Luck By Chance!

Emotions That Matter.

It was on Wednesday morning, the 5th of November, 2014 that I got a message on my Airtel number, from Airtel as a part of the Satyamev Jayate campaign, which said that, this was the last chance for people to post in their questions they would like to ask , or share on the show, on IMG_0354their twitter page through the merasawaal hash tag. Interestingly, I wanted to ask somebody the question that was incessantly giving me sleepless nights for sometime and used their page to ask them that. After posting the question I felt a bit better, forgot all about it, and started working on my deliverables for the day. Little did I know that I would be getting an opportunity to talk to Aamir Khan, the perfectionist, on his show Satyamev Jayate. Yes, they declared me the winner of the Airtel merasawaal contest, and gave me an opportunity…

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The Epic-(C)rush!

My interest in mythology is not new. I have been fascinated by the Indian Epics – The Mahabharath, and The Ramayan right since my childhood, when my mother and grand mother used to narrate incidents from them. The various characters that evolved in them are so subtle,yet simple. They seemed complicated on the outer, but behind every incident, every action, every reaction – they had a reason. Good or bad, they justified their actions. Such is the pride of them. Every character is a mystery on it’s own. And huge is the rush that I get every time I read a chapter in them. Each page unfolds a new story, a new facet. An unforeseen situation. So, I have decided to explore more on each of the characters, especially the ones with the darker shade, to understand them better, and perhaps learn something more! This will be my upcoming project and am super-excited on what I might be finding out as I dig deeper in.

P.S. People reading this blog, do tell me who your favorite character is. And what quality about the character makes him/her your favorite? I am waiting for your opinions 🙂

Who are you?

I was returning back from a cousin’s engagement with my mom, in a local-train. We were sitting in a ladies compartment. The compartment was quite crowded, as it was the time when people traveled back home from office. Fortunately, yet, we got places to sit. And opposite us, there were two ladies discussing each’s family affairs, audible enough for the entire compartment to hear. They purchased oranges from one of the hawkers who had just entered the compartment, and started eating them to complement their conversation. This far, things were fine. At least according to me. Then. As they started peeling the oranges, one woman of the two, threw the peels on the other, which eventually fell down on the floor of the compartment. The other woman got irritated, not because the peels fell on the floor, but because they fell on her first. She, in turn threw her share of orange-peels back at the other women, which too headed the floor. In a short time, the entire place was strewn with the orange skins. And neither of the two bothered to pick them up before they got down at their respective stations. And requests for the same were heeded by deaf ears. I have no questions here, as I too am at fault. I did not have the guts to make them realize their doing, nor did I have the humility to pick them all up and throw them into the litter-bin. All I could do was stare, and glare, which were met with cold sneers. All this done, I just had one question running in loop in my mind. Do we actually need the politicians or the leaders of the state to clean what we drop? Are we kids? Who are we? What are we, to ourselves and to the nation? What is our identity? Will pride or ego be hurt if we do what is to be done? Till when will we expect ‘change’ to come? When will we be the change?

P.S. The answer is within us. We have to only want to see it and realize it, to do it. 🙂

My Bucket List.

I have been adding stuff to this list right since my childhood, and the list is way too big, I say.

1. BUY an iPhone someday. (I have always been fascinated by Apple products. Already have two with me, but they are gifts :P. I have to buy one.)

2. Write a book of poems and publish them. And show them to Ms. J.K. Rowling to get her opinion on my thought-flow and language.*** (I have been writing poems since my high school days, but have never been serious about them. My poetry isn’t all that good too. So, I have to work harder on my skills before I get to the book)

3. Become an RJ and voice-over artist (Actually the RJ stint is my school math teacher Mrs. Vijaya Ma’am’s idea who believes I can make it big there, and a few of my friends’ idea too, who apparently think my voice is good and presume I have a way with words. So, do I have?)

4. Write for ‘The Gaurdian’. (This is a big U.K. daily, I know :P. And I am sitting in a corner in Chennai, with sub-standard language skills, and  an ‘oh-not-so-good’ profile. But, please, can I still get a chance? )

5. Meet Suchitra Karthik Kumar. (I have tweeted to her, exchanged mails, listened to her sing, seen her perform. But, have never met her in person. And I so love her for what she is. 🙂 )

6. Buy a villa. In a green, peace-loving area. With a landscape panorama view from the terrace.(I know this is next to impossible in today’s world, but what’s the harm in trying? ( 🙂 ))

7. Learn at least 12 Indian languages, and 3 foreign languages. (I have this deep, deep love for speaking and writing in different languages)

8. Become a top Indian journalist. (Mr. Rajdeep Sardesai, Ms. Barkha Dutt…they are my role models. Journalism is my passion. Have always wanted to be a journo, right since childhood)

9. Visit Switzerland and meet Tennis God Roger Federer. (I am so deeply in love with him. 😉 )

10. Meet the personalities who have made a difference to my thoughts; through their work, their way of life, or by their mere existence. And they are:

Mr. Abhinav Bindra

Ms. Malvika Iyer

Mr. Stephen Hawking

Mr. Obama

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Mr. Amitabh Bachchan

Mr. Vishwanathan Anand

Mr. Shah Rukh Khan

Mr. Aamir Khan

Ms. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Mr. Barun Sobti (I am a die-hard Sobtiholic ;))

11. Have Facebook and Twitter fan-pages created for me, when I become popular as a journo (Yeah, I know it’s a bit too much 😛 😉 )

12. Put on some flesh. (I am tired of people asking me to put on weight, become fat, and am totally exasperated of the “Arrey! do you even eat ?” questions.)

So far, just this. Will keep updating the list as it grows.

P.S. The list was really long. But I got around to fulfilling some of them when I got the opportunity. Will work on the list above and try to get them done! 🙂

*** J.K. Rowling – She has swept me off my feet with her creativity, her books, her imagination, and her Harry Potter series. I completely idolize her. It will be a dream come true for me, to even get the chance to meet her just once, forget getting the poems reviewed. 🙂

An overdue blog

New phone with a 16 MP rear camera. And would it not be wrong if I don’t put it to proper use? 😉

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So,  here are some snaps from The Hindu Lit for Life festival held at Shri Mutha Venkata Subba Rao Hall, at Harrington road, in Chennai, on the 16,17,18 of January this year. And what a treat it was. Eminents from each field and forte, from across the globe were there to share their wit and wisdom. It was a lovely opportunity for youngsters and old, people of all ages to express their opinions, pose questions and get insights.

Meanwhile, this happened. XD

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With The Culture Crazy Crew. Three crazy people, who are mad about culture, literature, art and music. And are thick, solid friends.  Happy I am, to share my interests with them. Makes every minute an experience.

P.S. The eateries that were available outside the auditorium there were too good. Another reason why I stayed there till night. Trust me 😜

Run along!!!!

Yeah, so I said I will make time everyday to write, and share what my ‘oh so loud and crazy’ brain thinks.

And I did try keeping up my words. I rambled all I could, but couldn’t think of anything solid to write. And that apart, there’s one more thing I have to confess about myself. Something because of which I couldn’t manage to keep up my resolve. I am not a procrastinator. Nor am I a pessimist who shies away from doing things. No, I am not a blame-shifter (if there’s a word like that :P) either. It is, most rightly, my laziness XD !! I am probably one of the laziest persons ever born on earth; so much laziness I have in me that I will probably end up sharing it with the entire country and still find myself lazing around. Okay, so that’s the answer to the million dollar question. I am LAZZZZYYYYYYY 😀 XD !!!!!

P.S. I couldn’t think of anything else to write about now. Thanks for putting up with this post; and me too!

Oh yes! I love sleeping tooo! 😛