Influential people

The title might goad you into thinking that this is an article about influential people like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King or other famous people. It’s not about them. It’s about the other “influential” people. The regular people in our lives. The people that inspire us, shape us, mold us and direct us towards something. we meet them in different walks of lives, in different places, different times. Some of them stay,some leave. Some we love, some we hate. Whatever maybe the case, you cannot deny the fact that these people stand out from the others and that they have influenced your life in a major or minor way.

It has happened with me in several points of life. I remember people that have taught me something or the other, made me better in a way, looked out for me or taught me to look out for myself. The first such person I met was a girl back in school. She was fun and we got along like long lost friends. I used to be a really shy, timid guy back then. I think she helped me realize that I could friendly, that it was ok to let out whatever was trapped in your heart. She taught me to not care about the what the world thought about me, but to live the way I wanted to. After that I changed, became stronger, more social. She is one among the list of many others. And I am pretty sure that no matter how far I go from them, no matter how much time passes I would never totally forget any of them.

You, could probably call this is a sign of weakness. A sign of irresolute mind or a guy who seems to see his destiny or path in the actions or directions. I don’t think that is the case. I think part of me already knows where to go , it’s determined, steady but it’s need to be reminded. It’s like a guy stuck in a dark chamber, it knows it has to reach the light, but it doesn’t know how, it needs an arrow a sign to show it the way. That is why I don’t think this is a sign of weakness, I think it’s a sign of being human, to commit mistakes, to have your heartbroken, but also to learn to pick ourselves up, to mend and to tend to the injuries both physical and emotional.

I think, that a person’s life isn’t shaped just by the circumstances he thrives in and his will, but also by the people he meets along the way. The ultimate decision is always yours, the goal in some ways is always set or maybe it should be, but people they do affect us and in a way they should, i think. People like those, they stay in our minds, dormant over time, the memories going weaker and  weaker as time passes by, but like a carbon 14 isotope, decreasing yet never truly forgotten never extinct.

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Love

What is love?

Quiescent in the body

Yet zealous in the heart

Calm and beautiful as the sea

Yet raging and resounding as the storm

The spark as ephemeral as a butterfly

And the feeling as perpetual as the sky

Heaven in the sunshine

And hell in the dark times

A mountain of happiness in the soul

A stabbing pain the heart

Eyes staring at each other silently

Yet a world flowing through them

Our world

That is love

What social work teaches you

I did social work for my college for two years. Those were some both fun and tough moments and I remember each of those days, they were moments of severe troubles at the same time they were also moments of profound happiness. Looking back I think those two years were probably the best two years of my life. Before those two years I had always been a rather introverted and “always in his own world” kid/teen. I could often be lost in my own world . I still do at times. I was also a very voracious reader. I ready a lot now too but nothing compared to then. These things I won’t say they are bad or in any ways unnecessary. It’s just that they confined me to a world which I imagined or my books spoke to me about. I also had a very limited sense of what is like to do general work like cleaning washing clothes etc. And I didn’t know much people. Working for the NSS (National Service Scheme) in my college changed all that.

So According to me here’s a list of few things that social work teaches you

  1. Adaptability:

More often than not you are required to adjust to your surroundings and also to the people you are working with. They may not always be similar to you and not all of them end up as your best friends but when there’s work you learn to cohere. Incase you attend a camp you have to stay at a very isolated village or campsite for a long time. So you adapt to the changes accordingly. The first two-three days are difficult then you just get accustomed to it

  1. Confidence

You learn to speak out more freely and interact with people more clearly. This helps you further. Conducting and participating in seminars that deal with diseases such as AIDS, Diabetes helps you increase your knowledge at the same time boost your confidence

  1. You meet new people

Social Work gives you an excellent opportunity to meet new people from different cultures and parts of the region or country. This makes you appreciate both the differences and similarities between people and understand how unique every person is.

  1. Self-dependency:

The fact that you are working for people who need it obviously means that you are well equipped to take care of yourself even in tough situations. You learn this over time and being self-dependent surely helps a lot.

  1. You become more social and calmer

You interact with people on a large scale some of whom are rather annoying and you may have to deal calmly with them. Handling these types of people makes you more mature and you understand people on a more profound level.

6.You learn a lot of essential values and your behavior gets more defined sharper and mature.

7. Last but not the least you contribute your part in making the world a better place to live in and more than wealth a happy and satisfied heart is what makes you happier.

If we weren’t alone

(I tried to relate the visiting of aliens with unity in humanity. I hope it’s worked out in a decent way. This poem would be considered very loosely inspired from the show ancient aliens)

One bright day a ship would land
Near the Whitehouse with an audacity oh so grand
From it would emerge our ancestors
One that were called gods,fathers brothers and sisters

And they humanity shall know
Where and when they were grown
The would realise that now we are surely not alone
We could call them gods or demons
But if it were them they would  prefer the term “human”

Then mankind’s understanding shall widen
Our minds shall brighten
Men shall traverse the universe
And meet beings so diverse

We would finally understand nature
One that’s so confusing yet so mature
We wouldn’t just learn the  language of a nation
But the speakings and mystery of a constellation

But most of all we won’t say “I am from India and I am Hindu”
Or “I am from from Isreal and I am Jew”
We would say “I am from earth
And I am human”
We would finally be one

For borders shall be forgotten
And colours shall be dissolved
Whether a threat or a help
The visitors would probably would unite us all

The Winter

Image taken from google

Image taken from google

The air feels so cold
And flows so bold
It places on your lips a chilly kiss
And when the kiss isn’t too cold it feels such a bliss

The mornings become so foggy
The sky gets completely cloudy
No matter how late you get up it’s always drowsy
N the body is stiff and feels so lousy

It seems like the best time to be lazy
Jogging in the morning seems totally crazy
Everything seems so hazy
And underneath the soft blankets it feels so cozy

The days are shorter
And the nights longer
Tea and soups are favored
Ice-creams and cold drinks are left undevoured

People wear too much clothing
And walk around the cold streets some loathing
And the leaves get ready to splinter
For it is the cold and beautiful winter!!

Surrendering to Satan

My heart is so fickle
My blood just wants to tickle
I have myself to give
I have lost all my desire to live

I dont want no alliegance to lord
I dont believe in surrendering to any god
I speak,hear n do no evil
But the only entity I love is the devil

The lord has no mercy for the likes of me
He wants the purity of his heaven to never flee
Hell seems so full of promises
No rules, no flattery and no compromises

The devil comes in my dreams every night
And he says this with increasing might
Come to me my soldier
In hell you shall only get bolder

Kill or be killed is the rule
Fighting in hell is raw and crude
The hell opens its doors to everyone
But comes out always only one

I need to go to hell
Without it my heart will never be well
What is chaos to man who has lived through so much war
Silence seems undesirable and far

And so I shall accept the devil‘s invitation
Hell only shall be my salvation
But for that I need to make a sacrifice
The devil takes no lies

My life I need to throw
My blood must not trickle but flow
I cut my wrists in a rush
And my bloods begins to gush

My life starts to finish
My strength starts to diminish
I feel as light as a feather
Even in my heavy armor made of leather

The worlds going dark
I can no longer hear the bark
My blood seeps in to the ground
Poisoning the nature around

And I see the devil with his hound
Finally I am the one he has found
And as my vision seems to flatten
I scream “take me O Satan Oh Satan Oh Satan

“Delicioso”

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I just finished watching this movie called “Chef”. It’s a new movie released in US but not in theatres here in India. It’s a movie starring some pretty known faces from hollywood ; Jon Favreau (Iron Man Series), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) , Scarlett Johansson (Really!Need I add a movie here?! ) . I was actually thinking of writing a proper review but then you have qualified  on payroll people doing that job. So what I am going to do instead is write what the movie meant to me and my views and opinion about it.

I am a total foodie. I think there may have been times when food porn gives me more of a high as compared to well the usual fan. I am also in my own words an “amateur cook”. I love cooking. I have been making my own breakfast since a couple of years now. And I can think I can say that I know my kitchen well. Cooking soothes you in a way. There’s beauty in creating something that can appease your taste buds, satiate your hunger and well entrance your sight on depending on how well you cook it. There’s a certain magic in the way the different amalgamate generating an entirely new product. There are colours, flavours, smells and sounds everywhere. Ah! The sound of fries fizzling, curry boiling, it’s just beautiful .

I think this deeply affected my perception or interpretation of the movie.  The movie it starts with well cooking a dish. It’s total food porn or a food fiesta if you like. The main character is a chef concerned with creativity. He is in his own words in a creative rut. This is something I think every person who has a talent or penchant for something like cooking, painting or for that matter anything. Would you like to do the exact same work every day no matter how much you love it? Won’t you feel like doing something different, experimenting, try something new? This is something I can totally identify with.

His boss tells him “You are a cook not an artist” Now, that’s a harsh statement what’s life without creativity without variety or spice? Doing the same thing again and again like a programmed robot! He quits the job, starts a food truck where he decides the menu. His rules; his place.  And so starts a journey of self-discovery, food creativity and family reconciliation. It’s a beautiful movie that captures the relationship between characters really well. The characters touch you deeply and there are moments where you feel yes that’s the way it should be. In other moments well there is cooking, lots of it. Mexican food mostly and it simply looks eye catching. The shooting is done quite well. The food seems at it should be. The food is vibrant full of colours both mouth-watering and eye-capturing. Please don’t watch this movie on an empty stomach; strictly forbidden.

Overall, the movie teaches you to love your family, exploit your creativity and just break free. Watching this movie has made me feel really really hungry.

Maybe, I‘ll fix myself an evening snack a new and an interesting one

Delicioso!!