Real Freedom!

Every year it comes and goes,

Flag is hoisted,

National anthem is played,

We all get goose-bumps,

And life moves on,

Without realizing what freedom could mean in the truest sense,

After all,

Society is nothing but a conglomeration of its residents,

And

If the residents themselves are not free,

What could freedom intend mean!

Free from one’s biases,

Free from one’s judgments,

and

Free from forming quick opinions,

Question being,

Are we ready to take that first step towards freedom?

Source for the Image: https://zinginstruments.com/songs-about-freedom/

Love 2022!

One of the most talked about emotions possibly is love,

The moment I utter the word,

What comes to mind,

is

The love that one might have for his gf/bf/spouse,

The love that a mother/father might have for their kids,

or

The love that one might have for friends,

But the kind of love that is most relevant and most important is love for self,

Which we practice day-in-day-out,

For every act of love that we demonstrate is intended to bring about a pleasantness in oneself,

Though,

We claim to be doing it for others,

Yet,

The sole purpose is to have that feel good factor which makes our day,

Which,

Inspires us to invest our time and effort,

Which

Gives this very life a purpose,

2022 is no different in that sense,

If we were to focus on this very essential of love,

There won’t be any question about what’s right or wrong,

For what makes our life feel good in the true sense will in itself make others happy!

Agree?

Source for the Image: https://www.scripps.org/news_items/4743-how-love-affects-your-heart

Being Gutsy!

Some of us do have this tendency of attributing everything to destiny,

and

Few attribute it to an external cause not under our control,

then there are,

Few who claim to have tried everything,

and then there are,

Few who don’t want to do anything about it,

and last but not least are,

Those who don’t even accept that there is something wrong,

No matter which category we are part of,

The worst possible is not to accept the existence of a problem,

For nothing can be done if there is no issue,

As a result, we start leading a miserable life,

Not taking any steps what so ever to find a relevant solution to the same,

Yes,

It requires a lot of courage to identify and do something about it,

Question being,

Are we prepared to be gutsy enough to make the first move?

Source for the Image: https://jessicalawlor.com/2015/10/getting-gutsy-is-a-lifestyle-reflections-on-the-third-anniversary-of-the-get-gutsy-blogcommunity/

Happily!

New year arrived just a few days back,

but

What’s new if nothing changes,

And

If one has a tendency to tread the same path,

How can it be a Happy New Year?

To all those who are aspiring for a happier new year,

Why not change that delta bit each day to become a better version of oneself,

Where,

One doesn’t crib about anything and everything not going their way,

and

One doesn’t get angry because your spouse/kid is not acting the way one wants,

Instead,

One tries to ignore all the so called incomplete and imperfect facets of life,

and

Accepts one for who he/she is,

What say, wanna give it a shot? 🙂

Source for the Image: https://www.1mg.com/articles/11-golden-rules-to-stay-happy-all-the-time/

Going International, are You?

A common thing that can be seen with the middle and upper middle class in India is,

Parents want to send their kids to international schools,

Thinking they will get the best of education,

Will fraternize with the cream in society

and

Going forward, will have all the opportunities in the world that one craves for,

But

In doing so,

and

In pursuing the aspirations one has for their kid,

They toil in day-in-day-night to earn that extra buck to match the fees,

At times affecting their own health,

That they do not tend to find and spend quality time with their own family and kids,

Having impressionable effects for kids in their tender age,

Yes,

The state of government schools in India is questionable,

Yes,

The parents want the best for their kids,

But

Do parents really know what’s best for their kids?

or

Least, trying to figure out what could be the definition of the best?

If not,

Why not delve into the fundamentals of what it could mean,

Rather than following what everyone is doing,

May be the answer lies in the uncommon!

Source for the Image: https://www.momjunction.com/articles/international-schools-in-bangalore_00393200/

Indulgence!

Often people talk about the ill effects of indulgence,

Be it smoking,

or

Be it excessive drinking or eating junk,

Though very few will tell you that the word in itself is not bad after all,

If you indulge in your own well being,

Trying to become a better version of yourself each day,

Trying to improve that delta bit each day,

Making sure that you are moving closer to your aim in life,

Be it losing weight, becoming fitter,

Be it getting into a particular profession,

or

Be it marrying the love of your life,

Learning the intricacies of life at all times,

Coming closer to being wise,

and

Becoming aware of the very fundamentals of what’s its all about!

Time for some indulgence in your well being then, what say!

Source for the Image: https://insights.figlobal.com/health-wellness/new-approaches-indulgence-have-healthy-appeal

क्या है ये ज़िन्दगी ! (What is this life?)

I don’t know how many of you would know about or have seen this TV serial,

By the name of: Ye Jo Hai Zindagi!

It was a Natayam;

A medium of conveying the dynamics of life in an entertaining manner to the audience,

As a kid, how simple, life seemed to be at that time!

Later we realized,

How complicated it was,

Not that we weren’t aware of the inherent complications earlier,

But we tended to make it more complex as we grew up,

By turning, let’s say

Beautiful emotions like friendship into give and take relations,

Incorporating our agenda in every talk that we do,

Focusing on doing only those things which could bring some kind of profit,

As a result,

Life became a mess for most of us,

Reality check came in the form of Covid,

Where, like it or not,

Each one of us was forced to introspect in some way or the other,

Realizing life has always been about enjoying so called little moments,

Being in the present,

Not worrying too much,

And

Dealing with situations in life as and when they come.

So, before delving a lot into the philosophies of life,

Why not just keep it simple, as it was meant to be!

Source for the Image: https://www.amazon.com/Yeh-Jo-Hai-Zindagi/dp/B07SV4RXKD

ताका झांकी (Taaka Jhaaki)!

No matter the diversity,

Caste

Class

Religion

Race

Country

One thing that unites us all,

We are interested in what’s happening next door,

Be it Sharma ji’s daughter whom he is trying to get married at any cost,

Be it Tandon aunty’s maid woes,

Be it the modern Sweety ji, whom the uncles seem to drool over,

or

Be it Mr. Paul’s long due promotion party,

We want to know it all,

And

Participate in every possible ritual,

After all, what it is to live in a community, if it were not this,

Yes, it comes with it’s own pros and cons,

Yet

Fun part,

A true community,

Lives

Loves

Hates

Fights

and

Celebrates TOGETHER.

Though this very establishment seems to have gone for a toss in this modern era,

Neighbors not having a clue who’s living next door,

Meeting with a frown rather than a smile if they happen to be in the same lift,

That’s what individualism has come down to,

Wonder whether the long gone ताका झांकी has lost its relevance!

Guess, it’s time to move on?

Source for the image: https://www.pngall.com/community-png/download/24460

T- Woes

Am sure it would have happened with many of us before,

Just a day back, happened with a close acquaintance,

Flight day-after and you get a message from the likes of GoAir it has been cancelled,

Assuring that your money would be reimbursed,

What a relief? huh!

But what about the plans you had made contingent on this very flight?

Hotel bookings etc.

Next best thing,

You go online again to book another flight,

Being very careful its not the same airline,

To find that it’s double the cost of the initial booking,

Well,

You are left with little options but to book this one,

And

You are now all set to move ahead in life.

Am sure the airlines had their reasons for cancelling,

Though

It might feel very unfair,

To the extent that you feel exploited and helpless in many ways as a traveler,

You blame the airlines for being unethical and irresponsible,

Yet

All this blame game brings no relief to the grieved.

I sometimes wonder, what’s the way out!

Source for the Image: https://www.icicilombard.com/blog/travel-insurance/ti/debunking-common-travel-woes

Group Sensitivity!

Not that they have not existed since ages,

and

Not that we all are not social beings,

The way we communicate has certainly changed in this digital and especially Covid era,

Be it the video calls on apps like Zoom, Skype etc.

or

Be it the chat apps such as Whatsapp, Snapchat etc.

But the very reason am writing this post is because of an unfortunate occurrence on one of the whatsapp groups that I happen to be a part of,

Don’t know what the need was,

Cannot decipher why it was mentioned,

yet

What came out from a certain representation was sheer hatred for a particular community,

Which made me wonder,

Have we truly lost the essence of being human?

Have we given up on sensitivities of not hurting people around us?

Have we become ruthless letting our opinionated and judgmental mind to rule our persona?

If not,

Then why think and act in such a questionable manner?

Guess, we have all forgotten,

Some kind of restraint always helps and personal attacks never,

for

An eye for an eye will only make the entire world go blind!

Source for the Image: https://theconversation.com/how-whatsapp-group-admin-became-one-of-the-most-powerful-jobs-in-politics-126041