"I cannot build a mountain or catch a rainbow fair but let me be what I know best- A friend who's always there." - Sandra Lewis Pringle
Why is it drug addicts and computer aficionados are both called users? Clifford Stoll
Because of their size, parents may be difficult to discipline properly - P. J. O'Rourke.
First we practice sin, then defend it, then boast of it. -Thomas Manton.
“Everyone leaves footprints in your memory, but the ones that leave footprints in your heart are the ones you will truly remember.” - Nicholas Sperling.
The sky was clearer and bluer than ever before. The brilliant light bestowed the earth. Giving new energy to every form of life. The brilliant light bestowed the great forests. Giving life to shrunken and sleepy leaves with the morning dew, making it flutter merrily. Making the flowers bloom in full glory. The sweet chirpings of birds filled the air. The brilliant light bestowed the vast blue oceans. Making it look like a treasure trove with uncountable number of sparkling diamonds stretching out as far as your eyes can see.
And then from nowhere the clouds made its way. Dark and evil it spread around like an epidemic. The air was filled with sounds of thunderstorms. Earth trembled. Leaves shrunk away. Birds cried. Oceans turned gray. A shriek of pain was heard.
Darkness was getting blacker. And then when all hopes were lost and when it seemed this darkness had no end,
The sun shone brightly....
"Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret", says Ambrose BierceHow i wish i could do that!
“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” - Lord Buddha
'We cannot wish for that we know not.' - Voltaire
Well the rickshaw driver stuffed up 4 at the back and 2 at the front and I thought how's he gonna drive. For me it was lucky I got extreme end portion of the rickshaw although the other 3 who were super heavyweights squashed me up to pulp, it really didn’t matter as at least I got some air to breathe. And then the rickshaw took off. No traffic signals, no traffic rules, no DAMN DRIVING RULES from the book, it was just the hardcore driving that I had ever witnessed. A feeling like I was in some NFS car sitting and experiencing all those mad driving.
A corner came and it was time to turn to right. I was expecting a hand from driver to come out and signal other drivers coming from the back. Surprisingly it was a leg that popped out. I saw a destination for me - either Lal Darwaza or heaven (if god permitted me to allow in). Luckily for me two of the passengers got down in midway and that meant more space to me. In order to avoid traffic policemen, he was taking every unknown nooks and lanes. One of the passengers asked him if we were on right track. He smiled as if making fun and said leave it to him. After 5 minutes of unknown lane driving that made Ahmedabad look like a place full of pits, we came to an absolute dead end. So we had to turn back all the way where we had come, to a lane recognized by all of us and almost everyone shouted pointing the driver so loud that other commuters looked at our rickshaw as if it was filled up with a bunch of nerds.
Finally I reached Lal Darwaza and gleefully gave him 10 rupee note and happy at the fact that at least I made it.
Two things I want to tell you all guys "Patience is still a virtue". And if you think that rollercoaster rides don't provide you enough thrill then try commuting from Iskon to Lal Darwaza in a shuttle rickshaw on a nice crowded evening!!!
Later on yesterday I visited the fire section on her blog and couldn’t stop tears from my eyes. Every word, every picture, every tone had pain. Bloody visual, smell of soot and fire, that rascal jackass everything sent a shiver down my spine and to know that she was in the middle of everything left me aghast. Still she has stood up and taken the life bravely I think. I don’t think I would ever have.
She has my respect and really I feel proud to know her. I don’t know I am doing this for the first time. I have made an award for ‘Brave Fighter’ and I couldn’t think anyone other than you Whim. I will be glad and really honored if you accept it please. Here’s the link. And pass on to some one you know deserves it. Love you whim.
It's a short book and revolves around a seagull that is different from rest of the flock. While other seagulls just think about eating and considers flight only as an ability to do that, Jonathan loves flying. He wants to learn everything there is with flying and constantly tries to improve his flight. In short it’s a story about searching for freedom and pursuing perfection.
We are sometimes afraid to let ourselves go and we need company to feel safe. I guess this book shows us that we never should stop believing in ourselves. Our inner voice is important and not what others say or expect us to do or to be. But we need to know that this is a process and that we are all learners and there is no limit in pursuit of perfection.
The book is written beautifully and spreads a message to listen to your heart and do whatever to realize your dreams, to find a higher purpose for life to learn, to discover and to be free without considering any material desires, to overcome confining to just space and time and to help others understand what they really are and what they are capable to.
I would surely recommend you to read this book. I guarantee you will enjoy it. For those of you who want to buy it from Amazon here’s the link - Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
Btw learnt some new words from the book. ‘Anchovy’ is a type of fish and ‘outcast’ means a person who is rejected.
Quote from the book
Each of us is in truth an idea of the Great Gull, an unlimited idea of freedom and precision flying is a step toward expressing our real nature. Everything that limits us we have to put aside.
To convey a message either to friends or cousins, one just logs on to one’s e-mail account, scribbles a few lines and hits the send button. Job done. It's good that we are living in a technology era where we can talk and see a guy in US at the same time compared to scene of yester years where we just rely on handwritten letters. But letters and postbox -- I miss them!! Don’t you?
“Hello” is a common word used when phoning anyone. Hasn’t it come as a surprise people tend to use this same word while calling or receiving calls? May be the first guy who ever used this word would have meant as a greeting and it continued as a trend. Why can’t we use ‘Hi, ‘greetings’ or any other word? I mean its ok and we can understand when the word ‘Over’ is used in walkie talkies because it’s a two-way half-duplex channel transceiver (only one radio transmits at a time, though any number can listen). But this is really funny. And the tone used to say this word also varies. It might be sometimes said as “Hello?” or “Hello!!!” or in Gujarati slang ‘Haalo’. Surprising isn’t it!!
So next time when that nokia 5300 of yours is ringing; pick it up and straight away shout a “What?” and enjoy the difference!!!
I was reading an article on the net “Indian Alcohol Policy Alliance- Drinking Drive Meet”. It’s mentioned in the article “40% road accidents in the national highway related to drinking driving”.40% -- This makes it a logical statement that 60% of accidents are due to driving without drinking! This adds to the joy of drinking. Not promoting drinking though.
In today’s world you can’t expect people to treat you fairly only because you are a good person. Isn’t it? I always try being a Mr. Nice Guy. It falsifies the favorite line of Armstrong Sir (One of my English sirs during school days) –“The world is like a mirror. Smile and the world smiles with you”. Sometimes it works but then most of the times people start taking advantage of it. And I can’t blame them either. Expecting to treat me the same way as I treat them is like expecting the lion not to attack you becoz you are a vegetarian. Howz that?
One of the most common words that come across these days while judging a person is “Attitude”. People of says “It’s all about attitude you show”, “He lacks good attitude”.
Well talking about attitude reminds me of a chapter on Mulla Nasruddin that we had in our school days. It was a funny guy with strange attitude. One of anecdotes revolving around him goes like this. “A ship was about to sink in the middle of sea. Everybody was running hither and thither. And among such panic Nasruddin was standing cool watching the hullabaloo. One of the aboard passengers asked – ‘Nasruddin why aren’t you running? The ship is sinking’. To which Nasruddin replied coolly – ‘So what? This ain’t my ship!!!’” To sum it up ‘Attitude is not about walking as if you own the world but about walking as if you don’t care who owns the world.’
Keep rocking guys.
What is this life if full of careare the lines of W.H.Davies from Leisure. How true his lines are. Most of us really don't have any time.
We have no time to stand and stare
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