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Monday, December 30, 2013

You know you are a blogger, If...

You know you are a blogger, If you've been asked at least one of the following questions ever since you added "Blogger" to the About me/Bio section in Social Media. Read on. 

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1. So what do you blog about?

I’m sorry but I’m just recovering from the shock of being asked the ‘Tell me about yourself’ question yet again. Anyway, if you are looking for a simple one word answer, I would have to invent a word to convey the multitude of things that I blog about. I admire people who write on a particular theme. Since I’m not a professional full time blogger, I write about things in general. I write about things which people can mostly relate to. This is my standard reply. I’ve noticed that people are not impressed with this honest answer. For all of you, I’ll write a special post on what I blog about. Read that and let me know if there is one word for it.

2. Have you considered blogging about this?
So I was telling this acquaintance that I am a blogger and I was just getting started about what I blog about. He was all ears and seemed quite interested in knowing what I wrote. After some time the topic of conversation drifted to something else and suddenly he said ‘You should so blog about this’. I had to give an awkward smile and say thanks, but seriously dude did you at least listen to the words that came out of your mouth? Really?  It’s nice when people give us a prompt to write, but is it too much to ask them to use some common sense before they utter those words? 

3. How did you start blogging?
I’m surprised that people think I have a story about how I got to write my first post. Excuse me, I’m talking about a simple leisure activity. It’s not like a Bollywood hero’s entry in a film. It’s not that somebody has passed the baton and expects me to be the master of the game right from day 1. It’s not that I’ve always known that I would be a blogger and I would just have to wait for a good way to start. No, it’s just too simple. I was bored and I wanted to try something. Stop watching all those films and stop expecting everything to have a fairy tale touch.  Stop embarrassing me when I give you the answer and you keep looking for more explanation from me.

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Curious Case of the Over Confident Being.

Sometimes, being over confident does have its own benefits.

Most of us take life too seriously. Some of us complicate it unnecessarily.

Some of us give more priority to those around us, wondering what they would think and how they would react, even before we think for ourselves or come to a decision.

Sometimes we hold ourselves back and let opportunities pass because we end up questioning our very own self.  We look around for numerous excuses and start the blame game and convince ourselves that we are not prepared for it.

Sometimes we don’t believe in our own self.

That’s when I feel that, sometimes being over confident is the way to go.

When we are just confident enough, there might be traces of doubt hovering at the back of our minds.
But when I see people who are over confident, after the initial Thank-God-I’m-Not-Over-Confident and Thank-God-I-Am-What-I-Am reaction, I wonder whether those people are really the smartest ones.

They think too highly of themselves and go about doing what they like, without having to question their abilities. They do not look for excuses to bank on, if at all they fail to achieve their purpose. They do not pay attention to what those around them have to say.  They take in what makes them stronger and refuse to even hear out those who don’t matter, even if they meant no ill will.

Sometimes I just wish I had their guts and their overwhelming belief in themselves.

Sometimes I wish I were over confident, so that I could check off a few items from my dream to-do list!

At the end of the day, they would be branded as the ‘over confident person’. But they would not be bothered by the tag that random strangers are associating them with. They walk away as the winner.

All said and done, when it comes to deciding when to be over confident and when not to be, you are the best judge.  

A good balance would definitely be the way to go. A good balance, if you manage to maintain. Else..

Monday, December 2, 2013

Are we truly Independent?

If you were alone and did not have any company, would you hesitate to do any one of the following?

  • Going outside to eat
  • Shopping
  • Going for a leisurely walk
  • Watching a movie
  • Visiting a park/beach/museum

If your answers to all the above questions are similar to ‘Of course not, I wouldn’t hesitate to carry on. It’s no big deal’, I’m happy that I have company.

If your answers to the above questions are similar to ‘Perhaps I would hesitate. But if it was absolutely necessary I would go’, this post would make more sense to you.

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Man is a social animal. He longs for company though he may not express it openly.  There is nothing wrong with that. It always feels nice if you have someone to talk to, if you have someone to eat with and hang around and if you are surrounded by people. Usually when people are in big group, there tends to be a free flow of positivity and laughter, which will definitely improve our mood and make us feel lighter and happier. That’s why they say, when you share your happiness with others it tends to multiply, but when you share your problem with others, they seem to diminish. I would say, having people for company is not a necessity but an affordable luxury.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Over 24 Years between the 22 Yards.

Sachin Tendulkar. The Phenomenon!

I should consider myself lucky enough to have been able to watch Sachin Tendulkar deliver his farewell note. Those words will remain etched forever in the minds and hearts of the millions who watched him speak about his journey. As he incredibly put it ’My journey of 24 years between the 22 yards’, as emotional as it was, as difficult as it was for him to hold on to his tears, as difficult as it was for us to get a grip and stop the tears flowing, it was speech befitting the Grand Finale, at the end of his glorious career.  He surpassed our expectations yet again by delivering the best.

This post is not going to be about his achievements. I’m sure I don’t have to highlight it, again. The man’s statistics have been speaking for themselves. No, I’m not going to do that. Nor am I going to walk you through the highlight performances of his career. I honestly haven’t had the patience to watch an entire innings of a cricket match, expect perhaps for the T20. This is about something else. This is about Sachin, the human being. Apologies for the term human being. Or, let me word it this way. This is about the Sachin and his human-like attributes.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Happiness is...

Happiness is that feeling when you let go everything that keeps you tied to the ground and when you’re almost ready to fly. It is that feeling you have after deciding that you wouldn’t let your worries bother you. It is when you smile from your heart and the warmth of that smile spreads to your face. It is that light feeling in the heart which makes everything around you seem wonderful.

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The problem with most of us is we’re not exactly sure as to what makes us happy. We think that doing a certain things makes us happy and we force ourselves to believe it, not realizing that it was never our priority in the first place. People complicate this simple thought and as a result we are under the opinion that it is not easy to be or feel happy.

Just as how the small things in life matter the most, happiness can be found in the simplest of things. Each human being is unique, with a unique outlook and perspective. So, the definition of happiness would be subjective but at the same time, defining it would not be a herculean task, if you know yourself very well.

Monday, November 4, 2013

My TEDx Video.

Just as we were celebrating Diwali and the festivities were coming to an end, I got a chance to extend my celebrations :-). 

After a long wait, My TEDx video has been uploaded. :-)

As happy and excited as I am to share this with each and every one of you, I am a slightly apprehensive wondering how people would react. Either way, I've decided to share here, for all of you to see.

To know about my TEDx journey 'At TEDx, as a Speaker 'please read it here.

Here is the video. Do watch it and let me know what you think :-)

What blogging taught me about Life!

I spoke about the lessons blogging taught me about life. Since I was chosen to represent this event as a blogger, I couldnt think of anything else which I could talk about. I'm sure every blogger out there would be able to relate to it :-)

So, another dream comes true. Another item checked from my To-Do List :-)

I am really grateful to God, my parents , my friends and all those who supported and encouraged me throughout. Thank you everybody :-)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Habit of Writing!

When I was young, almost everyone who I came across would give me tips as to how to study better. Much as I disliked listening to every individual’s version of ‘How to Score 95% easily’, I was surprised to notice that almost everyone had one point in common. They all unanimously advocated the habit of writing down points while studying. They added that it would help the brain retain information better if it was put in writing.

Easier said than done like most other things, I tried as much to implement it and include it as and when I was studying. But apart from Maths and later certain derivations in Physics and Organic Chemistry it wasn’t entirely possible to write everything down. The theoretical papers for instance. You had volumes of information to be assimilated and writing them down would probably have helped me cover just a few topics but not all of them. So keeping in mind the big picture, I never took to this habit seriously except for certain papers.

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Book Review: The Guardian Angels by Rohit Gore

At a time when there are so many young and upcoming authors, there are a few like authors Rohit Gore who make a mark for themselves, through their books.  Previously I’d read ‘The Circle of Three’ by the same author and I was happy to see Indian authors write such wonderful novels. I started this book, ‘The Guardian Angels’ with a lot of expectations and I’m pretty sure that author has done justice to it. Both to the book and to my expectations.

‘The Guardian Angels’ is the story of the lives of Aditya and Radha. The story starts with Aditya Mehta, the introvert and the son of a billionaire. Adi is a recluse and despite wanting to socialize he forces himself to stay alone. He then meets Radha Deodhar at school. Radha is the exact opposite of what Adi is. She is very smart and proactive and is brought up by her father who believes in socialism. They instantly become friends in school; they help each other walk through the troubles at school, college and in real life. Later in their life, having known each other for almost two decades, they still struggle to find the right name for their relationship.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Following the rules of English Grammar.

English is a funny language. It is the only language where your nose runs and your feet smell.

Perhaps funnier are the rules and exceptions of this language.  Just when you familiarize yourself with the rules of a particular concept, the Wren and Martin throws an exception and you’re back to where it all it started, utterly perplexed.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

The Unanswered Questions and Suicides!

This article has been published in The Hindu Nxg. You can read it here

Some questions cannot be answered. Some questions don’t even have answers. ‘Why did he/she commit suicide?’ is one such question.

Earlier, when I read about suicides, though it was none of my business, I used to wonder how selfish those people were. Selfish enough to think of their plight alone and put others in misery. I never use to empathize for those who chose to leave. I used to feel bad for the shocked parents who would be trying to understand what forced their son/daughter to take that extreme step. Everyone has problems. Some people know how to tackle them.  Some people learn how to tackle them by watching others. If everything goes for a toss, of course there are people who we could ask for help. So I used to think that, perhaps those people were too scared to face the obstacles strewn on their path.

Until one day my perception of this changed. Completely.

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Monday, September 2, 2013

ABC Challenge: The Journey

First of all, I would like to thank Anuradha of Life is beautiful for having suggested me to take up the challenge. The challenge had some rules, which I was not very comfortable with. But I did relax a few of them so that I could take part. One fine day I decided I would take it up.

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Before embarking upon the challenge, I decided it would be wise to list out the possible themes that I would be able to write about. So I opened up a notepad, listed all the letters and then, then everything stopped. My brain wouldn't come up with any suggestions. I was shocked at how things were turning out to be and how I would not be able to take up the challenge. Completing it was way out of question.  I couldn’t come to a conclusion and decided I would probably take one thing at a time and settled with A for Achiever. I wanted to start the Journey on a positive note and so it began.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

ABC Challenge #26: Z for Zenith

Among the various theories and prophecies formulated by mankind, everyone believes that they are destined for the greater good. People believe that at some point in their lives they are meant to shine among the crowd and carve an identity for themselves. It might not materialize, but people dream about it. The subconscious mind notices even the smallest and the deepest of our desires and we eventually dream about them.

Though people may disagree, everyone would get to be at the pinnacle of glory at least once in their life time. Some might not realize it, probably because they keep looking at something else as an achievement and some people are lucky enough or smart enough to realize that they have reached where they wanted to see themselves.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

ABC Challenge #25: Y for Yesterday

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It seems just Yesterday that she was born, she has already turned one. Her smiles, her tantrums, her reactions are getting cuter, day by day.

It seems just Yesterday that she was One, she has already turned ten. The baby girl is shaping up as a strong, lovable and a wonderful child.

It seems just Yesterday that she had joined school, Now she has finished her Graduation. Where there was a child there is now a strong, confident and an independent woman.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

My Article Published in the Deccan Chronicle!

An article from my blog, 'In Pursuit of Eternal Glory' has been published in the Deccan Chronicle.

Thanks to Indiblogger for making this happen. Thank you so much Indiblogger :-)

You can read the article here.

Let me know what you think :-)

Monday, August 12, 2013

In Pursuit of Eternal Glory

(This article has been published in the Deccan Chronicle. You can read it here! )

I am not sure whether I have to blame it on the omnipresent social media, but I've noticed a new trend that has been catching up. I am not sure if I’m surrounded by a wave of achievers or by people who falsely claim to have achieved something. I've written and reviewed a few LORs and SOPs for people whom I've known and I was surprised to see a different version of them in the written format, something which I probably failed to notice when I knew them.

All of us want to look good. We want to be treated with respect and we all want to be role models for everyone. We want to be appreciated and we want the whole world to pause, look at us and shower praises at our “achievements”. So what would be the best way to do that? The easiest and the simplest way would probably be to work hard and to ensure that all that we speak about ourselves is true, at least to a considerable extent. Or, we shouldn’t speak about things which we’re not even remotely associated with.

Monday, August 5, 2013

13 Signs that You're Addicted to Twitter!

Consider yourself addicted to Twitter if you are able to relate to any of these.

* You introduce your twitter friends by their handles.

* The numerous Karthiks and Divyas don’t matter. You store their handles as contact names on your phone.

* When something funny happens, you want to tweet about it.

* If you see something funny, you want to Twitpic it.

Monday, July 29, 2013

ABC Challenge #24: X

For years together, there was one thing which challenged and continues to challenge the best minds in the world. People of all ages have tried their best to get to the crux of it and expose the hidden mysteries that it conceals, but they have failed miserably. It occurs in a strange way. It gives everyone a sense of victory, of having conquered it and lets people bask in rays of their success and finally it unveils the truth. It boasts to the whole world that it is invincible and can never be conquered.

There is an air of enigma that surrounds the letter X.

Monday, July 22, 2013

ABC Challenge #23: W for (Whomping) Willow

This picture of a Willow tree was shot near Pahalgam, during my Kashmir holiday in December 2012.

When I look at this, I am reminded of the famous Whomping Willow.

For all those Muggles who are clueless about what this is, a Whomping willow is a magical plant which would attack anyone and anything that comes near its branches. You can find it in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizadry.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

ABC Challenge #22: V for Vanity

This article has been published in Deccan Chronicle. Read it here.

I am not sure whether I have to blame it on the omnipresent social media, but I've noticed a new trend that has been catching up. I am not sure if I’m surrounded by a wave of achievers or by people who falsely claim to have achieved something. I've written and reviewed a few LORs and SOPs for a few people whom I've known and I was surprised to see a version of people in the written format, something which I probably failed to notice when I was with them. It seems very confusing.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

ABC Challenge #21 : U for Utopia

Wikipedia says Utopia is a community or society possessing highly desirable or perfect qualities.

At some point of time in our lives we would all been asked to describe what our idea of Utopia is. Naturally we would have outlined all parameters which we hold in priority. When I decided I would write about Utopia for this vowel, the ideas kept pouring in, but just one of the made sense. Anyway, I’m going to share a shortlisted version, a few of them which I feel would play an important part in my Utopian dream.

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To eat without putting on unnecessary weight in unnecessary places.

To sleep with a time turner. For instance if I wake up and do not feel fresh enough, I could always use the 
time turner, go back a few hours in time and sleep again. This can go on till one is wide awake.

To laugh without having to bother about anyone. 

To communicate my thoughts exactly, when I’m not in the mood to speak, so that people would leave me alone without bugging me with questions.

To own a wonderful beach house in one of the most scenic spots in the world.

To drive my car in a more classy way.

To revive the dancer in me 

To act in at least one good play. I am a fan of theater.

To travel around the world, or at least to the most important places.

And finally,

To be regarded as one of the best writers/speakers.

This is my list :-)

So, what features in your list?

To read other posts in this challenge, click here

Monday, July 1, 2013

ABC Challenge #20 : T for Temple Run

The day I knew I was getting an iPad, I was very excited.More excited than I was when I was getting my first video game. It's not a big thing now, but way back then it meant a lot. So I was reading about what were the best apps for the iPad. I decided I would download the Quora app, read a lot more with the news websites, and make sure I was gaining knowledge and use the iPad in a productive way.

Sounds nice, right? Yes. Except that none of these actually happened.

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After I got to feel the iPad and after I was done with admiring my new toy, I had to leave for work. So I asked dad to download a few apps, gave him a few suggestions and I also told him to download Temple Run. I remember him asking me what it was and I clearly remember telling him, it was just another game.

Just another game, Hell no! 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

ABC Challenge #19 : S for Sunset

Life is full of ups and downs.

Enjoy Going down .

as much as you enjoy Going up.

You would realize that you would learn a lot

from Going down

rather than just Going up!

These photographs were clicked at Dal Lake, Srinagar. December 2012.

To read other posts in this challenge, click here

Saturday, June 8, 2013

ABC Challenge #18 : R for Rambling

A rich kid :

“Oh man, this burger is so cold. Why doesn't mom understand that I always like to have my food hot!”

A poor kid:
“God, please give me something to eat. Even if it is a week old. I just want something to eat”

An indifferent student:

“Why does this teacher keep taking classes every other day. Can’t she let us free for a day?”

A passionate student :

“I wish I had a teacher to teach me all this. I’m so interested in learning but there is no one around to teach me.”

A person who wants to end his life :

“This life is horrible. I am going to end my life”

A person who has met with an accident and is about to die:

“God, How I wish I had a chance to live my life, again”


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

ABC Challenge #17: Q for Quitting

Yes, I'm back to my challenge. Too many things that required my time and attention were up, so I had to steer away from the challenge and make room for them. And now I'm heading back to where I started. :-)

The world is very tough on people who choose to quit. They say winners don’t quit and quitters don’t win. But I beg to differ.

It is true that we wouldn't know if we’re good at something, unless we attempt it in the first place. Quitting even before trying doesn't make much sense. But sometimes we should know when to wrap up things for good.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

At TEDx, as a Speaker!

Update: You can watch the video here

One fine Saturday, just like any other normal human being, I was out there, checking my mails, for the usual stuff. And then this subject, caught my attention.

To : Ashwini C N

Subject : Invitation to speak at TEDx@RSPuram on May 25 at Taj Coimbatore 

During my speech, about 'What Blogging has taught me about Life' 
The minute I understood what exactly I was getting myself into, my happiness knew no bounds. It was just an out-of-the-world feeling. I can hardly describe in words the emotions that ran through me at that point of time. I was so happy that if someone had asked me to get them a truck load of Ice creams, I would have happily obliged. At that point, nothing mattered much to me, than to tell it to my family and watch their reaction and excitement.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

ABC Challenge #16: P for Priorities

As unique as we all are, our priorities are all different.It's as simple as that. Still some people fail to understand this simple logic.
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When I was young I always imagined myself working in a very hectic atmosphere, running around here and there for getting things done. I did not particularly wish for it, but somehow God answered my prayers even before I could tell him and that dream came true. For the past few months, I had to put up with a very tough time at work. Meeting deadlines, facing eleventh hour challenges. Though it demanded my nerve and soul, I kind of enjoyed working in that hectic pace. I had to make a lot of sacrifices. I had to skip meals, I had to talk less over the phone with my family, I spent less time at home, I had to work during the weekends.I spent less time sleeping and I hardly spent time doing anything that I usually would have done.

So, when one is subjected to such a routine for almost 4 months, priorities do change.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

ABC Challenge #15 :O for Opinion

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Everybody has an opinion on something. Earlier people never expressed their opinion unless they were asked about it, since there was no particular medium available for everyone. Thanks to the advent of the Social media, these days it is easier for people to express their thoughts and make it known to the world. Well there is nothing to blame about here. People have a right to express their opinion(or that is what I think).

But the problem is when people give their opinion about something and others try to justify why a particular person’s opinion was wrong.

For instance let’s say Michael reads a book and he decides to review it in his blog. He would naturally write about how he felt the story was and whether the book was worth reading. That is fine. Let’s say Michael gives a positive review for the book, but another guy Lincoln did not like the book and has a different opinion. Upon reading Michael’s blog, if he expresses his opinion and leaves, that is fine. But when he gets to the task of arguing with Michael with the sole aim of trying to point out that he was wrong, that’s when things take a bad turn.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

This one is for Me.

I had to write this.

How would it feel to be standing at the place you’ve dreamed of? How would it be to stand there without having to owe anyone anything except perhaps your Mom? How would it  feel to have accomplished something all by yourself, through sheer hard work and perseverance without an iota of luck? How would it feel to have climbed all the rungs in the ladder, all by yourself without having to even bother asking others for a favour? How would it feel to stand there and bask in the light of success and realize that you’ve accomplished a feat, and that you alone the reason for it to happen?

Out of this world, I tell you.

Yes, I’m exactly in the position I’ve described above. It took me days, months and years to get to where I’m standing now. To accomplish something and to get recognized for it without taking help is indeed a tough job. The results might not be instant. But after years of patiently waiting for things to unfold the way you wished they would, that feeling , just to be standing there, is simply ecstatic.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

ABC Challenge #14: N for Name

From Ashwini C N to Ashwini Cuppu.

So I am back to telling you guys more about my name. If you haven’t read the story of my name yet, please read it here (The Story of myName).

My dear sister, chose my name. She decided that I would be Ashwini. My parents decided that I would be C.N.Ashwini. N stands for my dad’s name and C is my Grandfather’s great grandafather’s name. In short, our family name.  At school, they took it upon themselves to rename me Ashwini C.N, since they felt the need to put the initials after the name. I did not have a problem with that. In fact I use that name everywhere, Ashwini C.N

So, what was my problem? The problem was that no one used to call me by my name. At home, Dad has his own pet name for me. Mom has her own pet name for me. As for my sister, the way she calls me would vary, depending on whether I managed to irritate her beyond her tolerable limits. So the name would keep varying. The rest of the family, call me  by my common pet name.  College friends  call me’ Ash’.  While talking to me in person,  they might use my full name, but while messaging and chatting it’s always Ash.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Oh, Excuse Me Please!

It is believed that we learn a lot from observing things around us rather than just reading about it. A practical experience is hard to forget and sometimes it gets etched deeply in our memories that it has a significant impact on the way we grow up.

Many of us are into the habit of giving excuses for everything under the sun. We look at people giving excuses and getting away with it (most of the time). Seeing people do this day in and day out, we get drawn towards it,involuntarily . Initially we might stammer and stutter, but with practice we would master the art of giving excuses. I happened to read somewhere that the very process of trying to think up of a story to cover up the mess, makes children creative. Absolute rubbish I would say. It’s things like these which gives others a false sense of being right.

To read more on this, kindly click here. Yes, My article has been published in GingerChai :-). Do let me know your thoughts.

(This article was originally written by me and published in Ginger Chai)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

6 years and counting.....!

It totally slipped my mind. 

I had too many things loaded on my plate. I had to walk on a tightrope and balance the heavy plate on one hand. It was too much. It was taking a toll on my health and my mind.One day, out of the blue , it dawned on me that this April, I would have been blogging for 6 years. Yes, you read that right. 6 years. 6 wonderful years . As cliched as it might sound, I felt it that it was just the other day that I was writing a letter to my blog for having completed 5 years. Time flies. Indeed.

This year has very special to me and my blog. My blog and I have come a long way. We grew together , made mistakes together and learnt from them together.Initially I thought I should probably write what others would like to read, then I realized, I should probably stick to my ground and write for myself first, and write what my heart tells me to. My blog has been a wonderful parent. It does all the hard work, but when appreciation comes pouring, it redirects everything to me. When criticism comes by, it takes the responsibility and stands defending me, blindly. I owe so much to my blog. It has carved an identity for me. I can now call myself a Blogger and be proud of it. Thanks to my blog.

Monday, April 1, 2013

ABC Challenge #13 : M for Monica

You remember Monica? Of course, she is not someone one would forget. You either know her or you don’t know her. So for all those who know her, you would know what I mean when I say I tend to be a Monica at times.

I prefer things to be clean. But I am not overly obsessed with pen caps lying away from the pens and magazines lying here and there. My mom takes care of all that. Sometimes I act as though I’m possessed, as if Monica has taken over me. I go on a cleaning spree and mercilessly trash everything that I think I don’t need.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

ABC Challenge #12 : L for Life

We’ve heard it time and again but there is so much to it than what meets the eye. Life is an enigma to most of us. It’s not something we read about and watch the events unfold. It takes its own course and prefers to have its own turns and twists. Clueless and unpredictable as it may see to the untrained eye, Life exactly knows what it is doing and where it is headed to. It’s just that a normal human is incapable of trying to deciphering it to a T.

Life works in a very strange way. It gives you something when you don’t ask for anything and refuses to give you  something when you desperately need it , or when you think you desperately need something. When racing down the road, we have a vision of what lies in front of us. But Life lies a step higher and it has a vision of not just what lies immediately in front, but what lies in the impending future as well. So life is poised in a strategically comfortable position to make choices for us, most of the time, right choices. But we are oblivious to this fact, of course.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

ABC Challenge #11 : K For Kashmir

Here are a few pictures from my Kashmir trip. By far, the most memorable trips I've ever had :-)
(Kindly click the pictures to get a better view.)

At Hazrat Bal Mosque. The pigeon did love this :-)

At the ever beautiful Dal Lake

Green Tunnel,On our way to Pahalgam, this was apparently
 of one the places near the Indo-Pak border

Saturday, March 9, 2013

ABC Challenge #10 : J for Jealousy

She tried to be as good as her.

She tried to be as smart as her.

She was determined to find out what was special about her.

She tried to change herself to be just like her.

Just one step away from finding her secret,

she realized that she had lost herself in the maze.

Very often, we try so hard and focus on being like others, that we forget what God has gifted us with and ask for something that is far lesser than what we're blessed with. Remember, each one of us is as unique as everyone else. There can be no one like us!

To read other posts in this ABC Challenge, click here.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

ABC Challenge #9 :Inglish(Indian-English).

(Dear Grammar Nazis, kindly excuse my intentional errors, for this post alone)

After writing about H for humor, I thought I would follow it up with another post of the same theme. So here it is, our very own language, customized to the needs of the Indian Soul, Inglish :Indian English.

Indians are a funny breed. Seriously funny I tell you. In the past two weeks I’ve watched more than 2 videos on how funny Indians are and how even more funny their English is. So I’ve compiled a list of certain phrases that are considered typically Indian. Not necessarily erroneous ones, just a different way of speaking.

Here you go,

Sunday, February 24, 2013

ABC Challenge #8 : H for Humor

Humor is not something that everyone is good at, nor is it something that everyone can appreciate.

Despite the general perception, if you can appreciate the humor in any situation that comes your way, you would come to realize that life is a lot more fun. It would actually amuse us, if we get to see the lighter side of all things in life. I don't mean just reading jokes and laughing , Generally we laugh when we find something funny or something funny happens to someone.But above this, is the ability to be able to laugh at oneself. Not necessarily sarcastically or in the satirical sense. It is always easy to laugh at one's own problems and keep it off our minds, rather than give it unnecessarily importance and choke ourselves.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

ABC Challenge #7 : G for Good Samaritans

Yes you read it right. Plural it is.

There are many of them out there who still believe in ‘Doing good’ and helping others, even if they do not see themselves gaining anything from it.

Despite popular belief, Good Samaritans do exist at this day and age. In fact, we do come across so many good Samaritans every day, but we fail to recognize them.

Like, there was this Old man on the bus, travelling with me. I've seen him quite often in the same bus,  but haven’t spoken with him. One day, he had forgotten to bring his purse. The conductor, who was also familiar with the Old man, did not know what to do. Just when the Old man was contemplating getting down from the bus to avoid embarrassing the conductor, another regular traveler offered to pay for his ticket and even gave him an extra 500 bucks so that he wouldn't have to travel empty handed. The old man was overcome with gratitude but refused to accept it. After a few minutes of persuasion, the person who offered the money, told the Old man, that he could very well return the money the next day. Having heard that, the Old man was happy and he accepted the money with the promise of returning it the very next day. There you go, I saw a Good Samaritan that day.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

ABC Challenge #6: F for Facepalm

And you thought, I'd already given up? Not at all :-) I'm back with F.

Back when I was new to twitter, I used to refresh the trends to see what was hot and happening, around the world. That is when the hash-tag 'Facepalm' caught my attention.Confused, I immediately went to Urban Dictionary, and this is what they had to say,

"The only logical answer to a stupid question or statement"

All my doubts were at peace when I read this line. Out of curiosity, I searched for it in Wikipedia, which has an opinion on almost everything and this is what Wikipedia said.(just try searching in Wikipedia for the most weirdest of terms, you'll know)

"A facepalm (sometimes also face-palm or face palm) is the physical gesture of placing one's hand flat across one's face or lowering one's face into one's hand or hands. The gesture is found in many cultures as a display of frustration, disappointment, embarrassment,[1]shock, surprise or just plain sarcasm."

Sunday, January 27, 2013

ABC Challenge #5: E for Echo

For a while, I was clueless about what I was going to write for E. Nothing seemed to be appropriate. Thanks to the small kid who was asking his father about why he kept hearing his own voice over and again, for having given me another idea for my blog :-)

Just so you know, echoes aren't restricted to Physics alone, they have a lot of significance in our everyday lives too.

Wikipedia says, Echoes are reflections of sound, arriving at the listener some time after the direct sound.

Think about this. There is one world. Some people like to live here, some people don’t. Some people are always cynical, while some can’t stop lavishing praises on its beauty. But still, there is just this one world. How is all this possible?

Sunday, January 20, 2013

ABC Challenge #4 : D for Dusk

Another day comes to an end.

It is time for him to rest. 

He prepares to leave...

This picture was clicked near Mughal Gardens, Srinagar

..and finally calls it a day!

This picture was clicked near Mughal Gardens, Srinagar

After all, even he is human :-)

To read other posts in this ABC Challenge, click here.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Vista D90 Experience!

Like any other day, I logged into Facebook to stay in touch with what was happening around the world. A blogger friend of mine, Sowmya had posted something in our Chennai Bloggers Club page. A bright red poster from Blogadda was occupying a lot space on the wall. Reading further I realized that it was a Product Review. 30 Bloggers were to be given an opportunity to experience Tata Motor’s  latest car, Vista D90, for a period of 3 days. Since I was in the initial stage of driving a car (having taken my license almost a year back) I was interested  with this offer and immediately registered and kept my fingers crossed.

The good-natured and kind-hearted souls at Blogadda selected my name for the Product review. I got a mail from them confirming that I was one among the 30 lucky people who would get to experience the car for a full three days. God, I was so happy and so excited.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

ABC Challenge #3 :C for Challenge

I'm taking up a personal challenge this year. Here are the 13 things I plan to avoid in 2013!

# 1.To stop laughing, all the time.

Please don’t come to the conclusion that I’m mentally unstable, it’s just that my laughing threshold is very low. Some might laugh if they hear something funny. Some might laugh if they see something funny. But I laugh even when I hear/see someone else laughing. It’s sort of contagious for me. I don’t need any reason to laugh, I see someone laughing and I start laughing.  Another thing is, I relive the situation that made me laugh and end up laughing when I’m alone, like when I’m travelling in the bus(silent bus) and suddenly  start laughing or when I’m working in my cubicle(silent atmosphere) and suddenly start laughing. I hope you get the drift :-D

#2. To stop depending on Mom to wake up

They say if you do something for 21 days, it becomes a habit. I beg to disagree.
Mom used to wake me up at 6.30 or 7 when I was in school. For the last 5 years  at school I had to get up at 5.30.For my 4 years in college I had to get up at 6. These days mom starts waking me up from 6.30 and would go on till I woke up with that just-received-an-electric-shock-expression on looking at the time.  I’ve overcome so many difficulties  in all these years, but getting up in the morning is always a daunting task for me. Except on holidays or days when I’ve to get up early to catch a flight I’ve never woken up on my own. When mom was away for a while, I had to make sure I kept 3 alarms and that too beyond my reach. That is something I hope to change ;-D

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

ABC Challenge # 2 : B for Boundary

This is one among the many photos that I clicked at Mughal Gardens, Srinagar.

Sometimes, we find ourselves unable to breathe properly. We find ourselves confined to a space and we impose restrictions on ourselves. We assume and take things in our hand and console our hearts that the self imposed imprisonment is for the best.

It is sad to think that many people are pushed to a corner and forced by others to live in restricted quarters. What is worse is when we force ourselves to do so.

Monday, January 7, 2013

ABC Challenge #1 : A for Achiever

Recently when someone asked me what my definition of an achiever was, I said ‘An achiever is someone who sets a goal for himself and successfully completes the task’. When my friend further enquired about what kind of a task befits the definition of an achiever, I found myself coming up with a lot of theories but I wasn't able to find an exact answer. A little later the realization dawned on me that there can never be a universal definition, and that to each and every person the definition varies.

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God is smart. When he made us human beings, he decided he would keep one thing common to everybody, he made everyone different. So everybody is as unique as everybody else. That’s the similarity. No two people are the same. Similarly no two people face the same situation or obstacles. What appears a mammoth task for someone might be a cakewalk for someone else. That would again depend on a lot of factors. It wouldn't be appropriate to come to a conclusion and decide who is better. People are good in their own way, but the question still remains.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

The ABC Challenge!

New Year. New Hopes. New Challenges.
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Life would be boring and monotonous if we do not have something to keep us on our feet. Even after a hectic week, we would need just about two days to unwind and let all the stress flow out. Beyond a certain time frame, spending a lot of time doing absolutely nothing would definitely be boring. So it is actually a blessing in disguise if life throws challenges at us every now and then.

But what if Life has stopped throwing challenges, for a certain period of time, but you feel the need to do something significant?  You take up a challenge on your own.

Ever since I read about the ABC Challenge in Anuradha Srinath(Vaish)’s Blog : Life is beautiful, where I had been tagged,I had this nagging feeling. My heart was constantly asking me to take it up, but my mind was on other things. But now, I feel I should listen to my heart and take up the challenge.

Now what is this ABC Challenge?

This requires a blogger to post pictures, one for every letter. Now, considering that I've just begun learning the nuances of Photography, I very gracefully excused myself from that and I decided that I would write posts, one for every letter.

So starting tomorrow, I will write one post for every letter, among other posts too. Are you with me? 

A good way for me, to start this new year :-)

Ready.All set. Go!

To read the posts in this ABC Challenge, click here.
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