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Be considerate during this tough times

Continuous lockdown or lockdown like situation has impacted a lot of us in ways we have never been trained for. We do not have the slightest of experience where in everyone we know is going through it. The scale at which the experience of a virus going around in life as well the sheer response of stopping everything has toppled the fundamental fabric of our society. The response has been demanding and it has taken a long term impact on every common person out there.

Usually the people who are in any particular situation be it natural disasters, wars or any kind of unrest, it is limited to a particular state, country or the continent. But when something becomes a norm for everyone due to things like global crisis or pandemics, things are often unprecedented for those who are experiencing for the first time.

In any war, there are calms between storms. There will be days when we lose faith. Days when our allies turn against us…but the day will never come that we forsake this planet and it’s people.

Optimus Prime

So when you meet people complaining about their health or their surrounding be considerate to them. It is not a usual time.

When you meet people complaining about their work or imbalance in life, be considerate to them. Wait for things to ease down.

When you find people worried about future, try to talk about something that makes people feel better and avoid thinking too much about the future. The need to the time is to be moving towards simpler life, at least for the time being.

The constant demand of trying to do something or excel might toss off few individuals or group, be considerate to them.

Because all the things that we did to make us happy, free, relaxing and feel pleasant have been revoked from us. So naturally all the drift of time is pulling us down bit by bit until everyone is experiencing the curve in the fabric of our social life. It may be demanding. It may feel that things are slipping by. But some of us must start to hold on to something strong. Since we cannot go out and do things we used to, we may have to adapt to new things or very old things that we are not doing anymore.

Try to take a look at old photographs of your families, events or marriages.

Eat whatever is available in your vicinity. Try to balance out simple food with basic ingredients. Try some new recipe. Eat together and enjoy sharing time.

Watch your favorite shows or movies together with family. Revive all the good times that you had.

Arrange to play games that can be managed at home. If you would like or relax.

If someone is not well, take care of them. Provide healthy food and drink ample water.

If you have to meet someone who stays far off, try to arrange a video call and talk peacefully. Things may seem a bit odd but then the way to go forward is so.

Write if you may. Paint if you like. Play if you wish. Cook if that connects you. Feel good about yourself with whatever that makes you feel better. Do not send out too much negative vibes and for that matter even good vibes. Try to keep life simple and wait for the things to settle down

If you know someone who needs help, then try to get them help in whichever way you can. Make a call if that’s what it takes. Speak nicely to people whom you know and share their emotions.

Try to talk about staying at home as much as possible because the people we know or the people in our life are not aware of the way to go forward. If you feel too much stuck, try to do indoor activites. Arrange for yoga or similar activities.

There are days we are weak and we may feel that we need help, but in time we will learn that we need to try things slowly at our end and help will arrive in whichever form it can.

So my dear fellow Earthling, even though the times are tough and the difficulties doesn’t seem to get any less, believe in yourself and navigate through these times. Together we will reach into the world of better times. We will all thrive and smile soon, for we are fighters. Brave men have shown us examples of fighting through similar times and by remembering them, we will advance ahead into building a safe world in ways each one of us contribute and participate.

Stay safe and be happy in whichever little ways you can. I send out my affection and warmth to all of you. Take care.

Life Stories – Playing in the mud in Monsoon, India

Monsoon brings life. Everything in nature blooms. Plants and tree turn greener. Frogs come out. Birds began to build best to breed and care for their young ones. Even insects and worms flourish.

In April 2020
In July 2020

Monsoon brings happiness to India. Crops and vegetables are grown. Water from rain is still the major source of supply for agriculture and drinking. Rivers and dams start to fill. Ponds and lakes rise again. Peacocks dances with might. Life is replenished.

During Monsoon, young kids used to play in mud. They used to build houses and castles with the freshly soften mud. The smell of the Earth would feel them with new energy. As they play in the grass and the mud, lot of animals would come to graze. Buffaloes, Cows and Horses would be left free to have a good meal in by their owners. They would munch fast enough to not even chew anything but gulp as fast as they can. Once they are all done, they would go to a quite place under a tree or a shade and sit quietly while they chew slowly all the food they just ate. Watching such things as a child, you learn how nature reacts and responds to different situations in life.

Kids create new games or follow the old games being played from ages in their villages and town. One such game played in the mud during the monsoon was very unique. A group of kids would come together and decide whose turn it was to play by other toss or by some trick. One such trick was to form a group and bring your hands together. Then shout and flip your hands. You can either keep your palm up and face it down. Whoever turns out odd, gets to be the one to serve the play.

By forming a circle with a iron rod, it was considered as home. Each one would go about throwing the rod about 8 inches long. Since the mud was dampened by then, anyone who throws the rod well, it would stand upright. Failing to throw the rod to stand upright, you will loose your turn. And you will be next person to serve.

As one by one the kids kept on throwing, they would go far off from the home. Once in a while, one of the kid would through the rod like a parabolic very far in hope that it will fall upright. It may fall flat but if it falls upright, then it feels like a triumph to them. It is almost like a victory. Because that will push the game too far.

Whoever faults, then end up serving. Now from the point wherever the fault occured, that is the rod fell flat, back to the point of the circle as home, the first kid had to come back jumping on one leg. That is the game. They had to learn to jump on one leg all the while in the mud, without putting other leg down. So farther it went, the chances were some may slip, some may end up getting tired and they would have to do it altogether again.

It’s a harsh game that way but the kids do not realise it. It’s fun usually. It develops resilience to keep going. Playing in nature is not only just a fun or playing in mud dirty experience, it’s more about learning how to function as a group. How to compete in a healthy fashion and how to take turns. Also you understand how to stand strong. You develop physical fitness and various motor skills. You become prone to weather. And develop an understanding of underlying vibrance of nature.

In a matter of a decade, most of such open lands have been replaced by colonies, multi-storey apartments, factories and shops. Such open lands used to be as wide as a km or more. Now only a sparsh area of some hundred ft is left for many kids to play. Most kids end up playing games on electronic devices, watching TV and movies, eating junk food and never actually stepping out in the open. They never see frogs, let alone seeing a tadpole. Chewing of food by animals is a distant concept that they read about in books after being adults. Getting drenched in rain is a trouble because of the clothes and gadgets we carry get damaged and we fall sick. We prefer to go rain-dance in some amusement park.

The gap we have created in our lives is causing lot of disturbance in how we perceive and respond to it. By succumbing to four walls and being connected via electronic gadgets, we are experiencing a change in our brain responds to our surroundings. The constant need to be online, read what’s happening around the world, knowing what has gone around the world and being able to see at our finger tips is causing constant drain. It is creating toxic experience. And the same people who built such network and now selling products for mindfulness, meditation, apps, sessions, lifestyle change and coaching.

By pulling us out of our free flowing life and putting us in a cage filled nowhere to go and constantly serving visual attractions, we are collectively creating a world that is causing more damage than the good.

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.


Poetry : Blissful Friendship

Whether you are on top of hill or near a lakeside

Whether it’s morning or noon

Whether you are hungry or stomach full

Whether it’s highway or mudway

Whether you are on pillion seat or on driver seat

Whether you are tired or excited

Whether there bumps in the way or a smooth road

Whether you are fresh or dull

When you don’t have any good pics of the trip

When you don’t get to see any great place

When nothing of the above matters but you know you had a good time

When you have someone who pushes you to take one more step

It’s blissful to have someone in your life with whom it doesn’t matter where you are, how you are, what you are doing – only the company matters.

To True Friendship

~ BHANU


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Poetry : Love Poems from Taj Mahal 3

Love completes you !

Love is not subjective as it is projected in modern life.
Love is not complicated as seen in Facebook status.
Because it is not a status
It is a feeling underneath
Your chest
Which helps you to realise
That the body you own
The lungs that purify your blood
The heart that pumps the blood
Become meaningful
When you find your love
The Love pumps oxygen into your life
The Love purifies your journey of life
The Love completes you.

~ BHANU (Influenced on visiting The Taj Mahal)


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