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I was watching television the other day and I heard, someone recite few lines of  a hindi poem in the context of ‘never give up’ attitude. While I was listening I could actually feel my blood surge and I had goosebumps.  I thought to myself,    ” Gosh! this is the very poem, I learnt in my school days in my hindi Class.”  Badi Miss Singh( as we called our hindi teacher) taught us this poem and I still remember how dramatic she would make it for us, so that we could memorise it. We had 2 hindi teachers in our school, badi Miss Singh and choti Miss Singh..Badi and Choti was used to determine the age factor. I think we had one of the best hindi teachers ever, I actually loved hindi because of the way our teacher taught us. I still remember a lot of muhavaras that we learnt in school days.

Since I was so touched by this poem, I decided that I would share it with you. It didn’t make much sense to me those days. It was just another poem we had to learn for exams. Today I understand the relevance and I find it very inspirational.

After I heard it on TV, I actually scouted for it on net and I realised it’s written By Sri Harivanshrai Bachchan (Big B’s Father). It’s a nice read and very motivational. I finally managed to get it and I have it pasted below.

For all the times you feel like giving up, please do spend a few seconds to ponder on this poem. I’m sure it’ll make a difference…Enjoy!!!

KOSHISH KARNEWALON KI HAAR NAHI HOTI- SRI HARIVANSHRAI BACHCHAN

Lehron se Darkar nauka par nahin hoti,
koshish karne walon ki haar nahin hoti

Nanhi cheenti jab daana lekar chalti hai,
chadhti deewaron par, sau bar phisalti hai.
Man ka vishwas ragon mein saahas bharta hai,
chadhkar girna, girkar chadhna na akharta hai.
Akhir uski mehnat bekar nahin hoti,
koshish karne walon ki haar nahin hoti.

Dubkiyan sindhu mein gotakhor lagata hai,
ja ja kar khali haath lautkar aata hai
Milte nahi sahaj hi moti gehre paani mein,
badhta dugna utsah isi hairani mein.
Muthi uski khali har bar nahin hoti,
koshish karne walon ki haar nahi hoti.

Asaflta ek chunauti hai, ise sweekar karo,
kya kami reh gayi, dekho aur sudhar karo.
Jab tak na safal ho, neend chain ko tyago tum,
Sangharsh ka maidan chhodkar mat bhago tum.
Kuch kiye bina hi jai jaikar nahin hoti,
koshish karne walon ki haar nahin hoti.

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A WALK IN THE WOODS-BILL BRYSON:

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I recently happened to finish this amazing humorously written book called ‘A walk in the woods.’ I was more into books by economists, more serious reading stuff on India. I met this friend of mine and she suggested that I should read this book as it’s very humorous and we will all associate with the character. She didn’t let out the secret on how we all would relate. So out of curiosity, I picked up my personal copy and couldn’t stop reading it from then.

 Well, it’s a story where in, the author in his later years of life decides that he wants to do nature trekking as he has never done that before. It’s a very interesting, eventful and picturesque journey along the Appalatian Mountains called the ‘ Appalatian Trail’. It runs more than 2100 miles along east America.

 Bill is excited and at the very same time is gripped by self created fears which compel him not to go, like the temperature, reptiles, bears, viruses, raccoons, diseases etc. Inspite of all these fears he manages to pull himself along. He decides to do it with a friend. He has lost touch with all his friends, so he sends a Christmas wishes email along with the invite for the trek to some 30 odd people. Only one friend replies back, sadly with whom Bill doesn’t get along and has had bad experiences earlier. Then starts a series of hilarious moments with this friend Katz. Initially he despises the idea but later on starts liking him and missing him in his absence.

 A very beautifully narrated experience with lot of knowledge on trekking shared. Above all it does inspire you get rid of your inhibitions and live an interesting life.I loved this book totally and I’m sure everyone will enjoy it as much.

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The Prophet-Kahlil Gibran

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This has been an all time favorite and has been very inspiring.. The verses are very

thought provoking. Every line makes you ponder…My husband had bought this book and

never read it..I just happened to fumble in orkut about kahlil gibran and then I just

couldn’t stop reading this book.

 

‘The Prophet’ is a collection of poems written for all kinds of people in all walks of life.

Anybody can read this book and gather some knowledge on work, children, family,

teacher, eating, drinking, marriage, loving, giving, about joys and sorrows.. he has 

tackled every aspect of life.

 

I particularly like his poems on marriage and children.. Guess it’s applicable even today.

Nowadays since both men and women are so independent in their thoughts and in way of life that I feel Gibran’s thoughts are applicable for todays world than yesterdays..he says:

                                        You shall be together even in the silent memory of God,

                                        And let there be spaces in your togetherness…

 

The other lines which are touching are:

 

                                       Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping

                                      For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

                                      And stand together yet not too near together

                                     For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

                                    And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each others shadow.

 

The most touching thing about kids he says is:

 

                                  You may give them your love, but not your thoughts.

                                  For they have their own thoughts.

                                 You may house their bodies not their souls,

                                 For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your        dreams.

                                You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you…

 

In the last verse he metaphorically compares children to living arrows and parents as bows:

 

                            The Archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and

                           He bends you with His might, that His arrows may go swift and far.

                           Let you bending in the Archer’s hand be for gladness;

                          For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so he loves also the bow that is stable.

 

There’s lots more written on every walk of life … It’s basically a soul-searching exercise with this book. Secondly it’s easy to understand and not hard core poetry..Worth giving the book a shot.

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TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE

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A very touching and inspirational book. It often makes me wonder, whether certain things are worth worrying about.. Infact this book has also been one of the driving forces in getting me to do a few things that I often wanted to do.

 

Many times in life we are always in a fix between what we want to do and what we are expected to do.. Morrie in this book very tactfully puts it as ‘Tension of opposites’.. He says- Life is a series of pulls forth and back. You want to do one thing, but you are bound to do something else.. A tension of opposites, like a pull of rubberband and most of us live somewhere in the middle. How very true, we can apply this funda in all walks of life, be it at work or at home.

 

Another important thought that hit me was, about culture that he spoke. He says that ‘the culture that we have doesn’t make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it’.. That’s the idea I love to support, but I always have to take a step back because of the society that we leave in.

 

The one thing that got me seriously thinking was ‘So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to the community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning’..

This thought kind off triggered me to do something worthwhile than just get comfortable with things that I don’t even enjoy doing. Infact this thought also prompted me to start writing down my thoughts:))…

 

If you ever feel aimless and feel like you are on the cross roads, then do give this book a chance.. It might just help.. A must read.

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