Friday, April 30, 2010

A Simple SMS...3 (Cheers to Childhood)


This was sent to me by a senior Ba (elder sis) in my  previous office...... this is really touching and is bound to make one reflect on our bygone childhood..and the innocence of it....

I want to go back to the time....
  When 'getting high' meant 'on a swing'
  When 'drinking' meant 'apple juice'
  When 'Dad' was the only 'hero'
  When 'love' meant 'Mom's hug'
  When 'Dad's shoulder' was 'the highest place on earth'
  When your 'worst enemies' were 'your siblings'
  When the only thing that could 'hurt' were 'skinned knees'
  When the only things 'broken' were your 'toys'
  And when 'goodbyes' meant only 'till tomorrow'

Cheers to Childhood!!!!!

I miss being a kid!!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Simple SMS...2


The same friend of mine had sent me a SMS a few weeks back. I didn't delete it from my inbox and today I thought of sharing it. This, too, like the previous one is a lesson for life...

"People are often Unreasonable & Self-centered...FORGIVE them anyway..
If you are Honest, people may Cheat you...be HONEST anyway..
If you find Happiness, people may be Jealous...be HAPPY anyway..
The Good you do today, may be Forgotten tomorrow...do GOOD anyway..
The people you Care for, may not appreciate your Affection...LOVE them anyway..
Give the World the Best you have, yet it may never be Enough...give your BEST anyway..
Because in the End, it's between YOU AND GOD...it was never between you and THEM anyway..."

I don't think anything else needs to be added here.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Simple SMS...1

Most SMSes we receive are forwarded..and we seldom take them seriously....but a few of them can affect us deeply..like the one I received a few days back.

The SMS was titled 7 Cardinal Rules of Life..it went like this:
  1. Make peace with your past so that it wouldn't screw up the present.
  2. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  3. Time heals almost everything, give time.
  4. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  5. Don't compare your life to others and don't judge them. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  6. Stop thinking too much. It's alright to not know all the answers. It will come to you when you least expect it.
  7. Smile. You don't own all the problems in the world.
In life, most of times we are doing the exact opposite of these rules, isn't it?

I feel 90% of our time we fear to be ourselves..to do what we really want to....and maintain a certain conduct and behavior...all because we are in continuous consciousness of what other people will think of us.....controlling what we say...what we wear..how we behave....and what/where/when/how we anything....

Plus we never stop comparing and complaining...everyday we have something to complain about...nothing is absolutely great on any given day....

Topping it all, we hesitate to smile. Many of us behave as if smiling costs us!! We fail to see that a little smile can brighten and lighten our lives as well as those of others. Smiling is contagious...so spread the virus and spread happiness...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Empty Nest

Do we ever wonder what occupies our parents' thoughts most of the times....I can safely bet that parents whose family is now an empty nest (with grown up children living separately--studying or working) are constantly thinking about their children...wondering what they are doing at the moment...about their next visit....

Before me and my sister went home last week, my mother  (Maa) was counting days to our arrival..and as the day came nearer, she sounded happier and merrier...before we are home, she makes a schedule list of delicacies for each day she will be preparing and keep the ingredients stocked.

My father (Deta) never used to voice his affections for us openly..but he changed and became increasingly vocal when we sisters left home after 12th standard for higher studies....ever since we could be home only every six months, that is, in semester breaks....how eagerly they wait for that....

We often tease our Maa saying that she should have got used to our absence..after all it has been seven years since we have practically left home...my sister goes to the extent of saying that daughters are 'Paraya Dhan'!! But still today Maa weeps secretly on the day we leave....Deta says the house has become empty and silent....

Today I am working and so my half yearly trips to home have ended too....Now I depend on the holiday list of the organization I work for and it's leave policy...My sister is in her final month of masters and soon she will be working too....

Now I call Maa-Deta every single day..and if I don't, they will!!! Maa updates me on all family issues, relatives and family friends...Deta now freely says that he misses me...He would call us even if he has a small tiff with Maa. He doesn't talk much over phone but he needs to hear us everyday...

And this is not unique of my parents alone...this is an universal phenomenon! Parents' world revolve around their children...and at times I really feel that we children become selfish as we grow up...but this is a cycle..someday we will be in their shoes and will understand the purest relation of all...that of parents with their child....and the agony of an empty nest...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Hangaroo Nights

I got a taste of Hangaroo in my MBA days. My friend Priyanka (M.Tech student and my friend from school) introduced me to it and we both were literally addicted to this cute kangaroo. It became a habit to play every night even during exams! It is basically a word game with 10 levels. Whenever a wrong alphabet is chosen, the kangaroo lashes out to you and scolds like anything....because if the correct answer is not given..he is hanged!! And his angry soul (complete with a halo and wings!) goes up the screen. So he scolds us for his life....And he's so scared when we continue choosing wrong alphabets....Priyanka and I badly wanted to complete all levels and save his life...so even cheated! And whenever the campus wi-fi was working fine (which was rarely), we googled for answers.......Pheww!! what pain we undertook to save his life..but he would reward us only with his sharp tongue! One night we finally managed to complete all 10 levels....but the ungrateful scoundrel didn't even thank us and simply freed himself and took off!! But good for him..he was struck by lightning and died anyway!!

But the best part of it was the time I spent with my friend..a chance to be the little girls we were at school...giggling in delight and excitement...Last night I once again opened the game...I missed Priyanka...and placed a call to her....

Monday, April 12, 2010

Boundaried World

From time immemorial...the world has been driven by only one hunger..hunger for power and money.....All battles and wars fought...innocent people killed....eco-system imbalanced....flora and fauna exploited and destroyed...all major national and world problems today are the result of this one hunger of man. You name it...and it boils down to greed for power and money....It has reduced mankind to a parasite....destroying everything we are living on...

Have you ever realized that we live in a world of boundaries....boundaries of geography..boundaries of work...boundaries of language, caste, community, religion....boundaries of gender....boundaries of money, economy and possessions....boundaries of power and status....boundaries of 'do's and 'don't's....boundaries defined by every possible word....

Life is so much beautiful...It is such a waste to live it in hatred, greed and prejudices. Why don't we live as to cherish every moment...and contribute to make our world a better place...for today and tomorrow....

John Lennon - Imagine

Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

Friday, April 9, 2010

ATM Blues

Please enter one person at a time.....this is what is written on all ATM doors.....but people misread it as 'as many people as possible at a time' I guess....and instead of making a queue outside the door, they will make it right from the ATM machine...this problem is specific of ATMs where there are no security guards and especially of SBI ATMs...I can't comment of anywhere in the country but this is what happens in my State.
Don't know how many times I have literally quarreled with people who enter along with me and stand right behind me while I withdraw money, and wouldn't even budge when asked to step outside....Most of the times the person standing behind me in the queue will urge me to go inside as well when I reach the door!! May be they think they will save time if they do that..but they forget that the ATM needs a few moments to get ready for the next transaction!! And gone are the security and privacy factors....the door is just a formality...in many ATMs the doors are always wide open and the locks do not work...
And I am not the only victim of such loss of civic sense....many of the people I know share my ATM blues...

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Perfect Depiction Of A Week

Days of Letters

I really miss the good old days of handwritten mails (letters). As a kid I used to write a lot of letters to my Koka (grandpa), Aita (grandma), Mama's (uncles), cousins and wait in anticipation for their replies. Even during summer and winter vacations, my then best friend and me used to send each other letters  (the vacation used to last only a month!! ). I used to be a huge fan of postage stamps and inland letters.

When I was away in college, I wrote letters to my sister, parents and friends. Letters used to be a messenger of happiness. But today in a world of instant messengers like mobile phones and internet, letters have lost their way.

But I still believe in the effectiveness and magic of letters and write now and then to my special ones. But at times, I do long for a letter...longing to feel its charm and magic all over again...