PROVING INDIA’S PAISA VASOOL = LUFTHANSA (LUFT i.e. ‘ENJOYMENT’, HANSA i.e. ‘LAUGHTER’)

Well, it is true. If you get a great deal, wouldn’t you be smiling with joy! Wouldn’t you be having a moment of ‘Luft-hansa’!

But what is this great deal about?

Well, it will be so easy for Indians to relate to the great deal and the ‘Luft-hansa’ that this post talks about, once I write the magic words…!! So here you go…..

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Defining ‘Paisa Vasool’ can be a bit tricky for the rest in the world since the quality is so deeply rooted in Indian sentiments that understanding it from just one example would be a mammoth task. Then why deconstruct one example when we can share some extremely common and hilarious ones to comprehend the ‘Luft-hansa’ we get from a ‘Paisa Vasool’ moment!!

And it so may happen that after reading this, you probably may want to get your own ‘Luft-hansa’. If this happens then today may be your lucky day as the post ends with some quick tips to start the ‘Paisa Vasool’ Beginner Training!!!! Isn’t this great? (“Yeah, right!”)

Before the examples make you go LOL (“Laughter Of Luft-hansa”), it is perhaps necessary to understand that ‘Paisa Vasool’ doesn’t necessarily mean Miserly or Stingy, or it isn’t just a middle class man’s ideology. It is in fact, an Indian trait that encourages us to achieve more from little. But this is so regular for us; that sometimes, we become too modest to notice it.

It’s like having a ‘Paisa Vasool’ gene in our system that we absolutely cannot do without.

Indians may not need it; but the gene is active throughout.

(” Noticed the unintentional rhyme… No? … Okay!”).

So the whole ‘Paisa Vasool’ attribute is like any other trait which are exclusive to natives and perhaps develop when we grow up with other natives of the same country. Now, every country has its own unique attributes. For instance; British may be known for their humor, Americans for their individualism, Chinese for their modesty. By the same rule, we, Indians have our own unique qualities. We are adjusting, content, hard workers, full of love and if we go on to the funnier side… we are known for our bargaining, jugaad (“help me with its English terminology!”) and ‘Paisa Vasool’ fixation. If we analyze, they are all set on our constant struggle to optimize more from less…achieving much more from fewer opportunities!!! This Indian attribute aims on living, yes; but also sustaining! Every one of us are effortlessly building a store for future. Okay yes, sometimes we do go overboard with the Paisa Vasool philosophy, but hey! Nothing could be more fun and us than wearing airy holey vests in summer or say squeezing in with five others and one special one in a car or using old clothes as table wipes or not having a ‘how the hell am I going to pay for this’ stress while travelling with fifty guests for a wedding… yes you read it right… At the Lufthansa premium rates that’s possible, check out the link here : Lufthansa Premium Economy

There are countless other examples. Let us begin with the most fun;

1. The Dhaniya Mirchi Saga – An opportunity to buy vegetables is not an opportunity to buy coriander and chillies. These are like the ‘Mandi’ or market air we get for free when we are sniffing and selecting our veggies. Late mornings or early evenings… Every day… In every neighborhood of the country, ladies scramble out in their night gowns to buy vegetables… Notice the ‘Luft-hansa’ from their ‘Paisa Vasool’ Dance when they get their free coriander and chillies.

2. The Bored Teeth: There are some days in a month when the Indian teeth look so bored and moody that they force us to go to the market to get new teeth products… just so they are cheered up.  This usually happens when the teeth see us folding a toothpaste tube up to the thumb length or when they know they will be cleaned with a toothbrush that has a clear footpath between the sloping bristles.  The teeth literally shout out to let go of the ‘Paisa Vasool’ addiction which is when we buy a new toothpaste or a new tooth brush; just to charge them up. And when buying, our eyes are usually set on the paste that has a free brush or that has a 20% extra paste or 10 rupees off or our all time favorite ‘Buy one get one free’ sticker on it.

3. Too Loved to Ever be Replaced: For expensive purchases, our abilities to make every penny worth are much more visible. Most of us in our Indian houses may have come across tables with three intact wooden legs and the fourth leg with a cardboard foot, or old oven that turns into a cabinet for rarely used or perhaps even unknown things, the struggling television remote with cello tape around the battery area and so on.  It gets really difficult to say goodbye to these items. For years, we stick to the option of ‘fixing these temporarily’. And all the times during those years; when the items are temporarily re-fixed, we feel pride in the fact that the purchase is still going strong and this gives us our ‘Paisa Vasool Luft-hansa’.

4. The Vessel Reruns: Of all the things that we can think of buying, kitchen vessels can be understood as the most ‘Paisa Vasool’ purchase. It doesn’t break, can be reused for years and that too for a variety of things. Be it the ‘Jam Jars’ that turn into ‘Spice Jars’, ‘Cooking Vessels’ that are renamed as ‘Fruit Baskets’, ‘Water Bottles that become ‘Oil Bottles’, ‘Broken Cups’ that are created into ‘Pencil Stands’, etc. So you see, we have been practicing the art of ‘Recycle and Reuse’ since a very long time. The difference is just that we refer to the policy as the ‘Paisa Vasool’ technique in India.

5. The Food Connection:  This is where the ‘Paisa Vasool’ trait enables us to bond and create memories. One packet of noodles would be a complete ‘Paisa Vasool’ purchase if it is shared with our roommates, friends and partners. In such a case; the talks, laughter and life long memories are way more valuable than the quantity. Buying an expensive chocolate to dissolve a fight or buying rice which is burnt in the first cooking trial…. all such purchases give us way more ‘Luft-hansa’ than the rest of the ‘Paisa Vasool’ experiences.

6. We Love Waste: What is waste? Something is waste only if it comes out of the body, has a smell or has fungus growing on it. Otherwise, it is not waste. It is just taking a rebirth to become something else. Just like the reuse and recycle policy for our vessels, we have the abilities to make every non living object ‘Paisa Vasool’ by juicing out various uses from it. It can be the orange peels which are dried and used for face mask, left over ‘dal’ which is stuffed into breakfast ‘paranthas’, old eye pencils which are used to cover grey hair, pencil shavings to create art, old ‘sarees’ stitched as suits, old bed sheets used as table covers, chocolate boxes converted into jewellery box…..and the list is endless! So in a way, we see waste as potential raw material. And the moment we see it, the waste provides us with our ‘Paisa Vasool Luft-hansa’.

So whether it is Subramanyam Swami, Shaheen Khan, Shantanu Bose, Dev Patel, Pinky Singh, Jenny D’souza, Sachin Khede, Chung Cha, Mathurs, Iyers, Chaddhas, Chakrabortys, Bottlewalas, Bijlanis, Jains, Joshis, Guptas and Sharmas… Or whoever you may come across in this country, this post gives you a guarantee that you will find all of them with their own ‘Paisa Vasool’ memories…. And they all would be close to heart, real and full of joy…no matter how fancy their living is. Of the plethora qualities that binds us Indians; this ability to fully extract pleasures from every situation, every purchase, every state certainly defines the people we are… happy, intelligent and positive!

Not an Indian or perhaps just missed out on the ‘Paisa Vasool’ opportunities?

Well then fear not! Some quick steps can surely certify you as a beginner and you can progress from there!

Enjoy Torn Shirts/ Vests/ Socks

Do not throw. Wear it till it covers at least the essential 47% of the body. However, refrain yourself from going out in these as chances of people throwing garbage at you will increase with increase in exposed areas of body. Don’t wear these when you have guests over, especially if you have chests like the 90’s Akshay Kumar or Anil Kapoor. Chances of decreasing eye contact and increasing physical distance may be present with the increase in exposed areas of body. However if the clothes surpass the 47% mark, it is the time to… Not throw but to appoint it as the new ‘clean-master’ for your floors and furniture. Use it… Wash it… Reuse it… Continue this till you have a horizontal piece of cloth with loose threads.

Play with the Torn Purses

Say hello to the everyday games of ‘Where did my thing go?’ Just put your hand in the purse, into the torn corner, ramble your fingers inside to find the pennies, lipstick and receipts…that’s it…! Isn’t the game easy? So now every time when you are in a hurry and you need something, this game will surely give you that extra kick of vigor.

Every Store has Your Free Stuff

Memorize the fact. Be shameless to look for the sales, discounts and assured free gifts. It can be anything from buying a three+1 free soap pack, free ‘nada’ or thread with petticoat, extra onions in a restaurant, free accessories with a car… basically anywhere where you can spend your money. It is almost like an unsaid birth right to wheedle out the optimum benefits from a purchase.

Raid Your House Waste

As mentioned before, foresee the waste as promising resources. Simple steps like using old toothbrushes for glass cleaning, shoe cases for jewellery boxes, old newspapers for covering notebooks etc. will give you a little insight into the whole ‘Paisa Vasool’ matter. Forget modern art, this is where you need to focus your creativity on.

Travellers Extraction

Our wishes and hopes increase with increase in expenditure. Travelling and holidaying brings along with it a series of expenses like travel costs, hotel costs, food costs, visa costs, shopping expenses and the likes. Even after planning a budget, we have a tendency to go overboard at most times. And when its international travel, we crave for free services like, budget flights, lowest prices at the Duty Free markets, good accommodation, good meals etc. Many times the struggle is real; especially when optimizing from a budget hotel or airline.  We often focus more on the hotel accommodation for the holiday and compromise with the choice of airline. But the compromise surely kicks back during the long hours of travel when the seats are uncomfortable; legs are squashed, food stinks and the overall service is bad. Imagine this on a work trip!! This is the time when we realize that the ‘Paisa Vasool’ ability has also gone away for a holiday. To avoid all of this, our ‘Paisa Vasool’ travel extraction can be made possible only when you pay a budget cost and you receive a flying experience so surreal that you feel like a holiday in the flight itself. But is that possible? Well yes… We can experience the ‘Paisa Vasool Luft-hansa’ when we fly in Lufthansa. It surely gives us a complete value for money experience and the assurance that at least when we are flying, our ‘Paisa Vasool’ desires are taken care of. For instance, when you fly #LufthansaPremiumEconomy ; you will never have to ask the person sitting in front of you to adjust his seat or feel the kicks and bumps from the person seated behind you as you get your own space to rest all your body parts. Or if you have a presentation deadline and you need to finish the last slides, you will not have to worry about the falling files and slanting laptops as you will have your own personal foldable table to work on. Besides catering to our most prominent needs for more space, quality food, entertainment and overall comfort; what sets it apart from the rest is its vision to provide an experience worth every buck. It takes care of the hard money we spend on them. And when we are treated with care, we feel content… we fly high on ‘Paisa Vasool Lufthansa’.

So the above steps will surely give you a head start to build and enhance your ‘Paisa Vasool’ abilities but remember this is just Part 1 of the training… If you believe you have some expert lessons with you, do share in the comments section below and make this post a ‘Paisa Vasool’ offer for all readers!!!

DISSECTING THE STRESSED HEADS… !!! THE ‘MAI BOHOT PARESHAN HOON SYNDROME’

So I am following the HOP philosophy these days as I juggle the stress of working on multiple ventures. When I was HOPPING today, I realized that….wait a minute..HOP philosophy?…Don’t you know it?………  Come on !!………   Everybody is going gaga over it these days..

And yes by everybody I mean me and my fictional readers of course..!! ….. Oh, Well since only a few may be unaware, let me just highlight here that HOP is what I figured out in one of my last posts… However I must warn the readers that it may be the most boring, ridiculous and stupidomax read but if you really want to, here is the link.

So if anyone took the better decision to ignore the link; in just one line, HOP is a behavioral technique which fosters the ability to independently reduce the stress levels by activating Hope, Optimism and Positivism within.

Let me now begin the post again by mentioning that I am really high on HOP and preach it wherever possible. But since I assume that I am human, currently I can say that the stress is shooting up and therefore sometimes the transformation from Captain America to The Hulk does happen….can’t deny that…!! But do not worry; as I write, I can say the Hulk is gradually getting calmer.

I have realized, the last few blogs have been very smiling and saintly as if I am a motivational guru wearing a white saree with chandan on my forehead and both my palms in the trademark ‘aashirwaad’ position. So this post, I am going to make you cry, moody, angry and sad!!….

KIDDING…. ! The last sentence needs a few more words…!!! Again, This post, I am going to list down the things that make you cry, moody, angry and sad when you are already stressed….hopefully with a dash of sarcasm!! So here it goes….

Remember the time when you were preoccupied with your own stress and the following happens:

1. WEDDING AND SOCIAL GATHERINGS

Imagine an exam stress; and the tension of either the preparation or results is so astronomical that one may experience severe mood swings. Then in all that, one is forced or emotionally blackmailed to leave the comfort of their home and pajamas to attend, what the Indians refer to as ‘function me jana hai’ (have to attend a function). And then the meet and greet starts…Now if you are stressed, the only hope of relief could be through a good conversation with say someone close to Salman Khan and sorts but all one gets is Uncle Aunty and the kids. Personally, I am not a fan of small talk but most of the time I just follow the social protocol and carry on with the highly interesting conversations (duh!) which is dominated by such dialogues

What do you do?

Hypocrite answer – I am working as the blah with blah organization.

Non Verbal Real Answer out of stress – Why do you care? We aren’t meeting again.

How is the weather where you come from?

Hypocrite answer – Oh its nice sunny/ cool/ rainy. How is it where you come from?

Non Verbal Real Answer out of stress – The annual weather changes are the same everywhere. Clearly there is nothing better to talk.

We should plan up to meet some time!

Hypocrite Answer– Absolutely can’t wait to see you again.

Non Verbal Real Answer out of stress – Bye!

(I am sure there must be more… share if you have got some!)

Socializing with friends can still be a little better provided you actually care about the people involved… honest eh !! But beware, the mood swings may become hopelessly visible to those who care and to those you care for.

2. THE SYMPATHY CARD

This can be a real Hulk-Converter. When one is already stressed and then a person brushes off his/ her comforting skills on you; but, instead of relieving your tension, you feel like pasting a ‘Do not talk’ sign on his mouth. For example, in such cases, one may have come across these soothing utterances (well!)….

‘Oh no!… what has happened…this is so bad..isn’t?’

(Really..you want to question the terrible state of my stress….Of course it’s bad… Why else would I point the gun at you!)

‘What are you saying…Tell me in detail!’

(Yes, now is the best time for a monologue. Board with me on the time machine…lets relive the stressful past together!)

‘How are you feeling?..I know i was so depressed when i had a similar time..I wanted to kill myself.’

(So you are suggesting me to shoot up the levels of depression to the point I commit suicide…. Hmm you should have been a counselor.)

‘I knew this wasn’t the right way. Don’t worry. Try something else. Every dog has its day.’

(Thank you for reminding me that I was wrong and sorry for biting your leg!  woof woof!)

3. NO FOOD

Stress eating is so common. It is scientifically proven by many that food relieves stress but then there are times when the fridge and cabinets have nothing more than milk, dal or biscuits and all you want are some chocolates, pizzas and ice creams!!!! Yes, the waist line is increasing but when has anyone come across a size zero hulk!

4. NO ALCOHOL

Stress drinking is not a secret either. Not much of a drinker myself and like I mentioned earlier, I go hulk in stress…but I am aware of some who belly up in anxiety! However, a drink at every time of stress isn’t always possible…! For example, when you come home late after a hard day and open the bar cabinet, an empty bottle may feel like the end of the world. Even worse; one may start crying, if at that point, somebody offers you a ‘shikanji’ (lemonade), ‘jaljeera’ or the most healthy and preposterous …a glass of milk can be enough to shoot your guilt pangs through the roof. Why is it so difficult for others to comprehend that too much stress requires alcohol to feel all the more unruly, stroppy, nauseous and unpleasant. People eh!!

5. NO INTERNET/ NO BATTERY

One has finally the time to relax a bit during stressful times and how does the majority do that?…Watch movies, videos, play games, music….. basically things which are dependent on chargers and batteries..!! However, these poor non living things do not have the power to understand human emotions and thus sometimes, unfortunately, if these do not work, the phones, laptops, remotes..all have to hit the edge of the wall or floor!! This hard-hitting event (pun intended) is followed by the guilt which takes over in just a few seconds and if the event has caused an expensive model to turn into a cheap corpse….Well, then it’s the time to disco with more tears and sadness!! (:D)

6. LOW SELF MAINTENANCE

The words ‘kilos’, ‘pimples’, ‘hair everywhere but head’, ‘tears and stains’, ‘grey’, ‘chipped nails’ etc become so regular during stressful periods. Looking after self is nowhere a priority but instead everyday becomes a contest to look more horrendous than the day before. And when one is looking like a monster, you really don’t want to meet anyone…especially if it’s a crush!! However, this is the best time to scare those who smother you with their affection and presence. Except always, it so happens that the people you pictured a romantic musical with are the ones at the door when you look like Jabba the Hutt!!

But mostly; during these times, one really hopes to have a ‘Post Stress Makeover Order’. Till that time…Damn you Mirrors!!!

7. MISSING OUT

A friend’s birthday, school reunion, concerts, dates or meeting family…. Stress and tension builds up so much that you forget or ignore these important life events. Missing out on these can take the stress levels to another high. This usually can become the breaking point and if one realizes the loss of these life events, take it as a wake up alarm to really introspect and HOP HOP HOP.

Of course later, there may be times when you sit in a group discussing the event you missed. All you would be contributing then would be some of ‘ Ah! I missed it……. Oh okay…..  Really… Oh wow….’ and some more wows and okay..!! Whereas inside you are basically just sulking and cursing everyone.

If one processes all such stressors carefully, it may be possible to realize that the thing which is causing us so much anxiety is within and if we really think back for a minute during the testing times, we can turn the situation around. As the way we think and the way we feel are closely related. If the situation isn’t in our hands…well, the least we can do for ourselves is to switch on our HOP to full power until you have your favorable situation.

It is ultimately us who can metamorphose a situation from bad to slightly better to even better to great. Whining and self pity will take the anxiety nowhere but instead make us unpleasant for everyone around….and more importantly, we like ourselves the most when are happy and content, don’t we!

So, there is nothing wrong in being stressed and anxious…it’s just human and everybody has these phases. But no matter how cliche this may sound now, I strongly believe it eventually does get better… for everyone! Till then, don’t mess up your head…focus on the better things, perhaps practice the 5Hs …or just chill out!!!(yes I know you don’t know the 5 Hs– the link here )

Did I just put on the aashirwad mode again…! Let me know 😀

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BLURRING THE BIGGER PICTURE !!!

Link for ‘India’s Daughter’, A BBC Documentary

Tolerance is an art which is exemplified best by barking dogs and the marching elephant. Banning and drifting the focus from realization to accusation is nowhere a tolerant action, but instead an exaggeration of denial, disparage and desultory. Terming Introspection as fashionable for the cocktail circuits and pinpointing the actions from a foreign land are burying women issues under the carpet as well as kicking off our own responsibilities of working towards a progressive nation.

Yes, not the best documentary but serves the purpose of generating a stir within…..Which fosters in realizing that it all boils down to education, women equality and freedom for every being for societal progress. And how  the country is ahead and also behind… The big contrast needs diminishing and everyone has to contribute…AND THIS IS ALL THAT WE HAVE TO TAKE FROM THESE 59 MINUTES..!!

Just pause the thoughts for two minutes and think if scrapping the video is what all of us are actually counting on for a safer nation!!! ..Shouldn’t the reform start with a priority action on the criminals in prison, criminals in uniform and criminals in power by the worthy in power and worthy to mediate!!!!

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BEAN BAGS, WHEELIES OR STURDY CHAIRS..!! (Not a Post from the Furniture Store)

THE CHAIR YOU ARE SITTING ON NOW….. WOULD PREDICT YOUR ABILITY TO BECOME MOTIVATED…… (A Non Scientific, Humor Less and Inane Relationship Theory Decoded)

Before I blether, let me just point out a fact that the post is written by the author seated in a bean bag. Now back to where the readers’ minds were …what is with this blah title..!! The blahness or vagueness in the title is indicative of the vague influences that one would require in order to be motivated. So this post tries to clear the vagueness by linking motivation with your everyday chairs….and how the three seats, bean bag, wheelies and sturdy chairs behave when faced with motivational resources. If, the reader like me can visualize him/her seated in a bean bag, he/ she would probably require a sea of resources to become motivated.

The same sentence might be better understood with the phrases like; ‘What gets your ass off the bean bag’ and needless to point here that the ass could be lazy, bored, depressed or even arrogant. When such is the case, motivation to create an opportunity is scarce unless the bum isn’t languid enough to activate the mind. Additionally, the ones glued to the bean bags wouldn’t appreciate any comments or questions on the duration, actions and future seating arrangements. They would probably enjoy the present and imagine some concrete actions for the future. To give an easy example for this, if a person is asked to get up from the bean bag to pass on a bottle of water from the next table, he might retort with a plain, No or appear busy.

If that doesn’t work, then the person would utilize his yoga expertise and stretch out his legs and arms at the widest possible angles. If the person prevents himself from stumbling on the floor, he might be able to quench the other person’s thirst. However, the bean bag man would be clever enough to multi-task a bunch of other things before he sits on the bean bag again. Considering the same example; after passing on the bottle, if the person is on his feet, he might lift those feet up and down to serve the purposes of answering the nature’s call or picking up food, quilts, chargers, etc for the next sitting.

So the motivation in the example was to prevent the actions of getting up again for the requirements that may surface later and to avoid any ridicule from people around. So how does this bean bag fit in a wider context?… well! Simple, just replace the person asking for water with the ‘benefits’; water bottle with the ‘goals’, getting up with ‘actions required’ and bean bag with ‘insufficient motivation’…..So can we loosely find a relationship..

  1. Requesting Person’s Appreciation (Benefits) – Bottle of Water (Goal) – Getting Up (Action Required) – Keep sitting on the Bean Bag (Insufficient Motivational Behavior)
  2. Healthy Body (Benefits) – Healthy and Fresh food (Goal)  Healthy Home Cooking over Quick Cooking (Action Required) – Consuming easily available Packet Food/ Fast Food (Insufficient Motivational Behavior)
  3. Higher Professional Pay Scales and other Amenities (Benefits) – Job Application and Interviews (Goal) – Job Search (Action Required) – Continuing with unemployment or jobs with no professional satisfaction (Insufficient Motivational Behavior)
  4. Long Lasting Relationships (Family/ Friends/ Professional) (Benefits) – Committing to nurturing the relationship (Goal) – Meeting/Calling/Skyping conversing rather than networking (Action Required) – Continuing with the smileys, forwards and updates on the many online social platforms (Insufficient Motivational Behavior)
  5. Experiences beyond the native land (Benefits) – Travelling and Conversing with people around the globe (Goal)  Pick up the feasible destination, book the tickets, move around, explore communities in the real and online world (Action Required)  Planning for a communication with the other world in the years to come, Joining a community to receive theoretical information, maintaining a bucket list without a single check (Insufficient Motivational Behavior)
  6. Satisfaction of presenting a write up (Benefits) – Managing time to write your mind (Goal)  think, translate and type (Action Required)  Keep thinking (Insufficient Motivational Behavior)  

So one never really achieves anything on the bean bag… However, if the readers notice, a bean bag isn’t entirely a negative word. In fact, it is symbolic of comfort and support too. Well of course, motivation is essential for all of us but we cannot portray ourselves as machines. We are humans and we require our relaxed asses on the bags from time to time….. just so we are rejuvenated enough to be motivated again.

Now what about the Wheelie Chairs? Well firstly by wheelie chairs, I mean this!!!

So the people sitting on their wheelie chairs delay motivation by twisting and twirling their way around. They don’t actually get up but still manage to complete the task. How do they do it? Well they twist their actions to the point where the goals are achieved by being just one notch above the border of insufficient motivational behaviours. However, it should be noted that the benefits are often unattainable and there is constant a risk of drooping down to bean bags at any point of time. Consider the same example of the water bottle with the change of seat from bean bag to wheelie chair. Now the person in wheelie would paddle his legs with force just enough to grab the bottle. After passing on the bottle, since he continues to be seated, there isn’t much scope of getting up and doing something else unless the table on which the bottle was kept has something of his use, such as food, pen, earphones etc.

So how does wheelie chair motivation cycle look like?…Again, replace the person requesting for water as ‘benefits’, water bottle as ‘goals’, paddling legs to move the chair as ‘twisted actions’ and grabbing the pen as ‘out of chance motivations’. Utilizing the same examples in this cycle;

  1. Requesting Person’s Appreciation (Benefits) – Bottle of Water (Goal)(Paddling Legs to Grab Bottle (Twisted Actions)Grabbing a Pen on the same table (Out of Chance Motivations)
  2. Healthy Body (Benefits) – Healthy and Fresh food (Goal)  Going over a Friend’s Place for Healthy Home Cooked Food (Twisted Actions) – Noting the Recipes for Future Reference (Out of Chance Motivations)
  3. Higher Professional Pay Scales and other Amenities (Benefits) – Job Application and Interviews (Goal) – Handing over the case to Job Agencies (Twisted Actions) – On the Spot Knowledge and Application for Current Job offers (Out of Chance Motivations)
  4. Long Lasting Relationships (Family/ Friends/ Professional) (Benefits) – Committing to nurturing the relationship (Goal) – Meetings and Conversations with mutual friends (Twisted Actions) – Realizing the common attributes with ourselves (Out of Chance Motivations)
  5. Experiences beyond the native land (Benefits) – Travelling and Conversing with people around the globe (Goal)  Attending compulsory Company funded workshops and seminars in a different land (Twisted Actions) – Associate with people and realize the experiences in the new place (Out of Chance Motivations)
  6. Satisfaction of presenting a write up (Benefits) – Managing time to write your mind (Goal)  Rephrasing another write up or photograph (Twisted Actions)Developing new inspiration from comments (Out of Chance Motivations)


So the wheelie has the ability to attain the benefits if the goals and out of chance motivations are satisfied consistently. However, if the actions are so consistent; with time, one would observe the deletion of insufficient or out of chance motivations, doubling benefits and replacement of paddling legs to walking legs as ‘actions’. This would be the characteristic motivation cycle for a person seated in a sturdy chair.

Considering the same example, upon hearing the person’s request for the water bottle, the person seated on the sturdy chair would instantly get up, pass on the bottle of water and perhaps ask the other person regarding his other requirements. So putting the motivation cycle in a wider context,

  1. Requesting Person’s Appreciation + Regard  (Benefits Doubled) – Bottle of Water (Goal) – Picking Up the Bottle and Passing on to the Thirsty Person (Action)
  2. Healthy Body + Cooking Skills  (Benefits Doubled) Healthy and Fresh food (Goal)– Cooking fresh food at home (Action)
  3. Higher Professional Pay Scales and other Amenities + Professional Respect  (Benefits Doubled) Job Application and Interviews (Goal) – Active job search and skill development (Action)
  4. Long Lasting Relationships (Family/ Friends/ Professional) + Belongingness to Communities (Benefits Doubled) Committing to nurturing the relationship (Goal) – Believing in being there for your people and Committing regular intervals of time for social life (Action)
  5. Experiences beyond the native land + Knowledge on World Perspectives  (Benefits Doubled) Travelling and Conversing with people around the globe (Goal) – Travelling, Active Blogging, Researching, Participating and Experiencing the Unknown (Action)
  6. Satisfaction of presenting a write up + Appreciation from Readers (Benefits Doubled) Managing time to write your mind (Goal) – Writing your mind and presenting it in the best way possible (Action)

Being seated in a sturdy chair surely appears to be the most favorable. However, extremes aren’t always enticing. Too much benefits and appreciations may develop a larger head or too much perfection may suck out all the vigor. Additionally, many of the ones in sturdy chairs may be taken for granted due to their habit of excelling and satisfying the needs at every time.  As a result of these excessive persistent motivations, the sturdy chairs start becoming painful for the bums and a shift to wheelies or bean bags can be predicted in the near future.

Therefore, whether it is bean bag, wheelie or sturdy chair, permanent attachment of the bums to any of these isn’t practical and advisable. One needs to timely shift their motivational influences and behaviors so as to have a satisfying happy life.

So just like I mentioned at the very start, currently I am in a bean bag with my next shift to the sturdy chair. Where do you think your confused bum is seated currently?

EXAGGERATION OF EMOTION

DID YOU JUST CALL US AN APPLE! BULLETS RELOADED! FIRE…..!!!

It seems the actions towards making the structures sturdier and more advanced, since the ages, have restricted themselves to flyovers, technology and transport. No significant efforts towards coconut-izing ourselves….. our raisin-istic human minds (which swell up if drenched in slightest manipulations), grape-ish emotional sentiments (which can often be sour on encounters with pettiest idioms), peas-in-a-pod-ish social groups (which blindly follow the orthodox norms) or even our pomegranate-ish political representations (which involves sturdiness that prevents advancement and promotes same old governance).

Crux of all raises the same question…. Why is it that even one tiny flake of salt makes our water salty?Why do we believe in standing up for ourselves in the world by literally standing up with our curses and sticks? It is ironic though…. India, the land which is often renowned as the mecca for yoga and meditation has people who are totally ignorant of the value of calm and peace. To elaborate with examples, I might have to spend some time to choose the best ones from the day since ‘reloading the bullets’ is such an everyday fact for us.

Take the movie PK for instance, which perhaps would be the easiest example to convey the post’s aims. For me, it was a decent movie; that aims to spread the message of coming above the myths, believing in self with a dash of secularism too. Some interpreted it differently and somehow managed to observe the message of ‘diminishing one’s communal or religious identity’. So much so that these differently opinionated people believed in creating a havoc and destruction just so that their interpretation of a two and half hour Bollywood movie; (that has nursery rhyme like songs, aliens who speak Bhojpuri, embassies and media houses waiting for happy ending of a love story etc.), does not modify our nation’s morals. Well if this can happen, then watching a say Spider-man or our Indian Krrisshhh would have instilled the inspiration in me to fly and fight like krisshh or perhaps wait for a man like krissh to get married, or watching a Bhootnath Returns would have made the nation wait for a bhoot to fight elections, or Happy New Year would have had the entire nation dancing and robbing banks.  Even if the movie PK lucidly bashes a particular community… is there a dire need to be affected by a MOVIE… are our sentiments and values so loosely glued to us?

It is unfortunate to have a history of cases in India where the boiling points of agitation have been so quick to achieve, and that too, with the slightest increase in temperature. Be it the Gujarat Riots, Love Jihad Crimes, Honor Killings, Ayodhya Case, etc. all of them and so many more were actually a result of extreme sensitivities. Aren’t we evolved enough to work towards a calmer country? … aren’t we mature enough to understand the power of four L’s ‘Letting go, Loving, Laughing and Living’?… I think we all can be… we just need some humor, some sense and some inspiration in order to come face to face with our sentiments, rather than carrying them on our sleeves.

If we believe our exaggeration of emotion is cocooned in our country. Well! News flash… it is not! When I met my friends and colleagues from abroad for the first time, most of them weren’t open enough with their conversations…(you know… the religion talks, food, arrange marriages, living with parents, or even the flirt). Some of it can be attributed to the fact that nobody knew each other (which is natural)… while most of it was because nobody wanted to say or do something that would hurt my ‘Indian Sentiments’. Well, this is of course with the intention to not disrespect anyone which is fine. The problem is, why ‘We’ are tagged so sensitive in the world. And yes, I have come with my perfect assumption and that is our exaggeration of emotion. According to me, the problem is not with the world but with us.

Many of us Indians do react strongly and rather viciously at times to comments and acts, which in reality, requires nothing more than a silent chuckle. I mean it is just like, if Mahatma Gandhi would have been teased ‘Baldy Brownie’ by some British then; do you think he would have reacted with a ‘Danda’ (stick) on the British’s head… No!! I think he would have added something to the joke with a smile.

So I guess, most of us need to chill out on certain levels… remember the Joker’s quote from Batman… ‘Why so serious?’ I don’t think I would be offended if someone disrespects my language, color, religion, accent or anything… neither should anyone be. For me, all my values and ‘Indian’ elements are so deep rooted with such a firm foundation that nothing can bring it down unless I doubt myself. And this is what everyone should instill in themselves, be it anyone from any country for that matter.

But then of course, this is what I believe is reality… everyone may not agree to this or perhaps even think of reloading a virtual gun…. if such is the case, then all I got to say is….. at least i am not responding with my exaggeration of emotion..!!

And yes since this is the first post for 2015…. Happy New Year to all !!!! Cheers 🙂

DIVERSE WAYS OF EMPLOYING LOVE: INDIAN WOMAN

So, before as I was rambling about how Indian Women aren’t just black or white. It is the grey that makes us different and beautiful….. (well..the grey in hair can be debated !!). But the diversity extends on so many levels that if one tries to put on his/ her Dexter glasses and analyze the estimate of these levels, he/ she would probably end up sitting at the Himalayan Peak with one of the ‘Aghori Babas’.

A few days ago when I posted the ‘Diverse Ways of Employing Power’; I realized that there is another element… so distinctive for an Indian Woman… and that is Love. Now that I come to think of it as I write, the title that mentions, ‘Ways of Employing Love’ would have attracted an entirely different audience, I believe one should scroll down the post before you go ‘WTF’..!!

Coming back to the subject! So, just like power has its personalized meaning for every woman in India, love too doesn’t just signify romance… It is ironic though that love, which is such a positive phenomena, does not always portray what it is supposed to. While, we have beautiful shades of white in love that can make us so appealing and refreshing, we cannot just be on a loop praising us…oh the lovely us..!! In fact, the grayness and blackness of love in India can sometimes make us devastated, depressed and dreadful..!!

1. LOVE THAT TURNS AVARICE

2. LOVE THAT TURNS PHILANTHROPIST

3. LOVE THAT TURNS PASSIONATE

4. LOVE THAT TURNS APATHETIC

5. LOVE THAT TURNS REVERENTIAL

6. LOVE THAT TURNS GOD FEARING

7. LOVE THAT TURNS SURPRISING

8. LOVE THAT TURNS EGREGIOUS

9. LOVE THAT TURNS INTELLIGENT

10. LOVE THAT TURNS SLY

11. LOVE THAT SLAUGHTERS

12. LOVE THAT REINFORCES

😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

Defying The Regular Christmas…

Christmas is upon us… So most of us are looking forward to Santa Claus (of course!), sleigh rides, pine trees, snow, scrumptious meals, presents and cozy family time..!!!

With such diversity in the world, xmas festivities differ in different regions.. However, no matter where and how it is celebrated…. Xmas usually has two universal effects on people. One, we remember our family and the other is that Christmas brings out the inner child in us..!!!!

So here’s hoping the world enjoys a peaceful and happy xmas..!!!! Filling up the post with some not so usual Christmas pictures from India…!! 😀

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The Rickshaw Sleigh.. With Skinny Santaz!!

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The Elephantine Reindeers..!!!

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Skipping the Air Traffic…!!

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Cycling keeps the Santa in shape..!!!

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Personifying the Xmas Decoration..!!

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Banana Christmas..!! Novel isn’t..!

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‘Yum’ is the word… Even if its xmas roti, dal…!!

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Xmas Gifts..presenting what you really need..!!

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Sometimes the ‘Daily Ration’ could be the best xmas gifts for the Common man..!!

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Lost Santas… The ones celebrating the festival alone might relate..!!

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If its India…. There has to be some xmas dancing….!!!

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And again if its India… Lord Jesus can be remembered with the traditional ‘Aarti’ and ‘Chants’..!!

Diverse Ways of Employing Power: Indian Woman

Its been long debated… often a one sided extempore which favor the violated, discriminated and helpless faces of Indian Woman. Being a Indian Woman myself, I believe there are plethora of shades in us just like an Indian Man. Who said the Indian Woman is defined by universal tags? Who advocated the societal rule of accepting Indian Woman as either the white or the black? We have grey among us….we aren’t different from the rest but the diversity lies within us….within the Indian Women..!!!

Be it any human, every one has a sense of power. Metamorphosis of power, however, may be different for different beings. What could be the common translations of power in Indian Woman…. Are they possibly identical to Women everywhere in the world?

1. The One Who Leads

2. The One Who Dominates

3. The One Who Mobilizes

4. The One Who Manipulates

5. The One Who Supports

6. The One Who Subverts

7. The One Who Conforms

8. The One Who Reforms

And these are just a few grains from the ‘Power’ pot..!!!…. Many More to Explore…Many More to Comprehend !!!