Joy of Giving…..

Joy of Giving

Giving and taking is a part and parcel of our daily lives. Here are 3 of my different takes on the subject of GIVING :

TAKE-I

This morning I discussed a question which is being asked to job aspirants these days when they appear for an interview after they have completed their MBA. What would you prefer : a big pay package or immense job satisfaction ? A lovely interactive debate was there on the subject in my class. On the topic related to pay packages, I was tempted to ask - how much money does one need ? I was reminded of a couplet of Sant Kabir ji, in this context:

saaee itnaa deejeey,

jaamey kutumb samaaey,

main bhi bhookha naan rahoon,

saadhu bhi bhookha naan jaaey.

Translation:

 oh lord, GIVE me just enough,

 so that I can manage my family with it.

it should be just sufficient

to ensure that neither I remain hungry

nor a needy person or a sadhu

ever goes hungry from my house. 

TAKE-II

Being a great lover of old Hindi films and equally old Hindi film songs, I recall a lovely motivational song about GIVING and distributing LOVE. The song is titled :Pyaar Bantatey Chalo, sung by Kishore Kumar, from the movie named “Hum Sab Ustaad Hain” (1965).Lyrics by Asad Bhopali and Music by Laxmikant Pyaarey Lal. The opening stanza goes thus :

ho pyaar bantatey chalo -2)

hey pyaar bantatey chalo -2)

kya Hindu, kya Musalman,

kya Sikh aur kya Isaaee

hum sab hain bhai bhai

pyaar bantatey chalo -2)

hey pyaar bantatey chalo -2)

Translation:

Let us GIVE and distribute love

Whether we are Hindus

Or whether we are Muslims

Whether we are Sikhs

Or whether we are Christians,

First of all, we are all Indians

And we are all Brothers.

So let us go on distributing love….

Friends, you can see this song in original on Youtube by visiting or clicking on the following link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmamDCbTujw&feature=related

TAKE-III

I believe that we are all travellers in the journey called life. On the way, we meet so many people, share their love, and move on. The question I often and even now ask is that if life is like a train journey then what do I expect as a passenger on this train ? What do I need? What should other passengers travelling along with me GIVE me ?

Well friends,I again share my thoughts on the subject through another very old Hindi movie song picturised on Johnny Walker, sung by Mohammad Rafi, from the film :”Door Ki Awaaz” (1964).Lyrics :Shakeel Badayuni,Music : Ravi. 

The opening stanza of this delightful number goes thus: 

 ek musafir ko duniya mein kya chahiey

sirf thodi si dill mein jagah chahiey….

Translation:

what does a passenger need in this world ?

he needs a little space, in your precious heart,

so GIVE him a little space, to sit besides you,during this journey…..

To enjoy the visuals of different types of passengers travelling in the compartment and Johnny Walker’s dig at their shortcomings and attitudes, please visit or click on the following Youtube link :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6ZW2vcdF7Y

Let me hope that when you next see an old man or a woman or a small child or some one who is sick and infirm, while travelling in a train or in a bus or in the metro, we will surely GIVE him/her some space to sit or share our seat.

On that note, I humbly ask you to seriously GIVE a thought to these three TAKES of mine and also GIVE your valuable comments and responses to this posting since I found a lot of JOY in GIVING you this piece. So do double my joy in return by GIVING me what I have requested for.OK? 





       



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12 Responses
  1. malsawmi jacob says:

    Very interesting and thoughtful post. Not too much, but enough to live on and to share is what we need. A little love and a little space to sit for fellow travellers is what we have to give. And Museindia members have something special to give – their comments. This is a joy to give and to receive. Lessons smartly summed up, yet fit to carry through life. Really neat.

    Malsawmi Jacob, Mumbai
    Sep 30, 2010

  2. shernaz says:

    Jitoo, I like your takes on this theme in your inimitable style. No matter how humorous or light-hearted your write, it always has a message. I am sure the Delhi chapter of MI, is going to be a success with you at the helm. All the best.

    Shernaz, Pune
    Sep 30, 2010

  3. kannan says:

    I loved the way you handled the topic. A touch of modern professionalism in it. Behind it a find a the warmth and joy of giving. Kudos.

    Kannan G, Anchal
    Sep 30, 2010

  4. dvd says:

    This is a great idea. Thank you a lot for sharing those post. I will definitely check it out.

  5. Hmmm thanks for yet another nice and good post. Where do you receive your inspiration for all this :|?

  6. seshu chamarty says:

    Wonderful takes one after another. A pleasure reading, Broca.Kudos.

    Seshu Chamarty, Hyderabad
    Sept 30, 2010

  7. geetashree says:

    Respected Brocaji, You have summed up the ethos of “giving” in a very simple manner which goes down deep into the heart and stays there forever. Regards .

    Geetashree Chatterjee, New Delhi
    Sept 30, 2010

  8. atreya sarma says:

    Broca-ji, Nice messages you’ve driven home though your wonted filmy way. Regarding your advice to offer seat to “an old man or a woman or a small child or some one who is sick and infirm,” I am a privileged member myself of the above category. Yet I’ve never stood in the line of the senior citizens; and whenever I board a city bus, I always do get my space – space to proudly stand (on my own legs). So what space should I offer except on my shoulders? May the Almighty bless me with continued strength so I may always stand up letting the youngsters and the stronger to nonchalantly occupy “their” seats and chatter away! I’ve liked your ‘takes’, that’s why this ‘give’ from me.

    U Atreya Sarma, Secunderabad
    Oct 1, 2010

  9. dr pooja g bhuyar says:

    Sir, I read your posting and comments in many of the postings on this theme. You have responded with the sayings written by great men, of which I could probably gather a few. Your responses are very educative and help us grow. Regards,

    Dr Pooja G Bhuyar, Bijapur
    Oct 01, 2010

  10. J S Broca says:

    Dear Malsawmi ji,Shernaz,Kannan ji,Seshu ji,Geetashree ji,Atreya ji and dear Pooja-thank you all for your lovely responses.My cup of JOY runneth over with all that you have GIVEN me.GBU all.

    J S BROCA
    NEW DELHI
    2nd Oct 2010

  11. I’m really impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Anyway keep up the excellent quality writing, it is rare to see a nice blog like this one today..

  12. nilouffer says:

    Your writing skills excel. And your relating your thoughts to the old time songs is an added inspiration.I wish more people would read this. In spite of having seats specially reserved for the old and infirm, the young occupy them and the old hardly have a say in that. Today giving is an art long forgotten. Aur dil ki to baat hi mat karo. dil diya dard liya woh hisaab hai. In our times, we were taught in school the importance of sharing, caring; today these have taken a back seat. Sad but true. Wish you remain an inspiration to many.

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