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Life Stories – Crossing the water logging during Monsoon in India

When you are young, you do not think much. You go through whatever comes in you are life and cross it. You learn from your experiences. Sometimes you are not even aware what you accomplished because you are not keen to show that. You are interested to reach where you want to go and reaching there is your only quench. Whatever lays ahead of you, is like a undeniable path which you have to navigate and you do not think of options or shortcuts. You just see that your task is to get there.

And when you look back in time, you will notice and realise that was something unique as a young kid. Without being concerned about what’s around you and why it is the way it is, you are more interested in the how. How do I reach there. How do I cross this. And by following that simple approach you divert all your energy into doing the thing that matters the most at that point of time.

Where as grown ups are most of the time consumed in their thoughts and worries. Instead of focusing on how to go about something, they are wondering why it happened to them. They are looking for someone to blame or themselves. By shifting and distracting their energy on multiple thoughts and looking for shortcuts or alternate routes, they do not take the route they had to. And when the result is not as per their expectations, they feel disappointed and dejected. But they never did what was supposed to be done in the first place.

As a kid, I saw people going to far off distances (over 15km) on bicycles. Even those who had vehicles, they too had to go on the same route. This particular route was intercepted by a railway tunnel in between. Any other cross over was a roundabout route for over 5 km and even that would have to be crossed under a tunnel, which sometimes was worse than the original one while other times slightly better.

Railway trains would pass over the road across and there would be tunnel that would go across from below it. Often during monsoon, since the tunnel is dug below the railway route, it would be clogged with water. Water used to be deep upto waist level and underneath somewhere there used to be drain which would be rushing with the water. Usually such drains were opened to allowed water to flow out faster but that posed danger for someone going in that direction. But with time people became aware of such things. So it came natural to people crossing such water to be following a queue one behind other and usually taking into consideration of the terrain of the place based on their previous experience.

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Being only 16 and going out far from home for the first time, such imminent difficulties did not present themselves as challenges. Instead it came as something simple as a bump in road or a traffic jam. You go right through it as you are drenched. You cross it with caution and once you are done, you do not even think of it. You just keep going towards the destination that you have to reach, in this case school. Being alone and no one to guide, you learn to become aware of your situations. You follow your fellow men like a herd. You seek for advice and then cross over. With time, you become adept in this skill. So you keep going ahead without any confusion.

Even when the water is higher and going around like a whirlwind and it’s pouring so heavily that you cannot see more than 10 feet, you just make it your prime task to go across either towards school or towards home. And when you reach home, you are drenched from top to bottom. You do not think of waiting in the way. Because you are already drenched. It doesn’t occur to you that you can take a break or you may catch cold if you are drenched beyond a point. Probably it works like that when you have no option, you just go with whatever is available.

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Once in a while, when you have become accustomed to the rain, which visits for 4 months, you like to try other routes to see what is the condition there. You want to explore.

One of the tunnel was huge and was connected to the highway. Most of the heavy loaded trucks and buses would go under it. During summer and winter, it seems to be a better way to cross over the railway route. So when Monsoon arrives next season, you try to take the alternative route. And what you find there you learn something new. The water is fierce and deep. The road is a slope and the flow of water is like a river. Down below under the tunnel, the water is bubbling and creating froth. You are not clearly aware of the terrain and not many people on cycle are crossing it. Mostly the people in cars and buses are going that side. Only a few people on bike and cycle who had their destination on the other side and didn’t want to go round about for 10-15km to reach their home in this constant downpour went across it. And for them they had the terrain mapped in their mind. They knew every bump, every slope, every manhole and the drain. They could close their eyes and say how long it would take to cross the tunnel and when the next bump will come. That kind of awareness helped them to cross over. And it was evident by then that it cannot be undertaken for fun or excitement or the experience of thrill. Anyway we had another usual route to go about so we just took it.

Over the period of time, most of the bicycles got replaced with bikes. Only rarely do we see a bicycle in the city. Many flyover bridge were constructed over the railway route. Better drainage systems were put into place to avoid water logging. Pre-monsoon work was carried out to fill any gaps. So the previously existing scenario started to diminish. Only rarely would there be a water logging that required someone to go through it. And there were other options like flyover bridge and better routes.

So most of the young lack such experience or awareness of how things used to be. For them it comes as natural to use a bike or any vehicle to go overboard a flyover bridge as high as 25m at 60kmph without usually getting drenched. And even if they get drenched it’s more for fun then any kind of necessity.

Eventually comfort got replaced with circumstance. We started to forget that there are subtleties of life that train us for things in ways we do not know. We go through things only to become tougher. Such experiences are blessings in disguise.

Shine brighter to find the unseen !

With a beautiful heart and soul
It’s difficult to behold
With the precious dreams
And priceless beliefs
In the material world
Looking for an angel
Is like in going into the ocean
And searching that pebble
In the deepest darkest depths
But hope is on
For with your own glow
The magic can turn things flow
You may see your own reflection
Across the sea in the perfection
So glow as bright as you can
As you are searching to be loved
There is someone looking to love
Looking for that sparkle out of you



Answers are all hidden within us
Our wishes are tied with our limitations
When we truly let go of them
We enter into the land of accomplishments
So I hope and wish
What you seek
Comes to you
In ways you may even not realise.

Mind your thoughts and steer them

Sometimes it is about taking a break and not doing much
While waiting for things to stitch on by selves

While other times it may be of a thing or two, to gather some courage to what to do

Break the prejudice
Tell yourself a new story
And follow the narration

Whatever is pulling you down
Is meant to let you go
And if it’s just your thoughts
Then let them go !


You have some amazing thoughts as well.
Let them come out
Sometimes it’s about writing completely opposite of what we want to
And then see how they become our masterpiece!


We must ignite our minds and spread the positivity.

Share the enthusiasm and encourage our kin.

Let your thoughts spread like the light in the dawn and touch every corner so there is no more darkness !


You are the radiance of life
And the spark that lies in you
Oozes to come out blue
Yes there is something different about you
And that’s what makes you special too
For if we do what we faced
We will all be left with no place
So spread your wings wide
For you have to fly over the tide
Carry away all the gloom
So every flower will bloom.

How history has always been recruiting skills and talents

Back in the days of kings and kingdoms, there used to be courts and courtyards. Those were not courts like the legal courts we have today. They were more like a one-stop-point for people in the kingdom to come about to find solutions to problems, to showcase talent, skills, art and to find justice were some of the major things done.

One peculiar offering of such courts was the display of skills and talent before the king and courtiers. By showcasing some skill they have practiced for years, they impress the king and get price in form of gold, jewels, ornaments or other offering based on how moving and fine the skill is acquired. If it is of use to the kingdom then such skillmen would be recruited in the particular area under the kingdom to serve for the king in return of goods, place to stay and constant pay.

Similarly people who had nothing to show but display their rigor for language, wisdom and understanding of life would also come before the court. They would go about singing some songs or showing control of their arts or speaking in witty ways that would impress the king. The deeper the understanding of world, higher they would have opportunities to be in the good record books of King and his noteworthy people.

Today similar courts are seen in the campus recruitments sometimes at the premises of the organisations, while other times at the institutes. For many years individuals acquire skills in particular area by learning, practicing, training and showcasing what they can do or have been doing. Usually things that one has done is classified as projects and what one can do is classified as dreams. Projects help people be recruited like those in times of courts and be given a job to be done. They must expand their skill to build, create or maintain something in the company and in return they get salary, bonds, house, amenities and shares. As higher their skill and contribution along with their interest to stay in the same kingdom, the greater the returns. They get promoted based on their performance and contribution.

If they lack the projects to showcase what they have done, they may show promise. By speaking in witty ways or showing what their thoughts are they can crack multiple interviews. This is a way to get a chance to be held worthy of something and given the opportunity to prove. So by going through various level of tests, whoever gets to the end receives an offer letter, a written agreement from the king to be paid for their services and their brains.

History has always shaped things slowly in ways that we humans do not see. Our cultures and lifestyles have been tamed in ways that we feel proud of them and we participate with our might, happiness and concrete beliefs. But most likely nothing has changed from the times things used to be the way they were and how things are now.

Certainly we enjoy the flexibility of choosing the temperature in our room, drinking the water purified to the extent we like and store food for days and buy things we like. We possibly feel and do things like a king in the old era couldn’t do, hence the praise live king-size life.

But what we do lack is our position in the entire consensus doesn’t essentially change much. Things improve overall and we get the benefits of it. But we never fully realise our dreams and thoughts. We live within the periphery of the structure that has been bestowed upon us by our choice or circumstances and we capitalize the maximum within that bubble.

Many other beliefs and operations in our life related to our culture, lifestyle and social motto are embedded in us in ways that limit our views. We buy those beliefs and we sell them. We are afterall what we have always been doing. We just try to do things differently. Most things in life along history are fluid and they keep moving in direction of natural flow. We are just small entities within that flow.

We spend our life to earn a living so that we can live our life

We sell out time to earn money to buy freedom.

We sell our identity to earn popularity to become famous.

They are selling themselves
To buy your time
So they earn for their life

Rare things are priceless and difficult to find but they want to be expensive, not priceless.

We spend our time to earn a living to be able to spend our time.


Show patience for your relationships and other choices not for your job

Job is Job. It is not one and the only thing. Neither it is supposed to be the only thing. You decided to work somewhere and then you had your time. It’s time to move to next one. If you have a new role or new challenge within the organization then so be it. You can do it. That is similar to finding a job somewhere else. Putting yourself into new dimensions will result into a growth that will help you create value in yourself.

If by staying at a place you get paid for your loyalty then you may be sacrificing on something. Not everyone but some may be. You have to evaluate your position within the organization and where you want to be in life. If the Gap is too much or too little to be filled within your organization then you may have to go for some other job. It is also possible that the immediate requirement in life is asking for more or less based on what is your priority and accordingly you may have to choose to pull strong to keep low. We are all not just employees or professional but we are humans overall. There are other things in life that demand our attention, importance, energy and time. Based on what we consider to be priority or important to us in short run and long run, we have to choose.

Our choices may not be the best in the world but they must be good enough for us. By shaping ourselves in the present along with the people surrounding us, we carve out a beautiful future based on the decisions we take.

So keep rocking in whichever area of life you have chosen to stay and perform. Stay happy and be the best of yourself. Stay kind to yourself and if possible people around you. Cherish for who you are and what you can become. Smile and share a little bit of happiness around you. Every thing will make sense with time and situation.