Daily Prompt # 72:You took my heart away…..


After having a bad day today I decided to find some place where I can sit lonely and stare at the sky endlessly for atleast few minutes. I suddenly remembered the song by Passenger called “Staring at sky” although I was not clear about the lyrics but the tune stuck in my mind.

 

There is always something magical about watching sunsets.They make you realize 2 things

1. How beautiful and free are some of the simplest pleasures of life…

2. Day just got over again and you still have tons of things to achieve in life

I was staring at the big orange sky and recollecting one such beautiful sunset I witnessed recently while I was travelling to North Karnataka. (Photo Credits: @Kadale_Puri aka Kishore)

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The beauty of Nature playing with so many hues of Orange literally took my heart away. The sun setting and the moon rising on the other side of Horizon. I wonder why do people wander aimlessly from one place to another in search of happiness when all you need is to rest your bum in peace at one place. And inhale some fresh air and forget yourself amidst the sunlit environment.

The cold wind brushed my cheeks and played with my tresses…. bringing amazing relief from all the haunting memories of past. I remembered the English Translation of the famous SRK and Kajol’s song “Suraj Hua Maddham” from Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham.

That day as I was watching this beautiful sunset along the lakeside, I could only think of this beautiful song over and over again. The lyrics and the tune was so so apt to the situation that it brought about an amazing amount of calmness to my chaotic mind.

 

Just as I was floating in those memories, I glanced my phone and saw my friend calling me for a cup of coffee and I reluctantly got up from the place where I was sitting and remembering all these songs and thoughts. I started walking towards the Cafe with thousand memories of that one beautiful sunset I watched peacefully that day.

Every Sunset makes us realize we have one less day to live… So make peace with yourself and enjoy every sunset in your life.

Daily Prompt # 71:A tribute to Udit Narayan


It was a bright Saturday and I had to meet one of my friends at 3. I woke up at 12 only to realize I am not going to make it. When I called him up, he suggested me the best option was to stay at home and relax. I was so disappointed that I turned on to Fever 104FM and started continuing my household chores.

Thanks to Anurag Pandey and his beautiful interview with Sunil Shetty. It kept me occupied for a while. But as soon as I thought of tuning into some other station, I got to know there would be RJ Urmin‘s show Fever Unplugged with one and only Udit Narayan. I had been his fan since I first heard “Ho gaya hain tujhko” and “Jaadu Teri Nazar”

Hearing all those classics once again from Udit Narayan #unplugged was a delight to my ears. Here are the top songs which he shared over radio. I am sure, any music lover would fall in love with these tracks once again.

1. The legendary “Papa Kehte Hain” song from “Qayamat se Qayamat tak”

 

2. Who can forget the magical DDLJ Songs “Mehendi Lagake Rakhna” and “Ho Gaya hain tujhko”

 

 

3. The beauty of falling in love for the first time was beautifully captured in “Pehla Nasha Pehla Khumaar” from the movie “Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikandar”

 

4. The beautiful all time evergreen title track of “Kuch Kuch Hota Hain”

 

5. Yet another beautiful composition by AR Rahman in the voice of Udit Ji from “Dil Se” “Aye Ajnabi”

 

6. Who can forget the onscreen chemistry of Salman and Aishwarya in this song from “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam”

 

7. “Ghar se Nikalte hi” song from Papa Kehte Hain

 

8. The beautiful retro number which was sung by Udit ji and his son Aditya Narayan from the movie Akele Hum Akele Tum

 

9. Yet another beautiful track from the movie Rangeela “Kya Karen Kya Na Karen”

 

10. I am sure most of them must have heard this track over and over when the movie Gadar Ek Prem Katha was released in 2001. “Udja Kaale Kanwa”

 

11. “O ri Chori” and “Mitwa” can anyone forget these 2 numbers from “Lagaan”. Once again the awesome piece of work by ARR and Udit Ji.

 

 

12. The evergreen collaboration of Udit Ji and Alka Yagnik in Dil Chahta Hain for the song “Jaane Kyon” speaking of pros and cons of falling in love.

 

13. Who can forget Hritik Roshan in Fiza dancing for the tunes of “Aaja Mahiya” 

 

14. Udit Ji’s voice and SRK on screen. Too much of awesomeness to deal with. The songs from Veer Zaara (Main Yahan Hoon), Darr (Jaadu teri nazar) and Dil To Pagal Hain (Bholi si surat) are perfect all time numbers on any radio stations.

 

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed listening to all these songs as much as I did. I know the melody of Udit Narayan cannot be summed up in just 14+ songs but as the title says it is a small tribute to my fav singer through this blog post of mine. Thanks to my friend who asked me to stay back at home instead of making it to his home and missing this beautiful show by RJ Urmin.

Comments are most most welcome.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Have a great day!!!!

Lots of love and hugs,

ARK

Daily Prompt # 70:Few more books for this year


I was going through archives of newsletters by Robin Sharma and found few books recommended by him as useful.

Hector and The Search for Happiness by François Lelord

Maximize Your Potential by Dr. Joseph Murphy

Die Empty by Todd Henry

Relentless by Tim Grover

The Entrepreneur’s Solution by Mel Abraham

Chasing Daylight by Eugene O’Kelly

Please let me know if anyone of you have read these books. Would love to hear the influence of these books on your personal life.

Keep reading. Keep growing.

Spending 10 minutes a day reading a book makes an hour worth reading in a week. Do not give excuses and start reading books.

Reading is having conversations with finest minds of the past centuries.

Have a great day ahead!!

Lots of love and hugs,

ARK

Daily Prompt # 69:Are you that B.I.T.C.H???

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My friend Hamsa recently wrote a very beautiful article called as Women- Being Powerful on the book “A thousand splendid suns” by Khaled Hosseini.

Towards the end of the blog, she posted few questions which really stirred out the hidden “bitch” inside me.

Well before answering all those questions, let me first answer what does the word bitch mean to me. If you ask any layman the meaning of bitch, he/she will jump from their couch to tell you that it means “WHORE/SLUT”. But for me the definition of BITCH is definitely not what these people say.

I remember one day when I was  busy venting out all my frustration over a cup of coffee and my friend, all of a sudden he said “You know what… You are a bitch!!! “ I was a little offended first but then when he explained me what being a bitch in corporate world was all about… I was really surprised to know that if you qualify one or more of the below conditions you will get certified as BITCH in real world.

  1. You have to be that kind intelligent and caring woman who got pushed so much that now she has totally stopped giving a fuck to all the people in her life.
  2. You have to have the track record of standing up for your own beliefs and for all those people whom you love.
  3. You got to speak your mind without giving a second thought whether it would impress the other person or not.
  4. You never have to compromise on any of the ideals of your life and should basically live life your way.
  5. You should be that woman who refuses to tolerate shit from people.
  6. Most importantly, you got to be that woman who as Hamsa has quoted … The kind of woman who when hits her feet on floor makes even the devil say  “Oh Crap..She’s up”

Now why am I telling all this with respect to the book Thousand Splendid Suns???

My gutsy friend asked few questions at the end of the article…. like

  1. Why are women considered the weaker sex and looked upon as vulnerable beings?
  2. What is it that stops a woman from revolting against the wrongs happening around her?
  3. In this era of women empowerment, are we really safe, leave alone being empowered?

And the answer lies here

WOMEN ARE NOT WEAK.

Then what stops us from revolting against all those wrong things that happen to us ??

Its we women who underestimate our own power and start blaming that men are dominating us. Ofcourse men do dominate women…. but we do have the power to overcome any fucking dominating man. Always remember that every woman is a BITCH.

Beautiful, Intelligent, Talented, Charming and Hot-to-handle

 

Nothing stops us except ourselves. We have to stand up for our own rights. Nobody can stand up for you. Nobody can lift you up. You got to stand on your own legs and wear those running shoes for yourselves in order to empower yourself.

It all starts with YOU. Its we who have to teach our men what it means to Respect Women. It all starts with us how we treat our daughters and how much we respect ourselves. You cannot empower someone if you do not respect yourself.

So what is it to be a GIRL?

 

Be proud of yourself. Celebrate the fact that you are a WOMAN.

If being yourself and being bold makes you a BITCH then let it be…. please don’t be angry when someone calls you BITCH next time. Instead take it as a compliment. Because you intimidated people so beautifully that they are unable to take it.

Being a B.I.T.C.H = Being YOU !!!

So are you a bitch? 

Thanks for giving this a read…

Thanks Hamsa for inspiring me to write this article. Don’t know whether my views are right or wrong.

Thanks to that guy who redefined the meaning of BITCH in my life and made me a strong woman.

Comments and anger filled comments are most most welcome (I’m sure I must have pissed hell lot of people with this post). Please share this article if you like/dislike it.

Lots of love and hugs,

ARK

Daily Prompt # 68:The wrath caused by human mind


The human Mind is supposed to be one of the most beautiful creations of God. It has the power to transform things around it. The Mind makes the impossible the possible. And yes what happens to the Mind when it happens to start some wild alchemy in itself. It gives birth to the invisible cloak of “Suspicions Perceptions Vice Avarice and Extreme destruction”
We all have two things to think at any given point of time

  1. Positive
  2. Negative

When we harbour positive thoughts in our Mind, we give birth to some splendid things in life. We transform even pain into power. We elevate thousand more souls along with us to grow more, to work more and to achieve more.
But the moment we start thinking Negatively, we start welcoming some of the most dreadful things in our life. We invite some unwanted miseries
onto ourselves. We get restless about each bad thing happening around us.
We further start thinking about all the permutations and combinations of how much a certain thing can go wrong. We see all things in its worst state even if things are all pretty well around us.
We start spoiling our environment without our knowledge. Now thats the power of negative thinking. We end up having broken relationships around us. We experience hurtful people around us. And we lose hope and confidence in life.
Negative thinking is a disorder which we all possess. And it is never good for us. The wrath caused by negativity is much more painful than that of an accident. Accident either damages your body else kills at once. But negative thinking keeps you alive and kills you daily. It makes you a victim of miseries 365 days.

So when given an option to think in life. Take a deep breath and think
Is this what I really want?
Does this thing matter to me after a year?
Is this thought really worth thinking?
And moreover, stop being judgemental on life. Situations are all temporary. Pretty much like the dark night. Sooner or later, the sun has to rise. And there will be light. So without getting too much judgemental, accept the resistance that life offers to you.
Resistances teach you to hold on and start thinking a given thought in a new perspective. And always try to be positive. No matter how hard life hits back to you. You are 100% far better than the rest 100% population stuck in war stricken areas, people who are battling their way out of terminal diseases etc.
Life is strange. It makes you feel its so colorful at one moment and shows its worst face all of a sudden when you least expect it. But its our job to stay positive all the time and avoid the wrath of a human Mind.

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