Sunday, 11 August 2019

When I Think Of You


When I think of you
I see your face when you were just a teen
Thoughts of you
Tell me I need you more than I let seen

When I think of you
There is a hidden smile on my lips
Thoughts of you
Bring a twist and shake in my hips

When I think of you
My arms miss your embrace
Thoughts of you
Make me miss your smiling face

When I think of you
I am both - happy and sad
Thoughts of you
Make me realise my love for you is not a fad

When I think of you
Hours can go by as time flies
Thoughts of you
Engulf me as earth is covered by the skies

When I think of you
Ba-boom ba-bump goes my heart
Thoughts of you
Cause my pulse to go off-the-chart

When I think of you
I smile endlessly
Thoughts of you
Complete the incomplete me


Sunday, 28 July 2019

Don't Follow Any Advice Blindly!



The 'one big question' that many seem to be asking is: "how do I become successful?"... in some cases, successful could be replaced with rich and in few cases the question could become that of being happy.

Think about it - who will be asking this question, and more importantly who is being asked? The former is likely to be someone who is generally unhappy and dissatisfied with her / his life, and the latter is likely to be someone who is considered to be successful / rich / happy by the person asking this question.

Following four trends can be observed in today's digitally social life:

  • The ever-persistent dissatisfaction with one's life continues to poke at us
  • This ever-persistent dissatisfaction gets multiplied many folds, leading to impatience
  • There is a lot more noise around us everywhere, all the time
  • There is easier access to supposedly successful people - also because they allow people to "follow" them in a digitally social way

Because of ease of access to successful people, and their willingness to share their life in digitally social manner - those who are not satisfied with their lives and feel there is an answer out there, just not with them, will ask the question! In a digitally social life, there isn't much time to understand the person asking the question. However, since there is a question there has to be an answer...how-much-so-ever ill-fitting it may be, as long as it sounds good.

Problem is not in the asking of the question, problem is actually two-fold. On one-hand the problem lies with the person answering the question, and on the other hand the problem is lies with the person asking the question.

Person answering the question with a cookie-cutter answer and advice is, in reality, doing more harm than good. Unfortunately, that's the usual approach. Let's look at some examples of cookie-cutter advice:
  • Follow your passion, money will follow
  • If you do what you love, it won't feel like work
  • Don't give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you
  • DON'T QUIT!!!
The advice to follow one's passion / do what you love misses a few basic factors - such as, does passion in a person come with talent...or, can the person get paid for passion alone - is there a market for that passion...or, is it even acceptable, legally and / or morally, to follow that passion. More importantly, this advice does not even begin to understand if the person seeking advice has any passions worth making a living from. It doesn't understand the biggest chunk of people who in reality either have no passions or have not found one yet!

Part of the problem lies with the person asking the question - why, you may ask...after all, this person has identified a problem and is seeking answers. What is so terribly wrong with that? The problem is in thinking there is an answer, which is only available with the ones who seem successful / rich / happy and this answer works without fail. 

There aren't many successful people who give any amount of credit to luck for their success on any digitally social platform. It seems most of the successful people are successful in spite of their luck, not because to it. The focus of reasons for their success unfailingly lies with their hard-work, their trust in their abilities, their following their passions and dreams and the fact that they didn't quit when all the chips were down. It is not for anyone to blame them to believe they made their success possible for themselves - after all they did everything mentioned above. 

Once again, the problem lies with the person asking the question to believe there is nothing more that goes into the cocktail of success. The person asking this question does not consider how many have failed on the way, how few have succeeded and why have only these few have succeeded. By asking the same question to those who have failed along the way, at the very least the person seeking answers would get to know some of the risks and pitfalls. 

The rags-to-riches story of many successful people makes it look possible and achievable, if only one could do what they did and somehow follow their foot-steps, then one day success / riches / happiness would be achieved.  However, the hard truth is...one could literally replicate exactly everything Steve Jobs did - but the results wouldn't create another Apple - well, even his close No.2 is struggling to replicate a small fraction of the magic.

The advice to "follow your passion", "don't give up on your dreams", "don't quit" are just statements. There is little doubt on the efficacy of these statements as motivational, but that's the extent - these are good & sound motivational statements. From advice sense,  however, these are half-baked and incomplete. These are not mantras of becoming successful or rich, or of attaining happiness. One may note here that it is not worth following any advice blindly!






Sunday, 21 July 2019

Why Are You Waiting?

Open your eyes...See!
Why are you waiting...
To be shown
To move.

Open your arms...Embrace!
Why are you waiting...
To help others
To hold.

Open your mouth...Speak!
Why are you waiting...
To say what needs be said
To say what's right.

Open your mind...Think!
Why are you waiting...
To be told
To be directed.

Open your heart...Feel!
Why are you waiting...
To be loved
To love.

Open yourself...Experience!
Why are you waiting...
To be with someone
To become someone.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

For As Long As I Have You


When I am beaten and broken,
When I can't move anymore,
When there is nothing else that I can do,

Life will still be worth fighting for,
For as long as I have you.

When I am lost,
When I there is no destination,
When it's dark and cloudy, can't see the sky-blue,

Life will still be worth fighting for,
For as long as I have you.

When my arms have no strength,
When my feet begin to give-up,
When there is nothing on me, not even a shoe,

Life will still be worth fighting for,
For as long as I have you.

When hunger comes calling,
When I haven't found food for days,
When water is nowhere in sight too,

Life will still be worth fighting for,
For as long as I have you.

When everything I have becomes irrelevant,
When everything I need becomes inaccessible,
When I won't get my due,

Life will still be worth fighting for,
For as long as I have you.

When the end is near,
When it is time to go,
When it is the moment true,

Life will still be worth fighting for,
For as long as I have you.
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Friday, 12 July 2019

You Are Not Alone



You are not alone,
Remember, I am still there with you!

If the day gets dark,
If you can’t see far ahead,
If you feel lost,
Remember, I am still there with you!

If there are no answers,
If there seems to be no ray of hope,
If there is endless dark-night,
Remember, I am still there with you!

If you get hit and are hurt,
If nothing goes your way,
If pressure begins to pin you down,
Remember, I am still there with you!

If you feel most alone,
If you can’t find anyone to lean on,
If you want to run-away but can’t,
Remember, I am still there with you!

If life gets difficult,
If you question “what’s all this for?”,
If your faith gets tested,
Remember, I am still there with you!

You are not alone, never alone,
You just got to remember, I am still there with you!

Sunday, 23 June 2019

The Constant Need


The constant need…
Is ruling over our thoughts and actions.

The constant need…
We are dazzled by shiny attractions.

The constant need to run...to chase,
We have no end in sight.

The constant need to prepare...to be ready,
We burn, on both-ends, our candle bright.

The constant need to get more...to be more,
We forget to take care, losing our mind.

The constant need to compare...to judge others,
We lose empathy, turning mentally blind.

The constant need…
Can it be controlled, can we stop?

The constant need…
Will we survive, will be come out on top?

The constant need to move forward...to get ahead,
We are okay taking short-cuts, seeing rules bend.

The constant need to be the smartest...the best,
We are convinced that means are justified by the end.

The constant need to improve...to become perfect,
We walk on the thin edge of a knife.

The constant need to fight...to always win,
We forget there is more to life.

The constant need…
We simply roll the dice.

The constant need…
Makes us pay a heavy price.


Sunday, 16 June 2019

For You, Dad!


On this Father's Day,
This poem is your gift, dad.
Thanks to you we have become friends,
This friendship is ironclad.

You and I might not always agree,
But I seek your approval always.
You and I are different individuals,
But you have inspired me, since my early days.

I don't share a lot with you,
And that's my fault.
I think I might not be that different from you,
You keep your emotions locked in a vault.

It is a God-given opportunity,
To be with you now.
You are such a rockstar, which I see today,
But never realised this before, somehow.

I might not show this often enough,
But I thank you.
I might not say this often enough,
But I love you.

You bring life, to life itself
Bringing joy where there is none.
You have made me who I am,
Proud to be your son.

Sunday, 9 June 2019

You Are Okay






It's okay...life is okay
You are okay

You may not feel so today
But that too is okay
You are still okay

You want more than you have
But that too is okay
You are still okay

You face a steep uphill climb
But that too is okay
You are still okay

You are low on confidence
But that too is okay
You are still okay

You struggle to see my point of view
But that too is okay
You are still okay

You still get up every day
That's what makes it okay
You are okay

You still fight everyday battles
That's what makes it okay
You are okay

You still hold your head high
That's what makes it okay
You are okay

You still find a reason to smile
That's what makes it okay
You are okay

You still haven't given up hope
That's what makes it okay
You are okay

It's okay...life is okay
You are okay