Thursday, January 30, 2014

Vocabulary Box Idea by My Friend :)

How many new words can you learn daily? Five? Ten? Fifteen? Twenty???
Well...five and ten do not sound good to the ears.. neither to the Ego!
even twenty words a day certainly don't sound like a Big Deal!! huhhh....

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So, lets play a game!
Well, the idea of the game is not mine... All Credits go to my Friend :)

1. Take a box.
2. Write a word and its meaning and put in it.
3. This way, Start with your 20 words a day.
4. Every time you pass by the box, just take a chit out and ask yourself the Meaning.
5. This way when you are sure enough that you will Never forget a word..
Then, throw that chit out!!!...

Can you imagine!!..


Remembering a box full of words this way.. ... :) Wow what a cool idea ;)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sit Back, & Relax!

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How often do we find time to sit by and relax. Just relax and breathe to listen to our inner voice. Listen, not by making a conscious attempt, but simply as it comes. It is this time when the Best thoughts transcend into our rather dormant minds. There is a bountiful resource of the positive energies vibrating in and around us at all times. If we make a wise decision to chose to focus on these energies, we can connect with the divinity of things around us. Everything happens for a noble purpose!

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Enemy Within Us

There is an enemy within each one of us. The internal saboteur who stops us from going ahead each time we try to walk that extra mile. The negative version of our own personality holds us back from being what we really want to be. There is a fierce battle between our will, and the negative thoughts inflicted by the internal saboteur. Success is not about doing better that your competetion. Its actually about suppressing the regressive thought patterns and building blocks to eventually defeat the defeatist attitude that is holding us back. If one truly desires to surpass one's own limitations, his first step should be thinking what is holding him back. Instead of playing that stupid worthless blame game, one should hold oneself responsible for his act actions and resulting consequences.If we think deep, real deep, we find that the only person stopping us is ourselves. We ourselves aren't clear about what we want to achieve, and we point fingers towards others. Holding any events, or other people responsible for our failure is a prelude to more lethal failures in near future. In order to fight the enemy within us, we should build a powerful mechanism first.
    This particular blog post is inspired by the mind blowing song: 12 Stones- Enemy.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

'Cast Away' - A Review

From the Academy Award Winning Director of Forrest Gump, Cast Away is a 2000 American Adventure Drama Film starring Tom Hanks. The Protagonist Chuck Noland(played by Tom Hanks) is a top FedEx executive who strongly believes in Punctuality. Chuck's Life is ruled by the clock and he sees precision above anything else in the world. In an ordinary life, extra ordinary events can change a man forever. While traveling to Malaysia on a FedEx mission, his plane crashes and fate takes him to a lonely island. Little does Chuck imagine that he will need to spend four years of his life there. His Girlfriend's photo keeps him alive and becomes his hope and inspiration in the lonely times of extreme adversity. Chuck first gets very frustrated and has to struggle a lot for the basic amenities- food, clothing and shelter. He makes a lot of attempts to get out of that island and set himself free, but to no avail. He then learns to hunt, fish, produce fire, cook food, prepare his own calendar and take care of himself in extreme conditions. A Volleyball from one of the FedEx packages, actually a birthday gift for somebody becomes his personified friend(named Wilson) to whom he talks to like a real friend. Four years of struggle transforms him completely and he sets on a mission to go to his city. He loses Wilson in the journey and is unable to control the grief. He somehow reaches his city. His Dreams shatter when he discovers that his girl friend Kelly Frears(played by Helen Hunt)has married somebody else.

Wilson, the Volleyball
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Chuck then finds is quite difficult to the easy life in the modern world. One of the most inspiring monologues from the movie is: "I would rather take my chance out there on the ocean, than to stay here and die". Tom Hanks won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the movie.

'Silver Linings Playbook' - A Review

Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American Comedy Drama film starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Pat Solitano Jr. goes through some terrible life experiences and loses his wife for perpetrating a criminal offense. He is discovered to suffer from a bipolar disorder. After having institutionalized at a mental health care facility for a period of time, he goes to live with his parents and hopes for a better life. Although he is on medication, he refuses to go for them and avoids therapy sessions because of the way they make him feel. He instead believes in optimism and hopes to make his life beautiful by discovering and focusing on the Silver Linings in his life. He makes attempts at finding a way to get close to his wife which he believes, is the sole purpose of his life. He comes across Tiffany Maxwell, a recovering sex addict. They come closer and go through quite a few clashes. In the meantime Tiffany comes to know about Pat's wish to get his wife back in his life. She tells him that she can help Pat go close to his life, but on a condition that he accompanies her and agrees to be her partner in a forthcoming dance competition.

Silver Linings Playbook - Diner Scene
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The movie has some of the most wonderful dialogues, and is listed as one of the most successful movies of all times. Jennifer Lawrence has done an awesome job and won an Academy award for Best Performance By An Actress in a Leading Role. The Diner Scene in the movie was highly appreciated ad happens to be one of the most wonderful movie scenes in the history of Hollywood.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Freelancing

What does it feel like to become a successful freelancer? No restrictions of dress code, time of work, breaks, location, nothing! One is free to work from wherever he wants to wearing whatever he wishes to, and while pursuing anything that he likes to and even in conjunction to his full/part time office job. Freedom is what Freelancing is all about. As a Freelancer, one can commute to whatever places he wishes to, easily find time to be with the loved ones and set time aside for things that he always wants to do. One does not need to wait for years to that big salary hike, neither does he need to work for somebody else. As a freelancer, one can directly provide service to the client, and beget profit in return.One's home can be his office. Or imagine working from that exotic beach in far pacific. The general resources that a Freelancer needs are- a Computer, Webcam, and high speed internet. The Market for freelancing is booming year after year. If one starts earning good and equal to what he does in his full time office job, and has enough freelance projects in hand, he can decide to turn into a full time freelancing career alternative.
                        Freelancer is typically a one person business. A Freelancer particularly works on a module as a whole, or phase of a larger project. Freelancers are alse called 'Self Employed' or 'Independent Contractors'.

'Think And Grow Rich'- Book Review

'Think and Grow Rich' written by Napolean Hill is a Landmark Bestseller. The book was first published in 1937, and since then has been and continues to be one of the greatest books ever written. According to some statistics, over 17 million of its copies have been sold; ant it is considered to be a gold standard for success literature. As a preparation of the book, Hill interviewed around 500 Thinkers, Leaders and Entrepreneurs of of his time. It is similar to Benjamin Franklin's 13 principles of success. The book encapsulates old and new ways, steps and principles that one must apply to be successful in life.
                        Although the book was published in the middle of the Great Depression, it was an immediate success. The book is now available in a different formats as well. Easy to read and analyze picture book formats are available are great help for anyone who wants to comprehend the concepts fast. the book taught millions of people to change the way they think about money and success. In the book, Napolean Hill mostly focuses on the qualities like determination and consistency of purpose. These qualities according to him, have  a power to transform a person into an extra ordinary living being capable of achieving almost everything.

'The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari' - Book Review

'The Monk who sold his Ferrari' is a fable about fulfilling your dreams and reaching your destiny. It is one of the most sold out books in the world today, and has been widely appreciated for being so simple yet promising. Author Robin S Sharma, a Canadian Lawyer and a Leadership Expert has done a superb job writing this book. The story is about Julian Mantle, a litigation lawyer who despite of being immensely rich fails to live a happy and peaceful life. He suffers a heart attack due to his unbalanced and chaotic lifestyle. He suffers from anxiety and amid critical spiritual and mental crisis, travels to the Himalayas in search of inner peace. He stays there to learn lessons for healthy and purposeful life. He then returns back to his country and shares the precious values and secrets of living a peaceful, yet rewarding materialistic life. 11 chapters are nicely planned and the approach is very neat and practical.

'The Wolf Of Wall Street'- A Review

'The Wolf Of the Wall Street' is an American film based on Jordan Belfort's memoire of the same name. The protagonist, Jordan Belfort is a Long Island Penny stockbroker, who makes 49 million dollars in Stock Market by fooling investors in 1990s securities scam. Sex, drugs, parties, film has all the ingredients that make a cinema worth watching. The movie portrays Leonardo DiCaprio in the role of Jordan Belfort, who when consumed by greed amasses massive wealth, and then loses it all insanely. The company that Belfort develops grows from 20 to 250 in a short span of time, and so does its revenue. The exponential growth and prosperity attracts lot of investment and the their trade blooms like anything. This leads to Forbes Magazine featuring Jordan Belfort on thier cover describing him as 'The Wolf of the Wall Street'. Belfort and the members of the company go wild and throw lavish parties blindly celebrating their success. Ultimately Belfort has to pay the price for his Greed. In 2007, Leonardo DiCaprio is said to have won a bidding war against Brad Pitt for the rights to Jordan Belfort's memoir The Wolf of Wall Street. Directed by Martin Scorsese and screenplay by
Terence Winter, this movie is a great entertainer, and gives a glimpse of Leonardo DiCaprio's role in Steven Spielberg's 2002 biographical crime drama film: "Catch me if you can!"

'Carrie(2013)'- A Review

Carrie, an American horror film is a third film adaptation of Stephen King's 1974 novel of the same name. The protagonist, 'Carrie White' is played by Chloe Grace Moretz who portrays a shy teenager ridiculed by her peers. Carrie is bred by her deeply religious mother who sees sins everywhere and believes in the dogma of brutal punishment to cleanse oneself from the sin. An under confident Carrie grows and faces problems as she graduates. The story revolves around Carry and her struggle in school. When Carrie is troubled by some of her peers, she inflicts telekinetic terror in her city. Kimberly Pierce has done an awesome job at Direction. Screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is marvellous.
                             The film resembles a magic tale when Carrie learns that she has an ability to influence things around her. All in all, Carrie is a wonderful film and Chloe Grace Maoretz has done an awesome job impersonating Carrie. This is the only Carrie film in the franchise in which Carrie's character is played by a teenager. Chloe was 15 when she worked on the film.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Technology

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Technology has made things so much simpler these days. Automation of tasks has transformed man into a miracle man! What could not be done in 5 years of manual work can now be done within a few minutes! There is no substitute for technology really. No matter how talented you are, not matter how much knowledge you possess, you just don't matter enough, if you do not have access to the latest gadgets. If you are stuck in some place and perplexed about the way that you should be traveling through, to reach your destination, then you should be using the GPS system on your phone.
As easy as it sounds, these technologies can transform you from Fred Flintstone to George Jetson!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Wish Upon A Star!

What if all that we dream comes true! What if we get all that we need in life?
Just saw a few lines of a poem written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for
Walt Disney's 1940 adaptation of Pinocchio.


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If we wish to have some things in our life, and we truly desire for those things,
whole universe conspires to make those things happen! It is the law of the Universe!
The only requirement is to dream by heart!

The word 'Fate' is defined as a development of events outside a person's control,
regarded as predetermined by a supernatural power. Fate will turn out as we wish
it to turn out like. We need to be patient in the process. Fate often tests us through different ways and ultimately turns out good for us, if we stand the test of time. Imagine how good life will turn out to be, if most exotic of our dreams started coming true, one by one! :)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Self Help

Is inspiration a necessity of life? Why do we search for motivational books? Most self help books only encapsulate the dogma of hardwork and its effects. We all know that to get up early is a good practice. To laugh more is a key to good health, and to read more is a way to get wise! So, if we already know what we actually need in our life, what other things do these books preach us? These books teach us something that we already know, but, as a set of principles that are incontrovertibly true. How often do we fall down in life? How often do we need some thing, some support to get back up again. Is dependancy on self help books and success magazines the only way to improvise?
Life teaches in harsh ways.In order to learn the lessons of life, we first need to be grateful about everything. There is always someone out there who is crying for not having a thing that we already have in our life. Though this does not sound like inspiration, it is one of the most indubitable truths of life! We often find ourselves thinking about the problems that is in no way meaningful to us in the long run. Reading books is definitely a good way to enrich our knowledge and find solutions to the things that we need help on. Will Smith, epic American Actor has a good point on reading: "there have been millions and billions and decillions of people who have lived before us. There is no new problem you can have, that someone has not already solved, and wrote about it in a book. So the key to life is reading."

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Delhi now in Safe Hands?


Image: Skyline at Rajiv Chowk
Image Source: Wikipedia page on 'Delhi'

Unlike Gotham, Delhi does not require a masked vigilante, a caped crusader spying overnight. It needs heroes like elected officials. We all stood by, and let scum take control of our capital city. But this is Democracy. When there were enemies at the gates, the Romans would suspend democracy and appoint one man to protect the city. It wasn't considered an honor. It was considered a public service. The last man who they appointed was named Caesar, and he never gave up his power!
Just thought about writing a post about an analogy(though unbiased :P) between 'The Dark Knight', the movie, and the present sociopolitical conditions in Delhi. The emergence of new leadership in the National Capital has brought a new hope to the people of India. All pervasive melancholy and hopelessness(due to prevalent corruption) seem to have started fading off, though slowly. No one imagined this would happen! a person who was struggling against the odds for the enactment and approval of the RTI act and Jan Lokpal Bill would actually become the Chief Minister of Delhi one day!
Hoping for a total eradication of corruption in the National Capital!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Belief

Some people believe in God..some others don't. Some believe in Humanity.. and some find their God in stone idols. An atheist doesn't believe in God. But he does believe in the Universal power that governs the earth. If God is just an abstract concept and all our ideas regarding God are based only upon old mythological stories, how does everything seem to work so systematically!! Some consider Mother Nature as God!


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           Whatever the truth is Man is a lonely powerless animal without faith in something. Just went through an old quote that truly manifests the existence of God:
          "There is no Master on the Earth as strict as the God. He keeps testing you... and when your ship is about to sink, he comes to your help and manifests that one should not give up the Trust in the Lord.. no matter what"
             It was a bit difficult to translate this quote from Hindi to English.. hope it went currently :)

CZ 12 - A Review

It was an amazing experience to watch a JC Movie after a long time. Jackie indisputably is one of the Greatest Action stars of all times! Entered into a movie hall with no expectations about the amazingly awesome stunts like the ones that he used to attempt in his peak years. However, surprisingly i could see the same young dynamic JC in this movie too. In fact, i think this movie should be counted as one of Jackie's most electrifying movies!




The beginning was Stellar! It was creativity at its best!! The skates and the gadgets reminded me of the awesome stuff in MI and Bond movies. The jump from a mountain cliff, right after the road hassle; into a net tied to a Helicopter was simply astounding. As the movie proceeds, the story inclines more towards archeology and jungle adventures. The special effects are bewildering and so is the soundtrack. The humor is good and if you understand French and Chinese, or either of the two languages, you will laugh more. This is because there's a good blend of these languages in the scripts for the two lead actresses. The story is basically about ancient archeological masterpieces and if you love history and archeology, you will enjoy the storyline!

The rumble with the Dogs in the Garden makes the movie fun to watch. The Skydiving free fall in the end drives you crazy! The last action sequence and slide from the volcano seems to be very real and is very appealing. All in all, a must watch for every Action Movie fan. I'll give the movie 4.25 out of 5 stars. Would have given 4.5 or more if Jackie would have been younger :p !! Hats off to you Jackie!!