19 June, 2017

Just Do It !!

We often have a longing in our life... for certain people, things, places.... We feel it... we absorb it... and sometimes we weep about it... But more often than not, most of us rarely do anything about it...

We lead such busy lives, that the standard excuse for not fulfilling this longing is that we don't have time... but more often than not, what pulls us back is not the clock ticking by, but our will to just do it...

We want to speak to our friends, but get caught up in our busy - mundane lives... and if our lives are not busy enough, we wonder if the other might be, and if we may end up disturbing them... This tendency to over-think an action is actually the true cause...

So the next time you are longing for someone, but pickup the phone/car to reach out...
All the fulfillment of a wish to visit a place takes is booking of tickets...

All you need is just an attitude to Just Do It !

03 June, 2017

Women = Men ?

All of us talk about gender equality, and woman empowerment...
How a girl is as good as a boy, that she can be treated like one...

I've heard lots of parents saying they've raised their daughters like sons... maybe with the intent that they have been raised to be as independent and self sufficient... 

But as long as we aspire for our girls to be treated like the boys... as long as the women are competing with the men... we can never be expected to be treated as equals... it feels like there is still something lacking...

Women who seek to equal men lack ambition
~ Marilyn Monroe

01 June, 2017

Help while you can

There is a secret joy in helping strangers.... those walking by the street... people fumbling in a market place... or simply some pedestrian trying to cross a road....

I try not to loose such an opportunity.... 
But truth be told, I have a strong ulterior motive for doing this...

It is always, and I mean always, with the hope that, in case my family and loved ones are having trouble and need help, some stranger will come around and help them out...

We can't help everyone,
but everyone can help someone.
~ Ronald Reagan

14 May, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

From being critical about the Mother's and Father's days, to writing this today...

Our life goes through different phases... from being an infant, and holding their hands... to childhood heading to adolescence, where the hand became a finger, but the touch was still essential.... somewhere in the middle of the second decade, we long for independence, striving to break free (from I wonder what !) from the "hold" our parents wield on us... I guess life comes a full circle, when we actually set out to build a nest of our own, how much we depend on them...

Though I may not end up saying this to you face to face (you might even think I've actually lost it if I do ;))... but it is true...

Amma, I might have grown up, but I don't think I can ever outgrow you... 
You mean the world to me...  from being a child, and yet enjoying being treated as an adult by you; to now being an adult and yet your indulging my childish whims and fancies.. you just know it...

I adore you.. admire you and respect you, for what you pull off each day, each moment...
Happy Mother's Day !!!

To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. 
Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.
~ Maya Angelou

11 May, 2017


He made paintings like Persistence of Memory...
And said things like The only difference between a madman and myself is that I am not mad.

It might sound like I am referring to a friend, but this is the most apt way to introduce anyone to the one and only Salvador Dali

So, on his 113th birthday (and to say he still sounds relevant), I borrow his own lines..

Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.

PS: A special thanks to my friend who introduced me to the joys of Dali :) May you find more like these.

09 May, 2017

The Anthem

Though these lines were written ages ago, I am still waiting for a time when all of us truly imbibe these words, and are proud of the nation we are a part of.

This is, actually, my anthem.

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high 
Where knowledge is free 
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments 
By narrow domestic walls 
Where words come out from the depth of truth 
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection 
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way 
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit 
Where the mind is led forward by thee 
Into ever-widening thought and action 
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

~ Rabindranath Tagore

30 April, 2017

Social Campaign

After a long time, a brand has chosen a strong social message through its campaign. 
Vicks in its latest advertisement has chosen an issue which has been debated in various forums, but with no outcome.

The last such socially relevant campaign was done by Tata Tea through Jaago Re, where it pushed all citizens of this country to vote. It helped that they covered the entire spectrum of issues faced by voters, from applying for a voter ids to understanding a constituency, and not just the ad campaigns.

Very often, these ads leave a message which might not occur to you at the face of it, but which successfully plays on your subconscious.

I hope Indians are able to churn out more such campaigns, which help Indians in becoming more and more aware.