Living with Happiness!

Today I am making my submission based on the #IndiSpire prompt, which says-

Is happiness worthless today? Today so many people are running to earn money leaving some responsibilities behind , while running they forget to laugh or real happiness. #happinessworthless



While thinking on this subject, I remember an old story. There are so many such stories based on the wisdom of our forefathers, which teach us about moral values and give some practical lessons for life.

This very short story says that there was a person who was greedy to acquire more and more land, he got an offer from some king perhaps that as much land as you would cover by walking during day time, from sunrise to sunset would be yours. So that person started walking and due to his greed kept expanding the boundary, he wanted to acquire more and more and finally before that evening he , while walking relentlessly, without taking something to eat and drink, he fell down and died.

Practically he could get those 2 yards of land where he fell down and died for his burial. This story tells where our greed can take us.

Another instance I remember from the film- 3 Idiots, where we see the hero, the brilliant but easy going student- Rancho played by Aamir Khan, he believes that the students should enjoy their studies and should not become part of a mad race. And the professor there tells ‘Life is a race, nobody remembers who stood second, we have to be the first. What would happen when everybody aims to be first, only one person would achieve that goal.

But what has our lives become, specially that of those facing very difficult business targets, those in corporate sales teams or other those facing difficult production targets.

In today’s life, most people in big cities start early for catching the bus or train to reach their workplace, some people travel long distance for that, many keep honking their car horn at the traffic signals. There are so many stressors, traffic jams are also one of them. System does not accept these excuses, you have to be there in time and deliver in spite of all the odds.

Basically we have come here to live our lives, and living is useless if we do not enjoy life, do not remain happy. For living our life happily, there are other things that we have to do. But we have to keep in mind that these things we do to make our life happy and easy-going. Like, we have to do something to earn so that we can meet the requirements of our family. Now one thing that makes life miserable is that we keep expanding our desires. One can do something to meet the needs more easily, than meeting the desires. Since our desires keep expanding, especially we compare our standard of living with those who are living much lavished life, since that attracts us. This problem is much more among the middle class.

Somebody said that the middle class is like a motorcycle, they are like a bi-cycle, since they have two wheels, but they always try to compete with cars, since they are motor-driven.

I think this needs to be considered again and again that we have come in this world to live our lives, to enjoy it as much as we can and it is not only money that gives us joy. We should keep ourselves reminding that we have to enjoy our life and not to become part of a rat-race.

This is my humble submission on the subject. We should find occasions and reasons to laugh and smile with others. To enjoy every moment of our life.

Thanks for reading.

An inspiring platform- Indiblogger

I am not very old in the field of blogging. I had been writing poems long time back when I was in Delhi. Whenever I, or anybody else for that matter, wrote a new poem, it was a strong desire that the poem be recited in a poetic symposium, shared with some peers to know where it stands. This facility of sharing and listening to others was very much available in my literary circles that time and it inspired a lot when somebody got appreciation for his poems etc.


After a long time, I starting blog writing on ‘Wordpress’ platform and started getting reactions from some fellow bloggers there, later almost a year and a half back I came to know about ‘Indiblogger’ and found that here we can develop a closer network and we find more encouragement, can read nice blogs and get much inspiration for writing new blog posts.

There are a wide range of blogs here, from cooking to philosophy, politics to literature, films and music to artists and writers and what not. One might be active in one field but he or she can read from all fields and may be next time it can become a strong inspiration to write about that area.

There must be many community activities, meets etc. conducted by Indiblogger and those who have been associated with this community from earlier times might have experienced about them.

I have found that the continuous reading of blog posts on a variety of subjects by fellow bloggers, learning and getting inspired by them and getting their valuable inputs regarding the blog posts I share gives a great boost to my desire to share more and more on this platform.

Now we learn that ‘Indiblogger’ is facing great difficulty in continuing its operations and there is a big question mark on its future. Really it is not a good news for me and my fellow bloggers, active on this platform. I wish that this cloud of uncertainty over the future of this great community disappears and the activities again get a great boost and monetary health is re-achieved.

One activity that I remember to be a part of was last year in June I think when I along with a few other bloggers writing in Hindi and some other Indian languages were invited by Indiblogger to visit the ‘TVS Jupiter’ Factory near Bangalore, on a sales promotion campaign. We were taken around the TVS factory, given inputs regarding the product and then we had to write blog posts about it.

It was really a great experience and I developed a strong desire to become a part of more such activities, but as we learn now Indiblogger does not at present appear in a position to do so, may be commercially the operations are not earning well and not getting such offers from clients.

I only wish that Indiblogger again achieves great financial health and continues to serve and motivate the blogging community to give their best, in the form of Blog-posts.

• This blog post is my humble submission based on the prompt on #IndiSpire – A tribute to indiblogger! Your most memorable indimeets, favourite indiwins, cherished indinetworks and everything you want to blog about our own Indiblogger. #Indibloggerforever .

Thanks for reading.

246. ब्लॉग लेखन और कमाई!

अभी कुछ दिन पहले ही मैंने अपनी एक ब्लॉग पोस्ट में लिखा था कि किस प्रकार मेरी एक प्रायोजित यात्रा में कुछ ऐसे ब्लॉगर साथियों से मुलाक़ात हुई जो ब्लॉग लेखन के माध्यम से अच्छी कमाई कर रहे हैं।

अभी मैंने पाया कि #IndiSpire में इस विषय पर चर्चा हो रही है कि क्या धन कमाना, ब्लॉग लेखन का मुख्य लक्ष्य होना चाहिए!

कुछ पीछे जाना पड़ेगा, हम लोग शुरू के दिनों में कविता लिखा करते थे, तब मैं दिल्ली में था, कुछ साथी ऐसे मंचों पर भी जाते थे, जहाँ पैसे मिलते हैं और हम अधिकतर लोग ऐसी गोष्ठियों में जाया करते थे, जिनमें मुख्यतः कवि लोग आया करते थे और वे एक दूसरे की कविताओं की सराहना और समीक्षा किया करते थे।

जब आप जनता के बीच जाते हैं, जहाँ जाने के लिए आपको पैसे मिलते हैं, तब आप बाजार के बीच जाते हैं, तब जो कुछ जो आप परोस रहे हैं, वह माल है! उसको स्वीकार या अस्वीकार करना जनता के, ग्राहकों के हाथ में है।

और अगर जनता पर फैसला छोड़ दिया जाए, तो वे क्या पसंद करते हैं, सब जानते हैं! मुझे एक ही नाम याद आता है- सुरेंद्र शर्मा, वो चुटकुले बहुत सुंदर सुनाते हैं, लेकिन वो उनके ओरिजिनल नहीं होते, और वो कविता तो एकदम नहीं होते! और वो खूब चलते हैं और सबसे ज्यादा पैसा कमाने वाले कवियों? में शामिल हैं।

मुझे याद है किसी जमाने में हमने श्रेष्ठ कवि श्री रमानाथ अवस्थी जी को भी कविता-पाठ करते हुए सुना है। एक-दो बार ऐसा हुआ कि जनता ने उनको हूट कर दिया, फिर उन्होंने लंबा भाषण दिया, कहा कि मैं कोशिश करूंगा कि मैं आपके बीच न आऊं, मेरी कविता आपके पास आए! उसके बाद जब उन्होंने गीत पढ़ा तो हर पंक्ति पर ताली बजने लगी!

ब्लॉगिंग में तो खैर हम उस तरह से पब्लिक के सामने नहीं जाते, वैसे भी पढ़ने वाले माध्यम में हर कोई, एक-एक शब्द को अपने स्तर पर परखता है। भीड़ के बीच अक्सर ऐसे लोग हावी हो जाते हैं, जो सुरुचि संपन्न नहीं होते और हूटिंग में एक्सपर्ट होते हैं।

फिर से काव्य-मंच का उदाहरण याद आ रहा है। हमारे सीनियर कवि हैं- श्री देवेंद्र शर्मा ‘इंद्र’ जी, नवगीत में उन्होंने अनेक श्रेष्ठ रचनाएं दी हैं। वे कविता-पाठ का पैसा नहीं लेते। कहते हैं कि कविता तो मेरी बेटी है, उसको नहीं बेचूंगा!

दूसरी तरफ एक कवि हैं- डॉ. कुमार विश्वास, उन्होंने कितने मानदेय से शुरू किया था मैं जानता हूँ, लेकिन आज वे पूरी दुनिया घूम रहे हैं और कितना मानदेय ले सकते हैं उसकी कोई सीमा नहीं, खैर एक बात अच्छी लगती है कि एक अच्छा रचनाकार, कविता के नाम पर चुटकुले सुनाने वालों का मुक़ाबला कर रहा है।

इधर-उधर भटकने के बाद, फिर से मूल जगह पर आता हूँ, ब्लॉगिंग करने से अगर पैसे मिलते हैं तो उसमें क्या बुराई है, बस इस कर्म में जो बात आप लोगों तक पहुंचा रहे हैं वह पूरी निष्ठा, ईमानदारी और सृजनशीलता के साथ पहुंचाई जाए।

आज के लिए इतना ही,


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