Sunday, August 16, 2015

Learnings from Mahabharath -7: Sri Krishna

Jai Guru Deva,

Any learning from Mahabharath is not complete without understanding what Sri Krishna said and what he did because when the divine himself gives a message do we have a choice to miss it? Absolutely NO!

In each and every step of Mahabharath we will understand that Sri Krishna indeed is the Paramatma. When I hear some of the things of Bhagavadgita I cant help but get tears. I understood and appreciated the profoundness of Bhagavadgita after I started doing my Sadhana. After 2008, for a long time in my life I had this question "Why ME??" There were days when I cried alone as could not know the answer for that question. Only I know how much I suffered. I got my answer in the Holy Bhagavadgita "It was ME because the Almighty bestowed me with the courage and caliber to deal with it". 

Of all the personality development books that I had studied, the message from Bhagavan remains the most influential. Even today as I write this, my quotation at the top of my blog is from Bhagavadgita. As Krishna says, you  are not the owner of the result but just a doer and so do your Karma. Expectation of the result puts unwanted and unnecessary pressure. Arjuna was at the giving up his dharma in the disillusion that he is owning the result but Krishna convinced him that the result is not in his hands and all he can do is to perform his duty. This is sheer wisdom! 


Apart from Bhagavadgita, other important message that Krishna gave was to stand for righteous cause. He made Pandavas to kill their own kith and kin because dharma towards society is far superior to the personal bonds. Personal conflicts are always emotional but a kshatriya's commitment to the society cannot be compromised. After all, ethics are always greater than emotions. This is something which I believed since my childhood. I pray the God to give me enough strength to stick to my ethics which sometimes can be very demanding. People hated me for sticking to ethics as it didnt match their expectations but alas, its not in my hands. The day I compromise on ethics I am more dead than alive. After all, a human's integrity is the corner stone of his character; nothing less nothing more.

Guruji asked all of us to read some verses(atleast one) of Bhagavadgita everyday before sleeping. I have not started it because of the office work and sometimes Sathvik ensures that I play with him just before sleeping. But I have to find a work around and start reading the Gita.  

The actor who played the role of Sri Krishna in Mahabharath is Nitish Bharadwaj. I like his acting a lot particularly when he makes sarcastic comments. One of the conversation which I liked the most was during Saindhav vadha. Nitish's body language and diction were very good all through the serial. 


Sarvejana Sukhinobhavantu,
-Karthik

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Sathvik's Struggles!!!

Jai Guru Deva,

Sathvik is fast growing up and its fun to be with him. just wonder how its already 10months since he is born. He is already crawling at full pace standing with support and falling without support :) Very recently started blabbering two letter sounds. However, in his eventful day here are some of the things he struggles the most:

1. To take the whole of football into his mouth. unfortunately the football with which he plays is bigger than his head but he gives his 100% to take that into his mouth. Alas, he never succeeded :)

2. To open the door of Puja room by banging on the door. This is his favourite activity to open the door of Puja room without touching the latch. He struggles miserably in his failed attempts :))

3. Another thing which he tries a lot is to lift the chair with his head :) unfortunately enough, neither his head is so strong nor the chair is so weak

4. To open the shelf with his hand. Surprisingly, he understands that the handle is to pulled to open the book shelf, neither me nor Sowmya taught him that. However, the shelf is too strong rather Sathvik is too weak to open :P

5. To hold and pluck the flowers from the balcony. There is a creeper in our balcony and the flowers hang on there touching our faces. Somehow Sathvik is too interested in those flowers may be because of green/white combination. Neither his height supports him nor the strength in his legs permits him to reach out to the flowers. Poor Sathvik! :D

6. To communicate with the etv news reader from home. For some reason I dont know Sathvik likes the starting music of etv news. If he is not sleeping, he gets very excited and jumps forward with that sound. Once the news starts, he feels that the news reader is talking to him and tries to communicate with him through his blabbering sounds.

7. To out shout the neighboring kid. There is a kid who is 3yrs old right opposite to our house. He will be calling Sathvik from his house. To our shock Sathvik responds to that fellow in his own language. Apart from Sathvik nobody on the earth can make out what they talk.


Sarvejana Sukhinobhavantu,
-Karthik

Monday, July 27, 2015

RIP Dr. Kalam

Jai Guru Deva,

Never thought I will get back to blogging for this reason. Dr. Kalam who is one of the biggest motivators of my life had passed away. It is said that a man's death tells the life he has lived. He didnt undergo any pain, he didnt needed anybody to support him,  he didnt needed anybody to give medication, he just passed away in a blink of the eye. Lived like a legend passed away so smoothly. God bless him!

If I were to recall my association with Dr. Kalam, I had to go back to my engineering days when one of my senior informed me about him. Then I started reading about him and was very impressed. Then came the book "Wings of Fire", which made an ever lasting impression on my thought process. Frankly, till that point I believed earning money is called success. But after reading this book and understanding his thought process, I realized success actually mean hell of things ;-)

As a matter of fact, after knowing about him, after reading "Wings of Fire", I had set the Bharatha Ratna as my goal of life. Even today, my google profile pic is the photo of Bharatha Ratna medal(it was sent to me by a friend, God Bless her). However, now I realize that making a positive contribution to the society should be the ultimate purpose of our life. Any expectation of return is nothing but a disservice to the cause itself. Now, if I think of goals for my life the only thing that comes to my mind is to make a lasting positive contribution to the society that I am part of.

As he passed away, Dr. Kalam leaves a legacy of patriotism, commitment and devotion to the principles. He was always an Indian first and a muslim next, a very rare species found in India. He was committed to his duty like which inspired the whole nation. He was so principled that when the Americans shamelessly strip searched him, he didnt complain about it. That tells a lot about his principles. I was dumbfounded by that gesture. Take a bow Dr. Kalam! When a self proclaimed bollywood badshah faced similar situation he cried foul and created a big scene, probably to earn some sympathy from people.

As Gandalf says in LOTR, "Death is just another passage that everyone had to take". So be it! After all no bond is permanent, no living creature is eternal. Men live, men die but their legacy stands for generations.. Men like Dr. Kalam continue to inspire people for several generations to come. Feel proud that I lived in the age of Dr. Kalam!

Sarvejana Sukhinobhavantu,

-Karthik

Monday, May 18, 2015

Condolences!!!

Jai Guru Deva,

I came to know that Gayathri's father passed away a couple of weeks back. May God keep his soul in his lap.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Why I like LOTR???

Jai Guru Deva,

There are a lot of things that I like and I know why I like. some gives me the comfort I want, some which has the color of my choice etc etc. and then there are people. I like some people and dont like some. I dont reason out this phenomenon because I believe its all the bonding of karma. Every human I meet, and every human who leave me are all result of some karma which I cannot fathom. Few of my best friends hold extremely opposite views to me in several sociopolitical/personal things they stood by me in some fight or the other. Then there few of my great friends who made a fool out of me and labelled  me as junk. I cannot understand both these episodes, rather all my logical deduction failed to explain these two phenomenon. so be it!

Oops.. I think I'm not doing justice to the title, its about Peter Jackson's Magnum Opus LOTR. Though it is written by Tolkein I attribute it more to Peter Jackson than the writer. Whenever I see this movie I feel so engrossed and connected to a lot of characters. Though Aragorn is my favourite character of the whole series I feel bonded with a lot of others. When I think of why I'm liking some of the characters so much, I couldnt get an answer right away. It took me a lot of thinking to understand the invisible bond.

Primarily several characters in the movie take a very high ethical ground. This I feel is the reason why I like them so much. They stand by their fellowship through darker and harder times. In the battle of Helm's Deep when the army of Elves comes to Rohan there is an amazing dialogue "Our forefathers have fought together and died together; we came to honour the bond". The elves know that they may die but they didnt desert their friends. This noble behaviour is what differentiate ordinary mortals to great ones. In the pages of history, people are liked for their talent, loved for their beauty but respected for character!!



It is because of the character exhibited, that I feel so bonded with them. At the final war at mordar, Aragorn says "for Frodo" before jumping into the enemy lines. I think this is the exhibition of power. One of the biggest misconceptions of our time is thinking power as controlling somebody. In reality, power is giving someone the control to do things. Everybody around feel empowered with the presence of Aragorn and Gandalf. That is power. I envision my life to be that power which people would rely on. I think I have achieved that in personal and professional spheres but it would take me a lot more time to be that in my social zone of operation. Whenever I see my Guruji, I feel that he has achieved that level. Wherever is goes, people feel empowered. I think he is the only popular person to go to the war torn Iraq and meet the Yadzi community which is butchered by Islamic terrorists.

Sarvejana Sukhinobhavantu,
-Karthik

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Show off 2/2

Jai Guru Deva,
this week i had completed my five year stint with HP. Like everything else in my life it was an awesome experience. Had been through some tough moments but somehow pulled it through. Had some disappointments but managed them patiently. Below are some of the comments my colleagues wrote about me.
  • Hi KarthikCongratulations on five years with HP, looking forward to work you at least another 5 years!
  • Heartiest congratulations on your 5th anniversary. I am truly impressed with your contribution in Print category, especially in Laser domain. You have revolved from mindful analyst to a very coveted position of forecaster. It reflects your dedication and commitment towards achieving the personal and professional goals. This, I am sure, is also a moment for to move forward with increased vigor to spread the message of knowledge sharing amongst your current and future team mates. Wish you and the team the very best.
  • Congratulation Karthik
  • Hi Sir,Congratulations on achieving this milestone, you have been an awesome team player, wish to see you grow in coming years as well.It has been two years we have known each other and I know you enough to say you are a great source of inspiration, a very hard working person and have a heart of gold. Knowing and working with you was a pleasure.Regards
  • Karthik - this might be my second message. Congratulations on this important milestone 
  Sarvejana Sukhinobhvantu,
-Karthik

Show off ;-) 1/2

Jai Guru Deva,

this week i had completed my five year stint with HP. Like everything else in my life it was an awesome experience. Had been through some tough moments but somehow pulled it through. Had some disappointments but managed them patiently. Below are some of the comments my colleagues wrote about me.
  •  Congratulations on reaching this milestone! I personally want to thank you for your commitment to HP, and for bringing your talent and expertise in service to our customers and colleagues. Thank you for making a difference every day. 
  •  Karthik: congratulations on your 5 year milestone. Thank you for all you do to help manage HP's business. Good luck on your next 5 years!
  • Hey Karthik, Good job. You have always been a very good asset for the company. Keep it up.. All the best for moving up the ladder.Regards,
  • Hearty Congratulation Karthik on completing 5yrs in HP. It was truly a pleasant experience working with you on the forecasting project last year. You have been always approachable, down to earth and go-to person for any Trident related project. Your hard work and commitment to work is really commendable. I would take this opportunity to thank you for all your support. Wish you all the best and great success in all your future endeavors!!
  • Congratulations on your 5 year Anniversary with HP! Best wishes for many more memorable years.

Sarvejana Sukhinobhavantu,
-Karthik

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

13th March 2005..

Jai Guru Deva,

Not many days in  your life change the course of your life.
Not many days will ensure that you remember them.
Not many days ensure that you dont ignore them.

13th Mar, 2005 was one such day that had a lot of bearing on my life. There is no place for "Ifs" and "Buts" in life still I cant help but fail to understand several events of my life. one such thing happened on this day. I have no regrets for anything that happened or for anything that I did, because If I get another opportunity to live the same day, I will behave the same way as before. Good Bad or Worst, this is the way I am built. Blessing or curse, I receive whatever I deserve. So be it!!

On this particular day, me and Ravi presented our favorite paper Hydrogen Cell in the paper presentation competition at RGIT Nandyal. I was very eagerly looking forward for the presentation to kick start for more than one reason. One reason is that the prize amount is much higher than other colleges. I am confident of a prize there (If you have someone like Ravi on your side, you can achieve any damn thing you please!). I am not overstating us because we had spent a lot of time on this and perhaps its the best on the topic. Incidentally, both the papers we had won our prizes are used by some other friends and they got good grades using them as part of their course work. Below is one such mail:
Hi Karthikeya,
Hope every thing is fine with u and I hope u enjoyed u
r vacation in Kadapa.
I heard that u r in kadapa for u r sister's marriage.
Have gone to our college, is there any news or
progress in our department and in our college.
I have to tell my sincere thanks to u and ravishankar
bcz I got A grade in one course in that I have
submitted ur paper as one of my paper.
How is u r course work.
I wish u a happy and prosperous new year.

Coming to that particular day, We had reached Nandyal a day before so as to ensure that we are better prepared than our visit to Guntur. We are given a room in one of the popular hotels and we are glad about that. After reaching the room we realized its as good as the one we had received in Guntur. The light was not working in the room and when we had contacted the hotel assistance they said, you go ahead and bang on the switch board :)) We refused to do that as it was too weird and asked the hotel to call the electrician. They had immediately sent a self declared electrician who had banged on the switch board and to our utter shock the light came to life :)) Then there was the bathroom fixed with a far bigger light which unfortunately is not connected to any switch board :)) I have no intention of belittling the efforts of the organizing team because as a chief organizer of one such event, I have a first hand understanding of what it takes to organize such events. But for some reason, I had experienced few cases which are just hilarious. On a different note, I belong to that league of people who had witnessed events which otherwise are unthinkable :)) so be it!!

During the darkest days of my life, the question lingering in my mind was about this day. Because this day did not fit into the overall sequence of events that turned out later. But like many other things in life, I neither understood this day nor people cared to tell me about it. I am not questioning their choices but respect them as they are free to live their life as they please. Irrespective of anything else, its my birth right to live a happy life and make an effort to make the lives of the people around me happier. So be it!!

Last but not the least, let me finish this post with the note from Guruji.

Life will always move in the direction of the best. On the way you may find some rough roads, but they will lead you to a better life. Difficulties give you depth and joy gives you width. The wise see their past as destiny, the future as free will and are happy in the present. The unwise regret the past, think the future is destined and are miserable in present. The choice is yours.

Sarvejana Sukhinobhavantu,
-Karthik