♥ Relationships ♥

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relationships1❤ Relationships – the emotional quotient of us, the major chunk that fills our heart, the reason why life seems beautiful, the breath of our life! ❤

In our life, we have many relations around, many roles to play and each one is unique in its own way. Let it be a daughter, sister, wife or just a friend – every emotion forms a relation that keeps our going.

Why are relationships so important in our life?

Because we are humans with love to feel things. Because we are social beings who cannot stay alone. We need people around. Because we love to share and care. Because we are protective about our people. 🙂

❤ There are some relations that we cannot live without and some that are good to have in our social circle. Every string an integral part of our life, the reason of our smiles and cries ❤

emotion1Every relation has its own high and low tide. It sometimes touches the sky, sometimes get beaten by the earth. It has love and fights, care and arguments, understandings and misunderstandings – a complete rollercoaster in our life! 🙂

When we are going strong in a relation, everything around us seems perfect! Every small incident makes us happy, we smile, we feel special – on cloud 9!

When we are in the low phase, good seems bad, nothing really works for us, we feel unwanted in this world! Worse than a devil. 😦

Does that mean its end of the relation? No, not really.

I was very impressed with a dialogue in the movie “English Vinglish” which says there are times when people in a relation help each other to grow, to come out of the low phase, but when nothing seems like a help – HELP YOURSELF. You are the best person to help you!

This is the most important part of life – HELPING yourself to make the relation work. Love yourself, get rid of the negativity, try to trust, try to fill up the gaps in expectations. If you do so, life will give the happiness back to you, you will see things in a new way, you will enjoy the freshness of your life!

Quite impressive, isn’t it?

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Lets enjoy the rollercoaster of every relation! After all, they are the ones that matter most! 🙂 😎

 

12.12.12

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12.12.12December 12, 2012 – the last day in this century where the numeral date can be all the same number — 12/12/12. There is no 13th month to continue the series into next year, which makes this day unique.

There is already a lot of buzz around this date. Moms-to-be want their babies to be born on this date, couples wanting to marry are planning their wedding on this date, there are parties thrown to celebrate this special day. The environment is much more hullabaloo than I had really expected. 😉

All this excitement has triggered my enthusiasm to do something special to make it memorable for me in my own way.

After a lot of confused thoughts and a lot of ideas that got rejected by my own self, I finally decided to do something that’s easy and so called “important” 😛

Usually we make New Year resolutions on 31st Dec, but then I thought why not utilize this much hyped date 12.12.12 to start implementing my pacts for next year. 😉

One more reason was, if the world at all ends tomorrow, then at least I will have the satisfaction that I decided to do “right” things but couldn’t do because of destiny. 😛

So, as soon as I come to this “decision”, my mind started preparing a list of resolutions that I should have for myself. I wanted them to be realist, measurable and achievable.

This year has given me a lot of happy moments, lot of memories; a lot of teachings as well. This year has made me more mature to handle life and take situations on ease. So, I should say a stylish “good-bye” to this year.

So here comes the list for a happier life:

happy11)    I will call my mom every day without fail. 🙂

2)    I will continue my meditation without being lazy 😉 Hmm, a difficult one..

3)    I will give myself enough time to be on my own. I will take time out of this hectic home-work-home routine to pamper my own self.

4)    I will save every 10% of my salary every month. I will concentrate more on my savings rather than my shopping. 😉 hmm, ok..

5)    I will learn a new language. Probably, Arabic this time 😉

6)   I will visit 2 new places. Wow, now that’s something! 😉

I am sure these small and simple things will make a difference in my life.

I am all geared up to witness a fresh start from tomorrow!

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So, what’s special for you on 12.12.12?

The Rise of Phoenix

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Since my school days I had always wondered if the Greek mythological bird Phoenix ever had any truth in it. How can a bird take rebirth from its own ashes?

As I grew older, I understood the deeper meaning of this concept. Phoenix symbolizes renewal, transformation from your old self to a new one, a change for good, a new life with new aspirations and fresh mind. Its an inspiration to metamorphose your self.

Last 2 weeks were a bit crazy for me. A 9-day long break from office and “no agenda” at home made my mind almost a vacuum. First 2 days were so relaxed, just sleeping eating, watching TV, and doing NOTHING at all that’s productive. A complete rejuvenation! 😛

Then came a time when my mind started peeping inside in search of something I always wanted to do, wanted to become,  and wasn’t really taking an effort for it.

It’s said that empty mind is devil’s workshop however for me it turned out to be a “google search within” 🙂

I started making list of things I would want to do in my life – small and big – from being punctual at office to start meditating to controlling my food habits (which is the biggest and most challenging one is the list I think) 😛 I figured that personally and professionally I need to make myself better in certain aspects whether its decision making, keeping patience at times or just letting go things that create a turbulence.

I also realized that I am very good at beginning new things but most of times loose my grip in continuing them after a while. Hence most of the things I had started were unfinished, left incomplete. Sigh!

I didn’t want this to repeat and hence for the next 2-3 days I only looked at the list to make sure my mind is all prepared to start and continue with what all I want.

This week, I tested myself on it and to my surprise, I was able to achieve my desires seamlessly. I didn’t miss any of the things put on paper. I am calmer than before, feeling light, laughing aloud, streamlining thoughts, making way out from my own confusions, taking decisions rationally.

Overall, feels like a rebirth from the older version to be a better, happier and a satisfied me. A colourful life ahead of me!

Isn’t it  rise of phoenix within? 🙂

Horizon – where aspirations meet reality!

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“The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change” ~ Maya Angelou

In our life we have aspirations and we have reality. Aspirations – high as the sky –are full of energy, full of positivity, full of hope. On contrary, there is reality with a “take what comes your way attitude” – very calculative, very controlled, very rigid.

.. And this chase of making our aspirations meet reality is called LIFE – OUR HORIZON! 🙂

Now you might think of many other metaphors used for life and might wonder why I chose it to be called Horizon. Well, there is a reason – something I can relate to my own life!

The horizon keeps moving ahead the nearer we go, and so does the reality. There is never an end to both; there is never a final destination to both! 🙂

My life has been a journey reaching this horizon and every time I thought I was just there, it moved far again – every time leaving something behind – good and bad – adding milestones to life!

This month, 8 years ago – I started my professional life. Long way! It feels great and satisfied that I could make my life something that I aspired!

It started with an aspiration to gift a home to my parents and thanks to my luck that supported it well to turn it a reality. It was tough, challenging and needed a lot of hard work. However, as it’s said – “where there is a will, there is a way”!

It felt like touching the sky when this aspiration became a part of my real life! The moment of handing keys to my parents and the love and pride in their shining eyes is still the most special moment of my life – the first horizon of my life! 🙂

Well, as I said, there is no end to this. Aspirations – small and big kept me moving.  Kept me busy converting them to reality. One after the other, the journey towards horizon continued..

New people, new companies, new designations, new geographies, new trips, new salary figures;) – all a part of this journey!

Today, I am satisfied of what I am doing, what I have done so far. Still I see that horizon that I want to reach – to become a person who inspires others, who is looked up with respect, who is known for good things, who is taken as an example.

I am travelling towards it – with a dream to make it a reality!

 

F-R-E-E-D-O-M

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Have you ever dreamt of flying high in the sky spreading your wings wide?? Have you wondered how it would feel to indulge in everything you like without being noticed?? Have you imagined a day that you can spend just the way you want without being answerable to anyone?? You, your aspirations, your thoughts, your mood, your likes – just YOU!

Well, I am sure a lot of us would have a “yes” to this. But does it really happen ever? Rare, I would say.

We play many characters in a single life – in family, in friend circle, in society, in office – everywhere. There is always a “role-tag” on us in every moment of our life. And these so many roles come with responsibilities, they tweak us the way the role demands and hence we tend to lose our originality.

Of course there are countless merits of this – we are humans after all and we are meant to be social! 🙂

However in this race of life, it sometimes feel like our freedom is lost somewhere. We adapt so much to situations that we get busy fulfilling duties, being the “ideal” person, speak what people want to hear, think what people expect from us. The list is endless..

Well, this is not a complaint. There is absolutely nothing wrong in this. I am very happy doing all that I do for my circle of people. I love adapting to them.  I love my family, my friends and I can change to any extent for their happiness.

Still, I have got this lacuna of being just “ME”.

Somewhere deep in the heart are these questions wandering. Is “being myself” not a role as important as any other role in my life? Are there no responsibilities towards my own happiness? Are there no wishes that I want to fulfil just for myself?

How would it feel to explore the world outside my nutshell?

Am I really free??

Finding these answers is a journey by itself! 🙂

I am craving here to set free the butterfly inside me!

Should I call it “photography-mania”??

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This year has been a wonderful journey so far – from bitter-sweet experiences, adventures, jaunts -to getting completely insane sometimes. 😉 I loved spending time with my hobbies and felt content acquainting with my own self..

And when I was doing so much of it, I met eyes with something that has drawn me crazy for a while now and I just can’t stop thinking about it.. Wherever I go, it just follows.. I keep wondering if its inspired by Vodafone?? 😛 So, let me keep it simple and tell you what it is. It’s called – in simple language – “photography”.

Photography for me till some time back was just smiling at the camera with all possible poses and asking my husband or my friends to click me.  I must admit, it’s a big pain for them 😛

I love capturing every possible moment in my “tiny companion” called camera and rejoice going back my memory lane with them. Doesn’t it fill your heart with joy to glance through your old snaps of those lovely moments that you never wanted to pass; those that can make life look worth it?I am no different 🙂

Well, things have gone little further to this now. My role of posing in front of the camera is taken over by me indulging in capturing the beauty of Mother Nature.. From flowers, farms, oceans, hills to sun, stars and sky – nature amazes us with its prettiness; and when locking them all in my camera, I thank God for his artistry.

No, don’t think I have stopped troubling people to snap me, I still do that and don’t see a day when I will ever stop! 😛

Aaeemm, thinking if I should be calling it “photography-mania”? 😉

Now, let me show you some of the snaps that made me feel like a “proud photographer”

Though I am enjoying every bit of my insanity with the camera, my husband doesn’t seem to be happy about it – he has understood my silent wish of getting an SLR camera from him. 😛

Long way to go.. 🙂

Happy Jaunting to me – The Spiritual Way.. :)

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“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” — Danny Kaye

Travelling – the one thing that excites me most in my life! I get totally insane with my pursuit to travel places, meet people and of course get myself clicked in a camera 😛

From my earlier post – Adding memories to life – you would have already figured out how much I enjoy travelling. Travelling to me is to get refreshed, to explore my inner self, to experience the beauty of nature and to get lost in it by being just “ME”..

And now after a short (and unpleasant and boring 😦 ) medical break, I am back – back in action 😉 – on my jaunts! Just like “The Batman” Rises 😛 And yes, my jaunts are different this time! They are not beaches or hill-stations or recreation places, they are – spiritual ! 🙂

Our hearts are closely connected with spirituality. How much ever technologically advanced we become in our life, there still are a lot of whys hows and whats, some questions unanswered, some doubts uncleared, something missing that our “modern lifestyle” doesn’t fulfil. That’s when we seek spirituality; we seek a connection to that supreme power!!

My travel this time is going to be places of divine power, places that are worshipped by thousands and millions, places that are believed to fulfil wishes 🙂 Ofcourse, all my in lovely country – INDIA 🙂

Well, fortunately, I have got a simple, happy and satisfied life – no complains and no regrets at all.. My purpose of this trip is to “add cherries on the top” of my life thank god for putting lovely people in my life circle.. The second purpose is to seek strength to face all situations with a smiling face 🙂 even when life turns blue.. I don’t wish a cake walk in life – I am visiting them with a faith to get my bit of peace of mind.

I don’t expect God fulfilling all my wishes, for the simple reason that, my wishlist is much longer than the queue of millions of devotees in these temples 😛 I can’t put god in so much pressure you see.. 😉

Uhh, I am still in the middle of a hectic work week and my heart is already “day-dreaming” about the mini-vacations planned for the next couple of weekends! How do I tell it to have patience, they are still few days away 😉

So here is the plan for next 5 weekends:

This weekend: Satyanarayan Pooja at home

Every journey begins with a step and my first step begins in my own home with a small Satyanarayan pooja. This month is believed to be holy and auspicious as per Hinduism and it’s a practise I follow to offer this prayer every year at home.

 

 

Next weekend: The Tirumala Hills – Tirupati

Tirupati – the home of Lord Venkateshwara. Since childhood I have heard a lot of stories about this place. It’s believed that Lord Venkateshwara took a loan from Kuber for her marriage which he has to pay till end of Kal Yuga and that’s how he is the only diety with hands spread. Isn’t it interesting ! Well, as of today, this temple is richest in India. Its situated inmidst of 7 hills that takes around 4 hours to climb. This one is gonna be adventurous for sure 🙂

The third weekend: Mahalakshmi – Kolhapur

I have been to Mahalakshmi temple earlier and believe me, its beautiful with ancient architecture mapping its presence from more than 500 years old. Lakshmi is Goddess of Wealth and power and is visited to seek prosperity. Its believed that after visiting Tirupati, you should visit Kolhapur otherwise your Tirupati trip is not considered complete. This is because of the belief that Goddess Lakshmi is Lord Ventakeshwara’s wife and Goddess Padmavati’s avatar.

The fourth weekend: Trimbakeshwar – Nasik

Well, I don’t know much about this place apart from the information available on Wikipedia, L I just know it’s a well known temple of Lord Shiva and a place where Lord Rama and Sita stayed for a while out of their 14 years “vanavasa”. You will have to wait till my next blog for more details 😛 I am visting this with my parents for a pooja – my special effort for their good health. 🙂

And the last one: Mantrayalam – Andra Pradesh

I first visited this place after my marriage with my in-laws. My father-in-law is a follower of Raghvendra Swami who took Samadhi here in Mantrayalam about 400 years ago. The one thing I like the most here are the evening prayers – the holy sound of drums,  the holy songs sung by people, the chanting of mantras. It just creates a divine environment around us  – and ofcourse within us. 🙂

Well, looks hectic but I am so very excited about them! Monsoon, rains, beauty of nature and the holy places – best combination ever.. 🙂

Happy Jaunting to me.. 🙂 🙂