We All Deserve a Second Chance, Don’t We? 45

A few months back I had a family function to attend and I fixed an appointment with a friend who runs a beauty salon. I’ am a regular customer of this salon and over the years I and the owner of the salon had become good friends. Hence, I always preferred for her to do any of the tasks such as the hair cut, eyebrow shaping etc. However, when I went, my friend was busy with other clients and she asked me to wait. I decided to wait and looked around. There were two other girls in training. Although one of them was busy working with few other clients, another trainee caught my eye. She looked scared and worried. I overheard some of the ladies talking “ the girl is a new one here and does not even know how to hold the scissors. I really don’t want her to do anything on me. What if she cuts my hair all wrong, I cannot afford for such a mistake”

By the time my friend made herself free, I decided to get my hair cut done by the new girl called Divya(name changed). I told the same to my friend, and knowing me she smiled and openly agreed. She called Divya and told her to do the cut as whatever I prefer. Divya was visibly shaking. I tried to make her feel as comfortable as possible with small talks and told her to do the simple cut which ever she is familiar with. She did do some errors though and tried to apologize for it. I realized she was really good at her work, but the fear of doing a mistake, made her do them. I brushed her off telling the hair is going to grow in few days and the wrong cuts will never be noticed. Beauty and good looks are in our behaviour and how compassionate we are towards others isn’t it? Remaining all other makeups and stuff is just temporary.

After that incident, I could not make myself free and went back after two months. To my surprise, I saw the same two women who did not want Divya to do anything to them a few months back, requesting Divya to do their hair cut!! They waited for her to finish all other clients. Divya is no employee of mine, nor we are related in any way! But, at that moment my heart rushed with a feeling of being proud. As soon as Divya looked at me, she beckoned me to a chair and said “ Akka (sister), you did not come back after that day, I was so worried. But you gave me such a hope that I worked hard and I learned so many different styles. Tell me what hair cut you want, I can do that without a mistake now.” Call me stupid, or emotional but I could not hold back that single happy tear which was so stubborn to flow out. I came back home after an hour with a beautiful new hair style which everyone appreciated as it made me look different, unique and wow.

Dear friends, I understand that there are so many situations where we do not want things to go wrong. But do give a second chance for those young learners who try so hard for a living. By being compassionate and kind, be it anywhere, any job. No one can be an expert right from the beginning. Remember, we all learn from our mistakes. Give and take those little chances. You have my word! Your kindness today will definitely be rewarded tomorrow.

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“I Fear a Relapse”, Says Deepika Padukone. 1357

The trailer of the most awaited Padmavati movie was released making us wait on a tiptoe for the movie to be released soon which is actually on December 1st, 2017 (See the trailer here). While on-screen Rani Padmini fights for her honor, the actress who plays the role, Deepika Padukone is fighting altogether a different battle in her real life.

While shooting for the Happy New Year movie, Deepika was fighting her inner battle of depression. Although she did not realize it then. Her mother who came to visit felt there was something wrong and requested Anna Chandy, a psychiatrist from Bengaluru to talk to her daughter. Though Deepika ignored it for a period of time, she finally recognized her problem and took steps to cure it. However, in a recent event, while talking about the Jauhar scene of Rani Padmini in the movie Padmavati, she revealed that she lives in a constant fear of a relapse of depression. She said “ I don’t think, I am completely over it. There is always a fear of relapse as that phase when it happened is the worst experience in my life”.

Since her opening up about her condition in public, there are numerous articles written about depression and there are plenty of suggestion available for someone who is looking for help. But, the truth is a lot many of the population who are suffering from depression do not know that they have it and they need help. Most of them try to think it is nothing but stress, fatigue and they are over-worked.

Like Deepika said in one of her interviews earlier while talking about her feelings during the time, being sad and being depressed are two different things. When someone is sad, they look sad, but when someone is depressed, most of the times they hide it. They try to behave normally while the feeling of emptiness keeps nagging at them. You do not have to be poor or have to lose something in life to be depressed. Sometimes the feeling of depression has no reason.

How to recognize the signs?

When someone is depressed, you may notice certain changes in them. Such as,

  • Less interested in daily activities
  • Loss of appetite and weight changes (can lose or gain)
  • being angry and irritable most of the times
  • less energised
  • self-loathing
  • reckless behaviors
  • Change in sleeping patterns

These are some of the changes we notice in a depressed person, not for few days but on a regular basis. If you spot these in someone or if you are facing it yourself, get help. There is no age or gender who are affected by depression.

Recognizing and understanding the symptoms of depression is the first step to finding a solution. Once you know, meet a good psychiatrist and get help. There is no shame in finding help to cure a mental illness. We meet our doctors for physical illness. In the same way, sometimes our mind also need that extra help too.

Do not, I repeat do not ever be afraid to ask for help!!! Because you might be surprised that there are so many good people around you who really care and want to help you.

Marriage – the funniest ironical institution in India 221

Many people would not be able to figure out the mistake in the following figure. Well, there is no grammatical mistake, there is no printing error or any other fault in it. If you still haven’t figured it out, I have an answer for you, I would like you to face the ironical reality of the modern world or the 21st century where the thoughts and ideologies of Paleolithic age still prevails.

Women have always been considered as a pillar of the society, we have given her various names, we worship her, pamper her and consider her to be the live giver; there is nothing wrong in it. However, it blows my mind to see such kind of ideas still prevail in the society. I personally feel that a woman gets a chance to change her life, the first time she is born, the second time her life changes when she gets married and the third time she changes her life when she gives birth to a new life. But, amidst all this ebb and flow of life cycle, why is there a question that she needs to answer every time. Why is there a need to prove that she can equally love her parent and in-laws? Well, if you feel that I am proclaiming something different, then you must have a look at the picture here.

I find arrange marriages to be the funniest institution in India. Irrespective of the fact that I am a party to it, I still believe that it has some funny traditions and beliefs flowing in it. I would like to highlight a few-

  • The first thing that we say in India is, “Shaadi hamesha barabari ke khaandaan mein honi chahiye (One should get married in a family who is equal in status with the other),” Well, if that is true, why this equivalence is only restricted to money, why no one questions on thoughts, beliefs, ideas, vision etc. Yes, money is important to run a family, but imagine a situation where you have a big house, a big car etc. but both husband and wife are never on the same page. Is that the mantra for a happy married life? At least I don’t feel so.
  • Another popular phrase which we commonly here during the marriage is that “Shaadi to parivaaro ka mail hai ( Marriage is not between two people, it is the bonding of two families,” if that is so, why a girl has to put her in-laws first and ignore her parents. If that’s not the truth, I would again request you to run through the picture above. Why can’t both the families co-exist. Although, things are changing, the ground reality is different.
  • One of the common things I have heard is, “ Ladki ko sasural ke hisab se adjust karna chahiye (girl must learn to compromise and live as per her in-laws and husband),” there is nothing wrong in it and I too believe in it, but what if we tweaked this scenario, like both the parties can make slight adjustments so that everyone is happy and the guy or the husband doesn’t have to take sides.

What I have written is not new or neither revolutionary, I have actually started to find our society to be hilarious. We are never in a phase to create an equal world, rather we always pester on the fact that one has to be above, I think this hierarchical ideology is still haunting us since the time of Britishers. I don’t know how much change will come in the times to come, but, even if one person transforms after reading this, I will feel content.