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Celebrate Festivals, Celebrate Life and Create Memories!

 

This evening, I saw placards in the hands of kids instead of crackers. The messages were ‘Save Earth’, ‘Say No to Crackers’ and the like.

Disappointing, very disappointing!

At this rate, the only childhood memory that kids will have is spending time on their screens, phones & tablets! When they reminisce about childhood after growing up, what will they talk about – Tablets, phones and apps?

Not fair – we, the grown-ups have ruined the Earth for them and we expect them to take the so called ‘corrective steps’.

 

  • Will all of us stop using our cars?
  • Will we stop using leather, plastics, CFCs?
  • Will be cease our ubiquitous constructions and create more playgrounds?
  • Will we spend more time with loved ones?
  • Will we reduce our air travel to create less of a carbon footprint?
  • Will be reduce tuitions and ‘special’ classes?
  • Will we allow every kid to pursue their real interests?
  • Will we stop consuming or working for these global brands that are polluting our ground waters 

NO, right?

 

 

Just one day in the year when we get to burst crackers, and it is a no-no citing ‘Saving the Earth’! What about the torture reaped on Mother Earth on the other 364 days?

Already ‘Mithai’ has been replaced by ‘Chocolates’, ‘Motherly Love’ by so called ‘Aaya’s Love’, ‘Lighting Lamps’ replaced by ‘Switching on bulbs and candles’, ‘Rituals’ replaced by ‘Lethargy’.

So, what is left to take away from them? What experiences are we leaving for our kids? We are literally snatching ‘The Essence of Childhood’ from them!

Like an array of lamps creating a beautiful image, let us create a string of wonderful memories for our kids that would make for a great life! 🙂

Celebrate Festivals, Celebrate Life & Create Memories!!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s day is a day dedicated to love!
The best part is – this isn’t restricted just to the love in couples. This day denotes love which can be for anyone, mother, father, friend, beloved, even humanity wala love, love towards pets and nature …any kind of love!
Love makes the world go around and this day is there for us to pause and realise!
Life sometimes makes us so busy that we forget to smell the roses – inhale those beauties today! We put off letting people know how much we appreciate their roles in our life – today, take a minute to drop that note or make a quick call!
Let there be love in the interactions, the smiles, the gestures and in each relationship.

Life is a Roller Coaster!

Life is a Roller Coaster!
You will have your ups, you will have your downs, sometimes you will be flowing freely and other times you would be upside down!
Make sure not to close your eyes and miss out the beautiful views! So, enjoy the ride while it last! Live it to the Fullest!

Life has a Meaning… When you Live for Others!

Looking at the mighty oak tree, one would doubt that it was once just a small seed that decided to open up.
Beautiful lines that I came across recently…
मिटा दे अपनी हस्ती को गर कुछ मर्तबा  चाहिए
कि दाना खाक में मिलकर, गुले-गुलजार होता है! 
Each seed sacrifices its shell to become a plant that will spawn hundreds of seeds in the future, thus ensuring a larger than life presence. This is very true in case of humans as well, where a simple act of kindness done out of turn has the propensity to trigger an avalanche of kindness activities!
Like a home maker dedicating herself for the betterment of the family or a dedicated teacher motivating hundreds of students to make their futures bright, a hard working cook spending hours in the heat and grime of the kitchen to ensure people don’t go hungry, or the soldier at the border dedicating himself for the sake of the nation. All these individuals, in one way or the other, have sacrificed themselves for the greater good.
Though there is learning when you live for yourself, but life has a meaning when you live for others!
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What can a 50-day pup teach you?

What can a 50-day pup teach you?

 

Behave as if you own the place!

Laila went around the house sniffing her way through. Pausing every now and then to wag her tail and look back at us. If she had known the metric units, I am sure she could have given the dimensions of our house! Once she completed this complete survey, she then took the air of the mistress of the house and would strut proudly with her chest out! Every object in the house was now hers and we had to get her permission to take it back from her. And yes, anything that fell to the floor was her property first!

 

 

Love is unconditional:

 

We had no expectations except companionship. The poo-picking, the pee-wiping and regular feeding were actually chores that we did not have a problem with at all! With her tail wagging nineteen to the dozen, she would warmly welcome us at the doorstep, though we had left her alone for 3-4 hours. She would patiently follow us through the house, always at the heels without asking for anything. She would bite my saree just to grab my attention when I used to get busy with my work. She cuddled next to us for going to sleep and licked us until we rolled in laughter from the tickles we got!

 

 

 

 

Maintain time!

Though a pup, she was easy to potty train. Poo/peeing on the furniture was a strict no-no and the balcony was the spot for her biological waste. She developed this alarm system of wriggling her body followed by a short nose based search and a short shrill bark – that meant we had to let her down. If she was on the ground, she needed no prodding and used to go about her business (except when it was too cold!). The best part was the regularity established. She had to have her Cerelac Stage 1 by 7:00 AM, followed by meals at 10:30 AM, 2:00 PM, 5:30 PM, 9:00 PM. If we ran late, we were reminded neatly by her strutting to the kitchen and back and the quick nips on our ankles and toes! If she wanted to pee/poop in the middle of the night, she just used to wriggle against us and whine a bit so that we woke up and let us down. Once done, she used to stand on her hind legs and give us a bark to ensure we lifted her onto the bed.

 

When you are teething, the whole world is a teether!

Be it the wooden legs of a stool, or my new Levi’s, or the chew toys or even our fingers and toes, Laila used every option to better her tooth growth. Every opportunity was utilized to grow. The more the variety, the faster the experience and the growth.

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Physical Accidents vs. Emotional Accidents

Emotional Vs Physical accidents!
A limp, a fractured arm, a band-aid here and a bruise there – typical indicators of an accident. We all have met with such accidents (of varying degrees!) at one point or another in our life.
Pausing to think, are physical accidents the only ones? What about the sinking feeling in our hearts, what about the feeling where the whole world seems to be coming crashing down while you stand? They certainly make the case for what I would term as Emotional Accidents.
Points of comparison between Physical and Emotional Accidents:
1. No visible scars in Emotional Accidents – a swollen eye and a drooping body language may be the only tell tale signs
2. While physical accidents may involve strangers or unfamiliar places, the emotional accidents are predominantly from the known individuals – death of a beloved person, departure of a loved one, the back-stabbing from a trusted one. All these cut deeper.
3. Some physical accidents heal quickly while others take time and may leave no traces. Some may even have an impact for life like a permanent limp or a scar. Emotional accidents keep churning you from inside based on their severity. You may be distracted momentarily, but when the right time strikes, prepare to be deluged by thoughts if you are weak, leading to additional cycles if depression and self-doubt.
4. You may not even realise when an emotional accident happens. For example, you may have your dreams and ideas shot down as people around you are not able to identify with them. The effects unfold in the form of low self-esteem, reduced confidence and self-doubt.
The best part of emotional accidents is that you can identify them, and the moment you start realising that you are in such a situation, you can consciously control it and greatly dampen the effect.
You must have heard old people saying that fever is good because it will improve your immunity. Similarly, every emotional accident will contribute towards your EQ.
(D)iversion, (E)xpression, (A)cceptance and (L)ove – DEAL is the way to Deal with it!
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The Most Important Promise to Keep is the One We do to Our Own Selves!

The only promise that you should not break is the one you make with yourself!

We are all born equal. Our decisions in life have led to where we are today. We have always promised ourselves that we will be the best version of ourselves, no matter what. Then, why are we so ready to compromise our integrity and self-worth by,


– Being in a job that we hate or by being in a relationship that does not allow you to grow and be yourself
– Working under a supervisor who doesn’t give you due credit and rather is using you
– Working in an organisation that is not all white and everyday you are put in situations where your principles are challenged
– Working in an organisation where mediocrity and sycophancy are worshipped
– By promising ourselves that we will change and yet are caught in the cycle of monthly salary and dependency
– By not utilising our innate and acquired skills
– By making others wealthy wherein we could have established our own empires

– By helping others more than how we help ourselves

Let us take an example, you commit to yourself about writing that brilliant article that you wanted. You want to complete that today and you have sufficient time. Suddenly you get a call from your friend asking you to join in a party that he/she is hosting. You may go citing friendship as the reason, but at the end of the day, your article is not written. No one else but you are impacted. Your friendship is ‘strengthened’ you may say, but friendships that hinge on such weak principles – are they worth it?

You promise yourself that this weekend you will treat yourself and your spouse to that day trip that you have planned for months. Suddenly on Friday evening, your boss calls you and asks you to be in office to complete some work that had been unattended to so far. It was a pure mistake from your boss’ end and it was his inefficiency for not having completed the task earlier. You go to office citing ‘work is important’. But is a mistake of someone else worth your personal time?

If we continuously lie to ourselves and degrade ourselves – things are going to take a downward spiral very soon.
While you were busy pleasing the world, the world moves on leaving you in the lurch!

 

 

Take a hint from the king of Bollywood!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep your promises with yourself – it would be the best investment that you did any day.

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Imperfections are Fun!

The all too familiar tadak-tadak dhadak-dhadak sound on a train travel – who doesn’t love it! For those train travel aficionados like me, this even is a lullaby that we miss while on a flight or a bus! Ever wondered the source of that sound? The wheels on the carriage of a train are standard fixture. The railway track is nothing but a series of connected rails. When the wheels move from one rail to another, they pass over the gaps between the rails and this creates the soothing tadak-tadak dhadak-dhadak. Faster rhythm when the train is faster and slower rhythm when the speed is slower!

Imagine how the journey would have been without this sound — like you are in a vacuum with only the landscapes whizzing past. Monotonous. Imperfections of the track can be a good thing! 

How would it be if we had a good rain and nothing to show for it? All the water drains away without a trace and the land dries up — would you still be able to appreciate the rain? The puddles in which we jump, play and watch the water being splashed on unsuspecting motorists and pedestrians actually are a source of joy and act as a remnant of the rain. They bring about a few laughs, help recollect special moments and emphasise on the point that life need not always be perfect — the imperfections of the path can actually result in something joyous! 

 Ever since childhood, we have been filling up one consistent field across forms — mark of identification. If not for the scar, the mole, the extra finger — what would have helped set you apart?

How would life be without the music, the drama, the challenges, the special moments? Monotonous. Let a few puddles, gaps and scars be there — enjoy the imperfections!

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Love Yourself!

 

Love your Smile, deal with your Sadness, love your Happiness, handle your Sorrows, enjoy your Joys, enjoy your Pains, pat yourself for your Leaps, Own your Mistakes, Celebrate your Success, Learn from your Failures! No one is Perfect, so whatever the Situation is, never forget to Smile, to be Happy, to Enjoy and to live Every Moment of Life!

We were born to be Real, not to be Perfect!