Opening up in the New Year
Seventy is New Sixty
Rajiva Shanker Shresta
We arrived here some six months back to take part in the Gai Jatra (it is only here outside Nepal) that helps the Newars to move ahead with life leaving behind the sad episode of life losing a close member of the family during the previous year. It is though very hard to part away with our dear and near ones who had been much loved and adored in our life so easily. Yet we try to pay them tribute by performing annual rites praying the departed soul to rest in peace forever to add pace to face the hard realities of life. So, wrapping up sad things of the recent past is not that easy as we remember them even while we welcome the year ahead. Seeking the blessings that we do performing Nandi Mukhi Shraddha in their memory before taking up any new big event in the family - be it Vratbandh, Ihee, wedding or even Jankwa.
So to move ahead with a positive note here is The Five most important rules in Life someone shared on Facebook to remind that you would like to know and pass on as reminding us of
Power of Positivity:
Never forget these things -
1. Overthinking can ruin happiness.
2. Everyone is on a different journey.
3. Positive thoughts create a better life.
4. Kindness does not cost a thing.
5. The Past cannot be changed.
Adding some more to it from a similar post that needs no elaboration:
6. Things get better with time.
7. Opinions don't define your realities.
8. Judgements are a confession of character.
9. Happiness is found within.
10. Positive thoughts create positive things.
11. You only fail if you quit.
12. What goes around comes around.
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Where should I start that gives me a boost of being 70 is New 60 in spite of many a hurdles on the way reaching thus far to step in welcoming the New Year with a galore of hopes and aspirations yet unfulfilled. Never know when is the last day or would you be here at all to see the next sunrise over Majestic Mount Kanchenjungha from my residence 'Jaisri' at Kingston, Rhenock in the Black Hill. We opted deciding reknocking here, where my Buba and Muma welcomed my new bride Ranjana 42 year ago with many dreams together to fulfill and realize. We should be back here to take on life to carry on our responsibility to the house that was, otherwise, going lifeless without a human soul residing here.
Opting for a rural way after all life spent in the capital was something not generally expected. In spite of all the good things brought here, all are unanimous that it would/could never be at par or even near the city life of Gangtok. Many, as such, find it better to move to Siliguri and even some metropolitan cities for their golden age citing medical facilities available there that no one can deny. Otherwise, in last few years a lot has improved here the way people moved ahead with times. Earlier, we used to have potatoes Rhenock was famous for like the paddy and chiura but now eggs and poultry of local breed or even fish local or by hawkers have been rare to fetch a price in Gangtok. Mutton is available from time to time while other meat products too are available locally with poultry units coming up here. We get milk delivered at home with some seasonal vegetables and even seasonal flower saplings, chhurpi/cottage cheese and dahi/yoghurt coming to our doors. Hawkers are seen trying sell mosquito-nets, linens, blankets and carpets as well as plastic wares, but yet to come across aluminium/steel utensils exchanged for household scraps as in the past. During our absence someone took away wheel barrow and antique broken iron safe besides many things finding all of more use to them earn few extra bucks than see them just lying unused here. These are the prices we had to pay and the other day a part-time labourer was taking away a piece of plastic pipe during the lunch break while he was found one fine early dusk collecting stealthily grass from the bamboo given for some mourning family nearby previous day without my knowledge. Khurpa, Bamphok and other sundry tools and implements often fall prey and found missing. That leaves many doubt the people who frequent the place, yet we can not blame them taking it to be a part of life here. So much so that even some bagfuls of sand, delivered the previous day, was found lifted overnight from the frontyard. No wonder when water-tank or steel bars were lifted under the cover of darkness but it was large family that someone heard the sound and go to the culprit get the teenager bring them back the same night. A few slaps to correct the juvenile and save the teacher himself being wise by not taking all the trouble going to the Police Station. Our neighbour knew well to have a lesson perhaps how unfructuous it was doing such folly from the glaring case we experienced not many years ago here. These seem petty but noteworthy things compared to the motor-bike that was left few hundred metres away the previous night as roof-truss makers Subrata-Manik find something gone wrong mechanically that saved them and their two-wheeler. This was at Kingston and previously it was at Chalisey when the scooter was left in Rungdung badly damaged and Police picked up someone who though pleaded not being guilty but the parents had to bear the brunt of footing the heavy bill for repairs with case yet to be settled. When heard of some jackals howling nearby the previous night I asked Shyam how he saves his poultry from them or such rascals, he says that his two dogs and their friend save them and the crops in the field from monkey, porcupine or even deer at night. Yet during the day one has to keep a vigil else you lose all the labour raising the crop over the time.
No amount of incentives and rewards would make them motivated that would many a head go swirling. When Dr. Hitler Pradhan asked if all the management learnt could be of use here that left me wondered wishing so. Well prepared to face such eventualities and willing to risk whatever comes my way but have to put stay here, if things are to improve my ancestral home. Otherwise, this might be not the right age to take up the cudgels. This makes me say that 70 is New 60 as many undone things have to be done having spen all my life working in the capital. Late to realize but a decade is not a long delay enough for homecoming - 'Subah ka bhula shaam ghar aaye to wah bhula nahin kahalata' ( roughly meaning, If one lost in the morning returns home in the evening would not to be taken as the one lost.) Homecoming gripping the Nation is also needed here seeing the celebrations around this time.
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