July 31, 2014

Long distance relations- a tough row to hoe!

Long distance relationships are the most complicated and sensitive ones. Promising each other to keep in touch always, either through social media websites, or phone or chat messengers, is practically not possible. You can spend almost countless hours waiting for the other one to get free from work, but still you do not get to see him/her. You don’t get to see the person or meet the person, when you need him/ her the most. You can’t hug, or hold hands or kiss. And gradually all the intimacy left, is gone. But then the belief that you both belong with each other, is there. Your relationship becomes based on each other completely and nothing else.
You learn to trust. Because you cannot always be present with the person to see what he/ she is doing.
You learn to communicate and listen, because that is all you can do to keep in touch.
You start fighting more, because you find it difficult to take out time for each other.
You start caring more, because you are not there to help or to take care.
You learn to sacrifice, because someone is always going to lose a bit.
And lastly, you learn to appreciate the differences.
Long distance relationships, if handled with care, can often lead to development of a stronger base of any relationship. You learn to appreciate and cherish every moment you get to spend with each other, even if it is through a computer screen or a simple phone call.
“Distance isn’t for the fearful, it’s for the bold”, and thus, the key to long distance relationship is faith. It will sound really difficult. Believe me, it is even more difficult to practically live through it, but then there is no other alternative. You start living with the hope to see each other soon and this keeps the spark alive.
Long distance relationships rarely work out, but when they do, they last lifelong.
After all, “it is for those who are willing to spend a lot of time alone in exchange for the little time with the one they love.”
 “It’s for knowing a good thing when they see it, even if they don’t see it nearly enough.”

July 23, 2014

A feather in nature's cap!

Okay, here is a write-up on the present day activities of humans that are intervening with the laws of nature. Recently, I read on a scientific website, about a hybridized tree that could produce 40 different kinds of fruits simultaneously. Isn't this amazing? Well, the actual news is that, this tree is capable of producing forty different kinds of fruits ranging from peaches, plums, etc. If you are wondering that this effort was made by some scientist or researcher, then you are wrong. An art professor, Van Aken, compiled all his knowledge and saved an old tree by renovating it and making it more useful. What I came to know after reading several articles was that a research institute had this orchard, but since the institute had funding crises, it was being shut down. Mr. Van realized the importance of this tree and saved it by buying it. He then worked on it for several years and applied the fundamentals of plant growth (basically he tried to incorporate grafting methods and took various scions from different stone fruit plants). Eventually, the idea of chip grafting worked and the tree gave splendid results.

It took about five years of research and sweat, pain and money to give shape to the whole idea and Mr. Van was successful in his effort. This tree looks like a normal tree during most of the seasons, but during spring it develops a unique patchwork of mixed shades of pink, red and purple. Thus, during this time, there is abundance of peaches, plums, nectarines, almonds and cherries.

Well the purpose of this article cum information is to incite the young minds and readers to work towards innovation and likewise yield productive outcomes. Although not all human interventions may sound beneficial or ethically right, but definitely the ones which aim at salvaging the nature are. Van Aken has grown 16 of such trees till now and planted them in areas like the museum parks, community centers or private art collections, in US. The 40 fruit tree has helped in preserving the diversity of the stone fruit. Some of these fruits are commercially viable and therefore, also offer a source of income for people. Anyway, the concluding remark is that it is overall a great effort by Aken and kudos to his creative and rational objective. After all, a rising tide lifts all the boats!

July 07, 2014

Unalloyed allegiance

Inside the hazy room, she sat staring at the mantelpiece clock . She wrote- “ Son, I am spanning through the last days of my life . This ailment is taking me in . I want to see you before I die . Please come .                    
   - Your Mother ”

There at the Army camp , her son’s eyes were filled with drops of grief, the letter in his hand . He immediately applied for a leave . All there, were supposing that a war could be proclaimed owing to the enemy activities at the border .

Two days later they all were packing up their things . His leave had been sanctioned . Others were preparing to leave for the war . He looked up at them trying to decide whose fate was worse . His mother was keeping her eyes open just to get a last glimpse of him . He thought of that woman who had nurtured him throughout his life , protected him within the boundaries of her  own restrictions , punished him whenever he went astray , gave him comfort and company and shelter and joy . She was his courage and his strength . In her old age he had tried to be the same for her . He left the merry camp and reached the station . But , now , all he could do for her was to go to her , helpless , and see her dying . The arrival of the train was announced . Why couldn’t he protect her or do anything for her . Thinking of it , a second thought came to him . Hadn’t his country been a second mother to him . Hadn’t it done the same for him . Hadn’t it nurtured , protected , punished and comforted him . The train arrived at the station and people started getting in . Maybe , it was time he could really do something for his mother  than to allow her to slip past him while he stood and saw . The train gave the whistle for departure . He would fight for his mother . He would do his duty as a responsible son . He turned back and walked towards the camp.

They all had the same fate .

July 06, 2014

I lost you...

Sitting alone I realized
Things were not the same anymore
With every passing day
I lost you.

I still remember the day we stared
Letting the chaos of the world disappear
We laughed, we cried  and we cared
Hoping there might be love, buried somewhere
We were in trance before we even realized
Building dreams and life that would crystallize

But as the days went by
You changed, you drifted
Taking all my hopes away
Laying in the green ley
I cried, I fought
But all my pleas didn’t slay

Sitting alone I realized
Things were not the same anymore
With every passing day
I lost you.

July 02, 2014

Ten things to do before you die!

"Dreams are the touchstones of our character" ~ Henry David
Everybody dreams. Even if all of them cannot be fulfilled, at least you get to live the moment. I had read articles and also seen movies where people paint their wildest dreams in form of wish lists captioned as “Things to do before I die”. And, influenced by them, I also planned on certain to do check list items:
Now I am pretty sure no one can deny the fact that they love travelling and that they avoid the chances they get. Well, definitely I am not the one who misses such an opportunity.  Travelling and unveiling the beautiful mystery of the world is breathtaking.
A story is not always a concocted one. But most of the times, writers pen down their own experiences in form of a novel or a book. So here is the next wish- to write a book, on my life, which includes my personal life characters and all real life events. In the end it’s all about letting the world know your story in your very own words.
Face your biggest fear. In my case, it is acrophobia (fear of height) and so I would love to go sky diving. Sounds cool eh? Go for it. Try an extreme sport and overcome all your fears. Try scuba diving or paragliding, para sailing, rappling or rock climbing. Even skiing is fun.
Believe it or not, this one is a serious one. Helping the one in need is the biggest gift you can give to yourself while you are alive. Try reading some psychology or humanity related articles and you will start thinking in the same way. Be it by donating blood or in any other form, save someone’s life.
Get a tattoo done. Try a religious symbol, or your lover’s name or a quote or any random thing. Trust me you will love the new showoff.
This one might not be applicable for everybody as getting drunk is a habit these days. But for those who do not drink, just for once let the liquor intoxicate your body and make you feel lost in a different world.
Yeah lucky me as I know how to swim. For freshers, it is no big deal. Just step in the shallow end and enjoy the beauty. I have always wondered how it would be like to fall from a ship and then swim all the way back to the shore. I have also spent sleepless nights thinking about the life ending events that might occur. I might be eaten up by a shark or water might fill in my lungs or I might never reach the shore. But believe me or not, I have never prayed for this to happen to me.
Yeah! This one is my favorite. I have always dreamt of becoming a rock star, having my own band and singing to the crowd. If this cannot happen then at least I shall try my hand in karaoke for sure.
Love is a sublime feeling that makes you complete. Nothing can be more powerful than the power of love. So fall in love, live every bit of it and cherish the memories that you make. To add on to the fun, kiss your loved one, standing under the Eifel tower, in the city of love and romance.
And watch it grow. It will remind you of the years you have spent in this world and will also refresh all the memories associated with every passing year.

So start preparing your very own bucket list of things you should do or you want to do before you die and plan to execute each one of them.

July 01, 2014

Nail art at home!!

Beauty has no boundaries, and so here is the new colorful news! This is something random that I found and am sharing with all the ‘female’ readers.
Lovely ladies! Here is something really new and exciting for your nails. Gone are the days when you had to run to some nail art specialist.
Now you can design your nails at your beck and call. No more going to the market and spending money unnecessarily. Just follow these simple steps and get your nails ready for a little showoff:
  • Put on a base coat and let it dry
  • Apply vaseline on finger and cuticles (avoid nails). This avoids lacquer from sticking to your fingers
  • Fill a bowl with water and drip in color combination you want
  • Swirl with a toothpick and drip your fingertips
  • Soak for a minute and then take them out and allow excess water to dry
  • Now cover with a top coat
And with this little pampering and colorful experimentation, you get the new trendy outlook for your nails.
Another good news, with this method of nil art, you can throw away all your worries related to the design. Just a small pin pointed object like a matchstick or toothpick can be used to create design of your own choice.
For an instance, in a bowl pour few drops of bloody red nail paint in the center...let it spread a little. Then add daisy yellow in the center again...followed by green....and swirl around with a toothpick to create a design of your own.
Lately two methods have gained notice. One is the water marble method, as mentioned above, and the other is the toothpick method, wherein you do not need any water. It just involves putting a base coat on your nails, then wrapping tape on the surrounding areas of the nails and then putting drops of colors of your favourite nailpaints on your fingernail itself. With the toothpick take the color in the center towards outside and then make a design of your own. Let the abstract art dry. Apply final top coat to make the surface of the nail smooth and enjoy the new lively nails!
Designs for this nail art can be done using any prop. If you use toothbrush or a small brush and instead of dripping a drop of nail paint, you spray the paint on water, you will end up with a polka dot print on your nails.
Tie n dye nail art is gaining appreciation worldwide because of its quickness and variety. You don't even have to think about a design while applying. Just some random abstract nail art can make your day. Free from toxic chemicals, this is a revolutionary technology.
Be it a formal party or a casual gathering, just choose your preferable colors and drip in one by one...and all colors will be imprinted on your pretty long nails. Wow, isn't this amazing. So go, check out the market and buy all nail paints of your favourite colors and happy experimenting!!
Keep inventing and keep coloring!!