Don’t try to fit in Stand Out

Few days ago I saw a movie “Wonder” about a young boy with facial differences who starts attending a school. This heart warming and inspiring story of how a boy handles glaring eyes and hurtful remarks of everyone around him strikes empathetic cord deep down in your heart.

Most remembered scene from this movie was when Auggie’s family comes to drop him to the school for the first time. While saying goodbye to him his sister whispers into his ears “If they stare let them stare. You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

As a child I was very overweight and not at all good with any kind of sports, I was always mocked by everyone for being overweight I had no friends, I became more and more of introvert and loner.

Over past few years due to hectic work life, long travelling and stress I lost weight. So from being referred to as “fat” people started calling me “Skinny” someone even questioned me “You are so Skinny Do you even eat?” (I am not underweight by any means and there is no reason for this question but still I had to face it)…….

Moral of the story is people will always have something to say no matter what, never take it to heart just remember   “You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.”

 

 

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Is it worth it?

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It was a dark little tale about a man who found a magic cup and learned that if he wept into the cup, his tears turned into pearls.

But even though he had always been poor, he was a happy man and rarely shed a tear.

So he found ways to make himself sad so that his tears could make him rich. As the pearls piled up, so did his greed grow.

The story ended with the man sitting on a mountain of pearls, knife in hand, weeping helplessly into the cup with his beloved wife’s slain body in his arms.

Excerpt From: Khaled Hosseini. “The Kite Runner.”

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This story though a small one, has got a very strong message for each one of us. At some point of time, all of us run behind materialistic things or success and completely forget to live in the present moment.

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Happy New Year

This New Year I wish that God showers you
With his choicest
 Blessings,
Fate never takes you for a bumpy ride,
Cupid strikes you with his sweetest arrow,
Lady Luck bestows upon you health and wealth,
your Guardian Angel keeps your mind alert and bright

Happy New year!!!!!

Bonne Année! !!!!!

Feliz Año Nuevo!!!!!!!

नवीन वर्षाच्या हार्दिक शुभेच्छा (Naveen Varshachya Hardhik Subhechha)!!!!!!!

God has plan

First of all “Merry Christmas” to all my readers. Few days back while browsing on internet I came across a beautiful story sharing it below for all my readers

Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, “Someday I hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty.”

Then the second tree said, “Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take Kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world. Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull.”

Finally the third tree said, “I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the Hill and look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me.”

After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees. When one came to the first tree he said, “This looks like a strong tree, I think I should be able to sell the wood to a Carpenter, “and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy, because he knew that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.

At the second tree the woodsman said, “This looks like a strong tree. I should be able to sell it to the shipyard.” The second tree was happy because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.

When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true. One of the Woodsmen said, “I don’t need anything special from my tree, I’ll take this one,” and he cut it down.

When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a feed box for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was not at all what he had prayed for.

The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of being a mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end.

The third tree was cut into large pieces, and left alone in the dark.

The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams.

Then one day, a man and woman came to the barn. She gave birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first tree. The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but this manger would have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time.

Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep. While they were out on the water, a great storm arose and the tree didn’t think it was strong enough to keep the men safe. The men woke the sleeping man, and He stood and said “Peace” and the Storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the King of Kings in its boat.

Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it. When they came to a stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the top of a hill. When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as was possible, because Jesus had been crucified on it.

The moral of this story is that when things don’t seem to be going your way, always know that God has a plan for you. If you place your trust in Him, God will give you great gifts.

Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way they had imagined.

Life is beautiful

When I was in school in one of my summer vacations I had traveled to North eastern states of India. Those were the days of no digital camera so no unlimited photos or videos, only camera we had then was with a roll of 36 photos and so photos had to be clicked carefully as each photo counted and finally after returning back from vacation when we developed the film some of the photos were still lost.and Memories had to be captured in mind than in camera back then.

Eventhough it has been almost 20 years since this vacation I can still close my eyes and see the breathtaking beautiful view from my hotel room of valley getting covered in fog, in few seconds the nearby houses suddenly disappeared from the site and it appeared as if we are in the clouds. Chilling cold at “Changu lake” (Glacial lake at 3,753 m or 12,313 ft) in summer month of May and June which made even getting down from the jeep difficult is something which cannot be forgotten. But how much ever try to recollect other events like exam scores of that same year, I don’t remember anything about that.

When I turn  back the pages of this book of life, Breathtaking view of “Niagara falls”, “Maid of the mist ride”,”Niagara fireworks at night”, “Harry Potter ride” at Universal studio, “Desert dune safari” in Dubai, first experience of walking in desert with feet sinking deep in sand,man made snow world in desert city, shimmering beauty of “Burj Khalifa” in Night, first toy train ride to Shimla, experience of chilling winter in Dalhousie wanting to  always stay in bed wrapped in blankets, “Wings of time” & “Gardens by bay ” night shows in Singapore, beauty of the “flower dome” and artificial waterfall and mist at “cloud forest dome”, first ropeway cable car ride at Darjeeling,walking in the forest at motor vehicle banned hill station of Matheran,  laser show at Hyderabad, view of Golden temple in the night  are all unforgettable with or without pictures to remember them.

Adventures like Horse riding at “Kufri” (highest point in Shimla), jet ski in “Diveagar” (small coastal town in Konkan region of India)  beach, Zip line at “Sentosa Island” (Singapore) which seemed very scary in the beginning and but later gave  immense happiness are some of memorable pages of life.

Taste of local delicacies like “Pandan Jelly” in Singapore, “Strawberry with cream” at Strawberry farms of Mahabaleshwar (Hill station in Maharashtra state of India), “Parathas” , “Makki roti” & “sarson ka saag” in Punjab, “Spicy french fries” in Miami were a treat to the taste buds.

Life is made of uncountable such memories, of the books we like to read, movies we watched, experience of cooking (or in my case making tea) for the first time, first time withdrawing cash from the bank, first time shopping using debit or credit card, travelling alone for the first time and many more such experiences which will never be forgotten.

Finally I would like to conclude with below quote

Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
~Robert Breault

 

 

Wanderlust Quotes

1. “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

2.“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac

3.“The most beautiful in the world is, of course, the world itself.” – Wallace Stevens

4. “And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” – Randy Komisar

5.“A ship in a harbor is safe, but it not what ships are built for.” -John A. Shedd

6. “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign” – Robert Louis Stevenson

7.“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

8.“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

God Loving or God Fearing

I am religious minded person and a strong believer in God. Since childhood I have visited many pilgrimage places in India. Long time back when I was very young whenever we visited any famous pilgrimage on a usual day, I mean when there was no special festival we used to find very less crowd, no need to stand in queue and you can peacefully stand before the idol of God and say your prayers with no pushing around.

Nowadays the picture has changed famous pilgrimage places are always crowded, you have to wait minimum 1-2 hours in queue and if it is some special festival then it could be more than 12 hours in queue. Finally after a long wait and paining legs you only get few seconds to stand before the God that too with crowd behind trying to continuously pushing you away.No peace of mind or time to have a conversation with god.Ever thought what could be the reason behind this?

Are people becoming more and more devoted to God?Is this a positive sign? Or is it uncertainty and stress of modern life which is making people look for some kind of support? Are they looking for someone who will fulfill there wishes? or they are fearful of something bad might happen to them if they don’t do this? Are these really god loving people or are they God fearing people?

In this regard I read a article in newspaper, a religious minded elderly man in his seventies who had retired from his job few years back, had a sound health and financial status, who had everything to live a contented and peaceful life once visited an astrologer.  As he started the conversation he said that I have visited all the holy places of Saints in India, I have read their books multiple times, daily I spend about two hours reading holy books and about 1.5 hours doing Pooja (prayer ritual performed by Hindus of devotional worship to one or more deities).

However nowadays I am feeling bored of doing all these things but feel scared to stop also, if I stop reading a holy book of any particular saint will he/she get angry with me? will something bad happen to me?

To this the astrologer replied “No need to fear, God or Saint are compassionate and they never get angry, All saints preach the same thing that God is one and irrespective which form you worship him it reaches the same almighty. If somebody tells you to dig hundred feet well in a land to get water , but instead of digging a single well hundred foot deep if you dig hundred wells of one foot deep each will you get water? No right …. Only do whatever you can do with complete devotion and how much ever small that is it will reach God.”

In this life we all have to face ups and downs as per our karma of this life and past life even Gods when they took human form could not escape laws of Karma. Only reason behind praying is to reduce the intensity of bad events and to get the strength to face them, similarly removal of  obstacles if any in good things in life.

Lastly I would like to say that I do not wish to say that do not visit temples or read holy books or follow any other way I only wish to say that if it makes you happy by all means do it but do not let it become a burden and do it painfully. If I have knowingly or unknowingly hurt anybody’s religious sentiments in above article sincere apologies for the same.

Adios 2017

As we are approaching the new year Eve most of us have started with our resolutions for new year. Just as I was preparing my own bucket list for the new year I looked back on my previous year and thought what did I do different this year and memories started flocking down

1.

Darr Ke Aage Jeet hain (Meaning: Victory lies ahead of fear)

I am not an adventure loving person, in fact I am scared of heights but this year I thought I am going to change this and so I tried jet ski, luge and skyline ride, segway and the most scariest and exciting of all zipline. Eventhough for initial few seconds these rides appear scary, latter once you get comfortable it becomes super exciting, fun filled and you end up experiencing some different kind of joy.
Next year I am planning to go for scuba diving.

Zipline

2.

Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama

Added one more stamp on to my passport, my third international trip to SouthEast Asia’s beautiful and expensive country Singapore.

passport full of stamp

3.

 Reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.

I always loved reading and used to finish reading any book or novel which I could lay my hands on in a day, however in past few years I had become workaholic and lost in running behind illusions of career success. Finally I realised that I lost real happiness in pursuit of happiness, last year I returned back to my old hobby and read few of the classics like “Diary of young girl-Anne Frank”,”The fault in our Stars -John Green”, “A Christmas Carol- Charles Dickens”, “The boy in striped pyjamas-John Boyne” etc.

Book Reading

There are countless such moments like getting up early on Monday morning and sitting before the laptop at 7:30 AM just to watch the “Game of thrones” season seven episodes as soon as they are aired in India. Watching some of best movies like “Shawshank Redemption”, “Last Vegas”, “The Bucket-list”, “The book thief”, “Forrest Gump”,”127 hours” “Finding Nemo” and TV serials like “Sillicon Valley”, “This is US”, “Modern Family” etc

Finally I would like to conclude this article with a thought

It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts

Wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New year!!!!!!