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.
As children we played more of outdoor games and as we age and reach a time when outdoor games become difficult we play games on our computers, mobiles. My playtime means watching games on television. At times I become so engrossed that I am almost there in the field, in my mind of course. Why he played that stroke, why did he make that move. Oh how agonizing, that move was wrong and lo here comes my wife and changes the channel to her favorite soap. To hell with the television and I am on my computer trying write on this daily prompt but mind is on the move that was completely wrong. Wish I was on the field making that move in a different manner.
On the other days I am busy watching football changing channels trying to find a live game. My playtime. Frustrated I get out and start to walk. Only relaxing game that I engage nowadays. Earlier running in the morning was my playtime but after knee surgery following bike accident long walks is my playtime. It helps me to both reduce my cholesterol and lets me think peacefully. Life changes as we age but playtime remains and perhaps it is better to walk then to play with others emotions
- the ability to speak and understand any language
- the ability to travel through time
- the ability to make any two people agree with each other
Choose any one. Why? This is like a boon and so you have to choose one. If given an opportunity to have a boon I would ask God to give me power so that I can understand and speak any language to have the ability to make people speaking different languages agree with each other and travel back in times to stop all the ill will that ever existed in the society. WISHFUL thinking.
Do we really need superpower be a superman or superwoman? Let us become humane first. Let us have the gift of listening and understanding. The only way to minimize the troubles that exist is education. Mind it education not degrees. Let Supermen and Superwomen remain in the comics of children. Dreaming of becoming a superpower led world to divided into two parts, building of nuclear arsenal enough to destroy whole world few times over. This urge of becoming super race has led to rise of terrorism while I understand no religion speaks of violence as a method of propagation of religious thought.
As we grow up we need to understand that everybody else has right to live a life of dignity. Let us help all those who have fallen behind to also come to higher levels. Lastly for myself I quote Vivekananda,
“I am glad I was born,
Glad I suffered so,
Glad I did make big blunders,
Glad to enter peace….”
We all are afraid to change. From the time when we are born or even before we are born we are afraid of change. Just before birth in our mothers womb we feel safe and have to be ejected by mother to meet this world (too simple an explanation). While first going to school most of us cry because we are unsure of the new environ and feel unsafe.As we grow and join college the fear changes to trepidation at missing the old friends and meeting new people. Change in job is avoided so that we remain in the safety of the known.
Walking down a lonely lane many a times we get fear stricken on seeing a cat in the night, believe in ghosts which is nothing but fear of the unknown. So sharing the feeling of being unsafe is something that happens to me always. Just now I felt it when I was looking at the Daily Prompt. As soon as I started typing fear vanished. If you feel unsafe meet your fear head on but be prepared just in case you need to scoot or hit back (last resort).