Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Life is now

"Zindagi Ek baar mili hai, toh do baar kya sochna" (Life is once, then why to think twice), this is a dialogue from the forthcoming hindi movie (Dirty Picture).

I had fallen prone to one of the most alluring and dangerous notions of postponing happiness.

"When I would have done this <obligations/necessities>, I would do this <hobbies/passions/peace> ".

I am pretty sure, all of us do this to some extent, and in fact to some extent it is right. However, so often we are so much involved in first "this" that we hardly have time for  the second "this".

Life is "Now". It is never going to be same again.  Don't let your beautiful today die in the lure of a false tomorrow. Everything is new in this moment. I know this sage wisdom goes to hell when this unabashed vicious life and its complexities laughs at your face. You tend to fall at times, and seem to be trapped. However, everything turns out well later, it always does.

So take out time to do things you love (I am just doing it), may be you will do better at things which you don't like.

May you actually LIVE each day of your life- Jonathan Swift

Stay Awesome :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Love bug

I have no idea what is going on, but love is in the air. Every where I went today, every one I talked to, and even the online world- it was love everywhere. Roommate, colleague, old friends, new friends, acquaintances all are suddenly bitten by the "Lovu Bug".  Even the most unexpected ones, are playing the music of love.  Mail box is full of marriage invitations, Facebook is full of relationship status update, and calls bringing the same news. It is certainly a good omen.I anticipate some real awesome and lovely time now. May there be more love, smiles and brightness around. Awesomeness \m/

And yeah well love is in the air, It is just I still can't breathe.

PS: I know my 'truth/dares' are mounting up, but I have been too too busy. I will keep a count,  and would certainly come up with something.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The other one

A very old saying - In every relationship, there is always one person who loves/gives/pays more. No matter how hard you try, you can never make other feel the way you feel for him/her. Every one wants to be not that person in the relationship. But what if you are the one.

I do not remember the exact lines of a poem I once read, but I do remember its context.

Lucky are those who are loved, luckier are those who love, but luckiest are the ones who love unconditionally.

Let go yourself and love with no expectations. Let your love be enough for both and for everyone else. True love can neither be measured, nor understood. Drench yourself in true love, because your selfless love is divine. Give all you have, but give like a king, not like a beggar. 

Break free from chains of attachments and expectations and Fly. Do not seek happiness, Because you are the source of happiness.  Let go..

Keep Loving and stay awesome

Saturday, November 26, 2011

I and you

Maine yeh bhi socha hai aksar
Tu bhi main bhi sabhi hai sheeshe
Khudhi ko hum sabhi main dekhein
Nahin hoon main hoon main toh phir bhi
Sahi galat, tumhara main
Mujhe paana, paana hai khud ko
Jo bhi main, kehna chahoon
Barbaad kare, alfaz mere, alfaz mere

These are the lines from one of the most outstanding songs from one of the most outstanding albums of the year "Rockstar".  Not just the music of A R Rahman, this album had really deep and spiritual lyrics of Irshad Kamil.

These lines are truly awesome.

I have often thought,
that you, me, all of us are mirrors,
we see only ourselves in all,
I am not there still I am..

Yes, If I am weak, I will look at others for weakness.  If I am liar, I will look for a lie in others. If I am strong, I will look for strength. We all seek to find ourselves in others. We justify our deeds, by finding the same in others.

Yet, we all are different. Each of us is unique. You as you alone can serve your purpose and I as I alone can serve my purpose. You are here to be you... just you. Don't miss yourself and let the world not miss you. 

You are rare. You are unique. You are a wonder.

Stay awesome

Friday, November 25, 2011


Call from an unknown Number;

Me: Hello
Caller: Hey Ravi, Rachit here, Kya haal dost.
Me: Hey Rachit, Long time, Wassup Man?
Rachit: Good dude, Yeah really long time, almost 3 years
Me: Yeah, almost 3 years.
Rachit: I was just going through my old certificates. I have one of yours. Remember we volunteered for the "Art of Living " course at Indore.
Me: Dude.. you are an angel in disguise. I am in so need of that certificate. Can you scan it and mail me?
Rachit: Sure dude, I thought you will not need it.

And then we talked about life, Indore, etc etc.

Flashback- A week ago.

Taranjot: Ravi, I have reviewed your profile for universities. Everything seems fine, we just lack some extra-curricular certificates. Do you have any volunteering, sports etc certificates.

Me: I will have to look for them, I may have some at home. However, they may be of school time.

Taranjot: It would be good, if they are recent.

I didn't have any with me, as I had misplaced some I had last year. I was just praying that some how I find them. I didn't find, but I got this call.

I can renounce it as a mere co-incidence, but it is not. It is a miracle, or an answered prayer. Miracles do happen. Life is full of them, we just ignore them. Trying to make sense out of everything, find logic in everything, being practical as we put it.

“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” - Albert Einstein

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Post 3- 11/22- I dared to be 'Me'

One of the worst regrets of mine is I had been too cautious whole of my life. I was too guarded of my image and impression I make on people. I was too worried of what others will think of me if I do so.  It has often led me to not to do things, which otherwise I would have loved to do.  Be it blogging, painting, organizing events, I was always leery of what I present.

So today I dared myself to be 'me'. Whole day, I made sure that I speak my heart out. I was not wary of what people will think of me. I just did what I wanted to do. I asked the girl I like for a walk (She hardly knows me), and to my amazement she agreed. I went to buy stuff in my boxers (I just never did it before).  I told my mum - how much I love her (Yes, somehow, I never told her, thinking it is obvious). I just did not say my heart 'NO'. It turned out to be awesome day.

Dare 1 one finished, 2 more truth/dare remains.

Stay Awesome :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Post 2- 11/21 - Boo Boo

Yeah Yeah.. I know I made a boo boo. Damn! I was either too busy at times or I was too lazy at times. I broke the promise I made to myself. Now even the Blog title does not make sense.  Mayhem! Damage control needs to be done. I will play with the rules. And according to rules in the last post, I have to do 3 truths or dares. I will do them one by one. Dare coming for tomorrow. Stay tuned.  :)

And for today,

God is the DJ tonight,
Lovely city lights,
Delhi's Pink winter breeze,
Coffee Aroma,
and Group chat on whatsapp with Old friends.

At times, All we need is to pause. Look around, and see the beauty and appreciate it. In midst of all the complexities and anxieties details of life, there are simple and beautiful things we fail to notice. We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.

With awesomeness, and hope for a better tomorrow and better post, Good Night!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Post 1- 11/17 - New beginnings

Hi, and Welcome.

"New Day New Post" is a self-search project of a person who has been living listlessly for months, trapped in  office and daily ennui activities and lost his spark. This project is an attempt to get back that spark. Of course, that person is me. If your name is not "Ravi Mandliya" and you have landed up here, it is just synchro-destiny. There is always a reason behind. A funny man, some one up there, called "God" wanted you to be here.

I remember my resolutions when I finished my undergraduate college 1.5 years back, I will not end up as a professional  IT nerd, working day and night and weekends. I will not lose the "creative me". I will keep exploring the new possibilities. I will keep my senses open and keep admiring this beautiful and amazing world. I will read new books, travel to new places, taste new food, smell new fragrances and meet new people. Ah! and then as you can guess, "Life" happened. I am now caught in whirlpool of  submissions, deadlines, meetings, projects, clients, training etc.  In short, I have stopped living in this new "life".

This project is just an initiative to get myself back, and get that spark back. There are some real simple rules. 
  • As the title suggest - "New Day New Post" means there has to be a new post on this blog everyday for at least next 30 days. I will religiously post on it. My problem has been I "think" too much, before doing anything. So I will not think about what I am going to post, and How is it going to be?. May be a pic, may be click, may be a post, may be an observation. Content will not matter. So I am going to imbibe randomness , and will go with the flow. It is going to be awesome :)
  • This project is going to be "secret". I am not going to tell a single soul about it. Only the funny man up there can bring someone here. There is fun in uncertainty and unknown. I may make new friends, old friends might find it good, bad, ugly.  Randomness again :)
  • Every time I miss a day, which I am bound to, there will be funny punishment. I will play "Truth or Dare" with myself. I would either put a "truth" as new post, or I will take a "dare" and do something which I always wanted to do, but was never able to do. I will post about the dare in the next post. I haven't done anything for 30 days in a row, so not playing "truth or dare" will be a challenge, and it is going to be fun.
I may come up with new rules later. It is going to be my game,  I am the sole player, and I will be the honest referee. This project is intended just for "ME", but if you have landed up here, and by any chance have any ideas, suggestions or feedback. You are welcome.

 New Beginnings indeed. I am loving it!

Stay awesome