The Dawning Of A New Day

From being an addict to a neat sober life, from being a couch potato to burning my muscles again, from losing my job to regaining one in one of the largest MNCs in India, having to plan for an overhauled life when there’s none left in my soul. I’m fighting  each day and every hour of my existence, for revival of my body and soul. I’m living better, I’m eating better. Striving to host a chapter that powers me to dream of happiness, completeness, an error free foray into being who I want to be. I’m dying to see if I’ve learnt from my mistakes. It’s history repeating itself to test me, break me, shake me, wake me up from my slumber. For the past few months, change has been the only constant.
My attitude has changed. Never once did I think of running away even while perfectly knowing the agony each phase brings with it. For the first time I’m ready to give life a chance to come to me. For the first time I’m giving myself a chance to roll with whatever life dishes out, to fly with the wind, even snowball. Never once did I say “NOW WHAT?”.
In December, they told us to start looking elsewhere for a job for the project here had ended but they’d try to absorb us in. In January they hinted they won’t absorb us for the sake of well-being of both the company and my career. I thought it was a very valid and wise move. I have way too much experience to get absorbed in a team where people of nearly half my experience would work above me only because I didn’t have hands on their technology.
To me though, it gave a chance to get out into the world and to see if I’m any better than the man who joined this company nearly 5 years ago, to test my skills, to gauge my self-worth, yet again. For some adventurous reason, I rather relished this challenge and instantly knew I had to leave for my betterment. Both, the company and I, had realized that moving on was the better option for each of us.
This is the new, aged me. The earlier, the younger me would have tried busting their balls for having sacked me, for I had way to much ego. I’m learning to think past my ego and think of all the betterment that any opportunity brings. I’m letting people stay themselves around me. In short I’m trying and giving up my inner force that made me change people around me. I’m letting them come to me. I’m letting life engulf me in its arms. I’m not afraid of leap-of-faiths anymore. I’m running full seasons, gaining new leaves while shedding the useless and old ones.
Moving to a new city offers me an opportunity to start from scratch again. Not only will it give me a chance to meet new people, it’ll also give my wife a chance to settle down at a place that she knows and loves. We’d together forget the horrors we faced in Delhi. This time we are wiser, capable of paying our bills from day one and free of all debt. Oh yeah I forgot to tell you all, I’m finally free from all debts and it is so relieving. 😀
I’m so passed my past now. While I waited for my offer from my new employer, life also threw me a chance to get even with my past. A chance to understand that I was never wrong, for all I’d done was lose a battle of love. I now know what happened, had culminated to a better today and an even better tomorrow.
This waiting period also threw me a chance to get out of this country for a while and land in a place that has forever intrigued me – United States of America. I got to witness the miracle of a new-born baby. I’m so happy for you brother! I got to see a culture far advanced than ours. A thinking not swallowed by petty religion & caste. The ability to talk to and smile at strangers. I got to see the affluent middle class that’s provided for by the government in ways Indians are still dreaming about. We are so unwilling to learn. I got to see the real order, not the one borne by chaos. I got to see a willingness to accept laws and a hesitation to break them for it may harm another human being. I got to drink better hazelnut frappes. I inhaled fresh clean air in the middle of the town, oh how much I miss it back here!
Future is about smart choices, about creating better opportunities, and working hard to bring them to fruition. It’s about learning to adapt and curb your instincts to see past your preferred options and your preparation to dive into a better realm that provides foundations for better plans and people & resources to execute them . I can finally back myself to think positive and not worry about failures for I’ll never miss a chance to learn and grow and become the man who dictates the wellbeing of his loved ones. I grow!

Zee2Etch201#2 – Branding

“VIEWS SPLASH” – A Play Ground!

Like all things that take time coming into a shape and size comfortable for them, “VIEWS SPLASH” is doing the same. I’m writing under this name since 18 months now and here are a few things I’ve come to realize about this name –

1. It stands for freedom – of speech, of will, of thoughts, of words.

2. It stands for rebellion – against crimes, against corrupt politicians, against atrocities untold.

3. It stands against judgement – it doesn’t look at what you’ve achieved. It looks at what you want to do and the path chosen.

4. It’s free flow of information (when needed).

What I’ve not answered though is the pivotal question – “Is this a personal blog”? I like to think it isn’t. It’s a place where I practice writing creatively. It’s a place that has seeds sown to raise the tree of my dreams – a tree of words. And in doing so, I write mostly about my life because special topics need special words. It’s all about diction. Proper diction can give special meaning to pieces that will otherwise remain meaningless.

Zero to Hero 201 Challenge – Task #2 – Branding

The Greatest Rescue Act

I’ve had the best day of the past 7 years. They’ve been rough. They’ve degraded my mind, my thinking, and my personality. They’ve killed a lot of my ambitions and some of my body parts too (not that one though, don’t think dirty)!

But 14th of March 2014 will forever embolden me. Today, after a real struggle lasting 4 years, is the day I finally break into the Indian financial market again. Finally the credit bureau CIBIL recognized my credit worthiness. Finally my buying power soars – again.

I’ve made mistakes, but no more. I’m smarter and I’ll behave smarter. My decisions will now make an impact on the lives of all my favorite people – for better!

This incidentally is also the day when two of the greatest Indian batsmen Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman broke the 15 test match Australian winning streak in 2001 in Kolkata. That was one of the greatest rescue acts ever in test cricket. It was day 4 when they batted through the day and not only saved the match for India but led them to a 171 run victory!

This day now has now witnessed two such acts – one saved a test match in cricket and the other saved a test match of life.

Devils in Disguise

When I hear the word ‘disguise‘, the only people I think about are rapists – the greatest scar on the face of this earth! Men who don’t respect women. What does it take to stop yourself to have any physical contact with an unknown woman?

They are common people, living among us, happy-go-lucky on the outside, poking fun at every chance. But deep down, they scorn women. They believe they have to show their power over the opposite sex for, heaven knows, what reason. Women who are our equals.

Bloody morons – you were born out of them. They always have power over you. Don’t you ever think that when you rape women, women still have power over you. You are raping only because you feel forced to exhibit your physical power you but the real part of you has already given in to temptation of fiddling with the opposite sex and break it’s spirit, when clearly it’s your spirit that’s broken.

These men are hideous. They are dangerous. Yet you may never find out who might they be till they actually commit the heinous crime.

Beware – they are always among us. Keep your ears and eyes open. Recognize their disguise and deception.

Lets see what disguise others are wearing –

  1. Ilya Fostiy. The Enlightened One | Crazy Art
  2. Quark chase | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  3. Superiority complex | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  4. Sky Geometry | The Bliss of Reality
  5. Bus Route & The Daily Prompt | The Jittery Goat
  6. Daily Prompt: Brilliant Disguise | The Road Less Travelled By
  7. Disguise | The Land Slide Photography
  8. Boundaries and Abuse | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
  9. Need A New Escape Plan | Exploratorius
  10. DP Daily Prompt: Brilliant Disguise | Sabethville
  11. Day 73: The Body Is A Brilliant Disguise | The Sacred Architecture of Here and Now
  12. The Dancer | My Little Avalon
  13. Surprise! | meanderedwanderings
  14. Daily Prompt: Brilliant Disguise | seikaiha’s blah-blah-blah
  15. The Jokester | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  16. Daily Prompt: Brilliant Disguise « Mama Bear Musings
  17. The Prankster gets Punked | The Ravenously Disappearing Woman
  18. Hoodwinked
  19. A genetic whatsit containing a pretty low gullibility factor | thoughtsofrkh
  20. Daily Prompt: Brilliant Disguise-Psychiatryc Side of Ego and Foolishness | Journeyman
  21. There’s No Foolin Me! | Musings | WANGSGARD
  22. Daily Prompt: Brilliant Disguise | imagination
  23. happy fortieth birthday to me | eastelmhurst.a.go.go
  24. Brilliant Disguise: My Old School | A Blog of One’s Own
  25. Daily Prompt: Brilliant Disguise | The WordPress C(h)ronicle
  26. Daily Prompt: Brilliant Disguise | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  27. The Race?? [Porch Story #3] | Sitting on the Porch
  28. Growing Up Irish Under False Pretenses
  29. Irony of a Smile | Musings of a Menopausal Maven
  30. Knowing Me and Knowing You | Losing It
  31. Con Artists Are Everywhere | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  32. Demon | shame
  33. You left me with a hole in my balloon of awe « psychologistmimi
  34. You live and learn | Long Winding Road
  35. Got Me Good… | Life Confusions
  36. I Pulled the Wool Over My Own Eyes | Random Words
  37. Word of mouth disguise | Le Drake Noir
  38. Oh typical american food store! | Random & Real
  39. Daily Prompt: Brilliant Disguise « the barren page
  40. A Pleasant Surprise | Flowers and Breezes
  41. The only solace being, the secret remained | Outreach
  42. Tricking the Heart | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  43. Daily Prompt: Brilliant Disguise | DukkSheit Happens……….
  44. Tastes Like Chicken | …Properly Ridiculous…
  45. There is Something about Mary in the Deep South: My Alternate Persona « psychologistmimi

Me Out Of Me!

I’ll today acknowledge that I’ve never had incidents that laid all the odds against me. After a lot of hard and furious thinking, life as I know it isn’t as bad as I sometimes think. I’ve had difficult times, but never a crisis (leaving an isolated incident). Life hasn’t yet thrown at me what I can’t handle. I’m yet to find myself at the receiving end of grief and I’m thankful for it. I’ve always been the more responsible person, the saviour, the guardian for people who want me there and I thank life and my parents for it. They grew me into a hard son-of-a-gun that I am and I won’t fail to admit that I am one. They bred in me top-end survival instincts that always made me stand clear of trouble.

Nothing special. What I’m about to tell you must at all costs be avoided and never attempted in real life. Although I did it, doesn’t mean you’ll pull it off too.

They gave me hands to catch that running train that I so nearly missed. Headphones plugged in my ears, I got off my train to buy a book at Bhilai Power House station. Train stop scheduled at sharp 2 minutes. In a frenzy to select one as fast as could, I forgot to check on the train. It had started to move very fast and my coach had already passed me.

They gave me legs to sprint now, Usain Bolt style, to at least grab one handle of any one of the remaining three coaches. I started running as fast as I could, put out my hands, one push, fail. Second push, I grabbed it with all power available in my young hands. Such was the grip that I flew with the train but my momentum and power joined to help me grab the far handle too.

They gave me the will to pull it off. As I sat at the doorsteps of that coach facing out, huffing and puffing, watching those trees and stones fast blow by me, knees against my forehead, I realized how confident was I to pull something like this off. Many thinner ones may have blown off that handle, many bulkier ones may have never got that far. I did and not only made it inside, I lived to tell the tale too.

Thank You Mom and Dad for making me out of me! I’m yet to lose!

Lets see what others are writing about this supremely intelligent daily prompt

  1. Street cat | Crazy Markovich
  2. Loserly | Mila’s Misadventures
  3. Daily Prompt: Against All Odds-Psychology behind resilience | Journeyman
  4. Daily Prompt: Against All Odds | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  5. Longshot: Daily Prompt | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
  6. To London For Love (Part 2) & The Daily Prompt | The Jittery Goat
  7. Tryst | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  8. Changing masks | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  9. It was as though there was someone else helping me along… | Hope* the happy hugger
  10. Care to Dare | Rima Hassan
  11. Off to Peru With You | Under the Monkey Tree
  12. thoughtsofrkh
  13. Against All Odds She Met Grace Prayers and Promises
  14. DP Daily Prompt: | Sabethville
  15. The Best Laid Plans | My Author-itis
  16. I upgraded my laptop against all the odds | Sue’s Trifles
  17. Take a Look at me Now – Apparently I’m a Robot | thanks for letting me autograph your cat
  18. Do it anyway | Busy Mind Thinking
  19. One Crazy Mom » Against all odds
  20. War of 1812 – Why It Still Matters | Exploratorius
  21. Daily Prompt: Against All Odds | seikaiha’s blah-blah-blah
  22. Road to Regionals: Finale | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  23. And He Scores!! | Cancer Isn’t Pink
  24. This Man is an Island. | L5GN
  25. Minutely Infinite | Facing The Music
  26. DON’T PRESS YOUR LUCK | SERENDIPITY
  27. Measles | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  28. Daily Prompt: Against All Odds | A Day In The Life
  29. Daily Prompt:Against All Odds / choose the fish bowl wisely… | Louie Behogan
  30. Beautiful Bermeo | Life is great
  31. The Scholarship I Almost Won Might Help Me Change The World
  32. The League of Monsters that Never Was | Green Embers
  33. The Trials and Travails of Caleb Clark . . . Will He or Won’t He? (Short Fiction) | meanderedwanderings
  34. Hold On To Your Dreams | Flowers and Breezes
  35. Daily Prompt: Against All Odds | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  36. Over the Hill and through the barriers | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  37. Longshot | The Land Slide Photography
  38. Of High School and Curtain Calls: When reality far exceeded the drama on stage | Quite Callipygous
  39. Me Out Of Me! | Views Splash!
  40. Keep Feeling Sorry and Carry On | Standing Ovation, Seated
  41. against all odds | klstar2000
  42. Against All Odds | The Nameless One
  43. lefty’s left arm broke | eastelmhurst.a.go.go
  44. Fighting the Odds (Womanly Problems) | The Shotgun Girls
  45. Daily Prompt: Being Rushed! | All Things Cute and Beautiful
  46. Romeikes are in. Yes. | Home’s Cool!
  47. Jesus poses under the Bodhi Tree | The Salmon Yatra
  48. Longshot | A picture is worth 1000 words
  49. Against all odds we gave people a place to heal | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  50. College: Two and a Half Years That Changed My Life | Schizo Incognito
  51. Daily Prompt: Getting To London, a total Longshot | Cabernet In The Dark
  52. Fighting Within the GLBTQ Community is “Gay” | Shades of Teal
  53. Daily Prompt: Against All Odds ~~ Cancer and Depression |
  54. Leaving Barcelona Against All Odds « psychologistmimi
  55. Divided | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  56. Eagle in flight (Daily Prompt: “Against All Odds, Longshot”) | Photo0pal Photography
  57. The Common White Girl’s Idea of Struggling | meg lago
  58. LENTEN PARADE OF VICTORY | Sisters of Christ
  59. The surest bet in Vegas | Altared Egos
  60. Against All Odds. | Thoughts On Love
  61. Daily Prompt: Against All Odds – Staying Married | Life’s So Sweet
  62. High School. | Asta’s Space
  63. Against All Odds – OVER and OVER Again! | Musings | WANGSGARD
  64. Against All Odds | Eclecticfemale’s Blog
  65. Paddy Power! Against all odds. | Trucker Turning Write
  66. Daily Prompt: Against all odds | That Montreal Girl
  67. Daily Prompt: Against All Odds | Basically Beyond Basic
  68. Like a Chinese lantern floating | Middle Queendom
  69. Daily Prompt: Bittersweet Memories | SCATTERBRAIN
  70. Building strength in your child | Parents Are People Too
  71. Daily Prompt: Against All Odds | huntprayerpoems
  72. Against All Odds | Emotional Fitness
  73. Longshot | A New Day
  74. Daily Prompt: Against All Odds | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  75. Against All Odds – British Edition | Constructing a Life

Shivers down my spine!

Three songs that no matter what the circumstances are – send shivers down my spine:

1. Flying in a blue dream – Joe Satriani

It sends shivers of peace, calm, cool warmth.

2. Hell is Home – Judas Priest

It sends shivers of anger, power and disdain for the world.

3. Suicidal Dream – Silverchair

It sends shivers of loneliness, fear of death and fearful dreams

I will keep adding to this list for my own safe-keep. Anyone else who feels the same about some of the songs that they listen to?

Arvind Kejriwal and his supporters protest power tariff hike in Delhi, burn electricity bills

 

Arvind Kejriwal and his supporters protest power tariff hike in Delhi, burn electricity bills | NDTV.com.

The electricity bill last month drilled a huge hole in everyone’s pocket in Delhi. The day when the bills were distributed, everyone in my street had their hands on their heads wondering of their other bills and the means with which they would pay them. Hope this intervention from Arvind Kejriwal helps us.