Posted in Daily Prompts

You Are The Average Of The Five People You Most Associate With.


The origin for writing this post dates back to several months from today. I was attending this Behavioral and Value Creation Sessions organized by our company and one of those sessions had this amazing facilitator who was giving speech on law of attraction. He started his session with the simple statement that even if we equally distributed all the wealth in this Universe , after few days the money would once again reach to the top billionaires in the world. He further went on to explain why successful people are always abundant. Be it in terms of health or wealth, they are always contended.

What I understood after the session was that

“You are the average of the five people you most associate with”

Even after reading the above quote from many online sources, we still choose to hang around with losers each time and end up becoming one. This doesn’t mean that you have to avoid all the unsuccessful people in this world and bask in the glory of only successful friends.

What I meant was

“You have to surround yourself with a positive circle of friends”.

Unfortunately, life doesn’t give the perfect set of people for us always. Life is fucking unpredictable. Anything can happen at any time. Any person can enter in your life anytime and make or break you. But what stays constant is the inner circle of friends/close-set of people whom you always hang around with, no matter what. This close-set of people should always be either people who push you towards success or people who desperately want you to fail. Because either of the categories will motivate you to work hard and make it big.

If you aspire to become a  good writer, then surround yourself with the best writers/publishing agents in the Industry.

If you aim to be a good basketball player, then hang around with the titans in the game.

If you want to invest more time on yourself, then stop looking fucking lost and start doing what your heart wants you to do.

It is very simple. Whatever  you want to achieve, surround yourself with like minded individuals. They will push you towards accomplishing mastery in that field.

Your boyfriend/girl friend may leave. Your boss may fire you up. Your spouse may just walk out of the relationship. What stays forever with you is this small inner circle which genuinely understands your positives and negatives. Never allow them to go away from you. And also if you don’t have the right set of people in your circle, its time to say bye and find your tribe.

Be careful to choose whom you vibe with. It is perfectly fine to be alone than in bad company. Life is too short to be around people who are genuinely not good enough for you.

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Writing Prompt Source for today’s article: Circle


I will admit, and I am not proud of this, I almost gave up — not on writing, but on the idea that I would find a publisher for my debut novel, An Untamed State. The manuscript had been making the rounds for some time and the feedback was mostly positive but not positive enough in that frustrating way that makes you think, If you think so highly of the writing, why don’t you just buy the damn book? Publishing is confusing.

Two Damn Books: How I Got Here And Where I Want To Go (via roxanegay)

How difficult it is to get a book published!!!!!

Posted in Contemplation, Daily Life, Daily Prompts, Others

21st Century Citizen


Daily Prompt: 21st Century Citizen.

Hello guys,

After a long time again I am back with some blog post. Thanks for the prompt response of Daily Prompt guys who help me a lot by providing some interesting topics daily.

Today’s topic says “21st Century Citizen”

Along with that they have given a set of questions like…

Do you belong in this day and age?

The answer is YES and NO both…Sometimes i seriously feel i do not belong to this age when i see people back biting against each other and turning their minds into workshops of witch crafts… or maybe taking some unknown pleasure while hurting/rebuking others feelings…

Yet when i see the power of human intelligence used in solving some complex problems of the World like AIDS, Cancer, TB, Malaria etc i feel i am so lucky to be born in this era.
Whenever i see people suffering from social problems like Racism, Poverty, Illiteracy, Teen Pregnancy, Drug Abuse, Pollution etc i sometimes feel why am i here? But at the same time some great people try to find solutions for these and are doing a tremendous amount of good work to fight against these Problems which are very very huge in magnitude as compared to the previous eras. Thanks to  people like these

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So the next question is …..

Do you feel comfortable being a citizen of the 21st-century?

Yes, I am comfortable being a citizen of the 21st Century because this century teaches us to be ADAPTABLE to all the circumstances. Even if you wish or do not wish… adaptability is one such thing which has to be learnt by each and every individual in his lifetime.

This thing was long predicted by Charles Darwin.

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Every part of the story has 2 shades in it. One , the brighter side and the other is the darker side… Why is that we always brood over the darker side?? Why is that we “by default” tend to think the world is bad (including me). Because its because of our perceptions towards the world.
We tend to think that the world today is very bad. We have lost all the hopes that our ancestors had on this world partly due to the day to day events that we see in Newspapers and Media or due to few bitter experiences in life.

So here i would like to share a few things that i do everyday just to keep myself Positive amidst all the bad things that tend to happen in our day to day lives. Trust me guys… i am not at all exaggerating anything here… all the things are pretty simple yet we often neglect them thinking “Come on… i am too busy to think of these things”

The first thing i do every morning is not to open the newspaper … yeah you heard it right… Its been 6 months i have stopped reading newspaper early in the morning…
and i do have strong reasons for it.
One, Each day you cannot expect something like “thousand lives saved due to this vaccine” or “Mr. so and so is all set to release #invention for the betterment of so many people” or even better “Mr. XYZ … who was a mess to society was finally jailed forever” … Instead you find news like “3 year old raped by 40 year old guy who unfortunately is her father!!!” or “Woman killed and chopped off near so and so Road … killers missing !!!” or even worse “Reputed Politician caught in a sex scandal with a famous social media activist!!!” I mean early in the morning itself there is the MURDER of the word HOPE.

And man can survive without food but not without HOPE. It is an essential ingredient in one’s life.

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Secondly i strongly believe in doing things which i love everyday.

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No matter how much ever busy i am i make it a habit to complete things which i love… i never go off to sleep without reading atleast a page from any book. I cannot call myself as a voracious reader but yeah i make sure i read daily. I love seeing beauty in all the small things in life….so i make sure that i never let those small moments that i spend with my friends goes off waste by doing some nonsense chit chat. Instead i prefer to stay in a group where people make me happy all the time.

Now please see this…

Secondly,

Listen to some peaceful music each day whenever you feel things are getting out of control. Example see the below video. You get engrossed by the music atleast for 5 seconds and you will know what’s the power of Music in your lives

The lyrics of the following video can be seen here http://breadsite.org/lyrics/570.htm

Music indeed soothes all the pain and hard feelings from your heart and energizes you for the rest of the day. So instead of opening the newspaper you can listen to some good music everyday before you dig your heads and yell “WTF”

Third , whenever i feel my expectations are not met. I… just like any other abnormal human being….get wild… i sulk, i cry, i shout but end of the day when i watch some stuff like this … i feel “Thank God !!! I am so lucky”

Also when i see that i am stuck with some mental blockage thinking this thing cannot be done from me… I always remember this video…

So each day whenever i feel World is not helping me to pursue my dreams i keep remembering myself that “Nothing is impossible” and try to be optimist.

Friends i may not be some great inspirational source to you. But i would like to conclude this piece of post by saying the following things:

We all tend to be vulnerable at some point of time in our lives but its upto us how we learn lessons from those moments and grow. 21st Century teaches us to adapt ourselves in a world where imbalance is coexisting with the balance and there is lots of chaos and disturbance everywhere. But amidst all these confusion and fury we need to find a niche for ourselves so that we can exist the remaining days of our lives peacefully. After all  what’s the point of surviving a life without mental peace??

I hope you enjoyed reading my post.

Thanks for reading my post and you are welcome to pen down your thoughts on the same by commenting on my post.

Love you all,
ARK

Posted in Contemplation

6 of Nature’s Loneliest Animals Looking for Love


6 of Nature’s Loneliest Animals Looking for Love.

Hi Guys,

I still remember what Mother Teresa once said about LOVE…

The quote goes like this..

The biggest disease that has afflicted the word is not CANCER/AIDS…

but its the lack of LOVE

Here i present to you 6 of those beautiful creatures which are on verge of extinction and death because of Loneliness…

We say “Humans are known for their ingenuity…” but is it possible for any of us to bring back their love… How much ever man progresses in his life there are some things which we can never compensate to Mother Earth.

I found the article worth reading…

I hope you too would find it interesting.

Please let me know your views on the same..

Lots of love,

ARK

 

 

Posted in Daily Life, LOVE

Life in Sepia…


When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry.... show LIFE that you have a thousand reasons to Smile....

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All thru life , be sure and put your FEET in the right place .... and then stand firm...

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The best mirror... is none other than your Best Friend....

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Blur the line between Work and Play....

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Being the BEST is great... you are the Number 1.... Being UNIQUE is greater ...because you are the only 1..

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The prettiest SMILES hide the deepest SECRETS...

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Don't JUDGE me because I am quiet... No one plans a MURDER loud... LOL

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Focus on COLLABORATION... instead of COMPETITION

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Sometimes you have to FORGET what's gone...
APPRECIATE  what still remains...
& LOOK FORWARD to what's coming NEXT....

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Success of Team Work:
Coming TOGETHER is a BEGINNING....
Keeping TOGETHER is PROGRESS...
Working TOGETHER is SUCCESS

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Posted in change, Contemplation, Daily Life, Daily Prompts

Your Time to Shine


Daily Prompt: Your Time to Shine.

The best quote on Mornings goes like this “Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it. ” 

Now after having read that I sit back and think about the truth hidden behind this statement.

Before shifting to my new home i used to daily get up at 5 am and finish off all my ablutions etc and used to practice yoga for almost 1.5 hours daily.  I shifted to my new house recently thinking a house near to my office would leave me with more time for myself and will give me more time for myself. But i was totally wrong.

The office is quite near now… but my good habits have gone for a toss since 3 weeks…. Its almost a month I haven’t practiced proper peaceful Yoga…

Whatever maybe the reasons i think its high time that i start all my golden habits again so that i can concentrate more on my body…

I tried experimenting a lot with my timings… like how shall it be if i am a night owl? i try to come office early each day and only end up in staying late… and the moment i come home i am all tired/ hooked up with various to-do’s leaving no time for daily meditation.

Ahhhhhh….. Lack of organisation in life sometimes sucks. It really leaves us in a mess and makes life more tangled. 😦

Being a night owl only made me more sleepy in the day and made me realize how badly i miss those early mornings…

I need to find some or the other way thru which i can regain all the organisation that my life had before 3 weeks. Some famous person once said “Its alright to be imperfect in many a things of our life…. because you cant be perfect all the time nor your requirements in life” I somehow cannot adopt this mentality at all.

Probably because i believe Continuity in anything is the ultimate key to achieve long term success. Maybe i am wrong.. but i am what i am…

Thanks for reading my post… and please wish me Good Luck to start over again.

Have a good day guys….

Lots of love,

ARK

 

Posted in Contemplation, Daily Life, I love animals more than Humans, LOVE, Music and Life

This thing called Love…


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I often hear people saying “Love is life” “Love is God” etc etc… but in my life I have always experienced only one form of love…. i.e unrequited love. Since 23 years… i am facing the same situation… Now all i believe is only in unconditional love. And must say Thanks to the following people who make my life so beautiful

1. Early morning when i visit my work place …. the beautiful marigold flowers and the cold dew on them… When i touch their tender buds which are chilled in the nights cold… Its such a joy… totally inexplicable…          mari

2. The Tulsi Plant outside my home…. which always awaits when will i water it… Poor thing… never ever withers away… Whenever i see it promptly swaying to the mild breeze i feel sorry for it as i cannot take care of it 24×7… due to my ofc hours

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3. The lonely dog which sits near my veranda…. it expects nothing from me except a small pat on its head and few pieces of biscuits…

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4. The trees in my office and the rocks near them…. whenever i sit under a tree on a cold rock all my emptiness dissolves and i am filled with a strange bliss that i am so happy.

5. The 12th floor …. where i work… from where i can see the whole of Sarjapura campus… at 6.30 am in the morning….sipping hot steamy cup of coffee and the bright sun entering straight from the Windows… Its such a rare luxury i feel every time when this happens with me…

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6. The loneliness which fills my heart all the time leaving no space for other weird thoughts… some say Loneliness is very bad…. But i find it as a way to live ….. because when you are happy with yourself you will never crave for others love…

Thanks to the Almighty for filling my life with such unconditional happy moments…and always making me believe in this thing called LOVE… which need not be the same love as depicted in Movies nor as percieved by a common layman…god

lifeThis thing called LOVE is so complicated to explain… yet so inevitable in life…

This thing called LOVE makes my day special everyday no matter how much rotten people make it by hurting me sometimes…

This thing called LOVE makes me trust this world each day saying “The World is filled with good things everyday… what if we encounter bad people….. They are the ones who make good people as good…. or else what would be the difference between Good and Bad…”beauty

This thing called LOVE makes me look the brighter side of all things and makes me die peacefully someday…look-on-the-bright-side-of-life-

Thanks a lot for reading my opinion on this thing called LOVE…

Lots of love to you all,

ARK

Posted in Compiled Articles, Contemplation, Daily Life, I love animals more than Humans, LOVE, Music and Life

Will You Still Need Me, When I’m 64


Will You Still Need Me, When I’m 64.

The famous song sung by Beatles reveals the fact that True love is something which defies age limit/obstacles in life. It makes us stay together no matter whether we are 14 or 34 or 64.

Today we hardly see such true love instances in this fast paced technologically advanced world. Sometimes i feel there is no place for true human relationships….. Its all something to be seen and lived only in Shakespearean/Nicholas Sparks/ Yash Raj Films…..

My only question is what would people do without having lived a lovable life… without having a deep truthful relationship with their loved ones….. Do they ever regret for not having such simple yet costly pleasures in life? I doubt….

Just when i was almost losing hopes on this thing called TRUE LOVE… Thanks to Broken Light: A Photography Collective for sharing AJ Kings’ Photo taken during one of her Photographic Excursions to Portsmouth.

Thanks a lot for reading my pressed post.

Love you all,

ARK

Posted in Compiled Articles, Contemplation, Daily Life, Theatre

International Puppet Festival in India


International Puppet Festival in India.

How many Indians have been to this Festival?

Puppet Show- Such a creative form of art is being let into ruins. A very disappointing thing for all Indians.

 

Posted in Compiled Articles, Theatre

Theatre- An Introduction


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According to WikiPedia… Theatre is nothing but a form of fine art which uses live performers to present a piece of Story (maybe real or fiction) infront of live audience. The mode of expression of their feelings can be in many forms as mentioned below. Continue reading “Theatre- An Introduction”

Posted in Compiled Articles, Contemplation, Daily Life

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is permanent


Art-of-Learning.

Do you run into difficulty, get into trouble or have problems almost every day? Have you ever wondered why things don’t always work out the way you’d like them to?

Here are just some reasons why life isn’t always easy and trouble free.”

Sakshi’s blog teaches you new concepts in the name of Art Of Learning… Trust me guys its awesome.

Posted in Contemplation, Steve Jobs Project

I love you Steve – 5


Hai Friends,

Welcome to yet another part of Steve Jobs’ Series “I love you Steve” – Excerpts from his autobiography.

In this post you shall get to know how Steve was abandoned by his biological parents and adopted by Jobs family.

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The Story of Adoption:

Paul Jobs (who adopted Steve Jobs) after retiring from Coast Guard was in search of a soul mate. He met Clara and they fell in love in the same year 1946 and got married. Their marriage was a real “ideal marriage” types because it lasted for almost 40 years. Paul was a very calm and composed person unlike his alcoholic and abusive father.

Clara came to New Jersey after they were forced to flee from Turks in Armenia. She was already married to a man and she did not disclose this to Paul as her husband was dead in war. She wanted to start a fresh life with Paul because both of them were vexed up from the War Situation. All they now wanted was to settle down, raise a family and lead a less eventful life.

Clara wanted children but was suffering from a strange problem called as ectopic pregnancy. After 9 years of their marriage they finally decided that they must adopt a child.

Here Joanne Schiebele (biological mother of Steve) was from a family where her father was very strict and was against inter-community marriage. In-spite of all these Joanne fell for Abdulfattah Jandali, a Muslim teaching assistant from Syria. Jandali was a Political Science degree holder.

In 1954, Joanne went with Jandali and spent 2 months vacation in Homs. When she returned from Homs she discovered that she was pregnant and they both were just 23 by then. So they decided not to get married and Joanne’s father threatened her that he will be disowning her from his property if she married Jandali. Abortion was also not a good option. So in the year 1955, Joanne travelled to San Francisco and gave birth to a baby boy and put him up for adoption.

She had put-forth a condition in-front of the doctors that the baby will be adopted only by educated parents. But on Feb 24, 1955 Jobs was adopted by Paul and Clara (both were not from very educated backgrounds) and they named him as

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What happened next? How Joanne agreed for the adoption? Catch it in the next post… Thanks for reading my post guys….

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