Post-Eid blues it was but a smile of a total stranger changed it all. A friend of mine forwarded this video to me and one look at it and within seconds I was filled with this unknown joy and I could hear the BeeGees sing:
Smile an everlasting smile
A smile can bring you near to me
Don’t ever let me find you down
Cause that would bring a tear to me
This world has lost its glory
Let’s start a brand new story now…
A smile is the only curve which sets everything straight. Cliched….?, I know… but so what?? I very much believe in it!
“We all know Shah Rukh is very successful today. But we like to believe that people start from zero and reach this level. But when I went back to Shah Rukh’s life, I saw that he’s been a constant winner. He played football and hockey to win, he studied to top, he took to theatre to play the hero, he took to television to become a heartthrob. If he hadn’t become an actor, he would be a topper in whatever career he picked.”
These words from Still Reading Khan sum it all up!! The very title of the book got me excited and and being a SRK-fan, I immediately took off to Landmark to get a first hard look at the book.
Still Reading Khan, which stands for SRK, is the title of the latest book on the Bollywood superstar, who needs little introduction. Written by Mushtaq Shiekh, the coffee table book, is the tale of a journey that led from a suburban housing colony in New Delhi into the homes, hearts and minds of innumerable fans all over the world, a journey that transcended boundaries of nations, and the artificial barriers of culture. It is a never-ending story of success. It has some rare pictures of Shah Rukh in his younger days, his wedding pictures, college mark sheets etc.. You can buy it online here.
Recently, when I was going through a tough time on the personal front the first thot that came to my mind was “God, Why me??” However while surfing the net I came across this little story on Arthur Ashes which changed my whole perspectve.
Arthur Ashe, the legendary Wimbledon player, was dying of AIDS he had gotton he received during a heart surgery in 1983. From world over, he received letters from his fans, one of which conveyed:
“Why does GOD have to select you for such a bad disease?”
To this Arthur Ashe replied: The world over —
50,000,000 children start to play tennis,
5,000,000 learn to play tennis,
500,000 learn professional tennis,
50,000 come to the circuit,
5000 reach the grand slam,
50 reach Wimbledon,
4 to semi final,
2 to the finals.
When I was holding a cup, I never asked GOD “Why me?”
And today in pain I should not be asking GOD “Why me?”
So, the next time just before you start believing you have been victimised by God, yet again,…… just rethink!!
“A special case of coming together”
Yes, that’s what my dear friend describes our friendship as. And I truly agree with him. Never in my wildest dreams had I thought of striking a friendship with a total stranger in such a weird way. Both of us try to take away the credit from each other for initiating it. It all started with ME forwarding him a mail (which I couldn’t send to any one else on my mailing list, but I wanted to propagate the message) and how did I get his mail ID??? From the mailing list of another friend, really weird I am!! And lo the next day he sends me an interrogatory mail (you should be a detective my dear friend) as to how do I know him, how did I get his mail ID et al.
Then there was this phase of exchange of fwd mails, until one day, he decided to write me a personal mail (finally!!). And I like replied with a one-liner, to which he greatly objected and still does (but if u know Farghana, u then must be knowing how difficult it is to change her!). Then gradually we got to know each other through one off mails, but it was one long thread(the thread started with him giving me some gyan about guys) of mails exchanged between the two of us spanning from one afternoon till next morning that we really got to know each other n that laid the strong foundation of our friendship.
N the biggest surprise he got was when I rang him up to wish him on his b’day. How I wish I could have fooled him a bit longer by not giving my name so quickly n given him sleepless nights !!
N y am I putting all this down now, cos my friend informs me that we have just completed 6 months of friendship. Time does fly!
So Shoaib, this is to our everlasting friendship.
I really found a true friend in you Shoaib, thanks for being my buddy. Although the miles may separate us, I know my true friend is never far away.