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Today has been the most craziest day so far during my India trip. We just got back from Tirupathi. Each time we visit India, we always visit Tirumala at Tirupathi. We had finished our rituals and were trying to look for our driver near our hotel. It took us about an hour, we haven’t had anything to eat other than breakfast and prasadam (offering to God), and it was 3PM. We find our driver, next thing we know the Chief Minister of the state, Andhra Pradesh was killed in a helicopter crash. The chief minister of any state has the status of a President of United States in his state. That’s how powerful he/she is. My driver in deep tension, he tries to get out of Tirumala as soon as he can with an over packed car. Getting to Tirumala involves going up a a few roller coasters like roads but uphill. We had family coming from Bengaluru but they couldn’t go back because there no buses returning back. They hopped along with us. Hence, an over packed car.

As soon as we reach the Tirupathi, all the shops, restaurants, gas stations were closed in honor of the Chief Minister. We had almost no gas in our car. No food, only few packets of biscuits, hardly any water. And there were 7 people in the car. This is annoying because no body can do anything. Luckily we found a gas station that was open and they filled it up only 1/4 of the tank. Somehow this lasted the whole trip to Chennai. Luckily. We tried to get across the border to Tamil Nadu as fast as we can, that way we can avoid going through craziness, the violence. On the way to Tamil Nadu, we saw tons of pictures of the Chief Minister, some were used for worshipping and others just for honoring him. Then, we come across a village where the locals blocked the road with stones and trees. We found an alternate way, but it led to another road block. This time, the police came on time to argue with the locals and cut half of the tree. I find it really ridiculous. I mean is this how people mourn? For one person, the whole state HAS to mourn and forget about everyday life.

As our car stopped, the police were trying to get the tree out of the way. My cousin and I decided to take a picture of the tree and the situation. As we approached the tree, we were the only girls there, a middle aged gentleman looked us with anger and said in Tamil, “What are you doing here? Go!” I was scared that violence would break out and headed back to the car. This is another case of the male dominated country. There are literally way too many males. It somewhat feels like Georgia Tech except we are dealing with a more diverse population where education, language, and culture differs extensively. I honestly told my parents that I feel there are way too many men in India and that we need to produce more girls. Now, that’s another story which I will not get into. Our duration of the trip was doubled simply because of these nuisances caused by the Andhra locals. The road blocked with trees, rocks and arrogant people. Back to the story, we encountered about 4 to 5 more road blocks and had to find alternate routes. It was a hassle. We just wanted to cross the border. Oh wait, apart from that, we had absolutely no water, only few packets of biscuits. We were on road for 5-6 hrs. Luckily, we made it home safely around 10-11.

My cousin was telling me whenever a Chief MInister dies in Karnataka for example, the whole state would be shut down, people would mourn by blocking roads, shutting down stores, setting curfews and on top of that, creating problems/violence in a nearby state, such as Tamil Nadu(TN). In addition to that, hitting people, smashing cars, it really can be bad. Not only does this happen when Chief Minister is killed but if a famous actor passes away, the whole state shuts down for a day, including schools, colleges, work, transportation, food stores, everything. That’s India’s style of mourning. But if such a case would have occurred in TN, it’s even worse. Well, what can I say, this is India. Yes, the India where there are slums. Also, where it produces the most movies in the world. The home of Taj Mahal, the 7th wonders of the world. The home of yoga, IT outsourcing, where its all about the people, after all it’s a collectivist culture. It’s also where there are about 20-23 national languages and thousands of dialects. Each state has it’s own different culture and language. It’s almost like as if you are stepping into a different country. Also, a place with more 1000s of years in history.

I’m not trying to say post a blog and tell you about the problems in India. I’m only doing to make people around the world aware of what happens here. Some have absolutely no idea. I’m just telling you my experience. Basically, for me to remember and for you to know.

Other than the whole situation, my experience in india has been really good. Only 3 weeks left 😦

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First of, this review is long over due. I apologize for that. “We value money as if we can never get it back and we squander time as if there is an ENDLESS supply.” -> This #ThinkTweet kind of applies to me. Since it is my last semester, I was so busy with my other work I hardly made any time to read this cute little book! I kept procrastinating over writing a review for this simple book. Well, here it goes!

#ThinkTweet is a cute twittle book filled with good advices that can be applied to your daily life, at work, school or professional/personal relationships. It can add value to your life if used constructively. It has information and twips that if they are used wisely, it can bring tremendous change to you life/work/school.

Being a college student who is graduating soon (and looking for a job), I found some tweets that hit me hard about what I want to do with my life. I am still contemplating on what to do with my life and trying to find something which I am good and can enjoy doing it. Some tweets may seem like a reminder for you to do something a certain way or just a “good” advice.

One think for sure, the book is filled with a whole bunch of good advices that can be very valuable if used well.

#ThinkTweet “Good Advice” may be expensive but it’s cheaper than the price you pay for not taking it.

I loved some of the tweets so much that I added it to my quotes book. If you think there is nothing you can get out of it, you will be wrong.

Take about 15-30 minutes to read through it or read a tweet a day, contemplate on it, you will then realize how much of it can be applied to your daily lives. I am going to use these tweets and start living it!

I do not know Rajesh Shetty very well but found him when Guy Kawasaki mentioned him in his tweet. Ever since I have found his #thinktweets to be inspiring. Many people just tweet famous quotes, they are inspiring every once in a while but can be boring to be read. ThinkTweets are not boring, but they are very fascinating to read. I’m not saying they are not quotes, some are, but they are structured in such a way that it makes you contemplate about your life in a different way, it helps you want to improve it and live for the better.

Happy Reading! 🙂

Here are few of my favorite tweets:
“Greater the challenge, sweeter the victory”

“If you give out only the very best, sooner than later, the world will reciprocate.”

I’m going to be blogging regularly from now, I have made a pact on my own blog! It’s been almost 2 months since I have blogged. I have been blogging since my highschool (which was about 4 yrs ago) on and off. I honestly miss it.
I think I’m going to pick a topic about something that truly touches and discuss about it.

This past Saturday, May 23rd, was the first time I had performed on stage in a decade! My mom’s close friend is an Indian classical dance teacher, she was hosting a show called Prana to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis. It was filled with drama, dances and they were beautifully integrated. As of now, I am not sure how much was raised. But the best part was that I performed Bhangra which is a traditional dance of Punjab, India. It was amazingly fun and it made me realize how much I miss performing. We joined the dance group just a week before the dance, had put so much effort into it that the pain that we experienced was unbearable. The main point was that we were doing it for a good cause. If the video comes out, I’m definitely posting it, so watch out for it!

This is my last semester at GT, I will be graduating in August. I’m not really excited about it because I honestly do not want to leave Tech. I love it too much and hopefully I will be coming back to Grad school here.

Will keep updating my blog throughout the summer!

This is long over due. But I felt the need to post it anyway.

After years of trying to get nominated for Oscars, India has finally won Oscars!! Congratulations to Slumdog Millionaire(SM)! I have not heard of Smile Pinki but from my sources, it was a documentary about a girl getting a cleft palate. It sounds quite inspiring, I must say.

SM has it’s own ups and down. I think it has done good for India. For some, it was a horrible movie because it only showed a part of the realistic side of India, the part which has been there for years, and not much has been done to help the people. SM has a chance to be shown to a wide variety of audience around the world. This way it will create more awareness to the issue. The issue that majority of the population lives in the slums. Although I must say, I did not like the term “Slumdog” and I think it was misused. I can see why Amitabh Bachchan ji (If you don’t know him, Google him!) would feel the same way. Back to the point, the biggest impact the movie has had on the audience was educating the world on issues that has not been in the spotlight.

I know many NGOs, many people are helping so much to make India a better place, but not everyone is aware of it. This is a passion of mine, I’m always looking for ways to contribute, help out, make the world better. Honestly, if people set aside their views and thoughts about SM, just look the impact it will (hopefully) have, I think it was an incredible movie. There were small things that needed change but that doesn’t really matter. The movie was a bit harsh but just think about how it can change the perception about others. One of my friend after watching movie, told me, that this is not the real India, we all know that, this is just the part of it. I completely agree with him. I just hope it has touched the hearts of the people so they too can help build a better India!

Jai Hind!

I found this really interesting content in my email. It’s conversation with God, it very inspiring and quite frankly I got this email just in time when I needed some advice about my life in general. I know everyone has their own opinions about God and religion. But what you will read soon applies to anyone regardless of their religious background. Check it out and get inspired! :

Conversation with GOD…

Read it completely and you’ll get your answers as well..

GOD: Hello. Did you call me?
Me: Called you? No… Who is this?

GOD: This is GOD. I heard your prayers. So I thought I will chat.
Me: I do pray. Just makes me feel good. I am actually busy now. I am in the midst of something.

GOD: What are you busy at? Ants are busy too.
Me: Don’t know. But I can’t find free time. Life has become hectic. It’s rush hour all the time.

GOD: Sure. Activity gets you busy. But productivity gets you results. Activity consumes time. Productivity frees it.
Me: I understand. But I still can’t figure out. By the way, I was not expecting YOU to buzz me on instant messaging chat.

GOD: Well I wanted to resolve your fight for time, by giving you some clarity. In this net era, I wanted to reach you through the medium you are comfortable with.

Me: Tell me, why has life become complicated now?
GOD: Stop analyzing life. Just live it. Analysis is what makes it complicated.

Me: Why are we then constantly unhappy?
GOD: Your today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday. You are worrying because you are analyzing. Worrying has become your habit. That’s why you are not happy.

Me: But how can we not worry when there is so much uncertainty?
GOD: Uncertainty is inevitable, but worrying is optional.

Me: But then, there is so much pain due to uncertainty.
GOD: Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.

Me: If suffering is optional, why do good people always suffer?
GOD: Diamond cannot be polished without friction. Gold cannot be purified without fire. Good people go through trials, but don’t suffer.
With that experience their life becomes better not bitter.

Me: You mean to say such experience is useful?
GOD: Yes. In every terms, Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first and the lessons afterwards.

Me: But still, why should we go through such tests? Why can’t we be free from problems?
GOD: Problems are Purposeful Roadblocks Offering Beneficial Lessons (to) Enhance Mental Strength. Inner strength comes from struggle and endurance, not when you are free from problems.

Me: Frankly in the midst of so many problems, we don’t know where we are heading..
GOD: If you look outside you will not know where you are heading. Look inside. Looking outside, you dream. Looking inside, you awaken. Eyes provide sight. Heart provides insight.

Me: Sometimes not succeeding fast seems to hurt more than moving in the right direction. What should I do?
GOD: Success is a measure as decided by others. Satisfaction is a measure as decided by you. Knowing the road ahead is more satisfying than knowing you rode ahead. You work with the compass. Let others work with the clock.

Me: In tough times, how do you stay motivated?
GOD: Always look at how far you have come rather than how far you have to go. Always count your blessing, not what you are missing.

Me: What surprises you about people?
GOD: When they suffer they ask, “why me?” When they prosper, they never ask “Why me” Everyone wishes to have truth on their side, but few want to be on the side of the truth.

Me: Sometimes I ask, who am I, why am I here. I can’t get the answer.
GOD: Seek not to find who you are, but to determine who you want to be. Stop looking for a purpose as to why you are here. Create it. Life is not a process of discovery but a process of creation.

Me: How can I get the best out of life?
GOD: Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear.

Me: One last question. Sometimes I feel my prayers are not answered.

GOD: There are no unanswered prayers. At times the answer is NO some times its WAIT – the time is not right. Think about it.

Me: Thank you for this wonderful chat.
GOD: Well. Keep the faith and drop the fear. Don’t believe your doubts and doubt your beliefs. Life is a mystery to solve not a problem to resolve. Trust me. Life is wonderful if you know how to live.

Welcome!

Posted on: February 9, 2009

Welcome to my new blog!!

I have way too many blogs laying out on the web. This will be my offcial one for now..

I enjoying blogging, it’s a way of expressing thoughts, ideas, feelings.. it’s a fun way of writing a journal!

Here’s the link of my old blog: http://colorsoflife287.blogspot.com/

Enjoy! 🙂