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My Dear Darling Friends!


If there is anything that I miss the most in my life, it is school. When I make those occasional visits to our school premises I have an acute attack of nostalgia, and it is way too overwhelming for it to fade away soon. It stays with me for days and I can’t help but relive all those wonderful moments.
I remember this certain someone who wanted to be a terrorist, who by the way had the capacity to cry and make a pool of water that can drown an ant, and who was a notorious biter 😀 . I remember the loudest one among us who was also a teachers pet. 🙂 I can never forget the time when love was in the air and boys would ask girls out for dates and I will always remember the drama that followed. 😉
I can go on forever about our random acts of silliness. I refuse to accept the fact that we are all grown up. Even if most of us are stepping into wedlock, I still believe we are those crazy, silly, teenagers at heart. I love you all so much cause you all still make me smile. No matter how many “battles” we fought against each other we still managed to be friends and will be forever.
For all my mates who are getting hitched soon, here is an excerpt from an article that I would love to share with you guys. Wise Words by a Wise Man which I hope will help you.

Marriage is serious business. It is not child’s play. It comes with responsibilities. Putting it quite simply, it is a lot of give and take – more give and take.
Build your partnership on the firm foundation of friendship.Be each other’s best friend. Friendship can only be between equals, where there is mutual love, warmth and respect. No one is superior or inferior. Understand that husband and wife both have a role to play. Their roles are not interchangeable. A woman must not try to become a man and vice versa. There must be total loyalty, trust and confidence in each other. No selfishness and petty ego issues here. Remember the other must come first – always and every time
Learn to cheerfully bear the pinpricks that your respective family members may give you from time to time. Learn to be patient with all. Learn to be tolerant and forgiving.
There is no easy way out of difficulties. Face the challenges of life with maturity and dignity. Successful marriages are based on mutual love and understanding. Lots of it.
May yours be a truly successfull marriage.
One last word. Never go to sleep on a quarrel.

Always In My Thoughts!
Nivvi

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Treasure Hunt for us book lovers!!

Technology is certainly a blessing, we are pampered and turned into lazy lumps with every passing year. We wanna buy something, apply for a job, write to a friend, invite people for a party… everything is a click away. These days you can just sit on your bottom and offend all your friends and also make new ones in a jiffy.

As much as I love all of this, all the kindles, I pads and e books that are released into the world scare my bookworm soul to death. What if the publishing companies go out of business eventually, and stop making books with those crispy crunchy ooo sooo lovely smelling papers? Oh how much I dislike reading books on a screen.

But then, I bumped into a site the other day and I was jumping with joy, cause people…. believe me… this one is a blessing from techno god.

If you have a whole cupboard full of books and you dont know how to give them away. Here is a solution for it. You can simply pass it onto a stranger and also keep track of where your book is. All you have to do is inscribe or label a book

( they have labels that u can download off the site) and leave it at a public place.(preferably at coffee shops, cafes, restaurants, food courts.etc.) and hopefully a stranger who loves books picks it up. He/She has the book with the BCID number on the book, and instructions to go to the site and enter the BCID number.Here is what you do,

Select a book off your shelf

Go to http://www.bookcrossing.com and sign up.

Register your book at http://www.bookcrossing.com/register

Release your book at http://www.bookcrossing.com/release
this is where you give in the details about the location you want to leave your book at, along with the timings.

Voila!! you will be notified when some one finds your book and enters the BCID number on the site,for all you know you could find it in a different country. Its quiet likely that somebody could just find the book and not do anything about it. But I totally love the idea. Its like sending out messages of love to the world 🙂

You can also look out for books that have been released in your city. It cant get any better then this 🙂

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When your life is a long sabbatical


To be honest that was all I wished for. I wished my life would be a long holiday with nothing to worry about, no deadlines to meet or no stress to deal with. I would be happy to be a big fat lazy cat that lounges on a sofa all day with no purpose in life.. much like Garfield.Now I dearly wish god could have ignored me.

Its been a year since Iv been on a holiday. I am a dentist who works in the evenings so I have half the day all for me. Now I wish I had a job that kept me on my feet till I forget I exist and I hope I could come back home exhausted, so I can slip into a deep dreamless sleep the minute my head lands on the pillow. I also wish to have a job that does not involve bad breath and putrefied chewed food between teeth.

It feels like I am in a huge bubble that keeps me frozen, but keeps me aware of the world that is rushing by, almost like a coma. Oh I dislike Sundays so much.. to have a holiday when your already on a holiday drives you nuts.. trust me!

All you guys who work all day and have nothing else to do but work. I am jealous o you guys. I never thought I would say that.
I RESOLVE TO GET A LIFE!! 😀

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I confess…


I wake up in the morning and there is something wrong but I do not remember what , a while later all the thoughts come rushing back to me, giving me a reason to be sad. It feels like my stomach has been tied into a knot and my heart turns into a lump in my throat. I wanna scream my lungs out at everything that is moving around.. even if it is a harmless moth flying around in my room trying to find its way out. But I cant, cause if I do I cross over to this place of madness from which there might be no recovery. Thats when I notice my dear little friend calling out to me. I take a little in my palm and
sniff it… one nice long deep breath.. it feels like an apparition … away from the hum drum and off to a cottage with a river in the backyard, overseeing snow capped mountains. It could be unhealthy .. but what the hell.. it is my de-stresser. Bless the guy who worked up the formula for Vicks Vaporub. The lovely comphory smell seems to go right through to my brain and sooth it. Its an addiction and if they had rehab centers for it.. I would have needed one. The lovely blue green bottle is my elixir and I confess I go no where without it. 🙂

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The Secret


My love for books started with adventure novels and I was never ready to experiment with other genre of books.’The Secret‘ is a self help book and I thought self help books were too preachy.This book was recommended by many people and I always wondered what the deal was.I would go book shopping and ‘the Secret‘ would be looming in the background,I noticed it, but never had the desire to buy it.But one day my curiosity got the better of me and so I finally picked it up.

The Secret‘ deals with positive thinking.To me it did not sound very preachy, although I was a little skeptical about the concept of law of attraction at the beginning.But, by the time I was done with the book,I must admit that I was in love with the concept.

The law of attraction talks about how you can attract an object, a situation or a person into your life.As a student of Vedanta I realize how powerful a human mind is.It can make you or break you.My belief in the law of attraction was strengthened, because it is a concept that is very closely related to our Hindu Philosophy.

In the section ‘The Secret To You‘ the authors talk about how the universe and the conscious principle(our soul) are not different from one another.

We’re all connected.We just don’t see it.There isn’t an “out there” and an “in here”.Everything in the universe is connected.It is just one energy field.

– John Assaraf ‘The secret’

Our Vedantic philosophy believes in the same… Mahavakya’s are the great declarations of the supreme truth.Tat Tvam Asi‘ is one of the four Mahavakya’s . Tat Tvam Asi declares that, the human core(ie. the true nature of a man or the soul) is the same as the supreme consciousness (called ‘the universe’ in the secret)

The secret makes this complex concept sound magical.Everybody has their own way of dealing with life’s situations.No matter which way, we all know how important it is to be positive.If you believe that there are powers in this world that exist, even if not visible to the naked eye.You believe that there is magic/supreme power out there that is the cause of our existence.You will understand what ‘the secret‘ is about.

Read it and believe in it and it might just turn your life around.

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My Inspiration My Guru!!


Dr. Padmashri Ananda Shankar Jayanth a renowned Bharatnatyam/Kuchipudi Dancer… My guru and a guardian angel for many of us who love and have a lot to learn from Dance. We lovingly call her akka.

Akka is the happiest person Iv ever been around.She lights up a room the minute she walks in and when she is teaching us, there is so much energy among us… everybody’s feet stamp harder to the rhythm and its a beautiful combination of music without instruments and dance. She watches us with an eagles eye, correcting every minuscule flaw that a student makes even if we are in large numbers. She makes our learning experience an absolute joy. There is so much to learn from her apart from dance.

She calls herself the conqueror of cancer… any other person would have been shattered if they knew they had cancer. But akka did not let cancer take her over.. she fought it and she danced her way through therapy. Makes me wonder if dance has healing powers and gives me hope that nothing in life is impossible.

She works her way through any predicament with such elan and poise. Even if her schedule is packed (which would drive anybody else insane) she still has time for perfection and everything is planned and well organized.Shes a true example of the power woman. She’s an employee and a professional dancer and the worlds best teacher.

I am one of the many lucky students who was blessed with the opportunity to dance with akka in her troupe. Dancing tales… Panchatantra was premiered in Hyderabad at Shilpakala Vedika in 2006. When I watched the show, I fell in love with the production and my love for dance was rekindled. Little did I know that four years later I would be performing in the same production. I was overjoyed when akka told me I could be part of this humongous production.

Dancing tales… Panchatantra was one of the many productions of akka’s which appeals to a wide range of audience. A dance theater production… with a blend of many dance forms. Its amazing how a human body can be used to express and tell a story. With brilliant music composition, beautiful movements and costumes.. the five famous stories of Panchatantra unravel on the stage mesmerizing the viewers.

It took 37 dancers to make this production this year. It was like a huge party. Akka made sure that none of us missed a beat and taught us to move with the rhythm and let the music play through us.

We were all too excited to have a stage fright. It was the adrenaline rush that kept us going. Personally it was a true spiritual experience for me. Once you step on to that stage your mind is so calm and bereft of million thoughts that always run through your head and all you see are the lights on the stage and the pitch dark auditorium behind the lights. It felt like as if I was looking into eternal space. All you hear and feel is the music and your body swing and sway to it. I am so thankful to akka for this awesome experience.

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One Year Older :)

I get so excited a month before my birthday and I make sure I grill all my friends to remember the date.I have recurring nightmares that people would forget that its MY BIRTHDAY!!! Its a big deal.You know what! I wish it was a public holiday. 😀

I grew up celebrating my Birthdays on a big scale.There would be 2 sets of new clothes,lot o chocolates to take to school,a party in the evening with lots o people,balloons,cake,candles,gift wrapped gifts and wide spread of desserts and return gifts. Then, I turned 13 and suddenly I am all grown up for a celebration(sigh!) I am gonna have all of that, no matter how old I am at least once in my life time(even if that makes me look like a self absorbed narcissist) 😉

Have you ever felt like the world around you is zipping by and you are a spectator, watching time rush by. It always feels like that around this time of the year. Ive had 25 years of experience in this world and I don’t know if I am wise enough for a 25 year old. Some part of me refuses to grow up. I wake up everyday and fall in love with so many things and I’m scared I will stop loving them someday.In simpler words… I’m perpetually scared I will turn into an old granny too early. 😀

I was never sure what I wanted to be as a grown up. Kids usually would say ‘I wanna be a doctor’ or ‘I wanna be a scientist’ or ‘a pirate’ or something. All I knew was that ‘I did not wanna be a doctor’ but I wanted to be famous..(it was my lil secret) :)…just simply famous. Ah! its so much easier in my dreams.But today… I don’t even know if people would notice if I disappear one day. Oh my! I sound so morbid :D… K it might not be that bad, but yeah.. I’m not famous ‘YET’ 🙂

I’m certainly not a big fan of growing up.. well who is. I wake up everyday telling myself, that I’m going to be a cheerful and loving person today, and some days it is easy to be that person, but it seems to be getting harder and harder to be like that… its almost a challenge. Well,life’s never easy I guess, if anything it keeps getting tough.But the point is… here I am dealing with problems in life as gracefully as I can. I have survived all the tough patches and made it this far.. unimpaired. 🙂 and its cause o the love and support I get from every single person I know in my life.
Love you all tons!!!

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