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Be Still.

12 Oct
Winter came and went  in the blink of an eye. However, there was no sign of  ‘Humor in everyday life’.Wonder if it’s the end of ‘humor in everyday life’ blog? or is she taking a power nap ?
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or did  she take her new year resolution too seriously and left the rat race for good?! Can’t imagine her renouncing the worldly pleasures- especially, the joy of blogging and most of all checking Facebook updates & Instagram pic.(Which has now become the post popular entertainment channel with ‘live’ show & updates)
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Hopefully, Spring would cheer things up and ‘Humor in everyday life’ would blossom  right  into our chaotic life
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 Alas!  Even the sweet-scent of Spring  failed to  wake her up from the  deep slumber.Not even the clear blue sky and the warm summer breeze .
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Now- we are left with a mixed feeling about ‘ humor in everyday life’. Not sure, if we should say ‘ Absence makes the heart grow fonder’  or ‘ Out of sight is out of mind’?
I hear you my friends! I truly do ! 🙂   –  Thanks to the new’ art’ of living  that I am trying to cultivate in my everyday life- ‘Be still’ even if it’s for a moment:)
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I will always LOVE you…..

20 Jan

Not sure when it all began.. but it definitely dates back to my childhood days when I was in  the boarding school. That’s when you would come  along with my mom when she came to visit me or with my friends parents.You were  very quite and shy but extremely attractive and charming. All the girls in school couldn’t   take their eyes off you and would wait for me to  introduce you to them. When I did , everyone dived right into you- like as if you were the most delicious treat they ever tasted. Well, what can I say….. you were our Knight in shinning Armour and we were all  Rapunzel waiting to be rescued by you from the boarding school.

I thought, things would change once we went to College. Supposedly  by then, we would have grown up and out of the fairy tale world. Surprisingly , nothing changed when it came to you ,except you didn’t visit us anymore  with our parents  instead made your rare appearance on special occasions like Valentines Day or on Birth Day’s.You were no longer the Shy guy from school but the  lover every girl wanted to flaunt. You would fall on your knee and  shower the girls  with all the lines you crammed up from the Bollywood movies you studied diligently the night before. Honestly, no matter how cheesy those lines were, every single girl in the college fell for it. They didn’t care how many girlfriends you  had or have. They still  longed to be in your arms. Boy, now when I think of it, you were a real PLAYER !!(Was George Clooney your favorite actor back then?) Anyway.. .I was a silent spectator and was busy in my little world of hockey games & books. I did notice you though  and of course  I did have a crush on  you..however.. I wasn’t crazy about you like the rest.

After we graduated from College and  went our separate ways into the REAL world.I don’t recall  seeing you again. Getting out of  the college was fun since there were no more test(Exam)to worry about. Those dreadful test that gave me many sleepless nights. However, it didn’t dawn on me that those were just MOCK test  until I stepped out of the College Gate.

As I began to  gradually unravel the true fairly tale of life & tried to pass each “liv(f)e” test with flying colors- I  did pretty okay on all the subject except when it came to LOVE. I  had no clue about this subject especially when it came to loving a man. Having been raised in a all girl convent school and college and with minimal interaction with the opposite sex, it was hard for me to understand  them. I picked up few books like “Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus”  but… nothing seemed to help.  I drove them all nuts and they did the same, because the language of  our hearts were so different. Just when, I was about  to give up on this subject and say, “What the F…, I don’t care anymore..”, that’s when YOU came along. I didn’t recognize you at first  since it s been a while since we last met. However, when you held me in your arms  and kissed me on my forehead and said , “Girl, I got your back. I promise  you will pass this exam with flying colors, now that I am with you!”. I felt  a deep sense of relief  and respect for my new found Teacher.(Why did I not think of him earlier???.He had scored extremely well in this subject back in College and maybe was even better PLAYER then George Clooney.)You instantly spotted my  weakness in this subject and with patience, imparted your  knowledge about love and how to embrace  it without choking it  with insecurity and fear.

There was no turning back after that.I was on cloud 9 and felt I had the whole world in my palms. The journey of life after that was one long honeymoon……until, I woke up one day with severe tooth ache and my regular pants refuse to accept me. That’s when another  reality lightning  struck  me !! .  I had become so dependent on you  to the point that , every time  I felt I was falling off the cliff, I would reach my hands out to you. You were the answer to all the grey areas in my life. The consequence – I  now have 12 cavities and my pant size went from 6 to 8 and even the  8 is making a fuss.

It’s time for me to apply the last lesson you taught  me about LOVE – which is to let go even when you love someone dearly. It’s time we part our ways before I lose the very last tooth I have.Trust me, I will be fine and you will always be in my thoughts and of course  I will come and visit you occasionally  on Valentines day and my B’day but… not everyday. I will always love  you……….  – MY DEAR CHOCOLATE!!!   MY LOVE GURU:)))

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Six Pack Attack

12 Jan

Anyone seen a six pack that wiggle – Wiggle Wiggle ;)?I haven’t seen one,until I saw my own video from last summer. Boy!! It was hilarious!!. What was even better was the Lady in Pink who is standing on the left hand side,behind the lady with a bag.
My weight loss journey continues in 2013. Will keep you all posted on my next six pack move in 2013 😉 . Fill me in on your weight loss journey and any tricks and tips that worked for you. Would love to hear your story too.

I am back!!

15 Dec

Hi Everyone,

It seems like ages since, I wrote my last post. Did you guys wonder where I disappeared ??  Like my co-workers did yesterday, while we were on our way out for lunch.

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Where is she???! She was right here with us?! Hmmm.. “CHIME , CHIME.. can you hear us ?”

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Yvonne goes inside to look for me while the guys watch in disbelief at how quickly I disappeared.

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the youngest guy in my team- Chris joins the search team and says -” Hey, is everything okay? did you find her?”

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Hey.. Guys!!! Wait for me, I am here..!!

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A happy reunion with the team.However….soon, it would be time to say good bye to our dear and my one and only female co-worker in my team- Yvonne. It’s is her last day at work. She is moving on to the next journey of her life.

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All smiles except for our Dad-(The guy with glasses is our manager) who has traveled the world more then any of us and knows what is out there in the big bad world and hopes that she will be safe, where ever she goes.

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This place where few minutes ago, was a place of happy reunion has now become a sweet memory.

Yesterday, was a sad moment for our team  as you know, parting is never easy. However, the news of the deadly Sandy Hook elementary shooting in Newton , Connecticut  was the worst way to part from your loved ones. 20 innocent children and 8 adults became the victim of person with a destructive mind. Sigh!!  This leaves me to wonder… if the world is indeed coming to an end in 2012?

Alas! we can’t sit on the couch and wait for our turn to part from the world. We each have a duty & responsibility to make this world a better place. This  is what motivates me to smile and get going when the dark clouds cover the beautiful blue sky.

“We are visitors on this planet. We are here for one hundred years at the very most. During that period we must try to do something good, something useful, with our lives. If you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true meaning of life”

― H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

Serendipity

1 Nov

How have you been?” was the message I saw in my facebook inbox yesterday from someone I met back in Oct 1998. “Am I , just daydreaming about the Halloween or was it real?!!!” – It took few minutes for this thought to sink in. It was a familiar  face that  I had seen back in 1998 during our  annual Tibetan Inter-Collegiate Sports meet in Bangalore, India.  He was the heartthrob of most of  the girls back then.Here is how our conversation went yesterday.

Well,  the truth is that I did write a poem about him but its not called “Who is he”? I guess.. everybody knew who he was except for me(I still don’t know who he is). To me- he was just a “Face” that left an impression in my mind. Hence the  title of the poem is “The FACE”. It’s is also true, that I never shared it with him or to anyone until today. I wouldn’t have dared to share it to any of my girlfriends back then in 1998 especially after seeing how the ladies fought over a “basketball”  during the game.  Jeez, even the quietest and the one you least expected  turned out be a  more violent then the rest.

I heard  from the very same girls  that he was a good “catch” and that there was another game going on behind the scene among the girls from different College & State. Of course  being a girl myself, I wanted to get a glimpse of this “Face” that was causing such a buzz . So, when I did get a glimpse of him… I couldn’t agree more  that he was  pretty charming  but… I made sure, I stayed out of “this” Game  coz, my priorities in life back then were different. I had promised my mom that I would stay out of trouble and I don’t think she would have been pleased to find me in a fist fight with girls over a  MAN.Anyway,… I didn’t  follow “this” game so.. I am not sure who eventually won his heart. But, I do remember who won the Basketball Game. The Girls from Chandigarh were the Winners and the Mysore girls(team I was in) took the second position.

Mysore Girls(Red) Vs the Bangalore Girls(Blue)

The girl in the front row with the bandana on her head is ME. We were the runners up and the winners were the girls in yellow from Chandigarh.

By the way, when I read the poem(not sure if I can call it a poem now- doesn’t sound like one) yesterday, I was laughing my heart out.What did I know about “LOVE” back then.  I had just got out of school and was in my first year of college. Thanks to all the Hollywood and the Bollywood movies like “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” , “Dil to Pagal Hai” and “Titanic”…. the list goes on..  that helped me to create an illusion of “LOVE”. Presenting the poem that has been concealed in my little diary since 1998…

Message to “Guri”(It’s a Tibetan word  which means “Bald”. my boyfriend gave this name to me when I shaved my head back in 2008. Since then.. I have also started calling him by the same name. Honestly, I prefer this name over  other names like “Honey” or “Dungzi”(in Tibetan) . The weirdest name  I have ever heard a Tibetan couple  use for each other was  “Papa” & “Mama”. That totally threw me off my  chair in the subway(that’s where I  heard). 

Guri-In my early twenties, Love was an Illusion and in my late twenties, Love was a Delusion and now in  my thirties, Love is beginning to  feel Real.However, mom  said, “this is just the beginning  and we  have many hurdles to cross in this journey of Love.”It’s been  a beautiful journey so far and I am confident that it will get better each year. For now I hope you know, that  even if  Denzel Washington(You know how crazy I am about him:) )  walks into my life and proposes to me, I will say “nay” in a heartbeat and be  with you forever. Love you Guri:)

Miss Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath

30 Oct

Hi Everyone!!!

I am back!!  Still alive and kicking after the Hurricane Sandy.I thank my lucky star and Buddha for his blessings and protection.I don’t think, I alone could have  faced  the wrath of  Miss Sandy.I heard few succumbed to her wrath and died in the city. My prayers are with them.She was  not only furious but was totally out of control. She stormed right into  our  city and my neighborhood.  It took  a  lot of cajoling  from  Jesus, Buddha, Allah , Lord Ganesh  and many others to calm her down. She was indeed extremely unhappy with the way, we humans have been taking her for granted and treating her with dis respect.  Boy, I definitely don’t want to mess with her, she is one lady, you don’t want to provoke. I have learnt my lesson and will respect her at all times.

By the way, for a women- her strength was  phenomenal. She can easily knock out Mike Tyson or Manny Pacquiao  with one punch.I can bet my life on that :).I thought, I was one wild lady but…. after seeing Miss Sandy, I think  I need to redefine my definition of “wild”.

Here are few pictures I  took today in my neighborhood . I will leave it for you to judge her strength.  By the way, the dates on the pictures are for tomorrow.I did not realize it until, I posted them here… I guess, that tells a lot about New Yorkers. We always want to be ahead of time and it’s no surprise that  we are always running out of breath.

Until next time…. Adious’ Amegious!

“The Ra- Ma-Lhuk”Word Game

23 Oct

As promised in my previous post, here are the rules and details of the “Ra-Ma- Lhuk” word game.

Just like any other game, this game also has 3 levels.

Basic Level:  this is to  be played in small groups and for a  short period like a weekend get together.(Like we did in this video)

Rule of the game  – For every Non- Tibetan word used in the conversation, the player earns  one “Mani” and after they earn  5 “Mani”, the team decides the punishment – we made our player dance to Gangnam style  and share jokes.

The Intermediate Level: This is to be played with  at least two( if not all) of your family members that you interact daily and there is no time period for this game. You are suppose to speak  only in Tibetan at all times and each one keeps a record of the total “Mani” earned for every non- Tibetan word used .And at the end of  each month, you  can convert those “Mani”to  “Money” and donate it to a charitable organization of your choice (This is just a suggestion, feel free to do what you think is best.)This game will proceed to the next level when you don’t earn a single “Mani” in a month. You are on your road to the  Advanced level.

The Advanced level : Here ,there is only ONE player and that is YOU. You  play with the rest of the Tibetan you come across in your daily life. You are suppose to listen carefully and find any non- Tibetan words used by the other person.You will earn  one “Mani” for every word that you spot and correct with  a Tibetan word. At the end of each month,you will recite the real   “OM MANI  PADME HUM” for every single “Mani” that you earned and  teach this game to 5 friends. You continue this game and come out as  the Champion when you don’t find anyone to correct and every single Tibetan you meet speak  Tibetan fluently without borrowing word from any other language.

This is me and my friends playing  the  basic level “Ra-ma-lhuk” word game .

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