Jul 4, 2015

Pen or Pencil?

I have had two teachers who had a significant role in my life. It is not correct to say that only two teachers had a significant role in my life, but they both stand out, for some reason.

Both very sincere and passionate about their subjects. You take their class and get high on the material they're teaching. That good.

One of them, always told us that we should write with pen. Discard pencil. Because when we write with pen, we have to be more careful about what we're writing. Pencil can be erased. Pen stays. And so we get into the habit of thinking before doing, and sticking to what we wrote. It teaches you precision. And commitment too.

The other teacher loved pencils. He loved pencils so much that we used to exchange pencils. Haha! He said pencils are friendly. They let you make mistakes. They let you correct your mistakes. They don't judge you.

I have often wondered who's more correct? What should I choose? Pen or Pencil?

The answer I have learnt from my life (no, I don't always talk like I'm talking from my deathbed. So! Ahem!), is this-

When you are learning something, and really want to achieve professional accuracy, give yourself a pen. But for goodness's sake, gift your friends a pencil. Pen's place is in profession. Pencil's place is in relation. (Wrote that just to attempt a rhyme.)

The 'soft' aspects of life are too valuable to lose to non-erasable errors. One word. Priorities. That's what pencil teaches. Choose people over their mistakes. People evolve beyond what they wrote on that paper on that day. They evolve beyond what they did in their past. What they said. If only they are given a chance to erase the bad part and correct it.

Pencils are sooo underestimated.

(Moral of the story: I wanna new pencil...! Like, literally.)

Jun 14, 2015

Newer Discovery

A short post. Just to record something I have learnt recently.

I used to believe that the way to reach God (well, Creator, Nature, Universe, The Force, call what you may!) was the way of happiness. Only by being the ever-happy, ever-smiling, ever-ready person would I be able to reach the Supreme.

I have learnt that that is not true. God doesn't put the condition of happiness for us to reach him just the way God doesn't put the condition of pain for us to reach him.

God, in fact, can be reached when we want to reach him. God is like a parent. Always there for you. Always reachable.

That's what I've learnt.

And how did I learn that?

By realizing that happiness is overrated. At least, I overrated happiness in the past. The insistence that I be happy and joyful every time of every day is not realistic. Maybe not even ideal. It is very exhausting. I should strive for it.. but I shouldn't shun the lowly moments of life just because they weren't 'happy'. I should respect all aspects of my life and my time. That's how I shall learn to truly respect myself.

P.S: What's with such posts!! I am doing a lot of heavy posting lately. But that's slightly deliberate. I want to write about the bad times, the heavy times, the happy times, the normal times and all other times I experience. This isn't social network where I should be afraid of cribbing on people's walls. Or bother too much about boasting. This is my personal space. My own :)

Feb 19, 2015


Arrr.. I know this post is completely useless.. But aah! I miss writing..

I am not writing because I'm rushing through time. So not collecting or processing anything. Yeah, doesn't sound good, that. But if it doesn't turn into a habit, it isn't that bad.


What a waste, this post! #TongueOut.

Dec 27, 2014

The 'New' Things

I woke up with a smile today, something that had stopped happening in recent times. It is possible that today's was thanks to 'shopping therapy'.. (healthy shopping, let me add in my defense.)

I am very skeptical about introducing new gadget in my routine. Unless I am convinced that the benefits are worth, I wouldn't add a gadget anywhere.

But yesterday, we got a juicer! Real costly. But this one we had to get. It is a slow juicer, running at 80 RPM (or was it 65?). Extracts juice by squeezing and thus does not heat the fruit/vegetable. A healthy juice with fibers, nutrients and taste. 'Almost' silent.

And the best part is, we've already started using it! It rarely happens that something is convenient, safe, healthy and quick. Of course, that's probably why it costed a lot..

This purchase is just an outcome of something amazing that has been happening since last few days. At home, we all are optimistically trying to improve quality of our routine life. Health, entertainment, household chores.. we are trying to complete all backlogs. Even in office, there is an attempt to improve various procedures. (I now work with my family in our family business.) So life after a few months looks promising.

That's cool! I am already looking forward to the new year without consciously making any resolutions.. or planning any celebrations..

I guess last year was so terrible that the new year is automatically getting all pyaar from me!!

But yea, I really really really hope that the remaining 4-5 days pass without any more disasters. Universe! Focus. Lemme make it very clear that I am NOT trying to challenge you in any way. I just want to sail smooth for some time. NO masti now. You've had your share of tantrums and hurricanes and earthquakes. Now give us time to breath with ease and enjoy the fresh healthy juices.

Nov 3, 2014


Warning: Heavy, spiritually inclined, half-baked coffee-table gyaan. Words Dharma, characteristic, transition, letting go, passion appear in the post.

Every time a passion leaves you, or you leave it, a void appears.

You can sense the fact that the passion will cease to exist. But it is your Dharma to be kind to yourself, to try to hold on, to see to it that you don't beat up your heart or mind into letting go. You have to give your senses the chance to know that it is going. Perhaps, already gone.

It is only then that you can let go respectably.

You have to be kind to yourself, and to others as well.

The passion is leaving, because it was not meant to be the part of your life. Just a part.

Respect it, it has served you. And you understood life better by serving it.

It is the truth of that passion. It has to go. But it is the truth of your characteristic, that you have to try to mend things.

You let a child discover for itself many things that you know do not work. You have to let your heart and mind discover for itself that that passion has stopped working.

The void is painful. (even if that sounds contradictory). It makes you try harder to mend things.

Be aware of what is happening. Try only what you can. Find times to step back and take a stock of things from a distance. That will give you the strength to make fewer mistakes during this transition.