I’m standing there on my phone typing away an extensive rather important email to my sister. My family is sitting there at the dinner table saying, “hurry up your food will get cold”. After the third request I’m frustrated, still lost in my own digital world not realizing they were waiting and that dinner was getting cold. I say, “I don’t need to eat Dad..this is much more important.” I finally finished the email and came to the table. My Dad was a bit irked but didn’t say anything, it was just another night at the dinner table. My family was so patient, understanding and considerate but I on the other hand didn’t even think to say, “I’m sorry, I was writing an important mail to Didi (my sister).” It’s so ironic how easy it is to become absent minded and unintentionally inconsiderate when your preoccupied.
The next morning my Dad says, “Your sister told me about the nice email you sent her, why didn’t you communicate that to me at the dinner table?” I had no valid answer other than the realization that I’m posting in this very blog. Maybe writing this out will make me remember next time, just like I used to write out sentences on the black board at lunch time when I was in school. The only difference is this time no ones making me do it!
“That was a great movie”, my sister says. We are driving out of the parking lot and she see’s a champagne desert bar and playfully asks “you want to go?” I jokingly say, “no thanks, but I’ll go for some blue label.” As we take a turn, my head veers to the right and I see a big blue label outside the “Container Store” in Pasadena with the words “work smart” in it. I’m in awe, even though I was joking it became a sign for me to “work smart” in life and to not spend my precious moments of life being unaware even in the slightest bit of intoxication. It made me further realize I want to be aware and present in each moment, doing that takes practice but can pay off when you look back 50 years from now knowing you savored each moment and didn’t let your life just fly by . So I say, work smart then work hard too!
It’s funny how the mind can work if you look at the world through a positive lens, then you’ll read the right page which can take you and keep you on a happy, healthy path if you finish the book with that same lens.
Well here I am, finally sitting down in front of my computer finally blogging. After long deliberation, I’m entering into the social media arena. For many months I’ve been procrastinating by convincing myself it’s not the right time or that someone would take my data. Am I really so popular that anyone would do that or am I afraid of being criticized or am I just another aspiring artist who wants to make his mark in the world or perhaps I’m just lazy? As you can see, there could be a million excuses for my procrastination, but it’s not about making my mark as one of 7 billion global citizens. (Although, I wouldn’t be upset if that happened!) Rather, it’s about forming a haven for happiness and self-progress by sharing whatever I’ve learned, observed and experienced so far and expressing how I’m moving from where I’ve been to where I continue to be. I realized my true intention; I want people to benefit from this blog. So if I don’t try I’ll never know. I hope you find my musings amusing!
Here’s a brief bio. I grew up in the ever expanding city of Corona, California. Both my parents are from India, but I was born here in the “United” States of America. I graduated from UCLA with a Sociology degree. I like writing and have many goals and visions for the world our children will grow up in one day!
This website Happy Humanity!?!, consists of knowledge I’ve gained from over the past 2 years to 20 years or more, since much of my learning comes from an accumulation of my past coupled with my present understanding of it (change can be constant or captured, the choice is yours). This blog will become a free encyclopedia that touches on all facets of life, from life’s start to life’s end and life’s every simple and challenging day in the middle, which is actually life’s magnificence itself. An “absolute” happy, peaceful and Utopian humanity may never be possible, as our imperfection is our beauty. Yet, in order to get to an awakened evolved global society, we have to start with a happier more fulfilled self, deep down under the surface. It starts and ends with the self, all you have is “x” amount of time left in the middle. You may be billionaire Bill Gates or the happy hard working homeless guy cleaning windshields at the gas station, but looking through the clean glass from inside the vehicle beyond the “change” in your pockets is eventually what will transport you to happiness. We all need sustenance but I believe it’s of no value without happiness, health or wealth which comes in many forms.
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Live, Love, Laugh and Learn,
A birthday is a memorable occasion to celebrate, especially with the people that have made your life special and meaningful. Yes, that includes yourself! On my birthday yesterday my family sang “Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you” along with them a different version started blurting out of my mouth. I sang along saying, “Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday to us”. I guess this just came straight from the heart because I was elated with the fact we were all together celebrating this day. I later realized the hidden meaning behind my words. The birth of who I am today has come from my family who has endowed me with love, guidance and support. Through thick and thin they’ve loved me unconditionally, and it is because of us that life is such a blessing. Thank you to God for putting these people in my life, with them I can accomplish any task. So, a birthday doesn’t have to be just yours it can also be shared with the people who love you.