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Overload Alert!

September 16, 2014 Leave a comment

I am reminded of this beautiful poem “Leisure” by William Henry Davies:

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this is if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

We have come a long way since that first call by Alexander Graham Bell that revolutionized communication.  Today the mobile phone has become a ubiquitous medium of communication so much so that the vegetable seller, the milkman, the cleaner and everyone else are dependent on it for their daily livelihood.

Starting with the newspapers, television, mobile phone, smart phone, personal computer, laptops and tablets – today instead of people looking out for information we have an information overload.  Today, we have a plethora of choices and our time is spent in discerning as to what we need to do.

But this gadget-craze has had an impact on our face-to-face communication.  Today, we find very little time to share thoughts over a cup of coffee or to spend time having a conversation with our family.  This is the form of communication that is of vital importance.  Speaking is important as it helps us to bridge barriers and understand each other better.  It helps to connect, resolve conflicts and strengthen bonds.
Technology has grown by leaps and bounds and today most of us are slaves of technology.  Smartphones, tablets, the
internet have pervaded our lives.  Today, very few people look face-to-face and smile or exchange pleasantries.  So having
a conversation is a rare thing nowadays.

We are over-reliant on google for all our answers and we trust all the content that is there even if it is not from a trustworthy
source.  Social media sites like facebook and twitter take up almost 40% of our time and this is spent just reading posts , liking posts and sharing photos and videos.

There is hardly and time for little joys like reading a book, sharing time with family or going on an outing.  So much so that
for many sports and an active lifestyle have become secondary considerations.

Our children are communicating less nowadays as they spend most of their time in the virtual space on smartphones and tablets.

Communication is slowly proving to be a lost art.  People hardly find time to exchange pleasantries or chat over a cup of coffee.  Written communication like letter writing is already obsolete and is today replaced by email.  Technology has simplified our lives but it has also made us a lazy lot switching from one gadget to another in a different virtual world.

Do you feel that you are spending too much time online or with gadgets?  Are you missing out on networking with friends and face-to-face communication?

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://reallyjustwords.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/overload-alert/
2) http://tombalistreri.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/my-information/
3) http://mesardonicmesarcastic.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/wordpress-overload/
4) http://sayadpoet.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/overloaded-me-daily-prompt/
5) http://goodgollymissmollie94.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/overload/
6) http://pippakinclawz.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/daily-post-too-much-information/
7) http://fibercompulsion.com/2014/09/15/overload-alert/
8) http://linusfernandes.com/2014/09/15/overload-alert-common-sense/
9) http://epentesi.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/madness-alert/
10) http://joantatley.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/information-is-information-is-information/
11)http://anrichinglife.com/2014/09/15/are-you-overloading-your-common-sense/
12) http://angloswiss-chronicles.com/2014/09/15/daily-prompt-overload-alert-where-theres-an-internet-there-is-a-way/
13) http://jaysnaps.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/overload/
14) http://emo1956.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/information-overload/
15) http://lynneayersbeyondthebrush.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/overload/

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Curve Balls

September 15, 2014 Leave a comment

When was the last time you were completely stumped by a question, a request, or a situation you found yourself in? How did you handle it?

Why is your tummy so big ? Are you pregnant, daddy?
That was prick on the balloon of my ego – how could  I call myself a man anymore?

I have heard that seahorses are the only species where the male can get pregnant and the only human that I have heard got pregnant was Arnold  Schwarzenegger in the Hollywood movie “Junior” .

In Kerala, where I hail from a tummy is considered a sign of prosperity (proportional to one’s bank balance). This is how I consoled myself.  But not for long.

I decided it was time to hit the gym.   Else, how could I resurrect my crestfallen ego.

I started on a strict regimen of exercise 2-3 times a week – starting with 20mins of treadmill then other exercises and ending with weights.  I also did jogging, inline skating, cycling, marathons, yoga and swimming.

Apart from exercise I also took care of my diet – but this was proving to be difficult. I have a weakness for sweets and icecream.  Whenever I come back from the gym.. my kid asks invariably  — daddy can we buy icecream today?

After a few months, I am beginning to see some effect – now the tummy is getting smaller and when I take a deep breath – it is quite flat.  I cannot boast of a 6-pack but this can be called a “family pack”!

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://tombalistreri.wordpress.com/2014/09/14/a-simple-question/
2) http://vexingpoint.wordpress.com/2014/09/14/daily-prompt-curve-balls/
3) http://ajvalliant.com/2014/09/14/ask-sam-my-kids-stupid-questions/
4) http://thatamir.wordpress.com/2014/09/14/daily-prompt-curve-balls-and-how-to-play-it/
5) http://alanewart.wordpress.com/2014/09/14/curve-balled-by-a-compliment/
6) http://monicleblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/14/daily-prompt-uuhhh/
7) http://fibercompulsion.com/2014/09/14/isurrender/
8) http://grieflessons.wordpress.com/2014/09/14/the-prompt-becomes-itself/
9) http://linusfernandes.com/2014/09/14/curve-balls-opinion/
10) http://allthingscuteandbeautiful.wordpress.com/2014/09/14/daily-prompt-being-stumped/

Categories: Books

Voice Work

September 12, 2014 1 comment

Your blog is about to be recorded into an audiobook.  If you could choose anyone – from your grandma to Samuel L. Jackson – to narrate your posts, who would it be?

BachchanAmitabh

If I could choose anyone to narrate my blog posts it would be Amitabh Bachchan.  The bollywood superstar has a rich baritone voice which attracts his audiences and adds to his great charisma. Also known as Big B he has rendered his voice to many films, documentaries and is the host of Kaun Banega Crorepati the Hindi version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

The angry young man as he is also called has won 3 National awards, 14 filmfare awards and numerous awards at international film festivals.  Bachchan made his Hollywood debut in 2013 with The Great Gatsby, in which he played a non-Indian Jewish character, Meyer Wolfsheim.

He has been a narrator, a playback singer and presenter for numerous programmes. Renowned film director Satyajit Ray was so impressed with Bachchan’s voice that he decided to use Bachchan as the narrator in his 1977 film Shatranj Ke Khilari (The Chess Players).  Bachchan lent his voice as a narrator to the 2001 movie Lagaan which was a super hit.  In 2005, Bachchan lent his voice to the Oscar-winning French documentary March of the Penguins, directed by Luc Jacquet.

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://anglo-swiss.blogspot.sg/2014/09/wordpress-daily-prompt-voice-work.html
2) http://vexingpoint.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/daily-prompt-voice-work/
3) http://sayadpoet.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/voicework-daily-prompt/
4) http://alanewart.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/van-morrison/
5) http://average31.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/voice-work/
6) http://lifeassirli.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/voices-of-my-blog/
7) http://linusfernandes.com/2014/09/11/voice-work-read-aloud/
8) http://ripplesnreflectiontimes.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/my-fav-baritone/
9) http://emilykarn.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/fantasy-voice/
10) http://sweetykannoth.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/voice-work-daily-prompt/

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Not Lemonade

September 8, 2014 1 comment

When life gives you lemons… make something else. Tell us about a time you used an object or resolved a tricky situation in an unorthodox way.

It boils down to a matter of perspective..every situation is how we want to see it – a glass half full (optimistic) or a glass half empty (pessimistic).

Life has its ups and downs and we cannot expect every situation to be conducive for us. Some experiences are meant to teach us, to enable us to grow and our life would be easier if we did not judge every situation and just listened to our inner voice.

I have had many situations where people dont turn up on time for meetings or things do not work as expected. So I capitalise
on what I have at the moment and try to do a workaround. Once at a meeting the projector did not work. Luckily, I had made some flipcharts. So I relaxed and quickly used the flipcharts. The presentation was different and still proved to be engaging and well appreciated!

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://tuckedintoacorner.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/lemonade/
2) http://vexingpoint.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/daily-prompt-not-lemonade/
3) http://mcswhispers.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/wake-up-and-smell-the-lemons/
4) http://jaynesdailypost.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/not-lemonade/
5) http://angloswiss-chronicles.com/2014/08/09/daily-prompt-not-lemonade-no-stress-just-a-little-angloswiss-logistic/
6) http://loisajay1213.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/daily-prompt-not-lemonade/
7)http://joatmon14.com/2014/08/09/when-life-gives-you-a-friend/
8) http://jaysnaps.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/limonade/
9) http://marthakennedy.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/lemons-are-not-always-lemons/
10) http://stepstimestwo.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/lemonade-with-a-twist/

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Zoltar’s Revenge

September 3, 2014 1 comment

In a reversal of Big, the Tom Hanks classic from the 80s, your adult self is suddenly locked in the body of a 12-year-old kid. How do you survive your first day back in school?

Given a choice I would prefer the mind of a 12 year old in my body rather than my mind in a 12 year old’s body.All of us have that child within us and every day we are faced with this constant struggle between the child in us and the adult in us. We must not let that child lose in this battle!

A childs sense of wonder, innocence and enthusiasm are the magical traits that keeps us alive, bubbly and vibrant.

If there is no choice and I have to accept the predicament of living with my mind in a 12year olds body – I would try 
to look in the mirror often and remind myself that I am still young and evergreen and there is a wonderful life ahead of me!

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://sugarcoatingsince91.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/12-again/
2) http://tombalistreri.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/little-outside-weird-within/
3) http://grieflessons.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/small-again/
4) http://vexingpoint.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/daily-prompt-zoltars-revenge/
5) http://almostamemory.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/i-could-be-twelve-years-old-again/
6) http://zainabjavid.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/back-to-school-for-mom/
7) http://badosto.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/daily-prompt-zoltars-revenge/
8) http://pocketexts.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/zoltars-revenge/
9)http://agirllikemee.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/my-twelve-years-old-school-day/
10) http://lindaswritingblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/junior-high-again/

 

 

Categories: Books

The Mirror Crack’d

September 1, 2014 1 comment

You wake up one morning to a world without mirrors.  How does your life – from your everyday routines to your perception of yourself – change?

 

Did you take a look at yourself in the mirror today? Did you like the look of your nose, your chin, your ears, your eyes, your eyebrows, and for guys your biceps, your abs?  Did you yearn for a Hale Berry look or did you want a body  like Sylvester Stallone?

Did you take a look at yourself in the mirror today? Did you like the look of your nose, your chin, your ears, your eyes, your eyebrows, and for guys your biceps, your abs?  Did you yearn for a Hale Berry look or did you want a body  like Sylvester Stallone?

My point is today, people are so obsessed with looks that they even resort to cosmetic surgery to change the way they look – they do surgery on their nose, chin, eyebrows, ears.. they go for silicone, collagen implants and to look trim they go for liposuction.

Cosmetic  surgeries cause chronic pain, allergy, blindness and even death.  And people are still willing  to take such risks.

 Recently, a 22 year girl from Russia  had 100 silicone injections because she wanted the worlds biggest lips in the hope of resembling her favourite heroine Jessica Rabbit. And in Singapore,on Dec 30th, 2009 Franklin Heng, property management tycoon died due to multiple holes in his intestines and stomach in a liposuction surgery gone wrong . 

All of us are born, attain youth, old age and eventually we have to die.  There is no eternal youth whatsoever and ageing is a natural process.  So, why are we trying to create a mask and hide what we truly are?.

We are born with flaws and each of us has our own unique looks, strange mannerisms and behaviours.  That is what makes us stand out from the crowd.  That is the beauty in us.  So, let us celebrate our imperfections.  Let us seek to be imperfectly perfect.

Cosmetic surgery does not make you a different person.  Very often our external appearance is more a reflection of how we feel.  And if you feel great inside you will natural exude a radiant charm.

Cosmetic surgery distorts appearances that we are born with.  It enables us to alter the bodies and come up with something different.

Magazines, music videos and television are also responsible for creating this disgusting obsession with beauty and perfection.  We have slimming advertisements and beauty pageants.  Cosmetically enhanced celebrities are redefining the concepts of beauty and fans are blindly aping them.

Beauty is not skin deep.  I think that putting on those layers of makeup do not make you a beautiful person – although many of you ladies may disagree to that.

After seeing the dangerous results of cosmetic surgery, some Hollywood stars like Kate Winslet and Emma Thomson are now crusading against cosmetic surgery.

Now then what do I consider as true beauty.  It is the beauty in people like Mother Theresa who served selflessly and tirelessly. She was small in stature but rocklike in faith. She started orphanages, schools, hospices and homes.  Her life-long devotion to the care of the poor and destitute in Calcutta won her the Nobel Peace Prize.

Let us find that beauty in the values that we hold, in the work that we do.  The glow in you when you touch someones heart – when you make a change in someones life is true beauty that is everlasing, that is forever.  So, I urge you to find a cause be it only once a month or once in 3 months or atleast once a year  to do something for which you expect nothing in return – not a cent.  Just go and spend some time to plant a community garden, help children at reading, help at an old age home or with the intellectually disabled.  We have to stop always thinkiing from the selfish confines of only our family to include our neighbours, our community and the world at large  We can sow small seeds of change by pitching ourselves for such a higher cause .

Volunteering connects you to others.  It helps you to make new friends and increase your relationship skills.   It can bring fun and fulfilment to your life.  It increases your self-confidence, fights depression and helps you stay physically healthy.

I think the need of the hour is to take a good look within – to do an inner surgery – to find that peace, that happiness, that beauty that we were born with and is always within us. True beauty is that invisible essence that binds all of us in a universal chain of brotherhood.  True beauty is your inner nature and does not require any makeup.

 

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://anglo-swiss.blogspot.sg/2014/08/wordpress-daily-prompt-mirror-crackd.html
2) http://spadethought.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/31-08-14-a-world-without/
3) http://linusfernandes.com/2014/08/31/the-mirror-crackd-reflected-mirroring/
4) http://ambitiousdrifter.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/in-my-mirror/
5) http://beartales.me/2014/08/31/well-my-mirror-is-cracked/

 

 

Categories: Books

Back to school

August 28, 2014 Leave a comment

The last time I went to school I graduated in Engineering. After that there is this urge to complement the logical thinking of engineering with some artistic right brain thinking, so I decided to learn to play the violin.

Given a chance, I would love to go back to school to study art or master the french language as I studied basic french in my school days.

“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can, there will always
come a time when you will be grateful you did.”
― Sarah Caldwell

 

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://underthemonkeytree.com/2013/07/26/daily-prompt-back-to-school/
2) http://blackandwhiteheart.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/daily-prompt-back-to-school/
3) http://geekergosum.com/2013/07/26/back-to-school/
4) http://booksmusicandmovies.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/if-i-am-back-to-school/
5) http://thecoffeedarling.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/back-to-school/
6) http://ireadencyclopedias.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/daily-prompt-back-to-school/
7) http://retired2travel.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/daily-prompt-back-to-school/
8) http://unknowinglee.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/master-mind/
9) http://dreamingforme.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/daily-prompt-back-to-school/
10) http://fibijeeves.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/daily-prompt-back-to-school-i-dont-got-no-gramma/

Categories: Books

You, Robot

August 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Congrats — you’ve been handed a robot whose sole job is to relieve you of one chore, job, or responsibility you particularly hate. What is it? 

As technology is pervading every sphere of our lives and gadgets are becoming ubiquitous, we are becoming couch potatoes.  So, I do not need another robot to control my life. 

We are outsourcing every aspect of our life today.  We do not want to remember birthdays – facebook gives you a timely reminder.  We do not want to remember telephone numbers, events, names our as our smartphones can do that.  Everything is remote controlled today.  Lights, fan, air-conditioner, TV, the microwave –so if we employ a robot to ease any more of our tasks, we risk becoming more sedentary, lethargic and good-for-nothing nincompoops. 

So, if there is still any task for which I would keep a robot it would be to remind me in a clear voice  everyday – “Hey, wake up.  Get up and run! “ or “ Do some exercise my friend” or “Stop playing with that smartphone and get some work done”!

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://angloswiss-chronicles.com/2014/08/24/daily-prompt-you-robot-with-the-wordpress-t-shirt/
2) http://seikaiha.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/daily-prompt-you-robot/
3) http://siapositive.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/robwop-the-wordpress-robot/
4) http://threepsandq.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/prompt-daily-postyou-robot/
5) http://vexingpoint.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/daily-prompt-you-robot/
6) http://threepsandq.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/prompt-daily-postyou-robot/
7) http://flowersandbreezes.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/twigs-leaves-and-dirt/
8) http://jahnavichintakunta.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/mr-robot-please-follow-me/
9) http://tidlidim.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/daily-prompt-you-robot/
10) http://grieflessons.wordpress.com/category/robots/

Categories: Books

Work? Optional!

August 22, 2014 Leave a comment

If money were out of the equation, would you still work? If yes, why, and how much? If not, what would you do with your free time?

In today’s world, one has basic needs – shelter, mouths to feed and clothing.  These are just basic necessities and cannot be bought without money. So, we cannot leave money out of the equation.  Ofcourse, money is not the only requirement in life – there is a need for love, recognition and happiness.

Once our basic needs are met then we can think beyond the immediate confines of our family to encompass  our community, our country and the world at large.  But if we are living to meet our basic needs, then it becomes difficult to be altruistic even if we are kind and generous at heart.

 I enjoy doing volunteer work in my free time but that does not fulfil my needs. It gives me a sense of fulfilment.  So, earning money is not to be viewed in a wrong light.  We need money but being selfish, hoarding money and earning money by gambling or wrong means will bring more pain and misery than happiness!

 

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://anglo-swiss.blogspot.sg/2014/08/wordpress-daily-prompt-work-optional.html
2) http://badosto.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/daily-prompt-work-optional/
3) http://vexingpoint.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/daily-prompt-work-optional/
4) http://alotfromlydia.wordpress.com/
5) http://flippyzipflop.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/kinda-where-i-am/
6) http://basicallybeyondbasic.com/2014/08/21/daily-prompt-work-optional/
7) https://flowersandbreezes.wordpress.com/tag/daily-prompts/
8) http://terry1954.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/work-optional-the-daily-post/
9) http://travelingtortuga.com/2014/08/21/daily-prompt-work-optional/
10) http://reginamartins.com/tag/dp-daily-prompt/

Categories: Books

Back to Life

After an especially long and exhausting drive or flight, a grueling week at work, or a mind-numbing exam period — what’s the one thing you do to feel human again?

 

I have realized that sleep and a good rest are vital for recuperation/recharging after an intense period of work, exam or stress.  Sleep is a natural cure for many of our ailments and a good rest without any anxieties can do wonders to your body and mind and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on any challenge!

Here is a poem about sleep that I had blogged earlier:

Sleep

Lying in the mothers lap
After a fun day
Sleep like a lullaby
Soothes the little infant

Fatigued, tanned bodies
Lie on the pavement
Sleep gives solace to them
Magical,  sweet sleep

Sleep tender sleep
You ease the pain
Calm the nerves
And appease tired souls

Like a loving mother
Who dotes all her kids
You bring tranquil peace
To thief, saint, beggar and  king

Sleep take me on a dream
To a world without walls
Where there is only joy and peace
And one does not belittle another

 

©copyright skm, March 5th, 2011

 

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://pintsof.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/daily-prompt-back-to-life/
2) http://dragoneystory.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/daily-post-back-to-life/
3) http://onemanversustheworld.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/relax-and-unwind/
4) http://moreactionresearch.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/called-back-into-being/
5) http://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/daily-prompt-back-to-life/
6) http://kaapitimes.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/back-to-life-after-work/
7) http://bobbeck1600.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/daily-prompt-back-to-life/
8) http://fibercompulsion.com/2014/07/29/back-to-life/
9 ) http://themasculinepen.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/the-daily-post-back-to-life-read-or-go-flying/
10) http://blainecindy.com/2014/07/29/music-is-the-key/

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