Monday, 25 June 2018

Look for a reason to smile #CountYourBlessings

"In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and - snap! - the job's a game!" - Mary Poppins

When Tom Sawyer got other boys to paint the fence for him, and made money out of it too, the secret was making the job fun. So, Mary Poppins certainly had that fact right.

From drinking milk to finishing the food, from cleaning the room to getting reading on time, from studying to helping in chores, I have many memories from my childhood, and then from my parenting days that corroborate Mary Poppins' shrewd words.

Do these words hold as true for the jobs that the grown-ups hold, is a point of contention now?
The important words to be noticed are 'must be done'. So, the message for each of us here is, if there is something in which you don't have a choice, look for the element of fun in it. There is bound to be something - the work itself, the ones you share it with, the reason that you are doing it - that would make you smile through it.

The bottom line - Smile.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Choose to live life #WriteBravely #LiveBravely

"The past can hurt. 
But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it" 
- Rafiki's wise words to Simba in The Lion King

You can either run from the past or learn from it.
Or maybe just accept it, and move on.

There are things one has no control over.

In the afternoon today, while driving for lunch with my family, I had stopped my car just before the pedestrian crossing at the traffic light.
Within a few seconds, other vehicles had passed mine to stop on the pedestrian crossing, or even farther up. 
Nothing new there. I experience it all the time.

And then a banner with faces of politicians - one big, multiple small - printed on it fell on my car.

Things fall on cars - I read about a crane falling and killing the driver of a car waiting at the traffic light.
One of the first things I heard this morning was about a midnight sprawl the night before that ended in the death of a 22-year-old.

That is what I thought of at that time. The uncertainty, that experience teaches us, is scary.

Learn from the past, yes.
Accept the fact that you have to choose not to be scared, even when you don't have control.

The past hurts. And it teaches.
Embrace it, with all its smiles and frowns.
And choose to live life.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Who watches Bigg Boss?

Who watches Big Boss?

I ask this question because it seems like hardly anyone I know says that they watch this show that made it to the Top 10 list of the most-watched Hindi Entertainment shows. So, no one I know, besides a couple of close relatives, who don't hide this fact (and me), watched Bigg Boss 11.

An acquaintance of mine recently told me about a male friend of hers who is on a quest to find a girl to tie the matrimonial knot with. She went on to passionately rant about how exasperated he is. One of the reasons for his not liking a female is if she watches Bigg Boss.
Now that this season is over, I was imagining this guy getting married in the next couple of months, and getting the shock of his life when, a few months later, his wife would be watching Bigg Boss every single night.

This rant continued to haunt me. The looking down on anyone who watches a Hindi TV serial, or God forbid, Bigg Boss seems extremely snobbish.
The English TV shows are great, I agree (at least, the few that I have watched). But does your choice of entertainment make you superior?

And who is watching it anyway, as I first asked? How many closet 'Bigg Boss watchers' am I surrounded by?

By the way, kids don't seem to have any issues in admitting that they watch it. My son (17) and daughter (12) tell me that it is one of the hot topics of discussion in the School Bus. They feel the need to be at least familiar with the contestants and the going-ons in the notorious house, so as not to feel left out.
Wrong, I know. The show is not for kids. But this is the reality that I face about this reality show.

Can we paint every single person who watches a particular TV show with the same brush, is really the question I am asking.