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Beyond Life ...

Sometimes we are so confined to our knowledge that we are stuck there. I was listening to something interesting and it was certainly food for thought.  We are often told "Dil dhadakne do", else we exist no more. Have we ever thought over it? Does life really not exist when the heart is not beating? On the very first go our thought is "no heart, no life", that is what we have been thought in schools. Now let's dig in a little. A zygote is known as life in the mother's womb or the beginning of a human. A zygote is the union of the sperm cell and the egg cell. Now, this zygote lives in the mother's body without a heart for around 20 days. The heart starts to beat only after that. Now the very funda of life is questionable with that. :) When life's funda can change, so can anything, we just got to be open to things beyond known. 
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Mysuru from Bengaluru ..... :)

There are times when we think we are the smartest and, later we realize, how dumb we were. I am writing about one such instance from my life. It happened in 2020, the last week of October or so. (Being pathetic with names and dates, I will have to check my insta account, @ littlehappynotes.ap , for exact dates but, I am lazy to do so. :D).   TV screens and social media were flashing Corona numbers. Mini-me probed me. She wanted to drop into Mysore and enjoy Dasara. She pictured the absence of a crowd. And that she could leisurely enjoy the whims and fancies of the festival. The greener another side.   My mother is a travel enthusiast. She is not a soak-in kind of traveler but a hop-in kind. Since she had not seen Mysuru Dasara, she wanted to join in. I was more than happy to take her and convinced kids to join in as well. It was a blunder. I realized this after being in Mysuru. Traveling alone has its advantages and disadvantages. Usually solo travelers have lesser responsibili

We are what we eat ...... :)

Yesterday, I thought I would write about our Mysuru Dasara experience, which is an epic in itself. Then I listened to something this morning and changed my mind. Health, both physical and mental, any day comes before anything and anybody. A few years ago, I had been to a master health check-up. It was almost an annual routine. Why not? Most IT companies sponsor their employees and their family for such check-ups. Unaware of the mafia, I availed it too. After all, hubby’s company policy provisioned it. Usually, my reads on the report would all be in the normal range but for my weight. That year, there was a special test included called the Vitamin D test. My readings were a little low. The doctor prescribed Vitamin D sachets (brand not included). I was in a dilemma. However, when it was through the expert’s mouth, when one was working in closed rooms most of the time and when there is a certain amount of fear created by the doctor, one mostly tends to lean on the expert’s advice wit

Ufffff ……. Mujko mirchi lagi ……..

Buddha rightly said, “desire is the main cause of misery.” Have we ever realized that the things that we like the most are the things that lead to our suffering? It’s fall, and the Bengaluru weather triggers the desire for deep-fried and/or spicy food. Being no different, I tried some veggies in super hot garlic sauce. It was double hot because of loads of garlic and red chilies. Flavors were balanced by vinegar, tomato ketchup, jaggery, and salt. It was so soothing to the tongue and the evening weather, that I gulped a bowl full of it in no time. While too much ice-creams take me on a guilt trip, spicy food, coffee, green peas take me on a migraine trip. So here I am, with migraine writing my suffer-safar. :)   While I know I suffer because of these, I still indulge in them at times. Ah! Human nature! Then I self console, stating I have gone better. After all, now I don’t rely on the placebo effect of the pain killer tablet but simply stick to the age-old solution of   “Langan

A life lesson from a school exam .....

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Out of the box! ........ just like that.

I happened to read a quote "If you try to be the best, you will be number one. If you try to be unique you will be the only one." Quotes have often driven me crazy. It's a power pack of someone's life experiences. However, it may not necessarily be the one implacable in general. It lets me dig in for some time to see how it works for me. After all we humans are selfish beings, everything we do revolves around us and our experiences. :)  Now with respect to the above quote, who sets the standards for being number one? Who is the one being compared to? I understand one trying to learn from people who already have achieved in a certain field. Again, whom we chose to learn from is completely dependent on what we are. But comparing? Does that lead us anywhere? hmmm comparing only helps when it is applied to self. It helps us to be the best version of ourselves when we compare our older version with the current. Otherwise, it only leads to rat races. Today, we are in an eco