Monday, March 09, 2015

Hello Hello


Hello, all,

It's seems like an eternity since I posted here, a place which used to be my favourite place to contemplate and share my views.

So whats up? What's been happening ?

Frankly, I think what has happened is that social media has become so instantaneous that blogs have lost a lot of their charm for most people, except for the die-hards, the avid fans of writing who love to express themselves(What am I saying, I am one of them myself ...LOL) and get reactions from people. There's facebook, where, one can get comments within a moment of posting, sometimes. There's also the fact that facebook is accessed by much more people than blogs are. Hence, we have family, friends, enemies(?),kids, adults, oldies all being on facebook and merrily reading, commenting and posting.

Then there's a media I've never gotten used to...the forty word thingy...twitter....I'm still not getting the hang of it, even though, it must be great to be able to twit, nee, tweet something so concisely in just 40 words, or, to share a link for all to watch/read.

And, there's the pic site- instagram...more photo-centric than most others.

But, all said and then, blogs have their own charm. I remember I used to have great fun, beginning my posts with a quote and a j0kes pic, then penning down a part which I can term the 'main body' of the post, and, end the post with an 'end-joke', which would be a teaser(a good word for sometimes dirty jokes...LOL)....and, then would come the comments from the readers.

I'd surely love to be back here, writing regularly Let's see how it works out. Till the next post, cheerio, and be good...if you can't be good, be careful ...:)


Monday, June 16, 2014

Predictable? I hope not




Predictability- becomes boring, doesn't it? So let me make my posts from now on, as unpredictable as I can. So I might be talking of ......one day...and of.......another day and of.......the third day...you may fill in the blanks, and send in any ideas, too if you want.  :) 

Charlie Brown - one of my all time favourites, right from childhood. Have you had the pleasure of reading these gems from Charles  Schulz? Most of them were fun and yet thought-provoking - kids talking, but real messages for adults hidden in them, a lot of times. I just googled his name, and some gems cropped up. I recall reading some of them in the past, but more as comic quotes, rather than real life metaphors. 

Like:

“In the book of life, the answers aren't in the back.”

                                                               “Happiness is anyone and anything that's loved by you.”
'Decorate your home. It gives the illusion that your life is more interesting than it really is. '
                                                               'I think I've discovered the secret of life- you just hang around until you get used to it'.

Cool, aren't they?

One of my favourite pastimes whenever I feel tired and need a break, is to google names of my favourite characters and see the images that turn up. For e.g. google 'Charlie Brown' and go to images. You'll see a whole lot of pics, quotes, jokes that'll make you instantly smile :) 

 And on that note, it's BFN. TC and hv a grt din. :) :)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Back to the Delights of Blogging


Feels good to be back..restarting blogging after more than a year. Thanks to the google team for letting the blog remain as is, for all this time. And, what better way to begin than with a small quote from The Secret? That amazing book, which has the ability to change your life when you really absorb what each of the eminent speakers are saying. Even if 1% seeps in the first time, you can be sure you are on the way to bringing about a dramatic transformation in your life. And, keep watching, reading, enlist for The Secret Scrolls...with technology being the way it is today, you can watch the movie on youtube, read daily messages on twitter, facebook, etc. But, enough for now...if I keep on talking about The Secret and how amazing it is, I'll fill up this post.

Today is a special day. Let me go back in time...seems like 'only a bit' but, in reality, it's been indeed a very long time. It seems just like yesterday.

The Year: 1988. The date: June 15, same as today (which is why I thought today would be a good day to restart writing for/on this blog). 

Me: A fresher, just out of college. 

What I was doing in the morning: Getting ready to go for my first day at work. And, what a thrilling journey it had been. Nearly our whole class of 114 people had applied for the job at Blue Star. From that list, they had screened it down to 64. And, then, after a written test (Test of Reasoning, mathematical ability,etc), followed by a G.D. followed by a first round of interview, the applicants were down from 64 to 16 to 4. The four of us were interviewed by whom I came to know later, was my immediate boss and the Baroda Manager. And, we 4 had  a final interview on June 8, with the Branch Manager. I was the last one to be called in and had gone in, thinking that being called last, I must've been fourth on their merit list. However, imagine my surprise when, after a half hour of discussion, the BM asked 'when can you join?'. I was so astonished, I just smiled and said 'but, sir, you'd be making an offer and all?', and the response was' I'm telling you now. You're selected from your group of 4. When can you join?'. And, I just said' June 15' and we all shook hands and I left.

And, I joined on June 15. The office was in Kalyan, 19, Vishwas Colony, in the Alkapuri Area, which was and still is amongst the poshest areas in Baroda. A lovely office, ground floor based ..I can still vividly remember the reception, the row of tables on the left(Like in a Chair Car of a train, I remember thinking) and the cabins on the left, ending with an open area, where more tables were set and where my seating place was to be. I remember having a great day, getting introduced to the various people in the team, some greeting me with smiles, some with a nod of the head. Had a delightful day, as I remember it, and I remember thanking God for getting me a wonderful job.

And the rest, as they say, is history.  I stayed there for 13.5 years, upto 31 Dec 2001. More anecdotes coming up later. And, my sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to my journey from that delightful day to the day I left. Many of us are still in touch, albeit scattered around the globe.

Let me end with an end joke, as I used to:


First comes yumm.Then I come. Then my sissi. Then I peepee. Then I come again.
Nah,that's not an 'A' joke. It's just the South Indian version of how to spell Mississippi.

Till the next post- have a great day and keep smiling. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Old days vs new days

What do you think? Is life today much better than it used to be or is it more complicatedWas it good in the good ole days, when there were fewer choices? For example: (I’m not contrasting this with today- you all know what’s available today amidst the plethora of choices for each item)


a.Biscuits: Gluco or Monaco. Take your pick. (Krackjack came later and caused a sensation)

b.Chocolates: Cadbury…again, a treat for rare occasions or as a birthday gift.

c.TV channels: Doordarshan.

d.Music: Radio, and, later tape recorders. Take your pick.

e.Top 20 Hindi songs: Cibaca Geet Mala on Radio Ceylon.

f.Hindi video songs: Chitrahaar on Doordarshan, Wednesday and Friday, 8 PM.

g. AirConditioners: Out-of-reach. Only the Richie-rich had them.

h.TV remotes: Out-of-reach. Only the Richie-rich had them. You were lucky if you had a TV.

i.Fridge: Godrej/Gem/Leonard. Again, usually out-of-reach. Usually, a savings of a couple of months would enable you to buy one and then neighbours would drop in to appreciate your new purchase. But, till the fridge came, the icebox was the fridge’s replacement. We used to buy ice from ice depots near Nyayamandir-the ice would have those brown ‘husk powders’ all over, to keep it from melting. They needed to be washed off before putting in the icebox.

j.Water pumps: We were on the second floor. The pump and tank were on the ground floor. When the corporation water came, the chain-pulley system which went to the top(third floor), with the rope and a bucket (a la, a well) would be used. One person would be filling the bucket with water on the ground floor, and another(usually me) would pull it up to our floor and fill the pots n pans and all-the max possible so that they’d last at least two days. Great exercise. That reminds me, the pots(matkas, as they’re called) would be of clay and would keep the water cool. The filter used to be one of those fine jaalis available in the market even today. (No hi-fi R.O. systems and the like)

k.Icecream: Good ole Samrat(The place still exists- nestled amidst the nooks and crannies of the area opposite Nyayamandir in the heart of the city) including the taste of that softy icecream made in an icecream(hand operated) machine. Or, there used to be Kwality, for those rarer occasions.

k.Cold Drinks: Coke/Fanta were kicked out in the early Seventies, I believe. Then, Thums Up ruled the roost. I forget the orange drink companion to Thums Up…what was it?

Feel free to add to the memories….This post to be continued and concluded with a decision- which days were better?

Friday, February 08, 2013

Inspirational Article


Here's an inspirational article from Jack Canfield....thought I must share it here.

Utilizing The Law of Attraction

laws-of-attractionThe law of attraction states that you will attract into your life--whether wanted or unwanted--whatever you give your energy, focus, and attention to.
You are constantly giving off vibrations of energy when you think and feel. These vibrations can be picked up and received by other people. That's why people say, "he has good vibes," or "he gives off bad vibes." You are constantly giving off vibrations -- literally!
If you're feeling excited, enthusiastic, passionate, happy, joyful, loving, appreciative, abundant, prosperous, relaxed and peaceful, you are giving off positive vibrations.
On the other hand, if you're feeling bored, anxious, worried, confused, sad, lonely, hurt, angry, resentful, guilty, disappointed, frustrated, overwhelmed, stressed out, or depressed, then you are giving off negative vibrations.
The law of attraction states that the universe responds to whatever you are offering -- by giving you more of whatever you are vibrating. It doesn't care whether it is good for you or not; it simply responds to your vibration.
If you saw the film The Secret, you saw this explained in great detail.
The problem is that most of the time, you are not aware of what vibration you are offering. You are simply responding to things outside of you--current events, the news, how people treat you, the stock market, how much money you are making, how your children are doing in school, whether or not your favorite sports team wins--and then having a feeling that is either positive or negative.
When you are simply responding unconsciously to what happens around you, you tend to stay "stuck" in your current condition. This is why most people's lives never seem to change very much. They get stuck in a repeating cycle of recreating the same reality over and over by the vibration they are sending out.
It works like this... First you observe what you currently have and are currently receiving in your life. You call this your "reality." You respond to what you observe with a feeling, positive or negative, which then gives off that vibration to the universe. The law of attraction then responds to this vibration and brings you more of what you were vibrating. This keeps the cycle going over and over, until you choose to change it through the exertion of your will. You are a victim of your lack of awareness of the law of attraction.
The Process of Intentional Creation
It is possible to get out of this vicious cycle and create what you want instead of continually recreating what you already have. It is a simple, three-step process that you can begin immediately.
If you've been implementing the action steps I coach you through in The KEY to Living the Law of Attraction, you have already begun this process.
Step 1: Identify what you truly desire & eliminate the negative
It is important to focus on what you want rather than what you don't want. You must state it in the positive and filter out the words don't, not and no. Remember, your mind works in pictures and if you say I don't want to be mad, you are creating the picture and thus the vibration of being mad. You must create the opposite of what you don't want.
Step 2: Raise your vibration level
Your job in stage two is to create a vibrational match for that which you say you want to have. How would you be feeling if you already had those things--the perfect job, the perfect relationship, the amount of money that you want to have?
Your job is to identify what makes you feel good and do more of it, then learn not to tolerate your negative feelings.
Affirmations are an important component in raising your vibrational level to what it is you want. Remember, the law of attraction does not respond to the words you use or the thoughts you think. It simply responds to how you feel about what you say and how you feel about what you think.
For information on how to create even more effective affirmations, review chapter 10 in The Key to Living the Law of Attraction, where you'll find my guidelines for creating effective visualizations.
Step 3. Release it and allow it.
In this third step, you simply release your affirmation, your vibration, and your feelings to the universe to take care of your "request" or "order" as I call it. But you have to abstain from any doubts. If you doubt you can have it in any way, then you are not allowing it. You are pushing it away and you end up with contradictory messages to the universe.
It is only when the contradictory thoughts, talk, and images are removed that your desired results will manifest. The faster you remove your resistance, the faster your dreams can be realized.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Hello there



Ah..feels nice to be back to blogging..hope to be able to continue..:)

Any Indrajal Comics aficianados out there? Two-three posts back, I wrote @ a site I'd found, where people had uploaded these gems. Now, I was able to find a horde of them as a torrent file and downloaded them all...the oldest one seems to be No. 21...back when these comics cost a princely 70 Paise. Then, they began to cost 1 Re, and so on.(Today, the editions I see once in a while in Crossword, are 100 Rs plus, and, the colors are nowhere close to the originals.

Besides reading the comics themselves, it's also fun to see the ads of those days at the end of these comics. Binaca toothpaste, Ekco sketchpens, Smiley cameras...then, there's the one page comic strips of Henry, the Little King,et al. And, tidbits from Ripley's Believe It Or Not, small filler stories from Akbar-Birbal(IF the Phantom story ends before the fixed number of pages).

Indeed, it's a walk down memory lane to be able to read these gems. Anyone wanting them, let me know-all in PDF form- can email them to you.

Also found a whole load of Enid Blytons(Five Find-Outers,Famous Five, Secret Seven) and Hardy Boys. Besides, Tintin and Asterix series, including those that haven't been published here.

Always nice to have some distractions from the hectic schedules of daily working life, na?

Cheerio..have a great day and catch you soon, with more updates on what's been happening. Will be around your blogs as well, shortly, to catch up on good reading..already did a whirlwind tour today.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Just checking

Just checking...have been too busy lately...will be back soon..till then, carry on blogging. I'll be around your blogs one of these days.:)