The WINDOW!

 

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This is a Window at my Grandmother’s place! And it was a window to the world for me!

The Summer holidays at my Grandmother’s place used to be fun; climbing Mango, Jackfruit trees, eating Kulfis whenever my Uncle would buy, listening to deafening music from my Uncle’s massive Music player, playing games with my sisters and cousins and of course loitering around the house running away from my Grandmother’s dog – Raksha!

Apart from this the window in my Uncle’s room was my favorite place; I used to sit by the window ledge listening to the wind blowing, the trees humming a soft tune and obviously enjoying the pitter-patter of the rain! If not for these, I would stare at the passers-by on the street and the myriad of vehicles.

On one occasion, there was a congregation probably some ceremony which I don’t remember now. Being the introvert, I stuck to the room, sitting by the window and watched the innumerable guests passing by the lovely garden and engaging in amusing conversations. I lost track of time and I remember Mom coaxing me to meet the guests and at-least have Lunch. So the Window happened to be my silent companion!

As I ponder, Windows have surely kept me company and have given magnificent views. I do remember a Window at my house years ago. The three of us Sisters shared a room and the window opened to the street by our house. As soon as I woke up, I would stare at the blue sky, the swaying trees and the weather would certainly set my mood for the day! Many of my creative works then used to happen by the window!

Lately, I am getting back to the mode of creating pieces of Art by the Window at my present home now! Wonder, if Nature beckons to this Soul to create a piece of Art which defines her and the language of the Universe! Well hope to decode it completely one day!

Do you have any Window stories or musings?

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Exploring Peppa to Masha way!

I have always loved watching Cartoons since my childhood days. Though the urge to watch has obviously subsided over the years, I do get a peek into the cartoon characters and shows through my nephews!

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Lately, there is a routine watch of a few shows with my nephews! Thanks to their summer holidays, I do get the opportunity to roll in the fun of their leisure activities!

I do remember watching DuckTales, Talespin, Aladdin, Mr. Bean videos(thanks to my Uncle for making me an ardent fan), Starwars, Shaktimaan, Captain Vyom and of course Tom and Jerry. It was in my early teens that I started watching Popeye, Scooby Doo, Dexter’s Lab, Powerpuff Girls, supersonic, Simpsons and maybe a few more… The joy of watching these cartoons surely helped me with my reasoning capabilities and of course being creative with my drawings and paintings back then. But they certainly helped me improve my diction and a glimpse of the world in a way!

There were a few which I used to watch a few years back Oswald, Spongebob Squarepants, Noddy- a favorite one of my 4 year old nephew then.

Well the shows that I watch now or have a peek into are Peppa Pig; a cute preschooler who learns and does a lot of activities along with her brother George and her loving family, Paw Patrol; here Ryder, a gadgety boy takes on rescue missions along with six tech talented puppies, Dora the Explorer/ Go Diego Go(the boy version)- where an 8-year old goes about exploring the world  and learning the mundane things in a beautiful way, Masha and the bear; is my 3 year old nephew’s favorite cartoon thanks to the versatility of the circus bear and the innumerable adventures that Masha has with him and they are adorable, Max and Ruby; brother-sister duo take on their everyday adventures with utter cuteness. Other cartoons they often watch are Shiva, Winnie the Pooh and Rusty Rivets.

Well you know I am thoroughly refreshed everyday with the innocence and beauty of these shows and it is great fun to watch along with my 3 and 5 year old nephews. These shows truly have a moral, a learning and I can see my nephews take on a few words and use it while conversing with us. It is splendid and it is really nice to see them relate to things, of course there are a few cons to that as well pertaining to toys and gadgets! 😉

Well thanks to my nephews, I have grown through the cartoons and probably growing again with more morals and learnings! It so happened once that when these kiddos weren’t there I have gone ahead and watched these cartoons at the respective times. Funny me!

There was a phase when I used to watch Anime / Manga series. They used to play on Animax Channel. They were quite interesting. I recently watched one series ‘The Death Note’ – it was quite a thrilling story and I was glued to it for about a month.

Well it is an adventurous journey along with these cartoons over the years. I am sure we as adults would love to watch no-nonsense cartoons once in a while curled up in bed with a hot drink/soup to go with. Or maybe just about cut off from the reality with these cute little characters! The child in us never dies.

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So what have you watched recently, I mean cartoons / animes / animated movies?

Let me know if there are any intriguing Anime series for adults or an educational cartoon for the kids!

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Freelancers are not free!

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Freelancing for me has been an amazing space to explore various avenues, learn new skills and also to interact with a lot of passionate people across fields and industries. The freedom to choose the work and time is most certainly the biggest advantage in a freelance career!

Freelancing on and off for almost over 2 years has certainly made me rich with experiences; some amusing, some annoying and some totally off-putting!

Let me share with you a few scenarios and for all the freelancers out there I am sure you will resonate with the below:


Firstly most people think ‘Freelancers are free and rich!’ 😉 That would be amazing right if it were true. Well, let’s get to the actual definition by Cambridge dictionary – “Freelancing-working independently usually for various organizations rather than as an employee of a particular one!” And of course getting paid for the service provided!


Client: Could you JUST do this? It does not require extra money!

Frankly Me: Ahem! JUST = my time, my efforts, my skills! And yes you have to pay me for that!

Freelancers of course have to be paid at the end of providing a service! It is as simple as paying for food at a restaurant and secondly even after you were happy with the meal or not!


Client: I will make the payment tomorrow!

(tomorrow never comes! When is tomorrow?!)

Frankly Me: How about I provide the service tomorrow! 😉

It is so annoying when people expect a product/service to be on time but are least bothered to make the payment on time!

Or in worst cases, don’t make the payment at all! It is disheartening to see people act this way after using the service provided!


Client: Could you make the charges lesser?

Frankly Me: Oh yes, how about I provide you a lesser service with a lesser quality!

The service is priced at a certain level owing to the time, effort, skill-set, quality!


Client: I have the tools, could you teach me how to ace the skill in a day?

Frankly Me: As good as saying I am new to Cricket and have all the Cricket gears, teach me how to hit a six in the match today!

A person provides his skill after working hard on learning it, practicing it, mastering it and expects to be paid fairly when providing the service. Respect the person’s time and effort. It has nothing to do with exposure!

‘If a person is good at something, don’t do it for free!”


People: You are free right, could you come and do this?

Frankly Me: I am not free but I will make some time for it!

Juggling with multiple projects, commitments, they make time for people!


People: You have all the free time in the world, what are you actually doing?

Frankly Me: I am a Freelancer!

People: Ok, but what do you do for making money seriously?

Frankly Me: Seriously I make money through freelancing!

People: Oh! Does it pay you so much?

Frankly Me: A decent amount from which I can sustain myself and I am growing day by day! Most importantly, I enjoy what I do even if it pays me a decent amount!

Freelancing is a possibility, a reality! You just have to try it and be one!


Client: Why should I pay you?

Frankly Me: Because I am providing a service which you want like any other company!

Do Companies get a upper hand than Freelancers? Is it because they have a logo, registered company, an office?

It really doesn’t seem fair to compare these parties. At the end of the day, a service is a service!


Well, all in all, those were few of the many things that happen in a Freelancer’s world!

With all that said, I have to admit, each day is new, challenging, intriguing when I have to find out new ways to work out things. It keeps me on the edge and I get to use my brains a lot! The avenues are innumerable if one wants to take on a freelancer / entrepreneur mode!

Though in the US, especially New York City Freelancers Union have an Act in place which protects the freelancers’ rights of getting paid timely and legally.

In India, many people are opting out to be Freelancers but there aren’t any local laws in place yet. I guess firstly and hopefully, the mindset of people should change with regards to taking Freelancers seriously! And more so respecting the work, time and efforts put in the service provided!

These are a few small annoying things but the journey of a freelancer / entrepreneur / solopreneur is quite a courageous and an adventurous one!

More power and love to all fellow freelancers and entrepreneurs, we rock!

So, have you experienced any of the above with your clients? Or have you been a good client? Time to reassess!

Do you have good laws or acts in place in your region or industry?

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Life a Circle / Spiral?!

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It has been a while since I blogged. Well, a lot many events, travels and work have kept me away.

Well here I am today pouring my heart out!

Lately, I am feeling that I am back to the same point where I started ? That is a question on my mind and I can’t find the answer.

I know I have grown a lot, changed mentally, spiritually, even physically and understanding life in a completely new perspective or must I say experiencing life in a different way.

But somewhere deep down I feel I have come back to the starting point, it feels like I am starting everything anew and now. It does feel great!

From a spiritual perspective, we tend to grow and move ahead spirally transcending into the dimension unknown! Well, this is something entirely intriguing and gives room for more exploration.

Well, maybe I am moving ahead; my understanding of life has changed, the way I lead my life has changed, relationships/friendships (some have nurtured, some I have let go, some I am beginning to understand the shallowness/depth), the dilemma between reality and illusion or in another words thinking illusion as reality still boggles me about living my life. Well all of these sound very complex but trust me the way I look at things are somewhat clearer.

Well, you must be thinking what gibberish is this all! But I can only hope that you reach a point in your life when all of this makes sense.

Well, I don’t think I have answered the question I started the blog with. Because I am still unsure but all I know is I am better equipped to take on another circle of life.

What has your journey been like? Have you ever felt this way before?

 

 

Team Indus, a private startup launching a Rover to the Moon this December 2017!

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An Inspiring story to share – Team Indus, a private startup launching a Rover to the Moon this December 2017!
 
Kudos to their indomitable spirit. More about them on my blog post.
 
Hoping for #HarIndiankaMoonshot soon 🙂
 
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Well, the joy of being a part-time yogi!

I remember three years back, my first tryst with Yoga turned out to be a sour puss. I used to go to a certified Yoga practitioner in the vicinity. The classes were held in the evenings and I drudged my body twice a week to all the weird poses and stretches. My body ached and mind did wallow in the stillness for at least a while. But, it seemed a boring affair after a month that I quite stopped going all of a sudden. With all due respect to the teacher, I felt Yoga was not for me.

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About six months back, I apprehensively went through a course which indulged in Yoga and Meditation too. Quite surprisingly, I took to it like a duck takes to water. Well, maybe I needed to be ready to take on a Guru who would light the path; the path of realization! This happened well in time or should I say at the opportune time for things were clearer from then on.

I write about this not because I want to propagate Yoga or want everyone to take on Yoga, I am sure you are wise enough to decide for yourself!

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I want to put forth a few simple things or thoughts that have changed me for the better over these few months of practising Yoga.

  1. I have felt an amazing sense of freedom irrespective of what my situation is.
  2. Life is beautiful and miraculous; you would agree with me if you have touched upon the inner journey.
  3. We are all travellers on this Earth. Birth and Death are mere pit-stops.
  4. We have come here alone and going out alone; prestige, wealth, fame, societal norms won’t travel with you- they are not important.
  5. All the treasures and answers are within you. Mind and Body are merely there to assist us in the simple transactions of life.
  6. The purpose of life on this Earth- Know Thyself, while you are at it- enjoy what this world offers.
  7. Compassion and humility are the keys for a better life.
  8. An action arising from the very sinews of the Infinite makes way for a more truthful and healthy life.
  9. Being ever engrossed in Sadhana be it the work you do or simple acts of service or just being meditative( your practises, your work, your hobby) gets you on the path of the divine.
  10. Most importantly, live in the moment for this is the now!

I have just mentioned a few thoughts that have ran across my mind now. But there are more subtle and amazing things which I have not expressed as I want and hope this journey for you is as intriguing and mind boggling as it has been for me.

Well bottom line, Yoga has changed me in and out. My whole perception has changed and it has been a significant revelation and it makes me want to enjoy this life to the fullest!

Phew, this International Yoga Day I am talking about the beauty of Yoga and the miracles of life that it augments; I quite cannot believe this 🙂 Well let’s call it a miracle too!

 

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Do you practise Yoga? How has been your journey? Enlighten me…..

 

 

 

 

 

Zero #AtoZChallenge

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The Journey of Nothingness!

I didn’t want to be Zero, I wanted to be something or the other. Be it in my career or in life in general- I always aimed at being something.

Lately, I have come to realize on a spiritual level that you don’t need to be anything. You can delve into nothingness and be one with the existence around and just be nothing.

Well I still have to realize the beauty of Nothingness but I have started my journey if it happens to be one.

The journey of BEING with no assumptions, notions, prejudices…. Just be like the wonderful trees, birds, ocean, sky, mountains, fellow beings- enjoying their presence in all entirety!

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Xcersing the Xtra Mile!

I remember going the Xtra mile when I ran a 10k Run, trekked up the Himalayas or sky dived from about 13000 feet.

Going the Xtra Mile always brings in a sense of triumph as I always learnt a bit more about myself- my strengths, weaknesses, the reserve energy that I can put forth when I am way too exhausted.

I think strenuous activities have always helped me know myself a lot better or more precisely the limitations of my body and mind.

What has got you go the Xtra Mile and what have you learnt?

Vibes #AtoZchallenge

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I think vibes go a long way in making connections- either positive or negative!

Being an introvert, I take a lot of time to make friends. But when I do, I am loyal to my friends.

I like people who are honest, have integrity and straight-forward.

Travel has helped me meet people from different cultures and walks of life. And just the sheer love for travel has landed me with a lot of positive acquaintances and also the entrepreneurial journey has helped me interact with inspiring people and the learning is immense. I think it is a common vibe which gets us started and some connections are worth it in the long run.

What do you think of vibes?

Unison #AtoZChallenge

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I have lately come to believe the power of unison!

I say it because there is a certain energy that gets created when people work towards the greater good in unison.

This energy could transform lives, world as a whole.

I am not sure whether this ideology seems practical. But lately reading a few facts about the Pyramids, watching the intriguing concept of the Avatar movie, reading about the consecration of the Dhyanalinga at the Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore makes this notion seems feasible in a way.

On a spiritual note, we have to realize our purpose or know ourselves inside out. With that our journey is the same and we can surely work in unison to get to the other dimension.

What do you have to say about this?