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Monday, December 19, 2011

Reflect on your Reflexes!


When i searched for the meaning of reflex on google, this is what i got :
"A reflex action, also known as a reflex, is an involuntary and nearly instantaneous movement in response to a stimulus."

Just the other day, i was meditating under a tree. The aim of my meditation was to accept everything happening around me. Any sound, any movement, any disturbances,were not to be questionned. They simply were to be accepted. What people were doing, slowly started making no difference to me. Was i really moving towards some great enlightenment or nirvana?!!
At that very moment a leaf from the tree above me fell right on my head. And in an instant i was shaken. i opened my eyes looked upwards and around. My heatbeat had become faster and my mind was no longer in the calm state that it was a few moments ago.
I realised that it was no big deal and i went back into my tranquilised state.
Can my action be called as a reflex action? Well of course, yes. if you look at the above definition we realise that i did make an involuntary and instantaneous movement in response to a stimulus (leaf falling on my head!)

When i was young, i had been taught in school that an example of reflex(involuntary) action is sneezing. But i think what they were trying to say was in biological terms because now when i deeply think about it, i realise that my life is surrounded by reflex actions all the time.
I am driving a car, someone tries to overtake me in a wrong way, i, in a reflex, swear.
Someone by mistake drops my valuable possession (say mobile), i, in a reflex get angry.
When someone doesnt speak something that i like, i, in a reflex respond without thinking.
When i hear bad news, i, in a reflex become really sad.

You see, our life is filled with reflex actions. And what is a reflex action? It is involuntary in nature. Involuntary means something that is not in our control. If so many of the actions that we perform are not in our control, then just imagine what haphazard and chaotic life we are living!

If you think about it, you will realise that a lot of times reflex actions have only caused damage in your life. You sweared at someone or you got really angry on them. The consequences are often grave. The opposite person sometimes gets hurt irrepairably or you lose a lot of time in making them understand that you didnt mean it.

It is true that the reflex actions like sneezing or when someone comes stealthily from behind and calls, you are alarmed, are unavoidable because biologically we are made in that way.
But what about the other reflex actions which makes us a completely different person for a few seconds than what we actually are!
Can we not try to bring them under control?

Because Its only when we can stop our reflex actions popping out at the inappropriate moment, can we say that we are truly in control of ourselves.
                                                                                                    -Sagar.                 

(PS: I dont like to write an article which just proposes a theory without giving some solution and hence i think the best way of preventing reflex actions is to go to a place and sit there with your eyes closed. Try and accept all that is going around you. All the noise, the bad smell or anything that irks you. A regular practise of this will (i think) reduce the occurence of reflex actions when they are not required!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Getting the basics right!

Why is it that we are fed up of our lives?
Is it due to the overpopulation?
is it due to over pollution?
Is it because of the work stress?
Or is it because of some relationship problems?
of course all of the above reasons would cause us a lot of grief but we will never be fed up of ourselves.
the real reason for not being happy with your life is that you are not able to fulfill the small goals that you set.
for eg. if you have decided that tomorrow you shall wake up at 6 am and go for jogging, but you are not able to. Here your frustration starts to begin in the day.
You wanted to find time for something you love but you werent able to.
at first you get angry with yourself.
then you get used to it. and finally after many days or even years you realise how unresolute you have been, not being able to fulfill anything that you had planned and thats when you start hating yourself.
Its true!
its this constant cheating that you indulge with yourself is what makes you fed up with life. the primary reason being, that you cannot blame anyone but yourself and you are completely clueless as to how to improve.
Because internally you want to improve but your laziness thats stopping you from taking that next step towards satisfying yourself!
Its really a helpless feeling when you want to do something, no one is stopping you from doing it and still you are not able to do it due to some invisible force also known as laziness!
and hence i say that if you want to see yourself happy, get the basics right!
do the small things that you expect of yourself and the big things will fall in their place!
                                                                         -Sagar

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Break It down!

I have often seen that we are faced with complex issues in life. There are so many different dimensions to the problems sometimes they happen to be unsolvable! Its complete chaos in your head with so many factors interacting with each other! At such a moment what is to be done?

BREAK IT DOWN!
Yes! thats the solution!
What?!! You dont believe me! Here's a small demonstration!




When i first saw this Rangoli, i was amazed! It looked too beautiful! At the same time i realised making something artistic like this was way out of my reach! But then i thought back to the words i have written above and said to myself why not break this thing up!

STEP: 1 The basic design!


STEP:2 Adding the Diyas!


STEP:3 some extra design!


STEP:4 Finishing touches!


And there you are!!


When you convert your problem into small steps, they dont look as intimidating and difficult as it once looked! Its a simple trick but one which we very rarely use in life!
And Hence my final word of advice: when faced with a problem, rather than breaking your head over it, try to break it down!

(A Special Thanks to Amruta for the wonderful Rangoli design!)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

A death that taught me how to live!



Motionless I lay in my bed,
Comprehending the fact,that in few hours i would be dead!
The room was empty, yet filled with grief,
Even after achieving everything, why did happiness seem so brief!
When I was young, I took life as a game,
and to win it I had to achieve my aim!
If those were the rules of life, then I had convincingly won,
In terms of success, equal to me there was none!
But then why was this frustration and helplessness still within me,
Why wasn't I able to from mortal bonds,set myself free!

Ok, I said to myself, what would I have done when better was my health,
In my younger days, how would with this incompleteness I would have dealt!
Yes! I would have vented my anger on the first person I would see,
But today there was absolutely no one near me!
Yes!I would have put on my jogging shoes & gone for a run,
But today, lo! my legs have been undone!
Yes! I would have called my friend and heard his lovely voice,
But today deafening silence was a compulsion and not my choice!
Yes! I would switched on the laptop and logged on to facebook,
But today my eyes had become so weak, that even an inch away i couldn't look!

With complete helplessness I could see where i was headed,
A painful and miserable death just as i had dreaded!
I knew on life I could have shouted and sworn,
But it was time to battle these last few hours alone!
I closed my eyes and observed my breathe,
Slowly and steadily I started to embrace my death!
I was just with myself away from anything worldly,
Gradually I began to detach myself from my own body!

For so many years i had a conscience within me who wanted to speak,
But boy!, was i busy with all the commitments to keep!
Today there were no distractions and nowhere i could glance,
and thus with my long awaited friend, to speak i got a chance!
I told him about my worries, I told him about my strife,
I told him about all the errors i had made in my life!
He listened to me without speaking a word,
I emptied my heart as patiently all my complaints he heard!
After speaking for a few minutes i had a feeling of peace which was so unique,
It was as if talking to him was some kind of a magical trick!
When the day started I grieved, that i would die on this friendship's day all alone,
But as we have experienced, life is strange and life is unknown!
Just when i had thought that i had no friends and nothing to smile,
I had found my best friend who had been with me all this while!
Now i can die peacefully as i will have to worry never,
For i have found a friend who shall be with me forever!!!

So, my dear friends,to find a true friend why do you wait??
the weather is great,
and perfect is the date!
Speak to thy conscience before its too late!!
-Sagar Shah.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

superb advice!

I met a successful entrepreneur.He had started from scratch. nothing at all with him! and today on his sheer hard work and knowledge he has established a huge company with a turnover of nearly 20 crores. I asked him, what was his mantra for success. He gave a thought and said,
" Spend before you earn.!"

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Playing it Right!

My dear friends, human behaviour is unpredictable. You can never really guess as to how the other person is going to behave!

But by analysing you can surely learn a lot which can be useful in your other parts of life!


BASIC SCENARIO:


Friend: i want the pics of the party we had last sunday!

Me: Ok sure i will it give you.

Friend: please send them as soon as possible. ok?

Me: yes sure!!

Days become weeks and weeks become months. she keeps asking me about those pics but i always forget it.

Later i see my mobile, i had deleted almost all the pics and i have only 2 of them left!!

She had been so excited to see the pics since so many days.Now when i would reveal that i didnt have them she would definitely be really angry! I was surely in big trouble!

What to do now?


Possibilty no.1


i upload the pics on facebook and send her the link along with a sorry message!

She sees the pics and later gets super angry on me!

She feels really betrayed and even thinks of breaking her friendship with me!


Possibility no.2


I send her only a message on facebook that "Sorry, i have got only 2 pics of the party in my mobile." and i dont upload the pics yet.

She is a bit dejected but she says " ok send me those pics!"

I send the pics and guess what

ALL IS WELL!!


ANALYSIS:


What exactly happened? what was the difference in both the scenarios?

The answer lies in something i call as 'playing your cards in the right order'!


in both the situations i said sorry and in both the situations i sent her the 2 pics. but in the 2nd one i did it in the right order!

True in 2nd scenario too there was a disappointment on her face but because i hadnt sent the pics yet there was something she could look forward too! and that feeling of the unknown reduced her anger!


CONCLUSION:


Often in life we do all the right things but we still are quite confused as to why we dont get the desired results!

the diagnosis to that lies in the simple fact that:


Its not enough to play the right cards,

YOU HAVE TO PLAY THEM IN THE RIGHT ORDER!!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

INNER PEACE!!

Just a few days ago i watched the movie Kung fu panda-2!
though the movie is meant for kids, the message it carried was quite heavy!
it spoke about INNER PEACE!
inner peace! the more i thought about those words, the more i felt like a fish out of water! What exactly did inner peace mean! and even if i understood what it meant, how the hell would i achieve it?

It is funny that today when i had absolutely nothing related to it on my mind, i got the answer to both my questions!

I got up in quite a torrid mood! the reason: it had been 5 days and i hadnt studied upto my expectations. Its quite irritating, everyday to sleep with the feeling of having underperformed! especially when you are all excited to study but somehow your mind and body are just not in sync! Mind wants to study but body just wants to relax!
But how the hell are people going to know whats going through my mind. i lazily got out of my bed and the mobile rang! one of my friends asked me," hey Sagar lets go for a movie!" i replied in a firm NO! But he didnt relent. Finally disgusted i shouted at him and kept the phone!
Already i wasnt feeling good and this just added fuel to the fire!

The day trudged along! Nothing substantial happened. It was going to be another day of sadness, another day of not working upto my potential, another day of self loathing!

But then a thought struck me! What was the reason, that i had fought with my friend?
Well, the reason was simple. I wasn't in a state of mind to see the movie but how the hell was he to know about it? i hadnt told him the reason for my agony!
In short there was a total LACK OF COMMUNICATION!

I immediately picked up my mobile and called him, made him understand my situation and told him that the day i would be satisfied with my work, i would myself call him and we would go for a movie! He understood my predicament and in good spirits we both kept the phone!

Suddenly i started feeling better! What had just happened! I had communicated well! I had let the other person know what i was going through! And that had solved the problem!
It was then that an amazing idea struck me!

My below par performance in my studies was totally due to lack of communication between my mind and body!
If only i could find the link, that mode of communication which would connect my mind to the body!

I went into a quiet spot and closed my eyes! I just didn't think about anything! Just feeling my breathe and just experiencing the power of silence! Minutes flew by! After almost 30 mins i opened my eyes!

An entirely new kind of energy had transcended into my body!
IT WAS AS IF THROUGH THE LANGUAGE OF SILENCE,THE MIND HAD COMMUNICATED WITH THE BODY!

My mind and body had been united. Whatever my mind wanted was what my body wanted to do! In short there was perfect harmony!

This my dear friends is what i call the inner peace!
Its no magic term! Its very straight forward!
You feel the inner peace when your mind and body are in perfect sync with each other and this can be achieved through communication i.e the language of silence or meditation!
That's why i would always recommend that when you have worked hard for something lets say an exam, then before the paper your priority should not be in memorising more answers but in improving the co-ordination between your mind and the hand that is going to write all the answers!! There is always time to learn more but first we must perfect what we already know!
LET INNER PEACE BE YOURS!!
-Sagar Shah.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Keep in mind, the power of your mind!!

Stress is a super huge problem but its a self generated one and hence you got to have a self generated Solution!

Heres the Solution:

After a tiring day at my articleship ,
i went back home quite fed up with the hardships,
so many year end deadlines to address,
and the upcoming CA exam added to my growing stress,
a whole lot of promises and expectations i had to keep,
the road ahead seemed uphill and steep!
the fear and anxiety within me grew,
i was tensed and stressed and i didnt know what to do!
just then i heard a music i hadnt listened since long,
and gradually i began to sway to the rhythm of the song!
the song acted like a perfect magic potion,
within few mins i was free from all my tensions and depression!
it was then that i realised a big secret:
u dont need to be rich or successful so that true happiness u can find,
its all within u, its just the state of ur mind!!
-Sagar Shah.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

THE SICILIAN !


To all my Chess friends!

In the unknown town of Sicily,
Quite unknown to the whole of italy,
Had risen from the ashes,
the victor of many a deadly clashes,
People shuddered as his powers grew,
One by one he downed every don that sicily ever knew!
There was simply no one who could stand up to the don, let alone fight,
But then came a man skinny & weak who said,"freedom is my birth right!"
Without an army he struck many a blows to the don,
The don simply couldnt comprehend where had all his power gone!
He called his army the next day
I want you all back by the night,
and that man should be here in front of my sight!
True enough the army kept their word,
Finally the don saw the person about whom he had only heard!
Said the don, you are brave and shrewd but death shall come none the less,
But it shall be different and hence i invite you to a game of chess!
The final rule of the game,the don stated,
It will not be the king on the board, but the loser of the game who shall be checkmated!!
The don's right hand had been given his job right at the start,
He had to shoot the loser right in the heart!
The army of the don gathered around the board,
As the pressure in the room began to soar!

The don started with the move which was "best by test",
The man meekly moved his 'c' pawn ahead of the rest!


The don impressed his authority as he expanded all over the board,
the man was afraid of the coming winter as his resources he began to hoard!
He sent the king to the short side,
The don dispatched his musketeers to take off blacks pride!
Soon the white troops marshalled towards the black king,
As the white pawns moved closer the death song they began to sing!
The winter was soon going to begin and blacks hopes seemed to be damp,
But he kept optimizing his position within his camp!
The blacks king fortress had been breached,
one of the white pawns on the 7th rank had reached!


It was one of the most merciless attacks one had ever seen,
the pawn on h7 was just one square away from becoming a queen,
More and more white's men reached the black's kingside,
But they just couldnt land the final blow, no matter how hard they tried!
Finally the sun went away and rampant became winter's forces,
White who had forgotten to hoard began to run out of resources!
The black pieces like death began slowing creeping towards the don,
The white king shuddered as far away all his defenders had gone!
All of black pieces, white would slay,
But what could they do when one of their own men blocked the way!


Unarmed and fragile the white king submitted to fate,
After a brutal attack the man finally announced check mate!

The don had been defeated, now what do i say,
But wait my dear folks, he had one last card to play!
With a smile on his face he said," i shall still wear the crown,
My dear right hand shoot this man down!"
As the don heard the sound of the bullet his smile disappeared,
The bullet hit him in the head just as he had feared!
As he lay motionless on the ground, it dawned on him then,
The right hand on whom he had trusted the most was the pawn on h7!!

When the news of don's death reached outside,the city roared,
The skinny little man had defeated the don on and off the board!
The city was stunned when they realised he was the cause,
They all asked him with curiousity who he was!
Said the man with pride," I am no God nor am i Magician,
I am the saviour of Sicily and hence i am the SICILIAN!!"
                                                        -Sagar Shah
                                                (dedicated to the great sicilian defense
                                                without which chess wouldnt be what it is!!)  

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Rope!


Me and my Girl friend often have these weird kind of fights.
The reason for the fights seem so trivial to me that I don’t even feel like arguing but more often than not my this silence is taken by her as my approval that I am the one who is guilty!!!
Anyway one fine day after my exams I just forgot to give her a call. Now she was awaiting anxiously wanting to know how her very smart boyfriend had fared in his exam!
She didn’t call me as she wanted to see whether I would remember her or not! So my dear friends human beings have this big shortcoming that they forget certain things but it would be almost suicidal to commit to your girlfriend that you forgot her!!
That would make her feel that you don’t care for her at all and she has no importance in your life!! What a fuss!!
But here I was an inexperienced goat who walked straight into the slaughter house only to find the butcher ready to simply cut me into pieces!
From the morning into the evening it had turned into a day of mourning! The reason was also not worth discussing with anyone. I wanted to curse her for making me so feeble but after all she was the girl I loved!
Left on my own devices, I remembered that workout was the best way to release stress. I took my skipping rope and started to burn some calories! But as luck would have it, this too turned out to be a real frustrating exercise!
After every 20 skips the rope would hit my leg and I had to start again. I simply swore loudly! “That Bharat sports has started cheating people”, I started to mutter. How can they start making smaller ropes??!! I will complain in the consumer court. I want my money back!!! Such was my anguish.
After a few really heated moments I just sat down and tried to bring myself back to my senses!
I tried to think if I skipped 20 times correctly and the rope was getting entangled on the 21st skip how can it be possible that the rope had a fault??!! Yes the answer was obvious my hands were unknowingly moving upwards and the rope was hitting my leg!
That’s it! The rope was never at fault it was my mistake!
 
The rope was behaving as I was handling it!
I instantly called up my girl friend and asked for her forgiveness!!
No wonder it is said that even in the most menial things, life gives you something to learn!!
So don’t miss such opportunities! Learn and grow!!



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The "dead"ly Logic.

Today i saw my mother tensed. It was just 8 in the morning and looked like a beautiful day.
Then why was my mother tensed. As i asked her with sadness she said," X uncle has died."
But i dont know him, i said. Yes even i havent met him for years, but today i will have to go to his house, said my mom.

It was then that i sank into thought. When someone is alive, we neglect him. We never meet him and when he dies we go to his funeral.(and sometimes even shed tears). But why didnt we go to his house when we had the chance to speak to him. To make him feel better. To make him feel that some one wants you to live.

It was then that i asked my mom about why she was going now and she replied," yeh to riwaaj hai beta! (Its a ritual!) and we have to follow it!
Man and his rituals!!
They follow them even when there is no logic to it!

I just hope that the time i will spend with a person when he is alive will always be more than the time i will spend seeing his pyre burning !!
(inspired by the thoughts of my friend Vishvesh.)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Inst'ANT' Advice!


I got up on the morning of Valentine's Day with a doubt in my heart. Is the girl who i am going to take out for this year's Valentine's Day,really the right one for me? I mean i have hardly thought about anyone else. Since the time i was with her, i really didnt see any other girl! But then why is my faithfulness always rewarded with fights and problems ? Is she after all the most perfect girl for me? If i try, i can surely find a better girl is what i began to contemplate!
Finally i got tired of all these thoughts and went to the kitchen to make my milk. As i added some bournvita to my milk a few crumbs of them fell on the table. Suddenly from nowhere an 'Ant' came by and picked up a crumb of bournvita and began his journey towards the wall where supposedly he had his hill.
Being not particularly in a great mood i decided to test him! First i took some crumbs of sugar and laid it in his path. But the ant just didnt care. It seemed to me he didnt even glance at what was in his path! So happy he was with what he had got!
Seeing that my trick had failed, i started to place obstacles like a spoon or some box in its path! But once again the thoroughly determined ant didnt budge! He manoeuvred through the obstacles with the sight of the final destination in his mind! He had this crumb of bournvita which weighed nearly twice his weight! It was a burden on him but he knew that once he would reach the finish line the burden would be converted into his prize!
As the ant dodged my final obstacle and reached the wall, i saw how this little being had taught me so much in those 2 minutes!
1. By refusing something that seemed better (sugar) he told me, in life always be faithful! If you leave the one you have right now for someone better, you never know whether you will get that better one or not!Maybe then you will be left with nothing!
2. There will be obstacles in the path but once they are cleared joy will follow! The only test is whether you can fight the storm! if you can then the sun will soon shine!
3.Keep your destination in sight! If the ant never knew where it had to go it could never carry so much weight. But it always knew about its destination and that motivated him to give an extra bit!
4. I dont know what the ant did when he reached the ant hill but i am sure he must have enjoyed his prize!
When you have been faithful, hard working and persistent some how the fruits of your labour seem even more sweet!!
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sagars Inspirational Quotes!

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To do things which are convenient is easy.To be d best when all is good is easy.For every millionaire cud help a beggar but true sacrifice is when a beggar helps a beggar!
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There is always something positive happening amidst all the negativity.Try to find it!
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Those who struggle to get something today will get more than expected tomorrow!
Just dont be disheartened!
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At some point your motivation may decrease, your energy may run low, and your will to win might diminish.
At that time remember that someone out there believes in u and wants you to win!!
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God doesnt give helpers to people whom he thinks are capable of excelling on their own!
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There will be times when u ll think you are getting nowhere.But be persistent.Your talent plus hardwork brings   you almost equal to others but your persistence will take you a notch higher!
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Family!

As 2010 comes to an end, i decided to make a nice collage of and for all our family members!!
There are 39 members in all and really the youth combined with the experience makes this photograph a really beautiful one!

The extreme downright corner says:
 "1st jan 2011!!
       The best family ever!
1 vacancy!
Who's next?!"

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

THE SUN,MOON AND STAR STORY!


The Sun was vibrant and bright,
The moon with the help of the sun would somehow shine at night,
Said the Sun to the Star with a smile,
Why do you stay with this moon who is devoid of any glamour or style!
Come with me is what i say,
People will adore your beauty in the day!
The star just couldnt resist the proposal,
She left the moon to become sun's girl!
The moon couldnt believe what his Gf had done,
The star looked forward to her life with the sun!
Next day morning the sun illuminated the earth with its light,
The star came out in the open just like she did every night,
She was sure that she would leave people in trance,
But to her utter surprise, on her people didnt even glance!
From her dreamworld she had to stir,
The sun with all its charisma had overpowered her!
The Sun was strong,rich and omnipotent,
but as a partner to the star it did not compliment!
The star realised her mistake until noon,
With a lesson leant she went back to the moon!!

Moral: Never leave the one who makes your life beautiful!


- Sagar Shah
- Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 10:45am
                                                                        

DONT RUSH!

There was a man who was in a flight which was to land in Mumbai. He was in a rush, and he decided that he would get out of the flight as soon as it would land, so that he could reach the airport first.
So as soon as the flight landed, this man got up from his place rushed to the exit. There was a bus waiting near the plane which would take the people to the airport. This man hopped in the bus and was very happy that he would be the first one to reach the airport. But the bus wouldnt start until all the passengers had arrived in it. The other passengers took their own sweet time to come out! The man who had reached the bus first was pushed behind.
Finally when the bus reached the airport he was the last one to come out!

What do we learn from this:
Many a times in life we become really desperate about something. If we want something we really go after it with full enthusiasm, just like the man in this story but what we lack is proper planning.
Remember hard work and enthusiasm when combined with proper planning gives the best result!
-Sagar Shah,
-Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 1:25am

Give it a thought!

Created by me while getting bored during an IT lecture!

ITS IN YOUR HANDS!

Sometimes life seems unfair but on thinking deeply we realise that life is a reflection of our thoughts! Its with us to determine whether our life is fair or unfair! Yes it is in our hands!

I have travelled many a land,
And with all my experience in front of you I stand,
Saying:
“Sometimes things are just not in your hand!”
With meticulous hard work everything I prepared,
Just to see how in this tournament I fared!
Yes I was in good form,
Just the perfect setting for me to make a norm,
I went to the tournament with all the hope,
But who would know that the things over there would be hard for me to cope,
Being a chess lover,
I completely despised the thought of a walkover,
Still in the first round it was fine,
As the energy was conserved and the point was mine,
For the 2nd round I was all prepared and geared up,
But the opponent just didn’t turn up!
It is extremely sad that a norm now I cannot make,
And that too when I hadn’t even made a mistake!
Into the horizon I did stare,
Why the hell was life so unfair?
I had 2 options, I thought to myself
Either on the spilt milk I could cry,
Or to play with all my heart I could try.
Yes I realise that this is my test,
And in the remaining rounds I have to give my best!
A lesson I have learnt today,
And hence I say,
I have travelled many a land,
And with all my experience in front of you I stand,
Saying:
Sometimes things are just in your hand,
Sometimes things are just in your hand!!!
                                           -Sagar Shah!

A LESSON FROM RIVER BEAS!!


As I sat on the banks of the river beas in manali, the beauty of nature inspired me to write a few lines. I asked for pen and paper from my mom and came out with the following work in 15 mins!!

I sat besides the river,
Feeling close to mother nature,
The water of the river flowing with grace,
And the cool wind blowing across my face,
The trees swaying without a care,
The mountains stretching in whichever direction I would stare,
Nowhere else such serene beauty I would find,
Which seemed to spur my philosopher’s mind.
The rocks were of different shapes and looked sort of funny,
But the flowing river and the stagnant rocks seemed to be in heavenly symphony,
The rocks tried to stop the river right in its track dead,
But the river with its full enthusiasm manoeuvred itself to keep on moving ahead!
Often we have obstacles which we just cannot get over,
But then we just have to remember the river,
Because in life there will be lot of troubles which we will have to cope,
And yes the river is the one which will give us all the hope!!
                                                                                           -Sagar Shah,
                                                                                            On the banks of river Beas,
                                                                                            Manali, 31st May 09


ROSE DAY!


This is my experience on the Podar rose day and how I became much wiser after that day:
Date: 23rd Nov
Place: Podar college
Hero: Sagar Shah
Heroine: name withheld!!!
Day: Rose day!

Rose day par tha kya suhana mausam,
And as always she looked beautiful and awesome,
I knew today the day to take my chance had come,
On her I took a glance,
And I knew that I would be fool if I didn’t take this chance,
I hadn’t felt so nervous even in a chess tournament,
As I neared her shivers down my spine were sent,
Seeing her meri bolti ho gayi bandh and all I was able to say
Was, this is for you ,happy rose day,
I didn’t even wait for a fraction,
Not paying any heed to what was her reaction,
And Just giving her the rose card gave me great personal satisfaction
I went home with happiness in me which was immense,
Not knowing the next few days would be really tense,
The future looked really bleak,
As a word with me she did not speak,
A pure sign of rejection,
I went back to the station my mind filled with great dejection,
Agle do din ke liye nahi meine khaya piya nahi mein soya,
Bas saara ka saara din mein roya,
Meine socha ki mere jaisa unlucky koi hi hoga,
Phir meine khidki mein se ek bhikari ko dekha,
Haath mein katora aur mooh pe muskaan lekar woh tha beta,
Ek din meine nahi khaya par that was out of choice,
The beggar who hadn’t eaten for days together didn’t raise a voice,
I hadn’t slept one night remembering her,
Par woh nahi soya bcoz he had no ghar,
I cried for losing something which I didn’t even possess,
And he was smiling even though he had lost everything and his life was in a mess,
I cannot describe his condition for words I am at loss,
I immediately realized how lucky I was!
In a reflex I went down and handed him a ten rupee note,
And instantly a smile on his face broke,
In India there are beggars in the number of crores,
And I bet helping them would give you more satisfaction than giving a beautiful girl a rose!!!!!
-Sagar Shah

VALENTINES DAY!

As the BMC elections came near
kisko vote du for me was not clear
'Saadgi ki zindagi bitao aur paise bachao' was the slogan of shivsena
n i decided ki vote mujhe unko hi hai dena
jab results aaye to shivsena had won
but that didnt reduce my tension
just 3 days were left for the valentine day
n i hadnt decided to her what should i say
with great courage i asked will u bcum my valentine
woh boli haan and on 14th feb i would take her out to dine
that day she wore a sahi red dress
n any director would have signed her as his leading actress!!
we had met at 6 in the evening
so she suggested that we go for shopping
feeling my pocket i realised that due to shiv sena i had saved a lot of money
n i said why not honey!!
but as she started to shop the future didnt seem very sunny
n i had to remove the NOT fron the sentence and i started asking her why honey!!
i asked myself kya sabka val day hota hai aisa
n i didnt need to be a great mathematician to know that i was really short of paisa!!
i pleaded to her y dont we go for dinner
n look on her face got all the more meaner
n she ate as if she was dying of hunger
when the dinner was done
she said i had great fun
par agar woh thoda bhi zyada khati to mujhe dhone padte bartan
she said chalo ab mera pet gaya hai bhar
aur jaana hai mujhe ghar
par meine bola we will go to band stand
bahoon mein dale bahe hum le rahe the chain ki saans
i forgot ki she was the same girl jisne mere paise kiye the khalas
thodi der mein bolti hai mujhe lagi hai bahut pyaas
when i returned woh mujhe nahi dikhi
i felt like a popat n i asked a person if he had seen my maina
n he said she had been abducted by the shiv sena
us ladki ne mere bahut paise diye the bigad
aur saadgi bhari zindagi bitane ki raah batane wale shiv sainik ka hoon mein bada shukraguzar!!

mere dosto meri ek baat mannna
sirf ek din ke liye tumhara pyaar kisike liye nahi hona chahiye zyada
pyaar hona chahiye jaisa tha between heer-ranjha
woh rehna chahiye sacha jab tak aap rahenge zinda!!
                                         -Sagar Shah

ITS ONLY YOU...

Here I present to you one of the most romantic poem I have ever written!

I  sat with a real serious face in under the open air of cafĂ© coffee day,
On various topics of the world my mind was going astray,
As if all these topics were not enough for my mind to say
Suddenly Pooja the princess comes from nowhere and says with her a question and answer game I have to play,
I was in no mood to play but gave into her demands and said as you please,
And the first few questions were disposed of by me with absolute ease,
The last question she asked me tried to bowl me out clean,
The question was of all the years on earth u have been
Who is the most beautiful girl have ever seen
I gave the question a lot of thought
And told her that there are 2 girls in this world who I love a lot!
But I haven’t decided as yet who should be in the first spot!
I could see the smile on her face becoming less and less
And the expression of  her face giving rise to great inquisitiveness
I told her that the first girl was the most beautiful girl had ever seen until I had met the second girl
The first girl would be ready to make any sacrifice for me whereas I would be ready to make any sacrifice for the second girl
The first girl loved me more than anyone else in the world whereas the same was the case with me and the second girl
I never felt bored when I was with the first girl but I always felt a sense of happiness when I was with the second girl
The first girl had the best features eyes hair lips smile I had ever seen but it became second best after I met the second girl
It was obvious the first girl loved me more than her life and I loved more than my life the second girl
Unable to understand anything she asked me is it a love triangle!!
She immediately sniped I know with me u are playing games
If not then please tell me their names
I said my eyes gleaming with fun and my face filled with mirth
The first girl is the one who has given me birth!!!
This line of my did make her bother
If the first one was my mother
Then who was the other!!!
Said she I know you are telling a lie
If not tell me the name of the girl for whom u are ready to die
As if it was the climax of a film of horror
I told her that my eyes are like mirror
And here I am not speaking any lies
When I say that u can see the face of the second girl in my eyes!!!!!!!!!!!
                                                                                       -Sagar Shah!

The mistake which changed my life!

On a not so eventful morning my maid makes a mistake which helps me realise my shortcomings. There a message hidden in here for each one of us! So read with care the poem named:

As she slowly worked on one after the other chore,
Sitting there I was getting bored to the core!
The burglaries by servant were on the rise,
And for that I had to pay the price,
i watched with great disinterest as to what she was doing,
gone in the dust bin was another beautiful morning!
To clean my room she opened my door,
With a mop and bucket of water to clean the floor,
I wondered how mechanical things can get,
As she turned on the fan to dry up the floor which was wet!
After 2 mins she again came back in my sight,
She went into the room and switched on the tubelight,
Tubelight at 10 in the morning??!!
very odd did I find,
has this woman suddenly gone out of her mind?
Completely engrossed she was now washing a utensil,
I came upto here and shouted,
“ tumko pata hai ghar ka kitna aata hai bill”
seeing the light and fan both switched on she was stunned,
she immediately realised what she had done!
She tried to clarify her plight,
I wanted to switch off the fan but by mistake I switched on the tube light!
I saw that she was standing there really tense,
What she said did make some sense!
often I fall into poor positions in chess,
at that time careful moves would surely make my problems less,
but it is exactly at that moment I become careless,
and what I end up is, in greater mess!
Slowly I switched off the light,
I sweared to myself with care and patience in every inferior position I will fight!
She went away without saying a lot,
I sat under the fan thanking the maid for what she had taught!!
                                                                        -Sagar Shah

The mystery behind why Podar is the best!!!

For all those  podarites and even those who are not and have always wondered why a college like podar which does not even have a campus is one of the best colleges in Mumbai this poem is a must read. I try to unravel the mystery as to why podar is the best!!!

For one whole year my mother had no objections,
But now she wanted me to answer all her questions,
all your friends are studying for IIT and CET like brave lions,
and you like a meek cat refrained from even taking science!!
I didn’t ask you any question for an entire year,
And it is bcoz that I worry for your future that you will have to make your point clear!
Every day train ki gardi mein tu  khata hai maar,
Koi ladki bhi nahi hai jisse karta hai tu pyaar,
Then too harroj you travel so far,
Only to end up in your stupid college named podar!!
Chal ab tere samne jodti hoon mein haath
Aur tu bata mujhe ki podar mein hai aisi kya baat??!!
How should i answer without making myself look like a fool,
Kya podar mein admission leke kar di thi meine koi bhool
Yahi sochte sochte mein maa ka prashn gaya mein bhool
Aur apni hi soch mein ho gaya mashgool!!
As I tried to think a battle in my mind erupted which was fierce
Was podar really the best college for commerce??
I tried to relate podar with India
Why was India a great country in reality
i instantly got the answer that it is because of unity in diversity!
When you come near podar you see a real happening street
There are girls whose ugliness no one can beat
But there are a few whose beauty can sweep you off your feet
There are some who want to become cool dudes so they wear earrings and apply bryllcream
Thode aur hai jo navratna tel lagage aate hai and becoming a chartered accountant is their only dream!!
Ek aur students hai jinko library ke bahar kya hai uske bare mein kuch nahi pata,
To doosri aur log hai whose only reason to come to college is to sit on the katta!!
There are some jinki ek lecture mein sahan shakti ka quota hota hai khallas
And there are some jo poora din padhke bhi bolte hai mi kelach nahi abhyaas!!!
There are dancers who can give a complex even to shakira
Awaj ki baat kare to some sing better than even kishore da!!
There are teachers like viji and sanjay jo sach mein hai akalmand
Kakde jaiso ki sab band bajate hai kyunki woh hai ek bada mandh,
Par yeh baat to sach hai ki hema wad ke samne sabki bolti ho jaati hai bandh!!
Finding which language is predominant in podar is not great fun,
Bcoz u will find people not only speaking hindi ,marathi,tamil,gujarati but also French,italian and german!!
And there are some, listening to their theories on finance and economics will make u feel are they the children of manmohan??!!
You can have a ball with your friends in DPs if you have the money,
But if u don’t then u can enjoy the sumptuous food of the manis!!
 as I thought of all this my thoughts started getting jittery
There was so much of diversity but what about the unity??
There had to be something which united the thin and fat,small and tall
And immediately the scene which entered my mind was that of the examination hall!!
No matter how intelligent everyone may be,
There was not a single podarite who didn’t copy!!!
On the day of the exam everyone enters the college with their faces filled with tension,
And I realized that the unity lies in not even a single podarite loving the examination!!
Thus like India podar too has unity in diversity and the college is really great
And coming to this college was not a chance but was written in my fate!!
As I opened my eyes I saw my mothers stern face on which the anger had not melt,
I said,’mom, I cant tell u why podar is great because some things cant be explained they only have to be felt!!
As my mom walked away for her I felt great pity
Because she didn’t realize that podar was great only because of unity in diversity!!!!
                                                                                           - Sagar Shah

THE SPARK!!


What might be the formula of leading an enthusiastic non monotonous life? How can people who know us from a long time never get bored with our company?! Well the answer is to preserve a five lettered word called : 
THE SPARK!
(You are invited to the annual day function of some school as the chief guest.)
Ladies and gentlemen and young boys and girls,
I can see the young children are all smiling and pretty happy over here where as their parents don’t seem to be too happy with me!
Well my presence here might be one of the reasons however in general I have seen people as they grow older the smile on their face starts getting smaller.
When I have tried to guess the reason for this occurrence it has always been the case of trying to find a pin in a haystack.
When I was young I really used to enjoy the rain drops falling on my face, I would grab the opportunity to get myself all wet and dance in the puddles and really enjoy myself.
Today also when it rains the childhood in me seems to be reborn and tries to tempt me to enjoy myself but I don’t go out! What might be the reason for that?
Its pretty simple.i start to think what might be use of getting all wet maybe I might catch cold.maybe I might fall sick. And the most important question that I ask to my self is that what is the benefit I am going to get after doing that act!
And when I get the answer that actually there absolutely no advantage of getting wet in the rains I simply get back to my work thinking that I have acted very smart!
As you grow older these small pleasures in life no longer seem to hold any importance for you all.
Take another example. just the other day I went to the first standard class and I noticed the teachers asking the questions to the students.the students were jumping in the air and raising their fingers just so that they might get a chance to tell their answers.the mood in the classroom seemed so energetic and full enthusiastic. Then just a few blocks away I entered a 5th standard classroom the students seemed to raise their hands to answer but there was no joy on their face. They seemed to answer just because it was their duty to do so.
And then when I entered a 10th standard class I saw that the students had absolutely no interest in answering. even if they knew the answers they would just sit in their place waiting for the teacher to force them to open their mouths.
Clearly I could see something was lacking as I went from the 1st standard to 10th standard. the spark in the students just  seemed to be on the wane.
Today as I stand before I just cant seem to tell you how important it is for all of you to maintain the spark that is in you.
Some of you over here might become doctors maybe some may become teachers some maybe become chartered accountants. No matter what you become what you achieve always remember that life never gives you reasons to enjoy. You have to find the reasons.and the reason can be weird it can be stupid but if it brings you happiness and if it brings a smile on your face then just do it.
Don’t think what others would think just live life kingsize.
Today if I have to give you one advice as being the chief guest here then I would say you might lose your pricest possessions,you might lose your friends in life,you might lose your wealth,as you grow old you might even lose your hair but no matter what you lose  JUST DON’T LOSE THAT SPARK!

Thank you!
-Sagar Shah