नागवेणी – रहस्यमय कहानी


 डूबते सूरज की लाल किरणो से निकलती आभा चारो ओर बिखरी थी. सामने, ताल का रंग लाल हो गया था. मैं अपनी मोबाईल से तस्वीर लेने लगी. डूबते सूर्य किरणों के साथ सेल्फी लेने की असफल कोशिश कर रही थी. पर तस्वीर ठीक से नहीं आ रही थी. तभी पीछे से आवाज़ आई – ” क्या मैं आपकी मदद कर सकती हूँ ? “चौक कर पलटी तो सामने एक खुबसूरत , कनक छडी सी, आयत नयनो वाली श्यामल युवती खड़ी थी.

मैंने हैरानी से अपरिचिता को देखा और पूछा – “आप को यहाँ पहले नहीं देखा. कहाँ से आई है? और मोबाईल उसकी ओर बढ़ा दिया . उसने तस्वीरें खींचते हुये कहा – कहते हैं , डूबते सूरज के साथ तस्वीरें नही लेनी चाहिये. मैं भी अस्ताचल सूर्य के साथ अपनी तस्वीर लिया करती थी. फ़िर गहरी नज़रों से उसने मुझे देखते हुये मेरे मन की बात कही – बडे…

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1. Have a firm handshake.

2. Look people in the eye.

3. Sing in the shower.

4.Own a great stereo system. Music is life.

5.If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.

6. Don’t expect life to be fair.

7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.

8. Always accept an outstretched hand.

9. Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.

10. Whistle.

11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.

12. Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 per cent of all your happiness or misery ABSOLUTELY!.

13. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.

14. Lend only those books you never care to see again.

15. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that he has.

16. When playing games with children, let them win.

17. Give people a second chance, but NOT a third.

18. Be romantic.

19. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

20. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.

21. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for our convenience, not the caller’s.

22. Be a good loser.

23. Be a good winner.

24. Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.

25. When someone hugs you, let him be the first to let go.

26. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.

27. Keep it simple at everytime.

28. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.

29. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.

30. Live your life so that your epitaph could read, NO REGRETS.

31. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.

32. Never waste an opportunity to tell people you love them.

33. Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped and loved you.

34. Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.

35. Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you need only stay a few minutes.

36. Begin each day with some of your favourite prayer

37. Once in a while, take the scenic route.

38. Send a lot of greeting cards. Sign them, ‘Someone who thinks you’re terrific.’

39. Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.

40. Keep a note pad and pencil on your bed-side table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.

41. Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.

42. Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.

43. Make someone’s day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you.

44. Become someone’s hero.

45. Marry only for love, it is key to your happiness if every other thing fails.

46. Count your blessings.

47. Compliment the meal when you’re a guest in someone’s home.

48. Wave at the children on a school bus/house/street/

49. Remember that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with PEOPLE. That is emotional intelligence.

50. Share this to help your friends.

51. Make sure someone says THANK-YOU to you every day.

Judging Others

A car ahead was moving like a turtle and not giving me way inspite of my continuous honking! I was on brink of losing my cool when I noticed the small sticker on the car’s rear!

“Physically challenged; Please be patient.”

And that changed everything. I immediately went calm and slowed down. In fact I got a little protective of the car & the driver. I reached work a few minutes late, but it was ok.

And then it struck me. Would I have been patient if there was no sticker? Why do we need stickers to be patient with people?

Will we be more patient and kind with others if people had labels pasted on their foreheads??

Labels like –

Lost my job

Fighting cancer

Going through a bad divorce

Suffering Emotional abuse

Lost a loved one

Feeling worthless

Financially broken

and more like these…..

Everyone is fighting a battle we know nothing about. The least we can do is be patient and kind. Let us respect the invisible labels.


खुशवंत सिंह के लिखे ज़िंदगी के दस सूत्र ।

इन दसों सूत्रों को पढ़ने के बाद पता चला कि सचमुच खुशहाल ज़िंदगी और शानदार मौत के लिए ये सूत्र बहुत ज़रूरी हैं।

1. अच्छा स्वास्थ- अगर आप पूरी तरह स्वस्थ नहीं हैं, तो आप कभी खुश नहीं रह सकते। बीमारी छोटी हो या बड़ी, ये आपकी खुशियां छीन लेती हैं।

2. ठीक ठाक बैंक बैलेंस- अच्छी ज़िंदगी जीने के लिए बहुत अमीर होना ज़रूरी नहीं। पर इतना पैसा बैंक में हो कि आप आप जब चाहे बाहर खाना खा पाएं, सिनेमा देख पाएं, समंदर और पहाड़ घूमने जा पाएं, तो आप खुश रह सकते हैं। उधारी में जीना आदमी को खुद की निगाहों में गिरा देता है।

3. अपना मकान- मकान चाहे छोटा हो या बड़ा, वो आपका अपना होना चाहिए। अगर उसमें छोटा सा बगीचा हो तो आपकी ज़िंदगी बेहद खुशहाल हो सकती है।

4. समझदार जीवन साथी- जिनकी ज़िंदगी में समझदार जीवन साथी होते हैं, जो एक-दूसरे को ठीक से समझते हैं, उनकी ज़िंदगी बेहद खुशहाल होती है, वर्ना ज़िंदगी में सबकुछ धरा का धरा रह जाता है, सारी खुशियां काफूर हो जाती हैं। हर वक्त कुढ़ते रहने से बेहतर है अपना अलग रास्ता चुन लेना।

5. दूसरों की उपलब्धियों से न जलना- कोई आपसे आगे निकल जाए, किसी के पास आपसे ज़्यादा पैसा हो जाए, तो उससे जले नहीं। दूसरों से खुद की तुलना करने से आपकी खुशियां खत्म होने लगती हैं।

6. गप से बचना- लोगों को गपशप के ज़रिए अपने पर हावी मत होने दीजिए। जब तक आप उनसे छुटकारा पाएंगे, आप बहुत थक चुके होंगे और दूसरों की चुगली-निंदा से आपके दिमाग में कहीं न कहीं ज़हर भर चुका होगा।

7. अच्छी आदत- कोई न कोई ऐसी हॉबी विकसित करें, जिसे करने में आपको मज़ा आता हो, मसलन गार्डेनिंग, पढ़ना, लिखना। फालतू बातों में समय बर्बाद करना ज़िंदगी के साथ किया जाने वाला सबसे बड़ा अपराध है। कुछ न कुछ ऐसा करना चाहिए, जिससे आपको खुशी मिले और उसे आप अपनी आदत में शुमार करके नियमित रूप से करें।

8. ध्यान – रोज सुबह कम से कम दस मिनट ध्यान करना चाहिए। ये दस मिनट आपको अपने ऊपर खर्च करने चाहिए। इसी तरह शाम को भी कुछ वक्त अपने साथ गुजारें। इस तरह आप खुद को जान पाएंगे।

9. क्रोध से बचना- कभी अपना गुस्सा ज़ाहिर न करें। जब कभी आपको लगे कि आपका दोस्त आपके साथ तल्ख हो रहा है, तो आप उस वक्त उससे दूर हो जाएं, बजाय इसके कि वहीं उसका हिसाब-किताब करने पर आमदा हो जाएं।

10. अंतिम समय- जब यमराज दस्तक दें, तो बिना किसी दुख, शोक या अफसोस के साथ उनके साथ निकल पड़ना चाहिए अंतिम यात्रा पर, खुशी-खुशी। शोक, मोह के बंधन से मुक्त हो कर जो यहां से निकलता है, उसी का जीवन सफल होता है।

Size of God

A boy asked the father: _What’s the size of God?_ Then the father looked up to the sky and seeing an airplane asked the son: What’s the size of that airplane? The boy answered: It’s very small. I can barely see it. So the father took him to the airport and as they approached an airplane he asked: And now, what is the size of this one? The boy answered: Wow daddy, this is huge! Then the father told him: God, is like this, His size depends on the distance between you and Him. *The closer you are to Him, the greater He will be in your life!

Karan Arjun #Mahabharat

While the battle of Kurushetra was at its peak, Arjuna and Karna were fighting each other. It was a battle to witness, a flurry of arrows were being exchanged, and even Gods were witnessing this epic battle between the 2 warriors.

Arjuna would shoot his arrows and the impact of these arrows would be so much that Karna’s chariot would go back by 25-30 feet. People who witnessed this were amazed by the skills of Arjuna.

Karna was no less. When he shot arrows, Arjuna’s chariot would also shake and go back by 3-4 feet.

More than everyone, Krishna would applaud Karna every time his arrow hit Arjuna’s chariot. But not once did He applaud Arjuna’s skills.

At the end of the day, Arjuna asked Krishna: “Oh Lord, I have shot so many arrows at Karna’s chariot, it was being displaced like a feather in wind, but not once did you appreciate me. Rather, you would appreciate his skill despite his arrows just displacing my chariot a little”.

Krishna smiled and replied “Oh, Arjuna, remember, your chariot is protected by Hanuman at the top on your flag, Me as your charioteer in the front and by Sheshnag at its wheels, yet the whole chariot would still sway and displace whenever the valiant Karna hit us with his arrows”.

“But Karna’s chariot is not protected by any such force, he is on his own, yet he fights valiantly”.

It is said that after the battle of Kurushetra was over, Krishna refused to get off the chariot till Arjuna got down. Once Krishna alighted from the chariot, it caught fire and turned to dust.

Krishna said “Oh Arjuna, your chariot was destroyed by Karna a long time ago, it is I who was still protecting it.”

“Never in your life have the arogance to say that you have achieved something. If you have achieved something, it is the divine will, it is the divine intervention that has always protected you, cleared your path and given you the right opportunities at the right time”