27 September, 2008

Lunch Time photo

As I was walking around during my lunch hours, I came across few scenes. This one was strange. The guy inside the Vehicle was relaxing during his lunch break.

We live in this world, observe many things and enjoy them as well. Many cities have so much of life and we need to learn a lot from everyday's life in every town. In UK, I have observed in many public places, Gardens, walk paths there are few benches for people to relax. Though at many places the local council has provided them, there are few places where even the public have donated these benches in memory of certain things. While Iwas walking along a patway I saw atleast around 20 benches. Many of them were donated by men in memory of their dear wife, daughters in memory of their mothers, women in memory of their husbands, some clubs on occasion of their annual days. But I could hardly see any donated by sons in memory of their parents.

03 September, 2008

Mixture of thoughts

Sometimes certain thoughts flash into my mind. I get a weird feeling whether it is only me who think like this or would there be someone else who thinks the same way.

I would like to share few of my thoughts.

1) What is life all about? We are born, we grow, educate and earn, marry, rear children. We see many good and bad on the way. We get experienced and notice that world is changing. We try to compare the old and new days, generation, habits, music, culture and etc. Why? Is it all just the human way?

2) I feel of late, many people are turning to be selfish. Let it be your friends or relatives. Everyone cares only for their next. If there is a flood in Andhra Pradesh, a friend of mine calls me to know whether my relatives in Andhra Pradesh are fine. If there is an earthquake in Gujarat, relatives of mine are worried about my relatives who live in Gujarat. Why does ‘Me’ ‘My’ come first? Few years before when there was an earthquake in Gujarat, a relative of mine called me to know whether I have called my other relative in Gujarat and enquired their welfare. For me the concern is about everyone who lives in Gujarat. I did not call my relative. There was enormous pressure from other relatives on me. Finally before I made a decision to call, my relative from Gujarat called me and said not to worry.

3) During my recent journey I happened to meet a student who is originally from Iran, but studying in UK. He started responding to my smile and within few minutes we started exchanging lots of news. Out of all the information he shared, I was impressed by one. It seems when he was ready to start off to UK, his parents advised him to be careful in choosing friends and if at all he wanted to have a close friend they advised him to have from India rather from any other place. He asked whether I was surprised by this and I said ‘yes’. It seems Iranians, have high esteem on Indians.

4) I came across few people who shared their personal problems. It did not seem a problem for me at all. I made it very clear to those persons that it is only the way they perceive things. Many of us draw a circle and try to live within that circle without thinking anything out of the circle. The greatest drawback is our incapability in trying to put ourselves in other’s shoes and think. I feel many misunderstandings may not happen, if either of the parties could think that way. I would say few are incapable in trying to think from other’s shoes. The best way to overcome a problem is to think from different angles and draw a solution.

5) I have two other professionals sharing the house with me. On conversing with them, and also after experiencing with lots of youngsters, I feel that many of them in their early and late twenties are committing themselves into lots of long term financial commitments. I strongly feel they are not content with what they have, and get entangled into these sorts of investment trap. I could understand they are into too much of futuristic plans, but are not enjoying their presence. I recall my younger days in early twenties and late twenties time. We had our set of friends, we were not very rich, did have family commitments, but enjoyed our life to the full. I know an Indian couple, who always keep talking about ‘Money, Money’. In spite of both of them earning they moan a lot. According to them, because I do not moan they think I am very rich whereas on the contrary it is opposite. I just try to live happily and not worry too much about the future. That is my way of living. Everything will happen.

If one door closes, another door will open. I remember reading this quote somewhere “As soon as a child is born, he/she had his food ready in his/her mother’s breast.” So everything will happen for our good. There is no point in worrying too much and lose the precious present.

6) One of my close relative impressed me by one of his habit. He has stopped consuming milk. The reason was very impressive but difficult to follow. He explained how man, for his needs have domesticated animals. By nature a Cow secretes milk after giving birth to their younger ones. Man separates the young one and takes all those milk for his use. Many methods are being followed. I remember in my younger days, the milk man used to bring cows in front of houses to milk their cows and distribute milk. This was in India. I doubt whether this practice still exists. They used to allow the calf to suck the milk and then tie the calf to a nearby pole and allow the cow to lick the calf and he used to start milking the cow. My relative‘s explanation that no mother would like to be separated from their younger ones was very thought provocative. I would like to think a lot on this point.

7) Then we had discussion about recycling. We talked about plastic. I came across a Victorian life book. It seems in those days in Britain, people carried their cutleries wherever they went. Thinking about it now, it is so nice. Instead of using the plastic spoons, forks, I think this is a good idea. I remember many of my older relatives did the same and my mom till today would like to eat in her own plate and carry wherever she goes. Nowadays I feel very bad to use plastic covers, and we keep it a point to carry bags instead of taking their plastic carry bags. In case, if we happen to take it, we are trying our best to recycle them. The thoughtful supermarkets do accept their old plastic carry bags and take them to recycle them. It is high time that all should think very seriously about this. The reason for publishing this in my post is to see how many of the readers of this post, cares about this. I will be glad to know your views.

Note:- The pictures published in this post is of a park which is closer to my work. I walk here in the lunch time and take a break. The atmosphere is fantastic and I used to feel out of the world.