Can you do me a favor?
There will be lots of things, you might regret. Kindness is one thing, you never will.
Dear Mom & Dad,
I think I can begin my letter addressing you two as my mom and dad, because the gratitude and love I feel towards my parents, I echo the same for you both.
They say that the true test of love is when you let it go and set them free to fly in the direction they wish to. You can hold a bird, as your hostage in a cage only for a finite time. Then either it will wither and die or find it’s way to the outside world when the cage opens.
मुझे डर लगता है
जब गम के बादल ने तुम्हारा पता पूछा,
उसे मैंने कितना समजाया,
ये ले मेरा पता…
I took my maiden flight, seeking a great perhaps, 3 years back on this day – 26th Jan 2016. Continue reading
A very very happyyyy birthday to my favorite couple, who shares their birthday on the same day! Raju Bhai & Hetal bhabhi, you are the epitome of love and kindness. God bless you both 🙂
“Never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch once again.”
I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)
– E.E. Cummings
4 years ago, today – you came into my crazy world and changed my life forever. Wish you a very happy birthday ❤ Thank you for all the joy you bring to my days, for listening to my rants and stories, for every milestone I have reached and loved to celebrate with you.
In my last workplace, I was a member of the Social committee who’d be responsible for organizing events in the festive season – mainly Diwali and Christmas. For Christmas 2015, I was helping to arrange Secret Santa for the business finance team.
A few months back, I had started a new ritual – The Cold Coffee Thursdays 🙂 I would carry cold milk in my flask and have my morning breakfast at work. On Thursdays, I would make myself some frothy chilled strong coffee and kickstart the weekend eve morning and it would be extra special as I had newly started to fast on Thursdays. The cold coffee was a sort of distraction from the usual breakfast.
Indifference is easy, detachment is hard. To be happy with or without – nonetheless – is tricky. It is easy not to expect, but the tough part is to not let the expectations weigh your happyness down. Detachment is like the extra layer of icing on your already pretty and tasty cake – having which, would be delightful; but missing the extra frosting wouldn’t hurt either.
There are days, so strongly etched in your memory that you can never forget. That day, was one such day. It was the first day of Grade 11 – a day of new beginnings, making new friends and opening new chapters in the textbook of life. It was the day I met them, the RDS to my H!
I remember the way you looked at me when I woke up from my sleep, with my head resting on your shoulder. I could feel some ruffles around me, little did I know you were trying to take pictures of me asleep.
This post is a dedication to a dear friend of mine – Trudy, who is sunshine and warmth wrapped in a person. Trudy and I have been co-workers and thanks to the water cooler talks, we got to know each other as friends. She would talk to me about her day so far, her Christmas decor ideas and her passion for art and that’s how we connected and became friends. Although she is decades senior to me in experience, she is so respectful and shares so much of her wisdom. I love listening to her stories and asking her questions 😀
Over the past few days, flight #DecodingHappyness2711 had been running on auto-pilot mode.
A few weeks back, I found myself surrounded by struggle, stress, anxiety and uneventful circumstances. I was complaining about the bitter experiences I had to go through and why weren’t things easy and smooth for me? Continue reading
“…but just one glance through someone else’s eyes and I realized I had the extraordinary.”
“You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you – you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.”
– The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
“May our reunion be not a finding, but a sweet collision of destinies!”
― Jerry Spinelli, Love, Stargirl
“I close my eyes, thinking that there is nothing like an embrace after an absence, nothing like fitting my face into the curve of his shoulder and filling my lungs with the scent of him.”
― Jodi Picoult, Keeping Faith
“Your strength doesn’t come from winning. It comes from struggles and hardship. Everything that you go through prepares you for the next level.”
― Germany Kent
Every time, I come back from a vacation, short or long – it is extremely difficult to get back to the routine of life, again!
18th Nov., 2018
For a long time, I had been reading and hearing about things like being ‘in perfect alignment with the Universe’, ‘asking the Universe for guidance’, trusting the ‘Synchronicity of events’ and tapping into our ‘Intuitive guidance system’ for answers.
There have been so many times in life when I’ve come across people who hold grudges against me, complaint, nag or make me feel guilty about something I was ‘ought-to-do’ and didn’t do. Continue reading
I’ve been lucky to spend some blissful time last week, soaking in the winter sun and enjoying ice-cream on rainy evenings. I wonder, if life could be more beautiful! Sharing some joy with my blogging family ❤ 🙂
In the book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone there is this scene as below:
If you and I both are hungry
And we have just a piece of bread to share,
Every person we meet is a gift – meant to be loved and cherished. Let’s say thank you to the people who matter 🙂
A few weeks back, I was being incessantly bombarded with curve-balls from my best friend (let’s call my friend ‘Jay’) – whose life motto is to test my patience and wits; to the ends of planet Pluto. And mind you! I get no prior warnings too.
Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight.
Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward.
Your life will never be the same again.
– Og Mandino
If you stumble across a lover, who happens to be a poet; hold on tight. For you are on a journey so right.
If only you could see yourself from my eyes, would you know; what you mean to me – my world, my smile, my heartbeat – all of it, enveloped in the fragrance of your breath.
9th Nov., 2018 | 8:38 PM
Just noticed that Decoding Happyness has crossed the 50K milestone!
As a new found hobby, I picked up on running a few months back and it has grown to be more than just a hobby for me. It is my new found sense of self, my new love ❤ 🙂 Amongst many other health benefits of being physically active and healthy, it has taught me a few very important life lessons, I wish to carry for life.
I have always been a fan of writing, but there is something; which I discovered a few months back that has brought serenity and tranquility to my life. Continue reading
As much as we want things to run smoothly, sometimes we tend to forget that everything in life requires nurturing, love, care, and patience. Instead of taking things for granted, we ought to maintain them; to prevent their fragile beauty from whimpering away.
I’ve already looked at the empty night skies,
At least a 100 times by now…
“I want to be in love with you the same way I am in love with the moon..
With the light shining out of its soul…”