Words, Meanings & Voices

Recently, I happened to watch a movie named Some Kind of Beautiful. Now, it has two more titles – How to Make Love Like an Englishman and Lessons in Love. Yes, slightly confusing. But with Pierce Brosnan in the movie, no matter what the title I got to watch it anyway.

It reminded me of my days as an English Literature student. ‘Romantics’ and ‘Romanticism’— important topics for a second year post graduation question paper. Poems and Poets from the Romantic era form a major part of the second year MA English syllabus. One can’t do without reading about and the works of Wordsworth, Byron, Coleridge, Blake, Bronte, Emerson, Hugo, Scott, Shelley and many more.

But what the movie made me realize is that no one taught me the way Prof. Gordon Haig and Prof. Richard Haig are teaching. Very interesting approach. I wish I had attended or probably in the future would get to attend such lectures. The way in which the significance of Romantics is explained is truly wonderful.

Some of my favourite lines from the movie are…

“…Romantic age which wasn’t about love. It was about going your own way, defying authority and following your heart…” – Prof. Gordon Haig

“Forget the critics. Let them have their own opinions. Let them publish their books and brag about them at tedious faculty parties and let university librarians file those books away…there is nothing theoretical about the Romantics—Where true Love burns Desire is Love’s pure flame; It is the reflex of our earthly frame, That takes its meaning from the nobler part, And but translates the language of the heart. (Desire by Samuel Taylor Coleridge).” – Prof. Richard Haig

“I can tell you what’s behind the words for them, but I can’t tell you what’s behind those words for you…because this class is about you learning to find your own meaning, your own voices. Go read the poems. But know that at this moment you are the Romantics, you are the relevant ones. Let Byron, Coleridge, Wordsworth inspire you to do your thing, to go your own way…Ignore anyone who says you can’t. Follow your hearts. Do good things, be bold and above all else…stick it to the man.” – Prof. Richard Haig

I totally relate to Prof. Richard Haig’s views. Finding your meaning, your own voice…hmmm…and that comes after learning from a lot of life experiences…some good, some not-so-good ones. What is important is that you find that voice, and then, cherish it, expand it and never let it go, and never stop learning, not just words, but the meaning behind them in your life.

Well, it made me think, what am I?

A Dreamer…hmmm…with open eyes and closed.

A Dynamo…hmmm… following heart has always been the way. Some label it as Drifter.

A Rebel…hmmm…if that’s what you call finding your own voice, then I guess, yes.

A Learner…hmmm…always was, always will be.

A Mentor…hmmm…in a way…boldness, advising, doing good things, guiding, comes naturally.

A Romantic…yes…a Millennial Romantic, for sure.

A very interesting movie. Some great acting. Some beautiful actors. Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek being my favourites. And there is the link to the trailer; movie is on Netflix.

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Link to the Movie Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyF9TXiOnLw

…Ashu Bolar

 

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I did right, or did I?

Three years to complete the four decades of my life, I stand by myself, but surprising some, shocking many.

I did right, or did I?

Ten years post grieving a broken cord, I stand single, but strong.

I did right, or did I?

Twenty years of continuous evolving from the acquired knowledge, work, life, I stand alone, but confident.

I did right, or did I?

Twenty three years of life after a life altering loss, I stand upright, but attracting many frowns, some odd expressions.

I did right, or did I?

I stand to grow.

I stand to what I believe.

I stand to fly, fly high.

Brows will be raised.

Frowns will be formed.

But I don’t expect the distorted expressions to understand my life.

Because my life is my journey, walked in my shoes, my heels, my flats, my sneakers, my boots, my naked feet.

Yes, I did alright, may not be perfect, but right.

On witnessing thirty seven revolutions of our planet around the sun, I wish myself a very happy birthday, a happy life.

I did right by wishing myself, or did I?

By setting my norms for myself, I have always done right. 🙂 😉 🙂

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…Ashu Bolar

Ten years, a decade, an experience 

The year 2009, yes, that’s when I started blogging, a birthday month start-up. And 10 years of writing made me learn-unlearn many things, about myself, on surroundings, in life. An Experience.

Hmmm, looking back, it has been a great feeling altogether…friends, books, knowledge, coffee times, selfies…time well spent. A Great Experience.

Some baggage shed, some still to be. Some minor changes, some major adaptabilities. Some faded memories, some still afresh. Some forgotten, some still around. Some work completed, some new beginnings. Some dreams fulfilled, some hopes ahead. A Beautiful Experience.

I know I have changed, a better version of me than yesterday–a process I would like to adhere to on everyday basis. So yes, a decade gone, another begins…Awaiting The Next Exciting Experience…

Thanks to all those following, liking, commenting, sharing, reading, visiting my blog. Please feel free to connect with me on my Email id (ashubolar@gmail.com) or Facebook Page (AshuBlogs) or Messenger anytime.

Me in 2009 and in 2019…Changed? Right!

2019…Being hopeful…While still dreaming…

– Ashu Bolar

Women’s Day…

My day began with silencing the alarm vibration on my mobile phone, only to notice many good wishes, some motivational quotes, a few creatives–all wishing Happy Women’s Day.

A good start of the day.

Next, had a meeting. Went well.

Next, thought of carrying something for my colleagues; was wondering what, and there I saw a Mad Over Donuts (MOD) outlet. Ordered donuts, followed by the unexpected at the billing counter. The person asked me for identity proof, and I was thinking, “Since when did retail stores started asking for identity proof!” It took me by surprise, but on asking why, the reason stated made my day. It was to check my birth date as I get discount equal to my age.

Felt good to be old today! 🙂 😉

My next question was, “What if the customer is 75 years old lady?” It seems age limit for discount is 50, with conditions apply. But 50% discount too isn’t bad!

No, no…I am yet to be 50…long way to go, however, I liked the marketing initiative.

Well, donuts were great. They always are.

So far, the day has been good.

Have a great day ladies. And if you happen to come across an MOD outlet, I think it’s worth your time visiting today. 😉

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MOD Image Credit: MOD Facebook Page

Happy Women’s Day to all the ladies out there!!!

– Ashu Bolar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthcare Media: Trends and Challenges

Last month I was to take a session on this topic. Before creating the presentation, I kept on thinking of the possible trends and challenges in media and communication, healthcare or otherwise. Well, the leading trend is Going Digital, for any form of communication or media or project. But what about the challenges?

Hmmm, Digital – can be a challenge. Any scientific invention has its pros and cons – advantages and disadvantages depending on the person using it and his/her intention/s.

Interpersonal Skills – yes a challenge, if all in a team are not aligned towards the common objective, and if the team comprises of members from different backgrounds, which usually is the case. This can be solved through sessions of grooming, team building and project meets.

Gen – By this I mean which Gen do you belong to? Gen X, GenY, Xennial, Millennial, Gen Z? Each generation has its own characteristic—extremely unique, a differentiating feature.

I belong to the Class: Gen Y, Sub Class: Xennial.

Yeah, born in 1982, I have witnessed a tremendous transformation in the communication channels…
From the ring (rotary) dial phones to the cordless phones to the cordless phone sized mobile phones to the smart phones and the touch screens…Nokia, O2, Motorola, Blackberry, iphone, Samsung – name it, and I have used it all!
From the box televisions to the flat LED/LCD screens…
From the telephone dependent long dialing Internet connections to the instant Internet connectors, dongle and WiFi…
From the typewriters to desktops to laptops to tablets…
From the hand-held video games to the onscreen Play Stations…
From the film cameras to digital cameras to phone cameras…
From writing diaries to blogging…
From listening to music on Walkman to ipods to phones…
From Floppy Disks to CDs to DVDs to Pen Drives to cloud storage…
From the time when pictures where clicked on some special occasion to the era of ever-clicked selfies…
From the hours of chatting on phone, to typing on chat windows, to sending SMS, and now WhatsApping…
From searching the books in the library to the very convenient Google Search…

So far I have seen it all, adapted to most of it, and waiting to see, experience and learn more.

Good or bad? Well, I think, one has to change with time. And one thing my generation has learnt is to evolve continuously–keep adapting, be flexible– because we did not have much of a choice. Adapt or extinct was the case.

I think, adaptability to technology (may not be applicable in other areas) is a prominent feature seen from Gen Y onwards. Earlier Gen, not so much, which is something that most of the time poses as a very big challenge. But even impossible says I-am-possible. So, where there is a will, there sure is a way.

The audience to the event was Faculty Members of Ajeenkya D Y Patil University, Pune, and the talk was well received.  I am glad I was invited and looking forward to more such sessions were I too get to learn before I talk/discuss on a topic.

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Some interesting website on Gen I came across while doing my research are as below:

Till next blog post, happy reading!

…Ashu Bolar

Budget 2018…hmmm…

So the Budget 2018 is out. As always, it was eagerly awaited. For some reason, I was super busy yesterday at work, so I kind of missed watching or reading live updates, but my dear friend Appy – an engineer by profession but an excellent Investment Planner by interest, barraged my phone with Budget messages. I did not check it until later in the evening, and when I did, I just could not stop laughing out loud. Her anger had taken a very different shape and angle – humour and sarcasm on herself plus hilarious comments on the probable future.

I decided to call her; when I spoke with her, oh my…there was anger, anxiety and sadness in her voice to the extent half the time either she sounded stern or tried to choke back tears. Post her MBA from a very reputed academic institute, she has put her heart and soul into investment planning, not just for herself, but she helps her entire friend circle making the right financial and investment decisions.

And the budget says – LTCG on equity 10% tax applicable on above one lakh investments.
Hmmm, no wonder Appy and many like Appy were in tears.

So far from whatever I have read, discussed and understood, the Budget no doubt appears to be good at macroeconomic level. However, at individual micoreconomic level, it looks difficult for any common average salaried middle class Indian citizen. Challenges that I have personally faced are…

  • First of all, it is extremely difficult to get a good job.
  • Second, considering the economic scenario despite you have the best of qualifications and experience and repeatedly proving yourself, to get a great CTC is very difficult as companies talk about economic scenario, possible crisis and proactive solutions.
  • Of the CTC (Cost-to-Company) you get, the limit under 80C section (PPF, Life Insurance, Fixed Deposits, etc.) to invest is only INR 1.5 Lakh – not enough to save for the future when you will be aged, cost of living will be higher, and there still will be many many bills to be paid.
  • Considering investing in other sections – 80CCC, 80CCD, 80D, etc. like Medical Insurance, Medical Bills, National Pension Scheme, Home/Education Loans, etc. – still, there isn’t enough provision for a salaried person to save money.
  • So the best possible safe (or say low risk) way to increase money was Long-term Capital Gains (LTCG) in the form of mutual funds and various other SIPs (Systematic Investment Plans) that so far had no tax on income earned.
  • However, with this Budget, now that gain is a once-upon-a-time-story.
  • Demonetisation and GST (Goods and Service Tax) application had already taken a toll on many, and now implementation of tax on long-term investment gains…hmmm…doesn’t look and feel very good.

So coming back to Appy, she has started exploring other options for profitable Investments.

As for me, I am an Indian who wants to see my country developed – ‘develop’ with an ‘ed’ not ‘ing’.

If the Fiscal Deficit will go down, if the farmers will benefit, if rural India will develop, if health and education will be made available to all, if country will be technological enabled in beneficial ways, and if the tax I pay from my hard earned savings will be utilized without it falling in the trap of corruption, then yes, I support the Budget.

…Ashu Bolar