The Year of Pandemic has been My Year of An Absolute Enlightenment. The year which Made me realize the Difference between NEED and WANT.
The priorities in life before pandemic might have been Materialistic….but the Entire materialist world Collapsed bringing the The Real ME in forefront struggling to cope up with Real Meaning of Life !
Stories around this period telling us the Strength of the Character of Some Beautiful People who Helped Migrants reach their Villages, Langars in Gurdwara, Iron Lady taking Care of Numerous Dogs…But Most Importantly The Frontline Medical Warriors reminding us of any warfare on our borders.. Absolute Respect and Salute !!!
These Moments made Me realize what should be My Aspirations, Want and Immediate Need for my Soul because Mortality is Time Bound not to be taken for Granted but to be Cherished Every moment…Keeping the same Thought in Mind ,I Choose to be Happy Every moment Going Forward;
HAPPINESS @YOU !!!
LAYING DOWN IN THE CORONEOUS CAGE SURROUNDED BY SUFFOCATING MATERIALISTIC WORLD,I KEPT ENVISAGING THE INDOMITABLE FLIGHT OF THE MAJESTIC EAGLE !
THE KICK,THE JOY AND HAPPINESS HAD A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PARADIGM THOUGHT,THE MERE ESSENCE OF BEING ALIVE BROUGHT MY SENCES TO THE CORE !
THE FIRST BUDDING OF FLOWERS IN SPRING WITH DEWS DROPS,THE SMELL OF THE EARTH IN THE FIRST MONSOON RAIN…THE DRINK WITH DAD APOLOGISING THE CHILHOOD MISTAKE,TELLING MOM THAT I STILL LOVE HER FAVORITE DISH AND ON EVERY MOMENT SAYING “I LOVE YOU” TO YOUR BELOVED ONES…IS THE SUBTLE KEY TO MY HAPPINESS WHATEVER THE WORLD SAYS SO !!!
LISTENING TO THE COUNTRY MUSIC,CRYING IN “SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE”,KIDS HITTING ME FOR A HOME RUN,VISITING FAMILY IN NOIDA AND FARIDABAD ENJOYING KAROEKE,PARENTS NOT ONLY RUNNING MARATHON IN CHANDIGARH BUT WINNING TAMBOLO WITH FRIENDS,MISSING THE YEAR OF ABSOLUTE ABSTINENCE BUT THEM BEING GREAT…IS THE KEY TO MY HAPPINESS WHATEVER THE WORLD SAYS SO !!!
I CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY WHENEVER THE CLOUDS GET DARKER AND MERKIER,I CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY WHENEVER DISSAPOINTMENTS AND FAILURE KNOCKS ME DOWN.
HAPPINESS WOULD BE MY ELIXIR IN THE ETERNAL QUEST OF HUMANLY LIFE,HAPPINESS IS MY DAILY TROPHY IN MY DAILY DEFEATS AND VICTORIES……………………………………………………………………..
AS I CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY FROM TODAY AND ALWAYS BEFORE I DIE…BEACAUSE I WANT TO LIVE BEFORE I DIE ETERNALLY !!!!
With Bone Chilling Unknown Invisible Enemy at Doorstep,
Paranoid, Hysterical Humans Caged to Uncertain Future;
Hopelessly Hopeful for the Treasured Elixir of Saving lives ,
Chasing the freedom of Blue Skies in the open arms of Nature.
Life had come full circle in the lap of My Mother, My creator,
Her Selfless, Endless love Always felt in her Warm tight Hug ;
Creating the best Immunity Shield with her soft weak arms,
Mother’s Love can defeat the Mightiest of the Eerie Enemies.
Gloomy Unknown fears vaporised into the thick Optimist Air
Life rejuvenated with Vaccinated Elixir of Mother‘s Tight Hug;
With the spirit of A Trojan Warrior, I was ready to Conquer All,
No enemy seemed Mightier, I was no longer Vulnerable
She is My Shadow, She is My Creator, She is My Mother…………………………………And I am her whole Universe!!!
I reached home early as The PM was going to address the Nation on his favorite slot,8 pm, The Slot made famous by his Demonetization Speech few years back. Being An Orator of Extraordinary abilities, he had made everyone glued to the television sets before the scheduled time.
Entire world was engulfed in an unprecedented situation arising Out of the pandemic caused by the Dreaded Corona Virus “COVID 19” and India was looking on face to the dreaded monster. PM started with his usual charisma and then used the dreaded word “LOCKDOWN”. By saying “The entire Country has to Lockdown for next 21 days to avoid the community transmission”…and Then Extended it by few more weeks.
All Across the Globe,There were Two sets of News going around .In one Set of News,We heard Many People Going Into depression,Domestic Violence cases getting Increased,People Committing Suicide for silliest of the reasons like unavailability of Alcohol…and Off course , Home ladies without shopping and servants getting paranoid with Lockdown.
In the Other Set of News,People are completely transforming their lives,Someone running a marathon in his balcony in Italy,Lady Driving 1400 Kms to Bring her Son back, 103 year old lady surviving COVID 19,Mother Nature Healing herself,Wild Animals and Birds in human domain,Pollution level to the lowest and The Most Important Thing….. The Value of Life and Freedom!
The meaning of Success…Doesn’t lie in Big Homes with Swimming Pools,Exorbitant Cars,Fatty Bank Balance and Many More MATERIALISTIC pleasures but Seeing Our Family Hale and Heart and Enjoying lives with us…That is the real Success we have in the Lock down.
This Lock down Gives us Ample Opportunity to Utilize the ME Time which we Bragged about but couldn’t find in the Dog Eat dog,Busy Being Busy world.It is one of the most Unique and Rare Opportunity in disguise that we are going to talk about till we survive.
Here are Few of My Thoughts and Take Aways to Come Out this Lock down as A winner and a Gainer;
- This Time gives Us Opportunity to Spend the Most precious Time of Our lives with Our Most loved ones…Unfortunately ,Not all have their families around and Spending Time Either Without their Kids,Parents Or Spouses.
- Realizing The Thankless Job Our Mothers,Sister and Wives Have been Doing for Years in Keeping the family Together and Doing all the Household Jobs…Their is Pure Respect and Standing Salute to them.
- Working on Health with Right Food and Exercises …. Becoming Healthier without excuse of No Time.
- Growing Professional Skillets by Enrolling on Online Courses and Reading…which will pay Rich dividends once lock down open.
- Pursuing Our Passions…Which we couldn’t do due to Traffic jams and endless time on road.
- Stress being the Biggest Villain Nowadays is Somewhat Put to Rest but Genuine Concern and Solution Approach Is the key.
Life is Precious but Life with Freedom and Health is the Most Valuable Treasure God has given us.Humans Will value Nature more and Appreciate the Freedom of each Individual.
The Biggest Loss in the End is IF we come out on the Other side of this Unchanged and Not Filled with Gratitude.
LOCKDOWN…The word created a sence of fear and anxiety among most of us. Everything had come to standstill …Life seemed to be a cage in a circus while surfing the News channels.
One of these Channels was showing how most of the people involved in helping Carona patients were getting ostracized by many in our societies. Doctors,Nurses, Airhostess were either asked to vacate their rented accommodation or some sort of social boycott was taking place. This News brought all my anxieties and Fear to rest while making me realise that these Carona Warriors are putting their lives at risk to make one of us stay alive.All across the globe these Warriors are involved in round the clock shifts like soldiers involved in a combat operations on the border for Us..Yes !Many of them have contacted the disease and more worse have laid down their lives fighting for the cause “US”.
They are Not Only Our Superheroes but will regard to give them status of Living Gods .. Sharing my Thoughts on them in my latest poem in hindi for them called “Ye Mere Khuda”;
Laash Ke upar Laashein,Har pal chut ti saasein,Tham Gai hai Zindagi…Kahan hai Ye Khuda,kab tak karu Bandagi;
Har band hoti hui saans aur maa ki roti hui aankh ne ye badnaseeb lamha banaya;
Mandir Band,Masjid Band..Aaj pehli baar khud ko Akela aur bahut tanha paya.
Najrein Saaf ki toh tej Roshni mein, safed libaas mein ek messiah chala aya;
Tyag, Tapasya aur balidaan dekar Mandir aur Masjid se nikal aya.
Jo na milein Ibaadat gahon mein,Aaj jung lad rahein hai desh ke har haspatalon mein.
Hum Inka aabhaar kaise chukayenge ,Sochne mein majboor hoon;
Shat Shat Naman karta hun kyunki apne ghar mein baitha,Aap sab se bahut dur hoon!
Thats my small tribute to the Unsung Corona warriors!
Life is An Amazing Quiz Master and more answers I have been finding,The Questions are getting Tougher with every next level. Quite early in my life ,Dad taught me that glass is always full and I still believe him and will always remember.
I have been an eternal optimist since my childhood and always believed that miracles happen…Last ball sixers,Rags to Riches, Good over evil and Fairies coming with Santa to reward for all the Good work.
Corona Virus (COVID 19) came to my notice seriously in the last week of Feb 20..Till then like few friends of mine I was also thinking that this is as normal virus and far away from Me, Family, Colleagues, State and Country. Then Suddenly,A senior colleague of mine mentioned about his Son studying in Italy and the City of Lombardy suddenly bombarded with Corona Virus patients.
That day Onwards,I was glued to various news across the globe and how rapidly it was engulfing the Globe..One by One around 3 lac people got infected,11000 have died.Stories from countries like China, Italy, Iran,Spain,US and many others made me believe that’s It’s not them but Us all humans are fighting a Mutant Virus.
This Virus C19 had a very strange characteristics that amazed me;
1.It Never Distinguished Between Caste ,Creed, Religion, Color, Country.
2.It Showed us the true meaning of “Vasudev Kutubhkam”..Within months it was all across the globe in 160 plus countries
3.It attacked the Elderlies and people with weak Immunities..Many times whom we also forget in our hectic day today lives.
4.It suddenly brought end to all the Wars, Fightings,Weapon race,Global warming,Trade wars…and mere superiority complex of humans and countries to their knees.
Seeing the Glass half full from my Father’s eyes,I would say when this pandemic ends(Miracles happen) and we have vaccine for C19,The world might become a better place for all of us and our children to live…But Humans hardly learn from their mistakes.Eventough,With my Strongest desire for this pandemic to end,World must see the these Wonderful Changes with learnings;
1) We are fortunate to get birth as Humans and we should all work together for better future again without caste,Creed , Religion and countries.
2)Our Families , Elderlies and people’ with weak Immunities need special care and time..Give them Before it’s too late
3)Fight our shortcomings, Jealousies,failures,diseases, illiteracy, poverty not each other..Life is short and too fragile to waste.
4)We should and must respect mother nature and not play with it..She knows to get back to us with her Tsunamis, earthquakes, Viruses..Let’s live in lap of mother nature with scientific approach.
Last but not the least,Let’s obey the guildlines to win against the C19 who will not come to your home if you don’t go out to meet him..Has Stupid Human Ego ,You know😉!
Thanks for joining me!
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton