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!
Well, this goes to that dearest person of life, who might seem very happy today, welcoming the guests there, serving everyone, smiling back to every smile that is caught by him!! This is what the world sees him like!!!!
But Papa, I did notice you a day before (i.e. a day before the marriage) staring at my childhood photos late night, I did see you quietly stepping in my room and just patting my forehead, I did catch a glimpse of you proudly looking through all my trophies and silently just faking a smile. Papa, the world might feel that it’s the best day of life, but deep inside I do know you stand there and cry bitterly, you just wish you could hold on more with the time! Somewhere comes a memory and you remember the first time I spoke a word, the first time I made the tea with buttermilk and you still sipped it like the most tasty drink on earth, the times I came home crying and complaining of someone bullying me at school and you had so much to shout at me for saying be brave I am not going to follow you everywhere but the fact was you were there every time a princess needed his King. Though I am stepping a new phase of life for which you are happiest, the smile does speak out saying – Just a day more with my princess, that just one more cup of tea in evening when mom and you had that Tu-Tu Mai-Mai arguments, that just once more we hold each other’s hand and walk through the nursery campus, just one more time that we could play teacher-teacher and you be my student whom I literally punished on not doing homework, just one more day when we had those cushion fights, unending chit chats, top secrets from Mumma!!
And the night ended, it was the Day, yes it was my wedding day, with a tired mind and weary eyes you still looked the best – My Super Hero. Gradually the day had so many ceremonies and you were somewhere trying to steal a little more time from the clock to stop and so that once again in that red lehenga I would be your smallest doll and we played all sort of games! I did notice all of it, because Papa people understand you by words, but we understood each other by eyes! Finally, came the heaviest part of the day – Bidaai. The last person I wanted to hug was you, because I knew it was going to be an ocean of emotions flowing from both the sides. And then when I hugged you, uncontrollable from both sides had a breakdown of so many memories – and the last wish I asked from you was – Papa the same way I held your little finger and walked to my Pre-school, (crying as if the world was gonna end) I wanna walk down with you, to start my new life where you still remain to be my Super Hero!!!
I just want you to know dad that yeah, as you always said, I am your son. Don’t ever hesitate to call your son back home when you still feel like drinking that evening tea, when you still feel like gossiping when Mumma’s around making her get so jealous of what exactly is cooking up in us!!!
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!
This week end there is a small assignment for all of us!
Just name all things, people or a task that you love to do, that gives you an inner satisfaction! That makes you feel like “Oh God, I wish the day would have one extra hour…
Once you are done jotting down all this roughly, just note to yourself where do you rank your own self as a person with whom you are happy or where do you prioritize spending time with your self or simply being quiet and unfurling the unspoken words of your own heart??
And I am sure most of us wont even have this component in our list! The list will mostly sound like People whom I love – My Parents or My siblings, or may be a childhood friend or my husband etc.
Things which I love list will have my car, my house, my clothes and all the possible materialistic things
Tasks that I love will might have family time, movie with friends, dinner date with my love and so on and so forth!
I can not deny of course that all these are important but then once in the fast run, stop to look at yourself. Just wait to hear the unsaid. Understand the silence of your heart and value your presence!
Let us all just spend this Sunday with our self, may be doing the things we love as a person, not to please anyone other than the one whom you face every morning in the mirror and simply make it look beautiful externally!!
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!?