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Of prayers online

Half a decade back, when I came across websites where you could

  • Click a button to perform aarthi to Lord Ganesh
  • Light (online) incense sticks to appease the Gods
  • Click a button and hear crackers bursting on Diwali
it had caught me laughing my lungs out. I never could comprehend why people would (even in the most doped minds) do that.

Yesterday, yet again, I saw prayers being offered online. Though this time, it wasn't for the Gods. It was for the soul of this young lady who was the victim of that brutal massacre at VirginiaTech. Half a decade, probably, has made me much more mature, and I didn't laugh my lungs out this time.

However, I am unable to answer some of my own questions:
What does someone get by saying 'Rest in Peace' in her scrapbook?
What do people get by forming communities called Minal: God bless her?
Is this the final nail on the wall stating that the internet is now fully personal?

I do feel utmost grief at the tragedy, but I never would drive myself to scrap in a dead person's scrapbook. Hundreds of people have blogged about their grief, which is perfectly fine, but scraps in a scrapbook? Excuse me if I sound cold, but the point that I am trying to make is - Is it not just an example of a herd-which-knows-not-where-it's-headed?

And yes,
Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat (Enlighten our minds!), so that such barbaric incidents do not repeat. May her soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.


  1. Varun said...
    that is what i did think ..but immediately after scrapping in her u it was absolutely non sensical of people(me too) to scrap!after i was done with it I dunno some of them were repeatedly scrapping the same thing again n again man may be they wanted their"srap" to be the last one(god!)but one thing I never understood was as to why I did that!...may be life just defied logic! I was in the herd-which-knows-not-where-it's-headed!!

    ps:not to forget the pace at which the scrap numbers were increasing!
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