Mystery

Mystery of mankind: Creating magnificent towers

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Mysteries of the mountain

Unraveling the mysteries of the mountains
;Unraveling the mysteries of the mountains

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What If…?

If you could permanently get rid of one worry, what would it be?

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If really I could get rid of one worry, that one would definitely be “What If”. 

What if the deal is cancelled, what if it rains and plays a spoiler, what if I get late for the show. What if I take too much of calories, what if I go for a log drives and my car has a break down and the list goes on and on and on….

Half of  the world would be free from worries if the what if analysis is left only for the MIS guys.  the MIS, Sales and marketing teams use What If reports to forecast and take conclusive decisions which could affect the business outcome in a positive financial direction.

Live a life that is outburst and have a Plan B for when plan A fails, so in short don’t do a lot of analysis on every aspect of life as it leads to paralysis.

Let us give our life the tangent to swing high and be free from the What If’s and put the last nail on it now.

Happy Posting Month #NaBloPoMo

No Time to Waste…

Life is too short to keep cribbing over small things, be content with what you have and enjoy it to the fullest.

People who always crib about what they don’t have, about their job, about office, about the neighbour, of not being given opportunity should refocus on their attitude towards life.

Life is too short either keep on cribbing and cursing your life or stand up, create the opportunities, chase your goals and be what you want to be. We all are blessed with 24 hours and God has given us enormous gifts, these gifts lie within us, it is time we realize that we are always in a much better position than millions, stay positive and explore our best potentials which are hidden within us. Imagine its like you receive a gift and you don’t use it – Gifts are not meant to be kept wrapped, so unlock your wrapper and explore the gifts within – your power of creativity, wisdom, leading, presentation, drawing, singing, cooking, whatever you are best at and win the world.

Stay surrounded with positive people and good friends. Once I was having a chat with the Vice President of an MNC who had a quick rise to success. He narrated since he started his career and climbed every step of the corporate ladder he had many hands(mentors or coaches) which he could hold to climb up. It was for him to decide which hand he needs to hold to get to the next level, He was fortunate enough to hold the faithful hands and climb the ladder efficiently. We can rectify our destiny by our choices and unleash a world of opportunities by taking the correct decision. This is only possible when you are content and having a peace of mind which in turn enables to do the next level of proper planning and execution.

So lets stop cribbing and remember:

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi

Happy posting month #NaBloPoMo

Destination Anywhere!!!

Where is the one place you would never want to go on vacation that other people seem to love?

I will start this post with one of my favorite Jon Bon Jovi numbers “Destination Anywhere“, it came rocking to my mind with this prompt.

Darlin’, I’m tired of living just in your dreams ,I’m getting out
You know we both sold our souls,We’re just growing old in this sleepy, dead-end town.

Destination Anywhere!!! Name a place and I ‘ll be there, pack your bags and we disappear.

Vacations are meant to provide:

  1. A Break from daily chores, per se from office, kids from school and home.
  2. A time to connect with family and friends.

This in turn helps us gives us a fresh lease of life.

What destinations to choose:

1-In Nature’s Lap

I choose any destination stop as my vacation which is surrounded by natural beauty. I like to explore more towards the gift of God and delicacies nature has provided to us and spend time exploring them instead of going for exploring the most happening cities.

Exploring the Solitude of the beach

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Exploring the Solitude of the beach @ http://agileopedia.com/

2-Cultural Diversity

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Nikko Shrine Japan World Heritage Shrines @ http://agileopedia.com

Another interesting factor is to explore the diverse culture this world offers us. Every place, country,city has its own religion, food, culture, people, they have so much to offer. It is a wonder to get to know more about them. When I was in Japan I was fortunate to be there during the Golden Week, a week in which the country celebrates, it is their longest vacation period. I made the most of it by visiting the world heritage sites at Nikko, Lake Chuzenji, Kegon Falls and Yomoto Onsen(natural spa); exploring their cultures and closely watching some religious ceremonies and processions. I was very impressed by it.

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Food Display in a Japanese Restaurants @ http://agileopedia.com

I love to get surrounded by the serenity and beauty of the snow filled mountains, sitting by the river, lake or ocean, exploring the wild, watching the sunrise and sunset in the ocean, streaming in the backwaters.The Alps, Himalayas, The Andes to the Rocky mountains to Leh Ladakh all come under the list of places to visit. I would like to give them a priority followed by visiting the man made wonders from historic times to the sci fi ones.

Diya(earthen lamps) lit by devotees for worship to Goddess Durga, the God of Power.@ http://agileopedia.com
Diya(earthen lamps) lit by devotees for worship to Goddess Durga,the God of Power. @ http://agileopedia.com
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Tokyo Tower at Night @http://agileopedia.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very few people are aware about the Tokyo Tower and that it is taller than the Eiffel Tower.

A place which would never come under my radar – Huh, I think the thought of a desert scares me, the tough life, hot sand winds, I would be reluctant to be there – it is better to leave it to Bear Grylls and let him do it for us.

Happy Posting Month #NaBloPoMo

Do you consider yourself a “professional” blogger?

So are you a professional blogger?

Am I a professional blogger. I don’t know, I am a blogger first and then I let others decide whether its professional or not.

The point is, who is a professional blogger, is there a dictionary or a set of rules to be one.

Blogging is a passion for me and I improve as every day passes by, I have better ideas as I wrote each post. I am learning, and it is an empirical process for me which I believe will never end.

This habit of mine leads me to scribble my thoughts and share with everyone, I say to myself despite all odds I have to make it post-a-day.

There is a long way to go, a never-ending road so currently I would like everyone to post, post and post and don’t bother about being professional… following this chant, soon you will become professional.

Happy Posting Month #NaBloPoMo

Power your Blog: Let your words stand out

Do you feel you have found your voice on your blog?

So did I find my voice in my blog – Yes I did, I share my experience, my learning and what the world has taught me, to be where I am today. My post happen to be around my experiences, situations I have faced, books I have read. I try to recollect them and share with the community. I want to give back to the world, what it gave to me; obviously the better things.

These are simple yet powerful tips to keep your blog’s heart beating:

Power Writing
Power Writing
  1. Blog Category or Voice: Do you have a particular reason for starting your blog. People blog about photography, cooking tips, parenting, motivation and other stuff. So although this may sound implicit but it is very important for one to realize the sole motto why he is here, why am I writing the posts in the blog. Once you have a vision for your blog half of your battle is won.
  2. 1 % Rule: I read this a few months back and it is very motivating, just do 1% daily of your goal. This means at the end of the month you will achieve 30%. so in other words you can make 30 posts a month. Believe me this is possible, just give a try.
  3. Simple Sharing: Your post don’t need to be out of the world or a first time read for the world. Share what you know, what you have heard, what your Mom,Dad, Granny or Kid has told you or your experiences with them. Share a message from a video clip your friend has just shared on WhatsApp. You may find it trivial but there are many people out there for whom it will be a first time read, they will love it. So get rid of this belief – “I may be writing about trivial facts’. Share your experience of a book you read or a movie you saw recently, trust me people will love to read your summary and the way you have shown your interpretation skills. Be simple in writing your posts, you need not showcase your oxford dictionary skills and use the most complex words to leave your readers Google about it. Being simple will help you connect with others.
  4. Reading: One of the most important trait is to read what others are writing. Also indulge in reading stuff from other authors. This will help your creative imagination to divulge, you will gather more ways to coin your voice. I myself have some blogs which I follow and read their posts, then there is Paul Coelho – from Alchemist to Veronica decides to die. I also indulge in listening to music from hard rock to classical.
  5. Buy Time: This one is the toughest part. I am thankful to GOD that he has blessed everyone with 24 hours, rich, fat, slim or tall all human beings are having the same time boundary. It is how you plan your time, so be good in your planning and ask yourself when is the best time to do some scribbling in your post. Indeed I have to buy time from my wife, kid, office and friends to post. Morning hours works for me.
  6. Thoughts for a post: You might be having some fix time for your bog, however the best thoughts come to me at stranger times, when I am sipping a coffee in the evening, taking a bath or listening a song. Recollect your thoughts before posting, make a list of topics which came to your mind which you believe could make a good new post.
  7. Writing Prompts: Follow daily writing prompts, it will help you initially to write even in topics which are not comfortable. This brings us out of the comfort zone.
  8. Read what you write: Before you hit the Publish button or even after that read your post once, does it make an appeal to you. What you dot like to read, you shouldn’t expect others to read it.
  9. Be Happy: Be happy, chase your dreams and ambitions – what I want to convey is, create positive vibes by your post, talk about some skills, your photographic or your poetic side. There is a lot of negativity around. People are genuinely not interested to read about it, Be the happy person to post and soon you will be the catalyst to create a ripple of happiness like a stone thrown in still water creates ripples.
  10. Stop worrying: Stop thinking what will people think about me when they read my post. Start writing first and let others do the thinking. We should not worry about actions which are beyond our control. This is a single reason which is killing the dreams of millions – “The worlds biggest fear, what they will say my dear”. Bury your worries and be free from fear of others,, create trust in yourself and you wil be rocking not only in your blog but wherever you are.

So just get going and set your post rolling out.

Leave some words to let me know how did you find this post and share your views.

Happy Posting Month #NaBloPoMo

What is your favorite holiday memory?

So what’s your favourite holiday memory. I would like to hare my bit.

My visit to the Himalayan city of Manali is among one of the most remembered holidays. Manali located in the Himalayas in the Indian State of  Himachal is a city surrounded by snow clad mountains, devadār trees kissing and reaching out the skies, the chilled weather and River Beas in the back drop. It is a perfect romantic get away around Delhi.

There are certainly reasons more than these as to why this is my favourite trips:

  1. We visited the place on our first anniversary and it was the first time my wife witnessed snowfall and any hill station. She was like wow, when she saw the snow-clad mountains and when at the Solang Valley(a place filled with snow, having skiing, rides etc) she went bonkers. How can we forget the taste of coffee amidst sitting in the snow.
  2. It was hypnotized to see the snow fall and the clouds pass by us.
  3. Visit to the Hidimba temple was quite unique, she holds a high  religious faith among the locals.
  4. As my daughter was not born at this time, she would always get angry whenever we watch the photo slides or videos. She would complain to take her at the same place to which I add to her worries by replaying, Hey you need to get married for that. And then she starts the war with me…
Surfing in the snow
Surfing in the snow
Snow Filled Mountains: Himlayan Range
Snow Filled Mountains: Himlayan Range

Thanks for reading the stuff happy holidays.

Happy Posting Month #NaBloPoMo

This too shall pass….

These are very simple yet powerful four words. This phrase is an adage which signifies that we can use it at good as well as negative moments. It helps you to maintain a balance when you are elated or you are grief stricken or in a tough phase of your life.

The origins lead to Arabs kings although I have not dug much on it.

Indeed I heard a fable around it which I would like to narrate here.

Emperor Akbar belonging to the Mughal dynasty during 1560 had a flair and love for arts, culture and literature. He had a wise courtesan called Birbal. There are many folk-fares of Akbar and Birbal which are famous in the Indian sub continent however this one is short and inspiring.

So once Akbar was having a walk in the town with Birbal and suddenly he asked him “What is the phrase which can be used in both happy and sad moments. When I am sad it will make me feel happy and when I am happy it would make me feel sad.”

Birbal very wit-fully replied,  “Majesty it is indeed, This too shall pass“.

When you are happy it will make you feel sad that this enjoyment is short lived and soon the moment will vanish. When you are low it will make you feel good that it is not here to stay.

Although there are separate origins of the saying and you can do a wiki, I wanted to share this with you all as it is short and inspiring.

Stay blessed and happy…. and keep posting . Celebrating #NaBloMoPo.

The ability to Persist

This was the time of life when I was having a bumpy ride in my life. I don’t want to dig you deeper in my life however the story is around this.

When you face the toughest challenges in home, work or life, you need to remember two golden words “HOLD ON“, don’t give up and stay till the end before you call a quit and always remember the saying This too shall pass.

When I was having this situation and badly needed some motivation and inspiration my Dad narrated me a short story, not exactly a story but a motivational thought.

He said look son, people are afraid of putting their hands on fire(situations), they don’t want to take risk and some have fear of getting exposed(these are the one who want to remain encapsulated). Once you are into the situation (with others too) just remember to firmly keep your hands above the fire until the flames douses off.

Diya: An Earthen Lamp, lamp made from mud
Diya: An Earthen Lamp, lamp made from mud

Always remember that no matter how severe and devastating the fire is, at the end it always douses off. Have you ever seen or heard anything contrary to this. Be it a matchstick or a massive fire, it always goes off. These simple yet powerful thoughts shared by him made an impact, a connection in my mind which gave me motivation enough to recollect and re-build myself and my inner strengths to fight the situation.

During such situations in life we should have this ability to persist, and firmly hold on until the fire goes off, i.e. the situation is well handled. People often do the mistake by quitting earlier; Feel the heat, Bear the brunt and remember thy shall come out victorious.

To end with my motivational story telling I would like to share with you all the Billy Joel track “We didn’t start the fire”, which came to my mind while writing this post:

We didn’t start the fire,
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning.
We didn’t start the fire,
No we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it.

Happy posting Month.