​वो बूढ़ी अम्मा!!

वो गर्मियों की छुट्टियां, वो दोपहर की कड़कती धूप,

वो घर-घर जाकर सबको बुलाना, वो सबका मां से छिप कर आना,

वो मिट्टी से सने पांव लेकर खेलना, वो बाॅल पर ज़ोरदार शौट लगाना,

वो कांच की खिड़की का टूटना और सबका कहीं छिप जाना,

फिर हिम्मत जुटा कर उस घर से बाॅल मांगने जाना,

वो बूढ़ी अम्मा का डांटना, और दूर से छिपकर उस अम्मा को चिढ़ाना,

वो बूढ़ी अम्मा का हमारे पीछे दौड़ लगाना और उसे पीछे आते देख सबका भाग खड़े होना,

वो अम्मा का हमें कोसना और हमारा उस पर ठहाके लगाना,

यार आज जब उस बूढ़ी अम्मा के गुजरने की खबर सुनी तो लगा के इक पल में पूरा बचपना ही गुजर गया!!!

हां, वो बचपना गुजर गया!

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Thank you Undertaker!!!

The Deadman!!

The Undertaker

Thank you Undertaker for the joy you gave us for more than 25 years!
Thank you Undertaker for becoming the reason to watch WWE throughout these years!
Thank you Undertaker for the gong sound that intimidates your opponents!
Thank you Undertaker for showing up year after year in the Wrestlemania!
Thank you Undertaker for entertaining us for decades!
Thank you Undertaker for fighting through nagging pain!
Thank you Undertaker for inspiring others to join Wrestling!
Thank you Undertaker for the memories you left behind!
I know it was very hard for you to manage to survive against the young athlete Roman Reign at the age of 52.
I know it was very hard for you to sustain the streak of “The Undefeated Undertaker” throughout these years!
I know, it was painful, it was heartbreaking, and it was a sad sight to watch you going this way.
But, there is only one thing I have to say to you!
Thank you Undertaker for making WWE your yard all these years !!!

Cos, I’m Just a Human

I’m sorry that I’m not the morning dew, which looks pretty on the green

I’m sorry that I’m not like a raindrop, that you can see through me

I’m sorry that I’m not like an autumn leaf, that is left to sweep

I’m sorry that I’m not like a falling snow, that you can feel so deep

I’m sorry that I’m not the tears of joy, that can express everything even without a word

I’m sorry that I’m not like pebbles, which can create sound to soothe your nerves

I’m sorry that I’m not like morning shower, which can take away the sludge of your past

I’m sorry that I’m not like a shooting star, that can make your every wish come true

I’m sorry that I’m not like the sun rays, that can make bright everything it comes across

I’m sorry that I’m not like the sunset either, that can appease your eyes making everything gloss

I’m sorry that I’m not like a morning mist, that can cloak the river to surge life in it

I know these things look beautiful while falling down…

But baby..I’m Sorry That I’m Just a Human….
And,
Humans Don’t Look Beautiful When Falling Down

Special thanks to AimerHina and Harsh Mohan

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Just for a While

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She Was Blown like a Jaunty River
Everybody Wanted to Wash Away Their Sins, but Nobody Tried to Clean the Mess Around Her

She Stood like a Mountain
Everybody Wanted to Climb High, but Nobody Saw the Volcano Inside Her

She Was as Shiny as a Summer’s Day
Everybody Wanted to Warm Their Body, but Nobody Felt the Fire She Was Burning From

She Was like a Long Dusty Road Home
Everybody Reached to Their Destination Through Her, but Nobody Stayed with Her for a While

She Was like an Open Sky
Everybody Looked up and Shouted in Joy, but Nobody Felt the Moisture of Her Teary Eyes

She Was Rooted Deeper like an Old Oak Tree
Everybody Rested under Her Sweet Shadow, but Nobody Thought of the Tornado She Was Dealing With

She Was like a Beautiful Flower in the Rain
Everybody Tried to Pluck Her to Decorate Their Home, but Nobody Cared She Was Dying Inside

She Never Expected to Be Loved by Everyone…
She Never Wanted to Laugh Every Time..
She Never Asked Anyone to Stay Forever..
She Never Wanted to Be Taken Care of Sweetly..

All She Wanted to Be Understood…Understood for a While…

Do you still need them?

The people you thought would be there for you always!

The people who promised to be with you always!

The people for whom you fought against the world!

The people who used to be everything for you!

The people you trusted upon more than yourself!

The people you cared about more than yourself!

The people who sometimes replaced you for your parents!

The people who gave you infinite moments to cherish!

The people with whom you started your journey!

The people who eventually made a place in your heart!

The people with whom you lived the best time of your life!

The people who you considered as the essential part of your life!

Do you still need them?

Or the life has now taken a tremendous turn?

Now,

You’ve got to know that your destiny isn’t the same as theirs!

You’ve got to know that promises are meant to be broken!

You’ve got to know that fighting for someone isn’t enough to make them stay!

You’ve got to know that life still goes on with or without them!

You’ve got to know that trust can be a very funny thing!

You’ve got to know that caring only makes you weak!

You’ve got to know that it’s better to give up than to fight!

You’ve got to know that moments always turn into the memories!

You’ve got to know that it’s your journey and you have to walk alone!

You’ve got to know that it’s easier to make a place but difficult to stay there!

You’ve got to know that the time that has gone, always felt precious!

You’ve got to know that everything in this world is an illusion!!

No, now you don’t need them anymore!

Now finally you’ve got to know what life is!

Remember, everyone has their own destinations! It’s just that your paths crossed while chasing your dreams!

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No, I Don’t Need Them!

 

 

Raise the Bar

A few days ago, I met with an old friend of mine after so long. I certainly realised that in the hustle and bustle of daily life, how often we stopped rendezvousing. Belonging to the middle class, we too had to face many financial challenges where our social lives stuck between being mad with what we have and struggling for what we did not. Moreover, I was no different. Although, that flocking was not the long one, but was long enough for me to realise what has been changed. There was a time when we used to rendezvous for hours and talked nonsense. Now, we had only a few minutes, and we discussed only concerns and career. Life has now been more egregious than we ever thought it would be.

Even though the meeting was short, the memories were still in my mind. I was probably awake, but the thoughts and reveries were not letting me up. I might be sleeping, but the differences that our lives have given us throughout these years were not either letting me sleep. The reminiscences of what we were then versus what we are today were striking my mind constantly.

That short conversation with him was so influential that I thought to share his story with the internet world through my blog.

So, here is the short, not so powerful and inspirational, but a quite sublime story of Vipin Tamta.

Imaginary Career Planning VS Reality Check

As far as I can remember, Vipin was the same guy who, in childhood, always dreamt of becoming a scientist as every other guy used to be back then in the 90s. When asked if, for any reason, he would not succeed in becoming a scientist, what would he do? He always replied with giggle “Then, I would become an automobile engineer and design most ground-breaking cars that automotive industry has ever produced”. While bragging about his future goals, he must have not even realised that he could become one of the most renowned hairstylists of his age. Yeah, but it did not happen abruptly. He had to give up quite a few things he loved the most, faced his family’s and relatives’ condemn, sacrificed his sleep, abandoned his social life, friends and networks.

So, how did it happen?

Despite the fact that he had a keen interest in science and technology, he ended up pursuing art school. As most of the middle-class teens do, he also started his career after completing 10+2 at very young age. He began his career with working in BPO and continued to work for almost three years. Three years was a very long span of time, which his irresistible urge to do something creative and astonishing had not prevented him from doing something he meant for. His hunger to do something artistic and visionary hauled him the field of coiffure.

However, it was never an easy decision for him to take overnight. After all, it was the decision that could predict his entire life. Recalling his memories, he says, “It took me two weeks to discuss my future plans with my family even after making my decision”. He somehow managed the courage to talk to his family and shared his unquenchable inquisitiveness to become a hairstylist.

 Bumps in the road

Though he is a maestro at present, the journey of his prominence was not that easy-peasy how it seems to be today. While talking about his struggling phase, Vipin says, “Right from the day when I began; I could hardly manage to sleep for only 3 hours a day, and now when I sleep until 11 AM, every memory of my journey is quite interesting.”

Notwithstanding the approval of his family, he took the risk and chose the field of hairstyling. Every known person he thought would help him achieving his goal cast him away in his earlier days of struggle. Now, he had so many things to take care of by own. He had to manage his finances by himself, leave his swanky lifestyle, and manage his time to be more productive and so on.

En Route to Success

Despite all these setbacks, he started out towards his goals with more dedication and enthusiasm. He first enrolled himself to one of the most prominent hairdressing schools Pivot Point Academy. Upon completion of the course, he got his first job in Dar Salon as an assistant in this very field. Recalling the tough times he faced, Vipin discloses, “I had to adhere to everyone’s command then. I had to weed out unsanitary trolleys and chairs, broom the floor and all the other kinds of stuff to maintain hygiene in the salon.”

After spending a year in Dar Salon, he then moved up to Toni & Guy as an assistance, which was the only goal he had in mind right from the day he began his hairstyling career. Afterwards, he joined Sylvie’s Designer Salon where he honed his skills and never looked back. Joining Sylvie’s has proved stepping stone in his life where he gained confidence, groomed himself and made himself qualified enough to make it to any prominent salons across the country. Next, he enrolled himself as a hairstylist in Tony & Guy Hair Salon that almost every other hairdresser aims to achieve, which, according to him, was apparently his greatest accomplishment.

Although he started earning handsome money, his parents and kin still were not happy with his choice of profession. While refreshing those harsh memories where he had to face the discourtesy of his beloved ones, Vipin says, “I have been in the industry for almost 5 years, but still, I couldn’t convince my parents to let me do what I am good at.” While he sometimes feels blue of recalling such moments, he is still content with what he has achieved so far. When asked about how he sees himself today, Vipin proudly says, “I am more than satisfied with what I have made so far. I am proud of myself that having so many obstacles and barriers in my road to success, I did not stop and proved those people wrong who used to laugh at me.” Today, Vipin enjoys what he has achieved so far and still working hard for his future goals.

The story of Vipin’s life is no different than most of us. What makes him different from us is his dedication and hard work that made him qualified enough to inspire rest of us. His enthusiasm and zeal to be distinctive were so influential that it encouraged me to evaluate myself as a person. The difference between where I used to stand a few years ago and where I stand right now showed me how much I had changed myself throughout these years. However, there is a long way to go. After all the assessments and appraisals, what I learnt is that never just be satisfied with what you have accomplished and always try to make it to next level.

Success is not a destination, but a journey. We should never abandon ourselves but always raise the bar.

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Mahabharata: The Ancient Game of Thrones

Mahabharata: The Ancient Game of Thrones

Remember those Sunday mornings when our 11 AM slot used to be booked for DD National to listen to that baritone voice of Mr Harish Bhimani narrating “Main Samay Hu”.

 Yes, you got it right! I am talking about the greatest TV series of all time, Mahabharata.

Mahabharata, the most epic mythology was the ancient Game of Thrones (GOT) for 90s kids. It was probably the best epic of ancient India. In the late 80s and early 90s, Producer B.R Chopra with his son Director Ravi Chopra portrayed Mahabharata on the small screen and immortalised the same in the heart of all the mythological lovers. People aged from seven to over hundred watched the series with equal curiosity and enjoyed it to the fullest. However, I bet, no kid from 90s would have ever thought that this epic TV series of their time could teach them so many lessons that would help them succeed in life. Now, you must be thinking how Mahabharata, the great war of ancient times could help us achieving our goals, right?

So, let me explain it to you!

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Have you ever wondered that how only five Pandavas managed to register a win against the hundred Kauravas? How Kauravas with “11 Akshouhini Sena” still got defeated at the battle of Kurukshetra against the Pandavas who were leading with only “7 Akshouhini Sena”? I’d like to let you know that “1 Akshouhini Sena” contains with 21, 870 Chariots, 21, 870 Elephants, 65, 610 Horses and 109, 350 Infantry Soldiers. The ratio of Akshouhini Sena is 1 chariot: 1 elephant: 3 cavalry: 5 infantry soldiers.

Besides this giant army, the Kauravas also had some of the most lethal warriors including Bheeshma, who was blessed with wish-long life, Dronacharya, who was not only the paramount preceptor of archery but also an instinctive archer, Karna, who was considered as the greatest archer of the era, Shalya, Kripacharya, Ashwathama and Duryodhana himself to count a few. Even after having a number of fatal soldiers, Kauravas could not succeed on the battlefield.

Doesn’t that ever put you in dilemma? Now, you must be thinking that there was Lord Krishna, the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu himself, who was leading the Pandavas squad. Yes, that is true! However, this is not the only reason behind the triumph of PandavasLord Krishna did not even use his weapons and had served just as a charioteer of Arjuna during the entire war. So, how did the Pandavas still managed to prevail against Kauravas? Well, don’t you think there must be a well-planned strategy required to conquer the Kauravas? Surely, there was a proper plan trailed by the Pandavas. In this article, we will discuss such planning and plotting basis that the Pandavas vanquished the mighty force of Kauravas.

Preparation

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The preparation was, is and will always be the first and foremost step towards achieving a goal. As Pandavas started preparing for the Kurukshetra war during their 13 years exile and met with so many preceptors and saints who shared their intelligence and wisdom with them. Whilst serving exile, Arjuna acquired his most destructive weapon called Pashupatastra and Bheema learned the lesson of pace and sharpness and enhanced his strength, Yudhishthira learned the game of dice and became undefeatable in the dice game. You too have to start preparation right at the earnest. This will help you plan, strategize, collect the necessary resources and finally achieve your goal.

Leadership

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Just as Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting had directed the Australian Cricket Team, who dominated the world cricket for nearly two decades, in Mahabharata too, the Pandavas had the best leader viz. Lord KrishnaLord Krishna strategized the victory by distributing the leadership among Drupad, Virat, Shikhandini, Sahadeva, Dhrashtaketu and Satyaki under the supervision of Dhrshtadumna who was the commander-in-chief. As a manager, it is essential to have leadership quality to be competitive in the diehard competition and rule the corporate world.

Commitment

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When it comes to commitment, there cannot be a better example than KarnaKarna was the elder son of Kunti and was renowned as “Sootputra” (son of a charioteer) later on. When the world denied instructing him archery, he did not give up his passion and approached to Lord Parashurama for the same. Just like the Lannisters, he paid his debts to his friend Duryodhana and reluctantly agreed to join the squad of Kauravas. The commitment of Karna inspires us to be dedicated towards the goals we would want to accomplish and endure the hustle and bustle of these metro cities.

Individual Targets

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Don’t you think the Kauravas had to be more focused about vanquishing the war as the Pandavas were? I wonder if you would have noticed that in the Pandavas squad, everybody was given a task to focus upon. Bhima was assigned to kill Duryodhana along with his 99 brothers while Arjuna had to fight against KarnaDhrishtadyumna was born to kill DronaShikhandi reincarnated to strike down Bhishma and Sehdeva & Nakula consigned to kill Shakuni and his sons and Karna’s son respectively. Having an individual target is the key to accomplishing yours and your company’s objective, which, in my views, is one of the essential traits to embrace the corporate culture.

Team Spirit

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Another reason of the failure of Kauravas was the scarcity of team spirit. All the Kauravas were bounded by their personal vows and pledges. Bhishma swore to protect the throne of HastinapurKarna fought for his rivalry against Arjuna and Duryodhana evoked Kurukshetra’s battle due to his gluttony for power and authority.

In the corporate world too, teamwork is the key that unlocks many locks and makes common people achieve uncommon results.

 Know the Potential

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Knowing the potentials of your teammates is the key to achieving your target. In Mahabharata too, Duryodhana was well aware of Karna’s potentials and he did not give it a second thought about picking him up to his squad against the Pandavas. And, needless to say, that having Karna in Kauravas’ squad was the main reason of why Duryodhana was so confident about the victory against the Pandavas. A great manager is the one who knows the potentials of his/her teammates and leads them under the one roof.

Enthusiasm

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Since not all the four main pillars of Kauravas squad wanted the war, there was a lack of enthusiasm among the KauravasBhishma did not want to kill any Pandavas as they all were his grandchildren, Karna promised not to kill any other Pandavas, but ArjunaDrona vowed not to strike down any of his pupils, but arrest them. Pandavas, on the other hand, were keen to take the revenge of the insolence against Draupadi. Likewise, enthusiasm in a team or within an individual is essential to hit the jackpot.

Hence, it is quite evident here that Mahabharata can teach us so many managerial traits that we can implement in our day-to-day as well as professional life. I am sure that most of you guys were well aware of these facts and information, but did not observe it intensively.