Wednesday, August 12, 2015

In loving memory of Ms. Maggie

I wonder how downfall of a product affects one’s lifestyle and the choice

2 minutes noodles had become part of every house, every kid inspired by those yumilicious advertisements pooping in every 2 minutes in commercial breaks. Mouth-watering as depicted, it had become easy to cook dish for every mom in hurry.

Aren’t the kids missing it anymore? Where have they turned their face to? Yippie… Snoopies… Top Ramen… Brands are many. I see those advertisements which air now-a-days to address budding concerns- “We are Safe! We have techniques that produce safe noodles”. But do we really care? Do we really read the ingredient and safety clause on the packets we buy from market? Are we really banking upon the substitutes?

I really wonder when I peep in my kitchen for 2 min snack options. Ms. Maggie, once upon a time was snacks queen at my home too. But Mr. Lead, the howling scoundrel damaged its market share to such an extent that we have abandon our queen to be crushed in Cements Factory.

Today, we as human beings adapt to every changing situation in moments time. I hardly miss Ms. Maggie. One option gone, adapt with others, we know how to move ahead. But those pesky kids? It seems, they are the ones who adapt to changes even more quickly.

Alas! Business can’t heal the burns in moment’s time. It takes eons to recover from damage, resurrect from its own ashes (quite literally). Nestle may take time but it would come back as it says. (Don’t know how long, today I read it, government has filed case on behalf of consumers. Did they bother to check lead content in substitute products? Top Ramen contains even higher % as per one of the article in newspaper). But have we ever wondered about those tea and snack stalls in every nook n corner, how are they making their business now? My College life, like life of every DU student in north campus revolved around Tom Uncle’s Maggie. If I travel back in memory lanes, it will bring dripping saliva from my mouth. Even those trips to hill stations bring memory of friends sitting on hill top, amazing weather and hot steamy Maggie for our hunger after long treks. Maggie recall must have burnt bigger holes in the pockets of these vendors.

p.s: Pic courtsey- one of the food clubs where a lady posted hand made cake in memory of Ms. Maggie

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Enjoy the moment, Live in it!

Enjoy the diligent, focused, challenging work, and enjoy the carefree, lighthearted, playful times. Enjoy the moments of quiet solitude as well as the times when you’re surrounded by the stimulating energy of the people in your life.

Enjoy giving love and being loved. Enjoy making a difference and enjoy the assistance and collaboration of others who make a difference in your life.

Enjoy the things you’re confident of as well as the things that are a mystery. Enjoy diving into life’s pleasures and enjoy working through life’s problems.

Enjoy the warm sun on your skin and enjoy the cold wind against your face. Enjoy being confident and enjoy being surprised. 

The more of life you enjoy, and treasure, and appreciate, the more access you’ll have to life’s best possibilities. When you can find something to sincerely enjoy, you have found a pathway to great value and fulfillment.

Today is a unique, one-of-a-kind experience, filled with opportunities for all different kinds of richness. Step enthusiastically forward into whatever today offers, and enjoy.

— Ralph Marston

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Prominent Autowallas

Sometimes conversations with strangers leaves everlasting mark on your brain. Off lately I have been traveling to different parts of Delhi/NCR  in Auto and striking random conversations. Let me share some snippets with my readers ...

Incident 1:  It was one of the day  before witnessing  State Assembly election and choosing our Chief Minister for Delhi.

Me:  Pointing  to one auto walla  reading newspaper at the stand. Bhaiya, drop me to place XYZ... meter on kar lena.
Autowalla1: (Bhaiya being busy in churning his thoughts and matching his ideologies with AAP - AAM Aadmi Party)
Madam is baar to Arvind ji ko hi lana hai, bahut hua bhrastachaar.  Lagta hai  samay aa gaya hai , ab aam janta ki bhi  koi sunega.
Me: Accha bhaiya, ye dhaarna kaise banayi aapne.
AW1: Nai madam, hum mile hai unse... acchi soch wala ab koi aya hai rajneeti mein.
Me: This man is really marking his impression among autowalla segment. I second his thoughts.

Incident 2 : On the way to home I was instructed to shop for some groceries for home
Me: bhaiya , ek baar is mother dairy pe rok dena.
Auttowalla 2: Madam, aap bhi le lo mein bagal mein dominos se pizza le leta hun.
Me: Oh, ya ya
AW2: Madam, meri beti bahut dino se jidd kar rahi hai.. aaj le jata hun. Kya karun, " betiyan hoti hi itni pyaari hai"
Me. Awestruck with this father daughter bond. Some incidents guide your next steps..I too got pizza packed for my sister. .. Small surprise for her.

Incident 3: While going to metro station in auto.
Me: To bhaiya ab bhi aapne AAP ki topi pehni hui hai. Ab to sarkaar gir gayi.
Autowalla 3: Madam, bus pehne hue hai ... koshish to thi unki  bijli pani ke daam kam krne ki. Par ab pata ni kya hoga, cyclinder ke  subsidy wale paise wapis milenge bhi ya ni.
Party acchi thi,  par bahumat ni mila to party hi ni banate..  ab banaya to istifa ni dena chahiye tha. topi bhi pehne hue hai par sir pe jhadoo thoda achca ni lagta.
Me: Kyun bhai, jhadoo to safai ka pratik hai.
AW3: Chihn to kuch aur le leta jaise ki jeena ( uper chadne ka pratik) ya fir bulb ( roshni ka pratik)
Me: Again awestruck with his thoughts.

Incident 4: I stopped an auto and asked to take me to the place XYZ.
Autowalla 4: ( Dressed in jeans and cool tee, a look alike of my college admin staff , low volume of  radio F.M, very clean auto, almost new) Asked the destination again and started the auto.
(On the way , his phone rang.. slowing the volume of radio...)
AW1: "Hi, I am driving right now, would not be able to review your project, is it the one at chandigargh..."
Me:  Already impressed by his clean auto and his attire... Again awestruck with his fluency in English.
I asked " Is it your part time profession?"
AW4:" No, I am full time professional driver" ( Full Stop. Volume of radio was again high )
Me: Simply puzzled and willing to ask how come he landed into this profession. But, no scope of talk... Hesitant to intervene in his personal space... i kept quite
AW4: (Almost 2 minutes before reaching destination at the crossroad) Actually I lost my father and wife 2 years ago. While we were returning from the funeral of my father , due to a crane dropping stone my wife expired on the spot. And now with this profession I am easily available to my kids whenever required. They study in Ryan International School. This profession is not reputable but i make money out of it. 1000 bucks easily  per day and take care of my kids. We have factory in Chandigargh, my brother takes care of it. But I have to be in Delhi with my kids.

Me: Speechless. Paid. Thanks!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Random albeit deep thoughts..

Your Next Step
In any undertaking, the first step is vitally important. Just as important, though, is the next step.

It’s great and exciting to make a strong start. Yet what really makes a difference is continuing the effort after the initial excitement fades.

Success is achieved not just by taking the first, impressive and exciting step. Success comes from taking the next step, and the next and the next, until the work is done.

Today is your opportunity, with each thing you’ve started, to take the next step. Today is when success is built.

The next step may not be as glamorous as the first step or the last. Yet it is precisely that next step that will take you from the hopeful beginning to the successful finish.

Honor your commitment by taking the next step. The path to success is here and now, so keep on going and make that success yours.

Shake up the happiness

At every moment we must shake off the past like falling dust, that it may not soil the virgin path which, at every moment also, is opening before us. May our mistakes, acknowledged and rectified within us, be no more than vain mirages powerless to bring any consequences and, pressing our foot down firmly upon all that no longer should exist, on all ignorance, all obscurity, all egoism, may we take our flight boldly towards wider horizons and intenser light, a more perfect compassion, a more disinterested love. . .

Its Me
I have a name
But until you name me.
I have a form
But until you shape me.
I exist
But until you make me,
I am creativity.

I am waiting deep inside you
Touch my spark
And let me light you,
Give me life
And I'll revive you
I am creativity.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Thoughtful to mind! Mindful to thought!


Chain of thoughts: Entangled
Brain and Heart: Isolated
Boulevard of dreams:Blasted
Brain Neurons: Rapidly Moved/ Winning Marathons
Emotional Quotient:  Exceptionally High
Intelligence Quotient:  Error Encountered
Love Quotient: No data found
Vital Stats: Alive
Heart Beat:  Remotely ticking
Reader: Puzzled