Blog: Daily musings

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 set in.

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!

Made for each other?

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 that.

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.

A fresh start

When I see the world from pure lenses,

There are many things that awaken my senses,

I see purity in a mother’s eye,

I hear the laughter in a child’s voice,

I see the nature which is pure and untouched,

I notice a person who is inspired and unperturbed,

I hear friendly voices over cups of coffee,

I see the sailing boats coming from deep seas,

I hear the chants that help meditate,

These are some words that we should replicate,

These things truly warm my heart,

And give my mind a fresh start!

Reflections

Whenever I close my eyes to relax,

It’s not always to sleep but to reflect,

It is necessary to reflect after a tough day,

To help understand what went well and what went awry,

Our reflections portray our inherent character,

So don’t get swayed if there is something to bother,

You get a chance to correct your misdoings,

And start with a prayer in the fresh mornings,

Every day you’ll learn a thing or two,

When you reflect without much ado,

So keep that smile on your lips,

And find your inner peace and the bliss.

Keep your chin up

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 meaningless words,

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.

The big decision

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.

Never give up…

Giving up something is not the right way,

You have to be at it, though your mind might run astray.

You have to find your own motivations,

And do not look at the situation with resignation.

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 big,

And there are times when you can’t think straight.

In both these situations, just keep the faith.

Spend your time with your friends and family,

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 or two.

When you feel a new vibe that brightens you up,

Think of your plans again and cheer yourself up.

Summer woes

In this scorching heat which is tough to beat,

I think about the clouds, dense and shroud,

When will you come back dear monsoon,

We are counting the days, please come soon.

I am losing my plants to the intense heat,

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 feel,

When people can go out with a new zeal!

Travel Opportunity

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.

Pep talk

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 worried.

“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.