'Unto each his own' my old school classmate said. i wondered. very much. My village people would never say or think that. they have a dharmam, a sanatana dharmam - where a very large goodness and morality is defined very precisely. Paapam and punyam are defined. and are universal and eternal. It is not 'to each his own' at all. They all try to live by the dharmam as they accept it. and if they do not, they accept that they are failing it.
i could only feel sad for someone who has had to stay so far away from the beauty of this country - and not have had the oppurtunity to work for the country, with the country. after a certian age, titles are just some bits of paper. i told him as much.
'paida kar is desh jaathi ne tujhko paala posa
kiya hua nij hith kaa usne tujh par badaa bharosaa
urrin hona hi paratham sat kartavya tumhaara
uske baad de sakthe ho vasudha ko, sheesh svajeevan saara'