Sitting on a wooden bench under the beautiful white cherry tree, Raven was staring from the corner of his eyes down at the stylish sporty Nike shoes of a seemingly rich guy beside him. His gaze shifted from shoes to the super expensive looking watch. He then sat back and looked upwards closing his eyes and let out a long breath. The sadness was dawning on his face. He felt as if satisfaction will never be holding his hands! He sensed some movements besides him, but chose to kept his eyes closed and continue with his thoughts. Then suddenly he felt a hands on his shoulder and heard a voice, “Excuse me”. He opened his eyes and saw that there was a different man sitting besides him. Raven questioned him, feeling a little irritated by the interruption, “Yes?”. The man answered, “Can you call that man in yellow T shirt?” .

Raven looked at the direction, the man seemed to be quite at a distance, buying some corns from the stall. Already in a bad mood, he looked at the man weirdly and asked, “Why can’t you do that yourself, I am in no mood to walk that long”. The man said a little nervously sensing Raven’s anger, “Oh, it is alright. Actually I can’t walk and he is my caretaker”. Raven’s mouth dropped as his eyes went down towards the man’s leg. He had no feet and there at some distance was a wheelchair. He felt embarrassed for his words and said to the man,” Hey I am sorry. I didn’t notice that. I will call him”. He got up and went towards the man. As he returned he stood there seeing how the helpless man was transferred to the wheelchair by his caretaker. The man smiled and thanked him. Raven stood their for as long as he could see the man in the wheelchair going away. He once again looked up and closed his eyes. Only this time he had a wide smile on his face as he thanked God!

My life...

You are A-LIVE, So is your purpose!

Rupert was comfortably sitting on his luxurious recliner with a glass of his favorite french burgundy, watching Star Trek on his expensive Bridge home theater. But his face was beginning to show disinterestedness. His phone rang and he picked up instantly. It was from his company’s CEO telling that his company has profited hugely this year. He felt a surge of happiness. He was now retired with nothing but to observe his company’s progress. He remembered his good old days when his life was full of excitement, when he tried hard to bring his company to the highs of market, when he would craft strategies to achieve those large number revenues, when there was a purpose to his life. Suddenly the jerk of that happiness faded away.

The intense realisation of his boring life took over. He moved his eyes all over the room admiring his grand empire, but this no more made him feel adrenaline rush of excitement. On an impulse, he paused the movie and put on the news channel. What he saw was heart wrenching, 100s of malnourished children were being shown, some dying a horrific slow death. Raven always had empathy for poor children. He felt immense sadness and in frustration changed the channel. This time a man seemed to be delivering some kind of lecture. He was about the change the channel again, when he heard, “Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you are alive, it isn’t.” Raven remembered reading this famous quote by Richard Bach. As the words started making sense his face let out a bright smile. Raven now knew the new purpose of his life!


Innovation, a necessity?

Rupert was sitting on a huge comfortable recliner in his magnificent room at the office. A 85 inch TV which happened to be showcasing the Business News till few months back 24/7 was now showing an old comedy film. A knock on the door and Florence entered with a file in her hand. She was 2 years old to the office but had quickly rose up the role of Chief Technical Officer. She said loudly trying to catch her CEO’s attention “Rupert, I need to talk to you on some important stuff. Our research department has come up with some fabulous idea of upgrades on our app.” Rupert looked at her disinterestedly and then looked back at the TV screen. An old comedy film was going on. Florence remembered how the same TV screen used to flash Business News all throughout the day. Rupert took his own time, a long one… to open his mouth and said, “What is the need for upgrades now, the app is already topping the charts. We will look into the innovation part some other time!” Florence was disappointed and she also felt an anger inside her triggered. Months went by and the sales dropped, however Rupert was not very keen on the reinvention as still the sales were enough for him. The blind aura of success had taken over him.

That day Rupert sat beside Florence while she was looking down at papers of Bankruptcy the company has filed. He seemed lost even in the noisy environment of Press Conference settling in. Florence muttered to him with a slight rage and immense disappointed looks, “You should have given acceptance of new upgrades to our app when I came for it”. Rupert looked at her suddenly. His eyes sparkling and gradually widening. He gave a slight smile. His face was now acquired by confidence from an unknown resource. He looked enlightened. Florence was taken aback by his weird expression. He took the mike closer to him and said “I might have failed this venture of my life but I have learnt a magic formula from it. ‘Always keep innovating!’”. There was a smile slowly widening on Florence’ face too.


Hey Human, do you have humanity?

It was an important day for Rupert! He came neatly dressed. Looking at his watch he hurriedly entered his manager’s cabin. When he returned, there was a rage on his face. It was depicting frustration and anger. Slightly watery eyes were expressing his disappointment. He sat on his chair and began thumping the keys on keyboard loudly. Florence looked at him. One look and she knew something has went very wrong. She kept one hand on his shoulder and said “It is alright Rupert. It cannot be that every time you score a 5 in your appraisal. You are one of our best and you will always be!”. He looked at her surprisingly. It was a long gaze with several questions and reactions confusing his mind.

The previous day flashed in front of his eyes. ‘Florence was weeping making low sounds. Sitting beside her, he had ignored her and instead had left for home without a word with her.’ Finally he reacted as he felt a genuine comfort and said “ Thanks. No need to worry. Anyways how did you know?”. She said a little taken aback “Oh, I saw your name on the appraisal time table and guessed!”. And she gave a beautiful smile to him. Rupert found himself unknowingly nodding and giving her an even brighter smile.

When he turned back to his screen, he saw that his screen saver has changed. It showed number of robots sitting beside each other and working with a title ‘Is this the future?’. He gave out a loud laugh nodding negatively. Florence asked him amusingly “What happened?”. Rupert looked at her and said, “Nothing, Let us take a coffee break!”. And they walked together towards the cafeteria.