“Why do I still Have FAITH?”

So my kids (and some kiddish adults), ask me this question- ” How do I still have Faith?”
Here’s the thing- 2020 has been rough, yes..
Almost everything that we took for granted , came to a standstill. Flights, trains, Roads – borders of countries, even states and cities were closed.
Going out to movies- to parks- even grocery shopping- all was restricted. And who can believe that after hundreds of years of medical research and advancement, we weren’t allowed to even go to hospitals unless in urgent need!
Even getting out on roads has warranted fines and lathis!
The incomes stopped- the visits from friends dried up, Even visiting Family was not allowed!
But , amidst all these restrictions- something still didn’t change-
There was a bright, hopeful sunrise each morning and a stunning, soothing sunset each Evening! As usual, even on shutdown days!
The clouds did come out as expected each winter, and brought along with them the cool breezes… not affected by curfew times!
The parrots still sqwak on the rooftops and the pigeons still nibble at my balcony plants …
The sand is still soft in the desert and the flowers are still colorfully blooming!
And that, is why me, “and I hope we” , still have, and retain the faith.
Faith, in whatever we choose to call it- Bhagwan, Allah or Lord , (or even Universe in today’s trend). Just hold onto it!

#faith #sunset #sunrise #2020 #universe #havefaith #cloudyskies #life

A moonlit night

So we drive to Milky way point in Al Quaa , knowing well that the season to witness the magical milky way view is well over.
We land at a beautiful desert point which is magically washed with serene moonlight! Small scalable dunes all in an eye soothing blue hue- this is definitely not what I had expected! After trying to capture that beauty in my mobile camera, I realised that some scenes are for to be captured by eyes and stored in the soul, not in the phone…
The night also brought along with it a thick blanket of fog and chill as it settled down upon us… and yet, sitting down alone in the soft sand, I realise, once again, how much peace there is in being one with nature – it could be rides through forests, walks in the parks, strolling on beaches, or star gazing in the vast empty desert…
It brings along a little reflection of how much complication we have gathered through the ages- and how much we need to simplify it!

“Beautifully Bare”

How used to we are at dismissing , the incomplete, the not so abundant things in life – as Bare. As not Beautiful. Plant, Animal or Human. Forget about giving it a chance to be something special, mostly, We don’t even give it another glance.

This “Spectacularly Bare” tree still made its mark as the subject of this well taken photo, without a single leaf, in real darkness. Without any filters. Just its “Beautiful bareness” !

Truth is, everything, every being, Abundant or Bare, has it’s own beauty. There’s always a time, a circumstance, a background where it will stand out, Shine, and be remarkable…

Let us all try and cultivate that perspective, that patience, where we can make our weakness our very strength!

Sweet Little Chirps

We’ve taken away their forests, we built boxes not only on their grounds, but also invaded their skies with our skyscrapers… but they are here to stay… they were here before us and they will be here long after we’ve become extinct! I find it so amusing – We humans feel that we are the masters of the universe, the most evolved and that we have language!

Look at us now- locked up in the boxes we have built , with fear gripping our minds and lives! Look at these little wonderful flying beings- still free to fly wherever they want, calling to each other with their ever so sweet chirping and cooing…

We still need our phones, data, power to reach out to our own- these little birdies have the raw power that nature gave them!

It’s an Opportunity!

There are days and nights, one after the other, we are all passing time in this non stop cycle of life… of the Corona times.

We have read this and said this, many times over now- that this time of lockdown is probably a collective fruition of our prayers to have a day more, an hour more , a bit slower, and such things. We’ve all said that let’s pray, alone, together, for our own, for the unknown and for the world!

We have all prayed, have asked our respective God time and again to give us strength, patience and faith. and we have all had moments where we have lost the very same virtues…

So today was one such day for me, and I start watching a movie on Netflix (Its been my thought drowning thing for this period) – and right from the movie- I’ve come across this dialouge that says “God gives us opportunities- if we ask for patience- will God just grow that into us or give us opportunity to cultivate patience? If we ask for strength, will we become rock solid or will We get opportunity to become strong? God gives us what we ask for- in the form of opportunities...”

And THIS has given me a totally new outlook- to this situation the whole world is in! This time is, no doubt, a big, big challenge, but isn’t it also an opportunity to be strong, patient, wise and make a difference, however small ?

So Thankyou God, for this opportunity …


The truths that today brought…

It’s Another day, and today life has bowled another googly at us…
Someone who we’re responsible for has lost a parent back in India. To say that it is sad is an understatement. To say that it is very unfortunate is to state it lightly. Ofcourse, the person here is overcome with grief. But how capable are we to give them any solace? What solace can we even give anyone at such a time?
This day has brought so many realizations… the first one, ofcourse, is that death is the ultimate truth, and that we all have to face it, whenever the time comes. And the other side of this fact is another hard hitting fact is that nothing we can do or say can take away the pain from death. Pain that the family feels and lives through for the rest of their lives. Pain that will, maybe, grow into a monster, or maybe even tame a monster. Who knows?
And in such a time , with the person affected not even able to travel or go back home, only compounds the pain.
This particular death has brought forward another truth- which we repeat so many times without actually understanding the dimension of it- That there is actually NOTHING that we can do. We are mere puppets in the grand fair that we call life… we can only keep passing through the unending labyrinth of circumstances that lies ahead of us, with nothing but one certainity- it will lead us to the ultimate truth- Death!
As challenging as it is, as we navigate through this labyrinth , sometimes we are needed to help others move forward as well… we may even need to carry some for a while. While the passages of life may seem dark at places, with twists and turns leading us to unknown events, there is a little torch that God has equipped us with- the torch of compassion and love! We are, many a times, so freaking encompassed with the darkness of the labyrinth, that we forget to put on this torch ! Of love, of compassion!
Let’s remember to put it on, who knows, while you’re showing path to another person, you may yourself find a new opening!

“મારાથી નહી છુટે સ્વાભિમાન “

પ્રેમ માં નાના નાના કર્યા મેં , જીવન મા બદલાવો

પ્રતિસાદ મળ્યો તારો એવો કે થયો નહી પચ્છ્તાવૉ,

નાના છમકલા જવા દીધા મેં, દીધું નહી બહુ ધ્યાન,

પણ મારા ઍ જવા દેવા થી, બંધાયું તારું અભિમાન…

એકબીજા ની કાળજી કરવી ઍ ભલે આમતો સહજ છે,

પણ જો ભુલો પડે તું, ચેતવવાનું, ઍ પણ મારી ફરજ છે,

પાર્કાઓ ની વાહવાહિ લેતો રહે તું, બની રહે ભલે મહાન,

પણ પોતાના લોકોનું આમ શું, કરતું રહેવાય અપમાન?

અહમ મા ચકનાચૂર થઈ તું, ભુલી જાય છે ભાન,

તીર થી ઉંડો ઘા કરે જે, ઍ છે કડવી જુબાન….

માનુ છું, જીવન ચલાવવા કરવા પડશે , હા, અનેકો બલિદાન,

મુકી દીધું છે ઘણું મે વ્હાલા, નહી મુકી સકુ હું સ્વમાન,

મારાથી નહી છુટે સ્વાભિમાન, મારાથી નહી છુટે સ્વાભિમાન…

Stop , please…

So , there’s something that is bothering me , like really bothering me…
This is undoubtedly a very difficult time and phase for everyone, on every level. For people, families, companies, hospitals, even governments…
The pandemic is not something anyone has even imagined, expected , forget experience… the situation is highly unprecedented, to say the least…
Hundreds of thousands of people are stuck , whether physically, financially, emotionally, or all ways…
Every hospital, government agency and other regulatory authorities are scrambling to get out of this with the maximum they can save- people, economy , and even face…
The stories of condusion, hardship, suffering ,uncertainity, and even death coming out of this time is heart wrenching , to put it even lightly.
It is sad. Very very sad.
But there is something even sadder- there are soo many people who have made it their life’s missions to come out criticizing health authorities, hospitals, policemen, state and central governments, their policies , their actions…. Its like they feel EVERY SINGLE thing the government /authorities do is inefficient, useless and senseless.
Please, I request humbly to such people to do whatever little constructive or helpful deed or volunteering that they can do, even if it’s as little as feeding a hungry person once. If nothing else, please pray.
If not possible to do even that, please don’t spread negativity.
Please. Please.
More grief, criticism and stress is just not needed. Not wanted. To no one.
Please think, please reconsider. Please stop.