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This is for all those who seek the joy in little things !


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I’m Not Asking For Much.

Some days I wish, I could just be,
Plain and simple happy,
Is it really too much to ask ?

To feel the love and not the scars,
To lie with you and count the stars!
Is it really too much to ask?

To scratch and scream and giggle and cry,
Free of all those hypocrites,
Who do nothing but pry,
Is it really too much to ask !

Oh I’m tired of pretending,
This mask is too much to bear !
I want to laze around, just for a day,
Do nothing and be at peace;
And try ….just try, not to care!
Is this really too much to ask?

I know, I can be happy alone,
Though you insist it can’t be true.
But today I don’t want to tag along,
I want to be far! Faraway from you!
I wanna dream and write a senseless song,
I wanna hope that through this mess, confusion, tears, expectations, pressures;
I emerge tough and strong.
But I wanna do this on my own ..just let me .. won’t you?
Is this really too much to ask ?

I know that I can find my way,
Inspite of what anyone might have to say,
You impose your thoughts on me ,
You trample on me and prance around;
But not today ..not today!
I know…I know you care for me
But for once I “need” you to let me be,
Is it really too much to ask ?

I believe that I have made myself clear,
Today I’m not gonna ask twice,
I know what I have to do,
I’m just gonna be myself,
No matter what the price!

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Mumbai Diaries: The Most Interesting Cabbie In Town!

“It was destiny that brought me here.” Says Mahesh, a 37 year old cabbie I met just a couple days back. Unlike other cabbies who usually dropped me to my workplace every morning, Mahesh seemed very upbeat and chatty.

But what was very appealing about him was his voice. Deep and husky, like the ones you hear in those sexy deodorant ads.

We got talking right from the minute I took the passenger seat next to him. From demonetization to current movies, to animal behavior in the African deserts, Mahesh had a say on everything. And with that beautiful voice of his, I couldn’t help but gleefully join in the conversation.

Jumping from one topic to the other I asked him how he landed up being a cab driver, because it was very surprising to see a person as well read and aware as him to be riding a cab for a living. He grinned at me and said that he recently lost his job. He told me about his college and how he had a diploma in mechanical engineering which held no value now. How he spent 5 months jumping down media agency to another in a chance to get one break into the voice over, radio industry. How his friends left him one by one when his financial condition deteriorated.

Seeing all the amulets and spiritual “jewelry” on him I asked him what kept him going through all of the tough times? Was it god? “My family is my God. It was my wife and children who made me smile on my worst days. They never made me feel like a failure. They never let me down or made false promises like the world or the so called God did.” “I’ve stopped socializing much, whatever free time I have I spend with my family”.

Behind the tough looking face and buttery deep voice if there was something that shone through was his positivity. Mahesh’s story wasn’t really inspiring or one of a kind. We meet so many others like him. People trying to make it big in the city or dreams Bombay! Of those who fail miserably and end up doing things just to survive this rat race. Dreams and hopes forgotten. Succumbing to the pressures of the city life.

But what was refreshing was his attitude towards everything. He still believes that everything that’s happened has happened for the best. He knows that his dreams of becoming a voice over artist seem bleak but that doesn’t stop him from dreaming about it regardless! His thirst for life and the will to do anything for his loved ones is what made his story better than most of ours. I couldn’t help but ask one last question, ” Can I write about you?” He put on his best smile and told me, “Sure Madam! Would you need a picture too?” As if  to say, this wasn’t the first time someone had asked him to do so 🙂


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7 Types of people you meet at your work place…

Your first few days at work are a blend of emotions. You want to be friendly, but don’t want to seem clingy, you want to look excited but not overdo it so much so as to look demon possessed…. You’re getting the drift, yes?

So after those first few nervous interactions with your co-workers you gradually get to know them. And well, that’s when the fun begins! Now, obviously there need not be these exact types of people at your workplace, but what I have observed in the different places I worked is that there are a few repetitive specimens you will find ALMOST at every workplace. (I’m not being judgemental or stereotypical, I’m just stating my personal observations 🙂 )

So who are these people?

1) Miss Sunshine- there isn’t a dull moment around this person. Having a bad day? Just looking at miss sunshine will give you a purpose in life! She lifts your spirits with that laugh and does not seem to know the existence of sadness in this world. And sometimes you begin to wonder if she’s human. Because, who looks happy after the quarterly appraisal? Seriously, who?

2) Mr. I know it all- Yes, that self proclaimed genius, who might have a certain “university degree”. He loves to make others look like idiots. He will whip up quotes from Steve Job’s autobiography during lunch brake conversations and tell you what’s wrong with your computer when it stops working. He may be genuinely smart, what what makes him annoying is that he rubs that into everyone’s faces. ALL the time.
Bruh. Why you do this?

3) The office hottie- Yes. That one person who is your office crush. Who can turn your knees into jelly when they walk across the cafeteria. One hair flip or one rolling of sleeves and you loose it! Most of us never muster the courage to talk to that one guy/girl. We just stare at them from afar and build steamy fantasies in our mind. And if at all they happen to have some work with us, we don’t know how to hold it together! We pretend to forget that one printout, just so that there’s one more reason for them to come to us. I know this sounds kinda creepy, but we all done it! At some point or the other :p No?

4) Mr Invisible- Ever wondered what the tech guy who sits in the corner does ? Well, no one knows. This person always has this ominous presence. We never know when he comes or goes. He rarely interacts with people and seems to be too absorbed in his work to notice what’s going around him. He has no interest in office gossips or politics. He is socially awkward, but at the same time genuinely nice if you ask him for help. We all wish he would open up a lil more!

5) The asshole- The are normal humans and then there’s the asshole. You know when the asshole is around you, because they literally bring that negativity with them. You can hear them hurling abuses at the client over the phone, or gently pulling your name into an argument to screw you up. They can rarely hold a nice conversation and have to turn every single team outing into a disaster. They are mostly excluded from all weekend plans, unless it’s absolutely important to involve them. They have the ability to test your patience to the limits, and seem to have no end to their assholeness. Getting the drift?

6) Miss Friday Night- Oh she knows the town inside out. There’s no night club that she’s not visited. She’s THE party person. She comes to work directly from a pool party she went to last night, but doesn’t seem hungover at all! She has her schedule lined up with all the happening concerts and she’s always inviting you to join her!
You wonder how she does it all !

7) The boss- No, I’m not talking about your actually boss. This person is the chief of the clan. The union leader. They know what’s going on where, with whom and why in the office. No one dares to lift their finger against this person. They have an established seniority and refuse to give up this “status”. They may not necessarily be bad, sometimes they just have that air of authority and leadership that people tend to follow everything they say. That’s why they’re the absolute BOSSMAN!

I’m sure we all must have seen one or the other of these people in our work lives. Maybe we ourselves are one of these! But the important thing is that our work places teach us to work along with so many different personalities.

Personally work life has taught me that it’s important to respect every colleague irrespective of how they may behave. There may be certain ups and downs but in the end it’s all about team work! Isn’t it ?


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Work ,Work ,Work !

I apologise if the title was  misleading , No , this is not about Rihanna’s new song !

This is about something that can make us cringe on a lazy day and  can even  steal a smile ! Well , I’m talking about hard-work .

Since the beginning of age , man has tried to make his life simpler . Hard-work has always been something that’s a little too difficult for him to digest .

The world today markets “The easy way out ” . Come to us they say , And you won’t have to chose between a slice of pizza ,and an hour at the gym . Come to us and , we will give you all the success you could wish for . Shortcuts are “In” .

Everyone wants results without efforts . Results without consequences to their half willed actions . We tend to appreciate instant gratification rather than long standing gains .
We expect to maintain unrealistic standards with little or no effort to achieve them .
We are surrounded by people who have no interest in telling you the truth of what goes behind the making of a dream . All they do is sell you the false idea , that you can have everything you wish for , within the blink of an eye .
And the sad part is too many of us have bought that idea .

We are seeing an increase in the ‘suicides’ , ‘divorces’ , ‘murders’, ‘rape’ . They might all seem completely different from each other , but they share the same conscience . Of Neglect , Apathy and Surrender . Of utter defeat and hopelessness .
Think about it , a couple that was married for 2 years decides to part ways on grounds of “incorrigible differences ” .
A girl who has failed her entrance test three consecutive times , decides that death would be a better option than facing defeat again .
A rapist let’s insatiable lustful desires to take control and gives in .A murder might imagine that , to take someone’s life is a necessity , that there is no other option apart from that !

Why did these people do what they did ?
One simple answer would be , they failed to work it out . They thought life would be a piece of cake , but Oh Boy , were they wrong !

It takes effort and energy to do anything at all ; Be it excelling at academics , getting that beach body you always wanted , Getting over that girlfriend who cheated on you (oh that just drains you, of life ! ) , Maintaining relations with your parents  or Attaining spiritual enlightenment .

Giving up always seems like a easier and pleasant option , but struggling through it all and persevering is the undermined winner always !

You have to fight no matter how hard it might get .
You have to aspire to be better everyday . You have to toil , sweat and work every muscle to get what you want without giving in .
Shortcuts might take you places , but at what cost ?
Easy might sound nice , but is it potent ?
These are questions you have to ask yourself .
And it’s rightly said , “If it’s easy , it probably ain’t right ! ”
Which runs true on most accounts .

So don’t be afraid of “work” ! Embrace the pain and discomfort . And time will surely bring you lasting and beautiful results .


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20 and Lost ! 

There are always two types of people . The first lot is of those people who know it all . The ones who are aware of their origin , who know what they’re doing and where they’re going . They’ve identified their destiny and will give anything it takes to fulfill their destiny .
Then there is the other Lot (which includes people like me ! ) . Those who are not really sure about anything . They’re lost in the present , unsure about the past and have no clue about what their future looks like ! They don’t know where they’re headed and even if they do , they have no clue how to get there .
Well , most of those in college will identify with this Lot 🙂

It’s not that we  don’t care about our future and , we definitely don’t like being stuck in the confused state that we’re in .
According to me , we are the late bloomers !

We have just not found our story yet . Most of us are stuck in the wrong storyline playing all the wrong parts .

Many things might’ve bought us to the place we are in , like society , parents , friends or sheer ignorance . And we do realise that something doesn’t quite feel right , but we can never figure out what’s that one piece of puzzle that doesn’t fit !

But you know what ? I feel that not knowing what we want to do actually works as an advantage because we live life one day at a time . Since we don’t know where we’re going next , we end up taking it all as one big adventure ! Although it might seem stupid and terribly naive and unambitious in today’s competitive world , we walk the rope blindly and hope for the best .
Until one day we finally stumble upon our destiny , and find that one thing we want to do in life .

And trust me , when that day comes we value that realisation more than the first Lot . Why ? Because , we strived to get to that realisation . We might’ve taken a thousand wrong turns to finally take the right one , the one that will lead us to the sole purpose of our lives .
So if you’re lost , don’t lose hope yet 🙂
If you’re lost , it’s okay !

Maybe not today but someday soon , you will find your way , and that day you will be grateful that you were Lost in the first place !