Sunday, January 20, 2019

THE EVER REMEMBERED TIME OF 
THE EVENING.. "06 46 51!" 


Our little grandson staying abroad visited us during his summer school vacation along with his mom..

On one of the days, I took both of them to city for some purchases. While shopping at a gift shop, the boy picked up a unique clock displayed there sayin

"I want to gift this to grandma!"

"It doesn't look so great dear and the price is high.. Why do you want to waste money?"

The mom asked..

"It's not a waste.. Grandma only said.. 

'Time is money!' 

And I'm giving her money only!"

The boy replied..

I smiled and said okay and soon we billed the item along with other purchases. Subsequently, as we were relaxing in a cafe, the weather suddenly became cloudy and soon it started drizzling with rain lashing from all sides along with wind. The boy who never experienced such heavy rain at his place was no doubt excited beyond..

Seeing the weather worsening, we decided to return home, quickly hired a 3 wheeler and sat in it..

The 3 wheeler moved on but soon the traffic became thick and the movement of the vehicles became slow with the rain started pouring too heavily. Soon our vehicle came to dead slow speed, with pools of water spread out on the road on both sides.. 


The day light sufficiently dimmed with intermittent lightening and thunders at the back of blinding flashes and roaring sounds. But right at that moment of utter chaos around, our boy's joy and excitement appeared to be beyond any one's guess..

As the traffic got a little respite from slow movement, our 3 wheeler pulled on but an impatient vehicle from behind overtook us on the left side. In the process, as that vehicle entered deep waters there at max speed, all that muddy and cold waters around instantly splashed profusely straightaway on 3 of us thru' the open door of 3 wheeler..

Our driver instantly got enraged seeing the plight of us and was about to raise his speed to over take the culprit vehicle in front and scream at it's driver for the nuisance he caused

Had it not been to our little kid's simultaneous great screaming saying... 

"Hiiiiiiiiii......." 

With an unknown excitement clearly seen on his face under the flashing head lights of the on-coming vehicles equally all that dirt and what not on the road straight away bathing him whole and soul profusely!

In the process, the clock held in his hand loosely coolly slipped off and straight fell on to the road making a rumbling metallic sound..

Instantly the boy screamed..

"Oh! My clock!"

Looking out for his fallen dear item and started weeping..

I quickly understood the situation and requested the driver help in getting the item fallen down. The kind driver understood our little one's feelings, pulled the vehicle to the side and asking us to sit in the vehicle, rushed to the spot in rain for the item..

The boy's attention totally turned to getting back the clock and from distance as the driver picked up the wet, muddy and partly scratched clock piece, the boy's joy was unlimited. Soon as the kind driver uncle handed over the clock to him with a smile, he hugged it and kept close to his heart and we continued our further journey..

In another half hr we reached home, I wanted to reward the driver with extra cash for the valuable help he rendered to us but he refused saying that he had seen how the boy was holding the dearer clock from the moment he got into the vehicle and felt at heart that the boy should never go home without that when the item suddenly slipped off from his hands..

We thanked him profusely took his wishes for the little one and bid him bye..

Soon, the victorious little one proudly handed over the clock to his grandma saying,

"Grandma.. It's for you.. I got it!"

The grandma overjoyed, instantly hugged her little one saying,

"Thank you dear! So much you cared for me to get me this one. I'll keep it for a life time next to me in our hall!"

As we revealed to her the entire story of the clock..

Thus the clock even this day is safely preserved in our hall at our home as a show piece as later we found that it stopped working due to water gone in/damaged thus forever showing the evening hrs..

"06 46 51"

The time of the funny incident happening on the road on that day!

That happened 3 yrs back but the boy of 7+ today no doubt forgot all that, became busy with

Making google maps,
Constantly exploring into unknown lands and
Reading thru' historical events


As the grandma fondly calls him as her

Little Columbus..

All along the damaged worn out clock standing forever as the silent witness to the

The Great Unfailing Love

Between the two!

‘This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend,



an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

Keyword: TIME

Friday, January 18, 2019

POWER.. RESPONSIBILITY.. CULTURES AROUND!


This week's IndiSpire Prompt says..

When power declines, culture flourishes... do you agree?#PromotingCreativity

A short story in this context which itself speaks on the Prompt goes thus..


“Lord Krishna pardoned Sishupala, the king of Chedi for 99 mistakes committed by him but killed him on the 100th mistake and restored Peace in the kingdom. Do you know what those '100 mistakes' amounted to?”

Asked the Head of an Ashram to a congregation of ardent devotees listening to His Discourse..

All were silent..

The Master said,

“Here the mistakes committed by the king were neither the usual mistakes that one makes nor the occasional mild personal attacks on others generally heard around..

The usual mistakes are inevitable as 'To err is human’ and all are bound to commit them not a few times alone but many times in our life. This is basically a force of habit and here

Our immediate duty is to correct the same and help recover from the damage!

Even the mild personal attacks too are bad, one should refrain from doing that and by mistake if anything done,

Should quickly repent for that and do/face the necessary corrective actions required!

But when a man sits on the throne as a king, the role of ruling in the 'Right Way' is a very big responsibility and there the king should

  • Strictly monitor own conduct and character, 
  • Be fair and honest in all public related issues, 
  • Take care of the weak of the kingdom for their betterment and thus 
  • Continue doing the related welfare activities 
With human expression seen everywhere wherein various cultural groups of people together exhibit their artistic capabilities freely to their best..

When this Great Task is not accomplished properly, the king has no way continuing in the role other than step down from the throne and face the charges made allowing a free trial..

But when this is totally forgotten and the king assumes the role of supremacy, misuses power,
  • Throws own conduct and character to a corner, 
  • Becomes unfair and dishonest in all public related issues, 
  • Makes the weak of the kingdom suffer and thus 
  • Continues ruling the related imposed activities 
With human expression taking totally a back seat wherein the various cultural groups of people are forced to suppress their artistic capabilities out of fear..

They become the real serious mistakes of the king and the Chedi King should have been punished with the first such mistake itself..

But the Lord allowed even such mistakes too up to a 100 (indirectly mentioned as a promise given to his mother) thus equally giving a fair chance to the energetic and charged king but in the wrong way to truly rectify himself with a repentance at heart and do the required correction..

Of course when that never happened, the Right Action there was to close the chapter and restore peace among people and the Lord's Actions followed instantly making the Chedi King zero in life with 


The total power gone at one stroke and the various cultures coming back with their full expressions!

Keywords: POWER, RESPONSIBILITY, CULTURES

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

THE ELDERLY WISDOM.. WHAT'S IT LIKE?




The man of 35+ had to get 3 of his issues resolved with a particular Office and in that connection, he visited the Office on a day.. The concerned staff looked into all his issues and replied that nothing could be done in the situation..

The man got upset and wanted to see the manager in that context. Soon he was lead to the manager..

The man requested,

"Sir! These 3 issues of mine are pending from your end since long time. I request you kindly do the needful!"

The manger gave his explanation but that was not acceptable to the man, he raised his voice and soon the senior manager came to the place and asked what the matter was..

The manager explained to his superior the issues, the senior manager too had a glance at them and told the man that nothing could be done from their end..

The man became very angry, soon there were some verbal exchanges and finally with no solution to the problem he returned home..

Seeing him upset, his elderly father asked what the matter was..

The son explained how the people of that Office refused to listen to him and sent him back on the issues which he brought to their notice for resolution..

"Dear! Let me help you, here. Can you just brief me on the 3 issues?"

  • "There's no use, dad! They are adamant in their approach. I requested them so much but all together showed me the exit!"
Next day, the dad went to the Office with the 3 issues and returned by evening..

"What happened, dad?"

The son asked..

  • "Am a success in resolving all the 3 issues of yours!"
"You mean.. You got them thru'? That's great! How could you convince them so easily?"
  • "Dear! It's often not me but my grey hair that speaks!"
"Yes.. I got the point. As an elderly man, they couldn't refuse to you!"
  • "It's not that, my dear.. I never deviated from
THE RIGHT
  • Here!"
"Dad! I was also doing that alone!"
  • "See.. It's not one sided convincing alone that matters in all such issues. Something more is required to be done!"
"I don't understand!"
  • "Dear! On the 1st issue no doubt, the lower 1,2 and 3 officials pleaded their helplessness but I raised the level, they had no go but listen to me there, allowed me to meet the top. I explained to him the 1st issue and 
OUR RIGHT
  • Over that.. The top man got convinced and instantly instructed his assistant to resolve the issue. Your matter will be thru' in few days!"
"What about the 2nd one?"
  • "Yes, we both looked into that issue but there's one hitch because of which we have
PART RIGHT
  • On the issue and that hitch needs to be cleared from our end. For that they needed extra info from us with documented proof. I got necessary forms. You fill them, attach the required and send to the Office. Your issue would be thru'!"
"The 3rd one?"
  • "Yes.. That too was discussed with the higher up but when I had one more look at the issue, I myself got convinced that we have 
NO RIGHT
  • There to demand a solution. I said sorry for troubling them, withdrew the 3rd one and came back!"
"But dad, you said you resolved all the 3!"
  • "Yes, dear.. Here this too is a resolution only because I myself, successfully solved that thru' my own intuition!"
Keyword: WISDOM

Sunday, January 13, 2019

THE UNIQUE CLICK WHICH IN NO TIME REPLACED THE USUAL PHOTO OF OURS!

We both, the bosom friends from our childhood had to depart on a day permanently away from each other. Just a few days before departing, our emotions ran high, we embraced each other tight and decided to have a good photograph of ours together as the remembrance.. Accordingly, 

  • We clicked the finest photograph of ours together with one of the best digital cameras with us, 
  • Gave a good caption to it on top indicating the deepest bond between us, 
  • Included a message at the bottom expressing our feelings of togetherness and 
  • Added a tail piece to that expression saying
'This picture ours

Invariably shows our love towards each other..
Truly depicts our lifetime smiles..
Would bring out the old memories of all of our earlier interactions and
Would stay unscathed for a generation!'


We subsequently printed 2 copies of our photograph, got them framed in classic frames and retained one each with us..

Equally it was planned to upload the photograph on our Social Network so that other friends and relations of ours would see and applaud us on our unique bond..

I remarked, 
"My Dear! 
  • Our bond forever is reflected through this photograph which we both keep with us for a life time.. 
  • Thru' our phones and mails we would constantly be communicating with each other refreshing our memories..
  • Let our smart phones and laptops whenever are put to use forever carry this unique photo of ours on the desktop depicting our never fading friendship!" 
No need to say, my friend instantly nodded his head with a big smile!

The well wisher of ours by our side knowing our doings all along and listening to that conversation of ours smiled and said..

"My Dear boys.. I've written and kept this paper with me to show to anyone who talks on friendship. I think, you both need to by-heart this message at this point of time. Can you just make 2 copies of this and give me back the original?"

"No issue, Sir.. With our camera I can make a photo of that and we both can share it for our reading!"

Saying thus, I made a photograph of that, forwarded a copy to my friend and returned the chit to our well wisher..

"Please read that daily in your life before the start of the day and see if your 


TOGETHERNESS OF TODAY 

Truly stands to the 

10 ACID TESTS 

Mentioned therein with time and remain ever glowing for a lifetime!"

Saying thus, our well wisher left the scene..

As I looked at my photo containing the message and started reading that one by one, I slowly understood what fictitious attempts we were making to define

THE SACRED FRIENDSHIP

And what sacrifices thru' out our lives are required from us to maintain that as hitherto one of the best stories of true friendship as on date that speaks of such a sacrifice is the story of

DAMON AND PYTHIAS ALONE!




For clarity, the contents are reproduced below in the normal large front..

TRUE FRIENDSHIP


Forever would be ready to sacrifice for the other’s betterment.. 
Really Needs no reference for existing, needs no briefing at any time and is ever depicted through right actions alone.. 
Invariably seeks no appreciation but is ever praised upon.. 
Ever Talks of nothing but the goodness of the other for life time..
Needs no comment upon but just experienced.. 
Does the work of helping out the other for a life time.. 
Spreads limitless warmth around the other in all interactions.. 
Hides nothing of that spoken in the absence of the other.. 
Involves actively helping out the other all the time 
And 
Paves way ever clearing the tiniest obstacle in the path of progress of the other!

‘This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend,



An initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’

Keyword: FRIENDSHIP



Friday, January 11, 2019

GOOD WRITING.. WHAT'S IT LIKE?


This week's IndiSpire Prompt says..

Is leaving the social media the right step for those who wish to focus on writing? Must writers stop interacting even in real life? #GoodWriting

Before anything is said on the topic, a small story in this context goes thus..

Once upon a time, the relationships between 2 Kingdoms were cordial and peace loving. To continue the warmth of that, both the kings often used to exchange gifts and compliments on various occasions and invariably on every occasion, each of them took special attention to appreciate / praise the other a little beyond..

Once one king visited the other’s birthday function and commended,

“It's grand!”

In a few months, the other was at a traditional function of his friend king and commented,

“It's superb!”

Soon followed a cultural event in one of the kingdoms and the praise from the other party was,

“Well organized!”

Subsequently, the remarks were,

“Great idea implemented!”

At a public function conducted by the friend king. Further down, various compliments continued from each group,

“Marvelous presentation!”

“The work of a genius!”

"Truly artistic!"

"The never seen show!"

"Sure, the heaven on earth!"

"Nothing else stands to the glow brought out!"

Etc.. etc..

At various public functions conducted in both the kingdoms in intervals of time..

A few years rolled on thus without a look back but on a fateful day, suddenly the neighbor enemy King attacked both the kingdoms simultaneously. Both kings lost in no time and became permanent captives together..

One of the kings remarked in the cell,

“I don't understand, how we lost so easily to our enemy!”

The other straight away admonished him on his face saying,

“We should have done similar things to each other earlier instead of praising on our fictitious achievements and making us take life easy. Whatever might have been our instant reactions then, that would have sure set us right then and there..

Here, our officials too followed us taking their life easy and all that together added to the enemy's superiority over us!"

No doubt, interacting on either Social Media or in real life truly leaves me the best writer in respect of my writings provided

I write more and more in the direction of truth as much possible leaving pleasing others too that much

And

I rightly react in the required direction to the critical comments made on the topics and reply with more and more humility!

Unless I make a dent somewhere here in all my writings, soon the monster praise lurking around which can easily be exchanged at no cost will takeover and lead me exactly to a state where the story depicts the fate of 2 kings 

Thus, totally jeopardizing the interests of Good Writing

Calling a spade a spade often taking a back seat with glorifying seen in front! 

Which attitude has to be adapted, no doubt in all actions of my life on need basis..

When there are potential physical dangers to me

Or

Those actions are part of my skills which earn me a decent living

And there

My writings too sure become no exception!

Keywords: GOOD, WRITING

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

WORK.. WHAT IT'S LIKE?



It was Friday evening hrs. No doubt, the manager was tired beyond as he and his team worked the entire week non stop and could bring many sensitive issues under control to the satisfaction of his boss.. 

It was an hr beyond closing hrs and with a satisfied feeling as he was ready to move from his seat, the mobile phone rang up and one by one the family members spoke..

  • “Tomorrow afternoon we've to go for the outing planned. Hope you haven't fixed any other engagements in that time!"
"No issue, dear.. I'm fully free for 2 days!"
  • “Dad! Can we go out tomorrow early morning itself and buy all that stuff required for my College Day Function?"
"No problem dear! I'm fully free on Saturday and Sunday. You can leisurely finish your works!"
  • “Leave off tomorrow. Sunday you must positively take me to the Shrine........ Don't fix up anything for Sunday!"

"Sure, Ma! I'm totally free the whole Sunday!"

With a firm assurance from his end, as he moved a few steps from his seat, the phone rang again.. It was from his close friend..

  • “Yaar Ganesh! How are you doing? Do you remember.. We met last time…. I know you will be busy on Saturday. Sunday Evening......... ”
"One minute, Satish! Let me check.... Yeah! I'm free this Sunday evening. No problem.. I'll be there positively by......"

As he ended the call, another call was thru'..

  • “Mr Ganesh! Our Association's General Body Meeting is planned this Sunday at 10 AM........."
"Sir! I'll come around 11 AM for half hr as I have few family works. Hope that would suffice!"

Saying thus, as he moved to the door of the hall, the land line telephone rang up. He quickly came back and took the call..

  • “Hi, Ganesh! It's good you haven't gone yet.. OK.. Listen.. Just now I got a call from our GM. Tell me.. You haven't fixed any 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 and try to manage doing important personal works if any in between.. You know, this work is very important for all of us!"
"Sir, there is a small issue.."
  • "My dear! Leave the rest for the present and listen to what I say. You know our Clients…......Their Chief had planned a 2 day program for tomorrow and the day after with our GM to sort out pending issues and take account of the advance monies paid by them adjusting the liquidated damages for late deliveries.."
"Yes. Sir! I understand!"
  • "You know, our Company's finances this year.. It's all a mess.. I tell you, these 2 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 the important details required for tomorrow. Are you OK, dear?"
"No issue, Sir.. We can meet the requirement!" 
  • "Thank you, Ganesh! We'll meet tomorrow at 9 and you can brief me with all the details on our redness for the meeting scheduled at 11 onward.. Bye!"
"Bye.. Good night, Sir!"

Keyword: WORK

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

NO DOUBT, CHILDREN ARE FOREVER CHILDREN ONLY!

That evening, as the grandpa and the boy of 7+ were outside their house, suddenly the little boy asked..

  • "Grandpa! You are retired and you don't go to Office like others.. Where do you get your money?"
The grandpa smiled and said,

"Dear! I worked in my Company for 40 yrs and they saved for me a huge amount and gave to me when I retired!"

  • "But that'll be over if you spend!"
"Dear! I kept that money in my bank and they give me every month some money called interest. That, I use for my living!"
  • "Is that enough for you?"
"Dear! We don't need much money other than eating and buying small things and that is enough for us! When we are not well our insurance is there for doctor going!"
  • "What about inflation?"
"Oh! You know inflation?"
  • "Yes.. Daddy told me that prices go up!"
"You are right.. For that, my bank gives a little more interest.. That may not be fully enough but eating and spending also becomes less as we grow old!"
  • "How does bank give you money?"
"They give it to people who do business and take more from them. They keep something for them as their salary and give us the remaining!"
  • "Why don't you give your money to business people who pay you more?"
"I don't know how to give them.. The bank knows.. That's why we keep money with the bank!"
  • "If your bank is not there, you will not get this money?"
"Our government always keeps banks for us to save our moneys with them and earn interest. Like that so many people keep money in the bank, that big money government uses for good things!"
  • "In turtle land, it's different.. There no turtle retires.. All turtles work all the life.. There are no banks there..
  • Grandpa.. You know.. My turtle at home is waiting to play chess with me.. Come on.. We will go inside now and play chess.. Let us see who will win today!"
Saying thus, the little boy pulled his grandpa into the house.

In no time, the boy was seen into his active game of chess with his pet turtle toy all along screaming aloud on the movements he made on the chess board!

(The turtle land was the imaginary world of the child where the turtles alone live and the boy strongly believed that his pet turtle soft toy had come from there to their house)!


Keyword: CHILDREN