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About Ashish

Ashish dabbles in Income Tax and website development for his daily bread. A pie of free time is spent learning flute, a little bigger pie around twin girls. Any time left is used to float thoughts ...

Dreams of an 8 year old …

This incidence is over a year old. But I thought of sharing it today when I stumbled upon the poem in my Google Drive Docs.

A friend was looking for a poem in Hindi on “dreams” for her 8 year old daughter. It was a part of some school assignment. She came in our WhatsApp group for some help. It was then that I quickly scribbled up the following short poem from the perspective of a young little girl. It is in Hindi. So here it is followed by a line-by-line translation…
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The Rat Race

Every morning somewhere in a forest a deer wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.

Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows that it must run faster than the slowest deer or it will starve to death.

It doesn’t matter whether we are a lion or a deer. When the sun comes up, we better be running!

That is the life of most people in city life, especially in big cities. We must run, run fast or we will be run over by someone else running faster.

But is there no difference between us and these wild animals in a remote forest? Continue reading

“Self-Control”

As a kid, I used to collect key-chains. I still have over 50-60 of them tucked away in one box which I have not opened since last 5-6 years. Yesterday I got angry at my 6 year old daughter. When I cooled down, I suddenly remembered a keychain I had bought from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, India. I was about 12 years old at that time.

What’s so special about this very old key-chain? Well, the keychain contains a small story. It’s one of the most unique key chains I’ve ever had. Without much ado, the story follows …. Continue reading