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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !!
Recently I encountered harsh reality of life which is uncertainty. We all swim through this feeling for our entire life but sometime high waves of unprecedented things shake us. Then we realize that life is more than what we assume.
When career calls, we run like crazy. When relationship stalls, we go down. Most of time money makes us forget all things. That one tiny thought which keep lingering in mind, stays there forever. A wish to do something for someone, a desire to overcome own desires, an idea to grow that rose in your garden and an attempt to take care of something which is beyond your arms !
We keep abandoning that one good thought which tickles our heart time to time. And when life shakes us , we pamper that thought. If there is anything, however small, insignificant it might seem but which makes you feel beyond self, do it.
If you wish to say sorry or thank you to a stranger or a friend, say it. If you wish to pray for someone, do it – He is listening. It’s good to see real you in the mirror sometime and hate that bad person. It’s not a sin to be greedy for love and happiness.
Carrying the baggage of old papers and junkyard is a great things ! You are taking care of memories. Until few days I asked myself what was stopping me for years? answer was nothing ! May be being calculative is good for business but it makes life stagnant. Don’t look around because some might be winning gold, some conquering Everest, some dying nameless and some living in misery ! You don’t belong to either of them.
You need not to conquer Everest to make worth of it. One good thought that will create good is worth for life ! Remember some heroes also died nameless and some frauds have won real Gold ! So don’t put yourself in any mold, make you own. Higher goal is not name or fame. Sooner or later goodness will call you and then you will have no regrets !
I was willing to write about this since a year and finally I collected some courage. Its nothing personal but something that inevitable. Something that each one of us will face someday. Something that faced by many of us. And something that many of us living with each day.
I have been taught not argue with elders and that’s been part of my culture. On a human level we connected to many people on daily basis and get disconnected easily. Most of us find that connection in social media these days. School, office, home, neighbors, travelers are other similar scenarios of real interaction.
Well, couple of such encounters I have been through with my good old neighbors. Both of them were pretty old fellows like grandpa who remind us that they have seen more seasons than us. One of them was like stubborn child who repeat same mistakes regularly. Our entire neighborhood was surrender to this old man who used to pick up flowers each morning from people’s home.
He used to do hour-long prayers. So one day I said to him please keep some flowers for us when he marched towards my Hibiscus tree. And he said ‘sure you been kind, people are rude with me’. Well, some people are less kind
Other fellow was no less than first one. Each morning when my newspaper came to my home this old man use to collect it from my gate and read it ! I didn’t get in argument with him ! Again don’t wish to start mornings on a bad note !
Both of them taught me one thing ! Being lively, being sensitive and being human beyond our fake lives of identities and formalities ! Now both of them died in last fifteen months and I have realized that thank God for my values ! Society and civilized worlds create barrier between people instead of making bridge between folks !
What’s the point in arguing for a flower or a newspaper ? A human being is connecting with you on regular basis and all you need is ability to understand that. Frankly, I miss those stubborn old people who approached me with confident that they will get their expectation fulfill ! It’s a great little thing if people expect from you and you can offer them faith !!