Wednesday, February 3, 2016

So many woes- one solution

These days a major part of my day is spent on the streets of Hyderabad. Its really hot and scorching sun here, but luckily no madness of the winters of North. I am happy to have come here. The glamour of Hitec City, the quiet of Hussain Sagar, the pristine Golconda, the hustle bustle of Chaar Minar and the awesome roads and numerous gardens makes for a nice city. Amidst the city's goodness i yearn to be a a child again, i long to visit the cities which acted as platforms to send me here, Lucknow, Allahabad, Kanpur, Jabalpur, Rajkot, Dhrangadhara. Small cities, little pleasures, no traffic snarls and loads of time.

I wonder that in spite of reaching where i wanted to, in life, why i don't feel complete and at peace. Why something is always missing. Why i long to go to a quaint town n stay in a rural setting. Sometimes i yearn to be just a housewife and no daily targets and meetings etc. etc. Sometimes i feel fortunate to be working and earning for myself in a stable job. Yet this dualism never stops.

Why human being is never satisfied. Why he wants what he does not have? These yearnings throw me off balance at times, but i have found sitting in silence and yoga to be good solutions for an ever working, wandering being. Deep breathing also helps.

Another perspective could be that we keep evolving constantly, so what interested us 10 years back, we move to something else. We evolve n renew frequently, all that's required is to re-evaluate current reality with aspirations and how to go about it.

So how do u guys stay grounded and at peace?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Picking up the threads

I am writting after a long hiatus. It feels difficult to snatch out even a lil time now that my work profile has changed again. No complaints on that front coz this is what i always wanted to do. But, it is showing me a whole new face of everybody around me at work, i am unable to fathom the competitiveness that makes people lie, unable to understand what is more important than hard work and sincerity. Huh, while i pick up the threads around me, i celebrated yet another Birthday with good wishes of my family and good friends. The fitness n healthy living thing took a lil back seat but not for long. All i understand today is:

1. No matter how well you do in life, where ever you have reached, if you don't get time to sit down n have your breakfast, its really not worth it.

2. I will not hurry from this to the next thing, to the next thing, to the next thing, as i had been doing for years to keep things around me moving. I need to live those moments, i need to breathe, feel, experience the moment i am in, else it is meaningless!

3. My yoga infuses new life in me, each day. So, without doing that, i dont leave the house. On days when i have ignored doing it, i have experienced an irritation, restlessness and paranoia as if something is incomplete. So if you have'nt started doing yoga yet please start some regimen today.

4. Sometimes nothing makes sense around you, but you just have to hang in there and go with the flow until its all as per your liking and comfort..

Sharing some pics from our Hampi trip. We drove down and reached Hampi in 9 hours from Hyderabad.. Its a nice town built on stone architecture and awesome temple vibe, but the roads to Hampi in Karnataka are terrible and you dont have many options to stay as well. We stayed at the only decent Hotel available around 20 kms from Hampi called the Hyatt Place. The service sucks and the swimming pool was poorly maintained. Ughh. This is inside the steel plant and was erstwhile JSW Hotel. We soaked in the monoliths and the magnificent architecture and planning of the town n returned in 2 days.

View from the room

Hyatt place courtyard with an old world charm n Hampi stone

Ganesh Temple, Hampi

Long shot

My cell does not have many pics, so unable to share more. I generally enjoy the place more than clicking pics... and most of those captured are in the digi cam. Anyways, i think those really interested in old temple towns n deep into architecture should visit the place, overall we had a nice break away from city buzz! More so, the thrill of driving with family on undiscovered roads with munchies n drinks is ethereal!!

So long people, take care, n be positive!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Fitness secret

This, dear ladies, you should never ever forget.

Promise yourself to exercise for 2 weeks without break. You will get used to the energy, the lightness and the shrinking waist line. And, the effort you put for exercising will make you to constantly monitor your food intake, so there is always a voice asking you whether what u r planning to gulp down adds any value. So it becomes a vicious circle. You keep eating better and exercise as well. After 2 weeks there is no looking back. But be sure that you hang on for 2 weeks, rest will come automatically to you. Meanwhile there are several apps online to track your fitness. Keep it on your cell, visit it often n take inspiration and log updates. Increase water intake, fibre, raw food, whole wheat.

I lost 2 kgs last month.

So whats stopping you

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Tracking your fitness journey

Some people use diaries, some journal in app and some just mentally keep a tab of their food intake, exercise and other key areas. I find solace in writting all thats going on. Fitness is no exception. I use this chalkboard n weigh my progress compared to previous day. Just rub off the lastnight jottings n add fresh ones. Keep it honest and doodle all u want. Happy tracking and keep fit.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Aging, how do you reverse it and a challenge

I was sitting in my office yesterday and was candidly remarked on office profile pic of mine which had been taken fairly recently. I was told, lo and behold that how old is this pic? When I remarked fairly recently I was told oh you have aged so much. Now this pic is just 3 years and yet people said that I had aged big time.

What the heck? Hey, hang on! I use good creams, i feel happy using them. I am ok with XL clothes also. I shop healthy at the supermarket, I don't have wrinkles, I am just 35. Yet i am aging. No please. Here I was sitting after a good bath, feeling good after some 6 hours of sleep and my schedules were fairly good these days, compared to last two hellish years. Yet, I had aged and big time! Ok! Fine!

However hard i tried to ignore the parlance of this morning, I have aged and fairly fast at that. But why? Now, what is aging? This is what I asked coz I wanted answers and quick ones. Was it ok or bad to age? Its ok if you age as time progresses, but accelerated aging is not IN. I pant after taking stairs, my knees hurt. I am overworking, I am stressed and irritated. All of this is a viscous circle. I realise the need to slow down and take it easy. Accelerated aging has caught me from nowhere.

What had I been doing wrong until now and where had I been? Was it the stress or was it lack of good sleep, or was it my shit load of caffeine, or the fact that I took work so damn seriously that I had stopped living. Or my constant edginess due to my weight or blood pressure or what not. Something was not right. The question stands there in front of me like a dirty acne mark on the models face on the morning of the shoot. I googled and read and read some more on AGING and voila it seemed what was inside mattered more than what was outside. Hey ok, i know the jig about fresh fruits but this fresh fruit and healthy living and deep breathing stuff was soooo big . I didn't know. So what is the plan? The plan is this list (I often think the name of this blog should be 'The List'

Drinks: Fresh fruits and vegetables, juices not canned, coconut water
Deep colored fruits
Chaas not chai
Sugar free
Coconut oil-its paleo and good for cooking
Grilled food
Follow to the T my posts on fitness
Eat early dinner, no arbit time snacking
start a multivitamin in consultation with adoc
I have a hunch that my weight is a very vital factor in my aging process :-(

Emotional Health
Happiness- Hobby, Expectations no more, Argue less, Destress in distress
Unmobile/ disconnect
Listen to my favorite Music
Read Books I always wanted to read
Practice Silence
Deep breathing in fresh air
Less weekend outings - As it leaves me lil time to prepare and plan for the week ahead when I reach home at 11pm after outing for whole day. The same malls, food joints, pizza etc. We keep doing the whole unhealthy food in weekend thing and feed nonsense to kids as well, and come back emotionally and physically drained!!
Be in the moment and forget everything else, after all we get this one life. Don't rush to the next one, before experiencing this one.

Sleep in time and wake up early
Sun protection
No more junk
Curd, besan, haldi pack on daily basis
Almond oil in night for face

Go for full body massage for relaxation
start back outdoor games with lil one

What do you all think should I do to reverse aging? Is there a formula out there. Do share. I give myself 3 months to make changes and feel better and maybe age at a lesser speed. This pic is a reference to what I am today and hoping for good times to come.

Much Love,

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Before I die

Whatever the title might suggest, i am not ill or dying. Yet I forever wanted to list things I wanted to do or experience before mortality strikes, so here I go, however silly it may sound.

1. Climb a mountain and spend night under the stars reading in night lamp.
2. See lil one graduate
3. Get celebrity makeup and attire and get clicked
4. Do something for abandoned girls
5. Live in a cabin house for few months every year
6. Grow my own fruits and vegetables one day and live in an open farm
7. Spend some time in Auroville

If you are reading this, do write down what is it that you must must do in this lifetime and please do it dear friend, coz these rich experiences and moments that make you alive is what real life is. Start making plans on how do u fulfill that list and give a pat on your back whenever you reach any milestone.

Cheers to life!