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Am a contradiction of sorts. i love going out and having a good time with friends, and i can also stay home chill out over a book or a movie.. Am very passionate about writing, so give me a topic and watch me float away into wonderland... I Am crazy about music,books,friends and my doggie... :)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Lemons

Life gave me lemonade and I can't imagine why
Born on a sunny day, beneath a tangerine sky
I live life without pretending....




is a song i love listening to...its by Chris Rice.... 


So, today evening as i was listening and singing along, i remembered the saying "when life gives you lemons...." and got thinking about people, and how they react to situations and how different our perceptions are to the same situation.... 





When a problem/ obstacle/ challenge arises, i find people take various paths & that speaks volumes about them as a person....!! 


1. Shooters-





These are the people who want to take the bull  by the horn, and face the issues direct, with no beating around the bush...  they are so ready for problems,that they thrive on walking on fire, and perpetually battling demons... The minute they hear of a trouble, their mind kicks into action, and before you can spell LEMONADE, they'd have come up with alternatives, or methods to work through the chaos ... They mite not come up with an instant solution, but they know they can!!! Sometimes, they get carried away that they yearn for appreciation, and accolades.... 


2.Tortoises- 



Hmmm, well, like the tortoise in the Tortoise and hare story, these people wait, think about it  and then act smart.. They are in no hurry,  but heck, they are part of the rat race, except they arent aiming to race ahead and fall off the cliff in a rush... They mull over the issue, chew the cud a bit, and then churn it in their head for a while.. Thinkers - they can be found drawing various possibilities until they hit upon what they think will work for the circumstance... Slow and steady, you can be sure they will come out with a best possible solutions!! 


3.Bakers -





There are always the set of people who sit and wait for someone else to come up with an answer.. NO, they arent dumb!! Just that they have either been beaten down too many times, or just not the initiative taking, hyper, enthusiastic group of souls.. They would rather just chill, while they know the Tortoises or bang on's will rise to the situation, beating them to it !! They let the problem sit in their heads, like a loaf of bread baking in the oven, that needs to take its time to cook... So, if rushed, they will panic or freak out and fumble... !! They are slow, but not really the smartest cookie in the jar... The cookies that get left behind cos no one wanted em, till others have no choice is where they belong...!! :)


4. Ice Creams -





Just like how ice creams sit in the freezer,unless someone decides "I want an ice cream now" ... this category of people will just sit tight, not doing anything...  they've pretty much settled for what they've got in life, not being too gungho about anything... Sitting there, probably just counting sheep, they wait for the next hand to reach out to them...Again, since there are so many flavors to choose from, who knows when that lone "Black current sundae" will get its turn.. Maybe when the freezer is nearly empty,with just a few others left...  They are scared, keep hoping their luck will change,but unsure of when that will happen.... Wish more people liked Black current flavor..i sure love it , for then they would realise how amazing the flavor is and what they were missing out on !!!  :-)


Made any sense???? 


Ok, now take a minute and leave a comment on what is the 1st thing that pops in your head when you hear the phrase -- 

"When life gives you lemons .................................. "... [Shall leave mine too in the comment.. but dont cheat, dont copy!!! ;o)]


[Here is a pic i found on the net.. absolutely LOVE it...]








Disclaimer: Am not judging anyone, generally voicing my observations and thoughts!!  So, if you find yourself nodding your head while reading this..                    ...... go check your head!! ;-)





Friday, January 15, 2010

Menu for 2010....

Yes, i know its been a while since i lurked about, no excuses, just that i was busy with that 4letter word that has us all in the maze... LIFE!! :D





Its been ages since i sat and thought about life and where it was taking me... Most of the time, am quite happy going with the flow, and just taking it a day at a time... Sat down last night, found a pie chart, spent some time mulling over all that mattered to me in life and created this! A 1st time approach! :) 


Well, i still believe in that, but i want to get a bit more focussed in the days to come and that is why i thought its about time i created a plan of action and set about achieving it.. if not all, then as much as possible!! no use saying Nothing is happening when i dont put in required effort... !!


Quite happy with the way my mind, body and soul are working... Complete sync with each other, when i mentioned this to a friend, she said "you are maturing sweetheart, in control of yourself, am proud of you"...!! 
:-)


And couple of days back when i was in Blore, spending time with Lakshmi.... i managed to get quite a bit of clarity as well ... being able to speak your mind, share your thoughts- no matter how raw they are and having someone give you sensible answers, or responses or share their experiences sure sets the perspective in place!! i guess it is true, with time one does mature and their thinking process also changes... 


When am talking to another friend, who's going through a rough patch, i see a different side of me come to surface... i see one that has been through life, embraced the angels and dealt with the demons reach out and yearn to help her... Makes me realise that yes, i have come quite a way in life and have accepted each of the pats and wacks, taken some lessons from each of them and tried to incorporate it into my life...


The process has been tough, the path has been quite rugged, or maybe i took the less travelled path that was a bit bumpy, but heck, it's been one hellova ride!! Looking fwd to more!! :)


So, Here's to me and 2010..!! lets see how far i get.... !! Wish me luck!! 

Friday, January 8, 2010

Starfish....

Got this as a fwd from a friend today and just wanted to share with all of you!! simply beautiful ... Read on....


A man was walking down the beach at sunset. 
As he walked along, he saw another man in the distance. 
He noticed this man kept leaning down, picking up something and throwing it out into the water again and again. 
As he approached even closer, he noticed that the man was picking up starfish that had been washed up on the beach. 
He was throwing them back into the  water, one by one.

Puzzled, he approached the man and said, 
"Good Evening. I was wondering what you are doing."
 
"I'm throwing these starfish back into the ocean.  You see, it's low tide and all these starfish have been washed up onto the shore.  If I don't throw them back into the ocean, they'll die up here from lack of oxygen."


                                         A starfish that got left behind... @Colva beach, Goa

"But there must be thousands of starfish on this beach.  You can't possibly get to all of them.  And, don't you realize this is probably happening on hundreds of beaches all up and down this coast.  Can't you see that you can't possibly make a difference?"

The man bent down and picked up yet another starfish, and threw it back into the ocean. 

With a smile he replied, 
"Made a difference to that one!"

Just remember, no matter how small the deed, it really does make a difference. 
Make a difference today. 
Do something nice for someone else, even if it's just sending this story to a friend and letting them know someone cares about them. 



Thursday, January 7, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

i feel good..

Whoa-oa-oa! I feel good, I knew that I would, now
I feel good, I knew that I would, now
So good, so good, I got you

Whoa! I feel nice, like sugar and spice
I feel nice, like sugar and spice
So nice, so nice, I got you...


This is the song thats been playing on my head the past couple of days !! in case you dint know, its - I feel good by James Brown
Actually, ever since 24th Dec i should say!!

Am also on a high ...
no no, no taking no drugs,and no am not drunk,
tsk tsk how could you think that!! :-D

For some, its to do with work - getting a promotion,or salary hike or getting recognised by their boss
No chance of that - cos i work for myself,no boss, no appraisals!!

For others,it could be if someone special visited or they were to get married/found a partner/etcetc
Hmmm... well, for me kinda sorta, in a way,but not really.. no no, not getting married or anything!!pah!!

For me... it was all to do with getting a new GIZMO!! Yep, you read it right...
My uncle sent me an iTouch 32Gb ... yayyy... and ever since i got the baby in my hand.. i feel good..na na na na na... [did i mention - this also has speakers...:D]


Loaded it with songs...
Put in some of my fav pictures...
Installed some cool games....
Even managed to download Skype, FB, Twitter,and Fring on it.. woohooo~!!

I earlier had an iPod mini, but that died on me recently and since then had been wanting to get an iPod Nano or a iTouch..




Had mailed my cousin asking which is good, he the smartypants sweetheart fwded the mail to my uncle and voila, aarti got this swanky cool amazing iTouch!! :D

Apart from this, last week when i went to buy color ink for printer, i also brought home a simple Zebronics webcam ... :D [my lappy doesnt have one, and we've been wanting one so we can video chat with my uncle and cousin in USA...] ... :D



See, am a simple girl with simple desire!!! ;)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Ode to 2009...

"You're it... Cmon do it" the tag called out... So here i am... Taking the tag from Gils and G3 's blogs...  :-) [incidently, they are 2 new friends i've made this year]


In the end, it's not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away.... [How true :-)]

Q1:Are you better than where you were when the year started?
A:  Yep.. am pretty sure i am!! [anyways, that remains my answer...bah!]

Q2:Did you get a notch up on the ladder of wisdom?
A: Wisdom? not read that book in years... lolz..

okok.... hmm, i would like to think i have... but people around me need to say it... :-)

Q3:Did you laugh more till you cried or cried more till you laughed?
A: Ok, now i need to try crying till i end up laughing... its usually the other way around.. Did that most recently at 3idiots movie...!!

Q4:Did you meet new people?
A: Yepp, Yepp, i sure did... Dont know if they were new, but i hadnt met them before... :D

Q5:Did your friend list swell a little?
A: Yup.. in all directions... ;o) [also took some off the list]

Q6:Did you have to let go of people?
A: Luckily, very few...

Q7:Did that hurt you a lot?
A: Would have in the past..but now- Nope!!

Q8:Did you have to put up a false smile and bear things with a grudge?
A: Nope, been there done that, not anymore!! :)

Q9:Did you have to act happy when you hurt inside?
A: Sometimes.. [accepted it as part of life...]

Q10:Did you achieve something great this year?
A:  I would like to think i did... Explored new arena @ work... Travelled alone to Goa...

Q11:Do you regret anything you did this year?
A:  Oh well, everything is an experience if you ask me!! so,nope,no regrets!

Q:Did you fall in and out of love, necessarily not in that order? :p
A:  Ejcuse me, would you mind explaining the question??? tsk tsk... 

Ans is - Nope....  dint fall outta anything..!! :P

Q12:Did you grow?
A: How dare you ask that question??? dont you see a "Do not get personal" label on my forehead????hmfph... ;o)

Q13:Was this one of your best years?
A: It has been one of the most amazing years ...

Q14:Did you learn something new?
A: Oh yes.. Learnt quite a bit - about life, about people, about work, about me, and about various new areas that remain untouched...

Q15:What was the most memorable in this year?
A: Has to be the Bombay/pune Vipassana [reminds me am yet to write about the course and my experience,  Hoysala and Coorg trips...

Q16:Would have done anything differently this year if given a chance?
A:  Never been one to dwell on what has happened... no regrets, learnt some lessons in life... will take them along for the days to come!!

Q17:Did you travel a lot this year?
A: Crazy amounts of travel..like never before and hoping this year is even crazier

Q18:Will you mark this year as one filled with fond memories or bitter ones?
A: Ummm..mix of both i would have to say..




Not gonna tag no one.. But if you feel like it, go ahead~!!! 

2010 is here...

Its here.. Its here.... The New Year has arrived... 2010 is what we're gonna call it ~!! 


Whoa... Today's the 3rd day of the new year... [wow, 2days gone by already?!!!jeez]
And here i am on my 291st post... !!  


The year began quietly.. But must say it looks promising. As always, i have no clues where it is headed, what is in store for me, but am not too worried!! Guess am kinda happy going with the flow, trying my hand at new things, experimenting, taking a bit of risk as long as am enjoying whatever am doing...


Some things i hope to do -



A chandelier in the Blore palace[taken on N95 8GB phone camera]


1. Get more aggressive @ Work 
2. Figure out what i wanna do with regards to higher studies... [been on my mind forever, yet to kick and get it going]
3. Travel more -definitely... no doubts!! [been bit by the travel bug mighty hard..just love it~!! ]
4. Learn a word a day - yep, plan to expand my vocabulary...!! :-) 
5. Hone my writing and photography skills some more... 


On personal front - 
6. Take care of my health - touch wood, nothing is wrong, plan to keep it that way... 
7. Control my emotions some more...[ am pretty much in control of my feelings, but heck, there are times when i dont like what i become...] 



A lone hibiscus .... @home!!


Worry less
have more fun...!!
Thats my motto for this year..!! :)


Have a fab year ahead all... !!