Life's Like That...!!!

HE will keep testing you from time to time and you will see lots of UP's and DOWN's......try to never give up, you will definitely succeed in HIS test.....

Isn't time Running Out

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Mahatma Gandhi and His Myths - Mark Shepard

Book: Mahatma Gandhi and His Myths
Author: Mark Shepard
Rating: 4/5

Pages: 46
ISBN-10: 0938497197
ISBN-13: 978-0938497196

Okay. Lemme tell you first, I'm not a Gandhi Fan, hence there won't be any mention of the word "Mahatma" before Gandhi's name in the whole post except for the book title. Also this book has been written by an admirer of his.

The book has been written in a very brief and precise manner. There are many aspects about Gandhi and his actions which we generally neglect because either we've only read about some repetitive stuff, praising Gandhi, since our school days or about what he did wrong (which is a lot of stuff been published in the last 2 decades and is banned in India). This book has covered those neglected aspects beautifully.

In this small write-up, Mark has basically focused on Civil Disobedience, Non-Violence and Satyagraha Movements started by Gandhi. Here he has explained the basic principles of these movements, which at least I, personally, have not found anywhere. After reading this text only I realized that these things were obvious from the names only, but has never been thought by anyone. In simple words, he has provided us with an obvious picture about Gandhi which none of us wanted to paint about him either because many of us didn't think about it and rest who thought missed or neglected it; or remaining others, like me, were busy criticizing him. I don't want to go into the details as the book is already too small and simply written.

Anyway, the book is a must read, especially if you're an anti-Gandhi. Obviously every one has a positive and negative conscience and if the so-called "Father of the Nation" has really thought in the way as Mark has explained, then for the first time Gandhi has gained a small bit of respect from my side.

PS: The paperback edition of the book might look expensive, but it's available in a decent and affordable price in Kindle Edition on Amazon.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Where can I find her...??? ♥



One thing is for sure that one day I'll surely have a pet. As of now the question is, where can I find this one?

Can someone help? :D

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Timepass Shayari from a Timepass Shayar...!!!

Here comes another timepass shayari from a timepass shayar. ;)


जिसने कभी इश्क़ न किया हो, उसको ही अपने पे फक्र होता है ।
किसी टूटे हुए दिल से पूछो, इस दास्तान का कभी लब्ज़ों में ज़िक्र नही होता है ॥ 


PS: Just wrote it as part of a discussion. Sounded good, so sharing it here. Don't ask the context. :P 
PPS: And then they say that you shouldn't leave your mind wandering. Why shouldn't I...??? :D

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Life has it's own plans for you, whether you like them or not...!!!

"Everyone secretly thinks they've figured out what their life's gonna be like.
But what no one ever considers is that life has its own plans for you, whether you like them or not.
So don't try to define it totally on your own, better understand the flow and act, or you'll be disappointed."

The last month was pretty tiresome. I was out on different trips in different parts of the country. During the travel time in each trip and during the stay I had interactions with many different types of people. From the stay part, I knew each and everyone beforehand, but never had any opportunity to interact with them intimately. Somehow, I indulged in conversations on different levels with few elders also who never talked to me on the level at which they would have discussed earlier, maybe due to my age (Maybe I've started looking more mature? :D ).

Anyway, whatever the case maybe, Life never stops screwing up with us. If we think that we've handled one situation, another one will come which surely we'd have neglected. If I try to be precise, there are four different fronts in life on which we have to act and manage simultaneously:
  1. Emotional: Comprises of parts from family life to love life.
  2. Intellectual: Portions where we try to satisfy our intellectual needs. Simple example, "Mental Satisfaction during Work".
  3. Financial: Money, how to earn so much, that you can satisfy your needs and responsibilities.
  4. Social: Skip family and love and then everything dealing from relatives to friends to colleagues to etc. etc. etc. will come under it.

Now comes the part where you must be thinking that few things are interrelated. Lets start with 2 at a time.
  1. Emotional + Intellectual: One of the combinations where our life gets messed up because each of them has to be partially compromised. If you choose to work at a place where you're mentally satisfied, then you might end up loosing your loved one. Vice-versa is also applicable.
  2. Financial + Intellectual: Ask anyone working in a big firm, not more than 5% will be satisfied with the work they'll be doing. They are surviving there due to (90% chance) financial reasons as they're being given huge salaries. Now the trend is changing, but still many small companies are there which are doing remarkable work but are yet waiting for some big VC to get funding. If you're stuck there during that time, you're definitely surviving on small bread crumbs to satisfy your intellectual needs.
  3. Emotional + Financial: Stating an easy example of a common Indian man. He wants to go abroad to earn, but family restrictions comes in his ways (obviously a big responsibility).
 ***Social: I'm skipped this one, as humans are becoming inert day by day. No one gives a shit about anyone apart from their first relations and the person with whom they're closely/emotionally associated with.

Okay, Let's take an easy and obvious case of all three main points together.
  • Emotional + Intellectual + Financial: Club all the problems in the above section where we discussed 2 of them at a time. Small example, you get the opportunity, but you are not able to go to that place either due to family or love life. Financial and (maybe) intellectual sacrifice. Another example, your family requires you to earn high. Even you're earning high, but you don't have decent work here. Intellectual sacrifice, it is.
Similarly loads and loads of cases I've seen which puts us in a state of dilemma and we end up sacrificing one or sometimes on two of the fronts of our life.


Obviously, we can't handle all of them together. There comes the problem that when we start bothering ourselves about these things. But you know what, recently I realized that life's like that only. There's no point bothering about it. It always screws up and plays around with us. This at the end leads us to "quarter-life crisis" when we're young (making us think what we are up to) and at later stage the same situation is called "mid-life crisis"(making us think what we were up to).

I can easily predict the obvious and biggest question that keeps on coming to everyone's mind who has started thinking or relating the things from their life as they are going through this post or have been through any of these situations or phases of compromises during their lifespan, is:


Well, it can't be avoided. Only the misery can be reduced. Reason is, firstly, we're designed like that by HIM. We'll never be able to stop those thoughts that comes to our mind and they'll always bother us. Believe me, you'll never be satisfied (unless you reach the stage of NIRVANA). Only thing we can do is to think less about it, which is possible only when we keep ourselves busy in different stuff. Again, "stuff" we'll be doing, those obviously come from what targets we set in our lives, right? In short, worry again, as targets not getting fulfilled. So, as my dad told me once and as Britishers have ruled India, "Divide and Rule". So first, have a long term plan, have a vague picture (Why Vague?, Read the first bold and quoted line in the post.) and then divide the vague picture to have short term targets. Okay let's sum it up:
  1. Keep yourselves busy, with short term targets and hobbies.
  2. To set short term targets, first have a vague picture of long term target (Why Vague?, Read the first bold and quoted line in the post)
  3. Divide vague picture into small short term targets. Repeat Step one.
I understand that it's tough to implement everything precisely, but at least we can make some efforts by not loosing our patience, right?

PS: Those who reached till here, I want to add that I'm just a 25 year old guy who hasn't seen much in his life, so might not be the right person to take advice. But I've been through (or in a way still going through) the crisis and have wondered a lot how to figure it out. During the trips I met a person (who played an important part in my life of what I'm right now) after long time and realized he is sort of in his Mid-Life crisis. We had a discussion for couple of hours. This post is majorly from the discussion I had with him and remaining part of it is derived from the person who falls under my emotional front.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

Book: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Rating: 5/5

Pages: 592
ISBN-10: 186230291X 
ISBN-13: 978-1862302914

I'd like to start by quoting what I wrote on Goodreads after completing the book.

There are no words to describe the beauty and perfection with which it has been written. I'll just say that if you want to read something perfect, this is it."

First few general pointers about the plot:

1) The story of the book revolves around a young girl, Liesel Meminger, around the time of world war II. 

2) The book has been narrated by "Death".

The book starts somewhere by the graveyard, where by her brother's graveside Liesel grabs upon a book, "The Gravedigger's Handbook", which was left abandoned in snow. The book thief's first book.

With Liesel being sent to live with her foster parents, Rosa and Hans Hubermann, the story revolves around these three characters and Rudy Steiner (Liesel's best friend).

From the story perspective, it could have just been taken as any normal book. However, the author has put a beautiful tincture of narration by death that makes it exceptionally amazing. The book has been written in so much poetic way that each and every line is worth reading and re-reading.

Here are the few instances from the book that I'd like to quote:

Death: "People observe the colors of a day only at its beginnings and ends, but to me it’s quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations, with each passing moment. A single hour can consist of thousands of different colors. Waxy yellows, cloud-spat blues. Murky darknesses. In my line of work, I make it a point to notice them."


Death: "Yes I know it.
In the darkness of my dark-beating heart, I know. He'd have loved it all right.
You see?
Even death has a heart."


Death: "You don’t deserve to be this happy, Liesel. You really don’t.
Can a person steal happiness? Or is it just another internal, infernal human trick?"


Death: "She walked through the corridor darkness in the direction of silence that had once been noisy, toward the thread of moonlight standing in the living room."

These are just few of my favorite instances. The whole book is a perfect example of a combo of beauty-perfection-class.

PS: One of my friend told me that you'll fall in love with this book if you'll read it. The first thing, after finishing the book, I did was to ping her and first thing she told was "Pyaar ho gya na? (Fell in love, right?)" Believe me, that was true, I did fell in love with it.

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