A 52 year old turned 25 today !

Good morning Bandhu.. Today’s date is interesting for me….. On 8th of July 1992… Which is 25 years back.. I hopped off at the Borivili station from the Jammu Tawi express from Delhi,with some possessions and many dreams …

Over these 25 years, I have treaded varied paths, gone on journeys and played some roles and met some people.. all of which has contributed to me being here….

Each of these jottings that I shall share during this 25th year of my professional career, is my Alshukran to them…. Starting today…

I am an actor… I play many roles… I am a person… I play MANY MORE roles…

Each role that we play has centrality and an importance… If only we realise it.

Just as roles define the journey,many a time its the journey which determines the role…

And there are quite a few journeys that we take during our life, each offering us an unique role .. Some beckon and we join in willingly .. Like Buying membership of Club Mahindra, a road trip to Kochi, a trek to Machu pichu, or a drive to Mylaari Mysore for their unique dosa, kind of journey.. A Burrp, Yahooo role …

And then there are journeys that we are a part of, just by virtue of being where we are… Earning our living, paying our bills, Searching colleges for kids education, holding our breath watching GST play out ….. These are the kind of journeys and the consequent roles, which are thrust upon us.. whether we want to play them or not,we are part of these journeys …

The roles in such of journeys require us to, amongst other things, keep in touch with the Chartered Accountant, listening to anyone who has a worried look and displays signs of financial and economic insights… And Also chatting up with anyone painting a grim picture of everything, while quoting GDP s and economic indices which we have no interest or wherewithal to check on.

Different journeys… Different roles.. What’s common in them? The actor… You.

How will it be if we can see that each of these journeys is actually in contribution to our life journey.. So if we are choosing to “Suffer” in even one of these journeys, we actually are adding suffering to our lives itself.

But there is hope… For thankfully, we are around… For its WE who have the ability to make a shift in how WE are relating to OUR ROLES during each of THESE JOURNEYS …

When we RECOGNIZE, that the so called “have to” and “Duty filled “ kind of roles that we play in our life,actually are just as much a part of us.. Then we can choose to embrace those roles too… With a smile and enthusiasm. So the 43c shoots in Hyderabad, the 6am drives to report for work, the doing the “Same role again and again” kind of self whipping syndrome … All this becomes part of the big game, which also includes spending time with family and friends and surprise breakfast breakins to wake up the late risers and discuss GST with them (What else!! ) …

So even as we do the Mundane… Remember, we do so in service of the Mazaa, the leisure that it affords others and us…

That thought itself brings a smile to my face, an inquisitiveness to my demeanour, which in turn adds a sprinkling of fun and a Tadka of joy, which ensures some laughter and Cheer around …

And in no time,what was earlier mundane.. Now turns into another interesting day of contribution, thankfulness and Cheer ….

Many roles.. Many journeys..and each having amazing possibilities.. Let’s bring wonder and celebration to each of them..

For ONE LIFE WE HAVE … Let’s make the most of it… And CELEBRATE IT by CONTRIBUTING TO LIFE ITSELF …

Alshukran Ma, Baba… Alshukran Zindagi!