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You Are Not Done Yet!

Some of you might know that I have a dance class that I teach as a side hustle. I have been doing it for five years, every Monday teaching a class. At the end of last year, I could feel my interest in dance class waning. So, I decided to call it quits – I did float the idea with my students around June, but they were shocked, so I continued. Come October; I decided to take a break, a long break. At the beginning of 2019, I decided it was time to end Bollywood Dance classes. There was some inner conflict there – I love dancing, but I could not get myself to choreograph another song.

A few weeks ago I got an email asking if there was a potential teaching opportunity. I initially said no, but then Adam urged me to at least meet with that person. I reached back out, and we met. And it was a perfect match – she wanted to teach, and I had the setup. So, the dance classes are back on, and this week I attended my dance class as a student, and I had so much fun. Somewhere during the class, my heart was filled with gratitude at the gift I was receiving from her. All these years of dancing had taken away the joy of pure dancing which I loved, and now I have it. The universe works in its unique way.

This got me thinking. You know, how there are times when you cannot decide between choices like should you move to a different location, transfer to a different job, eat ice cream. Just make a choice; if something is meant to be it will come back to you. That’s what happened with Bollywood Dance. We weren’t done with each other – it was not time yet. I did try but it wasn’t time yet.

Prof.Rao from CPM always said that if it is a bet between you and life, always place your bet on life. Sometimes, we don’t know what is best for us – we have our grand designs, but the universe might have other more ambitious plans. I am talking about fate vs. free will and just offering another way to look at things. Sometimes we work ourselves up debating a choice – in such cases go forward, and it will all work out.

If you don’t know where you are headed, then it does not matter what road you take. (It’s a quote from Alice In Wonderland). Or if you know where you are headed and not sure if it is the right direction – don’t worry universe will take you where you need to be.

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear or re-appear in some cases. Life wants the best for us, but we believe we know better because we don’t know any better. If we give life a chance, we might be able to live more easily.

What chance will you give your life?

Beyond Borders

As some of you know, I teach Bollywood Dance once a week. My students are from varied backgrounds, some Indian – some American, Spanish, Korean…The songs are in Hindi – the national language of India. So, the students regardless of whether they know the language or not dance to the music.

I was telling my parents about this really cool Tamil (Another Indian Language) song – Koova Koova which one of my students requested that we dance to. My dad’s comment was, “Well, you don’t know Tamil that well.” And that got me thinking about how students in my class do not understand the language but still love and enjoy the dance. The tagline for my dance company email is “Dance is the language of the soul.”

Some things in life cross boundaries set by humans and dancing, music, art – anything of a creative nature falls in that category.

Even if you don’t know how to say Hello – a small smile with a nod does it usually.

Human Emotions are universal. Anger is anger – there is no millionaire anger and poor man’s anger. Human emotions are the same – whether you are a Hindu, or a Catholic or Jewish – we all feel the same emotions. The anguish of heartbreak, sadness at leaving a loved one, loss of a close one – we all go through the same feelings. Laughter is universal – even if you don’t understand the language, there is something about humor that catches on. Love of a mom in India and love of a mom in Europe are not different – they are the same. These emotions bring us together, and they bring us down to earth where we are all born equal regardless of human-made boundaries like race, caste, religion, sex, wealth, etc.

Suffering is also universal. Let’s say you are a millionaire who is upset that one of his jets has a dent and let’say you are a struggling low-income father trying to feed his family. Both of them are suffering – the pain and anguish that each one of them feels are real. We have decided that food is a basic need, and hence the suffering is more significant for the father – but the tug in your heart when your desire is not met is the same for all humans.

All of the humanity shares these common threads. Instead of focusing on what is common we tend to focus on our differences. I wonder why that is? Is it because of human conditioning? Is it because of Media? Is it because – ‘this is the way things are?’ I don’t know but it makes me wonder does the answer to the question matter as much as awareness of the fact that we have a lot more common going on for us than differences.

Once we become aware – our actions will follow. We will look at the person cutting ahead of us in the queue and think back to the time we did that too. We will look at the person talking loudly on the phone and realize that I felt anger and irritated also.

And if you are one of the very few perfect role models in our world, then something that Buddha said might come in handy. “We have no right to judge somebody else because we have spent so many countless births in the human condition that we have played all roles from beggar to King, thief to a constable, male to female.”

Bollywood, Movies – Illusion

As some of you might know I run a small business on the side which is teaching Bollywood Dance. As a part of that I got contacted by Bollywood Musical Company Taj Express asking if I wanted to partner with them.

It was on a Tuesday night at 8:00 pm and Friday before that we had another Bollywood Dance Party (A great one by the way – they are having another one in May too, if you are interested) and that was a late night affair. It started around 9:30 pm and went on until the wee hours in the morning.

We sleep around 9:00 pm ish – as we were leaving the house at 8:00pm my iPhone gave me a reminder “Go to bed at 9:00 pm to get 8 hours of sleep”. If you are thinking why I am telling you all these details – its because I am trying to say that our sleeping cycle was already disturbed and we go to bed pretty early. So I wasn’t sure if really wanted to go to this event or not.

Anyways the partnership they wanted was for me to advertise their show and I said yes. Sow what you reap – I am very selfish that way. So they sent me this packet containing flyers/posters and two complimentary tickets. We decided we were going.

I didn’t have a lot of expectations going in – it was 75 percent full which was a good turnout. And then the show started. Foot Tapping music, lovely costumes and dance moves that made you move in your seat. We had done quite a few of the songs in our dance class as well. And at intermission there was an significant increase in my energy levels and that was reflected in the crowd as well. People were smiling at each other as if we are all a part of a big secret event. It got me enthused for sure. And the joy-ride continued with full steam ahead for the rest of the show and by the end of it I did not want it to end. I secretly wanted to get on the stage and dance with them.

Here’s a link to a latest Bollywood Movie Song – Watch it NOW, its only 2 minutes. I am sure you were also excited – there definitely has been some upward movement in the energy levels.

The reason I love Bollywood is – a) I am an Indian b)it a part of my job requirement c) it’s entertaining d) it takes me out of my daily life and lets me be immersed in something which is so fantastical that for those few moments nothing else exists. This is probably true for any activity that we truly enjoy like reading a book, meditating or doing yoga.

However, it as during the show I thought that there might something else going on here too – it might be deeper than just the energy rush that we get. Life is an illusion and maybe when we go to these movies we get a little more closer to realizing that we are watching a movie within the movie which we call Life.

And if that was too complex – check this out

Bollywood Dance Masti – the journey.

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When we moved from London to Columbus I decided to take a conscious break to do nothing. I found it quite hard to do ‘nothing’ that is and not to mention that I was driving Adam crazy with all my ideas on what I can do.

As a part of doing nothing I decided to take up the twelve week course as designed in Artist Way. To my surprise it did inspire a creative spark in me. As one morning I woke up and decided that starting a Bollywood Dance Class is the way to go. I met Adam for lunch and told him about my great idea and being a project manager at heart I had a mini plan ready.

Me: So what do you think? [After I showed my detailed plan to him]
Adam: When did you have this idea? [As I had never mentioned this to him before]
Me: This morning [looking very sheepish]

And that was that – I didn’t think about it more, assumed it was going to be a passing idea. And then a month later we went to a retreat as a part of the Creativity and Personal Mastery course we took in London Business School. And as the name indicates it helps you discover your creative self by knowing more about yourself. And I am forever grateful to my fellow CPMers who encouraged me to go ahead with my idea of starting a dance class. The positive energy that I got from the retreat created a momentum which even I couldn’t stop. I got back from the retreat created my Bollywood Company. Advertised through Living Social and Facebook and I was an entrepreneur.

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When you are in flow things do fall into place and that’s exactly what happened. People showed up – We all helped each other enjoy dance and soon a community was formed which keeps giving.

Here’s to all the Bollywood Dance Masti Dancers. Love you all.