Monday, June 28, 2010

The post birthday phase

Whoever said growing a year older meant doomsday? In fact, progression with each stage means an opening of a whole new world altogether. It means reflecting on your past experiences with feelings of nostalgia and a wistful smile, gearing up for newer experiences that life has to offer. It even gets better just like a bottle of wine.

Every year sure does signify the ability to know yourself even better, come to terms with who you are and what you want out of life. It means more surety, more confidence and a certain amount of grace that adorns your persona like a piece of velvet clothing. That symbolizes a certain amount of soul searching that one tends to do and needs to stay in tune with your inner self. So here is the million dollar question: Who am I?

5 Years ago, my answer would have been that of an impish 24 year old who had hardly seen the world. However today I can proudly say, I am someone born to make the most out of life. I am someone born to bring about a difference in other peoples' lives. I am someone who wants to continue this journey called life with immense zest and passion. I am someone who would always live life with a 'never say die attitude'.

Which means, continuing my counselling with a drive like never before, publish articles to share travel write ups and book reviews with the world. I’m planning on more trekking and scuba diving excursions and work even harder on my fitness levels. So here I am, looking forward to a whole new year ahead. And the journey's just begun.


Monday, June 21, 2010

Conversation with God

A transcript I received has some useful reminders & insights

God: Hello. Did you call me?

Me : Called you? No.
Who is this?

God: This is GOD.
I heard your prayers.
So I thought I will chat.

Me: I do pray.
Just makes me feel good.
I am actually busy now.
I am in the midst of something.

God: What are you busy at?
Ants are busy too.

Me: Don't know, but I can't find free time.
Life has become like rush hour all the time.

God: Sure.
Activity gets you busy.
But productivity gets you results.
Activity consumes time.
Productivity frees it.

Me:I understand, but I still can't figure out.
By the way, I was not expecting YOU would call.

God: Well, I wanted to resolve your fight for time.
Give you some clarity.

Me: Tell me, why has life become complicated now?

God: Stop analyzing life. Just lives it.
Analysis is what makes it complicated.

Me: Why are we then constantly unhappy?

God: Your today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday.
You are worrying because you are analyzing.
Worrying has become your habit.
That's why you are not happy.

Me: But how can we not worry when there is so much uncertainty?

God: Uncertainty is inevitable, but worrying is optional.

Me: But then, there is so much pain due to uncertainty...

God: Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.

Me: If suffering is optional, why do good people always suffer?

God: Diamonds cannot be polished without friction.
Gold cannot be purified without fire.
Good people go through trials, but don't suffer.
With that experience their life becomes better,
not bitter.

Me: You mean to say such experience is useful?

God; Yes.
In every term, Experience is a hard teacher.
She gives the test first and the lessons afterwards.

Me: But still, why should we go through such tests?
Why can't we be free from problems?

God: Problems are
P urposeful
R oadblocks
O ffering
B eneficial
L essons to
E nhance
M ental
S trength.

Inner strength comes from struggle and endurance,
not when you are free from problems.

Me: Frankly in the midst of so many problems,
we don't know where we are heading...

God: If you look outside you will not know where you are heading.
Look inside.
Looking outside, you dream.
Looking inside, you awaken.
Eyes provide sight.
Heart provides insight.

Me: Sometimes not succeeding fast seems to
hurt more than moving in the right direction.
What should I do?

God: Success is a measure as decided by others.
Satisfaction is a measure as decided by you.
Knowing the road ahead is more satisfying
than knowing you rode ahead.
You work with the compass.
Let others work with the clock.

Me: In tough times, how do you stay motivated?

God: Always look at how far you have come rather
than how far you have to go.
Always count your blessings,
not what you are missing.

Me: What surprises you about people?

God: When they suffer they ask, "why me?"
When they prosper, they never ask "Why me?"
Everyone wishes to have truth on their side,
but few want to be on the side of the truth.

Me: Sometimes I ask, who I am, why am I here.
I can't get the answer.

God: Seek not to find who you are,
but to determine who you want to be.
Stop looking for a purpose as to why you are here.
Create it.
Life is not a process of discovery,
but a process of creation.

Me: How can I get the best out of life?

God: Face your past without regret.
Handle your present with confidence.
Prepare for the future without fear.

Me: One last question.
Sometimes I feel my prayers are not answered.

God: There are no unanswered prayers.
At times the answer is NO.

Me: Thank you for this wonderful chat.
I am so happy to start the New Day
with a new sense of inspiration.

God: Well.
Keep the faith and drop the fear.
Don't believe your doubts and doubt your beliefs.
Life is a mystery to solve, not a problem to resolve.
Trust me.
Life is wonderful if you know how to live.



Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Wonder called Gonzalo Higuain

A slow and steady start is what eventually gives way to an explosion. It was a rather stale beginning for an otherwise an impressive team like Argentina against Nigeria of a 1-0 score. It seemed there was smoke yet no fire as they managed to just scrape through a meek win.

However their second game against South Korea proved the world that they were on the way to become the hot favourites in this tournament. Coach Maradona had more than a reason to be beaming with pride. History takes one back to the 1986 opening game in Mexico where they faced the same team with Huh (present coach of Korea) sent to stop Maradona. The latter faced an injury which seemed to have been imprinted in his memory, going to an extent of accusing his rivals of having played taekwondo. However this powerful win against the opponent team emphasised a sweet revenge against his old foe whom he finally seems to have settled scores with.

The star of the evening Gonzalo Higuain did do his team proud with a massive hat trick as he shone among the star players as the next man to watch out for. While the world is still 'Messi'merised, players like Heinze and Higuain are not far behind before they manage to cast their spell over the swooning audience across the globe. Will Argentina go on to win the world cup? Will they manage to break the barriers of the favourite teams like Spain, Brazil and England? Will Maradona slam his critics in the form of Pele and Michael Platini? Time will tell.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Back into the world of words

They say breaks are rejuvenating!! It sure does feel good to be back after a two month hiatus. The last couple of months have been pretty eventful. Travelled to Egypt and had quite an educational and adventurous trip. After which the IPL tournament got me hooked on being the cricket buff that I am. Being a staunch supporter of Mumbai Indians propelled me to go to every game of them and enjoy the stadium atmosphere. They played really well and it was disappointing to watch them lose in the finals.

After which the Mumbai heat took a toll on me making it impossible to even think, leave alone write about something. Now that the monsoons are here, the weather has finally bestowed its kindness upon us. It feels like a station out here and my School has started. So its back to work again. Also I had visited this Tiger reserve last weekend called Tadoba which is in Chandrapur district in Maharashtra. It was a wonderful experience spotting a tiger.

So have a lot of travel write ups to work on. Looking forward to a busy time for the rest of the year. And I'll be blogging regularly from now on.