25 August 2008

The Two Rupee Miracle: Soul curry

This happens very rarely but when it happens then it touches my heart and shake my thought for the meaning of ones existence. What is a non-valuable item/money value to one may be very much valuable for someone.
This i'm writing b'coz an article touched my heart and is a must read for those who are extravagant and smokers, Though this sounds more for a smoker but this is for all those who do not give value to money and life values.
The article was published in "TIMES OF INDIA" additional on 24th august in "TIMES LIFE's " "Soul Curry" on page 2 titled "The two-rupee miracle" by Ashis Kumar Gupta.

The article goes as follows:
SOME years ago, on the last leg of the Rajasthan tour, we were headed towards Pushkar, the only city in India with a Brahma temple. As we neared the desolate, sandy landscape made way for people dressed in a riot of colours.
We reached the Brahma temple, where a
serpentine queue awaited the darshan. While some from our group of friends went looking for a ‘quick’ way to get entry, others tried to use the opportunity for a cup of tea, a cigarette or paan. Like other temple cities, we were chased by beggars for alms on every street. As my friend and I lit a cigarette standing at a nearby paan shop, a grey-haired, spectacled and wrinkled old beggar woman approached us with her walking stick for alms of one rupee to help her buy lunch. We looked at her in distaste and refused to oblige. At that moment, a friend called to ask us to hurry up for darshan. We crushed the cigarette with our shoes, I took my son in my arms and asking my wife to follow, left for the temple gates. I could overhear the woman say that, “these young men will burn more than a rupee for their bad habit, but will never give a rupee to a hungry person.I left the place nonchalantly. However, during the darshan, her remarks resounded in my ears. I began wondering if there was some truth to what she had said.

On our return, I found the old woman standing near a shop. I beckoned to her and she came promptly. I asked her who would
give her lunch for a rupee. She replied, “At an alms house. It's virtually free, but they have stipulated this token amount for each meal. We have to deposit the amount before lunch.” I gave my son two rupees to give it to her. Before accepting the money, she promptly took my son's hand in her own and embraced him in her emaciated arms with love and affection, ran her fingers through his hair and prayed to the Almighty for his prosperity. Tears of happiness rolled down her cheeks. I had never witnessed such heartfelt blessings and could never have believed that two rupees could reflect such unbounded joy in a person's eyes.
About an hour later, as we were returning to the hotel after lunch, we found the old woman having her lunch sitting on a stone under the shade of a tree. A little girl in a dirty, torn dress sat beside her, who she was also feeding. I went up to her and asked, “Amma, who is that girl?” She replied, “Sir, this poor girl is new in the city and yet to learn how to beg a rupee from the tourists. She couldn't arrange a rupee today. So, I have brought lunch for her out of the money you gave for dinner. Don’t worry, God will arrange for my dinner.”
I was astonished at her generosity and
could not utter a single word. It was a true lesson. The woman who was not sure whether she would be able to arrange a rupee for her dinner did not hesitate to feed a hungry girl. Her remarks were correct and the proof of how the cost of two cigarettes could feed two hungry people was before me.
For the last time, I tossed the half-burnt cigarette and crushed it under my shoes. I got the strength to quit the habit at that moment. No ‘statutory warning’ on the cigarette packet could teach me the lesson that the beggar woman did that day.

After reading this article i messaged all my near & dears to read this article and quit smoking and also to give value to ur life and also to avoid spending on your bad habits and rather help helpless and also to be more human and do something for the humanity.
Hoping the same from u readers.

KICK THAT BUTT: How to quit smoking

You can stop smoking. It is possible, if you develop a positive thought process and are firm in your decision. Don't be misguided by thinking of people who lived for 80 years and smoked like a chimney or the man who just died when he quit smoking, etc. Instead, read up the benefits that will accrue if you stop smoking. These benefits are scientifically validated. You will find your motivation to quit. If you still can't, consult a counselor.
Benefits of quitting
Risk of heart attack decreases by 50 per cent within 24 hours of quitting smoking, due to reversal of nicotine's effects. Brain aneurysm (bleeding in the brain) goes down by 30-50 per cent. Lung cancer decreases by 80-90 per cent after 15+ years of abstinence. Within three months of quitting, smokers' cough disappears in most cases. Work productivity and self-esteem will improve.
How to quit
THINK HARD l When you pick up a cigarette, just ask yourself why you are smoking. This will help you become aware of smoking, otherwise it often becomes an automatic habit.
STOP IT NOW l If you think of stopping, do it now. Don't postpone.
CREATE AMBIENCE l Go for a dental clean up, as tobacco spoils your teeth. Throw away all the ashtrays. Avoid or reduce attending social gatherings where you have to meet up with seasoned smokers. Smoking a single puff increases the likelihood of a full relapse.
RELAXATION TECHNIQUES l Deep breathing, stretching, exercise, eg, walking and yoga will definitely help.
BUY A CANDY l According to Freud, smokers tend to have an oral fixation. Meaning they want to chew, smoke, eat or drink excessively. Hence, chewing candy helps.
POWER OF ONE l Buy one cigarette at a time instead of picking up a full pack. If you are trying to quit, you may take one or two drags and throw the cigarette. Don't think you are wasting the cigarette. Otherwise, you will be wasting yourself.
TRY, TRY… l Keep trying. Just because the earlier attempts did not help, don't give up.
(Inputs from Dr Anjali Chhabria, Mumbai-based psychiatrist)

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Royal Rajasthan Travel said...

Rajasthan is situated in the North Western part of India and shares geographical boundaries with Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat in India.
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