It was an awesome experience performing at open stage hosted by Copenhagen Theatre Circle.
My topic was Cultural Shock – What happens when you move to a different country.
Here is the YouTube link. Do share your thoughts!
As I start to write this post the clock in India shows 8:30AM. I love to sit in my balcony in the morning and enjoy my cup of tea.
There is a playground outside my society which always gives me stories to write and share here. This morning too, a beautiful scene caught my attention. Yes in the beginning it looked beautiful, but something happened that made me write this post immediately.
I saw a child (9-10 years old) is trying to cycle and her mother was standing in the center of the ground. With her body language I could understand that she is encouraging her son to take big rounds of the ground. The child was trying; sometimes he was trembling, but he was not able to take big rounds. Her mom kept saying loudly and he kept trying. I could feel that as he is still a small child, it’s not possible for him to take big rounds. The ground is pretty big.
After a few rounds the child gets down from the cycle, standing a little far from his mother and I could see he held his arms behind like how children do in school. His mom starts to walk towards him. In that few seconds I thought she will pat her child for doing a great work.
But NO! She slapped him and twisted his ear and started shouting because the child didn’t take big rounds. She again asked him to cycle and pointed at the corners of ground which was her aim to her child to achieve. She just wanted her child to take big rounds. The boy started cycling again. It was evident that he was afraid to go closer to his mom. I saw her hitting the child two-three times.
Why! Why do we have to hit a child to make him do something? Why do we have to become strict parents? Why can’t you as parents behave like a child when talking to your kids?
In the above story, mom was definitely trying her child to have a good health, but is being rude with them is the only way. What if your child become healthy physically, but loses his mental strength.
What I feel that children are already a bit afraid of us as we look physically bigger to them. We can definitely try a softer approach to understand their world and their meaning of life.
Children will be naughty and will do lots of fun because they have not forgotten the real meaning of life but we have definitely as adults.
Always remember that your child is your gift. And have you ever destroyed your gift?
With my understanding of the law of attraction, I have understood that it’s not that you gave birth to a child and he/she becomes your property. You didn’t choose them; they chose you as their parents. They decided to come into physical being and chose you.
Your child is your best teacher of life. You are lucky to become parents. Respect this gift of God. And don’t ever beat up your kids.
My mind started to wonder about various places I have lived or spent time at so far when I read about the challenge ‘Finding Your Place’. I couldn’t go further down the list once I found ‘my bathroom’ on the list.
Now why I am sharing this! Here is a question to you! Have you have experienced or noticed that you get your life’s best ideas in your bathroom? If yes, then you get what I am sharing and if not, you need to switch off your phone or speaker when you are in your bathroom.
People often say that I am a bathroom singer. What they hesitate to say is that I am myself when I am in my bathroom.
People cry in their bathrooms so that nobody can notice them. If you are not staying alone, then on a daily basis your bathroom is the only place in your life where you can do whatever you want to do. Now keep the naughty mind aside and think about it. 🙂
Every morning I look at the mirror and I say to myself – I love you, you are awesome! I am sharing a secret here – whenever I am sitting on the throne (commode :P) I take my own interview, I pretend to be both the host and the celebrity and I love doing this.
So next time when you are in your bathroom, start pretending to be the person you want to be and experience how it will benefit your life.
Take this a challenge, an advice/idea and share your experience!
There is one famous quote that says ‘You are born with your relatives, but you can definitely choose your Friends.”
I am not only enjoying watching The Big Bang Theory seasons, but also learning a lot from it. The last episode of season 5 was again an eye opener where they show Howard and Bernadette’s wedding. The similar concept that the TV show ‘Friends’ had shown where Joey officiates the wedding of Monica and Chandler.
After Howard and Bernadette take their vows, five of their best friends complete the ceremony stating below line.
“By the power vested in us by the state of California, we now pronounce you husband and wife.”
Don’t you agree that it would be great if your best friends have the power to pronounce you husband and wife on your wedding day? Especially when it’s a love marriage and your friends know your journey and how it all happened. Just wearing the hat of ‘Mind the Gap’ for this awesome idea which can be so inspiring. I don’t think so that this can ever happen in Hindu marriages, but I am really inspired and would love to attend such weddings.
Sharing the YouTube link of Howard and Bernadette’s wedding
In response to ‘Numbers‘
I am writing a humorous speech for my next project at Toastmaster. The speech is about how much people are excited when you get married at the age of 30, near or above. The speech definitely considers Indian cultural as I am an Indian.
Sharing a small synopsis below! Share your thoughts on “Do you think getting married at 30 is late?”
How many of you got married at the age of 30, near 30 or above. If you get married at the age of 30 or after 30, the only person who is excited, super excited about the marriage is YOU yourself.
And if it’s a love marriage, like you are the one who selected your life partner, then definitely you are the only one who is excited about it.
Even your friends are not that interested at all; obvious reason is that even they are around 30 now.
Half of my friends are married; few are into SERIOUS family planning. Few who are yet to get married are consulting Family Gurus, Pandits to find out what is wrong with their lives.
My elder sister got married at the age of 25. That was 2010 and my parents, family members, relatives, villagers, neighbours, everyone was so excited. My parents had called up each and every relative to personally invite them. My dad spoke so proudly on phone – my dad inviting his brother-in-law, (Loud voice) hello, Yes yes Priti’s marriage has been fixed. Yes yes I found the guy. Yes yes He is an Engineer. Yes yes marriage won’t happen without you. Yes yes YOU HAVE TO COME. NO no no no nooooo marriage will not happen without you means won’t happen without you. Yes yes the moment the cards get printed we will send it you. Yes yes good night bye.
Now I am about to get married and it’s after 6 years of sister’s marriage. Even all my relatives are old now. I myself told my dad, dad call your brother-in-law.
My dad is like why, why should I call him.
Dad, it’s my wedding. Invite them.
Oh, for that! Do we need to tell them? Who will come from that far?
Dad, call him, it’s my wedding.
My dad over the call, (Low tone) “yes yes Kriti is finally getting married. Yes yes she only arranged the guy. Yes yes the guy is kind of an engineer. Yes, yes, yes, yes, whatttttt, you are suffering from Migraine, you can’t come. Yes yes no problem, even I have got only 3 days leaves. You take care of yourself. Yes yes good night bye.
Need to complete the speech ASAP!
In response to Chaos
I love participating in various contests at Toastmasters. One really has to put a lot of time and effort to come up with a great speech.
This mess happened to me during the club level International Speech contest in February 2015. I was struggling to write a speech for the upcoming speech contest. It was just a week left for the contest and I had around 3-4 ideas, but I was not able to complete any of them.
Then an idea popped up just 4 days before and I wrote a speech titled – It’s Okay. The message was that it’s okay to have a MESS in your life as long as you find a moment of happiness.
I converted my ongoing situation to a speech and guess what I won the third place in the contest.
Let me know your feedback for the same.
There are few songs that one can listen for hours and hours. One of my recent favorites on that list is ‘O Husna’ by MTV Coke Studio that is written and composed by Piyush Mishra. I heard this song when I was in Copenhagen last to last month.
I researched about the song and found out that this song is a letter from Javed who was separated from his lover Husna during the partition (India-Pakistan). The song touches upon the pain of separation from true love and also from one’s country.
Piyush Mishra and team have done a great work. The Song connects with me not only because I am an Indian and aware about the tension between the two countries, but also because the song creates that era of partition and wars. It reaches my soul every time I listen to it. Sometimes the song is my reason I could sleep at night.
The last line of song tells a truth that nobody can deny, “Aur rota hai raaton mein Pakistan kya vaise hi jaise Hindustan O Husna”. This line is asking the question that does Pakistan cries at night like India.
I don’t much understand music and various musical instruments, but when I listen to this song I just feel that all instruments are perfectly used in the song.
The song is 100% perfect. Just Perfect and Pure!
YouTube Links for the song!