Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Captivating Lines from Here and There-18

  • Releasing resentment will dissolve even cancer.We must release the past and forgive everyone.Self approval and self acceptance in the now are the keys to positive changes.When we really love ourselves,everything in our life works- Louise Hay, Author
  • Your life situation is mind stuff; your life is real.Your life situation may be full of problems but find out if you have any problem at this moment- from the book " Power of Now"
  • Are you a habitual waiter?- waiting for the next vacation, for a better job, for the children to grow up, for a truly meaningful relationship, for success,to make money, to be important, to be enlightened. It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living- " Power of Now".
  • When one is not greedy,then one will enjoy the birds,the ocean and the vast sky.Needs are very simple and can be fulfilled but greed is one of the greatest deceptions- From the book " Roar your way to Excellence"
  • One's own worst enemy syndrome- Even if you have have something worth saying, if you express it in a tone or a manner that is a turn off, it guarantees no one will listen- From the book " What they don't teach you at Harward Business School"
  • Effective selling is directly tied to timing, patience and persistence- sensitivity to the situation and the person with whom you are dealing- Mark McCormack, Author
  • Fear is the single biggest problem people have with selling: Fear of rejection, fear of failure- putting your ego on the line- Mark Mc Cormack, Author
  • Economists operate with just two tools- the monetary (interest rates) and the fiscal( Taxes & subsidies). Increasing productivity is the third alternative for which there is not the same enthusiasm- P.V.Inderesan, Former Director, IIT, Madras
  • When listening to another person, don't just listen with your mind, listen with your whole body.Feel the energy field of your inner body as you listen- From "Power of Now"
  • Most people don't know how to listen because the major part of their attention is taken up by thinking- " Power of Now"   

Monday, 7 August 2017


'Denial' merely evades a poblem
its still there; hardly solved
denial merely defers action,
courts procrastination...

Some fool themselves for years
while others live the lie for a lifetime!

Denial of an alchoholic problem
of being overweight;
of being ignorant/ not knowing something
or of having marital issues
only steals the opportunity
to face, confront, respond to the problem

Denying, getting angry
shooting the messenger
seeing well wishers as enemies etc
takes one no where
Acceptance is the key
the first step, that makes possible
introspection, ,action and possible solutions....

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Never a Dull Moment ( Movie Review of Mubarakan)

Time simply flew watching this movie
and my verdict "It is Hilarious all the way!" 
Twins, girl friends, chachas, mamas
Mausis all thrown in with a wedding background
the perfect fun setting for pure old time, Hindi cinema!

For a change, light hearted characters
are in safe competent hands
whether that of seniors like Anil Kapoor,
Ratna Shah, Pawan Malhotra
Or the youngsters, Arjun Kapoor or Ileana D'Cruz

The twists and turns and tying up of loose ends
all done perfectly as in the golden days
when values counted, feelings of elders mattered
and winning/Getting was not any which way!

Ignore the professional critics for once
and join in  the fun ride with Arjun
who is getting better n better by the day…
if  Anil is able to fill screen with equal impact
it is good for the movie, so different from
the dominance of single macho heroes these days….

Many thanks to Aneez Bazmee, the Director
to the story cum screenplay writers-
Balwinder, Rupinder and Gurmeet
for the  sheer fun, relaxation and entertainment
to cherish for a long long time!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017


Country is dominated today
by strong right wing views
and retaliation by those at the other end
with extreme views of their own.... policy is
totally disagree with what the other articulates

The real need is saner, sober, balanced voices
which sadly get drowned in the din
generated by those who insist on ' black' or 'white'
with no place for the grey
for them it is simply " either you are with them
or with us, decide quickly, you cat on the wall..."

Tuesday, 27 June 2017


" You know, you know" you say
after almost every sentence
am I a mind reader that I should know
even before you have spoken?

Cut out the frills like the many
"I think, I think s",fake accents,
repeating same word many times for style
and you will get to me faster and clearer,
believe me, there's merit in simplicity....

Friday, 23 June 2017

Captivating Lines from Here and There-17

  • Anytime you are unhappy in the present or feeling unsuccessful, it is time to learn from the past or plan for the future- What happened in the past? what did I learn from it? What can I do differently now?
  • When you behave in the same way, you get the same results.
  • To keep our dreams alive, we must keep feeding them with our thoughts and actions. When you focus a lot of attention on something for a prolonged period of time, you create a lots of results in that area.  
  • HR professionals need to spend less time on what they are good at and more on what they can do to help others succeed.
  • Ask yourself: What is my purpose right now? and what am I doing to make it a reality? As for example " Is my purpose at the moment achievement of sales quota or serving my customers' needs?" 
  • Stress is caused by being 'here' but wanting to be ' there' or being in the present but wanting to be in the future.
  • Planning gives you a road map.It lets you focus on what you need to do in the present/ each day to help bring about the future you want.
  • With negative emotions in the work front,instead of producing results, we become busy managing negative emotions with people- Keeping internal accounts and settling scores with each other. Stop the leakage of energies that occur due to negative emotions.
  • Forgiveness is to relinquish your grievance and thus let go of grief.Your grievance serves no purpose except to strengthen false sense of self.
  • To do what you love and love what you do is being creative.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

A Thin Line between...

There is a thin line between poverty and prosperity; between sanity and insanity, between being witty and being hurting/insulting and yes between perfect health and ill health. You could be a very rich man on one day and be on the street the next day due to an unexpected financial calamity. Similarly, we cannot take our health for granted. We may be seemingly doing appropriate physical exercise and eating sensibly and yet be struck by a health issue from out of the blue.

It happened to me. I was enjoying fairly good health except for a mild diabetes that was well under control.It is true that recently there were some changes in my life style after being  drawn to spirituality. This included getting up very early in the morning at 4 AM for meditation and then going for classes daily for one and half hours. I gave up my morning walk but felt that this was  being compensated by the walk to the venue of spiritual class. I also turned vegetarian.  I got less sleep as I was not able to go to bed early to balance for the early rising.

Perhaps I did not realize it,when signs of ill health were showing up. I felt very sleepy during the morning classes but attributed it to loss of sleep. Yet,slowly and steadily I noticed that I was becoming lethargic, getting very tired and feeling depressed. I was not able to concentrate; not even enough to write my blogs. Most of the time I just felt like lying down. At this juncture, I got a thorough master check up done  at the Apollo clinic. As nothing much could be revealed from it, except a moderate rise in fasting blood sugar, the doctor made changes to this medicine. However, my condition did not improve and  I sought help from an Ayurvedic doctor.This doctor apart from giving general tonic like medicines, suggested that I check for thyroid as well as it could be the cause of the symptoms. By now, I was hoping earnestly that this test brings out something abnormal so that I can at least take medicines to address the basic problem.But the results turned out to be negative.

As I continued to suffer from fatigue and back pain, I consulted another doctor who suggested tests for vitamin B12 and vitamin D deficiency. This time finally, the culprit was identified. I had vitamin D deficiency. Older people and women are more likely to suffer from this deficiency. Exposure to sunlight is a natural source of vitamin DAccording to a  pan-India study, the best time to get exposed to the sun is between 11 AM and 1 PM.since the wavelength of ultraviolet B (UVB) rays is 290-320 nm during this period which is essential for skin to make vitamin D. About 40% women and 30% men in India develop vitamin D-induced osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle. Experts say going outside for 10 minutes in the midday sun—in shorts and a tank top with no sunscreen—will give you enough radiation to produce about 10,000 international units of the vitamin.

The study also suggested that winter months, in view of decreased sunshine, may make Indians more prone to vitamin D deficiency . Natural production of vitamin D from one's own skin is definitely better than having to depend on pills . Vitamin D is the only vitamin that the human body can make on its own which helps the body to absorb calcium from diet. Calcium is important for healthy bones and teeth.Parents should get their children tested for vitamin D deficiency if the child seems lethargic, fatigued, depressed, easily falls sick or takes longer than usual to recover from injuries.Natural foods high in vitamin D include fish oils, fatty fish like tuna/ salmon/ mackerel, mushrooms, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks.

There is also the option of including supplements and vitamin D  fortified foods in your diet. Malted drinks like Bournvita also contains the recommended amount of vitamin D. Excess sugar, caffeine, alcohol interfere with the normal metabolism of the vitamin and should therefore be consumed minimally to enhance absorption of the vitamin. Healthy fat (such as that available in nuts, seeds sunflower/ flax seed and seed oils, pure ghee)  should be incorporated in the diet to improve vitamin D absorption,"

As I had the deficiency for some time now I was prescribed Uprise-D capsules that are to be taken once a week for eight weeks. I have now taken three of these capsules and exposing myself to the sun. I am feeling better now. The aim of this post is to educate readers of this malady that may strike unexpectedly if we are not prepared. As for me, I hope to become my old self by the completion of the treatment course....