Sachin Dewal, who had walked away ago long ago, is back with a bang. With more maturity, wisdom and a better understanding of what is real and what is not. He had abandoned the company and is back to finish unfinished business. To close the circle so to say. He has become the ‘sutradhaar’ of the new team and we are shaping up to win a few matches with late night trainings and a 20 hour work schedule. Good start boys. Keep it up.
We experienced something spectacular on New Year. The team invested jointly to procure T-shirts with the company logo designed and printed on it. Not only that, they wore it together and wished me ‘Happy New Year’. It was an awesome experience. Because this kind of an activity is usually done by companies for creating and promoting their brand, as a marketing gimmick. And here this was done by our team with their own money and effort, for our own bonding, for showing their solidarity and goodwill for the company. Not for promotion or for marketing. Therefore this was an ’out of this world’ experience. Thank you guys. This will stay with me for times to come. Specially when the times get tough.
Thank you Appu, for taking care of the logistics of the New Year party for the team. You rock girl. Your timely, untimely support means a lot to me. You are the best thing that happened in my life.
My father called up and apologized for what he said. I don’t know if the wounds inside can heal with this apology. Maybe. maybe not. Waqt batayega. Time is a great healer. Maybe before I die, I will be at peace.
It is that time of the month again. Bills, rents, salaries. God. Ok just breathe normally. Pause. Breathe again. Aaj tak ho gaya hai. Phir ho jayega. We will mangage. We have shifted. We have a good team. And we have work. Aur kya chahiye? Practice some gratitude. Gratefulness. A strange trait which does not come naturally to us. Har baat mein shikayat hai. Kabhie toh dhanyavaad bhi dena chahiye.
Ek panditji aate hain office mein puja karne. And he said to me ‘ Arthik dand sabse bada dand hai’. ‘Financial punishment is the biggest punishment’. Pata nahin. I don’t know. never thought like that. But gradually the statement is sinking in. It makes sense. As long as we are dependent financially as individuals, as families, as a society, as a country on other people, we are serving a punishment. We can never achieve our true potential. We can never be who we could truly be. So apart from a corruption free and bijli paani available country, we also have to make sure that each one of us is creating wealth, generating money for ourselves and the country.
And no political leader can do that for us. if we are ‘kaamchor’, if we deliver sub-standard work, if we are waiting for miracles to happen in our lives without the necessary groundwork, we will feel let down by any leader we choose. It does not matter. We all need to be leaders in our on lives. Whereever we are, with what we have. We do not need special chairs to declare us leaders. But the lure of somebody else cleaning our shitpot is huge. It is easier to blame than to do the hard work ourselves. And if we all are leaders, anyone we choose to lead will be a leader, beyond doubt.
We have to rise as a nation. Not look for band aid solutions. Shortcuts. Quickfix solutions to long term problems. Anti-depressants where major surgery is required. Infatuation in place of love and respect.
Stop and look.
And look carefully.