Was checking my e-mail and it came
as a rude shock that my Amazon Prime order has been converted to pay on
delivery. They didn’t provide any specific reason for it, though. The maid has
not turned up (she can have a headache too) and I am left wondering how to cope
up with that.
Hubby dear has got a new music
system installed in the car and he gladly takes us down for a demo of the same,
gadget lover that he is. We hop into the car and praise it liberally. Darling
daughter is busy with her own stuff, this being the last week to enjoy holidays
as it is back to school from July 1st. I casually pick up the
newspaper only to be bogged down by the horrible and unfortunate news of a depressed
teacher killing whole of his family as he and his wife were not keeping well.
Strange are the ways of the world…
I try to turn my mind to
something else and request Alexa to play some songs. Alexa promptly starts
playing my favourites. Definitely a mood booster, that is. And Alexa has her
moods too. When she doesn’t want, she will not turn on the lights. Does come up
with some or the other reason.
The pet dachshund is hard to
please these days and will do his own thing. Even in summers he seems to love
the sun and is found lying in the kitchen where the sun comes in. Old age has
Yesterday darling daughter came
back from swimming with a serious concern, “Mumma, why don’t these 3-4 year old
boys go and change in the men’s room?” I said that their mothers or helps must
be bringing them to the ladies room. “Yes mumma, but how come they have the
audacity to do that!!” My girl was sufficiently concerned and I had to say that
I will bring up the matter on the group. Women’s liberation jindabad!
Have a wonderful week ahead!
They had been together for two
whole years, whether at the workplace or at home. They were totally inseparable.
Jai and Arshi were made for each other, but still could not gather courage to
tie the knot, even though they were living together. Jai had gone through a
tough time when his first marriage collapsed and he had vowed not to get into
the tangles of marriage again. Arshi knew this well and was okay with it. But
her clock was ticking. Even though they had successful careers, the thought of
a child lingered in Arshi’s mind. She wanted to feel complete, and it was
motherhood alone that could give her that feeling.
One day, while having lunch
together, Arshi did try to raise the question of ‘marriage for the sake of society’,
only to be snubbed by Jai. “Have we ever thought of society?” and “Do you have
time for marriage mumbo jumbo?” Arshi had no option but to remain quiet after
When Anand joined the office as a
manager, he won many hearts right away due to his witty nature. Incidentally,
he had to sit next to Arshi and soon after, her life was in for a change. Anand
made Arshi laugh and slowly he made his way into Arshi’s heart, only to learn
later that she was already taken. But he understood that something was wrong.
Jai and Arshi had lunch together
and did not allow any third person as a rule. But one day when Arshi asked Jai
if Anand can have lunch with them, he couldn’t say no. “I have to talk to Arshi. I have to put
things right.” But Arshi had already made her choice.
When I see the world from pure
There are many things that awaken
I see purity in a mother’s eye,
I hear the laughter in a child’s
I see the nature which is pure
I notice a person who is inspired
I hear friendly voices over cups
I see the sailing boats coming
from deep seas,
I hear the chants that help
These are some words that we
These things truly warm my heart,
And give my mind a fresh start!
Whenever I close my eyes to
It’s not always to sleep but to
It is necessary to reflect after
a tough day,
To help understand what went well
and what went awry,
Our reflections portray our
So don’t get swayed if there is
something to bother,
You get a chance to correct your
And start with a prayer in the
Every day you’ll learn a thing or
When you reflect without much
So keep that smile on your lips,
And find your inner peace and the
Whenever you are despondent and
nothing seems right,
Keep your chin up.
When the winds are not blowing in
the right direction,
Keep your chin up.
When someone troubles you with
Keep your chin up.
If the weather is bad and you
want to remain sad,
Keep your chin up.
Because this small gesture can
lift your mood,
And take you out of your brood.
Divya used to live with her brother, Rajesh and her mother. She was a tall dusky girl and was working as a teacher in a secondary school. Things were going fine till Rani came into their life. Rani was Rajesh’s wife, and was very headstrong and authoritative. It did not take her long to understand that Divya is not getting married due to her complexion and is proving to be a burden on her brother and mother. She began to poke Divya on small small things which broke Divya’s heart. Now she also longed to have a place of her own where she can relax without someone disturbing her.
In the meantime, Rani got
pregnant and had a son and as a result she was on the top of the world again.
Both Divya and her mother took great care of Rani and her child and he became
the apple of everyone’s eyes. Still Rani’s behaviour towards Divya did not
undergo any change. Now and then she would comment on Divya’s clothes, eating
habits etc. and she would become distraught.
One day, Rani started complaining
of a pain in her tummy and waited for Rajesh to come back from office. The pain
persisted and they found it necessary to visit a doctor. The doctor did
necessary tests and told them after a couple of days that Rani’s kidneys are
damaged and she would need a transplant asap. They were flabbergasted. They came back home and shared the situation
with their mother and Divya. Doctor had said that if someone from the household
is ready to give the kidney then that would be quite suitable for Rani. Divya
got emotional and though Rani had always treated her with contempt, she came up
with the idea of her donating a kidney to Rani. Everyone was taken aback
including Rani who could only think as far as Divya’s complexion was concerned
and couldn’t understand what a wonderful heart she had. With tears in her eyes,
she thanked Divya and made a mental note never to trouble Divya again.
Giving up something is not the
You have to be at it, though your
mind might run astray.
You have to find your own
And do not look at the situation
Keep in mind it is essential to
be at it,
Otherwise your mind will waiver
and you’ll lose it.
There are times when you are dreaming
And there are times when you can’t
In both these situations, just
keep the faith.
Spend your time with your friends
And do not be despondent, it’s
just a random thought.
Remember, giving up is the
easiest thing to do,
You can think of solutions, one
When you feel a new vibe that
brightens you up,
Think of your plans again and
cheer yourself up.
In this scorching heat which is
tough to beat,
I think about the clouds, dense
When will you come back dear
We are counting the days, please
I am losing my plants to the
There is no way to save them or
cheat the sun.
When going outside is a task,
And you have to cover yourself
with a mask.
Can’t express how the rains would
When people can go out with a new
Vijay and Neeta were a happily
married couple. Vijay was tall but Neeta just about reached his shoulder. Theirs
was a love marriage. They were seven years into their marriage and had a
daughter Vini. As both of them were working, Vini was taken care of by a maid.
The maid was a reliable one and Neeta would call her from time to time to check
up on Vini. Vini was the happiest when both parents were at home and indulged
in some activity with her.
One day it so happened that Neeta’s
boss offered her an opportunity that she couldn’t refuse out rightly. She had
to travel to the US for three months as there was some marketing campaign going
on there. When Neeta could not reply in affirmative immediately, her boss
understood and suggested that she can ask Vijay and get back to him.
That night after dinner when Vijay was in a good mood, Neeta brought up the subject of travel. Though Vijay was quiet for some time, he finally said that Neeta should go and he will manage somehow. Maybe they would need to call Vijay’s mother who can be with Vini for three months. Neeta now understood that Vijay was concerned about her career too and made a mental note that she would do her best in those three months.
The ocean waves touched his feet
and it felt nice. Raghav liked to walk on the sand to lift his spirits and calm
his mind. Every time he came here, the waves seemed to tell him to erase his
worries and start writing on a clean slate again. Raghav was a Marketing
Manager at a reputed firm and wanted to climb the ladder desperately. He had
been brought up in a low income household and had seen not so good days. That
day when he was back home late night, his mother was still awake and looked
“What happened, beta? Why are you
not picking up your phone? Anyway the dinner is on the table. Take care.” She
knew that he would not share his worries with her, never did, and so didn’t
want to probe him any further. But she did show her concern. His parents were
humble people who wanted to spend the rest of their life by modest means. Though
Raghav thought that by bringing home new gadgets he is making their life
easier, they were okay as it is but made it a point to appreciate the new
stuff. All they wanted now was a daughter-in-law who could take care of their
son so that they can visit the holy places as they had planned earlier. But
Raghav was not ready, as yet. Being the only child, he wanted to earn plenty to
support the parents and the wife but it was still not enough.
Another issue was his discomfort
in front of girls. In office, he would become nervous if a girl started up a
chat with him. He knew he had to overcome this otherwise it would be difficult
to climb ahead. Communication is the key to success and he was uncomfortable
with almost 50% of the population. His latest worry was that his current boss
was shifting to another department and his new boss is going to be a lady! He
was pretty friendly with his current boss and used to chat with him informally
too. But how will he deal with a lady; this was troubling him to no end.
Finally, the day arrived when the
new boss, Trisha came to the office. Trisha was not very beautiful but had a
charm around her. She seemed to spin tales at the drop of the hat and made the
atmosphere light in a moment’s time. In a group especially, she lead by
example. She was in a habit of making people comfortable by listening to them.
Her only drawback was that she was a bit short tempered. When Trisha met Raghav,
he was in one of those moods not open to communication. But she wanted to ask
something and he had to respond. Over a period of time, Trisha started
listening to his concerns and they grew comfortable with each other. Now,
Raghav could gather courage to engage in an informal chat with his colleagues,
which slowly restored his sanity.
Back home, one day he called his
mom and told her to look for suitable matches. His parents had assumed that he
wouldn’t marry and were elated with this change in stance. Soon enough, they
found a pretty girl for their eligible bachelor and they were married with pomp
and show. When he got promoted soon after, they said that the girl is very
lucky for Raghav, which he too acknowledged. But deep down he understood that it
was the magic of perfect communication that has seen him through. He went to
the ocean and sands once again not alone but with his wife and they witnessed a
beautiful sunset together.