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The keepers of kalachakra

Another book of Ashwin Sanghi I wanted to try out. The title itself got me curious into buying the book. After a loong time, this is the first book I finished reading this quick. I used to wait everyday for office to end to grab the book and read what happens next.

Based on the last book I read “the Krishna key”, I realized that Ashwin correlates ancient philosophy with science to narrate the concept and puts a very interesting backdrop with real life incidents. This is what glues me to his books. This book also has multiple angles, multiple stories running in parallel, all of them culminating to one beautiful ending.

So, the narrative is mainly around many world leaders dying under mysterious circumstances, with sudden symptoms of posioning, but no trace of any poison or any suspect. Then there is a terrorist organization creating horror in the name of jihad. There is another organization which wants to restore world peace by eliminating those who support terror. There is a great worshipped monk in the pursuit of restoring all the great ancient literature of knowledge passed by Buddha to king Suchendra at Dhanyakataka. A regular Indian professor, Vijay finds himself stuck after being employed by a research organization.

On the other hand, it talks about quantum duality and what if it is present at human level, if humans can also behave as particle and wave. Can we transform into wave and travel to another dimension and change back to particle -like time travel or space travel. Is it the same as what ancient rishis did, as they disappeared and reappeared in another place.. or the way the rishis travelled to God’s realm(where one day is thousands of years in earth) and back to earth.

How is this concept connected to the killings and the organizations? Is there any link between the people who are killed? Who is this monk? What is the connection between the killings and the kalachakra? What is written in the kalachakra? How is Vijay connected?

Go ahead and read the book. There will be many instances where you will go “oh!what if this is true.”.. “may be this is how it is”..

Enjoy the journey through the world of Ashwin.

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Breakfast in Bed – a light read

After reading the very gripping “Krishna key”, I wanted to pick a book with a lighter mood. “Breakfast in bed” was perfect in that sense, a smooth flowing story of a girl stuck between two men her past and present.

The story not only focuses on the romance part, but also on her drive for career as a chef, her passion in cooking. The story has some emotional drama as she is struggling to go through her divorce and trying to move over her still existing love for her husband, inspite of him cheating on her . At the same time, her tryst with a rebound with her boss, which felt refreshing and gratifying at the same time. As she is conflicted between these two men, what is the decision she will make in the end, who is going to be the man who is going to make her breakfast is the story.

The narrative is not very boring, but at the same time, it is not as dont-want-to-keep-the-book-away type. Not much of a hype or suspense to keep you glued, but more of a nice read as u visualise the narrative, similar to some rom-com.

For someone who is a fan of lighter reads, it is a good book to hold on to on a rainy day, with a cup of tea.

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The beautiful hanoi

Xin Chao !!

I had Vietnam in my travel list since long and finally was able to make it. In the midst of busy work schedule, we tried to squeeze in few days and planned for a 4 day trip to Hanoi, Vietnam.

We can find all in one -a mix of metro lifestyle, ancient Vietnam culture and beautiful views of nature here. We had 1.5 days in Hanoi city and 2 days in halong bay on a cruise. We booked our hotel close to haon kiem lake which is the most happening place. We could just walk along the lake in the evenings and it is bustling with tourists.

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There were random musical performances, some rock show happening, someone playing violin and dancing, street food stalls and lot of shops for shopping all along the road. For all those hopping freaks, this place has all the HiFi brands along with small street shops. The lake is beautifully illuminated in the night and if you are the person whose idea of romantic evening is a walk, then this is the best place.

The next day we booked a tour to ninh bin. It is around 2 hours from hanoi and is called the halong bay on land. The King Kong movie skull island was shot in this area. It is a beautiful picturesque expanse of water with paddy fields on both sides and limestone caves on the border. We had a boat ride through the lake, Tam coc – meaning 3 caves. On the way we go below the cave and the experience is amazing. We can touch the cave ceiling just by rising our hands. The calm waters, paddy fields, green majestic mountains, the experience will be forever etched in my memory.

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(Aerial view.. Tam coc in summer)

The same day we also visited the temples (Pagoda) of the king and queen of ninh bin who later founded the city of Hanoi. Legend is that when the king came to the city near the red River, he saw something like a rising dragon from the river. Thus the city was named “Thang long” which means the rising dragon. After the French came and occupied, this was renamed as Hanoi.

We reached back to Hanoi by 7pm. Point to note, Hanoi gives a tough competition to Bangalore in terms of traffic :p . After resting for a while, we went to explore the weekend night market near our hotel. Even at 10pm in the night, the streets were bustling with tourists and locals. The street stalls sold souvenirs, bags, clothes, electronic items, what not, at very cheap prices. The restaurants have extended their seating to the roads and everyone was happily sitting on the streets, chatting away, eating street food and drinking. It was like a scene out of the Korean dramas I watch. Since am a vegetarian, i was not able to enjoy it much. However if you are a food explorer, it is the best place for you.

The next day we were all excited for the cruise. There was limousine sent to pick us up from the hotel, to reach the harbour to board the cruise. Ours was a 4 star cruise for 1 night-2 days. As soon as we boarded, the cruise manager Ronald wished all of us in our own languages. There were people from Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, Germany, UK. The crew did a small welcome performance in traditional Vietnam style and then we were introduced to the crew members.

We then proceeded to our cabins. The cruise had 3 floors, with each cabin having a balcony facing the sea. The room was amazing with comfortable bed and beautiful view from window and balcony.

By this time we were really hungry and proceeded to lunch in the restaurant. I must say food on the cruise would be a feast for those who eat non-veg (with Asian, sea food). For me, they were generous to prepare special vegetarian items – veg sushi rolls, fried noodles. Once the tummies are happy, we went to the sundeck to enjoy the view.

The view is breathtaking. Huge expanse of water with small islets. Supposedly the James bond movie was shot here. Far away from the din of city life, nothing but the nature to look at and nothing but the peace to experience…

After a while, the cruise stopped at a cave (limestone cave) which has around 800 steps. While we climbed the steps, the view inside the cave became stunning and stunning. The halong bay is supposed to have many such small islands and caves. Itseems the hurricanes from phillippines are stopped or slowed down because of these mountains. Our guide showed us the imprint of a hurricane on the cieling of the cave. The cave has amazing rock formations, which can be interpreted by the creative mind. There was a turtle, a laughing Buddha, a couple kissing, a gorilla, a sparkling stone, no boundaries to imagination. The important one was the form of a dragon bending down from the cieling. Apparently falling dragon or Ha long is how the area got it’s name.

The next stop was to a lagoon, which was water surrounded by mountains on all sides, with just a small opening to enter. We went through boats or kayaks inside and the view was beautiful.

Once we are back to the cruise, we could rest until dinner. The dinner was on the restaurant along with live music. We enjoyed listening to few songs and contently closed the day.

The next day, we woke up early to see the sunrise on the deck followed by a session of Tai-chi. It was fun and tiring too. After that we had light tea and biscuits and went to visit an island. There was a small hill which we climbed to reach the top from which we can see the entire halong bay. It was super hot and a good place for tanning enthusiasts. We just spent some time on the beach and water and hid ourselves from the sun later. Once we are back in cruise, there is buffet breakfast followed by checkout.

We then started back to Hanoi and reached in the late afternoon. After resting for a while, we went to see the water puppet show. Since we were flying back the next day, we dint want to miss this. It is a must watch, it was supposedly originated from the locals to entertain themselves during floods. The music, the puppets, the show was amazing. Thus with this amazing experience, our trip ended.

For those who can spare more days, do visit hochiminh city which is accessible by road from hanoi.

Here are some details of use

How to book(from india)

We don’t have a direct flight to Hanoi. However there are many flights connecting via Bangkok or Singapore. Budgetair.com gave the best price compared to yatra or makemytrip

The below link will give you an idea of different types of hotels available based on your preference:luxury or boutique or budget hotels. Once you check that, look at agoda.com for booking. I got pretty good discount for a star hotel for the suite with balcony. Above that we got lucky and got an upgrade to the luxury suite room with terrace.

http://www.vietnam-guide.com/hanoi/top10/top10-hanoi-hotels-spa.htm

For cruise, there are lot of options available online. You can look at the itinerary, look and book accordingly. We went with paradise elegance cruise. The dragon legend cruise is also a good one.

Visa:

We have to apply online on the government website and within a day or 2, we will get the confirmation. We can get a Visa stamped on arrival after showing the confirmation. You only need a valid passport for applying.

https://vietnamvisa.govt.vn/vietnam-visa/visa-on-arrival/

Places to visit:

Ho chi Minh masoulem, many museums in Hanoi, trang an or Tam coc tour, perfume Pagoda, halong bay

Shopping:

In the local shops on streets, you can bargain. No issue with the language, most of them can fairly understand English along with supporting gestures. Don’t miss the night market if you are there on weekend

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The Krishna Key – a gripping read!!

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For all those who are interested in the connection between our mythology and history, this book would definitely appeal to them.

I am not going to reveal the story anyways. Will just give the plot outline to fuel curiosity 🙂 .
So this book is about a professor Ravi Mohan Saini who gets entangled in between a search for the four seals of dwarka left behind by Krishna himself, which apparently hold the key to something ancient and some thing of great use to makind now.

In parallel there is a person who thinks he is the Kalki Avatar and believes that he is eliminating bad by murdering people, ultimately also looking for a key.

Are they both looking for the same thing? Is he the real Kalki Avatar? What is it that is hidden away and where do the seals point to?

The narration is gripping with lot of interesting references to events of the time of Krishna, and ancient scriptures and connecting how all that is not just a mythological story but a real history. The author Ashwin Sanghi talks about how the older generation was far more technologically evolved and many of the things which are depicted as magical or heavenly in out ancient scriptures, could actually be the result of highly technological and scientific abilities which I beyond our understanding now.

The daivi astras, brahmastras said to be used during Mahabharata war could actually be some sort if nuclear weapons. It talks about the 12 jyothirlingas and how the radion degrees in these areas or so high, which could be because of the energy emanating from the material these lingas are formed with. The author says, the bilva Patra (bel leaf) is used to worship Lord Shiva as it has properties of anti radiation.

There are many such interesting references, whether they are facts or fiction am not sure. But it sure is intriguing to know these references and wonder if that could be true.

Below are some excerpts of the book (without spoiling the suspense). It’s absolutely wonderful and an interesting read.

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A change for better !?

Recently my office moved it’s location to electronic city. Now, all those who are familiar with Bangalore will know how far it is from the city. Initially we were all sceptical on how it is going to work out.
We had to catch the office bus at 6:55am. I had never woken up before 7:30 till then. I was not sure how I would accomplish this feat of waking up early, preparing breakfast and catching the bus, and most importantly catching up on sleep.

The first week was a bit hard as the whole day I felt sleep deprived. But slowly it is settling and seems to be helping me to adopt healthy habits.. waking up early, having meals on time and walking a lot. I have to walk few metres to catch the bus, walk from parking to my office tower and back , walk inside campus after lunch 😊.
Upon that, the campus is so beautiful with lots of trees, butterflies, birds, flowers – away from the noise of traffic, one just feels like taking a stroll (if only you can get time off from work 😛).

The one hour bus journey is also helping me get back to my reading and blogging 😊 . So irrespective of some inconveniences, I started loving this new campus and new change in life 😊

After all, the concept of life is to embrace new changes and find reasons to love them. 😊😊😊

(Some pics of the beautiful flowers in campus)

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Krishnaa..

Lately I have been watching Mahabharat (of starplus) and I really got addicted to it. I always wanted to know the complete story of mahabharata and this series is so captivating and neatly unfolds the story, I have been recommending everyone to watch it.

After watching this series I have fallen in love again with Shri Krishna. After seeing Krishna as Vishnu’s incarnation and a mythical God so far, it’s so divine to think of Him as a mortal human being. A Human with a magnificent personality – sheer genius with exceptional skill, wisdom, kindness, wit and humour. Each and everyone has to fall in love with Him and become a devotee

Recently I also started reading this book “Krishna Key” which is a fiction and the story revolves around researching and finding some seals which would reveal the ancient secrets present in Krishna’s city of Dwarka. The book talks about how the ancient Indians possessed the technology of sophisticated nuclear weapons which were supposedly used during the mahabharat war.

It tries to find historical references to prove that mahabharata and Krishna are not just mythical stories but incidents that really took place in the past. I cant help but imagine how fortunate those people would be who were able to witness and interact with Govind/Gopal/Madhav/Krishna 🙂

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“Run for Nature”

Many runs keep happening in Bangalore to support various causes. I happened to be part of one such run which I really loved the cause. It was organized by “Revive Bangalore” and was to improve the green cover in Bangalore.

Though the running track was just the neighboring roads , the focus was more on promoting the cause. It is always heartening to see so much crowd in the early hours of weekend, assemble in the cold weather giving importance to fitness and health. The atmosphere is always infectious, encouraging you to not stop and motivated to keep going until you reach the finish line.

Today, at the end of the run, each and every one was given a sapling which they can take home. There were mango, guava, jamun and many other types of saplings which would grow into big trees and give good shade. Really loved this idea. After this run, each participant would plant one tree each, atleast for the sake of the free sapling they got. I gave my Jamun sapling to the apartment security bhaiyya to plant it in the garden in our apartment. That means atleast a few hundred more trees are going to get added today 🙂

I felt so happy today and couldn’t stop myself from writing about it..Hope that many such causes come forward, where health is combined with a good cause 🙂

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a memorable encounter

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It was my first time doing a full-time trek and that too in Himalayas. Thanks to my two friends, who motivated me to do this trip together. It was early hours of morning and these two were cozily sleeping in their sleeping bags, while I was half awake thinking of the day about to unfold. Yesterday was like an adventure roller coaster , crossing glaciers, chilled lakes, walking on the edge of the mountains, never have I lived my life on edge this way . I was a bit low because I was always lagging behind the others. The chilled temperatures also was making me feel dull and feverish. May be it was all in the mind, but I was craving for a warm bed and hot water bath. Today, we have to climb down the mountains and camp in the night at the base camp. I prayed to God to give me the strength and energy to survive one more day.

As I was lingering in my thoughts, we heard the voice of the leader, that we have to be ready in one hour. These girls woke up and as we opened the opening flap to our tent, the view was breathtaking. Beautiful snow capped mountains welcomed us. The fears I had so far somehow vanished and it felt positive. The day was going to be beautiful, something told me. Soon we got ready and assembled to leave for the down-trek. There was another surprise, our new trek guide. He was going to guide us through the path until we reach the base camp. We three gals looked at each other at the same time and giggled. We had some motivation for today, we thought 😛

He was very attractive, am not sure how to exactly define it. There was something about him that was very mysteriously charming. A bit above average height, obviously fit body owing to the trekking I believe, and very very fair skin (or may be I should say it was rather pale, translucent). He introduced himself and had a quick round of introductions for him to get to know the group (yes, there were 10 other people apart from us 3, we went as part of a larger group). He called us “Bangalore gals” and the three of stupidly giggled.

We started off on our trek and I was slowly walking, finding a rhythm to match with my breathing. My poor friends tried to stay back with me for some distance, but I nudged them to go ahead. I somehow felt very fresh and loved being surrounded by such beautiful nature. Beautiful snow clad mountains surrounding us, tall trees and green meadows with beautiful little flowers. It was so picturesque.

There was a small stream of water which we had to cross and climb up the rocks. The water was so clear that we can even see the rocks beneath. I made calculations in my mind, that I have to put my first step on one of the stones in the stream (so that I don’t get my shoes wet) and the second one on the rocks to climb up. As I jumped on the first rock as per my plan, I realized I chose the wrong stone. It was slippery due to the stream of water and before I knew it I almost slipped, when I heard a voice “Hold on” and a hand stretched infront of me. I reached out to hold the hand and as I lifted my head, I saw the most beautiful eyes looking at me. They were the color of the pure himalayan waters – crystal blue. As I was half lost in my thoughts, I caught hold of his hand and in an impulse left the hold, before (thankfully) he held on to me and I got saved from falling into the chilled waters. He pulled me up on to the rocks and immediately I let go of his hand. It might have seemed rude, but his hand was so freezing cold. He asked me if I was fine and to my embarrassment I blushed and managed to say “yes”. He told me, “don’t panic, even if you can’t trust yourself, just trust your shoes and step forward carefully. They won’t let you slip”. I tried a few steps forward and a bit of jumps and realized it was true. I discovered that I could manage to balance myself and not fall off, as I imagined in my head.

While I was discovering my new skills, I turned around to see if he was around to appreciate. He was miles ahead of me with the crowd going in the front. I looked at the way he skillfully hiked the path and wondered that is how experienced trekkers move. Am I becoming a bit too obsessed with him, I thought and shook my head, as if to shake away the thoughts. I moved ahead slowly on the path which was a bit of an uphill, but this time I felt confident and joyful.

After a while, I felt completely exhausted, but I pushed myself to go a bit further. It seemed to be down-hill from this point. The trek guide returned to see that the late comers were able to cope up. This time I decided I will stop day-dreaming and have a real conversation with him. He offered to hold my bag and encouraged that the camp was just a few miles away. He was already holding 3 other bags, is he a bahubali or what I wondered. As we walked, the path looked beautiful – tall trees, beautiful flowers and slight breeze. “What is the kind of work do you do at Bangalore”, he asked. I tried to explain my world of chip design in layman terms, which am sure would have been boring. I told him how this trek was refreshing breather to me away from the chaos of city life and busy work schedules. He seemed to empathize with me. I was curious to know more about him. “Is trekking your hobby? Do you stay nearby? Have you taken this up as you job?” I probed. He smiled (probably at the number of questions I asked) and replied, he loves walking in these mountains and being a part of the nature. He lives in a nearby village and has a small school for educating the kids in the villages nearby. He finished his PHD in physics and has always wanted to come back to his village and start a school there. I was impressed at how he was at peace with his life and loved what he was doing. He said the trek organizers were his friends and he joins them on random days like these when there are holidays.

After walking for a while, we heard some screams of happiness, looks like the basecamp is nearby. We talked about my hobbies of sketching, and writing and how I hardly find any time to pursue them. He asked me what was my takeaway from this trek, and I analyzed the last few days. One thing I realized is life was more laid back now and not governed by time. I hardly looked at my watch and did things whenever I felt like doing. Though we woke up so early everyday, I did not feel sleepy or lethargic, the way I used to feel otherwise. Another major realization was that it was so peaceful to be away from internet. As we were chatting before I knew it, we reached the base camp.

I met with my friends who were waiting for me with a lunch box full of hot and sumptous food. We ate to our hearts fill and the thought that we have finally finished the trek made us super happy. We had few hours to rest before we met for camp fire in the night. We went into our tents, and were chit-chatting. I shared with them the incidents of the day, how he saved me from falling down, and how we walked back talking. They started pulling my leg and teasing me that I was definitely falling for him. We tried to catch some sleep, now that we finished the trek – the mind felt lighter. It got dark and I woke up to the voices of some enthusiastic folks calling others for the camp-fire. My friends were fast asleep and were lazy want to join. After thinking for a bit trying to choose between sleep and campfire, I decided to join the camp fire. I stepped out with my torch and reached the camp place.

Rest of the trekkers were all family friends and were already there around the fire. They played tamil songs and were dancing happily to the energetic tunes. I sat down on a rock there, enjoying the songs and looking at them dance. If only these girls were awake, we could also dance – I thought. The night was a bit chilly, but the camp-fire was emanating warmth and joy. Instinctively, I looked around for the guide – is he here? where is he? I haven’t seen him after we reached the base camp and we were leaving early morning tomorrow, I sighed.

Just then I heard a voice next to me “Hi, so you are here”. I turned to the left and I could see the crystal blue eyes and pale skin in the dancing light of the fire. There was a secret joy inside me which I dint want to acknowledge to myself. “Are you not dancing”, he asked me. I said I dint know the Tamil songs. “Same with me. Few of my friends in college were from Tamilnadu. They tried a lot to teach me tamil but invain. ” he was saying sitting next to me.

Before I could extend the conversation, some of the kids in the group came to pull him to dance. I watched him also join the group, dancing to the tunes of “Why this kolaveri di”. He whispered something to the kids and they came to pull me also, and so I was there as part of the circle. He cunningly grinned at me as I looked at him accusingly, “why should I be the only bakra” he said. But then, the folks were really sweet and started playing some bollywood songs too – “Its the time to disco”, “Baby doll” , it was fun dancing with kids, uncles, the sweet ladies and the cute stranger 🙂 under the stars

I felt a bit tired from all the dancing and came back and sat down on the rock for a bit of rest. Probably I secretly hoped that he would also come and sit beside me. I was looking at the people dancing so energetically, and then I saw him leave the circle and disappear into the darkness. Did he leave already, I felt a bit disappointed. Then I told myself not to think too much, just enjoy the experience and go back with loads of memories.

I got up to fill my bottle with some hot water and go back to my tent. I went to the cooking tent and asked the bhaiyas for hot water. I started chatting with another bhaiya on how tasty the food they made was, while the other bhaiya was filling my bottle with hot water. I took the bottle and was saying my good nights, when I heard the same voice, “you are still here?”. Am I thrilled or what 😀 !! “yea, I was just about to go back to my tent” I said hiding my excitement. “Let me walk you till there, its very dark”, he said. We slowly walked towards my tent and I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful sky with stars twinkling so clearly (the moon seemed to be hiding somewhere, must be new moon day), with cool breeze around, talking random stuff which is not even reaching my brain. Is it too filmy to think that it is romantic, I thought. While I was in my thoughts, he suddenly stopped and I almost lost my balance, trying to halt suddenly and almost fell before he stopped me from falling. I am a bit clumsy in general, but how off was the timing. It was so so stupidly 90’s filmy, I thought to myself embarrassed. Everything was going on so fine and why did I have to make a fool of myself, I mentally kicked myself several times. “OK! Have a good sleep.”, his voice brought me back from my thoughts. “what should I say, how to continue the conversation,” I tried to fish my brain for ideas . He suddenly leaned forward and my heart started racing. What is happening, what is he planning to do – thoughts were running in my mind. He opened the flap opening of the tent and said “Good night. Sleep well. There can be dogs outside, so be careful in the night while stepping out”. I managed to say “Good night” and stood there watching him leave. It was dark except for the dim moonlight and as I watched, he disappeared into the darkness.

I got back into my tent and calmed down by heart beat. “C’mon..stop dreaming and get back to reality. He is just a trek guide and we will be going our separate ways tomorrow” I told myself. Next day morning I woke up bit too early, along with my friends. We got dressed and I filled them in on the latest updates during our breakfast. He stood there while everyone was having breakfast, but he was not even looking at me. Was he intentionally avoiding me, I complained to my friends. They collectively decided that it is good for me to leave it here and not think too much about it and I agreed. The atmosphere was very joyful, everyone were exchanging mail ids and phone numbers. We were taking group pictures and this guide fellow was not coming in any of the pics. All said and done of leaving the topic, I wanted to have atleast one picture with him, for memories sake. Finally we convinced him and got a picture right before it was time to leave. We got our bags, walked a bit of a distance, where the jeeps were ready to take us back to the hotels. End of the trek was a bit happy, bit nostalgic and bit emotional. I turned around to see where he was, one last time. He was at a distance and though it was not possible to hear his voice from so far away, I felt as if he softly whispered “Good Bye. Travel Safe. I will see you”. I waved my Good Bye back and wondered if I was becoming too delusional and cooking up stories in my mind.

As I sat in the bus, I took out my mobile and saw the pic we took with him. To my disappointment, he came blurred in it while the 3 of us, standing next to him were clearly visible. Only his image was blurred and I my curious brain started analyzing. As I recalled the previous day’s event, random doubts started cropping up – His hands were incredibly cold, could there be some reason apart from the Himalayan temperatures. There was a good amount of sun at that time and my hands were perfectly warm then ; While I was crossing the stream, he was nowhere nearby, as I recall. But as I was about to slip, he appeared out of nowhere and gave his hand. I dint notice this during that time, but can someone’s reflexes be so fast; He was a bit too fast compared to others, which I thought was because he was an experienced trekker; he carried so many bags and trekked effortlessly, could it just be human strength ; In the night, while he was walking back from my tent, he walked so confidently in the dark, though he did not carry a torch, Can it just be exceptional eye sight. I am not sure if my thoughts were just running wild recalling all the fantasy books I read.. Am I excited? Am I worried? Am I scared? Am I just curious? or am I going crazy missing him already? I am not sure, but one thing was sure – there was some kind of connection I felt…

But are my doubts valid? There is something mysterious about him. Is he really a human being? There is something super human or super natural about him.. is he a vampire as I read in the Twilight books?? (To be continued…)

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Its all in the mind

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Pic credits:  https://www.facebook.com/AwkwardYeti/

Most of us would have heard this statement “Its all in your mind” many a times in life. Today while I was browsing through facebook I came across this brilliant comic strip and it made me think again about this topic.

It happened to me many a times, when I am in a sad or angry state and a well wisher tells me this line. In that state, you get into the defensive state thinking the person is just saying some random words for name sake and doesn’t really understand your feelings. At times it also makes you angry thinking the person is blaming the situation on you. I have been in such situations and felt this way, until I saw it from a outsider point of view. That really changed my perspective.

This happened during a trek  to Himalayas with one of my friends (am sure she would not mind me writing about this – however, I would not want to disclose her identity). Himalayas being so peaceful and serene, everyone visiting the place experiences a different kind of feeling, which is a bit more amplified than in general  – euphoria or emotional or peaceful or nostalgic or enlightened. That place gives  everyone peaceful time to reflect and think about things which otherwise we do not find time in the regular busy life. One of my friends got reminded of a really fateful incident and it affected her emotionally. She started feeling so low and getting into a shell, that it was getting difficult for us to bring her back. What she did not realize was she was physically as strong and was able to complete the designated part of trek each day.

On the last day, she reached the peak which is at an altitude of 16,000 feet, which is not at all an easy feat. She accomplished the goal, reached the summit and the beautiful view was right before her eyes. But she just sat on a rock there, not even looking around, feeling emotional and low. That was when it struck me how brain can play games. Physically she accomplished such an awesome task, but brain was not allowing her to acknowledge and enjoy that. Slowly we tried to explain her the same and after some time she realized what she was missing. That was when she got back and later we really enjoyed the view, took pictures, played with the snow and came back with wonderful memories.

That incident gave me a first hand experience in realizing what friends and family say – on how brain can play games and make you feel things which are not real. You can feel as if you are nothing, inspite of achieving many things. Everytime I get upset, I try to recall and re-tell myself the lesson learnt from this experience. In other words, I try to kick my brain to stop what it is doing and listen to heart 🙂  😛 … Everyone should try to do that 🙂

PS: What I wrote is purely based on my understanding and experiences. There is no scientific base or researched material..

 

 

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New life chapter…

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So… It was time to leave office and I was sitting at my office desk, wondering what do I do with all the free time I am going to get from today on after reaching home…

My lil sister with whom I stayed till now moved to a faraway land to chase her dreams.. I just got married (still cant digest the fact ) and my prince Charming is coming from a faraway land to be with me… In the midst of these transitions, I seem to have some me-time for myself..

So, time to reflect on the changes in life – new chapters starting in the book of life..some good old memories…Let me look at it this way : My old room-mate left and I am getting a new room-mate 🙂 … As much as I am excited about this new chapter, I miss my li’l sister a lot…a lot and lot!!

We has such great memories, all the fun we had together, shopping sprees, late night chats, stupid talks about intellectual stuff to the extent of start-up ideas 😛 , Korean dramas, dinners, cooking trials, treks, trips, goofy acts, stage performances, flash mobs, coffee chats at office, gossip, CCD hangouts, Car drives, weekend binges and many many more. Inspite of being the little one, she has somehow been my guide and strength for the last couple of years. I am terribly missing her, but knowing that this move is needed in her life and mine, I am trying to move along with the cheese (inspired from ” Who moved my cheese”)…

While I sit back and wait for the new chapter to start in my life, meanwhile let me grab a book and get lost in the imaginary world, get back in touch with my hobby and save myself from the nostalgia of memories with sister !!!