Nov 21 | Life is Too Short

Namaste, this is my very first note on this blog that my twin daughters helped me start – they felt that with all the stories and facts of life that I share passionately that I ought to write a book – okay then we settled for this blog, as a starter.

Today, we celebrated Rima’s (my wife) mother’s life on the first anniversary of her heavenly abode. There were so many moments that flashed across during the religious bhajans that were sung by this lovely group in Mumbai – starting with the first time I met my wife’s mom when we were dating – back in early June 1985. She was yet to turn 45 and I had yet to be 23 – it was summer break after having finished my 1st year at the MBA school in Austin, TX. I will not forget her beautiful smile. Before we finished the coffee meeting at Sea Lounge at the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, I knew that Mom had approved of me for her daughter, and that is where my love of my better half’s mother began. I was fortunate to have had her in my life for 34+ years through Nov 20, 2019.

That we have only 1 life is a fact that we are never remiss about – yet, I see us all wrapped up in small stuff – our egos, our beliefs, our opinions. They all seem larger than the size of the Universe. Yet, if we were to reflect on one simple fact – that we are each only 1 in 7-8 billion humans on earth and that our Earth is a tiny thing in the Universe – I hope we would all realize that at the end of the day, we are here as guests on Earth. And the best we can do is try and leave this beautiful mother Earth that God has bestowed upon us with this one life, slightly better than when we arrived here. We do not get too attached to our hotel rooms where we spend few days – if we treat life similarly, we would make more positive impact and leave this beautiful place, better.

Life truly can be long if we hold grudges, have large egos, be opinionated – however if we accept His ways and know that we are not even a cog in the wheel, we will find that life is very short. My brother, who I respectfully addressed as Baadshah (i.e. King), also began his heavenly abode last year. While he lived for 67 years and my Mom lived for 79 years, we all know life was truly short for both.

Let’s love one another and let’s trust each other.

Wahe Guru! (This phrase has a very deep meaning – in summary, it means “I am grateful to Him”)

Published by Rajan Sobhani

I am Grateful for His Kindness - I truly love and Appreciate Life. I try to be Humble and I Respect our Mother Earth. I thank you for your Time, which we lose daily. Let's be Humble. Let's Give. I Hope this blog serves to Inspire you. Please do let me know how I can do better - I solicit criticism which I view as a form of Empathy!

52 thoughts on “Nov 21 | Life is Too Short

  1. Yes
    We are guests
    We come we should observe learn love and elevate ourselves
    Growth as an individual is important
    Rajan good initiative
    Good luck
    Always be in awareness

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      1. Rajan, you have spoken your heart and mind in these blogs.

        It was a great initiative to let the people know your thoughts.

        We have to cut and shape our life from what we have got by default.

        We have lived majority of our life, it is now to repay certain things to Nature, the Community the Country from where we have got lots of things.

        Searching God, relishing old memories is the next thing we all are looking into.

        Your Blog has inspired me to write my own blog

        In Search of God.

        My journey, as a small boy holding my mother’s hand going to temples to my Visits at various religious places.

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      2. Deepak, that is such a wonderful note / I cannot express enough Gratitude here / it is comments like these that inspire me to write more and in some very small way, return back to the community, as you have so clearly expressed we all need to do – at least those of us who have completed 1/2 a century of lifetime in this beautiful Mother Earth πŸ™‚

        Great to hear from you in BOM πŸ™‚

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  2. Well written, Rajan, and a very bold and nice beginning. I appreciate your initiative and will try to get inspired by it as I do in my running.

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  3. What a beautiful reminder Chacha. Glad that you started off with this blog. Such a wonderful life lesson expressed so beautifully. Keep writing, keep spreading your positivity.

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    1. Tamu beta, so nice to hear from you in Dubai – you have always been such a supporter of not just me – but everyone else in our family – love begets love and kindness begets – love you tons and God willing, I will do my best to spread positivity πŸ™‚

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  4. Raj, this is part & parcel of life we all have to encounter. Losing someone dearest to us is never easy & we have to accept it that we are here on this earth only temporary.

    Make the best of everything that God has Blessed us & do our best for the needy. God will know what to do best for us in return. God Bless you & your family πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

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    1. Michael, so nice to hear from you in Singapore – yes, nothing permanent about our stay here on Mother Earth – we must all continue to help the needy – it is God’s work and He is counting on his more fortunate and blessed kids to do some of His work for Him – May He bless your family too πŸ™‚

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    1. Boss, that is the highest respect I could ever earn working for you for a quarter of a century – your few words mean a lot – I am only but a student of spirituality and have much to learn from all others, including you πŸ™‚

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    1. Simmi, so nice to hear from you in Singapore or should I say as I always address cities by the airport code, SIN – hahahaha – jokes aside, your kind observation will fuel my desire to continue to speak from my heart – I will do my best dear πŸ™‚

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  5. A wonderful write up and touch the feeling. Sadly, that the mother not around to spend more years to.enjoy rest of her life with woudefull son in law. Nonetheless, her blessing and strong trust against highly appreciate. Thank you for sharing the the wonderful true story. Stay in touch and.jope to hear more stroy. Sharing is caring. Stay strong and health always. God bless always. Rajan/Prolific Cargo,Malaysia.

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    1. Rajan, so nice to hear from you in Malaysia – really appreciate your kind words and the CLN Partnership our respective logistics companies have. I will certainly stay in touch and do my best to share more wonderful stories πŸ™‚

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    1. Dear Kishore, so nice to hear from you in Baroda, Gujarat – you have been too kind with your words here – yes we are all created equally by the same creator and love for each other is the only way we can show our respect to our creator πŸ™‚

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  6. Hi Rajan,
    First our condolences for the loss of your family members πŸ™
    It was nice to read your blog and hope to read many more!

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    1. Ketan, so nice to hear from you in Charlotte, NC – thank you for your kind thoughts and condolences – while 2020 has been a challenging year for most, for us, 2019 was a challenging year having lost my Baadshah of a brother, Ramesh Sobhani in Aug 2019 and Rima and I visited BOM to show our final respects and 3 months later losing Rima’s mom within hours of us landing in BOM again – those 24-hour long journeys in both instances seemed to be the longest !

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  7. Dear Raj
    Thanks for having added me.
    So agreed with you .life is too short
    Now you teased me I’m impatient to read the next episode

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    1. Joel, so nice to hear from you in Paris, France – one of my favorite cities that I have visited only twice – love your note – very encouraging – shall do my best to not disappoint the founder of TALA, the best logistics global partnership dedicated exclusively to Aviation/Aerospace – thank you for PGL representing US of A πŸ™‚

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  8. Thank you for sharing Rajan. Not only can I relate to what you have written, but I also learned the meaning of Wahe Guru. I look forward to reading your future posts on this blog and congratulations on this new project.

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  9. Rajan,
    Wonderfully expressed thoughts! Prayers for the departed souls! They taught us well tgrough their short lives. Prayers also for us mortals to be guided in our actions so that we can also smile when we look down from above and feel like we lived a life that mattered!

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    1. Ranjan, nice to hear from you in Dallas, TX – really thoughtful of you to take the time to share your kind words – yes, our parents raised us and taught us well and you are spot on – we must follow their tradition and that would be best form of Guru dakshana (homage and in-kind payment) to some of our departed parents !

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      1. Shalini, very true – as we get older, we tend to reflect more on what our parents taught us – this occurs probably because we see ourselves doling out similar advice and guidance to our kids or younger loved ones and it is like deja vu – wow that is exactly what was shared by our parent 2-3 decades ago πŸ™‚

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  10. Very beautifully put raj mama!
    Feels like yesterday when we lost our near and dear.
    So glad you started this.β€οΈπŸ™πŸ»

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    1. Subita beta, thanks a ton – yes, we miss our loved ones after we are gone – yet, we find ourselves not spending as much time as we should while they are here on Mother Earth – you may have just inspired me for my next post dear – enjoy BOM (Mumbai) – my favorite city in the entire planet πŸ™‚

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  11. Rajan for the past year I have come to realize life is too short so do whatever ones heart desires, but your blog pinned it right down there ( you know what I mean)
    Yes very true
    if we could detach ourselves from enormous worldly Egos opinions & possessiveness we all could live a better healthier & happy life learning to love care & appreciate all on this earth.

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    1. Shalini, you are so kind and appreciative – yes, ego is the single biggest problem humanity faces today – when we reflect on this simple fact that the entire Mother Earth relative to all the galaxies out there – known and unknown – is not even 0.0001% in size, does that not tell us how so very small we are and that we need to behave the same way and respect the greater good – after all, it is His world – we should be honored to be allowed this temporary stay here like you clearly do in NJ !

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  12. I loved your words. I lost my mother last year and so they really hit home. We must enjoy and be grateful for every moment and not sweat the small stuff!

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    1. Thanks a ton Laura – Mother Earth was there before we arrived as guests here and She will be there much after we end our temporary stay here and leave Her -so yes, why dwell on petty things or let them change who we are – we are nothing but God’s children πŸ™‚

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  13. Rajan what is true is we have two big days in our life, the day we are born & the day we depart. What is important in our life is what we do in between. Your mother in law knew so well as to what to do, & now you have expressed this from your heart. Lovey share Of your thoughts .

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    1. Krishna, thanks for taking the time to share your perspective on life – you are right – we all have to absorb that essence of life – the one in between – how we treat or respect one another and how we express our true from the heart feelings and not be pretentious – nice to hear from you in AMS (The Hague) πŸ™‚

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  14. Wow Raj, that’s really beautiful and profound thoughts described very nicely in simple words! Please continue writing πŸ™‚

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