Oct 30, 2011

An epiphany on the Diwali day........

Diwali, as usual, this year also enlightened every body’s life with love and fun, bliss and peace, better time and prosperity. We all celebrated it with our near and dear ones.

The Diwali day for me, started with early morning special traditional practices. The day on which I myself have to get up early, as mom is always busy in encircling the complete home with red and grey liquid…(sorry I don’t remember its traditional name). I also, as a surprise to myself, supported dad and brother to prepare for the evening puja. From the morning itself, the ambience was of divine nature with aromas of roli, mango leaves, fresh flowers, sweets and what not.

The day before Diwali never seemed so great, but the morning we wake up on Diwali, it always felt like todaaaay is something special.

In the evening, we did puja, and the end of it was the happiest moment of the day when everybody was together, smiling giving blessings to each other, talking and chatting, loving and having fun. We then had a blast, fired some flower pots, fire balls, rockets, sky launch etc. and finally ate yummiest food. I yearn for this time the complete year.

My Diwali has always been like this. Ah..there is one thing that I didn’t share is on each Diwali me and my brothers use to fire crackers till 3 am in the morning, with our group of friends, accompanied with funny pranks and light banter. It had always been fun.

However, this Diwali we didn’t fire so much as the craze is getting down with the time, but I got a realization of the true meaning of Diwali. There is a tradition in my home, that on the night of Diwali before the sun rises, complete home needs to be dusted and the scrap to be burnt. This use to happen every year, but I never gave it a thought or never tried to understand its significance. But, this time when I myself did the dusting work to just let my mother sleep, I saw the chain of thoughts in my mind. I came to the conclusion that Diwali marks the beginning of a new life free of all the bad things, and that is what I did that night. I removed all the old scrap from the house and burnt it to begin a new life free of evils.

I, then the other day asked my grandmother about that grey and red liquid, that why do we encircle or decorate our homes with that; and the reply amazed me, that liquid is actually capable of making land free of all types of insects. In fact this is not all, each and every tradition on this eventful day is related with the cleansing effect of our lives (not homes).

I think that for people like me, who were oblivious to this fact up till now, should understand the significance of old traditions, and follow them. Diwali is there to filter your life from good and evil, and to give you an opportunity to live a better life.

Realize it.

Enjoy it.

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Oct 22, 2011

Happiness in the Festive Season

Festive season is here again. It brings so much relief and happiness in life, for students it’s a time to get energised for their exam preparations, for service class, it is a much-needed break from their hectic schedules , for business class it is a once in a year opportunity to earn good money in a short span of time.

I feel that it is much more than that, and even greater than worshipping Goddess for goodness and well-being. It is about being together, sharing happiness, and expressing love with family, friends, near and dear ones. It is about a moment that brings glow to your face and makes you smile, when you see the people you love.

With the global development, people are free to move to any place in the world to earn money, get a good job and lead a happy life. With this, the so-called joint family tradition prevalent in ancient India is now slowly getting converted to nuclear family. People with a wish to earn money, in a way they want, move to places so far, and get so engaged in their lives that for years even they do not come back. Sometimes it is time, and sometimes a mundane illusion, keeps them away from meeting the people who love them so dearly.

People well settled in their lives away from their first home, always try to look out an excuse to go back, and we are so lucky to have this periodic excuse in the name of a festival. We say that we go to celebrate festival and be a part of the family tradition, but in our hearts we all know that it is a get together with the family that everybody cherishes.

So, just speak out express your love, make them happy give them gifts, eat sweets, enjoy and have fun with your loved ones. Enjoy every moment of it.

P.S: I would like to make a sweet request to all happy and smiling people, to pledge from this festive season, to not waste food and only take that much in a dish that you can eat.

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Oct 15, 2011

Strong Medicine

Book Review:- Strong Medicine

Authored By: - Arthur Hailey

Strong Medicine is a book of many nuances of a pharmaceutical industry and the people involved in it. It describes in its story a life of a girl Celia Jordan starting her career from a sales woman to the reach of presidency of the company. It unveils good and not so good facets of a pharmaceutical industry, and its impact on the society as a whole. It gives you a chance to live a life in the pharmaceutical industry with Andrew Jordan, a wise doctor, Sam Hawthorne, a mundane corporate man, Vincent Lord, a greedy technical specialist and Martin Peter Smith, a brainy scientist.

The story starts with Celia and her feministic struggle to enter into a male dominated pharmaceutical industry of 1950’s. It speeds up with her bold, gutsy and honest attitude in her professional life that ladders her to the new heights of success with her each move. Andrew Jordan, a very wise doctor and her loving husband supports and protects her from getting illusive by the outside world. He indirectly helps her in taking right decisions at the right time. The story entails with the risky moves of Vincent Lord to compete in this greedy world, with Sam Hawthorne who as a dedicated corporate man tries to do everything right for the so- called pharmaceutical company, Felding- Roth in the book and with Martin Smith, and his genetic research work to make people being able to hold their smartness of brain till a relatively older age. All this in combination makes a complete description of good, bad, happy, sad lives and times of people of the pharmaceutical industry.

The book is written in a way that at the end you will feel like, you just lived a life in the pharmaceutical industry. It is like a description of a small time of that industry, and it ends like a day in your normal non fictional life. The prose’s so methodically written and the arguments so intelligently crafted that you will just love it; and the description and the debate in 160-180 page is the best in the complete book. The thoughts of the characters described in the book are so wise and clear that you will be amazed at some times, wondering that can somebody write it like this…..and Andrew Jordan is a treat to all the women, he is such a lovely husband, I would like to have some part of my attitude to be like him.

At the end I will say that Arthur Hailey always creates magic for me, and I sometimes find myself thinking that not enough books of his are left in my- to-read list. You will only find this book good, if you live with the characters without your presumptions. If you do so, you will find yourself loving all works of Arthur Hailey.

The book is worth grabbing, read it or gift it.

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Oct 5, 2011


When her face comes in front of you at dawn,

When you wake up early only to text her Good Morning,

When at the lunch, you assume her making lunch for you

When you think of her as you listen a romantic song

When you see her in every beautiful girl

You are in love!!!

When you want to share your problems only with her

When you think of her while grooming yourself

When you imagine her watching you all the time,

When you want to like her likes on face book,

When you keep looking at her picture for a longer time

You are in love!!!

When you call your mother, if you miss her

When you secretly see her working

When you think of crazy ideas and create situations to talk to her

When you jump with joy on seeing her message

When you think of her, if you write something about love

You are in Love!!! My dear

Dedicated to an acquaintance....


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