our childhood dreams

I want to be an astronaut,
I want to be a singer,
I want to be a dancer.

Remember as a child, whenever someone asked us what you want to be as a child.

With sparkles in our eyes and optimistic outlook, we used to say “I want to be…”

Years passed away in a blink of an eye and suddenly we turn into adult.

Then the reality shows it’s true color. We suddenly forget our dreams of becoming dancer, musician, painter and accept reality. Soon we start running in the rat race.

In our pursued of winning the never ending rat race, we forget our real dream. We compromise our dreams for bigger paycheck.

To find more details about our childhood dreams, I asked my friends ‘what were your childhood dreams?’.

I got interesting replies such as pilot, teacher, army officer, singer but one of my friend shree hari replied that as a kid, I always knew what I want to be.

I asked him ‘what?’

I always wanted to be MYSELF.
I always wanted to remember that I am surrounded by my loved ones.
I always wanted to remember that through my sheer will power, I can achieve anything in the world.
And everyday, I am trying to be just myself.

The truthfulness in his answer moved me and at that moment, I realized that “To be myself is the most difficult dream to live”.

Dear readers,

Never forget to be yourself and have faith in your dreams.
If you can dream it, you can do it’
– walt disney..

🙂
PrAts!

While writing this blog, two thoughts came to my mind which I have noted down.
Thought 1 – as a kid, I wanted to a commando who will protect our borders, kill bad people and get to fire rocket launchers. Then I realized, army means waking up at 5 am in the morning. Then I thought, I will become a doctor as it is the most noblest and respectable profession and then I realized that becoming doctor means studying for next 13 years so I weighed my option on a scale.
On one side, studying for 13 years and become a doctor.
On the other side, studying for 4 years and become engineer.
Well, you all know the decision that I made.

Thought 2 – Life is it’s biggest irony. We are always told “now you are an adult, act responsibly” and when we want to take charge of our action, then we are told “you don’t anything, you are just a kid”

Salsa…

The moment I logged into Facebook, it asked me “What’s on my mind?”

I  replied “I LOVE SALSA”.

& then a miracle happened (p -pause ), I got 45 Likes and 10 comments (p)

Several minutes later, I got a call from my mom who read my status (Yes, I have added my Mom in my Friend List).

She thought, I do this – “Slide 1”

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I replied “NO”.

Again, after several minutes, I got a call from my best friend asking about my status.

He thought, I do this “Slide 2”

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I again replied “NO”.

Fellow toastmasters and dear guest,

I do this “Slide 3”.

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Today, I’m going to share with you a breathtaking story .

But before I go ahead with me, I want you to know this – (p)

“Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead is purely coincidental. ” (p)

It was a summer afternoon of 2011 when I enrolled myself for “Salsa for Beginners”.

There i was (pointing towards the screen) without the specs and there she was minus the blond hair.

I was taken a back by her beauty, I said to myself ” Wow , God must be on Bench when making her, she was so beautiful & perfect – her resplendent skin , her cherubic smile, her ebullient eyes”.

Instantly, I knew I was in “LOVE“. She was my Lady love and I was her man of the dreams.

Within seconds, I decided our honeymoon destination

I was busy deciding our kids name whether chunu, Munu or Tunu , (p) suddenly the instructor called everyone to partner up.

This was my chance, I ran like Ulsan Bolt   & stood opposite her.

There I was standing in front of my lady love, waiting for our eyes to meet & fall in love 🙂

But (p) I was confounded with a puzzle whether to follow the instructor’s instruction or to look into her eyes & propose my eternal love for her.

After much deliberation & reconciliation, I made up my mind – I would do the latter & I will keep looking into her till she falls in love with me.

When I was about to look into her eyes, When Our eyes were about to meet, When Our destiny was about to meet & fall in love then something completely unexpected happened (p)

Instructor said “SHIFT” & she walked to the next partner.

I was dejected, debilitate & gloomy.

I reprimanded the instructor for being the Amrish Puri of my love story.

Then I remember –

“Love triumphs all odds”.

Like Shahrukh khan, I sprung out of  self pithy &  devised a strategy to win her heart.

It was a full proof plan which included 3 T’s 

Talk to her,

Take her Number,

Take her out for a dinner.

I could smell the victory & I knew my plan would be successful.

Only thing that I needed to do was to wait for my turn.

After numerous Shifts & Turns, our destiny met & there was she standing in front of me.

I was about to talk to her but my body became numb & I stood there like a statue just uttering a single word “HI

I was waiting for her to reply & suddenly I heard “Shift””

She walked away, shattering my hopes & our future.

I said to myself

‘its never too late. You can still talk to her. Remember you have nothing to lose. What’s the worst that can I happen. She won’t talk to you but at least she will get to know you”

I waited for my turn to come & I prayed to Lord Ganesha “Dear God, Please help me, I will definitely offer you Rs 101 with my salary”

You must be wondering “Why Rs101”

Well “God knows everything (p), including my SALARY”

Suddenly, a miracle happened, the instructor who was amrish Puri turned into a cupid and called for a break.

She was standing in the corner, I walked up to her & said “Hi, I’m Prateek”,

She smiled and replied “I’m Katrina”

 (I said to myself –  First T was successful i.e 33.3% work done) .

I tried to continue the conversation by asking her things such as native place, her likes & her dislikes.

Friends, Talking to a girl is never difficult but (big pause)to continue talking to her is indeed difficult.

Also The level of difficulty depends upon the level of beauty.

Why?

A Men’s mind is designed to do multitask but in this situation heart is designed to do only a single task at a time.

I had to make a tough choice, either to look at her or to pay attention to the conversation.

I choose the later one.

We talked.

attempted to crack Jokes.

She laughed (attempt successful).

Now it was time for my second T & Then I made my Move.

“Can I have your Number?”

She said “Sure, it’s 9764—–“. Wait I’m not tell you the Number after all it’s my hardwork.

I was on cloud 9 .

The class ended & we walked out of the studio.

I looked happy, She looked happy & the world around me looked Bissful

At that moment, everything seems perfect  (p).

& then a suddenly (Serious tone) a fast moving car rushed towards and and and

a kid shouted from inside the car “Mom, Let’s Go, We are getting late.”

Thank You.

Over to you toastmaster.

🙂

prAts!

Another Shot Please !

Below is my Project 3 speech for Toastmasters CC manual.

Objective :- Get To the Point

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After Long tiring day, I entered my home and sat on the dinner table to begin my dinner and suddenly my phone rang. I picked up the phone.

“Hello”

“Dr. Khamesra, this is Raju from the hospital. There has been an accident and it is an emergency. Please come to the hospital now.”

I left my dinner, grabbed the keys to my car and drove towards the hospital. On reaching the hospital, I rushed towards the Emergency Room where I saw two people who were of my age lying on the bed.

The first person had No major signs of injuries on his body. I checked his pulse and realized he was already dead.

The second person had a brain injury. Blood was pouring out of his body. I tried to stop the bleeding.

I tried, I tried, but failed. (Voice Modulation)

He too lost his life.

Two deaths (Hand Gesture)

I was devastated. I stepped outside the emergency room and looked at the faces of their parents.

Breaking the bad news is the toughest job in my profession.

When I told her “I AM SORRY, I COULDN’T SAVE THE LIFE OF YOUR HUSBAND . She broke down and started weeping.

When I told them “I AM SORRY, I COULDN’T SAVE THE LIFE OF YOUR CHILD.” They broke down and started weeping.

One lost his sole bread earner of the family,

Other lost their only child.

They lost their everything.

I went inside my room and read the Autopsy report.

The report said the alcohol content in their body was 1500 mg of alcohol per 100 ml which is 50 times the prescribed limit.

If the alcohol content was 30 mg, they would have got minor bruises.

If the alcohol content was 0 mg, they would have been alive today.

Sad part is that this is not the only incident happening in the country. According to the Indian Department of Transportation, alcohol is a factor in approximately 60% of all deaths from motor vehicle crashes.

Statistics says “Due to drunken driving, 1 person is killed in every 10 minutes & that 1 person can be either a victim or a culprit.”

While I finish my speech, somewhere in India one person is already dead due to Drink & Drive.

What could have happened?

After the reading the Autopsy report, his first mistake was having alcohol on an empty stomach.

When you drink alcohol on an empty stomach, it is quickly absorbed by the empty stomach hence reaching the brain within one minute where it inhibits the Neurotransmitter.
Neurotransmitter affects the Central Nervous System which is responsible for receiving information from sensory organs and analyzing the information and giving the appropriate response.

When sufficient quantity of alcohol is consumed, there is complete breakdown of communication between brain and sensory organs leading to incapability of controlling the vehicle.

His second mistake was Ignorance or lack of awareness about the impact of alcohol on the body during driving.

When someone is heavily intoxicated, our brain cannot analyze the information such as perception of the distance, awareness about the surrounding environment due to which we have blurred vision and loss of balance. Thus making us incapable to control the wheels

Studies have proven that the impact of alcohol is more on women than on men.

His third mistake was false assumption that since he consumed alcohol couple of hours ago, he would have No effect now and he can drive. He was wrong since alcohol is broken by down by liver and liver can break down only small amount of alcohol at a time. For example, To break 1 Shot Of Rum alcohol take 1 hour  So if you’ve got more than this in your body the excess will circulate in the blood until the liver can process it thus leaving you inebriated for long duration.

Therefore don’t jeopardize the safety of people on the road.

You should NEVER EVER drive a car after you have been drinking

you should NEVER EVER get in a car with someone who has been drinking

you should NEVER EVER let someone drive a car after drinking.

Before I conclude, let me ask you a question –

Would you want your mom to cross a road when you know there is a drunk driver driving on the other side?

No right?

Or would you want to be that drunk driver driving a car when someone’s mom is crossing the road.

No right?

So the next time you think of driving even if you’ve had a little drink,

 Stop and think of the consequences.

Think about your precious life;

Think about your parents, your wife, your kids & your loved ones.

You don’t want this to happen to you. (Pointing to the Picture in PPT)

Today I take a pledge that I will NEVER DRINK & DRIVE. Wouldn’t you?