Posted in Daily Prompts

Invalid Comments & Essential Learnings


Judgement consumes joy.

An RJ friend of mine who hosts shows regularly dialled me recently for some help. She had a great piece of content but was afraid of posting. I asked her what is stopping her? Her answer was what if my cousins once again read them on net and make fun?

This took me back to 5 years back when I pinged one of my close friends.

“Hey, how was my blog post?”

…. After about 2-3 seconds of delay, there was a “..typing” on his WhatsApp status and then came a ping

“Ahhh … it does not have the fire”

That was just the beginning of it. Little by little, I kept on showing my work to some more folks who constantly kept on sharing similar comments. All these comments came from people who were not even reading the entire blog post. One even went to great lengths by saying “You are a better reader than a writer”.

“You should stop writing”

– a dear friend from social media

Normally, once you start putting out content you slowly start becoming insensitive to such comments. But, in my case, it was just downhill. I let these comments get into my skin. Comments from strangers who don’t even know the craft of writing were passing random comments. Slowly, I hung my boots and focused on other aspects of my life. Life went on but every day I missed sitting and writing blog posts.

Whenever someone used to ask me, I had a laundry list of excuses ranging from “I don’t have time like I had in 2016”, “I don’t write in that genre anymore” etc. It was only recently that my good friend Krishnan gave me a dressing down. He simply asked me “How does it matter whether you write good or bad?” 

It was then I remembered how much I missed was the constant transference of thoughts from my book to blog and receiving love from my small family of readers. Those messages on social media really mean a lot to me.

Somehow we all need friends like Krishnan who can jolt us and bring us back to reality. It was time to come out of my self created jail and break free. So, I have decided now that no matter who thinks that the piece that they are reading is an absolute suicide, it should not bother me from sitting in front of my iPad and bleeding letters one after another.

It really should not bother me. I will wholeheartedly welcome all kinds of comments and take just the good and discard the rest. These essential learnings were absolutely necessary for me.

Here are the three resolutions that I have taken this year for myself:

  • I will write irrespective of what others comment about my writing
  • I will continue to work on my personal growth and draw boundaries 
  • I will work on consistently putting out articles week after week

Let’s see where this year takes me in terms of writing blogs here at Word Press.

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Posted in Book Reviews, Daily Prompts

This Is Not Your Story – A Review


This year I have decided to finish off every Indian fiction book review of mine in just two pointers. A lot of people said that I become very verbose when I write a review and end up giving them spoilers. So, to prevent it here I go with my first book review of the year.

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My 2 liner review of this book is:

  1. Sometimes we look at our own lives and settle down for the easiest option which satisfies our comfort zone. Hardly we ever know that everything we ever wanted is on the other side of the comfort zone.
  2. Everyone has a unique story. If only we take the leap of faith and choose to follow it, we will understand what is our true story.

Beautiful and simple book. Savi Sharma you nailed it.

What are you reading now? Let me know about it.

Love,

ARK

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.

Edmund Lee Quote

Writing Prompt Source for today’s article: Circle

Posted in Daily Prompts

Solitary Beast


Photography 101: Solitude.

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In the lonely dark night… all alone sitting infront of this Laptop with the idiot box showing the marathon Tele Ads.. i had a chance to open up Photography Challenge and woah i noticed how many themes I missed to participate.

I quickly started browsing for today’s theme and there it was …. the perfect one. #SOLITUDE – My Favorite Topic.

 “Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a God.”- Aristotle

I am no God but definitely that kind of a beast who tries to enjoy the solitary confinement away from the fake versions of this Beautiful World.

Duped by many instances of realistic illusions of this life… I have always taken refuge from all these by surrendering myself completely to Books, ShahRukh Khan’s movies, Music and Yoga. But most people automatically label my moments of solitude into #Loneliness and keep advising me that i should not be anti-social.

I have one line for them “SOLITUDE IS PLEASANT. LONELINESS IS NOT”

I am glad that I chose to be a wild beast taking rest in solitude.

What does Solitude mean for you?

Please feel free to share your views on the same. 

Lots of love and hugs,

ARK


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!!!!!

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What to do when u have less time in life and more things to do?


I am having piles of books loaded up in my backpack and the zeal to read them. But the work is as such that…. they all lay there dusty and untouched since 3 days…. sometimes i seriously wish there should have been 30 hours in a day than mere 24hours… is there any other Readaholic who feels like me?

Posted in Daily Prompts

Reading Material


Daily Prompt: Reading Material.

How do you pick what blogs or books to read? What’s the one thing that will get you to pick up a book or click on a link every single time?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us CHOICES.

To begin with let me start telling you one by one…

How do i choose Blogs?Very simple…

Step1: Open the WordPress.com

Step 2: Click on the Reader

Step 3: CLick the first post, read it, like it/comment on it then move on to DailyPost at WordPress.com which is something like an encyclopedia of hundreds of blogs from all over the world..

What is that one thing that interests me to read some blog?

A blog speaks about the Person who is writing it. It is nothing but a projection of his own personality, a reflection of his environment and a glimpse of his perceptions towards Life. Be it for the good cause or the bad. No doubt in saying that i first go by the Title of the Blog Post. I then go thru the About Page and try to understand what exactly is the Writers opinion about life…Then i start reading some posts. Secondly i also prefer “references” or in short the ping-backs. I make sure each ping back is visited and i get to see yet another amazing posts by some beautiful people. Things which describe the reality of life interests me more because we see Political Writings, Debates, Movie Reviews etc everyday on Television, Newspaper etc… but how much can we afford to get to see someone’s life who is thousands of miles away from us.Each story makes me feel life is so positive…

Now comes “books to read”

How do i choose books?

In the era of Online Shopping gone are those days when i used to ask my fellow classmate or someone regarding a particular book and then visit a cosy BookStore and read a book, and then decide whether i should go for Book A or Book B. Now all i do is first open Google.com and type “top 100 best novels India” Then i get some authentic lists by GoodReads.com or Flipkart.com. I visit the websites, read some preview and then just click “Buy”.

What sort of books interests me?

Basically i read any kind of book available on this planet except it should be in an understandable format. Books about love, life, self help, thriller, crime, philosophy, adventure and Motivation grab my attention. I try to pick those kind of books which portray the emotions of human beings in a very detailed manner. I love to read and explore those kind of books which help me discover the inner psyche and also helps me overcome my negativity.

Finally comes “Photography”

How do i choose my theme for photography?

I usually love to see the world in a very different way when it comes to LENS. The world which we see daily is my theme. I always try to capture something very natural in a day’s activity yet how people neglect the beauty of it. People Photography is my theme always. We live in a society and society is nothing but set of people living together. So my theme is all around them. The good, bad and ugly of it constitutes my theme.

I hope i have made a little justice to the Theme given by the Daily Prompt Guys by illustrating my interests in the form of a small blog post.

Thanks for giving it a read…

Love you all,

ARK


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 Daily Prompts

Say Your Name


Daily Prompt: Say Your Name.

Hi Again. Today i am going to share a small poem from the famous epic romantic movie of Bollywood “Veer Zaara”

For those of you who haven’t seen this movie … here is the link for the synopsis of the movie.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/13/movies/13zaar.html?_r=0

I am gonna share the poem here which the Hero (Shah Rukh Khan) says in the court room when he shall be released freely to India with full respect.

The name of the Poem has a very strong significance to the name “Qaidi 786” which means “Prisoner Number 786”.

Significance of the Name:

The number 786 in Arabic means “in the name of Allah, the compassionate, the merciful”. As the hero in the movie is imprisoned in a Pakistani Jail the female lawyer who fights for him stresses the significance of the holy number to the Jailor resisting their oppression towards the man who has been in Jail for no reason since 22 Years. She says “He is very special amongst all prisoners. Have you ever thought why out of all the thousands of Prisoners he has been given the Number of Allah 786… Its because Allah, the merciful is with him… I shall see to it that nobody oppresses him anymore”

Finally when the Verdict will be announced in the court room, the hero, Veer Pratap Singh says he wants to share something… and he recites this poem…which describes the muted feelings which he held till that date in his heart…

The meaning of the poem as you could see in the Subtitles must have been already very clear to you guys.

But still i wanna add few of my opinions to it.

We all think what’s in a name? but, its the only thing that gives a person a unique identity of his own… So be proud of your names …. be proud of yourself…. because not everyone lives with a unique sweet name like you… Many people are still thriving for an identity of their own in this huge world.

Thanks for reading my post.

Lots of love to all,

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, Others

Flag Book


Considering the Flag Book.

Hi People,

I found this article interesting. Hope so you too will find it interesting.

Thanks for stopping by.

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, Contemplation, Daily Life, friends, I love animals more than Humans, LOVE

R.I.P. James Dean


Obituary for James Dean and Open Letter to Jet Airways and the Delhi we Love.

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Hai Friends,

As i was surfing thru WordPress top posts i got this blog from WILD AT HEART. I was really moved by the story of how a cute cuddly cat which was left for care by Jet Airways was killed due to the negligence of Jet Airways and how inhumanely they treated the pet and the owner after the “cat”astrophe….

Be it a cat/dog/cow/lizard whatever… pets are pets… infact pets make us more Human in this selfish world. One can never express how it feels when their beloved pets are churned to death in the hands of cruel people  in this case the JET AIRWAYS

My Question is why don’t people ever have some sympathy towards these lovely creatures …. why do they mock at their death and prevent their owners from expressing their condolence on the loss of their pets.

I am very saddened by reading the death of James Dean (beloved pet of Preeti). Rest in peace James Dean… You always stay in our hearts as  a cute kitty forever.

Thanks a lot for reading my post.

Love you all,

ARK

 

 

Posted in Compiled Articles, Contemplation

Phil Pills for the day by Jim Valvano


My Mission Statement/New Personal Philosophy.

Hello Friends….

I found few lines from this post very useful before starting my busy schedule at office…. So instead of opening my Outlook 2007 I started with some few blogs ….

I am very happy to share few blogs with you today…

Thanks a lot for stopping by

Love you all,

ARK

 

Posted in Contemplation, Daily Life, friends, Music and Life

The best “About Me” Page i have read so far


About me.

Since the day I have entered into Blogging i haven’t seen an About Page which is a perfect combo of Desi Daaru and Angrezi Cocktail sprinkled with lots of Humor all thru the Page…

Meet Mr. Samson Joseph… The Proud Owner of TRIPPING ON LIFE blog …. only at WordPress.com

Thanks a lot for reading my post..

Love you all…

ARK

 

 

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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Posted in Contemplation, Daily Prompts, friends, LOVE

An ode to my best friend.


Dearest Friend,

A very happy morning to you!!!!

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I wish i could have been the invisible cool breeze that would touch your face and make you feel more happy with the rising sun….

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I wish i could manage to borrow some Magical Wand from Harry Potter’s Hogwarts and erase off all the painful memories from your life……

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I wish i could give you off all my Happy Moments for you happily and fill your life with smiles… and only smiles…..

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I confess before you for saying all those harshful words that scarred your day yesterday………

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I regret now… for hurting you so much by asking those things which you always avoided from me…..

Oh friend!!!! Break your silence before i break my head thinking “What went wrong from my end???”

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Don’t leave me alone……… without an answer…because your silence is killing me and making me feel secluded from the rest of the world….

Come back again…. I promise… you shall relive the same freshness of our friendship again….

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Ending it with high hopes of your returning back……….

ARK

 

Posted in Steve Jobs Project

I love you Steve – Part 4


Hai Friends,

Welcome to the 4th part of the Blog Series “I love you Steve

In 2004, Steve Jobs called Isaac only to ask him to write a biography on himself. Walter Isaacson thought this is quite absurd for a person who is right now in the middle of his oscillating career and suggested Jobs that he would take up this project once he is retired from Apple.

After a few months Steve attended the book signing function of Einstein’s Biography at Palo Alto and this time he once again took Walter Isaacson to a side and pursued him to start writing his autobiography again. Then one day in the year 2009, Steve’s wife Laurene Powell said Walter Isaacson very bluntly that

“If you’re ever going to do a book on Steve, you’d better do it now.”

Laurene Powell Jobs with Steve Jobs
Laurene Powell Jobs with Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson was pretty surprised about why even Laurene is persuading about this biography thing. He then came to know from Laurene that he had already taken 2nd medical leave and that was how he got to know about Steve’s Cancer. Laurene replied

“Almost nobody knew ….He had called me right before he was going to be operated on for cancer,
 and he was still keeping it a secret” 

At this point of time Walter Isaacson thought that he would take up this project as soon as possible.

Regarding the book Steve said at the very beginning that he would have no control over the content of the book and he would not see it in advance. He gave Walter Isaacson the full freedom to write and express everything about Steve in the Autobiography. Walter Isaacson recalls ….he said

“It’s your book…I won’t even read it”

After this both of them got busy in their own work lives when one day Walter Isaacson got a call from Steve Jobs. He was calling from his Palo Alto home and was with his only sister Mona Simpson. His wife and children had gone out for skiing trip and he too wanted to go with them but the illness resisted him from going with them. He started telling Walter Isaacson about his first venture of creating a frequency counter when he was just 12 year old. He also told that he had directly contacted Bill Hewlett, the founder of HP from the phone book asking for parts.

Steve later revealed that he liked humanities as a kid but liked Electronics. He also said that he wanted to be an intersection of humanities and sciences and decided that’s what he wanted to become.

Steve encouraged Walter Isaacson to talk to all those people whom he fired, abused, abandoned, his foes and also his former girlfriends. He never drew any lines/ limitations on the content that would be published. He confessed boldly

“I’ve done a lot of things I’m not proud of, such as 
getting my girlfriend pregnant when I was twenty-three 
and the way I handled that. 
But I don’t have any skeletons in my closet that can’t be allowed out.”

It took almost 2 years for Walter Isaacson to interview forty plus people and pen down all those intricate details of this mighty personality. During this journey Laurene Powell said

There are parts of his life and personality that are extremely messy, and that’s the truth, you shouldn’t whitewash it. He’s good at spin, but he also has a remarkable story, and I’d like to see that it’s all told truthfully.”

This book is all about the Creative Entrepreneur who revolutionized 6 industries at once and made Apple one of the most Valuable Companies in the world – A company that he started in his Parent’s garage.

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In short this blog series is for those people who want to know how Steve turned Silicon into Gold right from Ground Zero. In the following posts I shall keep posting about excerpts from his autobiography.

Constructive Comments are most welcome…

Thanks for reading this post.

Lots of love,

Ambika