Cycling

Cycling for a cause!

And the cause is fitness! Yes! Reason being a awareness (they are doctors by profession) – simply the ones who care for others health need to symbol of fitness and health to all their patients!

There started a journey of cycling – the only difference being it was not like we teenagers do – Every Sunday! It was a daily routine of cycling, be it a dark rainy morning or a chilly wintry dawn! It just cannot stop both these doctor friends from getting up and pedaling for health!

A simple route from Nagar road they pedal to Yerwada to Pune Station to their favorite early morning start at Dagdusheth Ganpati with a hot cup of tea and back to home! Well Sundays are special days and distance has no limits for both of them!

Getting up at 4:45 am where mornings be like ice too feels chilled is just an inspiration!

With all this dedication the duo completes 5000 kms today! To be specific some 5012 kms today! And I heartily congratulate them for keeping up the dedication to drive for fitness!

And it gives me immense pleasure and pride to reveal that one of the two super heroes is my DAD!

Proud of both of Jaiswal uncle and Papa! Keep up the young spirit going! It does give an inspiration to many of us!

Dr Jaiswal Uncle and Dad
Its morning 5:30 and the duo reaches to Dagdusheth Halwai everyday! 
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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.)

Time – Best Teacher

Teacher’s day,

Well, today scrolling down on my feed page, I just came across a more interesting definition of “Teacher”  -and that was time!! Giving it thought actually dragged me to my laptop and blog something for the day!!

Thoughts just gushed after reading that line which simply read as “Happy Teachers Day” – Time

There were memories which took me back to childhood, when time taught me to get up by myself every time I fell running on that playground!

Then came the first ever time that I left dad’s little finger and had to face the world all by myself.

That first time I raised my voice against the injustice I saw in bus – Time taught me to be outspoken!

Then were the college days, when time taught me that nothing comes served in your plate, to get things one needs to walk out, turn and face some tussles, and there you get what you worked for!

Then I entered Chartered Accountancy and here Time finally became the ultimate teacher (May-November games had its own way to teach me struggle and work hard consistently)

Time taught me that wait and watch is only a myth – It is all about do and deserve!!

Time taught me that you can’t get aside by working hard for a day – you need to be consistent to give in your 100% and then expect that your result “CAN” be positive!

During articleship – time taught me to be patient enough to hear more and speak less! To learn more and preach less! To be a silent observer and reply only when asked!

Time taught me that you never get free time! Your priorities decide when you are free!!

Time taught me that once gone it never comes back!! Live each moment to its fullest, enjoy every minute as it passes by, because it slips off your hand in a way that just undone!! There is no Control+Z option available so simply create memories – good memories and Control+S!!!

Happy Teacher’s Day – To a common teacher for each and every person, of each and every age group!!!

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TIME – BEST TEACHER OF ALL TIMES!!!!

Lets get sporty!!

If we just get back to history or even try to put light on life of any successful person, we see that the name, fame, power and money never comes on easily. It needs constant dedication, patience and commitment. It is a combination of mental as well as physical stability that enables you to achieve your goals. And sports are one of the best way to engage your body in physical activities.

Unlike before nowadays sports has now also become a good option for your professional growth. The importance of sports in the youth is not just to keep them away from the bad habits and ill culture prevailing there on the streets. Of-course that is one of the benefits, but unknowingly it also instils lessons that are essential in the life of a student athlete. Sports teaches values of discipline, responsibility, self-confidence, sacrifice, accountability etc

In today’s world it is not much of value if you only have a bunch of degrees and all first-class grades, because that has become the new normal thing. Everyone around you is struggling hard to earn a degree from a reputed college or institute. The corporate world now demands something extra, it asks a simple question to you as a candidate “what extra you have from the candidate which was interviewed a minute before you!!??” There falls a difference as sports enriches the qualities which experts possess after lots of experience and several hours spent on personality development courses. Sports help you with character building and personality so you need not go to hours of coaching classes in personality development classes, they build a good posture of your body so you need not lift kilos of weights or starve for weeks to lose that extra belly fat!! It protects you from the frequently faced joint pains, obesity, strokes etc so you need not see the doctor often. It gives you enough freshness and energy to stay right up the day long so you need not consume all sorts of energy capsules.

When one is physically fit you achieve better academically. It helps you make new friends and develop communication skills. It instils in you the qualities which build you as a person. So basically if you need to speak in terms of CA students – “Only audits, client place and returns and no refreshment makes an article dull student” So just get yourself enrolled in any sports activities. Because it makes you competitive by nature, helps your mind become sharp and alert i.e. professional scepticism is awakened!! It helps your body boost up and refils the monotonous work life with a lot of zest and enthusiasm!!!

Keep playing, Smile and spread smiles