25 Ultimate Tips For a Better Life

Friday, September 28, 2012

1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, SMILE. It is the ultimate antidepressant.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.

3. When you wake up in the morning, Pray to ask God's guidance for your purpose, today.

4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, broccoli, and almonds.

6. Try to make at least three people smile each day.

7. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control.  Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

9. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Forgive them for everything !

11. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

12.You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

13. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.

14. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will this matter?'

17. Help the needy,Be generous ! Be a 'Giver' not a 'Taker'

18. What other people think of you is none of your business.

19. Time heals everything.

20. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

21. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

22. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

23. Each night before you go to bed ,Pray to God and Be thankful for what you'll accomplish, today !

24. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

25.Fwd this to everyone on your list to help them lead a happier life. 

Saw this on Facebook! Really loved it! Which all of these 25 you guys already follow?

Book Review - "Rainy Days" By Samarth Prakash

Monday, September 17, 2012

In life, sometimes there are normal coincidences, sometimes there are SRK movie type coincidences, and sometimes there are miracles. However, what never happens in life is that a Male (21-28) gets a Female (18-24) on the seat next to him!

That's what happened in the beginning of the book, and that's what gave away what was to follow - a cliched soppy love story! 

rainy days samarth prakash

Rainy Days by Samarth Prakash is another run-of-the-mill love story, by a budding Indian author. I wouldn't say that anything was bad about this book, but there was nothing unique, good either! As a friend commented the other day - after reading so many amateurish books by budding Indian authors, sometimes I start liking Chetan Bhagat's writing! Sigh!

There is one thing that is actually very confusing about the author - his writing style! At some places, the guy is so philosophical that he dwells into similarities between rains/nature and life! One moment on the road on a rainy day, can at times be explained in two pages, whereas the actual story is told in a much hurried way! 

Its almost like driving on the Gurgaon toll, if you are stuck, you will stand at the same place for a trillion hours, otherwise, life zips away too fast on that road! Sigh! See, the side effects of reading this book - even I have started writing philosophical gyaan out here! 

The book starts with an India-Australia cricket match in Bangalore. Due to the twist and turns designed by the destiny, our protagonist Raghav goes to see that match alone! (Seriously? A cricket match, alone?) Due to a similar set of destiny-conspired-reasons the female lead Megha, also goes to see the same match alone! Cherry on the top is that this single, lonely girl sits next to our single, lonely boy. And then it rains! 

Wait! It gets more interesting from here! (Not!) The match is abandoned, and everyone sits in the open, getting drenched for hours, while the hero shares his umbrella with this unknown girl, while nicely engaging in a meaningful conversation for hours, in the first go!

Kya bhayya, Karan johar se milke aye ho kya?

Leave about striking a conversation, I bet you to find a real engineer that is able to not-piss-off the girl in the first meeting! Sigh!

In short, most of the story is quite predictable with much room left for further development of main characters. Other folks just got a cameo role in this book, which is a pain point, as after sometime the hero-heroine chatter becomes monotonous. Add to that the melodrama, and you have a ready recipe to bang your head on the wall, if no table is available nearby!

I know I am being a little harsh with this book review, but then I wasted so many precious hours of my life on this book, to witness such an artificial, cheap bollywood movie type climax! And to be frank, I can't write good stuff about a book just because someone has given it to me for review!

Anyway, in case you love too much melodrama in a love story, then go ahead and pick this title up from Flipkart. Click here to buy this book. Buy Rainy Days from Flipkart.com

And in case, like me, you don't, then wait for my next post! It is going to be a tag given to me by someone who likes SRK as much as I do - Akanksha 

The one where SHE talks about me ...

Thursday, September 06, 2012

It is a rare sight where someone is talking about me and not hurling abuses :D Looks like the Fiancee caught the blogging bug (finally!) and wrote a sweet post about me. The surprising thing is, instead of calling me "Ajee sunte hoooo" or (hone wale) "Chunnu Munnu ke pappa" :D :D, she refers to me as The Furobiker. (!!!) And at one place gives a proper disclaimer like the one they keep it in legal documents - "him" refers to the Furobiker, hereon - kind of stuff. Girls are funny, I tell you. :P Phew..  

This picture tells a lot about us as a couple. Detailed post soon  :)
Excerpt from her blog...
It’s the season of marriages. More so arranged ones. I know at least 4 of my friends in the same team getting hitched before the year end. I see them on the phones all the while… chatting/ talking with all the blushes and grins, texting furiously with all the lively expressions… Courtship before the wedding is the best phase in arranged marriages… which made me think about my life so far….

Go read the full post on her blog .. Click here for the full post ...