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!

Source for the Image: https://www.grammarly.com/blog/compliments-for-any-person/, https://fcw.com/Blogs/Lectern/2013/08/smiley-ratings.aspx

The Talking Horse!

Let’s hear it straight from the horse’s mouth, they say, 

Or 

The lore would start with something like, “once upon a time…blah blah blah”

How about just listening to what the horse has to offer with regards to the learnings of the societal jungle it happened to reside in: 

“You know, of course you don’t know what am about to say, 

Might be aware of the content of it all, 

Yet  

Choose not to practice accordingly, 

But I, me and myself know a man who did it throughout his life,

Wondering who he was? 

Not batman

Not Spiderman

But 

An ordinary man who chose to be a student all his life,

One who listened to the wisdom that every other person offered in the act of interacting or communicating with him,

One who realised how less he knew of the very world he lived in, 

One who was humble enough to admit that there was so much to know and learn from others, 

And 

One who would spend hours with people hoping that one day he would know at least something about this wonderful creation, 

Wondering whether it was a sheer waste of time? 

Or 

Feel like labelling him as total failure? 

Well, let me tell you what he earned at the end of so many days in his life: 

Respect for the perceived kind-heart he had,

Adulation for the perceived helpful nature of his, 

Opportunities, as everyone wanted to keep him close for his virtues, 

And 

Knowledge and learnings he took along this journey of life. 

Not to mention, lots of wealth, using which he bought me once upon a time. 

Not only was he my master, but truly the master of all hearts and minds around him.

Moral of the story they ask all the time: do I even need to mention, I wonder!

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Being Alex–Great?

Nearly everyone might have heard of Alexander-the Great.

Seem to be drawing great inspiration from the man, most of us have chosen a certain kind of a roller coaster life ride for ourselves and our loved ones.

I wonder what inspired us to do so?

Primarily social conditioning, which includes demands from society, parents etc. which in turn shapes our own thoughts about goals and purpose in life.

How about drawing ourselves out of this so called wonderful journey, taking a moment to ponder whether its worth it all?

Is becoming powerful (Alexander) in our respective spheres is what we need in life?

What has this tendency brought us all to?

Not to mention the fact that all of us as a society are struggling big time to deal with this tiny little Covid-19 virus!

There must be something that we are not doing that great!

If we don’t realize this now, then when?

For there is a price to pay,

Consequences to deal with,

For nothing comes free in life,

And nature has its own cruel way of taking things back to where it belongs.

Possibly, a wake up call it is, for all!

A realization,

To think and act responsibly,

To go beyond what seems to be the perceived truth,

To be what one is supposed to be as a human being,

To explore the very dimensions of life

and

More importantly, change our role models,

For emulating Alexander, is not working out to be great at all!

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The Complete Homo Sapien!

Yes, somewhat inspired from the Raymond tagline,

Inclusive, no gender bias here, because homo sapiens are being spoken about as a whole, 

But who are these who tend to belong to this category? 

Beings who know themselves, 

Why they are doing something, the very intentions behind the same, 

Who seem to be able to handle any situation that comes their way cheerfully, 

Who act upon things that seem to be important not only to them but at least the significant others, ideally the entire society, 

People who more often than not seem to be standing on the right side of the fence, 

Where are they found? 

Here and there, 

Everywhere, 

Demonstrating at least few traits if not all, 

Something good must be happening with the education system, one wonders, 

For the world is certainly progressing, 

Nothing can be 100 percent correct after all, one might argue, considering the current state of affairs, 

But does one even know what being complete really means? 

Is there a benchmark of sorts in the current times we happen to be living in? 

Is there a way, a process, of becoming one? 

Would it require another human revolution of sorts on the lines of industrial revolution? 

Why do we need such, one may ask. 

In order: 

To survive in the best harmonic way we can, 

To realize the dream of welfare for all, 

To make this very life beautiful, rather than aspiring for a heaven, not having the slightest clue of what that might be or to begin with whether it exists, 

Simply put, to lead a life of fulfilment. 

To begin with, 

Do we already have systems in place? 

Or 

Is someone really thinking on these lines? I wonder! 

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Opportunus!

We keep talking about this opportunity or that opportunity. 

Someone getting lucky because the roll of the dice was such.

Timing being right, right place at the right time. 

But have we ever wondered about this constant fascination and tendency of attributing everything to the RIGHT situations. 

Well, what are these opportunities and how they fall flat for some and not for others? 

Where do these come from?

What is the source?

Are they created or all laid down?

Are they destined to happen in a certain way for few individuals?

For the not so successful, it might be destiny 

And 

The ones who have made the cut might talk about the efforts they put in. 

Whatever be the version, there is nothing in the world that comes as a grant. 

It’s ultimately the result of the hard work one puts in.

Lets look at it this way:

Result is directly proportional to the effort one makes contingent upon the boundaries that one has created for themselves in their minds.

Is there a chance to expand those boundaries? 

Delta by delta, can we keep expanding our horizons?

No one learnt to walk the very day they were born,

Constant efforts along with some mentorship and support made it possible. 

Why not treat our life as a platform of opportunities to keep expanding each day!

The only opportunity one has by the way is to keep creating opportunities on a daily basis, be it personal or professional. 

The only question being, are we prepared to treat this life as an opportunity to accomplish things we would be remembered for. 

Source for the Image: http://ejmayers.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-origin-of-opportunity.html, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opportunity

The Inevitable!

What do you do when you don’t get to do what you wanna do?

Well, most of us might have encountered such situations or are continuing to face on a daily basis, be it in person or profession. 

So there are things we know we are good at, based on the kind of training or experience we have had. 

And there are things that we might not be so good at but we would want to give it a shot. 

Things which inspire us to act differently,

Things which might want us to get out of our comfort zone,

Things which seem super exciting to delve into,

And 

Things which tend to bring us out of the boredom associated with accomplishment of daily feats. 

Few may ask, who’s stopping you from taking a deep dive?

Well, 

Call it insecurity,

Call it fear of the unknown,

Label it as the responsibility that comes along being born in a family or married to someone,

Or 

Just lack of courage,

Most of us end up doing something we don’t like most of our lives, 

Only to repent after what if we would have done otherwise.

The only thing to think possibly is,

Whether we would want to be a part of the inevitable group, who accepts it as their destiny to keep doing what they are supposedly good at, 

Or

Choose to break free from the same to explore the boundless nature of the possibilities at hand. 

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