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Is fulfillment a part of your life? Are you happy with what you do? Maybe it's time, you sit with yourself and answer these questions to yourself.
Is fulfillment a part of your life? Are you happy with what you do? Maybe it’s time, you should sit with yourself and answer these questions.
It was a winter evening. I and my friend were enjoying a plate of Momos in Dilli Haat, which we both loved dearly. We generously dipped each piece in the spicy chilli sauce and gorged our plates sinfully. It was a happy day, with good weather, food and a lovely friend to talk to.
Our conversation turned towards ‘the definition of being fulfilled in life.’ ‘What is that one thing that makes you feel fulfilled?’ she asked. I, in my simple observation replied that ‘I have a 9-5 job, I earn for myself and contribute to my family, and I feel that my life is fulfilled.’
I posed the same question to my friend and her answer left me in awe. Not because she said something so far-fetched but because her truth was so simple.
My friend is a doctorate. She creates art and sells her creations.
My friend is a doctorate. She is married and has a beautiful child. She chose not to work and rather follow her passion. She creates art and sells her creations. She earlier had a corporate job, but that single experience left her so drained out that she made it a point to never associate with it again. I found this decision rather weird and personally tagged her weak. She has a flourishing painting business now and sells her art in various places, Dilli Haat being one. People even buy her work from her exhibitions. In the art circle, she is a known name.
She told me that she feels fulfilled every day for different reasons. First when she rises with the sun and goes for a run. Seeing the sun rise makes her feel alive every day, she told me.
Then she continued that she feels fulfilled when she sees her daughter. After her baby arrived she has always stayed by her side. She has been the first witness to all her daughter’s first feats – starting from her yawn to her first steps. Her resolve to stay away from the corporate world was made even stronger after her daughter arrived. “I did not want to miss out on my daughter’s life”she added.
Thirdly she said she feels fulfilled when she lovingly cooks for her little family.
Finally her painting shop. Following her passion and earning from it is one of the greatest blessings she believes she has. It was a tough decision, though, and required a lot of hard work to actually carve out a niche all by herself. She can now proudly call herself an entrepreneur.
‘You know Priyanka, I spend an hour to eat my breakfast. I relish every bite that I take. I meditate and have the time to reconnect with myself. I water the flowers in my garden. These little pleasures give me immense satisfaction. Had I been in the corporate madness I would have missed out on so much in life,” she said with a smile.
As I made my way back home I could not help but think of my own life. It is a five days a week blur.
As I made my way back home I could not help but think of my own life. It is a five days a week blur. I have never seen the sun rise. I eat food out of machines and cans. I don’t get the time to exercise. I do not exactly do what I like. Mostly, when sometimes I do something worthwhile, the piece gets tagged under the company’s name and not mine.
I always prided at being an independent working woman. I always thought that those who are not in the corporate world miss out on so much, the money, the corporate parties, the new friends, and the independence. But looking at my entrepreneur friend I realized it is actually the other way around. I am the one missing out on my life.
On the metro, my friend’s question reverberated in my ears. “What is that one thing that makes you feel fulfilled?” Well, this is a question I realized that I still needed to find an answer to. What about you?
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Chetan Bhagat had no business slut shaming Uorfi Javed or any other woman. If he wants to 'guide' young men in the 'right direction' then he should take accountability for his words.
Chetan Bhagat, one of India’s bestselling authors, thought it was an ingenious idea to slut-shame Uorfi Javed, an Indian actress and influencer, at the Sahitya Aaj Tak literature festival.
“Phone has been a great distraction for the youth, especially the boys, spending hours just watching Instagram Reels. Everyone knows who Uorfi Javed is. What will you do with her photos? Is it coming in your exams or you will go for a job interview and tell the interviewer that you know all her outfits? On one side, there is a youth who is protecting our nation at Kargil and on another side, we have another youth who is seeing Uorfi Javed’s photos hiding in their blankets.”
Uorfi Javed responded with a video on her Instagram stories calling out Bhagat’s bluff. She shared the screenshots of his previous chat conversations with Ira Trivedi, author and yoga instructor, which came to light during the #MeToo movement.
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Yesterday, I was watching these 4 young girls around 16 – 17 years old play badminton. They were having fun, goofing around with all 4 of them equally involved in the game.
In some time two of their male friends joined them, and as part of round robin, the 2 boys replaced two of the girls. All good.
As the play continued, I started noticing a change in the way the game was being played. The shuttle was played most of the times between the two boys and there was a sense of competition and aggression brought in. The other 2 girls playing soon starting losing interest in the game as they hardly got any game time. Even if the shuttle came towards them, the boy in their team would move and play that shot. They soon moved to the sidelines as the boys continued to play.
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