Done and Dusted

I had been off the radar for more than the time expected. I knew I would be busy with my personal commitments during the time close to the year end  but that was done and dusted long back and I am still trying to figure out what keeps me so busy??

Grrrr!!!! I tried to introspect and came up with many silly reasons like cooking, cleaning, work, offline assignments, naughty son and a zillion more ( should I even call it introspection? may be not !!).

Something suddenly changed my mindset. Let me share it here:

Last evening, when I was browsing through, I happened to see this beautiful video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yICX_ZQ86Mw

This video triggered a thought? I felt it was a no-nonsense video that showed the happiness of a woman who was “herself” for a moment. She forgot the world and danced to glory in the little time she had for herself.

This is a very simple video but it left a deep impact on me. Doesn’t it feel good to be “yourself” at least for a moment in  a day?

Life is  a race we run to compete with ourselves.  We all wear different hats in a day with many enjoyable and  some not so enjoyable roles. In this course, are we compromising on the “me time” that we completely deserve?

And I realized I did exactly that in the last few months, by procrastinating many things I enjoyed and one among it was blogging. So, as they say better late than never, so it’s me now, burgeoning back to the form and will promise myself to be regular at my space “my blog”.

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Shaheed Bhagat Singh

As my whatsapp beeped today morning, I saw this image of the person below popping up

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Any guesses who this is??? This is the great legend Bhagat singh. A friend of mine forwarded this picture to me and quizzed me if I ever knew who it was. Thanks to my movie nerves, I had earlier seen the movies made on this great man Bhagat Singh and so I could instantly connect to it.

I remember I saw this movie about Bhagat Singh in my college days and trust me it was a great influence back then. After the movie, it interested many of us to know about such freedom fighters and I remember making a small document during our college times about some great freedom fighters.

Bhagat Singh was a brave son of Mother India, an influential revolutionary during the pre-independence days. Born to a Punjabi Sikh family, he preached anarchist and Marxist ideologies. Can you imagine the guts he had to being convicted of a murder and hanged at the age of 23????

Yes, at 23 today, we are not clear anything more than a watsapp or a facebook. Look at the love he had for his motherland and the conviction to bring the freedom. Incomparable, to say the least!!!

Now, why this post suddenly?? After Mr. Modi’s speech yesterday, I learnt that today is his birthday. I expected, somewhere in the news, social media this would certainly flash and I must say, I feel ashamed not to see anything relevant to this. Such a disgrace!!! My heart pained for a moment!!

The media which churns news out of Aishwarya Rai’s pregnancy or Shahrukh Khan’s surrogacy did not deem it necessary to render the basic prayers for his soul. Let the change begin, forget about the media. If you are with me, please keep him in your prayers for 2 minutes and let this information not die with us. Let us make an effort to pass this on to our next generation.

Information about him on wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhagat_Singh

Image and information source: Google

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Change has to come

I am not too sure how many of you know, but I work as a HR professional. I manage the recruitment of a software company. This Monday, I have organized a recruitment drive and have outsourced this to a training institute.

I briefed the requirement to the placement officer and we have finalized the agenda. After few minutes, I receive a call and the placement officer asks me “Madhavi, are girls eligible for this role??” .The question pissed me off. How can one think that girls are not eligible for a role in an IT company and what made the placement officer think that there is a disparity?

I spoke to her in detail and understood there still is a disparity in recruiting males vs females. I was shocked to know this and tried to compose myself after the incident and explained her that we are an equal opportunity employer and would not like to show the disparity at any cost.

Adding fuel to the fire, when I came home I saw this ad from KFJ Jewellers stating “Kalyana Vayasula ponnu irundhaale tension dhaane” which translates to “Having a girl at the age of marriage is a mental tension!!” What the hell ? Yes, that was my first reaction when I saw this ad on the television. It is such a disgrace to the society. Is only having a girl a tension?

When will the change come? When are women treated equal to men? Women deserve equal respect, equal opportunities, equal challenges as men. What makes them less than a man?

On one side, there is a responsible part of the society which is striving to achieve equal rights and fighting for the basic amenities of women and on the other end, these advertisements going on the media/ social media by such brands are highly awful. If these bandleaders can’t bring a change and can’t work towards any of the noble causes, at least it would be good if they refrain themselves from such  disgraceful advertisements.

Note: This is not a sponsored post, it is purely my opinion. Though the intention of the ad could be different, the way the ad was directed was pretty bad. It introduced the girls as Tension 1, Tension 2 which is highly disgusting.

We will help you..

Last week when I was about to give bath to Dheer, I noticed that a pigeon was sitting in the duct hole of our restroom. Seeing it suddenly, I switched on the exhaust fan assuming it would move away due to the sound. Nothing seem to have made an impact, and it was comfortably seated. It waited for another pigeon to join it once in a while.

I slowly realized that it was a lovely family. The pigeon which did not seem to bother for the sound that the exhaust fan made, the pouring rains, or perhaps anything on earth, was the mother pigeon. It laid eggs and was waiting for them to hatch.

It was a cute little family and we determined not to disturb them. Though the restroom was a mess, as the sticks that are used to make the pigeon’s nest kept falling inside, we did not mind. We did not use the exhaust fan so that the pigeons were safe and eagerly waited for the eggs to hatch.

Every day, Dheer and I to noticed the pigeons, the way it protected its eggs, the way the love spread in the family. Yesterday, to our surprise, we did not see the pigeon  and only then did I realize that this place was used as a temporary shelter for the eggs to hatch. We missed the pigeon but I had a lesson to teach my son.

I drafted it as a kids story, which can be read here. Please do read the blog and spread the love.

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Doing nothing #Monday Musings

My weekends are usually jam packed. Invariably I come up with a series of things to-do, places to visit, guests to be invited, mess to be cleaned and what not!! Saturdays are usually the times we prefer to spend the day out and have some family time. But, this week had been an exception and it is worth the mention.

I realized that I am in a race to catch up with life. I am running the hectic schedules with school, work, chores and forgetting that there needs to be a pause. Continue reading

Day 1 – 3 Day Quote Challenge

I am a complete quote person. I love reading, collecting,pinning,sharing and learning from them. So, when my blogger friend Kiran, who blogs here tagged me for the 3-day quote challenge, I am all excited to take it up. Thanks a lot Kiran for the tag. Here goes quote for Day 1:quote1

Isn’t it true? Past is over, why worry about future that we do not know, though I do not deny there is a need for some basic planning about the future.

“Live in the present and love the moment!!!”

Rules for the challenge:

  • Post one of your favorite quotes(different quote on each day) on three consecutive days. The quote can be from your favorite book, author, or your own.
  • Nominate three bloggers to challenge them.
  • Thank the blogger, who nominated you.

Today, I nominate:

Rajesh who blogs here

Vinitha who blogs here

Parul who blogs here

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That Stone is waiting to be turned

Last Friday, when I was at work, a lady  walked-in to the office and wanted to see me.

I checked my calendar and did not notice any prior appointments. Wondering who it could be,I went to the reception to meet her. She was an elderly lady, neatly dressed in a starched cotton saree carrying a big bag and a file and was eager to explain me the purpose of our meeting.

We sat down for a casual chat and she introduced herself as a student in LIC doing some kind of project work for which needs her to visit couple of offices and collect feedback from various people. The word “student” amazed me!! Yes, it did and visit to offices in this scorching heat, made it more interesting for me to know the details.

She was in her mid 40s and proud to call herself a student. Her energy levels were mesmerizing. She spoke to me about her career, her love towards her job, managing kids  ( 3 daughters and 1 son – elder daughter married) and adding to it, the family also own a textile business in which she plays an important role.

I was astonished as she continued talking about her joint family tales to how to make fluffy rotis to correct eating habits to balancing work life. We spent about 15-20 minutes talking but she left a powerful impact on me. I felt completely energized after the talk and felt there is so much myself still unexplored, unseen. In the brief conversation we had, she taught me a profound lesson that “We should not leave the feeling of complacency shadow us and always believe there is still a stone unturned”.

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Being Happy #Mondaymusings

For me, life is a miracle. It is beautiful and filled with blessings. I enjoy every moment being alive. I feel grateful to the nature for blessing me.

I was not born with these thoughts, neither did it come easily to me. I had my own share of dark patches, learned from experiences, practiced happiness. I realized happiness is within us, it is we who decide whether we are  happy or we tend to whine about things which are not in our reach.

Of late, I started enjoying many silly happinesses, to name a few:

  • I feel happy when I get up early in the morning that I am still alive and I am blessed with a lovely day
  • I feel happy when I see the sunshine barging into my kitchen when I start my morning cooking
  • I feel happy when I finish cooking and still have 10 minutes to go through the newspaper
  • I feel happy when I reach office on time and look forward for a loving day
  • I feel happy when my son calls to update me about his day at school
  • I feel happy to see my son playing with the kids around and having a jolly time
  • I feel happy when my mother-in-law makes the dinner ready for me when I am back from a tiring day at work
  • I feel happy to see my husband back home after a long drive from work
  • I feel happy if I am able to finish all my chores and hit the bed little early

I am sure, when you read this list, it sounds pretty naive, perhaps these are certain things that happen in a typical day in all our lives, isn’t it? Yes, they are. I am only trying to look for the silver lining and convert them into blessings (Read happiness)

Life is only once, and it is too short to be unhappy. Be happy, look out for small happinesses around you and I am sure life will turn into a  bliss.

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What is #MondayMusings?

  1. Write a post sharing your thoughts on a subject of your choice. Make it as personal as possible.
  2. Use the hashtag #MondayMusings and link to Write Tribe.

 

#100sareepact

I have been looking at #100sareepact self challenge doing the rounds in social media for quite some time and completely inspired to bang on it!!

What is 100sareepact?

This is a self challenge started by Anju and Ally. This is an initiative to bring back the custom of saree as a daily wear. Women who are a part of this pact to wear saree 100 times before this year end, take a picture of themselves in the saree, narrate the memories involved with the saree and tag #100sareepact.

Why do I want to do this?

I have always loved to wear sarees but never pushed myself to wear it on regular basis as it involves lot of time, patience and planning my mornings, which otherwise are usually busy with cooking schedules. But, I am in total love of this challenge and cannot wait further to plunge.

Yesterday, we had a family lunch and what better day than this to start my pact? With me starting in June, I am left with 7 months to reach the target i.e approximately 14 sarees a month and that virtually translates to a saree every alternate day. This does not seem to be practical for me, but then I love to push myself.

Now that I started this, let me see where do I reach? BTW, the only soul who is really alarmed about this pact is my dear husband, who is scared I might end up buying 99 more sarees to reach the target :p

 

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