Foreword

There is neither a structure nor a texture to this blog. The subject matter can be anything and everything under the sky that I feel about at any given point that I happen to sit and blog rambling about everything in general. My thoughts and views are basically influenced by what I read, hear, gather, and ponder... if there is any copyright violation which I have not duly acknowledged, kindly let me know.

Ref: Chichkoo is what I lovingly call my daughter, kiddo my brother, amma and taatee my late maternal grandparents, and OA is the other adult in the family.

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Aug 23, 2007

Saying Thanks.. Good One

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." - Oprah Winfrey
Let's Make Today a Day of Thanks

Your Health

Next to life itself, health is the most important thing. Keeping your health, therefore, should be your most important goal. Examine what you are doing to maintain good health. Are you eating well? Sleeping enough? Getting sufficient exercise, socialization, and sun?

If you don't spend time trying to stay healthy, you can't complain if you wake up one day very sick.

Your Mental Well-Being

Happiness comes from two habits. First, you must spend a good deal of your time working on something you value. Second, you must avoid thinking about (and especially feeling sorry for) yourself.

Be honest. Do you really care about the work you are doing? Is it something you'd do anyway (and for free) even if you didn't have to work? Ask yourself: "Do I frequently find myself thinking about how tough my life is? How much easier things would be 'if only'?"

Depending on your answers, you may need to consider making big changes in the coming year.

Your Family and Friends

Life is endlessly ironic. The way friendship works is no exception.

Some people treat friendship like a seesaw, always looking to make sure both sides are equally weighted. But that's not how it works. You get more out of a personal relationship by putting more into it. So don't worry so much about getting your equal share. Focus, instead, on what you can give.

Your Financial Well-Being

The love of money is addictive and destructive. A sensible pursuit of wealth, on the other hand, is a necessary good. Wealth gives you the means to accomplish your goals, to take care of your needs, to support the people for whom you are responsible, and to make important life decisions with confidence and independence.

Your Personal Accomplishments

Make a list of the things you've done that you're proud of. Think about what you can do in the future. So long as you are alive, you have the capacity to create and to achieve.

Intelligence and Ingenuity

Even if you don't have the wealth you want or haven't accomplished all your life goals, be thankful that you have a sound mind and natural ingenuity. Use these gifts shrewdly and there will be no limit to what you can do.

The Things You (Really) Enjoy

We all want to like the better things in life (art, literature, fine wine, etc.) - but we have personal passions too. Even guilty pleasures. Sentimental music. Old shoes. Greasy food. Don't be embarrassed by them. Be grateful that you are able to enjoy them.

Most important..............

Be thankful for the freedom you have to think your thoughts, to feel your feelings, and to dream your dreams. There is no one else in the world exactly like you. You are a unique being - a wonderful cluster of energy that has never existed before and will never be again. Enjoy the greatness of your very particular, very special, very wonderful existence.

Aug 22, 2007

60 Full Years!!! Freedom To Me Means....



We have come a long way ahead since the day India was declared independent and in the same vein split into two. Thanks to the efforts of hundreds of thousands of fighters we enjoy the freedom that we have today and dare to dream and struggle to achieve them. Though not overtly patriotic, I take pride calling myself an Indian love everything about India. There are times when I criticize it for being prone to corruption, blind beliefs, etc., etc., but then I can do that and get away because my country allows me that freedom of speech and expression and that is what I call, my friends, true independence. Not being shot at for speaking something against it, not thrown into jails for no reason. Though there is rampant corruption, I can still make myself heard and make a difference if I commit myself to it. India is my home and when I crib about flaws in India, it is just like how I crib about the flaws in my bro or any other person I know.

I now know appreciate the freedom that my motherland provides me for being born in it more than ever when I see so many restrictions in what I do, say or want to do when away from it.

There is so much that I want to say, yet so much remains unsaid because I just cant focus myself.

Freedom for me means everything. I feel suffocated when someone wants me to do something because I am supposed to and not because I want to. I cant tolerate when I am pushed into a corner and ideas are imposed on me. If I value any onething more than my life, it is my freedom and my sense of being free. If I compromise on that, I am not being me. When I value my own freedom so much, I realize how important it is for us as a nation to be free. Hatsoff to all the soldiers out there giving us the life that we lead and I sincerly bow to all those unsung heroes who struggle so that we can lead our lives in peace.

Too Many Changes..

There has been so much to say and so much that I had been feeling over the past few days but just could not time or inclination to post anything.

Too many updates
Resigned my Indian office :(
Got my EAD and SSN :)
Improved Cooking :)
My best buddy Caps in US :))
Got a job in the US office :)
Tensed about the training starting on 27th. :(

I feel free and am looking forward to the day my training starts.. just hope things go good and I regain my confidence and perform well.. Amma, I need your blessings.

Away from the job, I realized its importance and what it means to me in particular. For me, it is a sense of liberation and freedom not that I lack it now, but the job security is something else altogether.

Remind me all my 8-month struggle if and when I crib about being overworked.

In The Moment...

Living in the moment.. Is it possible as a grownup??? I am beginning to realize.. NOPE!!!

Why are there grudges hanging around, egos looming larger than individuals, hypocrisy reigning the life. Why are people so concerned about a dead person and rituals thereafter when one does not even bother to enquire about the well being when alive. Strange world and stranger customs.

It so happy to see the kids living a hassle-free life not having to bother about anything, I so long to be one. I guess living with childlike innocence is just not possible with so many people questioning the motives with their own fears and feelings and rubbing them on others. I pray the people get freedom from finding happiness by inflicting their opinions on others, transferring their fears and their own malicious motives as other unsuspecting individuals. Sigh! will average person ever change.. nope I need to change myself to steel myself from being affected.

Aug 19, 2007

There Goes...

Me and the OH religiously follow Indian Idol-3. Both of us wait eagerly refreshing the website for new episodes to be posted. I was hoping for a girl to be in top 3 at least. Twice so far, it had been the guys ruling in the contest and actually speaking in the contestants left, I wish Emon wins the title and deservingly so.

With Charu, Deepali, and Finally Puja being voted out, I dont see Ankita hanging out for much longer. No offense to her talent but if music is taken into consideration and not just the performance, she should have been out quite a few episodes ago. She is sure a terrific performer but the rest of them, I feel, with my limited knowledge, sing a lot more melodiously..

Anyways, since I dont vote, I cant blame those who do and vote out the deserving ones.. but just pray Emon hits the bullseye.

Aug 9, 2007

Aug 7, 2007

Weird..

I can make the wierdest possible associations on people's looks. Today I was watching Koffee with Karan with Himesh Reshammiya and that suddenly reminded me of Rakhi Sawant. I mean I dont know why but I felt like they were long separated bro and sis from Kumbh mela. I know fans of either person would kill me for that comparision but I just couldnt help it. Sometimes, the looks dont match, they are not from the same field but still I find similarities between two people.. sigh!!!!

Aug 5, 2007

Deep Blue Sea...

For the past few days, I had been at the bottom of the deep blue sea ;)... blues, that is the worst phase in life.. nothing seems right, everything seems wrong.. listless, spiritless, and mostly felt like lifeless. Reason?????? My overactive hormones I guess :).. well, that is the easiest blamable target 'cos it is so true that no external factors can bother you unless you let them affect you and these days I seem to be extremely vulnerable.

PS:
For clarity sake, the hormones mentioned here are the general estrogen stuff, nothing else.

Aug 2, 2007

Guppedanta Manasu... (fistful of heart)

I love this expression and so true it is.. our heart is just the size that can be easily held in the fist but still it can hold stuff that can fill oceans. Every problem, whatever it is, how much ever big or small, I think it is there in the mind and the biggest power is to have it in control.

Ee guppedu manasuni mana adheenamlo pettukuntey prapanchanni jayinchinattey.

For Evil Eyes on LO