Updated: May 9, 2021
It was 2010. After a decade-long career under the corporate sun, I was fired from a job I really cared about. My performance was never an issue. It was my personality that they had a problem with. What can I say? A rocker will never apologize for being passionate. That’s just how my mother raised me and I’m grateful to her for it. Anyway, when I was fired, my self-esteem flatlined in a flash. And soon my bank balance did too. It was tough. 13 years before that day, I had left home to move to Mumbai. The city had made some of my dreams come true: the band, the shows, the job... and my mother always sounded proud when I called her. But when this happened, it felt like our dreams – both hers and mine – had been crushed to dust. It questioned our choices and associations. We were devastated. Sleep escaped us for days. Then one morning, I got an unexpected call from my film-maker friend, Honey Trehan. Now transitioning from a quiet corporate environment of mild-mannered men and women to a loud celebrity-studded film set can be tricky. But if you trust the order behind the chaos, you will find your way through. And so did I. (Thank God for Honey Trehan!) Even though the part I played was of the 'blink and you will miss it' type, the lessons I learned and the friends I made were priceless. In hindsight, I was exactly where I needed to be.
You see, we are always exactly where we need to be. At the risk of sounding like a preacher from the Art Of Living foundation, I'll say it’s true. We are all here for the experiences we need to grow and evolve along our path. And no matter how difficult it may seem, the only way is through. So let’s live in the now, be present, and trust the order behind the chaos. It will help us reach better versions of ourselves. Universe, source, God – call it what you like – this is the infinite energy field that can lend us everything we need if we are open to receiving. So let’s raise our vibrations and become magnets to the miracles we've been praying for. Let’s trust the higher order and let go of all things negative. No more fear. No more guilt. No more shame.
No more grief. No more lies. No more illusions. No more toxic attachments.
These images are from the time 7 Khoon Maaf was made. The movie is based on the book, 'Susanna's Seven Husbands' by Ruskin Bond. Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, it bagged a series of awards and boasts a stellar all-star cast including John Abraham and Priyanka Chopra. You can watch it here on Netflix if you haven't already. Let it fill you with everything you need. Thank you for taking the time. My name is Tirthankar Poddar. (If that’s too much, you can call me 2Blue.) Singer, Writer, Speaker, Actor… call me what you like. I’m my mother’s son and I’m only here to let your dreams take flight. Before you listen to the Halestorm song that I've shared below, let me remind you that you were raised by a queen. So honor her by working to be a better version of yourself everyday. There is no greater tribute you can pay to her. And never apologize for being passionate about it. Because that's how she raised you to be: better sorry than safe.