Monday, March 16, 2009

From Weak To Willing Over The Weekend

I had a great weekend for more reasons than one. It was filled with all the things that give me joy - conversations, nature, music, the company of friends, people that matter. For the first time in a while I arrived to work on Monday feeling completely relaxed as opposed to strung out and lost and feeling like I was someone else.

I became myself again - remembered what it felt like to dream without any apprehensions again, to smile and sing out loud when my favourite song played on the radio, to smile through the day and feel happy because life is so good, to believe and trust that my lovely present can only lead to a more beautiful future and to have the patience and faith to wait for it...even if it means facing a few hard days and a few lonely is all part of the journey called life.

I heard the AT40 on Radio Indigo after a very long time with the intention of catching up on all the music I had missed. The surprise was when the top three songs were played and they were not only familiar but favourites as well! And the order was what I left me pondering...

#3 was Love Story by Taylor Swift...a song that rings with hope and sweetness that can kill. I have never been able to hear that song without smiling and knowing that it will happen to me too : )

Love Story by Taylor Swift/Taylor Swift on Grooveshark

#2 was Gotta Be Somebody by Nickelback. Again a song that reinstates what JD says in Scrubs - we are not meant to be by ourselves. It talks about not giving up and finding that diamond in the rough. It is one of my all time favourites and is in fact favourited on my Chrome toolbar : )

Gotta Be Somebody by Nickelback on Grooveshark

And #1 was You Found Me by The Fray. Although it is not a love song, the lines 'Lost and Insecure, you found me, you found me' always evoke a weird sensation in me. And I love the title You Found Me. The song has been sung straight from the heart and that is very evident while one listens to it. I really really like this one.

You Found Me by The Fray on Grooveshark

So there was hope and sweetness, and a reason why one should wait and then there was finding me. It is strange that the songs should be arranged in that logical order exactly at a time when I am picking myself up. It almost seems like an encoded message of some sort.

And I am Willing to believe it : )

Friday, March 13, 2009

Little Wing

It’s a beautiful day for me…

The first song I heard today was Love Story by Taylor Swift…on the radio, which, interestingly, is the last song I heard yesterday as I sang my way to the bed! Couldn’t have asked for a better start to the day and for a better indication that it’s a sign of good times to come : ) . So I spent my morning dancing with joy at the song and the sign!

After another bout of the good old writer’s block, I finished one post and a story at one go. I feel rejuvenated after having the ink flowing from my pen again (well, not literally…it is sad that the phrase does not apply in totality to me after the keyboard took over as I have always been a pen and paper person : ( ) …and this is the third straight piece of writing in the day…I can’t even believe it!

The radio was playing some good old favourites as I began to ride this morning and that pepped me up too. I took a slightly different route from the usual butterfly-filled one but the moment I came to the junction and turned left instead of right, a big beautiful black butterfly flew straight at me! And another similar one flew past later…not one but two good omens even after changing the route! And definitely a sign that life is going to change for the better sooner than I know : )

And that butterfly reminded me of the song Little Wing…Sometimes I feel like the song …especially this part – 'Butterflies and Zebras, and Moonbeams…and Fairytales…All she ever thinks about is riding with the wind…'

I just love the magic in those lines…and I love the cover of this song by the Corrs…

Now she's walking through the clouds
With a circus mind
That's running wild
Butterflies and zebras
And moonbeams and fairytales
All she ever thinks about is riding with the wind

When I'm sad she comes to me
With a thousand smiles
She gives to me, free
'It's alright, it's alright she says'
Take anything you want from me,

Fly on Little Wing...

So today is my beautiful day…and I have a circus mind.

Today, I am walking through the clouds…I am ready to fly again…I am Little Wing.

The Corrs - Little Wing
Little Wing by The Corrs on Grooveshark

Book Review: February 2009

Its 13 Days too late but here is a review of the books I read in February and absolutely enjoyed. Hope you can pick some up too and have a good read : )

The books in the limelight last month were:

  1. Stuff White People Like by Christian Lander
  2. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ by Sue Townsend
  3. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen

Stuff White People Like
Christian Lander

I borrowed this from a dear friend in Bratislava with a recommendation tagging along and when a White guy recommends a book titled Stuff White People Like, you know its going to be a good read : ) .

This is one hilarious book…especially if you have even one White acquaintance. The book has about 150 short write-ups relating to stuff White people like (duh!!) and each of them is just as bone tickling as the other. That does not mean it is not true. Drawing largely upon facts, the book scores in the way the facts have been presented. Although it is centred on Americans, almost 80% of the facts apply to all white people…like a love for Sushi, tea, foreign language films, outdoor sports etc. If you can’t get your hands on the book, you should definitely visit the blog (which is what got converted into the book by the way ala Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan and You Are Here) and get your funny bone tickled while getting to know White people better. Highly recommended reading.

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4
Sue Townsend

This one I borrowed too. From an equally dear friend. This one was recommended too. And so I read it : )

This book is very similar to Ginger Soda Lemon Pop in that it is in the first person and is about the life of a fictitious child (well, adolescent really). But this book is in the format of a real diary with dates and entries for each day. So it really reads like a journal a child growing up in England might maintain.

The book is funny on the surface. Like when Adrian is describing the day his Mother decides to become more assertive and hands him numerous chores to do, the diary entry reads – ‘…Just my luck to have an assertive mother’. Or when he is describing his Acne problem or when he sends his very profound poems to the BBC. But deeper down, it is a reflection of the society of the times when the book was written. It is a depiction of the dynamics of a family and the effect they have on a child’s mind. It is about humans and interpersonal relations narrated from an adolescent’s point of view. And in that one learns quite a bit even while enjoying the read.

As A Man Thinketh
James Allen

I had read about this book in Robin Sharma’s writings and had been meaning to read it for a while. In fact my note on the cover page of the book reads ’10-MAR-2007 Landmark’…and it is now that I actually finished the book at one go! What a pity!

As A Man Thinketh reads like a predecessor of The Secret. They both emphasize the same fact: we are and we get what we think about. Period. The only thing better about this book is that it is a very short book – all of approximately 40 pages in the copy that I have – and that means one can read of a life-changing philosophy in less than a day. The book did not hit me that hard since I already believe in all that it had to say. But to someone who doesn’t, it might come as a simple and stark realization narrated very elegantly.

Must be read for sure for the sheer inverse relation between the size of the book and the impact of the message it carries.