In Darkness We See That Hides In Light

In Darkness We See That Hides In Light


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Recently, this potent expression, “In darkness we see that hides in light”, by Mr. Mukesh Kwatra in the recent Times of India Coronasutra entertainment section got me thinking hard. The last line of Mr. Kwatra’s poem on the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak was brought to my attention by my mother, a poetess herself, so she can help me understand the depth of it. And when I did, the essence of it remained with me through the day.

This year has been so different. I, and I am sure many of us, have never witnessed anything like this before where the world, with all its faiths, technology, and might is brought to a halt and is unable to cope with the challenge that nature has presented it. While it has been a relief to slow down a bit and consume less in many ways, it has also been tough in recognizing what we are going through in terms of our existence vis-a-vis our relationships, career, health, contribution to society, etc.

My generation has learnt how to get from being busy to becoming busier with all the technology that has evolved in our lifetime. Now when we are forced to use all of it by staying indoors, one realizes that technology cannot fill the emptiness that is caused by lack of access to nature and people one loves. However, one can hope to get some relief by looking inward and by counting our blessings, by appreciating what nature has given us and that which we haven’t had the time to appreciate thus far. And in these times of aloofness, darkness, see that we never really see – search soul, acknowledge the treasures we own in terms of relationships, friends, health, and the treasures we must seek such as peace, trust, goodwill, knowledge, compassion.

Today is 107th day of being at home and I have been thinking of all these things over the last few months. While life has been extremely hectic, I have utilized this phase to thank the cosmos for the innumerable good that exists around and that has kept me going. Here are a few things I am grateful for:

  • Having means to earn a living, and sustain
  • Having a family that’s always there for me (spouse, parents, inlaws, cousins)
  • A secure, peaceful, ventilated abode
  • Being fit enough to carry on
  • Friends that are there, yet are absent : )
  • Being able to provide sustenance to the house help
  • Having access to walkways I can use daily to connect with nature
  • Plants I can care for
  • The ‘giving’ sentiment God has blessed me with
  • Opportunity to read books that I have been wanting to read
  • The revival of nature, reduction of pollution
  • Learning to be empathetic
  • Being blessed with decent will power
  • Experiences that taught me patience
  • A fulfilling life thus far.

I will add to this as I focus more on counting my blessings. If you want, share your list in the comment and we can together realize how much we have to thank for!

Travel. Read. Give.

Travel. Read. Give.


It’s always exciting to travel, always enriching to read a book, and always satisfying to give. These are the three experiences that I feel make our lives rich in terms of quality and knowledge, financially, they all soak $$ : ).

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Since I am about to begin a journey, it just occurred to me how much I have learned in the past years just by traveling to different places  —  about different cultures, food, people, values, architecture, art, history…the list is long. It is essential that one travels because it teaches you a lot subconsciously, while you are busy admiring the surroundings. It’s fun, isn’t it?!

Books also allow us to travel  —  to places, times, and imagination. The best part of reading is that it allows you to visit the world, moments in time, meet people (characters), and experience emotions  —  all by just sitting in one place. Like travel, reading too lends the exposure to different cultures, personalities, scenarios, and psychology. Books obviously reach our soul at a much deeper level. And that can be a very enriching experience each time you pick one to read.

And giving, of course, makes one feel satisfied with having made a good contribution to the world, society/people, or to an individual. The thought of giving is noble and the gesture of giving is soul-nourishing. You don’t need to be rich to give. Giving, I feel, can be in many forms — it can be time, financial, emotional, material, physical, education, the contribution of skill, and more. The experience of giving is so fulfilling that it always leaves you richer even when you are actually letting go of something from your end. And you learn a lot in the whole experience because when you give, you think about and witness what’s lacking on the other side, in so many areas, in so many lives. That’s what makes the experience so touching and filled with introspection and self-realization. So give more in life to learn through others’ lives.

If you too believe that traveling, reading and giving are enriching experiences, do leave a comment. It will be interesting for others to read and know more. That’s a way to give too!

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 : )