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?

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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? 🙂

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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!

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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!

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Easy Wheezy!

When you look beyond yourself, what do you see?

Few might notice the kind of environment they might be in,

Few might be lost in a trip down their memory lane,

Few might be wondering what the future has in store for them,

and

Few might just look at successful people around them,

Hoping to be like them one day,

or

Cribbing why they themselves couldn’t make it whereas those who did,

How easy it was for them and that they got lucky!

But as you might have experienced yourself,

Nothing comes easy in life,

Be it the likes of Virat Kohli or M S Dhoni,

or

The likes of Shahrukh Khan or Amitabh Bacchan,

Be it the Neeraj Chopra next door,

or

Chetan Bhagat’s in your college,

Be it the well known among startup circles, Bhavish Aggarwal,

or

Be it the not so known yet, Shashank Gupta.

Who ever it might be,

Let me state the obvious,

Without hard work and discipline, achievements and success remains a dream,

Without hours and hours of practice and dedication, goal remains a thing to ponder over,

For

There is no shortcut to success,

There is no alternate to hard work,

There is no success without tons of failures,

No matter which path you want to tread upon,

Be prepared for

Hours and hours of hard work,

Lot of so called sacrifices,

For if it was so easy wheezy,

Majority won’t wonder how they got it so easy!

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Just Bow Down!

Every year I have this tendency to write a post on माँ (Mother), 

Not necessarily on Mother’s Day!

Why, you may ask? 

Why not I may answer!

Surely, not because my mother forces me to do so 🙂

But for no other reason that I can confidently state, 

Just feel like doing so, 

After all, would I even be writing this, if it was not for her, 

and 

Of course my father, not to take any credit away from him 🙂

If she would have not taken care and nurtured me for the critical nine months to begin with,

and 

If she wouldn’t have taken care of me thereafter, all these years. 

I always seem to run out of words when it comes to Her, 

What can I possibly say or do which could do justice to the very Being!

For it’s beyond comprehension, 

Why and how a mother does what she does and keeps doing all Her life!

The only gesture possibly is to bow down to the very nature that She represents. 

Wonder, where She gets this devotion, 

This strength to go beyond Her emotions, 

This compassion to be able to include someone in Her life and make him Her priority, 

Amazed I am every time to witness this amazing phenomenon of Motherhood!

Bewildered I am to even come up with a synonym for the very Word, 

and

Small and Belittled I am to understand the very creation whom we all refer to as our Mother, 

If only everyone could move towards imbibing the kind of love and inclusiveness a Mother has towards Her kid, 

The world would become a much better place to reside in. 

The only thing I can possibly say to conclude:

Lucky are those who have Mothers, 

for 

We are what we are because She is what She is!

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G for!

For those who are reading this: 

Most of us might have felt at some point of time in our lives that we could have been or could be doing much more

Might have felt that the true potential has not been realized. 

Might have had been haunted by thoughts and questions: what if I would have taken some other course

But 

A thing that we don’t realize is: 

After all, whatever we have achieved is nothing short of a feat. 

What we have in our possession is not that everyone has a privilege of claiming. 

Be it the:

Job,

Family,

Friends, 

Or

Other material possessions, 

Why then:

This feeling of disappointment,

This frustration, 

This temperament, 

This constant need to prove to the world

And

This inability of being able to appreciate and praise others for so called small things in life. 

Does it even register: 

Just few words of genuine praise can change or even save someone’s life

Just few words of courtesy can make someone’s day, 

Jadoo ki jhappi (an affectionate hug) of Munna Bhai does work, 

Considering we are maintaining social distancing in these times, 

And 

Considering people are getting depressed for so many reasons, 

What’s stopping us from offering something that doesn’t take a lot of effort and could indeed impact lives in the real sense! 

So, my dear friends, please don’t stop yourself from offering this genuine praise, 

to 

Whosoever comes in contact with you in these challenging times

Might even act as a life saving fresh breath of air to the affected and the depressed. 

Wondering what this G is for?

Grateful for:

To begin with alive in these times,

Getting those all important meals,

The health of our loved ones, family and friends,

There is still hope,

Enabling us to take a break from mindless and senseless lives,

and

Being able to connect and communicate, courtesy social medial platforms and calling apps,

If these are not enough for one to be grateful,

I wonder what will be!

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Old Engagement!

One thing which has happened in recent past is that: 

Socializing and meeting people one on one has become quite difficult, 

Especially for senior citizens and people in their old age, 

One welcoming step from their end is that,

Many have learnt the art of interacting on social media platforms

And

Are even creating wonderful content.  

Considering that many don’t have hobbies of sorts like reading etc., 

and

Considering that there is not much for them to look forward to e.g. waiting for their children to visit them, 

This incredible phenomena and innovation termed social media, 

Is saving many from getting depressed and in turn saving lives, 

In turn reinforcing the point that:

Nothing is good or bad in itself, 

Just a matter of how it’s utilized. 

So is the case with social media platforms, 

Which might just be saving people from getting into depression in these challenging times

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haha-Wrong!

How many times we would have made fun of someone blabbering something we considered wrong

In numerous I guess! 

And each time we might have derived pleasure and might have felt how knowledgeable and accomplished we are! 

Not to mention that the same Mr./miss know it all that we think we are, fall in the above category similar to any other person. 

Erring every now and then, 

Forgetting lets say birthdays of who’s who of our lives, 

Breaking rules, traffic or otherwise at times, 

And in such times, seldom accepting our faults and conveying the much required apology. 

Going to an extent of defending ourselves to our last breath so to say, 

Which might have resulted in a quarrel or worst a fist fight, 

Anybody’s guess on what the consequences of such would have been! 

What do you think would have happen if: 

We would have just apologised the moment that apology was supposed to be rendered,

Probably would have cooled down things to begin with,

Possibly wouldn’t have turned into an angry blame game

And 

More often than not, would have resulted in haha and hihi for the parties involved on reflection of the situation at hand. 

Heard a wise man saying once:

My dear friend and perceived foe, life is too short for a quarrel or an argument.

Guess its time we listened to him for a change and became a bit wiser!

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I-Good-U

Wondering what this funny looking ridiculous title might be? 

Not a proposal for sure, 

Not related to any pun intended or unintended what so ever, 

Just a simple representation of what many of us choose not to live by, intentionally or unintentionally. 

Let me ask you a very simple question to bring to context what this is all about. 

When was the last time we complimented someone? 

And since its becoming a bit difficult to remember, let me also give you few options: 

Spouse/gf/bf for how beautiful/handsome they might be looking on the day, 

Employees for having achieved that all important little feat which causes one’s company to grow that delta bit, 

Or 

Let’s say house helps for serving us in such a wonderful manner. 

Ya, understandable that we all have our own things to deal with, 

Totally comprehensible we are not always in a good mood so to say, 

Yet, don’t you think we have become too critically oriented to be ignoring the enormous good that surrounds us on a daily basis? 

Be it that simple meal which we are served on a daily basis, 

to 

The very breath that we take for granted every moment of our lives, especially in these times that we are living in, 

It’s high time we realise that: 

Being grateful is not a virtue but a fact of life which must be recognized and appreciated.

And

Before it gets too late, on this wonderful day where we celebrate Yoga,

How about being a part of a journey where one begins to start seeing good in U (the other) and doing good to U—> I-Good-U!

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