The Value.

The tiniest little bite of sweet,

A day after you could not get to eat

 

Half an umbrella seems quite a cover,

When the squeaky drizzle becomes a big pour.

 

The weight of the words your friends would say,

After they pack up, and go far away.

 

The size of bed, in which you crawl,

But cannot fit, cause you’re so tall.

 

You want to be old, to be able to drive,

And you wish to be young, just to feel alive.

 

You realize a whisker is quite wide,

When you miss an oncoming vehicle by your side

 

Forty winks might not sound much

An insomniac would say “it’s gold, as such

 

The things that make their presence felt,

When they are gone or they have left.

 

You think of them, they don’t think of you,

And all you see is the color blue.

Some simple pleasures

There’s nothing more delightful than having a good portion of spicy “Hyderabadi Biryani”, followed by the sweetest of mangoes (I still do not know it’s Hyderabadi name, but it’s a smaller sized equally sweet variant of ‘safeda’ we get in Delhi).

More so if that mango is chilled.The experience seems to be a roller coaster for the brain. One can get high on such a meal, without the need for any artificial intoxicants. 🙂

But it gets better .

The night is breezy, and the wind seems laden with tiny drops of water. The ones that get carried away, and do not fall. My feelings for the past few nights in Hyderabad.

Originally from http://blog.quasi.in

Midnight Rain

When clouds did a waltz in the moonlight

The wind did rustle every tree in sight

Drops gave up and fell, attempt to hang around went in vain

My semi charmed life witnessed the beauty of midnight rain.

 

Of the many things life leads you to

In shades of yellow, red and blue

Which you see, but tend to forget

Nature’s beauty in mind it is permanently set

 

I have seen this and I had loved it then

What slipped through me was where and when

It struck me out when I probed within

This beauty I’ve been with, called Sikkim.

Get out of that zone!

After a while, we settle into our routine, mundane scheme of things that life as to offer.

And then, after really lot’s of introspection and insight, we realise we are in autopilot mode.

We need to be free. We need to feel alive. Even too much of chocolate can make you suffer,

Life needs to be sparkled with non-routine activities. So pack your bags up, and get on that road!

 

I admit, this particular post has been lying in my drafts section since ages, and I wanted to write about it so bad. Things have been popping up for me so “choc a bloc” that if I look back at what I did, and what needs to be done, the past few days look like a blur. It was good fun though!

Any ways, back to what I was saying.

Is your routine something in the lines of:

  • Get up an hour before going to work/school.
  • Hastily do the “absolutely essential” activities.
  • Reach office.
  • Get on the email backlog.
  • Do some “work”.
  • Status update on FB, smirk on someone’s FB status, frown on someone else’s 🙂
  • Eat.
  • Have some meeting with some random person.
  • Work some more.
  • Reach home.
  • Work out/watch TV/More FB?
  • Eat.
  • Pointless net surfing …..  till you zonk out and crash.

 

Seems like a very normal routine of things these days. I have been a victim to such a routine in the past. The worst part is that you tend to get this as a one off day, but it suddenly transforms into a vicious cycle, and then you feel so knocked out by the week end that you tend to sleep it off.

This was when I realised life was being pushy at me, and I needed a change of routine. Now I have had the fortune of always being in organisations, where I need not “check in” at a certain hour of the day and need to clock so many hours, to “justify” my salary 😉 . (OK, not an original. I quote)

Also, the luck seems to continue. Touch the wood.

I tried to push my arrival time to my liking, so that when I get up, I’m free to something from that time. I have tried yoga in that time, tennis, cooking hearty breakfast, keeping plants, doing some interior decor work. These activities make me feel that I am more than just a machine whose job is to punch out code.

Even a slight and subtle change, like taking a different (maybe longer) route to work can set you up for a tinge you’d otherwise find missing.

Try doing such a thing, and you’ll realise what I mean. So this is my premise for another thing which I’m proposing. Non routine activities give you that much needed whiff of fresh air. If it is something you fear, all the more better.

I got to hear today that “horizontal exposure leads to vertical success”. As in, when kids who are involved in multiple activities do better in life, because they are more equipped to do a multitude of tasks, rather than some one whose sole focus is developing one skill. Also, people stuck in a problem should shift focus to get a reset point of view of the problem.

Although, lot of examples and case studies were cited by the orator to support his statement, I felt the urge to dissect the reason behind the phenomenon. So I asked myself why the zing comes back?

I think I have a beat on this one. When we keep on doing something which we are good  at, and for most of us, it is what we call as “work”, we tend to do some basic things over and over again. In fact, I think, that’s what probably qualifies us as professionals. But if there is something fresh about a new activity we pick up, there’s that novelty. We might not be necessarily great at it. Better! You must have a fear value attached with it to get maximum. There’s the stepping out of your comfort zone. Certainly there is a challenge. It leads to triggering of those neurons which have been lying in the hidden closet and not invoked for so much time. Those muscles which have not been flexed. They might be rusty 🙂

So, what basically ensues is that the brain gets stimulated and my guess is there is a general sense of confidence and well being once we reasonably acquire that new skill. That might take your regular work on a upswing. Do try it.

Try anything.

  • You think you croak ?  Singing,
  • Two left feet syndrome?  dancing.
  • Bad stamina ? playing.
  • Like to eat, but can’t create ? cooking.
  • Need a mental spa? learn a new language.
  • Shy ? make new friends
  • Hesitant ? Ask that cute girl/guy from work out.

Do get out of your comfort zone! ….. whatever that catches your fancy, and you are somewhat afraid of the prospect of. You might suck at it, but you’ll improve, and not just in it. It’s the kick one gets that makes it worthwhile. Also, you never know, how good you actually are in that aspect. Human body and mind are amazing. Go stretch them out

The webs we weave.

It’s one of those days. I find it extremely difficult to sleep. My mind’s distracted and confused. I think about the new year, and in the year gone by ….

 

I’m definitely not hungry, or too full.

I’m not sad, nor elated, neither angry, but amused

I do not have any idea, nor am I stuck.

The music plays in background, as rhymes get struck

 

Of things that I yearn of, I don’t have a track!

I feel that I have gone, or am I back?

If I had a wish, granted to come true

will I go back in time, or will I get a clue?

 

I’ve spoken my heart out, yet I have much more to say,

The child’s smile, and his naughty ways

His unfaltering focus, his wavering mind

gives me hope, makes the world seem kind.

 

I feel vulnerable, but pretend to be secure!

I laugh at myself, when I thought I was sure.

I’m a boy, I am a man

I think, therefore … I am.

 

Dedicated to all people, who have written in the past, and for some reason, now (work, mostly) are too busy to share the joy I (and I’m sure others) experience when I read their blogs. People, who haven’t blogged from over a month. Miss you.

A winter’s day .

The air is chilly
The sun sets a bit too soon
But here’s a frolic all around
and I hear a merry tune.

Gifts are packed, destinations booked
Leaves been taken, and delicacies cooked.
How I wish I could fly away
but I will not go as I am hooked.

and I look upwards, I have no fear
There is much joy, someone so dear.
Season’s greetings people !! Far or near.
Merry Christmas to you and a happy new year