Walk, Don’t Look Back

Walk, Walk, don’t look back,

Lift your steps, don’t just drag,

Fall, lie down, crawl if it demands,

But don’t lose sight of your flag.

See a tunnel? Find the light,

Ignite a spark, build your own fire,

Let your faith guide you right,

Let go of what you desire.

Come out to the world,

Show what you’ve been working on,

See, feel, admire, accept,

Let nothing stop you, keep moving on!

I’m Not Done!

When places are filled,

With so much fun,

And we live each moment,

As if again it won’t come,

With memories overflowing,

And experiences like other none,

I leave this beautiful place,

But I’m not done!

I’ve roamed around places,

Seen incredible structural assets,

But nothing matches the beauty,

Of the colourful evening sunsets,

Adventures at their best,

There are still many more to come,

But I shall not rest,

Because I’m not done!

Perseverance – The Journey Towards Success

Perseverance – The Journey Towards Success

Success has no timeline. You can’t decide at what point of your journey, you will succeed or fail. Of course, you can choose the nature of your course you will be walking on, but you can’t be certain of at what exact moment you will achieve the result of your efforts. For example, a racer wins a race by crossing the finish line first and yes, we can say that he succeeded. But this is just one of the hundred attempts he has made where he had not failed. If you look at his timeline, the racer who crossed the finish line first didn’t start his race the same day. He had been practicing and trying to win since last few months or maybe years, and during all that time he might have failed many times. For him, winning the race that day was a success. And the efforts he has been making throughout his journey despite all the difficulties and downfalls showed his perseverance worked out in the right direction – a direction that leads towards success.

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In the journey towards success, there are many stages, and with each progressing stage, you learn something from the previous ones. One should know that there is a thin line between ‘perseverance’ and ‘trying hard’. Imagine hitting a nail with a hammer. If you just keep hitting the nail with hammer, you are just trying hard to push it into the wooden block. But if you position the nail properly and hit the nail in a strategic direction, you are trying hard but in a proper way this time. The second way demonstrates the act of perseverance, where you are aware of the direction and skill and then you make effort towards success. To bring your imagination alive, you need to practice but in the right direction. Only being persistent won’t matter, you need to be clear about what is it that you are being persistent for! Otherwise, giving up is yet whole another story. Only when you walk the road of perseverance, your timeline will become a success story.

An act of motivation

It’s fun to write down stuff going on in your mind for long. And gathering ideas and suggestions from readers is yet another part of the fun and learning. But sometimes, when the fun of writing is backed by a genuine cause, the context becomes more real. A few weeks ago, a friend of mine called me and asked me to write a story, actually a success story, for the wonderful initiative she has been administrating, planning and running with the help of some of her colleagues, friends and volunteers. This was titled as ‘Blanket Donation Drive’ under the tagline of ‘Ride for a Cause’. It was to be written as if she herself is telling the story about how a simple act of kindness and giving became a great success and gave her a feeling of wholeness within. I’m sharing the original write-up with you. I hope you like it and be motivated by it.

The Warmth in Their Smiles

When I was a little girl, my parents used to tell me that it is the fate of the people that governs if they will live in poverty or abundance. Some people say it’s their Karma (things they did in the past) of that makes them who or what they are today! I believed them then but today when I have seen the world myself, through my awakened eyes, I realized how wrong I was! Their Karma and their fate may or may not be in their hands, but what we do for them is clearly a matter of our choices. Therefore, I decided to step forward and start an initiative where we could help the helpless and unfortunates who are either struck by bad fate or pushed down by their own Karma of the past deeds. This initiative titled as “Ride for a Cause” is the first one of many that has become a success story on a much bigger scale than the rest.

Under the tagline of “Ride for a Cause”, the first initiative, named the ‘Blanket Donation Drive’, was launched by ForU Foundation and supported by NowFloats Technologies Pvt Ltd. and Bolt, with the intention of helping homeless people, who struggle to survive in such chilling winter, by facilitating them with blankets. The motive was to distribute blankets to homeless people sleeping in the streets, footpaths, bus stops, railway stations and roadside. Volunteers came forward to help. Some of them donated the money for buying blankets, some of them volunteered for riding through the town for distribution of blankets, and some volunteered for both, adding up to a total of 44 participants.

The journey started on 7th December at Driven Cafe – Gachibowli, where we all assembled and discussed the routes to be followed, important guidelines, safety measures, emergency contacts and other details. We left Driven Cafe at 8:30 pm and covered 4 routes with following checkpoints:

  1. Driven cafe – Kondapur – Cyber Towers – Madhapur Police Station – Jubilee Hills check post – Starbucks coffee – Ram’s Dosa House (Route R1)
  2. Driven cafe – Biodiversity Complex – Toli Chowki – Indian Oil Petrol Bunk – Nampally Railway Station – Ram’s Dosa House (Route R2)
  3. Driven cafe – Meridian School Madhapur – Borabanda – Yousufguda – Begumpet – Somajiguda – Nagarjuna Circle Road, Punjagutta – Ram’s Dosa House (Route R3)
  4. Driven cafe – Kondapur – Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University – Moosapet – Sanjeeva Reddy Nagar – Yousufguda Checkpost Bus Stop – Harley-Davidson – Ram’s Dosa House (Route R4)

The participants were excited and showed great enthusiasm throughout the journey. We distributed over 200 blankets which means over 200 homeless people were saved from merciless winter that day onward. Although this might look like a simple act but the impact it will have on their life and ours will be quite significant.

Finally, after covering all these routes distributing blankets along the way, we reached the closing point – Ram’s Dosa House. Since there were many riders and different routes took different times to cover, the riders returned in batches at different timings. At Ram’s Dosa House, we had some food and refreshments after which we proceeded for a short video session involving taking suggestions and feedback from the participants. After refreshments, now it was time to put our energy on display with a flash mob dance just outside the Ram’s Dosa House, which actually turned out to be great fun! Finally, we captured the beautiful moments in our cameras, mobiles and on the canvas of our minds, whose barriers were recently broken down with the motivation and desire to do something great!

Throughout the journey, everyone around was delighted to witness this act of kindness and giving happening around them. One may think that the homeless people who received blankets must be the happiest ones that day but you won’t believe if I tell you that I was even happier than them. It gave me so much relief and a sense of completion like never before. When you become the reason for a smile on someone’s face, it’s priceless.

This Christmas, we became the Santa for those hundreds of unfortunate souls who haven’t witnessed the warmth of love in a long time. Be it donating blankets, providing shelter, facilitating food and resources or simply planning something for a cause, ForU will never be hesitant to take the first step! 

At last, I would like to thank all the participants, planners, co-planners, donors, contributors, and everyone who helped me with little but important things, for making this initiative a great success for all of us.

We end this chapter now with the hope to start a new one for the ones in need. Let’s end this with these beautiful lines:

“I was given breath, I only wasted it,

I was given death, I only tasted it,

And when I was about to leave out of pain,

The warmth of their love made me live again!”

© Written by Varun K. Sharma

 

YOU ARE NOT YOUR TAGS

YOU ARE NOT YOUR TAGS
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The False Identity!

Remember those old college days,

Those jokes, pranks and silly gags,

Friends together going for class,

With empty notebooks and sagging bags,

You were young, you were free,

To decide what you wanted to be,

Life was smooth, there were no lags,

Back then, you were not your tags!

And today at work,

If you look around,

Thousands of necks,

Tags hanging around,

Is it your identity,

Or just a card with your name,

Do you feel proud showing it,

Or do you feel it lame,

To wave it around,

At every gate,

This little thing decides,

If you are early or late.

You are not your degree,

You are not your tag,

And of your scores and figures,

Never should you brag,

You are more than yourself,

You are part and whole,

You don’t need those tags,

To feed your soul!

A Race With Time

When it comes to friends, family and the ones we love, we all have one common experience – time flies faster when we are with them. We always wish we had more time to spend with them. But in another scenario, if we are sitting in a boring lecture, we keep looking at the watch waiting for lecture to end soon. Why is it that time appears to be speed up and down depending upon the situation we are in? Obviously, all the watches we look at, aren’t defective. Then how does this happen?Well, our watch is perfectly fine and the pace of time is also constant. The only thing that changes is how we perceive time. When we are spending quality time with our friends, we intend time to never end so soon. There are different kind of perceptions:

“This time will end sooner or later”

We already accept the limitation of time but want it to end not any sooner. So, we plant this idea in our mind that time is really not enough and we will fall short of it sooner or later. This idea itself makes us feel short of time, although we might actually have enough. So, it feels like time flies faster.

And when we are doing something we don’t like doing, we keep waiting for time to end soon and when it doesn’t, it feels like the end is too far away and won’t come so easy. The idea is further refined when we keep looking at the watch every 5 mins expecting that it’s 10 mins past. So, here time seems to be slower than usual.

“Quality time doesn’t need to be tracked”

We don’t want to keep track of time when we are having fun. We tell ourselves that we don’t need to look at our watches while we are having fun. So, even if we notice the time on our watch, it will be after a long while, which means not that frequent. For example, after 1 pm, we look at the watch directly at 4 pm and wonder how long it has been but seemed so short.
Contrary to that, if we are stuck in some boring task, we will notice that we will want to know the time more frequently. That’s because we want that boring activity to end soon, so we make sure we keep track of time more frequently in order to make sure that when it ends, we don’t have to sit any longer and leave. Here, time seems to crawl slower than normal.

“Judging from past and worrying about future”

The time spent well with the best people in our lives is the treasure no one should let go. Sometimes, we look at our past and judge that the time we are about to spend will fall short and therefore, cancel our plans. Sometimes, we are too worried about the limitations, like reaching back home before 11, that we fail to cherish the wonderful moments we had together. These kind of thoughts limit our understanding of time and makes us lose track of actual time we spent. So, it seems faster or slower based on our perception.

So what exactly happens to time? Is it really constant? Well, we are not quite certain about that yet and it’s a concept little challenging to explain. So let’s keep that discussion for some other time. For now, the only thing we must keep in mind is that when we spend time with our loved ones, we should keep our watches away and be in that moment, making memories, stories, wishes, dreams, and ideas together.

Thanks for your valuable time 😉

Through My Eyes

Look around, what do you see?

Through your observant eyes,

Does the world seem real,

Or walking in disguise?

What do you think rules the world?

Is it love or ego or neither if these?

Do you see hope, perseverence, success,

Or failure, betrayal, and injustice?

What do you see in their eyes?

A story, a cry, a smile or pain?

That which you hear wouldn’t stand by,

But that which you see will always remain.

Now sew the world through my eyes,

The giggles aloud, and the silent cries,

There’s good, there’s bad,

There’s yin, there’s yang,

The songs of life, about joy and sorrow,

Everyone has sang,

There’s beauty, there’s hope,

There are those who survive,

And even those who can’t cope,

See the world though my eyes,

There’s magic, there’s adventure,

And every turn ahead hold a surprise.

Open you eyes,

Have a look around,

The treasure you have been looking for,

Has already been found!