Monday, July 13, 2020

Whats that smell???

You walk into a party and the person next to you smells of Hugo Boss but you like Sauvage, you actually cannot stand Boss, what will you do? Remember you do not know the person well, nor do you have any care for his well-being. It is just that you are sure that your Sauvage is always superior to his Boss. Would you then…

-         Probably go and tell him have you tried Sauvage? Or why don’t you try Sauvage because of its merits?
-          Probably gift him a bottle of Sauvage for an upcoming event so that he can try it for himself and see the benefits?
-     Probably call people together and say everyone smell his Boss and my Sauvage and tell everyone which is better? It better be Sauvage.
-          Probably go and tell him, you will not wear Boss because you think that Boss is not good and more importantly Boss offends you?
-     Probably just grin and bear it
Probably move far away where Boss does not offend you so much because the guy is not worth it? 
Probably go and ask him what made him choose Boss and try it our for yourself?
If you do any of the above and it works for you congratulations, you have superior olfactory and people skills. If none of them work and the other is still using Boss, it is high time to get a life and work on it. Work on YOUR life.

P.S. Read the post again and replace Sauvage and Boss with your preferred food, language, religion, habits. It may still work.
P.P.S I don’t use perfumes I am told that Boss and Sauvage are among the top perfumes for men.

Monday, July 06, 2020

On a day like today

On a day when we have moved up to third place in the Global Hall of Infamy, when some experts are claiming that the virus is airborne and masks may be needed indoors, we have started Unlock 2.0

In the absence of a viable cure and the highly suspect efficiency of the upcoming vaccines that are to be launched on Independence Day the only option seems to be locking up but it is not possible as it is now about the real type of survival, the fight to put food on the table. COVID then will have to take second place only.

The news in Chennai right now is that the traffic is heavy and people are back to work with a vengeance. The heart goes out to all the professionals whose professions have disappeared overnight with little chance of resuming in the old formats. Bookmyshow for instance is now trying hard to sell me tickets to so many events including some happening from people’s homes.

Personally I feel we should accept the situation for what it is and with that acceptance we use the following to go ahead:

-         Fear: the fear of the virus is genuine and should remain to guide everyone from dropping their guard not only for themselves but for their loved ones
       Awareness: the heightened self-awareness about personal spaces of self and the neighbour along with hygiene will be some of the best takeaways that this experience will give us
       Caution: gone is the general carelessness of old, measured activities, reduced risks and greater caution is showing in safer environments and it is not just about the virus
      Positivity: a little positivity never hurt anyone, so lots of it can be a boost, we know that we have come so far and we have long to go, so let’s be positive about it. The good news in this pandemic is the large number of recoveries and every recovery adds to the positivity.  
     Faith: whatever you may choose to believe in: a divine power, parents, idols, mendicants, god-men, doctors or just self, hold on to it. In times of trial we all look for something to hold on to.
      Hope: life is built on hope, we hope that we will not fall sick but if we do we hope that we will get better. When we lose hope, life is less about living. Hope comes from positivity &/ faith. Hope gives direction.
     Gratitude: to be thankful for every mercy that we have received and will continue to receive, to be grateful to be able to give as much or even more as we have received
      Love: the world can never have enough of it; to love another as one loves himself (self-love is important) will make the world a better place for all.

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Needs and wants

We are on the first of July, we are on the thresh hold of what is being called as Unlock 2. Since we know what this innocuous and actually silly term means let us jump into the post.

The world has changed, we have changed. The changes will continue.

 These days a video channel on YouTube fascinates me, called Living Big in a Tiny House the videos inspire me. The host and presenter is quite likeable and though his lines are so predictable there seems to be some genuine emotions in what he says. In one of the videos he also shared about his climb up to the top from a struggling actor to an Influencer on YouTube with over 3 million followers and making it a full time profession along with his wife / partner. The channel focuses on people who have built small homes on trailers and have downsized their lives to fit into these tiny homes.

Most of these home owners decided to give up their old lives and downsized to basic essentials with few possessions. They also changed their lives to fit into a small space that is often environment friendly and self- sufficient. These home owners are usually working from their homes and so they are happy to live in remote parts of the country in communion with nature. These homes are beautiful, the owners are admirable and I am hooked to the channel. Many of these videos are from a few years ago, the pre COVID19 days, so you can say that these people foresaw the future.

After more than 100 days of being locked up some of us have started understanding the difference between needs and wants. We have now started to understand that our needs can be fulfilled with fewer wants and most of what we wanted earlier is actually not needed now.  So many of our possessions have suddenly become useless and at times are a burden to us. For instance those who have a car on loan will be wondering if this is a white elephant (unfair to elephants actually) burning money while simply standing idle. This lockdown is an opportunity for many to live big with very little and to be happy for it. We are transforming from spend to save, consume to conserve, exist to live.

We know that this too shall pass and things may become better, however the lessons we have picked up should remain with us.

Whats that smell???

You walk into a party and the person next to you smells of Hugo Boss but you like Sauvage, you actually cannot stand Boss, what will you ...