Let’s clutch up! | #2 Sachin Amarnath

I have known Sachin for a good long while. He’s gregarious, extremely cheerful and happy-go-lucky.

I have always seen him inspire people around. Even back in school, I awed his speaking skills. Mostly, impromptu!

He is always up for the mic time!

He presented himself and his ideas fabulously in the World Quora Meetup – Bangalore (23rd July).

I am sure to expect a TED talk from him sometime in future.

Meet Sachin:

He’s been a sport in answering these questions and let’s see how beautifully he answers them!

1. Have you always been a big dreamer as you are now?

Yes! I definitely think I’ve always been a big dreamer.
Right from my schooling, I’ve dreamt of numerous things.
But in the last couple of years, I’ve learnt that dreams don’t mean anything unless you fuel them with the right approach. To me, A Dream is the most raw form of a Vision. It only takes a couple of ingredients for a dream to be a great vision: Belief and Perseverance. For a Dream to become a Vision, you must learn to protect the dream. Something that I derived from one of the best movies ever made “Pursuit of Happyness”. I’ve experienced this in various phases of my life so far. A dream becomes ‘BIG’ only when you convert it into a Vision.

2. How has your life changed after engineering?

Engineering was a great experience for me. It kind of gave me wings. But I hardly knew what to do with a great pair of wings. NICMAR PUNE was a brilliant Platform for me to discover my real passion. Something that I believe, came to me naturally: Teaching. I’ve always loved helping out friends with whatever concept I knew. But, I didn’t even have a clue that I would end up as a teacher. The kind of Networking opportunities and Social Platforms that my college gave has truly turned out to be a life changer for me. I would like to believe that my Skills after joining NICMAR PUNE have increased exponentially. I’ve gained the bigger perspective of things. Right from Economics to Politics to Technology to Business, I’ve managed to grasp as many things as I could. Thanks to a couple of great friends who pushed me to limits when it came to Personality Development.

3. What has been your biggest challenge so far?

I think it’s Self Belief. I’ve been through situations where my confidence was absolutely crushed, on multiple occassions. My family and a few close ones have been my biggest source of inspiration. They have believed in me even when I was completely down and out. Not long ago, I have had to face situations where my Education had to be discontinued because of one particular reason. My chances of getting selected in Campus Selection was as slim as a line of thread. With so much going against me, the biggest challenge I’ve had to face was Self Belief. There have been times when I’ve doubted my own abilities and skills. To be able to retain the confidence and belief, I needed a lot of push. This was provided by some of my closest friends at NICMAR. Specially my roommates in Pune. They’ve seen me during the worst phases of my life and helped me recover.

4. How have you scaled up on your public speaking skills?

I always thought Public Speaking came to me naturally. I’ve always enjoyed a stage. Right from my schooling, I was involved in a lot of extra curricular activities that helped me build a Personality. Over the last couple of years, I’ve learnt a lot about the art. YouTube has taught me a lot about it. Honestly, it has a lot of elements that didn’t even know. Voice Modulation, the art of pausing, the art of smiling, Eye Contact, Posture, Using the Stage and so on. I’ve been trying to implement all of these in every single opportunity I get. NICMAR again, has contributed immensely. It has given me so many stages and practice hours, that is invaluable. I’ve used every single opportunity I got without any hesitation to take the Center Stage and talk in front of a crowd. I sometimes used to record my speeches and observe the patterns of mistakes. I’ve practised few aspects a million times in my head. All of my preparation happens within my head.

5. What is the best learning in your life that you would like to share?

I have a few learnings!
There are no rules to success. To be really successful in life, there’s just obstacle. To me, that obstacle is Defining Success. The definition of success varies depending on individuals. The moment you figure out what success means to you, you’re already on track.

Don’t complain about problems. Find a way to solve them.

Try and stay humble at all points. It really helps

6. What keeps you going?

The immense trust, faith and belief that people have placed in me. It fills tremendous amounts of energy in me to keep going.

7. What are your future plans?

As of now, I work as the Director of an Educational Institution called Motion Institute of Management Studies in Bangalore. I’m more of a teacher than an administrator. That’s what I want to concentrate on, in the future. My Vision is to create values that will leave an impact on young minds. According to me, only Parents and Teachers can instill the right values in the society. That’s my plan for the future. To keep doing something that I’m good at.

8. If you have to motivate anyone who has lost purpose of life, how would you?

You’re extremely lucky if you’re reading this. Not everyone on this planet is blessed with the kind of resources you have. Try and make the best use of this opportunity. We all just have this one life. Just One Precious Life. Only you can fight your worst enemies. And the worst enemies are always hiding inside you. Don’t let them surface often.

9. What is that one dream of yours that hasn’t let you sleep?

The dream of defining success. Like I’ve mentioned above, that is something I consider very Fundamental. Success to me is variable. I have all the freedom to redefine, rephrase, rearchitecture the meaning at different phases of life. I just hope that the hunger in me never dies.

10. Any piece of advice that you would like to give to your fellow folks reading this interview?

The only thing that matters in the end is Perseverance. Be it a dream, Be it a job, Be it a relationship. Just commit yourself to what you’re stuck to, you’ll definitely reap all the benefits. Challenges come and go. Challenges are variable. The only constant is your commitment towards your goal.

Sachin Amarnath – Quora. You could take his help for your civil engineering questions and find your motivation source in him.

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Let’s clutch up! #1 | Vaishali Patodia

It’s been a great ride to get to know people I admire more closely. I know Vaishali from Quora and even since I have known her she has never ceased to get me more awe of her!

When I asked her if she’d like me having her ask few questions for my blog, she said, “Oh my god, what did I do?”

Ha! She’s too good with her timing. I was more than happy that she’s in with me on this.

A brief intro of her:

A writer on Quora, an artist on Instagram and a Corporate Law consultant at work, Vaishali hates to be referred as either of them. Refer to her as an Enthusiast and you are good to go with her.

She took time to answer and let her candidness stretch all over. I would really appreciate her interest into my questions that she treated them with utmost care.

So, let’s hear it from her!

How and when did you get interested in Charcoal Art?

Charcoal Art and I got together sometime around September 2015. Although, I had been this crafty little witch since childhood , like many kids of our middle class Indian dwellings, I left my hobbies as hobbies not really knowing how to take that up as a career or punch some Gandhis out of it.

Fast forward some 20+ years, when studies and work were moving at its pace, I was on a lookout to get back to drawing. It was then that I got to know of this weekend classes conducted in my city. Without wasting any more time, I got myself and my mom enrolled for these classes.

I was excited and nervous. Excited to get back to drawing and nervous to pull an “artist” like line after years. This place turned out to be an epitome of diversity where there were students right from 7-70. In my class particularly, we had students of all age brackets and each one of them worked with a different medium.

It was then that I saw someone working with Charcoal. To me, the process of creating an art with Charcoal was immensely captivating and magical. One colour and all you do is etch light amidst darkness. Pathetically philosophical but that’s exactly what we do with the compressed stick.

This single idea of creating an art so crisp, real and powerful with one colour made me want to learn this and here I am, about to celebrate my third anniversary.

You seem to tell stories with your art? What goes in your mind when you draw?

Hey, Thanks! I am glad that came across.

The process starts much before I actually take up a sketch on canvas. To me, every work has to have a premise. A story line. It has to ideate the why’s and how’s. And every work of mine that you see begins with a homework. Post which ones I am through with deciding the size of the canvas, the medium and other elements, I head to the canvas. Once there then it is all about executing and moving with what ultimately fits where.

On an average how long does it take to get an artwork done?

It depends on what I am drawing, the size of the canvas and the medium to be used. The sittings vary accordingly. Minimum, however, is four sittings each of two-three hours.

What’s your most memorable piece of art so far?

It’s really difficult to choose that one memorable piece. It’s like picking a favourite child. Every work has its own story and journey and each is special in its own way. However, if I have to choose one, I would pick my first work which I call The Plight of an Indian Woman.

That was the first time I saw Charcoal create magic on my canvas. And while I was still gasping on what this one charcoal stick could do, the subtle touch of vermillion pumped the excitement to another level.

And with that I got the courage to dive deeper and learn the science of this medium much more seriously.

Have you attended art exhibitions and do you find them inspiring?

Including one where my work was on display I have, so far, attended some four to five art exhibitions. I wish I could visit exhibitions, galleries and studios more often.

The works we see on social media is not even one third of the real, raw and refreshing art that is out there in the galleries or in the studios of any artist.

Visiting exhibitions is an extraordinary learning experience. You not only get to see the textures on the canvas first hand, that entire walk through the mind of the creator is absolutely mesmerising. For lack of a better word, yes, seeing first hand what human minds are capable of creating and innovating with trash and valuable materials is phenomenally inspirational.

Do you think art helps open new doors of exploration?

Say, you draw something for the first time. Then you colour it the way you want. You like what you see and wish to try it again. You give up on your fear, grab another sheet and draw that same thing again. Seeing that you could do it again, you now wish to draw it on a bigger sheet or make it more grand. You gather some more courage, push your doubts aside, let those questions mumble within you and plunge into taking another shot. Eventually you see yourself getting better at the craft which makes you want to try and learn more.

This is primarily what art does- Fills you with this immense confidence. Lets your fear take a back seat. Instills patience, courage and prepares you to give in hours and learn, explore and perfect your craft without having anyone else asking you to do so. Art doesn’t enforce anything. It frees you and helps in breaking those known/unknown boundaries. After which things magically begin to look beautiful.

How do you choose your elements of art? Charcoal, pencil, palette

I mostly work with Charcoal and oil paints. Pencil work is generally restricted to medium and small sized work as of now. A large part of selecting a medium depends on the subject in hand, the story I want to convey and above all, the mood I want to create for my audience.

Have you interacted with some artists who share same thinking as yours?

I have interacted with some established artists, some on the tip of being the next big thing in a couple of years and a decent number of enthusiasts. What all of us share in common is a different thinking.

While we share the same sentiment for the craft, the uniqueness of each voice accentuates the significance of each interaction. There’s a lot to learn.

Would you like to collaborate with other artists and make something big some day?

Absolutely, yes! No second thoughts about that.

What’s your next big?
Haha! It’s in the nascent stage right now, the “homework” phase I spoke of earlier. The built up for now seems to be primarily rooted to my origins. For more information, and a sneak peek, keep an eye on my Instagram handle – https://www.instagram.com/vaishali_patodia

Get to know her better: She’s on terribly tiny tales as well, https://terriblytinytales.com/user/vaishalipatodia, and do read up her amazing answers on Quora. https://www.quora.com/profile/Vaishali-Patodia

SOLO |Bejoy Nambiar | Movie Review

I have been wanting to watch this movie since ages. I have waited it for too long for it to either come on TV or Prime.

With a new Netflix subscription of a friend, I explored all the genres, shows and movies I should be watching next.

Ah ha, that’s when I spotted SOLO. There was no more searching needed at the moment and I started watching. It felt like a dream come true. I have never felt so for atleast movies but this one.

I have been fond of this movie’s songs. It has a great collection and I specially like the boat song – Devathai Pol Oruthi

I was amazed at the Chapter Titles. The sketches were super appealing. I just wanted to stare at them.

And the End Credits took it to another level. The subtle artist in me came out roaring!

About the movie, I like how different facets of Shiva was chosen to be the theme to represent each of the anthology stories and Earth, Wind, Water, Fire were the fragments highlighting them.

The play, direction, is quite interesting. It is like two windows showing the same before and after sequence differently. I absolutely loved the narrative part in each of the chapter titles which had beautiful and deep meaning.

Stories were slightly like sedatives, comforts your first and puts you to sleep. The story narration, the capture, depiction, everything were great but the stories. They wore a different kind of adhesives, which kept me with them even if I didn’t like the way stories were going. It is true that not every story has a happy ending, and these are four stories as such but it wasn’t about the endings either.

My hours into the movie was good. I won’t let any criticism steal any much deserved praise of the movie.

All’s good, see you around.

Scorpion | TV series | Review

Amazon prime is a good addictive predator. I happen to randomly stumble upon this while searching for Rizzoli and Isles. The description of the show seemed interesting and I really felt like watching it right away.

That’s how I started watching this series without giving any space for any other series. Combination of a real life story inspired show of Walter O’ Brian and geniuses working together to solve biggest & hardest of cases was a deal done right.

Season 1 kept me totally into it. I enjoyed every planned move and the way they worked together to have the cases solved.

Season 2 & 3 is when I slowly started to lose the grip of the motive of the show. Many characters came in and went out, the line of story seemed a little fuzzy and blurry.

I sticked along to the Season 4, as I anyways wanted to know how the season ended. I was disappointed with the ending as it wasn’t as comfortable as it could have been.

Overall, it has been a great show, I loved watching the series. The concepts applied and the behavioural differences between the group members was a good learning to take.

Predictive parts of the show took me a little off track but otherwise I liked the concept of the show. Apart from a little off-beat segments, I have no complaints!

I have been writing stories

Sweek has been a great platform and I have made over 25 submissions so far. It feels great because I am trying to come out of my comfort zone of writing. I am a person who writes more of an abstract and I am trying really hard to put the words out straight, simple and plain in the form of small stories and poems.

As part of the competitions, I have tried different genres. I have tried writing a sci-fiction poem for the Asteroid Day Challenge, moral stories, fear, mystery, teen fiction, and the journey has been reassuring.

I always thought that I am a person who would stick to the lower word limit and wind things up. With writing stories as much as two or three every week, I have realised that sometimes more than the story it is the details that boosts the story’s life line.

The first and foremost important thing we need to know as writers is to step up for ourl stories, they need a great start, turbulent flow and a mind bogging end.

I have a relatively new slack workspace to discuss books, writing, research, news, Quora sessions, TED talks and more. Let me know if you would be interested to join. As of now, it is currently Twitter feeds from some popular handles.

I would like to carry on this post by challenging whoever reading this to start writing and making better stories. It is all about getting hang of the right articulation.

I haven’t become an expert yet but I am sure I have passed a level up from basic to intermediate with the little efforts that I have been taking while writing my stories. They are still amateur but it is a great deal for me as an improvement from writing just random things to something that conveys essence of a story!

Challenges that you could pick up:

  • Write about any hypothetical scenario that you have no knowledge of or is completely new to you.
  • Write a telephonic conversation between an expressions/Emojis.
  • Write about your pen pal that you are about to find.

Do post in comments if you took up the challenge and do share around!

Thank you 🐾

Interviewed a super awesome graphic designer

I got an amazing chance to interview someone I admire as a person and specially for being a graphic designer.

So, I asked Anubha if she would like to answer some of my questions. She instantly agreed and I love her for that.



Meet Anubha:

Here are her candid answers to the questions I asked her:

1. What does your every day life looks like?

One quick run followed by a shot of filter kaapi. Since I tend to procrastinate a lot, I start my day with a check list of work and stick to it. Also I spend an awful amount of time watching cat videos and memes!

2. When did you decide that you’d be a graphic designer?

I’ve been doodling since age 1. Didn’t even know that graphic designing was an actual profession until I finished engineering! Definitely knew by the end of college that I didn’t want to code. That and a lot of support from brother helped me focus on what I wanted to do.

3. Do you enjoy what you are doing?

Definitely! There are some off days, yes, where I’ll have a major creative block but that’s never stopped me from liking what I do.

4. Where do you derive your inspiration from?

People. Bill boards. Streets. Pets. Everything that’s around me and gets me going.

5. What lifts your creativity up?

I feel restless if I don’t add zing into something and make it look interesting. It’s probably this restlessness that does the trick!

6. What has been your best assignment so far?

Any assignment that I feel that I’ve given my best and made my client happy. Over 3 years I’ve had the opportunity to work with amazing people and projects.

7. Would you like share your ups and downs, a lesson to learn?

Thing is to never give up if you have found out what you need to do. There will be some days where you think you haven’t given your best. Pause, rethink where you could have gone wrong and then, improve. There’s no end to learning new skills. So try something new everyday.

8. What’s your message for future graphic designers?

Be humble, learn as much as you can, look for inspiration. You understand things over time. Stick to your principles as much as you stick to design principles. Also, never do work for exposure given by random people. It’s never worth your time 🙂

9. Do you plan to release a graphic novel anytime?

Soon, Insha Allah!

10. How would you describe yourself in three words?

Laugher. Loafer. Lover.

Some of her art works:

Banner Light
Spot Two
Roudra
Haasya
Square
Spot One

Heartfelt thanks to her for agreeing to this.


Know her more:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ahbuna/

Dribble: https://dribbble.com/ahbuna

Mirroring the air panes

I got a chance to enjoy the view outside my plane during my trip back home.

Dog photography done right

Everywhere I go, I look out opportunities for dog pictures. No, I mean that seriously.

I took these pictures after (July) Quora Meetup. Even before I could catch the cab or wait for the bus, I preferred that I clicked this lady. But, she threw her charms and tantrums. You could actually notice her reluctance in the pictures. I felt guilty that I didn’t take her permission before I clicked her!

On a serious note, it is a complete joy watching dogs. They are amazing creatures and our next close to family, sometimes even more than them.

I even had a friend of mine come back to my blog to read up some posts. She said, “Nice work at your blogs, Anusha! Specially these posts.” And I went back to check what was so special about those posts that it grabbed attention and it turned out, the common factor was ‘Dogs’.

There’s definitely something special about them and I don’t need reasons to love them more. They are just too lovable just the way they are.

I meet a puppy, little black fella everyday before I catch my office cab. He lives near the construction site and with his left leg tied to the tree, I couldn’t have him taken for a walk along with me.

I think I owe them my happy days. Cheers, for the love for dogs! ♥

One more thing I forgot to mention, even my phone wallpaper is ruled by them.

Ciao!

Sundays are the best

I have my reasons to call Sundays best. And it definitely doesn’t include of it reminding us of Mondays.

About my sunday spent well, with my precious, we started our day with Masala Oats and Onion pakodas. After a little of cleaning ritual, we headed off to Mainland China for lunch.

Just before that, we went bowling, I had my lessons learnt on strikes. 1:1, for 2 games, we won a game each. We also checked out some books at Blossoms, church street. And for sure, we didn’t realise the hours passing by. Here are some of the books that caught my attention.

We didn’t quite stop there. Only that we were hungry, we went to catch up some food.

After relishing the yummy chinese food and falling with the decor, we went on to the other blossoms book store on the third floor. Below are the books that definitely made to my to-read list. Just that I couldn’t buy them all. I’d take them one by one. And not all at once, so that I don’t feel bad about not reading them as much.

The books that we got home were:

  1. Stephen and Owen King – Sleeping Beauties
  2. Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
  3. James Rollins – The Bone Labyrinth
  4. Mahabharata – Rajagopalachari – 1955 Edition.
  5. Parallel Worlds – Michio Kaku
  6. The Fry chronicles – An autobiography
  7. Brian Green – The Hidden Reality
  8. The Origin of Species – Charles Darwin

A perfect evening will be a fail without coffee. So, we did coffee.

And that’s how our Sunday looked like. Perfect. Date with the books, peaceful.

Back home, there is Amazon Prime, and The West Wing. Season Five. Episode 11. We have come a long way this journey.

In Time | Movie Review

One crazy and yet thought concept where you stop ageing at 25 and you need to fight for time to live.

In the age where time is currency, you buy and sell time, gives out a message to all of us of how precious is the time that we have.

The movie deals with time as the guiding hedge. The more time you have left with you, the more you live. The timer of your hand determines the time that is left for you to live. Just like we have units, tens and hundreds for our numbers, the timer has seconds, minutes, hours, days, months and years.

Imagine your daily commute from your house to your workplace, takes 2-4 minutes away from you, for a person with just few hours left to live. The life in a ghetto is as such, they fight each other to live. We have money lenders, they have time lenders.

The quote that kept revolving around in the movie, “For a few to be immortal, many must die.” indicative of the rich being at the edge to live longer, nearly immortal. While, the poor, struggle each day, to just live a minute longer.

Trapped between the time zones where rich lived apart, far away from the ghetto world, unaware of how the lives are minute by minute at the ghettos.

This gives out a wonderful thought to all of us, the way we live our lives. What if we knew the time that is left with us? Would we still waste tine as we do now? Would we still be careless about how we let the time fly off like a bird with fastest flapping wings.

That’s a grain and we have a plough land left to figure out.

Let’s hit it.

October | Movie Review

October | Review by Wire

All the thanks to Amazon Prime, I have been watching one movie everyday and hence, the increase in the movie review blog posts.

I watched October a few days ago. It felt nice to watch a movie of this kind after a long time. The movie captured the feeling well. “It isn’t a love story. It is a story about love.”

It just causes the influence, however ordinary the story might seem or probably story less. It proves to show your connection with the person dear to you, who’s in a state between life and death.

Shuili, in Bengali is night flower, and it specially blooms in October. Hence, the name of the movie. The movie focuses on how Dan, the character of Varun Dhawan, is affected by Shuili’s state of Coma. And how he tries his day and night to bring her back to normalcy.

He got the night flowers to the hospital where Shuili was admitted, in hope that she’d like the smell of them although he wasn’t sure she’d be conscious of the smell of them.

The intricate human bonds in times like these just come out vulnerable. Why wouldn’t they be, it’s the time when you get to know who are the ones truly caring about you.

I guess that’s about all. See you later until my next.

Divergent | Movie Review

Looks like my blog is turning into a movie review. Am sorry for that. Have been writing stories on Sweek. The whole purpose of this blog was to explore the thoughts and not let it wander between the mundane posts but that didn’t really serve the purpose.

The need is after thought. I’ll try sharing those stories here when I see it’s relevance being fit here.

Coming to the main part, the divergent series. I hopped on the movie series before the book series. I happen to accidentally watch it as the theme seemed interesting.

When I first watched it, the concept of factions and its relevance to hunger games appealed to me. The first part of the trilogy generated totally mounted interest on me that I wanted to the buy the trilogy the very next day.

The factions, diving the society based on your strongest human trait like Truth, Honesty, Justice, Selfless, fearless, forgiving into Edurite, Candor, abgenation, dauntless, amity.

The whole movie was so fascinating although the dsytopian way, it felt good watching.

After watching the first part, I was so much in awe that I wanted to get the book series of divergent by Veronica Roth right away.

But then, a little patience and wait helped. I watched the movies of the other two parts. I felt the other parts to be a dragged beyond necessary.

The concept and the flow is something I still liked. The class of divergent which seemed like a threat to society for not fitting in any particular faction, could be inclusive of any, as they pissed qualities of all, but one specific characteristics being predominant.

After talking to other Sci-fiction enthusiasts, it so felt that the whole theme had a very canny resemblance to Hunger Games. In today’s world, if we were enforced with a faction system, how would it be? It’s exciting and scary to imagine.

Do we stand better, divided by the very nature of our being? Or better united with diversity of our possibilities?

#FoodForThought

Word of the day

I am starting a new series, “Word of the Day”. I’d be picking up words I wasn’t aware of or are given to me (through comments/suggestions).

One word. One small story. Everyday.

I would either pick the whole world itself or just its theme and write a story around it.

Come be a part of it, comment along!

Kaala | Movie Review

Okay, how do I start writing this? This is one of the very few movies that I watched in early days of its release. Am glad I watched it yesterday.

I am not really fond of violence but I made through this movie without complains. The first half was sober. I was wondering why would be someone disappointed with a movie like this. Infact, I wanted to call up people during the intermission to tell them how well I am enjoying it.

I specially like the rain sequence. I would say a job well done at cinematography.

The opening of the story was nice. Everything else was nice. But, just before I tell that, I meant excluding the unnecessary extra effects that seems too good to be true and those which fail to seem real.

The struggle. The revolt. The strikes. All for the land which government wanted to forcefully procure of the Dharavi slum, threw some sense in me.

The fight was between, power and necessity. One fought for dominance. The other fought for livelihood. In between these fights, lost were the innocent lives.

I like how the story took shape and to a very slightest extent I liked how Nana Patekar played his role. But, who am I missing out, Kaala.

Karikaalan, the Kaala Seth, many names to this leader who stood by his people and for their protection. With his guidance and help, people of Dharavi were successful in saving their land, a place of worship, their jobs relied on it.

And it came no easy either, they made their sacrifices, lost lives and the end did turn things around.

The end, I interpret in a different way. Kaala turned his people as fierce as him so that even after him they could take the lead and sail their way through.

The success story of this Dharavi slum triggered the other slums to fight for their rights too.

Read more on the rumours that this movie was based out of a true story.

I’d rate this movie, 3.75/5 overall.

The concept – 5/5, the effects and direction – 4/5, the story tweaks – 3/5, casting – 4.5/5, Rajni Sir was a saviour, have to agree.

Ciao!

Hichki | Movie Review

Call it luck by chance, or a randomised chance to have watched Hichki. Thanks to Amazon Prime, I spent my previous evening watching Rani Mukherjee’s Hichki.

The movie dealt with a young woman with Tourette syndrome struggling to get a job as a teacher. Having tourettes was a challenge in itself and yet the protagonist was a soul reluctant to give up.

One such opportunity, came to her, a job offered to her after multiple rejections. She had to teach a class of kids who wouldn’t budge to any of your ways to mend and make them learn.

As if this wasn’t enough, she had to go through numerous pranks and insults for her condition and helplessness. She was determined, she made it a point to be there for the kids no matter what after learning the kind of the background they come from.

I’ll connect elsewhere for a while

I have found a new platform to write on, to keep myself regular in writing, about what I think and feel.

I realised that most of my thoughts stay here, in draft and doesn’t actually go live. There is so much thought process behind and most gets lost when I review it in a totally different mindset.

Thoughts are lost. So does the purpose.

I choose to write. Write as frequently.

I would, as much as I could. Time keeps me apart, yet I wouldn’t wander away.

Send out a mail to me at (undestinedpieces@gmail.com) if you’d like to connect with me on this new platform.

Until I make my next post here, Sayonara! 🚩

Across the seven seas.

Confusion is a bait, take it

Almost all of us have been confused about our career choices. It is that bug that makes us go hassel-nut.

Many of us are so confused in life that we aren’t aware of what should be our next goal.

Even if our goals are set, we aren’t sure of how to be able to meet them. Forget about trying to fulfil them, we don’t even start working on them until we get a push to our lazy backs.

Confusion could belp us realign. I am one confused person who couldn’t meet one as confused. Well, I appreciate the chaos that takes place in me. It helps me understand the source of chaos and my needs to be able come out of it.

Not all times confusion is positive. It just drains your mental energy. If you have too many options with you and each of them being feasible, you’d be lost of which choice to make. That’s when you discover the possible futures you could have with each of those choices.

Similar idealogy goes for career paths and switches. When you are considering a different career path and you are not sure how to go ahead, there is lot to open up to. There is so much room for change that you’d be willing to sweep a leap. But, you aren’t sure if that’d be really worth it.

Comsider confusion to be a bait. Take it. Eat it. Crunch it. Fix it. Deal with it. And decide to kill it.

This one’s for Twitter Friend

This post is dedicated to Sanskriti, a friend I know from twitter. We know each other through a common writer friend.

It is said that every writer needs a muse to be able to write. I am not here to deny it but to convey that it is not entirely true.

She had said in one of her tweets that it would make her happy if her existence inspired someone to write something. So, here I am.

I started with making an infographic for her. Although, we haven’t interacted much but whatever I know of her,

Her tweets is what made me interact with her. They were intuitively emotional. I liked that about them.

I asked her to join Mirakee as it’d be a nice place for us to share cool and nice short snippets. We then also became blog buddies.

Few months ago, when I had quit twitter, I told only few of my twitter friends that I would be quitting, she was one of them. Am glad.

Am back, though 😀


So Sanskriti, I’d prompt you to write more, more on your blog, it seems like you write once in 2-3weeks, and you should try writing frequently.

Muses are interesting. They make us write effortlessly. But, not having them within your writing frame shouldn’t stop you from writing. This message is for all writers out there.

So far, our journey, we have hypothetically danced, went on vacations and possibly co-authored books. To know more about crazy imaginations that I have, you can follow us both on Twitter! 🤓

Tried dried out plans

I wrote a status post last night before going to sleep about how this year has been a turn around. It’s been a great deal to take. Huge changes in life.

From great news everywhere to losing a very dear family member, there’s been a lot.

Life has got its ways to prove it to us that there is no laid out plan that’s been super successful because you haven’t reviewed your plans with life’s uncertainties.

No matter how strategic, how meticulous or how much of a fail proof plan it might be, life has always got surprises for us.

I wouldn’t say stop or fear planning for it is bound to face unknown constraints. But, what I’d really suggest is to expect the unexpected. Face it. Accept it. However it is. Somethings aren’t controllable. Somethings, like how we react, how composed and calm we keep ourselves and how we should build acceptance, are well within the conscious control as long as you don’t lose it.

Plans dry out as they are made as though drought hit. What is to believe to have faith in things to happen.

Live life of optimization. So shall life will show it it can be. Be positive, try to have faith in good things to happen, others are just pre-cursors.

Believe that everyday is a nice day. 😀

Voting trends

Thanks to Reena and Denny, this is sequel post to my ‘voting day spent well’. The current scenario in Karnataka is a little haywire.

As anxious I was,
to see who won.
It was a race with a different rule.

The one who lead was like a rabbit and a coalition was a turtle.
A game moral from the past,
a nap and a carrot of overconfidence,
let the turtle win.

A parting to do,
some with the majority,
some with minority and others.
a think like might it be.
No wonder, a chaos.

Brought about a thought,
what should the next state be.
A still in the confusion,
nothing else to clarify.

Smartify the thoughts,
a fine fright of what’s for tomorrow.
A persistence that still be,
how a day from tomorrow shall be.

In a hypothesis,
not to guess,
shan’t be sighted in,
the chances of stay, how long,
still a case of uncertainty.


I don’t really have any political tastes. I wouldn’t take sides. I am more interested in the areas were we as citizens act like we should for being responsible part for the change.

The three dilemma

So, I boasted off that I was a writer. Well well, when time gave me a chance to prove that I was one, I failed. Although, it was just the beginning, claiming that you are a writer and being not able to stick up to it, that’s bad.

It was an extempore, and I didn’t have much a say. I was given a book title which was purely fictional and I had to talk promoting it as my book. The title was “The three dilemma”. I started off well, referring to the Shakespeare’s seven ages and moving on but was just stick midway. I didn’t last a second longer than the first 30. I paused at how at every stage you have this dilemma. I couldn’t form a plot instantly.

So, that’s why I am here. To write. What if I couldn’t speak it! I am sure going to write about it.

What comes to your mind when you hear, “The three dilemma”?

Dilemma is to be stuck between this or that. And what’s about the third kin here? I’d make a three personality of dilemma that you be through whenever you are deciding anything. One part of you wants to get in, the other doesn’t want to and the faint little one is scared to do either and just pause.

I think, I’d frame up a story based on that. A book that talks about why would a dilemma raise at all and how it spikes into 3. Probably, ending it spiritually of how a man is confused between life, death and the world in between.

Bring on the feel of the cover of the book. It is just plain simple three words without any fancy fonts and a backdrop dew drop on a lotus leaf. This is to just signify “unaltered”.

No matter how much your dilemma try to confuse you, you’d still stick to something you have always beleived.

Cheers!

Swim out to it

Source: Card taken from Canva Designs

I have often wondered about the price for the sacrifices made. There is a hindi saying which roughly translates to “To get something, you need to lose something.”

I guess those are the choices, precious ones, among which only one could be taken forward. Choices are difficult to make, difficult to live by and yet we are proud that we made through on that one someday in future, hoping so.

Choices, sometimes are reversible and perhaps, luck plays a role there too. And not all reversible changes lead to happy results.

Some memories die hard, some remain alive, some stay dead. Yet again, that’s a unconscious choice. Once you are successful in convincing yourself to be okay with the choices that you make, maybe you are okay and maybe not.

The point of my post is to swim out to it. If you don’t get in, come out to it. I am trying to put it in a rather simple way. There are amazing blog posts out on the internet which explain this quote more beautifully.

Many a times, you just wait for the right time, right moment, right chance. I ask why. Isn’t waiting for too long or too less inappropriate? Well, how do we decide it’s either too less or too more?

We don’t know that yet. We wouldn’t too unless we go try. Swim out to it and see what’s out there!

Mother’s day, not just another day

No, no. Don’t tell me that today is mother’s day and to do something special for her. You’ll just make her get used to this day where you be extra nice with her just so that you could show it to the world.

Well, don’t deny that you take her out or shop for her just to be able to post a picture on your social media.

Not all of us are like that, but, most of us are. I frankly didn’t want to over hype this day and write a post about it but still I wanted to and I went by that vibe. To make sure that today isn’t the only day that we take care of her.

She’s the most important person of our lives and we should repeatedly remind her of how much of a role she has to play in our lives. It is not just about when we were kids. It is about us, as grown ups, willingly taking time out for her, specially, no matter what.

With busy lives and struggles, we just ignore many important people in our lives, and the one on the top of this list is always ‘Mom’. It’s the hard truth. Accept it.

And right after that, decide to act on how better you’d be able to spend more time with your mom. Help her with the chores. Help her get back to her dreams. Help her understand that she’s special as she has ever been. Treat her like you’d treat your friends. Take her to all the place she’d want to go to but couldn’t. There is a lot of things that you could do.

Don’t let the special planning last only for today. Make it live long. Make her days memorable. And you could do that by just giving her your time that she truly deserves.

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Voting day spent well

How about a starting thought, “Youth changing the nation’s future”.

ಬದಲಾವಣೆಯು ಯುವಕರ ಕೈಯಲ್ಲಿದೆ

Although, it being a weekend, a lazy me felt responsible enough to cast my vote to be a concerned citizen. I also believe that you don’t have the right to blame the government unless you have casted your vote. If you haven’t excersied that right of yours, there is no way you contributed to it and there is no way you could suggest about if it were any better.

It is not about who wins and how they won. It is about making your voice count. Making your opinions matter. And casting your vote when your future government needs it.

First things first, I have to travelling nearly 30 KMs to cast my vote. Thanks to Ola. I was tracking the turnout on the website before I went to the polling booth, it was 10 o’clock and the turnout percentage was just around 15%. I was slightly disappointed. But then I realised the polling is till 6pm.

“People are just gearing up to their respective booths and they must be heading out already”, I thought to myself.

It was 11:30am when I left my place and took me an hour to reach the polling booth assigned to me. Thanks to ‘locate your booth on maps’ feature, I could locate mine easily for the cab ride. Although, this is my second time voting I happen to wagely remember where I casted my vote last time.

My ID was checked. I was in, inked. EVM right in front of me. Voted. Sigh of relief. Relief because of the travel and the amazing sun.

Casted. Inked. Voted. – Photo taken much later after my voting.

Also, to note, I wore a tricolour kurta today. It filled me with this feeling of patriotism. Being nationally sentimental, I stayed calm with my emotions. I never been any interested in politics. Although, when it comes to being there for the nation (state too) when it needs you, that’s something I feel I ought act in favour of the regarded best.

We then decided to treat ourselves at Onesta. We hogged like we hadn’t eaten for days. We tried to cover all the variety that woo-ed us.

We had a good nice walk to a clothing shop only to find it closed. Disappointed, be our faces, yet a happiness was, for we were headed back.

A good nap and resuming to the weekend feel was the best to be soaked in.

Ciao until I have something else to post about. In the meanwhile, suggest me some topics that I should write next.

Avengers: Infinity War, ‘That’ was

Infinity war, infinity stones. Thanos was mad and he was so for a reason. Infinity war is a great movie and I wouldn’t want to give out spoilers for those who haven’t watched it.

I’d rate it 8.9/10 which is greater than 4/5.

Image courtesy: Aliens Wikia – Thanos

Thanos helped me relate to the population problem better. Decisions of nature doesn’t go untreated. And Avengers, together, once again enhanced the importance of team work.

I had great fun watching it. I wouldn’t indulge this post in how power could have been better used or how Dr. Strange possibly could have done few more weird things .

I appreciate the role of Groot. Along with that, I’d say each character had a specific value to add and how each one played a role to make it work their way keeping their differences away.

Waiting for the next one already.

Because, every ending has a new beginning. And every beginning starts with its end decided.