From ‘Rags’ to ‘To be Riches’!

It is not exactly a rags to riches story. Yet, I believe it is one in the making. I am sure we all have heard about people from different and not very affluent backgrounds striking Gold in their life. But have you ever had the pleasure of witnessing and listening to one such feat from the person himself/herself?

Monday night was one such night where I happened to be sitting right in front of a man who is all set to become what I can call a true inspiration for so many out there, in the near future. Without going into the details of who this guy is and what he is up to these days, because that, you all will in any case come to know in a couple of years time, let me take the liberty of introducing him as an individual and as a person.Inspiration

Apart from the achievements that he has managed to adorn himself with, in this short interval of life that he has led, what was inspiring was the manner in which he continues to lead his life. With utter simplicity, he keeps on doing what he used to do, say a couple of years back when he was seemingly no-one.

He says, “Not much has changed for me on a personal front. I am the same person as I used to be. I respect my parents in the same way, irrespective of what they could provide to me in terms of materialistic possessions of life. I care for my brother and sister in the same manner as I used to do earlier.

Only that people now respect me and my family for what I have been able to accomplish which they all call achievement. To me, I feel happy, at the same time, it seems a bit funny as to how the perceptions and opinions of the society including those of the extended family change on seeing someone rising up the ladder, which makes me believe that if you are not up there then the society will make sure to pull you down to the levels which at times the entire humanity would be ashamed of.

I guess, I owe my success to the society as well. If it was not there, then may be I wouldn’t have had the same kind of motivation. If the society had not ridiculed me at every other stage of my life I wouldn’t have been able to do what I could. More than a motivation, it became a necessity. 

Those were real desperate times. My father didn’t use to have enough money even to feed us well, what to talk of sending me away for education. But I was a good student in my school. I knew that if I had to come out of this vicious circle of poverty then I needed to study and work hard. 

Though, I had that motivation, I didn’t have the resources. If it were not for a couple of friends that I had back then, I wouldn’t be what I am today. It is said that God always finds a way to help the needy. Who can vouch for this better than myself! It was indeed a divine intervention which gave a 180 degree turn to my career and my life. 

And today, I am here talking to you about all the stuff that I have been through in my lifetime :). Here I am in a position where I can support my family and fulfill their wishes. Where I can give them all the things that I couldn’t get when I was a kid. Where I can afford to pursue my hobbies and fulfill what I always thought of doing as a child and am all set to go on a cycle tour of India. Would you like to join? ;)”

There I was talking to this enthusiastic and confident lad who’s personality has changed leaps and bounds from the days when he used to sit outside a small hut in a not so affluent village in India.cartoon_boy_25674847_std-222x300 

And by the way, the cycle tour proposition is too enticing an offer to resist. After all, we share the same chulli (curiosity) and which is to travel and explore things that are unknown to us and get a chance to experience life in a way as I have never done before. Wanna join? 😉

Source for Image: http://digcms.com/2010/09/15/creative-shadow-vector-designs-inspiration/,http://paulocoelhoblog.com/2012/01/29/krishna-will-hear-your-prayer/

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The Words of Wisdom!

Yesterday, I had the fortune of meeting a person whom I have admired throughout my life and has been a source of inspiration whenever I found myself down and out. It was probably the last time that I was meeting him.

The man is in his late nineties and is on a ventilator. It is an irony that a man who has been instrumental in breathing life in so many, is now himself struggling to get that one gasp of air and is surviving, courtesy the ventilator that has come to his rescue.

On entering his room in the hospital, the sight of him lying on a bed with the ventilator on, brought tears in my eyes and I could barely speak. As had always been the case, and true to his nature, he took the initiative of breaking the silence that had ensued there in the room.wisdom

Kush, how have you been, son?” Even in the state that he happens to find himself in, the sight of seeing someone he knows, springs him back into the positivity that I have always found associated with him.

Son, I was wondering whether I will be able to meet you before I bid adieu to this world.” He carried on as I sat next to his bed on a chair.

You know, Kush, I have had a great life and have no regrets what so ever. But sometimes, I feel bemused by the kind of importance we tend to give to certain things at certain point of time in our lives. How insignificant they are, we only realize when, say, we are on our death bed. May be, that is because our priorities and the maturity level associated with the same are bound to change with time and I guess it is a natural progression for one to be moving through all the ashrams that are so well described in our Hindu religious texts.

It is only now, that I realize what a great man my father was. What great thinking he possessed. With the kind of simplicity that he led his life, he was sure to derive immense pleasure and satisfaction. He always used to tell me about the virtues associated with simple living and high thinking. But how naive I was at that time, to have not taken him seriously. I guess that’s because of the generation gap that we had amongst us and no matter how hard he tried explaining the same to me, I wouldn’t listen believing that what I thought was right.

Now, when I tell my children the same things, they don’t take me seriously. I am sure they will only realize when their time would come. This makes me wonder about how well this cycle of life is inscribed on our slate of destiny. At the end of the day, all the materialistic pleasures and things like ego, self-esteem don’t really matter. What you leave behind is your deeds and emotions and reactions associated with those deeds. It is your choice, after all as to how you would want to be remembered once you are gone.

As he spoke, the doctor walked in, “Mr. Sharma, how are you feeling you? You are not supposed to talk this much. So take some rest.”

Doctor, these are possibly going to be my last words. And here you are telling me to withhold even these.” He smiled back at the doctor, who signalled at me, that it was time for the check up and that I needed to leave.

I got up from the chair and took his blessings. As I walked out of the room, I wondered whether I will be able to see him again and the words of wisdom that he had spoken resonated inside me: “What you leave behind is your deeds and emotions and reactions associated with those deeds. It is your choice, after all as to how you would want to be remembered once you are gone.

On second thoughts, does it really matter how one remembers us? Does it have any kind of bearing on what we are going to do when we are gone from here? And for that matter, should we really care about the manner in which this world might want to look at us?Doing-Good_web

Well, to be frank, the answer to all the above lies in, “it won’t really matter once we are gone.” But somehow, whether we like it or not, we do leave a legacy behind us in the form of our children and grandchildren. So, even if we are being really selfish and are concerned about ourselves and even if doing good in this kalyug might not be the aim of our lives, we cannot just ignore our near and dear ones, as they are the ones who might have to bear the brunt of all what we did in our lives.

In that case, the best option is to chose a path where one is able to do good for others and to others. I agree that it might not be the easiest of paths to tread, but one thing that I can assure you is that it is indeed one of the most satisfying of paths that you will ever tread in your life.

Source for Image: http://www.placeofblissacademy.com/Wisdom-Sanctuary.html, http://www.unitedmethodistreporter.com/2012/07/qa-doing-good-being-holy/

 

Papa Kehte Hain!

I am sure, you all must have heard this song from the movie Qayamat se Qayamat tak which became a rage the moment it hit the screen and made Aamir Khan a rising star, the chocolate boy who would soon conquer the Indian cinema in times to come.

What a journey it has been for the person hailing from a filmy family! As one would tend to imagine that the journey would have been a cake walk for the man, who of course had his godfathers in the industry.

But it was not to be. With the kind of defiant nature and a zeal to do things what was right according to him, the man treaded not so glorious a path. It was only after performances in movies like Dil hai ki maanta nahi and Sarfarosh that he was given his due recognition.

Even then, it was an era dominated by the likes of kuch kuch hota hai and DDLJ, and the Badshah was all set to charm the girls who would do anything after taking a vow over the kind of love that was depicted in his movies.

Things started to take a turn in a big way in favour of Aamir afterLagaan.Mr. Perfectionist, as he was being popularly called, started to assert his claim to thatnumero unoposition in Bollywood that had been previously held by the likes of Amitabh Bacchan and Shahrukh Khan.

All doubts regarding the box-office fate of his movies were soon dissipated and he was being considered a very safe and lucrative bet when it came to making money from movies.

With everything going in his favour, he surprisingly decided to restrict himself to a movie a year formula, going by his perfectionist nature, which was so contradictory to what most actors in the industry would have done at that time.

Critics warned him of his decision which according to them would prove to be a doomsday in the actor’s career. But God had surely scripted something very different for the man. Every movie that he did after became a super-duper hit.

Today, I am sure, if he looks back at what he has done, he will surely be proud of the collection of movies that he can proudly claim to be his.

And when we were all wondering as to what’s next, he conceptualized a show which was about to hit the very foundations of our society, at the same time, bringing out into the open, things that would otherwise be left not talked about sheerly because of the taboo associated with the same.

Some people amongst us criticize the man for what he has done to his personal life by getting divorced and for the amount that he might be charging for a episode of Satyamev Jayate.

No matter what be the criticisms, this man has done something which is surely quite different from what others in his position would have done. After all, why would one want to face the wrath of the orthodox section in our society, considering that one would otherwise be living a very peaceful and luxurious life?

He indeed is a man, who is truly inspirational to the so many in our society and deserve all the praise and respect in the World for being the man he is.

Source for Image: http://dailyfresh.in/qayamat-se-qayamat-tak-videos-songs/, http://www.koimoi.com/bollywood-news/satyamev-jayate-what%E2%80%99s-all-this-ruckus-about/

Inspiration: A Means to an End

En route to my normalcy yesterday, I happened to meet a guy who in all senses of the word is truly an inspiration to the so many who feel down and out after a defeat or a failure.

He had failed in his previous five consecutive attempts to clear CAT, which is considered to be one of the toughest examinations in our country and this time it was his sixth attempt.

With so many attempts and so many rejections/failures at hand, any normal person would have slid into the dark corridors of anonymous life, not even wanting to try to get out of the series of failing endeavours.

But, as it is often said, this man had it in him to emerge from the situation. What was most inspiring, when I was having a conversation with him, was to see how well he had conceptualized the very meanings of success and failure and how apt he had become at moving on in life.

Everytime he failed, unlike many of us, instead of going into reminiscing about his luck he made sure that he would not ignore his mistakes that led to such a failure.

This in turn enabled him to bounce back with a renewed and a recharged motivation. With the sole goal of wanting to get into the IIMs, he deprived himself from any other option that he might be able to avail of.

It is relatively easy to get over a first or even a second time failure, but here we are talking about not one or two but five consecutive failures in a row. On being asked the very same question as to how he managed to get over five consecutive failures, his answer was:

I didn’t have many options left. Moreover I thought that no one can go back and make a brand new start. What anyone can do, though, is to start from now and make a brand new ending.”

Source for Image: http://www.worldhum.com/features/speakers-corner/inspiration-travel-writing-and-lesprit-frondeur-20100216/