Thursday, July 7, 2016

Life as we know it

When I was young, I used to think what will happen to all of us after these many years, how will the life turn out to be and various other questions. Life as people say is unpredictable but still people like predicting, may be that's fun. Sometimes you are right and sometimes you are wrong.

There used to be a question which every teacher, relative and family friends used to ask me... what will you like to be when you grow up ?

I used to have few different answers. Depending on the people and mood I am in, I used to give the answers. I think cricketer and astronomer were the two prominent choices. These two choices even have their backgrounds. The main thing was that I used to feel that we can be anything and that is the child like quality which I think we must possess.

I used to feel, if I will put my mind on some work then I will.definitely succeed. Further, my mother is a really inspiring woman who has been a fighter in her life. She used to tell me one thing always that if people can do it then you can do it. It can be done and you can do it.

After some years while I was still growing up, the people around me changed. I think the world is like that only. People became judgemental. Everything that you will say was measured with what you are doing. The end result is you become circumspect. You grow up and you stop sharing what is in your heart. You start talking as the world talks and do as the world do.

In that part of my growing up journey, I feel I was completely lost. I was hardly aware where I was going. In life change is inevitable. I was waiting for a change to come to my life.

There were many changes that came to my life. It swept me off my feet, blew me everywhere and I hardly had any idea where it was taking me. The only think was I that I was travelling and travelling really fast. I covered lots of places in this phase of my life. Lots of learning that happened in this place.

Still the peace eluded me. Till the day I finally found the answer for the question which I was asked in my childhood...what will you like to be when you grow up ?

I wanted to be happy. I wanted to be at peace. I decided that from this day onwards I will try to remove every negative thing from my life, everything that doesn't help me grow and everything that makes me sad. I decided from this day nobody will be in a position to put me down, to make me feel bad, to stop me from growing and who will not let me be happy and peaceful. I decided that I will follow it whosoever had it may be but I will never let myself reach the situations and places which I have left behind.

The good thing is I have seen life...the good, the bad and the times which people don't want even their enemies to see. I understand life and could tell where things will go. With this I come to full circle in my life where in childhood I used to wonder why people predict but it is hardly predicting. It is kind of a wisdom that tells you a probable outcome of the situations.

Now I feel I am ready for more journeys in my life.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

As the boy sleep

The sunlight was entering the room through a small window. The boy who was sleeping in his bed turned his face around so that the light doesn't disturb his sleep. He was really tired after an eventful week with his friends and family. He wished he could just sleep some more time...

He turned around and this time the sunlight was brighter. He could understand that the day has long begun and he would be late if he doesn't wake up now...

He woke up with a headache, the reason for which he could hardly remember. He stood up and saw empty liquor bottles lying in front of the mirror. He went there to put them aside. He stood infront of the mirror to see himself... just to find a grown up man staring back at him from the mirror.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Journey to my favorite destination

We all have the favorite place where we all want to travel again and again. The place which enriches us. the place which feels new every single time, we visit it.
For me Haridwar is that place.

Travelling to Haridwar is itself a wonderful experience. I like travelling by road as it is not that far from Delhi and the whole journey from Delhi to haridwar is a scenic one which every traveler must experience.

There are buses available but I prefer booking a cab for the travel. It provides better flexibility and comfort while travelling. You can stop at any Dhaba you like and you can take a detour when the roads are filled with traffic.

The journey starts from Delhi and then it has two parts. Travelling in Uttar pradesha and then travelling in Uttarakhand. When you enter Uttarakhand the whole atmosphere changes. The air quality improves a lot. For a person living in Delhi this is a luxury.

Our journey started early in the morning and we tried to cover as much distance as we can during the morning hours as there is less traffic available. We tried to cross Meerut in the first few hours so that we could avoid the traffic. After that we stopped at a food joint for some refreshment.

Some towns you would pass are Meerut, Muzaffarnagar and Roorkee. They have there own flavours and you can stop for sometime to eat in the local dhabas to have the best foods they offer.I took the last journey with my family and stopped at every single city.

When we reached Muzaffarnagar, we stopped at the subway restaurant for some food and water. This resturant falls on the road itself and is visited by the tourists only who are travelling from one place to another. We saw many families like us who were also in their weekend trip. If you want you can also take Domestic Airlines to reach your destination.

In our last journey when we reached haridwar, it was already late hence we quickly reached Mansa devi mandir which we always visit when we go to haridwar. The ropeway is a wonderful experience which we all must try. We always  use the ropeway and the last journey was no different. Ropeway gives a 360 degree view of the town. You can see the far off mountains and the beautiful river ganga flowing freely.

After reaching the top of the mountain where the Mansa devi mandir is situated we had to wait for some time as there was a long queue. Then after half an hour we visited the Divine temple of Mata Mansa devi. It always gives you a peaceful and calm experience.

After visiting Mansa devi, we went to the nearby Ghat, where we enjoyed the sunset. The river is deep there and hence chains are put in. We must hold the chains when we are taking a dip. I always take a dip in that holy water. 

After that we visited the nearby market and did some shopping. We bought some show pieces as well. Then we went to a restaurant for having a heavy dinner. After the dinner it was our time to head back and boarded our four wheeler. There are many Airlines available also if you want to take flights to reach home.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Medical illustrations which you always wanted

I have an engineering background and I can very well understand the hard work which we had to put to get "Sheets" or Illustrations ready. While we just worked on lines and angles the medical students used to study some really detailed illustrations. My brother and few of my closest friends studies medical science hence I could easily understand their problem.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Book Review : Guy on the Sidewalk - A Novel

                                                     Book         : Guy on the Sidewalk - A Novel
                                                     Author     :  Bharath Krishna
                                                     Publisher : CinnamonTeal Publishing
                                                     Pages        : 315
                                                     Price         : INR 399

Author Background - Bharath's resume reads like a kaleidoscope of sorts - a bachelor's degree in agriculture, double master's degree in management, and years of professional experience in marketing, teaching and IT in India and the United States. 

Blurb  - Who am I, where do I belong and what am I meant for in this short life in this big world?

For Jay, life was a series of defensive detours until he gathered the strength to listen to his inner voice with honesty and decided to take life head on with fearlessness. Making the move from India to America was momentous. He sought to make something of himself, however, his yearning to live in his country and among his people never ceased to bother him. Over six years, despite the luxury of opportunities in the United States, he wondered, is this all there is? He left home to create a better life, but he could have never imagined that though his better life might be found in America, his best life might just be at home, in India

Review - The name of the novel intrigues you and that is the reason I was really interested in going through this book. The author is a blogger also hence I felt it must be better than most of the books that are published these days. Bloggers, most of them, understand the concept of writing for an audience hence when they write a book, you are assured that the basics would be right.

The writing in the book is really crisp and you can easily move from one page to another or from one chapter to another. I won't say it grips you but I would use the 'flow' to describe it, it has a flow and you can move with the flow of story. 

As the author himself has said this story is neither an inspiration nor a tragedy, neither a success nor a failure, neither a drams nor a comedy. This is just his story - as it happened. It was like a puzzle to me, I was feeling good about the book but I was not able to describe it. 

The book is not like something which will hit you straight away but it stay in your mind. The book can be best described as a comparative study of the societies and relationships. It is not just how the author sees the world and what he understands but he continuously compares his own thoughts with the people around him. Sometimes he would take a general perception of a thing and then he would compare it with what people are actually thinking. On surface, people will only see that this is just a NRI comparing US and India but as you study you understand the commentary done by the author on the smallest and weirdest of the topics.

Some lines which I really loved - 

"God didn't listen to my prayers to bless me with a seat next to a young Indian woman. I definitely wouldn't have got bored with her fake American show off. Instead, God gave me the opposite - an old Indian man. The only thing common between what I asked for and what I got was "Indian" and needless to say that I was experiencing it." Page 39

"No I am not stopping my studies. At the same time, I don't want to hop from one degree to another without a purpose. I don't think these degrees are adding any value to me, or I should say they are not motivating enough for me to put in serious efforts. Either I should have complete dedication to what I am doing, like you, or just quit and look for something I really like" Page 55

"I am sorry, sir. We need some id proof," she said hesitantly. "Will my passport work?" "Yeah, sure." "But I don't have it right now. I'll take the membership in my next visit." 

"Do you want to still get the book, sir?"
"Yes." I was in a hurry to start my new book, though I hadn't completed the one I was already reading. "Thank you, sir. See you again," the girl said, with a big smile.

She was so cordial that any guy listening to her in India would have misconceived that she had fallen in love with him and really wanted to see him again and again. Page 126

The drawbacks in this book lies in the fact that the book goes at a flat pace till the end. To get a mass appeal one needs to make it more gripping. I personally felt that characters could be sketched more better. These are some minute but important things the author should take into account.

Verdict - The book is a good read, writing is crisp. It will definitely leave you with lots of things to think about as it enlightens you with so many perceptions and thoughts which are prevalent in our society. 

Rating - 4 / 5 Stars

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