, several families rejected her intimidating that she won’t be able to conceive. Ruhi’s in-laws’ were upset, but not disheartened. The family was extremely educated, loving and liberal.

They, especially Ruhi, were the first to give acceptance boldly to the issues, which are unapproved by everyone else, because of orthodox-ism. For instance, once Farhan, their forty years old married neighbor, was found involved in an extramarital affair, for which his father got aggressive and kicked him from his house. Rest of the folks accepted his decision except Ruhi. She justified the father and brainwashed Farhan so gracefully and peacefully, that everyone not only forgave him, but his wife also accepted her to give a second chance.

“Wait! leave her…let her go, I say,” shrilled Ruhi intrepidly, by chance her lips got freed from the trapper’s arm.

The man, who grabbed, released her by chance hearing her tenor voice, while the rapist got distracted and turned.

“Please! I beg you, leave her,” she attained a persuading tone now.

“Unless? what will you do ?” the rapist chuckled devilish.

“Please leave her and take me as your prey,” Ruhi continued, “She’s unmarried; her life would be ruined; please let her and my husband go. Nobody’s honor will be tarnished me being your victim.”

Silence fulfilled the tragic situation for few fraction of seconds when Ruhi warned again.

“Listen, this is a residential area; my locality. Everyone will be out here at one call.  I am anyways giving you an option; but you’ve to let my husband and this girl go.”  She was perspiring with fear.

The man kept staring at her for a while and snatched her from her necklace, releasing the other one, “As you say, darling.”

“Rati, go with bhai (brother), please leave. Adil, go from here,” Ruhi shouted.

Adil was already held by the two so he couldn’t. The rapists dragged all Ruhi’s clothes; making her nude. Ruhi’s eyes were fiercely red and down, while two of them were holding her. The boss was in the process to victimize, when Rati propelled a wooden log, which got hit somewhere over the man’s delicate part, and he went giddy through chronic pain, hurting one of his henchmen and the rest puzzled. Within milliseconds, as the main one became wilder, Rati held the log as her protection, and shouted out loud like a beast, or as if some UFO has fallen on her.

People entered their balconies, some sensed the situation, while the others couldn’t as it was dark . The best part was majority of the males came down within a few seconds. All five men, watching the team arriving, bewildered, released Ruhi and tried to escape. But Adil didn’t let them. After covering Ruhi with his shirt, he kept whacking the main one as brutally as he could. Others were hitting the rest vigorously, finding a wooden/iron logs. Ruhi managed to go inside with a woman’s help.

By this time, women of the locality and Adil’s family entered the scene and started sledging spontaneously. Everybody was so engrossed in thrashing, that calling the cop didn’t knocked their mind, until a young girl’s alert mind helped and the cops arrived in a while.

Few weeks passed, but this facade was still traumatic and indigestible for Adil’s family, especially for Ruhi. Kept thinking, always in trance and consternation, sudden random burst of tears, frequent sobs, not having meals properly since three weeks, perpetually attentive on the bell-ring: this was her condition, leaving everyone else tensed about her. She had sleepless nights, sitting on the rocking chair, literally no expressions on her eyes, when Adil took her to bed, as if paralyzed. Nights passed cuddling, embracing her, loving her. The moment he thought of something more, she turned her back to him. She intimidated any sexual touch. Then he teased or conversed with her unnecessarily, trying to be funny: in short, applying all possible tactics to normalize her.

Although, Adil tried his best to pacify her, but he was dying daily to see her beloved in this state. Almost shattered and detrimental, may be because all this was taking time to resolve, and he was losing patience. Realizing no improvement through the passing time, Adil decided to consult a psychiatrist. Ruhi denied, “no! I won’t”. These were the first set of words she uttered after the incident. She expressed, “I’ve been molested badly, that’s why you don’t love me; I am not durable for you anymore. That’s true…I’m ruined, I should be dropped to a….”

“Stop it! What are you saying, Darling ? I mean, I don’t believe…. you’re my love, my life,” Adil was startled on how to react, “well, you know that’s not true,” he hugged her tightly.

“You’re my princess and will always be…I can never think of me doing what you did at that point of time. What a bravery and presence of mind you’d shown, and what I did I do to rescue you two? nothing. I’m proud of you, dear…and ashamed of me.” convinced Adil for a long time.

The good news was, by now, Adil was aware of her mental conflict and headed towards optimism. He was determined to bring back Ruhi’s confidence and the same dauntlessness. No psychiatrist is needed now. He maneuvered Ruhi towards positivity smilingly and patiently. Family helped her in every step. They took it as a now or never project with an ambiguous inspiration, which has no deadline. All five of them had various jaunts and finally moved to the main city and joined several classes. Yoga retreat, martial arts, and self-defense training school, to empower Ruhi; to bring her back to the days when she empowered others; to ensure her that they loved her unconditionally.

It took them around six months to revive Ruhi from her trauma, but  eventually, they did see and feel the sun crystals clearly. It was a God-gifted day for the family, when Ruhi suggested her Dad-in-law with a gentle smile,

“Dad, isn’t it a good idea to go back to our town and open a yoga centre for our own mates? they indeed need it”. Dad burst out with delectation.

Why Raga Therapy is more effective than other music

Like many valuable stuffs, our Indian heritage comprises of a treasurous element called ‘Shastriya’ or Ragadari sangeet. Our ragas, primarily ancient ragas, had been derived  considering a rational aspect relating to mind and health issues.

There are 72 melakarta ragas (parent) from which other numerous ragas have been created.  An ancient text, Swara Shastra states that 72 melakarta ragas (parent ragas) control the 72,000 important nadis or nerves in the body. “Neural research proves that the 72 ragas can control 72 nerves in the human body. Singing or performing a Raga, when bound to its specifications (lakshanas) and with purity in pitch (swara shuddhi) gives the performer complete control on the corresponding nerve.”

Indian ragas are modal or tonic : Indian musical system stands at one tonic note which is called swarit throughout a particular raga performance. All the subsequent notes gravitize on the swarit. This longevity at one chord for hours instills stability and peaceful mind hence more active brain. Also, this shadaj gravity imbibes groundedness and humility.

Exhibits specific note structure and nature: Ragas are the specific set of notes formed by the combinations and permutations of twelve notes in 22 shrutis. Listening to specific set of notes framework for a longer period plays a vital role in healing.

“The sonic patterns of musical currents are recorded with the help of oscilloscopes and the pitch, amplitude and wavelengths of the constituent sound waves are analysed in the laboratories of Brahm Varchas, which helps in studying the effect of music in stress management.”

Ragas That Heal

Sonic effects of the different combinations of swaras are the key factors in music therapy. Therapists and researchers are still analyzing the logic behind which ragas can really become instant healer for a particular disease. However, common day to day problem has indeed found solution in raga healing.   

Ragas do heal when rendered properly with correct pitch, balanced use of vadi-samvadi, addressing the proper feel and emotions. To name a few, Bihag and Bahar are used for sonorous sleep, Hindolam raga improves digestive power, Shivaranjani treats memory power. According to Mittal (2003) and Dr. Sairam (2006), Ahir Bhairava cures arthritis and hypertension, Darbari Kanhada cures headache; Yaman and Bhoopali increases concentration.

“Dr. Herbert Spencer experimented with the people suffering from high and low  blood pressure and found that fast melodies having sharp notes are effective in normalizing the blood pressure while slow melodies having soft or komal swaras are helpful in lowering the BP.” Thus, Ragas like Asawari and Malkauns works as a heeler for BP patients.”

I would conclude my paper by a logical statement by Sairam Sir,

“It has now been recognized that ragas are not just mere commodities of entertainment; the vibrations in their resonance can synchronize with one’s moods and health. By stimulating the moods and controlling the brainwave patterns, ragas could work as a complementary medicine.”

How British singer Tanya Sings ‘Gulon Mein Rang Bhare’

If you desire something wholeheartedly without any ifs and buts, it can snap you high till the skies. Passion and determination makes one advance to any unlimited extent. Tanya wells is a true upcoming example.

Doing it once again she presents a famous Ghazal ‘Gulon Mein Rang Bhare’, written by Faiz Ahmed Faiz and sung by Mehdi Hassan. Watch out the news here.

Tanya lived in India for over three years, attending school in the foothills of the Himalayas. She later returned to study Indian classical music (including light classical, Thumri, Bhajan and ghazal) and has performed original material in a number of clubs and festivals on the Indian sub continent. Tanya continues to draw upon personal experience, writing and performing songs that express a range of diverse cultural influences.

Tanya has recently been involved in a number of live performances, including a guest appearance with Natacha Atlas at Ronnie Scott’s, performing vocals for Anoushka Shankar at the Cannes Film Festival, and opening for Joss Stone, Nitin Sawhney & Nicki Wells (her twin) at Mama Stones.

Tanya’s competence and skilled renditions of other Ghazals such as Ae Ishq Humein’, Duniya Kisi ke Pyar mein’, ‘Rafta Rafta’ of Mehdi Hassan proves her dedication and respect towards Indian music. By her efforts and way of maneuvering the difficult ghazals, it’s truly said that Music actually has no boundaries.

Apart from the Ghazals, she also trialed some Bollywood songs and Thumris like ‘Na Jaane Saiyaan’ and Maar Dala.

If we, as Indians, are singing British and american songs in totally copied accent, it’s not a real rocket science because English is a general language in India, in fact a primary language. For that matter, accent can also be imitated by listening and vocalizing it several times, because eventually we can understand English. But in the countries like UK, US, they don’t have Hindi-speaking process and they do not know the normal meaning of the Hindi words except ‘Namaste’. Thus, this has been a commendable work on Tanya’s side and we should promote. Hat’s off!

TEDx Features Deforia Lane – A Must See

Overwhelming are the tiny tales narrated by a renowned music therapist Dr. Deforia Lane, which are related to the infants heeling during a delivery. Immensely satisfying feelings emerges to observe that sound vibration heeling is creating its place in the world where human’s genuinely positive vibrations are missing. In the coming era, where the fetuses are arriving carrying disturbances along, where relations are soon turning into repulsion, where the old parents are deprived of their children’s real smile,  these music therapies produced by the divine sound frequencies and resonance will be the only source of treatment and bliss. Good news is that people are working hard to bring it forth.  Watch out this interesting talk on music therapy by Dr. Deforia Lane:

Positive Yoga blend With Music

Finally India has touched the edge of genuinely healthy living by bringing Yoga into their lifestyles, thus to the Indian culture. Even the busy bees try to join the yoga classes or retreats. The first big round of applause goes to Baba Ramdev, the Yoga Rishi. And second one goes the westerners to adopt and bring it in trend. Today, whatever culture, rituals, apps, websites, startups are trending in the US, by default, it has to enter the Indian community and people, whether or not, it’s of any use to India or not.

Forget the reasons, Yoga is the best, in fact the only way to get rid of the diseases by uplifting the immunity. Especially, when you cannot rely on the freshness and purity of the fruits and veggies, on which you have to live on, the only way is persist on being internally strong so that adulterated foods cannot decay your body functions.

Thoughts while doing Pranayama and asanas:

Have you ever witnessed the quality of thoughts created while doing yoga in the morning? Generally, the mind is engrossed in the past day thoughts: what happened the last night, the people you met, and so on. But the prime thoughts are mundane: I have to cook, get the kids ready. All kinds of thoughts team up the mind except of doing yoga. Doing yoga without focusing on it is as good as not doing it. The better idea is to keep breathing deeply while the workouts and focusing only on the breaths. Undeniably, it’s hard to stick to breath noticing but it’s highly beneficial in imbibing positive vibes throughout the body cells.

Subconscious mind is the sailor of a ship. It makes everything small thing happen in your life you are craving for. The rule is that you have to trash the negative or the doubtful, unconfident themes. Subconscious mind utilizes whatever you feed it.

Once you are habitual of returning on the breaths every while from the monkey mind, you can combine the breathing with a positive thought or whatever you want or your dreams are. For instance, you want to grab a particular job with a specific designation. Keep feeding yourself: “That job is mine, I will definitely have it; my subconscious power is much strong to make it for me” Or “My dreams will surely come true.” Deep breaths works as a channel for transferring the messages to the tingling nerves, body cells and neurons. Delivering such messages to the innermost mind will not only make the happenings as per your wishes but also transcend your thought level by replacing it with the negative ones.

Yoga with Music Blend

Have you ever tried doing yoga along with the music player on? Let’s delve into the positive aspects of yoga deeply by combining it with a good music?

The sonic currents of musical tunes reverberates and drops at the entangled nerve-cells, dendrites, neurons and gradually unleash them giving the pacifying effect to the brain enhancing the body mechanism.

Music here refers to a little slow paced and soft rhythmic music which instantly can hook your mind while meditating or even doing the lie-down asanas.

Beginning of a raga: Listening to any morning raga while yogic asanas in a slow pace, especially the starting aalap-renditions and sustained articulations are going on, grounds our mind towards stability and void thoughts. While doing pranayama especially kapalbhati and anulom-vilom, focus on the body part you have issues. Then blend the focus with tunes and breath. After a few minutes or more, you have notice that only three aspects you are left with: breath, tune, and visual pictures of specific body part getting healed. The daily practice is the optimistic way of sending the commands to the subconscious exactly what you want to develop. And the consequences you observe is miraculous.

In order to meditate on the variety tracks, you can soft rhythmic violin, some meaningful lyricized bhajans & mantras, Shubha Mudgal Surya Upasana, and so on.

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