Adventure is worthwhile

I often meet people who dislike travelling. Has this ever happened to you? My love of travel is such a given that I’d never actually thought about what it is I love about it, but meeting this non-traveller inspired me to think of the reasons to love travelling.

1. New sights

Travelling forces your eyes to be open because you’re seeing things you’ve never seen before.

2. In the present moment

It is easy to get caught up in the future, or thinking about things that have passed, or wondering what’s going to happen next week. But when I’m travelling, it’s all about the present moment. It brings a marvellous immediacy to every day.

3. Unfamiliar food

Most people will eat the same kind of food, over and over again, but if I am in a different culture with all kinds of unfamiliar food, and suddenly my taste buds come alive. It’s like an instant broadening of horizons for the palate.

4. Meeting new people

It is possible to meet new people at home, of course, but many of us stick to our same group of friends when we’re in our comfort zone. Out of the comfort zone, though, now that’s where the magic happens. That’s where you’ll meet people who are either entertaining for just one conversation or day, or will become friends that last for many years.

5. A renewed appreciation for home

And this is perhaps my very favourite thing about travelling. Leaving home, even if it’s just for a few weeks, makes it come alive again when you return. You can see just how vibrant, how wonderful, how beautiful your hometown is.

What’s your favourite thing about travelling?

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Say my name – Say it right

The Kabalarian Philosophy gives a brief analysis of your first name, knowing this I immediately typed in my first name to know what the analysis would tell me. Here it is.

“You are independent, determined, and secretive. Your appreciation for the beauties of nature motivates you to seek activities in the outdoors. You are interested in the mysteries of life and the occult. You have imaginative and logical mind. You cannot tolerate boredom. You find easy to write your thoughts. You are drawn to conversations in which you can learn something new. Although you appear unfriendly to others, a loner with few close friends, there are times when you would give anything to be spontaneous and natural. You could be exceptionally brilliant in any subject that holds your interest. You could excel in athletics or outdoor sports. Your intense, driving nature must find outlets in creative accomplishments and progress to avoid moods and periods of depression.”

I was amazed reading the analysis; I am just like how it has been mentioned. I have been an athlete (Oh I love marathons)- I love outdoors –the nature- I am writer by profession- a loner with just few friends-occult fascinates me- my imaginations have no limits- I love conversing.

All this is so true because of my first name. I do not wish to give a mention about it, all I can say it starts with R, has 6 alphabets and ends with A and means “heartfelt”.

Your name is what describes you as a person. My name describes me right. I was not officially named till I turned 4. I was given 2 nicknames – one each by father and mother which I am still called and I would like to be called by the same nickname by my friends, after I get married by my husband and InLaw’s and till I die ( not that they are easy they are complicated too like my first name but I am so used being called by nickname, that someone who calls me by my first name I take all the time of the world to sink in)

I have 3 names. My signature name is different from what I am called. I hate how everybody pronounces my first name wrong. It happens all the time, especially when people have to read my name from somewhere. My name is not popular, as I never came across anyone with the same name in all these years except the person who was named the same in 1931 (Dr Thapar). I feel it’s a completely normal name spelled completely normal. It’s more an issue with places that call out my name. I use fake and easy names at Starbucks, Movies and Restaurants that ask for my name. It saves my time and embarrassment. I christen myself – Sapna, Rima, Anu, Sona, Priya, Divya, or Pari.

My name is my personal brand. That’s something I want to share accurately. And the more someone says it wrong, the more accustomed they’ll become to the mispronunciation. Whenever I come across anyone with a difficult name, I always ask in advance how to pronounce his or her name before mangling it. Some of the names have a problem in pronouncing ‘A’ ‘I’ ‘E’, I have a friend named Shreyas, but he is called Shreyaas by most of the people. In my name, the I is turned into EE or L has another L or A has another A.

Both my first and last names are a bit of a strange case. While they appear to be quite straight forward on paper, they have unusual pronunciations. Most of the people have a problem remembering my complete name. Telugu being my mother tongue, my name completely freaks people out here in south, they call it a catholic name but the fact is, it is one of the names carved out of the name Ramaa which is another name of Goddess Lakshmi. This makes my name completely Indian and Hindu. You just cannot imagine the glee on my face when someone pronounces my name right, says he/she knows my name or has heard or read it before or only has to be told once.

I always correct people on their pronunciation because I’ve found that if I do not, they continue to mispronounce it. If a person hopelessly cannot wrap their head around the pronunciation of my first name and last name, I forgive them and move on. This is one of the reasons why I don’t blog or tweet with my real name as I am not fond of giving more occasions to people to further assassinate my name.

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☕ Coffee and Bouquet of Sharpened Pencils ✏️

I often think how can I leave my mark on this world after I pass away? My mind just wanders on this most of the time. The world is a scary place. I have had experiences with the most cruel, and heartless people. But this negativity and cynical attitude does not give me a precise view of the world because I know there are cheerful, happy and positive people. There are stories of hope, stories of happiness around. It takes one person, one idea and one action, which is rooted deep in his/her positive thinking which can bring about change in the world. Small selfless act(s) of kindness I am sure can bring in change among people and their mindset. I believe kindness begets kindness. I am one person, one individual, one of those billions, but I have the purpose by spreading happiness through positive thoughts and generous actions.

I am not much in favor of texting to save phone calls, I believe in personal talking with friends/family because I like surprising them with a random phone call and say ‘ There is no reason for calling, I just called up to find out how are you’.

I am trusted by many, perhaps this is why I am often called to babysit and this comes to me naturally. I enjoy company of children; it’s because I’m pretty much still a child at heart- I’m always down for some coloring, watching kid shows and playing around . I probably started around when I was 10 years, babysitting for my neighbor’s babies. This act makes me responsible for someone else’s children, but it is also important because I turn like a another role model for the children. They look up to me and watch the things I do and say, and learn from me. It’s almost like a trial run for being a parent, though it is not a 24/7 job like real parenthood. I get the chance to interact with adorable children, keep them safe, teach them all that which school would never.

Just like I have many clothes in my wardrobe which are unworn and few not needed toys of children, I think even you might be having them, why don’t you just give all those to the needy? There are many NGO’s, orphanages around us where there are needy people of all ages. Every Christmas I make a point to donate books, stationery, clothes, and food to orphan girls. I don’t mind sharing what I have with me with people who cannot afford them and the kids believe me as their Santa Claus and it makes me so happy to see a hope of a brighter tomorrow being imbibed in their eyes.

I’m one of those people who just want to make everybody’s day. I love humanity, making others happy and spread kindness. I feel everyone’s joy is joy to me, but let me be very honest, I can’t spend all my time bringing happiness to others—I have work to do and pay my bills. But on the other hand, it doesn’t take a lot of time to make someone smile.

Do you know someone who is having a really hard time? If you do have, ask them if they would like to talk about and listen to their problems without judgment or interruption. It’s the small acts of selfless kindness which can definitely make someone’s day better.

Have you spread selfless kindness, I am sure you did at least once in your lifetime? I would love it if you help me increase the scope of this list by commenting with your own ideas about thoughtful things that will make someone happy and spread kindness among everyone. Let’s hear it out!

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