Journey called life

Getting Older Every Day

Have you ever realized that when you woke up today on a rainy Sunday morning in India, you became older than yesterday ?

Did you see your face in the mirror ?

If not then I will kindly suggest that you leave reading this blog and see yourself in the mirror. Watching oneself in mirror is a pleasant activity. It would be better if you use a concave mirror instead of plane mirror as concave mirrors in bathrooms enlarges small features on face and minute observation becomes possible.

Looking in Mirror

In fact, mirrored wall or full-length mirrors are good for soul searching. Some people use glossy bedroom mirrors to see themselves in their birthday suit. It’s good. But, not everyone is comfortable in this state. We have become obsessed about curves/flats/biscuits/washboard appearances.

Are we talking about human bodies or commodities on shelf of a shopping complex ! I hate Facebook , Instagram, WhatsApp status feature or any other similar apps for this narcissistic feature. How can an actor look good even when he/she is sweating profusely in a gym ?

Gross ! Sick ? Stop this nonsense !

Why do they post such videos ? Why do they want me to exercise and work hard when I can sleep peacefully away from worries of a boring life ? Laziness is a virtue in our times. If you don’t agree then going to a medical professional may help you.

Mark my words.

No one is important.

Earth will not stop rotating if you will sleep for some more hours. Many of our important ancestors are sleeping peacefully in their graves.

Has world ended after rise and subsequent collapse of Roman empire or for that matter any empire in any part of the globe ?

But, coming back to mirror –

So, what do you see in mirror ?

Is it lying ? Are you a better version of yesterday’s image ?

If not then start thinking about yourself.

It is a proven fact the majority of people attains the peak of physical or mental fitness around the age of 30 years. So, what happens after you have rotated 30 times around the Sun ? Where will you go now ?

Can you prolong this process ? Science says yes and people have prolonged their fit life beyond 30s. Sport stars are living example of this phenomena.

If you are interested in tennis then Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on men’s side and Serena Williams on women’s side look fighting fit even in their late 30s. I will not take into account fitness status of movie stars or common man as looks can be deceiving and seeing always is not believing.

Older Sportsperson are fighting duel with teenagers and beating them regularly so by that logic they signify the supreme fitness.

But, everyone can’t become a Federer and life is more than a bloody sport.

So, most people peak around 30 years and then the decaying process commences.

Greying hair, baldness, poor vision, body pains, weak heart and other body parts symbolizes ageing process and organs start decaying. It is more or less like ripening process of a mango. When the time comes , mangoes fall off the branch and end it’s life. Sometimes it goes in stomach of a living being or many times it just rots away on the earth.

Which is your life – green or yellow

You can maintain a healthy body and live 100 years or more by applying science in your life but think about quality of life.

What is the goal of living ? What is the purpose ? What makes you happy ? Why are you living and for whom ? If you go today, who will cry for you ?

People die of natural or man-made causes daily.

I still vividly remember the death of a former news anchor in Mumbai last year. She was on her regular morning walk, a perfectly normal-looking coconut tree fell on her and she died on the spot. It was captured on camera and you won’t believe the freakish nature of this incident unless you see it with your own 02 eyes.

Nothing to panic. Freak accidents keep happening time and again.

But, does ageing gracefully and dying suddenly has any connection.

Deep questions with no definite answers.

So, life is strange. But , what matters is how you live life.

Happiness is a state of mind. Do you know how to become happy ?

I wonder, if we can discover a happiness pill one day ? You feel sad, feel lousy, feel tired, feeling worse, de-motivated – pop a pill.

You become happy.

So, now onwards, don’t think about anything. Sunset is not in your hands, even of your life ! Worry less and let the life flow like water. It will go on , no matter how many stones are lying in it’s path.

Nothing matters. No one knows, what happens when you die ?

Stay happy. Do anything and everything. Nothing in this world is good or bad.

Stop ageing process. See yourself in mirror everyday and start laughing.

Do not try to find logic in my blog, there isn’t any !

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Are we better than Chimpanzees ?

It seems like a silly question at first and you may think about stupidity of this brainless question. But, it’s a legitimate question considering the degeneration of what we call human values.

A thinking Chimpanzee

Few days back, I saw a video (online) where a Brown bear falls off a cliff near Drass in Kargil district of Jammu & Kashmir. You can ask , so what ? How does a bear falling off a cliff is surprising ? Bears are normally fat and stupid animal and many other wild animals also fall off cliffs in natural course of their life and die ?

It’s plain and simple – survival of the fittest theory.

But, in this case , bear gets pelted by a stone in it’s head and tumbles off the cliff. Stone-pelters are heard cheering and laughing on this macabre sight. I feel sorry for humans who did this.

Animal -humans conflict are increasing in all parts of India especially in vicinity of forests or mountains or in plains where we are encroaching their territory. At least, we can behave like humans and show some sympathy to our ancestors.

Yes, our ancestors ! Because, we have forgotten them ! Ancestors of Chimpanzees and humans are same. Nearly, 04 million to 08 million years ago, we diverged and became a little bit different from each other.

In fact, even today around 98 % of our DNA is same.

Hard to believe , but yes it means Chimpanzees and humans are more or less similar. See, theory of 98 % genome by me in earlier paragraph.Don’t look for it in Google.

It will only prove that you are better than others and may even have 100 % similarity with Chimpanzees.

It is like percentage of marks obtained by our youngsters in class 10th & 12th Board exams. But, unlike fake marks, genome of Chimpanzees are real. I call percentage of marks fake because, how can you get 100 marks in a Social Science subject or in Language papers ? If students are getting 100 % marks in subjective answers , it only proves that either their teachers or Board officials are acting like Chimpanzees. You have to decide the answer for yourself.

I always had this doubt that some humans behave like apes and now I know that why they do . Again , don’t look for difference between apes and Chimpanzees , they both belong to our family and therefore you must pay them proper salutation wherever they happen to cross your path.

But, Chimpanzees are only found in some parts of Africa being their natural habitat, so for us Indians, going to nearby zoo will help immensely.

Now, coming to the question of humans being better than Chimpanzees.

Like those noble souls in Drass, Chimpanzees can also throw stones. They can use a variety of tools for inspecting dangerous things. They even drink water by using leaves and wipe their body. So, the concept of toilet paper has been taught to us by Chimpanzees. They are also intelligent and can solve many puzzles if trained properly. In this respect, they are better than humans, as a trained human mind is a dangerous thing.

Apes showing human-like behaviour

They also have a social life but unlike humans they don’t have a social media life. They normally walk on all fours but have the ability to stand erect and walk on 02 legs. Here also , I find fascinating resemblance between some people and Chimpanzees. Though, people can walk on 02 legs but some of us prefer to bend and use all fours to interact with superior humans. I am not talking about some Indian or US media persons or what we call paid media houses, to please their masters.

But, there is one difference, Chimpanzees haven’t still learnt about the WhatsApp phenomenon. Nearly , 01 billion people i.e. almost 1/6th of human population is using Facebook-driven social media applications.

So, in the course of this blog , I have found the most vital difference between Chimpanzees and humans.

We are connected and they are not !

But, I have a doubt ! Are they happy without being connected ? What will happen if they get connected and bridge the 02 % difference between us ?

Answer was given in 1963 by a french novelist namely Pierre Boulle in a science fiction book aptly named “Planet of the Apes”. He visualized a futuristic scenario and I believe the future as described by him has already arrived. Because, nowadays humans are behaving like apes.

Wars, terrorism and self-destuction are symptoms of a decaying civilization. See all around the globe, where is the good news ? Monkeys are running around everywhere and doomsday is not very far.

But, that is the topic for a different blog.

Don’t again think about difference between monkeys and apes ? Remember the logic given in preceding paragraphs and stay happy.

A smart Ape

But, still the question remains……. Are we better than Chimpanzees ? If you know the answer then let me know. We will spread the happiness all around.

A Dog’s Birthday

Birthdays are special day for human beings.

But, what about dogs ? Do they deserve a celebration ?

They do , if you ask a dog lover and don’t if you ask a dog-hater. Some people always hate dogs no matter whatever the circumstances.

Should I eat cake now ?

But, dogs are a man’s/woman’s best friend. I have purposefully added woman because dog’s don’t recognize the difference between genders. They believe in feminism since time immemorial and doesn’t need a particular day to celebrate womanhood like us humans.

Dogs have been known to humans since ages and they are the first domesticated animals. But, number of pet dogs in today’s world is minuscule. Nearly, 80 % of dogs in world are stray or community dogs in developing or poor countries. Private ownership of dogs is a luxury in India except some tribal or rural families where dogs help in giving economic safety to families.

However, concept of wild dogs is still prevalent in many countries. In Botswana(a country approximately the size of France), there are nearly 7000 wild dogs who live in Jungles and hunt in packs. They fight with even leopards, snatch their food and force leopards to run away. But dogs can fight only in groups as leopards and wolves hate them and kill them at will if opportunity arises.

Dogs are mirror images of their owners. They have an inherent tendency to follow the footsteps of their masters.

Some people takes this habit of dogs seriously and they falsely believe that fellow human beings shall follow them like dogs.

Moreover, in living with humans , they have adapted well and I don’t have any hesitation in saying that some dogs possess more empathy than humans. They have not learnt to deceive. Dog’s behave like human infants during their whole life-span of 10-12 years. We become adult and leave childish traits while a dog always behaves like a child.

Few months back, I saw Sully, a service dog. He was grieving near the coffin of George Bush(Senior) and behaved in a more mature manner than some humans in United States of America.

However, times are changing. A city council in USA is trying to limit barking minutes of dogs.

20 minutes during day time and 15 minutes during night time !

If they bark for longer period , there will be penalty and punishment for owners. We are living in strange times where humans can bark without brakes and dogs can not.

Barking Dog

So, coming back to birthday.

Today morning, I had a talk with my dog.

Dog – Do you know the significance of the day

Me – Yes, it’s a Sunday.

He became edgy and barked angrily. I tried to pacify him but he was determined not to obey my commands. A dog can remember few hundred commands. But, he was adamant and annoyed with me.

Dog – I knew it. You have an uncanny habit of forgetting important days in my life.You can not be trusted. I have given my whole life of 02 years to you and you don’t even remember my birthday. Nowadays, people are celebrating monthly/quarterly/half-yearly birthday of children and you have forgotten my yearly birthday ? I have brought happiness in your life. I have returned your balls a million times even when I know that you will again throw it and give me the task of bringing it back. I have never questioned your wisdom of throwing balls and you are treating me like a dog. Behave like a human and celebrate my birthday because I don’t have anyone except you.

Me – Okay, Thank you for lecturing me. It is election season and every dog has a right to give lectures.

So, I decided to celebrate his birthday. I switched off my phone as dogs don’t believe in talking on phones and it is big distraction for dogs. They want your undivided attention.

We hiked to a nearby mountain and I ran with him for few kilometres. Thereafter, we went for a swim in nearby river and gave him fresh water to drink. I made a mutton dish and pupcake and he ate peacefully and thanked me.

Dogs are easy to please and he wagged his tail profusely and slept in the lawn like only a dog can. It was truly a dog’s day out in the sun.

A poor dog

It was fun , seeing the world through the eyes of a dog. Life of a dog is uncomplicated as they don’t have to think about anything beyond their visual range. They believe in present and don’t worry about future.

If we learn to live life like a dog , happiness will never leave our side.

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