Aaj ka moment jee lene do..

What is the big generation change? Our generation teens listening to a pop song or a hardcore rock song, the parents (not all but most) would say “What are you listening to? Is this music? This is only noise with nonsensical lyrics.” My teenager excitedly telling me, “You know Maa what, in the Malhar fest Kaam Bhaari will be performing. My friend is a big fan of his.” I am aware of who Kaam Bhaari is. He is a Hindi rapper who is popular among many youngsters. I share my son’s happiness and excitement.
Today’s generation is more of inclusive parenting. Sometimes its good to be bachcha with your bachchas, even if you might not understand or like their taste. After all, they like it and enjoy it. Ten years down the line they might be fan of some other singer or performer. They will no more been the carefree teens.
Aaj ka moment jee lene do..

Spare LinkedIn Please!

Most of us are on LinkedIn for professional reasons, to seek new avenues, to connect with people of similar interests and areas.  The purpose of Linkedln is solely and purely to connect with individuals for work.

But, of late LinkedIn seems to be going the Facebook way.  How?  Since the past few months, there have been instances where men working in good positions in well known firms have connected with me citing professional reasons and then slowly shifted their conversation asking about personal details, mobile number, and showed interest in connecting with me on WhatsApp.  Things which we commonly hear on FB messenger from random men like “Nice DP”, “Looking beautiful” and so on have slowly crept in LinkedIn messages.

To all such men, please let the sanctity and purpose of LinkedIn be!  If you want to connect with women interested in dating, please join Tinder or such dating apps.  LinkedIn is definitely not the place for all this.

Please look at my job profile, my interests rather than my DP.  Don’t behave like those “taporis” on FB messenger..

Awareness about inclusion

My daughter’s computer teacher was teaching them how to create admission forms. When she was making boxes for genders, the teacher created male and female gender boxes. My daughter asked the teacher, “Miss, where is the box to tick for “others”?” The teacher smiled and created that box.
I was happy that this generation is realizing the importance of respecting everyone and aware of their existence, identity and inclusion. This is something I never discussed with my daughter as such though we have talked about it, but this was her own observation. Felt good 🙂

Awareness about inclusion

My daughter’s computer teacher was teaching them how to create admission forms. When she was making boxes for genders, the teacher created male and female gender boxes. My daughter asked the teacher, “Miss, where is the box to tick for “others”?” The teacher smiled and created that box.
I was happy that this generation is realizing the importance of respecting everyone and aware of their existence and identity. This is something I never discussed with my daughter as such though we have talked about it, but this was her own observation. Felt good 🙂

Respecting choices and people

Yesterday’s Zomato incident over religion wasn’t quite shocking. As non-vegetarians raised among strict vegetarians, i have seen this kind of discriminatory behavior a lot of times. People refuse to sit on the same table as us, refuse to eat even dried snacks at our home, kids at school make faces if any kid brings non-veg stuff and tease him/her. This kind of behavior over caste, religion, food is ingrained in our society. Respecting the person, his/her beliefs is something which should be the norm but sadly it isn’t. Practice what you want to but not by demeaning others and their choice.

Let their passion be their job

It’s fun talking to teenagers.

Yesterday I met my son’s friend after a long time. He is a jovial chap who is very free with me. We started discussing about career and future plans. He said, “Aunty, I want to do something creative. I can’t imagine myself doing a desk job. I have plans to open a cafe where I can fulfill my passion of cooking and my cafe will also have live band playing music. You know na music is my another passion. Of course, I know I need to work first to save money to fulfill this dream of mine.”

I simply smiled and prayed that his dream come true some day. As youngsters, we have so many aspirations and dreams, sometimes they are fulfilled, sometimes they aren’t. Hope our kids enjoy what they do. Let their passion be their job.

Feelings aren’t gender specific..

When I was expecting my daughter, my son was 4 years old. My husband those days was extremely busy with his work and it was me and my sonny boy most of the time. We had involved him from day 1 of my pregnancy. He would hold my hands when I would walk with him on uneven roads or in rainy season. He was only 4, but he was confident that he wouldn’t let me fall. He would come back from school, eat, watch TV for a while or play on his own while I rested, especially during the last trimester. He would accompany me for the regular check-ups, get excited when he heard the Doppler. He was extremely happy when his sister was born and even then took great care.

My son is almost 17 now, but he is still the same..Empathy, love, care, compassion aren’t gender specific.