Updated: Oct 21, 2022
It was 2010. After a decade-long career under the scorching corporate sun, I was fired from a job I really cared about. My performance was not the issue. My personality was. What can I say? A rocker will never apologize for his passion. That’s just how my mother raised me to be: BETTER SORRY THAN SAFE! But in 2010, it costed me my job. And my self-esteem too. It was tough. 13 years before that, I had left home to move to Mumbai. The city had lent its wings to my dreams: the band, the shows, the job... and my mother always sounded very proud whenever I called her. But when this happened, it felt like our dreams had been crushed to dust. It questioned our choices, our associations, everything. Sleep escaped us for days. Then one morning, I got an unexpected call from film-maker 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 a way through. And so I did. Even though the part I played was of the 'blink and you will miss it' type, the lessons I learned were priceless. When I think about it now, it makes me realize that 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 will 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. And the good news is, it lies within. So let’s raise our vibrations and become magnets to the miracles we have 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.
You see, there's a light inside your heart. Now it is likely to annoy the hell out of a lot of people. But don't worry about them. These 'unhealed' people are on the wrong side of your glow anyway. Make that light the most beautiful thing about you. Because someone in heaven is watching... and smiling... because you are still shining. Just remember: You are exactly where you need to be. There are no coincidences. There are no accidents. You were led to this page because you needed to read these words. So trust the process. Trust yourself. It's your time now. My name is Tirthankar Poddar but you can call me 2Blue. Singer, Actor, Leadership Mentor… call me what you like. I am my mother’s son and I am here to let your dreams take flight. Before you listen to the Halestorm song that I have shared below, let me remind you that you were raised by a queen. So honor that queen. Be a better version of yourself everyday. There is no greater tribute you can pay.
One more thing... Never apologize for your passion. That's just how your mother raised you to be: BETTER SORRY THAN SAFE!