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The First Pen… that told us something!!


A daughter of my family friend is student of fifth standard and very soon going to celebrate her tenth birthday. Few days back, while having conversation with her she said that after winter vacation her school has made it compulsory for entire class to use pen while writing and use of pencil is restricted only to certain extend. Nothing new… Right?? Even we all have followed such mandates in our childhood.

So, I decided to gift her, a fountain pen on her coming birthday, which she can use at her school. Thus, I approached to a very famous pen mart located in south Mumbai to select a suitable one for her, as a gift. The salesman eagerly explained to me the features of a set of a fountain pen and ink bottle that I liked most. With the help of similar demo pen he started explaining it with practical experiments.

He wrote something on normal piece of a paper and literally sprinkled water over it. Surprisingly, nothing happened to the written content on the paper. In spite of trying to erase it with hand, content remained as it was. He said, “No matter what you write, how you write, where you write; it will be impossible to erase the content written by the pen.”

Opps…!! I was stunned; I looked at him with blank face because his statement muted me. More than a features of the pen, I was amazed to learn a crucial lesson of life that pen tried to teach us in our childhood.

Let’s take ourselves to our school days and become a student of fifth standard now and remember those days when we were allowed to use pencil for writing in lectures, homework and exams. You might remember your mother getting impatient and asking you, checking your bag to make sure that you are carrying an eraser along with your pencil so that the mistakes that we might do could be rectified immediately to ensure that performance and presentation is neat, clean and tidy.

With this we were equipped with the tools that was kind enough to us to erase our mistakes. Sometimes the naughty and innocent child within us might have hidden those mistakes that our parents and teachers would never come to know and even today they might be secret. Hence, with pencil we used to write audaciously and comfortably.

One day, we received a notice saying that use of pen is compulsory. We were happy with the feeling and the thought that we have grown up now; we are no more kids as we used to be, and with lots of joy, we held The First Pen…!!

That first pen told us something… to which we never paid attention.

When we started to write with a pen, it told us, “As you are growing up, hereafter it will be difficult, probably impossible for you to run away from the mistakes and errors that you might commit in your life. To rectify that, at the most you can cancel it or overwrite it. But you can neither erase it nor hide it. And cancelling, overwriting may cause for dirty and untidy performance in your life.”

Friends, there may be many reasons behind the replacement of the pencil with a pen, for the students after a particular age. But I believe that the major reason is to make them aware and realize that here onwards…

“No matter what you do, how you do, where you do; it will be impossible to erase those moments.”

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The Hidden Bravery…!!


As I walked out of my college gate at 11 o’clock last night, a cat stepped in front of me, crossed my way and I was stuck. Not because of any superstitious belief but because the beautiful features of the cat that drew my attention. It was a healthy, white colored cat with beautiful orange colored stripes. Her gait made me associate her with a beautiful queen, walking in her kingdom in immerse of her beauty. I was silently laughing in my mind with my own thoughts. However, the cat was preparing herself to teach me a beautiful lesson of life.

I could not be sure but the cat should probably be living in the residential society adjacent to my college building. Last night, the cat tried to enter the society, but suddenly a ferocious dog started barking and attacked her. Unexpectedly, a challenge mounted in front of her.  To rescue herself the cat started shrieking and running helter-skelter.

To find a secure place, she tried to enter into the college premises but there was another challenge – the gatekeeper, who didn’t allow her in. Then she went underneath the car parked nearby and hide herself behind wheel. Driver of the car had to get going so he had to get her out.

The street-food stall nearby was crowded with food lovers and stall keepers. The cat was probably expecting a ray of hope from those people, which again seemed a futile effort as shopkeepers prohibited the cat from hiding under their stall.

Another way the cat could find was to cross the road and go onto the opposite side. But constantly moving vehicles on the road were like a deathtrap for her. Somehow when the cat managed to cross the road halfway, onto the divider, she found that the height of the divider was a big hurdle in order for her to jump off safely and find her way across the road. After lot of effort, she finally made it to the other side.

But…!!! Oh My God…!!

To my utter surprise, it was appalling to see that this time cat found herself trapped amidst a gang of 3-4 dogs. And the earlier tricky situation had now reappeared in a monstrous form.

Perhaps at this moment, the cat might realize as to why such things are happening with her. After mustering up her courage, she came back to the gate of the society where she had initially wanted to enter, the very same place… where the problem had first begun. A place…where she was faced with that one fearful situation and ran away; that invited a string of even worst problematic situations.

The ferocious dog was still there. Now the only option she was left with was to accept the situation and deal with it. The dog barked and attacked her again. But this time the cat didn’t run, instead she stood her ground. With full of anger cat shouted, screamed and tried to frighten dog. With a show of courage, she scared the dog away by playing the same card back on him.

Unexpectedly, the dog stopped barking at cat and back down two-three steps. With this, the space that cat got was enough for her to enter into the society. Giving full tussle by looking straight into the eyes of dog, cat stepped into the society, with a winning gesture.

That’s how a little exploration of ‘The Hidden Bravery’ not only saved her but gave her winning mindset too. And this whole drama, which lasted less than 5 minutes, taught me a beautiful lesson that…

“Running away from challenges in our life is the race that we can never win.”

So friends, in circumstances of challenging situation explore your Hidden Bravery. Look straight into the eyes of challenge and ask a simple question… What Do You Want..??

And believe me the answer in reply you will get is… NOTHING

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