The article originally appeared on India Today.
Here it is a bit modified and extended.

US President Elect Donald Trump is an elated soul. Success and fame is coming rapidly his way. After winning the US Presidency last month in a stunning upheaval, he has been elected as the 2016 TIME Person of the Year (POY), a recognition that is considered a global benchmark.

And Trump has expressed his happiness calling his POY title as a ‘great honour’ which means a ‘lot to him’. According to NBC New York, Trump said, “It’s a great honour, it means a lot. Especially me growing up, reading TIME magazine, it’s a very important magazine. I’ve been lucky enough to be on the cover many times this year and last year.”

Though he is yet to tweet or issue an statement or react in detail, how excited he was by this proposition becomes clear from his tweet that announced that he would be interviewed on the NBC’s Today show where the TIME POY 2016 was to be announced, especially when the rumour mills said that he was the choice. In TIME 2016 POY Shortlist announced on NBC’s Today show broadcast on December 7, Donald Trump was among the 11 candidates including India’s prime minister Narendra Modi who has won the TIME POY Popular Vote second year in a row.

But when we look at Donald Trump’s vitriolic views on the TIME magazine in past, this sudden change of heart looks as shocking as his victory in the presidential polls. If we see those comments, Trump’s reaction today sounds like a plain lie.

In past, he has been critical of the TIME magazine using words like it ‘looks flimsy, like a free handout at a parking lot’ or callings its list of 100 Most Influential People a joke and stunt.

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
Just took a look at Time Magazine-looks really flimsy like a free handout at a parking lot! The sad end is coming-just like Newsweek!
6:20am • 2 May 2013


Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump
The Time Magazine list of the 100 Most Influential People is a joke and stunt of a magazine that will, like Newsweek,soon be dead. Bad list!
9:24 AM – 27 Apr 2013


Or criticising the magazine for ignoring him like the last year when TIME chose German Chancellor Angela Merkel over him. He had then tweeted to let the world know that though he was a ‘big favourite’, the magazine instead chose a person who was ruining Germany.

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite They picked person who is ruining Germany
7:23 PM – 9 Dec 2015




Time had stayed on
The day.. though split
Was hanging around
With a curious aloofness
Showing the usual panache
To make the move
To sing its heart gently
To reach out
Thoughts were arrested
In the freedom
Of a nowhere zone
Its visage was caring
With its presence subdued
The day..though split
Was proving a companion
Adding freshness
To the duet
With a relevance
That had seemed illogical
So far
Picking up the journey
The loneliness had begun
The day..though split
Had just arrived
And was here to stay..

The Day..Collage-3


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My reflections on life – in quotes

“Time flies.
And like most aspects of life,
..it elates,
..and it bring us down,
..for some deep retrospective thinking,
..taking stock of the hindsight,
..taking stock of the days gone by in the recent past.
And it helps, in times,
..when rough days linger and you say time flies.
It has the vitality to make you feel..
..you weathered well the vibes of the hostile times.
Yes, time does fly.”

Time Does Fly


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My reflections on life – in quotes

“Focus on in real time,
..on three days,
..yesterday, today and tomorrow.
You are what you feel about yourself today,
..what you want to feel about yourself tomorrow,
..based on..
..what you felt about yourself yesterday.”

Three Days-Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow


“Focus on in real time – on three days – yesterday, today and tomorrow. You are what you feel about yourself today and what you want to feel about yourself tomorrow based on what you felt about yourself yesterday.”

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Excerpts from a conversation with a close friend, a source of inspiration while randomly talking – thought to share it here 🙂

Time flies, yes we all know. And like most aspects of life, it elates, as well as pushes us to go for some deep retrospective thinking, taking stock of the hindsight, taking stock of the days gone by in the recent past. And it helps, in times, when rough days linger and you say time flies. It has the vitality to make you feel you weathered well the vibes of the hostile times. Life is always slogged with reflections – the personality and its other aspects of the prevailing times.

On turning philosophical – philosophy is a way to look at things with a leverage to look at them in your own way – giving you the leverage to scale the scope – for everything – in all realms – personal, metaphysical – hope, scope, score on the scale of time.

On philosophy detaches – that is a way to look at it, the way that has been famously philosophical about philosophy – but the beauty of philosophy is – it also allows you to develop your own philosophy giving you the liberty to work on your own ways and definitions to look at attachment and detachment – to feel about what may be the factors behind our feelings to feel so.

On taking away certain aspects like passion, persuasive instinct – well, what I think, the days keep on evolving and thus shaping – so, something that was this way causing something to happen this way may well be ‘something’ that way causing things to happen this way – and yet, we may see points of relevance.

Life has always been circum-navigational in its approach – and a more eventful life, with share of both, ups and downs, makes the evolution more in sync with you, makes it even more intense.

The God is within you and nowhere else – if one is willing to devolve in order to evolve – travelling from devolution to evolution. The unseen remains the unseen and yet you have to strive for it to be seen.

On we strive or we have to strive – it is both ways – we strive or we have to strive – even if we are forced not to strive – or even if we do not will to strive – because the circum-navigational passage of life makes it so – making us feel insecure in bouts – and striving comes in then – when it becomes a way where you are looking at some possible recourse – or for the ways to come across, to go over.

Striving as an endeavour in life – it is always there, right from the age we become able to take instructions and later on adding our thoughts to them and further later on when we devise our own instructions – it is just that the intensity of realization keeps on taking different hues – depending on which phase the life is in.

On following pre-designated plans – but then that is a way to look at if it is pre-designated – that is what it goes like, and it is natural to be so, even the diehard individualists and postmodernists come across the moments when they accept the elements of faith and destiny in the evolution of their thought-process, in shaping their continuum to live it on – that is being human, that is being natural – we all are like that. In any lifetime, there can never be a uniform way to go along.

We are what we feel about us today and what we want to feel us about tomorrow based on what we felt about us yesterday.

Beyond there lies our limit to think in definitive terms – to think in definitive terms where our thinking acquires elements of vagueness has undefined elements of time. A way to look at it is the consistent life discourse on our reflections on ‘need and want’. I try to focus on in real time – on three days – yesterday, today and tomorrow – while the routine of the thought-process continues with its routine of going beyond – even to the realms of death – and back.

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My reflections on life – in quotes

“If your rise forces someone to fall,
if your success causes someone to fail,
if your happiness rides on someone’s grief,
time does intervene to do the balancing act,
turning the tables,
reversing the heat back to you.
One may not fear or respect God.
That is one’s prerogative.
But when time exercises its prerogative,
it doesn’t leave anything to chance
and the ‘may’ is already ruled out and.
Fear time for that. Respect time.”



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