मेले में पकवान होंगे,
नर्तकों का रेला होगा,
Play with passion
February 22, 2014
January 21, 2014
People don’t think something like this, specially when they are not even twenty. No doubt, ageing is horrifying but today as I sit here with this gadget on my lap, I’ll write down something which I wish to write again on the day, I turn 60.
I have turned 60 today and like other people of my age group, I love spending time with my family and go out for some shopping. I am now retired and I am happy that till now, I have lived a happy life. My life, obviously, included many downs but the ups which followed them made me stronger and wiser. Today when I look back, there’s hardly any moment which floods my heart with remorse but that doesn’t mean I was perfect or I am perfect now. I should have travelled more, called my relatives on their anniversaries and birthdays, gifted my parents with something unique, wasted less time on idiotic things like facebook or WhatsApp or anything equally useless. I always wanted to be an artist of some sort but had I read and written more of poetry, stories and plays, art would have hit me much before it actually did.
I generally think of my days I spent at college. The day I refused a smoke when it was offered to me the very first time, was actually the day I felt like a man. I have no regrets attached with porn mags or TV series-movies or TED talks. They were a part of my teenage and there’s nothing bad which can be connected with them. Such things made me aware of things around me. There were people who took me seriously and the remaining cracked ‘racist’ jokes. I liked being with both of them. Back then, there used to be some movies we never watched just because they were starred by Akshay Kumar or some Khan… not the romantic one but the one who fought with 25 bad guys alone.
Now after 25 years of education and 35 years of work, I don’t feel retired from the fun I had. I still check out youth shows on TV (they are in no way even close to what we had in those days), abuse my friends when they call and turn around to look at a beautiful woman passing by my side. I don’t want to get back to the young age. I don’t find this age boring at all. I am a young man who has just entered the league of what they call ‘senior citizens’. I play cards with my friends, have my favourite kaju barfi whenever I wish to have, meet college students, visit places with my old digicam which I bought from my first salary and this is what will keep me busy in the days to come. I don’t know how long I’ll live but I wish to sign off from this world with no bitterness or worry, within or around.
January 4, 2014
It generally happens with me that whenever I plan to write a post here, I don’t come up with a strong and impressive line to start with. I typed a few things before this one but everything was ‘backspaced’. The title gives you an idea of what to expect from this post so I won’t give any warning or introduction before I start making bullets and start listing out the three things I will be looking out for in 2014.
I have never counted politics in my list of interests but I am a bit excited about the upcoming Lok Sabha general elections. The reason might be the reforms Indian politics is undergoing which includes the sudden evolution of a new political party and inclusion of ‘None of the Above’ option in EVMs and ballot papers. Besides this, like many others, for the first time I’ll be exercising my right of casting a vote to shape the government.
There are many people who don’t support ISRO and its missions, mostly because of the huge amount of money they demand and that too when our recorded GDP growth is only 5%. Well according to me, the spacecraft to Mars or development of a better GPS system add to the national pride. We are no doubt much behind NASA with respect to space technology but at least we are trying to match up. ISRO lined up 18 missions in 15 months, starting from November 2013 and no matter what people say, I’ll be looking out for every successful launch ISRO makes in 2014.
Right to Information Act was passed way back in 2005 and since then lacs of applications have been filed till date. I read about RTI, in detail, in early months of 2013. Like others, I too liked the entire concept of the same but I could understand its importance just a few weeks ago. I don’t know why people don’t practice their rights but I will surely file an RTI in 2014. I don’t know which organisation/department I am going to target but since being a citizen of India, RTI is a right given to me, I’ll practice it.
May 2014 bring happiness in the lives of our family and friends. Happy new year!
December 19, 2013
Not every day you feel that life is good.
Oh! Let’s not start it this way. Take it like this.
You face a bad news; say you failed in something which was not expected. First your mind stops accepting things going around you, it shifts from everything else to your failure and then it starts connecting everything to anything but the right. The Hi’s and Hello’s will be responded in the coldest manner possible and ‘You won’t understand’ will be the only reply when asked about your change in behavior. Many will pretend to understand and you’ll wonder how many of them really can, because it’s not something which everyone has gone through. You want to run from all this but you can’t, you want to make the things right but you can’t and you wish to be happy but you won’t; only because you failed (again).
Life doesn’t seem to be good. Isn’t it? But let’s move to the other side of the road, the side which has cotton candies and chatpati chaat to offer. You might have to cross the road carefully and who knows someone might even offer you his/her hand to hold.
I know it’s not easy to overlook your failure or behave as if nothing had happened. Search for happiness in everything you see, everything you come across. If nothing seems interesting at present, dive into your past and start flipping the pages from your archive of happy moments. An old letter from a friend, a birthday gift which your gande-waale-uncle gifted you when you were eight, senseless texts which your friends sent you when you were on your first date, the username of your first email ID, vacations with your parents, your only rakshabandhan with your favourite cousin, the bicycle rides, the endless rains and the guava tree in the backyard.
None of these things can be in any way connected to your failure which is probably very small in comparison to the happiness a torn letter has to offer. Don’t let your present spoil your future. There are many things which might not seem right at present but leave these things behind and move on. Know that Life’s Good and let not these ‘unwanted’ things make it anything less than ‘GOOD’.