25 November, 2012

Self introspection. :)

I read this questionnaire on Me's blog while going through her archives. She had answered this questionnaire, which she in turn had found on Marc and Angel's website. Check out her wonderful answers here. :)
Her answers inspired me to try this questionnaire for myself.
If you like it, give it a go! :) 

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? 
13 years old. I'm childish, but can be mature if the situation demands it. 

Which is worse, failing or never trying? 
Never trying. You don't know what you're good at till you try.

If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do? 
That's cause we're unwilling to let go of our comfort zone and venture into unknown horizons to realize what we love and do it. 

When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done? 
Happens at times, but most of the time no.

What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world? 
The pace with which we're living life. Stop and smell the flowers (unless you're allergic to them)!

If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich? 
Making people smile. 

Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
Doing what I believe in. 

If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently? 
Give more love, laugh out loud, make beautiful memories and strike off everything on my bucket list! 

To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken? 
60 degrees. 

Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things? 
Doing the right things. 

You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire.  They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend.  The criticism is distasteful and unjustified.  What do you do?
Find out the reason why they feel that way about her, give them time to get to know my friend and bridge differences. 

If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be? 
"Listen to your heart, it knows best." 

Would you break the law to save a loved one? 

Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity? 

What’s something you know you do differently than most people? 
Living life on my own terms and being happy in the moment. 

How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy? 
Happiness is unique to each individual. It's a perspective. :) 

What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?  What’s holding you back?  
Extreme sports. Haven't had the opportunity yet.

Are you holding onto something you need to let go of? 
Holding on to grudges. Sigh forgiveness! 

If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why? 
Dubai, it's where I grew up. My childhood filled with memories. Home :) 

Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster? 

Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton? 
A joyful simpleton! 

Why are you, you? 
Because it's awesome being me. :D I chose to be how I am and where I am. 

Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend? 
On most matters, yes.  

Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you? 
Losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you. 

What are you most grateful for? 
Being able to laugh and be happy! 

Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones? 
Lose all my old memories. 

Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first? 
No, I don't think so. 

Has your greatest fear ever come true? 
My greatest fear is the death of my loved ones. It will come true one day, but I don't want it to. I will never be ready for it. 

Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset?  Does it really matter now? 
Don't remember it. 

What is your happiest childhood memory?  What makes it so special? 
Playing in my building with all my friends. Buying Dorito's chips and Flakes chocolate EVERYDAY after school! No wonder I was a fatso. :D It's special cause it was simple act with the capacity to bring immense happiness.

At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive? 
No, haven't felt that way for quite sometime. 

If not now, then when? 
When I want to.  

If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose? 
I'm reminded of a quote by Steve Jobs. 
"Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. 

Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever? 
Yes. It's a wonderful feeling. :) 

Why do religions that support love cause so many wars? 
Intolerance? I'm not sure.  

Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?

If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job? 
I'm not working now. But I'd take the million dollars and continue working! :D 

Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing? 
More work I actually enjoy doing.  

Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before? 
Yes. I feel that since my final exams started. :|  

When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in? 
In the month of September. Still remember the idea clearly.  

If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?  
Everybody I love. I'd throw a get together party and bond with them all. But if I could meet only a specific number of people, it will be my parents, sister and grandma. I'd definitely meet my three best friends, Akhil, Shali and Abhi.  

Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous? 
If I have ten years, I'll use that to become famous. Attractive is a perspective. So no. 

What is the difference between being alive and truly living? 
Being alive is pushing through each day like a zombie waiting for it to end. Truly living is going to bed, waiting for sunrise to experience more of life. :) 

When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right? 
When that's what you want to know. You'll know that feeling. We have nothing to lose by doing what we want. 

If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake? 
When a goalkeeper misses a goal before quitting his career, do you remember the last goal he missed or the n number of goals he prevented? The world remembers your failures, not your successes. We let the world decide what is right and wrong for us. 

What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you? 
Say NO to the things I can't and don't want to tolerate. 

When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing? 
Last night. Fell asleep to its rhythm. :) 

What do you love?  Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love? 
Writing. Reading. Yes. 

In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday?  What about the day before that?  Or the day before that? 

Decisions are being made right now.  The question is:  Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you? 
Making them for myself and finding out if it is suitable for me through my loved ones.

I had a good opportunity for self introspection while answering these questions! So glad to have found it on Me's blog :)


22 November, 2012

Getting over failure, Wishlist, Things that brighten up my day :)

I had a VERY bad day yesterday. My test went bad, I fought with my mom and I couldn't deal with myself. There was this someone who instantly brightened up my day with her love, concern and wisdom and I truly can't get enough of this beautiful person. Thank you. :)

I just felt that I need to look somewhere and know that I have these things for TLC when I'm down or when I feel like a failure. These things make me smile and feel good inside. And really, I'm trying to realize that failure is a way of life. If you haven't failed enough, you haven't learnt anything. I'm not willing to walk on the safe side, but I will try to not bring failure onto myself.

So the things that brighten up my sad, soggy days..

#1: Texting or talking to wonderful people who care about me

Yup! I have a BB curve ;)

A text that made my day:
"Failure is a way of life to teach us the ways which don't work. Try till you find a new way of making things work. Don't fear it. Otherwise it will scare you more. Hug it with love and it will melt in your love!!!"

All I'll say is hold onto people who love you and NEVER let them go. :)

#2: Watching Castle!

I'm a HUGE fan of this TV series. I love Stana Katic who portrays detective Kate Beckett and Nathan Fillion who acts as writer Richard Castle. Together, they solve murder mysteries :)!
Nothing in the world destresses me as much as this does. I'm craving to lay my hands on a DVD with all the seasons! :D

#3: Reading a book like 'A Bend In The Road' :)

My favorite book :)
I have nothing to say, except please go ahead and read this wonderful book. Nicholas Sparks weaves a story like he has never before.

#4: Watching/Reading 'A Walk To Remember'

My life just gets better when I read this book or watch this movie. It teaches me more about life, love, living in the present, hope and faith. I'm a HUGE Nicholas Sparks fan. :)

#5: Spending time with someone who understands me


Do I even need to say anything? :)

#6: Playing word games

'Cause I don't know to play Sudoku. ;)

#7: Blowing and bursting bubbles!

Bubbles; let's burst them!
 How cute are they! Takes me back to my childhood. Sweet memories :))

#8: Cooking!!

Hehe I cook like that :P
I'm quite a good cook! Really! :D
I love making desserts and vegetable manchurian is my favorite food!!

#9: Sleeping

Sleep well :)
Sleep rejuvenates. Sleep makes you wake up to a brighter day. It makes one think clearly and feel more in control of yourself. Sleep eight hours every night and feel the difference.

#10: Knowing that life is too short to spend worried

My BB wallpaper ;)
 It says all and more than I want to say! :)

Well.. That's about me, how I destress and get over failure. Another thing I do is brood, cry my heart out, dwell over it and think it thoroughly. I think of how to never repeat it again. :)

So what do you do to get over failure?

03 November, 2012

A month's break. :(

I'm going to be taking a writing break for a couple of days from today. My semester exams are just round the corner! I have six exams that will be happening through the whole of November. As much as I would like to blog everyday, it seems like a Herculean task. Covering 30 units in a month, each unit spanning 200 pages and 'n' number topics makes me feel like I want to faint!
I'll be checking out all the wonderful posts by my dear blogger friends. :)
But writing on my blog is not really going to happen till I get inspiration and time on my hands. If I write now, I'll have to write out only my anxieties and how stressed out I am!

P.S: This is applicable for all three blogs of mine.

So till I blog again next time,

Take care,

Love and happiness,

02 November, 2012

55 fiction.

I couldn’t decide what to do. I didn’t know what was the right thing to do. Life had played many harsh jokes on me. I had ceased to mean anything to those I loved. The man whom I so dearly loved didn’t recognize my love. Life was cruel to me.
The tring of my phone broke my string of thoughts. It was Jason.

"Hey Isha, hope you're doing good. I was wondering.. if we could meet up for coffee tomorrow if you're free."

I stepped off the parfait wall and smiled. The sun shined on my face. Life was starting to get better.

  Jason's dialogue courtesy: Akhil Nair (thank you!) :)

01 November, 2012

Thank you for the Award :))

Thank you.

Thank you for the award, Ashwathy. It's nice to know that people like your work!! :))

Before I can accept the award, I will have to answer some quirky questions that she had asked on her blog. I will also have to pass on the award to as many people as possible!

It's great that I've got my third award! Thank you again!! :)

Here goes my attempt at answering her questions..

1. Where did the name for your blog come from?
I've always wanted people who visit my blog to not end up as visitors. I've wanted them to read and enjoy my work. I've wanted them to remember my blog and come back to it as and when life permits. Hence the name, 'A Blog To Remember'. :)

2. What are five things that are closest to you now?
Five things that I am attached to would be my books, my journal and my blogs. No amount of racking is bringing two other things to my mind! :D

3. Whom did you last message and what?
I haven't messaged anybody for the last two days. Blame it on my semester practicals!!

4. Name one thing that you have/would like to have on your bucket list.
I couldn't bring down my bucket list to specific things in one-liners, that's why I started a separate blog. People who talk too much can't write less huh? ;) But something that tops my list would be my own house with the interiors designed myself.

5. If you become a multimillionaire overnight, what would you buy?
A plot, an architect, a civil engineer, build my house, an interior decoration artist and tada! House ready. ;) So.. Which night am I getting my millions? ;)

6. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Hands down, home. Wherever my home so happens to be. Home is where the heart is.

7. You are given your birth certificate and a chance to change your name. What would you do, change your name or let it be the same?
Let it be the same. I don't think people who call me with my 'current' name will change to a 'new' name so easily.

8. Imagine someone describing you to a stranger, what would they say?
I have an embarrassing moment attached to this one. It so happened that my mom came to my school looking for me. School had shut down half-day due to the cyclone. My sweet mom had come to pick me up. She had asked a guy whom she knew that I was friends with if he had seen me. There were two people with the same name as me in school. That guy did not know she was my mom and asked her, 'Which one are you asking for? The talkative, hyper personality or the silent chaos creator?' Haha. So now you know how people would describe me! Talkative, hyperactive, can-never-shut-up-even-if-the-world-ends female. :D

9. Morning person or night owl?
I have no clue. I have both my share of days. There are times when I sleep around 6PM and get up by 1AM (like today) making me a morning person. There are also those kind of days where I sleep for four to five hours in the afternoon and stay awake till 5AM. It all depends on when I sleep.

10. Lastly, what would be your favorite honeymoon destination?
A world tour. I'd love to take a year off and travel the world with my better half. A trip to renew hope, taste experience, make memories, feel love and gain spirituality.

Thank you once again! I loved answering your questions. Hope you enjoy reading my answers. :)

I just gave out awards to two people, so I don't know if it is okay to pass on another award to them. If it is, then the Liebster award goes to..

Me of Privy Trifles
Ashna Banga of Pages from a Young Diary
Rinku Moni of MoSaiC

I have no questions to pose to Ashna and Me, as they had just been posed with a couple of questions when they accepted my award. I'd like Rinku to answer the same questions as them. Here it is, hope you enjoy answering them!

#1: Which post that you have written on your blog is your most favorite of all and why?

#2: Which post that I have written on my blog is your favorite and why?

#3: How would you define love, hope, faith and life in a sentence?

#4: What is that one thing that you cannot tolerate in a person?

#5: What defines YOU in one word?

#6: If we were to meet somewhere out of the blue, what would you say to me? How would you identify me, if you had to approach me and confirm that it is AaeKay indeed!?

#7: Do you believe that people are allowed to break your heart in a relationship? (I know we trust them not to.)

#8: What is one thing that you love about yourself? 

#9: How productive are you? What do you follow in order to be productive? (This is because I'm trying hard to become productive; not working!)

#10: How did you come across my blog and what was your first thought about my blog and me?

Congratulations Ashna, Rinku and Me! :))

And once again.. Thanks Ashwathy.