2013 in review

Wishing you joyful days ahead

Wishing joyful days ahead

My first post for the New Year starts with the blog 2013 annual report card kind courtesy The WordPress.com stats helpers. Special thanks to my all my lovely blogger friends who encouraged and inspired me all along. Their blogs were an enriching source of new ideas and abundance of positive energy.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 42,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.  

My New Year Resolution for 2014 “Live Life Less Serious”!

Seasons Greetings


Dear Blogger friends,

May this Christmas end the present year on a cheerful note
and make way for a fresh and bright New Year.
Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!




Always believe in yourself!

 I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle.  I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much ~ Mother Teresa

I am sharing a real life story of courage, confidence and determination. A young soldier was severely incapacitated in the Siachen glacier region also known as the world’s highest battle field situated at an average altitude of 18,000 feet above sea level. An account of the incident is given below in the newspaper item:


The army provided singular support to Major Rajesh by way of intensive medical care and a suitable employment in the army to rehabilitate him. But despite the physical and mental challenges Rajesh Mehta continued doing his work devotedly and always with a helpful attitude. He is known to be an officer with a smiling demeanor who never says yet finds solutions to problems of soldiers.

In earlier days!

In earlier days!


In such adverse physical conditions many would give up hope but not this young man a trained commando and an inspirational leader of troops who lives up to the motto “Mushkil waqt commando sakth” i.e., “When the Going Gets Tough the commando gets going”!

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path” ~ Buddha

On 9th December this year a wonderful event happened took place. Major Rajesh received his orders for his promotion to the coveted rank of a Lieutenant Colonel. This news brought happiness and pride to all those who have known Rajesh’s brave struggle to overcome all odds.

I asked Rajesh to share with us the source of his strength to face life with enthusiasm and cheer. Please do read his message -

 “With the blessings of Almighty & good wishes of all your bloggers and my family & friends I have been promoted as Lieutenant Colonel on 9th Dec 2013. The positive messages from you on earlier blog posts (https://dilipnaidu.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/india-proudly-celebrates-25th-independence-day/) have encouraged me immensely. I am especially grateful to my wife her courage, fortitude and support during our ups and downs. My young son too is a spirited and wonderful company for me.

I feel great pride in being part of such a wonderful organization ‘The Indian Army’ & its humane approach to employment management and thank them for taking care of me and my family in every way.

I wish to share with you what helps me cope with my disabilities of triple amputation and CVA (Cerebral Vascular Accident)?

As per medical prescription, I was bound to be on lifelong medication. During the post amputation period when my entire time was spent on the hospital bed with hardly any scope of exercise except being picked up on a wheelchair & taken around. Fortunately for me it was my doctor who suggested that I could follow the Yoga/ Pranayama being telecast live on TV in the early mornings.

Initially it was difficult for me to pick up the technique of Anuloma Pranayama (Anuloma pranayama is breathing through alternate nostrils).

Rajesh photoBut after a period of one month my body got used to deep slow inhaling and absorbing oxygen in abundance. I continued with medication till mid 2009 & also kept doing Pranayamas. I had to tolerate the strong side effects of the medications. But in Jan 2010 my neurophysician after detailed assessment of my progress felt I could taper down my medication.

And by the end of 2010, not only was I rid of my medication but could also do 50 sit-ups on the bed. I continued with the same routine and as on date I am able to do 200 sit-ups every day followed by an hour of Pranayama. Finally I would advice all friends to allot some time every day to do breathing exercises or Pranayama and continue a medicine free healthy life.”

   “When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace” ~Author Unknown


Dear blogger friends do join me in wishing Lt. Col Rajesh and his family good luck and plenty of happiness.






Nature at its best!

“Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died!” ~ Erma Bombeck

This winter flowering bush is so attractive that people passing stop by and admire its beauty in fascination. And especially on a moonlit night the effect is beautiful and electrifying. The tiny white flowers grow profusely and very few of the green leaves can be seen. It seems as if there are no leaves. But sadly the bloom lasts only a few months :(. Once the winter recedes the bush once again turns green. People passing by try their best to guess the name of this bush but no one seems to know. If you happen to know its name please do share.

Cheers and have a lovely day  :)

Postscript: I forgot to mention the flowers have a pleasant Jasmine like fragrance too. And the fragrance is evident even at a distance of 5 ft. :)


Art of living!

I just had to share this beautiful quote on ‘Facing Life’ by Lena Horne with you my friends.

Often when we come across cheerful people we get the feeling that he or she has no problems. And we feel ‘oh how fortunate that person is’. But can there be any one who has no difficulties?   My friend Roshan shared an apt Punjabi saying “सूखी वो ही हय जिनु  पुचिया नही” which means only the person you don’t ask  is happy and without problems.

So problems and difficulties are bound to come sometime or the other in one’s life, but if you can have your own ways of handling them like an artist you surely can live a happy life. So lets be artists and learn the  “the Art of Living”! :)

How do you carry your load? :)

A real friend!

I loved these words by Doe Zantamata as they really are so true :)


Yes when one gets into a negative phase of life he or she loses hope and courage and even bringing a smile becomes impossible. In such times it is not a counselor or a psychologist but a true friend who can play an important role in regaining your cheer.

To me a good friend is one whose very presence uplifts my mood and fills me with joy and cheer. Even a phone call or a short message from the good friend can shake me out of the blues and uplift my spirit – that person I believe is a real friend!

What say you? :)

Happiness is a state of mind!

Lets always be in a state of happiness like the little Buddha’s! All we need to do is banish our ego and negative thoughts. Have a lovely day :)

Buddha on happiness

Greetings on Teachers Day 2013

Here’s wishing all my teachers, colleagues, friends and students from whom I learned many valuable lessons.  I express my gratitude by sharing this beautiful quote.

Teacher Day 2013

Have a lovely day :)

Change your thoughts



The literal meaning of these words is

“To change the situation (adverse),

  Is not in our hands,

 But to change our thoughts arising out of the situation

 Is in our hands”.

Therefore it is not the situation however tough it may be that makes us unhappy and disturbed, but it is thinking about that situation that disturbs our mind. In fact if we do not react to the situation we can approach the problem with a cool mind and resolve it.

E.g. If an executive is sacked by the corporate HQ and it takes two days for the orders to reach him. For those two days even though the situation had occurred his mind continued to be at peace. But the moment he got the news he was in a state of misery and fear due to all the negative thoughts concerning his dismissal. Yet if he would accept the situation (as it had already occurred) with calm he could start searching for a new job quickly and efficiently.

It is said that “He who does not allow his thoughts to over power his mind, then no power on earth can ever disturb him”.

Namaste my friends!                                                                                                                                                              NAMASTE




Life’s quest – Love and Helpfulness

This beautiful poem is worth reading and reflecting upon. The conversation with God in the poem reveals that God expects us to take responsibility for all our actions. Be it to free ourselves  of our ego, or to develop the virtue of patience and happiness.  He gives us the opportunity to develop in us the virtues of fortitude and courage when pain and trouble come our way.  But finally God does bless us – when our life’s quest becomes one of love and helpfulness for others.