I love social events and so be it a simple birthday or huge fat wedding, be it a religious one or a normal get-together I will make sure to be present and shake hands with new people enhancing my network. Last Sunday, after the morning break fast at Mama’s place and whole day long cake workshop, the social bee in me took me to “Maheshwari Samaj’s Sankrant Milan (a small function where we had dance competitions, games for ladies followed by dinner).
I would just like to share a very beautiful incidence that happened – After all the performances everyone proceeded to the dinner counters. Every thing seemed normal till the time people started approaching the Used plates counter. It is quite usual that even if you don’t throw food in waste bin at your own homes, when one is in such social gatherings – we simply try tasting every item placed on the counter and throw the ones we did not like much. Same did happen that evening, people started trying on all items and when they were full, the rest of the items in plate were taken to the Used Plate counter to be washed off with the plates!
What was new in this – There were two men (Mr Krishna Saboo and Mr Bang) standing voluntarily near the USED PLATE Counter wearing a smile on their faces informing all those who arrived with food in their plates (which was to be thrown) to get empty plates or else they will eat the leftovers!! Amazing and Hats Off to the efforts taken for an attempt to avoid wastage of food! People had to eat all that they had taken in their plates and that day there was not a single bread which was wasted!
Thankful to the attempt taken by you people. It is truly a lesson of not wasting food, as well as an example of how things can be conveyed in a simple way without any show-off!
(Accept this blog as a token of gratitude on behalf of everyone!)
Principles in life are very important! They help you survive when you are hit hard by tough situations; they help you make right decisions and in setting your priorities in life, especially in this fast-changing world which is full of uncertainties. Ira ki Kahaniyan is the author’s attempt to share his life’s principles in the form of poetry. Since the book is aimed at educating children, the author reinforces the importance of hard work, relationships, friendship, good health, living in the moment, education, equality, power of dreams, importance of karma, festivals, patriotism, environment and gratitude through a wise little girl, Ira.
One more reason why I am including this book in my blogs is that the author has decided to share all its proceeds (from book sale) with CRY (Child relief and You). To aid its sales, I want this to reach out to schools, libraries, children’s centers catering to diverse segments of children in addition to your own circle of friends and family. This fun-filled unique book of wisdom, will help storytelling by teachers, enhance reading competency in children and make all involved fall in love with ideas and words!
I was just glancing through few temples and their assets in India! And the numbers were quite shocking! Well, temples like Padmanabhaswamy temple, Tirupati Balaji, Siddhivinayak Temple, Shirdi Sai Baba are few among the top 10 riches which earn more than private company having a mid-sized unit was what I realzied. On reading a few articles and a little of research I was fascinated by few interesting facts like business men enter into blind partnership with Lord Venkateshwara and actually share the profit percentage with the temple!
Not at all to hurt the religious thoughts and sentiments of anyone who believe in God, because I too believe in Him. But there is difference in belief and blind belief. How does it make a difference by the Idol of god wearing kilos and kilos of gold, crowned with the sparkling diamonds, shining in the extra ordinary glitter of all sort of precious stones available on Planet Earth?
To be precise and throw light on a question, Have we made religion a business module? Have we made traditions sources of earning profits?
Actually tracking to the huge amounts of black money donated in Hundis of temples, it actually is the best line with highest returns! Investments being simple marketing and scaring people in the name of God!
My views on this are really very simple and can be summed up in a single quote!
Service to man is Service to God!
Instead of showering so much gold and jewelry on the Idols, let it be donated to his children who actually need it for their schooling or may be their daily bread!
Stalkers! Yeah a breed of evil which by mistake were placed as humans! The simple reason being that I am being so hard in words is that these ****** dont even realize that they just spoil a person’s life! Had it been that you got guts, come in front, stand face to face and talk why play hied and seek and make one feel so uncomfortable! How can you be humans when you can’t even respect someone else’s life! Whatever!
Are you stalked by someone ever?? Where you could actually feel your heart throbbing so hard as if it will jump out of your body breaking through all boundaries or simply legs shivering as if you were on vibrating mode or sweating in the AC room! And in the extremes where you feel like ending yourself was the only option!
Well, than this one is for you! So what will you do in such case, first thing just let people around you know about it, may be your friend, a colleague or whomever you are comfortable with!
Next, be bold enough to approach the authorities. Specially for the girls, feminism is not a synonym to weakness! Get up, speak up, voice your own issues because you cant expect your father/brother/boyfriend/male best friend or husband to be there all the time! Of course they are your strength but be ready to face it alone as well!
Few other things, dont let it bother your peace, because that is what the stalker wants, to scare the shit out of you! So just have your routine, update your friends with your daily schedule! And live the life your way!
Ignore! Learn to ignore what is not in your concern!
And lastly! For the ones who take hard and heavy decisions of quitting their regular lifestyle, keep themselves indoor, stop being social and all that stuff (with extremes as said before) People come and go! You get a life only once! Enjoy that gift thoroughly!!
Friends! Live and let live! Let your presence be reason to smiles and happiness and not tears and pain for others!!!
There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull ourselves back from what life has got to give us.
To its contrary, when we are in love, we welcome all that life offers to us with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our perfections and our imperfections.
If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create something unique, something new. All hopes for a better lifestyle rest in being fearless and open-hearted.
Embrace yourself with all your flaws as well as rejoice for all your perfections!!! Life will be much simpler and more beautiful!!!
“Be comfortable in your own silence so that you can search yourself in chaos of the world”
Love yourself first…So that you can fall freely in love with others!!!
Many shells are drawn to the beaches or shore…. But only a few stay back… Rest are drawn back to the sea and are lost in its vastness!!
Be the one that sticks to the shore… Influences and forces might draw you to the opposite direction… But it’s your call to stay out or flow back, and once you flow back you are lost in the ocean of ordinary…
But if you stay back… You’ll be few of those unique shells which receive appreciation from the world!!!
With all Ganesha going back to their homes here’s a small request placed!!!
बप्पांचा निरोप घेताना दरवर्षीच डोळे अगदीच पाणावतात, १० दिवस पूर्ण घरात एक वेगळीच ऊर्जा पसरवणारा विघ्नहर्ता लाडका गणेश अखेर चालला आपल्या घरी!!!
बप्पा जाता-जाता तुला एकच मागावसं वाटतं….
तु इथे १० दिवस राहीलास, घरातल्या TV वर लागणारी news ऐकलीस, रोज बाबा पेपर वाचत असतानाही तु तिथेच होता!!! म्हणजे जगातलं वातावरण तुला माहीतच आहे!!
इथे ह्याचा accident, तिथे त्याचा murder, इथे हिंदू आणि मुस्लिम वाद, तिथे त्या दंगली….सगळंच सांगावं असं वाटत नाही कारण तुला माहीत आहेच
एक छोटीशी request, बप्पा आम्ही सगळे ना खुपच tech-savvy, sophisticated आणि अगदीच smart झाले आहोत (मुळात आमचे फोन smart झाले आणि आम्ही extra smart), globalization and असले काय काय भारी झालय पण ह्या सगळ्यात एक गोष्टीचा विसर पडलाय आणि तो म्हणजे “मी माणुस आहे, आणि माणुसकी हा माझा पहिला धर्म आहे”
हिंदू आणि मुस्लिम, Higher आणि lower caste ह्या गुंत्यात एवढे अडकलोय की आम्हाला हेच कळत नाही सगळ्यांचं रक्त लालच आहे, जगायला सगळेच श्वास घेतात, म्हणजे तिथे नाही ना आपण बघत की मी हिंदू आहे तर भगवा श्वास आणि मुस्लिम असेल तर हिरवा श्वास – असं काही नसताच ना!
बाप्पा आम्हा सगळ्या मुलांना ही सद्बुद्धि दे की आम्ही ह्या गोष्टीला समझु आणि माणुसकी हा धर्म पाळु, म्हणजे पुढच्या वर्षी तुझ्या स्वागतासाठी आम्ही सगळेच फक्त मंडप न सजवता आमची मन पण चांगल्यी विचारांनी सजवु!
Well, Visarjan day has arrived, most of us still might be in the memory of Bappa coming home and that grandeur because 10 days just fly off with so much energy due to “Aagman”
Anant Chaturdashi! Everyone with a happy -sad face getting ready to bide a farewell to “Ladka Bappa”. 10 days of joy, celebration, happiness and enjoyment finally take a leave.
Just a story to narrate today, visualize it if you can!
A small boy named Tanush was as excited as everyone of us is to welcome Bappa to his place as this was his first year where he decorated the house for HIS welcome! In this lovely mood along with his Dad and younger sister he also made a beautiful idol of Lord Ganesha which was painted in all bright colours which he liked. Next day, the idol was installed with all traditions and rituals done properly, every morning Tanush was excited for new Prasad made by his Mom for his Ganesha! One fine day out of excitement, Tanush asks his Granny, “Naani, where is Ganesha’s home? I want to know his story and the innocent mind had a thousand questions popping up!
Q1. Naani, Tell me Ganesha’s story!
A1. Ganesha is Lord Shiva’s Son, who made all of us. He has come to stay with us for 10 days and see whether we do all our work properly, whether we follow good principles of life, whether we stay happily. He comes to solve all our problems and take away all our sadness! He fills our heart with new hopes and dreams!
Q2. Naani, If I don’t be a good boy will he complain about me to Shiva?
A2. Ganesha is here to be with you and teach you all good things of life. He is present everyday and every minute near you, but these 10 days he is specially here with you to make you feel that every new day is a new chance for you to improve and those who don’t learn from their mistakes, Ganesha doesn’t shower his love on them. He won’t complain to Shiva but he also won’t tell Shiva to give you special gifts!
Q3. Naani, What should I do to make Ganesha my Friend?
A3. Tanush, be good to everyone you meet, help everyone you can. In case you can not be of help, make it a point you don’t become hindrance in anyone’s way. Doing good does not mean ignoring the bad, if there is anything wrong around you take an action against it. Like your teacher gives you homework, Ganesha has given us a homework too, to spread positive vibrations in the world, spread vibes of love, trust and understanding. The one who does this homework becomes his favorite.
Q4. Naani, If I become his favorite what will he gift me?
A4, Tanush, If you become Bappa’s favourite, he will grant you success, you will clear all your exams well. He will give you all happiness and bless you with good health.
And the innocence had no end, he had so many questions and all the answers could be connected to life teachings if they were deeply thought.
When he comes in our homes he gets along with him tons of happiness and smiles, health and prosperity, good wishes and blessings. It is believed that “HE” is Sukhakarta i.e. creator of happiness and Dukharta i.e. destroyer of sadness comes to our homes for 10 days to spread the divine vibes and make our homes pure (not in terms of just dusting the old racks and clearing the clutter on the tables, he comes to clean our impure hearts which have so much of ill thoughts making us sick mentally!).
With his Visarjan today, lets all make a promise to ourselves to give up one bad habit of ours and adopt one new good habit and follow it religiously.
Be it as simple as giving up a bad habit of cribbing for everything that happens or giving up anger and adopting a new smallest habit like may be getting up early everyday or as simple as not hurting my own self by expecting from others!
The habit might be small but this act of yours will truly make the festival a celebration, it will indeed make Bappa much happier tha n those huge DJ’s playing his songs and aartis do!! Try it once at least!
Bappa che ladki mula apan, Evda tar karuch shakto na tyacha sathi!?