Category Archives: Anecdote

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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A Refreshing Outlook

Yesterday I was on a flight from Newark, NJ to New Orleans. Unlike what I usually experience the flight was on time. I took my seat and was browsing through my WordPress posts when something unusual happened. The pilot came out of the cockpit and announced he had two questions for us. Whosever can answer the question will get a gift.

I am a million miler on United airlines. I fly almost every week and had hardly seen such an enthusiastic pilot before. I smiled in blithe embracing the welcome change. He was holding a united blazer pin and an old style United fact card. He said, when flying was fun the airlines used to give such souvenirs to the kids, a tradition sadly long lost. And with that, he spelled the first question

“How many positive commandments exist in the Torah?”

I had no clue what he was asking. Apparently, the answer was 248. If you are Jewish or have interest in the religious study you might know it.

I was baffled why such a cryptic question was asked and before I could comprehend the pilot announced – our flight duration today is 2 hours 48 minutes, hence the number 248. Believe it or not, someone won the lapel badge.

He then went ahead with the second question, “Who was the 38th president of America and when did he assume office?”

I knew this answer(don’t ask me how) Gerald Ford. He was brought in 1974 to replace then indicted president Richard Nixon. He further stated, “subtract 900 from the year. The number is the distance between Newark and New Orleans -1074 nautical miles.”

I smiled accepted the card and wondered how a simple gesture can uplift the customer experience multifold.

PS. Here is the picture of the card I won

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