Standing out in a world that constantly tries to fit you in, is the hardest thing to do. The more free spirited you are ,the more pressurizing it gets to conform to the set standards of society. The more evolved you are, the more difficult it gets to connect to people. Being yourself and living your life according to your own terms and conditions is the biggest victory one can achieve in a life time. Very very few people are able to pursue being themselves. They conform easily and do not have the strength to stand up for themselves. The rest of the people include individuals like me who fight hidden battles every day just to be themselves. The fight is difficult. Really difficult but worth it.
If you happen to be one of those people who are elevated and hold a certain degree of intellect, you will find increasingly hard to connect with the world around you. You will easily get what others think but the others won’t get what you think. What you go through will be something that only you will be able to confront and solve. You get accustomed that way. There will be moments when you want to reach out because you’re only human but you will not be able to do that. The reason being that you have always managed every crisis on your own. Not just yours but every one else’s as well.
People view individuals like me as strong and rightfully so but even the most strongest person needs to reach out sometime. The feeling where you’re understood without explaining. The feeling where you just need answers and no questions. The feeling where you’re not the one who acts as the sponge for people’s issues but someone else is. However it just doesn’t happen. Didn’t happen 20 years ago. Won’t happen 20 years henceforth. So, you learn to conceal your feelings from the world because you know expressing them will be no good. It isn’t that the world does not want to understand you. Its just that the world does not know how to understand you. Hence your guard is always up. You never put it down, both literally and metaphorically.
Every change, every new phase is handled by you independently. You learn to figure out things yourself. Your inner most feelings are only yours. You learn to put a brave smiling face in front of the world because you know that there is no market for one’s issues. None at all. You don’t cry in front of people because you know that the world is not used to seeing you that way. You won’t be even given time to sob. The world likes you happy and chirpy even in the most challenging circumstances. Becomes extremely difficult sometimes, especially if you are a wise, intellectual and liberal individual. Becomes the toughest if you’re an intellectual woman.You do have that slight expectation of ‘being reached out to’ sometimes, without asking for it. So you wait and remain optimistic that maybe someday somebody will get you. Especially the people you connect to.
Till then you keep going strong , moving ahead, learning at being stronger each day. You realize that magic is something that only you create. That is why you stand out. Always have, always will.
I’m a hopeless romantic. I’m in love with the idea of love 🙂
Love for a person , love for the beauty of nature, love for literature – I just love the magic surrounding the feeling that is love. I live in my moments. I live for my moments. They count. Each moment counts. My moments are my treasure. The small gestures in life make a huge difference. They make me happy. My heart still belongs to the ‘awwwww’ moments.
I am a ‘romantic’ at heart. I live in a world i fill with ‘awe.’ I still prefer writing colourful letters to sending emails. Beauty for me is still innate and not plastic. A flower from a garden with a small bow on it is still more heart warming to me than an online apparel. Music from Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven‘ still holds flavour. Poetry by Frost still delights me. A cup of coffee with a smiley on it still feels delectable. The first flake of snow still feels ambrosial. The first flower in spring still appears fascinating.
My world is still replete with allure and it will remain like that forever 🙂
What is the most difficult thing to pursue in this world ? Being Yourself !
What is the easiest way to achieve it ? Land up with the right person 🙂
See a face you love each day and you’ll never run out of smiles. Talk to a bud in a partner and you’ll never wan to turn away from home. Hold hands of a champ and you’ll feel like a winner for the rest of your life.
Love, they say is unconditional. Holds true.
The universe has it planned for everyone. All you have to do is understand and catch the vibe. If being single is what makes you happy, wait for the time when you find yourself in a relationship where the happiness doubles. It takes two to make a team. It takes united two to make a damn good one.
Be the best version of yourself every single day by being with the kind of person who respects you, accepts you and loves you for who you are. A friend. A confidant. A Companion for life. That is the secret to happiness.
In the last three decades of my existence on this planet, I’ve come across a pile of definitions of love and soulmates. But here’s what touched my heart –
” …A Soulmate is someone who will make you be the most you that you can possibly be.”
With Game of Thrones Season 6 coming to an end, the world seems a boring place.
Game of Thrones is not a show; it’s an enchanting experience. The first time I saw its pilot, I was spell bound. Six seasons later, I still feel the same.
There is an innate quality of spontaneity and unpredictability about Game of Thrones that makes it so intriguing. Every time you feel things will end a certain way, they don’t. RR Martin is a true creative genius for creating a series that has the world on its toes. No wonder the illegal downloads for the show are highest the world over.
The amalgamation of the fantasy series – A Song of Ice and Fire with the on screen adaptation is just wonderful. R.R Martin’s marvel is as expanding and far reaching as Westeros itself. The show inspires new fans everywhere and has made a huge impact on the modern day populace. All thanks to R.R Martin and the show’s creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, Game of Thrones is now a household name across the globe. I am going to go to the extent of saying that GoT is one of the best fictional series in the history of television.
One of the things that strikes all viewers of GOT is the enormous world which Martin has created. With every passing episode new characters are introduced, new regions are unveiled and new accents pronounced. But that isn’t to say anything is included just for the sake of magnitude. Every new character added to the script offers something significant to the story. Speaking of new characters, I just loved the character of Lady Mormont in the latest season. I mean wow. The child actress has a done a phenomenal job in pulling off her role. Had it been in my hands, I would have made her sit on the throne.
Each element in the show has a quality of enormity to it and that is why nothing on the show ever gets unnoticed. With a narrative that continually manoeuvresus into thinking we know things but end up with a feeling that we don’t, the show becomes an addiction with each passing episode. The sentiment that we’re close enough to the action to be knowledgeable, only for that to be stripped away every episode by some quite despicable antagonists.
Just when you begin to affirm that you’ve figured out a thread in the intense plot, you’re proved wrong by the show’s creators. Quite often the ‘good’ characters fall and ‘bad’ ones emerge victorious. But one of the best things about GoT is that the concepts of good and bad aren’t polarized, but merge continuously in a beautiful, ordered chaos.
While some characters are pure vicious with no saving grace about them, GOT has also managed to create several great anti-heroes. Arya Stark, Jaime and Tywin Lannister, The Hound, and Lord Varys – these are people who’ve done awful things .Yet the viewers feel an innate sense of sympathy towards them.
GOT can actually make one feel sorry for a character who tried to kill a child in order to cover up the incestuous affair he was having with his sister . I’m speaking of Jamie Lannister here. That’s how much finesse is there in the writing of the show.This is also the beauty of Got – The shock value is what keeps it going and allows the viewers to remain intrigued.
While ceremonious sword fights and tournaments are beautiful to watch, the most gripping moments in the show are the ones that are the most brutal. Remember the time Ned Stark’s head was chopped off? or the time when princess Shireen was burnt alive at a stake or when Arya got so close to her folks only to find her entire clan dead. I’ve smiled, laughed, felt sad, wept, got shocked while watching GoT but never stopped watching.
When Ned Stark’s head was chopped in Season 1, I was devastated and pondered what’s left to watch now? How could they do this? Yet I watched season 2 and went on to season 3 where the red wedding happened and again I felt devastated but continued watching to finally see Jon Snow murdered in cold blood in season 5 . My god it seemed like one of my own is dead but I continued watching just like millions of GoT fans across the planet. This is how much the show means to me.
GoT has every visual element that pleases the senses and the mind alike – character portrayal, storylines, intrigue, magic, picturesque landscapes, spectrum of accents, birth, deaths, rebirth, fear, love, lust and raw sexuality. Sexuality as an elements stands out throughout the series and there’s nothing offensive about it, yes I said it out loud. ( By the way here’s some sex trivia – Sibel Kekilli, the actress who plays the role of the pretty Shae, is actually a former porn star. Her stage name was Dilara, in case you were wondering).
GoT has managed to portray both raw sexuality as well as the strongest female protagonists in one show. I can’t think of another show that features more strong female leads than GOT. Brienne of Tarth, Ygritte, Arya and Catelyn Stark, Margaery and Grandma Tyrell Daenerys Targaryen, Cersei Lannister
Then here are also a whole lot of supernatural and magical elements in the show that are to die for – Direwolves, dragons, whitewalkers (my god the night king is sexy),warlocks, giants, mammoths and so on. In Westeros, magic is a powerful force even though a lot of characters don’t believe it exists only to get affected by it in the end.
I am a die hard fan of the show and I’ll always be. However, this season left me a little disappointed at certain moments. Now, I am partly to be blamed for this since I knew most of the spoilers. The bigger reason however is that this season was not based on A Song of Fire and Ice by RR Martin.He is yet to write the next book in the series. Martin had long ago provided with a blueprint of the major arcs of the story, but the creators can no longer rely on the books scene by scene.
Game of Thrones is truly the show of Benioff and now. This is both a good as well as a bad thing. Good because we’ll have new minds relying on their creative juices and bad because it will be challenging to match the creative genius of a writer like RR Martin . If it wasn’t for him, we would never have the TV series in the 1st place .No offence to the show’s creators but they managed Season 6 on their own and it hasn’t really provided the shock value of the former seasons. Also, the pace of the show was too fast and too slow at times and the characters too extreme. I’ll put it this way – It took Season 6 too long to get interesting and when it did the season got over. In the words of Kasia Delgado, “The drama is in danger of believing its own hype.”
I hope my favourite show picks up from where RR Martin left it and concludes (whenever it does) leaving us all in awe of it.
I still remember the day as a 7 year old child when i has asked my parents to give me a baby brother. I was a single child back then and was keen on having a younger sibling. Everyday i prayed to the almighty to grant my wish with all my innocence as if i was sure that God listens only to me. I wanted a younger sibling to play with, to have fun with, to eat with, to travel with, to see dreams with, and somebody i could inspire. Three decades later, i’m so proud to say that my brother is my biggest inspiration. The sweet adorable kid who grew up with me has made it to the flagship program of his dream destination – Indian Institute of Management – Ahmadabad (IIM-A) – One of the Top B Schools of our country and the World.
All through his younger days he saw dreams of living life a certain way. He kept moving in the direction of his goals, focused and dedicated. At his young and tender age he knows more than people do in their 50s. Over the years he has developed this amazing perspective on life which comes across as inspirational. His motto is simple – You want to live life your way, set goals , work hard and don’t stop until you achieve them. The classic quote from the movie Pursuit of Happiness is his all time favourite.
I still remember the day he was born. My god i was ecstatic. I hear people talking about sibling rivalry , which is ok but never felt that with him. My parents did a commendable job of making sure that i felt secure as a child. That is why i felt more responsible towards him than anyone else. A friend’s mom who happened to be an excellent gynecologist was my mom’s doctor. She brought the young sweet thing in this world. I took a full day’s leave from school to just see the newest member of our family. Next day when i arrived in school, the same friend has made the cutest card congratulating me for the birth of my brother.
Feels so good right now, i remember everything 🙂 The next few years were interesting for i had a younger kid in my house different from myself. As a child he was extremely naughty but adorable. He had this habit of munching chips all the time and then not throwing their packs and keeping them under his mattress. There have been times when we found as many as 50 packs under the mattress. As if it was some sort of treasure 😀
Jokes apart, one thing that has remained consistent throughout his life, be it as a child or now – He never stopped asking questions. His curiosity to know the world is persuasive. He doesn’t conform to a set standards of beliefs or values that have been going on through the ages. He asks questions and seeks answers himself for he knows the world doesn’t have them. That is why he is so different even at his young age.
I remember the time when we used to walk to the bus stop together for boarding our school bus. The discussions we had were a pretty good way to start our day. Back then he was still evolving as an individual and tried finding answers through me , me being elder to him. A few years later he has all the answers through his own experience, his perception on life and his grasp of some brilliant books. Every discussion i have with him now is a kind of a motivational talk coming from a leader. He never comes across as younger to me. He’s taught me so much without ever knowing it. I guessed i kept picking all of it and I’ve learnt so much.
I feel extremely grateful for having him in my life. I miss the time we spent together. I do. Being in different cities, our paths may not cross but they’ll always run parallel. This is what he wrote to me recently 🙂
“Our ships have crossed. In different seas we ride. Here’s looking at you kid. Have a fantastic life”
This post is like re-visiting a beautiful memory lane. The entire time we spent together until we left for different cities comes back as a lovely flash back. I wish him my best for life and i know for sure that this is just the beginning.
I love you Angel:)
For all the future aspirants , here are the recommended books for CAT preparation –
Quantitative Aptitude by Arun Sharma
Logical Reasoning by Arun Sharma
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
How to prepare for CAT – Set of 4 Books by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
The journey from , “I want to be a doctor/engineer when i grow up to i want to be an entrepreneur ” has been a really long one for a lot of people in a country like India but finally worth it. All it takes for someone to bring about a revolution or even a small change that impacts people is an idea. An idea that springs from the deepest layers of one’s creative psyche, an idea that recasts the existing patterns and most importantly, an idea that sells. From 3,100 startups in 2014 to a projection of more than 11,500 by 2020, this is certainly not a passing trend. It’s a revolution, a reformation and a revamp for the Indian economy. It will change the way the markets are working today in India.
From recharging your cellphone via Paytym to finding the most hip restaurant via Zomato, from getting food delivered at your doorstep via Swiggy to getting organic breakfast via Brekkies, from ordering a cab via OLA to booking tickets online via Redbus, from ordering books online via Flipkart to disposing old books via BuySellBooks, from searching a new home via NestAway to disposing old stuff via Priti International, from e-learning programs via ChalkStreet to e-mock tests by MockBank, startups are taking over our lives productively and making them convenient. I mean right from some cutting edge technologies to earning ‘cash from trash’ literally, startups are doing it all.
When it comes to the cities where the startups that get funded are based, Bangalore leads the charts with $2.43 billion. Investors in India are becoming experimental, yet extremely well-informed decision makers. NASSCOM has come up with an excellent initiative called “10,000 Startups”, which aims at scaling the startup environment in India by 10x. The program is supported by Microsoft, Google, Intel, Verisign, and Kotak. 10,000 Startups aims to enable incubation, funding and support for 10,000 startups in India over the next ten years.
Experts have begun to say that in the future, there will be no separate category called startups. All companies will be like startups because they will become the norm. The pace of innovation will become so fast that all companies will have to be agile and emulate startups. Not to sound political, but the Prime Minister of India recognizes the importance of start ups and has launched campaigns like ‘Make in India’ and ‘Startup India’ . So when the PM of India understands the importance and future of start ups in a young economy like India, so should a professional like me.
A new year , a new beginning with new hopes and new horizons to override. The pace at which life is progressing is swift and amidst everything the cycle of life continues – birth-growth-life-death.
As i was beginning to feel grateful for a lovely 2015, a loved one passed away at the eve of new year – December 31st, 2015 and the night between the eve and the next year seemed a really long one. They say – “life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Holds true.
I’ve seen a lot of loved ones go away to places which are unknown. Places that we mortals can only keep alive in our imagination. It’s strange how one moment somebody is a part of our life and the next moment is not to be found anywhere. You can keep searching the limits of the Earth and you still won’t find the person.
In the words of the protagonist fromLife of Pi, “I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.” Letting go is what we ‘strong’ folks do but that feeling of wishing somebody adieu remains inside. The feeling of spending more time until we bid the final goodbye remains.
Our life doesn’t halt. We continue on our journey of self growth and we progress. We still have our moments of joy and we still laugh. We occasionally get triggered by feelings from the past and we share a smile and shed a tear at the same time. We let go of the moment and embrace the present but what is left behind is a void. The void persists. Everyone has their own special place and it cannot be substituted by anyone else. Never ever ever.
I was grateful at the end of 2015 and i still am even after losing so many people year after year because i am blessed with family & friends who are beyond words. I say this from all my heart.I read in a book once – “We all die. The goal isn’t to love forever. The goal is to CREATE something that will.” We as a family have created a legacy that will keep us united until death does us apart. I say this with all my pride and with all the love in my heart.
There are people who are remembered for all the acts they did that left a permanent imprint on people and there are others who get forgotten. If you’re remembered and respected by people even after you leave this world, i guess you’ve spent your time well in this world . Nothing lasts forever. That is for sure but memories remain .
In the words of Lord Alfred Tennyson from In Memoriam –
In words, like weeds, I’ll wrap me o’er, Like coarsest clothes against the cold: But that large grief which these enfold Is given in outline and no more.
He is not here; but far away The noise of life begins again, And ghastly thro’ the drizzling rain On the bald street breaks the blank day.
O living will that shalt endure When all that seems shall suffer shock, Rise in the spiritual rock, Flow thro’ our deeds and make them pure.
This post is dedicated to every individual who understands the sense of loss and who knows that in the end all that matters during our stay here on Earth is the time well spent with loved ones and the legacy that we leave behind for mankind to cherish. Everything else is irrelevant.