Thursday, September 30, 2010

Live Life: Acknowledge Your Achievements

In today’s world, people have become quick to criticize, yet very slow to leave a word of appreciation. Fortunately though, by the Grace of God, I find myself surrounded by mostly appreciative people today – people who like me, and who like whatever little bit of inputs I contribute to the world around me.

And taking a leaf out of their books today, I will also make an attempt to acknowledge my achievements in the recent times, and to appreciate myself.

  • Today is the last day of this NaBloPoMo September 2010 project. 30 posts in 30 days. And this is my 30th post. I must say, when I started this project, I did not really expect to finish it. As such, today marks a major landmark in my life. I have apparently gone through some major mental and spiritual growth during the last 30 days. I feel like a new person today, in fact! 30 days ago seem like a different era…

  • Tomorrow, my online magazine, Kadzilla’s Lounge, will see it’s 4th issue. Once again, I never thought I would make it beyond the first issue, or the second at the most. But, I have realized that giving up on something is more difficult when people are counting on you. It’s like my earlier post in this series: “Live Life: Show Up”.

  • This NaBloPoMo series, as well as the new sections in my magazine, has led me to explore my own writing skills in some altogether new directions. A good wing-stretching exercise for me. In fact, not only in just writing, but also in other areas – social interaction, technical, SEO, entrepreneurship, photo editing, and even… oh, but wait! That’s a surprise in tomorrow’s issue! I can’t reveal it over here now! :p

  • A different kind of work opportunity with someone, an upcoming start-up, has made me aware of skills I never knew I possessed! Weird, huh! It’s like you’re thrown into the water and then you realize that you can already swim!

Anyway, the recent times have shown me a lot of new things about myself. The winds are changing. I have heard and read so much about the so-called ascension of the planet into the new dimension by 2012… I wonder if all that really is true after all…

Is anyone else experiencing some major changes in his/her life in these times? Is anyone else feeling bigger… stronger?

This is my 30th (last) post for NaBloPoMo September 2010.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Live Life: Will Yourself To Find A Way

My BSNL internet has not been working properly since yesterday. Some sites are opening up fine, but some give a 403 Forbidden Error. So, while Facebook and Yahoo Messenger are working fine, and while I can even send/receive emails via Outlook Express, I’m unable to open even Blogger. Oh and when I try to open my blog, it tells me that the domain “” is for sale! Amazing right! My own blog is for sale, and I don’t even know it!

Anyways, on the 1st, the next issue of Kadzilla’s Lounge goes live. So obviously, life without Blogger would just not do at this time! I have a Tata Photon Plus Prepaid connection too, for taking care of such emergencies. And I have been staying afloat on that since yesterday.

I was expecting the BSNL problem to be fixed by today morning maximum… it generally doesn’t take this long, but it continued throughout today too. So by 8:30 pm today, I suddenly found that my Photon account balance had also become nil! Oops! And to add icing to the cake, I found that the Tata Customer Center was already closed! So there was no way I could get it recharged today. Ooh la la!

Now the magazine… okay I could do the rest of the work tomorrow. But, what about the post on my own blog? Today’s post for this NaBloPoMo series? After slogging at this untiringly for 28 long days, was this a test of God now, to deter me from my path right at the end of the journey? Hmmmm… well whatever it was, I wasn’t going to give up NOW! With just 2 days left!

I decided to type the post out in a Word document, and mail it to my sister through Outlook Express. My sister knows the passwords of all my frequently used accounts. So I figured I’ll call her on phone and walk her through logging into my blogger account and posting the contents of that mail on my blog as today’s post.

But, before that, I needed to make dinner.

While making dinner, I wished that the techie guy I had befriended at my BSNL Exchange years ago, still worked in BSNL. I was sure he would have been able to help me out. This has been a frequently recurring problem now, though never for such a long stretch at one go! And while thinking of him, I suddenly remembered he had once given me an alternate set of DNS values for the broadband connection. I decided to try that set to see if it still worked.

It did!

Using the other set of DNS values, I was able to access Blogger again via BSNL! Ha ha ha!

No wonder they say “Where there is a will, there is a way!”

And today I add to it – “Will yourself to find a way!”

This is my 29th post for NaBloPoMo September 2010.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Live Life: Apologize To Loved Ones

A life well-lived is a life rich with warm and fulfilling relationships. In today’s times though, it is rare to find a person enjoying such beautiful relationships in life. Growing number of complains and grudges, hearts filled with bitterness, and bloating egos – this is the picture being painted across the canvas of the world today. A big problem, but, with a very simple solution!

Over the last few months, I have spent some time observing the different kinds of relationships around me. People with the maximum ‘issues’ in life are always those who do not have too many healthy relationships to boast about. Discordant personal relationships, especially with people who are close to you, tend to leave their mark in other aspects of your life too, even in your professional life. No matter how hard you try to keep your personal life separate from your professional life, extreme disturbance in one will show up in the other!

And one of the major reasons for stress in relationships is the absence of these 3 golden words – “I am sorry!

All of us have been told to “forgive and forget” hundreds of times. But the truth is - we are still humans, and unenlightened ones at that! So it’s not always easy to put this thought into practice. There are of course times when we are able to get over stuff and move on by ourselves, but then, there are some hurts that cut deep. And in such occasions, we may get on with our lives, because “the show must go on”, but we may never quite get healed of that wound.

Wounds, if left unattended, can become really ugly, and can get filled with a lot of bitterness, a lot of venom.

But we don’t realize this when we hurt people. We never pause to think of these consequences when we, consciously or unconsciously, betray someone’s trust, or hurt someone’s feelings.

I Am Sorry – just 3 words, and yet they can completely change the course of a person’s life.

The choice is in our hands – whether we want to leave a heart filled with bitterness for ever, or whether we’d rather get the baggage off our own chest… because no matter how much we deny it, the truth remains that we are never really at peace if we know that we have hurt someone, and that ‘someone’ has not yet been able to move on.

So… go on then… make your choice…

By the way… saying sorry isn’t really that difficult! :)

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This is my 28th post for NaBloPoMo September 2010.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Live Life: Motivate Yourself

Just four days left for the end of this NaBloPoMo series. And I feel like Frodo Baggins of Lord of The Rings. There’s such a weight pressing me down, and this weight seems to be growing heavier as I keep getting closer to the end of this journey.

The last 3 days have seen me in extreme physical and mental exhaustion, as you have probably already made out from my post “Live Life: Take A Break”. I did manage to find another maid though, but she’s still on probation at the moment. Despite that, my body and mind seem to be held in some sort of prolonged jet lag. I have no idea how I’m managing to get anything done at all for the last few days!

And you know what the most astonishing thing is! Frodo had Sam with him to cheer him up and to motivate him and ensure he kept going. I don’t. There is no ‘Sam’ accompanying me along this journey. And yet, I find the motivation coming from within myself.

It’s almost as if the ‘Sam’ is also inside me, just like the ‘Frodo’ is. So while the ‘Frodo’ part of me craves for at least 2 days of uninterrupted sleep and rest, the ‘Sam’ part of me urges me to go on and finish this thing off… just 4 days more. Come on, you can do it! You managed through 26 days, what’s another 4 days now? You can do it! Don’t give up on this with just 4 days left to go!

See that’s the trouble with these things! In the initial stages, your conscience (or whatever it is that starts pestering you as soon as you try to cut some unjustifiable slack) tells you that you can’t give up so soon. It argues with you that you haven’t even started properly yet, and you are thinking of quitting already! And when you are more than half-way through, it cajoles you that you can’t give up so close to the finish line now! Sighhhhhhh!

That’s the ‘Sam’ part of us. We all have a ‘Samwise Gamgee’ within us… just like we have a ‘Sauron’ too, wearing down our body (‘Frodo Baggins’) with thoughts of doom & despair. It is the ‘Sam’ within us that keeps us motivated in such times, of course if we listen to it obviously!

And Sam tells me I should complete this project (Look at him! The oaf is still whispering in my ears -"just 3 more posts left now! Yayyy!"), publish the next issue of Kadzilla’s Lounge on the 1st, and then there will be enough time to catch up on the sleep and the rest after that. Hmmm. As long as I have sleep to look forward to, I guess I can manage to get through this somehow.

This is my 27th post for NaBloPoMo September 2010.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Live Life: Celebrate The Good Times

This is my 26th post for NaBloPoMo September 2010.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Live Life: Take A Break

Sometimes, doing routine things tends to get a bit boring.

Or maybe it's just the weather that's making you down.

Or maybe you haven't been able to catch up on enough sleep for several days, and it's finally taking it's toll on you!

Or perhaps it's because your domestic help has quit several days ago, and you haven't yet been able to find a replacement (sighh)!

Or it could be that your fingers are itching to express their creativity in the kitchen for some time now.

Or maybe you just need a hug!

Whatever might be the reason, at times you simply need to take a break.

And that's what I'm doing today.

Signing off early... going to listen to some of my favorite music, on my Sony NWZ-B143F Walkman, standing in my balcony...

This is my 25th post for NaBloPoMo September 2010.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Live Life: Limit Media

In today’s times, our lives are completely in control of the media – movies, news, and even online channels like social networking platforms. A trending topic on twitter or Facebook, or even in the Blogosphere, can strongly sway the masses towards a specific course of action. And the media know this truth, and they lead us like herds towards whatever direction suits their own selfish motives.

As I have mentioned so many times before on my blog, Media is a part of the Alien Conspiracy meant to keep Earthlings under perpetual fear and despair.

There are probably a dozen news channels on air today, each one 24 by 7, and you hardly ever see them reporting about anything good happening around. They hunt untiringly for negative issues, controversies, scandals, and if they can’t find such news, they create it themselves!

A very current example: The Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010.

Yes, we didn’t finish stuff as per the original schedule. Yes, the CWF had to give extensions. Yes, there is chaos and confusion all around. Oh and corruption too! That being said, the conditions aren’t as bad as the media is making them look like.

For example – look at the photos of Commonwealth games (CWG) stadiums, published by the CWG News site – This post was published on their site on the 17th of September, which means that the pictures would have been available to the media by then.

Yet, the only photos that are being circulated via social networking and on news channels are the ones on BBC News, of the Commonwealth Games: Athletes' village -!

Ok so agreed that the Games Village is not cleaned up yet, but, what about the state-of-the-art stadiums? And the dining hall? And the awesome gym?

Fine! Press the organizers for not finishing the Games Village on time! But do give some credit for all the wonderful work that has been done too!

* Special compositions of A R Rahman are going to reverberate in the ceremonies!

* Special Tourist Information Kiosks have been set up for all foreign spectators.

* A very comprehensive website has been developed for easy booking and tracking of tickets for CWG.

But there is no coverage at all about these things in the media! They are deliberately trying to stir up controversies and tensions even now!

I saw it during lunch on NDTV. Barkha Dutt was interviewing Mike Hooper of CWG. On the right pane of the TV screen, Mike was going on about how things are looking positive now, and that there have been major improvements in the last 3 days, people are working together now, etc etc… while on the left pane of the screen, NDTV was still running the same pictures of that SINGLE dirty toilet & wash-basin! There was absolutely no relevance to what the man was saying and what footage the channel was showing!

Mr. Hooper was giving an account of the present situation, and how the future looked promising, and yet she kept trying to dig up old controversies between him & Mr. Kalmadi! Although Mr. Hooper repeatedly made it very clear that he was not interested in what happened in the past anymore!

The fact remains that media will show you only what they want you to see… based on whatever course of action they eventually want you to take. And rest assured my friends… they will always show only those things that make you angry, and incite you to lash out at someone… so that another “news item” is created for them!

And that is why I say:

  • Avoid giving too much space to media in your life.
  • Do not let them herd you for their selfish motives.
  • Think for yourself.
  • And ALWAYS insist on seeing BOTH sides of the story before you jump into action!


This is my 24th post for NaBloPoMo September 2010.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Live Life: Don’t Focus On Negative Thoughts

Yes. And I dedicate this post especially to me. Though others are also free to bookmark it/ print it/ save it if they can relate to it and find it of any use.

Human mind is a powerful tool, if we can learn how to control it. But most of the time, the mind seems to be running of its own accord, like a wild horse. And it has one major negative trait: it loves to dwell on negative thoughts! All the time!

On those occasions, you feel like you are caught in a whirlpool, and no way seems out of it. I personally have actually screamed “SHUT UP” at my mind… out loud! Well, it just kept going on and on, on a negative track, you see, and even after trying all kinds of logical reasoning, it still refused to budge.

A tip: Logical reasoning hardly ever works with the mind, and most certainly not in extreme scenarios! Distracting it is a better way of bringing it on track.

I read in some book (I have forgotten which one now) that our mind can hold only one thought at a point of time – just a single thought. The moment we think of something else, that previous track is lost, unless we think about it again. In other words, you just need to feed one different thought to the mind whenever it starts acting like a stubborn child.

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Well, it’s not always as easy to implement though. Most of the time, this technique does work. And when it doesn’t, it’s usually because you’ve realized the negative track of your thoughts a little too late.

When the mind becomes more powerful, it can be a bit of a fight to regain control over it. Watching cartoons usually work in such times. And even movies with happy high-energy kids. Or, even better, working out! Just burn off all the excess energy on a treadmill or clean your cupboard!

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But why is it so important to keep the mind under control?

Mind is the place where “it all” gets created. Everything in our life – our successes, our failures, our wealth, and our relationships – all blueprints are first created in our mind. Whatever we think... materializes in our life. That is why it is important not to focus on negative thoughts. Unless, of course, we willingly want to create negative experiences in our life!

My personal learning curve about this:

  • DO NOT encourage any kind of dialogue with your mind. NEVER.

  • Keep your mind busy, with anything, EVEN FARMVILLE!

  • Have some Cartoon CDs with you always.

So keep the negative thoughts at bay. Well… at least attempt to do so! :D

P.S. – Honestly, at times I feel like taking my mind out and putting it in the freezer to “take a chill pill”!

This is my 23rd post for NaBloPoMo September 2010.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Live Life: Look For Humour

Life is not a pressure cooker... it is a fun experience... you just need to be at the right place on the right time! :D

The pics below were taken from my balcony earlier today...

This is my 22nd post for NaBloPoMo September 2010.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Live Life: Visit A Museum

Yes, I know what you guys are thinking! How can visiting a museum make any difference to the quality of our life?

The thing is, as I have said it many times before on my blog, and I’m saying again now, humans, in general, have a very limited scope of perception – both tele focal as well as wide angle! We rarely realize the true probable extent of any of our actions. And that is why “a visit to the museum” does not translate to anything more than “spending a boring Sunday looking at extinct stuff”!

Have a look at this picture…

It is an ancient helmet from some long lost era, and from the looks of it, seems that it has seen a few battles!

Tells us a lot about the creativity of the people back then, who did not have all our modern technological tools and processes, and yet they were able to create effective defense gear for themselves. Makes one go “WOW” with wonder!

And all the other things on display… reminders of an ancient time… an ancient culture. The toys their children used to play with, the idols of Gods & Goddesses they worshipped back then, what wheels they used to commute… gives us a completely different perspective on our life.

For instance, we don’t need to hire staff today just to beat the heat. :)

We have a lot of sources today (Read: ‘Media’!) that continuously remind us of what all we “lack” in our life – without which we cannot get a job, or a girlfriend/boyfriend, or anything in life basically! It’s only fair to us then that we spend sometime in a place which reminds us of what all we DO have!

Aspiring for the “better” is good, but being grateful for what we already have is also equally important.

Ahh… but that calls for a complete new post… tomorrow perhaps…

Oh by the way, that helmet above was added to miss_teerious “on special request”… for specific safety concerns! If any of you is interested in knowing why, then read the post “25 Reasons”… as well as the comments on that post. [wink]

This is my 21st post for NaBloPoMo September 2010.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Live Life: Keep The Faith Alive

Today I am going to do a relatively short post. Not because of lack of time or inspiration, but, because some messages are better communicated with fewer words. And today’s message is simply…

"Keep the Faith Alive"

Faith in God?
Faith in yourself?
Faith in what?

Just faith. Period.

One year ago, I had a conversation with someone, in which I mentioned that I couldn’t make out whether I had faith or not… in anything!

In fact, that was the time when I didn’t even understand clearly what “faith” meant, and how was it different from “trust” or “belief”.

But finally I know.

Different people would see it in different ways – my perception sees it this way:

Belief comes purely from the left brain, or the “programmed” brain.

Trust would lie somewhere in the middle probably – partly based on past experience with the similar stimulus, and partly based on gut feeling.

However, faith comes purely from within – from the right brain, or the “intuitive” brain.

There may be no comprehensible rationale behind it, and yet it would be there – unshakable.

Faith is what turns our dreams into reality.
Faith is what keeps us going in all adversity.
Faith is that which helps us stand up after a fall.
Faith is what makes us start afresh after losing all.

But faith in what?

Just faith. Period.

In Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, Professor Dumbledore tells Harry that “help will always be given to those who ask for it.

Doesn’t matter in what form the help is delivered, or by whom it is delivered… just that it will be delivered.

That is faith.

This is my 20th post for NaBloPoMo September 2010.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Live Life: Exercise

In today’s lifestyle, apparently the only things worth doing are those that directly help you earn more money. And exercise obviously doesn’t make that list, unless you are a sportsperson or a film star/TV star! It doesn’t help you earn direct money in any way!

“What! Exercise for one hour a day! But I could do something really productive in all that time!”

“Productive” today probably just stands for “making money”. An activity is considered to be a “productive” use of time if it’s helping you earn more money. If it’s not, well then you’re just “wasting your time”!

The thing is, and not many people realize it today, there are a lot of activities that “indirectly” enhance our “productivity”! You may not make any money by performing those activities, but they could impact your overall personality in a way that boosts your money-making potential. And exercise is one such activity.

I have realized that even a 15-minute walk on my treadmill in the evening helps me burn-out any pent-up frustrations, so that they don’t affect my personal and professional relations.

I have realized that 10 minutes of Kapal Bhati every day not only keep the digestive and respiratory systems in balance, but they also increase concentration and help keep my mind alert, so that I’m able to finish off more work in less time.

And I have realized that the simple stretching exercises, the kind we had in our daily P.T. routine in school – back bending, eye rotations, neck rotations, sideways bending etc – are a must for anybody who spends most of his/her waking hours in front of a computer!

Eye strain, cervical problems and back aches are just so common these days… just because of lack of enough exercise.

And that’s not all. Lack of exercise also creates more subtle effects in our body systems – effects that are not visible to the eye!

No, don't pay any attention to the cartoon above! Exercise is what keeps the “Chi” moving within our bodies – the life force or the “Prana”. Without exercise, our body becomes like a pool of stagnant water… a breeding ground for all kinds of disease causing cells.

And the more diseased you become, the greater is the outflow of money towards medical expenses! So at the end of the day, you are left with an unfit body, a shorter lifespan perhaps, and in all probability, a much lighter bank balance!

Besides, what good would all that extra money do anyway; if you are not fit enough to travel around the world, or even enjoy any good food due to diabetes or high BP?

This is my 19th post for NaBloPoMo September 2010.

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