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Life’s too short to miss out anything, try to take it slowly ;)

Since the pandemic has started, screen time has increased for everyone. I am a movie fan and like to watch all kinds of movies, even if it is of foreign language I enjoy the story, and why not after all people are all same around the world even if they speak different language - they all have a story. Every time I watch a foreign language movie, I remind myself I come from a country that has more than one language which is almost foreign for many. Marathi language being my favorite, even though I was not raised as a Maharashtrian but growing up in a cultural city Pune which is blessed with craft, poetry, musical drama and literature, has had some impact on me too. I still remember watching Gajra - which had short story drama, Chimanrao - funny yet with morale at the end of each episode, Amchi Mati Amchi Manasa - it was more with the farming and farmers related but it also had entertainment skit and musical dramas, Kilbil - such many programs have enlightened and educated me about Marat
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Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable ~ Mary Oliver

 When we all welcomed the year 2020, we had no clue as what is the future of 2020 that is stored for all of us. Did we? May be here and there the news of COVID-19 was there but no one took it seriously. I remember I was traveling back to USA after my vacation and as I was transiting via HongKong I started noticing people wearing mask and I kind of got curious and worried.  By the time it was February end, rumors started in the office about working remotely for few days and for a person like me who is a people person, I thought it will be a short period of time and hence never bothered to collect anything much from my office desk. "2020 is a unique Leap Year. It has 29 days in February, 300 days in March, and five years in April" ~ Unknown  😀 March we were told to work from home and then it became the new normal for all of us. Though, it took a while for everyone to get adjusted because I was taking my calls from my reclining chair though every morning I was getting up and dr

Be willing to change because life won’t stay the same.. Happy New Year 2021

  As the new year is unfolding, a retrospective of this year definitely makes sense to me.  At work many times, Engineering is heading to deliver and hence to pause after each sprint to have a retrospective is often ignored or passed on for next time. And often we forget the value that it adds to each one in the team. "It is fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure" ~ Bill Gates I believe its always good to have a retrospective which can always enlighten us because we often don't think much when we are doing something and it often shows how dynamically we work under high-pressure. Similarly year 2020 was a roller coaster ride for everyone around the world. I am sure like every year, this year also analysts will have their retrospective but how are we individuals looking at it? One thing I was happy that this year beginning I was with my loved ones and my parents hence could spend some quality time with everyone. It was the beginnin

Society or culture or whatever you might want to call it, has created us all solely and wholly for the purpose of maintaining its continuity and status quo...!

  Recently I had the opportunity to watch this movie on Netflix -What will people say! This is a 2017 internationally co-produced, directed and written by Iram Haq. This film's scene set in Pakistan were, all shot in Rajasthan, India. To my surprise this film had its world premier at 42nd Toronto International Film Festival. This was selected as the Norwegian entry for the best foreign language film at the 91st Academy Awards - but it was not nominated. My main reason to watch this film was Adil Hussain - an amazing actor and human being.  As the story started unfolding, it started reminding me of some of the stories that I have seen in Canada. It's not only for India or Pakistan but you can see similar stories from families migrating from Iran, or any other country where the culture is different and women are not given much freedom in the name of family dignity, society pressure and what not.  "Expectations were like a pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely th

The Legend will be living forever in our hearts

Today is a very sad day indeed! The first news that I read was about Diego Maradona died at the age of 60. One of the two joint winners of the FIFA player of the 20th century awardee, who played 585 matches, 9 club trophies and 311 goals scored, has become a star in the sky forever. "To see the ball, to run after it, makes me the happiest man in the world" ~ Diego Maradona I am a die-hard fan of him since childhood. Being a hockey player I always admired his dribbling and ball control skills which I often tried with my hockey sticks as well. Coming from a country then in India Football was popular too as Cricket is. It used to be like a season one after the other sports and watching international matches on Television was so much fun. Television was not something everyone could afford or have and hence it used to be a match that we friends and family watch on Television just like one is watching from the stadium and the cheering and supporting teams excitement and thrill alwa

“Some things can only be perceived one way because they only have one meaning..”

 It's been a while since we all are stuck at home. Even though it's not a complete lockdown in California, there's not much motivation to go out all the time either. Besides work and daily walks, one thing that kept me busy was watching web series on OTT platform. It's a continuous hunt as what else is there to watch. And when I finished almost all sources, one evening I happened to click The Crown series and I got hooked on to it. The reason I got hooked on to it was the English language which I missed after moving to America and then I felt lot of historical events that I read in my history classes had some background story which I could relate through these series. "Who wants transparency when you can have magic? Who wants prose when you can have poetry?" As one watches these series episode by episode, there is lot of insight behind the royal monarchy and some of their traditions and some of their beliefs which they probably wanted the world to know and som

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions :)

  Today a day before my birthday, I look back to the time when my Mom was expecting me. All I could think about looking back is the story that she has told me. It must be waiting period for her but I know she was not feeling well with Pneumonia and her doctors were mainly and only thinking about saving her life. Why I say this is because she lost her friend who was also suffering from Pneumonia and was admitted in the next room in the same hospital. As they say, life and death are part of the same play. One has to leave so that next cast can enter the show.  "All things that have form eventually decay" - Orochimaru ~ Masashi Kishimoto My Mom lost her best friend and she got cured and discharged from the hospital.  I was born on Nov 7th between 10:30 am and 11:05 am, while she was visiting her hometown in Kerala, India to see her Dad who was not well at that time. I was told my both parents were eagerly waiting for a baby girl as their first born is a boy, they didn’t want ano