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Here’s something I’m reading right now.

It’s an interesting article trying to establish that plants have a conscience too and that it isn’t quite different from ours.

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Currently I’m home since the holidays began and every time I’ve switched on the television (which happens very rarely,I might add, only when I’m restless and my fingers get twitchy) I’ve come across a dozen food channels or shows about food while browsing.

It is interesting how much the food industry has boomed in the recent years. I still remember sitting with my mother on sunday mornings watching Sanjeev Kapoor’s cooking show on TV. The only show of the kind back in those days. It was a sunday morning ritual predominant in every household.

Slowly there were more shows and then Masterchef happened to our lives. I have never learnt as as much about the cuisines around the world as I have through this masterpiece in tellyland. The concept and the format of the show  food show is compelling enough to make anyone fall in love with cooking.

This made me happy because the platform made a lot of closet chefs come out and follow their passion and start their own ventures in the food industry. It wasn’t a penniless business investment nor was it taboo anymore.

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Coming back to the present, with the current senario, I feel a sadness creep in when I think about what it’s come to. We shouldn’t live to eat. Atleast not let food dictate our lives 24*7 and these days our existence seems to revolve around it.

You might argue that as a primal instinct we need to eat food to survive but that’s the thing, we’re not primal beings anymore. We are evolving to satisfy our needs so we can explore ourselves and our environment more so we can attain a higher level of knowledge.

Eat to live. Eating good food is essential, I don’t argue. There is enough to sustain us all so we don’t have to live our lives only thinking about the next meal. Need over greed,maybe?

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Just a little something I wanted to say.

See you in the next post!

The Power of Living in the Now

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We have constantly tried to work on changing a habit or implementing a recent thought of action that we think would take us closest to how we want ourselves to ideally be.

As a self admitted person obsessive person with a need to find order in my daily life, I have constantly tried hard to bring order by planning my day in detail to covering all my obligations to various aspects of my life in a journal which I would update as often as 5 times a day and as I am talking to you-  a mass of people completely diverse in your own way, I am sure some of you have done this too or at the least thought of doing it.

This is where we get lost. Our planning gives us the most satisfaction compared to when we complete the tasks and this is the absolute truth. We start dreaming of being in a space in time where we are our most capable self by having all the areas of our life in order and up to date but as we start working on it, we fall into the same cycle of procrastination and all else that hinders us to achieve that state so we start planning again. It’s a cycle of euphoria and a sudden drop which you try to overcome by doing the same thing that you’d done before to feel better again. We know from common sense that choosing to do the same thing over and over again would not give us a greatly varied result and yet we’d end up in the same place we started from. But how do we overcome this?

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The best way to do this is to completely shut down your thinking faculties. Through language we try to reason with everything in our current environment and state of mind. Stop thinking. This might be the hardest thing to do at first but it’s the best thing you could be doing to yourself. Stop thinking and ask- What could I be doing right now to feel better? and while you ask this to yourself, control your thoughts and only allow the thoughts that are direct answers to your question.

What could I be doing right now to feel better?

I want to finish reading the book i’d started a couple of months back but never completed reading it.  Leave everything you’re doing and start reading.

While reading if you see yourself getting restless, ask again- What could I be doing right now to feel better?

I want to know everything about the origins of jazz music.  Stop reading the book and find out.

You could apply this anytime, anywhere.

You feel like running a marathon but you can’t do it at the time you feel like doing it? Just close your eyes and imagine what it would feel like. Imagine wearing your running shoes and warming up at the starting line with many other participants around. Hear the gunshot and imagine yourself pushing through the swarm of people as you run. Feel the sun on your skin and the wind on your face as you run to your heart’s content. Feel it and you’ll feel you’ve done it.

If you’ve missed out on a lot of work, you might even say to yourself, ‘i’ll feel a lot better if all my work was done’ and so you get down to doing it. It is only as hard as you make it for yourself.

You could talk to family, learn a new dance, catch up with an old friend. You could trek to the highest peak of the Himalayas, you could dive to the deepest corners of the Pacific ocean, you could join an ancient tribe in the amazon forest, hell,  you could swim to the moon and back, you could do all of this right now. The question is- Would you?

While you look for an answer, here’s a video of what the night sky looks like from the space station.

 

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The Age Of Consciousness

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Our history of evolution has been an interesting one. We entered stone age, moved on to the metal age, the age of industrialization, the atomic age and finally, the age of computers. We have evolved through exploration of the sciences over the years but have you ever wondered what’s next?

Having satisfied our materialistic needs and desires, our curiosity has led us to explore the planet we live in. We’re planning space travel, preparing to live in colonies on the moon if earth was ever declared inhabitable. Having traveled far and wide, we have learnt about the world around us, or have we?

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We live in a world where we know everything about other people’s lives instead of our own. We fight our misplaced feelings, inhibitions, self-judgement and crave to search for people who will make us feel good about our own self worth. Our ability to question is proving to be our own downfall, but there is an upside to this. After constantly running in circles and hitting mental roadblocks, we finally ask ourselves, how do we change the way we feel? How do we know what’s the truth after we realise ‘ourselves’ is really our ‘self’? How do explore the ‘self’?

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We’re slowly becoming self-aware, of ourselves and the world within us which we never really explored. The power of thought, the influence of our own actions, whether through self administered drugs or through persevered observance- We are slowly but surely entering the age of consciousness.

It is our primeval instinct as humans to be curious and we are hungry for knowledge.

I am hungry for knowledge.

Watch this space.

 

Elephant In The Room- The Panama Papers

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We see the elite and the powerful in newspapers everyday and we devour all the information about their work and their life with our breakfast like it was cereal to our lonely, eventless bowl of milk. We have become accustomed to the corruption that surrounds us- Implications and fingers pointing at everyone, the rot in the judicial system and the annihilated concept of a respectful climb to a position of power- is now a part of our daily constitution. We woke up to another day when the panama papers were leaked out by a source only known as John Doe. One of the most wide-spread scandals after Wiki leaks came out, this one did not target governments but instead, it also targeted people. Influential people- From world leaders to reputable millionaires, everyone faced the harsh side of spotlight with lots of criticism and outrage angled at them.

The question is why is the leaking of the names in the panama papers like a bucket full of ice cold reality jolting us to take notice while we’ve already been in the wake of global impropriety.

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The Panama papers contain a list of people who have been cashing in their money in offshore accounts as a measure to evade tax. With 1.5 millions names from all over the world implicated in the papers, does it really over 1 million offenders to realise the scale of this corruption? Let’s think about it.

Elephant In The Room- Donald Trump’s winning polls, Should we lose hope already?

  Let’s address the elephant in the room. When we first heard about it we thought it was a hilarious joke, Trump contesting for the presidential elections was for the bizarre section of the newspaper that featured news about dogs learning how to drive and new anorexia-inducing diets trending around the globe. People declared that they’d leave the country if he ever became the president. (Still all in jest, after all, wasn’t it more likely for an alien invasion to occur over that ever happening anyway?)

Trump’s meteoric rise among the ranks has raised eyebrows considering his controversial views about terrorism, immigration, women and pretty much everything else that matters. People starting switching from their daily soaps to the presidential electorate considering how entertaining it was. Incase you missed out, Trump expressed his views on how all Muslims should be deported from the country to stop terrorism. You think this is rather extreme? During his campaign speech, he stated that he would deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, build a wall on the southern border paid for by Mexico to avoid illegal immigrants because (sic) “They’re sending people who have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” No wonder his effigy was burnt down in Mexico City as a part of an Easter ritual. Barack Obama himself publicly criticized the presidential candidate by saying that Republican Donald Trump will not be president because it’s a “serious job.”

  Hillary Clinton who is one of the democratic presidential candidates (We’ve all known how badly she’s been lobbying for it since the past few years, haven’t we?) She might have an easy win or will she? Considering trump’s ascent. It wouldn’t be a complete landslide victory although it is shocking that the numbers put light on how many Americans agree with Trump’s world views. I’d rather #FeelTheBern if you ask me.

Food for thought- Imagine a spinoff of house of cards starring Donald Trump as an unapologetically outspoken millionaire entrepreneur who wakes up one day and decides to become the president of one of the most powerful nations in the world), Hillary as a former secretary of state and wife of ex-president bill (who publicly comes out about his affair leading to his impeachment.) who is also a presidential candidate along with Bernie Sanders starring as the affable hamster in a wheel trying to survive in the White House zoo). I’d watch it, would you?

 

The Art Of Lying- Why Johny Lies

 

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According to a research on deception, it was found that children as young as two years old will lie when placed in a situation where lying is in a child’s self interest. By the time children are five years old, they are much more likely to lie to get themselves out of trouble. What’s interesting is that, it is close to impossible for observers, including parents, to see through their lies.

Scientists have found that Humans develop the ability to lie soon after they learn to walk. No wonder lying comes so easy to Johnny, but the real question is, why do we lie in the first place?

Most of the time, People avoid saying the truth because they feel that they’ll face much severe punishment or judgement if they reveal the actual reason instead of the story they cooked up.

It’s easier to lie and say how you were stuck in traffic instead of being honest that you slept in, isn’t it?

It’s scientifically proven that lying adds stress to our brain but we’ve become so used to it that the stress keeps adding up without us realising it in the first place.

When you’re talking to a person, notice his/her breathing change?
their nose getting warmer?
their eyes shifting too much?
They are lying to you.
Don’t be mad.
Considering yourself
Can you say you’ve never lied?
Truth is, We’re not used to being honest ourselves.

When we realise that a person’s lying, we get so angry at him/her but we never try to understand the other person’s reason for doing that.
We have a fake illusion that lying will make our life easier, but actually, it’s easy just for that tiny time frame but after that passes, it becomes much harder whereas if we’re honest, maybe that tiny window will be hard but after that time frame’s gone, it’s much easier.

Is it so hard to tell the truth? Can we not think of the consequences and let the chips fall where they may?
Can we really be honest? and if someone’s honest to us, can we appreciate it instead of making them regret their decision. Wouldn’t they be encouraged to continue being truthful?

The question is out- unanswered.

5 Common New Year Resolutions And Their Unavoidable Fate

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Happy new year!

        Finally it’s that time of the year when we reach for our phones to look up for hangover cures only to be bombarded with new year greetings from friends and mama-jis alike. (Your friends are probably in the same state as you.)
And then you groggily make your way to your inbox that’s flooded with emails asking what your new year resolution is from weight loss and hair-loss companies who know you won’t follow them through in the year ahead.
My New Year resolution is probably staying regular with blogging (haha. I’ve really been procrastinating this since so long and I don’t really have any excuse to give.) Surely, today’s a day to start new beginnings?
While there are resolutions everywhere , Here’s a look at some of the most common resolutions people make.

1.Lose weight/ Start gymming-
These is eternal. Women decide to loose weight before the ‘shaadi season’ starts (should we assume that Deepika Padukone’s  Kellog’s K ads will infirtrate every pixel of our idiot box again?) while boys decide they want to get ripped so they don’t look like one of Tim Burton’s zombie eyed characters trying to fit in at a club.

2. Feed the poor
But then you look at your own fly infested wallet and decide to help yourself to that extra cheesy pizza on discount with the leftover money in the wallet. After all, where could you find someone more broke than yourself? (There goes your first resolution)

3.Decide to ask him/her out

Just go and ask instead of spamming “should I..or what if..” questions on cyber space and your friends’ personal chats.

4. Learn an instrument.
That guitar isn’t going to teach itself. After all, what’s YouTube for? If nothing else, just find solace in the fact that air guitaring is an actual thing with actual competitions.

5. Save money
This is where we all start at on the first day of the month and that (see resolution 2) is where we end up by the time half the month’s gone.

     Whatever your resolutions might be, here’s hoping they avoid a similar fate. Wishing you a Happy New Year.