Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Re Kabira - सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः (Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah)


2020 was the year of resilience & patience, retrospection & introspection, caring & sharing, love & respect. It was the year that tested all of us on all fronts, we will remember 2020 all our lives like no other year. Be it global health pandemic, climate crisis, politics, or racial injustice, 2020 also changed the way we used to see things, the way we used to take others for granted, and the way we got our priorities wrong. 2020 was a trigger to a lot of initiatives, 2021 will substantiate these.

कहाँ चल दिये अभी तो बहुत सारी बातें बाँकी है 
यहाँ कुछ यादें है अभी तो सपने बुनना बाँकी है

01 - got back in touch with a lot of extended family & friends
02 - raised £1200 for ERDS Foundation to support their effort to save Great Indian Bustard
03 - walked almost 550 miles and cycled 1200 miles during lock-down
04 - completed 70 miles of cycling challenge
05 - wrote more than a dozen poems
06 - read a lot of poetry and especially of Ramdhari Singh Dinkar
07 - Aditi cleared her 11+ plus exam
08 - a lot of birding walks and birds watching
09 - did a bit of gardening and cooking
10 - spent a lot of time at home with kids 
11 - extend knowledge of tea, experienced & explored 48 different teas


2020 will be the year that we will never forget, 
and 
2021 is the year of hope & positivity

 सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनःसर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः 
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तुमा कश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत् 
 शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः 

May All become Happy, May All be Free from Illness.
May All See what is Auspicious, May no one Suffer.
Let there be Peace, Peace, Peace.

Wishing all of you a very Happy New Year 2021

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2019 - what a year it was, a year to learn... it was the toughest year of the decade on all fronts personal & professional, social & financial, health & well-being, family & friends. The first week of March 2019, especially 07/Mar/2019 is the date for me to forget.
A year that will shape at least the next 5 - 10 years. 

जो सुना तूने वो किसी के ख़याल हैं, हक़ीक़त समझने की गलती मत कर लेना
जो दिखा तुम्हे वो तुम्हारा नज़रिया है , सच समझ अपनी सोच मत बदल लेना

01- attended prayers for my grandmother (नानी) to start the year
02 - couldn't convert once in a lifetime job opportunity; failed miserably
03 - soon was on the redundancy list and was made redundant subsequently
04 - had to move to a new house in a mad rush, at a time when everything seemed not working
05 - didn't go out bird watching at all
06 - was taken for granted, was belittled, was betrayed, was judged, was used...
07- was on my own... most of the time

but...

01 - Aadit started secondary school and got into the school he worked towards…
02 - started work back with friends…
03 - wrote a few poems and read a lot of poetry...
04 - read quite a few books that were on the list for a long time... had one of them for more than 12 years.
05 - completed 3 years tabla diploma, performed a couple of times in group with Aadit
06 - Aditi had her first kathak performance with Shikha and Aadit's first on his own
07 - traveled all over England for the Cricket World Cup, but missed India vs Pakistan...
08 - got an opportunity to meet a lot of cricketers and musicians, especially tabla legend Ustad Zakir Hussain and cricket legend Steve Waugh.
09 - collected lot stamps from all around the world
10 - did some wood-crafts...
11- deleted Facebook !!!
12 - Reunited with college friends after 20 years, was a memorable reunion party.
13 - had an honest adviser and mentor around, whenever needed
14 - spent a lot of time celebrating with family & friends...
15 - very hopeful, more determined, much more focused...

2019 will be the year to remember and forget at the same time, and 2020...

सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः, सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु, मा कश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत्
शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः

May All become Happy, May All be Free from Illness.
May All See what is Auspicious, May no one Suffer.
Let there be Peace, Peace, Peace.

Wishing all of you a very Happy & Happening 2020

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2018 was a year to take a lot on...

01- travel, health, funerals & farewells...

02- messed up a couple of good career opportunities...
03- struggled a lot with health and had a tough time on the personal front...
04- lost a friend, a friend parted and another immigrated...
05- finances were the point of focus all the way through...
06- help didn't come... 

but...


01-went to India 4 times..

02-photographed 125+ birds..
03-collected lot stamps of India..
04-learned a few more compositions on tabla..
05-watched historic India Vs England Test Match..
06-met couple of friends after more than 15 years & got back in touch with few..
07-got opportunity to meet few great musicians and some who are going to make it big..
08-read 6 good books along with other general reads.. 2 gave a new outlook..
09-met a lot of family members after a long time, some only after 2004..
10-kids are growing up fast; Aadit turned 10..
11-celebrated 15 years of lovely marriage..
12-got to know a lot..
13-wrote a few poems..
14- dormant Facebook..
15-spent lot of time celebrating friendship..
16- hopeful, determined, focused..

2018 was the year for lessons, learning & facing reality, and 2019 is something to look forward to....


ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः, सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः ।

सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु, मा कश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत् ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

May All become Happy, May All be Free from Illness.

May All See what is Auspicious, May no one Suffer.
Let there be Peace, Peace, Peace.

Wishing all of you a very Happy & Happening 2019


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what a year 2017 has been..

01-turned 40.. 
02-changed job..
03-went to India 3 times..
04-photographed 95 birds..
05-attended 2 much-awaited weddings..
06-learned a few more compositions on tabla..
07-collected quite a few more stamps of India..
08-watched India Vs Pakistan - not once but twice
09-met few uni batch mates after a long time.. a couple of them after 15 years..
10-read 7 good books along with other general reads.. 1 changed the perspective..
11-rode with my motorcycle club after a long time & celebrated the 15th Anniversary of the club.. 
12-met lot of family members and quite a few only had heard about them for years..
13-spoke to a few who have dedicated their lives to a good cause ..
14-connected with friends & family beyond social media..
15-met few who are committed to change the world..
16-got opportunity to meet few great musicians..
17-celebrated 14 years of lovely marriage..
18-kids grew too fast in one last year..
19-did a whisky tasting course..
20-wrote a few poems..
21-No Facebook..

2017 changed a bit of me as a person, and 2018 is going to be even more happening.

ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः, सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः ।
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु, मा कश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत् ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

May All become Happy, May All be Free from Illness.
May All See what is Auspicious, May no one Suffer.
Let there be Peace, Peace, Peace.



Wishing all of you a very Happy & Happening 2018

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