Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Recession... thy alter ego is Goodness

Recession... is I guess the modern Depression Era and so has the year 2009 been upto now. Satyam crashed, IT companies fired staff and still are. Companies have taken on cost cutting like a holy shroud and are seen from under that.

There are no A/C's turned on at the hotels and lounges, says the newspapers. I hear chotu while watching a serial say,"Dee, there is not ghoda for the Dulhaa..., recession has hit the serials kyaaa... Hehehehehhehe.....!" Recession is apparently the most said,voiced,heard word of this centure probably beating Beatles,soccer,stock,Enrique, SRK, IPL etc...

Now,talking and taking this seriously out. Recession has come hard on some people's pocket and for other's straight their heart like a missile rocket.Most of them lost their jobs. I'm not sure how do I react to this, since I have my job, how do I respond to few of my friends who have lost. I'm not sure what I have to say when I pray... Thank you God, that I have a job or Please Lord My God! give my friend a job.. . One side I sound selfish, the other side its a petition.So I'm stuck...

Recession has left people frustrated, bad mouthed and almost choked. Every other person seems to be abusing more than the usual.I'm sure this emotional outbreak will give rise to new and even more number of new types of depressions. Tomorrow for sure is going to see a lot more diseases. So how do we react to it?

With lost and no jobs, outstanding amounts to pay, not getting the right life partner (oh! it has hit the marriage market as well as terrorist market..Jezz so says the newspapers) and has made cost of living ever costly. Probably, recession must be a chapter in each of our lives has a moral at the end... Probably, let's learn to
a) Accept realities- You have a job- stick to it, you don't accept and search for new ones.
b) Learn to breathe in & out-Accept your thought and emotions: Yes, you are angry,frustrated, nothing is materialising,there is a pressure from the highs of high. Just..Wait, Stop and Breathe. It does wonders for a simple person like me.Would do for you I'm guessing.
c) Talk it out- To your friends or to yourself. Get it out of your system.
Recession is an external force that has affected us in and out.You cannot run away from it. Face it with all the strength you have and for that you need to be clear and rational.
d) Do a favor, don't add on the pressure- by yelling it at your family or boss or your servant. Just because you are sad, you don't want to call yourself a sadist. Just because you have been unfortunate, you don't have any right to scream at the opposite person. Since he/she too is a victim of this recession...
e) What's my mistake? Why this to me? Well, I have no explanation to that. The only answer is that recession has made me think that we have really no much power on our lives, nor our loved one's. Therefore be honest, just, live each day as its your first and last.
d) Money is not all- Now I see people spending dinners cooking inside their homes and walking on Tank Bunds eating channa bataanaa.Its all coming back now, more than the lounge and the bar,Ghar,family and friends is the new mantraa.Set your priorities right. We can switch jobs but you cannot switch loved ones.
e) Hope: Today is not the day, tomorrow will bring. Never let the flame of hope blow away. Let it remain the eternal undying flame, 'coz buddy it truly is.

Of all the negative things, recession has re-taught me the basics of life and people are going back to God, sermons, conventions, family, arms of the loved one's. Wait, things if now are bad, will turn good. For once, I think recession has taught us quite a bit... It's called Goodness.

Monday, 20 April 2009

With Love 'n' reverence , I call....

A bond is build,
Within a span of a year or minute,
Here I write a story of one such relationship,
Which all started less than a second.

All it took was a phone call,
and the next day she landed at the door step,
A charming smile she had, the moment
one saw sure, they'd fall for her at one sight.

As warm her smile was so was her heart,
She came out to be the only one who understood my plight.
We rarely spoke of what troubled us both,
Lifting each other's spirit when we hit the dead end.

Hours turned to days,then to weeks,
Yet again we never spoke of what frustrated the both of us,
The only thing that got us together was our work place.
Then this whole new project happened.

All of a sudden we had to put our heads together,
Got to know she was as smarter and brighter,
She taught me patience and perseverance,
She also taught me to open my mouth and as for help.

It was fun, all those 2 months,
With the adventure of the driver and the esteem,
The running to movie hallways,all
Those road side food and night outs.

The time to say bye came,
Thought it came too soon,
Good things never last they say,
Did we cry when she said Bye,
We'd be lying if we said Nai.

But then, the story does not stop here,
Life has given us and me a great friend,
A great listener, with her wit,
get's back the sunshine of the day...
Her name... with love 'n' reverence I call her Chennai.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Dream... I'm next

To Live and to live are two different things. To live could be just to breathe, eat, sleep, work, marry, give birth to kids and then die. For me to live is to think rational, feel trust, have a purpose, believe in a dream that drives me till my deathbed.

To dream and to make it a reality is a mission every person must pursue. There is a purpose, a calling in every one's life. All it takes is to know it, realise, accept and chase for it. Well, I'd like to confess that the journey towards one's dream is never ever easy. It's a NARROW PATH.

The times will be ever testing, relationships will be affected, the world will call you mad, selfish, arrogant, rude, insane... and a lot of discouraging words. It takes that grit and determination to fight all these storms of words, looks and even years of disappointment.

The journey of one's DREAM is a walk often taken alone.You will be left at many bends of life doubting yourself, the other one within you will mock at you, spit at you, you will sometimes bow and believe those words and will eventually fall(fail). But get up! Your spirits will be broken and shattered, Get Up. You will think you are your own enemy, Get Up! You will see everything falling down, hear your dreams crumbling down, Get Up! You will see darkness and your life almost choking you.. Don't give up, Get Up! That's the only mantra or charm or litany that you must chant day in and out. Make it your prayer, your breath, your pulse, your heartbeat and your life. Make it the reason and purpose of your existence.

Dreams are never instant result giving. Out of experience, as I say and live,it is a long long long term investment which entirely depends on oneself on how we invest out time, hard work and most importantly the FAITH quotient.

No matter which year of struggle you are in, no matter what the other one says, no matter if the people think you are looser, keep striving,praying and working. The dream will eventually materialise.

To dream your vision and work towards should become the opium of your life. People who dreamt were a curse to their society but that same society applauded them for the result of their dream. From every socialist to a poet thinker to a politician and actor... to live life according to one's dream was the motto and for some it is.
Awake that dream within you and live. Just don't live to exist. Live to fight, live to dream and make your dream come true.

Aristotle,Socrates, Plato, Leonardo, Michael Angelo, Einstein, Edison, Curie, Gandhiji, Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela,Ambani, Kalaam, SRK Dhoni, Obama... were and are those who dreamt.. I see my name next. Do you have the grit to pen yours?

Saturday, 18 April 2009

A world in its world and within that world...

When we were born, the whole world was staring and talking to us in some language that we for sure never understood. And the case remains the same pretty much when we all die. How? Just read...

The world gives us a name,
with that they make us tame,

They tell us when to laugh and when not to cry.

They again tell us when to talk and when not to talk.

Even before we understand what is schooling,

We are busy rhyme reading and number rattling,Then they ask, what we want to become, even before I saya word,

the world says an Engineer.... (well..... puking the truth...)

Now God knows what is that... that sounds Big.. is what we think...

And so , we cram up between subjects and friends and then also the world decides who should be my friend and who not (All for good... I never understood how can it be good when we talk bad and keep a distance from what the world says.. they are bad!)

And still the world keeps rattling... Then I become an Engineer, as the world wished. Thus making this world my world.

Oh! then I figure there is a World talking to me they are so glamorous and colorful and then there is other world (aww... my God), this world just talks loud... We hear gunshots, people yelling and crying in loss and poverty.. and then there is another world, yet another world and... I Scream!!! WAIT!!! How many worlds are there and to how many do I see, hear and can or do I even care????

And people of the world are still talking in a language that I don't get it................

So we actually live for the world.. or are we the world living in a world within the world..

So damn.. where the hell is my world......

You who are reading this, do you understand what I want to understand.. or do you not understand or you dont want to understand????