In search of purpose…



I still remember the day in college, my very own MCC when I thought in the middle of the class that ‘Akshata, you should have a purpose in life.’ and then my train of thought just drifted away to something else, but that feeling kept gnawing at me. I pondered over it for days, trying to understand what purpose am I trying to find and why has it suddenly become soo important for me. It boggles me even now. Yes! I haven’t yet figured it out but somewhere feels like am getting to it.

Don’t give me the ‘Why hasn’t she figured it out yet? look’. Well for me passion and purpose are two different things. I am sure many would disagree about it. Yes both give tremendous amount of happiness but purpose gives you a satisfaction and salvation. Now you may wonder if you know what it would make you feel, why haven’t you realised what it is yet. Well I understand what you guys are trying to say, there sure has been times when I felt I have on the verge of figuring it out. But turns out, its like layers, the more I unveil it, the more I know am closer to it but yet not at the core of it.

The work I do now is a passion, books and reading is a passion, staying happy is a passion, creating something new is passion but that’s not a purpose in my life. I know that for sure! Purpose in life is something you do that brings you this warm fuzzy feeling(yes more like the feeling of love), the satisfaction, the feeling of being filled with love happiness and the light headedness of being the reason. The layers of the core(yet to unveil) of my purpose, so far figured- helping people, being the reason for bringing a smile on someone, plain loving someone or something purely with no ifs and buts attached, appreciating someone for who they are, what they do or what they said, talking to children- dreaming with them, laughing for no reason and being loved. I know they are vague and some may not be linked, but they all lead to my holy grail that would change my life forever. In pursuit of purpose…..

Ending it with a dialogue I love from the movie, The Pursuit of Happiness,(The dad telling his son)

Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. Not even me.

You got a dream, you gotta protect it.

When people can’t do something themselves, they’re gonna tell you that you can’t do it.

You want something, go get it. Period

Wonder if some of you feel the same and would love to hear from you. Do share your thoughts. 🙂


Sir, you’ll continue to stay in us…

You cannot change your future, but you can change your habits and surely your habits will change your future – APJ Abdul Kalam


There are only a few leaders in the world, who have this innate charm to make you sit straight and listen, also inspire you without you knowing the effect, they have on you. APJ Abdul Kalam is one such leader. I still remember when he was the President of India and how proud I was of the fact and ensured to speak about him, every chance I got. Only a few in the political field have the ability to become leaders through intellect and personality, APJ is one among these. His iconic hairstyle and the smile will never fade away from our memory. His infectious enthusiasm and keenness to connect with the youth will never be forgotten. He’ll remain in our hearts and keep inspiring us to be better, to build a better India and to create a wonderful world. Sir, you showed us what hardwork, innovation can change and also it’s the small lessons in life that matter and make who you are. You were a true visionary.

You will always be in our thoughts, our talks and be an inspiration to millions. Thank you for playing a prominent role in the development of India. My only regret is to not have met you or heard you speak in real. We’ll miss you…