Sunday, 19 April 2015

The Final Film!

A white screen appeared in the blackness that surrounded him. Someone had put it specially for him. To watch his own special film. But it hardly lasted for ten seconds.

There was his mother singing a lullaby to make him sleep.

Now it was her kissing him on the cheeks bidding him goodbye before school.

There was his father giving instructions to ride his bicycle.

Now it was his grandfather showing his collection of photos.

There was his grandmother making hot paranthas.

Now it was his best friend copying from him during exam.

There was his first crush turning back at him, smiling.

Now he was looking at the most beautiful woman in the world, his wife, tying the knot.

There was his cute baby girl, sitting on his stomach, pulling his cheeks.

Now it was his teenage daughter hugging him tightly on graduation day.

There were his close friends gleaming and chatting with him during travel.

There was his marvellous wife who made him his favourite dish after a tough day at work.

There was his group of close ones - family and friends who gave him a surprise party on his 60th birthday.

There was his wife kissing him passionately.

All the above happy images flickered past him in milli seconds, His whole life in seconds.

The film turned to blackness abruptly.

Void! Static! Null!


It is said that the brain remains active for around ten seconds after a person dies. No one knows what the brain thinks in those few seconds. Just as in the miracle of birth, where a person is born - I like to imagine a miracle of death - where the brain would automatically collect all the happy moments and memories of a person's life and display it to the person, as soon as his heart stops beating.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Friendship - The Ship That Never Sinks!

College days are when best friends from school depart. Each of them study in a different city. Typical was the case of Jayanthi and Lakshmi. They had been good friends for the past 10 years. Jayanthi was a quiet and artistic girl whereas Lakshmi was jovial and a chatterbox. The fact that they had to continue their education in different cities, Mysore and Chennai  proved to be upsetting the two of them.

 They were not like the usual friends. Though they had been friends for 10 years, they seldom hung out together . They shared a wonderful relationship, where both knew each other by heart and were not like typical ‘showing off’ kind of friends. Even after their college started, they were not in constant touch. They used to share important information once in a while and had pretty short conversations just to check out if the other one was doing fine. Hardly Lakshmi would get time to travel to Chennai as her vacation used to be short. In addition to that, Lakshmi’s parents also shifted to Mysore for the sake of their daughter. So rarely did Lakshmi had a reason to travel to Chennai. However, Lakshmi made up her mind to visit Jayanthi and other friends in Chennai  every year atleast for a day or two. It was the summer of 2014 and both were into their third year of college. Lakshmi had planned a visit to Chennai  as the very next year she would be leaving to the United states for her post graduate studies. Since she knew she wouldn’t be able to meet her friends anytime after that, she planned her journey to Chennai for 3 days.

She had planned out a hectic schedule for all 3 days, to visit friends, relatives, shopping etc. Before leaving for Chennai, Lakshmi called up Jayanthi to inform her about the plans. Only then did she come to know that Jayanthi was doing her internship in Pondicherry and would be busy for all the 3 days. Though disappointed, she did not cancel her plans and started her journey to Chennai.

Two days passed by in Chennai  and she visited friends and relatives as per her plan. On the last day, she along with her school friend, Rahul planned a day out to the Mcdonalds in the evening. As they both reached the spot, much to her shock, Jayanthi was standing there and waving a big hi to her. On enquiring, she got to know that her friend had taken a day off just to meet her without thinking about the consequences she would face at her workplace. Lakshmi was touched. She never had thought that Jayanthi would come all the way from Pondy to meet her. All the three of them talked and had so much fun for two hours. At nine in the night was Lakshmi’s train to mysore. Rahul and Jayanthi had come to send her off. Eyes filled with tears of happiness  and heart feeling content, Lakshmi departed from Chennai. This simple gesture of her friend had made her day.

 Hadn’t Jayanthi followed her heart and decided to take a day off to meet Lakshmi, they wouldn’t have met each other for the next 3 years.

Friendship is a magic; those who don’t believe in it, will never find it.


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The Road Not Taken!

It has always been the toughest question to answer for any school student.


Though many choose based on their parents’ call, Akhila wanted to go by Robert frost’s words, “The Road Not Taken’. When she was 12 years old, she met a group of people who had come to her school for a lecture on treating people with disabilities.

Impressed with their speech, she went up to them and asked, “If I want to help people with disability as you all do, what should I study?”.

Prompt came the reply, “Speech Language Pathology and Audiology!”.

 Years passed by and time had come for Akhila to decide about her career. The interest was still within her to take up that wonderful profession. When she spoke about this to her parents, her dad did not approve of it and instead wanted her to join the mad race of Engineers. In addition to that, nobody in the family as well as her friends proved to be motivating. Some of the responses were:

“Oh! Are you going to study sign language?? Why do you need 4 years for that?” followed by irritating giggles that made her want to slap them right away.

“You will be looked down upon by everyone; it is a less money earning field” or

“You have to stay in hostel, away from your parents”.

 Nobody really cared how she felt, but her heart kept telling her that this was what she must take up. Akhila convinced her parents somehow that she would go on to study this no matter what people say because she liked it. Finally she treaded along ‘The Road not Taken’.

Today she holds a Masters in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. In the past 7 years Akhila has given speech therapy for many children plagued with disabilities. One day, as she was walking on the road,  suddenly a small girl ran upto her suddenly, hugged her and initiated a casual talk with her. It was none other than one of her clients at her college for whom she had given speech therapy for 3 years.

The mother approached Akhila and held her hand, with tears streaming from her eyes and said “People like my daughter deserve the chance to build a life for themselves and you gave her ONE!”.
Akhila was overwhelmed. She has been the light to someone’s life. What else could one ask for, when what one does gives satisfaction to him and a new life to others. She felt happy to have followed her heart’s call despite the people criticising her decision.

Follow your heart; Follow your dreams and happiness will follow!

 After all the cost of not following your heart, is spending the rest of your life wishing you had!


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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Food Calling!

Owing to big life events and final year academic stuff, it has been a long time since I last posted in this blog. With a long holiday ahead of me, I think it's time to revive it. Atleast I hope to.

Now coming to the post at hand, my mother has the habit of keeping food in the backyard daily in the morning. The usual visitors are the crows followed by the squirrels. It's always initiated by the crows and finished by the squirrels. Sometimes, the food is shared by both of the species as you can see in my earlier post here.

Apart from eating food, I have even seen animals showing public displays of affection as you can see in this post here.

But last week, I witnessed an even more surprising incident that had never happened before.

Pigeons at Lunch!

A flock of 7-8 pigeons were gorging on mother's food at the same time. There were no crows or squirrels this time.


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