The Book With the Most Impact On Me

I’m not an avid reader, but still of all the books I’ve read in my lifetime so far, there are very few which have really been able to create an impact on me. Not that when I read books, I’m not moved by the characters, their happiness or sadness. They do stir my mind as long as I’m reading the book, but as soon as I close it, they just disappear into the thin air failing to create a lasting impression. Still, there is one book which, I think, have totally changed the way I used to look at life and introspect. It has been able to etch its words on my heart forever.

It was some three years ago I laid my hands on Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. The book was bought by my sister. After she got married and shifted to Kolkata, I was rearranging the bookshelf one day while searching for a particular book on management. I bumped into Coelho’s book and remembered how my sister was overwhelmed while talking about it. I decided to go with it.

When I started reading the book, I didn’t even think that I should have finished the 163 pages in one go. But, it happened. As the book says,”When you really want something, the universe always conspires in your favour”- and I wanted to get more and more of it with every page turned.

The plot of the book, perhaps all of you know, is simple. A Spanish shepherd boy, Santiago, keeps on seeing dreams about some treasure hidden underneath the pyramids. He subsequently starts his journey, to achieve the Personal Legend, something equivalent to our own individual goals in life. Amidst the sand, tribe wars and many other incidents, Santiago learns the lessons of life, that one should listen to the heart, should love and strive to accomplish the mission he has been sent for on the earth. The hope and possibility of making our dreams come true make life an interesting journey.

The book is not only about the story of a shepherd boy and his journey. It is, rather, an introspection of life seen with deep philosophy, it is about the urge we find inside us to move ahead overcoming all the difficulties, it is about rising above one’s failures and pondering over the voice of one’s heart, the inner call. The description and the choice of words are impeccable, simply amazing.

The quote that has touched me most and, which, I think is applicable to all of us,“We are told from childhood onward that everything we want to do is impossible. We grow up with this idea, and as the years accumulate, so too do the layers of prejudice, fear and guilt. There comes a time when our personal calling is so deeply buried in our soul as to be invisible. But it’s still there.” 

I find is so true! We often forget to listen to our heart, we forget to nurture the passion. It gets buried, but it remains there. This book can give the reader the much-needed inspiration to chase that passion, to rise from the ashes like a phoenix. It’s the book I treasure, with the words encouraging me always.

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

Impact of Blogging, a Fantastico Journey

My blogging journey started exactly 18 months ago. I’ve been an enthusiastic writer since my school days. I used to write poems, short stories but was always hesitant to show it to anybody. That were the secrets kept within the pages of my notebook. During my engineering days, I almost forgot to scribble anything. The ideas either didn’t occur or when they did shine, I was too busy with my studies. After getting my first job, the ecstasy of earning and spending on my own was overwhelming and writing as a hobby was still to resurface. Then after settling on my second job and being in this IT industry for five long years, the monotony was rising slowly. Then, as a result, the writing bug slowly creeps in and, finally, I started this blog.

It has been a fantastico journey so far. Blogging makes us look beyond ourselves. I’m not a great reader, but since I’ve started writing on this blog (my sister has some contributions to this blog, too and I have to acknowledge her), I’ve resumed my habit of reading. I enjoy reading posts people publish on their blogs. Blog posts do reveal different incidents of their life and work and I love reading those tidbits.

The journey of my blogging is something very much like the new car introduced by Tata Motors. The new Tata Zica is a zippy car. It’s peppy, spacious, strong, fuel-efficient and is based on an all-new platform. The unique design makes it a fun drive. Similarly, blogging has opened new horizons to me. I have come to know of things and write about them which I couldn’t think of before.

The sojourn as a blogger till now is really a peppy one. I’ve made friendship with new people, they all have different point of views towards life and things, but they all share the same love, the love of blogging.

The most amazing thing is I’ve discovered one of my school friends here in the blogosphere. We studied in the same school for just 4 years and then his father was transferred to another city. But he was a good friend to remember. A few months ago, while I was just aimlessly going through the list of bloggers on Indiblogger, I happened to stumble upon a name that rang a bell. I visited the blog and emailed him to confirm the identity. The reply came within 20 minutes! We both were happy to meet each other after a decade. He runs a tech-blog and his main goal is to help co-bloggers with information and know-how.

As Tata Motors defines the design of the new Tata Zica as ‘expressive and exciting’, similarly, words scribbled on this blog are moving expressions of my heart. They reflect my passion for writing. I don’t write to preach, I write because I’ve something to say and the feelings are unleashed through words. Blogging has undoubtedly impacted my life by making it a better one.

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

Music of Nature

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Music is a thing we can’t live without. Commonly speaking, music are those notes, chords and tunes which are capable of producing a pleasing effect to our ears. We love to listen to songs and instrumental music, we have different choices and our likings vary. The world of music is vast with a myriad of tones and tunes. But have you ever pondered over the fact that music is always directly or indirectly influenced or inspired by nature?

Long ago, in ancient times, the sages were aware of the tremendous power of music. They knew music can transform, uplift and move us to a higher state of living. There were strict rules and precisions for chanting each shloka, taming the power of nature in the process. The right way to chant the mystical, sacred monosyllabic mantra ‘Om’ or ‘Aum’ can transport a person to a higher level of spiritualism.

There are innumerable sounds in nature. Every moment we are listening to them, some are subtle, sensitive while others are easily perceptible. When the sun rises every day, the morning with all its glory welcomes him. The flowers open up, leaves shine, and the birds begin their songs. I often wonder how do birds produce such a variety of sounds and what vocal intricacy and dexterity they have! I once read in a book, the songs of birds are produced by the coordinated activity of different muscles. Aren’t our favorite singers follow the same rule to make their renditions melodious and perfect?

So, here also, the inspiration comes from nature itself.

Not only birdsongs, but nature has an inexhaustible source of music. The drizzle has a soft, purring sound, the pitter-patter raindrops while a downpour is furiously melodious. The rhythm of a waterfall or a torrential river bickering down to a valley has an enigma. The sound which can melt you, mix you up with itself. The roaring of sea waves has a pattern in it, there is a hidden tune, and once you can decipher that, you can find yourself one with nature and music.

Music and rhythm are excellent ways of moving towards the discovering of identity. The inception point being hidden somewhere in the bosom of nature. Our audibility has a specific range and we can’t hear anything beyond that. Otherwise, I believe, we could hear the most soothing sound when a flower slowly blooms, when dewdrops transcend to the earth or when a butterfly sucks honey.

Music is ethereal, music is the offspring ob nature. The domain of music is ubiquitous. It flows through our blood, through our nerves. Even the hearts beats in a musical manner, with definite rhythmical beats. Once the beat is lost, we meet the end. It’s nature who has created us in this way, adorning every single second of our life with music, discernible or indiscernible to the mortals. Nature holds the key, the most complicated tunes, the sweetest melodious songs, the most soulful chant, all owe eternally to nature. For the inspiration, for the source, for the beauty of life- music.

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This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.