Thursday, April 25, 2013

Lord Turns 40

I need not write his name in the post's title. That’s because anyone who will read the title would already know about whom I wrote this post. He's the GOD of cricket, the living Legend "SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR". He turned 40 today, and when we say 40 its 'young 40'. Sachin Tendulkar is the name that every sportsperson wants to be, a name every Indian loves to love, a name renowned in all parts of the world.

When I started joting down points for this post, I realised that no matter how much I write about him, it won’t be enough. I won’t be emphasizing about feats (and stats) of Sachin as a cricketer, instead I would focus on how he has been an inspiration throughout.

Sachin was just 16 when he became India's youngest Test cricketer in 1989. He has been a role model of Indian cricket for 23 years now. His accomplishments in Cricket are remarkable. As the youngest cricketer he started his career against Pakistan, which had one of the most lethal bowling attack comprising of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar  Younis. Right from his very first tour, he showed signs of a master.

What makes Sachin a Legend? Talent? Not really. In a speech at IIM A, Harsha Bhogle explained why attitude matters and not talent giving Sachin's example. Here's a gist of it "Talent breeds ego and never helps you beyond a certain point. It’s what you do with the talent that matters. Sachin played 55 games in a row as a 14 year old without a break, he would practice for 2 hrs, play a game, practice 2 hrs again, fall asleep on the dining table. It’s not talent that produced 100 hundreds. It his work ethic, attitude and more than anything else his passion to perform."
When we talk about Sachin it’s not only about a cricketer who has served India for years but also a great human being. He is source of motivation for all the youngsters. In spite of his great achievements he has always been down to earth and humble.

He refused to accept the bungalow entitled to him as Rajya Sabha member, saying such a stay would be a waste of taxpayer's money. Sachin, an idol to crores of youths showed that he is a responsible citizen of the society and stuck to his principles by rejecting a 20 crore endorsement deal of a liquor brand. He is looking after welfare of 200 underprivileged children from the NGO called Apnalaya. Sachin has been the campaign’s brand ambassador for Support My School campaign which aims at the betterment of water, sanitation and infrastructural provisions for schools across India.

I have a fond memory of Sharjah Cup, when India were on an important run chase, Damien Fleming appealed for a caught-behind which the umpire did not acknowledge but Sachin walked off the field. Its incidents like these that earn him respect from everybody.

Sachin, who was 26 at the time when his father passed away, was struck by a shock of his father’s untimely death during the 1999 World Cup in England. Three days later, he made an unbeaten 140 runs off 101 balls against Kenya. He always looks towards the sky after reaching a milestone to seek his father’s blessings.

Age is never a factor for Sachin, he continues to devote his life for India. Bharat Ratna is for those Indians who make India proud. Sachin for last 23 years doing the same quite well, hence truly deserves the award.

Here's wishing the MASTER BLASTER   A Very Happy Birthday!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Sanjay Dutt Trial

It has been two decades since a series of 13 bomb blasts rocked Mumbai. On 19 April 1993 Sanjay Dutt was convicted for illegal possession arms, under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA).
 
He spent 18 months in jail until he was granted bail in October 1995. In 2006 the case opened for sentencing of all accused, Dutt was finally acquitted of any TADA-related offenses but was charged under the illegal possession of arms act. On 21 March 2013, The Supreme Court upheld the conviction of actor to serve jail for 5 years.
 
Reactions flooded from all parts of the country. Some were shocked; some were in favour of conviction. Politicians, media, film industry, fans all joined in to form their respective opinions. Press Council of India chief Justice Markandey Katju has appealed to Maharashtra Governor Sankarnarayanan to pardon the actor.
 
THE DEBATE IS, SHOULD SANJAY DUTT BE PARDONED?
 
I would like to put my point of view forward. Irrespective of whether I am a fan of Sanjay Dutt or not, I feel he must NOT be pardoned for this crime. By feeling "sorry" for Sanjay Dutt I think we are just ignoring the gravity of charges against him. He confessed to have acquired arms from Anees Ibrahim, the younger brother of Dawood Ibrahim. The police claimed that several phone records showed that Sanjay Dutt was in constant touch with Anees, even making calls to Anees's number at White House Dubai.
 
There are many Political and film fraternity supporters of Sanjay Dutt, however not a single voice came in support for 75-years-old ZaibunnisaQazi, who is also sentenced for five years for keeping the weapons.
 
Also we fail to understand that whatever he performs in his films is his reel life. We can appreciate his performances but cannot draw an analogy between his reel and real life. Basically the problem is, people are relating his larger than life role in 'Munnabhai MBBS' to his real life. If that's the case, he also played villainous roles in Khalnayak, Vaastav, Agneepath and so on... doesn't make sense to relate, right?.
 
Also, they say he has suffered a lot during these 20 years and in a way it was a punishment for him that the trial took so many years of his life. There are many convicts who have undergone the same, several who were waiting for their chance to come. If Sanjany Dutt has a family to look after, everybody else has, except for the fact others may not have the financial and political backing.
 
I am not saying he should be given an extraordinary punishment, but a punishment which a common man would have got for this crime.
 
PS : The views in this post belongs completely to me. You can say it’s just "THE WAY I SEE IT".

Friday, April 19, 2013

Wish I Could Fly!

Wish I could fly high!
Roam around in the empty sky....
Only peace shall I find...
Leaving all the delusions behind...
 
I would fly all day...
Blissful and gay..
I would fly around the tress...
Say a HELLO to Honey Bees..
The rainbow so clear ..
The Sun so near...
Expressing joy and nothing to fear..
 
Free in the clouds..
Where happiness knew no bounds...
Freedom is all I want ...
With Beautiful wings to flaunt..
Wish to be away from worries and cares..
Scared of parting from Dears..
 
Wish I could touch the stars at night...
With the moon by my side...
Wish I could reach the highest altitude
Hope to find the desired solitude..
 
What a relief it would be ...
In the sky and a feeling of glee...
It would be so wonderful to fly all the time...
Perhaps dreaming  about it made me write this rhyme!
  

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Keep The Child Within You Alive!

I often hear people saying that they want their childhood back. Why do we want our childhood back?. Perhaps as we grow up we tend to forget of  how to be happy with smallest of things or events. The most attractive aspect is the carefree attitude, innocence and simplicity we notice in children.

As a responsible adult we enter some sort of a rat race and we ourselves don't have any idea about the milestone we want to achieve that will indeed make us happy. Its only in childhood we are curious about each and every thing. This curiosity diminishes with time...
 
Children are happy because they do what they think is right and makes them happy. Most of us are engaged in doing things that pleases others rather than doing things that we enjoy doing. They are happy because they enjoy the present. Also as a child, I remember how easily we forgive and forget after petty quarrels.
 
Here's a list of things, which I find that can make us childlike happy! :
 
i) Enjoying the rains
ii) Dancing like no one's watching
iii) Meeting your old friends
iv) Doing things that delight us even if they seem foolish to others
v) Living in the present
vi) Staying curious
vii) Forgive and forget just like a child does...
 
Whenever you read this post, do ask yourself a question "Is the child within me alive?".
 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

That Awkward Moment...

-That awkward moment when your Internet goes down; you don’t know what to do with your life.

-That awkward moment when you start speaking in fake English accent when you are drunk.

-That awkward moment when someone is trying to get on the elevator but the doors are closing and they make an eye contact with you.

-That awkward moment when you can't remember the name of the person talking to you and you just pray that someone calls out the name loud.

- That awkward moment when you are broke in the middle of the month.

- That awkward moment when you have headphones on and someone touches your shoulder and you have a mini heart attack.

-That awkward moment when you’re trying to explain how a song goes but you really don’t want to sing it.

-That awkward moment when you're tired all day, but as soon as you go to bed, you're wide awake.

-That awkward moment when you walk into a classroom....and it's not the right one

-That awkward when you already said "moment" in your head before you read it
That awkward moment!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Todavía te extraño

I believe Poems express feelings ... just as Music...
This is for someone I knew.....although she may not even read it....
 
I always try to convince myself that I don't miss you
And ask myself do you miss me too?
But I know  it doesn't matter cos it was  me who was being  silly
It was never your fault really...
 
All the times we spent together
To hear you talk about the  beautiful weather
I miss your smile
every once in a while....

A small conversation with you would make my day
Its so difficult to realise that you are away!
Was it love or just infatuation?
Well it just defines my dismal situation...
 
I'm thinking back on what happened in the past
It's true that time is flying by too fast
Wished the days never passed
Those wonderful memories still last...

Missing you is insane
Cos I know it will never be the same
I thought that things like these get better with time
But why is it that you are still in my mind...
 
I feel helpless so hopeless
Its like a door that never closes
I tried to move on, well that's what I thought I was supposed to
Still expect that u  miss me too, but you know u really don't need to...
 
I know its  simple to drop a text or to make a call
But there's something that's holding me back on
May be you moved on....or may be you are trying to
That doesn't stop me from missing you...
 
That's about everything I would like to say...
just remember forever in my heart you will stay!!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Mera Pehla Kaam!

I completed my first year at job.... *elated*
Yeah I love my job (Although my boss doesn't subscribe for this blog) but still....
Looking back I have a lot of good and bad memories behind me .This is just the post to express it all!

Lets see what I have learnt in the past year....
Apart from Microsoft Excel and Word, I have learnt a few more things!
I have learnt abbreviations FYI, PFA, EOD, TGIF, FYA, RIC... I have learnt "If at first you don’t succeed; call it version 1.0". The saying " Karam karta ja fal ki chinta mat kar " is not applicable in IT industry. No matter how long you have been resolving an issue, there's always a guy who comes at your desk every now and then, gives that weird look and asks "Status kya hai??".
 
Questions like "Sir Leave ke baare me baat karni hai..." "Can I Leave early today ?" are very sensitive and should only be asked depending upon the mood of your boss. You may sit idle all day and think of going early.. an issue will arise just about the time when you decide to leave for the day. Pretending to work is a skill.
















Team parties are not meant for gelling with colleagues, its an unofficial way of screwing you. Filling documents like "Performance management","Goal Setting" are the most boring things in the world. I would prefer creating a fake matrimonial profile instead. Fake Laugh when your boss cracks a joke is a compulsion. Its called 'work laugh'. Handsome salary is a Myth.
 
My respect for weekends has increased. My excitement for weekends is the same as a newly wed groom waits for his first night. There are days when I crib about my work and there are days when I have to literally drag myself out of my bed, fake a shower and rush to office just to save that one privilege/sick leave.
 
Here's wishing myself happy work anniversary!!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Mumbai Dabbawalas - Amazing Entrepreneurs!

I based my blog on my thoughts. So when something is on my mind for a while, I type it and publish it..
This time its about people who are delivering me tiffin for quite sometime now...'MUMBAI DABBAWALAS'.    
     
Waking up late, getting ready, reaching office and finding an excuse every now and then for being late. That's my story. No matter how late I reach, One thing which I find always on time is my tiffin. Red lights, traffic jams, pedestrian crossings,cruel weather nothing  stops Dabbawalas.
 
 Majority of us have heard about them, many of us depend on them, and yes they are indeed amazing with their work. Mumbai Dabbawalas are not employees but each one of them is a self-employed entrepreneur. They are equal shareholders in the Dabbawalas Trust. Its 115 year old business operation beats any of our current businesses in simplicity, low cost pricing, efficiency and values.
 
How do you recognise  Dabbawalas....
A Gandhi topi(cap), white/red  coloured cotton clothing and a bunch of tiffin boxes in their hands.


 
 
Some important stats
Average literacy rate: 85% are illiterate
Total area Coverage: 60 km
Employee strength: 5000
Number of Tiffin Boxes : 200000 ie, 400000 transactions per day.
Time taken : 3 Hrs
 
'NUTAN MUMBAI TIFFIN BOX SUPPLIERS ASSOCIATION' is an organization which is SIX SIGMA and ISO 9001:2000 certified, fans like prince Charles and Richard Branson (Of virgin Airways), Ripley’s believe it or not and Guinness book of world Records registration
 
Things I learnt from Dabbawalas :

Pride towards their work:
 Although they earn just enough to fill their stomach there is a sense of pride and satisfaction  in them.
 
Discipline and time management :
Come what may you will never find dabbawalas late. No alcohol consumption during working hours, carry ID cards.

Co-ordination
The entire system depends on team work and meticulous timing. Tiffin boxes are collected from homes between 7 am and 9 am, and taken to the nearest railway station. At various intermediary stations, they are hauled onto platforms and sorted out for area-wise distribution, so the single Tiffin box could change hands three to four times in the course of its daily journey.

Honesty
 I have heard about people sending money or important documents in lunch boxes in early days when there was no electronic transfer.

Hard work
The amount of hard work of Dabbawalas is visible.  The fact that they still manage to wear a smile on their face is commendable.
 
 With this I would like to conclude by  thanking the Dabbbawalas for the unnoticed things they taught which I didn't realise before.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Friendship

 
In this post I just want to express my views on the very special bond which is always close to my heart "FRIENDSHIP".

FRIENDSHIP

 
My definition of a Friend is .."Someone to share all my  emotions"...
For me Friendship is somewhat like this ... You meet a person, like him/her, find some common interest, interact with each other, realize a deeper understanding - bond is formed.
 
Man is a social animal. From childhood we make friendship with different people at different stages of our life.
 
Most of us remember our first friend in school. At primary school I was very shy and quiet and didn't make friends easily. One day Dipesh came up to me and asked if I wanted to play and  that was it..we were friends all our school life... 
With Gods grace we landed up in the same college and graduated together. We are best of friends.
 
The meaning or importance of Friendship differs with our age.
In childhood, a friend may be someone who sits besides us in the class, who shares chocolates, tiffin, pencil, who plays with us. Yeah! the same one who willingly eats your Mom's paratha’s from your tiffin as you eat his.
 
 
In adolescence, a friend may be someone who shares the same interests, who will not study and won’t let you study till the day before your exam,who understands us, who accompanies us in all our mischief’s, fights with us and most importantly settles the differences in the very next moment.
 
As we grow older, a friend may be someone who is there in all our good and bad times, whom we know will support us no matter what, and with whom we can share the smallest details, dirtiest secrets of our lives and still don’t feel embarrassed about it.


Friendship is not something you learn in school. We are never taught how to make friends, or how to behave with friends, it just comes along. A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be 'Yourself'. In fact the best of friends don’t get offended when you insult them.
 
Friendship has always been depicted wonderfully in Movies .The first film that comes to mind when we think about friendship is of course Sholay. The bond between Jai and Veeru is legendary.
 
 







From Sholay to Dil Chahta Hai, Rock On, Jane Tu Ya Jane Na, New York, 3 Idiots, Zindagi Milegi Na Dobaraa... the list goes on... Each and every movie on this plot has been successful in catching attention of the  audience,because somehow we relate to these characters.

  
 Not to forget the popular sitcoms which have entertained us through years,     Hip Hip Hurray, Hum Paanch, F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Seinfeld and so on...
 
Different types of friends exist, each being unique!...
I would call it  the "BREED" of friends... here are a few :
 
i) The Party Animal  :
 
This friend will call you anytime, and the only thing he/she cares about is Party!
A party for everything, perhaps no reason required... may  be ready for a party even if you are screwed!...
You need such friends to enjoy life!
 
ii) The Funny one :
 
A friend who has a funny bone!, Ready with jokes and witty comments which makes you laugh and forget all your worries.
 
iii) Agony Aunt Kinda Friend :
 
This friend will be your 'Agony Aunt' , the only one whom you can think of when you need an advice about any damn thing.
 
iv) The LOVER BOY (THARKI Friend):
 
The friend who falls in Love with someone in every 2 months and you are used to his THARKINESS.
 
v) The Cribbing Friend :
 
A Friend who always cribs about everything and everywhere.
 
vi ) The Friend you can count on :
 
You share your  happiness with everyone but this friend will always be there to share your sorrows.
You have been friends since you were little, you may even refer to this person as brother or sister.
 
Friends will always be important part of our lives, just as our family. I do believe in the saying "Friends are the siblings God forgot to give us”.
 
 If you have a friend with whom you had a fight or who is not on talking terms with you, take the initiative in resolving the conflicts no matter who was the culprit. It takes years to build a strong bond and few moments to lose it. Life is too short to have grudges.
 
I would like to sign off with exquisite words by Oprah Winfrey:
Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.
 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Ye Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan!

This is my very first attempt to write a blog. This was due since ages !
 
Here goes my first post...
 

                   'Ye Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan'

It has been a year and a half  in a place full of energy  called "MUMBAI". I don't know a lot about Mumbai, but just enough to post about it. I started my Career from Mumbai. Coming from a small town called 'Nagpur' , my very first visit to  Mumbai to which I was an absolute stranger was indeed difficult. To be honest, it was a mixed feeling when I got my job location. I was excited, happy,  a little nervous and apprehensive all at the same time. Like most of the people coming here for the first time I cribbed about the city initially. 
 
This post is basically for those who think Mumbai  is not an ideal place to live in, or for those who think this city is way too crowded to survive. This post is my token of love to the "CITY OF DREAMS" as they say.
 
When you move to a city like Mumbai, first thing people ask you "Life is very fast there , isn't it?".
I don't know why people ask that. Office, College, School timings in Mumbai is same as in the other cities. Then why tag the city of being "FAST". I have to travel from my home to Station by auto , then  board a local train and finally a Taxi to office. Its not only my story, majority of my colleagues do the same. But again, that doesn't make the city "Fast". The only thing is the city keeps you on your toes!. You have to plan out things you have to do.
 
Then you have people saying 'Mumbai is too crowded ya'. I just wonder , which metro city isn't crowded?.This city fulfills the dreams of many , if not all. You have people coming from all parts of the country to Mumbai. The city doesn't disappoint !, it has something or the other for everyone.
 
Awesome food, the pubs, the clubs, the bars, the solace of walking during the rains at Marine Drive, the pleasure of holding hands with your partner and enjoying a romantic evening at Juhu Chowpatty, Mumbai has given everyone something to crave for.
 
Needless to say, I am in Love with this city, and I feel blessed having got an opportunity to live here.
That's about it,  My overwhelming experiences can continue, for now I wish you farewell..