KIT!

Once upon a time,

or

Rather, once in my lifetime,

There was a teacher,

Who used to say,

As you grow old, you will begin to think that you know it all (KIT),

With more success that you get,

You will feel, it’s all because of your hard work,

You will believe that you are knowledgeable enough,

Trust me, what we end up doing in our lives,

Is a consequence of lot more factors than what you think there are,

And in doing so, you might begin to act arrogant,

Without you realizing that you are doing so,

So, when you do become successful,

Just take a step back and give what I said, a thought,

And by doing so, you will probably not go down that path!

Few amongst us might not realize the significance of this,

I didn’t, when I was starting my career,

But I learnt it the hard way,

Probably, the relevance of this is only realized when you face it all.

Some food for thought, haan!

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Casteing!

Was having a discussion with a good friend just two days back,

In his village,

There is a temple,

On the day of the puja,

The seating arrangement is pretty well defined,

The Brahmins sit right next to the deity,

Upper castes on the right,

Lower castes on the left

and

Untouchables right at the entrance of the temple,

Not that we, as Indians, aren’t aware of the social hierarchy,

Yet,

What’s surprising is to see it being practiced in such elaborate details,

Even in a so called modern India,

Few might argue,

That it has always been a part and parcel of our lives,

Don’t you think,

It’s time we break these barriers,

To move, so to say, forward in this game of life.

Source for the Image: https://www.holidify.com/collections/temples-in-bangalore

Aren’t you one?

An incident occurred in a friend’s office lately,

It was a Friday,

People were asked to come dressed in traditional attire,

Happily, he took out a pathani suit,

Thinking how handsome he would appear to the world,

And there he was,

All decked up,

Feeling confident about the kind of persona he exuded,

Then came a reality check,

“Aren’t you joining us for the Friday prayers (namaaz)?”-asked a group of colleagues who were passing by on their way to a mosque for the Friday prayers.

I think there is some confusion. I am a Hindu and I don’t know how to read namaaz“-he smiled back with utmost humility.

He understood that his attire was being mistaken as a form of religious identity.

How many times, it might have happened,

That we have preconceived notions about the people,

Be it on the basis of attire,

or

Be it the manner in which one speaks,

Our mind somehow tends to refuse to grow beyond these very biases and prejudices,

Which can have major consequences,

Of course, on this occasion, though,

It was taken in good regard by both the parties involved,

Yet,

I wonder, would it have been the same if the situation was not cordial,

What if, one were in the midst of riots,

Would it have got the same kind of response?

Humanity, being the core of what we all are,

I guess, it’s high time one tries to think over and above the notions,

Which seem to have found a place deep inside the very manner in which we think.

Source for the Image: https://twitter.com/samiriqbal_/status/1446445433547526152

Letting them Be!

One of the quintessential questions that elders used to ask kids of my generation,

what do you want to become when you grow up?”

Who cares you might now wonder!

Considering the kind of kids we were,

Obedient and respectful,

We would come up with our set of answers,

Doctor,

Engineer,

IAS

and

late in our adolescent lives,

pilot;

Only when you mentioned doctor, engineer or IAS,

You would get a pat on your back by the who’s who of your society,

Else you would be branded a kid who’s not really diligent enough,

Seriously?

you may ask,

But such were the times,

I mean,

Who would know what that child would grow up into becoming,

A child,

Who is still figuring out the ways of the world,

Why would you want to make it so serious for him/her,

Isn’t he/she just suppose to enjoy the very dynamics of this wonderful world we live in?

Today,

Kids, especially the one, residing in big cities,

Come up with different answers,

Musician,

Dancer,

Singer,

Painter,

And thankfully they are not ridiculed for choosing such,

A positive change that I have noticed,

Yet there are clusters where still the kid is being pressurized into becoming something,

What he/she might not really want to become,

Leave alone figuring out first what that might be,

Society,

let us do a favor to our kids,

to just let them be,

for,

letting them be would be the most wonderful thing that one may do to their kids!

Source for the Image: https://www.eatright.org/health/wellness/your-overall-health/5-ways-to-promote-a-positive-body-image-for-kids

Tiranga

Bharata,

A nation,

A piece of geography we tend to be associated with,

An emotion that connects Indians all over the world,

and

A concept for which our armed forces are willing to die for,

Associated with this concept is our flag,

beloved referred to as tiranga,

and then there is our national anthem,

which tends to bring goose bumps;

symbols which instill a feeling of pride,

connect us all beyond caste, region, religion and creed,

In this year,

When we are celebrating the 75th year of Independence,

not taking for granted the freedom to:

dream,

be courageous,

and

make mistakes, learn and evolve in life,

why not take a pledge of sorts to put in our efforts in making India into a:

strong

benevolent

and

prosperous nation,

to behave in a responsible manner,

aimed at spreading harmony,

demonstrating unity and inclusivity,

and in doing so,

aspiring to become a better person each day of our lives.

Jai Hind!

Source for the Image: https://venacavadesigns.com/pingali-venkayya-the-man-who-designed-the-symbol-of-the-nation

My Life-Your Life

Invariably we keep drawing these comparisons,

Be it the boy or girl next door,

or

Be it that successful colleague in our offices,

Be it the black sheep in the family,

or

Be it that wonderful cousin who has had it all in life,

Whatever be the reason for your kind of life,

Destiny

or

your own making,

We need to understand,

It has got to do nothing with any one else’,

One may want to get inspired,

One may want to draw a clue or two from others’,

But have your ever wondered,

What benefit it’s bringing to you?

Which brings back the memory of a song which became quite popular during it’s time,

It’s my life...and is unique in every sense of the word,

Why not just try and stick to that!

Source for the Image: https://soundcloud.com/gasparcg/bon-jovi-its-my-life-matias-trommel

Doddajiva

Wondering what this could mean?

It refers to “big life” in Kannada.

Whether a person has had the chance to live life king/queen size.

Though here the king/queen is not gauged by what one has accumulated in life,

But by the very nature of the experiences one has had in their lifetime,

How exhaustive and expansive they have been,

and

How wonderfully lived each moment has been,

And if you are still wondering how this can be done,

Well,

It’s time to take a step back,

Revisit the very consciousness that is a part of each and everyone of us,

To,

Become cognizant of the way we conduct our lives,

Things we tend to prioritize and give importance to,

And give our life an opportunity to experience it all,

The only question being,

Are you ready to take a seat on this wonderful roller coaster of life?

Source for the Image: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/elephant-kills-70-old-woman-141600287.html

Take Away

kya leke aaye the kya leke jayenge,

(what did you bring when you came in this world and what will you take away),

With many youngsters thinking of jumping into this world of startups,

or

people worrying about taking that all important first step in life,

wondering about the risks involved,

the one and only take away that one might want to focus on is,

there isn’t any take aways from this world,

only certain contributions to be made in the lifetimes we have,

how we choose to spend this time is of relevance,

for there is only this much time we have,

of which we might have already spent quite a bit,

if you think that you will certainly die one day,

guess it’s high time we stop worrying about going broke with ideas,

and

start acting upon whatever we would want to do in this lifetime.

Source for the image: https://www.englishcoursemalta.com/learn/to-be-broke-idiom/

Ye Duniya!

You might have heard this beautiful song,

In these current times that we all live in,

this song seems to find a chord,

I see kids wearing masks while playing sports,

youngsters running around with their masks on,

Courtesy the virus,

We all have pulse meters in our houses,

As a fact,

The rate goes up once we wear the masks,

I wonder,

the kind of effect it might have while playing sports or simply running,

the kind of effect the strings of these masks might have on our ears,

the kind of effect it might have if we wear it for a longer period of time,

I wonder whether it’s worth it,

the lives we all seem to be living,

not discounting the fact that precautions need to be taken,

but doesn’t any form of extreme approach needs a rethink,

a think to ponder over?

Source for the Image: https://www.health.mil/News/Articles/2021/10/06/Mask-mouth-does-not-exist-dentists-say

Game Set Match!

I wonder what’s next!

With Djokovic winning his 21st title,

and

not being allowed to play in the US open,

a different debate altogether revolving around vaccination,

and

with the likes of Nadal injured and Federer planning to retire,

For the people of my generation and tennis lovers in general,

Is there something to look forward to?

A player whom we can look forward to watching,

Not many seem to be coming up the ranks,

few exceptions being Sinner, Fritz;

With the kind of standards and benchmark set by the Big 3,

Would be hard to create something,

which comes close to recreating the Golden Era!

Wonder,

whether the men’s game will have a similar fate as the women’s?

whether it’s game set match for the very game!

Source for the Image: https://www.tennisworldusa.org/imgb/119577/novak-djokovic-reacts-to-winning-seventh-wimbledon-title-.jpg