Personal Ramblings

Secrets to success

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I had always believed in quotes like these – “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. – Colin Powell”. I believed in such quotes when I was younger and more innocent. Not anymore. Now I understand that neither is success directly proportional to hard work nor is hard work sufficient for success. What you need is working smartly, being smart and knowing how to manipulate other people.

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Food

Fruits challenge

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Like I said in my previous post, this year I am mostly concentrating on eating healthy food and on staying healthy. Recently I was looking at the list of fruits available locally and realized that I had not eaten half of them. We do not eat many fruits as part of our diet. The only fruits which we bring home are apples and bananas. There are plenty of other fruits available in the market and we do not even buy them. That’s when I took a challenge. I decided that next time I go to the market, I am going to buy every single fruit available and make something using them. Processing these fruits into something more interesting might tempt us to eat them.

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Most of the fruits that I bought were not eaten by me while I was in India. The idea was to choose different fruits.

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Personal Ramblings

Jack of all trades

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We were watching a movie yesterday, in which one of the actors said something that struck a chord with me. She said that she was a quitter, that she never finished anything. All that she did was start something and then switch to something else that distracted her. I am very much like her. My interests have never been constant. I might find something fascinating today, only to find out that I am bored of it the next day. My interests and hobbies keep changing with time. This is where things go to waste. I splurge large sum of money on something that I may use only for a month. And then just because I poured money into it, I push myself to do something about it. This keeps happening until I realize that I have too many interests. I then give up as I am not capable of following up every single hobby or interest. So this is what has been happening to me for a while now.

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All about Movies

Hindi movies that I loved

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I was recently discussing about my favorite hindi movies when I realized that I have come to like handful of movies in the recent times. I did not like most of the hindi movies that I watched in the last 10 years or so. Some of them are not bad but good for one time watching. You cannot watch some movies again and still like them. These days we watch a Bollywood movie just to laugh at the story or actors like Krishh-3 which we watched just so that we could have a good laugh, but I appreciate that they are trying to do something which was never done before in India. Most of the movies churned by Shahrukh in recent years have been like that e.g My name is Khan or Jab tak hai jaan made me laugh so much at the cannot-act-to-save-my-life Katrina’s oath and Shahrukh’s bomb defusing skills. Sorry! if I have hurt the feelings of any fans.

Anyway, so like I said I hardly liked any hindi movies in the recent times. Yes, hardly and not any. I loved few movies and I watch them again and again whenever I get a chance because they are that good. Most of them are offbeat, different kind of movies with a good story and brilliant acting.

Let me present to you my favorite movies -

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Music I love

One Republic and The Script concert

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I wrote a post on One Republic band here and also cribbed about how I missed their concert last year. And then what do I see? I see an update that they are doing a tour again this year. This time I did not want to miss their concert. I immediately checked the venue and it was in Concord, which is far from where we stay. It would take us an hour to drive to that place. Since the show would go on until midnight, we will have to drive back in such an ungodly hour from a dangerous locality. I got strict NO from husband, when I brought up this idea of attending the concert. Also all the good seats were already taken, which would mean that we have to sit in some of the last rows. I gave up the idea and just resumed to the usual monologues - “you will not do anything for me”. This is my way of getting back at him, whenever he says no for anything.

Then one day, I opened my Facebook account just like that and saw an update from One Republic. The update said that since all the shows were already full and people were still interested in attending their concert, they have added more venues to their tour. I quickly opened the link and found Mountain View on it. I could not believe my eyes. This venue is pretty close to where we live, so there was no question of not going to the concert. I checked the concert date and realized that my parents will be here during that time.

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Life

An ounce of home

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Daily Prompt at WordPress :  An Ounce of Home

You’re embarking on a yearlong round-the-world adventure, and can take only one small object with you to remind you of home. What do you bring along for the trip?

I saw this prompt today and I knew I had to blog on this topic. Yearlong round-the-world adventure is something that I have been yearning to do, but never had the courage to embark on it alone.

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Love books Tolkien

Hail Tolkien

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These days I am hooked to “The Silmarillion”. It is a prequel to “The lord of the rings” and “The hobbit”. I tried reading this book few times in the past and gave up. The reason being that Tolkien dumps too many new characters at the beginning of the book. That kind of intimidates anyone trying to read the book. Initially, I was bored as the story and the characters did not make sense to me. But as I progressed, I understood that he was a genius.

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Personal Ramblings

It’s a date

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For me, dates have never been important. I don’t really care if it is someone’s birthday or anniversary or whatever. Dates are dates, that’s it. As long as you care for a relationship, dates are not important. I somehow try to remember the dates of close ones, like mom, dad, husband and few cousins. Other than that, I am lazy to remember birthdays and other dates.

We are now in the 21st century, which is essentially Facebook century where everything happens through the broadcast medium only.

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Photography

Camera lenses wishlist

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These days, I am keenly interested in photography and am always on the lookout for lenses, filters and what not. All these days, I used to struggle with the technology, but I have now crossed that boundary and am no longer an amateur. I know how to take relatively good pictures using the equipment that I own. Now in order to move forward, I need good lenses. So I am eyeing some lenses and want to try these and then buy them, when I can.

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Europe Places I loved

My travel wishlist – 2

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My previous list here consisted of places that I am planning to visit in near future (if I can). But this post will have another list of places that I have been wanting to visit from God-knows-how-long. These countries are far and making a trip to these places would make us spend $$$$, so I am not sure when I can visit these places. I am putting this post here, so that I can daydream about these places -

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