Friday, July 24, 2009

Pleasures of Life – Part 1

Kids and Childhood

It always gives us pleasure when we see a small kid and more when the kid is laughing or smiling. The innocence and warmth that the kids have in their face can match nothing in this world. They bring joy to everyone surrounding them, be it parents, siblings, neighbors etc. Even to the most stressed out person, seeing a smiling kid changes his/her mood completely.

I look forward to going to office in the morning especially because of two kids. The stop where I wait for company bus, there is a school bus also which comes to pick up few kids. These two girls (one is around 5 years and another 7 years) always come and stand with a big smile in their faces. The younger girl comes with her mother and stands quietly near her mother. The moment the little girl sees the elder girl coming in bike sitting behind her father, her face completely changes. She becomes excited. Today when the elder girl wanted to drink water, the younger girl also wanted to copy her and started asking for water form her mother. The small things they do and talks that they have in the morning while waiting for bus is really amusing and brings smile in our face automatically. I completely get charged up and start looking forward to my day! J

Unfortunately the so-called competition for kids nowadays takes away that charm of childhood in kids. From 1st standard itself they are pushed into doing well in everything from academics to sports to any other extra curricular activities. They are supposed to know everything that LKG and UKG students know to join preschool. I wonder why then they should go to school! And this trend continues for whole life. Nowadays kids don’t even get time to play in evening, even if for 5 minutes. Even if the student is not able to cope up with something, parents and teacher push them to extremes. Not all kids are alike and not all can excel in everything. But unfortunately none of the parents are ready to accept this and want their kid to be in top of everything and they forget what the kid wants to do. This reminds me of a story I read in “chandamama” long back.

Every one knows Akbar-Birbal. Akbar always liked to test his ministers especially Birbal. The story goes like this - Akbar was very fond of his child and told birbal that his son was the most beautiful child in the world. Birbal disagreed with him. Getting angry, he announced in his court that he’ll reward the minister who brings the most beautiful child to the court, indirectly challenging birbal. While all the ministers started praising the prince and claiming that he was the most beautiful child, Birbal alone left in search of some other child. He came after sometime and told that he had found the most beautiful child in the world but to see the child Akbar has to come with him. Everyone were astonished as to how birbal could get another child when prince was there and that too not bring the child to court but instead asking the king himself to come with him! Akbar was very curious to know who the child was. So he agreed to go with birbal. Birbal took Akbar and all ministers to a slum and there was a child playing in dirty wanted with no clothes, looking very dirty and crying non-stop. Showing the child birbal said this is the most beautiful child in the world.

Akbar got very angry and started questioning Birbal on how he could compare such an ugly child with his prince. That time the child’s mother came running and picked up the child and started pacifying the child. Then she turned towards Akbar and Birbal (she didn’t know who they were) and told how they could say their child was ugly. He was the most beautiful child and that he is a gem and took away her child.

Then Birbal told Akbar that for all the parents their own child would be the most beautiful child in the world and no one can compare children.

This is so true even today but unfortunately we have forgotten that. Even when a child is not able to perform, instead of encouraging the child or trying to see what the child is good at, parents want them to do everything because other kids are doing it. In this process the kids lose their childhood all the innocence and charm.

As we grow up in our lives and get into the vicious circle of job, family, and friends in our lives, there are times when we feel we could become kids once again and enjoy life without anything to worry about. :) But then that kid life should not be hat kids nowadays face!! :)

Kids, be it our own or anyone’s bring those small joys to our world. Those small pleasures of life that we get when we are with them are the moments we always cherish and which we should never forget! :)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Doordarshan Days

Nowadays television has become very much commercialized and in the name of entertainment the level of “entertainment” itself has gone too low. If one channel starts some kind of reality show, the other follow the same way trying to get as many celebrities and “cooked-up dramas” that they can get into the show. Same way if some channel started some serial or show in the name of comedy then others follow soon. Unfortunately the “Indian audience” is happy to see all this and almost every one wants to have their 10 seconds fame by coming into one of these shows. Even parents are trying to get their small children into this business!

When I see all these channels, I am reminded of Doordarshan – by far the best channel in television. Today, Doordarshan also has all kinds of sobbing serials and 1-2 reality show but then it’s not in such large scale as in other private channels. Despite these, they still have some good shows like Jalsa – which is telecasted every Sunday, trying to show several forms of music in India (classical, Hindustani, folk, ghazals etc)

For those who have watched Doorodarshan some 15 to 20 years back, am sure they will have nostalgic memories of it.

One cannot forget watching - Mahabharata, Ramayana, Shri Krishna on Sunday mornings or regional movies on Sunday afternoons. Rangoli and Chitrahaar used to keep people glued to their television sets. For kids – Jungle book, Danasur and many cartoons used to be shown. Many won’t forget serials like Shanti(which made MBndira bedi a household name!! ;)) and Junoon.
Even the news was well presented and covered all the areas of news. Even today watching Doordarshan news is better than likes of NDTV and CNN-IBN who are more interested in keeping sports and entertainment gossips as their “Breaking News”.
I don’t watch much television now but know that Doordarshan still does its bid of telecasting various things about India though unfortunately the numbers of people watching it have reduced.

Here are some of my favorites from Doordarshan which I loved to watch. They are not serials or reality shows but shows the in simpler way importance of different things of India like patriotism, education, music etc.
So all those who used to love watching Doordarshan, Enjoy these links :)

Mile sur mera tumhara
Light of freedom
Doordarshan Signature Montage
Doordarshan Ads part 1
Doordarshan Ads part 2
The Spirit of Unity for national integration
Educational documentary
Jai hind
Baje Sargam
Jungle book

P.S – I might have missed naming a few shows of yesteryears, so if any one remembers any apart from these do let me know. :)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

The First Few Days In Cognizant

So Finally I joined Cognizant!!

*Cheers* *Claps* *Laughs*

Thank You, Thank You!!! :)

I know for long time that I’ve been telling people that I’ll be joining Cognizant, but then I myself didn’t have any clue as to when! And now two weeks have passed.

So how has been my time there?? Well …Really good…

Lots of things have been happening. First and foremost is my laziness vanishing!! One year of vettiness(joblessness) has made me more than ever lazy(more lazy than I was before: :P). So now I have a nice schedule which keeps me busy!

Secondly I have been meeting new people. I’ve to say that all the people in my batch are really friendly and nice. All of us are students of 2008 passed out batches but then seem like still college student! So we all are experiencing this transformation of college to corporate environment.

Well cognizant campus itself is pretty good. Have been to two places and liked it. The environment and atmosphere and the people overall are new and pretty exciting.

The job of HR’s was to completely make us ease when we join company and have to say they were really well. They impressed so many of us.

German class is the next highlight. Oh yes, Am going to get some training in German. I had always wanted to learn a foreign language. :)

Studies are always there. With training and series of tests lined up, its always going to be hectic but still its going to be enjoyable next six months :)

Last but not the least, its not just about training etc but it’s about me also. I’ve been able to evaluate myself and know about many aspects of myself. And with 6 months to go, am sure I’ll know how to adapt myself to the “Working Life” and into the “World which is still unknown to me” :)

So looking forward to the new venture of my life!! :D