Something just for me – Prajkta (Parijatak flower)

Roj ek nayi pyaar ki umang lekar khilta,
Dhalti shaam ke rangome jeevan ko hai dhundhta,
 
Apni khushboo ke geeto se pukarta.
Apni saraltase sabke dil hai jo jitata,
Rajni ke aangan me nishabd ban bikharta,
 
Fulo ki kaayanaat me rang se naa alipt,
Khushboo ki mehfil me bhale hi naa ho parichit,
 
Par apne sthaan se girkar bhi chadhta hai sirf wohi uske sir,
Bas Rab ne hi pehchani hai uski ahemiyat…!!!
Something just for me – Prajkta (Parijatak flower)

My views on Celebrating Birthdays in Orphanage..!!

I have seen lots of people nowadays, celebrating their birthdays at orphanage and then posting those pictures on social networking sites…!! (people can go to any extent to Instagram their pics nowadays…)

I have pretty different view on this and I have a full right to share it.

I really don’t agree with this trend nowadays..!! Is it a status symbol? I mean, do people think that posting such pictures would show the world how great human beings they are? They are wrong I guess.

Everywhere, it has become an increasingly fashionable nowadays to celebrate birthdays among orphans.Celebrating a birthday in orphanage usually means  distributing sweets or clothes or books or furniture to orphanage or poor school. I appreciate the kindness to share the happiness with under privileged but won’t it be sensitive to do something meaningful like sponsoring education if you really want to help? In my opinion its next to cruelty to parade and pamper yourself  in front of kids who don’t have a family for namesake!

Of course, sharing our happiness with less fortunate people is a great idea rather than wasting money on those big parties… !!! How about letting the kids cut the birthday cake? Instead of paying, distributing food items and sharing quality time with these special kids sound a better idea to me. How about contributing the money in group and sponsoring the education of kids? I totally understand that not everyone can sponsor education. It’s a long term financial commitment, and we can’t take such decision just like that in excitement and leave it after sometime. How about giving them gifts during Diwali or on birthdays, like crackers, books, pens, pencils? I guess this is affordable for the people who are willing to donate at the orphanage…!! How about teaching them free of cost during weekends…?

The great idea would be contributing and celebrating those kids’ birthdays than celebrating your own.

What actually annoys my mind is why posting it on social networking sites? To see how many like you are getting for your act of kindness? or to see whether your loved ones will get impressed by your kind gestures and think that how lucky they are to get such a great human being like you? why need a show off?

Once I saw on Facebook that someone had posted his  acknowledgment receipt where 1000/Rs amount was written which he donated to orphanage. What to comment now??? 😦

Anyways let us not be judgmental and welcome the ideas coming from the genuinely interested people. I believe it is all about the intention. With genuine intention comes the thoughtfulness and idea to care and cater to their needs. Otherwise it simply turns an act to boost our own ego and cater to our own sense of pride.

Point is, “Donate for your own happiness not to impress people.  🙂 🙂 🙂 ”

Ms. Prajkta Waditwar

 

My views on Celebrating Birthdays in Orphanage..!!

On the path of calmness…

That’s it..!! I am tired of it now…!!! I am tired of hearing what friends call me..!! What makes them call me Bhajan when I have such a beautiful name on this planet? Why do they start clapping as in Kirtan or Pravachan when I start talking? Do they think, I have soporific aura around me?? OMG..!!!

I am tired…!!! Angry..!!! And so I have challenged my friends that I will transform the soporific aura to an aura of peace…!! Yeah, it’s a challenge now..!! I am quiet since five days…!! Only I know what I am feeling inside..!! Earlier every thought that used to zip through my brain popped out of my mouth,,, but I am silent now…!! It is really painful..!! How come a loquacious person completely turn to Laconic?

Oh God… ! If I continue to stay silent for few more days, I am surely gonna vomit..!! But what about the challenge??  No worries at all… chill…!!!
I will write about my thoughts here now .. let them enjoy the peace… one day they will get bored without me… :/  they will miss my talk…!! Why would I change myself?? But challenge…???  I wish they would have known this,

“I am far more of a loner than people would imagine. But I am the most gregarious and socially interactive loner you ever met. The thing is, I am fascinated by people’s stories and I am very talkative and can’t ever say NO to anything or anyone. So I tend to over-socialize, to give give away too much of my time to the many people I adore.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert.

forget it… leave them…!! :/

I love to observe people… just observe them.. their faces.. the worries.  I frequently go to Mumbai airport to see people..how they carry them, how they talk,… lot many things to learn for me where I lack. Afterall observation is the best teacher.. isn’t it? I have pretty huge list of experiences to share with but let me start with my AOL (Art Of Living) experience.

I have completed AOL Happiness program just few days back.  I learnt Sudarshan kriya there…!! I wanted to join it earlier but really couldn’t manage with time. But inspired from my friend who is intelligent, successful yet so calm, made me join it at the earliest. According to him, if I practice it regularly for 3 months, I will automatically become calm. hahaha…I will won the challenge then..!! Let’s see..!! But yes,, I can see the difference in me now.. !! Can’t really express in words my happiness for having learnt this invaluable technique. On the first day of kriya, I was feeling like angles are roaming around me. I have now started pampering my soul. It has brought stillness in my mind and I feel more lively and energetic nowadays. wow..!!! Pretty amazing experience.

I am very much attached to my friends and family and any disputes with them used to frustrate me. I was just struggling with the issue of attachments.. !! But now I am experiencing several positive changes on physical, mental and emotional levels. On physical level, I don’t feel tired throughout the day. Clarity of mind, contentment, creativity, logical reasoning has improved to remarkable levels on the mental level and I am sure doing it regularly will change my life upside down. I mean, I felt so many emotions in just those 10 – 15 minutes, all what I experienced throughout my life. I can now easily let go negative things and people.

This course has changed my life immensely, I feel happier, more energetic, optimistic about situations and people. I can never forget this experience and my teacher Sheetal.
I am really grateful to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, even though I have never met him, for introducing Sudarshan Kriya in my life and making me feel extraordinarily happy.

So finally I am walking on the path of calmness….!! I won…!!! 😉

 

Ms. Prajkta Waditwar

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On the path of calmness…

Happy Teacher’s day…!!!

Today is the birthday of the most revered teacher – Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrisnan – an incredibly knowledgable scholar yet a very kind guide. It is the day when students appreciate and recognise their teachers for their efforts in shaping the lives and careers. On this day, I would like to Thank almost each and every individual I met till the moment because each person has taught me enough to add into my life experiences. If I look back to admire the people who have contribution in those proud and prestigious moments went by in my life, I realise it’s not only my family and teachers but all my friends, critics, enemies; almost everyone has an enormous share.
Indeed I don’t need any special day to thank these folks, still today I would soul heartedly thank the individual who actually taught me to colour the Canvas in my childhood. He was a poor and senile man, yet still taught me painting into the small classroom with full enthusiasm. And because of him today I can add the word ‘PROFESSIONAL’ with my painting skills. He is no more now but every-single day when I hold paint brush I remember him. Honestly, Only ‘thanks’ is not enough for the efforts he has taken to teach me, the gratefulness is for everyday… Lifelong..!!!
Moreover, I was always one of the most beloved students of my teachers since childhood. Ironically, I couldn’t meet each one of them now but I always feel this for them:
“आपने बनाया है मुझे इस यौग्य
की प्राप्त करू मै अपना लक्ष…!!!
दिया है हर समय अापने सहारा..,
जबभी लगा मुझे की मै हारा…!!!”

Happy Teachers’ day…!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

Ms. Prajkta Waditwar

Happy Teacher’s day…!!!

STAY SAFE..!!!

Though Online banking – money transfer, online tax payments, tax returns save our precious time but with the introduction of same, number of frauds have been increased tremendously.
I thought of sharing the incidences happened with me and one of my friends today so that atleast some people would be aware of this hoodwinking and will not be lured by the cheaters.
Incidence 1
I received a message from DM-087570 on my mobile (the one which is not or never been registered with online banking):
quote ”
Dear Miss Prajkta Waditwar, This is an official reminder that your income tax benefit has been computed and it is ready to be released to you. Your column statistics revealed that you are due for a refund of 39,775.09 Rs. Follow the link to request a refund to enable us transfer the amount into your accounthttp://taxdepartment.income.notificationc.in/refund/income/statistics/refund/in.php
“unquote\
The above mentioned link is fake.
The authorised link for any issues regarding income is for India is as below: www.incometaxindia.gov.in/Incidence 2
My friend received a call from ICICI (fake) saying ‘your account is not registered with KYC (Know your customer), and asked her to register it else the account will be closed. The person on other side, ensured that he will register the account with KYC (showing as if he is an ICICI employee and has rights to do so..) only thing you have to do is to confirm the code to be sent on your mobile. The code is nothing but OTP (One time password) for net banking.Above incidences can happen with anyone, just do not entertain such messages or calls and don’t be a victim of such frauds.
STAY SAFE..!!!

Ciao!!
🙂

Ms. Prajkta Waditwar

STAY SAFE..!!!

The story behind my name….. Prajkta..

Wow!!!
The Story behind my name..Prajkta or Prajakt in Sanskrit “Prajakta or Prajakt is a name of a flower. The name of the tree that bears these flowers is called the Parijat Tree.

“The botanical or scientific name of the Parijat tree is “Nyctanthes arbor-tristis” (sometimes incorrectly cited as Nyctanthes arbortristis or Nyctanthes arbor tristis) and is also commonly known as”

“• Night-flowering Jasmine ”
“• Coral Jasmine • Parijat (also spelled Paarijat or Paarijaata) ”
“• Harsingar ”
“• Shephali ”
“• Pavazha malli in Tamil (Also spelled pavaza malli or pavala malli) ”
“• Prajakta or Prajakt in Sanskrit ”
“• Ganga Shiuli in Oriya ”

The tree is sometimes called the “*”tree of sorrow”*”, because the flowers lose their brightness during daytime; the scientific name *”arbor-tristis”* also means *””sad tree””*. The flower is the official flower of the state of West Bengal, India, and for Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand.

*Mythology*

*”Parijat”* appears in several Hindu myths. In one myth, which appears in*Srimad Bhagavatam*, the*Mahabharata* and the *Vishnu Purana*, Parijat appeared as the result of the *Samudra manthan (Churning of the Milky Ocean)*. In another myth, *”Parijat”* was brought to earth by Krishna from Indra’s garden. In Hindu mythology, there is a story involving Lord Krishna about a parijat and Krishna’s two wives, Satyabhama and Rukmini.

Satyabhama wanted this *””Parijat””* tree from the Heaven to be planted in her garden. Rukmini too, took a fancy to the flower. Krishna, wanting to keep both his wives happy, planted this tree so that the flowers fell in Rukmini’s garden while the tree remained in Satyabhama’s garden. The tree was planted in the garden of Indra, the Lord of Heavens. Even as Krishna stole a branch of the tree he was spotted by Indra. However, Indra desisted from placing a curse on Krishna since he was an incarnation of Vishnu. Still, Indra put forth a curse on the stolen branch that it will never bear fruit even though the flowers may bloom on the tree. Since the day the tree was planted at Barabanki (the wives’ garden), it flowers but does not reproduce, because it has no seeds and the branch cannot take root.

Not only the tree has high medicinal values in Ayurveda and is divine to Hindus, but also has it’s share of stories of it’s romantic origin. According to Hindu mythology,*”Parijathaka “*a princess was in love with sun and failed to win his heart, even after trying a lot. So She committed suicide and from her ashes rose the tree parijatha. Unable to stand the sight of her love, she blooms only during night and sheds all the flowers (resembling tears) before the sun rises or with the touch of very first sun rays. The highly fragrant flowers bloom during night spreading there essence all to the surroundings. The courtyards filled with these flowers in the very morning is a bliss to eyes and their aroma arises your spirit. These are apparently only flowers that Hindus offer to GOD picked from the ground instead of plucking from the tree.

So, next time if you come across a*”Parijat tree”*, stand for a while and try to capture not only its beauty and goodness but also the romance that it holds within.

Source – Google..!!

The story behind my name….. Prajkta..

When I went to Italy….. :)

I remember the first time I went to Italy when I was just 21.
I was on business tour and moreover my first foreign visit. So ultimately it was more like a leisure trip for me. I went alone to Italy via Dubai. I was tensed earlier to visit a completely foreign land when I actually do not have any command over Italian language and they too don’t entertain English so much. No cellphone with Italian sim.. nothing.. What I had was my luggage, 3000 Euros and address of Hotel.

The moment I landed up on the airport, I was so worried whether the taxi I had booked for the hotel from airport will arrive or not.. what if it doesn’t? Terrifying.  I followed the instructions on the airport.. like immigration and all..Fortunately all went smoothly. I collected my baggage and moved towards the exit. Husssshhhhhh… Sigh of relief when I  saw a person holding a board of my name!! He was very friendly guy. He dropped me safely at the hotel and also shown some beautiful places on my way to the hotel. It took me 4 hours to reach to the hotel since Pope arrived in Milan the same day to install some gold statue on Duomo. Hectic but went smoothly.

I was in Milan, the fashion capital of the world and there were all these eighteen, nineteen, twenty-year-olds gliding past on Vespas with crinkly, long, hair, and I thought I was on the set of a movie. I couldn’t believe that this was going on and I hadn’t known about it before. As a fashion capital there is symbol of Thread and needle at one of the stations in Milano… starts from C… oooppss… I forgot the name.. But I was flabbergasted with the beauty. Wow.. I mean simply wow..!!!

It was spring when I went to Italy so every view was so damn pleasant. Every gallery of home had beautiful flowers and everything was just like Heaven. Pretty amazing and totally new experience for me. I met few of my office colleagues who were already there. I had authentic Italian lunch. Had some rest and setting up the things for office next day.

It’s evening and to my surprise the sunset view from my window was so beautiful.. beyond words.  I could see Alps (swiss mountain) from my window with a thin layer of snow on it which was shining in golden Sunrays…!! Awesome isn’t it?

First day of office… woke up at 3am… as per Indian time 6am habbit. 😛

It was raining heavily. Thank god, I had brought my umbrella. Got ready on time…went to station.. struggled initially but could manage with Belletti (ticket) and reached to office.. I had never seen my boss before..nor any one in my Italian team. I met him.. wow.. so friendly and kind.. he is 45 years old and treats me like his own daughter…!! All my team of 4 was so so so friendly that I didn’t even feel that I am on foreign land.  Had great lunch in the office and I enjoyed the most beautiful view of Alps from my working place as well. My office was located at the heart of the city which is known as the most expensive place in Milano – Garibaldi.

My team used to bring Italian cuisines for me everyday.. sometimes used to take me to Gelato (Ice-cream) parlor.. , Duomo – Milan cathedral, Como lago, Galleria vittorio Emanuele, Sforza castle, Brera art gallery,  Royal palace of Milan and all other beautiful places in Milan. And finally to Pizzeria for pizza party.

I went to Italy for my office training but that is not the interesting thing to describe here. 😛

Next weekend was to Rome. It takes a whole week to cover whole Rome. though I could manage to visit the important destinations in one day like Trevy fountain, Colosseum and outside view of Vatican city. 😦

Next time to Venice… the most romantic city in the world… I wish I would have gone there with my loved one.. but no worries life is too long to visit Venice again. :p

Venice was the great experience… lovely.. went to Basilica di San Marco, a clock tower, enjoyed an iconic gondola (Venetian boat), bridge of sighs, glass factory., grand canal, doges palace, St. Mark square, San Rocco, Cannareggio, specialty gift shops and what not… honestly I don’t remember lot many names now…!! Had a great day…!!!

Next time to Florence… The name itself is romantic.. isn’t it?

I visited Florence cathedral, Basilica of Santa cross, Palazzo vecchio, and the golden bridge where you can buy purple gold. I just loved Florence. In Florence you can buy genuine leather..and the genuine made in Italy ties – i.e. Gold city ties. I bought genuine leather jackets, purses and wallets for myself and all family members…!!  Can I gift them anything better than this?

The journey to Florence was more memorable because I went their by EuroStar which is known as the fastest train in Europe. It disappears within a blink of one’s eye. I kept all my shopping stuffs in the train and forgot to take it when I got down. I started walking towards the station and I realized that I forgot it in train… my heart started beating too faster… afterall it was a matter of 600 Euro (42000 Rs). :O

I started running towards a train and told the conductor that I forgot my luggage in train. and the Kind Italians….. !!! Specially stopped the train for me … let me get in.. I took out my luggage comfortably and came out…!! In fact people helped me to take it out… I thanked them hundred times… and the response was so sweet…”My pleasure pretty lady…”  I was really impressed with the kind gestures of Italian…!!  I still am..!! 🙂 🙂

Next destination.. Ravenna for plant inspection with my boss. I went to Ravenna in car… where I visited several beautiful places…like Emily, Verona. Verona is a Romeo and Juliet city. I was fascinated with the river there which was of clear crystal blue color with colored pebbles. The water is  so clear that even if you drop a pin into water, you can easily see the pin going into water and settling on the pebble. Never experienced such thing in life. I saw the houses of  Romeo and Juliet… Only one word.. Awesome..!!

On my way to Ravenna, I went to 3 motor factories, BMW, Ferrari and Alpha romeo. The officer in Ferrari gifted me a small dummy Ferrari toy…!!Glee… gonna show it off..!! 🙂

Went to the site… the plant which needs to be inspected was itself amazing… it was on the border of Croatia in Mediterranean sea… 🙂 Went there… saw the border…!! Day ended…!!

Time in Milano came to an end… I might have not listed hundreds of places I had explored in Italy.. names are pretty difficult to remember for me… one is Sabato Market… !! My favorite…!! 🙂 , Prada showroom…, Swarovski… Only I know how much I have shopped from this fashion capital.

I have an habit of buying souvenir from every place I visit.. thus, my bag was full of Prada purses, Swarovski pendants, Venzian masks, Glass articles from Glass factory.. leather jackets, hats, wallets, purses… chocolates.. lots of gifts from my teammates..and too many to list if I remember it now. 🙂

I had too many foreign tours afterwards.. but first tour is always memorable one… I went there alone and learnt each and everything… It made me confident enough to survive on any piece of land in the world…!!

Ciao..!! 🙂

Ms. Prajkta Waditwar

 

 

 

When I went to Italy….. :)