Saddened by Balloons

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Yes, feeling saddened by balloons… Surprising, but every day I cross the Pakwan Signal to and fro from my office, the sight of the polka dotted balloons makes me a wee bit sad.

It so happened that these are new balloons with polka dots, not tied but wrapped around a plastic straw; a real delight for the eyes are a beauty to hold. I had my eyes on them for quite a few days, wanting to buy a few. But normally ignored my wish and drove my two-wheeler away each and every day. But, finally I knew I had to give in to my urge and buy a few of the balloons.

Now my daughter is in college, so I felt that let me buy some for a friend’s niece and nephews. One day I stopped after crossing the signal, called a small about 8-9 year old girl and asked her the price of the balloon. Within a second I was surrounded by almost 6-7 balloon sellers from 6 year old to the eldest who was a young teenage mother,  let me call her “Lakshmi”. The price was Rs. 20/- per balloon. The one who I had approached, let me call her “Anamika”, said that she would give me 2 for Rs. 30/- even when I didn’t negotiate. I assume that the whole gang is together in selling the balloons. So this Lakshmi dominates all and finalizes to give me 3 balloons for Rs. 50/-. Now as I had stopped Anamika for my purchase, so I select 2 balloons from her and one from Lakshmi. I give the Rs. 50/- note in the hand of Lakshmi.

And the drama unfolds. Anamika asks for Rs 30/- for her two balloons. So, I ask Lakshmi to give Anamika her Rs 30/-; as I don’t have change. She tells me that she will give, I insist that she do so right in front of me, Anamika is begging for her money, I am confused, perplexed as to what is happening; the whole traffic and commotion around,  I start driving away. But this young child Anamika is confident that her money is gone and cries in a very loud voice, which is very much audible with traffic honking all around. I stop after driving almost 25 feet and turn back to look. Oh God! Anamika is lying on the road and crying loudly for her money. I look at Lakshmi, and she is totally ignoring Anamika and going her way.

What am I supposed to do? I have paid for the balloons I bought, but one corner of my heart feels that I have betrayed Anamika by not giving her the money. The road side vendor advises me to move on, as it is regular drama for him, and I do so, but with a heavy heart. I decide to give Rs 40/- to Anamika the next time I see her at the signal, and forget the episode for that day. Next day, next day, next day ….. almost a fortnight has gone, and everyday my eyes are searching for Anamika, who is not seen till day.  Now, the sight of the balloons make me sad, I long to find Anamika and give her due, maybe someday I will find her. Till then I pray and send her love and peace, hope that someone better than me has found her, and I wish from the bottom of my heart that she gets educated and has a bright future.

Just do it

Today I went for a walk in the evening. One cycle rickshaw was just in front of me. It was loaded with 2 iron beds and lots of straw stools and chairs. I overtook it so that it doesn’t disturb my walk. Upon overtaking I saw that it was being hand dragged by a small boy @10 yrs and an old man, maybe his grandfather.

I felt like helping them. But our mind is very complex – should I speak to them, what if, why, how, ego arises.

And all of a sudden I felt – why should they know? I just slowed my speed, was behind the cycle rickshaw and started giving it a push. Obviously its speed increased, more than my walking speed. They didn’t see me, and within half a km their destination arrived. I let go my pushing and walked away with a happy heart.
Initially I thought that I shouldn’t be sharing this in this forum  – but there may be many out there like me, I just wanted to share that sometimes, if you feel like doing something, just do it, it’s really satisfying.

 

From an earlier Facebook post

We need World War III?

Major problems faced by all are scarcity of natural resources, scarcity of food, water, pure air…. Aren’t all these turning big because of one problem: Population?

Earth is same size it was 500 years ago, but the population must have increased 500 times.

Especially our generation is now also complaining about decreasing moral values, culture and losing the संस्कार.

Earlier there were kings, wars and capital punishment.

We now have human rights for terrorists too.

Has democracy done more harm than good in the long run?

Krishna in Mahabharata says इस धर्म स्थापना के मार्ग पर जिनका बलिदान देना अनिवार्य है उनका बलिदान दिया जायेगा और जिनका जीवन अनिवार्य है उन्हें दुखों और संघर्षो का भार उठाकर जीना होगा। तुम अपने कर्तव्यों का निर्वाह करते रहो। युद्ध करो।

We are all fighting our internal battles, what about the external?

Lost Innocence

I met a nice chap today at the Westside store. He is very extrovert, daring, good orator and full of life. He told me all about himself, his home and his family. I was amazed talking to him. He informed me that he had a bigger office than his dad, he owns a car, offered to drop me home (but wouldn’t give his car keys in my hands) told me I need not worry as he has a valid driving license. Followed me thrice in the store, wanted my attention to the fullest. He was even at the door when I left the store.
What are you thinking? He is a cute guy studying in Sr. Kg. He made my day by his innocent pranks. God bless him.

So, where are we adults? We have lost this innocence. Is it the only thing we have lost or maybe an unending list?

Observe your Mind

If your mind is Cool, you:

  • Make good decisions
  • Don’t get confused
  • Make less mistakes
  • Don’t get angry or feel afraid
  • Attract respect from others

If your mind is Calm, you:

  • Become peaceful and happy
  • Are less worried and frustrated
  • Don’t get stressed about work or exams
  • Can pay more attention to people you love
  • Find people will like you more

If your mind is Concentrated, you:

  • Get less distracted by useless things
  • Find it easier to focus and learn
  • Perform better in sports and games
  • Make better music and art
  • Will be more trustworthy

 

Not original – Collected

 

TIPS TO SAVE ENVIRONMENT

 

  1. PAPER SAVING
    1. Papers that are written on only one side can be separately collected for rough use by poor children.
    2. Blank pages from old notebooks can be bound together to form a note-book for rough use or donate to poor children. Some people may not be interested in doing this – they can donate the blank pages at a central location.
    3. We are now computer savvy – so all communications can come by e-mails – saving a lot of paper.
    4. Use your printer wisely – print on both sides and print only if necessary.
  2. RE_CYCLE WATER – Drain water from Kitchen Sink/Kitchen Wash Area
    1. This water contains waste such as dust/eatables. There is no human waste in this water.
    2. Collect this water separately.
    3. After sedimentation the top layer of the water can be transferred to another tank.
    4. This water can be treated and used to water the garden.
  3. SAVE LIGHT
    1. Street light in the campus can be run by solar energy.
    2. Lights in parking, foyer and staircase can be of energy saving lamps 15 W rather than the 4 feet fluorescent light.
    3. Apartment blocks can have a common solar heater – with one hot water line in each flat. This will reduce the collective cost of heating water.
  4. PLANTATION – It is very fortunate that now-a-days many Schemes have very good gardens and trees. However a few suggestions in this area:
    1. Sweet Neem (Kadi Patta) tree can be planted during construction phase – so that by the time residents come in to stay the tree is half grown. Many times in societies this tree has been planted n number of times and even protected by fences and jute bags – but intellectuals neighbous always find a way out to pluck the leaves and bare the sapling.
    2. Grow Tulsi – it is
      1. Loved religiously
      2. Good for health.
    3. Grow more flowering trees like parijat, raat rani etc.
    4. Avoid water lilies and cactus – you can grow aloe vera instead.
  5. WASTE COLLECTION – Collect dry and wet waste separately. Find an agency willing to collect the waste that can be re-cycled.
  6. PLASTIC
    1. Take your cloth bag for your vegetable/fruit shopping.
    2. Re-use
  7. DISPOSABLE ITEMS
    1. Limit the use of disposable cups, plates – they are a burden to the environment.
    2. Limit the use of paper napkins.

 

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રસ્તો દેખાતો નથી. કઈ દિશામાં જાઉં?

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બધું મન નું મનમાં રહે પુરાઈ

 

શું થયું? કેમ બેસી રહી છે?

મન વેગીલું ને પથ્થર નું તન

શરીરને જો મળે મનની ચંચળતા

તો ઉડવા લાગુ આંબે

 

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