5th May, REMEMBERING M.P….

Few words in remembrance of a good friend,pen-friend….

Today is 5th May, the date I remembered every year as birthdate of acquaintance & pen-friend (after all we share the same birthday month!), who later became a good friend. Yes, I’m talking about –Military Pilot Anil Kumar, also lovingly known as ‘M.P’ among his friends. Even if he is not amongst us now, I still remember this date every year.

I first got to know of him during my school days in a lesson ‘Airborne to chairborne’ in my English textbook in Class Xth. A military pilot’s journey from flying aircrafts like MIG-21 to becoming confined to the wheel chair for lifetime due to condition called ‘quadriplegia’ that he suffered because of a road accident. I was highly inspired by him and wanted to meet him in person sometime. I also wrote him a letter and sent him on the address mentioning just the name of that place (other details I didn’t knew!). In that hustle I forgot to mention my address. I never expected a reply, but I got one from him! How? That’s very interesting story, will narrate sometime later.

From that day we became penfriends through letters and friends later on. His reply would be in a form of typed letter which he used to type on specialized computer whose keyboard he operated holding pen in the mouth (later, when technology advanced, we used e-mails for convenience of communication). His letters would always be inspiring. He had a good command over English language(so much that I had to search for some words in dictionary!). I had expressed my desire to meet him at the paraplegic home where he stayed. I got the chance when he happily agreed for the meet, Me and my dad visited him on one fine morning (after a long search of address). He, was one of the nicest persons I ever met! So full of optimism. I told him about my dream of becoming a ‘Doctor’. He was very happy for that. One of his letters said this which I will remember for life time- “Have courage in the face of adversity, patience in the face of frustration and faith in the face of grief Today, when I am summoned for the duty as doctor in times of this crisis pandemic, I have this M.P’s advice with me, which gives me hope and strength to fight all odds.

M.P, I know you are not among us now, but you are always remembered. Your advice on courage, determination and optimism has been there & will be with me throughout my journey in medical profession and as a human being in this in life.

-OptimistSaya

[Note- I have shared more about him (as his pen-friend), in the book named ‘Born to fly’, which has been written by M.P’s friend Nitin Sathe(published by Vistasta publications). Do read it to know more about his journey.]

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Difficult times- let’s fight it together

Sunset captured by me @ goan beach
Note:- Image subject to copyright

“Difficult times shall pass and World will be peaceful and happy again

OptimistSaya

CHAPTER 1. Don’t loose hope

Hello everyone. I hope all of you are fit and fine. We know friends that world is going through tough times dealing with the novel corona virus threat.

People are dying, few are in isolation,some on hope to get cured, some unfortunate ones waiting for their death! We, in India, specifically in Mumbai are in 21 days lockdown scenario(which is apt owing to the public health concern)

It feels so gloomy and depressive thinking of current scenario!

But we are hopeful that this too will pass, we will fight and emerge out again like phoenix bird.

Just like after every gloomy sunset, there is a blissful morning, we will welcome new time with new ray of hope.

Till the we will keep our moral high and not let anyone of us succumb to loneliness and depression.

I make use of this platform today to request fellow bloggers to share this, find people who can make use of this initiative to keep the hope alive in this difficult time. I request people, readers to share their stories here if they wish!

let us come together ONLINE in this times of social distancing. Distance physically, Stay connected through this blog psychologically.

-OptimistSaya

(Email- optimistsaya@gmail.com

Feel free to mail me for suggestions, queries)

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Plants-My masters!

Hello Friends,

Today on this occasion of World Environment Day, I am writing this post.-

“I am otherwise very good person but there is one complaint about me that whenever I step out of my house I observe more plants than people. It is a fact indeed. Many of my acquaintances do make fun of this habit. But I Can’t help it.”

Actually what started as a need of my study subject became my habit later on. From observing the peculiar characteristics of plant species and identifying, I slowly started learning from them. I found my masters (Gurus) in plants. You won’t believe they have taught me many memorable lessons of life and shown path during my vulnerable times when I felt lost.

Recently I noticed people are lacking awareness about environment of which these mute beings are major part. So I felt a desperate need to dedicate an article to them. If you ask me what have the plants taught you?

My plants have taught me –

  1. To survive all the adversities.
  2. To remain deeply rooted to the ground.
  3. To give shelter to the needy.
  4. To blossom in right season and shed leaves in unfavorable times.
  5. To live to the fullest, come what may.
  6. Some stages during growth are dormant. But that doesn’t mean absence of growth . It’s the preparation of future events.
  7. Its doesn’t matter whether you are a tree or grass, what matters is that you are something. Trees teach you endurance and grass teach you persistence.
  8. Tree is not greener all the days.Nothing except change is constant. One who adapts in season changes, survives.
  9. Nothing can grow beneath a banyan tree. It means you can find protection but not growth in the vicinity of huge personality.
  10. Patience is the greatest of all virtues taught by plants.

This is what I learnt from them.I have found eternal bliss living with my plants. It’s my wish to protect them lifelong and spread awareness in the society regarding their conservation. So, with this I take your leave .

Let’s make a resolution to conserve plants, and environment and make World a better place.

-OptimistSaya

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First birthday Celebrations

Hello friends, readers of this blog and co-bloggers. I am a regular reader of this blog and good friend of OptimistSaya. How are you all? Hope everything is good.

Today is special! Because our beloved blog ‘Elixir of life- Live,Laugh and Love’ has completed one successful year on WordPress today. That means it’s OptimistSaya’s First birthday as blogger. Let me first take a review of this one year.

Birth of this Blogger’OptimistSaya’-

OptimistSaya began blogging after a friend of it, persuaded and literally emailed the created blog site with password on WordPress. Friend was aware of OptimistSaya’s writing skills and bunch of articles written by him highlight his addiction to pen and paper over any app.After that this journey began with us. Coming out of traditional process of ‘writing’ articles ,OptimistSaya ventured on this WordPress app by ‘typing’ articles and thoughts that sprang in mind .

Journey of blogging-

Frankly speaking this blog had never began with any intention or specific areas of interest. It was just a small act of expressing each and every thought, ideas that came straight from heart. It slowly began to focus on finding optimism in life. ‘Optimist’ was the first penname used to write this blog which was later named as ‘OptimistSaya’.

This blog has till date published 60 posts on varied topics under categories- Stories, Travellogues, Articles included under category- ‘Straight from the heart’, Thought for a day’, and many more. It has 168 WordPress followers ,5 email followers and 50 facebook followers(to whom OptimistSaya is grateful for support).

Story behind the author’s name-

There is a story behind this name too. ‘Saya’ means ‘soul in hindi language. Author of this blog is an interesting and versatile persona who is a hardcore optimist at heart. That’s why the name.This person prefers to be a backstage artist  and prefers solitude over social groups. However he finds bliss in the company of people with good sense of humor. I felt good to meet and befriend him.

This article is a small gift from me to OptimistSaya. You have always shown me right path in times of distress. May god bless you with good health and a long life.

Friends,I’m sure this blog must have entertained you, made you to ponder over issues, sometimes made you happy and smile. In a way it must have made a small impact on your lives and enhanced the optimism in your outlook towards life.

I wish OptimistSaya a very happy birthday and may god bless you with all the ideas to keep writing , inspiring people and making impact on the society.

A well-wisher of this blog and Friend of OptimistSaya

(Note- OptimistSaya wishes to continue writing with its penname. His message to readers and followers- Do keep reading and living life to the fullest. And suggestions if any can be mailed to optimistsaya@gmail.com)

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Nature at its best.

It has been two days for ‘Holi ‘(The festival of colours celebrated in India) and we witnessed roads splashed with colours and colours everywhere in the surroundings! I still recollect a person ,who was not an Indian and  I happened to hear him in a conference in India saying that India means ‘Land of colours’. Absolutely true. We love colors in life. They make our lives cheerful.

Today I’m not writing about contribution of colors to our lives,but about how nature too makes us aware of its existence with variety of colors. So, want to witness the nature at its best?

Have a look-

These are the beautiful orange flowers of Flame of forest tree(known as palas locally). when this tree is at its full bloom it looks as though its put on fire.

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PALAS TREE

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Beautiful Flowers of PALAS( FLAME OF THE FOREST TREE)

Also have a look at these flowers of Salmalia malabarica (Silk cotton tree). This tree looks damn beautiful,  It starts loosing all its leaves as it begins to flower.

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Then there are flowers of Oleander tree- White and Pink varieties. They appear so beautiful on the plant.

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Flowers of Amla(Indian gooseberry).I felt lucky enough to have witnessed this flowering.

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Flowers of Ashoka plant(Saraca indica)- These flowers have a mild, pleasant fragrance that refreshes you in scorching heat.

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Inflorescence of Asparagus racemosus plant- This one was seen in my own home garden!

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This spring season is that time of year when the nature is at its best, blooming and spreading joy.  Do spare some time from your busy routine to take a glimpse at nature, at these plants.

OptimistSaya

(Note-Readers, Suggestions and opinions are welcome. feel free to mail on optimistsaya@gmail.com)

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So what if I cannot raise my voice?

Has anybody else stumbled upon this question in their lives? Yes it may have bothered you at least once in your life. Actually it should be asked more appropriately as- ‘Why’ I cannot raise my voice?

There are situations when I’m verbally insulted or not taken into account or accused for things I haven’t done, when I need to defend myself, but I cannot! I cannot raise a voice against anything. Something within ‘me’ prevents me from doing such deed.

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Does it mean that I have no feelings? Certainly NOT!

I can’t  express everything in words. Its a silly expectation of mine that each and every person who knows me should ‘understand’ my unsaid feelings! There are many actions I do unsaid for people which I don’t like to mention. I feel its like keeping an account of each action. I cannot live a calculated life like this.

Am I wrong if I think so?

What is the solution to my problem? Should I change my attitude? But then the dilemma is why should I change for someone who doesn’t even understand ‘me’?  What I realized in this many years is –

‘Silence’ is least cared entity! It has so much to say, but not all are blessed with ears to hear it.

Am I exaggerating my feelings? Sorry if I am, but its the only way to express myself. I feel relieved when I’m writing my heart and letting my emotions out. I’m lucky enough that I have found this way, this blog to express.

I wonder how other people (similar traits,if any) like me end up fighting such battles of emotions within them with a happy face and calm behavior? because nobody else realize the stir-up of emotions happening in them!

Friends, this article is ‘straight from heart’. Do let me know if any similar trait person exists, and if yes, how they have overcome the situations in their life?

-OptimistSaya

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New Year, “new” me?

It’s 31st of December and people are all set to say goodbye to 2018 .The celebration parties for new year are in full swing. People are planning to meet friends, acquaintances, family, relatives on this last day of the year. In short all are eager to welcome new year wholeheartedly. Whats new in it? we do this every year, year after year. Nothing as such changes in our lives on 1st January except for few resolutions like getting up early everyday, doing work out in gym, learning something new etc, that too last for few days .

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Hmmm! Then what is so special about new year?  It still feels optimistic on the last day of year and when we are about to enter the new year. I  really can’t explain that feeling. Last day  gives us time to review the events, relations, friendships of the year. It is the realization day of mistakes that had occurred, or things we messed up and some good memories that we can cherish life long. This day seems like self-realization day when you understand that you were actually good at many things and situations. it make us realize our potential.New year feels like new ray of hope. Hope for progressing better than today. Hope of pursuing your dreams against all odds and more important, “Following your heart”.

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2018 taught me many things. It was a best teacher I have got so far! It taught me that-

1.No one remains constant with you or for you.

2. Always do good and help the needful. but never expect the same from anyone.

3. Never give advice, unless asked for.

4. Believe in yourself more than anyone.

5. Determination ,dedication towards work, sincerity and modesty not only lead you to success but also enrich you as a person.

Besides above lessons, this year also gave me a platform to express myself through this blog of mine- “Elixir of life-Live,laugh and love“, and many blogger friends and readers like you .So, I’m thankful to this year and all of you for being a part of my journey!

What I can say today on 31st December,2018 is-

Nothing changed for me in new year, It’s “I” who have changed.

-OptimistSaya

I wish all my readers, followers, Blogger friends, a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year 2019.

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See you soon with new posts. Let’s continue the journey called”LIFE”.

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Sweet city ‘Kolkata’- Part 2 (At A.J.C.B Botanical Garden)

Last time I told you about Victoria memorial museum. It was the best place to visit during evening. Here are few of its pictures-

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VICTORIA MEMORIAL MUSEUM,KOLKATA

 

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VICTORIA MEMORIAL MUSEUM-view from rear side

Next day, we visited Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Botanical Garden, at Howrah. This garden is the largest botanical garden in India and I must say that it is worth seeing once in lifetime!We inquired for bus to Howrah and boarded one. It dropped us at the gates of the garden after one and half hour of journey, crossing howrah bridge(it is very famous bridge and there is also a hindi movie with similar name). Basically the bridge connects this place howrah with kolkata and is built on river ‘hooghly’. The AJCB Botanical garden is a huge garden with many plant species. It has also conserved many rare Ayurvedic medicinal plants in ‘Charak Udyan’.  There is a 150 year old Banyan (Ficus bengalhensis) tree  spread extensively in this garden. It presently has 3772 aerial roots reaching ground as prop roots. It is worth watching.

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The Great Banyan Tree

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Close up taken at the Gate of Great banyan tree. Adventitious roots are visible which are from one tree. It looks like a forest but actually is one tree spead extensively over years.

We also witnessed other species like giant lilies, Bamboo plantations, etc. We got to visit Charak udyan after taking permission from authority.I appreciate the discipline, politeness and hospitality of people there.

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Giant Water Lilies (without flowers)

Medicinal plants we saw there are- Iris germanica, Coscinium fenestratum, Glycyrrhiza glabra(Liquorice), Santalum album(Sandalwood), Coffee plant, Nutmeg plant, Clerodendron species, Rauwolfia species and many more. I must say that efforts taken by staff and all garden authorities in maintenance and conservation of plants are worth appreciating.

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Hooghly river (Picture taken through bus from bridge while returning back from howrah.)

We returned to our hotel in evening. This day was well spent in largest Botanical garden in India.  Next day was the last day there with conference till noon. However our visit to kolkata was still incomplete without tasting local cuisine,street food and mithai(sweets) especially rasgullas!

To be continued………. 

                -OptimistSaya

Readers, I hope you enjoyed this second part of My visit to sweet city “Kolkata”. I will soon post the next and last part. be sure to read that too!

 

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Nomination for Liebster award

Hello Friends,

I’m happy to announce that I have been nominated for Liebster award by blogger Irene,My Slice of Mexico. It is the 2nd nomination I have received after blogging for 6 months.

Firstly, thank you so much Irene for this nomination. His blog is interesting blog about Mexican cuisine which also focuses on history and culture of Mexico through food. Do visit his blog-

https://mysliceofmexico.ca/

The rules of this award are-

  1. Acknowledge the blogger that gave it to you and display the award.
  2. Answer 11 questions that blogger gives you.
  3. Give 11 random thoughts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination.
  5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer.

Questions asked by Irene-

Personality: Are you a …
1) Half-full-glass or half-empty-glass person?
2) Driver or passenger?
3) Fish in the water or land lover?
4) Early or late person?
Your Favourite things:
5) Food and beverage(s)
6) Sport(s) (play or watch)
7) Movie genre(s)
8) Fictional character(s)
9) Animal(s)
10) Day of the week
Random:
11) Do you like Math? (hee-hee, get it?)

My answers to the questions from Irene-

1.Indeed I’m half glass full person.

2.It depends on situation. Enjoy being both driver and passenger at times.

3. Land lover

4.Early person, always before the time.

Your Favourite things

5. Food – I love food, all cuisines and to speak of beverages I’m just the Tea-lover.

6.Sports- Cricket, Tennis and football (love to watch).

7.Movie genres- Thriller, Mystery ,

8.Fictional characters- Haha, that is difficult.

9.Animals- Dogs, Tigers

10.Day of week- Saturday

Random-

11.Do you like Math? My answer- Nope, Not at all.

11 Random thoughts about me-

1. I’m a more outgoing personality than I seem. So I’m often misjudged.

2. I would always prefer good company to hang out with rather than spending free time with gadgets.

3. I love to know people and read them like books.

4. I equally care for nature and human beings. I believe in harmony and peace.

5.Knowledge of each and everything matters for me. I like to go in depth of every situation and problem in life to find answers.

6. I adore the persons who struggle in their life to achieve something.

7. Friendship is something I value the most and do lot of things unsaid for friends. Unfortunately very few friends are worth it.

8. Sometimes small treks in forests, away from city life seem more worthy to attend than visiting malls and amusement parks etc in spare time.

9. I believe in Good. Be it in “Good person’ or ‘Good’ in every person.

10. Its my dream to visit all the places across the globe, travelling all the countries, tasting their cuisines, witnessing their cultures.(Don’t know whether it will come true in this life!but I’m optimistic about it)

11. I’m proud of my country India, and feel lucky enough to be born here.

Nominating these bloggers-

I am nominating these bloggers I have known and went through their blogs in this six months of my blogging span, for Liebster award –

1.https://bestindianfoodblog.wordpress.com/

2.https://writingmyheartout25.wordpress.com/

3.https://nirant138.wordpress.com/

4.https://rolandomio.blog/2018/12/10/

5.https://readnewweb.wordpress.com/

6.https://sunshinebaby621.com/

7.https://tanusrirchokhe.com/

8.https://atuldepak.wordpress.com/

9.https://mytalkexchange.wordpress.com/

10.https://katiekay727.wordpress.com/

11.https://forthysomethingheyhey.com/

My questions for the nominated bloggers-

1. What do you think are the qualities of blogger that makes him unique?

2. What one thing will you advice young generation ?

3. What does friendship mean to you?

4. Best memory of your life

5. What do you think about country ‘India’ and indians ?

6. How do you judge a person(in general)?

7. What are your views on gender equality?

8.Your favourite person(the one you love or adore)

9. Your passion in life is___

10. What is your concept of good and evil?

11. Your favorite beach is _____.

Friends hope you liked the questions!

I once again thank Irene for considering me for nomination.

OptimistSaya

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Sweet city ‘Kolkata’ (Part 1).

India is a land of diversity. It has variations, not only in people residing here, but also in its geography!

Last time we went to explore southern part of India, today we will go to one of the state in the east,i.e Bengal. More precisely ,in ‘Kolkata’. It was previously known by name Calcutta. It is not only the cultural capital but also known for its great history. Let us explore it-

“Nomoskor!, kemo acchish?” (Hello how are you?)

As soon as we stepped in Kolkata for attending a medical conference,we were greeted with these sweet dialect. Didn’t that sound sweet to your ears? Well guessed friends that is Bengali language. It is very sweet dialect much like people and their delicacies.

We went to our residence located in Park circus area, located in central Kolkata which is very busy area. We freshened up and got ready to explore the city on very first day as conference was scheduled next day.

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A view from mini toy train in Science city kolkata.

We began from our venue of conference-“Science city” which is awesome place to see. It is an amazing science center, one of its kind! It uses many props to make science learning easier. Here are few quick captures from there-

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After enjoying science in fun-learn way there, We moved to our next stop ‘Victoria Memorial’, which is a museum.

This Victoria Memorial located near Queens way in kolkata was built between year 1906 to 1920. It is huge building made in marble that houses many exhibits. There is huge garden spread across the area of about 64 acres around it.Though we had to cut the museum visit short due to lack of time, I would suggest that one must spare at least a day to visit this museum. It’s worth visiting.

The day ended on good note with a conference that followed next day. The last day we visited several other places in Kolkata.

To know more,read the next part which will be posted in few days.

Till then keep reading, commenting, travelling and sharing your travel experiences. Because-

“Life is short and World is Wide”

OptimistSaya

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Simply Beautiful

  1. These are some pics I happened to click few days back.collection of flowers. Posting them now-

Roses, we must appreciate them instead of cursing the thorns accompanying them.

I think one can find bliss in these beautiful flowers.

Why to “seek” and fight for proving the existence of that unknown good entity, if one can find it in these beings?

OptimistSaya

Friends , I won’t be able to post anything for few days due to my exams. Hoping to see you soon with new posts(after Christmas). Till then be happy ,stay healthy and keep the optimist in you alive! Adios amigos (Goodbye friends).

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Thanking all my readers and followers.

Today I have completed 6 months of blogging. I take this opportunity to thank all my readers and followers.It is because of their support and boosting, I am able to continue this blogging journey.

As per the request of some readers and friends I am giving few links of my previous articles on this blog for quick reference-

1. Stories-

A)Rain – part 1.

https://elixiroflife260689661.wordpress.com/2018/06/09/rain/?preview=true

B)Rain part 2.

https://elixiroflife260689661.wordpress.com/2018/06/10/rain-2/?preview=true

C)Vadapav part 1.

https://elixiroflife260689661.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/rain-3/?preview=true

D) Vadapav part 2

https://elixiroflife260689661.wordpress.com/2018/06/12/rain-4/?preview=true

E) Taxi driver

https://elixiroflife260689661.wordpress.com/2018/10/19/taxi-driver/?preview=true

F) Straight from Heart-

https://elixiroflife260689661.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/rain-last-story/?preview=true

2. Short poems-

A) That day I cried-

https://elixiroflife260689661.wordpress.com/2018/09/06/that-day-i-cried/?preview=true

B) Best Friend-

https://elixiroflife260689661.wordpress.com/2018/09/02/best-friend/?preview=true

3.Just a thought-

A) Roads

https://elixiroflife260689661.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/roads/?preview=true

B)Rose flower-

https://elixiroflife260689661.wordpress.com/2018/07/12/just-a-thought-3/?preview=true

C)words of wisdom-

https://elixiroflife260689661.wordpress.com/2018/07/09/words-of-wisdom-a-lotus-flower/?preview=true

4.Travel diaries-

A) God’s own country-Kerala

https://elixiroflife260689661.wordpress.com/2018/10/05/gods-own-country-kerala-part-1/?preview=true

5.Somethings to think upon-

1.Guru-A guide,philosopher, well-wisher https://elixiroflife260689661.wordpress.com/2018/07/27/guru-a-guide-philosopher-well-wisher/

2.music is life
https://elixiroflife260689661.wordpress.com/2018/07/23/la-musica-es-vida/

3.Accepting changes in life-

https://elixiroflife260689661.wordpress.com/2018/06/08/accepting-the-changes-in-life/?preview=true

4.Goodbyes are difficult-

https://elixiroflife260689661.wordpress.com/2018/09/01/goodbyes-are-difficult/?preview=true

5.Rat race-

https://elixiroflife260689661.wordpress.com/2018/06/17/rat-race/?preview=true

6.Success, failures and their acceptance-

https://elixiroflife260689661.wordpress.com/2018/08/31/success-failure-and-their-acceptance/?preview=true

7.Friends-

https://elixiroflife260689661.wordpress.com/2018/08/05/friends/?preview=true

8.Self appreciation-

https://elixiroflife260689661.wordpress.com/2018/06/23/self-appreciation/?preview=true

9.One Life-
https://elixiroflife260689661.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/one-life/?preview=true

10.Being beautiful from within-

https://elixiroflife260689661.wordpress.com/2018/05/31/being-beautiful-from-within/?preview=true

Now I am taking your leave.

If any reader or follower wants to share it’s opinion and suggestions personally,

this is my E-mail id-

optimistsaya@gmail.com

Thank you. Keep reading!

Copyright- All rights reserved @OptimistSaya.

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Travel diaries….

Who doesn’t like to travel? Exploring new places, witnessing new culture, relishing local cuisine…

I too like to travel, but from today I will take you with me again to all places I travelled and witness all the good or bad experiences; through my new venture into travellogue-

” Travel diaries”

So are you ready for this journey with an Optimist?

See you soon with my first travelogue ( presenting shortly)…..

OptimistSaya

Do follow the blog for updates

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BEST FRIEND

Short poem dedicated to those who crave for having a trustworthy,best friend in their life-

At times, I feel so sad,

And find no reason to be glad!

I hope for a company of friend in my fear,

To wipe my tear and make me cheer!

But the Luck has yet put me on wait

For such a pal is difficult to get!

OptimistSaya

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la música es vida

“Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same. ”  -John Denver

MUSIC is the best creation on Earth. It is something that connects you with yourself or your soul and doesn’t know boundaries. We may be divided by territories, nationality, religion etc, we are always connected by music. Words don’t matter, language doesn’t form barrier in music. It just swipes you to another world. Continue reading “la música es vida”

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ONE LIFE….

One thing that is certain in our uncertain Life is DEATH! Doesn’t this statement seem contrasting? But that is the ultimate truth.

So, in this uncertain life, why do we allow entry to false ego, jealousy that do nothing other than ruining our lives? Considering this one life that we have got is a chance to “live” for one selves, we must live it to its fullest.

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There are many things that we crave to do since childhood. As a child, I always wished to climb a mountain and scream on top of my voice, run on grass laden slopes, fly like a bird, dance like there is no tomorrow.

Continue reading “ONE LIFE….”

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Rain (last story)

Straight from the “heart”

Days of internship are the best days of medico’s life. They teach you a lot. They are not always tiring. We come across some incidences where we find moments of relaxation. I would like to tell you one such incidence.

I was posted as intern in ICU ward of a government hospital in Mumbai during month of July. Internship is busy phase of life .it becomes busiest in rainy season especially in city like Mumbai where traveling becomes your necessity and you pray that rains don’t disturb the transport.

In our daily work I came across an aged,poor patient who was sent for doing ecg follwed by advice in ICU.

He was a hawker by profession. I promptly called my registrar (senior doctor) after seeing his X-ray report that showed cardiomegaly.

We were trying to explain him his medical condition. When the registrar said with a serious look – ” Chacha aapke Dil ka size badha hua hai(size of your heart has increased abnormally).”

He stared at us with complete surprise on face.

” Lekin madam yeh toh acchi baat hai na ki mai bade Dil wala ban Gaya!”

(This phrase ‘ bade dilwala’ means ‘generous man’ in hindi)

We both were speechless for some time followed by small phase of laughter. We explained him the seriousness of his condition and guided him for further treatment. He didn’t seem panicked but had realised the condition and assured that he will see the physician immediately.

That patient managed to bring smile on our faces with his innocence in the hectic schedule.I never saw him again as our duty changed. But this incidence will remain in my memory for lifetime.

Being happy is not just a condition, it’s a Choice. Calmness and faith in the face of adversity shows your endurance. Thunderstorms are followed by light showers. Nothing is constant. So why worry? Let’s be like rain. Unplanned, unpredictable and shower happiness whenever you can.

With this I take your leave today.

Stay happy stay healthy!

– OptimistSaya

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Just a thought….

“There are only two ways to live your life-

One is as though nothing is a miracle other is as though everything is a miracle” – Albert Einstein

Miracles happen or not is very subjective phenomenon. One needs to experience them. My point here is living as though everything is miracle shows great level of optimism and hope. When we give our best to our work, miracles happen. There is no substitute to hardwork and dedication. However you definitely get rewarded for it in some way. Miracles happen when they are your goals you strive for, and you whole heartedly wish them to happen.

This kind of attitude gives moral strength in difficulties.

– Optimist

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Doctor’s day.

The most overlooked profession, taken for granted (until one falls ill) is Medicine. Health sector is most neglected or to be more appropriate is a selectively favoured sector in India. I being in this profession sincerely feel this-

My words may seem harsh but treatment is not just with infrastructure. It is done with compassion. ‘Doctor’ forms the most important pillar of health system. Unfortunately they are neglected (I’m limiting my talk to them who are working at grassroot levels i.e at frontline and not the policy framers).

We have understood the facts in this pandemic. I’m trying to pen my views-

1. We don’t need you to worship us with garlands or shower flowers on us, we expect some respect from society.

2. No doctor ever desires ill-health of his patients or kills them. Some of their fees may be high but understand that is there expertise that they charge for. Because afterall they too have household expenses and taxes to pay right?

3. Now a days people feel it is easy to assault the doctors. If you don’t get beds in hospital I think it’s failure of administration not the doctor. Do you dare to assault the corrupt politicians or inefficient administrators anytime? Doctor may be called a god’s angel but he is not god. Understand it.

My sincere request don’t wish us if you don’t respect our profession. We don’t need them. But dare not assault us. Because your future may be dreadful if no one dares to take up this noble profession !! I wish that should not happen otherwise you will have to be ‘atmanirbhar’ (self sufficient) enough to cut and stich your own wounds and conduct your own labour(delivery).

I wish my colleagues and medicos across globe, a very Happy doctors day and pray for their safety and well-being in this pandemic. We are duty bound. But do take care of yourselves. Your family too needs you.

OptimistSaya

Dear ‘Oneself’

We lost many people this year, our dear ones, many frontline covid warriors, dedicated Doctors, nurses ,police, eminent writers and bollywood celebrities. May their souls rest in peace. Today I felt an urge to write this article after recent sad demise of Actor Sushant Singh Rajput. I’m writing this article in wake of this incidences occurring in our society.

There are many different opinions among people regarding his demise. I think we are not apt to talk of it. We don’t know him beyond a celebrity actor. We don’t know what emotional turmoil he must have faced and suffered.

I felt a need to write on the scenario after his demise. Society got into the shoes of a judge as usual and passed their opinions on his personal life from his family to girlfriends, work life and everything as if they were with him and helping him all time.

Many even went to share the posts of ‘I’m there for you,call whenever you need ‘types. I appreciate their willingness to help the emotionally disturbed people. I don’t ridicule them. But my question is are you there for yourself and your family when needed? I analysed myself.

Being a Doctor myself I feel what makes a person to take such a drastic step to end his life? What he must have felt that time. May be loneliness? Competition? Hatred of fellow beings? Lack of society’s sympathy towards that poor being? May be , I don’t know. But surely it disturbed me to the core( Even though I am in a profession who have never dreaded death and working in this pandemic for patients) .

I am doing self analysis since lockdown. We call ourself social being? How many friends, acquaintances and relatives did I call in lockdown period to inquire their well-being? Or for an instance let’s make it reverse, how many of them tried to ask my well being? I will keep the answer to myself. But I think one should do this analysis atleast now.

I got my answer to the question. I remembered all times when I became mental support of many and those beings who became my emotional support system when I needed the most. I thank them from bottom of my heart.

One thing I realised now is that in this journey towards perfection it is perfectly ok to be imperfect. Because that’s what is the beauty in journey. Otherwise it will end.

I will not advice anyone to talk to me when they need as I understand and appreciate the fact that I’m not perfect. Even I need people to support me in bad times. But I will surely advice you to share your emotions with family, friends whom you trust. Don’t carry the burden of emotions that will crush you oneday.

Live life freely, without burden of society. Trust your near ones , family to share the difficulties. I’m sure they will help you,guide you. Talk to oneself very often. Nevertheless take care of yourself,you are precious. Value the creation of creator. Be happy,take care. – OptimistSaya

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2 nd bday

Its second bday of your beloved blog. May this optimism help everyone in current scenario. Stay happy stay healthy,safe and inspired

Thank you WordPress for wishes

Difficult time-lets fight it together

Chapter 3- We ‘don’t’ care!

Are you surprised by the negation in title? An optimist’s blog title showing negation? Well you must not judge the article by it’s title then. This situation of pandemic has taught us many things.

1.First is that never take anything for granted, especially the ‘life’.

2. It has made us realize that the human body is the master piece of an unknown artist which we have forgotten to appreciate all this years. How many of us even caress the tired feet that carry our loads or eyes that are strained on computers continuosly. Why talk of humanity when we cannot appreciate our own body? Truth is that we don’t really care.

3. Life is more valuable than anything. Come out of your ‘smart’ world of gadgets, life begins out there. Feel it, understand it, love it and try to respect it if possible!

I know many will read and leave it. Never mind, your choice. Frankly speaking no one really cares. ‘We’ don’t care for ourselves. We are lost in this busy tiny world of ours with no time for us till death knocks our door someday! But those who realize this, do start caring for yourselves. We are precious creation, understand it.

Stay healthy, stay safe friends and pray for others. –OptimistSaya

Difficult times- let’s fight it together

Chapter 2. Mind your ‘mind’

Hello friends. How are you all? Hope everyone is fine and keeping good health. This crisis situation of pandemic demands vigilance on health and living a disciplined life( with all measures of sanitization) to avoid spread of infection in society. From past few days I realised that mental health is the most ignored aspect in given situation. We need to keep focus on that too.

We are not used to the conditions we are facing currently and we neither know how it is going to impact our lives in future. But the least we can help is to mind our ‘mind’ in this difficult times. We are enveloped by all negativities and uncertainties. It is very obvious to feel lonely, emotionally distanced and depressed! But don’t worry. This too shall pass..

Self help is best help. We need to train our mind to seek optimism in crisis. Our mind is powerhouse that runs on ‘hope’ and ‘will’. We must protect ‘hope’, so that it will show us path out of this dark. We can help ourselves better in this times.

Protect your physical and mental health friends. We know the time is testing us, but we must stand firm like a rock! Keep faith and help others who need our help and mental support . Stay healthy stay happy.

OptimistSaya

Art of ‘forgiving’

Hello.
welcome to sprightly saturday. How was your last week friends?

Today we will talk about ‘forgiveness’.

It requires courage to let go of emotions and forgive some one. Isn’t it?There is only three letter difference between giving and forgiving! We often like to dwell in past and keep grudges. We carry the burden of emotions with us that in turn affects mental peace.

Think for a while if you do so…

Time changes so do people! Every day is new sunrise , so why not begin new set of emotions( free of grudges and prejudices) each day?

Today’s take home message is do forgive people and let go of things that had made you upset. Instead invest your mind energy to love and live life.

-OptimistSaya

‘Me time’, How to find it?

Well! Hello friends,Welcome to ‘Sprightly Saturdays’, first post of 2020. I don’t know whether you are happy in your work and satisfied with job. But I am sure you must be happy on weekends which are awaited for by everyone.We all are working tirelessly on weekdays living life according to somebody else’s rules and choices. Weekends are thus special because one gets ample time for oneself. Guys what do you do on weekends? partying, hanging out with friends or sleeping cozily at home?Moments of relaxation are equally important but my question is “Are you ‘investing’ time in yourself?”I think that is the ‘Me time’ people call.Life is short and unpredictable. Also time is running a marathon. so why not invest free time for ourselves? Don’t know how?

Well. I may be of some help. take a diary or note book-

1. Make a note of your schedule on recent weekend as how you have spent time (every detail like hours spent in sleep, eating, watching movies, people you met,etc)

2. I’m sure you must have found how much hours you are spending free, busy doing nothing or hours you could have probably done something for yourself.

3. Make a list of all things you aspire to do, things in your bucketlist.

4. Find a right time on coming weekend and start with things on your list(may be trip or trek, time with kids, learning new things etc).

5. Don’t stop here. Next Saturday again review how you felt whole week.
Friends we need a break from routine. Why wait for vacation when we have Sprightly Saturdays to nourish our souls? It’s easy to say ‘I don’t have time, difficult is to find it’. So let’s find time for oneselves.

Let us begin ‘living’ life just like I have through my blog.Do let me know how you felt this week. See you on next Saturday full of optimism.
OptimistSaya

Note- let me know how the technique worked for you this week.

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