The mentor!

In less than a year’s time I’ll be completing my post graduation in organic chemistry. Huh! Finally the part of life called as education limited to the curriculum is going to end. And it will be the biggest mistake of my life if I don’t give enough credit to the one without whom this would not have been possible.

Although my mentor has been with me since my childhood but his role became prominent when I was in 10th.

It all started with an Algebra exam. Back then, it was my favourite subject and I still enjoy solving Maths. The last prelims of the school were around the corner and just like every other student I was preparing for the exams. Then came the Algebra exam, I was quite confident of scoring good marks and this was the final shot before the boards! So I solved and solved and solved… At the end, when I read the question paper, some how I could not remember the method to solve a few questions which made me nervous and I ended up messing it.

(Oh no, I didn’t fail, I scored 47/60 🤣🤣😂😂, but back then anything less than 59/60 in maths was not good enough for me)

I came home and talked about it. Frightened a bit, because my dad was very particular about the marks scored in maths and science. But he was quite supportive. He said never mind, sleep for sometime and then prepare for the next exam.

I was surprised, because as a kid, you know how your parents will react to certain situations. And specially when you are born in an Indian family. Because even if you get good marks there is always that friend who scores more than you. Relatable right?

The next episode happened 1 month before my 12th exams.

It was quite a busy schedule for me then as I had to appear for 5 exams at different places in 3 days.

My dad came to the rescue, and asked me to prepare only for one of them. He said even if you score less marks in others it doesn’t matter because at the end of the day I have to sign your scorecard and I will know the reason why you scored less, if at all you do.

I ended up scoring 5/75 in chemistry. Yea surprise! And this was just 15-20 days before the board exams.

I was coming home and my dad was leaving for some work then. He saw me a little sad and he asked me the reason behind it. I told him my marks and he replied, ”

No problem, it is okay.

If you would have scored more marks then it would have been difficult for you to identify your weaknesses. But now that you have scored only 5 it means the whole subject is a weakness for you. Study and make it your strength.

I ended up scoring 81/100 in the board exams. All parts covered in just 15-20 days. As of now I am not only learning but also teaching chemistry (and maths as well)

Just in a few months time I’ll be completing my masters in chemistry. It’s been an amazing journey, but it would not have been possible without those words and support. Thank you Papa!

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The rocking chair which isn’t rocking anymore…

How often do you come across a rocking chair now? You might have come across a plastic one which many toddlers are seen with… But it has now become quite rare to locate one…

Time, my friend, changes the trend.

There was a time, some 20 years ago, (or maybe before, but I wasn’t there then so can’t say) where these chairs were trending. Such was the fun of sitting on those chairs that me and my sister used to fight for it. (We fighted for almost everything 😂😂)

We didn’t have one, but there was one at our relatives place. So that chair was like one of the reasons why we used to be so excited to visit our relatives. Ofcourse, the other reason was meeting cousin’s and the last reason was that back then we had no other options but to go with our parents… 😂😂

Those were the days…

As I speak of this, a movie scene Comes into my mind where the actor was sitting on the rocking chair and smoking cigar… So obviously these chairs were trending way back then…

But now, I hardly find any of these chairs around me. The fun of childhood is now gone and is far off reach. It’s not trending anymore. What’s trending now is a mobile phone in the hands of 5 year olds. It makes me happy that I was born before technology took over.

This is what life is about, things which ones meant the world to us, don’t even matter anymore. I remembered about this chair only today morning and I’m quite sure that this thing didn’t come in my mind for the past 5 years at least… That’s life!

Tc pals…

One day at a time…

One day at a time,

I’ll be by your side,

And problems will still exist, But We’ll find strength to push away the moments where you cried…

One day at a time,

We’ll be by the hall,

Talking about our favourite shows, and finding new genres to explore…

One day at a time,

We’ll be at my go – to place

Where you’ll enjoy your favourite pasta whilst I watch your face…

One day at a time

We’ll be at your favourite picnic site

And there we’ll create memories and recall all those fights…

One day at a time,

You’ll be here by myside

Arguing over which song should be played, but I know it will be about your beautiful eyes…

One day at a time,

That day might arrive,

And even though it may take years to come, it will be worth the strive…

Life after season 7 of “SUITS”

There are some tv shows with which you get so much clinged that the end of the show creates a void in the heart of the viewer.

I was quite lucky to have watched “friends” after the end of the show. Probably because in the beggining itself I was aware of how it ends.

Months back a friend of mine recommended me the tv series called “SUITS”. For all those who haven’t heard about it, it is a story of two successful lawyers and how their team manages to win case after case right from corporate cases to pro-bonos

Well it will be unjust to the reader if I fail to mention the fact that one of the lawyer “Mike Ross” (Played by Patrick Adams) is hired despite not being a lawyer, by Harvey Specter (Played by Gabriel Macht)

For people who stay regularly updated, they might be aware of this show as an amazing role of Rachel Zane has been played by Meghan Markle (to be her Highness, as she is getting married to Prince Harry)

Well, her Highness Rachel, is casted opposite to Mike. At the end of season 7, after facing a lot of problems, they finally get married.

Now, with the Royal marriage coming up Rachel has left the show and so has Mike citing family reasons.

Although Team “SUITS” has come up with new cast Katherine heigl (cast of Gray’s anatomy) but then Suits without Mike and Rachel will never feel like Suits again. Especially the Batman and Robin pair of Harvey and Mike.

But then again, not to forget, Donna and Harvey have been such an amazing pair that we might see more of them now. Hopefully season 8 will be coming soon and intersting enough to “Litt” us up

Will miss you Rachel and Mike.

You before me! 

Yes, absolutely the fans of Emilia Clarke would have noted that the title is an altered version of her movie “Me Before You.” but the topic of my interest today is something which I will always put before my personal gains and interests. PARENTS.

Well whenever I have posted about money and monetary planning stuffs, I have always talked about peeping into the future and saving a little for our future progenies while spending the rest on experiences but one thing I never mentioned about, and not just me all individuals in this great place of God, is that we never plan about the future of our parents.

I know people might end up criticising me for even talking about their futures. And if they do so I’ll be glad Coz then they will say that this is not a topic of discussion, my parents will stay with me forever. If that is the case, I am ready for all such criticism.

Well this topic is just to let everyone rethink about their parents future. Huh! Surprising isn’t it. Because there is a time in our life when they talk to us about securing our future. About saving money, investing our time in right things, choosing better friends (yes, they helped in that case as well) and countless more things and I’m quite sure your parents would have done the same thing for you. Then why did the concept of an elders home come into picture?

My simple point of view here is that a day will come in your life where you’ll have to grow up and act smart. There might be a difference in opinions or anything xyz reason, but there is no reason strong enough to stay away from parents until death make us apart. Your parents are your responsibility and if you can’t give them a life they deserve then you are no good a child.

A friend once asked me what is Ram Rajya, well I don’t know much about what all things should be included in it but it will definitely have no place for elders home.

Inspired by marathi movie: Natasamrat!

कोणी घर देता का, घर?

Modiji ki galti hai… 

Never in the history of our country a Prime Minister was so well known amongst his people. Leading such a large democratic nation like India is noteveryone’s cup of tea.  

Please note, I am no Modi bhakt or Congress virodhi. 😂😂 

Back in 2006, I faintly remember when I heard of police or the ATS team finding a live bomb in Gujarat where the chief minister of Gujarat was about to visit. That is when I first heard the name of Narendra Modi. 

And then those ads of “Kuch din toh gujariye Gujarat mai” (spend atleast somedays in Gujarat)  somehow fixed his name in my mind. And then who can forget “Abki bar Modi sarkar” slogans. 

To all those wondering why I didn’t speak a word about 2002 riots, I was just 6 at that time and so I didn’t know him then. 

I don’t know how he rose to power, I didn’t trace his route to LokSabha and the best/worst I remember is about the last 3 years. 

In late May he swore in as the PM of India and then things began to change. You decide for the best or the worst.. I’ll just throw in some facts which need to be known to us before judging his capabilities and questioning his leadership. 

1. We talk about giving basic needs to all. We say food, shelter and clothes are the basic needs. What we forget is that hygiene and cleanliness are equally important. In such a vast country where open defecation was common he included in his to do list the task to make India an open defecation free Nation. 

2. “Green India, Clean India”  I have been hearing this slogan since I was in school. But saw it only now.  

3. Modiji kitne trip lagaoge??? 

I am someone who wants to travel and enjoys doing so, so what’s wrong when Modiji does so.  Oh oops he is the PM he is not supposed to do that.  OH WAIT can it be a business deal??  A tie up with countries to ensure they support us against terrorism.  

4. Surgical Strike 

Saam, daam, dand, bhed…  Ever heard of this…  First talk, then give some price for it…  Still doesn’t work punish and then divide…  If only so would have been the case in 1947.   (anyway I wasn’t there to know what prevail than…  some other time about that)  

They say modiji ne kahan kuch kia… Jo kiya army ne kiya…  Arey bhai toh isse pehle kyu nahi kiya???  

There are many more things to say… Yes some of his moves have been drastic but we must all realise that it is difficult to adapt to any change, and if we don’t change we are not going forward…  

You may or may not respect him and seriously I don’t think he craves for respect all he wants is India to progress as a nation. 

Criticism, like rain should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots. 

So if you wish to criticise him, do so but in a constructive way… Keep in mind that he is the PM of our country and deserves respect. 

Thanks for your precious time…  Keep blogging 

Reservation, seriously? 

We all know how diverse nation India is. People belonging to different religions, cultural practice and speaking different languages have been residing here since long time. 

Let me be clear about this, I don’t support the caste system neither am I against it. All I am against is the exploitation of humans based on this system.  

No person in the right frame of mind should have created a system to exploit a community and make them vulnerable in the first place. But unfortunately, it happened. 

(I don’t think the intention behind making this system was to exploit the others, but worst come worst it could have been a reason and so… ) 

But as they say, what goes around comes around. Back then the higher castes exploited the lower ones and now it is vice versa. 

Yes, and no doubt it is true to the best of my knowledge. 

Since we got independence, a system was put to encourage the people belonging to lower caste to come up. This was in short meant to benefit the lower castes and bring them to the main stream. Here, it is important to understand what the main stream is… 

The main stream is basically a family condition where the family is self sufficient, has equal opportunities for growth and is not looked as the vulnerables. 

I really appreciate the fact that such a system was installed in a country of population more than 50 crores then and still prevails when the population has crossed 125 crores. ( Not to forget, it has prevailed till now only because it is one of the powerful tool for politicians to continue their regime) 

The thought was clear, it was to promote the growth of people and to give equal opportunities to all. And thus it gave rise to the reservation system. 

In 2022, it will be 75 years of Indian independence. So given the fact that India has provided equal opportunities to all since 1947, India should ideally have all its population over the BPL i.e below poverty line.  

Okay 125 crores is a huge population and I understand that its difficult to help them all, and reach people till grassroot level…  But even then atleast 75% of the population should be above BPL. (assuming 1% p.a.)

No it doesn’t work that way. 

Let me give you a glimpse of how it works 

Before that allow me to get this into your beautiful brain, that not all those who belong to caste category are a BPL family and not all those who belong to the general or unreserved category are from a well to do family. 

Now, a student scoring 35% from a well to do family secures admission in the topmost college on the basis of his caste and at the same time a Student securing 88% from a below poverty line family is denied admission to the same college just because he belongs to the unreserved category. 

Are we actually providing equal opportunities??? 

Okay so all those who are going to tell me that they belong to reserved category and their whole community was ill treated by my ancestors… I give you all my sympathy but not the right to snatch away the future of someone innocent. 

And the icing on the cake… 

A reserved category student gets concession in his fees.  The concession is such that when the college is about 40000 he pays only around 4000 while the unreserved pays the whole sum.  

And if in such a case you feel that my ancestors treated you bad think of what situation you are putting a family into when all they earn is rupee 2.5 lacs per annum and give away 40k for their child’s education while you have a family income of 10 lacs and are paying just 3000 bucks out of your pocket.  I pity your thoughts. 

And one more important thing is the inclusion of teachers on the basis of this system…  Seriously?  You wish to have a 35% scoring teacher put in front of a crowd which has students securing more than 90%. What do you expect the teacher to teach?  Will the lecture be worth attending for such a student. Will it not be a waste of his precious time. 

I think if reservation is to be given it ought to be on the basis of someone’s financial condition and not on the basis of which caste or religion you belong. At the end of the day we are humans first and if we can’t give others a hope to live than we should not even take one away from them…  

Keep reading! Forward the link to as many as possible.. 

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