Book Review - Ten Essentials to the blueprint of Happiness for writersmelon

10 essentials to the blueprint of happiness, the name easily discloses to you the intent it carries between the covers. The writer – Bhanu Arora pens his personal thoughts and everyday stories into ten chapters each taking the reader towards his belief system around happiness, which is usually accepted & adopted by the society at large.
Anxiety over career progression, office gossips, self-identity, money matters, relationships, travel, leading a dream, believing in supreme power and many other aspects of our daily lives has been painted in a lucid manner by the author and hence makes it a very easy read. Though the author maintains a third person point of narration, but reader can sense his voice across the chapters as there is no single protagonist across all the pages of this self-help book. Each chapter deals with a specific issue actioned through set of characters lightly sketched and carries a self-help mantra as a possible solution. Portrayal of current scenarios & myri…

37 year old and still wondering

Its been long since I blogged the past I used to blog using my office laptop and usually during office time :-)

I used to find blogging a way to get out of the usual office boredom and it was the best way to look busy.

Times have changed, now I am much older - without a proper job - trying my new venture which has the old thought .....and I am still wondering is this is what I want.

I neither want to go back to the cubicles of the corporate and neither want to start a recruitment firm what will this Ritu like to do ?? hmm let me think

I would like to build my own small niche, leave a essence of me in it is not important , but it should let my bank balance at least stable or inching up at sloth pace. Something to do with earth,fragnances,happiness ..........will it ever happen and if so how- I am still wondering at my age of 37.

I wonder how dangerous this question is - What you do ?

Joy of Receiving

My 3 year old son gets a new toy nearly every week. Occasions range from birthdays, visits of grand parents, visit to native, relatives visiting us, festivals , happiness spells....reasons are many as many toys in the house now. We generally give in to his demands for new toys because we love to see the twinkle in his eyes as he gets his new car and many times to hide our guilt of not able to spend good amount of time with him. I think i could have easily accumulated 1 kg of gold for my would be daughter in law with the amount we have spent on the toys. So every week a new toy comes and older ones get pushed under sofa , chairs and all the unseen places gathering dust and reducing the available space in 1000 sq ft home . Yesterday i decided to give away few old toys of my son to kids of construction workers working in our apartment. I chose toys which were in good shape but not played with and of course keeping in mind not to give away toys which had a fond memory attached. I went to …

Growing your own food

I think growing your own food is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways you can contribute to mother earth.

It helps you become healthy by consuming no pesticide , chemical stimulants.
It Makes your body fitter and mind calmer.
It adds beauty to your small balcony or terrace.
It saves money and gives a direction of life if pursued more seriously.

On a higher note it helps you connect to earth , from which one has come and to which one will get mixed with one day.

On a lighter note , it makes your kid know vegetables by names before the age of 2 and prompt them to eat them too.

Brinjal produce- 5th dec 2011

Real Treasure

What makes me feel good,
Is the sound of the violin crafted from wood
The pitter patter of noisy rain
Tingling in my fingers, because of running sand grains

I admire the first shoots of germinating seed
How beautiful it seems when a chick opens it's mouth for feed
The little kids humming their nursery rhymes
Trance like feeling when I hear the wind chimes.

I wonder at the play of seasons
Celebrating trivial wins for a reason
Falling asleep while reading a book
Relishing food which my mother cook

Passing of train through country side
Feeling the air hugging me on a bicycle ride
Giving shape to wet clay
Looking at a kid engrossed in his play

No money can buy these little treasures
My heart knows these are without measures!!!

Voyage A Pondycherry

Pondicherry aka Puducherry is a culmination of two worlds. 2km stretch from sea till mainland takes you back to spirituality, coastal life and French connection – the land beyond this stretch is very similar to any other city in India with crowd, traffic, buildings and congestion.

We took a night sleeper bus from Bangalore and reached Pondicherry early around 7am, checked into a business hotel – Anandham. The south indian breakfast in the hotel was complimentary, may be this feature made it more tastier. Room rent in Anandham ranges between 1400 to 2000 Rs depending upon season and your bargaining power. The hotel has no view as rooms are without any windows.

Places to visit in pondy are Aurobindo Ashram on the street named Rue De La Marine. ( Rue in French means Street ). Kids below 3 are not allowed into premises; I took my kid into a school opposite to ashram and spent good time pondering at aquariums. Ashram is a very serene place and you can actually hear a pin dropping on the …

Work from Home - Please Mom

Busy mom writes on post it

Oh son, you get up so late

I have to rush hard to punch my card at the office gate

Help yourself with Kellogg’s carton kept in the kitchen

Don’t forget to drink your milk like neighbor’s kitten

The bath water in the tub is warm for you

Sorry, I was running late to polish your shoe

Money is on table to help your lunch tummy

I should be with you for Dinner – Your Mummy

Son Writes back

In my dreams I see you with me

So I hate to get up early in the hours I call wee

I am still too short to reach out to cartons in the kitchen

I wont drink milk – as I am a cub not a kitten

No problem, if you didn’t polish my shoe

My school is closed as many kids have got flu

Money is still there on the wooden table
I felt little weak so had crocin after reading the Label

Mom, I am waiting for you – being all alone
Cant you join some office – which lets you Work From Home. 