God’s own people

Sasha looked at herself in the mirror and wondered if anyone would care to love her for what she is rather than what she looked like. Barely seventeen, she had no boyfriend.  She had learnt to live in her shell.  Sad, undemanding and unassuming,  she eventually had just a handful of selected friends but none…

Distraction is good

Seema is burdened with tension.  She is a single mother trying to make both ends meet.  Ranjeev is waiting for the results of the competitive exams that he had appeared.  Will he get through and get a government job to help him support his parents?  Nisha broke up with her fiance.  She is struggling to…

Environment and you

Today is world Environment Day.  We are so busy with our mundane life that we fail to see the flutter of the leaves, the blooming of flowers or the bend of the branches laden with fruits.  Some of us are surrounded by skyscrapers so we are left with the view of just the sunrise and…

Quest for Happiness

In today’s scenario, all of us are searching for happiness but in vain.  Those who are wise have not needed to search far because they know that it lies within them.  However, most of us measure our happiness based on another’s success or achievement.  Which is the main reason for us running in circles and…

I care…

The times when we had physical classes seems a long time ago now.  There are so many advantages of having physical classes.  The best thing is of having eye contact.  This itself speaks volumes and can convey a thousand emotions.  It is an all-powerful tool for a teacher.  Without this, one feels lost and handicapped. …

Idiosyncrasies

Every individual in this world has his or her idiosyncrasy that can unnerve the onlooker. For example, my relative finds it hard to sleep without the blanket that covers her from head to toe, whatever the season.  Another friend must have his bed tea as soon as he wakes up or else he is in…

Stress

Recently I was stressed about what to write on my next blog.  Nothing came to my mind.  I kept trying to think by sitting in front of my laptop hoping that something would click and words would flow like always.  But alas! I sat there for hours and nothing happened.  Was I having the dreaded…

Shades of love

Love is universal.  Love is for all. There are different shades of love we experience in our life.  They are unique and distinct. Love that burns between lovers is so different from the love that we have between friends. The love of a mother is different from the love that a father shows to his…

Win a Lost Heart

What must one do when a relationship is beginning to turn sour?  It is difficult for both to come to terms with each other.  Whether it is a boyfriend – girlfriend, mother-daughter, father-son, or husband-wife relation, the idea of getting back together seems impossible when tempers are high.  If it keeps repeating then there are…

What is your talisman?

The covid situation in India has become so depressing.  When the phone rings I fear to hear some sad news of a friend or relative.  Each day gets worse than the previous and then you begin to wonder whether is this the beginning of the world coming to an end?  It is scary, leaving us…

Fear of the Future

Our biggest fear is the fear of the future.   What does the future have in store for us? This is our constant fear.  Will the future be good or bad?  Will I get the job?  Will I be able to buy a bigger house?  So many wishes, so many hopes and so many fears. What…

Nothing lasts forever…

All that you have, all that you see is temporary, for nothing lasts forever.  Therefore avoid getting over-attached to people or things. Relationships change owing to time and experiences.  People change with time.  Sometimes you cannot lay the blame on anyone as circumstances can also be a major cause for change of heart, mind or…

Dignity of labour

Work is worship.  Whatever the work you are assigned to do, do it well.  Satisfaction comes when the work is completed to your best.  What is greater than the feeling of achievement at that particular moment?  However small the work seems, do it well.  This is all that matters. You may have been demoted probably…

BE YOU!

So often we get lost in the milieu of our social contacts.  Each one influences us in different ways – some positive, some negative.  Right from our formative years at home, then at school, the contacts we make have a big hand in moulding us.  Not all relationships mould us positively and not all contacts…

Forgiveness

To forgive is divine – it is said so because it is not easy to forgive.  It takes a lot of effort and thought to be able to forgive.   Depending on the mistake committed, forgiveness asked is often weighed and given.  In our daily life, how often are we able to forgive our friends or…

Listen

The letters in the word ‘Listen’ are the same as in the word ‘Silent’.  So important to be silent when you listen.  You can gain more by listening than by just talking. Listening is of two kinds – to listen when someone speaks and to listen to the underlying unspoken message.  The two are different…

MISTAKES

When you avoid making mistakes others consider you reliable – when you make mistakes you teach others to be tolerable. 

Appreciate the simple extraordinary…

Recognize the works of an ordinary person in extraordinary circumstances. You will find innumerable people, ordinary, simple people who have done something extraordinary and yet have no one to applaud and appreciate. Take for example an old lady of seventy in a crazy fit ran out of her simple abode in a village and in that…

Duty-bound

Duty and commitment often go hand in hand. During your lifetime, as time goes by, you are entrusted with innumerable duties to fulfill.  The different stages in life expect you to do your duty implicitly.  It is when you spurn your duty as a child, mother, father, brother or sister, is when your problems begin…

Pray, be human

One does not choose to be a man or woman.  Since the choice is not in our hands, it must be graciously accepted.  I am proud to be a woman and I am thankful to be born in the twentieth century.  Grateful that this century has uplifted women, empowered women despite there being cases of…

Ray of Hope

She was just fifteen when she lost her father.  She had to shoulder responsibilities that were prematurely laid on her young shoulders.  She had to complete her education to get a decent job as she wanted to support her mother and her five-year-old sister.  She felt she had grown into an adult overnight.  Life was…

Heal Yourself

Living within yourself shuts you from understanding, appreciating and being sensitive to the outside world. We all have our ups and downs in life.  And we all have our moods.  But one cannot wallow in one’s sorrow all the time.  Pull yourself out of it and look at the world that surrounds you.  Be appreciative, be…

A purpose in life

What is most important is to have a purpose in life.  When there is a purpose then you are sure that you are moving in the right direction.  If your job is not satisfying or fulfilling then look for something that will bring a feeling of achievement.   It is important for you to love what…

Laughter, the only medicine…

Two families living in the same world but perceive life differently.  One believes in pushing oneself to succeed where success is measured by how much you earn and your bank balance, while family number two believes in making the most out of what life offers you, however small it may be. What struck me most…

Accept me!

Let me begin with my noseThat helps me breathe-Flat, with tiny pores, not holes. Then comes my lips,Thick – looks as if just pastedOn clay by a clip. And must I speak about my bodyThat is so heavy? but I manageTo hold on – no, I need nobody. But why blabber about this?Coz I’d rather say…

Expectations

Disappointments and expectations are the two tracks of life itself.  One cannot move on with life using just one track.  Every one has expectations at different stages in one’s life.  A child has innumerable expectations from his/her parents, teachers, friends….as he grows his expectations veer towards his work and colleagues and then his newly made family.  In…

Insecurity

Anita is an ambitious Computer Engineer.  But she is afraid that she may lose her lucrative job because her Assistant seemingly knows to play her cards well when the boss is around. Somehow her assistant moves a step ahead of her as if she can read her mind. Neil is struggling with his department head…

You are worth it!

For not even a moment must you feel otherwise.  God has created you with some flaws so that your good qualities shine out.  Do not underestimate God’s creation. Remember to appreciate the qualities you have.  You are unique, therefore you will neither undermine yourself nor another. If you recognize your flaws, good for you!  Improve…

Anxiety

Exams are fast approaching and as a teacher, I have been busy revising lessons and helping students with their difficulties that don’t seem to end.  This time everything has been different – the teaching-learning process.  It has been difficult for me as a teacher to understand the technicalities that I need to know to help…

The Power of the Mind

The heart and the mind are the two most important entities that can rule a person.  Here I  specifically write about the mind.  The mind can make you do wonderful things.  That positive attitude is in the mind.  If you feel defeated, or victorious, it all lies in the mind.   One can reach the heights of…

Time to say “Stop!”

So important to say that one word at the right time.  Very often we suffer through without knowing that there is the word “Stop!” to relieve you or release you. Say Stop, when you are bullied.  Whether at school, college, at work or even at home,  gain that strength to say Stop.  Be aware. Be…

Good Humour

The one who lives life with good humour as his/her companion is by far better equipped in facing life’s challenges than a person without it.  Often accepting your life’s turbulence and setting your sail in accordance to the direction of the wind is better than complaining about it. Kamla, a poor woman lives in a…

Growing old Gracefully

Growing old is a natural phenomenon.  All will reach the stage but the difference is all reach that stage at their pace.  Some grow old sooner than others.  Some don’t look old even though they may be old while some look older than their actual age.Old age stays with those who believe they are old…

RESPONSIBILITY

The word carries so much weight and I mean figuratively.  It is something that everyone, whether old or young needs to carry on their shoulders.  Some have a heavier responsibility while others escape by carrying a lighter weight.  It all depends on how you are able to shoulder it till the end of your goal. …

Money

It undoubtedly rules our life.  Without it, we are doomed and helpless.  Our entire life revolves around it.  Today whatever we do, we do for money.  What do we do for ourselves? Whatever we earn seems less to us.   While our wants keep increasing, it has no proportion to our earnings.  Some of us have…

GOSSIP

Friends don’t waste your time in gossip.  It does not help you nor the person being spoken of.  Gossips only move in one direction.  Without knowing the clear picture, stories are made till it blows out of proportion.  If you are so concerned about the person it is better to be brave enough and confront…

Salt ‘n Pepper

Last Sunday my kids were fighting for the salt n pepper at the breakfast table . The two most important ingredient for your eggs- sunny side up! This brought about a thought to my mind. Just like salt n pepper, we need each other to make our life a little tastier,  whether black or white,…

Release the old for the new

The much awaited Christmas season is just round the corner and how many are cutting corners to make it a memorable Christmas?  This pandemic has played havoc into many lives causing distress and despair to many families.  This Christmas will be different for many of us.  Low keyed and perceptual .  Many of us have…

Jealousy

There is a fine line of difference between jealousy and envy.  While jealousy is suspicious possessiveness, envy is just wanting. I can be envious of many things that my neighbour has but I can be evil by being jealous.  How is that?  I could purposefully break my friend’s delicate crockery owing to jealousy.  That my dear…

FEAR

Life can become an ordeal if you live with fear. Break the shackles of fear if you want to live and breathe freely.  People have different kinds of fears – fear of heights, fear of insects, fear of failure….so many,  that writing them down will fill my page.  Sometimes I am just fearful and anxious…

GIVE A HELPING HAND

A young girl was returning home with her father after a check up when on the way her father felt dizzy.  She tried to hold his hand to support him as he was a tall man.  The house was close by but that day the distance from the doctor’s place to their home seemed far. …

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS….

It is the safest place to be in especially when the world outside is so demanding and tumultuous now, what with Covid 19 and it’s effects.  I love my home. Just to be encompassed within the four walls (that does not denote imprisonment or shackles but rather the freedom) to be who you are and what…

EXPERIENCE

It is so much needed by you and me.  Respect experience because it is unique to each person.  Some are rich in experience while others are a little hesitant to jump into the world to see and therefore end up poor in it. We learn to respect and acknowledge experience beginning from our parents and…

NEVER GIVE UP!!!

Dr. Glenn Cunningham, ran the world’s fastest mile.  The lower half of his body had got burnt when he was a young boy.  But that disability was not a deterrent to him to run the fastest mile.  Where there is a will there is a way.  If you believe you have lost then you have.Michael…

WHAT ARE FRIENDS FOR?

I am an introvert.  I hate socialising.  I could live my entire life buried under books – just being with myself and munching away a snack.  But life does not let you be the way you want it to be always.  I have had to make adjustments, faced alot of indifferences and I have tried…

Pursuit of Knowledge

Learn new things.  It helps to build  confidence . It keeps you happy.  And it is fun being a student again knowing that this time you will definitely do better. You could try your hand in anything as long as it makes you happy.  And remember there is no age limit to learning.Sometimes a particular skill…

SUCCESS

Who does not want sucess?  But who wants to put an effort to climb the ladder of success? Those who strive hard are successful. Does success mean fame and money ?  Yes, in a way that is universally accepted to be termed as success.  However, if you have achieved the goal that you have set…

CHANGE

They say change is constant.   Change is necessary and important in one’s life.  Change must always be for the better.  Each morning I wake up deciding that I will do something different today.  The least I can do is to change the arrangement in my house to my liking.  It is just to bring about…

ANGER

The image I conjure up when saying the word is someone red in the face, puffing and fuming and I can also see the smouldering heat coming out of the person !  The image seems funny but the person who is going through it will never find it funny.  On the contrary, you may get…

Nature In All It’s Splendour

Every morning soon after the sun rises I never fail to look out of my kitchen window.  It overlooks a peepal tree , a mango tree with several other small trees of papaya and a slim tall drumstick tree .  The sun rays glisten on these leaves and the gentle breeze that passes over these…