Sunday, October 23, 2016

A 10 hours driving - a new learning

It is a dream for most of the typical Indian middle class family to own a car. No matter it's a sedan or a hatchback, new or old, black or white, it's a car.
I'm not an exception. Yet I was not excited due to various reasons while owning a car.
Long Drive- it's the new trend. I wanted to experience it but with my family. Plan was set. A long drive, more than 500kms.
Haven't experienced a long drive on my own before. So thinking as if im smart I made a plan. Totally 540 kms, by any chance I can drive at a speed of 100kms/hr if so I can cover within 6 hrs.

But the reality was different. My calculations went wrong. Driving is not so easy. You can't calculate and drive until and unless you are ready to take risk.
Risk is risking the life, not only yours but also the others who are with you trusting you that you will drive safe. 
Had to drive slow,to reach safe.

Finally a happy safe drive makes a happy journey!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Challenge is not doing what you can; it's about what you can't

How good it would be if you do something you like!!
How happy it would be if you achieve something which you can't!!
How exciting it would be, if you do those with your friends!!!
Yes we did...
It was challenging... Challenges in different forms...
We five of us, Senthil, Kumar, Jansi, Jaya and myself, planned to go for a trip, a small trek...

The challenge started here...

I have never come across anyone in this world without problems... have you?  And the plan was about to be dropped. Family issues, rumors on Chief Minister, climatic conditions, etc. etc.. The enthusiastic five never wanted the plan to be dropped. The plan was to go to Nagallapuram, which is known for its unknown routes. So we arranged a guide to take us to the destination. Sunday was the D day. Saturday night the guide informed people that the routes are blocked by trees due to rainfall.  We had a collaborative talk and took a decision of trying our best to reach where we can.  The D day early morning 5 am we started our journey. The previous day we had put our efforts to understand the route where there is no route.
We reached the destination of start (ie) the starting point of trekking. No one to guide. No routes. No one else on the way to seek help. What we all had was happiness, passion and trust. With all these we started our walk. We never felt we are new to the place. Yes the Sun didn't show mercy on us. It tried it's best to drain us down but it couldn't. We had a strong defense force and a technique with us . The defense force is none other than a camera and the technique is Selfie. It made us smile even in hot Sun. 2 liters of water it was empty within 15 min. We walked down the forest with no water with a hope we will reach the desired destination ie water falls. Soon after 2 hrs we reached water stream crossing point. A sense of achievement in all of us. The saying "Happiness is a journey not the destination" became true at that point of time. No energy to move on, yet we moved. Further down, farther from the water stream, climbed up and down, with the rhythm of humming insects, removed the mask (profession, education, religion, etc) and realized the true self. Listening to the nature, we walked for a while.  When you are with the nature, you can communicate with the nature, it communicates with you. The water falls with its fall directed us.  Reached the sliding falls. No words, just the feel. The journey didn't stop, yet another falls that was our destination. Little risky, which we felt only after seeing the photos of our path. A space for a  Hallux (big toe) and if you slip, you will be on the rock 40 ft down. No way to escape. The thrill, the passion, the energy kept us moving.
Finally,  We were in the place we were supposed to be. I felt the saying "Happiness is a journey not the destination" was not true. Happiness is reaching the destination.  We were much happier than we expected.  We forgot ourselves and jumped into the freezing water. We enjoyed the luxury at no penny. Played with Monkeys by waving them away, running inside the water to avoid the free pedicure by those cute fishes. Oh! We forgot our lunch. We had vessels and rice to cook. Back again to primitive age of cooking, with dried leaves and sticks in the forest. Not sure if the food was soo tasty, but it was hot and yummy. With no heart we had to start back to continue our mechanical life.

Once a while running out of routine is healthy.

The challenges were not actually the challenges; they were the real catalyst of happiness. Overcoming the challenges gave the feel of happiness. It was an awesome trip filled with happiness which will be memorable forever!!!

Few tips to reach nagallapuram:

What I heard is there are different routes to reach the waterfalls at nagallapuram. Let me mention the route which we followed and was soo easy.

From Chennai, goto Uthukottai, then go towards Nagallapuram but don't go into the nagallapuram village which is on the right side. Go to pichatur (right side service road) which will be around 10 km from nagallapuram. Then take right to Arai village which will take u to the dam.

Left side below the big tree, there is parking (car / bike) paid parking rupees 60/-.

Park and walk to the right side. Climb up the small sand slide and you can see the amazing scenery. Mountain behind the dam. Then walk towards the forest. Live with the nature and explore it.

Comment if u need any clarification, will try my best to help you out.
(Will post pics soon)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

My autobiography "How not to Live"

I always wanted to write about my life as a book but it's not worth writing about it and it won't be useful to anyone.
But suddenly some quote strike my mind, I am not useless, I can be used as a bad example. Which gave birth to my precious book "How not to Live".
Living is easy but living good is difficult. Good can be defined only in comparison with something bad. Without me there can't be any good human. I'm bad and my life is bad but I came across many good human. They made me understand that I'm bad.
I'm gonna write about my experiences, obviously my bad experiences which anyone should avoid to live a good life..
There are few good experiences too.. you decide what is good for you and what is bad for you.. anyone can define what is good and what is bad but no one can define what is good for you and what is bad for you when it comes to your life.. you are the designer of your life..
The book "How not to Live " will be published soon or later.. hurry up and book your book!!! I'm not sure if it will be worth reading the book but if you really understood the meaning of life it will be worth living a life without doing what is not mentioned in the book..
Why are you still waiting? Book it now.. first 100 editions free.. it's gonna be the book of the millennium.. may be!!! Who knows???
See you soon!!!
Totodoin totodoin totodoin..

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Lets play God ! ! !

In my opinion, everyone has some dream. To be a Scientist, to be a Doctor, to be an Engineer, to be a lawer and so on.. Very few have the dream to be God.
Thinking of God, a question arises in me. "Who is a God? What is the role of God?
May be, God is someone who creates everyone. Then who created God? Some other God?
I'm deviating from what i am supposed to say.
One of the tamil music director, in his song nicely quoted, "I am a God, since i have composed a new tune". So anyone can become a God, If we have the ability to create something new and its obvious that each one of us have that ability innate. We should tap it and prove ourselves.
God is within you. Be God.
Lets play God!!!

Friday, November 30, 2012

No idea is silly!!! Be Creative!!! Be Innovative!!!

I attended a mind throbbing session on “Proposing Ideas” few weeks back.

The program was focused on
·         Improving creativity
·         Generate more ideas
·         How to handle the rejection of ideas

Few Interesting facts:
  • 72% of the nobel prize winners are Jews
  •  One sixth of the US citizen worked in Mc Donald in some part of their life
  •  Every 5 min one article is being published in Harvard University
Hard fact for Indians:
  • The contribution of India in the area of innovation and creativity is diminishing over decades.

Why a person becomes creative and when can he/she be creative?
There may be a number of reasons to be creative but there is only one answer for “when one can be creative”.
Yes the answer is ANYTIME. Anyone can be creative anytime.
eg)In critical situation to survive or to overcome
In laziness to be comfortable
you can be creative even while doing nothing. Nothing stops anyone being creative. Be Creative!!!

When you have some idea, tell someone or write it down if you don’t wish to share at that moment.
No idea is silly. Years ago before the invention of airplane, the idea of man flying from one place to another was seen as silly and was criticized but now it is one of the most popular mode of transport. Welcome the critics with pleasure. If your ideas are not considered, it is just one of your idea which was rejected but not you. You have innumerable ideas within you. Never stop generating ideas.

One tool to generate ideas from a group is by Brainstorming. Certain conditions to be followed while conducting a Brainstorming session.
Brainstorming Conditions:
  •  Never interfere when others share their ideas
  •  Never Criticize any idea
  • Never praise any idea
Reverse Brainstorming is generating ideas for what not to do and then generating ideas for what to do

The program also covered on 6 Hats of Thinking. One should wear different hats and should think differently according to the situation.

“When all think alike, then no one is thinking”
No idea is silly !!! Be Creative !!! Be Innovative !!!
Happy Reading :)