Sunday, December 31, 2017


As I looked back into yr 2017 to take forward 5 things to yr 2018 in respect of disciplining myself and becoming a better individual useful to the myself as well as to the society, strangely the number never stopped there but steadily rose as I continued that introspection.

I thought.. It's okay.. If not 5, let me count the shortcomings and let me take all of them forward with a firm promise within that I do improve there..

Thus I got into certain thoughts and went on counting on the points wherein

  • I firmed up initially doing in the right way
But always ended up in either
  • Shelving it or 
  • Totally doing in a different or 
  • Doing a little in that direction and soon changing my intentions!
As I thus started counting my failures of doing the right, soon I found that the numbers invented were not enough to cover all of them as the figures straight away shot up infinitely..

I was aghast for a while but quickly reconciled to the fact that it's not the short comings of mine that need to be addressed instead I should change myself..

As I looked into that subject deeper, I quickly understood that

It's my strong 'self' with me that was doing all that mischief and if at all I should resolve this issue right now, this self alone had to be questioned.

Gone thus deep into the topic, it was not difficult for me finally where I should correct myself..

Many times, I may be easily finding fault with my next man saying that he/she had not risen up to my expectations but where is the guarantee that my expectation is the ‘Right’ one?

It's my own 'Ignorance' holding me tight makes me a 100% feel that what I do/say is the ‘Right!’

In that conflicting scenario, instead of learning the 'New' from the next man I often end up with a pride at my back and thus

  • Brand the man, 
  • Draw a line and 
  • Feel myself different and superior!
But the very fact that the next man too has
  • His/her friends, 
  • His/her well-wishers and 
  • His/her own people who 
  • Go well with him/her and who equally 
  • Put him/her on record for his/her achievements.. 
straight away reminds me the fact..

All is well with the other man.. Something is wrong with me only!

That soon brought out a message in me which I am very much interested to carry forward to 2018 as my takeaway to improve myself viz.,
  • 1) I should start truly caring for the other man to the best of my abilities and whenever I side track there which sure happens at my level of understanding, I should sincerely pull back and once again get into the planned actions!
And here, other than repeating this another 4 times within me like..
  • 2) I should start truly caring for the other man.......
  • 3) I should start truly caring for the other man.......
  • 4) I should start truly caring for the other man.......
  • 5) I should start truly caring for the other man.......
As a pre-requisite of this week's WOW prompt, I don't find another single takeaway with me at this moment!

I hereby wish all my Blogger friends and FB friends a very Happy and prosperous New Year 2018!

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

an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’

Keyword: Takeaways

Friday, December 29, 2017


I did the right but was pointed out and humiliated.
 Good people with me consoled me saying,
"You should have been careful all along!"
The wise man among them in addition, whispered in my ears,
"You should have been extra careful all along!"
When enquired further, he smiled and said,
"In projecting your doing all along simultaneously!"
"How would have that helped as the pointing out and
humiliation are still fresh in my memory?"
"That projection would have brought the doing right
to forefront every moment and kept it in limelight
making that feeling of pointing out and humiliation in you lighter today!"

I spoke the truth but was rebuked and humiliated. 
Good people with me consoled me saying,
"You should have been careful all along!" 
The wise man among them in addition, whispered in my ears, 
"You should have been extra careful all along!"
When enquired, he smiled and said, 
"In making a joke of your speaking all along simultaneously!"
"How would have that helped as the rebuking and humiliation are still fresh in my memory?"
"That joking would have indirectly brought the speaking truth to forefront every moment and kept it in limelight making that feeling of rebuke and humiliation in you lighter today!"

I lost my precious item but equally was made a laughing stock.
Good people with me consoled me saying, 
"You should have been careful all along!" 
The wise man among them in addition, whispered in my ears,
"You should have been extra careful all along!"
When enquired, he smiled and said, 
"In memorizing constantly that what you call yours is not really yours ultimately!"
"How would have that helped as the loss and myself being made a laughing stock are still fresh in my memory?"
"That memory would have brought your no hold on all what call your own to forefront every moment and kept it limelight making that feeling of loss and being made a laughing stock in you lighter today!"

I followed the ritualistic practices to core but still luck never favored me and put me down. 
Good people with me consoled me saying, 
"You should have been careful all along!" 
The wise man among them in addition, whispered in my ears,
"You should have been extra careful all along!"
When enquired, he smiled and said, 
"In firming up that you truly don't know head and tail of those practices and you should be ready for any result related to that!"
"How would have that helped as I was still unlucky and was put down?"
"That firming up would have brought a lighter feeling to forefront every moment and kept it in limelight making that feeling of ill luck and being put down in you lighter today!"


Thursday, December 28, 2017


"Be attentive,
Follow the rules to core,
Work to perfection, 
Discipline everywhere, 
Extend the co-operation required, 
Be service minded, 
Care for the other and beyond 
Investigate, explore and express and thus 
Rise in your life!”

Saying thus the Master concluded His series of speeches on 'Art of Living' conducted for a week..

The Security Guard at the gate thought,
  • "I couldn't understand what the Great Man had said on all these days but he repeatedly asked people to be vigilant and thus rise in life..
I took care here and allowed the devotees inside thru' stringent checking and identification. This take care ensured a safe environment inside the Ashram on all these days..

I'll, hereafter maintain with all sincerity this discipline alone in my life wherever I do my job!"

The humble Volunteer who had done a yeoman service in helping conduct the entire program smoothly firmed up,
  • "I couldn't understand what the Great Man had said on all these days but he repeatedly asked people to follow the rules to core and thus rise in life.. 
I feel I did my job here to almost perfection without any slackness from my side..

I'll, hereafter maintain with all sincerity this discipline alone in my life wherever I do my job!"

The Janitor of the area ascertained,
  • "I couldn't understand what the Great Man had said on all these days but he repeatedly asked people to work to perfection and thus rise in life..
I feel all the devotees were happy with the cleanliness and good condition of the restrooms in the campus I maintained on all these days..

I'll, hereafter maintain with all sincerity this discipline alone in my life wherever I do my job!"

The workman who worked in positioning the required furniture and other infrastructure items thought,
  • "I couldn't understand what the Great Man had said on all these days but he repeatedly asked people to discipline everywhere and thus rise in life..
The devotees were seen comfortable with all laid out arrangement for their seating and convenience in the shade.

I'll, hereafter maintain with all sincerity this discipline alone in my life wherever I do my job!"

The bus driver who brought the devotees to the Ashram firmed up,
  • "I couldn't understand what the Great Man had said on all these days but he repeatedly asked people to extend co-operation required and thus rise in life..
Even though I didn't go inside the campus the devotees whom I transported appeared very cheerful on all these 7 days.

I'll, hereafter maintain with all sincerity this discipline alone in my life wherever I go on my job!"

The Bearer who served food to the visitors thought..
  • "I couldn't understand what the Great Man had said on all these days but he repeatedly asked people to be service minded and thus rise in life.. 
I physically served food to so many devotees during this session. Every one looked happy and cheerful with the food served..

I'll hereafter maintain with all sincerity this discipline alone in my life wherever I do my job!"

The humble outsider who voluntarily took care of the footwear of the visitors during the session thought,
  • "I couldn't understand what the Great Man had said on all these days but he repeatedly asked people to care for the other..
I kept the devotees at ease by daily taking care of their footwear and handing over to them at the end of the session..

I'll hereafter maintain with all sincerity this discipline alone in my life wherever I do such a job!"

The proud devotee who sat thru' the program felt..
  • "I could easily understand what all the Great Man had said and I liked very much He repeatedly asked people to do.. i.e., Investigate, explore and express and rise in your life!”
I really did a great job of attending the program on all these days..

I'll start this very investigation and exploration from this moment, thus start expressing myself as true devotee and sure rise in my life!"

God from Heavens instantly Blessed all except the last one with a smile..

"Sure not the one in my 'DEVOTEE' list!'"


Monday, December 25, 2017


The Ruler proclaimed,

  • "Till now, I myself was taking care of your interests in full. I 'm proposing much more efficient system to do this work. Soon you yourself see all that and feel contented!"
An independent Organization soon declared,
  • "We'll do this job on the behalf of Ruler. But without spending nothing can be done. We just charge a nominal fee of 5% of your wealth in that context!"
The earlier Organization which was in that job till then on the behalf of the Ruler said,
  • "Ultimately we only know that job of taking care of your interests and even now we'll be doing that indirectly. Since now we are driven more in this direction, we are planning to charge just 5% of your wealth in this context!"
A Care Taker stepped in between and assured,
  • "All said done, none is sure how the take care is ensured 100%. If something goes wrong in between, we sure help out in that if you are ready to share 5% of your wealth with us!"
One more Care Taker said,
  • "To make it doubly sure, let's too help out here. Just give us 5% of your wealth, the job is done!"
The Group who kept open a lot of avenues for enjoying the life and silently was doing that job suddenly said aloud,
  • "You've a life and you got to live that to your satisfaction. Just say 5% is not yours, we'll make that happen!"
Immediate to that another Group said,
  • "Your peace is sure at stake with all these happenings around as your interests are jeopardized. Just feel that 5% of your wealth is not yours, we take it and provide you sure certain peace!" 
Finally a prominent Authority on Spirituality said,
  • "Ultimately life is Nul as nothing is yours. You come empty handed here and go empty handed. In between why all these tensions? Donate just 5% of your wealth and have guaranteed eternal peace and tranquility for a life time!"
The man quickly calculated. 1/3 of his wealth had to go on all those else he was not sure what was in store for him in future. He thought,

"At leaser 2/3 of my wealth is sure mine now!"

Some one whispered,
  • "That's not the end here. The Ruler is working out a detailed plan of how to permanently take another 1/3 of it on some pretext or the other!"
The man got vexed and said,

"Let all this go.. Finally, I'll be left with at least 1/3 which I can call as my own!"
  • "Life is sure tough with such monies.. You got to take a chance here. I'm the owner of the famous gambling den of the town. Come and play in my den and you may get back all that lost here!"
Said the vicious man with a mischievous smile.

"What, if I lose that 1/3 also?"
  • "Always there are 'Haves' and 'Have nots' in this world. In no time you'll fit in one of the categories and life around goes to perfection as usual without a say!"
Keyword: magic

Sunday, December 24, 2017


Call it a fiction or non fiction it really didn't matter to me all these years, as I read one Great Book in my life from end to end, myself all along noticing that the problems in general I experience in life are no problems at all, in fact the sum total of all those problems together is alone called 'My Life' on this earth and I only mistook them to be problems..

Thus this one Great Book had taught me the true spirit of living at the back of various problems of life..

With a smile,
With an attitude of service to humanity,
With a feeling of identifying with Cosmic Oneness where in the phenomenon merges with noumenon!

In time as it is said,

'Truth is stranger than fiction',

Those glimpses of Truth alone brought a glow to my other wise dull life forever showing me a path wherein..

'I am made to see a problem as not a problem but task in front throwing away part of my ignorance and thus rise in my life as I start dismantling the endless walls of selfish expression I built around and make way for a service attitude enter my life non stop thereby finding a greater meaning to my life day after day thru' the sub-genre therein Viz;

'The Selfless Actions'

with the 2 Slokas of the Great Book Viz., Srimad Bhagavad Gita  ever conveying what to do in a crisis situation 
(Verse 14 Chapter II and Verse 19 Chaper III) thus..
'matra-sparshas tu kaunteya sitosna-sukha-duhkha-dah
agamapayino’nityas tams titiksasva bharata'

'The mere contact of Senses as is, O Son of Kunti, cause heat and cold, pleasure and pain. They come and go and they are impermanent. Endure them bravely, O descendant of Bharata!'


'tasmad asaktah satatam karyam karma samacara
askto hy acaran karma param apnoti purasah'

'Without attachment, without interruption perfectly perform prescribed actions since by performing those actions a person achieves the highest good!'

Perfectly befitting my problem and the very much needed solution therein..

Thus inspired, I read in the whole year of 2017 only this Sacred Book and that I read it daily if not full partly without fail.

And I as read this Book daily, there isn't a single day I got the same message as the earlier day one as each day, it was different forever inspiring me with certain new energy and an unknown inner strength.

That way seen, I can definitely ascertain that in 2017, I sure read 358 Books in all till date, one New Book on each day.

The same is conveyed in this Sacred Book towards the end as Prince Arjuna confirms on the new inner strength he got by listening to what Lord Krishna said thru' Verse 73, Chapter 18 thus..

'nasto mohah smrtir labdha tvat prasadan mayacyuta
stito migata sandehah karsye vacanam tava'

'My illusion has been dispelled O Krishna and by your grace realization is restored to me; I am stable (now) and all (my) doubts are removed (as I am gifted with a new strength). I shall (sure) execute your command (at this moment without fail).'

And Sanjaya confirms the new energy he was bestowed upon thru' Verse 76 of the same Chapter thus..

'rajan samsmrtya samvadam imam adbhutam
kesavarjunayoh punyam hrsyami ca muhur muhuh'

'O King! repeatedly recollecting this sacred and wonderful discourse of lord krishna to Arjuna, I rejoice again and again (thru' the ever gifted new energy)!'

The post is written in line with this week's IndiSpire Prompt How many books have you read in 2017? Which one has left the deepest impression upon you? Write about it. Has there been one which you'd like to recommend?#Books2017

Keywords: Srimad, Bhgavad, Gita

Saturday, December 23, 2017


The boy of 14 yrs just cried a little bit..

  • "Do you still cry like a kid? You are going to be an adult in a year or two. Behave like a grown up boy!” 
A well-wisher pointed out instantly..

"The other boy had hit me for not listening to him!"

Felt the boy within tears rolling down his cheeks but afraid to say that out.. Time moved on and he was the then young man of 22. He was just showing off his style and ease..

  • “Hi! What's this behavior? You should be taking up some responsibilities of life at this age. Some of your friends are already doing….....”
He was squarely commented upon..

"What's wrong with me? I wanted to dress up smart.. That's all!"

He murmured.. Time ticked on and he was the then responsible young man of 30s..

  • “The problem with the present day people of your age is that they think themselves as still 20. At your age, I was having so much to do, so many things to answer….”
He was scolded by the worried parent for certain lapses on his behalf..

"You don't allow me to do little on my own.. Every where sermons and sermons only!"

He was seen complaining.. Soon he became a fully responsible and grown man of 40s..

  • “For a man of your age, I should be seeing here, a personality guiding youngsters on crucial issues but…....”
The Boss nicely pulled him down on a day when he acted a bit odd..

"Sir! If you permit me, let me say this.. These people should be firmly told and no guiding and advising will help here!"

Replied the 40 years man very much asserting his actions but hurt within.. Soon that man alone was a good Guide and Mentor in fifties and on a day, he just lost his cool and made a little more noise for a while..

  • “Hello dear! Do you still talk and argue like this even at your age of greying hairs? You should control yourself, man…. Have you seen how others looked at you when you lost your temper….....”
A Senior Colleague cautioned him..

"Yeah! This man too had lost his control the other day.. Now he is advising Me.. Limit to the hypocrisy!"

Vented out the man his anger at Tea time with his colleagues.. Finally, he was a man of matured personality guiding many people on many issues, solving the most crucial problems at work and in life and coolly retired from service on the D day. Post retirement, he was at home for a few days taking rest..

  • “You are not that aged to sit at home doing nothing.. People of your age are doing many things running around with their own plans and schedules.. Your that friend who retired a year ago is very active today and is seen as just 50+.. You too can do…......”
Were soon the words of soft advice from the active family members with 


Reply from him!

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

an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’

Keyword: LESSONS

Thursday, December 21, 2017


The gentleman was in a total relaxing mode that Sunday morning hrs over a cup of coffee with his friend who made a casual visit to his place sitting in his spacious balcony of his Apartment built by No 1 Builders of the City in the otherwise busy area. He said,


  • The price of this my Apartment in this area goes around..... Crores and further none of the residents want to sell their flat as it forever has it's own unique importance in the Real Estate world..
  • No 1 class facilities are here in respect of 24 hr water supply, sanitation and electricity with generator back up..
  • Step out of the Complex, you are into the busiest main road of the city and you've to just name the item, it's available at a stone's throw in the near by shops..
  • The construction itself is a class of its own with the best materials going into it with the right skills of labor put in at the back of stringent supervision of all the works..
  • 10 yrs after occupation too the building stands as the one made yesterday!
I've a small work to do.. As my driver is on leave, we'll hire the luxury cab for half day, go round and finish our works.. By then lunch will be ready!"

In the next few minutes, the gentleman booked the taxi and the 2 friends started waiting near the usual pick up point inside the Complex. The taxi turned up a bit late..

"Sorry for the delay, Sir! I was a bit late for my duty as I had to shift my residence yesterday!"

Said the 35+ driver politely. Soon the two got into the car and the driver moved on but successively made 2 mistakes in going out..

"What dear? You appear to be experienced. Never came here before?"

The gentleman asked with a smile. the driver said politely,

"Sir! I'm the oldest visitor to this Apartment Complex!"

"What? You know the place and you are making these mistakes.. Is everything okay?"

"Yes, Sir! 15 yrs I worked with a Construction Company who were the then contractors for this Apartment Complex.

  • I used to bring sand, cement, bricks and other construction materials regularly to the Complex in my lorry..
  • A few times, when water was in shortage, I brought drums of water from outside..
  • Two of my brothers were construction laborers here..
  • Transporting in and out the workers was my other job..
  • We worked with full dedication for an year here and moved on to the other construction sites!
Recently few months back, I switched over to my present Cab Company. As cab driver after the Apartment's finish,

Today I'm the first visitor here to take you in my car!"

The two men remained silent further and the driver too silently kept his attention on the road. Suddenly the friend asked,

"You said you shifted your residence, yesterday? What for?"


  • The house was too small and beyond the owner started demanding higher rent. 
  • Further he was not ready to repair the roof leaking problem. 
  • 2 days before our shifting, he cut off the water and power supply to the house and I was forced to vacate.. 
  • Presently, I shifted to a near by similar house and I've yet to see the problems there but it appears with the monies we are ready to spend on our accommodations, we can't have a better choice.. 
  • Here my brothers too living in the same area have similar problems!"

Monday, December 18, 2017

  • “My dear! It's not easy for you to know the Truth in life without any experience of leading a full life on the earth. Only when you live through the travails of life with it’s up and downs and at length understand that there's truly nothing great in this mundane life, then alone you would be fit to enter the Chapter of Renunciation.
  • The Great Saint too earlier to attaining His Sainthood, when showed interest to embrace Renunciation was advised by His Master to live the full life as a king with all the related responsibilities as the No 1 prerequisite therein.
  • So, Renunciation is never for a young man like you without that valuable experience and I advise you to drop all this thinking and get into your usual activities of life which are more important at this stage of your life!” 
Thus was saying an aged man to an youngster who showed a lot of interest to embrace the Path of Renunciation and was cooling him off.

A man of the same age but of deep intuition and understanding who happened to listen to that talk, intervened and said to the aged man,

  • “My dear! I agree that many times what you've advised the young man is more appropriate as such a state of mind in general is an emotional state which sure in time fades off without a say. Here advising on leading the life with normal responsibilities is sure the best course of action for most of the young men and women.. 
But equally we've to remember a point here..
  • The thrust to embrace Spirituality in the world is ever associated with great vigor, strength and energies and is never the other way. So to say, the youth alone is ever fit for this Great task..
  • I may need to correct your story of the Great Saint to have more meaning to what you said.. He, as the story says, lead the full life of a King in the earlier birth to fulfill the requirement of living thru' responsibilities and thus was ready for renunciation at the young age which happened in an auspicious moment without any effort involved. The point we should never forget here is that when we interact with an young person in this direction, 
He/she might have already gone through all these and is presently a dormant dynamo living among us with some veils of ignorance covering the Great Understanding ready to be unveiled to a certain level at any moment!
  • It's like that told in the story wherein when the night watchman on vigil was repeating, 
“Be awake and take care!”
  • Most of the residents got up from sleep, checked their doors for security and again went to sleep except an young man who thought, 
“Am I sleeping in my life?”
  • And thus with a routine saying, straight away got the Great Awakening in His life, opened the door at that very moment instead of closing/locking and left home for ever to do Meditation and live thru' Penance! 
  • These may be stories but the fact is that we really don’t know what is in store for any one around us including ourselves! 
So whenever I've to address such instances, let me no doubt start advising on leading a normal life with the usual responsibilities but at the back of my mind let me not forget the fact that the person whom I'm advising too can be a certain level Elevated Soul who needs a different kind of advice if required!"


Sunday, December 17, 2017


The time was morning 6 AM.. The mobile phone rang up aloud.. 

  • "Hi, Suresh, Yeah! I'm starting in 1 hr and I'll be there by 745. Take 15 minutes extra in case there is any hold up from my side. You should be ready at 8 to straight away get into our work. Don't delay beyond as 
I don't have much time!"

The time was 0715 hrs.. The phone rang up again..

  • "Yes! Vignesh! I'm finishing my work with our Suresh by 9. Take just 10 minutes extra in case it spreads beyond. You should be ready to brief me at 910 last. Don't delay beyond as 
I don't have much time!"

The time was 1030 hrs.. It was an out going call..
  • "Hello! This's Ganesh speaking. How are you, dear? Listen Dinesh.. I'll finish my morning meeting by 12. A max of 10 minutes spill over may be there. Let's have our lunch at 1215. It's so many days since we met. Sorry to say, I've got another appointment at 130. I can just bargain for 10 minutes concession there.. A very important appointment. To tell you openly, these days I'm finding that
I don't have much time!"

The time was 3 PM.. The mobile phone rang..
  • "Hi Veeresh! Today, we've to meet at 3.30 PM. I've got to brief you quickly on tomorrow's program. Come to my Cabin at 330 sharp.... I'll just wait 5 minutes more. Don't come with excuses for delay more than this. I'm too tight and 
I don't have much time!"

The time was 5 PM.. The telephone rang up again..
  • "Hello, Ritesh! Sorry, I am very busy with my work. Running minute to minute.. Today is not possible. If you are coming to me.... OK... OK... Now, don't waste my time on phone. I'm giving you appointment at 530 today. I'll allow just 5 minutes beyond. If you are within that time, done else don't look for me.. I've to move and 
I don't have much time!"

The time was 6 PM.. It was an outgoing call then..
  • "Hello.. Hi, Ramesh! I'm going home. Sorry, I've another work. What? Are you waiting since.........? Yaar.. I told you not to wait for me like this.. For you hrs may not matter, for me minutes do matter. OK! Listen.. Tomorrow morning at 8 AM sharp, meet me.. Your grace is just 5 minutes.. If you are there at 806, you won't find me. And don't test my patience.. 
I don't have much time!"

The telephone rang again..
  • "No.. No.. Not at all possible.. Am too tight.. Already full with schedules for the entire week.. Sorry, not possible. Let's see next week..
I don't have much time!"

Immediate to that, it was a brief distant incoming call..
  • "Hello! Ganesh? Dear! You've to come urgently. 'Xxxxxx' is not doing well.. Take a week off from your work and be here by tomorrow morning. Don't delay.. The situation is grim and
"We don't have much hope!"

Keywords: time

Saturday, December 16, 2017


Sitting in my luxury car suddenly I asked my elderly well-wisher next to me as the car pushed thru' dense traffic and certain stream of thoughts simultaneously overtook me for a while..

"What are you talking, dear?"

My well-wisher asked me back having got surprised with what I spoke all of a sudden.

“Sorry, Sir! I voluntarily spoke out as certain chain of thoughts took over me without my knowledge. The point is, I really wonder how this our driver keeps his cool with such a confusion and chaos around him. A few times I tried driving but was quite tensed up to watch out constantly for people and vehicles around and here,

I never stood a chance of myself getting into a nasty situation on the road all along my life!"

“Dear! The man at the wheel is not like us who do just the fancy driving for our comfort and pleasure but is more driven by his precious basic needs of life. Unless he works, the money can't be generated; not working alone but work with a competitive edge..

Here, it's a ‘No Go’ situation for your driver and as such, any nervousness in his case automatically takes a back seat!”

I looked around the inside of my car which was maintained in a neat and good condition and subsequently looked out through the closed window. On the road side, a few people were buying and eating the stuff sold there unmindful of the dust and dirt around. I said with an exclamation..

”I am ever afraid to eat such stuff as I'm sure I'll fall sick the next moment I touch them and here too

I never stood a chance of myself falling seriously ill with such outside food all along my life!"

“Dear! These people don't have monies like us to keep everything neat and clean. With almost small finances at their disposal, they have to meet their essentials. And you know, the hunger being the primary force, drives a man to any extent..

So here too it's a ‘No Go’ situation for these people and as such, any neatness and cleanliness in their case automatically take a back seat!”

I looked at my well-wisher and said,

“Sir! However matured I may be, I invariably agree to sign on papers in certain matters which I can always refuse easily but an old lady known to me is very firm in such matters and says very easily 'NO' there. How is that she is so stubborn in such instances where as

I never stood a chance of myself saying 'NO' there along my life?"

My elderly well-wisher smiled and quipped,

“The elderly lady is really helpless in those matters as she has no knowledge of them and also never would be able to learn in that direction. So the only way in front of her is to say firmly ’NO’ when asked. In your case, you are sure of understanding the issues well. So you'll get into the issues, but fear and memory of going wrong always keep you tensed up all along..

So here too it's a ‘No Go’ situation for the old lady and as such, saying 'YES' in her case automatically takes a back seat!”

‘This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

Keywords: stand, chance, safety

Friday, December 15, 2017


"I believe in God but I believe in enjoying my life too. Otherwise, why do our senses constantly crave for all this show around? Actually, it's a sin to deny all this to our body and mind in the name of controlling everywhere. My motto forever is..

  • 'Enjoy the life max, see the best of everything and thus expand full and at the end of the day offer Prayers to the Almighty for a better tomorrow!'"
Said one friend at the back of a proud feeling in him who forever believed in the precept..

'Expand and Enjoy!'

"Wherever I go, I'll have only two works with me. Looking out for new business opportunities and visiting the Temples around. I believe that the Almighty sure takes care of everything but I too have to do something in this life and not simply Praying to Him alone. My motto forever is..

  • 'I see myself as a capable Entrepreneur and so why should I keep quite here? At the back of this zeal, I can sure turn out gold wherever I go!'"
Said the second friend at the back of a great energy in him who forever believed in the precept..

'Work hard and Earn max!'

"I'm a man of scientific temper. I can't simply believe and accept. Better question everywhere. I do believe in God and equally know that there are no explanations for certain Phenomenon happening in nature but I should never fold my hands and keep quite surrendering everywhere. My Motto forever is..

  • 'Let the scientific spirit ever burn in me and this attitude alone truly finds out one day why the man suffers in this life!'" 
Said the third friend at the back of intense scientific temper in him who forever believed in the precept..

'Rationalize and Accept!'

"I agree to what all you say. But I sincerely believe that the Almighty alone moves me and propels me to do what I like to do in this life. My understanding forever is..

  • 'Let me do all my assigned duties sincerely and at the end of the day let me make an Offering of what all is seen as mine to the Almighty through a Sincere Prayer and Total Surrender for the Ultimate Care!'"
Said the fourth friend at the back of a true humble feeling in him who forever believed in his life..

'I'm nothing and God is Everything!'

As the four were talking thus, suddenly they all of a sudden felt a violent shake of the surroundings and had to hold something nearby to avoid themselves falling. A few items from the walls, from open cupboards and from other places instantly fell to the ground. The shake just lasted for few seconds.

"God! It's an Earthquake. Appears to be one of the severe intensities. Is everything okay? We should check for details.. Why suddenly this one happened?"

The first three friends said simultaneously each looking at one another totally not knowing their further destination and

Thus existed beyond with a distinct nervousness seen on their faces as they were unable to reconcile to what they believed in their life all along!

The fourth one too was instantly taken a back with the happening but soon stabilized himself thru' a silent Prayer to the Almighty and

Thus existed beyond with a distinct calmness seen on his face as he could quickly reconcile to what he believed in his life all along!

As they moved further, they could hear in a low but distinct tone, Srimad Bhagavad Gita Chapter 9 Sloka 34 being recited on the distant loud speakers with meaning explained in parallel..

Man mana bhava mad bhakto mad yaji mam namaskuru
Mam evaisyasi yuktvaivam atmamam mat parayanah

'Be ever knowing me, be my devotee, worship me, offer respects (Pranaams) unto me; in this way completely dedicating your mind and body unto me, having me as the supreme goal, you will certainly reach me (attain Peace)!'

Having recapitulated the said story many times, I sincerely believe that my strength forever stays with me if I my thinking stays on the lines of the fourth friend the max part of my life even though one of the other three precepts of living equally overtake me and make me talk thus many times in my life.

No doubt, I'm helpless there at this moment of my life being thus carried away constantly without my knowledge but equally very much believe in embracing the fourth attitude alone to the max extent possible!

The Post is in line with this week's IndiSpire Prompt Share what is your source of strength and how it empowers you during difficult times. What helps/helped you find purpose in your life? #EmbraceLife

Keywords: Almighty, strength

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Oh Lord! 

You Blessed me with
Certain health and well-being;
I quickly forgot all that and started behaving as if 
'That's nothing!' 

You Blessed me with 
Certain wealth;
I quickly forgot all that and started behaving as if 
'I'm the owner!' 

You Blessed me with 
Certain strength;
I quickly forgot all that and started behaving as if 
'I'm powerful!' 

You Blessed me with 
Certain energies;
I quickly forgot all that and started behaving as if 
'I'm at my high!' 

You Blessed me with 
Certain discrimination;
I quickly forgot all that and started behaving as if 
'I'm smart!' 

You kept Your Creation next to me with their 
Set backs
and expected me to work for them at the back of my good health and well-being;
I eternally missed the same and started indulging indiscriminately saying 
'I'm everything!' 

You kept Your Creation next to me with their
and expected me to help them with my wealth;
I eternally missed the same and very conveniently kept them off on the pretext saying, 
'I'm not that rich!' 

You kept Your Creation next to me with their
and expected me to help them with my strength;
I eternally missed the same and very conveniently kept them off on the pretext saying, 
'I'm equally helpless!' 

You kept Your Creation next to me with their
and expected me to help them with my energies;
I eternally missed the same and very conveniently kept them off on the pretext saying, 
'I'm too busy!' 

You kept Your Creation next to me with their 
Limited understanding
 and expected me to help them with my discrimination of the good and bad;
I eternally missed the same and very smartly kept them under me on the pretext saying, 
'I'll sure help you!' 

Like a lovable parent You, ever watching my activities Pardoned me infinite number of times till now hoping me come to the 
Right Path;
Never caring for that, I continuously involved myself into the best enjoyments of the world ever known where the equation forever is 
'I'll have, others lose!' 

Today having hit 
The dead end in my life with no where to go
 totally feeling helpless and directionless, I hereby surrender to You and Pray to take me out from this unending rut I embraced in my life and Bless me with the Sacred Understanding of 
In all my future actions! 


Sunday, December 10, 2017


It was one of the days for the daily laborers starting with the tedious work of 
Tarring up the 6 lane wide road for 
A smooth, shining and perfect getup by evening..

The perfection no doubt needed the right effort put together in 
Cleaning the area, 
Clearing the debris, 
Filling up the pot holes and 
Making it ready for tarring and
The laborers were into it with all seriousness..

Soon, the huge automatic tarring machine started rolling on steadily
Dumping the ready mix behind it on the road with 
A group of laborers simultaneously actively working behind smoothing the little up and downs that came up in the process..

In front of the machine, 
An aged frail man slowly lifting and carrying little debris to the side of the road,
A little away a young mother, the first Teacher of her child having listened to the cry of her little one away under the care of an old lady sticking to her work for a few minutes more helping out the tarring process go smoothly before attending her Baby and
An old lady of the group, carefully checking the use of a torn SUITCASE thrown into a nearby garbage bin
were equally seen 
All simultaneously making sure that their activities do not create a Traffic Jam in the already halved road.. 

The usual daily moving vehicles, 
The luxury cars with shutters up avoiding the dust and noise and 
The buses carrying school going children
passed by on the half cleared road with
A huge Billboard near the active working area seen carrying a discrete message of 
The road to prosperity..

As the Clock ticked on thus endlessly, 
A few in a Celebration mood of going on their vacation, 
A few heading Home for rest after their continued work beyond normal hrs,
A few at the back of certain unexpected emergencies and 
The rest on their on daily routine errand
Moved on endlessly with 

A fallen Rose severed from the plant in the near by park next 
Standing as a mute witness to all that happening!

‘This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend
An initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

road, tarring, prosperity

Friday, December 8, 2017


Looking back at 60+, I was ever interested / prepared myself in instilling 3 Basic Values in the minds of my children as I brought them up in my life invariably making them equip themselves with the fundamentals of leading this life happily having a true meaning to it and thus remain fit..

The A,B,C,D,E,Fs of these 3 Basic Values go thus..

  • Brighten up the prospects of having the best future thru' dedicated learning and the related training but along with that Express too what you are within to have a meaning to your immediate life!
Here brightening up the child's future prospects thru' good learning/training and subsequent employment in his/her adult life is a must else the basic existence itself is indirectly threatened and I had necessarily taught this Value No 1 to my children from the right age without an exception..

In the process, the children might not find time to express themselves which was their basic gist of this very living and thus I equally made my children do that without losing sight of the higher meaning to their lives..

  • Face the inevitable competition with no second thought but along with that Accept too what comes thru' wholeheartedly!
Here, facing competition next to me is inevitable in this life as the concept of 'Survival of the fittest!' ever rules our lives and thus I necessarily imbibed this Value No 2 too in the mind of my children if not directly indirectly from the appropriate age..

In the process, the child should never be put to undue mental stress and thus it was my duty there to continuously make the issue in front look lighter there by tuning my children's minds ultimately ready to accept what comes thru' heroically and thus remain stable!
  • Care for and share with others without an exception but along with that Discipline yourself in respect of time, money and energy!
Here, caring/sharing is no doubt the divine expression and one should necessarily get into this habit from childhood. Thus imbibing this Value No 3 in my children again was my responsibility and I never side lined this at any point of time as they should grow ultimately into total personalities in their lives..

In the process, disciplining oneself in respect of his/her time, money and energies is a must and thus it became my duty there to tune up my children's minds to the ever limited availability of these resources and the necessity of doing all that within those limits!

The Post is written in line with the requirement of this week's IndiSpire Prompt What are the 3 most important values that you would teach your child? #responsibleparent

Keywords: children, Values

Thursday, December 7, 2017

  • "The precious garden plants need better watering. The heat is more and if we don't water them regularly, I doubt their proper growth. Water all the plants in the front and back yards till the land becomes wet with moisture. In my bungalow
Water is plenty and never in shortage!"
  • The family will be sitting in the front open space in the evenings for relaxation and to have some cool air. Sometimes the neighbors drop in. The weather is very hot. Spray lots of water the front area to make it sufficiently wet. That'll sure cool the area towards evening. In my bungalow
Water is plenty and never in shortage!"
  • The fountain in front is not working properly. I called the repair person and he may be at anytime here before noon. Be ready and help him out in his job. I want a min height of... ft of the rising waters in front of the house and nothing less. The beauty of rising water jets is the unique specialty of my bungalow. You should guide the repair man and do the required. In my bungalow
Water is plenty and never in shortage!"
  • The bath tub is to be filled full with water. Yesterday you missed doing it and left early. When you come for work, you should come prepared to stay full time, isn't it? Today at least, please see that the tub is filled full and kept ready for my bath.. In my bungalow
Water is plenty and never in shortage!"
  • The back yard and garage need some floor cleaning. I want you to finish that too today itself with the floor cleaners and water.. In my bungalow
Water is plenty and never in shortage!"

"No problem, Sir! I'll finish all these works. Today, I need to go early for 2 hrs. And tomorrow I need to take half day leave!"

"What, dear? Yesterday suddenly you went early without informing in advance. Today and tomorrow you will be off part of the day. If you go away like this daily, how these works will be finished? What's the urgency?"

  • "Sir! In my present rented house, since a fortnight the water supply is affected. All these days, we had to buy water from out side for our essentials. Yesterday, we saw a different house in a new area readily available for rent without this problem and decided to move there. 
  • Today evening, we are going there to check once again the position of water supply in that area and move to the area tomorrow. No problem, we'll finish our entire shifting by half day easily. You may know, for people like us,
Water is never plenty and ever in shortage!"

Keywords: water, shortage

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


  • The Boss never praises me easily and if not uttered a word for the moment, that itself is the biggest praise of my life. If really praised a bit longer, there's sure another meaning to it.. 
I'm soon going to be replaced!
  • Many times, I am cornered by my Boss for no fault of mine. But that's nothing compared to the double cornering my boss faces from the Top..
I'm sure the privileged individual in my Role!
  • The Boss' scoldings are two way blessings for me.. 
No more major scoldings in my personal life except the routine ones and forever I'm capable of smiling in times of many difficulties of my life!
  • My Boss can max scold me that too only sometimes.. 
I'm unharmed with no visible signs of physical damage all along!
  • Whenever I am singled out at my work by my Boss, I should smile heartfelt within because 
My job is intact!
  • The Boss is always in office before me and I shouldn't feel unhappy for that earlier presence because the other way, 
I've to play that Role too in addition to mine for a while!
  • The Boss is never happy with myself leaving office in office hrs on many of my personal works except very few.. The indirect message here forever is
'Delegate.. Delegate.. Delegate!'
  • I may work all the 24 hrs of the day but in the end, the Boss invariably demands another hr of work from me and
Sure corrects it to 2 in no time!
  • When the Boss puts my Colleague along with me in my work, it never means that I'm helped out at my work.. 
That's the best place to train my Colleague of course, sure to takeover reins from me soon!
  • From Boss, forever the worst and the best comments are
'OK, leave it.. Call (so and so)' and 'You got to improve a lot!'

Keywords: work, Boss

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


A man was a little more calculative and was always spending monies somewhat below his level. A friend of him was a man of less calculative nature and was always spending his finances somewhere a little beyond his level.

Both were leading their lives with their families with those disciplines each justifying his own way of doing.

The spendthrift used to say,

  • “There's no tomorrow in life..
  • Let me live today’s life better by spending my monies a bit more..
  • What's the use of storing every pie when nothing comes with us?
  • Let me save but equally let me live myself too today!”
The other used to contest,
  • “Life is long..
  • How can I throw away even small amounts for these flimsy enjoyments which bring ultimately nothing in my life?
  • Why not I keep even small monies too for future as it's said that in tough situations, even a Rupee looks like a lakh?
  • Let me save and let me have a secured future!" 
Thus, both the friends never used to agree with each other!

One day both of them happened to meet a wise elderly man who was their well-wisher too in their lives.. They expressed to him their own views in respect of the right way of living the life.

The elderly listened to both of them, smiled and said,

“My dear! In life the true understanding should always be like this,

  • There's no reasonable tomorrow for me that needs lesser monies to live my accustomed life but there is no better tomorrow for me that needs greater monies to live my happy life!

  • My reasonable monies sure stay with me till the end with just a good care from my end and my ill gotten monies sure slip off from me towards the end in spite of a meticulous care from my end!
  • Money beyond is not required for me today but it's sure mine if I take care of it today and money minimum is required for me tomorrow but it's sure not mine if I take ease with it today! 
  • Throwing away money with ease today takes away my hold on my decent living tomorrow and hoarding money with greed today takes away my hold on my happy living tomorrow! 
  • Charity done beyond is a dent in my decent living and is equally a dent in the receiver's dignified living. That done meager is again a dent in my dignified living and is equally a dent in the receiver's decent living!

With this knowledge at the back, let us live for today with reasonable spending, plan for tomorrow with reasonable outlay and save reasonable monies for the day after!

Let us be disciplined thus, all along our lives with a constant additional reminder at the back of our minds,

  • ‘I am only a Trustee for my finances as they never belong to me. As a Trustee, I'll do my job of using, protecting and improving my finances through the best known methods. This alone is the Sacred Job given to me in this world!’
And if followed truly, this whole of discipline is sure the ultimate financial wisdom in our lives!”

finances, discipline