30 Oct 2017

#310 A tale of heart prints

A tale of heart prints

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There was a soft knock at my door at 2a.m. At first, I ignored it but when the sound of knocking persisted, I had to gather my courage to go to the door to open it. With trembling legs and hands, I pushed myself to get out of the bed to reach the door. To my surprise, when I opened it, I found a pale blue coloured envelope with heart prints of dark pink colour all over it. I started looking out for the one who had left that envelope there for few minutes before picking that up.

My heart pulsated faster as I tried to open the letter by thinking about the possibilities of sender. Who could possibly write a letter and send it to me at this unearthly hour? I let my mind to exercise a bit for finding the answers but it turned out to be clueless by scanning the history of episodes of my life stored inside it. When I opened it, I found a piece of paper with heart prints of pink colour as watermark and many printed words on it. My eyes quickly glanced for the name of the sender but unfortunately it had still not come fully out of the state of slumber. So, I decided to waken up my eyes by splashing cold water over my face and also to ease out my nervousness.

The letter started with the title ‘Congratulations’ in bold letters. I got impressed by the style of presentation. I liked the font size, the colour of the text was blue as well as the style of the letter which was chosen to be monotype corsiva. The style of letter was my preferred style. I wondered who could know me so well.   It read as, “You may be wondering how I know you but you will be surprised even more when you finish reading this letter. Well, I can’t reveal myself now but eventually you will come to know about me. (let that be a mystery right now)

The purpose of writing this letter for you is to encourage you to be the best form of yourself. I have known you quite well and I’ve felt a change in your behaviour towards yourself. Unfortunately, that change has been little bit unfavourable. How can someone who is so gifted, often forgets about those gifts residing within himself!”
I felt as if someone had heard my unsaid agonies and anxieties.

I continued reading from where I left it, “Don’t forget that it was in your 6th year of life, in 1st standard to be precise, when you left the crowd flabbergasted with your melodious performance. Appearing in the stage before a huge crowd for the first time did not intimidate you. By the time you progressed in your life, you learned to excel in many co-curricular activities like singing, painting, writing, quizzing along with academics. Your love for Maths grew fonder day by day and your untiring efforts made you win many Olympiads at school. You have always tried to give your best. Many times, life did not turn out to be fair to you but never forget the lessons it gave you, those umpteen gifts for your efforts!”

I started to feel nostalgic as there was discussion on my childhood days. After wiping the tears from my eyes which blurred my vision, I resumed the process of reading.

“ Let me remind you that whenever you pass through a difficult phase in your life, just remember that it too shall pass like any other moments of your life. The countless rejections are indications of something better and why not the best! It’s better late than never. Success is actually a journey not simply the destination, you’ll soon realise it.

  Well, it’s year 2017 and let me remind you about your achievements. Your passion has very well been acknowledged. Presenting it in numbers so as to give you an exact idea, including the publishing of pieces of your writing and the contests you won, it is 27 for this year which is something commendable. You believe it or not; I must say that you are different and no words of other’s judgement should affect your creativity.”

I wondered if it was written by my father but from the design of the envelope and writing, I became sure that it was not by him.

It read further, “It’s the time to reveal myself. You might already have started the search for me in your mind but let me surprise you once again by introducing me.

I’m the one whom you always
 Wanted to be a friend in existence
 Oh! Yes, I’m the one with whom
 You share each word of yours as the day ends

I’m the one who kept your every secret very closely
I’m no one else but your dear Diary.
You’ll find such letters of encouragement
Whenever you need one
 May be at another unearthly hour
 Oblivious to the sleeping world.

Untill next time , keep living your life the way it has been designed and destined

With much love
Signing off!”

My eyes opened when my head started to hurt. I called for my mom. I realised that I’ve fallen from my bed and hurt my head. I looked at the clock hung in front of wall which gestured for me to take the medicines. That’s when I could figure out that the effect of medicines of previous day was very intense!

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©Swati Sarangi
23.10.2017





27 Oct 2017

#309 The Bibliograph

#308 Sailing through white clouds


Sailing through white clouds

Prompt: Put your iPod on shuffle/turn on the radio to your favourite station- write a post using the song as your prompt.
The song which got played is Aaj mein upar aasmaan neeche from the movie Khamoshi

Among the white clouds
I fly high in the sky
The plane which houses me
Has spread its metallic wings
Wide and in colour white
I peep through the window
The ground is far below
Which goes out of my sight
I feel like a bird so light
But my journey is destined
Oh! Yes, it is timed
During night time, I find
The sky turning into black
And the ground illuminating bright
The sky and ground interchanging
Their roles so brilliantly
Inside my heart my childish
Desire kept asking me,
“Why could not I get
A glimpse of God here
When I look above at sky
To send my prayer?”  

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©Swati Sarangi

08.10.2017

23 Oct 2017

#307 Monster

Monster
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One day I got a way
To defeat the indomitable
Invisible monsters who
Have been surrounding me forever.

Procrastination lured me to sleep
Laziness accompanied it
I started getting panicked
When my assignments got heaped

Fear of failure nurtured me
The sense of being judged
Confined me within its
Boundary of comfortibility

Inferiority complex overshadowed my
All time companion; confidence
I started searching for the
Former self which hid itself in seclusion

That’s when I reminded myself that
Determination is power
By developing a never-give-up demeanour
I can defeat these monsters.

I resolved to be punctual and contemplative
Prepared plans to follow
Stuck to it no matter what
Even when I failed one after the other.

After a session of constant effort
I succeeded in conquering monster
Never had I felt victorious
I realised that “Everything is possible”.

 
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© Swati Sarangi

21.10.2017 

20 Oct 2017

#306 Courage Vs Comfort

Courage Vs Comfort

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“You can choose courage or you can choose comfort but you cannot choose both”-Brene Brown

Courage can be defined as an act of bravery or doing something that frightens one. In common word, we can associate it with guts. Courage is required when we want to do something which we find challenging. Courage is not the lack of fear but the confidence in accomplishing a task which requires a lot of strength of yours; be it physical or mental. Comfort is defined as a state of physical or mental ease. It is something that keeps us miles away from troubles. Comfort is achieved when we don’t undertake any hazardous or challenging tasks.

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To achieve something, we need to overcome certain challenges. For example, someone wants to reduce his weight and he’s working. As per the timing of his office, he has to report to his office sharp at 10:00 a.m and he reaches home at around 8p.m after the office. He has decided to join gym. He finds it challenging to attend gym after 8 p.m as he would have been left with no energy. So, he chooses the morning slot which is from 6a.m. As per his comfort, he usually gets up at 8a.m but for achieving what he wants, he has to somehow motivate himself to wake up before 6a.m to go for gym. This is what he has to do beyond his comfort zone.

All of us live in certain comfort zones, call it someone’s intrinsic characteristics. Someone wants to be a famous public speaker but he is an introverted person who rarely speaks. His comfort zone will always try to keep him within its periphery but for achieving what he wants, he will have to choose to be courageous to come out of his comfort zone. These comfort zones are mostly self created due to the preconceptions that we’ve chosen to hold on to for a long time.

Everything is achieved outside the comfort zone. The quote of Nelson Mandela, “It always seems impossible until it’s done” is apt in the context of the ongoing discussion. Initiation is mostly the toughest part.What pulls us back from making an attempt in the direction of our goal, are our own unguarded negative thoughts. By the adjective unguarded, I mean that those negative thoughts have not been identified well to be removed before they can hamper good intentions. These thoughts create a hypothetical scene of insecurities and failures before the actual failure occurs.
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So, choosing courage over comfort will always be a wise idea in almost all situations. It’ll not only open up various avenues that might have gone unnoticed but also help in bringing out the true self of the one that somehow has become dormant over the course of time.

Concluding this article with the following quote:

“Where you stumble, there your treasures lie”,George Campbell.

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©Swati Sarangi

19.10.2017

18 Oct 2017

#305 At Indie Adda

17 Oct 2017

#304 Diwali

Diwali
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An echleons of zillion lights adorn
When visualised from the space above
Our houses shimmer radiantly
Making even the tiny gleam rejoice

This season of festival
Makes the arrival of my relatives possible
A get-together with my near and dear ones
Makes me crave for their company even more

Pre Diwali preparation with my cousins
Lending few helping hands to my mother
Sweeping away even a lil dust
The concept of cleanliness is must

Mouth watering delicacies
Stacked up in a row over the table
Even a minuscule glimpse of whose
Can transform everyone into gluttons.

As the day fades into night
Darkness is driven by manifestation of lights
Amidst the cry of noise and celebration
I get lose of the track of time
                      
Oh! These treasures of memories
 This festival has gifted me
Leaves an indelible print in my mind.

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© Swati Sarangi

16.10.2017

16 Oct 2017

#303 Conversation of modern gadgets

Conversation of modern gadgets

Raman, one of the reputed businessmen of Delhi had left for vacation to Miami with his five-years-old daughter and wife for a month. With his luggage being packed, he had his brand new Apple iPhone 8 in his hand which was radiating its lustrous hues. This was his new mobile phone which he had ordered ye after replacing his Samsung Pro mobile.

Apple’s iPhones remain unbeatable since they have entered into the market of electronics in the year 2007 and swayed away all mobile phones with a blow.  Now Apple iPhones have successfully completed ten years and proved to be the most iconic smartphones ever made. These iPhones have not only brought revolution in the world of Smartphones but also gave a new touch to the electronics industry.  Apple’s iPhones are not within the budget of a middle-class family and this is what makes them a matter of status in a society. These smart phones come under luxurious gadgets like a deluxe hotel not everyone could afford. There is a huge difference between the way people handle normal phones and iphones. Often iphone owners are seen taking selfies in front of a mirror so that its logo gets reflected perfectly. News like a guy selling his kidney in order to purchase an iPhone has hit the media for long. Such is the craze of iPhones. Gadgets really play an important role in simplifying our day-today life. From e-shopping to e-transaction of money, everything is at one’s finger tip.   

Raman’s house was not empty at all. It was a shelter for a lot of gadgets being occupied at different locations. In his absence, there would be hot discussions among all the gadgets regarding the world and what not! And now, these gadgets had plenty of time to carry out their conversation at an ease without being bothered by their owners for about one month.

“Hi, what’s up?” said Voltas Air Conditioner with a smile in face.
“Nothing much these days, lying dormant here on table.” Replied a Samsung Pro mobile.
“Why so, aren’t you being used by your owner now-a-days?” Voltas AC fired another question.
“I feel quite lonely because I think that my owner is no longer interested in me now.” Samsung Pro mobile opened up a bit more.

“Nothing like that, he may be busy. No need to worry much as he is out for the vacation. Perhaps for a month!! Just chill as it’s the time for us to relax as well. We were being used tremendously. Don’t you feel so??” Said Voltas AC with one blow in order to lighten up the mood of Samsung Tab.

“Oh my God!! One month. But I miss Riya. Because she was the one who would love to watch cartoon and I am the one who would love to see her reactions. How lovely she is!! The way she uses my remote to operate me is just beyond any description. I don’t like to remain shut down for such a long time.” It was always a habit of Sony Bravia LCD TV to jump into the conversation all of a sudden. It did not like to keep quiet and for that reason only it was hated by other gadgets present in the house.

“Yesterday only, I saw my owner holding a parcel in his hand. He was very much excited to unpack the parcel. I was surprised to see his reaction on unpacking the box. It was a brand new Apple iPhone 8, glittering and radiating its spark. The moment he held this smart iphone, kept me aside. I felt neglected and unworthy.” Samsung Pro mobile broke down and cried like a child.

To this, whirlpool washing machine could not resist itself from consoling Samsung Pro mobile. It was like a child to this old gadget (washing machine) which was brought to Raman’s house a decade ago. “Please have patience ,my dear. He has purchased a new smartphone in order to gain some status among his friends. You have always been a part of his daily life. It’s natural for him to go for an advance model. It’s wrong on your part to think like that.”

“He is thinking absolutely right. He is of no more use now. When one has an advance model of something, why would one ever think to use the old one??” Said LG refrigerator."

“Whatever you told, may be correct but one could not predict anything right now. He may use both of them also.” Voltas Air conditioner tried to balance the conversation.

“I just visualise myself to be left unused forever like Philip’s Boombox. Without being in operation, we gadgets are just dead.” Continued Samsung Pro mobile.

“I have been praying for last one year to get sold as soon as possible. It’s always better to be in use of someone’s else rather than lying dormant here in a house where your existence is just negligible.” Philip’s Boombox participated in conversation by raising his voice.

“I agree with you completely. It is a wise decision to sell your gadgets which are not in use. By this way, one would not only get money but also make it available for some needy people.” Whirlpool Washing machine discussed a logical point.

“I wish that, if my owner doesn’t want to make me a part his daily life, then I should be better sold off. I would prefer myself being at someone else’s hand rather than lying dormant here. It’s an ideology of every gadget to fulfil the expectation of his owner.” Samsung Pro mobile spoke his heart out loudly.

“I think if you are not being used by your owner, you will be sold definitely. He can’t keep a lot of gadgets. He will have to clean up everything one day. So, I wish the same only for you. Let’s leave a message with the help of the e-pen.” Concluded Voltas Air Conditioner.

A message was left for Raman to receive over Windows.
“Don’t let your gadgets left unused; sell those to get cash back with CASHIFY

P.S: Coupon code CLEANCASH is included AND READERS of this post will get an additional Rs.250 on the sale of their gadgets.

Sweta Sarangi
16-10-2017


#302 Cashifying an old mobile

Cashifying an old mobile


Smart phones have changed our lives tremendously. It’s difficult to imagine our lives without them these days. Think about anything and smart phones will be there at your service. Thanks to the the technology which has made many things possible just by a simple touch over the screen of smart phone.  Various applications also called as apps most popularly, are like “jinns” in this modern world. They are very well equipped to take care of you in the best possible way. When you feel bored, you can access millions of songs from apps like saavn,gaana without worrying about collecting them on your own. Gaming apps provide entertainment in the best form. My favourite have been Sudoku, chess, checkers,puzzle games. For every android user, google play store has been the store house of useful and important apps. These apps have formed an integral part of my life, from (alarm app) waking me up in the early morning like my mother, prompting me to exercise, my digital diary; mirakee app, aiding the process of providing me knowledge, capturing various moments of life to be treasured forever, satisfying my hungry stomach, helping me to commute from one place to another, bringing different things at my door step, helping me to build up many habits like meditation to singing lullaby to sleep. My life was totally different few years back when I was not exposed to the world of smart phones.

I got my first smart phone 2 years ago. I was not much interested in purchasing it until various advantages associated with it caught my attention. I was sceptical about choosing a smart phone and ended up selecting Huwei Honor Bee through a popular site of e-commerce. Little did I know that I would get too impressed by its features.  To be frank, it never disappointed me. Full value for money. I started wondering about the intellectual abilities and innovative skills of the designer. I appreciated that. This 4.5 inch device started ruling my life and kept on impressing me through its wonderful applications. How easily it became an indispensible part of my existence, it’s difficult to say.

Technology is an ever changing entity. It keeps on getting modified each moment with the demand of the customers. There’s almost no check on the advancement. Recently I purchased another smart phone. Instead of throwing the old one which accompanied me for years, into a trash, won’t it be smart to convert it into cash? I have chosen to sell it in a website called Cashify,  https://www.cashify.in/.. Cashify guides one to sell any electronic gadget within 60 seconds or less. Think about such a hassle free process. I mean, just imagine about the speed at which this world of internet will market your old gadgets. Incredible it is! You have to do few things to get your gadgets sold. Log on to the website, select the device and based on the condition of it, you’ll be guided to fix the price of it in comparison with the current market price of the gadget.  So , you are few touches away from getting the cash at your doorstep as cashify app is available in google playstore which can be downloaded absolutely free of cost. That’s how the process of selling has got simplified and again through an app. In addition to selling your gadgets, you can also get the facility of repairing your mobile phone in that website. For that you have to select few options such as city, brand and mobile.

P.S: I’ve included the coupon code CLEANCASH in this post so that my readers will get an additional Rs.250 on the sale of their gadgets.

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©Swati Sarangi

16.10.2017

#301 A cup of coffee with myself

A cup of coffee with myself

Being quite reticent in nature, most of the times there’s a conversation going around inside my mind with myself. With my evolution with experience, I’ve realised that something that brings inner peace is being inward and thoughtful about own existence and purpose of life. The topic of conversation varies from academics, career, future, objectives to hobbies, societal norms and family. After spending each and every moment of my life about twenty-three years, I’m quite sure about the fact that when nobody is with me, I can anytime spark a conversation with myself and that is obviously purely mental. Of course, nobody wants to be regarded as lunatic simply by talking aloud with himself.  

The most important part of conversing with oneself is positive auto suggestions. We should be very much careful about what we talk with ourselves because that is something which has the power to make us feel confident or feeble from inside.

When I converse with myself, definitely I’ll have two sides; the one who questions, call it the questioner and the one who answers, the answerer. The questioner is the impatient one whereas the answerer is quite practical and calm. The answerer attains the most powerful stage after a session of contemplation or meditation. It ,then, comes to a position where it can satisfy the questioner through solid logic and reasons. Presenting a piece of conversation between the questioner and the answerer before you all. I hope that I’m able to bring out both the versions of myself.


Questioner: Why does it happen with me always (When I get irritated by an unpleasant happening or unfavourable outcome)?
Answerer: Remember that a coal undergoes much pressure to get converted into diamond. How can I forget to quote APJ Abdulkalam Sir, “Never complain about the difficulties in life because a director (GOD) always gives the hardest roles to his best actors!

Questioner: I wish I should have corrected that.  How could I make those silly mistakes?
Answerer: It’s too late for now to brood over what has been done because it simply can’t be undone. It’ll be wise to learn from the mistake not to repeat them in future.

Questioner: Isn’t he/she lucky enough to be successful?
Answerer: He/She is lucky because he/she toiled hard when others were enjoying. He/she easily sacrificed all comforts of his/her when others were reluctant to do so. The deals of nature are never so easy.

Questioner:  When will this unlimited chain of trials end?
Answerer: It is never going to end as a matter of fact. When one chapter ends other will definitely follow. All that can be thought to pacify or console the mind is to repeat, it too shall pass.

Questioner: Will the phase of struggles or sacrifices that I’m undergoing now, worthy in the end?
Answerer: Yes, it definitely will. Keep faith in the divine plan that has been destined by God so that when everything seems to have ended, you’ll get a chance to arrange the jigsaw puzzle whose parts have been collected by you over the years of journey of life.

Questioner: Why can’t I give up when I feel holding on to it, very painful?
Answerer:  Had it been so easy to give up, why did you hold on it for so long? That’s may be because of that ONE REASON or the PURPOSE of initiating it which is strong enough to stop you from quitting. When you look back in future, you’ll feel proud of your choice of not quitting when giving up seemed the easiest task for you. 

Questioner: How will my future look like after 10 years?
Answerer: It will be exactly shaped by the way you think and act now. Nothing is more important than NOW.


Sometimes conversing with oneself can be an enlightening one, especially when you are looking for someone and he/she has not turned up, then try a small session of questions and answer.  Quoting Swami Vivekananda, “Talk to yourself at least once in a Day, otherwise you may miss a meeting with an EXCELLENT person in this World.”

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 ©Swati Sarangi

13.10.2017

13 Oct 2017

#300 Enticing loneliness

Enticing loneliness


Theme:  Loneliness is inevitable. All of us might have felt lonely at one or the other point of time ; be it for any reasons. The truth is that we’ve all appeared to this world alone and will be leaving it alone.  If we try to analyse it in a different perspective, we grow matured under such conditions for instance we try to get connected with our true existence, so I regard loneliness as an enticing state.



Amidst the world of wilderness
Between the masked faces
When the alluring smile; mystery
Encompassing untold history

Occurrence of every event
When looks so superficial
But no one knows when it
Turns out to be legal.

There’s a powerful individuality
Standing tall all alone
And so is the surrounding
Existing in its uniqueness

A strong sense of loneliness
When lends its strong grip
Then how terrible it seems
To try out a release

Sending uplifting thoughts
As you’re not alone
Someone’s looking from sky
Urging you to try

No state is permanent
Just like a nomad’s tent
When it stays at a place
After covering different traces.
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© Swati Sarangi
16.03.2017