Sunday, December 22, 2013

Expectations.

     "I never expected this from you", "I expect a good show from you","You shattered my expectations" are some of the quotes which I heard in the numerous conversations I have been a part of. What is common in them? EXPECTATIONS. We expect a lot from the people around who are known to us. What do you think??Is it healthy to expect??Does anybody know why do we even expect things?Its a known fact that it is the root cause of disappointment...do u agree to these facts?
      What i think is that whenever we see a person the first time, a variety of factors like his/her persona, his/her way of communication etc creates an impression on our mind. We thereby set a threshold for a persons expected behaviour seeing how he behaves. In our subconscious mind, we create an image of a person. Whenever we come across the person behaving normally, there are no issues but when there is an aberrence from the image created in our subconscious we sense something strange. Thats only because he/she did not keep upto his/her expectations of a behaviour which he/she adheres to generally.  We do so many things without our own knowledge, dont we?? we have started to expect from someone without wanting to do it consciously.
         There are expectations from one's own family members. Whenever a person is blessed with intelligence, he or she is expected to do something of a "high acumen". The interest of the person is overshadowed by the expectations which is created around him/her. In this case the person succumbs to others demands rather than his/her own interests. I have seen many intelligent people taking up engineering only because of family expectations and having  no interest of their own. Surely engineering is a good course but some other course maybe not as "relevant" as engineering, has lost them. Such expectations are unreasonable and unfathomable. This also happens because apparently we start revering a course and tag it to be superior while some other profession/course is tagged to be inferior by our subconscious mind. These are all false reasons to some predicaments which had once risen in our mind. I really sympathize with the people who have succumbed to this expectation and have decided to change the course of their life. I vehemently believe that we are born to pursue our passions and we must not believe in such "mirage"(false reverence and expectations) created by some people who later on wont even be a part of our lives sometimes.The perfect illustration of my point is provided by the movie "3 idiots( character Farhan)".
   Expectations, apart from in normal friendships, have magnified, one can say, in romantic relationships. So these people keep crying, they will joke by declaring "Really its better to be single". You ask them why??they say its more of problem and there are many disappointments. When you take the pain to investigate, you find either of them had great expectations. I just am unable to fathom one thing: having seen folks from a generation earlier who have been so simple, down to earth, who are bound by marriage, going along well with each other inspite of the normal whims, why relationship these days are broken and are in a state of deadlock?
     Though I dont deny that certain expectations do exist and they are responsible for healthy relationships, overblown ones are catastrophic. Expectations are related to relationships and relationships are related to emotions. Having written an article on emotions, its really surprising to note the intertwined nature of all three; an imbalance in any one of them has an adverse effect on another. Let  not the boat of life sailing in this vast ocean of uncertainity be capsized by the imbalance in any of the three factors stated earlier: expectations->relationships->emotions which again leads to expectations. (All the computer programmers out there, a circular linked list is what one observes amongst the three factors..:p).Let us also bridge the gap between expectations and reality. Lastly I would like to end this blog on a famous quote:
"Persons appear to us according to the light we throw upon them from our own minds."
 -Laura Ingalls Wilder

Sunday, November 17, 2013

We will miss you..Sachin!

     India's batting order will never be the same with a void number 4 (in test cricket specifically). The field will dearly miss his charismatic presence. He is the one who made the stadium come at a standstill and the people at home hold their breath when he reached his anxious 99. People around the world used to freeze whilst doing their work only to see one more run getting scored and to realise themselves the difference between 99 and 100 when this man played the game. He is the reason why innumerable offices here today have televisions installed and especially working when India plays cricket.He is also the reason why afflicted people who once were reluctant to get up and walk used to dance magically when he reached a 100. I am talking about none other than the GOD of cricket  MR.SACHIN TENDULKAR.

    Innumerable records made and equal number of records broken. It was never imagined that records will be broken with grace, the thresholds of cricket and records have transformed to once "unrealistic levels" to realism now. This legendary man has a plethora of records to his credit with one of the best being the heralder of double century in ODI. Following his record then, there were others who made their presence felt in this league of ODI double centuries. Such has become the game that Sachin makes the rules and others follow them when it comes to making and breaking records. One of the other flabbergasting and mind boggling records set by him include the 100 100's(centuries) hit by him in his cricketing career with 200 test matches played and myriad ODI's. I could just make a table highlighting his records and that would go on for pages.
    He has achieved what so many of us here wish to achieve but fail to do so, by setting an example of himself to the young aspiring minds here. Whenever i saw him getting out, half of the expectations of a victory  for the team would get shattered. He was the "team" for me. One of my friends named Aadesh for whom cricket became a passion and still is, who represented our college team finds his gentle nature and aggression whilst batting impressive. He is developing his skills keeping Sachin as the reference when it comes to technicalities while playing shots like cover drive, Straight drive,Paddle sweep etc. Like Aadesh, there are innumerable of us who try to imitate his actions, batting like him and I too am proud to be one of them.


   I fondly remember those anxious moments when he was in his 90's.I also cherish all those memorable anxious sips of coffee I have had just expecting a four or six for him to reach a perfect 100 and then used to get slightly disappointed since he used to keep up the heebie-jeebies of that situation by just scoring a run. He failed many times by getting out in his 90's but what is worth noting is how he rose not just for these 100's but even in his life. After so many minor injuries and a critical injury in his life, he never left pursuing his passion and he rose like a Phoenix from ashes and returned to be there on the 22 yard pitch which will henceforth miss him. How can one forget the time when his father passed away in 1999 and his early magical return to the field which was a grandiose boost to our team that time. He was pitted against so many opponents in the game but his reply was one with that of grace. He let his bat do the speaking.
  His farewell speech clearly shows how grounded he is as a person. He is a silent achiever I would say, having lived in his own world and with his own people whom he dearly values, he has achieved laurels and made our nation proud. I would coin him a 'common man with uncommon achievements' that he believes in simplicity and hardwork alone. This game will really miss him to the extent he misses this game or maybe even more than that. Today, with great pride, he leaves the game, leaves the team responsibly with a set dynamic and young budding players who have had the golden opportunity to spend their time with this LEGEND and let his charisma and skill inspire them in their quest to make the team successful.
   His physical presence in the field will be missed but he will be eternally present in the minds of tons and tons of people here for whom he has been an inspiration and a reason for cricket'ing'.


WE WILL MISS YOUR PRESENCE..THE GOD OF CRICKET,THE MASTER BLASTER, SACHIN TENDULKAR.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Mr/Ms Perfect??

       "So what do you know?? I know this part of this chapter, I know some part of this chapter and some of some other chapter". Are you the one who answers this way when asked what do you know?? Then I presume you have the partial knowledge of everything prima facie but are a master of none.It's just like i know everything but not everything of something. Having a partial knowledge I presume is something not recommended at all.
       There are some interesting things I encountered during my academic tenure. When i sit for vivas, I am asked the same question and when I say these chapters are currently in my domain of knowledge, the instant reply is.."only this much?"...well...all i tell them is that its better to know fewer things better than nothing at all. The problem doesn't end here, the next "best" thing to happen is the examiners stare  you with a grilling look to give us a jist of how moments could get worse for us having named the those chapters. Justifying the look mentioned, the examiners will ask you simple questions but what you recollect are some "stars" you drew in your book. Nevertheless the look on our face is the one of deep thought, the one which portrays going through the pages in our "picturesque" mind. We loose out maily because of the glaring look of the examiner even if the questions are easy. Finally we see the examiner with such sincerity which we may never ever have expressed to anyone in the entire semester. Our mind appeals only one thing indirectly "Please pass kardo yaar(please give us passing marks atleast)".Their answer is I cannot pass you.....
     

  Now the second case: I say I have skimmed(read but not very attentively) everything but not done anything perfectly. This is also a problem. When I have studied part A from a particular chapter, I am always asked questions from part B of that chapter. Then again after some grilling on the parts which I haven't studied they are back to square one i.e "What do you know?". Who will make them understand that all we knew were things from part A of a particular chapter. Again the look on our faces is the one of sincerity and the story goes on and on till the last year.
  So now, since one gets screwed both the ways, how to handle this??think...think..oh yes..speak something out..something or the other...make an attempt?? rather than blatantly telling them "i dont know?". Well, this seems a tad bit better but then this way too you are screwed.How?? the examiner will say "if you dont know anything admit it". Then again the same story begins..the look...picturesque memory..etc. We make an appealing expression portraying the desperation and frustration of everything and a humble request to them to pass.They have an answer directly.."I cannot pass you..."

    The pressure to be perfect will always be on us. The above stated scenarios are just an example on how the world expects us to be perfect. Not only this even if we are perfect, it must be on all fronts. Sometimes i feel like asking the examiners on "whether they expect us to be specialists or generalists"..what does the world want??...there are no answers to this question...even if the answers exist, they can just be an individual perspective and not a generalised and an applicable-to-all  answer. So folks, the world is highly dynamic and confusing, isn't it??


GOOD DAY TO ALL OF YOU

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

In pursuit of happiness

             Happiness, a topic much debated on and discussed on for the myriad definitions and perspectives it is having. The definitions can be a million but i would like to take this opportunity to discuss some. Before I start, may i ask what is happiness for you???is it buying a car???a new house???a future possibility of something good happening???or some past activity of yours???...well....let us find out..
           The definition of happiness differs from people to people. For some, happiness depends on the inner state of mind. Inner state of mind as in, by doing good to others, helping others and acting unselfish they find happiness. For them the outer materialistic things are just a part and parcel of life. In some aspects I feel they are right the only reason being materialistic things are temporary, as in they come grow old and are flushed out of life.  For instance the happiness of buying a computer is not very long lasting; after the initial excitement we often tend to get used to it and handle it as if it were a normal commodity. The above stated aspect is one thing I am unable to understand and that too inspite of knowing that a thing's importance will reduce, we are unable to 'reduce' the reduction of importance, isnt it strange?? The things we buy can be lost by us only to later realise they wont come back to us though we become attached to it. So in one way happiness doesn't totally apply to the materialistic things we buy.
        The same applies to relationships among people. When we make new friends, we have ample content to talk on and we are unable to keep a track of time especially when we find people with the same wavelength. As time passes though, these people are ingrained into our mind and there is nothing that special about them until and unless they leave us, we fight or we separate for various other reasons.So what is happiness here then??it lies in having such people throughout our lives...not caring about the distance which separates such people from us and always staying in touch. The happiness remains the same each time we talk to them; such people never grow old in our lives; they generate equal amount of alacrity each time we speak to them. People say time passes, but, I would say the joy of speaking to such people remains intact.
    Some of us wait for some or the other activity to be happy. For instance, when in school, one might think of going home and doing something more interesting than the indolence laden environment there. We pin our happiness to some activity of the future which cannot be vouched for its realization. We become happy imagining the rosy picture which lies in our "wonderlands". Same applies to our past; though it can be said to be a bit more reasonable. We think of the good things that have happened in the past and get charged up. Very well, but too much dependence on it and ignoring the present is what hits the most. What is happiness here then in this case????LIVE IN THE PRESENT. It is called PRESENT since each and every moment is a gift to our lives and we must cherish it and live it to our maximum rather then being dependent on other factors.
   
       So, all my blog friends, its high time, we redefined "happiness" in our lives to the present(gift) which we are having. The more i find myself writing about this topic, the lesser seems the content. I still state that happiness is a topic which cannot be defined by a single perspective at all.Well, friends for every other thing in life we have to pay a cost be it money,any sacrifice etc. but happiness is a thing which can be free of cost depending on what your thoughts are. All the points I stated above were nothing but a tinge of water amidst an ocean. Finally i would end this blog on a quote:

"True happiness is... to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future."
Lucius Annaeus Senec
GOOD DAY TO ALL OF YOU!
     

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Digitionships

   Well, digitionships??seems weird??wait...so you message your friend more than you talk with him/her in person ??then you might be having a good digitionship i.e Digital relationship. Mobiles and computers have become the paramount means of talking to people along with other traditional means. It can be said to be to our benefit but when used as a complementary means of staying in touch with people.
    People will "make-up" and "break-up" using  digital gadgets. Here's a sample conversation:
Boy: I am calling it off.
Girl: Oh..y?
Boy: I am absolutely unsure of what I want.
Girl: Okay..your wish.
(and the conversation ends)
The conversations have become so shallow and superficial and so have the relationships.When relationships are precarious, digital media is not a good means to communicate since results can be catastrophic. People are hardly able to see what the other person is actually feeling or willing to express. What one misses out is the reception of emotions..and how could that happen when we are unable to see that person, his gestures, his willingness/unwillingness. People break relationships so easily as if it were some commodity to be purchased and thrown after using for some cost. I am not that experienced to comment as a fatherly figure but have got the understanding to value any relationship in my life. When I see such things happening, I am dismayed that people have also accepted to live with the shallowness; the intensity of "hurt" is risen but equally declining is the value of "hurt" in people.
   Marriages, the sacred bond, have surely not remained untouched by digital communication. One of the positives being the presence of numerous sites which help find the right partner. Though it's not hard to imagine that someday, due to scarcity of time, marriages will turn digital. People will use video calling facilities to see each other and use digital Garlands. Softwares for completion of marriages with all the rituals will come into existence.I imagine this software to contain something called as"marriage-box"(like toolbox) which contain various elements like garlands,the ring etc which are essential for marriages Digital marriage certificates will come into existence and there might be companies which will issue these certificates. If the marriages become digital, all I could hope and wish is that God also make our existence digital(birth and death) to complete the "digital" drive.

    All my blog readers out there, let only my views here remain digital but let the meaning of it cross the digital boundaries into the paradise of your thoughts to create a difference. I just hope that people realise the obsession they have with digital gadgets which later results in "digitionships". Lastly,a humble request to the readers to get out of the four walls, meet people and give "relationships"(in person interaction) more priority than "digitionships" because come what may "emotions" and "relationships" can never be "digitised".
GOOD DAY TO ALL OF YOU!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Emotions

       So, you are an emotional guy/girl. The cliched statement "You are very emotional" has become so banal. We know so many advantages of being sentimental and emotional but sometimes it is to our discredit. Emotions, I believe are basically scalars, something without a direction(as in they are unreasonable sometimes) and something unfathomable. Its not surprising that most of the times there is always a staunch disagreement between emotions and our mind. Our mind works on logic while emotions have no such thing as logic.
    Emotions have a strong force of cohesion i.e their fragments are strongly connected. They strike us badly when we bid adieu to near and dear ones. For instance when we leave our mom to go to work outside,  taking with us 20 years of cherishable moments spent with her, having lived under the shade of her motherly love.All of a sudden we realize that she will no longer be with us to be a part of our daily lives often seen combing our hair, leveling the excess powder we applied to our face, ironing our t-shirts,cleaning up the grandiose mess we leave behind after doing some job sometimes of a small magnitude though. Most importantly, the scolding we get for all the mess we created is dearly missed.We often rebuke to the scolding we get in the heat of the moment but sooner realise  what it actually meant and also that it was for our own good. The same applies to all our near and dear ones but with the respective activities they do. All I stated above seems very optimistic and have a feel-good factor to any third person. Its difficult though when one experiences it and has to accept the same. With time though, we gradually get used to it and then adapt to the new environment.

   Some people ask me the difference between a life with emotions and the one without emotions when I present them this view. All I tell them is that the difference is the same as the one between a black and white tv and a colour tv. Emotions are those sensations which make life worth living and make life colourful.The depressions are sensations which make us realise that something went wrong and ecstasies makes realise that something we did just was good enough to celebrate. I also staunchly believe that robots can never have the human intelligence until they "feel" things and possess dynamic emotions. Having said this, its quite evident that emotions make us complete humans.
     They are the reason why some broken relations are still existent somewhere, that some sort of memory always remains.This memory causes a lot of turmoil. Even in a simple relationship as friendship, a lot of emotions are involved and when that is broken though for the good, the pain is generated, the pain of separation, the pain of having been somehow subjected to unjustifiable behavior,deceit is what remains. Since emotions are logic deprived, although we know that a relationship cannot materialise, we often somehow imagine it to be working, an imagination which can hardly be a reality, an imagination which causes a person to even see through an opaque future. Such is the disgrace of emotions that a person looses control over himself, his/her mind only to see it being shattered by someone who was a pal of yours, now, has gone ahead in life for his/her own interests.Sometimes, when nostalgia strikes, day and night we think about the pleasant time spent with the person without even knowing whether the other person is thinking about you or not. I personally feel that the consequences of hurting someone is something which is accounted for and paid by the sinner in all cases.
  Having said all this, I would coin emotions as a powerful weakness. When we are unable to adapt to the situation and accept things which are not meant to be, they are a hinderance and a reason for unjustified things in life. It is such an unique and precious resource that we must not waste behind everyone and nurture it for it to be devoted to the deserving people. I am pretty fortunate to have such people in my life now as friends and there exists this "wireless" but powerful bond called "emotions"
  GOOD DAY TO ALL OF YOU

Monday, September 30, 2013

Criticism:the best tool for self-sympathy

                   "If the car isn't being driven properly, blame the car and not the driver."
    A very strange but true behavior I recently observed in humans is that criticism has become a tool for self condolence,self-sympathy. When people are unable to reach a stature in life, the best thing they do is criticize the stature(they were aiming for primarily by some or the other reason) and justify their own position(of failing) rather than identifying their shortcomings. By quoting the above phrase, I wish to convey exactly the same thing. What it actually means is that whenever the driver(the person) isn't able to drive correctly, he/she puts the onus on the situations/circumstances(the car) rather than on himself(the driver). It is but obvious that the car is only driven by the driver, maintained by the owner and hence it is the owner or the driver at fault and hardly the car(with a few exceptions).
    People often come with a imaginary high self-esteem for nothing which instills a fear in them to protect their apparent image. This attitude of people prevents them from learning new things and having an open-mind. The whole world is confined to protecting their own image by being obdurate to constructive criticism but freely criticising the people for the shoddy job(which actually may be worthy enough) they just accomplished. I recently experienced this in the campus recruitment drive which was organised by a noteworthy company in our college. With great amount of hardwork put in, I was selected by a giant IT firm entailing considerable respect in the market and having good prospects. I was without any doubt struck by the jubiliance that my hardwork paid off in a handsome way. The jubiliance was not only for getting a job but also for the kind of practical stuff which I was going to work on, having studied loads of theory all my life till date.
   The important aspect worth noting here is the attitude of some people who did not make it, the attitude of their "consoling" friends and some who just wanted to be a part of the "spectate and comment" type of attitude. These people are the ones who wish to spot the negativity in everything others do. People who could not make it were throwing barbs at the company and the people selected by the company. They were of the opinion that the company is "not that great". This indirectly implied that the people selected in the company were a sham or it happened just by luck. People who were not selected were consoled by so many who undermined the company and showed them some optimism by quoting "some better company might pick them up". All these statements come with a secondary meaning that the person selected got a company of "his worth" and that just because someone is not selected he is "more worthy". Very encouraging to the person who couldn't make it but equally discouraging for the person who got selected. Having said this, there are other subtle ways to encourage a person who wasn't selected. Maybe he might get any company which is equally worthy or a company where he deserves to be. There is no company more or less competent in the market; all that matters is one's own interest. Just because he/she doesnt like the job profile or did not make it to the company, its unfair call the company as bad/unworthy.
  I am totally against the practice of blaming other people/entity/organisation for one's own failure. Apart from the genuine people who were really left out, I found that many of them joined the wind of blaming the company and justifying themselves of being a "paragon" of knowledge. for some good people who were left out, opportunities are galore and the world is a huge place to leave out genuine talent unemployed. I staunchly believe that they will get their share but in a company in which they can adapt themselves culture-wise as well.

It's high time we retrospected on the aspects where we lacked rather than vehement criticism of the external conditions which are seldom under our control and which serves no purpose except that of "self symphatising" and apparent justification for one's failure. Finally I would like to end this blog on an inspiring quote:

"A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he blames some one else"
- John Burroughs

GOOD DAY TO ALL OF YOU!
   

Friday, September 20, 2013

Living a life full of compensation!

   Note: Please take note of the sarcasm in this article in some places...Hope you enjoy the read.  
   I am dedicating this article to the habit of "compensating"
Did not get the deserving credit for a job you did??:compensate and let go..afterall you are being "paid" in some or the other way.  Your boss unjustifiably screeching on you for someone else's mistake: compensate and let go because he/she is after all senior to you(keeping aside what is right or wrong). Were not happy with something you just bought??'compensate'.Unjust things happening around you: compensate on your urge to raise your voice and let go to avoid trouble. The habit of compensation has become so banal these days, hasn't it??.
    I just loathe this habit.We have to compensate for so many things in life. Compensate on our values and virtues for the world which demand some unreasonable 'compensation' in these values to survive. I tell you the world is so money centered that irrespective of what you work or contribute, majority of the times money speaks more than anything else. Money is undoubtedly important but I would prioritize following certain ethical values rather than money. .Talking about money, hardwork and diligence are always rewarded handsomely in this world, come what may.Whenever I shared this opinion with others, the response which I got was that I was thinking in a very idealistic way All I would say is that people are just flowing with the crowd and are not having their say enough in this case when they say things are idealistic. Compensating throughout one's life for things may reward one with some "cash" or other fringe benefits but there is nothing which one will take away from this world having suppressed his/her emotions/values just for temporary benefits. I dont find this justified in any case. In this process, a person looses his/her say in matters which require to be opposed. I just sometimes wonder that if everyone worked skillfully and diligently such crooked methods would not have to be followed. When people have something to hide or have done something wrong, such methods come into existence.
   Next comes the habit of compensating on sharing one's emotions. Before opening up to anybody, we have to think twice about the person being trustworthy. The fear of getting one's emotions devalued by sharing it with the wrong people arises. Everybody, almost everybody except a handful of them in this world come without expectations in someone else's life. People are so self-centered that they may seem the best of any dog's species when it comes to portraying loyalty(falsely though) to people whom they have any work with.Once the work's done, slowly you find them distancing themselves from you. In such cases, when the you are in jeopardy/trouble,they might even fail to recognise you forget about anything else. Trusting such people is totally out of question. Frankly speaking such people exist in abundance today; I could just hope they were in rarity.What I wish to convey here is that we cannot be truthful and expressive with the people we wish to. We have to supress our emotions rather than sharing it with unwise people. "TRUST" is a rare and precious commodity whose value has been inflated in a grandiose way owing to the above mentioned factors.To sum up, there can hardly be any person in this world withm you could open up with or trust easily. You always have to compensate on the amount of talks you share with anyone. You can only trust yourself more than anyone else.
   Compensation also comes in the materialistic things we plan to buy. Whenever something doesnt fit into our budget all we do is compensate on the quality or some other factor. When we do compensate here, we console ourselves by the fact that people who are poorer are even devoid of the same object we just bought. What I feel is in order to progress in life, we must always look forward to the people who are at a higher stature than us as a baseline for comparison. In this process, we aim higher for buying the best quality things.I personally feel that our outlook must change in this issue.
    Well folks, its time to compensate on the amount of "compensation" we make in so many aspects. Maybe, someday, we might gain something we never expected.....a clean heart and an unfathomable satisfaction of following our instincts.
GOOD DAY TO ALL OF YOU!
   

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Mumbai Meri Jaan

  "The local arriving on platform number one is....." goes an announcement in one of the stations in Mumbai.Following the announcement comes the train, fully loaded with people. There will not be any time of the day when people don't stand on the footboard of the local train. Inspite of so many seats vacant inside, the footboard is always crowded. People wont mind getting down and then boarding the train again at each stop for others to get in and for them to retain their coveted "footboard position" . When I speak of Mumbai, the very first thing by default which comes to my mind are the local trains which are also anointed as "The Lifeline of Mumbai". The tracks which are a few metres wide and enduring tons of weight daily have the capacity to transport myriad number of people which a road of equal width can do but with great difficulty.
  When you go ambling on the streets of Mumbai , the footpaths can be sometimes occupied by small stalls(thellas). Here, you get all sorts of edibles, accessories for a reasonable rate. "dus ka do"(10 for 2), "nahi rukiye madam, aat mei leke jaeye"(wait madam, take this away for 8 bucks) are some of the common statements heard while the transactions are finalized. We can find any item properly packed and showcased in a hi-fi shop or the same item found with the street vendors(maybe of a different quality though). A city of extremes, made for those who wish to survive lavishly and also for those who are on an austerity drive but uncompromising on the items to be purchased.
     Mumbai can also be coined as "A city of chances, probabilities". One can never predict when and how can he\she succeed. People start with small businesses and start-ups and sometimes become millionaires while some of them go for a toss. It can also be coined as a dense forest of "buildings" where the number of people residing in a building can be equated with the number leaves in a tree. I have been residing here since my birth(21 years) and it was absolutely a wonderful experience. I have traveled in the buses, the trains and more than half of my life in Mumbai goes in travelling. Travelling gets even more challenging during the rainy season when majority of the trains are late, trains are overcrowded with apprehensive people willing to rush home early.It's just like an adventure where occurrence of events is dynamic.
      Criticism is something which is not very uncommon here. Waiting for a bus in a queue for a long time and seeing how unjustifiably buses are diverted to certain locations, walking on the road densely surrounded by people, common altercations amongst co-passengers are some of the situations which lead to a lot of irritation regularly.The absence of some solitary space while doing our daily chores is unfavourable sometimes.Another thing very common among Mumbaikars is their apathy towards socialisation. I find scarce socialisation here and people hardly come out of their houses and take efforts to speak to others. People are reluctant to get out of the 4 walls of their house. This can partly be blamed to the excessive obsession with electronic gadgets or the increased lethargy among citizens. Interactions with neighbours is at a all time low. We also think twice before acknowledging an acquaintance with a smile as if a smile costs a million dollars worth energy. Instead a smile spreads positive vibes worth more than a million dollars.
 Mumbai has a lot of good things to boast of starting from the delicious Mumbai chhat(found nowhere else in the world), the vada pav, pav bhaji and needless to mention and describe the plethora of landmarks and places(fashion street, the various temples and other religious shrines,the gateway of India....and the list is very long) which are uniquely special in their own way. The spirit of Mumbaikars is something worth admiration. Irrespective of so many blows and losses, people have never failed to rise again to show the world that they are unstoppable. The absence of socialisation is compensated by huge gatherings during festivals. Celebrations galore here with every festival celebrated with equal fervour.I really salute the people who go out of their way, remove time out of their busy schedules making arrangements for the festivals.

People residing here may have many issues to raise a hue and cry about but have never ceased loving this place. Once accustomed to the fast-paced life of Mumbai it becomes difficult to adapt to a slower and much relaxed life but one can live under the worst conditions as well. Mumbai-life has made me rough and tough.I, a resident of Mumbai, the city of dreams, vehemently state....."Mumbai meri jaaan hai(Mumbai is my life)"

Friday, September 6, 2013

The 'legendary' trip

     It's 4:30 a.m, December 27,2012 and I just attended the call of my alarm clock which is relentlessly investing its battery to wake me up. I get ready to reach the commencing point of the express train. The station near my locality is crowded, bustling with energy in the morning and I am standing with my wheeled luggage bag. Though now, more than the excitement of the journey, the anxiety of boarding the local train with the luggage is what bothers me the most. Albeit in the wee hours, the local trains can be very soothing and cosy, the "halo" effect imbibes some anxiety.
   Overcoming these barriers I reach the source platform for what can be called as the "Dream Journey". Going on a long trip with college mates was a totally different affair for me. All stood on the platform waving hands and greeting each other. After all the initial arrangements, the train whistle blew and it had started to take us to our destination. The excitement was such that for the initial hour or so, we only discussed and strengthened our "wonderlands" on how exciting and ecstasy-filled our journey was going to be.
  The first thing on plate was the antakshari(singing) in which we all pulled each other's leg on the songs we chose.Of course and as expected, romantic songs attracted the most "attention" as always. We never knew how time was also moving ahead with our songs and the sun had just positioned itself exactly on the top of our heads. It was a one day long journey and the following night we never slept. Making the most of the time, all of us gathered in the centre of our compartment in the train and were busy narrating some horror stories, trying to match them with reality and the horror with the darkness. Finally, when everyone just decided to retire for the day for atleast 2 hours, I had just sat with my companion, my novel.
  With the novel on my face and hands faintly resting on them, my eyes had just opened in the morning. A fresh sip of tea made my day and I was an hour away from destination whiling away my time looking at the naturally embellished mother nature.The destination was Bangalore, India's electronic city. After checking in the hotel,we all had the traditional and delicious "Idli-sambhar" for our breakfast.The first thing I did after having the breakfast is had "kapi"(coffee), as they call it in south India. I had no issues in communicating with the people there as I was familiar with the local language. The following night we left for Coorg.
  Coorg is a hill station with a pleasant climate and known for its coffee plantations. More than the places we visited, the overnight stay at the hotel was exciting. All football fans locked up in a room were totally geared for a nerve-gripping match. Meanwhile, I and one of my mates, ventured out to explore this beautiful place, bought some coffee and returned to our hotel. The cherry on the cake were the rains there, unusual winter rains; not to mention, we got drenched in the rains to have "kapi" again.  +fahim siddiquei  , hope you remember the night walk there.
Mysore was the next stop. Needless to say, known for the "Palace" by the great Tipu sultan. We hired a guide who could clearly explain the history and its origins to make more meaning of the visit. I really admire the dedication and skills of the builders back then with limited technology and resources, they have built a masterpiece. Finally, after lunch, we all geared up to return to Bangalore.Now here was one more excitement, the bus journey. There was not even a moment in the bus when we didn't dance.  We danced on all types of songs leaving all the worries we had aside.
   It was 31st December, 2012 and a DJ party was arranged where I danced with all exuberance in the company of all those pleasant people with whom I spent 3 years of my life. I saw some people behaving in absurd way totally engrossed in the heat of the moment. The DJ, having completed his share of time with us was almost about to leave. Here, one of my friend went to him and never let him move an inch from his seat. Inspite of having our stomach filled with food, the jumping and random steps never reduced. The hotel was a 4-star hotel and going back and resting was equally exciting. Therefore after reaching a physical saturation, all of us returned to our respective rooms to relax. Aadesh, Bhavesh, Akshay,Bhushan and Amit  hope you remember this memorable dance.
  After all the excitement, came the evening of january 1,2013. Having being kissed by the pleasant celebration of new year, we also got kissed by the time which had indicated to make a move and end this memorable trip. Owing to all the excitement it had given us, time never allowed us to totally come back to normalcy from such a state. The train journey was still remaining, the place where we could finally sum up everything and slowly kiss Goodbye to the memorable trip. I spoke to one native guy in there who had also come to study trip while others were playing antakshari. Later on, I too joined the celebrations. We hardly slept that night knowing that the next day we all will be back home, doing the same old chores. Having had such cherishable moments together, we wanted to make even more of the remaining time. With each moment passing, the adage "Time and tide wait for none" was something which struck me the most. It never allowed me to keep any grief forever so it will equally not allow me to remain in this state forever. This is life!!
   Thus, I never knew how those seven unforgettable and memorable days passed, with each day the enjoyment increased exponentially. At this age, where responsibility and freedom go hand in hand, spending time with friends and getting to know them better was the best thing ever happened.

         The mesmerizing temperatures, the company of friends,multiplicity of places, the 31st night D.J. party and the unforgettable cosy stay at the hotel  and last but not the least the train journey; it is nothing but the unforgettable trip to the south in nutshell. The most cherishable days spent with friends.The trip was truly legen 'wait-for-it' dary trip.

GOOD DAY TO ALL OF YOU!!

Monday, September 2, 2013

APTITUDE BUT NO ATTITUDE

    Any organisation paying a considerable amount of money as one's salary has one thing written on its door: "you don't have the necessary APTITUDE". Any diligent and deserving person, failing to clear the test would get depressed above reasonable limits.  They talk about not having the necessary APTITUDE.
   Let us now see how such aptitude is acquired. Well, all you need to do is sit with some book which provides certain fixed methods to solve the problem. Students who follow that method are said to have acquired the knowledge of how to solve the problem without actually putting to task one of the beautiful creations of the Almighty:THE BRAIN. They surely pass this test and get satisfied momentarily that things are in their favor and then to their dismay finally(except the deserving ones). This is what happens to some who qualify for the APTITUDE test but fail to make it. Let us now have a look at those who do not qualify.
   Here is a person, who slogs hard, works hard and does practical stuff but does not do one thing namely being a bookworm. He feels that the aptitude test doesn't test your aptitude but it tests how well you know the methods to solve a particular problem, how well you know the formula's irrespective of the methods used to derive it and the basic knowledge of it. Some might say, they only give the statistics and what and when to do is what students giving the aptitude tests decide. My reply would be  "Given a plate with rice, daal, pickle randomly arranged with various combinations and having been asked to reach the goal state which is a particular combination seen multiple number of times and present either strongly or bleakly in the memory, what is the great difficulty??" It's as good as taming the mind to recognize combinations and respond accordingly.
   ATTITUDE and THINKING and not only APTITUDE is what one must look out for.  According to me, people with ideas creativity must be preferred than those who sit in front of a book and try to memorize formula's to clear an apparently aptitude testing test. Though, I admit that there are some really good quality questions but now is the age of ideas and innovation. I would rather prefer a person, who is a little less on the above mentioned area but more on the train of thoughts.  The way a person thinks, the way he\she approached any problem in life, may it even be personal portrays the intelligence of the person more than any aptitude test could ever show. The programming skills which are required could be easily acquired now or later but the thinking which a person has should be the greatest asset to any organisation. Nowadays, workshops and seminar's are organised for people on how to interact and improve one's interpersonal skills which was once upon a time not a grave matter of concern.

     All I would say in this issue is that a person must be judged face-to-face for his\her thinking, will power to learn things and his\her dedication. As told, the above mentioned skills can be acquired by any person but thinking is a gem among other things. One might as well say, a person can easily bluff showing fake optimism but I would say one cannot bluff about his unique thoughts and that becomes quite visible either ways.I nevertheless state that I am not against the practice of conducting aptitude tests but would be more pleased and at peace if questions which judge one's thinking, imagination would also have been included as a parameter for measuring a candidate.
Good day to all of you!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

....and this is what is friendship.

  This article is totally dedicated to one of my friend, who has been the greatest blessing to me till date.
We played together throughout our childhood but may have been just an acquaintance back then.We met daily but our discussions were just formal and of the "hi-hello" types. We were so near but yet so far.
 The distance which separated us was that of time. Time had not come or both of us to realise that we might be such good friends and a benison in some way for each other. Time passed by and he went his way and I mine totally oblivious to destiny. For so many years, he was a normal person to me, until one day.
 He was standing at the bus-stop and totally engrossed in his activities, I just went by and we started talking generally about ongoing topics. One thing which amazed me is his passion for reading.We had so many books to talk about, the vivid experiences. We reached our eureka movement when we both read a surprisingly intriguing bestseller which was totally of the "vulgar"(not really but people do call it that way) genre. Our discussions were totally based on a very famous female character portrayed in that book.
  That character created such a strong bonding that with each passing day, our discussions would increase. There wasn't a single moment when we both got bored of each other. I truly believe that such bonds are tied naturally when you least expect them to. The character was just a reason for things to happen.
Travelling is a part of our daily chores, which is nothing less than 7 kms. Deciding to accompany each other in such a tiring journey is the best thing ever done. Making fun of the ongoing events in a sarcastic manner, taking away the seat of a person trying to vouch for a seat in the bus were some of the pleasures we have had and are still having. As a routine, we  daily see some people who silently acknowledge their presence unknowingly but never come and talk with us. Somewhere, their acknowledgement and presence has become habitual and though they are not related to us, we observe it to be abnormal not to see them for a while.These are the small but inordinately wonderful experiences and encounters.
We strike a cord with people who have undergone the same problems as ours since during distress we actually need some expert opinion, and that is where he was and still is a blessing. I often loose hope over things thinking pessimistically  and he is the first to boost me and give me the necessary optimism. That is where a real friend comes into picture; being by your side in your ups and downs. He relishes in every small and infinitesimal success of mine as well, asking me to do each task and every thing with equal alacrity, optimism. The value which we have for each other, I think,will never degrade come what may.
Friendship is all about inordinately sharing experiences, being there for each other and respecting each others space in life. The best part of friendship is that we get so many things without expecting much. I've observed that many 'tagged' relations which come with a tag of expectation often lead to dismal ties(with exceptions as always).People become friends with their father,mother and brothers,why? probably it does allow one to share one's experiences without thinking much about the formality of ties and hierarchy.
Since I have known him for such a long time, I just poured my heart keeping him in mind. I am meeting so many good souls out there that someday the pages will be too less, ink will dry away but still I may be unsatisfied writing and expressing about them.....and this is what is friendship.
P.S:Talking about his name, hope you get me SN.

Good day to all of you!

Monday, August 19, 2013

*life->computers; if(computers==null){ life->null;}

Firstly, my title means that my life points to computers and if there are no computers, life is a null(no purpose,coders might get the analogy). Now here goes my tale.
It is the year 1995, I am cozily seated facing the Intel 486 at my grandpa's house . This "assimilated machinery" which managed to display a character whose movements were controlled by me and accordingly reflected changes in the display, was admirable(I termed it 'assimilated' because it could understand what I told it to do). The character moves with a considerable speed and is faced by some opposing force's men who are willing to battle against him to prevent him from reaching his princess. I never knew what and why but the this is what computers meant to me way back then.
  I would long to be at my granny's place only for one thing: Computers. Whenever I returned to my own house, the longing for "the assimilated machinery" would only increase and catering to this emotion, I would prod my parents strongly to take me back there.My uncle used to assemble computers from a scratch in my granny's house and I, used to observe, observe and observe. At an age of less than 5, I didn't know what made me so curious about computers but I used to muse about it without any proper basic understanding of what is going on. Soon, this raw interest started to turn into serious interest and then things slowly started to insinuate at I  becoming an IT or Computer engineer someday. Today, I stand at the fourth and final year of my course and see my abstract aspirations taking a definite form. I used to be so persuasive about computers, that school and formal education seemed to be secondary. The interest at that time was mainly pinned at playing a popular DOS game. Such was the craze, though for a game but thats what led me to believe that computers is what I love.
  I way learnt more and more about computer hardware is something which I will always cherish. In the year 1999, I got myself an intel pentium3, which was one of the latest machines back then. Well, problem solved, got a computer at my house with the revered DOS game as also with some advanced features which could run many more games. Now there was only one problem which was what if the computer conked off and it would take about a week for the concerned officials to make a visit for it to be up and functioning. It was too long a wait for a passionate attraction and interest. So, I used to myself dismantle the whole hardware(CPU) and see what those small capacitors, a battery and a processor fan would probably do to make it run.My uncle, who is an ace and expert in hardware and software , instructed me to do the needful. If still, things didn't work out, I would loose patience and still keep trying till the screen doesn't flicker. I would fail so many times but giving up was not my forte. All this experimentation came with a cost, which was to resist the bouts of anger of my parents for spoiling for an (apparently) working machine.
   The pentium 3, as expected is outdated, and has been replaced by an i3 now, but I am still the very same and keep experimenting with the i3 as well. Today, I am more into the software part of it and the way things are automated fascinates me.
   There is no other ideal sight than that of computers and books.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The convoluted yet beautiful life!

       After reading a couple of books of the philosophical genre and The Bhagavad Gita, my perspective on life underwent a para-dime shift. My 'wanderlust-struck' mind finally converged in on some matters. Though having experienced only a few years of the long life, I feel I have encountered people who are, one can say, my closest friends;while some, whom I considered as the closest, turned out to be otherwise.
       In such matters,I found, our logic fails us. Years of academics teaches us one thing if not any other, think logically and also that things occurring have a reason behind them. In matters of emotions, there seems to be a lot of aberrancy regarding this principle. Things are absolutely unrelated, we remain friends with some people in life irrespective of our aversion for them. Some, on the other hand, fail to tie the friendship knot irrespective of being of, what we call, our types. When things such as these happen, we sit, we muse to our dismay( with exceptions of people who dont think)of not understanding the reasons for the same. Hence begins the train of thoughts trying to connect the prima facie unrelated dots to make sense of them somehow. After a point of time we give up on one issue, moving on to another, but we are never failed by such thoughts to strike us.(Why?)
     I had read about people regressing to their past lives and trying to fathom their current life's problems based on their past lives.In one case the person suffered from hydrophobia presently because he/she had drowned in some previous life in a hapless and struggling situation. The person still subconsciously seems to have not overcome this fear.  Sounds interesting? If you think yes then it might possibly be so because you found something beyond the mundaneness, something beyond the realms of acceptable and something which has no proof until you undergo the same but surely promising since somewhere at the back of the mind we do understand all this having a subconscious mind.
    The Holy Bhagavad Gita also conveys the same message that the roots of the consequences which we face today are laid in previous births, if not this. Having had some terrible experiences with people, I started to ponder on the veracity of karma. I started feeling that in this world and current scenario, the bad ones live and relish life to the fullest while the true and diligent ones are devoid of what they deserve. We all, at some point think this way because we feel that no-one but us are the ones who are toiling with problems and that everyone else is leading a happy life which is a wrong assumption since human life is bound to undergo suffering.
   Nevertheless, I came to believe that karma is a true concept.Having the habit of seeing and measuring results and outcomes quantitatively,I found that  karma's rebuttal cannot be measured but only experienced by the concerned. We need to realize that somethings are just not under our control and it is totally unnecessary to worry about such things. All we need to do is live our life peacefully, flourish, love ourselves and also shower our love to the other beautiful souls out there as it is rightly said "Life is all about sharing and loving". We should always remember that being born as a human is the biggest benison for a soul and that irrespective of everything "Life is Beautiful" and every moment of it must be made cherishable.
   Good day to all of you on that note.!
       

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The paradoxical results!

So, the results were declared, the people with smiles on their faces seems got more than 65 or 70(probably) and those with slight grin with a tinge of disappointment probably got 60+(First class here) and those with a petrifying expression may have ended up with a backlog or may have got way below expectations and with hovering talks of how shoddy is the course or how bad the checking is! seems pretty natural. People who score real high wont even bother about criticising the course or analysing the content of the course unless they score less(with some exceptions)!
Well, I have been through two of the situations mentioned above, in the elite as well as in the range decent enough but attracting censure for the course. I felt, both were essential to be a part of my life, to be among the top as well as being among the slightly lower than the higher ones. When you are among the latter, you often analyse where you lacked or  what the course couldn't give you which made you too lethargic to study. There is this gap which is very unfathomable, we learn so much of theory only to find that none of the theory will take you anywhere in a place where people with a  high acumen are already placed and are more skilled. There is no denying that, theory forms the base of any practical stuff but too much emphasis on that and too less in the principles which are required is like just providing uncooked rice(raw rice) where a huge demand for cooked rice exists.
While the cliche goes "Mera Beta distinction se engineering pass hua"(My son passed engineering with a distinction), which nowadays has become banal and the actual skills of such a person maybe less than the one with a First Class. This is the sole reason why aberrant results regarding the placements are observed. There are these dream companies(offering a admirable package)which sometimes hardly hire any of these guys and sometimes the least expected guy(with maybe less percentage) gets into the company having gone that extra-mile elsewhere.So, it seems that the results cannot be a future decider for sure but a source of momentary satisfaction and eligibility criteria for many companies(providing a channel to get selected). In this fierce and cut-throat competition, we require to run an extra mile to prove ourselves. It's absolutely not surprising that companies might directly ask, 'in a crowd of people with the same results as yours what makes you stand out for us to hire you'.
Having said all this, engineering course is worth the admiration and respect because it actually provides one  the platform which is enough for many of us to make the best use of, including but not limited to those mentioned in the article "Towards an Engineered life" published by me. I am not amazed that more than the results, people take with them the pleasant memories, time spent with friends and some of these moments  stay with the person throughout his/her life. It also teaches us one thing, don't ever be contended by any achievement but keep striving to become the best where the best has no limits.Lastly, there are always exceptions to the points I stated above.
Good day to all of you.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Mission success:Approaching problems

Life is a journey which throws so many thorns in its own path. Reaching any milestone in our life requires real efforts. There are so many of us who wish that procuring things could have been effortless, but hey,wait a moment, will that really make you contended except for a few moments of getting it? There are somethings of the human nature I am unable to fathom.
            Success is something which we all wish; may it be scoring real good marks in exam, reaching an ambitious position in our professional career. Imagine yourself placed in a football field and your team scores all the goals without anyone moving in the field: even if your team wins, will it be worth the joy?? Without a dime worth effort will it be justified to claim victory? Even at work, we wish that our work gets done automatically without our intervention and our accounts get filled with money.Though the above mentioned scenario's are  imaginary ones but the very thought of it makes one feel so odd. Well folks, efforts make our life worth living. It provides us with the path to achieve something big. Life would just get as boring and lethargic without their presence.Intelligent efforts differentiate us from animals and if we wish to be lethargic then even an animal who doesn't possess the intelligence of a human being is putting in more efforts. What is the use of living such a life where everything is spoon-fed, easy to obtain. One fine day, there might be no importance left for the expensive things which we buy, nothing to crave for, no reason to live in life except for a few years. 
             The only thing which differentiates people with the above mentioned thoughts with the people who have actually made it big is the approach towards problems. There are two key words which the dictionary hosts namely "optimism" and "pessimism" which acts as a differentiator. Let me take an example to make it clear. In my engineering college, I happened to be an onlooker to one of the incidents which inspired me to write this blog.There were 5 people who were involved in merrymaking in a laboratory session and the faculty caught hold of the same and cancelled their attendance.The faculty asked them to execute the program based on the concept by themselves and show the working to her if they wished to get back their attendance.As opposed to other people's nay approach towards these sort of methods, there was this one guy who had a different perspective to the whole issue; he opined that "he found a new avenue to learn". The whole episode gave him a reason to put efforts to learn and get his attendance back. Those naysayers, too got their attendance back but by copying what he had done. There were two things to note in this incident, one is the approach and the other is the joy. Yes, the person who slogged hard had a joy to boast of which I found in nobody else. I could see the efforts bringing his success some additional colours as opposed to others for whom it seemed routine.  This may just seem as trivial a story to say but it conveys the right message. The joy of anything obtained by sheer efforts beats all the other ecstasies.
These problems as they are said are not to be considered to be a wall between you and success instead, an opportunity to learn something new and making yourself more worthy of the result which you wish to obtain. If someone ever thinks, why someone else got to a position which he\she always dreamt of getting but could not, the only answer to this would be the approach, maybe the person at a high position may have faced all the problems with optimism and will while others may have chosen to avoid confronting those problems and playing safe.
So folks thats all for today. I hope I soaked that lethargy from you!! have a good day!!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Why Movies turn out to be so entertaining and satiating

I recently happened to ponder over the fact that for a plethora of us, movies are very entertaining and we often keep staring at the screen for hours! There are so many reasons which one could give but I would like to share what I feel about movies.
First and foremost, let me talk about the movies which are fictional implying that the things portrayed in them cannot happen in this mundane and normal world composed of mortals like us.These are the movies which have garnered the admiration of so many people across varying age limits. Why is it so? Well, the reason I feel is that many of us have utopian aspirations like flying whenever desired, exploring and having an ability to hop from one place to another within a matter of seconds(like any superhero does!). Albeit not possible in the real sense, we find pleasure or joy in observing someone enacting what we actually want to achieve. Isn't it very soothing and bolstering to realise our aspirations atleast virtually!
Secondly, coming to the movies which ends with the just hero flagging victory over the evil. Everybody wants  to see justice realised and we feel so relieved when the just wins. Justice not only implies legal cases but also punishing the ones who have cheated us at some point in life and have got away unscathed.So many of such movies culminate at a point where the protagonist, who befriends jeopardy is badly beaten up and is on the verge of dying, still gets up out of the blue and all of a sudden takes over the unjust(sometimes myriad in number) and hoists the victory flag! These movies in reality do not deliver justice in our lives, but relieves us with the hope that the just always wins come what may and justice will be delivered. Our unstable and wondering mind finds solace!
I wouldn't elaborate on jocular and comedy movies.They, by all means are entertaining and provide us with the much needed 'hearty laughs' which is in rarity these days.
Movies are more soothing because they provide you the comfort of entertainment that too without stressing much on one's brains. We don't have to strain our brains much here by imagining or thinking but we just have to sit in front of a screen to experience. What more comfort than this?
Life never can give us all the pleasures which we always intend but surely it gives us such sources to remain happy and contended at it being fulfilled and realized somewhere!
Good day!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Towards an 'engineered' life

Engineering is a course which teaches one much more about the intricacies of life as it teaches about the technical aspects. In the tenure of four years one not only becomes a technically sound engineer but also starts leading a engineered life.
One can have three types of worries/pressures whilst doing this course:
1)Worry of the present which includes exams,submissions lined up i.e. the burden of completion.
2)The past worries which includes but is not limited to KT's(for some students), less marks scored which further leads to a present tension of getting good marks.
3)Worries of the future which includes a job security.
When one comes out of the realms of engineering, he/she in consideration can said to have tackled all these burdens with success. These burdens, though in the engineering domain, have a lot to do with one's real lives at a point later in life. One has to keep all these three domains balanced to live a normal life.One learns management of time, which is a quintessential part in so many jobs owing to the fact that a major part of one's studies which has to be managed in the final month before our examination.
Inspite of the aforementioned pressures, we never miss out on the life's enjoyment ride.Engineering life offers us some memorable and unforgettable moments in our life. One gets to know that everything in life can be achieved with focus, hardwork and determination for a limited but highly productive time(with apropos to the last one month of intensive studies). One learns with time that its not just a donkey's hardwork that is required to excel in life, but smartwork as well, which I term as 'smart-hardwork'. One also makes new acquaintances here in engineering, some of them turn out to be as  friends throughout one's life.Exploring places, hanging out with friends and keeping any relationship alive are some of the activities which gives one a glimpse of the various social pressures he/she could ever face, though of a different magnitude, in his/her life.
One of the most important part of engineering are the vivas. They teach a person so much about the power of speech. It is not at all necessary to now 100 percent of the answers to the questions posed to you by the examiner. What counts more is the way you project yourself of whatever you know.I call that technique "intelligent speaking".The examiner judges you much more on your presentation and confidence. These skills teach you so much more about decision-making and handling pressure-tight situations in life.
If one wonders what he/she has learnt after the four strenuous years of engineering, I have listed a few which we often tend to ignore.
Good day!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The wonderful art of writing!

Writing, one of the very basic forms of expression has its roots from a very ancient time. A book, may it be blank or printed has so far been a man's best companion to share thoughts, record events,transactions and many more things.
                    "I was not born with the propensity to write but sooner did I find that
                     being loquacious with a book is far pleasing and soothing"
Life's twists and turns often compelled me to grab a pen and paper and allow the train of thoughts to flow from my mind to the paper. I believe writing is an effortless art, you just have to write what you think. I recently observed that people can write for the following  purposes or writing has two forms:
1)Write to be read
2)Write to write
In the former approach, one starts thinking about the audience and how others would react to his writings while in the latter one writes solely for his own pleasure.Both the above approaches just represent one's perception. One can choose a domain he is comfortable in.
             One of the best aspects of writing is that a book or any writing material will never get bored by whatever you think.Though, by definition it is inanimate, it is equivalent to talking with a person. We have so many joyous as well as sorrow laden moments in our lives and sometimes we have to think twice before expressing it to others. I will term a book as a patient listener. It is the best conservationist I ever found because it is said that listening is a vital and quintessential part in an conversation. We write our minds and our hearts to a trustworthy outlet which will keep our secrets as well as provide the joy of sharing such movements.
                 Having said all this, I would end this blog on a very positive note on writing and also looking forward to keep this wonderful legacy of writing continuing with time.