Saturday, 29 April 2017

Maternal forefathers .......




When I sit down in my chair to start writing a new blog, the experience is one of bliss and delight but confined to me, just my thoughts and me. And then once completed, it reaches you. Some of you may like it and get connected with me at some level while some may not. Some may like to offer comments which I always welcome giving me a chance to make improvements. I go through your comments/suggestions  and start writing the next  one ; this is when the process gets completed.
I admit that it is because of you and your continuous support that I derive motivation to go on and share my life experiences ...


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I have already shared about my paternal forefathers ....today I would like to talk about my maternal forefathers....


Home...Sweet Home.....


My maternal grandfather (nana) was simple but gem of a person. He came from a small village but a beautiful one. He was short in stature but maintained good health throughout. He never used specs which I used to marvel at. My maternal grandmother (nani) was an equally wonderful person. One could feel the deep bond and love between them. Both of them passed away long back....God bless their souls ! They were blessed with 02 daughters, my mother and her elder sister...perfect sisters, more like friends.....both of them passed away too .... God bless their souls !






My nana was working with the postal department  in the then British government and retired as Postmaster in the end. One memorable incident in his official capacity which my nani used to tell us with great pride and love was when he performed an act of bravery and loyalty.





There was heavy flood and the particular post office where he was working at that time was getting immersed rapidly in flood water and on the brink of total destruction. He sought urgent help from administration but it didn't arrive in time and understandably so because of prevailing situation. He realized that he would not be able to save the office but somehow or other wanted to save the cash box. He managed to pick it up and kept it on his head holding it with his both hands. However, the water level was constantly increasing and he being short in height was finding it difficult to manage for long. So he stood up on the office table holding the cash box on his head. By the time help arrived he was already neck deep in water but could be rescued just in time. This was acknowledged by the then British government and they awarded him handsomely.

Will share more in my next blog.


We deserve abundance...let us keep on seeking it ....


Gratitude




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Friday, 28 April 2017

Milestone contd......


Good afternoon by Indian Standard Time .....

Before I start writing my today's blog I would like to say a big thank you to all my viewers and readers. It is a great motivating factor for me to open out my heart before you which is full of life experiences like any one of us. I will consider myself to be extremely fortunate if I am able to connect with you for mutual understanding and benefit.

                       
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Having done very well in the 1st  year of my engineering, I possibly became a bit complacent or may be slightly over confident which did not allow me to achieve a similar success in the 2nd year.
Also there was one paper in the final examination the questions of which were totally out of syllabus and there was a spontaneous walk out by all the examinees. Later on during informal discussions with our concerned professor, it was very clear that even he was surprised with the questions but we all were helpless at that time.
I am not sure whether today's generation will be able to correlate with such situations in the then academic arena but this is how it was during those days. It's a different matter altogether that we had a very strong Vice Chancellor of our university at that time who did not allow this paper to be held again though we kept on requesting him for 02 years. He was a strict disciplinarian and I guess this is why he did not budge from his stand. Many of us were compelled to appear again to clear this paper but I was lucky enough to go through on the basis of my marks in the terminal examinations wherein you were given a maximum of 5 grace marks by deducting double the grace marks from the aggregate but only if it were limited to one subject. I was given a grace marks of 3 to attain the pass mark of 35 but lost 6 from the aggregate in return. I can't say whether this system is still being followed ?
It again made me realize that I must be consistent and put in more than 100% in my efforts till I completed my studies within the precinct of university if I were to be in the top few. It is difficult to express the burning desire in me to be really very successful not only at academics but in all walks of  life too, a success which has got different meaning in relation to different aspects of life, especially in your married life wherein you like to contribute to success of each other and rejoice. I will certainly touch upon this topic in my subsequent blogs.

Bye for now..........


Learning every moment from life and all of you......


Gratitude


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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Milestone.......

Hello


Today is a special day in my life as my wife and I are celebrating our 35th marriage anniversary.
Our children have played a major role in the celebration as they planned to give us a surprise and indeed it was last night.
This is why I have delayed my this blog by a day. It was on this very day in the year 1982 when we got united and life has been excellent since then.
Our relationship has been one that of love, friendship and mutual trust though there have been differences on many occasions but we have been able to resolve and overcome such situations without much difficulty. Perhaps this is what married life is all about ..accept each other as we are and don't try to change each other. Once we believe in this philosophy and stick to it, nothing can stop us from leading a charmed life. Also you start needing and depending upon each other much  more with passage of time once you get emotionally attached. In my opinion this is what is the ultimate in a married life because you are continuously on the same wave length literally in all walks of life. We rejoice in caring for each other, even doing the minor daily chores, though we may not express many a times. We, in our Indian context, generally find it difficult to express our love to our near and dear ones but I have learnt that we should do it because this can create tremendous happiness in us. This is what I try to do since last few years by way of  innovative ways because I yearn to live my remaining years truly king size.


Now starting my today's blog from where I left in the previous blog, we have been mostly in legal profession, generation after generation, with a small percentage in medical profession. I was the odd man out to have pursued engineering for the first time in our family. I have already shared about it in one of my earlier blogs.
First impression is everlasting and this is what exactly happened to me when I landed at my engineering college. The atmosphere was simply captivating with huge buildings, imposing lecture halls, well equipped and maintained laboratories, a library to depend upon, a huge auditorium, big grounds, a few shops inside the campus itself, many impressive professors, cent percent residential and lots of greenery.
Having understood the importance of doing well at engineering, I concentrated and put in sincere efforts on my studies, attended the classes regularly, did the practicals also without any exception and did extremely well in the first year. I also learnt about using log table, T square, slide rule and other instruments.....we did not even have calculators those days..
But the 2nd year ....keep guessing and wait for my next blog.






Life is to enjoy every minute

Live life king size





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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Forefathers......memory lane....

Hello....

     Being one who is a novice trying his hands at blog writing but picking up the tricks of the trade rapidly and enjoying the stint to the T, today I like to take you deep down the memory lane once again when even I was not born......to tell you about my forefathers.....
     How many of us will be able to talk about our forefathers......may be we know about our grand father and great grand father but not beyond that in most of the cases......may not even be knowing their names.....leave aside the other details....in fact many of us might not have ever seen or met our many of the living relatives in the past many years or rarely though being within the country or even the same city.....am not talking about those who are settled abroad....how time has changed ...... can you think for a minute or any number of hours and tell yourself the reason for the same......shall I tell you what it is which I have learnt in the last few years post my retirement and entry into e commerce business.....it's LEGACY ....








      I will certainly touch upon this very important topic sometime in my subsequent blogs.....meanwhile you can give a thought to it and debate with yourself........
     I remember my grandfather and grandmother vividly and know the name of my great grandfather.....even learnt about name of my great great grandfather but don't remember now....
     They were landlords.....zamindars.....residing lavishly in a big sprawling house.....haveli.... ...mansion.... in a village ......something like the one which we see in movies......a big veranda at the entrance, a big hall on one side for meetings...a big circular dais at the front for holding darbar....another hall on the other side for storage of fodder.....a pond....a big rectangular shaped courtyard....and the rooms around it......lots of helping hands....a big separate kitchen though attached to the haveli.
    Our paternal village is situated close to where I was born and grew up along with my parents......used to take about half an hour by road transport and another half an hour in bullock cart to reach there from our place in those days....even palanquin for newly wed girls and daughter-in-laws were made available.... v used to go there during school holidays.....at least twice a year.....once had to go there during dead of night ....when my father received the news of sad demise of my grandmother.......God bless her soul !
     V started within no time though it was raining cats and dogs....my father somehow arranged road transport.... the bullock cart was waiting to receive us.....started but it got stuck up at one place on the kutcha road but there were people to take care of such eventualities...









     
I still have fond memories of those years....1957 onwards.....lots of land, agriculture, mango tress, banana trees, vegetables, crops, so on and so forth......no electricity.....lanterns were in vogue.... nothing like municipal water supply or borewells....dug wells were the only source for drinking water and other purposes..... hardly any means of fast communication..... but living in the lap of nature, clean air, good people, no politics, living like one big family of which my forefathers used to be the head, enjoying the post independence environment from the British in 1947 and contributing to building up of our great nation....possibly compensated for the so called facilities and basic necessities we crave for in today's scenario.....don't say these are not required but v r paying a price for these facilities....
Life is not so simple....it is complex....but v need to learn to enjoy every bit of it.....the greatest thing is that God has sent us to the world for a purpose and v must believe in the  MASTER PLAN....do u ... I do in entirety....


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Luv u all........

Gratitude.......


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Friday, 21 April 2017

engineering era ......

Good morning ...
                         
                    Suprabhat.......
                                               
           ..........it's a somewhat pleasant cloudy morning today bringing some respite from scorching heat since last more than a fortnight.

Writing my 10th blog today.....entered double digit.....celebrating one more milestone in my blog writing....HURRAH......

Having passed out I.Sc. and been admitted to engineering course in a college of my choice was nothing less than achievement of a big dream at that time......
Have already shared a few things about my experiences while in engineering college in my earlier blogs but there are still quite a few which I like to share.....

My college was located in a remote place and the nearest township, an industrial township but very small considering the size of the industry itself, was somewhat a dampener on my spirits when I first landed there. But I now realize in hindsight that the location must have been  decided on certain important considerations for the benefit of the students ....without any commercial considerations which is now rampant everywhere in our education system. Moreover, the routine used to be such those days that you would be kept fully occupied ...from morning to evening....without any mental diversion.....the classes would resume at 8 AM and continue till 5 or 5:30 PM with a lunch break of an hour and half. And then the home work to be done in the evening hours ......
 
I was put into a 4 bedded room on the first floor in the hostel where I had no choice but luckily got very good nature studious type of roommates. Our relationship grew and grew and grew and it continues even now .....
The only recreation available in the hostel was confined to the 4 walls of a common room where there will be one or two newspapers ...may be one or two magazines...can't confirm with certainty now...plus few outdoor games like football, volley ball etc ......used to go out on Sundays for outing along with my friends to nearby places....cherish the happy memories...




  And the ragging of the freshers....by the seniors....something which used to cross limits in some cases ......but there was an unwritten rule....you would not be subjected to it if you had some senior student known to you.....I luckily had a cousin brother in Metallurgical engineering ...one year senior to me..of course he is no more now .....died on the operation table in a clinic....God bless his soul !
So my ragging was basically confined to general introduction barring one instance of verbal  ragging .... call me if you would like to have the details.....



Excited to be alive for one more day .......

Gratitude






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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Intermediate contd ...........




As I sit in my chair and think of from where to begin and what to write in my this blog so as to maintain continuity, I am flooded with memories of those memorable years......
While my Intermediate exams were in progress in the year 1972, there was another announcement made by the authorities that henceforth admission to engineering colleges would be done on the basis of an entrance examination.
It was a welcome move and most of us were happy ... why because the first ever entrance test was to be held on a Sunday during the course of Intermediate exams and none of us needed to put any extra effort on preparing for it barring a few revisions here and there.....




I remember vividly it was of 3 hours duration and I did very well.....
I must have done very well which I assume because I got a call for appearing at the interview in the first batch itself......
I got my choice of my branch...mechanical engineering...and also the best college in my state during those days.....
I had the feeling of having conquered the world.....can't say how others feel but to me it is of extremely high importance to celebrate success however small or big it may be....am still of the same view ....
One more thing which I would like to share about my first ever hostel life during second year of my Intermediate course .... it was a 03 bed room..... very close to the college....could not sleep the first night as it was again an alien environment to me.....but adapted to the situation very quickly.
The food was ordinary which is generally the case elsewhere also..... but the Sunday lunch used to be special which would normally start around 11 AM ....I used to wait for Sundays to compensate for the so called losses over the week....all in all a very good experience and I strongly feel this experience is a must for all young people because one gains real life experience......
One of my room mates presented with a hand written parting poem to me when we finished our Intermediate course ...... have preserved it in original since last 45 years .... in fact I have my original admit card of matriculation board examination which I am preserving with great care since last 47 years... I am sure most of us would be doing it......will share in my next blog...


God give me strength and wisdom to pen down my life experiences...

Gratitude ......

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Intermediate contd...


1971-72


Before I start writing my today's blog I would like to share about my dreams. Of course, I would talk on this subject in greater details in my subsequent blogs but one of my dreams has been to write my autobiography. Perhaps this is why I have been destined to become a blog writer to write about my life experiences ...... Gratitude !
Now coming back to my early college days I recall I was getting ready for my Pre University final examination when a change was introduced in the curriculum by way of introduction of 2 year course named as Intermediate of Science in place of 1 year Pre University course. This changed the whole scenario and all of us were apprehensive but I now realise in the hindsight that I really benefited from it. Not only I adapted to the change quite well but also utilised the time effectively. The outcome was there for all of us to savour for a long time .... I stood VIII th in the University.....my parents were very happy and had tears in their eyes when they got the news  ... Gratitude !



Nothing is impossible in this world if one has the courage, will power and determination and more importantly if you want to prove yourself to yourself .... and above all your parents who brought you in this world


Excited as ever .......

Cheers 

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Pre University .....



1970 - 72

Years of Pre University - Intermediate ....... Entry to college

Having passed out matriculation with very high marks by any stretch of imagination in those days, I got admitted to the very best college in the state capital.....it is still the very best in my opinion.....
I was once again introduced to a very alien environment.....huge buildings, huge lecture halls, impressive laboratories and above all the students, the library, the  professors, the culture and what not.....as if you are suddenly thrown in a sea from a lake or river.....really can't say about this experience of others but it was indeed awesome to me...a dream come true to study in a premiere institution.

Days passed by and I was getting used to the new environment.....enjoying everything....but never allowed it to go to my head.....the experience of my schooling days was still fresh in my memory and was hell bent upon to avoid any recurrence.....




I used to stay with my relatives ....Gratitude......but it was far away from my college.
Hence, I decided to shift to hostel in the 2nd year.....which was again a very alien environment.
But there I made good friends, had easy access to libraries, took help of few professors also and concentrated on my studies.....was ready to pay the price to achieve success.....the burning desire to become an engineer was raging inside me.....wanted to prove myself to myself.

And then there was a sudden change announced by the University......

Blessed to be pouring my heart out.....

Gratitude


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Early years of learning .....



When I made a decision to take a plunge into blog writing it was really difficult to choose a topic of common interest as cement and everything to do with cement and engineering mainly have been my forte during my professional career  ......so decided to share my life experience .....

TO PROVE MYSELF TO MYSELF

Down the memory lane .....1955 to 1970....

Did all my schooling in government schools where the medium of teaching was Hindi in my state ... it holds good even today and there is nothing wrong in it .
Started schooling from class IV .... don't believe .... u must ... this is the truth.
Of course, I had a very respected teacher staying with us who did my basics....gratitude.
Shifted to a bigger school in the state capital later on as my parents wanted me to go to a good school.
It was again a very alien environment and took some time to adjust but I did ...
Was a good student but did not do well in the first year...it was class VIII....in fact I failed in one subject which hit me really hard. But then picked up....and picked up well....wanted to prove myself to myself....

Decided not to go to any movie when I was in class X till the completion of board exams...did that with great restraint for more than a year ....but rushed to last day show of one famous movie straight from the examination hall...... running for more than a year...Rajesh Khanna movie....u must have guessed by now...we r all movie maniacs...did not want to miss it...it was my last paper...no, last practical exam in Physics.... am dead sure...it was indeed Physics practicals....I am no exception ....nostalgia....


They used to serve snacks in the period before lunch break which all of us would look forward to .... it used to be in a blue coloured well ventilated steel box .... I used to wait for Fridays as it used to be special that day....let your imagination run wild and try to guess what it could have been ....can't....ok...let me tell you... nothing but simple mixture (sev dalmot)...the taste is everlasting, can't say why but that is how it is...



However, I realised very fast that the medium of teaching will be English when I would be doing my engineering.
So I decided to pay more attention to this aspect of my early life ...in fact few of my cousin brothers and sisters were studying in English medium schools those days and I was hell bent upon not being left behind in the race.
To my good fortune I had the option to choose either Hindi or English or a combination of both for matriculation board examination....I decided English for science subjects which proved to be immensely helpful later on ...
It was 1970 ....passed out matriculation with flying colours...stood 52nd in the state....received National Merit Scholarship till completion of my engineering degree.....monthly  Rs.......
don't ask but it was a handsome amount in those days...blessings of my parents....God was and is still very kind to me....keep on receiving their blessings every moment....

Immensely excited to be alive today ......
Gratitude......

Monday, 10 April 2017

Memoirs contd...

Life goes on and it's a pleasure to go down the memory lane ...
And share my experiences....
Another learning I had in the corporate world was that of arrogance which you are exposed to at different levels of hierarchy and as a corollary we all tend to pick it up as we grow up in this environment. I was no exception but never allowed it to dictate terms with me. I always kept it within check. In fact some corporate pundits told me that you must learn to shout and dominate people if you are to survive in the corporate world but I never subscribed to this principle.
On the contrary I made it a point to talk to each and everyone whosoever was in contact with me...learnt and shared about our personal lives and built up rapport with them not only on official front but personal front as well. I made it a point to attend each and every function or event of any nature as and when invited whether by a workman or a peer or a senior.
I also made it a point to attend each and every funeral which unfortunately do take place in our lives..
What I mean to say is that I kept on building my team.
In fact I always used to ask about their well being and also of their family members first thing in the morning ...
This allowed me to build up my network which is proving to be handy in my e commerce business in which I took a plunge post retirement ...

Cheers
Excited to be alive for one more day

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Memoirs contd ......

 As I ponder over as to what to write in my this blog, memories of past come flooding in......
I continued in the corporate sector getting accustomed to a completely new life wherein the knowledge gathered within the precincts of the university was hardly of any use baring a few basic principles of engineering here and there. I learnt to be punctual which has been my natural trait ever since I stood on my feet ... I used to be in my office or at work site whatever the requirement might be invariably a few minutes before the scheduled time  ... in the lighter  vein I was labelled as time machine by many of my subordinates, peers and the bosses...felt very nice and I continue to be in the same mould even till now....don't remember having been late ever on any occasion...even attended marriage functions and events while the preparations at the end of those who invited me were not even ready...sometimes even having arrived at the venue as chief guest when nobody was there ... thinking whether I came to the right place !
I always believed and even now attach tremendous importance to my time and that of others.
My another weakness if you may like to term it this way was that I used to be a perfectionist as is the wont of Virgoans ..... but learnt life is about many other things than perfections...life does teach us so many things provide one is willing to and can adapt to changes especially when you have responsibilities not only towards yourself but your family and society too at large ....

Cheers

God bless

Friday, 7 April 2017

Memoirs contd.....

Got admitted to a reputed engineering college...ours was the first batch in 70s to appear at an entrance examination for getting admission which happened on a Sunday. Enjoyed my experience of engineering course of 5 years to the core ...not only put in hard work but also enjoyed the company of my friends. Firmed a group called Octet for eight of my best friends during those days.
Time flies ....by the time we realised the course was over and all of us parted our own ways with a vow to be in touch.....but life is not so simple.....all of us got engaged in our job life. 
It was a totally alien environment and culture to which I was exposed to in the corporate. But I enjoyed the learning and gained valuable experience over there ....remember I wanted to be an engineer since my childhood and the goal was so strong that nothing mattered at that time.
Was rewarded for my sincere and hard work ....was recognised and kept going up the ladder.....
But I always wanted to set up some thing of my own within 5 years of my entry in corporate life so that I could be my own boss..,,.
Time passed by. Got married. Had children and the focus shifted to family, upbringing of my children and so many other things.....
So just could not dare to leave job and set up my own business.......no computers at that time ....nothing like anything digital ......so kept pulling on working for others even at the cost of family life which I now realise better.....

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Memoirs...

Had the opportunity to witness a railway bridge being constructed during my school days as my school was located on the bank of Gandak river and I  used to play there during breaks. Was literally mesmerised by the type of work and the way work force used to display its caliber. It was simply awesome. Saw a few people walking dangerously on steel structures at great height and understood they were engineers. That's when I decided I must be one of them. 
And that's what I did ....    ......

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