Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Ever thought of jotting down those things you’d like to do before you die?
Bucket-lists being the latest fad had me read into some entries that were quite interesting and some that were absolutely wild.
Not in any order, but here are some I came across:
1. Get a tattoo that you design yourself.
2. Build a tree-house and live in it for a day.
3. Attend a costume party.
4. Dress like a cartoon hero.
5. Walk the street with a Halloween pumpkin on your head.
6. Crash a mall
7. Enact your favorite music video.
8. Get your portfolio made by a professional photographer.
9. Swallow a raw fish.
10. Paint your toenails 10 different colors.
11. Write a blog.
12. Spend a night in a haunted house.
13. Watch back to back movies.
14. Have an avant-garde dream and write it down.
15. Have a dream diary
16. Be stuck in an elevator with someone you dislike for 15 minutes.
17. Spend a whole day shopping and spend double of what you intended to.
18. Write a letter to someone famous.
19. Meet a celebrity you love and one you dislike.
20. Buy something you hate, but wear it anyway.
21. Get your portrait painted.
22. Eat raw meat
23. Send a message in a bottle.
24. Spend a night in a forest.
26. Finish reading a book in one day.
27. Meditate in the Himalayas.
28. Overcome 1 phobia.
29. Attend a live concert of your favorite artist.
30. Have a conversation in sign-language.
31. Have a significant conversation with a beggar.
32. Do the chicken-dance in a crowded store.
33. Sing Karaoke.
34. Take a picture with a complete stranger.
35. Go up and down an escalator.
36. Sit next to a statue and pretend to be one yourself.
37. Participate in a free hugs campaign.
38. Call someone randomly and sing them the Birthday song although it isn’t their birthday.
39. Go to work in slippers.
40. Have 3 different hair colors at the same time.
41. Wear Santa hats in April in public.
42. Stay off Facebook and other social networking for a week.
43. Paint a wall in your house.
44. Watch the sunset and sunrise.
45. Travel to your dream destinations.
46. Attend an International cultural festival.
47. Climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge and make a wish under the coat-hanger.
48. Dance in the rain.
49. Walk the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.
50. Scuba-dive at the Great Barrier Reef.
51. Spend a drunken night doing something you never have in Vegas.
52. Trek through a rainforest.
53. Experience Zero Gravity.
54. Run a marathon.
55. Smile and wave wildly at a stranger.
56. Have your picture in the newspaper.
57. Sail into the sunset.
58. Watch a meteor shower.
59. Sleep under the stars.
60. Make a snow-man.
61. Attend a major sports event.
62. Dance around a Christmas tree.
63. Dress like Lady Gaga.
64. Horse-ride on a beach.
65. Attend a beach-wedding.
66. Learn a foreign language.
67. Do something really stupid and not regret it.
68. Buy someone flowers without a reason.
69. Learn a foreign dance.
70. Play in the mud.
71. Visit the Great Wall of China.
72. Dropped a cat from a height to check if it lands on all fours.
73. Walk the beach at night.
74. Go for an African Safari.
75. Go island hopping in the Caribbean.
76. Watch a movie premier.
77. Attend an award function.
78. Learn to brew Beer.
79. Solve the Rubik’s cube.
80. Play a music instrument.
81. Become of a collector of stamps, coins, currency etc.
82. Read 5 autobiographies.
83. Move to another city to start over.
84. Meet your favorite sports star.
85. Volunteer somewhere for a week.
86. Create your family tree.
87. Donate blood.
88. Have your paintings exhibited in a gallery.
89. Learn to bartend.
90. Go to the lighting of the Christmas trees in Rockefeller Center in late November.
91. Watch the fireworks over the Sydney Harbor on New Year’s Eve.
92. View the famous Northern Lights in Iceland.
93. Have an astrologer predict your future.
94. Meditate in Bali.
95. Cut your own hair.
96. Learn a new word everyday for a year.
97. Feature on a magazine cover.
98. Ride the trans Siberian Railway.
99. Get back in touch with an out-of-touch friend.
100. Thought to yourself that you are living your dream.
Here’s living to get done, at least a few of the above that make my own list.
Live your dream!
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
Be the hope and give life a second chance,
Be a new day that shuns past blunders with a glance.
Be the goal, with an eye for tomorrow,
Be the joy that discards pain and sorrow.
Be the optimist during the darkest times,
Be the sunlight that at all time shines.
Be the strength till your destiny’s seams,
Be the belief to fulfill your dreams.
Be the intellect you need in life,
Be the love for which the world strives.
Be the inspiration when your spirits are down,
Be the smile when surfaces a frown.
Be the magician casting magic in,
Be the light when darkness engulfs within.
Be everything in the world you wish to see,
Be yourself; that’s often the best you can be.
This is for a very dear friend who means heaps to me!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Sometimes you cling onto something or someone you want; oblivious to whether it is right, oblivious to, if or not it will be worth it, oblivious to whether it is the best thing for you…just like I have. All I am aware of is that I want it and I choose to hold onto it until it takes place. I could be right, I could be wrong, but I hold on because I'm being led by sheer instinct.
‘What if it is not what I need?’
‘What if it’s not what will be best for me?’
‘What if it’s not worth the effort?’
‘What if he’s not the one for me?’
Questions my own intellect might pose initially inclined towards the human mind’s own cynicism…and then it contradicts itself to pose more:
‘What if it was meant to be?’
‘What if it would’ve been perfect but I didn’t even try?’
‘What if I killed my dream before even letting it breathe?’
‘What if I had held on just a little longer to be sure if or not it was worth it?’
Most times than not, the fact that I'm halfway there is an indication of it transpiring if only I have the spirit to hold on a little longer. It’s so easy to give in to pessimism and take the easy and what the mind perceives the obvious way out... but beyond the obvious, lies my reality that is obvious for me as obscure for you. In the end, whether or not right, the fact that I have wanted it badly enough to have held on through testing trials, to have made it halfway there only by sheer will and faith, will make it worth the effort when I get there. The journey is always as rewarding as the destination itself.
We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving. And we all have some power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
When we were little, we played in drums of water
Running amok amongst sheep while days grew hotter
We watched the airplanes rocket over our heads
While all of us squeezed in together, in our tiny little beds
We amused ourselves in waterfalls and streams
And picked roadside ice-golas over ice creams
Together, we sang classics of our parents’ times
While we trekked through life’s climbs
We thrived in those golden days of childhood
Where come what may, together we stood
Eight years after, eight of us got together
Somehow we just knew it was now or never
Who has seen tomorrow and what it brings
While we had the chance, we did dance and sing
Through all our differences our diverse lives
It is the love that makes our rapport survive
Its times like these you are grateful for what you have
Its times like these you love like you never have
Childhood bonds are the toughest to crack
We have proved we’ve always got each other’s back
It is family that comes foremost in life always
Although we might pick different paths, alike will be our ways.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
A friend on Twitter inspired me to write this today. While I was reading an article posted by him, which was ‘The 5 regrets on the death bed’, and while I thought of it, I realized that for my part, there are most likely ‘10 regrets on my death bed that I WOULDN’T have’!
1. Standing up for what I have believed in, irrespective of what anybody has had to say.
2. Keeping close, the people who matter most to me.
3. Having lived the life I have wanted and not what others wanted to see from mine.
4. Meeting most people I have idolized and wished for, however far-fetched the thought might have ‘seemed’.
5. Always being a dreamer and an optimist, not a pragmatist or a cynic.
6. Being in love.
7. Forgiving and moving on from the mistakes some have made.
8. Giving myself a second chance.
9. Being determined with every single fiber and getting what I really wanted, as impossible as it seemed.
Last of all,
10. Being myself.
I have made quite a few foes in the bargain, I know that with certainty, but those who expect me to live by their perceptions and expectations aren’t really ‘friends’ to begin with, so no qualms. I honestly love my life and love everything that has come with it, making me who I am today. I’d rather be disliked for what I am, than liked for what I’m not.
I really hope a lot of others too would know sometime what they will NOT regret on their deathbeds than what they would.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
It was an empty street. The path was desolate, with nothing but barren land. There wasn’t a hint of existence around. How did I get here, and alone? I had never travelled alone. But I was here now and I didn’t know what to do. Stranded amongst nothingness with only my intuition to lead me, I walked on. I had inkling that I was being watched which was ridiculous because the place was at a standstill, almost like a painting. The feeling never left me but I continued walking. There were desiccated trees here and there, which had indicated the deficit of water in the area. I would have thought it was a wasteland if there was sand, but there were remains of what must have been trees. I felt like a time-machine had transported me to the future where there was nothing, after the end of the world. There was a rustling noise somewhere further, I reckoned they were leaves, but there was not a whiff of wind. Curious, but hesitant at the same time, I trotted on. What if I would encounter an animal of some sort? I was vulnerable and unguarded. This was no fairy tale where a prince riding his magnificent white horse would come and save me or not like magic existed for a miracle. My quandary was I didn’t know how I had landed here, to find a way to return; maybe I had to find the egress myself. Most times we are befuddled because of the choices available, but the true trial of character lies when you have to find your own way out, when you think you have no options. I walked further to find a little shack to my right that seemed burnt. It had a small patch adjoining it, which must have been a vegetable garden, having dried and cluttered shoots all over it. That was dry and worn out now. I didn’t dare enter it. I couldn’t imagine how someone could live there, being surrounded by nothingness. I stood looking at it and swiftly I saw a shadow emerging from behind the hut. Petrified, I stood there, unable to move to make a run for it. It looked like a man. The shadow was slowly growing larger. I was clueless; I would surrender to whatever that was I would let it get me. I didn’t have a choice. Maybe it was him, who was watching me, so I was right. My intuition was leading me right, but it had led me right into this creature. Could it betray me? But how could someone survive in a place like this? It was not viable. I looked forward, there was nothing; I ran and kept running. I kept looking over my shoulder to see if I was being pursued, but there wasn’t anybody. Being alone sometimes is not a scary prospect, but having just one person around is as scary as it can get. I stopped. I was looking around and found myself exactly where I had landed at first. It was the same portrait all over again. This was getting uncanny and scarier by the minute. If I was back to the start, that creature must be around. I frantically looked around and found nobody. I wanted to go home and so I prayed in the hope that God would show me the way. I opened my eyes to the same picture, with no change. Something mum had once said struck me right then, ‘When answers don’t show up readily, you have to look for them; look for signs that endeavor to lead you. Life has different ways of depictions; your duty doesn’t end at asking, you need to identify the signs presented, take the cue and move forward.’ I probably wasn’t looking enough to find a way to get out of the rut I was stuck in. Maybe I was receiving my share of signals but wasn’t paying attention. There was a blinding flash of light somewhere ahead and I was engulfed by darkness. I fell; and kept falling in the darkness, into oblivion.
I felt vertigo and woke up with, startled! What in the name of the devil was that?! It felt so real, like a psychic hallucination; maybe it was a glimpse into the future or a replication of the juncture I was in life currently. I was not sure. Subconsciously, you see your deepest desires, sometimes things you steer clear off, most times what you yearn the most and now and again messages that are to be conveyed, but seldom acknowledged. But what matters most in all these reveries is the elucidation and amalgamation of these little things into your life, most often that we fail to coagulate.
Monday, May 9, 2011
1. Life's metaphors are God's instructions.
2. You have just climbed up and above the roof, there is nothing between you and the Infinite; now, let go.
3. The day is ending, it's time for something that was beautiful to turn into something else that is beautiful. Now, let go.
4. Your wish for resolution was a prayer. You are being here is God's response, let go and watch the stars came out, in the inside and in the outside.
5. With all your heart ask for Grace and let go.
6. With all your heart forgive him, forgive yourself and let him go.
7. Let your intention be freedom from useless suffering then, let go.
8. Watch the heat of day pass into the cold night, let go.
9. When the Karma of a relationship is done, only Love remains. It's safe, let go.
10. When the past has past from you at last, let go.. then, climb down and begin the rest of your life with great joy."
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Watching that team you led of massive figures who imposed themselves onto every team like never before, one would wonder if not a follower of cricket, if that petite little man who is their captain could be as imposing and great. Great is an understatement for you, as it seems.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
A couple of months ago, I happened to go out for lunch with a few colleagues despite having carried lunch from home. I did not want to waste it, so I kept it with me. Just then, I spotted this, shriveled lady sitting on the footpath to the opposite side of the road. I walked up to her and asked her if she wanted some food that I could give her. She was delighted! I cannot even go onto explain just how happy she was. She handed me a little bag and I emptied my lunch into the bag. When I was giving her a 50 rupee note, she refused to take it saying that I had given her food, so she didn’t want the money. On persuasion, she took it. She thanked me with tears in her eyes, she kissed my hand and I went away, almost teary too. It’s amazing how happy you can make someone feel with just a small thing like giving them your lunch. If it could get her teared up, it must've meant a lot to her. It made her smile, that's what matters.
Today I happened to go that way and noticed her sitting right at the same place, prayerful. She saw me and recognized me at once. I knelt down to talk to her. She asked me how I was and all that. She held my hand and kissed it. I cannot comprehend what exactly I had done to earn that love from her. She ran her hand down my face and said to me, ‘Please come and see me once in a while. I do not have girls in my family, you are like my grandchild. I had that food for 3 days that you have given me last time around. God Bless you. Always be happy.’ I hugged her and left. I did not even know what to say back, but I told her I would come and see her again. It was so overwhelming! I felt bizarre! I really do not know if I even deserve that kind of love for something so little that I did. But I thought that it probably meant so much to her. Like I said in one of my earlier blogs, Human emotions astonish me. They go beyond the facets of familiarity, of relationships and distance. Sometimes, the little things you do can make people happy and maybe that kind of a reality check is all that I need; to make someone happy, to make someone around me smile, to be the source of someone’s happiness, to know that making someone happy costs nothing, it is the heart that really matters in the end.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Last Sunday, I had started to write a post about the India- England tie game. I almost completed it, but then it completely escaped my mind and I didn’t even bother completing it. Now I know why. It was because there was going to be a better Match to write about. Not saying the India-England was less fun, but this was a cracker,probably the best of the World Cup, unless some more beauties are yet to come.
Setting a target of 300 runs and above has become an everyday affair this World Cup. Chasing it down or getting close to it, another ordinary feat. I remember the time in ODI cricket, where if you had 300 on the board, you were pretty sure the game was yours, much to the contrary today.
Last night’s match was one of the greatest World Cup upsets I have ever witnessed. Last world cup, the Irish beat Pakistan, this year they beat the English, chasing down 328. To be honest, I was pretty surprised England got to just 327; they way they were going at one stage, I reckoned they’d get to not less than 340-350. Ireland pulled it back it well. When it was Ireland’s turn to bat, I didn’t think they’d even come close, giving England a big win; after their captain Porterfield was dismissed first ball of the innings. Stirling and Niall O’Brien took it then to the English bowlers but were dismissed soon after. All of a sudden, the Irish were 111-5 and it was pretty much over most would've thought, but then, in walked Kevin O’ Brien.
He was indeed a surprise package last night, much to the delight of plenty! Maybe his new hair-do worked well for him. He took it to every English bowler right from the onset. His partnership with Cusack proved vital in Ireland’s run-chase. Together they put on 162 runs! Kevin O’Brien got his fabulous and entertaining century in exactly 50 balls, the fastest ever in World Cup history, beating Matty Hayden to it who took 66 balls for his century in the last World Cup. If he would stay till the end, Ireland was sure to win it, but he got run-out towards the end. But some great cameos by Johnston and Mooney saw Ireland through and what a victory it was for them! By the end, they chased down the highest total ever in WC history.
Just an observation, I think Ireland took the batting powerplay at a very good time. If England would’ve taken the batting PP at that stage, around 31 overs, against India, they would’ve won that game. Maybe Ireland didn’t have much to lose at that point, but a well-picked powerplay got them 67 runs and out them in a great position from there. The batting power-play hasn’t been used too well by most teams. Australia is by far the team to have performed the best during the batting powerplay in terms of scoring runs. It is crucial, since it can be ‘make or break’ a match thereafter.
After last night’s win, I personally think Ireland should be given test status; more so to stop England importing players from Ireland, like of course Eoin Morgan. They are a very capable team and it would be nice to have them competing in test cricket. They beat the mighty English, a reason more.
No surprises as to who the man of the moment was, but it was somebody else’s ‘special’ day. In all of that one thing was forgotten; it was Andrew Strauss’s 34th birthday. It will be one he will always remember, not because he scored 34 on this 34th birthday, but because his side was beaten by the Irish who chased down 328!! Surely a day the Irish and the English will never forget, ever. Fantastic game of cricket!! Whoever on earth said ODIs weren’t fun anymore?
I would really like the ICC not tainting this match by investigating into match-fixing possibilities and all of that, not because the Irish won, but because their inspired performance will be looked up to, by heaps of teams waiting to get there.
Friday, February 25, 2011
‘The most prolific period of pessimism comes at twenty-one, or thereabouts, when the first attempt is made to translate dreams into reality’ – Spot on!!
A worrywart always keeps looking for the flaw in every plan instead of looking at the endless horizon of opportunities beyond. It is so ironic that at 21, when we’re at that juncture in life when we are mature enough to comprehend what drives us in life, what we have visualized for ourselves, what is it that we crave for every single day, all that has made us who we are and who we want to be, we live in fear to chase those dreams. We choose to lord and subsist resembling those who choose to lead a comfy life filled with compromises than mould our luck and destiny to the silhouette of what looks perfect to our eyes.
Pessimism is only for those who do not have the fortitude to stand tall when there is a warning of a tempest, let alone when it strikes. It is mere testimony that you don’t have faith in yourself.
The manifestation of the visions you see, while asleep are way more beautiful when you’re living it. Why not take a crazy chance, especially when the chance is for you? Why not give love a chance when it might make life beautiful for you? Why not give your dreams a chance when they might spin the fairy tale for you?
I hope to see a world full of dreamers who have the guts to pursue their dreams than settle for the snippets of another’s dream.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Something outlandish happened yesterday. It was bizarre, that feeling. Sometimes you can’t exactly comprehend the reason behind certain feelings and what exactly drives you into feeling them. I read somebody’s message in my inbox and out of the blue a thought crept up that maybe, I was living in a world of futility – Nobody and nothing meant anything. That feeling of emptiness is daunting, not because you’re alone in that feeling, but because you feel that you have nothing worth living for. It was then I wished, I lived in a world with no ‘if’s, ‘but’s and ‘maybe’s. I was actually having a debate within me! I thought then, where is the point if you don’t have anything; to live for, to strive towards, to give all you have and ultimately to make it all worth it? In the deep confines of my mind, I knew that I was all alone in that feeling, but then I thought maybe not. There must be millions of people around the world that feel helpless and vulnerable every single minute. Then, what is it that differentiates all of us, because clearly nobody is the same? It is faith; Faith in oneself, one’s passion and one’s dreams. It comes down to one’s ability to stand tall unbeaten by the tempest that strikes. Relishing a victory in the dearth of a challenge is as good as winning the Cricket World Cup, playing against the Minnow teams. It’s not a feeling that you’d relish for long! Where is the point if you get everything easy and just as you demand it? The achievements that matter the most are the ones wherein nobody believes in it, but you, where people deride you, tell you every single day that you’re being an idiot to even think of it. Only people such would know the true essence of victory!
'Gotta love that'll never die
Gotta love that'll never die
No, no, I'm a lucky girl!'
Monday, February 14, 2011
I don’t need a reason or a special day to express my love to the one around whom my life revolves. For the record, here it goes.
Since the day I saw you, there was something about you that kept me glued to you. I was too naïve back then to understand what you meant to me. I thought you were like every other teenage crush that I had, but apparently not. The day I first met you, 3rd October 2007, was the day I realized that dreams are not merely visions; they are meant to be lived. The next time we met in 2008, I realized how amazing it was to have believed that I would see you again. It was more special than the last time. When I met you in 2009, I was convinced enough about the element of lucky charms existing after you won that final match of the CLT20 and you were adjudged Man of the Match and series. When I met you last year, I figured that none of it was coincidence of sorts or sheer luck. It all has happened for a reason, for the greater good and to prove something to me. If you believe in what you want and have enough faith to carry on; you can turn the world around. You have turned my world around. Every year has been better than the earlier one. I will never give up on you, I hope you know that. I love you beyond my existence and beyond the comprehension of the common mind and I always will. You have given me more than one reason to live, more than one vision to see and most of all, taught me to believe! Thank you, love! Happy Valentines! :)
This is for you like I told you once earlier…
‘And I'd give up forever to touch you
'Cause I know that you feel me somehow
You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be
And I don't want to go home right now
And all I can taste is this moment
And all I can breathe is your life
'Cause sooner or later it's over
I just don't want to miss you tonight
And I don't want the world to see me
'Cause I don't think that they'd understand
When everything's made to be broken
I just want you to know who I am.’
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
It is said that, ties of childhood, last forever and it is so true. It was after 7 whole years that I actually met ‘all’ the people who were an imperative part of my upbringing – My paternal cousins. I remember looking forward to birthdays or festivals as a kid, where all of us would meet and celebrate together, all we needed back then as a family ‘unit’ was a REASON to come together. Those were most definitely the times that shaped me as a person. The joy that one gets from family ties, seldom one finds elsewhere. I have learnt love, tolerance, sharing and caring only from my family, in those years that molded me as a person.
A random thought struck one of us that we should meet and go on a ‘picnic’. Picnics were a customary affair in those times, where all we needed was a public holiday to plan and off we’d go! I remember doing the most fun things on those outings; we’d sing random classics, play games, crack stupid jokes and most importantly, spend quality time together. This was another of those days where all of us were back from work and I was talking to one of my cousins and she said we should all meet up again, like a reunion sorts. Sounded good to me. All I needed was a weekend off to get to Pune from here, hook up with the rest of the bunch and go ahead. What started as a random idea soon culminated into a concrete plan and there it was! Poof! We were going to
P.S – I actually told people it was ‘Khilme’ beach for some reason. :P
The night before was a sleepless one, as the excitement set in. I imagined things that we’d do etc. I’m really not surprised it didn’t work out the way I had anticipated, since it was even better. Sometimes you just underestimate the amount people have changed over the years but what you don’t realize is the feelings are still the same and that was exactly the case here. I didn’t really feel that we were meeting after such a long time. It almost was like; it was just yesterday that we had all met. There were no weird moments of silence and bla bla bla that happens at times when you’re meeting someone after so many years. It was all perfectly scripted, as perfectly as a movie, not. Movies are lame. :P
The best part of the trip was that all of us were on the same frequency; be it of madness, of humor, of mind-frame or of intellect. It was a perfect amalgamation of insanity and randomness! That is the perfect blend for us! I don’t think we’ve ever had so much fun together as we did on this trip since we’re all big enough to have different kind of fun when compared to what we did back then. It was a trip to remember for evermore.
What touched me the most was, the binding of human relations. Across distances larger than ever, they sustain, ceaselessly. The feeling of togetherness is the same as it was 10 years back! The feeling of being with ‘family’ was blissful. The presence of each and every one of the four who were on the trip with me, made heaps of a difference to me and without who this trip would not have been the same. Karuna to have given me a flashback, Indu to have been my partner in crime and shared my insanity, Sid for his songs, expressions and randomness and Pooj for her extremely random comments at perfect times! It would’ve been great having Meg, Yams and Sinu on the trip, but maybe some other time. I love all you guys and will forever! Beyond testing times lies the real strength of a relationship. I’m glad I have you guys! Will never let go off all the amazing times we've had, ever!
At the end of the day, Family is Family and there’s nothing in the world that can be a substitute, ever.