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Highway Plant

Everytime I travel through the highway,
I see green plants planted in the middle of the road for dividing the lanes.
Beautiful – I should say,
But who is taking care of them?
Who planted them there?
Who fixed their fate?
I believe we won’t be able to stand in the middle of the highway for atleast an hour.
Who has the patience to persist –
The smoke from the trucks,
The heat of the sun,
The harsh polluted wind,
The not-so-gentle rain &
The never ending noise of vehicles?
Patience is a million dollar virtue,
But we have a choice. Don’t we?
What choice does the highway plant have in it’s life?
Do we even give it a choice?
Still, it never fails to make travellers happy.
Maybe, it is a living proof that no matter where we are, we still have something to offer for the betterment of Life.
Stay blessed Highway Plant!

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Some Days

Some days are easy.
Some days are tough.
Some days are long.
Some days are short.
Some days are boring.
Some days are interesting.
Some days are tiring.
Some days are refreshing.
Some days bring smile without any hesitation &
Some days bring tears to our eyes,
But Life is made of all days.
So, Let us make everyday count.

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Miss You

It was the 8th day of the month of July, 2020. I had a very unusual afternoon nap and took my mobile phone to check my WhatsApp messages. It was a normal day till that moment. Messages started pouring in my previous office group. I scrolled to check the first message and got the news that my friend (Jagan Anna – as I would fondly call him) passed away due to a massive cardiac arrest. My brain froze for a moment. I don’t know how to react to the situation. A thousand memories of Jagan Anna flashed in my brain and it was totally unstoppable.

Two years back during the Christmas season when I was working in my previous company, I saw him for the first time. A very jovial and beautiful soul, I should say. His name is Jagannathan Thiyagarajan, a very well experienced Information Security Professional. I met him on the way to the cafeteria for having dinner with my friends. He never told me his age. Whenever I asked him, he would say if I add 10 years to my age, I will get to know his age. That’s an example of one of the lightest moments I had with him. As days rolled by, Jagan Anna became my go-to person during difficult situations, my well wisher, my all-time supporter and all that you would have imagined the characteristics of a best friend. Believe me, I have met hundreds of people, but I have never seen someone who will consider me as their best friend. It so happened that I got placed in my current company in the month of January, 2020. I was serving my notice period and due to the spread of Corona Virus, I was asked to work from home. Unfortunately, 23rd March 2020 became the last day for me working inside the campus of my previous company. I took my office computer, got all the approvals while Jagan Anna took his car and waited for me outside the building. He was asking me to stay a little longer, but I was in a hurry. Then, I realized that day could be my last day inside the office premises since we were not sure until when the lockdown situation will prevail. So, I stayed. I would have regretted my entire life if I had left early to home that day. Earlier when he told me that he bought a car, I never had the opportunity to have a look. He took me in his car and he drove around the whole campus and he was very happy. I still remember the smile on his face that day. Then, we went to the cafeteria and had some snacks. Keerthivasan (My friend) also accompanied us. He was also very much dear to Jagan Anna. No words came out of my mouth, as I was thinking of everything that had happened in the campus. He told me to take good care of my father and mother. I said “Yes”. Then, I took my mobile phone and booked my cab to go home. The Cab Drivers’ name was also Jagan. I told him this and we were laughing a lot. When the cab arrived, Jagan Anna gave me a warm hug and as I entered the cab, I said “Bye Anna”. He too responded saying “Bye” to me and the cab left. That was the last time I saw his face.

Everyday, one time or the other, we used to call each other and share about how life is going in the Pandemic. 10th April 2020 was my official last day in my previous company. Jagan Anna became very emotional and he said that he will miss me very much. Never in my life had I heard anyone say that to me. I usually address him as ‘Anna’ which means ‘Brother’ in Tamil and he too considered me as his brother. 2nd July, 2020 was his birthday. I called him in the midnight to convey birthday wishes to him. Even the day before his death, I called him. He said he is not feeling well and confirmed that he will call me later. That was the last time I heard his voice.

The uncertainty of Life always gives chills to my spine. All we have is this beautiful thing called life. There is always something for everyone to fight with and fight against in our lifetime. For me now, I have lost an awesome brother and wonderful friend. All I have now is the memory of the wonderful friendship and brotherhood I shared with Jagan Anna, which I will carry throughout my journey. Time never forgives. Our life passes before our eyes in the blink of an eye. Therefore, take time to make good friends, smile and create memories wherever you are. Miss you, Jagan Anna. Happy Friendship Day!

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Souvenir

People have the habit of collecting souvenirs…
They buy from places they visit.
They collect from people who they want to remember.
It can be a small keychain or a crazy refrigerator magnet.
A token of remembrance – I would say.
When we look at a souvenir,
We remember a memory from the past.
Some good, some bad and some mixed feelings.
Sometimes, it helps us to balance our mind when our whole brain goes blank.
Our mind is designed that way – I guess.
A particular object or material can help us travel to places where we had been before and make us relive that special moment.
That is the beauty of a souvenir.
Even if you accept or not, Life is one big  journey.
We go to places, we see amazing things, we meet awesome people and the list goes on and on.
The only souvenir we can possibly collect in our life is the friendship we share with people, which is why people say:
‘Friendship is golden’ – I would say a ‘Souvenir’!
Won’t you agree with me…😉

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My First Experience of delivering a speech on stage

It was the summer of 2012 when I joined an engineering college in Chennai, India. I chose Computer major, so all my thoughts started leaning towards technology. Technology is fun – hope everyone will agree to it. It so happened that my college planned to conduct a celebration before Gandhi Jayanthi (October 2). My English Lecturer suddenly entered our classroom and asked us who all are interested in taking part in a debate. With no second thought, I raised my hand. Till now, I am not sure how I became very courageous at that moment. Well, today I thank myself for making that choice. Being an introvert throughout my childhood, I had never got an opportunity to speak on stage. I never wanted that notion to keep following me throughout my life. However, if you are a victim of stage fear, then you’ve got to get out of that as soon as possible in order to make life easy for you. I hope that once you complete reading this article, you’ll gain a positive attitude towards public speaking and move forward to make one if you have not made one before.

The topic for the debate was “Is there a possibility of getting another Gandhi in our era?” I chose ‘NO’ as my answer and started preparing for my speech the same day at home. I referred multiple channels in order to get inputs. I was very confused indeed. All that I know about him – I tried to store in my mind. I was never focused. Nervousness hit me directly that I lost my ability to think and perceive the situation properly. I was sleep depressed the previous day of the competition. On the day of the debate, my English Lecturer was calling us for a quick rehearsal. Tension grew up heavier each minute. I read out what I prepared the before day to my Lecturer. She said,”You have prepared to deliver a speech, but it is a debate”. I was devastated. I was having 4 to 5 pages of information about Mahatma Gandhi. I was definitely sure that if I read what I prepared, people will get bored. Finally, the Debate hour approached. There were six participants along with me for the competition (3 arguing for ‘YES’ and 3 arguing for ‘NO’). I was scheduled as the last person to deliver the speech. As I was sitting on the stage, I could hear my own heartbeat in spite of the loud cries made by students in the auditorium. All the five speakers have spoken on behalf of their opinions. All the information which I had gathered the previous day was already been delivered by them. I was running of content. I was nervous. I was not sure what to do at that moment. Finally, my name was called. Taking a deep breath, I stood up from my place with all my papers and went near the mike. I greeted the audience warmly and started with my topic. I told them that I am going to argue that there are no possibilities of finding another Gandhi in our era. Then, my mind went blank. I was completely clueless on what was going around. I was using too much gap fillers like ‘uh’,’eh’,etc. Then, I went blank. No words came from my mouth and I was standing still. The entire audience started laughing and giggling at me. I was not sure what to do. Finally, I came to a thought that I have to deliver this speech without any problem. When you are thrown into the middle of the ocean, either you give up and drown yourself or fight till your last breath. I chose fighting and I am happy choosing it at that moment. I turned down the reference papers which I had and started speaking from my mind. Sometimes, speaking from your heart helps. It helped very well for me. I started the speech telling the audience that whatever I have prepared has already been presented before you. Then, the audience started settling down. I started my speech and talked about my opinions on the topic comparing the opinions laid down by the rest of the participants. Finally, I concluded by saying “There is only one Sun, one Moon and there can be only one Gandhi and he is the Father of our Nation. Happy Gandhi Jayanthi.” The audience started cheering me up with their claps and my happiness knew no bounds at that moment. Being accepted by people without being judged is one of the rarest and beautiful events of our lifetime. For me, it is one such moment.

Even now, I fear little while walking to the podium for delivering any speech. However, once I start with my speech, all the tensions grabbed in my mind ebbs out. Hope reading my small life experience helps you at some part of your life. If you are a person who wants to do something in your life and your fears stop you from achieving your dreams, grab courage, take a deep breath and follow your dreams. One day, you’ll be happy for choosing your dream.

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Voyage

Wish I set sail in the high seas…
On a gigantic ship filled with all I need.
The very thought of travelling via sea give me goosebumps.
Very little – I know and there are lots to learn.
Few things, we learn from books – but
Many things, we learn from life…
Life can be considered as a book.
Maybe, I don’t know!

Well, what will I take along with me?
A compass to tell me direction,
A few paraphernalia for cooking,
A set of clothes,
Bible – a must &
Few pieces of paper for writing!
Sounds like a pretty good adventure to me…
Are these things enough?
Well, I am struck with an infinite loop of questions in my mind now…
Who will come with me?
Where am I planning to go?
What is my destination?
Should I seriously have to set sail in the high seas?

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The Past, Present & the Future

How many of you believe in the concept of Time Travelling? I personally do not believe in it. However, it’s always mind boggling to think about time travelling. I’ve fancied myself travelling in time during childhood. Hollywood movies have portrayed time travelling with too much excitement and heroism. I’ve watched ‘Back to the Future’ movie long back and the movie made me fancy more and more about time travelling. That’s one good thing about watching movies. They make us travel with the characters to places we have never been. I agree that real life doesn’t always provide us with too many opportunities for portraying heroic deeds, but time travelling is a great topic to discuss when people are around – Believe me, I have experience in this.

I have heard a lot of people saying that even if time travelling is possible, we will not be able to change anything which is going to happen in the future. My fragile little mind always says to me that if you want to change the future, then you have to start working hard in the present. I hope that every one of us would have heard this fancy little line somewhere in your life. We never know what will happen to us, our surroundings or anything with respect to the future. This ‘uncertainty’ which the word ‘future’ creates and the ‘hope’ which the word ‘tomorrow’ brings makes our life beautiful from day one of our birth to this moment.

Our mind is a powerful being. Very powerful indeed! Our mind collects our memories which involves incidents, people and much more than we can even imagine. If you want to re-visit any incident which happened in your past, you just think of it and you’ll already get the memory pictured in your mind. For me, this is the simplest example of Time Travelling. We often forget about the fact that we do perform time travelling each and every time we think of something which happened in our past. Most of the time, I used to think that we humans are living in a giant ball which is revolving a giant ball of fire in space and talking about how to make a living every day. Okay, why am I going too much away from the topic like I usually do? Hahaha…Instead of thinking how to alter our past and the future, let us think about the happy moments happened in our Life and keep moving forward.

Hope you had a good read! Do write your thoughts in the comments section.

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Good Night

It’s always good to be back…
Back to what?
Back to what I used to be…
Back to where everything started…
Back to square one…
The neurons in my brain are sending tired vibes to all parts of my body.
Now, I am starting to think!
Think of what?
I don’t know…
I read somewhere recently:
“Your brain never sleeps when you’re asleep”.
Reading these lines and unwillingly agreeing to it,
I went to bed that day.
I did not get enough sleep and felt very tired while waking up the next day…
Everyone has 24 hours to complete a day in their life.
Science says that it’s necessary to sleep for atleast 8 hours a day…
Why am I in a confused state right now?
Guess I will find the answers to all my questions soon…
Life is a romantic comedy for some people…
Life is a comedy thriller for others…
Either way, Life is a comedy!
So, don’t take anything seriously.
Good Night!

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Life after graduation

It’s been a very long time since I got graduated. However, I am feeling like everything just happened yesterday. It’s been four years since the day I got graduated from college. I used to giggle when people used to tell me that you’ll start to remember all the college days and feel for it later one day. Now, I am thinking of all those beautiful days and smile like a baby. I would say that college days are cocoon period where we learn a lot of things and at the end, we all will fly with awesome colors like a butterfly.

This is me during graduation ceremony

J.K. Rowling says “It’s our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our talents”. I agree to her saying. I am sure if one understands this life lesson early in life, he/she will definitely make good choices and keep moving forward. I chose computers. Yes, I did Computer Science major in college. I don’t know when I developed passion towards Computers, but I chose the field because I am very much interested in working with computers. It so happened that each and every day was like a dream come true for me, as life seemed to go smoothly. I made new friends. I got new confidence running in my blood. Even now when I am thinking of all those days, I seriously cannot believe that I was able to strive bravely through the tough Engineering syllabus. All those memories of full-day studies with friends, discussing answers with friends after examination and having lunch together with friends daily are keeping on flashing in my mind. Memories are powerful, aren’t they? I always believe that memories are portals that virtually take us from what we are to where we want to go. I thank God for all those sweet moments. Difficulties and hardships are like passing clouds. They keep passing now and then to make us better than we used to be. It makes us stronger. Remember, a smooth sea never make a skilled sailor. Alright, why am I talking about difficult and tough times of life? All of them are temporary. Love, joy, friendship and the good memories that we share with others are permanent.

Life never seems to be how it seemed before. In the end, I am sure that everyone will reach their destiny. Be it your dream job, your dream location and more and more dreams people dream in their life, I know that almost everyone reach their destiny one day, but Life never be the same like before. Life changes. People around us changes. Situations changes. Everything around us changes. Finally, change is the only entity that remains constant. When we dream, we were not aware of that. It’s the uncertainty of life that works the magic. We do not know what lies ahead for us. The suspense that life has for us called ‘Tomorrow’ drives us from one point to another. This is the reason why I agree to J.K. Rowling’s quote about choices and how important it is. All of Life is a game of luck. Haha, See where I am leading my conversations into…One tip I want to give all the Dreamers out there from my experience: Always have a clear cut idea of what you want to do after reaching your destiny in life. I am telling you this because thinking on the positive side, you’ll always reach your destiny in your 20s,30s,40s or even 50s. Who knows? What’s important is what you choose to do with your Life after reaching your Destiny, because there is always more to Life than JUST WINNING. Good Luck!

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Happily ever after

“And they lived happily ever after…”
This is how fairy tales end.
Everyone loves happy endings.
I’ve never heard anyone saying that that they hate happy endings.
Life is a journey, I do agree to it.
However, We do not know about our destination.
No one does…
A journey without knowing the destination.
Yes, it is true…
That’s why people talk about uncertainties.
Life is a beautiful uncertainty.
Let’s cherish and enjoy everyday living this beautiful uncertainty called ‘Life’ !!!