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Master’s coming to an end

This is how it feels-

When you are too close to the end that you can actually see the sunlight shining on your face, all the work left to actually reach the end starts to look trivial. You lose interest in this den world that you were living in so far and all you want to see and all you can see is the bright sun at the end of it all.  It feels exciting, great to think more and more about this outside world. On the downside this ‘whole awesome feeling’ – makes your little work left to reach to the end seem extremely painful and boring. You want to really forget about the work left to do. You just want to get over with! Trust me it requires one hell of a push to make you actually do the work.

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Life of Pi!

Saw Life of Pi only recently. I had read this book a long time back and I was moved back then also. And this time around it was no different. The underlying message moves me. For one second Pi left his family to enjoy the outside world and next moment his world was upside down. As if that wasn’t enough he is stuck in an even worse situation that doesn’t even give him time to think about what wrong happened to him. He literally sees people and animals fight and die. He only feels what happens around him. He writes about everything. Mere pencil and notebook become his best friends. He feels sad yet never helpless. He sees God. He makes use of smallest resources possible and shares them. He not only learns to control his own fierce emotions but also learns to control a fierce animal. One wonders how does a man find in himself this hidden talent to make use of such less and live just on one hope! Is hope after all that important. I refuse to believe that it was only his emotions that the tiger’s eyes reflected. It need to more than that. But then if it was anything more then the tiger would have said a ceremonious bye. 

It didn’t feel like a movie to me. It felt ‘Real’. It felt every humans life. When someone passes away, generally they just go. They don’t give anyone time to think or react, they just go. Will everyone just go one day, why does this realization exist in me and yet I feel like its okay to sleep for long hours or enjoy the sun outside. Shouldn’t this realization of less time left, time is passing by very quickly make me do what I should be doing every milli second.

If one really thinks rationally about ‘enjoying every moment’, one will realize it means that ‘live every moment like there is no other’. Enjoying doesn’t mean something external, its internal. Feeling happy in future for having spend that moment in past.

Life of Pi! Life of endurance, giving up everything most dearest to you, basic instincts, survival of the smartest, living close to nature and biggest of all – hope.

Rain

The most beautiful day in normal today. Standing at bus stop and thinking how neither the sun is beating down nor the cold is killing me. After so many days my hair can just fly and it needn’t be trapped in a Woolen cap. It’s the day after the rain at night. The wind is creating ripples in small puddles of water and everything seems just so perfect. I am wearing the light jacket that I love the most. If all days would be so perfect we might just not realize when it is like today!
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Rain seems to inspire me to write most easily. So of course this is not the first time I am writing a random note about rain.
Jan 29, 2013, 9:33 AM

My 25th

Yes I have lost the chance to be the richest 25 under 25, I have not won any major scientific award neither have I come up with any contribution to the world for which the world would remember me. But you know what I am happy. I have accomplished more than what I ever could have, and I know alone I could not have done even ten percent of what little I did. Its all my family’s support and my tons of friends which helped me pass through each stage.

Also there were so many times I felt that I pushed myself to the maximum and got the best result. But when I think about all those moments now I don’t feel like I did it, I feel like a power beyond me made me do it. Otherwise I am sure I would been just an average girl getting along with life. I am very grateful to that special power(or whatever it is) who took such special care of me every second and gave me the inner strength to be who I am today. Special Thank You!

Lastly, I want to give a big virtual hug to my lil brother and lil sister who have always been such a factor of joy in my life. I just can’t think of a world without them.

Trick or Treat

Pretty much right in the middle of my first semester and touch wood its going great! I love what I am learning. I enjoy the company of my new friends, already comfortable enough to order them around :P. At work, I love getting appreciated for the effort I put in. I am a graduate assistant for one of the coolest and smartest person I have ever met. That is a lot about my life so lets talk about other random interesting things. Oh and just one last thing, I drove just a little bit in US, its just too simple without clutch.

Its halloween weekend. The most cutest and unexpected thing happened to me in Normal Public Library the other day. All small kids dressed up like mario, cindrella, vampires and fairies came up with families and marched in the library. Trust me nothing reduces stress and makes one happy more instantly than that did to me. Also, obviously all my shows are airing halloween episodes. I liked modern family episode and omg cam and lily were so cute in the last scene. Lily is absolutely adorable. The office episode was kinda sad, just liked andy’s look. Big Bang theory was as usual fun. Had I not been so busy, I would have loved to dress up and go for halloween party myself too.

Coming back to my life, a large chunk of it is all about designing a new information system as a part of my course work. Obviously it pretty much takes life out of me and my team.

Here we are burning the midnight oil before our third deliverable submission.

Life in Normal-Bloomington

Bus ride from Chicago O’hare airport to my town seemed like we were running away from civilization, somewhere in between corn fields and empty spaces. Born and brought up only in high density cities this seemed so unusual and made me think – wow this is going to be a new experience! On entering my town, one thing that re-assured me was the sight of my university. First few things that I observed were lots of university buildings, huge dorm halls, football stadium and the symbol of my university- The Red Bird.

It has been around ten days here now and I already feel so used to this place obviously except the part that there is no star bucks or dunkin donuts near-by (lol). It is quiet and relaxed. People are really nice and very welcoming. Lovely parks, constitution trail, awesome rec center, libraries, farmer markets. Very student friendly place with free bus ride in any bus just with the ISU ID card. All in all a place where one can easily spend couple of years studying whilst enjoying all that nature has to give.

Illinois State University Quad

Illinois State University Quad

 

My last few days in Delhi

First the random Thoughts:

  • Hairband helps me focus
  • Will I be able to complete my course before the test.
  • Proud of my lil sister who started a new phase of her life yesterday. She joined a new company.
  • Richard Feynman was so cute-looking in his twenties! The one in the center..

From Left to right:StanislawUlam RichardFeynman JohnVonNeumann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Now my main story, my last few days in Delhi:
Now that my random thoughts are out of my way I want to talk about how much fun I had when my friends were over. We are all five years matured version of ourselves from when we first met, and now we talk about real issues and we have real problems to tackle. But I love the fact that somethings never change like poking fun at others, talking about movies and songs, thinking about what our next stage in life has in store for us, reminiscing good old times, and being our free selves in front of each other.

This times getting together started with getting ready for one of our best friend’s engagement. I got curls done in my hair (which I couldn’t get enough of!) and wore my prettiest anarkali suit (which I got to lift to walk fast). My friend looked like a princess from a fairy tale with her peach dress flowing and lovely curls and long lashes. I truly had an awesome time dancing and being a part of such a joyous occasion.

From next day onwards we did proper hanging out at all the happening spots in Delhi. It was fun taking my friends from hyd and Mumbai and showing off my city. I am sure by the end of it they got used to yo yo honey singh, lovely chuski, being loud, broad roads and all the Delhi things we delhites take for granted. Then we also did a road trip to Taj Mahal in Agra which can be a separate story in itself. While going we made the usual 4 hour journey a 6 hour one because we took two good breaks, first at a dhaba and then for a coffee, and then also got caught for skipping a red light by the police.

Taj Mahal was first time experience for all my friends and they really enjoyed every bit of it (except the bit where the guide made us do a round of Taj Mahal before making us enter inside). Our guide was like our personal photographer – making us pose in every spot, in all these poses which was damn funny. But the fact is Taj Mahal makes you think about your loved ones. How if a person could be that much in love to spend 22 years, like most of his life time in building a shrine for his loved one then we should spend at least 22 secs everyday thinking about our own loved ones.

 

Taj Mahal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taj Mahal sight-seeing fun aside, road trip was fun! We had good 9-10 hours with each other to talk our hearts out and discuss everything including scope of banking in America, derivatives, loans to happenings in our personal life, life in India and abroad, marriages, friends, everything. It was a really good way to just sit and talk and soak in the nice view of large fields on both sides and we moving on our road.

They say all good things come to an end, this one also seemed to end too soon. I was the one who had to one by one drop everyone at airport and station and get left behind. Even though that day I was so tired to think of anything, it hit me the next day that I was back to my routine life, getting pending things done and running around to get the chores done.

So till next time we all meet again (seems will only be few years later), I’ll try to remember all the good moments including teasing Prat, getting pics clicked with Sahi, Nish’s party, talking about Chicago bits with Deev and all the fun, food, shopping, laughter, gifts which made it all the more awesome!

 

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