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A drink a day keeps the shrink away

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Its celebration time isn't it? Everywhere I see people enjoying the festivities...irrespective of what cast, religion or creed...thats what it is called the fever ...in the air...its so contagious....that no one remains out of its catch ;)

“Enthusiasm is contagious. Be a carrier.”

One thing mostly I found...and that is....this picture will tell you everything :)

"Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul" ~The Koran

People were enjoying....giving gifts and were trying to be with there loved ones...whether they were near or far....communication isnt tough these days :)


"Marriage is like a phone call in the night: first the ring, and then you wake up"

So you wine,dine and shine on the phone like a star ;)

"They are not long,
the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while,
then closesWithin a dream"

Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling

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The two aspects that I believe when its Christmas.... :)

"Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most."

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"One of the nice things about Christmas is that you can make people forget the past with a present"

Merry Christmas and Happy Shopping ;)

“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.”

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I was wondering...what is tough...to read ??? OR to make one read????

“For a tree to become tall it must grow tough roots among the rocks.”

Tough I guess its like the never ending story of the chicken and the egg :)
I really admire the teacher...the guru...the professor...Guide....and what not...the more we respect ..the more names we have...but ever thought how tough it would be???

"He who opens a school door, closes a prison" ~ Victor Hugo



I always think and that is what I plan...that I should end my retirement age by teaching poor needy kids...give my knowledge or I must say at least teach something that I have learn through out my life. When I go away from this world I want...to give something...there is always happiness in that. “It's important to give it all you have while you have the chance.”But when I see ...how tough and difficult it is to teach a kid..what can on think of many kids...in school...!!! Its a nightmare...I wonder...how these teachers do it. I am sure…

"Dignity is a mask we wear to hide our ignorance"

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I have read history in school and I am pretty sure so many of you may have too. Getting interested in history subject is more or less an art of the teacher who is teaching you...as that teacher's tacts of teaching make one interesting and curious about what is history and to explore it further deep down to know the reality.

"A teacher affects eternity he can never tell where his influence stops" ~ Henry Adams

But more than reading true history and what is taught as history is two different aspect and I dont blame this on teacher..instead it could be the syllabus or so...

"The true aim of everyone who aspires to be a teacher should be, not to impart his own opinions, but to kindle minds" ~ Frederick W. Robertson

All I want to say is reading the true history and watching history is really a discovery in itself..!!!
I had read so many stories of world war I & II and the catostrophy that used to take place and the inhumane bloody incidents...but I could never imagin…

"The secret to humor is surprise."

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It was end of the week...friday...:) and the feeling was exactly what everyone thinks on that day... "Thank God Its Friday" :D....most of my deadlines were working out as per my plan...and suddenly I get a call ...asking what's ur plan for the weekend? and I say...well you guys decide....:)...!

They told me to get out of work by 4...:D guess what...I was chatting with my boss till 4.45 pm about Monday's plan of action...where am I gonna get at 4 hehehe...then they finally call me and say ..ok..get out by 5 but no later than that...& I assured them !!!

I got out of the office around 5.15 pm and then I drove down to my house...I got freshen up myself...and I hear the honking sound...I got into there car and didnt even ask ...where they are heading..to ..........and I was all discussing about my work...and hectic week...and I see...Naz Cineman Theater...WOW...I said..movie??? I smiled as this was a total surprise to me....and I dont even know which movie...!!!

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"Good morning starshine, the Earth says hello!"

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"It is generally agreed that "Hello" is an appropriate greeting because if you entered a room and said "Goodbye," it could confuse a lot of people" ;-)

As my last post says ...how the holiday season is spreading the fever of celebration...so is the busy period for the postal authorities as well..with so many greeting cards :)
As a kid I had stamps, coins and different kinds of pencil erasers collections...as well...that reminds me I had a classmate-friend Uma -she had plenty of scented erasers in a nice little jewellery box...and all she used to share it with was ME :).....we were not together for a long time though in that grades of 1st and 2nd...that was the journey or time I spent with her but some people's affection and sensitivity remains in your heart forever...:)

"We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish."

Its so strange I started writing something on a topic of my collection... hobby and I remembered this fri…

"Smile - It's the second best thing you can do with your lips." ;-)

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Everywhere its holiday time...everywhere you hear pplsaying..I did all my x'mas shopping...or I hv still to shop...and what not..:)

"To many people holidays are not voyages of discovery, but a ritual of reassurance."

Sometimes...I feel the talk itself distracts my mind from work...lol...:)

"Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!"

Yes..its beautiful to look around...I guess the atmosphere itself brings cheerness and celebrating moods in ppl's mind and heart..:)

"Happiness is more a state of health than of wealth." Frank Tyger
I also look forward for these holidays...as it brings everyone together irrespective of your differences..yet when one is happy they smile..enjoy and celebrate :)...so much of similarities...in our smiles :)

"Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so."

So my dear friends.…

"Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object."

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My week days were so terrific...with meeting deadlines...but this quote always kept me motivated... :)...may be it will do to you too ;)

"You can eat an elphant if you do it one bite at a time. "-Robert Riley

and so....I finished my deadlines..by the end of friday...I could only think of watching a peaceful movie and relax at home ...:) isn't that strange for a person like me ...that too on a friday evening hahaah ...

"Self love, my liege, is not so vile a sin as self-neglecting."- William Shakespear

Well...I decided to watch 'In Custody' starring all great actors..Shashi Kapoor, Om Puri, Shabana Azmi, and the list goes on...its actually based on a novel written by Anita Desai.

"Language exerts hidden power, like a moon on the tides"~ Rita Mae Brown

But this movie really touched the cord of my heart...how 'Urdu' is fading away...in todays era...infact I always loved this language for its politeness and sweetness...and the poetry...!!!

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Symmetry is what we see at a glance

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I was on my way to park near the Fisherman's wharf when I saw these symmetrical yet so beautiful...really I wonder sometimes...God's creativity... :)

"Even the greatest of creations start from small seeds"

I wonder sometimes..if I am really in US... lol...yes this part it doesnt look as part of US...its...more or less desert place or Mexico... :)But I must say weather is cool and so the scenes too ..!!! Life gives so much of excitement and happiness ...mere by admiring at them....this palm tree doesnt have much yet has so much to attract anyone :)
So...as one of my friend today sent me a quote...

"You don't love a woman because she is beautiful, she is beautiful because you love her "

Isnt that an awesome quote...so guys its not that love is blind hahahahaah ...oops am I opening another can of worm....;)

But all I know is............

"Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who …

"The time to relax is when you don't have time for it."

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Ever thought how it is when you feel someone really cares for you and makes you feel so carefree about life...how it would be...???

"Men who love humanity have all dreamed at least once during their lives of bringing all their fellow men together in a state of carefree happiness. And only the world of the theater ever really succeeds in doing this."

Well...with me its so true..as I experience...!!! Its my nature to be extra precautious in everything that I am like 'man with the plan' kind and sometimes I think its too stressful too...to be over prepared....!!!

"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time." ~ Mark Twain

But then many times being prepared and over cautiousness is also not good...I suppose...as sometimes one need to face surprises too ...:) isnt it?

"People only see what they are prepared to see." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

And someone really makes me feel so stressfree about everything.…

"Enjoy life. This is not a dress rehearsal."

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There was a time when I had to drive long way to reach my work and I used to enjoy that believe me...some times at work things caused me frustrations however...going to work and coming back was never a pain...it was infact heaven for me :)

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." ~ Robert Bault

I love driving and.... listening to music is another passion of mine ...:)..however here in California...its only 10 mints drive to work and believe me...the craving to drive more..doesnt stop at all...and since the rush hour doesnt allow me to take a long ride...I make complete utilization of weekends :)
In one of these weekends I had gone to San Francisco @ fisherman's wharf. It was a long long drive ...guys and it was hot sunny and busy..too!!!!

"Happiness is like a kiss...you must share it to enjoy it."



I didnt feel that I was on a trip..rather it was a feeling of going on vacation again :)....took lots of pictures...h…

"If a person gives you his time, he can give you no more precious gift"

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Today, am gonna talk about a gift that was given to me by my Canadian friend..in Toronto..:)!!!
It was a sure case where we know we are parting..for good...but to cherish our memories and promise to be in touch...we decided to meet at lunch...(and yes we are in touch via technology :)...)!!!
I always enjoyed my company with this friend of mine....as our interests, our general thoughts...our some of favs..from history too are so common...I sometimes wonder how it can be possible when we are from different places..different era's ;)....but the beauty of it is...we enjoy discussing everything...whether its work...buddha ( I got a new info from him which I never would have if he wouldnt have told me ..lol), its bikes...its sports...its songs...aah...and that reminds me of the gift... :) yes when I gifted him with a book on Indian Culture and heritage...he gave me this CD of 'Bif Naked' album...I had heard one of the songs..but dont remember where and it was stuck in my mind..unt…

"No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance."

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Gosh!!! travelling and travelling...!!! Did any astrolger said that I will be only travelling this year hahahaha...! Yes friends ...I have been travelling back and forth from US to Canada...and am pretty sure by now..even the US customs officials will be friendly with my face ..lol ! or may be they start wondering what am I doing with so many trips...could give them some suspicious look-outs too isnt it ?? :D

"Suspicions which may be unjust need not be stated" ~ Abraham Lincoln

Well...guess what...when I went to Toronto it was raining...though windy and cold...and I was like asking mother nature...that she really know what I like the most hahaah but too bad that I couldnt get wet in the rain...as it was too cold. But I did take my flu-shot ...just in case..!!
'Prevention is better than cure' ;)

This time when I went to Toronto...besides my move...I went to all my fav. places...as I dont know after how long I will be back there.. :). Meanwhile...I have to tell about this …

"Dedication is not what others expect of you, it is what you can give to others."

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"Dawn" - yes thats the name my dad gave me even before I was born...:) that thought itself makes me so special everyday and every moment...!!!!
"The dawn is not distant, nor is the night starless; love is eternal." ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I have been always treated special...and believe me am so lucky that I still get that treatment ...not only from my parents but my friends all over the world...:D
"My night has become a sunny dawn because of you" ~ Ibn Abbad
(This is for each friend of mine...)

Today is my birthday and its always been celebrated among friends and my parents...though I miss my parents on this day as ....I am not that often celebrating my b'days with them....but I do get there cards and phone wishes in advance through out till the b'day :)

"Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained" ~ C.S. Lewis

My friends...I have a special place for them :) ve…

"Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough."

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The festive times were up whether its diwali or eid...for me it was a quick travel time...yes friends I had taken a quick flight to Vancouver ..a 2 1/2 hrs flight and my return was same evening back to California...!!!

"Remember where you have been and know where you are going. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way." ~ Nikita Koloff

When I boarded the plane...I was just thinking about the security checking and it just brought back all the flash-back as when I used to travel to US to Canada or vice-versa...it was just taking your bag and going across the border...no questions asked..no papers stamped. In those days I used to wonder when I used to hear the stories of India-Pakistan...and I used to dream ever this can happen in those borders....a hope...a dream ...but it was just a dream...as the one that didnt had any restrictions ...due to whatever happened in past...that freedom is lost.

"There are two types of people - those who come into …

"The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it."

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Its Festival time...and believe me...there is not a singal sign of it..around...!! May be people have gone through so many natural calamities that...people have stopped responding to smallest happiness also...well thats what I saw here in the valley...or else everyone is busy working ... lol

"Share our similarities, celebrate our differences"

But when the news that I heard in India..it made me think how this festive moments will be handled by people...as this was something so scarry....but when I saw the pics in news paper and some of our friends blog...it made me smile though with my eyes filled with tears...

"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate"

Well what I did ...it was as usual day...all I did different was...I did sleep a bit more ;)...yes I had a good sound sleep and got up a bit late...rushed to work with a warm coffee in hand...and the ended..but I did bring some gulab jamuns...its always good have sweets when we …

Life's most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?

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I read these line a couple of weeks ago..while reading Khalil Gibran's book...

"If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don't, they never were"

When I read these...I felt 'wow' but as it started sinking in me...am thinking how easy it is to say or to read but can you imagine how difficult it would be to ..let them go????...you do so much for them and then...you just let them go...!! Am not saying that you keep any kind of expectation but the faith ...doesnt that gets thrashed!!???

At such times I remember what Sir Winston Churchill, had said once...

"I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat."...at least he said what he could give..he didnt make any false promises and raised anyone's expectations!!!

Similarly, Subhash Chandra Bose- "Give me your blood and I will give you freedom"...an attempt was made for that freedom.
But when I think of a person and then sacrifice...its lin…

If you are going to walk on thin ice, you might as well dance..;)

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Today is a day with lot of things taking place in many people's life...at least a couple of them whom I know and...hence I am assuming every now and then in this part of the world like some good things happen ..similar fashion ...something painful too happens to people !!!
It was just couple of weeks when I saw this guy blooming with love and always making sure to keep his sunshine happy and content ....and how he tells me today that she broke off with him for no reason and she lets him know this via email...!!!
"Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out." -- Vaclav Havel
This is what exactly I felt and I told him to be strong!!!!
I wish I could do something..when I heard his boss didnt either pay attention to this part and he was dealing with some work performance issues..!!!

"Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary." ~Mark Twain

Seemed like the last straw...but …

The mind never fully accepts any convictions that it does not owe to its own efforts!!

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Sourav Ganguly is back with a bang! Ousted from the Indian team due to bad form and under pressure to perform in the Duleep trophy for East Zone, Ganguly hit back with an entertaining 117 which included 18 boundaries and a six off just 143 balls. It was Indian captains toughest test and he passed with flying colours. Now Chappell has a big problem on his hands, should he take Ganguly after the first ODI if India lose or should he wait and watch.

"People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character" ~ Ralph W Emerson

I had just gone to one of this sites where people had created a website club as they hate Ganguly. I mean what is it ...after all he is a human. We all have good and bad phases in life..in profession..should we hate ourselves also when we are not doing so well?
I am glad to hear about Dada's performance...this is a tribute for his success on my behalf :) in this blog.

Three Cheers to the Bengal Tiger ;) hip hip hurray!!! :)

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Like swift water, an active mind never stagnates...!

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I have moved into new place and trying to set things out...I often miss Toronto, as every now and then something comes out and it takes me way back to Toronto...I know I bore people out here with my stories...but I love to live in those memories too :)

"Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose." ~From the television show The Wonder Years

But the view from my patio is something which brings back life into me :) & this is the view...its just amazing!!!!
I just love the water...the noise of the water...it just thrills out the pleasure and joy in me.

"Everywhere water is a thing of beauty gleaming in the dewdrop, singing in the summer rain."- John Ballantine Gough

I had read this poetry long back ...but today to express my feelings ...and the joy that I have for having this view right out of my patio is something...which I can only mesmerize it...and read out..
"I came where the river
Ran over stones;

Every word written is a victory against death...!

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The other day I was watching this movie...'Sau jhooth aur ek sach' (100 lies over one truth), something like that. The reason I watched this movie was coz there are actors like..Vikram Gokhale (marathi theater pro and a great actor) & Mamooty (Keralite film actor, National award winner), in it.

The movie was well captured..through out I liked Vikram Gokhale's natural acting and was finding it funny with Mamooty's hindi speaking skills...I really had a good laugh !!!

"Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study".
Red Auerbach


Something that stick in to my mind when Mamooty asks why anyone writes a 'diary' ? for which his answer is that when a person is lonely!!!!!!!!!! Something which I dont agree with..! It could be just a phrase to continue the story of the movie however, it made me think and write over here :)

"The reason one writes isn't the fact he wants to say something. He writes because he has something to say&…

Moon! Moon! I am prone before you. Pity me,and drench me in loneliness!!!

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An evening in California ...;) ..I think after India trip its, in California that I have seen full moon..with that tinch of yellow & orange color...wow...I dont know why...I always found the moon bigger in size when am in North America and its always smaller in size in India..?? why???

"The moon develops the imagination, as chemicals develop photographic images"

But even though the moon was full...beautiful with spreading the moonlight across..still a strangeness was there...the sense of belongingness or warmth which I have seen in Canada or in India was lacking!!!

"Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax."

Its so strange I wonder....though we all know there is only one moon and one sun...still we differentiate hehehehe...thats what they say its the mind thing :)

However, I like the mountains over here...very light greyish n blue combi mountains with trees in between growing..as if its shrubs...and literally makes one feel that its a painting...:) it is …

The sun-observing marigold!!!!

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As time goes things settle one by one.....however new things come up too
Isnt that funny...? We often try to resolve something to figure out some new challenges ahead
"I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare."
But then I love these challenges and then try to resolve...it keeps me motivated

"The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for."

So now friends, you would understand why my cam is now a days jobless .. still I clicked this flower..can say my first picture in California .....it reminded me the marigold flower...and I know its Dashera time for many people and these flowers grow immensely during this season.

"Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us" - Oscar Wilde

I remember in Toronto, my garden had these so many.....they grow crazy.....and many desi used to come and appreciate the golden carpet in my garden.

It brought b…

Change begets change....!

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"Change" this word looks so small...when one actually goes through the change :)

I have been moved to a new city...new environment...new job ...and ofcourse new kind of people :)...so many changes to such a small soul like me ..:)

I have a lot to capture with my cam when I look at the nature here...but believe me I miss my home Toronto :(

I now truly believe in 'Until you taste sour, you really dont know what is sweetness'

"I'll go anywhere as long as it's forward."

I have been through changes but now its been a long time ...my things are still in transit with the USP people ...I have no phone :( yet...am still going through the process...of getting one...hence no net...aaah! how much to make one soul suffer....but then work is also new & I can't take the risk of blogging hehe..hehe what else for the last straw on the camel's back...am getting used to everything...I have found a desi colleague right from the heart of Goa - in India, who keeps…

You can't let one bad moment spoil a bunch of good ones...!

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I always wonder about travelers...how would they feel about....after long travels....and exploring adventure trips how did they feel about coming back home!

...for me...when I was checking in my luggage...it was like...oh! Finally am gonna be at home!..but guys I would like to make a request....even if you get a free ride via Aeroflot.....just don't accept it..>!!!! It's the worst kind....of flight..service...and what not....gosh!!! I had to wait 8 hours at Moscow..:(
And believe me sitting at the airport... ( a sad place to be for so long ), I remembered what M K Gandhi had said once..."The fragrance always remains on the hand that gives the rose"

But yes..after that 8 hours I took my flight to Toronto and that too a long 10 hours of journey .... the plane landed....at the Pearson Intl airport and guess what...things were all so fine...customs didn't take time to clear... I got my luggage....and so off there...with my car :D
I know how crazily I was driving on th…

"You know that you are in love when the hardest thing to do is say good-bye!!"

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Friends...I really had a long..long vacation this year..:), though its never long enough isn't it ;) hehehe!!
"No one needs a vacation more than the person who just had one." ... ;)

That's human nature ...how greedy I am :D !!!
I have no words to 'Thank' for all the love, affection, hospitality, some challenges..(which I think is to make me smart...lol) & finally its time to say 'Good Bye'!!!!
"I cannot say good-bye to those whom I have grown to love, for the memories we have made will last a lifetime and never know a good-bye"
It will be a long break again for me...since there are no 'free lunches' hahaha...I will be busy with my schedule updates...I will try to be soon back in action...till then :)
I was asked...what is the message before leaving India ...lol....:D
Faith makes all things possible.
Love makes them easy :)

"Sometimes we need to hold our head high, blink back the tears , and just say GOOD-BYE."

"It's not what you do once in a while, it's what you do day in and day out that makes the difference."

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A lunch with a friend..!!
My lunch with a friend was pre-scheduled and I was very much looking forward to meet. As the time is approaching for me to say good bye.....it's a feeling of ....grab as much I can...& hence we met and decided for a place to for lunch..! I must say...for us lunch was an excuse it was more or less to talk ...and spend quality time...!
I remember I have often taken ample of useful time of this friend with my stupid questions and doubts and this friend never ever....rushed me for anything. I always appreciated the calmness and the patience with which he often accustomed the answers for my queries..!
"A true friend is one who knows all about you and likes you anyway."
Not everyone does specially on there quality time expense..! My belief is when we spend a moment of time also in talking to someone we can make out.. .how far this friendship will go and believe me...seven seas across this friendship of ours .....is still growing only to flourish more …

Celebrate what you want to see more of.......:-)

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Its my Dad's Birthday...:) though India lost in final ;)...but I had something more to cherish and enjoy!!
We had lots of fun ...lunch was out and evening was filled with gifts & yummy cake!!!

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate

I remember..I was a very demanding kid..specially with my Dad :D...you only demand whom you love the most and know that your demands will get some heed ;)

This time I wanted to fulfill all that wishes for my Dad...which usually our parents dont do...they never ask anything...but there kids happiness...& when we understand our parents feelings ...we know what they want. I wanted give all the happiness that I could give...:)

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate

Happy Birthday Dad...I love you!!!!

You can't direct the wind but you can adjust the sails...

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Today is Teacher's Day...and this reminds me all my childhood memories...right from kindergarden till date..:)

How strange it is..when we were kids we used to think our teachers in school are the real teachers always...but then our nursery begins at home...our Parents!!!

I am so proud of my Parents that they taught me the true values of life...and taught me how to differentiate between the real & materialistic world and related people with it.

Many times we learn from others and many times its others and/or our experience...so what I learnt is in every moment of life we learn from everyone...and everyone is a teacher in one or the other way..!!

When one teaches, two learn...

A surprise was waiting...this early morning...my mum told me about this tiny tott bird...which I knew is a new one to the world...as I have witnessed the mamma bird preparing the nest..which gave me the clue that soon they are going to lay eggs in that nest...and here ...this baby bird...who learnt from her mam…

"Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it."

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Friends....it was fun reading the answers...as it shows what people think about someone...where there is some name but no face :)!!!

I have often seen ..we as people making perception about others by just looking at them, there style or personality...even though we dont know much about them.

"Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things."

So..for me such quizy & mix n match kinda games are more fun..:)

Results, rewards are mere a key factor for motivation and to keep the spirit high ...:D

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."

So whats so ever it is...for me its a great feeling that everyone did participate...the love & affection and more over the time...yes havent you heard ..."Time is money"....indeed everyone has contributed that...for ME...and I feel honoured :)

"Honor is simply the morality of superior men.…