Wish list is so long that now I have to come down to the thing which is costliest and which I wish I could afford. An airliner with all the amenities including bed, sauna, customized dining area and my car in the hold would be nice. I could and should be able to move across the world land at airport of my choice, having my car tour the city, go sight seeing would be good. Or should it be an island of my own with lush green vegetation, monuments, a small hill in the middle and beaches all around. Hope they will not take me away from my family, friends and people at large.
Reality is there is nothing in this world that satiates our demand for even more. If I had a dream-liner of my own then in few years I would get tired and look for a space shuttle. An island of my own would make me despot. Rather let me have the power to do good to the people who need help. If I had enough money then I would look to it that no single child was left out without education. I would not let any child in the world to suffer from malnutrition.There are n number of people in the world who were richest in their time, had all the luxury that money could buy but most of them are forgotten. Only those few who did something for the people of their times are remembered. They did all that not to earn name but to satisfy their own urge to help people and I think they had real luxury of knowing that people loved them. Real luxury is to have all the people love you and I am sorry money cannot buy that.
Fear of failure is the greatest fear that I have…….. and that is stalking me right now. I am off to an important meeting and there are butterflies in my stomach. Cannot write any more….have to find some other way to take care of my nerves…………
New Year resolutions or as one may call them Goal setting is one thing that happens every year and renewed next year. Why? New Year resolution by me is broken within a week or so and by most people known to me within 21 days. Interestingly my number specification is something that may dismay you but reality is we are nothing but numbers. Why numbers? When we are born Doctors say in their own lingo,”you know patient no. 2 or 3 (whatever the bed number of the patient is) has delivered a healthy boy or girl. This is her first / second issue and that too normal / c-section.” In the neonatal unit you are baby no.xyz of patient no.abc. After release from the hospital or the maternity home your mother was asked to bring you back for immunization on 1 month, 3 month , 6 month etc..
Your Grandparents were happy that they have new addition to the family tree and number x grandchild has come as blessing for the family.Then we are taught the numbers, join school and pass from class 1 to 12. X number years having higher education and then joining a job with y amount of package. Romancing z number of boys/girls.
Now you want me list out x number of New Year resolutions and you call it goal setting.We are all bound by our habits and they say habits die hard. If you want to change any habit you have cultivate another one for next 21 days so that the other one becomes a replacement habit. Easier said then done. Every-time you try out anything new it is conscious move on your part and just as you think you have changed you invariably go back to your old self unconsciously.
True it is never too late or too early to change. In this coming year I will try and change most stubborn habit of mine – procrastination. I will not put off things to be done later but do it now. Just to quote one Indian Poet from 16th century
Kaal Kare So Aaj Kar, Aaj Kare So Ub
Pal Mein Pralaya Hoyegi, Bahuri Karoge Kub
[Tomorrow’s work do today, today’s work now
if the moment is lost, the work be done how]
Why wait for the New Year to come …………. I will start it from today
Well I am an overweight man and there cannot be anything that can be eaten and I have not. I mean whatever I could manage to get I have eaten.Biggest problem with fat people is that they tend love food and every bit of it. So if you ask me what is my favorite food and put an assortment in front of me I will not know what not to choose. I even love the taste of bitter gourd so you can understand that how difficult it is for me to choose my favorite dish.
We Indians are curry people and we love our lentils well boiled and then for the tempering, heat the ghee (butter) in a deep pan and add the mustard seeds and nigella seeds. When the mustard seeds crackle, add the red chilli and onions and sauté till the onions turn translucent. Add the tomatoes and sauté for 3-4 minutes or till the mixture leaves oil. Add the dals (lentil), mix well and bring to boil. Serve hot garnished with coriander and butter. Similarly our vegetables, chicken, mutton, fish and egg curry are all spicy and sometimes very hot. Then we have assortment of sweets as dessert. Now which one is my favorite that I am ready to die for ……………
Yes I know I will like to have dishes that have egg in them. Chocolates are temptation but egg is something that can lead me anywhere so yes my favorite dish is egg curry, scrambled eggs. Egg chops. Plain boiled eggs.Eggs and eggs………………
5 years has passed since India came under brutal terrorist attack…………
A five star hotel, a railway station, a restaurant with people dining none were spared by the gang that attacked Mumbai ,financial capital of India.
The mastermind Hafiz Saeed who is still safe and protected in a Pakistan for reasons best known to them. In fact like him are responsible for all the terrorist problems happening even in Pakistan.
Headley the key conspirator, an US citizen now under arrest in USA
Ajmal Kasab one of the terrorist who captured alive, tried and then punished.
Why cannot we all live in peace….
A call from the Cheshire Home by the Sister asking for Oats, Chana (Chickpea) , Biscuits and Floor Disinfectant. I and Mrs Crooked Eyebrows rushed there thanking God for giving us a chance to serve Him/Her.
Close encounters happen everyday but why do we need a bullet to let us now that it has been close call. Everyday we have millions of bacteria and viruses attacking us but we win day in and day out because of our immunity. This being so normal that we do not notice but a bullet has certain romantic value so it is important. If I wrote that ‘Just as I was getting down from car the bullet grazed past my ear. I ducked and looked in the direction from which the bullet came and saw two masked men firing at random. A cop was prostrate with blood oozing, people either hiding behind whatever they could find or lying on the ground. I saw a gun at a little distance, must have been the cops gun. Slowly I start crawling as I see the two men looking at the other side looking for any movement, towards the gun. As I inch forward all I can remember is my school training where they taught us how to avoid the attacks by the fanatics and reach for the cover. Here I was trying to reach the gun which may or may not have bullets but that that is the only way I can see myself protecting young children who are panic stricken in the malls playing arena. Soon their parents would come rushing for the children and will become easy targets for these maniacs.
As I reach the gun I hear sirens of incoming police cars. The maniacs start firing at random towards the approaching police vehicle. Though head down with the gun now in my possesion I see the police fire back from the armoured car, which is in the lead. The fanatics make for the children area with perhaps the intention of making the children as human shield. Seeing that I am closest to the children’s playing arena I take it upon myself to protect the children. I raise the gun towards the approaching figure and pull the trigger …………………..’ This story would have got me many likes and even more followers but……………
Sorry I never had a close encounter with a bullet being fired. I have heard and read the attacks by the cowards on the innocent and children and despised them but have been lucky enough not to face one. I am happy with my fight against the fury of the nature, bacterias and viruses. That is handful for all of us and let us live peacefully not try to kill each other for any reason whatsoever.