365/12 – To Know The Unknown. Is It Really Worth It?


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If you could read a book containing all that has happened and will ever happen in your life, would you? If you choose to read it, you must read it cover to cover.

My answer would definitely be NO.

Because, of the many lessons I learnt off late, the most important one was to

Be patient and learn to go with the flow of life.

In a way, it is definitely the best way to live life. There exists no man in this world, who being aware of his future was able to change few things which were bound to happen in his life. In that case, what is the point in knowing the Unknown. It will definitely add more pain to you.

The best scenario for this statement would be like this:

You get your life-history book. You read it cover to cover only to discover that, 90% of your life shall be spent in chapters of sadness. Now what? Can you change the order of those events? No. Can you go into the future and stop the person from not leaving you? No. You cannot change the order of nature. What needs to happen, shall happen no matter what.

Nothing is in our hands. In that case, what’s the point in knowing the uncertainty. Uncertainty is definitely an uncomfortable position but certainty is an absurd one. I am a huge believer of Gita. The following quotes pretty much explains why one should never ever be bothered about the sequence of events happening in his life. Its hard to practice but ultimately we all know, that is the truth of life.

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365/11 – Anything at Cream Stone


Vanilla, chocolate, or something else entirely?

There is this new store called Cream Stone in HSR Layout Bangalore. Last year, I happened to visit this ice cream parlor and to my amaze…. The way the ice cream is served totally blew me up. The mighty cones, the menu, their hospitality and most importantly their wide variety of options under Chocolate Concepts are a real treat to any ice cream lover.

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Coming back to the prompt, I would always prefer a flavor which has 99.99% chocolate and the rest I don’t mind what they add to it….

(Menu Courtesy: Zomato)

365/10- The Most Scariest Thing To Do In This World


You’re locked in a room with your greatest fear. Describe what’s in the room.

She was walking down the alley hurriedly when she heard someone calling her name from the dark. She turned back slowly to see the caller. To her horror, he was the Kerberos of her life…. guarding every move of hers since the time she came there.

She so wanted to get out of that place, but her legs were frozen. A masked man, came and dragged her back. She knew what was waiting her once she entered the darkness.

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Lisa was awake now. The thunderous applause in the room had made her come out of her dreamland. The speaker had just now finished giving his speech and now it was her turn. Lisa was never much of an extrovert. She had spent all her life, hiding her nose behind the thick books and never came out in public. Her last memory of public speaking was in 4th Grade when she terribly failed to memorise a small psalm from Bible and broke down infront of the whole class. Since then, she had never stepped the dias. The backstage was her favorite.

But, Warren, her best friend, nominated her to the Public Speaking Club in her college 2 months back where she started slowly opening up. Her fears were embraced by the patient teachers and like minded friends. She learnt that, speaking infront of the crowd is scarier than death but it is very simple. And as she thought about all those countless sessions of her mentors tuning her into making her one of the best speakers in her University… she took one step towards the dias. Lisa was now going to deliver her very first TedX Speech.

She could feel the butterflies in her stomach, the anxiety, panic and all those quotes which pulled her down… But she overcame all of them, with just one quote in her mind

99% OF THE PEOPLE ARE SCARED OF PUBLIC SPEAKING

MAKE PUBLIC SPEAKING FEAR YOU

FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT

There she went, right to the middle of the stage and delivered her speech. At the end of 15th minute, all she could hear was the hooting and non stop applause of people. She felt as if she had won the Oscars. Tears rolled her cheeks as she made her way to the backstage. All the moments when her friends used to bully her and the pain resurfaced in the form of tears. That day she decided to put an end to it. She thanked her friend Warren for making her come out of her comfort zone and thanked her mentors for making the shy kid become such a successful speaker.

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The above short fictional story was inspired by Amy Cuddy’s TED Video.

365/9 – This food definitely works wonders during depression


Helplessness: that dull, sick feeling of not being the one at the reins. When did you last feel like that –- and what did you do about it?

I feel like that everytime when I see an ice cream parlor near me. The moment I see an ice cream parlor, i feel I am depressed and I need to eat Ice Creams now. The feeling of helplessness/ not being in control are all just reasons to grab that big tub of Chocolate Ice Cream, because sometimes all you have to do is….

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365/6– A Quote That Will Motivate You To Read More


Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?

pablo (5)I return to this quote again and again because, it reminds me of the importance of reading in one’s life. I have pinned this image in my mind strongly so that, even if get a minute of free time, I read something or the other which in turn has improved my overall personality exponentially.

365 Days Writing Prompts #5 – Stroke Of The Midnight


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This year, right after the stroke of Midnight, there were no wishes awaiting for me except for few of my close friends asking me to come and party. For which, as usual I had a huge NO Board in my hand.

But as I was busy denying all the party requests, somewhere in the deep abyss of my heart, I felt I should let go of all those NO Syndrome and start something new. Hence I thought of changing my mind, the very stroke of midnight and next morning, went to Nandi Hills with my friend Kishore.

It was a breath taking experience for me… the chilly weather, the mountains covered in thick clouds and above all, your bestie clicking photos of you. ha ha What more do you want. It was my first time, visiting Nandi Hills and I enjoyed it so much that, I had to reluctantly take the road to Bangalore after some 3 hours of loitering around the Nandi Hills. We were glad to take some of these pictures and had a very peaceful time.

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365 Days Writing Prompts #4 – The Liberation Day


Festivus for the rest of us:
You have been named supreme ruler of the universe. Your first order of business is creating and instituting a holiday or festival in your honor. What day of the year is your holiday? What special events will take place? Describe YOU DAY in as great a detail as you can muster: the special foods we’ll consume, the decorations we’ll use…everything.

Instead of me being named as the Supreme Ruler here is a fictional character called Banjosca who becomes the supreme ruler of the Universe.

His first order of Business would be to declare MAY DAY as LIBERATION DAY and declare the entire week as Holiday.

Banjosca is none other than someone who has

  • the criminal mastermind of a joker
  • brute strength and exceptional intelligence of Bane
  • and possesses brilliant knowledge on how to induce fear in people just like the Scare Crow.

Hence the name BAne JOker SCArecrow. Banjosca would probably look like this.

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Here is a short poem that Banjosca might keep as his National Anthem if he becomes the supreme ruler of the Universe:

When I wake up this morning

I keep telling the person in my mirror

that let nobody bring you down

for you are not a MONSTER…

but you are just ahead of the curve….

When I wake up this morning

I dress myself up

and say to myself 

that I am born to

give the instrument of your liberation…

I take the detonator in my hand

and push it in my jacket

have a glass of champagne

to celebrate the victory

of people induced by the fear

of knowing WHO AM I BEHIND THIS MASK

I pick up the gun on the table

and walk down the street

taking  a glimpse of those fast-track courts 

where I decide “It’s not about what I want… but it’s all about what’s fair”

I pound the gavel down

and sentence all these

corrupt bureaucrats to death/exile

for whatever they choose, 

their final path would lead them to die their own death

My city doesn’t want any winged hero

to come and rescue them

to restore the anarchy

to pacify the chaos

to liberate them

to bring them out of darkness

to make them fearless

Instead all it wants is an

anti-hero Banjosca

Banjosca is not an anti-social

but he is a man with intelligence

ignored by the world filled with Conformists

Banjosca wins the war for he has made people 

to step out of their hide outs and be fair enough to 

embrace the sensible way of living

by breaking all the rules

The heroes of the city brand me as DIFFERENT

For which I agree…

Yes I am different FUCK YOUR OPINION

it has no meaning for I am still

searching for that one mad fellow

who is as crazy as me

and accepts my ruling unquestionably

Because I believe

MADNESS IS LIKE A GRAVITY

ALL IT REQUIRES IS A LITTLE PUSH

I stop beside the money launderers building and

press the detonator button

Off goes the siren 

and the city is in chaos….

100 more people dead

Blood bath in the street

Some more people are liberated

The anarchy has successfully restored

the faith that no money launderer 

will ever be able to survive the

chaos created by Banjosca

The tattoo shops are all open

And the kids once again ink themselves with

the words

“BANJOSCA WINS

FEAR.ORDER.FAIRNESS.CHAOS.PAIN”

I give him 2 dollars

and come back to my home

Only to wake up next day

to upset the anarchy…..

and restore some fairness in our system.

Regarding the decorations, Banjosca would put up the below posters all the main streets of the city.

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365 Days Writing Prompts #3 – Indoor Pollution

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Imagine, in great detail, an invention that could help reverse pollution — describe for us how your invention works and how it will help save the planet.

The biggest invention that could help reverse pollution is summarized below

9446a4452751b7d912097012856bfab9The day we humans realize the message behind this image, would be the day we would stop giving excuses and take some constructive steps to put an end to POLLUTION.

Why go and tackle the bigger problems when the major problem lies right inside your home?

Let’s talk about INDOOR POLLUTION today.  Did you all know that the Indoor air is 2x-5x  more polluted than outdoor air. And 90% of the time we spend our time indoors breathing harmful toxins like Radon, Carbon Monoxide, Chlorine, Air pollutants from beauty products, Volatile Organic Compounds from our furniture, Pet Dander and hair, Pesticides, Chemicals in non stick cookware and what not….

All these chemicals not just harm our environment but also kill us. They give your kids free asthma and irritation of eyes, nose, throat and skin. They make our senior citizens get timely head aches, fatigue and shortness of breath.  They can make your Work from Home a troublesome affair by making your mind difficult to concentrate, sinus congestion , hyper sensitivity to allergies, dizziness and nausea. Indoor Air Pollution is the 5th largest killer in India.

Not just this, poor ventilation and household processes plus the indoor cigarette smokers can cause

  1. LBW (Low Birth Weight) in the newborn babies
  2. Neural Tube Defects
  3. Insulin resistance
  4. Chronic Bronchitis
  5. Stroke and heart diseases.

Outdoor + Indoor air pollution together can cause negative effects on fetal growth.  And as the kid grows, it can develop serious respiratory diseases. Cigarette smoke contributes the maximum for the generation of indoor pollution.

Here is a snapshot of places where Indoor Pollution starts

Yet, we all speak of only one thing… SAVE ENVIRONMENT. Just like the old saying “Charity begins at home”, the key for prevention of such a big issue lies inside us. The biggest solution for ending Indoor Air Pollution is to purify your indoors and infuse as much Oxygen as possible inside your homes. How do we do that?

Humans breathe an average of 3000 gallons of air each day. How do we ensure that the 90% time we spend in our homes will be safe for our lungs?

One of the best inventions that came across to tackle this problem was NASA  Clean Air Study. The study results suggest some plants to detoxify your indoor air which contains toxic agents like Benzene, Formaldehyde and Trichloroethylene and replace it with fresh oxygen day and night. All you have to do is install one plant every 100 sq feet in your home. Simple.

Following are the plants that you can bring into your home.

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Money Plant
Snake Plant
Peace Lily
Lady Palm
Aloe Vera
Flamingo Lily

These plants fit in your budget and require minimum sunlight. You can be an IT Professional or a busy working woman… still can afford these plants. According to NASA, these plants remove

Benzeneemitted from glues, paints, furniture wax and detergents

Formaldehydeemitted from emissions, disinfectants, fixatives and preservatives in consumer products

Trichloroethylene–  from Industrial Work during your house renovation

Xylene and Touleneemitted from variety of beauty products and household products

Ammoniafrom aerosols and sprays used in home.

Apart from these, you need to dust your home regularly and also fix any gas/water pipe leakages in order to combat the growth of mold and other toxins. Plus, it is also important to avoid low VOC Paints in home and stop using products that emit formaldehyde. A very common form of VOC Emission is from the fabric conditioners which you use to keep your clothes from smelling good to increasing the texture of your clothes. If you have pets, please make sure that you groom them regularly and clean them very often.

I have started growing some indoor plants in my small concrete Balcony in Bangalore. And very soon I will share my experimentations with those plants. Let me know, if you would like to be a part of this indoor gardening program.

365 Days Writing Prompts #2 – The Rescue


Tell us about the time you rescued someone else (person or animal) from a dangerous situation. What happened? How did you prevail?

Instead of narrating an incident where I could have rescued someone, I would like to write something on how can you rescue someone.

Yes, you read it right. You might be wondering how can you rescue someone. Around 800,000 people commit suicide worldwide every year and of these 135,000 are from India, which accounts for around 17% of the total suicide deaths in the world when you calculate. And the numbers are rising significantly every year. Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and West Bengal have been identified as the cities where most suicides happen. Tamil Nadu has the highest suicide rates as compared to other states.

If you consider the male: female ratio in this matter, you would find that we rank at 6th position in Female Suicide Statistics and we stand at 22nd in Male Suicide Statistics

This is just in India, but if you see the larger picture you would be surprised to see that, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds in some part of our World. And the global  suicide rates have increased 60% in the past 45 years.

If you wiki Suicide, it provides you a long list of common causes for SUICIDE like the following

  1. Bankruptcy
  2. Mental Disorders
  3. Substance Use
  4. Problem Gambling
  5. Medical Conditions
  6. Media so on and so forth

But the Suicide.org actually sums it down into one single REASON. That is UNTREATED DEPRESSION. Depression can be one of the major reasons for the increase in suicides around us.

Depression when treated can heal a person completely and never make him course his journey towards Suicide. But on the other hand, when people do not take proper treatments they drift away from all the so-called Helplines, Crisis Help Centers, Family, Friends, Loved ones and all and isolate themselves only to kill their own life, which is quite painful. It is nothing but tragedy.

Suicide.org states, over 90% of people who die by suicide have a mental illness at the time of their death. And the most common illness is DEPRESSION. Negative experiences in life cause few people to sink into depression. Losing jobs, Loss of loved ones, Serious trauma, or some tragic incident in one’s life could be the common reasons for people who become depressed.

90% of the times, it goes untreated because people do not share their pain with others. And there is this solid theory in their minds, that NOBODY UNDERSTANDS ME. The stigma associated with Suicide makes them feel that if they reach out for help people may think they are vulnerable. But very often people forget that, even strong people too succumb to self killings.

Famous examples of people who were successful in their lives but still killed themselves are : Adolf Hitler, Cleopatra,  Kurt Cobain, Ernest Hemingway, Vincent Van Gogh, Robin Williams and the list goes on.

So when a person approaches for help, do not shun them away. Because anyone can be VULNERABLE. Instead here’s how you can help them:

The below list has been extracted from the WHO report on “Preventing Suicide – A global imperative” I hope these facts will help you save some lives.

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Always remember that people who want to end themselves often intend think killing themselves will kill their pain and put an end to it. Seldom do they know that killing oneself is not a solution for any problem. Remind them that there is still hope for the hopeless in this world. All you have to do is reach out. Reach out to your close friends and come out of the emotional black hole all by yourself.

In order to rescue someone, all you need is your presence. Many times, due to lack of guidance, people think suicide is #1 option. But, your presence can make your friend lead a good life than allowing him to commit suicide. Watch out for those signs, do not allow them to be in isolation for a long time, and also stop allowing them to reside in dark places. Be their light, be their helping hand.

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Because Suicides are preventable. You can be a super hero for someone who has gone astray from the path of life. All it takes is a helping hand.