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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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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Save our ‘Trees’ save our ‘planet’.

Hello friends.

Our planet Earth is known for existence of life.Rich flora and any other species on earth which keep the balance of favorable atmosphere here. Trees are the beings who keep the balance of oxygen and ozone maintained. We are progressing and developing rapidly, but at what cost? Deforestation is the rising concern. I am not against development but rate of depletion of natural resources too is alarming.

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Let me tell you a story of a brave lady Amrita devi from India-

It was a day in 1730 AD in Khejadli village in Jodhpur district of Rajasthan, India. This village derives its name from Khejri (Prosopsis cineraria) or Shami trees.

Shami tree (Prosopsis cineraria) source-Internet

Maharaja, the ruler of that state wanted to fell green Khejri trees to burn lime for the construction of his new palace. Since there was a lot of greenery in the villages even in the middle of desert, the king ordered his men to get the woods from Khejri trees.Amrita Devi a mother of three daughters viz. Asu, Ratni and Bhagu bai was at home with her daughters. Suddenly, she came to know that many people had descended in their otherwise sleepy village.Amrita Devi protested against King’s men attempting to cut green trees as it was prohibited in Bishnoi religion. They did not agree and proceeded with their act. She said that she would rather give away her life to save the green trees.

Pic source- Internet

It is at that stage she spoke these words:If a tree is saved even at the cost of one’s head, it’s worth it.Saying these words, she embraced the tree.The axes, which were brought to cut the trees, severed her head from her trunk. The three young girls Asu, Ratni and Bhagu were not daunted, and offered their heads too!!

This news spread like fire and following her footsteps 363 brave bishnoi(name of the tribe) people embraced the khejri trees to save them. They too got martyred. After viewing the severity of situation, the authorities stopped rampant deforestation.

I remembered this incident of on account of :’Save AAREY’ movement going on in Mumbai in order to prevent cutting of trees to build a Metro route. The area of lush green trees in Aarey colony of Mumbai which is also called lungs of this metropolitan city, are being cut down by the Government authority. Civilians are protesting against it since many days. Recently the protesting college students were arrested and later bailed with fine. There are many aspects and opinions to this issue. I won’t go to its depth.

But as a good citizen of my Country I feel this deforestation should be stopped and alternative route for metro must be discovered if possible. It is our duty to save the trees because it takes years to grow and conserve them. We want development but not at the cost of deforestation and environment depletion.

Let us plant, conserve and save the trees to save our planet.

OptimistSaya

(Readers please let me know your opinions on this issue and how do we contribute as civilians,common men to save our trees in rising demand of urbanisation?

For any suggestions mail me at- optimistsaya@gmail.com )

Good and Evil

Hello friends. Wish you a very happy Dusshera. We are all aware of the reason for celebrating this festival.

It marks the beginning of Ashwin month of Hindu calmanac and also the victory of good over evil. Today I would like to share one such story read by me with you(the source of story is from internet, it is highlighted in bold and italics)-

“Does evil exist?

The university professor challenged his students with this question. Did God create everything that exists? A student bravely replied, “Yes, he did!”

“God created everything? The professor asked.

“Yes sir”, the student replied.

The professor answered, “If God created everything, then God created evil since evil exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are then God is evil”. The student became quiet before such an answer. The professor was quite pleased with himself and boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth.

Another student raised his hand and said, “Can I ask you a question professor?”

“Of course”, replied the professor.

The student stood up and asked, “Professor, does cold exist?”

“What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?” The students snickered at the young man’s question.

The young man replied, “In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-460 degrees F) is the total absence of heat; all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have no heat.”

The student continued, “Professor, does darkness exist?”

The professor responded, “Of course it does.”

The student replied, “Once again you are wrong sir, darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact we can use Newton’s prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color. You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn’t this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present.”

Finally the young man asked the professor, “Sir, does evil exist?”

Now uncertain, the professor responded, “Of course as I have already said. We see it every day. It is in the daily example of man’s inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.”

To this the student replied, “Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is not like faith, or love that exist just as does light and heat. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.”

The professor sat down.

The young man’s name — Albert Einstein.

What I understood from this story is that evil is nothing but absence of Good. So this Dusshera instead of only destroying the roots of ‘Evil’, why not plant the seeds of ‘Good’ in our hearts?

Let us burn this ten faced Ravana (demon) that exists in us- Ego,Anger,Greed,Envy, Obsession, Lust, attachment, ignorance, addiction, and last but not the least inhumanity.

Let us spread goodness by our good deeds. Let’s make the world peaceful and society, a healthy and better place for all to live.

OptimistSaya

Goddess

Laden in beautiful saree,open black hairs decorated with a crown, trident in her hand, other hand giving blessings to her devotees,other 8 hands with various weapons and beautiful eyes filled with compassion, protecting her devotees from evil eye. She is riding a ferocious tiger.

Yes ,She has arrived!

It’s Navratri festival in India observed in honour of Goddess(Devi) Durga. This festival marks the beginning of Sharad Ritu(Autumn) in India.The festival is associated to the prominent battle that took place between Durga and demon Mahishasura and celebrates the victory of Good over Evil.

Navratri honours nine Goddesses –

1. Goddess Shailaputri

2. Goddess Brahmacharini

3.Goddess Chandraghanta

4.Goddess Kushmanda

5.Goddess Skandamata

6. Goddess Katyaayani

7. Goddess Kalaratri

8. Goddess Mahagauri

9. Goddess Siddhidaatri

It is said in sanskrit language that –

यत्र नार्यस्तु पूज्यन्ते रमन्ते तत्र देवता ।।

Means- where the women are worshipped, God resides there.It gives the account of respecting women in society.

Pic source – internet

Women are wonderful creation. They are storehouses of energy, compassion. They are best multitaskers. One woman plays many roles in society. She is good employee, girlfriend daughter,wife, housewife,mother. She is truly a goddess! We need to respect her.

However, scenario in certain regions is different. Still many women are deprived of their basic rights. We need to change this. Women too should help other women to progress.

Wishing you all a happy navratri.

Let the good win over evil.

OptimistSaya

Vote for my poem

Hello dear reader friends,

I have sent my poem ‘A Ray of hope’ for Tata literature live mystory contest 2019.

Kindly click on link below to vote for my poem if you liked it.Voting begins on 30th September,2019.

http://wshe.es/Q3jLgYBA

Your vote is precious for me.

Thank you

-OptimistSaya (name in the contest- smartdoc.sayali)

Memories of Munnar

Hello Friends.

How are you all? Hope everything is fine.I’m back again with a travellogue for you. But in different way this time.

I’m very happy to share a video of short documentary prepared by me on my travel to Munnar in 2018 and this year too. Presenting- ‘Memories of Munnar’.

OptimistSaya

It’s a small effort for those who believe in travelling is fun and learn.

Do let me know your opinion on this new venture of mine.

Heroes

Recently someone asked me “Hey who is your favorite hero?”

Person asking this question expected a name of some bollywood actor in answer.

I replied-” The one who stands at the borders,keeping guard from enemy, irrespective of extreme natural conditions is my favorite hero”.

The person shook his head is amusement. It couldn’t understand this reply and said-

“Oh no! I mean the hero from bollywood or other cinemas”

“Dude,they are not heroes,they are ‘Actors’, please understand the basic difference! Though they influence the society with their movies, I don’t think they deserve to be called ‘Heroes’.”

That person never turned up to ask me anything! Truth is bitter and hard to digest. Did I said anything wrong?

Definition of hero –
A hero is someone who gives of himself, often putting his own life at great risk, for the greater good of others.My answer coincides with this words.

I am not against anyone but I don’t like the blind worship of actors in our society. They are definitely great role models for many in their careers and may be extremely extraordinary human beings,but naming them heroes is bit difficult to digest.

Not only actors we have a tendency of blind hero worship in our society which doesn’t seem good. It will affect the integrity of society one day. They do impact our society but they are not the only ones! There are many people who contribute to society in many ways. It is strange that there are many people, doctors, scientists, teachers etc, who make impact on society but never get any recognition. This scenario must change. Change begins with individual. Hero is within ourselves, within every individual and it arises in the times needed, realise it!

So on our 73rd Independence day, let us make a resolution to give up this tendency of blind worship and keep our brains open to keep our society integrated and thereby our India, healthy and happy.

OptimistSaya

‘Ray’ of hope

Short poem-

Years after years,She kept

walking on the dark path.

Haunted and tortured,

by the ghosts of her past!

She stumbled upon rigid stones,

and the pain made her sob.

Something was still there ,

that made her heart throb.

Darkness gathered to scare her,

eerie silence added to her grief.

Thorns tried to hurt her,

and alone she would weep!

Determined she kept walking

through that lonely way.

Feeble light of hope visible,

and she followed that ray!

-OptimistSaya

(Note– Friends did you like this poem? I have tried to give words to the feelings of patient fighting her own psychological battle. I hope I have done justice to it.

let me know your views and comments)

Girl on platform no. 2 part II

” Aage chal ke kya banna hai pinky? (What do you wish to be in future?) I asked her with curiosity. Her reply really stunned me. I was deeply impacted by her words.

Pic source-Internet

Ctd….

Part II

Meanwhile a lady passenger beside me said

” Ye log se kya baat karneka. Ye chor hote hai. Aise baccho ka istamal kiye paise kamate he . Inko allowed nahi h train mein ye bechna!(why to talk to such people, they are rogues, they use kids to earn money.They are not allowed to sell stuffs in local trains)”

I managed to pose a feeble expression for that lady and again asked the question to pinky,who was busy packing her goods to get down at next stop. I really wanted her to talk.

“Policewala” she said instantly.

Few curious ladies willing to jump in the conversation asked in unison-

“Why is that?”

Pinky’s reply felt like a tight slap.

” police banke apni papa ko jail main dalna hai”(I want my father to be jailed once I become a cop.)

Suddenly the compartment filled with silence. Only sound to be heard was of our train .

Pinky continued the conversation-” Woh meri ma aur mujhko ko roz marate hai! Unko ma se paise chahiye hote h.(He beats up me and my mother for money)”

“Meri ma boli jis din tu police banegi inko anadar karna!!(My mother wishes that once I become a cop, I should punish him)”.

Her words hit the ears like thunderbolt. I don’t remember when and at which station she alighted but I could feel the tears down my cheeks. I never got a chance to meet pinky again. I don’t know whether she was able to cherish her dream and punish her father who represented that sector of society who felt women to be objects they can use in their way and abuse them! But this incidence changed my perception of society.

I would conclude by saying-

“We live in developing country still many women face the problem of domestic violence. Though there are many helplines and campaigns started against it, we are yet to reach many more. Let us make a change in society. Help those who need our help and intervention.”

Say no to domestic violence.

Good life is everybody’s right.Live and let live.

OptimistSaya

Girl on platform no. 2

Hello friends,

I’m back again to share one of my experience on local trains in Mumbai. We all know Mumbai is highly active,dynamic, metropolitan city of India. There is life in everything here that’s why it is addressed often as Mumbai meri jaan(Mumbai is my life) . Local trains are the lifeline of Mumbaikars (people of Mumbai).

Pic source- Internet

Many people daily travel to and fro to their workplace through this transport medium. This incidence happened on one such local train in a well-known suburban railway station of Mumbai. I was traveling as usual in this local on platform no.2 and happened to bump into this little girl in the rear end of train compartment, selling something. She was using all her ‘marketing’ skills to convince commuters to purchase goods from her. People were fiddling with the goods but nobody made a purchase. It seemed that she had not achieved her day’s target. I could read that from her face. She finally reached upto me.

“Didi(Sister), earrings dakhau ekdum zakkas ahet .(should I show earrings from my goods,they are the best).”

I was amused by her convincing skills after having a short conversation with her. Her name was Pinky and was only 7 to 8 yrs age. She sold this accessories in train during day and then attended the night school.

” Aage chal ke kya banna hai pinky? (What do you wish to be in future?) I asked her with curiosity. Her reply really stunned me. I was deeply impacted by her words.

To be continued….

OptimistSaya

Can you imagine her reply? Think and do comment

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