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