Do not quit

So it was just a couple of days back where I felt a bit low as I was not that satisfied with the quality of my poems or short stories. I felt as if it’s not working. I’m unable to deliver my message to the audience. I was about to take a break and quit this 30 days – 30 posts challenge.

It was day 27 and both the hands of the clock aiming at 11. I had just finished my dinner, a late one indeed. Frustrated a bit with the lockdown and an immensely strong feeling overtook me where I wanted to go out and give some tight hugs to my friends and loved ones. So when you are not happy from within, how can you bring a smile on someone else’s face? I had the same thought too! But then I read some of the poems that I wrote earlier for you guys and I was amazed with my progress. But still I had a creepy feeling that will I really be able to make my readers smile…?

I’m a huge fan of the author Najwa Zebian. A quote of her came to my mind which reads as follows, “The mountains that you’re carrying, you’re only supposed to climb.” So I said the same words to myself, I spoke in a very polite tone with myself and reminded myself, “It’s worth writing those words even if it brings a small little smile on the face of even one of my friends.” I was aware that there are some friends of mine who no matter what happens, do read my posts so I did write and most importantly I was able to overcome my insecurities and fear just by having a short positive conversation with myself.

So whenever you fear something or you feel insecure, do not quit. Never give up untill the last moment and if you do so, the result may or may not be positive but those efforts, they’ll definitely bring a big smile on your face.

Simple or Easy ?

Simple and Easy, both of these words are used interchangeably. But do they mean the same thing. We’ll if you take my personal opinion, I won’t agree.

Just by reading this, some of you may send me screenshots of definition of both these words and try to prove that both of them mean the same. So before you do that, kindly read my interpretation, you too may agree with my opinion.

What I feel is that we use the word Simple first and the events which occur thereafter may be easy or difficult.

For instance, you want Pav Bhaji for dinner, so how will you make sure you get it done? You’ll first of all decide, “Who can make Pav Bhaji at home?”, Ofcourse it’s your Mom, so you’re done with the first step, you know who can make your favourite dish for dinner, it was quite a simple answer i.e. Mom, now you’ll want to ask your Mom to make Pav Bhaji, as you are so close to each other, the process of requesting you Mom to make it for you is so easy.

Now let’s analyze one more scenario, you are a Boy and lately you’ve fallen in love with a cute looking Girl. So the first step, what will you try to do? Well.. before you start to dream about all your crushes and how you’ve approached them, let’s move towards my point. If you’re in love you just have to approach the girl and tell her that you love her. This thought is simple, this is what we should do. But is it really that easy to approach an unknown person and express your feelings? There’s a constant feeling of nervousness, you don’t want to hurt that Girl, you have no idea how she will react, you’re not even aware whether she feels the same for you or not, you’ve not interacted much, so you don’t know her completely either. Is she trustworthy, is she really a kind of person you think she is or is she just pretending? In a short time you could never know the truth. So it’s simple that you must express your feelings but the process here my friend is not at all easy.

What I’m trying to express through this is that you may have a temporary infatuation towards someone or something which raises your adrenaline levels, excites you and at that moment you are sure what you want to do, to take a decision at that moment is so simple, but it’s not necessary that the excitement will stay forever. It’s quite simple to say words or make promises but when it’s time to abide by your words or to keep your promise it may not be that easy.

I hope this helps you to take wise decisions. Wish you loads of love and happiness.

What would you do?

Siblings often are involved in fights, most common reason being food. Whenever our Mom brings only one portion of snack, it’s over. There’s no way you’ll be able to stop the fight. Both the siblings fight for the larger portion, not because they are too hungry but because they just want to win, show their dominance like, “Tadaa!! I won, I am superior.” It’s selfishness, but at a very small level as even after these fights, there is still love for each other.

When it comes to boys and cricket, it’s a completely different ball game. If they go out in the open to play cricket, one thing always stays in their mind,”I am a good player, I need both, batting and bowling.” Inferiority complex comes into picture if they do not get to bat as well as bowl. Their ego gets hurt and many a times other team mates who are better than that particular individual allow them to bat as well as bowl before them as they value their friendship. This act of always demanding for batting and bowling too is selfish and often times results in team’s loss.

Many a times employees act too sweet infront of their bosses, not because they have respect or they are inspired by their boss but because they want to get promoted to a better post in the corporate ladder and be better than other employees in the eyes of their boss. In doing so they often tend to forget even the basic corporate or business ethics. This act is selfish as here, not only do you think of your own good but at the same time you’re stopping someone else’s growth who might be better at work than you.

Similarly many a times we are hurt by various acts of multiple people, especially acts of people who are very close to us, our parents, close friends and the ones we love unconditionally. This damage at times maybe so high that we are no longer able to hold it. We break down, we cry, our dreams are shattered and there is no goal left. So what do we do? As we were hurt once, we feel as if we have a right to hurt anyone and everyone that comes in our lives. I know it may be difficult but don’t do this mistake, this may hurt one more pure soul like yours was a while ago.

Here I won’t give a solution as I don’t have one. You my friends, my lovely readers, what will you do in such situations to get back to normal without hurting anyone? Do share it with me, so together we can smile and create a happy world.

You smile I smile

A farmer is not known for how fertile or big his land is.
He is known for the quality of his crops.
A tailor is not known for what type of cloth he has to work with.
He is known for the beautiful dress that he makes out of it.
A carpenter is not known for the type of wood which he uses.
He is known for his comfortable furniture and fittings.
A musician is not known for the instruments which he plays.
He is known for the music that he creates out of it.
A painter is not known for the types of colors which he uses.
He is known for the serene picture that he paints on his canvas.

So my friends, what do you want yourself to be known for?
You may enter into someone’s life at different phases.
It doesn’t matter if it was formal or informal.
It doesn’t matter if it was day or night.
It doesn’t matter if it was in person or in a group.
It doesn’t matter if it was planned or accidental.
It doesn’t matter whether you were happy or sad.
It doesn’t matter whether they were happy or sad.
But one thing which matters is…
No matter how much we want them or like them.
We can’t keep everyone in our life forever.

There’ll be times when some of them may leave us,
If they’ve decided to leave, they’ll leave.
you may hard to keep them in your life,
you may accept all their conditions,
you may give them excuses when there are none,
But one day, you’ll be exhausted,
you won’t be able to take it anymore.
So why to take all these efforts?
Whenever someone wants to leave,
Do as they say, let them go,
Say good bye with a hug and a smile.
As they may forget everything that you did,
every word that you said or every gift that you gave,
But they’ll never forget how good
and how comfortable you made them feel.

LUDO

In this quarantine, it’s difficult to meet people interact with them and to have fun together. But who are we? Human beings. We are renowned to find a solution for every problem. This being just the half truth, we are also renowned to create a problem out of nothing too.

So how do most of the people overcome this problem, mostly by playing an online game Ludo. A few months back who would have thought that this game will be the main source of having fun together. The last generation of  kids who would have played real Ludo board game must have been from the 90s, I was one of them too.

So how exactly do we play Ludo, it’s a game where 4 people come together to see who is first to reach the destination i.e. our home. The four common colors being Red, Green, Yellow, Blue. Each of these belong to individual players, apart from which everyone has 4 tokens at their base. These tokens have to complete an entire round across the board and finally reach home. How do we proceed then, how do the tokens move? They move with the help of a dice roll. If we get a 6, we can remove 1 token out of our base and further we can move it further based on the numbers we get on our dice roll. Finally the one who is first to take all his tokens to their destination wins the game. But wait, we are humans, we don’t play such simple games.

Apart from this there is a rule which states that you can kill the token of other players, how do we kill, by getting the exact no. so that our token lands at a place where our opponents token already exists. There are some places too on the board where tokens can not be killed. So that’s it about the game Ludo but don’t you think we’ve made out lives like a game of Ludo as well?

Everyone in their life has 4 tokens named, Career, Family, Friends and Self. Everyone is on a journey with these four tokens and trying hard to reach their perceived destinations. This Ludo of life is not just restricted to 4 color/people, all of us play it together as in life we meet people who show us colors we’ve never even imagined before. Just like Ludo at some point our tokens are killed and at some other point we kill someone’s tokens to move further towards our destination. But this destination that we are trying so hard to reach, does it even exist? All of us can lead simple lives by having no expectations, no demands, no jealousy, no hatred but we bring all these things in and make our simple lives so complex.

Play Ludo, have fun with friends but remember don’t make your life a game of Ludo, try to keep it as simple as you can because in life you’ve to reach no destination, you just have to enjoy the serenity and simplicity of this beautiful journey.