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Saturday, 26 October 2013

Two different worlds

 He looked at her and smiled
one look into his smouldering eyes
and her heart skipped a beat

they never spoke much
but for a reason unknown
she felt connected to him 
in ways she never fathomed.

She thought he knew 
how her heartbeat upon viewing him
always went askew
she thought he understood 
how much he impacted her

He chided her for being emotional
told her not to be foolish
never fully understanding the depth
of what she felt

He wasn't to be reprimanded though,
Because hers was a story 
which never got conveyed
nor did it ever gain momentum

In the forest they met
looking at each other silently
It was time for him to leave

She just stood still and the time ticked away
the wind blowing across her face 
as further away from her he went

He was lost in the darkness of the night
tried as hard as she could 
but him
she couldn't find
she called his name till her throat hurt 
his name echoed everywhere

so far was he
her voice he couldn't hear
as he galloped ahead towards his dreams
in valor and delight 

tired and weary
she sat on the grass
the unique pain she felt with every breath 
was a sensation she had never felt
gasping for breath 
she cried till dawn
silent tears falling on the grass 

at dawn 
when the sun beams touched her face
waking her from her troubled slumber 
she knew
that the pain had changed her
transformed her into new
she smiled then because she knew
the Lord was watching over her
It was then time for her to let go

She looking at a chirping bird nearby
she watched it soar across the sky
her heart unburdened and empty
sensing the same freedom and joy, 
she ran across the forest uninhibited 

He will be always cherished in her heart
no matter what, for times to come
As for her story
unfinished for eternity,
It will be wiped away by the sands of time
only the wind, trees and birds will stand witness
as they both continue to live their lives apart
 in two different worlds.....

"Do not pity the dead Harry, and, above all pity those who live without love" - Albus Dumbledore. (Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows)

“Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” –Sri  Sri

We are all are hurt at some point in our lives. We all fall down  somewhere.  What matters is our ability to get up and not  to lose faith. To smile through all the pain and know that pain can change you, for the better or the worse.  Being strong means knowing that you cannot be that way all the time. You need to have your weak moments, to accept, to let go of things you need to and to know that problems are what bring out the best in us! Every rose has thorns and a caterpillar has to live in a cocoon before it can morph into a beautiful butterfly and fly!

Dream. Imagine. Be Crazy. Be You!

     Au Revoir!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

'Independent' India !!?!!

It's 15th august again!
The national anthem is sung by the whole nation, patriotic songs are playing all over, The National flag has been hoisted at places and children are seen waving the Indian Flag at each other.
India is in it's 67th year of Independence..
But is this really Independence?
Are we free and independent from corruption? From poverty? From the rising inflation? other countries have set up their industries in our country, from toothpastes to automobiles, everywhere, Indians are paying other nations and boosting their economy.. is that freedom? Aren't we still slaves to all of the above? Of course you all know the answer to this don't you? Nothing new huh??

So?? Should we still celebrate independence?
Yes may be we should.. After all our forefathers' sacrifice would go waste, wouldn't it?
The blood they shed, the agony they went through was because they wanted our country to be 'Independent' they wanted the people in our nation to live in peace.
If they were alive, I'm sure it would have pained them to see that the common man in our nation is being stamped upon by our Government which only looks after it's own needs. Indians fighting against Indians. What could be more shameful?

Whilst our politicians are busy fighting within themselves and are busy yelling how they are right, our nation is being attacked from outside. Unprovoked attacks from Pakistan are being tackled by our army men and even as I write this, a brave soldier is being injured or shot down dead at the border. China has started claiming an Indian territory as their own. I don't blame any other nation but my own for this plight.
I won't write flowery poems about how I love my nation and how much of a huge patriot I am because the fact that I am writing this post, says it all and I know that you all love India as much as I do.

When people say, "Iss desh ka kuch nahi ho sakta" (Nothing good can happen in this country) it literally means that they are giving up on our nation.
If we want things to change, "we" ourselves must be the change.
You and me, we all are the change. We can't expect the nation to change unless we ourselves do, because we are a part of it. So the next time you see someone give a bribe, stop them, next time, you can choose to buy an Indian brand of soap! Vote!and vote for the right people! Small things matter! Or you could take part in initiatives like VFBI (volunteer for better India, an initiative by the NGO Art Of Living.) When we decide to be the change, there are so many options available and open to us!
 Just like charity begins at home, I would say even 'change' begins at home. I am not saying that we should disrespect foreign culture or people. Each culture, each civilization has something good and we should adopt the good from all around the world.

The mindset that "It's okay if I don't change myself, someone else is out there to do this kind of work"
 or the mindset that "even if I do my job as an Indian , there are people out there who don't do it, so my contribution won't matter anyway, so forget it!" This mindset is what is stopping some of us.

It's high time that we forgot our differences and stood as one. One spirit ties us all together.. The spirit of patriotism, the spirit of the nation, the spirit which speaks of our "Indian-ness" Let's all be small ripples who create a huge wave of change. Let's all make India "Independent" in the true sense and let's honour the blood which was shed by our ancestors. Jai Hind!

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

A tiny bit of Astrology.

Now 'Astrology' is one area which is of a great debate. Some people believe in it too much, so much that they start trusting frauds blindly while some think that it is totally wrong or inaccurate or unimportant to believe or know anything about astrology. There should be a middle ground to it. I think astrology can be of a great use if its used as just a guideline in understanding oneself and the people who surround us, personally and professionally.

In my video above, I've already spoken about the 3 signs and how they contribute our personality. I also speak of the elements of astrology and which signs come under each element.

To explain it further, I will  give you one example:  If a person is say Cancer by his Sun sign, Leo by his Moon sign and has Virgo as his Rising sign then he is bound to be having the typical traits of a Cancerian which are shyness, attachment towards his loved ones and will be a little more on the emotional side, but as he has a Leo moon, he will also be outgoing, gregarious and an extrovert, which are signs not typical of a Cancerian, but yet he may possess them anyway! And due to his rising sign being Virgo he may be sort of a perfectionist and may want things to be totally prim and proper.

In short, he is a mixture of all the three zodiac signs!

So do you get it? There are 12 signs in the zodiac and due to that, so many permutations and combinations are made.Fascinating isn't it?

Look around you, no two people born on the same day will have the same behaviour. Technically they should. But they don't, the primary reason being whatever I have mentioned above.

After we understand the basic principles of astrology, we can then look deeper into each sign and know its traits.

Like I have already mentioned, describing the personality traits of each sign is not what I am going to to. I just want to spread the message across that astrology is fun and interesting if we really get to understand it without any prejudices towards it. I myself am not a professional astrologer who predicts people's future, etc etc, but I am just a normal being with an interest in astrology and have been doing a bit of reading and studying for the last 2 or 3 years.

So viewers, just knowing a 'tiny bit' of astrology can help us in widening our perception and the way we look at ourselves and the world!

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Villains. Exploring the darker side.

In my blog, have always spoken about brighter, happier side of life.Well, what about the other side?

When I take the following names, take a moment to remember them and try to picture them in your mind. Why? read to know!

Hollywood- The Joker, Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct, Agent Smith in the Matrix, The Predator in the movie Predator, Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz and of course Alan Rickman and Harvey Dent.
Heath Ledger (The Joker)
Kevin Hall (The Predator)

Sharon Stone (Catherine Tramell)
Television- I'll just name one very prominent - the 'Dexter' series starring Michael Hall.

Back home in Bollywood- The iconic characters of Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan), Mogambo (Amrish Puri) to the bad men of all time, Pran, Prem Chopra, Lalita Pawar and Shakti Kapoor to Nana Patekar, Aushtosh Rana to Shahrukh Khan in Darr, Baazigar, Don to John Abraham and Hrithik Roshan (Dhoom Series)
Latest is Riteish Deshmukh and Siddharth Malhotra in the film Ek Villain.
Gabbar Singh

Literature- Who can forget Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter, Cruella De Vil in 101 Dalmatians, Jafar in Aladdin, The Queen in Snow white, Damon in Vampire Diaries or Shylock in the Merchant Of Venice?!

He Who Must Not Be Named (Voldemort)

When you think of them, in a jiffy you say that these were the 'bad' or 'mean' people of all times..
We all love to hate them!

What is it that makes these villains or any of the others, remembered and mentioned for years to come?
Why is it that every story has a villain?

In simple words, every story has a villain because it 'needs' one! The more cruel the bad guy the better hero can appear.

In fact there are times when in the movies or fictional novels the bad guy is much more appealing than the hero, at least I've felt it so.
Why? Because the 'bad' guy appears to be charming, charismatic, smooth, confident, fearless and intelligent. He has a layer of complexity and something about him is intriguing! He an invisible magnet in him that pulls us whether we realise it or not.

So one part of us always is with the good, the morally right and the righteous hero while the other part of us secretly admires the villain for reasons we don't understand.

Its always thrilling to watch the good win over the bad only if the 'bad' fights back to its best and throws challenges in front of the good.
Forget movies or stories, even in a normal sports game, the real sense of excitement comes only if both the teams play in almost equal competitive spirit and one of them wins over the other just by a small margin, that match is much more exciting one than an obvious one when you know who's going to take the cake away.

The point here is, major challenges are present in our lives only to bring out the best in us. I had read a friend's status 'Every single time that you are challenged, remember God wants you to come out as a Hero'

So the joy of the victory is always heightened by the strength of the obstacle or the 'villain'

Each one of us has a darker side in us too, whether we acknowledge it or not. At some point of time we all have fought with the darker side within us and the good within us has triumphed. A constant play of the good versus the bad goes on all over, everywhere in the world at all times.

As they say, the world is not divided into white and black, there are shades of grey too! So Nothing can be labelled as right or wrong, correct or incorrect. What may be right for a person, may be wrong for the other.
As Albus Dumbledore says " It is our choices, and not out abilities that determine who we are"

Hence, those who are termed as "bad" have many good abilities and characteristics, but it is their "choice" which makes them "negative" or "evil"

Let the dark get darker, don't be vexed, let it get more murkier and uglier, because after a point it can't get more worse or murkier because eventually after a point, it becomes lighter, clearer and beautiful- After every night, the day eventually follows! There is no other option!

                              " The shining sun is hot fire
                                the moon has dark spots too,
                                the bright looks the brightest
                                Only if
                                The dark is at its darkest
                                Take not the world at the face it displays
                                Because there's always an other side
                                 which it conceals "
So learn from the passion and strength of the dark while always sticking upto your original, true, good self.
Yes, there are negative people out there, from sadistic killers to murderers to terrorists, but if they weren't there, we would have never understood the tremendous significance of things like friendship, compassion, love, morals and the absolute joy of giving and helping.

Like I said earlier, the good always triumphs over the bad. it may be sooner or later, today or tomorrow, but it always will.  It's just that the real sense of victory over the evil can only be felt if the evil is at its best! Like'em or hate'em you just can't ignore them!

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Finding our way.

                                                             PART 1
When I decided to pursue physiotherapy as a profession, I had absolutely no idea of what lay ahead of me.
In the first year, I joined Vishwakarma Institute of Health Sciences and Research (VIHSR) which was a newly opened college branch by the well known VIT group of people.
Meeting new people, new teachers was a great feeling. We all soon got acquainted with each other.
The memorable time there was the anatomy laboratory dissections, where we saw and dissected the dead bodies and their parts with hesitancy at first and later with ease and fun. I still remember our lectures and practical sessions over there and were introduced to the medical field and just began to understand what 'physiotherapy' really was and saw a glimpse of the hospitals. It was just a beginning to a four and half year journey.
Then bad luck struck us. Our college decided to shut down, ( Reasons are too many to type here) We and our parents too, panicked! What to do, how to pursue further years in physiotherapy? which college? all these questions arose in our minds.By that time our first year results were out and we all had got exceptionally good marks. Our then Principal, made arrangements in M A Rangoonwalla college of physiotherapy for us to continue or study there for some days till we got official admission in a college. Same was the fate of our seniors.
Then within a month or so we all secured admissions as per university rules and were distributed in various physiotherapy colleges across Pune and outside too, according to our preference. A special mention to my friend Prachi who helped me get admission in her college- Deccan Education Society's Brijlal Jindal College Of Physiotherapy (DESBJCOP) in the Fergusson College Campus. I thought  'FC' wow!

Puja, Anupama, Sayali, Anood, Upasana, Akshaya, Sumit, Nirankush, Sharvari, hope you guys remember those days!
                                                      PART 2

I entered D.E.S college with a twinge of nervousness. New teachers, new classmates new atmosphere. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to adjust. Prachi was of great help in making me at ease over there and introducing me to others. Still, I used to miss my old college and friends. However, gradually this didn't turn out to be a problem. Why? because there were bigger problems looming ahead! Academics and hospital postings of course! 
We used to rush about, attending 8 o'clock lectures in the morning, clinical postings in the hospital from 10 am to 1 pm and then again afternoon lectures (when we used to be too tired to listen to anything anyway) or sometimes practical sessions in the afternoon. Second and third year passed in a jiffy though third year was the toughest where we had upto 12 subjects to study. Time passed by. We were busy treating patients, learning new methods of treatment, new subjects. There were times when I turned up to college looking like a pale white ghost who hasn't slept for ages. hahaha! I think we all had times like that.
Then we landed up in our final year. The feeling of being "the final year batch" took some time to sink in.
Today, we attended our final class of college. No more lectures hence forth. A sigh of relief!
Yes there definitely have been times, when me and my buddies have cribbed and complained that 'yaar kitna load hai, how much more can we do?' also there have been times when we all have said, 'When do they give us time to breathe, let alone study?' If I begin grumbling, the list would probably go on and on.. but hey wait a second! 

Why am I here then? why am I writing this? simply because I have loved those moments of joy which I have shared with you all. Those moments of laughter we all shared in between lectures, those times when we all have stood up united as a class, those moments when we shared our problems with each other, times when we got a ticking off together for something we shouldn't have done, from eating in the hospital canteen to drinking chai at the tapri to the dances we performed on stage through the years!
 Those times when we understood what the other meant to say just by looking at that person. Those seminars and conferences we attended, those Sundays we all sacrificed for the seminars that fun we all had when we went out for lunch or dinner as a class and of course, how can I forget Goa!!! such memories, I will cherish them forever. 
Final Year Dance Performance
Haha! look at us! lol


Yes there will always be our respective 'groups' or always be people who are more close to us than the rest of the class. But somewhere, we all have gone through good, bad, tough, easy, painful and not so painful days. Going through all of that has bonded us somewhere and made us grow as individuals and also together as a class.
Yes I know that 6 months of internship await us. But being a 'student' and an 'intern' are two different things.
We are bidding adieu to our student days today. Our journey is nearing an end and we are close to reaching a destination.
But isn't the journey much more precious than the destination itself? Everyone whom we met through the years taught us something.
Well none of us are perfect. But the imperfect things we did, make perfect memories.
The joy of nearing the destination can never be complete without a wonderful journey.

Before I start thanking anyone else, I would like to thank all those patients whom I have treated. Especially those who made it a point to tell me that I treat them very well. Without our patients, what would we be? 

I feel grateful to God that I am in a field where I have the ability to make someone's life better and change it for the good!

A huge thanks to my classmates but first I must thank 3 special people. Isha, Prachi and Snehal, you have been tremendously awesome friends who have stood by me through thick and thin.
A special thanks to:
Humaira, Tasneem, Sayalee, Krutika, Mukta, Apoorva, Shruti, Aishwarya, Siddhi, Swara, Ashwini, Urmi, Nikita, Zahara, Janaki, Pallavi, Trimbak, Namrata, Aboli, Kedar, Chinmay, Mukul, Devaki, Vandita.

If I have missed mentioning anyone please tell! 
This post is dedicated to our class. 3 cheers for us!!!!!!

I write this post with mixed emotions. Its been a tough ride upto where I have reached today. Yet somewhere the memories touch my heart and make me happy.

Have we found our way yet? Have we found what we will do, where will we go as yet? No
Only time will tell.
All I can say is that there is a content smile on my face as I end this post. :)
Our class!

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Fresh beginnings

"What's your New Year Resolution?" Everyone keeps asking this to everyone, at the end of each year, & hardly does anyone follow through with their resolutions.

Agreed, that the end of one year and the beginning of a new one symbolizes new beginnings and new hope and makes a person feel positive.

But does anyone notice that the resolutions each one of us makes or attempts to make are the same, like earning more money, buying fancy clothes, buying a car, house or losing or gaining weight or something on the similar lines. I mean all this is fine even great in fact, but 'yawn!' aren't you bored of it? Bored of making the same resolutions again and again, even when the years keep changing?

I personally am a lazy person, so usually, I don't make any resolutions at all!!! Planning anything isn't really my cup of tea & will never be, because I love to take life as it comes. But this year, I was irked by listening to the same old New Year list from people surrounding me!

Hence I 'attempted' at making resolutions, which are not the same old ones trying to change the outer aspect of one's personality but also the inner one! Here they go..

1. Don't judge yourself, no one is really prefect. everyone fails at something at some point or the doesn't matter if we fail, what matters is that we should rise above it & with style!

2. Don't judge others.. well if you are not perfect what right do you have to criticise others?

3. Forgive yourself. Often, we forgive mistakes which others make very easily, but find it difficult to forgive ourselves if we make a mistake. Forgiving oneself is much more difficult, but its really very important for mental health.

4. Don't take life too seriously or too lightly... I often come across people who are grim faced, solemn and won't even find the world's most hilarious joke, hilarious at all... & I see some people who are so shallow and goofy that even if a person cries, gets hurt or maybe even dies in front of them, they find it funny..  Both the categories are incorrect, the former showing lack of ability to enjoy life and the latter, an insensitive attitude. I think there should be a balance between the two. That is why in the Art of Living organisation, people wish each other 'Jai Gurudeva' which means a salute to the inner you, which is both fun-loving and serious!

contentment is necessary

5. Be content. Whoever you believe in, which ever God, be indebted to him. Be content that you are alive and healthy. Every person who comes in our life teaches us something. If they stay & stick by you, be content that that they are there. If some don't stick by you, remember their part in your life is over.
6. A big message- New year celebration is NOT synonymous to drinking, drinking and driving, smoking or binging on non-vegetarian food.
Well to each, his own. I don't want to sound preachy to people who drink, smoke or eat-non vegetarian food just because I personally don't do any of it or because it doesn't fit in my belief system; but hey just wanted to spread the message that doing those things does NOT make you 'cool' or a 'happening guy or gal' I personally feel such people are really shallow. So never try to do things which you don't like just because others do it, or just because you want to 'fit-in' 

7. Don't give up your hobbies- they make your life interesting!

 8. Appreciate nature. Most of us are so caught up with our respective schedules, that we barely have time to look around and appreciate nature. Now appreciating nature doesn't mean climbing Mount Everest. Even a pretty butterfly or a cuddly puppy or a beautiful rose is a miracle of nature!

Well, I'm concluding my post here, too much philosophy isn't good for health either!!! Haha! J
To those who were enquiring about why I haven't been blogging often, I just want to say that I hope I do it more often!

 Don't forget, though sometimes we may not agree, it is really a wonderful world after all!