09 December, 2011

Reminiscence

Met at the alley
Exchanged glances...

In silent agreement
We knew our chances..

If only I'd had more courage to say
What was in my heart that day...

Photo by Lyubomir Bukov, taken from 

19 November, 2011

CWG 2010

India seems to have pulled off the Commonwealth Games just in time & quite successfully at that, despite all the criticism about the leaking bathrooms and the broken bridges.

But the more I think about it, the more I am convinced that, we lacked not in organization skill.
The flaw in the scheme of things is at 2 very basic levels.

Firstly, for a developing country like India (ya ya, I know, we hate to hear it... but we definitely are still in the league of developing nations... we have miles to go before we can call ourselves developed !!!), to have budgeted INR16.2 Billion for the event, and to have finally spent an obnoxious INR 115 Billion on sports facilities and related infrastructure.

The intention is not to hurt the sentiments of any sports enthusiasts who finally have good tennis courts to play in.. But in a country where simple amenities like hospitals, schools are unavailable/too expensive for over 50% of the population; it is sheer extravagance that the government indulged in... needless to say that they also managed to fill their pockets in the process...


The other aspect, is what should have been the after effect of organizing an event... boost in tourism, and brand name called India.. However, all the people world over saw, was how the events were mismanaged... When the country invested in such a huge scale, some return is expected from the same... something that is not momentary... not just at the time of the event... something positive over and above the traffic jams & the excess police patrols on the streets of Delhi.... 

Neither could we control our own media, nor could we get them to focus on the more positive aspects of the same..... Neither did Kalmadi see any shame in siphoning national funds.... Nor could we extend the month of festivity and comfort for the foreigners a little longer to prove that we can be an amicable society to tourists from the west as well...
   
And this is where, once again, we have failed....

Sigh...

24 October, 2011

The Balancing Act

Life is meant to be a balance..
between 
the good and the bad
joy and gloom
good health and illness
hope and disappointment

I guess we need one, to remind us that the other exists...

So when the going gets tough, remember that things with get better...

And if things are going great already, seize the day & make the most of it....

13 October, 2011

...

लोग रंग बदलते है 
ज़िन्दगी भी रंग बदलती है
इन बदलते रंगों मे
कही मेरा रंग भी ना बदल जाए

Log rang badalte hai
Zindagi bhi rang badalti hai
Inn badalte rango mae
Kahi mera rang bhi naa badal jaae

Togetherness

Despite all the storms we've seen together
And all the battles we've fought with ourselves & others
Sitting next to you, with your arm around me
Makes my world feel like heaven..


08 October, 2011

Steve Jobs

Words will only crowd the emotion....
Only his own words can do justice !!

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. 


It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

06 October, 2011

Taste of Life

So are you the kind who likes to start with the dessert...
Or do you like ending the meal with one...
Only recently did it occur to me that even the way we eat, especially the best part of our meal, is an apt reflection of our attitude...
What I am trying to suggest is.. do we start with the best part... or like to save the best for the last....
Tell me if I am wrong.. but isn't that the way we treat most things in life.... getting over with the mundane work at hand, hoping that we'd finally do the best stuff in the end...


The only difference is that there is a defined end to a meal.... but the quantum of mundane work for a day is unlimited !!! 

28 September, 2011

Fear

Fear is an important component in life..
The fear of loss... the fear of gain...
The fear of being left alone... the fear of being lost in a crowd..

And all it takes is some self-confidence... and your loved ones....

To feel secure again :)

23 September, 2011

Mind on the Road

Its almost a heartening sight when you see someone facilitate the movement of an ambulance on the road...
Though I've mentioned it in the past, I think most of us need re-iteration, especially when it comes to etiquette on the road...

So what kind of drivers are we...
One with the mind on the road... or is it just eyes....

What I am trying to ask is.. are we the kind who drive, with just music to enjoy... or do we believe in multi-tasking....

Lord forbid, but that multi-tasking might leave us incapable of doing any other task in the future !!!

14 September, 2011

Life.. The Gift

We try and make every moment special...
By talking, loving, caring...

In that every moment is unique..
makes it even more special...

So why then, do we seek to make those days (read birthday/anniversary etc) special...


I guess we all live life as it comes...

so we like to preserve the occasion by making the day memorable...

But in our race against time...

Aren't we wasting lots of moments that go by, waiting for these special days ?!?

PS: My husband has started calling me Sigmund Fraud..
Can't think of a better gift :)

I guess that only encourages me to post more of my theories...

08 September, 2011

My Teachers

Our parents are the single biggest influence in our lives...
But if we believe that they the only ones, its untrue...

We are all like sponges... observing things around us, and absorbing what we like...
The rate of absorption might reduce with age, but I doubt it ever stops...

Since our school teachers are the people we observe most, when we are kids... they are the other set of strong influence....

To all those who taught me... knowingly & unknowingly..
Thank you... for doing what you're doing.. the way you are doing it....
Because atleast I've learnt from it....

29 August, 2011

Rule Book

I've heard some wise man say that a pessimist looks both sides while crossing a one way road...
What would you say if not being a pessimist turns into your worst nightmare ?!?

Taking a turn on the NH8 without looking out on both sides of the road could be fatal... 
What is worse... you begin to feel stupid for not looking both sides before taking the turn (on a 1 way road !?!)

The question is not whether what is being done is right... or wrong.... 
It is more to do with the implications.. if you are adamant about following the rule book....

But again.. if I were to address the larger question... where should one be drawing the line ?

23 August, 2011

Guilt - Trap

Most of us feel guilty once in a while... if not most of the time...
It would be interesting to dwell on the reason we feel guilty...

If we look beyond what seems like an innocent emotion...
we'll find that its a vicious thought our mind propagates in order to calm our conscience....


The inherent nature of the emotion is a cover-up.. and eyewash... for ourselves...

11 August, 2011

Dialogue with God ?!?

I have a specific complaint with Indians (pardon my targeting citizens of just the subcontinent... but here is where I've witnessed it !)

Whether it is a bhajan/kirtan session.. a puja to celebrate a festival.... or a call for that day's namaaz... or a sermon being given by a famous priest.. we have learnt to use microphones to the most....  It's as if we want to tell everyone around us what we are upto... 


I always thought connecting with god, or atleast attempting to, was a very personal intimate thing... which is why it amazes me when all of us attempt to advertise these dialogues with god...


I understand, that in today's world, everything needs publicity... from a tiny chewing gum to a man's ego...


But I am always left wondering if the communication would have been more effective the other way... Afterall, how will you get peace of mind, when you are disturbing the peace in other people's lives.....


PS: I am sorry if I hurt anyone's sentiments. That was definitely not the intention... This is just a way of finding my own peace !!!

04 August, 2011

Parents

All of us love our parents...
But I doubt, if even once in our lifetime, we tell them how much we love them...

ya ya.. I get it... that some things are understood, and need not be said...

but once they start getting old... these are the things that keep them going... to know that they are loved... that we'll take care of them...

Afterall, life comes a full circle.. from their holding our hand to walk... to us holding theirs....

23 July, 2011

The Shor in the Mind

Our mind is a funny thing..
Lapping everything up...

But then, all it takes it the tide.. 
to change....  
and  we start revealing some... concealing some...

and then... sometimes things just show up.. on the shore...


Photograph Source: Google Images

11 July, 2011

Show the World

I guess all of us have noticed the recent advertising Google is doing for itself... Needless to say it's trying to reinvent itself (again) through Plus...
It just goes to show that the best of us need to showcase our abilities once in a while...
Gone are the days when people try and take the time out to "notice" different new things...
Now, one needs to showcase the different side, even if that means you take the most common way to tell the world !!

08 July, 2011

Split Personality

All of us have sides.. 
Is it the good.. the better.. and the best...
or 
Is it the good.. the bad.. and the ugly...

PS: If you haven't already guessed.. this is one of the many masterpieces created by MC Escher. If this has intrigued you enough, you'll find more of his stuff here.

06 July, 2011

The Wrong Thing The Right Way

As far as I could remember, one would always wish to do things the right way...
the underlying assumption was always that the way is being sought for doing the right things :)
I guess doing things wrong doesn't need directions (unless you are seeking directions while circling the roads of delhi ;)

But as things progress from the mono-colour world of black n white to the land of grey's.... discussions about "the right way for the wrong thing" shouldn't have come as a surprise...

I mean... haven't we always known that there is only 1 unique right thing - right way combination... imagine the confusion in picking the "right" way to do the "wrong" thing...

So if I had to choose simply, isn't it easier to pick the right thing - right way option... easy on the brain you know !!!

25 June, 2011

Hit in the Face

What happens if you are crossing the road and a bike suddenly rams into you....
Besides the fact that you'll probably be unconscious (or maybe you wish you are), what is the first thing that will come to your mind...

Thank god I am alive !!

But what happens if you've just witnessed someone getting rammed!


Whats your first impulse ?

Wonder what the sign means ?

Flattery or Praise

There is a fine line between praise and flattery...
What sounds like music to our ears needn't always be true...

But what if the words are well meant, and you think its flattery...

What is worse... believing flattery.... or hurting someone you love...

Where do we draw the line....

Or do pessimists always assume the worst !!!

10 June, 2011

History

History (from Greek ἱστορία - historia): "inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation"

If we dwell deeper in the word, it brings out the past - the good, the bad, the ugly... and so, is a strong tool to develop opinions....
Needless to say, most poeple are "taught" history as children....
I remember pouring through books of history in school to scrape through my history test.

However, almost 20 years later (goodness, its been very long !!), I realize that history should not be taught... poeple should be allowed to explore it for themselves, and the society should just provide the tools... to explore freely, whichever aspect we wish to...

Though my liking for history stems from school, it is more due to my teacher, who acted like a narrator of the events that have gone by, rather than someone trying to preach a moral outcome.... school only touches the tip of the iceberg...

History is unbound, and growing every moment... even as I write this blog...

It's just about growing with it... by dwelling into it.. not being held back.. but by understanding the reason....

31 May, 2011

Decisions

Decisions are part of all our lives...
Some are taken by others on our behalf...
and for some, we manage to summon the courage to take the leap ourself...

But each and every decision taken has a bearing on our circle of influence....
So when we take the plunge (I mean when we try and decide for ourselves), do these people figure in our consideration set at all..

And having said that, didn't we always dream of being independent people, where our mind and thought was free from any other constraints... 


25 May, 2011

Concentration

What do you find easiest to concentrate on....
some would say god... some would say themselves...

but somehow, whenever I make an attempt to concentrate on something is precisely the moment when my mind begins to wander....

Maybe our subconscious loves playing the Devil's Advocate... 

trying to challenge us to not let us do what we have set out to do :)

Isn't that the case always... for everything....

I wonder how people concentrate on anything ;)

16 May, 2011

Road Rationale

In our busy lives nowadays, we seem to spend most of our time in office, and the remaining time on the roads (driving, i mean)...
Its interesting to observe how people react to different situations on the road... I've come to believe that it has a direct correlation with our actual behaviour (or maybe our closet behaviour)...

For instance, what would be your instantaneous reaction when you see an ambulance, with a blowing siren coming behind you...
  • don't bother clearing the passage for it - a dumb ass who doesn't bother about rules, not even when it's a matter of life and death for someone else
  • clear the way, and the immediately follow it - an opportunist who has found a  way to beat the traffic
  • clear the passage, wait for it to pass by, and then proceed with wherever you were driving to - normal bahaviour (or so I thought) of a cool headed individual
  • clear the passage, and remained on the sidelines - laid back individual, who is not bothered about pace
Disclaimer: These are my personal views, and need not be in sync with yours... though I'm curious to hear about what you see on the road :)

19 April, 2011

...

People like us, i mean those living in metros, have a tendency to seek calm and peace... we search for an environment that would soothe us...
But most of us (or maybe all of us) tend to miss such gifts of nature right in our backyard...

  • The early morning sunrise (though m sure all of us stake claim to having watched sunrise at a hill station :))
  • the twitter of birds (not celebrities!!) after sunrise
  • the early morning dew, and the smell of grass wet because of it
  • the smell of wet mud after the first rainfall in summer
where are we when all this is happening.....
neatly tucked in bed ?? or working in those concrete jungles??

Is it worth it????

14 April, 2011

Appraisal

Its appraisal time... so would enjoy appraisal of the blog too...

So bring it on...
The good, the bad, the ugly....
What should be changed, what should be retained....

Or should I just stop blogging and head to the Himalayas and make peace :)

12 April, 2011

Life Struggles

Interesting mail I received recently....


A man found a cocoon of an emperor moth. He took it home so that he could watch the moth come out of the cocoon. On the day a small opening appeared, he sat and watched the moth for several hours as the moth struggled to force the body through that little hole.

Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther. It just seemed to be stuck. Then the man, in his kindness, decided to help the moth, so he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The moth then emerged easily.

But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the moth because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened! In fact, the little moth spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the moth to get through the tiny opening was the way of forcing fluid from the body of the moth into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon. Freedom and flight would only come after the struggle. By depriving the moth of a struggle, he deprived the moth of health.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were to go through our life without any obstacles, we would be crippled. 

08 April, 2011

Mind... Timeless

Wrinkled faces... young at heart...
Youth rising.... antiquated thought....

Identity of age.... tautness of skin ?!?
Beauty of age.... the spirit of the mind













Lets just hope that as our body gathers the dust of age...
our mind sheds all the age...
after all there has to be a balance !!!

03 April, 2011

Signs

Most of us believe in signs...
Signs people give..
Signs life decides to show us...

So what does it mean, when in a single day, I almost ran over someone... almost fell from a staircase.... and then got jacked at work...

I guess it means that I should treasure what I have, and not take it for a ride....
Or is it that I'm living life on the edge and could fall any moment.....

22 March, 2011

Gift of Life


I give you light.. I show the way..
I support you.. I melt away...

Giving... is selfless....
Getting.. is unconditional...
And it is equally important to appreciate both....

Afterall, you never know when you are on the other side...

17 March, 2011

Evolution ?!?

Man evolves physically... but I've come to believe that we are slowly devolving (if such a word exists) emotionally & psycologically...

Our previous generations had blind faith... in their elders/forefathers or who ever they chose to believe....
M not saying blind faith is good... atleast they had the strength to stand by their belief...

What are all of us doing now???

In the name of experimentation, we dabble in different things, without understanding the reason/basis of it... just for the sake of experimentation, we are not only letting go what we have, but are getting into some new unknown....

Call me old fashioned, if thats what this is.. but I've always learnt to question...
I'm not averse to change or experimentation.. but not without a basis....

Remember the science experiments we used to do in school..
Aim... Apparatus... Theory.. Method.... 
That's the way to follow here also...

11 March, 2011

Envy & Pride

Its human tendency.. to look around... compare... admire what others have... crib about what we don't...



I guess that's why, when Onida had launched the campaign "Neighbour's Envy, Owner's Pride", it was such a huge success.

But there is another catch... is the pride subject to the fact that what you have is someone's envy !?!

PS: Another thought... I wonder why it is symbolized by the Devil ;)

08 March, 2011

Split Personality

All of us have another side...
a Jekyll & a Hyde...
a black swan & a white...

What matters is not that there is a split.. but what we let prevail...
Afterall, it is all in our control... or is it that we try and control too much....

23 February, 2011

Balance





The anger within....The calm outside...
The anger brought out... The calm within...

Afterall, there has to be a balance

Credits for Photograph: Joshi Daniel - The Monster Within (from http://joshidaniel.com/2010/07/06/103/ )

15 February, 2011

...

iss sanaate mae sab sunai deta hai
jo hum chehre se chupa lete hai
iss kadar sab saaf nazar aata hai
ke raunshni ka asar he na rahe

13 February, 2011

Leap of Faith

It seems to be easiest to make decisions/judgements based on faith for a 3rd person...
slightly easy to make for oneself...

but when it comes to a loved one... somehow the faith in the bigger power reduces... 

Suddenly taking that leap of faith is not all that easy... 

20 January, 2011

The Very Best

we all like to put in the best for the ones we love...
and as we strive towards the "best", we loose track if the person really wants all this...
I guess each of us just try to satisfy our own wishlist... 
the loved ones are just an alibi :)

11 January, 2011

Choice

What is easier...
to make the choice..
to take the choice...
or wait for time to show you the way...

Or maybe all this just seems easy... 
there is essentially no "choice" involved...