Uncertainties of Life

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASorry if the visual is disturbing but the mind keeps wavering to what happened suddenly. Yesterday at 1845 I got a call from my wifey who had spoken to me barely ten minutes ago. As is typical of me, I blew up at her as I was just wrapping up the last few things at the office. She then conveyed to me the news that left me numb. Her aunt, Tejalkaki had passed away as short while ago at 1825 following a massive attack. To say that I was shocked would have been an understatement. She was barely 52 or 53! And we had met only last Friday ie 5 days ago when she had invited us for an upcoming celebration in the family and now you hear she is no more. Gosh how uncertain is this life. Just can’t get over this. May God rest her soul in peace.

Powerful dialogue from The Amazing Spiderman 2

The_Amazing_Spiderman_2_posterI haven’t watched the movie but someone sent me a mail on what he took away from the movie. And believe me I was floored too. Very very profound. According to the mail I received, one of the characters after graduation made this speech:

“I know that we all think we’re immortal, we’re supposed to feel that way, we’re graduating. The future is and should be bright, but, like our brief four years in high school, what makes life valuable is that it doesn’t last forever, what makes it precious is that it ends. I know that now more than ever. And I say it today of all days to remind us that time is luck. So don’t waste it living someone else’s life, make yours count for something. Fight for what matters to you, no matter what. Because even if you fall short, what better way is there to live?”

12 Ways To Turn Your Life Around In 12 Months Or Less

Worth reading….

12 Ways To Turn Your Life Around In 12 Months Or Less

7 Cardinal Rules In Life Everyone Should Know About

Thanks to Kiran Rao for sharing this link.

7 Cardinal Rules In Life Everyone Should Know About

Possible to condense life lessons in an hour?

 

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Last night, my friend Nitin Sheth posted this image on Facebook and the question posed was intriguing indeed.

For me the answer was a no brainer as I would want to have that conversation with Kavya. Complete peace and tranquility around, no cell phone ringing (or checking mail or Facebook or Twitter or such), no tablet even though I am writing this on my tablet:-)

Father Daughter

What would I want to tell her?
  • Pursue YOUR dreams and not what we as parents or anyone else want you to do
  • Never give up in anything you pursue. Life will have stumbling blocks but you need to get up, dust yourself and move on
  • Don’t neglect education. You will always be learning in the journey of life but formal education helps you understand these lessons.
  • Your life partner will be your partner for life so think before you agree whether we are there or not
  • Select your friends carefully. They are your lifeline for the future
  • Never neglect your health.
  • Material possessions are as the name suggests material. You came in empty-handed and you will leave that way. But make a difference however insignificant you may think it is. Remember “To the world, you maybe one person but to one person you may be the world.”
  • Wherever I am, I will always love you.
The list goes on….
So many things to tell her and all of it in just one hour? This post sure stirs something deep. Time for both father and daughter to step out leaving all other means of communication behind and just have a heart to heart talk.

Reblog: 15 Random Acts of Kindness That Take Less Than 5 Minutes

Here is the link to the original post.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful 2014 so far! I wanted to share with you some simple random acts of kindness that everyone has time for. All of the suggestions below take less than 5 minutes! I hope to knock these all out in less than a week. Are you with me?

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Are you going to do any of these random acts of kindness? Do you have another random act of kindness that isn’t on the list? Let me know in the comments!

A fight for life!

blackQuite a title for a post and the image too shows the frame of mind too. Right now, nothing else comes to mind. My Kaki, Pushpakaki is battling for survival since the past 9 days. She was admitted last Saturday with breathlessness and was then put on oxygen. On Friday, November 30th in the evening she was put on ventilator and is right now in the ICU. Her kidneys are considerably weak  given the fact that she had great difficulty in passing urine but now that problem is not so much as she has been able to fend it off. Her breathing problem however continues. Surely not easy it is for the immediate family and us the extended family. She has always been a very lively person and will always be indebted to her for her staying with us in the end of 1983 for a month when my parents were in the US for my Dad’s bypass surgery. She started calling me Peettan affectionately from then and would always chide me for my long talks on the phone with Parin at 9.30 every night.

Even when we met her after Diwali (18th November), she was so much full of vigour that she insisted we sit and talk and we had a gala time till maybe half past midnight. No one ever left the house hungry. She always ensured everyone was fed well and even at 10.30 in the night she would ensure some food went into everyone’s stomach. She told me on that day too that had I informed her in advance she would have made the Tomato Omelette Sandwich which I love. A cricket fan, she would watch matches and enjoy. Life dealt with her unfairly as my younger cousin brother passed away in a tragic accident and then my Kaka followed by my elder cousin who battled cancer. She stood there like a rock ensuring that everyone held their nerve in tough times like these. On 30th afternoon when we were there she made it a point to mention that an upcoming marriage in the house should go on as scheduled. Tears well in the eyes of all but all we can do is stand and watch as she battles for her life. May God do what is best for her. Honestly, it is difficult to see a loved one so much in pain.