Why Not To Judge People?

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“Hey, why didn’t you do that task? It’s very easy,” said father to Mike.

“I know that. I tried,” replied Mike.

“No, you didn’t. Anyone can do that without using their brain, but you.”

“I didn’t do that deliberately.”

“Is that your excuse?”

“I’m naive. I can make mistakes.”

“But, not this kind of silly mistake.”

“Anybody can make silly mistakes. It won’t happen again.”

“You say this everytime. But, do the same thing again.”

‘He never understands me or helps me know how to avoid it, because he is too busy in judging me and admonishing me, likes he never made silly mistakes’ says son in his mind, standing up quietly and looking down.

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“Why are you upset, Mike?” asked his friend Ryan.

“Nothing. I don’t want to talk about it,” replied Mike.

“I’m not here to judge you, but to understand you.”

Mike told what happened. Ryan told him what to do instead of using his mind analyzing how he can make silly mistakes. And Mike felt good after that.

The crazy fact is, judging people yields bitterness and understanding yields strengthening of bond.


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It’s Dark

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It’s dark when you don’t know

What to write, what’s going on in your mind

It’s dark when you feel depressed

In safety, desires uncertainty

It’s dark when you realize

The day will take too much time to get over

It’s dark when you want this moment to pass faster

But realize time won’t run faster for you

It’s dark when you realize that

You can’t play the odds and

Don’t want to play the man

It’s dark when you realize that emotions

Which were your weapons

Are now holding you back

It’s dark when you are made

To believe what you contradicted

It’s dark when you know you are

Compromising yourself and

Those compromises are not worth suffering for

It’s dark when you come to know what

You built over the period of time

Has been vanished in a blink of an eye

And the crazy fact, it’s too dark

When you realize that you have to

Live upon hope, not in faith

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When The Road Will Be Clear..

PHOTO PROMPT -Copyright-Roger Bultot
PHOTO PROMPT – Copyright- Roger Bultot

“First learn how to conduct a business, how those people have meetings, how they strategize a plan,” said Kelly to Shaun.

 “It will take at least 4-5 years,” replied Shaun.

 “Obviously, you need those as you are not good enough.”

 “Yeah, I will learn in the process. Actually we will never be good enough. There will always be a room for improvement.”

 “Why can’t you wait for the right time?”

 “But, there is no guarantee that I’ll be alive till the right time comes.”

 The crazy fact is, waiting for the road to be clear is futile; we need to drive through as per the present conditions.

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This Post is also a part of  Friday Fictioneers.

Is Reading Books Cool These Days?

ID-100175009 “Hey, are you coming with us to hill station this weekend?” asked Kunal to Abhinav.

“Sorry, dude! I can’t,” replied Abhi.

“Basant, Varun & Chinmay are also coming. And why always no? Before this, we asked you for party, tournaments, movies, I’ve never heard you saying yes.”

“So? I can’t come, I said no. I am not stopping you from going or I never stopped you before from doing anything.”

“Then what will you do instead?” “I will read Paulo Coelho’s Manuscript Found In Accra.” “Ohh, please!! Are you serious right now?”

“Yeah, I read reviews & that really interested me to read the wisdom shared by author.”

“You will do some boring reading at the expense of fun? C’mon!! We will take photos, do trash talking & all the messy things. It will be fun.”

“I know. But no.”

“This reading stuff is for senior citizens, not for youngsters. When you will retire, spend all your time in reading. Not at this age when you are mean’t to enjoy. Who reads books at this age?”

“Enjoyment does not only mean partying, movies, or travelling. I enjoy reading books more than these things. I am not saying you are wasting your time, but for me, being with books is more enjoyable.”

“You are such a nerd.”

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“And this nerd motivates you when you score less marks than you thought, understands you when your anger explodes in the heat of moment, clears your mind when you are confused, helps in your projects when you see no possibility. From where this knowledge comes? From where I can share the insights? These books are the source. I can also call you a nerd who is obsessed only with an enjoyment in youth, not thinking about shaping future.”

“I’m not a nerd. And stop your lecture, you started sounding like my father.”

“You can articulate your floating thoughts into right words. Treat them as friends & they will you give you more reasons to become friends forever.”

“But who reads books now-a-days. Books stalls had been closed due to lack of interest of people in books these days due to technology.”

“Yes, you are right. But the thing is, medium of reading is changed from printed books to ebooks; readership is not reduced. With the evolution of smartphones & technology, people are reading more on their gadgets. They are still fascinated by the facts about writers like from where the wisdom comes, where can they meet writers, what are the points to discuss when they will meet authors. They still discuss about books with friends & get inspired, motivated or lost in discussion about characters of novel. They aspire to become a writer by looking at them.”

“Really? I think they are busy in playing games on their smartphones. Writers themselves do not pursue career as a full time writer, because ebooks are easily available than printed ones.”

“True. But that doesn’t change the fact that reading is old-fashioned. Even Bill Gates said, ‘I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.’ Books provide food for thoughts, thoughts provide food to action and actions shape our lives.”

“Don’t you think games on smartphones or PC is more fun & cooler than reading? That’s why kids prefer gaming over reading fairy-tales. They hardly read other books, except the academic ones.”

“They are engulfed in games & apps rather than fairy-tales, I think they consider games as fairy-tales where they discover new adventures every time they complete a level & more enthusiastic about completing next, like adventures described in novel or fairy-tales by authors which interests them. And that’s a nerd thing also.”

“Are you kidding?”

“Not at all. I agree technology impacted up to some extent, but books are irreplaceable. Games are not knowledge givers, but provides impetus to brain. So for kids, It is pretty good, but when they will grow up, they need to understand the importance of books.”

“Yes, it sounds right. But what about compromising enjoyment from travelling, partying or entertainment from movies?”

“I’m not saying I’ll never come with you for these activities, but that books really excited me. So no for this time. I also like doing those things.”

“Manipulative dialogues. From which book is this coming?”

Both laughed.

The crazy fact is, coolness applies to reclusive reader & socially capable party animals too.

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This Post is a part of  IndiSpire – Edition 20

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Being Unreasonable

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“Hey, what are you doing here? What’s going on?” asked Ritesh to his school friend Rahul, seeing after 5 years in a college which he assumed Rahul had no connection with.

“Ohh.. Look at you, jerk! You have so changed. How are you?” replied Rahul excitedly neglecting what he asked.

“I’m Good. Good to see you after 10th. You tell me what are you doing here?”

“I just came here to see this college. It’s a well known college of city. So I wanted to see the campus, students, library & other infrastructure. Wait.. wait.. You were in this college for 11th & 12th. Then what are you doing here right now?”

“What can I say? I’m here to apply for 12th exam as an external.”

“What? How is that possible?”

“I don’t feel like studying, yaar! It’s so boring. I had given 12th exams 4 times, still one subject is not cleared. After 4 attempts, I joined diploma & left 12th. Right now, I cleared 2nd year of diploma, but due to first year backlog I am not eligible for 3rd year. So, I came here to apply for 12th externally & give paper of diploma simultaneously.”

“Dude, why did this happen? Are you interested in some other stream or what? Or some girl broke your heart so you are distracted & not taking yourself seriously?”

Both laughed.

“No! Nothing like that. It’s lack of interest in study. What about you?”

“I am waiting for final semester result of B. Sc. Then going to opt for masters degree.”

“Yeah, you have always been good in studies.”

“Forget about me. You tell me what happened to you, dude. If you are not interested in studies, then what interests you? What is that you want to do by yourself?”

“Nothing, yaar. It’s just I don’t want to study.”

Ritesh was reluctant to open up.

“That’s fine. Then what you want to do? For what you are obsessed?”

“Nothing.”

“Come on, you can tell me.”

“Leave it nah.. Tell me have you met one of our friends? What are they doing?”

“It’s not about them, right now. Tell me about yourself. Don’t change the topic.”

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“Nothing, yaar. I’m obsessed with using everything branded. All branded accessories. See my shirt, Lou-i Phili-pi, my watch, Tag Ho-yer, my jeans, Levi’s, my shoes, Puma. Because of this, I didn’t study.”

“Bullshit. You can’t even pronounce the brand names correctly & saying you’re obsessed for them. It’s Louis Philippe & Tag Heuer. You liar!”

Again, both laughed.

“So what? I can’t pronounce brand names correctly. I know being good in studies doesn’t prove anything, but are you doing something which you love doing.”

“No! I only like razzle-dazzle & fun. You drink?”

“Stop running your dirty mouth! You wanna tell or I should go?”

“Tell me directly that you are getting late to meet girlfriend. So you want to go.”

“Again!”

“You tell me now, these actors, actresses have anything to do with these marks & merits? Then also they are leading lavish lives, cars, fame, fan following, everything.”

“Yes, they do not have anything to do with it.”

“Then why is it important to us?”

“Yeah, they do not prove anything. But why are you asking me about actors & actresses. Oh.. wait! wait! You want to become an actor?”

“Hmm..”

“Wow! Then what’s the problem? Join an acting school, if not possible meet an actor & ask him to train you, teach you basics, start working in dramas. Have you told your parents about it?”

“No. They will say that you can’t clear 12th exam & how are you going to act in films, you are skinny & you have no godfather & all. Do you think I can act?”

“What you think you can act?”

“Yes, I’m confident about myself.”

“Then go for it. I know you are & you were the ugliest guy in school, but it is not the matter. You’re confident about yourself. And not every actor in the industry is handsome, your talent is going to count.”

“Yeah, I know I’m ugly, but my talent will leap over it. But..”

“I’m so sorry, but I have to go. I’m feeling so bad that we can’t talk about it more right now about your interesting thing. I got call from home. We will talk about it again. Do not give up on what you want to do. Bye!”

The crazy fact is, each & everyone of us wants to live a dream, unreasonable to society, but very reasonable to ourselves.

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Does Every Student Must Be Equally Bright?

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Does all trees should grow to the same height
Does every student must be equally bright

When a student tops in the exams,
Every one goes & congratulates him,
He thinks like he has won the world
but when the student who always gets
below average marks, why no one cares?

When a topper says that it was a tough paper,
Every one says the same, feel pity for him
He goes into  deep depression
But why no one asks the below average student
Why is every paper tough for him?

When a topper fails to score top marks anytime,
Everyone thinks, something was unfair,
He thinks why does this happen to me
But when the below average student fails in subject
Why every one thinks something is wrong with him

When a topper was learning by rote
So that he can answer in oral next day,
He thought he will impress the teacher
But the bold below average student was,
Expressing his feelings to a girl he liked

When a topper was copying the answers from guide,
So that he won’t get punished the next day,
He thought that was the intelligent thing to do
But the dreamer below average student was,
Noting down quotes from the inspirational biography

When a topper was maintaining a decent demeanor
So that he can look decent & sincere in people
He thought no one will speak against him
But the below average student was in fantasy,
Taking off filters of bike so that it sounds like riding a superbike

When a topper was engulfed into memorizing theories,
So that in coming exams he will be a topper again
And get applause from teachers & posters in town for topping
But the believer below average student was,
Forming own theory out of curiosity to enjoy brainstorming

The facts will be crazy, if articles related to topper will not remain as ‘a’
And for ‘the’ below average student, it will turn to ‘a’ in the future

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What The World Is Getting

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“Dad, I heard people saying that my movie is dull, corny, waste of time and all,” said Fahad to his father, on his debut film.

“So?!” replied father.

“This is what you are saying! What about hard work of four months each & every member of crew, production, editors, actors, directors have put. Can’t they appreciate our efforts? They don’t even know sometimes we worked for 18 hours a day. But in two hours they were saying it’s a waste of time.”

“Son, you need to accept this hard truth that no one cares what you are doing. How much efforts you had put, how many hours you spent tirelessly to make a single piece, no one really cares. The world only focuses on how it will be benefited from it. They watch your movie for entertainment & if they think you were unable to deliver it, they are going to say this. So get used to it & focus on doing your work. The crazy fact is the world only cares about how it is getting benefited from your endeavor, not how much you endeavored.”

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No Explanation

“May I have Bisleri, please?” I asked.

“Yeah, sure!” replied shopkeeper.

I went to submit documents for Non-Creamy layer Certificate for my brother at Municipality Office which was near to slums. Because these offices are so crowded these days & we have to get in as early as possible to save time. In that hurry I forgot to get water bottle from my home. I was in the shop near the office which was actually in slums.

“20 rupees,” he added.

I paid 20 rupees & when I saw the price tag on the neck of bottle. It said 20 rupees only. I wondered how it was possible. That bottle was taken out from fridge & if it is from fridge, shopkeeper charges extra 2 rupees. This is an usual practice in cities, in so called hi-fi areas. But the kind shopkeeper from slum didn’t charge me any extra though it was from fridge.

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At the municipality office:

“Please, do me a favor. I can’t afford that much,” said a man, in his mid-forties, wearing untidy clothes, beard fully grown with a 16 year old kid.

“No, No! We can’t do it. We do not get much profit in that. We have to give some of it to our seniors,” replied the agent.

The man wanted a certificate with which tuition fees of the college can be reduced to half according to Reservation for Backward Class category candidates. The state board pays half of the fees if necessary documents are submitted in college in specified time. So it was urgent & very important.

“Please, help us out. I don’t have enough salary, then how can I give that much money? I live in one room in slum, I’m a worker at MIDC, I am not well educated. The things which I don’t have, the suffering, the poverty I’ve experienced, I don’t want my children to do the same. I want them to be educated & lead a better life. So, please try to understand.”

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But the agent was adamant. The man left, scolded his son for the careless behavior & not waking up at the right time.

I was perplexed by what I saw. They are the same kind of people. On one hand, the people didn’t charge me any extra penny, on the other hand, they were refused to compensate for their mistake because they couldn’t give away enough black money.

The crazy fact is, there comes such experiences in life when we do not have any explanations for some circumstances & events. We have to live just as it is.

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