Saturday, March 31, 2007

Notes To Myself

I recently got a book from a person I know. It's called 'Notes To Myself' by Hugh Prather. My first impression when I started reading the book was 'What the hell ? How can this be an enjoyable read?'. It didn't seem like anything I have read before. I am so used to a diet of books that contain the usual syntax and semantics that I almost forgot there existed other kinds of books too. I went back to the front cover, just to see if I missed anything.

"Read it as if you wrote it and use it as a road map of life. Then write your notes and heal your life" - Bernie S.Siegel, M.D., author of Love, Medicine and Miracles.

Thats what I missed! I started reading the notes again with this viewpoint and it did turn out to be interesting.

After the read, here are some notes which I made to myself :

It's ok to be spend some time alone. I will take time to listen to myself! Most people can't suffer silence. Why ? My God of knowing is trying to tell me something. I won't block it out with all the noise.

Doing the right things mean doing the things I believe are right. Otherwise,I will remain untrue to myself and hence, can never be happy.

I do not regret anything that has happened to me. Regretting things and brooding over it can only hold me back and affect my present as well as my future. I have to move ahead and take things as it comes.

I find great happiness in giving love even to those people who least deserve it. I will give as much as I can, but I will never expect anything in return. Expectations can lead to disappointments.

Before criticizing others, I will try to understand from their point of view. No two people's thoughts are the same. I have to understand that each person has his own unique way of looking at things and I should learn to respect that.

Making notes can help you understand your own fears, dilemmas and overcome them. Your notes can act as a starting point for personal exploration or even better off - a treasury of thoughtful reminders!

Friday, March 30, 2007

Deathly Hallows

It's time for my most favorite character to resurface again after a long time. Yes, a two year gap can be a pretty long if you are just dying to know what is going to happen to Harry Potter and his friends. Will Harry survive his encounter with Voldemort ? One thing is for sure. Not many people want him to die (except those anti-Harry people. I just have one thing to say to such people... and that is... GO TO HELL ! and STAY THERE!!)

I have never spend so much on a book before. Paid almost 700+ rupees last time for the half-blood prince. But I got it anyway, coz my birthday was coming up and I didn't want anything else for a present! Here I am again, waiting for July 21 2007... and I have already decided what gift I want ;)

The cover of the final book is already out. The American version is given below :

Now, I wonder why he has his hand stretched out like that. But he definitely looks better in this one as compared to the Harry Potter shown in the British children's version cover in which you can see a buck-toothed Harry! :

The adult version cover looks fantastic with the black background and the Slytherin locket.

The flip side shows the pretty J.K. Rowling (bearing a striking resemblance to Steffi Graf) who looks content on finishing her final book declaring it as her personal favorite.

For all the Harry Potter fans, it would be a bittersweet moment when the book gets released on 21st July considering there will be no further books in the series. But everyone should own a copy of this magical book rather than borrowing it from someone because it is simply priceless.

Even if you have read it, you will definitely feel like reading it later on. And the experiece would be the same.. you will feel the same excitement, horror, happiness as you did the first time. I can confidently say so because I have read each Harry Potter book atleast 3 times and now I feel like reading them all over again!!!

Only some books can totally capture you and I hope that JKR or any author brings about such books in the future too.

If you feel like getting some extra info, visit JKR's official website in which she clears out weird rumours regarding her books. Some of them are extremely funny! Go check it out!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Now and Then...

I am at work. Completely jobless. Boss is in Saudi, which makes me even MORE jobless. I tried downloading e-books. But then realised the only good site (e-snips) that offers goodies for download is blocked here at office. Logged into messengers.... but no one online !! Even Orkut is blocked ! So you can guess, what I turned to next....

First of all, sorry to my millions and trillions of fans who eagerly wait every day (maybe even every minute) for me to post a new blog entry. I was just too lazy.... hmmm.... not exactly a good enough reason but I am sure all of you will identify with it!

Flashback - 2006

A friend suggested I write about how the past year - 2006 went for me. This is for you dear friend (if you are reading this)!

2006 in total was an average year. Had my share of good things and bad. Everything I had felt with intensity before, seemed just to die down.

The good thing that happened was I landed in Bahrain to be with my mom, dad, sis, niece all together at the same time! It has been really long since we all got together. We (mom, sis and me) keep having our share of silly fights whenever we are together. But eventually, these fights help in getting us closer together.

Then the boredom started creeping in. I would go to sleep at 5 A.M and get up in the afternoon. My timings were becoming eratic. The only enjoyment I used to get were from my neighbour's place where I got to meet people more my age. This was the time I realised I should start looking for a job. I was just wasting away! I would look in the classifieds every day. And they were all looking for one thing which I didnt have - experience ! So all those ignorant people who thought getting a good job in the gulf is super easy... it is, but only if you have minimum 2 years experience.

There were times when I felt like going back to India after various unsuccessful attempts. Then, finally I got a job.. out of the blue. I am really thankful to the people for giving me an opportunity... I guess, I was really REALLY lucky!! Another lesson learnt - God is always listening to you, keep praying ! He will give you what you want if you are really honest.

Current - 2007

I am at my work place where people keep pampering me coz I am the youngest. I get a reasonable salary for a newbie. I am staying with my parents! What else can I ask for ??? Hmmm... wait wait... yeh dil does maange more ! ;)