Happy Diwali

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Firstly, wish everyone a very happy diwali. The Festival of lights, this day is famous for removing the darkness and bringing light into one’s life. What is darkness and where is light? The Diya, symbolic to knowledge will remove the darkness i.e. ignorance and fill your heart with love. Knowledge is not any knowledge – self-knowledge is the one that will set us free. So, apart from crackers and awesome sweets – let’s resolve to spend few minutes in meditation or silent contemplation of the days gone and days ahead.  

While I listen to Ramayana many a days early in the morning, I am constantly reminded that all the epics, festivals and rituals had one purpose – to encourage one to look within.  So, with all the worldly pleasures luring every single day – how do you even think of looking within? The answer is to force yourself to be in good company, so that your mind gets trained to things you never think of. 

Go to the temple. Visit your mosque. Never miss a sunday at Church. Train yourself to read noble thoughts or listen to great people. The more these thoughts get instilled, they will influence you. At the end of the day – you definitely have the capability to train your mind the way you want, only if tried hard enough. 

I’m almost done with reading the book “I am Malala”, the Pakistani girl shot by taliban for supporting education.  The one change Malala’s book has bought in me is to respect my education even more and the capability it has instilled in me as a human being. 

Happy Diwali Folks, and have a safe & prosperous one!!

Apartment vs duplex house : who’s the winner?

Back in Hyderabad, we used to live in a duplex house. Ever since we moved to Bangalore – it’s an apartment in an apartment complex. The changes I observed prompted me to write this blog post.

Own duplex house:

1. Duplex house gives a feel of ‘ownness’, everything including the land is yours.

2. The terrace. I’ve spent countless mornings at my terrace drinking coffee and observing nature, strolling and listening to podcasts or simply sitting in a corner and writing. My spot in terrace was always special. The fresh air breeze always soothed me and helped to refresh almost instantly.

3. The physical excercise. Being a duplex with internal stairs and my forgetful nature, you can only imagine how many times I’d go up n down. I’d never need an excercise machine for my legs in my life.

4. Lots and lots of space. I had place to hide stuff I wanted but not now.

Apartment:

1. Lots and lots of people. For an extrovert like me, just watching groups of people is a great energy booster.

2. In house facilities within the apartment complex and for free.

3. Lot of play area for saanvi. So much that the first day we came here, she ran off until the gate in the 5 seconds we spent doing something else and not watching her.

4. Community events. More people, more fun.

All said and fine, my life is still 75% the same because the wonderful family set up I had in Hyderabad continues here. Afterall, home is where heart is!:)