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21-12-12.. let it be a new beginning!

The world will come to an end on 21-12-12.. That’s what the text message I received recently said..
Will it really?
There’s a host of websites dedicated to the topic, thankfully a lot of them contain sensible arguments which call it what it is…a hoax!
But what if it really is true, what if the word is really going to end that day, what If we really did have only a few days to live.. What would we do!
While an apocalypse may not be a reality that thankfully most of us may have to deal with, there are quite a few for whom an apocalypse has been predicted with certainty. Who live every day knowing for sure they are not going to live long, who know, whose loved ones know that they have very few months, or even just days to live!
The terminally ill live with that knowledge every day; their loved ones know for sure the end is near, how do they deal with it.
This reminds of me a beautiful bollywood classic – Anand (Which is the Hindi word for Happiness).
It is about a terminally ill person – Anand, who has been given just a few months to live, who has been told that he has form of cancer that has no cure and that the end Is very near..
Perfect recipe for an absolute tear jerker right? Well quite the opposite really..
Knowing that the end is near….Anand decides to live life to the fullest! He goes about spreading joy and happiness, reaching out to as many people as his short life would allow, touching their lives.
In loving his life he teaches several other people how to love their own, with what little color he has left he paints the lives of all those around with vibrant beautiful shades.
Like a beautiful flower that doesn’t really know or care if the end is near.. he steps out every day with his best suit and best smile…
He lives every day like its going to be his last. He lives his life like a kid whose been told the parks about to close and he better hurry up!.. That kid doesn’t waste time! That kid gives it all he has to make the most of the time he has left!
And really why cant we do all do that.. why not make the most of it while it lasts.
Live like the world is going to end .. not on 21-12-12, Live like its going to end tomorrow!..
Live like there’s absolutely no time left, you have to make the most of it.. Have all the fun while you can!
Go do that crazy thing you have been waiting to do all this while!
Go make that phone call you have been putting off!
Go give that hug!
Go down on your knee and just say it!
Go give that smile you know in your heart was needed!
Make that apology!
Go make your peace!
Live every day like it’s going to be your last!
Live like the world is going to end tomorrow!

Stop Worrying, Start Living!

Let 21-12-12 not be an end.. let it be a new beginning!


My son.. the beach bum!

Dad, I want to go to the beach!!

This is what he said when he called me at work the other day, and I couldn’t help smiling..

Nothing else does it for him; it has to be the beach!

I clearly remember the first time we took him to a beach, he’s been a different person ever since…

Every holiday ever since has had to have a trip to the beach, and there’s just no way I can say no to…..




Here’s how our typical “sessions” at the beach begin.. we are almost always the first ones to hit the beach, hurrying like the blazes.. Like the sea might run out of water any minute now..

And we are always the last ones to head back.. always a difficult conversation..

He is always at his creative best..

He loves building castles on the sand … and in the air.. he one day wants a house close to the beach!!

The sea also brings out his adventurous best..

The closest beach is a good 3-4 hour drive..

but the pure joy on his face always makes it worthwhile!!

So there it is.. he has decided, another trip to the beach is imminent..

And to be fair to him..I am just as big a beach bum as he is.. At the time of going to press, both of us are working on strategies to convince his mother 🙂

If you too are a beach bum (hopefully its apparent by now.. I use the term with utmost affection), please do leave behind information about your favorite beach (and here’s a hint: these don’t have to be on some top 20 list beaches..The best beaches somehow always seem to be those hidden gems, tucked faraway from the maddening crowds.. where its just you, the sun the sand and the waves)

I am hoping my son reads this blog one day and finds this list of beaches you would have so kindly left behind..

I am hoping he might visit all these beaches..

And then I hope he starts a blog of his own..

sharing his thoughts on why being a beach bum.. might actually be a good thing!


That moment in which I grew up

Grew up from being a son, a brother, a husband..to a Father. That day and moment I held my little baby, my son in my arms has to be the one that changed me completely.

There had been last minute complications, my wife’s blood pressure had shot up leading to conditions that required an immediate c-section. We had both spent several anxious hours, hoping, praying. I knew I was holding a miracle in my arms.

After all that anxiety just seeing him there, looking so peaceful and calm almost as if he was wondering what all the fuss had been about, triggered off a reaction that just changed everything.

Nothing that I had heard or read had prepared me for the change I experienced; nothing that I can say or write can ever completely explain the wave of emotions I felt in that instant.

There had been moments of before which told me I needed to change, several other wonderful moments, getting married to my lovely wife topping those. Moments in which I felt that things are going to be different, but this one acted like the final secret ingredient, that something that just made it happen.

It has redefined my relationships..since that day I have tried to be a better son, grateful for all things they must have done, things that me and my wife as parents do for our son!

That moment, has made me want to be better husband..if we could create something so beautiful, then we were certainly meant to be.

Its made me want to be better person, trying to be the role model for him.

The journey of course continues, the change is not complete yet, as my wife will readily agree 🙂 its still very much work in progress. But that moment definitely has to be the one in which everything changed for me..

That life that I had helped create, In that instant, had forever changed mine.

This ones for the weekly #dpchallenge..an amazing coincidence that the instant that had changed the physical me..will for ever now change the virtual me. This is my first blog ever…