Saturday, June 27, 2009

Michael Jackson, the Peter Pan of pop music….we’re going to miss you MJ!

The most shattering and the most shocking news that came to us early Friday morning was indeed about the passing away of the musical God Michael Jackson. It took me some time to even write this article to express my anguish, since I wanted to verify, whether what I heard was a dream or was it actually reality.
Grown-up listening to his music
Michael indeed is a Dean of pop music. I have grown up listening to his music, gazing his dance moves and was crazy about his self-written song lyrics. As a child, I remember singing MJ’s songs and imitating him at fancy dress competitions….I mean Michael you are so amazing…..
I remember writing an article in my blog, all excited about Michael’s come-back tour, “This is it”, which was to begin Jul 13 2009, but that never really was destined to happen. Sad but true!!
Like my dad simply told me to relax and said that he and the whole world went through the same anguish when the greatest of his time Elvis Presley passed away.
The Invincible Michael
Nobody on this planet can replace Michael Jackson. I mean this man had the talent, kindness, and was grounded in true sense. A clutch of his hit numbers, You are not alone; Black or White; Heal the World; We are the world; All of us say that they don’t really care about us; Beat it, Bad; Remember the time- are a few songs which talked about Michael and who he really was.
It’s been as long as 10 years since we have seen Michael performing live on stage or for that matter, there even were no music albums that he released. While we did hear that Michael would team up with hip-hop singer Neo to release their brand new combined album…..sad but true, this too was not meant to be.
“If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with”, as said by Michael Jackson.
While I was jogging this morning, I inadvertently happened to ape Michael’s signature tune…”Aaoohhw” aloud. While I did get stares from people but that’s the global impact Michael Jackson, the King of Pop has left on all music lovers.
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Before I sign out, as I always say take very good care of yourself and God Bless.
Stick around, because life is beautiful!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

“Retirement”….feels like you have been hit by recession

It’s difficult to put myself in the place of a person who is approaching retirement from his corporate lifestyle, but coming to think of it…..it must be feeling like a no-where-to-go cerebral attack. Imagine that daily routine that a working executive follows of waking up in the morning, getting ready for work, working hard those 8-9hrs, and then pack-up from office to go straight home or maybe pursue an evening hobby……and then suddenly you wake up on the 1st day after your 60th birthday and you realize that you have nowhere to go. Uff……must be real hard to digest!
60th birthday can be agonizing
One of my colleagues celebrated his 60th birthday yesterday and he also retires this month from the company. When I asked him how it feels to celebrate his 60th birthday- a day when people not only wish you a Happy Birthday but also wish you a Happy Retirement. He said, that it feels like the whole world has come-down-upon-him…..seems gloomy, especially because he has served the same company for a long spell of over 34yrs and that leaving the company after such a long spell would be real difficult.
Now let me exaggerate……34yrs.......like, how do people work so long in one company??? I can’t even imagine!!
It’s even worse when you are a leader material in your organization. And being a Leader, people emulate you, listen to your views and take your instructions too seriously, work for you, and even more when your signature works like you can buy a fortune 500 company….then it surely must be feeling gloomy, until you actually start getting use to the sedentary lifestyle you are forced to make peace with.
Planning for retirement
I believe that in order to face retirement and cruise through it smoothly, you need to prepare for it well in advance – both mentally and physically. There are many companies following this practice, which put employees in a “Retirement Simulation” environment and let them have a feel about life after retirement, while they are working. Isn’t this a fantastic way of getting ready for withdrawal…..Indeed it is!
So, “Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to.”
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Before I sign out, as I always say take very good care of yourself and God Bless!
Stick around, because life is beautiful!