About a year ago, I made my revolutionary resolution and started visiting a gym. Well, although I could not get a pumped up body hqdefaultdue to an accidental disc injury, I learned a lot of things. Of course, several varieties of exercises!

But additionally, one such learning was that we should never forget to breathe. During workout, I found that most of the inexperienced muscle-enthusiasts, including me, used to forget to breathe. I probably used to find it a waste of time. And this used to affect my stamina negatively.

I remember the movie Warrior where the teacher-fighter, Brendon Conlon, is continually reminded by his trainer, to breathe, whenever he starts getting too much hits by the opponent – which he often gets.:) I think this was one action movie that ‘spoke’ and ‘stressed’ so much significance to breathing. Even when Conlon was held tight under the arms of the massive opponent, instead of telling the strategy to come out of the grip, this trainer would only shout – “BREEEATHE”!

Currently, I practice yoga and here again the instructor repeatedly reminds us to breathe. I think it to be true even in our everyday lives. We forget breathing! And many of our problems would be absent just if we remember to breathe. And, as Brendon does in the movie Warrior, we will survive longer in our fights. Just breathe!!!



Usually, we either become too tensed or too excited and forget to breathe. And, as in gym or yoga, it negatively affects our stamina. We are unable to see or think well when we forget breathing. Due to this, we might also lose our focus and suffer breakdown.

My previous post talks about what happens when we start running competitions without keeping track of where we are going. But if we just take our time to breathe, we will definitely a fair idea of the direction we are moving in along with higher levels of energy. Breathing, I think, gives us a break and a moment to assess our current condition. It reduces our stress levels and renews the energy to move further in our journeys.:)

So friends,

When you are tired, breathe;

– – Abby Larson, the founder of Make Me Pretty

You’ll feel fresh.

When excited, breathe,

You’ll enjoy the excitement.

Again, when you are angry, breathe,

You’ll become calmer.

When you are in pain, breathe,

You’ll feel relieved.

When you are worried, breathe;

You’ll find a way.

Even when you are about to die friend, breathe;

You might get another day!!!

What do you think? Do post your views in the comments section.


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Are you running right – or JUST running?

During childhood, our parents, teachers and everyone told us to run. We started. And since, we all are running races – rat, cat, horse or whatever name you give it. rat raceBut most of us are just running – with no awareness – either of ourselves – or of the race we are running!

No wonder so many of us feel lost so many times in our lives. When we walk looking at others, often we lose sight of the track we are on, and the direction we are headed to.

An interesting incident happened with me recently. Just two days ago, it was early morning and I was walking on a lonely road. On the way, I saw a young man walking briskly at a very good speed. I generally get ‘the calling’😛 walkto compete with every brisk walker when I am alone on a road. I got it here as well. On this occasion too, I just felt that I should speed up to catch and get past the fellow. I walked fast. Faster! Fastest! Yes, there was nobody else around but I felt as if I was walking at more than my quickest speed. He too kept increasing his speed. Or I felt so!

After almost twenty minutes, I got relieved as I had just walked past my competitor who himself was unaware of the competition he was having.

I won! I just defeated someone! But the best part appears next. I had already walked past my destination – where I had to go. Not a few steps! Almost by half a kilometer – six to seven minutes. Now, I had to return to be there where I actually wanted to go. We do it frequently – everywhere!

I felt proud when I walked past the other person. Or did I?

And if I did, of what use is this pride? I even missed to the beauty along the way. Here I was six minutes ahead.Makes not much difference! What if you went six months or six years ahead? Or, sixty years in case?

Have you ever stopped to see whether you are moving on the right path? raceOr you are just running because everyone is?

What do you think about what I think? Do you have any views on this post?

Do post your views in the comments section below.

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The Jungle Book – Simply Amazing!

I am sure it has been one of the most awaited and popular movies of 2016 – The Jungle Book! Awaited, I say because I had been waiting for it ever since I heard about Mowgli’s return several weeks back. I am sure that most of us have watched him when growing up. And popular – you’ll know it when you go for it!😛 Oh! I so much wanted to re-watch him fly from tree-to-tree holding those aerial roots. Can you see him in your memories right now?

first movie poster

First Movie Poster

And here my wait ended two days ago. It was wonderful to watch this movie with all those animal characters talking. Sprinkled with bits of humour, lots of  Disney touch and short musical strings throughout, The Jungle Book is simply amazing. There are glimpses of a few horror moments as well. One actually made even my blood run cold. Children will love it – I too did!:)

Neel Sethi plays Mowgli, the man-cub, and the only human character in the movie. He is just perfect with his age and with the innocence he carries. The man-cub is now grown up and tiger, the Sher Khan, as per the jungle rules, wants to eat him up. But the many other animals are trying to protect Mowgli and want to send him back to the ‘man village’. Mowgli is guided through the forest by Bagheera, the panther, and later by Baloo, the bear, along with several other creatures. He also meets Kaa, the snake, and King Louie, the monstrous king of  the Bandar-log,

Mowgli in the Bandarlog

Mowgli in the Bandarlog

These two creatures only try to derive personal benefits out of the man-cub and Mowgli has a hard time escaping from them. While going through all this and traveling through the forest, Mowgli discovers that he has his own strengths. And that these were very different from those of any other animal in the forest. Baloo once said, “You can be a man right here.”  Also, as Mowgli had his family in the forest itself, he returns. Sher Khan tries a lot to catch Mowgli but is killed in the end by falling into The Red Flower, the fire.

Although it was the same jungle with the same characters, I think the story went a bit different. And I kept wondering if the book title ‘The Jungle Book’ given by Rudyard Kipling, is appropriate for this movie. Also, I was left hungry to watch the little Mowgli jumping from tree-to-tree.

the red flower

Mowgli with The Red Flower

Nevertheless, it’s truly amazing – the sounds, the visuals, the characterization, the Disney effects and everything. There are a few important messages shared by different animals throughout the movie, as well. Do watch it – only in the theaters – or you’ll miss the actual flavour!

Read about a few more movies – one here & another one here!

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Ki & Ka – Bold attempt falling apart!

I totally loved this R. Balki’s Bollywood flick as a concept – new & fabulous (9/10)! But it totally disappointed me with the rest.

Overall, it is all about Kabir (Arjun Kapoor) and Ki (Kareena Kapoor). Ki is an ambitious business woman whereas Ka is someone with no big ambition. He has no mother and remains in bad terms with his father. He later marries Ki to live with her as a house-husband (ghar jamai). They start happily but find a few ego-clash issues.

The movie – they marry, he cooks, he cleans, he washes, he serves, and he waits for her to return home. She goes to office, becomes the VP and brings money for both. Not a dumb man, he too gets some accolades, ego arrives, their relation cracks, then re-joins and they live – happily ever after!high-heels-main

They meet, on an aeroplane and their conversations begin. Not an interesting start! Specially the dialogue by Kabir (Arjun Kapoor) to Ki (Kareena Kapoor), “ek ladki ka ek ladke ko rote dekhne ka sunehara mauka” could have been better. This cliche just didn’t click for me.

Anyways, let me briefly tell what I enjoyed in the movie.

What I liked here:

  • Of course, the concept!
  • We get to watch the everyday drinking and conversations between Ki & Ka, which made complete sense. Ki, being a corporate woman, found it difficult to accept that someone like Ka could be interested in becoming a house-husband.
  • The writer did an intelligent thing by making Ka a topper from IIM because for a guy to accept and argue for such a profession (house-husband), he should have somewhat higher level of maturity. Of course, just the tag didn’t do all. But it did give some acceptability – at least to me.
  • I also liked the one-liners between Ka and his father as it candidly reflected the gap in their relationship and brought in streaks of laughter. Moreover, I even enjoyed Ki’s quick and frank response on listenig the disrespectful words spoken by Ka’s father to Ka when they both inform the father about their plan to get married.
  • Then I liked the ending conversations between Ki and her mother where the movie tries to send out some message to the audience. Never to forget, the happy ending where even Ka’s father comes to celebrate their birthdays along with the marriage anniversary. Yes, Ki and Ka share the same DoB along with their date of marriage anniversary.
  • Ka’s bike.

Now let me mention a few points why I didn’t give full score.

  • As already stated, the beginning.
  • When Ki-Ka get married, Ki puts on the mangal sutra in Ka’s neck to show their role-reversal. And he later started wearing it on his wrist. Come on, give me a break!
  • Being the kind of movie it is I would have liked to watch some more humour. There was a short fight scene by Ka where he beats up half a dozen goons for eve-teasing. Yes, it did impress Ki but, for me, as an audience, I would have liked a different approach there.
  • How can an Indian mother ask her daughter and son-in-law upfront about sex? Probably, only in our film industry.
  • Kareena and Arjun are very good actors, and I personally felt that the movie was unable to do justice to their talents.
  • There was a dumb sequence of ads and awards for almost half an hour.

Really, the movie sends out some very serious messages with a few light-heated humorous scenes. Worth one time watch!

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Our Idiotic Habits – Do you have any?

I have now been staying in Bengaluru, India for almost four years. It usually has a very pleasant climate with no extreme temperatures. It is very much unlike Delhi or Jharkhand states in the country where you feel either like boiling due to excessive heat, or freezing due to less than no heat.

However, I have seen far more geysers and heaters in the ‘B’ city. In fact every PG, every one-room set and every building here comes with a fixed geyser. And, it seems like something the whole city considers of utmost significance – more than even water itself.😛

And, although I had never even thought of using hot water in the chilly winters of Delhi or Jharkhand, I began using it here in Bengaluru. Why? Probably due to the ease of availability! Or due to what I was seeing around me. Or just to try! But that’s not the point of this post!

Fine, in the beginning, it felt good and using geyser for bath still made some sense as the mercury level used to be low. hotBut only in the beginning – I accept! Later it just became a stupid routine or habit. ‘Stupid’ because I now used to wait for the water to get heated, then I sometimes waited because the water became too hot. Also because sometimes I even threw and wasted water just because it was not hot and I used electricity on a useless task. Because the climate has rarely been so cold. In fact, it was so hot that the ‘tech city’ felt to exist not on earth but away from the planet, somewhere in between the earth and the sun. Still I – and everyone else has been using geyser. Sadly, I realized it only two days ago.

So, a few days ago, due to some extreme circumstance, I had to bathe. The geyser was already crying😦 due to the excessive usage. So, believing that it won’t kill me, I thought to just try the normal (aka ‘cold’ water earlier). And in fact, when I tried the normal water, it felt far… far… far… better for the current days.

I think we all actually get so used to in our daily routine and habits that we never look back to see if those habits still make sense. This is true not only for us as individuals, but as families, societies and countries. bad-habit-quote-715x479We might be carrying one or more habits, customs and rituals that don’t make sense – anymore – and are burdens.

Have you ever reflected back on your own habits? There might be something idiotic in your lives as well! The habits? Or the rituals and beliefs of your family, society or country? You might be better off – WITHOUT IT!

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…So what?

In a post prior to my previous post I requested everyone to have empathy towards employees of other fields. And show respect to them. However, I also mentioned in the end that I will be writing about a different perspective to the scene.

Let’s talk of that perspective here.

I have heard my colleagues (I too) say, “He banged the phone on my face.” Or “The girl spoke in a rude manner that made me feel insulted.” Or “Something…”

Did you ever speak like me or my colleagues? Do you complain about such bad remarks? Do you even care about such words? And then start to feel bad?

So what? So what if the person disconnected the call? So what if s/he shouted at you? And so what if they spoke rudely to you?sowhatmusic

Are you gonna feel sorry or ashamed and give up? Or learn something, stand back up and try again?

Additionally, who in the world can insult you?

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Nobody can hurt you without your permission.” No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

There’s an interesting and well-known story about Gautam Buddha (563 – 483BC). I am not sure of the exact words but this is how it goes. It is said that once when Buddha was teaching his students, a bystander became angry with him and started to abuse him for some unknown reason. Patiently, Gautam listened to everything the angry man had to say, and then spoke to the whole group. He asked everyone, “Who would own a gift when someone offers it to a person but the latter refuses to accept it. Is it the giver or the receiver?” “The giver”, everyone said together. “Any fool can understand that”, added the angry fellow. “So I decline your gift!” The angry man just stood there – amazed – at whatever Buddha said.

This story shows that whenever a person tries to show anger at us or insult us, we can always choose to either accept their words to feel hurt, or leave it with them. i have to value your opinion We can always choose to either feel insulted or just move on! And hence, we can definitely choose who steps out with bad feelings. Just ask, “So  what?”

Come on my friend, it’s your dream and only you will understand its value. Nobody else will. You can’t give up on it for a bit of harsh language.

You were the one who dreamt of the business venture! Or probably, of serving the world with an amazing invention! Or of marrying and just serving your loving spouse. You dreamt of it. Others didn’t! The people laughing at you or calling you by names didn’t!images

So, forget the remarks they made, the pains you faced or the tears you cried.

Get up; dust yourself off and just MOVE ON!

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Unknown, Unsung contributor!

I am really sorry that this post is not what I had promised in my previous post. But the next one will be – I promise! Actually, this was more important right now.

So, as mentioned in an earlier post about a trip to several beautiful spots in Karnataka, along with the highest peak in the state, I have been practicing yoga for the past six months!!!😛  Yes, everyday – except the days my room doesn’t have water (like today).😀


The temple

We practice yoga in a temple near Silk Board, Bengaluru, India, and a new batch starts here every forty-five days. As it is a free class, people join us in large numbers (hundred is usual) from all age, gender, caste, colour, community and any other differentiating barrier you can imagine. But very few continue!! Why not? No, not because they are lazy or they don’t have time. It is often due to the reasons mentioned here! Where new batches start with more than hundred people, maximum fifteen of them continue.

As we practice yoga in the Shiva temple, the location is immensely pure – and the early morning timing supplements to the cool climate of the city. But before starting with the asanas we together go ahead to clean the temple campus as a part of our responsibility towards the temple. This gives a warm-up exercise to all of us. And obviously, you can’t practice yoga when your surrounding is unclean.


Meditation on Deepavali

We also have special meditation and pujas held on various occasions (like Diwali, Swami Vivekananda’s birthday, etc). On other such occasions we have had various activities like games, speech by a well-experienced person, mass dinner (Maha Bhojanam), etc.

This mass dinner is an unusual activity (I saw it for the first time) where everyone sits on ground in a huge circle and all varieties of cooked food are offered by ladies (motherly figures) straight in your hands instead of plate. No, not once, but continuously until you burp out of filled stomach.

Day before yesterday, our class went to Samarthanam School for blind, played a lot of games with the kids there, talked to the children, got to know about eye donation and – many even pledged their eyes. I didn’t because I have done it already. Have YOU? What will you do with your eyes after you die?

Anyways, as I see it, this yoga class has offered diverse benefits to me – and to humanity. People have become more aware about their own social responsibilities, more empathetic towards the needs of others, as well as, they have understood the numerous ways in which they can serve the world.

Our guru, Mr. Rajkumar, works with some private company as a Quality Head and has been teaching yoga free of cost for the past six years. Yes, everyday! He is helping so many of people to choose yoga, not only as an exercise but as a way of life – contributing to the world – in his own small way. green_worldHave you ever thought of your own small way? What seed can you plant today that might grow into a tree – tomorrow – and offer shade to others?

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