Voyage…

Some stations come very quickly,

Some stations take forever to appear,

It’s not about the distance,

But the time it takes.

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“Two Friends” [Conversations]

One Friend:

How about living a thoughtless day,

forget the nuances and just be away,

no tears, no fears, no smile on face,

no fights, no love and no grimace?

Other Friend:

If no tears and no smile on face,

then the life will be such a disgrace,

thoughts and nuances build us from within,

without them the life won’t just begin.

* * *

One Friend:

For a day let’s not have any friends,

I don’t want someone who just pretends,

no parents, no siblings, just all alone,

do what you want, that should set the tone.

Other Friend:

Life is all about friends, parents and siblings,

in life’s unending space, they are the fillings,

don’t listen to your brain, you are being misled,

without all this, you are simply a living dead.

Book Review: This Is All I Have To Say…

Book is of 93 pages only but takes 2-3 reading to understand it fully and a life time to experience and preach something like what “Swapan Seth” has written in this book.

Right from Love, Failure, Money, Leadership to Parents, God and Moral things, Swapan has whole heartedly pin pointed his take on everything. As Tarun Tejpal has to say about the book, “The stuff every parent would love to tell their children”, this is really a good book to read. I have felt myself saying “This is what my mother says to me” while reading the book. More than philosophy, Swapan has actually lived these lines in his books. (This is what is my understanding) because my mother is not very philosophical kinds but she has seen the world outside and has lived the hard and sweet times, so its more of a experience talking than the philosophy 🙂

Major one liner in the book will make it clear why this person is so successful in Advertising industry. And those one liners are not just elegant to read but deep in thinking or as he says Graceful. Swapan has pin pointed the exact feelings of your heart. You may not be able to express it and Swapan does that job for you. You read some lines and you go, “Whoa! This is exactly what I feel or this is exactly what my parents tell me”. Swapan has managed to say it more gracefully and articulately what our ancestors said long back. He gives some examples from his own life in every chapter of this book and makes it more lively and touching.

This is a must possess and must read book. It’s worth every penny. Your mindset will change next time you come across certain situations, that’s for sure.

Instant Connection… #aros

Recently I was chatting with a friend of mine, for the first time, and I felt like I know her since pretty long time. The comfort zone between us was inexplicable.

At times you feel such connection with some people. You meet them very first time and you feel the instant connection. You feel like this is the friend I was searching. You come across so many people day in and day out, but there are only few with whom you feel this Instant Connection. And I term it as,

“Love at first sight in Friendship”

Yes. Love at first sight in friendship. I do come up with such phrases every now and then. I should get this phrase patented now 🙂

The point being, you do come across some people and you feel why they weren’t in our world before?? At times the connection felt is so strong that you feel like sharing your feelings with them. And they in turn do the same too.

If someone has felt this ever, please cherish it. These are the small joys which we need in our lives to make it more lively and happening. And if someone has not come across this feeling, hang on for some time; you will also come across such person with whom you will feel “Love at first sight in Friendship”. I have been blessed with some certain friends.

tweet-meets…

Since some months now, I am following Twitter like anything. I guess there are evolution phases of “Social Networking” that we have seen since some years now. First to show his spread was “Orkut”, then came “Facebook” and the last one was “Twitter”. Though one can say that Twitter and Facebook entered the social networking game at almost similar point.

But let me tell you frankly, once the social network grows the need to be in contact with the friends and pals keeps on increasing. And so does the need of keeping it simple and yet elaborate. In this regard what I have found is, Orkut is becoming obsolete from Social network. When you are new to networking, you choose Orkut. Then once you become pro, you choose Facebook and when you become master, you choose Twitter. Some may disagree with me, but this is my perspective.

 

Anyways, I am getting distracted from my subject and need to come back to point.

Yesterday while leaving office, I saw a tweet mentioning a tweetup meet at certain place. I thought why not join them, as I am new to this city I will get to know some people and hence my social network will grow. Let me tell you, building a social network in cities like Pune, Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi is becoming more and more important.

 

So I replied to that tweet asking when and where the meeting is going to be. She told me the address and timing. After coming from office, I hurriedly got fresh and went for the meet. Somehow found the place in 20-30 minutes and there I was, chatting with them in a coffee shop.

 

That was an awesome experience I had recently. Meeting total strangers is a thrill one should experience every single day. The more you meet strangers, the more meaningful your life becomes. You come to know about different aspects of life and you can introspect and establish what you have and what you need to have in your life.

 

 

Special Note: I hereby thank “Satyadarshini Sharma” { @sandtree – Twitter } for making me realize the beauty of sharing small things and making way out for emotions. Recently I was experiencing myriad things (good and bad both) but never shared them on this blog. But after reading her blog http://satyakadarshan.blogspot.com I realized how much I was missing the fun. Thanks again Satyadarshini ji 🙂

HR, Heaven and Hell…

One day while walking down the street, a very successful Human Resource Manager (HR Manager) tragically hit by a bus and she died. Her soul arrived up in the heaven where she was met at the Pearly Gates by St. Peter himself.

“Welcome to Heaven” greeted St. Peters. “Before you get settled in though, it seems we have a problem. You see, strangely enough, we’ve never once had a Human Resource Manager make it this far and we are not really sure what to do with you.”

“No problem, just let me in”, said HR Manager happily.

“Well, I would like to, but I have higher orders. What we’re going to do is, let you have a day in HELL and a day in HEAVEN and then you can choose whichever one you want to spend eternity in ” cleared St. Peters.

“Actually, I think I have made up my mind and I will settle in Heaven only” said the HR Manager firmly, but just to get rejected.

“No no, we have rules here. And as per the rules, you will have to do a day in Hell and Heaven respectively and then decide. You can not bypass the rules” said St. Peters.

HR Manager had to agree to that and was escorted to an elevator which went down, down and down towards Hell. Door opened and she was mesmerized to see lush greenery every where and a golf course. She also saw a club and was happy like hell. There were many of her colleagues and people who worked for her. They were all dressed up like it was party of some sorts going down there. They all were happy to see the HR Manager in hell. They all hugged her and some kissed her hand to show the gratitude and happiness. The HR Manager was very happy to see such a welcome from them. There came Hell’s chief and asked her to come in hell and make herself comfortable. She enjoyed every minute of the day playing golf with her friends. In the evening, she boozed in the club like there was no tomorrow.

But eventually the time slot made available to her came to an end and she was asked to travel back to heaven. She was not feeling like leaving hell, but rules oh rules. She again got into that elevator and the elevator went up, up and up to heaven. When the door opened to the heaven, she was walking on the clouds and fairies all surrounded her. All day long she was just singing and dancing with fairies. Time flew like wind and here she was again infront of St. Peters.

“Well, now that you have lived both in Hell and Heaven, which one you choose?” asked St. Peters.

“Well, to be frank, I enjoyed it here in Heaven but, I felt like spending my time more at the hell than in the heaven. So I will choose Hell over Heaven” said firmly the HR Manager.

As per her choice, St. Peters again sent her to the hell. As the door of elevator opened, she found herself standing in a desolate wasteland covered in garbage and filth. She saw her friends were dressed in rags and were picking up the garbage and putting it in sacks. The devil came to her and put his arms around her.

” I don’t understand” stammered the woman, “yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and a country club and we ate lobsters, we danced and had a great time. Now all there is garbage and wasteland and all my friends look miserable”.

The devil with a devilish smile explained to her, “yesterday we were recruiting you. Today you are an employee“.

This is a corporate scene everywhere and this story was mailed to me by a friend of mine. Hope you all will like this story.

Flash Forward – A new series on ABC…

While scanning through a torrent site in search of some good TV serials I came across new series named “Flash Forward“. Actually after finishing “Friends” and “Prison Break” long back I was thinking of watching some other series. But was not having time so could not see them. That’s the reason I was searching for some new series on air and came across this series through btjunkie.org.

Now coming back to this series, the series starts with one of the lead actor trying to come out of his car with some yanking and blinking noise in the background. The series is all about people blacking out at exactly the same time world wide, adjusting the local time zones. The black out spanned for 2 minutes and 17 seconds. Initially the black out looked chaotic and hazy but then after some investigation and experience sharing, FBI agents come to know that people have fore-visioned 29th April 2010 that is 6 months in advance.

Flash Forward
Flash Forward

They then set up a website to compile the experiences and visions worldwide, compile various videos of webcams worldwide and come to know that there are at least two people who weren’t blacked out. The plot (at least for season 01) runs around three FBI agents, their respective wives and friends and two unknown identities who weren’t under the spell of black out.

The series is really going to flourish in coming episodes and is really handling a new and nice subject for TV series. FlashForward is a science-fiction television series currently airing on ABC. It is based on the 1999 novel “Flashforward” by Canadian science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer. It began airing on September 24, 2009.

I am so looking forward to see more episodes of this series.