A room with a view…

I enter my workplace at a strut, going through a narrow single door that leads to a narrow corridor. The corridor then opens into a large hall; I can’t wait to get to my place. 

As I walk to my cubicle that first day, I notice that the hall is white – but not overbearingly so. White walls, white desks, white lights running through the high ceiling that is covered with white plastic boards. But these are also mercifully interspersed with orange partitions between the employees’ workstations, various-colored felt boards (one for each department) that contain announcements and appreciations, personalised workstations that contain colorful idols, soft toys and memoirs, and lastly, the brilliantly colorful clothes of approximately 200 people who are at various stages of “opening their workshop” in the morning.

The soft, but not plush carpet muffles the clicking of my heels as I reach my own workstation. I say a bright ‘Hi!’ to my team, and get my computer started. This is my favourite part of the day! To have your mind organised, already mentally running through a list of things that need to get done that day, having a specific routine to get said things done.. the whole process surprisingly makes me calm and energized!

Because the best part of a workplace is that everything follows logic. There will be bad days, sure.. but even your problems can only be logical, and have a corresponding logical solution. Unlike home, where you have deal with a high range of emotions, all you have to do at work is think and act logically – manage time, and get things done! Sometimes, you may lose your way a little, but regrouping and getting back on track is never difficult. 

For a Type A personality like me, this is a bit of a catharsis; and that is why, I look forward to coming to office every day! 🙂 Also, it helps to have a fun team around who always make you laugh! 😀

Writing 101 – Part 2: To describe a place or a setting, and/or explain how that place makes you feel. This is what the post was about, in case you were wondering. I’m having a lot of fun with Writing 101, but at the same time, I’ve also realised that it is practically impossible to write every day, and so, I will be taking Writing 101 at my own pace!

So please hang around for more 🙂

Writer on the rocks.

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Hippy-Happy Birthday to my BFF! :D

I didn’t believe in soul sisters.. because I went through 22 years of my life without managing to find mine. I had even found my soul-mate by then, but couldn’t quite find the “sister”. I pacified myself by saying that maybe your birth-sisters are your true soul sisters, and since I didn’t have a sister, it was unlikely that I’d ever find mine. I was even quite content with the whole idea after a point..

Until I met Aishu! I met my namesake when I joined Amazon; we joined a week apart, went through training together, took breaks together, and the whole enchilada. At first, I didn’t think we’d ever get along.. we’re quite the polar opposites in many ways – she is jovial, exuberant, the life of the party; while I am a teeny bit reserved, bookish, nerdy.. ah you know the works! But surprisingly, we did manage to get along.. fabulously!

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Not only that, we became the best of friends, and have stayed that way ever since. She is that one friend who completely understands me, never judges, forgives all my flaws like they never exist, and is always just a phone call away! She has been with me through thick and thin, always supportive and encouraging. She is the one friend whom I can absolutely count on; I tell you, it is immensely tough to find friends like that!

From long phone calls, taking on enemies together, deep discussions on destiny and partying it up, we have done everything together, and had tons of fun over the years. After the first two years, we have drifted to different jobs/companies, but that has by no means diminished our friendship. My husband sometimes jokes that he doesn’t know whether he is my soul mate or she is! 😛

So here is wishing you a wonderful 26th birthday Aishu chellam! 🙂 I pray to God that this forthcoming year is wonderful for you, and all your heart’s desires come true! May life bestow upon you only the best! Love you soooooooooooo much babe! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Toodles,

Writer on the rocks.

Unlock the Mind!

Sometimes… just sometimes, this is sheer brilliance! One more episode of streak writing – the very first activity that we undertake as part of Writing 101. All we have to do is, write non-stop for 20 minutes. I don’t know what to write, there is no specific idea that is beautifully taking shape in my mind.. I can just let my fingers glide on the keyboard.

Except… except.

This is also one of the most difficult forms of writing, as I am figuring out right now. Because, as much as it is nice to not have to really think deeply about your sentences, once you start typing, you’re also going to most definitely run out of words at some point, out of sheer exhaustion if nothing else. Coherence obviously is a huge question. I think, for convenience’ sake, we can forget altogether about interesting and captivating.

But… But.

The fingers do flow smoothly over the keyboard, and I have a strange feeling that at the end of these 20 minutes, I might just find a few paragraphs that I can hit “Publish” after all. I’m also simultaneously scared that as soon as I pause, even for a tiny second, I will end up stopping altogether. It may just turn out to be one of the most difficult things to get my fingers back on the keyboard. Which is why, I have to keep going without even stopping to glance at the bottom-right corner of the screen every few seconds, no matter what.

Which is why, as the organisers of Writing 101 so brilliantly deduced, streak writing is most definitely one of the best forms of writing. Because.. since you have no time to think, you have no time to be inhibited, or to care about the audience. This is indeed an exercise in unlocking the mind, to just write from the heart, so that you can take a good look at what comes from you, in the most pressing of circumstances.

However, I should also say that 20 minutes is practically the perfect timeframe, because anything less isn’t really effective, and anything more would most certainly make me start blabbering! On that enlightened note, I now take note that this is the last minute of my allotted time, and so I am going to take this moment to thank one and all, and exit gracefully! 🙂

Toodles,

Writer on the rocks.

One year, and Writing 101!

It has been a fantastic year for me on this WordPress blog! That’s right, and I can’t believe it – it has been a whole year since I started this blog, and now I am at:

50 posts…

1750 views…

88 followers… and

93 comments!

Feels fantastic! When I started this blog, I swore I’d blog at least one post every week; although I didn’t stick to that promise religiously, I did take things forward by participating in Blogging 101, and somehow managed to reach 50 posts (which, if you think about it, is 1 post a week for the 52 weeks in a year, give or take a couple 😛 ).

Nevertheless, as I always say, never stop ploughing forward! To mark the grand completion of this blog’s first year, and initiate it into its slightly-grown-up second year, I have now registered in Writing 101. I can’t wait for it to start on Monday; I’m really excited! 🙂 Writing 101 requires me to well.. write.. every single day! So we can thankfully look forward to a lot more on this space! 🙂

Toodles,

Writer on the rocks.

Streaking!

Jhaanavi was not beautiful. She was attractive, yes; but not beautiful. At first sight, she is practically a perfect caricature of how a woman should be – slim figure, slender waist, pleasant face, fair skin.. you know the works. But she is also strong. How can a slim and slender person be strong, you ask? I meant, emotionally strong! Few people on earth have ever seen her fazed by something, fewer than those have seen her eyes moist. On deeper inspection, she is still practically a perfect caricature of how a woman should be – independent, intelligent, kind and compassionate, and last but never the least, has a streak of fierce pride!

Streak writing, this is apparently called. You place fingers on the keyboard, time your stopwatch, and start writing non-stop for 5 minutes (or 15, or 20 if you like)! Just a concept I came across today, thought I’d try it out. 🙂

With love,

Writer on the rocks.

11 Signs of a Spiritual Awakening

At last, found a definition for what I am going through! Feels wonderful! 🙂

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Spiritual awakening is an ongoing process of becoming a Whole Person. One who is balanced in Male and Female energy, and nurturing both themselves and those around them.

spiritualawakening2It happens as one is growing through the process of discerning truth in the world around you, and continually reaching higher and higher peaks of awareness, also known sometimes as simply “getting it”. It is what Maslow calls ‘self-actualization,’ Carl Jung calls ‘individuation,’ and other psychologists call ‘a fully functioning human being’ or ‘a complete self.’

This is both an internal and external sense of transformation that takes place, making the experience one that effects and is effected by the individual as well as all of those around you through a change in character, personal expression, and kindness that is displayed.  The purpose of this article is to focus on some of the stuff that people who experience…

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