Life’s more than picture perfect!

IMG-20170328-WA0020I will never forget that day when I was told for the first time that” Hey I follow you, and I love your pictures! “That’s when it finally hit me that, Oh God! All that I have been posting all this while is indeed reaching out to so many more people than I can actually imagine and the craziest fact is that once you post it , its forever there! Sometimes I wouldn’t even know which social media has been picked up by the viewer coz I was using all so many. This all went to a point that my personal life was public and everything that I was doing could probably be a part of discussion. I had no intentions of that kind of publicity, but then why was I doing it? Why was I turning a slave to this whole social media platform! I wasn’t even earning money by my popularity coz I aint no celeb and the ones which I was getting were compliments which felt like taunts that dint seem to come from a very good intent.

Also at this point a dear aunt told me that these days you guys are posting all your pix on Social media but do you realize ki posting all the best ones could attract negativity? She used the word “Najar lag ti hai beta”, and let me tell you I’m very much educated and not superstitious but that day I really took her suggestion into consideration and thought over and over again. Yes, it was making sense to me in a prospective that I was indeed attracting unwanted attention more than appreciation and that was something that had begun bothering me. People remember visuals these days more than “kaha suni kahanni” and then gossip. Yes we are always interested in others lives more than ours, wonder why? And then when I took a break to an undisclosed location altogether where I was forcibly cut off from the Net that’s when things became a bit too tough for maybe my so called followers but effortless for me in reality!

I guess our self-worth these days is directly proportional to our likes, follows and no. of friends and without this all we seem to be a failure in our own eyes. I don’t know who is responsible for this but slowly and gradually we have forgotten who we are coz we are constantly busy trying to put up a certain image and making things seem perfect even though they aren’t. We have lost our innocence and every single moment that we should be catching glimpses of each other’s real expressions and guessing what runs on their mind ,instead we are more amazed by  the reaction implicated by random emojis!

I think the “stay connected” attitude has given people the door to open a conversation at any time and any hour without thinking twice whether it’s appropriate or not. Everybody is using the messaging app that used to be earlier only for social purpose has become a networking tool and also a supreme stalking source. Let’s give this a thought and become not superstitious but atleast sensitive and a little empathy would definitely be appreciated!

Seeking “Lord Dhanvantari”

National Ayurveda Day! What a splendid occasion, especially for me who is a fresher Graduate of Ayurvedic Medicine, it gives me immense pride to be a part of this announcement. A moment which celebrates Ayurveda is an achievement not in terms of Creditability but Recognition and a tool to spread Awareness.

I am super excited to do my first Dhanvantari Pujan! It’s a memorabilia from Kerala, the framed picture of Lord Dhanvantari, purchased at the exhibition of International Ayurveda Conference that I attended earlier this year. Dhanteras from this year on wouldnt only mean Diwali but so much more.

 

‘All in the same game’

Energised and charged with volts of positivity! Its indeed the best kick start Sunday! I am sure, I have lead you all to believe if I am high or in hangover, for it was Saturday night yesterday, but No, I wasn’t partying. Now you must be guessing, what was I upto? Well I attended a Speaker session last evening. Now you must be thinking, oh! how boring,who on earth wants to listen to others when we already are equipped with so much in life, why do I listen to people’s stories. Honestly, I had no idea as to who exactly these people are, but the outline of the programme interested me.

The session was about “Entrepreneurship” and had three speakers from varied sides of it. It began on a very technical note with Mr. Pillai, founder of an advertising firm. He spoke so much about the different aspects of investment and the start ups, discussed case studies of different companies, that for a minute I actually thought I am studying business management! I guess the minute the word “entrepreneur” comes in I become ecstatic.
The next talk was by Shipra Khanna, winner of master chef India. She spoke about the hardships of being a woman chef and the highs she experienced after winning masterchef. I couldn’t contain myself in the Q & A round, and asked her if she enjoyed cooking at home too, after cooking all that fancy food, so she said that she can’t remember when she isn’t cooking, she’s constantly doing one thing or the other,thats how passionate she is about her job.
The last and my favourite speaker of the evening Mr Ketan Bhagat, was outstanding. Yes, you read it write “Ketan” and not “Chetan”, he is the brother of the very famous IITian turned writer and is set to carve a niche in the most unusual way. He spoke about a subject very close to my heart and that perhaps won me over. “Life” is one big word although the spelling is short and to listen about its tales through the eyes of Geeta was wonderful. I am not being religious or advocating Hinduism but I am sure all our scriptures hold the same message but only if we unravel them. Somewhere in the grind of life we forget to stay in touch with ourselves and that’s where sessions like these are an important reminder. And then how can “Ayurveda” stray far in this discussion. Although the speaker didn’t realise as he spoke about” Tamas, Rajas and Sattvik ” Manas, me here in the audience could relate incredibly. In his version, he spoke of Tamas as the phase of ignorance, where one doesn’t understand what is right and  wrong, Rajas as Passion and Sattvik where you reach a balance and become selfless, going on to the path of Moksha or liberation. I am indeed feeling much blessed and grateful.
TIP: Witness a session where you can encompass the enwegy of true people and get inspired. Reap the fruits of our holy scriptures and try to understand the meaning, implementation will be by default.