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Orange County Indians Holiday Meet- Solidarity, Togetherness and Celebrations

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...and Phew!!! it ended. The gaiety, the merriment, a giggle here and a guffaw there, warm hugs, 'Hi, how are you?' , chit chats, joshing and the color ‘RED’ tinted the OC sky with empressement of togetherness and Indian-ness at the  Orange County Indians holiday meet today.



Dear Santa,


Thank you! you see a better vocabulary other than this is hard to find so I will stick to the ordinary yet the sincerest and impacting. Thank you for this community which every Indian woman and her family has found here and is an integral part of. Every flight that lands in Orange county has that one Indian family who becomes our valuable member. 




It's fun to have a  group which constitutes of such variety- the 6:00am 'Good Morning' senders , the 10:30pm 'shayaras’, the questers in search of information ranging from plumbing to calculus tutor and the responders who never fail to impress. We are the ultimate Google for each other. Sundar Pichai, are you listening?


Meaningful Parenting

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I worked for Xerox India Ltd back in 2006-2010 in various roles. From corporate HR to Regional HR Manager N & E and later S & W. It was during this time I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Princy Bhatnagar who was then the Sales Head for Xerox India. It was one of those regular days at work where I heard him talking to his colleagues about family and children and he said, "Parenting is the most challenging yet most gratifying experience of one's life." I left Xerox India in 2011 and went ahead traversing my own life. I wasn't a parent then but his words stayed with me.
Today I have a four-year-old son and I know for sure how challenging it gets day to day. I also know for sure that nothing gratifies me more than this bond that I share with him. The same goes for my husband, his father. This section is therefore even more important. Coming from my academic background, my professional set up, my own personal experience with my son and informal counselling with man…

The Predicament called LIFE- by Kamna Kaushal- Guest post

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In the face of adversity, do we continue living or give it up? Hang on- Can we really give up ‘living’? 


Is living and withstanding the grim and crushing times, the real testament to our existence as human beings? Does it determine if we are survivors? Let’s try and figure it out- I had set up a goal for myself, I tried hard, real hard to achieve it, but guess what- I couldn’t accomplish it. What does that make me? A loser who fought and yet failed at it or a survivor who fought, tried hard, displayed immense patience and perseverance, and still failed at it. 


Come to think of it, while we are grappling and enduring the trying times, don’t we succumb to our infirmities and the miseries and fail countless times? Despite all of that- What keeps us going? Hope? Nah- that sounds too blasé. Well! The question still remains a question. Your life in the context of the world seems like a dullsville! 


The unflinching mortal spirit acts like a gravity- and the ‘l’ in us gets pulled towards it. Tha…

CHIRP- Deaf by choice.

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फिर क्या मैं सुनना छोड़ दूँ?


लोग कहना नहीं छोड़ते,  हालात चाहे जैसे भी हों, जज़्बात चाहे जैसे भी हों,  लोग कहना नहीं छोड़ते। 
मुस्कुराओ तो 'कुछ जायद ही खुश हो'  की तोहमत लगा देते हैं, ना हंसो तो कह देते हैं- 'तुम हंसती कम  हो.' देर से आऊं तो पूछते हैं  'इतनी देर कहाँ लग गयी?' जल्दी आऊं तो कहते हैं  'क्या काम नहीं है?' किसी पे भरोसा किया तो बहुत जल्दी भरोसा कर लिया, और ना किया तो बड़ी देर लगा दी। 
प्रकाश में रहूँ तो उनकी आँखें चौधियाँ जाती हैं, अँधेरे में मैं उन्हें दिखाई नहीं देती। थोड़ा बहुत थोड़ा हो जाता है, और ज्यादा कुछ ज्यादा ही।  झूठ  बोलूं तो झूठी होने का दाग लगा देते हैं, सच बोलूं तो उसके कड़वे होने के डर से सता देते हैं. 
कहीं भी जाऊं, कुछ भी कर लूँ , लोग कहना नहीं छोड़ते।  हालात चाहे जैसे भी हों, जज़्बात चाहे जैसे भी हों,  लोग कहना नहीं छोड़ते। 
पैसे कम  खर्च करो तो मुझे कंजूस कहते हैं,  पैसे ज्यादा खर्च करो तो फ़िज़ूलख़र्ची का  इलज़ाम लगाते हैं।  आगे बढ़कर किसी की मदद करो तो दयालू होने पर सवाल उठते हैं, ना करूँ तो स्वार्थी होने  का ताना कसते हैं। 
तेज़ी से चलूँ या धीमे , दुर्घटना का भय…