Monday, October 22, 2018

The Adventures of Baby Eline & Grandma Naomi - Out of the Boat

Oh My God!!!!

What the .....!!!!!

Grandma!!!!!

Eline started cooing and babbling.

The boat started rising from the water by the water and was placed near the front door without spilling a single drop of water.

Phew!!!! That was cool wasn't it grandma?

Yes Indeed Ram, Surprisingly Cool!!!!

Robert got off the boat and helped Naomi out of it, Ram jumped off the boat with Tiger.

And wonder of wonders

Noah was waiting for them with his long robe and a big smile to welcome them.

"Ooh Sir!!! where's your boat?"

It disappeared upon my will Ram.

You know my name!!!!!

I know all your names including Eline's too. So now come inside, you have had a very adventurous day, you all might be exhausted. Naomi, can I extend a maid to help care for Eline?

"Oh!!! that would be wonderful."

Grandma, is it okay, if I go with Eline? She might get frightened because she does not know anybody here.

Sure dear, you can.

A middle aged, pleasant faced, maid immediately came forward.

Naomi, "This is Matilda, she is also a mother of two. She will take care of Eline and Ram. Robert slowly removed the baby carrier from Naomi and Eline was extracted from it with care and taken off to the right wing of the palace.

Noah continued, "Now let me introduce you to the butler, Mr. Stuart, a rotund smiling face, bald man came forward and shook hands with both Naomi and Robert and the housekeeper Mrs. Stella, a stout old lady with a broad smile came forward and shook hands with both of them.

I know you have lots of unanswered questions, but first, let Stuart show you to your rooms, you can freshen up and change clothes which has been arranged for you. When you are finished, a maid will come and collect you. Consider this palace as your home, as long as you wish to stay. Consider it as a God sent gift, just like the boat you rode Naomi.

How did you know about the boat Noah?

It will all be answered Naomi. So first things first. Stuart, guide them to their rooms.

With a sigh, Naomi and Robert followed......

.... to be continued........

Meena




Monday, October 15, 2018

The Adventures of Baby Eline & Grandma Naomi - The Palace

The sight spread out in front of them was awe inspiring. They never would have imagined it even in a million years!!!!!

A palace of Gold!!!!!

Really!!!! I cannot believe that this palace actually existed in our backyard. Why is it that nobody claimed it?

Because they were not supposed to !!!!

They all turned to see a man of formidable height but angelic face following them in a swan boat.

Super Cool!!!! Ram whispered with awe.

Welcome!!!! we have been waiting for you four, your chambers have been prepared.

Who are you?

I am Noah. I am the caretaker of this palace. The message that you will be arriving was received one week back.

How come!!! Naomi asked wide eyed, we didn't even know this palace existed until a few moments ago. So how is it possible, that you know of our arrival, sir?

Noah took a scroll from his robe and extended it to Robert, he opened it and gaped at the message,  a live picture of all four of them, just like how they are to the minutest detail, the family on the small boat arriving through the crevice and underneath the picture was written, Welcome them, they are our Special guests. Robert extended the scroll to Naomi, who placed her hand on her heart when she saw the message.

Grandma Naomi, can we go inside? Ram broke the spell with his exuberance. Eline just watched the sights in her comfort seat. Naomi looked at Ram and also at Robert and nodded, "Yes dear, you sure can."

At that exact moment, the unexpected happened.

...... to be continued.....





Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Adventures of Baby Eline & Grandma Naomi - The Palace

The boat glided through the small river under the canopy of the forest for sometime and they came to a clearing where the sun shone bright and the view they had in front was breath taking with one side the fort and the other side a breathtaking view of misty covered mountain and valley.

WoW!!!!! what a sight grandma. I have never seen like this before. Where are we grandpa?

Heaven??

Really!!!!! ??? Is it really heaven grandpa??

Look grandpa, there is an opening in the fort, our boat is going through that way, Oh my God, will we be safe grandma?

Yes Ram, we will all be safe, don't worry.

Robert manoeuvred  through the opening of the fort, which was luckily very small and exactly the perfect fit for the boat.

When the boat was squeezed through the crevice, the sight they behold was above all expectation.

.....to be continued.......

Meena

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Adventures of Baby Eline & Grandma Naomi - The Decision

The boat slowed down,  Robert asked, "Naomi, what do you think, should we row forward or should we get off here? Its your boat, if we get off now, we will have no option but to abandon it here. We will try to hide it inside these bushes."

Robert you are indeed a God sent angel, isn't he Ram? How would we have managed without Robert?  Ram nodded and smiled at them both.

"So Robert,  as I told, you are an angel, likewise, this boat too is a gift from heaven. I hadn't even known of its existence until this morning. So I cannot say, this is my boat. If the boat goes from me, then the person who gets it needed it more than me, and I should let it go too, don't you think? Both Ram and Robert stared at Naomi, but Naomi continued,

 We have a big problem now, how do we get back to our places? To be frank, I have several unanswered questions, I don't know whether you could be of help Robert, but do you know the reason for this flash flood?" Robert shook his head and replied,

I am sorry Naomi, like you, I too am in the dark about it because, I was still in bed when I was soaked to the bone. But that is not the concern now,  we should really make ourselves comfortable in a safe and dry place, we cannot be in the open with Eline and Ram and as I told you, if you go a little more further, there is an old palace. I don't know whether its safe and inhabitable or not, but we could check it out. Is it okay with you Ram?

Yes grandpa, I would love to live in a palace. But how will we take our things there grandpa? If you can make a small pack, I could carry it on my back because I will have to hold Tiger or else he will run off grandma.

Yes dear, I understand, you are one wise young man, isn't he Robert?

Yes sure he is, Robert smiled at Ram and patted his shoulder.

But grandpa, how will we open the gates of the palace?

We will have to wait and see Ram, what is in store for us.... we will have to wait and see......

......to be continued........

Meena

Saturday, August 25, 2018

The Adventures of Baby Eline & Grandma Naomi- The Little Things

But Grandma Naomi, I am just a kid, how will I share and what do I share?

Hmm... That's easy Ram, You have dad, mom and baby sister at home and you are really helping your mom by looking after your baby sister, so you are sharing, here you looked after baby Eline, you are sharing your presence, your kindness, your soothing voice to help baby Eline be happy. Whatever you had you gave. That is how the tree works too. Robert nodded and patted Ram's back.

Naomi continued, "You can help keep your room clean by not throwing around your things, doing your homework, helping your mom to take dishes from the table or wash your plates, such small small things.

The trees they give small small things, but we will not know until we lose them, now we are really finding a lot of difference when we stepped into this forest, right?

Yes grandma, I really love this place.

That is how we should be to others, be present for everyone by our actions.

Yes Grandma Naomi, I will try to be good to all.

Good Ram. Now Robert, how are we going to get out off this place. Any idea????

I think we will have to get off this boat pretty soon.

.....to be continued.....

See you

Meena

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Adventures of Baby Eline & Grandma Naomi - The Trees

Really!!!!! Both Robert and Ram blurted together in surprise waking Eline in the process and Tiger started barking. It was total chaos in the boat.

Immediately Ram started patting Eline and Naomi slowly soothed her with her soft words and started rocking her back to sleep. Robert mouthed sorry to Naomi and she shrugged and mouthing "its okay".

After sometime, the calm settled in and Ram whispered, Grandma, how are we trees?

Dear Ram, don't take it in the physical sense, you are a boy, Grandpa Robert is a boy, I am a girl, Eline is a girl and tiger is a dog, we are not trees. Have you plucked a plant from the soil?

Several of them Grandma, several of them. The place where I play have grass and weeds growing, so my mom would say, if you want to get rid off it I should pluck it off on my own. So she showed me how to do it and I learned real quick.

Good!!!! have you looked at it?

Of course, I have looked at it because, when I pluck a plant, I need to take with the whole root intact.

Robert showed his "I am impressed face" to the delight of all.

Okay, now remember you have a whole plant in your hand and if you look at it upside down, you will find the root up and the rest down. Now look at you Ram, how does your head look?

Like a root? Robert interjected

Exactly!!!! like a root, likewise check your whole body with that of each part of a plant. Now you are a tree.

Super!!! I didn't think about it.

But the best part is your life is also like a tree, living with whatever you have, loving and sharing with whatever you have. Your presence should bring calmness like this place here.

Oh!!!! Wow!!!!

Robert's brow reached his hairline. Naomi smiled at all the expression, looking serenely at the nature around and sighed thinking, where this water ends.

See you.

Meena




Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Adventures of Baby Eline & Grandma Naomi - The Tree

Grandma Naomi, Look!!!! so many trees and we have no flood here.

Yes Ram, trees do help us a lot in helping save our nature.

Really!!!! how so?

Look at the trees Ram. What do you see there?

I see leaves, fruits, flowers, branches and roots Grandma Naomi

"Even I too see the same dear, now I want you to learn something." All nodded.

"Trees take water and minerals from the soil and the leaves with the help of sunlight makes food to keep it alive and while its living it bears flowers and fruits. These flowers and fruits are not used by the trees, it is for us."

Yes grandma, I do have a mango tree and I get loads of mangoes from it and its very tasty too. But  Grandma Naomi I don't use any leaves for anything?"

"Hmmm... what do you think Grandpa Robert, do you think the leaves of trees are useful?"

"Oh you know Ram, when its very hot I sit under the tree, I even have a hammock under the shade of the trees. I love to be there, do you know why? The leaves gives out the water it takes from the soil and cools the place around the tree, that is why it is so cool around a tree much more better than a fan or an air conditioner. If you sit under a tree or be under a tree you feel fresh and alive. Do you know the best part Ram? Ram nodded in the negative. Its the leaves of the trees that makes the air fresh."

Grandpa Robert, we do have air freshener in a container.

Ha...ha...ha.... that is perfuming the air, taking out the bad smell but the leaves of the tree breathe in or take into it the bad air and gives the air which we need to live, Oxygen, that is what we call making the air fresh.

"Is it true Grandma?"

Absolutely correct dear, so Grandpa Robert, is there anything more to add?

Ram, have you ever climbed trees?

Climb? I am always up there.

Have you ever thought the mango tree will fall down?

Oh my God!!!! I have never ever thought about a tree falling, its so strong. I even have a swing tied on one of the strongest branches, I swing so hard and still I have never thought that it will fall. How come it doesn't fall grandpa?

Its because of the root Ram, the root goes very deep into the soil from different directions in search of water and nutrition and when the root does its work, the tree is able to stand upright because it is holding onto the soil, the rocks, the earth from different directions by going very deep.

Oh Grandpa..... I really love to be a tree.

But you are a tree.....

......to be continued......

See you.

Meena

Monday, August 20, 2018

The Adventures of Baby Eline & Grandma Naomi - The End

And thus, the journey started with Robert, Naomi, Ram, Eline and Tiger on the boat. Since the river narrowed, the boat didn't have to go far to reach land.

But Naomi had no idea where they were but she didn't voiced it loud instead she asked, "Robert, do you mind me looking at your gash on your forehead?"

Robert shook his head and winced. I think, I really got a good thrashing. Naomi slowly stretched herself and took the first aid box and took the necessary things and a bottle of water and extended to Robert and said,

"Here, drink this." Robert gulped some water and waited for Naomi to do her ministration, which didn't take long. Then they opened the food box and had whatever was there.

"Robert, what happened, that you got a gash on your head? How did you end up on that log?"

"Actually I was saving my neighbour's cow, as I let it go, the roof fell and I caught the end part of a wood on my head, but I was lucky, that I got this log to hang on to save myself."

"Grandpa, what happened to the cow?"

"Ram, animals know how to survive, it will swim itself to safety. I just untied the rope, so that it can be free from danger." The boat started moving through a canopy of trees and bushes and all watched silently the slow progress of the boat. Eline started dozing, so Naomi took her from Ram and strapped her in her knapsack.

"Naomi, how come you are in a boat? And where are you going?" Naomi recounted her experience and ended, "I know you would think me crazy, but up until this moment, whatever happened is a miracle, I didn't have any control of it and I think, I will give this boat a free reign to wherever it goes." All nodded. "But Robert, do you know where this place is?"

"Yes, we have come quite far south and it will be one big task to return back because we are nearing a forest and I have heard there is a palace where this river ends."

"Really!!!!!" Both Naomi and Ram asked surprised.

.....to be continued......

See you.

Meena




Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Adventures of Baby Eline & Grandma Naomi - A New Partner

"Ram, how come you are so good at looking after kids?"

" I babysit my sister when mom is busy in the kitchen or when she goes to bathe. She is the same age as Eline. I know a trick or two to keep babies smiling grandma." Grandma smiled and replied, "Yes indeed you surely know how to keep them smiling."

"Grandma, Look!!! there is a log floating with a man on top of it, will it crash on us?"

"Well son, sit tight, I am going to slow down this boat with the oar, but I wonder, why the man is lying and not sitting?"

"Is he hurt grandma?"

"I hope not." Naomi, took the oar and with all her strength started to paddle in the opposite side of the current to slow down the boat. Though it slowed down a bit, the log and the boat were passing together side by side and Naomi saw the man was older than her lying eyes closed with a big gash on his forehead and wet completely. Naomi shouted, "Hello!!! Hello!!!! Sir!!!" No answer.

Grandma, if we leave that grandpa on the log, he will die. Can we save him? Please grandma, he is all alone. We are the only people to help him. He will be frightened grandma." Eline started crying, Ram slowly patted her and said soothingly, "There....there... no crying Eline... you are a good girl, uncle Ram was not angry at you." Naomi swallowed her smile at the baby talk which was indeed effective as Eline calmed and started blabbering her woes.

"Yes, Ram, we will surely help him,  don't move and hold tightly okay? Thank you Ram for consoling Eline, you really are very good at it."

Naomi didn't have a clue on how to get this unconscious man into the boat, she kept her oar between the man's hand and the log  to stop the log from moving ahead.

"Ram, can you slowly crouch and take the boat's rope?"

Ram slowly sat on the floor of the boat and took hold of the rope and gave it to Naomi. Naomi prayed inwardly, "God, if that man gains consciousness now would be a great boon." Which, didn't happen, but the river narrowed here making the boat and the log go together simultaneously which made the progress slow, but Naomi was worried if the boat was crushing the man's leg. Naomi took hold of the man's hand and checked for the pulse which was strong enough.

"Ram, I am going to take Eline out and keep her on the floor of the boat, will you make sure that she will not roam about?"

"No problem grandma, I will look after her, we will all be together, you can save grandpa easily." Naomi took Eline off herself and placed her with Ram. "Ram, I am going to stand up, sometimes the boat might shake, but you should not get frightened okay?"

"Yes, grandma, you save that grandpa." Naomi slowly rose and took hold of the man's hand and tried to raise the body slowly, so that she could tie the man with the rope but he was a dead weight and she didn't want to topple the boat, so she opened her water bottle and poured water on the face of the man, hoping against hope that he gains consciousness. She inwardly pleaded, "God, wake him up plea......se". Nothing happened for a minute or two and then his eyes started fluttering... and it opened to the relief of one and all.

"Hi sir, are you okay??" The man watched Naomi for sometime and then he blinked and raised his brows when he saw Naomi holding his hand.

"Not to worry sir!!!! Ram, Eline, Tiger and myself Naomi  were going for a ride down the river and we found you on your vehicle, so we thought you would like to accompany us, so what do you say, are you game? Naomi winked at him to play along.

"Oh wonderful!!! this is a great boat and I would be glad if you could give me some space for me to sit and become your partner."

"What do you think Ram? Is it a deal?"

"Deal Grandma."

"What is your name sir?"

"Robert"

.....to be continued.....

See you.

Meena






Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Adventures of Baby Eline & Grandma Naomi - The Miracles

Naomi immediately removed the container from the rope, wiped it and asked Ram to replace its contents which was done immediately and she took a bar of chocolate and some biscuits for Ram and the dog, and the baby food for Eline which was already prepared and in her bottle.

Ram sat on the floor of the boat with the dog and munched on his chocolate bar and Eline had her food without any fuss.

Naomi had no idea, where this is all going to end. But she had one confidence, there was some super power who was guiding her. Her thoughts wandered,  How is it a boat comes to her doorstep even before she thought about it? How the heck was she able to help Ram and his dog? There was no sane explanation. She felt like giving a big hug to the guiding power.

Naomi took a sip of water from the bottle and passed it to Ram. The boat was moving along with the current.

The boat felt happy, that the boat maker did indeed a great job, no matter how the water rushed towards it from any direction, it stayed steady. And it is really helping this group of weaklings, as they were not even using the oar to steer it. Its a wonder, that the boat is moving with a purpose without human help.

"Grandma, where are we actually going? Do you think, we can stop near a land or something?"

"I too was wondering the same dear, then I thought it will be better, if we stop where there are some people, so that they can help us. What do you think Ram?"

"Good idea Grandma, but you have not eaten anything, Won't you feel hungry?"

"Its okay son, I am not feeling hungry. So are you going to school Ram?"

"Yes Grandma, I am 6 years old and studying in class 2."

"Hmmmmm... smart."

"So Ram, do you think that this river will have fishes in it?"

Yes, grandma, it has lots of fishes, I have seen several of them when the water was clear, but do you think, those fishes will be able to see now in this muddy water? Will it also be pushed like us by the water? Do you think, some will be under this boat too?

Whoa Ram!!! you do have so many questions?

"Hmmm..... that's a good question, can a fish see in the muddy water? I have never thought about it. If I am a fish, then I will not be able to see, so I suppose, the fish too will not be able to see, what do you think?"

I too thought the same Grandma. Eline, what do you think? Eline hearing her name started babbling nonsense, which indeed was a relief for Naomi. She felt, God not only sent her a boat, but He also sent her a babysitter for Eline. Naomi sighed and smiled at Ram and said, "The fishes will surely be under this boat too because if this water can take all 4 of us and the boat, then there is no chance the fish can stay in one place, even if it can swim."

Ram nodded, "Poor fishes, they would also be lost like us, isn't it grandma?" Naomi couldn't contain her smile, she said, "No Ram, we are not lost, we have a boat, we have food, we have each other, likewise God will guide the fishes too with some friends at least, what do you think?"

"I suppose so grandma. But I am happy I found Eline and you or else I would have been all alone with Tiger and frightened too." Ram got up and sat near Eline and took hold of her small hand. Tiger snuggled itself near Ram's leg and slept.

Naomi couldn't believe the sight presented in front of her - a cosy family get together in a small boat on a flooded river. She just enjoyed the moment until it lasted and that was not for long - the river started parting ways and she had to decide which way and the decision was made for her.

....to be continued......

See you.

Meena






Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Adventures of Baby Eline & Grandma Naomi - At The Right Time, At The Right Place

Ram started patting Eline, Naomi was real surprised at the maturity of Ram. He indeed was a special boy, but how in the world am I going to save this dog??? God Help!!!!

Eline stopped crying and was looking fascinately at the dog who was swimming real fast.

The dog was following the boat, swimming along the flow. "Grandma Look!!!! Tiger knows to swim, he is really strong."

"He won't be able to do that for long, so we will have to help him back to the boat." Ram nodded understanding the grave situation Tiger was in.


"Ram I cannot really bend, so can you slowly crouch down and empty the white container we have there? Its the food container."

"Yes Grandma, I will do that." Ram slowly crouched and emptied the white container and gave it to grandma.

"Son, can you bring to me the end of the boat's rope which is lying on the boat floor?"

"Yes grandma." He slowly went on all fours and took the end of the rope and gave it to Naomi.

Naomi took the end of the rope and immediately tied it around the container and gave it to Ram, who by then was looking wide eyed.

"Son, do you play with tiger to fetch the ball or a stick?"

"Yes grandma, we always do that, he loves it."

"Good, what is the word you use to fetch anything?"

"Its catch Tiger."

Naomi, gave the container to Ram.

"Now Ram, just throw this in the water and ask Tiger to Catch. I don't want the rope to sink in the water, that is why I have tied it on the container. When Tiger bites the rope  or wherever it gets hold, you, Eline and I will slowly pull. Are you ready Ram?"

"Yes Grandma, shall I throw it now? Here Eline, hold this rope, grandma, are you ready?"

"Yes, Ram, we are all ready." Ram threw the container near to Tiger and shouted, "Tiger Catch!!!! Tiger Catch!!!! Tiger Catch!!!!!

Tiger swam towards the container and took hold of the rope.

"Grandma, he caught the rope, pull!!! pull!!!!"

"Ram pull slowly, don't rush, it will get scared and leave off the rope, so we should be careful, okay!!! Just say, "Good Tiger, good boy. Then he will make sure to bite the rope real hard."

"Yes, grandma, I will do that."

Naomi pulled the rope and slowly she could feel the weight of the dog. Within no time, the dog was in the boat, shaking the water off and barking happily.

All were relieved and happy for doing a good job. But Naomi didn't know where she would end up with two kids and a dog. But she surely knew this boat really wove its magic with its presence alone at the right time at the right place - It was one sturdy small boat.

....to be continued......

Take care.

Meena


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Adventures of Baby Eline & Grandma Naomi - The Grand Adventure Begins!!!!

The boat didn't need much steering, as it was going with the flow of the water. Seeing Naomi with the boat, the child stopped crying with great expectation, he came forward with his puppy. Naomi, slowly started steering the boat with her oar towards the boy, so that they could stop at the dry patch of land where the boy stood. All the people waited with baited breath to see the outcome.

The boat crunched itself on the piece of land and Naomi helped the boy and the puppy into the boat, but within a matter of minutes, water took over the strip of land, pushing the boat towards the boy's family. Naomi was relieved as, she knew it would have been difficult to push the boat from the land.

Naomi's fear ebbed, as she knew, this adventure is coming to a close, at least, she was able to save two kids. But suddenly, a gush of water with a lot of debris pushed the boat away from its course into a total different direction.

The people shouted, giving all types of suggestions!!!!! The mother started wailing. But the situation Naomi and her crew was as it was -  just follow the flow. And they did just that.

Naomi Shouted, "Not to worry, we will be safe. Just let us go."

"Grandma, are we going to die?" the small boy asked feebly.

"No baby, we are not. Have you ridden in a small boat dear?"

"No Grandma, this is the first time." the boy replied. Eline started chattering happily.

"What is your name son?"

"Ram".

"Okay Ram, My name is Naomi and this is Eline." Ram held Eline's hand and Eline too held it tightly.

"This is my dog Tiger." The dog barked in acknowledgement.

"Ram, did you eat any food?"

"No Grandma, This water came suddenly, I was with Tiger, when it happened. So I got a bit frightened,"

"Aha, I too was frightened at first, but now I am happy, that we are all together and flowing down the river like a real adventure. It's good, isn't it Ram?"

Yes, Grandma, its cool."

"Ram, can you let the dog down, then you can hold one hand on the boat?"

"Sure Grandma." Ram slowly let the dog down but the dog in its haste slipped off Ram's hand and fell into the water.

"Oh No!!!!! Grandma shouted

"Grandma!!! My Tiger !!!!

Eline started crying, it was a big mess in that small boat, nobody knew what to do. But there is always a way for each and everyone of us to help us out of all situations.

Let's see how they will save the Tiger.

.....to be continued.......

See You.

Take care

Meena

Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Adventures of Baby Eline & Grandma Naomi - The First Step



Naomi immediately went to the kitchen for the required food and utensils for Eline and put into a large plastic air tight container, a very big bottle of water and deposited these items in the boat. Then she went to collect Eline's clothing where the wardrobe too was in the water.

Naomi felt, there is no point in feeling sad about the situation she and Eline was in, everything would be wet and muddied too, the only silver lining was no fishes, snakes and crabs crossed her path.

She took a deep breath, expecting the worst and opened the wardrobe and to her surprise all Eline's dresses were hung on hangers and nothing on the lower part of the wardrobe. She took a warm romper, waterproof pants and vests, some onesies, napkins, diapers and an emergency medical kit. Apart from the warm romper, a diaper and the waterproof dresses, she packed the rest in a plastic bag and put it in a small backpack and placed it in the boat.

Naomi prepared Eline's food, collected her dress and with a sigh and a prayer,  "Help!!", she opened Eline's bedroom. Eline's was sitting in the baby cot, her blue eyes looking into the loving brown eyes of her grandmother broke into her toothy grin. Naomi felt like weeping, relieved, "such innocence,!!!! with not a care in the world." Naomi went towards Eline, like she had the whole time in the world and sat on the bed near to her cot and prepared her for the long adventure ahead, she took the baby out and sat her on the lap, seeing the water beneath, Eline started wriggling towards the water, so immediately Naomi took the baby knapsack hanging on the wall and strapped Eline towards her body, where Eline can see the world and have fun of her own and started wading towards the boat.

Naomi was thankful for all the small mercies until then and slowly, went towards the boat,  and whispered under her breath, "God the Father, You should really be my oarsman because I don't have a clue of how to steer a boat, forget that, help me and my babe to get into this boat first, Once more please God....., Help!!!!!." And Naomi took her first step!!!!!! to the unknown....

The boat left home, Naomi couldn't believe that it was indeed a cosy ride for such a lightweight boat, moving real smooth, with a sturdiness to keep the balance and extremely streamlined for the smooth motion to cut through this turbulent water.

As for Eline, she was awed by all these experiences that she just sat there in her grandma's lap with one hand on the oar. Naomi, didn't need to use the oar, as the water was taking the boat, to God knows where.

She passed under several bridges but she didn't find anyone around, then ahead she saw a small boy holding a small puppy wailing his lungs out near a small strip of land. By the look of it, Naomi knew, that strip will be immersed before long. The boy's parents and villagers were trying to rescue the lad, but to no avail, as the current was too strong for them to reach him. So Naomi decided to steer her boat towards the boy.  She used her oar to nudge her boat towards the boy and it indeed did change course towards the boy.

To be continued.......

Moral :-

Making a Decision "At the Right Time" can change many  lives along with yours.

See You

Meena


Friday, August 3, 2018

The Boat with a Stern Ring

Once upon a time, there lived a family of four, a husband, Eric, wife, Isabel, a baby daughter, Eline and Eric's mother, Naomi in a very beautiful place.

Eric, a  scientist, was researching on a certain species of plant which helps in curing all diseases. He bought a plot of land with a small house and a large area of paddy fields on one side and a small rivulet on the other side. It was a beautiful perfect setting for a family to grow  and a calm place for his research. The family lived happily there.

 One day, Isabel had severe bleeding and Eric immediately took her to the hospital leaving behind his daughter in the care of his mother. His mother assured him, "Son, don't worry, everything would be okay, just get to the hospital with care." Bidding his mother both goodbye, Eric left for the hospital in town, with Isabel.

Naomi, knelt down near Eline's bed and started praying, but suddenly, she felt water on her legs. "Holy Heavens!!!! what is happening!!!!!" She shut her eyes tightly and took a deep breath, "God, I am hoping, its not the worst father!!!!  I don't even have a general idea, what I am going to do. The only request,  Go........d, Please help me!!!!!" She immediately thought, switch off the main power at the back of the house.

With deep sadness, she rose from the floor, dripping wet and slowly sloshed her way to the door, she couldn't believe her eyes, two steps down and the whole of ground floor was knee deep in water. With tears rolling, she cried silently, she had no clue how she is going to save her grandchild. She was in a no man's land and she was not sure, whether there would be anyone who knew that there was an old lady and a baby all alone in this house. She knew, she cannot wait for her son Eric to return back. So she slowly waded to the back of the house to switch off the power and to her utter surprise and shock, she couldn't believe her eyes, a beautiful boat which was perfect for her and grandchild waited, as if someone had called for its service. With tears flowing she shouted silently from inside "Thank you God!!!! Thank you God!!!! Thank you God!!!!" She switched off the power and waded into the water and slowly pulled the boat towards her, which was so easy to bring it near to the house. It even had a very beautiful stern ring to tie a rope through it.
Naomi pulled the boat into the house and went in search of a strong rope, which was not hard to find, as they had used meters of it to pack their things. The only thing now left to do is, pack the basic necessities for her and Eline and get off from there before the house falls on them.

To be continued..... The Adventures of Baby Eline & Grandma Naomi

The Moral of the story :-

You can pray to God to save you, but your first step is the decisive factor, only then, God can help you.

See You.

Meena

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Lonely Boat

Hey Guys!!!!!

This story is dedicated to all the people who are affected by natural calamities. My thoughts and prayers are with them.


Once upon a time, there was a boat - a simple boat with a small oar. It was made of the best wood and very lightweight too. Unfortunately, there weren't any takers for this boat. The boat stayed in the dock all alone.

The boat was very sad.  It felt useless and good for nothing. It started crying,  it cried and cried, but nothing changed. Then it started praying to God, "God, send me a sturdy, strong man to steer this boat through all the seas of the world. Still nothing happened. Time passed, months passed and the boat stayed all alone.

One fine day, the boat found that there was water lapping all around it. "Really!!!! How is it possible!!!! No way, but later it came to know that there is a big flood raging in the land and the boat also became a part of its casualty, it started drifting on the flooded water and slowly started moving towards the flow of the river. The boat got scared, it thought, "where will I end up?" It had no choice, but to go by the flow because the flood was taking it in its course. It started moving so fast, that it thought, it was going to wreck on something hard. But that didn't happen.

The boat travelled a few kilometers when it got stuck between some shrubs behind a small house. The boat looked about, there was only this one house and nobody around. It had a feeling that this house also would not stay long in this force of the water. The boat stood there idly watching the passing water and its silent noise. Then a hand took hold of the stern of the boat (back part of the boat) and started dragging towards the house.

The boat was surprised, "It just went where it was dragged and it looked to see who was dragging it from behind and lo behold!!!!! It was an old frail woman.

The boat was overjoyed, I would be serving an old lady!!!! she cannot even stand on her own two feet!!!! please God, let me be the right boat for her.

To be continued..... Why is this old lady all alone?....


The Morals of the story


  1. "Each and Every Prayer is answered but not in the way, we expect. So accept it happily.."
  2. "We all are here to fulfill a purpose, the only thing is, be open to the right moment, right place for the right cause for the right person."
  3. "Even before the problem comes, the solution has been readied for us. So never lose hope during our bad times, just have faith in God to let Him work the miracle for you."

See you guys.

Be kind to correct me if I am wrong, open to all suggestions!!!

Meena

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Simply Life

Hey Guys!!!

Two months back, I happened to visit Mumbai. The amount of people and the way they co-exist is indeed mind boggling when we come face to face with that area. But there are certain areas, which divides the rich from the poor. Colaba region is one such area where we find financially high category. The structures in this area and the space they occupy (very quaint and historical) and above all, we feel an aloofness, where an outsider feels alienated. we don't feel like talking to anyone or smiling at anyone.

But there is another place where even an outsider feels like an insider - The Darawi Slums. Here even the vehicles weave without mishap through the throng of people, which literally are jostling and the best part is, all have work, nobody stays idle. The toddlers, the kids, the youngsters, the youth, the middle aged and the old all are busy. I have never seen such a congested area where one has not a foot space vacant. 

There are factories of leather, pottery, paints, food orders, soaps, recycling papers, paint containers, etc... , residential areas and through this there are railway lines, where trains pass by at regular intervals and roads were regular buses ply along with other vehicles. 

The residential area is another cup of tea, the place is so attached to each other, we feel that a small whiff can blow the whole structure away, that much precarious it looks, but it is not so as it has withstood the test of all fury of nature. But the sadness creeps when we see kids sitting on the doorstep looking at life happening in the street which is a foot width and a street dripping with water (as some of the waterline is dripping, its like a perennial drip) and added to that woe, no daylight pierces the gloom over that street (as most buildings are double storied where it joins the two opposite buildings from the first floor) and still the children are quite calm and tranquil.

I have been teaching children ranging from 3 yrs- 17 yrs as a teacher. I have seen the way the children respond when they are allowed to have a play time between class hours and also how they respond when the same activity denied. So when I saw these kids, both boys and girls managing with whatever space they were dished out, I was surprised and I showed my kids, the way they live.

The people in the rich area are all engrossed in maintaining health by walking long steps with swinging hands from one end of the road to the other, the youngsters engrossed in phones and the general ambience is that of fun and idle. 

In Dharawi (slum), all are working, there isn't anyone who stays idle, I walked through most of the area and only below 10 youngsters did I see checking on their phones, the rest all were working. I even saw an old lady cleaning the pots taken off from the kiln, that lady was so wrinkled and so thin, that I was awed by her focus on sustaining herself.

I felt unsafe in the richer area and exactly opposite in the slums. Here in the slums, people work with their bare two hands and earn by the sweat of the brow, no shortcuts, just plain brawns and brains without computers or high tech intelligence but in the richer places, they make others do the job and earn from others sweat, thereby having more money in the pockets and more extravagant in their spending too.

The contrast is so pronounced between these two places that we can also feel the chasm between simple genuineness of the slum and the veiled deception of the upper class.

In the slum, a square foot can accommodate 3- 4 people easily and still they are happy to accommodate some more, on the other hand, if its any other place, it would cause a mayhem.

And the awesome fact, in these slums, there are people from all walks of life from all states of India, which we can differentiate easily by the way they live. In short if ever we need to point an example of Unity in Diversity in India, then I would say - Darawi Slum is an apt place.

Anyway, seeing is believing.

The impression they left in my life with one single walk is indelible.

The Impression - Life is not what we strive for but the way we live with ourselves and with others on a daily basis is what makes a difference in us.

A feeling of warmth and love is generated within us and around us when we are simple.

Hoping, I have helped you understand how much we are missing on life with an apt example of Dharawi.

See you.

Take Care

Meena

Saturday, July 28, 2018

The Alone Time

Hey Guys!!!!

Its so long since I spoke to you. I had a pilgrimage to fulfill for my mother. So I left for 4 whole days. Isn't it lovely?????

You know when we travel, we meet people of different culture, caste, tradition, outlook and perspective and its a small window to a world which we have not thought about. 

So I met a youngster, very energetic with very positive outlook, while I was talking, I asked, "Are you happy with your life?" He replied without any hesitation that he was, he loved his job.

I asked, how do you spend your life?

He replied,  apart from my job, I have my personal time of one week, where I go for adventure sports within the country with other people whom I am meeting for the first time for this trip alone and then we have family tours, sometimes it might be weekends or trips with all family and friends.

Hearing him, I could feel his enthusiasm of life. That is when I felt that giving the quality time for our own Self can bring a lot of difference in our attitude towards the world - a positive attitude, a spring in each step we take.

But there is one issue, especially in developing countries and if we are not well off and especially if you are a woman or a kid, the chances of taking a break and going for a tour is next to impossible.

I was at one point in this situation and believe it, it was really frustrating and very much depressing - I was literally a housewife and every penny was counted. I couldn't spend a single penny without giving an account for it. I really was angry with my situation and the people around me. 

So while I was sitting at my lowest point, a paper and pen was there in front of me (it was my turning point - my destiny). I felt like writing a story, but unfortunately I ended writing my frustration, my anger, my hurt or whatever, (emotions cannot be put into words), so each and every minute details- without grammar or language I wrote in that paper and hid it.

The next day, I found some time and wrote all my feelings of that day or whatever I felt within me again, sometimes my hurt was so extreme that I used to cry while writing - real heartbreaking tears - big, fat tears (nobody knew about this activity of mine and I made sure nobody saw my writing too) and after each writing I felt better. 

After one week, I decided to read what I wrote and it was so funny, I really felt "What crap is this Meena, seriously, you have been frustrated and angry for nothing!!!" I felt so stupid about my feeling and the wasted tears for  simply nothing. Until then, I was blaming others for my hurt, my situation, after reading my crap I knew, I was the only one to blame and nobody else. 

That is when I knew, its important to bring out the feelings without a second or third party's presence and see it again or read it again after expressing it. That is the key - rereading or reseeing it on your own, only then you will know what is wrong with you, why are you sad, why do you feel lonely, why are you depressed.

From that day onwards, I became conscious of each and every action of what I was thinking, speaking and doing. Here only I the person was there - just the physical me and spiritual me. It was the alone time of me. Whatever the people say, its their choice, that did not matter to me, but how did I respond to them - the what I thought, spoke and did was censored. I made sure I use my thoughts, words and actions as sparingly as possible and as wisely  I could, because of that I was at peace with me. It was a beautiful situation. There was no tension within me, no hatred for others, no thoughts of tomorrow - That is what I call the time of life - the alone time. No money can give you that and you can have it without paying a single penny.

But one thing I can reiterate - You really need to have an "Alone Time" to make your life a happily ever after with or without a price tag - your choice.

Have a nice day.

Take care guys.

Meena






Saturday, July 21, 2018

A Second Chance

Dear friends!!!!!


Some days back, one of my colleagues asked me, "Chechi (sister), we help others and they do not reciprocate in that same way, should we continue to help them?"

That is the usual way of thought for most people, we expect in return what we are giving, so I replied, "Then what will be the difference between you and them? Just give them a second chance or a third chance or a fourth, it doesn't matter, how much." Its better to lose count of giving chances than to lose hope in humanity because we all do need more than second chances in our lives at one point or another. So that we are able to make a difference for ourselves as well as for others.

But there is one big glitch in it, we will have to have a big heart to forgive to give them the second chance.

I'll give an example, Suhaz, my colleague, he is a very good guy, who helps lot of people a lot and he is a fast and good cook, he is punctual and ensures all the guests are happy. His designation cannot be concised to one, he is the reservation manager, he is a receptionist, receives guests, he also cooks food, serves food, acts as a bell boy, etc...etc... (Now you can relate to his service mentality). One day, the hotel he is working decided to lease the kitchen and their coffee shop to another business people and the new owners took over - the kitchen and the coffee shop. Though Suhaz job was halved, he helped the new staff in their transition, as our clients are mostly Europeans. But one fine day, the main chef decided to show his might, while Suhaz was eating food in the small space reserved for eating in the kitchen, the chef asked him to remove his person out of that place immediately, and he reiterated that space is for only their staff and no staff of the hotel are allowed entry.

Imagine the humiliation of Suhaz, but he just got up and took his plate and removed himself from there. It was a shock for all the Hotel staff (not the coffee shop staff). That is when the first question of this blog came into being, "Should we help these people?".

I don't know what prompted that chef to behave as such, but one thing be sure, we learn from this experience, be conscious with your words, this chef got a second chance but we might not get to correct this situation. 

Anyway Suhaz gave the chef a second chance, but before the chef generated a reason for a third chance I went and spoke to the chef. Do you want to know what I said, "Chef, please don't generate bad destiny for yourself by the wrong decisions you are creating by hurting people. I understand its your duty to maintain a very high standard in your kitchen, you can put up all the rules and regulations and that is fine with us, but kindly refine your way of presenting yourself to your subordinates, earn their respect than ruling like a Hitler. What you sow will be what you reap. Decide now what you want for yourself and act likewise. In real life, designation doesn't count but your thoughts, words and actions count, use it wisely."

That's what I have to say to you too guys, its always good to have a second chance, but I would say don't create a need for a second chance please......... Sow the right seeds, the right way.

Have a nice day.

See you.

Meena


Friday, July 20, 2018

Let God Provide - Enjoy your Ride

Hey Guys!!!!

Today I happened to meet a person who always asks me, "How is business?"

I replied, "Oh!!! by the grace of the Almighty, everything is superb." His eyes widened and said, "Really??"

If you look at my business sheet, its zero (0) and my bank account pass book it has a 3 digit number, so he should be surprised by my answer.

But I told him, "You know, God has a tendency to provide for us out of nothing. And I don't know about you, but I like to see God work His magic on me. So I let Him provide for me and enjoy my life, as it comes."

He smiled and replied, "What you said is true, I am sitting here simply but my body is working non stop and I don't even have a role in it. That is a good example of the miracle of God, isn't it?"

I smiled and nodded.

So, what about you? Do you have to do everything on your own, including the beating of your heart?

Yeah, you might think me sarcastic but believe it, aren't we overrating our existence? Like getting tensed in our worst situations. Getting angry for trivial reasons. Blaming others for the unfairness of life, etc...etc...

When we can't even make our nails grow a micromillimeter, when everything happens like clock work according to the decisions we make, what difference does it makes with all these negative emotions?

My one and only request is, kindly avoid negativity, even if you are immersed in negative situation (I know its a big request to ask for). I will give an apt example. Kerala has been having incessant rain for the past few weeks and rivers started overflowing and the main casualties were the low lying areas where roads and houses were flooded. My friend Sini's house ground floor was in water and there were fishes too, still she stayed with her spouse on the top floor of the same house and felt it as an adventure, when asked, how she is faring. Here she had a choice, she can either be depressed and blame her circumstances or as I pointed earlier, she could take it as an adventure (believe it, it surely is an adventure if we think positively, we don't get to have fishes and aquatic beings roam about our living room and kitchen and bedroom and toilet for several lifetimes for sure. Anyway, I would say Sini is one hell of a brave girl, who could think as such.). It takes great courage to think positively, if you have it in you, be sure, you are a winner in life.

Life throws all these curve balls at you several times in your life for sure,  you have only to make the right positive decision and the rest God waves His magic on you (The waving happens if you have only positivity), you just have to sit and enjoy the ride. So now I hope you understood why I say, just make the right decision and enjoy life.

See you soon.

Meena










Thursday, July 19, 2018

Being a WoW Teacher - Sr. Daisy Kozhikott

Hey Guys!!!!!

I would like to speak about a very good teacher, who really made a difference in a big way. She was a nun, her name is Sr. Daisy Kozhikott.

In life I have always wondered why I made the choices I made. One of the choices was to become a teacher, believe it or not I had the mightiest stage fear you could ever imagine and still has (undoubtedly). I tend to forget when I am in front of people, whether it is a kindergarten student or big guys. But my life forced me to take a job to teach students from Kindergarten to class 12 and at one point of my life even bank managers and bank clerks.

I didn't know how I was evaluated by my kids, nobody told me, how I was. I thought I was an okay teacher, please note :- Not a WoW!!! teacher, only okay. 

I only became a teacher to be with my kids always... both at home and school and during vacations too, until the time I had to let go off them. But when I resigned from job I got the best compliment from the most unsuspecting quarter - my kids.

Do you want to hear what it was? "Mom, you were the best teacher that school could ever have. Kindly come back." Usually our own children never acknowledge our value, but when it happens, believe it, its shocking and the credit goes to one true teacher, who taught me how to not be a loving and best teacher - Sr. Daisy. She is and will be my role model as a teacher.

I know you will be surprised, when I say, Sr. Daisy always breathed on my neck for each and everything. She was both my English teacher as well as my boarding mistress. So what happens in the boarding carry forwards to the school and vice versa. When a student is always the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons, what will the student think? She ain't no good for anything. I was in that category. I was always summoned for all the wrongs and received all the punishments and the irony of it was, everybody felt Sr. Daisy cared for me more than all the students except for me. But you know what I regretted most? She requested me to meet her in the evening of the day before my departure from school - The last day of my school life.

Expecting another lecture, I didn't meet her and she came to me that night, but by then I had already slept. The next day, she came to me and said in one line, "Meena I expected to meet you yesterday, anyway, now I cannot say much, but I would like you to know that you were special and I really cared for you." Imagine my shock!!!!!

She had 3 years of my life and she never ever uttered a single word of kindness. If I had known at any point of my time there, how she felt, I would have been a different person (I think). So when I became a teacher, I made sure that I don't repeat the only mistake Sr. Daisy made (expressing her feelings). Don't doubt, she was a hell of a teacher as well as the best boarding mistress. Now you know why I became a teacher of my kids? 

When I became a teacher, those kids of school taught me a few lessons of their own - To just give wings to the imaginations. Its so beautiful to go on their wings of imaginations, innocent and wild. I don't know how many stories I made up when I was with these guys. If ever you believe I am a writer, it's courtesy to my students. But the language I am now using is courtesy to Sr. Daisy Kozhikott. Thank you Sr. You made me the best person in three aspects of my life - Being the best mother, teacher and the english language I speak. 

The only regret I have now is, I never met her after my school life. Well!!! If ever I get an opportunity, I might meet her (I hope, I don't know.) I am not keeping any promises!!!!

See You.

Meena








Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Spur of The Moment - Biju

Hey Guys!!!!

Today I took a rickshaw to go to the bank, this bank is near the road and it has some parking space too inside. Usually the rickshaw drivers stop on the road and I cross the road to get into the bank, but today, this man turned the auto into the driveway of the bank and stopped exactly at the doorstep of the bank. Imagine my feelings or should I say surprise? That is what I call making a difference. I gave an extra tip for him. What do you think?

There are thousands of professionals but if you really love what you do, you will make sure that your clients are happy, by going an extra mile for them. Hope you could make yourself go that extra mile...... And be the best in your field of expertise. Here the money is not the counting factor, it is the service, the money automatically comes to you for sure. Want to bet????

So I come to the last classmate who was more of my kind than anyone in that class - a dreamer??? His name is Biju, he was a very good artist, he used to draw a lot, he was an easy going person, a last bencher and always smiling.

Whenever I think of him its his ready smile and a lot of sense of humour to boot. I don't know whether he took his life seriously then, but one thing was sure, he enjoyed his life. I don't know whether he still paints but if he has continued, then for sure he might have perfected the art.

The thing which I learned from him is, just slow down, go easy and enjoy life. I used to feel that he was the spur of the moment guy. His decisions and actions are very quick and fast. I think that influenced a lot - don't wait, just decide and go for it. I got this quick thinking and acting upon it without waiting from him and it got enhanced when my dad passed away without even a moment's notice. So I knew, its always better to be fast in doing what you have already decided to do.

Thank you Biju, it was a great privilege to have been part of your life and showing me to act fast

I would like to thank all my other classmates - Sini, Annie, Anjana, Jancy, Rency, Jinson, Saneesh and Gain. You guys were the best I could ever have in my life and the best influence I am very proud of to have cultivated in this long journey of my life.

Hope you guys have some good memory of me, but if ever I have hurt you, please do forgive me as a faulty teenager's misdemeanour?

I have never had any regrets to have been in SHEMHS when I was there. One thing I can guarantee, it was my destiny that you guys play an important role in my life and I salute you all for tolerating me for 3 years straight (13, 14 & 15 yrs)

See you.

Meena

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Gain - The Don Juan

Hey Guys!!!!

Though I am a social worker at heart, I do business for a living, believe it or not, I should be the last person to be in that profession because I don't know how to put a value for my service. When ones heart is involved, we just do it for love, kindness and all the heartly feelings, instead of money gain. So materialistically I have nothing to be proud of except I am there. Even now, my mom is angry with me for squandering my education for nothing. Well!!! I should thank my parents for giving me the best education in the best of schools, it helped me being me, making me happy, knowing a world which is far beyond my imagination and living my life to the maximum.

Why I am saying this? I am happy what I am doing because I am following my heart. Do what your heart says and that is what is important in the end, that is the right path to get the ultimate fulfilment in life. No matter what the society says, if you feel strongly about what you do or want to do, then I would always say, "Go for it" - Take the risk, so that, when you are laid in the coffin, you wouldn't regret, thinking, "I should have given that work or the deed at least one try, now its too late."

So about my classmates, who helped me be me. Today I am talking about Gain, the last bencher. He was actually a Don Juan of the whole school. He was both good looking and smart. He was an all rounder both curricular and extra curricular activities. He knew about the world than the whole class put together. He was full of jokes and laughter.

But personally, I have felt that he had some sadness within, I don't know because I have never asked him and he has not shown it or told it. Its just a feeling,

There is one personality of Gain which I have seen several times coming out in the forefront. He is a champion of the weak. He never tolerates bullying and he goes to any extent to help whoever is in need. And he has no qualms to face any obstacles to fulfill his obligation and above all, if ever anything backfires, he never blamed anyone. He just took it upon himself all the responsibility.

Imagine a 13yr old, championing for the weaker section and taking full responsibility of the consequences? I have watched the faces of several kids in school, studying in lower classes whom Gain has helped - the relief on their faces. That is when I became aware that people help other people not for any recognition or anything, just for the sake of being there when in need. Isn't it a good reason to help? Now he was popular in the school because he was nice to all.

I would like to thank Gain for making me conscious that a good heart is the only requirement to make oneself a popular person or should I say a Don Juan?

So, now you know that age is not a factor to help people, wherever you are, whoever you are and however old you are, you can help. Hope you would have nothing against it?

See you.

Meena


Monday, July 16, 2018

Comfortable in your skin - Saneesh

Hey Guys!!!!


Today, I would like to say something about Saneesh. He was always a smiling boy and a very simple person. Though he was not very studious, he worked hard to make a difference. I have never seen him joke or brag or outspoken.

I have always thought, that every teenager had a tendency to  dramatize or overreact their circumstances. They would do anything to gain attention, but Saneesh was not that type, to be frank, only when the rolls were called we came to know, that Saneesh was there. I think, all students of my class got to learn from him about being complacent and non dramatic.

Saneesh really made a difference with his presence alone for the whole class. He never criticized anyone and so everyone was comfortable around Saneesh. He was there to curtail our over zealous personalities by just being there, it brought a clear perspective of what to speak in public. Even the teachers gave him a special preference and nobody ever complained because he was innocent to the very core.

There is one thing I learned from Saneesh, being non focal point doesn't make a person less important.  Saneesh helped me learn to shut up and not act overly smart. There is no need to prove to anyone who we are, just be comfortable in your own skin and that makes a lot of a difference.

Thank you Saneesh.

Hope this lesson is food for thought for you too. 

See you.

Meena









Friday, July 13, 2018

Face Value - Jinson S Velamkunnel

Hey Guys!!!!

Today its the boys of my class I am supposed to speak about, believe it or not these guys were gentlemen through and through but if you ask me very deeply about them, I would not know a single thing, because this was a convent school, the nuns were overwhelmingly protective when it comes to mingling with boys. That doesn't mean we cannot talk, we talk, joke, etc..etc.. but not the heart to heart talking eh!!!

Still, I would like to write what I felt about these guys and how it made a difference in my life, it might not be true from their perspective. I am just jotting what I felt and make sure you understand, its my perspective okay????

So I will start with Jinson S Velamkunnel. He is a first bencher and a very studious boy. He was a real masterpiece in thinking. His thoughts had depth. Its like if we are talking chemistry, he thinks in chemistry, but does not connect to the real world, for eg :- 2 Hydrogen atoms and 1 Oxygen atom combine to form water, but in his mind he is with the atom phase but not the water phase. Seeing his way of thinking I thought he might become a scientist or physicist or an astronomer because nthing deviates his thoughts, very focused.

He was a hard worker and good at all things intellectual. Due to his way of thinking I used to get a small reprieve from being the sole member of being the butt of all jokes in my class. (If you want the truth, we were the only people who were the laughing stock of the class.)  But he accepted all the ribbings with grace, that is what I learnt from him. It was like a switch, after all the laughing, he gets serious so fast, I was awed by his way of changing from joke face to serious face. He really loved to know. You know the Newton's way of thinking (gravity).

Why this trivial reason(butt of all joke) is important to me?

I was a person who liked to be invisible (be inside a shell) but in a class of 13 students its next to impossible and to make myself vulnerable to one and all and get humiliated of my own making is next to torture, but when I saw Jinson accepting the joke as a joke and not as a humiliating experience, I knew, I should take a feather from his cap and just let all the world laugh at me because they were all without malice, it made a lot of difference in my attitude towards life. You know after several sessions of me being a joker I found out one thing, I can make everyone smile or laugh without cracking a single joke (frankly, I hadn't a single bone in me that could count as sense of humour).

When I look back now, I know as per rule I was the only person entitled to be the butt of all jokes, but God sent me an angel in the form of Jinson to show, how to take jokes in ones stride.So I would like to thank Jinson for teaching me to accept jokes at face value because that helped me in prioritizing how much importance should we give for the hurts and bad mouths we receive from the people around in life (which is nil). 

Thank you Jinson. Hope everyone understand the importance of Face Value.

See you.

Meena 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Choice - Jancy James

Hey Guys!!!!

I am sorry, I was not able to write for two days, its not because I was lazy, its just that I was sick. So while I was sick I saw a movie. In that movie, the mother of the heroine says to her daughter, "Don't ask God what you want, just say to God your problem and He will solve it for you more perfectly than imagined."  Isn't it Wow!!!! I was touched and it made me think, that is what we all do, we plan and waste all the time to solve our problem (which is incessant). When in real, we are making our life more tangled and complicated. So how about "Let God do the needful and we enjoy life????"

Great!!! Now back to my friends. You might wonder why I am continuing with my friends, you know we have several organs and parts in our body, but each part is unique, we cannot replace it with any other part, likewise, each person helped me to be me as you see now. 

My dad would always say, "just find one good trait in the person who is in front of you and try to incorporate it in your life, it makes a lot of difference. Then you will know how unique the person is." As a result, I was always in search of the good in people, friends, families and that made a great impact in my life - This world is a better place to live, eventually I am also growing from zero to +1. And as the Bible say, "What you sow, so shall you reap." What I believe is what I get - And I believe - All people are good people.

Now I have Jancy James, I have never seen so focused a girl in my life. She was multi talented. Though she was small in stature, she was a power house of talents. She studied, danced and above all she had long hair. She was in the boarding and to be frank, I didn't know she existed there. I have never seen her play.

whenever I remember her, the first thing that comes to my eyes was the way she took care of her hair. She applied oil on it, did her hundred strokes on it when all were busy playing.  She was always studying or doing whatever she was supposed to do, very systematic. She never was idle even for a moment. Since she could have played and been sad and squandered her time and blamed her parents for separating her from her family, etc..etc.... But she never did anything of that sort. She was a go getter. She was first in dancing, solo and group. Academically, she was in the first five rank category (it was her first time in an an English medium school, so you can imagine how much she has to work hard to achieve it along with dance practices and her personal care, etc..etc...)

That is when I knew, she was one heck of a person at the age of 13, who had real strength of character to go for what she wants and believe it even after 5 years, she never deviated from it.

That made me think, it is our CHOICE whatever it may be, that decides our destiny, not  people or situation.

That strength of will is more than necessary to survive and overcome our own mind and thoughts because our mind is the worst enemy which makes us deviate our resolutions and dreams and whatever.

You know, the funny thing is, even now, it is a Herculean task for me to wake up at 5 am in the morning but as I said, its my choice, I can decide. If  I want, I can sleep with 1001 reasons, In short, I try to, (believe it!!! I really try every single moment) consciously to make my choice with the strength of character.


I would like to thank Jancy for showing live for 5 years continuously that the strength of character doesn't come accidentally but by choice.


The best part is after all this struggle and conquering only you will know the difference and that is worth it!!!! More worth than all the life put together you will know you have conquered the Himalayas!!!! You have taken the first step to the moon!!!! And you will be gaining the gift of Life. The smile you give unto your self, the proud feeling  of conquering and if it happens every day, what a wonderful day will it be!!!!

Thank you Jancy.

See you guys. Hope you would also see something good in both friends and foes and share it.

Meena

The Choice - Jancy James

Hey Guys!!!!

I am sorry, I was not able to write for two days, its not because I was lazy, its just that I was sick. So while I was sick I saw a movie. In that movie, the mother of the heroine says to her daughter, "Don't ask God what you want, just say to God your problem and He will solve it for you more perfectly than imagined."  Isn't it Wow!!!! I was touched and it made me think, that is what we all do, we plan and waste all the time to solve our problem (which is incessant). When in real, we are making our life more tangled and complicated. So how about "Let God do the needful and we enjoy life????"

Great!!! Now back to my friends. You might wonder why I am continuing with my friends, you know we have several organs and parts in our body, but each part is unique, we cannot replace it with any other part, likewise, each person helped me to be me as you see now. 

My dad would always say, "just find one good trait in the person who is in front of you and try to incorporate it in your life, it makes a lot of difference. Then you will know how unique the person is." As a result, I was always in search of the good in people, friends, families and that made a great impact in my life - This world is a better place to live, eventually I am also growing from zero to +1. And as the Bible say, "What you sow, so shall you reap." What I believe is what I get - And I believe - All people are good people.

Now I have Jancy James, I have never seen so focused a girl in my life. She was multi talented. Though she was small in stature, she was a power house of talents. She studied, danced and above all she had long hair. She was in the boarding and to be frank, I didn't know she existed there. I have never seen her play.

whenever I remember her, the first thing that comes to my eyes was the way she took care of her hair. She applied oil on it, did her hundred strokes on it when all were busy playing.  She was always studying or doing whatever she was supposed to do, very systematic. She never was idle even for a moment. Since she could have played and been sad and squandered her time and blamed her parents for separating her from her family, etc..etc.... But she never did anything of that sort. She was a go getter. She was first in dancing, solo and group. Academically, she was in the first five rank category (it was her first time in an an English medium school, so you can imagine how much she has to work hard to achieve it along with dance practices and her personal care, etc..etc...)

That is when I knew, she was one heck of a person at the age of 13, who had real strength of character to go for what she wants and believe it even after 5 years, she never deviated from it.

That made me think, it is our CHOICE whatever it may be, that decides our destiny, not  people or situation.

That strength of will is more than necessary to survive and overcome our own mind and thoughts because our mind is the worst enemy which makes us deviate our resolutions and dreams and whatever.

You know, the funny thing is, even now, it is a Herculean task for me to wake up at 5 am in the morning but as I said, its my choice, I can decide. If  I want, I can sleep with 1001 reasons, In short, I try to, (believe it!!! I really try every single moment) consciously to make my choice with the strength of character.


I would like to thank Jancy for showing live for 5 years continuously that the strength of character doesn't come accidentally but by choice.


The best part is after all this struggle and conquering only you will know the difference and that is worth it!!!! More worth than all the life put together you will know you have conquered the Himalayas!!!! You have taken the first step to the moon!!!! And you will be gaining the gift of Life. The smile you give unto your self, the proud feeling  of conquering and if it happens every day, what a wonderful day will it be!!!!

Thank you Jancy.

See you guys. Hope you would also see something good in both friends and foes and share it.

Meena

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Consistency - Rency Alex

Hey Guys!!!!!

The next classmate which I would like to introduce is Rency Alex. If ever I think about her it was the way she maintained her beauty and the way she dressed up. She was also good at studies and she has been studying in this school from kindergarten.

She had a competitive spirit and always came in the category of first five ranks. (Please note  I was in the last or the second last rank holder). So its always good to appreciate all the intelligent people, which was literally the whole class.

Now back to Rency, her consistency and persistency is what struck me to the core. From day 1 she always dressed well and made herself so beautifully that it was indeed a sight to behold. Usually at the age of 13 (personally, even now), I never cared how I presented myself but she did and still continues, even at this age is something to appreciate about.

In life consistency is an asset which we really should cultivate and seeing Rency, I knew I can't compete in dressing up, but I made sure, I keep my promises.

I know, you might roll your eyes, but believe it for kids, keeping promises makes a lot of difference. If the elders break promises, it broke our hearts.

Then another trait I want to be consistent about was waking in the morning. Even now, its a big tug of war between the real me and the lazy me. The real me knows the importance of waking up early, but the lazy gives a 1001 reasons not to, but since I had already decided, no matter what I will be consistent, I wake up.

So all these good traits I have incorporated  was because of Rency and even now I consciously do it, just to prove myself I am consistent. Thank you Rency for this life changing lesson, I appreciate it.

Hope you too could incorporate this beautiful trait for a better life.

See you.

Meena

Friday, July 6, 2018

God's Plan for the World - Lailamma

Hey Guys!!!!

One of the most simplest classmates I have had is Lailamma. I have never seen any big kid so childlike. Lailamma came from a lower middle class faily. The only difference between Lailamma and me was, she worked in the convent instead of playing. She was an upbeat person. Her main focus was the headmistress of our school, Sr. Jonas. Her world revolved around this nun. If the nun was angry, Lailamma will wilt within the second, but she forgets it and returns back to her normal self.

She was not the type to hold grudges. I don't know whether she knows me, even though we were 13 in class, she was like a butterfly.

Regarding the studious part, she was not very brilliant because she wasn't used to having to learn the subjects in English language. Even though it was very difficult for her to understand, despite all odds, she learned really hard and tried to pass just to get a smile from the headmistress and I think and feel that the headmistress reciprocated her affections too (Don't get me wrong, I would rather be far away from teachers instead of looking at their faces for all the nuances of their expression and getting caught and getting detention, Forget It!!!!). Anyway Sr. Jonas never showed her affection publicly, but that didn't matter to Lailamma. She just wanted to bask in the presence of this nun.

You know, there were kids who goaded Lailamma to make her angry by saying, "Sr. Jonas  is mine." And you know what her reply was, "Feel free she is all yours." (usually, in boarding there was a conflict in the matter of affection. In fact there was a boarder who really had a big crush on the boarding mistress and when the boarding mistress talks to me, this girl would come immediately to make sure I don't have any soft feeling for her favourite teacher.)

I am really lucky, that I was able to witness this type of feelings in my lifetime for real like Lailamma's, believe it, no movies could picture it so perfectly. It is simply Wow!!!!


Lailamma, showed me :-

  •  How you just let go everything for Love. 
  • The extreme sacrifice one gives for love is worth the risk.
  • Reciprocating love is not expected.
  • The only thing that matters was just love for the beauty of loving.
Thank you Lailamma. You really nailed God's plan for the world for all the world to see beautifully, hats off!!!!!


See you guys.

Meena

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Self Importance - Anjana Chandran

Hey Guys!!!

You might be wondering, why I am writing about some of the people specifically. There are three reasons.

  1. I am dissecting my life when it started to matter and that begins with - People.
  2. To get clarity for me the details which brought change in me.
  3. If ever these friends of mine read this blog, they would know that they were special at least to one person-Me. They made a difference for me.
Today I am speaking about Anjana Chandran. We both had a special connection, before I was enrolled in this school in Idukki at the age of 13, we studied in the same school, same bench in Kochi the year before. Its really incredible the circle of life.

She was really a studious child, an only daughter for her parents and she was the focal point of her parents. If ever I think of pampered children, I will think of Anjana, please note, its pampered, not spoiled. She is not over talkative. She doesn't joke often, but I think I have heard her crack one or two jokes in the four years we were together.

She wasn't very sociable because it was her background, but still she touched many hearts with her silence. She was a very good dancer as well as good in studies, but I have never seen her in vain. Her father graced the highest post in the Hydro Electric Project in Idukki and with his help, we could see the inside of this place. If it was my father, I would have strutted (I think), but Anjana was Anjana, for her, it was like, we were taken to some backyard garden, it was not a big deal for her.

The first and the last thing she taught me was that there was nothing self important for helping people. Its just given freely.

I wanted to say, we don't learn everything from one person and no person is without a message for us. So, I hope you guys find that message for us because its what we should take from them.

See you.

Meena

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Don't Underestimate The Power of Tears - Annie George

Hey Guys!!!

Annie was another classmate of SHEMHS, Moolamattom. She usually sits in the very next bench before mine in class. She was also a boarder, like me. But the worst part was, it was her first time to be separated from family. Annie had everything in life, she had parents, siblings, money, intelligence and focus. Despite having all these, she felt sad and alone. Since I had a policy of non attachment to anyone or anything, I tried to keep a distance, but when we see someone in tears for wanting to go home, I could relate to it easily and I had no choice but to just point that she is not alone in that and I too am there facing the same problem.  I have never ever seen, so much heart break like I saw with her and believe it, she had it for the whole 3 years she stayed in the boarding.

Annie was one heck of a person. She was very strong and motivated when it came to studies and she believed in prayers, saints and God and she used to kiss all the statues and pictures of saints no matter where it is. Seeing her devotion our boarding mistress predicted that she would become a nun. That much was her obsession with anything regarding prayer.

 She had no inhibition in expressing, it was through her I could see the depth of feeling when separated from loved ones.

I remember, when she came for the first time in the boarding, she was sad and crying. The reason, she didn't have sufficient curries and she missed her family. She was taller than most of us, so I was thinking, how can a big person feel sadness or the feeling of separation. She was lucky that her home was not that far but still she cried with tears.

One day, she said, "Meena, I am feeling very sad and I have tears inside me, can you sing a sad song for me, so that I can cry." I readily sang because I loved singing (But can I pass a secret, I usually knew only the first paragraph fluently). And I sang this one paragraph over and over again until she says to stop. That is when I felt I can sing. That is when I felt that tears do have a healing power. You know there is one more hilarious factor, I made sure she could see my back or I face the mountains sitting side by side because once it so happened, I couldn't stop laughing because of her facial expression when she cried. That is not a good thingfor a person who is hurting right???? From then on, I never saw her cry but surely heard it.

After crying she felt so invigorated (energetic) that she was ready to face the world. And you know that is when I knew, I can help a person to clear the block of tears. Personally, I would rather go the opposite way during this grievous situations but there are situations which forces us to be there. The best part of it was, we had a perfect place to vent our hurt and sorrow because we wanted privacy.

At least she had the best idea to vent out her anger, sadness and  frustration - through tears. That was the best lesson I learnt from her. Tears are the best healers in life.

Do you know, whenever I have my tears clogged in my heart, I will think of Annie, now when I remember it,  its hilarious, but back then, it was heart breaking for both of us because we cannot describe our feeling with words, it was bottomless.

So guys, I would like to thank Annie from the very bottom of my heart, who taught me to always carry a vial of tears in ones system, so that you don't get hurt from your life experiences. Tears help to face the world courageously. Just cry and see the difference.

So, kindly don't underestimate the power of tears.

Take care.

See you.

Meena




Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Predictability of Life!!!!

Hey Guys!!!!

Sorry, I was not able to write yesterday because my uncle passed away. Though I am writing about the people who really had a profound impact upon my life, I will have to deviate here for my uncle.

It was a sad moment yesterday, because this uncle, Mr. Joseph changed my destiny. Can you believe it?? Which I could have done without. But it happened and here I am attending the funeral of him. We all know that there are lots of milestones and cornerstones on a road, we take it for granted when we are sure of the way, but when we ae new to the place we really look forward to have it. So when each new milestone is in front of us, we feel happy because we have reached it. But we don't give a thought when its passed. Only when I was sitting in the church, I was thinking of uncle and I realised, he really was a destiny changer for many people. And they all blame him for intruding in their lives. I know my uncle personally, he always think what is good for others and he acts upon it. In the end, it backfires on him. Isn't it tragic???

The role my uncle played was, he brought me and my family back to Kerala when my dad passed away. He was a success one time but he became a failure through and through. You know, usually people think money is synonym to success. But I would say happiness and love is synonym to success and he didn't have both in both materialistically as well as spiritually by the time he turned 50.

But the worst part was, he was in feud with one of  his younger sibling Mathew. They both didn't attend the same functions together. If one is there the other wouldn't be, just like a 3D card. And all the family members tried to get them to reconcile the difference, but unfortunately, it never happened until last, when Mathew went to meet the older one. They spent together one whole day.

After two days Joseph had a stroke and passed away after three days that is day before yesterday. Isn't both my uncles lucky??

We cannot predict life, but we can live life. Don't hurt anyone and hate anyone. They are part of you. That is what matters the most and the worst part, I met all or almost all my family members whom I haven't seen since school, that will be above 20 years.... What an irony!!!!

See you.

Meena