Attended the farewell of Mrs Amita Mulla Wattal, Principal – Springdales Pusa, today. Zoom Zindabad.
Hysterical moment- Those who know Mrs. Wattal know her as a woman of substance, one who always practiced what she preached.
I particularly loved the lines of Urdu Shayari by Mubarak Siddiqui she recited at the end of her speech. I later googled the full version and translated it for myself and you 🙂
A little longish – read it when you have some peaceful time – I’m sure you will find it inspiring. (I’ll look forward to your feedback on my amateurish translating abilities.)
ḳhizāñ kī rut meñ gulāb lahja banā ke rakhnā kamāl ye hai,
havā kī zad pe diyā jalānā jalā ke rakhnā kamāl ye hai !

(During difficult times (autumn), maintaining a positive tone like a rose - that is beauty,
When the wind is blowing hard, to light up a lamp, and keep it lit - that is beauty!)
zarā sī laġhzish pe toḌ dete haiñ sab ta.alluq zamāne vaale ,
so aise vaisoñ se bhī ta.alluq banā ke rakhnā kamāl ye hai !

(At the slightest mistake, people break the relationships,
but to keep up with hundreds of such relations - that is beauty!)
kisī ko denā ye mashvara ki vo dukh bichhaḌne kā bhuul jaa.e ,
aur aise lamhe meñ apne aañsū chhupā ke rakhnā kamāl ye hai !

(Advising someone that they should forget the pain of separation,
and in times like these, hiding ones own tears - that is beauty!)
ḳhayāl apnā mizāj apnā pasand apnī kamāl kyā hai ,
jo yaar chāhe vo haal apnā banā ke rakhnā kamāl ye hai !

(Ones own thought, ones own temperament, ones own taste, what is the beauty in this?
whatever the beloved wants, to mould oneself like that- that is beauty!)
kisī kī rah se ḳhudā kī ḳhātir uThā ke kāñTe haTā ke patthar ,
phir us ke aage nigāh apnī jhukā ke rakhnā kamāl ye hai !

(From someone's path, for God's sake, picking thorns and removing rocks,
and on top of that, staying humble with eyes downcast- that is beauty!)
vo jis ko dekhe to dukh kā lashkar bhī laḌkhaḌā.e shikast khaa.e ,
laboñ pe apne vo muskurāhaT sajā ke rakhnā kamāl ye hai !

(Seeing which, an army of sorrow also trembles down to defeat,
decorating that smile forever on your face - that is beauty!)

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[5-Bullet Tuesday] Calm is Your Friend

Hi All,

Here’s your weekly dose of “5-Bullet Tuesday”, list of things I’m enjoying or pondering.

What I’m watching —

I chanced upon a video on YouTube and fell in love with the channel. It’s called Tell A Tale, and here is the video that really got me hooked. Since watching this one, I have seen many more of their videos.

Watch it for short, real and emotional stories coming straight from the horse’s mouth. 

What I’m reading –

I’m re-reading Stephen MR Covey’s Speed of Trust and found this quote pretty powerful:

Think about it, and read this book if you haven’t.

What am I looking forward to –

Ta Da. It is that time of the year when we should be planning our goals for the next year, 2020.

I have ordered my diary for 2020. It’s called Unnati I-CAN-I-WILL Success Planner, and I would highly recommend for you to check it out here. I have been using success planner from since 2013 and love it.

It helps me set my yearly goals and break them into monthly/ weekly/ daily ones. I have taken some time to learn that one can’t bank just on the one time new year resolutions.   

What I have learnt –

When making a decision under pressure or emotionally charged situation, think twice. These situations of high emotional arousal (feeling excited, anxious, or upset) are called Hot situations.

Hot situations increase the chance of engaging in risk-taking and sensation-seeking behaviours, with little self-control or consideration of the possible consequences of the actions.

Calm is your friend. So, next time, if you feel like you may be in a Hot situation, take a cold shower or as our elders have told us, have a glass of cold water. Basically, relax and get yourself in a cooler situation before you make a call.

Quote I’m pondering —

“Culture eats Strategy for breakfast!” – Peter Drucker

I heard this at an office training session and figured that it highlights how often we underestimate the power of culture.

If your plans are not working out despite your best efforts, you may want to see how you are doing on building an effective work culture. Because it may be that your best plans or strategies are being savoured by the culture over breakfast!       

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