Bappa… Evda aik na….!!!

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!

गणपती बाप्पा मोरया. पुढच्या वर्षी लवकर या. !!!

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Visarjan!!!

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!?

Eco-friendly visarjan

Bappa Morya….!!!

One of the most awaited festival of entire Maharashtra – Ganesh Chaturthi!!!

Where Lord Ganesha is welcomed with great respect, joy and love to everyone’s home!! Staying with us for 10 days, he makes the atmosphere vibrate in energy – all to a different level!!

If Mumbai is known for the huge idols touching the sky from where the almighty showers his lovely blessings!!! We Punekars – rather proud Punekar welcome Bappa in grandeur of the traditional Dhol-Tasha, lezim the colorful rangolis and even the air sings along with us – Ganpati Bappa Morya Mangal Murthi Morya!!!

Today let us just get briefed that why and how is Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated?

The first section of the Mahabharata states that it was Ganesha who wrote down the text to Vyasa’s dictation. Ganesha is said to have agreed to write it only if Vyasa never paused in his recitation. Vyasa agrees on condition that Ganesha takes the time to understand what was said before writing it down.

So, Ganesha began to write Mahabharata along with Ved Vyasa. They wrote Mahabharata in 10 days without taking a pause. They didn’t eat/drink anything during these 10 days. Due to this, Ganesha was dehydrated.

So, a layer of clay(mitti) was applied all over his body. Then he was asked to get in river and cool down.(Something similar to Ganesh Visarjan)

And this is why we celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi and immerse Ganeshji in water.

How is it celebrated?

Lord Ganesha – believed to be the remover of obstacles (Vighnaharta), and the god of intellect and wisdom (Buddhi Devta).

Worshipped by nearly all castes and all around the globe – Japan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh etc. Ganesha being everyone’s favorite be it the Bollywood celebrities or the common Man – I am sure everyone in our childhood must have gone crazy for the way the decorations will be done, who will get Bappa home, who will be the one performing the first aarti etc. The grand celebration starts with the installation of Ganesh idols in colorfully decorated temporary made structures – one which is made at our homes – where creativity just flows at peak – Bappa sitting on mountain type structure, at times on bed of flowers etc.  Followed by the rituals – Pranapratishhtha – the process of infusing the deity into a murti or idol, Shhodashopachara – 16 forms of paying tribute to Ganesha,

At the time of the ritual coconut, jaggery, modaks, durva i.e. blades of grass and hibiscus flowers (His favorite flowers was what mom always told me from childhood) are offered and throughout the ceremonial occasion several hymns echoes down the mind of devotees bringing in a divine peace.

During the 10 days – if in case you have ever been part of the competitions that are held in societies, you will surely recall all those fancy dress where one becomes doctor, the other Bhaji wali and its all fun and enjoyment. 10 days just fly off in the air of happiness!!

On the last day, immersion of the statues in the ocean, or other bodies of water, and their subsequent destruction serves as a reminder of this belief. (These are traditionally known as Uttarpuja – Puja after which the idol could be shifted after it’s infusion, Ganpati Visarjan – immersion of the Idol in the river.)

 

Lastly. I would like to make an appeal – the tradition of immersing Bappa in river bodies was not a harm as the idols made then were of clay, mud and colurs were all natural and hence were no harm to the water animals! But in todays times the idols are all made of non-degradable material which harms the water diversity and endangers their living. Start a change from yourself immerse your “Ladka Bappa” in the artificial pools created by the local authorities.

(I am really proud that even though I was brought up in a traditional family where traditions are strictly followed as they were, on understanding the need to change our thoughts, we have been practicing Ganesh Visarjan in a self-made water tank sort of structure from past 3 years and will be continuing the same.)

Dyankala!

The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who actually do that!!

In today’s run of life….where each of us just wanna learn, earn, save, invest, expand and still stop not, I was lucky enough to come across a unique foundation – Dyankala Sanvardhini Sanstha!

If I had to describe it in few lines, it would be like – Found by the women, for the women (rather girls and boys!!)  and of the women!! Here from the helpers to the founders all were the ones, whom the society often points as – Bicharri akeli naari or something like “girls cannot move milestones all alone, they need men”….

Dyankala Sanstha – basically a school for the children who do not have a very strong financial back ground to spend that handsome amount and get enrolled in hi-tech schools!!! Found by few ladies who had a constant burning desire to educate the society – WITHOUT ANY SORT OF GRANT!!! These ladies along with managing their family responsibilities took up this noble task and continued even at the hardest times. Investing hard earned money in charity is actually something HUGE!!  And they made this huge seem so simple to the world.

Working with same enthusiasm and energy was something which was and is still worth watching! The way these young old ladies come and plan for students, the way they run like school girls through the stairs, that spark to serve the society is just amazing!!!

Along with my principal (Sir) I visited the premises for a meeting regarding audit which was just done, as soon as we entered, Kolatkar Maam with her white hair, neatly tucked saree welcomed us with that  bright smile saying “Welcome, this is like my second home, I enjoy being here and working for them. Entering  the meeting room, we sat around with all ladies, and there enters a old lady in her 80’s who needed no support, loud in voice, and full of confidence!!

Radha Maam, Kogekar Maam, Shilpa Maam, Kusum Maam, the teachers, the co-staff everyone was working for the betterment of society. They devoted their time, money and energy to the foundation. Post meeting they had a discussion, in which one of them expressed that somehow she could manage to collect a donation of Rs 5000/-, and the way everyone rejoiced was like they actually were benefited personally. And looking at this, I actually felt like in some small way I would love to be a help, and extended saying, Maam In case I can be of any help other then the audits and financial statements, let me know I would feel lucky to donate something!!!

The foundation and its members actually made me believe that “Service to man is service to God”

On a sincere note, using this platform I would like to spread the message – If you cannot donate money, its fine, you have much more than that to donate and make world a better place to live – Donate your time in betterment of society, be a part of such foundations! You need not donate huge amounts, be it your birthday cake which you were gonna  waste throwing on each other’s face can be someone’s source of books for entire year!

Think and create a change!!! It will be worth a living!!

Are You Emotionally Stable?

Stability – we run for financial stability, we run for stable house, stable family life…stable this stable that!!! But what about emotional stability, do we ever concentrate on that, rather do we even take a pause to think about that???

What is emotional Stability?

It simply means that you are synchronizing your thoughts with your actions in such a way that they contribute to the betterment of your soul!!! It means developing such lifestyle where there is harmony in what you do and what you speak!

How can you be emotionally stable?

  1. Learn to speak what you think?

It is better to speak right in front then to sit and back bite! Back biting helps no one, not the person about whom you speak neither one self nor the ones to whom you recite the entire conversation. Say for example – There is a person at your workplace whom you are not comfortable with but somehow you cannot express that to the respective person, you sit and blab ill things about that person during your lunch time outcome of which is you spread negativity everywhere, harming your own mental health!

  1. Either change the things you cannot accept or accept the things you cannot change:

There are only two options either you accepting the situation or you changing the situation, when you try sticking in middle is the time when you create pain for your own self! You get disturbed and spread the same vibrations of imbalance everywhere you go!

  1. Be choosy!

By saying be choosy, I mean to say evaluate all your choices in every possible way! Be selective in the friend circle you sit, the attire you wear, the places you visit, the words you use each and every small thing counts when it comes to sum up things about you as a person! Learn to choose things you want to do and things you want to avoid.

  1. Say no to negativity!

Keep yourself surrounded with positive people who have big dreams and are ambitious. Keep yourself into positive actions. In case situations do not allow you to have a positive outlook, try being neutral. Stop cribbing and start acting to solve problems. Things happen the way you think about them. If you have positive attitude of completing a task it will be done and vice-a-versa.

  1. Master your emotions

Cry when you feel like crying, not when people make you cry. It depends upon you when to react and how much to react. Not everything needs to be responded, few things can be ignored right away!

If you achieve success here, then no hurdles are too high for you. A healthy mind generates more output then a clever brain!

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It isn’t the stress that makes us fall, It is the way to respond to that stress that makes us fall!! and that is when emotional Stability comes into light!!!

 

Smile and Spread smiles!!!

Sister like brother!

Something off the track was on my mind today!! Somehow I just couldn’t figure out what was going back there in that mystery box of my head which was making me feel so very uneasy! And there went a light straight throwing my attention that its time to take my pen and write down something!! To boost my creativity and to get lost in the world of words!!!

But the next thought was on what should I write! And next bulb that glows up is “Rakhi” Yeah! Raksha Bandhan one of the super favorite festival of siblings who fight all day long… who scream out like hell on each other even if a useless gets misplaced, who will snatch each others ice cream, who will leak out secrets and yet again have a privilege to be each others secret box!! A festival to celebrate the bond of Brother-Sister relationship!!

Its weird right, the sister with whom that mischievous brother would have all sorts of fights and arguments is the one who cries the most the day she gets wedded off! Well for sisters too, goes the same story, a scratch on her brother’s knee and she will create an entire havoc out there with all huge tears and extra care and pampering!!

For me, Raksha Bandhan never had an special attraction (being two sisters). But as and when we grew up it did catch my eye! The time my younger sis comes and ties Rakhi and asks me what I have got for her on Raksha Bandhan are all part of the beautiful school memories!!

Being brought up, not less than a son, we were as such never depended on anyone for fulfilling our wishes or for protecting us! Rather what highlights now is, my darling siso can actually screw up anyone for even pinpointing at me, not less then that typical brother who has got so much of possessiveness and love!

So this one is for all those sisters who have been like brothers! Protecting your siblings from slightest of the hardships! and of Course specially for my Darling – Samu

You indeed inspire me to the fullest! From the early morning fights of why you wore my shirt!?” to the night time “Are you gonna help me with pulling my blanket or should I sleep without it” you just are a package of energy which makes me myself!

Even after long fights where we actually sit with our backs across, the minute I need you even with that cranky tone you will be the first one to lend your helping hand! Be it a bad day or that one smile which you extra had, it has to first be “gossiped” in and out in us…. Be it Mom calling or be it friends when its each others secret that are about to unveil we both can actually forget the world!

My dearest darling babie – You might not know this, but then yeah without your presence the house actually swallows me raw! You being the neatest person in our room of two and being the one who loves things kept in place and I being the opposite our childhood just grew….and school bags turned to college sacks and laptop bags!!

Things which still remain same are every morning we still get up with bucket of complaints and every night we still sleep with “you know what happened today” stories!!

Thank you Maa-Papa…for gifting me a lifetime “cartoon”, photogenic artist, a beauty with lots of brains, my late night chat box, my first time recipe taster, my best critics, my dancer, my makeup artist, my gossip queen…. And the list can go on….!!!

Losers to Winners – 1

Kadhi Kadhi bhataknaryala ek vaat dakhavavi lagte…

Kadhi kadhi ayushyacha andharat koni tari diva lavnara lagto

Kadhi kadhi bedhunddha havet ramnaarya manala jagevar aanyasathi konachi tari garaj bhaste…

Kadhi kadhi aplyapeksha 2 unhale pavsale jast bagitlelya mansachya tya anubhavachi garaj bhaste…

Ayushyacha samudrat pohtoy pan kinara kadhi disel h sangnara lagtoch

(Ashe anubhavi lokashi jevha sanvaad hoto tevha khup bhaari asa jaadu-tona hot nahi!!!)

Pan… Kadhi kadhi asa ekch kshan akkha “LIFE” hya mothya kadambarila agdi don olit samjata yeta!!!

Aai -Baba nehmich h kar te kar sangtat, Pan baherchya koni sangitla ki tyacha “effect” kahi veglach padto….

Asach kahi tari ghadla…jevha  Shri  Ajit Telang ale…

WICASA la yeun bhetle!!!

Mhanje nuktach laglela toh result…

Tashi saglyanach garaj hoti to consult… (Konala abhyaas kasa karava yaavar tar konala pudcha attempt deu ki nako yaavar)

4% mula agdi gaganat anand mavnar nahi ashi khush!!!

Ani baaki 96% matra ajun pan radat hoti dhaasdhus!!!

“CA” h nivadtanach aplyatlya pratyekalach mahit hota

Apyash hi Yashachi pahili payri mhanjech Failure is stepping stone to success

Pan attempt dilya nantar kalala tya vyakhetla khara khota!!

Mhanje jeevapad – atonat mehnat karun– everything was still a mess!!

Kadachit hech kalala asava amchya chairman Rajesh Sirana

Ani aplya CA Pranjal Joshina (Sir)

Khup shodh gheun declare karun takla

Ki 12 August divas ahe changla!!

Yenare vakte ahet Shri Ajit Telang!!

Topic – Losers to Winners chale sab sang!!

Meeting madhe astanch vichar ala

Arey evde classes, books, tests karun nai zala kai….

Ata tar “Tuja ne evda tough course hoil ka” asahi vicharte Aai!!

Tyat 2-3 taasa chya eka mansachya bhashan dilyane honar ka kai

Mulat jast apeksha pan nai!!!

Pan tari Committee member mhanun vachuyat ekda

Yenaryaya mahan hasti ani tyanna dilela mudda!!

Tranforming Losers to winners – Agdich sopa vatnara ek avghad Vishay

Suru keli tya program chi branding karun thoda vichar vinimay!!

Apan CA students academics sodun jast baaki kahi attend karat nahi

Ani tyat motivational kiva asa kahi asel tar Sunday chi zop compromise karna naich nahi!!

Pan speaker kahi ase tase nhavte

Business Coach – te pan 30 varsha avghe!!!

Divas ala… Ani tyacha pratisad hi tasa changlach milala

Ek veglach Anubhav anubhavla…

Shikto apan saglech, Aikto hi apan saglech…

Pan implement hotat ka principles aplech!??

Well this was something I did discover – I won’t say I learned because it was kind off hidden, I knew it but someone had to come up and tell me “Yaar tu aise soch, Ye tujhse ho sakta h!!!”

 

{I would rather like to continue the mind blowing things I personally learnt during the session in a summary form (I believe this was a bit poetic as well!!) Also jotting the same in English so that maximum people can make the most beneficial use of it like the ones who attended it could do!!}

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It was indeed a session with lit me with things I knew but were still lost in the run of competition and so called hectic schedule!!!!

Coming back soon with all the thoughtful thoughts I unfurled. Wait there for Part 2 of the same which will indeed enlighten you as well…. Till then Smile and spread smiles!!!!