Friday, July 4, 2014

Re-Visiting My Childhood

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Ths is a post that needs no inspiration or motivation ,  however when both these are lacking  there is no dearth of reasons to procrastinate。Some times I blame the intellectual quotient or at other times it is either the place, mood, time zone…..or any other factor which has no relevance  to the delay but without hesitation  it doubles up as an excuse. IMG_9177
However all said and done if two factors are present i.e sincerity and focus then these can counter the very elements which suppress the creative output.  This can bring into focus things that go un-noticed when we are being humbled by an experience that sows seeds of gratitude within us.
Now before i go off the tangent into another orbit let me tell my learned readers that I am writing this topic having all the four factors in place. This was a result of a casual telephonic call to my school classmate Nirav who happened to invite me over for dinner which I readily accepted.
IMG_9178As the conversation continued the innovative mind of my childhood friend Nirav who is now a  successful stock broker and the owner of a company dealing in Shares saw an opportunity to invite all other classmates who live in his vicinity and probably meets them when ever he steps out of his house.  But as I live abroad he took advantage of this fact and gave an invitation to all our classmates saying that since I was in town after a long time  all of them could meet me over dinner at his place.
I really felt special like a celebrity however this feeling was my myopic vision but Nirav my friend has a larger perspective view but not larger than his heart who did not think twice when he invited almost 30 of our school mates.  At first it sounded and felt like just another invitation for dinner at a friends house.  But as the day approached, I saw Nirav’s post on the whatsapp group giving an open invitation to all other class mates i saw most of them confirm while few of them politely but reluctantly refused to come due to unavoidable circumstances.
The waiting period for that special evening finally came to an end and I found myself at Nirav’s doorstep 30 minutes too early much to the surprise of his wonderful family .  However in normal circumstances I would have been embarrassed but my approach to the whole situation was very different instead of feeling out of sorts I started a light conversation with his children who took to me like my own children.
His kids and I had a talk on various topics including my writing.  I was in the thick of things when It dawned on me that this was not a common affair………. I waited with a lot of patience for the  said time to come so that I could meet my childhood……. my past …my identity ……..my roots ……. my bearings …my classmates ..My Umbilical Connections…..yes the people whom I was to meet that night were not merely my friends but were a part of me who had migrated in life but they were My Umbilical Connection.  A connection so deep that it has defined me as a person.  It was all about sharing a bit of every one of us……..thats why i call them My Umbilical Connections.
As the August crowd started gathering in the wonderfully lit house of Nirav which had all shades of pale yellow and to contrast it some of the furniture were in bright red which set the theme for the evening echoing the sentiment that it was the same contrasting feeling  when I left my umbilical connections thirty three years ago to meet again at the NIRAVS.
Each one of my friends arrived one by one.  With each arrival my mind would go into a turbo search mode and believe me I recognised each one them comparing them with the child in school uniform some times this middle aged mind struggled to Tag each face with a name.
The girls from my class almost equalled the number of boys who had all come to revisit the past.  All of my friends had come on the pretext of having a sumptuous dinner but the truth was that all of   them had come to revisit their childhood and visit they did!!!
The evening stretched late into the night with all My Umbilical Connections having a great evening back slapping reliving the golden age but like all good things have a short shelf life.  All my friends had come with a child within them.  As soon as the clock started screaming that it was almost midnight the child within each one of us slowly moved on and the actual social locus standee in each one of us came to the fore…..a la… some playing the role of father, boss, mother, mother in law, grand parents….its unbelievable how wonderful life is. 
Thank you Nirav and family for being a catalyst in bringing all my Little Angels together and making me realise that they are My Umbilical Connections !!!!
By blogger Jags

Saturday, June 28, 2014

HOPE, FAITH & TRUST

All good things in life are not by sheer coincidence

But they are a result of faith, hope and trust in life

When the above three are lacking then things seem to go wrong

But like every dark cloud has a silver lining

Every thing in life happens for something good

So never lose hope, faith and trust in life.

By blogger.... JAGS

Monday, May 5, 2014

Where Angels Tread On “WhatsApp”


This write-up is triggered by the effect of reading the chat history  of whatsapp messenger.  I am talking particularly of a group chat ….. yes a very special group …….. “ and it is aptly named after my alumni ‘' Little Angels High School”
The group of around 40 alumni members of my batch who passed out in 1981. I read the names of each individual in the group with the corresponding mobile numbers, my mind starts groping into my memory bank which is not made up of bytes or kilobytes and need not be defragmented for better performance.  All  I have to do is simply go down the memory lane of this wonderful life and look for the milestones. 
After tracing back thirty three years I find these innocent, adolescent faces.  The only exercise this middle aged mind has to do is tag these faces with a name chosen from the group info of this platform called Whatsapp. messenger.
As soon as the name matches with the corresponding face …….. I get transported back in time living those wonderful moments of an era which was devoid of any technological advancement.
A realisation then creeps in slowly like we all  creeped into the class-room  ever so slowly without attracting the tutors attention (be it a“Indira teacher”  or a “Rao sir”) whenever we were  short of being punctual …… a realisation that we were really happy then even though we did not have mobile phones, laptops or an ipad neither were we connected by internet which is now indispensible.
Yes what we had was the  virtue of being innocent at that age where all the friends were friends irrespective of the monetary considerations, caste, ethnicity religion, social standing and family background.  There was a sense of oneness, harmony, belonging where any one could throw diplomacy out of the window and bluntly tell the other on the face whatever he felt deep inside……I mean the relations were more than being honest.
Now as I silently read the transcript of the whatsapp chat I am pleasantly surprised that though the faces have weathered the age, the mind of each individual has matured by virtue of the experience gained.  I realise a lot of water has flown under the bridge when in particular I was given pearls of wisdom by my captain on some issues during a personal chat.
But a point I want to bring to the fore here i.e keeping in spirit of an old saying viz:  “There is little bit of a child in every grown up man”  This whatsapp Alumni group is such a forum where all grown ups put off their guard and become children again…. in other forums this kind of behavior would have been frowned upon and would have been labeled as childish. 
A senior finance  manager and probably head of so many divisions of company in the USA…. I have not bothered to find out his designation  or progress he has made because Sundar happens to have a beginning not only parallel to me but also has a common starting point.  In his words as he has very rightly described this group as “here we are again joined at the hip”…. what wonderful way of describing the proximity in just a single sentence. 
Now coming back to this wonderful platform Whatsapp, though the digital technology has many advantages my approach has been more apprehensive than being open towards the effects of the digital technology on the sensitivity of the human beings. 
I think it is because I belong to the analog era  and I also possess the virtue witnessing the  sublime transition from the analog to the digital world which is making progress by leaps and bounds.
The basis of todays write up is the application of the digital technology.  Here it has been creatively applied to form such a wonderful platform which dissolves all the distances and melts all time zones to bring together  all the Angels from all over the world on a common platform …. thank you so much whatsapp for making my heart sing …. “Under the banner of our school, we wow to display…….. shouting aloud……that we are so proud….. little angels to be!!!!!!!
By Blogger Jags

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Beautiful Desire

Divine like the beautiful flowers
Innocent like the beautiful straight nose ever so delicate.
Integrity like the beautiful high cheek bone
Effeminate like the beautiful silhouette  against the fading sunlight
Desirous like the solitary strand of hair  on the beautiful bright face
Sensuous like the fire which rises within this mortal being .
Mirage like the thought of you soaked in desire.
Curious like the beauty of the unexplored anatomy.
Lusty like places  higher than can be
Deep like the  valleys as beautiful as can be
Imagination Like  the untamed horses.
Divine like the  look in those beautiful eyes.
Serene Like the ebb which subsides after a storm
.like...the.......ebb....after...storm
By jags

Monday, March 3, 2014

Sachin…Sachin!!!

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This is the way his fans chanted whenever he came out to bat…… I have taken up writing on this man as I had been requested by my school cricket captain Hitesh Shukla(of yester years) and dear friend to write on Sachin.
I have been toying with this idea myself to write on a man who is beyond compare not only in his cricketing skills but in everything he has done. Nevertheless I thank Hitesh for asking me to write on a legend in fact it is a pleasure but not easy to write on an encyclopedia. I refer to him as an encyclopedia because of the vastness of his achievements’ not only as a player but also as a human being. Before I continue I must thank my captain Hitesh who lead our school side very well and continues his role as a captain even today as he very politely directed me to write on "The Encyclopedia" Sachin.
This I would say is the abstract side of cricket i.e we still continue to play this wonderful game of cricket (though we are well past that age atleast on paper) but not on the 22 yard turf but here by analyzing an Encyclopedia who is so vast in his achievements but not bigger than the game itself which I am sure even Sachin will readily agree.
Now as I continue my thoughts are very clear much in contrast to the dark sky which is patiently waiting for the break of dawn. The other contrasting aspect is the temperature which has woken up the thermometer  from 3 degree celsius to the comfort zone of 15 degree Celsius. My ever so fickle mind will not rejoice but instead is dwelling on the hot topic on hand “Sachin”.
One thought has just entered the grey area of my being and I let it stay because I fully agree with it, i.e one of the reason Sachin is head and shoulder above all other cricketing greats is he never thought that he is bigger than the game itself. The way he has conducted himself shows that he is with a sense of gratitude towards the game which gave him a platform to perform and excel. He never took the game for granted.
The philosophy with which he has carried forward his career really amazes me.  He listened to the voice of his calling. During an interview he was asked what he thinks of his vast fortune and fame he promptly replied…”I just go out and enjoy my batting and rest everything follows”.  I think this summarizes it all.  
It is something like this when you carry out a task because you enjoy doing it then obviously there is focus, sincerity, honing of the latent skill …….. which ultimately crystallizes into the best skill in business.
Before commencing this write up I was just going through the statistics of Sachin’s achievements with an idea of including them in this write up. However I realized two things…..
  1. It is certainly mind boggling
  2. It could fill up another volume.
This prompts me against including them in this writeup. Moreover it is futile to write on something which is common knowledge so I decide to write on a unexplored area and that according to me would be what makes a person like Sachin tick…… why is Sachin ….. SACHIN TENDULKAR a man synonymous with success. Why is he so different from others.  Why is it that inspite of being so talented other cricketers are not at par with him.  Infact what other cricketing greats have said about Sachin is on record and is as follows:
 
  1. I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to play, and she looked at him on Television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two... his compactness, technique, stroke production... it all seemed to gel………Sir Donald Bradman
  2. In terms of technique and compactness, Tendulkar is the best……….Desmond Haynes
  3. He is 99.5 per cent perfect. I'd pay to see him………Viv Richards
  4. Technically he stands out as the best because of his ability to increase the pace at will………….David Boon
  5. There is no shame being beaten by such a great player, Sachin is perhaps only next to the Don…….Steve Waugh
  6. Sachin is cricket’s god……….Barry Richards
  7. India's fortune will depend on how many runs the little champion scores. There is no doubt Tendulkar is the real thing………Sunil Gavaskar
  8. A complete batsman — he's the best in the business………..Mohinder Amarnath
  9. Sachin is an attacker. He has much more power than Sunny. He wants to be the one to set the pace. He has to be on top. That's the buzz about him…….Jeff Thompson
  10. If I've to bowl to Sachin, I'll bowl with my helmet on. He hits the ball so hard……..Dennis Lillee
  11. You take Don Bradman away and he is next up I reckon……..Steve Waugh
  12. Don't bowl him bad balls, he hits the good ones for fours……..Michael Kasprowicz
  13. Hell, if he had stayed, even at 11 an over he would have got it……..Allan Border (after India won the Coca-Cola cup in Sharjah)
  14. He is a perfectly balanced batsman and knows perfectly well when to attack and when to play defensive cricket. He has developed the ability to treat bowlers all over the world with contempt and can destroy any attack with utmost ease……..Greg Chappell
  15. I'd like to see him go out and bat one day with a stump. I tell you he'd do okay………GregChappell
  16. He's a phenomenon. We have to be switched on when he plays allow him no boundries, for then he doesn't stop……Mark Taylor
  17. Tendulkar is the most complete batsman I have stood behind. I saw the hundred in Perth on a bouncy pitch with Hughes, McDermott and Whitney gunning for him – he only had 60-odd when No 11 came in. I've seen him against Warne too………Ian Healy
  18. I still think Tendulkar is the best batsmen in the world, ahead of Steve Waugh and Lara…….Glenn McGrath
  19. There's no doubt about it. He is the best……..Tony Grieg
  20. Technically, you can't fault Sachin. Seam or spin, fast or slow nothing is a problem……Geoffrey Boycott
  21. A little genius. Reminds me of Sunny Gavaskar……Keith Fletcher
  22. Cricketers like Sachin come once in a lifetime and I am privileged he played in my time……..Wasim Akram
  23. While I keep hoping he gets out, I must admit that his stroke play is a treat to watch…….Mark Waugh
  24. I have seen God. He bats at number 4 for India……Mathew Hayden
  25. You have to watch India in India truly to appreciate the pressure that Sachin Tendulkar is under every time he bats. Outside grounds, people wait until he goes in before paying to enter. They seem to want a wicket to fall even though it is their own side that will suffer…….Shane Warne
  26. You have to decide for yourself whether you're bowling well or not. He's going to hit you for fours and sixes anyway. Kasprowicz has a superior story. During the Bangalore Test, frustrated, he went to Dennis Lillee and asked, 'Mate, do you see any weaknesses?' Lillee replied, 'No Michael, as long as you walk off with your pride, that's all you can do…….Shane Warne
  27. I'll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six. He was unstoppable. I don't think anyone, apart from Don Bradman, is in the same class as Sachin Tendulkar. He is just an amazing player…….Shane Warne
  28. His shot selection is superb, he just lines you up and can make you look very silly. Everything is right in his technique and judgment. There isn't a fault there. He is also a lovely guy, and over the years I’ve enjoyed some interesting chats with him………Allan Donald
  29. First and foremost, Tendulkar is an entertainer and that for me is as important factor as any fact or figure. Too often boring players have been pushed forward as great by figures alone. For sheer entertainment, he will keep cricket alive…….Barry Richards
  30. Sachin is a genius. I’m a mere mortal……Brian Lara
  31. The thing I admire most about this man is his poise. The way he moves, elegantly without ever looking out of place in any condition or company, suggests his pedigree……Bishan Singh Bedi
  32. Among all the celebrity that I have served Sachin is the only celebrity who leaves the toilet absolutely clean and fresh after use on flights and his behaviour is like a perfect gentleman…………….Airhostess on JetAir(as told to me)
These are comments from names which need no introduction, However the most relevant and the best one is at the last  which reflects how Sachin has conducted himself  as human being. 
I am sure no other player in the world of cricket  could evoke such reactions from other great players.  One difference between Sachin and the others could be the perception of success.  Now talking of Success…according to me more than the resultant success the journey to achieve the target is more relevant and that reflects in Sachin’s long career.
It is common knowledge that there is no substitute for sincerity but dedication is a must. These are two sides of a coin which are needed to achieve the targets successfully.
As I take this write-up further I would like to give my view on these two aspects i.e there is a very thin line which differentiates sincerity from dedication. Sincerity as I see is in-borne quality of an individual wherein he is true to whatever he says and does while dedication is always connected to a cause like in the case of Sachin it is the game which he loved so much.
Sincerity is an unconditional aspect but dedication always has a reason. Consider any task on hand  which is backed by only one of the two aspect then the results are there but not to the extent which Sachin achieved. Here we can say that sincerity is a scaler quantity and dedication is the vector which has quantity and also has direction. So when both come together the result is exponential in magnitude and there for all to see.
All the above mentioned names possess either of the two virtues but Sachin possess both and that is why he is the god of cricket.
I want quote an example of his sincerity and dedication. The world witnessed it. Sachin lost his father during the world cup in 1999. He travelled half the world to attend the funeral of his father in Mumbai. He could have chosen to be with his family but he was back again in the team after two days to attend to the call of duty for his country.  To come back in the face of such  huge personal loss and score a century  is the mark of a real man which only reflects his sincerity and dedication.
India has produced two little masters Sachin and Sunil Gavaskar whose achievements put together is virtually beyond any human reach. But at this point in time I am forced to compare the two little masters whose wickets were considered very valuable till the last day of their international cricket career.  
Sachin’s hunger to score runs of every ball needed improvisation of strokes. In the mid nineties  Sachin used the reverse sweep with devastating effect.  He must have scored atleast a 1000 runs using the reverse sweep so effectively against the likes of  Shane Warne and others.
The point noteworthy of both the players have been their focus and determination both have played and scored tons against the best attacks of their era. Though the technique of both batsman have been the best in the game but for me as far as the technicality of the game is concerned Sunil Gavaskar’s compactness, the copy book straight bat, the high elbow pointing towards sky as he stood upright with only the bat in between his face and the blistering bouncer of Malcom Marshall cannot be forgotten.
The way Sunny negotiated the bouncers from a Denis Lillee, a Collin croft or a Jeff Thomson was a sight I cannot forget. The ever so little sway of his head as he moved it away from the line of the ball without moving his body and watching the ball till it reached the gloves of a Rod Marsh or a Jeffery Dujon spoke about the arrogant confidence he had in his technique so much so that he never wore an helmet which the batsman of this era consider mandatory.
Till date I have never seen any batsmen display such confidence but nothing to take away from the two greats both of them achieved records of most runs scored by any batsman at their time but the only difference between the two being that there was a tint of brashness in Sunny which prompted him to mince no words when he felt things were being done unfairly.
In contrast Sachin only let his bat do the talking. You would never see Sachin ripping his shirt off as a show of defiance a la Saurav Ganguly after the Natwest victory. Instead he would let his bat do the talking. What comes to mind is the world cup match where an animated Shoaib Akhtar was dispatched for a six in between point and thirdman of the fourth delivery of the world cup one day international . This six was immediately after a display of aggressive body language by the tear away fast bowler. Later on Virendra Shewag took the cue and gave some rough treatment to Akhtar.  Sachin’s presence in the middle always rubbed on to the other team mates which also motivated them to push their performance a notch up.
I have never seen frustration get to Sachin except for an isolated incident when the stand in captain Rahul Dravid declared the innings when Sachin was `on 194 in Multan which would have been his 4th  double century. Later in the TV interview for the first time God showed that he had a human element as well when he expressed his frustration by using politically right words and just gave a mild reaction saying “ he was indeed surprised by captains decision to declare.”
As I continue to write on Sachin  I realise that I have been writing in tandem for the last two days and though my friend my captain Hitesh had asked me to be brief but the man in question is so simple and a genuine human being that writing even a brief write up ends up being lengthy.  However inspite of having so many cricketing virtues, Sachin  possesses all the virtues required to be  good human being.  Sachin has been through all testing times including the match fixing controversy in which India lost half its team and other teams were Pakistan and South Africa but Sachin’s name did not feature in any controversy because he is certainly above all these petty things .
One passing thought which comes to mind which I had penned down a few months ago.
NO ONE CAN CHANGE DESTINY
NO ONE CAN WRITE YOU OFF
IF YOU ARE DETERMINED WITH NOBLE INTENTION
THEN DESTINY WILL CHANGE ITSELF FOR YOU
AND SUCCESS WILL BE YOURS…..
 
Ofcourse Sachin was destined to be great and very rightly so he is ……. for me  the greatest player and to top it........ a even better human being.  I appeal to all the legends out there not to be-little this little man who has achieved so much  so that his fans consider him as God of cricket. 
How can the learned legends refer to God as “perhaps only next to The Don”.  ….. We must remember that Sachin holds most of the records a batsman can think of.  He has kept the staticians busy by forging new records every series he has played and probably holds the record of having the highest number of records any cricketer has to his name.  How can we justify that just because the Don holds the highest average in test cricket he is the best.  We must remember that if The Don had played as many matches as Sachin in all probability the Law Of Averages would have caught up with him and his average would definitely dip down.  Moreover no player has lasted as long as Sachin with a career spanning 24 years and being at the top speaks volumes of his mental and physical fitness.
However greats from different era cannot be compared but the only yard stick should be the actual records and not averages.  Records are definite and can be measured but averages are notional and subjective. 
With due respect to The Don, let God take his place as the supreme and let Don take his own position.  Afterall.people only remember how we behaved with them as a human long after we are gone despite our stupendous achievements which only reflects the power of creativity and pales in magnitude against the human element.
 
By Blogger Jags
with inputs from www.google.com and motivation by my captain Hitesh Shukla

































Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Time Stood Still

Days turn into weeks
Weeks turn into months

Months turn into years


This is how life slips by
while we all put down our heads
To convert work into money 


AND misconceive that
Money will turn into happiness 

We ignore the most important 

thing our creativity,which can turn around
 everything including work into
 pleasure and pleasure into money.

Whereas conversely we spend our whole 

life in a futile attempt to convert money into pleasure 
which is too far fetched and time just slips by

By Jags

Saturday, February 15, 2014

So What??



The topic written by me today is sure to make my readers sit up and think.  The name itself may give the readers an impression that this write-up reflects defensive overtures or conversely  if I put myself in the shoes of  my readers I start feeling that this topic may give an impression that I am in a confessional frame of mind.

My thoughts have got nothing to do with what others  may perceive.  My  journey through this wonderful life has been like a curious little child sitting on the seashore and picking up curious shells at random…… some very beautiful, some distorted while some look  dirty and some still functioning like a shelter for sea life.  I am convinced that life teaches us with every passing moment, sometimes through good experience and sometimes through bad experience but irrespective of the kind of experience the resultant outcome is always positive. How much we take out of every  experience is totally dependent on our attitude.

Taking a cue on the importance of attitude I turn my focus to the topic on hand which is defined by two small words…. Words which prompt us into thinking that this also could be an attitude.  If these words translate into attitude to the right extent then things could change around.  I say this because when seen through a right perspective this kind of attitude questions our own limitations.  These limitations are a result of challenges life throws at us at every step.

I have seen resilience creep back into people when faced with un-surmountable challenges just by bringing in the “so what” attitude.  I have been experimenting with this attitude for a while now but what convinced me more than anything to write on this topic was the effect it had on one my engineers who was facing family problems.   

He was on the verge of tears and was about to tender his resignation. I asked him one basic question so what?…….you have got issues……. so what??  What stops you from doing the things that matter??   The moment he was faced with a question so blunt…….. yet a question that cut through his apprehensions with razor sharp precision.  He realised that everything we see and experience in life `are too insignificant when compared with life itself……so I am also prompted to ask my readers so what??  if we have some limitations .........life doesn’t end there …. Life doesn’t cease to exist……. It’s all about asking yourself “SO WHAT” and see a beginning of a new beginning!!

By Blogger Jags

Saturday, January 18, 2014

One step ahead and slip a few back

This is a topic which I have been waiting to write.  But time and again I procrastinate as other things take precedence over this topic. 

This is must write topic for me.  Today en-route the airport there is the usual hustle and bustle.  I see people in a rush to reach the airport ….. sometimes when we see someone in a rush to make it on time ….. the human mind switches to a judgmental mode and we start thinking why cant these people plan when the fight schedule is frozen long back….. we forget at that moment that life is so unpredictable and throws challenges at us at every step which even the airlines who have a fixed schedule cannot escape.  

It makes us more determined to be better planned…. to bring about a change in the way we think…… the way we organize …. To have better techniques…to have better technology all to ultimately face the challenges of life.  More often than not we succeed but what we don’t understand is we fail to draw a line to what extent we must use technology.

To take this topic further …… I continue to write.

I was patiently waiting for the metro train to take me to the airport in this small but beautiful place Hongkong.  As is very common here most of the cities have the metro stations which exit into the airports….. as my mind was busy on the instant messenger in my smart phone…my undivided attention was disturbed by a very noisy group which was a mixture and could be distinguished on two counts i.e adults and children both male and female.  But what struck me distinctly was the dialect which was not only familiar but very close to my heart.

The spoken language of this group was definitely Marathi and that too spoken in a tone and style which confirmed that they were from the same place as me.  But the uproar these people had created had brought the whole station alive …. No they were not shouting, fighting or protesting but were laughing much in the same way we see characters in cartoons…. Only short of ROFL…. (For those who are not updated the full form is “Rolling on the floor and laughing”).  

I was amused and my inquisitiveness got the better of me.  Trying to find out what on the earth were these people enjoying so much when majority of the population did not find any other option other than digging themselves deep in the smart-phones on some pretext or the other and that included me.

I noticed and could interpolate from their talk that some part of the group had exhausted the prepaid card balance used for paying the metro services.  Not knowing where to go in the nick of time to refill the prepaid card they decided on dual entry through the narrow electronic gates which open only when presented with a valid ticket or an prepaid card.  

It was a very funny sight to see adults some of them overweight trying to squeeze through the small gates while one tiny child held back the electronically operated gate as if hanging on for dear life.  The only thing common among them was their laughter which was equal in intensity despite the difference in size.

The laughter continued much after the whole group had exited out on the limited prepaid cards they had......... but the enjoyment was unlimited.  Though they were on the wrong side of law there was no malafide intent only a tint of impishness but better sense prevailed when I guided some of the responsible men in the group to where the prepaid cards could be validated…

I was forced to reluctantly leave the group as the metro train arrived while the group waited for their prepaid cards to be validated. My attention was brought back to my waiting smart-phone as it relentlessly kept buzzing indicating that some messages had arrived.  But unknowingly I put my phone back in my pocket.

My mind had been shaken out of the comfort zone thinking why….why..... I could not laugh my heart out…like those people who were........may be not so techno savvy like the rest of the world.......but they still had the virtue of laughing their heart out.. My luggage was filled with gadgets that are supposed to make life easy…but where was the laughter .......... all we have been left with..... are emoticons which have replaced this human virtue…. I realized that this whole generation is missing out on the human element thinking we are  technology. 

Technology is a function of our creativity and not vice a versa.  It is a mere tool which we have to use without killing our sensitivity and creativity.  We have to keep both these virtues intact so that there is positive progress and we do not slip a few steps back while taking a step ahead.  So friends let us not become slaves….. let us enjoy freedom as complete humans and that is sustainable progress,


By blogger  Jags

PASSING THOUGHTS

IF YOU ARE COURAGEOUS WHEN YOU HAVE NOTHING

IT IS MORE THAN HAVING EVERYTHING

By blogger:  Jags