Shukran!

Taking a cue from a very dear friend who has this wonderful habit of saying shukran (Arabic word meaning thank you) every now and then,

And why not,

Especially in these precarious times,

Where one never knows how long one is going to live,

Not just because of Corona but the very manner in which our generation has been consuming pretty much everything on this planet,

Its never enough no matter how many times one says shukran to the people one comes across in one’s life time,

thank you

Be it the parents to start with, who brought us here, nurtured us to become who we are today,

Be it our spouses/siblings/cousins/friends who made this life worth living,

Be it the teachers who acted as friends, philosophers and guides in this journey of acquiring knowledge,

or

Be it the mentors and seniors who pretty much laid the path for us to grow professionally,

We often take it for granted what people have done for us,

We often are drawn into the illusion of having achieved everything unilaterally,

and

We often ignore all the contributions/sacrifices our near and dear ones make for us,

Just to see us happy achieving our dreams and fulfilling our aspirations,

Now,

With no more excuses of being busy or not having enough time,

Why not just say it loud,

Give some form and shape to the gratitude that we all feel,

And take that first step to bringing one’s near-dear ones even closer,

Up for it, are you?

SHUKRAN 🙂

Source for the Image: https://www.multibhashi.com/gratitude-meaning-in-tamil/

Zoomiyana

Quite a world,

Quite a life,

Quite a scenario,

Quite a tribe,

Yes, these are the times, when everything goes for a toss,

And it doesn’t matter whether it’s a heads or a tails,

As long as one is surviving,

fun

The one and only key to all happiness that each one of us is bound to get in the future.

Well, things are opening up, for good, supposedly,

And if we look back at how it panned out, this lockdown that is,

Zoomiyana, or the art of finding happiness in something, the way i choose to define it as, became a norm,

With people dating on Zoom Ishq, 

Proposing online in the hope of getting married on Zoom Shaadi, 

Performing rituals via Zoom Puja, 

And pretty much Zooming In on anything and everything concerning humanity,

Now that we have had enough time to break the habit and do some good (#Sutta4G)

and

The new normal in the state of being adapted,

Another opportunity to live it all over again,

But

With certain sense of responsibility,

With certain consideration for others,

With going beyond just thinking about self,

and

With adhering to all guidelines,

So,

ज़ूमियाये (zoomiyaye) मगर ज़िम्मेदारी से !

Source for the image: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fun

I-Zone

Do you guys remember the famous dialogue from the Bollywood movie 3 Idiots?

All is well, all is well! 

In the times of COVID-19, no better time to remind ourselves of,

All’s going to be well!

The world is indeed changing,

The very definition of normalcy is going for a toss,

So much of uncertainty,

And I admit it’s hard to cope up with these forced changes happening all around,

News hovering around the people falling sick or dying every day,

It kind of becomes depressing at times,

For the not so affluent, the workers, the times are even more challenging,

With them having to fight for the basic necessities of life, the very survival,

Moraine Lake in Banff National Park - Canada

Though

What keeps us all going is the hope that,

This too shall pass,

As Homo Sapiens, we all believe that we would not just disappear like Dinosaurs did,

What this situation does is to give us all time in the world to introspect,

On

Our lifestyle that we got so habituated to pursuing,

Our aspirations for which we almost forgot that we all are indeed a mortal species,

Our priorities in life, very well knowing that tomorrow we can die,

And

Make amends, aim being creating a sustainable future for the generations to come.

The only question being,

Are we all prepared to get out of the I-ZONE and think about the 8.4 Million species that exist with us on this planet Earth?

Source for the Image: https://www.gettyimages.in/photos/nature