Ganpati Bappa Morya !!!!!

                          Here comes my most favorite festival Ganesh Mahotasav. It feels like Ganpati have been coming to live with us for 10 days. Some people bring small statues of Ganpati in their home. Life like idols is placed in pandals with lots of lightening and music. I love to visit these places and it really appreciable that they always apply something innovative. But I never understand why some people want to spoil this festive environment by putting the loud music, this music sometimes gives us a headache. Old peoples and children get badly impacted by the loud music.
                         Another thing that spoils environment is the idols made of plaster of paris. The Plaster of Paris is insoluble in water and the chemical paints used to adorn these plaster idols themselves contain heavy metals like mercury and cadmium, causing water pollution. We can opt to place the eco-friendly clay idols instead of these plaster of paris one, it will be a bit more expensive, but I think we can afford this much to save our environment.

This sketch is my tribute to Ganpati…

Ganpati Bappa

 

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Elephant – Crocodile story (Gaj-Grah katha)

Gaj Grah sketch

This sketch is drawn by me, narrating the Gaj-Grah story.This story is also called “Gajendra Moksha Katha”. The story goes like this there is a mountain called Trikuta. An elephant named Gajendra, was the king of a herd of elephants who lives on that mountain. One day he was playing with friends and family in a lake and suddenly a crocodile caught him by the foot.Gajendra tried to escape from the crocodile clutches but it didn’t work. His family and friends also tried to help him, but in vain. When they realized its hard to survive him, they left him alone.
It is said that elephant struggled for a thousand years. At last, when his energy started collapsing and completely weak. He started to pray Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu heard his cries and appeared on Garuda to help. Lord Vishnu’s Sudharshan chakra killed crocodile and set Gajendra free.Gajendra offers Lotus to Lord in order to thank him. This story is a part of Vishnu Puran. It is said that if Gajendra Moksha mantra is chanted by a person, he gets the power to face the difficulties and come out of unwanted situations.

Live in the moment

There are certain points in life when everything seems meaningless,dull and boring. It happens to everyone reasons may be different . In the past few days I felt the same way. When I try to analyze the problem, few reasons come out. I want to share these reasons with you all with the help of this article:

1) Daily repetitive work – All of us face this problem. Monotonous routine makes us dull. Even sometime weekend holiday will also not work. The only thing that came to our mind “there is no solution of this problem, everyone leads life like that only”. Well what if get some time for our hobby or try something that we always wanted to do. I know most of us have one answer for this “we don’t have time for it”.Means we don’t have time for the things that make us happy and alive, then what is the
point of anything else. A person who is happy with his life can make others happy.

2) Living in the past – Painful past can make us cry, but sometimes good past memories also give us nostalgic feeling that deprived us from the present beautiful moment.These memories will not allow us to accept the changes. So its better not to think about it. Someone has share this line on twitter, really true:

“Yaad aane per beeta hua sukh bhi dukh he deta hai..”

3) Thinking about future – There is no point of thinking about the future as if it is good, then there is no need to worry and if it is bad then its foolishness to feel the pain twice. We can plan the future but can’t change it.

Happiness comes to us daily in small packets but we ignore it while waiting for greater ones. Small moments like evening tea/coffee break between work, chit chat with an old friend after a long time, fun moments with friends and family, watching your favorite cartoon, listening to your favourite song, (for a programmer)when your code start working are more precious than anything else in the world, if we know how to enjoy them, we know how to enjoy every moment of life. At the end, I want to share my favorite line from Kungfu Panda movie describing about the best gift of life :

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called present.”blog2

Be the hammer,not the nail

From the core of my heart I admire people who get success with their own efforts, apparently if they rises by doing right works. There are few people who inspire me to write this article, one of them is Smriti Irani. I am not very fond of politics, so not much aware of her political skills.But after watching her interview on “Aapki Adalat” and speech on women’s day, I came to know about her life history. From a waitress to the Minister of Human Resource Development ,the path would not be easy for her.

There are lots of other names are there in the list like our PM. I was trying to find out similarities among them and get some like their ability to think out of the box, self confidence, love for their work, never give up attitude and last but not the least taking risk ability. I think risk taking ability is the most important thing as until we do not come out of our comfort zone, can’t try new things and explore the new person inside us success is not possible.

Next is love or it’s better to say passion for the work, if we can’t enjoy the things that we are doing it will never work out. Like if any singer does not find a song interesting he will never feel it as a result listener will not able to connect with him and in spite of the perfect knowledge of music, person will never succeed to achieve the goals.If we love our work, then end results do not make any difference as enjoyment of doing it is giving us satisfaction and this is the key for success. We never get tired or feel bored of doing the things we like.

At the end, we can say it is not all about hard work, sometimes it’s all about choices and grabbing opportunities as well. You all have heard that famous quote “Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice.” The better we know ourself(our passion) the chances of getting success increases.

Mahabharat In Today’s Life

I have chosen a bit different topic this time,got the inspiration from TV series airing on star plus.Personally, I was never interested in this epic as I found it very confusing. But after understanding it through this TV series, I observed some interesting incidents with great teachings in this epic.

People found its character more realistic in comparison to other epic, the grounds may be every character belongs to it have some negative points unlike Ramayan. My favourite scene (in TV series) is when Krishna tries to console Draupadi after her humiliation in a dice game. Krishna preaches her to forgive Duryodhana and others in order to get the mental peace. He advises her to punish them, but not in order to take revenge only set an example. Mostly people misunderstood the Kurushetra war happen because Pandavas wants to take the revenge, but this is not true.

The reason of war is the silence of the great people when misdeed is happening in front of them, we can easily connect this to the present day people with great knowledge and power opt to remain silent when something wrong is going in front of them. Today, rapist didn’t get the death penalty, but in this epic Dushasan is brutally killed by Bhima as he misbehaved with the woman. At the time of Dushasan’s death Bhima said to him, “By killing you in this way,I am setting an example for the person who misbehave with the woman”.

Some people say that if Krishna was a deity,then why he tricked the Kaurvas and not opted right way to punish them. This argument is similar like if we say traffic cop is breaking rules by speeding while at the same trying to do his job by catching hold of another speeder. You see there are certain occupations liberties that come with being a traffic cop. He has to do his job by violating the rules, there is no way around it. So is the case with Krishna.

It is said that in today’s life also people will get the solution of their problem in Bhagvad Geeta (conversation between Arjun and Lord Krishna before the war).But some small incidences of this epic also teach us a lot.bhagavad-gita_TEA9P_1359374115