Posted in A Success Story, An Angel for a guardian angel, Challenges, Food for Thought, How to take care of ur relationships, Human Rights, lessons, Let me breathe atleast now, Relationships, Uncategorized, wisdom

You are allowed to (By Rania Naim)

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Attributed to Rania Naim, author and poet. Originally published here.

You’re allowed to leave any story you don’t find yourself in.

You’re allowed to leave any story you don’t love yourself in.

You’re allowed to leave a city that has dimmed your light instead of making you shine brighter.

You’re allowed to pack all your bags and start over somewhere else and you’re allowed to redefine the meaning of your life.

You’re allowed to quit the job you hate even if the world tells you not to and you’re allowed to search for something that makes you look forward to tomorrow and to the rest of your life.

You’re allowed to leave someone you love if they’re treating you poorly.

You’re allowed to put yourself first if you’re settling and you’re allowed to walk away when you’ve tried over and over again but nothing has changed.

You’re allowed to let toxic friends go, you’re allowed to surround yourself with love, and people who encourage and nurture you.

You’re allowed to pick the kind of energy you need in your life.

You’re allowed to forgive yourself for your biggest and smallest mistakes and you’re allowed to be kind to yourself, you’re allowed to look in the mirror and actually like the person you see.

You’re allowed to set yourself free from your own expectations.

We sometimes look at leaving as a bad thing or associate it with giving up or quitting, but sometimes leaving is the best thing you can do for yourself.

Leaving allows you to change directions, to start over, to rediscover yourself and the world. Leaving sometimes saves you from staying stuck in the wrong place with the wrong people. Leaving opens a new door for change, growth, opportunities and redemption.

You always have the choice to leave until you find where you belong and what makes you happy.

You’re even allowed to leave the old you behind and reinvent yourself.

Read more of Rania Naim’s touching words here.

Posted in A Success Story, Digital Marketing, lessons, Social Media, Trends

Want to be a Titan? A Digital Titan?

Well, rarely do I come across quality in capitals – yes, QUALITY. I discovered this video blog by Krishna Chaitanya, a senior digital marketer (an ex-Googler). The video is all about latest news from the Digital industry – and it’s great!

What a way to stay updated and some of his updates are about upcoming releases, stuff you wouldn’t come to know about, unless you are subscribed to umpteen digital news magazines and stay on top of them regularly.

Check out his videos (Digital Marketing Daily Digest) and don’t forget to subscribe if you want to be in the game and on top of the latest happenings in the digital domain.

Here’s today’s update:

 

Posted in A Success Story, Betrayals, Challenges, Inspiration, Just Like That from the Justice Lady, lessons, Philosophy, Trends

Yepp, I am hooked!

To what?

Netflix!

Lawyers!

US Law!

The way subpoenas happen!

I am enjoying the series “SUITS” so much, the way law works in the US, assuming what they show on TV / Netflix is close to real, just amazes me to no end.

Before this, I watched “Drop Dead Diva” and fell in love with Jane Bingham. Absolutely thrilling series with an unputdownable quality to it.

For 5 years, my television served the purpose of a decorative piece on the wall. Suddenly now, there’s Netflix and a whole world of entertainment, awareness and learning has opened up.

Posted in A Success Story, hindi, Inspiration, Spirituality, Trends, Uncategorized, wisdom

Meet Aastha and Sanskar: I am excited!!

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Image credits: Business Today (BTOnline)

Well, no, Aastha and Sanskar are NOT the names of the lead couple of my new story. Neither are they names of my friends or characters. 🙂

Aastha is the brand name of women’s clothing brought to you by Patanjali, YES, our very own Baba Ramdev ji!! And Sanskar is for men and kids.

I am having an insomniac’s night out and just happened to stumble upon this “Ghanti Bajao” on ABP News – Baba Ramdev ji’s offering for this Dhanteras and Diwali – a new desi clothing line!!

Wowieee… !! I am all for trying this stuff..

I was so so excited. I love clothes – and this is my blog post just in anticipation of what is coming up from Baba Ramdev ji’s potli. 😛 Yes, pun definitely intended.

I wouldn’t call myself a fan of Babaji, but I most definitely respect this man – he has brought our culture of Ayurveda onto the world map like no one else.. and of course, onto India map too, while it was fading away into the dark valleys of ‘history’.

On the 5th of November, Babaji inaugurated his first apparel store ‘Patanjali Paridhan’ in Delhi, with his brands Livefit, Aastha and Sanskar.

I know, I know – many smirks and quirky smiles from many of you. But hey, I give it to this ‘Go(o)d’ Man – he definitely knows how to ‘make’ India ‘made in India’. And I love the statement he made two years ago, when he announced his entry into the apparel business, “Just because I am a baba does not mean we cannot marry modernity with spirituality, we can make, let’s say desi jeans.” Whatever that means, but at least, he is not one of those who blindly reject western culture and hide their heads in the sand, not willing to accept that western culture has very much seeped into our DNA and has now become one with our culture.

Baba ji is one Baba I’d love to meet one day!!
I am witness to his medicines having cured my pet dogs too – and although there hasn’t been any research on the effectiveness of his medicines on animals, I know – for sure – because they HAVE cured my pet dogs. Yes, Tulsi Ghanvati, we give it with confidence. After all, it’s natural!!

@Baba ji, if you ever wish to get inputs, you know who to approach – these meds really work even on pets.

Okay, let me not digress and come back to the main subject – clothes!!

Like any other woman, I love clothes, and I am waiting for the Patanjali Paridhan to come to my city!!!

My next blog will review the clothes (I don’t know when, but will) whenever I get to try them. Apparently, the clothes have been enhanced with the scents of ‘kasturi’, chandan, etc.

PS:

As I was trying to research on Patanjali, I stumbled upon their online store

patanjaliayurved.net – pretty cool, they have COD as well!!

patanjaliayurved.org  is the other website that has a wealth of information on the science of Ayurveda, Yoga, etc.

Also check out his absolutely unbelievable Swadeshi Samriddhi Card, something akin to a cashback card with lot of benefits.

PPS:

If the post seems like I am promoting Patanjali, I think yes, I surprised myself too. But hey, it’s okay.. worth it.

PPPS:

Do come back and comment if you happen to be from Delhi and/or have a chance to try Patanjali Paridhan.

Here’s the video I saw:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in A Success Story, Abhi to main chhoti hoon, An Angel for a guardian angel, Challenges, Desire, happiness, Inevitable, Let me breathe atleast now, Love, Memories, My Art, Uncategorized, wisdom, wishes

An adventure

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Yes, thank you, that’s mine.

I have been wanting to buy a sewing machine for quite some time. Yesterday, I ventured out to do just that. The store is almost 25 kms from my home and Google decided to take me to a location where there was no store at all.

Now, let me tell you the whole story. I usually travel by cab but on Friday evening, there were no cabs available so I booked an auto. While I set out towards my home, I decided to instead go into the city interiors to find a sewing machine store. So I told the auto walla to take me into city instead as I want to buy a sewing machine. The auto walla, after pondering for some time, told me, “Madam, if you want to buy a sewing machine, you must buy it from X Shop in Y area. That shop is the biggest 3 floor store and you will find all kinds of machines there. I bought one for my wife 5 years ago, and she is still using it – the machine has never required a servicing till date.”

Wow, you can imagine my elation – I was like, “God, give me a rose, and a rose fell into my lap!!” So, I asked him to take me there the next day. He was a genuine simpleton and he agreed – although I wasn’t so sure that he would come, I reconfirmed with him.

The next day, he came right as he said, at 11.30 and we set out. Now, I had no idea that this Y area would be sooooooooo far away that it would feel like going to another city!!! Okay, so, throughout, the auto walla was narrating his story to me, about how he had worked hard and the cabs have beat their income down. I felt sorry for good hearted people like him, and prayed that he would prosper, in spite of the fact that I didn’t have great impressions about auto wallas in general.

It was about 12.30 when we reached. And right as he said, the shop was a large one – but the company of machines was local. And the price they quoted was HUGE. I thought, if I had to pay that much, I would rather buy an Usha Machine than a local one.

So again, I googled and to my luck, there was another distributor who stocked usha machines in the same area!!! So off I went, the auto, zipping through streets and sabzi markets and controlled parking areas to reach this place. And, the man was educated, well meant and showed me a lot of models. I chose one, and he quoted 9500, came down to 8500 and still, earned over 2000 profit because I did not have the great uncommon common sense to check the MRP on the box. He unboxed and fit it into the table – BTW, I insisted on the wheels option WITHOUT a motor. I am quite a stickler for traditional jooni purani stuff that way.

So, the guy said it would take about an hour to set it up. The kind auto walla was so cooperative, he said he will wait. It was 2.30 by that time and I was hungry. There was a small canteen kinda shop in the corner of the building and I headed over there to find something to eat. I asked the auto walla as well if he’d like to eat something. He declined, but said, he would drink some tea. So I ordered puri bhaji for myself and two teas.

The whole idea of this post came because THAT tea was the MOST tastiest tea in my city till date – trust me, no Tea Place or Cafe or Barista or any Chai place could serve as good a tea as this one!!! I am a Tea maniac and can have even 20 cups a day, without missing food. So, this one got a 10 on 10 – the proportion was jussst perfect. Not too much milk or sugar. The problem with tea EVERYWHERE else is that they serve it with 80 to 90% milk – which kills the whole point of tea. The way I drink it is to add a few teaspoons of milk in a cup of black tea.

That said, the task of fitting the machine into the auto was a huuuge one. I squeezed myself in a corner next to the machine and we set out. Another hour’s journey and by 4.30 I was home.

What a day!! And for 3 years now, I have wanted to buy a sewing machine – yes, I have a full time job, I intend to keep it, and no, I am not crazy. I am just too creative to not keep my fingers from fidgeting!! And, I am nurturing dreams of a big little business. 🙂 Yes, going my Dad’s way. I think.

So, wish me the bestest of good lucks, folks and friends.

I am on a new journey – yet again!!

Posted in A Success Story, Design, News, Random Pic Random Post, Series, Trends, Uncategorized

Random Pic Random Post 7: Mi

@Funny that the Random Pic was missing. 😛

Mi A1

Yes, Mi. The Mi.

Disruption of disruptive strategy

Mi storms in with a tornado

Rest is definitely not the best, left behind by Mi.

Mi becomes ME, says every Mi user.

Mi. Personify.
PS: Mi is the flagship phone of Xiaomi that has taken the world by a storm. They release each version of their phone with a completely disruptive strategy and basically, disrupt their own previous version’s popularity with a clearly better version.

If you haven’t experienced one already, you must.

Posted in A Success Story, Chillibreeze

A success story that inspires!!

Chillibreeze – A success story

This is the story of a couple with a vision; Ralph and Joanna Budelman, whose visits to India resulted in the birth of a path-breaking company, Chillibreeze Solutions Private Limited, in 2004.

An entrepreneur from Chicago, Mr. Ralph Budelman came to India with dreams of opening a bootstrap company that provided content writing and design services to the global client. He envisioned the scope of Internet as one without boundaries, and if successful, he knew it would pay great dividends. Chillibreeze was first managed under the tutelage of Stylus Systems Pvt. Ltd. And later went on to grow on its own feet as a full-fledged company in 2004.
The strength of Chillibreeze lies in a management infrastructure that is well-suited to a global audience. Chillibreeze does not have physical boundaries. Though its head- office is located at Shillong, Meghalaya, the scope of its working is spread all around the world. With a core team that’s a go-getter clique of four aspiring ladies, Ms. Roopa Nishi Vishwanathan, Ms. Vilasini Kumar, Ms. Radhika Chitnis and Mrs. Joanna Budelman, Chillibreeze has made giant waves in the field of content development and e-publishing. CB is also involved in marketing, design & presentation and Graphic services.
Now, when the Internet is full of freelance writers battling everyday to get selected for writing projects, why would a company choose Chillibreeze? In other words, is hiring a content developing company better than hiring a freelance writer? A resounding yes! That’s because what the clients of Chillibreeze get as a final piece of work, is a valuable product that has gone through at least two stages of editing by the company’s in-house editors, and another stage of quality check. So, the client receives a fully tested and readied product that needs only to be published.
This process is the main area that brought Chillibreeze diverse clients throughout the world. And to serve these clients, Chillibreeze has a database of over 1000 talented Indian writers, called Chillibreeze Associates, who are selected through a screening process that brings out the cream of the crop on the top, only to be welcomed into Chillibreeze, around 250-300 of whom have handled CB projects. The number of independent writers registered with CB goes to as high as 5000!
And as if that was not enough, they say, “The fulfillment of a dream leads to the birth of another.” And thus, Chillifreeze was born. Chillifreeze is a virtual lounge where writers can log in and discuss hot topics on writing, publishing, language, communication, and everything else under a writers’ umbrella. Not only that, Chillifreeze has been innovative in offering Indian writers an opportunity to bid for projects, with a slight twist in the norms. Write Match on Chillifreeze is an open marketplace, where clients are allowed to post their project and writer requirements, to which, writers registered with Chillifreeze will respond. Here, writers do not pay for bidding. They just answer clients’ project offers, and when a writer is selected, he pays Chillifreeze a part of his fee as commission. The main advantage here is that there is transparency and consistency throughout the writer-client association. Only writers who win projects pay the company for having initiated the liaison with the clients. A novel concept if there can ever be. And fair to every one involved. They call it Write Match… is it not the right match?
Chillifreeze is turning out a cool place for Indian writers to hang out. There are tests to be taken to see how much writers fare in their knowledge of English or email etiquettes, they analyze your sample write-ups for free to give you a correct picture of your writing skills, there are courses being offered at attractive prices with certification, there are forums to participate, with enticing topics such as Freelancers’ Secret Tip Sheets, or Raves and Rants. Like it is in for a college crowd to hang out at the canteen, it’s in for Indian writers to hang out at Chillifreeze.
With concepts that touch the right vein, whether one is a writer seeking employment, or a company seeking writers, Chillibreeze and Chillifreeze are the winners of the show, hands down. There are more feathers hidden in the crown of Chillibreeze; their sister websites 360flat.com and india-reports.com, which offer even more attractive services than those mentioned above. 360flat.com is a website that’s dedicated to providing graphic services, while india-reports.com puts up thoroughly professional India-centric reports on sale.
Well, trends indicate the upward growth of Chillibreeze. The success of John Budelman for creating a vision in his mind and molding it into perfect reality is there for everyone to see.
Ralph Budelman is a dreamer and an achiever. That is a lethal combination, poised to strike bull’s eye in any undertaking.
With success stories like these, one can always be inspired to reach for the moon. Even if we don’t get the moon, we might still get the stars.
© Punam J R., all rights reserved.