Friday, March 30, 2007

Happiness is a blog post

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. -- The Dalai Lama

It is very easy to be unhappy --- just watch a cricket match involving India, or pick up a newspaper and both or either of them may make you unhappy.

So here are some of the my actions which makes me happy.
  • Let us begin in the very beginning of the day. If I get up instantly on hearing the alarm set on my mobile (which is, btw, set for 5:45 a.m.), I feel happy. But this is quite rare, maybe just once or twice in a week. I mostly hit the snooze button.
  • Over the past many years, I have been taking 7:20 a.m. train (now you know why the alarm is set at 5:45 a.m.) to commute to work. The train is unbelievably crowded even at such an early hour, and it is such a struggle to board the train. But I don't know why I like this train and try not to miss it. I feel happy if I managed to travel by this particular train.
  • After reaching my office, the first thing I do is to dash off to our excellent canteen. There is a particular seat in the canteen, which is my favourite, from where one gets an excellent view of Arabian Sea. If I happen to occupy it, I feel happy. Coffee, Toast with Butter and a beautiful view can make anyone happy in the mornings.
  • A hard day's work at office, with minimum goofing or wasting of time on non-consequential things makes me happy. Honestly.
  • I feel happy when I listen to any RD or SD Burman song, at work or at home. As I am composing this post, I am listening to a fabulous RD song `Panna ki tamana hai ke heera mujhe mil jaye .... and I feel happy.
  • I feel happy when I do not overstay at office in the evening and reach home on time, that is 7:35 p.m. Oh how happy I feel to see my wife and childrens. I hope they too feel happy to see me. If I reach on time, I get a royal reception from them, if I am late even by half an hour, I have lot of explanation to do.
  • After dinner, we, that is I, my wife and children go to our building's terrace for a stroll. Nowadays it is sooo hot during the day, the cold breeze in late evening just makes me happy and makes me smile.
  • And yes, I do feel happy composing a blog post like this, which I am sure no one will read, but since it is written, let it be there ...

BTW, this is my 300th post.


lone rider said...

i like your blog very much. just stumbled upon it while browsing....your thoughts on happiness are really sweet!

Kusum Rohra said...

:) Firstly congratulations for reaching 300th post.

This post is simply superb and the timely is really very apt.I have been having a very hard time lately and will be posting about that, however reading your post I realise I have been blessed with far too many simple joys in life and I should rather be happy than sit and complain because of a few things that are not working alright :)

I can understand how you feel about that train, I used to take 8.40 fast local from shahad and used to feel very disappointed if I missed it.

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, though our cook is not very good I think I am very lucky to be having garam garam nashta while reading the paper ek dum aaram se since I have the luxury of reaching office at 10 and my office is hardly 5 mins from my home.

Isn't music such a lovely thing? It can make you happy or move you to tears :) I remember when I used to listen to the radio and some of my favourite song would play I would be overjoyed :)

:) :) I can imagine how flustered you must be giving explanation for being late, but that also is a mark of how much your family loves you.

When I was in Ulhasnagar a friend of mine and I used to go for walks on the terrace daily :)

Thanks a lot for this post, I was going to write a very sad post on how life is become tough for me now, but thanks to your post I now feel life has much much simpler joys that I am deliberately not enjoying.

Raju Bathija said...

lone rider: Thanks for your kind words, and thank you for visiting my blog.

kusum: Thank you very much. I am overwhelmed by your comments. I have never received such uplifting comments earlier. For many days I was thinking about the 300th post and the idea about this post came to me in a flash. I am happy today after reading your comments. Thank you for making my day.

kunal said...

this is one of the best feel-good posts I have ever read...
thanks for bringing a smile on my face :)

Raju Bathija said...

kunal: Thanks very much for your comment :) and also for the

Sridhar Vanka said...

You made my day, Sir --- many Thanks !

I posted about your post at my blog without your permission.

Thanks again for making my day !!!
Keep smiling..!!!

Cuckoo said...

First things first.
Congratulations on your 300th post. :))
I am very new compared to you. Only 50 posts old. ;)

My first visit here. You have written it so beautifully about most simple things in life. And you have reminded me of so many of those. I am happy. :))

Yes, we crib a lot about not having enough in our life ignoring what we have.

Me too a Libran, like music & I have full collection of SD Burman including his non filmy folk songs. :))

Raju Bathija said...

sridhar: Thanks for your comment and the kind words :). You can post about it, permission is granted :).

cuckoo: Thanks for your visit and the kind words :).

Anyone who has full collection of SD Burman is bound to be happy. I am still building up my collection. His songs are truly timeless.

Poonam said...

Wow!!! I always knew you had a excellent command over words ....but this time you just amaze me.

Waiting for next one :)

Raju Bathija said...

Poonam: Thanks for visit to my blog and the comment :).

Carol said...

Thanks for the inspiration, Raju!

Raju Bathija said...

Carol: Thanks for the comment.