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Thursday, November 20, 2014

When You Don't Know how You Feel!

Sometimes everything feels right

Sometimes everything feels wrong.

Sometimes you have no clue at all!

There are times when we are happy (and we know it). The world seems a wonderful place. We smile all day long and given a chance we would start singing and dancing and feel like flying in the air. We are at peace with ourselves and the heart feels light.

And there are times when we are sad (and we know it). Suddenly it might look like the whole world is conspiring against us. We start reading a lot into everyday occurrences and relate totally unrelated scenarios and complicate things and keep worrying. Phew. 

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Now comes the best(or worst) part.

There are times when we have absolutely no clue as to why we feel some particular way.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

When You Can Talk for Hours...

Being able to talk (a lot) has more advantages than you might know.

I am a talkative person. I take it as a compliment when people say so. 

I love conducting sessions. These sessions do not require as much preparation as technical sessions, since they are mostly interactive. Being a talkative person, I find it easy engaging in conversations or making the participants feel comfortable and pushing them to volunteer for the activities planned.

Normally I conduct sessions for 2 to 3 hours, and sometimes workshop based sessions stretch beyond that. I was telling a friend proudly that I can manage 3 hours sessions when he joked, (I think) 

‘Knowing you, I am sure that you can talk even for 4 hours, but I pity the participants who would have to tolerate your lecture for 3 hours’.  :-)


Initially :-D


And now ;-)



Last week, after one of my sessions, about 2 to 3 associates came up and thanked me for the session. One of them asked me how I was able to speak for 2 to 3 hours, continuously without any break. I said I was used to conducting sessions on a regular basis, and hence I was used to it. I thanked them with a smile and left the venue. But I couldn’t get those words from my mind. 

Someone finally appreciated me for being able to talk for long and spoke about my energy levels. It’s heartening to find people noticing these subtle aspects, and taking time to appreciate. :-)



Thursday, October 30, 2014

Every Day is a Struggle!

Every single day, there is a constant struggle going on in our lives.

It’s 6.30 am. I very well know that I have to wake up and get ready for work. I know that I have to hurry up and leave the house at the stroke of 7.30 if I hoped to travel 40km comfortably. Yet, my mind doesn’t want to leave the comfort and the warmth of the blanket. Knowing very well that the wrong decision of switching off the alarm and going back to bed would trouble me, I force myself to get up and start my day. That is a struggle, every single day.

We meet so many people, every single day. Some people make us feel better. Some people make things tougher. Come what may, they can never be satisfied with what we do. They always have some acidic remark for everything. One such remark is enough to blow up all the appreciations that we receive. And in the process of analysing if the mistake is on our part or the other person, we put ourselves through an emotional battle (I cannot say if this is necessary or unnecessary). And that happens every single day.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Annoying Instant Messages!


In a Utopian world, my life would have been very simple (how I wish!)

I leave home

Reach office

Log into my System

Open my ToDo notepad file

Check the list of tasks for the day and add a few more depending on the requirements

Organize the tasks based on the importance and priority

Start working on the tasks

Complete the tasks on time

Go home


In reality, this is possible to an extent; but just that I’ve left out one very important parameter. Instant Messaging.
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You know how some innovations in technology start out as a boon and end up being a nuisance at times? Well, this is one such innovation which people misuse, to the extent that I feel sometimes I would be better off without the IM. Most organisations use Internal Communicators for communicating easily with anyone within the organization. So in reality, this is what happens.

Monday, October 13, 2014

My Experiments with Cakes!

Being the Foodie that I am, I love cupcakes and cakes (who doesn't?). I used to search for the best cupcakes in and around the city to taste them. I was pretty surprised by how they were expensive than the normal cream cakes, but when it comes to food one shouldn't ask too many questions. This continued for a while and I found out that these treats weren't easy on my wallet. That was then I took a decision, that was to change my life!

Yes, I decided to give it up.

Wait, wait. I'll make it clear. I decided to give up on the habit of buying cupcakes and decided to bake them on my own :-) So I got an OTG and started experimenting with cupcakes and cakes, and boy I was surprised (shocked) at how well they turned out.

Since a lot of recipes online kept confusing me, I stuck to the one that my friend had shared long back, and which had come well in the microwave oven when I tried baking.

So here you go :-)

I always prefer writing down recipes in a language that I understand better, and with measurements I'm capable of understanding. (And when there is a nice colour pen around, why not write every little detail!)




So this was chocolate cupcake on Day 1, the vanilla cupcakes were pretty decent too.


And the week after, I tried the Vanilla Sponge cake. My mom loved it so you know how it must have been ;-)


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

13 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 13!


So I stumbled upon posts from Srikar and Chutney Case on the 13 things you wish your 13 year old self had known. It got me thinking of the many instances when I really wish I'd known something earlier, only to learn it, at what I felt was, a bit late. So here goes my list.

1. Reading

Thankfully, I started reading from when I was young. I started with Enid Blyton and graduated to reading fiction, until recently my uncle told me that I should start reading non-fiction. In my growing years, I guess I focused on exploring new worlds and characters that I probably did not focus on reading about the existing world with its amazing characters. I wish I’d started reading a wide genre from then.

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2. Hobby

In the mad rush between school and assignments, I wish I had more time to spend on extra-curricular activities or be passionately involved with some hobby (apart from reading books, of course!). I did not know that I would get time to do something apart from studies (college) and work. I know it’s never too late to start learning, but if I had developed an interest in some hobby, I wouldn't be wasting time on Social Media and writing horrible blog posts in the name of rants.

3.Explored options before diving into Engineering

It was entirely my decision to pursue engineering (those days, it was just about doing something with the computers for me) and I wasn’t forced to take it up, but I wish I got to know and explore more options (apart from Doctors and Charted Accountants) before narrowing down my career options. It takes so much more than just efforts to change your career path when you find life gets a bit too boring (P.S With a bit of luck I did change paths, but I wish I had more options!)

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Land Rover Experience!


(P.S this post is written by a very simple person, so kindly do not expect advanced technical information here.)


When I got a call from Blogadda, asking if I was interested in test-driving Jaguar's Land Rover, I said yes without a second thought.But I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had no idea how exciting the Land Rover Experience would be and I'm just glad I said Yes.


So, on a beautiful Sunday (of course it would be beautiful when you've got an exciting day ahead with the Land Rover!)a few of us bloggers, who were to test-drive, reached The Farm at OMR and waited for a view of the Freelander. Our briefing session was scheduled post lunch,but we went around and took a look at the terrain on which we would be driving and then we got to see the vehicle. Oh my! I was just in awe when I saw the vehicle effortlessly being driven on a 4-feet deep water and come out without a hassle. This did get all of us more excited and I couldn’t wait to be able to drive the vehicle on my own.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The True Friend Forever


If there is something in this world which can induce the same amount of happiness and excitement every time we come in contact with it, undoubtedly it is a book.

Known as a Man’s best friend, books have always been valued as treasures from time immemorial. As clich├ęd as it might sound, the phrase has stood the test of time and even generations after Shakespeare and Wordsworth, the bond between humans and their books has been growing stronger.


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A New World

Books help us dive into a new world, with a new environment and characters which we might not normally come across. Books are capable of taking us through the most surreal places on the world, through the various wars across centuries and through fantasy worlds, within the comforts of our armchair. The words of Shelly and Keats have the power to stir up the souls of even the most desolate beings and help them experience the emotions recollected in tranquility. It takes us into a new world altogether, which cannot be let go easily.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Questions and Answers.

Hello!

I've been featured in Artily - An Online Informative Magazine. :-)

I was asked about my blogging journey and a few questions (some interesting ones).

Do read and let me know what you think!

You can read the article here.



A few excerpts: 
What do you find most challenging about blogging about your topic?

Sometimes, after drafting, writing, re-writing and proof-reading, just a few seconds away from hitting the publish button, I've deleted posts because I would have felt that something was missing. When my instincts tell me not to post it, I don’t. I've worked on posts for more than 3 hours and deleted them. I've also worked on posts for just 30 minutes and been immensely happy with the way it had turned out. The most challenging part is to draft it the way I visualize it in my mind. Sometimes it gets executed wonderfully well, sometimes it goes horribly wrong.

What really scares you?

When I allow others to influence my thoughts to a far greater extent than necessary.

What was the most challenging moment in your blog content development process and why?

I normally write what I feel like. For a competition once, I had to come up with content for 1500 words. Initially I found it difficult and I was scared if I would let my team down. I stuck to the age old way of writing by Outlining, planning, brain-storming and then writing. And then came the real challenge. I had written about 2500 words and I found it really difficult to cut it down to 1500 words. Giving a word limit is the most cruel punishment you can give a writer/blogger.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Book Review : The Turning Point


The Turning Point, is a compilation of short stories from Indian Writers. This includes the work of Nikita Singh, Parinda Joshi, Atulya Mahajan, Shoma Narayanan, Harsh Snehanshu, Judy Balan, Meenakshi Reddy Mahadevan and Durjoy Dutta.  Every story here has a different flavor, but they are bound together by a common theme – as the title indicates—a Turning Point.

When I was initially asked if I was interested to review this book, I was more than eager to do so, because I found myself reading more and more of short-stories these days and I was interested to see what this book had to offer. I probably had way too high expectations from the book; naturally, since the book is a collective work of well-known authors in India. When I started reading, initially I was disappointed, but with each story it kept getting better and better and by the time I was done reading the last story, I started asking Google for the other works of the authors whose story I liked the best.
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