Tryst with Stress

“Stress” – a word that has become synonymous with life;

The CEO, the PARENT, the SCHOOLGOER- everybody is stressed; isn’t it so rife?

A couple of months back, owing to an unexpected turn of events, I was a victim of stress; I was a nervous wreck, and I just couldn’t think straight.

I would snarl at my friends face-to-face,

and scoff at my Facebook friends with happy status updates.

Yes.

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55 fiction & Sweet Inspiration

55 fictionsHow the RewardMe articles impacted the day to day lives of 4 different characters

1. Maya

“Kiddo, are you hungry?

Mamma is going to prepare something special for you…

The snack will be quick,

And tasty,

And easy to make…

With olive oil, walnut and pepper flakes,

Lemon, chickpeas and garlic…

Tada tadadadadadadiccc….”

She hummed the lines, as she began to make hummus– patting her bulging stomach and with a smile.

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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

Go- A Traveller’s Scribbling

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Travel is invigorating.

I like taking time off to travel; gazing at nature’s bounties while time slides into an eternity.

The spirit of nature – the silent whisper of the wind, the dance of the trees, and the scent of petrichor- they never fail to bring a smile of satisfaction on my lips…

And, again, not always is nature the biggest reason for me to travel- food is another; the company of people is yet another…

As I reminisce those good old days of travel, food and fun, I can’t help but feel a sense of contentment- life is great if you decide to make it that way…

About 10 months back, we decided to travel. It was an ad-hoc journey; unplanned and on the fly.

The places weren’t new, but the experience most definitely was.

After a short day at work, we drove further and further into the road connecting us to the Bangalore-Coimbatore highway, stopping briefly at Adayar Anand Bhavan for a light evening snack. Coimbatore was going to be our destination from Cochin.

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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.

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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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