Monthly Archives: February 2016

Aki’s Way – Let it go.

Aki Selfish move
VIDEO LINK: Aki — Chasing his tail

As you all know that we got a puppy – Aki a few weeks ago. And it’s been fascinating to look at life from dog’s eye literally.
Any leaf that moves is a serious threat but a big hairy dog going by means I need to sit and watch him.
UPS truck is a very dangerous animal – it growls,stops, a man gets outs of it, then in and it growls again. There’s no way I can take my eyes off it.
My tail is a toy that I caught many times but it keeps appearing again and again.

Life is really simple from Aki’s perspective. He lives in the moment and has pretty much forgotten what happened a few seconds ago. I tend to remember things longer and still act on those instincts. For example: I gave Aki his morning breakfast and took a few kibbles out so that I can get him to practice a few tricks.
I asked him to Sit. He sat and I gave him a kibble.
I said Down and brought the kibble to the ground level and he lay down.
I asked him to stand by bringing a kibble up and he did.
And then when I asked him to sit again he decided to go sniff at his Dino chew toy. I called him a few times but no luck.

I gave up and said, ‘That’s it. No more treats for you.” And I put the remaining kibbles in his bowl which he happily came and started eating.
Adam’s response to that was, “He’s probably forgotten what happened by now.”

That was when I realized that me taking away the kibbles was a way to tell myself that I have done something about his not listening to me. It didn’t make any difference to Aki. It only helped me feel better about myself.

It’s hilarious that Aki has no recollection of the incident whereas I was all huffing and puffing about him not listening to me. I wish I could forget things so easily and let them go.

Nine or Ten

This is a classic among most of my friends and family.

During my college days my roommate and I were up talking quite late. As we were about to retire to bed I told her I was going for a run next morning. She said “Sounds, good. Wake me up also.” I nodded.
Next morning I went to her room to wake her up.

Me: “I am going for a run.”
She: “What time is it?”
Me: “9:10”
She: “Hey, don’t confuse me in the morning. Is it 9 or is it 10?”

Love after Love- lovely poem

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

Lifepod: Copy Editor Found

I am pleased to announce that I have finally found a copyeditor who will do the final touches on my manuscript before it can be published. The final manuscript will be available to me on March 22nd which means I can publish my book in April – exciting!!

And if you were wondering what are the different editing done during the lifecycle of a novel then here you go:

Proofreading: A proofreader provides a final check of the electronic file for minor mistakes in spelling, punctuation, spacing, and so on, before the manuscript, article, ad copy, or web content is published.

Simple Copyediting: For a light to medium copyedit, the copy editor will correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and problems with syntax; will ensure that singular pronouns represent singular nouns and plural pronouns, plural nouns; will put the work in proper manuscript format; will standardize notes, bibliographies, and reference lists; and will make style decisions based on the Chicago Manual of Style (regarding punctuation, source citations, whether to spell out numbers or leave them as numerals, capitalization, Latin abbreviations, foreign words, quotations, how to use academic and military titles, when to italicize words or use quotation marks, etc., etc., ad infinitum). The copy editor will take care of endless details that most authors are unaware of but publishers are passionate about.

And an editor will point out problems the author has overlooked and will help authors find their voice, refine their vision, and bring their manuscripts to a more perfect state. This is done in an incremental and detail oriented fashion.

Lifepod: Meet the Cast

SUPREME BEING, the ruler of the lifepod, has set up an investigation committee to examine the calamities. He is an evil person and strongly believes that killing the ungifted humans will save the Lifepod.

KALA is a human who works for the Beings. She wants equality for humans but believes that she is helpless. She is afraid of being culled and losing her dear ones.

ARYAN is the gifted son of Supreme Being. His dad killed his pet dog CROAKER in a fit of anger scarring him emotionally. All he wants to do in life is to stand up to his dad.

SURAJ is mute but human genius. His passion in life is to build an earthometer, rumoured to control the energy of earth itself. He lives with Kala who he treats as a sister.

DADUJI is a mysterious old man who teaches human kids like Kala and Suraj. He is a powerful being who is deeply connected to the Lifepod.

British Humor #2 – It’s my fault

Continuing the series on British Humor:

I was explaining to my boss about how the testers blame it on developers and vice versa. To that my boss replied, ‘See, I am really good. I always take blame.’
I thought about it and said, ‘Yeah, actually that is true. It must have something to do with the way your parents brought you up.’
My boss laughed and said, ‘Yeah, definitely. They kept telling me it’s all my fault.’

British Humor #1 – Neither do I

This is the first of the series about British Humor. It’s in a different class of it’s own. And even after seven years in London I am not sure I quite get the hang of it. Here is one snippet from my life in UK which still elicits a quiet chuckle.

I was in a meeting with my Boss and at the end of the meeting I told him
Me: ‘There were three things I definitely wanted to discuss with you. And I do not remember the third one now.”
Boss: ‘Neither do I.”

British Humor: Always on.

Honk – Auto correct

Message from my friend :

Let’s Skype this weekend and honking about you a lot!!!
When she really meant
Let’s Skype this weekend and Thinking about you a lot.
Well now we have another word in our vocabulary – Honk.

Signing off with lots of honks.

Why is the world like a mirror?

“You display the same behavior and aren’t aware of it so you project your disowned behavior onto others and dislike it “out there.”

Everyone has encountered the second cause at some point. Someone is complaining about a friend or acquaintance and you think to yourself, “That’s funny, they do the same thing they are finding wrong!”

What we don’t realize that it probably applies to us too, so if I find myself complaining about the traits in another person then it is a clear indication to look within and see if I possess those traits too. If I think that the person X is very selfish. This means that I know what selfish means and how it manifests in behavior. Now some of the readers might argue that knowing is not the same as being selfish. And I would ask you to think back in your life when you shared your opinion [selfish person X] with your friend and he/she says ‘No I don’t think they are selfish – they just have a different way of looking at things’ but you still hold onto that opinion. Doesn’t this indicate that you are an expert at identifying selfish behavior even when others cannot see it. This is where we think that ‘I am perfect, all the flaws exist in others’ without realizing that they have to exist in us in order for us to see it in others.

Buddha once said ‘We have lived so many countless lives searching for enlightenment that we have all been at some point our past lives been a murderer, thief, king, queen, saint, nun, kind, selfish. And that means we are in no position to judge others.’

Next time we see ourselves judging others, it is a sign that we need to explore within to see how we are manifesting that behavior in ourselves first.

To finish off – a quote ‘Do not throw stones at others house when you live in a glass house’