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…!!!
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.
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 some of people might know from my Facebook profile and Instagram page that I got a doggo last year to fill the void created by sudden suicide of my previous one. So while searching for breeds I finalised on repeating pug as my dog but then thought process got fluctuated and I finally got a doggo of a breed that i fascinated a lot, I got a French Bulldog or fondly said as Frenchie.
This doggo who I fondly call YODA (named after Star Wars character) got attached to me in the first hour of his arrival and slowly & steadily he started following orders and travelled with me even to many places. And don’t leaves my side whenever possible for him.
But the hight of attachment happened once when I was in office and he was with me for his playing time and he attended with me in a meeting and sat in the lap and listened so patiently to the person sitting opposite to me, he evidently asked me bhaiya “if he didn’t likes what I say will he attack me or what”
The other episode which happened where i seriously felt happy was once when me and my mom was having a heated discussion and her pitch was high, so Yoda who was kind of sleeping suddenly sprung in action and started barking on her. And since that day I realised that yes dogs are definitely men’s best friend.
The strangest thing happens is at night he like to sleep on my pillow which gets a little problematic as too much closeness is also harmful many a times. But ya seeing his affection and sense of security towards me I let him crash on feet.
All in all the breed is good for the people like me who are looking for a small, easy maintenance & great travel companion & guard yet playful doggo. Just a word of caution, get a dog only if you can commit and give him time coz a pet is part of our life but for it we are his whole life.
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.
As we know the Lockdown has been extented by 15 days from most of the state governments. Although it is the right step in ensuring the safety of the masses… We common janta has lot to think for in terms of passing the time as I am pretty sure the pending backlog has been finished of most of the people, so now question arises how to do a proper utilization of the time.
I have a serious case of missing my friends or as my shrink says Anthrophobia… So I just cant stay away from my friends, cousins & even my Staff Members… So today while I was on a video con-call with best of my buddies I thought of sharing my experience with you…
Video Calling Apps like WhatsApp, Zoom, Google Duo etc are a boon to people like us who are not able to travel in this lockdown are in constant touch with friends and work people. So I am surely hooked to it as it definitely helping in keeping sane & connected in these tough times.
Delhi, Jaipur, Ajmer, Ahmedabad, jodhpur coming together to fight these tough times… braving together and being tenacious…
So as many of you know i am part of a wonderful organisation called Round Table International whose India Chapter is called as Round Table India.
So after my long bedrest (why, when, what later) it was my first travel to Delhi for a family holiday. As it was a holiday I was free and as told about my friends for the power of tabling in terms of cooperation & friendship i thought why not give it a try and meet few Fellow Tablers from Delhi so i got few numbers from my table friends here and started calling…
One lead to other and after 2 calls i got a call from Area Chairman of that year, heyy bro we all are going to Agra for our Area AGM why don’t you also join us it will be great fun and you can meet the whole area in one shot, Oh and ya Mika is coming to perform in our AGM’s party…
I was sold to this idea the instance i heard his name, so i asked him can i confirm you in 30 mins. he said bro no problem please take your time and do lemme know so i can tell the organizer’s for your proper arrangements and he connected me to one of the member of the organizing committee.
After 2 days of holidaying in Delhi with family i embarked alone for this journey with my driver bhaiya & Helper, The whole way i was just thinking of one thing “I dont know anyone there, wont i be bored” “Wont it look awkward” etc etc
But the moment i entered the hotel and went to the help desk to get a head way and introduce myself after that brothers started coming in to meet, chat laugh.. i was invited for sessions etc so all in all i had minimum 20 friends in 10 mins of time and it was not an outsider feel at all and superb fun filled next 3 days & memories of a lifetime.
Sometimes people ask me why Round Table, Isn’t it a waste of time…??? Definitely NO. Right now i have so many friends in places or cities or countries i had not imagined. Where ever I go it is brotherhood everywhere and always…!!! And best part for me, Help is always less then a call away…
So I was in Delhi last month and being an automobile dealer and a die – cast enthusiast by myself, had a chance to meet a super young guy with a rocking collection. Over the coffee we chatted on models, makes, shops & customs authorities. And the way internet & e commerce helped the collectors get hands on stuff sitting at home.
So 10 mins waiting at Starbucks (i so hate waiting) here enters a 27 year old something guy Ranbir Raj Mehra. A hardcore Delhi guy from the heart but soft-spoken to a whole different level. We exchange the usual pleasantries, ordered our coffee and sat for a chat. Ranbir is a Businessman by occupation and had passion for collecting model cars since he can recall (his own words) He started telling me his story that his passion started when he was 5 year old and his uncle gifted him Two 1:18 Scale models and he never saw behind again in terms of his collection.
His family always supported him to pursue his passion which is really necessary for the collection of this magnitude. He laughingly thanks to his mother for not letting anyone touch his models and keeps on pushing him for more and more model collection for his collection.
Then i asked him what made him take his collection to a whole different level, the level which is it on now and how he sees his collection shaping up in 10 years down the line. On which he thanked making a page on FB due to which he got to know the brands which were not available in india till date. And due to this page Online shops came into his sight and helped him getting his collection going to the another level. As for the 10 year question he assured me that his passion wont be dying (superb to hear bro). Its his dream to have the most exotic and limited edition models in his collection.
Apart from work and his Diecast passion he dont have any other hobbies or passions to pursuit.
Then we came on to the challenges part of the hobby. I shared my experiences of the time when i use to collect he updated me of the current scenario. In his point of view the diecast shops in india and people aren’t supportive when it comes to rare & exotic cars. These models are taxed at the 28% GST Slab Thats why the growth of this hobby is slow in India and for the collectors who are into importing these beauties for there own collection have to pay hefty amount as custom duties which run into tune of 30 – 35% easily.
Still Ranbir’s passion for this hobby is strong and I wish him the best for getting more and more cars in his collection.