Thursday, November 9, 2017

Mental Health

When we talk about being healthy or staying fit, most of us have "weight loss" or "physical appearance" in mind. "Mental Health" is the most rarely used term in our day to day lives. Be it our schools, television, media... we talk about being physically fit, but why not mentally as well?  Why is being mentally at peace so underrated?

There are different types of mental health issues; depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, Bipolar disorder, panic attacks, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder to name a few. Mental Illness directly affects mood, behavior and thinking.


The biggest problem is that people suffering from mental illness are not aware about it. Symptoms can be as generic as feeling sad or down, excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt, extreme mood changes of highs and lows, withdrawal from friends and activities, problem sleeping.


Also, even if they are aware about it, they hesitate to visit a psychiatrist assuming visiting a psychiatrist means you are weak, flawed or crazy. It's the fear of being labelled. They may also be skeptical about what details about the past will the psychiatrist ask, should go through endless sessions, psychiatrist may just hand out pills and so on....


What do we do when we have mental health issues? Reach out, express, consult a psychiatrist, realize how important it is to be mentally fit and make efforts to overcome your health issues. Make sure you connect with people around as it can be isolating in that phase. Meditation has also proved to be helpful. Do what you like, and accept yourself without self-hate.

After all it's only you who can gain control of the rush of thoughts going on in your head. Easier said than done...It’s all in your head!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Book review- Second Chance - Dr. Sandeep Jatwa


About the Author:
Dr. Sandeep Jatwa! A doctor by profession, born in the Holy city of Ujjain, grew up in Dewas, Madhya pradesh, India.

This is his second book, and believe me it feels like he has written a lot more than that!                
Second  chance is  a story of an egotistical business man, by the  name Shekhar Kapoor who did not do anything upright in his life. Basically he is a hated by most. He contrives with a person and acquires his competitor brand. 

Shekhar receives emails, letters, and phone calls which are signed the City of Justice. These are sent as warnings, reminding Shekhar of the misconducts of him. Eventually, Shekhar the protagonist in this story dies. But there is a twist, he gets a second chance!

                                            

He receives his second chance and comes back to earth. What happens thereafter, for that  grab the book and know it yourself!!The books highlight is that we continue to do wrong deeds for a long time, the inner voice gives a  wake-up call.

A gem of a line from the book which is very inspiring:
“No money can give you contentment and happiness. Do what your heart wants and what you will get would be priceless”


The story is very appealing. It kept me hooked and I was always keen to see what would happen next.
The book is surely a captivating read with a perfect balance of emotions.


You can buy your copy from Amazon, for Rs 190/-

My Rating 4/5 Stars

Friday, December 23, 2016

How Much Do You Love Me?

 How much do you Love me, she asked!..
 This was spontaneous! .... I never saw it coming..
 
 "Words are not enough".. "That's so cliché for a reply"...
 
 "Why do you want to know it?" ... "Don't you think that I should know?"..
 
 "Love isn't measurable".. "Ohh common, you can do it better,"..
 
 "Ok, look at the sky now, count how many stars are there…". "Oh not again!, have you been watching too much romantic movies of late?"...
 
 "If I had to make a list of priorities, you will be at the top..."
 
 "Sounds better ... :D.. carry on"...
 
 "It is more than you could ever imagine.... magnanimous….inexorable…relentless... endless seem small words...
 
 So much that I can never shy away from expressing it!!....
 So much that it doesn't matter that world is aware or not!!...."
 
 "Wow... I love you so much more now!"
 
 "By the way, how much do you Love me?" 
 
 "As much as your Bank Balance", she winked...
 
 And I laughed.. and we laughed together...

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Emotions


Joy, Sorrow, Anger , Love, Hate!
Spontaneous, Ferocious...

Many forms of emotions...
All beautiful!

Emotions have needs..
These needs are expressed as feelings...
The need to feel accepted, respected

Expressing your emotions is a blessing
Imagine a life without emotions-
Strangled, Bizarre, Suppressed  Indifferent.

Emotions are so underrated..
Unnoticed, Unobserved...

Emotions are like weather...
sometimes sunny, sometimes gloomy,
Even stormy!

They are honest...
A relief when in grief...

Emotions are one of those things
you can control, but often let them control you..






























Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Me Myself & I

Happy as ever...
Wandering streets...
Absorbed in blissful thoughts...

Observing and not just looking...
Singing and not just humming...

High spirits..
Unrestricted and carefree

Hands in pockets..
Aimless, without a direction..
Going with the flow, with your own flow…

Living and not just hastening by…
Sometimes all you need is..

“ME MYSELF & I!!”

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Be an Online Seller in one of the biggest marketplace with 'ezebee.com'

Have you ever wondered how it would feel to take leaves on your whims without having to seek approval for it. How it would feel to get fairly rewarded for doing good, not limited by pointers. How would it feel to be the sole owner of your hard work? How would it be to be an entrepreneur? Now, you'll say, dude! It isn't just that, how about a place to start with? Reaching the customers? Coping with the trends? Meeting expectations? Investments? given, I'll have to work single handed without any help amidst multiple worries.

 I will say, hahaha, and you haven't heard of ezebee.com! Yes my dear friend, 'ezebee.com and like its name, it’s easy. It has very easy navigation and is very directional, so you don’t have to waste your time wandering and wondering what to do, it’s simple, you just have to Sign Up! After successfully signing up with ezebee.com, you'll be stunned by the beauty of this electric market and its benefits. To start with, it gives you a lot of focus unlike other websites, and you'll ask me how? It has no nasty belly fat advertisements to distract you. You will find fellow traders whom you can interact with and help grow your business further. Ergonomically designed, this website offers utmost ease and comfort, so you can work longer without straining yourself. After all, party is a must!




Especially for a novice like me, it is very good platform to start small budding businesses. ezebee.com will assist you grow your business not just locally but globally across major market places around the globe. It will provide you with a dynamic internet market place and that to free of cost. It will save those heavy bucks you will be spending on the rent or purchase price of your store. You can just earn online, sitting at your home, talk about convenience! It will help you open free facebook shops and will not just attract your customers but also know what they want, what they expect, what they want you to improve upon and what is trending in your market. 


It will help you in expanding your business by letting you create online shops in this dynamic market place of internet highway and sell your idea online to your customers. Before you even realize, you'll be already minting money my friend! ezebee.com has taken all your worries. The only investment it requires is your faith.So, while you grow your business, it grows Entrepreneurs!

So, what are you waiting for! It’s never too late! Sign up now! See you there! :)
Here are some links to kick start with:

Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpMjME2Tyi4


Sign Up  Link. (Click on 'Sign Up')


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Tears ~ Haiku










 Lightning bolt strikes
rains howling aloud
                   tears depict pain  suppressed.



Saturday, November 14, 2015

Childhood and Memories

                             The paper boat sailing our dreams...                           
                                       Scribbles on the last page...                                              
                                 Swings and slippery slides...                      
                               Scratched knees and scraped hands....                            
                            Colorful books and painting stuffs....                                  
                                 Broken toys and lost pencils...                                      
                              Hide & Seek and Sand castles...              
                                 Comics and Cartoons..  

                                 Simplicity and innocence..                                      
                          Minutes of animosity and ease of forgiveness..                                                                                      
                              Curiosity and enthusiasm...                           
                         Strolling with a bag full of..                                              
                           Childhood and  Memories!!
  

Sunday, November 1, 2015

What Do You See?


What do you see when you wake up?

Do you see the scars that show your will to survive?
Do you see your tangled hair like your tangled thoughts?

Do you see the lips, dry as  if  it’s parched for love?
The lines on your forehead like the complex paths you traveled for long...

Do you see your beautiful smile like a newly bloomed flower...?
Do you see the lashes like feathers for your eyes?

 Do you see the navel, the depression   like the many mysteries of life? 
Do you see the morning glow like the ray of  hope in a gloomy cave?

 The dead skin like the struggle of your past...
Do you see the wrinkles, like the testimony of your experience?

 For every feature of your body portrays something uniquely beautiful and apparent...In spite of the flaws and imperfections!

Friday, August 21, 2015

My Top 5 Favourite Novels!

It is a tough task for me to decide on my favourite 5 novels, especially when I am not so genre specific while selecting books. I usually pick whatever I think is going to make me think or retrospect or amaze me, or all at the same time! I also go by my friends feedbacks after all, reviews do matter, and also helps you to choose the better ones among the lot.

These are my favourite 5 Novels, there's nothing like the most favourite among them, I cherish and treasure them all.

1. The Kite Runner 

Author - Khalid Hosseini
Khalid Hosseini has the most interesting way of storytelling and gives very beautiful details of everything as if it's actually happening. 'The Kite Runner’ is about loyalty, love, brotherhood, courage and humanity.

 It’s a gripping story about two friends, Aamir and Hassan who love to fly kites, the former being the protagonist.  The story is based in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. The hardships and war-faced Afghanistan along with the political conflicts are depicted very intensively throughout. 
Aamir hails from a wealthy family of Sunni Pashtun Community and Hassan from the Shia Hazaras community which were considered socially inferior group. In fact Hassan happens to be the servant in Aamir's family. 


The story revolves around Hassan's loyalty and dedication towards his ‘Agha Sahib' Aamir, the cowardice of Aamir and his battle to set things straight and repay the sacrifices made my Hassan for him. It makes you hate the protagonist for the major part of the story and in the end leaves you with the feeling of hope. Narrating style is simple yet very effective. The novel has very interesting quotes which will stay intact in your mind for long.
“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime...”   
 “And that's the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.   
“Better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.”

2. Tuesdays with Morrie

Author: Mitch Albom
Mitch Albom saw his old professor Morrie Schwartz on ABC's Nightline being interviewed by Ted Koppel about what it was like to be dying of ALS, (Lou Gherig's disease). This was when he decided to get in touch with his old dying Professor. Mitch was saddened to see his Professor in such a state. The next 16 Tuesday's they spend time exploring about relationships, family, aging, culture etc.
 Mind you this novel is not just about the Professor's dying words/lessons. It is much more than that. Morrie will surprise you with his passion for life, his thought process.


This novel is extremely motivating and gives you altogether new outlook towards life!. It teaches you valuable lessons and comes from a person who has experienced it all!. 
Here are some very inspirational quotes:
"In the beginning of life, when we are infants, we need others to survive, right? And at the end of life, when you get like me, you need others to survive right?... But here's the secret: in between, we need others as well"                                                                                                                        
“Detachment doesn’t mean you don’t let the experience penetrate you. On the contrary, you let it penetrate you fully. That’s how you are able to leave it.” 

3. The (In)Eligible Bachelors

Author: Ruchita Misra 
The tittle sounds like any other chick- lit but it is not. The novel is about  love, friendship, trust, family. Most important the novel doesn't look like it is written by a debutant.

Kasturi is a MBA graduate, 24 and single. Her mother wants her to get married to a well settled, rich, suitable guy. Her mother’s hunt for a son in law begins with Ads in the local newspaper, creates her profile on SHAADI.com and a hell lot of things.
                                         

Kasturi joins a company in Delhi, makes new friends, Ananya, a tomboy & Varun, a nerd. She continues to meet random guys in Delhi only because she cannot say ‘NO’ to her mother and gives up to her emotional blackmail each and every time. Among all, she meets a guy called Purva who is a doctor, a decent guy and a lot different from others. Although she never thinks about him that way, he lands up every now and then to help her in every difficult situation.

 Story turns interesting when Kasturi falls madly in love with her boss Rajeev. Kasturi is dumb founded. She is unable to take the most important decision of her life. Will she make the correct decision? 

4. Wise and Otherwise

Author: Sudha Murthy
This Novel is a collection of around 50 real life stories which the author herself experienced and expressed in the most aesthetic manner. The best thing about this novel is the stories are not preachy and not imposing any view and leaves it to the readers to decide between right and wrong.

A man  who leaves his father in an old age home, a student who returns the unused money are some of the stories which form the highlight of the novel. What is striking is her simplicity and humility which is visible in her writing. 

                                       

Sudha Murthy writes her books as and when she travels and no wonder you see her stories cover different geographical regions. One can relate to these stories very easily. This book is a must read for those who want know about “real" India through her eyes.

5. The Fault in our Stars

Author: John Green
This is the best piece of fiction I have ever come across. The 2 main characters in the novel  Hazel Lancaster and, Augustus Waters.  Hazel is stricken with the most dreadful disease of all 'Cancer'. She meets Augustus who is a cancer survivor and her life changes completely. Augustus makes her feel happy, gives her hope and tries to fulfill all her wishes. Needless to say they fall in love with each other. Well love is not only emotion in this story, it is full of courage, excitement, friendship, pain, humor and anger.


The characters are remarkable and lively, as if you can draw their picture in your mind. Augustus, tall, handsome with blue eyes, fearless, confident and funny. The idea of having an unlit cigarette is enthralling.
"It's a metaphor, see:  you put the killing thing right between          your teeth, but you don't give it the power to do its killing".
Hazel, who in the  initial part of the story doesn't want to get attached to someone because of her health condition, compassionate, thoughtful, loves to read books and her favourite one "An Imperial Affliction" by Peter Van Houten. It's her dying wish to meet her favourite writer.
This novel will make your heart ache and there's a possibility you will have teary eyes and feel lump in your throat.

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

An Ode To Friendship!

This is for the strangers who turned friends...
The friends who became strangers...
The distant friends...
The close friends...
The distant friends who seem close...
The close friends who seem distant...
The one who stayed ...the one who decided to leave..
The 4 am call friends...
The missed call friends...
The online friends, the offline friends..
The conditional friends, the unconditional friends...
Book friends....
Tea friends...
The local train friends...
The office friends...
The funny friends.. the oh so serious friends..
The chatterbox friends, the introvert friends...
The "I was busy" friends..
The family friends..
The whining friends..
The ever smiling friends..
The friends who I've never met..
The friends who I'd love to meet again..

Thank you for being a friend!!!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

That Night on the Beach..

Remember that night on the beach...
The breeze that covered your face..
The way you tucked the stray strand of hair behind your ear..


That long stroll along the corner, water kissing our feet...
That whisper, that frequent long pause in between..
The splashing waves, soothing and serene...
The moonlight, looked like a reflection of your heart...
The stars twinkled our love...

The wine glasses we clinked...
The toasts we raised...
"May the best of our yesterdays be the worst of our tomorrows."

Initials we etched on the sand with a heart and arrow
Footprints on the wet sand...
The waves washed it away soon...
Making us realize that everything is temporary...

The glances we shared..
Our eyes longed to behold...
Just as the sand slips through our clenched fist..
Time was slipping away...
Wished to freeze it and make it last forever...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

We'll See!

How often do we jump on what the outcome looks like? How often we feel something is good or bad for us without giving a second thought. We have a habit of drawing inference but fail to gather some patience and look upon it as it comes, you know, a bit like taking it one step at a time.
Before actually experiencing it we make notions about it. Come what may we judge, we judge as soon as we are put into a situation other than usual.

Why can’t we say "We'll See"? 

Here's a story which can be fruitful to remember:

A farmer had only one horse. One day, his horse ran away.
His neighbors said, “I'm so sorry. You must be sad!.”
The farmer just said, “We'll see.”
A few days later, his horse came back.
His neighbors said, “Congratulations! This is great. You must be happy!”
The farmer just said, “We'll see.”

Later, the farmer's young boy went out riding on the horse and fell and broke his leg. His neighbors said, “I'm so sorry. This is really bad. You must be so upset.”
The Farmer just said, “We'll see.”

The country went to war, and every able-bodied young man was drafted as new recruits. The war was terrible and killed every young man, but the farmer's son was not selected, since he had a broken leg.

Moral of the story?

We often are too eager to judge an outcome as good or bad, even though it comes out to be totally different with time. Initially it may appear to be bad but may lead to something good!!