Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Man/Woman Yoga

Another thought as I perform Yoga:

When we practise yoga, we are told to strengthen the core to support our backbone.

In life do not the husband and wife work as the core and the backbone creating a foundation for a family?

The Flow

Words I thought of as I performed my daily routine of Bikram Yoga:

In every inhale the power of the cosmos envelops us,
In every exhale the destruction of that same power emanates out of us.

In the asanas and the poses, we find a flow that is beyond comprehension as there seems to be a meaning in the hollowness,
the emptyness making it all seem full

There is no certainty in peace, but there is a certainty in relief as the muscles tire and the mind alerts,
There is a glow that beams from within the soul, surreal yet very deep
Almost seems that the divide between human and almighty shrinks..

Monday, August 15, 2011

Being Indian

Indianness is not about the country you are born in, or the country you migrate to, it's about your identity and emphasis towards discipline, hard-work, honesty and continuous learning. The values that hold true towards tolerance, and focus on intellectual and spiritual growth. It's your ability to be a global citizen embracing diversity, and believing in peace without prejudices of language, color or skills and abilities.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Go Oahu

Recently we went to Hawaii, and I must say that this is the best vacation we have had to date. 

We were both tired of the cold rainy Californian weather and wanted to vacation in warmer climes, and a google search for tickets made us catch a next day flight! Forgot to mention that this was also one of those vacations that was decided on the spur of a moment!Looks like no planning is good planning, especially when you visit a popular tourist destination like Hawaii. Everything you need to know is already online :)

We booked our hotel Waikiki wave on the basis of reviews on trip advisor/expedia. It was everything the reviews promised. Excellent location (on the Waikiki beach), reasonable price($130-200/ night), exceptional service (room service is very efficient and all the appliances and gadgets provided - fridge/oven/television are brand new) Amazing stay for a smart traveler!

While we are there, what do we do?

Since we were traveling from California, we didn't want to do what most tourists do - get drunk and hang at the beaches! Most Californian destinations offer that. We wanted to know the history related to hawaii and enjoy it's natural beauty.  Since we were at Waikiki only for a period of four days, we had to plan things well to ensure that the purpose of our visit was met.

Boy! was it met, mahalo (thanks) to the 'Go Oahu' card. This card cost us $160 per person, it included all the popular activities one could do in Oahu and had a bonus feature for the longer durations (3/5/7 day offers). We chose the 3 day card and it was true value for money from the word go!

We landed Sunday afternoon, chilled around the beach and hit a local pub in the night. Wound up in bed by 2, as we had to wake up by 6 to take the 'Grand Circle Island Tour'. This tour covers 130 miles of the entire Oahu island and all the popular spots can be viewed on a guided tour.

We spent the evening at the Honolulu city lights festival which is a local attraction every Christmas.

The next morning we took the Pearl harbor and City of Honolulu tour where we watched the shooting of Hawaii 5 and were deeply moved by our visit to the Arizona memorial. Evening was spent at Germaine's Lua where I learnt a spattering of Hawaiian and the Hukilua - a simple yet fun dance for wahine (women)

The third day began with the breakfast cruise on the Makani Catamaran. A beautiful sail with snorkelling and whale watching as the main attractions. This was the most romantic and memorable activity we did at Oahu. We spent the afternoon canoeing. Must say it's the best ab workout you could gift yourself on vacation :) Evening was spent shopping and hanging in Downtown honolulu, the malls are as swanky as LA and we were dazzled by the beauty of the decorations all around.

Fourth day - our day of return was not a sad day, but a day of recuperation. Got the Lomi Pohaku massage which was refreshing and made us reflect on the warmth and joy of the aloha that surrounded us.

We will go back to hawaii, to explore the other islands. But as we continue with the grind of everyday life, we will remain happy in the wisdom of Aloha.

A- Akahai (kindness)
L- lokahi (unity)
O- olu'olu(agreement)
H- ha'aha'a(unity)
A- ahonui(patience)

Pictures of our trip : http://picasaweb.google.com/goolyaharsha/Hawaii?authkey=Gv1sRgCLr1neb4gsO3GQ&feat=directlink

Detailed reviews on Yelp : http://www.yelp.com/list/go-oahu-honolulu

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Buddhism in a collage

While I was hitchhiking for knowledge on the worldwide-web, I paused to reflect at the simplicity and beauty of this collage that brought out of the essence of Buddhism. I couldn't help but store it away on my blog to be revisited, and possibly stumbled upon by fellow bloggers.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

For the love of the 'Queen's language'

I sent the following fwd:

The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself.

~Derek Walcott

Let's face it - English is a crazy language.

There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.

We take English for granted.

But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices?

Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible

PS. - Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick'?

I recived this reply:

The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5-year phase-in plan that would become known as "Euro-English."

In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy.

The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of "k". This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.

Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.

Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent "e" in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.

By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w"with "v".

During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensi bl riten styl.

Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.

Und efter ze fifz yer , ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Life's Budget

Birth is our opening balance,
Deat, our closing balance,
Prejudiced views our liabilities,
Creative ideas and good deeds,assets.

Heart is our current asset,
Soul, our fixed asset,
Brain, a fixed deposit,
Thinking, our current account.

Goodwill and achievements are our capital;
Character and morals, our stock in trade,
Friends, our general reserves,
Values and behaviour, our goodwill.

Patience is interest earned,
Love, our dividend,
Children, our bonus issues,
Education, a brand,
Knowledge, our investment.
Profit and Loss is karma earned.

Before final assessment(death),
Balance your sheet!

Source: Speaking tree, authour: Anonymous