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‘Today is a gift, that is why it is called The Present ..’

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Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same
hospital room.

One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an
hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from
his lungs.

His bed was next to the room’s only window.

The other man had to spend all his time flat on
his back. The men talked for hours on end.

They spoke of their wives and families, their
homes, their jobs, their involvement in the
military service, where they had been on
vacation..

Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the
window could sit up, he would pass the time by
describing to his roommate all the things he could
see outside the window.

The man in the other bed began to live for those
one hour periods where his world would be
broadened and enlivened by all the activity and
colour of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.

Ducks and swans played on the water while
children sailed their model boats. Young lovers
walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every colour
and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen
in the distance.

As the man by the window described all this in
exquisite details, the man on the other side of
the room would close his eyes and imagine this
picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon, the man by the window
described a parade passing by.

Although the other man could not hear the band –
he could see it in his mind’s eye as the
gentleman by the window portrayed it with
descriptive words.

Days, weeks and months passed.
One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring
water for their baths only to find the lifeless body
of the man by the window, who had died
peacefully in his sleep.

She was saddened and called the hospital
attendants to take the body away.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man
asked if he could be moved next to the window.
The nurse was happy to make the switch, and
after making sure he was comfortable, she left
him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one
elbow to take his first look at the real world
outside.
He strained to slowly turn to look out the window
besides the bed.

It faced a blank wall.

The man asked the nurse what could have
compelled his deceased roommate who had
described such wonderful things outside this
window.

The nurse responded that the man was blind and
could not even see the wall.

She said, ‘Perhaps he just wanted to encourage
you.’

Epilogue:
There is tremendous happiness in making others
happy, despite our own situations.
Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness
when shared, is doubled.
If you want to feel rich, just count all the things
you have that money can’t buy.
‘Today is a gift, that is why it is called The
Present .’

The origin of this letter is unknown.

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“Close some doors today. not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere..”~ Paulo Coelho

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Not Your Average Love Story!

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Late in the Day, a WhatsApp notification came on Rajeev’s New Smart Phone. He wasn’t the most Tech-savvy but knew and cared just about enough to keep up with his generation. He was studying as his final year Exams for MBA course were near, so gave the WhatsApp notification a miss, and thought to himself that he’d check it a bit later.

After finishing his Studies for the day, He checked his phone for notifications which included 5 facebook notifications and 3 WhatsApp Messages. He quickly went through them all, only to find a strange message from an unknown number, He added the number to his safe list on whatsapp to see who actually had sent the message to him. It read, “Hey Wassup? Howdy.. Wanna Meet up again for a Movie tonight?” from a Pretty looking Female in the Display Pic, whom he had never met.

Was this a Prank by some of his Friends? What if it’s a case of Mistaken identity because his Whatsapp profile did not include a Display Pic or Name of himself, as he didn’t really care about it.. Nonetheless, He mustered up Courage beyond his Over and Above shy self to reply back politely.. “Who is this?” Soon came the reply, “Sweetheart, Its Neha, Don’t you remember we met at Mahi’s Birthday Bash yesterday..?” He again texted back “I Don’t know any Mahi or Neha? My Name is Rajeev.. I think your looking for a different person.” Neha replied “Oooopppss!! Sorry, I thought this was Farhan’s number..”

Rajeev replied “No it isn’t.” The technology created conversation ended on that note, but for a strange reason, unlike ever in the Past, Rajeev saved her number and name to his contact list and on Whatsapp too.  It was possibly her Mysterious Charm that led him to do this..

Once in the Day, he started to look at the Display Pic of This Really stunning Looking Female along with her status, but would never message her. He was a Principled Guy from a Wealthy South Delhi Based Jain Family, with Values, Traditions and Aesthetics well mixed in his system. Rajeev is a Good Looking Guy who prioritized his Studies and Work Ethics and would often not reciprocate Passes from the Opposite Sex, because he had it set in his Mind that He’d Marry the Girl his Parents approve and find for him.

Nonetheless, We may call it infatuation or intrigue, soon the daily affair of checking her rapid change of Display Pics and Status became an hourly one, He began to take more and more interest in it all. This went on for a few months, meanwhile he completed his MBA with 1st grade distinction and The Grandfather started stressing that he’s growing Old and wishes to see his Eldest and Favorite Grand Son’s Wife real soon.

 

“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.”~ Sarah Dessen

 

He tried to reason with his Grandfather but to no avail and soon began the search for his Bride-to-be.  Now, Rajeev with every Possible meeting of searching for his bride to be began to get anxious, he began to compare the Prospective Brides with Neha, who was now seen as His Ultimate Girl.. A Girl who was Outgoing, Respective, Funny and Outrageously Beautiful.

So, After a Few Days he mustered up the Courage to Whatsapp Message Neha. He found that his message were getting delivered but not read by her, he searched the net about what it meant and got to know that she may have blocked him. Soon, he logged to his facebook account and searched for her, sent a message to her on facebook and Friend requested too. Two days went past and he didn’t get a response or an acknowledgment of the friend request either.

Now, he was beginning to lose it as he felt that he was madly in Love with her, but knew nothing about her besides her Name and Number, she wasn’t taking his calls or replying to his Sms’s either. He lost all hope and discussed what he could do with his Best Friend, Sumeet, who suggested that he should try his Luck on Twitter too, there everything is Open unless the Profile is restricted, he installed the twitter app on his mobile and searched users with her name. He saw a girl who quite resembled Neha, with username “L_Only_Ness”, he started to follow her on Twitter, coz. Neha’s Real name was Neha Lodha, so the user id seemed to make sense.

She would only Post Random Motivational Quotes or just talk to her Close Friends. He didn’t tweet to her as this time he wanted to get a where about of her location this time and didn’t wanna get blocked. Boom came his Luck, The Very Next Day she tweeted that she’s going to watch the Iron-Man 3 at PVR Select City Walk, this was his opportunity, he picked his Luxury Sedan and headed to the Mall to try and Catch Neha there, and possibly get to see her in Real Life and Speak to her.

He Reached the Mall and began to walk across all floors to search for her vigorously, but to No Avail. Then he thought she may have started watching the Movie so Bought tickets for the Iron Man show, but the Trouble with a Wide spread Hollywood Large Film Release in a Multiplex is that u have shows running every 15-20 minutes. None the less he tried to streak in every Audi that was playing the Movie, but it was incredibly difficult to recognize her in almost filled Halls and that too with 3D spectacles on.

He decided to give the Movie a Miss and patiently waited outside near the Exit of all the Cinema Halls. 2 shows had exited and there was No Sign of Neha, amidst all this he received a Call from his Mother enquiring about his whereabouts and suggesting him to reach a particular House in Greater Kailash, as they were to have a meeting with a Family for a Prospective Bride.

He waited another 20 minutes and left the mall disappointed, somewhat resigned to his state. He began to feel that Neha was just a Fairy and he’d never really get to speak to her, leave alone marrying her. He Left for the House at the Address mentioned by his Mother, where his Parents were already waiting for him downstairs, He quickly changed his Clothes to slightly more Formal ones and redid his Hair for an Evening of yet another evening Tea come Bride searching session, ultimately whom he’d reject or request the Girl to Reject him (as the case maybe)

 

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”~ Pablo Neruda

 

His Mother tried showing him the Pic of the girl, but he told her to keep it inside because he’d meet the Girl in Person anyways now. He met the Bride’s Parents, Greeted them as the Parents sat down chit chatting.  He revolved his Neck to see who the Girl was but she wasn’t there yet, Her Parents informed that she was late from College and duly Apologized. A Little Later the Girl arrived and his Parents began to pay compliment to her, he didn’t raise his head to see her until he heard both Parents saying “Let’s Leave the Kids alone to get to know eachother better”

Before he could raise his Head, the Girl exclaimed “Rajeeeeev… Its so Good to see you, What a surprise!” He quickly rose to see who she was, only to find Neha standing in front of him.  His eyes literally lit-up by watching one of the Most Beautiful Creations on Earth for him, she showed Spark for him too. He murmured “Some Luck, I have been Born with!!” She heard that but didn’t question, The Duo soon began to converse about Studies, Interests etc. He suddenly felt the urge to tell her that He Loved Her, before he could say anything, All Heaven Broke Lose..  She said “I Love You! Will you Marry Me?” He was all pink, with Blushed strokes extensively on his Cheeks, only to recheck if he was dreaming? He quickly said, “Neha, or whetever your Name is.. Pinch me”

 

“Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can’t get any better, it can.” ~ Nicholas Sparks

 

Neha stood Puzzled but did what he asked for. He Cross checked by looking back at her face and to his surprise it still was Neha, the Neha he Loved, the Neha he knew nothing about but was chasing since Months. He had never stalked in Life, but this Neha had made her do that too. He explained to her everything but soon after there was a knock on the Door, suggesting the Meeting should be over. He was about to get up when Neha exclaimed “Ten More Minutes mom.. Please!!”

The Parents agreed, and Neha began explaining her bit… “I Wanted to be a Model, but you know us Maru’s, the Parents never agree. The Farhan, whom I incidentally mistook for your number was a Model co-ordinator whom I had met over at a Common Friend’s Birthday” incidentally His number and Rajeev’s number were all the same barring the 98 in the start for Rajeev, whilst Farhan had 99, thus the mistake.

She continued to explain “My Father got to know around 15 odd days later that I had contacted and met Farhan, and he has those typical Marwari Businessmen attitude, he wouldn’t let me work and instead wanted me Married to an Eligible Partner in the same community, and it would be THE Husband’s choice to finally let me Work as Model or not, but as far as Dad was concerned it was a strict No-No.”

Now, Rajeev stood more Puzzled.. “How and when did you begin to Love me?” She exclaimed “Oops.. I forgot to tell you that, I fell in Love with you cause my Mom showed me Your Bio-Data and I recognized you from the number I had mistakenly whatsapp’d, Boy! Your Good Looking, cultured, well mannered and the Fact that you didn’t Jump on the texting mode to me inspite of a Girl’s inititated message, showed your Good Up-Bringing, I was impressed with that… a Lot”

“Later My Dad took a Call from Farhan on my Phone, and my Phone was confiscated for Good and replaced with a New Phone and Number along with a stern warning. I had started imagining about you as my Mother had enquired about you and was all Praise for You and Your Family.” She went on to explain that she wasn’t active on facebook coz. Her Father was on Her Friend List and would keep track/ spy her unnecessarily, thus Twitter was her choice of Weapon when it came to Social Networking. Rajeev told her that he had been following her on Twitter and had read that she was going to watch a Movie in the Day, she replied “Ya.. that was the plan but when I was starting back from my Classes, then I received the Call from my Mother that Your Parents had informed that they were coming with you today.. so I Never went for the Movie and rushed back from Naraina, where her College of Fashion designing was to her Home anticipating their 1st meeting, she got a Late because of Traffic and had to Rush to get Ready to meet her Dream Man!”

 

“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” ~ Jane Austen

 

Everyone in The Society immensely respected Rajeev’s Grand Dad and his contribution, along with Rajeev’s Charitable Heart, Ethical workstyle and Respect envibed in his Behaviour. She had once seen Rajeev pick a Young Boy who had met with an Accident on BRT owing to a Speeding Car’s fault and how selflessly Rajeev had raised him in his arms, seated his Bloodshed Legs at the Back of His Luxury Car, without worrying about his Designer Clothes and Car’s upholstery going dirty. When she saw him doing that, she realized that this guy was not the average guy his age, and was falling in love with him every passing day in which she waited to see Rajeev, for their Pre-Marital Meeting.

*Few Days Later*

The Engagement was fixed at a Plush City Hotel, and the two of them exchanged rings and did a Ball dance together. The Beautiful Performance followed a Hug and she told Rajeev in an extremely Light tone “I Love You and will Keep Loving You all My Life..” ….

 

“Two people in Love, alone, isolated from the world, that’s Beautiful.”~ Milan Kundera

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Why We Shout in Anger!

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WHY DO WE SHOUT WHEN ANGRY ????

A Hindu saint who was visiting river Ganges to take bath found a group of family members on the banks, shouting in anger at each other. He turned to his disciples smiled ‘n asked.

‘Why do people shout in anger shout at each other?’

Disciples thought for a while, one of them said, ‘Because we lose our calm, we shout.’

‘But, why should you shout when the other person is just next to you? You can as well tell him what you have to say in a soft manner.’ asked the saint

Disciples gave some other answers but none satisfied the other disciples.
Finally the saint explained, .

‘When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance a lot. To cover that distance they must shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to hear each other to cover that great distance.

What happens when two people fall in love? They don’t shout at each other but talk softly, Because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is either nonexistent or very small…’

The saint continued, ‘When they love each other even more, what happens? They do not speak, only whisper ‘n they get even closer to each other in their love. Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at each other ‘n that’s all. That is how close two people are when they love each other.’

He looked at his disciples and said.

‘So when you argue do not let your hearts get distant, Do not say words that distance each other more, Or else there will come a day when the distance is so great that you will not find the path to return.’

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The Power of Empathy!!

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“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”~ Mahatma Gandhi

One Day a Rich Businessman, a Kashmiri Pandit in his Mid 50’s was traveling back to his Home after successfully completing a Big Business Deal in Singapore. On his Arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport’s Domestic Wing, He Saw a Breaking News: All Was Lost! His House and some others in his vicinity were burnt, sparked by Communal Hatred which transgressed after the Godhra Riots. A Religious Minority who was a Majority in Kashmir had burnt Houses & Hindu’s to avenge the Death of their kin in Gujarat.

This Newsflash ushered in a series of Desperate Phone calls from him to gather knowledge of his Family consisting of a 27 Year Old Son and Early 50’s Wife! Sadly Heartache was to follow, as he had lost them both in the Dastardly act of Inhumanity.

Rajesh Handoo, in a series of moments from Pure Happiness after achieving one of his Biggest Business Deals had experienced his Deepest Malaise. All Appeared Lost…

He rushed to his Home; Vendetta in the name of Revenge was all that he had in Mind. In a week’s time he rushed to avenge the Death… With a Country made Revolver in Hand, amidst the wee hours of dawn he entered a Colony, to kill as many as he could and Die in the Process.

Near the Entrance of the Colony, A “Janazaa” was fast approaching, he hid the Gun behind his back, as they crossed him, he decided that now was the time. He Open Fired and managed to Bruise someone’s leg, in his first amateur shot. The Country made Revolver took his toll on his old hand and the hand shook vigorously, unable to fire another shot.

Within Minutes, A Pool of People rushed towards him and he was rendered invalid within minutes and was subsequently out cold. Later, when he gains his consciousness back, he finds himself in a Hospital’s ICU, only to hear stories of how The Head of that Community had got him admitted there and had cooled off the animated mob.

Rameez, 24, who was a Part time Painter, had Painted his House a few times near Diwali when all was well. He identified Rajesh and was able to empathize with his State of Perdition; he was the one who calmed the Angry Mob! Also turned out that Rameez was the Person who had lost his Arm courtesy Rajesh’s Bullet and was now permanently disabled.

Rameez was Calm, while Rajesh Looked at him with Moist Eyes which admitted his Guilt from a Moment of Madness. Rajesh’s Leg was permanently cut too, by the Angry Mob, and he realized this when he tried to get up and admit his remorseful dastardly act nonetheless Rajesh explained to him why Vendetta was at that time High on his Agenda.

Rameez in a composed tone told him “I Know Everything, My Brother.. I Forgive You! Just Promise me that You’ll help another who needs reconditioning and Help, Plz Don’t Sympathize with them Empathize always.. and You’ll understand that I really did Nothing for You The Other Day..” No More Words needed.. there was Painful Silence in the Hospital Room.

“I learn from my own daughter that you don’t have to be awake to cry.”~ Jodi Picoult

*Few Months Later*

Rajesh had begun working back, and re-located to Delhi for Horrors of Kashmir now needed to be Left where they belonged to.. in the Trash bin of His Brain’s Memory!

Work made him travel to Pune expressway and while returning back, he noticed a small Child Foster Home Centre on the Left. In a Momentary decision, he asked the Driver to Stop, take the car a little back and Enter the Foster Home. There he asked to Visit the Children..

He Expressed his Desire to Adopt a Child, Procedure began and a few month’s later he was contacted to come and select from within the Children, when all legal clearances were made. He arrived and asked if he could see all the Kids, he could possibly Adopt.

A Line-Up of 10 Kids, was brought in front of him.. but Rajesh could not find the one he was looking for within them. Rajesh saw a Shadow from the Corner of his Eye, and he got inquisitive of who it may be.. The Strict appearing Clerk to his query replied “You don’t want that Kid. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other Kids would… But still if you wish to I’ll call him over”

The 13 Year Old was Called for and he Entered the Room in a Somewhat awkward manner, hobbling towards him trying to walk as quickly as he could.. turned out the Kid was suffering from Polio, and hence had Slight Problem in Walking! Rajesh had tears in his Eyes, The Clerk said “ See.. I Told You, You’ll…” Rajesh exclaimed “May I Adopt him Please!!” The Clerk was Amazed and wanted to ask.. Rajesh instantly rolled up one Leg of his Trouser and revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe. Looking back up at the Clerk, he said, “You see sir, I don’t run too well myself, and he will need Someone who understands…”

The Clerk quizzed the Kid, with a Quaint Smile.. “ Rameez, Do You Like Mr. Rajesh here?” Rameez smiled and nodded to show his Approval..

“You Don’t Need Religion to Have Morals. If You cant determine Right from Wrong then You Lack Empathy Not Religion..”~ Unknown 

The Power of Empathy!!

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Lesson in Life!!

A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field. While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Moral of the story:
1. Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy
2. Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend
3. And when you’re in deep shit, it’s best to keep your mouth shut !

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“There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it hardly becomes any of us to talk about the rest of us.”~ G. W. Cooke

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Wonderful Truth depicted by a Cartoon for The Current Situation in Delhi!

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In The Vicinity of Truth..!

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“The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.”~ Oscar Wilde

Where does Truth Begin..?

And where does it end..?

 

Where does it actually Reign?

How does it, then, often Bend?

 

Press yourself & think again..

Is it for Real or just a Trend?

 

The Search for it may be Foreign

Or in your own Homeland..

 

My Conclusion is simple..

There is No Absolute Truth..!

There are only Versions..

And Perspectives

To Accumulate in the End.

 

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”~ Mark Twain

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“I’m a poet, and I like my lies the way my mother used to make them.”~ Aleister Crowley,  Moonchild

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