Wishlist - 10 things I want to do before see off!



Well, this is really something that I always wanted to jot down. Of course these shortlisted 10 that I strongly want to do / achieve before I see almighty, actual list is still very long. Almost in every wish you will find a touch of traveling and moving around. This is because I was born with gypsy soul.

List goes like this.


1. Live in world's most fantastic places for 1 month each, Amazon & Serengeti : Man, I can loose anything for this for all the flora and fauna in this amazing places. In India I traveled many jungles but the craziness that goes within Amazon and Serengeti is priceless.


2. Adventure sports: Yes, right now bungee jumping and sky diving are on m agenda. Can't think of scuba yet. Yet to get over the phobia


3. Become a lecturer of off beat subjects: I always know I'm a good teacher. For my domain subject I teach as a visiting faculty during Nov to Feb. But apart from domain subject I want to teach subjects like problem solving, importance of traveling, Who is Rabindranath Tagore, so on..


4. Bunk my office: Writing this on behalf of many such poor souls like me. I want to bunk office and go for a bike ride alone. And I will do it in this coming monsoon.


5. Want to be known as artist not professional: I always want this and I'm on my right way. Whenever my physical battery gets off, you should know me as an artist instead of a professional who ran in a rat race and raced for never to win. I have already started portraits drawing, joining dance class and guitar soon. huuh..damm good , what a feeling. Not only this, after going a mile ahead in this, I want to see me discussing some cool stuff with other artists.


6. Witness FIFA World Cup: In fact, this one should be No. 1 in this list.


7. Visit Istabnbul, Funchal and Disney land: Yes, since many years these cities are somehow coming across me through reading or internet or something. I really want to visit and stay in these cities on priority. 


8. Participate in triathlon: This is because even thinking of it is like challenging myself. Here more than age what matters is mental toughness. Swim, bike and run.. Pushing the limits. 


9. See an active volcano: There are 500 active volcanoes around the world. I want to see the one either of these places Iceland, Italy, japan, Costa Rica, hawaii. Hurdles are there nut still its in my wishlist. 


10. Want to love not hate .. : 



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Guru



Case 1: 

India is such place where you tend get motivation or de motivation from altogether strange things. Like for example, our Gods. Apart from the debate of theism or atheism let us get it straight that people in our country worships idols, images, photo frames, computer screens with Gods or demigods, pendants etc. and get lot more energy to sail through their fates and ill fates. On the other hand, many of the times we see them knocking the doors of tantriks, babas or other spiritually enriched demigods to get rid of deadly diseases, to get hidden treasures or even for a baby,  yes it stands true today, at this point of time when I'm writing this and your are reading this. 

This scenario is presented by many movies, books and documentaries. 

But my question was different. Is it really necessary to inherit this? Why can't we teach our children values of hard work, sacrifices, self control instead? Why can't just we make them brave enough to think logically and choose what they want? 

These questions haunted me during my formative years like a pimple on my face. At home there was a total faint possibility that I would ever get an answer. My teachers were the only hope that I could look for and they absolutely proved me true. All of them I met during my college years, graduation and post graduation, affirmed me that even though these things are inherited it’s up to me to carry the burden or not. Children during their toddler and adolescent stage are very fragile and innocent. These are the only years where you can work on their mindset and can make them brave enough to change their fates, to stand for what they feel, to push themselves beyond their limits.

Case 2:

Similarly, in the same place called India, there exists two more religions, Doctor and Engineer. Even before baby born, her parents already want her to be a doctor or an engineer, basically based on parent's current profession this decision is taken. It doesn't stop here. Even those parents, who are not doctors or engineers, also want their unborn baby to be one. Hypocrisy at its best. Similar kind of Rakshas had haunted my family too. And I wanted to become a forest officer, big blow for all the society where I was living. 

Again, my teachers were my saviours. They played very important role in my bringing up along with my parents. Today, I had 3 post graduate degrees in life sciences, wild life and forestry along with one in management. Although I don’t practice forestry, wild life and ornithology I regularly practice. Mainly, bird watching. I have published two research papers in the well known publications on rare birds. I cannot measure this or quantify this in terms of money. The satisfaction I get of what I do is intangible. 

Conclusion: 

For every pupil in India, a teacher is a blessing. I never imagine what I am today without my teachers. India has a tradition Gurudakshina. Some years back, during our school get together, one of the students asked our teacher what she does want or would like to have from us as a Gurudakshina. She humbly said, "Be a teacher to someone". Till the time we have such teachers, India is unstoppable and life is full hope, positivity and optimism. 

Today, I'm following her steps and words. I do not get much time from my corporate job to spare with students, but I make sure to spend 3 weeks of December and January with students. I usually teach them something which they do not find in their books like some niche skills. Till now, since 2.5 years, I'm following this practice and I hope to continue this for a better India, for a better future. It’s a virtuous circle. 

Jai Hind.

  

  
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Together & be



There exists something on this planet called Oxford dictionary which elaborates meaning of this word "together" as into or  in union, contact. or collision, in a condition of unity, at same time, simultaneously, compactness, coherence blah blah & blah.. But yes, its so true that unions or togetherness have some meaning. Its worthy and full of life. 

Imagine a tree, many of the times as we see, without any branches, without leaves, even without dry leaves, just a stem, it looks so alone, dull, pale. And on the other hand when we witness a canopy, its full of life, full of passion & its so much wanted.

Humans are no exceptions and I'm not at all. While learning my HR course, Maslow taught me a hierarchy of needs that all individuals crave for. It started with food & shelter, continued as sense of belonging from family, society, friends, colleagues, pets, neighbors, bikes, laptops, i pads, androids, bbm and what not, in short togetherness, and it ended up with self actualization the last segment of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. 

Ever wondered, does it really mean to be together when you are with all of the things of materialistic world? or is it something different and unique that sets you above in the world where you do not need anything? 

I was under illusion of happiness of being together with friends, my gadgets, family, relatives until I met this girl. It came from nowhere. It was awestruck. I never knew I would ever get married to her. But yes, some strokes of luck. We met accidentally and happened to get married. There is no story as such to mention as we and every one around knew that this is what that should happen. 

It started when we started our family. As days progressed, we came to know that we are truly made for each other. We never demanded anything from each other. Because we knew, we are already into each other. Recently, I came got en lighted with the concept of Ardh Nari Natershwar where Lord Shiva and Parvati are the one body, half each. 

That is so true with us. Although physically we apart from each other during the day time, spiritually we are always into us. It is something beyond love. Yes, its something spiritual that we experience every second. This is something beyond the eternal truth. "The water in a vessel is sparkling; the water in the sea is dark. The small truths has words which are clear, the great truth has great silence" says Rabindranthji. We have different likes, dislikes, opinions but I do not know that energy which bonds us. 

When we are for outing or for sabbatical, we do not even sit together at beach or around valley. We just roam on our own lost in thoughts but inside we know we are so close. This is something so positive and dynamic which supports me to through the thick and thin of the ruthless world. 

For me this is what being together mean.

Moreover to this, my solo journeys. I just love them so much that since my childhood I never needed anyone to accompany me but just one book of Rabindranath Tagore. This person is my spiritual guide towards the specific enlightenment I received in my journey till now. Reading his books is like collecting the seeds of optimism and passion. May it be Gora, Kabuliwallah, chokhe bali, Balaka or as simple as The Postmaster, every story takes you through the up and down of the life. 

When you have such a companion together, you don't need any physical entity to accompany you through your journey. 

And frankly, often I get serious kicks to travel alone. At such times if your partner is not supportive then you have to suppress the feelings which makes you suffocated. Fortunately with us, its a reverse case and we properly nourish each other interests. Sometimes it feels scary. Life is unpredictable. But then we have sail across. As Rabindranathji said, "Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them." 

Just together and be     


   


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What We Can All Learn from Matthew McConaughey

Hi.. Found this article by Gurbaksh Chahal in my LinkedIn network. Truly Awesome and inspiring..  

On March 2nd, 2014 Matthew McConnaughey won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Motion Picture: Dallas Buyers Club.
What I most liked about the Oscars was actually his speech. It was powerful and resonated with me.
In his acceptance speech, he mentioned: There are three things that I need each day. One, I need something to look up to, another to look forward to, and another is someone to chase.
Something to Look Up to
He mentioned God as a person he looks up to. God has shown him that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. So, whatever you believe in – a higher power, the law of attraction or just karma, if you have someone greater to look up to – they become your guiding force toward success. As well as, humble you during your good and bad days. Symbolically, they also provide the hope we need to continue and fight for what we believe in.
Look forward to
He mentioned his family. I’m a big believer that authenticity is hard to find. But, when you do find it, hold on to it. As someone once said, “Fame is vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wing, but only character endures.” When it comes to family and if you're lucky – you can't get any more authentic than that. They allow us to become the best possible version of ourselves and remind us what’s worth fighting for. They are also our biggest fans during our ups and supporters during our down moments. And, God had his reasons for picking them – so don’t disappoint him.
Someone to Chase
He mentioned he was always chasing the 10-year-older version of himself - even today. I find that quite humbling. Because, it shows us that the biggest role models we can actually have is ourselves. As we get older, we get wiser, we learn from our mistakes and we prosper as human beings. Never read the headlines, be your own headline. Perfection is hard to chase, but if you're chasing the future you – you’ll know the power you have is actually limitless.
These are three great rules and principles to live by each morning. And, if we are determined to live by them – there isn’t a single thing we can’t do, including winning an Oscar.

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Oye Nikki..Nikki oyee..!!

There are some unfathomable souls who gets to meet some unfathomable souls and bonded with nothing but the true energies. Nikita is one such soul. There was no such logical reason that anyone, including me, can convince Niki and Me are friends. But then, there is something called destiny or whatever invisible energies of "Kaynat" which brought us in this loop. Blogger, its name.

Scene 1: 2009 - 10 :  Total rush of adrenaline had engulfed and i was writing like crazy on blogger. Then one day, one comment pinged on my blog.. And since then, its on n on n on n on..@@@...!!! I so much remember that time Niki..when we all bloggers used to have so much fun, commenting on each others posts. May it be Sonal, Dipti, Splurja, swati.. All our posts were so random and heart touching. In midst of this randomness there was certainly some special connections with Niki..its above anything, without expectations, so holy and pure warmth. 

Scene 2: 2010-2012 :  By this time, me n Niki had started chatting over a phone, it was like crazy.. how can we be so good friends without even seeing each other. We shared almost all our ups, downs, blues, pinks everything. how can I forget to mention..She had one angel in her life!! It was her truly a struggling period. Her posts were so intense in these days that sometime I used to get worried for her. I proudly salute spirit and patience she kept during this period. I was a silent witness in her life, just looking at her and praying for her love and well being. Meanwhile, I also got married in November 2012 but we were still the buddies. I wanted her to come for my wedding but it was not easy for a girl and I understand that. 

Scene 3: 2013 aaya n fir 2014:  As they say, one day you get the "Fal" (fruits) of all the patience you keep for long. How Niki can be an exception!! I was soo happy when she gave me a good that she is getting married to her angel. And then no looking back. When I saw her in saree, fainting was the only option that was left for me, she was looking so gorgeous. Its so so good to her happy and with the man she always wanted to be with. 

Coincidently, today is her angel's birthday ( I don't his name till now), I wish both of them all the luck and a happy married life. 

Nikki, ek patiala meri taraf se oyee.. 

P.S: Nikki I took 4 days to write this as I was totally out of blogging. Thanks to for being an inspiration. n formatting mistakes mat dekh.. u know mee. 

Have fun. majja karo.

Rest on whatsapp n FB. 

Love u loaaddssss.. take care. 

Love,
Shanuu.. 

Movie Continues.....
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Life Lessons and a Beer


Got this somewhere on web...

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed..

'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else---the small stuff.

'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.' The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

 

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Reason, Season, or Lifetime

Found this on web. Thought to share.


Reason, Season, or Lifetime--By: Brian A. "Drew" Chalker
What are you??? Are you a Reason a Season or a Lifetime?Pay attention to what you read. After you read this, you will know the reason it was sent to you! People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person.When someone is in your life for a REASON. . . 
It is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are! They are there for the reason you need them to be. 
Then, without any wrongdoing on your part, or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered. And now it is time to move on.
Then people come into your life for a SEASON. Because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They bring you an experience of peace, or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season.
LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.
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