Goodbye

While the internet will be flooded by tributes…I don’t have the words to express my sadness…people like him have touched the lives of millions though their music…and when someone kills themselves or dies…you realise two things…one…life is very short…too short to waste away being angry…on holding grudges and thinking about revenge and two…no one’s life is perfect…who knows what your close ones are going through…do not be fooled by their fake smiles…if you see someone in pain, help them. You may save a life.

Rest in peace Chester…you have left  void in this world that no one will ever be able to fill. I hope you are reborn as a musical genius again and perhaps then, I will watch you perform someday…listening to your songs when I was a teenager gave me so much comfort…I cannot even express it in words…I do not even understand why I feel so sad…thank you for sharing your beautiful talent with us…

Over and out…

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Fare thee well!!

People come and go,

Only a few will stay,

The ones who tug at your heart strings,

The ones you never want to go away.

 

Life has its own plans…

People drift apart,

They say you should not be afraid of letting go,

Someone else will come and heal your heart…

 

Yet as you grow older,

Time flies so fast…

You’ll find yourself reminiscing

About the days in the past…

 

Your first friend who taught you how to cross your t’s,

Your friend in high school, who always cheered you on…

Your friends from college…when life was just a ball,

Your work friends…where have most of them gone?

 

All you have is memories in the end…

Who decides who stays or who leaves?

To the ones who stay – thank you…

For the rest, my heart silently grieves.

 


 

Value your self worth. Give and don’t expect anything in return. If someone hurts you, learn from it and when the time comes, forgive them. Forgiveness is a way to set yourself free…unburden your heart. No matter how much you love someone, if they make you feel bad about yourself, perhaps its time to move on. They aren’t bad people – they are just not the type you need to be around. Remember, you are a reflection of the people you surround yourself with.

 

 

 

 

 

Melody – Part 3

For Part one – click here

For Part two – click here


He rubbed his eyes, he was so sleepy.

Farming wasn’t easy.

Oh yes, the hottest jock on the block was now your average run-of-the-mill farmer. But he liked this life. The smell of the mud on his hands, good physical hard work, sweat pouring down his back as he walked up and down his fields, talking to his crops…

Yes, he talked to his crops. People would think he was plain loco if they knew what he was doing but it was something which Jane had taught him. He smiled at a particular memory.


‘Your house is so green.’ He looked around admiringly. ‘How did you manage to grow such a fine garden in this heat?’

Jane smiled,’I have a little secret, I talk to my plants’.

He snorted,’Yeah right.’

Jane’s eyes went wide,’No, I do. I reallly do!! Last year, they were wilting and not doing well despite me trying everything so I started talking to them and look! Healthy as can be’

He gave her a suspicious look. Soon, both of them cracked up at how ridiculous she sounded.


He looked at his watch. It was 6 PM.

Wearily, he drove back to his house and sat in front of the computer. There was a mail from her. He’d received it a few weeks ago but he hadn’t opened it. Maybe it was time. It was a link to a video.

‘ Hey you…..I’m sorry I couldn’t attend your mother’s funeral…I’m so sorry.’ 

He paused the video to look at Jane, with little Jean propped up on her knee. Andy was no where in the picture. Maybe he never had been. He clicked on play again.

‘ But Jean and I..’

‘BABY JANE’, protested the little girl as Jane smiled, ‘I stand corrected, Baby Jane and I have prepared something for you. Hope this will cheer you up.’

Jane took a guitar in her hands and played the same song for him which he had sent to her a few years ago, while her daughter danced in front of her.

The Jane he knew was tone deaf so he knew the amount of effort she would have put into it. He replayed the video again…and then once more. He sniffed, trying to suppress the lump in his throat.

Her love was in that melody. It had always been there. It was still there. Despite everything. Despite him not being able to give her what she had wanted so many years ago, despite her being married for years, despite her raising a beautiful child, she still had enough love left in her for him. He walked outside to the porch and looked at the sky, softly humming to himself…coming to terms with the fact that life wasn’t always perfect, life wasn’t always fair and how lucky he was to have one person who loved him no matter what.  She was a fool, but it was ok. The world could do with some more fools like her.

Tears welled up in his eyes again but he didn’t care. It was worth it.


The End.

Melody – Part 2

For Part 1 click here:


‘I’m baby Jane!’

My five-year old daughter looked at me defiantly. For some reason, she hated her name. I’d named her Jean…yes, I’d played around with the alphabets in my name but I liked it. She didn’t. Apparently some poor kid in the kindergarten class got whacked on the head for calling her Jean instead of baby Jane and that infuriated her.

I smirked. My daughter was a lot like me…she spoke what was on her mind and didn’t feel bad about letting people know when she was happy, sad or just plain angry.

Baby Jane idolised me. And as far as I was concerned…she was the only good thing in my life. Andy and I…we were still together, don’t get me wrong. To the world – we were the perfect couple. But he knew…like I did…that we weren’t.

The front doorbell rang.

Baby Jane ran across the room to open the door knob. It was Michael. My music teacher. Oh yes, I’d started taking lessons. Music…was the other thing that brought me joy. Maybe to my little girl as well as she used to sit on the couch and watch us practise with rapt attention.

‘Mrs A! How’s it goin’??’

Michael was a college school student and an expert at the guitar. He was also my neighbour’s son. One day I’d heard him play and I’d walked across to his house. I still remember his surprise.


‘You are good at playing the guitar’ I had announced this statement very loudly when he’d opened the door. Perhaps I’d scared the poor kid.

He was startled but recovered quickly, ‘Uh yes?’

‘Can you teach me?’ I bit my lip.

‘Uhhh…’ he looked a little lost. Bloody teenager.

‘Can you teach me how to play this….’ I fumbled around in my purse and took out my phone to play the melody that I’d been sent three years ago.

‘Wow.’ Michael stroked his goatee and grinned,’Sure Mrs. A…that is beautiful but it will take some time for..’

‘ You start at 4 PM tomorrow my house.’ I interrupted him and walked away. Hell, I liked to make an impression.


To be continued…..

 

 

Climate Change & the Paris Agreement

Woke up this morning to read the news which I thought was going to happen anyway. The US backing out of the Paris agreement. People shouldn’t be surprised – look at this image.

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What else do you expect a man like him to do? 

But what exactly is the Paris agreement? A lot of people are talking about it but not a lot of them know what exactly the agreement entails. Why is it a big deal?

First of all – let’s get one fact straight. Unlike what Trump and a lot of other people may believe – climate change is happening. Global temperatures are rising, believe it or not and every day makes a difference. And if we don’t take care – in our own small ways as individuals, collectively as nations and universally, as humans – we are just harming the planet that we call our home.

The Paris agreement was a big deal because it was the first of its kind. 195 countries ratified the agreement where they agreed on the following: (source: Wikipedia)

(a) Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change;

(b) Increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production;

(c) Making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.

In a nutshell – we need to control the increase in global temperature below 2 degrees C if we want to save our Planet.

Trump said that the deal was bad for the US and wasn’t in its best interest. I don’t know the details of what the US planned to do – but the fact of the matter is – he’s doing it for the wrong reasons. Because Obama pushed for it. Because a lot of people who voted for Trump/funded Trump will lose money and jobs if the deal comes through. Which is crap cos there are plenty of jobs that will be created through introducing renewable forms of energy. 

Sure, the world might lose out on a lot of funding from the US which would have helped them to introduce clean, green and renewable forms of energy…this is especially with respect to the developing world.

But the world doesn’t need to get depressed. The rest of the world will continue to try their best to stick to the agreement. Also – the US itself is divided regarding Trumps decision. The states of Washington, California and New York are already going ahead with what they call a Climate Alliance where they will continue to take measures to control emissions and introduce renewable energy across their states. 

Tesla’s Elon Musk and Disney’s Robert Iger quit Donald’s presidential council after this decision. Good for them. But I doubt this would make a difference. He’s too thick-skinned and worried about himself to care about what anyone else might do.

The thing is – like Angela Merkel said – Germany cannot rely on the US or the UK and nor can the rest of the world. There may soon be a new world order. We just need to realize that the US is no longer going to be the so-called Global watchdog and we need to take things into our own hands. If anything – it will help the rest of the world to grow up and for countries like India – to increase their international presence in the global market.

I’m not a big fan of talking about politics nor is my post intended to infuriate people – this is just what I feel about it. For once, I am happy that I am not an American and that I am an Indian. Our PM might have been a controversial figure but he has more common sense than Trump does.

Over and out.

Things you should know/do if you are an adult

In India…a lot of people like to live with their parents. Maybe in other countries as well. I guess it is ok to live together as one big unit…but for self – development and some amount of mental peace and to well…GROW the EFF UP one should shift out once one becomes an adult/gets a job and oh yes – DEFINITELY when one gets married.

I’m sorry. I do not get the concept of joint families. It is a different thing when you are looking after old and ailing parents but its different when you stay with them of your own free will. I just find it a bit odd.

Also…I’ve noticed that a lot of adults these days don’t know basic life skills. Seriously, they don’t. It is quite frustrating and I blame their parents for spoiling them too much.

So…here is a list of things which I feel everyone should know or do once they start living by themselves or by the time they start working (in no specific order).

Maintain their own personal bank account. Not a joint one – you operate your own account. You make your own investments. You handle finances yourself. This means you know how to work a credit card. And the pitfalls of using it too much.

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Maintain a budget. It is painful. It is cumbersome. But maintain a budget of your expenses. It will help you in the long run.

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Start planning for your retirement. Yes – start young. The sooner you start, the better it is!

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Learn how to file your own taxes. Now I know a lot of us use tax consultants to help us with this and that is ok! As long as you know the basics of your investments,expenditure and can do your planning yourself – its great! Don’t ask Daddy to do it. No, not even if he is a Chartered Accountant.

Cook. Yes – I am not asking you to be a gourmet chef. But learn the basics so that you can make a couple of balanced meals for yourself and eat healthy instead of always ordering in. I know a lot of people who are older than me who think ‘ cooking is boring’, ‘ I can’t stand at the stove waiting for the food to cook.’ I think this is because they do not know how to cook and it is a way for them to hide behind their insecurities. It’s not cool not to know how to feed yourself. Its actually…kind of lame.

Grocery shopping: You can’t cook if you cannot shop for your own groceries. Lean to identify what’s fresh and what’s not. What’s in season and what’s not. What’s over priced and what’s a bargain. It comes with practice.

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Learn to use a needle and thread to do some basic stitching. Yes, in case you rip off a button or need to mend a tiny tear around your crotch line of your pants – you can do it yourself instead of running to the tailor each time something like this happens.

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Drive. Let me be honest, I have a phobia of driving. I do have a license and I can drive a two-wheeler but I am scared of cars. It’s a thing I have to get over. Learn how to drive people. It will make life simple for you.

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Household stuff: Learn how to change a gas cylinder (if you have one), change a light bulb and take care of minor repairs around the house yourself. Don’t go running after the electrician for every teeny little thing.

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Iron your clothes and hand wash the delicate ones. Seriously, I am surprised at the fact that a lot of people – especially men – cannot iron. They somehow manage to crumple the shirt even more.

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Pack like a pro. I’m sorry. But once you are working, there will be a bit of travel now and then and everyone should know how to pack for a couple of days without running short of clothes/shoes/toiletries. I’m always amazed at how disorganized a lot of people are regarding these things.

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Get insured. Your life/health/car etc. I need not say more. These are ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL.

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How to dress like a pro. I know this sounds stupid. But it is not. Imagine you have a choice of 2 restaurants. Both have good food but restaurant #1 is clean and has a good ambience with fresh flowers and dim lighting and #2 looks dingy and the table-cloth on your table has a hole in it. Which restaurant will you visit again? Appearances matter. Invest in a good hair dresser. Hair makes a lot of difference. Build a good wardrobe. You don’t need to have too many clothes. You need a few – but which are of good quality.  Don’t dress like a slob. You are just letting yourself down that way. Have at least one good outfit exclusively for a job interview, a first date, a funeral and for religious ceremonies like weddings, prayers etc.

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Have a hobby. Yes – this is essential. Apart from work – I think everyone should have at least one other thing that they can fall back on to relax and unwind.

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Remember birthdays and keep addresses: Keep a track of birthdays and store addresses of important people in your life. You will need them at some point or the other. And please – pick up the damn phone and wish people on their birthdays. These things matter even if you think it is a drag.

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Have a first aid kit: Yep – keep a first aid kit at home with basic medicines, cotton, bandages etc. You never know when these will come in handy.

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Well…this is my list. Feel free to add to it if you think I have missed out on something. Over and out.

Escaping from North Korea

Sharing this because people should know about this. Amongst other crimes against humanity…this is one which should not go unnoticed. Hear this young girls story about what life in that country is like. The next time you feel too sorry for yourself, think about her. This is what REAL problems look like.

Share, if you care.

Years of Living Dangerously: Letterman

For those who are concerned about Climate Change – read this. Also – it will bring a lot of things into sight – esp. how the US isn’t doing its job properly addressing climate change and encouraging solar companies to grow. No – there is a power struggle going on there – and the whole world is going to pay the price for the never ending greed of the power utilities.

I claim no rights to this – reposting it to bring about awareness. I would urge people to sit down and watch this and share it with others.

Over and out.

Melody – Part 1

This is a work of fiction.


She was pregnant.

Three years into her marriage and expecting baby number one, she should have been happy. She was happy. Kind of. She had married Andy, an amazing man who loved her a lot…she had a good job…something she liked doing and the baby was doing well as per the last visit to the doctor.

But behind that smile she hid a sadness that no one knew of apart from her. You know, there are some secrets that you just take to your grave. This was one of them.

‘Congrats. Mary told me.I’m so happy for you.’

She read the text again, a tear rolling down her cheek. A text that wasn’t from Andy.

‘Thanks. How are you?’

She bit her lip. He wouldn’t reply back. He never did.

A day later, she got a mail from him while she was at work. It had a link to a simple guitar solo by an unknown artist. She walked into an empty conference room and clicked on play…wondering what it was all about.

Musical notes flowed into the room, rendering her speechless…the guitarist seemed to be in deep turmoil…for she could feel the pain behind the music. She closed her eyes, living each moment as if it was being played live for her. In a way…it was.

Tears rolled down her cheeks and she wept quietly.

He didn’t need to reply to her…she already knew how he felt…for he was the guitarist, the love that was lost was in the melody and she was his muse.

She wiped her cheeks and walked out of the the room, wondering how long she could pretend to be happy.


Invitation

‘You know how I know man?’ Andy smirked to his friends over his third glass of beer.

‘Know what?’Asked Ron, rolling his eyes. He’d heard this story before.

‘Its in the eyes man – the eyes…I swear, I’m searching for that girl with that look in her eyes!’

Jeff snorted, a little beer came out of his nose. The entire gang burst into laughter.

‘You been searching for over a year dude – give up! These girls don’t take us seriously ‘cos they know we won’t stick around.’Ron sighed deeply.

Andy scowled. He looked around and sighed in despair. The whole bar was a sausage fest. He’d been in Bombay for a long time but hadn’t dated anyone. He was waiting for that so-called spark. His friends thought it was funny, but it wasn’t.

That’s when he saw her walk into the bar with her friend. She was a tiny little thing, with wavy long hair and dressed in white…she looked like an angel. Their eyes met briefly for a second and then she looked away. Andy felt his heart thud unnaturally in his chest.

‘Whoa man…check out what Andy likes!’ Jeff snickered as all of his friends turned around to look at her.

Andy smiled broadly at them…’Finally!  She likes me man – I’m telling you – that’s the girl I am gonna date!’

‘And what makes you think she’d wanna date you?’ Jeff look genuinely confused.

‘Cos she’s gonna look at me and smile.’ Andy stood up straight and looked across the bar to where she was standing.

After a few minutes Ron broke the silence,’Too bad…eh mate?’

Andy shook his head and continued looking at her.

She was standing alone now, her friend had gone to the washroom. Annnnddd score…their eyes met again. She blushed and looked away quickly.

Andy waited. Any minute now. And sure enough she looked at him again, a shy smile on her lips, her eyes brimming with warmth and anticipation.

‘And that’s my cue, I don’t need no invitation.Here…’ Andy handed over his glass to his friends and walked up to her.


In response to today’s daily promt – invitation.