Bizarre WordPress

Realised today that I was no longer following couple of lovely bloggers – Ms. Biswas and Wandering Story Teller a.k.a. Ms. Hyderabad 🙂 I don’t know how this happened. Luckily I followed back the story teller and gorged on all the missed stuff! 😀 But Ms. Biswas’s site looks to be down. Any idea about her location? Did She change the URL? Would love get back in touch!

Also, my reader doesn’t display the daily prompts. Anyone else facing same problem? Wondering what else has changed here!!

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Enjoy Responsibly!

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Not for Thee.What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received that you wouldn’t give to anyone else? Why don’t you think it would apply to others?

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When I was a kid I was told that you need to get into so and so college or so and so job and you can enjoy the rest of your life.

Well, after twenty five tortuous years, what I realised is that firstly, there are no such milestones in life. Secondly, enjoying life is not an ever evading separate concept. So one needs to do what one enjoys and not the other way round!

But this is not the case in many of our careers. So we try to see enjoyment as a separate entity. So for all of us in this boat, I would give a slightly modified message: “Enjoy, but responsibly!”. Else you will become other’s enjoyment 😛 😀

Paradox!

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An Extreme Tale.: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” — Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

When was the last time that sentence accurately described your life?

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Awesome statement. Can anyone please tell the exact context in the novel where Dickens plants this paradox?

This reminds me of liar’s paradox: “The next statement is true. The previous statement is false.”

How can a statement be both true and not true? Not possible. But can a given period be both the best and the worst of all times!?

I think yes. That’s the beauty of getting over binary analysis. As of now I can only think of one such period. And that is when you are in love. You will experience a magical feeling. You feel that the present is the best of all times and da di da di da. But when things fall apart and when you look back you feel a little bit sick. Initially you feel the past was dreadful. As time passes by it meta-morphs into a healer. The bitterness will be gone. You will become saner and accept things as they were. I think till that time you will be in that conflicting zone.

PS: Thanks to Mr. Mark Aldrich for responding to my request and putting Dickens’ lines  in context:

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It is the opening sentence of “A Tale of Two Cities.” The two cities are Paris and London during the French Revolution.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only”

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The extra mile!

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Envelope Pushers. When was the last time you took a risk (big or small), and pushed your own boundaries — socially, professionally, or otherwise? Were you satisfied with the outcome?

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How often do we do this? It is an amazing feeling when you are at the receiving end. It is even more satisfying when you are at the giving end. I’m talking this stuff mostly in the professional scenario. When I was new to my job I was lucky to have some really cool seasoned managers who helped me to settle in. At that amateur phase even small helps appear magnified. What I learned I applied in accommodating my juniors too. Good practices are infectious 😉

You see this in professional sports and now a days in Indian politics too. Check out these couple of videos:

(Not much risk is involved but I’m amazed at the cheekiness!)

PM Modi doing what he does the best – Top PR guy:

Next one is football related! Any Arsenal fan would have watched this 30 sec clip 1000 times. Oh boy!! I so miss these characters so much. Where are those days gone!! Now Cesc only gives me nightmares! I just want Henry to come Home and follow the footsteps of Zizou and give some respite to Wenger.

 

Raconteurs!

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Spinning Yarns. What makes a good storyteller, in your opinion? Are your favorite storytellers people you know or writers you admire?

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As long as you can stop me from dozing off and keep me guessing, you will be my favorite story teller. I have some friends who are great story tellers. They don’t just use language as the tool but they use the body language too. We may articulate perfectly how someone feels in a situation. For example you can vividly narrate how scared you felt when someone telephoned you in the midnight to let you know that you are right then sleeping alone in a haunted hotel!? But instead of the verbosity how about you cringe in fear and make a few comical faces to deliver the point! These faces will stay with the listeners forever.

This may not be possible in all scenarios. But then some of my friends have the knack of telling about their inner feelings – cynical ones are the most intriguing ones 😛 – parallel to the story line. Some others just open the scene for listeners. “Dude, what does She means by that!?”

Here on WordPress, some really cool bloggers just com-press the words by narrating stories in a series of beautiful pictures! I love that style too!

And finally the best story teller for the masses is a movie. Director is the boss. Movie shows how beautifully or crookedly he delivers the message. Signing off with a hope to understand what Nolan has in store in Interstellar. Houston, do you copy?! Time to get over Gravity!

Un Hermoso Blog

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Image courtesy: Fusion

“One lovely Blog” nominated by a lovely blogger, Fusion . Thanks for the nomination! I’m delighted! You already know my super-duper procrastination habit. So I hope you’ll bear with me for the delay! 🙂

A few words about Fusion Fusion has a lively and colourful blog littered with beautiful pictures. The blog posts are versatile and bubble with creativity. If you are reading this post, you ought to visit the blog. Ok, yeah, you people can thank me for introducing a good blog!

A little history about the award: “One lovely Blog” – I tried googling and digging up the history of this award. The result is the widely accepted perception that this award has no traceable origins. May be it was introduced by neanderthals of .com world! We don’t know yet! We may never know. If someone finds, please do share with me! Don’t rush to apply for a Nobel prize for this discovery cause Nobel is not awarded for paleontology works. Forget it, we can start our own e-Nobel!

Ok, I’ll stop rambling. Three things about “One Lovely Blog”

1) Thank the awesome blogger who nominated you (DONE)

2) Share seven facts about yourself

3) Nominate fifteen bloggers you admire and inform them by commenting!

My fact file:

1) Arsenal! I love the club. I’m not as fanatical as Fever Pitch protagonist but you can say that I’m a devoted follower of the club!

2) I just love movies. They are an entirely different world. My favorite movies are: 1) Matrix (all the three) 2) LOTR (again all the three) 3) A Few Good Men (“You want me on that wall…You NEED me on that wall”) 4) The Intouchables (Motivation! 😉 😀 ) 5) Meet the parents (“Can you milk me Focker! 😀 )

3) I like chocolate ice cream or for that matter anything with chocolate flavour!

4) I hate gym! I would rather run in an open ground rather than hit a tread-mill! But I do neither 😛

5) I’m learning spanish all by free internet tools. No formal class rooms. Lets see how far can I go!

6) A cool fact about me – At some or other point in my life, I had friends from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chathisgarh, Odisha, Punjab, Bihar, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh! That is whole of India minus J&K, north-east. I hope I will friends from these regions too!

7) A little scary fact – Last week, in the morning I saw a cobra from my balcony. It swiftly crossed the road and escaped into bushes. This is for the third time that I saw a wild snake in my life.

That’s that about me.

Finally, I surely can’t name 15 blogs. Most of the blogs I follow are non-award blogs. So for now I am nominating Saya…D Poet for her intense poems and funny anecdotes! Rest will be nominated when I increase my social skills on wordpress 🙂

El Perro

 

Imaginary Friend.Many of us had imaginary friends as young children. If your imaginary friend grew up alongside you, what would his/her/its life be like today? (Didn’t have one? write about a non-imaginary friend you haven’t seen since childhood.)

 

I always wanted man’s oldest friend as my friend. The love it has for you is unmatched. Unfortunately for this very reason I never had a dog as pet. My dad has an incident when his was a child. It was not easy for him to handle the loss of his friend. So to preempt my heart-break, my parents unanimously opposed of having a dog as pet. I was a victim of this classic case of protective parenting!

My closest association with a dog was when I stayed in Coimbatore. My neighbour had a young Dalmatian. Only then I realised the amount of care you have to give a dog. Poor fellow chewed up something and payed several trips to the vet. My neighbour too had sleepless nights! But when it came home after complete recovery I had sleepless nights because it never stopped barking all night!

So this post is to you, my imaginary perro!

“I am God!”

 

Grand Slam. The World Series starts tonight! In your own life, what would be the equivalent of a walk-off home run? (For the baseball-averse, that’s a last-minute, back-against-the-wall play that guarantees a dramatic victory.)

 

What should I say? I am a small guy in this big world. I have my daily share of small happiness and petty fights. To put my life in a pessimistic way, the best word would be “bourgeois”. A positive word would be “normal”! Yeah, smooth curvy ups and downs with no sharp hairpin curves. I am not sure how my perception of home runs are indeed viewed by others. Let alone the last gasp ones. But the life of top athletes have always intrigue me. As today’s prompt rightly suggests, I wonder how does one perform under such huge pressure. So I would dedicate this post to the top two tantalizing moments that etched indelibly in my memory.

The first one would be the 2011 cricket World Cup final between India and Lanka. It was some feeling. I have never experienced such joy and pride. The whole stadium – mind you, I am talking only about the stadium where it was projected on a giant screen, not the original stadium – erupted in joy when Dhoni hit the six of Kulasekara to finish the game in style. It was surreal. Never have I witnessed such a historic achievement. “Can you believe it, We are the world champs!!” The hell broke loose on to the streets. People danced in delirium. It was some night!

But before all this pandemonium, there was a dejavu feeling about Sachin’s early dismissal. It brought back the memories of the ill fated 2003 World Cup finals vs. the Aussies. In ’03 I was very young. But I vividly remember the build up to that final-day. It was as if a curfew was put in Hyderabad. All shops shut. Roads empty. Eerie silence. My worst fears came true and Aussies crushed India. So, some of my friends already lost hope after Sachin’s dismissal. Tears tumbled down their cheeks. Impatience set in. But unlike in ’03 the team reacted with aplomb and finished the task. Hats off to Dhoni, Gambhir and Co.! Literally the team attained God-status!

Next is Arsenal. How can I not mention about my love, The Arsenal!! They are some kind of specialists in giving their fans heart-attacks. I can never forget the 17th of May 2014 (for more than one reason!). Nine years trophy drought was ended in the most thrilling fashion. They went down two nil and snatched the victory under the noses of Hull City late in extra time. How can Arsene Wenger even sustain such pressure?? I almost passed away watching the game from million miles away! His nerves are surely made of steel! He is my greatest inspiration!

I don’t know if God exists or not. But I would not deny if these people tell me, “I am God.”

Procrastination 101

The Daily Prompt: Twenty-Five Seven.Good news — another hour has just been added to every 24-hour day (don’t ask us how. We have powers). How do you use those extra sixty minutes?

There are some tasks that I procrastinate endlessly. Since time immemorial I have been planning to follow an exercise schedule. I also plan to take time out to actually read a newspaper rather than glancing over the headlines. Or read a book in leisure. Or take my online classes regularly. I would rather use this additional hour to attend to this task.

PS: Adding another hour is not solution to my problems. A proper time management is the solution. There is every chance that adding additional hour in a may in fact wreck havoc in my schedule. Because now I can delay task by another hour. I would definitely not ask for further mess!

Black Sheep

The Daily Prompt: Counting Voices. A lively group discussion, an intimate tête-à-tête, an inner monologue — in your view, when it comes to a good conversation, what’s the ideal number of people?

I love a good conversation, where people hear what I say and respond to it. And so do I. This should be the norm of a discussion. But I have been in some dirty discussions where some people are fabulously in love with their own voice. They just go on and on without slightest concern for others. One person of this sort can turn the complete conversation boring and irritating for the rest, irrespective of the number of participants in the group!