MENTOR by definition means someone who is an experienced and trusted adviser. Someone who coaches, trains and helps you improve. Someone who guides you, shows you a direction, helps you discover and develop your goals. Someone who motivates you to lead and be successful. Someone who inspires you and helps in learning and rediscovering yourself.
I am not someone who follows people blindly. I learn something or the other from everyone I meet. Be it a crawling infant, a teenager or a bald old man like my Dad. I believe that everyone leaves some footprints behind. These are life lessons you’ll not be able to learn from any book or repository. These are collectively known as experiences.
I don’t spend too much time inside the kitchen for I am not very fond of cooking. I randomly mix-up vegetables, garnish them with the colourful powders available as though it were a rangoli. I am still learning to draw a perfect circle or a triangle using the aata that I knead imagining it as the husband. As the mixer jar goes up in sound peace prevails for I can’t hear the continuous screaming of the girls. An escapade it is not. But there’s this one spot I love in my kitchen. The kitchen window. It provides me with a different perspective of the outside world.
As I type this post sitting on my kitchen slab looking outside my favourite window my biggest mentor peeps in. The Sun. He is the biggest mentor because there’s a lot I have learnt from him. The most important: after drowning down every evening he makes sure to rise up again in the morning every single day without fail. His early morning golden rays as they seep in through the window spreads smiles on every thing that they fall upon.
Oh there! On that building. I see the newspaper guy looking at something very seriously. A little while later I see him picking up a long stick and trying to push down the newspaper that accidentally fell on the asbestos sheet. All along the lady of the house that probably missed the newspaper kept shouting at him. After multiple failed attempts he now jumped slowly onto the asbestos sheet. As I held my breath praying for his safety, he slowly but steadily reached a spot close enough to push the rolled newspaper bunch down into auntyji‘s balcony. He could have provided her with another newspaper but he chose to listen to her bakwaas early in the morning and yet complete his task beautifully. That’s what I term as dedication and perseverance.
So you see you can find mentors in all facets of life. They teach you and train you without even knowing that they are doing so.
Madhureeta Mukherjee gives it 3 out of 5 stars for the Times of India, stating “Avinash Kumar Singh has sensitively handled a strong subject textured with social and psychological complexities. His characters peel layers of emotions, without over-dramatizing scenes, or amplifying the issue. It is subtle and sincere.”
Oneindia also praised the film, stating, “Kudos to Avinash Kumar Singh for handling such a sensitive topic so brilliantly. The movie is neither too preachy nor too over dramatised.”
A simple movie casting Farooque Sheikh, Deepti Naval and Swara Bhaskar in the lead roles. I loved the movie for multiple reasons. First and foremost it showcased the relationship between a mother and a daughter quite beautifully. With a soon-to-be 9-year old daughter who has started exhibiting her free will and displeasure at anything and everything, I could feel their relationship quite easily. As they say, it’s sometimes dhoop (sunlight) and sometimes chhaanv (shadow). She too has been a great mentor. A teacher who taught me (rather is teaching me) important lessons on motherhood. The movie also showed how difficult it is for many of us to accept a change in routine, a change in relationships, a change in our loved ones life. All because of fear that comes out of love. You love them so much that it hurts to imagine that you might lose them. This fear makes us not to accept others the way they are or hurt them. The third thing that it taught me was that life doesn’t stop for anyone and everyone must move on. You never know when you’re going to reach a blind spot. So live your life on your own terms and let others too live their life as they wish.
In Anu’s words, too long a lecture that was early in the morning. Pakao mat Mammma! Time for a cup of coffee and then back to work.
So that’s my last post before I take a two weeks break. A spiritual tour with the girls and my parents to my hometown awaits me. I hope this short break helps me rediscover myself. Will be back with lots of stories from God’s Own Country.
Bye for now,
P.S. – I haven’t been reading much in the last month or more because of the chaos that surrounded me in personal and professional spheres. Hope to get back on track as soon as I’m back.
Today’s Project 365 prompt for me is
Do you have a mentor? Tell us about him or her. Are you a mentor to someone else? Tell us what that relationship has added to your life.
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