You know how you tend to meet people randomly, the kinds you don't even expect to meet, while some stay and some are for that particular moment, for that particular visit, a song, a movie, etc?
I met quite a lot of people on this trip and I actually love meeting new people, network and socialise.
Going to start a series of people I met in Bombay, though, I couldn't click all of them but I did manage to get a few people on my camera.
To begin with, this is Hiren (@thefadingquill
) whom I met through Instagram for a project called 'The Halycon Angel Project'. Hiren is a writer/ a poet who works as a senior copywriter in Mumbai. He is someone who loves and lives Hip Hop and is insane about Karaoke.
Flowers give him a meaning to look forward to a day. Once you connect with Hiren, and you have a good bond going, he's someone who'd go out of his way to make shit possible for you.
He has this soft comfortable vibe. If he loves you, he loves you wholeheartedly and will sometimes be a possessive little bitch when you don't pick up his phone just because he gets worried.
Hiren is a keeper who'll make you meet beautiful people and will take out time to show you around the city he loves the most.
It took me a long time to realize that you can do everything right and still end up unhappy. You can say all of the right things, do exactly as you are told to, follow in the footsteps of all the people who swore by their success and their strategy surrounding it, did things you didn't want to do and you can still end up displaced — because you didn’t choose to simply listen to yourself.
The best thing I ever did for myself was simply listen to what I actually wanted. I drowned in the guidelines, the advice, the “shoulds" of the other people. And I messed up. I made mistakes. I hurt people I loved, I got hurt. And I'll never forget all that.
To be honest, self discovery isn’t this comfortable, miraculous thing. It can get ugly and confusing. It's gritty and hard. It’s difficult to confront yourself sometimes, it's difficult to be the person who does things differently, who doesn’t settle.
But it's the greatest gift you will ever give yourself. It will push you towards figuring out what your own personal version of happiness looks like; and when you grow on your own terms and figure out what actually matters to you, when you carve out your own path, and live and love on your own terms. You become the person you have always wanted to be, rather than the person you were always told to be, and that is beautiful. Because when it comes down to it life is about making yourself proud on your own terms. It being happy and fully content with your actions at the end of the day. It’s about finding a happiness that works for you.
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(2/2)”I played my first private event at the age of 15 — an event I organised and my parents insisted on attending.
I kept pursuing it — I never got any money from my parents to buy a console, so I would use my Diwali money to rent one out — just because I loved to play. I was studying for CA side by side — I even cleared both my initial exams and then before the final decided that it wasn’t for me as well — I couldn’t imagine studying 15 hours a day…it just wasn’t me! I finished my BMS and side by side began to organise events as an excuse to DJ — my first commercial event was at the age of 17! Word started spreading and pretty soon, I got offered to play at private parties, events and weddings…and just like that I became known as DJAJ! I began to get so much work and recognition that even my parents were overwhelmed. Today, people go upto them and say 'you're AJ's parents right?' and that's when I have the biggest smile on my face, because I know that my parents can be proud of me, even though I'm not a doctor! But, my real ‘made it’ moment happened at 24, when I bought a BMW 3 series with my own money — I’ll always remember that day.
From playing at Tryst at the age of 18 to taking over 150 flights today to play for weddings — life has been about one thing and one thing only — following my passion. Do you know that ‘till date I play at Tryst for absolutely no charge because it’s what I love doing? I recently played at Virat and Anushka’s wedding and began to think of how it all happened and the answer was so simple — I listened to that calling which we all so often silence in the race to get a degree or a promotion. I took a chance on myself, I followed what my soul answered to and the rest just followed. That’s what it’s about — placing all the bets on yourself, taking that risk and being stubborn about never giving up.”
(1/2) “My father’s a doctor, so all my life I was sure that I wanted to get into medicine. Even though that was my goal, I had many passions — I was a national level runner, taught myself how to play the piano and in the 9th grade got into creating music for inter school competitions like dramatics. Back then, I loved burning CDs and I first saw a DJ console during our senior’s farewell in school — I was standing right next to him throughout bugging him about which song to play! I knew how to hit pause and play, but apart from that I knew nothing, so after the 10th grade I enrolled into an academy that taught me the basics.
At the same time, through sports quota I got into science — for 6 months, I gave up running to attend tuitions for medical college and then realised that I wasn’t cut out for it — I hated not having time for things I cared about. I switched to commerce, but my parents knew about my growing passion for DJing, and they were dead against it — for some reason, they associated being a DJ with alcohol, drugs and scandal, but I knew early on that it was my calling.”
“People in my colony keep telling me to dress her up more ‘like a girl’, but she’s most comfortable in these clothes...so this is what she’ll wear. It’s like us women have no other work but to look pretty for the world...I don’t want to tell her from now what she’ll look good in, or what she ‘needs’ to wear. She can do,be and wear whatever she wants and as a mother that’s what will make me the happiest -- to watch her bloom, by being herself.”
DELHI we’re coming to YOU! ✨
“What advice would you give to a large group of people?”
“Keep everything in your life as simple as possible. You will go through life travelling to exotic places, wanting to own a fancy home and a fancy car, or maybe killing yourself everyday to make more money. But what we as humans fail to understand until much later, is that at the end of your days, all your soul will crave is the simple things in life — homemade food, a warm bed to sleep in and a partner who has loved you through the entire journey — nothing else will matter.”
Every Wednesday we will bring to you a 'A hoomans of WSD' story. This week meet superwoman Daisy Sidhwa.
Daisy is the adoption manager and looks after WSD's product design & merchandising, also a trustee at WSD who has been quietly working behind the scenes for the past 24 years! An ardent dog/cat lover Daisy was recently felicitated by #yuvasena
on international women's day for her commitment towards working with street animals. "I joined WSD as a volunteer in October 1993. It all started when I saw the municipal van pick up a puppy from my street.I wasn't sure but was given to understand that the BMC would electrocute her if she was not claimed in 4 days. I contacted Dr Bhagvager who affirmed my fears.I headed to the municipal dog pound to rescue her. Nothing could prepare me for what I was about to see - hundreds of dogs in the overcrowded pound huddled together in fear, surrounded by rotis embedded in excreta. Though I was very happy to have saved her life, I wondered about the 200 others who had already died a hundred deaths. It was this life changing experience that made me join WSD.
For me the biggest reward is when one of our kennel dogs go to a loving home.
I love Akshay's(mutt in the picture) sense of adventure and exuberance. He makes us all feel so special by running up to us and greeting us so affectionately .He's a happy dog with so much love to share!" Join wsd and become a part of us hoomans! 📸 : @babakomdev
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“A few years ago my hair turned completely grey and these young boys in my colony started making fun of how old I was...I decided to do something about it. I impulsively bought some mehendi and turned my hair into a bright orange -- they were all speechless! But then I had to deal with a more real problem -- what would my wife say? I was sure she was going to go crazy but when I went home and showed her my hair, she looked at me for a minute and said, ‘now I’ll look older than you if I don’t color my hair!’, and the next day she coloured her hair orange too! Ever since then, we’re known as the orange- hair couple and we absolutely love it!”
Meet Mr. Bashir Ahmed. The chap has a small mirror fixed in front of the meter and there rearview mirrors (something I've never seen in my stay/ travel to pretty much most of the cities in the country). Curious, started chatting up with him, during my 5 mins ride to work this morning. He says, "I have had a bypass operations and I find it difficult to turn to look at the meter. This way, I can see the meter, the road behind and the guest, by merely looking up at the rearview mirror. I don't have to keep turning. Saves a lot of time. And it's a conversation starter!"... Simple chats that put a smile on your face.
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