Everyday, I see a shared photo on the social networking sites about proud of being something, I wonder what are they proud of. For me the word "pride / proud", is reserved for achievements of my own not something that occurs to me by birth.
The other day I login to facebook, only to see a couple of people on my newsfeed sharing pictures of hindu deities and the curios me opened to see what it was about. It was published in a community called "Proud to be a Hindu" and the first thing I mumbled, "Dafaq". It is a genetic accident you idiot that you were born into that community, it could be any community for that matter. There is nothing to be proud of, you don't even know the names of the four Vedas!
Then there is the second kind, who spring out every once in a while to mark their presence and to be heard. Yes, yes the sport / sport club fans. "Proud Giants fan, Proud of being a ManU fan, Proud Sachin Tendulkar fan". Dei, he was gifted a Ferrari admiring his sporting abilities and you are striving hard to make a 6 digit salary. Mr. "Proud ManU fan, forever", while the 16 players are sweating their butts out running across the field numerous times; you are sipping beer and crunching potato chips on your couch. Get a life dude! And don't even get me started on the desi Thunders / Lakers / 49ers / Pats fans. Half of you have never even touched the basketball / football, what are you so proud about?
Come any product release from Apple, bragging rights flood all over. Proud owner of IPhone 5 it seems, as if the gadgets are gifted to them for all the good deeds they have done. Angry birds is they first app they install and Temple Run 2 is the last. Most of them don't even know the history of Apple or Mr. Jobs but are the first ones to post pictures of their "proud" possessions online.
Proud to be an Indian? It isn't a skill you dork! Next what? I'm 5'11" and I'm proud of it or I have appendicitis and I'm proud of it?
Every year on March 8th, my mother reiterates the same question "Did you wish me a Happy Women's day?" even before she thanks me for wishing her a Happy birthday. Most of the times, I take it with a pinch of salt and wish her a happy Women's day; because the one time I lectured her on how there is no reason to actually celebrate that occasion, she ended up being upset. I'm sure I'll be facing this question again tonight when I call her and how do I tell her that there is no reason for us to be happy about the current stage of women.
Anthropomorphic flowers, birds, plants and tall trees. The priceless piece of land, like any other materialistic commodity, was subject to invasions and encroachments Finally, a few families divided it, owned it and eventually started exploiting it. With slightest governance from the owners, pests and weeds crept into the garden and started to eat away the daisies. Midst this mayhem, the birds, the bees and the flowers in the trees protested. They tried to forgive and forget for all that they have been through - continued to sustain.
Something struck! I realized, there are numerous life changing incidents that I encounter every once in a while. However, I never seem to understand the lesson each of them tries to teach. Until one day, it occurred to me that I should 'Blog and then brood' so that others can associate to what I feel, thus facilitating chained pondering.
The day when a 7 hour long phone call changed my life! This day comes and goes past every year but it fills me with fresh life every time. When I traverse through my timeline, I feel so happy that I don't have to search for the moments to cherish. They are right in front of me on a show-reel; All I need to do is sit back,watch the show and relive all those moments. We have evolved from long phone conversations to emails, to skype, to face time, to Gtalk, to a live-in relationship and to a marriage and the Love is still in the air :)