Diana

On 1 July 1961 Viscount and Viscountess Althorp were blessed with their fourth child in Sandringham, Norfolk. This child was Lady Diana Spencer. A girl who was born to be a princess, not only of Wales but of hearts.

I learnt more and more about her life by seeing her interviews and reading about her and it was a simply a marvellous experience. So I am making an attempt to enlighten those who know a little about her and remind those who know about her-.

Lady Diana received her education in West Heath Girls’ School in Sevenoaks, Kent. In 1977, she left West Heath and attended Institut Alpin Videmanette, a finishing school in Rougemont, Switzerland. She did not shine academically but in my view she actually did, because academics does not limit itself to scoring grades or marks. The purpose of academics is to enhance your character and gifted traits making you a worthy human being. She was an excellent human being and a highly knowledgeable woman in many ways. Her intelligence can be classified as emotional intelligence and this is the intelligence which is going to be the “in thing” for the next many decades, according to a scholarly psychiatrist I came across and I completely second to this view.

Life was not a bed of roses for her. Unfortunately, she came from a divorced background and worked as a play-group assistant, helped her sister Sarah and many of her other friends in cleaning work, but she moved on in life and made it what I call -“”big””-.

Coming back to my subject. At the tender age of 20-, on 29 July 1981 she got married to the Prince of Wales-, Charles, who was 32 at the time. Her marriage was grand, as it was expected to be. This happened at the St. Pauls Cathedral and she looked extremely beautiful. My jaw dropped after seeing her marriage photographs on the web.

After marriage, she was now the -“”Princess of Wales””- and the British monarchy gifted a leader-, guide and a wonderful human being to this world which was so badly in need of a person like her. I can feel and infer from whatever little research I did on her that she must have been like a -“”bright light””- in the dark lives around her-, would have been the smile for the tearful faces, the -“”hope””- for so many -“”hopeless””- lives, the -“”encouraging factor””- for so many people who had lost all urge to live, and certainly an inspiration for the entire globe.

Then-, on 21 June 1982, in the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London under the care of Pinker, the princess gave birth to her and Prince Charles’ first son and heir, William Arthur Philip Louis, currently the duke of Cambridge after his marriage to Catherine Middleton (Duchess of Cambridge), popularly known as Prince William. Later, on 15 September 1984, a second son, Henry Charles Albert David, was born two years after Prince William, Prince Henry is the Prince of Wales and is third in line to the British throne. He is popularly known as Prince Harry.

She gifted the world with these two lovely human beings. The loss of her life was a major one to her sons and life became tough for them as well. The wrongs that happened in their lives was not because they were not good but because of their mother’s absence, which meant absence of their biggest teacher who would have told them the difference between good and bad, what could have harmed them and what was good for them. Her absence meant that they lost their ultimate well-wisher and friend. Even after this, they handled themselves beautifully. They proved themselves as assets in a number of ways.

-She was an angelic mother. Her goodness has compelled me to say this and the princes were really blessed on this front.

I will fight for my children on any level so they can reach their potential as human beings and in their public duties.

-Princess Diana

This quote explains it so well that she loved her boys to no end and did her -“best”- to bring out the -“best”- in them in whatever short time she was with them and so could be so proud of both of them, had she been there today to witness the good things they are doing and how well they are handling the issues life puts across them. I am sure, she is watching both of them from the sky and must be really happy with them.

As the Princess of wales, she was associated with a number of charities and developed a major interest in serious illnesses and health-related matters outside the purview of traditional royal involvement, including AIDS and leprosy.

-In addition, she was the patroness of charities and organisations working with the homeless, youth, drug addicts, and the elderly. She was also the president of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

She supported the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, a campaign which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, a few months after her demise.

She performed her royal duties quite well. Her first three-day tour was to Wales in October 1981 along with her husband (Prince Charles). She was termed as the -“”People’s princess””- and all the above lines prove that she indeed was the same.

I guess life had other plans as it took a turn and on 31 August 1997 when she met with a car accident in Paris and everyone was ridiculously upset because her death was a huge loss to humanity. I don’t wish to put more light on this incident.

Lastly, she was the woman I admire and respect the most. I admire her to no end and she inspires me to no end. She is my idol along with my father. Her majesty, was not only a visionary and a people’s princess but also a great mother and a great human being, as I have mentioned in the write up above.

She will remain in the hearts of many forever. Princess Diana is a legend and has left a legacy of love and goodness which should be carried forward by the mankind. Her absence will always be felt .

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India: Surely deserves a better fate ! ..

Writing on this subject, I believe all I need is a pinch of love for my nation and my national sentiments for my nation that gave me an identity (both moral and political), that gave me an opportunity to dream and to envisage and have the desire to live my dreams, that gave me a feeling to do something for my nation. I take immense pride in being a part of this country.

India is such a beautiful country in all possible senses. It has such a well crafted and one of the finest -“”written””-constitutions in the world. It is one country that is secularly diverse and is the largest democracy in the world. It has been ruled by not just mere leaders but visionaries such as Dr B.R. Ambedkar, Pandit. Jawaharlal Nehru and his very own blood Mrs India Gandhi.

There is so much to write about this land, friends, when I actually think about it. This land gave birth to the mightiest kings, from Chandragupta Maurya to Ashoka to Akbar; the greatest scholars, from Chanakya, who laid the foundations of political science and economics and is said to be the “father” of the same, to Aryabhatta “who invented zero (0) to Noble Laureate Guru Ranbindranath Tagore”; inspirational leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi who changed the outlook of the world’s population, it is his principles of passive resistance and non violence which made leaders like Nelson Mandela his follower who was an active participant in the apartheid movement, it gave birth to a freedom struggle that will never be forgotten, and it gave birth to brave leaders such as Sukhdev, Bhagat Singh, Chandra Shekhar Azad who sacrificed them-selves for -“”Mother India””-, who’s blood have been absorbed by this land. Mother India was  blessed with the most courageous daughters, from Rani Lakshmi Bai to Rajkumari Amrit Kaur to Saina Nehwal.

India, after falling down, stood up on it’s feet and grew and grew and grew. Today, there is no looking back. In which field has this country not managed to earn rave reviews? In possibly all fields, from entertainment to sports to academics. We earned laurels in so many fields and in so many ways. Just giving a few instances, India won the coveted cricket World cup trophy in 2011 to A.R. Rehman being honoured with an -“Oscar”- for his original score in Slumdog Millionaire. Also, where the entire world has been hit so hard with economic degradation, India still manages to be stable.

I strongly assert that this country deserves a better fate, a fate which is yet to be witnessed by the nation, a fate which has been forseen by political figures such Shri A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, a nation of 1.2 billion which I don’t know is moving forward in which direction. It is a shame that the citizens blame the government and one another; the base body of the government blames the one at the apex. The working of this country is all about the -“blame game“-, Right? A random citizen says to another, -“”This nation is full of filth””-. Another instance, which I witnessed myself is when Mr Vikram Chandra (CEO of NDTV), told us something highly startling that Indians sitting in London tweet about the filth that is there in India. Instead of talking and tweeting why don’t they merely take an initiative?

Another strange instance is that the capable workforce of this country resides overseas and contributes to their GDP. A country that makes that potential workforce doesn’t get a chance to get something from them in return, even in the form of GDP (Gross Domestic Product). So, they should come to their home country and serve it. One of the most prominent journalists of the country, Ms Barkha Dutt conducted a debate on this very issue on the talk show “We the people” on NDTV 24 *7. It was really alarming. So, these women and gentlemen who are having a ball overseas, please get back and do something for your own nation. Another stranger instance that the citizens of this nation say that, “The government simply does nothing but you want to have a look at this: Mr John F Kennedy once said which I dare to interpret in my own words and that is, ‘It’s not about what your country does for you, but what you do for your country’. So, please make a move!

In this country, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. More than half of the population of this nation is below the poverty line and when the rich contributes for the poor’s well being, people call it -“”charity””-. I beg your pardon? It is not their charity, it is their damn right. This country stands no where in terms of economical cleanliness. It is highly corrupt. I don’t have to say that, it is obvious. That is why Anna Hazare (the modern day Gandhi) fasted for this cause in the Ram lila Maidan in New Delhi and the government for the last so many years is hell bent that no matter how much concerned citizens fast, we will not pass the -“Lok Pal Bill“- because that will threaten their rule.

So I would say on this: If your rule is being threatened, then learn some principles of integrity.

Last but certainly not the least, this issue is of -“limitless debate”-. So, I summon this write up here, and when a 16 year old like me can understand all this, then the who’s who and the biggies certainly can! So, Wake Up Indians …. Wake Up!