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Happy Friendship day!

Happy Friendship day!

happy friendship day

A decade ago I wrote this and still sounds apt for 2020..

you don’t need words to talk to a friend, you just communicate
you don’t need to ask anything from your friend, you just get it
you don’t need Facebook, twitter etc. to be friends, just need the connection

And for this year…

We meet some in school/college, some in office and some in the neighborhood,
With a few we share lunches, trips, drinks and with some we share memories of our childhood;
At any given moment you are priceless or worthless depending on their parent’s mood,
But regardless of any religion, caste, situation, place or reason… with you they always stood;

Here are some of my odd ones…

These guys are the ones I met in school, we played together, worked on projects together but now live apart but we don’t talk everyday but still a call away.

This one I met in school again; the only doctor I know after talking to her either I gain a new perspective towards life or I just study hard and forget about my office hours/ weekends. Trust me doctors are hardworking folks.

The soft spoken one I was made to sit with… the curious, intelligent, artist and gem of a person who knows how to throw a punch.

College buddies are the interesting ones… one of them recently learned to speak swear words. From first semester up until now still stuck with each other.

Some friends are spread across countries.. I see the world through their eyes.

Then comes office… These are the recent ones… It’s difficult to find friends in the corporate environment but I have found a few lively ones. Some have superpowers to handle the storm in home and still show up smiling in office daily, some fought all odds to earn their place, some show me the mirror whenever I am wrong and care for me whenever in need, some are the untamed ones who chase don’t separate personal and professional, some carry small hands but have a big heart, some are young but show maturity in their thoughts, some are experienced ones who share their fair share of wisdom..

Friends are in constant touch with each other but some of the best ones aren’t meant for words, text, tweets or likes they are the ones you respect, fight or kill for..This friendship day is for those ones we miss dearly but don’t have ways to express!

Happy Friendship day and hope you see a friend in me as I try to be yours..
And let me know if you agree or disagree with my version of friends.

Sincerly,
Mahendra Kumar

Lasting Impressions

Lasting Impressions

I used to boast that after revolving around thirty times around the Sun I have heard, seen and read a whole lot of stories worth remembering but then a friend of mine told me about her grandparents which left a lasting Impression. In the year 1920 someone travelled hundreds of mile to get a custom made  ring in a faraway place with the names of his partner and himself in a language no other relative could understand so that they could be forever together. Now this could be a normal thing to do in the western hemisphere but in India this is by far the cutest love story I know.

People talk, shout, share, mumur, wishper a lot of non-sense given the platform they have at avail but in all this mind freaking words sometimes a gesture, smile, an act, a picture or a song creates a memory. I have a whole lot them..

Getting a chalk as a gift for scoring well in second grade;
Saying Good bye to my father when he dropped me off in a new city to pursue my degree;
My sister on her wedding day;
listening to ek Onkar from the movie Rang De Basanti;
Meeting my niece for the first time;
Sharing Sheetal Kulfi with friends;
Landing on a foreign soil;
Taking a dip in the Holy Kumbha Mela;
Kiss from my ever smiling mom when I saw her for the very last time;
Visiting the Golden Temple;
Dancing at friend’s wedding;

And this Video as well


And the list continues to grow…

There are a lot things to focus on in the present.. to live for, to smile about and to write stories on but you still choose to be anxious about the future.

Bring back history for a bit; take a break.. think about the long list of memories which created a lasting impression in your life. There is no point in reminiscing the past but for sure it can bring up a much needed smile.

This.. I got from my teacher cum brother around 18-20 years back. It has a small quote but has a whole lot of meaning to it. And in the end.. whenever you meet your friends, family, loved ones after the lockdowns are over try to create an Impression which lasts forever like the ring I told you about.

Sincerely,
Mahendra Kumar

PS: I guess the title came in my mind from a painting in my home when I was a kid. It had a huge house build in the center of a farm. Looking forward to building one.

I love you too

I love you too

Well this isn’t my love story.. Not yet!

People fail to convey how much someone means to one another. We fail to appreciate someone’s presence in life, office or home. We feel that it’s understandable and never actually say it. Just to get rid of all this stupid norms.. I just say I love you too!

To colleagues, friends, family…basically everyone with whom I am comfortable enough to share a bit of my life. And the best part I get love in return. A smile, laugters lightens up to mood and sometimes makes someone’s day. So spread love, care and laughter all around folks.

Oh wait… it doesn’t mean I am very casual with my words nope. I do mean it.

Meanwhile, it’s almost a year since I took a short trip to Mahabaleshwar. It’s heaven in clouds specially during monsoon. Made a video about it and looking forward to another trip soon. Who’s up for it? If you are serious about it let me know in the comments below.

 

Sincerely,

Mahendra
www.mahendrakumar.com

Insanely Normal 2.0

Insanely Normal 2.0

In continuation of my earlier blog post Insanely Normal which was published by the Elephant Journal which was around 9 years ago I thought of revisiting my thoughts and see what has changed since then.

Insanely normal

In this world where covid-19 has created havoc and countries are struggling to keep their economies running;

Where egoistic, proud men of major countries are losing control of the healthcare system and of their nation;
Where while the nature found a way to heal herself in a matter of months mankind is still trying to monetize the melting poles and sea beds for more Oil;
Where the major giants, fortune 500s, unicorn startups, sillicon valley Angels couldn’t hold hands of their employees for a few months;
Where money not memories are important;
Where United Nations, WHO, UNSC are still puppet in the hands of a few without real powers;
Where the pandemic hasn’t stopped Countries from waging war on others;
Where the religion, colour of the skin, ethenicity, citizenship are still more important than the actual living person;
Where millions are locked in, alone, depressed and anxious;

Still a few humans are left in this God forsaken planet…

who risk their lives for others in the fight against Corona ( I am proud to be friends with Doctors, Nurses, Police officers,  Firefighers, Adminstrative workers, Bankers, Shop owners who made sure the essential services were functional throughout);
Who didn’t travel by Air, bus or train but walked across hundreds of miles to reach home;
Who shared love, care and food supplies to people in need;
Who paid their employees even when they were not able to work;
Who called their friends and families on skype, Zoom and whatsapp video to make sure there presence was felt ( I am sure you have a huge list to thank..same here. ) ;

Who found different ways and means to continue teaching and guiding people through tough times through Yoga, meditation and educational classes ( Special mention of my friend Carrie who helped me with her meditation classes );

While the world talked politics and was busy playing blame game..  a few women took charge and led from the front and are an inspiration to all ( Special mention to the New Zealand PM- Jacinda Ardern and then the other leaders from Germany, Iceland, Finland, South Korea);

While the earth continues to spin and revolve around the Sun and will continue to do so.. these few make the world a place worth living every single second. People call them normal… I call them Insanely Normal!

And yet again…. the reason I am talking about them is because we all know a few of them personally and although it doesn’t matter to them but someone told that a few words for them will go a long way in keeping them normal.. or perhaps Insanely Normal.

Thanks for reading the blog. Let me know what do you think in the comments below.
Mahendra Kumar