A lost wing

A lost wing


Losing a wing is so devastating for a butterfly! I wonder what happened to the beautiful one which lost its wing yesterday  —  I saw a fallen wing on my way to the office and it made me think of what could have happened for one to lose a wing like this. The wandering thoughts led me to admire the grit of all those among us who live life despite losing a wing!

ButterflyIt is amazing how millions of differently-abled people continue to be brave towards life, and all its struggles, and yet remain far more positive in their outlook and perseverance than the rest of us who take everything for granted.

I cannot imagine what it would mean if I lose a wing! It’s a scary thought indeed. At times I feel my eyes are most important because as an editor I read all day and I need healthy eyes to do that, to earn. But then the day you get a leg sprain and are unable to move, you realize you need every ounce of your human body to be in good working condition to be able to function properly.

The realization reminds me of millions of things that we take for granted, without being thankful for any of them at any time. All the material comfort, a good job, family, friends, network — all of that rather weigh less against the fact that so far I have lived life as a physically and mentally fit individual.

I have seen my mother live with dignity and a true zeal for life despite being paralyzed below the waist. I have seen her struggles but I have never seen her feeling restricted because of her condition. I cannot stop admiring the will power that makes people fly despite losing a wing! More power to you!

To err is human…

To err is human…


Do you feel that the power of tolerance and patience in people is reducing at a great speed? We all play so many roles in our lives on a daily basis – that of being a daughter or a son, wife or a husband, a friend, a colleague, a sibling – that it is undoubtedly tough to give a stellar performance in all or any of these roles that we all play all the time.

As I observe, I feel when people make personal remarks, or judge others too soon, they forget that others too are like them, struggling to get somewhere or achieve more with less.

I agree that at times this is not as easy to be patient with an irritating lot, but even then there is always a little scope for patience before declaring the other as entirely unworthy of positive thought. After all, are we not all the same at some level and yet different? And as Alexander Pope said, “To err is human, to forgive is divine.” A bit of patience here, an ounce of understanding there, and an open mind can make a better day, for everyone.

Freedom to work is one of the best motivators at a workplace

Freedom to work is one of the best motivators at a workplace


Freedom to operate or function at work is one of the best motivators for most people to not only perform well, but also to stay with a company for a longer duration. Do you agree? Do share your comments. I would be happy to read what you have to say about this topic.

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I met a friend this evening over tea and we ended up discussing how different countries encourage different workplace cultures. We both talked about how freedom from a restrictive workplace culture —  such as an organization’s expectation of you to work for a set number of hours, the limitation to allow you to work from the location of your choice, the environment that demands you to be always available for work  —  can be so important to a person’s aspirations to perform well and to do good. A trusting environment not only ensures the workforce feels respected, but also that they feel more inclined to be loyal to the business that is helping them lead a good quality of life.

Companies that allow trust and empathy to thrive will certainly attract better talent than the organizations that encourage control.

There are companies which are progressive and change with the times to offer the new workforce an environment that helps them to express more, do better, and work passionately. We need more such workplaces. Life is short and precious  —  let everyone enjoy their share : )

Power of giving

Power of giving


It’s strange how our emotions surface whenever we give or receive gifts. Yes, today I was blessed to receive two gifts in a day! A beautiful, delicate dragonfly brooch from the US and a pair of earrings from Russia : )

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While the gifts made my day, it also made me wonder about the power of giving  —  the idea of someone actually giving a careful thought for buying or saving something for someone is so pure, affectionate, and generous that it leaves the receiver not only happy and smiling, but also deeply touched and loved.

Giving is one of the powerful ways of expression — it bridges distances, shows care, and no matter how the two people feel about each other, it always makes a gentle, loving impact, paving way for a better bond. I am blessed to have received innumerable gifts all my life and today I really thank every giver of those gifts from the bottom of my heart : )

A play needs more than a good script

A play needs more than a good script


Sometime back I saw a play that was based on the concept of how Mahatma Gandhi and Einstein were geniuses as individuals but weren’t as good as fathers. I am sure the written form of the play would have been interesting but watching it on stage was boring to the last minute. Even though the actors wanted to be the best in what they were doing, the gaps in the delivery of the message were apparent to the audience. That made me realize that a good script or plot is not sufficient to enact a play.

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Based on my experience from the variety of plays I have watched so far, here are the top three things that I think could be fixed in the Two Fathers performance:

Keep it short  – Unlike the commercial movies which are deliberately created for minimum two hours, considering the entertainment expectation from the audience, theatre allows more freedom to perform only to the extent of conveying the message. It is a medium of subtlety. If the play is short, keep it short instead of adding dialogues that are not contributing to the plot. When the play drags, it is painful to sit through it.

Innovate to use the medium  – When the subject of your play is about famous personalities, you cannot portray what the world already knows about them, for ages! Innovate, research, and be creative in adding value to the script so you can show the audience an unpredictable aspect. Books and theatre are different mediums of expression. While books allow the reader to imagine, internalize and visualize, theatre allows the audience to see expressions live and use their imagination and intelligence to understand the finer nuances that are not being told or enacted.

Enacting a play right out of a book is not always a good idea. It needs to be directed well and the script needs to be tightened to ensure that the audience remains interested in knowing the final outcome. In the given example, since the two personalities being discussed are strong, the writer and the director could have taken care to show more than the predictable part of their lives. Everyone knows about them and what happened to their families. Now what? The characters could not portray the unknown aspects of the two legends and that was disappointing. Proper use of creative freedom could have taken care of this.

Practice and get feedback  –  Choose your subject/plot carefully. When your play is about famous personalities, your actors must do justice to them and deliver dialogues the way those personalities would have spoken. In the given example, while some dialogues were delivered flat, some were exaggerated. And this can be easily fixed with practice, direction and probably some feedback from peers.

I am not adding my review of the play here. The effort is to help new directors and theatre artists to gain perspective into what today’s audience would want to see on stage.