Wednesday, September 10, 2014

No Goodbyes... Always by your side....

   It’s heart breaking when you have to leave a place..   
Especially when you spent so much time with someone.
It's only when we realize how much habitual we've become!!
So much we shared, so much we laughed, So much we cared...
 
              
Alas...
 We have to part ways.. That’s Life they say.
 Nothing remains the same they say..
Well .. I don’t agree with it..no way!
 
  I Believe...
Distance won’t matter in our case...
For the affection we embrace....
 
It has been truly amazing and it will always be...
We had the best time of our lives... didn't we?
  I assure you ..Good bye is not 'THE END'
                 It means 'Take care.. till we meet again!'
                

Saturday, June 14, 2014

A Conversation With A Taxi Driver

I was on my way to my office from CST. I took a taxi, usually I go for a shared taxi for which I have to stand in a long queue, but as I was getting late I took the
Meter one.

I could recognize from his attire that he was a Muslim. Specifically because he was wearing a round cap (Kufi, they call it). He was quite old, in his 50's I suppose. As soon as I entered the taxi, he asked me the time, I told him its 10 am. He said he was in a hurry, he had to reach by noon at Dongri for his daily namaz.
 
Just out of curiosity I asked "Do you offer Namaz daily?" He said "Yes, of course". "Infact I offer Namaz daily 5 times right from  5  in the morning to 11 at night". "Some people don't follow it 5 times a day" I said. "They don't understand Allah, He created the universe, of all the creatures, human being is the superior, and it’s only us who have all the comforts and are the luckiest ones. Some people don't realize this. They fail to thank Allah, Wo log "KAFIR"(disbeliever) hote hai. "But what if for some reason you miss to offer namaz?" I asked." There is prescribed time for each Namaz, even if I missed it at any point of time, I have to resume and complete it the next time, there are no excuses". "But why do you have to do it 5 times???" " Each Namaz is important, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness".

This conversation was quite interesting. Unfortunately I reached my destination and had to go...I so wished that this conversation could go on.. I have some things to take away from this conversation :

i) Feel blessed and know that you are in the comfort of God
ii) Prayer can make you  feel joy in the presence of all mighty
iii) While we know we are a creation of God, we must realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Love Sans Technology

Love sans technology, sounds weird, but it actually made me think how technology changed the definition of love. In todays world we have a lot of ways to communicate, right from SMS, Whatsapp, Social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram, twitter and so on..

               


You will find people writing just about everything on their social networking profile, be it very personal or embarrassing. Whatsapp rings more frequently than temple bells. You have people flooding Instagram with self obsessed pics.

Imagine a world without all this... No mobile phones, social networking sites, emails. A handwritten letter from your loved one.. would make us feel special. Its an effort and that means something!. The curiosity and excitement would mean so much more than receiving an email or a text msg. Nowadays you have so much of emoticons that can be used in a text chat but still they appear vague and lack feelings. When someone pens down his/her feelings  the true sentiments come out. Its like pouring your heart out on a piece of paper.

There will be no bragging of  relationship status on social networking sites, no more selfies on a date. Just a simple romantic dinner without any calls and random pings. Those silent moments on a date, where you can look into each others eyes rather your mobile phones..

Its not that technology has ruined anything, wish I could I go in the past experience all this! I so wish I had a Time machine!!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

10 Things I learned while growing up!

i) Prioritize your family before your friends, it’s your family who will be there besides your death bed.
 
ii) Flirting is your birth right.  :P
 
iii) Love what you do; doing what you love may just be an illusion. It is surprisingly rare and special to be   able to make a living doing what you love.
iv) You can count your true friends on your fingertips. If you think you have more, think again.
v) Don’t Give a F**k. Don’t worry about what people will think about you. If you think what others will think then what will others do? :D
vi) No matter how close people are with you, they will hurt you at some point of time. Don’t hold on to grudges, Life is too short for that.
vii) Never ever lose self respect. It’s your greatest asset.
viii) You are young only once. Lots of energy, enthusiasm, make sure you channelize it properly.
ix) Be good, without expecting. Expectations ruin everything. Expect nothing and appreciate everything. The word expectations should not be in your dictionary.
x) You have to earn everything. Career, respect, fulfillment, vacations, money. You just can’t take anything for granted.

From an activist to CM - Story of an AAM AADMI

An IIT-trained mechanical engineer, Kejriwal served the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) in 1995, and resigned  after five years there. You would always expect an IIT-ian to get a lucrative job and be satisfied with it for lifetime. Perhaps he had some other plans.
He wanted a CHANGE. A change in the way the things were.  An urge to do something for the society. If money was of prime importance to him he would not leave his job (seriously who would do this!).

He played an important in bringing RTI, which proved beneficiary for the mass. His activities became famous  in Delhi as well as across the country. It was  Anna Hazare's  campaign which brought Arvind in limelight.












He decided to enter politics - formed 'AAP - Aam Aadmi Party'. Contested Delhi Assembly elections and registered a thumping victory. AAP couldn't get the majority and curiosity spread whether he would sit in the opposition or accept support. Opposition parties stated AK as  a Congress Agent, a liar, a dictator. Despite all this he decided to accept support, enter the dirt with an aim to sweep it away from his broom (as depicted in his party symbol).

Whether he is successful in his stint in politics is something to watch out for,  too early to say that. One thing is for sure, he has the courage to stand , to rebel. The spirit, the confidence he shows is mammoth. I was always under the influence that such things happen in movies only, but he actually proves it wrong. Nobody knows what future brings, but whatever it is, he made other political parties realize that common man cannot be taken for granted, it's high time these political parties should  think beyond their greed of seats. Its a wake up call for them.


Of course it will not be a man show, he will need a lot of support from his party members at all times if he wants to do something that brings about revolution and eliminate corruption. Hope the results are positive and Kejriwal along with his party will bring about the change as promised by them.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year 2014

Year is about to end. This year has been one of the most important year of my life. Time passed in a whisker...absolutely no idea how things changed so rapidly.

It has been a year of  celebrations, happiness and joy, glimpse of sadness and fights. I have been lucky enough to make two friends this year whom I never imagined to be friends with. I  take this opportunity to thank everyone who has affected my life in some way or the other, for  all the small things that I would have failed to notice. Yes I have been silly, I  had days which I would like to forget, some misunderstandings, some confusions. I would surely like to fix things up pretty soon.  

Well, I am not good at wishing people ( A happy new year, health wealth and blah blah ....) Let me just cut it short 'Lets make this year more interesting, more than ever ....'


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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Journey Called Life

What is your path in the journey called life?
 
A thirst for contentment?
Violence and resentment?
Love and laughter?
Money to chase after?
Peace and Harmony?
Greed and gluttony?
Endless curiosity to learn?
Lots of caring and concern?
Spread Happiness all around?
Selfless gestures without any sound?
Its only the path that matters not the destiny...
Cos everything else comes at bay..
All is left for the 'Judgment Day'.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Meal To Remember! - THE LUNCHBOX

The Lunchbox is a short, simple and unique love story which makes you cry and smile as well. The story is about two individuals who form a connection due to a rare mistake by Dabbawalas in delivering the lunch box. Cast includes  Irfan Khan (as Saajan Fernandes) a lonely middle aged widower, Nimrat Kaur (Ila) a young, beautiful neglected housewife, Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Aslam) a talkative orphan, who is suppose to replace Saajan in his position when he retires.
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Also an interesting character played by Bharti Achrekar, who plays a neighbor to Ila. Although she is nowhere to be seen in the movie (she has only given a voice over), her voice is so refreshing that it made me remember the good old ‘Wagle Ki Dunia’ days!.
A wrong delivery by Dabbawala results in dabba being delivered to Saajan instead of Ila’s husband. This initiates exchange of letters (via the luncbox) between Ila and Saajan which continues to build interest as the story progresses. In an age of email & mobile it is a pleasant surprise how well the movie plot was build around an era of letter writing. You just wish to go back to that time.
 
All the three actors Irfan, Nimrat and Nawazuddin soar with tremendous acting skills. They are like ocean of talents. The scenes depicted in the Mumbai local train are so realistic, one can easily relate to them. The background music of the film is phenomenal. The Dialogues were long but had a lot of depth; some of the dialogues are worth cherishing for a long time.
“Sometimes a wrong train can take you to the right destination”
“Life is busy these days; everybody wants what others already have”.
 
This film in no way looks like a debut of director Ritesh Batra. He has paid attention to tiny details and has crafted them beautifully. The film is very much different and gives you a break from the usual bollywood masala movies.
 
‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’. This movie proved it!....  This is undoubtedly a movie to be treasured. So many emotions are wonderfully blended that you just can’t keep your eyes off.

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Joy Of Giving..

What is that little thing which makes you happy and joyful?? Is it all the materialistic things like a new Cell, Camera, a Car etc.. May be they make you happy... but these are just momentary!! The real joy I feel ... is the joy of giving. They say God gave you two hands, one to take and the other to give whatever you feel is excess  to you. May be it is something which cannot be learnt and just comes from within.

This one incident I remember , when I was going back home from office. I reached near CST, I was attracted by the savor from nearby Vada Pao Center. I grabbed a Vada Pao and was about to leave to catch a local. Just about then a handicapped young man, stood in front of me and pleaded, "10 rupae de do saab , do  din se khana nai khaya". I was a little hesitant to give money  to this man ,because I wasn’t sure whether he will buy food or just waste it in some nuisance. For a moment I thought may be I should buy him something to eat, but then I gave 10 Rs  and said "Khana hi khana". He took the 10 Rs, went to the stall bought a Vada Pao with that 10 Rs. He looked at me and smiled. His smile was reflecting as if  "Look I haven’t wasted the money you gave and thank you for this".
This incident made me very happy, the joy of giving really can’t be expressed in words, it’s something to feel. Of course, only giving money to the needy, isn’t the only way. It’s about kindness, helpfulness, selflessness, service... Education for example is one little gift  that you can give to someone which can transform his life.
 
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Mother Teresa once quoted "Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work”. The question isn’t how much you give, its about how much love you put into giving!..
 
This video I came across on YouTube, made me cry and inspired me at the same time. A  chef-turned-social worker Narayanan Krishnan works for the most amazing social cause after quitting his job at Taj Hotel. Hope this video inspires you too!
 
                                         
 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

"Fraandship" Wala Love!

Some of us have been through this. It’s like "More than Friendship, less than Love". You know him/her since ages, you talk regularly, you hangout, share your secrets, share your agonies, happiness, every little thing you come across.

But.... You are not lovers. You realize that it’s much better to be that way. You spend each day with complete freedom, frankness, no inhibitions and restrictions. Some people term it as "Friendationship". Friendship word may be too casual for this and relationship is not the kind of term to describe it justifiably. Its goes like we fight, we laugh, we talk life philosophies, annoy each other, but yet we always end up back together. People start to talk, ask questions and you assure that you are not lovers.


Not all friendship turns into Love. It only happens in movies and tales. I personally feel it’s a very selfless relation. You know the other person is there to stand by you, absolutely no commitments of any kind.
 
Of course there's always another  side to it, if one of them is jealous when the other falls for someone else. Irrespective of that, many of us might have experienced such a relation at some point of our life and would easily relate to this post.

 
PS: This write-up has nothing to do with my personal experience (in case you thought so ;)  )
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Saturday, June 29, 2013

IF ONLY!

We are defined by the decisions we make. Our life shapes the way we mould it. There comes a moment in our lives when we have to choose, which would decide our fate for the rest of our lives. 

Decision making is not that simple and can be a painful event. We don't want to be in such a position! Yet we find ourselves at crossroads, from where only one way we shall chose..the path to our making!


                         



The choices we make may not be the best, but should be perfect. Coz one cannot have everything in life...a lesson learnt!! But then how to identify what suits us perfectly? What is for us and what’s not? And amidst this a choice is made. A choice which scripts our future. What do we choose? A path that's hurdle less.. or a path less travelled! It’s said that if you don’t believe in your choices, you are bound to make a wrong decision. A decision which you might regret.
And there comes a moment when we wish If Only...I could change my decision. But by then, it’s too late! That moment has passed and whats left is the repercussion of the choice we made. 

We always have at least one If only desire within us...if only I could alter the choice I made...if only!! My life would b different...better perhaps..perhaps! We never know. And we might never know, coz that option was rejected. And we are left lamenting. That grudge we hold lifelong.



Life..goes on; even with the wrong choices we opt for! 
Live it..coz life never gives a second chance...If Only!

(PS : Special thanks to  +Karan Jain    for writing this  post! )

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Book Review - ‘The Ineligible Bachelors’

I happened to read a book gifted by my colleague.
Titled "THE (IN) ELIGIBLE BACHELORS" is a debut by writer +Ruchita Misra .The title of the book is as attractive as the cover...
The cover is very well designed and goes with plot of the book.
 

The story revolves around "Kasturi" who is the protagonist. So what is it about? Just another love story? Not really...It’s far more than that. It’s about FRIENDSHIP, LOVE, TRUST, FAMILY and a lot of twist and turns.
 
Kasturi is a MBA graduate, single and 24. Her mother wants her to get married to a well settled, rich, suitable guy, an arranged marriage to be precise. Her mother’s hunt for a son in law begins with Ads in the news paper, a profile on SHAADI.com. 
 
Soon Kasturi joins a company in Delhi. She makes new friends, ANANYA, a tomboy & VARUN, a nerd and a gossip monger. She continues to meet random guys in Delhi solely because she cannot say ‘NO’ to her mother and gives up to her emotional blackmail every time.
 
She meets a number of guys and is horrified with her experiences. Among all, she meets Purva who is a doctor, a shy and decent guy and a lot different from others. Although she never thinks about him  that way, he lands up every now and then to help her in difficult situations.
 
She finds her job very interesting. Although most of the time she keeps making PPT's. Story builds up when Kasturi falls madly in love with her boss Mr. RAJEEV MEHOTRA. Rajeev is young, energetic, intelligent and a very good looking Punjabi guy. The romantic dinner, hangouts, chit chats, messaging, conversations between the two keeps you holding on to the book.
 
 Kasturi reveals her relationship with Rajeev  to her family. Her mother disapproves Rajeev because he is not a Brahmin. The story takes a big turn where Kasturi is dumb founded. She is unable to take the most important decision of her life. Will she make the right decision? Does she get out of the chaos?
 
The book is very interesting and has some very witty one liners. One can easily relate to the story and it makes you glued throughout.
Vicarious writing style of the author made me realized that reading this book was time well spent.

Monday, June 3, 2013

First Rains!

Woke up a little late, looking out the clouds were grey,
Seems like rains are on their way,
This is just what I have been waiting for so long,
Reminds me of my favorite song..
"Pani Da Rang Vekh Ke, Akhiyaa Jo Anju Rul De!"
 
It rained....
The pitter patter of raindrops,
The thunderstorms,
The smell of rains (Petrichor)
The sound of clouds roar,
 
I feel so fresh,
I feel ecstatic,
The surrounding is so aromatic.
 
 
 
As I gaze at the sky when it rains,
As blood flows through my veins,
I wonder what makes Mother Nature so beautiful,
In spite of the world being so dreadful.
 
Another reason to have coffee,
Another reason to dance,
Another reason to romance...
 
Rains are not just droplets of water,
It's  a sign of change
A sign of growth,
With flowers blooming,
A bliss to earth..
 
And when it all stopped
There was silence all around,
A new day arrived,
With scorching Sun...
 
Perhaps, it's God's way of showing me "THATS LIFE SON!"