A must read, to know what makes the world a better place doing the work what one can do.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Anecdotes in the book thrilled and surprised me as I kept turning the pages. Vijay Kumar wrote in a great detail and also in gripping way.
Friday, April 28, 2017
Thankfully I have friends who correct me when I do mistakes while speaking.
Elizabeth knows that I write and she doesn't assume that I have to know all the words which generally people think of. She never even discouraged me pointing out my mistakes being writer who write in English.
Talking to Elizabeth about what's all happening in life, it was inevitable to talk about my friend, mentor Harimohan Paruvu.
I told her, "I have a friend who tells me very subtle, little things which makes me think and act."
Once, I was told by Harry that, "You are average of the 5 people you move along with."
She was doubtful to believe that I have 50 year old friend with whom I share everything and learn from.
After I shared the story of our meet and the conversations we made, she found it surprising.
I think it's high time I make all our conversations into writing to keep a record of everything. Once, I was told by him about "Right people in the bus."
Right people on the bus are the people who helps you to be a better person in life. I'm glad I have right people on the bus.
To have right people on the bus doesn't meant to deny other friends. It's important to have various circles of friends from various walks of life who can bring the best out of you, who can share everything with you.
I'm glad I have right people on the bus who are always there supporting me to be a better person.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Elli proposed for a movie and we were at PVR looking out for movies. GURU seemed to be promising film as it was sports drama. We watched it and had a good time.
Got to know about boxer, rishika singh through this film. Rishika Singh was amazing, she was natural and loud which was needed for the character.
The movie is about a coach who makes girl to realize her potential of being boxer champion. In most of the movies, I don't understand why coaches always have to be there till end, to make the team/ player win. Coach is meant to build the team and players who can play being themselves in the field. His role is must needed every time but, not even during the match where player is clueless about what to do and what not to do. This is something which I even discussed with Harimohan, he shared same views on movies where coaches be the centre of focus rather than players. Coach can't be there every time. Active participation of coach in the movie disappointed me.
As I was speaking to Swathi today after 6 weeks, she recollected the dialogue which I posed to her ages back, "How can you read books. How can you spend time, reading for long time. Have a life!!"
I burst out laughing.
It was me who said it 7 years back, and now, I can read books for days and talk about books for days.
All thanks to Swathi and Susmitha for their conversations at school about books.
It was Swathi who further gifted me books to read and made me an avid reader, the way I am right now.
She's the first person to gift me books and encourage me to read. I can't be thankful enough for the small deed she did.
The first gift she gave me was, 'The Spirit of Music.' She gifted me on my birthday and I was so excited by the gift that, I was wishing her in return saying, 'Happy Birthday Swathi!'
On my other birthday, she gifted me 'MY LIFE IN MY WORDS' by Rabindranath Tagore and 'THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY' by Robert Kanigel
Started with these books and I never regretted the hobby I took back then :)
This is the book I've been suggested many times by many people. A must read.
“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”
This line is so powerful! Victor keeps quoting this line emphasizing to concentrate on 'why' to live.
These lines by him strengthened my belief that It's us who should keep creating our life rather than letting life created kk
Precisely, to say, one of the important things in Logotherapy, is about 'S/he who has a why to live'
Talking about the suffering, he said,
"The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, gives him ample opportunity- even under the most difficult circumstances- to add a deeper meaning to his life. It may remain brave, dignified and unselfish. Or in the bitter fight for self- preservation he may forget his human dignity and become no more than an animal. Here lies the chance for a man either to make use of or to forgo the opportunities of attaining the moral values that a difficult situation may afford him. And this decides whether he is worthy of his suffferings or not."
I couldn't put in better way!
There were many things to take from this book. I'm glad I finally read this book.
I always wished to study with an old friend of mine at another place. It never happened but, I met a friend of mine whom I never saw, never spoke to, but I know her well!. So well that, I used to ask about her every now and then to my friend whenever I speak to her.
Elizabeth, a colleague at my workplace seemed to be a nice person. She was courteous and nice. It's been a month since I joined the workplace, It's been a month since I met Elizabeth. Never in my thoughts, had I imagined Elizabeth to be the 'friend' of Swathi(10th class friend) who always used to talk about her intermediate friends, 'Celine, Elizabeth.'
A month passed and I never questioned Elizabeth about her whereabouts. I used to talk to her casually.
Time of being in doubt about her whereabouts took me to toll of sense and surprise, I asked Elizabeth about her relation with Celine, she was bit sceptic to answer my questions and in return questioned me how I know all her friends and cousins. As I kept on asking her about her friends, she suddenly realized that I was the person who Swathi always talked about.
Elizabeth's expression made my day. The surprise she had couldn't be brought by any other conversation. To witness the surprise and shock brought me sense of joy to see how small the world is. It's a good feeling to meet a friend whom I never saw.
Thinking about her, I penned words. As it goes,
Image of her is whatever I draw
Voice of her is however I listen
She is present in a way I see
She is present in a way I think.
Elizabeth erstwhile friend!
Elizabeth, elegance is her charm
Surreal art can be found in her smile
So enchanting, so enlivening
Elizabeth, erstwhile friend!
Good to see you. Good to meet you.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Which class are you?
What school do you go to?
Instead of the question series which I have nothing to do, I changed the questions.
What do you love to do after school?
And asked the questions related to the work s/he's interested in.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
It's funny to see people searching extra ordinary stuff to write, running behind fantasies. But here, the author wrote ordinary things in extra ordinary way. Human emotions are universal and this reminds me of many conversations on writing with Harimohan sir(Another post for another day)
Pooter is neither funny to the extremes nor, dumb to the core, He's just another family man with problems to solve with family and friends. Had a good time revisiting vintage life style and life stories.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Stories lives on for generations.
As I slowly settled and started a conversation with a stranger named Suresh the session just started.
Deepa, the stoyteller along with Krishna and Soujanya arrived on the stage. Deepa started out by calling everyone to listen to stories.
I loved the way she narrated. She was engaging, relating and then narrating. Her mesmerising voice and those modulations she did for those situations were so good that I was recording the sound for whole time.
|L to R Deepa, Soujanya and Krishna performing a tandom storytelling.|
They were singing keerthanas very nicely. I wonder what stopped them to do a telugu version.
This session reminded me of our old storytelling sessions, 'Burra Kathalu, Hari Kathalu.'
I had my time to get surprised when Deepa started singing, 'Chale chalo,' song from movie Lagaan to express the moment f vanaras constructing a bridge. Her performance brought me a wide smile on my face.
On a request from audience to sing Ram Bhajans, Deepa in return invited kids to come and sing those songs.
I could observe painful expressions and everyone stoofd as it's respectful but it seems to be that, kid was singing a song he knew so well as he sing everyday at school.
After all those surprising singing performances, I took a leave wishing stranger, Suresh best in his life.
I enjoyed and looking forward for more sessions from Deepa.
Check the below links to follow her.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
She is a calm person, who experiences the emotions that comes in her way. She feels okay to have happy smiles a day and also feels okay to spend a gloomy day if it happens in that way. She loves to experience the emotions rather than denying the reality.
She loves reading and writing letters to friends. She's one of my friends who has the habit of writing letters to friends. I'm so glad to have a friend who shares the same excitement as I have in letter writing to friends.
We worked together for TEDxVNRVJIET 1st edition. She's a good person to talk to. I remember her asking my thoughts on the books I've read. She makes meaningful conversations and I love her trait of observing and learning things from people.
We rarely talk and it gives me a good feeling whenever I run into her making long conversations.
Books and writing make us talk for hours and hours. She's the person who's social at times and also asocial at many times. I relate to her very easily as I could see myself in her shoes at times.
|Mounika and me at TEDxVNRVJIET 2nd edition|
A talk with her brings back all the optimism in my life.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
I listened to few great stories. I also learnt few lessons on trust and team working.
4. Can he lead the team effectively and get the best out of everyone5. Can he make leaders?
|Source: Google images|
Beauty and the Beast is a musical movie. The dialogues in style of songs were not boring as every dialogue sounded poetical. Emma Watson did her best. The story which has intense ideas is shown in subtle way. Bill Condon brought back the feel of fairy tale through his music.
I observed wings shaped fruits, camel foot shaped fruits, I observed trees being infected, I also observed beautiful flowers I felt the barks, smelled the leaves and touched the fruits. It was a lovely experience.
While we were on our way, we ran into forest commissioner who tried to give a lot of information on trees. Though it looked like the mob was bit apprehensive about his words, they were impressed with the passion he has on trees.
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