With a heavy heart……to stomach !

I can not express my self better than above title. As festive season started, consumerism is at its peak. Millions of people life is depend on this season when buyer spend beyond his limits.

As every festival teach us compassion, human values, harmony and social traits, consumerism teaches us hard lesson.

Charity lies between these two sets – buyer and benefactor. My heart sunken when I came across a complex situation. A lady came to sell some soap products to my mother’s office. She was looking awfully sad.

When asked, she told us that she lives with charitable foundation for underprivileged women. She was in her late 50s and unmarried. Her eyesight was weak. Upon asking, she said that she need money for eye surgery.

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But the sad part was about to come. She requested my mother and her employees to buy at least one bottle of product. Many agreed and many denied politely. When asked about her constant request, she replied ,’I have to sell at least 30 bottles per day, only then I will get my dinner.’ started crying.

It moved me and rest of us. She said that many women like her are selling these products just to earn one time meal. They get only two sets of clothes for a year. And if someone wish to help them, have to give written details.

So we decided to buy some products. Few other people offered charity. But she denied and said if they will give in written only then she can accept. Honesty can live with humble.

Then we completed her day target. Offered her written charity. Hopefully for her eye surgery. Which left me sad……..speechless. Modern concept of charity became consumerism. Today people buy from heart and share with mind !! Hope it can be reversed !!

 

About tangled emotions…..

Came across beautiful lines by Keats and just see how we pamper complications !

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I Had A Dove

 

I had a dove and the sweet dove died ;

And I have thought it died of grieving :

O, what could it grieve for ? Its feet were tied ,

With a silken thread of my own hand’s weaving :

Sweet little red feet ! why should you die –

Why should you leave me, sweet bird! why ?

You liv’d alone in the forest -tree,

Why, pretty thing ! would you not live with me ?

I kiss’d you oft and gave you white pease ;

Why not live sweetly, as in the green trees ?

 

 

 

Rather Be Less Human…..

Mornings are always inspiring and made me wrote these random lines.

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Rather Be ‘Less Human’

I didn’t expect that butterflies should

have memories!

Why, such spirit should carry such burden,

but I know butterflies understand the touch.

Only if you have feel those colors,

holding your heart in hands.

I would rather be a bird and

collect some grass.

A bumblebee on lily,                                                                    Vintage Blue Birds

I will spend time with pond.

Like a purplerum,

will soak the sun.

I would rather be,

‘less human.’

Happiness is not HD…………….Diwali !

We are here again, festive season, warm lights and cool nights. Durga festival at its end and all are looking up to Diwali. For most of us this is about decorating our homes, buying new things, visiting temples and relatives and home-made delicacies. Crowd, all over.

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Last week I have been to one such venues of Durga festival. It was amazing and crowded. All possible entries to temple were blocked for any vehicles, only pedestrians allowed. Everyone was rushing to the venue and then to the long shopping spree along the road. There were more than thousands of vendors on street.

All the vendors were selling various things, from food to decorative and toys to apparel. Some of them were teenagers and some senior citizens. Every year I see a lady about 60 years of age, sitting at same place with one small table and a chair. She sits at corner and sells snacks.

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Some children were selling toys, some were selling fans and some were selling flutes. One man was writing names on rice grain and showing his skills. Others were selling beads and ribbons.

Those who were not selling anything, mostly of them buying few things. And many were just enjoying the crowd ! Yes, enjoying the rush !

Hence, I realized that there is an order in the chaos. An invisible order that is always presents during festival rush ! Season provides many business opportunities to all age groups. And also provides buying opportunities to all income groups.

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That invisible order which keeps everything at its place is the real prosperity. The real goddess of energy and growth reside in that crowd. Diwali is shopping phenomenon culturally. Even if you are not buying anything, you must be buying diyas and lights. But for millions it’s auspicious reason to buy gold, diamonds and precious gifts.

But does that sum up spirit of Laxmi ? shopping malls and jewelry brands ? Here crowd teaches us true spirit of Diwali. Everyone is buying something from 1rs. to 1crore, streets are full. Real spirit lies with that small vendor who with hope of profit sits around corner, selling plastic flowers. And when some spirited buyer like those plastic flowers, Diwali gets started.

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Prosperity lies with small but true things which gives you happiness to cherish and memories to pamper. Calculated EMI’s and extravaganza things takes away sheer bliss !! So next time when you going to buy that designer stuff, take a walk in crowd where happiness is spilling from pockets ! Remember happiness is not HD, it’s just happiness !!