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WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO IN LIFE?

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“Obsessed is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.”
-Anonymous
- In last three days, at least six parents of my students have met me or called me just to express their one major concern about their young ones… “Sir, they have clue about what they want to do in life.” They ask: “What can be done about it?”
Wish I had an answer to that question – “What can be done about it?”
My experience has been this: Each one of us has to figure out, sooner or later, what one wants to pursue in life. Parents, with all their good intentions, education, information and money, yes, they can only guide, inform, enlighten, inspire and support… But, they cannot plant dreams in their young one’s hearts… They cannot set their young ones’) hearts on fire. In other words, parents cannot make their young ones obsessed with their dreams!
It’s a personal quest… The early it comes, the longer one reaps its benefit.

I have been teaching young ones over more than four decades, now… Most of them are college student…

REMEMBERING OUR MAHABALESHWAR HONEYMOONS

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Awedding in the family is a wedding in the family. A lot of pressure, you see… I mean the social pressure…
I hear some of you react, “What social pressure? It’s a wedding in ‘our’ family, it’s ‘our’ money, ‘our’ likes and dislikes… So, why should we care about what other people think of us?”
Chalo… Blessed are those who really can go about handling the wedding in their family without caring for what other people think of them. They, in my opinion, are the strongest, wisest and the most peaceful people in the world…
The rest of us, including myself, are just mortals… We battle with that ghost - ‘Log kya kahenge?”

Some twenty five (or so) years ago, when a young boy and girl from a middle-class of a Mumbai family married, the honeymoon destinations used to be Mahabaleshwar, Matheran, Kandala or Lonavala. For the richer lot, it was Kashmir, Simla, Kulu-Manali, Ooti, Kodai Kanal, Mysore-Bangalore, Mount Abu etc. ‘Destination weddings’ was an alien idea…
And now? Let’s be honest… Will we – th…

EVERY WAR IS FIRST FOUGHT IN THE MIND

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It was a busy narrow-street. On both sides of the street, there was hardly any space left for people to walk. Everyone was maneuvering his way through the chaos, and so was I. Just then, a friend of mine, who happened to pass by on his motor bike, sighted me… He spontaneously parked his bike on the side and crossed over to my side to talk to me. Even before I could remind him to park the bike little away, where there was some open space, the motorist behind him yelled, “Akkal nahin hai kya?”
I instinctively knew it would provoke my friend… Yes, it did.
“Tameez se baat karo,” my friend pointed his index finger.
“Gaadi hatao,” the motorist screamed…
“Nahin hataunga,” my friend challenged.
By then, the motorists from all sides were honking incessantly…
I pressed my friend’s hand and gently whispered, “Let’s take your bike a little ahead and talk… It’s better for all of us.”
Luckily, my friend did not show any resistance… He crossed over, started his bike to park it a few feet away in the open…

IF I CALL HIM 'PAPPU', TODAY, IT SHOWS WHO I AM

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“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
- Helen Keller

Let me clarify my position right at the start, here: I am not writing this Post as a supporter of Congress Party or its President, Mr. Rahul Gandhi. As I have told many times before, I keep party politics and hardcore religion at bay. Particularly, if my writing is going to poison the minds around me… If it is going to divide and polarize.
I have been observing Mr. Rahul Gandhi’s political growth just as any of you would – reading about him, watching videos of his speeches and interviews, listening to people debate about him And, what had shocked me, always, was how systematically and relentlessly he was made to look like a joker, an idiot… a ‘Pappu’… and so on. What is even more shocking was this: most of my friends around me would think and believe so… would label him so… share the videos demeaning him and…

WALKING IN THE CLOUDS

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“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that counts… It’s the life in your years.”
-Abraham Lincoln

Ilove the names of Tai Chi exercises we do. One of them is ‘Walking in the Clouds’… I have chosen this name for today’s Post…



Some days ago, a dear friend of mine sent to me a video about an amazing woman by the name Anna Halprin. I hadn’t heard about this woman till my friend shared the video with me. I was so fascinated by the energy and charm of this graceful woman, that I was curious to know more about her.

Anna Halprin is still ‘alive’, and, she is only 98! When I say she is ‘still alive’, I know what I am saying: there is still life in her years, at 98!
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WHY HAD I BEEN SPARED AND WHAT DID GOD HAVE FOR ME?

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George H. W. Bush, who died on 30th November, 2018, lived a very long, active and productive life. He is the longest-lived American President when he died… 94 years and 171 days! He was the 41 st American President (1989-1993). Before that, he was the American Vice President for two consecutive terms (8 years).
The years of George H. W. Bush in the White House were eventful… The Gulf War was his biggest test… And, there was military action in Panama... The mighty Soviet Union was dismantled and the dreaded Berlin Wall had just crumbled. But, through it all, he remained true to his convictions and values He was a quintessential ‘family man’… He loved his wife, Barbara, (a very strong woman and an icon for millions of American women including Michele Obama), like a young teenager did and remained faithful to her for 73 long years, till she died in April, 2018…. Heloved his six children, who looked up to him as their hero. The untimely death of his daughter, Robin, who succumbed to leuke…

KAYAKAVE KAILASA... WORK IS WORSHIP

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One of the most perplexing pieces of advice I have received, from almost all the doctors who treated me recently –my surgeon, oncologist, nephrologist, urologist and the cardiologist – yes, all of them advised me to ‘go back to work’… Yes, as soon as possible. In fact, immediately once I was discharged from the hospital....

Well, it sounded very strange and funny, even stupid and cruel, at first. “What? Go back to work immediately after two major surgeries? I need to recover fully… regain my strength.... and, you know, all that self-comforting dialogues inside!

When I slowly began to feel bored and depressed lying on bed, I realized as to why my doctors did not want me to overstay at home… Yes, I decided to resume my work ‘as soon as possible’!

Almost all the doctors, who treated me, worked ‘crazily’… I have seen how my surgeon, a friend and a well-wisher, works in his OPD and performs surgeries in hospitals all across Mumbai city and beyond… I have seen how my nephrologist and urologis…
THE WILD, WAYSIDE FLOWERS
There is, always, something extra-ordinary in the wild, wayside flowers...