Aug 27, 2017

Comparison is the killer!

Ever since I read this, I've been on an introspection note. How truly said and intelligently too! We always end up comparing ourselves with the ones around us and that too in the matters that we think are important for us. For some, money is important. For some, fame is important. For some, peace is important. For some, winning is important. For some, kids are important. For some, friends are important and so on. We all compare ourselves with someone close by, in the given matter of our interest, rather important, at the current time. That's the reality of how we are living and not necessarily how life shall exist. 

Having said that, comparison is a double edged sword. At times we feel relaxed after comparing ourselves with someone we think are inferior to us in a given matter at a given point of time. For the moment to pass on, we move on thinking that we are better off. At least. But reality keeps coming back at us every now and then. The other side of the sword is so sharp that it's unavoidable to not get hurt, no matter what. 

Well, it's not difficult to avoid the other side of the sword. But for that, we must learn to handle the convenient side of the sword too. We must stop comparing ourselves with those we feel inferior to us to be able to win over ourselves comparing with those who we think are superior to us. Any form of comparison, irrespective of it helping us in relaxing or letting us irritate ourselves, is not in the best interest of anybody. 

Comparison is indeed a killer of happiness. If we compare ourselves with the inferior people according to us, it endangers in the form of silent killing. And if we compare with superior ones, again according to our understanding, it may rather will results into a quick killer of our happiness. 

Let us not compare ourselves with anyone else. Rather, let's compare ourselves with what we wish to become one day. It at least will result into something positive. Anyway we do not compare ourselves with someone who has really achieved something. We generally compare ourselves with either a team mate, or a batch mate or a colleague or a friend. We get motivated when we think about someone achieved great heights in their field and instead of getting inspired, we get at times worried when our neighbor wins something. This leads no where. 

We all know that all this leads no where. But we become helpless and desperate at times. That's quite human. However, we can be better human beings and we will be deserving this planet in a better way when we motivate ourselves with every achievement we see. Be it of a great sport personality or be it of our neighbor. We anyway do not live each other's lives. We live ours. Everyone lives theirs. No point standing head to head. 
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Let's stand together. In every step; in every moment. Let's lead life somewhere. Together. 

The spirit of competence!

It's time to remember P.V.Sindhu for more, than being an Olympic silver medalist, more than a giant killer. The 'giant' in the world badminton had been the Chinese players one after the other for a few years which must be lauded undoubtedly. And now, there are giants from at least half a dozen countries. It's not about the current day but the day the Rio Olympic podium was occupied by three medal winners from three different countries, and none from China, was the day it was proven to had begun. 

Going back in time for five years, I used to watch the semi finals and finals of the BWF super series on the weekends. There used to be barely any other commending player in women's singles than the super Saina Nehwal who would stand in between the Chinese and the BWF super series titles. Starting with disheartening losses to achieve the series of titles later on, Saina's swift rise against the monopoly of Chinese is ever inspiring. I used to wonder if anyone would come up to continue her legacy. I never imagined that down the line five years, there would be not just one but a handful of players from other countries to stand tall in the podium-finish matches. 

Yesterday when I watched the semi finals of women's singles of the BWF world championships, I felt amused to see the likes of Sindhu and Okuhara coming up fast. Carolina Marin and Ratchanok have been the front runners in making the women's singles interesting. Saina Nehwal, needless to say is one among the tough contenders ever. It's matter of time and effort. Can't close this by not mentioning about the ace coaches behind all these flamboyant players. The coaches who not just believed in these players but believed in challenging some of the best players in the history of badminton from China. Nothing against China but it's good to see the players from different countries come and compete, in the spirit of the game, in the spirit of the contributes towards the game. Hope this competence continues. 

And for today's final clash between Sindhu and Okuhara, I wish both the players all the best. The better will win and may they perform their best. 

Also, my best wishes to the greatest badminton player ever in men's singles, by titles and numbers, Lin Dan, for today's match by winning which he will become the first ever player in the history of the game to have won six world championship titles. 

Useful comparison... Take Home #643

Not with neighbors, but compare your current self with what you wish to become one day and act accordingly. This is the only form of comparison that comes to my mind which is slightly useful. 

Aug 26, 2017

Let time answer... Take Home #642

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Do not hurry up to answer everything. Leave few to let the time answer. It's not being eventual; but strategical.


Aug 1, 2017

Honesty and its price... Take Home #641

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One must find pleasure in paying the price for being honest. Whatever it takes!

The dimension... Take Home #640

The way we feel, live, love, struggle, and conquer in our own little world in the gigantic universe! That's life. That's passion. That's a dimension of the 'survival instinct'.

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August 1st and the nine years at work!

August 1st marks the completion of nine years for me at work, at Tata Motors.

Reading sports news
To following technology news,

Hanging out with friends
To having fun with colleagues,

Shedding tears in farewells
To hiding back tears while delivering the farewell note,

Working on weekends
To hanging out on weekends,

Having lunch-table-full of friends
To having to go to lunch alone at times,

Debating on every topic under the sun
To realizing not all topics are worthwhile,

Believing in everything said and shown
To understanding the importance of reading between the lines,

Getting personal
To being professional,

A lot has changed. Life has changed, towards better and better in many aspects, and towards realization in some other. 

Credit to the people came, gone and stood by. Credit to the situations said 'hi'. Looking forward for much more change and many more memories in the years to come. 

Welcoming the first of the decade-mark in all hope and enthusiasm.