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Thought Capsule-3

“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.

A true soul mate is probably the most important person you'll ever meet because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you and then leave.

A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master...”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

I love this idea of a soulmate. Truly!

I think I read this in a horoscope website, that my soulmate or life partner will turn my…

Thought Capsule -2

"We are made up of so many layers of our family histories, ancestries, karmic accounts from several past lives, influences from entanglements with different souls that have crossed our paths, a mixed concoction of what we have ever seen, felt, tasted, touched, heard, judged, all the rational and irrational reasons that have made us what we are." - Elizabeth Gilbert in 'Eat Pray Love'
Change any of the variables that have resulted in what, who, how and where you are at present and you have no way to know how life would have been. Had I not been to certain places, I really don't have any idea how life would have shaped itself. Had I not been to Mysore, I seriously have no way to fathom how my life would have been right now. Had I not got my friends for life, I don't know who would have entered my life then.

I sometimes want to view it, at least on a virtual canvas, how life would have been, had some incidents not happened at all. I would not have been the perso…

Thought Capsule- 1

We create an image of the person we are acquainted with, an impression of him that is an exaggeration of our expectation from him, not of what he actually is. And the time when he fails to play along as per the roles we had assigned him in our mind when he seems to be different than what we had presumed and perhaps taken for granted, we are disappointed. This time may take a few days or a few months or a few years to come. We are heartbroken by the sudden changes we see in the person which completely contradicts the image of him that our minds had created and believed without a doubt. The person retreats away from us, and we withdraw into our shell- a proof of our heavy addiction to that person’s presence in our lives.

Reading Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Reading ‘Norwegian Wood’ by Haruki Murakami is a very revealing experience. I encounter my own thoughts, views, and somewhere somehow suppressed opinions, wishes and teenage dreams.

The growth and the development in Naoko and Watanabe’s relation is very memorable, has a nostalgic essence to it. Naoko is Kizuki’s girlfriend, who is Watanabe’s best friend. They are just acquaintances, at first, meeting up in double dates, but with Kizuki’s suicide, they are devastated and broken with only each other to care for as an integral part of their adolescence vanished along with Kizuki. They grow close with time, as years pass by, taking long walks in the meadow, through the streets of Tokyo, riding together in the metro, and discussing everything under the sun except Kizuki’s sudden death. On Naoko’s birthday when Watanabe mentions him, she snaps, crying violently. She leaves the town without notice. The story turns sad and melancholic at this point as Watanabe misses Naoko terribly, writes lo…

3 Reasons Why I Want to Travel Solo

I have been fantasizing travelling alone somewhere far away from home. While watched ‘Queen’ and reveling in Kangana Ranaut’s brilliant acting I wished so hard that I could do what she did- go alone on a vacation and spend all the time exploring new bylanes, eating new cuisines, making new friends, etc. While listening to Elizabeth Gilbert’s beautiful storyteller-voice in the audiobook ‘Eat Pray Love’ I had myself wishing the same, once again. She spent a year in three different countries- Italy, India and Indonesia- after the eventual end of her dysfunctional marriage; four months in each place, alone, trying to discover herself through the experience and heal from the depression that she suffered for years.

It is when you get lost that you find yourself. Losing oneself is the only way to discover one’s real self back. And travel gives that spiritual and philosophical opportunity to spend time in quiet contemplation. Amidst chaos is calm. Friedrich Nietzsche had said; "You must…

My Last Trip Before Lockdown

When Covid19 had just put its foot in the country with only 3 cases in Kerala, we had our Ooty trip planned. All tickets and bookings were done since the new year. With just three days in hand, four of us travelled from Mumbai, Pune and Bhubaneswar, to Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, to join a few others staying in the city. And the excitement to finally meet one another after 6 months of that trip to Pune, the Lohagard Trek- we were kids excitedly clicking selfies in our face masks, hurriedly putting a quick dab of sanitizer before hugging one another.

Next day early morning we were to start for Ooty. Sleepy heads, gulping a bowl each of muesli, we started onward journey to Bandipur National Park. Devouring uttapams, dosas and piping hot cups of coffee for breakfast at a restaurant by the highway, chit chats were full on, as was the music and dance in the 12-seater vehicle. Funny anecdotes had us laughing our hearts out, gossips were such a thrill and cooking recipe exch…

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