Some things stand the test of time and are of relevance irrespective of their age- like your granny’s therapies, for one. 😉 I happened to come across one more such thing this Sunday- the movie ‘English Vinglish’. Although released almost three years back, it still holds relevance today and after watching it, I am sure it will be of relevance for years to come.
I am not a movie buff, so gave this movie a miss back then. But this Sunday, while surfing the net, came across it. Decided to watch it for an hour as I had heard about the accolades it had received from critics and audiences alike. Surprisingly for me, I continued till the end – a true feat for someone who’s as disinterested in movies as anyone can ever be. I could relate with a lot many things in the movie and got few quality learnings that I can use to be happy, content, manage my office better and home too.
Sharing those here so that it can help you too to lead a better managed life- with Sridevi’s help 😉
1. Life begins when one moves out of comfort zone
Although a perfect home maker, Sridevi couldn’t even get the appreciation of her family members, but when she moved out of her comfort zone and learnt English, she found a new herself and her family started valuing her as an individual- one that was her true self.
2. It’s never late to start something new
As they say, age is just a number, so instead of crying over the time lost and undermining oneself, it’s better to value-add by learning something new-something that you had always wanted to do but couldn’t because of time, money or other constraints. Sridevi rediscovered herself when she started learning English at a ripe age.
3. Trust oneself completely
‘If you ever need a helping hand, it’s at your arm’s end.‘ No one knows you better than yourself. Your individuality defines you, so trust yourself and be open to challenges in life. After all, you are the one who can make your dreams come true. Instead of accepting life as it is, Sridevi took up the challenge of bettering herself. Why keep on regretting things when you can take charge and turn situations in your favor?
4. Self-confidence is a beautiful thing
Take pride in whoever you are and whatever you do! Sridevi thought of herself as a mere ladoo maker but when she realized and was called an entrepreneur, she found that aura of pride and dignity in what she did, thus satiating her mentally, without changing an iota of her work.
5. Don’t settle in a monotonous life, find some ‘me’ time
This is especially true in the context of Indian females, as mostly after marriage, they devote themselves completely in the service of their family.
This leads to a monotonous life with zero confidence on their capabilities as a person who can do much more in life, apart from home-making. This can lead to depression, but like Sridevi did in this movie- go out and be brave. Find some ‘me’ time, do all things that make you happy and you’ll see your life taking a 360 degree roundabout. After all there’s only one life! 🙂
6. World is a small place
Sridevi couldn’t be herself with her Indian family, but she enjoyed life freely with her friends of different nationalities in her English class. So, it doesn’t matter where you were born, what’s your religion, or what your nationality is, you can find true friends anywhere in this world.
It is a small place and we can all be united by human feelings. Rather than being biased towards others in the name of religion, nation etc. it’s better to value each other as human beings.
7. Technology is updating and so should you
When Sridevi couldn’t attend her classes, her French friend helped her attend classes by putting his cellphone on speaker. You too can stay connected on the go with all your friends and colleagues with Office 365 and scale new heights in your business with Cloud – latest in IT technology.
These were lessons I learnt from English Vinglish movie. Do let me know what inspiration you got from this movie or any other films with lesson that you remember, through comments section below.
Jyotsana Gupta - the content and communication head, is an engineer by education and a writer at heart. In technical writing for 6 years, she makes complex topics interesting to general audience. She loves going on long drives in her spare time.