Characters: BM

What if,

running away from realities of life becomes a habit?

You might start to act isolated,

or

You might end up becoming that guy,

Who comes across as an outright extrovert,

Living one’s life on the go,

Not caring about other’s emotions,

Not wanting to indulge in any serious relationship for the fear of getting hurt,

and

Moving all over the place,

for you are not able to find peace anywhere,

no matter where you end up going.

For the world,

you come across as a fun character,

who is full of energy,

who tends to become the centre of attention of all parties and get togethers,

yet,

in your heart and mind, you end up being lonely to the core,

wishing that a day would come when you would finally be able to rest in peace,

if not literally,

at least in someone’s arms.

Such is the core of what BM, Brownian motion, one of the protagonist of my upcoming novel, consists of.

More to follow soon!

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Publicus!

Writing a book is a Herculean exercise in itself for most,

Leave alone the task of making it public thereafter.

The struggle begins right after penning it down,

For the author,

It might be a masterpiece,

But for the publishers,

The story may be entirely contrary to the author’s perception,

After much back and forth,

The conversation comes to a close,

for the book to see the light of the day.

Wondering, whether the buck would stop at this place,

Marketing and advertising activities follow suit,

And

The commotion around the book being sold or not ensues,

Ultimately deciding the fate of the book.

Wondering why I might be describing this saga as my 1st post this new year,

Soon,

My 5th will be out and this time around,

It’s going to be different ;),

Updates to follow soon after!

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Sounds of Wisdom!

Most of us play office office in our lives,

Considering the effort and the focus is to keep the office space lively,

Many opt for locations which bring one closer to the nature,

And if its right opposite a beautiful lake,

One wouldn’t be complaining too much about going to the office,

For one gets to hear and witness,

Chirping of birds,

and

Sounds of waves being created in the water,

Coupled with sounds which create some sort of hindrance,

when it comes to enjoying the beautiful scene,

traffic,

honking,

ambulance,

being few of such,

The former representing the very essence of life,

And

The latter reminding how far we have come from the very fundamentals.

Some day, one might wonder,

One would go back to where he or she came from!

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Which Lens are you Using?

Day to day lives for majority are not that different, isn’t it?

One gets up in the morning,

Gets ready for office,

Works for nearly half the day he or she is awake,

Goes back and have dinner,

Sleeps thereafter.

Doesn’t sound that interesting, right?

Let’s try and change this narrative a bit,

One gets a chance to live one more day of his/her life, feeling blessed,

Gets ready to take on the challenges that the day is gonna present,

Creates an impact by making their contributions towards society,

After having spent a fruitful day at office,

gets a chance to spend some quality time with his/her loved ones,

Hits the bed with a feeling of gratitude the day offered,

How does this look?

The change is only in the mentality and the way one perceives things,

Choice is of course ours!

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Brownian Motion!

You might have come across this term,

While studying Physics in your school days,

and

Then, you would have forgotten all about it,

Only to be reminded,

When you see someone in office with loads of energy,

And one of such species was found in mine too,

A guy,

Who would be jumping in and out of his seat at all times,

Would be found at different floors of the office,

Would be conversing about anything and everything with everyone,

and

One you couldn’t help not noticing,

Such are the ones,

Who keep the office lively at all times,

For many, it would have otherwise become a boring place to be in,

Credit to such folks,

That offices have already not become dead,

You might have similar kinds in yours,

Guess, its time we appreciate such guys for doing what they do best!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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