Sunday, July 20, 2014

Chai

So today's about chai. For those of you who don’t know what chai is, I thought I would define it for you guys until I searched for a definition on the urban dictionary. I wasn’t more surprised to learn that chai is a common word for milk tea with a little Indian spice in the US. I’m not sure if they do call it chai in the US but that’s exactly what chai is. My mom made some for us a while ago. Personally, I don’t quite feel that there exists any other chai in the world that’s got anything on my mum’s chai. I mean it’s the best, which made me wander, how can somebody judge for the best chai in the world.

So with little sips of the beautiful chai, I had a little flashback to a few years ago when we were driving back from a vacation which ended because of me getting chicken poxed. I was just waiting for my home to appear out of nowhere with a dead stare on the never ending road when my uncle ordered to stop the car because he wanted to taste the chai of the dhaba he heard of. He claimed though, that they served the best chai of in the whole northern India. So how do you really judge for the best chai?

See everyone has their own taste. Where I’m from, people are really sensitive with their chai. Here in India, any professional chai-wala has to face more critics than compliments. Some like it strong, some have a lighter taste. Some want it to be sweeter; some go for the “less is more” thing. I like strong and sweet. According to me, the perfect chai doesn’t exist. A heaven for one may be a hell for another. I know some people might find the topic weird. Since I’ve started this blog, I’ve been writing stuff about life, motivation, mostly courage, which has attracted most of the visitors I have today. But that’s what I do I’m a thinker. I like wandering.. And there’s a reason I chose this topic to write on. It’s that this discussion about the perfect chai I had in my head lead me to a pretty neat conclusion.





Some things in life cannot be held to judgement for perfection, for their perfection can only be seen without judging them. Seeing the beauty of effort they made to present us with something, I think it’s enough that we are able to generate a feeling of gratitude and respect for them. 

“If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new.” -Voltaire.

Friday, June 20, 2014

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I was asked to write a short story in the "blank space". The blank Space is a book that is going to be published by an organisation that believes in providing education to the people by any means enjoyable. I was told to keep the way of writing such that i was targeting the audience who have a habit of running away from books. Sounds cool right? lol. So i wrote it, trying to keep it simple. Here it is. If you like it, please tell me :)


What do you want to be when you grow up?


Once, there used to be a shy boy, who, like every other average boy or a girl around him, used to go to school, attend classes and come home. There was something different about him. He always lagged behind in his grades, and never did he talk much. He never used to do things that are generally presumed by the society when a child starts falling down in his grades. He was well behaved, well mannered, quite spoken. His teachers confused, his parents worried, started assuming that he may have a mental problem. Little did they know what went through his own mind; little did he himself know what went through his own mind.

The boy had a habit of wondering about how things would have been different if he would have acted differently in the day to day situations he faced. He wondered so much that a normal person would call him a “day dreamer”. He always tried hard in his studies but most of his hard work was wasted in just trying to concentrate on what it is that he’s reading. He could never concentrate because of his habit of wondering; neither could he tell anyone about it, because he himself didn't know what the problem was. So he just kept trying hard and somehow he went through his school.

After finishing his school, he had to decide what career he wanted to make his own. He chose the subjects that seemed to be cool and well paying in the future but were really tough for him. With courage, he decided to go on with the tough subjects. Later on he figured out he had the same problem in college; he couldn't concentrate in his studies. But he never lost hope. He started dedicating his time in finding out methods for “how to do well in studies”. After a lot of research he came across a book called “the secret”. That book, the secret, proved to be a real secret that was worth the hardship he has gone through all his life till now.  From the book, he learned that we can do or we can be whatever we want to, if we believe in ourselves. He really liked that concept and decided to search more about the knowledge he received from the book. As he, step by step, kept going deeper and deeper into his research, he came across immense knowledge. Soon he realized the fact that the identity of a person is made from what he or she has gone through. He started to accept himself and his habits to wonder about things. He always enjoyed wondering about how life works and how people behave and why they do so. So he started converting his thoughts into texts. He started writing, and he enjoyed it. After starting to dedicate his time and resources in doing something he liked, it didn't take him much time to realize that he can really be successful. He realized how sharp he was and how well his mind worked. After doing a lot of hard work, he became a successful writer.

The title of the story “what do you want to be when you grow up” signifies a lesson, that whenever somebody asks you this question; always tell them what you like. Always take time to think about what you love to do, because it’s always better to work hard for something you love, rather than working hard for something that you don’t.
The end.

To everyone who read the story, I want to ask this "do you wanna do something that is not what you're doing right now? do you want to be on any other path ?" . The most interesting part of the life is to identify who you are and what you really wanna be. Most of the people live in an illusion created by people surrounding them, telling them what's good for them and what's not. Nobody can tell you what you have to do; their job is to advise, not create boundaries. Its not only your choice but your responsibility to decide how your are going to contribute to the society. It's best for both you and the world that you do what you want to do and what you're best at. You know what you're best at. Once you've decided what you are and what you want to become, turning your dreams into reality is not a big deal.






Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Turning Dreams Into Reality

Couldn't find a better start.
"Everybody knows what to do. They wait for someone to tell them." - Hritik Roshan. 
 Nobody has the right to tell you how big or small your dream is. Nobody, but you, has the right to define your limits, how capable you are or you can be. People who dream are the people who make. People who wish different, are the people who stand out of the crowd because they have their special dreams, dreams that were once not accepted by people around them, dreams that were rejected and were told that they were impossible or inappropriate, that they then turned into reality. The people who stood for their dreams, protected their dreams and made them real, knew that if they too start thinking like the others, they'll be letting them plant the seed of negativity in their minds which after words is going to do nothing but create an immense barrier between their dreams and their reality. But they never did let them plant the negative seeds. They took over, conquered, and became the identities that other people now look up to, for inspiration.

For people who set an example, they say "they dared to dream". I say you don't have to "dare" to dream. Dreams are the only thing purely yours. nobody can tell you what to dream or how to dream or when to dream. You dream however you want, how much you want and whenever you want to. You have courage. You have strength. All you need to do is put that courage and strength into the right place, onto the right track, where your dreams are headed. As you make sure your will and your dreams go parallel to each other, you shine.
"Our deepest fear is not that we're inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we're powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. Their is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people wont feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children. Its not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." - Timo Cruz.
I put so much pressure on the word "dream" because i understand something. Its the importance of dreams. To people who understand the importance of dreams like i do, who share this understanding with me, i wanna say this- Dreams are the most prized possessions. Each one of us is here on a path, maybe a starting point or too close to the goal, because we want something. we took a decision; a decision based on a dream. when we took that decision, we ended some amount of negativity. deciding the next step always kills negativity. No dream is too big or too small. Judging the size of dream does no good, wastes time, that can rather be spent on working, trying to turn that dream into reality. I like to write. I like to think about how life works, how mind works, how we behave, how they behave and why. I like expressing my thoughts and i have a dream that this will be my occupation and i will be known for it.
PS- I wrote some stuff on courage and strength, click on it. it's a nice read.

To  make something special, you just have to believe it's special.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Courage And Strength

"Courage isn't having the strength to go on. it is to go on even if you don't have strength"

Courage is a funny thing. Courage can not exist if fear doesn't prevail. It is important to experience the fear of giving up in the situations when you have to make a decision to keep fighting or to back off. We have an unlimited amount of strength within us. Our capabilities are endless. What we can make possible with our actions, can not be measured. But that strength is required to be found within, and pulled out, and courage is the tool required to do so. In life we face moments when we know we have a lot of strength reserved inside of us but we just don't feel like going on with it and decide to give in, maybe because the reason why we started doing it lost its importance, or faded away. On the other side their are moments when we just don't wanna give in. We decide to keep going because giving in is just not considered an option. We know right away that we aren't going back with this thing. We're here to do it and we will. we decide. its our decisions that produce courage and in turn, strength. 


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Turning dreams into realities requires a belief. A belief that the hard work will pay off. If you believe in your goals, all you need to do is keep taking a step forward. Now that seems like a simple task but it isn't. No its not that difficult too, if you believe so. And that's where courage comes in. Sometimes it requires a hell lot of courage to take the next step. But hey, the results are a hell lot bigger too. So keep walking. You are strong. All you need to do is decide and hold on to that decision.