Archive for August, 2012

August 31, 2012

A Word A Week – Cowed….A different approach…


I have been posting words regularly on my blog. And lasttime, I posted 6 of them all together.

I myself believe that those were real heavy ones, very rarely found in usual conversations or writings. I had never encountered them before except in the dictionary and the vocabulary book that I was reading 😦 But still, I hoped that talking about them will help me remember them. It seems like they just don’t want to fit in my brain.

So this time I have thought of something else.

Instead of learning a word, understanding its meaning and usage, and then using it I am going to first meet the word, check it’s usage, and then find it meaning. 😉

Let us see, if then it wishes to be my friend!

The Serb, five years younger than Federer,is adamant that the key to beating the great Swiss is not to be cowed by his opponent’s reputation.*

The word is – Cowed

From the sentence, one can tell that it means ‘not toget frightened’ (by the opponent’s reputation)

And I went searching for its meaning, I found this –
To frighten with threats or a show offorce, intimidate, browbeat.

So now I can use it in a sentence as well –

Cowed by her father’s anger, she never dared to tell him the truth! (Wow!)

I also know two more words now, intimidate and browbeat!

You too can make your own sentences and share them; it might turn out to be a fun game 🙂

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* I have picked this sentence from sport’s column of a newspaper site, TheTime of India.

August 29, 2012

Happy Happy Happy…..thrice


The question is, from where to start??

I have three awards with me,

1. One lovely blog award
2. Beautiful blogger award
3. Reader appreciation award

The first one is from my dear friend blogger Namita Lad and the next two are from a lovely, friendly blogger Daphne, The evil nymph!!
Thank you so much both of you!! 🙂

The thing is, I had got the lovely blog award around a month back, but I didn’t post anything relating to it. In the beginning it was because I was little busy and then it was because my friend Ralph, who started posting that he is not interested in awards and stuff. It put me in dilemma, whether I should accept awards or not?

But then, yesterday when I received the other two awards (together), I realized their importance the next moment. It is for people like me, who need some appreciation, some push to continue blogging. Although I say that I don’t write for people or for someone to appreciate, sometimes it is others who realize the worth of what we have then ourselves. And a little bit of appreciation is not at all harmful 😉

The rules of the awards –

I. Thank the blogger who gave the award

Thanks a ton to Namita and Daphne!! Also thank you everyone else, who read my blogs, like them and comment on them! Thank you everyone, bloggers, non-bloggers, just readers, followers, everyone! Even a hit on the blog means a lot!

II. Tell any seven things about yourself

1. I don’t like this question, at all! And so,  whatever follows may not be that interesting.

2. I love growing up. 🙂

3. I believe in God. Sometimes, things get so worse that I feel like giving up everything and tell the God to take care of it. I am just not capable of handling them 😉

4. My two most favorite non-real characters are Batman and The Jason Bourne. I don’t know how, but they always seem do right thing. 🙂

5. I am very bad at remembering things, even about myself. 😦

6. I can eat anything with sauce, yes even cakes…of course with chocolate sauce 😉

7. umm….I haven’t read any book in last 6 months…so sad 😦

III. Pass the award to at least five other bloggers –
Now, here is something important that I learnt. When Daphne gave us both the awards, I felt so very happy! You are so thoughtful and generous! (Act of Random Kindness 🙂 )I felt like everyone deserves to be that happy 🙂
And so, I am giving these all three awards to the people/blogs mentioned below! Enjoy!

Here comes the best part –

Elisa Ruland – fun and fabulousness

Living, Loving, Laughing, Snaping….

Another day in paradise

Bams’ Blog 🙂

Nabadip’s Blog

Faces Places Paces

Zee

Just Spoken thoughts

Retireediary

Perceptions of a reluctant home maker

Ermilia

Ethereal Heigts

Bluefishway 
You don’t accept award doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve them 😉

Also, their are two of my friends who have newly started blogging. They have written just 1 or 2 posts. You might like to visit them 🙂 It will cheer them up and encourage to wite more 🙂 🙂

sumerashaikh

Nataliekurt

You never really know, when a writer is born!

August 27, 2012

Choose Differently Today


It was some couple of months back. I was very bored, sad and disappointed with my life (although nothing so bad had happened) I was in my office with no work to do 😦

I was just doing some time pass and so was surfing on net. I was checking out about every little nonsense thing that came to my mind.

One such thing was “Know your personality”.  I knew that there will be various games available on line that will require me to answer some questions with the help of which they will judge my personality.

While going through such sites that asked such questions, I by mistakenly subscribed to a site which now sends me a mail everyday regarding “Higher awareness” ^ ^

The mails are very spiritual and I was not and I am not in the mood of getting into spirituality so I prefer not to read the mails.

But then, it was that rare occasion when I checked their mail and found something very, very interesting. I wanted to share it with you then and there but just forgot…

So here it is – hope you like it too! 🙂

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“It is always your next move.”
Napoleon Hill

The great benefit of heightened awareness is that we have more choice in how we live our lives. At any moment, we can purposefully choose a new experience for ourselves. We can choose to pay attention, breathe more deeply, laugh, rest, play, appreciate, do something different – the possibilities are endless.

Whenever you remember, TAKE YOURSELF OFF AUTO-PILOT and really examine your situation. Take charge and make a choice that will enrich your experience. At the end of the day, reflect on what happened and how you felt when you chose a new line of thought, feeling or action.

“We cannot tell what may happen to us in the strange medley of life. But we can decide what happens in us — how we can take it, what we do with it — and that is what really counts in the end.”
Joseph Fort Newton

“When a defining moment comes along, you can do one of two things. Define the moment, or let the moment define you.”
Tin Cup (the movie)

“If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.”
Neil Peart

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Perhaps, I chose differently that day and decided to read the mail and it turned out to be useful 🙂

August 25, 2012

Weekly Photo Challenge – Merge


Uff!!

I thought a lot! Finally I could only think of this 🙂

Merged into darkness….

I hope it makes sense…does it?

By the way, it’s my Sony VAIO 🙂
And I have named it James Vayo, James as in James Potter!

Thats it for today!
Have a nice day ahead 😀

August 24, 2012

What blogging has done to me..


It often happens that you do something with some aim in your mind and at the end you realize that you have not only achieved your aim but many other things with it!

Blogging has been a similar experience to me. I started blogging because I was bored of my routine and I wanted to get out of it. I thought I will learn some things about blogosphere and being an IT person, I should know how blogging sites work and all.

But today, I realize many things in me have changed and the change is good one 🙂

The most important change of all is – I have started to think a lot. Think, about everything I do. I try to find out the reason behind everything and try to justify if it valid or not. The process began because whenever I sit to write something, I feel like I should not write anything irrelevant. Whenever I write, I should be able to put forth my points firmly and clearly and should be able to fight for their righteousness.

So I have started thinking more and more and trying to be more focused. I have started asking questions to my mother, father, brother and everybody else around me and most importantly to myself. And when I get the answer, I really feel very happy! Earlier, when anyone would ask me why I do/did something, I gave some random replies – “Just like that”, “Because I like it that way”, “Because that’s what everyone does”, “Because I felt like doing it” and all such stupid reasons.  😦
Even if I knew the answer, I would avoid telling it just to avoid further questions.

If I myself don’t believe in me, how the hell is world going to believe in me? I knew it, but learnt it now. I understand the need.

It was ok as long as I lived in the small world of my own. But as I started blogging I realized that people all around the world read what I write, people with so many different tastes, styles, attitude, etc. I ‘have’ to think before I write. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings but at the same time if something is right, I want to stand for it. If at all I am wrong, I should be able to accept. If I don’t know, I should learn it.

This is what blogging has done to me! Clarity of thoughts with positive attitude!! I am loving it!! 😀

(I hope it stays forever!)

August 21, 2012

Words…after quite a long time


Oops!!

Five weeks down and no new word posted on my blog! How could I let this happen?? But I did let it happen 😦 So just to make up for my mistake, I am sharing 6 words in this post, 5 for the last five weeks, and 6th for this week! 🙂

I hope I don’t repeat it next time!

1. Atrabilious – ill tempered

The word initially seemed very weird to me and I couldn’t remember it. So I decided to share it with you at least that will help me it!

Then while searching some more things about it, I found something interesting about it–

“Atrabilious” is a somewhat rare word with a history that parallels that of the more common”melancholy.” Representing one of the four bodily humors, from which it was once believed that human emotions originated, “atrabilious”derives from the Latin “atrabilis,” literally meaning “black bile.” The word “melancholy” derives from the Greek”melan-” and “chole,” which also translates as “black bile.” In its original sense, “atrabilious” meant”melancholy,” but now it is more frequently used to describe someone with an irritable or unfriendly temperament. A word with a meaning similar to that of “atrabilious” is “splenetic,” which is named after the organ in the body (the spleen) once thought to secrete black bile.

Merriam -Webster

Isn’t it nice info?

2. Ataraxy – calmness, tranquility

So after trying for atrabilious, I thought of finding something about ataraxy too. And I got this –

Ataraxy (also”ataraxia”) [at-uh-RAK-see]is a noun meaning “a freedomfrom mental unrest or disturbance; freedom from passion; a certain imperturbability or tranquility.” Here’s a sentence: The very sight of her made him feel imperceptibly aware of her every sensual detail, so he often disappeared and sought ataraxy, having failed too often among such temptation.

http://writethatromance.blogspot.in/2007/09/romance-writers-word-of-day-91707.html

3. Ascesis – the exercise of self-discipline

4. Assiduous– constant, remitting.

It means once you decide to do something, you don’t stop unless it is finished.

5. Adminicle
1.term, in the Scotch and French law, for any writing or deed referred to by a party, in an action at law, for proving his allegations.
2. An ancient term for aid or support.

It comes from the word ‘Admin’, ‘administration’.

6. Afflatus – inspiration

Here, I took help from wiki. It told me –

Literally, the Latin “afflatus” means”to blow upon/toward”. It was originally spelt “adflatus,”made up of “ad” (to) and “flatus” (blowing/breathing),

In English, “afflatus” is used for this literal form of inspiration. It generally refers not to the usual sudden originality,but to the staggering and stunning blow of a new idea, an idea that the recipient may be unable to explain. In Romantic literature and criticism, in particular, the usage of “afflatus” was revived for the mystical form of poetic inspiration tied to “genius”, such as the story Coleridge offered for the composition of Kubla Khan. The frequent usage of the Aeolian harp as a symbol for the poet was a play on the renewed emphasis on afflatus.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afflatus

I have really never ever used these words in my life, and I don’t know if I ever will. But I will try my best to use them in case a situation turns up and if I really remember the words 😉

This was little heavy, isn’t it? It was for me at least! 😦
But I hope it helps at the end!!

August 18, 2012

Weekly Photo Challenge – Wrong


😦 😦

It is so wrong that these beautiful flowers wither after some time 😦

August 17, 2012

Filled vessel


Few months back, I was very worried about myself, about my future. I was stuck in wrong thoughts. I was not sure if I could really do anything constructive with my life, could I stand up again? Could I leave all the sorrow, all the pain behind and walk the path I once wanted to? Can I move on to achieve my dreams? Will I be able to pick all the strength together and direct it in one direction, in the direction of my dreams?

There was time when I would just stare outside the window, thinking about the past, tears slowly rolling out. Was it my mistake? Is it that if I wouldn’t have made the move, things would have been different now? I don’t know. But now it is done. No one can change it. Life doesn’t give you an undo button. I am going to have to live with it. And I am ready to.

But how? There has to be something to get me out of it. I wanted to be busy, engage myself in some work that won’t let these bad thoughts bother me. But unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything interesting that could keep my busy. I felt like I was slipping deep into the trouble. Somebody please hold my hand and pull me out!

And yes, it is like God heard me and now I have so many things to do!

Actually I don’t have any hobby as such and I am not a party person as well. All these years, the only thing I have been doing regularly is studying!! I know it may sound boring but that’s the way I have been. I don’t know if I love studying but I feel that it’s the only thing that have ever bothered me and can alone keep me away from any other nonsense. And yes, at the moment it is the only thing that is going to help me achieve my dreams 🙂
I am not a book worm either because I dont’t remember half the things that I read in books 😉

Probably, God knows all this and so he has given me lot of things to study for rest of the year!

The first thing is, I want admission for business studies and that needs me to clear entrance exams. I have got two such entrance exams coming, one at the end of September and other in the mid of October.
After that I have my French exam, the DELF – A1. And I am really excited about it! It will be in November some time.
Then, I have already taken admission for part time course in Computer application. And since it is part time there won’t be any lectures or tests that will help me to keep track of my progress, which makes me really worried. So I have to take care of it on my own and appear to my final examination!

So there are so many exams, so many new things to study, so much of pressure which I actually love to have!

There was a time when I hated exams. I would cry out of pressure. But now I realize, they are the essence of life. It’s not that I face them happily but they give me reason to live (to some extent). I am talking about all sorts of exams. They help me to not to bother about mundane little things that unnecessarily occupy place in my head.

There is a saying – “Empty vessels make noise!” But now my vessel is no more empty and it won’t make any noise!

August 12, 2012

Weekly Writing Challenge – From mundane to meaningful


Suddenly, all the mundane things in my life have become very, very important, right from brushing my teeth to my walk to office to traveling two floors in a lift to buying stuffs from the market to talking to neighbors!

But out of all, the best mundane thing award goes to – “we, people in our office going for lunch together, daily”. Actually, the process is so mundane and we have got used to it so much as if it is one of our habits.

Our lunch time is 12:30. The moment the clock hits the time, our messenger starts showing pings, “Lunch?Lunch??”

Few tummies wouldn’t be free owing to heavy breakfast, while a few others crave for food!  Then some are busy with some work and want to finish it off first. While some are bored because they didn’t have any work and think lunch is an opportunity to meet people and get out of ennui.

Then finally, few people get irritated because of the hunger (or the boredom) and decide to go for lunch, they inform others which canteen they will be heading and the others follow later 🙂

There are still more things like a particular person will inform to a particular person. So if either of them is missing the other one should be ready with an explanation. It’s really difficult to manage so many people you know! We are arounf fifteen of us!

Sharing Lunch box is, again, a usual custom. Also remembering someone’s favorite food item and keeping their share without fail is specialty!

After lunch, we chit chat for sometime and get back to work. Those who have work, they work, while others begin to yawn wishing if only they could take some afternoon nap! 🙂

August 9, 2012

Weekly Photo Challenge – Growth


🙂

He is the same little guy with the purple snail!:)
I should probably make him ‘the official model’ of my blog 😉 😀

I love the fact that I can actually see him grow and that I am grown up enough
to understand the process of his growing up!