Monday, December 15, 2008

Love you all speechless creatures :-)

I was busy enjoying the drive back home sitting in the office bus. We had traveled 3-4 kms from office through a short cut route which connects to bannergatta road. It was a slight curve on the road to take right turn and all of a sudden I hear krrrrrrrr…In just a fraction of seconds on the opposite side of the road a little pup wanted to rush through the road was hit by a car. Car just moved forward without stopping even for a second. How inhumane!!

Kew kew kew kew..little one made noise, quickly got up and went back to the place from where it started the race. Ufff.. I almost had a heart attack for those few seconds!! I took a deep breath after seeing him running back with a bent leg, standing and screaming with pain. Thank god, the doggie survived!! It was definitely not the mistake of the car driver because he was driving in his normal speed. But the pup rushed from nowhere which was not expected by the driver. While I was happy that nothing major happened to the cute little creature, was pissed off the way car driver/owner rushed ahead after that.

I had one hundred questions in mind…How can he not even stop his vehicle and check what happened to the animal? What is that he would have done if he had hit a human being instead of an animal? I am sure he would have stopped. What if the animal had died on spot or had major injuries? Who would have reached to its rescue? And now that pup had an injured leg (not sure how bad the suffering was) how many days it has to suffer before recovering?

I later went into a world of different thoughts altogether. So badly I wanted to get out of my vehicle, go hug the pup and check out if everything was alright. Felt like consoling him. But again, since I was in the office bus i knew no one will encourage it. If I had to get down, then I would have to arrange my own transportation back from that deserted place. I felt helpless. For a moment I also thought we are all willing to offer a helping hand only if we have all the other luxury and atmosphere to ensure that we don’t put ourselves in trouble in the process of helping others.

These days my love for animals has increased so much that a few weeks ago I even called up an institute who offer a vocational training in animal grooming. If given an opportunity even now, I want to make a career out of it. Just that there is lot of risk factor and I can’t afford it at this point of time. I believe the course fee itself is One Lakh for just 20 days training!!! I hope that each of us become little more sensitive towards these animals and show little care and affection at times of need.

Monday, December 8, 2008

~ I have l learned...

Liked this peace......picked it up from pravsworld.com

I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it may be better tomorrow.

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles a rainy day and lost luggage.

I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.

I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life."

I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.

I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.

I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch - holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Craving for more

When I entered the office rest room this morning, met this lady-maid who was sitting in a corner. It looked like she was waiting to talk to someone since she sits alone the entire day in the same place.(mostly).
I was dressing up and she asked me ‘Have you come here from the other office’? (I actually visited this office today for the second time to attend a few meetings)
Though little surprised, I didn’t show it up and answered ‘Yes’.
She said on her own ‘if someone is a new entry here, I can easily make out since I am familiar with all the faces in this office’
I told myself ‘wow’!
I asked her in return ‘how long are you with this company’?
She said ’14 years’!!!!
I was taken aback for a minute. 14 years with the company and doing the same work and still so happy about it..?!
I knew her profile is not such that she can invent something new everyday. It is also not that she get great salary hikes or perks to motivate herself and I am sure not even a word of appreciation for all the effort that she puts in.
I asked her a couple of questions on her whereabouts, working hours etc. She works between 6.30 am to 3.30pm. She has to walk 8 kms a day up and down. She starts from her home at 5.45am and reaches office by 6.30am.
To my surprise, she also said she carries lunch from home. I asked her how she manages all that. She said she gets up at 3am everyday, gets ready, and prepares food, complete all other work too.
My last question to her was “if you don’t mind, how much do you earn here’?
She said Rs. 4000 per month. She now has benefits such as PF, ESI etc. And am sure you have the same question as I had. Being in service for 14 years in the same company, same job what was her starting salary?
She said she started working for Rs. 300 per month without any other benefits then.
I was like uffffffffffff.. On an average she has got Rs. 300 increment every year. Cost of living has gone up like crazy..
I still have the same question in mind.. How does lakhs of such people manage their life with the salaries they are earning? I know it’s a law of nature, we just get programmed ourselves to whatever we have in hand, we all learn to manage it till the time we get more..
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