Love bound

You open your eyes and you see two glittering gems like eyes, the rays of the gems all over your face, a sweet smile and two beautiful lips waiting to get kissed.

BBBBEEEEEPPPPPP ………. BBBBBEEEPPPPP …….. you are startled by this sound which is not  stopping at all.  You force your eyes to open up to realize that it was your morning alarm and time to wake up. Damn it … your beautiful dream where you were just on the verge of kissing someone broke.

If you are getting such dreams then you are in love. When in love, you get paranoid for the one you love. 24*7 you think of your love, even while you eat, sleep or drink … love is on your mind.

When you are in love …… you feel nervous when you start going out with that person.

When you see your love ….. you pretend to be someone else just to make yourself comfortable.

When you meet your love, you start melting like a wax in a fire.

When you are talking with your love ….. you never realize that it is already the morning milkman ringing the door bell of your home and you were on the phone with your love the whole night.

When you are in love ….. you are ready to do anything and everything, as the saying goes “Love is Blind” and you feel you are the only person proving that the saying is correct.

All of a sudden all the Bollywood love songs are at the tip of your tongue and you can sing any song anytime ….. when you are in love.

When you are in love ….. you have the fear of losing your love, fear that your love might find someone else better than you.

When you are in love ….. you feel your love is deeper than the water in the ocean, more sweeter than sugar and softer than a teddy bear.

When you are in love ….. you feel whatever you are studying is about that person only.

 When you are in love ….. you start finding the qualities of your love person in your adjacent office colleague and all of a sudden you become friendly with that colleague.

You know you are in love ….. when all you do is think about that person day in and day out. You feel that your love is the best person you have met up untill now… according to you everything that person does is right, like that person can never go wrong.

So next time do ensure to keep the alarm off so that you can complete your dream… and you can fall in love with your dream person.

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Time-where do I find it … 2

Time-Tracking

Time …. Please, please halt … But as the saying goes “Time and tide wait for no man”. This is so true.

So here I am back again after a short break.  Lots of things happening in and around me and frankly I could not spare time to blog anything. Nowadays my professional life is keeping me on my toes and I am trying to balance it out with my personal life too with work on my priority list. So you can figure out that I am just running from home to office and office to home and then in-between trying my best to spend time with family and friends.

Today I had to write something, as yesterday evening when I was helping my daughter to write an essay as a part of her school work she all of a sudden asked me why I have not written any post for a long time. Well, she is one of my loyal readers who makes it a point to read my blog every time I write something.  I just smiled and said I will write soon and hence this had to come today.

I miss my old blogging days where I used to write many things and had no need for motivation from anyone. Truely, during that time I was not that loaded with work and presently my work responsibilities have doubled up and I am drowned in work :).

Many a times I have thought to write something but then I feel that I already have a lot of things floating in my head and might not be able to do full justice to the blog I want to write. Today on the contrary when I started writing, words just start flowing out from my head. I feel nice expressing when I write.

As for where my work is concerned I had a few deadlines to meet and hence was too tied up so much so that a couple of times it has happened that my office landline rings and I am so engrossed in my work that I pick up my mobile and say “hello” later to realise that someone is trying to reach me on my office phone :).

One more instance that comes to mind, I was on a call with my wife and simultaneously officially chatting with my counterpart regarding some issue and I literally kept the phone down without saying anything to my wife wherein I actually had typed bye on chat. Now don’t think I am aging out or losing my senses.

Additionally, along with trying to catch up with time I’m also trying to catch up with my sleep. Waking up early mornings to catch flights returning home late and back to work early next day is eating up my sleep. The only time I can catch up on some sleep or rather power nap is during my traveling time be it train or flight. The moment I get to my seat my eyes shuts off.

But yes time is running faster than we can imagine. Days and months and years are just passing by within a blink of an eye. I vouch to spend more time over here and update my blog more frequently. I will try my best to make my presence felt more often.

This is in continuation to my earlier post “Time-where do I find it”.

In the nick of time

Here I am again getting myself tangled in the world of flying. No no… this time I did not check-into any wrong airport. I have been more careful about the airports after my last experience … traveling woes.

Have any of you have caught a running flight? I did, well, not exactly a running flight but got onto a flight just 3 minutes before it was scheduled  to take off. The flight had already started pushback even before I managed to reach my allotted seat. I thanked my stars and was lucky to board it.

All this happened a few days back during my visit to my Bangalore office (I still prefer saying Bangalore instead of Bengaluru). It was a Saturday afternoon and I had to catch my return flight from Bangalore. Usually I always reach well before time and have managed to chill myself with a mug of beer at the airport. This time too I had thought that I would not break the routine activity. But alas, all these thoughts of mine did not last long. First the goof up from the Uber cab driver in finding the pickup location and then the long serpentine queue of vehicles lined up trying to find its way in busy traffic – shattered my dreams :(.

Well, I have to admit that I had to break all the rules and regulations of the airport starting from the initial security check line to the final individual security check inside the airport. I had hardly few minutes left before the actual schedule departure of the flight and was not left with any options but to surpass all others and run to grab my flight before it took off :). I am sure I must have gotten a lot of swears from people pushed back by me but it was a do or die sort of situation..

To add to all this chaos I forgot to put baggage tags to my backpack and small hand bag and I was sent back by the security personal to get the tags. This meant more chances of me missing my flight and I had a good run from one floor to the next to get hold of the tags.

Once I got my boarding pass stamped, I literally had to run and jump over all the obstacles in-between (you can imagine a similar scene in a Bollywood movie, a hero running & jumping seats) till I reached the boarding gate. Well, luckily for me the boarding gate was very much near and so I made it. Heavily panting I showed the staff my boarding pass and I heard the guy giving instructions on his walkie-talkie “last passenger before door close”.

This time it was a touch and go situation. I just made it in the nick of time to enter the aircraft. I had already given up all hopes of catching my flight while I was on my way to the airport. But thanks to the cab driver who was honking-ponking and driving (rather flying) his car at top speed all the way till the airport.

Well, I feel that lately myself and the airline are playing games with each other giving and giving me an adrenaline rush. But am happy that I have such memories with me which I can pen down and also can narrate such adventurous stories to my family once I am back home.

Wake up….

As the saying goes “Life is too short so enjoy before it’s too late”. Time never stops and I feel that it is running at its full speed. This post of mine is bit different as compare to my other posts of mine. I have tried making a list of things which one can do before it’s too late.

Well these are just few of the things out of the many and there is no particular order to be followed.

  • Speak your heart out – Do not keep anything inside you be it feelings, anger or frustration.6112mdU416L Don’t fake smile – but instead say what you want to say.
  • Do something unique Something which you are afraid to do it like skydiving, paragliding, deep sea-diving, bungee jumping. This will truly make you alive.
  • Try new skills Learn Japanese, learn to play guitar, learn salsa. It could be anything as long as it is completely new for you.
  • Make new friends I know this is very easy and I am sure all of us have so many friends then again a new friend… why not ?? 🙂 Well, who is to say, this new friend may come with so much more to learn from – it may get you to being more spiritual or daring or help you develop a new hobby. Well that new friend can be one whom you have been ignoring. The new connection may spark new starter in your life.
  • Reconnect with your inner child – Do all the things you have done in your childhood. Like watching Tom and Jerry cartoon, playing marbles, riding bicycle, read comic books.
  • Reach out to old friends Talk to your best friend from school and do inform him/her how much you have missed him/her all these years. Bring alive the old memories.
  • Do something for others All these years you have been doing lots of things for yourself. Now this is the chance for you to do something, well at least one thing for someone. Small things like pay for the education of your domestic’s help child. Or sponsor a full year meal for a person in need. All these small little gestures will take you a long way.
  • Spend time with your kids – till the time they want to spend time with you. Once they growstock-vector up they will have their own priorities in life and their own children to look after.
  • Know yourself Take few days off and go for a holiday just by yourself.  Unwind, clear your head of the past, think about yourself and know your life & its meaning.
  • Take control of your health – Are you a person who is fond of butter, cheese and all oily food and you have never exercised till date. If yes then start exercising, walk more and more, do climb steps instead taking the lift, give up parathas for rotis, give up cheese and butter. Start indulging yourself in Yoga. If you wait any longer, it may well be too late.
  • Last and not least – take stock of your life. Take a good look at what you have accomplished and where you failed till now. Start your journey fresh and alive.

Life is too short and it’s getting shorter every minute. So just don’t waste a single second – do the things you always wanted to do and which you know is good for you. Learn to say no to things which you don’t want to do but because of pressure you are forced to do it.

PVS

Cell phone which has become a necessity for everyone is a boon to all of us. Cell phone help us to keep in touch with our friends , family and acquaintances , getting oneself updated with whats-happening-around-the-world, taking the stress off with online banking , shopping and various other app facilities which we are only too happy to use.

Now think of this…. have you ever felt your phone vibrating or ringing, but when you actually you PVS_2remove it from your pocket or purse to answer it and you realize, that it just wasn’t ringing or buzzing in the first place? Many of us are guilty of this phenomena where we keep checking our phones thinking it has vibrated only to find no one has called. This sensory hallucination has a name – Phantom Vibration Syndrome (PVS) aka Phantom Ringing.  It’s a 21st century phenomenon experienced by millions of people everyday across the globe.

 

A recent research has shown that the city based doctors are witnessing 30-40 percent rise in PVS_1such patients. In current scenario the way the younger generation are addicted to cell phones it will not be surprising that the figures of patient having PVS will rise to 60-70 percent in short span of time.

 Many people constantly worry about possible calls or messages on their phone and hence get the feeling of their phone vibrating or ringing. This can lead to loss of concentration while work or while studying. Such syndrome also leads to increase in number of accidents as the person checks the phone while driving. Also not to forget that too much addiction of phones leads to social and occupational problems too.

People suffering from PVS feel the phone is ringing even when they are away from the phone. The frequency of checking the mobile phones increases intensely. With high intensity increases ones anxiety and also leads to distress. There are cases found in young generation where in they feel their phone’s ringing even in their dreams and hence the person wakes up in the middle of the night to check for any calls or messages.

Just a note of caution that incase if you are feeling that your phone vibrates or hearing the ringtone and infact nothing sort of it has happen, then you are one of the victim of PVS. Well, nothing to worry as there is therapy/treatment available for overcoming PVS. A small helpful tip – Do cell phone fasting; a way to keep yourself away from your phone and from the syndrome too.

Shor in the city

motorist-stuck-in-a-traffic“Do you buy vehicles based on their power of honking?” this was the question put to me by one of my global CIO who happened to visit India couple of weeks back. He stays in Australia and he was visiting India for the second time after almost 9 years. “Is there no fine for too much honking?” “Why do motorist honk so much when they know the car is going to crawl?” I was bombarded with so many questions and I was in a fix as to what to respond.

The only answer I could come up with was there were so many pedestrians and bikers and hence to avoid any untoward incidents, the horn is used. It was an embarrassing moment for me as I am well aware that rest of the countries honking is an offence. During my brief stay in America I had noticed it that honking is not at all allowed. Although I did hear a fair bit of cars honking in New York – but nothing compares to what you hear in India.

The very next day I checked on the noise level in the city and was shocked to read that a recent report published by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) last month revealed startling facts about noise level in the city. A four years long study, CPCB concluded that Mumbai is India’s noisiest city, also has the dubious distinction of being one of the noisiest in the world. The worrying fact is that the noise level exceeds the prescribed allowable level by 100 percent. If such high level decibels persist then it’ll harm us only in near future.

India is a country which celebrates so many different festivals across all religions and hence the celebrations of these do add up the noise levels in the city. It will help all of us if we all understand the impact of the higher decibels and celebrate all the festivals by trying to control the noise level within the limited range.

The most and highest noise pollution is of honking. If all the motorist try and reduce the amount of honking during their traveling it will definitely help reduce the decibels in the city. Just imagine the conditions of the police man/woman who are on duty and controlling traffic. These are the people who bear the brunt of it all.

When in Dubai last year, I did feel the peace while walking / traveling on road as here too honking is banned. In Mumbai too when I am driving I feel better when my car windows are closed.

The other day when I was out with my daughter & niece in the car, I stopped at the signal; a public transport bus next to us was continuously honking. It was a shock for me to hear my niece (6 years old) and my daughter (11 years old) discussing on noise pollution. My niece also mentioned, that in school they too have been taught on the harmful effects of noise pollution. And it left me wondering – if the kids knew it, how come the adults don’t or do they just not pay heed to it all?

Well, it’s about time the Motor Vehicles Department (RTO) of our country, brings out an awareness campaign against noise pollution & also implements stringent laws against unnecessary honking and ensure that we all abide to the rules and there reduce all that “shor” (which means noise) in the city.

Namaste