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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Have we forgotten to SMILE!

I got up from my office desk with a mild throbbing and mind juggling to find the fix for the defect I was working on ..... Muttering to myself , lines on my forehead, avoiding eye contacts with passer by colleagues , I dodged my way to the washroom pretending to check the endless and meaningless FB newsfeed.....and ofcourse occasionally sighing to a distant acquaintance's exotic holiday pictures ! Ugh ...Sigh !!!!
 Social media  is entering into our lives with a small pouch of depression hidden under its sleeve....Under the pretense of connecting with the lost forgotten contacts ( whom we would never have struggled to dial in or email or stay in touch otherwise coz we simply do not care !), it is giving us a paradigm to judge ourselves on the popularity scale, to induce jealousy and frustration slowly and steadily (oh ...She got a promotion/ What an exotic location he is holidaying in / how pretty her dress is/how much fun they seem to be having in the deliberate crazy poses they are giving for FB/ she has such a nice pout :P/ how many selfies they are posting ) among other things ..... I am not against social networking at all, but I really feel we should start a Look Up campaign (that would spread like wild fire through social networking ...#LookUp...Irony :D)
Anyways, so while I myself was a victim of this Internet, I obligingly bowed and exhibiting great typing speed like a pro was replying and reading my whatsapp chats. During all this, our washroom cleaning lady whom I regularly spot 3-4 times a day was seeing me and as soon as I looked up .... She gave me a flashing smile and a dazzling display of enamel I have seen in a long time. I was just so ashamed of myself at that moment.... I had a chit chat with her for a while genuinely interested in her work schedule and was wondering how she has managed to stay so happy and delightful with a task ppl would usually dread and find lowly ... She actually came like an intervention in my life .....like holding my hand and saying ...stop living your life through other ppl's updates and forwarded chats .... Look Up and Smile !!! You never know who is passing by and with whom you might share a short and special smiley camaraderie.....Life is too short to be lived bowed down and romance with an electronic device .....
#Lookup and #Smile .... call the people you really want to stay in touch and be personal ...... ignite a romance with living beings for a while and notice the difference....

Monday, December 29, 2014

A New Beginning - 2015

Another year gone by! Another leaf turned over.....this one was supposed to be special owing to the fact that it was the first year of marriage... novel and revitalizing and a phase of self- discovery. I have had a very blissful year when you come to think of it. No hassles with the already known husband (then boyfriend) ...... of course a few fights, arguments and disagreements did pop out here and there...but as they say its being going well :).
You rather get addicted to the company and safe haven of your partner.In my case, I got totally dependent on him seeking him for every problem, waiting to turn over his magic wand and fix all the troubles away and criticize and nag him if he behaved any bit strand of human by failing least.  I lost my independence, control over myself in return of life long beautiful companionship. The odds are high. I'm unable to decide which one is better though my heart wishes for both. I believe its possible as well. I'm just struggling with the recipe for the perfect balance.
Another important aspect that comes along are the complicated level of social relationships. Its like getting lost in the whirlpool. In my case it was at 2 cosmic levels. Different Indian states, different Community, different perspectives !  I guess marriage would serve very well for the practical internship of Psychological students :)
People have started suggesting the idea of turning into 3 at 1, which I think is quite amusing and exploits the personal aspirations of the people at stake. I am flabbergasted at my own reactions. I feel there is still lot to explore, achieve, unwind and satisfy the creative soul though to confess I've done absolutely nothing in that direction yet. These fits of self remediation occur every 2-3 months to remind me of my individualistic goal.
So as part of New beginning, strategically placed at the end of the calender year, I wish for creative freedom and soul search and professional satisfaction. The strength of my loving partner is the eminent source of food for me.  I hope I'm able to provide support for his aspirations as well.
This year is dedicated to all the crazy things that I can do while still happily and thankfully bound..... an attempt at professional photography or creative writing or endless travels or learning to be happy without any reason.I insist every one reading this must do some soul searching. Its not customary to be proactive about this only at a new year start ( though it gives some sort of inspiring feeling at the boulevard of time and space). Life happens when you start living it!

P.S. : On  re-reading, I wonder if it may sound a highly critical note on marriage by a depressed person. But I want to assure that is not the case :). It might sound like that at first but to connect on a deeper level its an insight to the mind of a newly wed. Ah ! forget it.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Book Review : God is a Gamer

It happens once in a while when you come across a book which is simply written, adequately edited and offers pure pleasure of a new story line! When I received the book from Blog Adda, the first page of the book signed by the author brought a smile to my face with  a"Stay Awesome" personalized by a smiley ! I was genuinely pleased with the author's sweet gesture. Thank you Mr. Ravi Subramanian. :)



The book is a refreshing story in 'Mystery/Thriller" genre. The most striking feature of the novel is the style of writing. It is very crisp and straight forward with basic English vocabulary usage. The author has spared the reader from complicated long paragraphs with excruciating details of each characters and sometimes irrelevant information of the surroundings, history, banal things in and around . The author has made sure that the reader gets a story and that's what it is in the book with no exceptions ! I would suggest this one to all the new and aspiring readers.
Another great thing about the book is that it is divided into numerous small chapters , each one extending not more than 2-3 pages long which adds to its simplicity/brevity of the subject.

The story has many protagonists over majorly 2 different countries and expanding over several months in the timeline. The author has managed to grip the attention perfectly and it is really hard to keep the book down once you get engrossed. Regularly, the writer's tactic is to keep going back and forth multiple cities and switch between various characters and sub plots of the story spread across each subsequent chapters. This ensures that the reader entails and tries to connect the dots of the story in his own mind and eventually keep him hooked for more such dots. I would give full credits to the author of having edited the story in such a fashion. The story line is very well crafted with financial backdrop along with gaming and internet/social media/networking web that are beautifully interspersed. Briefly, the novel caters to the youth readers who can connect and are interested in the latest technological advancement happening around the world.

Spoiler Alert !!! The next paragraph might spoil the ending for the yet to read group. Everyone expects a justified ending with all the culprits identified and served :P. But this one offers a twisted end laced with melodrama and the person behind the heist is as free as a bird. Additionally, the author has also tried a moral justification to back the ending and provide an angle of sympathy to the protagonist. I feel the ending has been served correctly per the context and notion of the entire story giving it a believable and humane touch.

All in all, it is a very gripping read not to be missed especially for those who are into a tight script and novel implementation !

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Quirky Ways of Mumbai

Idea has been playing in my mind for quite a while...

1. I walk past by neatly lined up people of different ages and professions at sweaty and small BEST bus stops. The youngest member of the Bus hopping clan is at the top of the line if he is the first passenger and eager to depart to his destination.The oldest member might be the last one to be trodden in the line if he is too late.  I arrive at the local stations with bustling energies of people from all walks of life. Before the train comes to a screeching halt, humans are divided into 2 sects. The one waiting to get out and the ones trying to get in ! And this battle of life every local has the fortune to witness. Usually the to be departed crowd outperform the to be arrived human race.  People push, swear, tear clothes and shout almost patriotic slogans to encourage their side of people who are in the front! Such discord can exists only in Mumbai in perfect harmony.

2. I stroll on the pathways of shopping alleys in Mumbai, hill road, fashion streets or anywhere near any station, I hear "puch,pch,pch.." lucid sounds on and off. I look back and discover that's how mumbai Janta are called by Mumbai Janta on the streets and among the public. Fascinating!

3. I stand on the alley between the seats inside the local where 80 % of the population stand while travelling. A very beautiful, suave and modern looking young girl , eyes peeping behind the expensive Rayban and the right hand holding the elegant looking purse with posh. Another girl standing in front of me , at the other side of the alley, in brightly clad salwar kameez and face hidden by a scarf embossing prints most commonly available on fashion street. Both these exotic lasses shopping for various girly items like hair bands, earrings etc with the local vendor. Another one from the inside of the locals!

4. I see young/middle aged couples on the smelly and black slimy rocks at Bandstand establishing their cocoons over the expanse of the sea view must be best seen from the walled courtyards and balcony of the famous Bollywood actor. Each one imitating the young and vivacious "Khullam Khulla pyaar karenge" epic act by Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh. Marine drive, Worli Sea face and new developed sea view before the worli sea link are also getting popular among the love bugged ppl desperate for intimate scenes in wide public view. Reliving the Bollywood romance on the streets of Mumbai!

I m still exploring the city and I assure myself to be adjusted to these antiques with ease and little time. :)