Re- routing

I’m a traffic phobic and driving at high speed scares me to the bones! But I still managed to learn driving and occasionally drive too! It’s been seven years of safe driving within the radius of 15-20 kms.

My school time friend was on her Delhi visit and it was mandatory to have a get-together. After a long group chatting; day, venue and time was finalized.

Shall I drive down ……?

On the highway, vehicles speeding up like in a formula one race and others over taking from left and right!

Ahhh…. Can’t stop my breath for 30 kms!! Bad idea.

My good friend came to my rescue and offered me a ride. (She behind the wheel. Wow!)

“Good yaar you know all the routes in Delhi”.

“Nah, its GPS! My trusted friend on the road”


We were so engrossed in talking that she missed the left turn (as directed by the GPS).

“Now what?”

“Chill yaar, it will reroute; just five minutes extra, but we’ll reach our destination.”

Reroute- few minutes extra- but you will reach your destination

Isn’t it true in life too?! We all aim to achieve something or to reach somewhere. We follow a path to fulfill our dreams; a plan always waiting for execution; a time-table set, an hourglass placed. But how many of us actually reach the destination?

Many of us give up when the road looks unfamiliar or not as per our blue print. We lose patience when it takes a little longer to travel. We panic when something happens out of plan. The dreams shatter and destination blurs.

We all have our own GPS fitted in the minds but we forget to activate it. Just feed the destination and simply follow it. Your ‘will’ will take you there. It will reroute the travel whenever you’ll divert from the path. You may reach a little later than the scheduled time but you will definitely arrive. You may get distracted and miss the turn; it will guide you to the next one.

Drive your life fearlessly, be alert, follow the GPS (will power), reroute it as many times as it requires but make sure you reach your destination!

“You have arrived at your destination.” The GPS declared.


© 2018 Charu Gupta and Potpourri of life.





My Will

Is there life after death?

I wonder if it’s possible to live after my last breath

Too much in love with life; want to live even after I die!

Some say they allot you heaven or hell

Where you go, only your karma can tell

Will there be trees, birds, wind, sea and soil?

Who has seen the world after the demise

There is a condition before I die

Promise me butterflies, mountains and the sky

I’ll embrace death with a smile; just want to live after I die!

When no motion is left and my body looks dead

My soul will be pleading to live, see and love

And this will be my last ‘will’ to adhere

Take away my eyes, heart, liver and every possible part

Plant them in the person who needs them the most

I’m too much in love with the life; want to live even after I die

My eyes will live to admire the beautiful rain

My heart will beat and fall in love again……..


© 2018 Charu Gupta and Potpourri of life.


Pass on the HOPE please!

My aunt’s visit to our place became more frequent as the Doctor she needed to see was at an hour’s distance. She had a problem in swallowing food. After a plethora of medicines, therapies and x-rays; finally the Doctor advised to go for biopsy and endoscopy tests.

And the report came- A cancerous malignant tumor at stage IV.

Everything came crashing down, ‘Cancer’ the word that no one wants to hear or accept and here we were holding the piece of truth!

My Aunt was a brave lady; even this disease couldn’t send tremors to her heart. She asked two questions to the oncologist –

Q1- What are the chances?

Q2- How much will be the expenditure?

Composed! Practical and unruffled; she was the rarest of the rare! Perhaps this is why God chose to provide her with such a disease!

Oncologist- Ans 1- I don’t want to give you any false hopes, chances are 20 percent.

Ans2- We have special quota for people who can’t afford the huge expenditure. You just have to arrange about one lac for four chemo.

Aunt- “So you are saying there are 20% chances of my survival”.

Oncologist- “Yes! But we’ll try our best, miracles happen!”

One last question- “How much time do I have if miracle doesn’t happen?”

“Maximum six months!”

Aunt- “20% chance, six months, waiting for a miracle and the chemo! And there is a false hope!”
(I wonder if there’s any difference between ‘hope’ and ‘false hope’)

As I told you my Aunt was a courageous lady; she fought with the fatal disease as a great warrior. She never gave up in life, always kept her spirits high. She never left the hope and the will to live!

My adorable Aunt survived for two years! And in those two years I had never seen an emotion of remorse on her face. She never self-pitied herself and never allowed others to be sympathetic of her condition. Till her last breath she was smiling, chatting (though with great difficulty) and uplifting the spirits of people around.

Hope – A feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen. (Oxford dictionary)

I hope that I’ll get a promotion this year!

I hope I’ll manage my financial crisis shortly!

I hope my children will do well in life!

I hope to meet my friends soon!

I hope we will move into a new house this year!

I hope my mother will get well soon!

I hope Mamma has cooked my favourite dish today!

Hope is not any assurance or guarantee but it keeps the whole world going. Never ever deprive anyone of it. If you are not able to help a person then at least give him hope. Hope that the miseries are going to end. Hope that everything will be fine; hope to live and hope to be happy!

A heart filled with hope can overcome any hindrance and hope provides us the courage to face each day with positivity and zeal.

Pass on the hope….. because for someone it may be the only thing to survive upon, just like for Johanna of O. Henry’s The Last Leaf!