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Hey buddy, My sometimes insensible ramblings about anything, everything, and life. My life in particular.I am in the making of a poem of life or is life making a poet out of me...confused as I am, these are just my ramblings :)

Friday, June 20, 2014

"The manliest thing to do in the world would be to Do men" - GYM CHRONICLES - Part 2

"The manliest thing to do in the world would be to Do men", I had heard this quote recently in a play during rehearsals where the actor had to play a gay character. And he delivered the line with an amazing ease but with a slight feminine touch. But let's park the thought on his performance saying it went hilariously well :)

It jogged my mind down the memory lane to a series of events narrated by a friend of mine on a series of events that happened to him in the GYM :D . So here is a refreshing post to break the monotonous "guys hitting on girls in Gym" saga.

My friend, a straight male (sorry can't give you his name), an avid and enthusiastic gymMer has this habit of going to the locker room, stripping down his clothes wearing nothing but a towel and going for a shower after gymming for 2 straight hours. Off course! nothing wrong with that, but on one such day after he comes out of the shower -

Friend (busy soaking all the water from his body and hair)
A guy(say X) approaches him...
Friend is still soaking the water from his hair not alarmed at the guy approaching as he is within talking distance.
Mr. X still comes even more closer, now crossing the talking zone and entering the Uncomfortable "U are wayyyyy to close" zone.
Friend (slightly squirmish at the total stranger standing tooo close) : Yesssssss........?
Mr. X: My name is X. You have quite nice abs there.
Friend (taking a step back): yes thanks. (he looks down and wonders at his flabby tummy) :)
Mr. X: (suddenly runs his finger on his chest) But your chest is toooooooooo hairy.
Friend (shocked and glued to his spot and then recovering and taking a step back): yeah I like it that way.
Mr. X: (taking another step forward and running his finger down his chest again) yeah even I like it this way but don't you think it would look more cleaner and babyish when clean shaven.
Friend (kinda aghast and angry by now pushes his hand away covers his chest): Dude! please stop touching me and thanks for your suggestion.

He quickly runs to take his clothes from the locker and dashed inside the bathroom to change :D
When he comes out , again -
 Mr. X: hi, I don't have a vehicle and have missed the bus , can you please drop me to home.
Friend : ok..fine.  ( I dunno what he was thinking to have said that!!!!!)

So when he drop Mr. X to his home by his car.
Mr. X: hey would you like to come home? There is no one home, we could have some red wine.
Friend:(comes to his senses of understanding the meaning and says) No thanks. ...and he speeds his car away.   :D

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

GYM CHRONICLES- Part 1

In today's fast and "button press do it all" world, whether or not we want it but we are going through increasingly rapid expanding dimensions of our body. But with the new age of awareness thankfully we are constantly aware of this increasing fact and some of us do try and be regular to GYM, a place increasingly growing in popularity where all equipments promising to work on different parts of our body are kept. Here too some of the machines do work on press of a button but you do have to make some effort too.

In some such efforts of mine to go to the GYM , experienced some funny incidents, heard some of them and even witnessed some funny incidents happen to others. This is a series of some such experiences -

Me panting and taking a break after tummy crunches. A guy walks past, whose name I don't know, smiling at me. Takes a U-turn and strikes a conversation, introducing himself, but no matter how hard I recall I can remember his name. So lets call him "Guy whose name I don't remember".

Guy whose name I don't remember : hi, are u Muslim?
Me: ?!!! No....
Guy whose name I don't remember: u look Muslim!
Me: ooookayyy... (thinking to myself and trying to make a mental picture of how does your religion make you look different physically? plus since I am in track pants and t-shirt!)
Guy whose name I don't remember: so what's the program today?
Me: ?!!!! Go home n sleep..
Guy whose name I don't remember: no, I meant legs or arms...?
Me: I just do whatever I feel like. (oh no! wrong answer)
(silence)
Me: okie, byeeee.......
Guy whose name I don't remember: yeah, lets hopefully have juice together after gym. Call me when u leave.
Me: ????!!!!!

After another 10 mins I look around me to see if the guy is anywhere in the vicinity and silently walk out of the gym saving myself from Muslim opening lines and Juice.

 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Children of Dawn


Children of Dawn
 

“And she came down like an angel in flowing white flowery gown, to bless her children……………………..
She came down thinking she’ll punish the naughty one but seeing their puckered faces, she smiled and said ‘I love you and bless you all’……….”

 
If Earth is an Empire then Mother Nature is the queen and the universal mother residing on Earth is feeding and nourishing us. Mother Nature, and its children, all species, human, animals, plants are given equal space to delve harmoniously in a sanctum called Earth.
Every species, the children of Nature, born from the same Earth, created from the same five elements and given a part each from the same soul, have been given a unique role to play in our respective lifetime. Look at the trees and plants, the most harmonious of all species, are given the role of soldiers of the empire. They stand tall night and day defending the empire and have done so for ages. The Trees, the protector, have been playing their role diligently from the start, protecting us, defending us, feeding and nourishing us like Samaritans.  But the question is have we, the Human race, have been playing our role?

  
From the beginning of Indian heritage, our ancestors had known who their protector is and they had respected and worshipped their protector. But as the time went by, we started taking our protectors for granted. Blessed as our species are, by Mother Nature with intelligence unmatched to any other species, was the unmatched intelligence given to destroy every other species or was it to find technology and science for coexisting harmoniously? Was it not to share some burden of Mother Nature to find ways to protect and provide for other species? Is it not this kind of culture that we should develop?

We, the human race have been provided everything for being the frontiers in running the universal culture towards development and coexistence but instead we are stuck in thinking only about our well being. But this hasn’t happened as a sudden trend. It has gradually developed in our thinking. Our ancestors weren’t like us and this can be strengthened going back and looking at Indian Heritage. If we look at Hinduism and the old scriptures and practices, we can see Indians worship sun, wind, land, trees, water, plant and animals too, and this is the very basis of our cultural ethos. No worship, no celebration is complete without being in-sync with nature. Our old Indian heritages are standing proof of the practices that were followed. Many sculptures bare the mark as inscriptions. Our fore fathers bore close relationship with Mother Nature. Ancient texts written in Sanskrit, Pali and other languages can provide significant details, for example, the scripture Vishnu Samhita in Sanskrit contains direct instructions dealing with biodiversity conservation. Not to be ignored the whole civilization, Indus valley civilization, has come into existence near sources of water. Our well being is intertwined with nature, then how can we cut ourselves from the empire and still hope to be well.
 
Our culture reflects our history, tradition and our beliefs. But now, with the increasing growth of Technology are we trying to change our tradition? Mother Nature has given us our intellect and even waited for centuries for us to develop our unique gift, discover and develop Science and technology,  but was it given only to be used as a weapon against her and her other children! Can a Mother see her own baby grow up and attack her other children first and then her?  A mother can’t see her other children being destroyed because of the naughty one, but still our Mother Nature has waited patiently. And we still haven’t learnt our lesson. The tornadoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, whirlpools, killing lakhs and lakhs of people are warning enough given by our Mother. How many more destructions have to happen, how many more warnings do we need before we it gets clear? Will it need the last drop of water in Ocean to vanish, the last tree felled to the ground to make us realize we are on a path of self –destruction?
 
Our recent endeavors and revolutions in all fields of Technology from automobile to communication and the advent of globalization are commendable, no doubt. However, it is imperative that we develop without losing the basic character of our long cherished tradition and values which include environmental conservation. The process of economic growth though vital for a nation’s progress but done at the cost of environmental degradation is no growth at all for the entire culture. The destruction of nature via Industrialization and Urbanization by burning fossil fuels, deforestation, Industrial sewage going into oceans, oil spills, poaching of animals is not development of our culture. It is a path of destruction of our culture which we are walking on.

We must not forget our modern development has been made on a base provided by nature. For example, traditional knowledge like Ayurveda had always contributed to Modern medicine. If it were not for single celled organisms, we wouldn’t have discovered Biotechnology. I hope we don't forget our roots and strive to create an environment harmonious for all species, create a culture universal and global to all on Earth and not be restricted to a country or to a species.

 
Lets all bow down in respect and hail our Mother, Mother Nature for creating a beautiful world.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A mirror tells the truth


“A mirror tells the truth about everybody else but does not know its own back. Man too is busy knowing everything else but himself" - Anonyms


But isn’t a man who tries to know himself called a Self Obsessed man. The society gives so many names, a self-involved, self-obsessed and sometimes a self-centered man. While discussing this with one of my profound friend, he replied, “when you don’t know about yourself, you won’t be able to give your 100% to others, look at people who have spent their entire life for others Like Mother Teresa,MK Gandhi etc... they knew their priorities.They didn’t have any expectations and truly went on the path of self-less sacrifice”.


True enough they sacrificed for the greater good, but why or rather what did they learn about themselves that led them to give 100% to others. Did they really forget about themselves or was it their passion that led them to work for the mass? I have worked in an NGO too, “Youth ForSeva” teaching children in government schools (I won’t call them underprivileged because at least they had an access to a school) and I will say I worked there, thinking of myself too. It gave me peace in doing something for others and to see them smile, words fall short in describing the feeling, and the peace was entirely for me. And yes I would like to do it again for 100% self-centered reasons, for the peace of mind that you get there is irreplaceable.

My dear friend Chaitanya replies, “They didn’t want anything that is what they understood. They had realized true happiness lies in fulfilling the need of deprived, it is like if your cup is full, how much more can you fill? Instead fill the empty cups…but yes it is a lot easier to preach than practice, you need a lot of courage and will to give yourself to the masses.”

It is true it needs a lot of courage to even step out and voice your opinion let alone take the actions, but I have a flipside question. Yes I believe in the sanctity of doing greater good but as I said I am a self-centered person, how will I know when my cup is full?  There are so many things in this world to know, to do, to achieve, to learn that even human life span is short for it all, from the Amazon forest to Bermuda triangle, from the atom whose slightest change in structure can cause great destruction , from human emotions to their portrayal in different art forms, from martial arts to area 51, from religious scriptures to angels demons etc.. there is so much, there are so many subjects. Even the study of ones own self requires time.

We may say we know ourselves but if you did, then wouldn’t you be in control of the involuntary actions that you take, the emotions that overwhelm you sometimes, the actions which you intend not to take but leaves you aghast. There are numerous things unknown and yes I want to learn them, learn about myself and if in that course of time I forget everyone else and obsess about myself then yes I am self-centered.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Enjoy life NOW .. it has an expiration date!!!!!


THE SITUATION :



In Washington, DC, at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.

About 4 minutes later:

The violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

At 6 minutes:

A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

At 10 minutes:

A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time. This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent - without exception - forced their children to move on quickly.

At 45 minutes:

The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

After 1 hour:

He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each to sit and listen to him play the same music.

This is a true story. Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities.

This experiment raised several questions:

*In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?

*If so, do we stop to appreciate it?

*Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made . . ..

How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?

Enjoy life NOW .. it has an expiration date!!!!!

I read this article via a mail. While reading it I just thought what I would have done if I was in similar situation. Well, would have loved to listen to his music sitting by the pavement but one look at the watch and “whoosh, I am late for work!!!! Run, have several tickets to move, developments to do,documents and test cases to prepare. Would have looked back and thought what was I doing standing there, wasting my time?? ”

With these trains of thoughts would have sidled away to work and concentrated on work and more work. Home, office and back to home as soon as I work is over because next day I have office AGAIN. Why is it this way that increasingly its work that has started ruling our life. No matter how ill, not living, haven’t eaten still have to go for work. Was this in our plan when we started working in 1st place in ancient times? Nahh not at all…think we worked when we needed to, when we had time from enjoying life and needed food or get some other comfort, or whatever good it is and then work again.

The biggest factor then was enjoying. Now it is the opposite, we try to find enjoyment in our work!!! Why????? Because we have no time to spend what we have earned from our work. We have to just work and work and work, why……? So that we have lots of money to enjoy.

But do we anytime think how much of our valuable time (the peak years of our life) are getting wasted working and not enjoying. And when we have a lot of money in maybe our old age, will we be able to enjoy it all? We will be too old to even chew our own food and have half the delicacies in "no to be eaten list", to old and bed ridden to travel and see mother earth and its beauty all across Earth….

Monday, August 1, 2011

Life like a river

Ever wondered why do we do what we do...why do we take this path and not that and then that same very chosen path which we thought will take us to new heights , throws us into deepest dungeons.

How for a moment we think everything is charted out,planned and then next moment everything is just tossed right in front of us. Some people love the unpredictable, uncertainty ,yet some get scared of not knowing what lies in their future, "are they secure or not?"...The big question is does river always flow in a charted path or discovers the undiscovered? Go into areas,places unknown and establish its own kingdom. But what happens when it is bored of that same path too, wont it change its course.
Go by its own free will...and that's what is LIFE. Goes on and on in its own free will :)

Sunday, July 31, 2011

My 1st Post

Well Hi,

Love to make diary entries but get no time anymore. Since I am anyway always in front of  the computer so thought why not make my computer as my diary, as well as bore everyone (whoever cares to read) with my ramblings.

So why am I writing on the net? Well in this growing world with increasing technology and our increasing romance with work I thought I'll be able to stay in touch with my friends in this way.....yuck that's bland....plain truth - I am bored of just writing all day in computer language ( java, abap) and need to write and use Human language more which I LOVE.

Though I also have other motives :) . Think I'll be better writing in this way ,sharing and getting feedback on improving my writeup :)

So my 1st question thrown to you- since I am new to this web page and havent discovered or bothered to discover can someone tell me simple ways of making my blog look nicer visually? I find it utterly ugly and bland :P