Happiness is having a father who stands with you and support you no matter what you do. Who is always forgiving & kind. Who can fight the world for you. Who thinks about your happiness way much more than you could ever think.
Who goes with you in your wedding shopping and handles all your tantrums poliety & calmly. Who spends hours buying accessories & sarees for you. Who cries in happiness when you finalize your wedding lehenga. Who keep reminding you how special you are to him.
Who takes you to road trips every year.Who encourage you to take solo trips and explore the world on your own. Who trust you unconditionally and gives you wings to fly high.
Who always break stereotypes of society for your sake and respect. Who you can share all your secrets and weaknesses with. Who spends hours talking to you when you are confused. Who scolds you when you do wrong but pampers you the next moment seeing tears in your eyes. Who is simply amazing and most awesome father ever. Who you can simply can write a book about…
P.S : Who always gives you his credit cards and never complains about long bills 🙂
We are super proud to have you as our father papa.
“We all are human, with a common goal to be happy”.
Vaishno Devi Mandir is a famous Hindu temple. It is the home of Vaishno Devi Mata, who is believed to be the incarnation of the Hindu goddess, Durga Mata. It is located at the Trikuta Mountains in Jammu and Kashmir, India. Katra,a small town in J&K, is the base station. The temple is 13.5 km from there. One can walk all the way ahead, or take ponies, or get into ‘paalkhis’, operated by 4 persons. Helicopter services are also available up to Sanjichhat, which is 9.5 km from Katra.
It was our first family trip to that Mandir. To have the best experience, we decided to try out all the options available. We took a helicopter ride in the morning to reach Sanjichhat, and walked the remaining distance. After having darshan of mataji, we walked half way down, and then hired ponies and paalkhis to get back to the hotel.
We started our journey at around 8:00 AM in the morning and got back by 12:00 midnight, the same day. Those sixteen hours were magical.
I could relate that journey to our journey of life. As we were walking our way ahead towards the temple along with thousands of other people, I noticed, everyone was walking at their own pace.
Every individual had made their own decision. Few preferred stairs to pathways. Few intentionally chose the longer route instead of taking any shortcuts. Few decided to take frequent breaks in between to experience the beauty around. Few had a goal to walk straight and then take rest at the top. Everyone had a different story. But finally they would reach.
There was no competition; instead everyone was helping and motivating each other. Everyone was singing and dancing in joy, sharing their stories, food and laughter with each other.
When I sat down to think what made it possible, an insight came.
May be it’s because we all had one goal. To get the darshan of Mataji.
We all had one single designation. Devotee of Mataji, irrespective of our caste, skin color, social status, education, etc.
We all knew, sooner or later, we would also have the same darshan. We all knew, there is no going back and we will surely reach to the top.
Isn’t the same principle applicable to our life? We all have our own story and our own journey to fulfil. Aren’t we all having a single goal in our life, and that is to be happy?
Few people had started earlier, taking the path and decisions that made them reach their goal earlier. Few are still stuck in the way, finding their way ahead. Many have not started yet, and are in the planning phase. And yet there are few, who don’t fall under any of these. It’s completely ok to be at any stage. Indeed, this is what makes life beautiful.
At the end, we all are human beings with a single goal to be happy. Let’s help and motivate each other to move forward. Let’s look beyond caste, colour, success and status. Let’s not judge the ones, we feel are lagging behind in life. We don’t know their journey and story. And how does it matter anyway? No matter where we are today, no matter how unfair life seems today, and no matter what people are saying, we will all reach the goal one day.
“AJ kuch Tufani karte hain “ said a 10 year old boy when I asked him, why you drink soft drinks. I know, it’s not good for my health but I drink it as it is cool to drink them.I feel like doing something toofani just thinking of it now. Who told you this, I asked. The advertisement & the Salman Khan.You know didi, I am big fan of him. My God, I just love him.
“I want a Yo-Yo life and be cool like Ranveer”said a second year MBA Student. What Ranveer and soft drink has to do each other, I asked. Oh, don’t you know Ranveer is the brand ambassador of Pepsi now. I think it is cool to drink it. I love Ranveer and is a big fan of him. If he is endorsing the brand, then there must be something good about it.
I drink it whenever, I get it for free , Said a company employee. I know it’s not good for my health butfree ki tho banti hain ( I have to drink the free one). Free ? Where can you get it for free, I asked ? Oh.. “Cokenawazi “. Have you not seen the new ad of Deepika Padukone.She has set a new trend. We now offer coke to our guest. Whenever I am at my friends house or at a party, drink ample of it. This is the culture these days Pratibha. You must watch that Ad. It’s a good one.
Ahha…We all fall into the same trap. No one mentioned about the taste, the ingredients, the price, the ill effect of it on our health but they remembered the stars behind them. One of my friend said it rightly, they don’t sell the products but sell the dream behind it. I wonder, how much they consume it themselves ?
But more than what they do, I feel pity about ourselves. Why we don’t think ? Why we just follow them blindly ? I mean why we fall into this trap ? We know ,it is not good for our health. We know it is just just sugar. We know it contains carcinogenic contents. We know it is not good for our health and many more things. But we still just drink it ? Why ?
“When the Center for Environmental Health released test results showing that Pepsi intentionally covered up the presence of high levels of 4-Mel in its popular soft drinks in 2013, the company denied both the presence of this chemical in its beverages and the fact that it was dangerous. 4-Mel, which is short for 4-Methylimidazole, is a compound that is formed in the manufacturing of caramel coloring, and is a known carcinogen.“
I know , we all are going to forget this post tomorrow and will continue drinking the same. It’s an individual choice and I totally respect it. Somehow, it is not even our fault. Soft drinks are everywhere these days and become a way of life. It has become a habit for most of us. There is a deep psychology involved if we go out to study the advertisement and how it influence our mind. Let’s not go into to as of now.
I know one thing for sure that, we cannot stop them for producing and advertizing it. They will keep coming with more offers, more attractive branding and more creative ads. Let us be aware. Let us please stop and think for a second, before buying the same. Let us make health our priority than the taste.
Let’s just not fall into the trap. Life is precious and let’s invest in our health.
Food is an integral part of our life. We have been hearing from generations that, “we are what we eat”.
I believe, we need to re-think on this.
We human have a tendency to blame others for everything we do or not do. Here , we are doing the same with the food. We take the decision of what to eat or not eat, then how come our food be responsible for our thoughts and well being.
I believe, it should be” We eat, what we are “.
In the month of March, I am going to write about food. An article a day. Looking forward to sharing my views with you.