Talk about mood swings. Exciting times are up ahead but I don’t wanna move on yet. I’m home, Dehradun, ready to fly back to Singapore in less than 72hours which would lead to some real exciting times with #NaNoWrimo , Singapore Writer’s Fest, Electrolux’s Annual Dinner and Dance, All the killer party scenes at Clake Quay and my kick-ass work but I’m home.
Hills of Dehradun are extraordinary but one cannot beat the awesomeness of simply being home and being fed in the bed with all comforts; then there’s that Singapore’s Writers Fest where I’m a volunteer for two days and even responsible for a room during author sessions and panels.
There’s family here, own home and few friends that remind of who you truly are, where you come from; but then there’s #NaNoWriMo Singapore that I really want to be a part of this year and complete the challenge.
There’s being content here, there’s awesomeness there.
There’s comfort here, hardship and passion there.
Home Country, A Friendly Host
It was just another day in the queen of hills, Mussoorie; I was drifting along the mall road when I came across a momo stand right next to the school with bottle green exteriors. That day would have been just about the awe-inspiring momos if I hadn’t met him.
I don’t remember much from our conversation, 1o years indeed is a long time but I do remember him whispering the following in my ears, “Someone once told me, 95% of a writer’s content is never published and it is this 95% which comes directly from his heart, not from his pen“
It is now, 10 years later that I understand what he meant. Obviously, years ago I had no interest in writing or publishing a book that I would believe came right from my heart (thought I did write my first poetry almost 12 years ago).
I published my ‘first writing experiment’ on Amazon in 2013 (which didn’t really catch any friction); I have been planning to publish my second work which I have co-authored with the gorgeous Maitri Sisodia for a long time now, the only problem we’re facing is: WE DO NOT HAVE A PUBLISHER but that does not demotivate us, we understand that there are better authors and writers out there, we might be far behind in the ‘race’ but that’s no reason not to write!
So, it doesn’t matter whether what I write is categorized as the gem 5% or stacks itself in the 95% category, all that matters is that I WRITE because I love doing it.
Coming soon…An Anthology of Contemporary Cheerharan
Btw. I’m not sure but I think that ‘Someone’ quoted him was Ruskin Bond.
There’s this one small thing I have to do before this Sunday ends; 3.5 years ago I wrote a list of things I wanted to achieve and experience. And it was then when I promised myself that I will be spending the next two hours reliving my experiences.
Most of my friends are aware that I have themes for each year, it’s the jazzy version of a vision. My themes for previous years:
2012: Don’t settle for anything less. Period
2013: Make life an offer that even life cannot refuse. Read more: 2013
2014: Attitude and Fortitude to make the impossible, nothing! Read more: 2014
These past 5 years have been an amazing journey for me; of course, there were both good times and bad times but I always felt content of who I was at the end of every year.
Following are the 25 things I wanted to do before I was 25: (these were written in April 2011)
1. Visit 25 Countries before I am 25.
I did 21 Countries (but I have been to China – Twice, Hong Kong – Thrice, Malaysia – Gazillion times) So I guess, it’s a GREEN.
2. Visit Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Brazil, Colombia & Nepal.
Egypt, Indonesia, Japan — Done | Brazil, Colombia and Nepal — To be continued ;) — Amber
3. Walk on the streets of NYC and SING..”When your in NEW YORK” after getting super drunk at a cheap bar
Fail (I never visited NYC) – RED
4. Go to South Carolina and play on the River Court of One Tree Hill Or Meet anyone ONE TREE HILL Character.
Fail (I never did go to the US) – RED
5. Trend a Topic On Twitter.
Done. #BigLilCity ;) – GREEN
6. Appear live on Radio or Television.
Done. Big 92.3 FM, Baroda, 2012. — GREEN
7. Have a draft of my first novel/book ready. May be published?
Done. You might wanna buy it from Amazon ;) – The Creed of Julian Dalbert | 2nd book in progress. — GREEN.
8. Have two degrees/diplomas and be enrolled for the Third.
Well, I have one degree now. Technically, I’m also enrolled to a Masters in Mass Communications and Journalism :P — Amber.
9. Have Read over 150 Novels/Books since 2010.
I think I’m on 139th of something; I really do not have an exact track — Amber
10. Contributed to at least three different social causes.
Done. Child Rights (Worked for Smile Foundation), Peace (volunteered for Aman Ki Asha), Women Sexual Empowerment (An Anthology coming soon) — GREEN
11. Still be best friends with Ayushee Mishra.
I guess, I’m ;) — GREEN
12. Learn at least one Foreign language.
Fail. I do know some Chinese words? XiaXia ? No. — RED
13. Take my parents on a trip abroad or Call them to wherever I am | Make parents proud of who I am today.
They will always be proud of who I’m. — GREEN
14. Have a project in the market of my own. Can be a fully owned website (blog) or an app or anything.
I have four blogs, one website, one book on Amazon, few blackberry themes with 100k downloads — GREEN baby!
15.<Encrypted> (some wishes cannot be public, you see)
Ssshh. Let’s quietly mark it, Amber.
16.After a special Success, Get Drunk, Get Wet and Dance on the song “Stand up for the Champions”with my special people.
Done. Like many times! — GREEN
17. Have had Worked for at least two amazing companies.
Done. ONGC, Electrolux — GREEN
18. Play full 18 holes of a Golf Course with Dad. Possibly hit a birdie
I was freaking ambitious back then wasn’t I? — RED
19. Have had achieved all levels of Maslows Hierarchy.
GREEN (Of course Duh!)
20. Celebrate at least one festival( each year) back home. Have a amazing family time.
Holi – 2012, Holi 2013, Diwali 2013 — Check — GREEN.
21. Skydive, scubadive, Infinity pool, Bungee Jumping, Submarine ride, a one day trek, learn how to drive a car, Hot air balloon. Do at least ( 5/9)
Hot air balloon, Infinity Pool, Bungee Jumping, One day trek — Check. Others, to be continued! — Amber.
(Yes, I do not know how to drive a car)
22. Attend Ocktober Fest or Sunburn or A Halloween Parade or The Famous Brazilian Parade.
Fail. But I did attend ZoukOut (similar to SunBurn) –to be continued — RED
23. Go on a crazy road trip with friends and Go to Wagah Border (and Golden temple)
Done. Road Trip to Amritsar, Roadtrip in Malaysia. — GREEN.
24. Get hair cuts in Random countries.
Done. Egypt, Cambodia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia. — GREEN.
25. Stand at one of my favorite places in the world and read this list on 17th March 2014. Mark it Red, Yellow, Green
Sitting can? It was a long list. Yes, I’m at one of my favorite places in the world, Bishan Park (Singapore). — GREEN
Clearly, my past 3 years didn’t really work out as I thought they would (most of it did right?) but you know what, it’s doesn’t matter anymore. I perhaps did 25 things which I never thought I would do, I perhaps experienced many more awe-inspiring experiences that I could have never thought of.
I think it’s amazing to plan and experience how your life unfolds (and I will soon be writing by 30 before 30) but it’s also important to understand whatever happens we must learn to enjoy.
I know next five years might bring some real though times but I guess I’m ready because I have the attitude and fortitude to make any impossible, nothing
You gotta make your own kind of music ;)
You can read the raw text written years ago here: 25 Things before I’m 25 (you would need a password)
Love is that distinct memory from your past that once made you feel complete.
And I have tons of those; like the one…when I was eating Butterscotch Ice cream and walking hands in hands with a girl in the middle of a basketball court of some university in Nairobi,Kenya. I ended up playing a basketball game with some really cool Kenyans :)
Or the time I drove us (on a motor bike) from District 1 to District 7 of Ho Chi Minh City at roughly 2:30 am in the night after consuming at least few liters of beers, a sheesha and few 30ml Whiskey on the rocks. Trust me, I didn’t feel an inch of alcohol in me, I was rather high with the idea of falling in love with her. (Please don’t drink and drive)
I can list them all but that’s exactly not the point; I recently lost my travel diary of 2013, I had traveled to 7 countries last year and had documented every amazing memory in that shiny bundled bunch of paper but now it’s all lost. It did make me feel a little sad but eventually I realized I have them all right here in my head and if not the head, it’s in my heart.
I will start writing a new travel log diary for 2014 and I will keep blogging my stories but that won’t change the fact that every legendary memory of love will be written in ink straight into the hard coded memory of my heart.
Because it was these moments when I felt complete and it’s these moments I would like to think about before it all ends.
A perfect way to live; create a list of things you want to do, find ways of how you wanna do it, live in sprints, reflect and consolidate the sprints by the end of the month, make a life — feeling Geeky & Reflective.
Yes that sounds like “Project Management”; it actually is.
I think it’s an apt way of living life; it’s controlled yet drives you towards the infinite, it’s dreamy yet you can track your achievements, it’s planning your future yet living in your present. It makes you feel ‘balanced’ in life.
Last year on 30th December 2013 I wrote a blog post called “10 small things I want to do in 2013″
I will now begin my reflective journey and start consolidating my sprints in the year 2013. I know I have almost completed every thing I mentioned on the list of 2013 (except traveling to Vietnam – I still have 13 days to go) but the question is: Have I really lived 2013?
“Yes, travel — but just not for too long”
The question is, when is that “Too long”?
Originally posted on Inspiration through Impact:
One year after I started traveling, I was back home suffering from the classic telltales of reverse cultural shock, which no one seemed to understand and with increasing frustration (also to others) and dreams of getting on a plane as soon as possible a friend asked what I’m running away from. My mother constantly wants to know when I will “settle down” and join the “real world”. A boyfriend once commented on and told me to stop running away, face my daddy issues and live life.
I’m not sure why, but there is this perception out there that anyone who travels long-term and isn’t interested in settling down to be running away from something.They are just trying to “escape.”
The general opinion is that traveling is something everyone should do — that gap years after college and short vacations are acceptable. But for those of us who lead nomadic lifestyles, or just linger…
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