A Few Possibilities

I try not to check the social media, news channels and papers, online or otherwise, following the sad incidents. Year after year, country after country, it is becoming unbearable. We see and read daily about hundreds of people impacted, but the truth is that there are thousands who are not even mentioned anywhere. They are part of communal wars, riots, religious outbursts, resistance wars etc.

I started looking for reasons. I found them convoluted.  I searched for trigger points, but they look like triggers caused by a big bang phenomenon and not sequential. It will not be easy to pin point the causes now. Some of these disturbances have history since centuries.

And if I cannot influence change in a big way, there are still few small and reasonable things to do.

Time and again, it is proven that mindful living, empathy and respect for others cannot be a wrong choice.

The Child in All of Us

Halloween is still three weeks away. But since last month, there is this mysterious Spider-Man stirring up anxiety in my neighborhood.

Masked Spiderman_1We had quite a few break-ins in the last few months, so it is natural that great many of us are worried and paranoid.

But today I bring to you the comments from some of my neighbors who can see the lighter side in this.

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Being vigilant and cautious is essential, but having a funny bone is vital too.

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And everyone needs to smile on the hump day -Wednesday.

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Time Out !!!!

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All In Good Time

In this age and time, when we are all running out of time (all the time), can you imagine being surrounded by not one or two but 14 handsome wall clocks and alarm clocks.

And not one of them shows the correct time.

When my old aunt, who stayed with us for the Labor Day weekend, pointed out that the clock in her room doesn’t seem to show the right time, I casually asked her to check her mobile phone. Then realized that she doesn’t use one. So I went to get a replacement clock from another room. Well that one was funny with its hands giggling in the same place. It needed battery replacement, for sure. I went to the guest bathroom to fetch one; it was never set back correctly once the daylight saving ended.

My son’s room and bathroom together has 4 clocks, which I feel are still few considering that he is perpetually late. One has a fancy character based face, another one is more practical with normal alarm, third one glows in night & has brazen alarm music which can wake the whole neighborhood, and one is digital. All of these were running at least 30-32 minutes fast. That’s a deliberate lead-time that I have manipulated in his clocks. I am sure that he knows about that too. But since I keep changing the lead-time, he is never sure. But this trick is an utter failure. By now he has learned to check time on the mobile phones/ipads/laptops, even TV.

The rest of the clocks in the house were either competing with Usain Bolt or ambling after heavy meal. The one in office was on a different time zone. I had set it like that a few years back when I was working with global clients. I used to change the time frequently depending on the client location. Now I don’t remember which time zone it was set to.

It was embarrassing, considering this happened in my aunt’s presence who also happens to be the family raconteur.

Well. In the moment of need, I got one of the clock set back to show the right time and put it in my aunt’s room.

What about others?

All in good time, my friend, all in good time.

Or

Just before my aunt’s next visit.

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Does this Ring a Bell with You?

In one of the schools where we attended the open house this month, the director was very eloquent about the non-intrusive and soothing environment they provide at their school. She also mentioned that they believed in empowering students and letting them share the daily school responsibilities along with the teacher. She said they do not have a school bell. All they had was a whistle that they blew few times a day to indicate recess/lunch on and off times; and that too because kids are far off in the schoolyard or playground during that time. They might not be able to see the clock. But other than that they didn’t ring or even have any other school bells. They didn’t want to startle the students. Also this is one of their methods to teach the kids time management.

This conversation brought back some bittersweet memories from my childhood.

I once studied in a public school that was poorly funded. The money was so scarce that the administration and teachers had to be constantly creative on how they spend without compromising the quality for the students.

When the school had started few years ago they couldn’t afford a new school bell. I am not taking about the shinny brass ones. They didn’t have enough money to buy the plain old cast iron bells. So a staff member rode his bicycle to the nearest railroad yard and brought back a 3-foot broken and abandoned railway line. They hung it at school as a bell. And imagine what did they use as the clapper – A good old hammer.

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I visited this school of mine in 2012 December after many decades. Things have changed and improved beyond my imagination. The school has grown multifold in all aspects. Although they use an electric bell now, they still have the railway line bell displayed as memento in the assembly room.

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