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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Success has no shortcuts !

#UseYourAnd# And write what ?!? I was not clear. I continued to surf other pages of the web. At night Mom what's for dinner? I shouted. DOSAA, came a prompt reply from kitchen! Ahh this dosa and sambar again huh I started to growl and before I could let it out, I heard and chutney! For the love of white chutney I felt elated, let out a sigh and kissed my mom. BANG!!! Rang the bell on my mind 'When an AND clause could add so much spice to my mood I can't stop thinking of how ANDs spices up one's life! And tada :) here I am!!

            Every woman's first inspiration would be her mom and I am no exception. The more a girl turns into a woman, the more she realizes the importance of her mother. We can't stop wondering how many kinds of roles she had to play! She is a caring daughter in law of my grandmother and an ideal wife of my dad and mother of a dazzling princess and a charming prince. Yeah it is me and my brother :D I know its too dramatic but to my mom we are :)!
            She knows when to act as my sister and when to enjoy the girly moments as my BFF and when to act as strict as MOM. She knows how to groom my brother into a man and yet treat him as a little kid. It is not easy to be a daughter's mom and a son's mom and yet she manages to be both. Most importantly she nailed it completely! This is just inside our house.
             To the outside world she has more avatars to play. To win a degree of M.sc and M.Phil, in those days one could easily guess how hard it would have been, for a woman to travel from one corner of village to the other side of a city and how difficult it would have been to gather the money needed for all the applications and fees. She never told me how much she struggled during her days but I have heard my uncle talking with pride in eyes about how dedicated and sincere she was and I couldnt help but notice that its her hard work that is reflecting as his pride.
            she started her career as a higher secondary school mathematics teacher, moved up the career ladder working as an assistant professor and senior lecturer and went on to pursue her PhD. It was definitely not a cake walk. I was in my twelfth, my brother in his tenth and she on the verge of completing her PhD degree. She was operated not once but twice during this period and yet gathered the stamina to sit in her hospital room and prepare her papers for the degree. I was indeed moved by her determination. I learnt what a true perseverance and commitment is. While fighting the hardships, she never forgot to balance the other side, i.e., to be a dutiful daughter in law and a wonderful wife. Not once she deferred from the duty of a mother. There she was in kitchen to cook my favorite dish after her tiring 8 hours of work and 4 hours of travel and then prepare for her next days class. Not once have I noticed her whining about her daily chores or cribbing about working for more than 25 years.
            Those endless commitments and tireless efforts had resulted in her promotion as the head of institution- Yes, I am proud to call myself the daughter of Dr. T.Revathi, the Principal of a College and guilty for not helping her out in her arduous journey! Right from the time I was in her womb to till date she had always been my warmth, my sunshine, a shoulder to cry upon. I can go on and on writing about her but in nutshell shes been a true source of inspiration for not just me but for every batch of students who pass out under her guidance!

            Mom you always dreamed of me to be an IIT/NIT and IIM graduate and settle in a dream job. Today, I am an electronics graduate, a software professional and a blogger and a social worker and all these are because the freedom you gave me to live my life my way. All your dreams about me had remained a dream till now :( I never lived up to your expectations and yet you never complained once! Instead you loved me more than the day I was born and encouraged me more and more to perform better and be the best in my field, though I ridicule your new desire at this age to learn hindi :P . I take this opportunity to Thank you Mom for allowing me to live my life my way!  MOM ..you are  WOW and I adore you!

AND so the post doesnt end here.

In set language (A true Math professor's daughter :p ) A or B always indicate the whole set, its A AND B that distinguishes things from entire set.

            The other beautiful woman I admire and idealize besides my mom is none other than my neighbor Mrs. Shanthy Viswanathan. I had always heard that, in an Indian society like ours, the next door aunties are always there to brainwash our mom and influence our life, most often choose our career paths and the college we must get admitted into! The first thing I like about her is that she is not one among such stereotyped next door aunties!! Rather she is like my best senior who I never had in my college. She is a homemaker at present but had worked with Times of India, and The Hindu. She is the mother of two teenagers and anyone seeing her would never believe it! Yes she is not just young at heart but in appearance too. She might be a homemaker but she is up to date with her technology. She posts articles in facebook, takes good selfies and changes her whatsapp profile picture and status just like any tech dude! Give her any topic I am sure she will have something to talk on it. Another thing that I like about her is that she is always dressed up. Trust me compared to her dressing sense, our generation has lot more to learn. And most important of all, I like her enthusiasm to do things. Seeing her energy in aerobics class I was dumbstruck. She is up at 4 in the morning and never sleeps in the afternoon and climbs up and down the stairs thousands times a day and still with vibrant energy. For a better picture I can relate it with a scene in film Padayappa where Old Rajni fights villains and actor Abbas (Padayappas to be son-inlaw in film) stunned with his stunts comments that he is never old and watch the fight open-mouthed! Such is her level of energy and I was totally awed by it. That scene might be reel but her energy level is so real! She had told me lot of her real life experiences where
Ø  She was feared to death inside and acted bold to tackle a grim situation in life
Ø  She was afraid and yet dared to take a risk in life
Ø  She was about to burst in anger and yet maintained her cool to avoid mishaps
All those really helped me mold myself and made me a better decision maker. Recently when I enquired about the swimming classes she was eager and readily accepted to accompany me. Salute to her readiness to learn new things in life!

My Mom and Shanty Aunty , both have been successful in their own ways. Be it my mom learning a new language at the time of retirement and Shanthy Auntys readiness to learn activities, both taught me a common lesson A womans success can never be stopped unless and until she decides to and the motivation to succeed always come from within! 

This post is a part of #UseYourAnd activity at BlogAdda in association with Gillette Venus“.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Pray Panunga _/\_ ;)

 Will you dare to miss the time when our Thalaivar super star's name being displayed on screen or his intro scene? Those are precious moments for any hard core Rajini fan .There are such moments in each and every ones life. Out there are our fans waiting for such instances to happen in our life. This post is about one such moment in my life!

This is in fact my second encounter with such instance. for people who know me well know that its quite hard to not keep hearing my voice (sleeping time excluded ;) ) thats when my best friends challenged me not to talk for one whole day !! For reserved types I know it is no big deal! But just like how important are legs to dancers, voice to musicians, breath to humans (too much of comparisons I know :p ) talking is important to chatter box like me !! Trust me, challenge of not talking for a day was biggest disaster of my life .. I failed terribly getting huge bulbs from ma friends ;) but that moment I realised how happy it was to talk again :)  but history  repeated itself (Naah not the bulbs...that's never a history happens all times),this time not because of a challenge but because of severe throat infection. These are my dark days (of course very bright ones for my friends and family) where I had to convey each and everything through actions.  I am a dumb c fanatic but trust me playing dumb c with non-sync people can give you real head aches especially when your siblings make you the comedy piece :( everyone around got to taste a sip of 'mock'tail- the main ingredient being me . All those reading this, I know you are silently praying for my speedy recovery so then I don't disturb people scribbling here :p if not start soon ;)

Konajm pray panunga plz! Aal sekarathu evlo kustamappa :D

Saturday, 3 January 2015

I'm Back (Billa style :P )

             I am neither a voracious reader nor a talented writer. But I have always had a passion for writing and loved to express my thoughts loud and round the globe :) Thanks to the technology ! On that note I started this blog but soon got preoccupied with other things and left this unnoticed.  This new Year - 2015, I wanted to experiment more (secret reason: I'm bored, kindly bare with me ;) ) and thus decided to resume my writing. I have never taken much resolutions for new years and now I wanted to give it a try! This way even I could find out how long I could keep up my words :P I have many scribblings that are still incomplete or/and if completed never made to this blog. I wish I complete all those scribblings and put it up here so that you readers (if at all any :p ) can glimpse through those when bored :) So going forward I take a resolution that I publish at least one blog per week throughout this 2015. From my personal experience I feel the more you read the more we get motivated to write so I will also make it a point to read more books and articles and add my personal favorites here !! AAhhh.. this blog definitely sounds nerdy ! Trust me, I am no bookworm or padips .. so I can guarantee a variety. Click on topics you like to read and have fun :) 

I'm Back ...Hope experiments continues :) B)

Taking the Road Less Travelled…

  It would be apt if I say my life was so smooth until I made, rather not made that big decision in my life! For those who think that decision was falling in love –Please give it a break  :p . That big decision I mentioned was the answer to the question What’s next after 12th? Passing my board exams with flying colors I voted for society’s opinion. And yeah society did win and I ended up opting for engineering in Electronics and Communication – the one which is said to be the course for the creamy layers (as told by my H.O.D :p)! Still Lady Luck gave me another opportunity and I nailed it with a University rank. I was offered with a job (yes, you are guessing it right- the I.T based job it is) even before I could sail through my final exams. I’m still clinging on to the same job.  I would not say I have been through all this without my hard work, but what I realise now is I have failed to work hard enough to get what I really needed. Slowly I am starting to question myself if this is want I really want in life?! I spent four years banging CROs and digital circuits in electronics laboratory, manipulating the sine and cosine waveforms while all I do post my graduation is to bang my head to decode the software codes which god knows who created! And it seems like I am doing justice to neither.
   This remains the situation for majority of the present generation, who ended up being lucky enough to get placed through campus recruitment. Being blind folded by society one worries about how and where one must be rather than how and where one want oneself to be. Going forward I am afraid  people will no longer have the need for asking what one do for their living for the only profession will be I.T based . Now don’t take me all wrong. For those who are in love with this job – good for you but I’m worried about the other half because that’s where I exactly belong. I understand computers have been a great boon and definitely made life an easy win for especially the ones who pass out of college. But what one must not forget is that how it silently kills your quest of discovering what you truly are. From experience I could say every software professional wears a different hat during their post office hours – there are teachers, writers, creators and lots more who are longing to permanently tear off the software mask and make a difference in their life.
There is popular Facebook post “In India people first become engineers and then wonder what to do in life!” and I am afraid as this is absolutely true!  Kind advice to the parents, please start trusting your child’s capability. In today’s generation parents are more afraid to face their children failure than the children themselves. It is good that they don’t want their children to struggle like the way they did, but this attitude must not be a hindrance for their child’s development.
To all the parents who think, their child getting placed during final year of college is the biggest achievement on earth, trust me that might end up as the only achievement you child would ever taste. There is that other category which feels proud for sending their children abroad for that kid’s education!  The kid will be all happy at first excited about the next phase of their life. It might be good at the beginning, great to feel that with their first salary they could purchase a costly android that is recently out in the market, but remember sooner or later this enthusiasm will be drained out and so will the kids!
Prepare your kids to work towards figuring out solution to the enigma of life by themselves and five or ten years from now you can find them satisfied and pleased to settle for what they like even if it is going to be the same that they currently do for it will be their life decision and not something that is thrust upon them. So, friends those who are not interested in what you do, gear up and gather the strength to do what you like to do. Let us take that one step forward and be the change we want the society to be!
Let us pen down our own history! Take a tour around the roads less travelled- Bon Voyage! Who knows we may even meet :)

Essays for Teach for India- My Fav

I applied for Teach for India 2015 fellowship and was lucky enough to get selected for the same :) I had to write three essays for the application in the first stage of the selection process. Out of the three this is my personal favorite. Please read below the topic and the essay :) Happy reading!

Topic Given :

Please tell us about a substantial commitment you've made in the last 4 years (but from no earlier than undergraduate level). This commitment should be one which at times presented you with challenges and it should be a commitment lasting for no less that one month total. Please ensure you explain: - The commitment you made and why you feel it is substantial (this may include the amount of time it took, your specific role, input/actions required etc.) - The challenges you faced - How you felt about these challenges and what you did as a result (please be specific about related actions taken, if any) - The ultimate outcome and how you felt about this. 

My response:

Working on all weekdays, I ensured my weekends were fun filled- outing and partying with my school and college friends. (Of course, this is not the substantial commitment I am going to talk about!) I managed to plan the get-togethers so well that I was convinced I mastered the art of planning. But BOOM! All the castles I built about my planning ability collapsed terribly. There were so many clashes, last minute cancellations. Most annoying among them were my juniors. One called me to inform that she was busy on Saturdays and other buzzed me saying she was booked on Sunday mornings. Passed fresh out of college and waiting for call letters, I wondered what on earth kept them busy. A sneak peek- WOW! They were volunteering in various NGOs. The bulb in my mind glowed. “Why don’t you give a try?” my mind echoed. “Huh? You just have 24 hours a day and not 36” my brain tried to convince my mind. “So does the others” my mind pounced back. Immediately I surfed for NGOs and completed my registrations.
Life treats you with surprises when you least expect it, they say. Two months later when I hardly remembered about the registrations I received a message asking to attend the orientation. I was excited, thrilled but at the same time afraid! I had to attend this all by self. But my curiosities arouse and my interest to do something different helped me overcome my glitches and there I was in NGO office room waiting to get oriented. A quick walkthrough about the NGO and few questions and teaching session, I was in. They asked me to select the subject that I was willing to handle. I personally felt English language is of prime importance as it is the universal language and quite indispensable these days. Aiding the kids with English learning will help build their confidence, shatter their inferiority complex and take them to places. So, I chose English among Maths, Science, English and computer Science.
Soon life slapped me into shape. I felt this decision was substantial one for me as well as the kids. Born to teachers, I believe teaching is in my blood. I am always fascinated towards it. I realised this volunteering helped in revitalising the teacher in me.  I had prior experiences of helping children around my area with their education for two consecutive years and so I was confident I would be a dedicated tutor. I also wanted to give back something to the society. I believed that something can be nothing better than an excellent education. Hence I wanted to utilise this opportunity to explore more into the educational field.
First few weeks were damn interesting and I enjoyed all the attention and affection that I received. I enjoyed the classes as much as the kids enjoyed my company. But then there were few internal and external factors. Since the classes were on weekend and evenings, there were other activities that demanded my attention. Sometimes it was a family get together or friend’s marriage or work that posed serious challenges. Other times it was the internal factors. I was either too lazy or too tired to get my cart rolling. Hat trick! I had to forgo three classes due to these factors. I realised a part in me started to miss my kids and the quality time spent with them. So I made sure I was there the following Saturday. I felt guilty for skipping classes and thus with some inhibitions I reached the centre. I was flocked by the kids in a jiffy. After the class I noticed something exhilarating. The kids were playing and singing rhymes that I taught them. Not just the kids to whom I taught the songs but the entire lot!?!  I was satisfied that I just dint entertain them but also educated them! The kids who were using their regional language now tried and learnt new words in some form! ‘There is always difference between interest and commitment. When you are interested in doing something, You do it only when it’s convenient. When you are committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results’. Thus at that moment, my interest turned into a commitment and for past ten months I have been associated with SPEAK OUT – An Initiative by BHUMI NGO to teach English to kids.
Another hurdle I had to cross was getting the attention of the kids to make them learn the language .As it was no classroom program, it was quite difficult to actually focus on teaching. Some of the kids were also not on par with their grade level and they were interested in regional language than English. If you don’t tell stories in Tamil then you might probably end up addressing an empty hall. But where there is a will there is a way. With little homework, I managed to find games and shortcuts to grab the attention. In some kids, I find a true commitment to learn and I am sure the day where this reflects among other kids is not very far!