A Fight That’s Worth!

I have come to believe that you are worth a lot and immensely lucky if;

  • You have your family standing by your side acting as your pillar of strength, no matter how the time shows up like at different stages of your life.
  • You are bestowed with all the love of your family, friends, and relatives – love that is inexplicably unconditional and pure.
  • You are groomed to turn into an individual who is self-sufficient and independent.
  • You have a purpose to live on and have realized what you are meant for.
  • And most importantly, you are blessed with the best of health.

This is a special post in which I would like to introduce an amazing couple, Mr. Nitesh Prajapat and Mrs. Dimple Parmar. I was oblivious to their existence until last week when an article on YourStory.com took me by storm. They have recently graduated from the prestigious, Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata. Apparently, they also happen to be friends of a close friend of mine.

It was when Mr. Nitesh had just incubated his startup and was working towards it while juggling alongside his studies, life had different plans for him.

Strangely enough, we often are so engrossed in the world of our own problems that we fail to see the big picture. When we are crying over the small things in life, this gentleman, Mr. Nitesh has everything but the last.

He was diagnosed with Stage III ColoRectal Cancer in mid-2016 when he was just a year old at IIM C. And then ensued a series of tests and treatments ranging from surgery and radiation therapies to several cycles of chemotherapy. As I studied about his case [for I have a particular interest in the field of Cancer Research and have come to know a bit of this and that], I just could not fathom the level of endurance this person has. Hats off!

And then when they were optimistic of clean results this June/July 2017, it was a major blow to learn that his cancer has metastasized and has spread to lungs and few other organs, accounting to 12 tumors. He is now at his final stage, stage IV which is when the doctors have shown a little hope of recovery/cure/survival, though there seems to be some stability. He has been advised clinical trials in the US via which there are people who seem to have recovered well.

This implies how this wonderful personality is who still has not given up on life and is battling this deadly disease. He still hopes to recover well, especially for the efforts and patience levels of his ‘angel’, Mrs. Dimple, who is a true epitome of love and perseverance. She stood by him all the time and is not leaving any stone unturned in the conquest of coping with cancer. A big salute to this lady!

Since they must have spent a lot of amounts already, the clinical trials are no joke [My research on this never-heard term tells me]. It seems to be costing around 3+ crores INR which is why they have turned to us for help. Let’s do our bit in helping this couple fight this demon and prove the power of our unity and strength. Let’s contribute in ways we can to see Mr. Nitesh get back to normalcy and live a life the couple has always dreamt of.

You may read more about their story at the below links;

https://yourstory.com/2017/09/nitesh-prajapat-struggle/

https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-good-examples-of-life-isnt-fair/answer/Ayush-Raj-7?srid=zU0R

And, below are the links for donation;

https://www.ketto.org/fundraiser/niteshstage4?utm_source=Exit_intent&utm_medium=fbpageshare&utm_campaign=niteshstage4

http://donation.iitk.ac.in/funds/nitesh-prajapat-medical-support-fund.php

It’s an earnest request to not overlook this and share this across for there still needs to be more funds collected [~ 150,000 USD].

Hoping and praying for a successful recovery! Let’s join hands in fighting this battle!

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A Decade!

In the milieu of endless conversations, pointless talks and countless wishes, looking back makes you feel like these years just passed by. We were just right there working on something and when you bring it on to the date, it feels so surprising to see how time really flies away in a whisker.

If I ever had to list as to what contributed to the best days/weeks/months/years of my life, it has to be the string of friendship. You know you are blessed when you have a family outside of your family. I truly have come to believe that no one else can teach you better than your friends. If I were to tag them as the lifelines, I would nowhere be wrong.

You all gave me so many memories for this lifetime. Which is why I am amazed to find the transformations I have been through owing to what I could learn from you all.

From the concept of sharing and caring to just being there, life does make one realize who your true friends are for the lifetime. This is a bond that surprisingly builds up with the time that doesn’t depend upon any other foundation. And this why friendship is the foundation of almost every relationship and which is why this would remain special for eternity!

Here’s is to the amazing bond we shared across these years that has been through the thick and thin of times. Here’s to the metamorphosis we all underwent owing to the experiences our lives threw at us.

To all the fighters who were persistent in their efforts and pursuits, my unfathomable respect and admiration for being a role model to how continued and consistent efforts bear fruits one day. You reinstated the concept of faith and perfectly depicted how not to give up ever.

My hearty thanks to all those who bore my tantrums and heard me patiently amidst all the chaos. You all are the gems I cannot even dream of. Thank you for being a part of this peregrination, which is undeniably unimaginable without you all.

Cheers ! ❤

The Leap of Faith!

The beautiful gift which I prefer to call as ‘Life’ would definitely not be the same if it were predictable and worked the way we want. Predictability would have come from having things getting carved out the way we plan for our lives ahead. When this is what we often desire for and eagerly look forward to, which is when we overlook this wonderful facet of life which gives it its inherent beauty and its inherent meaning.  

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In this voyage, there are often times when we humans get entangled at the hands of destiny and our sought-after circumstances and it is an abrupt tendency to avoid facing the reality. There would be such trying times when we would hardly be wary of where we are heading to and what outcome an action of ours would bring about. There would be situations in which we are clueless and as such rendered helpless.   

When we find ourselves in situation(s) in which we no longer have any control of and it becomes too difficult to decipher which way to step ahead, the leap of faith comes into picture. The faith that things would ease out to the best of self not exactly knowing how they would, should be the core essence of our actions. Keeping ourselves moving in the right direction and in the righteous path is all we need to do. Keep holding on and do not yield easily. This is perhaps the time when we discover our true selves for our character that builds up during this time. It takes a great deal of courage and mindset to overcome our fears, which might pave a way to amazing thing(s) taking shape in life.  

If not positive, the result(s) would definitely be ‘peaceful’. After all, peace is such a rarity in this busy world we have built around ourselves. And who knows, happiness might just be at the doorstep!  ❤ 

 

 

A Letter To The Special Person In Our Lives!

Mummy,

Over the years that have gone by, I always realized that I am your reflection. I see parts of yourself in me in myriad circumstances which just leave me awestruck.

But deep down, I have known that you are the greatest blessing in disguise for us. I have had my share of rantings, scoldings, tears of joy and when in pain, that have only made my journey with you worthwhile. I still recall the calmness of sleeping beside you that just put all my worries at bay. I am highly indebted to the wonderful and amazing persona in you which always strives to thrive for her kids and family. The way you understood me when everyone else around is only busy judging for no apparent reason(s), has only left me surprised and mesmerized that elevated my levels for respect for you.

It is because of you I am here that I stand as an independent woman whose source of never-ending inspiration would be no other person, but you. Those untiring efforts for our best health and happiness convey us your unconditional love towards us. You are my role model and my motivation to live on and be capable of love.

I sincerely apologize for all the misunderstandings, rantings and hurting moments that were never intentional. I might have never expressed, but I would like you to know that you are my most precious treasure in life! 🙂

“Thank you” is simply not enough for all the years of love you showered upon us.

A big salute to all the Mothers out there and wishing everyone a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Let’s count each moment spent with our Mothers as special and stay blessed! ❤

A Perfect Way To Start A Day!

A long pending post that I finally get to pen down here!  

A very obvious startle to the theme today would, of course, be exercise and/or yoga. True that and this is what the World Health Day 2017 made me realize in the sense that actually prompted me to bring more discipline in my life. On a friend’s suggestion, I got curious and interested enough to join Anahata Yoga’s exclusive session on doing 108 Surya Namaskars on a fine Sunday morning.   

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And that had me join the troupe of almost 160-170 people from different age groups gathering at one place at 7 in the morning with the booster from the Anahata team to kick start and finish the 108 rounds of the Surya Namaskars. Ah! This was something that was going to be such a strenuous session that I didn’t anticipate. Anyway, the energy and vibes all around were so positive enough to have made me actually get close to the 108 figure. The team had quite a handful of people who were motivating us all along and helping us with all the 12 postures in each set. And they were there to push us when we felt tired and left behind. The vibrations, the postures, and the relaxation left after doing all these sets added to an experience that just made my day.   

I learned how these postures actually made the entire body undergo stretching and exercise. They were instrumental in bringing about the energy I felt I had lost owing to the daily chores. Even after all the muscle strain and the body pains, I found I was full of life and energy like never before! I had been rarely this active any day. Ah! The freshness and the mental peace this exercise left me with have pushed me to incorporate this simple yet so powerful technique in my day-to-day life. 

The Surya Namaskars are a great way to relieve stress and anxiety as well. There is a lot of research and technicalities behind this age-old practice, but yes are worth making a habit. These postures even help in reducing weight.   

So, this was meant to spread awareness about how we ourselves can make difference to our lives with all the small things, acts, and habits in life!  🙂

And You Too.. Left!

You seemed to be that ray of little hope,

When I struggled looking for the lost sheen,

Transforming into someone I rarely had been,

Smiling, chuckling, positive and all glee,

Happiness felt beautiful, yet so strange,

A simple question always made my day,

For all fears just appeared to be at bay,

Surprised to find such rare connection,

Making peace with the inherent commotion,

Awestruck at how well you could read my mind,

Conversations had been just so much manifold,

The bonding that I felt only grew stronger,

Only to find again my little world shatter,

The pieces of my soul I somehow gathered,

Had once again been not-so-unexpectedly withered,

Those unexpressed feelings did stay,

Even when you silently chose to walk away,

Unguided but stronger as I chose to evolve,

Had no other way but to resolve,

To never let my life be shrouded,

By the darkness you left!

BCL 2015 – Trophy Is Ours!

Oh My My!

Never ever in my wildest dreams did I think of playing cricket, especially when I belong to the flock of silent spectators 😛

However, some unexpected events do happen. As such, our Account Level Cricket Tournament, Yes – it’s the BCL 2015 – was here again. However, 2015 was different.

Okay, when I am referring our cricket league, I point specifically to Women’s league. Men’s league is out of range 😛

This time it was all different. BCL saw a whopping nominations of 5 teams – a rarity in the history of BCL. We girls from our Line of Business had just enrolled on the go. Winning was simply out of sight. We had freshers, experienced and even managers in our team.

Well then, it came to notice that we would be having a coach – yes, you read it right! We were mentored under the guidance of Mr. Kabir Khan – one of my own team mate.

He briefed us with the terminologies of cricket. And, then we were good to go with our practice. Ah! What day they were. We used to make it early to the office just to practice under the scorching sun. Must appreciate our coach who used to take time out of his own work/practice sessions just to guide us and point out our mistakes. He made us practice rigorously owing to which we were getting transformed into no less than perfectionists 😛

Body pains and injuries [no major ones though :P] did not deter us from practicing and coming up with our action/strategy plan.

I found I was comfortable with batting as bowling made me only worse 😛

The practice sessions helped us assess each one of us and the mistakes we had been making.

And then, the day came – our first match. We had already pre judged the field and decided on our proceedings when our turn came. We won the toss of the evening and we opted to bat. The best thing about our team was we had the best batswomen, bowlers and fielders at stake. This was leveraged very well. Our batswomen proved their mettle and we created a decent score in six overs.  The world class bowling and fielding saw the opposition yielding in little soon and we were there celebrating our victory. A similar story ensued for the next match [semis] as well. This boosted our confidence like hell.

We had to carry the momentum for the finals. After some inhibitions, we were good to go for the match. It was yet another interesting match. We had our team cheering for us. An excellent team work helped us win the finals as well. Ah! What a sight! Everyone lauded us for our efforts. This was conveyed to our management as well. A moment of pride for our Delivery Manager who was elated to the core and congratulated us in front of the entire zone! 😀

Above all, it was the first time ever I played one. I was always more inclined towards badminton. Cricket was just for visual entertainment purposes 😛

However, this experience is worth remembering. It taught me few quality lessons. In spite of differences, a team work is what counts in the end. A single player cannot lead a match like cricket. For excellent team coordination, we must leave all our egos aside and view only our goal. We must play with our strengths and utilize them for maximum benefits. Everyone is gifted. We just need to explore and play out. We must overcome our weaknesses and get over the roadblocks. To add, a good mentorship always makes a huge difference! 🙂

A Huge Congratulations to my team and everyone who made the matches worth enjoying.

Special Thanks to our mentor and our leads/managers who encouraged us all the times 🙂

Let’s keep the spirits up as always!