Invisible Tears

This year has been a year of separation for stray dog. Stray Dog hardly ever cared about attachments hence never bothered about separation but consecutive separations are making stray dog emotional. Separating from great friends is the toughest part of life.

Yes talking about physical separation only. People, places and relationships remain in our emotional bank irrespective of whether you call yourself stray or pet.

Tears flow when the emotional bank is robbed, only difference is for some its visible and for others it is only visible to self.

Every great opportunity comes with a great loss. At times we don’t see or realize the opportunity during loss, similarly we don’t realize the loss while accepting opportunity.

We assume every opportunity is the way forward and every loss as way backward but, if we look holistically you will see ultimately you are at the same point where you were. Change around you is just illusion that makes you either happy or sad.

But emotional bank doesn’t understand all these philosophy. It is there to only lose. It falls in love, it falls in separation, it falls in sorrow and the entire emotional world reverberates around fall but the bank gets richer with every fall. The only positive transaction happens in emotional bank when you get materialistic. But you must realize that in emotional bank, positive is true negative.

With invisible tears, fake smiles and illusions of loud actions stray dog is celebrating today a new fall in the season of separation.


Stray Dog

Open Position – Chief Positivity Officer

We are the largest Multinational company on this universe. We have expertise in consultancy, manufacturing, software, financial management, art, nation building, pharmacy, healthcare, banking, teaching, rather it would be easy to say in anything and everything that a human can do or need.

Since past few millenniums we found lots of time and energy wasted due to abrasion, friction and corrosion.

We are in search of an individual who can remove obstacles on our path and lubricate the functioning. After several years and lots of money we realized that smooth functioning of any machine requires lubrication and smooth functioning of any human requires positivity.

Positivity that is based on truth not hype or illusion.

Positivity which is easy to believe and remains throughout.

Positivity that has no selfish motive as driver.


If you feel you are the one, please apply here.



Human Race



Stray Dog

Daily Prompt: Together

It is not difficult to get together but it is extremely difficult to stay together. Look back at all your relationships whether family, society or friends, we always love to stay together but fail to do so most of the times.

Surendra always took things as they came and never kept any baggage. For him life was easy as he was confident every time he is stuck, if he consciously finds there s a way. He had many acquaintances but no friends as such, he had many to criticize but no enemies. It was easy for him to get along with any group and he hardly felt any pain while parting. He was mostly excited about what is coming, and if what is coming is not exciting then he tried to make it exciting.  He was happiest person on this world as per his friends and colleagues.

Life started taking turns when he got married and had a family of his own. Things changed because yesterday mattered, what you said the other day, how you behaved when certain things happened and comparing behaviors in different situations brought past to present situation every now and then. These made him feel uncomfortable and felt as if he does not belong to this world anymore. He could never understand why should yesterday affect my today.This caused him lose his cool and calm demeanor. He became impatient, irritating and  at times unreasonable.

His pain within was seen mostly as a newly developed bad attitude. He was misunderstood more than understood by any. He felt lonely and out of the place.

People started saying this man changed completely after marriage and more than him his wife was blamed for the drastic change in behavior of Surendra.

Surendra’s parents came to stay with him for sometime while his in-laws were lined up next. Already disturbed relationships were going through tremendous pressure due to additional unclear and unsaid exceptions from the seniors in the family. One morning when Surendra woke up he found his mother and wife were having a very bad argument which was demeaning each others position in Surendra’s eye. Without telling anybody Surendra left home and wanted to get lost in this world. He walked from him home without telling anybody. he did not carry his purse or mobile phone. He kept walking from his home towards unknown land.

He crossed the city, some villages and started feeling hungry. He was tired as well. He sat down under a banyan tree on the highway he was walking. Looking at the milestone on the road he realized that he had walked quite a bit. It was mostly afternoon at this time. he even didn’t wear his watch.

More than hungry he was thirsty. When he looked around he found a farmer busy working on his farm. he went up to him and asked for drinking water. Farmer was a very social person so he not only gave water but offered some food that he had got from home. Both sat under the tree and chatted. Surendra had no proper answer for Farmer’s questions like ‘where are you going?’ etc and this made farmer suspect something wrong. He suggested Surendra to spend tonight in their village and go next day. Suendra who worked always in Air conditions chambers and  never stayed hungry for that long every was very tired. He agreed to farmer’s request and went to their village.

He had never been to a village himself. He was surprised to see the beauty and cleanliness maintained in the village. Farmer took him to the temple of the village where there is a guest house. Surendra was introduced to the priest and was given a simple room to spend his night. After some chit chat, surendra opened up in front of the priest his story and his intention. Priest listened to him carefully but did not give any suggestion or advice. Post dinner Surendra went inside the room and slept.

Chirping of birds, temple bell and loud recitation of devotional poetries woke Surendra up. he composed himself and wanted to go out to see the beauty of the village. He found that the door of the room was locked from outside. He looked through the window to find somebody who can help open the door. He found a small boy and asked him but did not find any response. He kept trying but nobody seemed to pay attention to his request. He found the priest walking by, he asked him to open the door angrily but no response. He was now scared. He is trapped. He was not sure what these people will do. He started imagining and he could imagine only scary consequences.

After few hours somebody slipped a plate of breakfast under the door.He was relieved to know that he will not die hungry. Same continued for lunch and dinner. he attempted to request, threat, plead people outside to open the door, he even tried to break the door but all his efforts went in vein. gradually he learned to stay quietly. Days passed by and then after 45 days priest came and opened the door for him. He has been thinking that he will kill the priest when out but somehow he did not react at all.

“What do you want to do now”, Priest asked. he said, “I want to go home. My wife and parents must have gone mad by now.”.

Priest gave him some money to get back home. He asked the priest, “Why did you lock me up in that room for these many days?”.

“Tell me what is your thought about your family and your life situation now?”, Priest asked in turn.

“I feel blessed to have a family. I am ready to accept all that bothered me so much and I need nothing except my family.” He responded with tears in his eyes.

“Hope this helps you understand the reason I locked you up”, Priest said smiling.

Togetherness is a skill which has to be taught to every human being. We are happy alone among our own people but we can not be happy alone while lonely. We are happy to find our space in crowd where variety of emotions come across us and pass through but we will go crazy if we just have our space and nothing around us. We are answerable for the past, we are answerable to think about future but we must learn to live in present time among all these. We cant escape togetherness.


Stray Dog



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Parting Song : Goodbye my Friend

No Music, No Orchestra, No singer around but I can hear the music, orchestra and a beautiful song. Song so loud that, it woke me up at 4:00 AM despite body yet to recover from a long tiring previous day.

I woke up to listen to the song carefully and feel the music. Upon attention, I could hear every instrument distinctly.

I thought of focusing on each of them carefully. First that caught my ear is the flute. Flute that was conveying the beautiful friendships that were made in past nine years. Friendship that at times went beyond every possible boundary to some which remained comfortable in formal boundaries. Some where give and take took precedence to some where materials were irrelevant. Some broken friendship by natural force and some died unnaturally. Some brought tears which was difficult to hide but some where tears only I could see. There were some where I could express clearly my feelings about my friends and at times could not carry the weight of heavy feelings on my lips. But end result was a beautiful friendship that I shall cherish during my remaining journey.

Ahh! I could hear the drums so clearly. The boldness that was shown in these nine years of existence. Some very proud of, some I feel unnecessary and many where I feel knew I was wrong. Some at work place and some at society in general. But when I observed closely I found mostly these boldness were synthetic and hardly any spirit in them

A beautiful synthesizer was trying to draw my attention now. Reminding me the journey of human growth in these years. Despite mistakes, madness, wrongdoings the overall journey looks rewarding. A self-centered software engineer evolved as a lesser self-centered human being with new skills, new energy, new confidence and many more new friends.

Music was somber yet showing the path more rewarding with countless more opportunities to learn from with or without mistakes.

When focused on the voice of the singer I could clearly recognize the voice. It was me. When I asked the singer what’s the name of this music, it said,

“Goodbye my Friend”



Stray Dog

Happy Outside

Evening 7:30, while most of the city is heading home, bunch of passionate engineers brainstorming in a closed room about new issue that was reported by one premium client and trying their best to find resolution to it.At times discussing an issue to find resolution unknowingly takes its turns towards blaming each other or discussing topics which has no role to play in troubleshooting process. Hence the temperature in that room was going up time to time.

After sometime Aarshiya, one of the smart engineers, came out of the room as if she has some important task to complete but spent time talking general topics with others and did not show any hurry to go back to the discussion room. A friend of her noticed Aarshiya’s sudden exit from the discussion room and passing time outside while the rest of the team was struggling asked her, “Why are you not inside?”.

She immediately responded, “Because I am happy outside”.  Clueless about this response her friend changed the topic. After 15 minutes or so, Aarshiya went into the room and shared her idea of resolution to the problem and everybody agreed and discussion ended.

Aarshiya’s friend noticed this and asked Aarshiya to help explain the statement, “Happy Outside”.

Aarshiya explained, “It is the nature of any task is to drag you into the problem. In the process of finding resolution, we first try to understand the problem but in the process of understanding the problem we tend to get into the problem and sometimes become part of it. It is extremely important for an effective troubleshooter to come out of the problem after understanding it and stop thinking about the problem.Happiness and relaxed mind is the biggest source of energy to help find resolution to any kind of problem. Hence it is important we come out of the problem, relax and make ourselves happy and feel comfortable to find appropriate solution.Hence in order to unstuck myself and help find a solution I apply the trick called, ‘Happy Outside'”.

Her friend felt it as great idea and started implementing the same. Many a times when they meet in office they greet each other stating, “Happy outside” to remind the concept.


-Stray Dog

Inter-state Transfer of Vehicle – Getting a N.O.C

Interesting and very useful post for people like stray dogs.

The Transient's Diary

Those who still believe in ONE India – have probably never traveled between states.

Moving states is a tedious task especially if you have commodities that are state specific like vehicle registration, gas connection, mobile phone number (mobile number portability still not valid between states) etc. You have to register, de-register and re-register. Seems wasteful if you plan to move back after few years, and gets worse if you move to yet another state. While we loathe the fact that India still behaves like a country of countries, the legislature might just be considering the creation of yet another state!!

And if you are reading this, you too, are a victim.

Enough rants. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.


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Vande Mataram (Salute to the Mother)

“Thank you for understanding the pain of a working mother”, One woman employee told to her manager when her manager carefully listened the struggle that she goes through everyday managing her two kids and then cutting across the traffic of the city and showing the professional world a face that she is fine.

She couldn’t get a proper sleep at night as her 6 month old need feeding every couple of hours.

She couldn’t get proper sleep because her 3 year old got fever due to changing weather.

She had to face the worst traffic of the day because she started little late due to sleepless night.

She had to cruise through the traffic in her moped inhaling all pollution on the road for one and half hours while traveling 12 Kilometers.

But she is smiling, jumping with everybody at work to celebrate Independence day celebration at office to show she is a good team player and doing her work with due diligence to prove the corporate world that she is competent to work and not to consider her any lesser.

Teary eyed manager feels accepting “Thank you” coming from a working mother like her for just listening to her problem is a no lesser than a crime. It is time we all must say “Thank you” with every breath of ours to all such women who have shown their multi-fold strength by proving the world that nobody, absolutely nobody comes close to  working mothers when competency is a criteria of measurement.

These great women don’t need any kind of group to show that they are great. They are beyond any mend and women rights debate.

The painful fact is people selectively avoid hiring women because they get married, get pregnant and manage house. Stray Dog has seen such managers everywhere. These managers feel they are doing good to a company they are working for or keeping them selves out of trouble.

Stray-dog would like them to rise above their tinny-tiny world of success and see the world as a place where humans live.

It is the responsibility of every manager who is a decision-maker must serve at-least one talented woman every year to unblock all odds that she is going through so that she can grow in her career, live a life where there is space for herself and gets the respect she deserves.

Don’t get distracted by the demanding section of the society who demands their rights without credibility and focus sincerely on women who are blocked despite talent.

The guilt that you have for not being able to take care of your parents or doing enough for loving sister or not able to provide enough attention to your wife due to work or unable to provide the life of a princess to your daughter will get some soothing relief if you can do this at your workplace.

Happy Independence Day!!!

Vande Maataram!!! (Salute to the Mother)

– Stray Dog