Sunday, December 12, 2010

Tomorrow........A Mystery???

Whenever my emotions are high up on me, I try to escape in the land of book. Fascinated by the land of can see that i am a total book lover. Always waiting for that one captivating story that will help me find an answer, or take me something bigger and something beyond me. I like to get along with the novel, into whichever imaginary world it takes me to. Sometimes this flying far off from 'now' helps me compose myself for the next event.
Sometimes, while reading I wonder whether it would happen in reality, or how I would be if I was in place of that person in the novel. I feel that this gateway is opened for an escape, an escape out of reality....even if that is for a little while. But, while wondering, I also think whether this escape is good or not? Taken time to think over it, even then it is difficult to reason it out. If life was like the novels stated, maybe we would be different.....or maybe life is a novel and tomorrow is just a page turn. Like life now is the page opened in my novel right now. Yesterday is a page turned, something on which today is based on. Like today is the foundation for our tomorrow.

Every little of our action today is getting ready to wind itself to form a perfect tomorrow. This tomorrow can not be predicted for it is us who can make it by our now. Living in the present
might be the key for it. Living now - yes, but making sure that we are planning along for our tomorrow must go hand in hand. I am hinting at a novel with this blog post, it is 'The Book Of Tomorrow' by Cecilia Ahern that got me to think about tomorrow. A tomorrow that depends upon today.
One thing I still can't really figure out is whether tomorrow can be changed? For I know that everyone has their entries and exits on this stage of life planned by that supernatural power, but is it us planning our days between entries and exits?
Out of that topic of discussion......what would we be if we knew our tomorrows....If we knew the exact events. Would we know what to do, or how to change the wrong? Would we do something to control what might happen tomorrow? If we could, would we change what is already printed on the paper of tomorrow? Is whatever that we change affect the whole story written for us? If there was one thing that I could change in my life.....will I? Now that you are reading this, try asking these questions to yourself. Think of that one thing you could change from your older pages of the story....and think how today will be different....think how tomorrow might have changed......think how the distant future be. After a huge mind babble and a high head of thought, I think that I would like my tomorrow to be a mystery...a mystery that life will eventually unfold in front of me. I wouldn't like to change anything for I might not have or might not be what I am today.
So....all I can get to the conclusion is that live in in today. Forget about the past and be prepared about the future. And let life remain that unsolved mystery.......sometimes that holds more fun than everything laid out in front.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

PRAY A song - we can make a change!

Everyone is familiar with the teen sensation Justin Bieber. With the release of his new album 'My Worlds Acoustic' there's a new much in demand song. A song spreading the message to make a difference, one to make a change!

Here are the lyrics and the video of this inspirational tune that touched my heart and of millions of others..........and still continuing......

The song's name is PRAY

Ohh Ohh Ohh .. and I pray
I just cant sleep tonight.
Knowing that things aint right.
Its in the papers, its on the tv, its everywhere that I go.
Children are crying.
Soldiers are dying
Some people don't have a home
But I know there's sunshine behind that rain
I know there's good times behind that pain
, hey
Can you tell me how I can make a change
I close my eyes and I can see a better day
I close my eyes and pray
I close my eyes and I can see a better day
I close my eyes and pray

I lose my appetite, knowing kids starve tonight.
And when I sit up, cause my dinner is still on my plate.
Ooo I got a vision, to make a difference.
And its starting today.

Cause I know there's sunshine behind that rain
I know there's good times behind that pain, hey
Haven`t tell me how I can make a change
I close my eyes and I can see a better day
I close my eyes and pray
I close my eyes and I can see a better day

I close my eyes and pray
For the broken-hearted.
I pray for the life not started
I pray for all the ones not breathing.
I pray for all the souls in need.

I pray. Can you give em one today.
I just cant sleep tonight
Can someone tell how to make a change?

I close my eyes and I can see a better day
I close my eyes and pray
I close my eyes and I can see a better day
I close my eyes and I pray

I pray ..

I close my eyes and pray ..
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C'mon! come together.............YES! we can make a change!!!!!!!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Dear Nicholas Sparks.....

Reading is my passion. I love to read. I love the roller coaster ride of emotions I get to experience while reading. For now, my favorite author is Nicholas Sparks.

Known for writing romantic fiction, he has been a bestselling author for long. Mainly known for his novels, 'The Notebook' and 'A Walk To Remember'. Going to the bookshop a few days back, I decided to buy something different. I bought the novel - 'True Believer'. Moved by the story and thoughts, I decided to read the next part of the story.

The story continued in the novel - 'At First Sight'. The story had moved me so much that when I neared the end of the novel, I was crying my heart out.
It was then that I decided to write letter to my favorite author and inspiration.

Nicholas Sparks, a great writer with an amazing thought. His novels deal with the sufferings of a relationship, getting a hold of life, dealing with life's happenings with a strong mind and finally a miracle. His novels help find a new direction of thought, of dealing with things that seem impossible. I always find myself laughing, crying and smiling along with the flow of the book.

I just want to propose one request to this great novelist. Dear Nicholas Sparks, please bring back Lexie Darnell Marsh to the life of Jeremy Marsh, Claire Marsh and Doris Darnell. A continuation to the story, maybe just by a miracle. And, I assure you, when this novel comes out, I would be the first one to buy it off the shelves.

I hope this little message gets through to my most favorite author and the artist of a lifetime.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Captivating Canada, Bewitching Belgium and N'ticing Netherlands

A few month back, I got an opportunity to go to Canada with my mom. It was an amazing tour where I got to learn about the different culture and lifestyle.

We landed in Montréal, Canada in the evening and made our way to the hotel - Château Versailles. The feeling of clean roads and such less traffic was very difficult to absorb in at first. That day we just walked down the streets of Montréal and discovered the shops and of course ; where to get our food from!

The next day, we went on a full day tour of Québec city. They are French speaking area, and so, I even got to try out my French speaking skills there! Québec city still had some melting snow and my most fav

orite part of the trip was Montmorency Falls. Running white along snow capped areas, it was a marvellous view.

On the third day, I went to the conference on domestic workers with my mom at McGill University. It was nice because I got a lot to learn via the conference. Professor Adelle Blackett, under whose guidance the event took place, was very friendly, kind and supported my coming there. I did get to learn how the conditions of the domestic workers are around the globe and how people are trying to improve it.

The next day was fun with a with a three hour trip of Montréal city in the morning. During this trip, my most favourite view was of the Olympic Stadium that I captured easily in my camera! Later in the afternoon we enjoyed going around the city taking long walks. That evening, we made our way ta a restaurant for a pizza and for the first time I actually saw teenagers on the streets!

A prominent difference is the number of poor people. Since Canada is a developed country, the amount of people below poverty line is very less, but, India being a developing country country, has a large amount of its population below the poverty line.

When I went to the café, there was one thing I was shocked to see. The Lays chips that we get in India for Rs 20 were for 2 dollars, which when converted to the Indian currency was suddenly quite expensive.

By the next day, we had sat in the bus that took us through the lovely towns of Canada, into Scarborough, Ontario. There was a sudden change in culture from French to Indian. As you know, Toronto is also called the second home of Indians and Scarborough is nothing but an outskirt.

At Scarborough, I enjoyed my first few days at the ashram. Shatrupa Baiji was very kind, helpful, funny with an endearing personality. I still remember the mouth watery pizza I ate there! I also got to make many friends along the way. My closest friends were Hina, Richa and Nidhi. All were very accepting.

The funny incident that happened once was :- we were waiting for a bus on the station. Soon the bus came and we went inside. We discovered shocking scene. All the passengers in the bus were Indian and the driver was Canadian!

We went to visit Toronto the next day. C.N Tower was the most breathtaking views of my trip. At a height of 553.3 meters it was just amazing! We reached the topmost story from a high speed lift and saw the whole city beneath us while standing on the glass floor. We even took a harbor ride from which we could see a wonderful view of the C N Tower and Toronto Stadium.

Moving our journey forward, we went to the most famous Canadian attraction - The Niagara Falls. On our way, we had a stop at the wine yard, where my adult bus mates got an opportunity to taste the Canadian special Ice Wine. Oh, and I got a tingy grape juice.

We also aw the whirlpool made by the Niagara River during the ride. Niagara Falls were a stunning view. One could see three rainbows together! From Canada, we even saw the Niagara Falls from New York. For the New Yorkers', there was a raised platform like structure made to view these astounding Falls.

We enjoyed a trip of Behind The Falls and missed The Maid of The Mist ride by just a day. Then we made our way to the restaurant with a grumbling stomach. I got to go to Wendy's which was really yummy! We even went to Louis Tussuad which was a parody or copy of Madam Tussuad.

Before going ahead with my journey let me tell you one of my favorite places places. Favorite scenic places are a lot but something other than beauty is food. I loved Timmy Horton's! I rally wish it opens in India.

I also stayed in Brampton for two days. There, I got to sty with my relatives. They were friendly and very welcoming. They took us out for a scrumptious dinner at Chopstix where I got my very first fortune cookie! The Mehta family made our stay very homey and comfortable.

Another fun part was going to the Eaton Centre in Toronto - The biggest mall in Canada. But, let me tell you, it wasn't as big s Ambiance Mall in Gurgaon, India.

Step by step, we were moving towards the end of our journey. But don't worry, we still have five days left!

The next station of our flight was The Netherlands. It was an outstanding place. Landing in Amsterdam, moving to Hoofddorp and then enjoying the tour of the countryside was stupendous. The charm of Netherlands was the tulips that grew about everywhere along with their shoes!

In Amsterdam, a pleasing welcome was given to us from my grandfather's friend and himself lawyer, Jasbeer uncle. He made our stay exciting by taking us on a very enjoyable journey of Holland. He along with his wife and kids made us enjoy every moment of our stay.

We also visited the fishermen's village in Holland which was spell bounding. I got a taste of the true city there. Hoofddorp, where we stayed was an incredible place. Separated by small streams, it had a charming view ; something that a person fantasies in fairy tales.

On the tour of the Amsterdam city, we got to visit Madam Tussuad and got to click pictures along with many leaders, actors and sportsmen. We did the famous ship ride and saw the spectacular view of the seven canals.

Our next stop was Belgium. We sat in a bullet train and entered the beautiful country. A bus ride showed us the phenomenal viw of the parliament as well. Stopping at the Atomium - The atomic structure made of nine atoms we saw the spectacle of beauty shimmer. On the inside, it had steep escalators making us reach to the various floors with their exhibitions.

On coming out of the Atomium, we went to look at Mini Europe, made in Brussels, Belgium. Miniature models of all important places stood there. Most favorite of them were the Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Here was the end of my educational and fun tour. Yup, I almost forgot...I got loads of Belgian chocolates as well!

On my next tour, I wish to see all the beautiful places in the world. And, because everything and everyone is beautiful, I want to see each and every part of this amazing and beautiful paradise!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me

"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me...." I have been thinking a lot about this proverb lately. Is it true, do the words really don't matter??? If a friend will say something to me, most hurtful, and it won't matter?

Do we have to make ourselves so strong that we can not be hurt by anyone's awful words? The answer is yes! Those who say awful words to you are either not your friends or they are so close to you that they want something good for you. If our young mind will be so fragile that it will break w
ith words......then what will sustain our hearts? Love is something that we all need in life to grow, and sometimes words, bad ones weaken this love.

Don't ever let them weaken you from the inside or the outside. Take in the positive and move on! Life will be with ups and downs and we have got to sustain ourselves in all conditions that follow. Just a little say here and there and you are sitting in your room and crying! We have a lot of salt water here so don't flood it more with your tears!

Remember that in life sometimes we have to let everything out! Words are made without the thought of hurt or is just the way you say
them that makes all the difference. If you call your friend and say that you are glad to have them in your life - their face would glow with a wide smile. But, if you say that you don't like their company they would feel empty and sad. So many times the one feeling this emptiness is you!

Why??? Isn't it up to us what to listen to and what to not? God has provided us with two ears and a brain in between.Hear from one ear, retain what is needed in the processing unit aka the brain and throw out the rest from the other ear. Use the filter of wisdom!

If we include this practice then words will never hurt us, they won't break our hearts and won't steal our joy! Have fun FORGIVE AND FORGET! Enjoy life to the fullest and be carefree.

Take a deep breath and let go!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Are we as Idiot as the Idiot Box

I was sitting down with my mum today and realised what cinema and television meant to them.

Star Trek a fashion during their age is never forgotten. My mum still remembers Spo

ck's sexy voice and Captain Kirk's handsome built. It was the time when the television show was introduced and gained popularity in India
and still has a place in people's hearts.
This was when I sat down and thought that would the shows that we watch today have equal importance. Is this 'idiot box' as we call it gone too far to leave importance and a mark of anything that is

I sit down to think that ; would I remember 'Wizards Of Waverly Place' or 'Glee' once I grow as old as mum? I don't think so. In today's age, with so much to trend the value is lost. Coming down to it, television was there when I was born, I grew watching it, and the minor changes were nothing new.
If you think about it, you can find many reasons as to why television was of importance to

our parents. It was something new and interesting, the whole family sat down to watch a single episode of Ramayan and Mahabharata (which was the most famous amongst all that came on T.V in India).In other words, it united the family.

Nowadays, with so many shows - different for kids and adults and teenagers with their o
wn lists, it ends up dividing the family. My grandparents liking
to watch the episodes of Balika Vadhu ; my mom wanting to watch the old episodes of F.R.I.E.N.D.S ; dad engrossing himself in travel and living as well as music shows, and me, being a teenager watching Glee results in no or very little time for family.

I started from the importance of television in old days, and continued with its relevance for today's generation. I wish I could club the two and get the same old togetherness in the family back.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Teenage inspiration : Cloning a Celebrity

"Oh mommy! I want new converse! Please mom, can I have them?" - "You just bought a new pair of shoes a week ago! Once you use them, you'll get new ones." - "Oh mom! they are old news now! Selena Gomez was wearing converse and even I want them!" This is an average conversation between a mom and her teenage son/daughter that takes place everyday.

Most of the influence comes from teenage celebrities. I, personally being a follower of Justin Bieber,
Cody Simpson, Greyson Chance, Cole and
Dylan Sprouse, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Taylor Lautner and many more take care that this influence does not go to my head. Most of my friends would buy new stuff as it is trending and gain popularity.

Becoming a trend setter for something constructive is good but for something that comes and goes and has no additional value for us is negative. In turn, trying to stay in-fashion results in loss of resources like money that can be used for better and more important purposes.

In this chase to popularity kids tend to forget that these celebrities are working hard on their share. They work for hours and hours a day, study with private tutors, roam around in the world without their family in an effort to achieve something in life. They experience life and earn by their efforts.

Rather than learning the latest fashion trends from these celebrities, we should get inspired by their efforts. At a tender age of thirteen, singers like Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson started
utilising their talent and making their friends and families proud.

It is time to get inspired and take in all the good, just as Mahatma Gandhi has said >> Take in all the good and leave the bad behind <<

I would like to conclude by saying get inspired from everyone in life because you can get inspiration from every small deed of a person....respect others, follow them but don't end being a clone and losing your own personality and charm.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

A Path To Follow

My grandfather Dr. J. C. Batra was the son of a rich landlord or zamindar in Pakistan. Due to the partition , he had to move to India and all his treasury was gone. He got a small land in a village in Haryana.
From his childhood, he had a sense of power in him. A power to move people. He studied in a village school till class fifth and then moved to a district school in Karnal. Later, he moved to Delhi for his graduation and post-graduation. While doing graduation he got the opportunity to meet various freedom fighters like Jawahar Lal Nehru, Dr Radhakrishnan amongst others. He got inspired from them and realized that Gandhi, Nehru and Jinnah had one distinct thing in them - all of them were lawyers and had done their law from England.
He decided to do law from England, but did not have enough money. He borrowed a minimal amount that would pay for the fee. As he did not have money to go by air, he decided to go by ship; which took him approximately 20 days.
The ship had a one night halt in Egypt. When everyone got off the ship to see the great pyramids and my grandpa stayed in the ship - a man came over to ask him why didn't he go. My grandfather said that he did not have enough money to see the country. The noble man said to my grandfather that people specially come to see this country and that he was missing an opportunity. Then, the middle aged man offered my grandpa some money. My grandpa refused to take the money thinking how, when or where could he repay the man.
The man curtly said that if my grandpa really wanted to repay him, he would pass on the same gift as the man did. The man said that if my grandpa will encourage young men and help them be big or educated ; the debt would be repayed.
Later, my grandfather did his law from England and now is a senior advocate in the Supreme Court.
He still passes his blessings over to others. There was a peon in his office who had passed class tenth ; my grandpa made him pass twelfth - paid for his graduation and law. Now, the peon is a judge in a subordinate court.

I always find a deep meaning in my grandpa's stories ; and this one taught me to pass on little deeds of kindness, be blessed and let the blessing spread.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Top 10 Justin Bieber songs!

    For all the Justin Bieber fans, here is a list of his top 10 songs (personal list)

  1. Baby (feat. Ludacris) - My World 2.0

  2. One Time - My World

  3. Never let you go - My World 2.0

  4. One less lonely girl - My World

  5. Up - My World 2.0

  6. Favourite Girl - My World

  7. Love Me - My World

  8. Eenie Minie (feat. Ludacris) - My World 2.0

  9. Down to Earth - My World

  10. Somebody to love - My World 2.0