Shukran!

Taking a cue from a very dear friend who has this wonderful habit of saying shukran (Arabic word meaning thank you) every now and then,

And why not,

Especially in these precarious times,

Where one never knows how long one is going to live,

Not just because of Corona but the very manner in which our generation has been consuming pretty much everything on this planet,

Its never enough no matter how many times one says shukran to the people one comes across in one’s life time,

thank you

Be it the parents to start with, who brought us here, nurtured us to become who we are today,

Be it our spouses/siblings/cousins/friends who made this life worth living,

Be it the teachers who acted as friends, philosophers and guides in this journey of acquiring knowledge,

or

Be it the mentors and seniors who pretty much laid the path for us to grow professionally,

We often take it for granted what people have done for us,

We often are drawn into the illusion of having achieved everything unilaterally,

and

We often ignore all the contributions/sacrifices our near and dear ones make for us,

Just to see us happy achieving our dreams and fulfilling our aspirations,

Now,

With no more excuses of being busy or not having enough time,

Why not just say it loud,

Give some form and shape to the gratitude that we all feel,

And take that first step to bringing one’s near-dear ones even closer,

Up for it, are you?

SHUKRAN 🙂

Source for the Image: https://www.multibhashi.com/gratitude-meaning-in-tamil/

Zoomiyana

Quite a world,

Quite a life,

Quite a scenario,

Quite a tribe,

Yes, these are the times, when everything goes for a toss,

And it doesn’t matter whether it’s a heads or a tails,

As long as one is surviving,

fun

The one and only key to all happiness that each one of us is bound to get in the future.

Well, things are opening up, for good, supposedly,

And if we look back at how it panned out, this lockdown that is,

Zoomiyana, or the art of finding happiness in something, the way i choose to define it as, became a norm,

With people dating on Zoom Ishq, 

Proposing online in the hope of getting married on Zoom Shaadi, 

Performing rituals via Zoom Puja, 

And pretty much Zooming In on anything and everything concerning humanity,

Now that we have had enough time to break the habit and do some good (#Sutta4G)

and

The new normal in the state of being adapted,

Another opportunity to live it all over again,

But

With certain sense of responsibility,

With certain consideration for others,

With going beyond just thinking about self,

and

With adhering to all guidelines,

So,

ज़ूमियाये (zoomiyaye) मगर ज़िम्मेदारी से !

Source for the image: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fun

Adios!

“Uncertainty is the only certainty”, he observed.

I suppose in the end the whole of life becomes an act of letting go. But what always hurts the most…is not taking a moment to say goodbye”—Hope he did.

I was travelling on a speedy train ride, had dreams, plans, goals, was fully engaged in them. And suddenly someone taps on my shoulder. It’s the TC. Your destination is about to come. Please get down.” —Finally he surrendered,

Few lines dedicated to the one and only Irrfan Khan

The man who brought so much joy to the lives of people through his art par excellence.

Irffan Khan

क्यों रोती है ये धरती
क्यों रोता है ये आसमान
क्यों रोते हैं ये लोग
क्यों रोता है ये जहाँ

फिर मिलेंगे कभी कहीं किसी रोज़
कुछ पल हसने खेलने के लिए
फिर एक बार तेरा हाँथ थाम
मुस्कराने, ऐ ज़िन्दगी!

I-Zone

Do you guys remember the famous dialogue from the Bollywood movie 3 Idiots?

All is well, all is well! 

In the times of COVID-19, no better time to remind ourselves of,

All’s going to be well!

The world is indeed changing,

The very definition of normalcy is going for a toss,

So much of uncertainty,

And I admit it’s hard to cope up with these forced changes happening all around,

News hovering around the people falling sick or dying every day,

It kind of becomes depressing at times,

For the not so affluent, the workers, the times are even more challenging,

With them having to fight for the basic necessities of life, the very survival,

Moraine Lake in Banff National Park - Canada

Though

What keeps us all going is the hope that,

This too shall pass,

As Homo Sapiens, we all believe that we would not just disappear like Dinosaurs did,

What this situation does is to give us all time in the world to introspect,

On

Our lifestyle that we got so habituated to pursuing,

Our aspirations for which we almost forgot that we all are indeed a mortal species,

Our priorities in life, very well knowing that tomorrow we can die,

And

Make amends, aim being creating a sustainable future for the generations to come.

The only question being,

Are we all prepared to get out of the I-ZONE and think about the 8.4 Million species that exist with us on this planet Earth?

Source for the Image: https://www.gettyimages.in/photos/nature

After All!

Considering the kind of busy lives we have got habituated into spending,

Not often does one get a chance to move out in the wilderness,

And once one does, the kind of activities we get to do, any guesses?

Trekking,

Rafting,

Mountaineering,

Wildlife Safari,

Para-sailing etc etc

Have you ever wondered, how many times have you ended up doing nothing?

Just being there,

Relaxing,

Seizing the moment,

Whatever comes to your mind in that moment, you do,

Letting go of any thought that comes to your mind,

Freeing yourself from all worries that tend to haunt you on a daily basis,

Bereft of what the boss tells you,

Not caring about how many questions your parents would keep asking you,

Without giving a consideration to your spouses’ expectations at home,

And then if you get into knowing such a beautiful description of what life means to a few over a bonfire, you might as well write about it 🙂

life

To me, if i were to tell you, 

Life is nothing more than getting up in the morning, 

Asking myself a question, in what mood would i want to be today, 

And say, well…not many reasons to get upset about, 

So many wonderful things happening to me, 

as well choose to smile rather than frown, 

not a bad beginning, eh!

regular chores happen, 

my boyfriend calls right after i come out of the shower and take my first bite, 

well, can get too much at times, but how many would actually do so, 

by the time am about to finish getting ready and he getting into a cab for office, 

we get on a call again, saying good morning again,

the cab guy, i have stopped quarrel with, 

after all everyone is frustrated because of something or the other, 

so why argue!

having a flirtatious conversation with my boyfriend just brightens up my day, 

then comes office, 

bosses will always be bosses, they are also learning

so why not give them a benefit of doubt?

sorted, haan!

lunch is always of my choice, not too heavy yet good and light, 

meantime, he keeps texting, sending sweet messages, i feel loved, 

comes the evening and he is right there waiting to pick me up, 

after we go for a long drive, 

do random chats, 

sit in a coffee shop, 

or 

just be there in the moment, 

sometimes we kiss as well, make love, good for hormones you see, 

he drops me back, in the comfort of my house, 

late evening is mine, 

where i would read some book, watch some movie, 

Ya, spend time with parents, after all they brought me into this world,

night..back to hormones, be it a movie, books or him again,

on second thoughts, he really loves me 😉

one might wonder, what’s the future plans?

well, who knows there is a future, what if there is none, 

and i went in my sleep!

at least it would be worth it, 

see, it’s not also about the bf, 

even if he wasn’t there to share my time, i would seize the moment, 

What is after all life but a collection of beautiful moments!

Source for the Image: https://unsplash.com/images/people/life

L-After

The conversation started by remembering the famous dialogue from the movie, Om Shanti Om: “yanna rascala mind it

When the experienced and the knowledgeable started contemplating the very fundamentals of:

what’s to be mind

or

what’s not to be.

What’s to be given the heed required,

What’s to be taken seriously,

What’s to be considered important,

What’s relevant,

Though it all came down to,

nothing in life is serious enough to be taken seriously

And then he went on to narrate what I feel like taking the liberty of calling it the essence of life.

you know, am 70 now, 7 decades you see, 

lot of people look at my wealth, comforts that I have,

Call me successful, and what not, 

but if you were to ask me whether all these compliments matter,

Not really! 

When I close my eyes to sit down for my me time, 

the only thing that comes to me is (and then he pauses for a moment)

the moments that I was fortunate enough to spend with beautiful people in my lifetime, 

I can still feel that touch, the spurt in energy, the emotions that flowed with it, 

its only these scenes that i vividly remember,

though they say that am loosing my memory (pauses for a while, smiles),

yet no one can take it away from me, 

the time that I have lived has passed in a flash, 

little time, though we think we have plenty, 

every day when I get up, 

the first thing that I experience today is mortality, 

I am alive for one more day to choose to experience so much more, 

Wish I had the same perspective when I was your age or even before, 

Having said that, it’s never too late to start (pauses and smiles again as if he just remembered some familiar face)

life

Goes into some deep silence,

A nurse walks in, “you shouldn’t disturb him any more“.

And then he speaks for the final time, before I left

what is life after all if not gotten disturbed,

what is life after all without involvement, 

what is life after all without compassion, 

what is life after all without desires, 

what is life after all without beautiful moments, 

what is life after all!

Smiles and shuts his eyes.

Source for the Image: https://unsplash.com/images/people/life

The Ever Last-ing

20 missed calls…yet no reply….make it 40..result the same…
what is the matter?
what could have happened?
it was just a fight!
how could she?
it doesn’t happen like that?
well…sometimes it does!
but she calls back every time.
Alright! no more talking to her ever again!
or let me see…should i give her another chance?
but why me every time?
this is truly unfair!
The phone got picked up on the 41st:
Hey what’s the matter with you? Why are you not picking my calls?”
Who’s this?“, a guy spoke from the other side.
Who are you? Where is Sanjana? Give her the phone.”
You should come to the Apollo immediately in case you know her”, and the guy disconnected.
Apollo? How come?
I hope it’s not that bad!
How stupid I was to think like that!
Alright, I will not fight with you….I promise.
Thoughts kept pouring off his mind as he drove his bike at full throttle.
Where is she, I mean Sanjana!”
Are you the guy who just called, she is in ward no. 13″, the nurse at the reception directed him to proceed in the all important direction.
There she was….Sanjana….lying unconscious….
how did that happen?
It’s an accident case. She was brought an hour back”, the doc in attendance spoke.
1 hour? Are you guys crazy? Why you didn’t inform?
Is she alright, doc?”
Lot of blood has been lost, it’s a bit critical, we will try our best”
You gotta try better. What the hell are you talking?
Time passed…an hour later
For the last and final time she opened her eyes and looked at me:
where do you keep wandering around…
 
in the dreams…or for real…
 
in both cases the world travels with you….
 
some where some day it has to be…
 
some day some where it will be…
 
and then the calm and darkness will prevail…
 
leading to the light that you always craved for!
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Resolutions: USNE-उसने

What do we do when something goes wrong?

or

We meet with an accident?

or

We don’t qualify an exam?

or

We are beaten up by a teacher?

What is the first reaction in such situations?

We try to get into an escapist role, where we start to put the blame on either the:

Situation

or

Other person

You

Have you ever given it a consideration, why it’s so difficult to take responsibility for our own actions?

Why the hesitation of not being able to accept the situation and the consequences of the same, which by the way, happens because of our own actions?

What is it that we fear?

Won’t it be better if we were to stand up for, if nothing else, our own actions?

At least that would make us less:

Insecure,

Fearsome,

And

Make us more:

Sensible,

Confident

Individuals, who are prepared to provide solutions to problems.

So, till the time one realizes that there is nothing like Hum Tum (You and Me),

Till we still have a tendency to delve into the duality of everything in existence,

Till we understand that we are no different from each other,

Why not make a fresh start,

A new year resolution,

Which makes us at least not put the blame on the other person (USNE-उसने).

The only question being, are we prepared to take up this challenge in 2020?

Source for the Image: http://pluspng.com/and-you-png-9765.html

India at Crossroads

The world suggests that India is all set to take on a leadership role. Our leaders take great pride in the thought process.

Yet, India seems to be located at a very interesting crossroads which will surely decide the fate of not only India but the entire world in times to come.

If we look at the way development has and is taking place all over, is primarily on the basis of a constant quest of:

Making our lives more comfortable,

Aimed at satisfying our materialistic needs,

Justified in the name of creating a positive impact on the society.

How long it can go like this is one question, I ponder upon?

How long can we keep acting ignorant of the destruction that we are bringing in the name of development?

How long can we let our youth get depressed and commit suicide in the name of wanting to be successful based on the benchmarks referred to by the society?

Well, the modern and the medieval history that we all read about India in the school books is about:

They came. They conquered. They exploited. We fought and finally got freedom. Now, we roam aimlessly waiting again to be supported or conquered by some external force or entity. 

When would we get over with a defeatist mentality?

The same Indians when we go abroad seem to strike gold more often than not.

Ever wondered why?

Is it the opportunities?

Is it the conducive environment bereft of the crab mentality which seems to pervade in the country, be it the political quarters or the regional forces?

Could be none and all inclusive.

Crossroads

What keeps us going is possibly an inherent nature, which is:

Resilient,

Confident,

Intelligent,

and

over and above,

Spiritual, which guides us in the very manner we go about leading our lives.

Be it the influence of Yoga and the very manner in which we breathe,

Be it the influence of the Gods who occupy every nook and corner of this country,

Be it the care and respect we have for our elders,

or

Be it the Karma and Dharma, concepts which we seem to fall back upon every now and then whenever in doubt,

With such basic ingredients,

Don’t you think it’s high time for us Indians to start acting as the torch bearer to the entire World?

Bereft of any rigidity,

or

Bereft of any hateful tendency,

and

Inclusive of sensitivity,

Inclusive of sensible actions,

or

Inclusive of the very ingredients which make us all human,

The only question being,

Can we become open to the very possibility and start discussing things in the open without any fear or insecurity?

Source for the image: https://www.careerattraction.com/how-to-take-advantage-of-a-career-crossroads/

ऐ ज़िन्दगी-नयी सुबह का आग़ाज़

वैसे तो हर नयी सुबह की पहली किरण एक नया एहसास ले ही आती है,

इस नए साल की सुबह कुछ हसीन ख़याल और इत्तेफ़ाक़ ज़रूर ले आयी,

आखिर पूरे डिकेड का सवाल जो था,

कभी कभी ज़िन्दगी का रुख बदलने के लिए एक लम्हा ही काफी होता है,

वजह कुछ भी हो सकती है इस परिवर्तन की,

चाहे वो नज़रों का नज़रों से टकरा जाना हो,

या

उस एक मुस्कराहट के लिए दुनिया के सफर पे निकल जाना,

चाहे उस रात का दिल बहल जाना हो,

या

उस छवि का दिल में बस जाना,

चाहे उन कापते हुए हांथों का थाम लेने की चाह हो,

या

किसी के लिए कुछ कर जाने का जज़्बा,

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हर वो लम्हा एक यादो की कड़ी पिरो ही देता है,

कभी भागते थे जिस याद से,

आज उसी को सिमटा के कहीं बैठ जाते हैं,

यही कुछ यादें ही तो है जो ज़िन्दगी को ज़िन्दगी का दर्ज़ा देती है,

कभी पूछेंगे इस ज़िन्दगी से सवाल,

ऐ ज़िन्दगी तू कहाँ थी कभी जो अभी अभी यहाँ है,

शायद डूब जाना ही तो है,

या

डूब के खुद को पा लेने का नाम-ये ज़िन्दगी

Source for the Image: https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/bollywood/dear-zindagi-deleted-scenes-shah-rukh-khan-narrates-a-beautiful-story-to-alia-bhatt-which-will-leave-you-inspired-watch-video-4510458/