Sweaty Summer, Sweet Lemonade!

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You know how it feels when you drink a glass of cool lemonade on a hot summer afternoon. The heat doesn’t go anywhere, you feel sweaty outside; but at the same time, you feel so satisfied & relaxed inside.

Some people in our lives are like the lemonade. The worries & tensions are still around, the problems have still to be resolved by us only. While so, the presence of the lemonades makes every new day a lot more refreshing.

Why? You see, the taste we are talking about is a fantastic mix of sweet & sour. A little tangy too, if you like. Moreover, you never have a chance to repeat the taste of one serving with the another. All I want to say is that the fun lies in the inconsistency, or the variety – if you like the word better. The drink is so refreshing always!

Likewise, you feel reinvigorated when you’re in the company of the ‘lemonade people’ of your lives. I take this opportunity to thank all the lemonades in my life! my WP friends are also in this list.

 

The Magic of Creativity

Today, I am sharing the pics of the outstanding craftworks created by my wife and her three friends. All of them are homemakers; but they decided not to restrict their day to daily chores only. It’s true that there are inherent artists within all of us. These women have proved it in style.

I thought it would be a good idea to take a short informal interview to understand what they have gained / learned from this activity in last one year.

Q: Why did you choose to do this?

A: We used to buy decorative products for our homes; but the products didn’t meet our expectations several times. We thought why not try to create some crafts on our own; and the journey started. This is an interesting activity. Though there are limitations as compared to painting etc., it makes this even more challenging for our artistic abilities. This is something in which we engage ourselves with our heart and soul.

Q: Do you feel short of time for completing other daily activities?

A: As we all like artistic activities, we enjoy our time that we invest in these activities. Initially we struggled to balance the chores with the craft. Now we manage our time smoothly. In fact, now we know how much more can be accomplished in a given day. These activities give us the much needed change from the routine. It acts as a true recreation.

Q: Is this just a hobby or you consider this as a work?

A: This is more than just a hobby for us now. We handle entire process from raw materials procurement through craftwork creation to sales of finished products. Also we are adding more products in our range on continuous basis. We concentrate more on quality than on quantity. We have a customer focussed approach and like to create work that is nothing less than awesome 🙂

Q: What are your plans for the future?

A: We have a long way to go as per the standards set out by us. We want to bring about novel ideas and to refine the quality of existing line of products. There are many good ideas in Indian handicrafts that we are yet to explore. In future, we also wish to involve in eco-friendly craft ideas. Above all, we want to contribute in every possible way to see that other women artists also get a platform through our ventures.IMG-20160825-WA0007

 

What children can teach us?

Children can teach us that what we don’t find in most of the books.

My sweet, 7-year-old daughter, Mrunal is enjoying her summer holidays right now. This incident happened on last Saturday. Mrunal was playing with her dolls and toys in the drawing-room. She heard the sound of food processor and came running in the kitchen. I was having some chat with my wife while she kneaded the dough for making chapatis (Indian bread).

Mrunal stayed there until my wife finished rolling first chapati. She knew that now her Mom would put the chapati for cooking on a frying pan. As soon as the chapati started swelling, my little angel jumped up and down excitedly and insisted her mom to let the chapati swell as much as possible. Her giggles filled up the kitchen more and more as the chapati ballooned. Then my wife poked the chapati and steam flowed out with a hissing sound. This was the zenith of the ‘fun show’. The uninvited guest in the kitchen left merrily and resumed playing with her toys.

My wife and I were amused at Mrunal’s happiness at such a trivial thing; but this made us discuss how we allow many fun moments to go unnoticed in search of bigger elusive happiness. Also, we noted that she was detached as soon as the fun part was over. She did not hold onto it. This was another good lesson, I guess…

We could go on analyzing but then we too didn’t want to miss the fun in the lighter moments!

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss

Leap

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The first impression we get of above picture is of an advertisement by one of the sportswear manufacturer. Also to the optimists among us, this exemplifies an adventurous spirit. There is a person enjoying a leap with a solid resolve.

The background may depict itself as a Sunrise against the canvas of a water body and a calm countryside probably about to wake up anytime now. One can also feel the crisp refreshing air in the mountains that the person inhaled before deciding to jump. (At the same time one is free to also interpret a gloomy Sunset with an impending storm and the dampness that suffocates the person who is about to take extreme step as a solution for the challenges ahead.) Now this is just a metaphor, thankfully.

The ever changing scenario in the careers of professionals across the globe today makes it even more important to consider how an individual perceives a situation. Does it only require positive imagery to deal with the unexpected? Of course, not. A professional also needs to keep finding out what his or her real passion is and nurture same. The identity no more has to be limited to a job profile in a given company. This is the time for most of us to define who we are as individuals minus the company names and the designations.

We know our strengths and weaknesses on general terms. But desperate times expose us to the inherent fears as well as the powers that we are not aware of as such. Why wait till then? I guess, it is safe practicing while all gears are available and depths are not so scary. Let’s start searching right now and take that leap!

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Early this week, I met with a lovely couple in the flight to my home city.

I guess, they were traveling to meet their son. Uncle sat in the middle seat and aunty by the window. While plane was moving towards runway, Uncle offered me some sweet. I was a little hesitant initially; but he insisted. I thanked him for the gesture. So sweet of him!

As the flight took off, I prayed for our safe journey. I was amused at the thought that it had started with a sweet note. Entire day had passed in a hustle, and I wasn’t prepared for any more stressful situations. So, I closed my eyes and got lost in a slumber in a short while.

When I woke up, I saw uncle-aunty struggling to take selfies with their smartphone (of course, it was in flight mode). They could manage to click a few but they didn’t seem to be happy with the photos. I was observing their enthusiasm with amazement; both of them were at least 60+. I offered to help them by taking few snaps. They were happily excited about the idea, like children getting chocolates are.

Aunty brought out a comb from her purse in a flash and brushed her hair. Uncle wore the most friendly smile I’ve ever seen. They posed for at least 4-5 snaps. They requested me to try clicking with and without flash. I wanted to tell them that they were a wonderful couple either way. Made for each other sorts…

What else do we want from life? A company that stays with us forever. A company that makes us feel happy, feel that we are worthy, and beautiful, no matter what age, color, complexion, …so on and so forth.
I wish for everyone of us that we stay together with friends and family always. In peaks and valleys that life offers to us!

Let’s do it together
~ Yogesh D. D.