Origin of a Story

“There isn’t anyone you couldn’t love once you’ve heard their story.”
― Mary Lou Kownacki

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Get a life !

Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day. But the question to ask yourself really is what is keeping you busy ? What if you didn’t do it ? Does it really matter apart from the fact that it helps you pay the bills? Imagine if your bills were taken care of would you still be doing the same stuff day in and day out.
The funny thing is that when I ask people who are super busy to describe their day they get almost ashamed mid way and the intelligent ones almost always end up saying – I know yaar. I am just dragging along. They still don’t commit to anything meaningful as their minds are just not tuned to treading an uncharted territory. The truth is that this is the way they have been living and they don’t know of any other way. In their sub conscious mind they have equated being busy to being important and being important to being successful and being successful as goal of living. Somehow they never question or define the “success” itself and what it means for them.
They still cannot figure out that just the act of doing can have its own rewards – ones that may or may not be appreciated by those around them. Vanity is the driver for them, not even pride let alone self actualization.
So next time you want to make someone uncomfortable just ask who they are without their designation or position in society or how others look at them. I am planning to go for a blindfolded conversation session this Sunday and that’s how I plan to break the ice. Let’s see. May be I will get a cue for my next story.
You can also try it. I think it will be good fun. 😊

Not Myself Anymore..

मुझे अक्सर ये एहसास होता है
कि जैसे मैं अब वो मैं नहीं हूँ
मुश्किल है लफ़्ज़ों में बयाँ करना
पर यूँ लगता है कि जब गहरी नींद में था
कोई आया और मुझे बिखरा गया
और फिर जल्दबाज़ी में समेट दिया वापस
ठीक से कह नहीं सकता
पर हाँ कुछ ऐसा ही लगता है मुझे..!

~ आहंग

Only once in your life..

“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”

~ Bob Marley

You Never Know ~ Book Review

Book review of #Youneverknow

It’s written by a dear friend from Lucknow University days.

Just finished reading Akash Verma ‘s new book “You never know” published by Penguin India. I started reading it only yesterday night so yes it is quite a page turner! In the last few years our sensibility of an extra marital affair is largely drawn from TV soap operas which portray a very clichéd and predictable account of what it means to be torn between what your mind holds as precious and what your heart longs for, knowing well that it can possibly rip your life apart. Akash bhai has always managed to bring out the nuances of a restrained love story beautifully and this book is no exception. The book based out of Gurgaon is a romantic thriller that captures the trials and tribulations of urban life quite vividly. I would say you can order a copy just for the chemistry between Dhruv and Anuradha. The way sensual tension between them gets transformed into a loving bond only to broken ruthlessly by circumstances is so heart wrenching. A must read on a plane ride back home. Will keep you totally engrossed up until the last line…

किताबें (Books)

रातों को चलती रहती है मोबाईल पर ऊँगलियाँ,
सीने पर किताब रखकर सोए ज़माना गुज़र गया

Through the night my fingers on the phone don’t rest,

It’s been long since I slept with a book upon my breast..

एक आवाज़

अक्सर जब नींद नहीं आती रातों को

और मैं इस सोच में गुम होता हूँ

कि आखिर मैं कहाँ गलत था ?

तभी मन के किसी कोने से

हर बार एक आवाज़ आती है

दोस्त ये इतना आसान नहीं है.

अभी तो कई रात जागना होगा तुमको..

(Inspired by Charles M. Schulz)