This day "Dushera" has a special place in my life. We used to live in Staff quarters of a company which has intrests in Transport business. The company had around 30-40 trucks and on Dushera each of them would be washed clean and decorated and offered "Puja". At that time, I used to look forward to this day because it meant lots of sweets and then long ride in the truck. It was great fun. Even today, if I think of those days, a smile starts crawling on my face. Since my childhood I am habituated to offer prayers, perform puja of whatever machine kind of thing I possess.
Gujarat CM performing Shastra Puja
During childhood days, it was my cycle and now its my Laptop.
I feel there is a very important and very intense implicit message encoded in the Dushera Celebrations. We celebrate, offer puja and prayers to the weapons, vehicles, machinery that we use; that helps us complete our work; that helps us execute our thoughts and ideas, that helps us define what we are. In fact makes us what we are. I mean for an IT professional like me, a computer is like a heart and Internet is like Blood. Without this 2 things, I cannot do my work; I cannot be an software engineer, I cannot blog. So on Dushera, by offering prayers to these things, you are appreciating; you are respecting; you are celebrating; you are thanking them. And I feel this is a very positive thing to do. As you are celebrating, it means you have something to celebrate and in someway, it gives you a feeling of achievement The festival teaches you to respect, to appreciate, to celebrate and to thank the people, the things which helps us be what we are in their own unique way. Without these people, these things probably we could have continued the journey of life but it would have not been as easy and as accomplishing as it is today.
One of the SMSes that I received read "Life is a hard teacher, it takes the test first and then teaches the lesson".I am currently going through a phase where I am learning something new everyday. The learning is not necessarily from my personal experience but also from others like I mentioned here…
Recently I have completed a new chapter after a tiring test. The lesson is about how you perceive or how you react to situations in life. The result of the test concluded that there are two ways of reacting to a situation. The way you react paves the way for the next set of situations and for the next set of lessons and tests.
These days every thing is a project. Everything is about KRA completion. Infact, KRA achievement is the only thing which everybody is looking to accomplish. And this not because of the poeple, the system itself is such that everything your appraisal, your growth, your honour everything is linked to KRA. If you fail to achieve your KRA, you are no good for anything. Infact, for Blogging also theres a KRA. If you dont update your blog often, you are no longer in the results of search engines and thus have no traffic. Update your blog periodcially is one of the most popular tips found on the Internet if you search for ideas and tips popularise your blog and gain traffic. I am sure the KRA fever was this strong a few years later. It is probabaly the result of the ever increasing competition. But is KRA fulfilling, project completion, beating competition, being on the top the only thing to think about, to be worried of, worth our effort and time. I feel NO its not the only thing. Though these are one of the most important things of our lives for survivial, for a good living, for a better life; it also important to check ensure while fulfulling KRA's one is not disturbing the KRA of others, KRA of Nature, KRA of being human. Otherwise, it would like riding a Bike to win the race and during the journey you kicked some people, killed a dozen more, injured a few more people and animals, destroyed the road itself. Project completion is important but I feel even more important aspect to ensure that it doesn't distrub the ecosystem of people and nature involved in and around the project. I feel this aspect should be an integral part of the Project planning and management.
The Global warming is a result of one such miss of ours. We forgot to take care of our Mother nature while being in the race to grow, to develop new things, to make our lives better. Its good that we have reliased it and trying to fix it by going green in every walk of our lives and hopefully the Global warming will become a history soon.
The same point is applicable for our personal and professional lives. Its not good to disturb the ecosystem around us for the sake of our own ambitions, our own KRAs, our own selfishness. Otherwise, in accordance to the very vital physics law of sir Newton "Everything has equal and opposite reaction", we might have to face reactions which nullify the success of KRA fulfillment.