Stop. Feel. Live.

I must agree that the last few weeks have taken a toll on me. Sleepless nights, project completions, burning deadlines, presentations, exams and life in general.
I am assuming that is a common man’s definition of being ‘stressed’.

So yesterday, I was all sleepy and slow, and I realized how fast everyone else was. Everyday!
Maybe I took a couple of seconds more to get the cash out of my wallet to pay the rickshaw-waala when I saw him make a face. I was waiting at station, waiting for my train to arrive and I couldn’t help noticing all those passing by. Someone was busy shouting over the phone, someone engaged in an animated conversation with a friend, someone listening to music and rushing to climb the bridge, hordes of people climbing down the bridge, numerous passengers walking in to station and so many people walking out. So many people, so many lives. Yet none of them bothered to look up. Neither of them saw the trains or each other. Each of them just looked down and walked. Rushed, to live their busy lives.

Ah! I was a little slower than the rest as far boarding the train was concerned. But I bet I felt someone push me in. Maybe I was a bit slow in getting off, but that was enough for the ladies behind to push me and make their way out fast! Time was indeed precious, wasn’t it? And here I always wondered what difference a couple of seconds would make to anyone’s life.

It was yesterday that I really thought about how our city is often addressed as the city that never sleeps. Well, maybe it doesn’t breathe either!
Given a chance, our idea of the best birthday gift would be an off from work, to constantly pray to God to give us longer days & shorter nights and to hope against hope that we’ll be robotic enough and never miss our daily train!


We’re all in a hurry. All the time. We rush to sleep late at night, hurry once we wake up, run to college, then rush to office, then finish our work in haste and then we try and rush out of office as fast as we can, run to catch the train to be able to reach home on time, hurry to the best seat in the bus so that we can read that book we’ve wanted to read all day long, rush through dinner because we want to complete our assignments, hurry with the assignments because we want to watch that favorite TV show and then rush to sleep again because we have to haste through another long day!

Moreover, I think  we’ve become so used to the rush, the haste and the hurry that we don’t even mind missing out on some of the most intricate and beautiful moments of life. Moments that will never come back to us again. Moments, that we will only wish we had lived a little longer. Moments that we will wish we had lived at all.

Maybe we need to stop worrying about when we’ll reach office or when we’ll leave. We need to stop thinking about the long day that awaits us or the pending work.
Maybe we just need to cherish all the little joys that we so easily overlook. Maybe we need to just live life as it comes. It’s OK to miss a train or two sometimes, isn’t it? It’s OK to bunk work and go for a movie instead.
Maybe we just need to do what we FEEL like. Maybe we need to spend some time figuring ourselves out and not the train schedules. Maybe we just need to stop, feel and live.

PS : This was just a random thought. I felt like penning it down. So I did!

PPS : I plan to follow this post with a poem (which is currently half written.) I felt the poem would make a lot more sense after reading this post. Hoping to finish writing it soon and I hope you liked this post!


Happy birthday!

Just the other day I was walking to office, trying to think of an appropriate gift
Something, just something I prayed for, to have my spirits lift.
Finding a gift is certainly the most difficult task
My confusion and helplessness, I sure couldn’t mask

Walking by, a few wise men I came across
I thought I should ask them, what would be the most appropriate gift for my dear boss.
Walking towards them, I made my way
Finally, there was some chance, of making special the 60th birthday!

“What is your idea of the perfect birthday gift?”, I asked each one
“Can you think of a gift that can be elegant, useful and yet some fun?”
I had raised an important query, I couldn’t help but feel
But wasn’t I looking out for a gift that was no less than ideal?

I’d give him the gift of courage and strength, the first gentleman promptly replied!
To do not what is easy, but always what is right.

I would bless him with hope, you know, another one said a bit slow
To be able to face all problems, and still the seeds of knowledge sow.

The power of love is everything, the third wise man said very clear.
To be able to always wipe that silent tear!

Well, what’s life without a bit of luck? The fourth man said as a matter of fact
Destiny’s account can but obviously be hacked!

Happiness is the ultimate gift dear child, the fifth wise man opined.
Won’t it be nice to leave all grief, sadness and discontent behind?

Each of the wise gentlemen had a point, I had to agree
Why then did I feel like I was still lost at sea?
I’d have to make up my mind soon enough, oh yes, I knew.
Just then, an amazing idea, right into my head flew.

Yes! strength and courage he needed enough.
Putting up with all our clumsy reports was obviously tough!

Hope is something with which he could definitely make do
The man hours won’t decrease just out of the blue!

The gift of love is very good,
To approve all our leaves.. And never be in a bad mood!

Yes, luck he will need. He will need a lot.
To eat all the chocolates and sweets, and still not get caught!

Happiness is one of the most important norms!
All of it we would like to see on our appraisal forms!

Here’s wishing you a happy birthday, dear sir.
We hope you have many many more!
Your feedback on these gifts we would definitely like to know.
No feedback forms, no hesitation.Your appreciation you can directly on our salaries show 😛