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Day 89: Happy Birthday to a few dear ones!

Birthdays are special when they are of your special people. Today four people who are special to me celebrate their birthdays. They all hold a special place in  my heart and in life and here is a wish to them on their birthday! 
Happy Birthday to my dear ones,  May you have the best,  today and forever.  Let the best follow you every moment,  Let the canvas be filled with just happy memories  all colorful and bright.  I hope you continue to inspire and lead and weave magic around you.  Thank you for being a part of my life,  for I cannot imagine one without you ! 
~Love, M~
So, whose birthday is it? My dearest love, my wonderful mentor, one of my cherished characters and a great storyteller! This small and 'simple' poem is to wish each of them a great birthday and many more happiness:)

Day 88: Little more to go

I had a choice to not take this up,  I had a choice  to not walk any more, but I did,  and I walked,  I have now walked one goal post,  I need to go just a little, only a little more to go.  ~ © Meena Arvind~

Day 87: Ayurveda (Quote a Day)

I am a big proponent of Ayurveda and yes, it is slow process but it is surely the best means to tune our 'out-of-tune' body and mind. One of the things I miss here is this from my state....



"The great thing about Ayurveda is that its treatments always yield side benefits, not side effects." ~Subhra Krishan~ 
I am not sure who this author is. Her book has some good ratings (decent). Wanted to find some quotes on Ayurveda and found a simple straightforward one. I used this picture because this is a brilliant campaign for Kerala Tourism. The link says 2012. Not sure where this campaign ran. So, see you all. Today is the last day of 'quote a day' series! 
See y'all with a new post tomorrow!

Day 86: Wings of Fire (Quote a Day)

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, a visionary and a simple and wonderful human being. He was the president of India in the early 2000's and I think, he is the only one who probably earned the title "The People's President" in every sense. May his soul rest in peace. He passed away yesterday at the age of 84. And he was at IIM-Shillong giving a lecture (guest)! Commendable and truly inspirational!

"We are all born with a divine fire in us. Our efforts should be to give wings to this fire and fill the world with glow of its goodness." ~Dr.A.P.J. Kalam~

Day 85: Perspectives (Quote a Day)

"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky." ~Rabindranath Tagore~

Day 84: Explore (Quote a Day)

I would use explore in a different context. Not just travel. Exploring one's self beyond what we can fathom is the best form of exploration. It is hard and we can easily get lost in the chaotic world around us and within us. Swimming out of that chaos into the silence and exploring our deepest thoughts is going to be the best thing we can ever do..................



"The real significance of Magellan's voyage was not that it was the first to circumnavigate the planet, but it was the first to realize just how big that planet was." ~Bill Bryson~

Day 83 : Love by Pooh (Quote a Day)

One of my favorite characters: Winnie-the-pooh! A.A. Milne's wonderful creation with beautiful lines, with such deep meanings. The very character of Pooh and his friends make you fall in love with the joy of reading !

Day 82: Humble (Quote a Day)

Hey friends--
I have been having a rough and busy week so this 'quote a day' one-liner series will be on until next week. Thanks!







Day 81: Ideas (Quote a day)

"If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas"~ George Bernard Shaw



Day 80: Transformation (Quote a Day)

"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly."

Day 79: Education (Quote a Day)

Day 78: Begin (Quote a Day)

Saw this beautiful quote somewhere. Not sure who wrote this.  So, here is one for an awesome start of the week.  It says "The best way to get something done is to begin"

Day 77: Connecting the dots (Steve jobs) [Quote a day]

A quote by Steve Jobs 
"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future."

Day 76: Talisman (Quote a day)

I need one,  One to ward off that evil eye.  One to calm my nervous twitch.  One to help me score a goal.  One to keep my spirits up and fun.  I need one,  just, one little talisman. Talisman called hope! 

---Meena Arvind---

Day 75: Red (Quote a day)

"Red, the color that gives life. Love, the name I give to my beautiful mother. Red, the color of that beautiful rose. Love, the name I give to my wonderful husband. Red, the color of falling leaves. Love, the name I give to my generous father. Red, the color of that shining stone.  Love, the name I give to my dear sibling. Red, the color of that burning charcoal. Love, the name I give to my perseverance."----Meena Arvind 
This is a metaphorical take on the color and the connecting word.

Red and life - blood and mother, the one who gives life and much more.
Red and rose- love and hubby, the one who is a companion.
Red and falling leaves- generous and father....it denotes my selfless dad, an ever-giving soul.
Red and ruby- dear and brother, it denotes the sibling bond.
Red and charcoal- self and hard work, this denotes the way we need to work in life to mould ourselves and make our mark. The harder we burn, the brighter we shine!

Let me know your thoughts on this!

Day 74: Something to preserve from the pages of treasure :10 (Subramanian)

Book Title: Following Fish: Travels Along the Indian Coast
Author: Samanth Subramanian
Publisher: Atlantic Books, London
Year of Publication: 2013 print (first published in 2010 in India)
Genre: Non-fiction Travel (culture)
Status:I have the last two essays pending, so it is still in work in progress state
Quote: Chapter 2, Paragraph 2 in Page 48.

"For a few further hours into the night, I sat behind Harinath's and watched the crowds. I watched many, many people come right up to Harinath, their nerve screwed up, fully aware of what lay before them-and then they backed out, hope and false courage defeated by immediate reality. As they walked away, they seemed puzzled and distressed, not so much by what they had narrowly avoided as by their sudden loss of faith. It was almost as if they had desperately wanted to believe but had been finally let down by their closest accomplice: their own body."

Ok. I thought I would end this last post of this series with a book that is both my fa…

Day 73: Something to preserve from the pages of treasure :9 (Shaw)

Note: There is a slight change as to what I will write from this Friday onwards. Instead of the pages of treasure, I will be doing one quote a day. The quote will be from a famous (not always :)) personality. This is because of time crunch the next few weeks. Thank you for understanding!  

Book Title: Pygmalion Author: George Bernard Shaw Publisher: Penguin Classics (one of the many publishers) Year of Publication: 1913 - original year of publication (the book I read was published much later) Genre:Drama/Play Status: Read Quote: Act V
Pickering: You mustn't mind that. Higgins takes off his boots all over the place. 
Liza: I know. I am not blaming him. It is his way, isn't it? But it made such a difference to me            that you didn't do it. You see, really and truly, apart from the things anyone can pick up                         (the dressing and the proper way of speaking, and so on), the difference between a lady           and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she&…

Day 72: Something to preserve from the pages of treasure : 8 (Bhagyalakshmi)

Book Title:Swarabedhangal
Author: Bhagyalakshmi
Publisher: LITMUS, DC Books, Cochin
Edition:1st ed., (2012)
Genre: Autobiography
Status: Yet-to-read (Will read soon!)
Quote: Part from the introduction. I do not have the book with me and could not find any quotes online. These lines are just about how she wrote this book. Her language is simple and from what I have read, the lines so beautifully take you on her journey (the couple of pages, I read).


"ആദ്യമായി മതൃഭൂമി ആഴ്ചപ്പതിപ്പിൽ എന്റെ ലേഖനം അടിച്ചു വന്നപ്പോൾ അതിന്റെ പ്രതികരണം അവിശ്വസനീയമായിരുന്നു. ഞാൻ ആരാധിച്ചിരുന്ന പല സാഹിത്യകാരന്മാരും എന്നെ വിളിച്ച് അഭിനന്ദിച്ചു. അത്യധികം ബഹുമാനിക്കുന്നു എന്നു പറഞ്ഞു അഴിക്കോട് മാഷ്‌ തലയിൽ കൈവെച്ച്  അനുഗ്രഹിച്ചു. കുറേകൂടി വിശദമായി എഴുതണമെന്നു പറഞ്ഞു. ബാലചന്ദ്രൻ ചുള്ളികാട് ഫോണിൽ വിളിച്ച് നിശബ്ദനായി നിന്നു. കരച്ചിൽ വരുന്നു എന്നു പറഞ്ഞു വെച്ചു...........ആരുമില്ലെന്നു കരുതിയിരുന്ന എനിക്കു ലോകമെമ്പാടും ആരൊക്കെയോ ഉള്ളതുപോലെ.എങ്കിൽ എഴുതാമെന്നുറപ്പിച്ചു."

This is the translation of the malayalam lines …

Day 71: Something to preserve from the pages of treasure : 7 (Brown)

Book Title: Angels & Demons
Author: Dan Brown
Publisher: Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Edition: 1st ed., (2000)
Genre: Fiction
Status: Read
Quote: Found something relevant online- I have no idea which part of the Langdon mystery I read this.

"Even the technology that promises to unite us, divides us. Each of us is now electronically connected to the globe, and yet we feel utterly alone."

Been ages since I read this. In fact, except for parts of the book, I have no memory about it. If I read it again, I'm sure it will all come back. However, I have now grown out of fiction so much that there are only a few that attract my attention. I chose this one today as I was too tired and occupied to look in my bookshelf for the book I have read or wanted to read. So, this was an easy pick!

See y'all.

Day 70: Something to preserve from the pages of treasure : 6 (Yousafzai)

Book Title: I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban
Author: Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb (contributor)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Edition: 1st ed., (2013)
Genre: Memoir
Status: Yet-to-Read
Quote: I don't have the book so not sure where these lines are. I used these two quotes from the many I read online. These make me want to pick this book soon.

"We human beings don't realize how great God is. He has given us an extraordinary brain and a sensitive loving heart. He has blessed us with two lips to talk and express our feelings, two eyes which see a world of colors and beauty, two feet which walk on the road of life, two hands to work for us, and two ears to hear the words of love. As I found with my ear, no one knows how much power they have in their each and every organ until they lose one." 

"Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow. Education is neither Eastern nor Wes…

Day 69: Something to preserve from the pages of treasure : 5 (Skloot)

Book Title: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  Author: Rebecca Skloot  Publisher: Broadway Books, Random House Inc., NY Edition: 1st ed., (2010, 2011) Genre: Biography  Status: Read/Completed Quote: Page 97, HeLa Factory, Paragraph 1
"Black scientists and technicians, many of them women, used cells from a black woman to help save the lives of millions of Americans, most of them white. And they did so on the same campus--and at the very same time--that state officials were conducting the infamous Tuskegee syphilis studies." 
This is a great book. If you want to understand the political, cultural and the social context of US, this is a great book. If bioethics interests you, then do make sure you read this. We always have to be thankful to a lot of people around the world for being alive each day. I thank the farmer whose toil has brought me that beautiful veggies and the healthy rice and grains that help me and my family grow. I thank the strangers who walk around respecting my s…

Day 68: Something to preserve from the pages of treasure : 4 (Satrapi)

Book Title: Perepolis - The Story of a Childhood Author : Marjane Satrapi  Publisher: Pantheon Books (for the english, North American version) Edition: 1st ed. (2004) Genre:Graphic novel (autobiographical) Status: Completed/Read Where/How: Book store Quote: From the book. I'm not exactly sure where it was mentioned as I do not have the book. What I remember about this quote is that it was said by the author's grandmother to her. 
"In life you'll meet a lot of jerks. If they hurt you, tell yourself that it's because they're stupid. That will help keep you from reacting to their cruelty. Because there is nothing worse than bitterness and vengeance.....Always keep your dignity and be true to yourself." 
The Iran-Iraq feud and the way it shaped the entire nation and its people through the eyes of a little girl. Yes, that is what the book is all about. In literary terms it could be called a bildungsroman (or a coming-of-age). It is very rich and since it uses a comic …

Day 67: Something to preserve from the pages of treasure : 3 (Raine)

Book Title: The Anatomy of Violence - The Biological Roots of Crime
Author: Adrian Raine
Publisher: Vintage Books-Random Book House, Inc. New York
Edition: 1st ed. (2013)
Genre: Non-Fiction
Status: Half-way through it. Started it long back and haven't continued it after I read it initially.
Where/How: Personal Copy
Quote: Page 14, Looking after the number one- cheating game Paragraph -2nd para (line 1)

In evolutionary terms, the human capacity for antisocial and violent behavior wasn't a random occurrence. 
This is a book I picked up for my 'A'. Adrian Raine is a psychologist (also had some experience teaching criminology and psychiatry). As I have not completed reading this book, yet, I am not able to say much about the book. However, after reading the first four chapters, I have to say, it is not an easy read. As a psychologist, he has made use of his experience and research interest to connect the social, psychological and biological side to violence among humans. He has tr…

Day 66: Something to preserve from the pages of treasure : 2 (Goffman)

Book Title: The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life
Author: Erving Goffman  Publisher: First Anchor Books- Random Book House, Inc. New York.  Edition: 1st ed. (1959) Genre: Sociology Status: Read. How: Personal copy (the cover page that I have is different too) Quote: Page 59-60, Misrepresentation, Paragraph 5.

Day 65: Something to preserve from the pages of treasure : 1

For the next 25 days, there will be a series of posts (called as "Something to preserve from the pages of treasure") that will be something- a line, a stanza, a verse, or a paragraph from a book that I have read, am reading or have picked up to read. I will try and elaborate based on the time available. I will however mention the book, the author, the page number or the chapter along with the quote.

So, here we go.

Book Title : Why We Love : The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love
Author: Helen Fischer
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Edition: 2004 (1st ed.)
Status: Read
How: Borrowed from the library (the library copy did not have this cover page!).
Quote: From page 202, Buying Time.

Oscar Wilde once wrote, "The essence of romance is uncertainty." It was a clever observation. We walk a fine line when we woo. If you are too eager, an undecided suitor may flee. Biology probably plays a role in this behavior. Early acquisition of a reward reduces the duration and intensi…

Day 63: Simple Sunday Post- Unagi!

Simple Sunday Post. Unagi (The one with Unagi) in 'Friends' show is a hilarious episode. I wanted to feel better today and one of the best stress busters for me is this show. This kind of cheers me up and I'm sure this will cheer you up too. 
Note: By the way, the term 'Unagi' is also for the popular Japanese cuisine made with fresh water eel (which is actually called unagi). :) 

Day 62: 4 on 4- Dream and achieve

It was wonderful to read the news about UPSC results today. UPSC is the Union Public Service Commission in India who are authorized to conduct the civil services examination. These exams will help you get a position as an IAS, IPS, IFS or IRS officer. These are the top strategic positions in the Indian government (union, state and public-setor). The exams are not easy either. They follow a two-phase process which includes a prelims followed by a final that would have 9 essay style questions and a personality test (panel interview). It requires a dedicated and very disciplined approach and might require multiple attempts before they reach their goal. This year four women bagged the top ranks. It was very happy and inspiring to read about women achievers. Some argue there is a thick wall that creates these gender differences. Some say it is a glass ceiling. Some just break it. One of the candidates, Ms. Ira Singhal is the first differently-abled woman who has achieved this. Her story i…

Day 61: Jagadhodharana.......

Music can always change the vibrations around us. Each of us have our own favorite genre of music. I love all forms of music, but if I were to pick my first favorite, it is classical music, hands down. I love Western classical and Carnatic classical. Western classical from the likes of Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Chopin, Brahms and many more. Carnatic classical is the genre from the south of India and the composers like Purandaradasa, Muthuswami Dikshithar, Tyagaraja, Shyama Shastry, Mysore Vasudeva acharya, Swati Thirunal, Annamacharya and many others.

This does not mean I do not enjoy other forms of music. I do. However, if I were to listen to either of the above genres of music, I am in a trance state. I was always exposed to Carnatic music. When I listened to the songs of MS Amma, Maharajapsuram Santhanam, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, K.J.Yesudas, Bombay Sisters, D.K.Pattammal and many other instrumentalists like Lalgudi Jayaraman, Kunnakudi, Palghat Mani Iyer, …

Day 60: Sir Nicholas Winton, a selfless and simple soul!

I wanted to write this yesterday. Then, I thought, let this be my 60th day post. So, here it is about the wonderful Sir Nicholas Winton, who breathed His last on 1st of July. If you do not know anything about him, please read this to know more. A couple of lines about Sir Nicholas: He was like the 'Scarlet Pimpernel' (not in every sense of power and wealth), but in the way in which he managed to single-handedly save over 600 children from the treacherous hands of Nazi. Yes, they were Jews. Nazis somehow felt, they did not deserve to live! So, they went on a mission to eliminate them, just like we kill pests at home. The world and its ways!

When there was this whole group of 'mentally challenged' folks trying to get rid of a whole group of people to just satisfy their demonic mind, there came one man, among the handful of such good folks, who was brave enough to help rescue these little children (then) from Prague. He had a cozy and wonderful life and needn't have …