Looking for the Illusive Taj

Facing the dipping sun, big orange ball marred by violet cloud lines, winds on his face. This is what i remember about Krish today after he returned back to Mumbai.  A long awaited meeting, but it took almost 9 years to have realised.

I took a day off to meet him.  “Marine drive in mumbai is in the shape of a necklace, its also called the Queen’s Necklace
He told me while pointing his arms at the pavement at the GCDA, cochin. ” In mumbai the marine drive is open to the sea, here its bound and closed. ”  He pointed at the mount in the water, green and fortified with some palace. It was the Bolgaty Palace.

There was a

huge meaning in what he said. Yeah it seems true. Specifically, here its all so narrow and bound.  By now I  have learnt to accept realities in life.
“Never keep too much of expectations in life, otherwise you end up in frustrations. ”
“I did  keep a lot of them, but life treated me with enough lessons.”

“Once you got struck, its difficult  to get out of it.  So you decide what you want to do. Never rely  on friends to make decisions.”

“The same friends change the plate when something wrong happens in your life”

I had spotted a samosa chat bhandar there at the marine drive, thought this time to try. Luckily there were kachoris even. My favorites. Samosa is my brother’s favorite.

So me and krish tried on a samosa each.  They were served very hot with tomato sauce. ” That was one of the best samosas i have ever had”, says Krish even after a month.  This is when he just had samosas from mumbai,  all his family came out for a walk  in one evening of ghatkopar.

I couldnt believe either.  Cochin is making best quality samosa s in India.

We walked past a channel of water. It was filled with water and bubbles came out of it, frequently.  May be some gas came out of it and into my nose.  The stinkiest semi solid water you can find on earth, flowing towards the calm orange dipped sea.  Foul smell from the water made walking besides it a stinky and filthy experience.
But residents of the area were having “I dont care attitude”.  Few of the buildings had their ‘Kitchen’ almost protruding into a space glazing the grey black thick water.
” This is the best area to enact a legal punishment in the city. Rather than giving a life sentence to a criminal, give him a dip or two in this river of salvation(in public presence) and nobody will do any crime here again. How is that?”

” So true, cant imagine in that waters. Once in there, you are gone ever. Fungal infections in the ears, groin… hmmm”

The city management is really lousy and bad”
“They should be dipped in the water first by the public”
“But the public is like puppet.  It just  bears all without reaction” .  A dead dog’s full blown body swam past us.

He told me about one incidence in his office.

Fasting

Vishnu in anantha shayanam
Image via Wikipedia

By Laali Lekshmanan

Fasting with a insight to life

A message in the morning wakes me up,  a fortnightly message that reminds me of  a important day in the month.  It is going to be a ritualistic day today.

Everything has to be in order.  Gurav’s instructions are very clear and simple.

Today I am not going to take a break anyway, because today is ekadashi – according to the Hindu Mythology if you fast for 24 hours in the name of Lord Vishnu, you will please the lord and you will have a peaceful and blessed life!I was never the person who I am now. I did visit the temple since childhood because my mother used to get a company. This entire spiritual world…. I was always pondering at! The ups and downs in life and the encounter of a near death experience was something that brought me close to this spiritual world ( or I am yet far off but just close to a being a firm believer in heaven).Approximately four months past, that I started this ekadashi fasting and I do see some changes in life  .

Not that life has treated me well and gave me everything that I wished for but I realized the fact that I am already happy in my world and I do not have to wish for a lot of things to have a happy life. My knowledge on these things was always lying deep within me. It never came out. It was buried under the ignorance of this expectations that came from everywhere………as a child from parents, as a students from teachers, as a sister from brother (but my brother is kind of cool, nothing in this life can bother him much I guess….but he has not yet revealed that to me.

I mean I really need to know if at any point he felt worried because of his own acts).

I thank a very respectable friend of mine, Gurav, for all the reminders he sent me about the ekadashi fasting date & time. He also narrated to me the story behind ekadashi. He happens to be a follower of ISKON and Lord Krishna. A wonderful human being he is as the smile on his face and the love in his talks. You rarely meet such persons in life.

Ironically, I met Gurav in a discotheque in Mumbai where we met only for once and at that point I felt he was a complete freak and I too was.

In February’11, I got another opportunity through a friend to attend Sadguru’s Inner Engineering programme, which was organized for a week in Bangalore. They taught us Shambhavi Mahamudra, a rare technique in Yoga that if you practice daily will relax your mind a bit from the daily chores and the stressed situation that we are living in today. Apart from the Shambhavi, they showed us clippings from Sadgurus’ videos on prabhashanam given by him on life, its value, treatment & happiness. These prabhashanams were very enlightening. Most people who came for the sessions only came there so that they can get some relief from their ailments or from stressed life. I am sure it must have benefitted them all.

There are three important things that I learned here….

.• You must control your anger and let go……Forgive & Forget. My temper gos very high at times but I have learned the benefit of staying calm & being aware. Awareness that this moment is going to pass and for every situation there is a resolution in time. So this moment I shall only find peace within myself and surrounding.

• You need to be responsible…….You do not react to a situation but you always respond to the situation accepting the way it is. Acceptance is a very big factor that will decide your happiness. If you only sit there Expecting things, it is possible that you may sit there and Expect for your whole life. This will only lead to agony and pain. It will works wonders for you, if you accept your situation , be responsible and move forward…… and who knows without your expecting, you might get to what you wanted once day…….God might call you and say…’Oh it was just a coincidence’.

• The third and the important one is ‘Life will treat you the way you treat it’. I had a lot of Bengali sweets the other day…..You know how I like the Bengali sweets……there is a Sweet Bengal shop in Galleria at Hiranandani. Everyone in Powai should have tasted the sweets in this shop once. It’s the best sweets I ever had, as if just made freshly in Bengal. I treated my life with sweets and obviously the exquisite pizza from the Pizza Hut shop just opposite to my office. I had gained about 6 kgs in an year.

Last one year, I been trying to check out those six kgs of fat in me that I have lost. Now it is not me any way. I started to treat my life better by following the above tricks. Life was trying to trick me all this while……so emotional beings we are  & we always will be. Situations might change and so might people, changes are inevitable as we all know. You will change and so will I but if we treat life this way always, there will be no time for us to look for happiness. For happy we will be always …

Certain good things in Life are always in plenty…. Happiness is one among them….

Wedding Invitation

By Laals

(The author has a blog and writes on varied topics, I was immensely happy when she told me to put her work in my archive of blog)

Wedding Invitation.

There are other times when we meet someone or something in life and we regret having been met………  Of such incidences our memories tend to get a nostalgia about those times when we had met something or some one for good in life.  But as in nature, everything is not for good always, so does meetings and coming across new things.  Here is one such meeting.

I go to my office with a bunch of wedding cards, ofcourse mine, duly aligned and named.  Suddenly it turned out to be a Farewell Party of one of our seniors.  I was surprised, so did my close friends, thirisha and manisha. Because we were not told about this farewell, and the guy was not so much in touch with us.

Later that we came to know that, he has been trying to jump to a better package and another company for a long time. But he also made sure that his moves were very careful so that his current management never even sniff about his moves.  He got the offer last month and put his paper down, surprising the management.  You know both me(my friends including) and the management got surprises with his move. Hmm . .. but theirs a bit different from mine…

Well in a way good  for me.  I had a whole lot of the employees at my disposal, who didnt mind accepting my invitation and the card while they gossiped and munched the treat, it was fun too.

After the party,  i met them personally.

Shally:  Hi Smith, I am getting married. This is my marriage invitation card, pls do come with family & grace the occasion

Smith: Wow, that’s great news, I will sure try and come & all my wishes to both of you .

Shally is happy about her wedding that is going to bring her loved one into her life and they are going to be married happily ever after. Her wish is that, this man is her life, in her next lives too. She is distributing cards to invite her friends who will share the happiness with her.Shally: Hello Manny, wait, just don’t go…I m inviting you to attend my wedding, hope you will be there.Manny: Ok.Shally: I invite your entire team to my wedding Manny: OK.Do you react to people like that when they invite you to wedding? What kind of a nerd reaction is that? Well, it shows us that, people only reacts and do not respond. Every thing in this world for them is “OK” in inverted commas but when we get a deeper view we see that how their worlds are shattered and they do not seem to find happiness in anything they do. They don’t care whether it is ‘OK’ or ‘NOT’.