Ronak Sawant is an artist engaged in performing, literary and visual arts. He is a life explorer and a free soul who uses his art, wisdom and life's journey to inspire people and make a change in the world.

December 20, 2018

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Cover Photo: Regrets will kill you. Living life will thrill you. - Ronak Sawant

"Regrets will kill you. Living life will thrill you."
 Ronak Sawant

Imagine you are on your deathbed and today is the last day of your life. You are now reflecting on your life by watching your life’s movie with eyes closed. I want to ask you a question, “Are you enjoying watching your life’s movie or are you regretting something in it?” Be honest with yourself. If you understood the question deeply and learned something from the above scenario, then you probably have found your answer. To make it simple - if you are enjoying your life then you should keep living your life at fullest, if you think there will be a regret in life then it’s time to wake up, do things that matter and live your life.

Regret is the greatest pain in life. It is the feeling that hurts so much. It destroys our presence. It kills our life. It kills our soul. Nothing can kill us more than the feeling of regret. We cannot experience true fulfilment if there’s any regret in life.

Do you love any person?
Express your feelings to him/her.
Do you have a dream?
Work hard to make it a reality.
Do you want to start something of your own?
Start from today. It doesn’t matter if you start small. Just start.
Do you want to learn and master a skill?
Practice every day. Practice, practice, practice.
Do you want to travel to your dream destination?
Save money. Research, plan, go on an adventurous journey of your lifetime.
Do you want to live the life of regrets or the life of your dreams?
Of course, the life of your dreams right! So why wait, and then later regret. The time is now. The moment is now. Take a step towards your dream life now. Start now.

"Don’t let the things you want to do, die inside you."
 Ronak Sawant

In life whatever you choose to do, don’t make room for regret, instead build a garden that is full of love, accomplishments, happiness, peace, satisfaction, and most of all, full of life.

Take a deep breath and then ask yourself this question, “Am I living the best life that makes me happy or the life that I am going to regret soon?” When you answer this question to yourself, your journey of life transforms from here. You start living life like never before, and in the process, you discover the true meaning of life, you find your purpose, your talent, your gift and yourself. Thus, leaving no room for regret and building the garden that is full of life.

Regrets will kill you from the inside and make you empty if you will not try to do the things you want to do. It is rightly said that life is too short to live with regrets. So, don’t keep things on hold for future regret. Don’t let this thought arise in the course of time and question you - how something could have been different in life. Do difference now. Do things now so that later will not turn into never. On our deathbed, we regret not the things we have done, but the things we haven’t done in life that we wanted to. So, let’s do what we dream of doing. Let’s become what we dream of becoming. Let’s live our dream life. Let’s live and make the most of our life! Period.

"A life of regret is a life not lived well."
 Ronak Sawant

September 12, 2018

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Cover Photo: My thoughts on homosexuality

Last night I was watching a Bollywood movie named Dear Dad. The film is about a father coming out to his teenage son, that he is gay. It is a beautiful film with a stirring tale about love and acceptance. The story of the movie effectively and intelligently beats the stigma of homosexuality. I know in India, sex and all such related matters are not yet openly discussed. So, I thought why not write a blog on homosexuality and try to open people’s minds. I hope this article will change your perspective on homosexuality, as penning down this has changed mine. Following are my thoughts on homosexuality.

I am a human being, and I respect the sexual orientation of a human. I respect heterosexuals, homosexuals and bisexuals. And, I respect the LGBT community too. I not only respect, but I appreciate the LGBT people. I think they are as ordinary as any human being. I believe homosexuality is not just a form of sex; it’s a form of love and a community of people that are a part of humankind. The only difference is that they are tagged as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer. You are a man who loves a woman, but he is a man who loves a man. The same thing goes for a woman. It’s not a big deal. It’s just that a person likes own gender and is sexually attracted to people of own sex.

If you don’t know about homosexuality, then please understand that being homosexual is not a choice. It is biological and natural! It’s their birth nature and birthright. They are born with that urge to love the people of the same sex. I think there is nothing wrong with being in a sexual relationship with the same sex. I don’t know why people oppose this and find it wrong. If you can’t accept the people for who they are, then why do you hate, judge or treat them differently? Please don’t do that. They are humans just like us.

Homosexual people are in every religion, caste and community. I feel there are so many homosexual people in this world that might be leading a double and unhappy life. Many are already living in the closet and fear. All they need is acceptance from people like us. They deserve respect and love. They deserve to live and breathe.

Homosexuality is not a crime. Heck, it shouldn’t be! I mean arresting people for being in a same-sex relationship and slapping charges against them. What kind of crime is this? Are people who are sexually attracted to the same gender criminals? Are homosexuals criminals? Seriously! Whether you love a man, woman, or the same gender person, all you are doing is loving someone. And, love is love. How can love be a crime? To all the people who are opposing homosexuality, I hope you will understand this type of human nature soon.

I would also like to use this blog as an opportunity to thank India’s Supreme Court for making the supremely important and historical judgement a few days back. On September 06, 2018, the Supreme Court of India abolished the IPC Section 377 henceforth decriminalising homosexuality and making it legal in India. Congratulations to all the people who fought to make this a reality! It is a big win as a democracy, and for humanity, equality and equal rights. I am proud of all those people who accept homosexuality. Let’s embrace one and all and their choices.

To all my friends who belong to the LGBT community and are afraid to come out openly to the world, be who you are. Make an effort to put courage in your heart to be open about who you are. Live open. Live free. As I said earlier, you are not criminals. We are all human beings. We are all born equal. We are all special. Here through this blog, I am sending a lot of love and strength to you.

"Homosexuality is not a disease, nor is it a genetic disorder; it is a general attraction towards another person."
– Ronak Sawant



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Disclaimer: This article is written and published for the educational purpose, thus sharing my thoughts on homosexuality. It is not created to hurt any person's sentiments. This article may contain words such as homosexuality, homosexual, LGBT, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, heterosexual, sex, sexual orientation, sexual relationship, same-sex relationship, etc. Readers' discretion is advised. Thank you.

August 05, 2018

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Cover Photo: "One such friendship - Death and Life!" by Ronak Sawant

एक दिन मौत आई और बोलीज़िंदगी, क्या तुम मुझसे दोस्ती करोगे?

ज़िंदगी बोली, अगर दोस्ती निभानी आती है, तो क्यों नहीं!

मौत बोली, निभाते कैसे है?

ज़िंदगी बोली, दिल से।

मौत बोली, ठीक है! लेकिन, मेरे पास कोई दिल नहीं है।

ज़िंदगी बोली, मेरे पास दो दिल हैं। मैं केवल एक दिल के साथ काम कर सकता हूँ। मेरे लिए एक दिल ही काफी है।

मौत बोली, मुझे माफ करना क्योंकि मैंने तुमसे झूठ बोला कि मेरे पास कोई दिल नहीं है। मेरे पास दिल है। मैं बस सीखना चाहती थी की दोस्ती निभाते कैसे है। और मैंने उसे सीखा। अब मैं पूरी तरह से तैयार हूँ अपने दोस्ती के लिए।

ज़िंदगी बोली, जो अपने स्वार्थ के लिए झूठ ना बोले, इसे ही तो दोस्ती कहते है।

मौत बोली, मैं खुश हूँ, मैंने ऐसा दोस्त पाया है।

ज़िंदगी बोली, मैं खुश हूँ, मुझे ऐसा दोस्त मिला है।

वे दोनों एक दूसरे से गले मिले और बोले की - दोस्ती मुबारक हो!

यह ऐसी दोस्ती बन गई, जिसमें कोई शिकायत नहीं थी और कोई मांग नहीं थी। मौत ने ज़िंदगी से कभी ज़िंदगी नहीं मांगी और ज़िंदगी ने मौत से कभी मौत नहीं मांगी। यह एक ऐसी दोस्ती बन गई कि इसे नाम दिया गया, मौत और ज़िंदगी यह दोस्ती अब हम सब में बसती है। बस निभाना सीखना है हमें उनसे


लेखक  रोनक सावंत

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English Translation:

"One such friendship - Death and Life!"


One day Death came and said Life, will you befriend me?

Life said, If you know how to fulfil friendship, then why not!
   
Death said, How to fulfil?

Life said, From the heart.

Death said, Okay! But, I have no heart.
                    
Life said I have two hearts. I can work even with one heart. One centre is enough for me.

Death said I am sorry because I lied to you that I have no heart. I have a heart. I just wanted to learn how to fulfil a friendship. And I learned that. Now I am completely ready for our friendship.

Life said, Whoever does not lie for selfishness, it is called friendship.

Death said I am happy, I have found such a friend.

Life said I am happy I have got such a friend.

They both hugged each other and said - Happy Friendship!

It became such a friendship, in which there was no complaint and no demand. Death never demanded life from life and Life never demanded death from death. It became such a friendship that it was named, death and life. This friendship now lives in all of us. We have to learn how to fulfil it from them.



Writer  Ronak Sawant

July 31, 2018

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Cover Photo: Problems in life - Ronak Sawant

Problems exist in everyone’s life. They keep coming one after the other. But the truth is, problems are an inherent part of life, and they play an essential role in our life. Problems have the power to change our life completely. Difficulties make us who we are and what we choose to do or be. So the obstacles that are happening in life are for our good and benefit. Having a problem is never a sign of weakness or failure. It thus exists to say we are doing something wrong and that need to be fixed.

The fact is we all have the power to solve all our problems in life. It is all inside us. But instead of becoming the problem solver, we become the problem itself. I agree some problems are small and some are way too big to digest. But often it is seen that the problems that we call or name big end up being so small that we couldn’t stop ourselves calling us fools. Such a fool we are right!

The problems that are happening in our life are created by us or by others. It’s easy to find a solution and solve the problem, but it’s hard when you involve yourself or someone in it and play the blame game. Such problems are called stupid problems even though they are real. The more you will blame, the more you will be attached to your problem. The point is to be free from the problem, not to be a part of the problem. One of the best ways to solve the problem in life is to not involve anyone (including you) in it and stopping the game of blaming.

There are two types of problems in life: Problem that has a solution (it’s a changeable one) and Problem that doesn’t have any solution (it’s unchangeable). If the problem has a solution, then for that your action is needed and if the problem doesn’t have any solution then for that your thinking and understanding is required. The way you look towards the problem plays a significant role. If you think right, the problem will be alright. In general, life will be easy and bright. If you look at your problems negatively, you cannot solve them. This way you will make your difficulty a huge obstacle. You will want to come out of that hurdle, but you won’t. You will never be happy if you continue the negativity towards life. So remove negativity and add positivity.

Try and understand the root of your problem, this way you will surely find out a permanent solution to all your life problems. Running away and giving up is never a solution and it won't solve your problems. For problems seeming to be unchangeable and beyond our control, rather than simply trying to remove them or escaping reality, add positivity in life and change the experience.

Problems are just problems don't let them ruin your life. Don’t let your problems take over you. Don't let your problems define you. So if you have any problem in life right now, accept it, appreciate it and then deal with it in the right way and very soon you will be happy and free.

"Problems in life are easy to solve. Don’t be a problem, be a problem solver."
 Ronak Sawant

May 26, 2018

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Cover Photo: “जेव्हा मी लहान होतो” (When I was small)

जेव्हा मी लहान होतो,
तेव्हा मला मोठा व्हायचं होतं.
इतका मोठा की आभाळाला स्पर्श करायचा होता.
आयुष्य चालू राहिले आणि मी मोठा झालो.
अनेक प्रयत्न आणि कठोर परिश्रम करून, मी त्या आभाळाला स्पर्श केले.
होय, झालो मी लहानाचा मोठा.
पण आता समजले की लहान राहण्यात जास्त मजा असते.


"जेव्हा आपण लहान असतो, तेव्हा आपण जीवनात मोठे होण्याचे स्वप्ने पहातो. पण जेव्हा आपण मोठे होतो, तेव्हा आपल्याला समजते की आयुष्यात लहान राहण्यात जास्त मजा आहे."
– रोनक सावंत

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English Translation:

"When I was small"


When I was small,
I wanted to grow up and become big!
So big that I wanted to touch the sky.
Life continued, and I grew up.
With so many effort and hard work, I touched that sky.
Yes, I became big.
But now I have realised that there’s much more fun in staying small.


"When you are small, you dream of becoming big in life. But when you become big, that’s when you realise that life is much more fun being small."
- Ronak Sawant

March 31, 2018

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Cover Photo: The Traveller in me - Ronak Sawant

There is a traveller in me who loves to travel. Travel to a known and an unknown place, Travel to a popular and offbeat destination, Travel to a normal and unusual location. Above all, travel not just to see a place but to experience and feel the place. That is the traveller in me who wants to travel and explore this beautiful world.

I love travelling. For me, travelling is like dancing, moving to the sound of my soul, wandering to the rhythm of my heart, mind and body. No, not to get lost! But to be exposed to the visions that people ordinarily haven’t seen before (or usually don’t see). Exploring a new place, a new language, culture, tradition, etc. walking the way of randomness, having a conversation with a stranger, knowing their life stories, spending time with the locals, tasting the local food and discovering the reason behind the name of the place. That is what makes the journey fascinating and worth it. You not only get connected to the world, but you connect with yourself also. That's the magic of travelling!

When I travel, I feel the most alive. And I don’t live in the future or the past, just in the present moment. Travelling makes me fall in love with my life. The more I travel, the more I love life and live life. Travelling has taught me how to live in the present. I have learned so much about myself and the people around me. Travelling teaches you so many things. It shows how simple life is and it is meant to live. Gratitude and empathy are two of the most important things that I’ve learned from travelling.

We are all travellers on this journey called life. Some travel the long distances, while some travel short distances. It doesn’t matter how much distance you travel, what matters is did you enjoyed every second of it. So whatever the distance you cover, make sure to enjoy the journey as this journey is the journey of a lifetime.

"Life is a journey, and you are a traveller.
Enjoy the journey and live your life."
– Ronak Sawant

February 27, 2018

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Cover Photo: Life is a blessing. I am grateful for everything. - Ronak Sawant

A boy after coming home from the office finished his dinner and went out with friends on a bike to have a cup of ice-cream. Suddenly his right leg’s foot got stuck in a tire while he was sitting as a pillion behind. He lost his foot, which is one of the essential parts of the human body. Now he is hardly able to walk the same again. A girl very much excited for her job interview and the career ahead, the truck hit her while she was crossing the road towards her job location. Unfortunately, she died on the street after flying some meters away. A family relishing the holidays having a great time of their lives travelling together after a very long time, their happiness turned into the tears of massive fear when the bus they were going by fall deep into the river. The whole family lost their lives.

These all incidents may sound like a story of a sad movie, don't they? But these are all real-life stories which have happened in real. All these incidents occurred in a moment. Death is indeed a sudden arrival. Few seconds and you lose a life. Life is so unpredictable that you will never know what is going to happen in your life in a moment. For one moment you are happy, excited and alive and the next moment you die. Sadly, this is how life is sometimes. And, this is how it goes.

I am writing this post because this is all coming from my heart and soul. I want to say thank you for this life and for everything that I have.

Life is such a blessing.
I am grateful for each moment of my life.
I am grateful that I am writing this blog and sharing with you.
I am grateful for the great family that life has blessed me.
I am grateful for all my friends and all the people I have met and will meet in my life.
I am grateful for the food I eat, the clothes I wear, the home I live in and the bed on which I sleep.
I am so grateful for everything in my life.

At this moment, life is beautiful. Life is perfect for me right now. I am happy. I am at peace. Thank you, universe!

Appreciate your life, forgive people for their mistakes, be kind, say those three golden words, spend time with your loved ones, hug them, tell them how special they are because you never know when that next moment comes.

"In life, we only know the date we were born, not the day we will die. Let’s live life before we die."
 Ronak Sawant

January 31, 2018

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Cover Photo: "ज़िंदगी आसान है" (Zindagi Aasaan Hai) - A Poem by Ronak Sawant

ज़िंदगी आसान है

क्यों हम इसे मुश्किल बना रहे हैं?

क्यों हम जीना भूल रहे हैं?

 

रहने के लिए चाहिए होता है, एक छोटा-सा घर

घर जो दीवारों से नहीं, बनता है तो सिर्फ़ लोगों से

जिन्हें हम प्यार से कहते हैं परिवार

 

शरीर पर पहनने के लिए चाहिए होते हैं कुछ कपड़े

पेट की भूख मिटाने के लिए चाहिए होता है खाना

मन की भूख मिटाने के लिए चाहिए होती है शांति

 

अकेलेपन को दूर करने के लिए चाहिए कोई शौक़ या साथी

दिल को पूरा करने के लिए चाहिए प्यार और दोस्ती

ज़िंदगी में संतुष्ट रहने के लिए चाहिए एहसानमंदी और खुशी

 

यह सब भूलकर

हम कहाँ दौड़ रहे हैं?

ज़िंदगी के पीछे या ज़िंदगी के आगे?

 

एक बार ज़िंदगी के साथ-साथ चलना सीखो

ज़िंदगी से प्यार करना सीखो

ज़िंदगी को जीना सीखो

 

ज़िंदगी वाक़ई आसान है

ज़िंदगी वाक़ई आसान है

ज़िंदगी वाक़ई आसान है

 

 

कवि - रोनक सावंत

 

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"Zindagi Aasaan Hai"

 

Zindagi aasaan hai

Kyon hum isey mushkil bana rahe hain?

Kyon hum jeena bhul rahe hain?

 

Rehne ke liye chahiye hota hai, ek chota-sa ghar

Ghar jo deewaron se nahin, banta hai toh sirf logon se

Jinhe hum pyaar se kehte hai parivaar

 

Shareer par pehenne ke liye chahiye hote hain kuch kapde

Pet ki bhookh mitaane ke liye chahiye hota hai khana

Mann ki bhookh mitaane ke liye chahiye hoti hai shaanti

 

Akelepan ko dur karne ke liye chahiye koi shauk ya saathi

Dil ko poora karne ke liye chahiye pyaar aur dosti

Zindagi mein santusht rehne ke liye chahiye ehsaanmandi aur khushi

 

Yeh sab bhoolkar

Hum kahan daud rahe hain?

Zindagi ke peeche ya zindagi ke aage?

 

Ek baar zindagi ke saath-saath chalna seekho

Zindagi se pyaar karna seekho

Zindagi ko jeena seekho

 

Zindagi vaakai aasaan hai

Zindagi vaakai aasaan hai

Zindagi vaakai aasaan hai

 

 

Poet - Ronak Sawant

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– Ronak Sawant