Saturday, February 28, 2015

IT LOOKS 'FUNNY' BUT IT'S REALLY 'NOT SO!'

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  • God forever had imposed smooth chains of constraint called Work on all men and women and a few of them forever have an attitude of getting out of those chains to free themselves blissfully forgetting that thru' that very process they are actually getting into the tight clutches of a certain pain from the other end! 
  • Where Work is active, many will quarrel…. A few openly and the rest discretely as protecting self from questioning is an art ever practiced at work from days unknown! 
  • Work…. Some talk about it, some glorify it, some preach the good of it, some mentally worship it and the rest alone actually do it! 
  • Yes! There are too many comparisons at Work…. One of them is....‘I am punished, why not the other be too?’ 
  • Work…. People should seriously be into it and should keep up a smiling face while doing it…. But some take it lightly while getting into it and put up a stern face all along while doing it! 
  • The first sirens go off five minutes before the close of the Shift for preparation to leave from the day's Work, but the mind very often prepares an hr before those sirens…. And just when the sirens go off, a few would sure break the 100 m Walking Race Record for the day starting from their Desks!
  • When the Work concept is often fine tuned leaving the basics far behind, Work looks like an activity of more of interest than that required to be performed till the moment the Boss with all Authority suddenly takes away that particular Work and drives the man into another! 
  • A few minutes of rest in between the active Work truly look like a big blessing; the same without that active Work around invariably look too scary! 
  • The harshest words at Work especially for a young man are, “I don’t want you!” from the Boss…. And in that situation, even the most lovable parent too invariably shows the way out from home when such a man enters home!
  • Work….The man at the entry level sees it as a burden, the man at mid level sees it with a pride, the man at senior level sees in it an escape from routine and the man retired invariably sees at it as a Kingdom lost!

    Thursday, February 26, 2015

    THE 'EYE-OPENER!'


    ### The man thought, "Let me do the work for work sake and relax!"
    The world cautioned, "Work is Worship.... Never take it easy there!"
    He listened and soon became a workaholic....
    The world remarked, "Breath easy.... Life is something else too!"

    ### The man thought, "Let me spend my monies and have many luxuries of life!"
    The world cautioned, "Save for a rainy day....Tomorrow, many times is not a utopia but a fact in our life!"
    He listened and started saving every Pie....
    The world remarked, "Be generous and give to others too.... After all, these monies are never ours!"

    ### The man thought, "Let me enjoy the life the best!"
    The world cautioned, "Take care of your health and safety.... These two will never be back to you easily if gone out of your hands!"
    He listened and was cautious everywhere...
    The world remarked, "Relax.... Leave that pessimistic attitude and think positively!"

    ### The man thought, "Let me expand in my life!"
    The world cautioned, "Containing your self is wisdom.... Do not to show off!"
    He listened and started living a bit unnoticed....
    The world remarked, "You should be in limelight.... Else, how do you grow in life?"

    ### The man thought, "Let me believe in God and be ever Praying to Him as He alone is the Ultimate!"
    The world cautioned, "No doubt God is the Ultimate but He expects you to do your Work first then alone approach Him!"
    He listened and began living accordingly....


    AND THE WORLD REMARKED 'NOTHING' BEYOND!

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    The 'STRANGER', whom I can't 'FORGET!'

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    I visited in those cold winter times the distant Place up the Northern Hemisphere for a stay of about three months with my daughter…. The area was totally new to me and the language spoken was unknown with English used sparingly now and then…. And I was just slowly getting accustomed to the new place, new people around, their lifestyle and habits….

    A fortnight had passed thus…. I picked up a few words of the local language but it was too difficult for me to get into any free conversation with the Locals….

    During that time, one day in the early morning hrs of the cold winter, there was a knock on the door…. As my daughter was busy with her household work, she asked me to open the door and find out who it was….

    I opened the door, saw the familiar face of the Estate Manager of the Apartment Complex whom I met on an earlier occasion, wished him and smiled at him which he very much reciprocated…. Beyond that, I could not communicate with the Manager and the Manager too not familiar with English was unable to communicate to me and thus for a while there was certain silence between us…. To overcome that, the Manager finally adapted an in-genuine way of conveying his message through 3 prominent Hand Signals and left the place in haste….

    I was instantly tensed up with what the Estate Manager conveyed and the new Place at the moment looked to me frightening…. I quickly closed the door and said to my daughter, “Dear! Don't open the door for any one…. Our Manager had conveyed to me that a STRANGER wearing a long coat with hood is coming to each door and trying to knock at it…. And he told me not to open the door at any cost for this man and in case he is seen through the peep hole, asked me to call for ‘HELP!’  Let us be prepared....”

    My daughter got wondered…. She never heard of such incidents happening in those areas at any time as the place was quite safe and peaceful with Law and Order maintained the best…. For a moment, she just kept quite and was doing her work….

    Half hr had passed and suddenly there was a distinct knock on the door…. I instantly with all attention looked out through the peephole and my fear was confirmed…. Exactly as described, a STRANGER in long coat with hood half covering his face was standing in front of the door…. I was about to move towards the phone for 'HELP' when my daughter too just looked out through the peephole…. She observed for a minute and suddenly saying, "He is not any STRANGER.... He is the young man who lives above our floor…. Let's meet him...." quickly opened the door for him…. Myself taken a back for a moment, instantly followed her….

    The young man in the coat smiled at her and said, “Madam, our Manager wanted to find out from you people whether the items you kept in the common Cloak Room be retained there for some more time or you will be taking them out…. If you ring up and tell me later, accordingly I would tell him back…. He wanted me to convey this message to you as you people do not know local language and I alone in this complex know good English… OK! Bye…. See, you then!”  Saying thus, he moved out quickly on his own works….

    We both instantly got relieved of the suspense and were back closing the door behind him…. As I recollected and narrated to my daughter what all the Manager had conveyed to me through Hand Signals about the so called 'STRANGER', both of us instantly burst into an unending laughter….

    The repeated Hand Signals of the Manager were…..

    • Moving both hands with the palms up horizontally and rapidly Right and Leftwards....,
    • Moving up both the hands kept behind the neck and further forward down till half of his face…. and
    • Moving the right hand stretched out with the fist closed towards the right ear and keeping it there….
    (To keep up the suspense, I humbly leave the understanding part of the two distinct Messages to the Readers themselves.... Sorry for a little trouble!)

    THE ULTIMATE 'SWEET' DEFEAT!


    The Parents and Elders had their own beliefs and faith and there they could not cross their mental barriers.... The child was born in the family after many years of waiting....  And no doubt, he was so precious to them.... And when it came to naming him with all reverence to their Faith, it was decided unanimously to name the boy 'XXXXXXXX!'

    Truly speaking, the name itself had no problem but unfortunately there was a short cut to that very special name and that alone started creating problems later as the Parents earlier neither bothered to think in that direction so deeply nor having known everything, had no go but to name him that way alone!


    But the man's problem throughout his life was..... 

    "When such a nice name in full can be pronounced so easily, why the hell people are behind calling me by the short cut name thus ridiculing me eternally?"

    • In School as a young boy, he invariably heard around being called by that name which used to create a few ripples of laughter among his friends..... 
    • And in youth with his college friends, the issue was much more sensitive but once in a way in a fit of the moment he was addressed thus causing a few moments of tension....
    • As a young man in his job, when the Boss just tried that name, he protested a bit deeply and the Boss having understood his psychology, instantly refrained from doing that but secretly conveyed to all the Seniors of the Organization how sensitive the young man was in respect of that single issue....
    • As a Manger at Work no doubt, he had some footing to a certain extent as all by then having understood his temper, refrained from that calling but few times when they were either at a distance or a bit angry with him, invariably it was used....
    • Further a few years later, as the Chief at Work and as a responsible family man he had more Authority and Say everywhere and thus could control the situation very well but a few indirect unpleasant experiences where in he was referred by his short name were quite active in his memory for a while....
    • Soon as the GM in his Company and as a good parent with grown up children, he ever carried the respect of being called by the Original Name, that too with 'Sir' always added and none could talk anything 'LESS' of it....
    • Finally, when he touched sixty and retired, his vast experience and wisdom sure carried a lot of value for people around, all precisely forgot everything and used to refer him exclusively 'Sir' alone and not even full name before to it!
    The very Special Day was a Great Event in his house…. All his family members with their children had arrived for a Get Together.... And the Little One of two and half year old who arrived to his Grand Parents Home from abroad for the first time was truly the number one center of attraction to every one....

    That evening, the family was together with a few of their close friends and relatives and every one around was mesmerized by the Little One's movements and interactions….

    All of a sudden the little Grand Child till that time playing with his toys, ran to his Grand Father shouting aloud in his broken words....  

    "'XXXX' Grand Pa! You Come and Play with me.... We will play the Traffic Jam game!"

    The ever conscious aged man for a lifetime at being addressed by that 'Single Word' no doubt reacted instantly but with a broad smile never seen on his face earlier when called thus as the gentleman straight away felt an unexplained joy in his heart when his dear Grand Son just called him thus, of course the truth being the Little One having the real difficulty of pronouncing his favorite Grand Pa's full name!

    Sunday, February 22, 2015

    'FEAR' SANS 'THE RIGHT KNOWLEDGE!'

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    It was the first Flight experience for the man of mid thirties….He had a few apprehensions about the safety of flying…. Once such fear enters an individual's mind, in no time it does its own devil’s work unless the man affected takes pains, learns as much as possible 'what is what' in the right spirit and thus becomes realistic.... Unfortunately, the man in picture never attempted anything in that direction or none around him too knew his problem.... Over and above for him, the journey had to be performed and there was no go there!

    So, when the D-day arrived the man mechanically moved to the Airport in the evening hrs, Checked-In, boarded the Aircraft and occupied his seat…. 


    Every one around him was seen happily chit-chatting among themselves and appeared quite relaxed.... 

    But before starting itself, for the man with the initial tension about his safety, the entire atmosphere simply looked strange and unfriendly!

    The Aircraft having been towed away from the Terminal Area, moved slowly on the Taxiway as the Safety Procedures were announced on the PAS and soon positioned itself on the Main Run way for take off …. 


    With roaring sounds of the huge Jet Engines followed by shaking itself under the take off speed the Aircraft beautifully smoothed into the skies with a few side ward movements and started steadily gaining height as the experienced travelers coolly sitting in their seats enjoyed the smooth lift up.... 

    But the man surrounded by immense fear and lack of any knowledge of flying instantly thought that the Aircraft somehow got into air passing through a difficult time!

    In a short time, the huge Flying Bird reached the max height and leveled off….Further as the cruising continued, certain announcements were made and a few refreshments served a midst the cheerful faces of the Passengers....

    En route, there were a series of jolts as the Aircraft passed through certain turbulent zone as a normal part of the travel…. Instantly, the seat belt signs were ‘ON’ and there was a PAS announcement in respect of that…. As the severity of jolts increased, the Cabin Crew were instructed to stop serving temporarily, go back to their seats and wait for the turbulence to pass as a normal procedure followed in such instances….


    But the man's predisposed mental state about the safety, just confirmed very much at the back of a firm conviction that the Aircraft got into a bad situation and was struggling to come out!

    The turbulent zone having crossed, the Aircraft once again began cruising smoothly…. The seat belt signs went off next to that and the Cabin Crew resumed their Service once again….

    The Level Flight continued for 2 hrs…. And finally, the last phase of the journey, Landing was announced and the landing preparations started….

    As the evening twilight slowly merged into darkness as seen through the windows, the Aircraft smoothly descended to the designated lower height and was making circles over the destination City, a number of twinkling lights seen all over the area with thick white smoke coming up from a corner….

    The Cabin Crew were asked go to their seats and the cabin lights were switched off for the planned landing….The Gear was put down and locked as the Aircraft made a turn for final decent with the usual noise and vibration of the process....


    Unfortunately, the highly tensed up man by that time thought at the back of  the sound and vibration of the operation that the Aircraft had simply cracked.... And naturally, that was the limit for him! He could no more control his anxiety in himself and with a shaking voice asked the Passenger next to him near the window, “Sir!  Are we 'IN' for trouble?”

    The Co-passenger who happily slept off for most part of the journey, just got up refreshed, looked out and instantly recognized the City below.... Seeing the thick smoke emanating from a corner,
     he suddenly recounted the Morning News he read in the News Papers of the extensive looting and arson that took place in the strife-torn City of his journey, looked at the man and said with a little worried tone, 

    “Yes Sir, it appears all is not alright at this point of time…. It is better we be prepared for any eventuality.... Really a bad time for us to travel.... I feel we should quickly get off from here at the earliest!”

    And that truly was the ultimate for the man already shivering with the morbid fear of his own safety!

    Friday, February 20, 2015

    'THE HEART ALONE' COULD FIND 'THE RIGHT GIFT!'!

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    They were the days of Computer Chatting and E-mail Communications as the use of Video Communication was very much in the experimental stage at that point of time.... On a day, the well settled daughter living far away emotionally asked her lonely father, “Dad!  What do you like to buy for your up-coming 60th Birthday in coming month?”

    The father smiled and said, “Dear!  Actually I don’t need anything…. I am quite happy with your good wishes on that day…. Call me that day and talk to me… That’s great for me!”

    The daughter kept quiet instantly but in no time sent him a big Gift Voucher saying, “Dad! You should buy a good dress with this, wear it on your Birth day and mail the Photo to me... I will keep it in my Photo Album for my life to remember the Event!”

    The father kept himself cool and quiet….

    On the D-day, about 12 hrs earlier, the daughter received a parcel instead of the mail…

    She got surprised, quickly opened it and found a beautiful piece of Dress for her of double the value of money she sent to her father... Further, there was a brief ‘Note’ too attached therein…. It read….

    “My dear daughter!  With the Gift Voucher you sent, I thought for quite sometime on what type of Clothing to buy in the Market which would truly make me happy in my life…. I searched, searched and searched…. Forget about Clothing, I could not find any other item too for me that truly makes me happy presently.... 

    But strangely, when I searched in my heart, I could instantly locate 'This Beautiful Dress for you’  and I started an immediate search for it in the Market, located, purchased, neatly packed and herein sent to you…. If you can mail me a Photo of yours with this Dress put on  today itself, I would be the happiest on my this 60th Birth Day and I would feel that you really gifted me with the greatest Treasure of my life….

    'A happy and cheerful daughter in front'

    Even though physically thousands of miles away!  I'll print it, frame it and keep it with me for a life time.... What anything else can make a father on this earth happy at this point of time?”

    Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    WHEN THE 'SCALES' TILT....


    "That 'RARE APPAREL' on me brings out the 'BEST APPEARANCE' when I wear it to the Function!" thought the prominent man of the Town….

    That's it.... The 'UNIQUE PIECE' of the choicest materials at the back of certain specialized weaving skills in no time was his, of course invariably made behind the cry of 'THE EXPLOITED LABOR' which was almost silenced at the origin itself....


    "This 'LATEST CAR' truly brings the 'BEST ELEGANCE' to my Personality when I drive to the Function in a smart way…" he thought subsequently....


    No problem.... In a day, the 'COSTLIEST CAR' was at his door step when some easy monies fast passed hands with a weak the Inner Consciousness poking, 'THE ETHICS COMPROMISED!' which too could be silenced easily just like that....


    "Let me throw the 'BEST PARTY' to night to my friends and well-wishers to gain 'POPULARITY!'" the man firmed up beyond.... 


    Yes.... The 'EVENING' was exclusively 'HIS OWN' with his people in one of the highly spoken Restaurants of the City where Rare Specialties were served on the Plate at the back of a feeble murmur, 'THE NATURE'S ECO-BALANCE DISTURBED!' which was silenced almost instantly....

    On the D-day at the appointed hr, the prominent man in 'BEST CLOTHES' was welcomed as he got down from the 'BEST CAR' and was lead to the Dias by his own 'BEST MEN' of the Town….

    The Function started.... Praises after praises followed.... The smartest man of unique style and dashing nature of the Town was being conferred with the Prestigious Award……….. 


    Right at the moment, the last awaiting Entity…. The 'INEVITABLE PRIDE' too over took him just like that and made him the 'COMPLETE PERSONALITY'....


    The 'BEST MAN OF THE TIMES' as projected to the World and 'THE UGLIEST MAN ON THE EARTH' in the Eyes of the Almighty!

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015

    I'M NOT EXACTLY WHAT 'I THINK!'

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    The day was truly the Auspicious Day…. It was the Festival of Maha Shivratri....

    People for ages used to fast on the day, visit Temples of Lord Shiva in their Premises, forego sleep that night listening to the various Devotional Songs sung around and thus used to express their Unfailing Devotion to Lord Shiva….

    The Devoted Mother away in her Home Town was forever worried about her son working in the City but not yet settled in his life.... The earlier day itself she conveyed her feelings to the son
     who all along used to pay less attention to all such Rituals, "Dear! Make it a point at least to go to the Temple tomorrow and Pray to God.... All good will happen to you.... At least, don't say 'NO' to this!" The son who always carried his own version often stressing.... "How can I do my work if I go and stand in queues for hrs together on this day to see God?  I have no holiday on this day.... It's impossible for me to do all that.... All these Rituals are at least not for a man like me…. They are only for people who have some time with them…" was in no mood to hurt his mother's feelings and so replied to her softly, "OK, Mom! I'll do that!" 

    As usual the son got up that day in the early morning to freshen up and get ready to go to his Office, but strangely a little stomach upset held him up…. Soon he felt quite uneasy in his body and decided to go an hr late to the Office….

    But the situation worsened, there was no go and he conveyed the same to his Boss by phone  who instantly advised him to take off for the day…. 


    The son thus being at home for the day, thought of taking rest and see if he improved by evening else go for the Medical Consultation…. The hunger was absolutely nil and so he decided to go for liquid diet for the entire day through intake of plenty of fluids….

    By afternoon his System improved and he felt better but continued fluid intake till evening….

    As he was making some preparations of light dinner arrangement for the night, his Colleague who took off because of the Festival called on him on phone and knowing his condition advised him come home for the day to take rest and recover...."I will pick you up and will bring you here…. You fully relax for the day…. We make arrangements for a light dinner for you and see that your System becomes normal by tomorrow morning!" he promised....

    The man could not say ‘No' to that, in an hr’s time the friend was at his door step with his car and both moved on….

    The evening was full of traffic on the road with extra Festival rush and both the friends were held up near the Famous Temple of Lord Shiva for almost an hr to travel a distance of 3 km…. Various Devotional Songs on Lord Shiva were played continuously all along through a few loud-speakers installed on the road side….

    Soon they reached the home, had a light dinner and spent few hrs up to midnight looking into few routine issues.....

    At 12 Midnight the son went to sleep, but strangely the new place kept him awake for a longer time which continued almost the whole night…. Further, a few Devotional Songs continuously sung on the loud-speakers in distance too, kept him awake.... In the early morning hrs, he fell asleep a bit but in no time the friend woke him up.... Both the friends quickly prepared themselves and soon headed to their Office..... As they moved, near a certain Temple Premises, a strange feeling had overtaken the son instantly….

    “What had happened to me for the last 24 hrs?…. I did not eat any solid food, I did not sleep properly at all and all along I was listening to the various Devotional Songs played through…. Further, I was off from my active work too in no time which earlier I could never imagine feasible!”


    Just at that moment alone, near the Temple Premises, the First Sloka of Nirvana Shatakam (Atma Shatakam) was heard on loud-speakers being recited melodiously with the meaning explained in parallel .....

    'Mano Budhyahankaara Chitani Naaham, 
    Na Cha Shrotrajihve Na Cha Ghraananetre
    Na Cha Vyoma Bhumir Na Tejo Na Vayuh, 

    Chidaanandarupah Shivoham Shivoham.'

    'I am not mind, nor intellect, nor ego, nor the reflections of inner self. I am not the five senses. I am beyond that. I am not the ether, nor the earth, nor the fire, nor the wind. I am indeed, That Eternal Knowing and Bliss, the Auspicious (Shivam), Love and Pure Consciousness!'

    Monday, February 16, 2015

    ALL PLANS 'UNDER THE CARPET' THE NEXT MOMENT!

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    Friday evening around 5.30 PM.... The Manager too tired of his day's hectic work was ready to go home at the back of 2 days holidays.... The mobile phone rang up….

    “Tomorrow afternoon we have to go for the Outing.......... Hope you haven't fixed other engagements in that time...." the spouse reminded....


    "I'm totally free for the 2 days.... I' ll be with you!" he confirmed....

    "Swati wants to talk to you.... One minute!" saying that she handed over the phone to the daughter....

    “Dad! Can we go out tomorrow early morning itself and buy all that stuff required for my College Function........." the daughter demanded….

    "No problem dear!  I will.... I'm fully free in the morning!" he assured....

    "Grand Ma wants to tell you something...." the daughter quickly handed over the phone next to his mother....

    “Leave off tomorrow.... Sunday you must positively take me to the Shrine........ Don't fix up anything for Sunday!” the mother demanded….

    "Sure, Ma!  Don't worry.... I am totally free the whole Sunday!" he quickly answered with a smile and switched off the phone....

    As he got up from the seat to go, the phone rang up again... “Yaar Ganesh! How are you doing?  Do you remember.... We met last time…..... I know you will be busy on Saturday.... Sunday Evening......... ” the close friend fixed the Program himself....

    "One minute, Satish!  Let me check....Yeah! I'm free this Sunday evening.... No problem.... I'll be there positively by......"

    “Mr Ganesh! Our Association's General Body Meeting is planned this Sunday at 10 AM........." was the message from the President of the Association on the mobile phone....


    "Sir!  I'll come around 11 AM for half hr.... I'm totally free in those hrs.... Hope that would suffice...." he replied from his side.... 

    As he quickly moved from the seat a few yards away the land line telephone rang up.... He soon returned and took the call....

    “Hi, Ganesh! It's good you did not leave yet for home.... OK.... I want to tell you something very important.....Listen to me carefully.... Just now I got a call from our GM…. Tell me that you haven't fixed any important works for this Saturday and Sunday?"

    "Sir! I have a few engagements........"

    "Don't say that dear!  I very badly need your help.... Do something.... You know, this work is very important for all of us...."

    "Sir, Please tell me....."

    "Dear!  Listen….You know our Clients…......Their Chief had planned a two day Program tomorrow and day after with our GM to sort out all pending issues and take account of the advance monies paid by them adjusting the liquidated damages for late deliveries….You know, our Company's finances this year.... It's really a mess.... I tell you, these two days are really crucial for all of us and.....…."

    "You just call your Suresh and Dinesh for about 2 hrs right now.... They will be at Home.... Take their help and keep ready all the details required for tomorrow....... Are you OK, dear?  Hope you have no other issue...."

    "Sir! No problem.... Right now, I'm on the job.... I will be fully ready for the Meeting.... OK!  see you, Sir, Good Night!"

    Sunday, February 15, 2015

    I move 'One Step' towards God, He sure moves 'Ten Steps' towards me!


    Once, the Great Saint who almost renounced everything with Him and living truly the Ascetic life was travelling in a train in the Suburbs on His daily routine....

    It was Noon nearing lunch time and every one around was hungry.... Opposite to the Saint sat a rich business man who forever believed living life through hard work, industry but never anything less of it.... No doubt truly, the right way of Living! But unfortunately all the time, he was equally proud of his achievements too and invariably related all that to his hard work and industry alone.... 
    Naturally, such a man never liked Monks who forever only wander around doing nothing often saying that God alone would take care....

    So, seeing a Monk in front of him totally unprepared, the rich man quickly made it a point to open up all the foods he carefully cooked, packed and carried with him for the journey and started eating the same in front of all.... Others around thought for a while that the rich man would offer his food to the Monk before himself eating but instead, the man straight away said, "I'm sorry! It's my firm belief in life that one should work and then only eat out of his labor... I'm helpless!"

    The Saint did nothing but just remained calm and silent all along..The co-passengers never liked the talk of the rich man, but neither could speak much in front of the big man nor could offer their food to the Saint.... The train stopped at the next Station and as rightly stated by the rich man, the Monk had no money too to buy his food from the Platform!

    Right at that time, suddenly a stranger appeared in front of the Saint on the Platform, bowed to Him, pulled out a big container of food he was carrying, quickly handed over it to the Monk and said, “Reverend Sir, Today, I am very happy to give you this food.... Of late, I am continuously suffering from a certain health problem in my life and the doctors attending to me could never get me total relief..... I was depressed with the pain and constantly was praying to my God for Solace.... Yesterday night, I had a strange dream and I was told in the dream, ‘Tomorrow morning, you prepare very good tasty food and feed the most deserving man of hunger, your pain will come down!’   I woke up from sleep and was about to brush off the dream from my mind but I don't know the next moment, my conscious alone stressed me doing what I was told as I found no solution for my suffering....

    I instantly firmed on that, quickly cooked and packed the tastiest food with my own hands, neatly packed it and came out searching for the most deserving man to feed.... I could not find such a man in my area and suddenly got an idea....'Why not search in the train which arrives here at this point of time?'  Without a further thought, I came running here looking out for such a man.... I just saw you and instantly felt at my heart that I should give this food to you only.... Sir, please eat this from my side and Bless me for all good and happiness in my life!”

    All around were in spell bound silence seeing the magical happening in front of them!


    (Based on a Story heard in my younger days....)

    Friday, February 13, 2015

    THE 'UNIQUE ORIGINAL GAME!'

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    The day was a 'Very Special Day' for the Rich and Aristocratic family of the Town.... It was a 'Great Event' of the year as the Little One just completed two years on that day! No doubt to say, the child there was the center of attention of every one…. And the proud family decided to conduct the Event with much Pomp and Show….

    The time was 'ON', the guests started pouring in quite a good number and 'Blessings and Good Wishes' for the Child were all round…. Most of the guests vied with each other to present the Costliest Gifts for the Little Boy so that the elders of the family were truly pleased as that would be indirect blessings for them too.... Wide choices of dresses, varieties of toys and ornamental gifts costing thousands of Rupees were floating all around! The Child was praised, patted and the good wishes were conveyed with almost a big bang….

    A few toy gifts were opened up then and there both by some of the guests and the hosts to show to the Little One the amusing items indirectly assessing the worth of those and the worth of the people behind those gifts.... The drama no doubt was invariably ON within the minds of hosts if not in all but cheerfulness and smiles were on outward faces.... A few guests too were no less there and their talk a bit distinct and louder was simultaneously heard around....

    • "This toy we specially selected for the cute boy when we were on our tour abroad visiting the Places.........."
    • "We roamed the entire Market Place and finally picked up this unique gift.... Here the specialty is..................... and can you guess what the shop man quoted as the price? It's..........."
    • "This piece of yellow metal was specially selected abroad near the famous........ when we had gone there on our half yearly............"
    • "Last summer we had been to this beautiful Scenic Spot....... My God! You should see the Place at least once in your life time.....There, we selected this piece in a Corner Shop famous for the very famous Items to gift on Special Occasions, of course keeping in mind the Little One's.........."

    Subsequent to all that talk, certain Event Programs were conducted a midst loud clapping and chorus singing….

    All the while, the Working men and women around were strictly instructed to clean up the area continuously keeping all the rubbish discorded to a corner two rooms away and the Orders no doubt were implemented in toto!

    For a while, the family members were busy talking to the guests a few carefully weighing their words and seeing the reactions from them and some guests too invariably being in the same tempo …. The atmosphere was totally filled with extra attention, careful movements, over politeness and constant comparisons.....

    Suddenly a member of the family noticed that the child moved from the Central Hall without none of their knowledge…. No doubt, it was a small tension for a while…. The guests too noticed the same and in no time all together started searching for the boy…. But the tension just lasted a few minutes only when someone noticing the child two rooms away shouted from there…."No Worries please...He is safe here!”

    Instantly every one rushed to the point …. Yes! The Little One there was happily sitting in a corner to the relief of all blissfully playing a 'Unique Game' of his own not bothered to notice the people that came in….

    With a bright colored discarded Carton of one of the cheapest toys in one hand and a thrown away Color Paper used to wrap the costliest jewelry gift in the other moving them rapidly in air followed by rubbing on ground and noticing with inexplicable smile on his face as the Carton and the Color Paper glittered in the semi darkness making a crackling sound in air!

    Wednesday, February 11, 2015

    IT'S A 'SACRED TASK'.... AND THE 'DETERMINED MOM' IS READY TO DO THAT!


    The Young Mom in the big joint family was taking care of the Little One of two and half yrs old..... And she was tired beyond as the child attention was no less.... It happens, when one is loaded beyond and some of the routine works had to be put off temporarily....

    Here too it happened.... The Mom in picture had no time even to think of the day to day routine issues except take care of her basic daily Work and pay attention to the child....

    A few people of the joint family were supportive but that type of support in taking care of a Little Kid can never be total compared to what the Mom was doing....

    But the same people never understood that in the right way.... And so naturally there were few mild comments on the Young Mom as part of routine....

    • "She should be a little talking to her people around...."
    • "We too are caring for the Little One.... It's nice if she reciprocates on that!"
    • "She many times, goes on looking at her child constantly conversing with him totally unaware of the fact that others too are doing some thing in that direction...."
    • "When something is needed for the Little One, she instantly demands it but it would be nice if she remains there with a thankful gesture!"
    • "I understand that she is burdened with the child care but why should she forget that we too are here with her to help out?"
    • "You said it.... If you really ask me, I was the one many times went out of way......."
    • 'She should never forget all that so easily... In fact, she should take at least a little time and look at those who were with her all these days...."
    • "OK! Leave all that... We have done our job.... Let her decide what she should do.... At least, if not now, let her remember this and acknowledge at a later time...."
    • "I am no one to comment on her.... But I tell you, she should change a bit...."
    • "This discussion is a waste.... Whatever we say, she forgets all the next moment and would be back to her track.....Let us leave it.... We have other works to do...."
    The elderly gentleman of the family, a man of true wisdom who was listening to all that talk intervened and said, "Dear All! What is it you are talking here? Have you totally forgotten that a young Little One who has to go thru' a long process of total Personality Development at the back of good health, safety and various skills of life which work goes for the next 15 to 20 yrs is totally under the care of his Mom you are referring who is determined to do the best in that direction whatever be the odds in life and see that the Little One grows up....

    It's a Sacred of Work of 15-20 yrs bestowed on her by the Almighty and He forever expects all of us forgetting our ages, petty differences and small requirements be ready to help her out in the Great Task!"

    To the people who became instantly silent with the unique revelation, the elderly smiled and said, "It's a job here which forever a Mom can definitely do in full and even if one of you readily take up the whole, it would always be incomplete unless you are ready to do many sacrifices ahead coming up in future life foregoing often your own personal comforts!"

    Monday, February 9, 2015

    The darkest 'Hour of the Night'....

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    The man was too tired with the incessant Works pouring in at the back of a few sleepless nights…. He had to constantly monitor certain movements around, keep a continuous watch on the likelihood hold ups and see that the many loose ends were tied up in time till the PLANNED FUNCTION became truly a SUCCESS.... Not at all a less Work! Then how could he sleep as a wink too can distract and make things go quickly out of control?

    That night around 2 AM, he penned down a few of the next day's activities and slept for a while.... Those activities were there in his mind till he dozed off....
    • Morning, go to ATM, withdraw cash required for the day and bring it home....
    • Later in the day,deposit the Loan Check received into his account....
    • From there go to the Real Estate Office and initiate the sale of the Site for clearing the Loan and meet the other expenses....
    • To monitor the activities of all people around....
    It was early morning hrs....The milkman was too early and rang up the bell.... The man got up and came out to take the milk.... To his surprise, his friend was at the door....

    "Dear! some bad News for us.... Just now, I went to our ATM to draw some money.... There was already a big Queue in front of it.... It appears, the Finance Company in which we invested our monies had run into deeper debt problems....."

    The man became motionless.... "That means, our monies invested......... Oh! That's not a small amount.... One fourth of my Savings are......."

    "One more thing, I just read in the News Paper now.... The Real Estate Office of our Builder where we paid off 90% advance is closed for the past 7 days.... It appears the man had just vanished......."

    "What are you talking dear?"

    Hearing the commotion, the Neighbor opened his door.... "Sir! Yesterday only, I came to know about one issue.... Our this Apartment Complex, it seems had not complied with certain Regulations...." he said....

    "Hi! I want to tell you.... Last night, few of our cars from the  Parking Area were lifted off by some unknown men.... I checked just now.... My car is there, but your Vehicle......... " the other neighbor who just came up from the Parking Lot said....

    Totally lost, the man came in, the telephone rang...."Hello, Suresh Uncle!  My dad is not doing well.... You are required at Native Place......."

    That was the limit.... The man became wild.... "God!  What's happening?" he cried out aloud....  
    Yes!  The dream was too much for him.... Perspiring profusely, he got up from the bed....

    "What happened, Son?  Seems, you had a bad dream.... Don'y worry.... Relax for a while....
     We are all ready for the Event....You need not run for anything.... Everything is taken care of!" the Elderly Mom near by instantly comforted her son....

    The time was 5 30 AM.... The early morning bird chirrups were heard out side with the morning twilight seen in distance.... It took 5 minutes for the man to understand that it was just a dream.... Everything was intact.... Nothing lost.... All the activities were on the Right Track.... And, in no time, he was totally relieved of all that tension in him....


    But for him, the darkest hr of the Night was just before that day's Dawn!

    Saturday, February 7, 2015

    THE 'SACRED WHISTLING'.. HAVE I LEFT IT LONG BACK?

    The story that very much reminds me of the above message goes thus..

    A man of mid thirties was doing well in his life with a good family, a decent job, by God’s Grace reasonable good health and handful of finances by the side. He was thus a happy and contented man in the situation and days were passing thus.

    On a fateful day, suddenly a very threatening thought entered his mind.

    'What would happen to me if I am suddenly cornered in my life and due to that my present comfort and happiness are put to stake?' 

    And unfortunately, he was caught by the force of that thought beyond a point where an 'unknown fear' gripped him in a short time. That 'fear' soon compounded within and started constantly reminding him,

    'Be careful and watchful. Something going wrong may squarely create a havoc in your life!'

    And that had just gone so deep into his personality that he constantly feared venturing even normal day to day activities and started praying to God the max!

    That day morning he took out the car and started moving towards his office..

    • On the road done 2-3 mistakes.. Got enough banging and warnings..
    • At Office.. Got a few mobile calls from unknown numbers but was too much afraid to take the calls from unidentified people..
    • At lunch hr, few personal papers were signed in haste but soon a big worry followed for the correctness of the activity done..
    • Later, some amount of cash had to be handled in the Office.. The inside tension almost brought the process to a halt which attitude brought out enough preachings from the Boss.. 
    Soon it was 3 PM Tea Break and by that time the man was almost half dead!

    Exactly, at that point of time alone a 'Unique Question' came up in him and it was really 'A Miracle' of his life.

    'Is living like this, worth for a man of my stature?'

    And that truly was a 'Turning Point' in his life at that point of time and the same sure had done its own immense good. Instantly, there was totally a 'New Energy' in him which straight away asserted,

    'Don’t run away here. Simply face it!'

    That's all..

    • The further money handling issues were closed smoothly.. 
    • The personal papers were checked and signed; that means 'everything is OK!' was the firm conviction that followed.. 
    • The pestering mobile calls were straight away taken and answered with such a firmness that the callers at the other end might have decided to think twice before calling on any number in future.. 
    • Evening.. Coming back home was truly pleasant followed by perfect driving pushing through the dense traffic like a hero at the back of giving out a few advices on driving.. 
    And when he entered home, to his surprise he found himself 'Whistling' aloud without his own knowledge. And suddenly there was a question in him, 

    'Why have I missed this 'Whistling' all these days?' 

    The Almighty smiled from Above..

    “This Inner Strength is a Gift from Me to everyone on the Earth. Those who, the earliest see it in themselves truly live a life 'Full of Worth' and who do not see that and plead for Consideration and Support from Me sure do it in vain; doubtless to Say!”

    And my understanding here is..

    'I've to live this life to the best of abilities known to me.. I'll try to live by upholding the Truth as much possible and where my senses take over me thru' their powerful hold on me, I just live thru' that situation and the earliest moment a certain stability comes back, once again I take shelter under Truth and thus live thru' this one life with all firmness!'

    I strongly feel that whatever be the situation, my secret super power is going to be ultimately sticking to such discipline in my life instead of escaping at the earliest opportunity!

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    Friday, February 6, 2015

    HAPPINESS UNLIMITED!


    The neighborhood family just returned home in their newly bought Red Lamborghini Car…. As they were alighting from the Car along with their 4 yr old, the next door family along with their 3 yr Little One just came out of their house on certain errand.... Instantly, the Little One was attracted by the Red Car in front....

    “This One, today only we got it from the Show Room…. How is it looking?" asked the owner of the Car….

    “Oh! Congrats.... It really looks fantastic! How much did it cost you?  Was it all down payment or you had gone for Loan?”

    “Oh!  It costed a lot!  And, almost I paid off all of it except a few lakhs for which I had gone for a loan....” said the man with a pride distinctly seen on his face….

    The 3 yr old had never turned off his eyes from the new Car…. He with all softness, touched it a few times and was looking himself in the shine of the side door….

    The Lady asked with a smile, “Dear! Do you like our new Car? Actually, we all can go to your Park in this…. There Aaakash and you can play for sometime time…. Shall we go tomorrow? You will like it….”

    The Little One, with eyes wide open immediately said, “Yes!” and after a while again said in broken words with a distinct excitement seen on his face, "I too have a Red Lamborghini Car…. Also, I have a red Audi Car and a blue BMW Car….. Three cars I have.... 
    Mummy keeps all the Cars in my Cup Board and gives me daily one for Play after my School…. Do you want to see my Red Car?   I just now finished my Play with it.... It's inside....Wait, don't go, I'll go and get it for you!" 




    The Innocence has its own Charisma!

    Thursday, February 5, 2015

    A TRULY 'WORTHY GIFT!'


    It was the usual busy morning hrs of the day….

    The mother of the 5 year old kid completed her early morning house works, prepared the child for school and as the child needed some writing materials for the day’s Class on the way to school, she just left the child to the care of another grown up School girl with her and crossed the road to get the writing materials as the school was on the same side of the road where the child was left….

    Having bought the items as she looked back, she suddenly saw her child coming a bit on to the road, the girl with him looking in some other direction but still holding the child's hand!

    That's all.... The Mom was instantly taken over by a feeling of safety of the child and in no time ran across the road to stop him coming on to the road….

    In the process, a cyclist coming down squarely hit her and the next moment, the mother and the cyclist fell on to the road…. The Mom quickly got up, ran further and took care of her kid who in no time started crying seeing his Mom fall down on the road.... The cyclist too got up and having found himself not hurt much, picked up his bicycle and silently peddled away from there…. The passers-by who were just witnessing the incident,  moved on seeing every one safe and OK....

    Time never waited.... The small child soon grew to a handsome young man well educated with a good job on hand….

    The grown up son clearly remembered that one incident of his mother running to him risking her own life to safeguard him and he firmly decided to gift her the best out of his earnings.... 


    Accordingly on a day, he purchased a 'Special Gift' to his mother and presented it to her on an occasion…. The Mom said with a smile, “Dear! I don't need this item in my life…. I will keep it safely for your future!”

    Not satisfied, next time the son bought her a 'Costly Item' on another occasion…. She again said with a smile, “I don't want you waste your monies on these Gifts for me…. Give it back and buy something useful to you!”

    Not satisfied, the third time he purchased, a costly gold jewelry for her as a  gift on an important Festival day thinking that the money was not wasted there…. 
    She straight away said, “This is not for me.... Keep it in the Locker for your future family!”

    As a last resort to please her, the son booked her Flight Tickets to visit a Pilgrimage Center….

    The mother looked at him and said, “Dear! We have come up on our hard work…. God never asks me to spend your monies in an expensive way and visit the Sacred Places…. Please book normal train tickets for me to go to…….. and come back…. My own monies are there with me to meet that travel cost....”

    The grown up son was puzzled beyond.... He was at his wits end to know how he could make his mother happy with his earnings.....


    The Mom in no time sensed his anguish, smiled and said, "Don't worry, dear!  I am sure, I want nothing from you at this stage or at anytime in future.... But, I would be the happiest if you, out of your Health, Knowledge, Earnings and Good Behavior with you today, further do the BEST in your life, FLOURISH  and be the RIGHT PERSONALITY of your life.... I just ask you only this 'SPECIAL GIFT' from you at this point of time and do promise me that you will sure deliver it to me in your life at any cost!"

    Wednesday, February 4, 2015

    'THE GOOD ADVICE!'


    “Sir! You should help me out in this pestering problem of mine.... I know, you are the right person here to seek a Good Advice.... The issue is.... You know, that friend of mine, the great Mr........... My God! What trouble this man is giving me these days! Am sure, he will soon be punished for all this…. I tell you, what happened is...............”

    “Don't worry dear! You should definitely end all this nonsense and I can sure help you out here.... In my life so far, I advised many people with such personal problems .... And I am sure you too will soon come out of all this turmoil.... I just tell you basically what you should do here..... ”


    “Yes, Sir! That's why I came to you…. Before that, please tell me one thing.... I want to be simple in life and move along as smoothly as possible.... My Philosophy of living is not to interfere with people.... But still if this man is forever ready to attack me, what else I can do?  Sooner or later I should show him his place….”

    “Yes, dear! I too feel that that's the only right way here.... Postponing issues will only worsen the situation.... I tell you, straight away go to him and.... ”

    “I'll tell you one Incident…. That day, I was very busy with my work….You know my work and how it pushes on …… I was very busy struggling and breaking my head with those problems.... At that moment only, he came to me and said............... I was simply taken a back, with his words…. I don't understand, what he thinks of himself...."

    “Yes! You said it and every time it happens like that only…. You should just meet him and say...........”

    "I controlled myself and tried not to show my anger because after all, I' m a gentleman and given a chance I can't do like him…. So I coolly said……”

    “OK! You have done it that way.... Leave that there only…. But you should never yield here.... It's going to be a big mistake if you do it.... I tell you, the right action here is....”

    “One minute, Sir! Let me tell you the rest of the story.... He was not leaving me there…. From one issue to another…. He soon pulled me into the net of his issues and I could not cut him off…. That way he manages so well to please the other man….”
    “I am saying dear, here alone you should be careful…. You should not be trapped like this anymore…. Take my this wise advice and you will be once for all freed from all this….”

    “So…. He started like that and soon he looked like a close person…. I had no go there but to allow him tell his issue…. Then he started narrating his problems…. Of course, he has certain issues with him but who is not free from problems in life?”

    "Yes, you said it! Who is not free from problems? And if you yield here, you will have these problems again and again…. You should end this once for all.... That's why, I tell you…….”

    “When I see a little deeper, I sometimes feel that he has more problems in life than me…. That’s why he is behaving like this…. If I imagine myself in his place....Oh! I cannot even think of it.... By God’s Grace, at least I am free there….”

    “That’s how you become weaker…. I tell you, don't yield here and hit at the problem straight away.... The man causing the issue is to be once for all made alright.... The best way here is...."

    “OK! Sir! Let me forget all these things…. After all, he too is a human being like me and how can I find fault with my next man so easily that too a close friend and one who is loaded with problems from every side…. If I really do that, God will never forgive me in this life…. Let me forget all this and be only a friend of him here… Why all this hatred in this short life? We don't know, what is in store for us the next moment …. Anyhow, Sir! Thanks a lot…. I had a good talk with you…. Sorry. I've to go now…. My boy will be waiting for me….. See you, Sir.... Bye!”

    “???????”

    Monday, February 2, 2015

    BEYOND IMAGINATION!


    ### The Little One was too naughty....

    Very often, he used to play with his Grand Mom falling on her repeatedly almost stamping her out of her energies....

    The other day, he just jumped on her with all his might with a creaking sound on the bed and the Grand Mom instantly shouted, "Oh! I'm gone!"

    The next moment, the child got away from her, looked at her keenly for a few seconds and with a big smile on his face shouted back, "You are there!"

    ###  As the child's activities were going beyond the safe level, The Grand Pa decided on a concrete plan of keeping his mischievous activities under check for a while....

    Whenever the Little Boy standing on the huge bed started jumping continuously precariously going to the edges or started rolling over the bed violently thus invariably going to the edge, the elderly man showing his favorite toy used to warn him saying.... "Dear! If you are on the edge, I 'll throw this out of the house!"

    The Little One instantly used to shout back.... "No No No.... Don't do that....I'll be in the Center!'

    The Grand Pa was jubilant that he could control the boy in no time.... And whenever the boy appeared to be on the edge of the cot, that one Mantra alone worked instantly....

    That day morning the old man was sitting on the edge of the bed talking to the boy....

    Suddenly, the Cute Boy shouting aloud, "You are on the edge.... Now, I 'll throw the toy out!" instantly took out the same favorite toy and threw out of the house to the great amusement of every one around!

    ###  On another day, the boy was given a quiz.... The Grand Pa asked, "Dear! what is 2+3?"

    The boy was not knowing the reply.... The Grand Ma took him near and whispered in his ears..."It's 5!"

    The next moment, the child looked at his Grand Pa and said with a big smile, "It's 5!" in a very low whispering tone!

    Sunday, February 1, 2015

    The Song of Life many times not sung properly!


    Life initially encourages… Next tries to assert…. Further forces on doing…. If not honored beyond sure brings forth Own Implementation!
    Why wait here till that takes place? Listening to the Pulse of Nature forever is the Right Way of Living!
    Seen this way, next moment the tension in me is out and comes in its place the everlasting Peace in which State a Single Action alone is ever perceived!
    It just touches like the softest feather if welcomed but hits like the hardest rock if firmed up to oppose which choice again is purely mine and mine alone!
    Thus, I alone decide my fate on the Earth.... None else will be doing it and can do it for me!
    It's truly a Choice-less Living here if seen in the Right Perspective else Advices are infinite, Controls are endless and Choices are too many!
    Don’t I love my freedom? Then why surrender voluntarily to all this Confusion? Firming up here alone is the Ultimate Solution for all the so called 'Turmoils ' of Life at whatever levels they be!