Thursday, 29 August 2013

One more off the Bucketlist :)

Dear Blogdosts,

I was in a theatre all alone watching 'Once Upon a time in Mumbai Doobara'. I had asked for a corner seat and preferably a bottom row.At the end of the row were two college going girls who couldn't take their eyes off in disbelief seeing me all-alone. At first they thought probably some friend/bf would be joining me as the seats next to me were empty.

Oh yes! This has been on my bucketlist since quite sometime. I had to persuade my mom so much to allow me to do this. She was taken by huge surprise seeing me so excited to watch a movie alone. Oh yeah! That's me :)

Next on my huge simple, silly yet my precious Bucket list is a trek to Himalayas coming Summer :) Woohoo!!!


Monday, 19 August 2013

Happy World Photography Day !!!

"Today everything exists to end in a photograph" - Susan Sontag

Photography have moved from being an occasional ceremony to a routine. Photos have flipped from being a part of home albums to filling social media pages. And the "likes and flaunt" have substituted the "memory capture" reason of photography. 

Still for much good I can see, these days capturing moments have become an integral part of all lives. Thanks to the social media and its daunting addiction. It's said, the photo is just as good as the person behind it. And equally true is the fact that usually people are lost in appreciating people/content of the photo. And the person behind the lenses go unnoticed. So here's wishing A very happy world photography day to all the amazing photographers out there - Amateur, Pro or professional :) 

Though my love for photography is still in the budding stage, I find this good enough reason to share few of my clicks on this day with my blogdosts :)

A 'still' of moving life !!!

The dense spread !!!

Twists  'N'  Turns

Refreshing :)

The playful capture ...

World  of clouds - Up in the air :)

Serene Sunset !!!

The Sand & Water combo
Behind the lenses :)

~~ Cheers ~~

Friday, 16 August 2013

Worship...What is it at the end of all? Part II

Part II

....Contd [ For part I: What is it at the end of all - Part I ]


All hands asking !
On one hand the ways of worship involve offering water and milk to lord shiva, hair to lord balaji, goat to lord durga and so on and so forth. Then on other side is the eye opener in the form of “Oh My God” which touches on these subjects in the most logical and agreeable manner. I am sure God would not be liking the line of devotees on a special day just to fulfill the routine, or the way people hover, crowd, fall and insult one another in a temple just while breaking the queue or showering[rather throwing] his/her water/milk/flowers over the idol.  So these days when I am offering water/milk over the idol and see it getting drained into yet another sewage system, I think am I doing the right thing? Shouldn't this serve some needy?  And I still walk out of the temple with no black and white answer!

Then there is the novel “Conversations with God” which identifies each of us as God in ourselves but with unawareness about the memory that we are God. The book is in the form a conversation between an ordinary person [the writer] who poses questions to god out of frustration and seeks answers. In the conversation God says there’s nothing right/wrong, good/bad, optimistic/pessimistic, hell/heaven. It says good wouldn't be known as good until and unless there is identification about bad. So how is it that good becomes lovable to god when god knows good is not possible without bad. So it is with right/wrong. Right is not right or valuable unless there exists something recognizable as wrong. And since both are either forms of a situation/person, whose existence is not possible without other, it is not right to believe that god loves one and hates another. An action of individual is the outcome of the spectrum through which he sees and perceives things. But at the same time it warns that this should not be considered as an excuse for the way one is leading the life. If the actions taken are justified by your inner conscience then there is nothing wrong in that. It highlights the words of god saying that Hitler was never sent to hell. He was right in the way he thought and was true to his conscience towards the purpose he visioned to serve.  

Now coming to the belief of Brahmakumaris. It is so far the only one which directs me towards that supreme power and restrains from making an idol that I should be worshiping  Meditations, self awareness, the way we lead our lives is the path towards meeting the divine power – Shiv baba. It recognizes each of our souls and the ultimate soul as just the source of light, the world a stage of drama, and human beings as characters playing the role. Destiny is something we create of our own lives. Many now consider Sister shivani, one of the popular preach to be someone close to divine. May be in future a day might come when even she would be qualified as God and worshiped  But she herself never says so. She says all of us are children and the supreme soul is the father. This is the time to devote to the only power and go on to the path which will peacefully help you sail through the end of kalyug into the next cycle. This form of religious belief preaches only meditation as the way of reaching god. And reaching god not just after death, but on a day to day basis to recharge your inner strength batteries.

All these have clogged my spiritual beliefs. If I visit temple or not, if I do the rituals or not, offer prayers or not, believe in one god or not, if I fear or not, if I respect or not – At every step I am not in two thoughts but in multiple. While I try to follow all, I am following none. What is god? Ask me! And my mind still goes unanswered because I do not know the real god!

P.S: My sincere and genuine request to god is to let me know what the right thing to do is. If not in this lifetime, then it’s my wish that after this life I should be allowed to retain the memories of what happens after death and what and who God is!!! 

P.P.S: I personally follow sister Shivani's advice. I think it is the most useful source of knowing ourselves and solving our day to day problems. To watch please visit: [Sister Shivani on self management ]

What is it at the end of all..???

Monday, 12 August 2013

Worship...What is it at the end of all? Part I

Part I :

A disclaimer !

I am just 23yrs old and I am already confused and have umpteen questions about the way we worship. I am sure there are lot of people out there with questions relating to God, its existence, various poojas, after death reality and much more. Well this is no eye opener but just my ways of letting God know how confused I am!

So far I have gained knowledge from sources like Bhagvad Gita[Epic about Shri Krishna], Ramcharitmanas[Epic about Lord Ram], Shivlilamruth[Epic about Lord Shiva], Conversations with God[Novel by Neale Donald Walsch], to some extent Shiva Trilogy[Novel by Amish], Oh my God[ Hindi movie; remake of “The person who sued God”] and finally Sister Shivani [Brahmakumaris who believe in Shiv Baba]. Now my source of confusion is the extent of diversity and differences in the beliefs that each of these claim to be true.

What is the right thing to do?

To start on one common ground, all of these point to the existence of only one God. Lord Ram, Krishna , Shiva, Sai baba[irrespective of order of their arrival which is still debated] were the forms of God to restore harmony when the mankind was disturbed. True and agreed. Then why is it that all epics written about these forms of God[ref: ram, Shiva, Krishna] asks/commands people to worship these forms and not the original one and only on whose behalf these forms were created? I am sure these forms of God would not have told people to worship them. Surely there would have been a spread of knowledge regarding the supreme, the almighty and way to worship/reach out to them. I consider this to be the human created thing that the original knowledge got lost in its way of descending down the generations and the only remembrance being that of “human forms of god”.

I so far consider God to be lovable, kind and forgiving. I sit to pray when I feel I need to talk to God. This talking may involve thanking, asking for advice, guidance, questioning, sometimes conveying anger, frustration and other times asking for strength to face all. This has been my idea of connecting with God. I always wondered why people did it as a ritual/routine? In Recent times I have been able to spend a lot of time reading books related to God. And that is where I found my answer to the above question. The books define long processes of connecting with God, ways of offering to God and ways to avoid his anger. In the books it clearly marks out the segments where people have been punished /cursed with God’s anger due to their negligence, arrogance/failure to follow rituals. The writers of the epics/books mentions at every instance how people were treated when they mistreated/forgot to worship god, not just worship but worship in the right manner. This is the root of “Fear instilled love for god”. But my mind wanders, is God such an ordinary personality to force people to worship him/her and curse them if they do not do it? As human beings we might have the need to be loved by others, the need for power to be demonstrated over others to feel good about ourselves. But God is Divine! Would he have defined such ways of worshiping?

To be Contd.....

Part II [ What is it at the end of all - part II]

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Blog's Marathon

Dear Readers,
Its my pleasure to share that my blog stats number (viewer counts) have crossed 10,000 :) Writing and sharing has been a very cherishing part of my life. With accelerators and brakes have been able to reach this milestone. Thanks to all my readers for your love in the form of visits and encouragement in the form of comments :) 

Keep reading dear blogdosts :)

"Dream. But don't make it the end of all"

Monday, 5 August 2013

Customer Delight Experience

As I entered the shop, I was nervous. I had spent one entire day for planning and making the surprises for the occasion of friendship day. It was the last and most important step, and I prayed it go right. I was in a printout shop, Lepakshi, Hyderabad. And the surprise was posters and photographs. Well on an ordinary day it might not sound a great deal. But when your eyes & heart have wandered and imagined the reaction on receiving the surprise from loved ones, you want it to go flawless.

One amongst the staff came over and enquired the requirements. I started off with simple color printout. As he took my pendrive and starting seeing the folders, my requirements became more specific. First I made him resize photographs to different sizes. He did so very patiently. Then I enquired about the different type of papers used for color prints and posters. Before I could direct him regarding non wastage of color prints, he himself gave black n white prints and asked me to check if this meets my requirements. I smiled, verified and gave a nod. One part was done.

Then I enquired for posters. A4, A3, biggest one, smallest one. Will the poster lose its quality on a bigger size? Should I opt for A4 or A3? I was confused. He asked me to show the posters. After seeing them he assured me that I should opt for A3 as they will look perfect and not lose the quality at all.  Still, I wasn’t sure. He understood and gave one black and white and color print for one of the poster. I was aware only of the b&w print. He got and waited for my “okay signal”. Immediately he went and got the color one. I took few seconds after looking at the lovely poster to react. I took off smile from my face and told him, “bhaiyya why did you give color print w/o me telling to do so. If I wouldn’t have liked this, still you would have charged me for this waste print also”. He smiled and said, “No ma’am. That’s why I only showed first the bnw one. If you would not have approved, I wouldn’t show you the color poster nor charge for it. Also I will not be charging you for the black and white verification prints”.  One after another all the posters were in my hand and I was happy at the execution.

Still my work was not over. I asked him to single out all photographs from the main sheet, so that I wouldn’t have any work left after I reach home. All this while, the other staffs were talking to him in local language which I do not understand. But from the gestures I could make out they were being annoyed with my polite demands and their staff’s smiling adherence. But the guy did not pay any heed to them and continued what he thought was his duty. Once the small photographs were ready, I asked him punch machine and scale for posters. He asked me the purpose and I explained him. He fetched me those from the adjacent shop [this is called walking extra mile. It was not obligatory on his part and a simple “not there ma’am” would have done]. As I did my work, I started rolling the posters neatly, taking care not to spoil them while I fit them in my bag. As soon as I rolled he got me a rubber band and a “fit to size” plastic cover.

At this point the guy enquired if I had made those friendship day posters myself. When I replied with a yes he said “they are really very nice ma’am”. And it was one more step into my happiness. Then I kept everything in my bag and with a sigh of relief finally asked him “Haan bhaiyya kitna hua in sabka [who much for all this?]. I haven’t enquired any rates because all I wanted was work well done. As the guy worked out the details, I took out the money and handed him over.  As he brought me the change I tipped him decently and said a biggg thanku. He was all into smiles now. He turned back to the other staff members and started talking in local language. All I could understand walking out of the shop was that he was happy to giveback answer to the other staff in their face :) And I was happy seeing my work in hand.

The happiness of the receivers :)

My Kaidi number 347 :) Dishluuu

And the precious smiles :)

P.S:  This might sound as an over exaggerated post. But I have had deadly experiences of reprinting an entire project, suffering the cost of a color print for 100 pages when I had asked for black n white and lot many. I truly regard this as a customer delight experience. 

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Move from battameezi to besharmi

Theeee dazzling box office hit of YJHD[Yeh Jawaani Hai Diwani] with Ranbir Kapoor yet again stealing the show is hardly out of big screem and new promo of "Besharam" is making the noise. In the first it looks to be another "Drive It RK movie". With some cheesy dialogues which suits only this dude,here is the first official trailer :) 

P.S: Awaiting with all smiles because the release month is October :)