Friday, August 12, 2016

The Game Changer

You often hear the term 'Game Changer' liberally used  in talks, in news. I never really had a handle over it...Until Now :) Some recent incidents gave a fuller meaning to it for me. 

I wanted to carry a tab from my Mom's place. Her reaction was -I have my WhatsApp on it. As long as it keeps working on some other device, you can take it. 😮
No issue to carry the instrument, WhatsApp is the necessity. 
Ok....

Dad would check WhatsApp daily. 😮
He had never ever bothered with even a mobile phone so far. 

There was a time when I would call saying I have sent a mail, did you check? That will be the time when Mom would login to check... And now I find them at times online on WhatsApp, Replying instantaneously!

The epitome of all this was Grandma asking, if WhatsApp can be installed on her old phone.      

See for us, for our generation email to yahoo messenger, to social platform of Facebook and alike, to need for a smaller more interactive communication group of WhatsApp felt like a very natural progression. 

For our parents generation, they were never too keen to adapt to all this new technology. They adapted few thing like emails grudgingly as necessity. 

But the total switch from this Nay to Yay is done by WhatsApp. Thats a switch from grudging unwilling acceptance to eagerness and willingness. Requirements are simple. One good phone with number and internet. Thats it. But even more than ease of use, unique and quick way of bringing closer who matter the most! Children, grandchildren, siblings - their families. 

Attitude turn around of an entire generation,oh man thats massive! Now, that is really the 'Game Changer' of parents generation. It does not stop there. Once the gates open videos on YouTube, browsing, searching starts becoming common thing. 
Love to see them embracing the changes. Wish I would remain as open minded as they are. 

I know, this post has kind of become like an WhatsApp advt. Though honestly don't think it requires any more marketing. :)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Closure

When you think of it, it's so super important to get the closure on things...

If that does not happen, it keeps on lingering in your mind, you keep thinking what if, keep thinking if it was a right decision or wrong?
Why did it happen? If you had done something differently, could it have changed outcome?
If it would have happened, how different and better life would have been.

It's kind of funny!
Sometimes, it's in your hand to get the things to closure, sometimes you have already moved on or even forgotten. Yet, the closure, the reason about why a certain thing happened the way it did, helps! Helps immensely!

Closure is not just a decision though! Its acceptance of it and understanding of it.
Or a realization that sure things didn't happen the way you wanted, but that was for the better, unlike the way you thought when they happened.

Ok, this is getting a way too abstract... Needs example.

Ummmm.... Ummmmmmm..
Went for a job interview. Your Dream job! Interview was super good! You are sure you are gonna get it.  You so much want this job! It's just right work, good money, seems like a good crowd. You are looking forward to it. Clown called Mind has started to think of breaking this news to your present colleagues and boss. And then...You just get a curt mail, we decided to not proceed with your application, thank you for applying. Apply in future blah blah blah….

Why why why? They should tell me why!
There are times when you resign to this as a fact. There are times when you call and try to figure out. In general, it takes some time for you to accept it. But, it still lingers at the back of your mind.

You cleared a job interview in another company. It’s decent. It has work that you like to do, money is decent and crowd is good. Basically everything that you were looking for. But, somehow in one corner of your heart, you are still not happy. Not fully happy. In frustrated moments, you still feel, I should have got my dream job! I would have done wonders then...It's just going on for the sake of it right now.

Interestingly you cannot be 100% sure about how things would have panned out, if you would have actually got the dream job. Maybe you would have flourished or maybe you would have got overwhelmed. You are just in love with the idea of you achieving what you thought you would. And you keep thinking what if in your mind, now and then, sometime in between...

Then one day, you are walking down the road. You meet an old friend, you get excited and start catching up on everything you are up with. The friend incidentally works in same company where you had interview. He tells lots of projects closing suddenly after upper management changed hands. He says, he himself is thinking of looking out.
And Then... AHA!

That's it! That was the reason!
Peace of mind! It's almost like seeing a bright sunlight after the dark clouds have passed over. Breeze.
And that my dear friend is a closure!

The new job you decided to take, does not feel so ordinary any more. You can still do wonders! Right?

Taking an example of professional life is probably a bit silly honestly.
You feel the actual heat in the personal life...

But, well you got the gist...

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

The Tortoise and The Hare

The age old story... 

Tortoise was annoyed with the Hare cause he always got teased for speed. So he challenged Hare for a race. Hare felt the Tortoise is stupid to propose such a thing, but decides to do it anyway, just for fun. 

Race starts. Hare runs as fast as he could. He gets tired, looks back and sees Tortoise is not even in his periphery of vision. 'Ah well, I am going to win anyways. Why tire myself, let me rest for a bit.' And Hare rests and quickly falls a sleep. Tortoise in the mean time continues to tread the land with slow steady pace. He passes Hare on the way. But he doesn't rest or slow down a bit. He stops only after reaching the end line. In the mean time, Hare awakes and realizes what has happened. He tries to rectify his mistake. But it's too late. 
Moral of story: Slow but steady wins the race!

Now, why am I recalling this now? 
Cause  my current behaviour is a bit similar to the Hare with a slight difference. 
There is no Tortoise in the race... Making it difficult for me to see the losses, but they are losses never the less. 

Ok, lets try little less abstract this time. 
It's typical of me to start taking on a new task which is seemingly challenging. I would check and figure out all that I find is important or unknown. Half ground covered. Then, I look at the progress and tell myself ok, covered substantially, lets slow down,. Why tire myself. So then I start walking... And after walking what looks like half of remaining part I realize, oh shit, its not 1/4th that was left. I have miscalculated. I am still left with 1/2!!! 
I start jogging and running again. 
Well, sure you reach the goal, but panting phew phew phew...

But surely I could have done it better more comfortably without tiring myself,if I would have just jogged all the way. 

I don't need to be the Hare. I don't need to run super fast in beginning which makes me yearning to slow down later.
I don't need to be slow as The Tortoise from the beginning either. 
It's about finding that right balance of speed with steadiness. 
Most importantly, it's sheer unnecessary to count or judge what's remaining. It will get over, when it will get over. It's as simple as that. 

New moral out of the old story. 

Damn, just makes me realise I may now just look at all old stories to find new meanings :D
One at a time, one at a time !


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Enthusiasm

Whats up?
Nothing much. Just the routine...

It's the same getting up, same dressing up, same cooking, same eating, same office work, same everything...
Everything is done because well you just have to do it. 

And there are days- time for the planned trip, parents long pending visit, just getting that big promotion, n number of different little things that gives that sudden perk up and with that - A big smile on the face!

The same routine is done with a pinch of Zing, 'Chetana', Enthusiasm whatever you call it. Everything is still done because well you have to do it and yet...

It's still the same cooking and same everything, but its over so quickly, grandly and just so much better with a laughter hidden just back of the smile on the face, the tune humming continuosly words splurting out now and then. Its not really in tune, lyrics is incorrect and you have a terrible terrible voice. Oh, do you give a damn? 
Just the same old routine things... Not an iota of difference. And yet! 

It's just the magic secret ingredient! 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Obsevatory pattern

Well, its just as it says. The classic obsevatory pattern in patterns.
Alright. So have I put it here accidently instead of a technical blog( which is not maintained for past 8 years to be precise)

Nah. Its not that. 

This is something I try, when I want to change something. Could be as simple as take regular breaks and walk around a bit. Don't sit too long continuosly. Healthy advise to self. 

So to get it done, Idon't  command myself to get up after certain time. I just observe. Just being a little conscious. N then I just feel like getting up after sometime.  

See, its kind of like the buddha story. Where Buddha gives advise to the theif, dont try to stop stealing, just try to be completely observant and conscious when you try to steal. Being conscious in the moment, gives you that thrust to do right thing. 

Amazing technique. My problem is, I stop obsering after first two days.Try to re-enforce and then, Start again to stop again. 

A bit fustrating. 

Then I say, may be I don't have enough drive or motivation or pull to do this. Cryptic. 

These are few things I never found a handle on. What's exactly that drives me? What is that one thing? Or is it one thing?  Do u seriously need motivation to be just a little mindful? Do you seriously need a motivation to keep with a stupid small habit of just walking around regularly. 

Just silly. Its just too silly.