Encounter with a kind Rickshaw Puller

*Encounter with a kind Rickshaw Puller**

I was walking down the road just to change my mood and relax my nerves. I saw, someone coming from the opposite side and giving the rickshaw puller some food. I was not shocked to see that because in India, some people don’t like to waste the food and when the food is left they gave it to the needy.

This story is not about the person who gave the food to the rickshaw puller this is about the rickshaw puller himself.

When that person is gone, he looked around and saw another rickshaw puller. He, with the food in his one hand, approached that fellow, and asked him if he was hungry. The other man replied in the affirmative. He then offered him half of the food given to him, came back and started eating his share in silence.

When he was done, I approached him and asked him, “Weren’t you hungry, pal?”

He: I was… I haven’t had anything from the morning.

Me: Is he your friend?

He: No. I just came in this town few days back. I know why are you asking? You want to know why I gave him the food?

Well, I was curious to know why??

He: I don’t know that he was hungry too. I asked him and he said yes so I shared the food with him. He was here before me. It’s his spot. I am new here. If I hadn’t been here today that guy would have given the food to him. I accepted the help because I was hungry. And I just couldn’t eat without asking him.

I was astounded with the answer.

I had no reply.

I was in tears, but I tried not to show him.

I shook hands with the man with some sort of pride in his actions and moved on thinking about the lesson I just learned from him.

I had everything I can dream of yet I don’t share it with my own family, but that rickshaw puller who had so little to offer and he didn’t think once before sharing it with others.

Moral of the story: Don’t wait till you achieve something to help others just do it now with as little or as much as you have.

You won’t get any poor by giving.

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My Country India.

My Country India

With the stroke of midnight hour,
We made a tryst with destiny,
A nation born which was ours.
And being Indian was now our identity.

With a new life, a new idea,
Was born my country INDIA.

The tricolor is up and high,
Still, there were tears in the eye,
Remembering the struggle of those who bled,
With their blood, they color its thread.
To remember their struggle, their demise,
And to ensure our future a better sunrise,
Some new pledges and promises were made,
On them, the foundation of our Nation was laid.

With a golden pen, writing a new saga
Will reach heights my country INDIA.

70 years have passed now,
We harvest more than what we sow,
A few promises were fulfilled,
A lot not, though,
New ideas, new obligations are required,
From the struggle and sufferings, they should be inspired.
Teachings of Gandhi, Nehru, we should embody,
Mixing them with youth’s will and audacity,
We can write a harmonious melody.

With a new awakening, a new era
Will keep rising my country INDIA.

I salute the mother, this nation of mine,
With the hope in my heart,
That this generation will not get malign.
Saying all that, I am putting my pen to rest.
Because I only want My INDIA to be better than the best.

May this dawn of many millennia,
Will never leave my country INDIA.

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T.H.A.N.K.S!

I cry a lot these days…

I cry a lot these days.

When I see the pain in my mother’s eyes,
I cry.
When I see a father sacrificing his dreams,
I cry.
When I see a soul suffering in his shell,
I cry.
When I see some child with future not well,
I cry.
When I see people getting killed in the name of honor,
I cry.
When I see a girl’s mind filled with horror,
I cry.
When people fight over religion and caste,
I cry.
Basically, when I see something unfortunate,
I cry.

I cry a lot these days.

I also cry,
When I hug my mom after a long time.
I also cry,
When I want the feelings to flow.
I also cry,
When someone helps someone in stress.
I also cry,
When I see hard work paying off success.

I cry a lot these days.

Sometime in worry,
Sometime in joy,
Sometimes in distress,
Sometimes to express,
Sometimes when I feel blessed,
And sometimes because I f*ing want to.


Courage Is To Be Able To Cry.

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T.H.A.N.K.S!

Story Of My Depression.

The Story Of My Depression.

Will you let me take you on a ride?
It is bumpy as hell…
But I will always look good from that side.
Sometimes I feel fine,
But other times I want to yell.
It is the story of my depression in a nutshell.

Please stay safe and vigilant,
While reading this piece.
Because it might trigger some sentiments,
Which can easily ruin your peace.

It is a tale of that time…
When the world looked colorless,
Everything took a grayish tone,
And I was left with the sins I couldn’t atone.
It was the time…
When my body felt bloodless,
And I helpless.

I wanted to just run away,
Abandon this path to make a new way.
Which, obviously, I was not able to do,
Maybe I didn’t like that view too.

There was this consistent sadness,
Which forbade the emotions to flow.
There too was this sickness,
Which I just couldn’t overthrow.

I was in a windowless cage,
From there I couldn’t get out.
Accumulating all this rage,
That I couldn’t let out.

All my friendships obliterate,
Leaving just a few behind.
Those three lifted some of the weight,
And helped me empty my mind.

Let me tell you one thing guys,
I am not here to advertise.
This is what I felt on the inside;
My hands felt numb and my legs tied.

But I always kept telling myself,
That the hard time will soon pass.
You will again feel like yourself
Just let a person or two trespass.

It might not be the emotion,
Many souls will relate.
Some might understand the impression,
These lines are trying to expatiate.

This is all I am ready to confess,
From the times when I was in the stress.

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Thanks For Reading!

The roles I play…

The roles I play…

Breathing…
Oxygen In Carbon-dioxide out

Walking…
Just a step at a time

Thinking…
1000s of thoughts but no two chime

Laughing….
Faking it most of the time

Hoping…
Left that when I was nine

Pretending…
Always acting my way out.

Expressing…
Too little to handle

Persevering…
Only to see the next morning

Thriving…
No. Not at all

Suffering…
Yeah. Now and then

Surviving…
Barely keeping myself alive

Dying…
Oh! Yeah. A little day by day

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T.H.A.N.K.S!

My Dad and My Dreams!

One time my dad and I were talking about life and stuff.

He asked me what I wanted to do in life…

Me: Dad, I want to work for India. I will give civil services exam.
Dad: Okay. Good.
Me: But dad, I have a problem. I heard that it costs so much money. Coaching itself costs around ₹100–150k.
Dad: Don’t worry about the money. You go and study. We’ll manage.
Me: But it’s a lot….
Dad: No more buts. I have one Fixed Deposit. We will break that and get you the required sum.

*I couldn’t say anything after that.*

Our dads know what needs to broken, Dreams or Fixed Deposits.

We just don’t realize the sacrifices they are making to make us a better human.

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I got my eyes welled up even writing about that now.

Thanks For Reading!

I have been thinking lately…

I have been thinking lately…
The journey I have had.
The times which were happy,
And those when I was sad.

The list is in the millions…
Of the roles that I have played.
With the choices, I was given…
And the decisions I have made.

Some were out of fear,
Which I want you to hear.
So that you will never repeat,
And save yourself one defeat.

Some were out of pride,
Their outcomes were satisfied.
But I was still vilified…
Because that’s how people decide.

Some because I was told to…
Actually, those were only a few,
Because deep down I always knew,
That those will never let me grew.

Some out of shame,
Because of the confidence I couldn’t attain.
For those only I am to blame.

Some of them stayed with me,
Either briefly or permanently.
But not a single one I regret…
I think that should be my epithet.

If I were ever given a chance…
I will repeat all those things again,
Because it’s not about the ending,
But the struggle and the pain.
It’s not about the happiness,
It’s about having contentedness.

All of this was about ‘being who you are’…
Without worrying about the scar, you got in the war.

Don’t ever listen to others…

They will never let you believe,
The things you badly want to achieve.

Never ever quench the fire inside of you…
Because that will always make you stand out of the queue.

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P.S. Out of all the poetry penned down by me up until now… This one is the closest to my heart.

🇮🇳
Jai Hind.

The feelings I used to have…

When I used to look into the mirror a while back I used to see something dying inside of me. 

What I felt:

  • I felt like running away.
  • I felt like I couldn’t do anything. That I was not in control of anything happening around.
  • The world became colorless. There was a grey tone to everything.
  • Even in groups, I would be sitting there but not actually be there…
  • I would be fake laughing (which I have mastered) without knowing what is the point or why are they laughing?
  • There was a sickness I couldn’t get rid of.
  • I felt like I was going through an emotional drought.
  • There was an emptiness inside of me.

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But…

… some way in the middle of last year I told myself that enough was enough!

  • I took charge of the situation with the help of some ‘dear’ friends.
  • I started doing stuff.
  • I started meditating.
  • I started reading.
  • I started laughing and sometimes crying.
  • I slept more. Traveled a little.

And here I am…

Still Surviving.

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Oh! It felt so good.

Just venting out the feelings for the world.

Quotes from The Secret Letters by Robin Sharma

The Secret Letters from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma

My Review: 7/10

For me, It was A delightful read.

The books like these always tell you the things you know but in the way you don’t know…

This book tells the story of an engineer who wants to reach a higher level in his career but kind of neglecting the things around him. The story is about the journey he takes around the world to collect these letters for Julian (the monk who sold his Ferrari). The secret letters as mentioned in the title are the Talisman letters which contains wisdom and a wise outlook in life.

What I liked about this book is the 9 key message it give. These are:

1) The Power of Authenticity.

2) Embrace Your Fears.

3) Live With Kindness.

4) Make Small Daily Progress.

5) To Lead Your Best Life, Do Your Best Work.

6) Choose The Influences Well.

7) Life’s Simplest Pleasures Are Life’s Greatest Joys.

8) The Purpose Of Life Is To Love.

9) Stand For Something Bigger Than Yourself.

Buy it here:

Robin Sharma: Amazon.in: Kindle Store
Secret Letters : A Fable About Living Your Best Life from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Here are the quotes from the book:

  • One of the best gift we can give ourselves is to get rid of our excuses.
  • Things are seldom simple than what they appear to be.
  • Most of what we understand about people is just the surface stuff. That is a sad thing. But that is not the saddest thing, the saddest thing is that this is often all we understand about ourselves; that so often, we live our neighbor’s life, instead of our own.
  • Night hides many things but reveals others. Some things often looks magical at night but humdrum during the day. And yet both versions are equally real. I suppose that is why it is never a good idea to make quick judgments about things. It takes a long time to really get to know places, people, even ourselves.
  • We grow fearless by doing the things we fear. Doing things that frighten you make life less scary in the long run.
  • It doesn’t matter where you are going, just who you are becoming.
  • The rules that we have been raised with seem natural, obvious and even logical. It is not until we start seeing our behavior through the eyes of another culture that we begin to question it or to wonder.
  • Our daily behaviors broadcast our deepest believes.
  • People need Patience. People need to build things slowly, one brick at a time and as much as we would love to achieve things quickly, it is not the way our world works. Genius is a process.
  • Every big dream starts small.
  • If you don’t know the road ahead. Just concentrate on the steps before you. Slowly but surely you will figure out the next steps.
  • Small daily Improvements can lead to great things.
  • The tiniest of actions is always greater than the boldest of intentions.
  • The result always speak louder than the words.
  • There’s nothing like a little reality to make you re-calibrate your expectations.
  • The poor everywhere have fewer life choices. They can’t always enjoy the life’s simple things because they are working too hard to stave off hunger and suffering.
  • Lasting happiness comes from the size of our impact, not from the extent of our income.
  • Real fulfillment is the product of value we create and and contributions we made, not of the car we drive and the house we buy.
  • Self-worth is more important than net-worth.
  • The most powerful healing is anywhere people are. It isn’t confined to a place or time or a circumstance.
  • The best way to evaluate someone’s greatness is to look at the strength of the person’s influence on the generation that follow.
  • If we are truly interested in rising into rare air as human beings, instead of ‘what’s in it for me?’ we should be asking ‘what’s in it for the world?’
  • What we all need to do is look ahead 5 years to predict what things in our current life we will most regret. Then we must take actions today to prevent regrets from being realized.
  • You can’t move forward while looking back. And there is nothing you can do to change the past.

These are all the quotes my little mind could get this time. Hope you will learn something.

Happy Reading!

Buy it here:

Robin Sharma: Amazon.in: Kindle Store
Secret Letters : A Fable About Living Your Best Life from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Take the Leap for Future.

In life, time and again you will find yourself in the situation in which you will feel stuck between the devil and the deep sea. This article will help you at that particular moment. At that time everything seems far and you can’t think of anything to get yourself out of the situation. At that time, what you need to do is just take a few seconds of calmness, think clearly and then take the leap of faith with the faith in your dream. Because you are what your dream is, you are what you want to be. Think about that for a moment.

To achieve that something you have always cherished in your lived life to do in your life to come, you only have one option ahead of you. What you have to do is create your space, turn your ship in the direction you want it to go. Fight those tides, those adverse conditions and most importantly your emotions. Most of the people during the time of making their own way, go with the flow. But they didn’t realize that the flow is not going where you want to go. The flow will move you towards a more difficult direction and from that direction, your destination will seem farther than it ever was.

Never ever listen to others, sometimes not even your elders or the most experienced ones, if you don’t feel like it. Take the wisdom from them, utilize their knowledge and listen to their experience, but you don’t have to follow their experience. Because they and you are different and they don’t realize that now, they will once you show them. To succeed, you have to have your experiences. You have to have your own share of failures and disappointments. You have to learn things yourself. Figure out yourself what can you do more and what more is needed to reach the ultimate goal you are trying to achieve. That’s the best way and that’s the only way.

Make your own destiny. Only you can. Nobody else is going to move your ship, but you. You have to understand what works for you and what doesn’t. What I am trying to say is that we all have something special in us, we just have to find it, we just have to realize it.

And how will we find it?? By believing in ourselves and when you do, just follow your gut wherever it takes you. And trust me on this, it will not lead you to nowhere, it also needs food so it will never let you sleep hungry.

“We were born liberated, don’t put yourself in shackles now.”

Just make the jump, take the leap and do something for yourself different from others. Mark my words, you will be successful one day and happiness will always be there during the process and after. You just have to do what you desire the most. And you can do just by moving in the different direction and just by realizing your true inner passion.

Jai Hind 🇮🇳

It’s not going to be easy.

Most people start doing things with this notion in their mind that it is going to be easy. They will achieve what they want with the minimal efforts. Well, if you think like those people that you can fly through turbulence or sail through harsh waters without trying hard. Then my friend just ‘Forget about it.’ Don’t even think that it will come to you easily. What you have to do is feel the struggle, toil hard, get injured in the process, endure everything which is between you and your goal. This period of pain will be replaced by happiness one day. This period of turmoil will be replaced by success one day.

To realize your dream which you have dreamt sleeping last night, last month or last year; you have to change your mindset today, tomorrow and every day. Just make yourself believe that if it was easy, everyone will do it, everyone will reach the top. But you have to think that the top position is not reserved for everyone, it is for the people who grind, who make themselves believe that they have the courage enough to go for it and make it happen.

Without enduring the pain, you will not gain. But I can guarantee you that if you outlast every hurdle, every hardship and every blockage that comes your way; you will, one day, see the world from the top. And trust me on this, it is beautiful out there. It’s just one extra push, one extra problem, one extra step to go. Just keep pressing, just keep pushing yourself, just keep going forward. One day at a time, one step at a time. It was never going to be easy, it was supposed to be challenging. Embrace the pain. Don’t shy away from it. Then guess what… One day it will be your day. You will reach the point where you always wanted to reach.

Jai Hind 🇮🇳

I have noticed a thing that might help you

I have noticed a thing about myself that I am not that kind of person who believes in one idea. I keep on changing my views, my thoughts and my beliefs. And I now think that it’s a really good trait to have because if you are not changing then you are not growing, you are only standing still. It’s just a simple, natural phenomenon that still water started to stink after some time. Having only one thought for life, one idea for life is like still water, microorganisms will grow in it and it will become unsuitable to use.

So, try new things every day. Grow some experience about things, people and places. Meet new people. Travel around the world while you still can. If you ever feel stuck anywhere, move on, you are not a tree.

Jai Hind 🇮🇳

‘What I think’ about ‘What People Think’

People don’t know what you are feeling, how you are feeling or why you are feeling something. But all of them will have different-different analogies of the situation they think you are in. They think that they know you very well, actually more than you know yourself. Still, they feel that you are faking it.

Let them think that. You don’t have to prove anything to anyone. You know you are trying. You know that you are trying your ass off to get yourself out of the situation that you have put yourself in.
You only need to change your behavior. You may not know more things than the other guys, but you have known yourself more than everyone else. And you know that you are learning. You will always be learning, this will every day make you closer to your goal till the day you achieve it.

You desperately want to be there from where you can inspire people, from where you can touch lives, from where you can make your surroundings and your country a better place to live in. You might not have all the resources even as many as others might have, but you have your will power and you are willing to work hard for your goal. This and only this will help. This and only this will make you a better human being. You just have to know that you can.

Jai Hind 🇮🇳