The Liebster Award

When you step outside your usual community and enter into a different one, you oftenly suffers from ‘identity crisis’. You need assurance of your acceptance. Inspite of all that, if you continue doing what you’re supposed to, you would be held dearest.

Similar is this moment for me as another award nomination comes as a milestone in my blogging journey. This time its’s The Liebster Award! Thanks a lot Meenakshi Sethi for this nomination. You’ve been a great motivator for me through your comments. I appreciate your kindness and you regularly putting out your words on my posts.

If you haven’t see her blog, then I would seriously advise you to delve into the poetic world of ‘Wings of Poetry‘ before you continue with rest of this post. She is a regular writer whose poetry (in Hindi as well as English) would certainly leave you with a moment of awe.

This award is generally for the new bloggers to provide them a platform to consolidate their identity and hold them dear to this blogosphere. I’m certainly not new here. Anyway the rule says that I must thank the person who nominated me and answer few questions asked. In turn I have to nominate 11 other bloggers to encourage them, asking a few questions so that they can define themselves better.

Here are my answers –

Ques. – What or who encouraged you to start writing?

Ans. – My writing is usually driven by emotion, being a person with higher EQ than IQ 😛 I’ve already talked about my start a lot of times here. It was a tribute letter for my teacher. Interestingly my first blog post is also the longest blog post I have written here. When something is heart-felt, it’s influence is hard to constrain.

Ques. – Do you believe in soul mate?

Ans. – Of course I do! My whole life so far has been a perpetual search for that one person. In fact most of my blog posts (mostly poems) have been dedicated to that personality and I usually write that explicitly at the end. I believe that your love someone could be the greatest motivational factor behind your work.

Ques. – What are three basic values of life you believe in?

Ans. – Perseverance, Discipline and Honesty.

I believe in hard work. Everyone faces problems, everyone struggles but what produces the outliers is the virtue of perseverance they possess.

I was going through a Quora answer once and there I read something that’s still stuck to my conscience. We keep on fighting for motivation the whole time and give excuses about it fading away. And that is the reality. Motivation is not constant.

One day you might wake up, see an inspirational movie and decide to do something revolutionary yourselves. But once you start encountering problems, you usually tend to loose your momentum. You don’t have the motivation you started with. What works in this situation is your discipline in being true to your effort. Everyone knows that nothing comes easily yet only few tread the bridge to success because the former lacks discipline.

F**k motivation, stay disciplined.

And honesty – if you’re not true to your yourself and your work, your entire effort is futile. Oh of course it’s a highly philosophical sentence and you’ll end with materialistic gain. Come back to this when you’ve achieved the inner peace without being loyal. Enough said.

Ques. – Where do you want to see yourself in five years from now?

Ans. – That’s a crucial one and the question I’m being asked frequently these days being it the final year of college. After lots of refining (though the aim remains same) I came up with two portmanteau that summarizes my response –

I see myself as an inventopreneur doing imagineering.

Ques. – Who are five most important people in your life whom you want to stay connected till last day of your life.

Ans. – I would really like to say pass on this question if I have the option. Things change, people change, situation changes and so do the circumstances. The bonding we foster over the years are precious and we should cherish them but by clinging onto it, you would probably refrain yourself from wonderful experiences that lies ahead. Getting too much attached to something is also problem. So embrace the change, if it happens. Pain is temporary, change is the only constant.

Ques. – What are you doing in present to keep these people happy?

Ans. – I have written about it previously as well – I make gifts for people and here’s the thing that gave me the start.

Well who doesn’t like pleasant surprises and if my gifts adds up to the happiness, then what could be the better deal. Not to rant much, here’s the most recent one – a video I made for my friend as a joke. I took the shots when he was seriously indulged in some work. He’s the director of the movie we’re making (well almost :P)

Sometimes I spend 2 hours and then other times I’ve spent days to make it perfect. It need not to be something big always. Consistency matters.

Ques. – Do you think taking a few steps, (which you have not taken till date) can improve your life?

Ans. – Definitely! I wish sometimes I could keep aside my emotion and take decision rationally. Also I should be confident enough to take bold decisions without thinking too much of trivial things. I’ve realized it’s important over the time in my entrepreneurial journey.

Ques. – Which of the above questions helped you in some way?

Ans. – Almost all the questions were so thoughtful and it shows that you’ve given time over crafting them. They helped me to introspect myself even deeper. Thanks a lot for such wonderful questions. I had a fun time answering them.


I keep my nominations open as of now as I don’t have much time to go through new blogs (seriously too many meetings and deadlines to take care of) but I would get back.

Here are some of my questions –

Ques. – What are you passionate about? What makes you forget everything and seriously indulge into it?

Ques. – I believe everyone has a story to tell. What’s yours? Either a personal conversation or writing it out in public would work. Just write something from your life that you always wanted to write about.

Ques. – What unusual talent you possess? Write about something that people around you find amusing.

Ques. – What do you consider your best work so far?

Ques. – What are the things that had major impact on your personality? (Any incident, person, realization, etc.)

Ques. –  What do you think about unrequited love?

Hope you liked my ‘Liebster Award’ extravaganza. Do leave your comments if you want your thoughts to reach upto me – which I’m sure it would. Just wish it 🙂

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One Lovely Blog Award!!!

It’s the hard work & perseverance that pays at the end.

So my beloved blog ‘Divine_Lifez‘ has been nominated for ‘One Lovely Blog Award‘ by lovely Sagarika Chugh. Thanks a lot to her!

I came across her blog around one month back. I was impressed by her thought process & ended up reading many of her posts at once. I didn’t forget to leave my comments on some of them and she was really polite in replying them honestly 🙂

I started this blog around 2 years back just as a medium to pay tribute to my teacher. Gradually I found my love for writing and the satisfaction it brought with it. Past year I was highly irregular and published very few posts, so this time I made it my new year resolution to keep it regular. I’m glad that effort is being appreciated.

Here are the rules for this award –

one-lovely-blog-award-rules

It’s too pinkish for me! 😛

Though  I would better be recognized through my work (visit the sites I’ve linked to my blog), nonetheless here are 7 facts about me which very few people know of:

  • I’m a senior year Mechanical Engineering student at IIT Hyderabad (India) currently working as a product designing intern for Bio-design Innovation Lab for the same. I don’t like Biology much though.
  • I might not open up in conversation at first but after few exchanges, I take it as a personal responsibility to keep the things interesting. So don’t worry – you would never get bored 🙂
  • I am a passionate gift maker. I love the smile on people’s face when something unexpected yet pleasant comes their way. For some of the gifts, I’ve worked for straight 14-15 hours without any break.
  • I love cinematography as you might have known already through my writings. So if you ever go to a movie with me, I would be discussing more of camera angles and techniques used in the movie than the actual story 😛
  • Creativity is my forte (atleast I want it to) and I hate mundanity. If there isn’t anything new, exciting and challenging about the things, I easily get bored.
  • I don’t swear or use any abusive words – no, not even the one you think has become an adjective these days – no matter however angry I am.
  • I spend a lot of time on my blog and other writings (which remain unpublished) and spend even much more than that on reading. Yeah it’s difficult under my tight academic schedule!

Few additional points as bonus –

  • I’m a family oriented person. I’ve very few friends but whoever they are, I make sure I do anything reasonable to keep them happy.
  • I respect women a lot and I can’t see them in tears.
  • I am very particular about hygiene and sanitation. My dorm is one of the cleanest you would find in hostel. I wash my hands tens of times a day.

During this journey, I’ve come across many fantastic blogs (which I didn’t keep the track of – oops!) yet some of them are my personal favorites in the ‘following’ list. Here are my nominations –

And of course if I were allowed, I would’ve chosen Sagrika’s blog – Waves Of Life as well.

All the blogs mentioned here are adorable. I’ve been a regular reader of them. Their author’s wonderful writing has taught me how to put your heart in words. I request them to accept my nominations.

CHANDAN

Keep writing! 🙂

To Make You My Own…Once Again!

Sitting on the bus

Thinking about us,

Thought about myself

And thought about you,

Thought about our bonding

And the things that we do;

 

That silliness of a child

But the wisdom like sages,

Missed your cuteness

And missed you for ages,

Turning beloved pages

Apprehended as in cages,

Read the letter that you wrote

Slowly brimming up my throat,

Contained my growing pain

Decided not to miss you again;

 

How innocent is this logical mind,

Never knew that love is blind.

Heart told it for the thousandth time,

Its an emotion of splendid sublime;

Now it unwillingly accept

That its not ‘do’, its ‘did’,

Rather than a thought

It was a wish instead;

 

To reckon your pretty face

And your slender body,

Your dreamy smile

Your favorite purple gown,

Wish I could get

If you haven’t forget,

A change once again

To make you my own.

 

Note : This post is dedicated to someone very special to me, on this lovely occasion of Valentine’s day. I’m sure each one of you has that someone in your life who means a lot.

That someone for you can be ‘you’ yourself – because its a celebration of love of every dimension. Thanks a lot for reading!

If you missed my last year’s ‘Valentine Post’, you can catch it right here – S.T.A.Y