Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A vacation for the soul. (blog marathon post 22)

So tonight I leave for Pondicherry. It is definitely a place I love. I lived there for two years---loads of happy memories bout the place. My third book Tea for two and a piece of cake also features Pondicherry.



We used to live very close to the Aurobindo Ashram, which is located in the 'White town area'. Pondicherry is divided into two parts---the white town area, which is very picturesque, quaint with all the streets having French names and the rest of Pondicherry which is like any other small south Indian city.

I have explored so many streets of  Pondicherry on my trusted Kinetic Honda. The streets are too narrow to drive, and the best mode of transport is a cycle or a scooter. I love the beach too, as too Auroville.

I am going to spend a few days with one of my closest friends, who lives there. An impromptu vacation. A time to rejuvenate. A time to reflect, introspect and to come back, happier, calmer and ready to face anything that the world hurls at me.

I think everyone needs a soul vacation. In a couple of hours, I leave for mine.

I will be blogging tomorrow from there--I can't let something like a vacation, come in the way of my blog marathon now, can I?

So see you tomorrow. Same place, and maybe same time :)
Till then, take care and God bless.
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Five myths about happiness (blog marathon post post 21)




When I was a little girl, I thought about what to pray for. I decided that high on my list were health and happiness, for me as well as my loved ones. That was all I wanted---to be happy.
As an adult, I think that is what most of us want to too--happiness. How do we achieve that? What beliefs do we hold that limit us from being happy?

Here are top 5 myths about happiness.


1. To be happy, everything has to be perfect: Many believe that to be truly happy, every thing has to be perfect. But this rarely happens in real life. When you find the perfect woman of your dreams, she is older, married or already has a boy-friend. When you find the perfect job, the location is not what you desired. Rarely will you find something that is so perfect and has tick-marks in all departments. And even if it does, it is usually transient. If you wait for everything to be perfect, you will never be happy.
 
2.  I will be so happy if : If you depend on external factors that are beyond your control for your happiness, you are going to be forever chasing a chimera. There are so many factors beyond our control and you cannot influence the outcome of anything--merely hope for it. If you lower your expectations about outcome, the chances at happiness becomes higher.


3.Career success make you happy : Career success might make you happy but that would only be temporary. Once you achieve that milestone, you are running for the next one and the next promotion and then the corner office. You slog, you work hard. Someone else gets the promotion. End of happiness. Sometimes you do. What next? The corner office. Then? MD of the company. After that what? When are you going to be truly happy?  Get my drift?


4. I will be happy when I find The One: Studies show that Wedded bliss comes with a shelf-life. It is on an average two years. After that the blinkers come off. The initial euphoria vanishes and the happiness quotient is back to where it was. Also, no matter what you do, there will always be The One You Cannot Have.


5. The best part of my years are over: Those in a job might believe that college years were greatest. Those in college might say that school days were the best times. Those married for several years might long for that time, when the relationship was new. if you are going to forever lookback and crave for what has-been, you are never going to be happy.

Happiest people are those that make the best of a situation. They express gratitude for what they have. They live in the here-and-now. They are warm, cheerful and have a great sense of humour, enabling them to laugh at themselves. They know that happiness comes from inside oneself.
It is a state of being, an art.

And it is something we owe ourselves. We all deserve to be happy!

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Some pictures from my home (blog marathon post 20)

All three picture, clicked by me, from the various balconies/terraces of my home.

A sunset, with it's brilliance running riot---like turmoil in a confused mind.
Except that you remember---the sun sets only to rise again.




My favourite bird is definitely the eagle. Majestic, powerful, Alert---and a symbol of freedom.

Today's post is a picture post. Am sure the uniqueness of the photos more than makes up for a lenghty post.
Which of the three pictures above did you like best? (For me it is a close call between sunset and the Eagle behind the curtain).


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Saturday, August 16, 2014

An adventure camp day (blog marathon post 19)

So we spent the day at Bheemeshwari in Karanataka today. It is about 100 kilometres from Bangalore and is a beautiful place, on the banks of river Cauvery. Very green, very picturesque--and in the middle of the forest.


It was truly beautiful.

There was a camp run by Jungle Lodges and Resorts and we opted for the adventure package which had zip-line, tight rope walking and many such adrenaline pumping activities.

Tight-rope walking was extremely scary. It had my heart pumping at thrice it's normal capacity.The zip-line was fabulous and not scary at all.

All in all, a day well spent.
I only wish it had been a little less crowded, and they had organised the booking s better.

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