June 23, 2016

First Step Towards Self-Development


Off lately I’ve been constantly thinking and reading about self-development. A topic that I’d read for years while in school and college, but then I totally forgot about it.

A few blogs that I read, my own life, and the random thoughts that strike my mind enforced me to think about my own development.

I observed that I was so engrossed in the outer world. I had forgotten to talk to myself. To think about me.

These days we all are so busy with our mobile phones and the “notification world”, be it email, blogs, twitter, facebook, Instagram, etc., that we’ve totally forgotten our own world. A world where we can be alone and at peace.

Mobile phones have distracted human beings a lot. I can’t comment on all of them, to what extent they are distracted, and whether everyone feels the same or not.

We are constantly distracted by notifications. This constant supply of information in the form of Social Media, News, Blogs or Whatsapp is continuously depleting our concentration.

Our mind shuffles from one thing to another.

For example, while I’m writing this my mind at the background is working in listening mode, as if it is a Web Server waiting for a client’s request. It is constantly thinking of notification which might arrive, either on my mobile or on my email client or through phone call.

With this explosion of internet amongst the masses, we are constantly consuming information in titbits. But most of this information is all clutter. We’re reading stuff that is not at all important to us. And it clogs our mind, depleting our mental energy to think and analyse.

What we require is “Focus”.

Focus on the task at hand without letting our minds waiver here and there.

And the only way is to keep our mobile phones on silent mode or better switch it off.

Coming to the point of self-development, my above observations have led me to delete Facebook App from my iPhone. It’s being almost a week that I’ve deleted and am quite happy.

Now I read books on the Kindle App or Questions and Answers on Quora.

No more updating statuses or no more reading the stuff that is not at all important for me. I don’t care who is watching which movie, who is with whom and who is feeling what.

All I care is about me and my thoughts.

I am quite happy by just deleting one app.

One more thing that I’ve done is Silent all the Whatsapp Groups.

Now, my next experiment is to turn off the Internet on my mobile phone while I’m working. Or better, put my phone in Silent mode.

This is my first step towards self-development.

June 7, 2016

The Romance of Exploring Features in Mobile Phones is Vanishing

With the recent advances in mobile technology and the availability of cheaper smart phone have resulted in diminishing the charm of buying a new phone.

Today, Android smartphones are available in price range of INR 5k-50k. The only variant in these phones, for a layman, is just the hardware part. The software remains the same, except for a few updates in the version.

So the charm of exploring new features that we had in older days is slowly vanishing. These days phones are just like plug-and-play devices. You remove the Sim Card from the old device and insert it into the new. Rest everything is backed-up online.

There is no doubt that new innovations are constantly incorporated in the software as well as the hardware, but for the layman, the phone have become just a device for their daily needs, minus the romance of buying a new phone.

P.S.: This thought came to my mind after buying Xiomi Redmi Note 3 for Kiran. She just started using it without any kind of delay or reading the manual.

June 6, 2016

The Tragedy of Life


The tragedy of life is not death, but what we let die inside of us while we live. - Norman Cousins.
Read this quote on the first page of Robin Sharma's book - "Who Will Cry When You Die."

I've read this book earlier - may be from some library or from a friend's collection and since then I had planned to purchase the book. Ordered it from Amazon India, as it was available for a huge discount and received it today.

It's a book that can be read by anyone, anywhere and anytime and one can always find something good to read.

For example, the first chapter of the book asks us to "Discover Our Calling". With the constant advances in the field of science and technology, we can easily call a friend overseas but we forget to talk with ourselves. We forget what is the purpose of our life and wander ourselves the way life makes us act. A quote from the book: ".... if you don't act on life, life has a habit of acting on you."

In short, a great book that teaches the art of living.

May 20, 2016

Weather is Too Hot to Handle

The weather this year has been terribly hot. Reached 49 degrees C here in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. Luckily the office is having AC so I get solace during the peak hours, but during night it gets too hot to sleep. To get some relief, I purchased a water cooler from Ahmedabad yesterday.

I hope the rain Gods arrive early.

May 2, 2016

Ahmedabad Air Show and Ahmedabad National Book Fair 2016

Thrilling Air Show at Sabarmati Riverfront - between Nehru Bridge and Gandhi Bridge. The last Air Show I had seen was in GNFC Township in 2007-2008.

Reached Ahmedabad too early - around 2 pm. And atmosphere was scorching hot. First we went to National Handloom at Ranip. And then as we had read in newspaper that the time for Air Show is 4 pm, we reached there around 3:45 pm. But then we found that the timing for Air Show is 5:30 pm. Distressed and tired of the heat, we went to McDonald's on Ashram Road.

But once the show started, it was worth all the waiting.

From there we went to Ahmedabad National Book Fair 2016. This time it is behind NID, Paldi - on Sabarmati Riverfront.

Although tired, we felt relief from heat as the book fair is air-conditioned/air-cooled. Too much rush as it was Sunday. We just glanced through the many stalls and decided to visit once again (it is till 7th May, 2016) for purchasing any books. I bought a DVD of lecture of Jay Vasavada on the topic "Vaanchan dwara vikaas". But my laptop doesn't have DVD player, so I'll have to wait for sometime to hear the lecture.

Overall it was a satisfactory day.

It was a cloudy since today morning and later while I was coming home, it started raining and stopped as soon as I reached home. :-(