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Achievement is not about gaining the materialistic standards of the society, but the continuous efforts we make in our lives every day.
Have you ever experienced an inner spark to achieve something widely and greatly in life?
And all of a sudden you wanted to move mighty mountains, control global warming, stop the Russia-Ukraine war, or do something similar to be headline news all over the world?
Many of us would have been through that phase. And eventually, we would let those desires fade off in a short period, which may be too short until the next meal or nap. But we do have that deep-rooted wish to be an achiever in life.
The word achievement, by the dictionary definition, means — a thing done successfully, typically by effort, courage, or skill.
But what does it mean in this fancy world? An award, a medal, a promotion in career, a little appreciation from society, and notable popularity in social media?
We idolize famous personalities as our role models and wish to achieve as high as them. We feel that we have achieved something in life only when someone praises us, or only when our efforts are recognized publicly.
But the simplest fact is, there are many common people around us achieving in life daily.
Just go out on an early morning walk. You could find roadside vendors ready for business with their products. Though their daily income is meagre, they don’t get fed up with their jobs. They work hard every day to take care of their family expenses.
The next time you pass through a construction site, take a look at the labourers working there. They work hard physically, especially women, all through the day, unmindful of the hot sun, to pay school or college fees for their children.
Isn’t that an achievement?
You go to a shopping mall or big shops for purchases. You will see women working late hours, sacrificing their family time, to make an earning. Isn’t that an achievement?
Travelling on a train? You could see handicapped people selling toys or small items for their living, with an intent to stand on their own legs. Isn’t that an achievement?
Our house-help works in multiple houses every day, in addition to taking care of her household and children. Isn’t that an achievement?
The sewage workers, the garbage truck drivers, employees on daily wages, cobblers, tailors, nurses, military employees, etc.—people of every profession who strive hard to stand on their own legs are achievers.
Turn to your home, and you will witness your mother take care of the dishes in addition to dealing with her boss at work. Isn’t that an achievement?
As well, a home-maker puts in all her efforts to blend the house into a beautiful home. Isn’t that an achievement?
And the list goes on and on!
Achievement is not about degree, profession, job designation, status, money, wealth, etc. You needn’t be the cover story of a magazine or climb up the stage and receive an award to be an achiever. It is not about the great heights we reach, it is all about the small efforts we put in to reach that height.
Pat your back for all your selfless contributions to make yours and someone else’s life better. Though you may not be a public figure, you are an achiever too.
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Rajshri Deshpande, who played the fiery protagonist in Trial by Fire along with Abhay Deol speaks of her journey and her social work.
Rajshri Deshpande as the protagonist in ‘Trial by Fire’, the recent Netflix show has received raving reviews along with the show itself for its sensitive portrayal of the Uphaar Cinema Hall fire tragedy, 1997 and its aftermath.
The limited series is based on the book by the same name written by Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy, who lost both their children in the tragedy. We got an opportunity to interview Rajshri Deshpande who played Neelam Krishnamoorthy, the woman who has been relentlessly crusading in the court for holding the owners responsible for the sheer negligence.
Rajshri Deshpande is more than an actor. She is also a social warrior, the rare celebrity from the film industry who has also gone back to her roots to give to poverty struck farming villages in her native Marathwada, with her NGO Nabhangan Foundation. Of course a chance to speak with her one on one was a must!
“What is a woman’s job, Ramesh? Taking care of parents-in-law, husband, children, home and things at work—all at the same time? She isn’t God or a superhuman."
The arrays of workstations were occupied by people peering into their computer screens. The clicks of keyboard keys were punctuated by the occasional footsteps moving around to brainstorm or collaborate with colleagues in their cubicles. Most employees went about their tasks without looking at the person seated on either side of their workstation. Meenakshi was one of them.
The thirty-one-year-old marketing manager in a leading eCommerce company in India sat straight in her seat, her eyes on the screen, her fingers punching furiously into the keys. She was in a flow and wanted to finish the report while the thoughts and words were coming effortlessly into her mind.
Natu-Natu. The mellifluous ringtone interrupted her thoughts. She frowned at her mobile phone with half a mind to keep it ringing until she noticed the caller’s name on the screen, making her pick up the phone immediately.
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