The Traveller’s Notebook- Bangkok

It has been an interesting “2 weeks” here at Bangkok (pretty much as a lone traveler)!

I never thought I would make it here, alive – especially after those excruciating days of shuttling between the Spanish and the Thai embassies in DC (long enough for another blog post).

But I did. And boy! Am I glad?

Bangkok the city

Bangkok is a wonderful city- full of life. It is easy to move around this place which boasts of a well- connected transportation system- Skytrain, metros, taxis (pink ones feel cheaper than the green ones), tuk-tuks (costlier than the taxis- akin to autorickshaws in India) and of course, the motorbikes.


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Snippets of happiness

Happiness is when I experience emotions and experiences for the first time, and then, again and again :-)

Do you remember the first time when you saw snow? Those white angels falling on earth and covering all things around you with a white velvety blanket?

I do. And it made me smile.

Do you remember the first time when you made money, and dropped it in your piggy bank (hearing the clanking sound)?

I do, and it made my face light up with glee.

Do you remember the first time your loved ones surprised you with a visit?

I do, and it made me happy.

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The StorE

She switched on her phone- small, cute and comfy’

It was running on the latest Android version- wasn’t that cool and Sexy?

She downloaded her favorite apps- Whatsapp, clean master and of course the mobile security,

She then changed her wallpaper to Blue- to suit her phone’s grip shell- wasn’t that funky?

She twisted her hand to switch on her camera and took a selfie;

And posted it on Facebook- it was going to be her new DP!

She downloaded Candy crush saga next and played till level twenty;

Suddenly remembering that for the next physics class she needed a slinky.

She then installed Flipkart, bought the slinky, and also a birthday present for her friend Jinki;

She resumed playing Candy crush until she reached level fifty.

Then she wanted to read the news- she installed ET*

15 minutes later, with the phone’s battery still strong at 60%, she felt (yawn) sleepy,

She set the alarm, turned on the assist sleep mode and slipped into mode : dreamy…

In the morning, another day would start- bright and sunny;

And life would move on- oh! that timeless story…

Hey! Did you notice that each line in this post ends with the sound of E?

No surprises here- her phone was a brand new Moto E! :-)

*ET- Economic Times P.S: This post has been written for Moto E in association with Indiblogger Image Source: AboveAndroid, ET,Candy Crush, Facebook, Whatsapp

The Break

Life is an averages game- success follows failure, and failure, success. I have always been aware of this strange, yet intriguing aspect about life. In some strange ways, it keeps me grounded during times of success and optimistic during times of failure. After all, if one happens, the other is bound to, isn’t it? My life is simplified immensely when I look at incidents through this lens, and you should too!

Let’s now read about Padmini who found light in her life after going through troubled times.


Padmini woke up to check her email. Sipping a cup of coffee, she mechanically hit the ‘trash’ button for all the ‘Reject’ emails in her inbox. It had been over a year since she had left her IT job in pursuit of an exciting career in scriptwriting and films, but, luck had not smiled at her. After several promises, networking, and contacts later, she was still where she had started.

What had happened? Was it even a prudent decision to quit her safe job for a dreamy one? She was beginning to question her decisions…

Frustration- how much longer should she hold on? She didn’t know. Life seemed bleak and dull.

Meanwhile, all her friends seemed to be doing very well. They were posting fun pictures on Facebook… Oh! That disruptive site!

Although she never believed in the reality, honesty and ethicality behind the ostentatious display on social media, the situation in her life (at that moment) forced her to curse her best friend’s status “Feeling amazing at Denmark with hubby” …

Padmini got up, dropped her cup in the dishwasher and went to take a refreshing bath. Soon, she was dressed in a bright green kurta and matching earrings. She locked her door, keyed into her Scooty and drove into the streets. It was going to be yet another day of fruitless job searches…

As she turned around the corner, a car suddenly hit her, throwing Padmini into the shoulder of the street.

What happened next was a haze.

Time remained still.

As she opened her eyes, her gaze fell upon a young man with handsome features.

“Hi. My name is Mani Subburaj. I’m a filmmaker. Sorry about the accident- it was my fault. Could I help you in any way to make up for all the trouble?” he asked earnestly.

Padmini smiled.

Post Note:

It took Padmini 1.5 years, and an accident to finally realize her dream. And, it was worth the wait!

She moved on to write some of the best scripts in the movie industry- directed by Mani Subburaj- and every single one was a super hit.

She went through a phase of uncertainty, and if the break had not come to her at the time that it did, she might have gone back to her IT job. But, note – I said she only “might” have! She might have continued to wait even longer- only to taste even better success.

Life, as I always say, is an averages game- when darkness comes, dawn isn’t far behind!

Be optimistic. Be patient. Love your life.



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Cross roads


She was at crossroads- to do, or not to

To study, or not to; Not marry or ought to…

Her parents said: Marry. For us, you have to;

Her heart said: Study. For yourself, you need to;

She followed her heart, cleared exams and USA, she flew to;

Only to start where she was- at crossroads-to do, or not to!

To get a corporate job to pay her loan, or to become an entrepreneur like she always wanted to…


In my life, I have been at crossroads, unsure where to go, several times. In hindsight, if I knew that uncertainty would arise with a particular decision, would I still take that decision? Probably yes.

Each decision is a lesson; and the time spent at crossroads, an indicator of my determination and inner strength to take on challenges in life.

Back in 2007, when I first left home to live in a hostel, the world seemed vast, waiting for me to conquer. The courage that I had at that point was probably supported by my eagerness to embrace my new found freedom. That life was fun- made easy by friends. Moving on, when I found my job in Bangalore, the courage seemed replaced with uncertainty- leaving friends to join a corporate was hard. How would I survive in a new place with unknown friends?

Yet, life moved on.

Facing life as it comes is probably the best way to tackle challenges. One at a time. Period.

Today, while doing an MBA, I often hear about ‘Planning ahead of time’. Having a Plan B when Plan A fails; Plan C if Plan B fails and so on… In reality, does life work that way? It helps to plan, but, not necessarily. Life is full of twists and turns and the best that you can do is to equip yourself with skills to tackle challenges in life.

My brother often talks about his friend who had plans to make it big in life. He would study hard, work diligently and was well prepared to take on the next phase of his life. One evening, after playing football, the friend came back to his room to sleep, and never woke up. What was all the planning worth, at the end of the day?

I’m, by no means saying that planning in life, for life, is a bad thing. Nor am I trying to propose a skeptic view of life. All that I’m saying is: “Life happens and it is not always under your control”.

Have an open mind to embrace life as it comes. Develop your skills. Be ready to face failures and disappointments, and learn how to handle success with grace.

You’ll be at the crossroads of your life once again, and your attitude is all that matters then.


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Thursday 11:20 PM

Just got back from work!

Thursday 12:20 AM

Had Sambhar rice with cauliflower for dinner. I’m tired. Going to sleep z..z..zz…

Friday 7:00 AM

Good morning honey! :-) Last day of the week… Looking forward to the weekend!!!

Friday 5:00 PM

My boss is the cruelest man on earth…Friday evening & he wants me to finish the report, and  just when I was about to leave. :-(:-(

Friday 7:00 PM

I wish you were here to take me to movies- like you always would on Fridays…I miss you… :-(

Poo sat on her bed and clicked on the send arrow.

The phone by her bedside beeped; it was his phone. She noticed that the charge was low and she plugged it in…

**Long after he was gone from her life, his phone continued to give her company, and, her life went on…**

Chances- A rambling


When she as eighteen,

On doing commerce she was keen;

But, they said, pick engineering- it is evergreen!

And that’s what changed her life’s scene….


Those 4 years ran fast

And soon it became her past;

Yet her past followed her like a ship’s mast

She didn’t like it; she was aghast!


And then, she thought….

Life had  given her chances.

To make her own advances;

When she chose other’s views to choreograph her dances,

What followed were catastrophic avalanches!

Follow your heart’s desires to save yourself of your regrets...

-Seriocomiker & many others