Negative for a Positive?!

I have been working 12 hour shifts the past few days and all the stress just got to me. And I started with my usual therapy.

The therapy sessions that I keep having when the work gets to me involves imagining an escape to a long long vacation. Work these days has become too hectic and too stressful which has led to even detailed imagination bouts.

Which led me to a very interesting thought. Is it because of all the bad that we enjoy the good so much. Suppose I didn’t have a manager who represents all that is wrong with the world, would I enjoy my vacations so much!

I’ve lost a loved one when I was pretty young, so I know that life can vanish in a snap! Just like that! And I’ve always believed that the present is all you have. So live all you can. Does the fear of vanishing of the fact of the earth, supplement my strength to live so that I can enjoy the moment, the NOW!

But being the optimistic person that I am, I believe that all is well that ends well. It is up-to us to turn everything to our favor, even the bad things. It’s just a matter of perspective, a way of interpreting things so that we know that everything will turn out for the better. For we humans, especially Indians, live on HOPE. Yes, hope, the supremo feeling without which I wouldn’t be able to scrape up the courage to face tomorrow!

The video here is a perfect example of optimism! 🙂 It translates to ‘Leave behind your worries and focus on the present’ 🙂

Penny for your thoughts! 🙂

The Girl Who Played With Fire By Stieg Larsson

A true page Turner! Gripping till the end!

Found this one too in the office library like the last one whose review can be found here. It’s been a long time since a book has managed to capture my interest so thoroughly as this one. From start to finish, I immensely enjoyed this read and couldn’t get myself put it down! The last time I experienced this was when I read the final edition of the Harry potter series! That far back!

The tale is a continuation of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. But if you haven’t read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, that is okay too. As the book has a complete plot in itself, unrelated to the previous book.

I hadn’t particularly liked the first edition as it was too violent and too graphic for me. But the plot of the book was what kept me stick to it. So I wasn’t expecting much when I started reading this one. This book focuses mainly on the life of Lisbeth Salander. A socially handicapped, ultra intelligent computer hacker. The story revolves around the murder of a couple, who set out to expose a scandal. The investigation that follows this crime makes for a very interesting read. The story goes through a lot of twists and turns and finally lands in a very unexpected quarter. The plot is completely engrossing and keeps you on your toes!

I haven’t come across a good crime thriller for a while now and this certainly fits the criteria! And I can’t wait to get my hands on the third and final book in this series.

So if you are in the mood for a thriller, this can certainly be included in your to-read list!

My Sister’s Keeper – By Jodi Picoult

“As much as you want to hold on to the bitter sore memory that someone has left this world, you are still in it. And the very act of living is a tide: at first it seems to make no difference at all, and then one day you look down and see how much pain has eroded.”

I came across this book in the office library. I had already watched the movie but decided to pick it up anyway. This book deals with a very complex issue. I can talk about terms like medical emancipation, but at the heart of it, it talks about the thread that binds a family together, about the choices that an individual is entitled to by birth and the effect of one on the other and vice versa. About how love influences our choices.

There are some things that are beyond our understand. Because we don’t know how it feels, what it is like till we’ve been there and experienced what they go through. This book talks about one of those things.

I had a tough time wading through the book because it just didn’t seem to capture my interest, the characters didn’t speak to me. If you are a regular book reader, you’ll know what I am talking about. But I just kept plodding on. This was because I didn’t resonate with the situations that they were facing, because they talk about a very specific dilemma. But in the end, it did manage to wring tears out of me. The end took me completely by surprise and left me with a sense of wonder at the way life works out. I parted with the book with a sense of loss and a sigh.

There are some things that I just cannot understand and that are beyond my limited ability to review.
Hence, I leave this book without a rating, because it cannot be treated as a book read, reviewed and left behind.

P.S. The book is way way better than the movie, like always.

The Juggling Act

It’s late in the day and I find myself sitting and wondering about my time management skills. It was the usual 9 hour work day and at the end of yet another meeting, I was trying to recollect my day. About the things that I had done, the people I met and surprisingly I realized that my day had already come to an end!! We’re supposed to make every moment count, aren’t we? Atleast that is what we keep hearing and seeing in all those ad campaigns and those innumerable fb posts. If that is the case, where did I lose my precious precious day. At the jeopardy of sounding like a person with OCD, I’m telling you now that I have actually sat down to make list of all things that I would like to get done in a 24-hour day as opposed to all those things that I actually do. Replete with the number of hours allocated to each task. Thankfully, I found that I wasn’t that far off, but… It varied enough to get me thinking. Surprisingly or unsurprisingly, office and sleep took up a huge chunk. The rest were scattered around this and that. After deducting things like an hour for yoga, an hour for satisfying my hunger pangs. I was left with about 4-5 hours to do all the Miscellaneous things. That would include things like TV, reading my books, practising violin, catching up with friends and family, shopping, chores etc. And I find that I spend around 2 hours watching stuff that didn’t add any value to my life, but I go ahead and do it anyway.

Because I’m just too lazy to read that book or pick up  the phone to talk to someone. I justified it with the excuse that being the hard working homebody that I’m, I can be excused for what we call, taking it light. But who am I kidding, I KNOW that I would feel better if I had spent that time elsewhere. Like calling up that friend  you haven’t talked to in a long while. But knowing isn’t doing, isn’t it? Herein lies my weakness or the general human failing. Now I’ve mentally squared up my shoulders and have decided to stop doing those mind-numbing, meaningless time-consuming meanderings and to consciously make an effort to get on with things that actually would make a difference to me.

Why don’t you try listing out all those things you would like to do, my list certainly enlightened me! (Read:Buddha) 😉

Have you ever come across this situation, please do let me know. Misery loves company, after all!

You’ll pray for me, won’t you, to keep up my new found resolution! 🙂

Make Living An Art

I was out shopping today. (Yippee!!! Sorry, couldn’t resist it! 🙂 ) And I came across this really cool shirt which reads “Make Living An Art”  And my mind started whirring. Living is an art, ain’t it! Strange that I never pondered this fact before. And not just some art, it’s the greatest there is!

Art is defined as ‘The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination’.  I think I have just discovered the definition of human spirit. We, humans, keep striving towards achieving our goals, be it long term or short term. But what lies underneath those goals. Is it just our determination to make some difference or to leave behind something of ourselves so that we can be remembered.

Life is an art of happiness, an art of despair, an art of vengeance, an art of music, an art of literature…. And this is a list that comes off the top of my head!! Whatever form it may take, I believe that summarily, it is an “Art of Expression”. For we long to be heard, you can see it in our music, in our literature, in our everyday conversations. But we so often forget the fact that life is not about getting the bill paid, getting to work on time, getting the laundry done etc etc. It is about making every moment count, let us pledge today to remember to not forget the ‘Big Picture’. So what are you waiting for, get out there and have some fun! Make a difference, Have Some Fun!! 🙂

P.S: Life is an Art of ______________

What kind of art is Life to you? Fill in the blank plz!! Do leave your reply in the comment box below, go ahead, would love to hear from you! 🙂

P.P.S: At the end of this soliloquy, you would have understood how I fell in love with this garment. So how could I not buy it! Well, that’s my excuse anyway!!  Here is a click of reason behind this post! Cute, ain’t it!! 🙂

Of Hellos and Good Byes

at·tri·tion

Noun: The action or process of gradually reducing the strength or effectiveness of someone or something through sustained attack or pressure.

It’s been almost 2 years now since I’ve started life as a working professional and a lot of things changed but the one that I never counted on changing was my attitude towards the most of the human relations, friends. Me being me, I have never given a second thought about the concept of friendship because they were always there. Through the good times and the bad, so taking them for granted was a given.

Most of us go through school and college without much thought to the kind of the friendships that we are forming, to pause and thank our fortunes for giving us a rare gift, the people that we surround ourselves with. And office has been no different, I have made some fantastic friends during my stint here, most of whom have helped me grow strong. Each of them is like a classic example of abstract art , everyone has a different perspective but still so similar.

People come and go in our lives but in our school and college, the rate at which people come in far exceeds the rate at which people leave. It is only after we leave the cozy comfort they offer and start working, the realization that people are not always there, that life changes, people change, friends leave you to pursue to other things, better things, hits you. It’s like being hit repeatedly which leads to the evolution/attrition of  your idea of friendship. The attrition rate is alarmingly high!  It’s like getting punched in the face by Muhammad Ali, as painful as that!  When a friend with who you have shared all your secrets, all your silliness leaves, they leave an echo of times gone by which can be heard for years to come.

Then I started to wonder…

Should we employ moderation in human relationships? Do we have stop letting people in, because it hurts too much later on? Or do we just learn to deal with the separation of friends in a different manner?

I am still grappling with the question. Haven’t found an answer yet, did you?

Have you ever encountered such a situation, if you have, please do share your thoughts!

A Bookish Affair!

Books have always been there for me! Since time immemorial, you could say, as the ‘immemorial’, for me, begins with my first memory! 😛 They were the ones that got me through the boring afternoons, the grief of losing a loved one, the pain of separation from a friend, well you get the picture. It’s so easy to lose oneself in the plot, to delight in a character when you find traits that you find in yourself(The feeling is very similar to the one we experience when we hear our favorite song being played on the radio!!) 🙂 🙂

As it often happens, we lose touch with a loved one. Not because we want to, but just because we get too entangled in the complex web of daily life! Inexcusable, I know! And so it happened that I had more or less stopped reading books, but then I came across this very interesting site which awoke in me a feeling of uneasiness. The uneasiness which you feel when you stray away from your beloved. It was a site which talks n talks n talks about books! Nothing but books! I have found my haven there, and then resolved to buckle up and start reading. On this point, I’m happy to announce that I’ve been able to fulfill a new year resolution viz.a.viz reading!! (Thank god for that, I would have crossed out all the resolutions in my huuge list, this saved me 🙂 ) In this site, I found a widget which is called “Reading Challenge” in which you set a goal as to the number of books you would read in an year. I started wondering if we should set goals for something that you do for leisure, but I figured that in the day to day activities we forget to make time for what to love. This has helped me a lot, keeps me motivated. What do you say? Do tell!

The site that I am referring to is http://www.goodreads.com/ Hope it helps you as much as it did me! 🙂

So it came as a surprise to me when I realized that I’ve never ever explored an interesting aspect of books – Reviewing them! And finally I got around to it! 🙂 So here’s my experiment and surprisingly it turned out be one of the best books that I ever came across!

http://www.knowledgehub.co.in/2012/04/surprise-surprise-surprise-jane-eyre-still-has-it-in-her.html

Will be waiting to hear back from you! 🙂