Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Out of my comfort zone!

Well this is not the autobiography of Stephen Waugh. But it was more how I felt when I thought it was decision I had to take for my own betterment to straighten myself out for a little bit. As I decided to move out of a place in abroad where I lived,worked, worried, was morose,happy, happier, became wise, had fun and suddenly I realized it was all going to be like a nostalgic feeling. This decision was something which I took in a conscious state of mind and I knew it was not going to be difficult. And rightly so the last week or two was unbelievably stressful for me - both professionally and personally. I had to clean out a place where I was living for such a long time and then if this thought was on one end of the stick the other was to think of people with whom I worked and known with time.

The sadness is one thing and what happened in the last week with farewell lunch and free food from the cafeteria practically everyday for me through the day (I think they did not enjoy the thought that I was leaving home. I think so!). But that is when I thought for a little bit how much we get used to a comfortable situation and the normal ways of life, the people with whom you work, the food, the climate, the routine. It is strange that half the people around don't realise that. Perhaps they don't have time to reminise.Better still !

"With greater power comes greater responsibility" - you know who said that. I can only draw an analogy on how beneficial it gets to an individual with respect to the thought process and the existence. We surely get used to how to handle things in a known environ more than an unknown. After all this nostalgic feeling came the fear, the anxiety, the undue pressure when the time was almost set for the move. I wish I do well and I don't end up regretting the move I wanted to make for several reasons best known to me and I shall take that with me to my grave!

As of now it is time to really think about the "comfort zone" loss.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

"Everybody is free to wear sunscreen" by Baz Luhrman

Sista stole it from me. I ask again Sunscream eh !

One of a very nice post. I would say this is more of an inspirational song and does wonders when you are so down in pieces. Unbelievable how this song can connect the missing spots and get us in a relatively better position.

I am also including the lyrics for the song, should someone find it difficult to follow the song.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of '97,

Wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis or reliable then my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice....now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, nevermind, you won't understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded, but trust me in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.
Don't worry about the future, or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum.
The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind: the kind that blindsides you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Sing.
Don't be reckless with other people's hearts; don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.
Floss.
Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long, and in the end, it's only with yourself.
Remember compliments you receive; forget the insults. (if you succeed in doing this, tell me how).
Keep your old love letters; throw away your old bank statements.
Stretch.
Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives; some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don't.
Get plenty of Calcium. Be kind to your knees -- you'll miss them when they're gone.
Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40; maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary.
Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself, either. Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else's.
Enjoy your body: use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or what other people think of it; it's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.
Dance...even if you have no where to do it but in your own living room.
Read the directions (even if you don't follow them).
Do not read beauty magazines; they will only make you feel ugly.
Get to know your parents; you never know when they'll be gone for good.
Be nice to your siblings: they're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but what a precious few should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps and geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard.
Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.
Travel.
Accept certain inalienable truths: prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old; and when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.
Respect your elders.
Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse, but you never know when either one might run out.
Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you are 40, it will look 85.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia; dispensing it is a way of wishing the past from the disposal--wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts, and recycling it for more than it's worth.
But trust me, I'm the sunscreen.




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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Spineless performance costs India dear.

The real reason that inspired me to write this is not to express how bad I felt being whacked by an outside team, who were categorised as "minnows", in the cricket world cup but what we learn out of this defeat and how much of impact happens because of our thoughts.

We, Indian team, actually were arrogant refusing to believe that we will be surprised by our own thoughts. They felt that they could never be beaten by a team who were categorised as Minnows for this world cup. Pride goes before the fall. That is what happened we sometimes end up putting and pushing ourself so much deep into our comfort zone that our mind refuses to accept that we can be run over by events in life. And when that happens we cry loud of being toyed by extra natural existence(not to sound rude at all). Fact is we write our very own destiny, if not right. The most I see always end up being that way. With our experience in life grows arrogance and that feeling of nonchalant and repose. We star tot take life for granted. That to me is the biggest reason for a failure.

Second, most evident from the team's performance was that we were living on the past and the abilities we possess using which we once long back proved something. We have a player in Shewag, who once played scored 300 and has never performed after that. We have a player in Sachin Tendulkare, who once performed long time back and that he had been playing for 18 years. It slowly had become more of an emotional gratitude that we started to have to these players. Life is definitely not about what we achieved in the past. Past remains in the past always . We always have to think about how we are doing in the present. That goes a long way and helps us from setting ourself to a failure.

We are the only team that has gone into the World cup with more than one player having more than 10, 000 runs under their kitty. As a matter of fact, we have a Triumvirate in Sachin, Dravid and Ganguly with a combined astounding 35,000 total runs in a 500+ ODI's. Whose benefit was it today when we were beaten by a team whose combined experience is not even 100+. Facts are on the table. It is not about living our life based on the accomplishments in the past. Yes, what we do in the past means a lot to us as a person for the present and the future. But backing ourself just on that alone is not going to do anyone any benefit.

At the end of it, we know how we want to live our life. It is all about those subtle changes we are prepared to do which makes the existence a successful one.

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Review for the Movie, 300


One of the best movies in the contemprorary world. Wonderful artwork and good idea of puting that to work, unbelievable men with six packs- just makes you think if the guys in Sparta always ended up working in Gym the full time.

But the history behind the movie is a real life battle that happened between the Greeks and the Persians. The battle was the called the "battle of THermopylae". One of the biggest and most fiercely fought battle where the 300 spartans who were defending their territory all die fighing the persians.

The movie actually starts with a messenger who goes to all Greek cities offering blandishments if they would submit, and asking for "earth and water" from their soil as a token of their submission. Many smaller states submitted. However, the Athenians threw their envoys into a pit and the Spartans threw theirs into a well, taunting them with the retort, "Dig it out for yourselves" (referring to the 'earth and water' demand). That so nicely pictured. I think that set the tone for the movie big time.

For me the best thing was the way they slow motion camera works went in so well with the movie plot.

This movie is best enjoyed in IMAX or theaters. Worth every penny. I think.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Subtle meanng to life

I, actually came across this in the internet which was sorta deep in the sense that sometimes such inference to what we encounter in real life. We never know why a few things ever happen in life. But when we read a few inspirational write ups , we feel comfortable. Atleast, I do feel good when I read something like this. A few pin ups that I liked da most.