The Command of the Day

Either you run the day or the day runs you. — Jim Rohn

Hello friends, I greet you all with above quote. It’s really very important that we should take control of our lives and lead it on our own terms otherwise we would be compelled to be led by the circumstances surrounding us. A little bit proactivity on our part can do wonders for us. As you might know that last year, at this time we were completely bogged down by the virus. So utterly dispirited and disheartened that it took us almost a year to mentally and physically recover.

To tell you the truth, precisely I was scrambling desperately to come out of the scare, always fearful for the safety, health and well-being of my family, as it might be the case with many others like me. We were practically run over by the Covid and long Covid symptoms.

I had written about my inner turmoils and struggles in The Transformation. I realised that I have to take commands of the course of my life instead of drifting over. Then came the teaching job interview in the month of September, 2021. I went on with it, having lots of doubts and apprehensions regarding my ability to do the job. As the recruitment was from the new session that is from April, 2022, I got the ample time to prepare myself by body and mind to take up the job.

I knew perfectly well, that if I decline, I would remain wallowing in a dark pit of perpetual worry. Because, now I got a lot of spare time to indulge in it, my children being all grown up and getting busy with their own lives.

I started instilling confidence as well as courage within me at right earnest. My family also helped boost my faith on my own capabilities. More the days passed, more I became convinced that I should take up the job.

By mid March, a call came from the school that I have to join school for a week to attend the grooming session, within two days. And the process of aclimatising ourselves to the school setting before the start of the actual session, began. Though fast approaching the age of fifty, I was feeling excited like a fresh appointee of 25! I was all ready to run the day, instead getting run over by it.

During that one week, apart from other things, I also had to rearrange the books, the old and fresh arrivals and catalogue them too, in the library, as a part of assignment given to the trainee teachers. It quite surprised me too, that I was doing such hectic job, like standing up on a chair to arrange books on higher shelves with the same zeal as other young new teachers.

Then came the real interaction with the students, from the start of April. My instant rapport with them was so satisfying that it felt like I have taken the right decision. Though I am constantly pushing the boundaries of my physical abilities, running from one class to another, maintaining logbook, completing lesson plans, setting question papers for the upcoming exams, attending meetings and workshops, still it all felt worth it.

Friends, you see it’s all up to us, regarding taking the command of the days of our lives or let go off the reigns of it and regret it afterwards. If the conviction and faith on ourselves are there on our part, we can proceed with the toughest decisions.

I express my heartfelt gratitude that you have read my blog. I wish health and happiness to you all.

Adieu for now.

In Memoriam, My Mother.

Cover art of my parents, by my daughter (follow her art on instagram-

Hello friends, wish you all a very happy mother’s day. Stay happy and safe and follow all the safety protocols. I am reblogging my earlier post on my mother. Do give it a kind read.

Reminiscing the person, who had given birth to you, what better way is there to mark the day you were born, specially if the aforementioned person is no longer with you. Do I need to elaborate? It may be as clear as a bright morning that I’m talking about Mother, the eternal fountain of life. The very means, you and I exist in this world.

I am certainly not reducing the importance of a father but you see, apart from sowing the seed of life, his physical involvement practiclly ends there in the process of an embryo turning to a full grown baby inside the womb.. It’s the mother who nurtures a unicellular being with her own blood, to raise such an intricatetely woven human form.

Isn’t it magical in itself! A unique phenomenon, beyond explanation. A father has to wait for the birth of the baby to establish an emotional bond but a mother have it right from the conception. She can relate subconsciously to the tiny life form taking shape in her womb. As a mother myself I can frankly assure you that it’s a privilege a woman relishes, despite of all the pains she has to bear during the childbirth and all through. So no pain and a little less gain for the father! What say?

Friends, a girl comes to realise the importance of a mother when she gets married and the actual meaning when she becomes a mother herself. Whan a woman starts juggling with the husband, in laws, household responsibilities, dealing with ever absent house maids,and afterwards the entry of the children , she finally rediscovers what being a mother truly means.

It happened with me too. After marriage I began to bond with my mother in a more substantial way. Before marriage it was as usual mother daughter differences of opinion, the equation altered after the vital change in a woman’s life. I had to share with her each and every new proceedings in my life. She became my friend with whom I could share my joys, griefs and take suggestions.

It was endearing when she also started to give importance to my views and opinions, no longer taking me as a grown up kid as she used to do earlier . I felt truely mature while comining of age. The birth of my children was the means to strengthen the bond furthermore. We understood each other like one soul two bodies. If sometimes she was sad and avoided it’s intimation to me, I invariably became sad, almost like telepathy. I felt ecstatic when any of my deeds brought smile on her face.

You come to realise the true importance of a tooth, when its no longer there to help you chew. I suddenly felt a great void when she abruptly departed us in her sleep more than ten years ago. She was such strong woman that it was beyond my imagination to see her lifeless form. I couldn’t come to terms with her loss, in fact I still don’t. In spite of the passage of so many years, the pain of her turning silent forever is still aching a corner of my heart.

If anything could bring my mother back, just for once, so that I could say a proper goodbye to her. It  might have assuaged me somewhat, but I know it is not to be and it still hurts.

Friends, the above pencil portrait of my parents was gifted to me by my daughter first thing in the morning, on my last birthday. So they say – “The legacy goes on”.

The Handshakes and Speeches!!

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children – Native American Proverb

We are all living together on a single planet which is threatened by our own actions. – Yuval Noah Harari.

Hello friends, when I was a small kid, used to wonder, where all the trash generated by us would go! Where the dense fumes spewing out of thermal power plants would assimilate ( one of my uncle worked in it)? As I spent my childhood in a coalliery(my father worked as survey officer in Central Coal Fields), seen so much fine coal dust flying all around, even the water of the ponds and open quarries were black in colour. It made me sad.

But then, my tiny mind, used to assure me that earth being so big, would annihilate all the bad things into its large bosom, keeping us safe from its harmful effects. The lessons taught in environment books, were felt to us like mere rhetorics, just to terrorise people into rectifying action. They were only the points to be memorized and written down in examination papers.

Decades have passed after that, the environment book is now scrapped out of the curriculum and the lessons are clubbed into other subjects like geography or physical sciences as a foot note. Does it serve its purpose?

I am afraid the answer is a big no. We have become more and more embroiled in natural catastrophes in the form of wild fires, sudden and unprecedented deluge, higher and unbearable summer temperatures, fiercer and more frequent storms. The onslaught of a devastating pandemic could be one of it’s off shoot repercussions.

Now I realise that if the point suggested to tame the global warming, had been implemented at the earliest in letter and spirit, the world would not have reached such a sorry state. A sense of guilt overwhelmed me being one of our generation who had kept their eyes willfully shut and thought that the problem would go away on their own.

I must tell you about my father, who was a non smoker, tea totaller and an active person had to be installed with a pacemaker in his early sixties. I think the blame must lie to the door of his strenuous job of going inside a long surpentine coal mines. I had the experience of going inside upto allowed extent to the visitors, can certainly vouch that the atmosphere inside was absolutely unhealthy and hazardous.

The coal mines are still extracting coal and being fed to the industries like steel, power, cement and fertilizer. I fear, how many more people are directly getting sick due to the harmful environment. I agree coal industries give jobs to a large number of people but they must diversify to the greener and safer option of earning their livelihoods. The dependence on fossil fuel must be curtailed to save our environment.

Passing the buck by the member countries won’t do. The developed countries must share the greener technologies and fund the developing countries to switch to renewable and sustainable fuel to feed their development agenda.

A great lot of determination and resolution is required by the countries of the world to work united towards saving the earth from imminent disaster. Only giving speeches , shaking hands and then forgetting all about it is detrimental to the cause. The positive changes must show in the grounds to make it worthwhile.

If we unite and work with great intent towards a common agenda than nothing is impossible. Now or never, will it remain a mere rhetorics in lofty speeches of the world leaders assembled for COP26 in Glasgow, England or it would be turned into positve action? We have to wait and see!!

The Seeds of Peace

People are tired of games played for power and profit; they are tired of hatred and conflict. They want to live with more wisdom, confidence and in peace. I am convinced that the 21st century must see a movement to sow the seeds of peace, happiness and trust in every person’s heart.  Daisaku Ikeda.

Hello friends, in present ccontext the veracity of the above quote is so apt and relevant. For the previous two years the world was waging an unprecedented war with an invisible enemy. All were praying for the deliverance from it’s onslaught. When,  there was a silver lining on the horizon and relief was quite at sight.

The tired, hearts, minds and bodies hadn’t even got a decent respite before another obnoxious war was mercilessly thrust into the common people’s throat, forcing them to swallow the bitter pill without any other option.

The war might be waging in one part of the world but the reverberation can be felt all around the world. Still, there is lack of cohesive determination to try to solve the crisis at the earliest and rescue the common citizens and soldiers from the further hardships.

People dearly want to live freely, peacefully and happily along with their loved ones. These most basic human rights have been denied to so many for such an arduous long time. Now powers that be are talking about using the Intercontinental Balistic Missiles, IBMs to bomb each other out.

This situation reminds me of a story of Bhashmasura, a demon of Indian mythology. He had said to have acquired invincible powers by praying to Lord Brahma,  as a boon. He also wished that he must get the special power of touching anybody’s head, the person instantly may reduce to ashes. When he got the special powers, he was itching to test it and moved forward to put his hand on Lord Brahma  himself.

It was a precarious situation, the Lord Brahma tried to escape by pacifying him but Bhashmasura was adamant. Now Lord Vishnu came to his rescue, by appearing as a beautiful lady and charmed the demon. She went on artfully, to lead him to put his hand over his own head, as a way of a dance move. The next instant, he was reduced to ashes.

Friends the same thing is happening yet again, man have acquired the power to destroy continents, now they are restless to use them to showcase their powers. The consequences might not be any different from the Bhasmasura.

A few mindless humans could reduce the entire humanity into ashes. Yet they are adamant to persue the same course to destruction, no matter what, as moths are drawn towards the fire.

Let there be a movement to sow the seeds of peace, happiness and trust in every person’s heart.
We must pray and wish unitedly for world peace, and restoration of human rights and prosperity in  every corner of the world.

The Tender Affection

Hello friends it’s quite sometimes since I have published anything as you may know that I’m trying to adjust myself to my new role as a teacher. But if you are thinking that I’m teaching these little children, then I must tell you that it’s not my cup of tea! I’m teaching middle school. These tender flowers are pre nursery kids of my school. As you see, one little girl is dearly missing her parents in school and the other two , who happen to be class monitors are consoling her in their own tender and caring way.

It’s true that pictures can tell a thousand story. The beautiful and guileless interaction of these tiny tots can warm up even the frozen hearts too. The genuine bonding between the innocent kids is so reassuring that humanity, love and affection is well and thriving among the young ones.

For the  past two years some unfortunate kids have started their education from the confines of their homes, probably in the lap of their parents. They have missed this natural way of assimilating themselves to the school system. It’s indeed a problem of adjustment as they suddenly find themselves in upper classes without having any prior knowledge of school habbits.

One curious thing, I have noticed that the children in class 3 are behaving as if they are still in class one, the class they were at the start of the pandemic, as if they all are stuck in time warp. It’s really bewildering for them and teachers too to adapt to the changed status. But children are fast to mould themselves to the changed circumstances. All it requires is a lot of patience and perseverance on the part of teachers to deal with them in caring way.

What’s really encouraging is their intention to learn new things. They are asking questions like, what is  extinction, who are endangered species, overuse of plastics and its impact on environment and so on. It’s really heartening to see them so aware to save the environment from further degradation, which we adults, although well awared of the deteriorating situation,  still dithering to take concrete action to stem the tide.

Friends,  I wish you all health, happiness and peace in your lives. Shall try to be consistent in connecting with you all, because you all are,  in fact, an important part of my life. I value your comments and likes a lot. Do stay connected.
Adieu for now.

Machine and the Operator

The one who has realised God feels: I’m the machine,  and Thou, O Lord the Operator. I am the house and Thou art the dweller. I am the chariot and Thou art the Driver. I move as Thou movest me; I speak as Thou makest me speak.  –  Sri Ramakrishna.

Hello friends, a very warm greetings from me to you all. I must express my regret for becoming incommunicado for some time. As you may know that I have become a fresher teacher from the beginning of this month, April. In this very short time, I have amassed a whale of an experience to narrate to you. I shall tell you as soon as I get a window of time from juggling school and home duties.

The above quote by the revered saint, made me squeeze out some time to present it to you. The eternal truth of the statement impreesed me a lot. We always tend to take credit for the job well done by us but we seem to forget that there is a Supreme Power who is handling all of us like a puppet.

He has fixed all of our respective roles and oversees whether we abide by his dictats or tend to digress from the set path. It’s indeed our Karma or the work done by us which sets the tone of our destiny. The point is , we have to persevere on the path He has set for us, no matter what.

In my case, it wasn’t an easy decision to take up the job of teaching after my children are all grown up. I have to start from scratch and have to toil as hard as young teachers would do.  Believe me I was skeptical myself, about my own ability to discharge my responsibilities. But apart from initial hiccups and trials I’m coming to enjoy what He has destined for me.

When I got selected, I knew He is showing me the path to proceed and took it up. Interacting with so many children and their encouraging response is such a heart warming experience,  I can’t describe it in words. It has infused a fresh vigour in me to work hard and build up their charecters as well as transfer of learning to them.

The children are so amenable to learn new things is really satisfying for me. I’m also learning a lot from them, like operating an electronic board. Hope, He will continue to drive me and all of us towards right path towards success and fulfillment. 

Wish you all health, happiness and prosperiti. Adieu for now.

The Numero Uno

The oppressive heat about to snare,

yet humans slanging the dare.

Chasing the blind race for the supremacy,

bypassing the term called diplomacy.

Innocent souls perished or compelled,

to live a life of untold misery.

Mere pawns in the game of contenders,

each want to become numero uno.

Forgetting, there is only One

Creator of one and all.

Seething with fury, the willful destruction

Of His love’s labour, the beautiful creations.

Manifested in rise in mercury, enough to scare.

The oppressive heat about to snare,

yet humans are slanging the dare.

With impunity snuffing out the light,

were blithely glowing bright.

Throttling the life, incapable to create.

It’s time to give Peace a real chance.

Get up and break the trance.

It’s time to work in unison.

To rectify the committed degradation.

Work together for the survival and emancipation.

I have tried to express my thoughts in the form of poetry. Hope you would like it. Praying for peace and happiness for all.

Adieu for now.

Open the mind

If you really wish to develop your life, you must first develop your mind. When you listen to any teaching, you first have to relax totally and open up so that you will receive something. Any sort of container has to be open in order to get something inside. – Gyalwang Drukpa

Hello friends, we are in the tail end of March, let’s ruminate about our respective, set goalpost and assess its progress, however miniscule it may be and ponder on the ways to achieve them eventually. Right from our childhood we tend to make plans for our future and what we want to be. Till reaching adulthood the address of the prospective goalpost changes many times, then gradually it takes a concrete shape and we start putting in extra efforts to reach there. So, we see that to develop our lives, a mind has to develop first, to comprehend what is the best way forward for us.

Spread the wings of your mind, let it fly. Sky is the limit!

In the journey from cradle to the grave, we come in contact with so many people and get enriched by their teachings and thinkings which ultimately help us to chart our own course in life. The main criteria should be that we must keep our minds open for newer and fresher idea to come in. If keep the doors of our minds wilfully closed and think that whatever our perception of life, is right and unchangeable the stagnation may set in and we may find ourselves unable to move forward.

But, keeping our mind open doesn’t mean, we must be amenable to indoctrination in any which way, absolutely not. The ideas and teachings entering our minds must be thoroughly processed before building a solid foundation, then strive to implement them. The ability to decipher good from bad is very much essential to make our lives a resounding success.

Sometimes we go with the flow and allow ourselves to be manipulated by others and compel ourselves to do the bidding of other people just to please them and regret the actions and decisions for the rest of our lives. We must learn to say a resolute ‘no’ if our mind and heart advises against it. Afterall its our life on the line!!

So friends, we must keep our minds open and learn newer aspects of life. It may be from reading books, interacting with teachers, family and friends. Sometimes a casual exchange with a stranger or people employed under you can be instrumental in opening new vistas for you. We must accumulate knowledge in whatever medium it may come and build our repertoire of experience. It can prove a very worthy tool to negotiate the ups, downs and unseen bends in life, quite commendably.

Our life is a long series of classes and we’re the students. Now its up to us wether we pass it with flying colors or remain stuck in any of them. Open the door of the mind and go ahead confidently and relentlessly towards what you are out to achieve. Afterall we all get to live a single life then why squander it by just doing nothing and then regretting that I could have done this or that.

Let the frog jump out of the well and see the world outside and leap forward to it’s destiny.

I wish you all, health and happiness.

Adieu for now.

From Sapling to a Tree

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.   –  Albert Einstein

Hello friends, after a prolonged lull the children are all set to start the normal schooling again. It’s really unbelievable that the children have more or less had been confined to the four walls of their homes for two long years. Whatever education they received was through online classes and excluding a small section of interested children, most of them had largely ignored the proceedings. As there were no face to face interaction with the teachers, the students have become quite accustomed to a laid back attitude towards their studies.

It’s now matter of great importance to initiate them once again to the classroom way of transfer of learning. It’s yet to be ascertained that in what extent their learning ability have been adversely affected by the forced disruption. But it will certainly take a while to aclimatise them to the habbit of attending school and grasping the matter taught in classes. Their attention deficit would pose a great challenge to the teachers to deal with it comprehensively.

The toddlers, who have begun their education during the pandemic might have to face bigger problem in adjusting themselves to the school environment. But the positive side is that the children have greater capability of adaptation and resilience than the elders. Hopefully they would soon take to it as the fishes learn to swim in water.

As a new appointee teacher, I feel it my upmost responsibility towards nurturing them back to healthy environment of learning. As the saplings need greater attention and care to grow into a robust tree, similarly the children require optimum condition of empathy,  understanding, encouragement and discipline to turn  them into a balanced and well educated human beings. In this endeavor, a greater co-ordination and interaction between the teachers and the parents is required.

The children are the future of all the nations of the world. If they get a good upbringing, can become responsible citizens, taking active and progressive part in changing the destiny of their country. The need is to give them right education, grooming and teaching them life skills to make them worthy of taking on any challenges in life without depending on others to rescue them.

As a responsible adults, we must show them the right way to navigate along the vast ocean called life. We have to make them battle hardy, so that they don’t flinch in front of any storm and surge ahead with confidence and grit.

Thanks for reading the post. Wish you all health and happiness.
Adieu for now.

The Volcano and the Flower

If your heart is a volcano, how shall you expect flowers to bloom?  –  Khalil Gibran.

Hello friends, if something which has captured the worldwide attention, at present, is the unethical and barbaric invasion of one country by another. We used to surmise that however hard may be the posturing, actually attacking another country in such a savage way, was the possibility of the past era. Who would have imagined that someone could take the unholy plunge of reducing a peaceful and prospering neighbouring country into a devastating wreck with a hell bent intention to capture its land. In this context I must tell you a story.

It’s about an estranged couple, who had decided in the past to to ways with more or less mutual consent. Despite living apart, the man used to feel possessive towards his erstwhile wife. On the other hand, the wife had moved on, charted her own course in  building her own life happy and independent.

The problem began, when the wife decided to become a member of the group of neighbors, with whom the husband nurtured a particular dislike. He started threatening his former wife not to align with them. Yet the wife was determined to join them to further her own carreer prospects.

The man cajoled and coarsed her to make her fall in line with his dictat of not to have any liason with the club. But the woman was not ready to surrender her free will and independence, the club also assured her that in case of adverse eventuality, they will support her in every possible way.

The situation between the sparring couple became so explosive that the husband, in a spate of volcanic fury and perceived humiliation, decided to attack her physically. The wife, who had previously relied on the given assurance of the club to protect her, mounted her own reprisal.

She was expecting to be propped up by the mighty group of neighbors,  but to her utter disappointment and dismay, they never came forward to defend her directly, only providing her moral and covert support. They had turned themselves into mere spectators to the savage act of violence. They feared that they would themselves get harmed by the ruthless man, if they come forward to fight for her behalf. The man started inflicting injuries one after the another on her body to make her own, once again.

The neighbors attempted to make the man to see reason, but the man was adamant. He wanted his wife back, whether she is willing or not. There was a general perception that the woman would capitulate in no time, as the man was  far more mightier than her, but surprise!

The woman decided to fight for her own  honour and dignity. She was mercilessly harmed. Her once beautiful body was scarred and dented yet she courageously put up a resistance to all the brutal use of force to subjugate her. She even striked back with all the vengeance she could muster. Her daunting courage at the face of adversity has made a heroine out of her, drawing all round admiration and praise. The once formidable man is now reduced into an uncouth villain.

Friends, the saga is yet to reache its conclusion. The man might eventually capture her body but can he ever succeed to enslave her soul? Will it satisfy his inflated ego, or the man might atlast come to realise that a woman can’t be won over by brutal force and let her go to live her own life according to her own free will?

We can only hope that the man comes to his senses, that there is no greatness in imposing yourself forcefully on others,  the real magnanimity lies in letting one go who doesn’t want to live with you anymore. The sooner, the better.

Let the lava guzzling volcanoes to cool again and allow flowers to bloom in full glory.

Featured photo courtesy: Riya.

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