Nani, tu badi yaad aati hai

So it’s been exactly two months since I lost my nani. Been trying hard to write this for her, but would stop writing because I ended up crying and missing her too much. Dedicating this to my nani, who was the most beautiful and chirpy woman I know. Love you, wherever you are 🙂

Waqt ho gaya hai ab tujhe mujhe chhode hue,
Par naa jaane kyun teri yaad mujhe chhod kar nahi jaati hai,
Nani tu bada yaad aati hai

Pyaar karne waale toh bohot hain,
Par kisi kaa pyaar vaisa nahi, jaise tu sir par fer kar kar jaati thi,
Naani tu badi yaad aati hai

Kaun mujhe chhup chhup pyaar kar 500 ke note de jaayega, jaise tu de jaati thi?
Kaun mujhe “Puttar tu bada kamzor ho gaya hai” keh kar ghee mein latpat paranthe khilaayega, jaise tu khilaati thi?
Naani tu badi yaad aati hai.

Kaun mujhe baagdo billi aur sarla behenjee ki kahaaniya sunaayega, jaise tu sunaati thi
Naani tu badi yaad aati hai.

Tere ghar abhi bhi jaata hun, Aur use abhi bhi naani kaa ghar kehlata hun,
Bas kami itni hai uss ghar mein nani tu nahi,
Voh ghar toh hai, par uss ghar mein uski ruh nahi

Jhooth nahi bolunga, toota zarur hun andar se
Teri arthi uthaane kaa, tujhe aakhri saans lete dekhne kaa gam abhi bhi zinda hai mujhme,
Par fir bhi dil khol kar, muskuraakar jee raha hun, Bilkul vaise jaise tu muskuraati thi,
Nani tu badi yaad aati hai.

If you enjoyed the poem above, sharing a beautiful video of my nani that I shot when she was with us.

Yes, it’s hard after a bad board exam result

Bad board exam results
It’s hard after a bad board board exam result

So the board exam results came just today. And like every year, I wasn’t amazed by the amount of philosophical content that came online which talked of how unimportant marks are in the long run.But sadly enough, they were mostly people from IIT/Stephans/SRCC/DCE/NSIT writing those statuses.

But lets be honest, in most cases, the marks that you get is what you worked for. If you’d worked hard, you must’ve scored well and if you didn’t, you didn’t score well.

The heartbroken ones are actually the ones who’ve work really hard, but end up being in mediocre colleges because they didn’t get it right on the day of the exam for various reasons. And it’s these students who end up with mediocre careers because they give up too soon, because the society forces them to believe that their brains are lesser compared to that Stephanian, SRCC, IIT, NSIT guy.

I was in a Tier 2 engineering college for a year, and then worked hard to move to a tier one college the following year. And I can tell you for a fact that being in a tier 2 college isn’t pleasant for the ambitious folks.

If you’re a class 12 kid who has got great marks in your board examinations, congratulations. Make sure you continue working hard; beautiful days lie ahead of you.

But if don’t have that amazing scorecard, yes it’s a tough bumpy ride ahead of you. Companies aren’t going to accept you quick, investors aren’t going to believe in you easily; not because you don’t have a good enough idea or traction, but because they won’t that IIT brand on their portfolio, and of course Sharma ji kaa beta is going to piss the shit out of you because he made it to IIT/SRCC/NSIT. But what’s going to be awesome is that you need hustle more than Sharma ji kaa beta,

Good colleges atleast in India is majorly not because of some ground breaking education they teach us, but because of the amazing students the ‘Tier 1’ colleges have.

At NSIT, I was surrounded by such smart people throughout my 4 years, and what being surrounded by smart people does to you is that you become smart yourself. You know skills and dimensions about yourself that you never knew existed before, and even kick ass in a few of them.

So here’s to those guys who’ve failed in the boards. Badhai ho, life has hit you sooner than the ones who didn’t, and it’s time for you for you to get your shit in place and work hard. Harder than Sharma ji kaa beta. Really hard.

Surround yourself with really really smart people. Go out and say hello to that guy who built his company at 19, to that amazing topper of SRCC and learn how he does what he does. Some are going to reciprocate, some won’t. But make sure you keep at it.

Go in debates, writing, coding, business plan competitions and beat that student from IIT, SRCC, DCE, NSIT. Don’t let the world ever tell you that you aren’t smart enough. Shit is not over, shit has just begun.