Of Poetry and Reflections

If someone gave me a choice between reading prose and poetry in school, I would always choose prose. Poetry for me, was nothing but some thirty poems by some great poets which I had to read to score well in English literature paper. Though I have always felt that I lack the emotional maturity required to read and feel the poet’s words; Nonetheless, I am fortunate enough to read some really good poems as a part of my curriculum which have affected me deeply. 

Here are a few:
1. If by Rudyard Kipling:
A great poem, with a valuable learning in each line. Whenever I quoted its lines in my essays, my English teacher gave me more marks than I actually deserved. :p

2. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.
A poem about making choices, it helped me in taking a stand when I was confused between taking science and commerce for Class 11.

3. La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats
With the title in French, meaning “The Beautiful Lady Without Mercy”,   here is a tragic and enigmatic love story of a knight. Need I mention more?

4. Telephone Conversation by Wole Soyinka.
A poem about prejudice existing in society against black skinned people. I still find it hard to suppress my laughter when I remember the day I had to explain the significance of ‘Red booth. Red pillar-box. Red double-tiered Omnibus squelching tar’ to my friend Pritha! :D

5. Ode to the West Wind by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
A great poem with a hopeful ending- If winter comes, can spring be far behind?

Post school, the association almost came to an end, until I read ‘Love and Misadventure’ by Lang Leav. A set of short poems, it was a refreshing wave for me when all I had to do was cram the various sections and subsections of the Income Tax Act, Gratuity, CETA and so on!!

So I agree with Leonardo Da Vinci when he says- “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”

Have a good day!

What is one of your favorite quotes that always lifts you up when you fall? Why?

Found a beautiful set of inspirational quotations on Quora. If you are free, then you should take your time out to read these!! :)

Answer by Nishad Dadhaniya:

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1) One who wins without problem called VICTORY , but one who wins with lot of troubles called as HISTORY

2)Life is about trusting your feelings, take chances ,finding happiness , learning from the past and releasing Everything changes.

3)its not ppl dont have power to become strong but its ppl that chooses pain and suffering instead of choosing power and happiness they can change their life with one decision instead of taking that decision they just sit and cry and find excuses for not being what they want to Be – Nishad Dadhaniya

4)People are always blaming circumstances for what they are.
I don't believe in circumstances.The people who get ahead
in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances
they want,and if they can't find them, make them. —George Bernard Shaw

Life teachings

  1. “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  2. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
  3. “There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.” ~ Mark Twain
  4. “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” ~ Michelangelo Buonarroti
  5. “Money is like gasoline during a road trip. You don’t want to run out of gas on your trip, but you’re not doing a tour of gas stations. You have to pay attention to money, but it shouldn’t be about the money.” ~ Tim O’Reilly
  6. “Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.” ~ Frank Tyger
  7. “In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away.“ ~ Shing Xiong
  8. “We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” ~ Albert Einstein
  9. “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” ~ Albert Einstein
  10. Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” ~ Albert Einstein
  11. “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” ~ Albert Einstein
  12. “Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.” ~ Albert Einstein
  13. “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” ~ Albert Einstein
  14. “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” ~ Albert Einstein
  15. “I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.” ~ Socrates
  16. “People, who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~ Apple Inc.
  17. “You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period.” ~ Pursuit of Happyness
  18. “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom”. ~ Viktor Frankl
  19. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right.” ~ Henry Ford
  20. “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” ~ Buddha
  21. “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”  ~ Buddha
  22. “There is no failure except in no longer trying.” ~ Elbert Hubbard
  23. “I haven’t failed. I’ve found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” ~ Thomas Edison
  24. “But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” ~ Rocky Balbo
  25. “Don’t let the noise of others opinions drown out your inner voice.” ~ Steve Jobs
  26. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” ~ Peter F. Drucker
  27. “Interviews I conducted with more than 70 CEOs and other leaders point to 5 essentials for success — qualities that most of those C.E.O.’s share and look for in people they hire. They all shared five qualities: Passionate curiosity. Battle-hardened confidence. Team smarts. A simple mind-set. Fearlessness.” ~ New York Times
  28. “Management is the most noble of professions if it’s practiced well. No other occupation offers as many ways to help others learn and grow, take responsibility and be recognized for achievement, and contribute to the success of a team.” ~ Clayton Christensen
  29. “Pause now to ask yourself the following question: “Am I dreaming or awake, right now?” Be serious, really try to answer the question to the best of your ability and be ready to justify your answer.” ~ Stephen Laberge
  30. “It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute… that gives meaning to our lives.” ~ Anthony Robbins
  31. “Those three things—autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward—are, most people agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying.“ ~ Malcolm Gladwell
  32. “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” ~ Malcolm Gladwell
  33. “One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life.” ~ Edward B. Butler
  34. “A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” ~ Walter Gagehot
  35. ”Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” ~ Oscar Wilde
  36. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” ~ Ayn Rand
  37. “Three ingredients of luxury lifestyle design are time, income, and mobility.” ~ Tim Ferriss
  38. “Doing the unrealistic is easier than doing the realistic.” ~ Tim Ferriss
  39. The question you should be asking isn’t, “What do I want?” or “What are my goals?” but “What would excite me?” ~ Tim Ferriss
  40. “Tomorrow becomes never. No matter how small the task, take the first step now.” ~ Tim Ferriss
  41. “The most important actions are never comfortable.” ~ Tim Ferriss
  42. “Slow down and remember this: Most things make no difference.” ~ Tim Ferriss
  43. “Lack of time is actually lack of priorities.” ~ Tim Ferriss
  44. “It isn’t enough to think outside the box. Thinking is passive. Get used to acting outside the box.” ~ Tim Ferriss
  45. “Being able to quit things that don’t work is integral to being a winner.” ~ Tim Ferriss
  46. “Slowing down doesn’t mean accomplishing less; it means cutting out counterproductive distractions and the perception of being rushed.” ~ Tim Ferriss
  47. “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” ~ Will Smith
  48. “Avoid losers. If you hear someone use the words ‘impossible’, ‘never’, ‘too difficult’ too often, drop him or her from your social network.  ~ Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  49. “The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” ~ Nassim Taleb
  50. “I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” ~ Ralph Nader
  51. “So the only way on earth to influence other people is to talk about what they want and show them how to get it.” ~ Dale Carnegie
  52. “People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.” ~ George Orwell
  53. “Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning. Once it does, it becomes the kind of thing that makes you grab your wife around the waist and dance a jig.” ~ Malcolm Gladwell
  54. “The key to your happiness is to own your slippers, own who you are, own how you look, own your family, own the talents you have, and own the ones you don’t. If you keep saying your slippers aren’t yours, then you’ll die searching, you’ll die bitter, always feeling you were promised more. Not only our actions, but also our omissions, become our destiny.” ~ Abraham Verghese
  55. “Envision, create & believe in your own universe, and the universe will form around you.” ~ Tony Hsieh, Delivering Happiness
  56. “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
  57. “It doesn’t matter how one was brought up. What determines the way one does anything is personal power.” ~ Carlos Castaneda
  58. “Don’t Believe Everything You Think.” ~ Thomas Kida
  59. “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
  60. “Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.” ~ Ayn Rand
  61. “God, grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference.”~ Reinhold Niebuhr
  62. “Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.”~ Ayn Rand
  63. “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein
  64. “Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they lead to actions. Watch your actions, they create habits. Watch your habits, they build your character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” ~ Upanishads
  65. “Think about what it feels like when you interact with someone who makes you notice what’s good about yourself (raising your status), who is clear with his expectations of you (increasing certainty), who lets you make decisions (increasing autonomy), who connects with you on a human level (increasing relatedness), and who treats you fairly.” ~ David Rock
  66. “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” ~ Muhammad Ali
  67. “Become one who is happy with that which you are and with that which you have – while at the same time being eager for more. That is the optimal creative vantage point. To stand on the brink of what is coming, feeling eager, optimistic anticipation – with no feeling of impatience, doubt, or unworthiness hindering the receiving of it.” ~ Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks.
  68. “Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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Happy Birthday!

My blog turned a year old today. Time travels so quickly- last year on the same day, I remember I was browsing through the WordPress site rigorously- looking for the appropriate theme, background, deciding the name, topics and giving the finishing touches.

This makes me happy :)

This makes me happy :)

Writing is my passion and an indispensable part of life. I write whenever I feel bored, happy, sad, overwhelmed, anxious, and curious. I had piled up a collection of write-ups when one day my sister suggested to me- “Why don’t you share it on a public forum instead? Like you could write a blog.” That was it- the idea that changed my life :D

I would always be thankful to my sister for without her support and suggestions, this blog would have been non-existent. I would also like to thank Soham Banerjee and Sai Vineet- the two awesome juniors whose blogs motivated me to enter this fascinating world of blogging!

All work and no play have made me dull and lifeless- so I will make it a point to allocate equal attention to my hobbies too. So much has happened in these two months- okay I will keep it for the next time :D

Till then, keep calm and wait for the next post :D

Special moments need special celebrations!

Special moments need special celebrations!