Send roses to loved ones first, think of a reason later.
and more lessons from Zakir Khan's single Tathasthu(Blessing)
Zakir Khan is an Indian comedian, actor, poet and show runner responsible for many comedy hits. His most recent single, Tathasthu(Blessing) has recently hit world top 10 on Amazon Prime and this felt like a good time to write a post on him.
This single was almost him telling his life lessons to the audience through his experiences, thinly veiled as a comedy. While I have decided against including everything in the show, mainly because I don’t want to rob anyone from experiencing it themselves. If you have a hour and a half on hand, I highly recommend Tathasthu by Zakir Khan.
For thoose who don’t have 90 minutes or need some more reason, below are three key lessons from the life of Zakir Khan and his many, many shows.
हम जब खेलते हैं तोह हम यह तोह जीतते है, यह तोह हारते है. हम भागते नहीं है
When we do something, we either succeed or we fail, we don’t give up. - Zakir Khan(CVHH)
When we try something new what can happen, we will either succeed or we will either fail. But if we decide to back off, give up, we lose by default.
Failing is not a bad thing.
When Michael Jordan tried basketball, he was cut from his high school basketball team.
When Steven Spielberg tried film making, he was rejected from film school thrice.
When John Grisham tried writing, his first novel was rejected by sixteen agents and twelve publishing houses.
When The Beatles tried music, they were told by a record company that they have “no future in show business”.
If they had let these failures deter them, they would have never made it big. Failing is not a bad thing, it is just the method by which we learn things. How did you learn to walk? by falling many times. Somewhere along the way, we started believing that failing is bad and started giving up due to the fear of failure.
कोई लक्ष्य मनुष्या के साहस से बड़ा नहीं, हारा वही जो लड़ा नहीं
No goal is greater than the courage of man, the only one who loses is the one who doesn't try. - Nitin Vijay
A bestselling author Robin Sharma asks himself the same question everyday. Who will cry when you will die?
In his book titled, Who Will Cry When You Die?, he tells us about his fathers favorite Sanskrit saying which when translated reads as: When you were born you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.
In life we often keep running after small goals, not looking to see if what we are doing to help others along the way. Many of our lives go without any net effect on the human population.
Zakir Khan mentions that one of his favorite films is Nau Nihal(a child), which revolves around a child with a desire to meet the then prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru. When he finally reaches Nehru’s office, he finds out that Nehru has passed away. The film ends with shots of Nehru’s actual funeral. 1.5 million people mourned the loss, including some of the top military officials and world leaders. Elizabeth II, the queen of UK, the oppressors from whom Nehru had seized power also mourned his loss. She believed this to be a black day throughout the commonwealth.
While you live, many people will join you in your happiness and grief in order to maintain relations. In order to have your favor in future, but once you are dead you are not of any selfish gain to anybody.
This is the time when it will become clear, how many people did you touch in such a way that they decided to pay their respects in person. How many people did your life effect? Then while we are alive, shouldn’t it be our aim to touch so many lives that our funeral is no less than that of Jawaharlal Nehru.
As Zakir Khan(on TRS) put into poetry,
मेरे दो चार ख्वाब है जिन्हे मैं आसमान से चाहता हूँ।
जिंदगी चाहे गुमनाम रहे, लेकिन में मौत मशहूर चाहता हूँ
I have a few goals which I want beyond the stars.
Life may be anonymous, but I want to die famous
बड़ो का सायं जब तक आपके सर पे होता है आपको उसका अंदाज़ा नहीं
होता है। जब वह चला जाता है तब लगता है की ज़रुरत थी, वो आपको कितनी हिम्मत देता था।
You have no idea about the wisdom of elders while you have it. When it is gone, we realize how much we needed it. - Zakir Khan(Tathasthu)
How many times do we ignore our parents, our grand parents, our elders in an endless pursuit of our goals? How many times do we don’t pay heed to their advice, only to realize later that they were correct?
Once in a while it is good to stop running after our goals and spend time with our elders. They are mortal, and in a blink of eye they will no longer be with you. Once they are gone, all their wisdom goes with them. No one says that elders are always correct, but nor are we. Listen to their advice, think about it and you’ll be surprised how many times they are correct.
Once in a while it is a good idea to send roses to loved ones first and think of a reason later.
Love your parents. We are so busy growing up, we often forget that our parents are growing old. - Anonymous
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You can find Tathasthu here. You can watch the trailer here.
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