Monday, September 22

When it feel its the true ME !!!

  • Spending time with Family
  • Laughing heart out with friends.
  • Looking at pics in my album
  • Watching TV while sleeping on couch/sofa.
  • Sketching.
  • Munching on Chocolates... no wafers just pure chocolate, the dark ones, lint or bournville kind.
  • Clicking pics.... though am still a amateur.
  • Wearing a Saari and looking good ^_^.
  • Playing pranks.
  • Planning for Trips.
  • On trips with Family / Friends.
  • Get-together.
  • Walking leisurely in the evening or in a good weather.
  • Cooking for myself and for people I care.
  • Trying out recipes.
  • Singing loud in bathroom with tap on.
  • Getting drenched in heavy rain .
  • Bullying my sis.
  • Bullying Swati, Preeti and Samy too.
  • Thinking about dresses and designs while looking at a piece of cloth.
  • Riding Cycle.
  • Decorating vases with flowers.
  • Riding my scooty .
  • Walking bare foot on cold sand near sea shore.
  • Watching construction work at site.
  • Making Rangoli / Alpana.
  • Sleeping in mom's lap.
  • Buying earrings and trying them.
  • Wearing bangles (after doing a mix and match).
  • Seeing fireworks.
  • Seeing my own reflection in the mirror.
  • Setting off crackers.
  • Playing Holi with friends and family.
  • Finding Traces of colour near eyebrows, ears and elbows even after few days of Holi.
  • Reading a book.
  • A mehandi design on my palms.
  • Seeing a peacock dance.
  • Watching dark black clouds floating across the sky.
  • Reading my own blog; older posts and comments posted by readers.
  • Watching a movie alone.
  • Watching CN , tom and jerry and disnep toons preferably.
  • Thinking of 'a small wooden cottage on the foothills of a mountain and watching the b'ful snow capped ranges'.
  • The smell of earth after the first rain.
  • The colour of red wine, its aroma and taste on by taste buds.

(will keep on adding to it)

Value of Money $$$

Yesterday while walking back home I was on call with my Mother and she narrated me an incident from my childhood which i also do remember with every detail.

' It was my first year in school and it was 14th Nov 1988 Children's Day....
I told my parents that i wont be taking school bag and books for the day, wont wear the uniform and wont take lunch box even... as it was told to us by our class teacher... and i need money as we would have some stalls (what stalls even i didnt knew then) ....
but my parents were not aware of it (i being their first kid to go school) and my teacher had not made any note in my diary for my parents to take care of ..... they didnt get time to confirm even as i didnt tell them the evening before but told the very day before getting ready for school(phone not being very common those days)
so they packed my bag and lunch box , made me wear my uniform and thought i was too young to be given money for anything .....
so off i went to school....
and when i was back early than usual .... i told my parents what happened as a part of celebration , described the stalls with food and goods .... and just added one statement "You didnt give me money..."
i dont remember if i had cried that day or i didnt.... mom says i didnt....
but after that day i was given a pocket money of Rs 2/- a week....
and till day i can remember how it felt to have Rs 2/- in your pocket or school bag...
and what not can a kid buy with that......
toffees.... so many varieties.... orange candies to kisme to sweetended sounf ke dane....
BABA ke paas se Karmanga... Amrud.... Ber.... Kacche Aam... Borkut.... Aamkut... AamSadha/AamPapad....Chatpat.... (students of K V SBP of my age age group can never forget BABA)
In summers .... Cool Candy Bars and Kulfi......
All time favorite AlooMudi (a teekha version of Bhelpuri famous in Orissa) and AlooBadam..... ranging from 50 paise to Rs 2.00 per plate depending upon the amount you want....
School canteen ka CreamRoll and Boiled Egg.....
I was so happy with my Rs 2/- every week....'

And now exactly after 20 years from then..... I have been working for 3 years, associated myself with two big names in IT, earning a good sum to comfortably manage my living.....
But when i think or when am made to think of my expenses, my spendthreft nature.....i still can bet i was more happy when i used to get Rs 2/- then i am today....
time and again i feel it but i have no answer to the question ' Has the Value of Money Increased or it has Decreased ??? '

Gone With The Wind !!!

How many things just go with the time, the time which comes sweeps away these events ....

The American Civil War happened.... 600000 people died and suffered for one cause...
After the civil war the darkies / niggers ( african - american slaves of the white ) were given the right to Vote for their country , slavery was abolished , it was made a punishable crime... and then the people had fought against it.....
and today they hav fought for it... voted one african american as their President......

Monday, September 8

Heaven and Hell !!!

(A forward in mail....thanks to IT ^_^ ..... but its worth reading..... )

A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, 'Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.'

The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the holy man's mouth water. The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful. But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths.The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said, 'You have seen Hell.'

They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one.There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man's mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.

The holy man said, 'I don't understand.
'It is simple,' said the Lord. 'It requires but one skill. You see they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves.'

Friday, September 5

Happy Teacher's Day !!!

Guru Bramha Guru Vishnu
Guru Devo Maheshwara !
Guru Sakshyat Param Bramha
Tasmaishree Guruve Namah !!

I had learnt these lines by heart when I used to go for my dance classes when I was a kid....
But the real meaning of these lines I have felt when I met some wonderful people in my life...

This post i would like to dedicate to all my teachers , who have made an impact in my life and have helped me shaping my destiny.

Mom Dad
my first teachers....taught me taking my initial steps.. guided me when i stumbled... protected me when needed....i have learned the basics "A B C D..." to the important lessons of practical life from them....

Munu Nana
She is my aunt..a teacher by profession now... but was my teacher when she herself was a student..a teacher with immense patience....who helped me gain confidence in subjects which i used to fear the most....

Patra Sir
He was my Maths teacher...a subject which i had always loved ....he has made me trust in myself... when i had a doubt in myself and my capabilities he was the one who stood by me sometimes with a smile sometimes with a frown but had never left my side till i regained my confidence....He has taught me to give a try to any problem ( not just maths problem but the problem one faces in practicality) before saying NO I CANT DO IT and I AM NOT CAPABLE....

Bhagat Sir
He was my Hindi teacher during my class Xth board exams preps....a down to earth guy and An amazing painter.......a child in his 50...has taught me not only the subject Hindi but also taught to have faith on self...Always taught to pursue your dreams and never to quit on things one really loves....

Ambika Madam and Bacchan Sir
I cant take their names separately....An amazing couple...My English teachers for Xth and XIIth...Who have actually accustomed themselves according to my Mood swings(can u believe that.. but ya that's true)....I had always looked up to them for any trouble in my student life and they had never let me down...I not only learned English..but learned to love the self and our loved ones.. respect, dedication and determination...

These are few people whom I have not only admired as teachers but first of all have loved them for what they are...Such nice human beings deserve a lot good in life....I owe them all for what I am today for what I have achieved today...for the faith, trust, beliefs......I salute you all for being the building blocks of my life.

The Image Of Ganesha And Its Meaning !!!

Author - Kishore Asthana
An elephant’s trunk has the strength to uproot a tree as well as the finesse to pick up a needle. Ganesha’s trunk symbolises the fact that the wise person has both immense strength and fine discrimination.

Ganesha has large ears. The wise person hears all.

He has four hands. In one hand he holds a lotus, the symbol of enlightenment. In the other hand he holds a hatchet. That is, the old karma — all your sanskars, the accumulated good and bad of past deeds — get cut when enlightenment comes. The third hand holds laddus, the round sweet-meats. They are the rewards of a wise life. Ganesha is never shown eating the laddus. The wise man never partakes of the rewards of his deeds. He is not attached to them. The fourth hand is shown blessing the people. The wise man wishes the best for everyone.

Ganesha has only one tusk; the other is shown broken. There is an interesting story as to how Ganesh happened to get an elephant’s head and how one tusk got broken. The symbolism of the broken tusk is that the wise person is beyond duality. We tend to think that we end when our bodies end in the material world. We are the first person. All else is different. This duality is created by the mind which creates the ego to help us survive in this world. This ‘me-other’ duality is the screen keeping us from realising our real Self, which is beyond body and mind. Once we transcend this duality, we see the entire Universe as a single whole and we become aware of our true Selves. The single tusk of Ganesha symbolises this non-duality. Wisdom allows us to see all as one and ourselves an integral part of the whole.

Ganesha is shown sitting with one foot on the ground and the other resting on his knee, above the ground. The wise person is of this earth, yet not entirely of this earth.

Ganesha is shown seated on a rat. The reason for saying that Ganesha ‘rides’ on the rat is that the rat is among the greediest of all animals. It will keep nibbling at whatever is available, eating everything it can. Scientifically, too, the rat’s teeth keep growing and it has to keep chewing on something to keep these within limits. The rat is a symbol of our senses, which are never satisfied. They crave new experiences, new tastes. Left uncontrolled, they keep growing forever. The wise person rides on his senses. He keeps them under control. Ganesha is often shown seated in front of a tray of sweets. In these images the rat is shown sitting in front of Ganesha, perhaps a bit to one side, looking up at him. The senses of the wise person are under his control and the rat dare not eat the sweets without the permission of Ganesha.

Ganesha is the son of Shiva and Parvati, the God governing the life-force and the earthmother. This symbolises the spirit and body of the wise person. Finally, the wise person has the dignity of an elephant.

When we say “Aum Ganeshaya Namah” before starting anything what we are saying is that “In what we are about to do, let wisdom be our guide”. In a sense, Ganesha is our most powerful god, and he is usually remembered before starting any rituals for other deities.

courtesy :

Times of India - Speaking Tree 03-09-2008