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“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Recently I was reading this book, “The One Thing” by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan; and got into thinking about priorities and choices. As adults when we have a choice and everything is at our discretion, is there a clear formula for making decisions so that we can make the best decisions for us and not trade them for just any decision?

I found my answer in PRIORITY, as long as we pause and think what really matters to us and let that drive our day/decisions we will have a sense of progress and can avoid getting trapped in busyness.

This painting was inspired by two thoughts –

  1. How important our environment is – we should make all effort to keep the earth beautiful as it should be so that we can enjoy living in it.
  2. How important our environment is – we should surround ourselves with people who add value to our life’s so that we can stay positive, productive and happy.

Random Thoughts!!!



Mt Batur, Bali Indonesia

How do you guys feel about taking short-cuts? Be it while crossing the road, accomplishing a task or for bigger things in life.

I take short-cuts every now&then – only to realize again and again they are beneficial in the short run and are short-sighted too.

A few months back when I had booked my trip to Bali, I also decided to climb my first volcanic mountain. As I had no experience and thought I needed stamina, I abandoned my time taking and slow yoga asanas (but still I did my pranayamas religiously) and replaced it with the quick resulting cardio. I don’t know where it all went wrong – I have gained a few pounds, my body is all stiff, I had severe muscle aches, my craving for food increased and I get easily tired.

I have done enough trekking and climbing hills without any preparation like this and I was fine. But this short-cut called cardio didn’t work that well for me and now I am back to my yoga, no more short-cuts for a while 🙂

On the brighter side – I pampered myself with too many massages during that time 🙂 🙂






To whip or not to whip


Model : Bachi

Last week I went to watch horse racing, yeah I just watched I didn’t win 😐

I was too excited and thrilled to go as this is on my bucket list, and finally I would be ticking it off. After a couple of races I started thinking about all the whipping the horses had to take in the effort to win. Maybe I was losing and hence the thought …hmmm……but on a serious note is it really necessary for the jockey to keep whipping the poor thing so that some people or the house could win. I went online and googled it and found that there are laws to fine/suspend jockeys for excessive whipping but how do you define “excessive”, definitely you don’t ask the horse,  “Have you been whipped excessively, do you want to press charges? ”

I felt bad that I paid to see this and also that I lost…hmmm …..I don’t know which one triggered the feeling. It just happened once , never to happen again.

Now I am going to concentrate on the next item in my bucket list – watch the animals in their natural habitat running free and wild AND  finish my next painting (this one’s not on the bucket list) 🙂




Dear Gods

I remember saying, “I love travelling” NOT “I love relocating”.

I have been a “potential” immigrant for 2 years, then a local for a year and now I am an expat.

Almost around the globe… sounds awesome !!! But I am tired of setting up camp after every 1 year or so.

The good side to all this relocating is as you all know – seeing new places and living among different people and many more….

BUT one of the biggest challenge (at least for me) apart from the others which I felt like mentioning today is trying to find my beauty and health products. By the time I research and adjust to new products, I seem to migrate, aannnnnnddddd again its the whole cycle all over again

– search online where you will get your products.

– see where there are located, locate it and go to shops

– now there are three scenarios here;

1. you find your product, you take it – simple and happy; but your mind going back to the other products ; “should I try that one”, “maybe its better”, “lets check it’s price”, “I think its made for this climate, I should try this”, “what if it doesn’t suit me”, “it(my original product) was cheaper in my currency, I should have brought it from there”, “the luggage limit they give on these planes is bulls**t”

2. you find your product but there are better looking similar products on the shelves, and you want to try them – complicated&costly but happy; “WOW there are so many options, lets check these out”, “OMG – it contains methyl**** (don’t even know what it is but worried)”, “lets try this, if it fails I’ll buy my original product”

3. you don’t find your product and nothing similar to what you have used is available – frustrating and online research starts again; “S**t, what!!! you call this a developed country – they don’t even have this”; “I should never have come here”; “I should have packed it”; more SWEARING…… “now I have to figure out an alternative, check online and forums, SWEARING SWEARING”.

And by the time you have wasted so much money and effort on all this, all you feel is bad about misusing the money on something so stupid, instead of using it for seeing the place and what it has got to offer.

So finally Gods, add more travelling to my catalog, than relocating. Relocating is fine – keep it coming, but more travelling pls :).

Oh!!! I forgot to mention this …… I miss painting 😦 I am yet to buy an easel which I’ll have to postpone to next month if I don’t get my relocation allowance soon.

Good Nite for today





Cleanup !!!


A couple of years back I watched the movie “Two Brothers”. For those who haven’t seen the movie, it’s about two tiger clubs who get separated when they were young and are bred in captivity after that. Sangha is the timid and shy one, whereas Kumhal is fearless, naughty and playful. After being captured, Sangha, the lucky star ends up staying in the kings palace, where he grows up to be strong, fearless and ferocious, whereas Kumhal, is sold to a zoo and learns to play tricks on the masters commands. He loses his spirit and becomes meek and docile.

Watching this movie got me thinking about our own surroundings.

How much does our surrounding affects us?

Unlike Sangha and Kumhal who were animals and did not have much of a choice, we humans, the high breeds do have the liberty of choosing who we surround ourselves with. I read somewhere that “you are the average of five people around you”, if that is the case I’d rather have people who increase my average.

Since I saw the movie, I became quite choosy, more than adding good people to my list, I also started a cleanup process – started eliminating negative people from my list(social media and likewise) – people who decrease my average 🙂

Now my surrounding looks a bit clean and green. It does need a bit more cleaning up, but I’ll get there in a couple of years.

The impacts – a happier and motivated me, I started my blog instead of just chatting with people, I think more about what I want to do Vs what I am not able to do.

This also reminds me of the book I read, “What to say when you talk to your self” by Shad Helmstetter.

If you want to have a positive lifestyle you need to get rid of negativity around you which influences your mind. As stated in the book your brain is an apartment with old furniture. Take out the old furniture and throw it away, which is the negative thinking and replace it with new furniture, which is positive thinking – a great springboard to improving ones life.


Einstein said and I thought …


How true is that?  I bet very true…  coming from the genius himself.

Reading this quote got me into thinking a lot about life and the people around me.

We always try to change the theory, justifying ourselves by saying, “this is reality” or “this is not possible in the real world” or “what you are talking about is an ideal situation”.

Why don’t we accept the fact that ideal situation/solution is the best possible way that is out there and everything else is mere acceptance followed by excuses?

I have always tried to follow my dreams no matter what; it hasn’t been easy but definitely interesting, adventurous and satisfying.

This brings me to another thought  -> taking responsibility.

As long as we take responsibility for things we do and stop blaming others, the society and our environment ….. the more we aim for creating the ideal world around us and work towards changing the facts rather than the theory.


Learning vs Unlearning

I have been trying to get up early at 6am daily since Jan01,2014. It is one of my New Year resolutions…and has been since a decade. But I end up waking at any time after 6am.

6am -> “Oh I should get up, just 15 mins more, no harm done” so me and my phone are both on SNOOZE

6.15am -> “Oh Gods, 15 mins over … really…. 15 mins moreSNOOZE

6:30am -> “What do I have to do getting up so early, the day would be too long” but because of some weird feeling, hit SNOOZE

6:45am-> “OK tomorrowSTOP

Whenever I get up, say 9am -> “I should have made a little more effort” J

This daily drill got me into thinking -> ‘Is Learning tough or is Unlearning tough”

In the above case both seem to be tough, not able to tell my mind to unlearn to get up at 9am and at the same time make it to learn to get up at 6am.

To ‘unlearn’ a habit or a thought process – What is it that is required?


How do you get disciplined?

–By making it(the goal) a HABIT.

How do you make it a habit?


Where you need commitment and discipline to learn new things, you need more commitment and more discipline to unlearn the existing things, because it has been with us for quite some time and the mind finds all the excuses it can to resist that change. Yeah for now let’s blame it on the mind!!!

And I will try to be more committed to my cause of unlearning – to get up at 9am, as that might speed up the process of learning – waking up at 6.


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