Thursday, December 15, 2011

"HELLO, YOU ARE SO AMAZING..."




Every material thing,

Around me,

Is relative in value!


Everything looks pale, worn-out and outdated

As Time passes by.

And, many a times,

Even Time is not required to make things

Look pale, worn-out and outdated…

My mind is enough!


The cell-phone that I use

Is just an ordinary Nokia one.

The other day, I asked a student of mine:

“Where can I change its battery?”

“What battery sir,” the young one shouted,

“Change your phone; buy a Blackberry…

You can afford one.”


For a while, I hid my embarrassment.

Then, I murmured in my mind,

“Dear, my son has one…

The one better than yours.”

Then, feeling strongly for it,

I grumbled in my heart,

“But, dude, ‘I’ paid for it…

I pay its monthly bills, too.”


I can afford a Blackberry or an i-Phone.

Yes, I can.

But, do I ‘need’ one?

This Nokia can take care of my needs;

My life goes smoothly

Without a Blackberry or an i-Phone.


The man next to me is fair and handsome;

I know I am not as fair or as handsome as he is.

“Come on! Somebody change me…

Make me as fair and lovely!”

I have long stopped crying like this.


Michael Jackson did…

I won’t;

I am okay with this look – Whatever you call it.


The young man there keeps changing his cars -

With the hope that the new one will not die…

Sad, it does!


Christmas is coming…

I just returned from the Raymond showroom.

Every piece the salesman showed me

Looked pale before the one he showed me next…

The next one was different, better… the latest!

Finally, I had to shut my eyes somewhere.

I did end up buying a trouser and a shirt…


But, let me tell you this:

Even before I have worn it,

It has started looking pale, already!


There are so many outfits - out there,

In that Raymond showroom…

I just did not see them all…

I left them behind...

I could’ve gone for a different one -

A better one, the one that would last…

Maybe, for ever!


My mind knows,

There are a hundred ‘brands’ in this world

Far better than even Raymond.

But, my heart consoles:

Raymond is fine… Be happy; be happy!


Some feel shy

To show their cell-phones,

And some their spouses;

Some feel shy

To drive their Maruti’s,

And some their passions;

Some feel shy

To walk with their parents,

And some,

With their own shadows!


For this Christmas, I need a trouser and shirt,

The blazer, I already have;

The old Nokia will not let me down

When I will wish my dear ones:

"Merry Christmas".


Baby Jesus was born in a manger…

He was a carpenter’s son.

I have a strong feeling:

The Brand of my cell-phone or trouser

Will not make this Christmas any different…

A manger can’t be a mansion

Even if try to I build it with gold!


This morning, I called up my loving mom

Who lives in my hometown.

“Hello Putha (son),” she cried with all her love.

She did not ask me:

“Which phone are you using?”


A Blackberry had nothing to do it…

Our hearts had!


And, last night, when I was about to retire,

I received this loving message:

“Sir, I just read your Blog…

I feel so good, so peaceful.

Thank you…

Sir, you are so amazing!”


This dear, dear student of mine

Has dozens of friends

And she is an all-rounder, in true sense.

But, she has been using

The most ‘basic’ phone

One could ever lay his hands on!


“Thank you dear,” I replied in a flash,

“You made my day… I love you.”


Nor did I ask this little soul:

“Which phone did you use?”

Yes, to ‘mean’ what she said:

“Sir, you are so amazing!”


GERALD D'CUNHA

THANKS:

The brilliant images used in this Post are by Ashok Ahuja. He is a professional Photographer and a very dear friend of mine. He is also one of the founder members of The Dawn Club, and, along with his gifted-artist wife, Sudha, has been helping me, and the Club, right from its inception.

13 comments:

Uttam Sen said...

"Hello Gerry," I just called up say, "you ARE so amazing!"

Great write-up! Keep it up!

...Uttam

Gerald D'Cunha said...

Hey Uttam... I have to say, now: "Hello, I love you!"

Thanks. Keep reading and commenting.

Love, GERRY

Yash Sharma said...

sir even i use a very basic phone that you can ever see.....even a black berry is of no use for me .....the phone that i hav fullfills everything i need.....

Gerald D'Cunha said...

Good boy!

Yash, if u keep it to the 'basics', our life will be richer... cooler... and, yes, more of love.

Thanks... Keep up your 'basic'!

Love, Sir

Anonymous said...

Life becomes only complicated with these endless desires. Yes, simpler, the better.

Very good post, very well presented.

Thanx.

. a Well-wisher

Gerald D'Cunha said...

You r right, my friend. Simpler... the better!

Thanks,

Love, GERRY

kiranjeet said...

So simple and yet so effective... sir no matter where we get lost in this materialist world... your simple effective words bring us back... thank u sir. Kiran

Gerald D'Cunha said...

Hi Kiran, thanks, really!

yes, the simple words should bring us all together...

Keep reading, and commenting.

Love, Sir

sonal said...

"OLD IS GOLD".....U HAVE PEN DOWN SO BEAUTIFULLY AND RHYTHMICALLY...
I Always keep on going back to my ravalgon sweets even though my fridge is loaded with imported choclates..i keep listening to purane bisre geet on FM even though it may be the 100th time i am listening to...my first ever book "Heidi"...read t so many times...never left it half finished..prefer seeing the sun set on the beach rather than going to a mall...Even though the new brands have swept away the market but yet it lacks the magical thing...

Gerald D'Cunha said...

Hey Sonal, I did not know... you too had this poet's streak in u!

U express so well!

Do it more often, and love it!

Yes, 'Old is Gold'.

Our security should come from our wisdom that we can do without all these gadgets.

Thanks, again,

Love, Sir

viva said...

'IF YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH YOURSELF, YOU WIIL BE COMFORTABLE WITH OTHERS'...THIS IS WHAT REQUIERED FOR A SIMPLE N HUMBLE LIFE. GERRY SIR, I LIKED IT VERY MUCH...ALL THE VERY BEST TO YOU.

Gerald D'Cunha said...

Yes Viva u r right. We had this wall poster at home in Mangalore... I still remember.

It is as simple as that!

Thanks,

Love, Dattu

viva said...

HAHAHA...ME TOO DATTU, YOU STILL REMEMBER THAT?.