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Truth is, I have no idea who I am or what I want to become. Everyone around me seems to have it all figured out. Here I am, waiting for the winds to take me where they may.

They don’t. There will always be obstacles and hiccups; you can only plan so much. But of the infinite possibilities, I think it’s more important to rule out who you’re not, what you don’t want to become. The rest will fall into place. We all have our own timelines for self-discovery. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself. Embrace those winds of whimsy. After all, the becoming is the best part.

– Amanda Torroni


Sayonara …

Posted: July 16, 2014 in Free Hugs :')
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“I guess that’s what saying good-bye is always like–like jumping off an edge. The worst part is making the choice to do it. Once you’re in the air, there’s nothing you can do but let go.”
― Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

Just yesterday I broke the ice after a 7 month vacation from Blogging .. To be honest, If I look back at life past one year, It was practically nothing. I returning from Chennai, long hours of work, being alone on assignments, new to a lot of exposures, prolonged sickness that kept going undetected followed by hospitalization, bed rest and 5 months of study schedule coupled with new found deep interest in Indian Polity.

12 months .. fresh from a long gap of vaccum, just when I recovered with everything slowly falling into place, I am going to get another vaccum. Someone who has been one of the closest friend who also shared my professional space is going to leave. Situations like these are tough to deal, both feeling happy as well as sad would get you a huge guilt. I am happy that he is attaining freedom, getting into what he would love to do, stepping to a better life but sad too, not just because he won’t be there now but most of my past is clouded with people too close to me going as much far after a shift from the phase.

Well, anyways, this is life as they say, people come and go. All I trust is, some people would stay, no matter what and I am sure he would too. But even if he wouldn’t, it is better I remember him and smile otherwise it would be better to forget than to remember and feel bad. There isn’t much purpose to why I am writing this, may be I wanted to just speak out. Probably he is on his way to become a Journalist, let’s hope you and I get to see him feature in Corporate Dossiers or CNBCs in a year or two.

Sayonara brother .. Have a great new life from tomorrow .. “SHAM” will never break apart and we 3 will join you soon in conquest of eternal bliss, Amen. 🙂

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Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end. 
― Daisaku Ikeda


We human race interpret every particular idea in a way that is beneficial to us, suitable to the needs of our ego and strong enough to hide our fallacies. Talking about Karma, meaning of which is:

1. (in Hinduism and Buddhism) the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.

Now, someone would say, “What goes around, comes around“. Others, especially in the culture I have grown, they say, you pay for every deed that you do for each and every action is recorded. The result of which may come now or tomorrow or next incarnation. Life after Death seems too unreal for the practicality era that our world sets in. Besides, as a child, I always had a question as to why someone so great, so humble and so good a human like King Shivaji of Maratha Dynasty died in his 50’s whereas King Aurangzeb – that cruel emperor of Mughal Dynasty who kills all his brothers and imprisoned his father, who destroyed so many temples and forcefully converted so many people to Islamic faith without their consent, the one who only waged wars and had a great account of bad deeds under his lifetime survived for over 90 years. As a kid, I felt, the concept of Karma is useless. Why should I be punished for something I did in last incarnation, I don’t even know what I was back then and why every bad person enjoy so much life and wealth and good people perish early after a life of struggle and pain?

It took me years to realize that what we see, is not enough and basically nothing. All these concepts have deep meaning and philosophy and it takes a lot of maturity, spiritual awakening, open mind and tolerance to understand the laws of nature. I did pursue this line to feed my curiosity but there was one ideology which gave me comfort. I don’t know how far it is true but I like to stick to this idea of Karma. Honestly, if I am selling an idea, I shouldn’t show a glimpse of self doubt, but readers, I want to know how you interpret this? I don’t want you to follow this blindly. Even if you believe on what I am writing below, do your homework before finding solace over your hundreds and thousands of unanswered questions.

So this idea is inspired from writings of Khorshed Bhavnagri in her book Laws of the Spirit World. I’d love if you read that book (No, I am not endorsing, just suggesting)*. You know, there is a world above us. World having 7 stages called realms, the lowest being the worst and the seventh is where God resides. Since everyone up there knows what is right and what is wrong, the souls never rise spiritually and for them to rise from one realm to another, they have to spend centuries of hardships. This is where, people from Realm 3 and above have an option. If they want to rise quickly, they can descend to earth and test themselves. Earth is like a testing place. Since, on earth, their memory would be erased and there is so much of evil at every stage, it is where a soul can be tested effectively. Naturally, if option is proved to such souls, Compassionate God who treats everyone as equal will never decide his exam. He would ask the soul to decide its own difficulty levels, the karma that the soul wants to be tested or be paid for so that they can pass the tests. Entire life, situation, difficulty levels is designed by themselves and then they descend to earth. All that they select are very much under their capacity to tackle otherwise God won’t approve of it.

And from then, each and every moment, the soul gets tested. If you clear, the situation will never bounce back again and you will rise spiritually. If you fail, just like how it happens in school, you have to repeat the test. Heard of people saying, why does it happen to me again and again, the answer may be that they haven’t yet cleared the test to be upgraded to next level. Always remember, if situation worsens beyond your capacity to tackle, God will always help you out. He stays there, watching you fight your own battle in the testing ground.

If you think of why Good people die early, then probably they cleared tests pretty early or their purpose on earth got solved and so they returned to spirit world which is much more beautiful than earth. If you ask why bad people live forever, then that is because evil souls know how much hardships they have to face in Realm 1 and 2 and that’s the reason, they refuse to leave earth.

Its been a year since I read the book, applied the ideology and felt good. May be this is the most logical interpretation I have ever come across. This was a small part though, the book goes much deeper in making you understand the concept. Inside the book, Khorshed Bhavnagriji has written that she shall be really happy if the readers spread more good in world. I hope, I made her happy tonight.

However, I am open to discussions. I don’t have facts or proofs, but only beliefs. But as they say, faith is what sets the world in motion 🙂 . How do you Interpret Karma?

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I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world

— Rainer Marya Rilke

It rains the hardest on people who deserve the Sun. I had really been disturbed few days back seeing many people around me sacrificing their only love, their only likening, probably the best talent that they have at the stake of securing the future. Well, securing future isn’t wrong but why kill the insides of you for gaining something whose fruits aren’t as sweet as you deserve?

I was touched when I saw this movie, Patiala House, where Akshay Kumar played the role of Pargat Singh Kahlon. In that movie, he quits his dream of becoming an English Cricketer because his father threatens him to end his own life if he plays for Whites. For the love of parents, like all of us do, he quits playing Cricket and doesn’t go further with his selection in England National Cricket Team. He starts handling a shop given to him by his father and leads a sad, lifeless life for 17 years. What he doesn’t leave is practicing Cricket. Although he doesn’t play, he does go and practices at night. It was 17 years after, when he turns 34, life takes turn and he finally gets to play for England National Team and his dream gets fulfilled.

How different are we from Pargat Singh Kahlon? We select Medical, Chartered Accountancy, Engineering and all those high profile professional courses on the insistence of our parents who are sure, just like everyone is, that we will find a midas touch if we do this and be nothing but a pauper or struggler if we chose the field of art or sports. Their fear isn’t wrong, your obedience is not wrong at all; However, where people falter is when they suppress their inner love, their passion, their reason for inner happiness by discontinuing or disregarding or self doubting their abilities, the importance of what they are excelling in and the heights they can reach or the happiness they can always have if they stick to it. It is not possible in this world with so many macro and micro problems leading from poverty to competition to politics to hundreds and thousands of other obstacles to always get deserving reward for what you are best at, to get an opportunity for that, to win a fortune at that but then there isn’t any wisdom in leaving it too. You may never know, tables may just turn and you get an opportunity too just like how Pargat Singh Kahlon did. Okay Okay, now you will tell me that it was just a film but tell me one thing; Aren’t films inspired from real lives?  (Except many South Indian and latest Salman, Akshay, Ajay Devgn movies :\ )*

I just want to tell you, “HOLD ON !!” Don’t let situations take over you, don’t make hasty decisions and don’t ever let go off your love. Stick to it, if life throws you in a different jungle to fend, practice your skills when free just to keep them alive or improve and excel on it on a personal level. If life really had plans for you, sometime – somewhere, you may get an opportunity to live it and if life never had plans for you, you shall just be happy for not letting go off a gift which was given to you by God.  You may not even know if during turbulent times, it is this art which will fetch you food and shelter. Doing what your parents want you to do religiously or doing what comes out as a safest option will do no harm to anybody and keep people around happy too; I am sure, post that obedience you can always justify your devotion of time for things that are close to you. Heard of Michael Jordan saying, “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”  

So my dear CA colleague, my Dentist neighbour, my Software Engineer friend, my Law pursuing cousin and so many of you around, I’d really love to open a newspaper one day, get shocked seeing you’ll achieving feats or you holding exhibitions or you holding a concert or you putting an ad for a cooking class or you being another person climbing himalayas or you winning “So you think you can Dance”. This life is a tree full of fruits and these fruits are either to encash and make people happy or spread smiles and make people happy but most important, finding and holding your inner happiness. And lastly – ALWAYS REMEMBER – “It’s only those who do nothing that make no mistakes”.

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