Friday, January 2, 2009


Hi..I have been playing truant (for a genuine reason though! ),for a while.I am back now and look forward to happier times this year.
I really don`t know what to write (psst writers block? Well you need to be a writer to experience it and I ..stop digressing!). Ok first thoughts first. I read somewhere that Negativity sells. The more negative are your views and comments ,the more popular you would be .First step to Success starts from negativity in approach,thinking and action.
This year I want to debunk this theory. I am going to focus on goodness and positivity.
To start with a happy note. I have been on the comp since 15 minutes and trying to remember any good deed done by me..I have a list ready! Good. Now , let me start with thanksgiving and make a list of good deeds done by others. Zilch.
I am still thinking..Hmmm Its begining to dawn on me that how easy it is ,to recognize the goodness in ourselves. and how difficult to look for it in others!
Yipee! Remembered a good deed. I have lived in Mumbai for 16 years but NEVER boarded the Local train. I had to reach town (read South Bombay-don`t get me on as to why it is town ;-) ) and was running late. So I called up a friend who is a frequent traveller. She gave me detailed instructions. Like:
Get down from the rickshaw at the station(Yeah!)
Walk towards the left and you will reach a ticket counter (Yipee!)
Buy a 2 way ticket-second class its cheaper.(I need to penny pinch-what with recession,terrorist attacks and what not)
Walk out and go in.
Walk to the left,climb the overbridge(not so easy ..get ready to shoved and pushed and elbowed)
Get down on the left again and wait for the train (Whoosh..not so bad haan)
But the minute I reached the platform I was lost. I wanted to board the ladies compartment and didnt know where to wait. (Remember most locals halt for 30 secs)
I walked upto a group of young college girls apprehensively.
" Errr.. Excuse me. Where do I wait for the ladies compartment , second class?"
One of them looked at me pathetically and pointed vaguely, "There."
I was lost. Suddenly, I felt a firm hand on my elbow. I turned and saw a smart lady in kurta jeans, kohl in eyes ,carrying a folder. She firmly pushed and took me ahead. We boarded the train easily. Then she went about her calls.
Just as the train was chugging in at my station, she got up and motioned me to follow her. She asked my destination,andasked me to follow her. All this while she was on her phone. I tried to match her brisk steps . Soon we were out and she pointed the taxi stand. She turned, smiled,waved and just melted in the crowd. I stood stupefied for a minute and then moved on.
There is not much to this incident but it revived my faith in human goodness and kindness. I didn`t know her from Adam`s ,yet she extended a helpful hand. Life is indeed an echo and everything does come back.
So go on this year , help someone just for the heck of it, don`t expect anything in return. It will anyways come back to you.
Cheers! Have a year full of love and compassion .
pic courtsey,


Iya said...

hey..welcome back and a very happy new year to u...
kindness helps others and it helps oneself to feel good and happy...
these little acts are what make life worthwhile..

Manish Raj said...

Hi Friend

This is first time I have come to your blog and I liked your style of writing.

Keep posting..Happy New Year..

Mumbai Diva said...

Hey, thanks for dropping by my blog. Hmmm. you never know we could be neighbours;)

Piper .. said...

:) So glad to see a new post finally! Here`s wishing you lots of joy in the new year.

Reflections said...

"I read somewhere that Negativity sells. The more negative are your views and comments ,the more popular you would be ."

Seriously...u r right!!!! Along with negativity, controversy also many people waste their time pursuing tht road which leads nowhere.

So nice of tht woman....u knw, I'm just tht type, infact nobody has to ask me, I sometimes go forward & ask whether they need help tho I'm much better nowadays;-P.

D said...

Welcome back! And Happy New Year :)

Renu said...

Welcome back:) and Wish u a happy new year !
very nice thought, and yes whatever we do comes back to us.

Balvinder Singh said...

Long time no see. Wish you a happy new year.

DeeplyDip said...

aapka welcome hai ji...look forward to reading many more posts from you now...
I agree that negativity sells everywhere...being positive is the most difficult thing in life and it's a good resolution to keep...all the best!

my space said...

@Iya..thanks ..yes its a great feeling
@Manish Raj. :-)
@ Mumbai Diva.. I am sure we are!!
@ Piper..wish u the same
@ are really sweet..
@D..thank u
@ Renu..glad to be back too
@ Balvinder..Yeah jus been a bit busy..Happy new year to you too.
@ Deeply Dip.. Aapko thank you hain ji! Yup its a tough resolution but no harm in trying

Shalom said...

This was a lovely incident. Maybe this lady could also recall the mind-boggling feeling you get the first time you walk onto a local train platform. My biggest fear the first time I had to take a local was that I would be half in, half out, and the train would start moving. Its very unnerving at first, but you adjust pretty fast.

Have a blessed year ahead :)

sukku said...

As you rightfully said...there is still some goodness left in Mumbai after the mayhem... and I enjoyed your's to a very happy New Year to you...

N.Meenakshi said...

Nice post. Wish you A Happy New Year!

Mampi said...

Beautiful lady meets another beautiful lady.
Wonderfully put.
Sure, one must prove that theory false that negativity sells.
Happy new year.
I will be back on my blog tomorrow.

Sucharita Sarkar said...


Liked your blog. If this is how you write with a writer's block, I'm sure you'll rock even more without one (see, how your positive thinking has affected me positively).

Like your Mithi's family pix as well.

How do we know said...

Glad that you had that incident, and glad that you are back! :-)

J P Joshi said...

A very good post...a focus on the goodness and not on the sellable aspects of life and living. Yes, loved reading it. A happy and positive 2009 to you and every one else too.