Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Karke Dekha --- Achcha Laga :)

This is dedicated to one of the special persons in my life. The title itself is an answer to a comment made by the person.
I am a proud donor of blood today. I am not sure if the person would ever notice this. But still. Thank you is what I can mouth for that person. I have tried at times but luck had it the other way.
Finally, a wonderful way to celebrate a year of some of the cutest happenings in my life.
It is truly a feeling that is beyond everything else. Hope this happiness just stays in my life :).

I am "Earth"

For those of you wondering about the title, it is just on the lines of "I am Anna." I am sure everyone is aware of this campaign, the stir it created and how it faded off. The achievements of the movement could be easily summarized in two points. Firstly, a wonderful piece of news article for media and secondly, a topic to talk on in the parliament. Apart from that we could see some people voicing their opinions on the wrongdoings of the government, but then, that was always there. No credits to the movement for that. Whatever. This is not what I want to blog about. Back to the title.
April 22 is celebrated as Earth Day throughout the world. At Oracle(I work there), this day was commemorated by carrying out certain activities like planting of saplings and having a plastic-free earth; I mean cleaning up the plastic wastes.
The day was wonderful with nice weather. We started our journey towards Nandi Hills, a tourist area about 60km from Bangalore. This was the target where we had planned to plant saplings and perform the cleaning exercise. A beautiful tourist spot, Nandi Hills receives many visitors from across the globe all round the year. And tourism in India is always assisted by spilling dirt and waste around the area; and graffiti on and around the spot. This is not something to boast about, but it is high time we realise the importance of these places and monuments, keep them healthy and clean, and, more importantly, keep our hands off them. There is no need, whatsoever, to publicize your love or friendship at the toll of their beauty. It has and will continue to cost India a fortune.
Anyways, I am aware of the fact that we have left no stone unturned in spoiling the towns and cities, but I had no idea that it was to this extent! I clearly remember cursing the people for not having the basic etiquette to keep a place clean. It took us almost an hour to get hold of most of the plastics in the area. I wonder how many days we would have had to work to clean up the whole place. There were alcohol bottles lying around in the place where "Smoking and consuming alcohol is strictly prohibited." I myself disposed three of them. Nevertheless, I realised how tough it is to manage a country like ours and to keep a place neat and presentable. I guess we should have norms to get these places cleaned by the citizens, so that it creates an awareness about the problems that we create. Ironically, people do not feel bad to spoil the areas around their homes also.
Coming to plantation part of the trip. Well, I can proudly say that I planted two of the saplings, which would in a span of 10 odd years grow to assist the human community. It really feels good when you toil in sun(I was sweating real bad!) and do something helpful for nature. 
I wish people could understand the value of things around them and keep them as special as they need to be. Not only nature, human beings still need to master the art of valuing fellow beings around them and give them due consideration. If we could master this little but powerful art, there would be peace and love all around. We need to start doing things rather than waiting for people to do. Initiative is important and leading much more. 
I think the reason, the other movement, i.e., the India Against Corruption, failed is due to lack of a proper leadership and cooperation amongst the people. A person needs to be strong on the ideals and take steps forward to achieve it. Sitting around and waiting for things to happen is not the quality of a good leader and a good citizen. Sadly, there can be only one Mahatma.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Time flew by and I liked the flight

The post-lunch hour is always lazy. It really doesn't matter if your lunch was sumptuous or not. And to not make matters worse and doze off, I choose to visit my social networks and friends. Visiting friends these days literally means peeking into their facebook profiles. Friendship has changed meanings over the last decade and you are as close to a person as you spend time on facebook. I can't help but notice that "facebook" is still not added to the dictionary. Weird!
Freshly out of college, not quite fresh though, my friends have been posting some fantastic "status updates", as it is termed by facebook, about life, love and living. I wonder how important these things become in one's life, especially the one with the "o". One such update by my friend summing up a lot of things went as below (I hope he doesn't mind me using it here).
"As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let us down, probably will. You'll have your heart broken and you'll break others' hearts. You'll fight with your best friend or maybe even fall in love with them, and you'll cry because time is flying by. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, forgive freely, and love like you've never been hurt. Life comes with no guarantees, no time outs, no second chances. You just have to live life to the fullest, tell someone what they mean to you and tell someone off, speak out, dance in the pouring rain, hold someone's hand, comfort a friend, fall asleep watching the sun come up, stay up late, be a flirt, and smile until your face hurts. Don't be afraid to take chances or fall in love and most of all, live in the moment because every second you spend angry or upset is a second of happiness you can never get back."
So true. People tend to miss things and wonder if they had a time machine to go back to relive the moment. But then, the whole point of missing is lost. I mean it is a wonderful feeling to miss the time you have spent. It attaches a certain level of importance to the moment. If you had an option of reliving it, it would not have been that interesting to think about it later and drop a tear. I, personally, do not want to go back in time. Rather, I would like to sit back and think about it all some years from now and feel delighted that it all happened. The feeling itself is different from anything else. Things have to go ahead with time and so it should be. Every stage of it has something in store for us and we have to accept the change. That surely doesn't mean that we should not just want to live a moment forever. I keep desiring for things to stay the way they are. Not that I do not love the memory part of it. But, I would rather have it live than a memory.
Things have gone past me and I had not expected some of them to change this drastically and move in the other direction. I have been loving the change always. There is a lot to learn from it. Learning is the essence of life. Though, at the end of the day, there is some part of me, which feels otherwise and doesn't want things to go the way they do.
Dedicating this to everyone who has been, who continue to be and who will always be the best part of my life. To the ones who had been, I miss you all and hope to cross your path sometime soon. To the ones who continue to be, do not fall into the first category sometime soon. To the ones who will always be, God help you ;).

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Happiness... Isn't it what we thrive for?

Been long since I have jotted down some of the random thoughts flying across my mind. I was taken busy by work and was a little reluctant to publish them when I found time to. A lot has happened, both in the outside world and the one inside me. Things have changed. They should. They are supposed to. What is important is how fast we accept them and move on with life. Well, it is easier said than done. But, at the end of the day, what we thrive for is purely, "happiness."
Happiness is the reason why people do what they do. It is the prime contributor to a person's life and the path it takes. There are other things which are important, but then, they always converge to this feeling. The definition of happiness is the same for everyone. What differs is the path that leads to it. And this is the same path, which plays a major role in defining our lives. This path could be anything like relationships, achievements, worldly pleasures, salvation or happiness of others. It is impossible for one to determine, what quantifies maximum happiness and what does not. Then, why do people try to compare it with others? Why do they convince themselves that a person is happy or not, when they do not even know what makes that person happy!. Why do people try to show others what their state of mind is and how it is not what they want? I have rarely seen a satisfied person in my life. In fact, there is no one who is satisfied. Once we have something, we aim for more. That is how life is. One wants to reach the maximum but is not aware of what the maximum is. And people who comment on them and their ways are only commenting on themselves. Because, knowingly-unknowingly, they also take up such endeavors to attain that state of mind.
There are times when people mistake compromise for happiness. And then, living the compromises is what is happiness to them. They become more concerned about the elements that do not affect their lives than the ones which do. This only ends with dissatisfaction and sadness. People then start looking for alternatives to find happiness. But, what they are not aware of is that they have missed the point long back for doing something for someone completely unrelated to them. They end up spoiling their life and many more lives related to them.
On a personal note, I feel that whatever a person wants he/she should go for it. Because, a happy person would only spread happiness. And, even the saddest of the person would regain the path for their happiness seeing this in them. It is a sort of energy, which surrounds you. I guess, these lines from a novel, which I had read earlier, would support my point:
It is you who are responsible for all the trials and turbulations that people around you go through. You determine the happiness or the sorrow that they experience. You have to make their lives worthwhile. It is you who define their lives. What fate they have is your giving. It is you and only you who canmake or break their lives. If you think somebody is suffering around you, it is only you who can set it right. You are the one responsible. It is because of you they suffer and because of you that they don't.
Why do people think more about the ones who do not affect their lives? People should be more concerned about others who are part of their lives, because, they are the people affected by your decision. And if needed, we should take extreme steps to make them realise that. Today, for pleasing someone, who does not even bother, they might take up some step. And tomorrow, when they are in pain and sorrow, that someone would not even be known to them.
I have decided to go with my instinct of whatever brings me happiness. And, I hope everyone else does.