Day#2

Hi folks!

Here is yesterday’s infographic. I had oats and coffee (breakfast), chicken soup and apple (lunch), and pulaav (masala rice with lots of veggies) as dinner.PicsArt_1415852530229

I could not perform my usual in the gym yesterday. I think a change of diet is taking its toll on me. Perhaps my body is adapting to the new diet. So I have decided to go a little low on the workout (generally I do cardio, weight training, stretching and certain yoga positions)

I hope things turn out well!

Day#1

Happy to complete day1 of the YOS diet.

I had sugarless french roast coffee as breakfast (had to rush for a quiz :p ), ‘raita’ for lunch (not a very big fan of curd asPicsArt_1415765496665 the main dish, but as I had bought it with lots of effort at 7:30 in the morning; I did not waste a single drop of it ūüėÄ ), munched on an apple and had a delicious rice recipe cooked by a close friend who had dropped by and took pity in the effort I will have to put in to cook dinner for myself :p (God Bless Him ūüėÄ ).

I continued with my gym routine albeit I was feeling a bit tired today. Burnt off 400 cals. I also moved on to doing weight training with a total of 20lbs.

Hope I am making progress! Would love your reviews, comments, suggestions and wisdom!

Have a good night folks!

c25k Update!

Hi folks!

A quick update! Since the past few weeks I have been trying to regain my lost level of fitness and I have finally managed to achieve it. I am running 5 kms every session of gymming. My primary goal to do this was so that I could be active enough each day to be fully functional with just four hours of sleep. I am happy to tell that I am managing to do it fairly well.

So what next? Well of course I want to keep getting fitter. Therefore, I am opting to eat healthy on a student budget. Any foreign student who has done or is pursuing masters understands the concept of shared cooking and splitwised groceries. Well, my housemates decided to go the independent way today (an opportune time to switch to healthier options while my friends are planning to go on the GM diet :O ).

So my plan is to maintain a blog journal of what I am eating and how much I am working out so that we can track my progress on a weekly basis. I encourage people who have any scope of switching diets to join me as the suggestions that I am getting is from legit source (CEO Yos Forever).

The plan starts from tomorrow! I am super excited!

Lets do this! B-)

NEVER A FINAL GOODBYE

(In celebration of the rituals at Mandakini Bhawan)

 

You do the things again and again, things that you did everyday, in the hope that it will last a little longer but it never does. You will go through the same routes, the same roads, each time with fewer friends, having said goodbyes to your dearest ones not a very many few hours ago.You help them pack their stuff, drag it all the way downstairs. Certain things, certain memories are found in the cupboard buried deep.

You try very hard that the realization does not crash upon you.You push it away, not wanting to acknowledge that you can’t run to the rooms where you always found solace, tight hugs, Korean songs ( :p ), maggi, your stolen slippers, solutions, comfort, inspiration, motivation, a shoulder to cry on, gossip, jokes, incessant giggles, magazines, catalogues and much more because those rooms are now only empty shadows of their owners, friends you know by heart. Infact, you can’t bear to look at them. You hate the realization that the people who allowed you to make a home, away from home, are finally leaving you forever.

You weep because a little bit of you is going away with them. You cry because it’s not the ending you want. You make relationships, deep ones, the kinds you never had before and you let it run its own course; never thinking that you leave all of this in 4 years.

You realize that that extremely significant but small time was never enough and you crave for the companionship of the friends who loved you, teased you, fought with you, driven you mad and made you fall in love with them again.

You wonder whether in the coming years you will receive just as much love, laughter, motivation, songs, fun, fame; as many countless acquaintances, juniors, seniors and adorable friends.

It hits you that your entire lifestyle is being snatched away. You can’t rush to a specific room when your coffee runs out or when you have some indigestible news. You cannot run to your friend’s shoulder crying after a movie because only she understands that you are made that way. No one will come to you late at night just to get a hug and some inspiration. Nobody will feel comfortable in your messy room like your friends. Nobody will feed you, walk in scorching heat alongside you, lie for hours on mats in the corridor in humid summer just to enjoy the last days of an era.

After a few days, you contact them again. You find the same comfort, the same soothing voices, the same excited chats. You make yourself believe that nothing has changed even though everything has, because there is a certain ease there. You are scared to say goodbye again because you must believe it’s not the final one. It can never be. It never will be.

Don’t Gobble! Chew On It

I am reading Anna Karenina these days and there is one paragraph that has stuck with me for all these weeks. So I better share it, right?

Leo Tolstoy wrote, describing his character, Stepan Arkadyevitch…

“Stepan Akadyevitch took in and read a liberal paper, not an extreme one, but one advocating the views held by the majority. And in spite of the fact that science, art, and politics had no special interest for him, he firmly held those views on all these subjects which were held by the majority and the paper, and he changed them when the majority changed them–or, more strictly speaking, he did not change them, but they imperceptibly changed of themselves within him.

Stepan Arkadyevitch had not chosen his political opinions or his views; these political opinions and views had come to him of themselves, just as he did not choose the shape of his hat or coat, but simply took those that were being worn. And for him, living in a certain society-owing to the need, ordinarily developed at years of discretion, for some degree of mental activity–to have views was just as indispensable as to have a hat. “

Although he was born in the year 1828, Tolstoy’s words are not only relevant but define our society to a great extent till today. I have never found such an apposite description of things! Stepan’s political preferences and his opinions about anything and everything stem from an unrealized chasm-deep indifference, a trait pretty easy to find in most of us. They say that somebody too opinionated is way too consequential¬† but I think it is a lot better than having no opinion at all or having a personal statement that is so infused with what others think and say that it has nothing typical of you left. It is only done to be a hypocritical highbrow.

This also reminds me of another content I came across a few months back. Oprah was interviewing J. K. Rowling and there J. K. mentioned that when she was looking for a man, she was searching for somebody who had a very strong sense of himself, just as she has (all of her friends thought that it was something very hard to find!). The two ladies (Oprah and J. K.) joked that she had not asked for Jesus, but for a normal, cerebrating human being!.

I think it is one of the biggest tragedies of our time, specially in the social circuits in India that people fail to construct their own syllogisms and simply swallow whatever is served to them just as Stepan does.

Albeit the paucity of profound thinkers is immense in the society we live in, some of us who can change it, please do!! It is a heartfelt entreaty!

Love, Victory, Forever

What makes a movie tick? Or perhaps makes a novel as addictive as an obsessive drug? What are those abstract intangible things that humans would persistently strive to acquire, cherish and consume? What are the essential ingredients that would make the readers and viewers’ tongues loll out but would also strike deep reverence and admiration in their eyes and when the experience is, unfortunately, over; make them draw inspiration from it for the rest of their lives?Victory

It is simple. I think, the pivotal ingredients are three- to be loved beyond measure, to hold your integrity and honour in the toughest of times known to the face of the earth and still manage to emerge although bloody and wounded, but righteously victorious and; to betray time, to make these astral feelings last for immortality. Allow me to be a skeptic and label these as “particularly hard-to-get” and “romantic”. However, the truth is that even though most people are convinced that they are unachievable, we still sweat to get just an inch closer to them everyday. Only this can explain the popularity of¬† ‘The Twilight Series’, for it harnesses the¬† “forever” and “generally inconceivable love” very cleverly; or The Harry Potter series (a curious mix of extreme human emotions, love, courage and victory), The lord Of the Rings, P.S. I love You, Armageddon, The Matrix Series, the works of Charles Dickens, Steven Speilberg… The list goes on but I think I made my point.

do_you_really_want_immortality_by_chryssalis-d30m221Small traces of these feelings keep us alive, make us move and most often then not, become the reason of our very existence.
To see greatness rise from the common, to see superhuman feats being achieved by people from amongst us, fire us and, make us believe in the worth of this life. To see compassion and love hitherto not-at-all-pragmatic in today’s scenario stir the deepest recesses of our heart and make us hopeful that we might receive it someday too. However, an unusual truth is that the consequent and subsequent of these ‘three’ is fundamentally, passion.

Seriousness apart, and well, child-like enthusiasm in, I know these things do not follow a logical trail but still draw us, maybe as fleece are drawn to the dogs or the sunflower to the sun. It can both be a burden, something to shun as the ascetics do, or something to be enjoyed tremendously. For all of us who are firmly addicted to the shackles of this mundane yet alluring world, creating and living this romance of love and victory is all we want to do every day. We do get a choice, either to renounce or to embrace. The tragedy of our world, of commoners like us, is that we are generally able to do neither. Love-Addiction_0

So this April, I say, PICK A SIDE. TIME is daring you to. Take a side that defines you. For even though some of us may get lucky and get our romance but I am sure that we are not going to get it forever!!

Reconnect

I thought that this blog would be about the problems I am facing, that people all over the world face, but then I decided to take the optimistic approach and the article turned out very differently from the one I had imagined earlier in the day.

I have been thinking up many titles like ‘The Two Inevitable Levels’, ‘The Escape’ and ‘Returning To The Roots’; and I have been meaning to upload a blog for a long time but only I¬†couldn’t, because of a lack of sound mind and my absolute failure at coming to a conclusion at this one. My dear readers, I am sorry for being away for so long but I was trying to figure out certain things and now, after almost a week of mild distress (or perhaps intense, I don’t know really) and another week of contemplating, I finally feel I have some solutions for myself. The reason that it took so much time is because the following is not just empty talk but I daresay, I have lived through it.

I will prefer not to be so self-indulgent as to drool at the problems I have been facing and bore you with it (though initially I thought that I would), rather I shall get to the crux of it all.

I thought of the title as ‘The Two Inevitable Levels’ because I have finally figured out that almost all human beings prefer to exist in multiple dimensions out of which two are of prime importance- the ‘superficial’ level and the ‘core’ level. Now, at certain times of your life,you may pretend with all your might that you are happy but you will not be in the state of a bliss and it has nothing to do with excessive or forced laughter but something else. If you’ll pay a little close attention to yourself, you would know whether you are really in the seventh heaven. I mean I did it, and I found that I have not been there for quite some time now. I don’t mean to be the ‘Ultimate Agent’ of the gloomy and the depressed and I, by no means intend to make you one either. All I am saying is that in our heavily predictable mechanical life, we must never stop caring about what we really want and what really makes us happy. I read an article in ‘Times Life’ about feeding our soul and it did give me a huge insight without really caring to get it. I’l tell you what it said a bit later.

I also thought about titling this article ‘The Escape’ because that’s what I thought I was doing. Sometimes what goes around you becomes too much to take in and you might consider escaping the situation. If ¬†the going gets tough and you feel like you have been lassoed and ping-pong balls are being thrown at your knuckles at high speed, you would certainly like nothing more than to run out of the t.t. room. The reason that this might happen is because the turn of events taking place right under your nose (emotional or professional) is not a part of your grand plan or something. As a consequence, you freak out and cry about it or be depressed about it. This was what was happening to me at college but as I promised, I shall not evoke boredom.

See, your mind (or if you prefer, the soul) has got ways of telling you that you are not walking on air even if you want to ignore it and continue living superficially in a superficial world. All you have to do is listen to it closely. For me, the wake-up call came when my room-mate told me that I had been crying aloud in my sleep for a couple of nights. It scared the hell out of me and I fled home to get myself back on track.

This brings us to our next title and our next step, ‘Returning To The Roots’. If you have identified your problem and it’s not the world, it’s you because you are unhappy in your dictated circumstance; then you must be willing to solve it. The best possible way to do that is to take a break and go off in the pursuit of things that delights you and stabilizes you. For me, it would be singing, writing, reading, dancing, travelling, playing, resting, listening to music, watering the plants and being with my loved ones. These activities would feed your soul. Though it might seem that it is not working initially, but if you persevere, you will find that you are healing. They will provide you fulfillment. Believe me, I tell this by experience.

I would love to tell you a short story that I read in ‘The Speaking Tree’. Its a parable from the Chinese Philosopher Chuang Tzu.

“There was a man who was so disturbed by the sight of his own shadow and so displeased with his own footsteps that he determined to get rid of both. The method he hit upon was to run away from them, so he got up and ran, but every time he put his foot down, there was another step, and all this time, his shadow kept up with him too, without the slightest difficulty. Wasn’t he running fast enough? So determined was he that he ran faster and faster without stopping until he dropped dead.

If only he had stepped in the shade, his shadow would have disappeared ¬†and if he had sat down and stayed still, there would have been no more footsteps.”

I want you to draw your own conclusions for the above story but one of the things that I learned through it is that you need not escape the situation no matter how ugly it gets but try to acquire stillness and tranquility in body and mind and have the faith that things will surely fall into place if your heart is pure.

Which brings us to my last and final title. ‘Reconnect’. Reconnect with yourself.

Just take a short break, feed your soul by pursuing those hobbies that takes you on cloud nine, rejuvenate yourself, mull things over, be back into action in the way that you earnestly want and try to protect who you really are (as my friend Dimri always says, “we must never lose ourselves”. I think he fears that we will ruin a perfectly good creation by doing so, after all almost every human is a wonderful creation). If you do not do all this, I¬†guarantee¬†you that you will become emotionally closed-off ¬†and hollow due to high levels of frustration that we face in this fast-paced world. If you know that you are not glowing from within, its your mind’s way of telling you that you really need to work on yourself and establish a deeper friendship with yourself, with your soul. Talk of a big mouth because even I¬†haven’t¬†achieved it fully yet but¬†at least¬†I have found the way. I am trying my level best and hopefully, I would sail through.¬†In fact¬†I am sailing through it right now.

All we have to do is be happy to the core, work up the courage to deal with problems and be intrigued by our own constant personal quest. If the old dream fizzles out, we must find a new dream and chase it with even more vigour and ¬†hopefully then, the gloom will not linger for long. ūüôā