Many of you might be wondering why this heading and what on the earth it means. Sorry for the suspense people its World Blood Donor’s Day today as per Insta & FB. So on this day i will like to say thank you to all the people who I know and don’t know, who has donated Blood even once in their life.
As you all know that this topic is very close to my heart and many of the people’s life depends on daily basis or in emergent cases. But whatever the need maybe the fulfilment leads to dire results many a times had witnessed it personally. I think it was Covid 1st wave April Mid and for my regular transfusions the blood bank gave a red signal that your blood group is currently not available and the overall blood and its related products are in a short supply. (I was like WTF) Although after lot of calls here and there and few favours collected it was done a day late (but not a dollar short) and i was refuelled to keep moving for the next fortnight. (Thank you Unknown Angel). After all this fiasco a brother (who wish not to be named) came forward along with couple of more guys to intervene the situation and act as my personal blood bank because they were of the same group and were always a text away for any time donation.
This got me thinking during that time, what would have happened if arrangement didn’t happened on time and me and my family & friend’s connections wouldn’t have worked in my favour..??? Apart from that how did the people who are not well connected faced the severe shortage of a necessary element…??? (Thanks once again Donor Angels & God) Although we have came a long way in last couple of decades earlier people were too hesitant to come forward for blood donation and after effort of red cross and other organisations situation has improved a lot, still a long way to go in my honest opinion.
Dear readers if you have not did a blood donation till now and “IF” physically you are allowed / able to do so then it is my humble request please try doing it once (Don’t forget eating cookie & juice after it). And for the Donor Angels thank you once again from bottom of my heart to keep doing the super work.
Was talking over a beer with a friend couple of days back and we were just laughing over the past fun times and all the crazy shit we did over the period of time. But guess what after 5 mins the conversation changed to the regular business, economic scenario’s, Stocks etc etc. I noticed my past 1 year that most of the conversations had been like this,New Ideas, Work, Side work/ Passion work, Hustle, Health & ya A fine Scotch etc.
This got me thinking from where we started to where we reached in terms of conversations, meaning of fun and overall outlook of life. Then it clicked, its ADULTING. So as per Oxford Dictionary “the practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks.”
In short from being someone else’s responsibility to being responsible for someone or something. With Adulting oneself is incharge of 99% of life’s decisions and when in business the effects of others actions lands on you and you are incharge to lead them through the betterment which is eventually self betterment as well. In short “THE BUCK STOPS WITH YOU”.
One is allowed to screwup in adulting but you are incharge of own actions, someone else wont be coming to clean up ur mess, wether it is Business balance sheet, or Life Balance Sheet. We only are responsible for everything.
Sometimes I miss being a 25 YO kid who was just figuring things out and dabbling the idea of adulting and frankly it is 10 years and suddenly Adulting has hit me and damn I must say it has hit me hard. Still all the preparation of Adulting has not lead to any substantial results. It is an Extempore Exam which just never ends. But in terms of learning, this whole Adulting has been a great teacher and everyday something new falls on your as a Problem which you solve and learn something and move ahead in life.
To all my readers who are below 23 please enjoy as much u can & the people who are sailing on a same boat of Adulting as me “KEEP FIGHTING” and Excel at Adulting..
Please do let me know it is a Boon or a Curse in comments, In my honest opinion it is a glass half full kind of situation. Boon for me though…!!!
So it was kind of a bummer life took a turn in 2016 (don’t know for good or bad depending on the glass example I’ll say for Good for me though) and I landed on a wheelie for my daily movements.
But ya life was moving on and i was still travelling a lot by my car so it is good for me, But there was an invisible fear or hitch on travelling via flights because lots of ifs and buts are always there and an additional responsibility of carrying a motorised wheelchair.
I got an opportunity to travel to the City of Pearls for some Round Table Event, travelling how was a this or that option This being Car or That being flight coz it was easy as hell. So after long discussions with Indigo Airlines post seeing on their website that they allow motorised wheelchairs to be carried via check in luggage without any extra charge in all domestic routes. (Kudos Indigo for a super service for differently abled travellers)
So all said and done and after ticket bookings and all that we were ready to fly. now there was one small request of indigo people that sir you need to reach our checkin counters minimum 3 hrs before. Oh damn my flight from Jaipur was of 5 AM. So there were we scared out of our minds at 2 AM in the middle of night. And the whole wheelchair transfer + checkin + security + mandatory Starbucks happened swiftly with 1 hr to spare. The transfer from my wheelchair to Airlines Aisle wheelchair at the time of checkin was very easy and comfortable. (Take a bow Indigo Jaipur staff you guys played well). So after that it was just and easy drive in their bus till flight, easy boarding and simple transfer to the seat.
Upon arrival a guy was waiting on the aircraft gate for all other passengers to disembark so he can come with Aisle wheelchair and do my de-boarding. i found my wheelchair near luggage carousel only getting dropped off by a guy who got it down from the Aircraft cargo hold, to my surprise there was no damage to the wheelchair, it was kept safely. So all luggage check and we got our cab and on our way.
But after 3 days when I landed back to the Jaipur airport It was Sunday 8th May 2022. So i was under the impression that what happened with me when i was disembarking the guy will come and take me. But their cleaning crew entered and some handler of indigo who was overseeing the turnaround of the aircraft for the next flight asked to de- board i told him I am waiting for a wheelchair then this guy replied me Sir you can find it at the gate. I have to tell him thrice that I need an aisle wheelchair (such a pathetic service). Then this guy says me sorry and arranges in after 5 mins and i am on my way.
Guess what I was under an impression that aisle wheelchairs have been noted on tickets at the time of booking and all necessary arrangements made so the goof up which happened in Jaipur doesn’t happens. but no systems are there u just need to tell them once you land or something. (Damn Indigo Upgrade your systems).
All in all I had good flights barring a small incident at Jaipur airport (I am sure it could have been avoided if proper notification could have been done beforehand) got confidence that I can fly domestically with my own wheelchair in the cargo hold.
Successful trip + Successful test flights = Happy Me
I also like reading books just like many of you, it helps with learning about any particular topic, or books for sometime detach us from the real world and immerse in the fictional one, or can be a biography. So basically theres no end to it.
So i was contemplating taking one and finally i got it last December as a gamble that it will fit my reading style or will it be a hassle-full gadget in in which will be gracing my drawer with its long term presence.
But to be very honest my reading has improved and now i finish 1 book in 15 – 18 days and can carry 2 – 3 books simultaneously. So depending on the mood and genre you can just press the screen once and viola book change and previous one will be ready for you whenever you want to go back. (Choices are not bad)
And 1 main thing which i am a big advocate is of not telling people what are you reading if the title or genre is not crowd friendly. So no more book-shaming It happened to me firsthand i was book shamed. We landed at Mumbai airport from some abroad flight and there was few hours to kill so i went to the books store to do just timepass because seriously i was in no mood to buy anything just plain old browsing there fifty shades of grey was in no 1 bestseller list so it caught my eye, the store guy said it is in demand and lot of travellers are buying it and has been recently launched. So alas going to the number 1 bestseller book i bought it without even asking what it is about. I Purely judged book on its cover which caught my fancy.
Then the store guy at the time of billing suggests sir it part of the set why are you taking only 1 and take the full set i just rolled my eyes to him paid for all 3 and came back to check out the book and start reading.
Then on my opposite waiting chair a Business traveller type of lady came and sat and he worked on her laptop for few minutes then she closed in anticipation of flight but she asked me “Does reading this book here suits you” “are these your manners”. And I was like What the Hell i just bought it 10 mins back and read only 2 pages but who are you to judge what am i reading or not. Our so called argument was just 4 mins and then both of us went our own way .Although Later in the week i got to know why she was really pissed about the book. But i was long back home So hardly matters.
This kind of privacy is a boon with kindle, and till now its been 6 months with me and i am an life time fan of the product, thank you amazon for such a beautiful product.
the only thing missing is the smell of books, that paper turning voice and old-school bookmarks.
Last night we (Me & Family) were watching the match together as we generally do in the IPL season. As everyone knows in the fag end of the match MSD was on the crease trying his level best to clinch the match but he was taking time to catch his breath and regenerate strength to face another ball.
So as the match ended lots of trolling was happening and pro MSD supporters were defending him and praising his innings (Which was definitely expected out of them). Main thing out of which was even the commentators were praising MSD for his effort and dedication towards the game.
But trollers being trollers or will it be okay to say haters being haters left no stone unturned on various social media to display their affection towards MSD. Seriously people look at his effort and zeal to try and win the lost match.
A person with the age of 39 years playing such level of game and that too from last 16 years since his debut on international level and who has given us so many of good matches, insane wicketkeeping (Which was not thinkable for Indian Team Pre MSD) and super moments specially the ICC World Cup, it was seriously a sight to see for a generation. And watching the IPL don’t we think that players are also people like us who had sat in lockdown in homes without any substantial practice & insane workouts. I am sure it is bound to effect playing capabilities. Seriously trollers is 1 – 2 week of practise is enough to play in UAE heat after sitting in homes for 5 – 6 months…???
MSD didn’t deserved the trolling and memes on him, but no worries there is full confidence of many people on him for not getting effect of trolling and play as gloriously as he had played always.
Adopt, Adapt & Improve its our motto of Round Table International .Lockdown time is suppose to get us distancing socially with other people but it is definitely necessary to meet people & have fun to curb lockdown anxiety. We just need to change the way we have fun as we are doing with our work and other things. With all this quarantine we ADOPT the way of life which we were accustomed to. We ADAPTed living with this Quarantine & Lockdown across the world & Finally we IMPROVE by doing a crazy party.
Insane fun happened last night when Round table international President Tr. Sabastian and Vice President Tr. DK Singh took this initiative and did a DJ night for all the Round Table members sitting at homes. We just needed nice speakers to have fun.
A very nice idea which was supported well by our Tr. Sushein AKA DJ Sue from Delhi. He played a mix of dance numbers ranging from english to Bollywood songs specially loved the english classic playlist which he executed for 20 minutes straight.
The whole idea was executed on Zoom Video conferencing app and was shared live on Facebook as well for tablers to enjoy. Seriously guys there were more than 250 people at one point of time all enjoying at the same time. Extra ordinary times require extraordinary measures which was well displayed here by the organizers and people behind this idea. Was astonished to see the people from all over the Globe ie Canada, Estonia, Belgium, UK, Netherland to name a few.
Round table international is definitely the original facebook, a place to meet friends and like minded people. There are very less places & events where people from all around the globe come together for a collective cause here today it was having fun.
Although it would have been so better if the party was in person rather then online, no guesses of what could have been quantum of fun but as I had said earlier also sometimes we have to play the hand we have dealt.
Special Thanks to Tr. DK Singh, Tr. Sushin, Tr. Sahil Jindal & Tr. Sabastian for pulling this off royally
As we all know that lockdown is going on, trust me I had faced a lockdown of myself when I was in bedrest. But to be very frank it was not as sad as the corona lockdown is. At least I had different people to talk to and matters to look for.
Ajmer being a small town has a greater risk for Covid19 infections as the overall market is small and in 10 kms radius the whole city ends. In last 3 days we have 15 new cases of corona and it is getting uncomfortably closer to home. We were hoping to have opening of business again 2 days back but now we are facing total curfew by the administration.
This baffeling news just came in from different sources that there was a persson who was in quarantine by the government and his report was pending & before the report came, he jumped all the security and ran away from the quarantine shelter. Just a huge Question which seriously popped up in my mind is how the hell people can be so careless, its just not about your own life at stake it is lives of a everyone in a city is at a stake.
Just wishing that people take these kind of little more seriously rather then playing with lives of masses and effort of the whole system around which is looking to flatten the curve or avoid major damages.
And after this news our application for opening of business (Which is approved by the Central government) got rejected again. Although local administration & Government is definitely not wrong taking this step but it would have been a huge help to the farmers who are still to this day are in their farms trying to provide us food 3 months down the line.
Lets see if the situation gets in control soon or else its just a matter of time before a big time Corona bomb explodes and wreak havoc in our beautiful country.
It is a saying with Poker players “Sometimes you have to play the hand you have been dealt”. Although I am not much of a poker player myself but I swear by this quote don’t know why. As we know that we all are away from friends and not able to travel / meet or sit with friends except they are your very close by neighbours or building mates.
In these quarantine / lockdown times I witnessed Corona Warriors of different type. Few of our Round Table India members came forward on few groups on messaging app and started keeping daily Zoom video meetings late at night.
Seriously a boon for people who are social big time and are not able to do socialising in the lockdown. Strictly Fun, No Corona talks, No business talks. Just plain old fashioned Leg pulling and cracking jokes at the expense of others & having a good laugh at the end of day to keep the mind sane in this insane time.
I am proud to say that personally had made 4 – 5 good friends out of these daily calls and this had been an integral part of daily routine from last 15 days.
Was a little skeptical at first to join any of the call where you don’t know much of the people, but in tabling or with Tabler’s (People who are members of Round Table) there are not much of the inhibitions as the thought process is carrying a simple goal in mind. FRIENDSHIP, FELLOWSHIP, FUN.
As a group who is yet so far (in distance) and yet so close, I would definitely like to keep it as a gain in my book in the Quarantine Time Balance Sheet.
Interestingly during the extension of this lockdown easing up of districts or businesses was allowed. It was decided that few of the important sectors like agriculture & related industries can be allowed to operate citing the Covid19 conditions in the said town.
So being in automotive industry had been reading and talking with lot of people regarding the opening and functioning (How, What, When, Who) kind of things and few others. Few pointers which definitely popped up in mind is the kind of responsibility which a business-owner will be taking on ones head.
Firstly is it definitely worth it to go with so much of trouble with authorities, administration & police force firstly to get the Travel passes. We need to do a detailed Cost v/s benefit study before taking this decision.
Secondly, The customer inflow would be very minimal as automobile industry is majorly customer driven. And even after lifting of lockdown the People wont be very forthcoming / eager to buy the cars ASAP.
Thirdly, As per the News / Views & messages on our dearest Whatsapp IF any of the employee or Customer gets infected and it gets traced back to us (Us being the business owner) we will be charged by an FIR, Seizing of Office Premises for who knows how many days & Massive Quarantine of whole staff & Customer database who we interacted with.
Fourthly, Had tried applying for pass for my Agri Business but frankly I got Rejected, I tried asking the reason for rejection & no one was able to give a proper grounds for rejection. Felt like none of the authorities we ready to take responsibility for issuing the passes to masses. Even though they are not wrong on their part as the stakes are very high right now, any misstep and we will have a severe outbreak like other cities, states, countries.
Just not in favour of opening right now as being a responsible citizen is more important then being a responsible Businessman.
I had been suggested a book by couple of my Voracious reader friends & sister and when 2 of my sisters say about a particular thing I for one take it very seriously.
Had been suggested this book “IKIGAI” by Hector Garcia & Francesc Miralles, Thanks to Corona lockdown i got time to finish it finally. Must say that this book had definitely made a positive impact and taught ways to live a happy life no matter come what may. So will like to share few pointers from this book although they are just bullet points and wont lead to the in-depth knowledge of the book, for that one should definitely pick this up and finish it as soon possible.
Stay active; Don’t retire.
Take it slow
Don’t fill your stomach
Surround yourself with good friends
Get in shape for your next birthday
Reconnect with nature
Live in the moment
Follow your IKIGAI
After finding more on web for IKIGAI i found that it is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being”. At one point of time we all have this thought in mind that why I am here or what is my purpose of being here. Finding that is utterly necessary to lead a happy life.
Will suggest go for the book and understand the concept and try to find your IKIGAI, trust me it is necessary for all of us.