Centum and distinctions abound
beaming faces peep out from the papers
the topper has scored 499/500.
I turn the papers and see many more pictures
the schools publish them. An advertisement
for the next year’s admissions.
In my times,
the schools including my alma mater
did no propaganda. It was a quite affair
The schools were not in less demand.
Times have changed.
Of late, education is a transaction
the more you give the more you gain.
Fees are in various genres.
Capitation, admission, extracurricular,
laboratory, sports, so on and so forth.
Altogether, it runs into hundred thousand.
The schools work out a profit margin,
not one of 10 to 15% as in commercials
but a neat 40 to 50.
Knowledge is no longer the base.
Money plays the mirth.
Schools churn out scores
fail in personality development.
Religions guide us through life.
Living upright is the way of life.
Speak not lies is all religion’s call.
Help the needy is their essential call.
Believe in truth is their underlying principle.
Never belie trust is every religion’s gospel.
Kind words and acts they advocate bring in harmony and peace.
Radiating cheer and happiness they prove demand no fees.
Humility and respect they insist command progression.
Authority and audacity they point out lead to destruction.
That being the basis of all religions at large.
Wherein breaks violence and unrest in a gorge?
Destroying the human race in gross.
Would people ever try to rectify the flaws?