Monday, April 7, 2008

Memories of College…..

I took life for granted when I was in college. There were times when I wished for college to end. I guess there are lot of people who would have felt the same.
Now when I look back at the snaps taken during the college or remember the times spend in college, I wish I had enjoyed the days to the maximum. I wish my approach to life was live for the moment. I was too caught up with other things to enjoy the moment. I would be worried about thousand other things like Record submission, unit tests etc which look so mundane to my eyes now.
I have been working for two years and even I know I tell my colleagues anecdotes of college as if it had happened yesterday. I regret for the many things I could have done while I was in college but I do cherish the times that I enjoyed in college.
I still remember the first year of ragging where I used to be so scared of my seniors. The stupidest of things that were asked by seniors. Nowadays when I have a rough day in office or things are just getting to me I just look at my college life and just laugh at the funny stuff that has happened.
I can’t believe that a seminar that needs to be given to my own classmates would drive my sleep away. Now I give presentations to top level executives and I realize how I have grown up and how college has helped me gain my confidence. I can vouch for the fact that academically everything was self taught. The professors were for namesake. No offense to them. Come on, where were we in class to listen to their lecture??? They gave up hope long time back on us. Fridays were the days, where the professors themselves will ask the few who did bother turning up for lecture to bunk college. The only times I could remember when we had full strength in class were for university exams and even for that some idiots didn’t turn up.
I’m just glad that I have these wonderful memories of college, not look back and say ‘Ya whatever!!! College was so so’ There might be people who would have had more fun, but to me personally, no one can replace those moments in my life and whatever little or more fun I had, I enjoyed it thoroughly….

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Sponsor a Child.. Make a difference…

Sponsoring for a child’s needs is one of the noblest things a person can do. There is always adoption, but in nowadays world people are so caught up with their own things that they don’t have the time or energy that is required for adopting a child. But people have money so therefore, sponsoring would be the next best thing.
It would hardly cost the sponsor a few hundred rupees a month to help a needy child lead a better life. That money would take care of the child’s living and educational expenses including books and study materials.
Some Organizations even give you a monthly update of the sponsored child’s progress. The sponsor would be like a guardian to the child. The sponsor can even meet the child, keep in contact with the child and meet them at the institution where they stay.
It’s an eye-opener to realize that a child’s entire monthly expense can be taken care of for the price of a T-shirt or a pair of sandals. For a working woman, in nowadays world, 600Rs is peanuts. That would be the cost for a meal of two. It’s amazing to see that the same 600Rs can be put to good use and change a person’s life completely.
There are many reasons to sponsor a child. I am just listing a few out.

  • You are making a huge difference in another human being’s life.
  • This is better than buying expensive recycled paper, not that I have anything against recycled paper. Everyone should do their part in saving the environment.
  • You get to actually see that your money is being put to good use.
  • This reason is for the all the people who feel that nobody cares or loves them. Sponsor a child and you will have someone who will adore and respect you for the rest of your life.
  • You might help in the process of making an Albert Einstein, Sunitha Williams or a Michael Jordan.
  • Giving a child hope, that the world is not cruel and there are people who care for them.
  • This reason is for those people who feel that they should gain something out of sponsoring a child. Well if you are in India then you get Tax benefits under section 80G.

These are just few of the reasons and there are many more to sponsor a child. So next time you are going on a shopping spree, think about that T shirt you want to get. Is it really necessarily or can you use that money more effectively somewhere else? You can transform a life in a powerful manner with the money that is being spend on not so necessary items.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Define your perfect day

Today is going to be a perfect day. You start with that attitude, then no one or nothing can ever spoil your day.
The definition of a perfect day depends on the individual. What does a person mean by a perfect day? For some people it could be that at the end of the day they feel that they have achieved something or done a good deed. For others it could be that, they enjoyed themselves or nothing went wrong that day. Everything went according to the plan.
If you strive a little bit, you can make everyday perfect. It’s your day and no one has any right or authority to spoil it for you. How a day went depends on you and not your environment? It’s your attitude. Let me tell you about this friend of mine, a day he defined as perfect to me. He had tones of work and deadlines to meet. His boss is literally breathing down his neck. He’s had a rough day throughout, but in the evening he takes some time out to meet his girlfriend. They spend around 2 hrs in a coffee shop. After meeting her, he felt his day was perfect, he completely forgot about the tension at work.
I was amazed by his attitude. He’s had a rough day at work and hardly spend 2 hrs with his girl and the day is perfect. If I were in his position I would be like the day was so bad but the only time I felt good was when I met my partner, but I wouldn’t necessarily call the day perfect. His attitude got me into thinking, as to what is my definition of a perfect day. May be I need to redefine it.
It’s your outlook towards others and life in general that will give a definition of a perfect day for you. So next time you feel that your day wasn’t perfect, reflect on the day and your definition of a perfect day.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Feeling Stressed Out??? Go Shoe Shopping

A woman can never have enough pair of footwear. Unlike men we have footwear for every occasion. Men have like to a max of 3 pairs and they can pull that off for any function, any place or any time. Men will never understand our never ending need for another pair. They call us weird, wonder whether we have extra legs that they do not know of.
I read in an article that a women who’s stressed out should go shoe shopping, not necessarily that she has to buy a pair. She just have to try on one. It just makes her feel very dainty and feminine. For that few minutes she feels that her life is perfect. My personal favorite is to try on a pair of stilettos when I am stressed out or upset over something. I feel elevated and free of problems. For that few minutes when I walk around in the store I feel like a model walking down the ramp.
It is a much viable option than going clothes shopping. There is a possibility that an outfit might make the woman look too fat or too thin. Its back to stressing out for a completely different reason which will remind her of her earlier reason due to which she was stressed out.
A woman can never look fat or thin while trying on footwear. The worst case scenario would be that her size of the footwear will not be available. No problemo. Try on a different style. There is so much to choose from.
So next time you feel that you are burdened with work, your partner is irritating you or you just don’t have anything to do, just go try on a pair of shoes.