Zest up your life

Sunday, July 20, 2014

This post is a part of the #ZestUpYourLife activity in association with TATA Zest and BlogAdda.com

Finally, it is a contest that broke me out of my slumber! :D 

I was cleaning my personal email box after ages, and I saw an email update from BlogAdda about TATA Zest contest to write a blog post about five things or experiences that zest up my life, and I said to myself - why not! 

PS: I didn't know what Zest means, and wikipedia came to my help! In short, "Zest is defined as living life with a sense of excitement, anticipation, and energy", for full clarification, refer to the link.

Coming back to the original topic, following are my five things and experiences:

1) Running - Yes, plain, simple running. Weather with the wifey or alone, but running / jogging gives me immense feeling of relaxation and happiness. I love the feeling of blood rushing through my body after i complete my jogging session. It is a out of the world feeling, probably an adrenaline rush of some sort. I guess, only runners will understand the feeling. 

2) Gadgets - I love buying gadgets. Weather I use them or not that is a different issue :D. But seriously, I like the concept of different gadgets for different things. Kindle for reading, laptop for presentations and excels, a Samsung tab for Facebook and twitter, Phone for talking and quick updates, and an X box for games! Thats probably all the stuff I use even before I have left for office in the morning! :D Next on my list is Fitbit / UP for activity tracking. Phew.

3) Driving - Kind of obvious from the name of the blog, right! If you need more proof, you can check my previous post, when I got a TATA Vista D90 to review (link). LOL. I am so good at self promotion, sometimes I think, do I really need an MBA? :D

4) Food - I remember an old dialogue of mine - butter is better, more butter is much better. Fried, oily, buttery stuff - I love it! Whats the point of eating grass and leaves! You have only got one life! 

5) Internet - Yes, I am one of those people who are easier to reach over whatapp or email rather than a phone call. Slowly, I have become very choosy in terms of picking calls from unknown numbers, but my corporate job has taught me that turn around time for any email is 1 hour. Period! :D So yeah, internet is my lifeline, starting from the morning newspaper (ahem) till wishing good nights on whatsapp! :D

So that's all from my side! Now its upon you guys to coax TATA guys to take me to goa! :D VROOOOM!

How I Met Your Mother - Finale - Lost Forever !

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Patient Kids: But dad! It's been nine long years, and all you talk about is your incomplete love story with Aunt Robin! In a series named - How I Met Your Mother!

Ted: Yeah! But...

Carter Bays and Craig Thomas: Oh please! Didn't you notice that in the last scene of the finale, the kids seemed to be of the same age as they look in all the couch shots, which were shot at the beginning of the first season!

Patient Kids, Ted and the Audience: !!!!

I can write a long 5,000 words article on why I think there could have been a better ending to the show - where Ted and the girl, who looked like a baby produced by combining the genes of Lilly and Robin in a test tube, lived happily ever after, Barney and Robin rode into the proverbial sunset, and Marshall becomes the judge of the European Commission and Lily an art connoisseur, somewhere in the busy streets of Paris!

But then, let us take a step back, and think about the reason that we all were glued to this show for nine long years. For me, this show was about imperfections, about life of 5 friends in their twenties, trying to explore their way through the mazes of life. Every episode was about exploring different layers of the personalities of each character! It was the life of five friends, who were managing their careers, love life, goals and most importantly their friendships through thick and thin. They won some of their battles, and lost some, and that my friends, is what life is all about.

There are happy endings, there are sad endings, there are imperfect endings, and then there are endings which happen in real life! More often than not, real life is never 100% tilted on one side. At the end of each era of your life, if you contemplate, there would have been achievements, disappointments, happiness and a craving to have achieved a little more. And that was my feelings about the finale of HIMYM.

As most of the audience of this blog is Indian, it will not be inappropriate to use a hindi movie reference! As soon as I was done with the grand finale of himym, my first thought was - Dude! It was Kuch Kuch Hota hai all over again! The protagonist loses the real love of his life in an attempt to chase the surreal, finds and marries whom he thinks was the perfect life partner. And then the lady dies post they have kid(s), followed by him chasing his first love ... ! Ditto!

I was not very disappointed by the ending, but the pace at which they ended, trying to tie all the lose thread was just bizarre! It required much more than that for a perfect couple, that Barney and Robin were to just separate! And the dying of The Mother!

Ted being Ted, would have definitely passed through each of the five stages described by the K├╝bler-Ross model before even thinking of embarking on the journey of narrating the long winding story to his kids! But then, it was a good angle that they included where Ted and Tracy didn't marry for seven years because - they were busy being happy as the way they were!

Anyhow, all things good, bad, or even Legen - wait for it - dary come to an end! On that note, I will leave you with an image, which will forever remind me and probably you of this show!

Ted Mosby's Yellow Umbrella