Category Archives: Anecdote

Inspiration

Yesterday I was at the Apple store for a quick purchase. I exactly knew what I wanted and waited to see a salesperson. If you have been to an Apple store you would know, for they don’t have the concept of traditional queues. Sales agents walk up to you, do the necessary consultation and you get what you need right where you are.

So, I waited for someone to show up but the shop was crowded. I approached an agent who in turn directed me to a gentleman who apparently was putting people in an electronic queue. I had to wait for over twenty minutes to see someone.

On my way back home, I wondered what Apple would have done to reach this level of brand recognition and sales. Mind you, it was the middle of the day on a Monday. Not even a weekend. Rightfully, Apple was the first company to reach the trillion-dollar market cap and I personally made decent money trading its stock 😊

If I ever venture into making a product, I know what standard I will aspire for. A below capture of the Bridgewater mall newly designed Apple store

PS. while I waited, my customer experience never went down. For the auto-reminder updated me about my wait time

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Family Vibes

Life is all about treasuring small pleasures and filling your heart with charming vibes to enjoy one leaf at a time in leisure time.

I am treasuring one such memory today when my son texted me the following.

He did a chore for me with a great sense of humor.

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27th July

This 27th July I turned another year wiser and thanked my stars for everything life had showered upon me. I spent the day reeling string of surprises one at a time. Wife booked a two-hour body treatment, kids made a 10-minute video-graph capturing all the beautiful moments we spent together. The last frame of the video asked me to turn around and a specially designed T-shirt was waiting for me in my son’s hand.

And then my daughter gave me this beautiful card.

We went for a family dinner to French Thai Origin in the beautiful Somerville downtown, what else I want from life.

Shaurya’s 13th Birthday

Shaurya turned 13 today. Can’t believe how time flies, from a little baby in our hands to almost as tall as me.  We cannot thank God enough for showering us with such a precious gift. He is kind, obedient, sincere and loving. He never throws teen tantrums and still embrace us like he used to do when he was a kid. On his birthday, I wrote 13 life quotes for him. Sharing it below for your read. Happy birthday Shaurya – be the light  

  1. It doesn’t matter how dark the clouds are, how strenuous the paths are, how impossible the outlook is, never lose hope, for hope instill courage. 
  2. In life you will take many paths, some will take to places far away from us, no matter which path you take or which way you go, always keep the path to home next to your heart
  3. No matter what situation you are in, no matter how low you feel, always be kind. 
  4. Never think of doing ill to others, even when they are mean to you. Always walk in the righteous path and let karma do the rest
  5. Never settle for ordinary, thrive for the best, remember mediocrity will leads only to oblivion. 
  6. Even when you know you are losing a battle never cheat. The burden of fraudulent behavior haunts forever and is not worth for some transient win.  
  7. Wear your confidence up your sleeves, never let anyone’s word deter your core beliefs 
  8. Losing is good, remember you will not win all battles in life, but never lose the lessons
  9. Never procrastinate, great plans falter because of postponing things 
  10. When an idea strikes or a good thought brushes your mind, write it down. Memory fades in a whiff 
  11. Always have goals, short term, midterm, long term – and work towards it with a relentless mind
  12. Remember not everything will work the way you planned. Don’t lose your heart. There is always a new day 
  13. Never be ashamed of your roots, the place you have come from. Proudly wear it like a batch 

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Trip to The Library

On my way to the library today, we were discussing my son’s birthday. He is turning 13 tomorrow and she was wanted to know what I am gifting him. And I kept teasing her, first refusing to tell her and then revealing that I was going to give him a kiss and a hug as his birthday gift. I concluded by saying “we are throwing a big party inviting over his friends, so a gift isn’t necessary. ”

She pondered for a while and said in her chirping voice, “True, you always throw good parties and the party is our gift. But my friends get both gift and parties.”

“Do you want any gift for your birthday?” I asked.

She said a firm no. I insisted  and said, “Tell me what you want for your birthday?”

“I want you to keep loving me, dad.” She said with a big smile.

And like always I was speechless.

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Father Daughter Conversation

So, I was driving my 9 year old daughter to the library yesterday and we were having our father-daughter catch-up, for work kept me away from home.

It was gray skies since morning and on our way home the clouds opened up. My daughter invariably said, “Oh, Boy”

“Why did you say oh, Boy? You could have said oh, girl.” I enquired with a smile.

“That’s because I like saying, boy.” She explained in her chirping tone.

“So, you like boys,” I said with a teasing tone.

“Yes, I do otherwise how I will like you.” Came the prompt response making me speechless.

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I Will Draw Some More

Yesterday was a hectic day. I landed from LA in the wee hours of the morning, hardly got any sleep before I had to leave for a client meeting early morning.

The day was long. And when I reached home I was glad the week was over. I curled up in the bed thinking of writing some verse when my daughter showed up. She was excited to show me a surprise packet of doll accessories she got from her mom. Once done showing me the new treasures she brought four of her paintings to me and asked me to rank them in the order of my favorites.

As we played the little game, I asked her with a tease, “Nitara, what if someone tear off all your paintings?”

My goading was intentional and I looked at her with mischief, waiting for her to give me a weird reaction. Instead, she pleasantly surprised me with her answer.

She looked at me, smiled and stated in her usual jubilant voice, “then I will draw some new one.”

And at that moment I learned a life lesson from her. No matter what the circumstance is, you can never go wrong with positivity in your thoughts. The castles may be demolished but you can build them again.

I thanked her for her charming attitude and found some other means to trouble her with my devilry.

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Daughter’s Love

Friends, I had an eventful day today. Stranded at the airport for over 5 hours for a 3-hour flight to San Antonio – an 8-hour ordeal. NJ weather somehow this year has turned tropical. Sudden showers, unannounced T-storms and then when you expect nothing the Sun signs bright on you. It is tropical for sure minus humid, which sure is a blessing. Today it rained till afternoon causing most of the flight delays. Nevertheless, I just landed. Time is 10 PM and since I am in the central time zone I gained an hour. 😊

But that’s not what I intend to express today. The most beautiful thing happened in the morning when I was rushing for a meeting. Well, I had a meeting to attend to before heading to the Airport. I was little pressed on time, so I thought of grabbing a banana for breakfast and run. I had my travel bag, my laptop carry on and I was all set to head out when my 8-year-old daughter pleasantly surprised me with a sandwich🥪. It was so well prepared I couldn’t believe she made it. I guess that’s what you call daughter’s love. ❤️

And with a smile on my face, love in my heart and food in my belly I left home to conquer the world.

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Peer Pressure

I don’t drink. Not even as a social drinker. Often I am in a situation where my friends, colleagues tease me for being such a tight ass.

I am health conscious and always watch what I eat. My travel and nature of job often land me in a situation where I get scornful eyes for not indulging. Some even go further and take it as an insult.

I am grown up now, but I had my moments in the past when I almost gave in to such a social stigma. When I surrendered to situations, letting go of my long-held principles, afraid of getting left out. But soon I realized what I was made up of and refused to succumb, for some miscreant mind perturbations.

Hence, growing up I was never part of the coolest group, neither was officially invited to some of the crazy outings nor being popular amongst the popular girls, for my sober outlook was my taboo. A deterrent obstacle that refrained me from enjoying so-called worldly vices.

I won’t lie. At times I was shattered and devastated. My self-confidence was at rock bottom and the sheer feeling of being left out was detrimental. But there was an unseen force that held me together. And I learned to be happy within the realm of my self-governed principles. Soon I realized I was not alone, there were many like me. I understood how I was blurred by some superficial glaze. And how it overpowered all the goodness that existed in the world.

The day my self-realization became strong, I was able to pick the signals from the noise and life was beautiful. I made my share of friends and had my quantum of fun, for the definition of fun is relative, it is an individual perspective. Once you stop running after things because of peer pressure and focus on what actually makes you happy, you will see the outlook I am drawing.

Till today I face the same question from my colleagues and friends and all I do is smile and say to myself, I have my share of happiness. I have nothing against any of the choices my friends make. I don’t detest them or look at them with aberrant eyes. In the end, it is their definition of happiness and I have chosen mine. And both can happily coexist.

So, my friends here is a little bit of advice. Don’t go after things just because you are afraid of being left out. Stick to your principles and enjoy life on your own terms.

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Newark To LA

Today I was on a coast to coast flight from Newark to LA. As much as I am a morning person, I dread early morning flights. Besides, yesterday evening I was in a water park, making it all the more difficult to convince myself to get up 4 in the morning.

I somehow made it to the flight. And as I entered the plane, I saw a sleepy looking flight attendant forcefully greeting her passengers. I don’t know what came to my mind, and in that moment of trice, I thought of playing a little prank on her.

I greeted her and asked, “in the morning rush I didn’t check the gate number. Hope this flight is going to San Francisco.”

Her lethargic self got some renewed energy and she declared that I was on the wrong flight.

I smiled and told her that I was just teasing her. She reciprocated with a wide grin and stated she is from San Francisco and how she wished the flight was going to her hometown. We smiled and I assumed my seat.

6 hours later as I was getting off the flight, she greeted me and said, “Welcome to San Francisco”

I smiled and as I was walking down the corridor only one thought clouded my mind, life is all about treasuring small pleasures. Make someone smile and get genuine happiness in return.

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