Every new struggle

Every new struggle is an opportunity to fight better, handle better, overcome better. Better than what? Well, better than the way you handled your struggles previously.

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“Sometimes I wonder if everything that is happening to me, is because I din’t send the message to 10 other people.” − Anonymous

 

“My girlfriend says she needs time and distance. I wonder if she is calculating Velocity!!”

 

A recently fired stock trader said, “This is worse than divorce. I have lost everything and I still have my wife…”

(Source: Pune Times Newspaper, 0105201

Pitter-patter Rain Drops..

Bob Marley once said,

“Some people feel the rain, others just get wet.”

There are just two kinds of people in the world – ones who like rains and the ones who hate it. I religiously stick to the first category. I have noticed that usually the people of creative or artistic inclination love the rain, and those involved in the big-bad-corporate-world tend to despise it.

Those who love rain wait anxiously for this season to come. For some inexplicable reason, the rain connects us to our inner voice. It brings out the poetry, music, art, creativity, philosophy, literature, romance, and love, that lies buried deep within us. Based solely on my exposure to daily soaps and Hindi movies, I used to think that rainy season is romantic because of the drenched ladies, shared umbrellas, and a genuine reason for being stuck in an isolated place. Classic.

I still believe that is a romantic season; not because of the above mentioned reasons, but because it gives each one of us pause for a minute, look around and to look within.

For me, rain is the purest form of mother-nature. A shower of blessings upon the world. Each rain drop is a gift to earth from heaven. It takes away the dust and pollution, refreshes the air and breathes life into the earth. It makes the land fertile for us to grow food, replenishes the water resources, vitamins, minerals, amid so many other things –provides all that is needed to keep us alive.

It touches one and all. I don’t believe anyone can actually spend a rainy season without feeling a single drop of rain. It reminds us the insignificance of man in front of the powerful nature. No matter how high or big your buildings are, you cannot escape from it. Rain is when nature dominates the concrete jungles. It doesn’t judge you, or discriminate you. It covers one and all in its eternal beauty.

And yet, there are those who hate this season vehemently. However, these people will never accept it. I don’t mind rain, but I just hate the mud and getting wet. Duh!

They see how rain complicates their life. The slippery roads with multiplying potholes, affects these people in their (already dreadful) commuting between work and home. Many a times they have to spend the entire day wearing wet clothes, shoes and socks; and the chilling central AC doesn’t help either. Their offices are breeding zones of viral fever. (Don’t expect to get a leave when the entire office is coughing!) I guess the HR would be better-off by hiring a part time doctor for the entire office on a weekly basis.

There are also people whose views on rain changes as they take on new responsibilities. Like every mother perceives rain as an occupational hazard (or maybe domestic hazard!).

Moms hate rains. Period. Dirty muddy clothes daily, viral fever, wet shoes, bags, books and phones, broken/lost umbrellas (somehow they all break, if I don’t lose them first), that awful smell of damp clothes, everyone walking into the house leaving a trail of water and soil on the floor, confusion to use a blanket or to switch on the fan, spoilage of food kept without an air tight box, fungus clinging on everything, sky rocketing vegetable prices, seepage in walls, and overflowing drainage (admit it, we no longer know if it is rain water or not!!); regular power cuts, ample accidents, slippery surfaces, and swarms of mosquitoes.

And to top it all, everyone wants to be served with hot maggi or tea and/or pakode! Lovely!

I really don’t blame them for cursing rains.

Maybe, we should try to find humor in such uncontrollable situations. Yes. Rains can be pretty comic. It stops raining exactly when you decide to leave the house; the intense decision making on whether to carry a raincoat/umbrella or not; the day you don’t wear a raincoat is the day it starts pouring when you are just a kilometer away from your house. There is some fun in rushing to the nearest tree or shop seeking shelter from the pelting rain; standing with dozens of strangers closely packed and staring enviously at the cars rushing past. You can’t even pretend to be busy on your phone because it is safely covered in two polythenes and tucked away in the bottom of your bag.

Those who wear their raincoats aren’t happy either. The rain somehow finds a way to soak your clothes in the most inappropriate places embarrassing you thoroughly in a morning meeting. So they have brought raincoats in the form of a shirt and pant to be worn over your clothes. Nice invention. I love it when I see executives take off their pants (raincoat ones) as they enter the office premises. What a comic striptease! And it is hilarious watching them putting the pants on in the evening. There is another struggle to squeeze your bag along with yourself into the raincoat.

The after rain effect isn’t good either. Everyone riding a two-wheeler is in a zest to wiggle through the traffic; legs raised in front to avoid spoiling clothes from the splatter of the muddy waters. Trust me; it is a unique sight to watch! But not a very helpful idea. They have to also avoid the bikes going right in front of them. The water from their back-wheel aims straight at your shirt – right across the button line. God knows what mudguards are for! Then again, they say, daag acche hote hai. My mom and my washing machine don’t agree!!

Oh, by the way, if you think driving a car is the solution, you couldn’t be more wrong. The people with similar idea are still stuck in traffic! There is no escape (and no possible U-turns). The rain will touch your life one way or another. So find the ‘tragedy me comedy’ and make peace with it. You have no choice. Keep loving the rain and relish it.

Because no matter what, every year the rain brings a refreshing clam to life — a joy and serendipity that brings the world alive. The pitter patter of rain drops becomes the music that Mother Nature sings

Embrace it the way it embraces you..

Pimpled Life

‘Bad time in life’ or ‘bura wakt’, is like a Pimple; occurs without warning, it is painful, makes everything in life ugly, and nothing works on it.

Best part?
It gradually goes away on its own.

Worst part?
If you mess with it, it will leave a dark spot forever in your life!

Don’t worry. Bad times and pimples give surprise visits to everyone. You are not alone in your troubles. Give it time, and it is sure to go away.. 😀

−the philosopher in me

Smile..

Smile, a simple word that conveys so much emotion you feel overwhelmed every time it is repeated. Essentially, a smile means an expression of peace and happiness, a simple upward curve of lips. Used in so many occasions, it can completely change feelings. So powerful and yet so simple, a smile is not restricted or abolished nor condemned by anyone anywhere. Can anything else even come close to this?
We often come across so many instances where a smile becomes a memory. No one teaches a child how to smile. It comes to them on its own. A smile on an infant’s face brings so much joy to the parents; it means the world to them. Parents spend their life struggling just to keep a smile on the face of their children. Children in return spend their childhood trying to give back a smile to their parents. Anything to make them proud. A smile contains all the love between a parent and a child. The smile of your child when they win a race, when they make something for you, when the get married, or simply when they take their first few steps. The smile of parents at your graduation, at your performance of being a tree in a play, at the time you sing a poem.
You can give a smile to a stranger, a passerby, your crush, anyone. Smile is the beginning of all relationships, and the beginning of happiness. When you imagine yourself in the future, you always see yourself smiling and content. The people around you in your future are also smiling.
Smile is expressing bliss. Smile is acknowledgement, greeting, acceptance and most importantly, smile denotes gratitude. We all hear people asking you to smile and each time we take it lightly. We don’t give it the importance it deserves in our lives. For some reason, a smile when you wake up makes you look forward to the day positively. Take a day in your life and put a smile to it. You wake up smiling (imagine the nice girl in TV commercials who wake up looking fresh and smiling). Look at yourself in the mirror and smile back. You look great, always! Take a walk in a nearby park, or just sit and watch around your neighborhood. Acknowledge the people of your community. The uproariously laughing group of oldies, the limitless energy of kids on swings and slides, the parents who patiently teach their child to ride a bicycle, the dog-walkers struggling ineffectively to keep their dogs on the track, the jogger girl/guy, whose physique drives the crowd to the park each morning, the gossiping aunties, the retired colonel with a proud graying moustache, the grandma who feels nothing weird about walking wearing sari with sneakers, and the potbellied uncle who always stretches inappropriately. The sights used to disgust you or seem insignificant earlier, but when you see how each has become a part of your day, it brings a smile to your face. Smile through the day and see the difference.
Smile to the stranger in the bus, smile to beggar on the road, smile at the pall bearer that passes by, smile to the watchman at the door. Smile at the receptionist and you will be rewarded with heartfelt smile (all others just receive a practiced stretch of colored lips). Smile when you see the CEO or even the peon. Your smile will neither diminish your status, nor cost you anything but it may be invaluable to someone else; it may be the highlight of someone else’s day. So smile.. Smile with your eyes. Because no other wrinkles look as good as smiling lines on your face.