Can you stand up for a cause? Alone?

Consider this – You are in a bus. And you see a lecherous man eyeing a lady. He is sort of checking her out. He even tries to get cosy with her. The lady is ignoring him. She obviously doesn’t want a scene. It has nothing to do with you. But will you stand up and do something?

Second situation – There is a serious tussle going on between your loved one and a neighbor. You feel your loved one is not right. But objecting will mess up with your own relationship. Will you stand up and take the side of the outsider and hurt your own?

Third situation – You know your teacher is being mean to your friend. But revolting would end up in an ugly situation. Will you stand up with your friend against the teacher and possibly earn the wrath of the school authorities?

Honestly, in such situations, I would personally not like to invite trouble. What will you do? Will you stand up or remain seated like me. I guess, we the common people like to be seated. We have a hundred chores to do, mundane jobs to take care of…we are already burdened and do not want to bring on more problems.

We witness everything but turn our faces away. This is the reason why ‘saints’ like Ram Rahim continue to rape women for decades or little kids like Pradyman Thakur get murdered in school premises. We forget that a witness to crime also partakes in the crime and shares the ‘paap’ with the perpetrator.

But just in case, if you belong to that rare species of human beings, who just cannot stand injustice, then good luck to you. You will be perceived as a dimwit. Your standing up will come at a great cost. But then, we the seated lot might look up to you and may join you against injustice.

I earnestly hope, you the reader, belong to this rare species. Just be at it my friend! Only a few have your courage, only a few have your integrity and only a few know what is right and what is objectionable. The world needs more people like you.

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Celebrating Shakti!

“Ya devi sarvabhuteshu matri – rupena samsthita, namas tasyai …”

(To that goddess who abides in all beings as mother : salutations to Thee..)

May the mother goddess bless us all this Navratri festival! Hope you like my effort to sketch the beloved, divine face. Jai Ma🙏🏻

Here is why you attract toxic people!

Have you been attracting toxic people all your life? In school, in college, at workplace and home? Do you end up listening to mindless negative blabber that affects your positive spirit? Do you think it is rude to walk away from people in false distress? If your answers are yes, then the problem is in you. Do walk away, walk out and let go of negative people.

In case you are wondering that your toxic friend might be depressed and dependent on you for support then please understand the difference.

A toxic person injects his misery into others while a depressed person generally injects it to himself. A depressed person would like to be isolated and walk away from attention while toxic people want to be unhappy and want others to share the unhappiness with them.

If you try to be happy in their presence, they will ensure to make you feel guilty about it. And mind you, they generally succeed in their deception for a long time!They revel in making others unhappy in every possible way or if one dares to break free then he is termed mean, bad and an unworthy friend.

So, if you are this sunny personality and prone to toxic attack, then do not get manipulated due to your vulnerability. Differentiate between real misery and attention seeking drama of toxic personalities. Value your time and positive spirit! Walk out, walk fast!

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Red Apples and Smiles!

Red apples blossomed in the cheeks of kids as they jumped their ways into the scenic Minnetonka Orchard. It was our first visit to a U Pick Farm where consumers get to pick, choose and harvest the produce. Apples were everywhere – on Earth, trees and in the hearts of the visitors! Clear open sky, vast green Earth and natural splendor of the place did wonders to our spirit. The decision to pick apples on Labor Day at the start of Fall was not a bad idea at all. Here are some pictures of the place for you.

Kids having a field day!

We took a ride in the famous John Deere tractor.

A lovely red barn – firsthand experience of farm life.

Friendly livestock and a maze created in a cornfield at the background.

Apple field beyond.

Some delicious blackberries.

A place right in the nature’s lap!

There were other amazing things including a hay fun stack, food zone and play area for kids. As we made our way back to our car with a bag full of the delicious fruit, I admired the concept behind the place. How easily it connected us, the disconnected town folks, back to Mother Earth.